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Oh Mio!!

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….Langaro

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.”

mioYes, 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!

Mio Shrink to Fit Treatment

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

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Peels – What You Need to Know

According to the America Society of Plastic Surgeons. There was a total of 1.1 million chemical peels performed across salons in the USA in 2012 which makes peels one of the top five minimal invasive cosmetic procedures.  The past few weeks peels have been the topic of conversation in my life and I keep hearing that chemical peels are the new miracle cure for forever-young, forever-beautiful, forever-sustainable youthful wrinkle-free healthy glows. I’ve always thought of peeling as quite an intense procedure but is it really? Due to the increasing popularity of peels being offered everywhere, salons, doctors rooms and even at home products – what new skin fashion are actually submitting our skin through? This is what I found.

What is a chemical peel?

There are various products and treatments available today on the market and every brand has one or is launching one soon. That being said, what actually is a chemical peel? Well, that is an extremely broad answer as there are many different types of chemical peels and each brand that offers them has its own formulations. That being said, chemical peels used by estheticans are generally a solution that has a combination or sometimes just one alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) or beta hydroxy acid (BHA). The solution of chemicals is applied to the skin, mostly in layers although some peels only one layer, like a treatment mask. The peel can either be removed at the end of the treatment or is left to self neutralise. The acids in the peel work to disolve the top layers of the skin creating a controlled “burn” and therefore creating skin which needs to regenrate itself.

Essentially a chemical peel is “reboot” for your skin, essentially switching it on-and-off again allowing the old, dead skin layers to be removed and make space for younger, newer, fresher more collagen fresh skin to reappear.

Web image of a Dermaceutic Milk Peel - review of mine to follow soon.

Web image of a Dermaceutic Milk Peel – review of mine to follow soon.

At Home Peels versus Salon Peels versus Doctors Rooms Peels

There are even plenty of “peels” that are available for home use and I use the term home-use and peel in a very light sense of the word as its not technically a “peel” as these home use peels are very superficial peeling, simply a more extreme at-home exfoliation and this can help you maintain even toned and healthy skin.

Chemical peels perfomed by trained skin estheticans in salons have a lower pH than home-use products, making them more active and as such they can penetrate much deeper into the skin, these can cause your skin to turn red and sometimes skin may physically start peeling afterwards, like in the case of extreme sun burn.

Chemical peels may even be performed by Doctors, in their doctors rooms and for the most extreme peels are performed in theatre under an anaesthetic, obviously these are an even deeper peel with a lower pH than that of a salon or home use products. These peels usually have excessive”down-time” of the skin and a lot of peeling occurs afterwards.

When a series of professional peels are performed by a trained skin esthethian or doctor the peels can treat hyper-pigmentation and acne.

What chemical peels do

Across the spectrum, of what is available at the moment salon chemical peels promise may many things and they are:

  1. Improve the texture of your skin.
  2. Increase the cell turnover rate of your skin.
  3. Improve your skin’s ability to hold moisture.
  4. Help your skin produce more collagen. (Goodbye wrinkles!)
  5. Reduce fine lines.
  6. Decrease hyper pigmentation.
  7. Unclog pores and help clear up acne.
  8. Leave your skin smooth.
  9. Make your skin softer.
  10. Make your skin look more even-toned.
  11. Give you a “glow”.
  12. Make your skin look more dewy.
  13. Improve minor scarring.

Chemical peels do not promote dramatic improvements to deep wrinkles or very sagging skin, these conditions can only be treated with laser therapy or cosmetic surgery.

What does a salon peel feel like?

DermaceuticI went for my first ever salon peel on Friday afternoon, and this was a Dermaceutic Milk Peel at Ageless Faces Salon in Cavendish which felt like a crawling sensation on my skin but across the spectrum the reported general feeling can be warmth, sometimes even heat or mild stinging but if it actually hurts then there is a problem and the peel must be stopped immediately but it is normal to feel something happening on your face, as there is an acid penetrating the dead skin layers of your skin and essentially “burning” them away. The warmth sensation may be numbed by having a small fan blowing lightly onto your face.  These sensations will stop once the peel is over.

Ageless FacesThe peel itself is really quick, but I will go into more detailed experience on another post.

What happens after the peel?

