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Peter Pan stole it

Peter Pan stole it

Peter Pan stole it. Yes he did. He stole our hearts.

Peter Pan has always been one of my favourite stories because I love the mermaids, magic and the belief in things that are innocent. I was invited to come to the media night and I was allowed to bring a little person. One guess who I took?

We have read the story of Peter Pan a million times and we both love Wendy although I like Tiger Lilly a little more than B does.  Peter Pan will be showing at Canal Walk Shopping Centre and this would be the first time that B had ever been to the theatre. We arrived at Canal Walk 3 hours before the show started, walked around and had some dinner. Hmm and then the last hour it was “Mama is it time yet?” every 5 minutes as she was just SO excited.

She had reason to be as the show was really good and the cast interacted with the crowd. The kids stared in amazement as Peter Pan flew over the crowd and sprinkled Fairy Dust on them so that could fly with him to Neverland.  The cast also came off the stage and walked between the audiences for one number. The boy in a row ahead of us could not believe it when the brave Panther walked up to him “greeted” him. We clapped and screamed really hard to save Tinkerbell after she drank the poison to save Peter Pan and were delighted when she stood up! And in that moment Peter Pan flew into her heart as well as a love for the theatre.

Peter Pan cast

I really enjoyed the fact that although B could see the wires that helped Peter Pan fly, she still stared at him in wonder and got a bit of that Little Girl charm back. Her eyes sparkled and her mouth looked like she was sucking a lolly pop as her lips formed a perfect O.

Giving back….

If you are a fan of J.M Barrie you will know that he gave the rights of Peter Pan to the Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital in London to help raise funds for the hospital.  With this in mind Canal Walk Shopping Centre , will donate proceeds from this production to the LEAP Science and Maths Schools initiative. This is in addition to the sum of R250 000 that will be donated by the Hyprop Foundation.

But there is more to this story ad to celebrate Madiba Day, Canal Walk Shopping Centre have request that people please bring a can/s of food and leave it at Toys R Us in Canal Walk. With the Rhodes Food Group (they do a lot of canned foods i.e. jams) who is also a sponsor for the day,, extra support for this worthy cause will be generated through the building of a giant mosaic made out of tins of food.  You are invited to help transform the Food Court at Canal Walk Shopping Centre with the building of this mosaic artwork on 18 July 2017.  Theatregoers and shoppers are also invited to donate-a-can to the cause, by dropping off one or more tins of food at the Toys R Us store in Canal Walk.

Make a date to escape to Neverland by booking tickets through: www.computicket.com or at the venue.

  • Dates:                                                                Saturday, 1 July to Sunday, 23 July 2017
  • Show times:                                                      Tuesday to Sunday at 11am, 12.30pm and 2pm
  • Venue:                                                                Canal Walk Theatre – Central Court
  • Ticket price:                                                       R80 – Book at Computicket
  • Based on the classic play by:                          J. M Barrie
  • Music and lyrics by:                                          Marcel Meyer
  • Directed by:                                                       Fred Abrahamse
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Crazy World

The past few months has been crazy world of ups, downs, joy, happiness and just plain madness. Work has been manically hectic and there has been a few nights that I have worked late or even gone in on a Friday night to sort out problems. Most nights I have been passing out by 21:30 / 22:00 and this from a night owl! I was offered another job, got the position and convinced to stay with my present company by the powers that be. One of my colleagues also died and it has been quite hard to say the least! As you can imagine, I have been a bit of a stress ball!

Also started studying again but often I look at the books and decide that it will be done tomorrow nigh…..Getting it done is hard after working a full day but I need to book to do my exam in the next month or three so I have time *gulp*

I am pretty lucky in that I have seven days of leave that will expire if I don’t take them. For a work –aholic this is going to be interesting but I am actually SO happy for once as I need some good old me time. So Madame is taking her vouchers she got for her birthday and having her hair cut and nails done tomorrow and just spending some good old me time. Add coffee, a good book and a fun, out of my routine event tomorrow night and it will be pretty close to being perfect! I promise to try not to worry about work.

I have also done a lot of thinking the past while and cried a good few tears. The whole thing with Mr Green really hurt, I am still in love with him but mostly I miss my friend. The most messed up part is that this whole ending is based on an assumption without all the relevant facts or a proper face to face discussion and that is what irritates me. Thank God I know he and his friends don’t read blogs hehehehe.

