Q&A with Boss Lady Marisa Dimitriadis

Q&A with Boss Lady Marisa Dimitriadis

We all love a boss lady! Today’s post is a Q&A with the beautiful Marisa Dimitriadis, spa consultant, CEO and business coach.

1. Your fullname:

MARISA DIMITRIADIS. Facebook: Marisa Cachero Dimitriadis, Instagram: Marisa Cachero, Linked In: Marisa Cachero Dimitriadis

2. Your occupation:

SPA CONSULTANT, CEO, BUSINESS COACH

3. Links to your brand’s website/ social media accounts/ Youtube account, etc.

www.thespaconsultants.co.za

www.sixskincare.com

www.spalicious.co.za

Facebook: Spalicious, Six sensational skincare, The Spa Consultants

Instagram: @spaliciousbody, @sixskincare, @thespaconsultants6

4. Please give us a quick overview of what you do for a living.

Where do I start? I have a few businesses. The Spa Consultants is the spa design, building and operations company. At any given time we are building 2 or 3 spas either in SA or neighbouring countries and we operate or run around 3 to 4 spas per month for a 2 to 3 year period at a time. Six Skincare and Spalicious are two professional brands that I started in 2010 which are the fastest growing professional brands in SA and we are looking to export in the coming year. Grumer is an Uber for Beauty Service app that is going live in the next few weeks where you can book on location services at your preferred time. And lastly my new project about to launch too is an online business coaching platform for Spa Professionals to get effective and results driven advice on any aspect of the spa and salon business from making effective bookings to how to structure and write up an SOP manual. This is going to change how professionals can grow their business and access tried and tested information with over 20 years experience in Industry knowledge

5. How did you first get into the beauty industry?

By mistake really. I needed money to pay off my car whilst studying and landed up as a receptionist for a cosmetic company. I was bitten then by the Industry and grew very quickly within the business.

6. What is one of the biggest beauty or skincare myths, in your opinion?

Definitely that you don’t need sunscreen if your moisturiser or make up contains an SPF. First of all, moisturiser is supposed to nourish and feed your skin whilst SPF is supposed to be a layer of protection. That alone contradicts using a moisturiser with a combined SPF plus sunscreen should be UVA and UVB resistant or Broad Spectrum so be sure to apply it as its own layer to fully accomplish its purpose.

7. Please talk us through your daily beauty routine?

Morning: cleanse, tone, serum, eye cream, moisturiser, SPF and make up. Evening: Double cleanse, once with an oil then with a wash, make up removal with Micellar water as I wear eye lash extensions, exfoliate with rice enzyme powder every second night, tone, serum, moisturise, eye cream. I mask twice a week.

8. What’s your favourite beauty treatment, and why?

Right now it’s a treatment called a Hydrafacial with AHA, BHA and hyaluric acid.

9. What is your favourite professional beauty product, and why? (By professional beauty, we mean a product that is available via spas and salons only).

I would need to be totally biased and say its my own range for the reason that I develop products by benchmarking off the best and then improving that formula to create a perfect product. We also use a very percentage of active ingredients in our serums and moisturisers which give instant results on the skin.

10. Your top 3 skincare must-haves/ must-dos?

SPF – not negotiable ever. Serum – more important than moisturiser as it goes much deeper in the skin and has the ability to correct and lastly a very good and efficient cleanser.

Everything you’ve ever wanted to know about lash extensions

Everything you’ve ever wanted to know about lash extensions

If you’ve ever dreamed of waking up to long, luscious lashes – without the remnants of last night’s mascara – lash extensions may be the answer. Gone are the days of fiddling around with eyelash curlers or attempting to apply false lashes; eye lash extensions are a semi-permanent option that will literally change your beauty routine.

We reached out to Falon Johnson, the founder of the well-known Wink & Whisper in Fourways, Johannesburg, to answer some of your most-asked questions. Get off that Google search, grab a cuppa, and read on – here’s everything you’ve ever wanted to know about eye lash extensions.

Is there anything I should do before getting lash extensions?

“Make sure your lashes are clean and free of any make up before your appointment,” advises Falon. “It’s better to arrive without eye make up. The lash artist may still require you to cleanse your lashes with Lash shampoo to be sure they are free from any make up or oils that may affect the lash extensions.”

Will getting lash extensions damage my natural lashes?

