Posted in Beauty

E4Elegance not to be missed!

Dear friends and other interesting creatures,

After a difficult day and night (anxiety), I enjoyed a day of pampering at E4Elegance in Bedfordview.
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I was made to feel super special. I decided to experiment with my mermaid hair and settled on spiral curls which Helen did for me with love and care. We were all so invested in the outcome… and I love it. I feel fierce!

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Afterwards Boiti did my manicure, pedicure and heal peel. It is a treat for sure. She is da bomb and the most beautiful woman!
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We drank coffee, had biscuits, enjoyed some girl chatter and I left feeling heard, validated, beautiful and oh so sassy!
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Thank you ladies, Ellen and Sam for an amazing day. You are all gems and I hope and trust your salon will grow in abundance. You deserve it.

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I wish you insanity, #wink

Wenchy
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If I speak of myself in different ways, that is because I look at myself in different ways.
– Michel de Montaigne

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#wenchytude
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Posted in Beauty

E4Elegance

Dear friends and other interesting creatures,

Kicking the year off in a well groomed fashion is great for my productivity and essential to my mental health! If I look better, I feel better.

E4Elegance is an elegant, sophisticated yet understated salon in Bedfordview. They offer all “the usual treatment suspects”, and so much more.

They have regular specials and has the most fun, innovative and attention grabbing posts for a Beauty Salon. I am hooked on their Social Media!

Thank you to E4elegance who literally pampered me all day yesterday. Besides great skill and knowledge, your power lies in the strength of your posts and the value of your staff.

Exceptional.

I wish you enough,

Wenchy

#wenchytude
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#PlantFlowers

Posted in ... a bit of that, Beauty, Mental Health

“Is there no way out of the mind?” ― Sylvia Plath

Dear friends and other interesting creatures,

Some say (flashback: The Stig) one does not admit to these subjects in public. What if your clients suddenly believe you are incompetent? What if people think less of you? If that is so,  it is their ignorance and not my inability to be real.

 

Anyone who regularly reads my blog knows that I deal with excessive anxiety on a daily basis. It never goes away.  It dulls at times,  but it never truly leaves.

I’ve been on and off meds since I was 14 when diagnosed. Nothing you can tell me about the condition,  it’s treatment or the influence it has on your daily life.

I am really battling at the moment.  I wake up with my skin crawling and I go to bed feeling like my breathing is constricted.

Nothing has to happen for this feeling to be heightened. It is not based on events.  It is almost my default emotion.  It isn’t fun.  It doesn’t make me unique or special or dysfunctional.  It simply is.

Everything I have achieved in my life was with this feeling present.  Every failure in my life happened with this emotion present.

I don’t really know a different baseline. Medication takes the edge off (for which we are truly thankful), talking, writing,  accepting yourself as you are,  it all helps.

In myself, my demons and I play.  My husband loves me,  my kids are good,  I am provided for,  I am steadily getting to do what I’ve wanted to do all my life, write. 2018 shows amazing promise.

I want to encourage others not to always believe everything you think,  to ask for help if you need it and to be true to yourself.

Your self-worth is not determined by others opinion of you.

I wish you enough,
Wenchy

Posted in ... a bit of that, Beauty

Cruelty free.

Dear friends and other interesting creatures,

I received a press release with information I thought some of you may be interested in.

I’m love Sorbet, and do want to keep my readers in the loop. Unfortunately my happy place of beauty, Sorbet Fourways does not have a Sorbet Drybar  but the therapists at Sorbet Killarney Mall is lovely. In a moment of need, it is a quick in and out and you look fabulous, without having made an appointment. My daughter Victoria’s hair is super long and very difficult to wash and dry, so for a special occassion it is a great spoil.

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Cherry Blossom Flowers Shampoo & Conditioner

I wanted to share with you that PETA have endorsed the Brazilian hair care products from INOAR which you can purchase at your local Sorbet Dry Bar, or online – including the very popular Cherry Blossom Flowers Range.

Instead of animals, INOAR only uses vegetable-based ingredients in their formulations. This is why INOAR has been included in PETA’s list of cruelty free companies.

PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) is a nonprofit corporation created in 1980, which has over 5 million members, and is dedicated to animal rights. PETA’s motto reads: “Animals are not ours to eat, wear, experiment on, use for entertainment or abuse in any other way.”

Don’t say I don’t keep you informed. 🙂

I wish you enough,

Wenchy

Posted in Beauty

Glum … to every day glam!

Dear friends and other interesting creatures,

I have always wanted dramatic,  long, fluttering “damsel in distress meet drag queen” eye lashes.

Maybe it’s all those years of tap dancing that is shining through in my middle age? Liza Minnelli eyes. Yes I know. Such a wallflower I am. Who would have thought?

I’ve experimented with the stick on with glue strips (DIY of beauty, false eye lashes) for different events. While I quite fancied the Kardashian collection, I quickly realised I’m totally out of my league.

I do not have a steady grip as the Ankolysing Spondylitis has not been kind to my hands. (Soon I’ll be my own Halloween outfit hahaha! Oh such truth in jest…)  Besides that,  DIY is so not me!

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I met up with gorgeous Bailey (how pretty is this girl!?) who is the Owner / Beautician of Glam Lashes last week.

I purposefully did not apply any products to my face that morning as I had read that is the proper thing to do. I looked most unattractive but thankfully Bailey is a professional! I do however own a mirror… so well done on not running.

Bailey specialises in eye lash extensions in the comfort of your own home. She travels in a radius from Randburg to Bedfordview, in the Johannesburg area with her “pop up salon”.

I was impressed with her professionalism in setting up a suitable time, answering many questions, confirming our appointment, arriving on time and loved chatting to her while she did her magic. She is very particular about cleanliness and hygiene which I was happy to see. Bailey let me lead the conversation as to not be intrusive, a skill I greatly admire.

She used a mink lash product called, “The Lash Collection” as it is lighter on the eye lid and more durable. She also does brow shaping and colouring on request.

I obviously Googled the topic extensively….and here are her answers to some of my many questions.

There are various ways to apply lashes to meet “the look” every individual is looking for. So yes,  you can have a more natural look. We can’t all be Liza!

Each lash is placed individually.

A full set of top lashes takes approximately 90 minutes to apply. She recommended only doing the top lid as one does not want to look like an owl. Not even a tap dancing owl.

A new set of lashes will last 2 – 3 weeks before a fill would be necessary as your eye lashes replaces itself in cycles every 30 – 60 days. (I did not know that.)

There is a specific eye lash cleanser to use daily. Bailey is very diligent about hygiene and went over the do and don’t details thoroughly.

You no longer need to apply mascara which is a winner for me. While I may enjoy looking proper on occasion, I do not have a great make-up skill set.

Oil based products need to be kept away from your new lashes.

I took a “before” and “after” pic of my lashes… as well as a picture after I had done my make-up. Cosmetics are such a blessing! (I was so happy with this picture.  No filter or anything.)

A couple days later,  I am VERY pleased with the results….very Cabaret!  🙂

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I wish you enough,
Wenchy