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Guest Contribution : Hey Gorgeous Calorie Free Super Sweet Cupcake Bath Bomb

When Fi sent me this to try out, my initial thoughts were definitely WOW! How is it possible to capture so many senses into something so small?CUPCAKE - POUT PERFECTION

Well as it turns out it is quite possible. When taking a first glance it looks like a yummy cupcake anyone would want to dive into and take a bite of. The only giveaway that it is not is the weight and the consistency.

It is a  bath bomb. If you are a bath taker like me, then you are probably familiar with bath bombs. Not only are they created to look pretty and smell nice and add a bit of fun to your bath water, but they also soften your water, moisturize your skin, soothe tired muscles and help you relax.20141220_174757

Hey Gorgeous uses all natural ingredients in their products and the cupcake bombs  are made with Epsom, Bicarb, Khoisan salts, Citric Acid, jojoba and essential oils. This product is 100% pure, natural and chemical free.

It is quite easy to use as well. You peel off the paper wrapping, break off a piece (or use the whole one) and pop it into your bath water. Easy as cake! The cupcake fizz gently while it dissolves. The water smells amazing and while you are having a wonderfully aromatic bath, the salts also do their job. My skin was so soft when I had finished my bath.

There is no specific target audience for this product as anyone can use this, from young to old, I mean who does not want to escape into relaxation and have a little bit of fun while doing it?

You can purchase these online at www.hey-gorgeous.com and they retails for R90-00 a pop.

 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 given to the author for review purposes. This has in no way altered the view of the product in anyway.

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Easihair Pro

I was luckily enough to be invited to the pink media launch of easihair pro hair extensions at the beginning of the month.

Before the event, my knowledge stretched as far as: Hair extensions –

  1. are either clip-ins, bonded or taped to your natural hair.
  2. are expensive.
  3. are incredibly high maintenance.
  4. take ages to be applied.
  5. are not very good at staying in and random pieces end up falling onto the ground at inconvenient times.
  6. start to look a bit washed and worn out after a few weeks of wear.
  7. damage your hair when being removed.
  8. are not very easy to remove.
  9. apparently make you wish that you never bothered with having them put in, in the first place.

So, as you can see from above, I had VERY little experience and knowledge when it comes to hair extensions, until I met Garron Reynolds the managing director of Fascination Wigs, FRIKA Hair Pty Ltd and the newly ‘launched’ to the SA market, easihair pro South Africa. Amongst the hair business, he certainly has some know-how.

easihair pro logo

easihair pro has already taken the overseas market by storm, as Garron put it, not all tape-in extensions are made equal. A lot of tape-in extensions which are already on the market have a bad reputation both with the hairstylist and consumer because although they apply well, they have a tendency to “slip” from the root of the hair. If I have to speak to any of my stylist friends they all despise hair extensions because of the above mentioned reasons and possibly why one of the reasons I have never ventured to extension avenue (apart from 2 blue clip-in extensions I had when I was 17 for about 2 days that I completely despised).

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easihair pro was founded by Garron’s brother, Paul Reynolds who lives in the USA and the company still remains a family owned and operated business, with a no nonsense approach. This very approach has won over the hearts of salon owners along with the sheer quality, functionally and durability the extensions offer to both a salon, stylists and consumers alike.

Although I’m still pretty clueless about extensions, I learned the following about: easihair pro extensions –

  1. are tape-ins, with special technology to curb “slipping”.
  2. are pricy but affordable especially as they are reusable – so long as they are looked after correctly.
  3. are medium maintenance. I don’t believe they are the highest maintenance extensions available but if you don’t look after them, in turn, they will not look after you.
  4. are in investment, provided you look after them correctly.
  5. are quick and easy to have applied.
  6. are perfect for endurance of all kinds, exercise is nothing for these beauties .
  7. are quick, easy and effective to be removed.
  8. are perfect for commitment-phobes who can’t decide on long or short, high-lights or low-lights. Quick, simple and effective changes can make the difference to your hair.
  9. look natural. You really can’t tell the difference between your own hair and the extensions.
  10. are the easiest choice for the consumer and stylist when it comes to the demand for high quality hair extensions.

