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    Luxe pampering tips for a bright, healthy winter
    Pharmacist founder of Croatian cosmetics brand Nikel tells how.

    Winter is a time for rest and rejuvenation of body and soul; the colder months are perfect for pampering yourself. South Africa is home to some amazing restaurants, spas and retailers that will cater to your every need, while Croatian luxury-crafted Nikel Cosmetics will make sure your skin looks its best.

    A day at the spa

    The sheer indulgence of a day at the spa will allow you to mentally unwind, while a range of revitalising treatments will revitalise your body from top to toe.

    When visiting Cape Town founder of Nikel Cosmetics Mirjana Brlečić loves to enjoy a Kalahari signature spa treatment at the Cape Grace situated at the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront. “My favourite treatment is the Body Cocoon as it boosts circulation and energises the body using only natural ingredients based on plant oils, red sand and mineral salts.”  The treatment involves a detoxifying scrub and finished off with an antioxidant treatment and then cocooned in layers of warm blankets.

    “Winter is harsh on the skin, so keeping moisturised is essential to prevent it from being dry and flaky,” says Mirjana Brlečić. Having a full body wrap will help give your skin a moisture boost and a beautiful all-over glow.

    Next on your spa-day to-do list is a soothing and moisturising facial to make sure your skin looks its best. “I have a facial at least once a month, so my skin is looked after and pampered and can benefit from the natural plant oils in the Nikel skincare range,” says Brlečić. Introducing the Evening Primrose oil into your daily skincare regime is the perfect way to prevent the dryness and flakiness synonymous with winter in many parts of our country.   This luxurious oil concentrate also contains sweet orange and jojoba oil giving it a beautiful scent while restoring moisture in the deepest layers of the skin.

    The art of good eating

    As George Bernard Shaw once wrote, “There is no love sincerer than the love of food.”

    The cold months evoke memories of comfort food oozing with flavour and richness. What better place to eat than at an authentic Italian restaurant that epitomises delicious meals steeped in tradition and recipes from their Italian roots? The Mastrantonio Group have restaurants in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban and have been sharing the art of good eating since 1996 and is also a favourite place for Brlečić to visit when in South Africa. Banish the winter blues with their homemade gnocchi smothered in three-cheese sauce or slow-cooked saltimbocca.

    Heart-warming wines can make this even more indulgent, why not pair your meal with a wine produced right here in South Africa. No need to go all the way to Italy when South Africa now produces wines using traditional Italian grape varietals like Sangiovese that works well with tomato based pasta dishes.

    Retail therapy and more

    Retail therapy is a great way to stay indoors and chase away the cold. When it comes to simple elegance and high-quality design and fabrics, Country Road will exceed your expectations. Originating from Australia, Country Road has become the must-have store to get all your fashion needs met. This high-end women’s fashion store is located throughout South Africa and within many Woolworth’s stores.

    Enjoying an entertaining night at the movies is also an enjoyable way to spend a winter’s night.  Nu Metro premium offers 4D movie experiences that will awaken all your senses with scents, seat movement, sprays, wind, smoke and lightning effects. Nu Metro premium offers these 4D experiences across South Africa, and is fun for the whole family.

    About Nikel Cosmetics

    Nikel Cosmetics is an established premium European cosmetics line created using carefully selected natural active ingredients, without any unnecessary additives.

    Pharmaceutical scientist Mirjana Brlečić founded the company in 2004 with a view to providing customers with healthy cosmetics designed not only to nurture the skin, but to address the root causes of skin problems. Combining traditional knowledge in herbal medicine and the latest technological innovations in cosmetics, Brlečić created a range of 63 efficient and effective products that soothe, nurture and care for the skin.


    Premium products available in South Africa include some of Nikel’s signature cosmetics, the 12 Plants Elixir – a natural product to aid skin in ageing well, the Alpine Rose Tonic – a skin protector that supports the skin’s capacity to repair itself – and Evening Primrose Oil – designed to hydrate and restore the epidermis.

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