Category: Beauty + Style

Beauty + Style, Blog

I need a Blesser…in Advanced Dentistry!

Okay! Don’t worry, I don’t think I will ever opt for a blesser, but have you enquired about how much advanced/ cosmetic dentistry actually costs? Well, for a long time, I have been dreading my visits to the dentist. But it’s for a valid reason… For some reason, my body has decided to be immune to anaesthetic! Yeah, quite possibly the worst thing to ever be immune to! I’ve been for procedures, scans, scopes etc. and each time I have such a weird reaction! The last time I was supposed to be put under in order to have a colonoscopy and gastroscopy and in theatre, I woke up and started tugging things and pulling things out!!! I remember the nurse braiding my hair, some speaking in theatre and when she pulled the clear plaster off my arm and removed the drips! I also started crying and being intensely heart-broken about the people in the world not being kind enough to one another…? Who am I? When I went for my laser eye surgery, I felt every moment of the procedure… the way the laser cut around my iris and how the doctor flushed my eye out with water before placing a lens underneath the super thin film of skin he just lasored off my eye! I felt the little spatula straightening out the sheet of skin on my eyeball! It was so painful, that I could barely be still, the doctor even got frustrated that I wasn’t still enough. Being the silent sufferer I am, I didn’t mention that I was feeling EVERYTHING! But I thought maybe that was normal. Same thing with the dentist as well… But I’m sure you get it?! I’m basically the living, breathing Jessica Alba in the movie, Awake. One doctor said he gave me the required amount of anaesthetic for my body, then he gave me more, and then he gave me enough! My dentist said most people get one injection of anaesthetic and mine took three and a half and I could still feel the pain! It’s a struggle to just have healthy, beautiful teeth, like the beauty queens of the world and it’s always huge stress when I have to go for any sort of procedure. But sometimes you just gotta bite the bullet and go for it. Right now, I am hoping to get some dental work done, but it’s so expensive and with the little that my expensive medical aid, it seems like it will take years… or a lot of my savings. Who do I need to smile with to get some Dental Sponsorship?
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Beauty + Style, Blog

Glam X Cresta

Events that are specific to empowering and celebrating woman always inspires me to do more and to create more. With Glamour x Cresta I was truly moved by the thought that went behind every aspect of the morning.We were spoiled with so many special things, from the minute we walked in. Photo By: @Jean_Pantalon There were countless opportunities to glam out and feel pretty! We received some vouchers to keep our pretty going even after the event was over. I plan to use my complimentary makeup session for an event or party during the festive season. I was blown away by the hair iron that ‘blessed’ me with the most stunning effortless waves! Having long hair, I have tried pretty much most of the hair styles, irons, tongs but I was like a hippie mermaid and I simply loved it! . On that hippie trend,I’m sure you know I love, we made FLOWER CROWNS! With real, beautiful flowers and then got our hair done, and touched up our makeup, and then had some wonderful love music while sipping on some delicious juice and took a dozen selfies and photos at all the picturesque places around the beautiful venue, Plaka – Cresta Shopping Centre. There was a magazine cover booth, that I felt was so incredibly creative and even though the photos looked kind of like a potato in a box. I still loved it! The venue is exceptionally aesthetic and Greek inspired and it was simply stunning. We took full advantage of the ring light and the makeup artists, that hooked us up with some contour and highlighting! When I got home, I was still feeling beautiful and loved my flower crown, I ended taking a bunch of selfies in my room, even put the effort it to changing my outfit! A huge thank you to the organisers and the wonderful people I met at the event and for all the spoils!
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Beauty + Style, Blog

Schwartzkopf Spoilt Us – Saxon Hotel

I was invited to attend the Swartzkopf launch of Long-lasting Improved Hair Quality Gliss product: The revolution in Hair Repair. 

The packaging it so beautiful and the scent is best described as Out of the World! We went through all of the benefits of these products and how deeply nourishing it is, how it penetrates the hair and the hair bed for the best possible results. They destroyed one of those myths that most adverts want us to believe, that their product can magically reconnect split ends… nothing can! But this product promises to protect hair from splitting in the first place. 
The best thing you can do for healthy hair, is to live a healthy lifestyle, look after your hair with good products and limiting styling damages. I am so keen to try these products and upon my return from my wonderful yet, chilly vacation, I came home to a gorgeous package with these incredible products so I will be using these from today! 

I am so excited to try these products! Just look at it

A gigantic THANK YOU for these awesome spoils! I cannot wait to treat my hair with these products. Feeling ultra spoilt since the gorgeous Saxon Hotel breakfast weeks ago to the huge surprise when I got back from my trip! 

