Monday Must Have’s: Beauty Swop or Sale Make-Up Masterclass!

Hello World. Today I am excited to share some exclusive news. A few weeks ago you would have seen me post about the Beauty Swop or Sale Expo which you can read about here.I am excited to announce that the BSS will host a make up masterclass in September.

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The Ultimate Make-UP Masterclass will take place on September 15th 2018 at CA One Table in Claremont, Tickets are  R950.00 per person  & you can pick your ticket up here.

As a make-up enthusiast the Beauty Expo is one of those must attend events on the beauty calendar no matter what. This master class makes my heart so happy because (a) I haven’t attended a decent masterclass in yonks, (b) this is so much more than just a makeup masterclass & (c) the masterclass starts off my birthday celebrations.

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Venue

I decided to call Coco the owner of the Beauty Swop or Sale group for the lowdown. As Coco explains the two hour in depth session is such value for money because professionals charge anywhere from R1800.00 for an hour session. The ultimate masterclass is hosted by Kirsty Cochius, the owner of Smudge Makeup Academy. Kirsty has been in the industry for 17 years and is an accredited makeup lecturer. I attended an intermediate class she hosted at the Beauty Expo and this woman is an absolute powerhouse.

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Kirsty Cochius

So we have an amazing event, beautiful venue . Did I mention that food & drinks are included?! Yup its included. We have Kirsty who is a makeup genius walking us through step by step application, sharing hacks & tips. And what is a Beauty Swop or Sale event without the mandatory goody bag. If you have been to the Expo you will know that the goody bag value outweighs the price you pay for your ticket so I expect nothing less from Ultimate Make Up Masterclass goody bag.

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Ofra Cosmetics blush/bronze combo

Ofra Cosmetics a sponsor of this event, will be treating every attendee to a blush/bronzer format to the value of R550.00. This is only one of the items you can expect in the goody bag, everything else is top-secret believe me I tried.

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Thank you for reading beauty Kings & Queens. I hope to see you all there xx

 

WSWB:Women in Business Cuppa for CANSA networking event #3

Hello World . I am so excited to share my third Women supporting Women in Business (WSWB) Cuppa for CANSA event post. I piloted this event for The Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA) in March & I haven’t looked back. To read more about what this event is about click here.

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Our guest speakers & a mandatory pic

Women Supporting Women in Business has been a dream of mine for a few years.I wanted to provide a network of women to support each other & build each other up and I am extremely proud to see my dream come to life.

The event starts with a fire line up.The speakers are powerhouses & leaders in their respective fields each and everyone of them. Our first speaker was Dr Koebraa Peters (Marine Biologist) and co-owner of one of my most loved plus size friendly, modest wear and breast feeding friendly brand, Kalathea Clothing. Dr Peters shared what “Vision in Business” meant to her.

Next up we had Sue Faith Levy, director of marketing, Pr & Digital at the Radison Red who spoke about socialnomics. Radison Red were the hosts to our second event which you can read all about here.

At this event we were honoured to have our resident life coach Lynne Kock from Evolution Inc talk about vision & living a life of your dreams. Lynne has been pioneering the movement & walking the road with me since the inception but I have never been moved to goosebumps more than when Lynne spoke at this event. I guess that’s what happens when you live a passion filled life.

Our last guest speaker was Letishia Charles owner of Queen Bee Hospitality Marketing. Letishia shared great tips on using social media for business.

We started and ended the event with an intimate shopping experience and were joined by:

We were also joined by triple threat Ermi Pillay, cancer survivor , singer & a woman in business. Ermi  serenaded us with the smooth Jazz sounds of Norah Jones and Ella Fitzgerald.

 

Our next event takes place on October 6th 2018 at the Pepperclub Hotel & Spa. We are excited to welcome Style by Loren, personal stylist & wardrobe consultant as one of our guest speakers to this event. We will be turning Pepper Club pink for Breast Cancer Awareness month & hope you will join us. As always thank you for reading xxx

Monday Must Have’s: Beauty Swop or Sale Expo 2018

Hello World. Today I am excited to share my experiences at the Beauty Swop or Sale Beauty Expo with you. The Expo took place at the Protea Fire & Ice Hotel in Cape Town last weekend. This was the second Expo hosted in Cape Town and it’s always something I look forward to on the beauty calendar.

As always the goody bag did not disappoint. There are a few items that are not pictured which includes whitening strips for teeth, vouchers, perfume and press on nails.

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Platinum Goody-bag

After visiting a few vendors, we rushed off to the Intermediate make up master class hosted by Kirsty Cochuis the owner of Smudge Make-up & Hair Academy. This was one of the highlights for me as I picked up a few tips like not splurging money on expensive setting powders & using baby powder. Kirsty will also be hosting classes at the Johannesburg chapter of the Expo so keep an eye out Jozi babes.

