Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Sweet Christmas | DIY

So the festive season is here, and this could not be anything less than my favourite time of the year! I love December for its festivities, its Summer weather, its joy, its family time (and not to forget, it is indeed my birthday month!). 

I initially had some form of a Stocking Filler post in mind, however that changed slightly when I saw this super cute and easy idea on Pinterest. I was browsing through some pins related to Christmas DIY gifts and I came across this one. Anyone who knows me will know that sweets and yummy things make me super happy, and that I will always include these in gifts to friends. Another feature of my gift-giving habits is putting a bunch of small gifts together, creating either a hamper or putting them in a cute little box or jar. With that said, I decided to incorporate yummy sweets into these gifts in a more festive yet super cute way. 

I started off by selecting pertinent Christmas entities (a reindeer, a snowman and an elf) and consequently, made them out of cardboard and paper. You want to make sure that these are quite strong and secure since they will be holding the contents. 

I then bought sweets relevant to the particular colour scheme I associated with the characters. I also chose clear plastic bags of relevant size. 

I then simply placed these in the bags, and stuck the characters on the latter. Super easy and super sweet! Take a closer look at them below. 

The Reindeer:
I covered the cardboard in brown paper, stuck on a red nose and popped some chocolate balls in the bag.

The Snowman:

This was probably the easiest of the three to do - simply made some cute eyes, a carrot nose and made a small black and blue hat. I was going to use white mini marshmallows only, however I thought the pop of yellow and light blue looked quite adorable, so I used those too!

The Elf:

I am still deciding as to whether this really looks like an elf (I think it's the hat that creates doubts ahah!). But I still think he looks really adorable. Here I used a red and green colour scheme with some Sour Bears and Jelly Tots.

I hope you enjoyed this post. Despite not following my original idea, this little DIY project can easily be used as inspiration for a stocking filler. This is very practical, as it may also be used as a general idea applied to a particular theme, not only necessarily for Christmas. Let me know what you think and if you do try these out, share them with me on Facebook and Instagram

Monday, November 23, 2015

Nail It with Nailene | Nailene Review

I had a quick sneak peak at my last post and realized that a more recent one was long overdue! While still in the midst of writing exams, several exciting things have happened, so why not celebrate them with a decent set of nails? And even better, why not share them on my blog?

I don't typically turn to artificial nails - I will rather just get them done, or mostly simply keep them natural. This time around, however, I decided to do so since the last few months have been too busy for some good pampering (very sad but true!).

I did some research beforehand, and was actually looking for different nails, also from Nailene. I popped into Clicks and unfortunately they were out of stock. I then came across Nailene Nail Studio Medium Length and decided to try them - definitely not a choice I regret!

Contents include:
24 Medium-sized nails
1 Buffer

I was a bit disappointed that it did not come with nail glue and that I had to buy this separately. But this isn't something big to complain about after the result I got from this nails! I bought a cheap, small bottle of nail glue, hoping that it would hold (as mentioned above, I don't use artificial nails regularly so I found it pointless buying top of the range glue just for one use).

Thoughts on these nails:
  • They are incredible! The first thing that caught my eye was the numbering system on the inner of the nail - in this way, I could easily match and correspond the nails of both hands to equal sizes and lengths without having to compare them one by one. These numbers are not even visible after applying the nails.
  • The sizes and lengths of the nails make them fit perfectly - they are comfortable, fit like a glove and I found them to even be longer than expected.
  • Their natural look makes them look so real! I got tons of compliments, asked if they are my nails and even asked where I had them done.
  • They are so incredibly easy to apply and do not break or peel off nails.
  • The durability and strength of these nails are incredible. After a week and a bit I still have them on and although not looking brand-spanking new, they still look extremely good!
  • They are affordable and I definitely got my moneys' worth - R84.95 at Clicks.

These are definitely a good enough excuse to have stunning nails in an instant! I would recommend these any day and although I am not a great fan of artificial nails, these made me pretty excited to try out different ranges from the brand.

I hope you enjoyed the post and let me know if you decide to try the out, or have already, and tell me what you think. See you soon!

