Tuesday, 17 November 2015

GIVEAWAY: Win 1 of 5 $10 Gift Codes with Firmoo!

I'm not sure if you remember my post a little while back RE: eyewear, not just prescriptive but sunnies too? Let me refresh your memory a little: Firmoo.com is one of the biggest online optical stores offering prescriptive glasses as well as sunglasses at  an affordable price - you can have a look at my post here.

So Firmoo.com have been kind enough to sponsor 5 lucky readers a $10 gift code (online voucher), which allows you to purchase a pair of your choice, on any eyewear up to the value of $39. Now, imagine that, good quality eyewear - I know because I own a pair - and you only get to pay a fraction of the price, icing on the cake: delivery is super fast!

See entry details below, best of luck...

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1.  Use the arrows and follow instructions on the Rafflecopter app above, make sure you use a valid email address as the winners will be notified via email

2. Comment below with the link to the glasses/sunglasses you would like (view selection at www.firmoo.com)
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3. Like www.facebook.com/FirmooGlasses  (Instagram & Twitter is you have)
4. Gift card can be used for any eyewear on their page up to the value of $39
5. Open internationally
6. Giveaway closes 1 December 2015

Monday, 9 November 2015

Affordable summer skincare!

I know a lot of you are possibly thinking "finally! She has decided to answer the long standing question".. and it's taken forever, but, here you go, I have something for you, if you are one of the people that's been asking for budget friendly options for the longest. 

I tried out these products a while ago and according to me, they rated as great quality, and within an affordable price range. I know a lot of people say they use soap and aqueous cream because they don't know what else to get, that works and that falls within a decent price range. So, you will be glad to know that the size of the products is substantial and a little goes a long way so you will probably only need to replenish your products every second/third month depending on how you use them.

Now, about skincare in the summer. This is the time where you want to be minimal in what you apply to your skin, especially if you live in Africa where our temperatures can be scorching hot! That means your body will produce a lot more sweat, in an effort to cool itself, and a lot of skins become very dehydrated. It's great when you have clear balanced skin, but that's unfortunately not everyone's claim, and therefore one tends to find themselves piling on all sorts of lotions and potions in a bid to "feed" their skin, and not to mention heavy makeup in a bid to cover up what "flaws" they are uncomfortable with.

Here's what I got the chance to try out:

Sebamed Liquid Face & Body Wash & Sebamed Cleansing Bar
Yes, I tried out the cleansing bar!!! I'm not one for a bar of soap to the face,  but this is not a bar of soap. The cleansing bar is soap free and alkali free which means it does not strip the skin, leave it feeling dry and tight nor does is disturb the pH balance.  In fact, it brings the skins pH levels to the recommended 5.5. It was quite an interesting feeling to cleanse with them both as they left the skin feeling 'moisturised' in a way.

I must just add, I found it great that they had a cleansing bar as an option, because, in my experience working in a aesthetic clinic, I found that it was always overwhelming to first time skincare users to just change from the "soap and lotion" to cleanser, toner, day cream, night cream etc.. so this make for great "baby steps!"

The difference between the cleansing bar and the liquid wash, is just a matter of preference. Do you prefer a liquid cleanser or a bar.
Retails on average: R89.95 for 200ml and the cleansing bar R54.95 100g

Sebamed Moisturizing Cream
This came on an opaque white tub - tick! I was a bit weary at first as it looked thick and my first impression was, it would be too rich. To the contrary, the cream was thick in the tub, but very light on application and didn't leave my skin 'sweating' or feeling like I had on oily layer on the surface that I needed to wipe off. 

First ingredient: aqua - yay!! You know how I feel about that and we are all about hydration especially in the summer! Also high on the list, Vitamin E, which we know is an super antioxidant. So will protect against effects of dust, pollution etc.. making it a great anti aging product too.
Retails on average: R124.99 for 75ml

These were just two out of a wide range of good quality products to choose from. And what I found great was in the packaging was a pamphlet which gave details of other products in the range and what they are good for - this made reference to what else you could use to meet your needs very easy. Invest in your skincare and you will be certain to reap the rewards. For more information please visit Sebamed website here.

Have you used any of the products from this brand before? What were you thoughts and experiences, please share below.

Monday, 2 November 2015

Carboxytherapy for hairline regrowth!

Firstly I wanted to thank you for being patient with me, especially after not receiving any posts in the month of October, for those that know me personally, you will know that this just could not be avoided.

