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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.




Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Kahvé Road launches NEW Coffee Capsules!

So I got a invite to the launch of Kahve Roads new coffee capsules. Anyone that knows me, knows that I take my coffee very serious... and strong! I have never been to this little retro chic café but was definitely keen to give it ago. Kahve Road is perfectly located inside Cavendish Square on the ground floor next to H&M.
Kahvé Road, premium coffee and patisserie specialist has extended their retail offering and will now stock their very own premium coffee capsule range which will be available at the popular eatery based in Cavendish from September 2017.
The café opened its doors in July this year and has been quite the talk of the town, gaining rave reviews for their unique specialty coffee blends. Offering five distinct signature blends made 100% Arabica Specialty Grade Coffee which is ethically sourced and are of the highest possible quality - you will now be able to make a delicious Kahvé Road cuppa in the comfort of your own home.
The Café boasts an impressive selection of signature blends aimed to indulge various coffee palates. Whether you are looking for something bold, rich or subtle, you are bound to find a blend you love. 
The new capsule offering will be available in store in boxes of 10 capsules, retailing for R90 each. All capsules are Nespresso compatible.

Coffee Capsule Blend Breakdown:

Petra (House Blend):  Kahvé Road’s Petra house blend draws together some of the world’s premium coffee beans to create the delicious flavours of sweet milk chocolate and berries, and an alluring aroma of caramelised berry. Just a single sip of this captivating blend will begin a journey of discovery you’ll want to share with the world.
·         Coffee: Ethiopia, Columbia, Guatemala
·         Intensity: 6/10
·         Flavour Notes: Sweet milk chocolate, berries
·         Aroma: Caramelized berries
Babylon (Dark Blend): Like this ancient lost city, the Kahvé Road Babylon blend offers a new gateway to your coffee journey. Every sip promises an experience of pure enjoyment with a decadent aroma of fresh cream and hazelnuts, and a sweet creamy flavour of dark cocoa.
·         Coffee: Brazil, Indonesia, Columbia
·         Intensity: 8/10
·         Flavour Notes: Sweet, Creamy, Dark Coco
·         Aroma: Hazelnuts & Fresh Cream
Machu Picchu (Light Blend): With every sip you will discover a fresh, bright aroma followed by natural notes of melon and orange, and a smooth aftertaste.
·         Coffee: Burundi, Uganda, Malawi
·         Intensity: 5/10
·         Flavour Notes: Fresh Melon & Orange
·         Aroma: Bright & Fresh
Troy (Decaf): The Troy blend will surprise you with its intensity and good body and will reveal complexities and layers with every sip.  Enjoy this epic journey of rich cocoa and aged pear aromas followed by the captivating flavours of chocolate and tobacco.
·         Decaf Coffee: Mexico, Democratic Republic of Congo
·         Intensity: 6/10
·         Flavour Notes: Good Body, Chocolate, Tobacco
·         Aroma: Rich Coco, Aged Pear
·         Caffeine-Free
Chan Chan (Rooibos): Using nature’s best ingredients to create a caffeine-free tea that transports you to a place of harmony. The Chan Chan boasts a unique sweet fynbos aroma and gentle flavours of woody spice, caramel and peach.
·         Tea: Spiced Red Rooibos Tea
·         Flavour: Woody Spice, Caramel, Peach
·         Aroma: Sweet Fynbos
·         Caffeine-free
Kahvé Road opening times:
·         Monday – Thursday: 07:30 – 19:00
·         Friday - Saturday: 08:00 – 21:00
·         Sunday: 08:00 – 18:00
For more info of the Kahvé Road experience visit the website http://kahveroad.com/ and stay tuned on social media for the launch of Kahvé Road’s new online store.
·         Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KahveRoad/
·         Twitter: https://twitter.com/KahveRoad
·         Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/kahveroad/

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

INOAR GHAIR BOTOX TREATMENT

I've been chemically colouring my hair for years and has since decided to try and grow out my natural hair and basically just give my hair a little bit of a break. It's obvious that my hair is not in the best condition due to all the bleaching and colouring etc. The thought of doing the "BIG CHOP" has crossed my mind quite a few times. But the thought of having no hair completely overwhelms me. My ends is currently is really bad condition and the overall look and feel and in dire need of a pick me up! So with that said, I was offered to try out a brand new in-salon treatment from INOAR professional called GHAIR BOTOX TREATMENT. It's a 30 minute treatment which promotes hair growth, strengthens hair, reduce frizz, reduce knots, add shine and defines curls.

