Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Lipstick as under eye concealer?!

It's been a while since I did a beauty post. Brace yourselves, it's coming.

I recently saw a video by a new YouTube beauty guru named Deepica Mutyala in which she uses RED LIPSTICK to conceal her under eye circles. No. Lies. I've blogged about orange and green concealers before, and I use them very often on my own face (more here). But lipstick? Colour me shocked.

And it really works too. Here are the before and afters (photo credit US weekly) :


I mean... I can't even. Sure, this is pretty heavy makeup, but the results speak for themselves. Here is the famous video (which has pretty much gone viral).

That just pretty much blew my mind. Lipsticks tend to be a lot less expensive than concealers, but except for that, it'll make the makeup a lot less when you travel! You can take a red lippie and use it to conceal, as blush and for the lips!

Anyway, I hope you learned something today, I konw I did.

Stay beautiful and be kind to animals,

Yolandie

Thursday, 19 February 2015

This mothering thing

I often wonder when the exact point is when a person becomes a mother. And I don't mean the 'having the kid' part. I mean the internal shift to 'mothering'. Is there a moment when you suddenly just know instinctively what to do? Do you have to learn how to mother? It's probably different for everyone, so I can't claim to know the answer.

What I do know is that I was that woman who never handled babies before they were at least three months old. I never changed another kid's diaper (and I still haven't) and I gladly gave them back to their mommies when the tears started coming (and I still do).

And then I had my own kid. I was terrified before she was born, because I had so little experience with babies. What if I couldn't dress her, because she'd be so little? What if that I sucked at changing diapers or couldn't bathe her? What if she cried and I couldn't soothe her? What if I couldn't feed her? What if she woke up in the middle of the night and I didn't? What if, what if, what if?!?!

For me, the transition into motherhood was simple and instinctive. That first time I held my daughter, it was as if something in me clicked, or easily shifted into place. Suddenly, none of the things I worried about during my pregnancy even mattered anymore. The nurses showed my hubby how to bathe her and change diapers (while I was confined to my bed due to that pesky unplanned c-section) and he showed me when I was mobile enough to do it myself. The plus point was that diaper changing is pretty easy. :D It was also pretty easy for me to provide for her, to nurture and to love her. I was blessed enough not to have PND, which I think helped a whole lot.

Of course, everything else isn't always easy. Sometimes, even now, Kayla cries and we just don't know what she's crying about. Sometimes soothing her is very difficult. Sometimes, I don't understand her at all!! She doesn't always react to things in the same manner as she did just the day before. She'll be elated and giggling the one moment and completely hysterical the next, and that over the smallest, most trivial things you can imagine. Like her hat falling. Seriously.

There have been times when her constant crying had me in tears too. Colic, my friends, is a bitch. And Kayla didn't even have the colic as bad as some other kids we know. Sleep regression sucks too. Since she started walking, she's been falling a lot more than she used to. Sometimes when she falls, I cry as hard as she does! Her tantrums have had me crying too. Because you feel like you're doing the best you can and it's just not good enough.

Sometimes, mothering is difficult and frustrating.

But is it rewarding? Always.

The way she smiles up at me. The way she sneaks up on me from behind and rests her head on my back. The way she runs and laughs when I chase her. The way she giggles from the pit of her stomach when I tickle her. The way she calls me at the top of her lungs first thing in the morning when she wakes up. The way she pouts her lips to kiss me. The way she throws her little arms around my neck. The way she wrestles with me on the carpet.

The way she loves me.

It's the same way I love her.

And THAT is what makes being a mother the most fulfilling thing I've ever known. Because of her.

Stay beautiful and be kind to animals,

Yolandie

Friday, 13 February 2015

10 Things

You have no idea how excited I am at the moment! The Queen's Fury is basically done and I'm soon going to start with some advertising things. But aside from that, which is awesome in itself, I'm working on my new novel too! I can't wait to share it with you!!

So because of the fact that I've been writing in every spare moment I have, I forgot to blog. *blush*

Since my I'm Yolandie post was so popular and people asked for more, I figured I'd share ten things about myself that you don't know. Here goes!

1. I love singing. If life was a musical, I'd probably be one of those weirdos who broke out in song at the most random of moments. I sing constantly during the course of the day, sometimes real songs and sometimes stuff I made up. Kayla loves this about me, because it entertains her thoroughly and she's starting to do it too. :)

2. I dream so vividly that I could paint a picture with every detail. I could describe every sight and smell and even emotions. And when I've dreamt something, I don't forget it. Ever. Some of the best scenes in my novels are things I actually dreamt. 

3. I read The Lord of the Rings trilogy for the first time when I was in high school. After that, I read the books at least once every year, except for the last three years. EPIC FAIL.

4. I was published for the first time when I was in my last year of high school. I'd written two poems (Afrikaans and English) and entered them into a national competition for child and teen authors. Both of my poems were selected to be published, and one of the two won fourth place.

5. I can't stand scary movies / series. I'm a complete wuss when it comes to stuff like that. Fear isn't a positive emotion!

6. Because I'm so obsessed with all things Lord of the Rings, people tend to think that the LOTR movies are my favourite movies. They're wrong. My favourite movie of all times is, and will always be Braveheart. 

