Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Nail Addict by Tip Top Launches New Colours for 2012 into 50 Foschini’s Stores!!!

We’re no fortune tellers, but nail lacquer powerhouse Tip Top is already looking to have a phenomenal 2012.
This popular retail brand recently announced that in March it will launch sixty new lacquer shades into 50 selected Foschini Stores, so Fashionista girls can get ready to head from the office to a lounge rocking a few new fashion-forward colours. The collection includes 60 catwalk-inspired colours, which are quick-drying, streak-free and give a high-shine finish for several days. If you can’t decide which one is your favourite, who cares? At only R39:95 each, we think you might snap up several of them to try. Get experimenting with your fave shades now – you’ll never need to pay for a manicure again! Continuing with tradition, all the new colours have the cutest and most creative names including, two hues in shimmering and glitter-packed blues, In the Tip Top Duo ‘I LUV DENIM range.

Tip Top expands its ‘ U CRACK ME UP’ Crackle line with the addition of two new trendsetting shades: Silver and White. Inspired by graffiti art, Crackle leaves behind a crackled, two-texture finish when painted over any dry Tip Top hue. Adding the UV top coat takes Crackle from matte to glossy in seconds. The Tip Top Black and Gold Crackle was received with great fanfare, showing that women are looking for new ways to express themselves and are excited to try different textures on their nails. By adding a variety of colours to the line, there are more options for every woman. Unlike traditional nail art which can be complicated and difficult to replicate, Crackle is easy to use and allows everyone to experiment with this new trend. 

Tip Top Treatments will also be available through the Foschini outlets so there is no need to neglect the condition of your nails either. All Tip Top products contain no DBP, Toluene, Formaldehyde or Camphor and they are not tested on animals either.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Banksia Inspiration

Banksia Insparation
By Lauren on Feb 16, 2012 - http://dearheartbeauty.com

Yesterday, we spent the afternoon at the gorgeous Banksia Boutique Hotel in Rosebank, Cape Town for the launch of their beautiful new spa.

The perfectly manicured grounds of the beautiful Banksia.

It’s not often that you find such a luxurious gem right on your very own doorstep. When it comes to spas, you usually have to drive for miles and miles to find a true escape from the buzz of the city. Either that, or you settle for one of the chic and modern establishments in the heart of the CBD (which has its perks too, of course). The Banksia Boutique Hotel and Spa offers all the serenity and escape of a far-away destination, all set in the heart of Rosebank – a mere 10 minutes from the city or the ‘burbs. It’s location, location, location!

The new Sanctuary Spa is the most recent addition to the iconic hotel, and was opened in February this year. Shelley Kingston, Director of the Banksia, designed the interior herself and it shows. The space is light, luxurious, tranquil and a total breath of fresh air – just like Shelley. From the minute you step inside you feel like you could just drop your bags and move in. Believe me, we tried.

A warm welcome. In winter, look forward to that gorgeous fireplace in the centre.

The main treatment room, complete with shower for those beautiful body wraps and scrubs.

The rasul, where you can relax and unwind while enjoying a hair, face and body mask.
The treatments?

The spa uses a fabulous selection of products for their facials, body treatments and manciures/pedicures, including Phytomer, local beauty Moya and Essie. The highly qualified, hand-picked therapists offer everything from facials and reflexology, to salt scrubs, mani-pedis and waxing. There are also several spa packages available for that special couples treat or pampering spa day before your wedding (which you really really want to have at the Banksia if your budget allows. I’m already planning mine…should probably tell the boyfriend…). We’ll be booking in for an afternoon of pampering soon and we promise to share all the details with you, so watch this space.

Banksia Boutique Hotel, 14 Banksia Road, Rosebank, Cape Town
+27 (0)21 685 9878 / banksia@sanctuaryspa.co.za
click here for the indulgent spa menu
click here to make your booking

Monday, February 13, 2012

Live from the Grammys 2012

live from the grammys - Who Made the TOP 5 MANE Grade?
Reporting Live from the Red Carpet, Celebrity Hair Stylist Marc Anthony
Toronto – February 12, 2011 – We love the Grammys because you just never know what to expect; and that is what makes it so fun. From chic and sophisticated to the bizarre and inspired, tonight’s 54th Annual Grammy Awards had it all. Celebrity Hair Stylist, Marc Anthony walked the Red Carpet to give you a quick peek at his 5 favorite manes from the festivities.
What a quiet year for the awards show that we count on to entertain us on many levels. The look was mostly sophisticated and understated. Though we missed the madness of a bevy of crazy outfits and zany hair and makeup moments, it was beautiful.  Perhaps it was the passing of Whitney Houston that gave us a very subdued fashion mood this year, but whatever it was, it was lovely. One of our favorite looks this season is the trend toward younger talent embracing their youth and easing up on the ‘done’ vibe of the last few years.


