Tuesday, September 26, 2017

The Best & Worst Part Of Blogging

Soweto, South Africa
Wet n Wild /// shade Left Marooned
Hey guys it's Tuesday and I'm back with another post, I was reading on some blogging tips this past weekend especially the good and worst things about blogging. This made me think of my journey and why I began blogging and just thought that I should share with you some of my experiences. 

The Worst: 
If you are not sharing your life then why are you blogging?
There was a time for me when I could find an escape on my blog and just ramble on about things that don't make sense. These days it seems like it is a pre-requisite to share something personal about your life when blogging or vlogging so my tip here is just share content you are comfortable with as it might come back to bite you. 

The Best: 
Why did you begin blogging?
Did you begin to blog just to get free products or are you trying to share issues maybe around your community or just issues that you are dealing with on the daily that might be a help to someone else. 
With a thousands of blogs and bloggers In Out & Around South Africa you need to have that something special that you bring on the table cause surely we are all talking lifestyle, beauty and everything else that is trending. 

I surely enjoy blogging, which seems to be currently over taken by YouTubing but hey I ain't complaining, cause if you can't beat them join them right?

Happy Tuesday

xx

Zanele

Monday, September 25, 2017

Event | One Night Only Concert with LUX









My Heritage Day 2017 was spent at the beautiful Longmeadow Function Venue - Fourways at the One Night Only Concert held by LUX South Africa. 

LUX recently collaborated with 3 very talented artists Lira, Nhlanhla Nciza and Moneoa to produce the LUX #WeAreMore Anthem which has had more than 1.8 million views on YouTube, which I think is super awesome. 

"LUX has always been associated with beauty pageants and now, the brand is taking a stand to embrace women for more than just their outward appearance. 
LUX believes women are so much more than what meets the eye;they are mothers, sisters, wives, business women, leaders,mentors, caregivers to name but a few things. The brand has developed a platform for all women to showcase their hidden facets that are often overlooked".

#WeAreMore the theme for the night was most definitely brought to life yesterday by the talented ladies, and on top of that Lira, Nhlanhla(Mafikizolo) and Moneoa gave individual performances of their most beloved hits. 

Last night was a night to remember as everyone was treated like a VIP and the words of encouragement that we received throughout the night were most definately for the books. 

Thank you LUX. 

xx

Zanele

For information information : LUX Website

Friday, September 22, 2017

Revlon Ultra HD Gel Lipcolor Lip Swatches & Mini Review

Soweto, South Africa


New In | Lip Swatches & Mini Review

Hey guys, gosh it has been a great week blogging wise, a Friday post up so early I'm happy and next week expect more make-up looks and FOTD posts. I have been planning this years heritage day look and make-up and all I can say is heavy glam and why not...

Today it is all about the *Revlon Ultra HD Gel Lipcolour and I'm glad that REVLON is giving us Gel lips in the world of Mattes, and it's totally refreshing.

The claim:
Revlon says the following: "Get high-definition, lightweight color with NEW Ultra HD Gel Lipcolor. Intensely hydrating formula with hyaluronic acid. Available in 15 high-definition shades".
 The Ultra HD Gel Lipcolors retail for R185, and all I can stay is get them at Clicks cause they have their 3-for-2 special. 

My impression first:
At first glance the packaging is really dope, what you see on the outside is most definitely what you get on the inside which I really do like on products and on this packaging you can see that REVLON took their time on making not only the lipcolors to work but the packaging as well. 

If you are familiar with the REVLON's Ultra HD Lipsticks and you liked them then these Ultra HD Colours are for you also.
So far I'm really happy with the lipcolours as they are moisturizing, build-able and long lasting, who can complain about that... 

If you are looking for something that is moisturizing and durable this 
Spring/Summer then this one is for you.

SHOP : HERE

xx

Zanele

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Quotes | Being Aware

Hey guys, if you have been following my blog for a while you would know that I like sharing quotes. Recently I have been doing really good blogging wise and other than sharing a beauty post today I thought that I should share some quotes, they helped me through a difficult time and 
I hope that they help you aswell. 

