Category: Lifestyle

INOAR Botox

I’m just going to put it out there – I had Botox done, and it was just the lift I needed!

No, not that Botox… Let’s hope there’s no need for that anytime in the foreseeable future (on that note, note to self: remember to moisturize, use sunscreen, and drink loads of water everyday 😋).

This Botox was on my hair. Last Sunday I was invited to try out INOAR‘s Botox for hair, G.Hair B-Tox.

INOAR Professional is a hair treatment research and manufacturing company that distributes globally and is one of  the largest hair treatment companies  in the world. The company was founded by Ino Manoel in the year 2000. With an outstanding range of in-salon treatments and after care, INOAR has a product for every hair type.

In case you’re wondering what hair Botox is, here’s a little information about the product:

G.Hair B-Tox is designed as a quick and instant fix for damaged hair. It contains Wheat Germ oil, Argan oil, Shea Butter, Hydrolyzed Keratin, and Grape Extract. The treatment is rich in Vitamins A, C, and E, as well as antioxidants, all of which protect your hair from the harmful stuff. It can be done as a stand-alone treatment after colour, or as a booster in between Brazilian treatments.

INOAR Botox

And these are the benefits you can expect after a G.Hair B-Tox treatment:

* Restores and hydrates
* Promotes hair growth
* Strengthens hair
* Volume reduction
* Frizz reduction
* Curl reduction
* Manageable hair
* Reduces knots and easily detangles
* Adds shine

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I arrived for my appointment at the very busy (yes, even on a Sunday; testament to how amazing these ladies are) Sorbet Drybar Dunkeld about 10 minutes early. I only waited a short while before I was helped by Loveth. First, she washed and then towel-dried my hair. Next, she applied the G.Hair B-Tox mask to my hair. She combed it through, ensuring that the product was evenly applied to all the hair. Then she wrapped my hair in cling wrap (quite a fab look 😂), and informed me that we’d have to wait 30 minutes. I relaxed with a cup of coffee, while waiting for the Botox to work it’s magic.

Something I was very impressed with by this point was how gentle the treatment was on my usually sensitive scalp (and on my extremely sensitive nose haha) – there was no burning or itching, and there was no strong smell. Most hair treatments come with all 3 nasties, so I was very happy with this one.

Once our 30 minutes was up, Loveth rinsed the mask off, and treated me to the most wonderful head massage (easy to see why her name starts with Love!). Once my massage was done, and before I could doze off, it was time for the big reveal – would my hair look and feel as promised? Loveth blow dried my hair, and styled it with round brushes at the ends. Once she was done, I couldn’t help but smile. My (naturally curly, and sometimes dry) hair looked shiny and really pretty, and it felt soft and light. Lifeless and dull hair revived in 30 minutes? Check! 🙂

The results of the treatment can last for 4 weeks, so I’m looking forward to seeing how mine holds up. I’m really impressed with it so far. It’s been 9 days, and my hair really feels strong and healthy.

If, like myself, you’ve not really treated your hair (no, regular washes don’t count) in a while, INOAR Botox would be a brilliant idea to get it – and you – looking and feeling brand new again.

INOAR Botox

Contact Sorbet Drybar Dunkeld on 011-325-2921 or 076-211-4554, or dunkeld@sorbetdrybar.co.za to make an appointment.

INOAR Botox

INOAR Botox

INOAR Botox

Get ready to play with Prima Top Toys

At a media launch in July, Prima Toys announced their Top Toys for December 2017. These are the toys that kids will be gazing at longingly in toy stores during the school holidays/festive season. Imagine how cool you’d be if you surprised them with any of these even before they give you those puppy dog eyes, or drop helpful hints. 😀

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Before we get to the toys, I have to tell you a little about the launch, held at The Bryanston Country Club. On arrival the lovely ladies from MatsiMela Home Spa treated us to hand massages, as we sipped on champagne (how fabulous? 😉).

Top Toys - hand massage

Of course, being the kind of people who enjoy spoiling others, meant that MatsiMela also had gifts waiting for us on our way out that day. 🙂 I received the Rooibos & Honey Body Butter and Fizz Ball. The scent of these products – oh my gosh! So beautiful!

Top Toys - MatsiMela gift

Warren Murray from MamaMagic, The Baby Expo spoke about equal parenting, highlighting how dads should be as involved in raising and caring for their kids as moms are. During his talk he also mentioned how the few minutes you take to play is so appreciated by your child, and it’s those moments that become treasured memories.

Dr Shireen Thomas-Stark told us that when parents buy toys for their kids, they’re actually “investing money” because of the many benefits of play such as promoting creativity and problem solving.

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Finally it was time for the real fun – Prima Toys marketing executive Chiquita Patrizi revealed Top Toys 2017! 😀

Shopkins Happy Places

Little ones can turn any space into a happy place with the Shopkins Happy Places range. The largest set in the Happy Places range is the Happy Home set that includes several Puppy Parlour Petkins and a Lil’ Shoppie. Other playsets include Kitty Kitchen, Dreamy Bear, Bathing Bunny, Slumber Bear Party, Bunny Laundry, Mousy Hangout, and plenty more. There is so much more to collect for the Shopkins fan. All sets include their own miniature Petkins and other accessories to go with whichever Happy Place you choose. Doll house play just got better because interior décor has never been cuter.

Top Toys - Shopkins

Little Live Pets Surprise Chicks

This one got everyone (each one of us an adult 😋) super excited! There was one Surprise Chick on each table, and watching them hatch and then move cutely around the table had us oohing, aahing, and giggling so much, that it took a while for everyone to settle again. For a few minutes, we were kids again, and it was such fun. Thank you Prima Toys for reminding us of the power of play.

