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.


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!!!

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

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

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.

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!

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