All posts by Candice Ying Sun

Review: Dove intensive repair shampoo and conditioner

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This new Dove Intense Repair range promises to:
– make hair 10x stronger against damage by strengthening hair fibre from the core
– prevent split ends

The Keratin Repair Actives which is mentioned a lot, is it’s patented breakthrough formula that repairs hair at a deeper level by stabilising the protein deep inside the hair fibre.By performing at cellular level, the core of the hair is repaired and strengthened up to 10 times.

As for Dove Intense Repair Conditioner, it contains new Microsheets Technology that evenly coats hair so you can comb it easily when wet to prevent breakage.

Dove Intensive Repair shampoo:

The shampoo lathers well. The appearance is pearlized which contributes to the shine of your hair. After the first wash you actually feel like you can  get away without the conditioner since the hair feels so soft and smells heavenly.

Dove Intensive Repair conditioner: 

I use a R5 coin size of this focusing on the ends of my hair. After the rinse, my hair feels a soft and smooth and manageable but this is probably from the silicone it contains.

REVIEW: IFROGZ CHARISMA WIRELESS EARBUDS

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My history with earbud has been either uncomfortable, them falling out or cables so long that everything just gets tangled. Ifrogz has identified this issue and has invented headphones designed with women in mind that are fashionable as well as functional. They are compact and lightweight, with simple functionality and good quality sound performance.
The Charisma (R599) affordable Bluetooth earbuds with good design and sound. No what does “with women in mind” mean you may be asking? They have a smaller ear bud design,and are magnetized to snap together when not in use. The color choices range from a lovely rose gold and white, red and black, or grey.
I particularly enjoy the bluetooth “wireless hub” with a magnetic clasp that allows you to clip the headphone to your top. You can also wrap the cord around the remote, which houses the battery, microphone, and all the electronics, and keep everything in place with the clasp which also gives control for the user for calls and music.

Battery life is rated at 10 hours at moderate volume levels and the headphone is sweat resistant but not waterproof.

The sound quality is amazing and there is great base coming from the ear buds. I also detect noise cancelling features.
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Because your phone also deserves to be fashionable

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You like to be fashionable so why shouldn’t your phone be too. FLAVR’s fashion cases props up your favorite mobile companion the way it deserves. Making your phone the perfect accessory to you oh so fashionable self. FLAVR has managed to merge function with fashion in the best way.

FLAVR’s incredibly durable but lightweight TPU fashion case keeps your phone safe from without worries.While you can dress your high-end handset in pugs, pineapples, bling, flowers, butterflys and nail polishes… the options are endless.

My fave was the glitter and flower option and wait for it the beautiful unique design contains REAL pressed flowers and we know that floral trends never go out of style.

The covers are also anti shock and fit like a glove.

You can find these babies online from TakeALot, Vodacom and MTN stores nationwide and prices range from R249 to R329. Alternatively if you are not in South Africa you can shop on the FLAVR website.

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Review: Dove DermaSpa Goodness³ Hand Cream

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Dove Dermaspa Goodness hand treatment is a hand cream that claims to be fast absorbing, leaving hands feeling velvety soft, and skin looking even and luminous. The formula contains ‘surface cell-moisturisers’ which it claims are key moisturising actives compressed from natural seed oils, which have been blended with omega oil. The product can be used both day and night and whenever skin feels dry.

The DermaSpa Goodness³ collection combines omega oil with Cell-Moisturisers™ which work at the heart of skin cells, leaving the skin full of moisture. Omega oil, known to replenish the skin’s barrier, is infused in Dove’s active formula to smooth skin’s texture, leaving it velvety soft and even looking.

My Experience:

Packaging:

Dove Derma Spa Goodness hand cream comes in a slim 75ml plastic satin finish tube with a bronze gold cap. I love the way it looks and feels from the outside it looks simple and chic. The tube is plastic but the soft kind of squeezy plastic.  The colour scheme makes it look luxurious and expensive. The tube has a sturdy hard screw lid and a single twist to open and close is all that is required. The tube is very flat and does not take up much space.

Consistency:
The hand cream is off white in color with creamy consistency. The hand cream is a it watery and not too thick and absorbs really quickly. A very small amount is sufficient for my hands. You can definitely feel the silicone as it makes the hands silky.

Fragrance:
I was glad this isn’t the typical dove smell. I quite enjoy the scent the fragrance includes deliciously indulgent notes of creamy vanilla, succulent coconut and musk for added opulence.

Feel:
The hand cream leaves my hand silky smooth and soft. This hand cream is targeted for dry skin. As noted above the silicone is what makes the hands feel silky. The product has not caused any kind of irritation or redness. It’s suitable for sensitive skin. Does not feel oily, greasy or sticky after application and feels super light weight.

Overall:
It’s a drugstore product, but the appearance and results are of that of a spa product. It’s a bit pricey when compared to other drugstore hand creams, but it’s totally worth the price.

Review: Carbon Coco Natural Teeth Whitening

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The past couple of years have seen charcoal face masks, cleansers, detoxes and now teeth whiteners. I have seen the fuss of this black charcoal teeth whitening treatment for a while now and I have to admit I have always been rather intrigued being a avid teeth whitener and all.

