Totalsports, sportscene and Due South have all joined The Foschini Group’s online mall

Oh hey there, Sporty Spice, I’ve got some good news for you – sportscene, Totalsports and Due South have set up shop in The Foschini Group’s (TFG) online mall.

The sporty trio’s current mall buddies are @home and the mobile store hi but TFG aims to have all of its stores online by 2018 which will be here tomorrow at the rate this blerrie year is flying. TFG online mall perks? You can shop from any stores and check out with just one basket and choose whether to pay with your credit card, store card or a combination of both.

I was given a voucher to blow in the mall after attending the recent launch and went the leetlest bit cray, snapping up a fab Addidas track top, Totalsports leggings and Puma high tops. Fab for trekking up the stairs to the roof of my building for an awkward as all hell photo shoot with my long-suffering budding photographer cousin.

Because I always hit the gym in a big ass statement necklace...

Because I always hit the gym in a big ass statement necklace…

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...and full make-up.

…and full make-up.

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Which is fine 'cos I'm only there to do stretches and look pretty for boys.

Which is fine ‘cos I’m only there to fake girlie stretches and look pretty for boys.

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Hello boys!

Ooh, I think he likes me…*

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Oh wait, he's only checking out my Pumas. Totes understandable 'COS THEY'RE HOT AS BALLS.

Oh wait, he’s only checking out my Pumas. Totes understandable ‘COS THEY’RE HOT AS BALLS.

Currently You can also pre-order products and the store’s delivery partners aim to have your order at your door within three to five working days, with express delivery as an option for major centres.

Keen to get shopping? Currently all orders over R500 quality for free delivery. The store’s delivery partners aim to have your shizzle at your door within 3 to 5 working days but I ordered mine that night and it arrived the very next day. Love that!

Love, love

Leigh

*For the record those specs on my pants aren’t fabric pulls – the material’s top-notch – I’d just been sitting on a super sandy bench.

Review: Noreva Trio White Night-Time Intensive Depigmenting Care

Spoiler alert: The majority of drug store pigmentation solutions are rubbish. (There, I said it!) Many of them feel adding the teensiest dash of melanin-inhibiting niacinimide to the mix justifies a skin-tone evening claim which often just isn’t enough. Noreva’s Trio White Night-Time Intensive Depigmenting Care (R339,99, Clicks and selected dermatologists), however, takes a multi-pronged approach and its actives are listed towards the top of their ingredients lists, not the bottom.

Noreva Trio White

Noreva Trio White Night-Time Intensive Depigmenting Care

For the record, Noreva do that annoying thing where they lump their ingredients in complexes and give them awkward names like Reductol and Vita C2G, none of which can be easily googled. However, if I look at the ingredients on the box, I can see it contains nice quantities of alpha-arbutin and ascorbyl glucoside, a form of vitamin C that’s more stable and powerful than many of the other types. (The whole stability thing doesn’t mean it’s less prone to a psychotic break, only that it’s less likely to break down when exposed to light and air and can thus work for longer in your skin.)

But to get back to alpha-arbutin. This is a very safe form of naturally occurring hydroquinone derived from Bearberry leaves. Of the two arbutins out there – alpha and beta – alpha is your baby as it’s been clinically proven to inhibit melanin production and is the much more stable of the two. As for ascorbyl glucoside, this is a great antioxidant that can also help inhibit the formation of melanin while assisting with your skin’s natural collagen creation process.

Noreva have a day time treatment in this line but the night-time formulation is far superior. Also, there’s nothing stopping you from using it in the day. Just slap on a sunscreen and off you go. The texture is great – a gel-creme that’s light enough to not to encourage the oilies in anyone with a combination skin type.

Love, love

Leigh

Review: Human + Kind orange conditioner for dry hair and hand + elbow + foot cream

Human + Kind is a nice line of ‘chemical-free’ and cruelty-free skin and haircare products made using all-natural ingredients. There are no colourants, parabens or perfumes in the mix, making their goodies a good pick for sensitive skin. Then there’s the super pretty packaging. I love that the greener, ‘organic’ trend has opened the door to more mainstream natural products and that their packaging no longer translates to ‘ugly brown box in a hessian sack wrapped up with a bit o’ twine’. I’ve recently tried the Human + Kind orange conditioner for dry hair (R124,99, Wellness Warehouse) and it’s a mother truckin’ super star.

