24/03/2019

Namaqua Pride's Kraalbos Health & Beauty Products


Today I’m very proud to showcase a health & beauty brand that’s based in the beautiful Namaqualand, the place I call home. A brand called Namaqua Pride, situated in Okiep a charming little town where honor and mindfulness matters. Namaqua Pride produces the most amazing beauty bars, body and hair care products made from Kraalbos and other specially selected natural ingredients. I'm going to tell you more about 3 of these great products but first, let's look into what Kraalbos can do for you...

What is Kraalbos?

"Robert Richards owner of the Namaqua Pride range has turned an invasive bush into a profitable health & beauty product business. Once considered a problem, Galenia Africana, or Kraalbos as it is known in Namaqualand, has turned out to be a super shrub. This lime green, medium-sized pioneer plant is not only a “nursing” plant that shelters the seedlings of perennials on degraded land, but it is also packed with healing properties that can help treat many skin problems.

This shrub is now one of the main ingredients for Robert’s health & beauty products. He learned about the plant’s healing properties through word of mouth from a long line of his indigenous descendants which was later confirmed through various scientific studies. Studies that prove that the Kraalbos plant indeed has antifungal qualities beneficial for skin ailments such as psoriasis, eczema and even dandruff." source 

1. Kraalbos Soap Bar

This is a lovely 100 g glycerin soap that I’ve been using on my face for over 6 weeks now. It foams up nicely leaving my skin squeaky clean but without drying it out at all. My skin tone appears beautifully brighter and my pores seems a lot smaller. I've also dealt with sunburn during a few hot days in the sun and this bar of soap allowed for a cooling effect that was exceptionally soothing to my fragile skin.


I don’t have problems with acne but I believe this soap may also sooth and help heal those that do have issues with breakouts. People noticed that my skin looked better and complimented me on it so I will definitely keep this beauty bar within my skincare routine. 

2. Kraalbos Shampoo

I’ve been doing a lot of things with my hair lately and it mostly turned out great. However, a few weeks ago I applied a blond hair dye to my crop because I wanted to go back to my natural golden brown hair colour.

To keep a long story short, my scalp was mildly burned by the mixture and it left me with a stinging sensation all over my head, I was honestly scared of losing my hair. I then remembered about the Kraalbos Shampoo and wow, what a relieve! Once again it cooled and soothed my scalp and helped with the healing process.


Apart from that, it also takes out buildup grease brilliantly and gives my hair a lovely shiny and bouncy appearance. I don’t struggle with dandruff but if you do, this shampoo is worth a try, in fact, anyone that have some scalp issues should give this shampoo a test run. 

3. Milk & Honey Cream 

Namaqua Pride recently added a Milk & Honey Cream to their expanding range of organic health & beauty products and I’ve been using it as a night cream. Overall, since using it my face appears even toned and blemish free.


The consistency is rich and thick like a body butter and it leaves my skin super soft yet not greasy at all. A little goes a long way and it smells absolutely divine, think wild honey and fresh milk. Just wholesome and comforting. 

The Namaqua Pride range is really affordable and they are stocked in a few local stores in our area – for more information and orders please contact Robert Richards at 074 349 0868 or at namaquapride@gmail.com

These products were sponsored to me but all thoughts and review are my own.


Images - My Own. Apart from the logo on top. 

21/02/2019

L.A. Girl Cosmetics Beauty Giveaway


Time for a giveaway! One lucky reader can win a unicorn and rainbow-inspired makeup bag filled with lovely goodies from L.A. Girl Cosmetics. As an affordable luxury brand, L.A. Girl Cosmetics puts a glamorous spin on beauty by creating new ways to inspire expression through the art of colour.

With their amazing selection of high-quality products that cater to makeup enthusiasts all over the world, L.A. Girl has become a destination brand that offers beauty without compromise – BEAUTY FOR ALL!



What's inside?

  • Perfect Precision Lipliner in Vamp
  • Perfect Precision Lipliner in Magnificent
  • Perfect Precision Lipliner in Flesh
  • Lipify Stylo in Blaze
  • Pro.Prep HD.High-Definition Smoothing Face Primer
  • Eye Lux Mesmerizing Eyeshadow in Privatize
  • Glazed Lip Paint in Blushing


Giveaway Rules.

  • Follow Social Media Blooms on Facebook 
  • Follow Social Media Blooms on Instagram 
  • Follow L.A. Girl Cosmetics South Africa on Facebook
  • Follow L.A. Girl Cosmetics South Africa on Instagram 


Please Note: For extra entries please tag your friends and share wherever you see this post on your social media timelines. For those that already follow my platforms, good luck! To all the newcomers, hello and welcome!

Competition open to South Africans only and will run until the 31st of March 2019. Best of luck.

These cosmetics are sponsored by L.A. Girl Cosmetics - you can purchase their range over at Dischem.  


