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Amazing Abalone House & Spa Paternoster – Review

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My husband and I were invited to experience the Abalone House & Spa in August 2015.   We’ve stayed and several B&B’s before in Paternoster, which we’ve always enjoyed, but this time we were looking forward to a romantic break away from the kids.   Arriving at Abalone House, we immediately felt relaxed amidst the eclectic bohemian decor and settled into our room before enjoying a glass of bubbles on the deck.     We then went for a wander around the village and popped into one of the wonderful local restaurants for a mouth watering lunch. We wanted to go for a long stroll along the beach, but as it was drizzling, we opted to enjoy the hotel facilities instead. We’d booked a table at 7pm for dinner, but they suggested that we should come down a little earlier to see the sunset on the deck. Unfortunately the weather didn’t play along,Read More

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

UCook Review

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Recently I discovered another wonderful food delivery service called UCook, where you receive EVERYTHING you need to cook 3 delicious meals, including the recipe and the freshest, yummiest ingredients. Their recipes are created from scratch from a number of chefs, including the winner of the Italian Masterchef TV series Lapo Magni, Nic Tonglet who has worked at the Test Kitchen and Pot Luck Club under the mastermind Luke Dale-Roberts, and Janne Molzen a lecturer at Silwood. The end product is a balanced healthy meal that is both nutritious and delicious. You can find out more information on the chefs who created each recipe, by reading their chef bio at the bottom of the menu page. I was given the opportunity to test their service, and we chose the L-carb menu for our family.   We checked the expiry dates and selected to prepare the Oven Baked Salmon first. My kids absolutely love fish (luckily!) soRead 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

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

Best Body Skin Review JHB

Posted on by Nikki Temkin in Anti-Aging, Beauty & Body, Reviews, Skin Care, Spa Reviews | Leave a comment
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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

Daily Dish Review

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Here’s something different that I was asked to review. For once it has nothing to do with beauty. It’s a recipe and ingredients delivery service called Daily Dish.   There are 4 delicious meals delivered each week and you can choose from the following meal type: Classic menu (includes meat) Low Carb menu Vegetarian menu   This includes free delivery to your door on a Monday. I chose the Low Carb menu and here’s my experience.   Service, delivery and packaging were fantastic. The courier arrived on Monday afternoon, and all the ingredients were packaged neatly in a box with a cover letter and beautifully printed recipes to follow.     They advise you to put the ingredients in the fridge immediately, and even give you a suggested order of cooking your meals based on the expiry date of the ingredients.     As you can see, everything is beautifully packagedRead More

Time To Visit Style Bar

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After the holidays and a crazy start to the new year, I was desperate to visit Style Bar again and give my hair some much needed attention.   Nicole booked me in with a new stylist who lives in my area, so we quickly started chatting about our local neighbourhood.   Style Bar is always busy with customers popping in just to say ‘hi’ and catch up with their stylists and friends.   They have loads of products in store too, so if you’re looking for a top salon brand, you’re sure to find it there, or on their online shop Retail Box    I decided to go back to blonde for Summer so we ditched the low lights and only added highlights this time.   I spent the time waiting for my highlights to take, catching up with fellow blogger Kathryn Rossiter, who was there having her hair done as well.  Read 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

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

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