Human + Kind conditioner for dry hair

Human + Kind Orange conditioner for dry hair

Formulated with moisturising aloe leaf juice, Shea butter, avocado oil and grapeseed oil, it’s aimed at a dry hair type. However, it did a great job of hydrating my colour-treated oil-prone fine hair and left it easy to brush while wet but didn’t weigh it down in the least. The best bit, however, is the way it smells. While the products are perfume-free (meaning fragrance isn’t added to the formula) the conditioner contains a nice quantity of sweet orange oil that gives it the most delicious ‘clean’, uplifting scent. You won’t really smell it if you sniff it in the tube or after you’ve washed your hair, but when you squeeze it out it blooms like a magnificent flower, so much so that I like to rub my palms together, hold them up to my face and just breath it in a few times before applying it to my hair, the same way a massage therapist often asks that you inhale their oils. It goes a long way towards making the super mundane act of giving my hair it’s daily wash feel like an indulgent spa treatment. Another goodie? The brand’s Hand + Elbow + Foot cream (R89,99, Wellness Warehouse).

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Human + Kind Hand + Elbow + Foot cream

Again, it’s chocful of natural hydrators like glycerin, avocado oil, cocoa seed and Shea butter as well as soothing calendula oil. It’s got a lighter texture than you’d expect of something to moisturise a tough area like an elbow and doesn’t contain any exfoliating urea so I’ve been using it solely as a hand cream. I like that it’s non-greasy, absorbs in a flash and leaves my hands feeling super comfortable.

It doesn’t have any particular scent, which is sad, because I quite like mooi-smelling body products, but ag wat, it’s a lustable all the same, if only because it rakes in a lot of ‘ooh, that’s pretty’ when I pull it from my handbag.

To learn more about the line and find a stockist near you, visit the brand’s local website. The .com site, however, has more info on each product including a full ingredients list.

Love, love

Leigh

Mixed fragrance review featuring Thierry Mugler, Jimmy Choo, Stella McCartney, Kim Kardashian, Balmain and Repetto

Hi guys

I finally made another video, this time covering various fragrances that have come my way, as it felt like an easy way to blast through a whole bunch of info real fast, but the whole process is a total pain so I don’t know if I’ll be making another any time soon. I’m not sure why (or how to fix it), but by the time the video’s shot, imported to iMovie, exported as a final and then uploaded to YouTube it’s lost a huuuuge amount of quality. So, when you watch it, my advice is to change your YouTube viewing settings to HD and wait a minute for it to buffer before watching.


See anything you’d like to sniff? The fragrance info is as follows:

Thierry Mugler Angel Vertical Star EDP
R1525 for 100mls.

Jimmy Choo Exotic 2015 EDT
R995 for 100ml

Jimmy Choo Exotic 2015 EDT

Jimmy Choo Exotic 2015 EDT

Stella McCartney EDT
R600 for 30ml, R825 for 50ml and R1 090 for 100ml

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Stella McCartney Stella EDT

Kim Kardashian Fleur Fatale EDT
R545 for 30ml and R645 for 50ml, exclusive to Foschini.

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Kim Kardashian Fleur Fatale EDT

Balmain Extatic EDT
R595 for 40ml, R895 for 60ml and R 1095 for 90ml, selected Stuttafords and Truworths stores.

Balmain extatic

Balmain Extatic EDT

Repetto EDT
R595 for 30mls, R795 for 50ml and R995 for 80ml, selected Clicks, Dis-Chem and Stuttafords stores.

Repetto EDT

Repetto EDT

Repetto EDP
R695 for 30mls, R895 for 50ml and R1 195 for 80ml, selected Clicks, Dis-Chem and Stuttafords stores.

Love, love

Leigh

 

Come Wine With Us celebrated Christmas in July at Durbanville Hills

Come Wine With Us, if you haven’t heard about it, is kind of like a monthly supper club that brings together restaurants and wine estates. It’s a great way to try a multi-course vino-paired meal (usually at an awesome price) as well as meet new people.

Merry Christmas (in July)!

