GIVEAWAY! Win a night for TWO at Dolphin Beach Hotel

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Do you need a break? Everyone should get to take a little break away from their routine once in a while and spend it in nature.

Relaxation does wonders for the body and mind and can literally add years to your life if you get enough rest. But not all of us can take an overseas holiday or even a full weekend break at that.

This is why I love coming to Dolphin Beach Hotel in Blouberg. It’s not far from the city but far enough from the bustle to offer complete serenity.

Wake up to the scent of the ocean, scroll through the perfectly manicured gardens, pop over to Blowfish Restaurant for a breakfast, dinner or sushi, and best of all, walk out onto the beachfront, mere steps from the hotel.

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Sometimes the most beautiful adventures are lurking right under your nose. You don’t need to be long-flights away from home to feel a little free. That’s the beauty of it.

I remember my first night at Dolphin Beach so vividly. I could smell the sea breeze from behind the thick drawn curtains that darkened my room so much that not a peep of light could disturb my sleep.

Strangely, I could hear the soothing sound of the waves breaking against the shore but no sound from the hotel’s side – not even from staff or guests passing by my room.

You’ll never know how refreshing a short break can be until you check-in and experience it yourself. This is your chance to enjoy the downtime you deserve. 

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Congratulations Abdul Khalfe !!!

When’s the best time to stay?

A seaside stay, even in winter, is an awesome experience. Winters at Dolphin Beach are rainy and windy but still quite scenic. It’s the kind of place you could go to write a book. It holds a warm atmosphere right from the entrance regardless of the weather.

Summer stays are of course the best for hopping out of bed and walking to the beach after breakfast.

What are the rates like?

The style of the hotel is really nautical and cosy. It’s a white-linen pants and sandals destination rather than a suits’ hub, even though checking-in on a business trip would make your time in the Mother City all the more memorable.

You can view the pricing and availability on the hotel’s website, here.

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Why should you win this prize? I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below 🙂

Terms and Conditions: 

*Entries open to South Africans only.

You must have a valid driver’s license or ID for the chance to win.

One winner will be notified via email on 8 December 2017.

The prize, one night’s stay for two will be valid to the winner for one year from the announcement date.

Only the original winner can redeem the prize unless an alternative has been arranged with the hotel manager.

The winner must arrange a suitable stay-date according to the availability dates provided by the hotel.

This prize excludes any amenities not mentioned in this blog post.

 

Guy VS Girl natural hair tag with Malik Einero

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Highly Requested!

Thank you so much to all of you who requested to see this video via my Instagram poll.

When I’d first met, model, Malik Einero, I’d had so many questions about how he maintains his hair and vice versa. I thought that it would be cool for us to share a bit of that conversation and most of you agreed.

Click on the play button below to watch the video:


We answered some of our most frequently asked questions and this video was originally inspired by the Youtuber, Shanel Inspired.

These questions include the worst and best products we’ve used, our go-to hairstyles, hair goals, routines, and some throwback pics of our earliest hair-journey memories.

It’s so refreshing to see a guy who’s embracing a natural hair journey too, as well as to see the differences and similarities that guys face with their hair.

Let me know if you enjoyed this video by posting a comment below and if you have any questions, I’d be happy to answer them directly at robyn@bewhole.co.za

Rob x

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Review: Buuya Hair and Body Butter

Woah, this product smells amazing.

It actually began melting between my fingers before spreading it all over my arms this evening. We’ve had a good couple of hot days in Cape Town this October, so the heat from my fingertips easily liquified the ingredients.

Have you used Buuya before? Let me know in the comment section below. 

I’m a sucker for beautifully fragranced products. This reminds me of those expensive scented candles that people keep in their bathrooms but never use. It’s likely the rich vanilla essential oil and shea butter that you’ll get a whiff of first.

Shea butter is my go-to for full-body hydration from hair to face and body, so I was eager to try Buuya’s blend of African and tropical butters.

