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.

Influential men’s fashion retailer John Craig, launches their Spring / Summer 2018 range

I was recently invited to attend the launch of the new John Craig Summer’18 collection launch

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After walking the red carpet, indulging in canapés and signature cocktails, while feasting eyes on models dressed in both casual and smart-wear.

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The new Summer ’18 range was in full effect as  models strutted down the walk-way in our retro-nautical looks.  Think vibrant colors, coming from our v-necks, crew-necks, smart shirts and formal jackets.

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John Craig positioned itself at the center of the Summer fashion conversation.

In an effort to gain market share and reposition the company for future growth, men’s fashion retailer John Craig has completely overhauled its product range at a fashion show, launching its #JohnCraigSummer18 range to critical acclaim at the Goliath Comedy Club in Melrose Arch on Wednesday 19 September. This new range has ignited a dialogue about what heritage truly means through relaunching its brand of more than 70 years – resulting in a positive outcome of capturing new customers and an increase in overall sales.

As testament in its longevity, John Craig has been effortlessly adapting and growing with the trends as well as the generations that it serves. The new range includes classic pieces with fierce detailing, clean yet bold colours and statement accessories to match. The #JohnCraigSummer18 man has various personalities, from being a business man, but through this collection his personal brand still associates with youthful modernity.

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Even with difficult times in the current retail landscape, the brand’s bold and brave strategy, has led to outperforming against the odds, making itself standout in an extremely competitive environment by once again taking over men’s clothes interest for the upcoming season, showcasing their indisputable ability of being industry leaders.

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“I cannot believe the success we’ve had in the past six months – it’s amazing. The credibility of the name and our heritage has been the backbone of our success,” says Managing Director, Lily Moreira. “Average spend has come down. We’ve had a decrease in prices so in essence, because of the product assortment, customers have been decreasing their basket size, but we’ve gained more new transactions
so we have grown our sales by around 20%.”

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Make sure to pop into your nearest John Craig store and shop the best in modern summer menswear.

The new range is now available in all stores:

JHB Central
Mark Park Shopping Centre,Vereeniging
Van Der Walt Street, Pretoria
Golden Walk Centre, Germiston
Boulders Shopping Centre, Midrand
Church Street, Pretoria
Vaal Mall, Vanderbilpark
West Gate Mall
Village Square, Rand Fontein
Carlton City
Evaton Plaza, Sebokeng
Forest Hill Mall, Centurion
Cradlestone Mall
Limpopo Mall, Polokwane
Joshua Door Centre, Polokwane
Tzaneng Mall, Tzaneen
Mvusuludzo Shopping Centre, Thohoyandou
Masingita Mall, Giyani
The Crossing Shopping Centre, Mokopane
Phalaborwa Mall
Mall of the North
Jane Furse Crossing
Makhado, Lois Trichard
Paledi Mall, Mankweng
Masingite, Malumulele
Lephalele Mall
Great North Road Plaza, Musina
Thavani Mall
Rustenburg Plaza
Central City Shopping Centre, Mabopane
Garankua City
Jubilee Mall
Northam Plaza
Brits Shopping Centre
Moruleng Shopping Centre
Wonderpark Shopping Centre
Soshanguwe Crossing
Bafokeng Mall
Thaba Mall, Thabazimbi
Brits Mall
Kolonnade Shopping Centre, Pretoria
Wernhil Park Shopping Centre, Windhoek
The Grove, Windhoek
Rundu Shopping Mall
Oshikango Times Square
Dunes Mall
Field Street, Durban
Boardwalk Centre, Richards Bay
Circus Triangle, Umtata
The Galleria
Hemmingways, Western Ave
Edendale Mall
Fingoland Mall, Butterworth
Metlife Mall, King Williams Town
Nonesi Mall, Queenstown
Jozini Mall
Mthatha Mall
Promenade Mall
Gugulethu Mall
Greenacres Shopping Centre
Gilwell, East London
Bloemfontein Plaza
Goldfields Mall
Phakamabile Street, Kimberley
North West Mall, Mafikeng
Oval Centre, Ladysmith
Mooi River Mall, Potchefstroom
Setsing Centre
City Mall, Klerksdorp
Vryburg Game Centre
Kathu Villiage Walk, Northern Cape
Matlosana Mall, Klerksdorp
Kuruman Mall
OK Centre, Emalahleni
Nelspruit Plaza
Groblersdal Mall
Blue Haze Centre, Hazeyview
King Senzangakhona Centre, Ulundi
Inkwazi Centre
Tubatse Mall
Kwa-Guqa Mall
Lebowakgomo Mall
Siyabuswa Mall JC
Middelburg Mall JC
Emoyeni Mall JC
Springs Mall
Alberton City
Southgate Mall
Jabulani Mall
Greenstone Shopping Centre
Maponya Mall
Pan Africa, Alexandra Junction
Tsakane Plaza
Festival Mall, Kempton Park
Northgate Shopping Centre

Randburg Square
Mall at Carnival

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Review: Yamitsuki Restaurant

I was recently invited to Yamitsuki to experience the restaurant, I had actually been eyeing this place for sometime as the promo video I watched really distinguished this place from other Japanese restaurants. Founded in 2000. Firstly the layout of the restaurant itself you get the choice to sit in the tepanyaki part or the sushi bar part, I sat in the tepanyaki bar as I was fascinated with watching food prepared in front my eyes. The sushi bar part has a massive conveyor belt where you can sit and watch sushi be prepared as well as grab whichever sushi your heart desires. The food options are so impressive ranging from the sushi, sushi burrito, dumplings, burgers and seafood all at very reasonable prices.  The restaurant was very clean and neat and the staff were very friendly and helpful.

One you enter you get served complimentary dim sum and delicious lemon sorbet.

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I ordered all the house specialties as they cannot be found else where: the fire sushi: blazed oshi, rock shrimp rose, omg roll, inferno roll, dessert sushi and the smoking pink grapefruit & rosemary G&T.

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This restaurant offers not just amazing food but also a fun and exciting experience. I highly recommend this place as it is a real gem.

All the details to make a booking and visit this gem are below as well as they have many great specials where you can benefit without breaking the bank.

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