Monday, January 31, 2011

Blogger Dream Spots - Medjumbe Private Island

 Wow, wow and wow!

Medjumbe Private IslandTrue hedonistic pleasure awaits at this romantic and exclusive island getaway. A perfect backdrop of endless white sand and translucent sea mesmerizes all who visit, whilst the untouched marine environment allows for constant new discoveries, whether your passion is diving, fishing, snorkeling, or simply exploring unspoilt beaches.
Situated in the Quirimbas Archipelago, Northern Mozambique, Medjumbe Island is 800 metres in length and 350 metres wide. With its pristine beaches and fantastic dive sites, Medjumbe Private Island is ideal for diving enthusiasts and honeymooners alike.

Accommodation consists of a total of 13 thatched chalets (5 Twin and 8 Double rooms) with en-suite bathrooms fitted with indoor shower and separate bath as well as a private outdoor shower and plunge pool.
All chalets are beautifully furnished and are equipped with air conditioning, outdoor sun deck and lounge area with hammock, ceiling fans, mosquito screens, hair dryer, mini bar, personal electronic safe, satellite TV and the convenience of tea-/coffee-making facilities.
FACILITIES AND SERVICESRestaurant with inside and outside deck and veranda
Lounge / Bar - Swimming Pool
Loft overlooking the Indian Ocean, with magnificent views of the bay
ACTIVITIES Watersports including diving, snorkelling, fishing, waterskiing, hobie cats and sea kayaks Sunset cruises - Volleyball
ACCESS Fly into Pemba International Airport with AIRLINK or LAM (Mozambique Airlines) and transfer to Medjumbe Private Island via light aircraft (transfer duration +/- 45 min) CHILD POLICY The resort does not accept children U/12 - unless guests pay for exclusive use of the resort

Aura fromn Swarovski - heads up from Bella-Sugar , Australia

If you could bottle the essence of crystals into liquid form, what do you think it would smell like? That's exactly what Swarovski and Clarins Fragrance Group set out to do, using the "grace and magnetism of light" and the aura and energy of crystals as inspiration.
The brands' new AURA bu Swarovski, a fruity floral, consists of amber, white musk, benzoin resin, lychee, tuberose, and pink pepper. "Aura is the perfect visual expression for the soul of crystal," said Swarovski's Markus Langes-Swarovski. The juice will be packaged up in a glass tube with — you guessed it — an asymmetric crystal affixed to its metal top.
Also available will be a set of crystal-infused, gloss-filled makeup pendants for the face, lip and body. Aura will be available at Selfridges in the UK exclusively on March 3, eventually rolling out to the rest of the world over a two year period.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Jessica Biel for Revlon CustomEyes Mascara - oh hum, more mascara from Revlon

For long and defined or long and dramatic lashes!!
Revlon CustomEyes Mascara has an innovative mascara brush with adjustable bristles that allows you to control the end beauty look you want - long and defined or long and dramatic lashes.  Now you can create two different lash looks with one mascara.

Innovative package with dial on cap adjusts the bristles to provide different lash looks in one mascara.

Intuitive formula with flexible film technology, gellified waxes and silicone work with the brush to create multiple lash looks.
Multi colored rows of bristles move with the twist of a dial to create different looks
Settings on the dial allow consumer to choose her look
All day wear without smudging or clumping

Dial on cap has two settings:
1) Length & Definition - Aligned bristles
2) Length & Drama - Staggered bristles

Settings on the dial allow the consumer to choose her look!

