Nov / Dec 2013 Insta-Mix & New Years Resolutions

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Good evening!

These are a few Insta pics from the past two months which happens to be my favourite time of the year. Why? Firstly November is my Birthday month, it’s the start of summer and there is always a sense of excitement in the air. December because it’s Christmas time and I LOVE Christmas because it brings family gatherings, food comas, presents, festivity and the celebration of life!  It also slowly welcomes a new year… For me, this year has been crazy. It has brought some of the greatest highs, and simultaneously, lows I have ever experienced in my life. So much has happened this year and although a lot of it’s been great, I am so ready for a new year.


New years bring fresh starts and possibilities… Every year, I try to think up a few  New Years resolutions  (whether these last or not is another story). Resolutions help me reach my goals and better myself as a person!

2014’s Resolutions?

 1. Start reading again. I used to be a book worm and always have a book beside my bed, however, the accessibility of series watching (on laptops in bed), social media and even blogging have slowly lead to a book drought for me. I will put an end to this! I am going to start reading before bed every night. It’s also a great way for me to unwind after a long and busy day.

 2. Start exercising and leading a more healthy lifestyle. I am terrible when it comes to exercising and I am super lucky my genes allow me to have some kind of muscle tone without working out. However, it really makes you a happier (endorphins) and more beautiful person. Mind, body and soul. I want to start gyming in the morning before work.
I also want to start taking vitamins regularly and eating veggies with every meal. I absolutely LOVE veggies but like a lot of people, I get lazy, especially when I am on the go. Bring on the broccoli, mmm…

 3. Sign up to be an organ donor. Interesting facts: One organ donor can provide 7 people with life saving organs. Each day about 57 people world wide receive organ transplants, while 13 die waiting. I’ve read up on it and it’s super easy to sign up. You can read more here 

 4. Lastly- toughen up! I would like to start being less sensitive, care less what people think and appreciate the good stuff more.

Birthday / Christmas goodies


Christmas Eve AKA food coma #1
I love unicorns 
Seared tuna steak at Sevruga, V&A Waterfront, best ever
Love and Light outdoor party wearing crochet (Bakoven Market) and denim (Factory) <3
A very cool Christmas present, a Gelish nail DIY kit by Essence!
The ELLE fashion closet contains many lustful items… Love these reflector sunnies by Marc Jacobs and Gucci.
Friends at Love and Light festival this December.
Vespa summers wearing pattern dress (Miss Selfridge)
My bestie surprised me with this amazing Marc Jacobs rose gold watch for my birthday 🙂
High waisted floral pants from Zara
A Christmas party I went to, so much fun!
Myog frozen yogurt is so amazing… Coconut flavour!
1. Pattern dress (Bangkok market). 2. Gorgeous embellished 50’s jacket from Second Time Round on Long Street, Cape Town.
My  birthday present the Canon 650D, such a lucky girl.
Black & Gold for a 50th.
Chocolate mousse cake, delish.
Tasha’s macaroons and Dior sunnies.
Sea Folly retro one piece, backless and badass.
At the Franschhoek Methode Cap Classique and Champagne festival this December 🙂 “Magic of Bubbles”

CleopatraX
PS. Any new years resolutions?

3 Transforming Beauty Secrets

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1. The Vinegar trick 

     Tried and tested by my whole family and many of my friends, this one always gets people wrinkling up their noses when I tell them about it. However, it WORKS so well I can tell if my mom has done the vinegar trick as soon as she totters out of her bedroom hair looking bright, healthy, shiny and glossy- you name it. 

Rinsing with apple cider vinegar will help balance the pH level of your hair & remove the buildup that can result from the use of these styling products, shampoo & conditioner.


Directions: 
-Put 3 tables spoons of white apple cider vinegar into a glass & fill the rest of the glass to the top with water. 
-Wash and condition your hair and then after rinsing apply the concoction onto your hair.
-Massage your scalp for 30 sec and then rinse well (so your hair doesn’t end up smelling like vinegar). After blow-drying your hair you should see results.

