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About flea143

British roots temporarily placed in South Africa, busy wandering around the globe. A free spirit who cannot be confined to the walls of an office. Loyal girlfriend, daughter, sister and friend. Opinionated. Passionate makeup artist, photographer, scuba diver and writer. www.missfitzstudio.co.za

Lash Mania Reloaded

My experience with Essence mascaras is slowly getting more and more in depth and to date my favourite Essence mascara would have to be big pink tube, award winning Essence I Love Extreme in comparison the Essence Lash Mania Reloaded False Lash Mascara does not quite live up to my love of that one but it is by no means bad.

Lash Mania Reloaded

The brush and bristles are very flexible with 6 seperate bristles which seperate and comb lashes individually very well, however if you have curled your lashes before applying the mascara then the wand happens to straighten your lashes out and making the curling process rather redundant. The formula of mascara is of medium wetness (its not super wet nor is it incredibly dry) and I think this is why this happens, it does undoubtedly increase the length of lashes and it builds well upon the second coat applied. I wouldn’t recommend a third coat as this is when lashes start to comb together into one.

I do like to thickness and length it provided to my lashes but I would still rather buy the I Love Extreme over this Lash Mania as my lashes are naturally very straight and I like to have a bit of extra curl to open my eyes up. With everyone having different lashes, just like we all have different hair types,  this is not the mascara for me in terms of what I look for, but if you have very curly lashes naturally and are looking for added length and good separation then I would say that this is the mascara for you.

Essence is available at Clicks, Dischem and Medirite pharmacies and this mascara retails for R53.95.

x flea143

 Disclaimer – This product was given to me as a gift. This has in no way altered my view of the product in anyway.

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Annoying Beauty Sales Tactics

Sales PitchWe are closer to Christmas now and this is going to be happening even more so I have a bit of a rant to share today but please bear with me because I believe that this needs to stop. Have you ever walked into a shopping centre and been swarmed by sales people that want to rub creams on your hands and buff your nails? Yeah, I think we all have and if you haven’t – you’re doing something right and please teach me how you have managed to get this far in life without this happening to you. I need to point out its not only skin/nail care as a few years back there was a makeup brand that claimed to be better than Bobbi Brown doing the same thing but they seem to have died a slow death. Anyway, I digress, each time, the sales pitch is similar, “Oh look at how beautiful *insert part of your body here* is, do you know that if you use *insert over priced item here* that your skin/body/hair will be even more beautiful?”.  The most amazing things about these sales pitches is how much the sales person genuinely “likes” you and can almost drop 75% off the price as long as you don’t tell anyone else. I kid you not, a product that normally retails for R2,100 and if you buy it today and promise to use it, you can buy for R450 – but don’t tell anyone about it. STOP RIGHT THERE. That intially upsets me. A price should be the price. When I buy good quality products I am not interesting in bartering with the sales person. My skin is worth more than flea market tactics of sales. I know about my skincare. I use quality products. When you mention this to them they look at you say “… but *insert brands name here that they are trying to sell* is 100% organic/nautual/made of diamonds and is better for your skin than *whatever good well known brand you just mentioned to them that you use and love*.”.

I am NOT sold. Secondly, I am NOT interested. The products retail online for half the price of the original price you tried to tell me.

TRYING SO HARDLet me tell you about what happened to me after doing grocery shopping the other day. The day before this I had gone for a second peel and my skin had flared up slightly and I had a lot of spots. Because of this, I was not wearing any makeup in order to try and calm my skin and to be honest I felt like a spotty teenager. I walked past a new store that has opened which is a hive activity for these specific annoying sales pitches and the guy dragged me in the store. Before speaking 3 words to me, he had already told me that my skin is allergic to alcohol. Sounds almost pyschic right? I mean, just looking at this spotty faced women he had to tell me something about my skin being sensitive and I am prone to breakouts – he could not of deduced that by just looking at my spotty face? Then proceeded to try and sell me their “at home peel”. He then looked at my nails and decided he needed to buff my middle finger (I presume so that once he was done I could let it shine at him loud and clear) and before lifting the buffer off my nail tried to calm my excitement (or boredom, but he called it excitement) and tell me I won’t believe what my nail will look like once he is finished. Yawn. After telling him many times that I have better products and I will not be using his after much resistance he let me  run away and I felt relieved to get away from this generic, almost rehearsed sales pitch.