DIRECTIONS:
I went to Carla Hair Design Salon in Camps Bay to get the treatment done and it was really such a easy, hassle free process. While getting my hair done Carla explained the product and the benefits of it in great detail. My hair was washed with the INOAR Help Detox Shampoo and then towel dried. The Ghair B-Tox mask was then applied and comb through. The product was not applied to my scalp as well as not massaged in. We waited for the 30 minutes rinsed and then styled. Easy Peasy!
GOOD TO KNOW INFO:
The product is developed with Wheat Germ oil which is Fatty Acids, Argan oil, Shea Butter, Hydrolyzed. Keratin and Grape Extract. It's rich in Vitamin A, C and E which protects your hair from harmful agents & rich in antioxidants that fights Free Radicals!

IMPORTANT FACTS:
  • B-Tox treatment may last 4+ weeks
  • Use Inoar’s salt-free shampoos to maintain the treatment
  • B-Tox will not influence tint/colour in the hair
  • B-Tox my be done immediately AFTER colour/hi-lights/toner
  • (Remember the cuticles are already open…so no need for a clarifying shampoo.  
  • Use a normal Shampoo (no conditioner) after colour/hi-lights and apply the B-Tox )
  • No fumes / odour / eye-burning
  • Large market – may be done on all clients
  • Works extremely well on chemically damaged hair
  • May be done on virgin hair
  • Not recommended for pregnant women
RESULT – BEAUTIFUL, SOFT HEALTHY HAIR
I am so happy with the results. My hair so shiny and soft and most of all its manageable with less knots. This is definitely a treatment you should try if you looking for the instant pick me up for your hair. If you are keen to try it out I will definitely recommend going to Carla Hair Design Salon. The location and salon is beautiful and she simply works wonders with her hands details below:
Carla Hair Design
24 Woodford Avenue
Camps Bay

Salon: 082 793 89 99


Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Top 5 natural hair products

I always get asked what I'm currently using on my curly fro and with the Clicks Curls expo just around the corner I thought it would be just the right time to share with you my 5 favourite products for my curly tresses. With curly hair you need to find the right product suited for you hair type. Some of the hyped up natural curl products on the market did not work for me at all, but did wonders for others. It's important to find just the right balance for you.
One of the major issues with having curly hair is.... knots, knots & more knots. I usually find that on the 2nd to 3rd day my curls feel and looks the best. Since we don't comb the hair on a daily as you would with straight hair knotting are thus prone to happen. It has always been one of the things that has made me shy away from wearing my hair naturally. The combing out process has many a time come with many screams and a odd tear here and there. But since I've discovered the Aunt Jackie's instant detangling  products, wearing my curly hair has become a shear pleasure. This product is enriched with Shea butter & Olive oil and is any curly haired girls dream product. 
The following product which I discovered at a Design Essentials launch I attended in the beginning of the year has been one of my go to products ever since I discovered it. This product refreshes curls like nobodies business. After maybe a second or third day your girls will start to look a bit dry and may go rather ratty. This product will instantly refresh it & bring it back to life. This product comes in travel size, which allows me to pop it into my handbag with ease.
The TwistaSista curl activator creme has given me the well defined curl I have desperately been after. After a good shampoo & conditioner rinse I would then section my hair into 4 parts and liberally spread this product through my hair while gently combing it. I would then leave my hair to air dry and separate curls with a fro comb. This product is infused with coconut, avocado, almond oil & it smells absolutely divine.
The my natural hair range has to be my all time favourite products to use as its probably one of the few that is actually produced and made locally. After attending the My Natural hair launch last week which they showcased there new styling products I couldn't be happier at the range and the variety of product that is now available on the market. The My Natural Hair hydrating mask is such a great product for giving your curls that much needed TLC. I would lather on loads of this heaven sent cream and walk around the house for hours with it. After rinsing off I would apply the strengthening oil which gives me the required shine I need to my ends.
If you are keen on embracing your Natural Hair journey you just have to attend the upcoming Clicks Curls Cape Town event taking place at Spier Wine Estate on Saturday 16 September 2017 – an expo dedicated entirely to waves, curls and coils. 
Hosted by the fabulous Amanda du-Pont and dynamic Siv Ngesi, #ClicksCurls Cape Town will feature the best of local and international natural hair brands. Gold sponsors include Shea Moisture, Aunt Jackies, Cantu, Design Essentials, L’Oreal Elvive Curl Nourishment, Afro Botanics and Black Pearl by Pearl Thusi. Silver sponsors include Caivil, Dark & Lovely Au Natural, Garnier Ultimate Blends, Hask, Jane Carter, Maui Moisture, My Natural Hair, Not Your Mothers, Palmers, Sunny Isle, Tropic Isle Living and Twisted Sista.