Texture and packaging:

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The butter comes in a 125 ml resealable hard plastic container. The packaging is quite earthy and neutral-looking which would suit the bathroom setting at a luxury nature reserve.

The ingredients are said to be whipped into its rich, buttery texture, which explains why it melted so easily onto my skin as I applied it.

Experience as a styling cream: 

First of all: don’t use a lot. I’d read the direction on the container before using the product and was expecting a much creamier texture to style my hair. I’ve tried twisting my hair using unrefined shea butter before and my hair literally frizzed within an hour of untying the twists. I really had no expectations for this butter.

My hair was freshly washed – damp – and had absolutely no other products on it before applying the butter. And with only one product applied after twisting, my hair dried quite quickly and was 90% dry when I woke up the next morning.

Tip: Your twists should be completely dry before untying them otherwise your hair will frizz. Click here to watch my twist out video tutorial. 

Pro:

Once I untied my hair, I did have a bit of frizz but I was really impressed with how shiny and defined my twists looked, especially since achieving a defined style with a butter is extremely difficult with my hair type (3c/ 4a). The twist out lasted me three days with the help of my sleep cap.

Con:

I used about a R5 coin size amount on each half of my hair, which is a lot for a butter but a little for a styling product (on my hair).

At the touch of my hair, I could still feel an oily residue on my hands by day 3. This was of course because I’d used too much product, but also because one of the ingredients, likely the coconut oil, wasn’t being absorbed by my hair follicles. I’d recommend using an almond size amount on each half of your hair if you have type 3 or 4 hair, and much less for type 2 hair.

Experience as a body product:

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I definitely wouldn’t need to wear any perfume when using this butter on my skin. `Since it blends some of my favourite natural ingredients to use on my body, I liberally applied it from my hands to my feet. It’s rich but doesn’t feel heavy on my skin and a little goes a long way.

I’d recommend using this as a body butter in the evening, after a shower, since the use of oils as a daytime moisturiser can increase your skin’s sensitivity to the sun.

What’s in it:

Unrefined shea butter, coconut oil, sunflower seed oil, olive fruit oil, Mongongo seed oil, Mafura seed butter, vanilla essential oil blend, and pure vitamin E oil.

Price Range: 

With the caliber of ingredients in this butter, I’d say that it’s a massive bargain for R125. A tub of each ingredient on its own would cost much more.

Buuya offers a variety of other hair and body products, which you can find on their website via this link.

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Skin Renewal Review: Facial Peel for Acne

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If you’ve watched my Instagram stories, you’d have seen snippets of what my first facial peel experience was like.

I had high expectations.

This mission to regain clear skin has been going on for years – before I even big chopped in 2014. By modifying my diet, taking natural supplements, exercise and trying to get more sleep (the last one is still quite difficult), I’ve managed to massively reduce the number of breakouts I experience.

No more painful red bumps that make my face feel like a grater.

I usually only experience minor breakouts when I’m due to start my period now or if I’ve had a lot of sugar. You’d never believe how much sugar there is in fruit. Despite what traditional dermatologists will tell you, it’s possible to treat acne by modifying your diet. At least three doctors who practice functional medicine – which is to treat the cause of a problem rather than just treating the symptom – have recommended that I modify my diet to treat my acne and it has really worked.

It’s the scarring that I’m battling with. Well, up until I found out about facial peels.

Watch the entire process below:

How much does it cost?

It depends on what you’re having done, where you go, and who is doing the treatment. I paid a total of R575 for my facial at the Skin Renewal Institute in Claremont/Newlands, Cape Town. One would normally have to pay a separate fee for a dermatologist’s consultation at the spa but if you book a treatment for the same day as your consultation, you only pay for the treatment. This was a nice surprise.

I’d researched many salons in Cape Town but opted for Skin Renewal when it was recommended by a friend who experienced great results.

Is it painful?

