14th Annual SAFTAs nominees

The month of love hit a high note today, with the official announcement of the 2020 South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTAs) nominees proudly brought to you by Brand South Africa. Hosted under the custodianship of the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) the awards seek to honour and celebrate South Africa’s local film and television talent, under the theme #LoveSATalent.

Leading this year’s nominations was #SAFTAs13 winner & popular telenovela “The River”, which raked in 15 nominations across numerous categories, including Best Achievement in Directing, Scriptwriting, Original Music/Score, Editing, Sound, Cinematography, Wardrobe, Make-Up and Hairstyling and Art Directing. Actress Sindi Dlathu secured a nomination for Best Actress in the genre, while Presley Chweneyagae was nominated in the Best Actor category.

Close on its heels was the soapie “Isibaya”, Television Drama “Lockdown S4” and the feature film “Fiela se Kind” who all clinched 11 nominations each, while the drama series “The Republic” rounded things off with 10 nominations.

“The love for SA Talent is certainly in the air and I would like to congratulate all our SAFTAs14 nominees for telling authentic stories that resonate and connect with the people of South Africa. As the NFVF we couldn’t be prouder of the immense contribution that these women and men make to the local film and television industry, not forgetting the broadcasters that provide the platforms for these stories to come alive”, commented Makhosazana Khanyile, NFVF CEO

The NFVF joined forces with 205 industry experts from across the country to form a judging committee that spent over two months deliberating and rounding off the final nominees of the 70 categories, which were all then later audited by Nexia SAB&T.

A key priority for us this year was to bring credibility back to the SAFTAs judging process. It is no secret that many production companies have voiced their frustration with our appraisal system, some going as far as to boycott the SAFTAs altogether. Having taken this

 

feedback to heart, we’ve taken every measure possible to ensure that the judging process is fair, transparent and without bias. Today I’m proud to announce that as a result of these efforts we’ve received over 300 entries for the SAFTAs,” concluded Khanyile.

This year, the power to decide who wins the Best TV Presenter and the Most Popular Soap/Telenovela will remain with the South African audience through the use of the public vote. To vote for their favourite in these two categories, they will need to dial *120*45884# and follow the prompts on their screens. One lucky voting viewer will stand a chance to win fuel to the value of R4000 a month for 12 months powered by Total SA.

“Total South Africa identifies art and culture as a national resource and contributor to the development of the economy. The SAFTA’s does not only preserve the country’s stories, but it also encourages development of the country on all frontiers, enabling people to expand their horizons and develop skills that are essential to social cohesion.”, commented Baxolile Msomi, Corporate Communications & Marketing at Total South Africa.

The codes will be advertised on SAFTAs social media pages and other media platforms and the voting lines go live in the week of 17th of February and closes on 28 March 2020.

The 14th South African Film and Television Awards will be hosted at Johannesburg’s Sandton Convention Centre over two-nights: Craft Awards on Friday, 27 March 2020 and Main Awards on Saturday, 28 March 2020 – with the Saturday show broadcast live on television.

Boyz II Men 2020 SA Tour

“Motownphilly’s back again…”

Ever so often, a music group breaks onto the scene and stay there. Boyz II Men is such a group and have been giving us good music for longer than I have been alive for. They’re the kings of emotional ballads and a cappella harmonies and got me through many heartbreaks. I was fortunate enough to see them live in Johannesburg in 2015 when they toured South Africa and it had been an amazing experience. Their harmonies are still amazing and the show felt like a karaoke bar as the crowd knew the lyrics to all their songs, I mean every single one! I’ve never seen ladies almost trampling each other as they did when Shawn started handing out roses, such a swoon-worthy moment.

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Wanya Morris, Nathan Morris and Shawn Stockman

The group was originally known as Unique Attraction and formed by Nathan Morris and Marc Nelson, along with George Baldi, Jon Shoats, and Marguerite Walker in 1985. Wanya Morris joined in 1987 and after Baldi, Shoats and Walker left in 1988, Shawn Stockholm was recruited. The band originally consisted of five members being Marc Nelson, Nathan Morris, Wanya Morris (anyone know if they’re brothers?) Shawn Stockman and Michael McCary. They eventually renamed the group “Boyz II Men”, after one of New Edition’s songs, “Boys to Men“, from their 1988 album, as they were big fans.

