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Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Do you have oily skin?

Everyone that knows me knows that I struggle with extremely oily skin. My face is usually a massive shine ball before we have even hit 12 o'clock. Don't get me wrong there are loads of great benefits to having oily skin. Sebum (oil) can be bothersome at times, but it is actually good for your skin’s health. It has been reported that oily skin types actually age slower than other skin types because of its natural moisturizing effects and the antioxidant properties of the sebum. Win in some ways is a massive win if you think about it. But truth be told, while we all are wanting desperately to age gracefully we also wanna look great now and not having fill a jar of oil while we at it.
So for the past couple of weeks I had the opportunity to try out the Oh So Heavenly Bye- Bye Shine range. Let me start of by saying that I was really skeptical with regards to whether it was gonna work. I mean I usually I don't expect much from skincare products that are affordable. Wow that statement sounds rather dumb when I read it again? We usually expect the expensive, high end products to do the job better. But boy oh boy did these products impress me.
So I started of the process by washing my face with the face wash enriched with Aloe Vera & Grapeseed Extracts to cleanse the skin & remove excess oil. I then proceeded to spritz on the facial toner it remove excess oil, tone & soothe skin. While I waited for the product sink into my skin and dry up & the lathered on the day cream. Can I just point out that this day cream is just bomb! It has a SPF15 included and controls oil and leave a beautiful matte finish. Before I started applying my usual foundation my skin was completely matte and had minimal shine but was not at all tight which I have experience before when using oil control products.
I've been using this routine for a while and even throughout the day my foundation just stays on for much longer. We all know the only Shine you do want is your HIGHLIGHTER popping, not your T-zone!

If you keen to try out the Oh So Heavenly Bye-Bye shine range it is available at Clicks stores, you can also check out the website: http://ohsoheavenly.co.za/ which you can find all of there available products. 

If you have any great tips to share on how you curb the shine, do leave a comment below!

Monday, 11 June 2018

Review: Le Pommier Wine Estate

So this past weekend we got the opportunity to book a weekend away with AFRISTAY to Le Pommier wine estate. It really was a story book breakaway experience! Le Pommier is an intimate country lodge situated in the Cape Winelands. There are 6 suites, 7 country rooms and 2 self-catering units in typical luxury country house style and comfort. The ideal setting for relaxation, the lodge is situated in a tranquil environment amongst the vineyards of the Cape.
The room we stayed in is part of their luxury suites overlooking a beautiful dam-setting. Each with their own bathroom and lounge area, gas fireplace, air conditioning, TV & DSTV hotel bouquet and overlooking the breath-taking mountains of the Banhoek Valley.
We also had the opportunity to have breakfast at Le Pommier Restaurant which is included in the package when you stay over! Mid afternoon we then decided to do some wine tasting. We got to experience the taste of Le Pommier through their easy drinking wines. If you keen to try it out, it actually cost R30 to taste 4 wines!
We arrived the Friday evening to the most loveliest cheese platter & Red wine set up in our room as a welcoming gift from Le Pommier it really was such a special treat! 
I must say that the gas fire place was one of my absolute favourites. It is perfectly located along side the bed. The weather was really gloomy with the occasional downpour. But not to worry the fireplace, paired with a good series and the cosy bed was such a great combo which made staying indoors such an absolute pleasure!
Le Pommier is located on Helshoogte Pass (R310), the main route between Stellenbosch and Franschhoek and the perfect base from which to explore this unique and most breathtaking region.
  • -6 min from Stellenbosch
  • -15 Min from Paarl & Franschhoek
  • -35 Min from Cape Town International Airport
If you are keen to get away and book a stay. Do visit AFRISTAYAfristay has grown to become one of South Africa's largest accommodation portals. They have 22,000 listings across the whole of South Africa on Afristay.com I found the booking process to be such a breeze and the endless options available so refreshing! 

Sunday, 10 June 2018

Review: Ohana Beauty & Wellness Spa

So for the past couple of months I have been extremely busy with exams and work. As soon as I wrote my final exam I was so keen to unwind and have a little bit of me time and what better way to unwind than with a full body massage & a rejuvenating facial. Ohana Beauty & Wellness Spa is situated at 36 Wood Drive Table View, Cape Town & is really the perfect location to relax and get away from life's stressful elements.
Even though I visited the Spa specifically for a massage & facial, that is definitely not all that they do. They do everything from manicures, pedicures, gel overlays, acrylics, waxes, microneedling/dermapen and much more. The massage I received was absolutely spectacular and I promise I was still in absolute awe thereafter. The facial I received was just as bliss. The spa uses great quality products and it really is evident in the results. I have really oily skin which is prone to break outs. My skins texture felt amazing after the facial & I will definitely be going back. The spa used products from the Exuviance range, which is widely recognized around the world as leaders in the field of cosmetic dermatology. 
If you are keen to try out any of the spas treatments please find menu below:

If you would like to get in contact with the spa you can check them out on GoBeauty or you can contact them directly on www.facebook.com/OhanaBeautyandWellness/ or www.instagram.com/ohanabeautyandwellness/



Sunday, 27 May 2018

Letibalm winter survival kit

Having a cold or flu is probably one of the worst & frustrating things to have. Whether it’s caused by allergies, hay-fever, colds or flu, blowing the nose repeatedly can damage delicate skin leaving it red, chapped and sore.

