Friday, July 24, 2020


Soweto, South Africa

When Nature Box contacted me and offered to send a package I was intrigued so I went to their
Instagram page and to tell you this is the most Happy Instagram page 
I have seen in a while, HAVE A LOOK


A Holistic beauty and all-round positivity. 
Nature Box combines ethical and sustainable practices with
effective beauty care for a holistic approach to beauty that is a gamechanger.
Nature Box is also about pursuing better health and wellness, while respecting life,
 by adopting animal-free and
chemical-free choices. Nature Box harnesses the naturally prolific vitamins and antioxidants sourced from 100 percent cold-pressed fruit and nut oils. 
Every product in the range is vegan and free of silicones, artificial
colouring, sulfates and parabens.
Alluding to the social media trend “Unboxing”, Unbox the natural beauty of hair and skin!

Nature’s best is cold-pressed
Nature Box’s four product lines all contain cold-pressed oils extracted from fruit seeds and nuts: Avocado,Coconut, Apricot and Almond
They are also vegan, free from silicones, artificial colours, sulfates and parabens.
Cold pressing is the most efficient extraction process, allowing the oil’s essential nutrients to be entirely preservedto deliver a nutritional punch to the hair and skin. 
Nature Box products are neither refined nor processed, meaning
all their valuable vitamins in the oils, such as A, B, C, D and E,
 as well as antioxidants and healthy fatty acids, are not lost.

The claim:
The range of natural ingredients used in the Nature Box range meets a whole host of beauty needs, from the tips of the hair down to the pores, without heaviness or greasiness. 
Biotin in avocado oil encourages keratin
production, making it a natural shine booster for hair. 
Coconut oil has soothing properties and provides intense hydration. 

Unsaturated fatty acids and vitamin A in apricot oil create a natural protective barrier for the skin.
Antioxidant properties in almond oil also protect the skin and provide a gorgeous glow.

The product range, of a total of 18 items, includes ten hair care and eight body care products. 
The full product portfolio includes shampoo, conditioner and hair serum, and shower gel, body scrub and, body lotion in the body care range.
Nature Box is now available in leading retailers and online with hair care products from
 R69.00 and body care products from R119.99.

The Avocado line protects and provides deep repair to hair and skin.

Nature Box Avocado Shampoo 385ml – RSP 119.99, 
Nature Box Avocado Conditioner 385ml – RSP 119.99,
Nature Box Avocado Secret Repair Cream 150ml – RSP 99.99,
Nature Box Avocado Shower Gel 385ml – RSP 69.99, 

Nature Box Avocado Body Scrub 200ml – RSP 89.99.

I'm excited to try out this range, super excited that it is on the affordable side
and I can tell that the body scrub and conditioner 
will be the first to finish.

Watch out for future posts reviewing the products. 

See you soon. 



*products featured today are PR samples.

Thursday, July 23, 2020

Current Skincare Favourites (Major Winter Tip, Apply Your Moisturiser TWICE!)

Soweto, South Africa
The other day I was having a chat with my sister who has oily skin and never experiences dryness
during winter and I told her that when I apply my face cream remains dry and 
 my sister was like who said you can 
only apply a face moisturizer once (AHA) plus these days I'm applying make-up on the daily 
so applying moisturizer when my face feels dry has really leveled-up my skincare game. 

In the next 5 years I would like for my skin to still look like skin.
Treating your face with harsh chemicals is great but something with-in me tells me that this
trend will not end nice. Case and study (your old aunt with major hyper pigmentation but was a 
yellow bone in her youth, I will say when using a new face product proceed with caution 
and research research research) 



Claim: This deep cleansing, delicately fragranced foaming face wash is enriched with
Bio-Active Rooibos extract. It gently cleans away make-up and surface impurities
without disturbing the skin's natural pH levels. 

Thoughts: Other than than saying deep cleansing, I sometimes think that they should have said
gentle cleansing with a deep cleaning effect because that is how the product feels like
to me when I use it. One squirt has enough "soap" to cover the whole face and neck area
and I am not complaining about the price.

African Extracts Rooibos Deep cleansing Facial Wash - R61.99


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

Thoughts: The thing with the claims of this serum is that they don't say it will sting for the first 
two weeks while cleaning out any imperfections, don't stress when you feel like your skin is peeling 
as that is how the product works and after that your skin will look great because that 
is exactly how the product performs and it has been a while since I experienced such great effects 
when it comes to skincare. 

retail R319 currently sells for R299 on the AVON site


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

Thoughts: NIVEA was not playing with that non-greasy part which makes the Youth Booster such a great oil because you can apply make-up with it unlike most oils which
you need to use at night because during the day they are a no no. This one is formulated 
for dry to very dry skin however I think dry to normal-combination
can also get away with using this one.