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Beauty + Style, Blog

Had a strange experience – Nix & Tee – Dainfern- JHB

With it being event season, I’ve been attending a bunch of events and with that comes a little bit of stress to create content, and publish it in a preferred period of time. I’ve been having a little of a tough time sleeping because of my inconsistent hours and with all that’s going on.  
I was invited to Nix & Tee, which is a lovely wellness clinic where they have some of the coolest tech treatments I’ve ever seen. At a wellness spa, I am all for massages and topical treatments because I’m comfortable knowing what to expect but with this extremely savvy wellness clinic it is certainly not something I thought I needed, until I actually got there. 
I was a little apprehensive because some of the wellness procedures, I’ve read about online, are a little invasive. They offered me a Detoxify, Revive and Destress treatment which takes about 30 minutes. They booked me for one hour so they walked me through some of the other treatments as well. 

The Wellness Clinic 
The aesthetics of the clinic is simple, chic and very pleasing to the eye. It’s a great place to retreat to and the colour scheme is soothing. Everything is well-lit and ‘clean’. They have a number of great additions and will still be growing the ‘team’ to offer even more convenient treatments in one place. They also have a very tech-savvy set-up with all the devices and gadgets they have for us. 

Treatments
They have a large menu of treatments available, from cellulite treatments to rejuvenating treatments that we don’t always realise we need. It is a little medical and technical for me to try to explain it in the amount of detail it deserves so please do check out the website Here, if you’re interested in learning more and visiting them. 
The Experience : Detoxify, Revive and Destress 
My treatment was so funny. It is like a giant pants that you climb into, and a machine blows air into the pants and then it feels like a ‘squashing’ massage  from your feet all the way to above your waist. It was an unusual feeling, but not painful at all. I drank quite a bit of water before and after the treatment but, and this is probably an overshare, but I had the longest, most satisfying wee of my entire life! LoL! The therapist did mention that because it is a detox, I may go to the loo.. but yo! I didn’t expect that at all. 
Thereafter we talked through some of the other treatments and they took me to “The Chair” now this is where it gets a little strange..
They have a ‘feminine’ treatment, well I’m pretty sure, men are also able to use the chair.. but if you were to sit on the chair for 30 minutes, it is like doing thousands of kegel exercises in a really short amount of time. I sat on the chair to gain an understanding of the sensation for about 2 minutes, and it’s like a electric pulse that I’m sure you’re meant to get used to after a while, but I thought it was a little strange. 
I love their high-tech approach and the very unique treatments they offer that will provide you with some of the best wellness treatments, especially for woman in Johannesburg. 
Do yourself a favour and pay them a visit. 

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Beauty + Style, Blog, Life

Womans Lifestyle Expo – Milk & Honey Bar- Monte Casino

One of the best things in life is when you’re not sure what to expect and it turns out really great! 
I arrived early to the Woman’s Lifestyle Expo Media Pamper Party and was warmly welcomed by the beautiful ladies hosting the evenings event. 
I am always a little awkward arriving early because there isn’t many people to talk to but I usually  make my way to any event at least half an hour earlier because rushing gets me flustered. 
I found a cozy spot, perfect enough to catch the sunset while Faaiza explained the incredible Black Pearl products they were show-casing at the event. The products are sensational and more high-end than anything else I’ve ever tried. There is a 24K GOLD mask that was just sitting on the table! Actual. Real .GOLD.
Faaiza then proceeded to apply this gold mask to my hand, and took me through the process of how it all works, from the ingredients to where they were sourced from. Did I mention that it is actual gold?! Okay! I’m sorry, I guess I’m still not over it!
She massaged the gold into my skin and apart from the obvious glow, it felt nothing short of luxurious. 
We went on to talking about the incredible adventures Black Pearl has awarded Faaiza and all the great work she has done in her time with Black Pearl. What incredible conversation it was! 

Before we knew it, the venue was buzzing with bloggers and influences, ready for a night of pampering, delicious food and networking with some extraordinary woman in the beauty industry. 
I eventually left my 24K gold MAGIC seat and proceeded to one of the other corners where they were pampering us with neck and shoulder massages! The owner of the spa came to see what was going on because we were gushing about the technique of the masseuse and the ooh’s and ahh’s of the pleasant aromatics, from bloggers enjoying their sessions. 
My massage balm was scented with a beautiful lemony smell and it was not only pleasant and soothing but paired with the sensational Shonalanga Valley Resort and Spa’s natural calming massage techniques, I was getting actual goosebumps! I was pretty busy last week so I can say that I really needed the massage, but it was great! 

We then proceeded to the dining table where they served us with some delicious food and drinks while  we learnt about the incredible brands and sponsors that are a part of the Woman’s Expo. The expo will be be taking place at Monte Casino this weekend and tickets are on sale HERE
I think being present and realising how much time and effort goes into looking beautiful and feeling great, it makes you want to up your game. I am more aware of the bad choices I make (like having more than enough dessert and not working out enough) truly makes me want to make better decisions, not for a superficial reason, but more so that I FEEL healthier and more radiant. Because when you feel good, you look good! And I know that Feeling Good also improves your mood, so you’re able to spread more goodness into the universe!

