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Monday, 20 February 2017

Review: L.O.V & essence

With the hustle and bustle of how busy life gets, it’s becoming more and more essential for us to just simplify our lives. Most of us are literally juggling a thousand balls at once, whether it be at work, with your kids, at home or even trying to squeeze in that little bit of TLC time becomes quite a stretch. 
So with that being said doing your make up, looking & feeling good shouldn’t be a stretch at all. It’s all about using great affordable products that simply just works. After checking out the L.O.V cosmetics stand in Canal Walk last week I have instantly fallen in love with the brand. I realised that unless I’m going for an evening out, I really do prefer having a much natural well defined look. I am a major brow girl, even If you catch me without any make-up on; you will not catch me without my brows on. My brows are very light and can be mistaken for not having any at all; hence I always fill them in. The L.O.V eyebrows contouring palette has become such a go to product for me as it contains a wax section which really defines the brow and keeps the product in place.
The palette also comes with two shades which can be mixed to create desired shade and then there’s a gorgeous highlighting shade which just finishes off the brow beautifully.The other palette which has become one of my favourites has to be the “essence Touch up and Go” palette which was created by blogger Diana Zur Loewen in collaboration with essence. It’s a limited edition palette so if you are interested in owning one check out selected Dischem stores, while stocks last. 
Will post some simplistic Make-Up looks soonest!


Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Avon: Clearskin Professional

I am always keen to try out new skin care products as one specific product doesnt always work for everyone hence, it's usually a trail and error exercise. I was really excited when I received the Avon Clearskin Professional products as I already use all of their cosmetic products and so trilled to see what they came up with, with this specific range.
The range consist of 3 specific products which is the Deep Pore Cleansing Scrub, Liquid Extracter strip & the Daily correcting lotion. I am a huge fan of scrubs and masks and this specific one is no different. When applying the Deep pore scrub you can instantly smell the delightful mint scent & when applied to the skin there you can feel a rather menthol tingle. I literally kept the product on for about 3 minutes and then rinsed off with luke warm water. I must say that I am alternating between the scrub and the liquid extracter strip and whichever product i'm using I complete with using the Daily correcting lotion. The feeling on your face is so refreshingly clean.
The Liquid extractor is by far one of my favourite products simply because you apply it to your face as a gel form, avoiding the delicate eye area and then wait for the product to dry completely. Once the product is completely dry and no sticky residue is left behind you can start peeling off the product. This process does have a rather satifying and ouch feeling/component to it. I must say applying it around the nose and chin area it really feels amazing as you can actually feel it working and removing the durt and grime. However around the cheek area it does feel a little bit ouch! But never the less I would rather opt using it on probelmatic areas such as nose and chin.
After all the heavy duty scrubbing and extracting this dailly correcting lotion is such a soft soothing feeling. I am literally using it everyday as a basic face lotion. The entire range is really affordable and ranges from about R59 each which is such a steal. Click the Avon brochure here to order.

Sunday, 12 February 2017

#LetYourHairSpeak

So last week Thursday I had the opportunity to attend a Natural Hair Movement event which hosted Cape Town's finest natural hair babes. The evening was set off in fine style at Clifton's well known spot Bungalow and gave rise to the introduction of the "My Natural Hair" products and a full on discussion on the natural hair movement in South Africa.
I transitioned to wearing my natural curl about a year and half ago and I have to say it is definitely one of the best things I've ever done. It saves me so much time as there is no blow drying time and my hair is probably the most healthiest and strongest it has ever been. But one thing that is definitely a fact is that there is definitely a lack of great South African created product, for our natural curly hair specifically.
Creator & brand ambassador of My Natural Hair, Catherine Williams started her hair journey like so many other young African women; being traumatized through time-consuming processes which included painful brushing, chemical laden relaxants and socially “redefined” norms. As South African Black consumers continue to embrace the natural hair movement, its impact is greatly shaping the hair care market. The sales of all styling products, shampoos, conditioners & oils have increased enormously, with the desire for healthy products leading the way. The “ethnic” hair care industry has undergone quite a transformation over the past years and that should continue heading into the next decade. As more and more consumers are embracing their natural self and walking away from harsh hair treatments, it is presenting opportunities for natural brands to enter the market.  
After 2 years of development, My natural Hair was launched in October 2016. It’s the first SA retail range of its kind. The aim is to change the “multicultural” women’s hair choices and experience, while not compromising on the quality of the ingredients they put on their tresses. The range is free of any sulphates, parabens, phthalates, mineral oil and petroleum. Instead the products are infused with natural goodness. The nourishing shampoo, hydrating conditioner and a hair strengthening oil contain jojoba, coconut, sweet almond, grape seed, castor, olive, avocado and sunflower oil as well as shea butter.


