My Experience with Laser Hair Removal

What’s up guys, 

it’s been a minute!

I know I say things are crazy all the time, but things are literally crazy…ALL THE TIME. But I’m here because a few of you asked me to share my experience with Laser Hair Removal at Bare Laser.

So up until this year I had been waxing my bikini area, but this lead to ingrown hairs and scaring… It got so bad that I eventually stopped waxing completely. (Honestly I wish I had never started because my skin is not looking great any more! 😦 ) After chatting to friends and doing some research I decided that I was ready to try Permanent Hair removal. Now if you’ve ever decided to do Laser, you’ll know, that shit’s expensive.

So the price put me off for a long time. But then I came across Bare one evening and grabbed their price list and they’re actually not that bad. So I bit the bullet and scheduled an appointment.

My First Appointment:

The lady at Bare was very thorough in her explanation of the process, she explained how it would feel, what I could expect from the hair in those areas after my appointment and how to care for the skin in the areas I was getting lasered: My underarms and Full Bikini.

The night before your appointment you have to shave the area completely. This was a weird concept for me, like I’m going to the appointment for hair removal, why am I doing it by myself the night before?! But then I found out that laser targets the root of the hair and gently, well, kills it. 

Once you’re in the room, you lay on the bed, you get a cool set of glasses to wear and you let the therapist go to work at your bits. 

Now a lot of laser salons advertise this treatment at “Pain-free”. Lol this is not the case at all. It hurts. Not more than waxing, but there is an element of pain involved. It basically feels like getting tiny pinpricks in your skin, but the pain is over as soon as it arrives and I found that by my second session it wasn’t nearly as painful as it was the first time. I found that distracting myself helps a lot with the pain, so at my last session I was just chatting away to the therapist and before I knew it, she had done my entire bikini area. Moral of the story: If you focus on the pain, it will hurt.

My therapist was more than happy to turn the intensity of the laser down for me when it got too unbearable my first time, so don’t be afraid to talk to them and tell them what’s happening. Everyone’s pain threshold is different.

What my therapist also told me is that the laser is able to target the dark marks on my skin (from the waxing) and after a few sessions those would be gone too. (Hallelujah!) 

After My First Appointment:

I was scheduled for my next session two weeks later. My therapist told me I could shave as much as I liked but no plucking, threading or waxing – basically no hair removal that removes the hair from the root. That would take the pigment out of the root and the laser would have nothing to aim at at my next appointment.

Now be warned, your bits look a bit strange during the laser process, as some roots die faster, so you have a few bald spots here and there. I found that while exfoliating a lot of the smaller hairs that were growing back just fell out of the skin. It’s great. 

After my second session the bald spots are getting bigger and I’m really starting to notice a difference in the hair that grows back, they’re exfoliated away really easily. 

I’ve gone from needing to shave my underarms every day to doing it once every three days and that’s just after two sessions!!

How Long Will It Take to Permanently Remove the Hair?

So I was told it takes 10-12 sessions for the hair to be permanently removed. the first few are spaced two weeks apart and then after that the time between sessions gets longer, where you have 6 weeks between sessions. Some people may need a few more sessions but that’s because we are all different and your laser therapist will guide you and let you know what’s happening.

I’ll post another update about my Laser Journey after my 5th session and let you know how it’s going. In the mean time, why not check out Baresa.co.za and see what they have to offer, you won’t regret it. 

This isn’t a sponsored post by the way, this is just me, a girl, telling you about my experience and wanting you to be fabulous with me. 

Also, stop waxing. 

Until Next time!

Nadine 

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African Extracts Range Review

What’s Up my Beautiful 20 Somethings 💕

Wow it’s been a hot minute since I was in these blog streets. My life has been a bit on the crazy side, I’m currently juggling four jobs and trying to keep this little blog afloat. Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram and YouTube for regular updates if you’re feeling a bit neglected on here! 😁

Today reviewing a range I was gifted by African Extract. I was sent the following products: three items from their Classic Care Range: the Shea Butter Body Moisturizer, the Moisturizing Day Cream and their Multi-Purpose Tissue Oil. As well as their Facial Oil from their Advantage range, which I’ve reviewed in the past, click here to read my review.

I love African Extracts because their products are infused with bio-active Rooibos that contains high levels of antioxidants. Their brand is cruelty free and their products are supported by 35 natural plant ingredients. And they’re based in Cape Town where all of their products are produced locally!

I’ve been using the Shea Butter Body Moisturizer and the Moisturizing Day Cream everyday and my skin felt amazing from the first use. It leaves your skin feeling silky and smooth without leaving it looking or feeling oily. Their products are gentle on my skin and I honestly can’t stop touching myself. The texture of the body butter is a bit thick and takes a while to massage into my skin but the Day Cream rubs into my skin instantly. These are two great products for people who suffer from dry skin.

The Tissue Oil is a game changer for me, it can be used anywhere on your body; your face, your body and even your hair.

