A is for Absolut – There are a number of Absolut Bars at OSL; come to the Absolut Art Bar for fabulous cocktails and help make a collaborative piece of street art; visit the Absolut Vodka Village for… More
I’m sure I’m not the only natural girl who this journey has been extremely costly for. Costly in the sense of there were a lot of trial and error, expensive protective styling and of course, the purchasing of expensive products only to discover my hair actually hate some of the main ingredients. Many lessons were learned and I’ve reached a point where I (kinda) know what my hair prefers. No longer will I go out and purchase a tub of coconut oil because it was hyped up by others only to realize my hair hates it, go figure.
I’ve realised that even if something works for a friend with a similar texture to mine, it might not work for me. Factors such as diet actually plays a big role and mine is non-existent, it’s a case of eat whatever you feel like, no regard for ingredients or long-term effects. I’ve also realised that more often than not, water is sufficient for your hair’s maintenance (not mine though, not even close) and affordable (cheap) products shouldn’t be frowned upon or judged. I’ve noticed a lot of barely concealed “judgement” when you mention a cheap product you and your hair love when others rave about products that retails for R200+ PER ITEM. I’m definitely not about to act rich and pretend I can afford it when just one of said products will mess up my budget and take away my dog’s food (Fact: I do love my dog more than my hair). Today I’d like to share with you two products that I’ve been using for a while now and I can attest that it’s the bomb.com even though one of them contains the dreaded coconut oil. Both were recommendations by a dear friend and fellow unicorn lover, Caray.
The first product I’m referring to is Revlon Realistic special feeling creme butter (I know, it’s a mouthful). When Caray first send me a picture of this product, I was horrified as I thought she fell of the wagon and went back to using relaxers. The terms “Realistic” was just so reminiscent of my relaxer days, my scalp burned until most of my hair were stuck to it in the quest for straight hair, it’s the stuff nightmares are made of. I have to admit, this product pleasantly surprised me. It contains shea butter, which my hair actually love and it leaves my hair soft and moisturized. It’s meant to revive and repair hair and became a staple in my wash n go and twists routine.
I got mine from Clicks at R29.99
The second product is a much-raved about one in the natural community. It’s Black Like Me curl hydrate pudding and this brand has been around for 30 years. I love the fact that even with everyone else jumping on the natural hair product wagon because, let’s face it, there’s a definite market for it, BLM has been there for natural girls. I remember when I returned to my roots 6 years ago there were hardly any products for natural hair and relaxers were shoved in our faces and down our throats. I’ve used the Oil sheen and Curl activating spray from this range and I loved it. I’ve seen results with this product on various types of hair and it’s always a winner. It does contain coconut oil but I feel that the glycerine and moringa oil outweighs that to provide me with healthy curls.
This is available from most retailers like Checkers, Pick n Pay, Clicks, Dischem etc. I got mine from Clicks for R39.95
Do you have an affordable staple product in your regime? Let me know, I’m always keen to try out new products when my budget allows.
Africa is in the midst of a creative revolution. A new breed of artists, musicians, and fashion designers is changing how the world sees and thinks about Africa and its people.
Absolut and Khuli Chana continue their collaboration, this time bringing together a heroic league of international artists from across the continent to celebrate and advance Africa’s creative revolution at One Source Live (OSL).
On March 24, 2018, leading African creative revolutionaries in music, fashion and art will gather in Johannesburg for a spectacular all day live event with multiple stages, performances and collaborations geared at re-writing Africa’s story.
Presented by Absolut, One Source Live builds on the momentum created in 2016 when Absolut brought Khuli Chana together with other leading Pan-African artists to produce Africa’s most collaborative album and video, One Source. It became the best selling record on iTunes.
One Source Live will witness the collaborative rise of Five Creative Revolutionaries led by award winning rap-star Khuli Chana (South Africa / Music) standing alongside Sho Madjozi, (South Africa/ Music), Trevor Stuurman, (South Africa / Fashion) Fabrice Monteiro, (Senegal-Benin /Fashion, art), and Osborne Macharia, (Kenya/ Photography). One Source Live portrays the five as the superheroes – heroic avatars inspired by Africa’s history, mythology, and bright futures. Behind the campaign is also a call for all Africans to join the creative revolution and change the way African creativity is represented online.