This is a tricky one. Yes AND NO. “”Yes, if the lash artist is poorly trained in applying the lash extensions,” warns Falon. “If proper care is not taken to make sure the natural lashes are isolated (not touching each other) and clumps of lashes are applied, it could cause substantial damage to the natural lashes.”

“But if you’ve done your research and made sure you are going to an experienced lash artist, lash extensions won’t cause any damage,” she says. “An experienced lash artist will take great care in ensuring that the lashes are applied correctly, without an excessive amount of glue, and that the natural lashes are isolated correctly.”

“The Isolation process is probably the most crucial part of applying lashes. Making sure to find a single natural lash to apply your extension to will ensure your natural lashes remain healthy and grow as normal without tugging or pulling on other lashes.”

What are the different types of lash extensions available?

You may have heard about individual eyelash extensions, and you may even have come across the term ‘Russian Volume’. Falon explains what each option is to help you decided which one is best for you!

Classic or Individual Lashes – this is when one, individual lash extension is applied to one of your natural lashes. Classic lashes only add thickness and length to the natural lash. 

Russian Volume Lashes – this is when four to six lash extensions are applied to one natural lash. These lashes are much finer, softer and lighter, which allow us to use more per each individual lash. This results in a much fuller, more dramatic effect. 

Can I still wear mascara after getting lash extensions?

“That’s a hard no,” says Falon. “Mascara will cause the extensions to clump and because you cannot use your usual make up remover, your extensions will be severely damaged and probably fall out. Mascara also contains oil, which will cause the extensions to shed much quicker. Lash glue and oily products are not friends.”

How often will I need to have them filled?

“It’s best to get a lash fill every two to three weeks. The lashes shed naturally and the time between fills will depend on how fast or slow your natural lash cycle is – not to mention how well you take care of them.”

How much do lash extensions cost, and how much does it cost to have them filled?

“Lash extensions vary in price. The type of extensions you are having done, as well as the experience of the artist, will determine this price,” explains Falon.

Individual lashes start at around R650 for a full set, while Russian Volume Lashes start at R800 for a full set – and can go all the way up to R1450 in Johannesburg. Volume Lashes is an extremely specialised and time consuming technique, thus the hefty price tag. 

Lash fills on lash extensions also vary in price, but the average is  roughly R450 to R650, depending on the type of lashes you have chosen. 

“This is a great indicator when looking for a lash artist,” says Falon. “You ultimately get what you pay for – ‘nice lashes ain’t cheap, and cheap lashes ain’t nice’!”

How long will my lash extensions last?

“Lash extensions usually last for two to three weeks on average. It all depends on how well you take care of them, as well as your natural lash cycle. Taking care to not sleep on your face, wash your face with oily products, wear eye make up and washing your lashes with Lash shampoo regularly will all affect how long they last.”

Are there any tips of products that will help me maintain my lash extensions?

“Most salons that offer lash extensions sell specialised lash shampoos or cleanser that will help ensure the longevity of your lashes. These are oil free, lash friendly products that clean your lashes without affecting the glue bond. Cleaner lashes also happen to last longer, so it’s well worth buying your own tube.”

Is there anything I should avoid after getting lash extensions?

Falon cautions that it’s best to avoid water or steam on the lashes for at least 48 hours after getting them done. This way the glue is allowed ample time to set and dry. 

Can I swim with lash extensions?

“It’s recommended you don’t swim with lashes – especially in the sea.”

Can I still use my usual eye makeup remover?

“Definitely not,” says Falon. “Eye make up removers contain oils that will detach the lash extension from the natural lash.”

Is it safe to trim my eyelash extensions?

Absolutely not! “You should never do this,” cautions Falon. “You’ll cut your own, natural lases whilst attempting to trim your extensions.”

Are there any specific ingredients in beauty products that I should avoid after getting lash extensions?

ALL beauty products contain some form of oil – especially micellar waters. No product, unless mentioned or sold by your artist, will be suitable for use on lash extensions.”

ABOUT FALON JOHNSON

Falon Johnson is the founder and owner of Wink & Whisper, a beauty salon that specialises in lash extensions. Falon studied nutrition for five years, and began lashing part-time as a creative outlet during her studies. She immediately fell in love with the craft, and after moving to Johannesburg in 2016, decided to pursue lashing full-time. After six months, Falon had a steady stream of loyal clientele, which enabled her to move her home salon to a beautiful space in Fourways. Falon has over five years experience and is certified in Classic Lash Extentions, Russian Volume Lash Extensions, Mega Volume Lash Extensions, and Microblading. “I get to do what I love every day and I couldn’t be happier,” says Falon.

