Mask on,mask off [Pilaten mask review]

We’ve all seen videos of people using this mask. The utter pain they’re in when removing it, usually followed by cussing and screams for “mommy” always had me in stitches. I mean, can something, especially a beauty product,really hurt that much? If yes, why would you order AND try it after seeing how others are suffering?

I recieved the mask from Bianca over at AOBMBlog (you can check out her review) and decided to give it a try (after seeing all the videos of course). I have a really high pain threshold and an even higher tolerance for anything painful. I mean, a root canal was child’s play for me so how can this mask be worse? I decided to try it out on a weekend as you need to allow 20 minutes for the mask to dry and I don’t have that kind of time on a weekday or night.

About the mask:

The Pilaten Face Mask is one of the latest revolutions from the cosmetics industry. It is designed to pull blackheads and other skin impurities out from the root. Able to be used daily, it’s also recommend weekly or bi-weekly usage, to keep your skin clean and looking fresh, day in and day out. Please note that the fine hairs on the selected area will be removed with the mask when pulled off.

Ingredients:

Polyvinyl Alcohol (PVOH) is the magic in the formulation of the Pilaten Face Peel-Off Mask. This is the magic ingredient in the mask which binds it to blackheads and other skin impurities to grip them, and pull them out at the root. Glycerol is the lubricant that allows the POVH to get thin enough to stretch across the offending areas. Glycerol also provides extra moisture as it is hygroscopic, which means that it absorbs moisture and disperses it evenly.

Information by Rubybox

I found the mask to be a really messy business as it dripped all over the place. I used a foundation brush to apply it evenly as it really won’t work to apply with your hands. It’s advised to first steam your face to open your pores, which wasn’t an easy thing for me to do as I kept “choking” on the steam but I persevered. Before steaming, wash your face with a cleanser and rinse, then dab with a towel. Once you’re ready, start applying the mask evenly over your face and make sure to apply at least 2 layers to make removal easier. I only have blackheads on my nose and chin area but I applied to my entire face for pain research purposes. I neglected to take before and after pictures,sadly as I wasn’t planning on doing a full review on here. I did, however record a video that you can view on Instagram, my handle is @miss_pretorius_

 

My verdict:

The mask really take about 20 minutes to dry, seriously. It also removes fine hairs from your face and as Chewbacca over here, I can tell you that as a fact. The pain, however doesn’t even register as a 2/10 on my scale. I flinched a little as the mask met with my ‘babyhair” but that was the extent of my pain. It left my skin smoother and blackheads were removed, as promised. I will use it again, if only in the hope to scream blue murder and call for my mommy in time 😛

Where to buy:

You can buy your mask here and prices range from R35 per sachet and R220 for a 60g tube. It’s also available from your nearest Alpha Pharm store

Noir Beauty Box

I love receiving products, whether freebies or paid for…it’s like a gift from me to me. I also like quality products at an affordable price, products that are value for money (however little the amount is), that delivers on promises made and if they don’t, you don’t feel like you’ve wasted that much anyway. I’m not really a fan of subscription boxes as I feel that they can’t make me happy every month, not their fault at all. I’ve been searching for a natural hair product subscription box  as it’s hard out there for a natural junkie such as myself.

A fellow blogger, Ncomeka from Wooden Mirror: The Blog recently tagged me in a Facebook post about the relaunch of Noir Beauty Box and obviously I was curious. Upon further enquiry, I found out that it was R70 for this service which basically only cover the courier services. I contacted them via Facebook, received an information and sign-up sheet via email, completed and send it back and the first payment went through 6 days ago. I received my first order this morning and it’s the perfect way to brighten up my Monday.

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Let’s unpack:

I received x6 samples, all of them are sulphate and paraben-free with no mineral oil or petrolatum. Allow me to take you through it.

1. Flaxseed Elongating Curling Gel (21g)

This is the one product from Aunt Jackie that actually worked for me, I love it! Flaxseed is rich in Omega-3 fatty acids,promotes hair health from the inside out and helps to prevent dryness and flaking. All directions to use are at the back of each sample.