Do not be fooled – its the same sales pitch I’ve heard from about 4 different brands over the years. I am not buying your overpriced shitty products (maybe that is a bit harsh but because you try so hard to sell them I assume they must be) so that you can get the commission. I have hoardes of quality products sitting in my office waiting for my love and attention and I really do not need your so-called quality with special ingredients from the Dead Sea/ Mars/Lost City of Atlantis in them. I have plenty of products which I know are better than yours and when I proceed to tell you that, you manage to drop your price even further. I really really really am not falling for it. I seriously hope the rest of the world isn’t.

Be careful about dodgy sales pitches, yes your eyes/skin/face/hair is beautiful, but don’t believe the other stories these guys and girls tell you. Never feel pressured into buying anything for your skin because chances are its just going to sit on a shelf in your bathroom. Rather buy an ice cream. Oh and in future Mr/Ms Salesperson I will be steering clear from you because you annoy me to no end because you don’t actually know what you’re talking about.

x flea143

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Getting High on Sugar at 15 On Orange

Macaron Workshop 04If you like to live life in the sweet lane (rather than the savoury) or occasionally like to dabble into the art of baking or like to hang out at the latest coffee spots or just watch the #foodporn tag closely on Instagram when you’re hungry you surely would of heard of a Macaron/Macaroon. I am not cool like the rest of you and I had certainly heard about Macaroons in the past but I have never been offically introduced to one. This weekend was my chance and it was not only an introduction but an entire crash course into the the true art of making them.Macaron Workshop 01

Being inherently lazy by nature baking in all forms always seems like a lot of hard work, or should I say, the cleaning up after baking seems like a lot of hard work! So I generally steer rather clear of messy things. With that being said though, I do silently envy all the talented people in my life who seem so domesticated I wonder where my convent school upbringing sent me on the wrong path. So, being given the oppurtunity with the group of ladies who I have grown to call friends at #BWB to go and learn the art of Making Macaroons, my heart initially skipped a beat because OMG I CAN’T BAKE TO SAVE MY LIFE and my brain said – YOU CAN DO IT. So, needless to say I jumped at the opportunity to learn and eagerly responded to Heather, the founder of #BWB from FemmeLifestyle with an eager “I’ll be there!!”.

MACAROON WORKSHOP 2

Upon arriving and being greeted at the breath-taking, ultra modern Crystal Towers 15 On Orange, African Pride Hotel by Executive Chef Sanel and Chef Retha – who is undoubtedly the Queen of all Things Sweet, in a beautiful set up room with counters for us to share together, they spoke about the humble beginnings of the Macaroon and that it is in actual fact called a Macaron (and do not go to France and ask for a Macaroon as you will get stared at funny) but we in SA have butchered the name a bit. They taught us (or shall I say me, as all the ladies I was with already knew) the basics of how to whip up a merengue which is the basis of any macaraon but with added ground almonds or coconut.

A macaron shell is distinctive as it has a crisp crust and a soft interior which are light and airy but still slightly chewy…. The fun is really in the fillings. We were taught how to make Salted Caramel and Chocolate Ganache. Not being the biggest salted caramel fan in the world, I tried it but steered clear and it was Chocolate Ganache the whole way for me. I was initially very intimidated by making either of these fillings but they are really so simple and even I could do it…. that is saying something! ;)Macaron Workshop 03

We received extra tips and tricks for making these sweet morsels and the variables that can utterly end up with them being made to be put into the dustbin like the age of eggs, the heat of the oven according to its size and make or even the humidity levels of the kitchen. We were also shown how to pipe them correctly which is an art form in itself, it’s all the wrist!

We got an impromptu tour from Executive Chef Sanel and Chef Retha where chaos was the order of the day with LOTS of photos being taken, mirror selfies, and lots of giggles with some of my favourite ladies.

The Macaroon Workshop offered by 15 on Orange, African Pride Hotels is for groups of 12 or more and is not the only workshop they offer. For more information, call the hotel and ask to speak to banqueting on 0861 11 9000.

A huge shout out and thank you to Executive Chef Sanel, Chef Retha and everyone at 15 on Orange for an unforgettable experience and for the oppurtunity to learn how to make macarons/macaroons, You will definitely be seeing me again soon!  I am not sure if any will be coming out of my kitchen in the future, for now I think I’m going to be practicing how to make merengue and take it from there.

