CLARINS bright plus { beauty }

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If you are like me and suffer from uneven skin tone its probably a skin care priority to find a product that reduces the appearance of dark spots and leaves your skin looking bright and luminous. I have tried a lot of products but recently I have come across the CLARINS Bright Plus range and for the first time I have started seeing results. Uneven skin tone can be caused by numerous factors including hormones and excessive sun exposure and it is something that effects so many woman.

When I first read about the brightening power of CLARINS Sea Lily botanical extract I must say I was more than a little intrigued. Its not something I had heard of before but I was in desperate search of something to brighten my skin tone so I just had to give it a go myself.

I started using the CLARINS Bright Plus intensive serum and repairing night cream as well as the Bright plus brightening and hydrating day lotion to protect and repair my skin day and night and after about a month I started seeing results.

The dark areas on my skin seemed a little less visible and my skin felt and looked radiant. I have a combination skin and I am always scared that serums will make it more oily but the CLARINS one just left my skin soft and not overly oily at all.

If you look at the research, 80% of woman that tested the product says that their dark spots were visibly reduced, 96% agree that their skin looks brighter and 88% agree it looks more luminous. With statistics like that you know that CLARINS is doing something right!

I cant wait to continue my journey using the CLARINS bright plus range to achieve even better results!

If you want any more information about the Bright Plus range please visit the CLARINS website.

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MRP Home Lounge Details { DECOR }

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To me it really is all in the details when it comes to decor as well as other parts of my life. While redoing my lounge I found so many great decorative items as well as things with awesome textures and patterns to bring that special element into the space making it not only visually pleasing but also interesting!

Here are some of my favorite little touches I bought!

1. Large resin bunny

2. Candle

3. Arrow decorative light 

4. Cable knit weave pouffe

5. Woven diamond cushion

6. White vase

7. Lamp

8. Faux fur

9. Wooden mannequin
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L’oreal Skin Perfection { BEAUTY }

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A while back I told you about the new L’oreal Skin Perfection range that I will be trying out. I have been using it now for a few weeks and I thought I would tell you about my experience so far.

I have been using all these products  in the morning and I especially like the advanced correcting serum which works great almost as a primer before putting on my foundation. The correcting day moisterizer is nice and light and prevents my skin from becoming oily during the day which is such a bonus and the anti fatique awakening eye cream is really helping with my dark circles.

Overall I can see my skin looks fresher and brighter and it doesn’t feel or look dull during the day. I have yet to see my skin tone getting evened out but I am sure that will come with using it for a longer period of time.

Have you used this new range?

 

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10 Reasons to Go To Magical Grootbos { TRAVEL }

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When I first heard that the hashtag on instagram for the Grootbos Nature Reserve in the Gansbaai area was #GrootBosMagic I was very intrigued. What makes a place magical and not just special or interesting? What ingredients does a 5 star luxury lodge on a nature reserve need to make it stand out from the rest? As myself and Michael drove up to the Forest lodge through endless pink and white fynbos on a crisp Tuesday afternoon we had a feeling we would find out very soon.

1. The Food:

The first thing we experienced at Grootbos was the food. We were welcomed with a delicious home made ginger beer drink and told its not too late for lunch yet should we be interested and of course we were. The dining area at the Forest lodge is bright and deliciously warm with a beautiful fireplace and views over the reserve and the perfect place to enjoy a delicious meal.

Meals are included in the price of your stay and there is something for everyone from starters to desserts. I must say there wasn’t one meal I didn’t enjoy and if you want to mix and match what you are eating feel free to do that. There were a few culinary creations that really stood out to me though, the orange and lemon eton mess was one of the best things I had ever eaten, the fillet was perfection and the fish was fresh and delicious. Lunch and dinners are three course meal affairs with little treats and fresh warm bread in between. For breakfast you can have a hot option as well as the buffet and I had the flapjacks with bacon twice just because they were that good.

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2. Lodges:

There are two types of lodges, The Garden Lodge which is more for families and The Forest Lodge which is where we stayed. Our “room” if you can call it that was one of 17 free standing luxury suites and we were blown away by it. Gorgeous interiors, incredibly spacious with a huge deck overlooking fynbos and the ocean in the distance. There was a fireplace, a big canopy bed, a massive bathroom and one of my favourite things, underfloor heating.

Its the type of place you could stay for a long time ( or just move in like I wanted to do ) and myself and Michael just wanted to cuddle up in front of the fireplace and forget about city life!

