Wednesday, 24 January 2018

• Lifestyle • A Stay at Royal Palm Hotel in Umhlanga

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Hiya everyone 

I hope you have had a good week so far! It's been a rollercoaster of emotions for me, if you follow my Instagram stories then you'll know what I mean...

Enough of that! Let's talk about my recent stay at The Royal Palms Hotel in Umhlanga! I was invited to have an overnight stay there for 2 to write about my experience. 

My overall view is the despite the room for improvement in staff service, the hotel is perfect for holiday makers and businessmen/women with the absolutely prime location. It is on Palm Boulevard which is sprinkled with restaurants and retail store, including two entrances to Gateway Theatre of Shopping.

The location is also parallel to Umhlanga Rocks Drive, which is the 'gateway' to the N2 and M4 highways as well as Umhlanga Village where all the nightlife happens.

As for my experience, when we entered the hotel there wasn't a traditional reception desk where you stand there and give all of your details to check in. There were two sit-down desks where you speak to someone front office to do your check in. He battled to find my booking, I am unsure if it was maybe, as a media visit, he had my name down as Jane instead of Camilla. Side bar, many people think my name is Jane as it's my blog name but that's actually my middle name.


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We were in an Executive Suite on the 6th floor. An Executive Suite is made up of one bedroom (king sized bed) with a separate lounge and bathroom en-suite, including a balcony.

You can see the other rooms and suites that are offered here

I was surprised that, as a 4 star hotel, no-one offered to help us take our bags up to our room and welcome us in. We were confused as to which lift to go up, we eventually figured out that you have to leave the lobby, stand in the shopping centre's corridor and grab a lift upstairs. After this our key card wouldn't work so we couldn't get into the room! My partner had to run downstairs to get a new one, in the process a hostess came upstairs to show us into our room.

The bedroom was simply gorgeous! I adore the cherry blossom wallpaper, the bed was nice and big (I need my space to get a good night's sleep), the bedding was luxe (probably 300 thread-count and 100% cotton) and the finishes were stunning. 

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Whilst there is no door between the bathroom and the bedroom, there were beautiful doors that could be closed to separate the bedroom from the entrance corridor and lounge. TMI, but I was still battling with a very long bought of gastro (I swear I had Listeria) so I was very happy that I could separate the rooms!

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There were the typical amenities in the bathroom; soap, body wash, shampoo and bottled water. The towels were also super-soft and just felt like wrapping yourself in the cloud after a bath (for me) or shower (for partner). 

The Arla Group (which The Royal Palm is a part of) are committed to living sustainably which I so appreciate. There was a sticker on the mirror asking guests to be water-savvy and reuse towels and such. I think this is especially important for visitors from abroad as they may not know the serious nature of South Africa's drought right now. 

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There was plenty of storage space, necessary for a longer stay, and a 1200W hairdryer with a dual 110 V/220 V razor socket. 

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The lounge was gorgeous and comfortable. I quite like the mixture of decor, especially the arm chair with the Chinese-people print. There was space to charge our phones and watches - one of my biggest bugbears is calling down to reception and hoping they have adapters - and a small TV with the typically-limited TV channels. We ended up watching Netflix in bed, currently catching up on all Black Mirror episodes! 

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We were also treated to a fruit basket and Charlotte Rhys candle - thank you so much to The Royal Palm! It was great for midnight snacks and lunch for my first day back at work the next day.

There is also a mini fridge, microwave, sink and coffee station - perfect for a longer stay if you want the 'self-catering vibe'.

The Royal Palm also has a restaurant called THYME@ROYAL PALM if you would prefer a meal prepared for you. It's in the reception area and is also available to the general public.


