Friday, February 22, 2013

Joburg's Darling - review of Eetrite

Please

As you’ve probably gathered by now I’m a huge fan of anything cute and quirky. In my world everything can be made a million times better if it’s got a splash of colour or a cute little quirk that makes it stand out from the crowd. Which is why I’m completely smitten with the Eetrite range of products!

With its fun and bold designs and oh-so-bright colours the range of cookware, cutlery and crockery is the perfect way to brighten up your kitchen! Plus, they’re so reasonably priced you can afford to splash out a little. I absolutely love their collection of neon tea infusers which allow you to infuse loose teal leaves or tea bags in a few minutes. I’m also lusting after the collection of cast iron cookware which includes pots, casserole dishes and pans.  The collection comes in the most divine colours (like purple, red and orange) and is definitely too pretty to stick away in a dark cupboard in your kitchen!

They’ve also got loads of fun and clever little products to make your life easier. If, like me, you’re a big fan of French toast then you’re going to love the Eetrite French Toast Pan (R99)! I almost died when I saw these! The 14cm x 14cm non-stick square pan has been specially created to make sure you make the perfect slice of French toast every time (love it), and it’s dishwasher safe! What I love even more is that it comes in all sorts of funky colours including hot pink, lime, blue and orange.
Their new range of mini pots are also fantastic and allow you to warm up sauce, milk and small portions in no time. The little 12cm pots are perfect if you’re cooking for one and don’t want to dirty a huge pot. These also come in hot pink, lime, blue and orange and retail for R119 each.
Something else that I simply must have is their range of funky pairing knives (R28) – pick one in blue, green, red, orange, lime, yellow or purple. With their out -there design and super bright colours these knives deserve to be kept on show at all times!
So there you have it - if any of you were thinking of spoiling me anytime soon, I’ll take one of each in purple please! Otherwise I guess you could spoil someone else with these stunning pieces – they’d make ideal wedding gifts or house warming presents.

Two lucky readers stand the chance to win an Eetrite French Toast Pan! Read a full list of competition rules.

Picture Perfect

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UBU Picture Perfect Professional Stippling Brush, R69.99 from Clicks

What they say: Your own personal air brusher. Create a photo finish with the brush that works overtime to flawlessly blend and smooth when you’re working with powder, liquid and paste bases.
What we say: Yes, yes, yes. This brush does everything it promises. And yes, it is as good as its R500 MAC competitor.
Create a perfect finish by gently buffing the brush in small circular motion around your face. It will work on all textures of foundation. You need one in your life!

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Decorating Tips & Trends

Plain bed linen
For versatility, make use of plain bed linen to mix and match at any time, any season. Plain bedding can be dressed with scatters and throws to create the colour scheme for the season.
Singles from only: R149.95

White goose feather & down 60%
Make your room look comfy with a good quality duvet and pillows. For an alternative with the same look and feel, micro fibre deluxe will do the trick for those with allergies or a lower budget.
Singles From only:
Micro fibre: R399.95
Goose and Down: R 1625.00

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Bedroom Decor Trends

The luxuries of linen

Nothing beats the feeling of sinking into a soft bed at the end of the day, and sliding between cool percale sheets. The ultimate in a luxurious, indulgent end to your day has to be the 600 thread count cotton percale linen on offer from Linen Drawer. It is so smooth that it feels like silky satin, yet it has the hard-wearing qualities of cotton fibres that will last for years if laundered carefully.

“Percale” was not a term that was used much until recently. Suddenly Percale has made its presence felt in the world of luxury linen, but what does it mean? Put simply, Percale is a closely woven plain-weave fabric. To be considered percale a fabric’s thread count should be 180 or higher.

“Thread Count” means the number of threads woven across plus the number of threads woven up and down in a square inch. The higher the thread count, the smoother and more luxurious the linen feels, because the threads have to be finer to fit so many into a square inch. And no, the fabric does not get thicker and heavier as the thread count goes up.  A fabric with a higher thread count will actually feel softer and, as a bonus, will have greater durability.

There are many different “Percales” on the market, so what should one look for?  For the purists, and anyone who longs for that feeling of sinking into utter luxury at the end of the day, 100% cotton is the way to go. It absorbs more moisture than blended fibres, making it much more comfortable. An additional bonus is that pure cotton doesn’t “pill” (those little fibre balls that form on blended polycotton fibres and can end up feeling like sandpaper on your skin).

Pure cotton does crease, but there are ways of getting around that minor obstacle. Wash the linen at a lower temperature to minimise creasing, and press the sheets with a hot iron while they are still damp to get a beautifully smooth, crisp finish. A labour-saving trick is to select a duvet cover with decorative stitching or pin tucks or pleats, as those fine details on the fabric somehow seem to disguise the creases and only light ironing will be required.

Linen Drawer will customise any of their bed linen or towels. They specialise in decorative stitching, and have a range of colours so that you do not only have to stick to white bedding. Their new Designer Linen range is a move away from the more traditional plain colours. Whether you are a modern minimalist or absolute romantic, you will find linen that complements your style and personality.

Duvet inners and pillows are available with feather or hypo-allergenic fillings. Other items to add to you luxury list are their king sized feather pillows. O what bliss to lay your head on one of these!

Linen Drawer products are available from decorators and specialist supply stores.

Trish Strydom Interiors
082 422 3333

Monday, February 11, 2013

Bigger & Better Lashes

Are you looking for ways to make your lashes look bigger, longer and more fluttery without much effort?  

Essence Volumizing Lash Powder allows for an absolutely breath-taking false lash look. 
The Essence Volumizing Lash Powder is applied with a brush once you have used your favourite Essence Mascara.  Apply the Volumizing Lash Powder while the mascara is still wet to your lashes and then seal with a second coat of Mascara for a thicker, longer eye lash effect.
Essence Volumizing Lash Powder, R39.95 is available from Dis-Chem.

Monday, February 4, 2013

New From Sensual Solutions

Advanced Sunscreen SPF30 Provides 97% protection from the sun as well as providing adequate protection for skin after Aesthetic Treatments and Chemical Peels.

Sensual Solutions Advanced Sunscreen SPF30 is a summer must-have!

This is so much more than just a sunscreen.
ABC Advanced Brazilian Complex transforms the sunscreen into a powerful anti-aging weapon.

With added vitamins A, C, E and pro-vitamin B5 which help to protect, moisturize and sooth your skin helping to treat & delay the signs of aging.

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