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About flea143

Just another Brit living in Cape Town South Africa. A complete hippy at heart. A part time beauty lover and a part time geek. Girlfriend to the most wonderful creature on the planet. Utterly opinionated.

Woody Woodcooker

It is hard to call a wood buring oven an innovation as it has been around for years, a lot longer than the traditional electric or gas oven; but a wood buring oven has never has never been so attractive than in times of load shedding. Trying to feed a family or oganise food when you are sitting in the dark in the 6pm – 8pm slot is the worst, and so incosiderate of the governement. However, that could change, and I could have a solution for that right here in this short article.

I was invited last week to experience a unique way of cooking from the home, a very unique way of entertaining and a very must-have new toy for the house, a Woody Woodcooker. This wood burning oven was the most unique one I’ve come across to date – mainly because it was built on top of a trailer for a traditional view of wood burning fast food. This sounds bizarre but the delectable treats that came out of that trailer/ wood burning oven were nothing less than DELICIOUS and it only took a few minutes.

#woodywoodcooker preview with @thehippoteam @lynnesmit

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South Africans are no strangers to lighting a fire and throwing some meat on it, we affectionately call this a braai, and other parts of the world know a braai to be a barbeque, the results of which are no doubt delicious (provided I am not put in charge of the braa meat); we in South Africa, and dare I say the rest of the world are also no strangers to wood fired ovens as this is a big tag line used to push more pizza out the doors at popular pizza take outs – so why does this idea of having a wood burning oven in the home seem so foreign? Well, in retrospect, after being introduced to one, it really should not seem foreign. After meeting the brain child of the colourful Cape Town local Woody Woodcooker, Mr. Darin Sacker, the creator of a wood burning oven which has a heat efficient design that will allow you to cook a variety of foods from the comfort of your own home without having to rely on Eskom to do so.

Meet Mr #woodywoodcooker , for mums Darin does Pizza Parties too !

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You don’t have to simply cook pizzas, although if and when I get mine installed I think that is all le boyfriend and I will love off pizza for years, reminiscing of our Italian trip last year… Woody Woodcooker allows to cook a roast meal in the oven, or grill fish or even bake a cake and of course make wood fired pizzas.

Darin’s, Woody Woodcooker will truly challenge your ideals on cooking and installing one in your home could easily challenge the ideals of who is the head chef in your household.

Alongside manufacturing wood ovens for private installs,  Darin has accomplished great feats of organising parties for adults and children alike.

“I enjoy the challenge of catering for 21sts or other big parties. We’ve had as many as 200 guests enjoying a constant stream of fresh, host pizza from the mobile oven.

Our  wood cookers can be found in homes and restaurants in South Africa, Zanzibar and the Seychelles. Some of our clients are bankers and others are start-ups or established catering businesses.”

Yellow tail and avo on crisp lettuce!! Cooked in #woodywoodcooker with @thehippoteam @lynnesmit

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Unique to Darin’s company is that he creates the ovens to a client’s specifications and once the oven is installed he doesn’t simply leave it at that, he will ensure that his clients are able to use it to their full potential with training and he even gives them some tips on how to get the best food out of their oven as well as a widely tested collection of recipes for the best out of your oven for years to come.

For more information on the wood cooker or getting one installed, check out Woody Woodcooker.

xo flea143

Disclaimer: I attended an event where I experienced the Woody Woodcooker in action. This has not altered my view of the product in anyway.

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No Sun? No Problem!

The sun is probably the worst ingredient for anti-ageing around, however the wonderful team at Caribbean tan have you sorted – come rain or shine!

Although, I’m a real pale thing, it doesn’t hurt on a warm winter day when you want to wear a skirt or show a little bit of skin to not be see-through! Being see-through scares people who think you might be dead.

No matter the weather, one always looks better with a healthy sun-kissed glow and an affordable glow is attainable by us all in just a few steps!

  1. exfoliate your skin until its smooth, like a baby’s bottom! – they have you sorted with their Cinnamon & Coconut Skin Smoothing Exfoliator
  2. apply your preferred tan
  3. keep your skin happy and hydrated
  4. use SPF religiously to protect your skin from the harmful UVA and UVB rays from the sun

For a breakdown on the entire Caribbean tan range, please read on…

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Labello Lip Butters

Sometimes, being a beauty blogger has perks like receiving random parcels at your house with loads of goodies in to try! Labello were kind enough to think that little old Pout Perfection deserved some loving and decided to share their brand new range of lip butters with us!

Check out their cute little advert which is all about sharing!

As Labello says, the Lip Butters are your BBF‘s, or BEAUTY BEST FRIEND and they will become a handbag essential!

