Why the Dove beauty bar is the only soap bar you will find in my home

I know there are so many Dove posts doing the rounds once again. Dove always seems to be busy with something new; whether it’s a new range or a new campaign. I really like most of the Dove products out there. The shampoos and conditioners are great, the body washes are lovely and there isn’t a Dove body lotion that I don’t like.

But this post is about the plain white Dove beauty bar. This soap bar has been a staple in my home for at least the last 15 years. We all know the ‘¼ moisturising cream’ line, but with so many other soap bars that claim to contain brilliant moisturising ingredients, why is Dove still the best in my books? Because there is no other soap bar quite as gentle. Period.

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I suffer from eczema and my skin is very dry and can be very sensitive. I have tried many soap bars in the past, from aqueous bars to soap specifically designed for eczema prone skin (which cost a fortune by the way). No soap has ever come close to the original Dove beauty bar. It is super gentle and my skin never feels tight or dried out. I will never use another soap bar on my body. Every time Dove releases a new variant, I rush to try it, but none of them has been quite as good as the original. I am very keen to try the new Shea Butter one though (I have the new body lotion from this range and I love it!).

My husband doesn’t care much for his skin. This is an issue for me and I irritate the hell out of him every morning as I don’t let him leave the house before I’ve made sure that he’s moisturised his face. Let’s not even get started on sunscreen (I will leave that rant for another day). Last week I forgot to replace the Dove bar in the shower, and he complained “What am I supposed to wash my face with?” So he actually does care! Good job Dove J

Mommies, please listen up! Cara has food allergies, and when she eats something that she is not supposed to, the eczema flares up (sorry for the bad genes my baby!). Dove is the only soap that works for her sensitive skin. When she was a baby, she also suffered from cradle cap. I tried so many soaps and lotions but nothing helped… until I reached for Dove. I washed her hair with plain old Dove, and her scalp was 100%. That day I threw out all the baby soaps and shampoos and for the first year I only used Dove to wash her body and hair. Whenever I go to a baby shower, mommy-to-be now gets a Dove bar with her prezzie.

Ja, that’s about all I have to say. I’m always on the lookout for new launches and I’m so used to reviewing new products, that I sometimes forget about those ol’ faithfuls that deserve a mention. And that is exactly what the Dove beauty bar is.

 

xoxo

A little motivation

I am supposed to feel well rested and ready to take on the week ahead after this lui lekker long weekend. But I don’t. I feel super lazy. Damn. So here is a little inspiration that will hopefully get me out of this funk.

Happy-Monday-Intention-not-habitBecause this is who I want to be:

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Unfortunately I don’t kick ass at blogging on WordPress yet, so please enlarge to read :)

 

I hope you have a fantastic week!

xoxo

18 April 2009

For my gorgeous husband, on our anniversary…

danie

MET JOU IN MY LEWE

met herfsblare wat verkleur
die lug na kaneel kom geur
God sy verfpalet ruim oor aarde strooi
in warm aardse kleure so mooi

as die winterson kop uitsteek
in vroeë môre oor horison breek
kom vou jy my toe in donskombers van liefde teer
maak so die winter – lente weer

in oopbreek van elke nuwe blom
laat jou onuitputlike liefde my stom
in die hart van die lente son
kleur jou liefde my brons

in oorvloedige somergenot
weet ek ons liefde is gesond
saamgevoeg in Godsverbond

met jou in my lewe
verander elke seisoen
na ‘n liefdes-lag-lente
‘n sirkel sonder enige ente

© Anzé Bezuidenhout

PrettySmart gives you the heads up

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Let’s be honest from the get go… service in many industries in South Africa leaves a lot to be desired. And when it comes to beauty treatments, I expect only the best. You should get what you pay for, right? I have unfortunately walked out of salons in the past feeling a little disappointed. To most of us, beauty treatments are a luxury and you want to walk out of a salon or spa feeling pampered and relaxed. And you want the assurance that the treatments you receive live up to the promise.

PrettySmart wants you to wise up on beauty – ‘we believe in empowering women to make well-informed decisions when it comes to choosing their aesthetic treatments and beauty salons.’

PrettySmart is a new beauty salon review website which aims to provide you with all the info you need before you schedule that next salon or spa appointment.

