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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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Facebook: @Channichic
Instagram: @ChanniChic


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