I recently had the opportunity of joining a fabulous bunch of ladies for a Winter Spa Day at Steenberg Spa, hosted by Travel Chat SA. When it comes to spa pampering, you do not need to ask me twice, and the Steenberg Spa is one of my favourites. [Read more…]
A recent event, found me at the stunning Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa, for a spa morning and the launch of their B Africa Range. B Africa, is a unique range of exclusive body care products and professional spa treatments. These exclusive products are a blend of native African plant extracts, the natural goodness of the sea and eco-friendly production technologies. [Read more…]
Most often I do my own mani’s and pedi’s at home, as my spare time is limited. Which makes a visit to the salon a real treat! My most recent salon mani, was from the new Sorbet Salon in Kenilworth, Cape Town.
Sorbet Salons are located nationwide. Sorbet nail, body, hair and skin care specialists, offer a range of beauty therapy treatments for women and men. The salons cater for all-round beauty therapy – Sorbet Dry Bar for express hair-styling, Sorbet Man for real men’s grooming and Candi & Co for ethnic hair treatments and hair-styling.
Sorbet Salon Kenilworth
Sorbet Kenilworth is a wonderfully light and bright space! It is perfectly located in the newly developed Pam Golding On Main Building. The building boasts a host of great tenants, as well as secure covered parking. You can enjoy a leisurely coffee after your treatment, in one of the coffee shops or pick up a few groceries at the Pick n Pay Small Store.
For my treatment I opted for a Gelish mani, which I don’t usually do but I had quite a few events coming up, so I thought it would be the most long lasting option. I decided on a the colour Inner Vixen, which is a sexy deep wine red, with a pretty shimmer.
Pam, my therapist, set to work on my nails. I wear my nails relatively short, as I spend most of my time typing on a keyboard, so there was not too much filing to do. After getting the shape right, Pam started the Gelish application.
Once the polish was set I received a wonderfully relaxing hand massage!
The staff at the new Sorbet Salon where wonderful and I loved my Gelish mani. I have received so many compliments about the colour, as well as how awesome my nails look! Don’t you agree?
A Gelish Mani at Sorbet will cost you R220.00 for Nail Prep and Gelish application or R380.00 for Gelish with a Power Mani.
Location: Shop G004 Pam Golding on Main Cnr. Main and Summerly Roads Kenilworth Contact: Tel 021 761 4576 or 021 761 6356 Cell 0793979611
You may recall a review post I did after a visit to Rouge Day Spa, which is situated in Kenilworth in Cape Town. The Spa offers a full range of skin and body treatments, massages, mani’s and pedi’s, facials, waxing and tanning.
I was recently invited back to Rouge Day Spa, to have a full set of Eyelash Extensions fitted. Being someone who has only worn false eyelashes once, I was unsure what to expect but I went along with an open mind!
Rouge Day Spa Eyelash Extensions
Upon arrival at Rouge Day Spa, I was shown to one of their treatment rooms. Once settled my therapist Koko explained how the eyelash extension application works. After securing my bottom lashes with tape, so they would not interfere with the application of the extensions, she set to work.
You can opt for dramatic look or something a bit more simple, if you are a bit nervous to go all-out the first time! For my lashes, I asked Koko to aim somewhere in-between – I love a bit of drama in my life 🙂
Each eyelash extension is meticulously applied, to your own lashes – something which takes patience and precision, which my therapist clearly had in abundance! If like me, you have never had eyelash extensions before, I can assure you it is completely painless and the entire process takes about an hour and fifteen minutes.
The end result was amazing! As Koko pointed out to me I already have good lashes but WOW what a difference the extensions make! I could not stop looking at myself in the mirror. Below you can see a before and after picture, in both photos I am not wearing any eye makeup.
I have also been wearing much less eye makeup and did not wear mascara for the first week, as I really did not need to.
A full Set of Eyelash Extensions cost R450 and Rouge Day Spa also offers maintenance services, which are R250 for a 2 week fill and R350 for a 3 week fill.