Ill be giving away 1 set of double tickets to the #ClicksCurls event as well as a Aunt Jackies hamper to the value of R500, follow me on my social media platforms for the details.


Thursday, 31 August 2017

FORD EVEREST

So about 2 weeks ago, I got an awesome opportunity to test drive the Ford Everest for a week. It was definitely something I was keen to do. Think about it a stylish looking SUV with all the bells and whistles accompanied by a full tank of fuel and the open road. YES LIFE GOALS RIGHT??!!
Hubby and I planned to take a road trip, we weren't quite sure where to but literally before I knew it 7 of my family members was all keen for a drive along to which was later established to be the West Coast. 

Fuel Consumption
So the obvious question that I am sure everyone's wondering about when seeing such a huge SUV. How heavy is this piece of machine on juice relative to the performance. The Ford Everest’s advanced 3.2L TDCi Turbo Diesel engine delivers 147kW of power and 470Nm of peak torque, all without compromising fuel efficiency. This was literally one of the best things about this SUV. The usual perception is that with a big vehicle fuel consumption would be high. But I was pleasantly surprised, after driving to and from work the first 2 days of the week there was hardly any difference to fuel consumed and then on the 3rd day we started out our journey. We decided to take a quick drive from CPT up to Vredenburg and then same day back again. The days that followed we also took a leisure drive through the Cape Wine Route passing Stellenbosch, Franschhoek & Wellington to name a few. Upon returning the vehicle to Ford on the last day their was still a bit of fuel left to spare.
Space & Capability
This was one of the factors that made me fall in-love with this piece of machine. It could comfortably fit in all 7 of my family members with ease which meant that we could enjoy a long road trip with all of us being in one car, instead of our usual 2 car trek to and from our destination. The great thing was while sitting inside the SUV it really didn't feel that big yet we all sat comfortably with enough leg room for all. With all the passengers on board & the great leg room I had no idea that it was even possible to still have any boot space left, but yes it did. More than enough.
I was literally ticking off all, the Pro's to the Everest in my head. Good fuel consumption-tick, enough space- tick, slick & gorgeous looking SUV- tick, what more was there that could possibly impress me?  Yes, there was more...
Technology
I am a complete techie. If I can use technology to make my life easier... why not? SYNC®3 is a fully integrated, voice activation system that lets you use your favourite devices while your hands stay on the wheel and your eyes stay on the road. Sync your phone to call your friends and play your favourite music. This made the whole journey so much more enjoyable. Equipped with a customisable 8” Colour LCD capacities Touch Screen; SYNC®3 is quicker and more responsive than ever before.
Active Park Assist
This may be one large SUV, but parallel parking couldn’t be easier. I pride myself by getting my licence at the age of 18 and when my world gets kind of chaotic I take comfort in the fact that parking is definitely one of those things that I feel I can do seamless & effortlessly. However in the Ford Everest at the press of a button, Active Park Assist not only helps you find the right size parking spot, it steers itself in. Simply take your hands off the wheel and watch as it parks perfectly. All you have to do is control the gears, accelerator and brake.

You can get your hands on The Ford Everest range starting from R5899* a month and retail price of R458,900 R699,900


Thursday, 11 May 2017

Exploring Prague!

