{Beauty} Testing out the LVL Enhance lashes

LVL Enhance lashesLVL Enhance lashes are a unique way to give your face a lift. Let’s be honest. As moms we don’t have ten minutes to apply mascara, separate lashes and curl them. LVL does it all for you and it lasts 6-8 weeks. 

So what is LVL? It is Length, Volume and Lift. So basically, a serum straightens your lashes at the root (giving them the curled effect), and then the lashes are tinted, giving them the look of mascara.  

ILVL Enhance lashes think what I liked most about it was that it looked completely natural. The lashes curl up separately, darkly, and look fantastic.

Here is the step by step process we followed to create this:

  1. Bonding gel
  2. Lifting gel: from the root to halfway up the lashes
  3. Volumising fix – placed on the same area as the lifting gel
  4. Tint
  5. Moisturising serum – to remove the bonding gel

The process took an hour an inbetween waiting for different parts to dry, I received a lovely massage.

I do find eye treatments a bit sensitive on my eyes. Every time I have my brows waxed my eyes tear up and go red. But what can we do, we must suffer for our beauty! There were a few times some liquid went in my eyes and I went forward to let gravity get it out.  It was not so bad and I recovered ok.

I do see, doing a bit of research, that I was meant to have a patch test 48 hours before the treatment to check if there would be any reactions to the serums. Fortunately I didn’t have any reactions though.

Here are the before and after pics. As you’ll see, I don’t look as glamorous as the model. I seriously need a brow wax as well. But you can see the difference in the lashes.

Would you try this treatment out?

You can find out more about this treatment on the website Nouveau Lashes ,  -that’s where the model comes from too!

Thanks also to Rene from Rene’s Beauty Clinic in Linksfield for doing the procedure. (she says she normally charges R595 for this procedure). 

This video is also a really good demonstration of the procedure. 

Disclosure: SA Mom blogs was provided with the experience for review. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dry Hair? Vichy Cares. Plus win hair products that suit your hair.

We’re in the middle of winter and our hair tends to take a beating over this cold season. However there is hope for dry hair. A lovely rich mask. I tested out the Vichy Nourishing and Reparative range and would like to share my results with you.

In May I had my hair coloured to look good for the #JoziMeetup.  Colouring hair definitely gives a lift to any woman, but in winter weather it isn’t the best for the condition of your hair. David, the stylist at Isobel’s salon, ran his hands through my hair before he had even coloured it.

“You need a hair mask,” was his definitive conclusion. 

So after those words were uttered I was on the lookout for a suitable solution. It arrived in the form of Vichy Nourishing and Reparative Shampoo, Conditioner and Mask. 

These Vichy products are part of the Dercos range. This set meets your fundamental needs by treating and reinforcing the bulb, the scalp and the fibers. With care available for every hair concern, Dercos gives your locks a new lease of life. Here are the different kinds available:

-Anti Dandruff Shampoo
-Ultra Soothing Shampoo
-Oil control treatment Shampoo
-Nourishing Reparative Range
 
I tested out the last one on the list. 
 

My hair before

This is my hair before. Dry, brittle, colour treated and in need of some moisture. 

 
I started with the shampoo. Then I rinsed that out and turned off the water. (Save water, you all!) I put the mask in. I found that I obtained better results the longer I left it in. So in other words, if I rinsed it out immediately – no effect. One minute (which is what the box said) = huge difference. So I did about two minutes. I put the water back on (and while I fine tuned the temperature that gave me some extra time) and rinsed it off.
 
Now it probably wasn’t necessary to put the conditioner on as well, but I wanted to go the whole hog so I did that too.
 

My hair after three washes

I did all three for three washes and it had this effect:

 
Since then I’ve cut down on the mask but I will still be doing that at least once a week. It makes such a difference and I am getting compliments about my hair .
 
 
 
The reparative range is for those with dry, damaged and brittle hair that has been exposed to multiple aggressions such as brushing, washing, drying and repeated chemical treatments. 
 
