Last week I was invited to an afternoon of spoils with Amazi Beauty and Ordinary Skincare for the in-store launch of the brand. While out of my usual next of the woods, I headed off to the N1 City Amazi Nail and Beauty Bar for the #skintruths event with the creator of the Ordinary Skincare, Dr Claire Jamieson. For those of you who don’t know, Amazi is the ‘little sister’ of the Sorbet Group and opened its first store in Maynard Mall in December 2015, with the promise of affordable, high-quality and professional nail and skincare treatments. The simple but polished menu offers value-for-money treatments that are on trend and oh-so-fabulous! If you remember my Paint It Forward post from last year, then you’ll know all about the Amazi Academy and the amazing work that they do – if not, click here to read all about it, but since then, two Amazi Beauty Bars have opened. Amazi and the SEW Foundation (Sorbet Empowering Women) recruit women from previously disadvantaged backgrounds with the aim of upskilling them to become nail technicians and beauty therapists and providing them with a skill for life. Amazi Beauty only employ women from disadvantaged communities and all the ladies at the Amazi store I went to in N1 City were trained at the Amazi Academy. The chic in-and-out nail and beauty bar is beautifully decorated in bold, bright colours and fresh finishes, and the ladies so lovely and professional – it’s well worth a visit if you in the area! The SEW Acadamy and Amazi are doing truly phenomenal work by empowering women and it’s an initiative that I whole-heartedly support.
Our afternoon with Amazi and Ordinary Skincare kicked off with a mini ‘facial’ which was more for us guests to get a feel for the products on our skin and learn a bit about what each product does. I will admit, I was slightly out of my comfort zone with my therapist swiftly whipping off my make-up and leaving me bare-faced in the middle of the salon (generally my facials are planned for late in the afternoon when I know I dash straight home without anyone seeing me!) but since it was just us ladies (and Robert from Ordinary Skincare) I closed my eyes and soaked up the little bit of Monday afternoon pampering. And, as my skin looked (and felt) so soft and dewy, I didn’t actually miss my foundation which is quite something for me! Then it was time for some myth debunking and Dr Claire went through her skin truths and the importance of looking after our skin, especially living in the harsh South African climate and being exposed to plenty of sun, sand and sea! The relaxed style of the afternoon meant that there was plenty of opportunity to ask questions and interact and I certainly learnt a few things I didn’t know!
So, who is Ordinary Skincare? This proudly South African, Cape Town-made brand was developed in 2011 and hit the market in 2014. The idea behind the range was to create completely honest, ordinary skincare products that anyone can use – especially dry and sensitive skins – while keeping things simple. All the products use top-quality, ethically sourced, natural ingredients and are only tested on humans – no animal testing! A lot of time and thought was also spent on the recyclable packaging to provide safe, hygienic containers with no product wastage – very nifty indeed! And how cute is the little cut-out heart on the side of the boxes?! I was thrilled to have won the skincare quiz and received a fabulous hamper of Ordinary Skincare products, which contained the Cleanser, Exfoiliator, Moisturising Balm, Eye Gel and mini-Lip Balm – a real spoil!! I can’t wait to try these products out as I love the all-natural approach this brand takes AND they are very affordable as far as high-quality skincare products go, with the most expensive product in the range (the eye gel) costing R450. I’ll definitely post a review once I’ve given them a go for a couple of weeks but for more detail on Ordinary Skincare as well as how to order online, check out their website, http://www.ordinaryskincare.co.za.
I can’t believe that the festive season is almost upon us and December is just one sleep away! Amazi are celebrating being the proud stockists of Ordinary Skincare and are getting into the spirit of giving early with their December special:
** Buy-one–get–one free Ordinary Skincare product from 1 – 25 December at Amazi Beauty Salons **
I’ll leave you with some Sorbet news to get in the spirit of giving this festive season… Did you know that you can help Sorbet and the SEW Foundation achieve their goal of securing employment for 170 previously disadvantaged women by March 2018 by adding just R2 onto any Sorbet product or treatment. As Sorbet’s Marketing Manager explains, “a big change doesn’t have to mean a big ask, for just R2 at a time, we can all add to the journey of making a difference in someone’s life.” All proceeds from this drive go towards the SEW foundation and you can now #addmeaningtothatfeeling by being part of the upskilling journey.
Enjoy the last day of calm before silly season is upon us!