I must start with the background story:

So... yes... I said carboxy therapy for hair regrowth. About 2 weeks ago I decided I would try having an hairstyle far out of my comfort zone, so I went ahead an had a weave sewn in. Biggest regret I would say. It was not only hot and uncomfortable as I was not used to it, but the reputable establishment I chose had a stylist or 2 work on my hair and sew in the wefts so tight I could barely open my eyes lol. I was told this was normal and it would settle after a week - not! A week later I was still taking paracetamol before bed to try and get relief. And after much self deliberation decided it was not worth it, regardless of the small fortune I had spent. So I took the hair down.

Sadly and as I had feared my edges aka hairline had vanished - poof, just like that, snatched!

Knowing several different options I could choose from to try and rescue my dilemma, I decided to give carboxy therapy a try. I mean why not, after all it makes for interesting content, right, even at the expense of my hair.

What is carboxy therapy?
It's the use of carbon dioxide, via an injection, deposited into the skin, with the aim of stimulating an reaction of healing. How so? The body in turn reacts by dilating the blood vessels in order to deliver more oxygen to the "affected" site. What does that mean? More blood circulation, more nutrients results in optimal conditions for hair growth.

Is it painful?
Anesthetic is applied to the area before it is treated, making the treatment painless. All you feel is a strange sensation as the gas enters the skin.

How much does it cost?
Treatments are charged per area. Averaging around R750 per site. With treatment of other body areas pricing can also vary slightly depending on what you are trying to treat eg. is it both cellulite & stretchmarks etc..

How many sessions does one need?
You need about 10 consecutive sessions, ideally 3 times a week. Thereafter, should the results be satisfactory, once a month for maintenance. This isn't always practical for most, so, weekly injections will still produce the desired results.

What else can you treat using carboxy therapy?
Fine lines, wrinkles, stretchmarks, cellulite, under eyes circles, localised fatty deposits and general skin rejuvenation.

(Please press "play" to watch a short clip of the procedure)


I plan to try and fit in as many sessions as possible within the space of a month, so if that happens, I will definitely be back soon with an update, failing which, I will still update but several months from now.

Lastly, I had the treatment done at Best Body Skin for more info you can call them on 0114479092.

Do tell, have you tried carboxy therapy before, what area were you treating and for what concern, and how we're your results?

Wednesday, 30 September 2015

5 amazing lipstick shades for the chocolate girl!

Last week, I put this question out on Facebook "what makeup items do you buy on a monthly basis?" I got some interesting responses, from brow kits to lip liners.. it was very fascinating to read all the comments. Then came along this stunning young lady, who was part of the people who responded with "lipsticks"... not just a lipstick, she said lipsticks!!

It immediately rang a bell as something that might be of interest to share, it certainly was of interest to me, and she so kindly agreed to contribute to this post. My question to her was please tell me 5 of your favourite lipsticks, why, when and how do you choose which one to wear. Enjoy...

Between the glaring reds neon pinks I usually wear its easy for me to forget that Nude is actually a lipstick color that l also have. lts an amazing natural color to go for if you're someone that likes to be bare rather than bright.  Lipstick: Bare it all by Wet n Wild (retails around R47.95)

This was the first lipstick I ever owned, I love to call it daring! When l bought it was "for fun sake" and I would put in on and wipe it off. Then one day I just went for it and since then its become my "going out" signature lippie. I totally love it and I hope you'll too. Lipstick: Lavender Whip by MAC (retails around R210)

I love love this one! Its versatile I feel gorgeous in dark lips - its my wear to go lipstick l won't have to worry about what kind of makeup l have on or if I have any makeup on. If you're that 'no makeup' kinda gal, I tell you what, pick this hun its the best. Its a matte and stainy kinda lipstick. Lipstick: Cherry Bomb by Wet n Wild (retails around R47.95)
I've got my days for this one - super bright, yes?! I totally feel like a girly girl when I'm wearing it. Its also a long lasting lipstick and would recommend it to anyone who loves long wearing matte. Lipstick: Smoking Hot Pink by Wet n Wild (retails around R47.95)
This has the best texture and glides onto the lips when you apply it. This is my favorite lipstick of all time - in terms of colour and outfit combination. It's wearable with almost anything clothing item from brights to neutrals. Pick this for an everyday beautiful look! Lipstick: Heroine by MAC (retails around R210)
What are your favourite go-to lipstick shades?

Thursday, 24 September 2015

Favourites: products I've been enjoying lately

Hi everyone. It a bank holiday here in South Africa, happy heritage day, so I have some time on my hands - no excuses - and decided this might be a fun post to do.

Here are some of the products I've really been enjoying recently, some have run out, some I need to repurchase and others are in the process. 

Have you tried any of these before, and what were your thoughts? Would you like me to do an in depth review on any one of the products, let me know in the comments section below...

Monday, 14 September 2015

Beauty tips for the doll on the road...

