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.
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.
Disclaimer – This product was given to me as a gift. This has in no way altered my view of the product in anyway.
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….
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.”
Yes, 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!
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
Oh So Heavenly truly make the most wonderful products, or at least all the ones I have tried have been nothing less than lovely. Their entire range is huge and you should check it out at Clicks sometime!
At a Bloggers Who Bless event, in a goodie bag I was given part of the Oh So Heavenly Beauty Sleep Collection, Wish Upon a Star Soothing Pillow Mist. The product is as it says, a mist you spray onto your pillow or bedding and the blend of aromatherapy with Lavender, Orange and Patchouli oils makes magic in your senses by calming your mind in order to inspire peaceful beauty sleep.
I have only been using my pillow mist for the past 2 weeks and I can truly say I love it and I never want to be without it. I sleep with 2 pillows, so before I go to brush my teeth and wash my face I spritz 2 sprays of the pillow mist onto my pillows and it makes my room smell gorgeous. The lavender is very powerful and luckily one of my favourite aromatherapy smells. I then proceed to the bathroom to do the admin of night time skin care routine and cleaning of teeth before retreating back into a heavenly scented room ready for some serious sleep.
Call it coincidence or the placebo effect but since I started using this little gem I have found that once my head hits that pillow it doesn’t take long for me to wind down and get sleepy and before I know it pass out entirely. I believe the bottle will last for ages and I would seriously recommend this to anyone that battles with sleeping, as there is nothing worse than lying in bed when you’ve been stressed and your body is exhausted but that mind won’t wind down and let you have peaceful, undisturbed sleep. So far, so good and I will be taking this spritz-bottle of happiness wherever I find myself on my extensive adventures over the next few weeks in order to get the best possible sleep.
Soothing Pillow Mist is available at Clicks nationwide and is R19.95 for 100ml.
Disclaimer: This product was given to me as a present at a #BWB event, this has in now way altered my view of the product in anyway.
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Being a Rain Ranger (I have a badge to prove it after going into the Plantbos forest with them) we were given a present for attending. This being a part of their Biologie range the Coconut & Shea Intense Hydration Cream. I have been using this since the start of winter 3 times a week all over to stop the winter dryness setting in and I am absolutely loving it! There is also no sight or feeling of winter dry skin which makes me incredibly happy!
Coconut + Shea Intense Hydration
The cream contains Aloe Ferox, Tangerine and Sesame Oil which is formulated specifically for dry skin but it also promotes toning and stimuates and restores the mineral content of the skin. It is perfect for a shoulder rub when you are lucky enough to have someone give you one or to give one to someone you love. A little really goes a long way and I will defintely be stocking up on this bad boy once I have finished it.
The product retails for R169.00 and you can purchase it either at the Rain Day Spa in Swellendam, Cavendish Square Day Spa or at the Rain shop at the V&A Waterfront or online here. I visited the store at the V&A for the first time last week and all I can say is that it is beautiful and smells amazing, I also did some stocking up and can’t wait to try all the spoils I got myself! The Coconut & Shea Intense Hydration would also be a perfect present for someone who is need of some pampering as its a real spoil!
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Disclaimer: This product was given to me in a goodie bag after attending an event. This has in no way altered my view of the product in anyway.