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Last week I was invited to a dinner at Glenda’s in Dunkeld, an eatery serving café style, contemporary to-die-for breakfasts, lunches and dinners.

Our evening started with a tour of the gorgeous premises – from freshly baked cakes in bell jars, petit fours, choux pastries and merveilleux‘s. What’s a merveilleux, you ask? It’s a creamy centre enrobed in a coconut covered meringue.

Starters were a huge decision, and I eventually decided on the Mozzarella with confit lemon and a deep fried artichoke. I should’ve gone for the Salt and Pepper Calamari (which was INCREDIBLE), as mine was a little on the bland side. 


For my main course, I decided to go with the Fish Cakes – which consisted of delicious salmon on a bed of spinach with some insane rocket mayo and fries. Literally the best fishcakes I’ve ever had. And the spinach! I never knew spinach could be that good. 

For dessert I got a piece of the Salted Caramel Popcorn cake, which was a visual delight and all sorts of delicious, with soft and gooey meringue and salted caramel popcorn as toppings. It was too sweet, and I only managed to have a few bites.


The only 2 negatives were my first main course choice of steak which was so tough I had to send it back, and the slow service. Our waiter seemed a bit scattered.  

I so appreciate attention to detail, and I was blown away by the decor and finishing touches. The bright and beautiful floral wall is amazing for taking pictures and is just lovely to look at. 

Besides the attention to detail, I love about Glenda’s is that their focus is on seasonal flavours with an ever changing menu. They have a nursery in their courtyard where herbs and salad leaves are plucked for the dishes.

Even if you don’t stop for a meal, I would really recommend popping into Glenda’s for a petit fours and a look. It really is a feast for the eyes.

About Glenda Lederle

After creating and nurturing the beloved Patisserie in Johannesburg’s Illovo for 10 years, Glenda Lederle sold in 2002 and moved to start up the infinitely popular, Katerina’s restaurant at Kurland Estate outside of Plettenberg Bay.

It was at the Patisserie that Glenda became renowned for her beautifully presented pastries and cakes however not many people know that in 2013 & 2014, Glenda decided to travel the world. She trained in some of Europe & America’s top kitchens from ‘The Red Rooster’ in New York City, to the acclaimed ‘Petersham Nursery’ & world famous ‘River Café’ in London to Four Seasons Michelin starred restaurant in Berlin.

You can find Glenda’s sophistication and elegance in Hyde Square, on Jan Smuts Ave, Dunkeld.

Hey lovelies, after countless discussions with my girlfriends and family, I know that women are searching for perfection – perfect skin, perfect hair, perfect bodies, not to mention perfect men and perfect jobs. And perfect is a good thing to reach for, just as long as we remember that we’ll never actually reach 100% perfection. Strive for better, not perfection.

When I received Vichy’s ProEVEN range, I was super keen to try it out. I have a few freckles and pigmentation spots that I’m not too thrilled about (perfect skin, remember?). 

Vichy ProEVEN caters for women of all ages and ethnicities who suffer from stubborn dark spots and uneven skin tone. It promises to visibly reduce the look of dark spots, brighten skin tone and create a more even complexion, with continuous use.

ProEVEN Brightening Cleansing Foam

This cleanser claims to deeply cleanse and gently exfoliate dead skin cells to reduce the look of dark spots to reveal smoother, newer-looking skin and a brighter, more even and radiant skin tone by way of Ceramide Bright™ and Vitamin C. It’s suitable for sensitive skin, hypoallergenic, paraben-free and Hydroquinone-free.

First up, this cleanser is super concentrated so you need the tiniest amount to get a delicious foam going. Because foam cleansers usually dry me out, I prefer cleansing oils, but not with this one. It never leaves me feeling tight. It does leave me feeling squeaky clean, in the best way. The scent is also heavenly and I love the fact that it provides a gentle daily exfoliation. I look forward to using it every morning and evening.

Available for a RRSP of R230. Find out more about it here

ProEVEN Advanced Daily Dark Spot Corrector

The Daily Dark Spot Corrector promises to instantly brighten skin tone and visibly reduce the number, size and intensity of dark spots in 8 weeks. It does this by way of a gentle exfoliation and contains soothing and fortifying Vichy Thermal Spa Water. It has been tested on sensitive skin under dermatological control, suitable for all skin types and tested on multi ethnicities, non-comedogenic and paraben-free.

