Beauty and Travel

My Top 5 go-to winter products

Welcoming winter in 2019 has been such a struggle especially for everyone who is new in Cape Town. As much as this is a bit of a problem, I have just the products to get you through winter. In this week post, I share with you my top 5 inexpensive products you can try.

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Before I get into it, I know that a lot of black women face the issue of having their skin dry out during this particular season and we have to plan the transition from summer products that are both moisturizing, non-greasy and sun proof to the oil based, motorizing and takes care of dry skin.

Here are my top 5, inexpensive products that I always run to:

  • Vaseline blue seal: Due to my skin being dry, I always opt for this product because it has glycerin which helps me with preventing my skin from cracking under the pressure of cold weathers. It is oil based and is definitely good for both dry and oily skin. For women with oily skin, I would recommend using after a night bath followed by a coating of a body butter the next day so it balances the oil. This product retails for approximately R60 at stores like Pick n Pay and Clicks. IMG_E0333[1]
  • African Extracts No-Shine Day Cream: With benefits such as improving skin texture and brightens and evens skin tone. Ingredients include aloe vera, bio-active rooibos, evodia leaf and Japanese cedar- glow up of the season is most certainly guaranteed! The radiance range by African Extracts is everything a girl needs to have in their skin care routine. Their products have been endorsed by Beauty Without Cruelty and they are vegan – meaning they don’t test their products on animals.

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  • Woolworths’ Shea Butter and Honey Hand Cream: This is by far the best hand lotion I have ever used. I received this at the Cosmo Influencer Workshop held a few months ago and my hands have been feeling so soft and moisturized ever since. This product is also vegetarian with milk and honey and has been endorsed by Beauty Without Cruelty.

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  • Black Opal True Colour Liquid Foundation: I have gone back from using NYX liquid foundation to using this one because it moisturizes my skin the way I like. It is perfect for dry skin so I would suggest a more matte finish such as Essence for ladies who have oily skin. The benefits I have seen so far is that they offer really rich tones, it has light coverage so it does not really show that you are wearing make up and that is a plus for me because my skin gets irritated easily and has shea butter. They only offer 12 shades in this range though so it is not for everyone. This is only R295 at Clicks.

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  • Spier Wine Farm’s Creative Block No. 3: Nothing good wine cannot fix- I recently learned that red wine is popular in winter? Compared to white wine as it is fruity and drank cold, red on the other hand is usually appropriate in winter as it is commonly paired with warm winter meals. This particular wine however comes from one of my favourite wine brands in South Africa, Spier Wine Farm from it creative block collection. Within the collection comes Nos. 2, 3 and 5. The bottle retails for R169 on the Spier Wine Farm website.

“Did you know: The creative block wine collection was inspired by the Spier Arts Academy project, winemakers combine grapes from different vineyard blocks to curate unique tastes- always so much more than the sum of their parts.” -Spier Wine FarmIMG_0065[1]

One other product mention would be Benylin for Flu, which is one a must for people who don’t have a problem with alcohol in their cough syrups. This has saved me many times especially on my recent trip to Gauteng. I somehow had this flu that nearly had me “woman down” and if it was not for this product, I would have not enjoyed my trip. It can be found at major pharmacies in South Africa and recommended for flu- however, I would advise visiting your doctor first.

If you are someone who is well prepared for winter, care to share any tips on how you get through winter pimple and flu free? Vaseline blue seal leads the list as it literally saved my skin at the start of this year’s winter, so I recommend it to everyone trying to repair their skin.

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Africa, Travel

Victoria Falls, Zambia

Imagine going on an amazing holiday only to find out that the airline providing the a connecting flight sold you dreams and then find yourself stuck in the middle of home and nowhere. On Monday I left Europe with the hopes that I will be home in time for a one man brunch and my bed. Instead I found myself with others stuck in Zambia courtesy of Kenya Airways (the story will be told another time).

Sometimes getting lost can lead to unexpected adventures. 

I met a group of people who were coming back from different corners of the world and we decided to use the opportunity to visit Victoria Falls.

Flowing from the Zambezi River over a cliff and into the Boiling Pot before flowing through a series of gorges is Victoria Falls, located in the western area of Zimbabwe. This is where you will find the Devil’s Pool, a natural infinity pool, is on the edge of a sheer drop. Spanning the river is 1905 Victoria Falls Bridge. The surrounding Zambezi National Park is home to white rhinos and elephants.

Myself and other companions entered Victoria Falls from the Livingstone side in Zambia where you can see a quarter of the waterfall and even though it is not everything, it is worth visiting!

What you will need:

  • We had to find transport which picked us up from the hotel and drop off back and also entrance fee fee into the park which totaled to 280 Zambian Kwacha.
  • Due to the intensity of the waterfall, the water hits the ground and there’s mist and little showers by the waterfalls, you will need a raincoat.
  • Because the ground is wet, make sure you were good shoes because it gets slippery.
  • For those scared of heights, you will need to cross a bridge that is high up to get to a different side to see more of the falls.
  • Take your time and just breathe in the freshness of the waters and surrounding.
  • There are monkeys everywhere, get your camera out.
  • Make sure you have cash, it is easier than finding a card machine.