There are five Chicks to collect: Patty the Party Chick, Blossy the Daisy Chick, Tilly the Dancing Chick, Beaky the Rainbow Chick and Henny Penny the Sunny Chick. You won’t know which Chick you’ve got till they hatch. The fun doesn’t end with the first hatch though; your Chick can hatch over and over again for endless fun. Fancy some sweet Chick chirping? Simply pet your Chick, the more you pet it the more it will chirp. So cute!

Elena of Avalor

Princess Elena is bold, confident and kind. With the help of family, friends, and magical flying creatures called jacquins, she must now rule the kingdom as Crown Princess, until she is old enough to be Queen. The Disney Elena of Avalor range of toys includes dolls and accessories, perfect for lots of fun roleplay.

Top Toys - Elena of Avalor

L.O.L Surprise Tots Ball

Once again, we had the chance to play, with an adorable L.O.L being passed around each table, for each of us to unwrap and discover. First you get a secret message, then collectable stickers, a feeding bottle, doll shoes, an outfit, an accessory, and then a fantastic doll. There are forty five dolls to collect, each with their unique accessories.

Top Toys - L.O.L

Ben 10

Brand new action figures are available in various sizes, each with their own special movement capabilities. There is also a range of exciting playsets including the Rustbucket Deluxe Playset, and the Ben 10 Transform & Battle Set, which features a favourite alien along with a gauntlet mask to match. The range also includes wearable accessories that will take roleplay to a whole new level of fun!

Top Toys - Ben 10

Fingerlings Baby Monkeys

These guys will hang on to your fingers and tell you how they are feeling in 50 different ways. Listen to them making near real monkey sounds and watch them blink their eyes and turn their heads. Their hands and feet have a grip surface to hang upside down just like real monkeys.

Rubiks

The new range Rubiks includes Rubik’s Build IT solve IT, which comes with all the necessary parts to build your own cube (you can finally solve this 40 year mystery); Rubik’s Race, a two player game to get your fingers and brain working – the aim is to be the first player to make the 3×3 centre match pattern and the Rubik’s Tower – the new twist on the original cube, even more challenging than the original cube.

20 Questions

20 Questions is a classic for the whole family. Test your knowledge of people, places, things and important dates, and enjoy seeing everyone racking their brain trying to figure out the correct answers.

Top Toys - Rubiks

And there you have it, just some of #PrimaTopToys for the coming festive season.

We were gifted with goodie bags once the program was over, and it was a bag that made my little person really happy. One of the prezzies inside was her first ever pack of Shopkins, and now she wants to collect them all (they are super cute, so I totally get it).

Top Toys - goodie bags

Which #PrimaTopToys are you thinking of buying for your little/s?

Daily Dish – the busy mom’s perfect sidekick

One of my least favorite tasks during the week is deciding what’s for dinner. Not being the most decisive or creative of individuals doesn’t help either. And don’t get me started on the times I do know exactly what I’d like to make, only to find I don’t have all the ingredients I need – of course this usually happens on those days when I’m feeling too tired (or lazy) to make that run to the shop; those days when I have really bad bed hair all day; or when I just don’t feel like putting on pants and going out in public. 🙈

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Enter Daily Dish

I was recently asked if I’d like to try a dinner box from Daily Dish. Four nights of not having to worry about what to cook, plus no annoying “missing ingredients” trips to the shops? Um, YES PLEASE! 😀

We know you want to eat delicious, freshly prepared food every day. When you don’t have the time to shop or pick a menu, we’d love to take care of it for you.

Daily Dish is South Africa’s first weekly meal kit delivery service, bringing convenience to busy moms since 2013. There are seven different dinner boxes, so there’s an option for just about everyone. I went with the Classic Box – chicken, beef, fish, pork, and a variety of vegetables made this the ideal choice for my family.

Daily Dish dinner box options

Once I let Diane know which box I wanted, I received an email confirming that I’d be receiving the Classic Box 4, and advising which items I’d need from my pantry. Olive oil, salt, freshly ground pepper, 4 eggs, and butter. That’s it, that’s all you need. Everything else is in the box. How great?

When the box arrived on Monday, the thing that really stood out was how fresh and beautiful the ingredients looked. The recipes are impressively presented too – each one on an A4 card, with a lovely photo of the dish at the bottom, giving you an idea of what you can expect once you’re done playing Masterchef that evening.

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Daily Dish recipe

On the first night, I made Sriracha Chicken Noodles. All three of us loved this dish. Zee even asked for more – anyone with little kids will tell you this is always awesome (and doesn’t happen too often).

On Tuesday, I made Lebanese Kebabs instead of the Shakshuka, as I hadn’t yet bought the eggs. We enjoyed it, but not quite as much as the noodles from the night before.

Tuesday dinner with @dailydishforyou 💛. . . . #LebaneseKebabs #dinnerbox #dailydish #blogreview #foodie

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And then it was Trout Shakshuka on Wednesday, and Country Mash-Up on Thursday. Both dishes were approved by Zee, with the only criticism (from all of us) being that the Shakshuka was too salty. I should’ve realized the feta would cause the dish to become quite salty, so adding a pinch of salt to the elements as I prepared them was probably not the smartest move.

The winner for our family was the Sriracha Chicken Noodles. What an absolutely delicious dish! Although, everyone trying out the fresh, wholesome, yummy, super convenient dinner boxes from Daily Dish is a winner. And get this – they also have Wine Boxes!

Daily Dish - wine gif

Final verdict

Daily Dish is an excellent service, and definitely worth a try.