2. Eye lash queen 

I’m a bit lashes obsessed; I take longer putting on mascara than doing my hair every morning. Unless you have Adrianna Lima eyelashes, every girl should own an eyelash curler. It’s the best thing since the olive depip-er.  Use it before you do your mascara as it can pull your lashes out if you use it after.
Also for extra effect: use the end of the mascara wand to put mascara of the TIPS of your lashes. Do this after the first coat of mascara has dried. This works so well! Then ta-da long lashes.

My 3 all time favourite mascaras:

 1. BARGAIN  
Essence is a very good inexpensive German make up brand. I’m actually using this ‘Get Big Lashes’ mascara at the moment, it really works amazingly! And it costs like R50 ($7), crazy.

 2. AFFORDABLE  
An all time favourite, Maybelline’s best- One by One Volume Express.

 3. SPLURGE  
Every girl needs to own one of these in her lifetime, even though its not every day we can buy R400-R500 (approx. $50) mascara.

3. Highlight ‘must’ Areas 

A quick make up trick to look bright and glowing in the morning- Dab some light highlighting eye shadow in the corner of each eye by your tear duct, under the arch of your eyebrows towards your hairline and just above your check bone. I use a light goldy white colour from the Body Shop’s shimmer waves. I do it everyday and it really makes a difference (especially if you look tired).

Applying all three beauty secrets…

The pink circles the 3 main areas I highlight- the tear duct, upper cheekbone & under arch of the eyebrow.
And the end result….ta-da!
Let me know your results!
CleopatraX

3 Transforming Beauty Secrets

0

1. The Vinegar trick 

     Tried and tested by my whole family and many of my friends, this one always gets people wrinkling up their noses when I tell them about it. However, it WORKS so well I can tell if my mom has done the vinegar trick as soon as she totters out of her bedroom hair looking bright, healthy, shiny and glossy- you name it. 

Rinsing with apple cider vinegar will help balance the pH level of your hair & remove the buildup that can result from the use of these styling products, shampoo & conditioner.


Directions: 
-Put 3 tables spoons of white apple cider vinegar into a glass & fill the rest of the glass to the top with water. 
-Wash and condition your hair and then after rinsing apply the concoction onto your hair.
-Massage your scalp for 30 sec and then rinse well (so your hair doesn’t end up smelling like vinegar). After blow-drying your hair you should see results.

2. Eye lash queen 

I’m a bit lashes obsessed; I take longer putting on mascara than doing my hair every morning. Unless you have Adrianna Lima eyelashes, every girl should own an eyelash curler. It’s the best thing since the olive depip-er.  Use it before you do your mascara as it can pull your lashes out if you use it after.
Also for extra effect: use the end of the mascara wand to put mascara of the TIPS of your lashes. Do this after the first coat of mascara has dried. This works so well! Then ta-da long lashes.

My 3 all time favourite mascaras:

 1. BARGAIN  
Essence is a very good inexpensive German make up brand. I’m actually using this ‘Get Big Lashes’ mascara at the moment, it really works amazingly! And it costs like R50 ($7), crazy.

 2. AFFORDABLE  
An all time favourite, Maybelline’s best- One by One Volume Express.

 3. SPLURGE  
Every girl needs to own one of these in her lifetime, even though its not every day we can buy R400-R500 (approx. $50) mascara.

3. Highlight ‘must’ Areas 

A quick make up trick to look bright and glowing in the morning- Dab some light highlighting eye shadow in the corner of each eye by your tear duct, under the arch of your eyebrows towards your hairline and just above your check bone. I use a light goldy white colour from the Body Shop’s shimmer waves. I do it everyday and it really makes a difference (especially if you look tired).

Applying all three beauty secrets…

The pink circles the 3 main areas I highlight- the tear duct, upper cheekbone & under arch of the eyebrow.
And the end result….ta-da!
Let me know your results!
CleopatraX