-Nourishing and Reparative Cream Shampoo: RRSP: R199
-Nourishing and Reparative Conditioner: RRSP: R225
-Nourishing and Reparative Rich Mask: RRSP: R320

 

VIchy also has a skin care range for those suffering from dry skin in this season. It’s called “Aqualia Thermal” and will boost hydration. The range is dermatologically tested and includes serums, blams and moisturuisers for dehydrated skin. Enriched with Vichy Thermal Spa Water, the Aqualia Thermal products sooth and moisturise your skin for up to 48 hours.  

 

Does your hair need help? Does it have a dandruff problem? Oily? Need soothing? Or just some reparative help like me?

Vichy is giving away a personalised hair hamper! All you have to do is follow them on Instagram and receive additional entries for other social media follows, using the Rafflecopter mechanism.

 

Check out more info on Vichy on their  website. 

 

 

Terms and Conditions

  1. This competition will run for a week. The winner will be announced on the Facebook page, and emailed. 
  2. This competition is open to SA residents only. 
  3. The prize is not transferable.
  4. If you have won on SA Mom Blogs in the past 3 months you will not be eligible to win this competition. 

 

 

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{Guest Post}: Style it Like a Mother

This week’s post is from South African mom blogger Helene, who blogs at Prettybelle. 

 

motherhood is like survivorMotherhood is a little bit like Survivor. No, scratch that, Motherhood = Survival! It’s just like those poor people on some remote island – you have to outwit, outlast and outplay!

 

Adapt or DIE!

 

The only difference they lose weight and you… well let’s just blame it on baby!

 

When you have a baby everything changes. And if anyone, anyone tells you differently? They are… wait for it … lying to your face! (I told you motherhood is like Survivor)!

 

Your world shifts – you‘re constantly thinking about someone else’s needs; is she happy? Did she eat enough? Why isn’t she sleeping? Your body changes! And in the process you need to somehow still be a sexy, loving wife?

 

 

But the biggest change for me (except of course my clown feet) was What to Wear?

 

 

It may sound superficial, but by looking good, I feel great and in return I’m a better Mama.

 

But let’s face it, time is precious and pretty much non-existing!

 

 I learned a few tips and tricks along the way that I want to share with all you exhausted mamas out there.

 

Because somewhere hidden under a big pile of diapers countless wet wipes, and breastfeeding sessions there is still… a stylish YOU.

 

 

 

Survival Tip 1

Comfort is a style!

I can’t believe I’m typing this, but again motherhood changes everything. Yes, I strongly believe that comfort is NOT a style and if you ever see me walking in (comfortable) crocs, just know that I have completely lost my mind.

But it’s just not practical to wear the shortest skirt (flashing innocent strangers while strapping baby in the car seat).

My top 5 mama-is-comfy-and-have-style items:

  • Skinny jeans (research shows that you’re way thinner than you think you are, so get into those skinnies right now)!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sneakers (you can run in them, and that’s pretty much what Mamas do all day)!

 

 

 

 

 

 

T-shirts (they’re affordable and can be swooshed up in a jiffy)

 

 

 

 

 

Jumpsuits (you don’t have to plan an outfit, just jump in)!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cap or Beanie (for those bad hair days)!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Survival Tip 2

Do not dress like a Mum!

Mamas are ruling the world! The hottest accessory = a bump or cute kiddo walking next to an oh-so-stylish Mama beats a Forever New handbag any day.

 

Constant worrying and a lack of sleep (did I mention guilt)? May cause wrinkles and premature grey hair BUT NEWSFLASH, you’re not that old!

 

No time to put on make-up or even shower? Don’t worry!

 

 

Just do this:

 

  • Colour your hair

 

Make an appointment and make sure you attend. Baby will survive! Nice hair = instant facelift. Even if you don’t wash or style it, it will be a pretty colour, for at least 6 weeks!

 

 

 

 

  • Tint your eyebrows

 

If you don’t have the budget to micro blade (the new eyebrow technique that literally transform your eyebrows from the girl-next-door to Cara Delevingne), just tint it. It’s quick, affordable AND you can do it at any salon. I get my eyebrow-fix at Sorbet. Thanks Janet! It lasts up to 6 weeks.

 

  • Put on red lipstick

Sweep on that red lippie! Red lipstick, just like sunglasses, can change the world.

 

 

 

 

 Survival Tip 3

S = Style it!

