Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Ever heard of : Alex G and Madilyn Bailey

Hello beauties!

Today I have these two lovely singers for you guys, doing a cover of a song I've never liked and turning it into something I love. Alex G and Madilyn Bailey are incredible, each in their own right and you really should spread the love by subscribing to them both.

Alex G

Madilyn Bailey

They did a collaboration on this song, Too Close by Alex Clare, and they nailed it. Here's the video.

Whatcha think? Awesome huh?

Stay beautiful and be kind to animals,

Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Travel Tips Too!!

Hello beauties!

Right. So yesterday, we spoke about what you should research before your trip. Let's talk about what you need to do to prepare for going and silly little things you need to know and have when headed to the airport.

First of all, I strongly suggest you make copies of your ID, passport and visas and head over to your local Police Station to have them watermarked. If something should happen and your identification gets lost or stolen, you need to be able to provide proof of who you are.

Don't keep your copies and originals together. If one is in your hand luggage and the other in your suitcase and one gets lost, you still have the other.

Speaking of luggage, find out before hand what your airline's policies are when it comes to luggage. Some airlines allow a handbag as well as one other hand luggage for us ladies. Others do not. This means that when you reach the boarding station, you either pay a fine (which is a lot), leave a bag behind or squish your handbag into the other bag.

We sat waiting for our flight in Venice and saw this happen to many women, making them incredibly unhappy and causing them to freak out completely every now and again. So be prepared.

Find out what the weight limit is on both your carry on and checked in luggage. Some airlines have a weight limit for carry on luggage, most have a size limit as well.

This is important. Your gels, liquids and aerosols need to be less than 100 ml and secured in a transparent, zip lock type bag. The bag can't exceed a litre in volume and they usually want these bags to be smaller in size. Some airports are less strict on what needs to be included in the bag, like OR Tambo, Charles de Gaul and Schipol. Other airports are not so, like Heathrow. Some places hand out the zip locks for free, others sell them to you. So, if you don't have a bag, you'll be able to pick one up at the airport.

In your zip lock bag you need to include :

* Mascara
* Foundations, concealers and primers
* Lip glosses and lipsticks
* Liquid and gel eyeliners
* Liquid blushes and highlighters
* Any other liquid or gel makeup products
* Deodorant and antiperspirants
* Perfumes and scented oils
* Hand sanitisers and creams
* Liquid medications and aerosols

If I've forgotten something, I'm sorry. I had a little 5 ml gel eyeliner in my makeup bag when we were leaving London and coming home. I'd included all the other liquids, gels and sprays in my zip lock, but I forgot a single 5ml gel liner in my bag. You have no idea how it feels when the bag beeps on the conveyor belt and they start packing out your things. Learn from my mistake, folks! If you're unsure if it's supposed to be in the zip lock, chuck it in anyway.

Now, things like scissors, nail files and clippers have their very own set of rules. Some airlines allow these in carry on, others only in checked in luggage and others not at all. Some of the airlines allow these things only if the blades are shorter than four inches. Check out your airline's web page and make sure what their personal set of rules are.

When it comes to what clothes to take, yesterday's Google exercise will help a lot. Know what to expect from the weather and what your activities will include. If you're going to lay on beaches all day long, you won't need hiking gear. If you're going to sightsee all day long, you'll need comfortable walking shoes and clothes, but maybe not the bikini. The more research you do before hand, the easier it will be to go on your holiday!

I really hope this helped!

Stay beautiful and be kind to animals,

Monday, 29 October 2012

Simple travel tips for dummies

Hello beauties!

Before I say anything else, if you're in the path of hurricane Sandy, good luck. You're in our prayers and we'll be watching the news to see how you're faring. I have family who are being touched by the wrath of Sandy and we'll be praying for the Gordon's in Canada as well!!

Hoping your weekend was as awesome as mine. Got to spend Saturday morning with Liani (which was EPIC in itself.) Girls, make a weekly date with your bestie and just spend some time together doing random stuff. It's good for the soul to see your best friend often. Really. (Ps. Liani, you RAWK!!).

