Monday, 24 October 2016


It's that time of the year again and the much awaited new, improved and rebranded

Good Food and Wine Show 2016

 descends over Durban like a cloud of freshly dusted icing sugar this coming weekend 28th-30th October at the Durban Exhibition Centre.
After reading what they have lined up for the 3 days, this culinary extravaganza is not to be missed and there truly is something for everyone of all abilities and foodie interests.

This years theme FRESH is being driven by a worldwide foodie revolution and a desire to grow local and eat fresh. The Good Food & Wine Show offers an exciting range of FRESH foodie experiences.

This years event is crammed full of Informative,interactive and entertaining cooking demos and masterclasses based around wine, baking, and health and wellness.

Whether you are an armchair chef, a wanna be chef or an avid follower of the International hit series MasterChef then you are in for such a sweet treat as one of Australia’s top chefs, 
George Calombaris (MasterChef Australia judge) 
will be headlining along with other well know and much loved chefs e.g.

Neill Anthony (Private Chef), 
Jenny Morris (Giggling gourmet) 
Sarah Graham (TV chef)

Special guest appearances include many past finalists and winner of MasterChef SA and I'm particularly interested in watching the entertaining Short Chef Skinny Chef duo of our home grown KZN girl Claire Allen (skinny)
 and the Transkei granny Siphokazi Mdlankomo (short).

These two MasterChef celebs will have their own theatre at this year’s Good Food & Wine Show and performances will take place on Friday (28th Oct) from 11h30 until 19h30, on Saturday (29th Oct) from 10h30 until 19h30 and on Sunday (30th Oct) from 10h30 until 16h30. 

I highly recommend that you visit the website below to find out more details on demo scheduling and  the full line up of chefs, speakers and special guests.

Tickets can be pre booked via the Computicket or at the door.

Early bird - R85 (on or before 25 October)
Adults - R100 
Students - R70
Age 13-18 - R50
Under 12 Free
Senior R70 and free entry on Friday 28 October
Weekend Pass - R150
International chefs table  - R800 (George Calombaris)
Local chefs table - R300 (Neill Anthony and Siba Mtongana)


You can win 2 Adult Tickets to attend on either of the 3
 days and its easy to win with Rafflecopter.
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Sunday, 23 October 2016


I'm back to Woolworths again for this weeks Sundays Savings and what a good one it is...


This collection of Dermatologically tested Bath & Body products caught my eye some weeks ago for several reasons:
Its lovely black packaging, the extent of the range 
(which consists of shimmering body butters,lotions,scrubs,hand and cuticle serums and massage oils)
and I like the fact it's based on a variety of African Ingredients that have been selected for the well being of the body and consists of the following sub ranges :


I am drawn like a magnet to all things that claim to calm and relaxing, plus I love all things for the bath and of course fragrant candles, so this collection of products appeals to me on several counts. 
Here are a few of my picks and best of all... they are currently on special offer, 
so now is the best time to either spoil yourself or just stock up on pre holiday gifts.


African Ingredients Massage Candle




Featuring the antioxidant and intensive hydrating properties of soybean oil, this calming massage candle is a clean-burning soy candle that will help to relax your mind and restore balance to your skin. Dip your fingers into the candle's warm oil and gently massage into skin. With nourishing soybean oil for a healthy, radiant glow. 
Burns for up to 30 hours. 

Massage Candle 500mls


African Ingredients Detoxing Bath Salts




These detoxing bath salts with revitalising organic Cape aloe, sea minerals and green tea, will help hydrate and nourish your skin.

Detoxing  Bath Salts 300g


African Ingredients Luxury Bath Milk




This luxury bath milk will help to let the stress of your daily life gently slip away as you lie back in a soothing bath. 
Oats are also known to nourish the skin while the sweet lavender adds tranquillity.

Calming Luxury Bath Milk 500mls


African Ingredients Lip Butter




This Energising Lip Butter will give your lips a refreshing moisture burst with revitalising wild Kalahari melon, mint and aloe vera.

Energising Lip Butter 10mls


African Ingredients Detoxing Clay Scrub




This detoxing clay scrub from the African Ingredients range, with revitalising organic Cape aloe, sea minerals and green tea, will help detoxify, cleanse and nourish your skin.

Detoxing Clay Scrub 250g

Thursday, 20 October 2016


Despite this new beauty parlour being literally on my doorstep I hadn't heard anything about its 
arrival via the beauty "grapevine".
My first knowledge of Betty Boops Wonderland in Umhlanga was when Buff Beauty followed me on Instagram and I promptly followed back, only for them to un follow me!
I love it when people do that...

Luckily for both of us my curiosity got the better of me and just a short drive from home led me to The Boulevard, 19 Park Lane, Umhlanga Ridge. 
The Buff Beauty Parlour "where miracles are performed daily" so they claim, is a sister salon to the well known Teremok Spa in lower Umhlanga, which immediately indicates to me that good salon genes have been passed down!
Buff is well worth a visit for both Buff Girls and Buff Guys.

Their treatment menu is specific and focuses on perfectly polished nails, precision waxing and all things lashes and brows. I did experience a pedicure last week, which I will write and post soon, but in this post I wanted to let my photos show you why this little haven of retro Hollywood delight is a must visit and soon...

Pedi area

Retail Area

Betty Boop and the secret X rated cupboard

Pretty Flamingo Mani Stations

Cubicles complete with tvs

Buff Guys Station

Buff Guys Retail

Pop in any time to the Soda Fountain

Wicked Donuts are on the Menu

Function room for pamper parties

To find out more and to make a booking visit

Sunday, 16 October 2016


I cannot emphasise to you how much love and passion I have developed for benefit since the brands re launch into South Africa in 2015.

I have been doing series of review posts over the past few months on budget concealers and just to point out that this award winning fake up Hydrating Crease Control Concealer from benefit  at R335
does not fall into the budget category, but more high end.

benefit fake up Hydrating Crease Control Concealer 

fake up 
is a fragrance free "stick" concealer which gets my approval straight away, as I feel that I have more control with the application and I can see exactly when the product is coming to an end.As you can see from my photo the concealing colour runs down the 
centre of the bullet with the moisturising element surrounding it.

    This hydrating crease-control concealer contains vitamin E & apple seed extract and
    glides beautifully onto the skin, however you will need to blend in a little with your finger or blender to ensure that there are no streaks and the colour is evenly distributed.
     Even though I apply an eye treatment every morning I liked the comfort that the double product layer provided. At no point during the day did my foundation or concealer crease under my eye, which can sometimes happen with non moisturising concealers, so on that claim benefit fake up scores top marks.
    fake up 
    is formulated to hide dark circles and diffuse fine lines for a silky smooth, ultra-natural look and again on this point it scores highly on the cover factor.It soon becomes apparent with use that fake up is more than a concealer it's a 2 in 1 concealer and an under eye hydrating stick, hence the price.
     Available in three shades 
    01 Light/02 Medium/03 Dark 
    I bought the 02 Medium which is a good colour match for my under eye skin tone.
    If you are looking for an extremely hydrating concealing product that doesn't cake or crease and provides good coverage, then check out fake up.

    Benefit fake up Hydrating Crease Control Concealer

    Available from Benefit counters in selected Edgars and Red Squares countrywide