Meraki Aesthetics – comfort in the city


A massage can work magic for your body and your soul and at Meraki Aesthetics, you will understand why.

This new modern and city chic salon is based in the upmarket Battery Park, close to the V&A Waterfront. Once you’ve parked your car, you’re surrounded with niche shops and luxury views of the Mother City from where you make your way to Meraki Aesthetics.
I picture myself on a weekend grabbing brunch with the girls indulging in a mani and pedi afterwards at Meraki Aestethics ending up talking a mandatory spa selfie with the modern green interior design in the background.
Meraki is the beautiful end product of two #bossbabes with a holistic wellness approach. Leigh and Nadine maintain a high-level of hygiene and beauty standards by implementing the following eco-friendly aprroaches:
* Serving water in glass with a strictly no plastic bottle policy.
* Email/ SMS facility to avoid unnecessary printing.
* Separating all waste generated in house for recycling.

Meraki Aesthetics  is a salon with a difference, not only offering clients a modern and private space to disconnect, relax and rejuvenate but also focusing on providing a green practice.”

I opted for a 60 minute Hot Stone Therapy Massage (R690) however Meraki Aesthetics offers a wide range of treatments including massages, facials. microblading, waxing and more.
Hot Stone Massages are highly recommended for muscle pain release, reducing your stress levels and for an overall improved circulation – just check with your doctor first if you are pregnant or suffering from any illness.
My therapist made me feel at ease and started the session by applying calming oil over my body. The heat of the stones instant relaxed all my muscles. My ‘medium pressure’ massage felt a bit intense at one stage that I asked my spa therapist to please lighten the pressure. It’s super important to tell you therapist at any point if you are experience any discomfort. Luckily for me, I had an amazing therapist who took great care of giving me the best experience.
(I slept like a baby and woke up the next morning ready to run a 10km race!)
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Besides all their massage options to choose from, Meraki Aesthetics is also extremely generous with their gelish pricing and comes highly recommended from a few influencers who attended the official launch event.
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You can book your appointment online on Meraki’s website or phone them directly at 071 564 4808. Thank you Meraki for having me – see you soon for my next treatment.

Always, Anne


How to have flawless skin this winter

Because acne is real!

So most people know by now that I’ve been through hell and back the last couple of months. The results = REALLY BAD SKIN.

I used to be that girl who can rock up at work without wearing a drop of foundation, but life happens and when the going gets tough even the tough gets pimples.

Why? Stress releases cortisol, which can really mess with your hormones in your body resulting in breakouts on your face.

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Tina from Symbiotic Communications (in true fairy godmother style) sent me the Eucerin DermoPURIFYER Range (and without sounding like a cheap TV ad), the results are really effective – I haven’t been wearing foundation the last 3 days, because my skin looks clean, clear and carefree.



Eucerin DermoPURIFYER is a range of effective dermo cosmetic solutions for ‘not perfect’ skin focusing on the the following factors of problem skin*

  • hyperkeratosis (disrupted skin cell shedding)
  • seborrhea (increased sebum production)
  • microbial colonisation (increased bacteria proliferation)
  • inflammation of the skin

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I’ve been using the following products for the last 6 weeks now:

Eucerin DermoPURIFYER Cleanser (R229.99)  is a soap-free and fragrance-free formula for gentle, yet effective, cleaning. So, my husband and I literally had fights over this product. Luckily the product is also available in a 400ml Value Pack – because sharing is caring, people! It contains 6% Ampho-tensides meaning it removes all excess make up.

I use the Eucerin DermoPURIFYER Scrub (R139.99 for 100ml) two times a week. It’s a gentle oil-free formula and won’t dry out the skin at all.

Gosh, I love a good toner! I apply Eucerin DermoPURIFYER Toner (R139.99 for 200ml) daily as part of my skincare  routine. Its anti-bacterial formula contains 2% Lactic Acid active system which gently unclogs pores without overdrying.

Eucerin DermoPURIFYER Active Concentrate (R189.99 for 30ml) is a very light, fast-absorbing emulsion and assists with overall better looking skin. It leaves you with a healthy glow which I absolutely love.

Bedtime beauty! Eucerin DermoPURIFYER Active Night Care (R189.99 for 50ml) is a highly effective oil-free formula also containing Lactic Acid.

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SKIN TYPE: Super sensitive

DURATION: 6 weeks


REASON: Overall my skin looks more healthy and I did not get any breakouts again since using the products. Instagram Husband also switched over to the Eucerin DermoPURIFYER Range and his face showed instant improvement.

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Cheers to a happy skin this winter season!

Always, Anne


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PHOTOS: Michelle Lategan Photography



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My first #SecretBox29 from Retail Box

Okay, so everybody who is anybody knows that I’m super obsessed with my hair.

I’m that girl in the grocery aisle quickly checking if my perfect bangs are still, well, perfect.

Retail Hair sent me their Secret Box 29 and I was so excited, because I always hear my fellow fashionistas talking about the secret boxes. When my box arrived, my editor at work got even more excited because she has used these products before while staying in London.

I received a KMS hair hamper including Moist Repair Therapy Treatment (the best!), Tame Frizz Taming Creme, Silk Sheen Styling Creme and their 300ml Hiar Stay Maximum Hold Stay. To be honest, I was a bit disappointed that I did net get the shampoo and conditioner to experience the full range.


MOIST REPAIR: Penetrates deeply to reconstruct damaged hair. Strengthens and moisturizes hair after just one use. Just leave in for 3-5 minutes and say hola to healthy summer hair.
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TAME FRIZZ: I live in Bantry Bay about two blocks away from the beach and the frizz situation is real! This product adds definition and style manageability , humidity resistance and provides heat protection. Bonus tip: add to dry hair for extra definition and control.
SILK SHEEN: I prefer the Tamie Frizz, because KMS use an invisible formula with no product feel. It’s also helps for all-day frizz control and double up as a heat protector.
HAIR STAY: This on fleek hairspray dries instantly and will never leave your hair feeling sticky and tacky. Ever! The KMS California Hairstay Maximum Hold Spray in blended with pomegranate and pepper also contains UV filter to protect your hair.
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