Setting 1:
Lenghth & Definition

Setting 2:
Lenght & Drama

Custom Eyes Mascara Regular:
Blackest Black
Blackened Brown
Custom Eyes Mascara Waterproof:
Blackest Black
Blackened Brown

Okay, I'm not a big fan of Revlon Mascara. This one comes out in Feb 2011 here. They have a dismal Mascara history so let's see how this one works and if it works. Jessica Biel doesn't even look like herself in the above print ad and of course those aren't all her real lashes.*Sigh*

From musingsofamuse. Eager to see if it really does this.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Hot Tips for hair care on a budget

Conditioning Coconut
For really dry hair , add a few drops of coconut oil to your regular shampoo and use as normal
DIY Deep Condition
After applying your regular conditioner blast your hair with the hairdryer. This allows the conditioner to penetrate more deeply
Dry Hair Yums
Give your shampoo extra moisturising power by adding glycerine to it. Mix a little Glycerine with shampoo in the palm of your hand. Say hello to soft hair!
Run out of Shampoo?
Beat two eggs in a cup of water; add a squirt of lemon if your hair is oily. Massage into your hair and leave for ten minutes, rinse with warm water (not too hot or you’ll be picking scrambled egg out of your hair)
Colour Blast
For blondes -rinse with cooled Chamomile tea
For Brunettes – rinse with water infused with Rosemary leaves
Shine on
Add rose water to your shampoo for luscious smelling hair and incredible shine
Substitute Condense milk for your regular conditioner now and then. Massage in,and rinse out to get super, shiny hair
More too follow!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Another Cheap Trick

Ever heard of the Aspirin mask?

 Yes as a dentist , I  get pretty annoyed with patients that squish the aspirin onto their delicate mucosa (gum and cheek bits) hoping to dull a toothache instead of drinking it. If they get a headache I doubt that they rub it all over their forehead, but doing that may actually help. It may not help with the pain but it makes your skin look good!

Some important Aspirin facts:
 Aspirin or acetylsalicylic acid, is a derivative of salicylic acid that is a mild, nonnarcotic analgesic useful in the relief of headache and muscle and joint aches. The drug works by inhibiting the production of prostaglandins, body chemicals that are necessary for blood clotting and which also sensitize nerve endings to pain.
The father of modern medicine was Hippocrates, who lived sometime between 460 B.C and 377 B.C. Hippocrates was left historical records of pain relief treatments, including the use of powder made from the bark and leaves of the willow tree to help heal headaches, pains and fevers.
By 1829, scientists discovered that it was the compound called salicin in willow plants which gave you the pain relief.

According to "From A Miracle Drug" written by Sophie Jourdier for the Royal Society of Chemistry: "It was not long before the active ingredient in willow bark was isolated; in 1828, Johann Buchner, professor of pharmacy at the University of Munich, isolated a tiny amount of bitter tasting yellow, needle-like crystals, which he called salicin. Two Italians, Brugnatelli and Fontana, had in fact already obtained salicin in 1826, but in a highly impure form. By 1829, [French chemist] Henri Leroux had improved the extraction procedure to obtain about 30g from 1.5kg of bark. In 1838, Raffaele Piria [an Italian chemist] then working at the Sorbonne in Paris, split salicin into a sugar and an aromatic component (salicylaldehyde) and converted the latter, by hydrolysis and oxidation, to an acid of crystallised colourless needles, which he named salicylic acid."
Henri Leroux had extracted salicin, in crystalline form for the first time, and Raffaele Piria succeeded in obtaining the salicylic acid in its pure state.
The problem was that salicylic acid was tough on stomachs and a means of 'buffering' the compound was searched for. The first person to do so was a French chemist named Charles Frederic Gerhardt. In 1853, Gerhardt neutralized salicylic acid by buffering it with sodium (sodium salicylate) and acetyl chloride, creating acetylsalicylic acid. Gerhardt's product worked but he had no desire to market it and abandoned his discovery.
In 1899, a German chemist named Felix Hoffmann, who worked for a German company called Bayer, rediscovered Gerhardt's formula. Felix Hoffmann made some of the formula and gave it to his father who was suffering from the pain of arthritis. With good results, Felix Hoffmann then convinced Bayer to market the new wonder drug. Aspirin was patented on February 27, 1900.
The folks at Bayer came up with the name Aspirin, it comes from the 'A" in acetyl chloride, the "spir" in spiraea ulmaria (the plant they derived the salicylic acid from) and the 'in' was a then familiar name ending for medicines.
Aspirin was first sold as a powder. In 1915, the first Aspirin tablets were made. Interestingly, Aspirin ® and Heroin ® were once trademarks belonging to Bayer. After Germany lost World War I, Bayer was forced to give up both trademarks as part of the Treaty of Versailles in 1919.
Today Asprin is still the best great analgesic, anti-pyretic and anti-inflammatory. So let's get back to this aspirin mask. I tried it out (of course!)

