South Africa’s Mother City will delight everyone, no matter their tastes. And even more so for those who really get under its skin. For FAB Beauty, Cape Town blogger Lisa Fortuin opens up her private address book of top locations for a beauty tour of this eccentric city.
In just over a year, Lisa Fortuin has made her mark on the beauty world with her blog Lipstick Lifestyle, which received the Best Newcomer Award at the South Africa Beauty Blog Awards 2015. Lisa shares her success with her Instagram followers, where she offers advice and reveals the best addresses on the streets of Cape Town.
“The best spa in the city has got to be at the One & Only,” Lisa confides dreamily. Like an echo of the city itself, the spa is surrounded by water and lush vegetation, combining local African influences and contemporary design. “It is luxurious, with beautiful views and tailored holistic experiences for ultimate relaxation. It’s like a little sanctuary in the middle of Cape Town,” she adds.
For an impeccable look all day long, Lisa entrusts her haircare to the Style Bar. “They have locations all around Cape Town and staff are super nice and friendly. I generally go for a quick cut and blow dry to keep my hair looking healthy,” Lisa reveals. When she is looking for a little more, Lisa regularly opts for their “moisture treatment, amazing for anyone who wants smooth, soft and shiny hair,” which is needles to say important, given the often unpredictable climate of this South African city.
When it comes to her nails, Lisa’s salon of choice is none other than the Chanel Bettison Hair and Beauty Salon. For the blogger, nothing compares to the extensive range of manicures, pedicures and massages on offer here. “It’s a trendy little spot in the heart of Cape Town with affordable prices and a relaxing atmosphere,” she confides. “I love their gel nails special manicure – they have an incredible variety of colors.” This is why she advises her friends to treat themselves in this fun salon, where the pop art paintings hanging on the walls guarantee a good mood.
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In the trendy Green Point neighbourhood, Lisa is full of praise for the Glam Bar: “It is the perfect spot for all things beauty.” In this welcoming salon richly decorated in warm tones, you can have your face, hair and nail treatments done. “I loved having my eyelashes done there recently,” Lisa confides. “The process takes a while (about two hours), but when it’s done your eyelashes look amazing! Great eyelashes can make you look glamourous even if you aren’t wearing make-up.” The salon offers group treatments as well: “The Glam Bar is such a cute location. I’d definitely recommend it for a hen party or a fun pampering day with the girls.”
It’s a real “hidden gem” among the elegant boutiques of Cavendish Square, where the blogger loves to escape from the frenetic pace of every day city life at the Rain Africa mini spa. They offer a range of over 60 natural treatments, from masks to wraps, and Thai massages to hot stone treatments. As soon as you cross the threshold of this haven of peace, your body relaxes thanks to “the superb aestheticians,” Lisa reveals, adding that “their products are all natural and cruelty free.” Lisa’s top choice? “My favourite treatment at Rain Africa is their full body massage,” she slips in, before closing her golden address book of the best beauty spots in the city.
Lots of great locations to take care of yourself and (re)discover Cape Town, in the expert hands of a local beauty specialist.
Carly Holford / Worldcrunch Story Lab