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Smell Gorgeous, Feel Gorgeous! | Yardley Review

I have been absent from my blog for long periods of time lately due to assignments, studying and exams (which are fast approaching!). However, in between all this, I thought it was definitely time for another blog post, even if it meant not to be as long as usual. With that, I decided to have a short Sunday study break and share my latest discovery that I am absolutely loving.

Why I generally prefer perfumes opposed to body sprays: I find them to be long-lasting since they are stronger and heavier than body sprays as well as the fact that they have somewhat a more pleasant smell, containing higher amounts of aromatic extracts and oils, as a result of their high concentration. I am not a great fan of body sprays simply because they are used in a similar way to spray-on deodorants, which I am also not crazy about.

BUT: I popped into Clicks and while browsing through the different products, I picked up Yardley’s Gorgeous Body Spray and immediately fell in love with the feisty floral scent. Gorgeous blends hints of mandarin and orange blossom with soft touches of jasmine and musk and the end-product is lovely! The bottle looks purple in the photos, and I am not too sure why, but it more of a goldy-colour, which makes it even more attention-drawing!

Yardley has a whole range of Gorgeous products, including a perfume (below).

Image is not my own.

The perfume has been described as long-lasting, feminine and sophisticated. I have not yet come across the perfume but definitely agree with this definition is terms of the spray. I love the scent (I can't stop smelling it while doing this review!) and definitely recommend you give it a try!

Thank you for reading, and I hope to see you next time!

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Blossoming in Spring | Lifestyle

Spring is here and I couldn't be happier! As much as I love the season, I've been relatively absent from the blog since workload at university is nothing but increasing (so I apologize for that!). I won't be posting too much for the next two months, but I promise to try my best to post as much as I can.

However, a switch in seasons always branches to a switch in a variety of other elements, blossoming in their own, unique way. This is something that I love about such seasonal change, and I can't wait to share more about it below! 

I have never been a person to like the idea of winter and what comes with it, namely cold, rain and wind. I see winter having only two purposes: perfect for a good cup of coffee while doing some work indoors & is even better for some blankets, yummy food and a couple of good movies. Nonetheless, my love for spring and summer especially is evidently due to my passion for nature and excitement to have some fun in the sun! 

Spring, to me, is absolutely incredible because:

1. It symbolizes new beginnings and a whole new perspective on life. The beauty of blossoming on bare branches should be incredibly inspiring in itself; not only in terms of nature, but also when applied to oneself; ones individual success and well-being.

2. It is yet another excuse for a new promotion of fashion, and different forms of interpretation of it thereafter. I love to see how people embrace the different seasons through physical aspects, including clothing, makeup, shoes and accessories. 

3. One of my absolute favourites: it inspires me to lead a healthy life. A healthy lifestyle should be lived no matter what the month, season or even year. It is, nevertheless, easier to find myself indulging in yummy foods and engaging in less and less physical activity as the days get colder. Excuses are excuses, and those are definitely examples of such; however, it is a tendency I seem to unfortunately follow each year. I find that spring helps me overcome this. It allows me to want to do more; be more. It inspires me to embrace healthy living, finding myself eating many more kinds of fruit and salads every day. 

4. The beautiful weather is another favourite! As I've mentioned above, I love to be outdoors. I value experience over materialistic aspects and in my mind, some of the best kinds of experience happen outside. I love the sun, the heat, the beach. Sunny, warm weather puts me in the best of moods and makes me want to live every moment to the best of my abilities! 

I am so super excited that the 1st of September has finally arrived, and that warmer weather is bound to come super soon! I would love to embrace some cute spring clothes and engage in summery activities, but that cannot be done just yet since the weather in the Cape is still in a little bit of winter mode. With that, I'm holding fingers that spring mode can kick in as soon as possible, and when it does, my Instagram account will be covered in photos, I'm sure. 

Until then, I hope you've enjoyed reading this post. Let me know what your favourite season is and why, and even better, what you love to do most in summer. Thanks for reading this. See you soon!

