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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.

Beauty

How to make a super easy DIY Avocado Mask

May 4, 2017
easy DIY Avocado Mask

Have you seen the cost of avocados these days? With the drought and inflation, the costs of avocado is getting so high, soon only the rich will be able to afford them. Which is why when I do have one, nothing can go to waste. Back when I was younger, my friends and I used to make our own face masks from items in our kitchens such as eggs, yogurt and avocado. Of course back then you didn’t need to sell a limb in order to afford one. The other day I was making a salad, and I had half an avocado left from the day before and the following day it was overripe! These fruits are so temperamental. They’re hard for weeks on end and are ripe for two seconds! Although it could not be eaten, there was no way that I was going to a let it go to waste.  So I whipped up this super easy DIY Avocado Mask.

Super easy DIY Avocado Mask

Ingredients

1/2 avocado

1 teaspoon lemon juice

1-2 teaspoons honey (I didn’t really measure, so it’s up to you if you want to use 1 or 2 teaspoons).

Method

Mash up your avocado. Stir in the lemon and honey. Apply to a clean dry face and leave on for 15 minutes. Wipe off with a cloth and wash your face with warm water and if needed, a gentle cleanser. Moisturise as normal.

The left over face mask can be stored in an air tight container for up to 2 days.  A 1/4 avocado should suffice for one use, but I had a half so that’s what I used.

Benefits of Avocado Face Masks

Avocado is a rich source of Vitamin A, B, E, and K, which are beneficial for the skin. Theses vitamins helps maintain your skin tone and helps reduce early aging of the skin cells. It also potassium, iron, calcium, magnesium and copper. These minerals help keep the skin hydrated and moisturised.

I had included lemon juice only to keep the avocado from turning more brown than it already was, but it turns out that it also has benefits for your skin. It helps revive dull and dry skin, brightens skin tone and helps remove acne marks.

lemon honey

Honey is a great antioxidant with many benefits. Most notably it helps slow down ageing and helps create a glow. I also used it in the mask to help keep the avocado together.

So what are you waiting for? Find you a ripe (or slightly overripe) avocado and whip up this super easy DIY Avocado Mask. Looking for more DIY skincare recipes? Check out this Homemade Apple Facemask.

Beauty

January to March 2017 Empties

March 20, 2017
lipstick

Although we’re only two-thirds of the way into March, I needed to do this post. I couldn’t keep holding onto my empty products as they were taking up too much space. When I photograph my empties, I also go through my stash to see what needs to be decluttered. So these things taking up space kind of goes against the main purpose of decluttering.

GHD Curl Hold Spray

This product is technically a declutter. I’ve had it for many years. every time I decluttered my make up and skincare items, I always tell myself “I’m going to use it.” Long story short, I never did. In terms of holding curls, it didn’t do much for me.

Schwarzkopf Gliss Shine Tonic Spray

Much like the GHD spray, I also had this for years with the intention of using it. It also didn’t give much of a shine to my hair.

O So Heavenly Intensive Overnight Heel Repair Cream

This is also a declutter. I’ve also had this for a very long time and it expired, as it changed consistency. It worked okay, I’d probably repurchase it.

Elim MediHeel Tonic

The Elim MediHeel treatment saved my feet. Seriously. In a foot peel review I had done a while ago, I spoke about my feet problems. And the MediHeel treatment is amazing. The kit can be bought online or by select salons. I still have half a bottle of the neutraliser, but I intend on purchasing the kit again soon.

Pnp Cotton Wool Roll

I purchased this to use with the MediHeel treatment, but once my cotton pads were used up, I also used it for my face. It’s pretty decent, and I’d buy it again.

Clicks Camphor Cream

On a beauty group on Facebook, I found a recipe for a stretch mark removal cream, using camphor cream and Grandpa sachets. I tried it, but the Grandpa left white specks on my skin. To be honest, I didn’t notice much difference in my stretch marks using the recipe. I have better results with consistent use of tissue oil.

Mitchum Roll on

I buy this every month. It’s a staple in my routine, and if it ain’t broke don’t fix it.

Elizabeth Arden Flawless Finish sponge on cream makeup

I received this foundation years ago from Beauty Bulletin when I wrote for them. It blends well into the skin and gives a natural finish. Realistically, it’s probably expired. So in the trash it goes.

Ezee Gel in Pastel Pink

This gel has gone clumpy. I still have my UV lamp so I’d probably purchase it again, but in a different colour.

Unbranded clear nail vanish

I got this in a nail kit. The varnish is very thin and chips easily. Wouldn’t repurchase.

Unbranded facial sponge

I’m not sure if I purchased this as Clicks or at Dischem. It done a great job removing my makeup. I would repurchase.

African Extracts Rooibos Classic Care Face Wash

I’m really beginning to love the African Extracts Rooibos range. They’re affordable and does a good job. This face wash does a great job at cleaning my face without being harsh. I’ve already purchased another bottle.

