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Morgan Taylor Summer 2016 Street Beat

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The latest Morgan Taylor Summer 2016 Street Beat colours launched on 1 September 2016 in leading salons and retailers nationwide.   This collection introduces 6 new super bold and eye-catching shades, that will brighten up your summer.     Here are the 6 colours that make up the Street Beat Collection:   Morgan Taylor retails at R138 per bottle, available at leading salons and retailers nationwide.   Check out these Behind The Scenes images in this video below:    For more info go to www.sparklesa.co.za   I’m absolutely LOVING these bright colours.   

[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

Carlton Hair & Nails

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Hello Pretty Summer Colours

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

Morgan Taylor – Hello Pretty

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Just received this gorgeous little package highlighting the New Summer Collection 2015 from Morgan Taylor called Hello Pretty.       

Fight Like A Lady

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  The latest Morgan Taylor collection not only offers 4 super sexy colours in their ‘Fight Like A Lady’ mini 4 pack, it also helps support the fight for breast health and fund research for a cure.   Available from 1 September 2015 – R220

Looking Good With LCN – Spring Summer 2015

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Looking Good LCN celebrates 13 years of success as the sole importer and distributor of LCN products, from Wilde Cosmetics in Germany, reaching the whole of Southern Africa and stretching into Angola, Swaziland, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Ghana.   Looking Good LCN recently showcased what’s hot and happening for Spring/Summer 2015.       The Under The Sea collection features some brand new nail polish trend colours for Spring. ‘Do you Speak Coral’ and ‘Lobster Love Affair’ are definitely two of my favourites.   When it comes to make-up, their lipgloss colours are rich in pigment and super glossy.     The Cover me in Diamonds Dust highlight powder is a definite must-have for the season.   See You In Ibiza highlights their Summer colours which are slightly lighter and definitely a whole lot of fun to try.   LCN also has a Bronzing Dry Oil which is going to be anotherRead More

Hean Summer Collection Nail Polish

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So many of you mentioned how much you love HEAN products, so I thought I’d quickly share the latest Hean Summer Collection limited edition fun and fresh nail polishes colours.   The names evoke the very essence of summer and are sure to make you smile with shades called Life Is Peachy, Island Girl, Summer Daze, Mojito Madness and Lethal Lemonade.     The Hean Summer Collection Nail polishes are made from a durable vinyl base containing a special blend of three resins, which result in a smooth colour with no streaks and is resistant to chipping. Being sun smart these nail polishes contain a UV filter.   Price : R55.00 (7ml) Put your best foot forwards while keeping your finger on the latest summer nail inspirations by visiting Glamore Cosmetics online store.   The Hean range can be can be bought directly from the online store http://shop.glamorecosmetics.co.za/.   Free Shipping onRead More

Essence Gel Nail Polish Review

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Most of us have tried one of the many in salon gel manicure’s (Bio-Sculpture, Shellac, Gelish). As much as I love that a gel mani does not chip and can last up to 3 weeks, the one little niggle I have is that you can’t really remove the gel yourself and have to go back to the salon to have it removed properly. And, yes, I’m guilty of removing it myself (trying to copy the nail technician with foils on my nails). Somehow I don’t seem to do as good a job.   I’d heard a beauty editor mention the latest Essence gel polish and was VERY keen to try it.   It’s not like the salon gel manicure’s, but the next generation of nail polish that you apply like our normal polish at home (no lamp needed), but has an incredibly long-lasting gel like effect.   I received these twoRead 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

Bio-Sculpture Gel Manicure

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I’ve just had the most gorgeous Bio-Sculpture Gel manicure at Samantics and I’m obsessed.   Sam used Coco Frost on my nails and Bronze Bitch (oh how I love that name!) on my accent finger. Coco Frost has a slight sheen to it and Bronze Bitch has the most gorgeous gold bronze glitter in it – which she mixed up herself – just wow!   You’ve probably heard of gel manicures by now and there are several brands out there right now.  Sam chose to use Bio- Sculpture for several reasons: 1. It’s a gel system and not just a gel polish 2. It’s a hard wearing yet flexible gel 3. They come out with new colours every quarter 4. You can fill in any dents in the nail to create a perfectly smooth nail 5. She can create her own colours with this system!     Do yourself aRead 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

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