Monday, November 27, 2017

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel Review

Happy Monday, this week will be pretty busy on the blog as we are preparing for #Vlogmas and #Blogmas so we are just finalizing all the posts that need to go out. The first review that we 
want up is the *Neutrogena  Hydro Boost Water Gel that has been on trail by me Intokazy, 
so here the review goes, 

The Claim:
Here is what Neutrogena claims about the product: Introducing Hydro Boost Water Gel, a unique moisturiser with a light texture and the long lasting, intense nourishing power of  a cream , that absorbs instantly and keeps skin hydrated all day.

The Product:
I must say that the product is in a very attractive light blue and silver packaging. Opening the box the container has a white lid and glossy blue container. After opening the lid you can't help but to love the smell of the hydro gel, that also comes in a light blue form.

My Experience:
The Neutrogena Hydro Boost has a jell like consistency. When I first applied it I knew it would hydrate my face. The gel is fast to absorb and it keeps my skin smooth after application and  hydrated for the whole day.

My Verdict:
I find the product convenient for everyday use. Fast to use also a good primer when using make-up. The only thing that is missing is SPF for our South African climate.

My routine is pretty simple: Firstly washed my face with luke-warm water using “Johnson's Face Care’’ oil control facial wash. After my skin was dry, I applied the Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel. Continued with the same application method for two times a day for seven days.

Retails : R99 on the site Take-A-Alot

Thank you so much for reading my review, hope to see you soon.


*PR/Gifted products 

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

YouTube | PEP Haul

Hey guys, on the blog today I share with you some items I recently bought at PEP
Jabulani Mall in Soweto. 
They are products my family and I use on the daily and I thought that I should share them with you. 

Sharing these products really make me happy because 
it is the main reason why I began blogging. 
To make the normal to us okay and that we should not #StopHiding

Bramley Deodorant Spray Diamonds – R21.99
Bramley Pink Blossom Body lotion 400ml
 Bramley Diamond Body Butter 250ml
Bramley Tissue Oil
Bramley Glycerine Cream 75ml tub – R9.99
Comfitex Feminine Wipes – R19.99
Brazilian Hair Grow Oil – R89.99 Available at Clicks


Thank you soo much. 

Have a great day



Monday, November 20, 2017

Covering TRESemmé , Zando & Wellness Warehouse Events

On My Nails KANGOL /// shade BitterSweet (Picture Taken at TRESemme event last week. 
 Happy Monday we made it. 

Things have been really crazy on the blog and our daily lives from imishado (weddings) to imincwabo (funerals), product launches and other things that validate that we 
are still human and alive. 
The weekend was great I did tell that Paxton was gonna win Idols SA right, 
but this post is really not about what happened this weekend but what we got up to last week. 

TRESemmé #InspiredByNYFW

Last Tuesday night TRESemmé hosted the Inspired By New York Fashion Week (NYFW)
 Hair Collection, hosted by Lalla Hirayama, the event showcased the latest hair trends straight off the NYFW runway. The hair styles were created by Ceecee Mabaso, a local stylist that TRESemmé partnered with and sent to work backstage at NYFW, alongside global TRESemmé hairstylist and stylist to the stars. 

Last night, Ceecee re-created the top hair trends that came out of New York Fashion Week, including Effortlessly Cool, On the Wild Side and Tousled Texture from the Carolina Herrera, Rebecca Minkoff, and Jonathan Simkai shows, among others. These looks were complimented by garments from local fashion designers Kisua, Mantsho and design duo Carina Louw and Natasha Jaume.

On the blog very soon, we will be recreating some of the hairstyles that were on show, so keep your eye on the look out. 

Thank you kindly for the great event TRESemmé
our experience of being backstage and then sitting front row to experience 
the fashion and hair show will never be the same again.
... & Wellness Warehouse #WellnessWithZando
Then Thursday morning we got up really early in the morning to attend a Wellness Day hosted by Zando and Wellness Warehouse
Shuuu, we tried Yoga for the first and it was rather interesting and all I can say is my body is still hurting (but in a good way), however we enjoyed the experience and will be trying it again. 

Firstly welcome Zando and the Wellness Warehouse to the blog, they will not be strangers. 

And thank you kindly for the invite, our idea of Yoga will never be the same again. 

And thank you so much for making it this far. 

Let us make this week great. 


Around Soweto Blog
Cindy and Intokazy

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. 



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