Book your Beauty & Wellness VR Market spot

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Be part of the cool kids and book your spot at LMDA’s first Virtual Reality market in Africa!

Yip, the first event like this ever on our continent.

So, you might think ‘ummm okay, Annette, I have literally no idea what your’e talking about!’

Let’s break it down!

On Saturday 3rd October, La Maison Des Arts (LMDA) will be hosting Africa’s first ever Virtual Reality Market. This is in collaboration with Skin Renewal and myUTOPIA, one of SA’s leading Wellness studios with speakers in wellness, fitness and beauty. Guests can expect a fully immersive premium event with interaction from fellow exhibitors, brands and speakers. They will also experience first hand some of the most  innovative tech yet to be experienced in Africa, during a 130 pax event. 

The event will be attended by 130 consumers allowing them the opportunity to shop from a range of 20 premium South African Wellness & Beauty brands, socialise with friends and meet new people. Consumers will be able to attend talks and interactive brand experiences by experts across the Wellness industry.

The VR Market is the first of its kind in Africa and LMDA is proud to be connecting people, while making real life shopping and social experiences a possibility from their homes, all via the usage of Virtual Reality.

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As part of their ticket purchase, consumers will receive a Virtual Reality headset to keep, a R400 voucher to spend at retailers of their choice as well as a gift bag consisting of an incredible range of Wellness & Beauty products.  Ticket prices are R750 for general access and VIP tickets are R950 and can be bought online here

The Virtual Reality Market boasts an all-star line-up of SA’s best Wellness experts who will be discussing hot topics around beauty and wellness for the South African consumer. 

  1. Sandi Dekker – Founder of myUTOPIA & Wellness expert (myUTOPIA is SA’s World Class 5* Wellness Studio) – who will be talking about “The value of goal setting in living your best life”.
  2. Candice Boddington – One of SA’s favourite Nutrition experts will be “Debunking nutrition myths and how to shop smart and local in 2020.”
  3. Amy Hoppy – much loved Managing Editor of Women’s Health SA – will be discussing “Guided breathwork, meditation and restorative class for holistic wellness”
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Amy Hoppy… love this woman!

4. Skin Renewal Training Director – The Renewal Institute was founded in 2005 by Dr. Maureen Allem, and consists of Skin, Body, Health, Brain and Sleep Renewal. The company practices a holistic approach to anti-ageing and aesthetic treatments, and patients are encouraged to optimise their health and wellbeing whilst looking and feeling their best too.

Don’t suffer from fomo and get your ticket today!

Always, Anne

xoxo

 

Maskne – the side effects of wearing your mask

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Fabric masks are part of our ‘new normal’ and the impact wearing these masks have on our skin are not always pretty. Welcome Maskne! 

Face masks are not going to disappear soon, we should try and understand the cause(s) of maskne and find solutions to keep our skincare on point. 

Acne starts when the oil glands that are present in the skin become blocked. The accumulated gland contents become contaminated with bacteria causing infection which then spreads to the oil glands resulting in acne. 

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How fabric face masks affect your skin 

Bacteria love a warm and moist environment, here they multiply exponentially.

The conditions that are brought on by wearing a mask for long periods of time are ideal for creating a warm environment. Anyone that wears glasses will know how annoying the fogging up of your glasses is when you wear a mask. Exhaled air, trapped by the mask, is warm and moist and creates an ideal environment for the proliferation of bacteria. Therefore, partially or blocked oil glands that may be present in the skin, now stand a far greater chance of becoming infected. 

Inflammation is the enemy! The skin care world is waking up to this; in order to control inflammation and ageing and the skin diseases associated with inflammaging such as acne, we need to use less chemicals on the skin. The new approach to skin care where fewer products are used is called Skip-care skincare. 

How can we prevent maskne or what are the most effective ways of treating it? Thoclor Labs, leaders in using hypochlorous acid (our own body’s Immune Molecule) as a main ingredient in all their products, shares their tips on fighting Maskne

  1. Use a soap-free cleanser to clean your skin thoroughly twice per day, for example Lulu & Marula’s Balancing Cleansing Balm.
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R 340.00 ZAR
  1. After you have dried your skin, spray Thoclor Labs GF2 Skin Rejuvenation onto the whole face and allow it to dry naturally. GF2 Skin Rejuvenation contains hypochlorous acid, a natural substance with anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. 
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R799.25 — available on subscription
  1. Regularly spray your mask inside and out with GF2. This will kill bacteria and viruses that may have accumulated on the mask.
  2. Be cautious of wearing too much make-up and other skincare products under your face mask. This may only contribute to the blocking of your oil glands and heavy make-up may even become a growth medium for bacteria under hot and humid conditions, which exist inside your face mask. 

Pro tip – invest in a few masks so you can rotate them as needed… and it looks cute with your outfits, of course.

For more lifestyle and fashion updates, please follow me on Instagram.

