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Who wants my super easy, banting-friendly spicy kale chips recipe?

23 Sep

If you’re currently banting in a desperate bid to not look kak in a bikini, you might’ve come across kale chips. I’ve found them at Wellness Warehouse and love them to bits but totally hate the price. (Around R60 for a teensy little bag that I’d klap before even getting back to my suburb, let alone home.)

So, when I discovered that the Fruit & Veg City in town (the one just off Roeland street) is selling fresh kale for R10 a bunch (oh yeah!) I snapped up a bunch of it and set about making my own. See my recipe below and thank me later.

Spicy peanut butter kale chips

Kale chips

They taste great. Much better than they look. Promise.

Ingredients

Fresh, washed kale, stems removed

2 heaped Tbs peanut butter
2 Tbs olive oil
A massive shake of paprika
A small shake of salt
1 tsp minced garlic (garlic powder will do in a pinch)

Method

Mix up your sauce ingredients in a bowl and massage it into your kale leaves to lightly coat them. Slap ‘em on a baking tray (I didn’t bother to grease mine and they came off easy) and pop in the oven on 180 degrees for around 7 to 8 minutes.

Et voila! Yummilcious Atkins/banting-friendly kale chips in a veritable flash. Enjoy girls!

Love, love

Leigh

Review: Smashbox Photo Pore Minimizing foundation primer

21 Sep

Smashbox’s new Photo Finish Pore Minimizing foundation primer is the best they’ve made yet. Well, at least if you’re an oily-skinned peep like me. So many of their other primers, even the one aimed at oily skin, mattify and minimise pores beautifully in the beginning, but then somehow end up aggravating or highlighting greasy patches as the day wears on. This one, as it’s incredibly sheer (yet blurs like a bomb) doesn’t. I can even reapply it as the day goes on without ending up with a face that feels like an oil-slick.

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It has a slight beige tint but if you’re dark skinned, don’t freak out. It’s totally translucent when you spread it.

For the record, I like to apply it on top of my foundation. That way, you get the best ‘blur’ as you’re not wiping it’s magic away with your foundation sponge.

Prior to this, the only other primer/pore-perfector product I’d used and liked was Clinique’s Pore Refining Solutions Instant Perfector (R250 for 15ml). As Smashbox’ is R395 for 30ml, effectively cheaper when you’re considering R/ml, it’s now my new primer of choice. If you’ve yet to find a perfect primer to love yourself, I suggest you slap it on next time you hit up one of the larger Woolworths stores and let me know what you think.

Love, love

Leigh

Reviews: The Body Shop Wild Argan Oil line, Maybelline Dream Pure BB Cream and Smittens facial cleansing gloves

19 Sep

Early this week The Body Shop launched a hotly anticipated new line – Wild Argan Oil – to help you get your Moroccan hammam on at home. While all the usual suspects are there – a shower gel, body butter and scrub – the range also includes a few interestingly l’il extras, namely a massage soap (R40), a solid oil for your lips (R60), another for your bod and hair (R110) and, of course, the Radiant Oil for body and hair (R220).

Pretty packaging, right?

Pretty packaging, right?

Everything in the line’s infused with hydrating Community Fair Trade argan oil from Morocco and has the same soft, pretty scent. The best way to describe it would be a little nutty with the teensiest dash of something sweet, possibly sugared almonds. Or maybe marzipan. I reckon anyone who appreciates TBS’s Almond or Shea Butter or Brazil Nut line will like this one too.

Going clockwise you're looking at the oil, the solid body oil, the scrub and body butter.

How kak does my pic look by comparison to The Body Shop’s? This is why I hate mixing PR pics with my own. Going clockwise, you’re looking at the oil, the solid body and hair oil, the scrub and body butter.

Of everything I’ve tried, I most like the scrub. It’s one of The Body Shop’s grainier, more effective ones. I also like the oil itself. Being a dry oil, it sinks in fast yet leaves your skin feeling supple with a healthy-looking glow. I’ll definitely be slapping it on legs and arms this summer. I’ve become a bit of a freak for oils lately and have been favouriting them over body lotions which now just seem sad and boring, kind of like the sitcoms we used to watch back in the day when you compare them to the killer TV series being churned out right now. Can you believe how much of your life you wasted watching Three’s Company? Sjoe! And is anyone else counting the days until American Horror Story: Freak Show starts airing on Hulu? Errrmigod!

