IPL vs Waxing Costs

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If you read my blog and my Facebook posts, then you’ll know that I am documenting my Journey To Smooth with Legs Eleven.   I recently went for my 3rd leg treatment and as usual, I was in-and-out in less than 1 hour and it wasn’t painful at all.  Having IPL on my legs is almost relaxing and it’s over before I know it.     While I was having my treatment done, I came to the realisation that I must be saving myself pooh loads of money now that I’ve stopped waxing.   Think about it. When I was waxing I would have to go religiously every month and at on average cost of R150 per session (1/2 leg) that’s R1800 per year, every year for the rest of my life. Now that I’m using IPL for my permanent hair removal, I only have to go 6-8 times atRead More

A Hidden Gem

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If you’re tired of large impersonal spas, where you may even be allocated a different therapist every time you visit, then I’ve just found this little hidden gem that you’re going to love.     I just had the privilege of (finally) meeting Sarah from Soma Studio. We’ve been chatting online for a while and I regularly check out The Spa Shop, which she also runs, but we’ve never met before.       I immediately felt at home and that I was in great hands. She treated me to a super relaxing pedi while we chatted about all things spa related.   Her 15 years experience comes through not only in her attention to detail & product knowledge, but also in how professional yet relaxed she comes across.     The studio is decorated tastefully and as it was super cold (8 C) on the day of my pedi, theRead More

Class of 2013

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Class of 2013 - Full Range

Recently I received the most gorgeous package from Essence – Class of 2013.   I may be slightly 😉 too old for the college look,  but I’m besotted with this range. It includes a cosmetics bag, eyeshadow pens, lip tints, translucent powder, blush, nail polish & even some cute hair ties.   As you can see I was totally spoilt with my favs of the bunch.   Translucent Powder | 01 Sheerleader | R39.95 As with the entire range, I totally love the design and packaging of this. Powder is silky and gives you a nice matt complexion.       Blush | o1 Alpha Betta Gamma | R39.95 Perfect soft pink shade for my complexion. What’s not to love?         Nail Polish |02 Schools Out Forever | R24.95 Awesome colour – absolutely love it. Dries fast and lasts a while. Definite must have!   Cosmetics BagRead More

Aura Skincare Clinic Review

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Cosy Treatment Room

Aura Skincare Clinic   Nights of not sleeping due to a restless and teething 1 year old have taken their toll on my skin which is pallid, dull and in need of some TLC. Dry in winter, my skin needs moisture desperately: Enter the Dermalogica hydrating facial. My therapist identifies my dryness immediately and this is what she recommends for my skin.     My treatment room at Aura is warm and cozy and I am grateful (it’s cold outside) to be able to snuggle up in what looks like a bedroom. Once settled in, my therapist preps my skin with steam and a cleanse before extractions. It’s so wonderful after months of not having a facial to be able to have someone concentrate on my skin and give it what it needs.     Lastly, a serum, a mask and soothing massage to the neck sends me into aRead More

Diamonds & Gold Dust Facials! [Review & Give-Away]

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Nature’s Essence Aromatherapy Beauty Solutions   I’ve just been thoroughly spoilt by Nature’s Essence. They delivered a couple of their favourite products for me to test and review.   Diamond Facial Kit The first thing I tried was their Diamond Facial. They sent a mini kit which includes the 5 steps that you would enjoy at a spa. * Face cleanser 1-2 min * Scrub powder 3-5 min * Serum10-15 min * Shine Pack 15 min * Polish Cream 10 min   Each step does take a few minutes, so it’s not a quick facial, but more like an in-house spa facial. Each tube has about 5-6 treatments in it.   What I love about it: The Diamond facial offers amazing exfoliation and has a great polishing effect. I tested it at night so I didn’t notice that much when I went to bed, but when I applied my foundationRead More

Rubybox Review August 2013 [VIDEO]