Always, Anne

xoxo

You can now shop Viva La Diva in SA

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Viva La Diva is an all Swedish make-up brand born in Stockholm. Their vegan friendly products are not tested on animals and that sealed the deal right there and then for me. #CRUELTYFREE

Professional South African makeup artist Sian Bianca Moss, has been working with the international brand for years. She fell in love with the quality and ethos of the family-owned brand from Stockholm and without hesitation, decided to bring it into the country. Sian did my hair and make up for a magazine shoot about two years ago and can I just add – I looked really  hawt,

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Viva La Diva appeals to those who dare to show off, display their personality, speak their mind and walk their own way in life – that it is the only way to be truly fabulous. The brand strives to offer a balance between good quality and affordable price tags, while being conscious of the environment. All products are vegan safe, contain no animal derived ingredients and developed without testing on animals; making it cruelty-free.

 

You just want to do an Instagram flat lay of all the pretty palettes, but the shades and colours are amazing and cater for all skin tones. Here’s some of my summer holiday must-haves.

 

ZANZIBAR GLOW MUD HIGHLIGHTER PALETTE (R255)

ZANZIBAR GLOW MUD HIGHLIGHTER PALETTE

SUPERLICIOUS LIPGLOSS ‘AFTERBEACH (R110)

Diva Brows Palette (R310.00)

 

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DIVA BROWS PALETTE R310.00

 

The extensive range of products includes (but is not limited to) Foundation, Concealer, Powders, Contour & Highlighting Pallets, Blushers & Bronzers, Eyeliners, Eyeshadows, Lipstick, Lip Gloss, and is available online from www.vivaladiva.co.za. See more images from the beauty launch below.

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Congrats Sian!

Always, Anne

 

xoxo

Beyonce’s MUA collabs with W.BEAUTY

Known for beautifying the striking faces of red carpet royalty such as Beyoncé, Priyanka Chopra and Kim Kardashian West, celebrity makeup artist Sir John has joined forces with W.BEAUTY to launch a first for South African retail – a limited edition cosmetics line, titled Volume 1.

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No stranger to South Africa!

I’ve met Sir  John at a former W.BEAUTY event in Canal Walk where he gave us a showstopper makeup masterclass which formed part of a series across the country.

He has also lent his artistic hand to various Woolworths campaigns and events, including collaborating with artists backstage at Woolworths’ Style By SA runway show at SA Fashion Week.

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“Having developed a strong working relationship with Sir John over the past few years, collaborating on a bespoke product line with the makeup maestro was a natural next step,” says Head of Brand Communication for Fashion, Beauty, Home and International, Shaheda Sayed.

“The limited edition makeup range marks an important step for South African retail as it is the first time that a popular South African retailer has worked closely with a well-known international authority to produce a makeup collection that has been created to effortlessly illuminate South African women’s naturally sun kissed skin.”

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W.BEAUTY’s long-standing reputation as experts in creating innovative and ethical beauty formulations, coupled with Sir John’s creativity and deep understanding of makeup artistry, makes for a game-changing collaboration.

“It’s been an absolute dream working on this collaboration with the W.BEAUTY team. It has been been inspiring and life changing. 

Although he serves as the Creative Director and Consultant for various beauty houses, Volume 1 will be the makeup master’s very first signature makeup range for South Africa, and thus required him to take a hands-on approach.

“I was involved from beginning to end. From the very first product sketches, to the name, the packaging, the symbolism and the product intrinsics. It was very important to me that Volume 1 reflects who I am as an artist, and that it delivers the quality associated with the W.BEAUTY brand,” explains Sir John.

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The cruelty-free and vegan-friendly curated collection will be W.BEAUTY’s first international product collaboration, and will consist of a highlighter stick, and an eyeshadow palette created to give any beauty lover the perfect red carpet eye. A rich and creamy, hydrating lipstick, bold liquid eyeshadows, metallic nail lacquers, and a shimmering highlighter compact completes what will be this season’s most talked about makeup line.

Volume 1, a limited edition makeup collection by W.BEAUTY and Sir John, will be sold exclusively at selected Woolworths stores and can also be purchased on the Woolworths website and app iDivisions at Woolworths.

Always, Anne

xoxo

*Issued By: Conversation Capital on behalf of Woolworths

#BeautyDesk Payot Techni Blu Liss Range

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GET TIME ON YOUR SIDE

Who else is guilty of spending too much time scrolling through their Instagram feeds before bedtime?

Did you know that constant exposure to screens, not enough sleep and lack of natural light’s really bad for you in so many ways? Our millennial lifestyle can turn our biorhythms upside down and where does it show first – you guessed correct, on our face! Think early wrinkles, dull complexion and super dry skin. #FilterNeeded

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I was introduced to PAYOT‘s new chrono-active smoothing range at their latest media launch, BLU TECHNI LISS.

With their head quarters based in Paris, it is no surprise what the Payot brand is synonym with ultimate luxury. With their iconic female shaped jars combiner with science and herbal expertise, it’s worth investing in yourself and your ski.

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The iconic brand’s new range restores balance to your skin and provides the necessary protection during the day and rejuvenates during night.