A dear friend says that I need to look up and see the other guys around me, in the crazy world of dating, that are trying to get my attention but to be honest I am not interested right now.  A friend is trying to convince me that I need to go on a date with his friend as we are perfect for each other and we will get along like a house on fire. It’s not that I don’t see them, I am not blind but I would rather heal properly than jump into something and then all hell breaks loose. I went on Tinder for all of two days and deleted the app. For me to say I love someone romantically is pretty hectic in my books and it’s the first time in 4 years that it has happened.

In between all this I get a Facebook friend request. From He Who Shall Not Be Named (as he is called by my besties) or my Nemesis as I call him.  After all the circles we ran around each other he sends me a request now. Are. You. Shitting. Me? I nearly fell off my chair when I saw that one!  Mr Dolphin, Nick and Tin Man have been really amazing and check up on me all the time to make sure I am ok. Mr Dolphin has had a few late night discussions with me on the merits of things and I am really grateful to him for being such a sweetie pie. I am trying to move on in my way and I when I am healed completely at least it will be on my terms.

Crazy World Silver lining…

I have discovered a new hobby, made some really nice friends and I am planning a weekend/night away with the girls! We are also going to enter in an obstacle race and 5km race so we are getting there. There is an attempt to entice me to do a 42km race. This dear reformed couch potatoe likes the small distances and races where I can walk in between!  B is doing really really well at school and I am Super Super proud of her! She is getting so tall and is almost as long as me!! She has been such a sweetie pie and growing into a beautiful young lady!

Well that’ it for now, sleep tight and don’t let the bed bugs bite!

 

 

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Cotton On Kids new Snoopy range

Cotton On Kids Snoopy Range

I have always been a fan of Cotton On Kids, Cotton On and my favourite of course being Typo!  I LOVE when they have sales and I will spend hours in there! B is going through a girly phase (think pink, glitter, tights and boots) and add a dash of black and you have the picture!  Today we went to Cotton On Kids and they were having a 50% sale! Be still my beating heart!  We bought some amazing things there including a pair of pink tights with gold strips and she even chose a top with pink sequins!!!!!!! I wanted a top with bunny ears and the cutest face but they didn’t have my size! Sigh! Wish they had all these prints when I was a kid!! I have a few pics but will post them on Instagram Have a look and let me know what you think?

Cotton On Kids new Snoopy range

Cotton On Kids has launched a new versatile Snoopy range with well designed tops,  pants and leggings! The prices are reasonable and the designs are colourful but not too flamboyant. There is even a few Charlie Brown’s to be found! The material is nice and warm for the winter with a few lighter pieces for those that get hot quickly and refuse to believe that it is winter!

Snoopy Top

Go to your nearest Cotton On Kids and have a look, you will be pleasantly surprised!

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Confusion

 

 

Writing has and always will be a therapeutic way for me to deal with stuff. Mom stuff, life stuff and just general stuff that happens. The problem comes in when I stop writing and you may have noticed I have not done so for a while. Enter Confusion

Right now I am more confused than a budgie that got caught in a snow storm..wtf??? Which way is up and which way is down? Or in my case, what is the right route to take. My heart says one thing and my brain says another and so we have gotten to the Confusion Crossroads…oh joy! Why can life not be more simple? Boy meets girl, they fall in love the end. Now adays dating is so bloody confusing and if you have a kid add another whole ball game to the sphere. Lord have mercy! I don’t need a man, I want a man and that is a very big difference! I can be full of shit and demanding, I admit to that, I don’t deny it for a minute but falling for someone now adays  can hurt like a thousand needles in one’s bum….aka Confusion. The Stubborn Abbi is up in arms, the Love Child Abbi is in the cupboard crying, the Warrior Abbi is ready to prove herself and the Sensitive Abbi has taken over and we fear for our sanity!

