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MUD Makeup Remover Towelettes

I have had a little bit of a love affair the past 6 weeks or so with a disposable makeup remover towelettes from MUD, Makeup Designory who seriously have the worlds best face wipes. A packet of 40 will cost you R248.00 which is not cheap by face wipe standards but they are so worth the money. Absolute no purchase regret here for me. In fact I want to buy MORE!! I bought these with my MUD haul that I purchased around August sometime and I have just used my last wipe on the weekend. I am already itching to get my hands on another packet because although I don’t always use face wipes to remove my makeup, these are the best for removing heavy eye makeup and waterproof mascara.

MUD MAKEUP REMOVER TOWELETTES

The toweletes are not only huge, I mean, one on its own is big enough to remove an entire face of makeup (face, eyes and lips = there is enough room to wipe on ONE cloth, not like other brands where the toweletes are small and you need 2 -3) but also they are incredibly soothing on the skin. Leaving behind a beautiful cool and refreshing sensation on your barefaced skin.

The packaging is a resealable packet which towards the end of my face wipes life decided that sticking back together was a mission but I managed to always keep something on top of the packet to ensure that it didn’t pop open. doing this made sure that until the very last face wipe was used that the towelettes remained moist and ready to tackle makeup. These were not only a life saver when I was travelling overseas but they were a pleasure to use in the hot Tuscan weather and left you feeling utterly refreshed which makes me think that these will no doubt be needed for a refreshing summer skin.

For a showroom near you please check the MUD website. Don’t forget to follow them on Twitter @MUDsouthafrica and Facebook to keep up to date with all the latest news about MUD!!

xo flea143

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Guinot Hydra Tendre Review

A while ago, I was treated to a Guinot facial at Yemaya Spa & Hair in Sea Point for Cosmetix and Cindy Nell’s annual pamper party. One of the goodies I got given to try at home from my facial was a Guinot cleanser. This cleanser is part of their Hydra range which is probably not the most suited product for my skin needs but it certainly does hydration and it does hydration well. Guinot Hydra Tendre

Water is an indispensable source of life for the cells and well-being of the skin. A good moisture balance ensures a healthy complexion. The Hydra Tendre is described as being a “soft wash off cleansing cream“, and when applied to the skin you can literally feel it absorb into your skin as though your skin is absolutely parched, and as with most cleansers you rinse it off as normal with water and et voila – you have a clean smooth and hydrated face! The consistency of the cleansing cream is smooth with a light pink colour to it and it seems heavily fragranced and has a very perfume-y smell which is not unpleasant but I normally prefer less fragrance in my skincare products. When your skin is cleansed your skin feels soft and gentle and your face is left feeling refreshed.

I have been using the Guinot cleanser for the past 3 weeks and now my skin is actually over-hydrated which is not necessarily a problem but it is not the ideal solution for me as I do not suffer from dry or dehydrated skin so I will not be purchasing this cleanser again unless my skin needs change.

Unfortunately I have not been able to find the retail prices of what the cleanser goes for but it is available at Yemaya Spa and various other salons which offer the luxourious Guinot treatments for purchase.

xo flea143

Disclaimer: This product was given to me as a sample at an event. This has in now way altered my view of the product in anyway.

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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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