OXY launches Charcoal 3 in 1 for optimum skincare

I’m really glad that OXY has followed suit of other skin care brands and released a charcoal 3 in 1 facial product. The benefits are charcoal on the skin is truly a miracle. Here are some to name a few: Charcoals help in removing the dirt, from the pores and give your skin a thorough cleansing. These masks also control the oil secretion in your skin, making it perfect for skin prone to blackheads and acne. Activated charcoal draws bacteria, toxins, dirt and oil from the skin. After the first wash my skin felt more clean and soft.

Ideal for those with problem and oily skin, OXY CHARCOAL 3 in 1 can be used as a wash, a scrub and a mask.

“Activated charcoal is a wonder ingredient,” says Dr Mathobela, a leading specialist dermatologist and OXY’s resident skincare expert. “It draws bacteria, poisons, chemicals, dirt and other micro-particles to the surface of one’s skin, helping to achieve a flawless complexion while fighting acne.” The charcoal is not metabolised, adsorbed or absorbed by the body.

Rich in natural moisturisers and other extracts, OXY CHARCOAL 3 in 1 ensures the skin is left soft and smooth, clean and healthy.

  • Biodegradable metabeads for gentle, yet effective, exfoliation of the skin leaving it with a far smoother appearance.
  • A combination of almond and olive oil act as moisturising agents, helping to effectively moisturise the skin.
  • Charcoal helps to unclog the pores and detox the skin, leaving skin looking clearer and more purified thereby enhancing skin tone.
  • At an inclusion rate of 15%, Kaolin reduces excess sebum and skin breakouts by absorbing excess oil and helping to unclog pores.
  • Salicylic Acid acts to remove all excess sebum and eliminate impurities.


“Our skin is our largest organ, maintaining overall hydration and serving as our primary defence against the environment. A proper daily skincare routine can help to preserve this important protective layer,” says Tarrin Brewin, Head of Marketing, OXY SA. “The OXY CHARCOAL 3 in 1 provides our customers with an easy to use, all in one, complete beauty routine allowing for cleansed and healthy skin.

As a cleanser; wet face, applying gently all over and then rinsing off. As a scrub; wet face, applying gently all over, massaging in circular motions over key areas such as the forehead and nose thereafter rinsing off with warm water. As a mask; wet face, applying a layer evenly over the entire face, leaving for three minutes before rinsing.

OXY has been around for generations, a global brand with formulations that have been tried and tested. “Skincare is as important to us as it is to our customers. We are therefore continuously looking at new and innovative products to assist in keeping skin clear and healthy and are dedicated to providing effective solutions that not only satisfy but exceed our customers’ expectations, says Brewin. 

The newly launched OXY CHARCOAL 3 in 1 is available from all leading outlets nationwide at a recommended Retail Sale Price (RSP) of R 64.95. 

Just when you thought tinkies couldn’t get better!

Tinkies, much loved by tweens, launches Half&Half with an exciting campaign

Tweens. “They’re a generation of digital natives who have never known a world without the Internet or social media.” This is how Aaron Paquette writing in the The Marketing Insider October 2018, describes them.  

“Tweens want to be anything but the age they are and are always looking toward the future. They are ambitious, opinionated, influential and they know more about technology than their parents ever will.” (Tinkies’ own research).”

“Think of categories beyond fashion and beauty,” says Paquette. “These are the most natural fits, but tweens still need to eat breakfast cereal, shop for school supplies, and use mobile devices to post new content.”

 “All these categories are logical for tween influencer campaigns. If it’s a category where kids, tweens and teens have purchasing power, it’s a category that can be represented by a tween tastemaker.”

But never has there been a ‘tastemaker’ quite like new Tinkies Half&Half bringing new tastes and flavour explosions to the single serve snack market.

“New Tinkies Half&Half is a mega mash-up, combining taste favourites to create flavour combinations in a whole new offering,” says Michaela Murning, Tiger Brands Marketing Director.