This aims to replace the dominance of curio images with a true reflection of African creativity with more images of contemporary African art. People can visit OneSourceLive.com to get involved.
Absolut Ambassador and Creative revolutionary, Khuli Chana says: “OSL, being a platform for the growing unification of African creatives, is a perfect opportunity for me to fulfill a long-standing dream of mine to display Africa to the world in the most majestic and powerful way possible. This project defines what being a creative revolutionary means to me – the courage to unite in the face of all physical, cultural, and political boundaries and differences as Mama Africa’s offspring and make her shine, to make her proud, to make her smile.
This is a very important part of the African Renaissance. Africa’s creative awakening is ushering in a new era in World Entertainment and in the Global Arts Sector at large. As we unite, grow, and progress creatively, we influence the world and share the greatest and most
effective inspiration the world has ever experienced. I’m proud to be an African leader in my own right and to be championing the advancement of African brilliance in our lifetime.”
Iris Le Berg, Global Marketing Manager at The Absolut Company says: “Absolut has a long history of supporting artists and standing up for the rights of “communities;” whether it will be LGBT or female power/rights. One Source Live underscores our believe that creatives are the real leaders that can rewrite and recreate the kind of change that modern Africa is poised to own. We are bringing these creative revolutionaries together to highlight Africa as the creative engine of the world. One Source Live is a movement that promotes a proud and authentic African identity by reminding people that we all come from One Source.”
Be part of the Absolut conversation on Twitter / Instagram / Facebook: @AbsolutSA Hashtag: #BeAbsolut.
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I’m a Punked girl through and through as you know but I’ve had some queries about other natural-friendly hair dyes. People specifically wanted ones that’s obtainable from your easily accessible stores so I tested the new Clairol Color Crave in teal with Rubybox.
My hair was already bleached so there was no need to pre-lighten it. With natural hair, we have to be very careful as to what we use on our hair so we tend to look more closely at the ingredients and what possible side effects we can expect. These were my reasons for agreeing to test out this hair dye:
- No Amonia. No Peroxide. No Parabens
- True tone formula for even, color-accurate fading that lasts up to 15+ washes
- Stylist brush for paint-on application
- No mix, direct dye formula
- No bleach required but the lighter your hair the longer your wear
- It’s available in 6 gorgeous shades
In the box you’ll find two sets of gloves in my favourite colour, black and what I love about them is that they’re fitted on your hands, unlike the clear ones your usually get with box dyes. You also get a stylist brush to apply the product with which comes in handy if you want to do highlights. Last but not least, you get your colour in a squeeze tube.
How to use it:
According to the instructions, you first need to wash your hair. Squeeze the colour into a container or on your hands and apply to your hair. You may also use the brush but for me it took too long and I didn’t want to do highlights so I used my hands. Ensure that you apply Vaseline along your hairline to avoid staining and wear an old towel or T-shirt when doing your hair. Leave in for 20-30 minutes, rinse until water runs clear and style as usual. In my case, I did twists which I used My Natural Hair strengthening oil and Curl Chemistry curl activating cream for.
What I loved about this product:
Application is a breeze, no need to mixing so it saves you time. The colour doesn’t run and didn’t stain anything, not even my clothes. There was no burning or hair loss whatsoever, just beautiful vibrant colour as promised.
What I disliked:
If I have to nitpick, it would definitely be the size of the product. Not having to mix it with an activator has its pros but a definite con was that the product wasn’t nearly enough. Once my hair is wet it multiplies, seriously and the dye wasn’t nearly enough to even saturate my hair. There’s a lot of parts that are still blonde but it adds character to the whole look. It would look patchy if I have to blow dry or straighten it hence I opted for the heatless curls.
Overall, I love this product and it’s a definite 8/10 (size really does matter).