  • Pair your favourite summer dress with tights – you don’t have to shave and it’s almost like wearing pants, meaning you won’t flash the car guards.
  • If it’s too hot for tights invest in hot pants. It’s like a mini ski-pant. Now you can be all flirty, without showing your bum.
  • Look out for jumpsuits – this is a mum’s staple! The only thing that takes time is going to the bathroom…
  • If you are a supermodel, stop reading. If not, scroll down. The rumour about that flabby part you get after a caesarean, well it’s true and no amount of sit-ups can fix that, but a high-wasted skinny jean = goodbye flab! No sit-ups required. Take that Britney!
  • Think outside the box! Match your T-shirt with a chiffon skirt, just for the hell of it! You’re going to look good and feel great and inspire a few other Mamas along the way.
  • Prints = mom’s best friend! Whether it’s plaid or floral this is a no-brainer. The busier the print – the less obvious the Purity

AND…

  • Match with kiddo!

The best accessory = baby!

 

Survival Tip 4

Don’t let your hair down!

 

Do this:

Milkmaid-braid

Look out for a vlog on how-to do my version of the milkmaid braid – coming up on Prettybelle – The Blog real soon. This is easy and the best part it’s out of reach for tiny, sticky, grabbing hands.

 

Top-knot

 

Every 2nd day is a top-knot day and that is fine!the higher the hair the closer you are to God.”  If you have an extra second, add a ribbon, for instant style alert.

 

 

 

 

Cover-up

When all else fails, just put on a beanie or a cap.

 

 

Motherhood is a life-changing experience, but with these tips you can Adapt, Outwit, Outplay and Outlast – in style!

 

 

Stay stylish

XOXO

 

Helene

 

 

 

 
About Helene:
 
I’m Just a Mama, married to the love of her life and completely besotted with her babygirl. I started Prettybelle with one hand, while breastfeeding. I believe life is all about the PrEtTy little moments in between. We must just embrace it – with style! 
 
Helene is a qualified journalist with a degree in B.A Journalism. She has a post graduate certificate in education (PGCE) and 9 years experience as kindergarten teacher. Currently Kids-editor at BELLA-magazine. She has a Diploma in Personal Styling at the acclaimed Wardrobe Academy, just because she’s a self confessed shopaholic.
 
 

Cape Town moms! Win a skin tightening for your stomach! (um.. “mom pooch”)

I remember back in my teens and twenties when I had a flat stomach. Somewhere after I hit 30, and definitely after pregnancy, well… it is definitely no longer flat. It’s flabby and at the wrong angle you could definitely accuse me of looking.. well.. a few months along.. sigh…  So short of doing a relentless ab workout (which I have done in the past) there is another alternative, specially targeted at those 3 months post birth, but will still have an effect to reduce and improve your stomach.  SA Mom blogs is giving away a skin tightening treatment to a winner in Cape Town.

Pregnancy can wreck havoc on your body. Stretch marks. Ug. I was so good with the Bio Oil on my stomach but I forgot to do it on my boobs. I still have stretch marks there. Pigmentation. Fatty deposits in unwanted places.

As your body has created new life, you owe it to yourself to restore and heal your body afterwards. And this is where Pulse Dermatology and Laser comes in.

This establishment is run by Amy Bowie, a new mom herself.  So she has a special understanding of what you are going through. 

Pulse offers a range of treatments post-pregnancy.

Mesotherapy / Micropen (uses tiny needles to create micro-injuries so that the technician can get better penetration of active ingredients and trick the skin into rebuilding a newer healthier version of itself)

Pregnancy Pigmentation (Cosmelan de-pigmentation program by Mesoestetics. It is very strict and precise but the results are amazing, giving patients an average reduction in pigmentation of 95%!)

Hormonal Acne (the Pulse Dermatology and Laser Medifacial which combines either a ‘No-Peel’ peel  or some crystal microdermabrasion to reduce blockages and impurities with some healing and antibacterial LED light therapy. Add in some glycolic acid for cleaning out pores while promoting cell renewal and some phytic acid and you are all set on the path to fresh glowing skin.

