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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.

Starting Quick with Mio in the Mornings

QuickStart Shower Cream Tube 200ml_300dpi print...I’ve been dying for ages to get my paws on a tube of exhilarating shower gel from Mio ever since I have experienced their Liquid Yoga, I am completely in love with this brand! Like all their products, the QuickStart shower gel main objective is to give you FIT SKIN FOR LIFE but this one in particular is to give you CLEAN & FIT SKIN FOR LIFE while leaving you feel ready to tackle any challenges of the day ahead. Mio wants you to wake up happy! With QuickStart that is an objective that can be set even when missing your routine cup of coffee (just don’t skip the shower – you need to the magic of the QuickStart!)

While QuickStart cleansing the skin, it leaves the skin feeling hydrated and leaves the skin brighter and relieves any swelling or puffiness from a hard nights sleep. The trick with QuickStart, to get the absolute full benefit is to breathe properly in the shower and take in the full benefit of minty zesty essential oils. With some impressive ingredients on the list, these include:

Amazing Ingredients

Coconut derived cleansers natural gentle cleansers give a low lather deep cleanse without stripping skin of vital oils.

Spearmint Oil tones and soothes skin with naturally powerful antioxidants, stimulating circulation

Witch Hazel Extract Natural antibacterial skin pH balancer to protect skin with strong antioxidant benefits

V-Tonic Mega-uplifting blend including oils of Spearmint Leaf, Citrus Lemon Peel, Cypress Leaf, Menthol and Lavender that will help improve circulation and energy levels

Organic Lemon Extract Zesty natural skin brightener, helps stimulate new skin regeneration.

Organic Grapefruit Extract Packed with flavonoids and antioxidant Vitamin C to fight free radical damage and protect collagen that gives skin bounce.

Caffeine derived from Guarana, the ultimate natural stimulant to pep you up for a great day ahead.

Mio knows that its no coincidence that some of the best ideas that come to mind happen in the bathroom. There is actually scientific evidence which explains why. Creativity is a side effect of an infused dopamine chemical – this can happen when we are in the bath and shower… while doing so it relaxes our bodies which in turn relaxes our minds.

As with all Mio products, they are proud to contain NO NASTIES. QuickStart is free from parabens, petrolatum, synthetic fragrance and colourants, xenoestrogens, PEGs, phthalates & glycols.

The shower gel is 200ml and retails from Poise Brands at selected salons, spas and retail outlets for R415.00 – be sure to get your paws on some to start 2015 with a bang!

xo flea143

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

Related: Oh Mio!!

Mio – My Shrink to Fit Experience

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G-Star Raw Understands Denim Which Understands You

To be frank, G-Star Raw was a shop I have always found unapproachable until a few days ago when I got invited to their women’s event at the V&A Waterfront. I arrived rather sheepishly not knowing what to expect but after having a look around the amazing store, I actually thought to myself, this brand is so far from being unapproachable. If you have ever felt like that then I assure you, just walk in and your perception will change! They have something for everyone. Male and female. Every shape, cut and fit you could ever want from denims.

Anelisa Mangcu (The Creative)

Anelisa Mangcu (The Creative)

Aqeelah Harron Ally (Fashion Breed)

Aqeelah Harron Ally (Fashion Breed)

 

The event was hosted by local style connoisseurs – the createor and editor of Fashion Breed Aqeelah Harron Ally and artist/stylist at The Creative – Anelisa Mangcu. They shared their special relationship with the brand and how finding the perfect fit has affected their lives.

Since the brand launched a year before I was born, in 1989 they have taken denim to many heights, their most noteworthy achievement is that they made ‘luxury denim for the streets‘ by combining quality made denims with an edge, to make the best statement possible. Mixing this with washes and treatments, G Star Raw have created denims which are so much more than just another pair of denims. They are a further expression of you, your character, your lifestyle and your style. Their design is current but classic and a pair of denims will be an investment to your wardrobe, either dressing them up or down, you will feel equally as confident in the perfect fit for your shape.

Head of Women’s design for G-Star, Rebekka Bach explained,

“My team’s focus is to innovate with materials and fits that have a figure-enchancing effect. For example, the right placement of seams will determine whether your legs look skinnier and longer, and the right back pockets have a lifting effect.”

For the first time ever I might be vaguely excited to go shopping for a new pair of denims… as this is a task I have always seen as a chore! But G-Star Raw, be assured – I will be returning to the store in the new year to find MY perfect fit.

Thank you G-Star Raw, Aqeelah and Anelisa for having me at your event – I learnt so much and I am happy to have been formally introduced with G Star Raw denims.