Product is available exclusively from Dischem and retails for R124.90
I’ve always wondered what I would be like if I had to have a lot of money. After watching “All the money in the world” I’m afraid. As proven by Jean Paul Getty, even being the richest man around and having all the money, it’s not enough, it will never be enough and you will always want more.
The movie follows the kidnapping of 16-year-old John Paul Getty III (Charlie Plummer), which at first is deemed as a joke or a way to extort money from his rich but frugal grandfather Jean Paul Getty (Christopher Plummer) but later turned out to be real. The desperate attempts by his devoted mother Gail stunningly portrayed by Michelle Williams, to convince him to pay the ransom tug on your heart strings and make you despise Jean. When we first meet the family, they seem so happy. As Gail points out to her husband John, played by Andrew Buchan, “we’re not poor, just broke”. They decide to reach out to his estranged father as John struggles to find employment. They’re summoned to come and meet him and John gets offered a high profile position in the company so all their problems are over, right? Wrong as John’s love for alcohol end up destroying their family and leads to a divorce, in which his father fights to keep his grandchildren in his custody but Gail wins in the end. Jean Paul Getty and John Paul Getty III had a very special relationship as he grew up until the divorce and his mom was awarded custody.
We also learn how Jean made his money and throughout the movie you find out why he worked so hard to acquire his wealth i.e. his father told him he won’t amount to anything and he proved him wrong by “making him look like a pauper”. Jean sees himself as the emperor of Rome reincarnated as he related to John III earlier on in the movie. One thing that got to me and shouldn’t be surprising as Jean Getty proved that he won’t spend money unless necessary and will negotiate a lower price even though he can afford anything even with a markup, is when he asked his grandson John to read letters to him that people had send. A lady asked for money for her husband’s operation and he instructs him to respond, “If I gave money to everyone that asked for it, I would be as destitute as you are.” I don’t totally disagree with that statement though, I have to admit as there’s a lot of truth to it.
When Getty Sr. refuses to pay the ransom, Gail attempts to sway him as her son’s captors become increasingly volatile and brutal. As Getty Sr. said, “I have 14 grandchildren, if I pay this ransom, I’ll have 14 kidnappers.” With her son’s life in the balance, Gail and Fletcher Chase, a Getty Oil negotiator and former CIA operative (Mark Wahlberg) become unlikely allies in the race against time that ultimately reveals the true and lasting value of love over money.
I’ve always loved Alicia Keys; from her voice to her mane. When she decided to go makeup-free, I applauded her as it suited her to a T. There’s a few styles of hers that I’ve always wanted to try including the intricate braids that made her a natural hair icon but I’ve always shied away from it. I attempted one of her doek looks on my lazy days as well as her recent braids from Grammy 2018.
The doek is a very effective yet easy-to-style look for days when you’re not in the mood to do your hair. I often do cornrows underneath as a protective style and rock the doek and it still looks sophisticated and very stylish. Pair it with hoop earrings and no makeup as Alicia did or minimal makeup as I did. There’s legions of videos online on how to do this style and it’s really easier than it looks.
The second look I fell in love with and felt I could attempt was her recent zip ties braids at the Grammy awards. I had no intention of actually using zip ties so I settled on elastic bands from my recent braids attempt (I’ll do a post about it soon). I loved the fact that it was so simple but elegant and tied her entire look together. I did this on a one week blowout so my hair was fairly straight and I prepped it by applying My Natural Hair strengthening oil from root to tip.
I divided my hair into two rows that consisted of three sections each, Alicia did more sections but I was in a hurry. I started off by taking the first section in front (you can’t really start anywhere else) and continued to tie the hair up. I took the hair of the first section, twisted it and added it to the already prepared second section. When I was younger, my mom used to plait my hair in this manner as did a lot of children in my school so it wasn’t difficult at all. The only thing I did different was with the last section where I twisted my hair and added four extra elastics to the end just to add some dimension to the style. I have to say, I’m quite happy with how this style turned out and it’s less painful to sleep with than bantu knots.
Word of advice though, don’t do the rubber bands too tight. If you want a sleeker look, apply gel or edge control to your edges but don’t pull the hair too tight as it will lead to tension headaches or worse, damaged edges.