“A mash` up is a term borrowed from the music industry and describes a blend of two or more songs, combining vocals with instrumentals to get a whole new song.”

Tinkies Half&Half is available in two ‘mash up’ flavour combinations: chocolate/vanilla and strawberry/vanilla and shoppers will see the launch campaign with sampling in supermarkets from May 2019.

Staying close to the mash-up origins, the launch will be supported by an exciting marketing campaign.  In store and on social media over the next two months, competitions will run with prizes including JBL headsets and Nintendo Switches. These products have been selected as prizes as they mirror the mash-up theme also making one new product out of two existing ones.

Other instore prizes include data, airtime and Tinkies vouchers.  

“Tinkies has been an anytime treat for years even appearing in lunchboxes and desserts,” says Murning. “The launch of Half&Half just reinforces the Tinkiesbrand strength with Half&Half showing versatility, striking the right note with tweens who have mega influencing  power and want things to be more exciting to keep their interest.”

Tinkies will be available from R6.99 each and R39,99 for a pack of six.

Have a Dettol beauty session with the new Dettol even tone aloe & avo

Dettol EvenTone™ Aloe & Avo is a luxurious hygiene bar packed with super fruits and botanical extracts. As with all Dettol soaps they protect skin against 99.9% of germs as they are well known for their disinfectant liquids. It contains powerful germ-fighting formula but yet still is gentle enough that it is advised it can also be used on the face.

Dettol eventone™ soap contains crushed apricot shell which act as exfoliants which stimulates circulation removing dead skin cells for the J.Lo Glow. The granules are small enough that they are not too harsh on the skin. It helps wash away blemish-causing oil and dirt. The star ingredients of this bar which is an addition to the even tone family, aloe and avo both have healing and moisturising properties for the skin.

I don’t suffer from uneven skin town however I loved how the crushed apricot shells act as a subtle daily exfoliator on my skin and the aloe and avo left my skin feeling moisturised and soft. All while delivering the germ killing defences of the trusted Dettol brand

Use it on your face to leave your complexion looking even, moisturised, and clear.

The soap has a refreshing green garden type fragrance leaving the entire bathroom and body smelling amazing after using it.

The 150g bar is green in colour, has the Dettol logo engraved in it and has brown granules. The soap foams up really well and does not require much to do the job.

I definitely recommend you give this a try and have a beautiful Dettol beauty session.

Experience the high life at Highball Craft Bar

This “trendy artisanal craft bar” boasts one of the best views in Johannesburg, overlooking the first hole of the Randpark Golf Course.

The setting and décor of the place itself is classy and casual. You can opt for the couches or a formal dinner table or bar like setting with the stools against the walls.

The Highball serves a selection of local craft drinks including beers, gins, whiskeys, rums and vodkas. No SAB brands in sight! The selection is all quality spirits and they specialise in gin which is all the rage at the moment. They even had a delicious blueberry tonic which I have never seen before.

The Highball’s eclectic menu is made up from a tempting selection of crafted tapas, light bites, salads, sandwiches, sharing boards and daily specials prepared by a French chef all food is Asian French inspired a really great combo.

HOMEMADE BEEF LASAGNE
Oven baked layers of beef mince and pasta
sheets topped with a Mornay sauce
STICKY PORK BELLY & BROCCOLLI
Pieces of braised tender pork belly in a
syrupy jus served with broccoli florets,
grilled scallion and sweet potato wedges.
CHICKEN PITA
Grilled chicken filled pita bread with hummus
and peppadews.
SEARED SESAME CRUSTED TUNA
WITH PICKLED CUCUMBER
Flash grilled tuna loin medallions on a
bed of homemade pickled cucumber.
Served with match stick potatoes.
SMOKED SALMON PITA
Smoked salmon filled pita bread with cream
cheese, onion ring and capers.
BEEF & ONION MARMALADE SLIDER
WITH SWEET POTATO
Served with bacon, onion marmalade
and sweet potato wedges.
LEMONGRASS PRAWN
& ASIAN NOODLE SALAD
A refreshing South Asian dish made of
stir fry greens, lemongrass poached
prawns and glass noodles.