 What is the aspirin mask?
The aspirin mask is a homemade BetaHydroxyAcid ( salicylic acid -a powerful exfoliator to slough off dead skin cells) mask  totally inexpensive and highly efficient, made of salicylic acid or tablets of aspirin.
Indications: all skin types, especially normal to oily and combination skin, acne-prone and clogged skin. It even helps ingrown hairs
Basic preparation:  Crush 3-5 tablets of plain aspirin (not the ones with the enteric coating), distilled water. Mix the powder with the water until it becomes of a creamy consistence, apply on clean dry skin (focus on T-zone and sides of the nose). Keep it on until completely dry. Take a small cotton pad, wet it lightly and begin scrubbing the areas covered with the mask, making small circles. Finally, rinse with plenty of water. There are practically unlimited versions of this mask. You can add yoghurt (hs lactic acid in it -mild AHA) for an astringent effect, aloe vera, honey. You can also make the mask using a basic moisturizer mixed with the salicylic acid/asprin instead of water.
Another option is to mix salicylic acid / crushed aspirin into a mask: into a clay mask, a hydrating mask or a soothing mask. !
Do not apply it near to eye zone, as it would be extremely drying and irritating for the sensitive skin there.
Refrain yourself from over-using it. For very oily skin and for severe blemishes, every 3 days would be more than enough in order not to stress the skin and obtain maximum efficiency. Other skin types should use it once a week or twice a month (dry to very dry, sensitive skin).

Salicylic acid's deep exfoliating action can take moisture along with it. Unless the skin is dehydrated or lacking water, oily skin types should be okay mixing it with water. Otherwise add Jojoba oil to help replenish lost moisture for normal to dry skin.

Honey is great has natural hydrating, antiseptic, antimicrobial and anti-bacterial properties. Honey in the recipe will help ward off bacteria so the area doesn't become infected, moisturize the skin and reduce swelling.
So with a little trial and error I found what works for me. First I tried crushing the 500mg extra strength tabs and adding them to yoghurt with little success. The mask was too granular and the Asprin did not dissolve well into the yoghurt. Then I came across this little blue box at Dischem - 10 sachets of 750mg of the pink BHA. It was only R8! So I took a whole lot. It worked like a bomb! It has a fantastic anti-inflammatory effect especially on an unexpected breakout, is great for preventing ingrown hairs (guys and shaving) and a fabulous brightening effect!

 Steer clear of this is you are allergic to Aspirin! Please do not OD on this mask - twice to thrice a week is enough.
Plain Yoghurt, Raw Acacia honey and the Pain Powders

Found this little gem at Dischem. 750mg of Salicylic Acid in 1 sachet.


Monday, January 24, 2011

A Bit about Babor

In 1955, Dr. Michael Babor laid the foundation for the company’s unique success when he applied for a patent for his hydrophilic oil-based cleanser, HY-ÖL®. Even today, this product has yet to meet its match.
BABOR has since worked to develop innovative cosmetics with mostly natural-based ingredients in its own research facilities and with support from the most renowned universities. The company maintains the highest scientific standards in creating products of the utmost quality and effectiveness.
With over 50 years of expertise, people around the world trust BABOR:

Over 100,000 beauty professionals worldwide have made a long-term commitment to BABOR’s outstanding skin care concepts and products, such as the highly effective ampoules or the Advanced Biogen skin care line.
Today, BABOR is one of the world’s leading brands in the professional cosmetics industry. It is represented in more than 60 countries around the globe at BABOR institutes, exclusive distributors and SPAs.

