Pursue to smile challenge

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Verushka tagged me in the #PursueToSmile Challenge some time back here. Basically it is either blogging or tweeting about 5 things that make you smile.
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My 5:
– Public Holidays! Tomorrow is Heritage Day in SA, famous for braais and sunshine. It will be a much needed rest day and some time out with family.
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- baking. I love baking all kinds of beautiful and delicious things for others to enjoy. I find it so relaxing and it always brings a smile to my face. Especially when I see someone enjoying what I’ve made.

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- listening to my nieces and nephews stories. I have two older brothers, they’re both married with kids (I’m a laat lammetjie) and between them I am a lucky aunt to 3 beautiful nieces and 2 naughty nephews. Hearing what goes on in their little heads always makes me smile.

- eating ice cream when it rains. Ice cream isn’t my favourite dessert. But I always crave it when there is a really heavy downpour. Listening to the rain, curled up with a blanket and bowl of some kind of ice cream with chocolate makes me happy.

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- thinking about my childhood and all the crazy. Why did we have to grow up?

Anyone can do the challenge! Just use the hashtag #PursueToSmile and spread the joy :)
I nominate @NicolaLMeyer and @ingeloker

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Inge, Nicola and I

I hope you all have a wonderful public holiday tomorrow!

Maybelline Clear Smooth All in One and Colossal Kajal reviews

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In taking advantage of the super beauty sale that Clicks had, I not only stocked up on my beloved baby lips but took the opportunity to pick up a light powder for upcoming summer and a new eyeliner.

I read a few great reviews on the Maybelline Clear Smooth All in One and it got the thumbs up from quite a few beauty bloggers. I used to love using pressed powder years ago, then got over it in favour of tinted sunscreen and liquid foundation for occasions. I thought it could be a good idea since this powder also has spf 25 and may help keep oilies under control in Durban humidity without feeling heavy.

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Maybelline Clear Smooth All in One powder in 04 Honey (R79.99)

There are 9 shades to choose from and after much arguing with the sales assistant, I picked up 04 Honey. It isn’t an ideal match but the closest I could get. The powder comes in a pretty pink compact with a nice big mirror. I don’t fancy using the sponge that’s included and prefer applying it with a powder brush for light and even coverage. My cheapie Essence powder brush does the job just fine.

I love wearing this over my sunscreen, it leaves a matte finish that lasts for hours and is going to be ideal on days where I want a bit of coverage without the weight while keeping my t-zone in order.

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Maybelline Colossal Kajal liner (R)

The Colossal Kajal liner is a new addition and only available in black. I was curious to see if it was as nice as my favourite Woolworths gel liner. This is wind up and won’t need annoying sharpening. It is pitch black which I love and is ultra creamy and applies smoothly. The only gripe I had was that towards the end of the day, although it hadn’t smudged, it started to fade.

Restaurant review: Mo-Zam-Bik Gateway

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I headed over to Mo-Zam-Bik Gateway for the first time on Wednesday night. My first time at any Mo-Zam-Bik actually! The restaurant is Portuguese themed, rustic and homely. There are no fancy decorative items or linen on the tables. It is all kept quite simple and reminds you of a beach
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Gangs of Ballet serenading a lucky lady who was celebrating her birthday

The 4th leg of Celebrity Chef Showdown was being held between Gangs of Ballet and Rosie Motene. During any of the Celebrity Chef Showdowns the food that is prepared is from the original restaurant menu. I chose to go with the Gangs of Ballet menu since it was all seafood. We had a grilled calamari starter with either lemon garlic butter or peri peri sauce, I went for the latter.

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The calamari was perfectly tender and such a generous portion, served with a fresh Portuguese roll to mop up the delicious sauce. Next was the grilled Dorado main in either lemon and herb, peri peri or zambeziana sauce which is their signature and a mix of coconut and chilli. Heat seeker that I am I went for peri peri again. You could choose to have your fish accompanied by either arroz de coco (a coconut rice), fries, Mediterranean vegetables or a side salad.

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I chose Mediterranean veg, while my friend amy went for the lemon and herb sauce with arroz de coco so that we could try each others. Both were equally scrumptious. Again the portion was huge, a thick cut of fish drenched in sauce with a healthy portion of veg/rice. The Dorado was succulent and flaking, the veg crisp and flavouful. I’m drooling just writing about it. I regret not trying the zambeziana sauce, if you go in do try the signature sauce as well as arroz de coco, it was fragrant with a slight coconut taste and so light.