How to care for your lash extensions:
It is recommended that you use an oil-free mascara and a gel eye pencil, while you have eyelash extensions fitted! Rouge Day Spa stocks the recommended products for eyelash extension users, which is The Blink Lash Care range. To clean your lashes and remove any makeup it is also recommended that you use The Blink Lash Care range’s oil free make-up remover.
I am very excited to announce that one lucky Inspired Living reader can win a full set of Eyelash Extensions from Rouge Day Spa, worth R450!
To enter and win a Full Set of Eyelash Extensions from Rouge Day Spa please follow the simple steps below to complete your entry:
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- Entries are open from 27th July 2015 until the 5th August 2015.
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Last week I popped in at the new Mangwanani Spa, at the Southern Sun The Cullinan hotel, to enjoy a hot stone massage.
The Hotel ~
The Southern Sun The Cullinan, is one of my favourite urban hotels, is a truly grandiose space, the epitome of luxury! The SS The Cullinan is part of the award-winning, Tsogo Sun, hotel group – well known for world-class luxury. It is situated in the heart of the Cape Town CBD, perfectly located and within walking distance of the popular V&A Waterfront.
The Spa ~
The Mangwanani Spa is the perfect addition to the hotel. Guests now have the opportunity and convenience, of indulging in a range of therapeutic African wellness experiences. All without having to leave the hotel.
The Mangwanani Spa massage treatments, are infused with traditional African healing rituals and contemporary wellness therapies that nurture body, mind and spirit.
Their new signature treatment is the Korean Scrub with African Rituals. This vigorous and rejuvenating full-body exfoliation, combines modern knowledge with ancient wisdom, to cleanse your body of dead and aging skin cells. Using an original Korean technique and African traditions. The treatment starts with a twenty minute soak in the warm glass spa baths – leaving your body feeling young, refreshed and revived.
The Mangwanani Spa’s luxurious and tranquil interiors are the perfect setting to unwind and be pampered. The chandeliers and mirrors in the spa are truly magnificent!
The minute you walk up the stairs to the spa, you are greeted with the heady aroma of glorious citrusy scents. A fragrance quite similar to one I experienced in a hotel, we stayed at in Mauritius!
The staff were all really friendly and helpful. The treatment I enjoyed was a, much needed, Full Body Hot Stone Massage or an “Izimanga”. I did not realise that I had that much tension in my body!
Massages, manicures and pedicures can also be enjoyed around the pool, reclining on a lounger and sipping on herbal tea or a glass of bubbly. Weather permitting naturally! Hotel guests can also book treatments in the privacy of their rooms. For a full treatment list click here.
For reservations call 0860 55 00 55 or 021 415 4075/6 or email: [email protected]
Location: 1 Cullinan Street, Cape Town Waterfront, Cape Town , 8001
Disclosure Ranking: 4
Mr Price Home Serenity Spa Range
I recently received news, about the new Mr Price Home Serenity Spa Range. The Serenity range, includes a range of luxurious spa and body products. You can look forward to seeing these products, at selected Mr Price Home stores and online mid March 2015.
The Mr Price Home Serenity Spa Range, was designed and produced in South Africa. The Serenity Body Collection contains nourishing vitamin E oil to soothe and moisturise the skin. The Serenity range includes a shower and bath gel, massage oil, body scrub, hand and body lotion, hand wash and luxury scented soap.
The full Mr Price Home Serenity Spa Range, also includes a bath soak, bath crystals, linen spray, a fragrance diffuser and a ceramic oil burner.
Mr Price Home very kindly sent me a Ceramic Oil Burner from the range to try, which I am really enjoying! The scented oil is a soothing mix of natural scents, which include my favourites – patcholi, ylang-ylang and a hint of manderin. I love leaving it burning on my desk while I am working. It is also creates the perfect relaxed mood, for my weekly pamper sessions!
The Mr Price Home Serenity Spa Range is available in selected stores and online from the Mr Price Home Website from mid March 2015, until the end of April 2015. The products range from R29.99 – R99.00.
