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Tuesday, 6 February 2018

National Fresh Breath Month #FreshBreathFix

February is the month of love, but did you know that it's National Fresh Breath Month too? Rather than getting in a twist about bad breath, it’s the ideal time to treat the tongue to a fresh breath fix. Experts say the tongue is often the cause of bad breath, and recommend daily cleaning as part of an effective oral care routine. My friends at G.U.M was kind enough to send me over a package with just the right tools for the job!
Tongue scrapping is recommended as part of your oral care routine. The surface of the tongue has tiny grooves where bacteria and plaque can accumulate. Removing the bacteria and debris on the tongue is one of the simplest ways to ensure fresh breath and a healthy mouth. Everyone, from children to older people, should incorporate it into their oral care on a daily basis. Cleaning the tongue at night can help prevent ‘morning’ breath.” says Stella Lamprecht, President of the Oral Hygienists’ Association of South Africa.
How to clean your tongue
By Dirna Grobbelaar, Ivohealth’s Oral Hygiene Advisor

1.     Ideally use a tool specially designed for cleaning the tongue like the Sunstar GUM Tongue Cleaner. If you don’t have one, use your toothbrush or a metal teaspoon turned upside down.
2.     Clean your tongue each time your brush your teeth (twice a day) especially if you smoke or suffer from post-nasal drip.
3.     Gently scrape from as far back as you can without gagging, to the front of the tongue. Breathing out as your clean the back of the tongue helps prevent gagging.
4.     Rinse the tool between each swipe.
5.     Gargle with water or an alcohol-free mouthwash (like Sunstar GUM Original White or Dentyl Active). 
6.     Clean the tongue before or after brushing and flossing - whichever you prefer. Cleaning the tongue at night can help prevent ‘morning breath’.
7.     For extra freshness use a small amount of toothpaste and gently brush the tongue before cleaning.
·Sunstar GUM Tongue Cleaner (recommended retail price R56) – effectively helps remove plaque and food debris from the surface of the tongue. The two sides provide a dual action - bristles to gently brush and a serrated edge to wipe the surface clean.

·Sunstar GUM Technique+ toothbrush (R62) - designed to provide advanced cleaning, even below the gumline. The non-slip quad grips are positioned so that the bristles are effortlessly placed at the 45 degree angle recommended for optimal below-the-gumline cleaning. The Dome Trim® bristles are clinically proven to clean below the gumline reducing plaque, gingival inflammation and bleeding. The extended SuperTip eliminates plaque from hard to reach places.

·GUM Original White toothpaste (R57) - helps remove stains and prevent their reappearance without damaging enamel. It contains fluoride to reinforce tooth enamel, as well as vitamins for healthier gums. It contains low-abrasive micro-silica to gently remove surface stains and a unique StainClear agent to help dissolve stains in hard-to-reach areas.

·GUM Original White floss (R56)  made with micronized silica to help remove stains between teeth and provides effective interdental plaque control. 

·GUM Original White mouth rinse (R92) - alcohol-free Sunstar GUM Original White Rinse contains StainClear to help remove stains from in-between the teeth and the tiny crevices in tooth enamel. Made with a patented combination of fluoride, Isomalt and vitamins, Original White Rinse delivers advanced mineralisation for stronger and shinier teeth, helping prevent further staining while strengthening gums and teeth.

These G.U.M products available at selected Dis-Chem, Clicks, pharmacies, dentists and retailers.

#FreshBreathFix
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Sunday, 4 February 2018

LG Smart Inverter Washing Machine

When I initially got married about +-5 years ago my husband & I moved into a two bedroom apartment on the top floor within a secure complex which in essence meant that doing washing would prove to be quite a mission. Most of the individuals that lived in the complex worked during the week which meant that on a Saturday morning everyone were fighting to make use of the communal washing lines. So with that said my mom graciously offered to do all of the washing. During this time I obviously had no desire to actually purchase a washing machine. Two years later we managed to move into a house and after years of my mom doing my washing she was actually happy to now finally hand over the reigns and let me do my own.
There are so many variety's of different washing machines on the market and deciding on which one to choose can become quite a daunting task to say the least. I think its important to know what you want in a washing machine before actually going out to purchase one as its usually a long term investment. So let me introduce to you the new LG Smart Inverter Top Loader Washing Machine which has just launched into the SA market. 

