The Nourishing Honey Mask

Great for treating acne and rich in Vitamin B, this nourishing honey mask recipe from Marie Claire's Best Homemade Face Masks is a must-try if you're looking to nourish your complexion and give it that beautiful glow. For this mask, all you'll need is two chamomile tea bags, raw honey and nutritional yeast. Here's how to make the mask:

  1. Brew one cup of chamomile tea with two tea bags and let cool completely.
  2. In a tiny bowl, stir together one tablespoon of manuka or raw honey, and one teaspoon of nutritional yeast.
  3. Add just enough chamomile tea to the bowl to create a thicker paste that's still runny enough to spread across your skin, but not too watery.
  4. Apply a thin layer to your face and let sit for 20 minutes.
  5. Rinse off and pat dry.
  6. Moisturise.

honey in a glass jar with a spoon

The Organic Banana Face Mask

Have a few bananas that need to be consumed or used before they go off? Why not use them to make this organic banana face mask, also listed in Marie Claire's Best Homemade Face Masks. This one is ideal for all skin types and if you want to add a natural glow to your complexion. Here's how to make this tropical face mask:

  1. Mash one-half of a banana in a bowl.
  2. Mix in a tablespoon of orange juice and a tablespoon of honey.
  3. Apply the mask to your face (lumps are totally fine!) and keep the mixture on for 15 minutes.
  4. Rinse with lukewarm water and then moisturise.

ripe bananas on a white counter

The Breakfast Mask

Okay, we need to mention one more facial mask from Marie Claire's Best Homemade Face Masks because they all sound so good and are so easy to make! The DIY Breakfast Mask is easy because you'll surely have all of these ingredients sitting in your pantry! The benefits of this mask includes calming and mattifying oily skin while also soothing. Here's how to make it:

  1. Combine one egg yolk, one tablespoon of honey and one tablespoon of olive oil with half a cup of oatmeal.
  2. Stir well, then apply it to your face for 15 – 20 minutes.
  3. Rinse with lukewarm water (make sure your drain is cool with oatmeal!) and then moisturise.

oatmeal in the red bowl on a marble counter

A Cucumber And Aloe Vera Mask

For a DIY face mask that moisturises and cleanses, try this cucumber and aloe vera mask from Sio Beauty. All you'll need are a few slices of cucumber and some aloe vera gel (most medicine cabinets have this for sunburn). This mask will leave your skin feeling refreshed and rejuvenated! This is how you make this moisturising mask:

  1. Cut half a cucumber into slices (great way to use fruit and veggies that are going off during the lockdown).
  2. Place cucumber slices into a blender and blitz until it's watery.
  3. Add two tablespoons of aloe vera gel into the blitzed cucumber slices then blend until smooth.
  4. Apply mixture onto your face and leave it on for 30 minutes.
  5. Rinse off with cool water and pat your skin dry.

green leaves of aloe vera

A Grape Exfoliating And Hydrating Face Mask

Exfoliate and hydrate your skin at the same time with this DIY grape face mask, also from Sio Beauty. The beauty of grapes is their weak acid makes for a great gentle exfoliant and the Vitamin E in the fruit helps skin retain moisture for a healthy glow. As for the results, your skin will feel tighter and smoother. Best of all, you only need two ingredients to make this mask:

  1. Mash 12 grapes in a mixing bowl.
  2. Sprinkle in one teaspoon of flour.
  3. Mix well and spread the mixture on your face.
  4. Let the mask sit for 15 minutes.
  5. Rinse your face with lukewarm water and pat dry.

red grapes on a white plate on a marble table

Pore Tightening Face Mask

Have enlarged pores? Then why not mix up a DIY egg white, honey and lemon juice face mask to help tighten skin, reduce the appearance of enlarged pores and moisturise the skin? Making the mask is easy, all you need is one egg white, one tablespoon of honey and a squeeze of lemon juice.

  1. Mix all the ingredients in a small bowl.
  2. Evenly apply the mixture on your face.
  3. Let it sit on your face until dry.
  4. Rinse off with lukewarm water then pat your face dry.

egg whites in a glass bowl with egg shells shattered across a marble table

What happend?

