Rubybox Review June 2013 [VIDEO] & {GIVE-AWAY}

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This month’s box has a new inner packaging which is really stunning, so a big thumbs up to the ladies at Rubybox for updating that.   All rubybox subscribers are automatically members of the exclusive new VIP Insider club, which gives them access to new brands, exciting offers and happening events! Find out more on the website here.   The card has also been redesigned and now includes a shopping icon on products that you can buy on rubybox itself, which I find really helpful.   What’s in the box?   1. All rubies received a gorgeous plum Alila lipstick. R120 I Full Size Packed with vitamin E, this not only makes a bold statement but also hydrates your lips.  Although I’ve always fancied sporting sexy red lips, I’m just not sure I can pull it off. Great product though, so I’ll keep trying it.   2. Body Choice Sponge R74.95 IRead 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


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Xen-Tan Hamper

Recently I was given an extensive Xen-Tan hamper to test & review and I was definitely looking forward to trying these products out.   The only problem I had was time. With two kids and several freelance jobs, when was I going to get the time to try this out properly?   I thought I would jump in the shower while the kids where in the bath as this would give me a good 15-20minutes with them “out of the way” – or so I thought. Big mistake!   It all started well. The mint exfoliating body scrub is super lovely and refreshing and I was well on my way to enjoying this new product.     Once out of the shower, I dried myself thoroughly and used some of the Blending Balm on my heels, elbows and knees – any areas I thought would absorb too much of the product.Read More

Impressed With Essence BB Cream

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bb cream

I first heard about BB creams last year and had to find our more about this little ‘all-in-one’ Beauty Balm. What is a BB cream? BB cream stands for “Beauty Balm” or “Blemish Balm”. As an all-in-one facial cosmetic product, it is promoted as a replacement for serum, moisturizer, primer, foundation, and sunblock. Pretty awesome – right?!    What does it do? “It will give you a good base for makeup like a primer, even out complexion like a tinted moisturiser, cover minor imperfections and redness like a concealer, hydrate your skin like your day cream, brighten and perk-up a dull complexion and some will even protect with SPF. Some also promise healing, soothing and anti-ageing properties.“  SOURCE     Essence all -in-one BB cream I just received the Essence all-in-one BB cream to review and I am suitably impressed.       It comes in three shades: 01 in Universal, 02Read More

[VIDEO REVIEW] Bee Natural Head 2 Toe Balm

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Bee Natural Head 2 Toe Healing & Beauty Balm R89.95 I 125ml   The ultimate 100% pure natural body & healing balm made with non-irradiated pollen enriched honey, beeswax & propolis. No lanolin, petroleum, aqueous cream, chemicals, colorants, perfumes or preservatives. Ingredients: Beeswax, raw honey, pollen, propolis, avocado & sunflower oil, non-toxic if taken orally.   Use for: Cracked heels & elbows Spider bites, boils, pimples Athletes foot & thrush Sunburn & itchy bites Cracked & bleeding nipples Fabulous body massage cream Hand & cuticle cream Cracked & sore lips     Amazing product that I use on myself & my kids. My hubby even tried some. It smells amazing and I’ve used it on my  cuticles, hands, heels, lips. I’ve got one word for it  – yummy! Great value and a little goes a long way.   Get yours now:

Rubybox Review May 2013 [VIDEO]

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  This month’s box was a bit different to previous months as I received less items but more full size products.   What’s in the box?   1. Lamelle Correctives Hydrating HA Plus R426 I 30ml This lightweight serum is packed with moisture infusing Hyaluronic Acid. Great for fine lines & dehydrated skin. This came at the right time as I’ve just returned from 6 days in the desert. I love my serums and compared this to the Lamelle Correctives Recharge CE complex. I think I prefer the CE complex but both are amazing products.   2. Catrice Precision Eye Pencil in 080 Wildthing R29.95 I full size I love this eyeliner. It is soft enough to apply easily yet you are still able to create a nice sharp line with it and sets nicely. I love this colour as well as it has a gold shimmer to it –Read More

Burst Make-Up Brushes [Give-Away]

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brush set

I’ve just received the most decadent package of Burst make-up brushes, and have a surprise for you as well! You are going to do the ‘happy dance’ when you hear what we’ve got in store for you today!   BURST has recently launched it’s online store with high quality imported professional make-up brushes at amazing prices! These brushes are on par with the top make-up brush brands, and I was relieved to hear that  all animal hair brushes are are guaranteed cruelty free. There are 43 products to choose from, as well as some great  brush sets in different sizes. All the brushes are categorised for your convenience, with detailed descriptions to help you make your selection.   “The idea of importing my own range came after I went to buy new brushes and the total amount shocked me.  I am tired of retailers being ridiculously expensive, especially to the general public”, says LaReine.   I received their travelRead 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

[New Product Review] Essence Gel Lip Tint

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  As soon as I heard about the new Essence Gel Tint, I had to try it.   There are 4 colours to choose from (red, reddish-brown, pink and apricot), and I received the Flashy Apricot (03), which is an orangy red colour.     I love that it is a lip tint and gloss in one. This one is quite subtle which is perfect for me as a deep red does not suit me.   It is a water based gel tint and lasts surprisingly long as it doesn’t feel that heavy on the lips.   They are available at Clicks and Dischem for only R29.95, so everyone can afford it.   Definitely a great new ‘must-have’ item for your beauty collection.   Website: Facebook:

Issahra Argan Oil Review

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I’m sure that most of you have heard of Argan Oil by now, which has been referred to as liquid gold.   I first heard of Issahra when I reviewed their exfoliating soap, which made me want to get my hands on their Perfect Oil, which contains 100% pure argan oil.   Argan oil is exceptionally rich in essential fatty acids & vitamin E, which is great to moisturize dry skin, treat psoriasis &  acne, and to reduce fine lines & wrinkles, while  anti-oxidants neutralise the free radicals that cause ageing and protects the skin from the harmful rays of the sun.   What makes argan oil expensive is that fact that cracking the argan nut to obtain the argan kernels, has to be carried out by hand, making it a time consuming labour intensive process. It takes about 50 kilograms of nuts to make a litre of oil.  Read More

Look Younger With IPL Skin Rejuvenation

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  So by now you know that the IPL can be used for permanent hair removal, but the great news is that this amazing technology can also help you look younger by removing uneven pigmentation that the sun has inflicted on our skin, and simultaneously stimulating the production of collagen to plump up those wrinkles.   Internationally it is the most popular, non-invasive, professional anti-ageing treatment for women and men of all ages, who wish to reduce the visible signs of sun-damage and restore a more youthful and radiant appearance to their skin.   On your first visit to Legs eleven, you will have your free initial consultation where your therapist will take you through all the important information and show you some pre & post images of outstanding results that some clients have had.   Before & After Images   Combined Facial Therapy To obtain the best possible results, they recommend combining theRead More

Nails at Shepherds Pamper Studio Review

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So many colours to choose from!

Shepard’s Market is a delightful space near my home that offers, among other things, a Chinese restaurant and an Italian restaurant. So, when driving past, I spotted that a salon had opened; I just had to try it out.     Owner Kate Graham decided after many years in the corporate world to the leave the rat race and open a beauty salon—and what a lovely place it is. Cosy and welcoming, Kate employs just two therapists. I had come to get Gelish done on my toes and fingers—and having never tried it before, was quite excited. Gelish is a kind of a polish but one that is much longer lasting than ordinary polish and also (best of all) dries super-quick, way before you leave the salon. For someone clumsy like me, it’s a real plus. Unfortunately, you can’t do Gelish too often but once in a while, it’s fantastic.Read More