I have no idea where the last couple of weeks have gone! I have had every intention to use my free time to sit down and write some posts and somehow said free time just vanishes. The last few days I have managed to get some kind of order back into this blog and have planned posts for the upcoming weeks. There are a couple that are a bit different to what I have done before but I am excited to expand a little bit. Right, without further ado, let’s get into it!
This post is a follow on from my Drugstore Favourites – Face Products post that I did a few weeks ago so if you missed that definitely go check it out!
Let me start this off with a disclaimer: No, you do not need ALL of the makeup listed in this blog. This post is intended to inform those who walk down the makeup aisle thinking: “I have no idea where to begin”. If you are just starting out with makeup or are looking to buy a few new products to play around with then keep on reading!
When I started getting into makeup there was a lot of trial and error, wasted money and draws full of poor quality cosmetics. Before I started to read blogs and regularly watch Youtube videos, I would be in front of a makeup stand with very little understanding of what I was actually looking for. I would be easily swayed by pretty packaging or the celebrity that was used in the advertising – not that I never get influenced by those elements anymore but I would like to think I make more informed purchases these days!
Let’s start off with the cliche shall we? I cannot believe July is over already!! Okay that’s out the way, keep reading if you want to know more about what I have enjoyed over the last couple of months. Continue reading
I love winter but when it comes to the cold weather I can be a bit of a ninny, hence the need for a survival guide. For those of you that don’t know Durban isn’t the coldest place in South Africa and is mostly known for having the best weather in the country during winter. Saying that, we do get some chilly days due to snowy conditions on the mountains a bit further inland (as I type this post the thermometer on my verandah is telling me it is 15 degrees outside). I also spent the last week of June in Johannesburg I actually got to wear coats and jerseys I haven’t worn since the last time I was in Gauteng, which was about three years ago! I was since inspired to put together all the goodies that are getting me through the season.
Just to put the beauty lovers’ mind at ease, these blogs will only come up when I actually have something to say and I won’t be reviewing every match. I tried that on a previous blog and it felt very repetitive and if the team isn’t getting good results then it can become quite negative. Don’t get me wrong- of course a team is going to lose a few matches and everything can’t be bright and breezy all of the time. But for me anyway, I need to feel content after I have written about something and not have a cloud of negativity floating above my head afterwards. I don’t think anybody needs that.
So I figure seeing as South Africa have won and lost a game in the series so far that this is a good place to kick off my cricket blogs!
As this is my first favourites post I will explain the title of First XI. With this blog being an amalgamation of all my favourite things, one of those being cricket I have decided to try and merge these to different worlds. “First XI” refers to a cricket team being made up of eleven players and only the best players are chosen for the first team. So instead of doing a traditional “Top 10”, I thought I would incorporate some cricket into the beauty side of the blog as well. I won’t be limiting these posts to just makeup or beauty but of all the things that brought a smile to my face during the month.