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Another fantastic Rubybox just landed on my desk and just to start with, I am really loving the new box that it comes in – very useful indeed.      I’m also crazy about the design on the card explaining how you can Earn & Spend rubyrands * 1 rubyrand = R1 *   So What Was In My Box? Because products are matched to your beauty profile, everyone will receive goods that are best suited to their beauty needs, and will therefore vary slightly. 1. Bramley Magnolia Body Butter R24.99 | 250g Rich in nourishing Vitamin E and Bio-Pharm Oil this is the perfect little moisturiser to pop in your handbag, especially now with this cold weather.   2. Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Plump Perfect Ultra Lift and Firm Moisturise Cream SPF 30 R585 | 50ml Perfect trial size to see if you skin loves this line-fighting favourite. With Ceramide Triple Complex andRead More

Cinderella’s Secret Is Out

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While running the Cinderella’s Secret competition for you all, I was lucky enough to be sent a surprise package of all these wonderful goodies to try myself.   I am totally in love with these bath products and my son keeps asking me why I smell so good 😉   My favourite product is probably the Body Scrub. I use it in the shower and as it is a creamy body scrub, not only does it exfoliate, it immediately moisturises as well, leaving your skin super-soft and smooth. Another great tip is to use it to do your important breast examination every week in the shower.  My aunt has just been diagnosed with breast cancer so I can’t stress enough how vital this is for all of us to do regularly. My next favourite are the bath products. I adore the bath milk and my kids have already finished theRead More

Instant Facelift Review & Give-Away

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Skin Doctors Instant Facelift

Skin Doctors Instant Face lift Review   I received the Instant Facelift from Skin Doctors to review which made me pretty excited. Who doesn’t want an instant facelift without going under the knife? What it does: * It improves sagging skin because it tightens, lifts and boosts firmness. * It improves the elasticity and tonicity of the skin * Instantly smooths wrinkles and best of all it works in just 5 minutes * Effects last between 4-8 hours   How to apply: 1. Apply to clean dry skin 2. Place a few drops on your palm and apply in an upward motion with your finger * from your chin to your ear along your jaw line * from your nose to your temple along your cheek bone * from your eyebrow up towards your hairline 3. Once applied, try not to make any facial movements (smiling/talking) for 2-3 minutes untilRead More

Rubybox Review July 2013 [VIDEO] & [WINNER]

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We’ve been waiting with bated breath to see what was in the July box, and it’s finally here. We asked you in last month’s video what you thought this exclusive new product would be and had many of you were very close. So what was this exciting NEW product that we found in our July box? None other than the Lash Card! Brand new to SA & exclusive to Rubybox, the Lash Card is loved by Glamour, and showcased by the Vogue Fashions Night Out. Watch the video: What was the exclusive mystery product? 1. Lash Card – 10 individually wrapped mascara shields R69.95 | 10 shields   The Lash Card is a simple yet effective tool, shaped to cover your eyelids,  used when you apply your mascara & helps prevent mascara smudging and clumping.   What else was in my box? 2. Rubybox Beauty – Va Va Voom Mascara inRead More

Essence Nail Polish Review

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Essence Colour & Go has just released 7 new colours for Spring for us to play with.   What I’ve always loved about Essence Colour & Go is: * The fast drying time. * It also has a great shaped flat brush which makes application even easier & you end up with a much neater finish. * There are no damaging ingredients such as formaldehyde, toluene and softening phthalates. * The size! At only 8ml, you might just actually get to finish a bottle of nail polish and it keeps the cost down to only  R19.95.   I received 2 colours to try (orange & blue) and at first I thought that I wasn’t that keen to try them out, as I felt that they were too bright for me. BUT once I did, I had loads of fun with it & really enjoyed them both.   In  total there areRead 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

How To Get Your Smooth On For FREE! [GIVE-AWAY]

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Refer A Friend

I don’t know about you, but I trust my friends’ opinions above anything else. Obviously I read up a lot on beauty treatments, and we all have access to vast amounts of information out there, but when a friend tells me how happy she is with a spa, salon, therapist or treatment, I’m all ears, and make a mental note to check it out.   Well, let me be your friend today, and tell you about the Legs eleven ‘Refer A Friend’ programme as I really think you should hear this.     Legs eleven has a very exciting refer a friend programme, which rewards you for spreading the word about them. Upon completing your first IPL treatment session you will be offered your own Legs eleven referral cards to hand out amongst your friends and colleagues.   Every time you refer a friend and they book and pay forRead More