NIR Skin Tight Laser (this is the one we are giving away)

The first point of call for postnatal abdomens  is laser. The Near Infra-Red laser heats up the dermis (the under layer of the skin where collagen is produced) to cause tissue regeneration and contraction of existing collagen bands, and is used to treat loose, wrinkled skin all over the body and face. It is pain free as far as laser treatments go and gives patients absolutely no ‘down time’, allowing them to resume their treatment. It is also excellent at shrinking and smoothing stretchmarks. This treatment can be used on all skin colours safely and effectively. It is best to start treatment within 3-month post birth as it yields the best results – an average 60-90% reduction, but if it’s been a few years you can still significantly reduce and improve the areas treated.

NIR stands for Near Infa-Red. This is the type of light emitted during your skin tightening treatment. The light heats the skin and tissue immediately under the skin’s surface.

The heat produced during the treatment simulates the infiltration of fibroblast and the formation of new collagen, while also tightening the existing bundles of collagen and elastin in the skin. This both thickens and tightens the skin, strengthening the natural “scaffold” that gives our skin structure. This works not not only on current appearance but also bolsters against future aging. Healthy collagen in the dermis helps maintain the skins’ youthful resilience and texture. 

For more info and more pics on how they target other areas as well see the website. 

 

Would you like to win a treatment? SA Mom blogs is giving you an opportunity to experience the treatment. This is designed so that if you were perhaps thinking about the it and wanting to try it but not sure about spending the money or pain association etc– you would then have the opportunity to see the benefits and make an informed decision. 

All you have to do is follow the Rafflecopter prompts. You must visit their Facebook page. The rest are additional points that will improve your chances of winning. 

Terms and Conditions

  1. This competition will run for a week. The winner will be announced on the Facebook page, and emailed. 
  2. This competition is open to SA residents only who would be able to attend the prize treatment in Cape Town. 
  3. The prize is not transferable.
  4. If you have won on SA Mom Blogs in the past 3 months you will not be eligible to win this competition.

 

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Win a manicure course valued at R2200

Have you always wanted the secret to crafting the perfect set of nails? Perhaps you’ve often fancied yourself opening your own beauty shop (or working in one) but never quite got the idea off the ground? In celebration of Imablie Beauty’s training academy, we’re giving away a manicure course valued at R2200. So now is your chance to test your beauty skills out with some new nail artistic abilities. 

Have you noticed that the beauty industry is recession proof? So no matter how bad things are, women will still come to keep up appearances. It makes us feel better to look good, after all. 

The Academy distinguishes itself from all other educational institutions by its extensive
academic and practical training process, which is implemented and monitored by the top
leaders in their prospective fields and executed over four phases.

Phase 1: Theoretical .
Phase 2: Practical: A subject matter expert guides students in readiness for the next phase.
Phase 3: Incubation: under the watchful eye of a mentor.
Phase 4: Job Preparation and Placement Phase: assistance with interview skills and the opportunity for employment in one of their many beauty salons or wellness centres,
nationally.

I had the pleasure of having a facial with the  facial with the Principal – Lisa Leibov  at their Johannesburg and not only did I feel like I was in expert hands, it was so relaxing I practically fell asleep! A few weeks later I had a pedicure at the Placecol Spa (which is also part of the group) and that was much needed for my feet. 

I think the other thing about beauty treatments is that they really help us ladies care for ourselves in a very practical way. We make time in our day for self care, something that often comes last on our list of priorities, although it shouldn’t be. 

So take the time to enter the world of beauty for a bit, and discover one of the staples of the industry: manicures.  Here are further details about the course:

 

Date:                                     20th – 21st of July (Thursday & Friday)

Time:                                     Thursday 09:00-15:00

                                                Friday 09:00-13:00

Course Details:                  Anatomy & Physiology of the Hand and Nail

                                                Hygiene & Sterilization

                                                Professional Conduct

                                                Manicure Tools & Products

                                                Manicure Station Set-up

                                                Manicure Procedures

                                                Paint Techniques

                                                Massage Skills

Food:                                    Muffins will be provided, Toasted Sandwiches & Salads on cash available

Venue:                               23 Saddle Drive, Woodmead Office Park, Woodmead, Johannesburg. 

 

Would you like to win this course?