My Natural Hair products are available at select Clicks stores nationwide, Jetmart stores nationwide, Africa Cash and Carry wholesalers, Takealot.com as well as My Natural Hair’s ecommerce site at www.mynatural.co.za. For enquiries call 082 478 8668 or email info@mynatural.co.za.

Monday, 6 February 2017

#FreshBreathQuest

February’s #FreshBreathQuest has begun & live on www.ivohealth.co.za/freshbreathquest from today. How fresh is your oral care knowledge? Take the Sunstar GUM Fresh Breath Quest (#FreshBreathQuest) this February to find out. There are prizes worth over R15, 000 up for grabs and for every person that completes the quest, Sunstar GUM will donate a toothbrush to Operation Smile South Africa. Click here to enter!
The main prize, valued at R10, 000, includes a Tsogo Sun mini-break (worth up R7, 000) and an oral care kit worth R3, 000. There are also 10 Sunstar GUM fresh breath kits available (worth R539 each), packed with innovative Sunstar GUM oral care products for fresh breath and a healthy smile.

To enter, go to www.ivohealth.co.za/freshbreathquest from 1 to 28 February 2017. Terms and conditions apply.
ORAL CARE FOR FRESH BREATH
An effective daily oral care routine will help prevent bad breath.
  • Brush correctly twice a day for at least two minutes each time. Use an egg-timer, stopwatch or the Philips Sonicare powerbrush, which has a a built-in timer, to make sure you brush for the required time. Hold the toothbrush at a 45 degree angle to clean gently under the gum line. Don’t brush too hard as this can damage gums. Use a soft, small toothbrush and replace it at least every three months.
  • Clean in-between the teeth. It is essential to remove plaque where brushing does not reach, as this is where bad breath can start.
  • Clean your tongue. Professor Mel Rosenberg says the back of the tongue is the most frequently overlooked source of bad breath. “In about seven out of ten cases halitosis is caused by bacteria breaking down postnasal drip, food debris and cells accumulated on the tongue. The back of the tongue provides ideal conditions for the bacteria that cause bad breath to thrive after. He recommends using a tongue scraper to gently sweep the mucus and debris away.
  • Get professional. Visit the oral hygienist every 6 months.
Other tips to help maintain fresh breath:
  • Eat a wholesome breakfast in the morning
  • Chew sugar-free gum after meals or when the mouth is dry to stimulate saliva flow
  • Drink plenty of water to maintain good hydration
I am really excited to try out the Sunstar GUM ‘fresh breath kit’, which contains a GUM Technique Plus toothbrush, GUM Original White toothpaste, GUM Original White flos, GUM Easy Flossers x 30,  GUM Soft-Picks Advanced, GUM Flosbrush Automatic, GUM Tongue Cleaner & GUM Original White mouth rinse!

