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I don’t like Durban

I don’t like Durban

Ok to be fair, it is gorgeous and the warm water is lovely. Durban didn’t do anything to me.

But it has become one of those places you associate with a shit time/event/feeling. You know? When a song reminds you something you simply skip it on your playlist and move on. Durban has now become the place I want to avoid because of the way it makes me feel.

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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.

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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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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Curation Question

Curation Question

To curate or not to curate. Every time I scroll through twitter I see more people join the conversation about whether or not you should curate your online presence or not.

Well for my first post of 2018 I decided to join the conversation and guess what, I don’t care if you curate or not.

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2017 in places

2017 in places

Anyone feel like you have been holding your breath this whole year? January kicked off with a customary underwear dip in the pool. A fresh start. So much promise. So many wonderful things were right in reach.  February brought change. Change we were all ready for and change we have been learning to live with since. 2017 had the highest of highs (no really, loads of drugs were involved) and the lowest of lows. To mention but one it was having to be sedated in ICU after attempting to pull out all drips.

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5 things to buy the average traveller for Christmas

5 things to buy the average traveller for Christmas

A gift guide for the traveller girl who doesn’t like receiving gifts.

It’s no secret that I am not a fan of Christmas. In fact the older I get the more I actively dislike it. I don’t put a tree, I don’t decorate anything. For one, I go home to Cape Town for Christmas. But I genuinely dislike the idea of decorating and then having to take everything down again. I am not particularly religious and do not feel connected to that aspect of the whole festive thing. I sound bitter, I know. But I promise I am quite happy. I think getting gifts makes me extremely uncomfortable.

I get immense joy from giving things and I don’t tend to wait for Christmas or Birthdays to give people little things or do or plan something really cool for them.

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