The main features are:
  • Energy Saving with Smart Inverter Control → Smart Inverter Technology eliminates wasted operation by efficiently controlling energy use.
  • Smart Motion → Smart Motion is 3 kinds of motions created by Smart Inverter for optimized washing by fabric type.
  • Turbo Drum™ → TurboDrum™ enables the most powerful wash and removes even the toughest dirt through strong water stream of rotating drum and pulsator in the opposite direction.
Useful Facts:
  • When the washing machine is turned off due to power failure, it will restart automatically from the position it stopped to adjust accordingly.
  • Even if the power cord is plugged in while power is off, only extremely little electricity will run through the washer. You don’t need to worry about wasted electricity.
TurboDrum™ enables the most powerful wash and removes the toughest dirt through strong water stream of rotating drum and pulsation in the opposite direction. This is great for me as i'm always messing on myself hence constantly needing to soak before washing. Well that is a thing of the past. 
This has to probably be my absolute favourite feature of the LG Smart Inverter washing Machine. Think back to the days when you were still living with your parents and on a Saturday morning when you actually want to sleep late you get woken up by the shaking & humming of your mom’s twin tub. Okay maybe this was just something that happened in my household, but it was without a doubt the worst. Smart Inverter Motor minimizes noise and vibration level and allows me to actually pop in a load of washing before going to bed and hanging it out before going to work. It is that QUIET. Smart Diagnosis: Helps diagnose & trouble shoot mechanical issues, limiting cost & inconvenient service visits. So if ever there appears to be something wrong with your machine but you personally don't know what to do. 

Just follow the next steps: 
Step 1: Turn on the power and open up your LG Smart Laundry App
Step 2: Place the receiver of the phone up against the Smart Diagnosis Logo& press the ''Water" button for 3 seconds
Step 3: The LG Smart Laundry App will identify & guide the solution
The top loader is available in white or silver and it comes in different capacities – 9kg, 13kg, 15kg, & 17kg. The value of the machine depending on the colour and capacity is between R 8000 – R9500. 
If you are keen on getting a LG Smart Inverter Washing Machine. Do check out the below links for more details: www.lg.com/

Tuesday, 23 January 2018

New Week. New Year

Have you ever done something, that completely scares you? I'm talking about that gut-wrentching, vommit inducing & a complete overwhelming feeling of terror. Well i'm totally having one of those episodes. 
I am currently embarking on my final 6 months of completing my Bcom Marketing Management Degree & the only issue is that I need to overcome something that has been scaring me for the last 5years. Yes this degree has taken me close to 5 years simply because between full time work, marriage, finances & all the other things life throws our way it has gotten me to this point- 5years later! I know this might sound completely crazy, and you might be thinking to yourself what exactly could be so bad?
Well my friends, my absolute horror is called Accounting!! Now im sure you all are laughing...

Guys this is a serious problem... Let me break it down for you. I have failed accounting twice, and on the third try I was so anxious that I ended up not even pitching up at the exam hall. I then decided to work out a plan & complete all of my other modules and leave this Accounting subject till last... And here we are!

