A pamper afternoon with Clarins SA

Having spent an amazing afternoon at Clarins Spa in Johannesburg last week, we celebrated Valentines Day in full pamper mode.

A beautiful facial and a relaxing massage was just what was needed to start off the day 😀 how lucky are we?

Clarins massages involve precise movements carried out by expert hands. This is combined with the effective action of exclusive skin care products which use the exceptional aromatic and phytotherapeutic powers of essential oils. For an unforgettable experience that brings pleasure to all the senses.

This is some of the experiences shared by our Spa Queens :

“What a special valentines treat it was, to be pampered by the very capable and friendly staff of the Clarins Spa on Corlett Drive. I was welcomed by friendly faces and escourted to my warm and comfy treatment room. After my personalised skin analysis, my therapist chose the best facial for my skin type.

I was very pleased with my Radiance Performer mask. Every product that was used, smelt divine. After having taught the whole day, I was able to relax with the calming music in the background. The indian head massage made me realise how much I actually needed this pampering. I would definitely return for a top up facial.

I have received many compliments on my glowing skin. I can’t wait to treat my mum for Mother’s Day. ” – Ansuya Maharajh


“I spent a fabulous morning at the Clarins Beauty Salon on Corlett Drive in Johannesburg & had a facial & full body massage.

The facial was unique & my Beauty therapist Zak was amazing with the most wonderful hands which never left my body during the massage. She used a beautiful oil which smelled so lovely & I tried really hard not to fall asleep during the massage as I really did not want to miss out on this amazing massage.

The Clarins Power Firmer Face Treatment was amazing & the Clarins Pro Age Fighting Peptide Mask to eliminate lines & wrinkles was fantastic. Zak gave me a head massage while the mask was on which was really great.

I found the staff in the salon to be very attentive & very well trained to make sure that their guests are well taken care of & left the salon with my skin feeling like a million dollars – Liz Ferrett



***Win ***So now you too can experience this beautiful massage.

**The prize is a Clarins Signature Massage valued at R650-00
Enter here to win:
1. Like the page SpaQueens_ and ClarinsSouthAfrica on Instagram

2. Like my FB page : Namritha : My eye on the world

3. Tag 2 friends in the comment section below.

4. Share this post.

Each method gets you one entry into a random draw . The winner will be notified and announced on 28 Feb.
I wish you well 🙂 

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Vegan Chocolate Cake — Healthy Vegetarian Foods

“Let’s face it, a nice creamy chocolate cake does a lot For a lot of people; it does for me.” ~Audrey Hepburn Famous words from a famous person, that applies to almost all of us even today. 27th January is national chocolate cake day – I have missed the boat for that – but I…

There are a million and one recipes available for cakes, chocolate cakes and vegan cakes – I am sharing one of mine that has worked well for me.

Chocolate & Coconut Cake

30ml flax seed meal

75ml water

250ml melted coconut oil

175ml coconut milk

375ml cake flour

5ml baking powder

30ml cocoa powder

50ml desiccated coconut

175ml castor sugar


  1. Heat oven to 180 degrees and grease a 900g loaf pan or a similar size pan of your choice
  2. Place flax meal in a small bowl and slowly add the water – ensuring that you stir while adding the water
  3. Whisk the coconut milk and oil till well combined and set aside
  4. Sift the flour, baking powder and cocoa into a large mixing bowl and add in the coconut and castor sugar and mix well
  5. Now pour in the oil mixture followed by the flax meal mixture and stir until well blended – pour into the greased baking pan and bake for 35-40minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean
  6. Allow cake to cool in the pan for about 10-15minutes, before turning out onto a wire rack to completely cool
  7. Serve it as is or with a dusting of icing sugar and cocoa or with some melted vegan chocolate or a vegan buttercream frosting – however you serve it – you are bound to enjoy it

For A Marble Effect

  • Add the cocoa to half the mixture and keep the other half plain, and pour bits of the mixture alternately into baking pan
  • Using a skewer swirl lightly to create a marble effect.

