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About flea143

Just another Brit living in Cape Town South Africa. A complete hippy at heart. A part time beauty lover and a part time geek. Girlfriend to the most wonderful creature on the planet. Utterly opinionated.

MUD Makeup Remover Towelettes

I have had a little bit of a love affair the past 6 weeks or so with a disposable makeup remover towelettes from MUD, Makeup Designory who seriously have the worlds best face wipes. A packet of 40 will cost you R248.00 which is not cheap by face wipe standards but they are so worth the money. Absolute no purchase regret here for me. In fact I want to buy MORE!! I bought these with my MUD haul that I purchased around August sometime and I have just used my last wipe on the weekend. I am already itching to get my hands on another packet because although I don’t always use face wipes to remove my makeup, these are the best for removing heavy eye makeup and waterproof mascara.

MUD MAKEUP REMOVER TOWELETTES

The toweletes are not only huge, I mean, one on its own is big enough to remove an entire face of makeup (face, eyes and lips = there is enough room to wipe on ONE cloth, not like other brands where the toweletes are small and you need 2 -3) but also they are incredibly soothing on the skin. Leaving behind a beautiful cool and refreshing sensation on your barefaced skin.

The packaging is a resealable packet which towards the end of my face wipes life decided that sticking back together was a mission but I managed to always keep something on top of the packet to ensure that it didn’t pop open. doing this made sure that until the very last face wipe was used that the towelettes remained moist and ready to tackle makeup. These were not only a life saver when I was travelling overseas but they were a pleasure to use in the hot Tuscan weather and left you feeling utterly refreshed which makes me think that these will no doubt be needed for a refreshing summer skin.

For a showroom near you please check the MUD website. Don’t forget to follow them on Twitter @MUDsouthafrica and Facebook to keep up to date with all the latest news about MUD!!

xo flea143

Related: Cover Me in MUD

Make-Up Designory – Review

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Guinot Hydra Tendre Review

A while ago, I was treated to a Guinot facial at Yemaya Spa & Hair in Sea Point for Cosmetix and Cindy Nell’s annual pamper party. One of the goodies I got given to try at home from my facial was a Guinot cleanser. This cleanser is part of their Hydra range which is probably not the most suited product for my skin needs but it certainly does hydration and it does hydration well. Guinot Hydra Tendre

Water is an indispensable source of life for the cells and well-being of the skin. A good moisture balance ensures a healthy complexion. The Hydra Tendre is described as being a “soft wash off cleansing cream“, and when applied to the skin you can literally feel it absorb into your skin as though your skin is absolutely parched, and as with most cleansers you rinse it off as normal with water and et voila – you have a clean smooth and hydrated face! The consistency of the cleansing cream is smooth with a light pink colour to it and it seems heavily fragranced and has a very perfume-y smell which is not unpleasant but I normally prefer less fragrance in my skincare products. When your skin is cleansed your skin feels soft and gentle and your face is left feeling refreshed.

I have been using the Guinot cleanser for the past 3 weeks and now my skin is actually over-hydrated which is not necessarily a problem but it is not the ideal solution for me as I do not suffer from dry or dehydrated skin so I will not be purchasing this cleanser again unless my skin needs change.

Unfortunately I have not been able to find the retail prices of what the cleanser goes for but it is available at Yemaya Spa and various other salons which offer the luxourious Guinot treatments for purchase.

xo flea143

Disclaimer: This product was given to me as a sample at an event. This has in now way altered my view of the product in anyway.

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Mio – My Shrink to Fit Experience

In a nutshell, Shrink to Fit is a cellulite smoother in a cream form which meant to be used once daily. Specifically formulated to work in the most complained trouble areas for cellulite, the thighs and arms. If used correctly it is meant to visibly reduce the signs of cellulite resulting in smooth thighs and arms… If it sounds like something you need in your life then you may have found your product because I can vouch that it does work. With that being said though, and with the product being hailed as a miracle cream to make cellulite disappear- it does not mean that it works instantly. Rather, slow and steady wins the race. Shrink to Fit - Pout Perfection

Continuous use is an must if you wish to see and feel any visible difference; I learnt that the hard way. I started using the cream and then decided when rushing after getting out the shower – oh, I will do that later. Well as you know with most beauty routines – LATER NEVER HAPPENS. I have made a continuous effort to get my 5 minutes Shrink To Fit routine in the morning after my shower and I am slowly seeing some results.

I keep repeating these mantas in my mind:

1. slow and steady wins the Shrink to Fit race;

2. and my personal favourite – cellulite wasn’t built in a day!

Having experienced plenty of other creams and lotions in the past that claim that they will make your cellulite woes disappear, and simply do not follow through, I was quite sceptical before and during the beginning of my Shrink to Fit journey. I read the back of the box, before starting to use I which made me laugh. Mio have their own skin-wisdom when it comes to their products, it said using this miracle cream is not a one night stand. Its a true commitment to using the product each and every day, come rain or shine.

To be honest, it is not the most pleasant body product I have ever used. When busy rubbing it into my skin, I don’t think “oh, this feels so nice” or “I feel so relaxed” because I don’t. Its hard work (and I am inherently lazy by nature). The formula of the cream is quite thick, and you are only supposed to use one pump per area (I use one pump between 2 arms and 1 pump per thigh) and it means that you REALLY have to work it into those trouble spots. Vigorous massage of this thick cream makes those lazy cellulite cells wake up.

