Who says you need 37 makeup brushes? We know the thought of which makeup brush you should be using for what can be daunting. We here to let you know one brush can serve multiple purposes.
The Powder Brush
Automatically we think, this should only be used for setting your face with your setting powder. No, no. you can use it for your blush & bronzer too. Already, one brush, 3 different applications.
The Blending Brush
Typically this is used for blending your eyeshadow, but this brush is a really good size to contour your nose and even apply your highlight too.
Above featured, from left to right, is a multi-purpose buffing brush that can be used for foundation, powder products and cream products. Next to it is a highlight brush, but this brush can also be used for contouring. Then we have a large concealer brush, that you can even use to apply your face masks and lastly, the small concealer brush which is great for spot concealing, cutting your crease & concealer small areas, like the inner corners of your eyes.
The Concealer Brush
This one is obvious, it is for concealer. But we don’t only conceal under our eyes. You can use this same brush to apply on spot you want to conceal, concealing your eyelids for your eyeshadow to pop and also to apply your foundation to your face before you blend it out with a bigger brush.
The Dense Powder Brush
These are usually firmer, the bristles are put closer together so the brush feels a little ‘harder’. I love using the brushes for liquid or cream products too. It blends product out beautifully. These brushes can also be used for powder products.
This cleanser has been on our beauty desk for a while – we are only getting around to reviewing it now because we were too busy loving it too much.
Why do we love it so much, you ask?
This cleanser is a multi-functional cleanser, part of the Optiphi Active skincare range. It contains Salicylic acid to desensitize skin irritation and provide light exfoliation. This cleanser is also great to target skin pigmentation and acne.
It is a complete cleanser and it cleanses, mildly exfoliates AND tones the skin. All you need is a pea-sized amount with a bit of water. It lathers up and creates a bit of foam, but it doesn’t leave the skin feeling dry or tight after use, which is what we all want from a cleanser.
This product can also be used over the eye area and to remove makeup. So it is really a no-brainer as to why you need this cleanser too. It can also act as a 5 minute mini-mask AND as a spot treatment. It’s suitable for any skin type and any skin conditions too.
SO, to sum this product up into a short, why YOU NEED THIS in your life :
It is a 6 in 1 product – what more could you want? It removes makeup, it cleanses, exfoliates, it tones the skin, you can use it as a spot treatment AND even shave with it if you have a beard. You can even use it as an exfoliating/peel treatment, WHAT? It really is an amazing multi-functional product with amazing benefits for something classified as just a cleanser. It is truly so much more than just that.
You would be surprized at what an important role touch plays in our lives. We have sent Almarie Venter a few questions to inform us all on the power of touch and other alternatives healing therapies that you can use during your journey to wellness.
1. Give us a short background on how you found yourself practicing Kinesiology and healing therapies :
I started my career in Skincare and massage therapist and loved working with people. Kinesiology and the healing therapies found me when I explored with alternative treatments for myself and my son. These modalities assisted me in my wellness journey of emotional trauma and physical health and so my passion and purpose became just that. Helping others on their wellness journey and creating awareness and shining a light on all the beautiful alternative therapies out there. Integrating healing therapies with spa experiences and treatments empowering not only the guests but the therapist as well is very close to my heart.
2. Why is touch therapy so essential in our lives today?
We are living in times of profound digitization, the 4th Industrial revelation.
Fast paced and digitally connected on a global scale with Facetime, Skype, Zoom to name a few.
And this is not going to slow down.
Statistically so many more people live alone.
Single people out number married people.
More people work remotely.
Face to face true connection is so limited and yet the most detrimental for us to build true relationships and community and to thrive and experience life we need touch.
3. How does our body respond to the power of touch (please include some of the research you mentioned)?
It is said that a touch can convey more than a thousand words.
Touch is 10 times stronger than any emotional and verbal contact.
Through touch we create loving bonds with our friends, family and co-workers.
A touch on the forearm for a 40th of a second makes you feel better.
We experience life through our 5 Senses.
The only sense we can’t live without is touch.
Touch develops in a human embryo at about 6-8 weeks.
Dr Fields at the Touch research institute looked at children who was massaged daily by their parents and found that after 1 month the white blood cells for the children increased and the depressed moods of the parents decreased.
She also found that massage therapy increased the natural killer cells in cancer and HIV patients.
Whether you are the giver or the receiver of touch it will greatly benefit you.
Through massage and touch therapies oxytocin the hormone that lowers our stress hormone cortisol is released.
Massage therapy increases serotonin and regulates dopamine which has an anti-depressant effect.
Nathan Fox one off many studied the orphans of Romania, where they were born into a situation where touch was denied due to lack of caregivers.
These children developed psychological issues and was physically underdeveloped.
If these issues were not addressed before the age of two, the issues would persist through their life.
This resulted in aggression, depression, injury and more.
The Touch Research Institute found that preterm babies who received touch therapy 3 times a day of 15 min sessions each for 5-10 days gained 47% more weight than those who don’t.
Touch is critical for our mental and physical and social health.
