Sunday, April 22, 2018

LIFE UPDATE | AN ANGEL I NOW KNOW BY NAME

Soweto, South Africa
Hey guys hope your Sunday is going as best as it can. Sunday posts here on the blog are now fast becoming a place for me to share with you current affairs (i.e. things happening on tv, my life and other rambles that might affect the blog this coming week). 

This week is no different, my grandmother passed away this week (aaah I’m emotional now) and we are busy preparing for her funeral. A lot of things have been prepared and all is going well no stress. Unlike the stress I felt when my sisters and I had to prepare for our Mom’s funeral a lot of lessons were learnt from there (and if you would like for me to share with you a list of things you need to prepare for a funeral please tell because I would like to help someone else). 

I have scheduled posts for this coming week as things will be hectic on the home front. 
Our Grandmother will be laid to rest on Saturday 28th April at Avalon Cemetery. 
Grandma was all for celebrating life so I don’t want to make this post sad so I share with you quotes cause to be honest your Grandma is your true protector (why do I say this? Because Grandma is at home taking care of you while Mom goes to work). 

“But there's a story behind everything. How a picture got on a wall. How a scar got on your face. 
Sometimes the stories are simple, and sometimes they are hard and heartbreaking. 
But behind all your stories 
is always your mother's story, because hers is where yours begin.” 
Mitch Albom, For One More Day

My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute my success in life 
to the moral, intellectual and physical education I received from her.” 
George Washington

“My mom smiled at me. Her smile kind of hugged me.” 
R.J. Palacio, Wonder

“I don't know what it is about food your mother makes for you, especially when it's something that anyone 
can make - pancakes, meat loaf, tuna salad - but it carries a certain taste of memory.” 
Mitch Albom

“You are evidence of your mother's strength, especially if you are a rebellious knucklehead and regardless
 she has always maintained her sanity.” 
Criss Jami, Killosophy

We will always LOVE YOU 
Daughter, Sister, Mother, Grandmother, Great Grandmother 
Nobambo Elizabeth Mondi

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Weekend Reading

Soweto, South Africa
“There is nothing in this life that can destroy you but yourself. Bad things happen to everyone, but when they do, you can't just fall apart and die. You have to fight back. If you don't, you're the one who loses in the end. But if you do keep going and fight back, you win.”
― Alexandra Monir, Timeless


See you soon!!!

xx

Zanele




Friday, April 20, 2018

NEW IN | MOST AFFORDABLE CLEANSING WIPES EVER

Soweto, South Africa
Hey guys, did you see my title I think it would make for a really good
YouTube Title what do you guys think.
Bramley products are not new on the blog and today I share with you something new from the Bramley Magnolia range their scented Cleansing Wipes
which just recently launched.
I’m all for affordable wipes because I go through them really fast
I’m just hoping that they are actually well moisturised and don’t leave my skin feeling dry,
let us see what Bramley has to say about the product.

THE CLAIM:
“Bramley Magnolia scented wet wipes are packed with soothing ingredients to help cleanse and refresh the skin”.

MY THOUGHTS:
Guys I seriously want to do a first impression YouTube post on this one, which I will do because I really want to start making serious visual content. I’m happy with the price R12.99 and that inside the pack you get 30 wipes, will I repurchase them…. Make sure you are SUSCRIBED TO MY YOUTUBE CHANNEL.

See you soon!!!

xx

Zanele
*PR/Gifted items

Thursday, April 19, 2018

NEW IN | AFRIDERM MAGICAL MICELLAR

Soweto, South Africa
Hey guys hope all is well and okay, today I bring you another NEW IN post and this one is from AFRIDERM and it’s their MICELLAR WATER. I’m not featuring AFRIDERM for the first time on the blog (see their previous post here - AFRIDERM PEELING GEL & EYE CREAM REVIEW ).
I saw the AFRIDERM Magical Micellar – retail R109.25 for the first time sometime in December at Edgars and I only bought the cleanser and left out the Micellar Water please don’t ask me why.
THE CLAIM
“Effectively cleanses and refreshes in an instant”.
The question here is how effectively, how many cotton pads will I need to use. Make sure you are subscribed to my channel and blog to find out as I plan on making dedicated product post going forward for all reviews.
SHOP: HERE
See you soon with a detailed review.
xx
Zanele

P.S. All AFRIDERM products are PARABEN-FREE
*PR/Gifted Item

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

NEW IN BRAMLEY EVEN TONE | MOST AFFORDABLE SKINCARE PRODUCTS?!

