We all have a secret or two that we swear by when it comes to our beauty routine. So I gathered my precious friends and asked them the beauty secrets that they live by. And I’m sharing them here with you today. Below is what we all had to say on the subject.

Relene Croukamp

WHAT IS YOUR GO TO BEAUTY TIP?  Since the age of 13, my mom taught me to always, always look after my skin. She got me some facial products and Bio-Oil, and to this day I religiously use skin care products. Bio-Oil is, however, a product that I rarely go without. Having had a lot of operations, and scars to go with it, I have yet to find a product better than this tissue oil. I use it on my face and neck before bed too. I don’t think this is something I will ever stop using.


Lizle Van Der Westhuizen


Always wash your face before you go to bed. Don’t wear too much makeup as it will make you look older than you really are. Drink a lot of water and don’t touch your face too much. Add some lemon slices to your drinking water and also face wash water and you will reap the benefits of a clear skin.



Tiffany Prinsloo


Skin: Bio Oil

I have to be careful what I use on my skin, it’s very sensitive and it dries out quickly especially during the winter so twice a week I drizzle a bit in my bathwater (after I washed my hair) and then I just soak in it a bit. I use this on my face as well.

Benefits: It’s good for moisturising your skin and lightens stretch marks or scars. It also leaves your skin with a glow and feeling smooth and soft.

Or I use Nivea Body In-shower Moisturiser. Also, leaves your skin nice and soft and it’s a lot less time-consuming.

Hair: Argan Oil Shampoo

I mix a little Argan Oil Shampoo with my normal Shampoo three times a week, the rest of the time I use my normal shampoo.

Benefits: Cleans, strengthens and moisturises your hair, it smells nice and also leaves it super soft and shining.



Wanda Koekemoer


Ask anyone that knows me, I don’t wear makeup… except for one time that Relene put some on me for a dress-up party ????

Thus I’m not really the person anyone would ask for beauty tips. I understand that ladies want to accentuate certain features and I’m sure it makes them feel even more beautiful, but it isn’t for me. I actually like my plain-Jane face that my parents gave me.

As for me, I find enjoyment in colouring my hair funky colours (I try to keep it classy though). It cheers me up in a way that makeup does for others.

Whatever you choose to enhance your beauty with, if it boosts your confidence and makes you feel good – go for it! But please, keep it classy ladies ????



Sune Bissett

WHAT IS YOUR GO TO BEAUTY TIP? Baby powder. There are just so many things you could do with baby powder. Such as using it for a dry shampoo (preferably if you have light or blonde hair). The powder will absorb excess oil and boost volume. It can increase lash volume, by applying coats of powder between your mascara it adds volume and length to your lashes.



Nadine Conradie

WHAT IS YOUR GO TO BEAUTY TIP? Never sleep with your make-up on. It’s not always nice to go through the 3 step face cleaning routine after a night out with your friends, but I think it’s definitely something that would be worth it in the long run. So suck it up ladies, and wash, tone and moisturize!


Marie’ Venter

WHAT IS YOUR GO TO BEAUTY TIP? For girls with curly hair – this is a tip to save some money as well as to condition your hair. Instead of using a mousse or hairspray, to keep my curls intact and really looking healthy – use conditioner. You apply this when your hair is wet, not too much but just enough so that you cover your entire head. This helps nourish the hair and also makes it shine. It’s easy & affordable and I am so glad that I found out this trick.

Baby Oil! If you are anything like me, you get a nasty rash when you shave. Tried waxing, Veet anything and still, I get the rash. Until someone recently told me to use baby oil to shave your legs with – result: NO MORE RASH and my legs are silky and soft!


Colleen Van Heerden

WHAT IS YOUR GO TO BEAUTY TIP? I’m sure everyone at some point in their life has been lectured by their grandmothers, oh boy and did my granny let it rip!

I do regret not listening, I have been blessed (cursed) with ginger hair and because of that, I have a very light fair skin type. If I just look at the sun I get attacked by the UV rays and then I sit with millions of freckles. My gran could always tell when I went for a swim at my friend’s house or at my cousin’s. And at some point, I was banned from going near a pool.

The story of my life, but I still didn’t listen, so granny found this awesome cream that I was forced to put on my face called “snow white” it was a lovely cream and did seem to work for me, only until I would go back outside in the sun.

Today I regret every minute that I spent in the sun and not listening to my grandmother but I will be sure to teach my kids one day about the good and bad things the sun can do to your skin.


Jacqueline Bosch

WHAT IS YOUR GO TO BEAUTY TIP? Well, my grandma said if you want soft hands, you take sugar and baby oil, mix it into a paste and rub it onto your hands and your hands will be as soft as a baby’s bum… Try it! I have really dry hands and this really works…



There you have it. Some beauty tips that us normal girls live by. Nothing extravagant that you’ll find from a Beauty Guru Youtube channel, but the stuff that really works for us. What are some of your beauty secrets that you live by? Share with us in the comments.

Dear Depression

Dear Depression

What better day to write to you than World Mental Health Day.

I don’t think I remember the first time you paid me a visit. As I never really thought that it was a big deal. I always thought that I will be able to deal with it. Little did I know that it can and will be life-changing.

I do remember when you paid me a visit at the end of 2015 and almost the whole of 2016. Like a dark coloured dust cloud, you blew into my life and covered everything I thought to be beautiful, that had meaning to me, in a black dust. Nothing was beautiful anymore. I struggled to see past the blackness of it all. You made me feel worthless. Like I was somehow a waste of space on this earth. You made me believe that everyone around me felt the same about me too. Like nothing I will ever do will be good enough. I hated myself. I shut myself off from everyone that cared for and loves me. Scared, because I didn’t know what to say or how to act normal. I didn’t want them to perceive me as broken. Or well, more broken than what I already was. I felt tired to pretend to be okay. When clearly you took everything from me and made it black. Dark. Useless.

I wanted to scream. And I wanted to give up on so many occasions. I missed the old me. The happy me…

Although it feels like all I’m doing some days and weeks even, is to keep my head above water. Not to drown. Almost like I’m barely surviving. I still have days where I want to curl up in bed and just cry.

I can hear you knocking, pushing and kicking at the door. Trying to make your dark dust my home again. And every single day, I will push back. I will fight you! I’m scared that I might not be strong enough one day and that you will win. I’m so scared that on some days I struggle to have a normal day.

But listen here depression, as 2017 almost comes to an end, I am still standing here. I am not worthless like you made me out to be. I am a warrior. And I will fight with everything I have in me to never fall into your dark dust cloud again. I am determined to lose you forever.

Depression and anxiety doesn’t make me weak! Far from it actually. I’m stronger because of you!

I have very amazing people in my life, and you will never make me doubt that again.

I very well know how this could have turned out if I have let you win. You could have made me give up on life. And I almost did. But I will keep on fighting you.

And for now, I’m winning!

So please fuck off. 

From the person, you thought you had power over.