Tuesday, 30 June 2015

What’s in my bag?

I can remember doing a post like this in my beginning blogger days and thought it would be fun to do another one as I’m sure the contents of my bag would have changed since say 2 years ago. I love reading and seeing what other bloggers carry in their bag so I thought i'd once again try my hand at it.
Lipstick, Gum & Floss brushes
These are the few items that you would almost always find in my bag. I have a no less that 4 to 5 items of lipsticks stuck in some or other inner pocket of my bag & these floss brushes just always comes in handy at the weirdest moments so I just keep them in my bag just in case. Sugar free gum is always a must as it keeps your breath oh so fresh!
 Hair-ties, Slides, Grips and Flower crown
I always have one or other hair crises, hence in this area i'm quiet prepared. Ever since I've cut my hair, I actually can't tie it without pieces of strands falling by the wayside. But for some reason I still keep these in my bag (just in case). This flower crown has actually belongs to my 5year old niece and have been meaning to return it, but never did so its been dragged along in my bag ever since. It's quiet pretty right...
Nail polish, Tweezer, Nail Clipper & Notebook 
There is at-least one bottle of nail polish in my bag & a trusted nail clipper, you know just in case a nail chips or hooks. You know it's happened to you before at some point or another? I'm really busy with work, studies and blogging so those in-between moments when i'm not as busy, I'll paint my nails. My tweezer travels with me wherever I go, having nicely twee-zed brows is a must for me, hence if I see a hair out of place I have this constant urge to tweeze it & set the record straight. I also have those random splurges of inspiration & hence I always keep a small notebook handy just to write down a few ideas which I would be able to resume to later. The fact that it's pink makes me love it even more...
Competition Time:
This particular Blackcherry bag is one of my favourites, & it can be purchased from FashionHub. Let me know what's in your bag and you can win a R1000 FashionHub voucher. There are x2 R1000 vouchers up for grabs.

Monday, 15 June 2015

My 5 favourite app’s on my Iphone right now...

I always find friends asking how I edit my pictures or what apps I’ve been using. So thought I’ll give you a sneak peak onto my phone to show you a few of my favourite apps. The below 5 of my most used apps on my phone.
(Actual screenshots included) 
 
Gumtree App
So without any doubt this obviously would be on my favourites list. I am huge Gumtree fan. I love a good deal or bargain & what better place to search for them than on Gumtree. I use to sit for hours on my Laptop searching looking for whether it may be textbooks, games, or even great furniture pieces at a fraction of the cost. That was until I heard about the gumtree app, it makes scrolling through the various categories so much easier.
All you have to do is download the app, sign up and you can customize the the app to see the areas closest to you. I love searching and scrolling through the "Home & Garden" section as I find antiques pieces something rather exquisite.This app is so easy to navigate.
I have this thing where I search and scroll Gumtree for properties, even though i'm not planning on purchasing a new home anything soon, I cant help but scroll through the various homes just to see what is available and on the market. Who knew searching for your dream home could be so easy...
Click here for the Google Play store Gumtree link or here for the apple store Gumtree link!

Zomato App
Yes, I love food & Yes, eating out and finding awesome new restaurant in and around Cape Town is on top of my list. This awesome Zomato App makes it so much easier to find your favourite spot. I love the way this app greets me by name... me have we met before? It's so cool though.You can select whether your looking for breakfast cafes, a spot for lunch even a fancy, pansy restaurant for supper. Its all available at a click of a button. They even rate the restaurant so that you know what to expect... hows that for service!

Insta-Collage App
Yes, as much I love taking a #selfie, creating beautiful collages is another love of mine. Whenever I feel a need to put a bunch of pretty pictures together, I would use this app. Besides the annoying ad pop ups at the top bar, the variety of collages makes the app a great option. It's really worth the try.


Photoshop App
This is all time favorite photo editor. All the pictures that you would see on my blog or my various social media platforms  would usually get filtered through this app. I love a crisp, brightened picture this app makes my pictures 10x better than what it actually is. It smoothes the skin & even removes zits and blemishes.Yup this app is my BFF.


Ster-Kinekor App
So hubby and I love watching movies, we  go quite often and I use this app to check if a new movie is showing yet or what the time scheduled is for a movie to start, I can even pre-book tickets and seats simply by using this app.
Let me know what your favourite app is, would love to check it out.

#Secretbox12

So last week a few selected bloggers received the #Secretbox12 before it was released and open to the public. I was so excited about the content of the box, but was not able to reveal until last week Thursday. These products really excited me as I constantly colour and change up my hair; I’m on a constant pursuit to find products that helps fight damage while I go on living my life.