PrettySmart allows you to
• Research a beauty treatment before committing to a course
• Read a salon’s reviews before booking or buying discount vouchers on deal sites.
• Find a salon or spa in your area that is best suited to your needs
• See current specials at your preferred salon or spa
• To browse an extensive list of beauty salons, spas, nail bars and aesthetic clinics
• Find telephone numbers, addresses, price-lists and specials quickly and easily

You also have the opportunity to rate and review a salon or spa on PrettySmart. Your reviews will help fellow beauty lovers make informed decisions before they make their next booking, give positive exposure to the salons or spa’s that deserve it or give the shoddy ones the stiff kick up the behind they deserve. And you may just be rewarded for your efforts – every week one lucky reviewer will receive a R500 spa voucher.

I believe that PrettySmart is providing us with a great resource. Before completing this post, I registered on the site and I have already written 3 reviews. I have also found a couple of salons in my area that I wasn’t even aware of.

Whether you plan to book a manicure or a laser treatment, I think it’s a good idea to first visit PrettySmart. An informed choice is usually the better choice.

You can also follow PrettySmart on Twitter , Facebook or Pinterest.

xoxo

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post.

The magic that is Dermalogica’s PreCleanse

For years now I’ve heard so many go on and on about Dermalogica’s PreCleanse. Everytime Dermalogica is mentioned, the PreCleanse will pop up somewhere in the conversation or write-up. My sister started using Dermalogica last year and she also can’t stop raving about it. Now, I know Dermalogica (I mean, who doesn’t!) and I know that their products are awesome. But to be very honest, most of their products do not fit my budget. And being a beauty blogger, I get exposed to a lot of products, most of which I enjoy using. Plus I’ve got the double cleanse down. So why should I bother with this product?

Because it’s freakin’ AMAZING, that’s why!

I received a sample size of this magic oil at our most recent Bloggers Who Bless event. I must admit I was curious and quite keen to give it a proper try.

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I was completely blown away. I used a few drops on dry skin and massaged it all over my face and neck. Make-up, sunscreen, oil and dirt just melt away. Take note… do not add water at this stage or the product won’t be as effective. Once this is done, I rinse my face with lukewarm water and it’s as though the product and everything it has dissolved, just disappears. I usually follow the PreCleanse with a gel cleanser. Because the oil has done such a fantastic job with the first cleanse, I can feel that my gel cleanser works deeper and is actually cleaning my skin, and not just trying to work through layers of make-up, etc.

I have recently also incorporated a facial massage 2 to 3 times a week as part of my first cleanse at night, and my skin just feels amazing when I do it using PreCleanse (have a look at my post on the facial massage technique here).

Benefits of Dermalogica’s PreCleanse:

  • Removes oil without clogging pores.
  • Conditioning essential fatty acids nourish skin.
  • Enables your current cleanser to work more efficiently.
  • Can be used on any skin type. It is ideal for oily skins.
  • The gentle formula can be used on sensitive skin.
  • It’s gentle enough to use to remove eye make-up and it will even remove waterproof make-up.

The only negative is the price. It is expensive at ZAR520 for 150ml, but the benefits far out way the negative. This product is worth its weight in gold and worth saving for. And with Mother’s Day around the corner… anybody reading this?!

Since using this product, my skin is clearer, softer, smoother and more radiant. Dermalogica gets 5 stars for this one.

xoxo

*Disclaimer: This product formed part of a goodie bag received at an event. I have not received compensation for this post and the opinions on the product are my own.

Rest peacefully with Motorola Baby Monitors

I receive quite a few press releases, but I prefer not to publish info on products that I have not personally tried. But this morning I received another one with info that I think needs to be shared. Parents to be please take note. See my previous post on a baby ‘must have’ here.

When I fell pregnant with Cara I had a huge wish list/shopping list of products that I just had to have. How can you not have the perfect baby room with that expensive wooden cot (that we resold as new, by the way)? As a newbie to this whole parenting thing, it’s quite hard to distinguish between needs and wants. Talk to your parents and friends who have kids. It will help so much towards making that ‘needs’ list.