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Easi Pro launch

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The entire event which was held at Scar in Kloof Street had a wonderful dash of pink, in honour of October being breast cancer awareness month. Featuring pink drinks to pink snacks and it finished off in style with the guests leaving with a dash of pink hair courtesy of easi-pro. For someone, like myself who has never coloured their hair, that was quite a moment and all the better that in order for me to get my 2 dashes of pink – I didn’t need to peroxide my hair first…  I have been sporting my pink hair with pride for the whole month and absolutely loving it! The stylist, Leandi from Scar, who applied my strand split it into two, so I have a pink strand on each side. Quite far underneath my hair so its not in your face but rather subtle and shows a pop of colour when my hair is loose.

birds of paradise limited edition ghd coral styler and bag

birds of paradise limited edition ghd coral styler and bag

We were showcased the absolutely breathtakingly beautiful ghd V coral styler which is a limited edition model of the bird of paradise collection. The colours are tropical, bright and happy. This beauty is on sale until 31 October and retails for R2,380. The reason why this beautiful straightener is so special is that all proceeds of this ghd are donated to CANSA. Morgan Taylor nails also treated us to a wonderful shade of Pink, called Let’s Go to the Hop.

Morgan Taylor : Lets Go To the Hop

Morgan Taylor : Lets Go To the Hop

I am still unsure whether I, personally will try the extensions realm but I do know for sure that if I decide to try them, my only option would be easihair pro.

x flea143

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MUD By The Mountain

MUD WC LAUNCHThe launch for the press of the MUD Showroom in Claremont was small and intimate and involved a brief history of MUD as a brand, and how Brenda Botha, the owner of MUD South Africa has gone about launching MUD as a sustainable business model with an added purpose of rewarding professional makeup artists who make use of the products, unlike some other high profile brands within South African shores. Lindsay Fernandez is the proud owner and distributor of MUD within the Western Cape region and you can see her passion and excitement to be the name behind the MUD for the City of the Pretty Mountains, Cape Town and the whole of the Western Cape.

8 Vineyard road, Claremont, Cape Town

8 Vineyard road, Claremont, Cape Town

 

The MUD Showroom is actually quite large, it reminds me of a concept store, the products are displayed in a user-friendly interface with easily deciphered areas for Eyes, Face, Lips etc. The sales representatives are really fun and extremely knowledgeable about the MUD range, Vanessa covering the Southern Suburbs and Inge covering the Northern Suburbs will really give you the how-to and low-down on any questions relating to makeup and how to achieve your MUD look with the greatest ease. Vanessa did a small demo on Inge and transformed her look to ultra glam in about 10 minutes. When visiting the showroom, you will see its not just a retail space, its a place for education, a place for empowerment and a place to assist in getting your true beauty to shine through.

Before going to the launch I had too much excitement with the fact that MUD have officially launched their flagship store for the Western Cape in Claremont, directly opposite the main entrance to Cavendish Square in Vineyard Road. By now I am quite familiar from the brand and already sport some of their products on my day-to-day makeup routine but the simple fact that they are literally within driving distance excites me to no end because I can pop by whenever I have the chance and secondly, its MUD on my doorstep, goodbye credit card balance, helloooo pretty makeup!

Face Primer, Makeup Wipes, Lipsticks in Burlesque, Pink Twinkle & Rose Clay, Natural Lip Pencil, Cake Liner in Black and a complimentary Lip Glaze in Cantaloupe from attending the Launch of the Western Cape Showroom

Face Primer, Makeup Wipes, Lipsticks in Burlesque, Pink Twinkle & Rose Clay, Natural Lip Pencil, Cake Liner in Black and a complimentary Lip Glaze in Cantaloupe from attending the Launch of the Western Cape Showroom

True to form, I had pre-ordered a few goodies for me. Not for my kit. Just for me! I find as a makeup artist once I end up placing stuff in my makeup kit it becomes part of my work and I can not use it on me anymore, I think I have issues 😉 and in due time there will be reviews on these products and will undoubtedly be adding them to makeup kit in the foreseeable future. Anyone that happens to also follow me on Instagram would of seen some of these pictures, but I thought I’d share them here too.

