Spot Check: Scheckter’s Raw

By Monday, October 24, 2016 0 Permalink 5

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Located at the end of the hustle and bustle of Regent Road in Seapoint, is this quaint little health spot by the name of Scheckter’s Raw. Boasting an impressively healthy menu, it is the perfect place to pig out on gourmet food without immediately being hit with a pang of guilt and an urge to hit the treadmill.

The size of the restaurant really is very unassuming, but don’t let that fool you. There are a handful of tables scattered around, with bar stools around the centre counter as well as on the outskirts facing the street. The decor is simple and clean with the signature neon red heart in the Scheckter’s Raw logo on the wall as you come in. It feels clean but still homely and inviting, with wooden finishes and a beachy vibe.

For food, I ordered the Summer Salad (R75) which had baby leaves, spring onion, sweet potato, colourful veggies, walnuts, and Organic hemp seed cheese, all drizzled with a berry dressing. Guys, I’m not exaggerating when I say it was one of the best salads I’ve ever ordered in a restaurant. All the flavours and textures were right up my alley and I thoroughly enjoyed it. My friend ordered a berry smoothie (offered in two sizes) and she enjoyed that too. They also offer breakfasts, sweet treats, juices, and loads of superfoods to add. Everything on their menu is plant-based and cruelty-free.

Scheckter’s outlook on food is that it should be made and served with love, while still being produced ethically and eco-friendly.

Disclaimer: I am not vegan, but I have incorporated vegan meals into my diet and love trying restaurants that centre around this way of life, especially if it’s as scrumptious as this.

If you’re a health nut, or just feel like giving your body a break from all the pizza and ice cream (also delicious), then definitely give this a try.

Review: NYX Highlight & Contour Pro Palette

By Wednesday, October 5, 2016 1 Permalink 3

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I have been waiting patiently for a budget-friendly contour palette to hit our shores and finally, it has! This NYX palette retails for just under R400 at Clicks, but for a pro palette, that’s pretty decent and the quality of this is definitely worth it (in my humble opinion).

There are eight shades in the palette, the top row of four shades is for highlighting and setting, and the bottom row of four shades is for contouring and bronzing.

From left to right, top to bottom, the lightest shade is slightly shimmery and would be great for people with fair skin as a highlight on your cheek bones, etc. I like using the middle light shades for setting my concealed areas i.e. under my eyes and the centre of my face. The last light shade is also shimmery but more golden in colour – a perfect and natural highlight for more tanned skin.

On the bottom row, I use the coolest shade (third from the left) mixed with any one of the bronzing shades for my contour. You can also use the darker shades as an eyeshadow in your crease.

One criticism I have is that the darker shades do give quite a bit of kick-off so go in with a light hand on those. Other than that, I love love love this palette πŸ™‚