Moving on… Maybelline’s launched yet another BB – Dream Pure BB cream (R99,95) for oily, spot prone skin. Available in three shades, it contains 2% salicylic acid to help exfoliate deep inside your pores, keeping them clean and clear.

Light on the left and Dark on the right.

Light on the left and Dark on the right; swatches top right and the Dark shade blended into my arm on the bottom right.

Being an oily-combo girl I was keen to give this a bash and found it to be rather nice. As it’s super duper sheer, it’s not going to cover anything, but this means you can go a shade darker than you’d usually choose and use it like a tint. As it’s less ‘creamy’ than Maybelline and Garnier’s other BB’s, you need to apply it on top of another moisturiser so that you’ve got a little ‘slip’ to smooth it around your face, so it’s not really a tinted moisturiser (which, if we’re honest, is what most drug store BB creams are) – its more of an incredibly sheer foundation. I liked that, once on, it stayed put, didn’t oxidise nor encourage any oilies or excessive dewiness. In short, it’s a nice pick for anyone looking for a hint of a tint with added blemish prevention benefits.

Last but not least, let’s talk about Smittens (R100, Beauty-Worx.co.za and more stockists listed on their Facebook page).

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How much do we love my super macro close up?

A million years ago I reviewed Jane Iredale’s Magic Mitt and was really impressed. Essentially, it’s a micro fibre mitten that removes every trace of make-up without the need for cleanser due to the way it’s woven which kind of gives your skin an incredibly gentle yet effective microdermabrasion session every time you use it. The only negative I could think of in regards to Jane’s mitt was the price point. Her goodies are great, but they don’t come cheap. So, Ive been thrilled to discover Smittens. They’re pretty much a dupe for the Magic Mitt in that they do the exact same thing but, as they’re proudly South African, they’re almost half the price.

For those of you who’ve never heard of or used a micro fibre cleansing mitt before, let me clap your biggest questions. Yes, it does remove make-up, dirt and oil without leaving your face feeling stripped. Yes, it even takes off waterproof mascara. And yes, I know you don’t believe me. You’re sitting there thinking there’s no way my face can be clean or feel clean with just a little water and a fancy cloth but just trust me on this one. These babies really are quite magical. If you’re a jaded beauty junkie who’s seen it all but yet to try one, add a Smittens to your shopping list. Also, if you’ve got a ‘girl who has everything’ in your friendship circle, you can add ‘em to that super short list of things so probably won’t own already and is guaranteed to be impressed with.

Love, love

Leigh

Trust me when I say you really want a Nederburg Premier food-friendly five-pack

18 Sep

Last week I was thrilled to receive Nederburg Premiere’s new food-friendly five-pack of reds, created to celebrate the run of MasterChef South Africa. Apparently it’s airing every Thursday on M-Net at 7:30pm until 18 December. I say ‘apparently’ ‘cos I’ve got a li’l confession to make…

I’m currently working as a script writer on two TV shows – Hayden Quinn South Africa and Win A Home on SABC 3. I’m also filling in at Top Billing this weekend while their regular dude is away so right now I’m pretty much consumed by TV, TV, TV… But here’s the kicker – I don’t actually own one so I never watch it. In fact, I haven’t even seen the final cut of any of my shows save for the premiere epi of Hayden Quinn. Eeep!

So, ja. I can’t really comment on MasterChef South Africa as I’ve yet to catch it. Still, I do like wine – very, very much – so this press drop totally made my week.

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Nice one Nederburg… very, very nice….

Each pakkie kkie comes with five Nederburg Winemaster’s Reserve vinos – a Cab Sav, Shiraz, Pinotage, Merlot and Edelrood (a Cab Sav-Merlot Blend) as well as two mooi rooi Le Creuset ramekins. The best bit? The whole shebang is only R300! That’s crazy good value chicas. I mean, for heaven’s sake, the bloody ramekins are worth R150 alone. Nederburg might as well just give their wine away.

