Rain African Tree Mists: Bring the Healing Powers of the Forest Home With You

Rain Africa has collaborated with tree whisperer and real life forest nymph Melissa Krige to bring you a range of therapeutic African tree mists that contain the essence and healing power of various indigenous trees to our beautiful land.

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Tree mists that heal?! I know I know, you’re thinking this sounds like hocus pocus namby pamby nonsense, but hear me out.

Melissa owns and lives in the beautiful Platbos forest, which is just outside of Gaansbaai, and is a remarkably old and lush self sustaining forest of indigenous trees. Over many years of walks and making friends with these archaic species, Melissa learned about the unique healing properties and powers of each of the different types of trees. She then harnessed this power, and created a line of African tree mists, which also incorporate different complimentary essential oils according to the healing properties of the various trees.

The idea behind the African tree mists is that they are spritzed either directly onto your body, or around your home or office space, and by surrounding yourself in their essence, you will benefit from the healing properties they claim to provide.

There have been many studies which have shown that being surrounded by trees and frequenting forests can have enormous health benefits, as well as psychological ones. These include stress and anxiety, confidence, concentration disorders and many more. Most of us live in apartment complexes and bustling cities, so these mists are awesome in that they provide us with that same healing power, without having to seek out an indigenous forest (but hey, the real thing is still better – you can’t climb a spray bottle!).

I recently got the opportunity to explore the forest with Melissa and Rain Africa, along with some of my beauty blogging friends, and I must say it was absolutely fascinating! Platbos is a living breathing organism…one that you cannot help but to be touched by. Melissa also told us all about each mist, and we were able to test and experience them for ourselves.

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Melissa Krige taking us around the Platbos Forest.

My opinion? Look, I don’t know if the healing properties work. I think this is something that is personal, and each of you will have to experiment for yourselves. What I will say is that regardless of said healing properties, they each smell so unique and amazing that I don’t even care whether they work or not!

The spray hits your senses and you are immediately calmed and relaxed. You feel transported to the forest with one spritz. It doesn’t smell fake or manufactured, and is impossible to describe until you truly experience it for yourself. My boyfriend Will gave me the old raised eyebrow when I explained about the healing powers, but when I sprayed it on him he was so impressed and absolutely loved it.

I highly recommend getting yourself to the nearest Rain Africa store and trying these out for yourself. Simply lovely.

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Unboxing Video! March rubybox

My reign as a rubybox RUBYROYAL Ambassador has come to an end! *sadface* For my final video, I’ve done an unboxing of my March rubybox, so if you’re wondering what their subscription box is all about, check it out!

Unboxing Video! March rubybox

For all of you who have no idea what I’m talking about – check out this post. 

If you would like to sign up for the rubybox monthly subscription, check out their website here. Not only do they offer their famous subscription service, but they also have their own online store where you can purchase makeup, skincare, haircare, nail and body products – even some stuff that isn’t available at any other store in South Africa.

This experience has really been a learning curve in terms of improving the content and quality of my own channel, learning what works and what doesn’t, and being introduced to some of the top brands and players in the industry. Such a privilege.

Again, I’d like to thank Emma, Margaux, Sylvia, and all the other fab people over at rubybox. Auf wiedersehen!

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Feeling Blessed with the #BWB Bloggers Who Bless Network

Guys, I admit it – this is a purely gushy, braggy post all about how blessed I am to be a part of a new group of amazing bloggers. Let’s just get that disclaimer out of the way.

I was lucky enough to be asked to join a new network of bloggers here in Cape Town, known as the Bloggers Who Bless (#BWB for all you hashtag fundis). In a world where people trash talk and troll each other all too easily online, BWB aims to provide a positive environment for bloggers to encourage, support, learn and grow from one another.

All the lovely ladies I met this weekend

All the lovely ladies I met this weekend

This weekend we were treated to the most amazing bedouin cuisine at the new Bedouin Deli in Woodstock. It boasts such an interesting menu! The owner spent time with the Bedouin women in the middle east and learnt how they prepare and cook their food. She then brought back these skills to Cape Town, and the result is the Bedouin Deli and restaurant she has since opened.

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Really regretting not buying a jar of these..! Cream cheese balls made with yoghurt. I die.

Dessert. I mean.

Dessert. I mean.

I’d like to give a special thank you to the organisers of BWB – Heather, Fi and Leana (who we missed terribly on Saturday!). A great big hug also to all the wonderful brands who generously filled up our goodie bags – reviews are on their way!

Peeping inside my goodie bag

Peeping inside my goodie bag

I only attended my first meet up last weekend, and I can already feel the difference it is making. Knowing people care, are watching you, want the best for you, and want to see you succeed is the best kind of motivation you can have. For anybody out there who working towards something – anything – the best advice for motivation and self esteem I can give you is to find like minded people who are in the same field. Feeling so hashtag blessed! :)

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The GoBeauty App – Hot or Not?

Hello lovelies! It has been a while, and if you saw my last post, you’ll know that this is because I’ve moved house! After weeks and weeks of boxes, we’re finally winning. Still so much sorting to do, but it’s looking more and more like home with every box.

Anyway, today I want to talk about the new GoBeauty app that recently launched here in South Africa. It’s a mobile app for Android and iOS, and if you like discounts, beauty treatments and good service, I think you’re going to like it!

In the video below, I explain how the app works (using my own phone and busted up manicured hands – moving is not kind to the hands!), and I also tell you how I found my own experience with the app. Yes, I made a booking and used it myself! This is not a press release, folks, I’ve tried it and it is legit. It works. And it’s great! Pinkerjen approved.

Have you tried it? Let me know in the comments below. Also if you have any other favourite mobile beauty apps, I’d love to know what they are.

Disclaimer: I was asked by GoBeauty to review their app, however my opinions on the app are my own and are in no way influenced by any outside party.

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The ANTI Valentine’s Day Makeup Tutorial

I present to you, the Anti Valentine’s Day makeup tutorial. The perfect makeup look for anyone who hates Valentine’s Day. It’s the opposite of girly and pretty and kissable. So IN YOUR FACE, Valentine’s Day! [Insert rant about greeting card companies here]

Seriously, if you’re looking for something to scare off the boys, make a statement and basically show the world what you really think of Valentine’s day, then give this one a try. Bold lips, winged out liner…all the things we’re taught NOT to do on Valentine’s Day. Pink Schmink!

The ANTI Valentine’s Day Makeup Tutorial

Okay but like if you actually want to look pretty and girly this Valentine’s Day, check out my pretty pink Valentine’s Day makeup tutorial here: http://youtu.be/ylMpVnOWTs0

My disclaimer is that I’m a sucker for Valentine’s Day. Who wouldn’t love a holiday about love and happiness and doing things for one another? So the chances of me wearing this makeup on the 14th are pretty slim, but I know there are plenty ladies out there roll their eyes at the mere thought of Cupid and his arrow. Girls – this one’s for you.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Revlon New Complexion Oil Control Makeup in 04 Nude
  • MAC Pro Longwear Concealer in NW20
  • Essence All About Matt! Fixing Compact Powder
  • Essence Eyebrow Designer in Blonde
  • NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk
  • Stila In The Know Palette
  • MAC Naked Lunch eyeshadow
  • NYX Slide On Glide On Liner in Black
  • Essence Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner
  • L’Oreal Voluminous Mascara
  • 27Pinkx False Lashes
  • Revlon Photoready Bronzer in Bronzed and Chic
  • Strange unknown blush (sorry!)
  • Rimmel Apocalips in Apocalyptic
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