#Photoshopped with Kangol

Makeup: Used correctly it can enhanced and illuminate your natural beauty. Used otherwise, well we’ve all seen a couple of makeup fails in our days and it’s not a pretty sight. This is by no means shade being thrown; I mean I can barely apply makeup on my own face let alone someone else’s. The aim is merely educational, I’ve watched tons of beginner’s makeup tutorials before I attempted it on myself, before I went outside and presented my “face” to the world. You don’t have to be an expert, figure out what works for you and go with that. I’ve attempted to do my brows several times the way everyone does it and it’s not working for me, bushy and natural suits me. Point is, don’t follow trends that look good on others, find something that works for you and go with it. Also, invest in tools that will assist you and complement the way you apply your products. I used to apply foundation with my fingers; yes I was that person until I discovered foundation brushes. Those became my staple while I even ventured into silisponges, which didn’t work for me by the way. Kangol send me a blender/ beauty sponge a while back and it was love at first application. It’s the only way I apply foundation on myself nowadays and my foundation brushes are currently used to apply face masks (sorry, not sorry).

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When venturing into makeup for the first time have a vision in mind of what you want the end result to look like. Full coverage foundations are great but not for everyday wear/use on my face. I want to avoid the “cakey “ look by all means and instead settle for BB/CC creams for everyday use or on days I feel like looking extra cute. I don’t have a lot of marks, mainly pigmentation and some pimple scarring that fades over time so I don’t have a lot to cover up. Kangol send me some BB creams a while back when they launched it (procrastination is a much-loathed companion on my side) and though I’ve tried it, I never quite got round to writing this review. I had a lot going on in my life, mostly stressful stuff so my mind was elsewhere, my apologies. I’m in a happier space now so my writing is not as morbid as it would’ve been had I wrote this at my darker times, you’re welcome (unless you’re into morbid writing then you can head over to my “Personal” tab).

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Swatches

 

Let’s talk about the #Photoshopped BB creams for a second. They retail for R149 and are compact enough to fit into your clutch for quick touch ups. It’s available in Light, Medium and Dark, which is quite limiting for now but I’m sure new shades will launch soon. It’s quite moisturizing and have SPF20 so one less thing to worry about in summer. Obviously the Light was too vampiric, even for my winter skin tone. I thought Medium might be my shade but also a tad to light whereas Dark is perfect for me. The shading is a bit weird as a lot of dark-skinned girls would look ashy when applying Dark, as I did with Light and Medium. In this incredibly diverse spectrum of skin colors I am definitely Medium so this might confuse a lot of people. I’d say my dark-skinned ladies would need to wait for more shades to be introduced before investing in this BB cream as I don’t want you to waste your hard-earned money.

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I received two sponges as well and as per my previous review, I still love them. Ensure that you wet it a few minutes before application as a damp sponge ensures smoother application and no streaking. You’re able to apply your concealer with them as well as they do get into your corners and creases. Out of this press drop I would definitely recommend you invest in these sponges, they’re amazing! As for the BB cream, the formula and coverage is amazing, if it’s your shade or if you’re planning to mix it with another shade to achieve your desired shade (that was a lot of shade). Hope you enjoyed this review, I know it’s long overdue but you know, life happens. Stay awesome until we chat again.

Bramley Cosmetics – Magnolia

#Sponsored

I’m a self-proclaimed bargain hunter and love it when affordable products are efficient and deliver on their promises. My favourite store for affordable, really cute products are Pep Home and that’s where I got introduced to Bramley Cosmetics. The first product I bought was the tissue oil as I’ve heard and seen amazing testimonies for their range of tissue oils.  I’ve seen really great results and it’s the only tissue oil I’m using at the moment as it’s affordable and efficient.

Bramley are in the process of revamping their look which includes adding their new look logos on labels and packaging. Magnolia is the original range and I was send a few products to try out. It’s my first time using the magnolia range as I’ve only bought products from the cocoa and lavender range respectively. I’ve received the foam bath, talcum powder, lotion, body butter, hand and nail lotion, roll on and tissue oil and I’d like to share my thoughts with you on these products. Bear in mind, my skin is quite dry and I’m always looking for moisturizing properties in products.

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Let’s start with my favourite product from their range, regardless of the variant.

Tissue oil RSP R19.99 (100ml)

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This has been my favourite so far and I’ve been using it all over! I used to mix it with my usual lotion for added moisture, apply to my face as it doesn’t make me appear oily or shiny and apply to areas affected by stretch marks.

This amazing formulation is enriched with vitamin E and Bio-Pharm oil; the latter being made up of waxy lipid molecules known as ceramides, which has become a modern scientific treatment that influences the water holding capacity of the skin and provides structural integrity, while protecting against pollution and stress damage.