The thing is relationships are always going to have their ups and downs. There is no perfect relationship and anyone that says there is has their heads in the clouds and need to come back to earth. One thing a relationship needs is communication and without it well you might as well pack up shop. This refers to any kind of relationship be it friendship or love. Both people need to fight for the other, can’t have one doing all the work.  I admit, since getting divorced I am a Runner and a Pusher. A Runner is someone that has very high and strong walls around their hearts. Shit gets too real and on comes the takkies and we are outta there in a dust cloud. Relationship done, alt control delete goodbye. A Pusher is reformed Runner that now and then pushes the other person away to see if they will come back or fight for you when they get too close. Everyone else left so what makes this one so different?  I “may” have a few commitment issues….just putting it out there…..But strangely this time I did get freaked out and gave the shoes a little wash and “may” have pushed a few times but I stayed. That in itself scared the crap out of me because I do not get close to guys in that way. Friends yes but dating or relationships of any love kind, oh no honey, bly weg! I don’t want a Prince Charming or Mr Right on a horse coming to save me.  In the beginning when I did start to panic, a friend said take a chance, you never know and so I did. Seems the last push pushed too far and now I am back in the dating pool…God help us! I’ve been very hurt, angry and miserable the past few days but since writing this, I’ve realized that a lot of the confusion is directed at myself. How did I let a man get so close, I’ve never done that before?  The walls will now be built so high that the Eiffel Tower will look like an ant!

And in comes Confusion! Once you have broken down concrete walls, how do you build them up again? Once you have shown someone the inside of you that you never let any other man see, not even your ex-husband, how the hell do you fix it? Unfortunately for some I am not one of those women that look for the nearest “warm lyfie” to fix the hole as I feel you end up hurting yourself more. I hate the saying “Time heals all wounds”..I’m too impatient for that, I want it now but that my dear friends is also a fairytale. Worst is, I miss him, our silly random conversations and play fighting. And so I will live with the confusion, build the wall brick by brick with the strongest form of concrete possible and no man will ever see that part of me again. It will remain mine and I refuse to show it to anyone (Stubborn Abbi is back). Do I still believe in hope? Ask me at a later stage because right now the jury is out on that one.

 

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A case of bronchitis and pineapples

 

The sun is shining outside and right now I am under a blanket with a box of tissues and a nice fat case of bronchitis! Yes life has a habit of throwing curveballs at one when you least expect it. Mine came in the form of bronchitis!

Life has been a bit different of late! If you had told me what I know now 6 months ago, I would have thought that you were crazy. That it would never happen and that you were on very strong meds. But what has happened has happened and boom goes my immune system after weeks of being strong. Just my body’s way of saying  “hey, take a chill pill, here’s some bronchitis”. This little chill pill is freaking me out as I cannot go to work and so I feel as if I am climbing a wall. I am a little bit of a workaholic lol.

I have always believed in hope. Hope is what has kept me sane since a kid and often gotten me into crazy situations, some with good outcomes and some with not so good outcomes. I recently met someone and I am terrified to the core to get close to him. I really like him but hope sometimes has an outcome of making the heart hurt. We shall see what shall happen. Time shall tell. I believe in being like a pineapple, stand tall and wear a crown regardless of what happens. Bronchitis and all.

My darling sister Jessi  was also here for a month, we had amazing times doing crazy things like swimming at 10pm in the hot springs, or watching rugby together. I really miss that she has gone now. I love her to bits and pieces. When she is here we always seem to get up to mischief. Just a few more months and she will be back!

Regardless of the above, I had been getting fit, started doing a Zumba class once a week and my legs are starting to feel the toning of it. B has gone with me a few times and I have released how much she loves to dance ! She is constantly showing me moves and wiggling her arms and legs around. She is actually a pretty good singer and dancer! Next year I am thinking of sending her for modern dancing classes.

My fetish for cacti has also increased and my online following on Instagram is getting bigger and bigger from the pictures that I have been posting.  Seems I am not the only one who loves them J

I will be blogging more now, I just can’t get to my emails as my laptop is acting up and the email addy for this blog is on there but if you want to contact me, I can be on abbi_f@hotmail.com I miss the laptop so much!!!!

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Wall Art Tutorial

Wall Art Tutorial

 

I was inspired to post my easy Wall Art Tutorial by a friend that made a similar one for her husband for Father’s Day but with photographs of their children. She put the photographs on canvas for him  with a lovely message to go with it. It made me wake up my creative side and so here is my Wall Art Tutorial.There are so many things that one can make that don’t cost a lot but look effective and expensive.

