We all know that not removing makeup at night is one of the cardinal sins that any makeup wearer can commit – just don’t do it! I strive to remove every bit of makeup on my face at the end of the day and I achieve that using a few tools and products. While using your facial cleanser is a good way to remove makeup, I like to use a makeup remover before cleansing my face just so that the cleanser can actually cleanse my skin. I have used many makeup removers in my life but I have, in the past year, moved on to using makeup remover balms instead of liquids and oils. In this post I want to highlight and compare the 2 that I have used.
I am the ultimate at home manicure DIYer, I love doing my nails at home, it’s so calming for me. Before I became mom part of my Sunday night ritual was paining my nails for the week. I loved the ritual of getting out my tools and choosing a colour to paint my nails for the week. The worst thing however about at home manicures is waiting for the polish to dry. I have looked for the best ways to get polish to dry quickly; when I was in high school I used to place my nails under running water or put them in the freezer for a while, lol. Luckily I have graduated to better ways of getting my nails to dry.
I first came across the Tresemme Botanique range last year while I was doing research for this blog post that I wrote about the discontinuation of Tresemme Naturals and the reasons behind it. Upon seeing the Botanique range, I immediately thought that it was a replacement for the Naturals range even though it wasn’t explicitly mentioned as such. At the media launch, I asked the Tresemme team if indeed this range could replace the Naturals range in ones product stash and they replied that the Botanique range is as good as the Naturals range if not better.
In the last few weeks I somehow bought a number of items from the Clinique brand, there have been a few products from the brand which have caught my eye and I finally decided to take the plunge and buy them. When I buy big ticket items for my makeup/beauty stash I try to align them to a time when the brand is having a special/promotion. If I am spending a lot of money, I want to get some sort of “reward” – I did this with Estee Lauder last year, and this time around, it is Clinique.
I am slowly getting my way back to blogging and vlogging after my break for my maternity leave. Part of being a blogger is attending new product launches and letting you guys know about new products that are in the South African market. I was invited to the launch for the Tresemme Botanique range in Johannesburg on the 19th of May. I enjoyed myself at the event and it was a beautiful setup. It’s always great to be at these events at meet some of the bloggers that I follow and interact with on social media.
One of the worries that I had during my pregnancy was how it was going to affect my hair. I know, I know, it seems so trivial that whilst going through one of the most life changing experiences of my life, I was worried about my hair. Since starting my healthy hair journey, I had read about how pregnancy hormones affect hair growth and the devastating effects of postpartum shedding. That is why I was dreading this change from the beginning. I am currently about 8 weeks post partum, I don’t think that I have gone through the worst bits of postpartum shedding. However, in this post I want to share how my hair was during my pregnancy and how it is currently.