BC OIL MIRACLE BARBARY FIG OIL & KERATIN RESTORATIVE TREATMENT (100 ML),
RSP R 240.00
Rich, restorative oil treatment with natural barbary fig oil smoothes, nourishes and replenishes dry, dull or damaged hair. For instant strength, opulent shine and softness without weighing the hair down. Fragrance makes the treatment in the salon and at home a very sensuous, pampering experience.
BC OIL MIRACLE BARBARY FIG OIL & KERATIN RESTORATIVE SHAMPOO
(200 ML), RSP R 190.00
Cleansing and intense replenishment for strong, shiny and silky-soft hair thanks to the combination of micro-emulsion technology and barbary fig oil, rich in antioxidants and unsaturated fatty acids.
BC OIL MIRACLE BARBARY FIG OIL & KERATIN RESTORATIVE CONDITIONING MILK (150 ML), RSP INCL. VAT R 190.00
Rich, restorative oil treatment with natural barbary fig oil smoothes, nourishes and replenishes dry, dull or damaged hair. For instant strength, opulent shine and softness without weighing the hair down. 
The first oil range with micro-keratin and Barbary Fig oil for damaged hair The regenerating products in the new BC Oil Miracle Barbary Fig Oil range complement the existing BC Oil Miracle line and specifically meet the care needs of dry, damaged and brittle hair. There is a strong trend towards oil treatments that use beneficial “exotic” oils to provide high-performance care for rough, brittle hair. Barbary fig seed oil is rich in essential fatty acids and tocopherols. It protects against free radicals, stimulates the cells and delivers intense hydration. The formula combines the caring natural oil with micronized keratin, which rebuilds the hair’s structure without weighing it down.
I'm so excited to do my hair and try it out these stunning products, see follow up review soon! 
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You can now purchase your secret box from RetailBox

Miglio Designer Jewellery

So I’ve been a huge fan of Miglio Designer Jewellery for some time now and was super excited when I got asked to be a part of their bloggers campaign.
Firstly I had so much fun choosing the items I wanted from the wide range and options available in the catalogue. It was really such a tough choice, as every piece was unique and something new that I could easily incorporate into my style. The range included everything from bracelets, earrings, pendants, necklaces and rings. The options were endless and the designs rather exquisite.   

The first option I chose was the JET HEMATITE & BURNISHED SILVER SPEAR NECKLACE simply because it’s such a unique piece it can be worn formally or even casually. The multi strand bracelet added such a nice touch as it fit so nicely with everything I wear. I love the fact that these pieces are such an eye catching statement piece.

I cannot set my style in stone, as it all depends on my mood and how I feel on whatever particular day. However whether I was going for elegant, classy or even the playful fun look. The Miglio Jewellery just added that extra needed touch.
 My second option was the Petite Turquoise Semi-Precious Pendant I have an absolute love for pendants as its one those timeless pieces that can be worn over and over and remain chic as time passes. I teamed it up with a long necklace which can be worn different ways.
Wearing it long:
 Your necklace is one of 4 different lengths.
You can collect all and create a layered effect or simply wear it on its own with a pendant attached to it.
 
Wearing it short:
Wrap it around your neck to create multiple strands.
 The pendant can then be attached around all the chains.

Wrap it around:
This necklace can be wrapped around your wrist, dependant on size, to create a layered effect
Mix and match this with other bracelets and bangles!

Info on the Miglio Brand
Jenny and Mike Miller, from Cape Town, South Africa, began making jewellery in the 1980s. Their bold designs and quality product caught the attention of high end retail stores, and soon their passion became a thriving business. In the 1990s, in a market saturated with mass produced items, there was a need for an ethically made, vibrant and fashion-forward jewellery brand.

 If you want to start creating you Miglio Moments, check out website here for more details

Friday, 12 June 2015

Latest Avon & Justine Products

So this month I've received the latest products from Avon and Justine for the month of June. I am really excited to show you what it is, ill be doing another detailed post of my specific favourites so watch out for that post too.
Ideal Flawless Cream Concealer
I was pleasantly surprised at how lovely this cream concealer is, its blends seamlessly for perfect lightweight coverage. Comes in array of skin colours.
  Ultra Colour Lip Tint Pen
This Pen has a felt-like tip that ensures precise application for a smudge free look, the lip pen is pigment rich & provides intense colour. The pen also dries immediately and stays on for hours without the sticky feeling. It comes in a beautiful array of colours...
 Fan Nail Brush
I am so excited to try out this Fan nail brush, I've seen other bloggers do great nail art effects using a fan brush so look out for a new post on a nait tutorial using this brush.
ColourTrend Mascara 
When I received this mascara I was doing mini star jumps, I've been looking for a mascara that has this small thin brush so that I can use it on my bottom lashes without any smudges. This formula contains anti-static technology for a clump free, super defined and super voluminous lashes 
 Black Suede Sport Eau de Toilette Spray
Hubby was super excited this time around as there was finally something for him to try out. This perfume and shaving gel has a citrus and sage fragrance an all rounder if you’re looking for a masculine and sophisticated scent.
 Luminessence Even Tone
This product is from Justine, and I've been using it for the past week and I love the feeling on my skin. It contains 10 unique botanical extracts proven to inhibit the formation of melanin, it has a SPF 15 for UVA & UVB radiation. It increases firmness after 7 days & evens out skin tones in 7 days
 Body Balance Even Tone Body Butter
I'm a serious body butter fan, and this is a great option. It contains argan oil and grape seed extracts which works to create even tone.
You can view the Avon brochure: here
&
Justine brochure: here

Thursday, 11 June 2015

Living in my twenties, things I’ve learnt along the way!