2. Moisture Intense Leave-In Conditioner (21g)

I’ve been searching for a good leave-in and I sincerely hope that I’ve found it. It’s said to revive dry hair with natural ingredients including marshmallow root, give great slip (we know how important that is) and just enough moisture to keep the thirstiest coils and curls refreshed.

3. Moisturizing Co-Wash Cleanser (14g)

I’m a big fan of co-washing and clarifying with ACV as it saves me a lot of time. This rich and creamy, triple-action remedy replenish moisture, softens and thoroughly removes buildup and impurities and also contain flaxseed along with coconut and avocado oils that helps to improve your  hair health overall. It’s enriched with flaxseed, avocado, coconut and apple cider vinegar.

4. Intensive Repair Conditioning Masque (21g)

I’m in dire need of this as my hair always take a beating in winter due to my own laziness *cue Bruno Mars’ Lazy song*. This masque promises to ‘repair beyond compare’, not my words, theirs. This is especially effective for protective styling, hairtypes 2a-4c and repairing natural hair damaged by color and wearing wigs and weaves. (Why do I feel like that entire sentence was just aimed at me?!) It contains flaxseed, mango and shea butter, avocado and coconut oil.

5. Hydrating Sealing Butter (14g)

This is hailed as “the protective styler’s new best friend”. We can say goodbye to weak,damaged ends and chronically dry hair with this ultimate moisture therapy. It also prevents shedding and thinning while softening,shining and protecting hair from breakage. Excellent moisture remedy for 3a-4d hair types, protective styling and all hair types in need of oil-based moisture therapy. It contains flaxseed, avocado and castor oil, shea butter and honey.

6. Anti-Poof Defining Curl Whip (21g)

Enriched with flaxseed,argan oil, shea and mango butter, this curl whip smoothes and defines dry,frizzy hair. This water-based hydration is great for 1b-4a textures, wash n go styles and protective styling. It helps to get rid of poofy, fly-away hair and helps to soften curls, prevent dryness and tame frizz without weighing hair down.

 

 

Benefits:

As a self-confessed product junkie, this service prevents me from making major mistakes that will end up on my storage instead of my “to use” shelf (a lot of products ended up there btw). I bought 3x Aunt Jackie products about 2 months ago and only one of them works for my hair, I’m so sad but R200+ poorer. Being natural is expensive, not in terms of how much you HAVE to spend but in terms of how much you spend to find a product that works for you. Most companies see being natural as a trend, a passing phase and they’re too eager to jump on the bandwagon and charge us exorbitant prices for products we can make in your kitchen (I see you, flaxseed gel). You also get a 10% discount on Mzansi Fro to purchase full-sized products from Asili, Argan Smooth, Africa’s Best Texture, Auntie Jackie’s, Brownchild, Elasta QP, Herbal Essensces,Keramour and TMW.

 

Disadvantages:

None that I can think off. If you really think about it, you get to try out 6 different products for the price of 1 full-sized product. If you or your hair don’t like it, move on (well,shed a few tears if it’s something you really wanted your hair to love)

Bloggers:

These are the bloggers you can follow to see exactly how to use the samples:

 

Email them now at noir@mzansifro.co.za or pop them a message on Facebook

Stay “Beautiful like me”.

 

Justine Tissue Oil X Beauty Bulletin

*This review will happen over a period of 3-4 weeks as I have been sent 1 x 100ml Justine Tissue Oil by Beauty Bulletin to test*

I love the idea of tissue oil and the results promised but I find it hard to get into a routine with using oils. In the past I’ve mixed it in with my usual lotions and creams and obviously didn’t get the results I was hoping for. This time around, since I want to provide an accurate review, I’ll use it on it’s own, morning and evening to have accurate results. I’m specifically interested in the results it will have on my scars, stretch marks and dehydrated (winter skin). I’ve received the package and loved the packaging and how the bottle allows for measured product usage all though spillage might still occur. It’s very sophisticated and scream “high end” even at the current discounted cost. The fragrance is bearable, not too overwhelming (I get migraines, a lot just from certain smells, such a hassle).