The signature restaurant of The Royal Palm Hotel, THYME@ROYAL PALM, is a fusion of contemporary dining sophistication. THYME@ROYAL PALM offers patrons an opportunity to experience opulent dining with a modern twist. With a unique concept of four distinctive areas under one roof, the restaurant is a refreshing place to enjoy a couple of cocktails or a scrumptious meal. A simple yet effective colour scheme coupled by differentiating textures, welcomes diners to this innovative dining experience. The restaurant includes a bar area, lounge, dining room and outdoor courtyard, each one offering something different to the other to accommodate all. 
The focus of the main floor area is a vibrant, circular bar, with four seating arcs surrounding it. This innovative seating plan offers patrons a chance to be part of the dynamic energy at the bar, while enjoying privacy in one of the secluded arcs. Comprising a funky dining room table surrounded by wingback chairs and lengthy leather lounge suites, the lounge enjoys a relaxing ambience. 
Here, diners can snack on delicious finger foods whilst sipping exotic cocktails. The main dining room area seats up to 60 people and enjoys an elegant and sophisticated atmosphere. With a selection of table styles, including a chefs table seating eight people as well as other options available, the dining room accommodates small and intimate dining arrangements. 
Restaurant goers can also enjoy the THYME@ROYAL PALM ambiance outside, as the restaurant’s sliding folding doors open up onto a spacious courtyard and enjoys an elegant café feel, offering a taste of Al Fresco dining. With such a variety of offerings, THYME@ROYAL PALM serves as a definite hot spot for Durban diners.
You can view their menu offerings here.

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There is also a small balcony, a rarity for hotel rooms I have ever stayed in. The view isn't utterly gorgeous, it isn't close enough to Umhlanga Ridge to see over the other buildings, but we left the door open whilst we were 'at home' to get the sea breeze. 

We had breakfast at THYME@ROYAL PALM in the morning. There is a continental breakfast area with pastries, cold meats, cheese (so much cheese), biscuits and cereal. There is tea, coffee and about three different juices (I chugged about 4 glasses of delicious apple juice). Then there is the hot breakfast. I was a little disappointed as a hotel breakfast is by far the highlight of my stay at any hotel. Whilst the manager attended to our table and was fantastic, we still only had about three quarters of the hot options available (no pork sausages, tomato, baked beans) as they were still being prepared. It was almost 7am so I would have thought all the food would be prepared by then.  

Other facilities offered at The Royal Palm are:


  • Health & Vitality Centre (Open Mon–Fri, 6am – 9pm and Sat–Sun, 7am – 5pm)
  • 24 Hour Reception Services
  • Spa Royale (on site)
  • WiFi (Free)
  • Conference Facilities
  • In Room Dining Mon-Fri, 06h00-22h00 Sat-Sun, 18h00-22h00
  • Baby Sitting Facilities upon request within 24 hours (not specialised)
  • Secure Free Parking
  • Major Credit Cards Accepted

If you would like more information or to book, you can find their website here or you can call: +27 (0) 31 581 8000 

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*Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by the Royal Palm Hotel. The views on the post are not influenced by the sponsorship, they are true and my own.

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

• Lifestyle • WIN a Playground Pass for Cornubia Mall

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Hiya everyone 


It’s time to play this holiday season and Cornubia Mall is your playground! Come and experience some of the mall’s exciting offerings and stand a chance to win one of 10 Cornubia Mall Playground Passes, valid for a whole year, and valued at over R11 000 each.

Have you been to Cornubia Mall yet? I visited the mall on Sunday, it was my third time, and I experienced a few of the services they have to offer for their festive season campaign - "Your Playground This Festive Season". Playground is right! 

I am well-chuffed with all that is on offer at Cornubia Mall, situated just off the N2 in Mount Edgecombe in KZN. I love that there is a Dischem and Clicks there, since I usually have to go to La Lucia Mall for a Dischem and they have a small Clicks there. I like that they have both a Pick n Pay Hyper and Checkers Hyper there for my monthly grocery shop. They have cool restaurants like Brooklyn Brothers (read my review here), John Dory's (yay for half price sushi on a Wednesday), Plan B Dessertery (for their famous waffle cones) and Pallet Jacks (perfect for kiddos). 

They have activities like Bounce (with all of the trampolines), a kick-ass Nu Metro (with 4DX, Xtreme and VIP cinemas) and Fives Futbol (action soccer). It really feels like they have it all! They also have a Virgin Active, a barber and tons of fashion and home store.

