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Winter 2017 | Project Pan Roulette

June 30, 2017

This Winter 2017 Project Pan Roulette post has been sitting in my drafts since 09 June, so it’s a bit late. Yikes. I’m attempting to cut down on most of my beauty products by using them up and where needed decluttering items. For the most part, I’ve been doing quite well in both using up products and decluttering them. However, I feel that I’ve come to a point where I am stagnant with the products that I’m finishing/getting rid of. With the exception of perfume, many of my empties consist of skincare which I buy on a regular basis. So most of the beauty items I have, are not getting used up. I’ve reached the point, where I am quite hesitant to declutter. Make up can be quite pricey, throwing away products that can’t be given to someone, is kinda wasteful.

So what better way to solve this than to have an official project pan? I’ve officially started it on 07 June and it will end on 31 August 2017.

What is a Project Pan Roulette?

A normal project pan is when you select a bunch of products and try to use them up in a certain timeframe. With a project pan roulette, you have a list of categories (which can be found here). Using a random number generator or drawing numbers out of a bowl, you select 10 categories (or however many categories you want). The time frame is also up to you.

I decided to go with the Project Pan Roulette as it forces me to use makeup items I normally wouldn’t use. It forces me to step out of my comfort zone. Also, I think 3 months is a good timeframe. It’s not too long (to drag out) and not too short (so I’ll be able to actually finish some/most of the products). For this Winter 2017 Project Pan Roulette, I used Google’s random number generator. These were the categories I drew:

An item with beautiful packaging

Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Lipstick in Rouge

The tube of this lipstick is so pretty. Unfortunately, I don’t normally wear such bold lipstick. Then again, fortunately, it’s winter so bold lippies are normally in for the season.

A drugstore item

Wet ‘n Wild matte lipstick in Bare it All

I bought this lipstick before I found out it is a dupe for MAC’s Velvet Teddy. I love this shade and lipstick’s formula. This lipstick is the closest I’ve every gotten to finishing a lipstick. I kind of feel like it’s cheating to put Bare it All in this project because there’s so little left. But, I have another lipstick to work through and I really want to make some good progress.

A blush

Wet ‘n Wild Mellow Wine

I’ve had this blush for nearly 2 years. I’ve used it more than any of the blushes I own (actually I use it about 90% of the time) and I only hit pan on it two weeks ago! Just to compare how long it is taking me to use up this blush. I bought highlighter for the first time last year and I hit pan on it a few months after buying it. I’m not going to pan another one of my blushes until this old faithful is used up! 

A product in a palette

Essence All I Need Colour Correcting palette – light beige

Gosh, another cheat item. There’s a relatively large pan on this already. But in my defence, I take a while to use up concealer. This I normally use as a base for my eyeshadow. It helps make the shadows pop and last longer. My aim is to completely use the light beige shade up. Cream products tend to go off quickly, so even though there’s a large pan showing, I need to use this concealer.

An item that was a gift

Elizabeth Arden eyeliner in Smokey Black

This eyeliner is part of an Elizabeth Arden gift set that my brother gave me a while back. I lost the pencil for a while, but now that it’s  found it needs to be finished.

A lip item

Essence lip pencil in Femme Fatale

Initially, I had selected Elizabeth Arden’s lip pencil in Sugared Kiss as it goes well with the Wet n Wild Bare it All lipstick. Then I realised if I finished the lipstick early on, I wouldn’t be able to pair it with my the Elizabeth Arden Rouge lipstick. That’s why I picked this lip pencil. I’d be able to use it with the red lipstick I’m trying to use up. It’s a win-win!

Something Fun

Essence Merry Berry Hair Fragrance

This was part of Essence Merry Berry limited edition, which they had I believe the year before last. The scent is lovely, but it doesn’t have much shimmer. It’s a great product if you’ve been to a braai and you can’t wash your hair but need to cover up the smoke smell.

An item in a colour you don’t normally wear

Catrice Petrol keeps me running

This is a stunning blue eyeshadow. Blue eyeshadow is so hard to get right.  Whenever I wear this eyeshadow I fear I look like a 90s hot mess. My fear is even greater considering that I’m also trying to use up a red lipstick. This shadow was de-potted and the container that I kept it in fell and all of the shadows broke, with the exception of this one and a silver and lilac duo. I was considering throwing it away, but I realised that I may need it for an event later in the year. I am not going to buy blue eyeshadow again just to wear it once before throwing it away. No darlings, I’m also doing this project pan to cut down on spending. My aim is to get a generous dip in it. There’s no way I am able to completely use up a nearly full container of blue eyeshadow in 3 months.

