Friday, 15 July 2016

Micellar Water ~ The Lowdown

Micellar Water as a product has reached peak popularity recently with multiple women switching to the product in place of the usual soap and water. As a skincare product, Micellar Water is used to remove make-up from the face while also cleansing the skin, all without any need for rinsing with water. The product had already been use among a number of French pharmacies for many years but it only recently gained major popularity due to its discovery by make-up artists and bloggers and also other skincare enthusiasts.

What Is Micellar Water?
Micellar Water is best described as water with small round balls otherwise known as micelles, which are cleansing molecules floating on the water. Therefore, once you apply the Water on your face, these gentle cleansing molecules act on the dirt and oil on your face, quickly and efficiently clearing them. 

What Is In It?
Some of the main ingredients contained in Micellar Water products include Triple Purified Water, Vitamins B3 and C which work together to cleanse and enrich your skin!

How to Use Micellar Water
The recommended use of Micellar Water is as follows:
  • Wipe your face gently with a cotton wool ball soaked in Micellar Water solution with special attention on the lip and eye regions to remove all the makeup. Being super-absorbent, cotton easily soaks up all dirt and oil.
  • No rinsing is necessary afterwards.
  • Apply a suitable moisturiser or serum after a while.

Its benefits
Micellar cleansing water has multiple benefits on the skin. These include:
  • It is suitable for use on all kinds of skin including sensitive and dry skin due to its hydrating and gentle properties unlike a typical foamy wash. For oily skin and especially for acne prone individuals, you may have to supplement Micellar with a traditional facial cleanser.
  • Containing no alcohol, Micellar is gentle and never stings. It therefore has no tightening or tingling effect.
  • It is a powerful product and can remove even eye makeup thus there’s no need for any additional makeup remover. However this may not be the case for stubborn eye makeup for example waterproof mascara or heavy foundations.
  • If you are travelling or in a situation where running water may not be available, Micellar Water is perfect as no rinsing is needed and therefore you do not have to compromise your skincare routine.

Which Beauty Brands Have It?
There are a good number of companies that have incorporated Micellar Water into their products. Some of these beauty brands include Bioderma, La Roche-Posay, Avene, black|Up, LancĂ´me and Garnier. Most of these products are perfect for travelling, camping or vacationing purposes. Basically, anywhere where running water may not be readily available Micellar Water is the perfect option. 

There you have it. What do you think? Have you used it before, what was your experience?

Thursday, 7 July 2016

Winter hair colour trends for African women

With so many resources we can turn to for inspiration, it’s become so much easier to find what works for you. Pinterest, Instagram, Youtube and celebrities, means you can match your skin tone to someone with a similar shade and know exactly how that hair colour will look on you. Experimenting with different looks when it comes to African hair colour has therefore become more adventurous and using hair colours from the Incteco range, which is specifically designed for our hair types has made that process seamless. 


Be Bold and attempt a shade of Blonde
Trends that have been noticed lately are the bronde aka a fusion of brown and blonde. Using Inecto Super Brown or Inecto Hot Chocolate as your main colour and infusing it with Inecto Caramel Blonde or Inecto Rich Copper the bronde trend becomes aacessible to those that have considered the blonde look, but maybe haven’t been bold enough or certain how it would suit their dark skin. The key to the bronde trend is to keep the darker tone as close as possible to your natural hair colour, and that then makes it low maintenance.

We see likes of Beyonce, for example, she started more on the brown side and has slowly amped up the blonde level. We all know she always looks flawless and on point.

According to colour pro Rits Haza, who also does Beyonce’s blonde hair looks "You should change the tone of your hair colour seasonally, in the same way you change your makeup and wardrobe."

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The warm and classic colours in the family of reds
With so many variations of the shade for example Inecto Passion Plum, Inecto Cherry Red and Inecto Super Auburn. This colour is always on trend and perfect in winter months. Its rich tones will suit any dark skin and give your overall look a new dimension. Try leaving your roots with their natural dark colour and adding one of Inecto’s beautiful colours to your ends to create an ombre effect. The options are endless.