Soweto, South Africa
Hey guys hope all is well and okay today I have a good one for you.
If you know me then you will know that I’m always on a look out for affordable products and these products I’m hoping they don’t disappoint.
Sticking to the NEW IN theme I’m still going to share *BRAMLEY Even Tone claims and if you like those then we can hopefully try everything together at once as they are also on trial.

STEP 1 (Cleansing) – BRAMLEY EVEN TONE FACIAL SOAP BAR – R11.99
I have never used a purple soap on my face before this will be interesting (maybe I should really do a first impressions on these for real, be on the lookout hopefully next week).
THE CLAIM:
“Bramley Even Tone Facial soap bar is mild and gentle. The soft, milky lather and rich moisture gently cleanses the skin. Use the soap for Reduced Oiliness; An instant matte look, To open up clogged pores, Protection against harmful germs”. 
STEP 2 (Toning) – BRAMLEY EVEN TONE FACE CARE LOTION – R16.99
Face care lotion is another name for a Toner, the bottle looks fancier than most toning bottles out here I’m impressed and the toner does contain alcohol, as the first ingredient is Ethanol, because I’m gonna do a first impression I wonder how will it feel on my face it has been a while since I’ve used an alcohol based toner.
THE CLAIM:
“This lotion helps to remove oil build-up and impurities that lead to problem skin”.

STEP 3 (Moisturising) – BRAMLEY EVEN TONE VANISHING CREAM – R19.99
I’m really not a fan of vanishing creams as they are really drying to my face (I have normal to dry skin), and I just skip them and go for a more moisturising lotion.
THE CLAIM:
“Promotes an even skin tone; controls excessive oiliness; Instant matte look; Vitamins C, E, A & B5, contains ceramides.

I’m happy with the price, will I be happy with the products only time will tell and make sure your are subscribed to my YouTube Channel.

See you soon!!!

Zanele

P.S. Just thought you you should know, Bramley products are not tested on animals. 

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

***GIVEAWAY CLOSED***& REVIEW | VASELINE ALOE SOOTHE

Soweto, South Africa

Hey guys, hope your well and okay. 
Hope you saw my post last week (First Impression & Giveaway | Vaseline What Is The Sound Of Moisture?) then you will know that I have a giveaway running,
please don’t forget to leave your comment here or on the YouTube post of me sharing the first impression of how the Vaseline Aloe Soothe works.
Today’s post is just a mini review of the product and I’m sure you have seen
the ads on TV aswell so I won’t take up much of your time.
P.S. Giveaway details linked below.
THE CLAIM
“Now we have micro-droplets of Vaseline jelly in our Aloe Soothe lotion which absorbs deeply into your skin and moisturises to restore it from within. (Aloe Soothe – Moisturises to restore dry skin – Calms and soothes dry skin – Absorbs fast for a non-greasy feel).”

MY THOUGHTS & VERDICT
First thing I noticed is that the packaging looks a bit different, the Vaseline sign is more prominent than before I did notice this on my first impression video also.
If you have been using Vaseline Pure Jelly but hate that extra shininess that it gives
but can’t use any other thing because only the Vaseline will keep your body moisturised throughout the day, then you will love the Vaseline Aloe Soothe range as it infused with the pure jelly.
Overall I can’t be mad at Vaseline for creating a range with Aloe (cause we all know what the benefits aloe are) and a lotion with PJ(Vaseline Pure Jelly).


GIVEAWAY DETAILS: 

1. Comment below and tell me WHAT IS THE SOUND OF MOISTURE?
2. SUBSCRIBE to my YouTube Channel - https://www.youtube.com/c/ZaneleMondi

Giveaway closes on the 19th winner will be announced on the 20th of April. 

SHOP : HERE

See you soon. 

xx

Zanele


*Giveaway price supplied by VaselineSA
*Open to SA residence only

Monday, April 16, 2018

NEW IN | FINO SOOTHE WOMAN & MAN

Soweto, South Africa
Hey guys, hope all is well and okay, for the next three days I’m like let me post about NEW IN items that I recently got through PR because I will be trying them soon and I would like to take pics of them while they are still you know in there great condition, so that we can always have a point of reference and we get to try all the products together. 
Today we are getting to know the *FINO SMOOTH products, the first product that I know from them is their After Waxing and Shaving Balm/Moisturiser, when you are pregnant and need to go to the Gynae a lot you will need a product like this cause there is a lot of shaving and waxing that happen during that period, your skin will need to be protected.
 Let me do a quick review on the after shaving/waxing balm because I have used it,

THE CLAIM: 
FINO SOOTHE claims “is a synergistic blend of natural VITAMIN A and FRUIT ENZYMES. It is quickly absorbed, leaving no greasy residue, and does not stain clothing.
Suitable (for use after all types of hair removal).

