14/05/2019

Burt’s Bees Almond & Milk Hand Cream


A little while ago I attended the Burt’s Bees South Africa launch at the Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel in Cape Town. The story of how the brand started is very inspiring and sweet as it began in Maine about 30 years ago. Burt, the actual Beekeeper was happily selling honey from the back of his truck however, fate had other ideas for the bearded hero when he met Roxanne Quimby.

Burt and Roxanne hit it off and before long she was making candles with the unused wax from Burt’s beehives. So, from those original candles, to the iconic Beeswax Lip Balm. To over 180 products - Burt’s Bees has been guided by a single principle: Nature has the best answers. Read their full story here. 


I’ve been using the Burt’s Bees Almond & Milk Hand Cream and I love the texture, smell and consistency. In my opinion, it’s not greasy at all and it absorbs well into my skin. The thick buttery cream feels so luxurious - I really like how it appears to just melt away on my hands. Leaving it soft and pampered. 

I do all house chores and laundry myself and after a while, your hands tend to look a bit scruffy however, since using Burt’s Bees Almond & Milk Hand Cream it's a lot smoother than before. Also, it’s definitely one of those creams where a little goes a long way. 


Like mentioned before, this hand cream smells amazing and as someone that’s into gourmand fragrances, this one is right up my alley. It is made of Sweet Almond Oil, Vitamin E, and Natural Beeswax to moisturise dry hands, elbows, knees even feet. 

I never knew that nutty almond could smell this delicious in a beauty product, it reminds me of decadently baked goods. Like can I just have a slice of cake with almond frosting? 


I also love that all of this goodness comes in a recyclable 57g glass jar which I’ll definitely put into good use afterwards. Burt’s Bees don’t test on animals and they make use vegetable-based inks on their packaging.  On average, Burt’s Bees products are 99% natural with over half of the products 100% natural. 

Burt’s Bees believes you’re at your most beautiful when what you put on your body is from nature - after all, what goes on to your body goes into your body. Their products are currently available at Takealot. 

The Burt’s Bees Almond & Milk Hand Cream was a gift from Burt's Bees South Africa but review and opinions are my own.


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26/04/2019

My Sobriety Journey: Part 2


I’ve been going back and forth, started and restarted and yes you can say that I really struggled to write this blog post on Part 2 of My Sobriety Journey. Read Part 1 here. I just didn’t have anything really to say or rather that was worth writing about. Until now. On the 23rd of March 2019, I celebrated my one year anniversary of being sober, therefore I think now is the right time to continue this 2 part series. 

But first, let’s go into how it affected me being in social gatherings. When I decided to stop drinking there was no special treatment for me at all. People didn’t tip-toed around me at all, they’d sit next to me and open their icy cold beverages and guzzle it away right in front of me. 

God, it was hard, and I felt everything in slow-motion. The clicks and clangs of beer bottles when opened, the way the bubbles would surge to the opening and I could always imagine tasting that first few sips. They are always the best.

I could feel the crisp, tangy taste of Savanna Dry on my tongue and truth be told I’ve always had a weak spot for Savanna, even during my pregnancy. Which is why I’m so happy that they have a new non-alcoholic cider by the name of "Lemon" out in stores, something that I still have to try. On the subject of non-alcoholic, (referring to beers) I’ve tried them all when I was pregnant, all the Becks and Bavarias and nothing really made an impression. However, a recent few tasted like the real thing. I liked the new Castle Free a lot and tried some in the early stages of my journey. 

It was only later on that I saw that it contained 0.03 % of alcohol. Which is nothing I guess as it will never make me drunk or anything, but I should mention that after 2 of those (one after the other) I did have a nasty headache. I tried the new Heineken Non-Alcoholic beer by the end of last month and oh boy, it was like drinking a real beer I’m telling you. It's also a 0.03% beverage, this you'll only read in the fine print at the back of the bottle just like in Castle Free's case, something that I find a little misleading. Well at this point any non-alcoholic beer must taste like the real thing, I mean I have been sober for such a long time now. That’s the conclusion I came to, which I think is rather on point.

