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Why, the one time that my tar-pit of anger could’ve been an asset, was I stuck in self-quarantine? I could’ve been out there being a barrier, instead I have had to read about the plundering. Maybe me being stuck at home was so I didn’t end up in jail.

That said, did you read about the SPCA in Germiston/Bedfordview? I donated to that. Maybe also check in on the Durban/Coastal SPCAs if you have the means to donate.

Did you join the RebuildSA volunteer group? I did and added my name to the list of volunteers. When what I can do is needed, I will be there.

Instead of completely dividing South Africans, these dark days may have pushed us together even more because I have seen the unlikeliest of heroes… Never in my life will I swear at a taxi driver for cutting in front of me again (and I will keep my finger in check too).

How does the cocoa mask benefit your skin in this facial?

The Hydro Cocoa Facial is an intensive moisturising treatment that combines SOFT LASER® with a rejuvenating cocoa mask to provide long-lasting hydration, restore moisture and suppleness, especially to dry, sensitive and dehydrated skin.

  • Cocoa contains high levels of anti-oxidants that protect your skin against free radical damage. It has anti-ageing properties, and assists in cellular healing to help protect and repair your skin.
  • The anti-inflammatory properties in cocoa assist in soothing sensitive skin.
  • Cocoa is rich in Vitamins A, C, E, B, and D, which are all highly beneficial for the overall wellbeing and health of your skin.
  • Cocoa contains high levels of the zinc, which helps fight against bacteria that can cause skin breakouts.
  • Cocoa contains fatty acids, which naturally moisturise the skin, leaving it soft and supple.

The Placecol Hydro Cocoa Facial takes advantage of the wonderful properties of chocolate combined with the benefits of a facial treatment to leave your skin hydrated and supple, making it the ideal facial for you this winter. Hydro Cocoa Facial Available at selected Placecol, Dream Nails Beauty, and Perfect 10 salons nationwide. Price R425.

The facial includes the following steps:

  • Double cleansing.
  • Enzyme exfoliation.
  • SOFT LASER® (a mechanical device) which stimulates the biological processes of the skin, resulting in a radiant and glowing complexion.
  • Application of a bespoke chocolate alginate mask.
  • Relaxing neck and decollate massage.
  • Moisturiser is applied to nourish and lock in moisture.
  • A protective SPF layer is applied as a final step.

Placecol Clean Start Facial Milk 150ml – R295

Soothing and Hydrating Cleansing Milk. Cleanse your skin like a salon professional with this soothing cleansing milk that gently but effectively removes waste and skin impurities on a cellular level, while preserving moisture to leave your skin feeling clean and comfortable. Soothing and hydrating cleanser with lactic acid from real milk.

Placecol Barrier Protect Day 50ml – R420

A deeply nourishing day moisturizer specifically formulated to assist with improving skin barrier function. An ideal moisturizer for dry and sensitive skin, making the skin stronger and more resilient. Regular use will assist with improving skin texture, resulting in comfortable, hydrated skin.

Placecol Gentle Exfoliating Treatment 30ml – R360

Safe and Gentle AHA Exfoliant. A concentrated exfoliating serum that contains safe glycolic AHA acids to gently but effectively remove dull, dry, and dead skin cells. AHA acids promote improved cellular activity and as the skin regenerates, fine lines and wrinkles are visibly reduced, leaving the skin rejuvenated and glowing.

Glycolic acid gently exfoliates your skin, combining its anti-aging benefits with Pentavitin to improve cellular activity and as the skin regenerates, fine lines and wrinkles are visibly reduced, leaving the skin rejuvenated and glowing. The addition of Niacinamide acts as a potent antioxidant and helps reduce the signs of pigmentation, assists in evening out skin tone.

Placecol Optimum Hydro Mask 50ml – R310

Hydrating, Soothing Mask for Dry, Stressed Skin. A deeply hydrating mask that replenishes essential skin moisture, with healing Aloe Vera to soothe and hydrate. It also has a calming effect on irritated skin. Skin feels more soft and supple with regular use. This deeply hydrating mask has the added benefit in that it can be left overnight to replenish the skin as a booster, twice a week. It is also lovely to apply after sun exposure to rehydrate and soothe the skin. Aqua Cacteen not only protects and hydrates the skin but has a potent anti-aging effect.

