Friday, July 10, 2020

NEW IN | #CetaphilMaskne (HEY WHAT IS MASKNE?!)


Well Cetaphil has an answer for us,
 “Maskne”, the latest and not-so-luxurious term to enter 
the world of COVID-19. As the name suggests, Maskne, is acne that results from wearing a face mask
 or dermatologically known as acne mechanica. 
This type of acne is commonly triggered by sweat, friction, 
and pressure on the skin and causes inflammation, unpleasant red rashes and tiny clusters of
 pimples around the nose and mouth specifically.

Cetaphil®, a leader in gentle skincare products, shares some tips to help take care of your skin while wearing a mask.

1. Choose a soft and breathable mask

Cloth face masks can now be easily purchased from a variety of places online or home-made. 
It is recommended to use a mask with three layers, selecting a non-woven (or similar) fabric with strong filtering capability as the middle layer, and the accompanying inner and outer layers for comfort, structure and some additional protection. 

It is recommended to wash re-usable masks regularly as they are prone to collect dirt, oils, bacteria, and germs, which may exacerbate skin problems. It should also be noted that the Department of Health has discouraged the public from using the N-95 masks, as these have been reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders.

2. Include a gentle skin cleanser into your skin care routine

Select a skin cleanser like the Cetaphil ® Gentle Skin Cleanser, a mild, non-irritating, non-drying gentle skin cleanser for even the most sensitive skin. This cleanser can be used without water. So, if you have irritated or sensitive skin, gently swipe a cotton round with the cleanser over your skin.

3. Create a skin care barrier by using a moisturiser

After your daily morning exercise and post cleansing, apply a moisturiser like the Cetaphil® Daily Hydrating Lotion. This lightweight, oil-free moisturiser with Hyaluronic Acid provides instant hydration, maintaining the skins protective barrier, and helps to protect skin from dryness. 

4. Don’t forget your Sun Protection Factor, even in the colder months

Although half of our face is covered by our face masks, it is still important to apply an SPF on a daily basis, as some of the skin is exposed to the harmful sun rays when going for morning walks. Opt for a non-comedogenic and oil-free option as they work to decrease excess oil that can clog pores 
and lead to acne.

5. Keep in contact with your dermatologist

If you are concerned about the health of your skin or keep experiencing skin breakouts, 
keep in contact with your dermatologist.
 Some dermatologists are offering a Telehealth solution, which is the distribution of health-related services and information via electronic information and telecommunication technologies.

SHOP : HERE

Facebook: Cetaphil SA
#SwearByCetaphil #CetaphilMaskne

*Thank you to Cetaphil SA for providing us with the above information.

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

NEW IN | BIODERMA ATODERM for very dry, itchy and sensitive skin

Soweto, South Africa

Hey guys you know that I love trying NEW products and when Bioderma approached me
to try out their Atoderm range for Normal to Dry Sensitive skin I said yeap. 
If you follow me on Instagram then you would have seen that I had a giveaway for this range
so I can try it with one of you at the same time.
So let us look at their claims: 

1. Atoderm SOS spray

Anti-itching reflex for immediate relief.
Soothes itching sensations in 60 seconds for 6 hours of efficacy*
Reduces the urge to scratch and provides immediate comfort
Provides an immediate sensation of freshness
Very good tolerance - Non-comedogenic - Ultra-lightweight texture - Unfragranced - 
Ultra-fast 360° application in one easy step - Does not stain clothes

Limits the aggravation of skin dryness, right from birth
Strengthens and protects the skin
Very good tolerance - Extra-comfortable texture - Quick absorption - Light fragrance

Compliant with very dry to potentially atopic (eczema-prone) sensitive skin

BIODERMA Atoderm SOS Spray - 50ml - 200ml (R160.95 - R320.95)
2. Bioderma Atoderm Intensive Tube

Intensively anti-itching and replenishing care. Ultra-soothing & ultra-nourishing. 
Soothes and reduces the urge to scratch Intensely nourishes and restores lipids 
Makes the skin feel more comfortable and becomes stronger. In a lasting way 
Very good tolerance - Non-oily texture

I never knew that there are methods to moisturising a baby
Have a look:

