All the things we Loved this month [September 2018]

A monthly series detailing the products, places, foods and entertainment we loved this September

 

You know that feeling when you stumble onto the perfect product or service or show? And you want to tell people about it, because sharing is caring, and the people should know. Welcome to all the things we loved this month, a monthly series where we share all the random little things we couldn’t get enough of.

 

#1 Yes Girl Yes t-shirt

All the things we Loved this month [September 2018] - Tshirts for Change

recommended by Zissy

Made by Nicole Jowett’s brainchild T-shirts for Change, this millennial pink tee is one of the latest designs. It’s got that crisp tee feel, the sizing is always perfect (like buy a small and it’s actually a small) and it has become my go to shirt with jeans and sneakers. I love the colour, the slogan and the fact that R100 from each t-shirt purchased goes to Dress for Success in Cape Town.

Get it here (R350)

 

#2 The Amazing grater

All the things we Loved this month [September 2018] - The Amazing Grater

recommended by Zissy

I found this at the Bryanston Organic Market and after watching Mandla demonstrate how it grated garlic, ginger, chocolate, nuts and Parmesan I was sold. It’s both pretty and functional and locally made. His brother makes and paints them, while Mandla is the salesperson. I use mine mainly for grating garlic – it turns it into paste, and ginger – which I then squeeze into a cup to extract the juice for a tea. It cleans a lot easier than regular graters and doesn’t absorb smells.

Find Mandla the Bryanston Organic Market or Rosebank Flee Market (R150)

 

#3 Self- Helpless by Rebecca Davis

All the things we Loved this month [September 2018] - self-helpless

Recommended by Zissy

In case you missed my review of this book, here it is. Also, I really like it. It was a laugh out loud book, that takes you through a year long journey to find inner peace. It provides insight into some wacky and wonderful wellness practices, the wellness world and what we do on our endless search for happiness and peace.

Get it here (R295)

 

#4 Loreal excellence crème hair colour

All the things we Loved this month [September 2018] - Loreal Hair dye

recommended by Feige

I’ve used a fair share of box dyes in my life. When I was 15-18 I loved to experiment with colour, so finding a good natural looking and gentle brand wasn’t top criteria for me. Over the last few years, as I’ve noticed a few grey hairs pop up, I’ve been looking for a solution that matches my natural colour and doesn’t leave my hair feeling brittle. This month I tried out Loreal Excellence for the first time and I was super impressed from the minute I opened the box. It came with a pre-colouring balm to apply to your strands to protect them and then the applicator bottle came with an additional lid – one with comb ends to help you direct the colour through your hair. In all the boxes I’ve tried, I’ve never seen either before. And best of all, it felt more gentle than what I have used before.

Available at Dischem (R114.95)

 

#5 Catrice Makeup

All the things we Loved this month [September 2018] - Catrice

Recommended by Feige

I’ve been curious to try out Catrice makeup for a while now, mostly because of their very low price point – if something that costs R100, can do just as good of a job as a R500 product, why waste your money? When Dischem recently did a buy 3 and get the cheapest free deal on Catrice, it was the perfect time to give them a go. I picked out a bronzer, highlighter and concealer and were blown away by all 3. The bronzer blends well and give a nice subtle glow, the illuminator gives an incredibly subtle dewy glow and the concealer covers exceptionally well while still maintaining a natural skin look. Best R200 on makeup I’ve ever spent!

Get the Bronzer here (R99.95), Dewy wetlook stick here (R99.95) and Liquid camouflage concealer here (R69.95)

 

#6 By the Book podcast

All the things we Loved this month [September 2018] - By The Book

Recommended by Zissy

Feige found this podcast, suggested an episode and since then I’ve been making my way through them all. It’s half reality, half self-help. Hosts Jolene and Kristen pick a book (of the self-help variety) and follow it to a tee. They track how it goes, share their insights and discuss whether or not it is life changing. They also include an episode dedicated to sharing their listeners views and insights on each book. They’re funny and insightful; and their clips of them discussing the books with their partners are incredibly entertaining. Before you get any book claiming to change your life, see if they’ve read it and listen before buying.