– See more at: http://www.healthyvegetarianfoods.co.za/vegan-chocolate-cake#sthash.fGczZR1I.dpuf


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Winners of Cars.co.za Consumer Awards – powered by WesBank

                                                                                                                                                     The 2016/17 Cars.co.za Consumer Awards programme powered by WesBank – concluded with the announcement of the thirteen best-considered new purchases in their respective categories of the South African new vehicle market, as well as the overall Brand of the Year, on 19 January 2017.

 Cars.co.za Consumer Awards was distinguished by two significant factors: it was backed by the biggest provider of vehicle finance in South Africa and, in conjunction with the 13 judges’ scores, the findings of the Cars.co.za’s Owner Satisfaction Survey (in association with Lightstone Consumer) had a substantial (50%) weighting on the final results, excluding the Brand of the Year award, which was based entirely on the Survey data.                                                                   

The winners are: 

Premium Hatchback of the Year                   Volkswagen Golf GTI DSG


First Class Car of the Year                             BMW 750Li Design Pure Excellence


Leisure Double-cab of the Year                  Ford Ranger 3.2 Wildtrak 4×4 Auto


Executive Sedan of the Year                       Jaguar XF 25t Portfolio


Premium SUV of the Year                            Volvo XC90 T8 Twin Engine Inscription


Business Class of the Year                            Audi A4 2.0T FSI Sport S tronic


Compact Family Car of the Year                 Suzuki Vitara 1.6 GL+


Fun Car of the Year                                         Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport DSG


Lifestyle SUV of the Year                              Land Rover Discovery Sport TD4 S


Compact Hatchback of the Year                 Opel Corsa 1.0T Enjoy


Budget Car of the Year                                  Suzuki Celerio 1.0 GL


Performance Car of the Year                      BMW M2 M-DCT


Family Car of the Year                                    Volkswagen Tiguan 1.4 TSI Comfortline DSG


Brand of the Year                                             Suzuki

Cars.co.za’s awards programme has a multi-faceted judging process, based on inputs from seven members of the experienced editorial team and six respected guest jurors drawn from specialist fields. The combined jury allocated scores to the three finalists in each category based on their assessments from two test days (on which available vehicles were compared back-to-back).


Once the judges’ scores were tallied and audited, the brand-specific data from the Cars.co.za Owner Satisfaction Survey, which incorporates feedback from thousands of South African new vehicle owners, based on their experiences of their vehicles (must be less than five years old and serviced through franchised outlets), was factored in for the purpose of calculating of the final results.


The prestigious Brand of the Year award, however, was determined solely by brands’ ratings in the Cars.co.za’s Owner Satisfaction Survey (in association with Lightstone Consumer), which was compiled from thousands of surveys completed between September 2015 and December 2016. Consumers rated the brands in terms of: after-sales service, overall ownership experience and sales processes of its dealerships. Changes in market share were also factored into the final standings.


 The results of the Cars.co.za Consumer Awards – powered by Wesbank, were verified by respected auditing firm KPMG.


The importance of incorporating consumer input


The fact that three models defended their Cars.co.za Consumer Awards titles that they won in the inaugural (2015/16) programme (two of them with different derivatives) underlines the quality of winning products and the sterling reputation of their manufacturers.


It must be noted, however, that the final results of three of the categories in the 2016/17 programme were determined by the findings of the Cars.co.za Owner Satisfaction Survey (as opposed to the cars that were favoured by the 13 judges).


About the event


The winners of the Cars.co.za Consumer Awards were announced at the Vodadome in Midrand on January 19 2017. The event was attended by approximately 300 guests including prominent South African motor industry executives, including representatives from vehicle manufacturers and importers, dealer groups, the finance sector, media agencies, social influencers and celebrities.


Comedian John Vlismas was the master of ceremonies and the awards (handcrafted car-key shaped trophies made from stainless steel, titanium, aluminium and acrylic) were handed over by the 13 judges as well as Cars.co.za CEO Ross McIlroy and WesBank CEO Chris de Kock.