Once or twice a day. Apply to cleansed skin The 3.6.9 method is a new method to systemize application. It has been developed in order to indicate the right dose of 
Atoderm Intensive Baume to use, and then to 
create a routine and systematize application of the cream for better results in the long term and for a 
better observance. STEP 1 3 pumps for a 
BABY: 1 pump for face, neck and chest - 1 pump for both arms and back 
- 1 pump for both legs. STEP 2 6 pumps for a CHILD: - 1 pump for face and neck - 1 pump for chest - 1 pump for back - 1 pump for both arms - 1 pump per leg (x2). STEP 3 9 pumps for an ADULT: - 1 pump for face and neck - 1 pump for chest 
- 1 pump for back - 1 pump per arm (x2) - 2 pumps per leg (x2). 

If skin dryness persists, consult a healthcare professional.

Bioderma Atoderm Intensive Tube 200ml - R245

3. Bioderma Atoderm Intensive Foaming Gel

"Ultra-rich foaming gel, Cleanses and soothes, Paraben free Fragrance free , Soap free Hypoallergenic"

Bioderma Atoderm Intensive Foaming Gel 200ml - R195

Well I have been using the Atoderm range for a week now 
and I'm impressed a detailed review will be up 
on my YouTube or Instagram page though, stay tuned and subscribe.

*Product featured today were sent for PR consideration.

Monday, July 6, 2020

NEW IN | Bramley Magnolia Tissue Oil

Soweto, South Africa
The Magnolia Tissue Oil is a firm favourite and 
I can see why Bramley has decided to expand on this range. 
Let us see what this range is about. 

This range focuses on assisting in the treatment and appearance of:

Dehydrated skin
Skin tone
Skin health
Scars
Stretch marks


Bramley Magnolia Tissue Oil Sensitive Skin Spray – R24.99

The ultimate skin treatment!
This miracle oil in a convenient spray pack is easily applied and quickly absorbed.
It’s enriched with 100% natural oils (Argan, Olive and Jojoba oil), antioxidants, vitamins and
 our unique Bio-Pharm Oil to intensely moisturise, slow aging, improve skin tone and help soothe irritated skin.

In a convenient easy to use spray application non-greasy and easily absorbed
enriched with a variety of 100% natural oils, antioxidants and vitamins
slows ageing, improves skin tone helps soothe irritated skin
treatment for the improvement and appearance of scars, stretch marks, 
dehydrated skin, cuticles, hair and scalp.
Bramley Magnolia Tissue Oil Sensitive Skin Body Lotion – R24.99

The first step to flawless skin!
This gorgeous cream enriched with 100% natural oils (Argan, Olive and Jojoba oil), antioxidants,
 vitamins and our unique Bio-Pharm Oil keeps skin healthy, well moisturised and beautiful.

enriched with olive, argan, jojoba, Bio-pharm and Vitamin oil
100% natural moisturisers and antioxidants
treatment for the improvement and appearance of dry and dehydrated skin, rough skin spots, skin health, dull skin, skin ageing and cuticles

Bramley Magnolia Tissue Oil Sensitive Skin Serum – R24.99 
(available in stores from 21 June 2020)

Perfect skin starts here!
This powerful blend of 100% natural oils (Argan, Olive and Jojoba oil) antioxidants, 
vitamins and our unique Bio-Pharm Oil assists the face and bodies own renewal
 process resulting in healthy skin texture and tone. 

The serum should be used daily in combination with a Magnolia tissue oil or lotion.

non-greasy and easily absorbed
enriched with a variety of 100% natural oils, antioxidants and vitamins
slows ageing, improves skin tone
helps soothe irritated skin
treatment for the improvement and appearance of scars, stretchmarks, dehydrated skin

SHOP: I wish it was available online whoever
Available at PEP Stores Nationwide

First Impressions video coming soon....

See you soon. 

xx

Zanele

Follow Bramley Cosmetics:  Facebook  Instagram  


*Products featured today have been sent for PR consideration

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Update | No Electricity (UPDATED 06 July 2020)


Hey guys, I hope all is well and okay.
Things on my side are a bit on the slower side of things
Our main transformer exploded on Friday night the 19th of June because of overload and being that it is in Soweto, it will take more than a week to be fixed and it Wednesday morning the 24th and electricity is still not up yet.
Hopefully by Friday our lights will be back on.
Taking a laptop out to a coffee shop is an option but during Covid times, who wants to risk it.
I know for sure that electricity comes back I will not be taking it for granted.


