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Mio – My Shrink to Fit Experience

In a nutshell, Shrink to Fit is a cellulite smoother in a cream form which meant to be used once daily. Specifically formulated to work in the most complained trouble areas for cellulite, the thighs and arms. If used correctly it is meant to visibly reduce the signs of cellulite resulting in smooth thighs and arms… If it sounds like something you need in your life then you may have found your product because I can vouch that it does work. With that being said though, and with the product being hailed as a miracle cream to make cellulite disappear- it does not mean that it works instantly. Rather, slow and steady wins the race. Shrink to Fit - Pout Perfection

Continuous use is an must if you wish to see and feel any visible difference; I learnt that the hard way. I started using the cream and then decided when rushing after getting out the shower – oh, I will do that later. Well as you know with most beauty routines – LATER NEVER HAPPENS. I have made a continuous effort to get my 5 minutes Shrink To Fit routine in the morning after my shower and I am slowly seeing some results.

I keep repeating these mantas in my mind:

1. slow and steady wins the Shrink to Fit race;

2. and my personal favourite – cellulite wasn’t built in a day!

Having experienced plenty of other creams and lotions in the past that claim that they will make your cellulite woes disappear, and simply do not follow through, I was quite sceptical before and during the beginning of my Shrink to Fit journey. I read the back of the box, before starting to use I which made me laugh. Mio have their own skin-wisdom when it comes to their products, it said using this miracle cream is not a one night stand. Its a true commitment to using the product each and every day, come rain or shine.

To be honest, it is not the most pleasant body product I have ever used. When busy rubbing it into my skin, I don’t think “oh, this feels so nice” or “I feel so relaxed” because I don’t. Its hard work (and I am inherently lazy by nature). The formula of the cream is quite thick, and you are only supposed to use one pump per area (I use one pump between 2 arms and 1 pump per thigh) and it means that you REALLY have to work it into those trouble spots. Vigorous massage of this thick cream makes those lazy cellulite cells wake up.

When you finish using the cream their is a cool sensation (a bit overwhelming to begin with after the first few applications – but you do get used to it) on the area that you worked that stubborn cream into. The cool sensation can last up to a few hours after application. I like to feel a product working, especially when I have put so much effort into getting the product onto me. This cooling sensation gives me some validation (however placebo that effect of validation might be)  that I have done my application for the day and am slowly working towards fitter, healthier skin in the long run.

Visible results? Well, for someone who is quite aware of their own mass of cellulite, I can say that there has been a slight improvement. I am still not where I want to be with my cellulite (God knows if I ever will be) but I can see that religiously using Fit To Shrink is working for me! Once you are satisfied with your results from using Shrink to Fit it is advised to use the product 3 times a week to maintain your smooth areas.

Thanks Mio for making me work for it, I will continue to do so in my quest for Fit Skin For Life.

If you are interested to get your paws on some SHRINK TO FIT, or any of theother Mio Products and Mio Treatments they are offered at selected salons nationwide, if you are looking for a stockist near you contact Poise Brands and they will direct you to the right place.. 100ml retails for R780.

x 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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Guest Contribution : Ciate Shell Manicure

I recently got to take the new Ciate Shell Manicure for a test drive and what a roller coaster it has been.

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Firstly the kit is comprised of an instructional booklet , the cutest little funnel (so that you can put your shell bits back into the bottle) , and a coloured nail polish and in my case what I’d like to call a ‘Barbie’ pink.

This set comes beautifully boxed and my set was called ‘SHE SELLS SEA SHELLS – SHELL MANICURE’ , here see for yourself …

I set out by firstly reading the instruction… Yes I really did! Here is how the application of this set works when doing an accent nail such as my attempt.

Step 1 –

Apply a coat of colour to all nails except the accent nail

Repeat the process

Step 2 –

Pour your shells into the moulded plastic container that forms part of the packaging

Step 3 –

Paint your first accent nail and whilst still wet dip it into the shells, and press the shells down.

Repeat the process

And voila you have a shell manicure just like me …

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Overall, I loved the look of this on my nails.

It was super fun to try and easy to achieve on my own. The nail polish itself lasted for about 3 days before showing tip wear and did not loose its shine. The shells however started dropping off within an hour and to be honest the texture is a little rough for me as it caught on everything.