Merry Christmas (in July)!

Last week myself and Karisa attended CWWU’s second annual Christmas in July event held out at Durbanville Hills. The estate’s restaurant created a special four-course menu carefully paired with the Rhinofields wine collection, a reserve range named after the Renosterveld growing in the area.

Yum!

All that, including a return shuttle from the city to the wine farm for just R320 per person? That’s crazy good value!

The evening also took the giving spirit of ‘Christmas’ in that part of the proceeds from the ticket sales went towards the Durbanville Hills Workers’ Trust creche. (An FYI: A percentage of all the sales of Durbanville Hills wine goes towards the Trust.)

Cheers, bitches!

Cheers, bitches!

Upon arrival, we were greeted by the farm’s winemaker and cellar master, the gregarious Martin Moore, who filled up in on the wines we’d be drinking, before heading upstairs to the spacious restaurant made cosy by warm bodies and a crackling fireplace.

Cosy!

Cosy!

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Even cosier!

Even cosier!

Of all the wines I tried, I most enjoyed the crisp yet fruity Rhinofields Sauvignon Blanc (R50) and Rhinofields Merlot (R115), a medium-bodied juicy wine with yummy dark chocolate notes, it’s surprisingly easy to drink.

The notes here are guava, passion fruit and pineapple balanced by grass and nettle.

The notes here are guava, passion fruit and pineapple balanced by grass and nettle.

Food-wise, my friend, Elrico, picked the winner – the grilled rack of lamb served with cumin, cauliflower, a potato phyllo tart – and was kind enough to share.

Lamb to the left, turkey (stuffed with craberries and pistachios) to the right.

Lamb to the left, turkey (stuffed with craberries and pistachios) to the right.

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Love you, El!

Love you, El!

Oh! And did I mention that the dress code for the evening was ‘a touch of red’? I pulled on the only red item I own, a tartan-esque dress, which turned out to be pretty much the same outfit my stalkery, Single White Female bestie wore.

To date, she swears it was a 'coincidence' but I've since put a plaster over my laptop's camera all the same.

To date, she swears it was a ‘coincidence’ but I’ve since put a plaster over my laptop’s camera all the same.

On the upside, however, we won a bottle of wine for Best-dressed ‘Twinsies’ which she immediately confiscated. (‘I’m giving this to Kim! You rocked up for pizza last week and then when nobody opened your bottle you took it home! That’s terrible! You’re a terrible person! I’m taking this home to Kim and she and I are going to drink it without you! Ha!’ Please remind me why I am friends with this person?!)

Yum!

Maagies vol, oogies toe.

In all, this was a fun, festive evening and I’d happily recommend CWWU’s events as a fab, foodilicious day or evening out. To join in on the next one, keep an eye on their website for upcoming events.

Love, love

Leigh

Am I going to see you at the Bastille Festival 2015?

Due to various random reasons, I’ve missed the Bastille Festival for two years running, which is suuuch a pity as it’s one of the best things to do in Franschhoek next to its epic champagne festival. This year, however, there’s nothing holding me back and I’ll be hitting up the venue with a bunch of super fun, beret-rocking girlfriends. Just keep an eye on my Instagram feed over the weekend for a string of festival mooiness.

Apparently, it’s going to rain, but don’t let that put you off. Just secure a spot in the popular Food & Wine Marquee where most of the action goes down in the form of wine and bubbly tastings. (My top tip? Bat your eyes at the farmers when they pouring and your tasting becomes a glass.) Your only real problem – after finding a red scarf to complete your blue and white outfit that you’ll actually wear again – will be deciding between more oysters or a second pancake. Alternatively, you can head over to the indoor market to snap up olives, homemade cheese and preserves, artisanal breads* and more.

The cheese of 2011 that made my day.

The cheese of 2011 that made my day.

Haven’t got your ticket yet? They’re still up for grabs over here. Entrance to the family friendly Food & Wine hall is R120 a pop and includes a complimentary tasting glass, a booklet of tasting coupons as well as a R20 wine voucher to be used on the day. Children under 18 enter for free.

Oh! And let's not forget about these boys.

Oh! And let’s not forget about these boys.