An item of your choice

Colour Pop Bill Eyeshadow

This is a lovely matte brown that’s great for all over the lid colour. I read somewhere that Colour Pop’s shadows dry out and expire quickly. I have only swatched this (I tend to overlook my single shadows and reach mostly for my palettes) and I really don’t want it to go to waste. It’s such a versatile colour it can be used for many looks. I also do not expect to finish this shadow, but I would like to make a generous dip.

Something you’ve already hit pan on

Colour Pop highlighter in Wisp

If you ever see my highlight on fleek, it is this baby right here. I even have a backup. There are 4 highlighters in my Carli Bybel palette, so logic is telling me to give the backup away, but I don’t know. I only started using highlighters last year and I already have a huge pan on Wisp, which tells you how much I love this highlighter.

And that’s my pick. I’m hoping to finish at least 5 items. Wish me luck!

Have you ever done a project pan before? Let me know in the comments below.

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My Two Oceans Half Marathon 2017 Experience: Reflections upon the race

June 28, 2017

Just when you thought I’ve moved on from writing about My Two Oceans Half Marathon Experience, here’s another post. Since the race took place, I have had a number of reflections and have learnt a lot from the experience. Before you continue with this post, I strongly suggest that you read up on “The Build Up” and “Running the Race”, and if you’re keen on learning more about my preparation for the race.

Have you read these posts? Are you ready? Let’s get started!

Incorrect pacing

As I had previously mentioned, I started off the race way too fast. I had forgotten my watch at home and got caught up with the speed of everyone around me. Eventually, I ended up tiring myself out. The first 2 kilometres are relatively flat, but I tried storming up Constantia Nek and that ended up tiring me out.

More time on the road

Here was probably my biggest mistake. I spent more time on the treadmill than on the road. Running on the treadmill is not the same as running on the road. I suppose treadmill runs are good for speed training, but half marathons are endurance races. Yes, there’s a time limit, but when training for the race one needs to ensure that you’ll be able to cover the distance. With my sessions with my personal trainer, we worked a lot on endurance exercises, to ensure that my body would be able to cover the distance. I still believe that I would have been able to finish the last 3kms if there was not a cut off time.

With my sessions with my personal trainer, we worked a lot on endurance exercises, to ensure that my body would be able to cover the distance. We also focused on some speed work. And after my sessions, I had the endurance needed to complete the race. I still believe that I would have been able to finish the last 3kms if there was not a cut off time.

In my build up for 2018, I will focus more on speed training and outdoor runs, as I feel that I now have the endurance and can maintain it. This is also coming from a woman who has not run since the OMTOHM. My excuse is that it is winter and I can’t run alone outside. I need to get my butt into gear and at least do fun runs on weekends.

Fast food trips

I ended up being that person. The person who rewards themselves with food after a gym session. Sadly that was me. I have on more than one occasion made a trip to MacDonald’s after a workout session. Instead of nourishing my body, I feasted on hash browns and fries. To be straightforward, I wasn’t eating healthy.

No weight loss

Let me be straight with you. I am in no way saying that bigger people cannot complete or run half marathons. But in order for me to complete the OMTOHM, I need to run faster and losing weight will help immensely with that. In between the MacDonalds trips and workout sessions, I only lost 3kgs. I know I could have lost more if I ate better. Eating healthy would be easier if salad tasted like brownies and ice cream.

Also running is a high impact sport. So the heavier I am, the heavier the impact will be on my joints such as my knees and ankles. When I was fit and weighed, I finished every race I participated in. Granted they were 5kms and 10kms, but the fact remains I finished them within their cutoff.

These are the main reasons I did not reach my goal of finishing the OMTOHM, but they won’t be stopping me from completing the race in 2018

Images via Pixabay

Healthy Lifestyle

How to choose a gym in 5 easy steps

June 21, 2017
how to choose a gym

A few days ago, I received an email from the gym that I used to belong to. If you recall, I wrote earlier in the year that I joined Virgin Active at the Atrium, which is not exactly cheap (unless you’re a member via your medical aid, which I am not as my medical aid is not a part of VA’s programme) and quite a distance from my house. Even though VA is more expensive and further away than my old one, I realised that wouldn’t go back. Even if it meant spending more money. These tips on how to choose a gym, are basically the reasons why I chose my current gym.

