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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.

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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Why I like to fly Mango

Why I like to fly Mango

I fly with local airlines quite often. Work takes me everywhere and its one of the things I like about it. But in the last few years I have become the person who no longer gets excited about take off but rather departing and arriving on time.

I have been flying with Mango several times a year for the last 3 years and am typing this as I am about to start the descend for cape town. I have flown with all other low cost airlines but I always seem to come back to Mango. They are simply the best. So here are my to reasons I choose to fly with Mango.

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Memories of Madeira

Memories of Madeira

My husband is Portuguese. To be more specific, he is Madeiran. Madeira for those who don’t know is a tiny (very tiny) island off the coast of Portugal. Almost closer to Morocco. A few years ago I was lucky enough to visit the island to meet his dad. We had already been together for more than 5 years at the time but his dad was unwell and not able to visit in SA. I am so fortunate I was able to meet this incredible man. Sadly a year after our visit he passed on but I will always hold the time spent with him very dear.

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List of botanical gardens in SA

List of botanical gardens in SA

SA boasts quite the list of botanical gardens to visit. Many of which are FREE to visit. Gardens serve such a purpose in reserving our precious plant life. Next time you flip though your usual list of “free things to do in…” wy not go visit one of these treasures.

Makana Botanical Gardens                                                Eastern Cape     1853

Free State National Botanical Garden                              Free State           1967

Johannesburg Botanical Garden                                       Gauteng              1968

Pretoria National Botanical Garden                                 Gauteng              1946

Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden                       Gauteng              1982

Manie van der Schijff Botanical Garden-University of Pretoria    Gauteng              1934

Durban Botanic Gardens                                                     KwaZulu-Natal  1849

University of KwaZulu-Natal Botanical Garden             KwaZulu-Natal  1983

KwaZulu-Natal National Botanical Garden                     KwaZulu-Natal  1874

Lowveld National Botanical Garden                                 Mpumalanga     1969

North-West University Botanical Garden                       North West        1962

Hantam National Botanical Garden                                 Northern Cape  2007

Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden                        Western Cape   1913

Karoo Desert National Botanical Garden                        Western Cape   1921

Harold Porter National Botanical Garden                      Western Cape   1959

Garden Route Botanical Garden                                        Western Cape   1996

Stellenbosch University Botanical Garden                       Western Cape   1902 (since 1922 at current site)


How many of these have you visited?