MY EXPERIENCE & VERDICT
The product comes in a tube pack, I’m sure you can see from the pics dah?! On my first application I squirted and a whole huge quantity on my hand, and made it hard for it to emulsify on my skin, so I learned earlier on that a little/pea sized squirt goes a long way.  There is a scent to the product and does tingle a bit on first application after that it was fine, even though the product does not contain any alcohol.

Today however we are sharing the FINO SOOTHE MAN, which is currently being tested by my nephew Lonwabo he is surely coming through these days, I love it.

FINO SOOTHE claims to be a unique soothing balm after shaving or waxing. Helps combat ingrown hair and minimise razor bump and burn. Suitable for all skin types. Calms and moisturises tender skin. Assists in relief of dry itchy skin and other post hair removal irritations. Can be used on sensitive skin.

The ingedianets look quite similar to the FINO SOOTHE Women so it will be interesting to find out how it works on my nephews skin.

FINO SOOTHE WOMEN
FINO SOOTHE MAN BALM
FINO SOOTHE MAN BUMP CONTROL

SHOP : HERE
See you soon!!!

Zanele

*PR/Gifted items

Sunday, April 15, 2018

The Week Ahead Post

Soweto, South Africa
Sunday night Twitter is savage I tell you, like the few who did tweet 
I'm glad Minnie's Wedding is airing on Compact cause there was a moment there
I thought of upgrading but I couldn't motivate myself and the budget was
just not agreeing with me.

Date My Family really size 12 I choose to disagree Lucas!!!

Our Perfect Wedding, I was watching but not watching but
I got a glimpse of the beautiful bride, from what I can
tell next week will be on fire. 

On the blog side, I'm glad to say I have a weeks worth of posts loaded and this
will be for the first time this year, slowly but surely working towards the good stuff. 

Great news I finally got a new laptop picked it out on Friday and I'm just happy. 
You will see my laptop struggle on an upcoming vlog. 

See you soon. 

xx

Zanele 

Friday, April 13, 2018

Weekend Reading

Soweto, South Africa
“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.”
― Eleanor Roosevelt

1. FOTD | VERY DARK LIPS
2. Mini Monday Update Post | Blogging Equipment
3. Hair | Any Tips For Stopping Postpartum Shedding
4, FOTD | Affordable Blue Eyes
5. Mommy Monday - 1st of Many Letters To My Daughter
6. First Impression & Giveaway | Vaseline What Is The Sound Of Moisture?

xx

Zanele

P.S. On my lips I'm wearing Essence Matt Matt Matt Vibrant Shock 09

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

First Impression & ***Giveaway Closed*** | Vaseline What Is The Sound Of Moisture?

Hey guys, hope all is well and okay today I have a different one for you. 
I'm sharing my first impressions on a PR package I recently received from Vaseline, 
it contained an experiment of some sort so I was like let me try it out. 

I also did a YouTube post on the blog sharing the very experiment it will be linked below
(spoiler: the results mind blowing I tell you)

EXPERIMENT
We are trying to find out what is the sound of moisture? 
Using Vaseline Aloe Soothe vs a leading competitor brand.

The supplies given on the PR package: 
- Syringe (wish they were two, for each product but it didn't matter)
- 2 Tracing Papers
- Vaseline Aloe Sooth Lotion
- Leading Competitor Sample

Optional: 
- A Hair Dryer (just to speed up the drying process)

The experiment was pretty simple and let us see what happened:
Took out the pre-cut pieces of paper.
Scunched up both pieces of paper
Opened up and flattened pieces of paper

The paper on the left had the competitors sample
The one on the right had Vaseline
Used the syringe to pick up 3ml each per sample 
Rubbed all the moisturizers on each paper 
Used the hair dyer to dry up the papers quickly 30secs each. 

THE RESULTS: 
Competitor one showed all the results of being moist however when the paper was scrunched the NOISE was just as load as when I began the experiment. 

Vaseline paper although it had a sound it was more SUBTLE and even the paper was SOFTER.
 I can go on to say the softness of the paper proves that the 
Vaseline was actually absorbed by the paper. 

