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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.

First Impressions : Salon Skin Daily Skin Polish Powder

So, it’s taken me some time but I am finally diving into my wonderful Sorbet products that I received at the Sorbet Skin Show towards the end of last year. This morning, I was awake early (this does not happen often) and I had time to try the Sorbet Skin Daily Skin Polish Powder. Daily Skin Polish

I’ve been working through hoards of products in my beauty bathroom/desk and this one stood out today… I have neglected on the exfoliating of my skin in the past few weeks (bad bad beauty blogger) and it felt a bill dull so a good perk up with the help a light exfoliation helped my skin to feel not only a bit brighter but more alive.

Here was my morning. Excuse the morning face/hair. #iwokeuplikethis and all of that nonsense.

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Left: morning face, unwashed face, sleepy eyes. Middle: busy using the powder mixed with the water. Right: Happy-ish face that has been rinsed.

So, essentially the product is a dry powder. You wet your hands thoroughly and squeeze a bit of dry powder into your wet hands and mix it together. It makes a gorgeous creamy concuction that you apply to your face and rinse off. It leaves your skin feeling smooth and slightly brighter. You are supposed to use it everyday but after one use I can see a noticeable difference and I’m prancing around today with no makeup on and feeling wonderful (bad beauty blogger again…. Sandy might disown me).

It retails for R220.00 from Sorbet salons and Clicks nationwide. I believe it will be an excellent addition to your skincare routine.

xo flea143

Disclaimer: this product was a gift from an event. This has in no way altered my view of the product in anyway.

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Hair Happiness Comes in a Bottle & it Shimmers!

A while ago, I shared on my Instagram the brand new Kevin Murphy product I got… which I was so excited about.

Since taking this sparkling baby home, who is named SHIMMER.SHINE, every day I have used this product on my hair once it has been washed. Generally I use my SHIMMER.SHINE after some basic blow drying or the occasional time I do style my hair but over the festive period, like normal I washed my hair, brushed it out and then sprayed a bit of the Shimmer Shine on to my hair and left it to dry naturally.

SHIMMER SHINELet me tell you since using this, I feel somewhat obsessed with the beautiful gold spray on my dressing table because my hair feels 100% better in every aspect- it has never felt healthier. My hair feels repaired, looks more shiny, feels healthy and feels stronger.  I did learn every quickly that you need a minimal amount of sprays to your hair, especially around the scalp area as it can make your hair look oily if you go over the top. I normally spritz a light spray over my scalp and 3 sprays to the rest of my hair, which I separate to 2 parts around the sides and one on the back. If I apply it to wet hair which I am going to leave to dry naturally I brush my hair through, however when applied to styled hair I just work my fingers through my hair and leave it to sparkle.

Directions for use are simple, you need to twirl the bottle and awake the sparkle which lies at the bottom. No shaking is required, only twirling. Then go on and spritz as required. Hair and body. Make that sparkling personality shine right through.

The SHIMMER.SHINE contains lots of antioxidants to protect your hair from environmental factors especially excessive sunshine and harsh salt water and its moisturising properties help restore a natural balance to your hair and it is ALSO a lovely spritzer over your entire body to get a hint of a sparkle on your skin while I believe it can almost double as a day-time perfume. If you do not adorn your body in it, the smell lasts on your hair and everyone askes why your hair smells so good…. just saying.

The product is safe to use pre or post styling and leaves a hint of added shine. Side note, my hair stylist said this is apparently what J. Lo uses on her bottom to make it have that “shine” in photo shoots. Take it or leave it. That may or may not have been the deciding factor for me in actually getting a bottle of my own. Anyway, YOLO and absolutely zero purchase regret here.

I think SHIMMER.SHINE retails for around R350 at my salon- contact your nearest hair salon that stocks the wonderful Kevin Murphy to be sure.

I seriously love this product and I think everyone else will too.

xo flea143

 

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Calvin Klein Ads Recreated by the Bondi Hipsters

So, after the new images of the Calvin Klein campaign headed up by Justin Bieber went live – there was a big uproar from the people of the internet who didn’t like that Justin was posing for the iconic fashion brand. I for one was surprised they chose him, especially as Beckham was my favourite CK face, and let’s be honest that selling men’s underwear is not quite as easy as selling women’s underwear. A pair of briefs are not as sexy as a lacy pair of knickers, or even look remotely as pretty as a lacy bra. CK’s decision in choosing Justin was controversial, I’m quite sure they were aware of it and they were probably expecting additional attention because it was Justin Bieber – but at the end of the day it doesn’t phase me that much and I didn’t lose sleep over it because – life is too short. Side note – I thought the photography of the campaign was quite good but just the same as the majority of their other campaigns.

