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Guest Contribution : Naturals Beauty Essential Collection Milk Cleanser

I love natural products and this was the first time that I used products from Naturals Beauty. I was sent a Milk cleanser  from their essentials collection.Naturals Beauty Essential Collection Milk Cleanser

Naturals Beauty is a Cape Town based family company that makes all natural products that are free from Petrochemicals, Parabens, Synthetic Fragrances and any harmful chemicals. The company was started when they realised the South African  market were seriously lacking natural beauty products that were free from nasties.

They aim to supply products that are affordable, have great quality and are totally natural.

It contains the following ingredients:

Polyphenols (Apple extract) – Has anti-ageing properties.

Omega Oils (Avocado oil) – Moisturise, Smooth, hydrate and refresh.

Sutherlandia and Cucumber – Keeps the skin healthy and radiant.

The milk cleanser has a creamy, thick consistency(it is not at all runny and watery like you would expect a milk cleanser to be, it is more like a lotion)  and smells wonderful. The scent is not too overpowering and you can smell it is naturally fragranced. It felt sheer and creamy when I applied it to my face. I gently massaged it into my skin and rinsed it. My skin was clean, refreshed, soft, smooth and any traces of my makeup was gone. I have been using it for two weeks now and it has not irritated my skin in any way, nor has it clogged my pores or left me with breakouts. This product actually calmed down my seriously over-stimulated skin in a very soft, yet effective way.

I love the fact that it is all natural and that it is so extremely gentle on my skin. I will definitely explore the Naturals beauty range more in future.

You can find these online at www.busweb.org and you pay only R80.00 for a 125ml bottle, which I think is great value considering there went so much time and love into this product. You can also follow Naturals Beauty on Twitter @Naturals_Beauty

About the author, Leandra Bothma of a Total Loss For Words IMG_20317206100256-2 I am a  32 year old wife, mother, daughter and breast cancer survivor. I am obsessed with beauty and books and if I can smell it, use it, taste it, read it or eat it then I will most probably write about it if it strikes my fancy!

 

You can follow Leandra on Twitter @atalossforword

Disclaimer: This product was in a goodie bag at a #BWB event. This has in no way altered our view of the product in anyway.

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Guest Contribution : The Way to a healthy Lifestyle

Research is showing that the way to good health is lifestyle. Making simple changes to diet, exercise and stress management is all you need to turn knowledge to results. The following are tips to healthy lifestyle:

Think positive and focus on gratitude- positive attitude will help you build healthier immune system and boost your overall health. It is true that our body believes on what you think and thus it is credible to focus on positive undertaking.

Eat more vegetables– put more interest on eating vegetables at least five times a day. A diet high in vegetables is associated with reduced risk of developing cancers of the lung, colon, breast, cervix, stomach, pancreas and ovary. Put more interest on eating foods such as cabbage, carrots, tomatoes, grapes and leaf greens.

Set a five meal ideal– it is credible if you mind what, when and what to eat to help you balance your metabolism and energy levels. This ideal situation will help you manage your weight, keep you cool and maintain your focus towards avoiding cravings.

Exercise daily– investing in daily exercises will help you reduce all biomarkers of aging such as impaired eyesight, blood pressure, lean muscles and bone density. Regular exercise will improve bone density, lower cholesterol and help you live longer. Setting aside ten minutes daily for exercise will help you make difference in your life. You can achieve this through dancing in your room, walking to the park with kids, bike to work and going for a hike.

Get enough night sleep– it is credible if you have trouble sleeping to exercise relaxation technique such as meditation, yoga and eating small bedtime snacks. Eating light meal will help your body and mind to switch to sleep mode. You can also darken your room to help remove stress associated with sleep.

Use foods over supplements– supplements are not a substitute for a good diet. Avoid supplements because they are associated with diseases such as cancer, heart disease and diabetes.

Ensure satisfaction– eating and physical activities are fun and should stimulate your sensory experiences. When engaging for physical activity, aim at pleasure and not pain. Pay attention to nutritional value of foods you eat as well as satisfaction, relaxation, tension and relieve fatigue. Be considerate to your eating behaviour that is not motivated by hungry and considering fullness when hungry.

Give yourself a break– make sure that you give your body enough rest to help restore elements of well being. Give yourself enthusiasm and avoid depression that will increase stress hormones. Breaking up will help you introduce various training modes that can help you avoid overtraining.

HEALTHY AND HAPPYThink small– it is credible to start from small while taking plenty of water. Ensure that you take meals some hours before you retire to sleep.

Keep good company– doing all right things is simply as a result of having personal relationships with people who have healthy habits. Getting your family and friends involved in health living will help you plan on health lifestyle and healthier meals.

Choose water as a drink– water is the best liquid to quench your thirst. Prefer taking whole fruits rather than juices. Refrain from taking fresh milk as a drink to relieve thirsty.