If this was a chemistry test I would get 100%, don't believe my results. 
Let me send you the Vaseline Aloe Soothe Pack so you can test that yourself
(see giveaway requirements below)
GIVEAWAY DETAILS: 
1. Comment below and tell me WHAT IS THE SOUND OF MOISTURE?
2. SUBSCRIBE to my YouTube Channel - https://www.youtube.com/c/ZaneleMondi

Giveaway closes on the 19th winner will be announced on the 20th of April. 

Goodluck!!!


*Giveaway price supplied by VaselineSA
*Open to SA residence only

Monday, April 9, 2018

Mommy Monday - 1st of Many Letters To My Daughter

Hey guys, hope all has been well and okay,
well look at me writing letters and stuff I'm really growing up hey.
This post really is just to introduce you to the new love in my life my baby girl Asanda, if you follow me on Instagram then you would have seen a snippet of her i my profile and stuff.

Why am I finding it soo hard to write this post.

Firstly honey welcome to this weird and wonderful place we call planet earth and thank you
for choosing me to be your Mom I really do appreciate it.

Sorry that your grandparents from my and daddy's side couldn't be with you
(at least you now have Angel's you know by name)

Both Mommy and Daddy love you very much
(Consider us your first loves)

Your family both on your daddy's and mommy's side will always be there for you.
(they will forever be your protectors)

Since these are first of many letters, I will stop right here
(emotions too high).

Love you forever!

xx

Mom

Friday, April 6, 2018

FOTD | Affordable Blue Eyes

Soweto, South Africa
Hey guys, in a quest on sharing affordable everything this year, 
 I'm sharing with you a look that has been trending on social media, 
who would have thought that in 2018 we would be calling blue eyes a trend.

So the eyeshadow palette I used is this one (see the posts on the following link
New In | Colours by Foschini Eyeshadow & Blush Set and you can see the eyeshadow swatches on the following link - Colors by Foschini Eyeshadow Review )

Make-up Details Used
 1. LA Girl Primer
2. POND'S BB Cream
3. LA Girl Foundation
4. Essence Foundation Powder to set my foundation
5. LA Girl Concealers (Orange, Fawn, Dark Cocoa)
6. Yardley Absolute Translucent Powder
7. Foschini Colours Eyeshadow
7. Avon Setting 

I'm really getting back to the swing of wearing make-up next stop
#YouTubeTurorials
xx

Zanele

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Hair | Any Tips For Stopping PostPartum Shedding

Soweto, South Africa
Hey guys, hope all is well and okay. 
Today's post will be quicker than an Instastory - FOLLOW ME
I recently shared my hair after a long month of not washing it totally terrified that it will fall (cause postpartum shedding is real and I have seen my girlfriends hair shed like crazy after giving birth). 

My hair did not shed too much however I noticed that it is on the drier side of things lately. 
I will be keeping it moisturized and all but I just hope I don't lose too much hair guys, I'm really not in the mood of starting over my natural hair journey.  
I'm using soo many products to retain moisture it's crazy.

Do you have any tips to stop postpartum shedding?

I will keep you guys posted, wish me luck cause I need it. 

xx

Zanele

Monday, April 2, 2018

Mini Monday Update Post | Blogging Equipment

Soweto, South Africa
 Hey guys, hope all is well and okay. 
Guys  I finally managed to find a laptop however it currently on back order 
and I'm like nooooo I need to start YouTubing, my current laptop the one pictured 
is lit hanging on a thread. 

The guy that assisted me promised that I should get it hopefully next week Wednesday
so I can only hope. In the mean while I will just pray that the
current laptop hangs in tight. 

Oooh another situation, my selfies on my current camera phone are not coming out soo great, 
I don't know what I'm doing wrong but I will just play around with it. 

Guys, sorry to bore you however it is important I keep you updated 
because I'm kinda slacking content wise and I promise I'm 
working on bring you great content. 

See you soon. 

xx

Zanele

Sunday, April 1, 2018

FOTD | VERY DARK LIPS

Soweto, South Africa
Hey guys April wow, we made it all I will say is, a new month always gives us an opportunity to achieve goals we failed to meet during the previous month. 

The make-up used is similar to the (VERY LIPS POST - HERE) the only thing that changed is the the lipstick that I'm wearing from Essence shade (to be honest I'm trying to find the lipstick I don't know where it is once I find it I will tell you guys). 
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The dark lip trend is really just not for me, I tried guys but the lipstick needs a lot of work. 
Plus this lipstick does not dry matte even though it claims to be matte, I'm just not sold yet. 

I thought that this post would be really light ooh well the dark lips 
just hard to take the shine didn't they. 

Just let's just hustle this month okay. 

See you soon. 

xx

Zanele
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