Medium-weight moisturizer to balance combination/dry skin.
Claims: Deep-moisturising Lecithin and Aloe Gel nourish while extracts of Mallow, Cucumber and Arbica soothe and hydrate the skin, helping to restore suppleness and tone. 
Antioxidant Grape Seed Extract plus
Vitamins C and E help shield skin from environmental assaults. 

Thoughts: You can actually smell the cucumber a bit because when applied it gives
 you that cooling sensation which I love even though it is winter and all. 
For me it is one of the best moisturizers for dry skin I have applied 
in a long time even though at times I would need to apply it twice because
 my face gets really dry in winter. 
Is it worth the splurge? YES!



Claims: 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

Thoughts: I don't know what happened to my skin but 3rd week June I had the worst
breakout ever turns out it was eczema cause by the very cold weather we had this year, I also
think the stress that comes with the lockdown and extra loadshedding has also added to it because 
I'm stressing but that's a topic for another day. 
This spray came to the rescue at the right time (would include pictures but I'm embarrassed because
I never experienced such "bad skin" will do it later in the year though as I'm still processing). 
My face felt dry and became very very very itchy like it was about to crack the Atoderm range really came through as it gave immediate relief when I say immediate relief I mean the itch subsided. 

BUT only use the spray indoors
or at night because it gives off this cast as if your skin is on the extremely oily side and with me 
because I had heightened eczema then the oiliness is patched in sections
 (what I mean here is in certain areas would I be oily greasy and other
sections would be normal). 

BIODERMA Atoderm SOS Spray - 50ml - 200ml (R160.95 - R320.95)

So everyone has every different skin and finding out what works 
for you is totally important but skincare is a journey and have 
fun don't stress but be picky and gentle to your skin. 

See you soon.



*some products featured today are PR samples 

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Your Ultimate Load Shedding Starter Kit

Soweto, South Africa

Hey guys, winter is far from over and taking notes from 2019 Load shedding 
is not going anywhere anytime soon, so I compiled a list of essentials that
I currently use that make my life a bit easier during power breaks and 
having had to go 3 weeks without electricity well, I could say being
without electricity is my game. (Thanks Eskom)

Source of Heat

Gas stove - Totai 03/T300A-BB 4 Burner Gas Stove - R1999.00

Gas heater - Logik Roll About 3 Panel Gas Heater LM1105 - R1,099.00

Fireplace ( I prefer a wood burning one and the one pictured doubles as a stove, take that Winter)
HomeFires Freestanding Farm Stove - R4,499.00

Coal stove with proper ventilation

Coal stove without proper ventilation aka Imbawula (even the homemade one is okay you just need to be careful with it, so before going to bed you need 
to take this one out of the house as the coal fumes can be dangerous, this one I would say use out doors). 

Matches - Lion Matches (10 x 10's) - R52.00

Source of light

Candles - 20cm Tapered Candles 10pk - R49.00

Rechargeable light - Campmaster Rechargable Emergency Light R149,00

R100 cellphone torche - Energizer Rubber Torch - R129.00

Source of energy

Always having your phone on atleat 80% charged always. 
Powerbanks need to be on full
Laptops and moderms need to be on 100% full

If you can afford:

Solar power - Sun King Home 120 - Solar Powerer Light System. Power Bank, And Usb. R 2,755.00

Generator -  Ryobi 650 W 2-Stroke Petrol Generator - R 1,999.00

Solar power powerbank (not sure about the power output in these)

If you can slurge

An inverter 
(If you are working from home you might need this one but you will have to do
 research yourself as they are complicated) 

p.s. I don't have everything on this list however I thought that
I should create one as when the light turns off panic sets in
and with my anxiety having lists and pictures helps.

See You Soon.



Tuesday, July 21, 2020


Soweto, South Africa

In a remarkable display of the true spirit of Mandela Day, over 300 chefs stood proudly
 behind their stoves, united despite the devastation of their industry, 
taking collective action to put their heart where their passion lies – feeding people – and sending a clear and unequivocal message of the indomitable spirit of the chef. 
The result… the target of 67 000 litres of soup was exceeded, and instead, 77 455 litres was cooked, 
serving 309 820 cups of soup to hungry people all over the country.

In 10 cities - Johannesburg, Cape Town, Pretoria, Durban, Bloemfontein, Mokopane, Rustenburg, Vereeniging, Port Elizabeth and Nelspruit 
- a hearty, nutritious soup was cooked with compassion and care by chefs from restaurants, hotels, cooking schools and catering operations.
The initiative was made possible by a collaboration between two not-for-profit organisations founded in a philosophy of rescuing surplus food to nourish those in need – 
Chefs with Compassion and SA Harvest. 
“The success of this initiative comes down to collaboration, and we welcome all opportunities to work together with other rescue organisations,” comments Ozzy Nel, Operations Manager of SA Harvest. 
“Through the collective involvement of two rescue organisations, over 300 chefs in 10 cities, at least 20 partners and sponsors, and over 80 beneficiary organisations,
 the seemingly impossible target was reached.” 

