DYME Beauty App

A few months ago, I came across this awesome app called DYME which allows you to book beauty appointments in the comfort of your own home or office.

It seemed like a great idea to me so I downloaded the app but never got around to booking an appointment.

This week though I teamed up with the team over at DYME to find out more about the app, it’s services and what an appointment entails.

I booked a full manicure with gelish in my lounge, which was pretty awesome. I didn’t have to worry about what I was wearing to go out, or if I was running late or think about where I’m going to park when I get there- nope! I literally just chilled at home till my nail technician arrived.

My nail technician arrived early with the biggest smile on her face ready to pamper me! Her name was Michelle and she was able to give me a lot of information about DYME.

The app has been around for just over a year now and is based on Cape Town, Joburg and Durban. Though it’s still fairly new, it’s become extremely popular in these cities. Services available include hair, make up, nail tech, maintenance, barber, manicure, pedicure, massage, lash extensions, hair removal, facials and couples therapy. Basically everything you need to keep yourself looking and feeling good!

My treatment went well, Michelle kept the conversation flowing and paid attention to detail – which is a must for me when getting my nails done. It takes her under 5 mins to set up and pack up. She made sure that I was happy at all times. I was extremely happy with my nails by the end of the appointment.

My first experience with DYME was amazing, and I will definitely be booking with them again soon.

If you’re interested in booking an appointment with DYME, download the app on your phone, choose your treatment and artist, then book the time and place! Wham bam you’re booked!

Don’t forget to use my promo code: DYME150 in order to get R150 off your appointment.

Who’s booking an appointment?!

Until next time!

Nadine

In My Make-Up Bag: Mascaras

Hey 20 Somethings,

So today I want to share with you two vital items in my make up bag; my MVP mascaras.

Why have two mascaras, you ask? Well, because a girl needs options. And these two products give me a range of looks in seconds.

Here’s what my eyebrows look like without Mascara:

Sorbet Way Out Lashes

Great for: Everyday Eyelash looks.

The reason I love this mascara is it gives me length for days! It separates each lash individually and gives it amazing definition. It works with micro-fibers which give your lashes the length. It’s also super light on my lashes which gives me an amazing natural lash look. And the best part is, that it lasts all day.

Rimmel Scandleyes Reloaded Mascara

Great for: Dramatic Lashes.

If you’re someone who likes wearing fake lashes or eyelash extensions, this is the one for you. It delivers volume and when I say volume, I mean VOLUME. Thick, long lashes literally with the swish of your mascara wand. Apply one coat for an everyday look and two or three coats for mega lashes.

So those are my two MVP mascaras, what are the mascara products you cannot live without? Let me know in the comments!

Until Next Time!

Nadine

Shellac Manicure at Hello Gorgeous Review

So this week I tried something different and had my nails done at Hello Gorgeous, and instead of getting my usual gelish mani I opted for a Shellac manicure– which seems to be the specialty at Hello Gorgeous.

What is Shellac?

According to my nail therapist at Hello Gorgeous, it’s a form of gel that’s a lot better for the nails as it’s thinner than gelish. It promises a 14 day wear. It’s cured under a UV lamp as is gelish. And it’s removal is healthier and gentler on your nails, as it doesn’t need to be scraped off.

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My opinion?

My nails look awesome. And I can definitely feel that it’s thinner and lighter on my nails. The colour options are fairly limited, I would have loved to be more creative in my choices.

I had my nails done on Saturday, and by Monday morning one of my nails already started chipping. I had a glitter overlay on my ring fingers and this looked great at the salon but when I left I noticed the top coat was bubbling up a bit.

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If you look closely you can see the top coat bubbling up. 😦

I’ll wait the full two weeks before I deliver my final verdict. 

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What a pleasant salon experience! You walk in to be greeted by “HELLO GORGEOUS” exclaimed by all the staff. The salon is small and intimate but there’s enough space for them to do several manicures and pedicures at once. They have a facial service too(which I didn’t test out). Upon arrival I was offered tea, coffee or water and my manicurist was able to keep me entertained throughout my treatment. They go above and beyond to accommodate your nail needs. 

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They were even able to fix my annoying broken nail, which other salons just shrugged at when I asked them to fix it for me! #miracleworkers

Their prices are a bit higher than normal salons but still affordable, considering the great service. I will defiantly be returning.