This is safe to use during pregnancy to prevent stretch marks and is definitely the most affordable tissue oil for me. There’s a current special, until the end of September where you can buy 3x 100ml for R50, don’t miss out. My bestie keep a bottle in her handbag, one at home and one for gifting purposes as she loves it so much and always recommend it to others.

PS: There’s a special edition 200ml out for R36.99 which still work out cheaper than 2x 100ml, you’re welcome.

 

Body butter RSP R16.99 (250ml)

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This is a new favourite of mine and my dry skin. The butter is slightly thicker than your normal lotion and application isn’t as smoothly but it leaves my skin hydrated, soft and smelling amazing! It can be used all over and is enriched with vitamin E and Bio-Pharm oil. You can add some of the tissue oil to it if you’d like but it’s actually sufficient for my skin. It’s so affordable and can’t believe I haven’t tried it before.

 

Hand and nail cream RSP R12.99  (75ml)

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This is a new hand bag favourite. I love the fact that it works for both your hands and nails i.e softens and protects your hands and keep your nails strong and shiny.

 

Body lotion RSP R17.99 (400 ml)

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I’ve started with the body butter in this range and though the lotion also nourishes my skin, I definitely prefer the butter. The lotion helps to protect and moisturise your skin while leaving it fragrant. With my skin I have to rub a bit more than the butter before it’s absorbs but it also leaves my skin very soft to the touch.

Roll-on deodorant RSP R9.99 (50 ml)

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I’m very particular about the roll-on I use because my underarms are very sensitive. I don’t like the fact that this roll-on makes my underarms white though it disappears after a while. I’d say one thing though, it’s really affordable and definitely much cheaper than the roll-on that my underarms are forcing me to use.  It does allow all day protection and fragrance but unfortunately I’m not able to it full time.

 

Talcum powder RSP R14.99 (100g)

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I’ve never used talcum powder in my life, am I the only one? I actually talked to my friend about this product as she uses it and I learned a lot. I know (most) girls uses it on areas where they sweat i.e underboobs or areas where they chafe like their inner thighs and she confirmed that. She also gave me a tip that when putting away sheets etc. after washing, her grandmother used to throw talcum powder on it to keep it fragrant. I’ll definitely try that as I can’t really use her other recommendations. Do you use talcum powder? How do you use it?

 

Foam bath RSP R27.99 (ml) 

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If you love baths as much as I do you’ll love this affordable foam bath from Bramley. A little really does go a long way and it’s designed to soothe and revitalise your senses. Infused with a luxuriously rich floral fragrance that opens with a heady blend of magnolia, carnation and rose, this foam bath is a pure bath time treat.

Important notes:

-Check out the pinned post on Bramley’s Facebook page to enter and win a R500 Magnolia hamper, ends 30/09/19.

-Bramley products are exclusively available at Pep and Pep Home.

Also, this special runs until 30/09/19

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Bramley Cosmetics, affordable quality you can trust. 

 

rAge x Vodacom

VODACOM MAKES A BIG PLAY AND BACKS SA GAMING AND ESPORTS SCENE

Telecoms stalwart, Vodacom, has just announced a partnership with rAge – South Africa’s longest running gaming, technology and geek culture expo which will take place from 27-29 September 2019. Vodacom’s involvement and investment into the South African gaming and esports scene will be one of the biggest to date, by any brand.

Vodacom has long been a long-standing supporter of sports in South Africa and has already made a substantial investment in driving funding and growth in local sports. This move into the South African gaming and esports scene is a natural progression for the future of the brand.

“We have been following the South African gaming and esports scene intently over the past few years. Gaming and esports is one of the largest and fastest-growing industries in the world and South Africa is home to many gamers with an intense passion for it. From casual gamers who enjoy indulging in their passion from the comfort of their own home or on their mobile handset allowing them to participate in their passion anywhere, anytime, to those who compete in esports at a competitive level – and everyone in between – Vodacom’s vision is to become the Gamers Network of Choice. “This partnership with rAge is just the beginning as it allows us to participate in a large entertainment market,” says Jorge Mendes, Chief Officer Vodacom Consumer Business.  As part of our long term commitment to the gaming and esports scene, Vodacom World, our Flagship Digital Mall will also play host to a variety of gaming events and experiences providing gamers with an opportunity  to experience our network speeds and capability first hand.”

