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.



Thursday, 14 August 2014

REVIEW: Candi & Co.

Possibly a late post, but like I always say... better late than never.  I'm sure a lot of you have heard of the new "go to" place for ethnic hair, called Candi & Co. It's part of the Sorbet Group.. I finally made it there last week, after deciding to try something a little different for an event I was attending.

I must admit, I was extremely anxious before the appointment as I didn't know what to expect and wasn't certain how they would handle my natural hair. To my pleasant surprise, I got there, it was not busy at the time, and I was given the most friendly stylist who instantly calmed my nerves!

I was taken through a thorough consult which included questions ranging from "do you suffer from any illnesses" to "what are you hair goals"! I must be honest, this was a new but extremely relevant experience for me - I have never been asked if I suffer from any illnesses at a hair appointment before - and yet this question is so significant in terms of the health of your hair, side effects of any medication one could be on, as well as helping to chart realistic hair goals! I could go on about so many other questions & experiences I had, but that would make this post crazy long...

On a lighter note, I am a weirdo for anyone who knows me... they handed me an little menu of beverages - and my usual self, is one that cannot make up my mind as to whether I'm hot or cold, so I ordered a hot and a cold drink... with no objection... very accommodating I would say!

Would I recommend them? Most definitely, yes... they cater to all ethnic hair types, have a variety of products suited to all needs, and they employ an professional and knowledgeable team of stylists.

                                 
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What do you look for in a salon? Anyone else visited candi&co and what was your experience like? For more info check out their website here.

Thursday, 24 July 2014

GIVEAWAY!!! All about hair..

I can't believe it's been 1 year since I cut all my relaxed hair off!! It's been an interesting journey thus far, some highs and lows, and a lot of learning. I figured what better way to celebrate than by doing a giveaway!

 
So there are 2 sets of prizes to be won, as pictured below:

Redken: Shampoo, Conditioner (for dry/unruly hair) & Heat Serum
 
 
 
2nd prize:


Vatika: Deep conditioning treatment (for dry, dull, lifeless hair) & Enriched Coconut Hair Oil



 
Rules:

*   subscribe to my blog (on the top right, click 'join this site' and follow the prompts)
*   follow me on Facebook here and share this post
*   get your friends to comment below & say "referred by..."
*   only open to subscribers in South Africa (sorry internationals, I will hook you up soon!)
*   giveaway ends 23rd August 2014

The 2 people with the most referrals win, (the highest chooses 1st and the next highest obviously gets what the top winner didn't choose).
    
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Thursday, 10 July 2014

Appreciating some nail art!

I decided to pamper myself today, so I went to see an nail tech friend for some relaxation. Just as she started working on my nails, I decided, why not give her a bit of space on my personal space lol.

How talented is she? I love her and her work... 

Are you a nail art kinda person, or do you prefer the the more "traditional" kinda styles ie. French, plain colours etc... What do you think of this French shading she did on me?



Monday, 7 July 2014

Review: Pond's Age Miracle Range

About a month ago, I was sent some products from the Pond's Age Miracle range to review. Being an aethetician, I was very sceptacle at first because I've always had this notion that if you can walk into a shop and pick and choose products without "recommendation" then chances are there is nothing active in them so they don't work! I still believe that to some extent, hence the reason why it's always important to take note of the ingredients #don'tjudgeme

I must say, I was pleasantly surprised...

For a while I had been using "natural" products, which I was happy with, and not looking for anything else as I was seeing the results I wanted. When I received the Pond's Age Miracle range, the first ingredient that worried me was 'fragrance'.. being someone with fairly sensitive skin, my main worry was I would have some reaction that would then take me forever to get rid of... that did not happen!

What i received...
How beautiful is the packaging?!


What stood out the most to me...
Pond's has worked so hard on their formulation, so much so, that they have included testing strips that one must use to gauge the depth of your crows feet before using the product, and again retest, after a week of following the regimen!


