Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Product Spotlight :Idealist Pore Minimizing Skin Refinisher by Estee Lauder

PRODUCT DETAILSThis fast-acting serum delivers our most dramatic skin resurfacing benefits-more efficiently than ever before.

With Idealist, your skin looks and feels like your ideal skin:

Virtually poreless.

Pores appear 1/3 smaller-instantly.
See a 69% reduction in the look of pores in just 4 weeks.

Okay so you can't really minimize your pores, the product name is a tad misleading but I really like the product. The fresh citrus smell, the way it effortlessy glides on and "minimizes" pores by transforming your skin into a smooth , silky,"soft focus" finish. It boosts radiance and works well with a red, spoltchy skin.It makes an excellent primer. Although expensive a little goes a long way. I really like this product - a good buy (just keep the expectations in check , as they say "Rome wasn't built in a day" A bit pricey at R620 but a great quality product

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Some New Strange stuff that I've tried recently

I picked this up at the Glenvista Checkers, just had to check it out
It has a nice sweet taste and bonus! edible skin. My dental assitant eyed
it suspiciously but nommed it in the end declaring that it tasted like mango (strangely
it does)

KiwiBerry are small - in the 5 - 20 gram range, with smooth hairless edible skins, and shapes varying from round to elongated. One of the attractions of KiwiBerry is that they, like grapes, are a single mouthful and to increase the size above say 20 grams eliminates this desirable characteristic.
NZ KiwiBerry are a nutritional powerhouse, they are the most nutrient dense of all the major fruits, and are an extremely healthy food source. Containing almost 20 vital nutrients, NZ KiwiBerry are considered a "super snack"!
They are rich in antioxidants which are known to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, cancer, and help slow the aging process, to name just a few benefits.

Nutritionally, KiwiBerry is known to have the following characteristics/ 125 g serving:
Kilojoules                      403
Carbohydrates             22gm
Sugars                           9.5gm
Protein                          1.5gm
Fat                                 1.5gm
Saturated fat               0.7gm      
Fibre                             ?
Potassium                  4gm
Sodium                      0.036gm
Vitamin C                  90% RDA!
Great source of Vitamins A and E, calcium, magnesium and iron.
Compared to Hayward kiwifruit (that big fuzzy one) they have:
• Slightly higher source of vitamin C (range 63-123 mg/100g fresh weight).
• Higher sucrose:monosaccharide ratios.
• Higher calcium levels and high in fibre
• Higher dry matter and soluble solids (up to 24%) in ripe fruit, quite exceptional compared to other examples within the Actinidia species.
• Inositol is present in high concentration in A. arguta (compared to Hayward and many other fruits) and this may have some health benefits. It is an antioxidant, is classed as a vitamin and is required in the breakdown of fats and oils in the liver.
• Slightly higher levels of crystalline oxalic acid – the effect of this can be to experience a “catch” at the back of the throat when swallowing the fruit.
• Higher potassium levels per gram.

Breakfast Treats:
KiwiBerry Sweet Omelette
18 to 24 KiwiBerrys,sliced
powdered sugar
ground cinnamon
4 eggs, separated
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon grated lemon peel
2 tablespoons butter or margarine

Sprinkle with 1 or 2 tablespoons powdered sugar and a dash of cinnamon in a shallow dish. Let stand 20 minutes; turn occasionally. Beat egg whites and salt until soft peaks form. Gradually add 2 tablespoons powdered sugar; beat until stiff. Beat egg yolks until thick; add lemon peel. Fold into whites. Heat butter in oven proof skillet.* Stir in 1 tablespoon powdered sugar and dash cinnamon. Pour in egg mixture; smooth surface. Cook over medium heat 3 to 5 minutes or until eggs are set and bottom is golden brown. Bake at 190C for 10 minutes or until knife inserted near centre comes out clean. Loosen edge of omelette. Make a shallow cut, slightly off centre, through top of omelette. Arrange KiwiBerry mixture over larger section. Fold smaller portion over KiwiBerrys.
Serve on warm plate. Sprinkle with powdered sugar. Serve hot.