So I turned 25 in April, and thought it would be fun the kind of reflect and do a little post about what I've learnt on this journey. We tend to fast forward through life, waiting for the next big thing to happen and in the process we forget that time is passing and we actually just need to breathe and enjoy the moment.

Life doesn’t always go as planned, but that’s okay!
There are so many things that we set out for ourselves to achieve by a certain age and there are so many things that we want to do and accomplish. But life doesn’t always go our way & that’s fine with me because in the end it works out better that what you could have ever expected. I love the saying: while we plan our life, God is laughing. Things happen for a reason!
I want to experience things & make my own mistakes!
I’ve heard this saying far too many times, to count. I completely understand the concept that we all want to experience new things. But my argument has always been why make the same mistakes as some-else? Can’t we learn from others mistakes and move forward. In my teens this saying was always used in my peer groups to start conversation that we all knew were bound to end badly i.e. Like Ill date that guy even though I know his bad for me, I’ll make my own mistakes or I want to try smoking, I know it’s bad but I want to experience it for myself. But down the line, you would be wishing that you learned from others and given it a pass. We don’t all need to make the same mistakes, why don't we just learn from one another.
Ill probably sound like my mom soon!
As a teen I always felt that my mom was trying to ruin ever ounce of fun I was having, from having a curfew to having to clean my room and do dishes even scanning and giving me advice on the type of guys I ought to date. Now couple of years down the line, I’m married and am running a household of my own and I find myself saying things my mom use to say... Now I’ve come to realize that she was just looking out for my best interest in a way that she knew best. I’ll probably share the same sayings and have similar rules when I have kids, at least in the end ill know that they’ll understand. Some way down the line my mom was always right.
You will gain friends and loose friends!
In my teens losing a friend felt like my whole world would come to a standstill and crumble. But now I’ve come to learn & realise that there will be friends that comes and stays in your life and some that comes and goes. Friendship is a selfless game, sometimes you consider your friend over yourself & sometimes your friend has to except that you can too be a bit selfish. But that should not define the friendship, the support is what matters. I must say I’ve got a few close friends & we work around each other’s schedules, and after maybe not seeing each other for a few weeks the next meeting is just a little bit sweeter. 
Family is important!
My family means the world to me; they are my biggest supporters and also the people who I can turn to no matter what. My family is the people I can completely be who I am with, and not for a second think that I would be judged. A lot of people I meet automatically think that I am an only child, I don’t know what make them think that :) I am actually a middle child & a aunt to these 2 gorgeous babies. 
The things you can do, that your future self will Thank You for!
1) Family is important, don’t neglect them.
2) Don’t go with the crowd, do what you think is best for you. If you don’t agree with it, don’t do it.
3) Create good habits every day. Decide today to be your best self.
4) Treat people the way you want to be treated.
5) Don’t stop learning, make it part of your day
6) Let go of hate and anger, the person you have anger towards probably don't care how you feel.
7) Agree to invest in yourself. The occasional massage and down time, could do good. Never feel you don't deserve it. 
This has been my first post of this kind. If you would like to read more of these type of posts, let me know.

Monday, 1 June 2015

Review: Volkswagen Up!

So last week I got the opportunity to test out the awesome new Volkswagen UP! At 1st glance, I was really impressed with the look and feel of this VW Up! I personally I love 2 door vehicles and found that this vehicle looked small on the outside but is quite spacious on the inside. There were loads of leg room (Important for us tall people) for myself as well as the passengers that were seated at the back.
I must say that off the back this is a really good looking car and found that this red colour is really a eyecatching! I love bucket seats in this vehicle as it felt like I was driving a race car he he.. Hubby and I took a drive around winelands & wherever I drove I found people asking me what type of VW is this? I found that they were quite intrigued by it as its relatively new to the market.
Options Fitted
A few of the fitted options to the vehicle were panoramic sunroof, sound package, waffle 15 inch alloy wheels, cruise control, rear park distance control and multi-function display. In winter you would find that heated front seats, electrically adjustable side mirrors and front fog lights are quiet the treat.
 Performance
So if you’re into speed and the ultimate performance of the car this info would be important to you. The VW up goes from 0-100km/h in 13.2sec
The top speed of the vehicle is 171km/h, fuel consumption 4.7 liters/100km & CO2 emissions 108g/km. This car has a 5 speed manual & its power contains 55kw@6200rpm
I must say that driving this car around the wine lands for a leisure drive was an absolute pleasure, and the fuel consumption was so lean.  
 Capacities
The fuel tank takes about 35 liters and the luggage capacity with seats up is 251 liters and with seats down is 951 liters.
Warranty & Service
Warranty is 3 years/120 000 km
Service Intervals 15 000 km

Who would drive this car?
Well I think this VW up! is a really well rounded car. Personally I would love to own one. I think this car would suit a career woman perfectly or any individual that is looking for a nifty, fuel efficient car that has all the bells and whistles without that hefty price tag. I believe that for all the extras and features that this car has its really afford-ably priced.  
Check the VW website for more details!