the ENTERTAINER – The Gift That Keeps On Giving

Still stuck on deciding what to buy for the “person who has everything”? Whether it’s a last minute Christmas gift, a loved one’s birthday present or a treat for yourself – the ENTERTAINER‘s got you covered (plus it’s currently on special for R295).

I used the ENTERTAINER for the first time this year and have tried a ton of new places I would have never before AND in the process, saved over R1000! I also attended the launch of the 2018 app at Parker’s Comedy and Jive with Megan Smith from Perilously Pale where we learned that the 2018 app promises to blow the 2017 offers out of the water!

It really is a gift that keeps on giving – simply put, a buy one get one free platform that allows you to explore your city to the fullest without breaking the bank. Because the app is so jam packed with features and offers, often overwhelming at a glance, I’ve decided to break it down below. I wholeheartedly believe that this is something everyone should try at least once (you won’t regret it).

Let’s get to it…

Handy Hacks

  • Once you’ve purchased the product, downloaded the app and entered your product key, you’re good to go! – You can purchase the 2018 app here and download the app here.
  • Allow the app access to your location so that it can suggest BYGOF offers nearest to you.
  • Don’t limit yourself to the restaurant/food offers (I fell victim to this initially) – explore the other categories on the app to ensure you’re using it to it’s fullest.
  • If you’re going out with friends, consult the app beforehand and choose a restaurant/activity you can all benefit from (you can use 2 vouchers, for example. If you’re 4 people, you will only pay for 2)
  • You can ping (send) up to 10 offers per year, to your friends and family via email – even if they don’t own an Entertainer product.
  • You can buy back offers you’ve already redeemed using “Smiles”, the virtual currency that you earn the more you redeem offers.

Top Picks (JHB & PTA)

  • Hudsons – Bedfordview – 2 for 1 on any burger? Yes, please! Burger’s are roughly R100 each depending which one you order – you’ll get the cheapest one free!

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  • Haagen-Dazs – OR Tambo, Melrose Arch, Rosebank, Hyde Park, Sandton, Mall of Africa, Brooklyn – Choose between 2 scoops of your choice, an ice cream drink or an ice cream creation! 2 scoops usually costs R65.

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  • Parker’s Comedy and Jive – Montecasino – Perfect for a night out with friends if you’re looking for something different including a good laugh, some drinks and snacks. A ticket costs roughly R130 (for 2 people when redeeming the offer)

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  • BOUNCE Inc – Waterfall Lifestyle Centre, Fourways Mall, Menlyn Maine, Cornubia – with a mission to ‘inspire movement, creative expression and human connection’ in a world that is becoming increasingly inactive and socially disconnected. Each venue is a unique “Adrenaline Playground” filled with trampolines and fun activities – perfect for all ages and super affordable at R135 for 2 people when you redeem an offer!

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  • YouBar Nail & Skin – Illovo – Why not treat a friend or go halvies on a full body 60 min massage? At R500 for the 2 of you, it’s the perfect treat after a long week.

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  • Piza e Vino – JHB & PTA – Perfect for date night and easy on the pocket at roughly R100 per person, plus you’ll get your cheaper meal free. If you go to the Melrose Arch branch, you can pop into Haagen-Dazs for an after dinner treat and redeem a second offer in one night.

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  • Nonna’s Italian – Sandton – Can you tell I like Italian food? Nonna’s dishes are super fresh and made to order – nothing comes close when it comes to authentic Italian.

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  • Prime Nail Boutique – Sandton – situated in the Michelangelo Towers, you and a friend could spend an afternoon getting Gelish applications done for a total of R230. You could also book once for yourself and get your next visit free!

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What are your thoughts on the ENTERTAINER? Will you be purchasing the 2018 app? Let me know in the comments!

*All images are from the theentertainerme.com

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Last Minute Stocking Filler Ideas

There’s nothing worse than the dreaded last minute Christmas shopping frenzy that strikes SA’s biggest malls and unfortunately, the 24th catches most of us off guard when we realise we may not have bought EVERYTHING we wanted to.

I’ve put together a list of my go-to stocking filler ideas, exclusively from Clicks, with the sole purpose of getting in and getting out – QUICKLY – with the added benefit of not breaking the bank (hopefully).

Here we go!

  • Clinique Foaming Sonic Facial Soap – R295 – This cleanser, as the name may suggest, was created to go hand in hand with the Clinique sonic cleansing brush. I’ve used it on it’s own and it results in a rich, creamy lather without the help of any brush. It claims to “leave skin feeling soft and comfortable”, something I completely agree with.

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  • Avene Xera Calm Lipid-Replenishing Cleansing Oil – R230 – This is my go-to cleanser at the end of a long day. It sits on the ledge in my shower and has lasted me ages (it comes in a massive 400ml handy pump bottle). The consistency is somewhat of a hybrid between a gel and oil that effectively removes all of my makeup without stinging my eyes or irritating my skin. This is by far my favourite product from this brand (I’ve worked my way slowly through almost the entire range!)

