03 August 2015

Skoon skincare samples

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Skoon is a South African natural skincare brand. I read about them on the Emmajanenation blog earlier this year and started following them on Instagram. They were offering discount coupons with their trial packs and I ordered two different ones so I could try a variety of products.

I love the beautiful simple packaging and their emphasis on science. I sometimes feel that the term natural is overrated because it doesn't necessarily make something good for you. But Skoon has a complete ingredients list for each product on their website with an explanation of what the active ingredients do.

The sample sizes are very generous and I've been saving them for my trip to Belgium. Trying new products really adds to the excitement of a vacation to me. If you're curious about what I'm taking along, check out the first part of my packing list.





31 July 2015

What I'm packing for two weeks in Belgium - Toiletries etc.

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I started making a packing list as soon as I booked my flights. I thought it would help me relax, knowing that everything is planned out. But of course I still obsessed about it and read loads of packing tips and kept adding and subtracting things. I've only flown internationally twice, so I'm not an expert at all, but I love seeing what other people pack and want to share my own list with you.

I wanted to keep my luggage as light as possible, but I did allow myself a few luxury items. I'm taking along a cleansing balm because at home I just want to quickly wash my face and get into bed. Vacation is the perfect time to take a few extra minutes at night for a more indulgent skincare routine. I'm taking waterless face cleanser to use in the mornings. It will also be perfect to take off my make-up on the plane before sleeping.

Another luxury item is a single use sachet face mask. It will be a nice treat and takes up hardly any space. I'm not sure if the hair dryer is necessary. There won't be one where I'll be staying, but I'm going to cut my hair before going and considered air drying it. In the end I decided I'd rather take it than possibly me miserable with wet hair in the cold.

I'm not sure how much of each product I need for two weeks, but I decided not to worry about it and replace whatever I need to over there.


Skincare:
Cleansing balm + muslin cloth
Waterless face cleanser + cotton pads
Toner
Thick moisturiser (To use on the plane and for dry patches)
Regular face moisturiser
Sachet face mask

Hair:
Solid shampoo (I've been wanting to try these from Lush)
Solid conditioner
Travel Tangle Teezer
Bobby pins
Travel size hair dryer
Microfibre hair towel/turban (I got one of these for the first time this year and I love it)

Toiletries:
Toothbrush
Toothpaste
Soap
Sunscreen
Razor
Glasses + case + wipe
Sunglasses + case
Eye drops
Bio-oil (Instead of body lotion. Oil goes a lot further)
Hand cream (To keep in my handbag. I apply hand lotion several times a day)
Deodorant (I got a solid stick deodorant for the trip)
Ear buds
Lavender oil (To help me sleep and deter mosquitoes if necessary)
Mint oil (To mix with lotion for a refreshing foot lotion after a day of walking. Also good for nausea)
Exfoliating towel
Tweezers
Nail clippers
Nail file
Oil blotting sheets
Travel towel (I hate the texture of the ones that fold up really small, so I got one of the microfibre towels that are larger but feel nicer. I don't love the microfibre texture, but it's so much nicer than the other smooth ones.)

Make-up
CC cream
Eye BB cream
Concealer
Eyebrow powder
Eyebrow brush
Cream blush
Blush brush
Eye liner
3 Lipsticks (Nude, red, pink)
Lip balm

When I get back I'll write a post about the things I didn't need or should've taken.



22 July 2015

Lavish skincare review

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I turned 29 this year and my skin is at that irritating stage where I still get teenage breakouts, but it's also getting drier. I've been struggling to find the right products for my skin's changing needs. Most of the richer moisturisers I've tried also blocked my pores.

I found Lavish by looking at the Beauty Without Cruelty Humane Guide. They're a local company making high quality, affordable products with no animal products. I've been using the day cream and night cream for a few months. I'm at the end of my first tub of night cream so I have tested it thoroughly.


Where Lavish really differs from other brands is their limited product range. There's a daily face cream, exfoliator, intensive night cream, facial cleanser and body cream This might sound like a negative thing, but in fact it's great to have a product that really works for each use without having to worry about picking the right one for your skin type. In the past I always used products for oily skin, but now most products are only aimed at one aspect of my skincare needs.

The Lavish moisturisers have been the perfect solution for me. They give my skin the extra moisture it needs, but also prevents outbreaks. I've used them in winter and summer so I know they work year round.

The Beautiful Day daily face cream has a light musky scent and leaves my skin matte. The Sweet Dreams intensive night cream has a deeper fruity scent and feels more nourishing. It leaves my face more shiny than the day cream, but it doesn't feel greasy or heavy on my skin.


So if you live in South Africa and you're looking for good quality products that make your skin look and feel great, try Lavish.



05 July 2015

Dinosaur portrait giveaway


Martinus painted this Velociraptor illustration for one of our friends as a birthday present. He liked painting it so much that he wants to do another one and we decided to have a giveaway over on Terrapin and Toad. I added the giveaway widget below so you can enter right here. Just tell us your favourite type of dinosaur and good luck!







01 July 2015

Homemade granola

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Hey guys. Can you believe it's July already?! It feels like time is just going by faster and faster as I get older and I'm not even 30 yet. Martinus came back from his trip to Germany last week and I'm so excited for my Belgium trip. We're both wishing we'd taken a shorter vacation together instead of longer separate trips, but I am very excited to get away and see a new country. Everything is planned, so now I'm just waiting.

I made some granola last night. I looked at a few recipes before and then just mixed together a bunch of things we had in the kitchen. There's lots of different textures and there's not much oil or sugar in so it's quite healthy. I used coconut oil for the flavour, but I can't taste it so I might just leave it out next time. I might also try it without sugar because it's also not very sweet. I prefer that because you can just add sugar when you eat it. This morning we had it with a smoothie bowl, so we didn't need any extra sugar.


Cinnamon carob granola

Dry ingredients

2 cups oats
1 cup rye flakes
1 cup popped millet
1/2 cup buckwheat groats
1 cup pecan nuts
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 tablespoons carob

Wet ingredients

1/8 cup coconut oil
1/8 cup apple sauce/purée
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup coconut sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla essence

Method

  • Mix the wet and dry ingredients in separate bowls and then together.
  • Spread the mixture onto a baking sheet.
  • Bake for 30-40 minutes at 150℃, mixing halfway.
  • Let cool.
  • Eat.
I hope you like it!


19 June 2015

Vegan food at Zest Restaurant

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We had this delicious breakfast at Zest Restaurant in Gordon's Bay a few months ago. We had been there once before and the chef made us a great vegan meal with no notice. This time we called ahead to arrange for something vegan. The chef made falafel with potato rosti, rocket, coriander and mango coulis. It's so nice to go to a restaurant and get a special meal like this instead of a bland salad. I would recommend them any day.





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