At the dine jozi style dinner we were offered a tapas style menu tasting of all the favourites it was a tough decision to pick a favourite but I highly recommend the sticky pork belly & broccoli. The pork belly was soft and delivered the just the right amount of flavour and throwing in the broccoli that is steamed makes it such a healthy option.

It is a great bar with great service to kick back and enjoy after a round of golf or a long day at work.

Burt’s bees stings that feel amazing

The company offers a really wide range of beauty products however their lip balms (introduced in the early 1990’s) are the most well known and popular and it was in SA previously for a brief period but I usually trek to the US to buy these babies which is why I am glad they are importing again and will be in stores next month.

A bit of history on the brand. The company was founded in 1984, to be by the late Burt Shavitz (who owned a honey stand) and Roxanne Quimby (a painter). Their paths crossed one summer, and Quimby decided to use Shavitz’s unused beeswax to create candles. They went through the various fairs and arts & crafts shows, and they went on to bottle and sell honey together. From then on, the duo went on to produce other beeswax and honey-related products. And so the brand was born using Burt’s name and bees because bees wax is in their ingredient in all their products with Bees being the vital component.

Burt’s Bees goal has always been providing their customers with the best natural products around, and it has been successfully doing that for over 30 years and ensuring the products are all 100% natural. They are cruelty free and do not test on animals. Lets discuss some of my faves that I was sent to try.

1. Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm

Think hint of nice natural buildable colour (there are six different ones), along with up to eight hours of moisturization. I always grab tinted balms over non tinted it is so effortless and easy as it functions as both mirror free colour application and moisturization for the lips. It goes on easy, and keeps you protected. Smells amazing like sweets. The peppermint oil usually found in Burt’s Bees lip balm is replaced with Shea butter. Tinted with no shimmer just a solid colour. These are essentials on my list.

2. Burt’s Bees Chapstick

These chapsticks are effective.No tint but come in 6/7 flavours which actually contain the actually flavour’s ingredients.

3. Burt’s Bees Lip Shimmer

Just like the lip tints these lip shimmers deliver a nice dose of carefree colour to the lips. The peppermint oil creates a nice tingly feeling when you apply it and has a heavy peppermint smell.

My lips soak up these ingredients with ease and are not left feeling oily or sticky. It comes in 14 shades to suit anybody’s fancy. Lips feel soft and nourished. Ingredients include sunflower seed oil, bees wax, pepermint oil, elderberry oil, black current seed oil, and rosemary extract.

4. Burt’s Bees Hand Salve

This contains a very moisturizing formula full of oils, herbs, and beeswax – an all-natural salve perfect for working hands which need to be maintained. Ingredients include olive oil, eucalyptus, lavender, and sweet almond oils. It has a very medicinal smell like camphor cream. It has a Vaseline like texture. I find it very different from your conventional hand lotions and creams this is more of an ointment or treatment due to it’s balmy consistency. Great for extremely dry hands.

5. Burt’s bees lemon butter cuticle cream

Give your cuticles it’s well deserved TLC. Specially formulated, this buttery cream contains sweet almond oil and cocoa seed butter to moisturize and soften your cuticles while vitamin E and sunflower oil nourish brittle nails. Feel pampered and polished from tips to toes. It does not leave a greasy residue, absorbs quickly. I like to use it to soften cuticles and make it easy to remove. The pale yellow cream isn’t too oily and smells divine like lemon meringue tart. Unlike most cuticle treatments that are super runny and oily this one soaks in immediately. The super cute tin is easy to pop in your purse.

6. Burt’s Bees Beeswax Lip Balm Tin

This is the original product. It heals and softens dry and chapped lips. The tin closes really tightly so if you want to pop it in your purse you don’t have to worry about the lid coming off. The peppermint oil again gives a nice tingly feeling on lips. I find a tin a bit unhygienic to carry around but I keep mine by my bed side and use every night. The product itself is a bit hard and solid but easily taken out with nails.