Globally, gaming is big business. Out of 7.6 billion people on the planet, there are approximately 2.2 billion gamers. This includes social gaming, mobile gaming, as well as free-to-play and pay-to-play multiplayer gaming. Of these players, globally, there are about 380 million esports viewer fans – 165 million of them regular viewers and 215 million occasional viewers. While these numbers are impressive, the South African gaming and esports industry is still in its infancy and will take some time to establish these kinds of figures locally. That said, it is starting to come into its own and it is during this time that backing and support from established and trusted brands such as Vodacom is vital.

rAge has always been about the gaming. Although it has grown exponentially over the last 17 years, the event has always stuck to the core values of bringing the ultimate gaming experience and the very best of immersive geek culture straight to the audience with bigger and better gaming, gadgets, esports, cosplay, show specials and competitions.

This annual event is 100% proudly South African, which is another reason that Vodacom is the perfect partner for it. It’s about South African gamers having access to global platforms; and now that it’s backed by a South African icon, those platforms are sure to just get bigger, better and faster.

rAge has grown from an embryonic event for a small gaming community into a thriving fun-filled three-day feast of all that is gaming – catering to thousands of fans, both young and old. “This partnership with Vodacom is a significant surge forward for the gaming industry in South Africa, and particularly for rAge. It is another leap forward for the future of gaming in South Africa and I look forward to where this will eventually take us all. And now the Future is Exciting with Vodacom rAge” said Michael James, Senior Project Manager rAge.

Globally, gaming is big business. Just shy of three weeks ago, a 16 year old captured the world’s attention by winning a $3 million Dollar prize pool at the Fortnite World Cup. The finals of this tournament, held at the end of July, followed ten weeks of competition involving more than 40m competitors and a total prize pot of over US$30m. The tournament packed out the 23,771-seat Arthur Ashe stadium at Flushing Meadows, New York’s largest tennis arena. Fortnite is but one gaming title among many that is rising to prominence in an increasingly lucrative market. The crazy thing to note is that this is not even the biggest esports event in the world. 18 teams recently competed in The International – the biggest DOTA tournament in the world – in Shanghai, China. The International prize pool, which is entirely crowd-funded, closed off just over $33 million.

 

EVENT DETAILS:

When is rAge?

Friday 27 September – 10h00-18h00

Saturday 28 September – 09h00-18h00

Sunday 29 September – 09h00-16h00

 

Where is rAge?

The TicketPro Dome, Johannesburg

 

How do you buy tickets to rAge 2019?

Online here or at Ticketpro outlets

Day Pass – R160 per person (ticket valid for entry for one day only)

Weekend Pass – R320 per person (ticket valid for entry for all three days)

Children under 6 are free

The following tickets are only available to purchase at the door:

Family Pass – R540 per family (ticket valid for one day for 2 adults + 2 children aged between 6 & 18)

Student Pass – R110 per person (ticket valid for Friday only upon presentation of valid student card)

 

Follow rAge on social media at the following links:

Twitter @rAgeExpo

Instagram @rage_expo

Facebook page @rAge Expo

#CottonFest2020

RIKY RICK’S COTTON FESTIVAL BACK FOR SECOND EDITION IN 2020

THE RETURN OF COTTON FEST LAUNCHES WITH 2019 AFTERMOVIE

COTTON FEST 2020 TO FEATURE OVER 100 COMMERCIAL AND UNDERGROUND ACTS ON THREE STAGES

SECOND ANNUAL COTTON FEST CELEBRATES MUSIC & FASHION

 

The multi-talented artist and culture enthusiast Riky Rick today officially announced the return of the annual Cotton Fest which will take place in February 2020. This announcement alongside the launch of the 2019 Cotton Fest Aftermovie.

Taking place in central Johannesburg in the early  part of next year, this one-day urban music and fashion explosion is back with plans to be even bigger and better.

Merging both known and unknown South African talent, Cotton Fest showcases the diversities in hip hop while fusing the gaps within the different local movements.

“Following the highly successful festival this year, it was an obvious move to do it again. Thanks to the support of every single artist, concert goer and even the suppliers we worked with, this festival made history, changed the game in a positive way. said Riky Rick in a meeting earlier today and added,  “We started planning Cotton Fest 2.0 the first week after the show, back in February. 2020 is gonna be on another level.’

Cotton Fest 2020 plans to bring together 100 unique acts performing on different stages and will be supported once again by media giants MTV and YFM.

Venue and lineup to be confirmed later this year.

Please check out the 2019 Cotton Fest Aftermovie: 

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Also, check out my thought on the inaugural Cotton Fest earlier this year over here

 

Toni Braxton “As long as I live” tour in SA

If you’re not familiar with the husky goodness that is the voice of Toni Braxton, who are you and where have you been hiding? I’ve been listening to Secrets, her second studio album on repeat and a lot of the songs got me through high school i.e. a lot of imaginary heartbreak. My favourite song of all times, “Un-break by heart” really got me through a lot and actually still do, as did “How could an angel break my heart”. Aside from “Secrets”, I also love “Love, marriage & divorce“, the duet album with Babyface and her latest offering, “Sex & Cigarettes“.