I am so anxious, nervous & im feeling a ton of other emotions that ive never felt before.. 
When I think back, at my life there has never really been anything that I wasn't good at or at least that I wasn't even prepared to try. I'm always goal driven & nothing ever made me as anxious of the thought of failing AGAIN....
Recently I have discovered something that has really helped me banish these anxieties. I am absolutely obsessed with Pinterest and probably visit the site on a daily. I love reading the motivational quotes, scrolling through home decorating ideas & even catching up on some style/beauty tips. It then daunt on me, why not create a mood board filled with inspirational and motivational stories. The mood board can be placed anywhere in and around your home as a constant and daily reminder to stay positive and to work daily towards your dream.
& with that said, im just taking it day by day. Because sometimes we just need that constant voice telling us, YOU GOT THIS!

T-shirt: Foschini Pants: Foschini Sneakers: The Fix Sunglasses: Vogue Eyewear


Monday, 1 January 2018

Make-Up Brush Breakdown

I'm sure most us own way too many makeup brushes, and i'm also sure most of us probably don't know how use half of them? Right! Well today I thought it would be fitting to show you my top 5 favourite make up brush shapes to use and some of my favourite sponges as well. PS: All the brushes & sponges i'm using are from Real Techniques, they produce professional quality make up brushes & spongers that are both stylish and functional.

1. Real Technique Definer Brush
The eye define brush are designed for precision eyeliner looks. Use with liquid, cream, gel, or powder liners and shadows.

2. Real Technique Detailer Brush
The detailer brush: precision cut to effortlessly conceal problem areas; or, use with lipstick for long-lasting shape and definition

3. Real Technique Pointed Foundation Brush
This brush is amazing you can use it with liquid foundation to build custom coverage on specific areas

4. Real Technique Contour Brush
This brush delicately applies highlighter to contour or create sheer, soft-focus finish 

5.Real Technique Buffing Brush
This brush is ideal for full coverage application of powder and mineral foundation.

6. Miracle Complexion Sponge
It's a 3-in-1 multi-functional makeup sponge. The rounded side blends larger areas of the face. The precision tip covers blemishes/imperfections and the flat edge contours around the eyes and the nose, leaving you with a complexion that's smooth, enhanced and gorgeous! Use damp for a dewy glow or dry for a full coverage look.

7. Miracle Mini Eraser Sponge
From flaking mascara to eye shadow fallout, these little miracles help sweep away your makeup mishaps
 flat edges: erase
 rounded sides: buff + blend

 tip: targeted sweep

6 ways to erase:
1. Sweep away under eye shadow fallout
2. Wipe away liner gone wrong
3. Pick up brow product fallout
4. Wipe away mascara smudges
5. Pick up over applied shadow
6. Blend away too much blush or highlighter 

Real Technique Miracle Sculpting Sponge 
DEWY HIGHLIGHT + CONTOUR Designed to help create shadows or highlight your favorite facial features. -small side for precision highlighting -large side for controlled contouring 6 Surfaces to complete your sculpt: 2 flat edges to apply 2 rounded sides to blend 2 tapered ends for precision application

Real Technique Make Up brushes is currently available for purchase at Foschini stores as well as the online store, Foschini for Beauty



