Review: Beaucience facial scrub

With someone with sensitive skin, I often shy away from cleansers and scrubs. So when I was sent Beaucience facial scrub to review, I was awfully skeptical.   I’m glad I took the leap of faith and tried it. The facial scrub contains organic white willow bark extract, apricot kernels and essential oils, making it…

Fancy dining with sharks

Clinton Dean attended the Cargo Hold relaunch and enjoyed its fresh new menu Cargo Hold relaunched its famous underwater restaurant recently and had a glitzy event to celebrate its fresh menu. A masquerade theme, the rainy Friday was filled with a great ambiance and food fit for kings. Guests were welcomed with champagne as they…

It’s going to be a Rain Christmas

Rain Africa revealed their new Christmas range, and everyone is going gaga over it. The new range titled #GiftsfromNature is made from verbena and patchouli. A select few Durban bloggers gathered in the quaint store, taking in the natural scents that Rain is so famous for. In fact, I was attracted to their store purely…

Surf Riders has something for everyone

Surf Riders on the Durban Beachfront is a hidden gem you should visit sometime. I was recently invited to lunch with a group of friends to sample some of the items on their menu. The manager, Samantha Shaw, escorted our table of four to a spot inside. The Durban weather was gloomy, but not the…

The eye serum that keeps me fresh

REVIEW: I am someone who rarely gets enough sleep. I am not sure why exactly insomnia worries me, but often the dark circles are as a result of this. With Clarins Men’s anti-fatigue eye serum, I am left feeling refreshed. So no matter how many late nights I have, wearing it always gives me that…

5 looks I love from Hombre’s Warrior range

Menswear designer, Vanessa Pillay, is a force to be reckoned with and her Warrior range, showcased at this year’s Durban Fashion Fair, shows that she has what it takes to take the international market by storm. Here are some looks I totally loved and how it can be incorporated to daily looks: Look 1: This…

Savoury doughnuts, veg corn dogs, Durban Street Food Festival has it all

If you do not have anything planned for tomorrow (September 25), I suggest you head down to The Pavilion Shopping Mall for the Durban Street Food Festival. Taking place this Heritage weekend, hundreds of people flocked to exit 5 on Pavillion upper level, a car park that was converted into the venue. For real foodies,…

My toffee obsession 

REVIEW: Fancy some toffee, Darling Sweets new range is all the hype. Clinton Moodley tried some. For anyone who knows me,  they know that I have a sweet tooth. Every night before either go to bed,  I enjoy a sweet treat. When Darling Sweets dropped off a toffee package for me last month I could not…

The tipping debate

To tip or not to tip, that is the question. Understanding this phenomenon is not hard, but often the actions of the waiter or the level of service received determines what exactly how much a person forks out for a tip.  A 10 percent tip is generally accepted. However after coming across a post on…

Men can be fashionable in Winter  

Winter fashion guide part 2: MO-T from Mi Casa and businessman Zareef Minty share some of their winter essentials for men.  Novelty Sweaters: Whether it is a cartooned motif or a kitsch retro advertisement, novelty sweaters have been playfully featured on the streets, lending personality to the simplest of looks. The key to choosing novelty…

Author Lesley Pearse spills the beans on writing

Author Lesley Pearse  is in South Africa to promote her new book The Woman in the Wood. Clinton Moodley spoke to her.  Let me start by saying that I am a fan of your work. Tell us about your new book, The Woman in the Wood?  It is set in 1960, when 15 year old…

When all else fails, find reasons to live

One word that can ruin someone’s life, their potential to succeed and go on for another day. As a journalist, one is exposed to suicide regularly. I remember going out on a suicide story on my first day as a journalism intern. We had heard that a 16 year old girl killed herself in her…

Nickelodeon Slimefest comes to Ushaka

Nickelodeon Slimefest came to Ushaka Marine World this weekend. Clinton Moodley met with some incredible people at the music festival and photographed some of them.

