MTV (DStv channel 130) and Strongbow Apple Ciders have officially launched The Strongbow Big Picnic set to take-over the city’s cultural heritage landmark, “The Station” in Newtown for a unique music experience.

The Strongbow Big Picnic in partnership with MTV takes place on Saturday, 24 November 2018  and will remix The Station with a picnic styled green jungle featuring urban contemporary live music, street cuisine and chillout lounge areas. The line-up includes talented local artists and DJs from Tresor to Kid Fonque and Samthing Soweto.

Monde Twala, Vice President for Youth, Music and BET at Viacom International Media Networks Africa (VIMN Africa) commented: “MTV in Africa is excited to be a part of this innovative approach with Strongbow of creating music experiences which showcase the city’s talented artists and provide unique venues which reflect the diverse culture and pulse of Jo’burg. At VIMN Africa we are passionate about providing audiences with events where they can engage with and discover authentic local talent and culture.”

“It is no secret that South Africans – specifically Joburg locals – thrive on the pace and the buzz of the big city lights and urban lifestyle. The Strongbow Big Picnic aims to redefine the city’s music experience while enjoying the natural gems that the city offers,” said Lance Dodgen, Marketing Manager: Cider & International Brands at HEINEKEN South Africa.

Tickets are available today at http://www.nutickets.co.za. Get your early bird special at R150 each until Friday, 16 November thereafter tickets are R200 per person.

Strongbow Big Picnic remixed by MTV is brought to you in association with 947.

Follow Strongbow® on Twitter at https://twitter.com/strongbowsa, become a fan on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/StrongbowSA/ or visit the website http://www.strongbow.com/

For more information about The Strongbow Big Picnic Remixed by MTV and series of events, visit our website http://www.mtv.co.za, follow us on Twitter @MTVAfrica and Instagram @MTVZA and/ or on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/mtvza using the hashtag #StrongbowBigPicnicMTV




Event: Absolut Vodka Presents: One Source Live 2.0
Date: Saturday, 17 November 2018
Venue: 1 Fox Street
Tickets: From R250, available at Webtickets

ONE SOURCE LIVE festival is back and ready to give you another explosive day of great music, art, fashion and photography. This time Aboslut will be unfolding multiple stages that represent African Creativity as a driver of positive change in the world.

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The One Source Live creative revolutionaries Khuli Chana, Sho Madjozi, Trevor Stuurman and Osborne Macharia will return to the festival with new installations and musical collaborations which will be announced later. However, you can expect to see acts such as, BET award winning Zulu rooted and global star S’JAVA; Hip-Hop maverick SHANE EAGLE, DJ PH, the inimitable Nigerian musical sensation, D’BANJ and the leaders of the Gqom nation, DISTRUCTION BOYZ. Topping it all with an unmissable throwback to a unique time in the African pool of creative excellence are Kwaito legends, TROMPIES.


essence launched NEW foundations!

Have you heard?

essence launched NEW foundations!

essence is passionate about every woman finding their confidence, and when it comes to make-up, that means knowing that there are products that enhance and celebrate exactly who you are. You shouldn’t have to adapt to fit; your make-up should! That’s why essence has developed a range of products that are as adaptable as they are affordable.


#insta-perfect foundation

Does your foundation make you feel #InstaReady? essence’s #InstaPerfect make-up comes in practical drop-packaging that ensures a matte and flawless complexion. The liquid texture is waterproof, and the coverage is buildable drop-by-drop. Nine different shades can be mixed and matched to create the perfect colour for any skin types – guaranteed to make all girls look and feel #InstaPerfect. This flawless product is available exclusively at Foschini stores and soon to be available at all retailers.

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Soft Touch Mousse

Our soft touch mousse make-up is dermatologically tested and as light as air, perfect for achieving a more natural day-to-day look. The mousse is perfect for combination skin and leaves you with a fresh and matt finish.

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Make-up drops – lightening or darkening

Let’s be real – it’s hard finding a foundation that matches your skin tone exactly. That’s why essence has created every woman’s new best friend: Lightening or Darkening Make-Up drops. These highly pigmented drops help you individualize your essence make-up shade. Keep mixing the drops into your daily make-up amount to lighten or darken it until you’re satisfied with the shade, then apply.

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*Press release from Cosmetix 



Have you ever fallen in love with a product and over time it proved to be worthy of your love?