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14/02/2019

Schwarzkopf Gliss Million Gloss Oil Replacement


Innovation is the absolute DNA of the Schwarzkopf brand, and every two to three years, product formulations are updated so that only the very best is offered to the consumer. Such is the new Schwarzkopf Gliss Million Gloss Oil Replacement leave-in hair product. 

The Schwarzkopf Gliss Million Gloss Oil Replacement is infused with liquid keratin and other micro-oils and it promises brilliant shine and gorgeous softness while fighting any frizz. Well, I have naturally curly hair which frizzes easily and I’m always looking for products that will eliminate that while making my hair more manageable, soft and shiny. 


I also struggle with dryness and I find that after styling I always have to add a slick of hair oil to avoid dullness. So, with this product, I was a little apprehensive about leaving it in my hair. Only because the only other leave-in conditioner I’ve ever used was something called Bone Straight, years ago and to be honest it didn’t really bring out the best in my mane. 

Well, the Schwarzkopf Gliss Million Gloss Oil Replacement did! My hair was soft and shiny and very bouncy, full of volume also. I expected stiffness I guess, it’s like I can’t believe that a leave-in hair treatment can give such fantastic results. The liquid keratin also did its job because even before any heat I could feel how it changed my hair texture into this luxurious silkiness. 

I want to go as far as saying that this is the best hair care product I’ve used in a very long time. The best part is that you can use it daily and because it is leave-in it makes the hair wash routine so much easier – you don’t have to wash your hair again to get rid of conditioner.

For deep regenerating care they advise you to apply it on dry hair and then leave it on for the night. Now that’s what I call a beauty sleep! I like the teal green packaging and the fact that it is easy to open and use. I will definitely purchase this product again. Currently available over at Clicks for R94.99

This product was sponsored by Schwarzkopf but review and thoughts are my own. 


Images - My Own 

03/02/2019

Schwarzkopf Gliss Intense Therapy Mask



120 years ago, chemist Hans Schwarzkopf laid the foundations for a truly international brand that stands for quality, reliability, expertise and innovation. Today, Schwarzkopf is a global pioneer in hair cosmetics and it’s clear to see why. They have such a fantastic selection of high-quality products for just about any hair type. It’s all about modern creativity, not necessarily following trends but expressing your own individuality with confidence. 

I’ve recently embraced that modern creativity with the Schwarzkopf Live Ultra Brights/Pastel in Purple Punk, see full review here. Today’s review, however, is all about the new Schwarzkopf Gliss Intense Therapy Mask with Keratin Serum and Omega Plex. It’s specially formulated for over-processed hair, tresses that have been exposed to a lot of heat styling and colouring.


The Schwarzkopf Gliss Intense Therapy Mask promises to reconstruct bonds within the hair fibres and to give it long-lasting protection. To keep my pixie hairstyle looking fresh, (I recently added a faded undercut at the back) I have to go for regular cuts, therefore you won’t find serious damage or split ends on my head. However, the longer strands on top of my crown have been exposed to a lot of hair colouring and daily flat ironing which has left it feeling dryer than usual. 

And the Schwarzkopf Gliss Intense Therapy Mask has been a lifesaver. Whenever I use this product my hair appears stronger and shinier, I would love for it to have more bounce as well but, to be fair it wasn’t created for that purpose. The consistency is very rich and thick and should be applied once a week and not more in my opinion. 

There’s a definite change in the appearance of my hair, in the past, there was a lot of breakage as my hair tends to get brittle with a lot of heat styling. It feels stronger and even thicker.

I love the deep almost metallic purple pot which gives it a very luxurious look. Because the product is so thick and my hair is this short it appears that I will continue to use it for a good amount of time. Like, yay for short hair! Available at Clicks for R89.99

Look out for my next post where I’ll be reviewing the Schwarzkopf Gliss Million Gloss Oil Replacement hair product.

This product was sponsored by Schwarzkopf but review and thoughts are my own.


Images - My Own

22/01/2019

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in 053 So Lit


I received a tangerine shade of lipstick from the Revlon Super Lustrous range in 053 called So Lit and was reluctant at first to use it. But I decided to be brave and try it out as it is such an on-trend colour and I’m kind of sick of being behind trends in general. By the time I fell in love with the backpack trend they were all very difficult to find. 

When I first saw leopard print shoes I thought they were too bold and now I’m besotted with them, even with the rainbow (specifically the pink) hair colouring trend, you see where I’m going with this? 


So, here’s my thoughts on the product. I love the matte look on my lips and the colour is growing on me, in fact, it looks really amazing. It’s pigmented and applies well so you only need one coat for a vivid, bold hue. I also like that it’s buildable which makes reapplication very easy, I’ve seen some lipsticks that smear in an unflattering, streaky way when you want to do touch-ups.


And it stays on for a generous amount of time, and that’s one thing I like about the Revlon brand, their products are always long wearing. The black and gold packaging also just does it for me, so classy right?


See my review on the Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Show Stopper here. Get them both at Woolworths for R119.95 a pop.

This product was sponsored by Revlon but thoughts and review are my own.


Images - My Own 
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