Visit the Joburg Zoo at night and witness the big cats, caracal, striped hyena, honey badgers, porcupines, Eusasian Eagle Owls, and other nocturnal animals come to life under the light of the moon. As a visitor, I enjoyed a 90-minute night-time ferry ride around the zoo with stops at a number of enclosures. I also packed a dinner picnic basket to enjoy along the night adventure alongside a bonfire.

When was it?

Thursday, 25 August 2016 from 17:15 to 20:00.

Where was It?

The Joburg Zoo, Jan Smuts Avenue and Upper Park Drive, Parkview, Johannesburg.

How Much was Is It?

Tickets were R105 per person, which included parking, entrance, tour, bonfire, hot drinks and marshmallows. Bookings are essential.

For More Information

For more information about the Open Moonlight Tour, visit

The Westcliff Deli

Enjoy a take away gourmet picnic at one of our top five picnic spots in and around Joburg, The Westcliff Deli.

Flames Restaurant

Enjoy a Mother’s Day Buffet Brunch with a view - served on the 07th and 08th of May, or 3 Course Set Dinner, served on the 07th and 08th of May.

View Restaurant

Spoil your mother with a three course set dinner, served on the 7th May, or four course set lunch, served on the 8th of May, (includes a complimentary glass of MCC on arrival).

Manor House & Kids Club

A Mother’s Day family buffet brunch will be served on the 07th and 08th of May. A complimentary Kids For All Seasons programme for children from 4 – 12 years will also be available to all hotel and restaurant guests on both dates.

oDD Café

In the heart of Greenside is a quirky little cafe that is, as its name states, a little odd... and that's the way we like it. Spoil mom with a brunch date at oDD Cafe - their gnocchi is some of the best we've ever had.

Leafy Greens

Fancy a healthy lunch that appears decadent? Head to Leafy Greens in Muldersdrift for some good vegan food in one of the most nature-loving parts of Gauteng. The setting is beautiful and the quiche to die for. Homemade gluten-free granola and chia seeds served with home-made almond milk, goji berries, chopped nuts, hemp seeds, lucuma anti-oxidant powder, raw honey, fresh fruit, bee pollen, nut butter. Yes, that tastes as good as it reads.


Out of nowhere Craft has become one of the most visited restaurants in Joburg - and there's a very good reason for that. From smoked bacon and apple slaw to the most amazing milkshakes you have ever seen, they have it all.

Cafe De La Creme

Pastries and preserves all over the place! Cafe De La Creme is a nifty little eatery that'll whisk your mother away to another place. It's warm and friendly inside and the menu is something to write home about. A winner would be the sesame crumbed chicken strips with mozzarella on a bed of mixed greens with sun dried tomato and avocado served on their in-house baked ciabatta.

Il Giardino Degli Ulivi

When you take a seat at Il Giardino in the lively 44 Stanley complex you could just as well be anywhere in Italy, relaxing in an olive grove next to a soothing dam with braziers to warm you when the weather turns chilly. The spaghetti aglio olio pepperoncino is a winner in our books.

Eat Bistro

Fine dining is the name of the game and your mom will be very impressed once you've finished your lunch at Eat in Northcliff. The set menu is fairly pricey but the food is worth every penny. How's about some slow braised pork belly with smoked lentil and vegetables, creamed leek, butternut and a honey spice jus for lunch?

Escondido Tapas and Wine

It's all in the name. Need we say more than Spanish snacks and Franschhoek vino? It's the best way to thank your mother for everything she has done for you. We'll drink to that! Not one visit is the same as the last as Escondido changes its menu every day. Be sure to check it out.

By Shawn Greyling

Know other great Mother's Day lunch restaurants not mentioned above? Let us know below!

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Berries are full of antioxidants and fibre, so what better to throw in the blender than a handful of berries? This one’s super tasty, you’re going to love it (and so will your body!).


1 ½ cups berry mix
½ cup coconut milk
1 cup purified water
⅛ cup rolled oats



Cacao is an antioxidant-rich superfood that will have your body singing for more. Filled with magnesium and vitamin C, cacao’s benefits are endless and include heart health, feel-good chemicals (hello, chocolate-induced happiness) and mental health. Plus, it tastes great!


