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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Dawn #YouGotThis women’s month event 2018

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It takes confidence to make it in today’s world and to overcome life’s daily challenges. But sometimes you need that extra boost of confidence to keep hustling towards your dreams. Dawn knows that so every year they host an event, when you look and feel good, your inner strength and assurance will shine through. The initiative of the event was to facilitate mentorship of young women of in South Africa by celebrating their unique beauty and recognising their potential. The theme slogan for the event was #You Got This

We learnt from Mzansi’s successful Girl Bosses and find out how they got to the top. Guest speakers included entrepreneur and author, DJ Zinhle, PR Guru Allegro Dinkwanyane, Image consultant Doris Msibi, Life Coach Dr Tshepiso Matentjie and host Metro FM DJ Pearl Modiadie.

The Dawn range

The Dawn range of hand and body lotions and creams have been crafted by a team of skincare experts to deliver deep moisturisation, leaving skin silky soft for up to 24 hours. With a unique blend of special oils, Vitamin E and Glycerine, Dawn’s essential ingredients are easily absorbed into the skin to give your skin the natural moisture it needs and a beautiful fragrance that lasts all day.

The #YouGotThis inspirational campaign

Dawn believes it takes physical and emotional confidence to progress in life. That’s why Dawn launched #YouGotThis, an initiative to empower the young women of Mzansi with confidence, inspiration and mentorship.

On 25 August 2018, Dawn will hosted their annual Women’s Day Event where women had the chance to listen to some of the country’s most inspirational women share their stories and advice on how to get ahead in the modern world.

This year’s experience was even more life-changing, with added practical knowledge from highly relevant speakers – not to mention the chance to connect with like-minded young women! Discussion that were held were about body language, business plans, capsule wardrobe, confidence mantras and goal setting and listening to all the wonderful women’s stories and journeys. Thanks to Dawn and the PR team for hosting such a wonderful event for us women.

 

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: 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/