Plus, the biggest draw card for me, free outdoor parking for 6 whole hours! I visit malls often and paying for parking is one of my biggest bugbears! 


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A beautiful mural by one of Durban's most talented artists, Shaun aka the Damn Vandal

Here is a quick overview of what I got up to whilst I was there on Sunday...

I first was treated to an awesome pedicure by Londi at Perfect 10. She was fabulous, I received a great scrub using Biosculpture products, a massage and a paint with shade 75 by Biosculpture. Perfect 10 is situated to the right of Checkers Hyper, next to Pink n Pay Clothing. 

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Wow, I am a nerd. This is what happens when you tell me to 'strike a pose'

I made sure to get snapped with the photo frame situated in-store

I had 45 minutes to kill before my movie date - and by date I mean that I took myself out on a me-time date as I was dying for some alone time after all the wonderful family activities in December and January. So next I headed to Noble Coffee which is on 'the other side' of the mall (a short walk over the bridge). The coffee shop is situated within the Thule store, nearby to Fives Futbol, Afro's and Plan B. I grabbed an ice tea (I wasn't feeling very well so wasn't feeling coffee) and a beef sandwich. 


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Next I was off to Nu Metro to watch The Greatest Showman - and boy, is he?! As this movie is in one of the VIP theatres, I got to go grab my popcorn and cool drink in the VIP suite. I wasn't hungry enough to order, but you can order a legit meal and they will deliver it to your seat in the theatre! It is easy to say that my mind is blown away by that! 

I sat myself down in a super comfy, wide that reclines and got ready for 1 hr 45 minutes of pure magic! The movie was simply wonderful! I was very tearful, not because it was sad, but because the performances were so moving! I haven't been bought to joyful tears in a long time! I sneakily filmed one of the performances in my Insta-Story (a link to that at the bottom of the post) and you can watch the trailer here (I just got such goosebumps watching it again).

You can find Nu Metro near to Bounce and Brooklyn Brothers, it's downstairs.


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The VIP Lounge

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THANK YOU to Cornubia Mall for inviting me to experience some of the services available as part of the Playground Pass! More info on that... 

Competition details:

Visitors to Cornubia Mall are spoilt for choice when it comes to fun-filled activities for the whole family. At the heart of an active community, the mall offers a good selection of food, fashion, lifestyle and sports attractions, integrated into an outdoor shopping experience.

Adding an extra sprinkling of excitement this festive season, from 9 December 2017 to 13 January 2018, when visiting selected retailers, you will have the chance to win this incredible year-long Playground Pass.

Each pass gives you the chance to indulge at Noble Coffee, Afro’s Chicken Shop, Plan B Dessertery and Brooklyn Brothers, get active at Fives Futbol and Bounce, watch the latest movies at Nu Metro, let your little one’s creativity run wild at My Little Picasso and relax by having a manicure at Perfect 10.



To stand a chance of winning, here’s what you need to do:
  • Visit one of the participating retailers – see Cornubia Mall's Facebook page for all the details and look out for the hopscotch grids outside their stores.
  • Enjoy what the retailer has to offer.
  • Pose for a photo using the Cornubia Mall photo frame in the store - you have to buy a product or use a service to qualify.
  • Upload to the mall's Facebook page – look for the pinned post at the top of the newsfeed, comment on that post by adding your picture and use the hashtag #CMPlayground to be eligible to win the prize.