It took me a total of about 1 hour (including drying time) and cost around R50 to make. Now B has a cute decoration for her room. She choose the pink colour and was very proud in choosing the exact shade that “matches her room”. I am not a pink fan but her room, her “rules”. Without adue, here is my Wall Art Tutorial:

Wall Art Tutorial materials:

  1. Canvas of your choice – you can buy them at any arts and craft shops
  2. Photograph or picture of your choice (I used a card from Typo)
  3. Paint colour of your choice
  4. Paint brush
  5. Glue
  6. Glossy Modge Podge
  7. Black felt pen (optional)

Wall Art Tutorial how to:

  1. Paint the canvas in the colour of your choice and leave to dryWall Art Tutorial
  2. Once the paint has dried, glue the picture onto the canvas
  3. I outlined my picture with the black felt pen to make the picture stand out more Wall Art Tutorial
  4. Paint the Modge Podge over the whole of the canvas and picture to make the picture stick longer
  5. Hang up on the wall and marvel at what you have created!

Hope you enjoyed my Wall Art Tutorial, it really is pretty simple! If you make one, you are welcome to send me a picture of it and I will post it on my blog or Facebook page for you.

 

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Tre Restaurant review

Tre Restaurant

Tre Rest

I’m a little quirky and  anything that’s different or interesting will get my attention.  Enter Tre Restaurant with its Steampunk vibe. The theme is inspired by Sherlock Holmes and there is wonderful and warm ambiance! The decor is mind blowing  but not overpowering or distracting. Lets start at the beginning..

 The Food Menu

Tre Restaurant Food

The food menu is to die for with a wide variety of foods like a Jack Daniels Hamburger (the patty is soaked in the whiskey), banting options and fresh baked goods. An interesting addition is that you can also customize your meal by choosing what you would like your food cooked in be it Sunflower Oil, Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, Palm Oil or Avocado Oil.

Since I’ve come back from the UK, I have been dying to try deep fried ice-cream and on a recent visit to Tre Restaurant, I managed to have it. They coated the ice-cream  in bread and cookie crumbs and then fried it in hot oil. When I cut into the ball, the ice-cream inside ooooozed out.  To say I was a happy girl is to say the least! Best of all, the food presentation is vivid and you can even eat the fresh flowers that it gets served with. The chips come in little metal pots and some meals are served on a wooden board. Just writing about it makes me hungry!

The Drinks Menu

cocktail

Then of course there is the wonderful cocktail menu! You can choose between alcoholic or non-alcoholic drinks and there is a very wide variety. Tre Restaurant also supports local crafters and recently had GinFest, an evening with different types of Gin for sale from the likes of Bombay Sapphire, Hendrik’s Gin and  Hope on Hopkins Distillery . I heard it was a lot of fun! They are having a Brandy and Braai Festival on the 25 June and this seems to be very promising! Get more details here. And last but not least..

 Something for the kiddies

The nice thing about Tre Restaurant is that they also cater for children and their prices are not bad. There is a wide variety of things for children to eat and its healthy in a sneaky way. Kinda like my spaghetti bolognaise that’s filled with vegetables!

Tre Restaurant is in Somerset West but sadly soon will be leaving for the wonderful life of Cape Town and Bree Street! Although I’m going to miss them, I think the people of CPT are going to love them! Have a look at their website to keep up to date as to where they are or to make a booking. Hmmm I could do with a cappuccino now…..

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Typo review

Just a few Typo products
                                                                         Just a few Typo products

“Typo, oh Typo how do I love thee, let me count the ways?”

I am a fan or actually I am a Typo addict! When we walk past the shop in the Mall B says “Look Mom, it’s your shop”. Why the fascination you may ask? Well three simple words: Quirky and Super Cool!

They have some really interesting designs from a Pugg themed range to a Cat theme range to a Pineapple theme range! I also love their notebooks that have dividers in the books and pockets where you can store things. They have large and small books and each of them have crazy but fun messages! The pillows are colourful and have sayings that make you laugh. Then there are the fridge magnets and cards! We have a few of magnets on our fridge and I have burst out laughing like a crazy person in the store quite a few times reading them. I also have a thing for cacti in interesting containers and some of my favorite holders (like the three teacup cacti holders connected to one) come from Typo. Another fantastic thing…coffee cups!