I fall in love with hair products easily, my hair doesn’t. I am, what they call a product junkie and I became that in the search for the perfect product for my hair. I believe in minimal efforts with maximum results i.e. I’m lazy and I want the product to do all the work, which it often does. I got introduced to the Afri True Naturals range earlier this year when I attended #ClicksCurls as there was a full-sized conditioner in the goodie bag. I’ve used it a few times, both with braids and my natural hair and absolutely loved it. I wanted to try the rest of the range but never got round to it (trying to curb my spending) so imagine how chuffed I was when I got selected to try it out with Beauty Bulletin as part of their #ClicksAfriTrueNaturals.


I love the packaging as it’s very eye-catching without being in your face. It’s definitely distinctive though it can be mistaken for a much more expensive brand, also stocked in Clicks (word association: think bantu knots but only use the first word and replace the B with a C, got it?)I’ve used all 4 products for the past 2 weeks and wrote mini reviews on Instagram but wanted to do a more detailed review of natural girls on here. Firstly, it’s not the cheapest range around but it’s value for money in terms of the size, the amount of product you need to achieve your desired look AND you score points on your Clicks club card. If you’re a product junkie like me you would’ve seen Afri True range with red packaging in store at a cheaper price but I haven’t tried it so I don’t have an opinion on it…yet.

Tools of the trade minus bobby pins and toothbrush…to slay the edges.

Let’s chat about each product individually, RSP are from Clicks’ website at the time of writing this post.

Hydrating and Softening Shampoo RSP R62.99 (250 ml)


The entire range is sulphate, paraben and mineral oil free, which is great news for natural hair beauties. This, however was the one product of the range that I didn’t like, at all. Firstly, I’m not a shampoo fan, I usually stick to co-wash and the shampoo felt kinda sticky to the touch and didn’t lather as I want a shampoo to. Also, my hair felt clean after washing but a few days later it was flaky and I had to wash again. Second time around I did a co-wash and the results were much better. If you’re a shampoo fan, this might work for you and you don’t need that much products to cover your hair.

Hydrating and Softening Conditioner RSP R69.99 (250ml)


I really like this product because I’ve tried it before. It leaves my hair soft and moisturized and allowed me to finger detangle instead of using a brush or wide-tooth comb. I love the smell of the entire range as it’s not to overpowering as that’s important for whole-day wear. This conditioner is perfect for a co-wash and wash n go as well so this will definitely be my Summer go-to product.

Curl Power Hydrating Curl Creme RSP R49.99 (250 ml)



This has become a staple in my regime, along with the hydrating gel. I apply it on wet hair and the curls that I get has convinced me to do more wash n go hairstyles this Summer. The creme is not too heavy, doesn’t weigh your hair down but if you use it with the gel, which I did, you will get build-up very fast i.e. probably have to wash your hair more often. Not a lot of product is needed and it leaves your curls super define, absolutely love it.

Curl Power Hydrating Gel RSP R49.99 (250 ml)


There aren’t a lot of gels that my hair loves as it’s usually quite heavy, which means lots of product build-up. This hydrating gel provide the perfect balance between defined curls and sleek edges without your hair being crunchy. It’s lightweight and a little goes a long way. I’ve paired it with the creme for the duration of this trial but will definitely use it on its own to (s)lay my edges.

Wash day chronicles:

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The curl definition was quite awesome!
Air drying a la Travis Scott!
Viola! Heatless curls!

Products were received from Beauty Bulletin but views are my own.

PS: Clicks currently has a 3 for 2 on these products until 20 September so don’t miss out!

Tomy Takkies #WalkItOff

I was fortunate enough to be invited to the launch of the new Tomy range and I have to admit, they’re super cool. My first introduction with Tomy was a few years ago while working in retail. Think long hours on your feet and the need for comfortable yet stylish shoes and you can understand why myself and a lot of other people fell in love with Tomy. It’s comfortable, affordable and the new range definitely gives other brands the proverbial run for their money.  The decision to launch the new style with laughter and style was a welcome one. Teaming up with a comedian, a beloved one like Trevor Gumbi was a genius move. And the tagline, #WalkItOff will definitely be used in abundance.



Through the #WalkItOff campaign, Tomy is going for the funny bone to elicit an eish about the embarrassing, awkward, hilarious moments that we as South Africans have to walk off on the daily – we all know how it feels to get blue ticked again. Best you #WalkItOff, fam.

