{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!

Congratulations ME! #LiveLifeWell winner

You might remember my blog post asking for your help with Wellness Warehouse’s #LiveLifeWell competition a little while ago. I just started off my vegan journey when I came across this incredible competition that offered a R20 000 wellness makeover to … Continue reading

Help a vegan out…Please?

Since I am a newbie vegan, I don’t have all the modern kitchen equipment or a pantry full of beautiful raw produce needed to make delicious and nutritious vegan meals. I am slowly, but surely getting there, but still have a long way to go before I’m 100% vegan-equipped.

Luckily I came across the Wellness Warehouse’s LiveLifeWell competition where one South African contestant stand a chance of winning a complete LiveLifeWell Makeover worth R20 000!

  • This prize includes a R3000 Wellness Warehouse gift voucher
  • Over R7000 worth of products
  • Over R5000 worth of consultations and services
  • Over R5000 worth of beauty products and treatments.

The sponsor list is to dream about:  BodyPillow, Spine Align, Reviva Tech, Yoga Shmoga, Just Sports, Aromatic Apothecary, Dea Organics, Neotrading, Soaring Free Superfoods, Skinny Tan, Face 2 Fresh, Follow the Sun Yoga with Sharni Quinn, Nutritionist Kelly Schreuder, SleekGeek South Africa, and Paleo Monkey.

- Please VOTE for me to win & make all my vegan dreams come true?

– Please VOTE for me to win & make all my vegan dreams come true?

This is EXACTLY what I need to launch my veganism in the right direction and finish my transformation! But to win this fantastic prize, I need my veggie-friends’ help please???

HOW YOU CAN HELP: I need you to take a mere 3 seconds and vote for me online in 3 easy steps:

  1. Click here to go to the competition page: https://www.facebook.com/wellnesswarehouse?sk=app_520658091282712
  2. Look for my picture and name (Leozette Roode) and click on VOTE
  3. Then, click on the block that says Sign in with Facebook and thereafter click OKAY (nothing will happen to your Facebook and you will not get spammed, promise)

NOTE: If you are using your mobile, please use this link: http://fb-app-contrib-compare-b.evly.com/Mobi/EntryDetail/78917

- My picture to look out for between the entires

– My picture to look out for between the entries

I would really really appreciate your help in making this dream of mine come true! Have a look at my profile and please do VOTE if you feel that I am a worthy candidate. You will reap the benefits when I review and share all the goodies on CT Veganista 😉

I thank you all in advance… May the favour be returned upon you!

My Vegan Valentine – chocolate & avo truffles

I don’t have the sweetest tooth, but I do adore a bit of chocolate every once in a blue moon. Before going vegan, I loved the Lindt Chocolate balls that melt away in your mouth and so I knew that I needed to find an alternative real soon! This chocolate & avocado truffle was my first attempt in creating a melt-in-your-mouth replica. It is super easy and you don’t need a lot of complicated ingredients. I found it online and amended it slightly according to how I found the cooking experience.

- Doesn't it look gorgeous?

– Doesn’t it look gorgeous?

I also made them just in time for Valentine’s Day! I took two of the biggest truffles and wrapped them beautifully for Sebastian – I just couldn’t wait till Friday so I surprised him with it yesterday. I was a bit nervous at what he was going to say, but he actually loved them! Non-vegan approval received!  Just a warning, if you are giving them as a gift, you need to instruct the lucky receiver to leave it in the fridge until they eat it as it WILL melt.  Another idea is to serve it up as dessert during your Valentine’s Day dinner – it goes deliciously with vegan ice cream or coconut whipped cream.

Hope you have as much fun making them as I did, and if you have any suggestions, kindly do share them in the comment section below!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 100 grams dark chocolate (If you can, use raw chocolate – the Superfoods range has an amazing one)
  • 1x small, ripe avocado
  • 1x teaspoon vanilla essence
  • Pinch of salt for taste
  • Coating: Raw cocoa power / desiccated coconut / 100’s & 100’s/ ground almonds
  • NOTE: You can also add brown sugar to make the truffles sweeter, but I as I am not a sweet tooth I didn’t
choc and avo truffles

– Super easy!

INSTRUCTIONS:

Prepping:

  1. Boil a kettle of water for melting the chocolate in a double boiler
  2. Blend the avocado into a smooth consistency. (If you do not have a food processor, you can mash the avocado with a fork)
  3. Prepare the coating ingredients into a rolling bowl
  4. Cut the wax paper to fit into the tray or plate

Cooking:

  1. Brake chocolate into smaller pieces and melt it in a double boiler over low heat
  2. Add the pinch of salt and vanilla essence
  3. Remove from the heat once the chocolate has melted and add smooth avocado as well as one tablespoon of cacao. (This is where you will add the brown sugar if you wanted to make your truffles sweeter)
  4. Mix the avocado through thoroughly until you have a smooth, thick, pudding-like consistency
  5. Transfer the bowl/pot of chocolate and avocado mixer into the freezer for about 30minutes (This is the time to lick off the spoon and then wash the dishes)
  6. After 30 minutes, check the consistency and if it is still too soft to handle, put it in the freezer for another 5 – 10 minutes
  7. When the chocolate and avocado mixture is the right consistency, scoop up a little bit of the stiffened chocolate with a teaspoon and roll it in your hands into a smooth ball
  8. Transfer the ball to the coating (cocoa power / desiccated coconut / 100’s & 100’s) and roll it until it is completely covered
  9. Place the covered ball onto the baking tray/plate (I would suggest to only roll 4 balls at a time as the chocolate melts very quickly. Put the four balls in the freezer to set, and put the chocolate mix back into the freezer if necessary. Wait 5 – 10 minutes and do another four balls. Continue until all the mixture is done)
  10. Keep the chocolate truffles in the fridge until serving time
  11. Serve the truffles in a beautifully decorated box or as dessert with coconut whipped cream / vegan ice cream

Have fun and ENJOY!

MEPLEASE remember to help a vegan out and vote for me for the Wellness Warehouse LiveLifeWell ompetition! It will only take you 5 mins and I would really appreciate it 🙂 Just click on the VOTE button next to my name (Leozette Roode) here.