CK Beckham - Pout Perfection

If I have to chose a CK campaign I prefer, it would have to be David’s one… because it’s David Beckham. Photography and product wise, this is essentially Justin’s campaign but with a different person instead.

 

Enter, the Bondi Hipsters who have recreated the images, and along with them they said this on their Facebook page,

“We love what Justin did with the whole dead-eyed soulless look in his latest Calvin Klein catalogue… It’s quite incredible how he’s been able to summon the vacuous vacant-eyed gaze of an ice addict suffering from severe PTSD.

We know what you’re probably thinking; “what would a cherub-voiced teenaged billionaire baldy know of suffering and sorrow?”… But look at him! Juhstin Biehber is sporting a 100% genuine blank-as-fuck thousand-yard stare, and he doesn’t even have hair on his chest yet!

Either way, kudos to young Biebs. He clearly gives zero shits, and we think that this is case of groundbreaking, heroic mohdelling. That little baldy is gonna do ‘aight in the fahshion industreh. However… We’ve taken the time to re-shoot his campaign and think that with a little hair on our chests, we’ve brought something edgier and slightly more realistic to the table.

‪#‎justinbieber‬ ‪#‎calvinklein‬ ‪#‎mycalvins‬ ‪#‎fashion‬ ‪#‎mydeadeyes‬ ‪#‎thousandyardstare‬ ‪#‎gaptooth‬ ‪#‎sorryboutit‬ ‪#‎notsorry‬

Photos by Pat Stevenson @ Hobo”

Here are the recreations, sourced from the Bondi Hipsters Facebook page

#mydeadeyes

#mydeadeyes

#myclingyfriend

#myclingyfriend

#mybellybuttonlint

#mybellybuttonlint

#mygaptooth

#mygaptooth

#mystolenchildhood

#mystolenchildhood

#mysingletshrunkinthewash

#mysingletshrunkinthewash

#mykeysareunderyoubrah

#mykeysareunderyoubrah

I can honestly say that I didn’t think Justin’s campaign was bad, but typical of a Calvin Klein campaign but the Bondi Hipsters certainly have a bit more originality and I think that if CK would have used them instead – they would have had a lot of new customers.

x flea143

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THE BRAIN SURGEON’S DIET

A belated but very happy new year to all our readers!

As all of my various newsfeeds have been filled with resolutions for the past 10 days (people obviously start with their new years resolution planning on new years eve it would seem), which results in a lot of eye rolling from not only me but everyone who is reading their resolutions, the top resolution I continually see, year in and year out would undoubtedly be to lose weight. It’s everywhere. Everyone feels somewhat food-hungover from indulging over the festive season and wants to lose it. New year, new me. Who is sick of hearing it? Well, if you aren’t and are looking at losing weight I might have a solution for you.

THE BRAIN SURGEON DIET - POUT PERFECTIONNow, I never thought I’d be able to give any advice on losing weight but the answer is simple, pick up a booknot any book though, be sure to pick up the book entitled “The Brain Surgeon’s Diet“, written by a local South African neurologist and loser of 70 kilograms, Dr. W. A. Liebenberg. As the name of the book suggests, the book contains helpful tips and tricks into training your brain to manage weight and weight loss while taking your life into your own hands to control your own body, appetite and emotions surrounding health and food and the direct link between the two.

You already have the tools you require to lose the weight, your brain - and your brain is not hard to train especially with crib notes in Dr. Liebenberg’s newly launched book. It is not a boring diet book, it has quite a unique look and has a poke at all the habits that fat people have, what they think and hide behind…. It’s real. It’s honest. It’s simple.

I believe this book and the hidden secrets it contains will be the answer for a lot of people who have suffered over the years in trying to lose weight with little to no success or to those who have lost the weight but struggle to keep it off. It is not a diet plan to follow but rather a new way of thinking, a new way of approaching food, planning meals and make weight loss uncomplicated. In a  way it is teaching you to eat with your brain, not your body.

ScienceUnlocking the science that fad diets hide, the book easily elaborates in an easy to read and understand manner you learn about the energy values of food and meal planning that makes losing weight enjoyable and easy to incorporate into your life. I think it should rather be called The Brain Surgeon’s Lifestyle, not diet as if you incorporate this method of thinking – you will never have to diet again.

The Brain Surgeon’s Diet is published by Penguin and retails for R140.00 from selected bookstores.

xo flea143

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

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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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