Makes 4 servings. Recipe can be halved; cook in smaller pan or, cover handle of skillet with aluminium foil.

Kiwi Berry Frozen Yoghurt with Red Raspberry Sauce
12 to 14 KiwiBerrys, pureed
1 tablespoon honey
500 ml frozen low-fat or nonfat vanilla yogurt, softened
1 package 250g frozen red raspberries in syrup, thawed
2 tablespoons triple sec or other orange liqueur
2 teaspoons corn flour
3 KiwiBerrys, sliced lengthwise
fresh mint leaves
fresh or frozen whole raspberries (optional)

Combine KiwiBerry puree and honey. Place in freezer and freeze until slushy (about 45 minutes). In a stainless steel bowl, quickly combine softened yogurt and kiwifruit mixture; refreeze in bowl. With a small ice cream scoop form balls and place on a wax paper-lined tray; refreeze...

To make raspberry sauce, in food processor or blender puree thawed raspberries. over saucepan, strain berries, through a fine sieve, pressing with back of a spoon. discard seeds. Stir in orange liqueur and cornstarch. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly until slightly thickened. Cool; cover and chill. To assemble; spoon sauce on dessert plates or shallow bowls. Arrange KiwiBerry slices and frozen yogurt balls on sauce and garnish with mint and whole raspberries.
Makes 6 servings

KiwiBerry Dessert Topping Suggestions: Try KiwiBerry puree over: Your favorite cheesecake ( it goes well with chocolate too ) Over ice cream or sorbet ( mandarin oranges are a nice compliment )

Kiwi Berry Spritzer
1/3 cup KiwiBerry puree
1/2 cup orange juice
3/4 cup soda water
Combine KiwiBerry puree, and orange juice until smooth. Add 1/2 cup of the mixture to a tall glass. Add soda and stir. Garnish with fresh mint or lemon slices.

Frozen KiwiBerry Daiquiri
45ml Bacardi
30ml pure lemon juice
15ml sugar syrup
6 ripe red KiwiBerry
Put all and ice in blender and blend until ice is crushed
Serve in cocktail glass

Optional: Rim glass with sugar by gently running lemon slice around the rim of the glass then inverting the glass in a saucer containing a layer of sugar.
Some sugar syrup can be replaced with a dash of cointreau

Creamy KiwiBerry Sauce
2 cups KiwiBerry puree
2 cups sour cream
1 tsp. melon or other fruit liqueur
1 tbsp. honey
slivered orange zest for topping

Mix all ingredients except orange zest.
For Baked Fish: Top with sauce when fish starts to flake. Garnish with orange zest.
For Grilled Fish: Top with sauce when fish is ready to eat. Top with orange zest.

KiwiBerry Fruit Salad
From Jan Bilton
Traditional kiwifruit are also excellent served with this honey/lime dressing.
16 kiwiberries, halved
1 banana, peeled and sliced
1/2 small papaya, peeled, seeded and cubed
2 tablespoons each: runny honey, lime juice

Combine the kiwiberries, banana and papaya in bowl. Combine the honey and lime juice and sprinkle over the fruit. Great served on meringue cases filled with cream.
Serves 4 – 6

Kiwi with Raspberry Sauce and Walnut Cream
From Jan Bilton
1 1/2 cups fresh or frozen raspberries
3 tablespoons fresh orange juice
2 teaspoons cornflour
20 kiwiberries or 5 large kiwifruit
Walnut cream: 1 cup whipped cream
1 tablespoon icing sugar
1/4 cup coarsely chopped, toasted walnuts

Puree the raspberries in a blender, until smooth. Place in a saucepan with the combined orange juice and cornflour. Bring to the boil, stirring constantly, until slightly thickened. Transfer to a bowl, cover and chill. When ready to serve, spoon about 2 tablespoons of the sauce in a decorative pattern on each of six dessert plates. Halve the kiwiberries or peel the kiwifruit and slice. Arrange the berries or slices on the sauce, overlapping the slices to form a fan. Combine the whipped cream with the icing sugar and walnuts. Serve with the fruit.
Serves 6.