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TWO OF MY FAVOURITES FROM THE NEW BLU TECHNI LISS RANGE

1 Your every ‘nighter’

The Chrono Plumping Serum (R736 for 30ml) in the brand’s iconic shape of a woman’s body, is a fresh and melt-in gel with a slightly pink texture that is instantly absorbed into the skin for an immediate plumping effect! 21 volunteers experienced the following results over a period of 28 days:

77% WRINKLES AND FINE LINES ARE SMOOTHED
68% THE SKIN APPEARS YOUNGER 68%
81 % THE SKIN IS MORE SUPPLE 81%

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With its 100% natural and recyclable fabric mask included, the Blue Techni Liss Weekend Chrono-Renewing Peel Mask (R139 for 25g) with its high concentration of glycolic acid smoothes wrinkles and give your skin texture an instant boost. According to Payot study, users experience 11.5% less wrinkels after the first application.

payot techni blue liss peeling maskAvailable in selected independent beauty institutes and salons, and most Dis-Chem Pharmacies. For more information, visit www.payot.com.

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Always, Anne

xoxo

 

Why Bio-Oil® Dry Skin Gel is always in my handbag

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“Ain’t no lie baby, bye bye dry skin!”

Bio-Oil® Dry Skin Gel is the new  (and affordable) way to treat dry skin.

Okay, so we already know that Bio-Oil® is the world’s leading scar and stretch mark product, but they just added another title to the beloved brand which I found out at the Bio Oil Dry Skin launch held in Cape Town.

What makes it different?

Normally dry skin products like your typical lotions and body butters are made primarily from water which tends to  evaporates when coming into contact with your skin… you know… that weird and uncomfortable feeling…

Because Bio-Oil® Dry Skin Gel is made from oil, it has that warm and comfy feeling on application.

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AND IT’S PINK

The pinkish gel-like texture is non-sticky and provides instant dry relief. You can apply the product all over your body and I personally like to apply it on my legs for that healthy glow when I go out.

But what impressed me most  – I applied my Bio-Oil® Dry Skin Gel religiously after every tanning session over the summer holidays and did not get sunburn once. Of course I also applied a very high SPF beforehand, but I believe that the ingredients of the products after my tanning played a major role in preventing any further damage.

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When your friends ask you the secret to your healthy skin…

Did you know that Bio-Oil sells a bottle every two seconds worldwide?

POTENT AND PRETTY

The product contains 50% of the original Bio-Oil formula and eliminate extra water ingredients. It’s not cold like most other lotions when applying to your body like I’ve mentioned before, because a lot of products contain an overload of water.

The oil-based gel formulation is 100% active and has been clinically proven to target and treat dry skin conditions.

After thought >> > So maybe I was a little upset abut the fact that my husband completely emptied out my 200ml bottle, but hey, it shows you this product is BOMB!

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I have Keratosis Pilaris, but just look at the level of smoothness since I started using the Dry Skin Gel.

Bio-Oil® Dry Skin Gel is available at pharmacies and selected retail outlets nationwide in 50ml (R59.99), 100ml (R109.99) and 200ml (R184.99). I like to carry the 50ml in my handbag for a quick application when needed. It also doubles up as a lip balm – winning!

Always, Anne

xoxo

How to ignore the bullies

A woman can never be to classy, too caring or too pink… well that’s according to me anyways.

I get judged on my appearance… a lot. Too much.

I love pretty dresses, glitter donuts, (sometimes) think that I am a princess married to my prince and if it’s pink, I’ll take two.

Because I’m marked by so-called society as “cute” and “girly,” people are so easy to judge me. My fellow fashionistas, I’m sure you’ve hard some of these before:

  • You’re such a snob.
  • Looks are so important to you.
  • You’re just in this industry for the glamour and freebies.
  • You think you’re better than us.
  • Just another pretty face.
  • You are so selfish….

And my favourite – she’s so lucky!

(No, I just studied for four years and worked my butt off for five  while paying back my student loan with massive interest. Still paying though. With interest.)

BUT

I say screw this, be you no matter who you choose to be. Just be you.

Appearance doesn’t matter. Size doesn’t matter. Your relationship status doesn’t matter and your background doesn’t matter either. All you should really care about are your morals and beliefs.

Don’t settle for second best.

Don’t be that girl who makes comments about other girls’ weight.

Don’t think you’re better than someone, because of your job status, your outfit or your haircut.

Treat the CEO and the homeless man on the street with the same respect.

Life’s short. Don’t hate.

Don’t hate on people who you think are better off, because everybody have 24 hours in a day and it really depends on you what you are going to do with that.

That Fashion Editor – she might be bipolar. That woman who just got a promotion – she might secretly suffer from major depression. That girl with the perfect body – she might just be exercising and eating healthy.

Nothing in life comes easy. It’s 10% luck, 40% hard work and 40% being nice to other people, trust me on this one.

I am sorry for always preaching, but I can’t stand bullying in the workplace and even amongst friends. It’s something that needs more attention, because it seems to me that bullying changed from mocking the ”fat kid” to trying to break down successful (and happy) women living their best lives.

Stop hating and start supporting – it’s worth it!

If you are being bullied or judged for being you, I would love to hear from you! Send me an email at alwaysanneblog@gmail.com and let’s end this.

There’s nothing more beautiful than women supporting women.

Always, Anne.

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