Depending on what peel you have just undergone, your skin may react in many different ways and you may in fact peel but you may only experience mild itchiness, however it is normal to be quite sensitive to the sun and being vigilant about sunscreen following your peel is an absolute necessity. Skin may also feel tight and a little dry. Red skin is also common for an hour or so following the peel because having a peel is extremely stimulating to the skin and extreme caution and care needs to be given to your lifestyle choices following one in order to avoid unnecessary irritation or hyper pigmentation to the skin. This means no excessive exercise with sweating for a few days, no excessive heat sources like saunas or Jacuzzis, no scrubbing or picking your face and absolutely no retinol products or AHA products to be applied to the skin at least 10 days following the peel.

Who should have a peel?

If you have an acne problem or deeply congested pores; have fine lines or wrinkles; or feel like your skin needs a brightening up then a salon performed peel would be a good option for you. If you regularly have facials and want to up your skin care routine, instead of having a facial why not try having a peel every 4 – 6 weeks. A facial is great for your skin but having a peel performs a deeper cleanse of pores and helps assist with the regeneration of skin cells promoting a brighter, healthier glow. Having a series of peels can treat a number of skin issues and really there is no reason not to try one.

My 2 – cents, why pay for a facial when you can cleanse, exfoliate, mask and moisturise just the same at home when you are using good quality products, rather spend that money on a an investment on a peel to transform your skin and to treat it deeper rather than superficially. The full post on my skin from my Milk Peel is coming soon, but I can just say I have fallen in love with the idea no matter how sceptical I was at first and certainly think its a better investment in the long-term care of my skin.

Visit Ageless Faces Facebook here and Conquest (Dermaceutic Laboratoire) Facebook here.

x flea143

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10 FACTS ABOUT OPI NAIL LACQUER

10 FACTS ABOUT OPI NAIL LACQUER

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1. OPI was founded in 1981 by George Schaeffer and used to manufacturer artificial dental appliances such as dentures. The acrylics which were used in the making of the dentures was the same used by nail technicians and in 1989 their business model changed to NAIL LACQUER, not dentures!

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2. OPI prides itself on quality and safety and have scientists and visionaries working daily to progress in the world of nail lacquer.

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3. OPI has over 200 different shades of polish which are all developed and selected by Suzi Weiss-Fischmann.

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4. OPI confirms that each shade of nail polish is ensured to have the status of “the” colour of the season.

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5. Not all of their products have been a hit, in 2003 OPI launched a nail polish for dogs which received mixed reviews.

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6. OPI has created several nail lacquers exclusively for specific charity organizations, these include – the American Heart Association, the American Red Cross, breast cancer research.

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7. OPI is committed to making sure that their products are only sold through reputable beauty salons. The reason for this is that it deprives the consumers of professional care and advice that are necessary to enjoy these products.

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8. OPI keep up to date with latest trends and current pop culture, they have had collections in the past for Legally Blonde 2, Alice in Wonderland and Dell, current collections include the Skyfall collection, Oz the Great and Powerful collection to name but a few however, they also have some great vintage including the Vintage Minnie Mouse collection, the Brights by OPI collection and the Soft Shades by OPI. OPI has a designer collection, which is always new and innovative in the world of nail lacquer.

9. In conjunction with the nail lacquer, OPI boasts a GelColor, various nail care, including Classic Nail Essentials, Lacquer Removers, Nail Envy, Lasting Manis and Quick Drying Treatments and they have hand/feet care including AvoJuice Skin Quenchers, AvoJuice Body Creme, Avoplex, and Feet by OPI.

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10. OPI proudly boasts all of their nail lacquers have been reformulated to eliminate chemicals DBP (dibutyl pthalate), formaldehyde and toulene.

...last but not least, OPI is cruelty free! <33

…last but not least, OPI is cruelty free! <33

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Snooki’s Blonde Ambition!

Jersey Shore’s Pregnant Fairy Gets A Makeover!


Jersey Shore’s Snooki revealed earlier this week that she is not about to switch to flat comfortable shoes, despite being several months pregnant. 

The 24 year old has made her pregnancy look even more glamorous by investing in some long hair extensions. She had curly long blonde pieces placed into the back of her black bonnet,  taking her tresses to a significantly longer length.

Snooki was positively blooming as she got her tresses attended to at a New York salon.


The New Jersey lady tweeted her joy at her new look: “My new Barrie hair extensions <3 rawr”

She was getting her make over at Gemini 14 salon in New York and was wearing a sexy leopard print blouse which showed a pink bra underneath.


To me Snooki is looking fabulously beautiful and stylish, especially while being pregnant. Loving the animal print.

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Megs :*



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