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  • Not Your Mother’s Royal Honey & Kalahari Melon Leave -In Conditioner – R189 – For anyone vaguely interested in hair care, this is sure to put a smile on their face come Christmas morning. The smell is deliciously addictive and at under R200 for almost 250ml, it’s definitely a budget buy. The “Not Your Mother’s” range is currently on a 3 for 2 sale so I would recommend getting a shampoo and conditioner in the Linseed Chai & French Plum Volume range as well to keep for yourself!

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  • Wet n Wild Mega Slicks Lip Gloss – R17 – Yup – you read that right. When it comes to affordable beauty buys, this brand takes the cake. Most of their range is also included in the 3 for 2 sale and at under R20 a lip gloss, it’s a fail safe way to brighten up any beauty hoarder’s day.

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  • Wet n Wild Color Icon Blush Pearlescent Pink – R64 – In addition to this brand’s affordability, I’m all for brands that aren’t tested on animals. After seeing this shade in-store, I knew I had to have it! (secretly hoping this ends up in my stocking this year)

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  • Gillette Venus Embrace Snap – R160 – This may seem like a strange gift to give, but it’s by far the most practical and will definitely become a firm favourite over time. Before I bought this for myself, I always used to stick my hand into my toiletry bag without thinking and nick my finger on an uncovered blade. The handy travel case that the Venus Snap comes with, stops this from happening!

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  • The Body Shop Tea Tree Daily Solution – R190 – I have highly problematic skin at the moment (a common occurrence at the beginning of a holiday for me) and since using this, it seems to have calmed down a bit. Described as a “lightweight pre-serum with tea tree oil that helps improve the overall condition of the skin, for a clearer and healthier appearance”, anyone dealing with similar issues will definitely appreciate this gem.

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  • Cosmetic Purse – R55 – There’s nothing more cliché and impersonal than gifting someone an “Oh So Heavenly” 3 for 2 gift set or a Sorbet hand cream/shower gel combo (someone had to say it). Why not put together your own gift set by jam packing an affordable makeup bag with equally affordable beauty buys mixed in with some chocolates? There’s nothing better than a gift within a gift!
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Do you have any stocking filler suggestions? I’d love to know in the comments!

*Disclaimer – none of these images are my own and this post is not sponsored in any way.

Hong Kong Beauty Haul

After visiting Hong Kong about a month ago and putting some of the beauty goodies I bought to the test, I’m excited to share the hits and misses with you – what was worth the price tag and what wasn’t.

Weeks before our holiday, I did some thorough research online as to what I simply HAD to buy and what stores I needed to visit and one place in particular kept on popping up – Sasa!

Now although there’s a Sasa store on just about every corner, I spent the most time (about 3 hours) combing through the one located in Hong Kong’s own Time Square.

Here’s what I bought:

  • Dr.Jart Every Sun Day UV Sun Fluid Broad – described as a “liquid gel formulation that is moist without being sticky whilst imparting immediate moisture for a refreshing burst of hydration”, I had high hopes for this one and was even willing to fork out R450. Unfortunately I did find it to be quite sticky, which was really disappointing although I’ll make an effort to finish it just because of the steep price tag. Would I repurchase? No.
  • Dr. Althea Foaming Cleanser & Bubble O2 Mask – this was one of the items I’d researched before leaving and set out to find purely because it doubled up as a bubble mask. I was even more excited to find it on a BOGOF special so it worked out to R100 per bottle. This really does a great job at removing makeup and leaving the skin feeling fresh but not tight at all with a rich, moisturising lather. The only negative about this is that there are tiny balls of jelly that tend to get caught in my hairline. Would I repurchase? Only if I stumbled across it again.
  • Tony Moly I’m Real Sheet Masks – After stumbling across a clearance sale in the MTR subway, I picked up 2 packs of these masks, one in nourishing avocado and one in purifying seaweed. They worked out to be an amazing deal at roughly R10 per mask and after trying both, I prefer the avo one as it’s far more moisturising and calming whereas the seaweed one irritates my skin slightly. Would I repurchase? The avo mask for sure!
  • DR. JART+Ceramidin™ Cream – This is by far the most amazing everyday moisturiser I’ve ever tried! Described as being “supercharged with the power of ceramides”, this moisturiser is meant to quench dehydrated skin and support the skin’s moisture barrier with time-release moisture for up to 26-hours. It has a semi-gel like texture that absorbs quite quickly, leaving the skin feeling smooth and plump. Even with a R650 price tag, I would 100% go out of my way to repurchase this.

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  • Jeju volcanic color clay masks – Innisfree seemed to be the ultimate go-to brand for all things multi-masking and at R100 a tube (on special at the time), it made it easy for me to give in and try the whole range! Each mask has a different effect – yellow (brightening), blue (hydrating), pink (vitalising), green (cica), purple (calming), white (refining) and black (purifying) as well as various clay textures – water gel clay, cream clay and transforming clay. At the moment my feelings towards these remain neutral as I’ve only tried them once (definitely not enough to notice a difference).