“Look at everything always as though you were seeing it either for the first or last time: Thus is your time on earth filled with glory.”
Betty Smith,

“If, then, I were asked for the most important advice I could give, that which I considered to be the most useful to the men of our century, I should simply say: in the name of God, stop a moment, cease your work, look around you.”
Leo Tolstoy,

“Be present in all things and thankful for all things.”
Maya Angelou

“It's worth making time to find the things that really stir your soul. That’s what makes you really feel alive. You have to say ‘no’ to other things you’re used to, and do it with all your heart.”
Roy T. Bennett

“Your own Self-Realization is the greatest service you can render the world.”
Ramana Maharshi

“Right time, right place, right people equals success.
Wrong time, wrong place, wrong people equals most of the real human history.”
― Idries Shah,

Quotes taken from Goodreads

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Lip Swatches | Avon Liquid Lip Lacquer Matte

Soweto, South Africa

Hey guys, hope everything is well and okay. Today I have a very short post for you and it is all about lip swatches from the Avon's Mark range. Mark by Avon launched earlier this year with a range lipsticks, eye-shadows, mascara's, etc... and now they
are giving us *matte lippies. 

The Mark Liquid Lip Lacquer Matte recently launched and I thought that 
I should share my first impressions on them
together with some swatches. 

The matte lippies come in 12 shades and they are currently on special guys they are R84.90 and their normal price there after will be R199.90, like on my many previous posts on Avon's products when they have a product launch, you know that the price
will be ridiculously cheap. 
I like that the packaging also come in a solid black top and the bottle 
shows off the contents of the product within, 
so what you see on the outside is what you get on the inside. 

The applicator also allows for a clean application as it is slightly smaller in the tip. 
The matte lippies are one application you are happy, they are well pigmented and should you want to build on some product later on the day the tip is to let the first application dry up and NEVER I repeat NEVER rub your lips on a matte lippie before it completely dries off. 

Over all I'm happy with the price and the lippies. Great job Avon. 

Have you tried any off these Avon's Matte Lippies?

SHOP : HERE
xx


Zanele

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

POND'S Flawless Radiance BB Review

Soweto, South Africa
Hey guys, hope you are well and okay today I'm reviewing the POND'S Flawless Radiance All-in-One BB Cream. I will just jump straight to the review cause I have my thoughts here. 

The Claim
POND'S says the following on the BB: "The All-in-One Advanced Even Tone BB Cream with SPF 30 PA++ from POND'S that covers outside and helps to even skin tone inside! It gives you natural coverage that is especially designed to match your skin tone instantly. While its even tone actives are known to penetrate deep to continuously even your skin tone and reduce dark spots from 
within the epidermal layer". 

The Product: 
The POND'S Flawless Radiance All-in-One BB Cream comes in a tube and has that all round classic POND'S pink colour. I can't complain much with the tube because it allows for the the product to come out in a controlled manner (hope I make sense here). The BB I tested comes in shade the Chocolate, and when you squeeze it out a thick-ish creamy product comes out. 


My Experience: 
I have been using the Ponds Age Miracle BB Cream shade Chocolate (follow the link and see my previous review), which is perfect for me as it has anti-aging benefits and I must say that the POND'S Flawless Radiance All-in-One BB Cream doesn't do it for me because I'm dealing with a lot of things when it comes to my facial skin. Firstly the under-eye darkness and dryness are not that well hidden with the cream. I know that BB's are just tinted moisturizers but it must not leave my skin looking patchy as it does not blend well with my skin tone I feel like it is missing something.... 
 HEY HOLD-UP before you go there are some good news here, if you have dry patchy skin like mine, you will want to use the BB before wearing your foundation as it will enable the foundation to sit beautifully on your skin. 

My Verdict:
Overall if you are 3 shades darker than me and don't have major skin concerns you will love the BB as it will blend beautifully on your skin, but if you are my shade and have the same concerns like mine and still looking to buy the BB I recommend the PONDS Age Miracle BB Cream shade Chocolate. 

SHOP : HERE

Have you tried any BB's and did they go?

xx

Zanele

Monday, September 18, 2017

Manicure Monday | TV Talk

On my nails I'm wearing Essence Glow & Care shade Go For Glow
Gosh not another late post, but I'm glad that I'm actually going to post something. Slowly but surely I'm getting back to the swing of things and who knows maybe I'll start filming again for YouTube. This week it's beauty week here on the blog and I will be sharing make-up related products, but before I do that let us have some Monday Manicure Talk.... 