Commenting on the participation of chefs in 10 cities, whose labour resulted in delicious, nutritious soup being served around the country, 
Chef Coo Pillay, National Project Manager of Chefs with Compassion, says,
 “There is no doubt that the competitive spirit of the chef came into play, as the ‘big four’ cities fought to not only exceed their target, but also to beat the other cities in the count of litres cooked and, most importantly, lives impacted.”

The participant producing the largest volume of soup from one kitchen was the
 Primi kitchen at Primi World, captained by Chef Bob Knuckey and co-ordinated by Ozzy Nel
The extensive logistics involved in collecting soup from 16 kitchens before sunrise on Saturday morning to deliver it to 23 beneficiary organisations in 29 locations by sunset was capably executed by Cape Town operations manager Manu Wegmershaus and assisted by Meridian Wines, who stepped in to assist with vans and drivers.
Overall, it was Johannesburg who won bragging rights for their incredible volume of 22 092 litres prepared by 36 kitchens, followed by Cape Town with 18 850 litres cooked by 16 kitchens, Pretoria with 14 838 litres prepared by 17 kitchens, and Durban with 11 285 litres cooked by 17 kitchens. The city with the highest average was Rustenburg, with 4 200 litres from one kitchen.

The quality of the soup served around the country was evident in thousands of pictures shared on social media, with nutritious sugar beans delivering plant-based protein, and mountains of vegetables, collectively requiring hundreds of hours of cleaning and preparation, making up the bulk of the soup. “It was clear that the chefs took great pride in preparing meals that they could be proud of,” 
says Chef Coo.

Gratitude from beneficiaries flooded social media on Saturday afternoon, from far and wide across the country, as over 300 000 people received their meals.
 In Joburg, 2 000 cups of soup were delivered from the Lerato Educational Centre in Jackson Park informal settlement, a SA Harvest-supported Rhema South beneficiary. Scott Headrick from Rhema South Family Church, which feeds between 400 to 800 children daily, commented, “Hearing the news that we were going to get between 2 000 and 2 500 soups to feed the Jackson community, we decided we wanted to bless the adults.
 We’ve been planted in this community, which is home to upwards of 6 000 adults, for 10 years. On Saturday, we gave between 800 and 1 000 children ice creams in the morning and asked them to call their parents to receive a cup of soup when it arrived in the afternoon.”

#67000litres for Mandela Day by numbers

 To contribute towards Chefs with Compassion’s ongoing campaign to provide meals to those in need, donate R10 per meal by going to HERE

About Chefs with Compassion

Chefs with Compassion is a registered Not for Profit company, founded in 2020 in response to the humanitarian crisis brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. It is an initiative based on a collaboration between organisations and individuals whose greatest wish is to alleviate the hunger and suffering of South Africa, taking surplus rescued produce and connecting chefs, kitchens, beneficiaries and supporters in cities and towns around South Africa.

Chefs with Compassion’s founding partners are NOSH Food Rescue NPC (NOSH), the South African Chefs Association (SA Chefs), Slow Food International, the Slow Food Chefs Alliance SA, and Strategic Public Relations.

Long after the COVID-19 crisis ends, Chefs with Compassion will continue its vision of transforming surplus rescued produce into nourishing meals through the compassion of chefs. The long-term vision underpinning Chefs with Compassion is to streamline and entrench the model so that it runs post-Corona and inspires other industries to follow suit.


About SA Harvest

SA Harvest is creating a food rescue and distribution platform that will ultimately enable it to realise its mission to ensure that every South African is able to access adequate nutritious food on a daily basis. This platform is based on four pillars – food rescue, education, engagement and innovation.

SA Harvest believes that every South African has the right to sufficient, nutritious food – the foundation to living a dignified life. The right to food requires that food be available, accessible and adequate for everyone without discrimination.

Part of SA Harvest’s systems-thinking approach is the use of refrigerated vehicles which are crucial to the ability of delivering fresh, nutritious food. nutritious food in order for individuals to develop and grow to their full potential.

Monday, July 20, 2020

Wheels on the Bus & Other Toddler Things On Repeat Every Minute Everyday

Soweto, South Africa

The other day I was browsing Facebook like most of us do almost every
hour and I came across a post of a parent complaining about 
Masha and the Bear and I just laughed because 
I'm currently dealing with the same situation.

WHEELS ON THE BUS is on repeat and requested 
by Asanda my daughter every time when she is bored or when
holding my phone.
The problem here is ME, one night she was crying refusing to sleep 
and I decided to play the song and I must say
the biggest mistake for 2020 as now it is on repeat daily.

She would come to me asking to watch and listen  to amapopayi (cartoons) and I would open
the cartoon channel and NO NO NO not those cartoons 
the cartoons on my phone, so parents we just have to ride this wave and 
p.s. I'm glad I'm not alone on this one. 


See You Soon

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.


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
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. 



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*Products featured today have been sent for PR consideration
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