Wednesday, 26 November 2014

It's my Birthday!

Hi Dolls,

Today is cake day !!!!!!!!  I'm turning 33 or I could be 6, depending which way you look at it? Lol ;)

I love birthdays, and I don't mind growing older.  I remember when I turned 30 some of my friends had some birthday blues, but not me - oh no, I was ready to party Arabian style!  

Maybe because I've lost a few people around my age as a teenager, I cannot help but think of them as I'm growing older, knowing that they'll never experience age and all the life experiences I've had, and that worrying about wrinkles or age for that matter is such a fickle thing, because growing older is a privilege denied many, and your next birthday is never guaranteed.

Birthdays isn't just about presents, they're nice to receive of course, but what matters most is feeling special and loved on your big day.  Whether it be by making me a special cuppa, breakfast in bed, a big hug and kiss or a message from the heart ... those are the things that I really like on my birthday.  Give me your best smile, be kind and be happy!

The thing I love about birthdays is reflecting, looking back at all the things I've done, and looking forward to greater things to come **look at me getting all poetic and stuff**

33 Things I've Learned:
*  I'm warning you that you'll see the word okay often - sorry!

1.  I just don't have time for negativity or drama.

2.  I've accepted that it's not my responsibility to put a smile on someone's face nor make them happy.

3.  People close to you will hurt you, say things to you and never apologize for it - that doesn't mean you are what they say.

4.  It's okay to not always know what the hell I'm doing or suppose to do.  It just is okay.

5.  Some people will like you, some won't.  That's also okay.

6.  I'm allowed to shop and not feel guilty about it.  Even if it's the 10th shade of a bronze brown.

7.  Looking at people you went to school with, acting all 80-ish year old and praying that I never become that person.  It's quite alright.

8.  I'm allowed to be quiet if I want to, I like myself, if I want to spend time with my own thoughts I can do that.  

9.  Also learning to like yourself.  How are you supposed to spend 80 years with you if you don't like you. Learn to become your own best friend, it's the best thing you can ever do.

10.  Don't compare yourself with anyone else 'cause that's a sure fire way to unhappiness.  And also your marriage and relationship for that matter.

11.  It's okay to just not give an answer.  You learn who you can be honest with and who not, so it's perfectly okay to just nod and smile.

12.  Do things you love and that's enjoyable, and allow your significant other to do the same!  Don't be over bearing, as long as you're not hurting one another allow them space.

13.  Don't break your head about things that happened, lost dreams, lost relationships or any other failures. Instead, find the things that taught you something and build on that.

14.  You become what you think.  If your habit is negative thinking you'll become negative and vice versa, therefore guard your mind and thoughts.

15.  Never stop acting silly and having fun, and don't be the person that says "I'm too old...."

16.  Don't be afraid.  Take chances, you never know if you don't risk it.

17.  Also, don't be afraid to say no.  Without explanation.  You don't owe anybody anything.

18.  Whoever said you cannot choose your family had no idea what they were talking about.  You're not bound by blood.  You can choose your family.

19.  Acknowledging your weaknesses and faults and getting help to become a better you is not a sign of weakness but a sign of strength.

20.  It's okay to be both outgoing and shy.  I have my moments. 

21.  I'm not less of a domestic goddess because I hate cooking.

22.  I'm funnier in my head than in real life.

23.  Everybody's got an opinion, it's your job to filter through them and pick what you want without feeling obligated.

24.  People will be insensitive.  About a lot of things.  Shrug it off and move on.

25.  Sometimes you'll get hurt, and get disappointed.  Cry and be angry, have your moment.  But don't let it consume your life.

26.  Pray.  And never forget why you're here, no, it's not because you're awesome but because God planned and specially created you.  Be thankful.

27.  It's good to have people in your life that you can trust and vent to.  Have that confidant and hearing board.  

28.  It's also okay to not have a gazillion friends.  Not everyone is made for big groups.  If you have one good friend that's okay.

29.  It's perfectly acceptable to wear big hair and a smokey eye if I want.  Daytime or night time.

30.  There's no shame in not liking alcohol.  People that raise their eyebrows and give you that "you're boring" look, no hunny, my personality and happiness doesn't come packaged in a bottle. 

