Review

TanOrganic Review

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If you ever worried about what you’re putting on you skin, or hate the sticky feeling and smell that one usually associates with self tan, then look no further, I’ve just discovered one that is totally organic, has absolutely not smell or stickiness. Want to know what it is?   It’s called TanOrganic, and it’s Eco-certified, meaning it has been certified by one of the most stringent processes in the market, whereby the entire production chain is checked, from the raw materials to the finished product. Certified by PETA, The Organic Trust, The Ethical Company Organisation and Approved by Irish Eczema Society to name a few.   I received the Tan Trilogy Try-Me Kit R499, which is a limited special offer to get started! Each Try-Me Kit contains: 1 x 30ml TanOrganic Original, 1 x 30ml Oil Arganic, 1 x Tan Erase, 1 x Tanning Glove.   So here’s whyRead 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

Konjac Puff Sponge

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It’s not often that I receive totally different and innovative products to review, and when Infinity Skincare offered me the Konjac Sponge to try out,well, I could not resist!     The sponge basically makes your daily cleansing routine a lot simpler and more efficient. The amazing thing is that you don’t need a cleanser with it because the 100 % natural vegetable fibres of this nifty little sponge do all the work!   Made from the root of the Konjac plant (a naturally moisture-rich, edible plant) the sponge is very alkaline which means it won’t upset the delicate PH balance of your skin. The sponge has a net-like structure, which gently massages the skin and stimulates the blood flow, refining the pores and encouraging the growth of new skin cells.   Well, by day 3 of using my sponge, my skin was glowing, clear and also very soft becauseRead More

Essence Pampering

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I just had a little surprise in the post and unpacked some little treasures from one of my favourite brands – Essence.   They’re always coming out with new ranges and colours and fun things to try. Luckily their prices are also very ‘user friendly’ 😉 so it is actually possible to play around and try them out.   I received their pro white glow nail polish (R27.95), which is a nail whitener with an anti-yellow formulation. This is definitely worth a try, as I always feel very un-chic when my darker nail polishes leave my nails with that horrible yellow tint.   It’s a pink-transparent nail polish which enhances the natural color of your nails, and visibly lightens the tips for a gorgeous, pampered and glossy look.     I also received their 6in1 nail candies in ‘oh lolli lollipop’ (R27.95), which is a really soft creamy pink.  The sixRead 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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After the tan :)

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

pHformula Skin Resurfacing

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After chatting to Dr Kim Prescott from Anuyu Body and Skin, she invited me to experience the pHformula A.G.E. facial which is a range she came across in Europe.   On returning to Cape Town, she introduced this range to her Wynberg spa and I asked her why this particular product stood out for her.   Kim explained that pHformula was hitting Wow factor in London for quick and very good results, but was still very new here. It is developed in Barcelona using a new generation approach (multiple gentler fruit acids, lactic acid, lactobionic acids etc) and a high technology skin delivery system for enhanced penetration of active products.   Very importantly, they are trialled on sun-exposed skins – both in Spain and Middle East. Most of glycolic ranges are developed for use in Caucasian skins and there are big risks for inflammatory responses and hyperpigmentation – or hypopigmentationRead More

Sorbet Parkhurst Review

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Awesome ombre effect for my hands

  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

10 Benefits Of IPL Hair Removal For Men

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I recently went for my 4th IPL hair removal session on my legs at Legs Eleven and mentioned it to my mother, at a family braai. Much to my surprise, my brother overheard and starting asking me about it. I would never have guessed that he would be interested in this, but he sounded pretty keen on learning more about it.   The great thing about IPL is that you can go all the way and be totally Smooth For Life, or just have a few treatments and thin the hair which is often enough for men.   I chatted to Tiana, my therapist, and surprisingly they have a huge male client base.     So if your other half ever complains of hair, chat to them about IPL, as you might find them very open to the idea.   Here’s some info I received that you can share withRead More

Skin Tightening & Wrinkle Reduction Facial

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  Over the years I’ve noticed a move from treatments for purely pampering reasons, to those that actually show results as well.   With this in mind, I was excited to try review the skin tightening effects of the Maximus Tri-lipo machine, at Anuyu Skin & Body spa at the Andros Hotel in Claremont.   Kim explained that the Maximus Tri-lipo machine can be used for fat removal and lymphatic drainage, as well as skin tightening and wrinkle reduction.   I was invited to experience their Super Wow Facial Rejuvenation Treatment, which incorporates the Maximus Skin Tightening Facial, with Stem Cell Serum and a PH Formula Vitamin C boost 1 week later.   The facial took about 1h15 and started with a cleanse, toner, exfoliation and then a lymph drainage massage with Theravine Hydrating Pinotage oil.   Cari then used the Maximus Tri-lipo medium applicator on most of my faceRead More