I got the elastic bands from my local supply store and the strengthening oil is available from Clicks.
In the spirit of Valentine’s month, let’s review a few goodies I’ve received from Cosmetix recently. The brand is aptly named Lov Cosmetics and were introduced to the South African market in early 2017. It’s the high-end counterpart of brands like Essence and Catrice that we’re already familiar with and proved to be real value for money.
I’ve received the LOVlicious caring volume gloss in No 100-Mystic Sand, LIP affair Color and Care in No 530-Ayann’s Orchid, LOVinity nail lacquer in 230- Red in a velvet pouch as well as the latest edition of “Liefste Bella”, an Afrikaans magazine with the gorgeous Cindy Nel on the cover. What’s a “LOV” drop without chocolates, right? Got some cute heart-shaped ones included as well.
LOVlicious caring volume gloss in No 100-Mystic Sand: RSP R125*
I’m not a fan of nude or pink lip glosses as I always end up looking like I haven’t eaten in years. I’ve been searching for the perfect nude/pink lip gloss and I think I’ve found it. Mystic Sand is the perfect blend between pink and nude, very moisturizing and not sticky at all. The color payoff is really great with just enough shimmer and sparkle to not be too overwhelming. I love the applicator as it allows for precision application even when in a hurry.
LIP affair Color and Care in No 530-Ayann’s Orchid: RSP R209*
I honestly didn’t expect to like this colour, at all. I generally steer away from pinks as deliciously dark and sultry is my thing but Ayann’s Orchid converted me. It has a beautiful mauve undertone with just enough pink. It’s extremely moisturizing and no gloss is required. I do think this is one lipstick I will wear regularly, not on a daily basis but just enough for people to get tired of it.
LOVinity nail lacquer in 230- Red: RSP R105*
I’m utterly obsessed with nail polish/lacquer and as with lipstick, the darker the better. I really love the formula of this lacquer as it only required two coats for perfection. The colour seems to get darker depending on the angle or the duration you wear it for. It started as a scarlet red and gradually turned into berry which I absolutely love. I’ve only applied a base coat, no top coat to showcase the shine this nail lacquer possess and also to check how long it will last.
*RSP as per Takealot.com but LOV cosmetics are available from selected Dischem stores as well.
Fragrances have a way of triggering memories, whether good or bad, lifting your mood and generally make you smell irresistible. My favourite memories stems from the smell of the earth after the rain, I don’t think there’s anything better than that, maybe the smell of good food, that’s a close second. To me, fragrance is a part of who you are, announcing your arrival without you having to say a word. The same fragrance will smell different on everyone due to our unique body chemistry, ph balance and even diet. Remember that when you test a fragrance on a blotting paper in store, it’s not necessarily what it would smell like once sprayed on your skin.
Choosing a fragrance for your partner this Valentine’s Day might be tricky if you haven’t been together for that long. If you know what they like, kudos to you as human beings tends to be creatures of habits. If you want to buy them something new, make sure you stay in the same family i.e. if they love floral and fruity, chances are anything musky or woody might not be their thing. It often depends on the personality type of the person in question as nature lovers would find a woody fragrance more appealing whereas the romantic in you would appreciate floral perfumes and exotic bold women would prefer an oriental fragrance.
I’ve received these really cute fragrances from Kangol just in time for my friend’s birthday and Valentine’s Day as well as a cute fluffy compact mirror that said friend fell in love with immediately. The compact mirror you receive as a free gift when you spend R300 or more on any Kangol cosmetic products.
Let’s talk about the fragrances:
Both of these perfumes contains vanilla but I fell in love with Exs & Ohs from the second I smelled it. The top note i.e the opening notes of the fragrance and generally the lightest of all the notes, has hints of herbs due to the ginger in it. The middle note i.e considered the heart of the fragrance as it last longer than the top notes and have a strong influence on the base notes to come, is absolutely beautiful as it contains jasmine that transport you into the middle of a garden in bloom. The base note are the final fragrance notes that appear once the top notes are completely evaporated and their job is to provide a lasting impression. In this case it’s vanilla and it definitely leaves a lasting impression. The packaging is quite cute featuring a matte black box with shiny X and O on it. At R159 it’s an absolute steal and I’ll definitely stock up on this fragrance.