Monday, 4 December 2017

The Station On Bree

It may sometimes feel that the weekend can’t come soon enough and that to wait until Friday is a day too long to wait. However, fear not, as this summer The Station on Bree ushers in the start of the season with the launch of Thursday Reveal at The Station on Bree. Hosted by local talent and internationally renowned DJ, saxophonist and percussion specialist, George Sax, the amazing line-up promises to deliver the vibe, energy and world-class entertainment for which this popular Bree Street hang-out is known.
Having fast become a Capetonian favourite since opening its doors in 2016, this summer, The Station on Bree is going bigger and better. Every Thursday throughout summer, George Sax, will be joined on stage by an array of home-grown talent. An array of performers will showcase the best of what Africa has to offer in a setting that fuses the iconic design of the London Underground with the bustling and cosmopolitan atmosphere of Bree Street. Whilst The Station on Bree guarantees a great night’s entertainment, it’s the food that always takes centre stage at this fantastic venue. The Station on Bree, sees the introduction of a new summer menu. Continuing in the manner of ‘unpretentious street food’, The Station on Bree offers a casual Mediterranean-infused dining style that focuses on fresh flavours and simple ingredients. From leisurely lunches through to late dinners, visitors have the option of traditional main meals or ordering from a choice of small plates that taps into the culinary trend for a more shared and social approach to dining currently sweeping through the gastronomic world.
Billed as Cape Town’s first underground meeting place, The Station on Bree is a unique, multi-storied venue with a variety of different stations and platforms located throughout. Each of these offers specific services, so whether you’re looking to begin your day with a morning coffee from artisanal brand Mischu, end the day with an after-work cocktail from the fantastic selection on offer, enjoy a leisurely dining experience or start your evening off with a bang – the lively, character-filled atmosphere of The Station on Bree provides an ideal day to night setting that truly has something for everyone! Similarly, The Station on Bree is available for private functions, and can provide a range of package deals to accommodate all requirements to ensure a genuinely memorable occasion.
The Station on Bree takes “Themed bar” to another level. Iconic sounds of the subway play over speakers in the bathrooms, which reveal exposed plumbing and copper accents. Worn-down “Mind the Gap” signage throughout gives the impression that countless soles (and souls) have scuffed against the paintwork over time. Station maps cover the ceiling, a giant platform clock presides over the bar, where a ticket window looks out onto an outdoor courtyard, boasting chalkboard table tops and a roofed train station bench. Suspended light bulbs in the main corridor change colour throughout the evening, and full-walled video timetable adds a contemporary touch. And the wait staff’s train-conductor outfits sew things up beautifully.
To further fuel your experience at The Station on Bree, the newly launched gin menu offers visitors the chance to craft their own gin and tonic, layering botanical flavours with an assortment of lively flavours. If this isn’t quite your thing, choose from the carefully selected wine list that features some of the Cape Winelands’ finest, or sample from a range of local beers on tap. The perfect place to connect with friends, pop into The Station on Bree this summer and climb aboard for a trip that promises to be one of Cape Town’s hottest spots this summer!
The Station on Bree is located at 207 Bree St, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, 8001 and is open Tuesdays to Sundays, 11h00 till late.

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Maybelline #BigShot Range

So I received a epic press drop from Maybelline SA, to test and review. I have never been so excited about a range as what I was when I received all these stunning products. The collection consisted of liquid lipsticks, matte lipsticks, a bronze palette, blush palette, setting powder & volume mascara.  #BigShot 

Master Bronzer Kit, bronze and highlight for a dimensional, sun-kissed glow.

BENEFITS
Get a glowing bronze look with Maybelline’s Bronze & Highlight Kit. These universal bronzer and highlight shades can be mixed together or worn alone to create a head turning sun-kissed look.

HOW TO USE/APPLY
Mix and match for a custom glow.

Step 1. Sweep bronzer all over the face.

Step 2. Add highlighter to the top of the cheeks and blend.

Upon seeing so many amazing nude shades in the VIVID HOT LACQUER it really got me excited to start playing around with the product and reviewing it for upcoming looks. Saturated vivid color meets strong lacquered shine for your most sensational high shine lip.

BENEFITS
Maybelline's high-impact gloss goes vivid! Strong lacquered shine and opaque color melt onto the lips for your most impactful lip look.

HOW TO USE/APPLY
Step 1. Apply lip lacquer with the applicator wand in the center of your upper lip and follow the contours of your mouth.
Step 2. Glide the lip lacquer across the entire bottom lip.

Master Blush & Highlight Kit. Unlimited artistry! Color and highlight for dimensional statement cheeks.

BENEFITS
Go beyond the highlight for vibrant and dimensional statement cheeks. Maybelline's Color & Highlight Kit allows you to blush your own way. Use each shade alone or mix and match to create a custom cheek color.

HOW TO USE/APPLY
Step 1. Apply blush. Tip: Use shades alone or mix & match shades to create your own look. Step 2. Add highlighter. Blend.