Each Playground Pass booklet will contain the following vouchers:

Bounce
  • Bounce General Access tickets: 12 x R130.00 = R1,560.00 (1 free General Admission pass per month at any time, peak or off-peak)
  • Pink Membership (single): R750.00 – this provides other VIP benefits, 20% discounts on-going and free member days every month)
  • Bounce Goodie Bag, socks and glasses: R230.00
  • Final value per prize: R2,540.00 for the whole year


Fives Futbol
  • 4 x social games for 10 people (five a side) – one social game per quarter/every three months)
  • Final value per prize: R400.00 per game = R1,600.00 for the year


Nu Metro
  • 1 x adult 3D movie ticket per month for 12 months
  • Final value per prize: R95.00 per 3D movie ticket = R1,140.00 for the year


My Little Picasso
  • 4 x painting sessions for one child per session (1 x painting session per quarter/every three months)
  • Prize includes 1 x free cappuccino for the parent/guardian who is bringing the child for the session as well as a small gift for the child per session.
  • Each painting session value is R195.00 / R780.00 for the year.
  • Final value per prize: R250 per session = R1,000.00 for the year INCLUDING the cappuccino and small gift for the child.


Noble Coffee (In Thule store)
  • 1 x single shot Cappuccino OR 1 x single shot Americano per month x 12 months
  • Final value per prize: R24,00 per coffee = R288.00 for the year


Plan B Dessertery
  • 1 x R50.00 voucher (to redeem on any item you select to that value) per month
  • Final value per prize: R600.00 for the year.


Brooklyn Brothers
  • 1 x R100.00 voucher (to redeem on any item you select to that value) per month
  • Final value per prize: R1,200.00 for the year.


Afro’s Chicken Shop
  • 1 x R50.00 voucher (to redeem on any item you select to that value) per month
  • Final value per prize: R600.00 for the year.


Perfect 10
  • 1 x Express Manicure per quarter (once every three months)
  • Final value per prize: R150.00 per manicure = R600.00 for the year.


To see what else Cornubia has in store for you (as in, what other stores they have - funny joke, Cam), click here

If you would like to see more pics and videos from my day spent at Cornubia Mall, check out my "Highlights" on my Instagram profile! Here's the link and here's what to look for:




Terms and Conditions:
  • The competition runs from 9 December 2017 to 13 January 2018.
  • The Playground Pass voucher booklet will be valid from 1 February 2018 to 31 January 2019.
  • Winners will be announced on 19 January 2018 and receive their prize by 31 January 2018.
  • Winners will be chosen via a random draw process and will be announced on the Cornubia Mall Facebook Page.
  • Winners will be required to confirm their contact information within 48 hours otherwise new winners will be selected.
  • If winner is from area outside of Durban, Cornubia Mall will not pay for travel and accommodation for the person to redeem their prizes.
  • Prize does not include transport to and from Cornubia Mall (for winners who live in the Durban area)
  • Vouchers can only be redeemed at Cornubia Mall.
  • “Swaps” are at the discretion of the retailer.
  • Prizes are not redeemable for cash.
  • If the prize is misplaced or lost, Cornubia Mall is not liable to replace the vouchers.
  • When redeeming vouchers, winners must note that vouchers can only be redeemed as per the times indicated on each of the vouchers i.e. one voucher per month or one voucher per quarter. These redemption timelines can only be changed with retailer approval.
  • You may enter as many times as you purchase something at participating retailers. One receipt is valid for one entry/use of the photo frame.
  • The vouchers are not personalized with the winners’ names. As such, prizes can be redeemed by anyone who presents the voucher.

For more information and Ts & Cs, click here


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*Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Cornubia Mall. The views on the post are not influenced by the sponsorship, they are true and my own.

Sunday, 24 December 2017

• Lifestyle • The ENTERTAINER 2018


Hiya everyone 

I have been fortunate enough in the last two years to be invited to events where the ENTERTAINER has been involved. I was first gifted a subscription to the app in 2016 at the first KZN Bloggers Meet Up. I have never been a fan of these type of services, pay upfront and be given vouchers for various products and services. In fact, I only started using the app when my friend Siobhan, from Sugar and Spice, said she used it and it is amazing. No, I am definitely one of the converted! I have hyped this app up to many friends and they have used their own money to sign up - I would never recommend anything where one must spend hard-earned cash unless I am truly a believer!

In a nutshell, the ENTERTAINER has a huge range of restaurants, spas, hotels, attractions, fitness and retail services all connected to their network where it's almost always a buy one, get one free mechanic. Their company spans across the globe, from here in South Africa to the Middle East, Europe, Asia, Indian Ocean islands such as Mauritius and other African countries. 