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I’ve been struggling with dry skin on my forehead, it literally looked like dandruff when touching it, and I’ve been at my wits end about what to use. I applied the oil and could see an immediate improvement. A few hours later there was no sign of dry skin and I think I’ll apply it before or after my moisturiser from now onwards. My skin felt less tight and very moisturised after the first use so that’s really good for me.

-It smells really good because it is made from sweet almond oil.
-The texture of the oil is perfect, not too heavy or runny.
-Once applied it absorbs quickly and leave no residue.

Justine Tissue Oil is a natural product that offers the goodness of Sweet Almond Oil and Vitamins E & A which all assist in anti-ageing, reversing of damaged skin, especially scars and stretch marks, and offer extreme nourishment.

How I used it:

-As a bath oil, just a few drops is enough
-As a moisturiser for my face
-After exfoliation to relieve irritation (I suffer from keratosis pilaris and this has been really helpful)
-Applied directly on scars and stretch marks
-As a makeup remover for waterproof makeup
-Applied under my eyes for circles and puffiness

This is a re-launch of the Justine Original Tissue Oil with a new, improved formula and it’s available at R139.00 (R230 regular price) from your nearest Justine representative.

The Mummy

I went to watch The Mummy last night and my reactions were not my proudest moments. There were a few screams accompanied by peeping through my fingers because spiders and rats,you know.

The Mummy tells the story of Ahmanet, an ancient pharaoh princess who is promised the reign after her father’s demise. Her father’s wife however gives life to a boy which makes him the successor to the crown, much to Princess Ahmanet’s annoyance. She swears vengeance and summons the dark side to assist her in killing her father,his wife and the baby. As she prepares to stab her “chosen one” with a dagger with the promise of being a god, the guards storms in, capture her, leading to her mummification instead of claiming her place of being a pharaoh of ancient Egypt. Sofia Boutella did an amazing job bringing Ahmanet to life, I don’t think anyone would’ve done it more justice. Ahmanet’s modern-day transformation from bones and rags to a monster with captivating eyes (two separate pupils) can only be fully appreciated on the big screen,DVD won’t do it justice.

After 1000 years, she is awakened from her crypt beneath the desert with the sole mission of world domination. The awakening is the fault of Nick,played by Tom Cruise and Chris,played by Jake Johnson, U.S. Army soldier with a side business of ripping off precious artifacts for resale. Throw British archeologist and love interest Jenny,played by Annabelle Wallis in the mix and you have a sense of impending doom as they submerge into the earth to discover what’s underneath. Nick releases the crypt, making him her chosen one and allowing her to get in his head and showing him what happened in ancient Egypt. The “resurrection” of the crypt leads to an army of spiders attacking them, biting Chris and turning him into one of her minions as well as the mother of sandstorms, that almost prevented them from leaving. Once up in the air,events transpired that leads to Chris’ “death” at the hands of his friend and the plane going down with no survivors except Nick who escape unscathed,surprisingly.

Back in London, a Crusader knight’s tomb that was buried beneath the future London, are uncovered that contains the stone which is needed in conjunction with the dagger to provide eternal life and unlimited power. Dr Jekyll, portrayed by Russell Crowe gets introduced as investigating and vanquishing monsters as he’s one himself (Jekyll and Hyde). It turns out that Jenny works for him and she lures Nick there for Dr Jekyll to help him break the curse, only to find out that means killing him.

In the meantime Princess Ahmanet is slowly but surely taking on human form by draining the life out of others and turning them into her puppets. She comes after Nick, got captured and end up in Dr Jekyll’s hide out (see what I did there?) where mercury is pumped into her veins, causing her to be mummified again. She manage to escape, in the cloud of a sand (glass) storm and sets off to get the stone to complete the dagger. Jenny dies, Nick impale himself on the dagger or rather drove it into himself thus becoming immortal, a god, live giver and taker. He kills Ahmanet, brings Jenny and Chris back to life and sets off to the desert with Chris as he’s a danger to others as he’s yet to figure out which part, good or evil, will prevail. The End.

