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Sticky Fudge Autumn/Winter 2015

I only recently made my first Sticky Fudge purchase, despite being a fan of their designs since their early days before they opened a store in Tygervalley. Their children’s clothes are beautiful and have a timeless quality to them – both modern and vintage at the same time. Most of the clothes are manufactured locally in Cape Town, and are available in numerous countries, so this brand is a great South African success story. Their Autumn/Winter range is available online and in store from March, and since I love beautifully-designed local children’s clothing brands I had to share a few items from the girl’s range.

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The colours are soft and muted, and the earthy tones are perfect for mixing and matching and pairing with denim. I love the quality knits which make wonderful, snuggly winter accessories.

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 As with many local brands you are paying for quality and local craftsmanship, so these probably aren’t outfits which you would send your child to art class in… But they are designed in such a way that they can be dressed down as comfortable weekend wear, or dressed up for special occasions. I also think that beautiful clothes, like books, make wonderful gifts because they truly last and can often be passed down to younger siblings or donated to children in need in the future, still in perfect condition. You can view more of the range including the boys’ items on the Sticky Fudge online store.

 

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The Moo Reviews | Philips Sonicare for Kids

To recognise World Oral Health Day on 20th March, Moo is branching out and reviewing Philips’ Sonicare for Kids rechargeable electric toothbrush…and running her first giveaway for kids! You could win one of these amazing toothbrushes worth R899 (available at Dischem, Clicks and selected dentists and pharmacies) by entering at the bottom of this post.

 

We have had a long-term struggle around brushing, and anyone with a young child might identify. We’ve tried various brushes and toothpastes with limited success. So here is what Moo thought of the Philips Sonicare for Kids.

Did you like brushing your teeth before?

No. But now I like brushing my teeth. 

What didn’t you like before?

My old toothbrush was very boring and rottenish.

What did you like the most about this toothbrush? What are your favourite things?

It comes with stickers and it plays tunes. My other toothbrush never played tunes. And it tickles my teeth. *The Sonicare comes with a one minute or two minute cycle and plays a tune to show kids when to change areas as well as a special tune when the cycle is finished. It also comes with a variety of stickers so kids can customize their toothbrush. These little things really count with kids!

Do you think brushing your teeth is more fun now, and do you want to brush your teeth more often?

It is more easier because it brushes my teeth for me. And it is funner.

 

The results…

Along with the Philips Sonicare for Kids we received some Sunstar GUM plaque disclosing tablets. These are just amazing for showing your kids the invisible plaque on their teeth and helping them to see where to brush. The first photo was taken after brushing with a regular toothbrush. The second was taken after using the Philips Sonicare for Kids. You can see that before she was basically only brushing her front two teeth properly! The best thing was being able to show her how much plaque was lurking before she brushed (sadly…or luckily for you…I didn’t get a photo of that).

 

Top Tips from a Mom…

With the Easter bunny coming soon here are some basic tips for keeping the cavities away. I’m trying not to judge those moms who choose not to give their children sweets, but I think banning chocolate is…well…just plain mean. It makes me think of poor little Willy Wonka as a child, and frankly he turned out a bit mad from lack of chocolate. A tip is to get your child to drink some water after eating chocolate, which provide a bit of a rinse until brushing time. Older children can rinse with an alcohol-free mouthwash. Then of course don’t let them skip brushing! Find a toothpaste which your child likes, it will make them a lot more eager to brush. An electric toothbrush is more effective at removing plaque and also easier for a child to use. Find one with a built-in timer which will train your child to brush for the recommended two minutes. Make sure you take your child for dental check-ups every year. If the dentist terrifies them, look for a paediatric dentist or one who is geared towards children and will make it fun and non-threatening for them. For more oral health tips visit the IVOHealth Facebook Page.

Giveaway Time!

The Moo and I have a Philips Sonicare for Kids worth R899 to give away to one very lucky child. Enter by commenting on this post letting me know why you think your child needs a Philips Sonicare for Kids, and share this post using any of the share buttons (Twitter, Facebook, even email, whatever you prefer). The giveaway ends Friday 3rd April.

REN Instant Firming Beauty Shot

REN Instant Firming Beauty Shot {Review}

REN is kind of hitting the ball out of the park lately with their new products. I have a long-term relationship with their Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask, and then along came the Flash Rinse 1 Minute Facial – innovative and such a pleasure to use – and now they’ve introduced their Instant Firming Beauty Shot. I saw this on overseas blogs a while ago and couldn’t wait for it to reach SA,  and now it finally has. I love serums and treatment products, so I was excited to give this one a try. It’s part of their Keep Young & Beautiful anti-aging range.

I’ve been using it for over a month, and I’ve been quite pleased with the results. I usually look for treatment products which can help fade marks from blemishes, deal with pigmentation and boost radiance etc. but this serum really just gets back to basics and helps plump up the skin and smooth it out, which in turn gives you that youthful texture which is sometimes lost when skin is dehydrated.

In a nutshell, it is mainly a hyaluronic acid serum, and since hyaluronans hold up to 1000 times their weight in water they really help your skin to stay moisturised and plump up fine lines. One of the contributors to wrinkles is loss of hyaluronic acid in the skin, so this serum helps to replenish the skin, increase cell turnover, and basically do all sorts of good things to smooth your skin and improve texture.

I’ve been using two drops morning and night before applying my regular serum. If you don’t overdo it, the serum absorbs incredibly quickly and dries down. If you use too much it leaves skin slightly tacky. It doesn’t feel particularly hydrating in itself, but as it is followed by moisturiser (or serum and then moisturiser) I think it helps the absorption of the products that follow. My preferred method is to mist my face lightly with Avene Thermal Spring Water first, and then apply this serum to slightly damp skin.

The Keep Young & Beautiful Instant Firming Beauty Shot will be available from REN counters and online from 16th March, and will be sold at the launch price of R450 until the end of April, and thereafter R475.

50 Shades of Nude

50 Shades

 

No matter how many nude lipsticks I buy, I am forever on a quest for the “perfect” nude which will suit my skintone and enhance my lips’ natural colour,  something not too brown, not too pink, not too peach… I’m not sure if anybody identifies with this. Even when I find a shade I absolutely love and which seems to tick all these boxes, I’m still on the look-out for another one which might somehow be “The One”. If you too are desperately searching for your perfect nude shade, here’s a roundup of my favourites. You might just find something you’d like to try…

50 Shades of Nude...Lipstick

I think to date Givenchy Beige Plume is my ultimate favourite nude lipstick in terms of both colour and formula. It glides on like satin and isn’t too brown, too peach or too pink. It’s a wearable nude shade which goes with pretty much everything. My second favourite to date is MAC Blankety, a soft pink beige with a creamy opaque formula that feels so moisturising on the lips. If you’re looking for a bit more pink, Chanel Rouge Coco Chine in Boy is a classic, while MAC Shy Girl is my favourite peach-toned nude. I haven’t tried the new Stila Color Balm shades yet, but I’ve got Meg on my shopping list…a nude for fair skin (there are three shades to suit different skin tones). I love the creamy formula and minty tingle of these Stila lipsticks. All of the above are my idea of lip-bitingly good…