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Guest Contribution : First Impressions Wild Fern Manuka Honey Range

Fi sent me three samples of the Wild Fern Manuka honey products to try out.

The three products were:

-Ultra Rich Night Revival Crème

-Gentle Facial Cleanser

-Conditioning hand Crème

 

All of these products are manufactured in New Zealand by Parrs products. The key ingredient in these products are Active AAH 650+ New Zealand Manuka Honey.

Manuka is a flowering tree native to New Zealand. The honey collected from these flowers is what makes these products different to so many other products on the market.

Manuka honey contains an enzyme that produces hydrogen peroxide, which we all know is an antiseptic. Except for the high antiseptivc and bacterial contents, Manuka honey is also packed with proteins, vitamins and minerals.

AAH stands for Active Antibacterial Antioxidant. The number 650+ is the activity range of the antiseptic value. Ok, so this basically means the Manuka honey is categorised on a scale of numbers from 470-650, and the higher the number, the higher the antibacterial value of the product.

 

This is how I experienced the products:

 

Gentle Facial CleanserGentle Facial Cleanser

It is a yellow, milky substance that smells like honey. When I squeezed it into my hand it was quite runny and my initial thoughts were oh no, how is this going to clean my face? When I applied it to my face I actually had to eat a huge chunk of my own humble pie, because even though the product is runny, it is extremely moisturising and I simply cannot describe how silky and soft this is on my skin. I was blown away.

It cleansed my face properly, removed all my makeup and left my skin feeling so soft.

Of all three products, this one is by far the superstar.

 

Ultra Rich night revival crème

Ultra Rich Night Revival Creme

This cream has a thick, yellow substance and the smell is sweet but more humbling.

My skin definitely felt more moisturised after use and I woke up with a dewy complexion.

 

Conditioning hand crème

Conditioning Hand Creme

This cream also is a thick, yellow substance that has the sweet honey smell. Even though it is a thick cream, did it not leave my hands greasy. It absorbed immediately and left my hands hydrated and looking good.

 

Overall I think these are great products and I would definitely purchase them for my daily skincare routine.

 

About the author, Leandra Bothma of a Total Loss For Words IMG_20317206100256-2 I am a  32 year old wife, mother, daughter and breast cancer survivor. I am obsessed with beauty and books and if I can smell it, use it, taste it, read it or eat it then I will most probably write about it if it strikes my fancy!

 

You can follow Leandra on Twitter @atalossforword

 

Editor note: There is a South African distributor for these products but after trying to get in contact to find out where these products are available to purchase, we have had no success. If you are able to assist please email us pout[at]poutperfection.com with the details.

Disclaimer: These products were given at an event for sampling purposes. This has in no way altered our view of the products in anyway.

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Guest Contribution : Clover – Living a Beautifully Healthy Life

One look at the supermarket shelves reveals the huge growth in alternatives to anything and everything, including milk. The secret is to let your diet lead you to an oasis of calm and health. When you are stressed out chances are your diet takes a plunge for the worse, You may eat the whole shebang, or lose your appetite altogether. No matter how you deal with it, stress affects your body in more ways than one and by eating incorrectly you could be doing yourself harm. Choose wisely what you put in your mouth and you can help your body with the war on stress.

Place antioxidant-rich foods on your grocery list – these include tomatoes, apricots, almonds, hazelnuts, mangoes, peppers, pilchards, mussels, broccoli, carrots, paw-paw and spinach.

The benefits of milk:

Milk contains the amino acid tryptophan, which is converted into vitamin B3 by the liver. It then helps raise serotonin levels, a neurotransmitter that helps the body regulate appetite, sleep patterns and mood. Because of this ability, tryptophan has been used in the treatment of a variety of conditions, most notably insomnia, depression and anxiety.

Eating smart:

Oat-enriched smoothie

If you simply cannot face a big breakfast, it might be a great idea to bulk up on your smoothie with a handful of oats.

Ingredients:

One serving:

1 banana

1 teaspoon of honey

90 ml full cream milk

125 ml plain yoghurt

½ cup raspberries

1 ½ cup rolled oats

Method:

Add all the ingredients to a blender and process until smooth. Serve immediately.

A common reason for striking cows’ milk and dairy products off the menu is having a low level of the enzyme lactase needed to digest the milk sugar, lactose. Lactose intolerance is quite common affecting at least 33% of people worldwide. Moderating your milk consumption can prove to be beneficial.