For over 50 years, BABOR has conducted extensive research on people's skin to develop holistic skin care concepts in line with nature. Our products give our clients an enhanced sense of well-being and help them accentuate their own natural beauty.
We believe in combining the best of nature with the latest findings from the world of science. For this reason, BABOR’s products primarily contain natural, plant-based ingredients. These are developed on the basis of sound in-house research and in strict compliance with species protection guidelines.

The outstanding purity and quality of our ingredients is shown in the excellent results and high compatibility of our products. This is confirmed in regularly conducted independent dermatological and clinical tests as well as testimonials from countless BABOR customers around the world.
What makes us unique should be removed.

·    Convincing skin tolerance
·    Products tested under dermatological supervision
·    Effectiveness confirmed by independent test labs
·    Use of pure, natural plant extracts
·    Minimal use of preservatives
·    Skin-friendly pH values
·    No mineral oils/silicon
·    Ingredients and raw materials obtained with species protection in mind
·    Inventor of the beauty ampoule
·    Largest ampoule manufacturer in the cosmetics industry
·    Leader in the institutional cosmetics market in Germany and many other countries

Babor Luxury Part 2 : Collagen Biomatrix Firming and Energizing Facial

Update :It's been three days since the 90-minute Babor facial and I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and luxury of just having a facial for the sake of having a facial (not the usual peel and treatment facial).

I was greeted by my friendly therapist, Michelle ,and taken to the cosy treatment rooms. Michelle was chatty but not excessively and knew instinctively when there should be "quiet moments".

  • First I had an oil cleanse
  • Another cleanse
  • An exfoliation scrub and a steam
  • Extractions (ouch!)
  • Cloth mask that was slathered by a warmed/sel-heating masque formulation
  • Then a cold blast of serum
  • Then another mask
  • Then some serum and creme
This was interspersed with light,aerosoled spritzs of Rose Water. Another bonus was that Michelle gave me a much-needed head,neck and shoulder massage while the masks were on.

My skin was ultra-shiny and plumped after the facial but I did break out a bit. The facial was a bit "heavy/rich" for my skin. I think it would be better suited to drier and more mature skins but it was a good experience.

Other treatments that I've had at Nailway Hair & Beauty is the Ultimate Indulgence Dermaplex Chocolate facial which was ultra-relaxing and makes your skin ultra soft. I also purchased their reasonably priced Dermaplex Chocolate Masque when I had that facial (a while back). I love it!

I've also had my hair done there by Tammy. The last was two weeks ago, where I had a treatment and style (big curls!). My sisters usually go for cuts, colours, styles and treatments. The service is friendly and honest, the vibe is lively but upmarket.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Babor Luxury Part 1

I can't wait for my facial tomorrow with Michelle from Nailway Hair & Beauty in Glenvista. The salon stocks Dermaplex, DANNÉ Montague-King - Paramedical Skin Revision and the luxurious Babor.It’s been a while since I've had a "relaxing facial" and not a” treatment facial” (peels ) so I'm really looking forward to it.
I’m having the Babor Collagen Biomatrix treatment (R700-R800) courtesy of the Smoogie a.k.a The Husband. I can't wait, one of my sister's had one and said it was fabulous. Look out for the follow up blog post ! - This is a link to their website where they seem to have a plethora of treatments and products.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Golden Globe Glam

Black Swan's Mila Kunis wanted to make sure that she looked her best. She wore an amazing emerald green custom Vera Wang gown _ emerald green seems to be the colour of the night, a simple  up-do, but the show stealing piece belonged to a whopping $7,000 HD Ruby and Diamond Peel Facial. Yes, she paid her aesthecian Scott-Vincent Borba $7,000 for one treatment.