See what I mean?
                                                                                       See what I mean?

They often has sales and I have picked up THE most awesome gifts for people that seem incredibly expensive but they aren’t. You have to look closely when there is a sale as often the best things are at the bottom. The best and worst place to take me is to the Typo and Cotton On factory shops in Access Park in Kenilworth!!!! Talk about BARGAINS galore! The shop makes a Typo addict like myself sit holding the basket in the corner and rocking like back and forth..”My precious”!!!

Go and look at one of their shops or look at their Facebook page! You won’t be disappointed!

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The Goal List

B and I have The Goal List and it is a fun way to keep us busy. With winter almost here I am finding that I feel very restless at the moment. Although I enjoy watching tv now and then, I get bored doing it every night and so the quest has started to find something to keep me busy.

I have a very special friend who always seems to inspire me. Besides our discussions on history, politics, the Victorian era, the royal families around the world, music and operas’s, we also talk about things that motivate us. He makes my brain work in a million ways and I love our discussions. One thing about him is that he is always trying to better himself and somehow this always seems to rub off on me.  Everyday he challenges me, without him knowing, to try harder, learn more and to achieve more. This inspired me to start The Goal List.

The Goal List makes you feel like this
The Goal List makes you feel like this

At the beginning of the month, B and I will always right a list of things or goals that we would like to do for the month. We each have our own list and as we do them we cross them off. This way, at the end of the month, we have achieved something and not having a whole month disappearing. This is part of The Goal List for May for example:

  • Loose 5kg (3kg done)
  • 5km walk with B (tick)
  • A festival (tick)
  • Tooth fixed (tick)
  • Make a headboard for B
  • Sell something from the garage (tick)
  • Design on TV

B’s list included:

  • Teddy bear tea party (tick)
  • Sleepover at a friend (tick)

As it is the 31 May it’s time to start the new list and I am on the lookout for things to do. I think it’s about time I took out the knitting needles and make a hat for myself. Or maybe knit a blanket for charity, haven’t done anything like that for a while. My creative side is feelings stifled and I think it’s time I make something. Watch this space and you can do it with me! Do you have goals?

 

 

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Whirlwind and hospitals

What a whirlwind of a day that included the hospital! Tonight calls for a facemask, glass of wine and a big bubble bath! I had to fetch Bella from school early to take her to the nurse, then the doctor and finally the Radiology department at the local hospital for a suspected appendicitis! Thank the Lord she was ok and it wasn’t too serious but my poor nerves are shot! Little Miss has been driving me slightly crazy the past two weeks as she misses her dad who relocated last year. Being around other dads and their daughters can be very hard for her and guess who she turns to as her emotional punching bag…me! I can understand it but even my patience gets tested and depending on the time of the month, I have a lot of it. Daddy is here for business for two days and so B had gone to visit there (last night) and tonight. I must say, seeing him and chatting to him at the hospital was actually nice, no fighting or being rude and it wasn’t about other issues but B. She loved it as well, she often asks when the three of us will go do something but like I have explained to her, it isn’t going to happen.

As you probably know I am going through this get fit/reasonably healthy eating (she hides McD’s wrapper under bed)  phase and I’ve lost more weight! The turkey skin under my arms is starting to firm up and I may have biceps by the end of the year. However, there is more to this development. I love Garnier’s Caffeine Eye roller thingy that de-puffs the bags under your eyes and if you are a night owl like me, makes the black circles under your eyes seem less like the colour of a tyre. One catch, they no longer make it. Sigh. So I have been on a mission to try to find a de-puffer. B also has this fungus that seems to get worse with over the counter creams and lotions.

Before and during..
Before and during..

Enter brainwave whirlwind…Pinterest….How to get rid of fungus naturally/create an de-puffer eye cream…Pin… I am happy to say that I have found a recipe that will work for B (lavender oil, coconut oil, shea butter, jojoba oil and coconut oil, blend and use) to get rid of the fungus. While doing this I read up on the uses of jojoba oil and decided to give it a try. There are two products that I do not skimp on, one is moisturizer and the other is eye cream. There is a reason that people think I look 27 when I’m 33. So I decided to give the jojoba oil a try. Morning I use my normal creams and at night I rub a drop or two of jojoba oil and rub it into my face and neck. The difference is quite remarkable! My skin feels clearer, softer and just better. I’ve also started to exfoliate twice a week which is also helping a lot!