One thing that I have found to be invaluable is a baby monitor. Even though Cara is 3 already and just down the passage, we still use our monitor every day. I just sleep so much better knowing that I can hear her. Especially when she is sick. Cara had a problem with silent reflux a while ago and we would wake up at night hearing her gasping for air. That freaked us out and we are so grateful for that monitor. I have a feeling this one is on its way out, and I may just invest in another one if that is the case. I may sound overly protective or even paranoid, but that little girl is my everything and knowing that she is sleeping soundly ensures that I also get a good night’s rest. The one that we have is just an audio monitor and it has done a great job thus far. But if you can afford one, get a video monitor. My sister has one, and it’s awesome.

Here are a few options from Motorola which are available from selected leading mass retailers and baby stockists:

The MBP11 Digital Audio Baby Monitor features crystal clear sound with a level indicator and a high sensitivity microphone. ZAR399.99

The MBP11 Digital Audio Baby Monitor features crystal clear sound with a level indicator and a high sensitivity microphone. ZAR399.99

MBP16 Digital Audio Baby Monitor has 1.9 GHz 6.0 technologies, ensuring superior wireless range that lets you keep connected to your baby up to 300 meters away. ZAR859.99

The MBP16 Digital Audio Baby Monitor has 1.9 GHz 6.0 technologies, ensuring superior wireless range that lets you keep connected to your baby up to 300 meters away. ZAR859.99

TheMBP20 Digital Video Baby Monitor will offer you and your family peace of mind, allowing you to hear and see your child from several rooms away. The monitor features a range of 200m with an out-of-range alert. ZAR1299.99

The MBP20 Digital Video Baby Monitor will offer you and your family peace of mind, allowing you to hear and see your child from several rooms away. The monitor features a range of 200m with an out-of-range alert. ZAR1299.99

The MBP36 Digital Wireless Video baby monitor is easy to use and features a 3.5 inch LED colour screen, as well as a high sensitivity microphone with two-way communication. ZAR2799.99

The MBP36 Digital Wireless Video baby monitor is easy to use and features a 3.5 inch LED colour screen, as well as a high sensitivity microphone with two-way communication. ZAR2799.99

The BLINK1-S from Motorola is a remote Wi-Fi Camera that turns any internet enabled device into a private and secure fully functional video baby monitor. Use your smartphone, tablet, or computer to log in and check on baby over any internet connected device.  ZAR2129.99

The BLINK1-S is a remote Wi-Fi Camera that turns any internet enabled device into a private and secure fully functional video baby monitor. Use your smartphone, tablet, or computer to log in and check on baby over any internet connected device. ZAR2129.99

xoxo

 

 

 

 

Wake up happy with Mio

Mama Mio has recently had a bit of a makeover AND they have released a new high intensity body care range called Mio. Mio’s main aim is Skin Fitness. ‘Fit skin is smooth, firm, strong and glowing.’

Mio – because Strong is the new Skinny

Mio – because Strong is the new Skinny

I was lucky enough to get to try one of the products from this new range.

‘Our super-stimulating shower gel gets your mind and body going, even if you skip the coffee!’

‘Our super-stimulating shower gel gets your mind and body going, even if you skip the coffee!’

Mio’s Quick Start Exhilarating Shower Gel packs quite a punch! Whilst deeply cleansing your skin and leaving it soft and smooth, the V-Tonic™ kicks your butt and gets you going. V-Tonic™ is an uplifting blend of oils of spearmint leaf, citrus lemon peel, cypress leaf, menthol and lavender that will help improve circulation and energy levels. The gorgeous minty scent of the wash is very refreshing, but it’s the tingle on my skin that immediately wakes me up. The wash contains excellent ingredients that aid to brighten, hydrate and protect you skin. My skin is left feeling pampered, moisturised and I am wide awake and ready for the new day.

After trying this fabulous body wash, I am very keen to try more from Mio. First on my wish list is the Skin Tight Skin Tightening Serum which ‘smoothes, retexturises and tightens to whip slack skin back into shape. Works wonders on crepey, overstretched tummies, knees, bumpy backs of arms, thighs.’ Just what I need.