The not-yet-available treatment uses real rubies which act as an antioxidant and diamonds providing a topical sheen.   The treatment is concluded with a paraffin silk fiber facial while Kunis sucks on an ice cube to decrease puffiness.

30 Beauty Tips in 4 mins

This is a really cute informative video.  Some of the tips are "oldies-but-goldies" like the egg white masque and the vaseline lip exfoliation but I really like her blusher and nail varnish tips. She goes quite fast so you may have to play it more than once

Wonder Woman MAC Collection

MAC says:
"Criminally outdated colour and un-dimensional skin finishes are no match for M·A·C Wonder Woman’s daredevil feats. Featuring super-sized packaging like you’ve never seen before; bigger and better-than-ever Mineralize Skinfinish banishes chalky powders to a land far away, creating an other-worldly, multi-dimensional glow for all. Create powerful day-to-night looks with ultra-versatile Eye Shadow Quads and Pigments, plus Lipsticks and oversized Lipglasses that always speak the truth. Jumbo Powder Blush packs a punch to perk up dull complexions, and our intense, colour-saturated Opulash lends comic book-worthy colored pop to attention-starved peepers. Add Penultimate Eye Liner and Nail Lacquer to the mix to take women everywhere from mild mannered undercover operators to goddesses with supernatural abilities to charm, seduce and kick major sass. Great Hera! Looks like M·A·C and Wonder Woman have saved the day again."


Marquise d’ Sandy cream peach (Lustre)
Russian Red Intense bluish-red (Matte)
Spitfire Bright creamy magenta (Satin)
Heroine Brown bronze (Frost)


Emancipation Pale neutral pink
Wonder Woman Bright red with soft pearl
Athena’s Kiss Bright blue fuchsia
Secret Identity Mid-tone copper with soft pearl


Bright Fuchsia Bright magenta
Marine Ultra Vivid marine blue

Reflects Pearl White glitter with a pearl sheen
Reflects Bronze Sparkling rich gold


Pink Power Peachy rose with pink shimmer/Soft rosy
bronze/Soft shell pink with fine shimmer
Golden Lariat True coral with fine gold shimmer/Soft
suntanned bronze/Soft gold with fine shimmer


Mighty Aphrodite Warm peach coral with gold pearl/Bright
coral pink with gold pearl (Satin/Frost)
Amazon Princess Bright yellow pink/Deep blue pink with
gold pearl (Satin)


Victorious Purple
Army of Amazons Green
Themyscira Blue
Black Black


Defiance Iridescent white pink (Veluxe pearl)
Paradise Island Soft warm pink (Satin)
Star Studded Mid-tone violet pink (Satin)
Real Drama Dark burgundy with pink pearl (Satin)

Lady Justice
Lady Justice Bright silver with white pearl (Frost)
Insurmountable Dirty blue grey (Veluxe Pearl)
Bold Babe Deep metal blue with white pearl (Frost)
Deep Truth True dark blue (Frost)

Valiant (Not pictured)
Valiant Light lime with yellow pearl (Frost)
Spinning Transformation Deep olive bronze with yellow
pearl (Frost)
Diana Undercover Dark forest green (Satin)
Manila Paper Pale frost white gold (Veluxe Pearl)


Rapidblack True black


Obey Me True red
Spirit of Truth Navy blue

M·A·C Wonder Woman Red Makeup Bag

M·A·C Wonder Woman Bulletproof Blue Makeup Bag

M·A·C Wonder Woman Utility Belt Eye Brush Set

M·A·C Wonder Woman Utility Belt Face Brush Set

M·A·C Wonder Woman Invincible Mirror

I love the utility bags!

Friday, January 14, 2011

A new buy:Random post

I'm sure you've noticed that I just love cuffs. Here's my new one.

