Wednesday, November 15, 2017


Hey guys, this review has been a long time coming...and if I don't do it I won't be able to brag about the products in posts to come. Today I'm welcoming a brand that I'm familiar with as they are one of the few brands that are out there that have ventured into the Soweto market. The brand is called AFRIDERM and the very first product that I bought from them was their handlotion cause you know how much I love hand lotions. Okay okay let's get straight to the review. 

The claim: 
*Peeling Gel: Removes old skin cells, nourishes the layers beneath, and encourages skin regeneration. The gentle action clears away dry, rough patches and dark skin left by blemishes, for a smoother, even-toned face. 
*Eye Cream: Complete refreshment for fatigued eyes, soothing tired skin while improving firmness contains Aleo, Shea Butter and Green Tea. 

The product: 
It comes in clean white container and the tops are a dark toned chrome goldish 
(hope you get my explanation here - but pictures don't lie (see image below)). 

My Experience. 
When I first saw AFRIDERM at Edgars Jabulani Mall in Soweto I first gravitated towards the packages and got intrigued because it claimed to be For ALL Dark Skin Tones and I was happy because not a lot of products are made for exclusively us sisters of a darker skin tone. Secondly the packaging is gorgeous and thirdly a product that claims to target the issues that I mainly deal with which is tired dull skin, so I would say AFRIDERM got me at hello.

Trying on the peeling gel for the first time for me was a bit extra because I had an expectation that once it dries up it will actually start peeling, which it does but a small amount... Then my sister (Cindy) had to remind me that is a peeling cleansing gel and not a mask so it won't peel of that much. The peeling gel does what it claims to do and I like that it does not leave my skin feeling dry. 

The eye cream for me didn't work cause even though it is made for people with sensetive eyes like mine, I'm sure the fragrance decided to take center stage because it does smell a little scented. 

My Verdict:
Overall I'm happy with the peeling gel because although it peels it does not leave my skin feeling dry, and I would pass the eye cream. I have my eye out for their serum though on my next shopping trip.

Afriderm Peeling Gel retail - R120 - SHOP HERE

Afriderm Eye Cream - R235 - SHOP HERE

Hope you enjoyed my review. 

See you soon. 



*Gifted/PR products

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

African Extracts ADVANTAGE RANGE Daily Repair Facial Oil Review

Hey darlings, earlier last month we got invited to the beautiful chilled Tashas in Mandela Square for breakfast by African Extracts. Today we are going to review a gorgeous product by African Extracts from their ADVANTAGE RANGE called *Daily Repair Facial Oil

The claim: 
This non-greasy treatment oil helps to reduce the appearance of dark marks and spots and protects skin from environmental damage. With the antioxidant power of Bio-Active Rooibos, vitamins and essential oils of geranium, German chamomile, rose, lavender and neem seed, this advanced, 100% natural derived lightweight oil helps reduce the signs of damage caused by environmental and lifestyle stress. Ideal skin that needs daily renewal and a brighter, more even skin tone. 
The product: 
It comes in a luxurious red box with gold trimmings.When you open the box, it comes in a gold cap, transparent bottle that enable you to see the contents inside. We like the packaging because if you didn't know that African Extract was a drugstore brand this product/advantage range could easily get mistaken as a high-end brand

Our experience:
The product has a dispenser dropper, that allows you to control the application easily because 2 to 3 drops you are okay, a little goes a long way here guys. Just because it is a facial oil it does not mean it will clog your pores, it just left our skin feeling hydrated and moisturized. 
We also like that the oil absorbs faster which we thought it wouldn't.

Another favourite has to be the SPF 15 enriched Hand and Nail cream which we got at the event also.

Our Verdict:
It is a great product because its affordable retails for R169.99 and with continuous use we saw our skin having more moisture in a good way. The only bad thing about it is that you have to handle it with care because one slight mistake it falls and you will find all your product on the us we learnt the hard way.  


