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.
Fresh off the release of the cult favourite ‘Game of Thrones’ I know we are all wondering…. How do we as busy business women spice up our time between the sheets? Sexual dysfunction is on the rise with us living such stressful lives. I have the solution for you, and it’s as quick as popping out of the office in your lunch break. Yes, you heard me, you can increase your love life in your next lunch break! Introducing, the O-SHOT!
What is the O-shot?
- Also known as an orgasm-shot
- It is when PRP is injected into a woman’s vagina
- It’s a non-surgical procedure with no downtime
What is PRP?
- Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)
- Blood plasma enriched with platelets.
- PRP contains growth factors that stimulate the healing of soft tissue.
What are the benefits of this shot?
- Rejuvenation of the vagina
- Relief from urinary incontinence
- Reduced pain
- Easier arousal
- Increased lubrication
- Sexual enhancement
- Better orgasms
- G-spot orgasms
Do you need to have a sexual or medical problem to get the O-shot or will it work for anyone looking to improve their love life?
- This shot helps to rejuvenate the vagina
- Women who have had a natural birth and feel less sensation during sex
- Women who struggle to orgasm during sex
What sexual or medical problems can the O-shot help treat?
- Vaginal dryness
- Sexual dysfunction
- Urinary incontinence
- Lichen Sclerosis
Who is eligible to get the O-shot?
- Patients need to be over the age of 18
- Patients struggling with low libido, who struggle with vaginal dryness and who have difficulty attaining an orgasm
The procedure in a few easy steps:
The O-shot is a 30-minute procedure.
- Dr. Kanaris will assess the patients’ genitalia and then apply a numbing cream
- Half a tablespoon of blood is drawn from the patient’s arm, like a blood test
- The blood is spun which isolates the PRP
- A lidocaine injection numbs the clitoris
- PRP is then injected into the clitoris and vagina
- The procedure literally takes 3 minutes
How does the O-shot work?
- PRP stimulates the area it is injected into.
- They lay down new blood vessels, increase the sensation of the area and build up collagen.
- In the clitoris, they increase sensation by better blood supply to the nerves and area.
- In the vagina, they help strengthen the tissue around the urethra (urine outlet pipe) to help with stress urinary incontinence.
- PRP stimulates the regeneration of tissue in the g-spot region, to increase sensation and lubrication.
When will the patient feel the effects of the O-shot?
- Some women feel it immediately, but it can take up to 3 months.
How long will you feel the effects for?
- The average time is 1.5 years
What are the risks with getting the O-shot?
- The risk is very low for patients
- No serious reactions have been reported
How many injections do you get per procedure?
- It varies based on the procedure and patient.
- The woman will usually receive 2 local anesthetic injections and 2 RPR injections in the vaginal and clitoris
Is the O-shot painful?
- Most women don’t feel anything
The history of the O-shot:
- 2011 saw the first O-shot performed in the world
- As this is a trademark procedure, only registered doctors may use this name for the procedure,
- Dr Nicole Kanaris is the South African trainer for the O-shot
- Dr Nicole Kanaris performed the first live O-shot on Monday, 19 February.
Who is Dr Nicole Kanaris?
- Dr Nicole Kanaris is a medical doctor with a special interest in Aesthetic medicine.
- She trained for the O-shot procedure in Beverly Hills in 2016.
- She is the only doctors’ trainer for South Africa.
- There are currently only 9 doctors performing the o-Shot in South Africa. There are over 500 doctors worldwide.
Where can you find Dr Kanaris?
Address: Mode De Vie, Medical & Aesthetics, Eden Meadows Centre, Cnr Van Riebeeck and Modderfontein Road, Greenstone, Johannesburg
Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact number: 0115240991
All doctors registered are found on the oshot.info website which lists all doctors worldwide.
Our skin cells tend to turn over more slowly in winter. A light exfoliation treatment can help revitalize gray winter skin and help even out discoloration or pigmentation. Winter time is also the perfect time to try a gentle peel, which requires you to stay out of the sun when possible.
Chemical peels & what they are
Did you know that professional chemical skin peels can treat a number of skin concerns? Skin peels help fix your spots, prevent and treat the signs of ageing, brighten and balance skin pigment and tone. They even help enhance your sun resistance and boost hydration to alleviate dryness and sensitivity.
These are some of the specific skin conditions you can have treated with professional chemical skin peels, what to expect when going for the treatment and how you and your skin will feel before and afterwards.
Skin peels can fix your spots
For pimples and breakouts, the Lamelle Beta Plus skin peel, which is a special version of betahydroxy salicylic acid that’s adapted to be very anti-inflammatory and able to help calm and help remove comedones (black- and whiteheads).
The treatment: Your skin is cleansed and exfoliated with Lamelle’s Cathepsin D, which mimics your skin’s natural exfoliants. After this, the peel is applied to your face with a brush, and it is left on for 5 minutes before a neutralising agent is applied, followed by a short moisturiser massage.