All you have to do is

  1. Blog post comment: tell us why you think it would be worthwhile to go on this course
  2. Follow two of their social media. You’ll the academies are both in Joburg and in Cape Town but the prize is in Joburg.

Gauteng:

Visit Facebook: Imbalie Beauty Academy Woodmead 

Follow Instagram: Imablie Beauty Academy

Western Cape:

Visit Facebook: Imbalie Beauty Academy Western Cape

Follow Instagram: Training Academy Western Cape

T&C’s

  1. This competition will run for a month. The winner will be announced on the Facebook page, and emailed. 
  2. This competition is open to SA residents only who would be able to attend the course in Johannesburg,  20th – 21st of July (Thursday & Friday)
  3. The prize is not transferable.
  4. If you have won on SA Mom Blogs in the past 3 months you will not be eligible to win this competition.

 

PlacecolSPA experience – finding my feet again

It was a very rushed day. Delays and unforseen circumstances. But I made it. And I was glad that I did. For I have stumbled upon a little piece of heaven right around the corner from my house.  A tranquil setting which lives up to his name “where body and soul find rest”.  PlacecolSpa is a place I definitely want to visit again. And you will too.

I’ve driven past this place many times. It was called “LééfSpa”. I always wondered about it. I imagined many ladies going there and enjoying their treatments. So I looked at it wistfully and carried on going to wherever beauty salon I needed to go to, without further investigation.

As it turns out, LééfSpa has been taken over by PlacecolSpa. Lééf was part of a group of magazines that got canned in the new digital age that has seen many print publications going under. But you can still find them online here. 

You’ll see that both the magazine and the spa have a distinct Christian bent to them. I found it very inspirational as I scrolled through their Facebook page. So many meaningful quotes. So much upliftment. 

The spa actually offers a particularly spiritual menu too. Some aspects include foot washing, quiet time, prayer and anointment. You can even do this as a group of up to six people. Then on top of that you have treatments such as foot massage, facials and other massages. 

Manager Heleen van der Merwe showed me around. The other thing that really appealed to me in this setup is the incredible blue themed decor. The serene and rustic blue is present in every room. You can see the theme carried through in their Facebook page and lovely graphics. 

I liked the pictures on the wall. The quotes. The fountain outside. The surrounding green garden. All of this contributing to a feeling of peace. Soothing music in the background too. 

They have a little coffee shop too which provides muffins, tea, coffee and ice tea. Meals can be organised ahead of time. 

I sat down for my pedicure with Mathapelo and allowed all the stress to be massaged away. I am a huge fan of reflexology and this treatment reminded me of how caressing the feet refreshes the whole body. I also had a lovely light purple colour painted on my toenails as a finishing touch.

During this time I had two filter coffees to ensure that I did not fall asleep again like I had with that very relaxing facial!

I highly recommend this establishment.  We all need a break from the rush of life to find ourselves again. 

I have scanned their price list as a pdf and you can check it out here: placecolspapricelist

 

Placecol is actually part of the Imbalie Beauty group, which is also part of Perfect 10 Nail and Body (the voucher which we have up for grabs) as well as Dream Nails Beauty.  You can find their website here and their Facebook page here. 

Contact Numbers: 
011 888 8523
Email Address: 
Address: 
77 Malibongwe Drive
Randburg
Johannesburg
2194
Trading Hours: 
Tuesday – Friday: 7:30 – 18:00
Saturday: 8:00 – 16:00

Disclosure: I was given this treatment by the group. 

Here are some more pictures:

Win a R600 Voucher for Perfect 10 Nail & Body Studio

beauty salon perfect 10

As moms, we tend to put ourselves last and not make time to spoil ourselves. But in those moments when we do indulge, we have extra appreciation for taking care of ourselves in this way. SA Mom blogs is giving away a special treat to a reader of this blog, and also telling you about my experience with this kind of skincare experience.

My treatment took place at Imbalie Beauty, which is an umbrella franchisor of three main salon brands namely Placecol Skin Care Clinic, Dream Nails Beauty, and Perfect 10 Nail & Body Studio. I had the trainer Lisa do her thing on me and it was just awesome. She started by asking me questions and what was the immediate problem.  I talked about the skin damage at my neck area and she suggested a peel. 