Illuminé Reviving Oil 15ml – R450

A luxurious oil treatment packed with antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals to dramatically improve skin moisture levels while restoring skin resilience. Regular use will soften and soothe the skin, sealing in moisture and reviving the skin’s youthful glow. Contains a blend of Jojoba oil, Argan Oil, and Sweet almond oil, which penetrate deeply without leaving a greasy film on the skin. This oil blend contains essential fatty acids which nourish and repair the skin’s barrier.

Placecol Vitamin E Silk 15ml – R390

Silky, Light, Vitamin E Serum for Skin Luminosity. This luxuriously rich yet remarkably light serum contains high levels of Vitamin E to lock in moisture and protect the skin. It deeply nourishes the skin to improve its overall condition, restoring vitality, radiance, and a youthful complexion. It acts like a glove to lock in moisture and prevent dehydration, making it an ideal makeup primer and providing a smooth glide for make-up application.

Illuminé Cream Cleanser 100ml – R390

A creamy skin cleanser that gently removes waste and skin impurities on a cellular level, whilst preserving moisture to leave skin smooth and comfortable. Contains lactic acid and Allantoin that condition and feed the skin whilst cleansing, leaving the skin soft and supple.

Illuminé Firming Day 50ml – R640

A firming and hydrating day moisturizer enriched with a special blend of active ingredients that protect the skin from damage caused by dehydration while stimulating collagen synthesis. Daily use will assist in firming the skin and restoring elasticity resulting in a more youthful appearance with a radiant healthy glow. Contains the unique ingredient ‘Myramaze’ (the resurrection plant) to improve the skin’s texture by strengthening the cells and revitalizing the skin. In addition, Pentavitin stimulates collagen and elastin synthesis, whilst Luminescine increases the skin’s brightness and radiance. The Impirata Cylindrica root provides long-lasting moisture for glowing, radiant skin.

The kids are home for the Winter break, spending time indoors, getting creative and keeping warm is great, yet things get messy, quickly. Chux cleaning products will help with the mess so you can keep up with the fun!

Arts and crafts, movies and popcorn, baking and roasting marshmallows around the fire! Keeping the kids entertained is busy work and there is no reason why cleaning up afterwards can’t be quick and easy.

@livingoursunshine

Annoying when people leave car door marks on my car #chux #momlife #lifehacks #fixit

♬ original sound – Susann Deysel

Here are some quick tips to keep it clean!

  • Get the kids to help, it can be fun. Make a game of it!
  • A steady stream of snacks and keeping food warm in winter means stubborn baked on food splatter in your microwave. Simply use a moistened Chux Magic Eraser block to remove the grease and grime without having to use any chemicals.
  • Kids white sports shoes looking worn out? A Chux Magic Eraser will bring them back to life and they will look like new.

The memories of a great holiday will remain, while CHUX® will help you clean #likeitneverhappened.

Now available in Dis-Chem too.

Chux® helps make the big chores smaller. Chux® offers an extensive range of quality cleaning accessories to help you tackle any cleaning challenge around your home.

Regardless of your preferred cleaning routine, no matter the mess … there’s a Chux® for whatever life Chux® at you.

ChuxSouthAfrica #LikeItNeverHappened #forwhateverlifechuxatyou

For more information on Chux® visit www.chux.co.za or www.facebook.com/ChuxSA/. Chux® can be found at selected Spar, Pick n Pay Family and OK Foods stores nationwide and now Dis-Chem too.

Who else is in Gauteng? Who else feels claustrophobic again?

Covid-19 in SA: 1 941 119 cases and 60 038 deaths recorded

Source

Anger

I am angry that a virus is in the world just beyond my front door. I am angry that my world has become, once again, just this little space shared with 3 other humans and 2 cats. I am angry because I know that out there, these 2 weeks may be the final straw for other small businesses. I am angry that they still haven’t taken responsibility for sending death into this world when we all know they were experimenting with things best left alone. I am angry that 60,000 South Africans paid with their lives already.