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3. The Milkwood Forest:

When we were taken to our suite we walked through a Milkwood Forest and this is actually where Grootbos got its name. Grootbos translated means Big Bush and their Milkwood forest is 1 of only 10 on earth which makes it really special and magical. It was like a fairytale walking through it especially at night and when it was raining and you could see drops of water glistening everywhere. It really transported you into another world and thats a feeling that I love to experience.

4. Erica Irregularis:

If you don’t know what Erica Irregularis is I don’t blame you! Before visiting Grootbos I also had no idea this gorgeous pink fynbos existed and that might be because it only grows on the reserve overlapping a bit to Gansbaai and Standford. No where else in the world will you find it and that made it so special to see in bloom.

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5. The Fynbos Safari:

We have been on game safaris before but I had never heard of a fynbos safari so it was something I really wanted to experience. We were taken out into the reserve by Jo, our amazing ranger in a Land Rover with hot water bottles and blankets to keep us toasty on the ride. She stopped and explained all the different fynbos types that grow on the reserve along the way and it was so informative and beautiful. We also stopped for some hot chocolate and biscuits and a bit of an impromptu photoshoot where Jo even took a beautiful picture of myself and Michael. Its really one of the free activities that I would suggest you do when staying at Grootbos.

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6. Horse Riding:

Another one of their free activities is horse riding and believe it or not something that I have never done before. The sky was gloomy when we got to the stables and the clouds were dark and threatening but it just made the landscape moody and gorgeous looking like something out of an English country-side novel. My horse was a pretty cream colour and his name was Nico and once I got on I felt totally relaxed and at ease. We trotted through the endless pink and white flowers, which the horses seemed to enjoy eating as well and finished our ride as the first drops of rain hit the earth.

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7. The people:

People make a place and the people from Grootbos were just awesome. Friendly faces greeted us everywhere and it felt like they made us part of the Grootbos family from the get go. We were told that Grootbos has one of the lowest staff turn arounds and I can see why. Everyone we met on our stay seemed to really enjoy what they were doing.

8. The special touches:

There were so many little special touches that I didn’t expect and it really made the experience of staying at Grootbos even better. We would return after dinner with hot water bottles in our bed, a fire crackling in the fire place and a beautiful bath with candles and rose petals. Its small things like this that make a big impression and leave people feeling spoiled and happy which is exactly how you want to feel when going on holiday.

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9. The villa:

Grootbos also boasts a gorgeous villa that can sleep up to 12 adults and that has perks that dreams are made off. It has a private chef, butler and guide and all the things that will make you feel like a celebrity if you stay there. The interior is almost like an art gallery and you have your own private pool with views to die for. If you are looking for magic, you will definitely find some at the Villa.

10. The Grootbos foundation:

Grootbos isn’t just all about luxury and gorgeous surroundings though. They have a foundation that makes a positive impact on the local community as well as nature. You can read all about it on their responsible tourism page on their website.

Grootbos really is a magical place that you will miss as soon as you leave!

Grootbos Private Nature Reserve

Website: click here

Reservation details: e-mail: bookings@grootbos.co.za / contact number: +27 (0)28 384 8008

Fact sheet: click here

Photos by Michael Eloff

 

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Winter Wonderland { OOTD }

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Jersey from Forever New | Pants from River Island | Scarf from Accessorize | Shoes from Truworths

Yesterday myself and Michael arrived at the absolutely magical Grootbos Nature Reserve. The weather ( being Winter of course ) has been a bit on the chilly side. We decided to make the most of the sunset by going down into the stunning fields of fynbos and I just had to bundle up with some knits and a scarf.

I cant wait to tell you all about this wonderful place!

Photos by Michael Eloff

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Win R5000 Puma Hamper { Fitness }

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Last night myself and Michael went for a trail run on the pipe track which is just above where we live with our new Puma trail running gear. I must say I wasn’t really in the mood to go as it was so cold and windy outside but in the end its always worth it to get active. We were spoilt with the most amazing sunset and views for days which makes this area one of my favorites to go for a run in Cape Town.

We spend a lot of time getting active and hiking and Michael wanted everyone to experience it so he is running an awesome treasure hunt all around the mountains of Cape Town at the moment. He teamed up with Joby as well as Puma to make this treasure hunt epic and one you really want to take part in.

You can check out how it works on LIFE OF MIKE but basically he is giving clues to find hidden treasures everyday and there are some fantastic prizes up for grabs. You can win a whole lot of great Joby gear which will help you with your photography ( like tripods and camera straps ) as well as 3 R2,500 Puma vouchers!