African Extracts Rooibos Eventone Moisturiser

Normally I use the moisturiser in the blue bottle (I can’t recall what it’s called), but it was sold out. So I picked up this one. It works well. I’d probably repurchase.

The Body Shop Frosted Plum Hand Cream

I look the Frosted Plum scent. The moisturiser is really good and you only need the tiniest amount. The scent also lasts long. I would repurchase, but at the moment I have a bunch of hand lotions and I take forever to finish one.

Avon Luck for her EDP, body lotion and body spray

I love the Avon Luck For Her range. I’ve previously declutter Luck la Vie and I’m sad that both scents are now done. I didn’t finish all of the products together, but all around the same time.I haven’t purchased perfume in nearly two years and I’ve finally reached an amount of perfumes that I’m comfortable with. I have two large bottles and two deluxe sized samples. So I’ll only consider purchasing perfume again once I finish another bottle.

The Body Shop Shower Gel in Glazed Apple and Frosted Cranberry

The only difference from normal The Body Shop shower gels and these, are the scents. Both are nice, but I prefer the Glazed Apple. These were part of The Body Shop’s Christmas collection two years back, so I don’t think these are available any more.

The Body Shop Shimmer Lotion in Glazed Apple

This shimmer lotion was also a part of The Body Shop’s Christmas collection a few years back. Although I love the shimmer, it gets on EVERYTHING. Whenever I used this, my clothes shimmered as well. I have one bottle left in Frosted Cranberry, and I can’t wait to use it up. Two weeks ago I bought body lotion for the first time in over a year. This is only because I don’t like using this lotion at the gym.

Bramley Magnolia tissue oil

If you’ve been reading my empties and declutter posts for a while, you’ll know that i decluttered a nearly full bottle of the Bramley’s Cocoa Butter tissue. Unlike the Cocoa Butter version, the Magnolia scent doesn’t leave a film like feeling on my skin and it absorbs well. The best part is it’s only R20! I’ve already repurchased two bottles, one for my gym bag and one for use at home.

Clicks Tissue Oil

I’ve written about the Clicks Tissue Oil before. I enjoy using it and would repurchase it again. But, the Magnolia tissue oil is cheaper and it works just as well (if not better). It’s still more affordable than most other tissue oils on the market.

Yardley Gorgeous body lotion sample

I found this sample amongst my makeup and told myself to just use it up. And so I did. The scent is nice, and the lotion decent. I’d only purchase a full body if I bought the perfume.

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Featured image via Pixabay

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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.

Beauty

December 2016 Empties

January 16, 2017

Better late than never, but with good reason. I’ve recorded a Youtube video. I recorded and edited it a while ago but it needed a voice over and only got around to doing it recently. The video is a bit weird, as my face cannot be seen. That’s because I washed my hair, with the intention of blow drying it, but it was too hot to use a hairdryer and my make up was melting off my face.

Check out the images of the products I mention in the video below.

Sinful Colours

I’ve had to let go of Queen of Beauty (silver glitter), San Francisco (green) and Secret Admirer (black shimmer). San Francisco is probably my ultimate favourite shade from the brand. I’d repurchase it again, once I get my nail polish collection down to a manageable size.

Planet Nails Acetone

Their acetone is as good as any. It’s also more affordable than most, so I’d repurchase.

Black Up

Lip Crayons

I received these Black Up Lip Crayons from Beauty Bulletin, when I used to write reviews for them. When I first received them, I think I was a complete newbie in the beauty world, and didn’t understand or appreciate the shades as I do now. I wish they hadn’t expired, but they have so I have to toss them.

10 – Deep red with blue undertones.

05 – Bright red with orange undertones.

12 – Purple. When swatching 12 I could immediately tell that it was expired. It became sheer and the texture changed.

To be honest I’m not sure if I’d repurchase them. I have so many lipsticks, that a few of them are similar shades to these.

Eye pencils

The eye pencils do not have names or numbers, so I’ll describe them by shade. The first is bronze and the second is a champagne-gold shade. They were both still smooth and the colour payoff was still good. However, eyes are such a sensitive area that I really don’t want to risk it.

Essence Eyeliner Pen

This is a really good and affordable liquid liner pen.  It’s not the most intense black, but the tip holds up really well. I think this is my second one. I purchased the Essence advent calendar last year and got a new one in it. I’d probably get another one once that is dry.

Maybelline Great Lash Mascara

I’ve been through a few of these mascaras. Great Lash is reliable and affordable. I like that it’s buildable without getting clumpy. I’d repurchase in a heart beat.

Avon Glow Bronzing Pearls

This product has gotten so many good reviews I had to get my hands on it, but what a disappointment. This is the original shade, and it does absolutely nothing for me. It’s been tucked away at the back of my cupboard and I’m pretty sure it’s expired. I won’t be repurchasing.

