My favourite products in the #CTmeetup goodie bag

CTmeetup goodies

On the 9th of May, I joined some of the most awesome bloggers and social media lovers at this year’s #CTmeetup. I was lucky enough to attend last year’s get together too and if Cindy (from 3Kids 2Dogs 1Old House) ever decides to organise another one, I won’t miss it for the world!

Besides the awesome venue, amazing chats and lovely guest speakers, the goodie bags are the very best! The sponsors are always so generous and it makes the day that much more special when you get to go and unpack the spoils.

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Review: Body Thrills Lemon, Lime & Juniper Berry Facial Scrub

Body Thrills Lemon, Lime & Juniper Berry Facial Scrub
Thrill your face off

Need a natural, delicious-smelling facial scrub? Then you should give this Body Thrills product a try.

I was lucky enough to get my hands on some of this zesty scrub and it’s honestly quite fantastic.

I have annoying, super sensitive combination skin and it often freaks out on me. I’m very wary of trying just anything on my face but after seeing @ExMi rave about how it’s cleared up her skin, I was willing to give it a try.

Who is Body Thrills?

Body Thrills is a South African company that was “born from the need to create a range of products that are natural, preservative-free and entirely delicious”.

At first glance… and sniff

After screwing off the lid the first thing you smell is lemongrass and lime. It’s super refreshing and reminds me of summer. The grainy feel of the scrub had me thinking of sugar and I could tell it would be a great for exfoliation.

The first use

After wetting my face and scooping out some of the scrub, it was just a matter of rubbing it on my face and neck. I left it to settle for a few moments before washing it off with a face cloth. It was easy to apply and easy to remove which is a big plus in my book as some scrubs can be a pain to wash off.

My face was smooth and soft afterwards. Surprisingly so. I was genuinely impressed. Plus that awesome lemongrass smell hung around for quite sometime.

My skin is tricky so after a couple of hours I applied my usual moisturiser but there are those who’ve reported that they didn’t need to.

What’s in it?

This exfoliating and moisturising scrub is made with lemongrass, juniper berries, lime, lemon, shea butter and almond oil. Sounds good enough to eat!

Price

You can grab a 125ml tub of this yummy scrub for R80. Order it here from the website.

Body Thrills (you can follow them on Twitter) was created and is run by @ExMi and the rest of the team: @LexiFontein and @Wallfish.

Please note: This is not a sponsored blogpost. I have not been paid to review this product in anyway.

Review: Zoolin Vale and the Chalice of Ringtar

Zoolin Vale and the Chalice of Ringtar Zoolin Vale and the Chalice of Ringtar by Craig Smith

My Goodreads rating: 5 of 5 stars

I can’t believe I put off reading this book for so long. As someone who has only recently read David Eddings’ The Belgariad (and loved it), Zoolin Vale had a taste of the same writing.

From the first chapter I was intrigued by the characters and completely sold on the adventure they were embarking on. I haven’t read The Red Stone (the first book by Craig Smith) and yet it was not a struggle in any way to follow the story line or characters. In my opinion, that is a true skill that many authors lack.

I was lucky enough to get my Kindle copy of Zoolin Vale for free but I would gladly pay for it if I had to. It’s a fun, light and compelling read. I was invested in the characters and their emotions felt real. That is a quality I love in a good book.

I particularly enjoyed the suspense of not knowing exactly what the heroes were going to find on their adventure. There were some unexpected twists and an addition of characters late into the book. Thankfully, they in no way stilted the story, but rather added to it.

The book follows two separate quests and the manner in which Craig switches from one adventure to the other is flawless. I never felt the need to skip past one story, but felt tied to both stories at the same time.

All-in-all I thoroughly enjoyed Zoolin Vale and the Chalice of Ringtar and only have praise for it. It left me wanting more! I can hardly wait for the next installment.

You can follow Craig on Twitter: @CraigWFSmith