Letibalm has been especially created to protect and care for the lips, nose and the skin in-between. Originally from Spain, it’s the first balm of its kind and the only nose and lip repair balm available in South Africa.

Letibalm gently moisturizes dry skin, helps to repair painful cracks and calms irritation. It also creates a protective layer on the skin to prevent further chapping.  Thanks to natural decongestants menthol and camphor, Letibalm also helps to ease breathing.
Natural Cold & Flu Remedy
Ingredients
1 cup of honey
2 lemons, sliced
Fresh ginger, sliced
Add the lemon slices, ginger & honey in layers. A layer of lemon slices, a few pieces of ginger and a spoon of honey. Repeat until the jar is full, then seal and place in the fridge for 12+ hours, so the flavours can infuse. Stir before use (lemon juice & honey may separate) adda couple of teaspoons to a mug of hot water and drink immediately. Keep it sealed in the fridge for up to 2 months.
Letibalm is available at a recommended retail price of R69.90 from Dis-Chem, selected Checkers stores and independent pharmacies. It comes in 3 variants:

·         Letibalm fluid (10ml tube) – RRP R69.90
·         Letibalm (10ml jar) – RRP R69.90
·         Letibalm Paediatric (10ml jar) – for children 0 to 8 years - RRP R69.90
Top Tips: Caring for your nose and lips this winter:
  1. Keep the skin well-moisturised.
  2. Use very soft tissues or toilet paper with aloe vera or calendula.
  3. Gently pat or blot the nose rather than wipe.
  4. Apply Letibalm nose and lip repair balm to protect, moisturize and help heal the skin.
  5. Wash with lukewarm water, avoiding harsh soaps or exfoliators.
  6. Use a saline spray to keep nasal passages moist.
  7. Use a humidifier to add moisture to the air.
  8. Drink plenty of water, hot broth or herbal tea.

For more detailed advice on winter skin care visit Ivohealth’s blog www.ivohealth.co.za/blog

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Join the creative revolution

Art can not only say a lot about a person but also about a society. If you put a continent’s name before “art”, your mind will conjure up an image based on the works you’ve seen. Even though that image might not be the most accurate, you’ll be able to clearly distinguish it from works related to other continents. But what happens when that image becomes what everyone else associates with a continent? And even extends as far as search results.
This is currently the case with African art. When you type these words into a search engine, the results will include images that most would expect to see. Whether it’s carved masks, tribal face paint or people in loincloths, it all points to the same underlying perception. And when this image isn’t a wholly accurate representation, it can have a negative effect on the perception of a society. Although these images still have their worth, they don’t show the diversity in African art today. And that diversity says a lot about the continent. 

What it’s fighting for
This is why a creative revolution is in order. It’s necessary to diversify the search results to include works of African art that are representative of the continent at the moment instead of in the past. African art is vibrant, striking and just as good as the rest. And this is what we need to show.

Many African artists stay outside of the limelight because their work doesn’t look like the general perception seen in the search results. That’s why it’s important to get them featured. Not for the sake of making them famous but because it will positively impact how the world sees Africa. Once we’ve shifted the perspective, the possibilities are countless. When the world perceives you as strong and capable, the opportunities start lining up. And our art shows just how strong and capable we are. A perception can either do a lot of harm or a lot of good. When the perception doesn’t match reality and instead distorts it, it’s important to shine some light on the reality. When looking at the current search results for “African art”, it’s clear that this perception is off.

Where to start
Changing a perception is not the easiest thing in the world but it’s possible if you approach it in the right way. That’s why Absolut and One Source Live have created a platform to not only showcase contemporary African art but get it featured in search results. Don’t worry if you’re unsure of the exact mechanics of search result rankings. The important thing is whether or not you believe in the creative revolution and want to be part of it.
The platform features an array of African artists whose work reflects the complexities of Africa and its people. Instead of just painting one, easily digestible picture of the continent, they aim to show diversity and a myriad of different examples of creativity. After all, isn’t diversity what makes both art and Africa great?
The mission is simple – changing what African art looks like to the world. And the platform can only be successful if we all support it and buy into the idea it’s trying to put forth.

How to get involved
Getting involved and supporting the creative revolution starts with going to the site and voting for your favourite images. Yes, it’s that easy. Each vote could mean that an image is closer to being featured in search results. And there’s no limit on the number of votes per person so you can choose as many as you like. While you’re there, take a moment and share the images, or even just the site, to your social platforms. Encourage your friends and family to vote for their favourites too and change the way the world sees African art. The more votes they get, the higher the chances of the images showing up in search results. Finally, be conscious of how you and people around you speak about African art. 

