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Giving up on a dream

January 4, 2018

I had written most of this post in November 2017, but only had the strength to complete it now. This post is long overdue, but I need to be honest with you my readers, but mostly I need to be honest with myself.

Near the end of 2016 I set a goal to complete the 2017 Old Mutual Two Oceans Half Marathon. As I have previously mentioned, my training plan was all over the place and I ate like crap, to be blunt. I participated in the race and only made it to the 18 km cutoff point, where I was taken off the route. Not finishing the race, I was devasted, but having people in a similar situation to me, on the bus really helped.

So I set another goal. To complete the 2018 Old Mutual Two Oceans Half Marathon. I’d written about all of these plans of what I would do and prepare for the race.

These plans were delusions of grandeur.

It is January 2018 already and the race is at the end of March. I am no closer to being prepared for the half marathon than I was on 16 April 2017. I’ve not only failed to make headway on preparing for the race but have gained weight.

I have a bad habit of quitting while I am ahead. Perhaps I did it in the race as well? Am I quitting before I fail the race, again? It is definitely not my plan. Last year I entered into the race, but it has a lotto format. So basically they allow people to enter then draw the names of people who get accepted into the race. My name wasn’t drawn and I’m not heartbroken about it. I would be wasting my money and potentially injuring myself by participating.

It feels like I am giving up on a dream.

But I’m not. At the moment I do not know which way is forward, but I’m trying to figure it out. I’ve begun looking at running plans again and I’m going back to banting today. This weekend I’ll be spending some time planning and reflecting on the way forward. Till then, I’ll keep you updated.

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Empties, Declutters and Project Pans

2017 Winter Project Pan Roulette Finale

January 3, 2018

This post has been lying in my drafts for so long, it’s actually quite terrible. Summer is almost over and I’m only updating everyone now on the results of the Winter Project Pan. Click here for the original post and to see how the items, originally looked. I have taken the photos of the products at the end of the challenge, so the amount of end product remaining is accurate. It’s just the written content that I failed to do on time.

My 2017 Winter Project Pan Roulette Finale

A blush

Wet ‘n Wild Mellow Wine

To be honest, I never expected to finish a blush, so it is no surprise that I didn’t finish this one. However, since the end of the challenge, the pan showing on this baby has doubled. It’s a buildable blush that goes well with my skin colour. The colour is quite intense so to apply I dip the brush in the product, wipe the excess off on my wrist and then apply to the apples of my cheeks. Then I take a clean blush or face brush and blend the blush. This creates a subtle and natural look. I’ve had this blush for some time now, so I really do need to use it up.

A product in a palette

Essence All I Need Colour Correcting palette – light beige

I was quite surprised by the fact that I did not finish this concealer. It already had pan on it and used it as an eyeshadow primer every time I use makeup. I will most likely throw this palette out soon. Cream products tend to go off faster than others and I feel like this palette is beginning to look unclean.

An item that was a gift

Elizabeth Arden eyeliner in Smokey Black

This black eyeliner is another item that I have made a lot of progress on since finishing this challenge. For the challenge, I used less than a quarter of the pencil, but since then only about 2 thirds are left. I’ll continue using this pencil, as it is soft and easy to apply and would consider repurchasing it.

An item with beautiful packaging

Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Lipstick in Rouge

This Elizabeth Arden lipstick is sadly still not finished. What caused me to not use it as often as I hoped is that the lipstick tends to move and smear off over my face. Especially when eating. This is of course not a good look, especially not with such a bold colour. In all, I managed to use less than 5mm on this tube. I still love the shade and hope to finish it by winter 2018.

A lip item

Essence lip pencil in Femme Fatale

Seeing that I didn’t make much headway with the red lipstick, it should be no surprise that I did not finish this liner. This challenge has made me realise that I do not like this lip liner. It’s hard, difficult to put on and made my lips feel very dry. In all honesty, once I finish this lip pencil I doubt I would buy it again. I would, however, try some of Essence other lip pencils, just to see if it the other colours or ranges are better.

A drugstore item

Wet ‘n Wild matte lipstick in Bare it All

As expected, this item was finished quickly. The finish of this lipstick is smooth and matte. It takes about 45 minutes to an hour to set, but once it does, it’s nearly unmovable. This lipstick is good value for money and once I get my make up collection to a more manageable size, I would definitely buy it again.

