Balm Balm baloobam

Whap bam boo!

Balm Balm Little Miracle Rosehip serum, this is whats going to save my skin this winter. I received a hamper of Balm Balm products that I won in a twitter competition, I had seen this Balm Balm stuff everywhere, and everyone was talking about it so I was really excited to try it!

I received a lip balm, face balm and the Rosehip Serum, first off I really like the no-fuss packaging – No pretence just Balm Balm, in pastel pink, blue, yellow and green.  The products are 100% organic -which is a big plus, the carrier oils must be very good because the products are not sticky and my skin absorbed the product without leaving me looking like old chips.

The products smell really good, especially the Rosehip serum, however I must be completely honest and say that I am personally not a huge fan of the Rose Geranium scent, but I have never liked things that are rose scented, which is bizarre considering I am mad about the smell of fresh roses.

I was very surprised to read about the versatility of the balms, however I do recall my friend (and celebrity makeup artist) Eloise Dreyer mentioning that she swears by Serums and oils, and one look at the woman will confirm that she can’t be wrong. Balm Balm says that the lip balms can be used as moisturiser, cleanser, hair tamer and first aid!

My favourite product is the Rosehip Serum, with its convenient dropper – I now mix one drop of that with my foundation and moisturiser in the mornings it smells lovely and my skin feels soft without feeling sticky.

Wild for the Wild Olive African Artisans

Wild, nature, game reserve, botanical, table mountain and fynbos… One would not expect to find the words body butter, eye balm or soap dish in the same sentence. However the creative talents of the Imizamo Yethu Artisans and Wild Olive have made it so.

I was fortunate enough to sample the beautiful products from the newly launched, limited edition Table Mountain Collection of Wild Olive. I instantly fell head over heels in love with the body butter, not to mention the perfect hand crafted porcelain jar.

The range includes the aforementioned Body Butter, a delicately scented soy candle, an eye balm and a bar of handmade soap. The body butter and the soy candle smell exactly like fynbos or  shall we rather say Flora Capensis after it’s proper name, the names of the fynbos always make me smile Cape May, African Woodworm, Cape Snow and Buchu, all of these have medicinal properties that are beneficial for the skin.

Many celebrities around the globe have launched cosmetic and perfume lines and now even our own beautiful seventh wonder, Table Mountain, boasts a range in her honour and I must say that the Wild Olive range does not disappoint.

Besides from the obviously yummy products, the packaging is something special. Each and every product in the Limited Edition range comes in a unique porcelain jar, each item is hand crafted, either painted with liquid gold or drawn with pencil. The artists are the Imizamo Yethu Artisans, and on the bottom of each jar, you will find the name of the person who created your beautiful one-of-a-kind piece. The product even comes with a certificate to prove it’s authenticity as these jars may become quite sought after due to the limited number created.

These beautiful pieces are then further shielded from the elements by a stunning, hand sewn, black and white  South African Merino sheep wool pouch, then placed in a box – ready to be the perfect gift to yourself or someone else of great importance to you.

The retail prices for these little works of art are as follows:

Body Butter – R835

Candle – R875

Soap & Dish – R565

Eye Balm R675

The Wild Olive boutiques are located at the new Cape Quarter Centre in Green Point as Well as Cavendish Square, however if you are lazy or if you are (like me) addicted to online shopping, you can also shop on their website – http://www.wildolive.eu/

Time waits for no man

It has literary taken me forEVER to get myself set up on Facebook (for Flickery) and now also Pinterest, alas it is done! And now I can breathe a sigh of relief… It has been the craziest year and I have met the most amazing and inspirational people, so one or two more platforms to document my human journey will be very welcome.

If you feel so inclined please visit my facebook page and “like” it if you do in fact like it, if it sucks – you can tell me, but I might not necessarily give a crap… If anyone has advice about pintrest or youtube… I’m all ears.

Here is my facebook & here is my PinterestHoray!