Legend. Icon. Songstress. Diva.

No stranger to South Africa, Grammy award winning songstress Toni Braxton today confirmed the inclusion of South Africa on her ‘As Long As I Live’ Tour schedule.

Very few artists ever ascend to the rarefied heights that those four words symbolize. Toni Braxton is one of those few. This year commemorates her 25th anniversary in the music industry and what better way to celebrate than with a world tour.

Behind timeless hits such as “Love Shoulda Brought You Home,” “Another Sad Love Song,” “Breathe Again,” “Seven Whole Days,” “Un-Break My Heart” and “He Wasn’t Man Enough, this multimillion-selling R&B/pop pioneer actress and seven-time Grammy Award-winner hits SA shores this November.

Reflecting on her silver anniversary and hit album Sex & Cigarettes, Toni Braxton says she’s still in love with music and the possibilities it affords. “There have been moments when I felt defeated; felt I let myself down,” she says. “Even if I fail, music gives me enough strength to try something different. I’ve come full circle—yet there are still so many things to do.”

While in the country, Toni Braxton is also set to visit the Ronald McDonald House Charities South Africa in association with McDonald’s.

Ronald McDonald House Charities™ (RMHC™) South Africa, a non-governmental, non-profit organization that creates, finds and supports programs that directly improve the health and wellbeing of children and their families.

RMHC South Africa was established in 2012 by a community of people, including McDonald’s and its owner/operators, who understood the need to improve the lives of children and their families during difficult times.

The new 27-bedroom Ronald McDonald House is located on the top floor of the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital. The House includes a kitchen, dining room, library, kids playroom, tv room, meditation room and teenage lounge. In addition to these amenities, published research shows the House helps families cope better and focus on the needs of their sick child because of the support they receive from staff, volunteers and other families staying alongside them at the House.

 IMPORTANT INFORMATION

TONI BRAXTON’S “AS LONG AS I LIVE TOUR”

Johannesburg

Ticketpro Dome

9th November 2019

Various  VIP hospitality packages are available at the Ticketpro Dome. Contact Leane on 011 794 5800 or Leane@ticketprodome.co.za to book.

 

Cape Town

Grand Arena, GrandWest

12th November 2019

Tickets: www.ticketpro.co.za and Spar outlets nationwide.

Presented by event promoters, Glen 21 Entertainment in association with McDonald’s and powered by Kaya Fm 95.9, home of the Afropolitan.

Liquid eyeliner woes with Kangol za

procrastinate

/prə(ʊ)ˈkrastɪneɪt/

verb
delay or postpone action; put off doing something.
“the temptation will be to procrastinate until the power struggle plays itself out”
synonyms: delay, put off doing something, postpone action, defer action, be dilatory, use delaying tactics, stall, temporize, play for time, play a waiting game, dally, drag one’s feet/heels, take one’s time; hesitate, vacillate, dither, be indecisive, be undecided, waver; haver, hum and haw; swither; informal dilly-dally, shilly-shally; informal kick the can down the road

 

I often do this, procrastinate. I’ve received this press drop from Kangol a while ago and though I intended to write this post, I never quite got around to it. Life got in the way as well as my fear for liquid eyeliner. Yes, that is the one makeup product I fear more than I do spiders. I hardly ever attempt to do it myself and for this post I really, really wanted to. I scoured Pinterest for tips, tricks and ideas on how to make it easier and thought I got the hang of it. Until I put all my knowledge into practise; it’s safe to say it went downhill from there. I’m here today to show off my failure, well basically show off my attempt at applying my makeup nemesis and this long intro is so you won’t judge me that harshly.

Let’s get into all the goodies I’ve received and take it from there, shall we?

I’ve received moisturizing handbag-sized makeup remover wipes, 4x liquid lippies, mascara and of course, liquid eyeliner.

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I’m a fan of anything that’s convenient and able to fit into my handbag. I love these babies as they remove the most stubborn makeup (looking at you eyeliner) without harming my skin. Often I have to rub and scrub to remove residue but with these wipes I just wipe, get it? I tried on all the lippies for the pictures plus the liquid liner, which was a mess and removed it easily. The surfaces where I used it felt really moisturized and because it’s paraben-free it gave me peace of mind.

 

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So Dramatic mascara (RSP R95)

This isn’t my favourite mascara from Kangol as it didn’t perform as well as the Retro mascara. Application wasn’t easy as I constantly had to remove excess product from the tip, which is normal for some mascaras. Judging by the name, I expected loads of volume and drama but didn’t get that. It did make my lashes appear longer so that’s a plus. Next time I’ll apply to my lower lashes as well, maybe that will make it a tad more dramatic.

