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Whats on my face – Durban

Whats on my face – Durban

I have never been a makeup girl. Well, I guess to an extent I am, but less so than friends. Painting my face has never been high on my priority list and I happily leave the house with nothing on my face other than sunscreen.

No one wants to read about life being harder recently. (Who am I kidding, people love to read things like that)But I have been clinging to things that make me a little happier and Megan sure knows how to make me smile with fun things (and things that are perfect for my skin) She has yet to influence me to buy something I don’t like (read love)

I once called her from a Dischem to ask what shade of foundation I wear because I had run out the day before an event. I am always on the move. I even have a hoodie that says “Always Busy” because I really am, always busy.

I never pack the same makeup twice. My choice of product is dependant on where I am going, what I am going there to do and I long I am going to be away. For a few days in Durban I kept it light and simple.

Aranda Weave cosmetics bag.

Everything is always packed in my little Aranda bag. It comes with any purchase of their Urban Totes and its just bloody handy.

It looks like a lot now but it really isn’t.

Essence Beauty Angel Wake up primer

I don’t really use primer but I quite liked the fresh feeling of using a little blob of this over my face. It really makes me look like I got licked by a happy labrador.

 

Maybelline Fit me Matte foundation and pressed powder.

This foundation was a quick buy. It’s a damn good shade match for me because I am one shade darker than transparent. I actually accidentally bought the powder in a shade darker (120 rather than 110) but it matches quite nicely making me look just a little more alive than I actually am.

 

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion 

This stuff is proof that giving a free sample really does lead to you buying the full sized product. I happened to get a sample when I bought my Naked 3 and when the Ultimate basics went on sale I had to buy one of these too. It really does make eye make up last. No matter the brand you use over it.

 

Stilla –  Perfect me, perfect hue.

This is courtesy of Megan. She told me it was amazing and boy was she right. I use it all over my eyes and cheeks and the hard case and large mirror makes it perfect for traveling. As you can tell by the grubby photo, it is well loved.

 

Maybelline Lash sensational 

Again, Megan made me do it. At first, I didn’t like it. I like big fluffy spoolies. But after one day of wearing it, I was sold and this is my second tube. I have been converted.

Eyelure brow set medium brown.

The most perfect brow kit for people who don’t know what they are doing.

I buy makeup on one simple rule, “will it travel well” I have also discovered a few products that travel-tired skin just loves. I can’t wait to share with you what else I have bought for travel skincare and makeup. (Spoiler, I ordered it from the UK)

Tell me in the comments below what is the one item of makeup you always have with you when you travel.

Must have travel bags

Must have travel bags

Travel light, but with the best luggage, you can find.

I have learned to travel with a solid mix of basics and frivolous things. I wish that after 6 years of writing a travel blog I can write stories about how well I pack. How I have perfected the art of not packing things I don’t need and that I found a way for my clothes to reach the other end not creased.

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Navigation

Navigation

NavigationThe process or activity of accurately ascertaining one’s position and planning and following a route.

 

I have always been rubbish at following a route. I hate cooking with a recipe and give up half way because it feels like work and I shit you not the actual Maps function on my phone is broken. It always reads my position as one road to the left. (Yes, I and several other people have tried to fix this. I have given up and actually learned how to use it as is. You know like the car you drive where one gear is a bit sticky but you don’t notice it after a while.)

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Catch your next flight from Lanseria International Airport

Catch your next flight from Lanseria International Airport

Growing up I remember doing a lot of airport-runs with my mum. Dropping people off, picking others up, walking up and down in front of the arrivals gate. I remember wishing I could go beyond the gate. I wanted to see what was on the other side. Skip a few years and airports have become my regular stomping grounds. Lanseria International Airport has become my airport of choice for local travel and here is why you need to choose Lanseria for your next local flight.

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5 Travel Shows to inspire you

5 Travel Shows to inspire you

As an average traveler, I hold down a day job and live a relatively busy life. At my own will. I like being busy. Even when I can’t keep up physically, I read, have side hustles and am involved in the building a tiny fun little company.

But sometimes I being average means that the best view I get in the week is the sunset from my own house. And that is totally ok.

This weeks place for my #52places project is my couch.

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Let’s get cheesy with Dalewood Fromage

Let’s get cheesy with Dalewood Fromage

Cheese on Marie Biscuits, cheese sandwiches, cheese on crackers, cheese cubes, grated cheese, hard cheese, soft cheese, ANY cheese. My love for cheese runs deep.

In fact, both my siblings have the same cheesy addiction. I can remember sitting in our old family home, around the kitchen table, finishing a block of Gouda in a sitting. When we were little, my grandfather used to tell us that when he was in the army he was so poor and hungry that he ate the red wax coating. He was joking of course. (Dear lord I hope he was joking)

When I started working with wine, my cheesy problem kicked up a gear. When we started stocking Dalewood Cheeses at work, I hit a whole new cheese fueled high.

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52 places

52 places

I love following 52 week and 365-day challenges and I love cheering people on to stick to it. But more often than not those I follow start one on the 1st of Jan then drop out around the halfway mark. (Except Megan, who even posted in hospitals and planes, nothing stopped her from completing 365beauty tips it was bloody awesome) Others start drawing challenges and boy do they start strong. Then they get lazy and it all goes out the window.

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The problem with walls.

The problem with walls.

The problem with walls, is I have none.

When you travel, especially from small town to small town you notice a difference in the way people live. Where I grew up, houses didn’t have high walls around them. we played on each other’s lawns and in the street. Where I live now, if you pass a house without 6-foot walls you worry about their safety.

Lately, I have learned that people are a lot like houses.

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