Although some experts blame cows’ milk for the increased risk of health problems, others argue that its complex mixture of nutrients has health benefits:

  • Milk is rich in calcium which is required for strong bones and teeth, and for a healthy functioning heart. A 250 ml glass of 2% low-fat cows’ milk offers 24% of the adult nutrient reference value of calcium (1300 mg a day).
  • Milk contains good fats too – Milk from grass-fed cows contain “good “unsaturated fats. Replacing the “bad” fats with the “good” fats in a diet will reduce heart-disease risk. Milk also has conjugated linoleic acid, which assists in reducing cholesterol.
  • Vitamins and minerals – Milk is full of vitamins, minerals and other biologically active health-boosting compounds.
  • Probiotics – fermented milk products that have live cultures, such as yoghurt, contain probiotics – these are linked to a range of health benefits such as an increased immune function. Try adding low-fat yoghurt to your bowl of muesli in the mornings.
  • Weight control – Full cream milk passes through the gastric tract slowly, which can help to regulate blood sugar levels and appetite.

Remember that living a beautifully healthy life is what really matters at the end of the day.

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Let Rooibos Fix You

Just like in the film My Big Fat Greek Wedding, where the older relative thinks that Windowlene will fix everything, South African’s are no different, with rooibos, but possibly with a bit more science to back up their claimrooibos bushs, rooibos will help your problems. We love drinking our rooibos tea, its benefits are widely known and even get some international recognition.

Reasons why we drink rooibos include, but are not limited to:

  1. It is a refreshing drink.
  2. It is caffeine free, which means its safe for everyone to drink including children and pregnant ladies.
  3. It has strong anti-oxidants which protect the body in a number of ways, including fighting free radicals and has very strong anti-inflammatory properties which helps prevent heart disease.
  4. There are studies that suggest consumption of rooibos tea results in a reduction of cancer causing chemicals.
  5. It is rich in minerals, like the soil it is grown in. Some of the minerals are magnesium for the immune system; calcium and manganese for healthy teeth and bones; zinc for the metabolism; and iron which is important for helping blood and muscles distribute oxygen.
  6. It can resolve tummy cramps.
  7. Protects against Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease.
  8. Encourages a restful sleep.
  9. Research suggests that drinking rooibos may assist in weight management, as part of a healthy lifestyle.
  10. It can relieve skin conditions.

So, have you added “DRINK MORE ROOIBOS” to your new years resolutions? Me neither. I don’t believe in resolutions… and I will tea regardless of whether its on a list 😛

african extracts

Toward the end of the year I received the African Extracts Rooibos Skin Care as a present which is made using rooibos which is grown in the Cederberg mountains. African Extracts is designed by South Africans for South African skin. As rooibos contains a phunylpyretic acid, which helps improve acne, psoriasis and eczema you can actually apply a cooled tea bag to affected areas on the skin for a jump start to soothe and heal any inflammation but if the thought of this sounds a bit dramatic and possibly crazy, the African Extract range is able to address your skin concerns and provide all the benefits of rooibos tea bags on a daily basis in your skin care routine. The powerful antioxidants in all the African Extract products protect you from harsh environmental stress and pollutants.

Cleansing_LotionThe soothing cleansing lotion retails for R47.00 and is just that, I used it when my skin was aggravated after being in the sun and on a game drive for a few hours and once I had finished cleansing my skin had calmed down tenfold, and felt refreshed. Continue reading

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Product Review ~ AHAVA Purifying Mud Mask

Hello Pretty poutlings!

Hope you are all having a fantastic day. Today I would like to tell you about AHAVA Purifying Mud Mask which I received in my November Rubybox.

AHAVA Purifying Mud Mask 

This product sells for R350 for 50ml

Yes, it’s true, most ladies freak out if they think of putting mud on their faces, but this one was such a treat! I made sure that I had enough in my sample pouch for 2 treatments for me.

Detoxifying Dead sea mud with kaolin (a soft white china clay) together with energising minerals and moisturising elements cleanse and clears all excess oil without stripping the skin.

Applied after a good wash and exfoliation with my EA 3-in-1 I left it on for 2 minutes as directed and then rinsed off.

I do have to say my skin felt absolutely wonderful after this treatment, soft and supple and moisturised.

So, if you’re looking for a mask to treat yourself with every now and then, this is it ladies!

Go on, you deserve it!

Have a pouty perfect day! 

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