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Go Beauty & Soft Touch Wellbeing, Health, Wellness and Detox Studio Review

June 9, 2017

This is not your standard beauty review. I was recently asked by Go Beauty to review Soft Touch Wellbeing,Health Wellness and Detox Studio. The Port Elizabeth based studio specializes in natural holistic and alternative treatments.

Go Beauty

Nicknamed, the Uber for Beauty, the Go Beauty app and website is designed to make your life simpler. GoBeauty started as a service on the cellular app WeChat. If you’re like me, and never really got into WeChat, you’ll be happy to know that Go Beauty now also has a website, where you can do your bookings. Sign up is super easy as you can use your Facebook account, which is what I did.

Whether you need a manicure, pedicure or massage, all you need to do is type in the treatment you need, where you are and Bob’s your uncle. The app and website pulls up a list of salons, spas and studios that offer the service you need in the area that you are in. All you need to do is select a service provider, the treatment and time or date. The service provide will then call you back, or message you to confirm the appointment or suggest an alternative time or date. Sounds easy, right?

My phone is broken and I’m currently using a back up phone that does not have enough space for more than 4 apps and it’s memory is slower than Windows 95. So downloading the app was out of the question for me. The website is easy and simple to navigate. I easily setup my account and popped Usha of Soft Touch Wellbeing a message. Usha got back into contact with me and we decided on a time and date.

soft touch wellbeing

Soft Touch Wellbeing, Health, Wellness and Detox Studio

Situated in the central suburb of Newton Park, Soft Touch Wellbeing,Health Wellness and Detox Studio is a beauty salon that focuses on holistic health. The studio was previously in 4th Avenue, but Usha had decided to scale down the business. Since September 2016 the studio has been situated in a cosy space at 39 Gerald street, Newton Park and she is now the only therapist. Despite being a stone’s throw from 3rd Ave, the large garden on the premises is very calm and relaxing.

soft touch wellbeing

As I’ve never been to a holistic salon or spa before, I didn’t know what to expect from the treatments offered at the studio. So I decided to have a chat with Usha first and out more about her studio. Usha has been specialising in holistic treatments for 16 years and swears by the treatments that she offers. And they clearly work, she looks 20 years younger than her actual age!

Massages and more

Massages are the most popular treatments at Soft Touch Wellbeing. The Meridian Massage is the most popular of the massages. It clears blockages and balance the body’s meridians. This massage is said to help achieve wellness in your body. According to Usha, when she massages a client, she tries to find the cause of any aches and pains her clients may have. She also offers reiki, bamboo and lymphatic massages as well as may others.

soft touch wellbeing

What I found most interesting was the crystal treatments and the salt lamps she had on sale (pictured in the header). We ended up doing an impromptu Angel reading, which is also one of the services Soft Touch Wellbeing offers, and I found the results to be quite fascinating. I won’t be sharing the reading, as I feel that it’s kind of personal and I’m still wrapping my head around it. It is also quite clear that Usha is quite passionate about her treatments and helping her clients. So it comes as no surprise to me that Soft Touch Wellbeing has a 5 out of 5 star rating on Go Beauty.

I plan on returning to Soft Touch Wellbeing to experience one of their massages. I’ll keep you updated when I do. For more information on this salon visit the Go Beauty site or app.

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Treating Myself this Valentine’s Day with Rain Africa Fizz Balls

February 2, 2017

Valentine’s Day is rapidly approaching and my love life is as barren as the drought that the country is currently experiencing. I can hear the collective “ag shame”, but I think being single is as awesome as you make it. Just because I’m single doesn’t mean I can’t treat myself. After a few days off from work, I was pleasantly surprised when I found a package with three of the new Rain Africa Fizz Balls waiting on my desk.

I received Pomegranate Heart, Stardust and Lemon Fizz. The only balls from the range of Rain Africa Fizz Balls, that I did not receive was Beehive and Boat. Rain Africa describes Beehive as a tribute to the humble bee and that Boat has an oceanic surprise.

Stardust

This two toned ball contains charcoal powder, which is a great detoxifier for the skin. It also contains coconut oil and basil essential oil. I’m pretty sure it contains stars as well, because there’s one sticking out of one side of the ball.

Lemon Fizz

Lemon fizz is the smallest (but not by much) of the three I received. What it lacks in size it makes up in fragrance. It contains coconut oil, which is good for nourishing the skin, and lemongrass oil, which is an antiseptic astringent and a natural fungicide.

Pomegranate Heart

These hearts are huge. You could probably gently cut it in half and get more than one bath out of it.  I can’t decide which smells better between this and the lemon fizz. It is fragranced with pomegranate and mandarin oil. The mandarin oil is good for circulation and has antiseptic properties.

I haven’t yet used my fizz balls because of water restrictions. I miss having a good bath. Spending two hours in water that has gone from hot to chilly. White wrinkled fingers and toes. Bliss isn’t it?Analysts reckon that that 2017 we’ll receive good rainfall. We had some good rains in PE today, so hopefully it was in the catchment areas and some more is on it’s way so that I can treat myself with one of my Rain Africa Fizz Balls.

So I suggest  you get stocked up and when the rainy season hits, you’ll be ready for the ultimate bathing pleasure. I legit cannot wait to use these Rain Africa Fizz Balls.

Rain Africa is also having a Valentine’s special. They’re giving a Free Pomegranate Heart with every four of their Butterballs purchased. Considering the size of the hearts, it’s a good deal. This deal is valid at their physical stores (if you didn’t know there’s one in Walmer Park Shopping Centre next to Woolies, by the Dischem entrance) as well as online.