Winter, no matter if its wet or dry always takes a toll on my lips and they always suffer. Dry, cracking lips plus excessive makeup is never a good combination and since starting to use one of the three that I was sent to try it is slowly growing on me… even though I am not a huge fan of lip products that I need to stick my fingers in for my lips but since starting to use them, I’ve quickly got over it and I have grown very partial to the Vanilla and Macadamia Lip Butter!! Labello Lip Butters

Other variants in the Labello Lip Butter collection are Raspberry Rose which is scented with the most gorgeous citrus undertone overpowered by cherry for a real mood lift and the Original (which I think would be perfect for those manly men who suffer from dry lips!) as this has a discreet fragrance and has a macho baby blue exterior packaging!

The formula once on your lips is quite creamy and doesn’t leave a sticky residue so your hair is quite safe even with the wind in Cape Town! The drier your lips are, the faster the product absorbs and you instantly feel relief on very dry and cracked lips.

What is even better, these little treasure pots are only R29.99 and are available at leading retail outlets and pharmacies nationwide.

Pucker up and pout with Labello Lip Butters today!!

xo flea143

Disclaimer: this product was sent to me for review purposes. This has in no way altered my view of the product in anyway!

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Ingrown Hair Solutions

Ingrown HairThere is nothing worse to ruin a pair of smooth legs than an ingrown hair! Fortunately, following hair removal – waxing, threading, epilating and shaving – Fino Soothe has become to must have product to combat those bumpy pests! FINO SOOTHE

Fino Soothe Woman will help eliminate those annoying and unsightly shaving bumps or ingrown following a wax! While calming the skin, it also moistures it and helps reduce dry, itching and other post hair removal irritations. It’s blend of Vitamin A and fruit enzymes very softly exfoliate and purify the skin whilst improving skin elasticity. It is easily absorbed and it feels as though the skin just drinks it up. It is safe to use anywhere on the body, including bikini line and eyebrows and is suitable post shaving, waxing, epilating or threading.

Its a lotion to be applied to the skin following the hair removal and thereafter while the hair grows out.

Other things to try if you really battle with ingrown hairs:

  • Exfoliate regularly
  • If shaving use a moisturising shaving cream
  • When drying the body, use patting motions instead of rubbing motions as the friction can cause skin irritations
  • Use Fino Soothe to help assist in combatting the ingrown hair problems

You can get your own Fino Soothe at Dis-Chem for R69.99 and selected pharmacies as well as exclusive hair and beauty salons. To find your nearest stockist or for more information visit Fino Comestics.

xo flea143

Disclaimer: This product has been purchased by me and the review is subject to my own experience.

 

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Babor HY-ÖL

Babor is a very unique skin and body brand which is all encompassing with precision science to ensure top quality results. You wouldn’t expect anything less from German standards. Having had only minimal experience with the Babor brand due to the high price tags, I was ecstatic to find that at the Babor Reversive launch earlier this year that we received their flagship product in a sample size which is soon to be celebrating it’s 60th anniversary, this product is simply called HY-ÖL, which I pronounce “High Oil” and I am not 100% sure if its correct but that’s what I’ve been calling it. Fast forward to later this year and myself and some other beauty bloggers received a private product preview of all the products in the Babor range and this HY-ÖL  has really caught my attention. HY OL

HY-ÖL is the flagship product of Babor as it was their ‘first born’, or should I say ‘first launched’ product launched onto the market which is still manufactured today and their ultimate best selling product with up to 15 million litres of product being sold every year. That’s a huge amount of HY-ÖL floating around!!

Anyway, cleansing your face with HY-ÖL makes cleansing something special with a style of its own. The cleansing system is a two step system; first step involves gently rubbing the Hy-Ol on your face which draws makeup off the skin, this is gentle on your skin and it acts like a dirt magnet and you literally feel your skin can breathe again, the second step is moistening your fingers with cool water and the Babor Phytoactive (prescribed to your skin need) into a milky cleanser and then rinse your face. It leaves your skin feeling conditioned and fresh. I never thought cleansing could be so therapeutic, but its an incredibly calming thing to do in the evenings before bed time.

According to the Babor South Africa website the application is as follows:

Mornings and evenings, gently massage 2 pumps of HY-ÖL® over the face, neck and décolleté. Immediately apply 1 pump of Phytoactive on top and blend together. Add cool water, massage until a milky emulsion forms then rinse off with plenty of cool water.

My skin is not conditioned to the Babor range and I did experience a mild breakout when using HY-ÖL for the first week but shortly afterwards it really started to become something I wanted to use each and every day. This HY-ÖL will set you back approximately R422 for 50ml but its definitely an investment worth making (it will also last you a while) and the CPhytoactive prices vary, for my combination skin I have been using and loving the Phytoactive Combination, which retails for R341.

Phytoactive Combination

So the total cost would be approximately R800 for my cleansing but as I said previously, it lasts for ages as the pumps are calculated to last.

 Thank you Babor for educating me on your luxurious products, for me its easy to see why they are the staple of many beautiful faces around the world.

xo Flea143

Disclaimer: The Hy-Öl was given to me to try out but I purchased the Phytoactive Combination to ensure that my skin needs were met. This has not altered my view of the product in anyway.

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