Visit their website (click here) for more info, or call 072 034 6056 or email info@winkwhisper.co.za to book your appointment. And don’t forget to show Wink & Whisper some love by following their Instagram account (here) and liking their Facebook page (here).

Meghan Markle’s signature beauty look you may not have noticed up until now…

Meghan Markle’s signature beauty look you may not have noticed up until now…

We don’t know about you, but when we think of Meghan Markle’s beauty look, we immediately think freckles, a healthy doze of bronzer and a chic, messy bun. But upon closer inspection, we’ve noticed another sneaky little makeup trick that Meghan pulls of on the regular – and we really like it!

Turns out, the Duchess of Sussex has a signature lip liner look that you probably haven’t noticed… until now, that is! Look a little closer, and you’ll see that Meghan often overlines her lips to create a fuller pout, but in a beautifully natural way. Sure, overlining the lips is nothing new (and it often gets a bad rap), but Meghan does it in such a subtle way that it’s barely noticeable, but still packs a punch.

meghan markle makeup

The trick to overlining your lips, without looking like a clown? Stick to a lip pencil that’s a shade or two darker than your natural lip colour, and focus on the centre of your lips. Make sure that your lip pencil is sharp, then draw slightly over your natural lip line along your cupid’s bow, tapering off and sticking to you natural lip line at the corner of your mouth.

For extra staying power, use liner on bare lips, and avoid using a glossy lip colour over the top of your liner. Matte or satin lip finishes will last longer on the lips.

When it comes to find the right nude shade for your complexion, we find that rosy-beige shades work best on fair complexions, while warmer shades of nude suit olive complexions. If you have a darker skin tone, look out for a bronze liner or a slightly shimmery nude shade.

What do you think of this look? Are you likely to try creating a fuller pout using lip liner?

BREAKING BEAUTY NEWS: Meet VOESH New York – now available in South Africa!

BREAKING BEAUTY NEWS: Meet VOESH New York – now available in South Africa!

Are you a salon owner or therapist who’s interested in offering your clients something completely new and fresh? Step up your spa treatments with VOESH New York’s gorgeous products, which include their beautifully-packaged pedicure in a box treatments, collagen socks, and modeling masks – to name just a few!

VOESH was established with just two words in mind: clean and hygienic. Their innovative, single-use spa products are convenient, simple to use, and are and loved by spa professionals around the world. Established in New York, VOESH’s clean, fuss-free, and on-trend spa solutions are finally available in South Africa, with thanks to leading beauty supplier, Maskscara.

Voesh collagen socks

But why should you add VOESH’s products to you spa offering?

VOESH’s single-use products ensure cleanliness and hygiene at all times, as well as offering products that are cruelty-free, paraben-free, and vegan friendly. If that’s not enough to convince you, here are a few other things we love about the brand:

1. SINGLE SERVE – their single-use products means that treatments are always fresh, as well as being hygienic and preventing unnecessary wastage.

2. EASY TO USE – each item within a kit is numbered and comes with clear, simple instructions for ease of use.

3. LOW START-UP COST – VOESH offers premium products at a low investment.

4. EASY COST MANAGEMENT – further to that, the single-use kits and products ensure that you always know the exact cost per service.

5. EASY INVENTORY MANAGEMENT – with VOESH, it’s easy to manage your stock and know your salon or spa’s exact product needs.

6. PERFECTLY PORTIONED – Each kit or sachet comes with just the right amount of product, ensuring that there’s no over usage or wastage of products.

7. BEAUTIFUL AND CLEAN DISPLAY – VOESH’s beautifully packaged products mean that you can now display your treatment products the same way you would your nail polishes!

8. SAFE AND POWERFUL SKINCARE – most importantly, VOESH’s products are safe and highly effective, which means that clients will return for repeat services time and time again! All VOESH’s products are paraben-free, cruelty-free, and boast exceptional vegan formulations.