1 cup milk of your choice (almond, coconut, hemp, raw milk)
1 frozen banana
½ cup fresh or frozen berries
1 tablespoon cacao powder
½ tablespoon cacao nibs
1 tablespoon chia seeds
A dash of sea salt
A little honey, stevia, or maple syrup to sweeten



We all know that green smoothies are good for you but, unfortunately, if you’re not used to drinking them, they can taste a bit strange. That’s why this mixture of fruit and veg is just the thing to detox your body and get you hooked on the benefits of green smoothies!


1 cup spinach or kale leaves
1 cup romaine leaves
½ cup chopped cucumber
½ cup chopped celery
1 small pear (or ½ large), cored and chopped
1 frozen banana, chopped
1 cup water or coconut water
1 tablespoon of fresh mint
1 tablespoon of fresh parsley
½ to 1 whole lemon, juiced
½ tablespoon chia seeds
¼ inch slice ginger root, peeled
pinch of cayenne
pinch of cinnamon
pinch of turmeric



The combination of ginger and orange will pick you up and have you feeling right as rain in no time. Embrace the detox, it’ll taste delicious - who would have thought that something so simple could be so good for you?


1 banana, peeled and frozen
¼ inch ginger, peeled and minced
½ cup mango slices, frozen
¼ cup orange juice
¼ cup water
4-5 ice cubes



This summery smoothie is great for those looking to rid their bodies of toxins (especially after the holidays!). This one is perfect for anyone and everyone with a raging sweet tooth – it’s like dessert in a glass, but it’s good for you!


1½ cups water
1 cup chopped pineapple
1 cucumber
1 lemon
12 dates


Neighbourgoods Market

In the heart of the city is the Neighbourgoods Market. Open every Saturday, come rain or shine, this market covers two floors and is filled with craft beer and cocktails, artisanal food and plenty of things to buy. Why not grab yourself a Balkan Burger before heading upstairs to browse  through Asseblief's rails and see what second hand gems you can take home with you? Or simply head over early, secure yourself a table and admire the stunning views of our city from the rooftop area!

When: Opening times: Every Saturday – 09:00 to 15:00 and the first Thursday of every month – 17:00 until late.

Where: 73 Juta Street, Braamfontein, Johannesburg.

For more information, visit their website.


Market On Main

Every Sunday at Arts on Main between 10:00 and 15:00, and the first Thursday of every month between 19:00 and 23:00, Market on Main is open for you to get your fix of fine food and great design. From stunning clothing and must-have accessories to gourmet eats, they've got it all, which makes Market on Main a great place to spend time with friends and family.

When: Every Sunday – 10:00 to 15:00 and the first Thursday of every month – 19:00 to 23:00.

Where: 264 Fox Street, Maboneng Precinct, Johannesburg.

For more information, visit their website.


Rosebank Finders Keepers Market

Rosebank’s rooftop flea market is filled to the brim with African crafts, international foods, clothing, hobbies, collectables and antiquities and crafts. You can literally spend the entire Sunday walking in and out of the rows of stalls, just browsing. There really is something for everyone here!

When: Every Sunday – 09:00 to 16:00.

Where: Upper Level, The Mall of Rosebank, Rosebank, Johannesburg.

For more information, visit their website.


Jozi Real Food Market

As the name suggests Jozi Real Food Market is filled with everything food-related, offering you the freshest and finest produce from local small producers. From organic foods and ready-made meals to meat, condiments, spices and sauces, you’ll find everything you need for a healthy fridge and pantry at this market. Take a break from your shopping and relax under the trees with some coffee while the kids play on the lawn.

When: Every Saturday – 08:30 to 13:00.

Where: Pirates Sports Club, 4th Avenue Extension, Parkhurst, Johannesburg.

For more information, visit their website.


Bryanston Organic Market

Being Joburg’s original outdoor market, Bryanston Organic Market offers you interesting art, natural fibre clothing, handmade crafts, the freshest organic and naturally grown fruit and vegetables, and wholesome foods. You can have a relaxing day browsing through all the stalls, do a little bit of shopping, indulge in some freshly baked treats from the on-site eateries and listen to some live music. Sounds like a perfect day out, don't you think?

