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About flea143

British roots temporarily placed in South Africa, busy wandering around the globe. A free spirit who cannot be confined to the walls of an office. Loyal girlfriend, daughter, sister and friend. Opinionated. Passionate makeup artist, photographer, scuba diver and writer. www.missfitzstudio.co.za

#TrueBeauty Real Mirror Test

Dove are undoubtly well known and, for some reason, quite widely loved for their True Beauty campaigns where for over a decade they have preyed on womans insecurities making it out that we all think we are ugly, unworthy and generally not attractive but then miraculously Dove tells them they are and WHAM they are injected with confidence and feel amazing about themselves and live happily ever after.

No matter what your thoughts on the campaigns are or are not, this parody will surely make you laugh and make you stop and wonder about whether all the other campaigns were really as effective…

No matter what Dove says, your own self image and being able to face your own reflection is what matters. So do some mirror staring if required, and touch up that lipstick! ;)

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Dermalogica Ultra Smoothing Eye Serum

ULTRA SMOOTHING EYE SERUMIts not exactly new anymore as it has been around for a while and I’ve been using it before it launched because I was lucky enough to get my paws on it but with that all being said; simply put, this product, ever since I attended the launch at the #DermalogicaSuccess event last year has been nothing less than amazing. I have very sensitive eyes, to light, active ingredients, pollen and creams and it is very difficult, previously almost impossible, to find products that do aggravate my annoyingly super sensitive eyes. I now only use The Dermalogica Ultra Calming eye serum, but not all the time, every few days or so and normally in the morning before putting my moisturiser on just to give me a little bit more of an “omph” to start the day, other times in the evening when I feel the need to give my eyes a bit of extra love. Dermalogica Ultra Soothing Eye Serum is very light with a slight oil feel but once it has been applied it is instanly absorbed by the skin within a few seconds – there is no irritation and it makes you feel like your eyes are awake. Reduces puffiness, has a cool calming effect and makes me feel a bit more energised (not sure if that is the case for everyone else). ULTRA SMOOTHING EYE SERUM I think I will struggle to come across another eye treatment that will effectively work for me without the irritation and Dermalogica, as always gets a huge thumbs up and repeat purchases from me. Thank you to Dermalogica for including the Ultra Smoothing Eye Serum sample size in our first Cape Town #BWB goodie bags, as it will fit perfectly into my toiletry bag.

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Disclaimer: This product was initially given to me as a gift, then I bought another one and then received a sample size in a goodie bag at an event. Absolutely no bribery nor corruption has made me write this post.

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The Victorian Garden

If there is one thing that can be said about eras gone by is that everything that goes around, comes back around again. My generation, the millennium generation, may be under the impression that we were the only era to celebrate platform shoes circa Spice Girls but have a look around, they have come back in style again (not quite as bad as last time) but even before this, they were all the rage when my parents got married and their wedding photographs can vouch for this. The same can be said for beauty, fashion, style and even medicinally we often find ourselves looking to the past to see what they did right and how we have modernised things and completely made a balls up of how things should be by trying to be more efficient, and by efficient I mean commercial. Lining someone else’s back pocket while in severe cases we are exposing ourselves to harsh chemicals in the attempt to be modern and up-to-date.

Let’s move away from platforms and lets talk about organic. Organic is very in. Organic is very popular, whether it is what you are shoving down your throat or what you are smothering on your face, organic is better – its everywhere – like its a new thing but its not. Organic goods were the only goods before we started piling the artificial chemicals into everything to make life more convenient, to make things last longer and food to grow bigger.

The Victorian Garden is an unique company, their history is absolutely fascinating and compiled with modern research they develop the most wonderful traditional Victorian skin care recipes using only organic and natural ingredients and better yet, the products are made locally in South Africa.

ourProductsI did not know about this wonderful little brand until one of their gorgeous Hair Masques was popped into my first #BWB goodie bag, and we were informed not had the hair masques recently been relaunched and we were one of the first groups of people to get our paws on them. How exciting! The reason for the re-launch was to essentially crate a product that was harder working, better quality and great value for money. Hair masques are a product which can be enriching and the more enriched the better, therefore the new ingridients added assist with conditioning and repairing damaged hair, enhancing shine and moisture and assists with a softer and glistening hair all round after using the product – it does this by treating the hair shaft and nourishing the hair from the source with no added chemicals and completely cruelty free.

Retail: R95

Retail: R95

I have been using the lovely Rosemary & Jojoba Hair Masque with Peppermint which slightly tingles the scalp when applied but leaves the hair feeling fabulous afterwards.

Excuse the no-makeup as this was captured while Skyping my nephew on Saturday my brother so happily got a screen shot - but check my hair - forget the makeup is missing or admire my dog.

Excuse the no-makeup as this was captured while Skyping my nephew on Saturday my brother so happily got a screen shot – but check my hair – forget the makeup is missing or admire my dog.

If you are looking for a hair masque, they are R95 and available on The Victorian Garden’s website – be sure to check out their entire range as its completely fascinating!

