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[Review] Aura Skincare Clinic – Parkhurst

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Aura skincare is one of my go-to salons— I have my nails done there occasionally—they do a sterling job and the experience is always very pleasant. Nestled in Parkhurst, the salon is elegant and comfortable.     So, it was, of course, a no-brainer when I was offered a !QMS Medicosmetics Neo Tissudermie Treament.  The skincare line is award-winning and I have always wanted to to try a facial. Dr. Schulte, the creator of these products, combined his passion for science with his vast experience whilst working as a surgeon in the fields of trauma and cosmetic surgery, to continually evolve the effectiveness of skincare. He sees the future of skincare as being interlinked with the development of modern technologies used to transport the ingredients deep into the epidermal layer.     Glynne, the lovely owner, who also did my treatment, assured me that my skin would not “overreact” toRead More

Cape Town Beauty Bar Goes Mobile

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  Cape Town Beauty Bar goes mobile   (Cape Town, February 2017) New York style Beauty Bar launches the Cape Town Beauty ‘Popup’ Bar to bring all your beauty needs to you.  Mani’s and Pedi’s are just a few of the treatments available, as the menu provides an extensive range of makeup applications, hair styling (including cut & colour), spray tanning, and eye lash & eye brow tinting as well as their newly launched men’s treatments.   With a classy set up tailored specifically for events, such as specialised tables and chairs, Cape Town Beauty Popup Bar is easily assembled to create the ultimate pamper session in the comfort of your own home. Perfect for hen’s parties and baby showers that want that extra bit of sparkle but it doesn’t stop there. Corporate functions and even bridal parties can benefit from the services available.   The already established beauty barRead More

New York Style Cape Town Beauty Bar

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New York Style Cape Town Beauty Bar Opens its Doors   (Cape Town, South Africa) An all-new New York style express beauty bar, based in Cape Town’s Cosmopolitan CBD, opens its doors to the public. Headed up by innovative entrepreneurial power couple, Dean and Jessica Meldau, The Cape Town Beauty Bar is set to change the industry in South Africa as we know it.   The niche beauty boutique includes: a blow-dry bar for a range of blowouts and hair styling which includes a lavish ‘African Queen’ menu bosting one of the top ethnic stylists in the country. The lash and brow lounge for eyelash extensions uses Vogue lashes and the Adele Sutton range, anail bar for mani’s and pedi’s, a tanning lounge using Vita Liberata Luxury Tan, and a makeup station. With a glass of bubbly in hand, this girl-on-the-go concept caters ideally for the fast paced lives ofRead More

[Review] You Bar

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Unless you’ve been hiding under a big rock, then you will know that the latest buzzword in beauty treatments is “natural”. This means using products with the least amount of chemicals that are as close to nature and as organic as possible.     So, this is where YouBar really has set the bar very high (sorry, I could not help myself) as they pride themselves on using all-natural ingredients that are bio-identical, which means avoiding synthetics. Africology products, YouBar’s products of choice, are locally made, and have built up a cult following. It’s no wonder! Not only are they amazingly good for you in every way, but one sniff of their delicious aromatic aroma and you will be hooked forevermore— this I promise you!     I was lucky enough to experience one of the most  divine manicures ever— the Africology Signature Manicure. As a beauty reviewer, I haveRead More

Urban Bliss – Review & Give-Away

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Well, it had been at least a year since my last facial (my dermatologist suggested I not do any treatments to my face because my rosacea flare-up was quite severe) but it seemed to have settled down so I decided to brave a facial from this spa— call it a good intuition.   I knew that they meant serious business and that I would in safe hands when the owner of the spa, Ayesha,wanted to know everything about my skin. So, I shared my sorry tale with her (of dehydration, rosacea and sensitivity) and she assured me that the treatment would be customised for my particular skin conditions. Ayesha, a true beauty professional, owned a spa for many years before this and has ensured that Urban Bliss well and truly lives up to its name. A little hideaway in the middle of buzzing Emmarentia, you must be warned that onceRead More

Carlton Hair & Nails

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Everyone knows the Carlton brand for their hair salons but what you probably didn’t know is that they’ve also added the services of a nail technician to pamper your nails as well.   I was invited to experience their nail treatments at Carlton in Cavendish.   It was a Saturday morning and the salon was busy with a great vibe.   While Rachel was busy with my manicure I looked around at everyone’s lovely hair and immediately wished I’d booked myself in for a wash and blow dry at the same time 😉   Rachel did an amazing job prepping my nails and Carlton offers a wide variety of colours to choose from.     I learnt something new as well, in that all the new Morgan Taylor colours that have just been launched, like the Hello Pretty range, are also available in Gelish application. As I had already received and tried the MintRead More

