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The Victorian Garden

If there is one thing that can be said about eras gone by is that everything that goes around, comes back around again. My generation, the millennium generation, may be under the impression that we were the only era to celebrate platform shoes circa Spice Girls but have a look around, they have come back in style again (not quite as bad as last time) but even before this, they were all the rage when my parents got married and their wedding photographs can vouch for this. The same can be said for beauty, fashion, style and even medicinally we often find ourselves looking to the past to see what they did right and how we have modernised things and completely made a balls up of how things should be by trying to be more efficient, and by efficient I mean commercial. Lining someone else’s back pocket while in severe cases we are exposing ourselves to harsh chemicals in the attempt to be modern and up-to-date.

Let’s move away from platforms and lets talk about organic. Organic is very in. Organic is very popular, whether it is what you are shoving down your throat or what you are smothering on your face, organic is better – its everywhere – like its a new thing but its not. Organic goods were the only goods before we started piling the artificial chemicals into everything to make life more convenient, to make things last longer and food to grow bigger.

The Victorian Garden is an unique company, their history is absolutely fascinating and compiled with modern research they develop the most wonderful traditional Victorian skin care recipes using only organic and natural ingredients and better yet, the products are made locally in South Africa.

ourProductsI did not know about this wonderful little brand until one of their gorgeous Hair Masques was popped into my first #BWB goodie bag, and we were informed not had the hair masques recently been relaunched and we were one of the first groups of people to get our paws on them. How exciting! The reason for the re-launch was to essentially crate a product that was harder working, better quality and great value for money. Hair masques are a product which can be enriching and the more enriched the better, therefore the new ingridients added assist with conditioning and repairing damaged hair, enhancing shine and moisture and assists with a softer and glistening hair all round after using the product – it does this by treating the hair shaft and nourishing the hair from the source with no added chemicals and completely cruelty free.

Retail: R95

Retail: R95

I have been using the lovely Rosemary & Jojoba Hair Masque with Peppermint which slightly tingles the scalp when applied but leaves the hair feeling fabulous afterwards.

Excuse the no-makeup as this was captured while Skyping my nephew on Saturday my brother so happily got a screen shot - but check my hair - forget the makeup is missing or admire my dog.

Excuse the no-makeup as this was captured while Skyping my nephew on Saturday my brother so happily got a screen shot – but check my hair – forget the makeup is missing or admire my dog.

If you are looking for a hair masque, they are R95 and available on The Victorian Garden’s website – be sure to check out their entire range as its completely fascinating!

Be sure to check out The Victorian Garden’s website, Facebook and Twitter @Victorian_Tweet.

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Disclaimer: This product was given as a gift in a sponsored goodie bag. This has not altered my view of this product in anyway.

 

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Hairy Matters with HAIRGENX

Healthy luscious hair is a trait we can all take for granted, but what does it mean when you start experiencing hair loss? Well, I can’t give the exact answer, and if you are worried, perhaps you should visit your doctor to discuss as each type of hair loss has different causes although some of the types are really not understood properly.images

Could it be genetics?

Male pattern baldness is hereditary passing from generation to generation, if you are a man and you know your father was bald or balding the likelihood that you will experience the same type of hair loss is quite high however it is not clear if this is the case with female-pattern baldness, although it is clear that women who have been through menopause may have increased chance of female-pattern baldness because they have fewer female hormones.

Could it be an immune imbalance?

Androgenic alopecia is an autoimmune condition, where the body’s natural defence is hindered and struggles to protect it from infection from bacteria and viruses. When the immune system attacks the cause of infection, but in the case of alopecia areata it damages the hair follicles instead, the reason for this is still unknown. The hair follicles are not permanently damaged and in many cases the hair grows back within a few months. If you have any other autoimmune disease, such as thyroid disease, diabetes, vitiligo could mean that you would be more likely to be affected by alopecia areata.

Could it be related to medical treatments?

In cases where someone has undergone major medical treatments in most cases for cancer, most commonly chemotherapy however not all chemo drugs cause hair loss and sometimes the hair loss is so small it is hardly noticeable. When I was a teenager, after having various surgeries, none related for anything to do with cancer and/or chemotherapy I experienced terrible hair loss and hair fall. Eventually, some clever doctor rooted it back to having a couple of anaesthetics within a certain period of time. Certain medications also are attributed to hair fall, some are worse than others. Continue reading

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Pillow Talk

A couple of weeks ago I met Lucie, who is better known as the SilkLady. She taught me so much about silk and the benefits of a silk pillowcase which is what her company the SilkLady produces.