 

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Lip cream (RSP R69)

I’m a big fan of the lip creams and these new shades didn’t disappoint in terms of longevity, texture and colour payoff. I’ve received 3x matte shades in “Thank u,next!”, “Queen Supreme” and “Bad Habit” as well as 1x gloss in “Sweet Talker“. My favourite is “Thank u, next!” as it’s a vibrant, royal purple which is perfect for any season. “Sweet Talker” is a pretty pink that’s perfect for everyday wear without being too glossy. “Bad Habit” I’d wear if I want a coral-fused-with-pink/red lip that’s playful, yet impactful and “Queen Supreme” is a burgundy fused with purple shade that gives me serious emo vibes.

 

 

 

Here’s what the colours look like on me.

PS: The matte lippies are quite opaque but surprisingly with “Bad Habit” I only applied one coat and the results were beautiful. The other two might need an extra coat depending on how vibrant I want it to be.

 

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Is it obvious at this stage that I’ve been trying to avoid the eyeliner talk? I mean, in some of the pictures you can see what I managed to do but I can’t say I’m proud of it; I’ve tried though.

Liquid eyeliner (RSP R79)

At this stage I’ve said all there is to say about my relationship with eyeliner. I’m definitely not knocking the sheer awesomeness of is as it has been used since the days of Cleopatra in ancient Egypt to enhance the eye. Obviously it had an upgrade since then and it’s usually the one product that can tie a makeup look together i.e save it. Youtube is filled with beginner-guide videos and hacks to make it easier as is Pinterest. Picture or video form, I’ve tried it and kinda still failed. This baby has a skinny, felt tip that allows for easy and precise application, unless you’re me of course.

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In these two pictures my application looks semi-decent.

 

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The close up tells a different story:

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This is my sad attempt. When I get too close to the lash line it inevitably ends up in my eye, which is not a lot of fun.

What is the one makeup product that still show you flames?

 

Disclaimer: Products received in press drop but opinions are my own.

#NedbankMoneySecrets

To paraphrase the amazing Redi Tlhabi , “The mismanagement of money is not limited to a certain race, gender or class, it doesn’t discriminate.”

Last night I was invited to the screening of a new short-form movie called Secrets. I expected a full-length film i.e. 60 minutes or longer but throughout the movie I felt like I was watching an extended advert. I quite liked it though and was kind of bummed when it was over. It was quite thought-provoking and made me reflect on a lot of choices I’ve made, some quite recently. It was revealed that it was Nedbank’s brainchild as trailers have been shown on multiple channels over the past two weeks to pique the interest of consumers.


“We’re excited about this being a first for the financial services industry, and with the topic being that of money, which is viewed as taboo, we wanted to keep Nedbank’s involvement secret until the launch to provide maximum impact—and to connect with the movie’s theme,” says Khensani Nobanda, Group Executive Marketing & Corporate Affairs at Nedbank. “Money is something nobody likes talking about, and this movie shows graphically how toxic these secrets can be. “Stories are powerful ways of communicating important issues in all cultures, so we wanted to leverage film to make this message as accessible—and as gripping—as possible. The secrecy theme speaks to the heart of the problem: we just don’t understand the deep emotional impulses that rule our decisions, particularly our money decisions,” Nobanda says. “This is the first step in a journey of helping our clients—and South Africans —to move towards financial well-being.”

We had the opportunity to pose questions to a panel consisting of Michael Brown, Chief Executive, Anton de Wet, Chief Client Officer and Khensani Nobanda, Group Executive Marketing & Corporate Affairs from Nedbank. We also had a discussion with Brett Williams and Lindiwe Dim about their characters and Dr Tshepiso Matentjie, a psychologist that Nedbank has partnered with to create a framework for this journey based on the concept of emotional wealth. Redi Thlabi was the moderator and did an excellent job, as expected.

One of the questions that stood out for me was from a gentleman in the audience that started off by saying that as a student you get a certain stipend/spending money that you know you need to stick to, and you do because you have no choice. After completing your studies and starting your first job you have access to a wealth of money in the form of loans, credit cards etc. which throws you into a world of money that you’re not ready for. Would it not be wise for the banks to, instead of just offering you money, offer you education on money as well to prevent mismanagement?

This question actually got a round of applause as it’s something that most people relate to. 

This is one of the reasons why Nedbank partnered with Dr Matentjie to adapt eight money archetypes to the South African context to help facilitate this process. Clients will then be helped to use this knowledge to take positive action; uncover money secrets and adjust behaviours as necessary. This campaign is a natural outcome of Nedbank’s positioning as Financial experts who do good. The realisation that South Africans need to manage their money well is also prompting the bank to rethink the way it offers its products and services, adopting a more holistic approach aimed at supporting customers’ journey towards financial freedom, rather than simply offering point solutions and products.