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The never failing Black
This is a timeless classic, it never goes out of season nor out of trend. Inecto Perfect Black and Inecto Blue Black will leave you will with a solid finish. Colouring your hair black is not just to cover grey hair but to add boldness and give hair a more polished, healthy and fuller look. Interesting enough going for this colour also has the added bonus of giving the skin a more even appearing complexion.

African hair is versatile. We don’t need to wear the same look each season. Be it wearing a weave, a wig or just working with what grows out of your head – if its 100% human hair you can play around with different looks. Inecto has 11 beautiful shades to choose from, so let your imagination loose and enjoy experimenting with the trends as seasons change.

Do you colour treat your hair? What are your go to colours for winter? Where do you find your inspiration from? I would to hear what your hair colour phases have been like, so do share below.
Article sponsored by: All opinions expressed here are my own.

Sunday, 19 June 2016

Winter body care with Himalaya Herbals: A review

When winter comes round I've noticed that a lot of people tend to put aside their beauty regimens - either because it's too cold to spend time on it or because in their minds 'it's all covered up and no one sees it so noone knows'.

In this post I hope to encourage you to keep up with that routine. The ageing process doesn't stop or slow down because it's winter. And once again your beauty regime doesn't always mean going into the salon or breaking the bank (although I do recommend that for more intensive treatments every so often).

Here are a few things you can do, featuring Himalaya Herbals, whom I reached out to and they kindly send me a stash of pamper products.

Himalaya Herbals is an 100% natural range if personal care, health care and baby care products, free from parabens, formulated using rare herbs from the foothills of the Himalayas.

1. If you're like me, you daily enjoy a good cuppa hot beverage, I am loyal to tea, drink it with no milk and take it down by the bucket load especially in winter! So you've already figured, black tea = stains on the teeth. It doesn't deter me though, major weakness. Thankfully twice a day Himalaya Herbals Sparly White toothpaste works like a charm leaving my teeth with no build up and a lot whiter than they would be without a whitening formula. Tip: Wearing lipstick with a blue undertone will make your teeth appear whiter than they are!

2. Skin tends to dehydrate and dry out more in the cold months. A good scrub using Himalaya Herbals Gentle Exfoliating Apricot Scrub 2 - 3 times a week will ensure you get rid of dry flaking dead skin cells. Increase blood circulation to those areas that are prone to cellulite and leave your skin feeling smooth, fresh and supple.

3. Moisturise, moisturise & moisturise! I cannot repeat this enough. Twice a day after a shower, a thick rich cream like the Himalaya Herbals Nourishing Skin Cream or Intensive Moisturising Cream will lock in the moisture and hydrate the skin. With ingredients like wheatgerm, Sweet Almond & Aloe Vera - we are talking high levels of vitamin E and antioxidants which will protect your skin from the elements.

4. Himalaya Herbals Age Defying Hand Cream - you can never go wrong with. Keep it in your handbag, bathroom or car. Every time you wash your hands, rub a little on. Remember the first signs of ageing always show up on the hands and even more so, the hands tend to age faster than the face! So look after them, use creams with ingredients that will contribute to your long term goals.

I must say, even though it's been a week and a half of use. I'm enjoying every "me-time" session I get to use these products. Interestingly, I saw my hubby digging through to see what he could have as he has totally fallen for the moisturiser and says it leaves his skin feeling soft and well moisturised throughout the day. I guess I know what I'm restocking on my next personal care shopping trip!

Best part, they are widely and easily available all around the world. And in South Africa, please click here for more details on the range and stockists.

Have you heard of Himalaya Herbals? Have you used any of their products before?

Sunday, 5 June 2016

Review: Ladybug Red ~ subscription box

I'm sure many of you are familiar with the latest trend to hit our shores, and that is subscription boxes. You can get a subscription box for just about everything these days. But today I'm super excited to share with you, what is probably the biggest - value wise - and most needed, so no justification or guilt necessary, subscription box I have come across so far.

Ladybug Red! The name doesn't make it obvious, until you know what it's about - positive number one - discretion, no one wants to receive a 'personal' package via courier and have the driver look at you like "I know what's in there lol". Have I kept you in suspense long enough yet?