Some of our top picks from VOESH

VOESH GLIMMER PEDI IN A BOX

VOESh unicorn

Your clients will love this all-in-one foot treatment that not only delivers the ultimate foot treatment, but also tones and contours legs at the same time. It’s perfect for special occasions and the festive season, and is beloved by many a party girl! We love the UNICORN GLIMMER pedi in a box, which contains peach extract and offers hydrating and softening benefits along with an iridescent glow. Each kit comes with a perfectly portioned soak, 100% sugar scrub, a mud masque, a cooling gel, and a sweet-smelling massage butter. Feet are left happy, healthy, and sparkly!

VOESH DELUXE 4 STEP PEDI IN A BOX

VOESH pedi in a box

For those clients who aren’t quite into sparkle, there’s VOESH’s deluxe 4-step pedi in a box. This luxurious offering allows your client to experience all the benefits of an aromatherapy treatment in the most convenient, hygienic, and thoughtful delivery system in spa services. Each box contains a sea salt soak to detoxify and deodorise feet, a 100% sugar scrub to exfoliate and soften feet, a luxe mud masque to cleanse pores, and finally, a decadent massage cream to soften, smooth, and hydrate feet.

VOESH also offers a variety of modeling gel masks (including an on-trend 24-Karat Gold option), collagen gloves and socks (with both removable finger tips and toe tips), and a 3-step waterless mani and pedi in a box treatments (ideal for water scarce areas).

To find out more about VOESH or to stock these innovative spa solutions in your own spa or salon, contact Maskscara on (021) 201 6910, email eleni@maskscara.co.za, or visit their website, here.

In My Beauty Kit: Tamryn Sher of It’s a Sher Thing

In My Beauty Kit: Tamryn Sher of It’s a Sher Thing

Have you ever wondered what beauty products the experts simply can’t live without, or how they got started in the beauty industry? In this new series, we’ll be chatting to some of South Africa’s top beauty influencers, skincare therapists, makeup artists, hair stylists, and more, as they reveal their insider secrets.

Today, we’re taking a peek into the life and beauty kit of Tamryn Sher, a freelance PR and social media manager, writer, and influencer engagement specialist. Tamryn is also the beauty behind It’s a Sher Thing, which has fast become one of our favourite local lifestyle blogs.

Q: Can you give us a quick overview of what you do for a living?

I’ve worked in public relations and reputation management for the last eight years and finally decided to try being my own boss for a little bit. I do contract work for PR agencies and blue-chip companies where I come in, assist them with writing strategy, helping them showcase results, giving them an extra hand to achieve result,s and assisting with internal and external communications. I also write for a few womens’ magazines on lifestyle topics and career advice, and I help companies with their social media strategy, posting and community management. I also run my own blog, called It’s a Sher Thing. In a nut shell, no two days are ever the same!

Q: How did you first get into blogging?

I got into blogging because I wanted to become a better PR manager. So, I thought immersing myself in the world of blogging would help me identify key learnings before my competitors and I thought this would give me the competitive advantage when compiling scopes of work for bloggers as I had first hand experience on how the industry works. I also wanted a little corner of the internet to talk about my personal life, to review beauty products I enjoy and to share knowledge I thought may assist other women like me.

Q: What is one of the biggest beauty or skincare myths, in your opinion?

That you need a lot of products to have a great glow, and that you need to use expensive products. When I was a broke student, I used a beauty bar for my face and body and never experienced breakouts, I used rose water as an affordable toner and bought a great moisturiser.

You also don’t necessarily need a cleanser, toner, moisturiser, exfoliator, serum, mask etc. If you can only afford three products, I would recommend a cleanser (double cleanse morning and evening), an exfoliator to use twice a week, and a moisturiser. I find when I use a lot of different things on my skin, that’s when I tend to break out.

Q: Please talk us through your daily beauty routine?

I try to keep my routine as simple as possible. In the mornings, I double cleanse, moisturise, apply a lightweight foundation, some eye shadow on my eyebrows to darken them a bit, a little mascara, bronzer on the cheeks and some lip balm and I’m out the door. If I’m going out in the evening, I’ll add eye shadow and eyeliner to this look. In terms of my night-time skincare routine, I double cleanse, exfoliate twice a week, and moisturise.

Q: What is your favourite professional beauty treatment, and why?

I love the results I’ve seen from microneedling. It’s really helped give my skin a youthful glow, it has also helped with scarring and pigmentation.

Q: What are your top 3 skincare must-haves or must-dos?