This weekend I didn't watch alot of TV, so the review will be based on one show that I did manage to watch, my sister was just Keeping Up With The Kardashians the whole weekend. 

IDOLS SA

This week it was the chance for the top 10 to perform and like Randall (one of the judges said), it was just lame top 10 behavior the contestants were just not singing, so here is what I thought of each performance. 

1. Boring but okay
2. Loved the Lira performance
3. Bawo not Pawo (such a horrible mistake)
4. Ndawo yami yes!!!
5. I think he has found his voice 
6. Oooh my Bey-once!!! a bit gimicky LOL but I'm a Bey fan so I will vote for her. 
7. Faith - Kulungile baba perfomance of the night. 
8. Paxton - Sang that Arriana song really well. 
9. Mary J Blige, time inappriate ... boring
10. Perfomance number 10 was a better verson of 3. 

The question of the night on IDOLS was what would you do with your 1 million rand prize winnings, and others had really nice answers and the most interesting one of them all was the Pap and Inkomazi(sour milk) machine idea I'm all on board with that one, 
cause I love me some good Inkomazi, so for just saying that she has my vote. 

Hope that we all have a great week. 

See you soon

Zanele

Friday, September 8, 2017

WEEKEND READING

“Have you ever been in love? Horrible isn't it? It makes you so vulnerable. It opens your chest and it opens up your heart and it means that
 someone can get inside you and mess you up.” 
― Neil Gaiman, The Kindly Ones

xx

Zanele

Thursday, September 7, 2017

ESSENCE | Not Really Happy

Hey guys, been focusing soo much on skin care these days on the blog that make-up has taken a backseat, so I just thought that I should share with you some new make-up from the affordable brand Essence. This range has it's good, great and ridiculous items that have launched recently. So without wasting any of your time with the long intro let us get into it.

THE LASHES, LIPS & NAILS

1. Essence Volume Stylist Mascara
2. Essence Shine Shine Shine Lipgloss
3. Essence Glow & Care Nailpolish

These 3 products are the best, as they are affordable and do exactly what they need to do. I like that Essence did proper lip-glosses that are not matte, these lip-glosses are pigmented and long lasting. The nailpolish glow & care is that perfect weekday shade that just goes well with every outfit (and will be featuring it this Manicure Monday).

Picture 1
EYES

1. Essence My Must Haves Eyeshadows

Picture 1 eyeshadow shades
1. Lip base: Lets Get It Started
2. Lip powder: Everybody Dance Now
3. Eyeshadow: Everybody Dance Now
4. Eyeshadow: T.G.I.F.

This is not one of my most favorite palette from Essence, I get the Lip base, lip powder concept however the shades do come out very patchy so this one is a no no for me. The eyeshadow shades everybody dance now and T.G.I.F are also not that flattering on darker skin tones.

Picture 2
Picture 2 eyeshadow shades
1. Eyeshadow: Peach #Party
2. Eyeshadow: Raspberry Frosting
3. Eyeshadow: Black as a Berry
4. Black is back

This eyeshadow palette Essence did try to redeem themselves with the shades I would say that all the colours are usable for people with darker skin tones so I'm not going to complain that much. 

Please remember that with the My Must Haves you have options to pick and choose which eyeshadows, lip powders you would like to have as they are each sold separately including the palette itself.  
BRONZER

Could this be the ashiest bronzer in town? I think so, I'm really not happy with the bronzers in this range, even the darker skin shade is not that dark and honey if you are a dark skin sister like me, just stay away from this product. 

Overall I'm in-between with my New In Essence products, Essence can do better you know. I'm just crossing my fingers that when I go shopping this month-end I find something better.

What's your take on the new Essence products?