Marketing guru Khaya Dlanga and Inês Jesus from Google Africa were guest speakers and entertainment was provided by Flash Republic. The event was digitally broadcast on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and, significantly, streamed live on Cars.co.za Youtube channel. The multi-platform broadcast allowed consumers, who are at the core of Cars.co.za’s awards programme, to actively participate in the event. Furthermore, the #CarsAwards hashtag was the top trending topics in South Africa on Twitter during — and immediately after — the event.


Visit http://www.carsawards.co.za for more information about the Consumer Awards, including the winners and finalists, and view images of the award recipients that were taken at the event.


About Cars.co.za


Leading online automotive retail portal Cars.co.za, which lists tens of thousands of new vehicles stocked by more than 1 000 vehicle dealers countrywide, delivers in excess of 30 million page views per month to more than a million unique users. Cars.co.za has a presence on multiple digital platforms and it’s ranked in the top 10 branded South African YouTube channels with 20 million views to date.




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The 700-calorie breakfast you should eat

The 700-calorie breakfast you should eat if you want to live forever, according to a futurist who spends $1 million a year on pills and eating right

Ray Kurzweil
Inventor, entrepreneur, and futurist Ray Kurzweil.Wikipedia

Google’s leading futurist, Ray Kurzweil, thinks his diet can help him live forever.

He says he spends “a few thousand dollars per day” on diet pills and eating right, which equals about $1 million a year.

According to Caroline Daniel of The Financial Times, Kurzweil’s breakfast includes:

  • berries (85 calories for a cup)
  • dark chocolate infused with espresso (170 calories for an ounce)
  • smoked salmon and mackerel (100 calories for a 3-ounce serving)
  • vanilla soy milk (100 calories for a cup)
  • stevia (zero calories)
  • porridge (150-350 calories for half a cup, depending on ingredients and cooking method)
  • green tea (zero calories)

Kurzweil takes 100 pills a day (down from 250 a few years ago, allegedly thanks to advances in technology) for everything from “heart health” to “eye health, sexual health, and brain health.”

As for the part of his breakfast that actually contains food, Kurzweil told Daniel it emphasizes “healthy carbs” and “fills you up with fewer calories.”

That’s true — mostly.

“Healthy carbs” (as opposed to “unhealthy carbs,” which include sugar and refined, heavily processed carbs like white bread) are typically from whole grains, meaning they include a hefty portion of fiber, which helps keep your digestive system running smoothly.

As for “filling you up with fewer calories,” foods higher in protein and fiber are key to making sure this happens.

So back to Kurzweil’s breakfast. The berries and porridge both have lots of fiber, while the smoked fish and the soy milk are good sources of protein. Thumbs-up here, Kurzweil.

The breakfast isn’t without its added sugar, though.

The vanilla soy milk has 7 grams of sugar; the chocolate has another 7 grams. And even though the sugar in the berries is all-natural, they still have 15 grams. Add in a couple grams from the porridge, and Kurzweil’s first meal of the day already includes over 30 grams of sugar.

That gets pretty close to the 37.5-gram-per-day maximum that the American Heart Association recommends men should eat each day. (The AHA recommends women limit their sugar intake to about 25 grams a day).

It sounds like Kurzweil is using the stevia, which has no calories, as a replacement for more sugar.

While it’s sugar- and calorie-free, we still don’t have enough research to say whether or not stevia (or calorie-free sugar replacements, like Splenda or Sweet-and-Low), are completely safe to eat.


source : http://www.businessinsider.com

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Drive dry, drive responsibly 

Listening to heart wrenching accounts of loss of life and paralysis in victims of car crashes, left me feeling saddened. 

Many of us are guilty of drink driving without being responsible enough to know how alcohol impairs our actions. 

I attended the Drive Dry Campaign launch last night and pledge to responsible driving. 

Are you drinking or driving?

Diageo uses South African storytellers for 2017 Drive Dry campaign and delivers an emotional lesson.

