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.

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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/

Review: Gelish Dip

I’m sure all girls will agree with me that getting your nails done is one of the best feelings in the world with well deserved pamper you time. I’ve been through all the nail stages from painting my nails when I was in high school to gelish nails and polygel in Varsity.  I am always looking to try new things which is why I jumped at the chance to try the new nail system gelish dip.

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The pink shimmery shade I chose is called “pink elegant” and the glitter is “it’s my party”

What is gelish dip you may be wondering?

Well in a nutshell dip your nails in some powder and come out with beautifully manicured talons. No lamps or amazing painting skills required.

Basically it Gelish and acrylic having a baby.  Not as soft and flexible as gel but not quite so hard as traditional acrylic. Which equals lighter and thinner coats , and not prone to cracks and chipping like acrylic nails.

Rather than requiring ninja like skills in applying the perfect layers of polish which must not touch the cuticle and spending time drying your nails under a lamp, your nail technician applies a base coat, dips your nails into a pigmented powder, tap nail to get excess of skin, repeat, buff, and voila. The whole process takes less than 30 minutes, ideal for the normal busy ladies on the go! It’s odorless too. The colour sticks to the nail and not the cuticles.

How long does a Gelish Dip mani last?

I would say you can push it for 3 weeks. Basically it is glued to your nails until your natural nail growth pushes the colour up. You can even do a fill not like gelish where you can’t fill although with the amazing colour selection I recommend a change. It does not chip and the colour does not fade and keeps it’s shine. I would mention though that this does not give you as glossy finish as a normal gelish or gel but still a bit of gloss.

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Where can I get a Gelish Dip manicure?

At all Sorbet Salons but some other salons may stock it too.

How do you remove?

Easily via a soak off but 15 minutes longer than a gelish polish. So about 20 minutes.

How much does it cost?

Around R300 on average.

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Pink Friyays at Maslow’s poolside

Another cosmopolitan experience awaits at The Maslow Sandton this summer. Fridays will be tickled pink with innovative gin-inspired cocktails to end off the week. Served at poolside within the hotel’s tranquil oasis garden, The Maslow’s crafted cocktails are the perfect way to say “hello” to the weekend.

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The cocktails are expertly prepared at The Maslow’s Lacuna Bar which has become something of a social hotspot for after-work drinks with colleagues and lazy sundowners on weekends. Guests can also enjoy a selection of draught and bottled beer, handpicked wines, light meals and sushi inside or outside on the terrace.

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Simone Musgrave, founder of Musgrave Gin comments “We are so thrilled to be aligned with such a prestigious venue and activate a premium offering for our discerning clientele in Gauteng. Look out for the hottest cocktail menu, the best poolside vibe and of course, VIP service from the professional and friendly staff at The Maslow!”

The star of the sundowners’ show on The Maslow’s Pink Fridays is Musgrave Gin – a premium, award-winning gin that acknowledges the flavours and history of Africa and its ancient spice route. Musgrave original crafted Gin has 11 botanicals, with top notes of aromatic Cardamom, African Ginger (Whitei Mondei) and Grains of Paradise. Also in the cast is Warwick First Lady Chardonnay, Warwick First Lady Rosé, an effortlessly elegant, balanced rosé with teeth tingling acidity and a delicate alcohol level of 11%, as well as the premium, handcrafted mixers from Fitch & Leedes.

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“Mixing and matching these exceptional ingredients, our team has created five deliciously delightful gin-infused cocktails to refresh your spirit,” says Sibongile Morale, the PR, Marketing and Events Manager at The Maslow Sandton.

A must try on the cocktail menu is the First Lady Cocktail, an invigorating blend of Warwick First Lady Rosé, Musgrave Pink Gin, elderflower syrup, lime and Fitch & Leedes tonic. Another not-to-be-missed experience is the Gintleman, a spicy mix of Musgrave Original Gin, topped with Fitch & Leedes tonic and dressed with fresh basil. The glass is washed with Absinthe before the cocktail is poured to add flavour. The Miss Fitch’s Fluff is a playful cocktail, decked with candy floss. The beautifully prepared cocktails range price from R75 to R80 each.

Kick back and relax at The Maslow’s Pink Fridays, every Friday from 15 October 2018 at 16h00.