We sent two of our Beauty Warriors a product to test and review for us. One, a consumer and the other, a newbie beauty blogger. Here were their thoughts on the Colore Science Skin Bronzing Primer.
Bianca Leask, Consumer
“This primer is creamy and smooth. It offers enough coverage to hide my redness, but still very light weight on the skin. As it states on the product, it creates a bronzed, tanned canvas for you to apply your foundation over. It is perfect for days you don’t have time for a full face of makeup, but still want to look flawless. My pores are basically invisible when I have this primer on my skin and it gives my skin an incredible glow with a natural finish. It is the perfect tint for my skin tone too and a massive bonus is the built in SPF 20. “
Lezaan Cilliers, Beauty Blogger
“Due to the peach and tan pigments this primer has, it corrects uneven skin tone and leaves your skin with the most beautiful sun kissed tanned look. I have been wearing it on days I don’t feel like a full face of foundation and I have been loving it. It takes away my redness, but still allows my freckles to show through. I love that it has an SPF 20 too. On a side note, it does have a light tea tree smell, I had to get used to it, but now I enjoy the clean scent.”
Both our reviewers had similar to say about this amazing primer. Not only is it lightweight, adds colour to your skin and hides imperfections. It also contains a built in SPF and can be worn on its own too.
The photos in this post was take by @lezaancilliersbeauty
Stay tuned for our next test and review blog post.
We were recently invited to go visit Wedding Boutique SA to experience a dress fitting and write up a review of the boutique for all our bride-to-be’s.
You will find a Wedding Boutique in Cape Town and another in Kramerville in Sandton, Johannesburg. That is the one we paid a visit too.
This beautiful boutique offers the following for their brides :
They offer 2 different packages :
• Silver – No consultation fee. Pay just R25 per dress that is fitted.
• Gold – Enjoy a bottle of Award Winning Bubbly and try on 5 dresses (or more @R25 per dress) for only R375! (Fitting wedding dresses whilst drinking bubbly with your best mates and family – what could be better!?)
Being hosted by The wedding boutique truly was something special. The environment, the services, the advice, the natural light beaming through large windows all around, relaxing before & after our session with a cup of coffee, or a glass of juice, water or bubbly. (After all, it is a celebration).
So, if you are a bride-to-be and you are shopping wedding dresses in Joburg, we HIGHLY recommend having The Wedding Boutique on your ‘finding my perfect dress’ list.
You can shop dresses from 5 different designers. They exclusively stock VAGABOND Bridal, Made with Love, and Alenaleena Bridal. They also stock BLUE & Beautiful by Enzoani.
The wedding boutique caters for all types, styles and taste. Whether you are a classic bride, a chic one or anything in between, they’ve got your back. They have dresses for everyone. You have the option to hire or to purchase, or have any dresses altered or tweaked to EXACTLY what you want.
You can follow them on Instagram @weddingboutiquesa
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Beauty Warriors chatted to Dr. Fourie from Anti-Aging Art in Houghton about the benefits of PRP. Keep reading to find out if this anti-aging treatment is for you.
What is PRP?
PRP is an acronym for Platelet Rich Plasma. This is the magic component of blood, a golden yellow liquid that contains all the growth factors that heal and regenerate our bodies.
Why has PRP become so popular in recent years?
This is ultimately the treatment that will make your skin get younger month by month, instead of older. When used in aesthetic medicine, we can target any skin or body concerns by applying this wonderful substance, from your own body. When used correctly and with the right techniques the treatment is always effective, always safe and provides excellent results, without adding anything foreign to the mix. There is very little discomfort and very little downtime.
What should I ask before a PRP treatment for my face?
Make sure that the technique used is correct and that the doctor treating you has adequate experience to decide what the best application method would be according to your concerns and lifestyle. I recommend activated PRP, where kits are used to concentrate the growth factors to precisely studied ideal amounts for regeneration. Not all PRP is equal. Make sure you know whether a doctor or therapist will be doing the treatment and that you are comfortable with whoever is working on your face.
At what age can one start using PRP on their face?
The usual beauty or anti-aging treatments can be started in your twenties, provided it is done appropriately. From 30 onwards, it is a must for everyone who wants to invest in their skin. For scars and burns, we can start treatment in children already.
What is a vampire facial?
The connotation between blood-sucking vampires and blood being drawn and used on your face is the reason for the name. Keep in mind that it is not that gory. The product we end up using is only a small component of the blood and is not even red. Also, we draw blood with a needle, no fangs come out 😉
Is there a high risk of infection?
Not at all. Aseptic technique is used at all times and the PRP itself contains anti-infective white blood cells as well
What are my expected results on the face and how many treatments would I require?
The whole face and skin rejuvenation and regeneration. This translates visibly to radiance, glow, smooth skin, less textural problems, improvement in blemishes, plumper and firmer skin with reduction in looseness and wrinkles, improvement in skin tone, pigment, and scars. The skin will look visibly younger and radiant. Big promises, but the correct PRP preparation method and technique most definitely deliver all this. Treatments should be done every 4-6 months for the best results.
Beauty Warriors was lucky enough to meet up with Dr. Reza Mia from Anti-Aging Art, to ask him all our questions regarding lip fillers. These are the key takeouts from our one-on-one session.