I received the normal - dry range, which I expected to be super rich and possibly give me breakouts. Once again, I was happy to note that the different layers ie. serum, eye cream, day cream.. all absorbed really well into my skin and did not leave an oily/shiny residue.

My absolute favourite out of the range...
I'm sooo loving the Age Miracle Intensive Cell Regen Serum. It's a water based serum that goes on smoothly, feels like velvet and aids with cell regeneration - which we all need. 

My routine...
Twice a day (am & pm):
Cell ReGen Facial Foam
Cell ReGen Toner
Intensive Cell ReGen Serum
Dual Action Eye Cream
Cell ReGen Day Cream/Deep Action Night Cream



What I would have loved to see in the basic range...
Possibly the use of more active ingredients in the night cream or in the form of an enzyme exfoliator to help get rid of dead skin cells, black heads, etc.. Yes, the cleanser has micro granules but I think it could be done better. Also maybe having a 2-in-1 cleanser toner ~ as a working mum, I managed to get into the routine, but still felt like there were many steps in the facial routine.

Would I recommend this product range...
Yes, I would recommend this range to anyone looking to work on their preventative/anti-aging skin care routine. It is easily available and the most expensive product retails for around R145 - making it an affordable range. I'm pleased with my results so far and although I started with minimal fine lines, I'm able to feel the difference in the texture and tone of my skin, particularly in the eye area where my skin has always been a little less hydrated!

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

They call it a "Loub Job"!!!

If you thought you had seen and heard it all, think again!!

This was an extremely loud "aha!" moment for me, when i got to hear about it...

It's called a Loub Job ladies!

What is it?
Long story short, fillers (you know, like fillers you get to plump up your face etc.), yes, fillers for your feet! This treatment is not new, it seems it has been around for a while (although I've only recently heard about it).

Weird name?
Not really, if you are a shoe-a-holic you probably already guessed where the name came from: it was derived from the famous French designer's name, Christian Louboutin.

Why...?
Well, for others of us, the sight of heels = pain lol! I personally struggle a lot and try as best I can to avoid having to wear heels because of the pain I experience. I always wondered how people could spend the day or run errands in 6 inch heels... so, my "aha!" moment came in right there... I knew there was something I was missing!

So, the fillers are injected into the feet and act as extra padding/cushioning in the toes, balls and heels of the feet, meaning less pain and one can withstand longer periods of time wearing super high heels.

How long does it last?
In the region of six months before you need another treatment.

How much does it cost?
Certainly not cheap! This treatment goes for anywhere in the region of R5000/£400 upwards.

Need I mention the celebs that have done this?
Kim K apparently did it before her wedding, Victoria Beckham.. the list goes on.

What do you think? Would you do this or ..? Please share your thoughts.


Friday, 6 June 2014

Product Review ~ Maybelline Baby Lips!

If you have not seen or heard... then you definitely want to take note of this!! Maybelline Baby Lips, was and still is, a huge trend overseas - and hit the shores of South Africa about 2 months ago - possibly even sooner as it hit shelves, and was sold out in a flash, and most people had to wait for the second shipment to hit stores again and now is readily available.

What is it: the most awesome, super soft lip balm! Seriously...

The texture is smooth and soft, and the formula is extremely moisturizing, brilliant especially now that we have just hit winter and chapped lips are looming around already. I have been using this lip balm for about 3 weeks now, bought one and I've gone back for a second already (couldn't help myself) - never mind all my coworkers that I've got to jump on the bandwagon with me.

Now, you must know, I'm a mum and always looking for ways to make my 'look good' routine quick and effortless.. so, I recently bought the Pink Punch shade, and 'hello fabulousness'! The pigment is just right, it looks like lipstick but with super moisturization.

Not all of them are tinted, there are 6 variations available so far, and only 3 of them are tinted.



Have you tried any of them yet, if so which ones, and what were your thoughts? How cute is the packing?!