7. I have absolutely no ball sense and I'm not particularly good at any sport at all. In fact, I'm not even remotely fit. Maybe I should do something about that...

8. I could live off of mangoes. Even if you put the world's most delicious chocolate in front of me and you had a ripe mango in the other hand, I'd pick the mango. It's edible gold, I tell you!

9. At one time in my life, I started to learn Japanese. It's still a language that I want to be able to speak and understand enough to get by when I go to Japan one day. I can at least tell you what my name is in Japanese :P

10. I love travelling, but I detest flying. #firstworldproblem. But I honestly do. I get extremely light headed and nauseous, especially when the plane starts to descend. Weird, but true. 

Now it's your turn. Tell me 10 things I didn't know about you! Have a fantastic Valentines, whether you're in a relationship or not, and also have a wonderful weekend!

Stay beautiful and be kind to animals, 

Yolandie. 

Thursday, 5 February 2015

What's in a name?

"Why in the world would you name your blog 'The Bloomin' Couch'?!"

I get asked that a lot. That and; "What the heck is a bloomin' couch anyway?"

If you know me personally, you might understand the title. *Might* But if you don't, the simple reason is that I'm pretty quirky and I love quirky things. Having said that, we all know quirky is just a nice word for weird. I can own up to that!

Anyway, this is the story.

I'm not sure if the idea came during or after I finished my makeup course, but there was a phase in my life where I imagined I'd own a makeup salon. In fact, I pretty much dreamed about it. It would branch out later and I'd get a hairdresser to work with me too, renting out some of my space for that purpose. This is also the reason why I did my nail technician course, because it's another service offered by a beauty salon. I was considering doing a lash extension course as well, and maybe get in people who did massages and waxing, etc.

It was another one of those wacky ideas I have a lot of. (There's a fairly simple explanation for my diverse schemes in this blog post, if you were wondering.)

I wanted the entryway of the place to have a white wall, painted with grey and silver flowers that seemed to grow out of the ceiling. I'd seen some cool things on Pinterest (where else) and I was really in love with the flower idea. A beauty salon needs to be girly, after all. :D With my flower wall, I wanted a really cool couch; maybe like a chaise lounge or something else ornate and styled. This would probably be in a royal purple or crimson red, to look rich and compliment the rest of the salon, which would be grey and white. As you can tell, I spent a lot of time on this concept. :P

Anyway. The rest is simple. My mom and I were trying to figure out a name for this dream of mine, but we hadn't really gotten far. We did know that the couch would have to be comfy with the amount of chatter that I manage to produce. We wanted it to be a place where people could discuss anything and where they'd want to come back to. Which was why many of our ideas were centered around the couch. And then, we were watching My Fair Lady, and Eliza Doolittle was yelling about her bloomin' flowers.

My mom and I kind of looked at each other and big, idiotic grins bloomed onto our faces. (See what I did there? :P) It was going to be a bloomin' couch. I mean Audrey Hepburn herself had suggested it, so who were we not to listen?

I wanted this blog to be a place where we could talk comfortably about makeup and beauty, at first. More recently, we've been talking about a wider spectrum of things, but I believe the initial idea remains. It's a place where all people can be comfortable and just chat. And that's the way I like it. :)

Over the years, I have changed the look of the blog three times. The other changes, like Monday's post, were minor tweaks here and there. But when I refer to the look of the blog changing, it included new logos, backgrounds and layouts. Do you remember how it started?


I hope you'll be here for all of the things yet to come. Thanks for sticking by my this far!

Stay beautiful and be kind to animals,

Yolandie

Monday, 2 February 2015

Spot the differences!

I've been working pretty hard since last week to get all of my web-spaces updated. The Couch was included in this craziness, but I have to say that I'm glad I didn't leave it out. You accumulate a lot of junk over four years, let me tell you.

This post is just a rundown of what has changed, what's gone and what's new.


First up, my blog description has changed. It wasn't visible below the logo before, but I've decided to include it now. That's what's shown by the light blue arrow.

The dark blue arrow shows you one of the major changes. All of my social media links and links to blogs and websites I love used to be somewhere on the sidebar (green box). I've moved all of these to a page, the tab of which is on the top bar. I'm very proud of the little clickable boxes with links which I made for each one. Go have a look, there are some pretty cool things to see!

The purple arrow shows you a new page. My novels and links to buy them also used to be in the sidebar, but I've created a page with all of the info about each novel and links to buy them. I feel that this is more organized and more user friendly. Let me know what you think! Don't forget to download Roxanne's novel for free, and get your hands on the first two volumes of the Evangellion Trilogy in time for the release of The Queen's Fury in June!

The yellow / gold arrow shows that the Makeup Wall of Fame page is now missing. My focus has shifted from makeup to writing, though I still love doing makeup and will continue to do it. All of my previous makeup looks and all of my future ones can be found here, on my Facebook page.

The green arrow shows you the area I've cleaned up. There used to be a lot of clutter in the side bar, from all of the things mentioned above, to gif images to random junk. There's a lot less of that now. :)

This same revamp has extended to both my website and my writing stuff blog. Go have a look, because the changes there were more profound. New logos, social media icons and the works! I feel very excited about these changes!

And let me know what you think!

Stay beautiful ad be kind to animals,

Yolandie