Silk Lady

Its a known fact that sleep is a big contributor towards gorgeous, healthy glowing skin and gorgeous locks but until recently I’ve never thought much about my bedding contributing towards this factor, more specifically my pillow. If you are already on a strict skin and hair workout regime, you should invest toward to holy grail of skin care for your face, a beautiful silk pillowcase. The SilkLady provides beautiful quality 100% organic silk pillowcases which are anti-ageing, hypo-allergenic, natural skin care and good for your hair.

Silk is similar to human skin and one of its properties is a natural protein that contributes to skin wellbeing by renewing the rate in which the skin producing new skin cells which will result in the ageing processing being slowed down.Unlike normal pillowcases which can cause facial creases, which is a main contributor to wrinkles, the skin and hair can also be stripped of natural moistures and absorbed, which can result in dry skin and brittle hair. It may take some getting use to if you have been using a cotton pillowcase for years as silk will always have more slip and glide than cotton. This, however is the reason why you should invest in a quality silk pillowcase, the slip and glide of the silk is the reason for its effectiveness in preventing facial creases and dreaded morning bedhead! It may not answer your prayers 100% if you already have a serious problem with facial creases but they will diminish slightly and not be as exaggerated as with cotton.

“The Silk Lady pillowcases are naturally hypoallergenic. Since silk is a high molecular form of protein, it has a strong affinity for bio-organisms, and also has the unusual characteristic of preventing growth of micro organisms and bacteria. The closely woven nature of silk makes it inhospitable for dust mites – properties that have proven to ease conditions such as eczema and asthma. Silk is fungi immune and does not contain harmful trace chemicals and therefore resistant to mold and deterioration.”

The SilkLady pillowcases are a brilliant idea for a present for a lady of any age! Not sure what to get your mum, sister or auntie for Christmas? I think you do now!

The pillowcases are on special online at the moment for R310 each and you can purchase them online at www.thesilklady.com and be sure to follow them on Facebook too, let them know we sent you :)

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Makeup Inspiration : Office Chic

Although a lot of people are starting to wind down now for the end of the year which is only a couple of weeks away, unfortunately when life tells you that you have to work, you work it, baby! Working in an office and getting ready in the morning can be a little tricky. You don’t want to look like you’re all dolled up and ready hit the town but you also do want to look like you’ve made an effort, shall we say their is such a thing as office chic? Most definitely! If you’re a bit a stuck at how to do your face in the morning the beauty editorial in Unica for October 2013 featured Alexandra from MRA Models with several easily adaptable looks which scream Office Chic, exactly as the editor, Georgiana Constantin aptly named the set. Images were photographed by Alex Ranta and the makeup was by Silviana Buturuga, hair by Petre Tache and nails by Lacramiora Enache.

office chic UNICA (2)Strong brows

office chic UNICA (3)Lips in a wine tint

office chic UNICA (4)Glossy lips

office chic UNICA (1)Light cheek contouring

Follow the basic guide of strong brows  or lips in a wine tint with neutral eyes or glossy lips or a contoured face and you can’t go wrong with Office Chic!

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Tyra Banks as Other Super Models

A few days ago, Tyra tweeted some professional pictures of herself portraying Cara Delevinge, Cindy Crawford and Kate Moss.

She described this venture on her Twitter feed as:

“I’ve put my own spin on #NYFW with a  tribute to some of the fiercest #SuperModels ever. Unretouched. Real. Raw.”

Mainly, these looks I believe were achieved with makeup, lots of it – its all the eyebrows – look closer!

TYRA/CINDY CRAWFORD

Tyra Cindy

Tyra Cindy Crawford

As soon as these pictures hit the internet the trolls went on a ‘is this racist/not racist’ tangent, I believe we need to admire her bravery for attempting these. Respect for the fact that these people, fall into the same category as her – SUPER MODELS. I do not believe they were executed excellently but rather they sort of do the trick.  I am also not sure whether it was a good idea but its the thought that counts, right?

CARA DELEVINGE BY TYRA BANKS Tyra Cara

Tyra Cara Delevigne

To recreate these looks has taken not only talent from a makeup artistry front but rather that from a photographic perspective, the lighting is overall these 3 images not done too badly… apart from the Kate Moss “The Grudge” look a like picture (but let’s be honest the source and inspiration of this picture was from Kate’s heroin chic phase anyway – so bravo Tyra & Co??).

TYRA DOES “HEROIN CHIC”

Tyra KateTyra Kate Moss

The press release gives the feeling that these 3 images are part of a 15 image series… I’m very curious to see the others and I will be sure to share these with you.

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