Travel: Exploring Calvinia

I'm all for exploring South Africa & this year it's definitely on the To-do list to see as many places as possible. This time around i'll be exploring a place called Calvinia which is a regional town in the Northern Cape province of South Africa named after the French religious reformer Jean Calvin. The Calvinia district is part of the Great Karoo region of South Africa. The town is just south of the Hantam mountains on the banks of the Oorlogskloof (meaning "War Ravine") River. 
So the reason why this town is rather special to me is because this is the place where my mom was born and lived in for most of her childhood years. I have always heard about the most amazing stories of her time in Calvinia however I have never actually been, until this past weekend. The driving time from Cape Town to Calvinia took about 4 hours and 1 minutes to be exact. On route we past some really amazing places such as Clanwilliam, Vredendal and then the Vanrhynespas. When I arrived in Calvinia, the rich history is quite evident in the surroundings. The first stop definitely was the most biggest postbox that I have ever seen. It seems to have become and iconic landmark in the area. The post box measures 6.17-meters high and has a circumference of 9.42-meters & In the exact same road you can find a beautiful erected building of the Dutch Reformed church which architectural detail is simply breathtaking. 
I really wanted to explore more about the town, where it originated and what had happened in this part of the Northern Cape and I knew the only place to find the purest form of history and not just hearsay stories was to go to the local museum. The museum now housed in the old Jewish synagogue is now an accumulation of all of the history within the area. The space holds many priceless artifacts as well as some really astounding antiques. Calvinia was founded in 1845 on the farm Hoogekraal which was purchased by the Dutch Reformed Church in order to establish a parish for the far flung community of the Hantam Karoo. The original name of the region and the village was Hantam. The name Hantam has its origins with the Khoi people and it is believed that the name refers to “the hill where the red nut sedge grows”.
The branch railway line running from Hutchinson through Carnarvon and Williston, were completed in 1917. For many years the railway was the primary conduit for the transportation of agricultural products to various parts of South Africa & this railway network linking Johannesburg and Cape Town. Sadly started to not be in use as frequently & then not at all. The train now stands in the garden of the Calvinia Museum.
Another amazing discovery when exploring Calvinia was the Art street which boasted beautiful artifcats which consisted both of valuable and junk pieces found all around SA and gorgeously arranged to form an eclectic pathway. I must say that I have never seen anything quite like this, but there was something really special about it! You can an array of old road signs, rustic cars, bikes, shoes, cups, plates and array of random stuff that gives this space the unique look and feel.
This weekend in Calvinia, was so much fun. I cannot believe how much there was to explore and a weekend is really not enough! So excited to be doing more of these on the spur of the moment trips! SA is really such a beautiful place!

Monday, 23 January 2017

2017 | Think, Reflect, Plan

I really wasn't planning on doing a New Years resolution post or a 2017 goal setting but seeing that we still in January I think it's a good idea to just take a step back, think, reflect & plan before the craziness of life & the new year completely settles in. I know that New Years resolutions is usually a waste of time and making major changes hardly pans out seeing that the change is usually so BIG that you become despondent and end up giving up well before even attempting to begin. Well this time around I have decided to make small little changes everyday and keep track of it. 
So lets start with THINK: 2016 has been a great year for me both personally and professionally. I really do count my blessings everyday. There were many challenges on the way, but I've learned that challenges is what makes this life interesting. If everything always went according to plan, what would the lesson learned have been. However the happy times and the growth within my area of space really does out way any struggle. 

Then lets move on to REFLECT: One of the highlights of the start of my year has to be that I got to travel to London, it really is something that I never in my wildest dreams would have thought would be possible. Then to end of the year I got to travel to Namibia on a family holiday which was such an epic adventure. To be able to travel to 2 different countries in one year is really something I will never take for granted. On another note my blog has grown in leaps and bounds and because of it, I have also been granted various opportunity to do quite a few local travels as well as experience and go to places I would have never gone to otherwise. I got to eat at amazing restaurants, visit stunning hotels/accommodation spots, review some fantastic products, attend great launch events as well as in the process push myself to become a even better version of myself. It really is my HAPPY PLACE!
& now we PLAN: I really do believe that 2017 is the year of completion! There are many projects in my personal life that I've started but haven't quite completed. There are so many ideas and plans that I have floating around in my head, that hasn't been put into effect or executed, we all know what happens when life happens and it detours the plan and you end up not getting to it. But I know that this is the year of change. I know that one of my major problems is PROCRASTINATION & I'm sure majority of us have this very same issue, we put off what we need to do until we end up not getting to it at all. I  have started off the year by carrying a notebook with me, as well as actually planning my calendar to adequately prepare for various tasks. I find it really useful actually seeing the tasks that I still need to complete and then upon completion ticking it off. The thrill of ticking items of has given me such a new found relieve and pride that it has become something I actively enjoy doing. 