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Check out Hello Gorgeous here!

Until Next Time,

Nadine

 

My First Bikini Wax

Hey there 20 Somethings!

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So for the past few months I’ve been trying to gather enough courage to book my first bikini wax appointment! Scared that I would never reach this point, yesterday I marched into the first salon I saw (Which was Sorbet Montclare) and made an appointment, which happened to be for today. I figured, I might as well do it as soon as possible before I chickened out.

So Why Do It?
Well TBH, shaving my bikini area is just not for me anymore. It’s uncomfortable when it grows back and the hairs are always hard. Also, it’s summer and a girl wants to flourish without worrying if I’ve shaved recently enough.

Preparation?
I always thought your hair had to be a specific length before you could get it waxed, but turns out if it’s anything a quarter of an inch or longer, its all good. Also, you don’t have to worry if you think it’s too long, your therapist is equipped to shorten and trim the hair as needed.

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So…How was it?
Okay, so getting undressed from the bottom down and waiting for your beauty therapist to come back into the room is a bit awkward. Bit it get’s even awkwarder when she opens your legs for you, leaving you spread eagled on the bed. Luckily, my therapist Cindy, was lovely, she knew it was my first time and spoke me through the process and what to expect.

Cindy explained that because I have been shaving my entire life, the hairs will be thicker and therefore my first few waxing attempts will be more painful. She also said that some little hairs will not be removed because of my shaving history, eventually they’ll disappear as I go for more appointments. She also warned to look out for ingrown hairs and that I should exfoliate the area two or three times a week.

Okay, but HOW was it?
It’s pretty chilled, Cindy and I are talking, I warned her that I am a uncontrollable giggler when I’m nervous or in pain, she said it’s perfectly normal. She applied the wax, which was warm and soothing, and I’m lying there thinking, this isn’t going to be that bad man.

Cindy, still distracting me with questions, asked me why I’ve decided to start waxing. I was midway through my sentence when BAM, she takes the first strip off. I’m not gonna lie, a few profanities escaped my mouth with the first one, but as I got into it, it was just me laughing from pain.

Like it’s not terrible, it’s more of a stinging sensation, which is over just as quickly as it starts.

The entire Hollywood wax took about 15 mins. Which was perfect. I didn’t cry, I just laughed and sweated a little, but it was bearable.

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So now what?
Now I’ll be wearing some lose fitting underwear because the skin is still a bit sensitive and I’ll be enjoying how soft the skin feels. YAS. I’ll have to wait a month until my next one, but I’m happy I finally went. It’s like ripping a band-aid off, just do it. Literally.

Until next time!
Nadine

 

Solace Therapy Review

Hello 20 Somethings!
Happy 2018 to you and yours! I don’t know about you, but I’m so feeling the New Year, New Me vibes. And new me, also means new blog posts! Yay!

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So this post is the first of a new line of reviews, focussing on small day Spas where you can get your everyday beauty treatments done, such as nails, massages, hair removal etc.

I usually get my gelish done at a well known salon, which you can find at any mall, but recently I’ve been disappointed with their service and have begun venturing out to other smaller salons to get my nails done.

I happened upon Solace Therapy, when a friend of mine invited me to get my nails done with her. In the heart of Buitengracht Street, Cape Town, the venue is accessible and perfect for a girls day.

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The salon is clean and well lit and it creates a perfect environment for relaxation. The staff were all extremely friendly and accommodating. On the downside, we weren’t offered any sort of beverage on arrival. (as most salon’s do, which adds a lovely, personal touch.)

I had my gelish done by a lovely therapist named Tamryn, she’s probably one of the best women I’ve had the pleasure of meeting while doing my nails. She was extremely friendly and made for good conversation- and she did a pretty good job with my nails. She’s the main reason I will be returning.

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They don’t have as many Gelish colours available as I would have liked, but enough to be able to work with as well as some unusual colours to play around with.

I was very happy with my experience at Solace Therapy and will definitely be returning in the near future. Their prices are reasonable and won’t break your bank and they also stock my favourite skincare range, Environ!

Check out their website here.

Until next time!
Nadine

 

** All pictures of Solace Therapy were taken from their website.