Hugs & Kisses is the fragrance my friend Simi fell in love with because of the citrus opening notes. The heart notes are definitely fruity as it contains rose extracts and the base note is once again vanilla. These fragrances last for a few hours so touch-ups are definitely need but the 50ml containers are compact enough to fit into your handbag and carry with you for emergencies. The packaging is a cute matte black box with shiny hearts on it and as usual with anything in a box, I struggle to open it and tore the top part of the box on both but I’ll still hold onto it as it’s quite adorable.
These fragrances are available exclusively from Truworths stores nationwide.
I took to the streets, virtually of course to speak to the youth and pick their brains about car insurance quotes and what they would consider reasonable in terms of cost and services from an insurance provider. My target group included those between the ages of 18-30 thinking of buying a car or that already own one (I included one that has been involved in an accident and one that owns speciality cars). There’s a lot I wish I knew at the time I bought my first car but you live and you learn through experience. My questions were pretty straight forward and the responses were as diverse as the people I interviewed.
If you already have a car, these were the questions:
- How did you decide on your insurance provider?
- Was insurance your first thought when you bought the car or was it an afterthought?
- Why would you switch from your current provider to a new one?
- What services are most important to you that should be offered by an insurer?
I’ve decided on my insurer via premiums paid out and excess I receive. My first thought wasn’t to get insurance but I needed the assurance that when I get in an accident, I’d be taken care off. I would switch if I could find someone more affordable with similar services offered. The most important services for me are basically anything that need to and should be covered.
I asked around and used Hippo because getting the cheapest one but most covering one was essential. Getting insurance was the 2nd thing I needed to do after getting a car as I didn’t want to collect the car without it. It’s like taking birth control and still using condoms….you need to be 100% safe as an accident takes a split second. I know I am a cautious driver and I love speed too but others might not be that cautious. I would switch if I got a sweeter deal, lower excess and premium etc as my current insurer is good but quite expensive.
I compared quotes and got the cheapest one with good cover. It was the first thought I had after I got the car. I would switch if I got same cover at a cheaper cost. I’d appreciate good advice and friendly service from an insurer.
With my first car I didn’t have insurance as it was a second-hand car and a bit old. I was in the process of getting my license so I wouldn’t have qualified for insurance anyway. When I got my license I bought a new car and immediately insured it with the best insurer I could find. I would switch if they disappoint me at any stage of my insurance journey or if I receive bad service from them. Most important services for me are the service plan, tracker device, dent and scratch and accident cover.
Initially my decision was based on the most affordable premium I received. When I bought the car insurance was my first thought because I don’t believe in leaving things to chance. I recently switched to a new provider as I felt their cover was more comprehensive and they had a more reputable name in the industry. Services most important to me is fully comprehensive cover with little or no small print aimed at not paying out a claim.
If you’re still in the planning phase, this was your questions:
- Would insurance be important to you and why?
- What would you look for in a service provider?
- Which services would be most important to you?
- What’s the average price you’d be willing to pay?
In my opinion, it’s always better to have insurance. I’d look for a friendly and efficient insurer and the services I’d like to have is tracker/stolen vehicle recovery, roadside assistance and accident alert beacon. I’d be willing to pay up to R350 pm.
If it’s for insurance I won’t pay more than R400. What I want from my insurer is not excuses when I’m in an accident and they have to pay me out as you pay your premiums religiously and when you claim you are given excuses, even though it’s your money.
My parents are buying me a car when I finish matric, which is this year and I do feel insurance is important. I’d look for a service provider that speaks my language and that I feel comfortable with. Services like roadside assistance and a tracker would be really important to me. As far as the costs are concerned, I’m still in school so my parents would take care of it but it need to be affordable.