Siobhan and I at La Vita Spa

The ENTERTAINER has launched its range of products for 2018 and unveiled some significant enhancements to its offerings. For a limited time, customers can save R100 off the regular price of Cape Town 2018 or Durban 2018, as well as R200 on Johannesburg & Pretoria 2018. Plus, all early bird purchases include selected FREE products .

The range of products in South Africa includes Cape Town, Cheers Cape Town, Johannesburg & Pretoria, Cheers Johannesburg & Pretoria, Durban and Cheers Durban. Also included in the lineup is More Africa, which includes ‘Buy One Night Get One Free’ offers at over 200 establishments across SA and beyond, as well as offers for a range of bucket-list-worthy activities and restaurants. 

With over 6 500 offers for restaurants, bars, attractions, leisure activities, hotels, spas, salons, gyms, fitness studios, retail, everyday services and much more – this year’s products deliver over R5.42 million in savings for customers throughout South Africa.

The brand has no plans to drop their ever popular ‘Buy One Get One Free’ model for restaurants, bars, attractions and leisure activities. However, they have made a move to offer percentage-based savings across some categories to create even more appealing offers and increased value for customers:

New category, Fashion & Retail , will feature ‘Spend & Save’ offers from leading retailers, including ischu (Cape Town), Randpark Pro Shop (Johannesburg & Pretoria), So Whipped (Durban) and many more. 
Another new category, Everyday Services , will feature 50% off popular service providers including Intaba Projects (Cape Town), Randlords (Johannesburg), Home Bru (Durban) and many more.

With the purchase of any product in South Africa, ENTERTAINER members will also enjoy exclusive access to ENTERTAINER getaways - a brand new in-app booking engine which has exclusive rates at over 550,000 hotels in 200+ countries. 

Here are more details on the South African cities and products:

Cape Town 2018 includes over 2 300 Buy One Get One Free and discount offers for dining, attractions, leisure activities, retail and services. Top brands include Mondiall, The Cape Wheel, Life Day Spa, Cattle Baron, Babylonstoren and hundreds more across Cape Town. Exciting new additions include Charango, Roast & Co and The Crazy Horse.
Early Bird Offer: R395 (RRP R495) with 2 FREE add-ons (Cheers Cape Town 2018 and More Africa 2018).

Cheers Cape Town 2018 features hundreds of Buy One Get One Free offers, exclusively redeemable on drinks at the city's hottest bars and restaurants, including The Salt Yard, The Station on Bree, The Odyssey, and many more. Customers must be of legal drinking age (18 years) to purchase.
Early Bird Offer: FREE with every purchase of Cape Town 2018 (RRP R195).

Johannesburg & Pretoria 2018 includes over 2 100 Buy One Get One Free and discount offers for dining, attractions, leisure activities, retail and services. Top brands include Haagen-Dazs, La Vie En Rose, Renaissance Spa, Piza e Vino, Adventure Golf and hundreds more. Exciting new additions include AGNI by Vikrams, Eish Kream, Rush SA and Bill Harrops Balloon Safaris.
Early Bird Offer: R295 (RRP R495) with 3 FREE add-ons (Cheers Johannesburg & Pretoria 2018, Durban 2018, More Africa 2018).

Cheers Johannesburg & Pretoria 2018 features hundreds of Buy One Get One Free offers, exclusively redeemable on drinks at the city's hottest bars and restaurants, including The Steamworks Bar, Billy The Bum’s Food & Cocktail Bar, The Sands, Jack Friday, Mavericks Corner, and many more. Customers must be of legal drinking age (18 years) to purchase. 
Early Bird Offer: FREE with every purchase of Johannesburg & Pretoria 2018 (RRP R195).

