A fresh to death review: L’Oreal Men Expert Hydra Power

Now and again, I like to switch up my cleaning routine. I decided to try L’Oreal’s latest addition to their Men Expert range, the Hydra Power range.

My problem:
Dry to combination skin (more oily in summer) and worries about early aging (self-preservation is real) – I have no time for crow’s feet.

The trial:
L’oreal Men Expert Hydra Power Face Wash and Hydra Power Refreshing Moisturiser.

The verdict:
When they said “cooling” they meant it. The moisturising gel contains menthol and the cooling effect instantly wakes you up and leaves your skin smoother.

The moisturising gel is non-greasy is easily absorbed and gives your face that fresh feeling throughout the day.

The con is that it contains no UV filters to stop those cracks from forming.

Hydra Power Face Wash: R129.00


L’Oréal Hydra Power Refreshing Moisturiser: R89.00


The Full Monty: Ronaldo’s CR7 SS15 Collection

This post does not contain a lot of words. I don’t think they are necessary. I promise, I will write another blog about the different kinds of undies. For now, just, like, look at the pictures, man.

The SS15 CR7 by Cristiano Ronaldo underwear collection continues to represent the sportsman’s own love of bold colour and features bright new colourways for the Spring/Summer season.

Ronaldo says, “I love vibrant colours and underwear is a great way to experiment with different looks. The bright pink and red in the new collection and the bold patterns gives it a distinctive look for Spring/Summer- I like to make sure that the collection stands out! I’m really out and proud of it.”

Fashion orientated prints are new for this season and include playful graphics based on the distinctive CR7 logo. The emphasis for the product this season is firmly on delivering stylish designs which offer unrivalled comfort and fit.

The collections will be available at selected Edgars stores.

CR7_From R299_Black Briefs with Green Stripes and White Lining_Exclusively Avalable at Flagship and Selected Edgars Stores CR7_From R299_Black Briefs with Olive Green Stripes_Exclusively Availabe at Selected Edgars Stores CR7_From R499_Blue and White Trunks with Abstract Print and White Linging_Exclusively Avalable at Selected Edgars Stores CR7_From R499_Blue Stripe Trunks_Exclusively Available at Selected Edgars Stores CR7_R299_3 Pack White Briefs_Front_Exclusively Avalaible at Flagship and Selected Edgars Stores

Guys, we need to talk

I am a big fan of the Movember Foundation not only because of the funds that they raise but for their contribution to men’s health and the conversations that they tackle.

Globally, the rate of suicide is alarmingly high, particularly in men. Around the world, on average we lose a man to suicide every minute of every day. That’s 510,000 men that we lose to suicide each year. Three times as many men die through suicide compared to women.

Saturday 10 September marks World Suicide Prevention Day and the Movember Foundation has one simple message: Men, let’s talk when things get tough. Please watch and share this to keep the conversation going.

Please watch and share this video to keep the conversation going.



Don’t age that good? Visit the DZCFPWDAG

I’m pretty sure there’s a lot more to life than being really, really, ridiculously good looking. And I plan on finding out what that is.” Hahahahaha! That’s a killer line from Zoolander.

To promote the sequel, Zoolander II, the good people at Kiehl’s have partnered with Derek Derek Zoolander to open The Derek Zoolander Center for People Who Don’t Age Good (DZCFPWDAG), a state-of-the-art, anti-aging center in New York City.

Yup, they went there. Take a look at thederekzoolandercenterforpeoplewhodontagegood.org. and check out the movie trailer here.






Orange releases results on top selling products for Q3 2015

Orange has released the statistics on the best selling products from its online store in South Africa for the third quarter of 2015, which show that besides smartphones, mobile accessories and wireless devices are among the best selling items.

If you’re looking for Xmas gifts then you should give some serious thought to this list.