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Dessert was a sweet toothed treat of chocolate rissoles. Three plump, crispy moons filled generously with bar one chocolate and served with chocolate topped ice cream. What a way to end a perfect meal. I wish I had the space for every morsel, nothing deserved to be left behind. Go to Mo-Zam-Bik hungry! And stop licking the screen :P

I’ll be going back for more of their seafood and Portuguese flair. I loved how at home I felt and the no frills approach with all focus on the food.

Celebrity Chef Showdown offers a chance to try a new restaurant and is great value for money in my opinion. The meal above for R180 is well worth it. If you’d like more info on the Showdown you can read about it here. There is one more evening left, at Café Limone, before the final at Beluga with all 5 winners.

IBV Supercar Parade will attemp to break a world record this weekend

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This Sunday in Durban, International Bank Vaults (IBV) and Gateway have partnered up for a Supercar Club Charity Parade. 200 orphaned and underprivileged kids will be given a ride of a lifetime in a supercar and enjoy a day filled with adventure.
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The parade will begin at Pavilion Hotel and end at Palm Boulevard, Gateway Umhlanga. The IBV Supercar Charity Parade will be a world first and will be validated by Guinness World Book of Records.

The aim is to raise R1 million through the parade of 200 supercars down North Beach. All supercar owners in Durban are asked to meet at Pavilion Hotel at 8am to donate their time.

All money raised will benefit Children’s VIP Day, The Sunflower Fund, UNICEF and Child Welfare SA. The parade will be escorted by Harley Davidson and Ducati bikers. Make sure you’re on either end to view this spectacle.

Pond’s Flawless Radiance range reviews

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Seems like it’s skincare week on the blog. I received the complete Flawless Radiance range in the 7 day challenge box I got from Shahnaz Loves Beauty. The only Pond’s Flawless Radiance product I used prior to this was the Pond’s BB Cream. The Pond’s Flawless Radiance range key ingredient is niacidamide. That’s because the whole ramge is designed to target dark marks and blemishes.

I’ve been testing the Flawless Radiance facial foam, even tone serum, daily lotion and under eye cream for about a month now, let’s get into my thoughts on the products

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Facial foam (R54.99)
This comes out a thick light pink cream paste. It foams up a lot and contains tiny beads to give you a bit of exfoliation. This cleanser removes makeup quite well and gives a good clean down without that tight stripped feeling. However the little beads do nothing for me, they are too small and not abrasive enough. If you prefer a really gentle scrub or have ultra sensitive skin it may befor you.

At the beginning I did experience a slight burning sensation after washing, but I don’t experience that anymore. I’m not sure what caused it. All in all a good enough and super affordable cleanser.

Serum (R94.99)
This has been my favourite. A light silicone feeling serum that smoothes on like a dream. It also packs the biggest niacinamide punch of the lot. I used this twice a day and I’m very impressed with it.

If you have oily/combination skin like I do it will add a tad to shiny/greasy noses during the day but I loved using it anyway because I saw results. Nothing my blotting tissues couldn’t handle, but if this bothers you just use it at night. I didnt have tons of dark spots or blemishes but the few I did have are now completely gone.

I love the packaging, the silver makes it all fancy looking, plus it has a pump, I used one pump for my face and one pump for my neck. I’m going to keep using this and get one for mum too.

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The smidge on the left is facial foam, then top to bottom it's serum, daily lotion and eye cream

Daily Lotion (R84.99)
This is intended for normal to dry skin but we get on just fine. It is a light runny texture, also in a pump, that covers my neck and face with two pumps and disappears into my skin in seconds. This is an ideal affordable moisturiser and also has a healthy dose of blemish busting niacinamide.

I’d like to give the UV cream spf 15 a try next. Hopefully it is everything the daily lotion is with the added help of spf.

Under eye cream (R64.99)
I’m not a huge fan of eye cream. I used both the serum and daily lotion around my eye area as well but I gave this a go anyway. It is meant to be “light infusing” to brighten up your eye area. There is ever so slight a glow when you apply this but nothing major.

This isn’t a usual thick eye cream though. It is similar in texture to the daily lotion. Super thin and runny, this makes it easy to apply and non greasy.

My mum has been using Pond’s Flawless Radiance Day and Night cream (R84.99 each). I believe she’s on her second tubs of each. The Day cream is more of a vanishing cream, so it can feel quite dry. To combat that I advised her to mix it with her sunscreen.

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She is so impressed with both products and the difference they’ve made to her skin. I can see the difference too, there’s no denying that her skin is more radiant and even, a lot of her dark spots have either disappeared completely or faded. She is complemented on her skin all the time now, much to her delight being in her 50s. And she hadnt been using the entire range, just those two products. 

Since the whole range contains niacidamide in different amounts it is of paramount importance that you wear a good sunscreen, or else you’ll be undoing all benefits. What do you think? Have you tried or will you be purchasing any of these?

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