So I thought I’d write an honest post based on my experience visiting Prague, Czech Republic. This post will contain the good and the maybe not so good. Disclaimer: I know that every country has it's own issues and that no country is perfect. However this is my experience based on my time spent in the country....
Let’s start off with the good. Prague is an absolutely magical city filled with beautiful architecture, a rich history and great touristic visiting spots. The ancient capital city is a captivating place to travel to and it has proven itself to be a popular tourism destination. For those visiting Czech Republic for the first time there are many popular tourism attractions on offer to explore.
 
The first place that was on my list to explore was definitely the Charles Bridge. It is an historic bridge that crosses the Vltava River in Prague. Its construction started in 1357 and finished in the beginning of the 15th century. The Charles Bridge was the most important connection between the Prague Castle and the city’s Old Town and various surrounding areas. The bridge can only be used by pedestrians and its total length is 515.8 metres.
As soon as I arrived in Prague along with a few of the others that had joined us on the trip we took to the streets of the Old town, Prague, this is thus an medieval settlement of Prague and notable places in the old town includes Old Town Square and the Astronomical Clock. The Astronomical clock was first installed in 1410, making it the third-oldest astronomical clock in the world and the oldest one still operating. I however I did not manage to get to see the clockwork strike on the hourly, but it is known to show figures of the apostles and other moving sculptures. It really is spectacular to actually see this gigantic astronomical clock on full display.
We also managed to get around to seeing the Prague Castle which dates back to the 9th century. According to the Guinness book of records Prague Castle is the largest ancient castle in the world occupying an area of almost 70 000 square metre. The castle is amongst the most visited tourist attractions and when visually seeing the architecture and attention to detail it is clear why this is such a popular destination.
Another must see has to be the Lennon wall or the John Lennon wall as it is known. Since 1980 it has been filled with John Lennon inspired graffiti and pieces of lyrics from the Beatles songs. In the 1988, the wall was a source of irritation for the communist regime of Gustav Husak. Young Czechs would write grievances on the wall and in a report of the time this led to a clash between hundreds of students and security police on the nearby Charles Bridge. The wall continuously undergoes change and the original portrait of Lennon is long lost under layers of new paint. We were told by a tour guide that the amazing thing about this wall is that it is constantly changing, if you had to visit Prague a week later, the wall will look completely different. Also according to law this is now the only wall in Prague where it is legal to draw here and make use of graffiti.
So now I’ve given you a clear view on the great things to see in Prague, let’s talk about some of the perhaps not so great things that you could experience when visiting the magical city! If you are looking for a friendly welcome and good old hospitality it seemed to be quite a stretch. Asking for directions from the locals or even the cab drivers was an absolute mission, as they come across completely irritated and abrupt. We even experienced this in the local café whereby the waitresses was just plain rude. Asking basic questions was quite an annoyance for them and their faces clearly showed their frustrations. In the hotel we even had the experience when the guy assisting us with the bags got so irritated with us, talking amongst ourselves before instructing him about where we would like our bags to go. His body language openly showed how upset he was, which we found weird, as abruptness is never okay when it concerns customer service. However it seems this city definitely plays with a different set of rules. We were so relieved when we actually found a 1 in a million, that was actually polite and keen to assist.
So before clicking "publish" on this post, I thought to myself perhaps the Czech people was only rude to us and it could perhaps be a isolated situation. I then went to the trusted MR Google & typed in "Why is Czech people so rude? And crazy enough there were actually many articles written about it. Surprise Surprise!
On our final day in Prague we were at a tram station and had no idea how to buy a ticket, we asked for assistance from a person working there and they were so abrupt and just answered insert the money and walked away. We then needed to use the bathroom and inserted 5 koruna to open door, but the door ended up being jammed. We again asked for assistance and the guy merely shrugged his shoulders and refused to assist and walked away.
Getting ripped off by taxi drivers seems to be another trend within Prague, Czech Republic. We experienced this when taking a taxi to the Charles Bridge, and then when we took a taxi back we ended up paying almost double. The taxi driver swears he took the quickest route even though we knew that we were driving on the outskirts and in circles which meant an more Koruna.
I must say this horrid and unfriendly service received from the Czech people only dampen the city by about 20% and the remaining 80% is firmly held at the breath taking architecture and beautiful landscapes. Has anyone else experienced this when traveling to Czech Republic?