KiwiBerry Pastries
From Jan Bilton
2 sheets ready-rolled flaky pastry
1 small egg lightly beaten
1 cup prepared thick custard
1-2 tablespoons orange-flavoured liqueur, optional
24 kiwi berries

Cut one sheet of pastry into quarters and place on an oven tray. From the other sheet, cut 16cm x 2cm strips of pastry about 12cm long – the length of each side of the pastry squares. Brush the edges of the pastry squares with egg. Place the strips along each edge, mitring them upwards at each corner. Brush the strips with egg. Prick the centre of the pastry squares with a fork.

Preheat the oven to 200oC. Bake the pastry squares for 15 minutes or until golden and cooked.
Cool on a wire rack. If the centres are raised, prick them with a fork to allow any steam to escape.
Combine the custard with the orange liqueur, if using. Spoon into the centres of the pastries.
Top and tail the kiwiberries and halve. Arrange over the custard. Excellent served with whipped cream.
Serves 4

KiwiBerry Salsa
From Jan Bilton

10 kiwiberries halved
10 cherry tomatoes, halved
1/4 cup coriander leaves and stalks, chopped
1 teaspoon each: chilli paste, sugar
2 tablespoons lime or lemon juice
Freshly ground black pepper to taste
Combine all the ingredients. Serve with grills or sautéed fish or chicken.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Sunday, March 27, 2011


All her videos are so fascinating!

Marie Claire Prix d'Excellence de la Beauté 2011 Event @ Edgars Melrose Arch, 24/03/2011

Graeme Richards

Cranberry Cocktail. After this pic my Blackberry had
one of it's many software meltdowns.
Lovely event at the fabulous Edgars @ Melrose Arch, although I regretted wearing my Fuschia heels, so much waiting and standing around. The yums included artfully wrapped parma ham, sushi, chocolate strawberries, fig and brie spring rolls, yummy chocolate brownies, petit fours and mini roulade.

An old pic of the Fuschia heels. I lost them for a sort time but found them
when I was searching for my passport (which I suspect is where lost socks go). I also suspect
that my Blackberry has sent my entire contact list to this Lost Sock Place which the hubby and
I call "the Political Wilderness" after the whole Thabo Mbeki Debacle but I digress, moving
on . . .

A R250 Gift Card saw me buying Dr Rey's Travel kit! I really want to see what all the hype is about. Said to be on par with Dr Perricone, La Prarie, Guerlain but at Estee Lauder Prices .

Be Jealous : The Awesome Goodie Bag! On the
Multiway Scarf

A travel kit I bought - Dr Rey's new Products

Pretty bag in the background? Should I wait to travel before I use it?


Love these Clinique products

A list of what goodies came in the bag ... reviews to follow :

  1. CLINIQUE Even Better Skin Tone Correcting moisturizer SPF 20
  2. CLINIQUE long last glosswear SPF 15 in Clearly Pink
  3. CLINIQUE full potential lips plump and shine in Bloomberry
  4. CLARINS Creme Jeunesse des Mains (Hand and Nail Treatment)
  5. CLARINS make-up bag
  6. CLARINS Teint Multi Regenerist Extra Firming Foundation SPF 15 in SAND
  7. CLARINS Doux Nettoyant Gommant Express - One step Exfolaiting cleanser with Orange extract
  8. ELIZABETH ARDEN Eight hour Cream Skin Protectant
  9. BOURJOIS Bio detox organic foundation in dark beige
  10. GUERLAIN ISSIMA Secret Divin Skin perfecting serum
  11. Prevage Advanced Anti-aging Eye Serum
  12. Dr Robert Rey Sensual Solution Severe Line Refine hydro enhance serum with AActive6-Exotics
  13. Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair
  14. Trind hand repair with Duo-liposomes and Vitamin Complex ACE
  15. CHANEL inimitable intense  Mascara multi-dimensional sophistique.Volume,length,curl,separation in NOIR
  16. GUERLAIN Abeille Royale Youth Serum
  18. LAB SERIES MAX LS Age-less face cream for MEN (for the hubby)
  19. LAB SERIES MAX LS Overnight Renewel Serum (Again for the Hubby)
  22. CHANEL : BLEU de CHANEL Fragrance
  24. An Edgars pen and Faux Leather Post-it Holder
  25. A Luxurious feeling turquiose multiway wrap
  26. April issue of Marie Claire 
OOOO- La La! Okay let me go try this stuff out :)