To celebrate the re-launch of Tomy Takkies, Trevor Gumbi invited four of Jozi’s finest up-and-coming comedians to the Goliath Comedy Club to unleash the burns on each other, and ultimately King Trevor himself. While Eric Jansen, Thabiso Mhlongo, Bongani Dube and Gavin Kelly gave the Roast Master a run for his money, Trevor laid down a couple of devastating blows, leaving the juniors no choice but to walk it off.



According to John Harman, CEO of Bata Shoes South Africa, it’s time for South Africans to stop taking themselves so seriously. “It’s easy to feel down about the state of things, there are so many opportunities to find the humour in all situations – to laugh at ourselves and each other – and to learn to just walk it off. Trevor Gumbi is the perfect comedian to partner with because he sees the funny in any situation and knows how to roll with the punches with a smile on his face when the tables are turned.”


Tomy has seriously upped their game with cool new range of sneaks to suit any street style, self-expression or fashion sensibility. And with this new persona, Tomy challenges you to be cheeky, check yourself and step up your sense of humour.


Most of us can talk the talk, but can you Walk It Off? Grab a pair of Tomy kicks and get going.


OSL with Trompies,S’Java,Distruction Boyz and D’Banj


Trompies,S’Java,Distruction Boyz and D’Banj are set headline One Source Live as it returns to a new venue in downtown Joburg.

ONE SOURCE LIVE festival is set to explode with great music, art, fashion, and photography as it returns to downtown Jo’burg with a knockout line-up on Saturday, 17 November, this time at No 1 Fox Street in the Jo’burg Inner City.

On the bill is the BET award winning Zulu rooted and global star S’JAVA; the Hip-Hop maverick SHANE EAGLE, DJ PH, the inimitable Nigerian musical sensation, D’BANJ and the leaders of the Gqom nation, DISTRUCTION BOYZ. Topping it all with an unmissable throwback to a unique time in the African pool of creative excellence are Kwaito legends, TROMPIES.

The One Source Live creative revolutionaries Khuli Chana, Sho Madjozi, Trevor Stuurmanand Osborne Macharia will return to the festival with new installations and musical collaborations which will be announced later.

ONE SOURCE LIVE unfolds over multiple stages and platforms in a multimedia festival that celebrates African Creativity as a driver of positive change in the world:

The ABSOLUT ART BAR, the epicenter of the festival, is a curated art and performance space by day, transforming into the headline stage after dark.

The DISCOVERY STAGE has Sho Madjozi hosting a specially curated set of performances and live recordings of new collaborations with budding artists; building on her amazing material from the first festival.

Creativity goes back to its source in the STREET ART ZONE with art installations, food trucks, a street performance stage, fashion pop ups, and street photographers.

The African Creative Revolution continues, join and celebrate the power of African creativity at ONE SOURCE LIVE.

Tickets cost R200 and are available now at Webtickets (tel 086 111 0005)

Follow the conversation on social media @AbsolutSA #BeAbsolut.

Dstv Delicious Festival [Gig Listing]

The sixth edition of the DStv Delicious International Food and Music Festival will bring some serious food for the soul, with neo-soul icon Erykah Badu set to headline the two-day fest at the Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit in Midrand on 22 and 23 September 2018.



Saturday and Sunday – 22 and  23 September 2018



Saturday 11h00 – 22h00

Sunday 10h00 – 20h00


Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit – Cnr R55 & Allandale Road, Rietfontein 2-Ir, Midrand, 1684

International Main Stage Performers 

Erykah Badu, Jordan Rakei, Jazzanova, D-Influence

Womandla Set – Main Stage

Amanda Black, Lira and Simphiwe Dana

Other Main Stage Performers:

Liz Ogumbo, Zethe, Tresor and Sun-El Musician

Vodacom Dance Stage                                                                 

Todd Terry, Louie Vega, Oskido, DJ Fresh, Vinny Da Vinci, Greg Maloka, DJ Christos, Miss Ducasse

Chefs Restaurants 

Reuben Riffel’s long-table Restaurant



R280 – Kid Zone per child (aged 3- 13  years) per day

R650 General Access – per person per day pass     

R1200  General Access – per person per weekend pass

R1 450 – Tanqueray Delicious Lounge – per person per day pass

R 750 – Reuben Riffel’s Long Table – per person per sitting

R4255 –  Ambassador Luxury Suite hosted by Lorna Maseko – per person per day

R7590 – Ambassador Luxury Suite hosted by Lorna Maseko – per person full weekend

Tickets available at: https://dstvdelicious.howler.co.za/events/3547/tickets

Facebook – DeliciousFestivalSA

Twitter – @DeliciousFestSA

Instagram – @dstvdeliciousfestival

Dstv Delicious Festival with Gautrain + Flight Centre



Flight Centre and Gautrain are now offering amazing specials and packages to help you to the sixth DStv Delicious International Food and Music Festival presented by Vodacom,  over the Heritage weekend of the 22nd and 23rd September 2018.