The duration of the entire treatment is one hour but the chemical peel only sits on your skin for 3 minutes before being rinsed off. Once the chemical peel is applied it does sting but it’s not unbearable. I think that this also depends on the intensity of the treatment and I was fine with the heat of the Azelan peel on my face.

Does it clear acne scarring completely?

Yes and no. My skin is considerably smoother and clearer than it was before but not all of my scarring is gone. The doctor advised that it was going to be a process and that I would need a few more treatments before my skin would clear completely.

What is the maintenance involved?

After getting the treatment done, my skin began to flake so that it could shed my old layer of skin and invite new, clearer skin to the surface. I was advised to wear sunscreen of at least SPF 40, to avoid unnecessary sun exposure, no harsh cleansing, and no moisturising until my skin had peeled completely.

My skin flaked for about 4 days which seems to be unusual since I was told that it wouldn’t really peel but perhaps mine is a special case. The flaking wasn’t really noticeable unless someone stood 5 finger spaces away.

When Is the best time to get a peel?

When you have a skin concern, the on-duty doctor will advise whether a peel is suitable for you. As everyone’s skin is unique, you may not receive the same acne treatment as I did.

Would I consider getting another peel?

I’ve already booked my next treatment. Needless to say that I was happy with the service at Skin Renewal.

Did you enjoy reading this blog post? I’d love to know your thoughts. Post your comment in the section below 🙂

Save on natural haircare products at Clicks

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Hey hun!

Clicks is running a massive promotion on beauty products until 11 October 2017. If you buy three beauty products in the same range, you get the cheapest one free.

Yaaaas?

All the haircare brands that were at #ClicksCurls is on sale.

(Fetch me a basket).

You can even buy the products online and just collect them in-store when you have a minute.

(Girl, are you serious?)

Let’s just say that it’s been a beautiful morning. The doorbell rang with a heavy press drop and it brightened my day.

Here’s what I received:

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A box filled with haircare products that I’ve never reviewed. And all of them smell really good. Plus: SALE. A four-letter word that lights up my eyes.

There, in the box, among the haircare products, I find a Clicks Beauty Mag, listing all the products that are on sale at the moment. Brands like Tresemme Botanique, Shea Moisture, Auntie Jackie’s, Dark and Lovely, Cantu, Twisted Sista, Design Essentials, My Natural Hair, Hask – and so many more are available for less that you’d normally pay –  at the beauty fair.

I love a good sale. And I was even more impressed that I could skip the queue to buy my favourites online and collect them when I have time – without missing the discount.

There’s more:

It’s not just haircare products that are on sale.

(Wow, she cares about other things too.)

Skincare, make-up, body products – even the Sorbet facial cleansing brush that I’ve been raving about since I bought it last year, is on sale right now.

If you’re a Clubcard member, you get 10% extra off colour cosmetics like those Revlon ColourStay lipsticks that’s perfectly matte but doesn’t feel dry at all.

Here’s the online catalog: 3 for 2

You can also stand a chance to win a Spring beauty box worth R 5000. Simply head to Instagram and search the hashtag: #Clicksbeautyfair for more details on how to enter.

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PICS: Clicks Curls Cape Town 2017!

Wait.

Before you go any further; can I just say how beautiful it is that the natural hair community is growing so rapidly and that products which could only be imported in the past, are now so easily accessible?!

Three years ago, I would have had to trek to the lowest level of the Golden Acre to buy a tub of Auntie Jackie’s Curl La La. Now, I step into one aisle and I’m spoiled for choose on what to treat my hair with .

Thank you, Clicks.

I arrived at Spier Wine Farm just after 9 AM, beating the rush of women lining up at the entrance of the venue by 10.

I wear a sleeveless burnt orange playsuit and leather ankle boots – the weather is always warmer in Stellenbosch, so I don’t mind the slight draft against my shoulders, on my way to the estate.

When I step out of the car, I give my partially wet hair a shake and thank the heavens that the sun is at its zenith.