What it feels like: When the peel is applied, your skin might feel a little tingly. When the neutralising agent is applied, the chemical reaction produces a little extra warmth and the tingling will feel slightly more intense for a very short period. Your skin will feel plump and hydrated directly after and may be a little red – especially over any open pimples – for a little while afterwards. Follow your therapist’s recommendation for caring for your skin over the next few days.
Skin peels can prevent and treat aging
For ageing, insist on Lamelle Alpha skin peel or Lamelle Retistore. The Alpha peel is an alphahydroxy (fruit) acid that’s ideal for treating sun-damaged skin, while Retistore is a more advanced peel that gives full epidermal restructuring and requires some social downtime.
The treatments: The alpha peel is very similar to your other peels: a quick cleanse and exfoliation, then the peel is applied for a few minutes and you feel a bit of tingling until it is neutralised, and then a moisturiser is applied and you can practically go back to work again, if need be. With Restistore, you might want to plan a little bit more downtime, because the product is left on your skin for 6–12 hours.
What it feels like: An alpha peel tingles on the skin during the application and your skin may be a little red afterwards, but mostly your skin feels plump, hydrated and beautifully smooth. There might be a little dryness in the days after, so follow your therapist’s instructions for moisturising.
With Restistore – and especially the supercharged Restistore Plus treatment – there’s virtually no tingling during the first five-minute preparation application, and then the active treatment is left on your skin for up to 12 hours, with specific instructions on how to wash it off and what to apply immediately afterwards and in the days to come. Your skin might feel a little itchy during the treatment, but it’s just the retinoid penetrating and won’t irritate the skin. After the treatment your skin will feel plump and smooth, maybe a little heat sensitive and you’ll experience fine flaking of the skin for two to five days after the treatment (although it won’t be visible peeling and you can safely go back to work if need be), so keep up your homecare programme as advised by your therapist.
Skin peels for rebalancing and brightening pigmented skin
For hyperpigmentation, ask for Lamelle Beta skin peel. This beta-hydroxy peel promotes exfoliation safely and effectively, increasing cell turnover to help get rid of excess pigmentation to get a brighter, more even skin tone.
The treatment: After cleansing and exfoliation, the peel is applied with some gauze and left on until the tingling dissipates (usually after about three minutes). This skin peel neutralises itself, so there’s no need to apply a neutralising agent. Afterwards, the therapist will apply a moisturiser, some sunscreen and then give you some home-care treatments to apply over the next few days.
There are slight variations of this treatment. Sometimes it’s combined with a retinol treatment that has to stay on your skin for 8–12 hours, so you’ll have to plan some social downtime. Another version is the Beta peel combined with a spot-treatment of TCA (Lamelle’s strongest peel), applied in small quantities to only those spots that are resistant to the normal Beta treatment.
What it feels like: The Beta peel itself only tingles for about three minutes, after which your skin will feel plump and smooth. It might get a little dry and tight in the days to come, so follow your therapist’s home-care instructions carefully.
With the retinol treatment, you get your Beta peel and then the retinol will be applied and left on for up to 12 hours afterwards. You’ll be given instructions on how to wash it off and what moisturisers and sunscreens to apply and when. With the TCA spot treatment, the parts of the skin treated with TCA might feel hotter, drier and tighter for up to 48 hours afterwards. Follow your home-care routine, though, and you’ll have beautifully smooth, even-toned skin in a day or two.
Skin peels for preventing sun damage
To prevent photoaging, look to the Lamelle Lacti-firm peel. This peel is made from lactic acid (a type of alpha-hydroxy acid) and it is very comfortable and requires almost no social downtime. In fact, Lacti-firm is an ideal first peel if you’ve never had a skin peel before and are curious or just want to experience it for yourself before moving onto more targeted peels.
The treatment: After cleansing and exfoliation, the peel is applied with a brush and left on your skin for a few minutes (no more than 10), after which it is neutralised and moisturiser and sunscreen applied. This treatment helps prevent the signs of photoaging, stopping the formation of wrinkles, lines and pigment.
What it feels like: Lacti-firm tingles a little on the skin when it’s first applied, but then the sensation dissipates. It might feel a little tingly again when the neutralising agent is applied too. Your skin will feel very smooth, hydrated and plump after the treatment. And you have to follow your after-care regimen carefully to avoid and little dryness and tightness for a few days afterwards.
Remember that these professional chemical skin peels have to be performed by a trained Lamelle skincare specialist, a dermatologist or medical doctor.
A professional will assess your skin beforehand, to ensure that the right peel is used and that the treatment will be both safe and effective. Plus: having a trained pro right there with you is always good for making you feel safe and reassured when getting a treatment.
If you want more info on the perfect peel for your skin visit Lamelle SA.
Article by Lamelle SA.