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Let’s Talk About Argan Oil

Oils are a buzz word in the beauty world recently. The most popular oil for the past 12 months, and it seems like its not going away anytime in the future has to be Argan Oil. Everyone claims that their Argan Oil is the best but how much do you actually know about Argan Oil or are we just falling prey to clever marketing tricks?  Here are some facts on the so called liquid gold.

What is Argan Oil?

Otherwise known as Moroccan oil is a product of the Moroccan Argan tree. It is extracted from the kernels of the Argan tree to be used as a moisturiser, conditioner and softener for skin and hair. It is frequently referred to by beauty experts as liquid gold for the simple and effective qualities that are beneficial to an overall healthy state of the skin, hair, scalp and nails.

What is Argan Oil Used For?

Often it is used as a hair treatment. It is extremely beneficial for hair and scalp and is commonly used as a leave-in conditioner however it can be present in shampoos and conditioners.

Argan Oil In Shampoos

Often a key ingredient as its ability to restore softness, strength and shine to hair particularly for anyone who suffers from dry, brittle or damaged hair.

Noteworthy product collection of Argan Oil Shampoos and Conditioners and treatments from INOAR Professional

Noteworthy product collection of Argan Oil Shampoos and Conditioners and treatments from INOAR Professional

Argan Oil as Leave-In Conditioner

Pure argan oil can be used as it is an amazingly effective, chemical free leave-in conditioner which can prolong and intensify the benefits of the Argan oil on the hair. It makes an ideal conditioning agent since it makes hair soft, sleek with added shine.

Noteworthy product to try, Faithful to Nature's Pure Argan Oil

Noteworthy product to try, Faithful to Nature’s Pure Argan Oil

Argan Oil as a Styling Agent

When styling hair in a hurry Argan oil can be a saving grace. It gives hair an immediate gloss to it and is a great way to tame frizzy hair into submission.

Noteworthy styling treatment serum from Kevin Murphy containing Argan Oil, the Young Again Imortelle Argan Oil.

Noteworthy styling treatment serum from Kevin Murphy containing Argan Oil, the Young Again Imortelle Argan Oil.

Argan Oil as a Hair Mask

Although the key with argan oil is that a little goes a long way, an overnight treatment is a great way to maximize the effects of argan oil on hair. Using a larger quantity of argan oil as a hair mask means that as many of nutrients as possible will be absorbed. This is a great treatment to use the night before a special event when you want your hair to be extra smooth, sleek and voluminous.

What does Argan Oil Contain?

Large quantities of Vitamin E for healthy hair growth which contain antioxidants, which help boost cells and encourage them to produce healthy hair. Argan oil is non-irritating to the skin and actually reverses much of the damage done by artifical chemicals and treatments on hair. It is often used in its pure form for healthy, soft and shiny hair.

How long does Argan Oil Take To Work?

Immediate benefits can also be seen in people who use Argan oil for their hair. It is an excellent agent for taming frizz and promoting shine and gloss as well as softer more manageable hair. Long term it can soften broken and damaged hair.

Argan Oil can be used either on its own in its pure form or as ingredient in a hair care product. On its own it is expensive as the oil is a rare ingredient. Within other hair care products it is also more costly than items that do not contain argan oil but it is incredibly effective for damaged hair, although even the healthiest of hair can always benefit from a little extra nutrients and magic that Argan oil has to offer.

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Dermaceutic Regen Ceutic

A while ago I went for my second Dermaceutic Milk Peel treatment. Initially afterwards my skin felt amazing. The day afterwards my skin was dehydrated and had broken out (due to the underlying congestion clearing from my skin after the peel) which made me feel like a teenager again – boy do I not miss those days! To top this off the breakouts were extremely sensitive to touch – so cleansing, toning and moisturising (which is rule no. 1 after a peel) was quite a nightmare. I spoke to Dermaceutic and they recommended that I use the Regen Ceutic to restore my skin post peel… I was looking forward to making my skin feel as amazing as it did following my first peel.

“The synergy of 2 high-performance repairing peptides stimulates dermal synthesis; hyaluronic acid and powerful antioxidants hydrate and help the skin protect and restore itself.”

Regen CeuticMy skin continued with its little breakout moment for about 4 days following peel but religiously using my Regen Ceutic post cleansing my skin and following it up with a high quality SPF coverage to protect my skin from the harmful UVA and UVB rays my skins moisture increased and my face felt rejuvenated. I believe this is partly to do with the cream and partly to do with the peel. I am loving my skin at the moment all thanks to Dermaceutic. The Regen Ceutic is designed to deliver long lasting quality hydration to the skin, is suited for sensitive skin and is 100% safe to use following aesthetic treatments. It is also recommended for generally sensitive, dehydrated and aging skin in order to nourish and firm the skin as a long lasting skin care solution.

