Spas, salons and skincare.

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Make Up

Make Up is so personal, it’s sometimes difficult to give advice. I personally love bright colours for summer even though I am blond, the brighter the better as its a pick me up during the beautiful warm weather.

Here are just a few examples of lip products that are perfect. Maybelline Vivid Hot Lacquer in shades 60 Tease for a lovely natural look, Shade 64 Unreal for that caramel look & then shade 68 Sassy for that fabulous evening wear when you want to dazzle. I like the curved lip applicator made it so easy to apply. Its not sticky which is nice & found that the product is long lasting however fades slightly after a good few hours.

 

Loreal Lip Paint Matt, love that its matt in shades 202 King Pink a bright pink, shade 204 Red Actually & shade 205 Apocalypse Red. Usually matt lip products feel very dry, I find this product comfortable & at the same time long lasting. I find that the the shades are bold, although I did have to re-apply after eating. The colour selection is good & I found the product to be comfortable to wear.

Maybelline Master Blush is a wonderful palette of 4 shades, 3 blush colours & 1 highlighter, this is great for travelling & I like the packaging. I can only describe the product as weightless which blends easily. What I like is that you can build the colour & mix & max the shades. I really enjoy that the kit has a highlighter, its long lasting & is reasonable at the same time.

There is also a Master Bronze again in 4 shades 1 of which is a highlighter.  I almost feel like using this palette on my eyes as well, very tempting. Both kits has very good instructions on the back.

Iman is an amazing brand & so exciting that’s its available at selected Red Square’s now. Although Iman is most famous for their great selection of foundations, I love the Iman Eye-Con Collection it has 4 x trio eye shadows which are all wearable & I use all 4, a Brow Pencil in shade Blackish Brown & their fabulous Eye Pencil in shade Jet Black with a pencil sharpener on the lid. The collection has a great instruction card on exactly how to apply each eye trio palette.

Iman also do a nice Luxury Lip Shimmer, Moisturising Lipstick & an Amplify Mascara all in all an interesting brand to look at. The best is that they cater for all skin shades which so many brand don’t do & I suggest the you look at the foundation types & shades.

    

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Spalicious

I love it when I find a great South African brand that I can support.

Spalicious has a body range that can be found at beauty salons & spas available in so many variants. I have the Fig & Pomegranate  body Butter, mask & scrub. The brand has such a fabulous range from Cocoa Marshmallow, Grapefruit & Tyme, Mandarin & Sandalwood & Pumpkin Pie to name a few.

The scrub is great for anyone who wants smooth skin after exfoliating while providing moisture to the skin. The body Butter nourishes & protects the skin & it’s great that it does not leave a greasy residue & the Mask for hands & feet is a great treat & is absorbed fast leaving the skin soft.

The range is special & there is a wide range of products available, visit the Spalicious website to see the entire range you will be pleasantly surprized.

A great gift during the festive season, if you are looking to treat someone & it’s really reasonable & at the same time the packaging is lovely.

 

Skins Cosmetics launches in SA

Skins Cosmetics is a Dutch beauty boutique that opened its first doors in Amsterdam in 2000. Since then, 11 more stores have been opened. In August 2017, the 13th store has opened in South Africa, Sandton City, Johannesburg on the upper level of the mall. To say its unique, is an understatement & it will blow your mind when you visit as the store is really exquisite. Take a luxury beauty journey & experience the amazing niche brands that they have on offer.

Skins Cosmetics houses popular international cult brands such as; Atelier Cologne, By Kilian, Le Labo, Comme des Garcons, Laura Mercier, rms Beauty, Christophe Robin, diptyque and a refined selection of many more market leading artisan Beauty and Cosmetic brands. Skins Cosmetics brings 65 exceptional brands to its newest store in Sandton City, Johannesburg, South Africa.

Skins’s aim is to surprise and inspire the customer, and having passionate staff with the best product knowledge and exceptional people skills, giving personal advice and superior service is of high priority.

How do I even begin at trying to describe the store to you other than it will be an amazing experience which awaits you, I suggest that you see it for yourself. I love the high ceiling & decor, the store has great space to wonder around & explore the brands with the skilled staff who are great. Scroll all the way down to see many images of the store & brands.

I am particularly excited that they carry Eve Lom a cult skincare brand with a theme is less is more. The cleanser is a true classic & Vogue famously called it “probably the best cleanser in the world”

It’s also great to have Laura Mercier make-up available at last in South Africa. She is one of the world’s leading make-up artists who believes in a flawless face. Their concealers, foundations & powers are ideal for smoothing away any flaws that you might have.

Its great news to have Molton Brown the British bath & body specialists back in South Africa.

Penhaligon’s was established in 1973 by a barber William Penhaligon an English concept of a traditional podrimonial perfumer dedicated to the creation of perfumed stories.

 

 

Hands on Retreat

I recently had the privilege of a 3 hours relaxing treatments at Hands on Retreat. Its like visiting a secret garden a stone through away from Hyde Park. I was extremely excited that this spa is not the usual type of spa, the setting is really beautiful with lovely trees, plants, bird life & even a very friendly chicken. This spa can only be describes as a country style spa with a very rustic feel &  interesting art.

We received a neck, shoulder & head massage followed by a foot & leg massage & then a full body hot stone massage. All I can say is if you are looking for a relaxing session with friends or with your loved one this is the place to visit. You will really feel like you are away from the hustle & bustle of Johannesburg.

The staff are extremely discreet & I must compliment them as the service was fantastic. They are warm, friendly & welcoming.

We ended our session with a lovely high tea, delicious wraps, pastries,cake & coffee, a great way to end a beautiful session with friends. If you are looking for a relaxing time not far from home, I highly recommend you visit the Hands on Retreat.

It’s a boutique retreat & spa, a great place for a romantic night away. You will find them at 4 Argyle Ave, Craighall, Johannesburg. You can contact them on 011 326 3181 or visit their website www.handsonretreat.co.za

We were given a beautiful African print pair of slippers to take home which was a lovely touch to the end of the special spoil.