I was on my way from a meeting today, and it suddenly dawned on me that I'm constantly exposed to the elements as I work in job that requires a lot of driving from one client to the next. I have stuck to my usual beauty routine, but, somehow think it's time to evolve to a routine that better suits my daily conditions.
I'm sure a number of you can relate? SO here are my top tips for keeping the beauty game under wraps while travelling everyday:
* Sunblock
I cannot say this enough! One of the number one causes of ageing is excessive sun exposure.. and do I need to remind you of the dangers of skin cancer - I think not! Let reapply people, it must be done..
I know you're asking, "how does she expect me to do that when I'm wearing makeup" thankfully, a few brands have decided to come up with makeup setting mists which are not only hydrating & mattifying but offer an high SPF too! I also came across a brush-on sunscreen while having a brow, so jump onto Google and search away...
* Sunglasses
Invest in a good pair of UV filtering sunglasses (UVA & UVB). If you are constantly around water then you would want the polarised version as it reduces glare that bounces off surfaces like water or pavement. Besides, if you're not protecting your eyes from the rays, it means you're squinting... and if you're squinting, you're going to create a lekker set of frown lines... now who wants that?!

* Water
This is the best job when it comes to getting those 2 litres down! I am not a fan of water, because I'm a person who has to take meds daily, and people always said "only drink tablets with water".. I now associate water with medication and it makes it very hard to swallow (#TMI perhaps, but there's a little personal info about me). Back to it - water - you can spruce it up with lemon, cucumber, strawberries - whatever tickles your fancy. Hydration is key!

* Emergency beauty kit
Keep a little kit in your car, you can have wet wipes, tissue, lip balm, bubble gum (for those onion rings you ate at lunch), roll on, miniature perfume, etc... the list can be endless. There are always days we leave the house in a hurry or are caught in a situation that requires refreshing oneself. You can safely store this stuff in those mini cooler bags/lunch bags you get, it will keep stuff from spilling or spoiling if it's well organise.
* Healthy snacks
Another one for a little cooler bag. Carry some healthy snack with you, it's important to fuel your body, even if you're always on the go. If you choose to put in fresh fruit, don't forget to replenish or replace at the end of each week or I certainly don't want to be passenger in your car haha!

Did this post turn out to be 'mainly about sun protection? Ooops... well I guess it's that important then, and like I said at the beginning UV rays are one of the biggest causes of ageing!
Do you work in a job that requires you to spend a lot of time on the road? Please share some of your top tips with us below.

Monday, 7 September 2015

Sugaring ~ an hair removal method...

I'm not sure if you are aware, but sugaring has recently made a come back on the beauty treatments scene, and by special request I have an tell all interview that should give you a little more insight for you.
I spoke to a beauty student, who studied sugaring as part of her coursework recently, thank you so much Ilze van den Berg, for being so helpful.
Here are the questions I had for her:

What is sugaring?
Sugaring is an method to gently remove any unwanted hair on the body and dates back to ancient Middle East around 1900BC.

How exactly does it work?
You get a warmer, specially made for the sugaring that you use to heat the sugar. It has a lukewarm temperature on skin. The wax is then massaged onto the skin, against the direction that the hair grows and is gently removed.

Is it painful?
Not at all. Because the sugar does not stick to the skins cells, so when pulled it does not tear or remove the top layer which often causes redness and sensitivity.

Can you use it on all body areas including face?
Yes you can, it is so gentle it can be used to remove that very fine velous hair found on ladies faces aka fluff aka peach fuzz.

Why would someone choose sugaring over waxing?
Because it removes all the hair and you can go over an area until all the hair is completely removed (with wax you cannot go over the area more than 2 times). It is not hot on the skin and you cannot burn your client. It also removes hair as early as 2 weeks after it starts growing, where as with waxing you need about 1cm of growth which normally takes about 1 month to grow, in order to have a satisfactory treatment.

How does sugaring affect ingrown hairs?
Because the sugar is removed in the direction of the hair growth, as opposed to against the direction of the hair growth (as done in waxing) it minimises the chances of getting ingrown hairs.

How often can a person sugar?
Every 3-4 weeks. But if your hair grows really fast, you can sugar as soon as 10 days after.

Do the same rules as waxing apply to sugaring eg. Hair must be at least 1cm, no perfumes on the area etc?
Not all of them. But the general rules do apply, for example, no perfumed products on the area for  24 hours after sugaring; no exposure to direct heat eg. hot bath, sauna, sun for 48 hours after sugaring; you cannot sugar over sunburn, new scars, or broken skin.

Have you tried sugaring before? Does it sound like something for you? Please share your thoughts and experiences below.