For those in Jozi and others travelling from across the province, Gautrain will help you skip the traffic and get to the festival grounds with ease. Take Gautrain to Midrand Station where an exclusive DStv Delicious Festival bus shuttle service will take you directly to the Festival grounds. To ensure you don’t miss out on any artists and get home safely, Gautrain has extended operating hours by one hour on Saturday 22nd September. This means you can catch the last train from Midrand to a station closest to you at 21h50. All it takes is reloading your Gautrain Gold Card with no more than R160 to make sure your Delicious is swift and easy. Drop the hassle and miss the traffic knowing that you can groove to the music and indulge to your heart’s content at #DStvDelicious.


“Gautrain is excited to partner for the DStv Delicious International Food and Music Festival presented by Vodacom. This partnership strengthens our commitment to promote Gautrain as a lifestyle choice, ensuring a hassle-free journey to and from the Festival.” Dr Barbara Jensen, GMA Senior Executive Manager, Communication and Marketing.


As an official travel partner, Flight Centre has specially prepared to be your one-stop-shop for all your festival travel and accommodation needs.  Whether you are flying or driving to Jozi for DStv Delicious International Food and Music Festival presented by Vodacom, don’t waste time browsing for flights, car hire and accommodation.  Check out Flight Centre’s all-in-one Delicious Travel packages that include festival tickets.


2018 marks the 2nd year that Flight Centre has partnered up with DStv Delicious Festival to get you to this mouthwatering experience. People travel for many reasons and among these, amazing food and good music top the list. Foodies can indulge in events like these locally and abroad, we are passionate about enriching lifestyles and events like these particularly speak to our DNA.” – Lance Nkwe, New Markets – Business Leader.


Stars that are set to headline the two-day fest at the Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit in Midrand on 22 and 23 September 2018 include the high priestess of neo-soul, Erykah Badu performing on Sunday 23rd September, and New Zealand’s rising icon multi-instrumentalist Jordan Rakei, who recently wowed local fans when he played his first-ever South African gig in Cape Town. The incredible experimental cross-genre outfit, Jazzanova Live, and the British acid jazz band, D’Influence are all set to perform on Saturday 22nd September 2018. Louie Vega and Todd Terry are headlining the Vodacom Dance Arena hosted by Oskido and Kaya FM with local legends Oskido, DJ Fresh, Vinny Da Vinci, DJ Christos, and Greg The Maestro.


For more information visit www.deliciousfestival.com, sms ‘Tickets’ to 33592 (sms costs R1.50), or follow the official social media pages:


Facebook – DeliciousFestivalSA

Twitter – @DeliciousFestSA

Instagram – @dstvdeliciousfestival



Kangol za #FaceTheFacts

I always get really excited for press drops from Kangol. Here’s my reasons why:

  1. The goodies are really good quality and the free item when you buy for a certain amount are things I can actually use.
  2. It gave me (and my readers) more insight into the brand as not all of us actually shop at Truworths (products are sold there exclusively)
  3. I’ve realized that I can never have too many nail colours.
  4. The recent press drop is beginner-friendly (complete with instructions) if you’ve just started on this makeup journey.
  5. It’s value for money.



We’re heading towards (music) festival season and there are certain looks that you can only get away with in certain set ups. I saw a lady with face gems at a recent concert and actually wanted to walk over and find out where she bought it but decided against it. Turns out, I just had to wait a tad bit longer as I’ve received two sets from Kangol so I have a choice! I love having choices, if you haven’t gathered that already. Apart from the face gems, the press drop included a contour and highlighting kit, a stunning liquid lipstick shade and a gorgeous umbrella that you get for free when you spend R350 or more. Let’s chat about these products individually:

#ThrowingShade contour kit RSP R165


This kit contains 6 stunning colors to contour your face to (your level of) perfection with. My preferred texture is definitely cream so I was really happy with this kit. The colors are amazing and shade #4 in the bottom corner is literally the shade of my foundation so on days when you want a natural look just apply it on problem areas and blend. Shade #2 is a perfect concealer shade for me and this palette wouldn’t be more perfect if I’ve designed and decided on the colors myself. There’s handy instructions on the back of the packaging if you’re a novice to ease you into it.