Wow! We love her as a blonde. Everything about this is so elegant yet super sexy. She captures the fashion culture of the 70’s with this new look while keeping it current. Think ‘Farah’ hair for the new millennium or the modern ‘Tina Turner’. The loose curls and beach vibe works so well with the dress. To get the look try a texture boosting product like Strictly Curls –Curls Envy Perfect Curl Styling Cream – it will let you rock this look with little effort. 


Adele looked like a totally modern bombshell - Très Marilyn. We are so happy, not only to see her back but, to see that she is back to her glamour tricks. A perfect blowout and a perfect look. We love that she has grown the front out and cut a few inches off the ends. For this look, a bit of thickening product like Instantly Thick Hair Thickening Cream helps to keep the volume full and high.

Even Katy Perry looked all pretty and grown up. Her ability to take blue hair and make it, not only look modern but, avoid the grand-mamma trap is sheer fashion genius. This look had a sort of 50’s vibe but the super slick sides and bouffant top kept it fresh. Coupled with the dress she shone brilliantly.  An easy way to get a bit of extra volume is to give it a good spray with Instantly Thick Volumizing Hairspray, which is perfect for any hair color… including blue. 


This is such a simple but modern up-do. She seems to be shifting her image and is finally looking her age. The messy high bun is perfect for the formal dress and, by pushing her new fringe back, the look is all about the bun. She has never looked better.  A bit of mousse, like Instantly Thick Volumizing Foam, helps this look to keep its shape and a politely disheveled vibe. 


A modern, softly bouffant, faux pony. We love the pulled back, almost ponytail feeling this has. With a dress like this it is easy to appear contrived, but by keeping the hair soft and sexy with a modern sixties feeling the entire look is kept fresh.  For this look, a blowout with a product like Style Straight Instant Straightening Cream helps it to stay smooth. 

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About Marc Anthony
Owner of Toronto’s trend-setting Marc Anthony Salons and winner of numerous international awards, celebrity hairstylist Marc Anthony is the creator of the comprehensive Marc Anthony True Professional® line of premium stylers, shampoos and conditioners that can be found worldwide. Today, Marc Anthony and his roster of Celebrity Stylists have become the definitive Team to the Stars for television features, trends and celebrity hair styling. They can be seen regularly at such prestigious events as the Oscars, Emmy’s, Grammy’s and Toronto’s International Film Festival; styling the manes of Royalty to A-list celebrities like the Duchess of York, Tilda Swinton, Fergie, Ellen Page, Freida Pinto, Harrison Ford, Eva Longoria, Hilary Swank, Kevin Spacey, Justin Bieber, Keanu Reeves and Jeremy Renner to name a few.

Visit www.marcanthony.com for more information on Marc Anthony Hair Care.
All celebrity photos credited to Getty Images Entertainment.
All product photos credited to Marc Anthony Cosmetics Inc.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Hair Brush wins Prestigious Award

Shortly after its release last year, Michel Mercier’s Detangling Brush for Normal Hair won the prestigious Victoire De La Beaute Award in France.  For several years, “Victoires de la Beaute” winners have enjoyed considerable prestige in France. The reason for this is their impressive judging process, which is completely fair and non-biased. Testers do not know which product they are judging, making the quality and impression of the product the most important factor in their judgement.
Michel Mercier’s Detangling Brush for Normal Hair was one of only 4 products in the hair category to walk away with this renowned award. After being judged by 70 testers, it was decided that the Michel Mercier Detangling Brush was an impressively innovative and effective product.
Surveys in France show that 84% of women asked, trust products that have won the “Victoires de la Beaute” Award, emphasising the fact that the Michel Mercier Detangling Brush is now a much esteemed and highly regarded product in France.