A ticket to the Food & Wine Marquee (it gets fabulously raucous as the day goes on – this is where you’ll meet Henk, the old money wine farmer who wears kortbroek in the middle of winter but holidays in the Seychelles) is R200 which includes a complimentary tasting glass, a booklet of tasting coupons as well as a R20 wine voucher.

Am I going to see you there?

Love, love

Leigh

*Carbs don’t count if they’re artisanal. Just saying.

Benefit Cosmetics returns to South Africa via selected Edgars and Red Square stores

If you’re a beauty blog regular you’ll know the big news for July – in the middle of the month, Benefit Cosmetics will be returning to SA, but this time you’ll find them in Edgars as opposed to Woolies. (Scroll down to see a store list.)

I love how even the brand's press books are gorgeous.

I love how even the brand’s press books are gorgeous.

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Far too pretty to toss.

Far too pretty to toss.

To celebrate the launch, Benefit threw a fabulously over the top bash that featured Parisian style cabaret dancers, pink drinks and an enormous ‘help yourself’ candy bar. As my camera doesn’t work well in low lighting I don’t have too many piccies to show you.

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My kinda table decor.

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I'm still finding lollipops in my handbag.

I’m still finding lollipops in my handbag.

Anyway, a few months back I was given a few Benefit goodies to play with as well as few more at the launch.

Spoiled, ne?

Spoiled, ne?

I’ve had a lekker speeltyd with all of them and thought I’d share my favourites, the first being this boy.

Benefit Gimme Brow

Benefit Gimme Brow, R295.

I really didn’t expect to be so impressed by a seemingly simple tinted brow gel but everything about it is awesome. The targeted shape, the colour, the way it somehow manages to look so natural while so many of its competitors don’t. It’s supposed to have tiny fibres in it but I really don’t see them – to me it just looks like a tinted gel, but it works and I love it.

Now, it’s time for my big confession… I’m (gasp) not a big fan of Benetint, the brand’s bestselling lip and cheek tint. To me, it’s just not bright enough and it fades too fast. However, the two newer kids on the block – orchid-coloured Lollitint (R385) and coralicious Chacha tint (R385) and I are now besties.

Chacha to the left Lolli to the right.

Chacha to the left Lolli to the right.

Both colours have a thicker, almost cream-like consistency so they adhere to your lips easily while you bake in your stain and, on me, they have a bit more staying power than Benetint.

Handy li'l brush.

Handy li’l brush.

I also find they blend fabulously on your skin to serve up a sheer, pretty flush that goes the distance.

I don't have to tell you which colour's which, right?

I don’t have to tell you which colour’s which, right?

I also tried Sun Beam (R325), a a pale gold complexion highlighting fluid.

Benefit Sun Beam

I’d be loath to call this a bronzer as it’s really more of a gold highlighting fluid.

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Could my hand look any more corpse-like here?

Could my hand look any more corpse-like here?

Generally, as I’m a paler peep, I’d be best suited to High Beam, a cooler-toned baby pink highlighter, but this was a ‘tan’ day thanks to self-tan so pale gold Sun Beam did a nice job of accenting my cheek bones and temples.

It's hard to capture a highlighter but you can see it, right?

It’s hard to capture a highlighter but you can see it, right?

I was just sure to keep it away from my crow’s-feet as anything pearlescent or shimmery only ever ends up drawing attention to them, as is the case with pores.

As for the rest of my face, I’m wearing Gimme Brow, Chacha tint on my cheeks and Lollitint on my lips.

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I added a clear gloss over Lolli which helped to even out the stain. Even though my lips aren’t dry, stains sometimes take patchily (if that’s even a word) on my lips.

See anything you’re keen to try yourself? The first stores to boast Benefit counters are as follows.

Jozi

Edgars Sandton in Jozi – 11 July
Edgars Clearwater in Jozi – 13 July
Red Square Cresta – 15 July

Cape Town

Red Square Canal Walk – 17 July
Edgars Canal Walk – 18 July

Don’t worry if you don’t spot a store near you. More Benefit counters will be rolling out as the months go on and yes, it’ll soon be available to buy online via Red Square.

Love, love

Leigh

P.S. I don’t have pricing right now but hope to get it tomorrow and will be sure to update fast.