Vaccine

My mind debates on not wanting a vaccine and wishing I already had it. The 1 in 1000s that have a negative reaction scares me – but I am also jealous of those that have that little bit of extra comfort knowing they have a vaccine coursing through their veins. I know I have to have it to in future be able to travel and have a normal life, but what if I’m that 1 that has a severe negative reaction? What if…

Wensdenkery

As ons net vroeër grenste toegemaak het of mense laat isoleer het wat teruggevlieg het uit Italië of meer mense dit ernstig opgeneem het reg aan die begin… dit kon soveel anders gewees het.

As jy erens sit en alleen voel, reik uit na iemand – al is dit oor die foon.

‘𝓷 𝓲𝓮𝓽𝓼𝓲𝓮 𝓿𝓲𝓻 𝓳𝓸𝓾
Net vandag, net vir jou
‘n drukkie in jou oor
‘n soentjie op jou hart
net jy sal weet, want dis net vir jou

Pamper yourself with restoring nail care and a burst of fresh lemon scent when you reach for this cuticle cream. Made to nourish dry, brittle nails as it moisturizes and soften cuticles. Gently massage cream into cuticles after washing hands and as needed.

  • Moisturizes and softens cuticles with Sweet Almond Oil and Cocoa Seed Butter
  • Nourishes brittle nails with Vitamin E and Sunflower Oil
  • Refreshing lemon scent
  • 100% natural

Key Ingredients:

  • Sweet Almond Oil
  • Lemon Oil
  • Vitamin E
  • Beeswax

No Sulfates, No Parabens, No Phthalates, No Petrochemicals

Burt’s Bees® Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream is available through Takealot and DisChem. Burt’s Bees® Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream is Priced from R 125.

Join the buzz on Instagram and Facebook : @BurtsBeesZA.

Burt’s ­Bees® has been offering distinctive earth-friendly, natural health and beauty care products for 30 years. From a beekeeper’s backyard in Maine to the leading edge of natural, Burt’s Bees knows natural body care solutions from head-to-toe and operates with The Greater Good™ top of mind. No parabens, phthalates, petrolatum or SLS and no animal testing. 

𝐃𝐨𝐧’𝐭 𝐬𝐡𝐨𝐰 𝐦𝐞 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐡𝐚𝐮𝐥 𝐟𝐫𝐨𝐦 𝐒𝐡𝐞𝐢𝐧 – 𝐬𝐡𝐨𝐰 𝐦𝐞 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐡𝐚𝐮𝐥 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐬𝐚𝐲𝐬 𝐌𝐀𝐃𝐄 𝐈𝐍 𝐒𝐎𝐔𝐓𝐇 𝐀𝐅𝐑𝐈𝐂𝐀.

Shein is fast fashion.
Fast fashion is a big contributor to landfill problems.
Add to that the carbon emissions that goes with shipping from China.
The country of origin… China (don’t get me started). Do they give a #### about the environment or pay fair wages to the workers? I still doubt that.

For me it also doesn’t stop at Shein. It extends to Alibaba, Wish…

It’s too expensive to buy MADE IN SOUTH AFRICA!

Yes, it’s a little more expensive to buy locally made. There are reasons for that: price of materials, fair wages, time spent… On the other hand, you will get Africa quality (and that beats China quality every single time).

I don’t buy as much or as often and sometimes you may even find a little something imported in my basket (wink, wink about that Cherry Cola or Burt’s Bees that I so like). However, my basket now has more made in SA than ever before – from the cereal I eat to my handbag and jeans.

Not even online shops are safe from my bias. If you don’t stock SA made, I won’t buy from you. If I don’t know a brand I will Google it’s country of origin. I will hunt down the South African equivalent… I am that person.

In my mind, Africa should always look after Africa first.

If you look hard enough, you will find it here!

If you look around in South Africa, you will find what you are looking for. I love shopping at Pick n Pay clothing, Foschini and even Mr Price (and a lot of other stores) because the clothing labels have started to be dominated by that wonderful MADE IN SOUTH AFRICA label. This goes for beauty products too – because have you tried the stuff made here? I will literally always choose products from Placecol and Optiphi above anything you can buy from overseas.

I know that sometimes what you want doesn’t have that SA made label – and it’s OK to buy it. It’s even better if you buy it at a store in South Africa – for 2 reasons: bulk imports vs 10,000 individually shipped packages; that whole local economy thing where it matters that people walk through shop doors (especially now) so people can earn a living.