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Hair Care Always | Beauty

Hair, for me, has always had to involve two things: to smell good, and to look good. I found myself almost neglecting my hair, not taking as much care of it as I should. I went hunting for something that would replenish and moisturise my curls. I eventually found the hair treatments below.
I bought these wonders at Dischem, and I believe my hair feels and looks so much healthier than what it used to! The treatment has extracts of morrocan argan oil. Argan oil is proven to make hair softer, stronger and shinier. It also helps to tame frizzy hair (a must for curly hair!) and to treat split ends. Argan oil is lovely, because it can be used not only for hair but for the skin as well, with so many advantages to it.

I tend to use this twice a week. It is great since it can be used as a styling agent. Curly hair, however, is not satisfied with only this and thus I have to use other products in addition.
Since curly hair should be deep-conditioned every so often, I try to use the hair mask once a week. I find it great for hair repair and rejuvenation, as well as it appears to be an intensive conditioning treatment.
If you would like to see how my hair is taking to these treatments, head on to my Visit to the House of J.C. Le Roux blog post (click here), or visit my Instagram page (click here).
Please note that not all hair types are the same and nor do the same products work on all forms of hair. This is what has worked for me and the results I have found in using this product.
I hope you enjoyed this post and see you soon!

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Visit to The House of J.C. Le Roux | Lifestyle

One of my favourite things in the whole wide world is to explore, adventure and experience new things - especially when it involves good company and breath-taking views! Yesterday we celebrated my friend’s birthday by visiting The House of J.C. Le Roux just outside Stellenbosch, Cape Town, followed by some yummy lunch at a local restaurant, Trumpet Tree.

At the farm, we went Wine and Nougat tasting. It was incredible. Consisting of 5 different types of J.C Le Roux wonders as well as flattering delicious homemade pieces of nougat, we were guided through the whole experience by a professional who explained every tiny detail of each product. 

The place itself, with the wine tasting downstairs and the restaurant upstairs, complimented by the beautiful backdrop of the mountain and vineyards, is absolutely beautiful. 

The tasting did not take too long, but it was a great experience that I recommend to anyone who is looking for a wonderful time with some good people.  

My outfit of the day was: a little black dress with a light-weighted, flowy coat, paired with some black ankle buckle-up boots. I spiced this up with two chains, rings and a cute little bag to keep my essentials in. 

Share my experience with me by seeing the photos below and let me know what you think! 

The House:

The Wine Tasting:
The Outfit:
Lunch at Trumpet Tree:
(p.s.: If you ever get the chance to go to Trumpet Tree, their M&M's Milkshakes are amaziiiing!)

I hope you enjoyed this post and I'll see you next time!

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Dressing Formal | Fashion

Last night some of my closest friends had their Varsity Huisdans and I was asked to do their makeup. I decided to share their outfits and makeup, since they looked absolutely stunning and totally worthy to get a few ideas for formal events. 

Dee paired her nude turtle-neck bodycon dress with a watch, a statement ring, three necklaces, white nails and a lovely pair of pointed-toe stilettos. 
Even though it is not entirely visible, I used a mix of shimmery golds and browns on Dee's eyelids with thick top black eyeliner topped up with some mascara. 

Nomzee dressed plain yet beautiful with her flowy navy dress and its open chest area. 

I used a mix of light gold and purple under-toned blue eye shadow. This was topped with some top eyelid eyeliner and mascara. 

Trish looked like a Greek goddess with her gold and pink under layer completed with an overlay of soft pink chiffon dress. She combined with with a simple gold headpiece, a chain and gold and peach high-heeled gladiators. 
Trish did her own makeup, using some glittery-gold eye shadow.
Mpho wore her flowy chiffon dress with a low cut neckline with a front slit.  
The girls were running out of time, so I didn't have much time to do Mpho's makeup. I decided to go plain and simple with a very light pink eye-shadow, to compliment her dress.

Nicole showed off her turtle-neck charcoal grey long-sleeved dress with slits on the side, paired with black stiletto pumps and a bold navy blue beaded chain. 
I decided to give Nicole more of a dramatic look to compliment her outfit. I used an undertone of purple, topped with some silver shimmery eye shadow and a mix of dark grey and black. This was combined with top liner and mascara. 

The girls looked absolutely stunning. 

I hope you enjoyed this post and let me know what you think about both the outfits and the makeup. See you soon!