Be sure to check out The Victorian Garden’s website, Facebook and Twitter @Victorian_Tweet.

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Disclaimer: This product was given as a gift in a sponsored goodie bag. This has not altered my view of this product in anyway.

 

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Give Your Pet the Ideal Balance with Hill’s

 

A couple of weeks back, I was privileged to join my lovely friend Heather from FemmeLifestyle to go to a different type of launch that involved skin care, hair care and the general well-being of our hairy four legged friends at the 12 Apostles Hotel & Spa. The launch was for Hill’s Pet Nutrition newest brand, Hill’s Ideal Balance.

1 Hill's Ideal Balance canine & feline logo (with sky)

The talk was led by nutritionist Dr Kathy Gross who had flew all the way from the USA for the exciting new brand to launch under the Hill’s name for the first time in about 45 years. Dr Gross explained the reasoning behind creating a pet-food which was all natural based on the expectations of a natural shopper and she really highlighted that we as humans have so much choice of what we eat and how we receive the right nutrients but our pets only get what we give them which is actually quite a huge responsibility on a pet owner. Getting the right nutrients is not the only challenge we face but getting the correct balance of nutrients is key and this is how the all-natural food, Ideal Balance was born.

HILLS IDEAL BALANCE CHART

“While I believe in natural ingredients, the more I learn, the more I wonder whether just being natural is enough to deliver the best quality nutrition. I know that ingredients are not enough and it’s the balance that’s important for a healthier pet.”

My puppy (or should I say old-lady-dog) Jess has been on Hill’s for as long as I can remember and she is 13 years old. She has never been a fan of dry food on its own, especially when she can have so many better choices available and so we have always had to mix some meat with her dry Hill’s Biscuits. I trust the Hill’s brand for my dog because the vet has always recommended it and she has lived an entirely healthy life and seems to be a happy dog. If my word is not enough, Hill’s was voted by the South African public as most trusted pet food in the Readers Digest Most Trusted Brands Survey of 2013.

The launch featured Bob & Bella, celebrity Hill’s French bulldogs that present on the Espresso Show. They happily modelled for hours with the new food and showed everyone that it got a big doggie thumbs up. Jess Treats - Ideal Balance

Prior to the launch, we were asked what animals we had and got given (THANK YOU and woof from Jess!) the new range to try out according to the animal (cat or dog) the size of the breed (small, medium or large). The selection chosen for my pooch was the Adult small breed 1.8kg dry food (RSP: R189) with Adult Poached Salmon and Vegetables Canned food (RSP: R20 per can) rounded off with some Turkey and Cranberries Treats (RSP: R49).

Jess has been in Johannesburg – can you say jetsetter? But she is now back with me in Cape Town and has only started to eat her new food this week. Despite my worry that she would lift her nose up at the biscuits, meat and treats because they differ from her norm she has quite frankly woofed every meal down and is still looking for more.

The range is available for cats too and will be available at selected vets countrywide from 1 April 2014 (this brand was launched initially overseas in 2013). If you think this range will be ideal for your fluffy friend, have a chat with your vet and they will give you the best advice.

Be sure to follow Hills on Twitter and Facebook and check out their website here for even more information.

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Disclaimer: the goodies given to me were a gift, this has however not altered my view of the products in anyway. No bribery nor corruption has been used in this post.

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Tangled Tree – Wines With a Green Heart

birdsThere are fewer things that make me happier than seeing brands, big or small embracing the environment and acknowledging that it is important and even though going “green” is already incredibly popular overseas and more the norm than the exception to the rule, sadly it is not seen often enough in South Africa but Tangled Tree is changing that in the face of wine industry for South Africa. Their philosophy makes mention that they will not change the world by being caring towards the environment but changing the world and the face of the industry is not something that will simply happen over night, just like Rome wasn’t built in a day, companies embracing the change to address a happier world for the planet will too take time. Baby steps will get us there eventually.

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How does Tangled Tree make a difference to promote a happier and healthier world for all? Well, for starters their bottles are not  glass like most wine bottles, Tangled Tree uses plastic containers using 100% recyclable materials which reduces the amount of waste and energy used in creating them. They are also assisting in promoting the bird life and wildlife in the Robertson region.

Living in Cape Town, everyone is  self-proclaimed connoisseur of fine wine, I’ll be the first one to admit I am no expert but I just enjoy the occasional glass of wine when I am not on my detox or follow up healthier eating plan but every now and then the occasion calls for a glass of something and what better than a glass of wine which was not only made with love, care and expertise but what about a glass of wine that was made with love for nature and our planet, Earth.

The wine I have waiting for me for a special day was a gift from the first #BWB meeting from Tangled Tree which I am so looking forward to having with a friend one day soon.

It’s also refreshing to have such a quirky and interactive brand on Twitter @TangledTree and Facebook, be sure to check out their website here for more information on their entire wine offering!!

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Disclaimer: This item was a gift, this has not altered my view of the product in anyway I am just so excited to try it :)

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