If you see that generic perspective slip through, try to steer clear of it. The only way we can change how the world sees us is by being sure of how we see ourselves.

Sunday, 11 March 2018

Mineraline Skincare Range

So a couple of weeks ago I was invited to fly from Cape Town to JHB for the Re-launch of a skincare range called Mineraline. It is a premium skincare product formulated with the therapeutic power of the Dead Sea. The product proves to gently purify, exfoliate, and regenerate your skin, relieving it from the toxins that build up daily and improving any signs of damage. Each of the products unique formulations also incorporate proven, quality ingredients, supercharging them to renew your tired, stressed skin. The range that I am personally most excited about is the "Clarify" acne range. I don't necessarily suffer from major acne, but since I've got oily skin, I am prone to breaking out. I was so excited to start using the range & within the short time that I have been using it. I have already seen fewer breakout and more manageable skin. It obviously only the beginning but man I am excited :)
The Mineraline CLARIFY line is especially formulated to help clear and soothe breakout-prone skin. The skin care experts incorporated the naturally purifying and therapeutic benefits of Dead Sea minerals with powerful blemish-fighting ingredients to help clear the skin and stop further breakouts. I have now put aside about 10 minutes out in my day to do this 4 step process. It's the best 10 minutes spent caring for my skin.
Aloe Vera has always been used throughout the world to treat skin abrasions, burns, and irritation, as it quickly cools, soothes, and renews. In this unique formula, the mineraline beauty experts supercharged the curative properties of Aloe Vera with the moisturizing power of Vitamin B5, and the regenerating benefits of the Dead Sea’s minerals. Our Aloe Vera Invigorating Gel is gentle enough to be used as needed on sunburns and other minor burns, insect bites, and other small wounds and cuts.

This special blend of Day Cream moisturizes your skin, without leaving it greasy. The Aloe Vera and other proven ingredients provides my skin with long-lasting hydration, helping it retain moisture throughout the day. I have been using this product every morning. I applying it in a gentle, circular motions which this allows the cream to absorb. I have been going makeup free on most days as this product just feels so good on my skin. Another great to use when I have some extra time on my hands has to be the Dead Sea Mud Peel Off mask. This product gently exfoliate and deeply cleanse your skin. The mud extracts impurities and oil from your pores, and enriches your skin with the therapeutic and nourishing power of the Dead Sea’s minerals. The unique blend is enhanced with Aloe Vera, which helps renew your skin, naturally repairing blemishes and imperfections.     

       
 If you are keen to try out these products for yourself. You can find the Mineraline range exclusively at Dischem Pharmacies & Mineraline.com


Monday, 26 February 2018

Competition: Nomination Official

We know that February is the month of love and it's slowly but surely drawing to an end. But don't wish it away just yet. I have teamed up with the Nomination Official for an awesome competition that will make you feel the love bug vibes all over again. Yes, you read right! You can stand a chance at winning a Nomination composable bracelet with 3 x special ‘Love' links in the bracelet to the value of R5000.



Born from the art of Italian craftsmanship, Nomination's purpose and passion is to provide good quality and well-priced fashion jewellery for men and women of all ages. The Nomination story begins in the 1980s in Florence, the center of fashion and high-quality craftsmanship. Nomination’s founder, Paolo Gensini, grew up in a farming community and has strong ties to the land and its traditions. His extensive experience as a goldsmith and metalworker, together with a keen intuition, led him to an idea which would revolutionize his life, as well as the jewellery industry worldwide. Paolo wanted to create innovative modular jewellery for men and women of all ages and socio-economic backgrounds. From this point forward, the road to success was short and well paved.
The Composable Collection immediately becomes the very essence of the company, which is baptised “Nomination”, from the Latin, meaning “to name”. Soon after, new symbols and materials are added to the selection of gold letter links, and Composable becomes a truly special good-luck charm. Stainless steel is enhanced with gold and silver, enamel, and precious stones, making it the perfect choice for every style and occasion. Nomination creates a new way of communicating and expressing your personality through letters and symbols that represent you. It’s a powerful language which, right from the start, goes beyond Italian borders to win over the world and gain a huge cult following.The Composable Collection immediately becomes the very essence of the company, which is baptised “Nomination”, from the Latin, meaning “to name”.

Soon after, new symbols and materials are added to the selection of gold letter links, and Composable becomes a truly special good-luck charm. Stainless steel is enhanced with gold and silver, enamel, and precious stones, making it the perfect choice for every style and occasion.

Nomination creates a new way of communicating and expressing your personality through letters and symbols that represent you. It’s a powerful language which, right from the start, goes beyond Italian borders to win over the world and gain a huge cult following.

Check out the below social media platforms to find out how you can stand a chance at winning a Nomination composable bracelet with 3x special ‘Love' links in the bracelet to the value of R5000.


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