What should you know before you have lip fillers:
Lip fillers require significant skill and practice to produce natural-looking, beautiful results. This is not an area to experiment with and could lead to ugly results or serious side effects if not correctly performed.
What questions should you ask your doctor ahead of your session?
- How many lips have you filled?
- Do you have any images of lips that you have filled?
- Have you ever had any patients suffer from unwanted side effects?
How often should you go for touch-ups:
You should go for touch-ups between 6 months and one year, but we see patients every three to four months to work on various aspects of their faces to ensure that they have a holistic experience.
What could go wrong?
- The worst-case scenario would be a vascular obstruction with tissue death.
- Destruction of the lip border and loss of the delicate cupids bow.
- Overinflated or grossly asymmetrical lips.
- Ugly results.
- These can all be mitigated and the risks almost completely removed through techniques that are acquired over years of practice and through innovative injection techniques.
What are the uncommon uses for botox and filler?
- Under-eye bags
- Burn scars
- Nasal fillers
What is Mira dry?
Mira Dry is a machine that uses thermal energy to permanently destroy targeted sweat glands, odour producing glands and hair.
Who should consider using this machine?
Anyone who suffers from excessive sweating, especially if they have sought treatment for sweat with botulinum toxin.
How many sessions would you need to go for, how long is the procedure, and is there any downtime?
You would only need to come for ONE session. The procedure takes one hour. You will experience one day of swelling and pain.
Following our second exclusive Beauty Warriors event, held at Anti-Aging Art in Houghton, we met up with Dr. Tamara Pheiffer to discuss bio-hacking with her.
Find out more about this interesting topic below.
What are biohacking and biogerontology and what does this mean for me?
Medical Biohacking is the study and practice of healthspan extension. It is a way of analyzing your unique biochemistry and genetics as well as your medical history and environment to create a designer way of life that will optimize your health and wellbeing in every aspect.
Stronger. Faster. Smarter. It also allows us to pick up trends toward disease before there is functional damage and reduce the risk of you falling ill by around 75%. It allows us to be strong and agile to an older age and be the life of the party at your great grandchildren’s wedding.
Biogerontology is the study of cleaning up the accumulative damage caused by our environment and day to day biochemical processes in the body. The accumulation of this damage over time leads to age-related diseases, pain and inflammation, and the entire aging process. If we are able to clean this damage up, almost like an annual spring clean, we may be able to stop it from getting to that tipping point where aging and tissue damage occurs. This will significantly increase the number of healthy, vibrant years in our lives, while simultaneously reducing the number of years where we feel sick and tired and sore.
There are 2 different types of gene testing, please elaborate
Yes, we have high penetrance genetic testing and low penetrance genetic testing.
High penetrance genetic tests are used to establish a very high risk of getting a particular disease. If you test positive in these genes you have a very high risk of getting the disease and there is very little that we can do to change the outcome.
Low penetrance genetic testing shows us where your body’s strengths and weaknesses lie. They show us how easily your body is able to eliminate waste and get the damaging molecules out of the cells before they can negatively affect your genes, cell health, and cell death.
We can pick up heart risk factors, sugar metabolism and diabetes risk, bone and joint health, injury risk and even whether you are better designed for endurance or power exercises and how many days a week you should be training to get optimal results. With this kind of testing, by knowing your exact genetic map in these areas we are able to build the bridge before the gap appears. This gives the incredible opportunity to have up to 75% control of our health and wellness destiny and to work smartly rather than very hard to attain energy levels, strength and mental agility beyond anything we could have imagined before.
At what age should you consider DNA testing for the purposes of anti-aging?
I believe that the earlier we start the less damage has had time to accumulate. Although we are working on strategies to reverse this damage, the science is not entirely where it could be just yet. It is also easier to make these changes when you are younger. These tests can be done at any age. My advice is… You are never younger than you are today. It is never too late to feel better and stronger.
Can I get it done in SA or only via labs in Denmark or the states?
South Africa has some of the best labs for low penetrance genetic testing. What is incredible is that we are able to utilize the latest science and technology here. We have SkinDNA from Australia which is the most accurate genetic test for your skin in the world. This can tell you exactly which ingredients to use on your skin, which treatments to do and diet and lifestyle factors that will play a role. The results when you personalize your skincare are incredible.
For health and biohacking, we use 3×4 which is testing full genetic pathways rather than single-gene mutations. This gives us a much more holistic and accurate view of your genetic potential and risk factors so that we can provide the best solutions. In order to provide this test to patients, you have to have a masters level education in nutrigenomics.
It is incredibly important to have the most accurate information when making these decisions and that is why we partner with specific testing companies.
What is the process of DNA testing in SA?
It is important to choose a medical professional who is well versed in genetics and nutrigenomics so that you can get the best outcomes
It is a simple cheek swab and 2-3 weeks later your results arrive and now is where the fun begins. We get to have a glimpse into 2 possible futures. One where we live our designer life and feel younger, stronger, faster smarter for longer, or one where we get sicker and slower for the next 30-40 years.
It is a massive opportunity to be your healthiest self right into old age.
We have the tools, will you use them?
If you would like to book an appointment with Dr. Pheiffer, please book through Anti-Aging art, use the discount code BeautyWarriors8 to get a 10% discount on select procedures.