Please keep warm.

See you soon.

***posted via my phone.


Update********: We had to wait for Eskom to fix it which they did. 
The call took more than 3 weeks however I'm glad its back and we have lights again.
I won't take having electricity for granted again.
I would also like to thank my friends and family for helping us charge our lights and phones
during the situation.
2020 just keeps on trying us.
 

Thursday, June 18, 2020

NEW IN | NIVEA Q10 MULTI-ACTION YOUTH OIL BOOSTER

Soweto, South Africa
Last week I received a PR box with beautiful packaging from NIVEA SA
pictured above and to find out that the flowers were individually made was just 
that nice added feature to what I'm assuming is a great product because 
NIVEA never disappoints when it comes to their releases.
NIVEA's latest release is the Q10 Multi-action Youth Oil Booster

Some of the claims: 

 Q10 Multi-action Youth Oil Booster with 100% skin identical Q10 and organic argan oil
 Deeply nourishes and regenerates
 Specially formulated for dry to very dry skin
 Customizable to your needs according to your daily skin needs
 Non-greasy for a wonderful skin feeling without leaving any film behind
 Works in perfect harmony with your skin and naturally fights the aging process

I will be trying and testing out their Youth Oil Booster and 
will share with you my findings
as always. 

NIVEA Q10 Power Multi-Action Youth Oil Booster - 30ml - R299 
SHOP : HERE



Also included on the box: 


NIVEA Q10 POWER ANTI-WRINKLE + PORE REFINING DAY CREAM
Visibly reduces the appearance of lines & wrinkles in 4 weeks
Feel firmer skin in 4 weeks
Intensively nourished skin for 24hrs
Skin compatability dermalogically approved
Suitable for sensitive skin

NIVEA Q10 Power Pore Refining Day Cream SPF15 - 50ml - R189
SHOP : HERE


similar *NIVEA Q10 SLEEPING MELT IN MASK
 Our first ever Anti-age Sleeping Melt-in face mask
 50% more coenzyme Q10 for visibly reduced wrinkles and firmer skin feeling
 Stimulates skin's own collagen production to smooth fine lines and wrinkles.
 Works while you sleep, so you wake up to more youthful looking skin

similar* NIVEA Q10 Sleeping Melt in Mask - 50ml - R179
SHOP : HERE

To find out more and products availasble from NIVEA you can follow the link:
https://www.nivea.co.za/ and also check out their social media pages, @NIVEASouthAfrica @NIVEASA

#NIVEAFaceCare  |  #NIVEAQ10  |  #AntiWrinkle  |  #NIVEAYouthfulMe

*** Products featured are PR samples

Friday, June 5, 2020

SHOP MY APRIL MAY FAVORITES HERE

Soweto, South Africa
  Revlon Love That Red Velvet EDT Spray - 50ml - R235
SHOP : HERE

Justine Intrinsic Eau de Parfum - R285 normal price R379
SHOP : HERE

Almay Finish Loose Powder - Medium - R249
SHOP : HERE

. #ProArtist HD PRO FINISH POWDER - R99*
SHOP : HERE

Essence Mattifying Compact Powder 70 - Espresso - R65
SHOP : HERE

*similar Physicians Formula Glo Boost Strobe And Contour Pallette Matt - R289.95
SHOP : HERE


Design Essentials Moisturising Oil Treatment - R169
*similar
SHOP : HERE

MPL Black Castor Oil - 100ml - R60
SHOP : HERE

Tropic Isle Living Jamaican Black Castor Oil Coconut _R299.99
SHOP : HERE

 Revlon Pink Happiness First Love Perfumed Body Lotion - 250ml - R37
SHOP : HERE

Revlon - Love Her Madly - Perfumed Body Lotion 250ml - R37
SHOP : HERE

Thursday, June 4, 2020

YouTube | May April Favorites

Hey guys, welcome back. 
There is a new video up on the channel and it is an April May Favourites video. 

I love these videos because they are blogger styled in a way. 

Enjoy. 

