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[Review] You Bar

Posted on by Nikki Temkin in Reviews, Spa Reviews | 2 Comments
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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

Best Body Skin Review JHB

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I am always looking for treatments that I have never tried before and only from the most professional people. You can’t take chances with your body or your face. That’s why I am so pleased to have discovered  Best Body Skin in Birdhaven.   Often salons which offer cutting- edge, skin and body treatments can feel intimidating, but no so with Best Body Skin. The staff, team of experts and the bright décor put one instantly at ease—especially important considering I was about to embark on a programme, which included multiple injections to my face!   After an in- depth consultation with somatologist Hajira, we decided to concentrate on the areas of my face, which cause me the greatest concern. Namely, pigmentation, dullness and loss of elasticity due to ageing, lack of sleep and general stress. In other words, I really wanted to try and recapture my youthful glow! NoRead More

Pure Wellness Skin And Body

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Sometimes, I stumble completely by accident on a salon that I otherwise would not have known about. This was the case with Purewellness who happen to be five minutes away from where I live. And boy, am I glad that I discovered them!     Tucked away on Jan Smuts Avenue, they offer all manner of beauty treatments in a comfortable space where bright and lovely owner Angie Nunes will make sure that you’re comfortable and happy.     I’d decided on a coral coloured OPI pedicure as my toes were desperately in need of some TLC—luckily I had come to the right place. My lovely therapist worked quickly and expertly to give me a stunning pedicure that I was proud to show off in my sandals. The pedi consisted of a lovely foot and leg massage too, which went a long way in relaxing me for the rest ofRead More

En Masse – Illovo

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Before you read any further, know this: I am a complete massage freak. I love being massaged. In my days of lots of travel, before children, I was lucky enough to experience massages all over the world from India, Iceland and Bali to Japan, Malaysia and Thailand.   In Bangkok, there’s a place known as WatPo, a school built near the temple, for those learning massage with the masters of Thai massage. My husband and I both had massages here; mine was with a warm poultice and was amazing. There is an art to Thai massage and the practitioner has to know exactly what they are doing.   So, this was my second visit to En Masse (previously I reviewed their fabulous reflexology) and this time I went back for their Thai massage, which is really their signature treatment. Walking into the salon, I already feel the tension easing awayRead More

Skin Solutions – Derma Pen Review

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It’s very rare that I get to experience a true professional and someone who stands out in the skin arena. By now I have been all over town trying out facial therapies and have found that it’s unusual to discover a person who really knows skin and offers something different.  Elfriede from Skin Solutions is one of these people and also loves what she does with a clear passion for uncovering the best skin that you can have.   After an initial consultation with Elfriede, we decided to go for the Dermapen treatment as she it would benefit my skin most and treat the issues that were bothering me including fine lines, dehydration and pigmentation.     The Dermapen is a nifty little gadget, which, as it rolls over your skin, creates tiny little holes, as a miniature needle would. Not only does this increase blood flow and collagen toRead More

Ma Cherie Nails

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Okay. Let me be clear about this. There are manicurists and then there are rare nail artistes and Kelly, of Ma Cherie Nails, is undoubtedly the latter. Never before have I, in all my days of reviewing beauty salons, encountered someone who can do what Kelly can with nails. This is not an exaggeration!   Basically, Kelly can paint (with her bare, tiny hands) any design you wish (and I mean any) from camo, animal and floral to stripes, stars, argyle and geometric, onto your nail. This is not a stick- on that you can buy and do yourself nor is it a print from a machine, no this is Kelly herself painting fine designs that will blow you away onto your nails. .   Trying to choose from the massive amount of designs in the magazines that Kelly offered me (or you can make up your own… how aboutRead 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

The Melrose Aesthetic Centre Review

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  Stepping into the futuristic, stylish Melrose Aesthetic Centre raises my hopes—they specialise in the latest treatments, which include botox, laser resurfacing, fillers, teeth whitening and laser lipolysis. My wish is that Dr. Gordon Cohen will be able to help me look like I did before I had children. In other words: like I haven’t had 3 hours of sleep a night for what seems like aeons. Or at least make me seem and feel a little fresher and less worn out.   My experience in such methods is limited so I am fairly anxious about what to expect—especially since I don’t want to look “worked on” and stay natural.  But, my meeting with Dr Cohen puts me at ease and I am more than happy to detail what I perceive to be my body and facial flaws for him. The litany of offences my body has raged against meRead More

Bella Bronze Review

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There’s nothing like a tan to make you feel healthier, more attractive and to trick you into imagining that the holiday you’ve just returned from is lasting a little bit longer. When you’re as pale as I am, even the slightest bit of colour can make you feel exotic. So, I was very pleased to accept a spray tan from Kim of Bella Bronze. Kim uses the very latest technology for her tans—and best of all, she comes to your house. Yes! A travelling tan mistress.   Before the tan, Kim asks me to shower or bath and exfoliate my skin with a loofah or exfoliating gloves, but no oil based exfoliators. If you have neither, you can simply add a bit of sugar or salt to your normal body wash, which will work just as well. This ensures that there is a smooth, fresh surface to bronze and thatRead More

Sorbet Parkhurst Review

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  It seems that everywhere you look, there’s a Sorbet salon: they’re taking over the local beauty world—and for good reason!  It seems like it might be easy to find a good mani/pedi because of the proliferation of nail bars in Jozi, but it isn’t. The latest Sorbet to open is in the heart of vibey Parkhurst—and just like the others, the décor is bright, fresh and no-frills.     I love having my feet and hands done simultaneously as it really does save time. Bridget is assigned to my fingers and Happy to my toes. The pair of them are just lovely and I am very impressed with their professionalism. Bridget is the very first nail therapist to suggest some acrylic to fill in the ridges on my thumbs, which are badly damaged from years of nail and cuticle biting. Once she carefully applies it, my nails are instantlyRead More