Philip Kingsley

Well see now I work in beauty and I get all kinds of things to review and that is wonderful because I love products and I love to try new things!  So I received this big pot of stuff called Philip Kingsley Elasticizer from Beauty Bulletin… sounded bizzare but I thought since I have it I should give it a try (And yes, I have wondered about the consequences – What if one day I try something and it eats my hair off) One could argue, referring to my last beauty post, that I would no longer have to wax – If that was the case.

Anyhow, so I read the instructions… I figured that I didn’t need to apply the product right down to the roots, since I’ve not had my hair coloured in about three months. I sat with the thick white cream in my hair, sipping my pink herbal tea. I could not believe how long my hair has grown. After about ten minutes I went for a shower to rinse and shampoo my hair.

It combed out so easily, I was wondering whether I had managed to get all the product out but I was too lazy to get in the shower again so I decided I was just going to dry it and see – If it was really bad I would pin it up and wash it again later.

My hair dried with surprising ease, and all of it fell so beautifully. I felt like Farrah Fawcet, I felt like I had a mane and I LOVED it. I’m very pleased that I have a whole pot of this stuff because I’m going to be using it regularly.

An April Fool for Beauty!

Hello lovelies!

I can hardly believe that we are sitting in the month of April… So many exciting things happening this month, so many public holidays, family gatherings and even a wedding!

Yesterday was April first and keeping in the spirit of foolishness and fun, I have decided that we could all do with a laugh… Girls, get your make up bags ready!

One lucky and obviously ridiculously funny peep stands the chance of winning a GlossyBox courtesy of moi! Yes, thats right – Make a fool of yourself in the name of beauty and you could win a GlossyBox.

Be creative, torture your boyfriends, your pets, even your kids or colleagues by creating a STUNNING “New look” for them (or you) – It’s simple, the funniest photo wins!

Mail your images to celest.lotter@glossybox.co.za #BOOM Let’s have some fun!

http://www.glossybox.co.za/

Lana Del Rey Angus & Julia Stone Hannah Cohen

Its been a while since I found an artist with an album that I could really listen to… I love Sheryl Crow, Tracey Chapman, Miles Davis, Bob Dylan… I could carry on. I like to sit with an album, drink wine and think about life, lie in the bath with a whiskey, play cards with my friends and make tea… In all of these scenes from all the times of my life I remember music. Not to mention endless summer days in Mozambique with Cafe del mar volume 6… My life has a soundtrack, my soundtrack is even better than Garden state, and THAT was an awesome soundtrack.

I’ve discovered some songs I really love, as they make me feel all calm, and I can think and smile and remember and forget. So I would like to share them with you, and I hope they make you feel something too.

Lana Del Rey – Video Games

Angus & Julia Stone – Paper Aeroplane

Hanna Cohen – Child Bride *** This Video is AMAZING

Please let me know what you thoughts of these… x

WAX ON, WAX… WELL… OFF.

My beauty therapist and I have enjoyed a ten year relationship we tell each other stories, share tips, gossip and drink flat whites together. Ten years of waxing, pedicures, manicures, spray tans, massages, reflexology, lymph drainage and the occasional full body scrub. Last week she texted me to say that she was going on holiday. I was like What holiday? Alas, she was in fact going on the first holiday I can ever remember her going on and who can blame her?

Good for her I thought.The woman works hard -she deserves a break. I merrily went on with my day, until later that evening when I got in the shower… Looking down at my womanhood, I realised in a panic that I needed to get my wax on before she left! Usually I would just ring her up and go “Hi Kath, yes… See you at about 6ish after work?… Great!” I frantically bbm’d her “I need a wax before you leave”.I waited, it delivered. She read it and surreally I could see her replying “Sorry sweets, I’m leaving in the morning”. SHOCK.HORROR.