Durban 2018 includes over 1 900 Buy One Get One Free and discount offers for dining, attractions, leisure activities, retail and services. Top brands include Sugarlicious, La Vita Spa, Lucky Shaker, El Toro, Xpression on the Beach, and hundreds more. Exciting new additions include Savior Café, Durban Burger Co, Stokers Arms and Adega.
Early Bird Offer: R295 (RRP R395) with 3 FREE add-ons (Cheers Durban 2018, Johannesburg & Pretoria 2018, More Africa 2018).

Cheers Durban 2018 features hundreds of Buy One Get One Free offers, exclusively redeemable on drinks at the city's hottest bars and restaurants, including Lucky Shaker, Barrio, Raffles Nightclub, Crush Nightclub and many more. Customers must be of legal drinking age (18 years) to use. FREE with every purchase of Durban 2018.



My fave places and things to do using the Durban app:
El Toro in Durban North
Lucky Shaker in Umhlanga
The Sushi Corner in Glenwood
Mindgame Escape Durban
Xpression on the Beach (where you can have an epic cycle on the beachfront)
La Vita Spa
Futuristic Hair

Want to know more about how it work? The Entertainer have got all the FAQs and mini tutorials on their website here and on the app.

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Wednesday, 29 November 2017

• Lifestyle • Brooklyn Brothers Diner Review • Whacky Wings, Great Burgers and Cold Beer

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Hiya everyone 

I was lucky enough to be invited for dinner at Brooklyn Brothers at the brand-spanking-new Cornubia Mall last week. My bestie has been so supportive of me lately with everything that is going on in my life, so the poor boyfie chilled at home while I spoiled her to dinner! 

Brooklyn Brothers is a New York inspired, hip urban diner, specialising in buffalo style chicken wings in a variety of flavours, a range of great burgers and hand crafted shakes.

Brooklyn Brothers, a new restaurant chain that I had never heard of, is located in the section of the mall where most of the other restaurants and fast food joints are, over the way from John Dory's and Bounce Trampoline Park. It really stands out from the rest with its contemporary feel and the very friendly staff ready to welcome you in. As it's a new restaurant, they are still awaiting their final liquor licence. My bestie and I quickly headed to Pick n Pay around the corner to grab some wine for our dinner and catch up.

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Both of us are huge foodies. Not in the fancy way, we just love food and basically plan all of our get-togethers around what we can eat. We started with a nachos (smothered in cheese sauce, melted cheese and jalapenos, with a fresh salsa of chopped tomatoes, mixed peppers and corn, sour cream and guacamole) and jalapeno poppers. The nachos were simply delish! We try be courteous, but I am pretty sure we were both angling to try get as many nachos down as possible until they ran out! They were honestly some of the best nachos I've had in years! The jalepeno poppers were a little too hot for me, my bestie pushed through with them because despite battling with the heat they were just so tasty. 

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Nachos - R89

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Jalapeno Poppers - R45

For mains, I had the Classic Down Town Dog (having had a burger over the weekend) and my bestie had (her favourite dish) the half rack (300g) of ribs. We both really enjoyed them (so did my boyfie considering he ate our leftovers). We were simply too stuffed to finish everything! The chips were awesome, too. There were still slivers of potato skin on some of them so you know they have been hand-made and were fried to perfection! 

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Half Rack (300g) Ribs - R110

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Classic Down Town Dog - R55

I asked for a Nutella Chocolate waffle (R49) as a takeaway since my boyfie had been saying the night before how he was craving waffles (a fave of both of us). The waiter was so sweet, he put the ice cream in little plastic containers that is usually reserved for a takeaway sauce. I put them in the fridge as soon as I got home and we were golden! We ended up sharing the waffle the next day and it was amazing, even something as simple as the vanilla ice cream that was included was creamy and delightful

We didn't experience their Crazy Shakes this time as we opted for wine, but it's definitely on the menu for my next visit. 

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Image taken off their website as my photos didn't have great lighting

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Image taken off their website as my photos didn't have great lighting

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It was quite quiet, which I expect from a new restaurant, but the food came super quickly and the three waitrons who looked after us were attentive and friendly. Having worked as a waitress before, I can vouch that typically you get worse service when it's quiet - the grill isn't hot and the waitrons often get bored and faff at their station - but this certainly wasn't the case here! We also chatted to the owner whilst we were getting ready to leave and he was great, craving our feedback - you can see he genuinely cares about his restaurant and patrons!