Skinderm perfect 10 studiosWe started off with a lovely cleanse. It felt a bit like shaving cream. It was gently washed off with some soft sponges and warm water.

The peel did tickle a bit. But I knew it was working. 

While the creams did their magic Lisa gave me the most amazing head massage. I especially liked the one behind the ears by the neck, it worked those muscles strained from sitting here at the computer! She even did a bit of a shoulder massage too.

More cleansing and then moisturing.

But then came this most amazing part. Lisa used her fingers to work some pressure points on my face. As she pushed certain points I felt so relaxed I actually dozed off at some points. This feeling of total and utter relaxation sent me into bliss and I found it quite difficult to actually get up afterwards and get back to reality. 

Your face is what you present to the world every day, I would highly recommend you look after it.

I have also been using the cleanser, toner and moisturiser for the past while from Skinderm, one of the set of products this group uses. 

skinderm perfect 10The cleanser is really milky and soft and I use it in the bath. I notice that it does have tea tree oil in it.  Tea tree oil is good for all sorts of infections too.  The toner has all sorts of extracts like majus flower leaf, stem and flower extract and litchi  chinesis pericarp extract (good antioxidant). The moisturiser feels so good and softening on my face. 

Checking out their website on the range, these active ingredients are delivered to deeper layers of the skin. 

The products have rice protein, which is a good defense and gives fuel and anti-fatigue to the skin.  Nasturtium Extract helps the skin absorb oxygen. The Litchi Extract  is a free radical scavenger. Red snow algae regenerates skin.  An advanced moisture complex gives a good long term moisturisation. 

But if nails are more your thing, or anything else that Perfect 10 offers, then there is nothing stopping you from entering this competition and winning that voucher. 

We all need our Mommy’s Me Time, and time at the salon is time well spent and invested in yourself. So that you can go back to the kid yelling “Mommy!” all day long with renewed energy. 

All you have to do is show Perfect 10 Studios some social media love! The more you follow, the more entries you’ll gain. Follow the Rafflecopter prompts.  (If you’ve never entered on Rafflecopter before, Sharon has a good post on how to do it)

T&C’s

  1. This competition will run for a week. The winner will be announced on the Facebook page, and emailed. 
  2. This competition is open to SA residents only.
  3. The prize is not transferable
  4. If you have won on SA Mom Blogs in the past 3 months you will not be eligible to win this competition.

 
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{Product Review} MatsiMela: Your Home Spa

MatsiMelaIf you’re looking for the perfect gift to spoil another woman, MatsiMela has the home spa range to suit every taste. I was introduced to the range some weeks ago and would like to tell you a bit more about it.

MatsiMela Home Spa is a premier Body Care Range that was developed by husband and wife team, Wayne and Olivia Nel. The MatsiMela Home Spa Range is inspired by their love for mother nature and the botanical ingredients indigenous to Africa. MatsiMela is an indigenous word meaning “roots”and originates from the African language Sotho.
 
They have several different  ranges. I think what is so appealing about these ranges is that they meet you in your area of need, so have a read through and see which one fits you. The other thing that attracts me to them is how they showcase African ingredients and histories, showing the use of local resources to make our bodies feel pampered.  
 
 
Marula Nut 
Rich in antioxidants and oleic acid, this natural oil is cold pressed from the nut of the marula fruit. Marula Oil is rich in components necessary for healthy skin, such as antioxidants, vitamins E and C, and oleic acid. It has free radical scavenging properties as well as a high concentration of palmitic acid which forms a protective coating on the skin’s surface.Because of this, it is a great ingredient  for dry skin. 
 
Rooibos and Honey
This naturally organic indigenous tea is full of anti-oxidants, which can assist in slowing the aging process. Rooibos tea contains the minerals copper, iron, potassium & alpha-hydroxy – an excellent component for the maintenance of healthy skin.
 
Baobab Seed
 The kernels contained within the Baobab fruit pod yield a rich, golden scented oil traditionally used by African women to protect their beautiful skin against the harsh African savannah environment. The oil has strong natural moisturizing properties and is commonly used to both prevent and cure dry skin conditions of the face and body. Baobab oil contains omega 3, 6 & 9 essential fatty acids that contribute towards the maintenance of healthy skin. 
 