Siv Ngesi and Amanda Du-pont lead us into the day’s events and it’s a line-up of giveaways, laughter, demos, and product education by the biggest brands in the natural hair industry.

My friend Danni and I spend the first two hours of the day greeting ladies we’ve connected with on our hair journeys.

Nearly everyone pulls through. This one flew in from here; that one came all the way from there; naturals from Cape Town have been looking forward to this day for weeks. And it’s finally here.

900 of us show up.

A vendor tells me that the attendance target was 500 people. There’s something going on in every corner of the venue and none of us are ever bored, unimpressed or ready to leave.

The estate is scenic and the patios peaceful, even with the buzz of ladies queuing to collect products at all of the kiosks. The conference room where brands had set up reminds me of a farmer’s market with all the greenery, natural lighting, and fruity scents hanging in the air.

Here’s a snap of the programme for the day:

And here are some pics of the naturals who attended Clicks Curls:

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Danni Bowler and Genovese Julies
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From left, Sammy Perkins, Diamond Stafford and Michelle Perkins

Unfortunately some attendees walked away empty handed since the event was packed and products were handed-out on a first-come-first-served basis. But other than that, this was hands-down the most entertaining and informative natural hair event of its scale in Cape Town.

Clicks managed to educate, entertain, help us connect with people who share similar interests, and gift us with products from our favourite brands.

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Ayanda Dlamini and Darian Roman
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YOUR CHANCE TO WIN!

I know that many of you struggled to get tickets – they were sold out twice and some who attended didn’t get the products that they’d hoped they would. So here’s your chance to grab the goodies you may have missed out on.

Stand a chance to win a R 500 Clicks Gift Card to spend on any
merchandise in-store!

Simply follow the instructions below to enter:

1.Subscribe to my blog using the sign up form below.

2. Follow me on Instagram and Twitter: @robynruththomas

3. Comment what you would buy with R 500 to spend at Clicks in the comment section at the end of this post.

ENTRIES ARE NOW CLOSED.
Competition ends on the 2nd of October 2017. 

Terms and conditions:

This competition is valid for South African entrants only.

One winner will be announced on Instagram and contacted via email.

This R 500 voucher can be used to buy any Clicks merchandise excluding airtime and cellphones.

This voucher can be used at any Clicks store, nationwide and must be redeemed by December 2017.

Good luck loves! Share this post with someone who’d like to win this prize.

02 October 2017 Update:

CONGRATULATIONS ROXANNE JEWELL

 

How to reduce acne scarring naturally

Who would have thought that two people could connect on a sad topic like acne?

A few months ago at a conference lunch, someone asked me why I wasn’t eating meat and that sparked a 30-minute conversation about skin concerns.

Why are we so obsessed with having clear skin?

Skin experts tell us that clear skin is beautiful, clean, and healthy. Pimples are definitely a warning from our bodies, letting us know that something is not right internally.

I’m not a doctor but I’ve been to many who all say the same thing: watch what you eat.

That’s a topic for another blog post but if you really want to clear your skin, it’s important to understand what’s causing it first.

Here’s some pics of how bad my acne was. I’m wearing makeup in all of them because, for some reason, it made me feel like it was less noticeable. Ironically, you can see it clearly here:

Taken 2015: I had just stopped using the strong medication prescribed my dermatologist because it was affecting my health. After a few months off YAZ, the breakouts returned. 
Taken 2016: New year, new breakouts. My poor pores on my forehead were covered in a Mac foundation which just made my breakouts worse.
Taken early 2017: I’m not wearing any makeup here. I had changed my diet after seeing a homeopath and my breakouts had begun to clear but I still had a lot of scarring.
September 2017: I still get some breakouts before menstruation but it’s not nearly as bad as it was. I’m not wearing foundation in this photo and my hair is covering the sides of my face but that’s where I mostly still have scarring.