That morning in Port Elizabeth

It may seem trivial to one person, but being a victim of crime is no trivial matter. I am sharing my story to help other trauma suffers get help and live their best life despite what they went through.  A moment can change your life.  Life can be like that. One moment you are happy and…

Social scene: Gerald Wells His and Her fragrance launch

Gerald Wells launched their His and Her fragrance at the Hillcrest Corner on Thursday night. The fragrance took three years to complete and judging by guests reactions, it was worth the long wait. Guests were treated to free styling from the Splush and The Barber stores that is owned by Gerald Wells. Clinton Moodley was…

Your guide to Time Of The Writer 2017

I am so proud that there is an event aimed at writers and giving them a platform to showcase their work. The 20th Time of the Writer Festival is one such event that allows a voice for writers. It will be held in Durban from 13 to 18 March in Durban. This celebratory edition is…

#AlwaysChooseHappiness

Social media has become a toxic mirror influencing who we are and what we do. Here are some stats: *Three million children per month are absent from school due to bullying. *20% of children who are cyberbullied think about suicide, and 1 in 10 attempt it. *4500 kids commit suicide each year. *Suicide is the…

TRAVEL: Wine o’clock

 CAPE TOWN: PART 5 I woke up with a headache, my body floating with happiness. Today was a good day and worth the grogginess I now feel. 10 hours earlier Durbanville Hills Wine Estate was on my itinerary today. The day before, I called the estate and booked a cellar tour and a table at…

TRAVEL:Hop on to new experiences

CAPE TOWN: PART 4: Sitting in Durban traffic, singing my lungs out while the radio is on full blast is fun, but not as much as being inside Cape Town’s efficient transport system. I love Durban with all my heart, however our public transport is nothing to write about. Whenever I travel, I enjoy using…

Top 8 beauty trends of 2017

Guest blogger Shiara Ackloo of the Purple Sunflowers blog shares her top 8 beauty trends of 2017.   1: Balayage hair ‘Balayage’ is a French word meaning to sweep or paint and allows for a sun-kissed looking hair colour . The Balayage hair technique is a more natural take on the ombre’. You could go…

Celebrate 2017

The clock has struck midnight, and so beckons a New Year. I am sure many people spent their last hours of 2016 planning the New Year, from quitting ‘bad habits’, weight loss goals to managing money better.  Not many people were fans of 2016. It was a bad year for all, whether it was the uncertainty of…

Wake, pray, slay

The News Specialist editor Clinton Moodley reflects on 2016.  Two words to describe my 2016: challenging and rewarding. I think this year I pushed so many boundaries and took so many risks, even with the toughest of situations that stood in front of me. I turned 25, a quarter of a century is a milestone…

Hosted by celebs

I like the idea of celebrities cooking for charity as it shows another side to them, away from the glitz and glamour of their career. The Celeb Chef Showdown, organised by Gateway Shopping Mall, was in its last competitive stages before the grand finale next weekend. Held at Cape Town Fish Market, it featured model and…

Even the females support Movember

Surf coach Heather Clark is going razorless for the month of Movember in support of people who are battling cancer. The 45-year-old will grow her underarm and leg hair in a bid to raise awareness about cancer and how important getting tested was. Clark, 45, said that while she expected lots of stares when she…

Galleria H&M tour

Galleria Mall hosted bloggers and VIP guests to a fun evening filled with entertainment, networking, and of course a tour of Swedish retail store H&M, which was launched at the weekend. Seen at the event were:    

Mixing food with music

If I learned anything from the night, it was that branding oneself or its company is important.

Travel: A day exploring township tourism

If you told me five years ago that I would visit the township to enjoy a meal of pap and chakalaka, I would have laughed at you. Growing up, townships were viewed as crime dens ‎and unsafe. Fortunately, through the launch of Township Tourism and the rise of many small businesses that perception for many…