One must-do is to exfoliate – this helps to give your skin that glow that it’s been lacking. And two must-haves? I really enjoy Elizabeth Arden Eight-Hour cream as it’s so versatile – it’s a moisturiser, lip balm, hand cream and so much more. And then, without a doubt, an SPF care for your face, whether it’s in a foundation, or primer, or you apply it under your foundation. This is great for anti-aging and protecting your skin.

For more beauty and lifestyle content, head on over to Tamryn’s blog, It’s a Sher Thing. You can also follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

We’re always on the look out for fellow beauty addicts to feature on Beauty Warriors. If you’d like to share what’s in your beauty kit, please be in touch with our team by sending an email to Creativedirector@beautywarriors.biz

8 Beauty Essentials Your Gym Bag Absolutely Needs

8 Beauty Essentials Your Gym Bag Absolutely Needs

We’re all well aware of the fact that exercising is beneficial for our bodies and minds, but a good workout often wreaks havoc on our skin and hair.

From dry, brittle hair to breakouts brought on by residual sweat, there’s no doubt that going to the gym can bring with it an onslaught of beauty woes… but there are products to help combat these. We’ve rounded up 8 of the most underrated beauty products that we believe are essential for your gym bag… don’t leave home without them! 

Huxley Deep Cleansing Foam

First thing’s first: there’s no more important post-workout task than washing your face. A thorough cleanse not only removes all traces of sweat, makeup, and other debris, but it’ll also prevent congestion caused by blocked pores. We’re huge fans of Huxley Deep Cleansing Foam, which is a gentle, foaming cleanser that doesn’t strip your skin. It contains nourishing Vitamin E, Tangerine extract (to exfoliate and smooth your skin’s texture), and Blue Lotus extract to help relieve redness – along with a slew of other great ingredients.

Foreo LUNA Mini (R2500)

This award-winning cleansing device is both compact and waterproof, making it the perfect fit for your gym bag. It’ll help ensure that your skin is properly cleansed and exfoliated, without causing any irritation. If you’re prone to post-workout breakouts, you need one of these in your kit!

Thoclor Labs GF2 Skin Rejuvenation (R799,25)

Refresh and rebalance your skin with 8 – 10 pumps of this incredible facial mist on freshly cleansed skin. This genius product offers a multitude of benefits for your skin, from calming and soothing sensitive, inflamed skin to reducing the appearance of dark spots and wrinkles. It’s also ideal for use on post-laser or post-peel skin, and we love that it’s vegan-friendly, cruelty-free, and locally made!

PCA Skin Dual Action Redness Relief (R2330)

This restorative moisturiser contains Niacinimide, which helps to relieve redness and inflammation. It also helps to improve an impaired barrier function, and is suitable for sensitive and rosacea-prone skins.

Colorescience Sunforgettable Brush-On Sunscreen SPF30 (R880)

After you’ve cleansed and moisturised your skin, this compact loose mineral foundation and brush is a must for when you have to head straight to the office or drinks after hitting the gym. It not only hides blemishes and other imperfections, but also mattifies your skin and offers broad-spectrum sunscreen. It comes in four shades (fair, medium, tan, and dark) and is suitable for all skin types.

Biosilk Organic Coconut Oil 3-in-1 Shampoo, Conditioner & Body Wash (R269)

Save time – and space in your gym bag – with this sweet-smelling 3-in-1 shampoo, conditioner, and body wash that’s designed to cleanse and moisturise both your skin and hair. So handy, right? It contains nourishing coconut oil and silk to not only add moisture, but to remove impurities at the same time, and is gentle enough for daily use.

Tangleteezer Rose Gold Compact Styler (R295)

Sure, it may be tempting to leave your wet (or sweaty) hair tied back with an elastic band, but wet hair is more prone to breakage – that’s why it’s vital to (gently!) untie your ponytail and comb through your locks using a Tangleteezer before going about the rest of your day. This nifty, rose gold Tangleteezer has us swooning!

Original Invisibobble (R80 for a pack of 3)

While we’re on the topic of hair breakage, it may be worth switching from traditional elastic hair ties (known for their damaging effects on your hair) to their gentler, traceless counterparts. The original Invisibobble boasts a spiral design to prevent telltale bumps and dents in your hair, and they also reduce breakage on both wet and dry hair. 

 

Is there anything we’ve left off this list? We’d love to hear all about your recommendations and gym bag essentials – leave us a comment below!