What is it?
Ladybug Red is a monthly subscription box that takes care on our monthly issues as women! You get to choose 25 items from a list of brands eg. Lil-lets, Libresse, Always, Kotex, Tampax, ranging from pads to tampons to  panty liners of different styles and sizes. The variety is wide, so chances are your regular choice of products is covered.

Not only do you get 25 of your essential products, but, you also get all kinds of pamper goodies to make those few days as comfortable and pleasant as possible. I received a box this month and we're talking: hug-in-a-mug, microwave popcorn, fudge, chocolate, yummy scented soap, I mean I even got a really cool chick-flick DVD in there, and this is mentioning just a few!!

My box arrived at the perfect time as I had my daughter and had a friend come over and it turned out to be the perfect girls night in.

How much?
The subscription goes for R349 for 1 month; R975 for 3 months; R1890 for 6 months. It really is worth it, not just for the amount and quality of the stuff inside, but also for the convenience of not having to pace the isles in the pharmacy trying to figure out what you would like each time. Besides who does like a surprise every so often?!

The ordering process is so easy and seamless. Should you like more information please see Ladybug Red website here.

Have you tried a subscription box before? Which one and what were thoughts?

Monday, 30 May 2016

Teenage Skincare - where to start?

Skincare for teenagers can be difficult because they may find that their skin is oily one moment, and dry the next. Addressing exactly what kind of skin your teen has is the best place to start. In this post I will explain some examples of skin types, and some of the best ingredients to use in order to address the issues.

I believe that investing in a good quality product and in a routine of sorts will always pay off in the long run.

Oily Skin

Oily skin is not always accompanied by breakouts, although the majority oily skins are. Traditionally oily skin will have an oily film aka sebum to it around noon when waking up early in the morning. In order to control the oil, you can look out for products that state the words "oil control", such as tea tree, umbrian clay, or mint. These products will not dry the skin out like products designed for acne-prone skin if the ingredients are combined with things like Vitamin E (tocopheryl) or sulphate free, but do need to be followed up with a light moisturizer.

Oily skin with breakouts should use something a little more heavy, such as cleansers with salicylic acid. These ingredients penetrate the breakouts and dry them out, but should also always be followed with a light moisturizer so dry patches do not appear. An example of a great Oily/Problematic Skin range would be the Clarity Range from Intraceuticals.

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Some teenagers may experience pigmentation issues due to acne scars or the over-production of melanin in the skin. Depending on what kind of pigmentation is being addressed, the ingredients can change. For melanin issues, peony, nonapeptide-1 and vitamin C are great ingredients to look for, and are available in good quality serums for correction. For discoloration from acne scars, which are generally pink or red in color, ingredients like chamomile, bisabolol and ginger root extract help to calm the redness, and for temporary relief, skincare that has a green base is best. For improving the scarring over time, referring to professional treatments like LED light, peels and skin needling will be of great benefit.

Combination Skin

Combination skin is usually characterized by an oily T zone (forehead and nose) and dry/normal cheeks. Different combinations can occur, but this is the most common. It can be hard to treat combination skin because many cleansers and moisturizers are meant to either treat the oiliness or the dryness, but many ingredients are available to help balance the pH of the skin. These ingredients include sulphate-free formulas, citrus extract, cloudberry etc. Usually when a regular cleansing and moisturizing routine is found, there will be a reduction in the oil produced. Oil is usually only produced when the body thinks that the skin is dry, so keeping it well hydrated will help balance out the production of the oil.

I hope I have been helpful to those with teens and pre-teen out there, I know it's always difficult knowing where to start as we don't always have the budget for trial and error of the hundreds of different brands out there.

Please share if you have your teen/tween on a skincare routine. Have you chosen to go the all natural route or what products and treatments are working for you?

