CONVERSATIONS with Hairstylist David Gillson

 

IMG_9764My thick, frizzy and tangled hair has always been the bane of my existence. Sure, it doesn’t help that I rarely run a comb through it, but since having my colour and treatments with hair guru/stylist David Gillson, my hair has improved dramatically. Not only does he get my colour perfect every time (anyone who has gone blonde can attest to what a feat this is) but every time I leave his salon I feel like a million bucks. Thanks to lockdown, I’m missing David. Hair aside, (I’m making peace with my roots…!) our appointments are also a great chance for a catch-up. So I thought I would see how he is doing and what makes him tick via a good old-fashioned email:

What’s your earliest childhood memory?
Being in the Yorkshire moors.

What does a normal day for you involve?
Not so normal at the moment! I wake up to meditate for longer with more
powerful sessions during the lockdown, but usually, it is drinking a coffee
before dropping my daughter off at school and am at work by 7:00. I work
between Rosebank Melrose Arch and Hyde Park, but my routine is the same
every day. I do Reiki one a week and like to get home early enough to cook, a
great passion of mine!

What do you do to relax?
Meditation, Reiki, walking and watching TV series.

Hair stylist David Gillson
David Gillson

A life mantra?
A positive mind brings a positive life.

Which living person do you most admire?
Deepak Chopra.

Your favourite fashion item…
Cashmere jerseys (especially my Valentino’s).

The most memorable gift you have ever received?
A trip to Monte Carlo!

Hair stylist David Gillson
One piece of advice you’d give the next generation:
Do what you love; life is too short to be in a career or job that you are not
passionate about.

Your favourite travel destination?
I’m obsessed with London so feel blessed to have a salon there and get to
spend so much time between here and London.

What’s on your bucket list?
A fabulous trip to Japan.

David Gillson Hair stylist
David is co-owner of Issy Belgravia London Hair salon on the Insta-famous Elizabeth Street

 

You can find David at Carlton Hair in Hyde Park & Melrose Arch in Gauteng and Constantia in Cape Town and at Issy’s Belgravia London Hair Salon

Faithful to Nature Red Clay Konjac sponge

REVIEW: KONJAC SPONGES

 

Everyone is dealing with their lockdown cabin fever in their own way, and for me, it’s involved going into a cleaning frenzy! While tidying my beauty cupboard I found a konjac sponge I had received from Faithful to Nature. I had heard great things about these sponges for yonks and I decided it was time to ditch my faithful super-clean-foreo-luna-mini-2and try something new.

When I say ‘new’, I mean ‘new to me’, as konjac sponges have been used in Japan for centuries, both for beauty and medicinal purposes. My sponge contains Japanese potato fibre and red clay, but there are a variety of different infusions, from bamboo to aloe (see Faithful to Nature’s site for all the options). Red clay is particularly good for sensitive and dry skin as it’s high in iron oxide and revitalising minerals. It is also pH neutral, meaning your complexion will be protected by balancing the acidity of your skin.

Cleansing properly is not an option but a necessity in my beauty routine and using an organic and naturally biodegradable item like a konjac sponge ticks the boxes for all the right reasons...
Not only does a konjac sponge give a super-duper deep cleanse, but is organic, vegan and totally biodegradable…

A konjac sponge deep cleanses pores, has a soothing effect on sensitive and sunburnt skin, eliminates dryness and helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and broken capillaries. It can be used with your fave cleanser or on its own to stimulate blood flow and promote new cell growth.

It’s best to soak your sponge completely first to make it pliable and soft to use on your face. The thread attached makes it easy to hang out and dry, which is great as there’s nothing worse than a manky smelling sponge – it is made of natural vegetables after all!

Konjac sponges are not only great for your skin but the earth too: they are environmentally friendly, vegan and the packaging is 100% plastic-free. Because they’re totally biodegradable, after a few weeks of use you can toss them into some soil. Not too shabby, hey!

Have you used a Konjac sponge before – your thoughts?

Happy Tuesday and hope it’s a sunshiny day up ahead!

 

Cath

GIVEAWAY: Skin Creamery Wildflower Water-Cream

What do the words toothache, Pará cress, Buzz Buttons and Electric Daisy all have in common? They’re all alternative names for the Acmella flower, a key ingredient in Skin Creamery‘s Wildflower Water-Cream. And, since we could all use a bit of good news right now, I have a bottle to giveaway today!