Check out G-Star Raw’s website, Facebook and Twitter @GStarRAW

xo flea143

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Selfies On A Stick

If you have been to a tourist attraction lately then you would of been exposed to the new age phenomenon of extreme selfie-takers. The ones that decide that an arms length is not enough and asking someone else to take a photo hinders the appearance of the photograph so they strap their phone onto a monopod (adapted from a tripod missing 2 legs – normally used to steady a camera) with a remote trigger. Le Boyfriend and I first stumbled across the now infamously named “selfie stick” while we were on holiday in Italy at the Coliseum in August. We laughed at the concept and people using them. Then we met up with the wedding party in Tuscany and we had the experience of using a friends Go Pro, with selfie stick included which resulted in some awesome group shots in a location where English is hardly spoken. Now the concept is laughing at us and we own our very own selfie stick…

Have we used it? Only as I took it out the box and immediately shared the pathetically candid shot on Instagram – but I am taking it with me on our upcoming travels and possible videos that need filming since my SLR does not support videos anymore – this is all a pipeline plan. It is a bit of an eye sore. You can appear to be a bit of a twit in public, so make sure to use your selfie stick wisely and not irresponsibly like this Buzz Feed article.

How does it work? For my phone which is an Android based phone you pair the phone to the selfie stick via Bluetooth, connect your phone into the cradle and push a button at the end of the stick. Quite idiot proof and easy. The selfie stick takes one hour to charge via USB cable and I am not sure how long the battery life lasts but I would imagine you could get a good couple of shots with it.

My friend Alice from Lipgloss Is My Drug brought her selfie stick to the G Star Raw ladies event last week and here we are pictured, believing in our selfies – if you will with Jamal from Woman Online Magazine.

You see, if you can’t beat them – then join them. Locally in South Africa you can shop for your selfie stick online at Selfie-Sticks.co.za for R399 for one or R700 for 2 in a variety of colours. Be sure to check out their Facebook page and hit the like button. Awesome quick and efficient service and I would recommend them to anyone looking for their very own selfie stick. Selfie-Stick Christmas Special

P.S. Perfect Christmas gift for a teenager (if you can deal with the influx of selfies).

xo flea143

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Rocking Moroccanoil

I recently wrote a small introductory guide to Argan Oil and its uses and benefits for the hair, scalp and body. Since then I have had the pleasure of trying to use the salon renowned brand Moroccanoil. I knew of the brand before but I didn’t know them well. Having had seen Moroccanoil products sitting in salon windows and walking by and not taking much notice because, like I have said before, everyone claims that their Moroccan oil products are better than the next. So, when the products landed up on my beauty desk – I had to do some research to find out what sets this brand apart?

To begin with, Moroccanoil is a salon exclusive product  being that you can only buy this product from a professional hair salon. This ensures that the right products for your hair needs will be readily available with the correct advice from a hair professional’s guidance. Secondly, the Moroccanoil product was one of the first products to infuse the hair care market with Argan Oil as a main ingredient and a lot of later products were based upon the success and results of the Moroccanoil. The formulas contain powerful antioxidants, nutrients and are praised by celebrities, stylists and consumers alike for the plain purpose that these products produce unrivalled results.

“I live my brand every day. Moroccanoil is a reflection of what I want from a beauty company as a consumer. Authenticity, effectiveness and ease of use.” – Carmen Tal, Co-founder

Noteworthy product that has spiked a lot of interest in my life has to be this one...  "Moroccanoil® has developed a professional regulating treatment to control the scalp and revive hair. Oily Scalp Treatment is a concentrated formula of antioxidant-rich argan oil and essential ginger oil. It helps to correct imbalances and soothe inflammation of the hair follicle, which manages oil production. Roots are lifted and hair takes on more body and life. Used pre-shampoo, it soothes the scalp and keeps it from getting too oily or dry."

Noteworthy product that has spiked a lot of interest in my life has to be this one…
“Moroccanoil® has developed a professional regulating treatment to control the scalp and revive hair. Oily Scalp Treatment is a concentrated formula of antioxidant-rich argan oil and essential ginger oil. It helps to correct imbalances and soothe inflammation of the hair follicle, which manages oil production. Roots are lifted and hair takes on more body and life. Used pre-shampoo, it soothes the scalp and keeps it from getting too oily or dry.”

I am going to be putting this product on my Dear Santa list though because it sounds like its the one I need in my life right now.

I am excited to start using my MoroccanOil products but I have a backlog of other products to finish first. I will be sure to share my experience of the products once they work some wonders on my hair.

Please join the Moroccan Oil conversation online, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

xo flea143

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Wet n Wild Megaslicks Balm Stain

Wet n Wild is a buzz word in my articles recently as I have a lot of items to play with! The last thing I’ve used from my Wet n Wild box of tricks has been their Balm Stain.

Essentially the product looks like a giant crayon which you can mechanically twist upwards when you start to use the product and contains a cream finish stain for your lips. No glitter and only a very light and subtle shimmer. Perfect for day wear or evening wear without looking lips looking too over the top.  I believe after a fair amount of use the point will round like most lipsticks do but that is not a huge deal.

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The colour I am wearing here is the E128 and I am not sure if it has another name but its a gorgeous baby pink colour.

20141122_154651The staying power is pretty impressive. After about 2 hours the main colour fades evenly onto the lips leaving a light stain behind which still looks flawless. After eating I felt like I needed to touch my lips up otherwise I felt they were good to go even while drinking.

The main drawback for me for this product is that the plastic cap that covers the lip stain is not very sturdy and can come loose easily which is a bit of a worry when placed in an expensive handbag.

In total there are 5 different shades in the Megaslicks range from Wet n Wild and are all available from selected Clicks stores nationwide at R49.95 each.

xo 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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