Keep the glow in Autumn and onwards – TanOrganic
Remember the days when self-tanning products used to make us look streaky and a bit orange? Well, thankfully we’ve progressed, and not only does TanOrganic leave glowing results, it’s safe for use during pregnancy, and is 100% natural, certified organic.
Made in Ireland (where I imagine self-tanning products are in huge demand), TanOrganic has won awards, and is the world’s first and only certified aloe vera-based organic sunless tan product. It has no synthetic chemicals, preservatives, parabens, perfumes, synthetic colours and alcohol, and while this might sound like something that won’t give you that glow, don’t worry – it’s an effective product that gives a healthy bronzed look, without the smell (or orange streaks).
Part of the range is OilArganic, a dry oil that smells okay’ish and moisturises divinely. It’s said to reduce the appearance of scars and stretch marks, but I honestly cannot attest to that after using it for just a week.
Light Fantastic – Energizer Folding Lantern
This might have seemed like a dull product a year ago, but with regular loadshedding, portable lighting solutions are, dare I say it, the light of my life, and more is definitely more.
The Energizer Folding Lantern opens for 360 degree lighting, is lightweight, and you can stand it up. All I really care about is that the light is good, but purists might want to know that the lantern uses Light Fusion Technology, which is said to emit a more uniform light, with a good amount of brightness over a larger surface area. What’s more is that it’s touted as “safe” for kids – since the light is spread evenly, it’s okay on the eye, and doesn’t have the same effect as having a torch shone painfully in your face.
The light is available from Pick n Pay, Sportsmans Warehouse, Makro, Outdoor Warehouse and selected Game, for R449.99. For more info, head to Energizer.
In my good books – Charlie Cook’s Favourite Book: 10 year special anniversary edition
If you have the original version of Julia Donaldson’s Charlie Cook, about a pirate captain who reads books, then you don’t necessarily *need* this new book, but it’s still pretty cool to have.
This edition comes with a shiny foiled cover, a story CD, and some early drawings from illustrator Axel Scheffler’s sketchbooks, which are wonderful to see.
Charlie Cook is published by Pan Macmillan, and available from bookshops from around R160.
My heart’s set on this – Fitbit Charge HR
I love it when people ask me about the device on my wrist, because it gives me a chance to get quite passionate about how great the Fitbit is. I’ve tried the Flex and Charge, and the Charge HR, with 24-hour heart rate monitoring directly on your wrist (no straps required), and this is my best multi-tasking device yet.
Why’s it great? Because it tracks daily steps, distance, calories burned, floors climbed, heartrate and sleep, and whether you’re a beginner or experienced exerciser or lover of fitness, the Charge HR is a useful device. It can motivate you to get moving and take the recommended 10 000 steps a day, it can push you to go harder, plus the information you get can help you get fitter, or adopt healthier habits.
Am I going to win Comrades this year because of the Charge HR? Not a chance. Am I moving more, pushing myself a little harder based on my heartrate, trying to sleep more, and feeling encouragement 24/7 because of the Charge HR? Yes, absolutely.
And did I mention that you can see incoming calls with Caller ID, and set a silent wake alarm that gently vibrates without bothering anyone else?
The Fitbit Charge HR is available at iStores, Dis-Chem, Incredible Connection and Makro for a recommended retail price of R2 299.
Au naturel – Pure Beginnings
I’ve liked the Pure Beginnings range ever since I tried it when I was still at Living and Loving magazine, and my son was a baby, so I was excited to get some products delivered.
A South African brand, Pure Beginnings products are organically formulated with certified organic ingredients, and they don’t contain parabens, petrochemicals, synthetic fragrances, preservatives or colourants. They also aren’t tested on animals, and don’t contain any animal products.
The good stuff aside, Pure Beginnings products seem to do a great job of doing what they’re meant to do, whether it’s cleaning, moisturising or conditioning.
The range includes products for baby (eg bum cream, teething gel, wipes), children (eg toothpaste, bubble bath, handwash, insect repellant), and adults (shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, shaving cream).
Red hot – MAC’s Ruben and Toledo lipstick range
One of my not-so-guiltiest pleasures is MAC makeup, and in particular their lipstick. It’s easy to buy (ie I don’t have to undress to try it on), and makes me feel good instantly. In fact, one of my life mottos is “You can never have enough lipstick”.
In MAC stores is the new’ish Ruben and Toledo range, and I bought two of their gorgeous matte red shades recently – Opera and Victoriana.