Skin Creamery's Wildflower Water-Cream

Their Wildflower Water-Cream contains the Spilanthes Acmella, a powerful plant botanical that is known for its medicinal properties. Because of how it stimulates your skin’s fibroblasts, your skin feels immediately tighter and smoother. The hydrating elixir enhances collagen and elastin production while relaxing facial tension and is suitable for all skin types. Skin Creamery ethos is ‘Be kind to the earth, and kind to your skin’, meaning no synthetic fragrances, parabens or preservatives are used and their products are suitable for strict vegetarians and vegans.

Skin Creamery's Wildflower Water-Cream

Did you know that Skin Creamery aims to replace single-use packaging with packaging that is functional, reusable or recyclable? Plus all their ingredients are naturally sourced, certified organic and cruelty-free. I’m not shy to admit that packaging is a huge factor for me when buying products (I mean, they’re going to sit on my bathroom shelf so I want them to look good while making me look good, right?) and I absolutely love their botanical-themed packaging and (recyclable!) frosted bottles. If you’d like to get your hands on some Skin Creamery Wildflower Water-Cream here’s how:

Leave a comment on my Instagram and/or Facebook post about this amazing product, telling me why you’d like to win and/or tagging a friend to enter them too. Share the post on your Instastory (don’t forget to tag me, @cathi_trevor!) for an extra entry, and you can email me directly to enter too. I look forward to reading your entries! Winner will be announced on Monday 23rd of March. Entrants must live in South Africa.

Happy day, keep safe, and socialise responsibly!

Cath

FRAGRANCE FILE: WOMENS'SECRET EDT REVIEW

EAU MY DELICE WOMEN SECRET FOR WOMEN

Valentine’s a hop, skip and jump away so thought I’d do a quick week of fragrance reviews of some long overdue ones; I chose today’s trio WOMEN’SECRET Eau My Delice, Eau My Fresh and Eau My Secret for their fresh floral accords, apt for these glorious sultry summer days but also their price point is really good (I’m still feeling the pinch of Christmas and so many birthday celebrations the past two months so if there’s a good buy, lets share!). Here goes:

EAU MY DELICE WOMEN SECRET FOR WOMEN

EAU IT’S FRESH WOMEN’SECRET FOR WOMEN (the green bottle)

This is a floral woody accord with sparkling lemon and bergamot sitting in the top notes, orange blossom and jasmine in the middle, with musk, sandalwood and violet in the base. This is a lovely midday ‘freshen me up buttercup’ scent!

EAU MY DELICE WOMEN SECRET FOR WOMEN

EAU MY DELICE WOMEN’SECRET FOR WOMEN: (yellow bottle)

This is considered an Aromatic Accord with top notes of pomegranate and grapefruit, mid notes of orchid and water fruit and woodsy and musk notes found at the base. It’s a fruity elixir that bursts with energy and optimism and a great Monday perfume to get one in the mood for a week ahead!

EAU MY DELICE WOMEN SECRET FOR WOMEN

EAU MY SECRET WOMEN’SECRET FOR WOMEN (pink bottle)

Considered an oriental floral accord with top notes of Italian mandarin, lemon and pear; delectable mid notes of almond, rose, jasmine and orange blossom and base notes of praline, musk and vanilla. I like this combination of sweet treats which makes me feel happy and carefree! !

EAU IT’S FRESH WOMEN’SECRET FOR WOMEN, EAU MY DELICE WOMEN’SECRET FOR WOMEN and EAU MY SECRET WOMEN’SECRET FOR WOMEN are all available from Foschini

Price R499

That’s it for today – happy Monday all day!

Cath

FRAGRANCE FILE: WOMENS’SECRET EDT REVIEW

Valentine’s a hop, skip and jump away so thought I’d do a quick week of fragrance reviews of some long overdue ones; I chose today’s trio WOMEN’SECRET Eau My Delice, Eau My Fresh and Eau My Secret for their fresh floral accords, apt for these glorious sultry summer days but also their price point is really good (I’m still feeling the pinch of Christmas and so many birthday celebrations the past two months so if there’s a good buy, lets share!). Here goes:

EAU IT’S FRESH WOMEN’SECRET FOR WOMEN (the green bottle)

This is a floral woody accord with sparkling lemon and bergamot sitting in the top notes, orange blossom and jasmine in the middle, with musk, sandalwood and violet in the base. This is a lovely midday ‘freshen me up buttercup’ scent!