This product is like a thick white milk and smells incredible, like gentle flowers. The texture is silky smooth and makes my skin feel insanely smooth, supple and moisturised. There’s no need for any other moisturiser on top of this one. 

Available from Clicks, DisChem and some Foschini stores for a RRSP of R409. If you’re interested in reading more about it, go here.

I’ve been using this spot correcting duo for 8 weeks now. For the first 4 weeks I used it every morning and evening, and saw a noticeable difference in my skin in terms of radiance and brightness, but didn’t notice any of my dark spots lightening. The next 4 weeks I amped it up by using my Skinceuticals Retinol and saw better results – some of my dark spots were a little lighter. If you’re serious about pigmentation, I would supplement this range with a good retinol.

All in all, I’m loving this range. It’s cost-effective and it smells great. Again, for maximum efficacy I would supplement with a good retinol.

Your skin doesn’t end at your neck, it continues all over your body, but a lot of people neglect their chest and neck areas (guilty as charged). Especially in winter. Ain’t nobody got time for that. 

As we age, and with babies, the sun (basically life), our skin starts to show up as less and less perfect. The décolletage skin is different and thinner from the rest of our bodies – meaning that it gets damaged more quickly. This is why taking good care of it is a must. I kinda reeled in shock the other day when I realised that I haven’t really ever paid attention to my décolleté and that it looks different from the skin on my face. 

When I received Mio’s Boob Tube + I promised myself I would use it religiously for a few weeks to report back to you. The process wasn’t gruelling at all, and if I can do it, you can too. I either applied it in the evening just before bed or after a shower. 

Results?

The lotion is thick and silky and one pump is enough to cover my neck, décolleté and chest. It absorbs really quickly, isn’t sticky and allows you to get dressed immediately. The scent is fresh and citrusy and the results are instant in terms of smoothness. After 2 weeks I noticed my skin firming up. This cream provides lots of moisture and nourishment. My skin looks healthier, is softer and has a bit of a glow. This is thanks to the omegas, organic shea butter and hyaluronic acid that  help maintain skin elasticity and CoQ10 for smoother looking skin.

If skin smoothing and firming is what you are looking for then this is the product for you!

To find a stockist near you or to order directly from Poise Brands go here,  or you can call them on +27 11 033 0500.

P.S. This Boob Tube is different to the Pregnancy Boob Tube Bust Protection Cream, which contains antioxidant milk thistle which helps to improve the appearance of skin and is suitable for use during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

P.S.S. While doing some research for this piece, I came across an article entitled 99 Things to Call Your Boobs. There are some screamers, check it out here.

Hey lovelies, you know I have a thing for clean beauty. If a clean beauty product can do all the things that a ‘dirty’ one can, I’ll take the clean one. Who wouldn’t?

A while ago I wanted to get a gift for a friend who has dry skin, and I came across a facial oil by Skin Creamery. I instantly fell in love with the packaging – all sleek and simple and black and white – so I figured they must know what’s up.

I’m so happy I decided to get one for myself in the process because it’s just amazing. They claim that it “penetrates so deeply it nourishes your skin from within, bringing out a youthful glow as it smooths fine lines and hydrates with certified organic baobab, Jojoba and Kalahari melon seed oils. Essential fatty acids, nutrients and waxes create a healthy sebum balance in your skin mantle, locking in moisture, nourishing and protecting. What you put on your skin matters as much as what you ingest. Skin Creamery Facial Hydrating Oil is natural, chemical-free organic skincare that gives your skin what it needs without disrupting your body’s balance.”

On the day that I don’t use my beloved Skinceuticals, or on the day after I use retinol, I’ll use this facial oil, and it lights my skin up! It smells like a spa on my face, my skin feels and looks incredible and I know I’m doing right by my body. I’m in love and I don’t think I’ll ever stop using this facial oil. The bottle lasts for ages, as I use 6 drops at a time. You could also use it under a moisturiser when your skin is really dry. If that doesn’t work, try some Skinceuticals Hydrating B5 gel. It’s basically a hydrating cocktail containing hyaluronic acid that will see your skin right. 

Skin Creamery’s Facial Oil is available online here for R289 for a 60ml bottle. 