4. Please elaborate on some of the self-relaxation techniques we could do at home :
Destress at home or at work with :
Shoulder and neck tension release
Bring one hand to the opposite shoulder and squeeze your fingers into your shoulder.
Drag your hand across your torso from the shoulder to the opposite hip.
Bring your other hand to the opposite shoulder and follow the same sequence.
Do these three to five times on each side, sweeping with pressure each time.
Breathe deeply and do this technique as often as you feel called to each day.
Neuro-lymphatic Massage with a friend, family member to destress and grow strong bonds at home.
Strengthen your immune system
Reduce built up stress
Calms the nervous system
The receiver stand facing the wall and push into the wall with palms of hands.
Start at the base of the skull and move your way down to the sacrum.
Apply deep pressure with your fingers on both sides of the spine.
Circle each point.
Move down until you reach the sacrum.
Take your time.
Do it with love and kindness.
Once you are done, sweep with the palms of your hands down from the shoulders to the hips.
5. What is crystal healing and vibration therapy?
Vibrational sound therapy
Sound healing is one of the oldest and most natural forms of healing known to man.
It uses the power of sound to restore one’s mind, body and spirit back to a state of balance. The harmonic vibrations from the instruments have a deep penetrating effect on the receiver, promoting healing and well-being.
This is not just an auditory experience—it’s like receiving a full body sound massage!
Most people fall into a state of deep relaxation, it’s a pathway to meditation, without knowing how to meditate. The sounds act as the focal point, reducing and eliminating mind chatter, leading to a release of deep-rooted tensions and emotional blocks.
Crystal singing bowls are made of 99% pure quartz crystal.
Resonant pure-tone frequencies from crystal bowls entrain the brain to move into deeper Alpha, Theta and Delta brain wave states. With the innate properties of crystal that amplify, transmit and store energy, these exquisite instruments are powerful tools which can be used to enhance meditation and support healing.
As human beings, we are comprised mainly of liquid, these vibrations deeply penetrate our bodies, moving through our tissues and organs. The sound resonates directly into our cellular memory releasing blockages and create a profound sense of peace and relaxation.
During this deeply immersive and meditative sound experience, participants lie down with a blanket, pillow, to relax while listening to the soothing sounds of crystal bowls, Himalayan singing bowls, and various other instruments.
Many people emerge from the experience feeling lighter, more in balance, refreshed, and rejuvenated.
No previous meditation experience is needed.
6. Why would we need crystal therapy?
Benefits of Vibrational sound therapy is:
Affects all cells in your body.
Balances both hemispheres of the brain.
Changes our old patterns of behaviour, habits and way of thinking that no longer serve us and are harmful to our health.
Cleanses negative energy and emotions.
Connecting with your higher self.
Helps to recover after illness, traumas and invasive medical treatments.
Helps to cope with life’s challenges.
Increases vital energy flow, creativity, intuition and motivation.
Makes positive changes to our whole being.
Removes blockages and toxins.
Soothes, purify and harmonise your emotions and feelings.
Stimulates endocrine glands and regulates hormonal functioning.
Strengthens immune system.
One of our Beauty Warriors Creative Directors chatted to celebrity hair-guru, David Gillson and interviewed him on ‘Hair lingo you need to know before your next appointment with your hairstylist’. It’s important to know what you’re asking for when chatting to your stylist. Using the right terminology can save you a lot of time and heartache. These are some keywords to use this season.
- Graduation: This is a cut where weight is built up within the shape – a gradual progression of lengths from short to long. Graduation can be performed at any length, however, at longer lengths, the results can be more noticeable.
- Layering: This is a hairstyle that gives the illusion of length and volume using long hair for the illusion of length and short hair for volume, as an easy style to manage. Hair is arranged into layers, with the top layers (those that grow nearer the crown) cut shorter than the layers beneath.
- Texturising: Texturising is used to thin out hair and make it look textured. If you have a thick or thin head of hair, both can benefit from a short textured hairstyle. Texturing the hair usually involves a straightedge razor or a pair of thinning scissors. For thinning or fine hair, texturizing helps create volume and movement, giving the appearance of a fuller head of hair
- Keratin therapy smoothing treatment: A keratin therapy smoothing treatment is a smoothing treatment that seals the hair cuticle with a coating of protein that eliminates frizz, and adds softness and shine.
- Davines colour locking treatment: A Davines colour locking treatment seals the cuticles and locks color pigments into the hair immediately after the hair-colouring process. It neutralises alkaline and peroxide residues without weighing down the hair, it also seals-in the colour and strengthens the hair to prevent breakage.
- Repairing hair treatment: This treatment gives new life to hair damaged from heat styling, sun, chlorine, and frequent colour services. This treatment restores healthy shine, nourishment, and softness to hair. Also perfect for those who love outdoor sports or swimming. This treatment is highly conditioning, adds shine, and provides deep nourishment.
- Balyage: With traditional foils, the highlights are uniform and defined. Balayage is a freehand technique in which swatches of hair are sectioned and hand painted against a backing board with a lightening agent.