I did realize that I don't really like the taste of beer anymore. I think that it's great that there are such a great variety of non-alcoholic options available, it sure helped me to cope in the beginning stages of being sober. But I don't feel the need for them anymore, these days I'll rather have a big glass of fresh pineapple juice.

It would also be great if brands could look into creating more grownup tasting cool-drinks. Ginger, grapefruit, rosemary and even cinnamon are good options to infuse regular and sometimes too sweet drinks with. Just a thought. 

But, like previously mentioned no one treated me any differently when I stopped drinking. (Although there was this one incident where someone cruelly referred to my bottle of The Duchess as rosemary water.) And, just like before, there would be alcohol in the fridge or cupboard but you know what? I handled it. And as time went by people seemed a little surprised that I was still sober but they never made an issue out of it and that’s something I really appreciate. 

I would sit with friends and family and inhale strong rum and coke infusions but, because I also felt the need to socialize and catch up I would roll with it. Later on, I started to find the whole from sober to drunk pattern really amusing. You know the way people would lose their inhibitions and dance or talk in silly ways, that was fun to observe.

I would laugh at the way some would suddenly “trek vals” or how others would “tjoulag” like only Namaqualanders can. Well, I obviously had to amuse myself with little things like this otherwise the night would be very boring.

Now, let me tell you about the juicy bits or rather the real benefits and changes that occurred when I stopped drinking. 

1. Weight Loss Baby 

I sometimes forget that this must be the real reason behind my slimmer body since I’ve also been eating healthier and having smaller portions. See, that’s why I took so long to write this post. I only started to see real weight loss after 7 or 8 months because in the beginning, I was munching away on cakes, chocolates and big bags of chips like there was no tomorrow. 

It really was such a slow process and I badly wanted to be able to tuck my shirts into my jeans because that means you have an actual waist. In my opinion, you just look way sexier when you can wear your clothing in this tucked in way. 

2. Smoother Skin 

One of the things I was looking forward to was getting better skin. Look, it’s not bad and I don’t have issues like breakouts or pigmentation but I did struggle with slightly enlarged pores. In the past my skin was also sagging, my face looked bloated and my nose appeared puffy too. After a full year without alcohol, I can see that my cheekbones are chiseled and popping out beautifully. My pores are definitely smaller and the overall appearance of my facial skin is smooth and even toned. 

3. Stronger Mental State 

You know that the real reason that I stopped drinking was because of my late sister’s tragic death. Read about it here, or not because it was a suicide and while I don’t go too deep into the subject it is a sad post to read. Anyway, what I wanted to say is that I don’t cry as much, I’m not as heartbroken and damaged as I was before and I can honestly say that I’m better now. 

Well, it has been a long 4 years since all of this happened, so let’s not disregard the fact that time does heal. Just, I feel that I have a melancholic personality that gets worse with alcohol. During my drunken days, I would get “dronkverdriet” like a lot. Now I’m free from all that emotional bullshit. And I now know that whatever happens in my life, I will be ok, I do have the resilience to push forward come what may. 

4. More Conscious Decisions 

Aware, alert, mindful, that’s the words that come up when I think about my new outlook on life. I’m starting to think about things that really matter long-term. I want to start a garden patch, live an eco-friendlier life and save more money. 

Even my husband (he stopped drinking just 3 months after I did) are constantly sharing his fresh ideas on starting a business, furthering his education and so forth. As a couple being sober together this is something that I’m equally ecstatic and grateful about. Because I know that if he didn’t join me on this journey we would’ve drifted apart, as it so often happens with couples that are not on the same path. 

And that’s it, we’ve come to the end of this 2 part series on my Sobriety Journey. I sometimes ponder about going back to the other side, to have a glass of premium brandy and coke on a cold winter’s night again. I know that it will taste good but it won’t make me happier, I know that it won’t help me to handle stress better. So I guess I’m better off without it. 

What’s the one thing that I left out to tell you in this post? Well, it’s the fact that I’ve made a pact with God. I promised him that I’ll give up alcohol for good if he promises to never, ever allow suicide in my generation ever again. I want my family to be spared from ever going through such a terrible, horrible thing.


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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.


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21/02/2019

L.A. Girl Cosmetics Beauty Giveaway CLOSED


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.  

Congratulations to Lynn Nolan, you are the winner!!!

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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. 


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