Be sure to check out African Pride Hotels on Facebook and Twitter @APHotels

x flea143

Disclaimer: This Workshop was offered to all the ladies from #BWB or #BloggersWhoBless and has in no way altered my view in anyway.

Related: {BWB} The Art of A Perfect Macaroon {Lauren of Lipglossed Ninja}

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Oh Mio!!

I was spoilt recently at the ever so sophisticated and chic Langaro Wellness Centre in Camps Bay with a Mio high intensity body treatment, a cellulite smoothing treatment to be precise….Langaro

What was promised for the Shrink to Fit what I experienced:

“Deep tissue and lymphatic Mio massage to lift, tighten and tone your hips and thighs, reducing saddlebags and dimpling. Powerful actives stimulate circulation, removing toxins, tightening up spongy skin, leaving smooth, firm, fitter looking legs and a perter tigher butt.”

mioYes, maybe like you reading this, I rolled my eyes a bit when I read that too, but having had such a great experience with the Mio Liquid Yoga Bath Soak, I thought to myself for a well established brand, Mio to make such claims there has to be something to it, right? Also, could they live up to simply how amazing their divine Liquid Yoga was? Well, plainly, the answer is yes. Its not everyday you have such sharp focus on your thighs at a salon or spa environment, or ever really…. but they certainly make your thighs and butt work hard. This treatment is just like squatting but, for lazy people!

Mio Shrink to Fit Treatment

To being with you start off by getting undressed and donning a sexy disposable G-string and lying face down onto a gorgeous spa bed. Once you are comfortable and cocooned in towels and blankets to keep you warm, one thigh and bum cheek exposed the therapist starts by buffing your thighs and bum with an extremely active scrub which contains glycolic acid (this is for professional use only) in order to stimulate the cellulite cells and promote circulation in the thigh/buttocks region, this product is so active you can feel it tingle on your skin and the active ingredients last on the skin for up to 12 hours after the treatment. This buff is followed by an application of  Mio Skin Tight Serum which is easily absorbed by the skin being that it is a serum, then some Shrink To Fit cream is buffed into the skin – both of which are at home treatment products which are recommended for on-going maintenance. The buff is probably the most unpleasant ‘rough’ part as it is rather rough and intensive, at times it could feel as though your bum was getting smacked but this is the simple process of waking your cellulite cells up or possibly even beating them awake as they are lazy little buggars! Both of these products, the Mio Skin Tight Serum and Mio Shrink to Fit are quickly absorbed into the freshly buffed and exfoliated skin due to all the excess dead skin having been removed by extensive buffing and the circulation going.  Then a salon use only masque which is filled with green algae is applied to the thighs and bum and left to work its magic, covered by a small plastic sheet and it works by drawing out toxins and even making the area sweat out all the baddies that are stored in the thigh/bum area. The mask felt like a clay consistency when applied and had an incredibly cool feeling, I did not feel the sweating even happen but my therapist assured me I had certainly been sweating. When the mask is removed, it comes off in one piece and leaves a very cooling sensation on the skin. Then for good measure another layer of Mio Skin Smoothing Serum is applied followed by another application of Mio Shrink to Fit. Then you lie on your back and the process is the repeated on the front of the thighs. Continue reading

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Please Hold Onto Your Knickers, Mr Grey Will See You Now…

fifty-shades-greyAs much as I hate to admit, I have in fact read the 50 Shades of Grey series finally, yes, I know like all my lovely friends told me “about time” and all that nonsense, although I did it I suppose out of peer pressure? I really struggled to read the books and was simply bored with the language. I know a lot of people, men and women alike were so into it and it was the best thing since sliced bread. I actually don’t have a problem with poor literature as long as it gets people to stop watching TV and start to do some reading. ANYWAY, that aside…. I raised an eyebrow however when I saw all the same people frantically sharing the official trailer which has been released for next year February 14th, Valentines Day.

I must say that the way it is portrayed in the trailer makes me slightly more interested in it than the books and I will eventually watch the movie but I promise you I won’t be running to the cinema on Valentines Day to watch this. I can think of better things to do, like wash my hair or sleep.

But, even if you are one of those people who will be running to the cinema please people calm down, pull yourself together because at the end of the day its only a movie of a very poorly written story so please don’t get your hopes up that it will be any better. If you want good stories there are plenty out there but I do not necessarily think this is the one we should all be going googly eyed over.

x flea143

Related: THE OFFICIAL FIFTY SHADES OF GREY – DO IT YOURSELF BONDAGE KIT…

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