I liked the humour aspect to it, Tom’s character had a few puns here and there that draw a chuckle from the audience. I’ve only ever watched The Mummy with Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weizs and wasn’t sure what to expect. The visuals were amazing but if you missed the intro you would be kinda lost. Tom’s character had an Indiana Jones feel to it, which was confusing to me and the whole Jekyll and Hyde persona threw me off but hey, you gotta be a monster to fight a monster,right?

Not the best movie I’ve seen thus far but it was bearable.

A big thank you to Lebo at Ster-Kinekor for the tickets. 

 

 

John Frieda Frizz Ease Dream Curls

To find the perfect haircare range that target all your problem areas is an impossible task especially if you’re a naturalista. I’ve turned into a product junkie, trying to find one product that would address all my needs but alas I haven’t found it yet. I have, however found a few amazing products that combat some of the main issues I have and today I’m going to look at one such range, the John Frieda Frizz Ease range. I’ve always struggled with frizz but since I’ve turned to heatless styling it hasn’t been that prominent. I do, however like to wear my hair straightened every 2-3 months and that’s when I realised my old friend is still there. Here’s a few reasons why you may experience frizz, it varies from person to person:

  • Humidity
  • Excessive heat-styling (use of hair straighteners, curling tongs, hair dryers)
  • Excessive combing and brushing of dry hair
  • Chemical processing which changes the structure of hair, leading to damage and frizz.

I’ve received the shampoo and conditioner from Rubybox and was really excited to try it out.  My curls were perfect, for the first time in forever!

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The shampoo is specially made to define and enhance your curls for instantly easier styling results. It is formulated with jojoba oil and hydrates naturally curly hair for perfect, beautiful curls. It is also infused with a special polymer to aid styling. Safe for colour-treated hair.

The moisturising conditioner transform undefined and unruly into controlled and curly. Formulated with jojoba oil it defines,enhances and moisturises curls for instantly easier styling results.

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Products are available from Clicks at R115.95 each. They’re currently running a 3-for-2 special until 14 June 2017 where you get the cheapest product free if you buy 3 John Frieda hair care products.

Disclaimer: Products were send to me by Rubybox to review but all the pictures, views and results are mine.

Love By Chance (Press Release)

Award-winning South African actors Atandwa Kani , Altovise Lawrence, Nicholas Nkuna and Denise Ziman star in the new comedy Love by Chance, directed by US based Samad Davis. The film was shot in the USA and releases nationwide in SA on 5 May. This will be followed by a theatrical release via AMC Independent in New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta and other key cities America.

Altovise Lawrence was the winner of the first season of Top Actor South Africa. American co-stars include Terri J. Vaughn, Ja’el Robeson and Desi Banks amongst others.

Producers Dumi Gumbi, Cati Weinek and Samad Davis agreed on the intent to reverse the conventional storytelling approach by showing how black South Africans could own the limelight in the United States as well as at home. This resulted in a direct funding structure by its producers and distributor. Davis adds; ‘This is a watershed event in South African cinema as it gives South African talent the lead in a film that is set in the USA combining the talent pool fairly.”

‘Love by Chance’ is a film about two aspiring actors from South Africa who are independently chasing their dreams in the US, trying to break into an extremely difficult and over saturated Hollywood industry. They meet by chance in Atlanta, Georgia, the ‘Hollywood of the South’, aka ‘Hotlanta’, but between the everyday struggle of auditioning, dealing with daily rejection, self-doubt, financial hardship, crazy friends and a mad dating scene, there is little time for love.

