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Monday, 29 October 2018

Deck the halls with Joy this Festive Season

The festive season is without any doubt my favourite time of the year! Merely because its the time when everyone chooses to unwind, sit back and enjoy life a little more. We have roughly about 2 months to go before the end of December draws close, but let me say when I received this press drop from Cadbury it really put me in such a good mood. I am even more excited for the festive festivities to commence. The Cadbury allows you to spruce up your festive gathering and spread Joy across your home with the limited-edition Cadbury Festive Collection.
The range includes two of the much loved, delicious and back by popular demand treats; the Whispers Snowballs (Cadbury Dream coated, malted honeycomb bites), and the Cadbury Dairy Milk Festive Whisper slab. There’s more – the introduction of an all new and exciting set of four delightful Christmas Baubles.

The baubles are filled with treat size chocolates, each with a different Cadbury favourite; Cadbury Dairy Milk, Cadbury Flake, Cadbury Top Deck and Cadbury Dairy Milk Bubbly.
And, before you unwrap and tuck into these delicious treats, embrace your creative side and spread some Joy by using the baubles to decorate your festive tree or table.

The Cadbury Festive Collection heads your way soon and will be available in major retail stores from October 2018.

Friday, 26 October 2018

Avon Beauty Pop-up store

So Avon currently has a pop up store running in Canal Walk Shopping Centre from the 22nd - 28th October 2018 & now you get to shop all of your favourites! I attended the launch on Wednesday and managed to stock up on all of my must have items. 
I had to stock up on my all time favourites such as lip liners, liquid eye liner, eye makeup remover, matte lipstick, scented lotions as well as those must have essentials such as makeup brushes!
On the other hand I love Avon as it really is a company that believes in Beauty with a Purpose. Avon has afforded many South African women and mothers financial freedom as well as flexibility, a fact documented in an Oxford University study which highlighted: Women that sold Avon for 16 months or more earned enough to manage their household expenses. Independent Avon Representatives' income put them in the top half of women in the their communities in terms of what they earned every month and put them in line with what the average black man earns Independent Avon Representatives learned business, sales and marketing skills that can be transferred to other employment or business opportunities
Avon has raised and awarded more than $1 billion worldwide towards vital issues affecting women including breast cancer, domestic violence and emergency relief – affecting lives of women and their families worldwide.
Make sure to check out the pop up before it's gone!  

Tuesday, 23 October 2018

Life Update

Cannot believe that the year is slowly but surely drawing to a close. It went by so fast! I haven't been writing & posting as much on my blog but will definitely be doing it more often. I actually enjoy it so much and cannot believe that I neglected to do it for such along time. The year is quieting down on my side which is great as it gives me time to do the things I truly enjoy. Not to long ago I shot a look post with Lisa Wayne Creations & it was so nice to do it again after a good couple of months of having my head stuck in the books. Ill be doing another post where Ill share what I was up to and why I was rather quiet on my blog :)
Another thing that you all might have noticed is that I haven't coloured/bleached my hair for the longest time. I am just growing it out which is super weird for me as I use to do my root touch ups religiously every 5 weeks for over 3-4 years and now I am just winging it which is both liberating and so so good for my hair! I have been rocking my natural hair and it helps as it takes minimal heat to wear the fro.
Some of you might have seen my post on Instagram about getting my first tattoo! It was the scariest, but most liberating thing I could have done. I have always wanted a tattoo but never knew exactly what. I wanted it to be something meaningful that I would never regret having and the moment it came to me, I knew it was something I would love forever. My sister, cousin & I decided to do it together as we wanted it to be something we could look back on & remember. I did a mini video on my instagram you can actually watch it on my highlights. I decided to go with an origami airplane with a trail leading into a heart. It perfectly signified my love for traveling and flying! The first time I got to travel to London a couple of years ago by way of winning a competition. That trip really changed my life. It broadened my mind and changed the way I viewed life. This little girl from CPT realized that there is life outside of our circumstances. She can DREAM BIG and BE whoever she wants to be! Hence my tattoo symbolizes the absolute freedom that traveling has brought me!
I just graduated a couple of days ago which I will share with you in another post. But I am so excited for this new chapter in my life! I am ready to get the ball rolling again on the blogging front and create great content that gets my creative vibes glowing again!


Top: The Fix
Pants: The Lot
Shoes: Mr Price
Bag: The Lot
Watch: Casio SA



Wednesday, 22 August 2018

Review: The Chelsea Clinic & Spa

So a couple of weeks ago I was treated to a 90 minute luxury facial at The Chelsea Clinic & Spa. Let me start of by saying that this facial was completely different to any other facial that I have previously received. I arrived at the spa & was given a short form to fill out about my skin, any concerns & problematic areas etc I was then lead through the beautiful spa to the room where my treatment was being done. Can I just point out that this spa is beautiful, tranquil & definitely a space to relax & rejuvenate.
The Chelsea Clinic & Spa is a unique place, entirely devoted to beauty and well-being. We are highly respected within the beauty industry and widely regarded as one of the most innovative and Top Aesthetic / Anti-Ageing Clinics in the country.

