Ladies get ready to wear designer as Avon collaborates with internationally-renowned fashion house to offer bespoke fashion products

Ladies get ready to wear designer as I have some exciting news for you! David Tlale a very popular fashion icon on in South Africa has just collaborated with Avon to release and sell 4 iconic key fashion pieces at affordable prices and true to David Tlale quality and african colour and design. Sure to lift and compliment any outfit.

If you have not heard of David Tlale before a brief intro: David Tlale often referred to as the King of Fashion, and South Africa’s Karl Lagerfeld. Renowned for his bold designs, showmanship and penchant for drama. Tlale is a household name in South Africa. In little over 10 years, the talented couturier has gone from a young student — who admittedly didn’t know the first thing about sewing — to one of Africa’s greatest fashion designers. I will let the man speak for himself below:

Discerning Avon customers who have always yearned to adorn themselves with the most coveted designs by David Tlale are in for a treat following the announcement that the world’s fourth biggest beauty company will collaborate with the internationally-acclaimed couturier to launch a selection of items for the fashion-savvy customers.

The announcement of this ground-breaking collaboration was made to the media and celebrities in the fashion industry at a glittering ceremony held in Johannesburg. 

The partnership between Avon and Tlale is the first collaboration of its kind at Avon and in the direct selling business in South Africa. In terms of the partnership, Avon customers will for the first time get an opportunity to directly purchase these sought-after accessories from their Avon Beauty Entrepreneurs or from any of the company’s digital platforms, including the Avon ON app and the Avon Store.

“Avon has a proud and illustrious history of being a company for women that has continuously used the power of beauty to change people’s lives. This partnership with an internationally renowned fashion icon gives us an opportunity to reaffirm our drive to democratize beauty for millions of our customers and to contribute meaningfully to the empowerment of our Beauty Entrepreneurs and the female economy. We are looking forward to continuing to harness our expansive footprint and the power of our brand to make a positive difference in the lives of those we touch,” says Mafahle Mareletse, Managing Director of Avon Justine South Africa.

The items that will be available for purchase in the inaugural collection include a scarf, a tote bag, a sling bag and a pair of sunglasses. Avon’s digital and e-commerce platforms have been enhanced to offer a seamless and pleasant customer experience. By using a digital solution known as Direct Deliveries, customers who opt to purchase online will receive their orders directly from Avon. This platform is available at http://www.avon.co.za

“This pioneering partnership is a trailblazer in Avon South Africa and it represents our ongoing efforts to offer our customers cutting-edge products that meet and exceed their expectations. Through this partnership, we are bridging the fashion divide by facilitating access to a range of chic and trendy accessories that our consumers would not ordinarily have access to. This collaboration with the beloved fashion icon gives us an opportunity to support homegrown talent and also gives expression to our quest to provide premium products to our customers without breaking the bank,” adds Mareletse.

“As a fashion house, the David Tlale brand has always sought to break the mold and associate themselves with institutions that have served as benchmarks in the fashion industry. Our partnership with Avon mirrors our aspirations of taking our brand to the next level by leveraging the ubiquity of the Avon brand and the desirability of our offerings. Avon Justine has a single-minded purpose of empowering women, and it is these values that attracted me to join forces with the company. This is a win-win partnership in which our broader base of customers will ultimately benefit,” says Tlale.

The Avon – David Tlale inaugural collection will be available for direct purchase from March 2020.

The pricing for the collection will be officially accessible to customers and Avon Beauty Entrepreneurs through the Avon brochure and digital platforms.

“We are excited to be partnering with Tlale on this venture and we are looking forward to a new chapter where we will provide our customers unmatched and bespoke offerings that are in line with our brand promise of Stand4Her. At Avon, we are unwavering in our quest to empower our Beauty Entrepreneurs and continuously explore ways of enhancing their earning opportunity. We believe that we will meaningfully augment their ability to bolster their revenue – generating capacity by giving them the opportunity to tap into the fashion-conscious and aspirational youth market,” Mareletse concludes.

This exclusive collection is available to purchase online at http://www.avon.co.za, or through a local Avon Representative from the 01 March. Early access and orders can be done at www.avon.co.za/davidtlale to also get your order delivered for free.

Top feminine hygiene brand gets pHenomenal facelift!

Top feminine hygiene brand gets pHenomenal facelift!

Being a woman in the new millennium is no small feat, and South Africa’s No.1 feminine hygiene brand¹ gets it. For years, GynaGuard has given women the confidence to be the pHenomenal women that they are, with their comprehensive range of pH balancing intimate products.

The GynaGuard brand, marketed by Adcock Ingram Healthcare (Pty) Ltd., is undergoing a revitalisation to stay relevant – in true trendsetter style! This includes a fresh new look for the logo, website and all packaging.  The GynaGuard pHenomenal Women marketing campaign will focus on educating women regarding the importance of feminine hygiene, as well as dispelling the myths and taboos around this topic.

GynaGuard pHenomenal Women L-R – Derusha Naidoo, Tracey-anne Buckley Aggett, Candice Manuel, Mpho Mofokeng & Joy-Nita Whittaker

Considerable thought has gone into the ‘new’ GynaGuard, and the brand communication sends out a strong message to all women of all ages and from all walks of life: “We get what it means to be a woman. We get you. Make GynaGuard a part of your self-care routine. Reintroduce balance with our pH balanced intimate products.”