What you need to know:

  • Zambia is hot! People who are like me, buckle up because you are going to be sweating your tits off.
  • Visit the falls super early when there are less people around then you get to really enjoy it. They open at 6am and close at 6pm.
  • Wear comfortable clothes. Zambia is great because even the gravel roads have names, something you don’t see in South Africa.
  • There are lots of lodges, it should be easy to find accommodation close to the airport.
  • Livingstone is 5km away from the Zimbabwe boarder and 200km from the Namibia boarder.
  • It is not expensive but the Kwacha is stronger than both the Rand and Dollar.
  • Zambians are beautiful people- I mean of course, you are in Africa anyway!
  • You will most likely fly with Kenya Airways, prepare yourself.
  • I had beer from there and it was really good for someone who does not enjoy beer, I think you will love this one.
  • 52% of Zambians speak Bemba and some words are similar to those in other South African languages (e.g: There is a street called ‘Mosi-oa-tunya’ translated to “the smoke that thunders” which happens to be another name for Victoria Falls.

I would like to thank the people I was with who put the idea to visit the falls in action. I never thought I would one day visit Zambia- even though it was not planned, I loved it.

Beauty and Travel

Eye Candy Brows

When traveling, you always try to spend less time on grooming because you want to focus more on site seeing and enjoying time with friends and family . Lucky for me, being a Eyecandy Brows Ambassador means I get all kind of treatments to prepare me for my travels so I get to enjoy myself and not worry about how I look.

Eyecandy Brows is the biggest specialist of Eyebrow Threading in South Africa. They can be found in the following Cape Town and Johannesburg centres:  Lifestyle Centre on Kloof (CT), Tygervalley Center (CT), Carlton Hair Cavendish Square (CT), and Sandton City Mall (JHB).

Eyebrow threading and tinting:

This treatment offered by Eyecandy Brows is affordable and quick. Both the treatments cost R190 and take about 45 minutes max to get done. I had a bit of an uncomfortable feeling with the threading because its remove the brows from the root which is great because eventually, your brows stop growing (the unwanted ones that is).

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Lash lift:

The lash lift is a new thing to me because I naturally have long lashes and I think faux ones are heavy. I do however love how Agnes (Eyecandy Brows Specialist) applied mine because she applied them between the real ones to create an illusion to make them look real. Each one is applied to fit the natural size of your lashes and they come in different shapes and sizes. It took about 2 hours to get mine done and they stay on for two weeks and that is long enough to go with. The price of the lash lift is R550 and is totally worth it!

Eyecandy brows offers a range of services and treatments, but remember to always make an appointment. Even though they do take walk-ins, its best to know you will get your treatment done without having to wait in line.

Eyebrow Do’s and Don’ts from Eyecandy Brows:

  • Don’t use a razors to shape your brows because they cause skin irritation and then ingrown hairs which are very painful.
  • You will not get all the unwanted hairs out.
  • Always go for threading or plucking as it removes hairs from the root.
  • Plucking is more painful than threading.
  • You definitely will have some skin irritation after threading but that is just from removing the hairs.
  • Always follow-up with your treatments.
  • Be open with your consultant about how you want your brows done or ask them for advice on what they use so you avoid any allergens like myself, I can’t use coconut oil as an “after threading” oil.

Have you done your brows before? threaded? and how did it feel? Would you do it again or do you want to try it? Please let me know your thoughts on this in the comment section.

If you have visited any Eyecandy Brows bar, how did they treat you and what did you get done?

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Beauty and Travel

Hair and make-up tips while traveling

In less than a 24 hours, I will be traveling from Cape Town to the Europe for the holidays and I am pretty much excited about it because instead of just visiting the Netherlands, my babe and I will be doing a couple of trips cross country vibes. Plane tickets booked, accommodation booked, dinners booked and we are well ready for it all.

One thing that always graze me off though is looking beautiful without wasting time when getting ready and also being ready for anything that might happen during the course of a day touring places and meeting friends for dinner. My first concern is always my hair! I would rather not have to deal with my fro during the festive season, I honestly do not have time to be brushing and detangling.

Keeping the skin clear and clean while looking amazing is essential and here are a few tips on how to not burden yourself with all that and still feel great:

For hair:

  • Be versatile about your hair. It’s always great to get it box braided and you just switch up the look every time. Or have simple but funky cornrows which can be covered with a wig to make your look even more interesting.
  • Get a beret or a hat that can help with looking different everyday.
  • Always carry an essential oil for your scalp to help with any climate changes but keep it at a 100ml.
  • If it is cold, it is always best to wear a wig so not to stress out your hair.
  • Visit a local salon for a nice braid wash if possible to keep the scalp clean. I have realised it is difficult washing braids than anything else.

 

For skin:

  • Exfoliate!!
  • Drink water.
  • Stay away from make-up when flying. It is not good for you. Like, who the hell are you trying to look good for? the flight attendants?!!
  • Always have some wet wipes with you to wipe your face during transfers or every 5 hours to help your skin breathe especially during long flights.
  • Drink more water. This is very important.
  • Apply a night cream oil to help getting rid of bags or signs of tiredness.

For nails: 

  • Always have your hands dry (obviously)
  • Moisturise
  • Keep a hygienic habit when it comes to hands and face
  • It helps carrying a hand sanitiser
  • Trim your nails all the time. This helps with breaking and polish chirping
  • Base coat is important to protect your nails from nail polish stain. You can also add a layer of base after every coat for lasting shine and protection.
  • Give your nails a break. The way you give your face a break from make up. Let your nails breathe for a moment. So a week before you travel, just have clear, clean nails before bedazzling them.

I guess the point here is that, try keep your hair and skin routine as natural as possible. Only apply make-up when you know you won’t be sleeping on the road- overnight to help your skin breathe and get used to new climates. Your hair should not be a priority but taking care of it is important- which means, keep it minimal while giving it what it needs.

I hope this helps. What do you do to keep your skin and hair clean during the holidays?