The 90 minute customized Luxury Facial contains the following: The therapist started analyzing my skin, she asked me some questions about the history of my skin which would in turn assist her in customizing the best course of action for me. All skin types & tones are different. She proceeded to cleanse my skin & added some steam to open up my pores. I have extremely oily skin & also suffer from mild acne. She proceeded with a gentle exfoliate & then looked at my skin under a microscope to determine whether extraction was needed & It surely was. I tend to get deep rooted pimples which means they are usually locked under the skin & causes painful bumps.
Once the extraction process was completed I received the most glorious masque, customized serum applied to target my problematic skin areas & ended off with a decadent shoulder & facial massage. Bliss to say the least...
What makes the luxury facial different to a Chelsea basic facial is that it will include any facial waxing and tinting desired at no extra cost and is 30 minutes longer. If you decide to not have any facial waxing, tinting or extractions the therapist will fill the time with a longer massage. I opted for a brow tint as my brows are so light you would think I have none...TRUE STORY!

Now a few weeks after my luxury facial I can literally see the improvement in my skin. All in all The Chelsea Clinic & Spa is an amazing place for sound skincare advice & a tranquil setting to relax & unwind.

Contact
Tel:
+27 (0)21 797 5001

Bookings:
reception@chelseaspa.co.za

Enquiries:
clinic@chelseaspa.co.za

Monday, 6 August 2018

Far Away- Rebel. Dare to be Yourself

In a world where fitting in is expected, FREEDOM is an act of REBELLION.
I was beyond excited when I received a chocolate box paired with a hammer. I have never received such an exciting & interactive press drop. We were instructed to use the hammer to break the mold and reveal my inner rebel. You can check out the video on my Instagram whereby I got the opportunity to smash the chocolate box which then led to reveal the decadent FARAWAY Rebel Avon fragrance. Avon was voted the number 1 brand in the fragrance category on the 2017/2018 Ask Afrika Kasi Star Brand Awards. With a wide fragrance range crafted by world-class perfumers to suit and elevate every occasion and mood. Avon is proud to introduce Far Away Rebel to the family.
Far Away Rebel, the latest fragrance in the well-loved Far Away collection, is designed to embody authenticity, courage and fearlessness. This new perfume uses delicately balanced notes of sumptuous salted chocolate and tantalizing toffee resulting in an alluring blend of naughty and nice. Far Away Rebel was developed with world-class perfumer, Jean-Marc Chaillan, from the IFF fragrance house who said: “I felt inspired by the woman who emanates hints of innocence beneath a layer of audacious passion.” This sophisticated combination opens with a vivid burst of crème de cassis and fresh orange blossom and finishes with a daring temptation of salted chocolate and toffee.
I am completely in-love with this Avon scent. The purple packaged bottle is both chic and elegant. I love that the scent lingers for hours after applying it.

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Monday, 23 July 2018

#COSMOFEST2018: THE BIGGEST FASHION AND BEAUTY EVENT OF THE YEAR

Cape Town, South Africa – Tickets sales for #COSMOFest2018 have officially opened. This two-day fashion and beauty event is set to take place from the 27 – 28 July 2018 at Canal Walk in Cape Town.
#COSMOFashionFest, taking place on Friday 27 July 2018 from 7PM – 10PM, will feature a live runway show, showcasing the latest fashion and accessory trends by the Cosmopolitan fashion team, local designers and partner brands including Foschini, GUESS and many more. The show will include exclusive live performances by South African music acts and award-winning choreographers. Headline sponsor, Bernini, will treat all guests to a welcome drink to kickstart this highly anticipated event. Tickets for #COSMOFashionFest are R270 and are available for purchase via Quicket.

“Always ready to sparkle, Bernini is looking forward to treating all you glow getters at #COSMOFEST2018. Be sure to bring your bestie and don’t miss the Bernini masterclass at #COSMOBeautyFest for tips to perfect a metallic manicure”, says Tania Kotze, Bernini Brand Manager

The following day, on Saturday 28 July 2018, #COSMOBeautyFest will captivate the crowds from 8AM – 4PM. Guests can look forward to a full-day mega masterclass on everything beauty from nails and hair, to fragrance, makeup and skin. The event space will be filled with hands-on workshop stations manned by DIY beauty specialists as well as live beauty activations. All attendees will walk away with a goodie bag worth over R800, courtesy of COSMO’s partner brands. The event will be hosted by the Cosmopolitan beauty team, expert makeup artists and influencers including Cynthia Gwebu and Nadia Jaftha. Tickets for #COSMOBeautyFest are R450 and are available for purchase via Quicket.

The entire two-day #COSMOFest2018 experience is available at a reduced price of R650 via Quicket. The combined ticket will allow guests access to both the fashion and beauty event spaces.

“#COSMOFest is an exciting new two-day event, hosted by MTV Base Presenter Nomalanga Shozi. Expect a fun, fabulous fashion show, with the latest winter trends you’ll want to wear now. Entertainment is guaranteed with a lineup of acts like award-winning choreographer Rudi Smit and his fierce dance crew. For the first time ever we’ll be hosting a beauty master class on day two, filled with instagrammable moments and a live panel discussion with influencers, artists and the Cosmopolitan beauty team.” Holly Meadows, Cosmopolitan Editor

COSMO is calling this two-day event the biggest fashion and beauty event of the year. A number of top-tier brands from both industries are set to provide an unmatched experience of the most coveted style and beauty trends on local and international runways.

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