Carbon Coco is an Australian company that provides all-natural vegan friendly alternatives to oral care and teeth whitening. Carbon Coco Activated Charcoal Tooth Polish is made from organic coconut shell activated charcoal, bentonite powder and lemon myrtle. Carbon Coco claims to help you reduce plaque, detoxify your mouth, promote healthy gums, freshen your breath, protect enamel and helps with future stains.

Activated charcoal is a highly absorbent substance. It removes toxins when they adhere to the surface of the charcoal. It is not absorbed by the body, but passes through the GI system, so chemicals and toxins adhere to it, which then pass through the body and are expelled by the digestive system. Charcoal is “activated” when it is heated and/or exposed to specific gases. This process results in the creation of pores on the surface of the charcoal, which have the ability to trap certain particles. In the case of teeth whitening, the pores would be trapping and absorbing tannins, common stain-inducers found in wine and coffee.

The pack comes with:

  • 1 tub of Original Carbon Coco medical grade Activated Charcoal Tooth Polish.
  • 1 tube of Activated Charcoal Toothpaste. I couldn’t find the ingredients list, but it doesn’t contain Fluoride which I would prefer since that is an ingredient that strengthens teeth)
  • 1 Toothbrush with Bamboo Bristles

This black stuff isnt your average, every day charcoal. Itactivated charcoal, which is designed for medicinal use. So it is safe for you to use and you will still be alive if you accidentally ingest some.

The Benefits ….

  • NO added chemicals
  • Strengthens enamel
  • Whitens teeth
  • Polishes to remove build up
  • Vegan, 100% organic
  • Money back guarantee
  • Free basic world wide shipping.

At R540 it is a bit on the pricey side but with the size of the product and the amount you use it will last you very long.

How to use:

Simply wet the bamboo toothbrush, dip into the powder and tap off. Brush teeth for 3o seconds, rinse and brush teeth normally with toothpaste.

Carbon Coco says the product is safe for teeth and non-damaging to tooth enamel. The products are not abrasive at all and they basically just absorb and pull out toxins and stains away from the teeth. Also, the charcoal powder is very fine so it doesn’t harm the enamel. The tooth polish also has bentonite clay that helps remineralise your teeth. Both have no harmful chemicals as well.

Because the activated charcoal has adhesive properties, it adheres to stains to remove them.

 

The powder is tres messy. It gets all over the sink and you look like a horror movie character with it in my mouth. Luckily it wasnt too much of a pain to clean up, as I basically washed away with water and did not stain the sink. The tooth paste comes out scary black but changes into a minty white foam once you start brushing. Also the tooth paste doesn’t seem to contain fluoride which is something I would’ve liked to strengthen my teeth.

I didn’t notice massive whitening results it basically only pulls existing coffee and tea stains off your teeth slowly but if you want pearly whites you will need to stick to bleaching teeth with some kind of product that contains peroxide however this is great for daily use if you just want to lift stains off your teeth. Another down fall is brushing your teeth for 6 mins is a bit time consuming especially at night when I just want to brush my teeth for the recommended 2 mins and then pass out. Otherwise all in all this is a great product to try and use but just don’t expect miracles.

For more info and any question, you can visit their site and their social media:

https://carboncoco.com/

https://www.instagram.com/carboncocoau/

https://www.facebook.com/carboncocoau/

Restaurant review: 011 Dainfern by the baron and current mothers day promotion

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This weekend I discovered a restaurant gem, 011 Dainfern by The Baron.

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The décor is contemporary but still classic.  There are tv screens everywhere showcasing the sport. The bar is certainly the focal point of the restaurant with a giant train station clock hanging in the center, complete with brass pipes, alluding to the front of a railway train – which gives the entire restaurant a 1930’s train station vibe. Quite edgy and contemporary.

They have been open since September 2016 and are growing in leaps and bounds. In fact, they are proud of the fact that they are constantly evolving and changing as they go. Their initial wine list had only 20 wines on it – now it is exponentially bigger as they grow.

More famously known for it’s gin bar with an assortment of craft gins. They serve up a wide variety of local beers on tap including many craft and varieties that I love.

The food menu still carries a wide variety of seafoods and meaty grills as well as the casual lunch time sandwiches.

Spoilt for choice I started with the calamari, then for mains I picked the house specialty of bone marrow fillet and ended things off with my all time fave crème brûlée. They were all delicious and good portion sizes.

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I washed that all down with a “first lady cocktail” which was delicious (they actually have a promotion running where if you book  a table on the 13th May for mothers day they will actually spoil your mom with a complimentary first lady cocktail).

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011 Dainfern is open for lunch and dinner (just always open basically), seven days a week. This is a great place if you want to pop into catch the sport or have a few beers after work or even date night.You are sure to receive is great value for your money at 011 Dainfern.

Address: Shop 50 & 50A, Dainfern Square Shopping Centre

Telephone: 010 493 3660/1 Email: dainfern@011jhb.co.za

Website: www.011jhb.co.za

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