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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.
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?
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:
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:
Also, check out my thought on the inaugural Cotton Fest earlier this year over here
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.
TONI BRAXTON’S “AS LONG AS I LIVE TOUR”
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.
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.
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.
Makeup remover wipes (20)
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.
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.
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.
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.
In these two pictures my application looks semi-decent.
The close up tells a different story:
What is the one makeup product that still show you flames?
Disclaimer: Products received in press drop but opinions are my own.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
Joining Corinne Bailey Rae on the Delicious Main Stage is none other than Africa’s shining star, Tiwa Savage. Hailing from Lagos, Nigeria, Tiwa Savage has taken the world by storm and will give an all African excellence at DStv Delicious International Food and Music Festival.
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 Uhuru, Mafikizolo, Brothers of Peace, and so many more of the Kalawa Jazmee Records’ artists ingrained in the identity held as a nation, and as individuals.
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 Bingham, Mafikizolo, Kafele Bandele, Portia Monique, Ayanda Jiya, Bongi Mvuyana, Joseph Junior, and Nivalito.
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”.
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 Legend, Snoop Dogg, Joss Stone, Lionel Richie, Mary 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.
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 Stage. DStv 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, VISA, Engen, South African Airways, Jeep, Flight Centre, Red Bull,Johnnie Walker, Windhoek, Proudly 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 Rae, Raphael 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 Stage, Delicious Dance Arena, and the NEW Delicious Food Stage. NO PERSONS UNDER THE AGE OF 18 WILL BE PERMITTED INTO AREAS THAT SERVE ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES. Persons under the age of 3 enter for free.
- 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.
- 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.
Follow Delicious on your social media:
Facebook – DeliciousFestivalSA
Twitter – @DeliciousFestSA
Instagram – @dstvdeliciousfestival
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
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
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.
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!
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.
Marilyn Monroe famously said, “Give a girl the right shoes and she can conquer the world.” As a women I know how true that is. Have you not read the story of Cinderella and how losing her shoe marked the beginning of a fairytale for her? Nowadays if you lose your shoe, rest assured, no one and I mean no one, will hunt you down and marry you; that’s not how modern society works. One thing that still rings true is our love for shoes, women and men alike. The “right” pair of shoes can elevate an outfit while the “wrong” pair will do it a major injustice.
I’m size 3 (UK) so basically size 36, to make sense to everyone, and it’s a mission to find shoes that fit. You won’t be able to tell, judging by my collection of shoes but whenever I find a pair that fits, I buy it. I love heels, all versions of it! From strappy to pump to block, they have a special place in my heart (and closet). I often forage the internet, in my spare time for heels even when I have no intention (or budget) to buy shoes at the time. It was during one such expedition that I stumbled upon FSJ Shoes and it’s the stuff that dreams are made of. Not only do they have the most amazing options to choose from, their site is very detailed as well. Under the “Shoes” category, you’ll find 10 options to choose from namely Heels, Boots, Mule, Sandals, Flats, Sneakers, Slingback, T-strap, Ankle Strap and Mary Jane, which is easy to navigate it you already have a style preference.
I got stuck on the pumps as there were so many gorgeous options to choose from! The most expensive pump was $214.99 and is listed as, “White Vintage Bridal Heels Pointed Toe Lace and Rhinestone Pumps” and I’d definitely want to get married in them, real Cinderella slippers.
The cheapest pump were listed as, “FSJ Grey Patent Leather Leopard Print Heels Pointy Toe Stiletto Heels” for $44.99 with a 18% discount. It’s available in 4 colours, grey, purple, leopard print and brown. The amazing thing is that you’re able to customize any shoes just by clicking on the “custom option“. It will affect the cost, obviously but you’d get the shoes that you want, that you had a hand in designing and that’s not something you get very often.
Under “Shop By” you have categories like colour, heel weight, heel height, platform and occasion, with the latter including everything from party to wedding. Next up is the “FSJ Series”, their fashion series which includes glitter, leopard print, vintage, wedding, gradient colour, gladiator, universe star and women’s Oxford shoes. Once you hover on the tab it will also provide you with options from 4 inch heels to Halloween costume shoes. Next up we have “Fashion Styles” which ease your search if your looking for fashion styles like hollow out, polkadot, rhinestone, vintage, romance and so much more. The next tab is their “Flash Sale” where you can find the styles you’ve been lusting after for up to 50% off. It also indicates how long the item will still be on sale for e.g. 4 days, 23 hours, 44 minutes and 12 seconds.
My favourite part has to be the “Custom Shoes” section, I mean who wouldn’t want to design their own unique pair of shoes? The process is actually quite easy and straightforward.
Step 1. Submit custom shoes requirements and images.
Step 2. Get price offer & place an order.
