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Review: Wild Olive African Artisans

By Friday, February 10, 2017 0 Permalink 1

Another African gem to fawn over. I was lucky enough to receive a few products from Wild Olive for Christmas (shoutout to bae 🙂 ), and once I’d used them for a decent amount of time, thought I’d share this beautiful brand with you all.

Wild Olive is an African Artisan company located in Pepper street in Cape Town. They make a range of spoil-yourself products, ranging from bath salts to parfum creations to rich body butters; and every single one of them is made entirely of natural products. They are also cruelty-free (yusss!).

The three products that I received are a candle, a bar of soap, and a hand cream. The packaging of all the products is understated and simple, with the products themselves feeling very luxurious and high in quality.

For starters, all three smell incredible. The best in the scent category is undoubtedly the orange aurantium et aromata candle. The scent really fills a living space without being sickly, and it burns slowly enough to be enjoyed for a good amount of time. The hand cream is very rich and thick, also has a great scent, and the packaging is convenient because as the product gets used up, you can roll the top down and really squeeze every bit out. The soap is the simplest of the three, but leaves my body feeling clean, moisturised and again, smelling fantastic.

Check these guys out – they make great gifts and they will even package it specially upon request (red ribbon and all!) 🙂

Vegan Banana & Chocolate Oats

By Wednesday, February 8, 2017 0 Permalink 2

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1 banana
  • 1 tsp. cacao powder
  • 1 handful berries
  • maple syrup (optional)

Method

  • Combine oats, water and almond milk in a small pot and place on the stove on a high heat
  • Slice 2/3 of the banana and add to oats mixture (this will add some sweetness, depending on how ripe the banana is)
  • Stir the mixture until it starts to boil, then turn down to a simmer
  • Once the banana has mostly dissolved, add the cacao powder and stir to combine
  • Remove from the stove and serve in a bowl
  • This is where you can add the maple syrup if you need more sweetness
  • Chop up the remaining banana and add on top, along with the berries

And there you have it – a super quick, healthy, and oh-so yummy breakfast. This never takes me more than 10 minutes to prepare from start to finish. You can also add cinnamon to the pot if you like the taste. Let me know if you try this and let me know if this food/health segment is something you’d like to see more of 🙂

MAC Warm Neutrals Palette

By Monday, January 23, 2017 0 Permalink 1

First written post of 2017, WOO! I hope you guys are having a good start to the year so far. Or, if you’re like me, have already failed on at least half your new year’s resolutions, just know that you’re not alone and things will get better 😉

Since posting my last video (Emily Ratajkowski Golden Globes Tutorial), I’ve been getting questions on my MAC palette that was mentioned (and did not show – sorry!). So, I thought I’d do a post on the palette, which one I chose, how much was spent on it, and if I think it was worth it.

There are 15 shades in the palette, retailing for R890, which works out to a saving of R760 (with the refills costing R110, individual shadow sin their own container cost R220). The total cost is quite steep but if you’re a MAC eyeshadow fan, this is definitely worth it.

I decided to go for the “warm neutrals” palette, but they also have the “cool neutrals” palette if that’s more your thing. I prefer warm tones and found that the different combinations that I could create with warmer tones just really suited my complexion. I also love that the palette comes with a good mix of matte and shimmer shadows.

Now, for the shades: (left to right, top to bottom)

Hey / Warm Breeze / Gingersnap / Dark Brew / Dance In The Dark

Brulé / Vanilla Extract / Honey Lust / Amber Lights / Saddle

Lemon Tart / Creative Copper / Butterfudge / Divine Decadence / Unwind

Festive Nail Love

By Friday, December 16, 2016 0 Permalink 1

LOV Cosmetics recently came onto the makeup scene in South Africa as an affordable brand available at Dischem. I was recently sent this vibrant red nail lacquer and it very quickly became a festive favourite. The colour is very opaque, giving a solid enough colour with just one layer. The formula also lasted a decent amount of time (3 days with no top or base coat) on my nails without chipping. Retail price R115, in the shade Scarlet Sunset.

The other nail lacquer that has fallen (joyfully) into my festive favourites, is Wet n Wild’s Ready To Propose. This is a gold shade that makes me feel oh-so merry. Unlike the LOV Cosmetics’ red shade, I would not wear this all year ’round. I do however, think it is perfect for the Advent season and potentially Summer. Retail price: R27,95.

Both very affordable and very good quality nail lacquers. Give these a try if you fancy 🙂

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