Archive | December, 2011

Merry merry girls!

23 Dec

Right, so I’m dunzo for the year… wishing you all a very merry kersfees and a fun safe New Year i.e. don’t be drinking and driving! I’m now off to the P of E for a little holiday with le fam (ja… wish me luck) and will be back sometime in the first week of Jan.

Fa la la la la bitches!

Love, love, love (there’s an extra love in there ‘cos its Christmas and I’m like totes generous and giving and stuff…)

Leigh

X x x

The Bungalow restaurant and lounge opens in Clifton

23 Dec

Jiiiissssuuuussss! You have NO idea as to how much my head hurts this morning. I’m totally tripping off my face on Grandpa right now, so please forgive me if this comes off as a bit of a ramble… Last night I hit up the launch of the Bungalow, a new restaurant and lounge in Clifton (where La Med used to be) and it was flippin’ awesome. I totally meant to just pop in, take my snaps and then bugger off at 10 on the dot as I’m flying to PE for kersfees with the fam (ja… wish me luck…), but ended up getting sucked into the best time ever.

You know you had too good a time when just LOOKING at this piccie makes you feel queasy...

First off, the venue is divine. They’ve got little outside tables…

…comfy little loungey-nook-type things…

…nice, big bars…

and a built-in pooletjie

The only downer? The majority of the outside area has these slat-type things which made every stiletto-heeled chicas life feel like an episode of Fear Factor.

Seriously, the amount of times my heels got hooked in those bloody slats...

Anyhoo, let’s get down to peeps on the scene shall we? The place was awash with celebs, socialistas and bloggery plebs like moi. One of the more interesting peeps there was Danny K. I’d downed several glasses of champagne by the time we spoke and I have recollections of falling all over him (literally… it was those frikken slats I tell you…) and blathering on about how I dig his ‘Made to Love You’ song. (And I do, I reallly do! That tune was like MADE for drunken robot-style dancing… in your car… at taxi squad volume…)

Meneer K

Danny tells me he’ll be appearing in a new SHOUT music video, collaborating with various other local musos for charity, that’s set to go live in March. I begged and pleaded, but his lips were sealed in regards to which song they’ll be covering, only telling me that it’ll be ‘awesome’.  

Oh! And that cute blonde guy from Goldfish was there with another equally cute friend. I think he said his name was Jason but things were fuzzy at that point…

I was also totes distracted by these guys…

Oh hello there...

…and these yummy papaya-covered oysters…

Oh yes... it was a good day for eating...

Seriously girls… I wish you’d been there… we were plied with tray after tray of delish fancy pants canapes and the booze just flowed and flowed and flowed. Every time you’d lean in to air kiss someone, without fail they’d grab at your shoulder and hiss into your ear ‘OMG! Are you as fucked as I am? Can you IMAGINE what the bar tab looks like?!’ Seriously! Every time I drank my champers glass almost dry, I’d swear that I was going to put it down and go home, but then, as if by magic, is was suddenly filled up again. Sjoe!

Now lets get back to peep-stalking shall we? Here’s Lee-Ann Liebenburg looking jealousy-inducingly hot (as always) along with hubby Nicky van der Walt:
I also hung about for a bit with darling Gina (Athens) and Lara…

Lara's giving me a lift to the airport now now. Just sent her a BBM to find out if she's conscious. No reply. Hmm...

..and spent a bit of time with these okes:

Shawn, moi, Natalie (Becker), Omesh (Authar) and Natalie's boet (didn't get your name babe, sorryyy!)

Eventually it got to the point where I REALLY had to leave or else risked being sucked into the fun vortex that is Bungalow forever, so I did a li’l disappearing act… but not before stopping at the Wings Group choccie stand:

Free choccie? For me? Awww, only if you insist... I'll take that one... and that one... plus that guy... ooh and that one...

Susanne Reuther, the owner of the sweetie co, was there too.

Susanne being a bad influence on my thighs...

You know you had a good time when you wake up the next morning with a blinding hangover next to THIS:

If only my poor boyfriend KNEW the kinds of evil I brought home AND SLEPT WITH while he was away in good old P of E...

Thank you Marina, you gorgeous thing, (Marina’s the PR who put the bash together), you were totally right, the Bungalow launch was deffo the party of the year – I had an absolute jol!

Mwah,

Leigh

x x x

Naturalemente organic hair treatment review

22 Dec

My friend Nickle Pickle is always gaaning aan about her rad eco-friendly hairdresser, Jason. He uses a certified organic range called Naturalmente (you pronounce it NATURAL-MEN-TAY) that hails all the way from Italy. Their products are 100% natural and use pure aromatherapy oils cultivated from plants that are free of pesticides and petrochemical fertilizers. Also, their goodies don’t contain any formaldehyde, parabens, sodium sauryl sulphate or sodium laureth sulphate (SLS). 

Nix eventually put me in touch with Jason who kindly offered to hook me up with a Naturalmente hair treatment.

Jason Pead: hairdresser/eco-warrior/Naturelmente enthusiast/all round sweetheart...

After checking out my hair, he decided to use Naturelmente’s Elements range on me, specifically their Terra (Earth) products that are best for dry, damaged or chemically processed hair as my fine hair gets put through the ringer with regular highlights. (The Elements range also includes Air, Fire and Water products to treat dry scalp, sensitive scalp and oily scalp respectively).  

To begin, he cleansed my hair using protein-rich Naturalmente Elements Earth shampoo which smelled DIVINE; its got a gorgeous, fresh herbaceous scent with lots of cinnamon. It kinda made me feel like he was washing my hair with an earthy egg nog! 