What are some of the money mistakes you make? I know I can definitely relate to Amanda’s story as I tend to buy things I don’t need, a lot. 

#BudX with Vinny Da Vinci and Culoe De Song

If you’ve experienced major #fomo upon seeing the pictures from Budweiser’s #BudX events, you were absolutely right to feel that way. Don’t despair though, I’m here to give you the low-down on how you can get yourself an invite and what to expect once you’re there.

I’m not a beer drinker, at all but Budweiser isn’t called “The King of Beer” for nothing. They’re slowly converting me and I’m not complaining. I’ve attended one of the #LabJHB sessions in collaboration with Mix Mag  last week and it was amazing! Let’s chat about what The Lab entail and then move on to the acts.

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Mixmag and BUDX are proud to partner on a groundbreaking new Lab destination touching down this summer: Lab Johannesburg.

Each week the Lab hosts the world’s biggest DJs and electronic acts, playing live to intimate crowds from cities including London, New York, LA and now Johannesburg. Carl Cox, Laurent Garnier, The Martinez Brothers, Annie Mac, Alison Wonderland and many more have performed iconic sets that have gone down in Mixmag history.

BUDX is a global platform that supports and spotlights outstanding creative minds in music and culture from around the world.

Last week featured the mastery of  Vinny Da Vinci  and Culoe De Song and took place at Shine Studios, Braamfontein. If you’re not familiar with these two legends, who are you even? To be fair, I will give you some information about them, just to get you in the loop.

Vinny Da Vinci– Music being his biggest passion, the producer always tries to make music a constant feature in whatever venture he decides to pursue, whether it be DJing or running a record label. He run’s a record label called House Afrika with two other partners, it’s been around since 1996. They do the A&R of music releases and now they’ve been focusing on local content and local producers. He hosts two radio shows, one on Metro FM called the Expensive Music Mixes and the other on DStv’s audio bouquet channel 801 called The Urban Beat, Fridays 22:00 – 01:00, co-hosted by DJ Christos.

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@BudweiserSoutAfrica

Culoe De Song– Culoe’s serious music career began in early 2007 where he produced a piece that made him a feature in Black Coffee’s second offering, “Have Another One”. The track was named “100 Zulu Warriors” & carries a fundamental importance for Culoe De Song as he regards it as ‘his beginning’ in the circle of music in South Africa. He produced a number of projects that gained him international recognition and performed alongside international acts such as Rocco, Manoo, Black Coffee, Vinny Da Vinci… This was after his performance as DJ was noted by the likes of DJ Christos, one of South Africa’s pioneers in the dance music scene

Culoe
@BudweiserSoutAfrica

The best part about the events, aside from the amazing music of course, is the fact that it’s free! There’s no entry fee, which means you AND your crew have a cool event to attend every Wednesday for the rest of the year!

How do I get free entry?

You might ask; it’s actually quite easy. Keep an eye on Budweiser’s social media pages for the RSVP link and reserve your space. Bear in mind that it doesn’t guarantee you a spot until you receive a confirmation email with the address and time. Be sure to be there early as only 200 people are allowed in per session. If you’re late you’d have to wait outside until someone decides to leave (who’d want to?) and allow you entry.

You can also head over to Mix Mag  where you’ll see an RSVP link on their homepage (on the side panels).

Don’t forget to share your pictures on social media with #budx #labjhb and tag @BudweiserSouthAfrica

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DStv Delicious International Food & Music Festival 

Since the beginning of time two fundamental experiences have brought people together in harmony – food and music, and no event in the world has achieved this quite like the DStv Delicious International Food and Music Festival.

This year, the team at DStv Delicious International Food and Music Festival have outdone themselves by adding even more flavour and a world class line-up to celebrate Heritage Weekend at the Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit on the 21st and 22nd of September.

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International megastars Raphael SaadiqCorinne Bailey Rae, Tiwa Savage and a host of artists from Kalawa Jazmee Records (to be announced) will perform live on the Delicious Main Stage in what is being tipped as the biggest DStv Delicious International Food and Music Festival to date.

If you need a living definition of delicious music, look no further than Corinne Bailey Rae who is consistent proof of that. The R&B / Soul legend was the fourth female artist in British history to have her first album debut at number one.

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Amongst many other nominations and awards to list, she has scooped two prestigious Grammy Awards, and her soulful songs feature in many TV series and films. With a virtually bottomless history of collaborations, tours, performances, and recordings with other major international artists, Corinne is an inspiration both as a philanthropist and as a musician. She will be one of the main acts on Saturday, 21 September at Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit.

