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day 11: five dove hampers worth R150 each / closed

Dove knows how to look after your skin and hair. So stay gorgeous this summer holiday with everything you need from Dove, including shampoo and conditioner, shower gel and a moisturising soap bar. It’s you, beautiful inside and out! Today we have five Dove hampers up for grabs, worth R150 each.

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Want to win a Dove beauty hamper? Simply comment on this post or tweet about this giveaway, copying @the_iheartgirls with the hashtag #iheartchristmas.

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Good luck

— Emily

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what’s on my beauty shelf

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Ryan is a recent convert to water. He’s drinking it by the gallon and swears it has eradicated all sorts of concerns and ailments. The other day he said that he could see I was drinking more water because my skin was looking hydrated and glowy. Well, he didn’t say ‘glowy’ but that’s what he meant.

I was so touched by his observation that I didn’t want to say it was probably the fact that I have recently started using the amazing Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair and their Advanced Time Zone moisturiser. I do drink a lot of water too!

The other products I cannot do with out include the new Dove moisturiser for dry skin, Garnier’s BB cream that I wear every day and Balm Balm‘s organic foot cream that is helping me get rid of my winter feet. My two all time must have’s are the extra intense Nivea moisturiser which I have used for years and The Body Shop‘s Shea Lip Butter. This stuff has seen me through my 20s and into my 30s. My friend Julia who lives in Harare buys me a pot every time she comes to visit. My lips love it!

My latest fragrance obsession has to be Tom Ford‘s Black Orchid. Sexy and utterly irresistible!

— Emily

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beauty picks right now

Here’s a sneak peek at the beauty products I’m loving right now…

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Clockwise from left: Garnier BB Cream Miracle Skin Perfector – I don’t know how, but this stuff just works especially when I’m not in the mood for foundation; Dove Damage Therapy Intensive Repair Shampoo and Conditioner – I keep changing hair products and am hoping to use these for a while, my hair needs some nourishment and I’m already seeing a difference after only one week; Moroccan Oil – I find I actually use this most to get the knots out of Bailey’s hair when we wash it (about once a week). I don’t use this too often on my own hair, but when I do, it really gives it great shine; Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup – this foundation lives up to its name, it stays in place! I struggle with a shiny T-zone though, and during the day blotting sheets are my best friend :-); Tommy Hilfiger Peach Blossom EDT – a light, fresh summer scent, perfect for everyday wear (one of my first fragrances was Tommy Girl so Tommy will always have my heart); Aha! Cream – my dermatologist, Dr Whitaker, makes this herself. She is one of the most trusted dermatologists in the country, so I know this is good stuff. It contains fruit acid to gently exfoliate dull skin, and I use it as a day cream; Estee Lauder Advanced Time Zone Age Regenerating Line / Wrinkle Cream – with the lack of sleep I’ve experienced this year (hello baby!), I couldn’t love this cream more; L’Oreal Voluminous 4x Mascara – as you can see, this mascara has been well used. It certainly gives my lashes great volume but it’s almost finished and I’m in the mood to try something new, any suggestions?

— Liza

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love the skin you’re in

I recently attended a breakfast hosted by Dove – we spent the morning talking about how us women feel about our personal beauty and our bodies… not something I usually enjoy (after two kids there is much to criticise), but after some introspection and positive, uplifting conversation, I left feeling good about myself with a determination to stop speaking negatively about all my flaws (still working on this), and to bring up my daughter and show her how to love and appreciate her body and her beauty. We had our pictures taken too, and instead of moaning about this one, I’m going to try and like it!

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It’s a universal thing, this issue of us not appreciating our beauty. Dove’s latest study, which surveyed about 6 400 women in different countries around the world, found that only 4% consider themselves beautiful. It also found that almost a third of women globally admit that their greatest source of beauty pressure is the pressure they put on themselves. Dove’s marketing manager, Kate Swan, says, ‘Dove believes every woman has the potential to look and feel her best. We feel the most beautiful women are not necessarily those born with the most, but those that make the most of what they have with simple everyday care.’

At the breakfast we were also treated to a presentation by life coach Jacqui O’Bree, who made us do these five tips to help us realise how beautiful we are. You should try it!

1. Focus on your beauty 

  • Write down five aspects of your body and face that are beautiful
  • Don’t stop until you find at least five things
  • Share these five aspects with a friend, partner or colleague
  • Fully appreciate these five aspects and love your body from head to toe

2. Identify your uniqueness 

  • What about you makes you stand out
  • Ask a friend, partner or colleague, ‘What makes me unique?’
  • Write down what she/he says, keep it in your pocket, stick it on your bathroom mirror and read it every day
  • Silence your inner critic
  • Accept compliments without judgement
  • Celebrate your own unique beauty

3. Admire your inner beauty  

  • Consider your inner beauty
  • What do you think your best friend admires about you?
  • What qualities and characteristics do you admire about yourself and are you most proud of?
  • Write down at least five qualities and characteristics you are proud of
  • Your inner beauty and strength is reflected to those around you
  • Get in touch with what makes you beautiful inside and remind yourself of those qualities
  • Realise your full beauty potential

 4. Change the way you speak about yourself

  • Words have incredible power in our lives
  • Stop criticising yourself
  • Change the words you use to describe yourself to change how you think, feel and how you live.

5. Realise how beautiful you really are

  • Move on and forgive yourself
  • Let go of the memories, the pain and regrets that are holding you back from seeing how beautiful you really are
  • Be a kind and supportive friend to yourself
  • Treat yourself with compassion, understanding, love and support
  • Realise that you really are beautiful

Visit Dove’s Facebook page to join in the conversation, and view their digital films here.

Thanks Dove for an inspiring morning!

— Liza

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