Unknown branded products

This is bunch of products I purchased from a Chinese shop. The black eyeliner was hard and dragged my eyelid so I never used it. The matt lipsticks I bought with the intention of getting the LA Girls matt lipsticks to compare them to. I swatched these on my inner arm and they stained them so badly, I thought that there is no way I am putting it any where near my lips.

I needed white foundation for a Harry Potter dress up party and wasn’t willing to fork out so I got this powder foundation. It worked well, but while I was going through my products to declutter, I saw these dots on it which is why it’s going into the bin.

The nude palette I bought from Born Pretty Store. The colour pay off is good, but the shadows are extremely chalky and do not last long. I eventually only ended up using it for costume looks.  I also often used the shadows wet and if you wet a shadow, it ends up going bad faster.

The Body Shop Tree Tea range

I love the Body Shop. When I first used the night lotion in their tree tea range I went and bought a bunch of other products from the range. Unfortunately not all of the products worked as well as. The Skin Clearing lotion is very light, and is probably best for people with oily skin. I need something that’s more moisturising. The Skin Clearing toner I had to throw away. I bought it without looking at the ingredients so I didn’t realise that it contains alcohol. Every time I used this toner it felt like my face was on fire. It literally felt like it was burning, I’m not sure if it was the alcohol or something else, but this had to be thrown away. I really enjoyed the Foaming Cleanser, and would probably repurchase.

Clicks Purifying Nose Pore Strips

These done absolutely nothing to my pores. Nothing. Instead of peeling off my nose, the “gluey” part stuck to my skin. I wasted my money on these.

Organics Aloe Vera & Herb Shampoo

I bought this recently because I needed to use up the Dischem Beauty Treats conditioner in my stash. I’ve used Organics for years, so I would probably buy it again, but not often as it’s sulfate content is high.

Paul Mitchell Awapuhi Ginger Keratin Rinse

I kind of forgot about this rinse as it was tucked away at the back of my bathroom cupboard. I’m pretty sure it’s expired as I’ve had it for years. Probably wouldn’t purchase it again.

Dark n Lovely Ultra Cholesterol

If you have dry and damaged hair, or chemically treated hair, hair cholesterol is probably the best thing ever. The only reason why I bought the Dark n Lovely one is because I couldn’t find my favourite brand’s version. I’m not sure if it’s discontinued or just constantly sold out (it’s the Soft n Free Hair Cholesterol). This one works well, but I find that I can’t leave it too long on my hair, else it will get oily very fast. I would repurchase, but only if I can’t find the Soft ‘n Free version.

Dischem Beauty Treats Raspberry Conditioner

Why did I buy this? Oh yes, I wanted to do a DIY with it that I never got around to doing. It doesn’t do much conditioning and the raspberry fragrance smells like plastic. I’d probably not buy this again.

Kair Silcone Spray

My mom gave this to me. Honestly, the Kair Silcone Serum is 100 times better than this. The bottle’s not even empty. I wouldn’t purchase one for myself.

Kair Restoring Placenta

This is another item given to me by my mother. I didn’t see any difference in my hair when I used this. I also wouldn’t purchase one for myself.

Avon Femme Body Lotion and Body Spray

I bought this along with the EDP (which is only half way finished). It is a light floral and fruity scent that I enjoyed. It can be worn on an everyday basis without being overwhelming. I would repurchase, but I am still going through a few other lotions and body sprays.

Clicks Tissue Oil

I go through tissue oil so fast these days. I quite literally use a bottle a month (I’ve already finished a bottle as I’m writing this post). I have however seen a big difference in my stretch marks. AT first I hated the fragrance, but now I’ve gotten used to it. I would definitely be repurchasing this tissue oil.

Enjoy Flirty Fun Body Wash

This goody was a part of the first #ECMeetup’s goodie bag. It quite literally smelled like sweets, which obviously means that I loved it. I would purchase it for myself, however I must say I finished this bottle quite fast.

Avon Mystique Body Wash

I can’t remember much about this body wash. Avon makes good body washes and they’re often on promotion, so I’d probably buy one again.

Dove Shea Butter and Warm Vanilla Body Wash

I’m not sure where I got this sample, but it pretty good. I took this along when I travelled as the size of the bottle was convenient. I would purchase a full size bottle.

Narciso Rodriguez for EDP

This perfume has a fruity and floral scent. It smells of roses and peaches and if I  didn’t have a bunch of other perfumes to finish, I’d buy a bottle in a heartbeat.

Avon Toasted Macadamia Nut Foot Lotion

The Avon Footworks collection works well and is well priced. I’m not a big fan of the scent, but enjoyed the formula. I’ve already purchased another tube in a different scent that I love.

In terms of finishing products and decluttering, December was a good month and January is looking to be another good one.