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Smudge Hair & Make-up Academy face map

After the make up masterclass we were just in time to see the amateur competition winner announced. I so much wanted to enter but as always I had left everything to late & I couldn’t find the time to create a makeup look before the deadline. The winner Charli X Boi took his inspiration from the cubism and surrealism influence in Paris as the theme was Moulin Rouge.

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Charli X Boi, winner of the amateur category *picture taken from Charli X Boi’s page*

After the competition we browsed some more and  picked up some goodies from Pink Cosmetics who also launched their make up range (I received some samples with my purchase) at the expo , Ofra and Curl Chemistry.

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Pink Cosmetics goodies

As they say “God is in the details” and the Beauty Swop or Sale team took care of all the details. The wifi code was advertised everywhere, the venue was an amazing upgrade from last year, the registration table was quick, efficient & professional and best of all I had access to all the best vendors in the same room running amazing specials without worrying about courier costs. These little details are the difference between an amazing event and an event that’s “just okurrrrr”.

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Wearing the Bondi Beach Ofra liquid lipstick on the top lip(on the left)

Thank you for reading. Did you attend the Beauty Swop or Sale Expo? What were your thoughts?

 

My Yzerfontein Bucketlist!

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Hello World. It’s #TravelTuesday and time to break out my second post in my Yzerfontein Travel Diaries series. Yzerfontein is a seaside town , 90km from Cape Town and about an hour plus drive.I love road-trips but without the 4 – 6 hour commitment, so Yzerfontein is my perfect destination.

I’ve selected my  5 must see/do activities on my Yzerfontein bucket list and hope you enjoy it too!

1.Stay at a Beach Villa

On my weekend away I met the beach house of my dreams & now I will never book anything else ever again. You can read more about the beach villa I stayed at here. Accommodation is a deal breaker for me & all I want is modern, comfortable surroundings & a king size bed with crisp white linen. Dune Rose Luxury Beach Villa is all of this but so much more. If you visit Yzerfontein do yourself a favour and visit Dune Rose, you will thank me later.

2. Yzerfontein 16 Mile Beach

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When you find yourself in a seaside town, even in winter a walk on the beach, horse ride, meditation or a picnic is called for. Dont be surprised when your path crosses that of an Ostrich though. Yzerfontein’s 16 mile beach is the longest stretch of beach you will find in South Africa and is popular during whale watching season which is usually from September to November.

3. Visit Darling

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On our way back to Cape Town we detoured through Darling, a 20 minute drive from Yzerfontein. Popular during September when people flock to the Darling Wildflower show . If you can’t make it to the flower show however, a visit to Evita se Perron is a must. Here you can catch a show and have a good ol traditional South African meal.

4. Visit !Khwa ttu San Culture & Education Centre.

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Image taken from !Khwa ttu website

“The !Khwa ttu San Culture and Education Centre is a centre of San culture and heritage that provides tailor-made training for young San women and men of Southern Africa.” There is so much !Khwa ttu offers, from guided tours,  trail walking/running to a San language session. Prices range from R50.00 pp for a bike ride to R195.00 pp for a guided tour. It seems like September is quite a busy month for the Westcoast , so if you happen to find yourself in the area !Khwa ttu will open the first Heritage Centre dedicated to the San on September 24th 2018.

5.Visit a Padstal

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Westcoast farm stall- Picture courtesy of  escapemagazine.co.za

No trip is complete without a visit to a Padstal or as its known in english a Farm Stall.  For me it was always just to buy orange marmalade for my mom. You can pick up all kinds of things like koeksisters (a plaited doughnut dipped in syrup), freshly baked bread, honey, gifts and the list goes on. A visit to a padstall feels like home.

And as the saying goes “To travel is too live”. What destinations do you live for? As always thank you for reading, with all my love, F x

Monday Must Have’s: Sephora Collection Face Masks

Hello World. After a jam-packed weekend, its time to Break Out a Monday Must have post. Today I am reviewing the Sephora sheet masks, that I have tried over a period of four weeks. These masks retail for 6USD each.

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The first mask I tried was the Sephora Grape Face Mask, specifically aimed at protecting and acting as a shield against urban pollution to maintain skin’s natural radiance. On the website these masks are described as ” A next-generation Sephora Collection face mask in a new bio-fiber to perfectly hug facial contours for more effective results.”These masks are paraben free, sulfate free, phthalate free and cruelty free.

The white sheets are soaked in serum and has a film that needs to be removed before placing it on your face. My first impression was that the smell was not overpowering, this is a big deal for me as my sinus would’ve acted up and my review would end there and then.I thought it would be grape scented but had a subtle rose scent which I loved. The mask was soothing, the serum absorbed easily and after 15 minutes I massaged whatever was left over into my skin. My skin felt refreshed with this mask & I would definitely try it again.