The strong male cast includes Lawrence’s co-competitor Nicholas Nkuna, and US co-stars, Clifton Powell, of ‘Ray’, ‘Rush Hour’ and ‘Grand Theft Auto’; and E. Roger Mitchell who co-starred alongside Denzel Washington in ‘Flight’ and ‘Equalizer’.

Kani, who has just been cast in Marvel’s upcoming superhero film ‘The Black Panther’, has an Honours degree in theatrical performance from the University of the Witwatersrand. He made his stage debut in ‘The Tempest’, a collaboration between the Baxter Theatre Centre and the Royal Shakespeare Company, where he played Ariel alongside his father, John Kani (Caliban) and Sir Antony Sher (Prospero). In 2009, Kani made his US television debut in CW Television Network’s ‘Life Is Wild’, an American adaptation of the British ITV family drama ‘Wild at Heart’. He also played the role of Thabo in Series 5 and 6, plus a brief appearance in Series 7, of the original British series. He was also a regular in the SABC TV series ‘Soul Buddyz’, and in the political series, ‘90 Plein Street’. He went on to play the young Mandela in the movie ‘Long Walk to Freedom’. He was then seen in the B.E.T series ‘The Book of Negroes’, alongside Cuba Gooding Jr.

Says co-star Lawrence, “I’ll be playing alongside someone who is no stranger to our screens and stages. We both studied drama at Wits, and I trust his work and talent. It was incredible for us to share a platform with top American actors.”

Actor, singer, voice artist and dancer Nicholas Nkuna, best known for his role as Sakhile on the SABC drama series ‘Skeem Saam’ studied musical theatre at Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) in Pretoria, and was specially selected to continue honing his craft at the USA’s prestigious Ballstate University in Indiana. He was cast as Simba in ‘The Lion King’s’ tour of the UK, and he played the role of Dingane in Deon Opperman’s ‘Shaka Zulu: The Musical’.

Audiences can also look forward to seeing US actor and comedian Desi Banks, a Facebook and Instagram sensation with more than 480,000 followers. Banks is best known for his Instagram comedy sketches, ‘Strangers with Memories’ (2016), ‘La Vie Magnifique De Charlie’ (2017), and ‘Never Forget’ (2016).

Director Davis describes ‘Love by Chance’ as a pioneering film because it brings together US and South African talent and bridges cultural and continental divides against the backdrop of a comedy.

“As an African-American, I am fuelled by my vision of bridging cultural gaps between Africa and the United States through the power of film and television,” says director Samad Davis. “The Top Actor Africa brand was built on this premise and the film ‘Love by Chance’ embodies that mantra. Being able to work with the right South African and international talent, both in front of and behind the camera, is priceless.”

The film is produced by Atlanta-based, independent and experienced producer Ty Johnston-Chavis, co-producer Errol Sadler, associate producer Cristina Davis, line producer James Few, and producer Davis, along with the South African producers behind the hit romcom ‘Mrs Right Guy’, Dumi Gumbi and Catharina Weinek.

“Our ultimate aim is to make films that South Africans love and can be proud of, so we hope South Africans will show their support at the box office in the coming weeks.” says Gumbi.

‘Love by Chance’ opens in South Africa on 5 May 2017, and is distributed by Indigenous Film Distribution.

View trailer here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zVwKFBXQaME&t=10s

Kalushi-The story of Solomon Mahlangu

“My blood will nourish the tree that will bear the fruits of freedom. Tell my people that I love them. They must continue the fight.”

This was the last words of Solomon Kalushi Mahlangu before he was hung at the age of 22.

The opening scene with Soloman nursing a bullet to his foot tugged on my heartstrings. So young yet so brave in his fight for freedom for his people.