- Colour-melt: Colour melting is a technique that blends highlights with the base colour of your hair so there’s no harsh lines or clear distinction between the different colours. Multiple shades are used in colour melt hair to create a smooth transition.
- Colour kiss: Colour kiss is washed through the hair, and gives you a veil of colour, a soft, translucent nuance of colour. It seals the cuticles and locks color pigments into the hair immediately after the hair-colouring process.
Styles / colours 2019:
- Anti-blowout: This is when you apply the product and allow your hair to air-dry.
- Coral hair is a big trend in 2019: It is after all the Pantone colour of the year.
- Blonde: Metallic blonde, grey blonde, slate grey, champagne, and platinum are all in this 2019.
David Gillson can be found at Carlton Hyde Park, Carlton Melrose Arch, Carlton Rosebank, Carlton Constantia and Issy’s in London. You’ll recognize him by his trademark glasses and impeccable fashion sense. Tell him you read about him on Beauty Warriors
Winter is the time of year where we find we are not as social, but it is the time of year where you enjoy taking time out for rest and pampering. South Africa is home to some amazing restaurants, spas, and retailers that will cater to your every need, while Croatian luxury-crafted Nikel Cosmetics is a skincare option that promises to make sure your skin looks its best
Shopping and window-shopping is a great way to stay indoors and chase away the cold. When it comes to simple elegance and high-quality design and fabrics, Country Road will exceed your expectations. Originating from Australia, Country Road has become the must-have store to get all your fashion needs met. This high-end women’s fashion store is located throughout South Africa and within many Woolworth’s stores. Volpes is another fan-favorite of ours, specifically, their white Egyptian cotton linen, scatter cushions and linen mists, our personal favorite is the baby chamomile linen spray, and luckily for us there’s a store really close to where we live.
Enjoying an entertaining night at the movies is another enjoyable way to spend a winter’s night. Nu Metro premium offers 4D movie experiences that will awaken all your senses with scents, seat movement, sprays, wind, smoke and lighting effects. Nu Metro premium offers these 4D experiences across South Africa and is fun for the whole family. We watched our first 4D movie a few years back and it’s a completely different experience. It’s truly incredible. Ster-Kinekor has something similar called a D-Box which is just as spectacular.
The art of good food
The cold months evoke memories of comfort food oozing with flavour and richness. What better place to eat than at an authentic Italian restaurant that epitomises delicious meals steeped in tradition and recipes from their Italian roots? The Mastrantonio Group has restaurants in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban and has been sharing the art of good eating since 1996 and is also a favorite place for Brlečić to visit when in South Africa. Banish the winter blues with their homemade gnocchi smothered in three-cheese sauce or slow-cooked saltimbocca.
The Marabi Club in Maboneng, offers some really fresh, acidic options and Punchinello’s opposite Monte Casino offers a great pea, butternet and sarmesan risotto.
Heart-warming wines can make this even more indulgent, why not pair your meal with a wine produced right here in South Africa. No need to go all the way to Italy when South Africa now produces wines using traditional Italian grape varietals like Sangiovese that works well with tomato-based pasta dishes.
A day at the spa
The sheer indulgence of a day at the spa will allow you to mentally unwind, while a range of treatments will revitalise your body from top to toe. An absolute must for me is a delicious, hot-stone massage or a warm paraffin-dip pedicure.
When visiting Cape Town founder of Nikel Cosmetics Mirjana Brlečić loves to enjoy a Kalahari signature spa treatment at the Cape Grace situated at the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront. “My favourite treatment is the Body Cocoon as it boosts circulation and energises the body using only natural ingredients based on plant oils, red sand, and mineral salts.” The treatment involves a detoxifying scrub and finished off with an antioxidant treatment and then cocooned in layers of warm blankets.
“Winter is harsh on the skin, so keeping moisturised is essential to prevent it from being dry and flaky,” says Mirjana Brlečić. Having a full body wrap will help give your skin a moisture boost and a beautiful all-over glow.
Next, on your spa-day to-do list is a soothing and moisturising facial to make sure your skin looks its best. “I have a facial at least once a month, so my skin is looked after and pampered and can benefit from the natural plant oils in the Nikel skincare range,” says Brlečić. Introducing the Evening Primrose oil into your daily skincare regime is the perfect way to prevent the dryness and flakiness synonymous with winter in many parts of our country. This luxurious oil concentrate also contains sweet orange and jojoba oil giving it a beautiful scent while restoring moisture in the deepest layers of the skin.
Just like Mirjana, I too have a facial once a month, the last facial I went for was a Dermalogica facial and I really enjoyed it. Skincare is a really personal thing and you need to find what works for you, at a price point that you can afford and are comfortable paying. Remember, what works for your friends’ skin, may not work for you. Diet, hormones, and stress can also wreak havoc on your skin. While I haven’t tried Nikel skincare yet and cannot personally endorse the brand, I’ve only heard good things about them and as a commitment to always offer you, my readers’ different beauty offerings and brands I am happy to give you insights into the brands ingredients without having tested it yet.
What are your winter pampering tips?