31.  It's okay to get angry.  Life is not always fair or pleasant.

32.  Control yourself.  Don't act out of emotion.

33.  Be happy!  I know it sounds simple.  But try it.  Wake up in the morning and train your thoughts to be happy.  Happy people doesn't just happen.  It's a habit they formed.  So don't go raising your eyebrows and tell me it's easy for you.  

I hope you enjoyed reading the things I've learned so far, you know what's exciting?  Knowing that we never stop learning, we never stop growing, and each year we'll feel as if we're closer to becoming the person we're meant to be.

Hope you're having a fab day on my birthday! Haha.....


Friday, 21 November 2014

Nailene Goodies

Hi Dolls,

Happy Friday!

I hope you'll have a fab weekend.  At the moment I'm somewhere magical helping a gorgeous bride-to-be get ready for her big day.  So exciting!

Nailene Artificial Nail & Polish Remover - R130.00   |   Nailene Nail Studio Long Nails - R64.95   |   Nailene Studio Toes - R64.95   |   Nailene Nail Glue - R34.95
 * All nailene products available at Clicks *

I almost never get my nails done professionally, I get terribly bored with my nails so it totally defeats the purpose.  I have no idea what it is, but by the 2nd week I have to repaint my nails, and yes, I do envy people with awesome nail art done by professionals.

Nailene is one of my favorite brands for stick-on-nails, I've blogged about them before so they're a trusted brand that I know works.  Now I don't care if french tips are considered 90's - I love the look of it, it's classic and chic and truthfully in my opinion never goes out of style.   Normally I'll choose the medium or short length, but this time I got the long ones as we'll take loads of wedding pictures and dramatic looks good on photo's.  

You want to know my trick on making nail polish last ages?  Apply them over stick-on's.  Seriously, if you're looking for a mani that'll last ages this is the way to go.  I almost never have natural nails, 99 % of the time I have stick-on's over my nails.  Not only is it a good way to save money, but it minimizes damage to your own nails, as I only file it softly to remove shine, don't go crazy like I've seen at some salons, you're not suppose to file away your nail!  These babies lasts until I remove them with the artificial nail remover, whether it be a month or two.  So it's absolutely worth it.  

I've never tried the toe stick-on's so it's a first for me, but they look nice so am excited to try them out.  If your nail routine is the same as mine, this remover is a must have.  You just dip your nail in for a few seconds, twist and turn and voila - nail has been removed.  It's quick and easy and the smell is nice, unlike acetone which has such a strong smell.  I'm not sure why but normally Nailene nails come with glue, but I noticed that both of these didn't have it in, so I'm not sure if this is the new way for Nailene, not that I'm complaining, the glue wasn't that expensive.

Stick-on's have gotten such a bad rap in the past, but honestly, they look as good as professionally done nails, they shape according to your nail shape and looks gorgeous.


Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Favorite Eyelash Brand: Eylure - The Lash Edition

Hi Dolls,

Hope you've had a great week so far!

With party season coming soon, a pair of great falsies is a must!  Especially if you have lashes like I do - or the lack thereof in my case.

Eylure The London Edition - R120.00 available from Clicks

I watch a lot of You Tube video's, and am always amazed to see women who wear false eyelashes everyday, nothing wrong with it of course and kudos to you if you do it.  A lot of lashes aren't comfortable to wear, and I have very sensitive eyes and they go red for anything, even a little bit of wind.  It's not a very glamorous look to have big bambi eyes that are red, so when I found the Eylure lashes I gave a little jump for joy.  I don't have to fiddle with them to get them to stick, and the band is ultra light so it doesn't feel like you have anything on your eyes, and the glue that comes with it works really well so no need to purchase additional glue.

My favorite type of lashes from Eylure is the lengthening one, because it gives my eyes a bit of oomph without looking overdone or as if I'm wearing false eyelashes.  They're so comfy I wear them from the morning till night and it doesn't bother me one bit.  I highly recommend you give them a try if you normally struggle with lashes that feel heavy or look unnatural.  If you want to see them in action have a squizz at my instagram, I've worn them a few times in the last month or so.

