Saturday, 21 February 2015

Treat yourself to a spa day at Copperleaf Spa & Gym!

Ever run out of ideas on a good way to spend a Saturday, other than mall trotting? Well I think I may just have stumbled upon something...

I spent the day, with a good friend, at Copperleaf Spa & Gym in Centurion. We took an early morning drive out (08h00 on a Saturday morning, considered early to me), and made it, with time to spare, for our deliciously long list of treatments. We were booked in for a gorgeous package, that kept us well occupied until 16h00,  which included the following:
  • Full body warm sugar exfoliation 
  • Full body chocolate wrap
  • Full body Swedish massage 
  • A facial
  • Deluxe Manicure & Pedicure
  • Icing on  this cake.... lunch
Firstly the spa is set in a golf estate just 30 minutes drive from Sandton, with scenery you just cannot describe. It's an immaculately neat and organised setup, where from the minute we stepped in, we felt like VIPs,  from professional and friendly staff, to a thorough consultation, from a relaxing ambience to a selection of complimentary beverages, customised sweets, gowns and slippers - attention to detail - they've sure hit the nail on the head. What more is one looking for in a spa experience?! 

Quite often one feels slightly short changed when purchasing spa packages, as either the treatments feel rushed, or as if there are some short cuts being taken. Rest assured this was not the case with this spa, the treatments were thorough. I'm ordinarily not one to relax to the point of sleeping, but caught myself wide-mouthed snoring on several occasions (yes, embarrassing, I know). We were made to feel welcome, the atmosphere was warm, I died a blissful death!

Price wise, it's not the cheapest of places, but, you do get every penny's worth. Quality, for me, is most certainly worth paying extra for. I would highly recommend Copperleaf Spa as a nice one-day destination, with the girls or with your other half, you will not regret a second.

The facilities: golf course, café (the food was yum!), sauna, steam room, swimming pool & hair salon (which were under construction and expected to be open by end of March), double and single treatment rooms as well a mani & pedi lounge. I'm almost certain there's a facility or two I may have left out... If you're all about lifestyle then this is for you!

Keen to know more, click here.



Monday, 9 February 2015

Review: Lancôme Visionnaire Cx Advanced Skin Corrector

I was recently sent a product to try. And if you know me very well, you are aware that I have minimal appreciation for products that are not sold by dermatologists or specialised skin therapists #hides

So my biggest skin issue has always been my enlarged pores, which are on the top part of my checks and nose (they almost look like freckles) as well a bit of pigmentation on my upper lip (due to "the pill").

The product I received was Lancôme Visionnaire Advanced Skin Corrector, at first glance my thoughts were "this is awesome" a product that promises to re-texturise the look of skin, refine and correct the appearance of wrinkles, pores and uneven skin. Exactly what I needed and am always willing to put products to the test especially if they could potentially fix my issues.

The packaging was beautiful, and the serum was enclosed in an opaque coloured pump bottle which ensures that the efficacy and integrity of the formula is preserved. The only thing I would change about the bottle is that fact that you can't gauge how much product you have left as you use it, so maybe a very thin see through strip on the side some where would do well for that.





As always, I also read the back label for ingredients as I like to be well informed on what exactly I am applying to my skin. The first 3 ingredients were water, cyclohexasiloxane and glycerine. I was to happy with that, as it meant hydration, hydration and more hydration. I'm all about that!

On application the product glides on smoothly and was easily absorbed into the skin. It did not leave any residue whatsoever. I was determined to get the full effects of the product so I decided my routine would be cleanse & tone in one, apply the Lancôme Visionnaire Advanced Skin Corrector and an SPF30.  (I wouldn't recommend this as a permanent regime, but I was not willing to take the chance with breakouts or any adverse effects occurring from mixing and matching of products - I prefer to use a product line in its entirety). Back to the serum... The scent was very light and flowery, not over powering at all.

I must say I have pleasantly surprised, one week of usage and I see a huge change, particularly to the size of my pores and skin texture. I would ordinarily give a quick glance to my cheek and nose area when getting ready each morning, but I have been taking more time to scrutinise just to make sure it's not my imagination! With regards texture there is just no second guessing, I'm being told more and more how beautiful and flawless my skin is looking! I'm excited to see after one month of constant use, day and night, just how much more improved my skin will look.

Would I recommend this product? You will know after a month :) lets give it time to come full circle.




Remember: yes the product was sent to me, but I wasn't forced to review it, neither was I paid to do so. This is my honest opinion on how it has been working for me and I wanted to share it with you! #justsaying

Saturday, 31 January 2015

Henna...

I decided to dye my hair black with henna today. Hoping to reap all the other added benefits at the same time.

Some of the benefits:
* antibacterial/anti-fungal
* helps prevent dandruff & itching scalp
* adds strength & nourishes hair

The brand I used is called Glory, thanks to the recommendation of a friend (who also happened to be the one who bought it for me). It came very neatly packaged and with instructions. It said to mix with water, not to let the mixture sit for long as it would be less effective and to leave on the hair for not less than 30 minutes.