In the sun

Classic tale of Beauty and the Beast to be staged at the Mardi Gras Theatre

Really enjoyed watching the beauty and the beast it is such a classic fairy tale and the remake by the @oakyouththeatre is both funny and the music and singing is amazing with world class acting and performances.

Carnival City’s Mardi Gras Theatre provides the stage for the O.A.K Youth Theatre’s captivating musical production, Beauty and the Beast in March 2019. The show, starring talented performers from the greater Gauteng area, tells a classic story of true love and features beautiful costumes by Hollywood Costumes, and songs that will have audiences tapping their feet. Beauty and the Beast, which enjoyed a highly successful run at the Atterbury Theatre in 2018, will be staged at the Mardi Gras Theatre from 21 to 24 March 2019. Tickets are available at Computicket.

“We are delighted to partner with O.A.K Youth Theatre to bring this wonderfully produced show to Ekurhuleni during the upcoming school holidays. It’s definitely a show for all ages,” says Michelle Smith, Marketing Manager at Carnival City.

True love prevails in the end in this classic tale. We get to know Belle as a young lady from a small town where everybody thinks she is odd as she loves to read books. The gregarious Gaston sets his eyes on the beautiful Belle and decides that she will be his future bride, much to the delight of Gaston’s side kick, Le Fou. The Beast captures Belle’s father, Maurice when he tries to pick Belle a beautiful rose in a garden, not knowing that he is in fact on the Beast’s property.

While on a quest to find her father, Belle happens to discover the Beast’s castle. What Belle encounters at the castle is somewhat confusing, as she has never before met a talking Teapot, a grumpy Clock, a boisterous Feather duster and a charming Candlestick. However, with a very nifty plan, she swops places with her father and finds herself to be the grumpy and discontented Beast’s prisoner.

Pamper yourself at MK salon

The salon and beauty business has grown tremendously over the past decade. As we see so many salons popping up which is why it is so important to create a salon that is unique and MK salon certainly meets up to this.

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I recently attended the launch of the new MK salon. It is situated in Constantia Park, just off Garsfontein Drive, MK Salon is the brainchild of property entrepreneur, Marieth Kloppers. The “MK” if you haven’t guessed already is her initials MK Salon is the culmination of a remarkable journey taken by her where she use to weigh 94kg can you believe?

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At MK Salon, every client is a ‘VIP’ who will walk away with a different perspective on how valuable and worthy they really are,” Marieth says.

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Just what services are on offer at MK Salon? There is something for everyone; men and women! The MK Hair Experience allows you to entrust your crowning glory to talented professionals for styling, colouring, extensions, blow-drying … the works. Guys have a dedicated ‘man cave’ area for grooming and styling. A comprehensive MK Nail Experience is on offer, as is an all-encompassing MK Beauty Experience. The latter includes facials, make-up, tints, Botox, laser hair removal, sunbed sessions and ozone therapy, among others.

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Then there’s the Saturday Bootcamp sessions for people of all levels of fitness; life coaches, nutrition programmes and more. For those who just feel like a chill session, the MK Tea Garden Experience is the place to indulge in a slice of freshly-baked, guilt-free cake, or sip on a glass of champagne.

I’ve tried the cakes, pedi, redken treatment and the ozone treatment are all amazing with such friendly and well trained staff.

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I was particularly interested in the ozone treatment as it was the first unique thing I saw on the menu. It’s basically a sauna which detoxes your body! Pretty amazing!

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MK Salon is undoubtedly worth a visit. The team is confident that, once you’ve visited, you’ll become a regular! For further info visit the website – www.mksalon.co.za or contact them on 0861 MK SALON (65 72566), or WhatsApp 076 036 2402.  Join the conversations on https://www.facebook.com/MKSalonSA/ and https://www.instagram.com/m.k_salon/