This manicure however looks ever so pretty and feminine and the pink is just the prettiest and most feminine pink.

I have been stalking Ciate for sometime and I have really enjoyed the product and would love to try a few more in future.

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Ciate Shell Manicure sets are available from Clicks nationwide towards the end of November.

It will retail for R349.95

About the Author, Heather de Bruin of Femme Lifestyle

I am a 40yr old beauty obsessed , creative junkie and totally in love with Jesus. I love to share about beauty, books, fun activities, great food,great places, cats and life in general…

You can follow Heather on Twitter @heatherdeBruin

Disclaimer: This product was given to the author for review purposes. This has in no way altered the view of the product in anyway.

 

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The Only Hairbrush You’ll Ever Need

A couple of months ago, my body was in a state for some unknown reason and was acting really weird, one of the unusual things it was up to really affected my hair ,which was literally falling out and I felt like I was leaving a trail everywhere I went. I spoke to my hairdresser about this and he advised that the minute I know of someone going over to the UK, I need to ask them to bring me back this wonderful brush from Aveda. One he uses in his salon. He showed me this giant brush, which looked nice, but it was just a hairbrush…. I umm’d and aah’d about this for ages, simply because why should I ask someone in the UK to get me something as trivial as a hairbursh? Well, eventually, after losing more hair I thought you know what – what do I have to lose. So I started searching online. I could only find positive reviews from people with all different hair types. I found the Aveda Paddle Brush on the Aveda website and went and ordered one. When my folks came back in September before my trip to Italy my hair had calmed down on the falling out but it wasn’t back to its normal self. I have religiously used this brush morning and evening (or lets be honest, when I can be bothered to brush my hair) and I am so impressed with the results. My scalp is no longer sore and sensitive, my hair is left with a lovely finish after brushing and there is very minimal to no static (in Johannesburg’s winter there was a little bit). I have been using it for post-drying to calm down the hair and all the new hair that is growing from my scalp so I don’t look like I’ve stuck my finger in an electric socket.Aveda-Wooden-Paddle-Brush

The price on the Aveda website is £19.00 approximately R280. Initially I thought, wow, that is expensive… for a hairbrush? Well, I own makeup brushes that are tiny in size comparison and cost a great deal more, so really, is R280 a lot of money for a hairbrush? For something as necessary and as widely used in my daily routine as a hairbrush I don’t think so.

The Aveda Paddle brush is designed for scalp treatments and easily detangling hair. The bristles are made to massage the scalp while easily freeing any knots or tangles. The brush, although large, is extremely lightweight.

Although I’ve only had my lovely brush for a couple of months, I’ve read reviews where people have had their brushes for 8 years and they are only starting to deteriorate now.

If you want to do your scalp and hair some favours, think about this investment piece for your beauty routine.

XO Flea

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Hair With a Shine

Schwarzkopf, a name unanimous with affordable effective hair solutions.

A while ago, I received the new Schwarzkopf Gliss Million Gloss Shampoo and Conditioner both of which have the most gorgeous brilliant turquoise packaging but it is what is on the inside that counts after all, right? Well, the inside is a hair care formula revolution in gloss and shine which has been designed to leave hair with a flawless gloss that can last up to 10 days after use. The hair is ‘coated’ or ‘laminated’ in a weightless gloss which makes the hair shine bright and reflect light for an added sparkle. The way that it makes the hair shine so bright is that the entire hair is ‘laminated’ in shine that is better than other hair shine products which only partly cover hair leaving a rough surface area that only results in a partial shine. The secret ingredient which assists in the ultimate hair shine is the Gloss Elixir found in in the Shampoo, Conditioner and Hair Treatment mask.

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Gloss Million Gloss Conditioner 200ml R52.95 400ml R66.95

Gliss Million Gloss Shampoo

Gliss Million Gloss Shampoo 250ml – R52.95 400ml – R49.95

Before embarking and using my Gliss Million Gloss shampoo and conditioner, I didn’t think my hair was dull however there has been a noticeable improvement in the shine visiable in my locks. I believe this an affordable solution for beached out hair this summer from all the salt and sunshine which makes hair appear dull and rough. Adding the Gloss Million to your hair care routine will combat this and give you ultra smooth, extra shiny tresses which would rival any haircare advert.