Please subscribe HERE


Thank you

xx

Zanele

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

REVIEW | REVLON Colorstay Looks Book Eyeshadows

Soweto, South Africa
REVLON COLORSTAY LOOKS BOOK  EYE SHADOW PALETTES
REVLON COLORSTAY LOOKS BOOK™ EYE SHADOW PALETTES

Hey GuyZies, REVLON in 2019 gave us some of the best releases when it came
to drugstore make-up
one of those gems was the *REVLON Colorstay Looks Book Eyeshadow Palettes

The claim:
5 longwearing eyeshadow palettes, each with 8 expertly matched shades in matte, 
satin, shimmer and metallic finishes that wear for up to 24 hours.
Shades : MAVERICK, ENIGMA, PLAYER, ORIGINAL 
and INSIDER(missing from the picture).

My Thoughts:

I won't lie when it comes to eyeshadow releases REVLON was slacking, 
when it comes to their eyeshadows I remember one eyeshadow pallette
 from them that came with a blush and two lipsticks, being a sucker for 
REVLON products ofcoz I bought it. I will that post over HERE l
so you can see what I'm talking about. 
Another eyeshadow situation from them were quads and they are still releasing them
 I feel like they don't do well because they are a one eye look situation.  

I'm sure they went back to the drawing board when 
they came up with the 5 Colorstay Looks Book Eyeshadows because these ones look 
like a collection that was curated for the everyday consumer, from
student to professional they have you covered. 
Looking for a day or night look this collection has you covered. 

The eyeshadow comes in mini packs however they are well pigmented, little to no fall-out 
and a little goes a long way.

If you are looking for an everyday look or something brighter
these eyeshadows have you covered. 

SHOP : Instore I tried looking for it online
but I'm unable to find one. 

See you soon. 

xx

Zanele



P.S. I have 4 eyeshadows in the picture because I gave one away. 
*PR

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

YouTube | Rimmel Lasting Matte Foundation Review on Dry Skin!

Soweto, South Africa
Hey GuyZies, I need to come up with a proper schedule for my YouTube Channel
but for now I will say you can expect a minimum 
of 2 videos a week, most of them will be make-up related a few lifestyle. 

In this video I get to review the Rimmel Lasting Matte Foundation. 
Rimmel claims that this foundation is full coverage, I will have to see about that.

WATCH REVIEW HERE


Please do like, comment and subscribe.

See you soon.

xx

Zanele

Monday, May 25, 2020

Reviewing Last Week While Eating Pancakes

Soweto, South Africa

HeyGuzies, a little post looking back on the previous week.
I managed to post 2 YouTube videos and create 2 blogposts 
I am truly happy with my accomplishment, it could have been better 
however my internet decided to give up on me Friday Morning and I 
spent the weekend in silence no internet and all. 


The current game honestly is just to become consistent over here and 
on the YouTube channel, especially with sharing stuff that is
affordable and all since a lot of people myself included need 
to tighten up their belts and having to pay Cell C for the 4th time 
 for their faulty sim I can't deal. 
Whats worst is I needed to go to the mall to gain access to have this done, 
RICA and all.


Pancakes are a great meal for me when craving something sweet 
because they are easy to make and they use only one egg. 
Adding chocolate chips is an easy way to take them 
up a notch. 
The coffee, ooh well ever heard of the saying it keeps the
headaches away. 
Well it does. 

The recipe for the pancakes I made can be found on the following LINK.

Stay safe and warm guys. 

See you soon.

xx

Zanele 


Thursday, May 21, 2020

NEW IN | ANEW VITAMIN C RADIANCE MAXIMISING SERUM

Soweto, South Africa
Hey GuyZies, with the lockdown in effect doing skincare and taking care of 
myself has been at the top of my list.
I received a package from Avon containing their newly 
launched Vitamin C Radiance Maximising Serum because I was still using 
another serum I didn't want to start using this one because the ingredients
would clash as serums carry a higher concentration to that of e.g. a day cream. 

As a blog tradition, I like doing NEW IN posts like these because I get to share 
what products are currently on trial and their claims 
so that I can gauge what the product is all about. 

The Claim

ANEW Essential Vitamin C serum delivers pure and potent stabilised Vitamin C 
that stays active from the first to the last drop.

