A few weeks ago I was fortunately invited to attend the launch of Cipria Milano in Cape Town at the exquisite Nobu at the One and Only.
How amazing is this invite? Colours for days!
Cipria Milano was a brand I was not familiar with – and so I listened very intently to the details. It’s refreshing to come across a fresh approach to beauty, strength and confidence at a valuable price. All of which the brand lives up to.With now being freshly available on South African shores, Cipria Milano is fresh from Italy – synonymous with Italian standards of quality and most of all a great choice of hair care, fragrances, a wonderful selection of makeup and cosmetics that are innovative and of a very high quality but most importantly – the affordability is the biggest draw. The brand is proudly family owned and run with strong values and also prides itself in being diverse as well as cruelty free.
A unofficial slogan i took from the launch is… high end cosmetics do not need to be high priced. That is the message that they are trying to get across.
Some goodies we were given to try are the following and as you can see the prices are so affordable – anyone can look good!
1. All in one intensive hair mask – R129
2. Eyeshadow solo – R99.00
3. Keratin reconstruction vials – R49.00
4. Lipstick – R79.99
5. Mascara – R119.00
In time we will feature the individual reviews of these products!
Be sure to check out CIPRIA MILANO on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
CIPRIA MILANO stores are at Cape Gate Shopping Centre and Sandton City – pop in and find your colour.
Let me start off by saying that Rain Africa is such a wonderful brand and that I have never been disappointed by any one of their products. Using their products brings me immense joy. The fact that they harness all the goodness our abundant earth has to offer while presenting it in such a delightful way is what makes me love them so much.
And as you can guess I was super impressed with this hand lotion as well. It contains ingredients such as Marula Oil, Kalahari Melon, Rosehip Oil, Shea Butter and Vitamin E. The superstar of this cast of ingredients is without a doubt the Kalahari Melon which contains wonderful properties that moisturises extremely well while it regenerates and restructures the skin.
Consistency wise you can expect a white in colour lotion that is lightweight yet super nourishing with a subtle yet delightful scent. I have been struggling with the driest of hands for a very long time and I am always on the search for something that will take the dryness away while it is not sticky and I often find that certain hand lotions can really just satisfy my needs in only department. When it is super moisturising, my hands feel greasy afterwards, and when it absorbs fast, my hands still feel dry afterwards. I am happy to report that this product is perfect for me!
I have popped this product in my bag so I always have it on me when I need to moisturise my hands. I will definitely repurchase this product. You can go online and have a looks at the wonderful products they have to offer. This tube of love retails for R69-00.
Have you tried it? Let me know your thoughts in the comments section below.
Till next time
Disclaimer: I have received this product in a goody bag and it has not altered my view of the product at all.
Listen up gents – Sorbet don’t only favour the fairer sex, they think you deserve some grooming too and because of this they have launched their male-only grooming emporium. Think beards, think musky smells, think all things manly – they’ve got you covered.
Sorbet launched their very first man-porium in September 2014 in Sandton City and are now following suit with opening the next in the chain line – a store in Bedfordview at Village View Shopping Centre.
They understand looking good is not always as easy as the woke-up-like-this that you guys pull off so well and sometimes need some added grooming. Don’t think of it as a salon, think of it as a way to accentuate your manly ways with an added touch of polished perfection. They do not want the treatments to be seen as flash but they want their guests to feel relaxed, not intimidated and invited in a discerning manner.
The treatments on offer range from facials for tip-top skin care, to hair colour treatments, massages and “Man Plan” packages including the flagship, The 19th Hole: haircut, hot towel shave and a manicure. All of their treatments include complimentary whiskey, espresso and WIFI.
Sorbet MAN stocks internationally renown brands like Dermalogica, Blue Beards, Redken and KST.
If Sorbet is good enough to keep the ladies in your life looking on point there is no reason why Sorbet cannot make you feel good about your skin, hair and overall well being.
For more information on Sorbet MAN, check out Sorbet’s website.
Ladies, you are welcome to spoil the men in your life easily; and no worries, you’re welcome gentleman! 😉
The sun is probably the worst ingredient for anti-ageing around, however the wonderful team at Caribbean tan have you sorted – come rain or shine!
Although, I’m a real pale thing, it doesn’t hurt on a warm winter day when you want to wear a skirt or show a little bit of skin to not be see-through! Being see-through scares people who think you might be dead.
No matter the weather, one always looks better with a healthy sun-kissed glow and an affordable glow is attainable by us all in just a few steps!
- exfoliate your skin until its smooth, like a baby’s bottom! – they have you sorted with their Cinnamon & Coconut Skin Smoothing Exfoliator
- apply your preferred tan
- keep your skin happy and hydrated
- use SPF religiously to protect your skin from the harmful UVA and UVB rays from the sun
For a breakdown on the entire Caribbean tan range, please read on…
Babor is a very unique skin and body brand which is all encompassing with precision science to ensure top quality results. You wouldn’t expect anything less from German standards. Having had only minimal experience with the Babor brand due to the high price tags, I was ecstatic to find that at the Babor Reversive launch earlier this year that we received their flagship product in a sample size which is soon to be celebrating it’s 60th anniversary, this product is simply called HY-ÖL, which I pronounce “High Oil” and I am not 100% sure if its correct but that’s what I’ve been calling it. Fast forward to later this year and myself and some other beauty bloggers received a private product preview of all the products in the Babor range and this HY-ÖL has really caught my attention.
HY-ÖL is the flagship product of Babor as it was their ‘first born’, or should I say ‘first launched’ product launched onto the market which is still manufactured today and their ultimate best selling product with up to 15 million litres of product being sold every year. That’s a huge amount of HY-ÖL floating around!!
Anyway, cleansing your face with HY-ÖL makes cleansing something special with a style of its own. The cleansing system is a two step system; first step involves gently rubbing the Hy-Ol on your face which draws makeup off the skin, this is gentle on your skin and it acts like a dirt magnet and you literally feel your skin can breathe again, the second step is moistening your fingers with cool water and the Babor Phytoactive (prescribed to your skin need) into a milky cleanser and then rinse your face. It leaves your skin feeling conditioned and fresh. I never thought cleansing could be so therapeutic, but its an incredibly calming thing to do in the evenings before bed time.
According to the Babor South Africa website the application is as follows:
Mornings and evenings, gently massage 2 pumps of HY-ÖL® over the face, neck and décolleté. Immediately apply 1 pump of Phytoactive on top and blend together. Add cool water, massage until a milky emulsion forms then rinse off with plenty of cool water.
My skin is not conditioned to the Babor range and I did experience a mild breakout when using HY-ÖL for the first week but shortly afterwards it really started to become something I wanted to use each and every day. This HY-ÖL will set you back approximately R422 for 50ml but its definitely an investment worth making (it will also last you a while) and the CPhytoactive prices vary, for my combination skin I have been using and loving the Phytoactive Combination, which retails for R341.
So the total cost would be approximately R800 for my cleansing but as I said previously, it lasts for ages as the pumps are calculated to last.
Thank you Babor for educating me on your luxurious products, for me its easy to see why they are the staple of many beautiful faces around the world.
Disclaimer: The Hy-Öl was given to me to try out but I purchased the Phytoactive Combination to ensure that my skin needs were met. This has not altered my view of the product in anyway.