EAU MY DELICE WOMEN’SECRET FOR WOMEN: (yellow bottle)

This is considered an Aromatic Accord with top notes of pomegranate and grapefruit, mid notes of orchid and water fruit and woodsy and musk notes found at the base. It’s a fruity elixir that bursts with energy and optimism and a great Monday perfume to get one in the mood for a week ahead!

EAU MY SECRET WOMEN’SECRET FOR WOMEN (pink bottle)

Considered an oriental floral accord with top notes of Italian mandarin, lemon and pear; delectable mid notes of almond, rose, jasmine and orange blossom and base notes of praline, musk and vanilla. I like this combination of sweet treats which makes me feel happy and carefree! !

EAU IT’S FRESH WOMEN’SECRET FOR WOMEN, EAU MY DELICE WOMEN’SECRET FOR WOMEN and EAU MY SECRET WOMEN’SECRET FOR WOMEN are all available from Foschini

Price R499

That’s it for today – happy Monday all day!

Cath

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EMMA JAYNE ILLUSTRATOR & PATTERN DESIGNER

      Emma Jayne Illustrator & pattern designer

I’ve followed Emma Jayne Designs on Instagram for ages and thought her lovelies are just so damn awesome, I’d share them with you guys today so here goes…

      Emma Jayne Illustrator & pattern designer

Here’s a little information about Emma Jayne:

Emma Jayne says that her personal favourites of 2019 are the above collection. ‘I went back to using traditional media and produced more patterns than illustrations. I love the effects you can achieve with gouache, watercolour and ink using different sized brushes. I like to create textures, as well as painting animals and other shapes as silhouettes.’

Emma Jayne Illustrator & pattern designer

‘I currently take inspiration from colour, shapes, texture, fashion, graphics, nature, interiors, magazines … actually, pretty much anything I come across which piques my interest! From childhood I have always been passionate about art, coming from a creative family. My father and grandfather both loved DIY, my mum loved fashion and interiors and my grandmother, who I spent every Thursday and most weekends sewing and knitting with me. I knitted my first jumper at 8 years (it was too big and I could not get to wear it until I was about 10!)’

      Emma Jayne Illustrator & pattern designer

      Emma Jayne Illustrator & pattern designer

‘My design BA and studio work at Dorma made good use of my drawing and colour skills. At Dorma I was involved with the whole design process, from initial concept to bulk printing. I have undertaken various freelance projects over an 10 year period, selling my designs in the UK, around Europe and in America.’

      Emma Jayne Illustrator & pattern designer

‘I love being creative and playing around with sketches, which later, I develop on my computer. More recently, I have produced illustrations using Pro Create. I don’t really have one particular signature style and I find that this allows me to be versatile. This flexibility is a useful attribute to have when working on briefs for different types of clients.’

      Emma Jayne Illustrator & pattern designer

      Emma Jayne Illustrator & pattern designer

‘In my spare time, I continually search for new ideas and new inspiration; whether that would be in stationery, apparel, children’s books, to interiors, and even colour themes. I am also a Pinterest addict and before I used Pinterest, I used to keep boxes full of magazine clippings and marketing material.’

      Emma Jayne Illustrator & pattern designer

‘Things that I like;

Vintage patterns & interiors, old and contemporary illustrations, typography, printed fabrics, retro wallpaper, posters, Scandinavian design, pick n’ mix sweets, collecting stamps and listening to music whilst working on my computer.’

      Emma Jayne Illustrator & pattern designer

      Emma Jayne Illustrator & pattern designer

      Emma Jayne Illustrator & pattern designer

      Emma Jayne Illustrator & pattern designer

Emma Jayne Illustrator & pattern designer

My objective is to keep up with the current trends, keep updating my skills to constantly strive to become a better designer and to hopefully inspire you through my blog.’

Emma Jayne Illustrator & pattern designer

Aren’t her illustrations just the berries – they make me so happy looking at them!!

You can follow EMMA JAYNE here:

INSTAGRAM

PINTEREST

BLOG

ETSY

That’s it for today so happy Wednesday all day!!