For more information on the Western Cape MUD Showroom please contact  MUD Western Cape/ Rapid Culture and be sure to check out their Facebook and Twitter @rapid_culture / @MUDsouthafrica to keep updated with events, new products, existing products and specials!

x flea143

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Crabtree & Evelyn Hand Cream

Crabtree & Evelyn are a brand which silently but proudly portray luxurious British heritage. The brand stemmed from a family run business that made home-made soaps with an international themes which has since grown into a huge international company which is known for quality toiletries and they have stemmed into fragrances and even food. Crabtree & Evelyn are the ultimate hipster company as they made “natural” cool before “natural” was the in thing to do. Working in harmony with nature their products are inspired from a time when the garden played an important role in daily life and they use plant, fruit and flower essences for natural fragances and soothing solutions for the skin.

Crabtree Evelyn Ultra Moisturising Hand Therapy

From two of the recent #BWB or Bloggers Who Bless Cape Town meets – we have been totally spoilt with their wonderful handcreams. The one I’ve been using on my paws is the Iris Hand Therapy. Firstly, it is small enough to carry around in your handbag, they certainly pack a punch in these harsh winter months. They touch your skin and are absorbed leaving you with wonderfully smooth and soft hands that have no left over residue or greasiness. A real winter-must have. On top of this they leave your hands smelling absolutely gorgeous and long after use they leave a very faint scent of beautiful iris. These hand creams are award-winning and its not hard to see why. They certainly win my vote for best winter handcream for 2014 that I’ve used so far 😉 Have a look at the entire handcream range over here at their website.

For 50g this product retails at R180 but you use such a little product it can last you for ages so, its well worth the investment!

Crabtree & Evelyn are not only an easy solution for a gift for the special ladies in your life as their products will happily work in harmony with everyone, they are a healthy and smart choice for daily use.

What is your favourite Crabtree & Evelyn product?

Don’t forget to visit Crabtree & Evelyn’s website, like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter @Crabtree_SA

x flea143

Disclaimer: This product was given to me as a gift in a goodie bag at an event. No bribery nor corruption has shaped this post in anyway.

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Is Makeup Really Harmful? Long Term Effects of Cosmetics.

Hiya Poutlings

Our makeup rotuines come just as naturally to us as putting on shoes before leaving the house. From foundation to eyeshadow, we can’t get enough of our beloved products. But can makeup actually harm while making you look good? New research says yes. I’ve studied this new research and come to the following conclusions to see what exactly goes on after we leave the powder room.

While we are all well aware that makeup contains chemicals, it’s the types we are dealing with that we turn the other cheek to. From scary names like PARABENS, it’s sometimes easier to pretend we didn’t notice and continue applying and while the makeup doesnt necessarily need a life threatening warning label like cigarettes for eample, it doesn’t hurt a bit more to know what you’re applying to your skin.

Although you may think you’re inferior to certain products because you don’t swallow or inhale them, it doesn’t mean your system is in the clear. Because you’re putting makeup directly on your skin, it enters your bloodstream almost immediately, and because many of us use multiple products throughout the day, it’s the mixing chemicals we need to watch out for.

Aside from the typical allergic reactions and annoying breakouts, these chemicals have potential to cause long-term damage. If you expose your skin to multiple products containing chemicals like parabens on a regular basis for an extended period of time, you up your risk for things like breast cancer, aging problems and reproductive impairments.

Other chemicals like petroleum, find in products such as lipice, is a mineral oil jelly that can do more harm than good. While we turn lipice with hopes of getting rid of our dry skin, this chemical can actually lead to dry skin, which completely cancels out the purpose of its placement.

So how can we avoid these chemical combination mishaps? First, read the labels of your makeup. Check out the fine print and read the box before you buy. You can also switch to organic makeup products with natural ingredients that won’t irritate your skin as much. Or, if you really want to make a change, go au naturale. – I am quite sure Sandylashxx has just had a heart attack. I’m sorry Sandy! 😀

All in all makeup isn’t a total disaster unless you drown your skin with multiple products 24/7/365.

To make this short and sweet – GIVE YOUR SKIN A BREAK ONCE IN A WHILE, but don’t be lazy. Everything in moderation dears, that is all.

*missfitz

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