Oil-free
Potent 10% stabilised pure Vitamin C formula
Absorbs immediately
Non-greasy and non-sticky
Lightweight texture
Suitable for all types and skin tones
Clinically tested
Allergy tested
Dermatologist tested 

SHOP : HERE
retail R319 currently sells for R299 on the AVON site

My thoughts

I began using the serum last Thursday and from the first go I could tell that I will continue
using it. So far I like the packaging seems a more high end-ish, I like how it feels while using it, 
I can tell that I'm going to continue using this serum and the 
smell is not too bad either it smells orange-y
So far, so good. 

If you are looking to start using serums, I would say let us trial 
this one together. 
You can read all about the serum over here

Thanks for coming through today. 

See you soon. 

xx

Zanele

*PR 

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

YOUTUBE | NIVEA PEEL OFF URBAN SKIN DETOX MASK REVIEW & DEMO

Soweto, South Africa
Hey guys, welcome back today's post is a YouTube video
demonstrating and reviewing the NIVEA DETOX PEEL OFF MASK
that retail for R99 at Clicks Dischem and all 
other places that sell NIVEA Products. 

Please see my review on the blog here: 

Please watch the post on YouTube here

Thanks for watching.

See You Soon

xx

Zanele

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

TOP 3 FAVOURITE SETTING POWDERS

Soweto, South Africa
Hey guys welcome back, today I'm sharing with you my top 3 favourite setting powders.
They can be found at Clicks, Dischem, Edgars and some Jet stores
 also sell make-up now. At the time of writing up this article I know that Almay is currently 
being sold exclusively by Dischem. 

REVLON PHOTOREADY CANDID SETTING POWDER - R139
A firm favourite the *REVLON Photoready Candid in the under eye area. 
The fact that it is affordable aswell is really great. 
This setting powder comes in 3 different shades.
SHOP : HERE

#ProArtist HD PRO FINISH POWDER
When I saw this at JET I knew I had to buy it because I don't 
have anything like this in my collection, only thing similar I can think of
is the luxury banana powder which is expensive and I'm not about that. 
This powder is the finest of all the 3 and sets really well 
in the under eye area leaving it with that airbrush finish, the only thing
is you will need to drench your face with a good setting spray if you use a lot of this powder. 
Definitely not for baking, a little here goes a long way. 
SHOP : HERE

ALMAY LOOSE FINISHING POWDER - R249
When it comes to *Almay's their complexion products tends 
to be a hit or a miss and the Loose Finishing powder is a hit for me.
Comes in 3 shades but these shades go a bit darker than the REVLON counterpart. 
The powder will set your foundation and concealer aswell, without leaving your skin feeling dry. 
SHOP : HERE

As long as there is a liquid something, that goes on your face
a setting powder will need to follow. 
Give the above products a chance and tell me how it goes. 

Thanks for reading today's post.

See you soon. 

xx

Zanele

(*)Product has been sent to http://www.aroundsoweto.com/ for PR consideration.

Monday, May 18, 2020

YOUTUBE | GRWM LETS TALK & DO OUR MAKE-UP

Soweto, South Africa
Hey guys, welcome back to my blog. 
I filmed a chatty GRWM for the YouTube Channel so you
can just gage my current state. 
I'm doing my make-up and all, I'm currently able to create content so please 
stay tuned on the blog and on the YouTube Channel. 

Please do like comment and subscribe to my channel and blog. 

See you tomorrow. 

xx

Zanele

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Wishlist Wednesday | Affordable Toners

Soweto, South Africa
I hope that you have been keeping safe and okay. 
Most businesses opened this week and I'm glad that things are starting to feel 
alot normal again however we are still a long way from things feeling normal again. 
To get back on my blogging schedule I'm doing a mini wishlist on some toners
that I would like to try, keeping with the "affordable theme" that I love.

1. Portia M Marula Skin Toner R47.95

2. Pond's Flawless Radiance Toner 150ml - R89.95

3. Celltone Facial Toner 125ml - R139.95

4. L'Oreal Age Perfect Refreshing Toner 200ml - R124.95

5. Clere Radiance Oil Control Toner 100ml - R20.95

6.African Extracts Rooibos Refreshing Toner 250ml - R66.99

Enjoy

xx

Zanele

Thursday, April 23, 2020

Underneath My Wig 2020 Edition

Soweto, South Africa
My natural hair took a dive last year June when I stopped breastfeeding 
and a huge chunk came off the middle 
and I thought that I would save the rest of my hair my braiding it and keeping it moisturized 
(well I thought wrong)
my hair just kept shedding and shedding there was not much I could do about it, 
so in November I did my second big chop. 