The advice I give on how to choose a gym is not technical. I made a list of needs that the facility needed to satisfy and chose the gym that ticked most of the boxes. Here’s how to choose a gym in 5 easy steps.

Do they have good housekeeping?

With people getting sweaty all over the place, gyms can quickly get gross. From weight machines to the locker room, bacteria can spread quickly in a gym. Fortunately, I have a relatively strong immune system and do not get ill easily, but never the less. At my old gym, housekeeping barely made the list (if it was even on the list at all). It was not uncommon to stains from the previous day’s spin class under the spinning bikes (they only had one a day). And I never really saw anyone clean anything. No, wait that one time I saw a lady mopping the floors. I was a member for roughly a year and a half.

Is it close to my work or home?

My previous gym was a walk away from my house (not that I would walk, because of safety concerns). Okay obviously VA is not that close to me, but it’s okay for me.

Other important aspects with the location for me was whether the gym was in a high traffic area. I hate driving in traffic. Although Newton Park has a lot of traffic, I knew that at the times that I would be going there’d be no traffic, or it would be in the opposite direction. Other gyms that I looked at were in William Moffet and Lorraine, and I knew that I would be stuck in traffic on my way to the gym. So these were definitely not on the cards for me.

Are there classes and personal instructors?

I am someone who gets bored easily. So variety is key. The only classes offered at my previous gym was step and spin. So I got bored easily (look at me getting bored at exercise when I wasn’t even fit yet). I looked at all of the classes offered at the gyms I could find in PE.  Also some of the gyms only had interesting classes during working hours. Not only housewives want to do pilates. Gyms need to cater for us working people as well. In addition, I am not always 100% sure what I am doing. Which is why I wanted a gym with certified personal trainers.

Is it in a safe location?

I’d only be able to go to the gym before or after work, and it would often be dark, particularly in the winter months. I needed to be sure that I feel relatively safe in the gym parking lot if it is dark. Is it in a high crime area? Does it have adequate outside lighting in the parking lot? Are there a lot of people moving around in the vicinity or is it an isolated area? Are there security guards? As a woman in South Africa, these are important questions. I don’t feel safe attending a gym that does not have any safety precautions,  both inside and outside of the facility.

How comfortable is the environment?

When I say comfort, I mean “Do I as a woman feel comfortable in this gym”. When I fit got into fitness, I bought a lot of workout wear. My gym apparel consistent of cute tanks and sweatpants in bright pinks, corals and purples and some of my tanks even had catchy phrases. But let’s be clear, I never went to the gym and dressed up to impress anyone. I look horrendous while working out. No, really I do. I sweat so much, you’d think I threw a bucket of water over me. So wearing cute clothing was my way of feeling like a human being. These days I mostly wear black and white, but that’s mostly due to the fact that I can’t fit in my colourful clothes.

Also if I am wearing earphones, it means I am listening to my music and do not want to have a conservation with you. I need a gym where I could disappear amongst the masses and if anyone or anything made me feel uncomfortable, the gym environment should make me feel comfortable enough to approach one of the staff members for assistance.

How to choose a gym: The final decision

These were the main aspects that I looked at when I decided on a gym. I looked at a number of places and chose the one that ticked off the most boxes and for me, it was Virgin Active at the Atrium. The only aspect that it does not meet is that it is far from both my work and home, but I am willing to travel a bit further as it ticks the rest of my boxes. There are plans to open a VA at BayWest City. Once that one opens, I will be transferring my membership to it, as it would be closer to me.

This is not a sponsored post. I would share the exact same tips if I was at another gym that ticks most of my boxes. I hope this advice on how to choose a gym helps you find a place that meets all of your needs.

Are you a member of a gym? What did you take into consideration when you chose your gym?

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Beauty

Go Beauty & Soft Touch Wellbeing, Health, Wellness and Detox Studio Review

June 9, 2017

This is not your standard beauty review. I was recently asked by Go Beauty to review Soft Touch Wellbeing,Health Wellness and Detox Studio. The Port Elizabeth based studio specializes in natural holistic and alternative treatments.

Go Beauty

Nicknamed, the Uber for Beauty, the Go Beauty app and website is designed to make your life simpler. GoBeauty started as a service on the cellular app WeChat. If you’re like me, and never really got into WeChat, you’ll be happy to know that Go Beauty now also has a website, where you can do your bookings. Sign up is super easy as you can use your Facebook account, which is what I did.