Joining Corinne Bailey Rae on the Delicious Main Stage is none other than Africa’s shining star, Tiwa Savage. Hailing from LagosNigeriaTiwa Savage has taken the world by storm and will give an all African excellence at DStv Delicious International Food and Music Festival.

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With an academic background in music and having shared the stage with the likes of Beyonce and Davido, she will bring a high musical IQ whilst keeping every person at the festival on their feet in a production that continues to wow the masses. Known for some of our favourite tunes “Lova Lova”, “All Over”, and “Ma Lo” featuring Wizkid & Spellz, you should polish up your afro-beat dance moves and wear your favourite kicks because second of her on the breathtaking stage will be a wololo.

On Saturday, 21st September festival goers will celebrate 25 Years of Kalawa Jazmee Records on the Delicious Main Stage. This record label has not only defined culture these last 25 years, but its music and artists have played an integral role in each of our South African lives. South Africans always knew what time it is with Boom Shaka, and they boldly told abuti to “bula boot” with Thebe. There are memories of UhuruMafikizoloBrothers of Peace, and so many more of the Kalawa Jazmee Records’ artists ingrained in the identity held as a nation, and as individuals.

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It is with great joy and honour that the record label and some of these culture-shifting, heritage-influencing acts will be closing off the Delicious Main Stage in a true celebration of the South Africa we love.

Other carefully handpicked performances on the Delicious Main Stage on Saturday, 21st September are the Ralf Gum All Stars featuring Monique BinghamMafikizoloKafele BandelePortia MoniqueAyanda JiyaBongi MvuyanaJoseph Junior, and Nivalito.

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The Sunday Delicious Main Stage line-up will include Ralf Gum All Stars, the “Suited” smash-hit singer Shekinah, the ever graceful Lira, and Tortured Soul featuring Lisa Shaw will bring us to our feet with their hits “Don’t Hold Me Down” and “Enjoy It Now”.

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Headlining the show on Sunday 22nd September is the phenomenal artist with a deep contemporary creative vision – the epic singer, songwriter, guitarist and producer Raphael Saadiq. With an impeccable past of multi-faceted creation and soul-evolution this hugely gifted musician will no doubt pull on your heartstrings.

He has received many well-deserved awards not to mention three Grammys. Raphael has collaborated with the likes of Macy Gray, the late Whitney Houston,John LegendSnoop DoggJoss StoneLionel RichieMary J. Blige and many more. As an innovative artistic powerhouse, he was even included in Time Magazine’s Top 100 Most Influential People in 2012.

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This August, Raphael is dropping his first solo album in eight years and it promises to bring even more magic to our ears. He has also announced that “Tony! Toni! Tone!” will be reuniting to bring our favourite hits to stages around the world! This man is pure artistic soul who never fails to impress and promises an immersive live performance that’ll usher you into your Heritage Day.

The music doesn’t begin and end on the Delicious Main StageDStv Delicious International Food and Music Festival has partnered up with Red Bull to bring you the Red Bull presents the Delicious Dance Arena. The Dance Arena performances will be announced soon.

It is only through the support of several sponsors that this sensory extravaganza can take place and inspire so many people. This festival is in proud association with DStv who’ve been part of the Delicious story from the very beginning, and Samsung, VISAEngenSouth African AirwaysJeepFlight CentreRed Bull,Johnnie WalkerWindhoekProudly South African and The Star who have helped to make it all happen.

“As DStv, we pride ourselves in providing our customers with only the best in local and international entertainment at their fingertips. We look forward to once again bringing our customers world-class experiences with their favourite food, music and lifestyle shows.  DStv is delighted to be part of such a colourful and indulgent festival that brings friends and families together under one beautiful African sky. As a driving force of the premium festival, we look forward to immersing our customers and festival goers in global acts like Corinne Bailey RaeRaphael Saadiq and Nigerian superstar, Tiwa Savage. We would like to encourage everyone to come and enjoy #EverythingDelicious with us in September.” shared Simon Camerer,DStv Chief Customer Officer for Marketing & Sales.

Set to be a celebration of diversity, light, taste and sensation the not-to-be-missed tantalise your taste buds.

Ticket prices range from R550 for a Delicious Early Bird General Access Day Pass, to R4370 for the Ambassador Luxury Suite, allowing you access into different areas of the festival grounds.