Available on Apple Podcast

 

#7 Catrice nailpolish

All the things we Loved this month [September 2018] - Catrice

Recommended by Zissy

I got the Catrice nail polish because it was buy 2 get 1 free, which meant I could get 3 bottles for the price of 1 of the Sally Hansen bottles that was in my hand. I ended up with 2 colours and the gel topcoat, a bit of information I’m sharing because the topcoat is one of the reasons this is on the list.

Nail polish has an approximate 12 hour life span on my hands, after that, it chips and peels and needs to be removed. Someone tweeted about their nail polish lasting chip free for a week. When I inquired to find out what this magical nail polish was, I was directed to an entire tutorial of keeping one’s mani in tip top condition. Steps involved, reapplying a top coat every day (who does this and by the end of the week how thick is your nail?), not washing dishes or really doing anything with your hands that could jeopardize it’s shine.

I just want a nail polish I can wear for longer than a day, go about my normal life (which involves a fair amount of cooking and washing dishes) and not deal with it chipping; because once it chips you start looking unkempt and one chip attracts an army of other chips.

The point is, this nail polish which is half the price of a number of other bottles lasts. Not a week (it’s not gelish or magic) but 3 days. And let me tell you I washed many dishes in those 3 days (without gloves). The trick is you need to apply two thin coats of your colour and then top it with the gel top coat (leave a minute in between each coat to dry).

 

#8 Sinu Salts Saline nose spray

All the things we Loved this month [September 2018] - Sinu Salts

Recommended by Feige

I stole this from Zissy after the change of season cold hit me. I had spent my entire day with sniffles, blowing my nose and decided to try this before I went to bed. The next morning, I woke up and my nose was completely cleared. I don’t know if it was world’s shortest cold or the spray but I’m giving credit to this spray.

Available at Chemists

 

#9 Reydiant bath bombs

All the things we Loved this month [September 2018] - Reydiant

Recommended by Zissy

I love bathing and am incredibly grateful to be in Joburg where we have that luxury. The best baths are those that involve bath products that have nothing to do with getting you clean and everything to do with the experience of relaxation. These bath bombs from Reydiant are one such product, they smell divine and fizz into your bath once they hit the water. They’re made locally and are natural and organic.

 

#10 Hey Casey Phone Cover

All the things we Loved this month [September 2018] - Hey Casey

Recommended by Zissy

It’s a personalised phone cover, what’s not to love? It took about a week from ordering it online to receiving it, which is darn fast considering they’re putting your name on it. They’re the soft plastic-y slim fit phone covers, which I like as your phone is protected, but it’s small enough to fit into a pocket. If you don’t want your name, they have loads of other designs. The only thing I didn’t like was that once I placed my order they contacted me by every means possible (email, whatsapp, sms, facebook messenger?) with the same message and when I replied to the order email I was asked to email another address. It’s just too many points of contact, one should suffice. I did forget about that annoyance once it arrived, because look at it.

Get it here (R198)

 

#11 Skoon Squalane Oil

All the things we Loved this month [September 2018] - Skoon

Recommended by Feige

I have been trying out Squalane oil as a moisturiser (article coming after 6-8 weeks of testing!) and I’ve been testing out two brands. Skoon’s Squalane is the more expensive one and sadly I love it so much more. This pot I purchased is incredibly tiny but has lasted for almost a month with twice a day application (I’m thinking it is approximately 1-month supply). It comes with a dropper top to dispense the oil drops onto your skin. You can use it to boost the moisturisation of whatever cream you already use or can use it on its own. It has an amazingly silky finish and is the most un-oily feeling facial oil I’ve ever tried – including the other the squalene I am testing. I also love that it is completely scentless and all natural.

 

Get it here (R199 for 5ml)

 

#12 Nakd Cocoa Delight Bar

All the things we Loved this month [September 2018] - Nakd Bar

Recommended by Zissy

Truth be told, I like all the Nakd Bars. They’re my favourite snack bar because they taste really really good and not processed. The flavour on the packet is what you’ll get, so the cocoa delight which is one of the originals and a favourite taste, like a soft chocolate bar.  The new blueberry muffin is also amazing, and the peanut delight is a dream! They’re vegan, gluten free, kosher and GMO free and you’ll recognize every ingredient on the packet.

Get it here (R22.50)

 

Photography by Zissy Lewin

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Zissy Lewin

Zissy Lewin

Zissy is the co-founder of Nutreats. She likes to make things, do things and wear things.
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