Obviously I would include swatches for you, excuse my weird arm though 🙂

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#LitKit Highlighting palette RSP R165


I’ve been using only powder highlighters for a while so being introduced to cream formulas were exciting. The colours are stunning with my favourites being the first row. The second row is perfect for my brow bone, Cupid’s bow and inner corners of my eye to round off an eye look.  This kit has 2 powder and 4 cream shades and I can’t wait to create awesome looks with it. As with the contour kit there are instructions at the back for ease of application.

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The colours look a bit “ashy” on my skin tone with my favourite one completely disappearing but I can’t wait to create a look and see what it looks like on my face as my (inner) arm is considerably lighter than my face.


Face Gems RSP R89


These face gems are available in “Festival Warrior” and “Mermaid Crown” and it’s absolutely gorgeous! I was initially drawn to “Festival Warrior” because blue is my favourite colour but I love the rainbow reflections in the gems you get in “Mermaid Crown.” I’m scheduled to attend a festival later this month and this will definitely add colour to my all-black ensemble.

Liquid lipstick in “Saffron SunsetRSP R89



This liquid lipstick is an interesting mix of copper/coral with a gold tint to it and it’s perfect for a minimalist look. It applies like a gloss but the colour payoff is really good and it wears really well.

“Saffron Sunset”
“Saffron Sunset”

This month, when you spend R350 or more, you get this cute umbrella for free! I was invited to experience Johannesburg via a sightseeing bus (I’ve always wanted to do it) and was advised to bring a hat if I want to sit on top. Guess what I’m taking? Yes!!! My cute umbrella is going with me and will protect me from the elements, whether rain or sunshine.

Head to your nearest Truworths store to get your hands on these amazing products.

Buying a pre-owned phone from Phonetradr + R200 voucher

I’ve been without a phone for almost two months and I was happy.


In a society where we’re glued and held hostage by a screen, I was without a phone. You won’t guess it if you have a look at my social media accounts. I still had to upload pictures, do reviews etc. as that’s what I do and can’t use lack of a phone as an excuse. I have a wonderful friend, Dee that allowed me to use her phone for Instagram and blog pictures and I’m really grateful for her.

At what stage did I realise I actually need to get a phone? When people starting calling on my mom’s phone, looking for me. I don’t mind being missed, just not that much as it gets awkward trying to explain to my mom who these people are. Obviously I missed chatting to people but it forced me to have actual human face-to-face interactions. At events, I wasn’t glued to my phone’s screen so I actually had fun, I was present. Let’s use Katy Perry’s concert for example. If you’ve read my write-up, you won’t believe that I didn’t have a phone and had to remember the songs performed, costumes worn etc without pictures to rely on.

Going back to Whatsapp is scary for me. I know I don’t have to speak to people but I also don’t like ignoring them, what do I do? The fact that everyone that has your number automatically has you as a Whatsapp contact always more than irritated me, like I don’t have a say in the matter. You would say, “stop giving people your number”, but when it’s on your business cards, email signature etc. what control do you really have?

I didn’t have a lot of money to drop on a phone but I still wanted something decent. My biggest concern was camera quality as I need to upload pictures on a regular whether to my social media accounts or my blog. I’ve had a Samsung years back before transitioning to iPhone so I opted for a newer model than the one I had. I know in terms of picture quality they’re quite good and  installing my usual applications was a breeze after I entered my email address.

Question remained: “Where do I find a good quality pre-owned phone as a pocket-friendly price?” Guys, meet Phonetradr.


I stumbled upon their site when I wasn’t looking for a phone so obviously I’d go back now that I needed one. Prices are reasonable, the condition of the phone is amazing plus I got R200 off (you can too, I’ll insert a link at the end). I ordered on Friday at 10h00 and my phone arrived Monday morning at 10h00.

The process was really easy and I’m still very happy with my phone. On the website they say that the phone has scratches etc but it’s immaculate. Everything is in working condition and I couldn’t be happier. I might consider going back to iPhone as mine is beyond fixing but I’ll definitely buy it from Phonetradr again as they’re affordable with excellent service. My warranty is until September 2019 so if anything goes wrong they got my back.

You have the option to pay the phone off  over a certain period of time at affordable installments. With every phone they do mention the condition that it’s in, which accessories are included and which voucher you get with purchase i.e Discount on any screen damage repairs for 12 Months. You can also sell your preloved phone easily.



If you’d like to get a good phone at a good price, click on this link to get R200 off your purchase, for real.