Color Sensational® Loaded Bolds Lipstick. Maybelline’s creamy lip color is available in a collection of full-spectrum shades from jet black to bright white.

BENEFITS
Hypercolor pigments and an opaque, creamy clay base deliver one-stroke intensity. Sumptuous honey nectar leaves a creamy finish. Maybelline’s Color Sensational The Loaded Bolds is available in a range of pigment-loaded shades from deep plums and electric blues to vibrant reds and natural nudes. Dermatologist tested. Allergy tested.

HOW TO USE/APPLY
Step 1. Apply lipstick in the center of your upper lip and follow the contours of your mouth. 
Step 2. Glide the lipstick across the entire bottom lip

Master fix setting & perfecting loose powder. Microfine translucent powder sets, mattifies, blurs and smoothes for an undetectable finish. Creates soft-focus effect as it sets makeup.

BENEFITS
Maybelline’s setting + perfecting loose powder creates a soft focus effect as it sets makeup and mattifies shine, blurs, and smoothes. This translucent shade looks natural on all skin types and leaves a smooth, flawless finish.

HOW TO USE/APPLY
Swirl lightly over face with a powder brush. Can be used alone or on top of makeup.
Volum' Express® The Colossal Big Shot™ Mascara, a volumizing mascara for bold lashes in one coat.

BENEFITS
Lashes go powerful with Colossal Big Shot. 8 out of 10 saw bigger bolder volume. The Big Shot brush features unique, wavy bristles that cradle lashes, while the collagen formula delivers bold volume. Ophthalmologist tested. Suitable for contact lens wearers. Packaging may vary, what you receive may not be what is reflected on site.

HOW TO USE/APPLY
Step 1. Sweep the Big Shot brush from root to tip for dramatic volume.

Step 2. Repeat to build even bigger volume.

Keep an eye out on my social media platforms to see how I create #BigShot makeup looks using these Maybelline products!

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Don't Sweat It

So I never actually knew that having excessively sweaty hand & feet was actually a thing? I am serious. We usually see it in the movies, whereby the nerdy shy boy/girl at the back of the class displayed sweaty palms when coming into close contact with his/her crush. Well it doesn't just happen in the movies. Only recently have I come to discover that it was actually a thing and that excessive, uncontrollable sweating of hands is called hyperhidrosis. The thought of not being able to do basic essential tasks without a sweaty palm must be rather overwhelming let alone an embarrassing experience. I mean when I think about it basic things that we take for granted such as picking up our phones, typing a email, reading a book or even giving a firm handshake could result in a sweaty residue all over your objects and others.
However if you are struggling with a sweaty hands or feet problem, don't despair. Most people sweat as a reaction to environment (hot temperatures) or emotion (stress). It’s a normal reaction to these circumstances. For those who suffer from excessive sweating, the reaction is tenfold and often unprovoked. It is a condition that isn’t often talked about because people are often too embarrassed or don’t know it’s a condition they can get treatment for. There is help out there and so I have come to know about this revolutionary product called the Iontophoresis machine which has assisted thousands of people and the responses has been amazing!
How long does it take for the machine to make your hands and feet dry?
After one week, most people will have dry hands and feet. It might take longer for some people. To understand the treatment timelines, have a look at the graph below.

How long should each Iontoderma treatment last?

Every use of the Iontoderma machine should last at least 20 minutes up to a maximum of 30 minutes, making sure to spend half the time on each polarity.
Will it work for you?
If you have no results within 60 days, you can simply send your device back and you will receive a full refund. No questions asked.

If you would like to find out more information about the Iontoderma machine simply check out the website. click here. The actual device cost about R5300 and has a 2 year warranty. PS there's free shipping to SA! Also check out the review page whereby you can find feedback from other happy customers. 

If you struggle with sweaty hands & feet and is keen to give the Iontoderma machine a go, let me know what you think once you've tried it for yourself.