A Complete Guide To Exfoliating: Chemical and Physical

Exfoliating is a great step to incorporate into your skincare routine to help deep clean your pores and remove any dead skin for a more smoother and even tone complexion. However, it also important to keep in mind that over-exfoliating is also a thing or using an exfoliator that is not suitable for your skin type can end doing more harm than good.

I often receive a lot questions about exfoliating such as, why you should exfoliate? Or what’s the difference between the different types of chemical exfoliators? So I thought why not answer all those questions and help those who still aren’t sure about exfoliating.

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Girls Day Out: Cave Wine-Tasting

Living in the Cape means a person is surrounded by dozens of wine-tasting experiences from luxurious MCC and macarons pairings, to safari wine-tastings and now on my list, wine-tasting experience in a cave.

In all honesty, Durbanville is one of the most underrated wine-tasting destinations in the Cape. The Durbanville Wine Valley is often outshined by the popular Constantia and Stellenbosch wine routes. But I would definitely suggest you do not overlook Durbanville, put it into your maps and pop into my new favourite hidden gem in the area.

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Detox Diary: Why You Need A Summer Skin Detox

Whenever your body tells you its feeling bloated, heavy and congested you’ve probably turned to a detox diet. The purpose of ‘detoxification’ is to help cleanse your body from waste, impurities and toxins to keep the body functioning at its best; to improve digestion and restore energy.

But how often do you do a skin detox? A skin detox is a great way to cleanse your skin and pores from impurities for a healthy and radiant glow. Pollutants and dirt from the environment can clog your pores, and toxins from your diet can cause your complexion to suffer.

Fortunately, Neutrogena has launched a skincare range AKA your skin’s new best friend, that specifically focuses on detoxing your skin; to help brighten your skin and reduce breakouts and hyperpigmentation.

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Weekend Getaway: In the Jewel of Free State

The Clarens Wine Event is one of the most-loved wine events and is usually held from the 28th – 29th September annually. It is a wine tasting showcase with more than 20 wineries and distillers with a range of over 60 products to taste from all over the world. Yes, this also includes sparkling wines from Germany and Italy (I even had the privilege of tasting a red sparkling wine for the first time!)

If you’re someone who loves wine and wants the experience of tasting world-class wines then this is an event for you. During the last weekend of September (also the last week of travel/tourism month) we drove up to Clarens for the highly anticipated wine event hosted my Echo Wine Events.

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French Chic Moments: La Lude MCC Estate

Le Lude is surely one of Franschhoek’s most surprisingly low-profile winery and restaurant that is located in the beautiful, small town. The family-owned restaurant and winery is an exquisite, stunning and modern French-inspired boutique spot. It offers a variety of experiences that can enjoy like MCC tasting to a high tea or a classic French lunch at L’Orangerie.

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Next-Level Skincare: Lush Naked Range

Earlier this year Lush (one of my favourite beauty brands) released an innovative and forward-thinking range of skincare products. The products all come in a bar form (yes, even the oils) and you have to melt them into your hands and gently massage into the skin to use them. When I heard about the skincare drop I was so excited, and thank you to the Lush team for gifting me with some of the goodies.

The package-free products include a wide range of essential skincare items such cleansing balms, exfoliators and facial oils – offering new and soothing ways to get clear, hydrated, radiant or calm complexion.

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Cotton On 91: Wearing White Jeans the Right Way

It’s no surprise that I’m an avid denim fan and Cotton On has always been my go-to when it comes to stylish denim. Their jeans offer comfortability and they have all-time favourite fits like the high-waisted jeans, the classic skinny and the mid-length.

The brand has always produced fashion forward, quality denim pieces that are designed for the modern fashionista. The attention to detail on the denim pieces in the collection are what sets them apart from others. The best part is that the jeans range between R299 to R699 which sounds perfect and well priced to me. Some of my favourite picks include the Stretch Mom Jean, the Girlfriend Denim Jacket and the Classic Denim Skirt.

See how I’ve styled one of their key denim pieces for Spring below and check out the rest of the range HERE:

Outfit details: Top – Cotton On | Strappy Heels – Cotton On | Top – Cotton On

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In Full Bloom: Spring Style LookBook

Spring is officially here and I couldn’t be more excited! The sight of blooming flowers and sunshine makes everything so much more mesmerising. The fact that we can now pull out all the fun and lightweight clothing and finally say goodbye to heavy puffers, is a definite yes from me.

The off-the-shoulder trend is a spring fashion staple that everyone needs in their wardrobe this season. It is a statement piece that can be pulled off with anything from high-waisted jeans to mini skirts. I had so much fun rocking my off-the-shoulder top with a clean white pair of denims.

Outfit details: Off-the-Shoulder top: Legit | Denim jeans: Cotton On | Gold belt: Thrifted | Nude Strappy Heels: Rubi | Sunglasses: Mr. Price | Silver Mini Bag: Mr. Price

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Top-Pick: Current Fave Skin-Finish Foundations

Trying to find the perfect foundation can be stressful and overwhelming. Walking into Clicks or Dis-chem swatching foundation after foundation only can become frustrating. Sometimes what looks great in-store can quickly be a different story five hours later.

Here are my top foundation recommendations that are super light on the skin and create a second-skin finish, while still providing enough coverage to hide dark spots.

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5 Skincare Swaps You Need To Make This Winter

While one part of the world is gearing up for summer, we are preparing for winter. It’s officially time to accept that the temperature is dropping which means snuggling, endless cups of tea and switching up the skincare routine. During the colder season I always layer on heavier skin products to avoid that ‘tight’ feeling on the skin.

My main skincare mission during the winter season is to protect my skin from loss of hydration that can lead to cracks and inflammation. If you’re someone with dry or combination skin type, like me. Here are some great ways to combat dehydration and dullness, by switching up your skincare routine, by using gentler and hydrating cleansers rather than exfoliating ones.

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