I recently popped into Clicks, and wanted to pick up the lengthening lashes for a wedding this weekend, and I noticed they had a few boxes of eyelashes, all named after popular cities like New York and London, if I remember correctly there were 4 cities to choose from.  The London one was by far my favorite, not only because London is a place close to my heart as I lived there for a few years, but the lashes all seemed like ones that would still look natural but give a more glam look.  I normally wear lashes 2 - 4 times before I throw them away.  R120.00 for 3 pairs of lashes is a really good deal!  Normally its around R60.00 for one pair, so you are saving about R30.00 when you purchase this.  

I wanted to get this post up as soon as I could because I'm not sure how long these will still be available at clicks.  I've heard really good things about Ardell lashes in terms of affordability, but for some reason Clicks doesn't stock the Demi Wispies, which is raved about on You Tube.

Oh, just a few tips on how I apply lashes that makes it super easy:

-  Wait about 15 seconds after applying glue to apply otherwise they're too wet and you'll struggle to get them to stick (I apply two coats of glue on the lashes).
-  Take a mirror, look downwards, apply lashes with a tweezer and press against eyelid.
-  Take your finger and press the lashes gently against your lid and do an upward sweep (gently).
-  Voila!  Practice makes perfect ladies!


Monday, 17 November 2014

Estee Lauder Double Wear Maximum Cover vs Double Wear Stay in Place Foundation

Hi Ladies,

I hope you had a stunning weekend, it seems like we might be in for another rainy day today.  This week is quite busy and hectic as my cousin is getting married on Saturday and I'm the MOH, I'm very excited, I just love weddings and get to see family members we don't see often.  The only sad thing is that my husband and I had tickets to see 30 Seconds to Mars in July, and they postponed it until Friday night (our luck), so now he'll see the concert with my brother.  Oh well, that's life right.

If you had to ask me what makeup product is the most important - I'd have to say foundation.  All the other things are the bells and whistles to a look, but if you don't get your foundation right it's just not going to look good.  So today I have a battle between two Estee Lauder foundations:

If there is one product worth investing in, that is unless you have really great skin, that is foundation.  I'm all about bargain shopping, I love luxury products as much as I do affordable ones, and my two favorite brands for foundations are Estee Lauder and MAC.  Both of these shades will suit you if you're MAC NW20.

The Estee Lauder Double Wear Maximum Cover has a mousse type texture, it's really thick and has a matte finish.  It dries incredibly fast and you have to do section by section.  Because of the texture and dryness I prefer applying this with a damp beauty blender, which helps to spread it evenly and gives it more of a dewy finish.  This foundation is absolutely perfect if you have tattoos, birth marks or scars that you need to cover.  I'd highly suggest this foundation for oily / combination skin, if you have dry skin make sure you moisture, moisture, moisture ... and do use a great primer such as the Oh So Heavenly Miracle Blur Primer which gives you a smooth canvas to work on and has illuminating particles which gives your skin a dewy look.

I like this foundation for the coverage it gives, if you have problem skin like mine with acne scarring and so on, this would definitely get rid of any uneven skin tone and pigmentation, it also lasts forever on your skin. What I don't like about it?  It will show any skin problems you have such as enlarged pores and dry areas.  

Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay in Place apart from MAC Studio Fix Fluid is my holy grail foundation.  I love it!  It's way more forgiving than the Double Wear Maximum Cover, it's a liquid similar to Studio Fix Fluid, and gives medium coverage that is build able to full coverage.  It dries semi-matte and lasts all day. 

I really like the coverage and finish of this foundation, it looks beautiful and flawless, and quite frankly the quality is exceptional, from packaging to product.  I'd say the only thing I don't like is the price tag, but I can live with it because it is amazing!

The winner of this battle is the Double Wear Stay in Place, however, I do like the Double Wear Maximum foundation too, so I definitely like having both of these in my beauty cabinet, what I do for nights out or special occasions is to wear the Double Wear Stay in Place all over, and then dab the Double Wear Maximum foundation on the areas that need more coverage such as my cheeks and any areas where I have acne/breakouts.  So I basically use it as a concealer and I love the overall look and finish with both of these combined.  

Just as a side note, these foundations have lasted me ages!  Granted I do wear MAC as well, but I bought the Double Wear Maximum Cover in January and it is only finished now, the Double Wear Stay in Place I got in March and I still have a bit left, so although it's pricey it lasts forever (almost).


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