VLOG: Life in the Fast Lane (Literally) – Audi TT Rides, Tamzen’s 21st and Wine Tasting.

If you told me last year that I would have an amazing group of friends and would be going out more often, I would’ve probably laughed at you and told you to tell someone else a joke. My life has changed so much since I came out of a 4 year relationship in April and I can honestly say I’ve never been this happy. I really enjoy going out with my friends and most importantly, I look forward to going to campus every day because I have them to look forward to. In this vlog you can come with me to go wine tasting, take a glimpse at what Tamzen’s 21st looked like and even take a spin in her new Audi TT.

 

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Here are a few photographs with the memories made for this vlog, what I like to call
“my life in pictures”:

–WINE TASTING @ DURBANVILLE HILLS–

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–TAMZEN’S 21ST–

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One of my favourite quotes from Harry Potter is:

“Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light”

Everyone creates their own happiness, if you choose to do so. For 2 weeks I refused to go to campus because I was in such a dark space and feared running into my ex at campus. Then I asked myself, why is he going around as happy as can be when I’m stuck at home feeling miserable? It was at that point when I reached rock bottom, that I knew the only place I could go was up. I really have to thank my friends for being my pillars of strength in such a dark time, but most importantly for showing me that I was happy before and I can be even happier now. I am genuinely enjoying this stage of my life and constantly meeting new people. I can’t wait to see what the future holds!

 

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This Is Goodbye.

“Please don’t get me wrong, I’ll always love the person you were. I just can’t love who you are now and what you’re becoming”

Before I start, I feel like you need to hear this.

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I can’t do this anymore. I can’t begin a new chapter of my life without closing an old one.

6 months ago, I was broken, unhappy and unmotivated. I questioned if life was worth it and I thought that the end of a relationship with someone who was your “best friend” was the end of the world. The girl I was 6 months ago hardly ever posted blog posts, felt too scared to upload YouTube videos because I didn’t have help and didn’t have any friends because I felt it was better to keep to myself.

It’s so funny to me because I would wish he’d come back and say he was wrong, apologizing for what he did, not even wishing me for my 21st birthday. When the time came and I saw this person again, there was no apology. No remorse. No care about how I was doing but merely, “what more can I get from you, knowing that you’re vulnerable?”.

Some things never change.

In my loneliness and longing, I found comfort, until I realized I wasn’t comfortable anymore.

I can honestly say that 6 months later, I feel happier. In fact, I can honestly say that I don’t even remember being this happy. I go out more, I sing in the car for the fun of it and most of all, I’m not alone anymore. I have friends, people who genuinely carry my best interest at heart.

 

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Please know this…

With the people I have in my life now, I have slowly started to erase you. In all honesty, I have you to thank for this. If I had never left, I wouldn’t have found what happiness truly feels like.

My heart doesn’t go into race mode when I see your car, my heart doesn’t drop when I see you or your friends.  I no longer walk into your work place praying you won’t be there.

I will always cherish what we had, but I don’t know who you are anymore and I don’t like what you’ve become.

I am happy, that is all you need to know. You don’t have to come back, you don’t need to text me to ask if I’m okay. Thank you for everything, but know that nothing more will come of this. Not a friendship, a conversation or a visit.

“It is always important to know when something has reached its end. Closing circles, shutting doors, finishing chapters, it doesn’t matter what we call it; what matters is to leave in the past those moments in life that are over.”

After four years, this is goodbye. Not for now, but forever.

 

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Review: Garnier Pure Active Intensive 3-in-1 Charcoal Anti-Blackhead Wash, Scrub & Mask

It’s been a while.

If you follow me on social media, you would have seen that recently I decided to take a break from Instagram and posting almost daily. As a student, my work load can go from “what am I doing at campus” to “I should be paid for writing 2000 word essays and coming in for tests on Saturdays”.

I love unwinding while I write papers so that I don’t feel overwhelmed. Taking care of yourself is an important asset to your mental health and should always be your first priority. Recently I received the Garnier Pure Active Intensive 3-in-1 Anti-Blackhead Wash, Scrub and Mask from Garnier and at first I was a bit hesitant. Being someone with sensitive skin, I wasn’t sure how my skin would react to the product and if it would work.

First off, I have to say that I received 2 products but will be saving my second review for my demo video. If you didn’t know, I have a YouTube channel which you can find here if you would like to see beauty tutorials, reviews and vlogs. I would love if you would subscribe to my channel so you can be a part of my YouTube family.

I used the charcoal scrub as a mask and I have to say I’m really impressed. It didn’t smell too intense but still had a very nice scent. After leaving the mask on for 5 minutes, I washed it off with warm water. Most masks usually leave my skin feeling rubbery and tight after using them and then result in a massive break out. This mask left my skin feeling so soft and smooth. Apparently this product is supposed to tighten pores as well and I did feel it working. I have yet to get the dreaded blackhead break out but I’m so eager to put this bad boy to work! I love the product so much and I cannot say enough good things about it.

SOME MORE INFORMATION:

Retail Price: R102* (price may vary according to retailer).

3in1 wash + scrub + mask. The PureActive range has been specially developed to help fight the appearance of imperfections, blackheads and excess surface sebum.

Is Garnier PureActive 3in1 wash+scrub+mask right for me?

Yes, if your skin is combination to oily, prone to impurities, open pores and shine.

How is it different?

It can be used as a wash, scrub and mask.

1. Wash: enriched with zinc derivative, known for its purifying properties and smithsonite extract, it intensely cleanses and eliminates impurities.