3% Peptides Complex

A synergy of 2 of the most efficient peptides, which stimulates collagen, hyaluronic acid and elastin production to induce an anti-wrinkle effect from within.

3% Hyaluronic Acid Gel

Moisturises the skin and improves firmness

Stabilized vitamin C & E

Combination of vitramins which combats and limits the signs of photo-aging and has an anti-inflammatory action

Shea Butter

Hydrates and nourishes the skin

I am seriously so sold on this product, it was soothing when my skin was sensitive and I think even just as a night time skin spoil for me, it is staying on my bathroom counter for the foreseeable future and may need a restocking soon. The recommended retail price is R550 but for more information on the Dermaceutic range or where to find a stockist near you please contact Conquest for more information or get in touch on Facebook or Twitter @DermaceuticSA.

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Disclaimer: This product was given to me following concerns after having my second treatment, this has in no way altered by view of the product in anyway.

Related: Peels – What You Need to Know

Dermaceutic Milk Peel

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Brush Lust

Since its soon the season to be jolly I am adding these Burst studio beauties to my Dear Santa wish list for the upcoming festive season.

15 Piece set1 (SYN2)

The newest addition to the Burst Studio collection is a 15 piece synthetic brush set in a nifty container. With the Burst Studio promise of having the synthetic hair being as soft as a feather but usable for effective blending. Better tools for makeup application always result in a better looking face. The fact that these 15 brushes retail together for R1,427 is an absolute steal!! If the Burst Studio foundation stipple brush is anything to go by I am quite sure that these are a worthy investment to ANYONE’S makeup bag or pro artists kit…15 Piece Set (SYN2)

There is a foundation buffing brush, flat foundation brush, large powder brush, slanted contouring/blusher brush, concealer brush, large and medium dome eyeshadow brushes, angled eyeshadow brush, soft and dome blending brushes, angled eyebrow defining brush, pencil brush, small square lipstick brush, liquid liner brush and a mascara wand. How perfect. I am totally in love and I haven’t tried them yet.

The set is available here for R1,427. Check out Colour Burst on Facebook and Twitter too!

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Related: Burst Studio

 

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Tag – Your Hair is It!

I recently received a small sample of IT FACTOR Simply IT Extra Blowout to try and I am so impressed!

IT FACTOR products are used exclusively at Carlton Hair Dry Bars and you can’t help but love their feminine vintage pink packaging.

simply-extra

As I only had a small sample I managed to get two different uses out of it. It is a product to use on towel dried hair in order to aid the processes of drying and styling. It is a hair lotion which smells me to just like the inside of a hair salon (a nice upmarket one) because it is real stylist type product which gives results – fast. To use Simply It Extra Blowout apply two pumps into the palm of your hand and work through towel dried hair and blow dry as normal. When using the product you immediately notice that the actual drying time of hair is reduced significantly but it also assists with smoothing and taming an unruly mane in a few minutes. I’m always hesitant when it comes to using hair styling products as a lot of them can make my hair flatter than an ironing board as they make the hair heavy but It Factor is completely non-greasy on the hair and your is left feeling natural and light. My hair was left with a style that holds easily (without the use of loads of other styling products) and I found that my little frizz fuzz (as I like to call it)- from my hair regrowth was moderately less static and visible.

People have complimented me on having exceptionally shiny hair – which is awesome as my I’ve felt my hair has been a bit dull and dreary recently.

You can purchase the Simply It Extra Blowout from Carlton Hair which retails at R235.00.

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Disclaimer: This product sample (5ml) was given to me for review purposes. This has in no way altered my view of the product in anyway.

 

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Mani Monday – Essie Mint Candy Apple

Sometimes, I like to switch things up. This morning I woke up to a dull rainy day and decided – this is high time paint my nails. I chose a bright summery colour to contrast the weather and I am loving it. It’s fresh, clean, a little green and PERFECT for summer. It’s taken me a while to get used to the new Essie polish formula consistency as from previous it seems a lot thinner, which made it feel like it was hard to apply but now I am so pleased and I feel I’ve got the hang of I. I am finding that Essie seems to thicken up after use a couple of times which makes application tenfold times easier.

Here it is!

I bought MINT CANDY APPLE from Truworths (so happy Essie is available in retail stores now too) for R120.00

Have a fab week! My nails are already enjoying it.

xo flea143

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