Trust in the Care from NIVEA and help uplift a community

Care is at the heart of the NIVEA brand, and when I received news of the amazing work they are doing at the Thanda Centre in KwaZulu-Natal, I had to share. “Our consumers enjoy giving themselves the best care, but we know that they also love to show care and give back to others, although they often don’t have the time or resources to do so. Through this initiative, consumers can make a life-changing difference every time they purchase their favourite NIVEA product,” says Shayna Amaidas, NIVEA brand manager, Beiersdorf. “Each purchase enables us to support the Thanda Centre, which has become a beacon of hope and source of pride in the community of Umtwalume.” For the last 2,5 years NIVEA South Africa has supported a community situated in Umtwalume, KwaZulu-Natal, through financial support of Thanda, a non-profit organisation. The Thanda Centre provides valuable support for the local community through an Early Childhood Development (ECD) Centre and after-school programmes. Research shows that 90% of brain development happens before the age of five, which is why ECD programmes are vital, yet less than 16% of children in KwaZulu-Natal have access to these. At the Thanda Centre, children not only receive a hot meal and participate in educational and stimulating programmes, but also find a safe place to play. The centre hosts the only library and playground in the area, with its number one drawcard – the skate park! NIVEA’s impact at the Thanda Centre has already been significant: Amongst other milestones, 73 347 meals were served to children in 2016 and the centre can remain consistently open 7 days per...

Brand Focus: Tosca Salon Hair and Beauty

I have found my new ‘hair home’! TOSCA will be looking after these locks of mine from now on and I couldn’t be happier. Beautiful salons, knowledgable and friendly staff, superior products and service… what more can I ask for? Oh, and the cuppaccinos are divine ;) With over forty years experience Tosca Salon branches are industry leaders in all hair treatments.  Tosca also does beauty and bridal hair and makeup. The services offered in the beauty salons include facials, massages, waxing, tinting, manicures and pedicures. I think I’ll be popping round for a massage very soon. Tosca has branches in Tygervalley, Tableview, Stellenbosch and Paarl. Make sure to visit them on Facebook and Twitter and to pop over to their BLOG to learn more about the services and products that they offer. Keep an eye on the blog as I will be sharing my new look with you very soon! Here’s to happy hair days....

BABOR – Luxury skincare

BABOR is a luxury skincare brand that I have fallen head over heels for and I don’t find it surprising that they have been ranked as one of the top 50 luxury brands in Germany. BABOR, a global leader in skincare, has been ranked as one of the Top 50 Luxury Brands in Germany by a luxury German connoisseur publication – Luxury Business Report 2015. BABOR ranked 47th and is the only professional skincare company to find a place on this prestigious list. Most recently I had the opportunity to try BABOR New Skin Fluids Ampoule Concentrates FP. This product is definitely one of the top 5 best skincare products that I have ever used. Really. I’m talking visible results almost instantly. Fresh-looking, plump and radiant skin. I would use these ampoules every night if I could. They are designed for dry skin which made me think that the concentrate may have a heavy texture, but it was surprisingly light. After applying the fluid to my face, neck and chest, my sensitive skin felt soothed and nourished. This is what BABOR has to say about this product: The answer for skin that is flaky, uneven and dull. Works to regenerate the upper layers of the skin while instantly creating a pleasantly smooth look and feel. The innovative Lipid Repair Complex, formulated with ceramides, white lupin and plantain effectively regenerates the lipid matrix and restores the skin’s protective barrier, which is essential for healthy skin. The complexion becomes smooth and supple again, making skin feel like new. The BABOR Moist & Lipid New Skin Fluids retails for R732. The other fluids...

Brand Focus: Beautiful Earth

If you love a more natural approach to caring for your skin and hair, I suggest you listen up as I have recently been introduced to a wonderful brand… Beautiful Earth. ‘Beautiful Earth is a specialist manufacturing company, distributing natural products for personal care, to individual consumers and the hospitality industry.’ Beautiful Earth is an environmentally friendly company which produces certified natural products to meet the grooming needs of the whole family. Their products contain absolutely no nasties and is fragranced with essential oils. Beautiful Earth has an extensive range of skin care, body care, hair care and pamper products. The baby range is definitely a must and in addition to washes and lotions, they also have a barrier cream and a chest rub. Beautiful Earth also supplies to exclusive establishments in the hospitality industry and has a range of home and outdoor items. I received huge hamper of Beautiful Earth products. Please behold… I have enjoyed trialling each and every product. The natural fragrances are lovely, the quality is superb and each formulation is super gentle and worked well with both my little girl’s and my sensitive skin. Reviews of my favourite products are coming soon, so keep an eye on the blog. You can order Beautiful Earth products via their secure online shop. The greatest of care is taken with every order which is processed immediately, professionally wrapped, securely packaged and then shipped of too you. For more info on the brand, you can visit their website, like them on Facebook or follow them on Twitter....

Brand Focus: Human+Kind

While paging through a Clicks Beauty catalogue recently I spotted a brand I don’t know… Human+Kind. I’m generally not fazed by packaging, but I instantly fell in love with Human+Kind’s vibrant and beautiful tubes and boxes. Have a look: ‘Human+Kind is a breakthrough in skin care which will change your life as much as it will change your skin. Created for women everywhere who are tired of wasting time and money on unnecessary products, Human+Kind is a new ethos in skincare for today’s time pressed woman – simple, superior natural and dependable beauty products that multi-task as much as they do. Fuelled by a mission to challenge the beauty Industry’s conditioning that we need product after product for different areas of our skin and different skin types, Human+Kind creates a pared down approach to skincare developing superior, natural formulations, capable of multi-tasking and benefiting skin types of all ages.’ Human+Kind gives us multi-tasking, no-nasties products for skin and hair and this award winning Irish brand is now available in South Africa. Keep an eye out for Human+Kind at Clicks, Wellness Warehouse and selected Woolworths and Stuttafords stores. I’ll be getting my hands on a few of their products soon so keep an eye on the blog for the reviews....

Revlon LOVE IS ON

REVLON Introduces Global Brand Re-launch and Declares “LOVE IS ON” A New Mission of Inspiring Love Around the World. I’ve always had a soft spot for Revlon. Not only is it a brilliant brand (almost all of my lippies are from Revlon), I think it was the first make-up brand that I ever noticed. When I was little, I probably thought Revlon made all make-up as that was the only name I ever saw when going through mom and gran’s make-up stash. Exciting stuff is happening in the Revlon camp, as the brand was relaunched yesterday with their first global tagline in over a decade: LOVE IS ON. Have a look at their new television add set to a beautiful rendition of ‘Addicted to love’: Revlon also introduced their Global Love Beacon yesterday in New York. It is an interactive billboard in NYC’s Times Square that allows you to share your love with everyone. The LOVE IS ON live camera captures and streams your “love moments”. Everyone from around the world is invited to join in for a chance to have their photo or message featured on the LOVE IS ON billboard. You can do this too by showing your love via social media using the hashtag #LOVEISON. “The new mission of our brand is to inspire love. From the moment a woman puts on Revlon makeup, we want love to captivate her imagination; to take her on a journey into the world of love, where she will be enchanted by its countless dimensions”...

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