Cindy and Intokazy

Monday, November 13, 2017

Manicure Monday | Weekend Catch-Up

On my nails Revlon Colorstay TopCoat ///Essence shade Hope For Love //// Avon shade White Gold

Hello Bazala, sharing my nails as #NOTD #NOTW because Intokazy has really short nails this week and Zanele's nails are in another state right now, so I'm saving Manicure Monday for you. This post will be just me sharing my thoughts. 

I have noticed that each and every season has that one colour that just stands out. I think that dusty pink is just everywhere, and I'm really loving it because it is just one of my favourite colours. 

Another thing that seems to be on trend this year is clothing with roses...everyone calls it "FIVE ROSES", and I've seen some very strange combinations but I will say the jeans looks wayyyy better than t-shirts soo far. 

I watched Idols this weekend I vote for Paxton she is young and vibrant, I like that.... I can't believe she is the first one to get a golden ticket in Cape Town and has made it to the finals this girl has it. #TeamPaxton

Two words Destruction Boys, I first heard of them when I went to the KZN earlier this year and these boys are just all over now.... I can't complain cause I'm a fan also. 

Well that is it for my first Manicure Monday post. 



Friday, November 10, 2017

Event | SURVIVOR Wine Tasting in Soweto

Sanibonani bo #SebenzaGirl this is Ntokazy and Cindy bringing to you our first ever post for the blog and it is an event not just any event but a wine event held at the gorgeous Just Badela Resturant in the famous neighbourhood Orlando West in our beautiful home town of Soweto. 

We are just glad that our first event for the blog was in Soweto 
and now we can venture South Africa. 

One fine day, as a truck laden with cattle rattled past D.B. Rust's farm, one of the passengers decided The Cow Stops Here. She jumped.Not only did she survive, but she has thrived, and even produced several offspring. Because she embodies the forthright sprit of the Swartland, this creamy, barrel fermenetd wine with the lingering tropical fruit notes and vibrant minerality, pays tribute to our noble *Nguni cow, Survivor. 

*Nguni cattle are the traditional livestock of the Zulu people of South Africa

Okay okay the story behind the wine is really interesting and makes one think...mmmh

So back to the event, on Wednesday night we spent the evening tasting wine to officially introduce Survivor Wines to the Soweto market and we had fun. 

We tasted a variety of wines and you can also see what we had to taste

Our favorite has to be SURVIVOR CHARDONNAY which is also sold out on their site. 

Overall we are glad that companies are taking chances and finally 
seeing that Soweto has so much to offer. 

Thank you soo much Survivor Wines for the invite, you will be on our shopping lists. 



Thursday, November 9, 2017

Review | Yardley Stayfast Liquid Matte Metallic Lip Vinyl

Yardley Stayfast Liquid Matte Metallic Lip Vinyl
(Top to Bottom - Coppering, Chrome Pink, Queen B, Reign)
Hey guys, hope that you are having a great Thursday and the taxi strike didn't affect you as much as it did me (atleast I got a chance to blog). So here is the thing this post was supposed to go live last week the same time I shared my first impressions of the new Yardley Stayfast Matte Metallic Lippies on YouTube but rather late than never. 

I received the lippies a few weeks back and just wanted to do something different with them hence the YouTube video first then blog review after: 

Lets jump straight into the review:

P.S. the review will be focusing on the 4 new metallic shades (pictured above).
Yardley Stayfast Liquid Matte Metallic Lip Vinyl
(Top to bottom Miss Mauve, Rambling Rose, Killer Pink, 
Electric Tangerine, Engine Red, Femme Fatale)
The claim: 
Yardley Stayfast Liquid Matte Lip Vinyl in 4 NEW lustrous metallic shades. All the benefits of our coveted Stayfast Liquid Matte Lip Vinyl – high impact colour, 24 hour wear and an ultra-matte finish; now comes with a glittery, jewel like finish. Merging the staying power of a matte lipstick with the high wattage shine of a metallic!

Available in 4 shades: Reign, Queen B, Coppering and Chrome Pink

The product: 
The lippies come in the same pack as the already existing matte shades, if it wasn't for the sticker on top it would be a bit difficult to tell the metallic  to the mattes... However the metallic shades are pretty visible also because the bottle is transparent and all you see are shimmers withing the lip product... so I ain't complaining that much.