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The next one I tried was the Sephora Litchi Face Mask. This ultra moisturising & brightening mask was what I needed most, as I have extremely dry skin. Once again the smell was rose scented, so that was a plus. It did what it claimed to do , it moisturised my skin which felt plump afterward and brightened it up. I used this before I did my make- up and I could see a difference.

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The next one I was excited to try because I am obsessed with pomegranate was the Sephora Pomegranate Face Mask. This face mask is used to combat fatigue & energize your skin. When I applied this I had a bad reaction around my mouth and nose area which also caused a bit of swelling especially around my top lip area. I’m not sure which ingredient it was that caused the allergic reaction, however I will say this, I do have extremely sensitive skin so this might work perfectly well for you.

The last mask I tried was the Pineapple face mask. This actually smelled like pineapples and what do I love more than pomegranate, PINEAPPLES obviously. This mask aims to perfect & smooth your pores. Once again I used this before I did my make up and that together with my primer had me asking what pores. This mask was a hit & probably my favourite.

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As far as the price is concerned I’m not sure if this is the most cost-effective mask but I would purchase these masks again in a heartbeat. If you are lucky enough to have a Sephora in your city or you order online there is currently a “buy 3 get 1 free deal“. As always thank you for reading. Please let me know how you found these masks. With all my love F xx

 

Yzerfontein Travel Diiaries: Dune Rose Luxury Beach Villa

Hello World. It’s only fitting that I Break Out a travel post on this#TravelTuesday don’t you think ?

The past weekend I went exploring on the West Coast , Yzerfontein to be exact. An hours drive from Cape Town, Yzerfontein is charming fishing village that will cast its spell without you noticing.

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The beach is 2 meters from the house

 

Our residence for the duration of our trip  was Dune Rose Luxury Beach Villa or as I refer to it  “the beach house of my dreams”.

With  4 bedrooms, 3 double rooms with en-suite bathrooms and 1 room with 2 single beds this is the perfect place for friends & family to enjoy some peace & quiet without having to worry about getting in each other’s way.

 

After having checked in and exploring a bit I couldn’t help but feel relaxed, I guess having the ocean on your patio will do that to you. As  we were about to experience another cold front , the built-in wood fireplace in the dining room came in handy for a cosy breakfast and for roasting marshmallows.

 

Our main bedroom with a gas fireplace and a private balcony was a sanctuary I wish I could hide in forever. Is there a better way to wake up than with waves crashing on the shore? I think not.

The shower (not pictured) is a walk in double shower once again with a view of the ocean. This place screams tranquility & if you struggled to switch off before,Dune Rose will force you into a place of repose.

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*Picture courtesy of Dune Rose*

 Being a tourist in our own city/country can be as much fun as when you board a plane for 19 hours (not much fun tbh). Travel is my one great adventure. What is yours? As always thank you for reading, with all my love, F x

 

 

 

 

WSWB: Wedaad ETC

Hello World. I’m happy to share another Women Supporting Women in Business (WSWB) post on this beautiful summery winter’s day in Cape Town. As an avid supporter of Women Supporting Women in Business I am always on the lookout for  authentic, local & ethical businesses to support.

I am excited to introduce you to  Wedaad ETC. Wedaad ETC offers paper art, laser cutting & engraving, specialises in event decor and donut walls. Her designs are always on trend at a fraction of the cost.

A few weeks ago I arranged a pop up coffee shop for The Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA) to launch a flagship project called Cuppa for CANSA. We got our tea expert on board The Tea Merchant who paired their tea with cupcakes from The Cape Town Hotel School.

I needed something else  to pull the entire event  together. I then thought of Wedaad  and asked her if she could style the event. She took up the challenge.

 

 

Her flower wall uses paper flowers & is always the focal point which I love  She decided on a vintage theme using books and bird cages for every table. We had a hit!

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Flower Wall

I asked Wedaad what she is passionate about. She says”If it’s important to you….it’s important to me” is the motto I’ve adopted over time. So in living up to this, it’s amazing how I get to know and learn about my clients and eventually delivering products that suits exactly what their expectations are. My passions are design,  creativity and mostly colour! Throwing in some awesome service…and I think a great recipe for success can be formulated.”

Wedaad’s entrepreneurial spirit started at a young age & she attributes her success to her survival instinct and providing good service every time. Wedaad believes “A satisfied client will always return or recommend good service they received.”

Wedaad’s entrepreneurial spirit started at a young age & she attributes her success to her survival instinct and providing good service every time. Wedaad believes “A satisfied client will always return or recommend good service they received.”

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The powerhouse that is Wedaad ETC

Amazing things happen when you support & love local! As the saying goes “When you buy from a small business, you are not helping a CEO buy a third vacation home. You are helping a little girl (or boy) get dance lessons, a little boy (or girl) get his team jersey, a mom put food on the table, a dad pay a mortgage. As always thank you for reading, will all my love F xx