{REVIEW} Tastes Beautiful – natural beauty event

Society often sees vegans as hairy-legged hippies who wouldn’t reach for as much as a moisturizer, never mind a lip-gloss. This stereotyping is nothing new to us, yet absolutely absurd. I am very much vegan and very much beauty-conscious, so you can imagine my excitement when I received an invitation to the Wellness Warehouse’s Tastes Beautiful Event.

Now ladies, if you were unable to attend this event, you certainly missed out. I nearly missed the event myself, which would have resulted in the worst case of FOMO imaginable. For some ridiculous reason I thought the event started at 11am and nearly spilled the diary-free latte all over myself realizing (at 08:45) that the event starts at 9am. Luckily the lovely marketing team had no problem with me arriving (very) fashionably late.  

– The beautiful brands

The event was held on Women’s day and celebrated the fact that good-for-you is beautiful with Wellness. Four premium beauty brands showcased skincare ranges so delicious, you want to taste it! I was pleasantly surprised seeing my good friend Phoebie representing Hey Gorgeous at the event. I have been a die-hard Hey Gorgeous girl for over a year and thrilled to hear that they are now retailing at my favourite wellness store.  Seriously, who else makes natural Strawberry shampoo!? Another familiar brand was Esse, which I recently became familiar with after winning the Live Life Well competition.  Esse performed a hydration test on my skin and I am almost too embarrassed to admit that my skin’s hydration level was only 26% – luckily I received a fab goodie bag at the event that would resolve this situation in no time. The two less-familiar, but equally brilliant brands present at the event were Dr Hauschka and Secuvie. I love the fact that Dr Hauschka offers a Rose Day Cream and a Rose Day Cream Light – depending on the sensitivity levels of your skin. Their range is probably the most extensive of the four. Secuvie, on the other hand, offers the most perfect range for ladies like my mom who prefers one product to do it all. Their repair cleansing gel is a makeup remover, cleanser and toner all-in-one and their moisturizer acts as both a day and night cream.

– Wouldn’t you just love a bag filled with goodies like these?

It was fascinating to learn how each brand approaches natural skin care and how 100% natural, earthly ingredients can treat and maintain specific skin types. What was really wonderful is the fact that I had not one, but four skin specialist analyzing my skin in one morning – testing and recommending products suited for my extremely dry, sensitive skin. Every range had at least one hero product that I am dying to try and I promise to give you feedback as soon as I do.

The event, which cost a mere R100 per person, offered even more! As I mentioned before, each guest received a fabulous goodie bag filled with products from the participating skin care brands, as well as a full size sample of the best beauty product in the world – Coconut Oil! You can read more about the uses of coconut oil in the August issue of the Wellness Magazine here. We also received a Tastes Beautiful smoothie voucher and a Sexy Foods Bun-less Burger from the Wellness Café! Now Viviane (my guest for the event) and I are both reasonably petite-looking girls, but those smoothies and bun-less burgers were so delightful that we finished every delicious drop of it!  That, and the fact that we missed breakfast while rushing to get to the event of course ;)

– Seriously sexy!

Thank you Wellness Warehouse, Hey Gorgeous, Esse, Dr Hauschka and Secuvie for a morning filled with spoils; making each and every lady feel (and taste) beautiful from the inside out. Vegan-beauties, if you are out and about in the Mother City, keep your eyes peeled to the upcoming events happening at the Wellness Warehouse in Kloof Street – you don’t want to miss out again!

Couture Creature – Vegans and their pets

There’s nothing more beautiful than the love vegans share for animals. We see it in the compassion they cook with, the power they petition with and the gentleness they caress with. To capture this love on camera, photographer and friend Abigail K started a personal project called Couture Creature in which she photographs vegans with the creatures they love the most – their pets.

The Couture Creature shoot forms part of her photography service offering – Couture Portrait Shoots, which is her speciality.  It would count as one of the three looks the client receives and includes wardrobe, hair, makeup and prints -depending on the package you prefer. During this project Abigail has shot some familiar faces in the South African Vegan scene including Luan from AVO (African Vegan Outreach Organisation), Toni Brockhoven from BWC (Beauty Without Cruelty) and… ME!

Leo & Zeus

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Leozette Molteno Dress 3 Leozette Molteno Dress 2

 Leozette Molteno Dress 4 Leozette Molteno Dress 1

It was such a beautiful experience shooting with my Staffie puppy, Zeus, and telling my story on why I became vegan and how much I love this little boy. I felt like a warrior princess in the Molento Creations original I was dressed in with a contrasting makeup palette of soft hues done by makeup artists and best friend, Sherilee. You can view my feature on Abigail K’s website here as well as other Couture Creature shoots here.