Eat fewer snacks– select healthier alternatives that will help address your nutritional needs. Select snacks that are based on fruit and vegetables with reduced fat dairy products and whole grains. Avoid snacks that are high in sugar and saturated fats.

Detox yourself– eat diet heavy in fibre and also try taking substances that will help your body detox.

 

Author Bio:

Janet Adams has been chosen her career as a writer to serve in an organization, personal-essays writing service which helps all sorts of students in building a successful career in academics. She has been set up Masters Degree in Educational Science from a reputed university and has a good experience in writing business papers as well.

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SKNLogic Renew Footbalm

Renew FootbalmAbout six months ago my paws got hold of a foot balm from SKNLogic and following this, I received another footbalm from SKNLogic in a goodiebag from #BWB. I had not yet used the first footbalm given to me in December last year at an end of year function because I was busy using another. Anyway, roll on winter time 2014 which is peak season for me to do some serious foot/heel TLC before embarking on a whirlwind overseas adventure and I quickly grabbed my stash of SKNLogic foot balms. I have been using it religiously once a day after showering/bathing and if I’ve had a long day in heels a good slap of this wonderful stuff on my feet before bed is just what is needed! In a short and sweet summary – my feet feel fabulous!

I have just started on my second footbalm after cutting the tube open of my first one because I didn’t want to waste any of the amazing moisturising concuction which soothes sore feet (especially after long days of plodding along in heels).

The SKNLogic Renew footbalm contains amazing ingredients like cucumber extract which hydrates while removing dead skin cells, Vitamin E which protects the skin assists with maintaining the skins oil balance, Orange Oil which works as anti-inflammatory and improves the skins elasticity, Shea Butter providing intense hydration, accelerates healing and soothes the skin, Fig Extract which promotes new cell growth and hydrates regulating trans-epidermal loss and not forgetting the sunflower oil, wheat germ oil and steric acid.

The SKNLogic brand is growing on me, even more so when I learnt that the products are manufactured locally in South Africa with packaging and printing being done here too. If they are not an incentive to support local, then I don’t know what is. To find out more and view their other products visit their website, Facebook and Twitter @SKNLOGIC.

 

The Renew Footbalm retails for R85 (75ml) and is available at salons and spas nationwide.

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Disclaimer: I’ve received this product twice as a gift at various events. This has in no way altered my view of this product in anyway.

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Winter is Coming… Prepare Your Skin!

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Hi Poutlings! ♥

Are you going numb, not from the cold but from all the misinformation and bogus “wives tale” advice about winter-proofing your face and body? Let’s investigate and see what the top skin experts say and some of my tried and tested ways in order to help us embrace the cold weather with our best face and body forward…

MYTH : The thicker the cream the better it hydrates.

TRUTH : Annet King, the director of the International Dermal Institute clarifies this,

“An overdose of lipids can actually trap dead skin cells and leave skin looking duller.”

Annet King reccommends layering serums under creams in order to boost moisture.

“Serums are light, yet have super-concentrated ingredients – ideal for absorption.”

I’m currently using and loving : Body Shop Shea Body Butter – my ultimate body cream, not only does is smell beautiful it glides effortlessly and absorbs into your skin easily. Not sure on the price, however they normally have specials on, such as buy 2 get 1 free etc. Well worth it, whatever it costs.

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MYTH : Overcast skies mean you can cut back on your SPF.

TRUTH : In case you didn’t know… Hardly. As a depleting ozone has led to stronger UV rays, SPF is now a year-round endeavour. And clouds do little to filer out wrinkle-accelerating UV rays. Come cooler weather, find a daily moisturiser with a broad spectrum SPF 15 (or higher) to hydrate and protect.

I’m currently using and loving : Dermalogica Clean Start Everyday MoistureI think its about R250, cannot remember as it lasts forever!

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MYTH : Oily skin can forgo moisturiser.

TRUTH : Dry, cold climates wear on all skin types – even oily! And without some added protection, barrier function (which keeps pollution and other moisture out of your skin) gets compromised. IF your skin is super-oily, you can get gel based cream but for true combination skin ensure you use different moisturisers for different areas – a light formula for your T-Zone area and a richer one for cheeks that get dry, patchy spots.

Tried and recommended : Dermalogica Ultracalming Barrier Repair – I think I paid about R400 last winter, but simply cannot remember.

"Velvety moisturizer helps fortify sensitized skin with a damaged barrier. Use this unique anhydrous (waterless) moisturizer after toning to help shield against environmental and internal triggers that cause skin stress, and minimizing discomfort, burning and itching." Speak to your skin therapist to find the most optimal solution for your skin.

