Microblading: Is it worth it?

My eyebrows are all healed after my microblading touch-up and the final verdict is in… Microblading: Is it worth it? Is getting your eyebrows microbladed worth the time, discomfort and money? YES!! I absolutely love my brows. If you haven’t read my post on the first procedure, you can read it HERE. If you want to know exactly what microblading is, how it feels and how to care for your brows after the procedure, I suggest you pop over. Today I want to show you my final result and I want to tell you what you can expect after your touch-up. This is my before and after on the day of the 2nd procedure: Awesome, isn’t it?! The touch-up was done in August ’17. My brows are now all healed and this is my final result: Ugh, behold the pigmentation spots, huge pores and wrinkles in all their glory. But let’s focus on the brows. My brows have faded quite a bit. I knew it was going to fade, but it faded more than I hoped it would. Keep in mind that I love dark brows. And then there is this stubborn stroke that just did not want to stay put. I was a bit disappointed, but then I remembered that I have the same issue on my wrist tattoo (this tiny little spot where the ink did not want to take). Why? Ask my skin ;) The reason why I’m sharing this with you, is because I want to help manage your expectations. Your brows will fade (to the relief of some who get a huge fright straight after...

Body Creams: The best of the best

I try so many body lotions and creams that it’s really hard to keep track of my favourites. I also keep changing my mind about which ones truly are my favourites. Let’s be honest, if you are a body cream lover like I am, you’ll know exactly how difficult it is to give only one the honour of top spot. Especially if you run to the shops every time you spot a new launch. But the following 3 have carried me through winter and they will most definitely remain on my list of favourite favourites. Body Creams: The best of the best Body Treats Natural Aqueous – R70 I never thought that I’d ever rate an aqueous cream as highly as I do this one. Body Treats, your Natural Aqueous is fan-freakin-tastic!! This hand-made, proudly local product is simply perfect. It is soft, rich and gentle and suitable for even the most sensitive of skin types. The moment Cara or my skin hinted at an eczema flare-up, I reached for this cream and it calmed our skins on contact. Love, love, LOVE this stuff. And it is my first choice for Cara’s delicate skin. PS Body Treats’ aqueous cream isn’t the only great product from this awesome company. Make sure to check out their website. You can shop online too. You will not be disappointed. Promise. Mio Skincare Future Proof – R850 Okay, I realise that this is not a budget-friendly buy. It’s helluva expensive but, oh my, it is so divine. It smells so good and makes me feel like a million bucks. Smooth, silky and fabulous. If you want...

Revlon Mega Multiplier Mascara – You want this!

Most of us have a holy grail mascara. I used to. My all time favourite was a tube mascara by a Japanese cosmetics company, but I stopped using it as it became way too expensive. I was devastated. I have used many mascaras over the years and I love many, but none ever came close to ‘the one’. Until I discovered the new Revlon Mega Multiplier Mascara. Revlon Mega Multiplier Mascara – You want this! This is what Revlon has to say: Desire oversized lashes and multiplied benefits? Introducing Revlon Mega Multiplier Mascara, our breakthrough formula combines buildable fibers and 360º tubes to deliver mega volume and extreme length for an oversized lash look that won’t smudge or smear! Revlon’s unique approach combines fibers and 360º tubes in one step for plumped and extended lashes that get noticed. TUBE TECHNOLOGY Unlike traditional mascaras, Revlon’s tubing mascara features a polyurethane copolymer base with the benefits of waterproof mascara without the tough removal, as it removes easily with warm water. Upon application, the copolymer binds creating an adhesive encasement around each lash (also known as a “360º tube”) that won’t wear off or flake. FIBER FORMULA Fiber formula provides additional volume and length, and when combined with tube technology, lush lashes are instantly flake-free and smudge-proof in one step. Revlon takes Mega Multiplier Mascara one step further by using two uniquely shaped microfibers, triangular and heart, for a formula that gives you an oversized lash look with both volume and length. When I received the press release about Revlon’s new mascara, I freaked when I read the word ‘tube’. I immediately phoned...