SHOP: HERE

xx

Zanele

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

NEW IN | NIVEA PERFECT RADIANT RANGE

Hopefully your week is still going strong, things have been hectic so 
I'm playing catch up once again. Today I bring to you new products from *NIVEA 
that I will be testing out this month, so I thought that
 I should do a quick blog post 
showing you the products in their clean state LOL before I use them. 
THE DAILY ESSENTIALS

1. NIVEA Pecfect & Radiant 3-in-1 cleanser. 
2. NIVEA Perfect & Radiant Toning Lotion
3. NIVEA Perfect & Radiant 3-in-1 Cleansing Wipes (with Micellar Water)

Out of the three that I have mentioned I know that the wipes won't disappoint me because I have been using them for a while, they are gentle to the face and get the job done. I'm also excited with testing out the toner and glad that it is alcohol free. 

NIVEA Pefect & Radiant Micellar 
THE MAKE-UP ESSENTIAL

1. NIVEA Pecfect & Radiant Micellar 
Companies are coming out with their own versions of Micellar cleansing water now, and I'm happy that NIVEA has it's own version now. I can't wait to start testing it out and from what I can gather from the smell this product won't disappoint (crossing my fingers). 

Hopefully you will also be testing out the products with me.

See you soon. 

xx

Zanele

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Review | Yardley Bond Street Collection

Soweto, South Africa
 Hey guys, hope your day is going good and September is treating you well so far. I just thought that I should share with you some wonderful fragrances from Yardley that I have been testing out this past few months. In the post below I am sharing my favorite fragrances.


First a bit of THANKS …. *Yardley sent me this gorgeous pack and the beautiful note really made my month, please take a LOOK at it…. (“,) I love it when companies take their time out to write out such great messages, I really do appreciate it.

 Yardley London Bond Street Eau De Parfum Pour Homme
This one has been tested by my boyfriend because the Yardley London Bond Street Eau De Parfum Pour Homme (Pour Homme meaning For Him), which is 50ml and retails for R330. Yardley says "brings you the sophistication and confidence of the female version with a distinctly male scent. This aromatic fragrances fuses together powdery notes with bold woods and vanilla".
I always thought vanilla scents were for woman however I was wrong because although the fragrance does contain vanilla the woody scents give that manly scent.
mmmmh

Yardley Bond Street 50ml
This packaging is just everything guys, I love it. Rose gold the colour of this season and more seasons to come and Yardley did an awesome job on this one. Yardley Bond Street 50ml retails for R375. The Bond Street is made up of alot of different scents such as orange blossom, jasmine, patchouli solar, honey cedar and woody notes,
and honey they all of which create a memorable scent that lingers.
On your next shopping trip pop by the Yardley stand and test this perfume out,
this one you will love.

My very first encounter with Yardley fragrances was with the Gorgeous Range (the one with the purple accents) and if you love that range then this one is a bit of a step up from the previous one as it more sophisticated.

Have you tried any Yardley fragrances before and which one do you prefer?

Till tomorrow
xx

Zanele

Monday, September 4, 2017

Manicure Monday | Things You Don't Have To Change About Your Blog

Soweto, South Africa
Hey guys, I was really contemplating on doing a blog post like this then again I'm a blogger and a bit entitled to share a bit of opinion here and there. These thoughts of mine brought me to the topic three things that you don't have to change about your blog and how you blog.

You need to be on every social media platform... 
I don't think so, work with social media platforms that work for you. I'm not really a talkative person in life so snapchat is really not for me, so I decided to stop snapping. Beyonce is only active on Instagram, so I say find a social media platform that will enable you to be able to share your content with your audience in a way that will connect with them. 

You don't need to update your template every 3 months...
I have seen blogs with really beautiful content and with crappy templates and the other way round, what really matters with blogging is the content that you put out, worry about your blog layout and other things once you have found your true voice as a blogger. 

You don't need to follow the crowd...
Finding your own voice as a blogger is a very challenging thing cause there are so many of us out there and those that are at the top are doing a really great job. So whenever I start derailing I like to think about the reason why  began the blog and work my way up from there. 

Well that's it hey... hope you enjoyed the post. 

See you soon blogger... 

xx

Zanele

Friday, September 1, 2017

Weekend Reading | HELLO SPRING 2017

Soweto, South Africa
“Is the spring coming?" he said. "What is it like?"...
"It is the sun shining on the rain and the rain falling on the sunshine...” 
― Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden


xx

Zanele
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