When: Thursday and Saturday – 09:00 to 15:00.

Where: Culross Road (off Main Road), Bryanston, Johannesburg.

For more information, visit their website.


Bamboo Farmer’s Market

With a range of fresh produce straight from the farm, visit the rooftop Bamboo Farmer’s Market and do a bit of healthy shopping. From local and organic produce, farm milk and butter, free-range eggs and chicken to fair-trade coffee, preservative-free bread and sugar-free baked goodies, this market promotes a healthy lifestyle.

When: Every Saturday – 09:00 to 13:00.

Where: Bamboo Farmers’ Market, 53 Rustenburg Road, Melville, Johannesburg.

For more information, visit their website.


Hazel Food Market

Offering new and exciting tastes, fresh fruit and vegetables, meat, sweet treats, freshly baked breads, ready-made meals for you to take home, herbs and flowers, and much more, visit the Hazel Food Market on Saturdays in the heart of Pretoria’s Old East. Kids can play on the jungle gym and jumping castles while you relax in-between shopping with a sweet treat and frothy cappuccino.

When: Every Saturday – 08:00 to 14:00.

Where: Greenlyn Village Centre, Menlo Park, Pretoria.

For more information, visit their website.


The Shed on R59 

If you are looking for a great place to take family and friends on a lazy Saturday afternoon, then be sure not to miss out on The Shed on R59 Market. There is something to tickle everyone’s fancy, from a safe kiddies play area to keep the little ones entertained, an artisanal brewery if you are a fan of beer, loads of tasty food stalls if you’re feeling a little peckish, and last but not least, plenty of stalls offering a selection of wares ranging from art and carpentry to clothing and stunning gifts (Christmas ideas before it’s too late!).

Where: 109 Malcolm Road, Daleside.

When: Every Saturday – 09:00 to 15:00.

For more information, visit their website.


Fourways Farmer’s Market

If you’re looking to escape the dreaded routine of shopping in supermarkets for your groceries, then be sure to head to the Fourways Farmer’s Market. Set outdoors in the fresh air, they have carefully selected a number of traders who bring you the best products for you to take home! Enjoy browsing and shopping through at 50 stalls offering nothing but the finest foods, from organically grown veggies, herbs and eggs to locally made cheese, cured meats and indulgent baked treats.

Where: Montecasino Boulevard and William Nicol Drive, Fourways, Johannesburg.

When: Every Sunday – 10:00 to 15:00.

For more information, visit their website.


Walkerville Farmer’s Market 

For the best and freshest farm produce, be sure to head to the Walkerville Farmer’s Market, where only quality homegrown, handmade and homemade products are sold! Not only do they offer the best farm fresh produce, from veggies and fruits to nuts, herbs and honey, but they also offer a great variety of home-crafted products, antiques, woodwork, glass ware and other exciting merchandise! There is plenty to keep the kids entertained from fun children's activities like pony rides and face painting. Also, your four-legged friends are welcome, too!

Where: 112 Main Road (R82), Walkerville.

When: Every Saturday – 09:00 to 15:00.

For more information, visit their website.


In2Fresh Farmer’s Market 

Set in a fresh and relaxing country setting, the In2Fresh Farmer’s Market in Modderfontein is an artisanal market which offers a variety of high quality, fresh foods and produce. Browse and shop through stalls filled with farm fresh veggies, free-range eggs, cheese and honey, decadent cakes, pickles, sauces and a whole lot more! The neighbouring restaurant makes a mean cup of coffee, too!

Where: Corner Main and High Streets, Modderfontein.

When: Open on the last Saturday of the month – 08:00 to 14:00.

For more information, visit their website.


Irene Village Market 

Irene Village Market is full of crafts, vintage items, antiques and good food! The setting makes you feel as if you are walking through a forest, and there is a vast selection of goods for sale that will leave you in awe! You will be blown away by all of the creativity on display at this market. There's plenty of entertainment to keep the kids happy and if you are looking to grab a bite to eat or something to quench your thirst, they have a fully licensed tea garden and food stalls for Africa!

Where: Jan Smuts Museum, Jan Smuts Avenue, Centurion.

When: Second and last Saturday of the month – 09:00 to 14:00.

For more information, visit their website.