 2. Scrub: it contains pumice, a natural exfoliant, to remove dead skin cells and unclog pores.

3. Mask: enriched with white clay, known for its softening and absorbing properties, it helps mattify the skin’s appearance.A tripe mineral power for a triple anti-imperfection action to help protect against imperfections even before they appear.

What’s on your beauty desk? Please leave me any sensitive skin mask recommendations!

Durbanville Hills Wine Tasting & Mini Review

Located about 20 minutes from Cape Town City Center, this beautiful wine cellar overlooks the hills where the wine used for tasting is cultivated. The spectacular view has nothing on the ambience and tranquility that comes with this restaurant.

 

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To begin, you need to choose which tasting you would like to do. However, if you prefer to eat at the restaurant only then you may do so.

I have to point out that I was extremely impressed with the different types of wine tasting they offered.  The following tastings are available at the Durbanville Hills:

Crystal Tasting – A selection of 8 wines and a souvenir crystal glass to take home. R60 for 1 hour.

Cheese and Wine Pairing – A selection of 5 wines paired with 5 cheeses. R95 for 45 minutes.

Chocolate and Wine Pairing – A selection of 5 wines paired with 5 artisan chocolates. R80 for 45 minutes.

Biltong and Wine Pairing – A selection of 5 wines paired with 5 types of biltong. R95 for 45 minutes.

Cellar Tour – A tour of the cellar which includes the Crystal Tasting. R80

There is a menu where you can order food from the restaurant as well. To be completely honest there isn’t really a lot of food on the menu since the establishment is based on wine tasting. My friends and I did the Crystal Tasting and then ordered a smoked bacon and chicken sandwich. The chicken on the sandwich was extremely salty and I took almost all of it off my sandwich and ate the bacon trimmings on the toasted sandwich. I personally feel that R65 for a sandwich (with only one slice of bread) is a lot to ask for. I wish I had ordered something else instead. Another point I have to note is that it was slightly windy on the day we went wine tasting and my chips on my plate (literal crisps, Lays, not fries) flew off my plate as the waiter brought it to the table. His response was “chips!” to which I laughed but he did not replace my chips, which I paid for. I didn’t say anything because the waiter was hardly at our table and not very attentive. Even guests who arrived after us were given first priority.

With regards to the wine tasting, they were very informative and explained the process each wine goes through. They also tell you about the taste of the wine and the difference between each of them. It was nice to be enlightened about the different wines and everything that comes with it.

 

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To be honest, I wasn’t always a wine drinker. I would thoroughly recommend this for the experience. I loved learning about the history of the wines and how they were cultivated. Although I didn’t have the best experience with the food, I’d love to go back and try something else!

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Review: The Body Shop Matte Lip Liquid (6/12 shades) & Lip Scuff

Life is short, buy the lipstick.

I’ve always been a massive fan of The Body Shop. This year I was fortunate enough to be invited to their Drops of Light event. At this event, they introduced us to a wide range of products The Body Shop had to offer which included the Matte Lip Liquid which I will be reviewing.

As a student, I had to watch my budget as The Body Shop can be quite pricey, and for good reason. The quality of their products are so good, that I feel it is value for your money. These babies retail at about R90 each and recently they had a massive 3 for 2 sale, which I caved and bought 3 more and it only costed me R180. The first 3 I had purchased at the event.

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From left to right: Sicily Iris, Sydney Amaryllis, Paris Peony, Cali Gerbera, Taipei Orchid and Windsor Rose.

The packaging reminds me so much of the Kylie Jenner lipglosses, without causing me to spend my entire salary. With a simple matte black cap and 8ml tube of lipgloss, I feel that it is definitely worth the spend.

The colour selection in this range was what I was most impressed with. I feel that 12 shades are not a lot but the colours they offer are out of this world. One thing I do have to note is that I feel that the colour in the tube is not the same when applied to the lips. In some instances they are much darker and others much lighter. The darkest shade I own which is 019 Sicily Iris, shows almost black in the bottle but then on the lips it’s more of a deep plum, but not as dark. The darkest shade in my opinion would be Sydney Amaryllis which shows up closer to a neon pink/red on my lips.

The only bad thing I can say about this product is that sometimes one coat is not enough, which is normal as I’ve never had one swipe colour pay off before. The other thing I’ve noticed is that when I wear this, it takes a few minutes to dry down matte.

With that being said, I feel that the good definitely outweighs the bad when it comes to these lip liquids. I’ve eaten meals before and still had my lip liquid stay on, I’ve only ever had to reapply maybe once or twice. I love that this is hardly drying on my lips as I do struggle with dry lips so I feel that I have a love-hate relationship with matte lipsticks or glosses because they can be very drying. I feel that these are so wearable and I haven’t tried it before but they should be kiss proof too (provided your significant other does not eat your face off). Lastly I love the smell of these because it is a bubblegum scent and it smells so heavenly. To me, Sicily Iris smells like grape bubblegum!

I do not have swatches of the lip liquids because I am saving that for a swatch and wear test video so people can see for themselves!

 

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The Lip Scuff:

Being someone who struggles with dry and chapped lips, I needed an exfoliator for days when I really need to treat my lips. This lip scuff has a very menthol type of scent and feels like an exfoliating scrub, just in the shape of a lip balm. I love how moisturized my lips feel after removing the dead skin and this prepares my lips for the matte lip liquid. It has not been damaging on my skin and I love how cute the packaging is! That is the item pictured above with the silver cap. I would definitely recommend this as an exfoliator for your lips.

What’s new on your beauty desk? Let me know in the comments!

 

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