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Sorbet Walmer Park power manicure experience

November 9, 2016
Sorbet Walmer Park

Visiting a salon or spa is as good as a holiday, and I am in desperate need of one. In May, at the first #ECMeetup I won a voucher for a power manicure at Sorbet Walmer Park. I hadn’t used it earlier because I’m not often in the city. This past Friday I wrote my last exam and thought it would be an ideal treat after a tough semester.

I being my spectacular self, entered the manicure area à la Sherman Klump and managed to knock over of one the beauty therapists trays with my bag. They were quite nice about it though. The salon also has a high ratio of beauty therapists on duty.

The Sorbet Walmer Park power manicure experience

The power manicure is the full manicure experience. My beauty therapist Zanda, shaped my nails, exfoliated my hands and massaged them and lathered them with cream. The hand massage was most definitely the favourite part of the experience. It was so relaxing, if it wasn’t for the fact that I sat upright, I probably would have fallen asleep. But it probably was a good thing I didn’t. The last time I fell asleep in public was on a plane, and judging by the looks I got from other passengers when we disembarked, I probably drooled. Or snored. Don’t judge me I was tired. And hungover.

For my nail colour, I decided to go with nail polish, even though Zanda recommended gel polish. With colour choice I decided to go out of my comfort zone, as I normally prefer pink, peach or coral shades. I chose Morgan Taylor’s West Coast Cool, which is a bright creamy blue. It’s vibrant and opaque, definitely a great shade for summer.

Morgan Taylor West Coast Cool

I’d definitely make an appointment again at Sorbet Walmer Park when I’m in the city area, but for pedicure. Their pedicure chairs look super relaxing and perfect to nap in.

Feature image via CGSCreative.

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Carli Bybel Palette Review, Swatches and Giveaway

October 18, 2016

So I’ve decided to post a Carli Bybel Palette Review and Giveaway. If you haven’t heard of Carli Bybel, she is a Youtube Guru, whose account primarily focuses on beauty. She teamed up with the team at BH Cosmetics to create her own palette. Although I do not follow Carli’s Youtube channel, I love her palette. It is affordable, versatile and the shades suit most skin tones.

Carli Bybel Palette reviewThese are my favourite eyeshadows from the palette and I used them the most often.

Carli Bybel Palette Review and Swatches

The palette consists of 10 eyeshadows and 4 highlighters. The eyeshadows are a mix of shimmer and mattes shades that are earthy and warm toned. It has predominantly bronze-hued and champagne-hued neutrals, but it does contain 3 rose-hued neutrals and one taupe-hued neutral. The highlighter pans are much larger and these shades are all shimmery. There is a rose-hued neutral, a champagne-hued neutral and two bronze-hued neutrals. The palette is so versatile, it can be used all year round. The images below show the eyeshadows and highlighters, row by row.

Carli Bybel Palette review

For the most part, the pigmentation is amazing. Only the lightest matte shade doesn’t have great pigmentation. The shimmery shades are the most pigmented. The shades are soft and easy to blend and they’re buttery. The only shade that seems powdery to me is the matte burgundy eyeshade in the top row. The shadows last on my eyes until the end of the day. If you have oily eyelids like myself, you’ll know how amazing this is. The only shade I do not like is the taupe at the end of the second row.

Carli Bybel Palette review

Unfortunately BH Cosmetics products is only sold online. They do ship to South Africa, but unfortunately it comes through the SAPO and takes about a month. So you could buy one and wait, or try your luck and enter this giveaway.

Carli Bybel Palette review

Giveaway

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This is not a sponsored post and I bought the palette myself. The winner will be given a new, sealed palette.

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Essence All I Need Concealer Palette Review

September 19, 2016
Essence All I Need Concealer Palette

I first noticed the Essence All I Need Concealer Palette online earlier this year. I’ve never really done much colour correcting, but a few months ago I decided to pick up this palette and give it a go. I’m a fan of Essence products, as they’re affordable and most of their items are of really good quality.

The Essence All I Need Concealer Palette consists of 5 shades for both concealing and colour correcting. It has green, pink, light beige, dark beige and yellow. The beige shades are for concealing and the rest is used for colour correcting.

 Essence All I Need Concealer Palette

All of the shades are cream based. In all honesty I am not a fan of cream products. Taking this into account I find this palette to be okay.  In order to ensure a smooth application, the cream consistency needs to be slightly warmed. Which is why I use my fingers to apply the product. When I used a brush, I found it a bit patchy.

When using my fingers, application was easy but it is a sheer consistency. After being in the sun, my cheeks turn red quite easily (not a shade of tomato, but quite flushed) and the green does neutralise the redness. The beige shades are slightly too light for me, they could probably be used as highlighters (on my skin tone), but I haven’t given it a try.

 Essence All I Need Concealer Palette

I’ve used the colour correcting shades under MAC Studio Fix Fluid and L’Oreal Infallible Pro Matte foundation and never had issues with the colours showing through my foundation. However the product does not have good longevity.

Overall the Essence All I Need Concealer Palette is a good product, but I wouldn’t repurchase the palette. I don’t need all of the shades and I’m not a fan of cream products. With the exception of the swatches on my arm, I haven’t touched the beige shades. I’ve used the pink shade once and the yellow, probably twice. Green is the only shade that I use on a regular basis, so it would be more economical for me to just purchase a green concealer than an entire palette.

It’s under R70, which makes it a good purchase for people who are just starting off with colour correcting and what to play around with the colours. For more budget friendly makeup, check out my review on the Essence All That Greys Palette.