For months now my hair has been in a state of it can't be braided until March when I 
did my first attempt of my Benny and Betty style 9 line came from it and I'm not complaining because I have to start somewhere. 

I have a very sensitive scalp and I can no-longer have my hair braided by someone else
or I risk saying goodbye to my hairline.
I'm in a total great relief that my hair can now be braided and wigs can lay flatter.

Hope round 2 of my natural hair journey will be captured more in detail, with 
more hair product reviews and all. 

To more healthier hair in 2020

See you soon.

xx

Zanele 

Sunday, April 19, 2020

David Tlale Autumn/Winter 2020/21 Classica Icons Collection

Soweto, South Africa
I rarely feature fashion on my blog and to write up this
blogpost well it is one of those taking a leap of faith typa thing.
I mean the only two things I have in common with the David Tlale brand is the love for the color black and taking major leaps of faith like the The House of David Tlale did  Monday, April 13, when  they launched a new sustainability-friendly and 
Covid-19 compliant Autumn/Winter “Fashion Trend” launch with an entirely digital agenda of content, including a fashion showcase and brand collaborations.

For the first time the fashion maestro that is David Tlale worked in partnership 
with Boschendal Wines and Avon South Africa to digitally showcase his latest Autumn/Winter 2020/21 Collection titled, 


The show streamed LIVE on the 13th of April on the site www.davidtlale.com and also on Avon South Africa YouTube Page (LINK HERE)

Although the show went live at 19:15 it was pre-recorded the fashion show also had a great
call-to-action for the local Clothing and Textile Industry and the fashion community at large to help amplify and bring awareness to 
business sustainability in South Africa, and encourage adherence to the set
 ‘National Lockdown’ regulations. 

With the status of the current global health pandemic creating uncertainty around the world,
staying at home has become essential to ensuring the health and safety of
 the vulnerable in our nation.

The fashion industry, like many sectors of the economy, has taken a knock following the outbreak 
of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus. This exhibition showcases the resilience 
we have as a nation and gives us 
the opportunity to market our rich heritage and culture. 





This collection, which bears David’s signature audacious interpretation of print and design, will ensure that our customers can maintain sartorial elegance during the coming season and enhance the
 earning potential for thousands of our Representatives, who are the lifeblood of our business,” says 
Mafahle Mareletse, Managing Director for Avon Turkey, Middle East and Africa

I am proud of the South Africans who have committed to the lockdown regulations and through this showcase,we hope to provide our audience with a diversion from the daily stigma of negativity surrounding our lives. We hope that this collection will motivate everyone to have a positive outlook on life,be inspired and to know that “this too shall pass,” says Tlale.




Tlale also states that the “Classica Icons” Collection - created before the global Covid-19 epidemic - draws a lot of inspiration from his classic design ethos which has helped shape the 
brand’s luxury and bold appeal.

Congratulations on your stunning collection David Tlale

**

Zanele

Saturday, April 18, 2020

My Biggest Blogging Obstacles

MYSELF

I can confidently say that I'm my own worst enemy in more ways than one.
Like Elizabeth Gilbert says in Eat Pray Love, 'I have actively participated in every decision of my life", then why do I feel so lost and so bad about it. 
It could be the self-loather in me you can check 
out the enneagram to find out which which personality type you are. 
I'm a type 4 by the way.
Being a type 4 personality that I am, I have find it deep within myself to get out 
of the self loathing state and to actually work hard on the blog and other social media's that I 
have because I'm an individualist and working really hard is what I do. 

TIME

Since the lockdown, I find myself doing the same task day in and out and not finding the time to 
blog. The daily tasks would be cleaning, cooking, making sure the family is taken care off then cleaning again. I totally think time is there for me to blog but I'm being selfish and spending it with family and watching TV which was great until the lockdown was extended then bells 
went off in my head (as in will I make it till September with the resources I have).