GynaGuard products are now categorised into three ranges for ease of use: the Comfort Range is your gentle, go-to range for everyday feminine hygiene. It consists of the Essential Intimate Wash, Intimate Cleansing pH Bar, Intimate Comfort Gel and Foam Bath (Fragrance-Free and Lightly Fragranced variants). The Control Range focuses on restoring pH balance and soothing discomfort and irritations, and includes Ultimate Intimate Wash and Vaginal Capsules. The Intimate Range comprises Lubricating Moisturising Gel, specially formulated to enhance natural lubrication, soothe irritation and relieve dryness.

Research has seen the Ultimate Intimate Wash reformulated – now enhanced with a pre- and probiotic formulation for optimal control of pH balance. GynaGuard Essential Intimate Wash and the two Foam Bath products (Fragrance-Free and Lightly Fragranced) now also contain probiotics to help restore healthy vaginal flora.

“Having mastered feminine hygiene, the Adcock Ingram GynaGuard team believes it’s within each and every woman’s reach to be pHenomenal all day, every day,” Garth Maart, Brand Manager: Personal Care, Adcock Ingram says. “It’s all about celebrating femininity and imparting confidence to South African women of all ages, and from all walks of life!”

Visit http://www.gynaguard.co.za to find out more about this pHenomenal brand, which is available from retail stores and leading pharmacies.  Join the conversations on Facebook and Instagram.

Come rain or shine, it’s always sunscreen time!

Come rain or shine, it’s always sunscreen time!

Weather can be deceiving, but sunny or chilly, rainy or overcast, the sun is always sending harmful Ultra Violet (UV) rays to the earth.[1],[2],[3] There are two types of UV rays: the UVB rays are responsible for the redness of skin, burning, skin damage, skin spots and ultimately skin cancer.2 UVA rays can damage cell structure and cause ageing, and increase risk of cancer specifically malignant melanoma (a serious form of skin cancer).2

At least 80% of sun-induced skin damage occurs before the age of 18, and only manifests later in life2. It is therefore particularly important that children’s skins are protected with sunscreen throughout the year1.

While people with a fair skin tone (blonde/red hair; light skin; freckles; green/blue eyes) are more at risk for sunburn and skin damage, people of all ethnic groups are at risk of getting skin cancer.  Quality sunscreens are a must for all South Africans, young and old, all year round.1

In the interests of ensuring that your family uses effective sunscreen offering adequate protection, opt for sunscreen endorsed by The Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA).2 Look for the CANSA Seal of Recognition (CSOR) on your sun protection products. This seal ensures that the brand has complied with strict criteria developed by CANSA in the interest of a SunSmart South Africa.2

It is best to use a sunscreen that has a sun protection factor of a minimum of 20 and not higher than 502, and broad-spectrum protection against harmful UVA & UVB rays, preventing premature ageing and lowering your risk of skin cancer.2,3

Island Tribe sunscreens are designed to give the user effective protection against both UVA and UVB rays. With a range of products to choose from, users are sure to find the Island Tribe product that’s right for them … one that has been tested by dermatologists, and bears the CANSA seal of recognition.

Visit www.islandtribe.co.za for more information and join the conversations on Facebook and Instagram.

1 Be SunSmart Everywhere. UVA: ultraviolet A; UVB: ultraviolet B CANSA. [cited 2019 Jul 18]. Available from: https://www.cansa.org.za/be-sunsmart/

2 Fact Sheet – Skin Cancer 2010. [cited 2019 Jul 12]. Available from: http://www.cansa.org.za/files/2012/05/SKIN_CANCER_Leaflet-2010.pdf

3 Effects of sun exposure. Familydoctor.org; 2017 Jan 26. [cited 2019 Jul 18]. Available from: https://familydoctor.org/effects-early-sun-exposure/

OXY launches 2019 Face of OXY competition

Mentholatum SA, a health & wellness company and providers of non-prescription pharmaceutical, healthcare and cosmetics products to consumers, has announced the launch of its 2019 Face of OXY competition.

Held annually, since its launch in 2015, the search is on for two winners (one male and one female) to be crowned this year’s Face of OXY.

“This competition has become an important part of our annual calendar,” says Tarrin Brewin, Head of Marketing, OXY SA. “It’s a great opportunity to connect with and hear directly from consumers, finding out more about them and what they consider important. And it’s a whole lot of fun, with cash prizes and hampers up for grabs and the chance for our winners to raise their own profile across social media.”

Open to all South African citizens, older than 18 years of age and running until midnight 31 July, entrants are requested to post a video on the OXY Facebook page explaining exactly what gives them confidence in their everyday life.

“OXY is focused on helping consumers regain their confidence,” explains Brewin. “One of the biggest impacts that acne or bad skin can have on a person, is a drop in self-confidence. Our goal is to assist by offering consumers a solution to problem skin thereby helping them to regain their confidence, key to living one’s best life.”

Six finalists will be announced on the OXY Facebook page by 7 August, allowing the OXY Facebook page community and public one week to vote for their favourite girl or guy on the voting platform provided. Voting will close on 14 August, with winners announced no later than Monday, 19 August.

For more details, and to enter, visit https://www.facebook.com/oxyRSA

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.