It main aim to revitalize your skin, reduce the appearance of scars and stretch marks, as well as alleviate uneven skin tone. I’ve been using it on some scars from ingrown hairs (due to waxing) and it’s honestly made a huge difference. I apply it to all my flabbier bits too to prevent and reduce the appearance of stretch marks. It even helped repair a scar on my face that I got from a burn- leaving the mark looking less aggressive on my chin. 🙈

I haven’t really tried it on my hair yet but it can be used for: Dry scalp and lifeless hair, as well as, Braids and dreadlocks.

I loved this range so much that I’ve even gone out and bought some of their other products. If you’re looking for an affordable addition to your skincare routine and you wanna support a local business, this is the brand for you.

Prices:

Body Butter : R79,99

Tissue Oil : R119,99

Day Cream: R69,99

Daily Repair Facial Oil : R199,99

Have you used anything from this range? Let me know your favorites!

Until next time,

Nadine x

Tresemme Botanic Range Review

Whatsup 20 Somethings!

So if you follow me on Instagram, I have been trialling the latest products in the Tresemme Botanic Range for the past few weeks and I am excited to let you know what I think of them.

I’ve previously reviewed the Botanic Shampoo and Conditioner and the Co-Wash. Today’s review is focussing on the three new products in the range: The Rich Oil Mist, The Hair Food and the Pre-Wash Detangling Butter.

So a little background: Tresemme realised that South African women were wanting products for their natural hair that would help nourish and protect dry and damaged hair. So the South African Tresemme Team started to work on their own range for South African Women, by South African women, and this is how the Botanic Range was born. This range focusses on replenishing the moisture of your hair to leave it feeling soft and healthy. All the products are enriched with coconut oil and Aloe vera and is also free from silicones and dyes.

About the products…

The Hair Food: R39.99

This lightweight formula will help relieve dry and itchy scalp, while maintaining and protecting the hair’s natural moisture.

How to use:

Use the Botanic Moisture & Replenish Hair Food on damp or dry hair. Divide the hair into sections or lines using a tail comb. Base the hair food onto the exposed scalp. Massage the scalp working your way evenly onto the tips of your hair.

My Opinion:

I love the way this product leaves my hair, as it’s incredibly shiny and light weight. You must not mistake it for a styling product however, this will not prevent frizz or define your curls- it’s main purpose is to lock in moisture an protect your hair and scalp. It’s a great product for women who are wearing protective styles, like braids, but want to ensure the health of their hair and scalp. I don’t think this is the right product for me with Type 3C hair, I’d recommend this for ladies with Type 4 Hair. Try not to use too much as it’s extremely oily.

Rich Oil Mist: R139.99

The formula of the Rich Oil Mist contains a botanical blend of coconut, corn and sunflower seed oils, with a splash of aloe vera. This product moisturises and softens the hair and helps make it more manageable. It’s meant to define the driest locks and leave the hair feeling moisturised and soft.

How to use:

Start with our Botanic Moisture & Replenish collection of shampoo and treatments to deeply cleanse and moisturise your hair. Our botanic rich oil mist can be applied on damp or dry hair.

For fine to normal hair, rub 1-2 pumps in the palms of your hands and apply from mid-lengths to ends.

For very dry hair, apply 3-4 pumps divide hair into sections and apply from root to tips.

My Opinion:

This really did leave my hair feeling incredibly moisturised and soft, however I did not feel that it helped define my curls at all, I achieve better definition from other curl defining products, which annoys me that Tresemme describes it as a product that will help with definition. If you suffer from very dry hair, this is the product for you. However at R139.99 I do think it’s a unnecessary addition to your hair routine if you’re already using product that are made specifically for dry hair. It also left my hair feeling quite oily. Not my favourite product in the world.

Pre-Wash Detangling Butter: R79.99

This product is meant to make your wash routine easier. It detangles 4 times faster with less breakage and damage to the hair, according to Tresemme. It’s paragon free and dye free.

How to use:

How to use: Begin with the Botanic Moisture & Replenish Pre-wash Detangling Butter for notted and tangled hair. Split dry hair into sections and apply a generous amount from root to tips. Leave in for 3 minutes and gently comb to detangle hair. Rinse thoroughly and follow with the Botanic Shampoo and Conditioner routine for a clean and soft feel or use the Botanic Co-wash for intense moisturisation.

My Opinion:

I was very excited when I heard about this product as I suffer from very tangled hair as well has extreme breakage. I like that it’s a pre-wash routine, which means that your hair is left manageable for the rest of your wash. On my first application I struggled to comb the product through dry hair and suffered from A LOT of breakage, I then experimented with dampening my hair after I had left the product on for three minutes and then combing through and this worked A LOT better for me. It makes your hair feel like silk which means it’s easy to comb through without much hassle.

It’s my favourite product in the new range of products.

Is it my favourite detangling product ever? No. But at R79.99 its worth adding to your hair routine if your hair is known to tangle.

If you wanna shop the Botanic Range you can use my link to get 30% off, as well as FREE SHIPPING!