Cath

CONVERSATIONS with AFARI Skincare Founder Margaux Knuppe

I’ve adored using AFARI, a luxe local skincare brand containing incredible anti-ageing properties thanks to a breakthrough ingredient; I caught up with Margaux Knuppe founder of AFARI skincare on her luxury brand:

Margaux Knuppe founder of AFARI skincare

Founder of AFARI skincare collection,Margaux Knuppe

The inspiration behind your brand
As a time-poor, working mum, I was looking for an anti-ageing range that addressed all the major ageing concerns, (fine lines, wrinkles, dehydration, enlarged pores, pigmentation and dullness) in as few products as possible. Plus, I wanted to support the local industry and empower women while doing so.

AFARI SKINCARE

Female harvesters in rural Limpopo

In 2014, I was invited on Sean Privett’s Fynbos Trail in the heart of the Cape Floral Kingdom. Learning that there are 8000+ species of plants in South Africa, of which 6000 are endemic meant one thing to me: opportunity! How can we only know about the skin repairing properties of Rooibos and Buchu? Surely there had to be another species indigenous to South Africa, with incredible skincare benefits? I was on a mission to find this unknown botanical as I wanted to showcase it to the rest of the world.

AFARI SKINCARE COLLECTION

AFARI Skincare range

Key ingredient Bulbine frutescens – the next big buzzword in beauty?

If the clinical trials and AFARI customer reviews are anything to go by, absolutely! The fact that Bulbine is indigenous to South Africa further spotlights SA as one of the most biodiverse countries in the world. And, in the plant-based, raw ingredient industry, which is so crucial to the skincare industry, this translates as a LOT of opportunity. Now that I have the ingredient, with the clinical results to back it up, as well as the fact that it’s being sustainably farmed by female harvesters who directly benefit from the sales, it’s a matter of showcasing AFARI to the rest of the world.

bulbine frutescens

Four products in your collection-any more in the pipeline

I wanted to create a skincare regime that tackled the signs of ageing in as few products as possible: three steps in the morning (Priming Cleanser, Brightening Elixir, Day Cream SPF30) and three in the evening (Priming Cleanser, Brightening Elixir and Overnight Regenerating Cream). If I were to add another product I’d look at an enzymatic exfoliator and a line-plumping mask.

AFARI SKINCARE

A personal favourite
I’m with the 5-star review rating on this one (and the fact that it has the highest amount of Bulbine in it) ,I’m never without the AFARI Brightening Elixir.

Was there a time during your research you wanted to give up
After two years of trying to source indigenous ingredients that ‘didn’t exist” and being told on countless occasions I was looking for a needle in a haystack, the cosmetic chemist and I decided to rather focus on a luxury anti-ageing range under my name. This wasn’t the first prize for me, but luckily time was on my side – I had a corporate day job and was building AFARI at night.

A few months later I heard from the cosmetic chemist again who had just returned from an annual raws ingredients expo in Paris. He had met a farmer from Limpopo who had just finished clinical trials on a brand new, indigenous raw ingredient called Bulbine frutescens. I think if AFARI hadn’t been my side hustle for so long, I would have given up after a few months or been able to finance this venture without my day job!

harvesters for afari skincare range

Each Afari product sold directly benefits the women harvesting the plants in rural Limpopo, South Africa.As an Afari customer, you keep this circle of upliftment flowing.

You’re empowering a group of women in Limpopo – tell us more

Our key ingredient is Bulbine frutescens sourced from an organic farm in rural Limpopo, where it is sustainably cultivated by female harvesters from the local community. Each AFARI product sold directly benefits these women harvesters, their families and the greater community. As an AFARI customer, you keep this circle of upliftment flowing.

Tell us about the packaging?

Another thing that was important to me was to find airless pumps for the packaging. Even though jars are perceived as premium, oxygen and bacteria get in each time you open the jar which degrades active ingredients. I wanted to ensure the AFARI skincare collection is as effective from the first pump right down to the last pump in the bottle.

I desperately want to use recyclable plastic pump bottles or glass would be first prize. Sadly they don’t make airless pump bottles in glass and recyclable plastic is prohibitively expensive, but as soon as I can produce in volume I can afford to look at more recycle friendly packing options – crazy isn’t it?

Where can one purchase

AFARI is only available online for now shop here and from mid-2020 we’ll be shipping internationally too. I’m headed to the US and UK so hopefully we’ll start seeing AFARI in some international retailers in the not too distant future.

Follow AFARI:

FACEBOOK

INSTAGRAM

WEBSITE

I’ll be doing another post shortlywhere I’ll talk about the AFARI products I’ve used and loved!

Until then, happy Monday…all day!!

Cath