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

[Review] Rain – Metamorphosis

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You even get to take some goodies home afterwards

  When I read about the Rain Metamorphosis treatment I was immediately drawn to the idea of shedding my Winter skin and emerging new and refreshed, ready for Summer.    I’m going to come right out and say that this was probably one of the BEST massage treatments that I have EVER had. 2 hours of pure pampering. One thing that sets Rain apart from other spas is that everything has a journey, and it’s led by the client. Sylvia, my therapist, gently guided me on a journey of the senses, starting with me choosing which products she was going to use for the exfoliation, body and head massage.     Everything was perfection. The product choices were varied and top quality. The treatment was structured in such a way to minimise the client having to turn over or move. Yes, you have to get up to shower between the exfoliationRead 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

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

Sherbet Angel Review & Give-Away

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Sherbet Angel Studio Salon & Boutique     On the Parkhurst strip lies one of the loveliest salons I have ever visited. Many a time I walked by and longed to have a treatment at this place, which looks so pretty and inviting from the outside. Inside, it’s no different. Charming and warm, Sherbet Angel is a paradise for pregnant ladies, tired moms and anyone really who needs a temporary respite from the outside world. It offers everything from slimming treatments and massages to wraps, manicures and facials. Run by a mom and daughter team, the décor is colorful and bright which makes for a cheery start to my long-awaited treatment.     Inside the comfortable room, I am treated to the Thalgo hydrating facial that is much needed, might I add. Having never used any Thalgo products before, I am pleasantly surprised by how fresh it feels. Thalgo productsRead More

Restoring Radiance

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  I recently had the most interesting Anti-Ageing Laser Genesis Facial, which includes microdermabrasion, laser genesis & mesotherapy, at Oasis Spa, which is situated in the gorgeous Skin & Body Renewal in the Cape Quarter, Cape Town.   While Bianca worked diligently on my face, Brittany pampered my feet with a much needed pedicure.   Bianca started with the microdermabrasion. This is totally not painful exfoliation using crystals and felt like a soft suction on my skin.  After this she targeted each area of my face separately with laser, which stimulates the production of collagen.  It feels like warm flashing light but isn’t painful at all.   Lastly, she finished with the mesotherapy, which she used to push growth hormone into my skin to again stimulate collagen production. This felt a bit odd on my forehead, but again not unpleasant at all.   The whole anti-ageing laser genesis facial took anRead More

Gloss Nail & Beauty Shop Review

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  After a nasty few weeks, which included a bout of pneumonia, I definitely need something to cheer me up and there’s nothing like a fresh mani/pedi to do the job.  Located in the recently renovated centre in Birdhaven, Gloss is a bright, upmarket and airy salon with cool, crisp décor. I am always so afraid of messing up my nails (and often do) on the walk back to car, but you can park right outside here so there’s no chance of that happening unless I am having a super-clumsy day.     Co-owner Natalie Franco has all the very latest shades and I can’t seem to decide whether to go with coral or emerald green so pick mostly green (well, it is spring) for my nails with one red nail (yes, it’s a trend. Don’t you watch Fashion Police?) and the opposite combination for my toes. The therapists (twoRead More

Look Who Sponsored Our ‘Great Gatsby’ Auction!

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Last month, my son’s school arranged a Great Gatsby auction evening as a fundraiser and I approached some of my favourite spas and beauty products in SA to see if they would like to be part of it.   I was blown away by their generosity & all the moms were super excited that we had these amazing sponsors and products to auction off.   A huge thank you goes to the following sponsors:   1. Suntra Spa 15 on Orange Hotel – Bellabacci Full Body Massage – R620 This was auctioned off in a flash 😉   2. Legs 11 Greenpoint, IPL permanent hair removal vouchers x 2 R380 per area Best, safest and most affordable salon for permanent hair removal – you can read all about my journey here:   3. Theravine Hydrating Skin Care Selection R543.60 – Perfect hamper for these dry Winter days.Read More

Africology At The Maslow

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I have been wanting to try out the Africology products for a long time now, intrigued by their amazing scents and natural ingredients. The Maslow Hotel in Sandton, cleverly renamed for Maslow’s hierarchy of needs of which shelter is primary, has recently been renovated and looks really amazing, as does the Africology Spa. Walking into the spa, the lovely aromas already start to relax the body and mind.   Mpho, my therapist leads me to the changing room where I’m given the fluffiest slippers ever and a key to a locker. I don my paper panties and step into the rasoul chamber. If you’ve never had a rasoul before, then make sure you enjoy saunas first or steam rooms, because it can otherwise feel a little claustrophobic.   In the rasoul chamber a little pot has been left for me containing mint and coffee mud. Mpho has explained to meRead More

Find Your Way To Wellness

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Treatment Room

I recently received an email from Dominique from Hello Nature, thanking me for my honest content & feedback in my Issahra reviews that I had done through Rubybox.   She is also the owner of WoW! (Ways of Wellness), a 100% organic spa, and invited me to try their anti-aging facial, where I could experience the full Issahra range (R380 | 1hr).  WoW! recently moved to Park road, just up from the Lifestyle on Kloof Centre, and is different to most spas. It runs on a new concept where they work on a no-appointments, walk -in schedule, so if you have a busy schedule, or have some time on your hands & are at a loss for what to do, you can pop in unannounced. WoW is also committed to using certified organic and nature based products free of ‘nasties’ such as parabens and chemical colourants. Equally passionate about beauty the naturalRead More

Where Thyme Stands Still

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  I’ve just come back from spending 6 days in the desert, so you can imagine how much I was looking forward to my pampering treat at Thyme Wellness Spa. Louda had invited me to experience their Tranquility Touch Treatment & the Dermalogica Core Facial.   On arrival my feet were cleansed in warm water, while I filled in my info sheet. What a nice touch!   As soon as I met my therapist, Nicole, I knew I was in good hands. She clearly explained the procedure for the next few hours, then left me to get ready.     We started with the massage. She explained that this massage uses very rhythmic movements and therefore would not be as firm as a regular massage, but still asked what kind of pressure I preferred. This was arguably the most relaxing massage I have ever had. She managed to combine the flowing movements with aRead More