Liani and myself looking steamed for our legendary steampunk shoot.

Speaking of Liani, have you been over at her blog recently? She's doing a training diary on there, so if you need the inspiration to get fit for Summer holidays, go no further that THIS LINK.

Saturday evening was spent with two lovely people, Rita-Mari and Andre. Thank you two, we had an awesome time and we'll see you again soon!! (:

OK, so I stole the title for today's blog from a book. And I have to say that one of the big reasons I'm doing this post is because Liani and Franco are headed to their own travel adventure next year and I figured that sharing tips would be worth it. We learned a lot while abroad, like what to take along, what not to take, which airports are stricter than others and a lot more.

I'm splitting this post in two. Today, I'll tell you what you need to research before your trip and tomorrow we'll talk about what you should take with you, otherwise, this post would be much too long.

The first thing to do, that is after you've decided on a destination, is to do some research on where you're going. This sounds so simple, but so many people don't actually do this. I don't mean you have to spend money to do this research, although Liani bought some books on Italy, which has EVERYTHING in it, from maps to currency to what you should wear. But if you have a cell phone, chances are you have internet. GOOGLE, people. Google knows everything. And this stupid little research step can save you a lot of trouble later on.

Things to research before you go :

* Visas and passports. Know what you need for which country. For example, from South Africa to Mozambique, you don't need a visa, your passport is sufficient. But from South Africa to almost everywhere in the world, you'll need a visa as well. Most countries allow you to see the requirements for your visa applications online, so check it out. This will help you to have everything you need for your visa appointment and could save you the trouble of having to go through the application process a second time because you forgot something the first time.

* Currency. You need to know the exchange rate, what to expect from prices where you're going and if it's safe to take cash. Did you know that Paris is notorious for its pickpockets and that it's not a good idea to take cash with you there? Did you know that Venice is more expensive than some other vacation destinations because it's always filled with tourists?

* Weather. Find out how the weather is going to be during your stay. This will help you with your packing. (GASP! SHOCK! SURPRISE!)

* Places to stay. Make sure you check out online reviews of the places you're considering and see if it's what you're looking for. Also remember to check the location of the accommodation. You can book places at a fraction of the cost further out of the main city, but travel to the attractions you want to see can load the cost so much that it would have been less expensive to just stay closer to the city center.

* PUBLIC TRANSPORT. This is very important when you travel inexpensively. A taxi can cost you up to 300% what the public transport would have. Trains, busses and water ferries can get you there just as fast taxi's and there are usually stations at each of the tourist attractions.

* Tourist attractions. You should know where you want to go. Another (GASP! SHOCK! SURPRISE!) But this is one of those stupid things people forget to do.

* This one of for when you know which attractions you want to see. Find out the entrance fee, hours of business and dress code for the places you want to visit. Some places won't allow you to enter with bare shoulders or with jeans, like the cathedrals in Italy.

* Book online. This, again, goes with the previous two. You can save up to 30% if you pre book and you also get great bundle deals. Just remember to print your tickets before you go and keep them in a safe place. A bonus that goes along here is the fact that you cut out ticket lines.

* Culture. You need to know what to expect of the people in the place you're going to. Know what gives offence, what is expected for tips in restaurants, and simple things, like when is siesta or what they consider polite and acceptable behaviour.

Tune in tomorrow for more on this!!

Stay beautiful and be kind to animals,

Friday, 26 October 2012

Colour your weekend

Hello beauties!

Today I have some incredible art I found on Pinterest, that I simply had to share with you. I don't know if you feel about art like I do, but I find it uplifting to look at the talents of other people when I'm feeling down. I haven't painted / sketched something myself in ages, which is a crying shame. Do you draw or paint? Don't you find it calming? Time to work through whatever madness you're living through?

Anyway, enjoy these. For original artists, please check out my Pinterest Art and Manga boards.

Have a fabulous weekend. I'm off to the drawing board.