I Suggest buying the shampoo and conditioner, the co-wash and the Pre-Wash Detangling Butter.

Let me know what you think of this range!

Until next time!

Nadine

Products were sponsored by BeautyBulletin.com

Creation Wines: Fynarts Story

Last week I was invited by Megan Richards (The Authentic Girl) to join her and a few other bloggers for a bloggers lunch at Creation Wines.

Creation is one of my favourite wine farms, I visited it earlier this year and was blown away by it’s beauty and the way it brings art and wine together. The wine farm is situated in the Hemel En Arde Valley in Hermanus – which produces some of the best wines in South Africa.

Creation likes to work in association with local artists and whenever you visit you’ll most likely see the work of a different artist every time you are there. They are currently displaying the sculptures of Nanette Ranger, which I found to be out of this world.

Here are some pictures of her work around Creation:

We were invited to try their brand new Fynarts Story Menu, which pairs Creation’s exquisite wines with creative food options which is complemented by the sculptures by Nanette Ranger and the magical chords compiled by local sound designer Ivo Ivanov- it really is an amazing sensory experience.

Pairing guru and art fundi Carolyn Martin explains: “At Creation we believe that wine and food pairing is an art in itself. To demonstrate this, our brand-new FynArts Story of Creation Pairing Menu brings you what we like to describe as ‘delectable art’, but with an exciting difference.

Thanks to the guidance of consultant forager, Chef Ryan Anderson and our landscaper and fynbos expert Meindert Poerink, our new menu abounds with the allure of citrus buchu, wild garlic flower and wild sage to titillate the senses and beautifully enhance our wines.”

About the menu:

The menu or “Story” consists of seven chapters, as well as a complimentary ‘Welcome”.

During our visit we got to taste a little bit more than we would on a standard visit, instead of being welcomed with their Creation Cool-Climate Chenin Blanc we were served their new MCC, Elation which was so good, some of the women were asking for seconds!

We were then served their Cool-Climate Chenin Blanc which was accompanied by a scrumptious selection of breads.

“The Cape seed rolls are presented on a golden hand sculptured by Nanette Ranger and served with homemade butter with citrus buchu and blood orange olive oil. The shards of bread (honey, almond and wild rosemary) are garnished with dehydrated seaweed in patterns of local seaweed and coral and served on an earthy wooden board. A delectable cream cheese dip exudes wild garlic fynbos and has just a pinch of Pinot salt. A wow for the senses, and that’s only the start!”

Next up, we were treated to a glass of Creation Sauvignon Blanc/Semillion which was matched with a broccoli and pear soup, ricotta, basil, gnudi (Raw gnocchi made with ricotta) and pumpkin seed crisp. (I’m a very fussy eater, so I was worried about this item on the menu, but it was actually quite enjoyable and it paired nicely with the Sauvignon Blanc/Semillion blend!)

Chapter 3 consisted of a mushroom and spinach dumpling, veg broth, smoked paprika and wild Rosemary, which was paired with their delicious Creation Viognier.

Chapter 4 was where the flavours and textures of parsnip, caramelised cauliflower purée, walnut crisp, boerenkaas croquette, blackberry consummé and thyme are paired with the many glorious facets of the Creation Reserve Chardonnay.

We were also treated to their amazing Art of Chardonnay, which is now my favourite Chardonnay… just a little bit out of my price range.

As an addition to the menu we also got to try the Creation Grenache Noir/Viognier Rosé paired with a beetroot soup. Now I’m not someone who enjoys beetroot but paired with this rosé, it was a dream!

Moving on to Chapter 5, my favourite dish of the day, Linefish, Beetroot, Beurre Rouge, Radish, Purple Laver and Herb Oil which was paired with their delicious Creation Reserve Pinot Noir 2017 (They gave me a bottle of this to take home! I’ve had to hide it from my boyfriend, because he’s been nagging me to open it.)

Chapter 6 paired the Creation Reserve Syrah with a duck bobotie with labneh, coriander and candied egg yolk.

We were also treated to a Springbok Venison which also paired amazingly with the Syrah/Grenache.

Chapter 7 meant time for dessert, a deliciously sweet jaffa cake paired with Creation’s Dessert wine; Fine Cape Vintage 2017.

Our menu had a few added extras, including an extra beetroot soup and some extra sensory experiences, incorporating, smell, taste and sound.

All in all, it was a fantastic day, spent with fantastic people.

The FynArts Story of Creation Pairing Menu will be served until the beginning of September when a Spring menu will be launched – be sure to make a reservation here – https://www.creationwines.com/tasting-room/#nav_tasting-room

Be sure to let Creation know your dietary requirements in advance, they are extremely accommodating and they created amazing alternative meals for the Vegetarians and Vegans present at the table. All their wines are vegan friendly.

Creation has a range of pairing options, perfect for any occasion and budget. Check out their website to find out more.

Thank you to Creation for hosting us and to Megan Richards for the invite!

Until Next Time!

Nadine