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