Mio Quick Start retails at R415 for a 200ml tube and is available at selected salons and spa’s. Have a look at Poise Brands’ website or their Facebook page to find a list of stockists and learn more about what Mama Mio and Mio have to offer.

xoxo

*Disclaimer: These products were sent to me by the brand for review purposes. I have not received compensation for this post and the opinions on the products are my own.

Rain Africa – Rain represents Life

‘In Africa, rain represents life. The arrival of the first rains after the long dry season is celebrated with much thanksgiving. When the rains come the rivers fill, the grass grows, the herds fatten and prosperity blooms. So profound is Africa’s gratitude for rain, that the Sotho people welcome visitors with the expression “Khotso, Pula, Nala” (Peace, Rain, Abundance) as part of their traditional greeting.’

Rain Africa is an amazing South African brand that I have grown to love and admire over the past couple of months.

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Just in case you haven’t heard of them before…

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‘We create handmade bath & body products and hand crafted home ware using natural ingredients with African origins. Rain products are responsibly handmade with love and care for our customers, craftspeople and the environment.’

This post isn’t going to be about the products that I have tried (you can read my first Rain review HERE) or the wonderful Rain Africa event I attended on Tuesday at the Platbos Forest, where this was our roof for the day:

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Isn’t my pic lovely? See the heart?

This post is about the passion that the people of Rain have for their brand, their products and their people. You can’t help but get swooped up and get excited with them when you hear them talking about Rain Africa.

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Beautiful people from Rain Africa

In South Africa we are really spoiled for choice when it comes to natural and organic body products. And we truly have amazing brands. I think what sets Rain Africa apart is their passion and their ethos. They pour their love into each and every product and that is what they want you to experience when using their products – love, caring, healing. Rain Africa goes out of their way to ensure that no harm comes to the environment (or any living soul for that matter – no animal testing!) when they make their products.

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If you haven’t tried any Rain Africa products yet, I recommend you do so. You will not be disappointed.

Visit their website to see what they have to offer. You can shop online too. Note that they have a USA online store too and a beautiful store in New York. And loads more to come…

I can’t wait to visit one of their spas – have a look at the videos of the treatments that they offer. These are not your typical massages or mani’s and pedi’s. Each and every treatment engages all of your senses and is an experience you will not forget.

I wish you great success Rain Africa. May your journey be Blessed.

 

xoxo

Fresh, clean skin with Garnier

The most important step in my skincare routine is cleansing. I require a lot from my cleansers even though I do not find the need to spend a fortune on a product that essentially will be going down the drain.

To my delight Garnier have two brilliant cleansers that I got to try. Best part is that I will be buying them with a smile on my face, as they go for ZAR60 a pop. Bargain I tell you.

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‘The first cleansing range enriched with the purifying power of natural Moringa.’

First up is the Garnier Start Afresh Fresh Cleansing Lotion for normal to combination skin. I have been using this cleanser in the mornings. It is a lovely thick milk cleanser that gently cleanses my skin. My skin type is combination to oily and I wake up with my T-zone a bit oily during the hotter months. And yes, I sweat at night. This cleanser leaves my skin feeling clean and soft. It also has a lovely delicate scent that is not overpowering. I can’t really find fault with this cleanser. As a morning cleanser, I will continue to use this product. Please note that I can’t comment on its efficacy removing make-up. I never go to bed without washing my face. I just can’t.

I have been using the Garnier Shine Be Gone Fresh Clarifying Wash for normal to oily skins to do my second cleanse at the end of the day. This foaming cleanser is just as gentle as the cleansing lotion, whilst still very effective at removing oil, dirt and the last traces of make-up that the first cleanse did not remove. It does a very good job at removing eye make-up. My skin feels squeaky clean after use but it doesn’t feel stripped or tight. The only issue I have with this product is the packaging – the cleanser does not have a very thick consistency and seems to ‘run’ out of the tube; I have to be very careful when dispensing it into my hand and I have ended up using too much on quite a few occasions.

Both cleansers are free from parabens and suited for sensitive skins.

I highly recommend these Garnier cleansers as they are excellent quality at a very reasonable price.

Garnier cleansers are available at Pick ‘n Pay and Clicks stores.

xoxo

 

*Disclaimer: These products were sent to me by the brand for review purposes. I have not received compensation for this post and the opinions on the products are my own.

 

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