At the same time that I got the facial oil, I picked up a face and body cream called the Everyday All Over Cream by Skin Creamery as a lightweight, summer option. They describe it as “a luxurious head-to-toe moisturiser, formulated to leave your skin with a gorgeous natural glow. Skin Creamery body care goodies are made with real organic ingredients to nourish and protect your skin, without any of those harsh synthetic fragrances or greasy pore-blocking mineral oils.”

It’s also beautifully packaged in a glass bottle, and comes in a white box with images of seeds and leaves. Super cool. I’m a sucker for packaging.

It’s a nice cream, but I don’t think I’d repurchase. At R305 for 200ml, it’s a tad pricey, and it didn’t blow me away. I’m not a fan of the feint spearminty vanilla smell – even though it doesn’t last very long. Don’t get me wrong, this body lotion sinks in nicely, is never greasy, feels great on the skin and is overall a great option. I just don’t think I’d spend that kind of money again on body lotion. I tried it on my face a few times, and the results were okay. Available here.

During winter, it’s not just your skin that suffers from the dry air. Your hair suffers too. Dry air from heaters and the cold and dry winter air robs hair of moisture. Here are a few tips to help combat dry winter hair.

keep washing  to a minimum

To prevent your hair from drying out too much, was your hair 2-3 times a week and always make sure you dry your hair before leaving the house. The moisture in your hair combined with the cold air will further damage your hair by making it brittle and dry.

Condition Right

Your hair needs all the moisture it can get during winter, so condition away! To keep dryness at bay, use a good hair masque or hot oil treatment once a week for deeper conditioning. Daily conditioners only deal with the surface of the hair, while a hair masque can deliver powerful nourishment and hydration to your follicles. Make sure that you use a moisturising masque, and not a protein masque, as it could dry your hair out even more! Stay away from the protein in winter, lovelies.

Shine And Bounce

After you’ve washed your hair, comb it out with a wide-toothed comb and apply raw honey to your hair from the roots to the tips. Cover up with a shower cap for 30 minutes and rinse. Honey is a humectant that seals in the moisture and helps restore shine and bounce to dull and damaged hair.

Coconuts for Olive Oil

Warm up two teaspoons of coconut or olive oil and massage it slowly on your scalp. This slow massaging helps the oil penetrate deep into the roots and will help to keep your scalp moisturized and improve blood circulation.

Drying Your Hair

The way you dry your hair can contribute to damage and breakage. Don’t ever rub your hair dry with a towel as the friction will cause damage. The best way to dry your hair is to gently squeeze the excess moisture out with a towel and then use a blow dryer on the medium setting. If, like everyone else on the planet, you’re using the hottest setting to speed things up, make sure that you’re holding your hairdryer 15 centimeters away from your head.

GARNIER ULTIMATE BLENDS DELICATE OAT REVIEW

 
The new Ultimate Blends offering from Garnier  is especially for sensitive scalps and fragile hair, enriched with rice cream to moisturise and protect and oat milk to soothe and soften. Rice cream has hydrating properties and Oat milk is rich in Vitamin B1, calcium and iron.

The packaging is pretty and the bottles are creamy white and pink. The shampoo is white and creamy and lathers up nicely. The conditioner is thicker, although not too thick, and smells so yummy. Every time I use it, I can’t stop smelling my hair. There is also a thicker conditioner in the form of a Hydrating Balm Mask, but I can’t say how it works because I haven’t tried it. 

Tester under dermalogical supervision, users tested it as 95% gentle for their scalp, 97% provides a soothing sensation to the scalp, 95% soothes the sensations of an itching scalp, 93% gentle on my hair and 95% cleans hair very well. Results confirm that the shampoo is very well tolerated and can be used by the whole family (adults and children above 3 years). I don’t have sensitive scalp, only dry hair, so I can’t say how it will work for sensitive scalps.

Overall, my hair feels silky soft and bouncy and never heavy. The formula is light enough to nourish but not heavy enough to weigh my hair down. I love the fact that the formulation is free of parabens and contains natural extracts. It does contain silicons.

The Ultimate Blends range has a wide offering. For damaged and prone to breakage hair, go for the Honey Treasures kind, for very dry & damaged hair, Avocado oil & Shea butter is your solution, for normal hair, try the 5 Plant range, for dry & frizzy hair try the Coconut oil & Cocoa butter variant and for colour treated hair go for the Argan oil & Cranberry range.

 

I am in love with this new range from Garnier. It feels like lush, luxe hair care but at a really reasonable price point.