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.

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Anti-ageing Ingredients #5: Stem Cells ~ Part 1

For those of you that are familiar with the term "stem cells"... I have already read your minds! Firstly I'll tell you why I decided I needed to write on this subject.

I was at a function earlier on this week and there were lucky draws being conducted. A certain product range was up for grabs, and the MC, very boldly announced how fabulous this range was and how she had been using using it and felt a whole lot younger because it had... wait for it.... "human stem cells".... I think I must have had a fit upon hearing this because the ladies I had sitting at the same table were rather speechless and in shock at my reaction. 

I was in shock to be honest and just couldn't believe that in this day and age of technology, human stem cells were still being used in the cosmetic industry. I remember it being a subject of great debate back in the day. I will keep this post short and to the point,  just enough to give you an understanding of what I'm on about.

What are human stem cells?
They are specials cells which have the ability to rejuvenate, make or become different during the growth process. 

Where are human stem cells found?
They are found in embryos (this encompasses unfertilised eggs) as well as adult tissue (just so you know umbilical cord falls under adult).

What is the difference between embryonic and adults tissue stem cells?
Hoping this very shallow explanation makes sense: embryonic stem cells have the ability to change into anything (they are generalists) where as adult tissue only have the ability to make the type of tissue they are extracted from eg. Muscle stem cells can only make muscle etc (they are specialists).

What relevance/benefits do they have in skincare?
Stem cells are used mainly in anti-aging products as they aid in growth of new cells, as well as collagen and elastin production - which is what keeps wrinkles at bay.

So what's the problem?
Oh! There's no problem,  I was just keen to know how you feel about it, do you know what's in your skincare products and should you have stems cells in them, which source they derive them from, or are you okay with using  whatever it takes to get more youthful skin? 

Have your say in the comments section below...

I will make this a 2-part blog as I would like to briefly discuss plant stem cells in cosmetics.


Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Flori Roberts Africa Launch

Last night I had the opportunity to attend the launch of Flori Roberts Africa, an exclusive cosmetics brand, which was held at Stuttafords.  I had never heard of them before, but was very intrigued and excited to see what it was all about, as all I knew was, it was a range formulated especially for ethnic/darker skin types.

What I got to learn about them...
They are a brand that has been in existence in the US for over 50 years! All their products are alcohol free, paraben free and they do not test on animals! So far so good... these are some of the important things I look for in a brand.

Variety...
Although the full range is not available as yet in South Africa, there was a large variety of colours to choose from. A few demos were carried out and I must say the colour match was perfect, the foundations didn't look offish/greyish - we all know the dilemma of trying to find the perfect match especially if you're a chocolate girl.

Two things that stood out for me...
I liked the fact that the foundations were in a "stick" form. I tend to find the application easier and it's also easy to control the quantity of product you wish to use. Secondly the lipstick colours - yes yes & yes!

Affordability...
The products are definitely affordable, for example, R295 for the foundations, and R190 for the lipsticks (yes, I'm hoping my memory serves me right, but I know for a fact they were considerably lower that the common brands most people go for). 

Where to find them...
In Stuttafords: Sandton City, Eastgate & Menlyn Park Mall. You can also contact them on facebook or twitter.




Thursday, 2 October 2014

Annual Fine Fragrance Sale 2014

It's all about beauty, so I thought I would share this "event"... if you're in Joburg, trust me, you want to be there on the first day so you don't miss out on the best!


Don't say 'why didn't someone tell me'.. Happy shopping...



ASCO Fine Fragrance Sale






Thursday, 18 September 2014

BLOG SALE!

If you've been a subscriber for some time, I'm sure you know my hoarding tendencies. I decided it was about time I made room for more by having a blog sale... these products are basically duplicate, some triplicate of what I have already - and there is just no way I will get through it all in this lifetime lol.

This sale is open to Johannesburg unfortunately,  that's where I'm based and figured it would be easier for meet up purposes. If you really really would like something and you're further out I will try my best to "make a plan" for you.

Please email or inbox me on Facebook/Twitter if you are keen on something. 

All products are new and unopened. 

R70


R60


R180




R50


R100


Friday, 5 September 2014

Product Review: Phil Smith Argan Oil Cream

So recently a friend of mine happened to be out and about shopping and came across an interesting product, which she thought would be worth a try, as firstly she needed a trim but hadn't had the time to go for one and secondly, the products were on special, so what better time to take a chance on something new.

Here's her review:




First, she washed and combed out her hair. Next, was time for the Argan Oil Cream.. she read the instructions, which stated, only to use a pea size amount - now she has long hair so was very skeptical about the quantity. Her comment though was it smells "gorgeous"... mmm, I always appreciate a yummy smelling product!




Overall review: pea sized amount was applied from half the length of her hair downwards and quantity was perfect, a little went a long way! Blow drying time was shorter, less tangles in the hair which made it so much easier to brush.

Crucial questions: how much was it: £4.00 for each is the original price, but was on offer at 2 for £5.50. Would you repurchase: yes most definitely, if every wash day process could be as smooth sailing as this then it definitely on the list as a staple!

And the finished look.... tada...


Her hair looks amaze!!! 

Have you ever seen, heard, or tried this product? Do share what your experience was like.

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Botox!!!

Yes, this is one of the treatments we offer where I work, so I decided why not do a mini write up and enjoy the privilege of having a colleague let me take before and after pictures of her!

What is Botox?
It's a prescriptive medication used to treat a wide range of issues from excessive sweating, spasms to wrinkles.

How does it work?
The Botox is injected into the muscle, which in turn blocks the nerve signals which cause the muscles to contract.

Who can have cosmetic Botox?
Most people between the ages of 18 upward, on consultant and clearance of a medical practitioner - the younger aged people tend to use it for preventative measures/anti-aging benefits and the older, for ironing out of fine lines and wrinkles.

What facial areas are the most common?
Frown Lines
Forehead
Crows Feet

Is it painful?
According to my colleague, not, it's a very small, fine needle and one barely feels anything at all. 

How long does it last?
Anywhere between 4 - 6 months.

Are there any side effects?
Yes, as with all things, there are possible side effects e.g. dry mouth, headache etc..

Is it easily available?
Yes it is, make sure you go to a reputable establishment, and that the treatment is performed only by a registered medical practitioner.