There was a time I could sit down 3 to 5 hours take pictures, create blogposts 
and even film a few YouTube video
in one go and I would like to get back to that now since I have all the time 
in the world to do it.

OUTSIDE 

When I began this blog it used to be my way of escaping from the world and the world changes daily
and I now have to incorporate that because as much as the blog is an escape I'm at an age where
I can no longer escape reality which is a great thing I just need to find the balance. 

If you know me personally you would know that
I'm very quite and these are some of the things that just go through my head
every now and then. 

Times are changing and Time does not wait 
for no man. 

See you soon, 

xx

Zanele

Friday, April 17, 2020

Hello Again

Soweto, South Africa
Been away for a little while on most of my social media platforms and I have been thinking of a
new direction that I would like to take going forward. The more I think the more
things change around here and the world, so far I don't know if it is for the good or not but
on my side things have just not been great (I won't bore you with the ins and outs 
of my life but I will say that this social distancing dilemma just made things a little 
more challenging on the personal side of things). 

I have been thinking about www.aroundsoweto.com alot and I have to say the previous year
 I have been working towards the content that
I would like to produce and this isolation period that is upon us 
has made it challenging but in a good way because I now get to be at home and work on the content 
at a greater scale which is awesome. 

The show must go on...


Being in the township during a pandemic/self-isolation time like this is really tricky but
I will get into it at detail on a post that I'm working on that is going up on Tuesday
 (please look forward to it).

My social media is dead. the last post that went up on my YouTube Channel was
in December, Instagram?! I just don't want to think about it LOL but I have to
and will be sharing more content there, but I'm tired of the overly curated feed but still love taking beautiful pictures a balance will need to be establish there.

Typing out this blogpost is therapeutic, it is like I'm in a meeting but with myself and mentality (",)
anywhooo just thought that I should come on here to say Hello Again.

I promise this time I will see you soon.

xx

Zanele

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Happy 2nd Birthday My Asanda

Soweto, South Africa

WOW we are turning two years old today my beautiful Asanda. 
Happy Birthday and may the Lord continue protecting you.

Love you long time.

Mom

Friday, February 21, 2020

NEW IN Yardley Stayfast Foundation

Soweto, South Africa
Hey guyzies, hopefully your Friday is off to a great start.
I bought this foundation a while back and I have been meaning to use it but
I already have a lot of foundations open and this year I'm doing project pan so 
I have to at least finish two bottles before opening this one. 

The claim: 
- For flawless matte finish
- No transfer
- Lightweight feel
- with vitamin e and amino acids to moisturise and hydrate. 
- The foundation is water based

I like the claims and the shade range is not bad either, so 
keep an eye out for an in-depth review on our YouTube page. 

SHOP :HERE

See you soon. 

xx

Zanele

*product purchased using my own money. 

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Eucerin Even Pigment Perfector Dual Serum Review

Soweto, South Africa
Good morning, serums are an essential part of a morning or evening routine because
of their higher concentration of product that they have, whether it being an
anti-aging or moisture adding it is the good stuff and you need it.

On todays post I will be doing a review of the
*Eucerin Even Pigment Perfector Dual Serum 

The claim: 
Effectively reduces dark spot and prevents their re-appearance, 
with regular use. Renews skin’s look.
A dual-action serum with Thiamidol® and concentrated Hyaluronic Acid 
for even and radiant skin

The product:
The serum comes in a slick transparent packaging th at gives an illusion
that the product can be seen from within. 
The bottle carries two serums, Thiamidol proven to reduce dark marks, and 
Concentrated Hyaluronic Acid one of skin’s most effective moisturising substances 
helps skin to attract and retain moisture. 

At first try the pump might not squirt out both products in one pump, 
but you will need to give it a good shake then the product will
come out going forward. 

The verdict: 
Skincare for me is doing what is best for your skin, to prevent and reduce certain 
problems that come with the everyday life whether that is fine lines,
dark marks and hyper-pigmentation 
and consistency when using products is key to seeing results. 
Also some products will work well for your skin and others will not and that is the catch. 

The Eucerin Even Pigment Perfector Dual Serum is a great serum and a little does go along way, 
I don't suffer from major hyper-pigmentaion just dark marks left by a pimple or three that and
a reduce in their appearance has been noted.
The serum is not on the major moisturising side but I suggest if you have dry skin like
me to go on and also use the Eucerin Day Cream SPF30 in this range. 