Something Fun

Essence Merry Berry Hair Fragrance

This hair fragrance was such a delight to finish, I wish I had another bottle. It had a soft vanilla scent and is great for freshening up your hair after a braai or gym. It is however not a dry shampoo so it does not remove oiliness.

An item in a colour you don’t normally wear

Catrice Petrol keeps me running

I kind of cheated with this eyeshadow. If I used it more than twice, it would be a lot. Even though the colour is gorgeous in the pan and the formula is smooth and easy to apply, it’s just too bright for me. I could not get this colour to work for me, so I decluttered it. It was on sale when I bought it and I think I only paid R20 for it.

An item of your choice

Colour Pop Bill Eyeshadow

When I put this eyeshadow in the challenge I probably used it twice, MAX. But since I’ve started the challenge I had made a significant dip in it (it is showing pan) and it’s showing an even bigger pan than before. I think from not using the shadow it had a bit of hard pan, after a few uses I broke through the top layer and it became alot easier to apply.

Something you’ve already hit pan on

Colour Pop highlighter in Wisp

I am so glad that I did not finish this item, although I think it would have been possible. I love this highlighter so much, the only downfall is that I have to use my finger to apply and blend it out. I’ve ended up giving away the extra highlighter in the Coffee at Little Angels giveaway, but I would buy another in a heartbeat!

The image below is a bit blue, but it shows the progress I made on some of the products (the ones that I could track on paper).

Final thoughts on this winter project pan roulette

And that’s all folks. Although I didn’t achieve the 50% completion that I set out for in this winter project pan roulette, I am quite happy with the outcome. It has shown me which products I enjoyed, and I learnt which products I did not enjoy. Moreover, it’s helping me get value for money on the makeup I’ve purchased as I am actually using them, instead of having the items just sit on my dresser and look pretty. I’m considering doing another project pan or pan that palette but would prefer vlogging it.

Have you participated in a project pan before? Let me know your thoughts about this challenge in the comments below.

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Almond Chia Smoothie Recipe

December 18, 2017

A few days ago I felt like something simple and nutritious for breakfast. Also, I was in a hurry so I made an Almond Chia smoothie recipe (I basically threw things together so I created this recipe, but it’s so basic I’m sure there are many variations of it). It reminds me of Kauai’s Chia Charge, which I used to love (it’s sadly no longer on their menu). All it takes is a few ingredients that we normally have at home.

I would have just grabbed the yogurt and a piece of fruit, but my yogurt was at the back of the fridge and managed to get partially frozen. So I threw together this smoothie recipe.

This Almond Chia smoothie recipe is for days

  • When you’re not sure what you want;
  • That you feel like something simple;
  • That you need to get out of the door quickly;
  • You feel like enjoying something healthy but’s also tasty.

almond chia smoothie recipe

I always try to keep the recipes that I post simple. So if you’re looking for more easy recipes be sure to click on my Recipes tab. There’s a few at the moment, but I have a few more planned. I just need to make them and take photos for the blog.

I’ve entered the SA Blogger Awards in the Best Lifestyle blog category. In terms of blogging, I’m a little fish in a big pond so I would be thrilled if you could vote for me, by clicking over here and confirming your vote via email.

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Empties, Declutters and Project Pans

July to September 2017 Empties

December 2, 2017

It’s almost December and I haven’t yet posted this empties post until today. Alas, let’s get on with it, you’re here to read what I think about these products after all.

Elizabeth Arden Eye and Lip Makeup Remover

I received this in a gift set, but I believe it is available from Edgars. It worked really well and really easily. It’s something that I would purchase for myself.

Clicks Skin Care Collection Vitamin C+ SPF15 Day Cream

This is a pretty decent face cream. It’s also good value for money. Not the most amazing, but it’s definitely something I’d buy again.

LA Girl Pro Concealer

I bought into the hype and bought this concealer in toasty beige. I found that it does not have a lot of coverage so it’s mostly good for contouring. I don’t like the brush applicator, as I can’t clean it, I find it unhygienic. The price of these has increased dramatically, which is fine, cause I probably won’t purchase it again.

Basic Make up sponges

I threw away my UBU beauty blender and foundation brush and ended up with nothing to apply foundation with. I bought a pack of these and they’re working well for the time being (that is until I can find another decent brush or blender). They’re great for popping in my gym bag as well.

Essence Eyeliner pen

I normally love this eyeliner pen, but this one dried out so quickly. I should have thrown it out a long time ago. I would definitely repurchase this baby and hope that it won’t dry out as quickly.