Stay beautiful and be kind to animals,

Thursday, 25 October 2012

Christmas Craftiness!

Hello beauties!

We say every year that we should start early on with Christmas gifts and decorations and crafts, but fail to do this every year. It's almost Movember (boys, are you going to grow a beard??), peeps! This means that the clock is a' tickin' for the festive season to start.

Which is why I'm going to start craft ideas for Christmas NOW. Before it's, once again, too late. Today, I've chosen wreaths, coz I love em! You can see all of these on my Pinterest, where you can follow me if you want to!

Have a fantastic Thursday!

Stay beautiful and be kind to animals,

Wednesday, 24 October 2012

What London taught me about makeup

Hello beauties!

So, just like its European counterpart, I wanted to do a post about what makeup trends I saw in London. Now, if you're based in London, please let me know if I got this right, but from looking into London trends from a outsider's perspective, this is what I found.

London's makeup is really diverse. It's not like in Europe, where the girls tended to opt for only two look sets. London girls are bold and in your face when it comes to makeup, as well as subdued and understated. They can rock it all and they do! Here's what I saw a lot of :

Glitter Shadow.

Yes, you read right. I saw an incredible amount of glitter eyeshadow and liners. It wasn't ever tacky, but looked really cool. I saw this look mostly during our nights out.

Bright Eyeliner

This is another one I saw a lot of. It was probably the most popular thing I saw while in London, along with its toned down sister, the classic black liner look.

Bright Eyeshadow or Lipstick

Like the above one. But this will probably start to change now, as the seasons start to change and fall in with the oxblood trend that's rearing its head. (what do you think about this oxblood thing? Is it really the new red? I mean, can red be replaced???)

No Makeup Makeup

Again, like in Europe, this look was everywhere, promoting natural, flawless makeup.

Live in London? Let me know what you think!

Stay beautiful and be kind to animals,

Tuesday, 23 October 2012


Hello beauties!

Sorry for the no-post today, we had an electrician working on our power today, so I was powerless for a large chunk of the day.

Will make it up tomorrow!

Stay beautiful,

Monday, 22 October 2012

Rainbows and hail

Hello beauties!

Hope your weekend was something to sing about. We spent Friday night with Liani and Franco and we had a blast. (Bestie, you need to hear this... or read in this case. BLOG something!! (: Please.) We saw them again on Saturday at the Photo and Film Expo at the Dome, after which we went to my parents for coffee and then had dinner with my in-laws.

My cousin, Larissa, turned 25 yesterday and we headed there to help her celebrate. Love you cuz!

We had HECTIC rain and hail in areas in Jozi over the weekend. It didn't hit where we live, but friends posted pics on Facebook with hail bigger than golf balls, in some cases even bigger than cricket balls. This morning on our local online news site, News 24, we saw this article with pics of the weekend's hail damage. It's shocking!

But, after the rain yesterday, we were rewarded with this :

These phodies were in no way edited, what you see here is what we saw yesterday. Wow, huh?

So, I've been thinking of doing a monthly online story. I want to write something, just to keep my keep in practice, which I want to upload here and update monthly. Would you like something like that? Would you read it? Please, lemme know!

Stay beautiful and be kind to animals,

Friday, 19 October 2012

X Factor Wowness!

Hello beauties!

So, I love reality TV shows where people sing, dance or showcase any weird and wacky talents. I mean, some of these talent shows deliver people like Kelly Clarkson, Leona Lewis and Bruno Mars, who are massively successful, not to mention our local star acts like Lloyd Cele and Elvis Blue. This is why I like to watch. I mean, there's something endearing about voting for the underdog, or seeing the most deserving contestant win.

This year on American X Factor, they've had some really mind blowing performances, but none of them have grabbed me like Carly Rose Sonenclar. Only thirteen years old and already a MASSIVE diva. She's really impressive!

I'm posting her two auditions so far. Please let me know what you think!

Have a fabulous weekend friends!

Stay beautiful and be kind to animals,

Thursday, 18 October 2012

Spray paint art rawks!