With the festive season fast upon us and as thousands of South Africans gear up for holiday travel this December, Diageo South Africa has timeously launched its 2017 Drive Dry campaign – which aims to shock South Africans into thinking twice about getting behind the wheel drunk.

Drive Dry, previously known for its award-winning scare campaign “Papa Wag Vir Jou”, will be using the power of storytelling in 2017, to try and change South Africans’ behaviour towards drinking and driving.
We were shown the reality of drink driving by watching real stories of South Africans who have experienced loss, trauma, hurt and difficulty due to driving while under the influence – either due to their own actions or those of a loved-one or a stranger.

These brave individuals were captured on film, telling their stories and these will be made into a series of short clips to be shared with media, as well as on social media over the next year. 

“Our overall goal is to impact and change people’s lives by using real stories to give the campaign resonance. We have also approached celebrity ambassadors who are passionate about driving dry to spread the message far and wide,” said Diageo SA’s Legal and Corporate Security Director Viwe Soga.

In January 2016, Transport Minister Dipuo Peters highlighted that the festive season’s road fatalities had increased by 14% with a total of 1755 fatalities from 1 December 2015 to 11 January 2016 – many of which are a direct consequence of alcohol abuse. According to the WHO Global Status Report for 2015, South Africa is ranked 23rd out of 50 African countries for the highest number of road deaths. The report also estimates that 7,8% of South Africa’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is lost due to road traffic crashes. This lost revenue could be used to address South Africa’s other social issues, such as lack of funding for tertiary students.

South Africans Against Drunk Driving (SADD), a non-profit organisation based in Pietermaritzberg, recommends solutions such as an increase in random alcohol testing, the establishment of specialised drink-driving courts so that offenders are tried and convicted within one month of the incident, as well as for every driver to be tested for alcohol or drugs at every crash scene.

“Our mission is to stop drink-driving, protect families from the trauma of losing loved ones and in doing so, to make a tangible difference to South Africans’ lives,” said Caro Smit, founder of SADD and guest speaker at the 2017 Drive Dry campaign launch event.

The Drive Dry video clips will be rolled out over the next year and used across various media platforms, as well as for visual content at Diageo branded and partner events, school visits as part of a drive to educate the youth and at tavern workshops.

“This is going to be an incredibly powerful campaign, and we are honoured that our storytellers have agreed to share their stories in the hope of changing someone else’s life. Responsibility, and looking after the communities in which we operate is key to Diageo’s business. Our brands are made with pride and are only to be enjoyed responsibly,” says Soga.
South Africans can follow the conversation, tell their own stories, watch the video clips, and share the Drive Dry message with friends and family on Facebook and Twitter, using the hashtag #ThisIsMyStory.For a sneak peek of the mash-up video visit https://youtu.be/kkIrAUzJT8o.

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Macy Gray to perform at the DSTV Delicious food & music festival

delicious-sliders-matt_20-june-generic_crop Macy Gray and Hugh Masekela will be joining an already incredible line-up of artists at this year’s DStv Delicious International Food & Music Festival, presented by Nedbank. Macy Gray, American R&B, jazz and soul singer, songwriter, musician, actress and record producer, known for her distinctive raspy voice and international hit single “I Try“, will be joining Saturday’s phenomenal line-up of artists.

Home-grown, world-renowned, trumpeter, bandleader, composer, singer, Hugh Masekela will also be joining Sunday’s outstanding line-up.

Recap of the mind-blowing list of artists who are going to entertain you at this year’s festival include: On Saturday Mi Casa, De La Soul, Arrested Development, Elements of Life featuring Louie Vega, Lisa Fischer, Josh Milan, Anané Vega, Monique Bingham, Adeva, Bucie, Kaylow, Luisito, and Quintero; On Sunday, The Jacksons, Elements of Life, Roy Ayers, Lira, Judith Sephuma and Hugh Masekela

This year’s DStv Delicious festival will be held over a two-day period on the 8th and 9th of October at the Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit, that has recently undergone a massive multimillion-Rand upgrade. Kyalami is a superb, central location with multiple entrances and exits and loads of parking, and makes it a perfect venue for an international festival of its stature. With over 40,000 festival-goers expected over the two days it is set to be a festival weekend of a lifetime that cannot be missed!