Top ten selling products in 2015 Q3

1. Sony Xperia M4 Aqua

2. Huawei E5372 4G LTE Mobile Wi-Fi Router

3. NEO X8-H Plus 4K Ultra-HD Android TV Box incl. free NEO A2 Lite Wireless Air Mouse with Keyboard

4. Sony Xperia Z3 Compact

5. Orange Holiday Europe Sim Card

6. Motorola Moto E 4G

7. Nokia Lumia 830

8. NEO X5 Mini Android TV Box with Remote

9. Nokia Lumia 640 XL LTE

10. Cat B25 Dual Sim

#DigitalEdge2015: Making Stories

Storytelling is as old as time. Marketers have been doing it forever if you think about it. It was the theme for this year’s Digital Edge that took place at the Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg.

Brought to you by Native VML and Nedbank, the event is its 7th year and it was my first time attending. I have been avoiding it for the last few years because it felt like just another conference, you know? I thought wrong. It is perhaps SA’s biggest platform for educating the industry on digital communication.

“We must use stories to journey into the heart of who we are, by telling stories we bring ourselves into being,’’ said Native VML CEO, Jason Xenopolous, as he kicked off the event.

The buzz

If storytelling has been around for ages, why is this on every brand manager’s tongue at the moment?

Technology. Technology has changed personal relations; the way we interact with each other. It’s changed the way we communicate with brands, our expectations of brands changed and similarly, the way brands communicate with their consumers and how they tell their stories.

Over the last few years, there has been a dramatic shift that has changed the marketing landscape forever. Digital Edge aimed to address these challenges that brands face when telling their stories by using technology across a plethora of channels.

Co-create stories

Giving an insightful presentation on co-creation was Dr. Wu, Chief Scientist at Lithium Technologies who probably summed up the event in one line; “Digital is the end of business as usual.”


The event was followed with more insights from influencers like Khaya Dlanga and Dr Sindi van Zyl. We were shown a few short films from Kenya and Nigeria and my only request to the organizers would be to actually book more speakers from the entire continent. We want first-hand experience not just a video.

What stood out for me was a talk by Mel Attree, Director of Content Strategy at Ogilvy SA, who talked about the responsibility of telling stories properly. It’s not just about vomiting words, it’s a process which, in all fairness, is not rocket science.

We, the communications community, know this, we know it but still we don’t implement it properly. According to Attree, it’s all about agencies interrogating the brief followed by the collaboration/co-creation. Collaboration seems to be the new integration. Can we stop playing boardroom bingo and really pull up our socks?

The Client Partner

A new face to the digital landscape is Musa Kalenga who was recently appointed as Client Partner at Facebook South Africa. This guy owned the stage and had us eating out of his hand. He understands his product and how it fits into business. On Africa and technology, Musa says that it’s not the strongest who will survive but those who can adapt to change. Businesses need to embrace technology while understanding humanity. On storytelling, he says “we need to think like humans before we act like brands,” in that way, we will create meaningful connections.



This year’s keynote address was delivered by award-winning director, Spike Lee. Known for his grit and honest portrayal of the black American narrative, Spike delved into how technology influences art and business. His appearance was succinct but charming.

We received a sneak preview of his star-studded new movie, Chi-raq which will be released by Amazon.com. This will be the first feature film to be released by this online giant. Something that Lee says, is shaking up Hollywood.

Lee pulls no punches and delivered on the event promise. He didn’t present, he didn’t preach, he told a story. He touched how you’re never too old to learn, his film students taught him about crowd-sourcing – a big lesson for corporate  facing new media.

I have included a few more pearls for Spike below.

Digital Edge was worth every cent and I am looking forward to another but more diverse line up.





Puma x Stampd at The Jungle


Launched a few days ago, a selection of the Stampd Athletics Collection by PUMA is now available at my new favourite spot, The Jungle.



The Jungle
7 Jan Smuts Avenue
Craighall Park
(011) 326 0786

Monday to Friday: 10am to 6pm
Saturday: 9am to 4pm
Sunday: Closed