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Beauty + Style, Film Review, Life

A day in my Life – Join me on some Adventures | Star Life | Shesha ft Happy Socks by Wiz Khalifa | Pre-screening of Down a Dark Hall

If you’ve read my previous post, you will know that I am basically Hannah Montana. I work a normal 9-5, leading a pretty standard life but then on the side I am a blogger that goes to events and networks with some pretty cool people. 
With that said, it’s not always easy to balance it all out, but sometimes it works out perfectly. I was invited to three cool events on the same day and for once, it was spread out across multiple hours, for a fun-filled day. 
The first event we attended was at the Sandton Sun, to launch a brand new Indian channel on DSTV, Star Life. My mom is so obsessed with these Bollywood channels and I do admit that sometimes after she has explained the entire story-line to me, in grave detail, I might even enjoy a piece with her. 

Comedian Riaad Moosa was one of the entertainers and he is absolutely hilarious! We spend about two hours there, and had some delicious dessert, caught up with some friends and then off we were to get ready for the next event. 
We headed to Melrose Arch at one of the new stores Shesha to see and feel the new collection of Happy Socks. No, Wiz Khalifa was not in attendance but there were a few photo op’s available. 

 

After the Happy Socks launch, we headed off to Rosebank for the first screening of Down a Dark Hall. The producers of the Twilight SAGA led me to believe it was going to be about Vampires and Werewolves but I was pretty much scared out of my mind because that is DEFINITELY not was it was about! My friend screamt and shook the entire row of seats in the cinema atleast five times! It was quite possibly one of the scariest movies I’ve watched because I don’t do horrors, especially when it’s about the unseen world! I was thoroughly horrified. Had fun though, nonetheless. 

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My Favourite Nivea Products of 2018

In winter our skin struggle more than it does in any other season, but summer really tests our skin too. I have been using some of the incredible products by Nivea and I can truly say that my skin thanked me this time around. I am still using the same products for the last couple of months and it’s been working well. Also helping me with the occasional breakouts I’ve been getting.
The season changes are not always pleasant on my skin but I feel as though it hasn’t been quite as bad.
Nivea has always been a compatible brand for my skin. Growing up I’ve always had a few Nivea products in my daily regime. Now that I am older, I have a few more and I’ve never been disappointed. The brand is always evolving and really take head of what their consumers want and need.
Nivea has launched a few amazing products over the last couple of months and I am so thankful for the products that has saved my skin these last few months. There is honestly nothing worse than having breakouts in your 30s, looking like a teenager going through the most!
Sometimes my skin may look a little inflamed or a little textured, but thankfully it feels really good a lot more of the time. Also those inside-pimples are super painful, so when a product is able to soothe that pain and ease the discomfort a bit, it make a massive difference.

Nivea is known for their incredible range of products and caters to the whole family. It is gentle on the skin and their quality products that actually work. There are some of the best products that I’m tried and I am so happy that each products targets exactly what it promises to. 

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GiveAway CLOSED. TREsemme Co-Wash – Cleansing Conditioner x RubyBox Review

With life getting super busy, I am always looking for little changes that will alleviate a lot of the pressure to maintain not only my health but also uphold my appearance.
Hair plays an important role in looking good and it’s one of the first things people notice when they look at you. Styling could take a lot of time and going to the hair dresser might not always be an option.
I am fortunate to have very long wavy hair, because it kind of has a will of its own. If I shower and leave my hair to dry naturally, the waves give it some nice texture and volume while the heaviness, due to the length, kinda drags it down so it doesn’t stand like a lion’s mane. So pretty much easy. But when I use harmful products on my hair, it could look unkempt and well… crazy!
I am not a huge fan of salon-finished hair, because it seems a tad too heavy, oily and for lack of a better word, clumpy. When it comes to TREsemme, I’ve always had a bit of a love/hate relationship. In school, I felt the products didn’t really work with my hair.
After damaging my hair over the years, from colouring and heat styling… I feel the products work wonders.
TREsemme has become one of my favourites and they are always evolving and enriching their formulae. The brand-new product Co-Wash (Cleansing Conditioner) just launched and with the help of RubyBox, I was one of the first to try it out.
I was a little confused the first time I tried it because I thought it was basically a 2-in-1 Shampoo and Conditioner but it is a little more than that. If you’re like me and wash your hair every 2 to 3 days, you know that you scalp will produce more oils, leaving your hair feeling a little heavier.
But instead of washing your hair with harsh chemicals it is better to use products that are less harsh and helps restore the natural oils and nutrients in your hair. It is a great ‘in-between washes’ kind of product to clean a little more gently.
It does tend to feel a bit heavier as it does not remove the access oils as thorough as Shampoo would normally, so if you’re on 3-5-day hair… it’s not great, but if you’re on 1-2-day hair, it’s superb.
My hair feels soft, moisturised and extremely shiny! I would most definitely be re-buying this product once I’ve eventually run out. Also, it is affordable and last for over 15 washes, even with me long hair.
With all of this said, I would like to give you an opportunity to win a bottle of TREsemme so that you can try it as well. Comment Below what your hair concerns are.
Competition closes on 1 October 2018.
Good luck