Here’s what I’ve been using to help reduce my acne scarring:

Toner

A toner is one of the most underrated products of a skincare routine. It helps to balance your body’s PH levels so that after you’ve cleansed, your body won’t try to produce excess oil to keep your skin hydrated. I’ve been using a Beauccience alcohol-free toner that you can get at Wellness Warehouse for around R 89.

Exfoliating Brush

Thank goodness for my Sorbet gentle face brush. I use it in the morning and evening, and I don’t travel anywhere without it. 

I apply a face wash to the bristles of my brush and then scrub my face gently to help remove dead skins and lighten my acne scars. It’s made a huge difference. 

Clay Mask

Before acne, masks were a rare treat but now that clear skin has become a mission, I’ve started using masks more frequently. I was gifted the Loreal Detox Clay Mask at the launch of Loreal Elvive’s Curl Pride and decided to try it one night after my skin was looking dull. It really works! I use it once a week now.

Sun screen

Brown people need sunscreen too! I never bothered applying sunscreen because I’d always worn a moisturizer or foundation with a low SPF.  But if you have acne scars and get sun burnt, your scars will be darker so make sure that you protect your skin by applying a good sunscreen. 

Recently, I’ve started using the Yung Skin SPF 40 sunscreen which isn’t greasy at all. It has a matte finish, light, creamy texture, and smells really good. 
 

A natural way to clear zits quickly

Cue the angels for tea tree oil.

It has a distinct minty aroma and feels a bit burny if you apply too much. 

Pure tea tree oil will dry your skin if you apply oil to areas that aren’t excessively oily. My oily t-panel is where pimples show themselves first but then I apply tea tree oil and the bumps disappear within days.

Was this post helpful to you? Let me know in the comment section below and share it with a friend who may want to reduce his or her acne scarring.

3 great hair gels for natural hair available in South Africa

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I’m one of those women who doesn’t really like shopping.

I would never go to a store to browse through items if I wasn’t looking for something specific.

I usually walk into a store to collect and pay. Most items would already have been researched, compared on PriceCheck, and tracked for stock in-store via telephone by the time I enter the aisle. It seems dramatic, but it helps me save A LOT  of time and money.

I only REALLY browse through beauty product aisles. LUSH. Oh, my hat. I will never pass a Lush store without walking in to smell the bath bombs and hair products.

They’re amazing.

BUT at Clicks, the amount of heavenly scented hair products placed in one aisle always has me losing track of time. I scan the labels to see if the ingredients are just right; I’ll lift lids – no touching I promise – just stealing a whiff, and usually picking up the products with packaging that looks beautiful – like a lot of thought went into making it.

How do you choose products? I’d love to know. Comment at the end of this page.

One time, I stood in a beauty aisle for so long (with one product in each hand), that a security guard came to ask me if I needed help. “Just having a look, thanks,” I awkwardly replied, putting down the products to avoid looking dodgy.

By this time, I had already read the labels of products on the top shelves and was now squatting to reach the products closest to the ground.

Needless to say the hair gels below have been scanned and compared with a critical eye. There are a few that I’m eager to try and review, especially the retail store aloe vera and flaxseed gels. Let me know if you have any favourites. I’ve also had some seriously bad experiences with gel. Gosh.

Once, I had a photoshoot and I decided to try a new gel the night before to set my wash-and-go. Big mistake. My wash-and-go looked amazing and this was a gel known for not getting crunchy so I was ever confident that the hairstylist would be able to style my hair easily. As soon as the gel had dried and the stylist touched my hair, it began to flake. I was so embarrassed. She was blowing at my scalp, wiping flakes off my shoulders and you know when you over-explain so that you can convince people that you’re telling the truth? I was doing that.

Why use gel for natural hair?

It’s taboo. I know. Naturals with type two to three hair could splash water on their hair and their curls will pop. Mine does that too. But because I have a combination of type three and four hair, my hair tends to shrink quickly and frizz as it dries. I usually rock my frizzed afro but when I’m in the mood for a super defined wash-and-go, gel is really the only product that will hold my hair types.