Kalushi follows the life of the Solomon Mahlangu, Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK) cadre who was wrongfully accused on charges of murder and terrorism in 1977 and executed by hanging in 1979. We get a peek into his upbringing, being a street hawker to support his mom, Martha and assisting his brother Lucas, attending high school amidst ongoing riots, fleeing the country to Mozambique to get training to assist in the fight for freedom.
Thabo Rametsi portrayed the role of Solomon and he did a stellar job. I felt every single emotion, all the pain, anger and acceptance he experienced and I applaud him for that. There are so many scenes that will absolutely break your heart like the one on the train where he get caught travelling without a ticket, beaten into oblivion by a white guard, forced to eat his own tomatoes and onions then get peed on while the black guard just stood there, watching while one of his own gets treated like less than a human being.
The movie touched on June 16 but not in-depth. Solomon’s decision to fight for the freedom of his people was fuelled by the unnecessary deaths of so many youths on this day though. One scene that’s of great significance in the movie is where, in school, his teacher posed the question as to when Jan van Riebeeck arrived at the Cape and ironically that’s the same date he was executed 327 years later.

Himself, Lucky, Mondy and Tommy London journeyed to Mozambique and get caught by a guerilla group. The helicopters used in the 40 second scene took three years to negotiate and it’s a scene that shows you the enormity of the Apartheid regime. They’re being held at the camp but decide to embark on a letter writing campaign to the ANC to request being rescued and they’re being rescued successfully to embark on their training. In the Angola camp they are being addressed by Oliver Tambo over the radio, the voice over artist used for this was the director himself, Mandlakayise Walter Dube. After their training was complete they journey back to South Africa for their mission. They stay over at Solomon’s cousin’s place, which in the end work against them as the police turned him as a witness against Solomon, betrayed by his own blood. Later on in the movie the infamous shoot-out ensued where Mondy killed 2 white people and they were arrested. Solomon and Mondy were brutally abused while in police custody as the police detained them under the 90-day Detention Law giving the state time to fabricate a case against the pair. Before the trial could commence Motloung was so badly beaten that he sustained severe brain damage and was declared Motloung unfit to stand trial. Solomon was charged with two counts of murder, two of attempted murder and several charges of sabotage under the Terrorism Act and he pleaded not guilty to all charges.

Mondy was the one who fired the shots that killed the two civilians and wounded two others but the Prosecution argued that under the law of Common Purpose, Solomon shared intent with Mondy and Lucky, making him guilty of murder whether or not he pulled the trigger.
When he was sentenced to death, his mom walked outside and broke down in one of the most heartbreaking scenes on the movie. His final words in court were moving, he still believed that we will be free from the Apartheid regime and through the lives of him and so many others we can finally enjoy that freedom.

Kalushi took 9 years to make and unlike our other struggle movies, it’s directed by a South African producer, Walter Dube and has an all South African cast. Thabo Rametsi makes history by becoming the first South African actor to portray a South African hero from an Apartheid period in this movie and it’s long overdue.
Khalushi walked away with “Best film award” at The Luxor African Film Festival in in the historic Old and New Kingdoms of Ancient Egypt.

Cast:
Thabo Rametsi-Solomom Mahlangu
Pearl Thusi-Brenda Riviera
Thabo Malema-Mondy Motloung
Jafta Mamabolo- Lucky Mahlangu
Welile Nzuzu-Tommy London
Gcina Mhlope-Martha Mahlangu
Fumani Shilubana-Lucas Mahlangu
Louw Venter- Van Heerden
Lawrence Joffe-Heller
Marcel van Heerden-Judge Theron
Mona Monyane-Comrade Eve

The Boss Baby-ticket giveaway with Ster-Kinekor

I know most of you will skip this part and go straight to the “competition rules” or “how to enter” so I’ll make it easier by having the rules first, followed by the movie plot, compliments of Wikipedia.

How to enter: 

We all need time out from adulting and I personally love watching cartoons. If you can relate, tell me the name of your favourite cartoon/animation (old or new)in the comments, follow my page on Facebook, Miss Pretorius, IG @miss_pretorius_ and Twitter @Miss_Pretorius. Then follow Ster-Kinekor on above-mentioned platforms as well, easy as that.