Vanilla and Sandlewood
Relax with Sandalwood combined with Chamomile Extract. Chamomile was supposedly dedicated to the sun by the Egyptians thanks to its curative value against chills. It is consecrated to St. Anne, Mother of the Virgin. The botanical name, Matricaria, is from “matter” and “cara” from beloved mother. Chamomile has also been described as meaning “capable of anything”. It has been a favoured natural remedy with records of its use just as well in therapeutic as cosmetic domains thanks to its soothing and calming properties. Chamomile  has excellent anti-inflammatory properties, which makes it useful for treating allergic conditions. In vivo tests have found: decrease of skin’s redness. 
 
Ginger and Lime
Ginger Oil is obtained from the root of the herb Zingiber Officinale. The health benefits of ginger root oil can be attributed to its antiseptic, analgesic, anti-inflammatory, stimulating and aphrodisiac properties.
Lime in itself is a brilliant tonic and has many attributes such as; toning up muscles, tissues and skin as well as assisting with circulation – helping you retain your youth!
The combination of Ginger & Lime may also reduce pain of muscles and joints and if used as an exfoliation in mind – may just assist in the fight against cellulite – getting you right and ready for the warmer months ahead! Awaken your mind and body! Go ahead and try it!
 
Litchi and Rose
Uplift your mood with Litchi & Rose combined with Centella Asiatica Extract. Centella is a plant extract that has direct influence on connective tissue and especially on some cell parts, stimulating rapid and healthy growth of some tissue components. Collagen 1 is the most abundant type of collagen present in human skin connective tissue. The healing process induced by Centella is deeply linked to the stimulation activity on Collagen 1 synthesis. Centella is an excellent skin care additive in cosmetic products due to its Anti-ageing and Anti-wrinkle fighting properties.
 
Red Berry
Detox your body with Red Berries combined with Horse Chestnut extract. Horse Chestnut boosts circulation and aids in the detox process. It also balances the circulation in the skin, thereby promoting not only a clear skin, but an even complexion and good skin tone, and is used in good quality cosmetics,  hand creams, lotions, as well as slimming and cellulite products. Due to the natural saponins contained within the Horse Chestnut plant, it has a potent anti-inflammatory effect on the skin. 
 
Warm orange and ginger
Containing pure Ginger Oil with a stimulating effect on the heart and circulation, creating a feeling of warmth and well-being and restoring vitality, especially for those feeling the cold in winter.
The spicy root also contains an antioxidant called gingerol, which fights skin-damaging free radicals and can help promotea brighter, firmer more youthful appearance.
Sweet, spicy, woody and warm!
 
 
 
Here are some that I tried out.
The Marula Nut hand cream is awesome not only because of its lovely smell and texture, but also because it has SPF 40.
 
What with driving and all the other activities we put our hands through, they need that extra protection. I have also noticed Nicky forming freckles on his hand/ wrist area from all that bike riding so I think I need to be putting some on him too.
 
Vanilla and Sandlewood body butter was chosen because I was told it would be relaxing. And it is very calming.
I put it on Nicky after bath time before I put on his pajamas. (He loves digging his hand in and taking too much so I have to make sure he doesn’t get his paws on it)
 
I tried out the In Room Spa Bronzing cream which you can use as a once-off bronzer (ie it comes off in the bath) just to top off your skin. If you compare my two arms you can really see the difference in the shade. It gives a bit of colour to your skin. 
 
The other In Room Spa product I was sold on was the Leg and Foot Gel. Lately I feel like my feel are absolutely finished at the end of the day and this is helping me relax and recharge these hard working parts of my body. 
 
MatsiMela also had a large range of scrubs on display. I was attracted to not only the lovely smell and texture, but also the different vibrant colours. Each fulfills a different physical need, as much of their products do. 
 
 
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MatsiMela will be at the #JoziMeetup to show off their products and give some pampering.  I am very happy to have this brand on board and look forward to enjoyinging their products.
 
Mother’s Day is just around the corner and this would be a lovely way to spoil your mom.  Here is a selection of some of their gifts:
 
 
 
You can contact MatsiMela Tel: 011 704 7251 Email: info@matsimela.co.za
www.matsimela.co.za