Someone recently asked me which aspect of running Inspired Living SA was the most enjoyable – well it would have to be the reviews, especially Accommodation and Restaurant Reviews but I particularly love reviewing Beauty Spa’s! When I was invited to visit Fresh Wellness Spa, situated at the Cellars Hohenort in Constantia, I was particularly excited as my hubby, and I spent our honeymoon night at the Cellars! [Read more…]
I recently spent a morning with Cindy Horton, a talented make-up artist, who specialises in beauty and fashion make-up and styling. Cindy has an extensive knowledge of the beauty industry and has become the go-to-girl for beauty editors on tips, and advice for magazines and online articles.
Since completing her diploma, in make-up artistry and hair styling, Cindy has made inroads into the film and fashion industry in Cape Town, with 9 years of experience now under her belt. During this time, she’s worked with local and international celebrities, photographers and production companies, doing what she loves the most ~ making other people look gorgeous!
Cindy recently invited me to her make-up studio, which is situated at Rouge Day Spa in Kenilworth, to experience a Cindy Horton Learn The Art of Makeup lesson. The aim of these lessons, is to equip you with the know-how to master professional make-up techniques, achieve a flawless make-up application and how to emphasise your features, to reveal your natural beauty.
I have probably been applying my make-up in a similar way for most of my adult life – with the help of a few YouTube tutorials here and there! Not to say that I am great at applying makeup but I think I do an ok job but as with most things, there is always room for improvement and who does not want to achieve a flawless look.
In my Hand-On Lesson Cindy first discussed my skin condition and any concerns I have. We then went through the basic tools required to achieve a flawless application. What I did not realise, which should have been apparent with the “Hands-On” title was Cindy would demonstrate on half of my face and would do the other! I must admit I was a bit nervous at first but it is actually the perfect way to learn how to apply makeup properly.
Cindy took me through each part of make-up application step by step – from prepping my skin, to foundation, concealer, to eye and lip makeup application. What amazed me the most, was how few products it took to create an amazing look! I loved the fact that we used the same two products for eyes, as well as for contouring and highlighting my cheeks. Once we had created the basic look – for everyday make-up, Cindy showed me how to add a few touches to make it a bit more glam. You can see a photo of the finished look above – please excuse the bathroom mirror selfie 😉
After my session with Cindy, she sent me a follow up email detailing the products we used split into must-haves, the everyday make-up essentials and additional nice-to-haves, to glam up your look. One of the services Cindy offers is to actually shop for you and buy products you really need, which in the long run will save you money! Below are the products Cindy used for my make-up lesson:
Foundation – MAC Studio fluid NW25
Concealer – MAC NW25
Powder – MAC Prep + Prime
Highlighter eyeshadow (used for eyes and checkbones) – MAC Brule Satin
Contour eyeshadow (used for eyes and cheekbones) – Wedge matte
Blusher – Benefit Havana
Eyebrows – MAC Redhead brow duo (the darker colour can be purchased separately)
Eyeliner – Smashbox shadow trio
Mascara – Maybelline Colossal
Lips – MAC Fanfair creme lipstick
Lipliner – MAC Natural lip pencil
Eyeshadow – Woodwinked (evening)
Eyeliner – MAC black pencil liner
Lipgloss – MAC Double Happiness
Brushes – 12 piece professional brush set (I retail these in my studio for R850)
I loved my make-up lesson and definitely learnt a few great tips and tricks to use in my everyday routine! I think these lessons would be extremely beneficial if you have no idea how to apply make-up or if you just need a few pointers in how to perfect the art of make-up application. Keep a lookout there is a competition coming your way soon, where you can win a wonderful make-up lesson with Cindy!
If you would like to find out more about Learn The Art of Make-up lessons or any of the other services offered please visit the Cindy Horton Website for more details.The studio is located at Rouge Day Spa, at 27 Gibson Road (entrance on Ascot Road), Kenilworth, Cape Town, South Africa. You can contact Cindy on 072 7557861.
Images:1&3 Cindy Horton, 2 Pinterest, 4 Inspired Living
Disclosure Ranking: 2