Step 3. Make an approval with completed photos of shoes.
Step 4. Receive your custom shoes.
As we all know heels are uncomfortable, sometimes and you can’t sell heels without insoles, which you can find for $14.99. Prices starts from $34.99 and the most expensive item is $399.99. They offer free shipping worldwide with DHL, money back guarantee as well as an amazing opportunity for those who’d like to partner with the them and bring their designs to life. All you have to do is click on the “Designer” tab and submit your details and designs to start making money.
My favourite from every category:
Usually when the winter solstice arrive I’m either blissfully unaware of it or have no plans whatsoever. Winter solstice “occurs when one of the earth’s poles has its maximum tilt away from the sun and happens twice yearly. For us South Africans this year, we experienced the shortest day and the longest night on Friday, 21st June 2019.” This year I had plans, amazing ones at that. I got invited to the launch of Casa Corona, hosted by Corona of course, to #FindYourSunset. It took place at the idyllic Nirox Sculpture Park and the programme included Iphonography workshops, Mixology sessions, Latin-American cuisine and outdoor silent concert.
Let’s chat about the brand for a second, shall we?
Corona is a pale lager, produced by Cervecería Modelo in Mexico and is one of the top-selling beers worldwide and the top selling imported beer in the US. I’m not a beer drinker per se but got introduced to Corona via the Fast & Furious franchise as it was Dom’s beer of choice. I’ve had it a few times before Friday and was pleasantly surprised as it wasn’t as unpleasant as I anticipated. The smaller version, the Coronita has been introduced, which is 210ml as opposed to the standard 330ml, but it’s perfect to use in cocktails, as shown as the event. There were two variations, one mixed with tequila and the other with vodka which were quite delicious.
Upon arrival, you realise what a stunning and perfect venue Nirox Sculpture Park is. You’re in nature and are able to switch off from the world, though we still kinda had to be on our phones for work purposes. I, for one decided to take everything in; the sights, the sounds and of course, the food. We each received a goodie bag that contained a blanket (which came in handy later on), a beanie and a reusable straw upon entering and proceeded to be welcomed by the amazing Chef Nti, who was responsible for the amazing food.
After welcoming drinks we were directed to the oyster bar and decided to take a stroll to observe the scenery. Latin-Mexican infused foods were served in the form of filled nachos, spicy bean soup and fried prawns (which were delectable by the way). Later on we were able to build our own shawarmas and nachos at the respective stations. These are both meals I never eat because it’s quite messy but I went all out and really enjoyed it. I couldn’t decide between pulled pork, chicken strips or beef for my shawarma so I added everything and off course chilli to top it off. We were also treated a dessert bar with donuts, churros, fruit cones, brownies and mini cheese cakes amongst others.
Our MC for the day was Siv Ngesi, who had us laughing with puns, warning us not to take off with the headphones and claims of a “stolen blanket.”
Iphonography workshop hosted by the team from I See A Different You, a creative agency from Soweto and, “Our aim is to reframe images from our own life stories, as well as the stories of others, and bring an alternative view of South Africa to a global audience. Our images show the South African experience, and our love and optimism for the people we share our country with.”
We were treated to some of their work including a few campaigns they did and I was blown away by the sheer talent involved. I’ve honestly tried to remember the names of the two gentlemen that presented the workshop but there were too many syllables involved, please forgive me.
The Mixology workshop was a lot of fun for me as it was quite interesting to create a drink from scratch, so to speak. We had stations of two people each and created the Corona Sunset cocktail, which contains passion fruit puree, lemon juice, grenadine and gin topped with a Corona and lots of ice. I was quite proud of my achievement and might put my newly-found skills to test as soon as I can install a bar in my own house (hear my please Universe).
We proceeded to the silent concert, which is a concept I’ve been introduced to a few months ago. How it works is that all attendees are given headphones provided by Silent Events and their, “Silent Disco headphones can receive up to 4 channels of input, allowing guests to tune into one of up to 4 DJs or other sound sources Users can switch between audio choices by pressing the button on the side of our headphones – each channel lights up a different colour on the side of the headphones.” It allows no noise pollution, so you can have your event anywhere at any time. The immersive aspect of listening through headphones allows guests to concentrate on the sound. These guys are the best in South Africa and it really showed both times I’ve done a silent concert/show.
The “venue” for the concert consisted of pillows for us to sit on the grass, a lake in front of us and the glorious sound of Mpho Sebina in our ears. She’s a Botswana born, Johannesburg based singer-songwriter and definitely someone I could listen to for hours on end.
The event came to an end way too soon for my liking and I wasn’t able to attend for the rest of the weekend but I’ve had an amazing time. Corona is definitely showing brands how events should be done and I’m here for it.
Disclaimer: Pictures by @CoronaAfrica