Monday, January 10, 2011

The stuff laughter therapy is made of. . .because sometimes you need to laugh a little


"Efficacy : this Vitamin C whitening peeling cream by use of natural Tartaric acid. vitaminC whitening essence... etc.rapid intenerate horniness layer,accelerate aging horniness falls off,clean out the injurant in the skin pore, decompose deposit melanin, validate ameliorate dark skin. Accelerate skin metabolism and blood circulation, ream skin cleanly      ,      wetness.
Use:Days for sub-two, first shall face wetness, and weild the product gently knead, then with ceanly water washing
Notice: avoid into eyeball, if immodesty, shornlywashing ceanly water "

I came across this product and I read the ' 30 second dispel horniness 'and thought " I have to get this for the blog!". The grammer is just fab , I love the use of the "etc". Try reading it out loud for a more "fun" effect.

I couldn't stop laughing when I read the instructions, my mom found it endlessly amusing and she said " Horniness? isn't that a rude word?" and then proceeded to laugh. Her favourite bit is the " avoid into eyeball" line .The coolest 70 year old ever , my mom.
 My sister laughed so hard she cried, so I thought I'd share this little  gem and hopefully make you laugh. It's a pretty cheap laugh - it's only R12 nad  and smells like a gazillion oranges squeezed into a tube. I did an arm patch test and nothing much happened, much to my relief. I use it as a hand wash now after I paint or mosaic.

Straight from their site that I got off the box which I might add is 100% recycled paper:
"Company Name:
Livepro (Guangzhou) Beauty Cosmetics Co., Ltd.
Business Owner:
Mr. Yuanhao Zhang

Main markets:
North America Africa
Business Type:
Manufacturer, Trading Company
About Us:
We are a manufacturer professionally engaged in cosmetics. Our trademarks are well-known abroad, including LIVEPRO, PRO-LIVE, AICHEN BEAUTY, DISAAR, BEST and more. Founded in 2002 by our predecessor of SaSa, which is a famous exporter and OEM/ODM service supplier of cosmetics, we are a professional manufacturer in cosmetic for international clients, including skin-care products, multicolor cosmetics, perfume, washing & daily use chemical and cosmetics of special purposes.With long-term good reputation in international market, to catch the French LPA's (LPA is a scientific organization specialized in clinical studies or practice of active-cell to anti-ageing treatment) attention, in August 2002, SaSa formally cooperated with LPA, and founded LIVEPRO (GUANGZHOU) BEAUTY COSMETICS CO., Ltd. SaSa has authorized the corporation name as "LIVEPRO", as the contraction of Long-Live-Pros Academe, and has lucubrated about traditional herbal medicine and cell-activate products for the research of anti-ageing, skin-care and beauty & slim body in China.With the technology of LPA, keeping ahead in the skin-care, hair-care and beauty & slimming series, we have successfully developed several series, such as cell energy-active lines, gene active-cell lines, traditional Chinese herbal medicine outstanding care lines and magnetization juice dynamic hydrating & whitening lines (vegetable hydrating & whitening lines).The majority of our products have been exported to clients in Indonesia, Cambodia, Vietnam, the Philippines, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Russia, Mongolia, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Africa, South America, HK, Taiwan area, Japan, South Korea and other countries and regions.Among our products, wrinkle-erasing & anti-aging series, hydrating & whitening series, increscent & lifting breast series and slimming series are the most outstanding, receiving great recognition at home and abroad."
Skin Care - Other Skin Care Products
China Livepro (Guangzhou) Beauty Cosmetics Co., Ltd.
Link Tool:
China Skin Care - China Other Skin Care Products

Contact Person:
Ms. xiaojie zheng
Zip Code:

No. 5, Industrial Road, Donghua Industrial District, Renhe Town, Baiyun District, Guangzhou, Guangzhou, Guangdong
Google Map:
Livepro (Guangzhou) Beauty Cosmetics Co., Ltd. Map
Trade Leads:
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Relate Products: Livepro (Guangzhou) Beauty Cosmetics Co., Ltd. Products

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