Terms and conditions:

Kindly complete all above steps (I’ll check) and don’t forget to comment your favourite cartoon here or on my Facebook post. Tickets are valid for all Ster-Kinekor regular cinemas and I’ll choose 5x winners with your +1 (because who wants to watch a movie alone?) This competition closes on Wednesday 26 April 2017 (because I’m not working on Thursday so no wifi) and I’ll announce winners at 12h00 so you can watch it on yet another public holiday.

Movie plot:

“A man named Timothy Templeton (Tobey Maguire) tells a story through his imaginative point of view as his seven year old self (Miles Christopher Bakshi) who lives his days having fun with his parents, Ted (Jimmy Kimmel) and Janice (Lisa Kudrow), and wishes it to be just the three of them forever. However, one day, Tim is surprised when a business suit-wearing infant shows up in a taxi at his house and Ted and Janice proudly call him Tim’s little brother. Tim is envious of the attention the baby is receiving, not to mention suspicious when the infant acts odd around him, but his parents, being blind to the baby’s eccentric behavior, try to convince him that they will grow to love each other.

Soon, Tim learns that the baby can talk like an adult (Alec Baldwin) and he introduces himself as “The Boss Baby”. Seeing an opportunity to be rid of him, Tim decides to record a conversation between him and other toddlers who are over at Tim’s house for a meeting (under the guise of a playdate by the parents) to do something about how puppies are receiving more love than babies. The Boss Baby and the other infants catch Tim with the recording and after a chase scene throughout the backyard and the house, the tape is terminated after The Boss Baby threatens to tear up Tim’s favorite stuffed animal, Lam-Lam. With no evidence to support him, Tim is subsequently grounded by his parents for his actions during the chase between him and the infants.”

PS. Wikipedia has the entire movie plot online, which is a spoiler but hopefully you’re too lazy to read and enter instead to watch it 😉 The cast is a real who’s who of funny with Jimmy Kimmel and Lisa Kudrow (Phoebe from Friends) so I’m sure you’ll laugh quite a bit. Age restriction is 6+ so if you want to take your child with, you can do so.

 

My Natural Hair

The natural movement have taken the world by storm and I’m really happy about it. As natural girls we’ve been described as lazy, our hair as unkempt because we dare return to our roots and not rely on relaxers and strengtheners to alter the state of our hair. It’s a journey where upon you have to endure insults from family and friends, where you’re constantly being asked “when are you fixing your hair?” I, for one don’t care anymore what people say about my hair. As someone whose hair has been relaxed since the tender age of 6 by a cousin who thought my hair was too curly, unruly and wanted to “tame” it, I’ve heard it all. A vicious cycle commenced where as soon as my curly roots start showing people made it their job to straighten it. Fast-forward to high school where all the popular girls had straight hair and I, trying to fit in, subjected my hair to relaxer every 2nd or 3rd month.

The decision to return to my roots came 4+ years ago and it was an easy one to make. I moved to Johannesburg and left my old life behind so why not start afresh with my hair as well? The main problem I’ve had was finding products that work for my then transitioning hair and that was not an easy task. Most brands had relaxers but few or none had sulphate-free products and that was enough to make you contemplate going back to relaxers. I stood my ground, did a big chop 2 years later and right now I can proudly say that I’m 100% natural. I haven’t used heat for a while as there’s various ways to stretch your hair, an article for another day.

I’ve recently tried out the Proudly South African brand, My Natural Hair as it’s very important to me to support local brands and assist them in assisting us on this journey. Their range consists of a shampoo, conditioner, strengthening oil and moisturising butter at the moment and I love every single one if it. I love the fact that it’s for both natural and relaxed hair as it’s a good way of showing ladies that are transitioning that their existing products will still work for them once they return to their roots.

Nourishing shampoo (RSP R74.99-250ml)

It contains jojoba oil and shea butter and it gently cleanse while removing build up and also sooth dry and itchy scalp. A small amount is applied to wet hair and it lathers quite well, which I like in a shampoo.