I’d love to know if you’ve tried and loved any foreign skincare! Let me know in the comments.

It’s All About Catrice

Oh so easy to apply nail polish
Oh so easy to apply nail polish.

Wanting to completely revamp my makeup bag, buying hoards of product from pricey brands wasn’t an option. I’ve often found myself skeptical of drugstore brands – preferring quality over quantity – but I bought my first set of Catrice nail polish online purely because they were on sale and I’ve never regretted it.

Their range of colours is seriously extensive and they apply like a dream – quick dry and all. It doesn’t chip easily either unless you’re doing tons of hands on work and at roughly R50 a bottle, it’s also quite the steal.

The all rounder - pore minimiser, smoother, anti-shine and skin protector.
The all rounder – pore minimiser, smoother, anti-shine and skin protector.

Primers are really important to me because they act as a barrier between the skin and makeup (in turn preventing breakouts). I also find that using a primer helps create a smooth “canvas” effect that , later on, makes other products a lot easier to blend whilst using smaller amounts. There is a colour correcting version of the primer above that helps reduce redness but it has a shimmer element that I’m not a fan of. The Catrice Prime and Fine is about R80 and goes quite a long way as you don’t have to apply tons in one go.


The last product I’m a huge fan of is the nude eyeliner. It’s about R40 and applies so easily. When applied to the inner bottom lash-line, it really makes your eyes appear bigger and brighter. You can also apply it to the inner corner of your eyes to help tired eyes appear more awake. There’s a thicker version of this liner that Catrice sells as a highlighting stick but it’s exactly the same colour and works really well although it doesn’t last as long as most of the other products.

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Catrice Made to Stay Eyeliner in “In the Mood for Nude”

Catrice is available most extensively at Dischem and online at Takealot and Spree.

Zinio – Magazine Heaven

Sometime last year I did a thorough spring clean and hauled roughly 70 magazines to be recycled. There’s a common misconception that glossy magazines can’t be recycled but with today’s recycling technology, nearly all recycling programs accept them. This was a bit of a schlep though, so I set out to find a more effective way to enjoy my monthly reads without all the fuss.

I stumbled upon Zinio – who describe themselves as the ultimate app for magazine lovers and I couldn’t agree more. Before Zinio I used to spoil myself to an issue of imported Harper’s Bazaar, Vanity Fair or Vogue and it cost quite a bit! Zinio works on local pricing and runs regular specials – the current issue of Vanity Fair featuring Gone Girl’s Rosamund Pike will cost you R11.46.

Once you buy your magazines they’re stored in a nifty library for you to access with an internet connection from your phone, tablet or laptop on-the-go, wherever, whenever!


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Convenient, affordable and eco-friendly!

Lipidol – Product Review

Lipidol skincare oils - any consumers weakness when it comes to pretty packaging
Lipidol skincare oils – any consumer’s weakness when it comes to pretty packaging

Every month I make a point of trying out one new product (sometimes it costs next to nothing and other times it makes me tighten the belt a bit). Luckily this month I discovered Lipidol skincare oils that only cost 79 bucks each from Clicks and lasts ages.

This range is the brainchild of Union Swiss, the makers of Bio-Oil, and consists of 6 oils for different uses. It focuses on helping skin maintain its moisture without leaving behind a greasy feeling. Generally, I would shy away from oil based facial products but this is a game-changer.

The range includes: Cleansing Face Oil, Cleansing Body Oil, After Shower Oil, Sunscreen Oil, After Shave Oil and Overnight Face Oil.

The Cleansing Face Oil is by far my favourite because it removes make-up, dirt and impurities without drying out my skin like most other make-up removers tend to do. To add to this, the application process is oh-so-easy! You apply a few drops to dry skin, add a little water, gently massage and rinse. The make-up along with the Face Oil completely disappears – no more scrubbing mascara and eyeliner from my eyes for ages.

After searching for the perfect make-up remover for a while now, I think I’ve finally found my staple, affordable product.

Nifty250

High quality retro polaroid-style prints.
High quality, retro polaroid-style prints.

About 2 years ago I came across an American company called Printstagram, who started printing Instagrams back in 2011 and have since expanded their product range to include t-shirts, photobooks, magnets, posters, greeting cards…you get the idea.

I loved the idea but felt a bit dejected and never followed through when I realised that, living in SA, I  would end up paying roughly 270 bucks to get a set of 24 prints to my doorstep.

Luckily, Nifty250 – based in Cape Town and started in 2013 – popped up on my Facebook earlier this year and reignited my excitement towards social printing. They do exactly the same thing as Printsagram but because they’re based in SA and deliver via courier, country-wide, it will only cost R131 in total for 24 prints. They also sell vouchers – perfect for gift giving – and recently introduced booth-style strips to their product offering.

Nifty’s attention to customer care and social interaction through their Twitter, Facebook and beautifully curated Instagram account along with the handwritten note that accompanies your pack of prints makes this proudly South African start-up one you won’t regret doing business with.