Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Update | No Electricity


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.

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. 

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Springbok Culinary Team aims for gold at Olympics in Germany

Soweto, South Africa
Hey guyzies, this past Saturday we got a chance to spend the 
day with South African Culinary Olympic team as they head for the 25th IKA Culinary Olympics 
in Stuttgart, Germany, from 14 to 19 February, under the auspices of the SA Chefs Association.

Team SA is headed by Trevor Boyd, Team Manager and Executive Chef of
The Michelangelo Hotel; with team members: 
Dion Vengatass, Chef de Cuisine, 
Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel (Team Captain); 
and Kirstin Hellemann, Junior Sous Chef, Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel, both of whom have past 
Culinary Olympic experience – and Olympic newcomers, Adrian Vigus-Brown, 
Executive Chef, African Pride Melrose Arch, 

Autograph Collection; Chanté Rabie, Pastry Chef, Saxton Hotel, Villas & Spa; Bradley van Niekerk, 
Senior Chef de Partie, Chefs Warehouse Beau Constantia; Oscar Baard, Pastry Chef, 
NH Cape Town The Lord Charles; and Sifiso Chiziane (commis chef, African Pride Melrose Arch,
Autograph Collection & National Youth Chef Training Programme 3rd year student).
The 2020 IKA Culinary Olympics will attract over 70 countries and 2 000 chefs competing in 
the oldest and biggest international culinary arts competition, first held in 1900 with four participating nations.
The Springbok squad will compete in two categories; the Chef’s Table, 
entailing seven different dishes for twelve people on 16 February, 
and the Restaurant of Nations, a three-course menu for 110 people on 18 February. 

For more information on the Springbok Culinary team, visit www.sachefs.co.za.

To join the Supporters Club, send your name, phone number and email address to communications@saca.co.za.

To follow on Twitter or Facebook – CulinaryTeamSA. - https://web.facebook.com/CulinaryTeamSA/?_rdc=1&_rdr
Good luck guys, and make SA proud. 


*Edit 19 February 2020
The team won 3 bronze medals.
WELL DONE

Monday, February 10, 2020

NEW IN | Epi-Max Ultra Oitment & Baby Bum Barrier Cream

Soweto, South Africa
Hey guys, I'm doing mini posts on NEW IN products this week.
Some products I have purchased others I received via PR and I'm just introducing them 
to you so we can have them on trail together. 

Epi-Max Ultra Ointment
Epi-Max says the following about their NEW ointment,
 A therapeutic ointment for very dry, cracked skin. 

I don't know if its just my baby or what?! but the baby creams are just leaving her skin feeling 
soft yes but looking dry, so a little of this ointment does go a long away,
 leaving her skin feeling and looking nourished.

Epi-Max  is a brand I continue to use time and time again,
and if you are looking for a barrier cream for your baby, I also suggest the
Epimax Baby Bum Barrier cream. 

SHOP : HERE
SHOP : HERE

xx

Thank you for coming through today.

See you soon.

Zanele

*The products featured on todays post have been sent for PR consideration.
*My opinions are a 100% my own.

Saturday, February 8, 2020

Weekend Reading

Soweto, South Africa
“I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed.
 I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed.”
  –Michael Jordan, NBA Legendary Basketball MVP



Thank you for reading my blog, I truly appreciate it.

xx

Zanele

Friday, February 7, 2020

Back To The Bar with Bacardi

 Hey guyzies, with Dry-uary behind us Back To The Bar by Bacardi
 came at the right time. 
Here is what Bacardi is saying about the current 
drink trends. 

The days of the signature bar call are over as people today are
drinking across spirits categories and are eager to experiment with new flavors and trending serves. Who dothey go to navigate all the options? According to Nielsen CGA, 40% of revenue in bars is influenced bybartenders, which is why today, Bacardi employees across the globe head out of their offices to connect withthe people behind the bar for a first-hand look at 
what’s driving cocktail choices.

Findings of the Bacardi 2020 Cocktail Insights Report are that:


 Mindful drinking goes mainstream, with 83% of bartenders citing 
that low-alcohol drinks are hot and an increase of 42% in the online searches with the word mocktail; in 2019. (Technomic Behind the BarInsights, 2019 and Google Trends, 2019

 Natural products are in the spotlight with 31% of bartenders increasingly interested in local, 
fresh ingredients. (GBAS5, 2019)

 The culinary cocktail trend borrows methods and techniques from the kitchen and champions fresh, seasonal, savory and herbal ingredients – 91% of bartenders 
use vegetables in their cocktails, and 68%
of American Culinary Federation members rated culinary cocktail as a;
hot trend; last year. (Technomic Behind the Bar Insights, 2019)

 Dark rum is leading the premium game – 43% of bartenders 
ranked it as the top spirit to premiumize.
(GBAS5, 2019)

 Sustainability is at the forefront of every consumers mind, and its reflected in the bar – 66% of
bartenders mention that sustainable drinks are hot right now. 
(Technomic Behind the Bar Insights, 2019)

 Ready-To-Drink (RTD) cocktails are here to stay, reflecting the overarching demand
 for consistent and convenient well-crafted cocktails beyond the bar – 
there was a 26% increase of vodka soda and
flavored RTDs in North America last year. 
(GBAS, 2019)

 38% of Americans prefer to make their cocktails at home, and the industry 
has quickly adapted, offering consumers myriad ways to facilitate 
at-home imbibing, from home cocktail kits to AI-
recommended recipes.
 (Mintel, 2019)

For further information on Back to The Bar you can visit

Thank you for the invite. 

See you soon. 

xx

Zanele

*Some information included on this post has been submitted by Barcardi. 

Thursday, February 6, 2020

Review | NIVEA PEEL OFF URBAN SKIN DETOX MASK (MATTIFY)

Soweto, South Africa

Hey guyzies, welcome to the first review for 2020 on the blog.
The NIVEA Peel Off Urban Skin Detox Mask (Mattify) shuu such a long name,
but all the Urban Masks from NIVEA have long names so I'm not complaining.

Minute Masks
At home masks really took over from 2018 and they just get better and better, 
whats even better is that they are now even more affordable and they actually work. 

NIVEA PEEL OFF URBAN SKIN DETOX MASK
(Mattify Black Rice & Green Tea Extract)
Claim: Intensively cleanses and removes dirt from pores
       Reduces excess sebum and oil
       Leaves skin mattified and radiant

My Thoughts: 
The NIVEA Peel Off Urban Skin Detox Mask is one product that hasn't been 
over hyped and I don't know why because peeling masks are on trend and the most searched 
word on the blog is peeling followed by peeling cleanser. 
If you have breakouts or or skin is feeling oily this mask will help you with that
 just don't sleep on it. 

Price: R99.99
SHOP : HERE

Watch out for the demo video on my YouTube Channel.

xx

Zanele

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