Benefit They’re Real Mascara

The Benefit They’re Real Mascara is one of the best mascaras I’ve ever used. I’ve always said, “a mascara is a mascara is a mascara”, and this baby changed my mind. It made my lashes so long, defined and it curled perfectly. If you’re in PE, it can be bought at Woolworths in Walmer Park. I’m not sure how much it retails for, but I can assure you that it’s worth the splurge.

Wet ‘n Wild matte lipstick in Bare it All

If you’ve been following my Winter 2017 project pan (which I’ve been I bought this lipstick before I learnt that it was a dupe for MAC’s Velvet Teddy. It is a wonderful nude that matched my skin tone perfectly. The formula takes a while for it to set and dry down to a matte, I think around 45 minutes. But once it does it stays on for ages.

Cutex Ultra Quick nail polish remover

Do you have products that you know you need to finish but just never reach for? This nail polish remover is one of those products. The Cutex brand is one that I used over and over, but once I learnt of the wonders of acetone, I never looked back. Until I discovered this nearly empty bottle at the back of my cupboard. Would I buy it again? Yes, but only if I couldn’t find plain acetone.

Random brush

A random, cheap brush that’s hard, can’t pick up eyeshadow and hurts my eyes when I try to apply it. Into the bin, it goes.

Pnp Cotton Wool Roll

It’s a pretty good product. I used it for my Medi-Heel treatments. It was easy to tear apart into a thin layer. Would definitely repurchase.

Clicks smooth sealed cotton pads

I prefer these cotton pads over the ones I’ve purchased at Dischem. They hold their shape really well so I would definitely repurchase them.

Essence Merry Berry hair fragrance

This hair fragrance is another product that I put in my winter project pan. I loved it so much, as it had a lovely vanilla scent. The scent is strong enough to smell, but it does not get overwhelmingly strong. The only disappointment is that the glitter particles in the spray do not actually show on the hair. This is a great product if your hair is clean but you’ve been in a smelly area (such as a braai) and you need to freshen it up. It was, unfortunately, a limited edition product.

Loreal Paris Studio Curl Power

This mousse is so old. I can’t recall when I bought it. The only reason why it survived my previous declutters, is that I kept telling myself I would use it when I let my hair dry naturally. I used it once and remembered why I haven’t used it for years. It makes my hair feel hard. So I’m leaving helmet hair behind and tossing this in the bin.

Keralong Argan Oil

I love this oil. It’s thin enough for regular use. I used it when I wash my hair and then applied it every 2 or 3 days from my ears to my ends. It helped my damaged ends look semi-healthy. If I knew where to buy this, I would purchase it.

Dark and Lovely Amla Legend replenishing hair mask

This is a very decent hair mask, however, I found that it was too heavy for my fine hair. I couldn’t leave it on my hair for longer than 5 to 10 minutes, else my hair would be oily and stringy. I enjoy making deep treatments out of my masks and leaving it on for 30 minutes but that was definitely a no-no with this mask.

Nicki Minaj The Pink Print

This perfume was a Christmas gift I bought myself two years ago. I absolutely loved the perfume and the bottle is stunning. It has a lovely sweet and citrus smell and is definitely what I consider a happy or summer smell. I seriously contemplated keeping the empty bottle as a decor piece. Eventually, I had to tell myself, I have too many actual decor pieces which I already do not have space for. I would repurchase and if I had space, keep the bottle once I finished the perfume.

Lentheric I heart vanilla

I love vanilla scents so it is no surprise that I enjoyed this body spray. My only gripe is that it does not all day. I would repurchase.

Dolce and Gabbana Light Blue

I really love this perfume, however, I find that it’s out of my price range. It has a floral and fruity scent that is light, yet lasts all day. It reminds me of warm days at the beach.

Hugo Boss

I cannot recall the name of this tester, which is probably a good signal to you that I don’t love it, and probably wouldn’t buy it (because if I did, I wouldn’t have forgotten it).

Mitchum Advance Control Roll on

If you’ve been keeping up with my previous empties posts, you’ll know that this is a staple on my beauty shelf. As a sweaty lass, few products work well. For the most part, it stops me from sweating and if I do sweat it helps keep the sweat smell away.

Shield Germ Defence Roll on

If you sweat a normal amount, this would probably work well for you. For me, not so much. It wasn’t terrible, it just wasn’t fantastic as it didn’t last all or for most of the day. This roll on was a freebie in my gift bag from the 2017 Old Mutual Two Oceans Half Marathon. I ended up using it, as normally I keep a back up of the Mitchum one, but forgot to buy one before I ran out of it.