Hello beauties!

Right. A while back I told you about Paris and the spray paint artist we saw there. I promised I'd do a post on it for you to enjoy and behold, that day has come! The days of spray paint being only for vandals (incredibly talented vandals most of the time ;P) are long gone. These particular works are art, plain and simple.

First, some examples and then I'll let the video's do the talking.

Ayup, that's spray paint. Mind not blown yet? Hang on. I'll get you there.

Cool huh?

Anyway, have an awesome Thursday.

Stay beautiful and be kind to animals,

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

What Europe taught me about makeup!

Hello beauties!

So, one of the first things I noticed while in other lands was that they have a makeup identity.

We don't have one of these in South Africa. This is probably due to the fact that we're so diverse! I mean, we have Black (and in many different heritages!), Indian, Asian, White (which can be divided into Afrikaans, English and European) and Coloured people. Now, before my international friends have a fit, calling someone Coloured in South Africa isn't an insult at all. It's about as bad as calling me a Johannesburger, which I am! Our Coloured people are a proud ethnic group with their own traditions, culture and language!

Anyway, the point is, we're not like other countries where you can see 'there goes a Hollander', because we're all South African here, no matter what colour we are. Which means we have such a massive cultural diversity, each ethnic group with our own styles and fashions. So, we all apply makeup here in our own way, which is great.

But in Europe, it wasn't like that at all. There was an obvious makeup style throughout the Netherlands, Venice and Paris, which could be spotted from a mile away. And today, I'm going to share what I saw with you. Now, if you're located in Europe somewhere, please let me know if I got this right or add what you have to add in the comments!

There were two big things I picked up on while in Europe. The first being the more obvious one, classic eyeliner and a bold lip. This look was more popular in Paris paired with red lips, but in the other European countries I saw it with bold pinks, electric purples and funky oranges.

This image, to me, is the original Parisian look. This was the most popular makeup look I saw while in Paris and it looked good on the girls there!

Also note the big brows. This was another trend I spotted there, groomed, but thick eyebrows.

The eyeliner was winged some of the time, but it tended to look more like in the picture. And most of the time the girls didn't even bother with foundation or they put on very little. Perfect skins all around it seems! :)

I didn't see this look with nude lips at all.

The second big trend I found in Europe was the no-makeup makeup look. Again, many times they didn't go with foundation, simply walking around with only mascara on their eyes. Glowy-fresh skin is huge there as well, which looked great!

There you have it! Makeup European style! I'll get into what London girls did in another post, since they were much more bold and experimental with their looks.

Thank you for reading my blog and your continued support. I've been having record amounts of views on here per day and it's all thanks to you! :) I've also updated the Makeup wall of fame, so check it out. There are still some people I haven't placed on there, because I don't have photos of them. If I've done your makeup and you don't see your purdy face there, please mail me a pic!

Stay beautiful and be kind to animals,

Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Our last day abroad!!

Hello beauties!

So, all good (great in this case) things must come to an end. Our last day in London was spent with Willem, visiting the HMS Belfast and the Science Museum. We had a bundle of fun, especially at the Science Museum!! Well, the boys loved Belfast, but I imagine it was about the same for me as it had been for them in the various art museums we visited. (:

Now, the Belfast played a big role in WW2, but I'm not going to tell it all to you here. Check out their website for more info, as well as prices. Just take note here, ladies, if you want to visit the Belfast, wear flat shoes and don't go for the mini skirt. Can you say 'lots of steep stairways'? As in, ladders everywhere?


Now, the science museum is free, so if you're on the budget tour of London, this is a must do. Besides, it's a lot of fun with interactive experiments, lods of oddities and antiquities and it's an all round fun place to be. And on top of it all, you may just learn something!

And that was it, the last day we spent in London. The next day, we had an early flight back home and we said goodbye to Willem at the airport. Wish we were still there! :)

So, beauties, tomorrow I'll tell you about the makeup I came across while in the first world. (:

Stay beautiful and be kind to animals,