Bella Essenza Spa Review

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We can all definitely appreciate visiting a big brand spa where we expect well trained staff and good quality products. However, there is something very convenient about your local, smaller spa where you get a more personalised experience.   So how about getting the best of both worlds?   Ulandi offers just this in her home based spa in the Northern Suburbs.  Having trained at Isa Carstens Academy, she then gained significant experience at SKIN Wellness as a thereapist and manageress, before opening  The Urban Spa in 2006.  She finally opened her home-based spa called Bella Essenza in Durbanville.   Having grown up in Durbanville, many years ago, I was keen to visit my old hood again and see what Ulandi had to offer.   I was treated to the Optiphi Class Full Age Defying Facial – 80 min – R650   I asked Ulandi why she chose Optiphi for her clients: “It isRead More

Love It!

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One of the best things about being a beauty blogger is that I get to discover all these wonderful new spas and salons that I might never have known about otherwise.   I’ve just come back from having a super gorgeous Gelish mani done by Candice Goldschmidt at Love It Spa at Nova Constantia.     It seems that the timing was perfect for Candice to move out on her own, after working for several high end spas, and open Love it spa on this 5* boutique hotel’s premises.   Catering for international clients in season, Candice also has a loyal local client base and I can see why.   She created a simple yet super comfortable haven of tranquillity, where you immediately feel comfortable and at home. Candice delivers top quality treatments and products and you can see she is extremely knowledgeable and passionate about what she does.    Read More

Alabaster Box Beauty Salon

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One of my favourite spas recently closed down, but luckily for us, the therapist that I’ve raved about previously (Kim Lochner) decided that it was time to open her own brand new beauty salon in town.   Alabaster Box Beauty Salon opened down at the Foreshore at the bottom of town, near the Cape Town Convention Centre.   Kim has not only brought her own professional touch to the salon, but she’s hired the best therapists that share her passion for and knowledge of all things beauty.   I was treated to an exceptional Environ facial and massage by Kelly – who pampered me for close to 3 hours with great care and absolute professionalism.   I left floating down the road, feeling so much lighter and happier than when I arrived.   There are 3 treatment rooms, and she offers all the regular spa treatments one would expect, including the Fish Therapy.   Environ isRead More

A Change Is As Good As A Holiday

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A change is as good as a holiday (or so it’s been said), so after 40 yrs of being a blonde, I decided to try something different. Marios has been working his magic on me as a blonde for a while:   And now as a brunette:   It seems that most people prefer me as a blonde but I’m enjoying the change and feel more ‘grown up’.  A friend sent me a research article on how people respond to different hair colours and I’m quite curious to experience and test this.   I’d love to know your experiences so feel free to share them in the comments below.   Co-incidentally, Marios’ salon also had a recent make-over, and he has two fantastic new stylists on board.   The salon used to be bright and white:   And now it’s beautifully moody. I adore the chandeliers:   They’ve also hired twoRead More

Africology Parkhurst Review

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  If you have meandered in Parkhurst lately then no doubt you have been past  (and smelt the aromas emanating from inside) the gorgeous new Africology store.   Yes, they sell all manner of these wonderful all-natural products (I am addicted to their Sleep Balm) but did you know that beneath the shop lie ones of the most amazing spas I have ever visited?     The kind of treatments here differs from anywhere else I have seen or been to. So, I decided, after much contemplation, to go for the Oxygen therapy facial in the hope of revitalising my complexion.       Firstly, my therapist placed an oxygen mask over my face and I simply breathed in pure oxygen for five minutes. This is to get the blood plasma flowing. She then placed her hands over my face so I could smell the uplifting eucalyptus oil. Her handsRead More

The Spa at Melrose

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  After my fantastic eye treatments at the Melrose Aesthetic Centre, I tried out the samples given to me and discovered a skin product called iS Clinical. My skin is sensitive and dry and not everything suits it, but these products were amazing! That’s why I was so happy to try out an iS Clinical facial at Melrose Spa, the sister of the clinic, and directly opposite it.     The clinic is a situated in Melrose Arch and is a tranquil but professional space. I’ve always been careful about peels on my skin and had only tried one light one once before post-pregnancy when my skin was breaking out. My therapist warned me that the type of facial I was about to have is not a pampering facial, but an active one that yields quick results. So, I was a bit nervous but was assured that it really isRead More