It’s a conscious decision

I have weighed the pros and cons of having everything cheaper or buying local quality. The pros of buying local far outweigh the pros of buying cheap imports. I consciously choose to contribute to this economy, supporting local entrepreneurs, makers and employees.

It’s a good feeling to have – because I truly believe in Africa for Africa.

Jupiter’s Legacy (Series)

After nearly a century of keeping mankind safe, the world’s first generation of superheroes must look to their children to continue the legacy. But tensions rise as the young superheroes, hungry to prove their worth, struggle to live up to their parents’ legendary public reputations —and exacting personal standards. Based on the graphic novels by Mark Millar and Frank Quitely, Jupiter’s Legacy is an epic superhero drama that spans decades and navigates the complex dynamics of family, power, and loyalty. From executive producers Mark Millar, Frank Quitely, Lorenzo Di Bonaventura, Dan McDermott, Steven S. DeKnight, James Middleton, Sang Kyu Kim. Jupiter’s Legacy stars Josh Duhamel, Leslie Bibb, Ben Daniels, Elena Kampouris, Andrew Horton, Mike Wade, and Matt Lanter

Series Stars: Josh Duhamel as Sheldon Sampson aka The Utopian, Ben Daniels as Walter Sampson aka Brainwave, Leslie Bibb as Grace Sampson aka Lady Liberty, Andrew Horton as Brandon Sampson aka Paragon, Elena Kampouris as Chloe Sampson, Mike Wade as Fitz Small aka The Flare, and Matt Lanter as George Hutchence aka Skyfox

Also Starring: Ian Quinlan as Hutch, Tenika Davis as Petra Small aka The Flare II, David Julian Hirsh as Dr. Richard Conrad aka Blue Bolt, Tyler Mane as Blackstar, Gracie Dzienny as Ruby Red

The series takes a while to really draw you in – as it wants to tell the story first of how they got their powers. Once you’ve realised that, that’s when things start to click in place.

Shadow and Bone (Series)

Out of nowhere this hits and its actually good…

The Shadow Fold. To destroy it, we need a miracle.

The Woman in the window (Movie)

They’re all hiding something. It’s just not what you think of it. Probably one of the best movies watched this year!

Stranger Things Season 4 (Series)

When a young boy vanishes, a small town uncovers a mystery involving secret experiments, terrifying supernatural forces and one strange little girl.

Keep your eyes on www.netflix.com/strangerthings for when it gets released.

Since its release in 2016, the global phenomenon Stranger Things has garnered over 65 award wins and 175 award nominations, including those from the Emmys, Golden Globes, Grammys, SAG, DGA, PGA, WGA, BAFTA, a Peabody Award, AFI Program of the Year, the People’s Choice Awards, MTV Movie & TV Awards, Teen Choice Awards, and many others. The three-time Emmy Award Nominee for Best Drama is one of Netflix’s most-watched titles, with Season 3 alone amassing 40.7 million household accounts in its first four days — more than any other Netflix film or series in that timeframe — and 64 million member households in the first four weeks. 

Stranger Things, which was created by The Duffer Brothers and is produced by Monkey Massacre Productions & 21 Laps Entertainment, is currently underway on its fourth season. The Duffer Brothers serve as executive producers on the series, alongside Shawn Levy and Dan Cohen of 21 Laps Entertainment, and Iain Paterson.

Twitter: www.twitter.com/stranger_things
Facebook: www.facebook.com/strangerthingstv
Instagram: www.instagram.com/strangerthingstv

Treating the skin of the eyes is crucial, especially when it comes to preventing, and reducing signs of aging such as wrinkles, fine lines and puffiness. The advanced formulation of the Classic Eye Effect is specifically developed for the eye area, where the skin is much thinner and more delicate than the rest of the face.With the addition of the Smart Skin Technology there’s an enhanced focus on the skin’s integrity, radiance, collagen stimulation and structural support providing a technologically advanced multi-targeted treatment approach. A visible improvement in expression lines, wrinkles and hydration is delivered by the Ultra Filling Spheres™ while the Acetyl Hexapeptide-30 + Arginine focus on superior synthesis of collagen and elastin to prevent and improve expression lines. Skin radiance and exceptional anti-aging innovation is delivered by the incorporation of Bakuchiol to gently yet effectively target the firmness and elasticity of the skin. This luxurious cream formulation is suitable for all skin types and conditions and should be used morning and evening for superior results.