My experience. 
I was very skeptical with this matte mettalic trend I don't want to lie. Fistly I thought too much shimmer, the glitter within the lipsticks will be messy and just cause a disco around your mouth area... but Nope I was proven wrong which I like as the shimmers/metallic parts are saved by the matte part of the lippie (hope I make sense here)
Another thing is I thought that when I do apply them on the lips they would feel  heavy and won't dry out... I was proven wrong also here, the metallic lippies are one application you are happy, quick to dry and don't feel heavy on the lips.

My Verdict:
Everyone is releasing metallic shades these days and I must say Yardley did a great on this one. The Yardley Stayfast Liquid Matte Metallic Lip Vinyl are super affordable, lite on the lips and super quick to dry-out.
I would suggest you get all the colours but if I had to choose I would get Coppering and Reign

Yardley site : HERE

P.S. Clicks has them on sales for R95.95 : SHOP HERE

You can also watch my lip swatching video over HERE
Hope you enjoyed my review. 

See you soon



Wednesday, November 8, 2017


LOL my title reads like and an over exaggerated YouTube post. 
Hey guys hope you have been well and okay and keeping cool cause Spring has me
 feeling some typa way, I'm not complaining though. 
Sorry for being MIA on the blog and everywhere lately, I am doing something about it. 

I have decided to bring two new people on the blog to cook up content for us. 
My sister and friend have seen the tight work schedule that I have and have volunteered 
to do more work for me, here on the blog. 

Been planning on asking them for a while but it just felt good that they offered first. 
So you will randomly see my sister taking over a Manicure Monday post, my friend Ntokozo sharing some transformations up in here and over on the YouTube Channel. 

So without wasting anymore of your time lets start with my sister....
Cindy Mondi
Sister - Cindy my real name Sindiswa but I prefer being called Cindy just nje!!!
Adore my kids (Mommy blogger finally whoop whoop)
Love a short blonde hair color
Very tall (When I walk in a room, you will see me)
Forever grateful for each and every day
Ntokozo Tshabalala
Friend - Intokazi that is how I would like to be called
Love life
Love going out
Love the spirit of helping people be themselves
LOVE MAKE-UP (more than Zanele)
You will learn more about me as we progress.


So there you have it guys, my new team members, cause without them 
I'm lost, so if you see them at an event near you. 




Tuesday, October 31, 2017

My Favourite Pink Products

A very over due hello, the month of October has been tough because I had to settle in a new job and I just wanted to just focus on that and if you are asking how the new job is so far so good.

October is breast cancer awareness month, the word breast cancer is really heavy so I thought that I should share some of my favorite pink products. Why Pink?! cause pink is associated wth breast cancer awereness and I just want to keep things light.

If you would like any support dealing with breastcancer or any other type of cancer please follow this link :

I also did a YouTube post sharing my current favorite products for the month of September/October, please come say Hi! September October Favourites

See you soon.



Monday, October 30, 2017

Event: 12th Annual iThembaWalkathon & Vlog

On Sunday the 22nd of October my family and I attended the 12th Annual iThembaWalkathon.... In attendance there was a crowd of more than 29 500 people making this the biggest cancer walkathon in the world, and my boyfriend laughs at me when I say I plan my year around the event.

This is my 3rd time at the event and I must say each year things get better as the years progress.

I'm glad to say I was part of the crowd and most definitely making this event part of the family for more coming years.

I also shared a vlog on the event please come say Hi...

Monday, October 2, 2017


Hey guys I hope that everything is well and okay, this week on the blog is Wishlist Week.... gosh I haven't done wishlists in a while. If you are new on the blog the rules are pretty simple I make wishlists on items and then go buy them (a majority of the that is)...then I will share and review them on the blog in upcoming posts. 

Today's wishlist is on Sneakers from the online  store Superblist. My sneaker collection is filled with neutral shades as I can dress them up and down. 