Whether you need a manicure, pedicure or massage, all you need to do is type in the treatment you need, where you are and Bob’s your uncle. The app and website pulls up a list of salons, spas and studios that offer the service you need in the area that you are in. All you need to do is select a service provider, the treatment and time or date. The service provide will then call you back, or message you to confirm the appointment or suggest an alternative time or date. Sounds easy, right?

My phone is broken and I’m currently using a back up phone that does not have enough space for more than 4 apps and it’s memory is slower than Windows 95. So downloading the app was out of the question for me. The website is easy and simple to navigate. I easily setup my account and popped Usha of Soft Touch Wellbeing a message. Usha got back into contact with me and we decided on a time and date.

soft touch wellbeing

Soft Touch Wellbeing, Health, Wellness and Detox Studio

Situated in the central suburb of Newton Park, Soft Touch Wellbeing,Health Wellness and Detox Studio is a beauty salon that focuses on holistic health. The studio was previously in 4th Avenue, but Usha had decided to scale down the business. Since September 2016 the studio has been situated in a cosy space at 39 Gerald street, Newton Park and she is now the only therapist. Despite being a stone’s throw from 3rd Ave, the large garden on the premises is very calm and relaxing.

soft touch wellbeing

As I’ve never been to a holistic salon or spa before, I didn’t know what to expect from the treatments offered at the studio. So I decided to have a chat with Usha first and out more about her studio. Usha has been specialising in holistic treatments for 16 years and swears by the treatments that she offers. And they clearly work, she looks 20 years younger than her actual age!

Massages and more

Massages are the most popular treatments at Soft Touch Wellbeing. The Meridian Massage is the most popular of the massages. It clears blockages and balance the body’s meridians. This massage is said to help achieve wellness in your body. According to Usha, when she massages a client, she tries to find the cause of any aches and pains her clients may have. She also offers reiki, bamboo and lymphatic massages as well as may others.

soft touch wellbeing

What I found most interesting was the crystal treatments and the salt lamps she had on sale (pictured in the header). We ended up doing an impromptu Angel reading, which is also one of the services Soft Touch Wellbeing offers, and I found the results to be quite fascinating. I won’t be sharing the reading, as I feel that it’s kind of personal and I’m still wrapping my head around it. It is also quite clear that Usha is quite passionate about her treatments and helping her clients. So it comes as no surprise to me that Soft Touch Wellbeing has a 5 out of 5 star rating on Go Beauty.

I plan on returning to Soft Touch Wellbeing to experience one of their massages. I’ll keep you updated when I do. For more information on this salon visit the Go Beauty site or app.

Healthy Lifestyle

Super Easy & Delicious Banting Tuna Bake Recipe

June 7, 2017

For the past few days I’ve been trying to bant and I’ve actually succeeded to sticking to my eating plan (or lack thereof) for longer than 30 minutes. In order to stick to my eating plan (it’s not really an eating plan, I’m just trying to bant) I’ve realised that I need variety in my diet. It’s so easy to eat the same stuff over and over because of convenience. Generally my go to meals are omelettes, chicken salad or boiled eggs with salad. Eating the same things over and over can, and often does, lead me to temptation, aka sugar and carbs. I recently found a pasta tuna bake recipe that I tweaked and made into a banting friendly version. This Banting Tuna Bake Recipe is so tasty and delicious and easy that you’ll love it even if you’re not banting.

I like to think of this as a tuna bake, but it can also kind of be called a quiche. Tomato, potato, regardless of what you call it, this dish is delicious. Excuse the poor image quality, I haven’t been able to take decent pics of the dish as I normally make it at night, after work, when I am tired and the lighting is poor. So for the time being this will have to suffice.

banting tuna bake recipe

Banting Tuna Bake Recipe

This Banting Tuna Bake Recipe can be eaten as a meal on it’s own. But for this I’d cut down to four servings. It can also be served with a salad or a side of vegetables. It’s delicious with Honey Butter Cauliflower. It’s also super easy to make and can be made ahead and frozen (meal prep FTW!).

The cayenne pepper does not make the dish spicy, as very little is added. However, if you prefer it can left out. You can also change up the spices and add herbs (such as sweet basil) according to your preference. If you like you can also add a diced tomato, but that is once again dependent on your preference.

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