I got in bed and briefly contemplated going to a different therapist, I rejected the thought as soon as it entered my mind. Twas but a foolish  flit of momentary madness!  I could never trust anyone else with my Va-jay-jay (Unless my gyne took up waxing, but at that hourly rate??) because there are simply some things that just a handful of  people can do, and I have heard horror stories – girls having their business waxed right off, I’m talking medical repair… plastic surgery, reattaching certain precious bits. Point is ladies, waxing is a serious business and should be treated as such.

So I took a policy decision, I would do it… Myself. Who better than me, myself – I have seen my therapist do it a million times. Can’t be that hard, right?

So off to Clicks I troddled, hot wax I bought, and there you go. I got home and got together all the things I thought might come in handy, an old towel, a huge plastic “Forever New” shopping bag to sit on and a wooden cutting board. So I popped the tin mug filled with wax onto the stove, it heated up and melted… As per the instructions on the insert, I waited for the wax to be the same consistency of honey, I applied a little bit to my wrist to test the temperature and thought “Ha! See I knew this was easy!” then I decided to do a little patch at the top… wax on… dry a little, wax off…Hmmm, it really was not that bad.

So I became more cocky with every patch, and when it came to waxing the most important bits, I was like “Yeah whatever, you can call me Kath for short, Whoohoo!” I applied the wax to (yeah you can use your imagination) and then repeated the wax mantra – Wax on… dry a little… taking a little longer… dry a little more… there was go.. Wax “Ooooooh holy (insert swearword)mother and sister of (insert belief system) what the (another swear word)!”.

Painful and unnecessary is the one way to describe what I had managed to do to myself. Perhaps Cruel and Unusual may be more apt..The wax was stuck, and there was no effing way in hell I was pulling at that patch of dried wax that was now attached to me again. This fast became the stupidest idea I’ve ever, ever had. I had vivid images of myself in Gardens MediClinic, with nurses whispering and giggling behind their hands.

After a while, I thought to myself, I’m NOT going to MediClinic, I have to stop being such a baby, I can so do this. I sprinkled some baby powder on the waxed area and put some baby powder in my hands as if I was an Olympic gymnast. With the same intensity as those world class athletes, I took hold of the bottom piece on wax, I stared in front of me and imagined a beach with tropical cocktails and happy smiling people. One… Two… Three…. Three and a half… Wax OFFFFFFFFFFFF!! Success!

Muhaha! I held that piece of wax up to the ceiling and said “You’re not the boss of me wax!” Suddenly there was a knock at the bathroom door “Babe, are you okay? What ARE you doing?”

“I’m fine, fine, I’m just… busy” I shouted back at my boyfriend.  I had survived, and I was waxed (I know what you are thinking – Shut up.) However, I will never, and I mean NEVER do that to myself again. I have learnt that sometimes “Taking things into your own hands” is a really stupid idea and there are times when au naturale will just have to do, when waiting for the professionals to come back from their much deserved holidays. That is after all why they had to go to beauty school.

You’ve got to love DIOR

I am a huge fan of the perfume short films, the Chanel film with Nicole Kidman is by far my favourite… but this Dior add really gets that feeling of urgency and glamour across, plus I simply love all the legends “featured” alongside our own Charlize Theron; the stunning Grace Kelly, Marilyn Monroe, Marlene Dietrich and Jerry Hall. Here is some inspiration for getting ready for the weekend! 

World Peace… and stuff.

Now before you start thinking tears, tiaras and sparkly swimwear let me put you on the right track. Admittedly, yes it is a beauty contest of sorts… But that is not what drew me to the competition, I have to be honest and say it was the Esse products. I was given a little pot of chocolate like scrub and I was addicted. I went onto the site http://esse.co.za/ to buy a full size of the scrub, I love the scrub.

So YAY for me! I won the February leg of the Face of ESSE competition (Perhaps an additional birthday gift for being a good Aquarius)

There are so many things one can do to tread a little lighter upon the earth, and using a super yummy organic beauty product makes it as easy as pie!