Nederburg reckons their Edelrood

Nederburg reckons their Edelrood, which has berry, mocha and vanilla tones, goes well with casseroles so I paired it with my neighbours Thai green curry and threw my famous Peppermint Crisp tart into the mix.

I’m now seriously considering buying two more boxes ‘cos then I’ll have a matching set of six ramekins (and the OCD-riddled part of my psyche can rest at ease) plus ten more bottles of wine to crack open at all the braais and dinner parties I’ll be attending this summer. (Although, if my friends’ partytjies are anything to go by, we’ll easily smash a box in just one sitting.)

Anyway, my point is this – MasterChef fan or not, Nederburg’s new food-friendly five pack is a helluva good deal, whether you’re buying it for yourself or as a gift for someone else.

Love, love

Leigh

TanOrganic Tan Trilogy ‘try me’ kit review: Their original self-tan and OilArganic dry oil are totally awesome

16 Sep

TanOrganic is a new self-tan line – well, new to SA, anyway, it’s been going strong in Ireland for a while now. It’s claim to fame is the fact that it’s the world’s first and only Eco-certified self-tanning brand and made using 99,6% natural ingredients, some of which are organic. It also promises to offer the perfect fade due to ‘nourishing moisturising qualities’ and doesn’t have that typical, old school self-tan smell.

I was given the Tan Trilogy kit (R599, tanorganic.co.za) to try which includes an exfoliating glove, self-tan mitt, TanOrganic self-tan and an Oil Arganic moisturising dry oil.

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You can work out which is which by yourself, right?

The very first thing I tried was the oil and I’ve fallen crazy in love – using it regardless of whether I’m attempting to hydrate a self-tan or not. It’s made from an array of natural oils including olive, orange peel, argan, jojoba, avo and what not and sinks into your skin in a flash, leaving it feeling supple and ‘happy’. But the best bit is the smell! To me, it smells like red grapefruit, even though there isn’t any in the mix. In a way, it reminds me a lot of Mama Mio’s clean, citrusy ‘Gravitas’ scent. While I have several dry oils at home, including the Nuxe one French people are always gaaning aan about, this one kicks all their asses.

But ja, let’s chat about the self-tan. It’s a runny, bronze tinted fluid that’s a lot like Clarins’ Instant Bronze self-tanning tint. (I love the tint as I’m the type of person who really wants to know if she’s missed a spot.) If you sniff it from the bottle you can pick up a warm, slightly caramel-esque scent but when it’s on your skin it’s odourless and stays that way, regardless of which stage of ‘development’ you’re at.

To show you the colour result, I put two coats on my left arm and one on my right. And nooo, I’m not naked, I’m wearing a bikini, okay? Probably not the cleverest styling solution but I’m too busy and stressed out right now for a re-shoot.

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Right, you’re looking at two coats on the left and one coat on the right. The top shots are in natural light and the bottom are with flash. Clicking on this piccie will enlarge it. Then you can revel in my seriyas whiteness.

As you can see, the colour result is incredibly natural-looking and even, even at two coats which is my favourite way to wear it. It’s been four days since I took these shots and while the single coat patch has faded a tad, the two coat arm looks exactly the same as it did the morning I took off the top coat. I’m trying to think of another self-tanner I’ve used that’s lasted just as long or longer but none are coming to mind.

In all, this is seriously impressive stuff and now, their large bottle of TanOrganic Orginal self-tan (R419), has joined the list of self-tanners I’ll happily spend my own money on*. Nice one TanOrganic! Very, very nice!

Love, love

Leigh

*FYI, it reads like this in no particular order: Famous Dave’s Gold Edition tanning mousse, Xen-Tan Mousse Intense, St Tropez Self-Tan Bronzing mousse (if I want something a little lighter than the others, it also looks great on your face) and Model Co tan mousse. Clearly, I have a serious thing for mousse…

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