Hair Loss Update: I love my hair again!

Earlier this year I didn’t think that I would ever say these words again, but I love my hair! Hair Loss Update: I love my hair again! I really love my hair. It’s such a great feeling. And I’m getting my confidence back! And I am loving my short hair. Now that is something I never thought I’d ever say in a million years. And I went even shorter after the big chop (that you can read about HERE). If you’re not familiar with my hair loss story, you are welcome to pop over HERE. The following pics will also make a lot more sense then. Look at all that hair!! I still can’t believe that my hair is so thick and healthy. The ‘going-on-bald’ patch I had on my head is gone! (Yes, there are way too many exclamation marks in this post, but I am just so damn happy and excited. Forgive me.) I also have my curls back. And they are back with a vengeance! This has been quite a ride. Not a fun one. I know I’m extremely lucky that it all turned out the way it has. And it’s all thanks to the following… The Renewal Institute I told you about how Skin & Body Renewal helped me get to the root of my problem (I know; I love puns) in the hair loss post I mentioned earlier. Their love and care has meant the world to me. Plus they were the ones that taught me the importance of supplementing your diet with vitamins and minerals, especially during times of extreme stress. I am now...

Brand Focus: Biomedical Emporium

I was invited to experience a Biomedical Emporium facial peel by the kind people of Tosca Hair & Beauty in July and I am so glad they did. I have been using Biomedical Emporium skin care products for the last couple of weeks and I am amazed with the results. AMAZED. I’ll tell you more about the products I’m using, as well as their treatments, and how my skin is responding at a later stage; for now I want to share more info on the brand itself. Brand Focus: Biomedical Emporium Who is Biomedical Emporium? Our passion derives from proven dermatology products that have a real impact on skin and health. Extensive research and development by Dr Judey as well as the Department of Human Biology at the University of Cape Town has led to incorporate the first and very unique tertiary structure tissue-protective peptide technology, that promotes advanced cellular turn-over rates as well optimal skin densification and dermal hydration. Intrinsic and extrinsic environmental factors are taken into consideration during the formulation of all cosmeceutical products. Some products are formulated specificaly based on the client’s or patient geographical location as skin oxidation rates differs from area to area. How is this science applicable today?  What do we have to do to obtain skin cell harmony? We need products that will address all the mechanisms of aging – a product of a “cosmeceutical” nature.  In other words applying a product that works on cellular and molecular level in order to be potently effective and safe and to ultimately stimulate a therapeutic response. Biomedical Emporium Products The respective Biomedical Skin care ranges were developed...

REN Skincare Flash Hydro-Boost – Supercharge your skin with water

I’ve been a huge fan of REN Skincare ever since I first tried their products in 2014. One of my favourites is still the REN Wake Wonderful Night-Time Facial. Today I want to tell you about their new kid on the block… Flash Hydro-Boost. Introducing the new REN Skincare Flash Hydro-Boost THE PRODUCT A water-charging hydration booster designed to work in harmony with the skin, to prevent the ageing effects of dehydration by enhancing the skin’s ability to transfer, lock and retain moisture. Long term use helps to reduce fine lines and prevent water loss from the skin. THE SCIENCE Water is the skin’s elixir of youth and the most essential anti-ageing ingredient. New hydra technology is the key to understanding the biology of water control and capture within the skin. Hyaluronic Acid boosts water in the cells to optimise levels, plumping the skin from within whilst Germ Peptide allows the transport and circulation of water throughout the skin. Xylitol promotes water capture from the environment and ceramides, fatty acids and phospholipids create the ultimate barrier against water loss. RESULTS Skin is instantly plumped and regains a fuller, smoother appearance. Long term, skin is protected from the ageing effects of dehydration. I haven’t been using it for long enough to comment on the long term results, but I can tell you that the product is an absolute treat to use. I have been struggling with dehydration, and this emulsion does hydrate on contact. And the fact that it is water activated is pretty cool – you first apply the product to cleansed skin, then you add a tiny bit of water...

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