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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
Ivohealth: www.ivohealth.co.za
Facebook: @ivohealth
Twitter: @ivohealthsa

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