“Velvety moisturizer helps fortify sensitized skin with a damaged barrier. Use this unique anhydrous (waterless) moisturizer after toning to help shield against environmental and internal triggers that cause skin stress, and minimizing discomfort, burning and itching.” Speak to your skin therapist to find the most optimal solution for your skin.

MYTH :  Exfoliating in winter makes dry skin patches worse.

TRUTH : The absolute key in winter is to moisturise throughly – occassionally add a hydrating mask to your face – as your skin barrier is weakened after exfoliating. Annet King, of the International Dermal Institute says

“The sloughing in fact causes a burst of cell renewal, so you’re helping new moisture rich cells move to the surface.”

I’m currently using and loving : Sorbet Sugar Scrub – this has lasted me about a year and I’m sure I will finish it shortly, however I think I paid R190 for this. You can easily make your own very quickly, see related posts at the bottom of this one.

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MYTH : Loading up on lip ice will prevent your lips from chapping.

TRUTH : Only if its the right lip ice. Some common ingredients can actually have an adverse effect. Mineral oil (petroleum jelly found in Vaseline) creates an artificial film on your lips, signaling your skin to stop producing lipids, while funky flavours, perfumes and colours can also dry out skin. Annet King suggests seeking a natural oil infused balm or those with shea and cocoa butter.

“To get rid of flaky patches, apply a little facial exfoliant to damp lips (a soft toothbrush also does the trick), scrub gently, then follow with balm.”

Wait till you spring to resume use of lip plumpers and super long lasting formulas that dry out your pout.

I’m currently using and loving : Dermalogica Clean Start Smart Mouth Lip Shine – also bought this so long ago, I think its about R150 

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MYTH : Steamy showers impart moisture to dry skin.

TRUTH : Dr. Robin Ashinoff says that this is most certainly not the case.

“Even though they feel great on a bone-chilling day, hot showers and baths are extremely drying.”

Exposure to hot water with high temperature causes blood-vessel dialation that results in water loss throughout the epidermis. If you crave heat, keep it under five minutes and stick with a soap free body wash instead of a bar of soap or anything highly perfumed. Pat, do not rub – your skin dry, and moisturise while its still damp to help your cream penetrate.

I’m currently using and loving : Skin EFX fragrance free soothing with chamomile body lotionavailable from Dischem, its a cheapie but your skin absorbs the cream so quickly and leaves you feeling smooth!

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MYTH : Let winter-ravaged skin hibernate – cut back on professional treatments.

TRUTH : Actually, winter is one of the best times to start laser treatments like hair removal, as pre-laser skin shouldn’t be tanned, and post laser skin won’t tolerate sun exposure. Immediately following laser treatments, apply anti-inflammatory creams to boost skin’s recovery capability.

I’m currently under going laser treatment at Revive Skin Care Lounge with my wonderful therapist Youla (I have been since September last year, post to follow on my experience soon.)

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The staff of Revive Skin Lounge

MYTH : Extra layers of high-tech clothing are a cold climate must…

TRUTH : While warmth is obviously a necessity when the temperatures drop, some nylon and polyester fabrics can cause unsightly bumps, clogged pores and even ingrown hairs when they trap dead cells, oils and sweat. Better to wear natural fabrics – especially inner layers that touch your skin – and moisturise head to toe, morning and night. Shea butter is ideal as its a natural antioxidant as well as a moisturing agent. Also consider face and neck creams with humectants like aloe, hyaluronic acid and lactic acid.

Tried and tested : see first Body Shop Shea Butter 😉

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Disclaimer : These are not a sponsored reviews, nor am I affiliated with the above mentioned brand(s) or companies in anyway.

RELATED READING : How To: make your own body scrub – (Fayinthemaze)

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Product review ~ Elizabeth Arden Intervene Radiance Boosting Moisture Cream SPF15

Hello poutlings!

So, it’s almost weekend and almost holidays for most of us. Where will you be travelling to?

Today we will discuss Elizabeth Arden Intervene Radiance Boosting Moisture Cream SPF15 which I also received in my November Rubybox

This product sells for R460 for 50ml

As you know by now I’ve recently fallen inlove with these Elizabeth Arden Intervene products.

As a great compliment to my EA 3-in-1 Cleanser, Exfoliator and primer, I couldn’t wait to start using this product, and it was all worth it.

Use the Moisture Cream in the mornings after a good cleanse.

My skin was radiant, clear and had a natural looking glow while using the product. The texture also improved and my skin felt hydrated the whole day.

It also helps to iron out those fine lines, and prevent new ones, but I don’t have lines and wrinkles yet.

I loved the sample size so much that I eventually went and bought myself a full size INTERVENE Radiance Boosting Moisture Lotion SPF 15, I just prefer lotion over cream.  It has exactly the same benefits and I dare say my skin is in a better condition now than it has ever been.

So my recommendation on this product, YOU owe it to yourself!

Have a pouty perfect day!

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