How to win the #MyActiveCityCPT R5,000 Puma South Africa Hamper.

  • Take a Photo and/or a Video showcasing the typical Capetonian active lifestyle and upload it to Instagram or Twitter.
  • If you’re uploading the image or video to Instagram, make sure you tag @PUMA & myself@TheLawry in your upload, and use the hashtag #MyActiveCityCPT.
  • If you’re uploading the image/video to Twitter, make sure you tag @PUMASouthAfrica & myself @TheLawry in your upload, and use the hashtag #MyActiveCityCPT.
  • The photos and videos will be judged by myself and a representative from PUMA South Africa, and the BEST Image OR Video will WIN the R5,000 PUMA Hamper!

What’s up for grabs?

The winner of the #MyActiveCityCPT R5,000 Puma Hamper will win:

  • A PUMA Jacket
  • A PUMA Running Tee
  • PUMA Running Socks
  • A pair of SICK PUMA Trail Running Shoes

If you happen to find one of the R2,500 PUMA South Africa Hampers in the Amazing Cape Town Treasure Hunt, you’ll win yourself a hamper that includes:

  • A PUMA Jacket
  • A PUMA Running Tee

Check out Michael on instagram, twitter, facebook page, snapchat ( thelawry ) and his blog for more info!

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WIN With L’oreal Skin Perfection { Giveaway }

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I am trying out the new range from L’oreal called skin perfection and its all about giving you that perfect complexion so you don’t have to worry about your next selfie or anything else! I have been loving it so I thought it would be great to give away a hamper of what I am using to one of you!

How to enter:

1. Comment below why you think you need a skin revamp with L’oreal Skin Perfection.
2. Tweet ” I want to win with Skin Perfection with @LOreal_RSA and @superficialgirl #SkinPerfection

Competition closes on Friday 24 July

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Weekend Pics

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This weekend was cold, busy and fun! I don’t mind the last two but the cold bit isn’t the greatest although my cold and someone else’s cold might be worlds apart haha.

Friday was a stay in bed kind of day with near constant pouring rain and I was happy to stay in my onesie and not even leave my apartment once. I guess the cat loved it as well as he didn’t move off the bed not even when I was taken photos 😛

On Saturday morning we met some friends for an instawalk in the city center to celebrate Cape Town and it was so much fun hanging out and taking pics. A lovely instagramer named Tracey also took a really cool polaroid of me for her new project and I love how it came out. Its so cool to hang around like minded people and inspire each other.

We spent the rest of the day hiding clues for Michael’s Joby treasure hunt competition and then hitting up sunset in our hood at snakepit rock.

Sunday was another day of outdoor fun and I had a little photoshoot with Michael while we were walking back. It was just too pretty not to take photos and no I don’t usually walk around with props but I am glad I did this time as I love the photo I took of Michael with the skull.

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Editing Instagram Theme Photos { HOW TO }

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I recently changed my instagram theme on my “landscape” account @campsbaygirl and I have gotten a lot of questions about themes and how you edit photos for an instagram theme. If you don’t know what a theme is its basically just a consistent way of editing your photos to create a cohesive account that obviously looks nice!

I love having a theme but I do find it difficult as I also love trying new things and I get inspired daily! The theme i went for has a purple tone to it but also a lot of orange and blue in the mix and I really love how its looking so far!

I have quite an easy way of editing my pics so I thought I would share the process with you! So once I have taken a photo that is good enough for my instagram feed this is what I do.

VSCOcam:

I feel like everyone uses this app but its because its so good! I have bought all the filters but at the moment if I choose to use one ( sometimes none of them work with a photo!) its usually P5 which I think is a free one but I also like using F2! I dont usually go 100% with the filters so I play around and see what level works best for the photo. After doing that I go to the editing tools and use the tint to create the purple tone.

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Photoshop Express:

After finishing up with vsco I head over to photoshop express. I usually do this with sunset photos only but some other photos might need tweaks in here as well. I reduce the noise because GRAIN IS EVIL and then I sharpen a bit and sometimes defog the picture which is a really cool function.

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After all of that I just pop it onto instagram and straighten, maybe add some contrast and warmth, brighten it a bit and sharpen again! Super easy and with cool results!

 

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New In { MRP, FOREVER NEW & Truworths }

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Today I went all monochrome and bought some black, white and grey goodies at Canal Walk. I am totally in a skandi mood for furniture as well as clothes at the moment! The hat is from the mens section in MRP, the shoes are also from the mens section in Truworths, the phone case is from Forever New as well as the top!

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