Here are the three hair gels at the top of my list for when I’m too lazy to cook up a batch of oh-so-good-for-your-hair, homemade flaxseed gel.

Each gel is free from drying alcohols.

Revlon Flex Maxi Styling Gel Extreme Hold 150 ml – R 4295

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This is one of the first gels that I used while I was transitioning and doing Bantu knots to disguise my limp chemically treated ends. I needed a Hercules hold and this did the job.

It does have a major crunch and by that I mean, your hair will be hard but If you love low maintenance life, a week could go by and your curls will still be defined with this gel. The only disappointment is the baby packaging  – a lot of hair needs a lot of product so hopefully, Revlon will up-size them.

Dis-Chem Hair Styling Gel Firm Hold 1ltr – R 3895

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Products at Dis-chem are just generally more affordable than other retail stores so this 1-litre pot is no surprise. I’m honestly skeptical of cheap products sometimes because I ask myself, why are the ingredients so cheap?

But get this; Dis-chem pharmacy cleverly clones more expensive products and creates generic products that include the same quality ingredients but didn’t require as much effort since the original product creator did most of the work. That’s why generic products are cheaper. When you buy expensive pharmaceutical products that have identical generic products available, you are literally just paying more for the name of the product. Compare labels, hun.

 I’m still trying to find out whether this product is generic but it works really well. It has great hold and no white flaking – hallelujah, but you have to use quite a bit of product as well.

This should have been called edge glue because, honey, it performs. I recently braided by hair and wanted to complete the look with perfectly laid edges.  I was really impressed.

My initial thoughts that edge tamer was a waste of money if you could use gel, have just been squashed.

It’s really only meant for your baby hairs though. The hold of this gel is so intense that it would actually stiffen up the rest of your hair if you used it. I did finger test and it’s like having prestik on your fingers if you tap them together.

It’s rather pricey for a hair gel but it will last a really long time considering the hold and tiny amount of hair that you need to cover.

Let me know if you’ve tried any of these before and/or if you have an interesting hair gel story to tell. I’d love to chat to you.

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Yungskin: energy infused skincare

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What a time to be alive.

As more people are opening up to the concept of functional medicine and natural remedies for healthcare, Homeopaths like Dr Phillip Sherwin are demonstrating what wonders natural-based products can achieve when matched with innovation.

After years of research, experiments, and watching acupuncture face lift procedures, Dr Sherwin, who’s also an Acupunturist, Naturopath, and Reflexologist, wanted to find a solution to achieving the same youthful benefits of acupuncture, without using needles.  The result was Yungskin – a plant-based skincare range said to be the world’s first energy-infused products using the principles of homeopathy and acupuncture.

Can you imagine a product so advanced that it beats acupuncture?

According to Dr Sherwin, what makes Yungskin unique is that the products stimulate targeted acupuncture face-lifting points on the face and neck. They’re designed to help restore the skin’s vitality, reduce visible signs of ageing such as fine lines and wrinkles, and rejuvenate and regenerate skin cells for a more youthful appearance.

Applying the products should result in the same effect as the traditional acupuncture face lifting technique, but without the pain and needles.

The range includes a face wash, day cream, night cream, oral energy supplement, sunscreen, and tissue oil. I will be reviewing the products myself and will be sharing the experience with you in a follow-up post.

For best results, it’s recommended that the full range be used so this should be interesting. I already love the invigorating scent of the day cream but since I have a combination skin tone with an oily t-panel, I hope that the concentration of the products won’t be too rich for my skin.

Yungskin products are only available online at www.yungskin.com. They’re all-natural, including spring water from Table Mountain. All products in the range are free from harmful chemicals, and are cruelty-free.

Are you using any natural skincare or make-up? I’d love to hear from you. Let me know in the comment section below.