When you finish using the cream their is a cool sensation (a bit overwhelming to begin with after the first few applications – but you do get used to it) on the area that you worked that stubborn cream into. The cool sensation can last up to a few hours after application. I like to feel a product working, especially when I have put so much effort into getting the product onto me. This cooling sensation gives me some validation (however placebo that effect of validation might be)  that I have done my application for the day and am slowly working towards fitter, healthier skin in the long run.

Visible results? Well, for someone who is quite aware of their own mass of cellulite, I can say that there has been a slight improvement. I am still not where I want to be with my cellulite (God knows if I ever will be) but I can see that religiously using Fit To Shrink is working for me! Once you are satisfied with your results from using Shrink to Fit it is advised to use the product 3 times a week to maintain your smooth areas.

Thanks Mio for making me work for it, I will continue to do so in my quest for Fit Skin For Life.

If you are interested to get your paws on some SHRINK TO FIT, or any of theother Mio Products and Mio Treatments they are offered at selected salons nationwide, if you are looking for a stockist near you contact Poise Brands and they will direct you to the right place.. 100ml retails for R780.

x Flea143

Disclaimer: This product was given to me for review purposes. This has in no way altered my view of the product in anyway.

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FOREO LUNA IS NOW AVAILABLE IN SOUTH AFRICA

FOREO

Luxury skincare accessory brand, FOREO have an award winning item in their range, the LUNA. This is a device used to aid cleansing the skin which provides a massage and has had nothing but positive reviews internationally. After being available at the likes of Selfridges, Harvey Nichols, Sephora, Fortnum & Mason – to name a few international powerhouses of beauty. The expansion of the Swedish brand launching in Nigeria earlier this year, they have taken the plunge and are now available on South African shores – just in time for the Christmas gifting season!

I have never read nor heard about the FOREO Luna, which is to be used while cleansing your face that massages and cleanses skin to leave an improved healthy-looking glow while lessening the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Once you have cleansed your face, you are to rinse the LUNA and reverse the surface to the wrinkle-prone areas (around the eyes and mouth) in a lower frequency, which is more commonly known as the Anti-Aging Mode. The reason why the Luna is award winning lies in T-Sonic ™ (transdermal sonic) pulsations which are applied across the skins surface which results in an appearance of instantly refreshed skin. It has been compared to a mini-facial in the comfort of your own home. While cleansing, it gently removes dead skin cells, removes dirt from pores, make residue is gone and improves the absorption of your skincare products.

FOREO Luna is made of rounded silicone touch-points which move with ease across the skin for the ultra-gentle cleanse that tired and delicate skin needs. Silicone bristles are more hygienic than brush counterparts available on the market. The Luna is available in different variations for every skin need.

The product is fully rechargable and lasts up to 450 beauty treatments at a time. That means it needs to be charged about once a year. The brush heads do not need to be removed. Luna comes with a 2 year limited warranty and a 10 year quality guarantee for a life-time of beautiful skin.

This is a pricey product, but you are paying for a quality Swedish product (our exchange rates don’t help either) and ranges from R1,900 for the Luna Mini, the standard Luna is R2,799 and Luna Luxe is R90,000 (this includes a 20k gold base).

Luna Mini - R1,900

Luna Mini – R1,900

Luna - R2,790

Luna – R2,790

Luna Luxe - R90,000

Luna Luxe – R90,000

You can purchase the FOREO products online on their website  and at Zando.

x flea143

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Essence Makes Halloween Affordable {COMPETITION}

Essence decided I need to release my inner Leopard… As a fond lover of all things leopard print I duly obliged. A couple of weeks ago they contacted me to partake in a campaign they are doing for Halloween. Yes, Halloween. I am not the biggest fan or supporter of Halloween, but hey, this involved Essence makeup and leopard print. I hardly needed much more convincing than that. The brief was simple, they chose a fun Halloween inspired makeup look and I recreate it using specially selected products for the job.

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Now, this is a beautiful intricate detailed look including wonderful highlighting and contouring (check how the leopard snout pops). Have a look and see how I attempted to recreate this look using everyday Essence makeup products. Here is my step-by-step picture guide. Showing the products before application.

Step-by-step LEOPARD look by Flea

Essence Leopard Step by Step 1 POUTPERFECTION Essence Leopard Step by Step 2 POUTPERFECTION Essence Leopard Step by Step 3 POUTPERFECTION Essence Leopard Step by Step 4 POUTPERFECTION

Final Essence Halloween Look

This is my completed look, although it does not represent the inspiration image entirely, I created this look with fewer products and all of these products can be reused for every day purposes – how awesome!

Halloween with Essence

THANK YOU ESSENCE (AND COSMETIX) FOR CHOOSING ME TO PARTAKE IN THIS CUTE, FUN CAMPAIGN FOR HALLOWEEN AND SPONSORING SUCH AWESOME PRIZES FOR OUR READERS!

For more information on how to win your own Essence goodies check out the competition details below.

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