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Congratulations Mercy Oke!!! You’ve won!
Please send you postal details to tazz@bonafide.blog so we can send you a full-sized bottle for you to try.

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Professional Beauty Awards – The Venue – Melrose Arch

I had the great honour of attending the annual Professional Beauty Awards this year and it was truly inspiring to witness what we are able to achieve through hard work and dedication.
The Venue is a chic venue at the ever-popular Melrose Arch. We also got to dress up a little for the event and I finally got to wear my crimson dress for an evening out on the town. The host mentioned that the evening was basically the Oscars of the Beauty Industry and with the talented ladies going up and accepting their awards with emotional speeches, it truly seemed to be. 
Met some wonderful ladies and we chatted about the many different aspects of the industry. 
With the many ideas of true beauty, imagine trying to cater to them all?

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Closed. The Bed Shop – This is why you should sleep your way to the top

Closed. The Bed Shop – This is why you should sleep your way to the top
If you clicked on this article hoping to read about anything other than the importance of sleep well then, I hope you’re emoji blushing hard right now. Nonetheless you’re here so why not stay and find out why getting your daily eight hours of zzzz’s is the best thing you can do for your health and yes even your career. 
In case you haven’t noticed, sleep is big business at the moment. As researchers discover more and more about what happens to our bodies while we sleep and the role this knock-out time plays in our lives, the more companies are jumping on the band-wagon to revolutionise and improve the way we sleep. According to a recent consumer survey done by The Bed Shop, 40% of participant said they had trouble sleeping in general. It could be that this has always been the case, but we can’t deny the distraction and stress technology and the quickened pace of our daily lives have put on our sleeping quality. Intense job stress is a reality for many people and it can create a vicious cycle of sleep deprivation that not only influences our personal lives, but also our work. 
This is when maintenance happens
If you think your brain is working hard while you’re awake, then you should see it when you’re a sleep. Obviously, you can’t but trust us it lights up like a light show when we go to bed. Scientists have found that our brain uses this time to repair itself. Toxins (brain fumes) that build up during the day are removed while memories and new information gets consolidated. If we don’t get sufficient sleep, we might find that our brain feels foggy and we struggle to remember. Not great for optimum work performance. 
It prevents stress and burnout
You know that memory consolidation, well that goes for emotions and problems as well. The brain uses this time to process our emotions, difficult decisions and problem that we encounter and experience through the day. ‘Sleeping on’ something difficult really works, and you might find that a problem that seemed stressful or bad yesterday looks better or not that bad after a good night’s rest. If, however we don’t get enough sleep every night then these emotions and stress can snowball into burnout and affect the quality of our work.
So, what are two things you can do to improve your sleep? 
 Give technology a rest
And adopt a few calming habits before you go to sleep. An hour before you go to bed, start avoiding any and all screens. The blue light omitted by your television, tablet, computer and phone send signals to the brain that it’s still ‘day’ and keeps the awake switch still on. Instead try reading an actual book before going to bed, write down your concerns and worries on a piece of paper if you find yourself stressing out about something or take up meditation and calming breathing practices. 
Check your bed and pillows
The estimated lifetime of a mattress is around 7 to 10 years and pillows need to be replaced at least once a year or every 36 months if it’s made of memory foam. When lumps and bumps are showing in the structures and it’s causing you stiffness and aches then it’s a sign that you should say goodbye to your mattress and pillows. The Bed Shop offers a range of affordable mattress and bed sets to suit every budget. When you buy a bed from The Bed Shop you can sleep assured knowing that only the best materials and fabrics available in the market today are selected for the manufacturing of their Dynamic mattresses. 
Also we have collaborated on a giveaway for you guys! 

Win!!!
1 Dual Pack Health Pillows (Latex Chip) valued at R500 
Tag @tazzadams on Instagram, in your most comfy sleep poses and be sure to mention how many hours you sleep, on average. 
Giveaway closes: August 3
Congratulations Cala Scholtz !!
Thank you for your hilarious series of pictures. Hope that you and the little one will have enough, quality sleep with your new set of pillows!

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