So wish me luck on my quest for a de-puffer eye cream, if I get the recipe I that works and I like, I will post it !

 

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MamaMagic, The Baby Expo giveaway

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MamaMagic, The Baby Expo. I remember going to this with Bella when she had started walking and how excited she had been seeing Barney and Nina and the Neurons. Look she screamed like a banshee when she had to go close to him but the MamaMagic, The Baby Expo brings back fond memories.

From 12 – 15 May 2016, MamaMagic, The Baby Expo have its amazing four day exhibition filled with the best in all things pregnancy, baby and toddler. With hundreds of brands exhibiting, MamaMagic boasts the most sought after and internationally recognised exhibitors, giving parents access to some of the most exclusive and innovative pregnancy and parenting products or services, covering all aspects for the babies and toddlers.

 

Huggies will provide parents with free informative sessions at the Huggies Expert’s Lounge where youwill get the chance to sit in on free, short talks providing advice, tip and tricks from the best specialists. The BeSafe Car Safety Centre will also provide parents with useful insight into how to handle a carjacking with a child on board as well as cover basic child friendly defensive driving techniques. In this day and age we all need tips like these!

MamaMagic,The Baby Expo
MamaMagic,The Baby Expo

For parents with those with kids who want to shop “in peace” for a while without the kids, MamaMagic it has partnered with Huggies Nappy Pants and Lego Duplo to provide two play areas to keep kiddies entertained. These play zones are age appropriate and encourage free movement, physical and mental development in children.

Pregnant fairies are in for the biggest treat thanks to the Pampers Baby on Board competition that will see one lucky winner walk away with a comprehensive birthing and parenting starter pack valued over R 147 000!

Barney will be there to entertain the kids  and although tickets to the Barney show are free, they must be booked through Computicket to secure a seat. Tickets are on sale at Computicket outlets and online.

For more information and to book tickets visit www.mamamagic.co.za, check out our Facebook page, or follow us on Twitter @MamaMagicSA or Instagram MamaMagicSA.

The Giveaway….

The giveaway is 2 x double tickets to MM and the Barney show and winners can choose any day they wish to attend:

  • Each tickets admits one adult and two kids (please provide their ages)
  • Tickets/Entrance to the Barney shows (which will be held at 10, 12, 2 and 4)
  • Meet and Greet with Barney (these are held daily after the 4pm show)
  • Barney goodie bag for the kids

To enter: name a children’s brand that you really trust and recommend in the comments section! Competition ends 11 May 2016 and winners will be announced via Facebook!

 

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Facemask that beat me

facemask

Nothing like a good old facemask to make one feel good and happy! Also a good facemask can make you look amazing!

A few people have told me that I look 27/28 and this is great especially when you are 33! Granted I have learnt to take better care of my skin and my body as a whole and I am 6kg away from being the weight I was when I met my ex husband 10 years ago! I also have Bobbi Brown’s free makeup classes to thank but I’m going on a tangent here. So back to the story about the facemask.

As you might know, I LOVE Pinterest and have a board with homemade scrubs, masks etc. So I found one which helps to take away impurities on your skin. It’s pretty simple and made of gelatin and milk. The website warns that you should not put the facemask on your eyebrows as it can pull them out…Little old me goes “Seriously?” but ok noted. So I follow the directions, put on the facemask and wait the prescribed time. My face looks I have cling film wrapped around it as it dries but ok, they said it was good…..Then I had to take it off slowly and carefully. Well let me just tell you that I must have said every swear word possible in my head as I took it off. I think every little hair that was on my face came off at that exact moment! My face was so red it looked like I had taken a layer of skin physically off and add the fact that I had red hair..I looked like a little red troll!  Granted it did work and I shuddered to think what would have happened if I had gotten it on my eyebrows! A new brand of wax maybe? I would not recommend it as wax though!!! It won’t deter me from using other facesmasks and I am already planning my next scrub to make from ground coffee granules (you can get the directions here)

coffee scrub

Have a look on my board if you want some ideas to try and if they give a caution with the facemask/scrub etc. then pay attention to it, unless you want to have no eyebrows!

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