Pair this all with the Nedbank Green Wine Garden, a decadent food market offering the finest foods and delicacies, great gourmet chef food restaurants, including Reuben Riffel, J’Something, Sarah Graham, Somizi, Callie-Anne and Let’s Call It Brunch Banquet, and a bigger and better than ever DStv Kid Zone, and you have a clear recipe for success!


Tickets are available from Ticketpro.

General Access Day Pass: R475

General Access Weekend Pass: R810

Kids: R100 (includes entry into the festival & the Kids Zone)

Delicious Lounge Day Pass: R1250

Delicious Lounge Weekend Pass: R2100

Decadance Luxury Lounge: R3705

Decadance Weekend Pass: R5925

Jeep Luxury Ticket: R3950

Let’s Call It Brunch Day Pass: R2470

Let’s Call It Brunch Weekend Pass: R3970

The DStv Delicious International Food and Music Festival presented by Nedbank, is held in proud association with Makro, Castle Milk Stout, Gauteng Tourism, Kaya FM, Independent Newspapers, Jeep, Ticketpro and Generosity Water.

Online links:

Websites: www.deliciousfestival.com

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Dear Human 

Dear Human,
You’ve got it all wrong. You didn’t come here to master unconditional love. That is where you came from and where you’ll return.
You came here to learn personal love. Universal love. Messy love. Sweaty love. Crazy love. Broken love. Whole love. Infused with divinity. Lived through the grace of stumbling. Demonstrated through the beauty of… messing up. Often.
You didn’t come here to be perfect. You already are. You came here to be gorgeously human. Flawed and fabulous. And then to rise again into remembering. But unconditional love? Stop telling that story.
Love, in truth, doesn’t need ANY other adjectives. It doesn’t require modifiers. It doesn’t require the condition of perfection. It only asks that you show up. And do your best. That you stay present and feel fully. That you shine and fly and laugh and cry and hurt and heal and fall and get back up and play and work and live and die as YOU.

It’s enough. It’s Plenty.
Written by Courtney A. Walsh.

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.…mobile pampering with a difference.

Introducing Niche pamper parties for all girls, teens and ladies. Niche parties is all about pampering with a difference. We are a totally mobile service provider and will give you a wonderful relaxing, niche experience in the comfort of your own home or at a party venue.  We offer pampering packages that include:

  • Foot and Hand Scrubs
  • Foot and Hand Massages
  • Nail Painting and Nail Art
  • Mini Facials and a Face Massage
  • Make-up
  • Neck, Shoulder and Back Massage
  • Head Massage
  • Henna tattoos or hand designs
  • Hair Streaks
  • Gift packs or hampers


Since August is Woman’s month, we would like to offer one lucky or lady teen a chance to win a 2 to 3 hour pamper session for herself and 5  friends. So, if you and your friends want to have some extra special girl time during Woman’s month, then enter the following competition by the 5th of August.

nish pamper

A draw will be held for all correct answers on the 6th of August and parties can be arranged from the 13th of August.

We will contact you to notify you and make arrangements.

Terms and conditions:

The prize must be used by Sunday, the 28th of August. This prize can only be used on weekends within Johannesburg and in the comfort of your own home or at a venue of your choice. The prize only includes our Woman’s month special as per our website valued at R200 per person. All extras requested will be at an additional cost. Please view pamper add-ons and massages on our website www.nicheparties.co.za.

To enter:

Answer the question: name 2 treatments we offer:

Please comment below on the blog with your area and email address.

Please share on facebook and twitter for extra entries. Hashtag : #Nicheparties



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Bulaggi now in SA


If you are into stylish, well designed handbags, then this is definitely for you.

BULAGGI specializes in contemporary ladies handbags for the stylish modern woman. A
brand that prides itself in being well-balanced by showcasing an undeniable eye for detail, superior material quality and fashionable colours.