1. Superstar Foundation
By adidas Originals
R1199 (white) : SHOP

2. Wmn's Classic Cortez
By Nike

3. Wmn's Classic Cortez

4. Superstar Foundation
By adidas Originals
R1199 (black and white)

5. ZX Flux Adv Virtue
By adidas Originals
R1399 (pink)

P.S. On your first purchase you get *R250 off on a minimum spend of R400 applies.

So here is my wishlist... any takers? 

See you soon 



Tuesday, September 26, 2017

The Best & Worst Part Of Blogging

Soweto, South Africa
Wet n Wild /// shade Left Marooned
Hey guys it's Tuesday and I'm back with another post, I was reading on some blogging tips this past weekend especially the good and worst things about blogging. This made me think of my journey and why I began blogging and just thought that I should share with you some of my experiences. 

The Worst: 
If you are not sharing your life then why are you blogging?
There was a time for me when I could find an escape on my blog and just ramble on about things that don't make sense. These days it seems like it is a pre-requisite to share something personal about your life when blogging or vlogging so my tip here is just share content you are comfortable with as it might come back to bite you. 

The Best: 
Why did you begin blogging?
Did you begin to blog just to get free products or are you trying to share issues maybe around your community or just issues that you are dealing with on the daily that might be a help to someone else. 
With a thousands of blogs and bloggers In Out & Around South Africa you need to have that something special that you bring on the table cause surely we are all talking lifestyle, beauty and everything else that is trending. 

I surely enjoy blogging, which seems to be currently over taken by YouTubing but hey I ain't complaining, cause if you can't beat them join them right?

Happy Tuesday



Monday, September 25, 2017

Event | One Night Only Concert with LUX

My Heritage Day 2017 was spent at the beautiful Longmeadow Function Venue - Fourways at the One Night Only Concert held by LUX South Africa. 

LUX recently collaborated with 3 very talented artists Lira, Nhlanhla Nciza and Moneoa to produce the LUX #WeAreMore Anthem which has had more than 1.8 million views on YouTube, which I think is super awesome. 

"LUX has always been associated with beauty pageants and now, the brand is taking a stand to embrace women for more than just their outward appearance. 
LUX believes women are so much more than what meets the eye;they are mothers, sisters, wives, business women, leaders,mentors, caregivers to name but a few things. The brand has developed a platform for all women to showcase their hidden facets that are often overlooked".

#WeAreMore the theme for the night was most definitely brought to life yesterday by the talented ladies, and on top of that Lira, Nhlanhla(Mafikizolo) and Moneoa gave individual performances of their most beloved hits. 

Last night was a night to remember as everyone was treated like a VIP and the words of encouragement that we received throughout the night were most definately for the books. 

Thank you LUX. 



For information information : LUX Website

Friday, September 22, 2017

Revlon Ultra HD Gel Lipcolor Lip Swatches & Mini Review

Soweto, South Africa

New In | Lip Swatches & Mini Review

Hey guys, gosh it has been a great week blogging wise, a Friday post up so early I'm happy and next week expect more make-up looks and FOTD posts. I have been planning this years heritage day look and make-up and all I can say is heavy glam and why not...

Today it is all about the *Revlon Ultra HD Gel Lipcolour and I'm glad that REVLON is giving us Gel lips in the world of Mattes, and it's totally refreshing.

The claim:
Revlon says the following: "Get high-definition, lightweight color with NEW Ultra HD Gel Lipcolor. Intensely hydrating formula with hyaluronic acid. Available in 15 high-definition shades".
 The Ultra HD Gel Lipcolors retail for R185, and all I can stay is get them at Clicks cause they have their 3-for-2 special. 

My impression first:
At first glance the packaging is really dope, what you see on the outside is most definitely what you get on the inside which I really do like on products and on this packaging you can see that REVLON took their time on making not only the lipcolors to work but the packaging as well. 

If you are familiar with the REVLON's Ultra HD Lipsticks and you liked them then these Ultra HD Colours are for you also.
So far I'm really happy with the lipcolours as they are moisturizing, build-able and long lasting, who can complain about that... 

If you are looking for something that is moisturizing and durable this 
Spring/Summer then this one is for you.