The Delicious Early Bird General Access Pass

  • R550 per person per day
  • R900 per person for a weekend pass (Saturday & Sunday)
  • Includes the following:
  • See over 20 acclaimed local and international talent over the event day on the 3 official stages: The Delicious Main StageDelicious Dance Arena, and the NEW Delicious Food StageNO PERSONS UNDER THE AGE OF 18 WILL BE PERMITTED INTO AREAS THAT SERVE ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES. Persons under the age of 3 enter for free.
The Delicious Lounge
  • R1550 per person per day
  • R2880 per person for a weekend pass (Saturday & Sunday)
  • Includes the following:
  • 10 hours of music, food, and entertainment with the added benefit of covered seating and sight of the Delicious Main Stage from the VIP Hospitality Terrace. Access the private VIP Cash Bar within the unit, and the designated Private VIP Toilets. NO PERSONS UNDER THE AGE OF 18 WILL BE PERMITTED INTO THE VIP LOUNGE.
The Ambassador Luxury Suite
  • R4370 per person per day
  • R7820 per person full weekend
  • Includes the following:
  • Rub shoulders with the stars and esteemed guests at the festival’s premium hospitality unit hosted by Lorna Maseko and Kenzhero. With your food, drink (excluding premium spirits), and entertainment sorted, you needn’t want for anything on the event day. Enjoy a VIP experience done right with VIP Parking, covered lounge and patio seating areas, Private VIP Toilets, and unrivalled views of the Delicious Main Stage.
  • NO PERSONS UNDER THE AGE OF 18 WILL BE PERMITTED INTO THE VIP LOUNGE.
Visit our website www.deliciousfestival.com to find out more about our ticket offerings, or SMS ‘Delicious’ to 33592 (sms costs R1).
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TRESemmé Pro Collection

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I love talking about my natural hair and journey. Not because it was easy but I feel like it might help someone that want to transition or return to their roots. The cyber sphere is quite congested with information on do’s and don’ts, products that are harmful, those that are safe, ingredients to look out for etc. It’s no wonder people are left confused as they think there’s a guideline on how to look after YOUR hair. My rule is quite simple: Do whatever makes your hair happy and provide you with the results that YOU want. Don’t crave “perfect” curls and textures because of how it’s portrayed in the media; crave healthy hair that’s uniquely yours.
TRESemmé  is one of the brands that I’ve used even before I returned to my roots because of the amazing results I got. They have a range for every hair need you can think of and recently ventured into the world of natural hair products. This is the first products I’ve used from their Botanic range though I wanted to try Co-wash really badly. The products I’ve received from Beauty Bulletin were the Pre-wash detangling butter, rich oil mist and hair food. I was most excited for the pre-wash detangling butter as that’s my biggest nightmare when washing my hair as I do a lot of plaits and twist outs. Detangling refers to removing tangles or knots from your hair and is often as painful as it sounds.

 
All the products contain coconut in some form, which my hair hate but I’m not one for bashing things before I’ve tried it so here’s my experience:

Pre-wash detangling butter 

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This product was created to make wash day easier and it definitely succeeded, in my humble opinion. It’s a rich botanical blend of coconut milk and aloe vera and smells amazing. It promises to detangle your hair 4x faster and I’m honestly here for that. It’s free of dyes and parabens and left my hair feeling soft and moisturised. You need to apply it to dry hair after you split it into sections. Leave it on for 2 minutes (I did 20 minutes as I got engrossed in a movie) comb through and wash as usual with your shampoo or co-wash. This product is a definite win for me and I will reuse and repurchase it.

 

Rich oil mist 

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I always struggle to find oil that my hair will love as it often leaves my tresses hard and unmanageable. I had high hopes for this rich oil mist as it contains sunflower seed, corn and coconut oil with a splash of aloe vera but alas it wasn’t meant to be. I feel that the coconut might have been more prominent than in the detangling butter. It smells amazing and gave me just enough shine to not look oily but my hair had that hard, brass feeling to it that I hate. It didn’t work for me and I won’t repurchase it but it worked well for my friend’s beard so he claimed it.
Hair food 

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This was the one product I had no high hopes for but it surprised me, pleasantly so. Hear me out, I haven’t used hair food in years and only used it as a child because I had no choice. My dislike for it stems from the fact that people would apply it to my hair AFTER it was blow-dried at a time when I wanted blow-in-the-wind kinda hair. I mean, who does that?! I had no interest to rekindle my relationship with hair food but as I said, no bashing unless I try it. I used it on my hair before plaiting and boy oh boy, it did the things! I applied it to my scalp and worked my way up from there and the definition and shine it provided me with was amazing. The smell is, as with the other products, really nice and not too overwhelming. I can’t believe I’m going to actually say this but I will reuse this product!

Verdict:

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Results

2 out of 3 products worked really well for me and are quite affordable. Will I recommend this range? Based on personal experience I will definitely advise you to try the pre-wash detangling butter as it’s a life saver! If your hair loves coconut oil you won’t have the issue I had with the oil mist and as you’ve read, the hair food did the things that cannot be undone, so it’s a yes from me.