Seriously, how adorable is that face? A Couture Creature shoot is not only a fantastic gift and opportunity for the vegans of South Africa, but it is also serves as a good cause. For each of the Couture Creature packages sold, Abigail is donating a percentage on behalf of her client to Beauty Without Cruelty SA. If you would like to express the love you have for your pet and book a Couture Creature shoot with Abigail K, kindly contact her on 076 129 7631 or at info@abigailk.co.za.  For more information and rates, kindly visit the Abigail K Photography website.

Going Raw – My Experience

Going fully raw or even raw till 4pm is not as easy as I experienced going vegan. I have wanted to eat raw for quite a while but failed miserably at it for the first two months. I kept craving sugar and salt and warm food – especially since I found myself in the depths Cape Town’s winter. Also, I kept feeling hungry ALL the time and couldn’t understand why.

However, instead of giving up I continued to motivate myself. Every single day I would watch vlogs from Tanny Raw, Fully Raw Kristina and Freelee the Banana Girl and also source different raw vegan recipes on the internet. The more I consumed the right information, the more I craved the lifestyle and the easier it became to eat raw. I started to incorporate it slowly with one raw meal a day – either a fruit platter, a smoothie, a zoodle pasta, or a salad and as the days went by I added more raw meals to my diet.

Today (still in the depths of winter) I can eat raw vegan meals with ease. Some days I will eat fully raw and other days I will eat raw till four and I absolutely adore it. I just find myself craving purity and exercise – the healthier I eat, the more energy I have and the healthier I crave to be.  I used to be quite a coffee addict and even though I still like a cuppa in the morning, I have started cutting out coffee during the course of the day and replacing it with fresh water. I used to hate water. The best part is, I eat a shit-load and I keep shedding weight. My parents are completely amused by the fact that I would consume half a pineapple and three bananas for breakfast. No jokes – and that is only one of my four to six meals a day. I weighed myself this week and I lost two kilograms without even trying.

Some of my raw creations 

The trick is not to withhold anything from your body – do what works for you and be patient. I love a cup of warm tea and there is no way I am going to cut it out, but I opt for herbal teas with no added soy-milk or sugar. I also still have an alcoholic drink or two over weekends (yup I’m a party girl) and I also eat a vegan pizza or an Oreo when I really feel like it. But like I said, the longer you eat raw, the less your body wants it. I am sitting next to a box of Oreos right now and I honestly won’t touch it – earlier I had a dinner of lovely raw zoodles (zucchini noodles) with a fresh tomato base sauce and a raw date ball for dessert. It filled me up completely and I just don’t have the appetite for the creamy chocolate biscuits staring at me.

There are load of talks on the internet on the pros and cons of this lifestyle. Some love it, others curse it. I do what makes me happy and healthy. At the moment I am following a HCLF vegan lifestyle and I look and feel amazing – I have a ton of energy, a healthy body, a peaceful mind and a flat belly. This lifestyle really is worth trying and I encourage you not to give up if you are struggling. I too still watch the vlogs on a daily basis to be inspired by these raw foodies. Hopefully I will be an inspiring raw foodie someday and I will have a string of newbies following me.

HCLF vegan Cauliflower á l’Orange

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Raw vegan zucchini spaghetti with creamy avocado pasta sauce

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I’d actually like to call this recipe my I Can’t Believe – zucchini spaghetti because

1) I can’t believe I made this

2) I can’t believe I get to eat this and

3) I can’t believe how healthy and nutritious this is!

Where has this dish been all my life? It is every bit as creamy as what a superior pasta should be – but without the guilt of fat-filled starchy Italian traditional. Being 100% raw, it is packed with nutritional value from the spinach, avocado and zucchini and on top of it all, it is basically fat-free. The recipe could also easily be adapted to suit your taste buds and pantry content. If you don’t have raw cashew nuts or baby spinach, don’t sweat – the sauce will work just as beautifully without it.  But it is the cashew creaminess compared with the crunchy zucchini that makes this dish as delectable as it is. Dig into the goodness and don’t feel bad if you finish the whole bowl!

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  • 8 – 10 zucchini’s (in South African the Zucchini’s are very small, so you could use less
  • ½ cup baby spinach
  • ½ cup basil
  • 1x avocado
  • ¼ cup raw cashew nuts
  • 2x cloves garlic
  • 1-2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 3-4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ cup water
  • Salt & pepper to taste


  1. Wash and spiralize your zucchinis and set aside in a mixing bowl (TIP: If you don’t have a spiralizer, cut the zucchini in julienne strips)
  2. Add the remaining ingredients to your food processor and blend until smooth and thick. (TIP: Add the water in bit by bit to get the consistency you prefer)
  3. Mix the sauce through the zucchini spaghetti
  4. Serve with cherry tomatoes and garnish with crushed cashew nut sprinkles

Starter: Serves 6 – 7 people

Main: Serves 1 – 2 people

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