Additionally to the shampoo and conditioner, in the Gliss Million Gloss range there is also a 10-Day Shine Treatment for smooth, high gloss hair for the ultimate long-term dull hair solution.

Gliss Million Gloss 10 Days Shine Treatment 150ml R89.95

Gliss Million Gloss 10 Days Shine Treatment 150ml R89.95

To get your paws on some shine-in-a-bottle be sure to check out your nearest Clicks store.

x flea143

Disclaimer: The Shampoo and Conditioner were given to me for review purposes. This has in no way altered my view of the products in anyway.

 

 

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Konjac 6 Wave Body Sponge

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A body spa treatment everyday? Yes please. That was my selling point when buying my latest purchase. The Konjac Sponge Co’s French Green Clay 6 Wave Body Sponge for Oily and Combination Skin. Confession time: I have not used a body sponge in years, in fact I can hardly remember when the last time was that I did! I have had a loofa in the shower which hardly got used, as I’d prefer to just use my body wash with my hands – quick, easy and fuss free but that being said, I have noticed that I am lacking a bit on exfoliating… I am not very good at it, don’t particularly enjoy the sensation and keeping up with it using body scrubs is something that I start out with good intentions but just never get round to doing it… not to mention its messy and requires a great deal of planning. So, after reading about the Konjac Sponge Co. and their philosophies I was intrigued and thought I should give it a try.

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The Konjac Sponge Co’s French Green Clay 6 Wave Body Sponge for Oily and Combination Skin

Essentially, The Konjac Sponge Co create a range of face and body sponges. The one I have been using (and loving) is the Konjac 6 Wave Body Sponge with French Green Clay (for Combination Skin) it a body sponge that doesn’t look very special. Taking it out of the packaging felt like somewhat of anticlimax, the dry sponge which when dry was not big and had a rough texture to it made me shudder at the thought of the sponge being rubbed against my skin. However once the Konjac sponge is completely wet the sponge feels like jelly and is incredibly smooth. The hidden powers of this much talked about sponge actually lie within the wet sponge. The Japanese have harnessed the benefits of the Konjac plant for centuries.

The Konjac body sponges have 6 ranges, one for every skin type (oily, problematic & spot prone skin; for combination skin; for dry and/or mature skin; for tired devitalised skin; for newborns; and one suitable for all skin types) and you’d be sure to find one to suit your specific skin needs and they can be used with or without soap to accelerate the skin cleansing process. The Konjac gently exfoliates, your skin feels incredibly soft and smooth once you are finished and not sensitve at all. The body sponges also assist with with preventing ingrown hairs which is an added bonus as those little buggars are sneaky and from my experience not easily avoided! If you shave, you can use the sponge to assist in lathering shaving foam/cream all while gently buffing the dead skin cells resulting in an even smoother shave.

From my first time using one in the shower, I made sure I massaged the sponge with a circular motion concentrating on all my delicate and problem areas of my skin along with my normal shower gel. I have not yet used the sponge entirely on its own as I prefer to use a body lotion but I will try this eventually! When I get out the shower I feel refreshed, and my skin feels conditioned, radiant and rejuvenated.

The bonus is that the sponge and its properties are 100% natural, and contains NO colouring or additives making it safe for everyone to use.

The downside – for a body sponge – especially for someone that hardly ever used a body sponge, it is not a cheap product. 27Pinkx sell this sponge for R230 and Beauty-Worx sell this sponge for R250 (where I got mine from) and just FYI both online shops ship for free. I ultimately believe my bank balance will forgive me because my skin feels revitalised, rejuvanted and FRESH.. thanks to my latest addition… Konjac! The sponge is not meant to last forever, but with proper care you can get up to 3 months out of the sponge by rinsing it properly by squeezing gently (never wringing) after use and leaving it to dry in an airy or warm dry place. Once the sponge has reached its life span, it is advisable to chuck it into your compost heap (if you have one) and let it go back to nature after serving you and your skin well.

x flea143

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