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Microblading for the perfect eyebrow shape

Thanks to genetics I have always had very fine hair in general, on my head, arms, legs and eyebrow. Eyebrows being the main focus of this chat. The hair on my eyebrows was always so fine it looked like I had no brows on pictures sometimes - thank goodness for apps #handsovereyes

So, over the years I've had a session or two of permanent makeup which never quite gave me the full brow look and had actually faded to the point of insignificance. You might be thinking "why didn't you just draw/shade them in" - well, because I am that person who forgets I have something and would wipe them off without realising *picture that disaster in a meeting lol* and secondly I don't have enough hours in my day to get the shape right and match the two every single day! Then I discovered microblading...

Microblading is a specialised semi-permanent technique, that deposits pigment into the skin, creating hair-like strokes, using a very fine blade, with an end result that resembles very realistic looking brows.

I has done my research, as always, and visited the clinic of my choice to get information prior to making an appointment. The information included a list of do's and don'ts before and after getting the microblading done. A thorough consultation was carried out before the procedure and once I had acknowledged understanding and signed the paperwork, the process began.

Super effective numbing cream was applied, I seriously couldn't feel anything after that. And some intricate type of measuring and positioning of markings was done - I honestly have never seen such precision when it comes to designing of eyebrows. All throughout this process, explanation and confirmation of exactly what was being done took place. The passion, skill, artistry really left me feeling confident that I had chosen the "cream of the crop". Where I chose to go My Skin Centre

All in all it took about an hour and a half and my brows looked like perfection! A touch up appointment was made for four weeks time and I look forward to waking up, for the next three or so years, thereafter, with awesome brows that need minimal maintenance.

There is so much I could tell you about the treatment, but for ease of reading, I decided to keep it short. Keen to learn more, or get more details, please click here or call 011 675 2624.

Have you heard about microblading before? Have you had the treatment done? Please share your thoughts or experiences below. 

Sunday, 8 May 2016

Oval makeup brushes: latest trend, or the next best thing??

There are so many different kinds of makeup brushes, sponges, and blenders that come in all shapes and sizes. Most people possibly have no idea what half of them are even for. There is a new design of brush available that may become your new favorite.

Oval-shaped makeup brushes are the current beauty trend. They traverse from bronzer, blush, to concealer and foundation and eye shadow application. Each synthetic fibre on these brushes has a microscopically tapered end, which allows for a more consistent application.

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They contain three to ten times as many fibres as other hackneyed makeup brush, resulting in the densely packed, toothbrush-like shape of the brush head. These makeup brushes are designed to keep all the fibres in contact with the skin. This prevents your application from looking patchy.

These oval makeup brushes are named by shape and numbered by size. They will work for you whichever way you deem fit. It is recommended that you start with the larger size brushes to apply foundation, bronzer, or even highlighter to the skin as they are easier to use. The smaller, brushes are great for laying that eye shadow with almost no fallout. Due to the unique bristles, less of your makeup product is absorbed into the brush ergo you waste less. Also, since they are man-made and not harsh, they do not cause sensitive skin to go crazy.

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Not many of us may know this, but when arthritis affects the shoulders and elbows, it can get intractable just to reach your face. If it is severe in your hands, just holding the eye liner can be difficult. Brushes with longer, thicker handles that are simpler to grip make application easier. This design is illustrated in oval makeup brushes. The handles of these brushes are also parallel to the face during makeup application which gives better control of motion - almost mimicking the angle of using your fingers to apply.

The oval makeup brushes were the innovation of Matthew Waitesmith, former vice president at MAC, who now is a consulting partner at a leading global brush manufacturer (Taiki USA). He launched a new line of brushes in this design under the brand Artis. While MAC sells three oval makeup brushes, Artis sells the full 10-brush line.

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The pros to the oval makeup brushes as seen above outweigh the cons. Ease application, flexibility of the handle, minimal blending, less product used, multifunctional brushes and a flawless finish. I have not come across another.

My assumption, is over time, the bristles of synthetic fibre brushes become stiffer and will not last as long as natural brushes. Time will tell.

Despite oval makeup brushes looking gimmicky, they have definitely proven to give impressive results while cutting down beauty prep time.

What are thoughts and experiences with these? Have you used them? Do you think the high price is worth it, or will you be going for the "knock off" versions? Will you be buying yourself a set at all? Would love to hear from you below.