Over the +4 years that I've been actively blogging and sharing my thoughts I can truly say that blogging has taught me so much! Blogging is such a public forum and space and therefore opens itself up to criticism from people in various spheres of life. I've learned that we cannot always please everyone, and we cannot change who we are, in order for others to like us. Be who you are ALWAYS & the world will find something to love. Blogging has given me the ability and vehicle to dream big and follow my passions. I was the girl who wasn't great in sport, didn't have a hobby that ignited a spark and there wasn't anything that made me fall completely in-love with it, over and over again! Many years ago when I discovered blogging it became exactly that for me... It became the thing that I could spend hours on and not notice. It became the space where I could write, express myself and yet completely lose and find myself again. I grew with my blog and it has become my saving grace. I have become so much more confident, bold & not afraid to colour outside of the box! Instead I learned that it is outside the box that it's less crowded & such an amazing way to follow your dreams as you write your own story.
So with all of that said...I have decided that for 2017 I will be bold in the decisions I make regarding my career & personal growth and I will not compromise on the life I choose to live. I will work harder at my dreams than I’ve ever done before & live a life of meaning, passion & soul pleasing happiness... so here goes to an amazing year of LOVE, ADVENTURE, GROWTH, PROSPERITY & PERSONAL FULFILLMENT!

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

AVON | Product Update

You will be seeing this type of post on a rather regular basis as Ill be updating you on new Avon products on the market as well as Avon's best selling items. So that you are well aware of what to look out for. So first on the cards has to be Avon's #1 choice for everyday beautiful hair. The advance TECHniques professional range has new new & improved premium packaging endorsed by New York Hair Experts. Often we use hair-care products without knowing the exact purpose. Well Shampoo is used to cleanse, repair & strengthen hair as well as remove unwanted build-up. Conditioner is used to reseal newly opened, cleaned follicles & treatments and masks should be applied 2-3 times a week to enhance the efficiency of the shampoo & conditioner. 


Avon Daily Shine Range- for dull/normal hair
This range is formulated with Multi-shine technology & moisturizing Pro vitamin B5 to leave hair with 200% more luminous shine for up to 3 days.



Avon Argan Oil- for dry hair
This range nourish, smooth & restructure dry damaged hair. These products are infused with Argan Oil + Pro vitamin B5 + vitamin E to combat frizz. Your hair will be 73% smoother & 93% more manageable.
Avon Supreme Oils- for dry hair
This range is formulated with Nutri-5 complex for salon- perfect hair, intensely nourished, healthy & incredibly soft hair from 1st use. This product includes 5 precious oils Macadamia oil, Camelia oil, Almond oil, Grape seed oil, & Marula oil.
Along with the Avon advance TECHiques hair range, Avon has now formulated a new & improved formula serum which is inspired by there Diamond Technology. This means that there hair serums now has added ingredients that nourishes the hair follicles to make it stronger. This new added benefit will help to make hair 5 x stronger. 

DID YOU KNOW?
Avon sells 2 serums every minute making it the #1 hair care products in the Advance Technique range 
Avon's No 1 Tissue Oil
This fan favourite tissue oil has 7 skin transforming benefits:
-Reduces appearance of stretch marks
-Reduces appearances of scars
-Reduces the look of dark spots
-Reduces the look of discolourations
-Helps even skin tone 
-Softens and smooths
-Deeply moisturizes
Watch this space for the next insert on new Avon products as well as some of your favourite products that is just too good not to share. To view the catalog you can view brochure here: AVON E-Brochure