BULAGGI will be launching exclusively at Frasers stores in South Africa with its new Spring |Summer 2016 collection. A collection that is all about sleek lines, blue tones, light pastel colours and brown shades.

This BULAGGI collection distinguishes itself by virtue of its perfect balance between functionality and design. These are handbags with the look and feel of affordable luxury. This stunning collection is designed to match your style and accentuate your personality. Different styles have been created to fit different occasions based on the latest trends, all featuring superb detail which makes it hard to pick just one favourite.

Find your Bulaggi handbag at a Frasers store in SA.

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Change your habits to sleep better.

We’ve all struggled with the endless mental to-do list at three in the morning: the tossing and turning that leads to more tossing and turning; the creep of technology into what used to be our psychological and physical winding down time. Luckily, there are natural ways to help you say good night and actually mean it! Read on for 15 tricks you can try to rest easy.

According to the National Sleep Foundation, 48% of Americans suffer from insomnia (the inability to fall asleep or stay asleep) a few nights a week, while 22% have it every night. So you’re not the only one staring at the ceiling in the middle of the night.

In Chinese medicine, nighttime is yin time–or simply, when the body takes care, repairs and regenerates itself. So it isn’t surprising that not only does sleep deprivation cause depression, memory problems and lack of concentration, but new studies have linked insomnia with long-term health consequences like congestive heart failure, psychological disorders and substance misuse.

What You Eat Can Help You Sleep

1. Don’t eat anything for at least three hours before bedtime.

2. Try eating a cup of plain yogurt an hour before bed. It contains a rich supply of tryptophan, an amino acid essential in the production of neurochemicals that help aid sleep.

3. Choose wholesome foods with no preservatives, additives, artificial flavors or colors. Eat lots of leafy green vegetables, whole grains and low-acidic food like asparagus, avocado, apricots, bananas, broccoli, brown rice, salmon and all kinds of soy products.

4. A grain-based high-carbohydrate meal–such as a warm bowl of quinoa and veggies, or a large serving of brown rice with greens and fish, can help make you sleepy.

5. Throughout the day, avoid anything with caffeine, artificial sweeteners, candy, dessert, spicy and hard-to-digest foods. When you do try these tempting foods, notice if it affects your quality of sleep.

Supplements May Help Slumber

6. Some supplements that may help you get your beauty rest include calcium magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, vitamin B complex and vitamin E. Consult with your physician for the appropriate dosage.

7. You may want to look into the amino acid compounds 5HTP and inositol, which act as precursors to neurotransmitters for sleep.

8. Supplementing with melatonin has also been shown to help counter insomnia.

Try Some Herbal Therapy

9. Sip on valerian or passionflower tea before bedtime every night until your sleep improves. Herbs require patience; it may take up to a month to notice the benefits.

10. Traditional Chinese herbs used for peaceful sleep include oyster shell, chamomile flower, ziziphus, Chinese senega, curcuma, lily bulb, bamboo shavings, China root and licorice. Some of these are easier to find than others, but chamomile and licorice should be fairly easy to come by in tea or capsules. Other herbs can be found in health and vitamin stores, online, and at the offices of Chinese medicine practitioners. In all cases, they should be used according to individual needs; it is a very good idea to consult with a licensed practitioner for a customized formulation.

Work with Your Mind and Body

11. Keep a journal at night to empty your thoughts from your mind before you go to bed.

12. Meditate for 15 minutes before bed to settle your mind.

13. Relax yourself by soaking your feet in a hot Epsom salt bath for 15 minutes before bed.

 14. It’s been shown that people with regular exercise routines have fewer bouts of insomnia. This could be because exercise promotes sleep and improves its quality by altering brain chemistry. Exercise moderately in the morning or afternoon 20 to 30 minutes, three times a week. Do not exercise before bed.

15. Exercise combined with meditation or tai chi in the evening will not only help you fall and stay asleep but will also increase the amount of time spent in REM sleep.


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