Involved in an accident
I was insured at the time that I got into an accident and my car was a write-off. The claiming process was fairly easy and took about a week and they paid retail value as that’s what I was insured for. With my new car though their quote was R1000+ more than the previous and I think my accident played a role in it. I switched to a more affordable insurer and for now I am happy.
I own a Rolls Royce Silver Spirit, Brabus and a few vintage Jaguars and have been unable to get insurance on any of them. Claims are that they’re too expensive to insure so I’m currently without insurance because of that.
I have advised those in my target group to have a look at King Price’s competitive range of prices offered for insurance. With up to 20% off on multiple cars insured, King Price is the only insurer to offer super cheap car insurance for everything you own, premiums that decrease, and R1 insurance for some of your favourite things. The more you insure, the more you save! Click on the link for more information or to get an obligation-free quote.
I’m not a fan of vanilla. Anything drab or ordinary is usually described as “vanilla” and it’s such an unfortunate connotation. Funny enough, my favourite fragrance contains vanilla, which I didn’t know until I fell in love with it. My current experience with vanilla is an example of ” don’t judge a book by its cover”. I’m referring to testing the new vanilla buttercream from Labello, send to me by Rubybox , which I fell in love with since first application.
The packaging is definitely reminiscent of the flavour i.e. vanilla buttercream and this caring lip balm promises to “deeply moisturises and delights”, which it definitely does. It contains shea butter, which I love for all-over use and vanilla aroma. I love the fact that the smell is not too overwhelming, just alluring enough with a hint of sweetness. It doesn’t leave a colour, just a beautiful sheen that’s perfect for your makeup free days. It’s also the perfect gym partner as it moisturizes your lips and stay put through your regime, I’ve tested the theory and can attest to it.
I’ve never finished a lipstick/balm/gloss in my life as I always tend to lose it at events. I will make an effort to hold onto this baby though as the smell is quite addictive. The holder/container is your standard ones that Labello is known for and you get quite a decent amount of product and therefore use out of it. You can purchase yours from Clicks or your local supermarket at R24.95
You can win R2500 with Rubybox for yourself and your favourite blogger by voting for the recipe that you feel represent the new vanilla buttercream Labello best, how easy is that? Head over to Rubybox, click on your favourite recipe and vote, you might be smiling all the way to the bank.
Legendary electronic music sensation Sister Bliss of FAITHLESS is coming to Johannesburg, South Africa, 10 March 2018 for ONE NIGHT ONLY!
Renowned DJ and producer of Faithless, Sister Blisshas created some of the most iconic electronic anthems of all time such as, “Insomnia, “God is a DJ”, “We Come 1”, “Music Matters”, “Salva Mea”, which skyrocketed the band into stardom and ultimately entered them into the modern music’s hall of fame as one of the most important bands in the history of the genre, with over 15 million records worldwide. She has also had numerous singles and two solo albums to date, worked side-by-side with music icons such as Boy George, Dido, Example and Robert Smith from The Cure and even done scores for films such as “Sex & the City 2” and the 90’s cult film “The Beach”.
From the start of her career in 1987, her flourishing talent and ambition – and being a driven Woman in such a male dominated industry – allowed her to stand out in the UK House scene at the time. Performing in the most popular clubs across the world, she quickly began recording and releasing her own songs. Soon after that, she met her future colleague and producer Rollo, and together they began writing and recording songs. Their collaboration soon flourished into a new studio project – Faithless, and together with Maxi Jazz, they started creating their unique sound by mixing dance, hip-hop, blues, folk, and classical music that captured the masses and catapulted them into the international sensation we know today.
This March you get to experience the history, the music and movement for one night only when Sister Bliss lights up H20 with an unforgettable Faithless DJ set.
Official promo video: http://bit.ly/2DCosTV
Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/410303882723706/
Sister Bliss: https://www.facebook.com/thesisterbliss/?ref=br_rs
Sister Bliss Faithless DJ Sets:
Do you want to WIN tickets to see Faithless live? Of course you do!!! All you have to do is let me know in the comments why you should win and tag your partner-in-crime that you will give the extra ticket to, easy as that.
PS: If you don’t win, you can still buy tickets from Webtickets with prices from R359-R1199 🙂