I know there are a number of henna "recipes" out there, for example, mixing it with black tea instead of water, mixing in oils etc.. I decided to stick to the instructions just so I could gauge how effective it would be.

The powder looked greenish & had a very earthy scent - smelt almost like dried okra to me! You get used to the scent after you've had it in for a while.

A lot of people also tend to struggle with the application of henna which they say gets very messy. I went in with the plan of mixing into a thick paste to avoid all of that, and found the application quick and trouble free. I let it sit until my hair was dry, which was about an hour and a half. Rinsed it out in the shower, applied conditioner for about 10 minutes and voila.

I'm very happy with the results, my hair is jet black and I would definitely recommend it to anyone wanting to colour their hair at home.



Have any of you used henna to colour your hair and was it successful?  Do you use it as a conditioning treatment to add strength to your hair, and how often do you use it?

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Waist Training..

Well, for those of us who are not so great at "saving" our clothing, this should make you a solid believer that fashion goes round in circles!

We are back to the waist training era...

Thanks to celebrities like Kim & Khloe Kardashian, Blac Chyna, Jessica Alba etc.. the trend is back and women around the globe are chasing after the hour glass figure. 

Where is all began:
Waist training aka tight-lacing aka corset training began as far back as the 16th century and was more of a fashion statement than waist slimming "tool".

How is works:
So there are apparently a number of different types of corsets, from steel boned, leather to latex, and each of them have a slightly different way of working. Authentic corsets would be the ones designed to reduce the waistline and flatten the stomach. I understand the best types, being the ones with spiral and flat steel bones. 

For example, the corset would be worn daily, for an average of 8 - 10 hours, and one can expect to see results within 1 week. 

How much they cost:
After doing a bit of research online, they seem to range from anywhere between R1000 - R2000 possibly more.



Have you/would you wear a corset? What was the experience like - comfortable or did you feel "squished" all day"? Did it work? Was the price worth it?

Please leave your comments below...

Friday, 28 November 2014

Dyeing your armpit hair!!!

I think I've said "and you thought you'd seen and heard it all" a number of times on this blog, but I can't help myself. Everything I make a new 'discovery' on, especially things like this, always leave me a little gobsmacked.

So, apparently dyeing your armpits has become the latest trend!!

I'm a little surprised, as I thought hair removal of some sort, was standard, particularly when it comes to the pits, guess there is something new to be learnt everyday. I understand the trend was started by a hairdresser, RoxieHunt aka @howtohairgirl 

Celebs like Madonna & Julia Roberts don't remove the hair from their armpits. And little less than a surprise Lady Gaga has dyed her armpits before.

I also understand there is some sort of feminist point of view too, that believes not removing body hair, gives some sort of 'liberation' aspect to womanhood?

Deep breath...

Is armpit hair your thing? Would you go on ahead and accessorize yourself with a shade of blue, pink, green etc.. Please, I'm keen to hear from you, educate me if need be, leave your comments down below.

















@howtohairgirl



Thursday, 6 November 2014

Velaterapia ~ A hair cut with a difference!

So I came across an interesting hair trend, that has apparently been in existence, in South America, since the 1960s, and is proving to be a hit with some Victoria Secret models and spreading...

The velaterapia treatment.

What is it?
Split end trimming, using a candle flame. Yup! That's what I said, candle cutting.

How does it work?
Sounds rather daunting, to think your hair could survive fire right?

The treatment must be performed by a trained stylist. They put your hair in to small sections, twist each section so that your split ends stick out, then run the candle flame back and forth along the length of the hair to singe the poking ends off. End result, trimmed hair that allows you to retain your length!

Apparently the heat of the flame opens up the hair cuticles, allowing the deep conditioning treatment you receive immediately after, to penetrate the hair better, leaving you with smooth, silky hair after your blow out.

How much does it cost?
In the US, the treatment will set you back by about $150 - $200. Not sure about other countries,  and, most certainly would be keen to know if this offering is, or will ever be available in South Africa?

Have you ever had this treatment done? Would you? Would you trust your stylist to perform this treatment on you? Or would you do it yourself? 

See the video of the treatment below:



Monday, 20 October 2014

Online Shopping - For all things beauty!

As my blog title says, I'm all about anything and everything beauty - and that means I have a hint of fascination when it comes to brands one doesn't readily find in South Africa.

Today, I thought I would share, with you, some international online shops, that I have enjoyed, and that offer delivery to countries in Africa, some even have free delivery - yup - free! Not to say we don't have free delivery in SA lol.. I just like the word "free" I'm sure you do too *random moment*. I think I will do another post, actually, to share some awesome gems in the local beauty online shopping arena.

My tip of the day: I know a lot of people think it's expensive - shop the sales my dolls, there is something for everyone!!!

Asos
One of my favourites, and they offer free worldwide shipping.



Victoria's Secret
Another favorite, for more than just beauty, extremely reliable shipping too.




Feel Unique
Has free delivery on orders over £10




Debenhams
Deliver to 66 countries and SA is one of them :)




Sasa.com
I am yet to buy from this shop though, I am an avid fan of some Asian brands, so definitely keen to give this shop a try. 




Do you have any international shops you've tried? Please feel free to share below.