Dove Beauty Cream Bar

I haven’t used Dove cream bar in a while. So when I got this sample in a magazine, it was a nice reminder of what a great product their cream bar is. I would definitely purchase a bar for myself.

Magnolia Tissue Oil

This tissue oil is also another regular staple on my beauty shelf. It’s sold at PEP stores for a mere R 20, which is a great thing as I go through at least one bottle a month. It works well for uneven skin tone, dehydrated skin and stretch marks. I keep one in my gym bag, one on my beauty shelf and one as a backup.

Have you used any of these products? What are your thoughts on them? Also, let me know in the comments what other products you’ve used up recently.

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Thanks for reading!


Coffee at Little Angels Review and Giveaway (along with some other goodies)

November 6, 2017

I’ll be upfront. I doubt I would be able to do an unbiased review on Coffee at Little Angels by Nadine Rose Larter, the blogger behind the travel blog Passing the Open Windows. Cause I think she is an amazing person and I am fortunate enough to call her a friend. Granted, I had bought an ebook copy of Coffee at Little Angels and read it before I befriended Nadine, so I will nevertheless try to be unbiased.

Port Elizabeth Blogger and Author of Coffee at Little Angels, Nadine Rose Larter

Coffee at Little Angels review

The story takes place in an unnamed small town. Seven childhood friends, who are now in their twenties, are reunited after the death of one of their friends, Phillip. Now grown up, they don’t have much in common anymore and they have many unresolved conflicts between them, that have been simmering over the years. The only thing that currently links them and brings them together, is the untimely death of Phillip.

The story is written from the point of view of all eight characters Sarah, Kaitlyn, Caleb, Maxine, Grant, Melanie, Josh and even the dead man himself, Philip. There are a number of flashbacks and each individual’s story is entwined. Coffee at Little Angels is very much a character-driven story.

Most of the characters were interesting, except Sarah (many of the reviewers on the book’s Goodreads page like Sarah). Her character annoyed me to extremes, she was always so needy and perfect, and in some parts, I felt like she was making Phillip’s death all about her. Nevertheless, the other characters personality’s made up for Sarah’s perfection. If I had to pick a favourite character it would have to Maxine. I feel that she had the most character growth in the book and as a character, I feel that she is a good person, without being perfect.

The book took me through a range of emotions. While reading, I felt happy, sad (I may or may not have cried a bit at some points), annoyance (mostly at Sarah, occasionally because of Melanie) and even anger. At the end, I was furious.  But I’m not going to spoil the ending for you, you’ll have to read it yourself.

All in all, I give Coffee at Little Angels, 5 out 5 stars. To purchase a copy, you can contact Nadine on her site or alternatively you can purchase the ebook version on Amazon. I loved this book so much, I’ve bought a copy for a friend and bought one for you guys. Nadine has also been awesome enough to sign this copy.

Coffee at Little Angels giveaway

Some extras

I’ve added some extras to the book. I had been gathering some stuff for a giveaway but never seem to get around to getting all of the items. So I thought these would be the perfect addition to the book.

Caribbean Tan Tan in a Can

I had gotten this tan in a can in one of my #ECMeetup goodie bags. As a Coloured person, I tan naturally quite easily. All I need is 15 minutes in the sun (unfortunately I turn red in my cheeks just as quickly). Although I’ve heard many amazing things about this product, I’m sure one of you guys can put it to better use.

Colour Pop Supershock Highlighter in Wisp

Guys do you know how much I love this highlighter. I seriously contemplated keeping this for myself as a backup, but instead, I’ve decided to share the love. This is my go-to highlighter, I have a huge pan showing in mine. The only thing that I don’t like about it is that I have to use my fingers to blend it as it doesn’t work with a brush.

Enjoy Flirty Fun Hand Cream

Enjoy products are pretty awesome and they’re pretty affordable as well. I’ve used the Enjoy body wash in Flirty Fun before and I loved the scent. It smells like sweets, those heart shaped ones with quirky sayings such as kiss me written on them. Their creams are also pretty good.

Essence lipgloss

Essence is an amazing brand and I love most of their products. Which is why I popped in two of their lipglosses (I forgot the names), but it’s two pretty reds.


This is not a sponsored post. The winner will receive a signed copy of Coffee at Little Angels along with the aforementioned beauty products.

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