Tuesday, May 28, 2013

A Darker Shade of Pale

Add a hint of colour to your skin this winter. Just because the sun’s gone, it doesn’t mean we have to dwell in the pale until September!

Keep self tan in your body routine this season, and you’ll see a boost in your complexion, as well as your confidence.

The sciency bit:
Self tanning products have come a very long way from the orange, streaky, burnt biscuit smelling nightmares of a few years ago, so there really is no excuse to cook your skin in the sun or on a sunbed. Even though self tan has been around for years, many people still don’t know how it works, so we got the science buffs from Caribbean Tan to explain. ‘The main active ingredient in nearly all self tans is dihydroxyacetone or DHA, a sugar cane derivative; this reacts with the amino acids on your skin’s surface. This process produces pigments, called melanoidins, which is similar to the melanin pigments which are produced by sun exposure, but without UVA and UVB damage to the underling layers of skin, giving the skin a ‘tanned’ look.’

The most important part of winter self tanning is the application. We’re not aiming for Brazilian beach babe, but rather a warm and radiant glow.

Exfoliating before you apply self tan is the best way to ensure an even colour, and even more so in winter. Our skins are drier in the cooler months, so will need even more attention than in winter. If you don’t exfoliate, the product will soak into dehydrated areas more than others, resulting in patches. This is why you need to pay special attention to knees, elbows, hands and feet as these tend to be drier than the rest of the body. Adding a thin layer of moisturising cream to these areas after exfoliating is even better.

Realistically, most of your body will be covered in winter woolies, so you don’t have to go for the full body application, and have to stand around in the cold waiting for it to dry.
Just stick to doing you face, arms, chest and décolleté area.

As far as products goes, rather opt for products designed for pale or medium skin tones, as this will give a subtler colour. Apply it slowly, using a small amount of product at a time. Wait for it to dry completely before getting dressed and remember to apply moisturising cream every day to keep the tan for longer.

All of the Caribbean Tan home products are available from Clicks and Dis-chem stores countrywide and from selected beauty salons.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Winter is here, but don’t fear…

Shop away those winter blues at Whitehouse…

We have everything you need to beat the winter freeze. Invest in warm winter nights with a feather and down duvet. The more down, the softer and the more luxurious the duvet. For those who are on a budget or have allergies, try a microfibre deluxe duvet. It feels like down and will keep you warm on those cold nights. Our 100% cotton flannel winter linen will insure a good night’s rest. Standard pillowcases and sheets for all bed sizes are available. Our belfiore blankets and fur throws are perfect for snuggling up in front of the T.V on those lazy winter days… So as you can see, winter is sorted with us!


Yarn dyed comforter sets, from only R499.95
Duck feather duvets, from only R449.95
Coral fleece bathrobes, from only R329.95
Microfibre deluxe duvets, from only R399.95
Winter linen:
Pillowcases, pairs R59.95
Fitted sheets, from only R129.95
Flat sheets, from only R149.95
Faux fur throws, from only R399.95
Chenille throws, from only R199.95
Belfiore blankets, from only R379.95
Goose and duck feather mix, from only R139.95
Tartan winter duvet cover set, from only R249.95
Houndstooth winter duvet cover set, from only R249.95

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

New Mohair Blankets from Linen Drawer

Autumn is here in all its glory. The colour of the vines have changed from green to hues of reds, oranges & browns and the streets of our wonderful town of Paarl are filled with newly fallen leaves from the stately oak trees that line many of our roads. The days are short and the evening air is chilly. Time to prepare for the long, cold winter ahead.

The team at Linen Drawer have new ranges of Mohair blankets and throws in dozens of exciting shades and colours. Blankets and throws that are virtually guaranteed to make this winter a very warm, cozy season. So, whether you use your exquisite new Mohair blanket to keep warm while you enjoy your favourite tipple in front of the fire on cold winter evenings, or spread the throw across your classic, pure cotton Linen Drawer bed linen, do check out their exquisite ranges of Mohair and Mohair blended blankets. Prices range from R790 depending on style and size. Delivery is free to anywhere in SA

Blankets are sold online at www.linendrawer.co.za