Elements Earth shampoo, R225 for 250ml

Next, he massaged Naturalmente’s Balsamic mask into my scalp and had me sit in a towel for 20 minutes. This mask isn’t an ‘aesthetic’ one in that it doesn’t add shine or gloss to your locks. Instead it nourishes and calms your scalp while adding protein.

Naturalemente Balsamic mask, R254 for 250ml

Once that had worked its magic he washed it out and applied the finishing; a Naturalmente Elements Earth ampoule.  This is a leave-in treatment full of essential oils like orange, cinnamon, lavender, eucalyptus, ylang ylang and patchouli.

The Earth ampoule is second from the right. You can buy a box of 6 for R429 and use them once a week or over 6 consecutive days as an intensive treatment.

Again it smelled killer good; that same earthy, spicy, sexy man smell. Still, I worried that leaving an oil on baby fine, grease prone locks would leave me looking like an oil slick, but surprise surprise, the end result was shiny (amazing-smelling) hair that was light, bouncy and full of body. (Also, combing it out when it was wet was a total dream…)

Jason says he only ever uses Naturalmente products on his own hair and has noticed that it’s now thicker-looking. He also says it’s helped balance his scalp as he can now go longer between washes. He reckons this is because Naturelmente products have a perfect pH balance of 5,6 while other SLS-riddled shampoos and conditioners can knock your scalp’s pH up into the 11 zone – and this can lead to all kinds of drama… things like dandruff, sensitivity and hair loss.

As for me, for the rest of the day I couldn’t stop grabbing at my hair and wrapping it around my face and breathing in its gorgeous smell. I was very sad to have to wash it out the next day, but thrilled to discover my pillow still held a bit of the scent when I hit the sack that night.

Thank you Jason, I can totally see why you’re so passionate about Naturelmente products, they’re truly fabulous.

Girls – if you want to get hold of Naturelmente products yourself, you’ll find a list of stockists over here. If you want to chat to Jason (he can tell you anything you wish to know about the range as he’s the importer and supplier) you can give him a shout at Renergize Bio Spa in Plumstead where he works on (021) 7978246.   

Love, love

Leigh

Indigo brands drops off a little love

21 Dec

The sweethearts at Indigo Cosmetics (they represent beauty brands like Yardley, Rimmel and Sally Hansen among others) dropped off a little pressie at my flat yesterday.

Check it out:

I’m very excited to get stuck into the box and will be sure to let you know about my favourites in the New Year.

Thank you Indigo girls, you made my morning.

Love, love

Leigh

Bourjois Healthy Balance unifying powder review

21 Dec

I’m a big Bourjois fan. If you’ve got blue eyes like me you HAVE to give their Metallise metallic eye liner in Brun Inoxydable a bash. It’s an uber-creamy bronze-coloured shade that makes your eyes POP! I much prefer it over wearing black which generally looks too harsh when teamed with my pale complexion and there’s going to be dramz if they ever stop making it…) I also adore the brand’s gorgeous cutesy packaging and like the fact that many of their products, from their blush to their foundations, have a soft, pretty scent.

Anyway… a little while back they launched Healthy Mix foundation, a radiance-boosting blend that makes use of ‘fruit therapy’. I’ve yet to try it, but know that its been getting rave reviews online. Now, next month, they plan to launch Healthy Balance unifying powder as a little friend to the foundation. It also makes use of (Asian) fruit extracts – hydrating sharon fruit and mattifying yuzu – and promises to help keep your complexion looking even-toned and matte, never cakey or dry. In fact, they use words like ‘radiant’, ‘hydrated’, ‘supple’ and ‘soft’.

If you look at the ingredients list, you’ll see the fruit extracts come stone cold last, so I doubt they’re doing any of the heavy lifting. It does, however, make use of kaolin, which is fab in regards to sucking up oil. It also includes antioxidant vitamin E and zinc, another good oil-buster with soothing antibacterial properties. 

I’ve been wearing the powder this week and have loved opening the compact in the morning and getting a whiff of its yummy, sweet fruit scent. It doesn’t come with a powder puff, making the compact very sleek and flat, so you’ll need to source your own appicator.

If you apply it with a powder brush, you’ll create a sheer-looking veil, but I prefer to use a thin powder puff-type sponge that you can buy in sets of two at Dis-Chem. They create a nice, even-looking finish with a little more coverage than what you’d get from a brush so I tend to use them with all my compact powders. 

Now let’s talk ‘wear’… I like that the powder immediately mattifies and blurs minor inperfections and pores. It looks nice and natural and fresh – not a drop of cakeyness in sight. In regards to the radiance it promises, it doesn’t seem to contain any luminizers, so perhaps they bang on about that because the powder’s still sheer enough to allow your ‘own skin to shine through’ as such. I find that I can re-apply it about twice throughout the day without it getting too heavy-looking, but after that I switch to blotting it with my MAC Blot powder which doesn’t add to or alter its coverage, it just absorbs shine.  

In all, if you’ve got (slightly) combination to dry skin, this is a lovely face powder. (If you’re very oily, you’re be best off getting your coverage from sheer long-wearing foundation and using a specially formulated blot powder throughout the day). Also, bare in mind that it doesn’t come with an applicator, so be sure to buy your own, be it a sponge or brush. I actually don’t mind this too much; it makes for a nice, super-thin compact that’s easy to slip into your purse.

Keep an eye out for Bourois Healthy Balance powder, R129,90, at selected Edgars and Red Square stores as of Jan.

Love, love

Leigh

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