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Hydrating conditioner (RSP R74,99-250ml)

It contains coconut,jojoba and sweet almond oil as well as shea butter. This deep conditioner replenishes moisture; strengthen your hair as well as combating breakage whilst assisting with detangling (which tends to be a nightmare for me).

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Strengthening oil (RSP R79,99-150ml)

Is a blend of sunflower, castor, grapeseed, avocado, sweet almond and olive oils and it seals in moisture while softening the hair, it adds shine and reduce frizz while assisting with the growth of your hair. Apply directly to the scalp, hair and hairline for best results.

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Moisturising butter (RSP R79,99-125ml)

Serves as a leave-in daily moisturiser and contains coconut, olive, jojoba and sunflower oils and shea butter. It helps to deeply moisturise and soften the hair and assist with enhancing our curls, which is a bonus. You just need to apply a little bit on wet or dry hair to obtain the desired results. All their products are free of harmful parabens, sulphate, phthalates, petroleum and mineral oil.

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I’ve absolutely loved trying out this range as did my hair. It’s softer, the curls are well-defined and it smells amazing. I rate this range 9/10 for my first use, will keep you updated on my final results and thoughts in a month or so.

As a natural African woman, I am proud, beautiful and well-groomed and my hair is my crowning glory. I live naturally in all aspects of my life. I choose not to use products that are synthetic and damaging to my hair, my body or my environment.”

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As you get older you realise how important good skin care really is. My mom is 66 and doesn’t even have wrinkles but she has never used a “good” skin care regime whereas I can feel the wrinkles creeping up and I’m not even half her age. I’ve used the Neutrogena range before and I’ve been quite happy with the results so I didn’t hesitate to send in my details when Beauty Bulletin were looking for individuals to put the new Hydra Boost range to the test.

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Hydro Boost Micellar water, gel cleanser and water gel moisturizer

I have normal skin but it’s dehydrated. That basically mean there’s a lack of water in the stratum corneum, which is the top layer of the skin. I’m not a fan of drinking water at all nor do I follow a healthy diet and it affects my skin overall. Bear in mind that you don’t need to have a dry skin for it to be dehydrated, oily and combination skin can be dehydrated as well. The products that I’ve received were Micellar water, water gel cleanser and a water gel moisturizer. Allow me to take you through each product, their function and price.

Hydro Boost Gel Cleanser (RSP R99.95 )

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I’m a big fan of cleansers, the foamier the better. I’ve only been using it in the morning but you can use it in the evening if preferred. First wet your face, pump some cleanser in your hand and lather it onto your face. I massage it onto my skin for about 30-40 seconds before rinsing and it leaves my skin feeling soft like a baby’s bottom. There’s none of the tightness that I’ve experiences with other cleansers in the past. This one boosts hydration and leaves your skin clean and supple, to my utmost satisfaction.

Hydro Boost Micellar water (RSP R99.95)

 

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I’m sure we’ve all heard of the wonders of Micellar water over the past year or so. I love the fact that you can incorporate this one into your skin care regime by either applying it after the cleanser, no need to rinse it off or use it on its own instead of a cleanser. If you have dry skin, you can use the Micellar water as your main cleanser and the gel one a few times a week or less. I’ve only used it twice this far for makeup removal and it worked like a bomb.Be sure to use a cotton pad as it will make removal easier, all you do is dampen the pad with a few drops of Micellar water and remove makeup or build up until the pad is clean. It will remove the makeup with ease, no need to rinse and will leave your skin feeling soft and moisturised.

Hydro Boost Water Gel (RSP R139.95) 

 

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I’m always weary when trying out a new moisturizer as my skin become inflamed or I break out. This Hydro Boost water gel left my skin feeling soft to the touch with a visible glow. It’s very lightweight but provide a long-lasting, intense boost of moisture. It absorbs instantly and a little really goes a long way. If you want a youthful radiance without the heavy feeling on your face, then this is the product for you.

My before and after:

I’ve used this range for little under a 2 weeks and I’ve definitely felt and seen the difference.