Thursday, September 21, 2017

Quotes | Being Aware

Hey guys, if you have been following my blog for a while you would know that I like sharing quotes. Recently I have been doing really good blogging wise and other than sharing a beauty post today I thought that I should share some quotes, they helped me through a difficult time and 
I hope that they help you aswell. 

“Look at everything always as though you were seeing it either for the first or last time: Thus is your time on earth filled with glory.”
Betty Smith,

“If, then, I were asked for the most important advice I could give, that which I considered to be the most useful to the men of our century, I should simply say: in the name of God, stop a moment, cease your work, look around you.”
Leo Tolstoy,

“Be present in all things and thankful for all things.”
Maya Angelou

“It's worth making time to find the things that really stir your soul. That’s what makes you really feel alive. You have to say ‘no’ to other things you’re used to, and do it with all your heart.”
Roy T. Bennett

“Your own Self-Realization is the greatest service you can render the world.”
Ramana Maharshi

“Right time, right place, right people equals success.
Wrong time, wrong place, wrong people equals most of the real human history.”
― Idries Shah,

Quotes taken from Goodreads

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Lip Swatches | Avon Liquid Lip Lacquer Matte

Soweto, South Africa

Hey guys, hope everything is well and okay. Today I have a very short post for you and it is all about lip swatches from the Avon's Mark range. Mark by Avon launched earlier this year with a range lipsticks, eye-shadows, mascara's, etc... and now they
are giving us *matte lippies. 

The Mark Liquid Lip Lacquer Matte recently launched and I thought that 
I should share my first impressions on them
together with some swatches. 

The matte lippies come in 12 shades and they are currently on special guys they are R84.90 and their normal price there after will be R199.90, like on my many previous posts on Avon's products when they have a product launch, you know that the price
will be ridiculously cheap. 
I like that the packaging also come in a solid black top and the bottle 
shows off the contents of the product within, 
so what you see on the outside is what you get on the inside. 

The applicator also allows for a clean application as it is slightly smaller in the tip. 
The matte lippies are one application you are happy, they are well pigmented and should you want to build on some product later on the day the tip is to let the first application dry up and NEVER I repeat NEVER rub your lips on a matte lippie before it completely dries off. 

Over all I'm happy with the price and the lippies. Great job Avon. 

Have you tried any off these Avon's Matte Lippies?



Tuesday, September 19, 2017

POND'S Flawless Radiance BB Review

Soweto, South Africa
Hey guys, hope you are well and okay today I'm reviewing the POND'S Flawless Radiance All-in-One BB Cream. I will just jump straight to the review cause I have my thoughts here. 

The Claim
POND'S says the following on the BB: "The All-in-One Advanced Even Tone BB Cream with SPF 30 PA++ from POND'S that covers outside and helps to even skin tone inside! It gives you natural coverage that is especially designed to match your skin tone instantly. While its even tone actives are known to penetrate deep to continuously even your skin tone and reduce dark spots from 
within the epidermal layer". 

The Product: 
The POND'S Flawless Radiance All-in-One BB Cream comes in a tube and has that all round classic POND'S pink colour. I can't complain much with the tube because it allows for the the product to come out in a controlled manner (hope I make sense here). The BB I tested comes in shade the Chocolate, and when you squeeze it out a thick-ish creamy product comes out. 

My Experience: 
I have been using the Ponds Age Miracle BB Cream shade Chocolate (follow the link and see my previous review), which is perfect for me as it has anti-aging benefits and I must say that the POND'S Flawless Radiance All-in-One BB Cream doesn't do it for me because I'm dealing with a lot of things when it comes to my facial skin. Firstly the under-eye darkness and dryness are not that well hidden with the cream. I know that BB's are just tinted moisturizers but it must not leave my skin looking patchy as it does not blend well with my skin tone I feel like it is missing something.... 
 HEY HOLD-UP before you go there are some good news here, if you have dry patchy skin like mine, you will want to use the BB before wearing your foundation as it will enable the foundation to sit beautifully on your skin. 

My Verdict:
Overall if you are 3 shades darker than me and don't have major skin concerns you will love the BB as it will blend beautifully on your skin, but if you are my shade and have the same concerns like mine and still looking to buy the BB I recommend the PONDS Age Miracle BB Cream shade Chocolate. 