There are currently 6 Brooklyn Brothers franchises open:

Durban
• Cornubia Mall, Mount Edgecombe

Johannesburg
• Bedford Centre, Bedfordview
• Clearwater Mall, Roodepoort
• Eastgate Shopping Centre, Bedfordview
• Roodekruin, Roodepoort

Pretoria
•Glenfair Boulevard, Lynnwood

You can find them online at the below links: 

• Website here
• Instagram here
• Cornubia's branch Instagram here
• Facebook here
• Twitter here 

Thank you to Brooklyn Brothers and Cornubia Mall for hosting me. I'll definitely be back!

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*Disclaimer: I was gifted a voucher to cover our meals at Brooklyn Brothers in exchange for this post. The views on the post are not influenced by the gift, they are true and my own.

Monday, 27 November 2017

• Beauty • Cherubs Eco Range Review • Makeup Wipes, Cotton Rounds & Cotton Buds

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Hiya everyone 

I was very generously sent the new Cherubs Makeup Remover Wipes to review after completing a survey on Beauty Bulletin, intrigued by a new offering in the category.

I was also kindly sent a couple of extra packs of wipes, plus their cotton rounds and cotton buds.

The Eco-Facial Wipes come either in a pack of 24 or a pack of 60. There are also three variants: normal (blue), oily / combination (pink) and sensitive / dry (purple). Whilst the 24 pack comes with a stickable seal (perfect to take it around with you), I do like that the 60 pack comes with the stickable seal and a lid despite it being bulkier.

All of the wipes are lightly fragranced, they are gentle on the skin, are pH balanced, alcohol and paraben free and, best of all, are biodegradable!

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The variant for normal skin contains rooibos & papaya extract rich in powerful anti-oxidants, keeping skin hydrated. The one for oily / combo skin contains lemon, ivy & sage extract to reduce oiliness, hydrate skin, and prevent localized drying in combination skin whereas the sensitive / dry variant contains sea fennel & chamomile extract to soothe skin, keeping it moisturised and hydrated.

I can vouch for all of their claims, my only gripe with the wipes? They are sadly ineffective at removing makeup, I have to rub and rub and use at least three to get some sort of result  That's kinda the whole point of the wipes, so not worth the buy in my opinion. They also are not very moist and are not very durable, they stretch and tear quite easily. However, the thing that this experience has taught me, Cherubs is an awesome brand and I so appreciate that they produce biodegradable products! 



Now, one thing you may not know about me, I have baby wipes and anti-bacterial wipes with me almost everywhere. I have them in my makeup room, in my car, in my desk drawer, in my gym bag, in my airplane cosmetics bag and in my handbag. I am so impressed with the Cherubs brand that I am now going to replace all of my current baby wipes with Cherubs! 

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Despite this review being based around the makeup wipes, the real stars for me are the cotton rounds and cotton buds! I did not know that cotton rounds weren't biodegradable (I am ashamed, no need for hate please)?! I have been flushing cotton rounds (not buds though) for years! So, I am also now switching to both the Cherubs cotton rounds and buds. Added bonus? The cotton rounds are super soft and effective for both removing makeup or nail polish.


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The 60 pack comes with a stickable seal and lid

I am so proud of this South African brand and will definitely be using the brand going forward as well as recommending them to all my friends! It's unfortunate that I don't find the makeup removal wipes very effective (and I've used enough brands in the past to be able to compare) but this experience has introduced me to a brand that I never would have tried before, until maybe when I have a child in the future.

You can visit the Cherubs website here and support the bid to minimise plastic usage and pollution!

Click here to purchase from Dischem:
Cherubs Eco Cotton Buds x 200 - R15.95
Cherubs Eco Cotton Wool Rounds x 800 - R24.95
Other Cherubs products 


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