SHOP: HERE

Thank you for reading today's post. 

See you soon. 

xx

Zanele


*Product reviewed was sent to www.aroundsoweto.com for PR consideration.

Monday, February 17, 2020

Mommy Monday | To Potty Train! or Not To Potty Train?

Soweto, South Africa

Hey MOM, well in December when relatives were in town one of them asked how old
Asanda was and I told them 21 months and then they went on to ask,
and she is still not yet potty trained?!
Then they went on to mention to me that their kids were potty trained by 16 months
and blah blah blah blah blah blah
 (that's all I heard after 16 months for real because I have decided to follow
 the let my child tell me route)
and so far it is working for me. 

I haven't began potty training her because she is only now grasping the
 notion of mmmh I just pee'd let me tell Ma
or did a number 2 let me tell Ma, and I don't know what next week brings because
kids grow-up fast and different 
and we as parents we should stop this thing of trying to one up another parent/child
 because it does not get us anywhere. 

Anyways hope you are having a great Monday and see you soon. 

xx

Zanele 

*Let us be kind to one another. 

Friday, February 14, 2020

NEW IN | RIMMEL LASTING MATTE FOUNDATION

Soweto, South Africa
Happy Friday, I've been avoiding doing beauty posts for a while now 
because well I haven't been feeling beautiful for a while now and you know (issues)
but the other day I went to Dischem Maponya Mall to just see whats new and happening
maybe it will get me in the mood to blog and create beauty content. 

I found a NEW foundation from RIMMEL London and I won't tell you how long
it's been on the market but I haven't seen much activity on my social media 
about it so I bought it. 

The claim:

Long-lasting and lightweight, this ultra-comfortable powder finish formula
leaves the skin truly mattified, feeling soft and provides the perfect flawless base for you make-up.

Big claims RIMMEL, well I guess I will test that out as a first impression,
going LIVE
on the YouTube Channel soon.

Please subscribe if you haven't.
HERE

SHOP: HERE

xx

Zanele

*product purchased using my own money. 

Thursday, February 13, 2020

NEW IN | AVON Maxima & Maxime Fragrances

Soweto, South Africa

Hey guyzies Avon has introduced a duo of luxury male and female fragrances
that are twin-branded Maxima & Maxime, they retail for R339 for a 100ml bottle.

The fragrance has notes like the immortelle flower, the flower of eternity 
whose oil promises eternal youth and olibanum,
one of the very first ingredients of perfumery.
Well I know that I just watched Gladiator the other day and if Maximus smelt like
 this I would be happy.

AVON is adding the two fragrances to their luxury portfolio and I must say that
I'm not going to fight them with this one.

SHOP HERE

Thanks for reading today's post.

See you soon

xx

Zanele

*product sent to www.aroundsoweto.com for PR consideration.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

NEW IN | Dermalogica Skin Smoothing Cream

Soweto, South Africa
Hey guyzies, like everyone else around on social media at 
present is obsessed with skincare, well I caught the bug and 
I'm experimenting and trying to get to know my skin more since
I'm in my 30's now.

Sleeping with make-up on and thinking that I will remain flawless and looking 
glowing the following day is something I will let the teens and twenties girls do.
(p.s. please don't sleep with your make-up on it's not attractive and your pillows won't like that).

My skin is really dry and dry skin tends to be more prone to get fine lines quickly. 
I love moisturizing my face and I would spend more money on
serums and moisturisers  than anything else.

I was de-cluttering my make-up stash the other week because
new year new me and I came across the Dermalogica Skin Smoothing Cream,
I was saving it for when my current moisturiser finishes and to tell you the truth,
I have been missing out. 
This cream I have been using it for a week now and it is doing the things. 

Here are some claims from the moisturiser:
medium-weight moisturizer to balance combination/dry skin.

For now, I like the packaging, and that the cream reminds me 
of aqueous cream but for adults (",)
The cream is a bit on the pricey side but I tell you, it is really moisturising.
I will break it down for you in a months time, but I'm really impressed. 

SHOP: HERE

Thanks for reading today's post.

See you soon.

xx

Zanele


*product purchased using my own money. 
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