Size: 15 ml
Retail Price: R930 Incl. VAT
Visit www.optiphi.com to locate your nearest optiphi® professional.

  1. Why use a separate eye product?
    It is important to use a specifically formulated eye product around the eye area because the skin around the eye area is a lot more sensitive & much thinner compared to the skin around the rest of the face.
  2. What causes dark circles and puffiness?
    Dark Circles and Puffiness around the eye area can be a result of poor lifestyle, lack of sleep and stress. But going a little deeper into what actually causes the appearance of dark circles could be a number of factors, one being genetics, two being an iron deficiency or vitamin & mineral deficiency which can contribute to the appearance of dark circles. Puffiness on the other hand is caused by poor sluggish circulation and a build-up of fluid retention due to poor lymphatic drainage in the facial region.
  3. What is the best way to apply an eye product?
    The best way to apply an eye product is to perform a lymphatic drainage massage on yourself around the eye area. We have 2 lymph nodes on the face – one in front and the other behind our ears. Always using your ring finger (because this is the finger with the lightest touch) apply a small amount of product using tap-tap-tap techniques underneath the eye area where the puffiness is as well as above the brow area – followed by light drainage movements towards the lymph node and repeat several times.
  4. Which active ingredients to look for in an eye product?
    Hyaluronic Acid – Aids in plumping & hydrating the skin in the eye area
    Peptides – focus on stimulating collagen and elastin production in the dermis building the health and strength of the skin
    Bakuchiol – Stimulates the same gene expressions as retinol, boosts collagen, regulates extra cellular matrix and dermal-epidermal junction, improves wrinkles, firmness and elasticity
    Ultra-Filling Spheres™ – Aids in absorption of water that evaporates from the dermis focusing on tightening the skin, smoothing out wrinkles and leaving an elastic skin surface with long lasting hydration.

Active Eyesigns Active Gel

  • Light gel formulation
    Targets three major visual aspects of aging around the eye area
  • pH 5.5 maintains barrier function
  • Improves the appearance of dark circles around the eyes
  • Decreases puffiness around the eyes
  • Assists Collagen and Elastin production Apply under your serum and moisturizer morning and night

Classic Eye Effect

  • Luxurious cream formulation
  • Our multi-targeted complete eye cream provides anti-aging, instant firming, revives dull skin, and improves skin elasticity.
  • Delivers visible skin radiance and illuminates skin around the eye-area
  • Instantly tightens and smoothes skin
  • Fights the visible effects of gravity
  • Hydrates and moisturizes the eye-area
  • Minimizes fine dehydration lines
  • Promotes anti-aging
  • Stimulates elastin synthesis for a firmer skin
  • Provides long-term structural support plus has the benefit of an instant firming effect Apply under your serum and moisturizer morning and night

DELTA Eye Gel

  • A powerful gel that nourishes and rejuvenates the eye-area.
  • This gel targets hydration levels, collagen formation and organization, dark circles and fluid retention, as well as epidermal regeneration and  thickness.
  • An ideal product to use after dermal fillers and therapies targeting aging around the eye. Apply under your serum and moisturizer morning and night

Isn’t it funny that suddenly it’s normal to have a curfew as an adult? I never thought I would have that until maybe the day I move into a retirement home – way, way, way down the line.

Life imposes things on you that you can’t control, but you still have the choice of how you’re going to live through this.

Celine Dion

I also never thought that my vocabulary would include words such as social distancing, global pandemic, COVID-19, contact tracing, community spread, herd immunity, epidemic curve, flattening the curve or lockdown. I could never have imagined a life without seeing people smile.

I could never have imagined that my world would shrink to my apartment with my husband by my side 24/7. I could never have imagined being cut off from family that lived across provincial borders and waiting for a hastily-made vaccination to give me access to the rest of the world again – as after all, we just got both their passports sorted when this all started.

One day at a time.

I could never have imagined that my kids would have had to go to school with masks or that I would be sitting and making mask at a sewing machine my mom bought in the early 90s.

When this is all over I am scrubbing my vocabulary from the words that have kept us apart for more than a year – because these words should never have been part of my vocabulary.

One day this will be over and we will be grateful for life in ways we never felt possible before.

Matt Haig