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

My Nimue Chemibrasion :Part one

Fruit platter at our friends Moeen and Sadiya's (Sadz) house.
Why is this picture here? It's because every single time I have
any skin resurfacing procedure, we go out with them, or we visit.
I wonder if they have ever seen me not peeling (peel =fruit acids)

This is a loooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooong overdue blog post . I should have blogged this in November last year, so let's get to it. Since last year October I've done a RegimA 40%, completed my Nimue two-part Chemibrasion (with Kim from Somologica) and also had a Lamelle beta peel and a Lamelle Dermaroller plus serum treatment (courtesy of Judy from Lamelle). I'm going to start with my chemibrasion. I blogged  about the RegimA peels( ) that I've been doing for 2 years - they are wonderful peels, I love them but I wanted to step it up a notch. My sister also tried it about a year and half ago and her skin looked great afterwards but she vowed never to repeat it beacuse of the extensive peeling. She even phoned and messaged me the morning after her second peel exclaiming that she looked like a lizard and was freaking out a little bit. Despite that her results were impressive. I must say one of the things I didn't like with the Nimue was that I had to give up my Quantum Elastin Dermal Regenerator from RegimA (one of the best creams ever).With my last RegimA peel my chin was peeling like crazy. My bestie and I went to the MAC store in Rosebank (they're so nice there in sharp contrast to those awful MAC people in Eastgate) the day after the peel and one of the make-up artists used masses of their moisture wipes on me which I must say helped the appearence of my casting-off chin

The RegimA peel is completed in-salon and the only thing you have to show is that tell-tale super shiney,bronzed,myo-relaxed face. With the Nimue, you have to drive home with the mustard-hued peel still on your face.What an experience driving home with this off-yellow goop on your face (scroll down for a pic of this) and leaving it on for 4 hours. It doesn't sting at all for those hours. Nothing happens the first day you wash it off but heaven help you the next day - the peeling starts. I felt a bit like Gold Member in Austin powers, going through some sort of revolting-moulting. The peel was done on a Friday because it's better if you hole up for the weekend so you don't scare anyone (the pictures cannot convey the extent of peeling).

By Sunday I needed Ice-packs for relief, especially for my chin. The peeling continued for 5 days the first time and for 7 days the second time. I ventured out when I had my second peel and when I would get that wide-eyed looked from the Hubby or random shop assistants I would moisturise so I wouldn't look like a Skin-flake Sasquatch.

 After the treatments my skin definitely looked much better- the texture and skin tone .was greatly improved. Chemibrasion is meant to be done only once a year and although I loved the results I would to think about it before repeating the process . Also Kim is highly experienced and trained and I trust her - so if you decide to get something like this done your therapist must know what she is doing (Kim knows what she is doing)!

In my next blog post about the Chemibrasion, I'll discuss a little more about the products used , the technicalities and techniques used.

Crazy peeling starting already on the second day


Chin peeled like crazy

Urgh! Breakout. You look really bad before you look really good

It peeled on the sides of my chin the most and for the longest

Significantly softened Naso-labial fold.
I woke up in the morning and said "My Naso-labials look
great!" My husband laughed and said "Who says stuff like that?!"

Day 4. part 1

Nasolabials be gone!

Bad photo I know, but that's how I looked straight after. The Robot hawkers were scared

On Day 2, Part 2. Yes that is my skin

I look so unlike myself

Peeling in the car

Peeling everywhere

Day 4 - Not Bad! I peeled for 7 days after the second treatment.Although
at day six my chin was on fire and I developed some crazy post-inflammatory
hyperpigmentation. I was so upset. Thankfully it faded.

Super close up of my cheek after peeling settled down

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