Have you tried any BB's and did they go?



Monday, September 18, 2017

Manicure Monday | TV Talk

On my nails I'm wearing Essence Glow & Care shade Go For Glow
Gosh not another late post, but I'm glad that I'm actually going to post something. Slowly but surely I'm getting back to the swing of things and who knows maybe I'll start filming again for YouTube. This week it's beauty week here on the blog and I will be sharing make-up related products, but before I do that let us have some Monday Manicure Talk.... 

This weekend I didn't watch alot of TV, so the review will be based on one show that I did manage to watch, my sister was just Keeping Up With The Kardashians the whole weekend. 


This week it was the chance for the top 10 to perform and like Randall (one of the judges said), it was just lame top 10 behavior the contestants were just not singing, so here is what I thought of each performance. 

1. Boring but okay
2. Loved the Lira performance
3. Bawo not Pawo (such a horrible mistake)
4. Ndawo yami yes!!!
5. I think he has found his voice 
6. Oooh my Bey-once!!! a bit gimicky LOL but I'm a Bey fan so I will vote for her. 
7. Faith - Kulungile baba perfomance of the night. 
8. Paxton - Sang that Arriana song really well. 
9. Mary J Blige, time inappriate ... boring
10. Perfomance number 10 was a better verson of 3. 

The question of the night on IDOLS was what would you do with your 1 million rand prize winnings, and others had really nice answers and the most interesting one of them all was the Pap and Inkomazi(sour milk) machine idea I'm all on board with that one, 
cause I love me some good Inkomazi, so for just saying that she has my vote. 

Hope that we all have a great week. 

See you soon


Friday, September 8, 2017


“Have you ever been in love? Horrible isn't it? It makes you so vulnerable. It opens your chest and it opens up your heart and it means that
 someone can get inside you and mess you up.” 
― Neil Gaiman, The Kindly Ones



Thursday, September 7, 2017

ESSENCE | Not Really Happy

Hey guys, been focusing soo much on skin care these days on the blog that make-up has taken a backseat, so I just thought that I should share with you some new make-up from the affordable brand Essence. This range has it's good, great and ridiculous items that have launched recently. So without wasting any of your time with the long intro let us get into it.


1. Essence Volume Stylist Mascara
2. Essence Shine Shine Shine Lipgloss
3. Essence Glow & Care Nailpolish

These 3 products are the best, as they are affordable and do exactly what they need to do. I like that Essence did proper lip-glosses that are not matte, these lip-glosses are pigmented and long lasting. The nailpolish glow & care is that perfect weekday shade that just goes well with every outfit (and will be featuring it this Manicure Monday).

Picture 1

1. Essence My Must Haves Eyeshadows

Picture 1 eyeshadow shades
1. Lip base: Lets Get It Started
2. Lip powder: Everybody Dance Now
3. Eyeshadow: Everybody Dance Now
4. Eyeshadow: T.G.I.F.

This is not one of my most favorite palette from Essence, I get the Lip base, lip powder concept however the shades do come out very patchy so this one is a no no for me. The eyeshadow shades everybody dance now and T.G.I.F are also not that flattering on darker skin tones.

Picture 2
Picture 2 eyeshadow shades
1. Eyeshadow: Peach #Party
2. Eyeshadow: Raspberry Frosting
3. Eyeshadow: Black as a Berry
4. Black is back

This eyeshadow palette Essence did try to redeem themselves with the shades I would say that all the colours are usable for people with darker skin tones so I'm not going to complain that much. 

Please remember that with the My Must Haves you have options to pick and choose which eyeshadows, lip powders you would like to have as they are each sold separately including the palette itself.  

Could this be the ashiest bronzer in town? I think so, I'm really not happy with the bronzers in this range, even the darker skin shade is not that dark and honey if you are a dark skin sister like me, just stay away from this product. 

Overall I'm in-between with my New In Essence products, Essence can do better you know. I'm just crossing my fingers that when I go shopping this month-end I find something better.

What's your take on the new Essence products?



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