Due to other issues, Marc left the group before they found international fame and we knew Boyz II Men as Nathan, Wanya, Shawn and Michael, who was their bass singer. From the beginning, Boyz II Men featured all four members as leads, avoiding the usual R&B group arrangement of one or two lead singers and a team of background singers. The multiple-lead arrangement became a Boyz II Men trademark, and it became typical to hear Wanya Morris’ vibrato-heavy tenor, Shawn Stockman’s tenor voice, Nathan Morris’ baritone, and Michael McCary’s bass (often used in spoken-word sections of many Boyz II Men hits) trading bars in each song. Their first single, Motownphilly did really well and cemented their place in their industry.

Over the years they’ve brought us amazing music and my favourites are listed here so I won’t get into it again. What I will get into though is providing you with the when, where and how on their upcoming SA tour.

When and where:

Pretoria
Sun Arena
9th April 2020
Cape Town
Grand Arena, GrandWest
13th April 2020
How (and where to purchase tickets + prices):
Ticketpro and Super Spar
Cape Town: R650- R1390
Pretoria: R290- R1750
Unfortunately I have no explanation for the difference in starting price for the two cities at the moment.

 

This event is brought to you by Glen21 Entertainment

#FragranceFocus with Kangol za

What’s the first thing that reminds you of a loved one or your favorite place? For me, it’s a smell; whether it be the smell of freshly baked bread, like my grandmother used to make or the ocean, reminding me that no matter how dirty you think you are, it can be washed away. Kangol za fragrances has made their way to the top of my list of favorite, affordable brands and the two latest offering are no different.

Gone are the days where you stick with one fragrance for day and night.

Your “smell” is basically an extension of your mood,

Imagine if you could find the perfect scent to match you current mood …

Talk about making a statement, without saying a word!

No need to limit yourself to one or two “Moods” for the rest of your existence.

Being a Goddess can be hard work…

(let’s not even mention an expensive one too)

As always, Kangol got you covered!

 

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I don’t particularly like wearing bright colors but I appreciate them in product designs and packaging. The last press drop from Kangol reminded me of vibrant summer days at the beach and I really like it. I’ve received an eye shadow palette, my favorite brush set (in pink this time), body balm and two summer fragrances. Most of these I’ve reviewed before and unfortunately I’ve neglected to do swatches of the palette for you before I left Johannesburg (I’m currently in Cape Town) but let’s dissect this drop, shall we?

Miss Malibu and Summer Sunset RSP (R165)

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I haven’t used the Kangol fragrances before my relationship with the brand and it’s currently the only fragrances I use. I’ve received Miss Malibu and Summer Sunset and the packaging is absolutely beautiful. Miss Malibu has hues of blue and purple with hints of apricot and jasmine and a few honey drops. Summer Sunset has orange and pink in the design and you can detect orange blossom, white flowers and sweet apple that exudes warmth, passion and energy. They’re both 50ml and the sleek design means it’s easy to slip into your handbag.

Makeup brushes RSP (R189)

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I’ve received and reviewed this 12 piece limited edition set in black before and this time around they’ve send me the pink version, with pink accent bristles. This has been my go-to set for makeup application on myself and others as there’s a brush for everything! My favorite brushes are definitely the powder, foundation and highlight brushes but the eye shadow brushes does make application a breeze. For a full review on these brushes, kindly refer to my previous post here.

Eyeshadow palette RSP (R165)

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I’ve reviewed quite a few of the Kangol eye shadow palettes and I still really like them. Colour payoff is really great with minimal fallout and colors work really well together, with easy application. This palette starts off with your nudes, includes your berry colors as well as shades of purple, grey and silver. I went through a stage where I was obsessed with purple especially since purple eye shadow/liner brings out brown/hazel eyes quite well and this palette took me back there. It’s standard with 12 colors, a double-ended application brush in a steel-imitation case.

 

Summer glow body balm RSP (R99)

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I totally love the body balms from Kangol as they have the right glitter-fragrance ratio. At the recent wedding and matric ball it was a hit as most people love a good sparkle. I’ve reviewed their body balms here and here and as you can see, I still love them even after all this time.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my review, let me know in the comments what you’d like me to cover next.

Toni Braxton: Live in Cape Town

Today it’s all about gratitude for me.

 

Hear me out quickly. I grew up in an area where it was a mere dream to see my favorite acts perform live. Media, working in the industry wasn’t even a possibility, not something I ever considered because I thought there was no way it could ever happen for me. Last night I got to see an artist whose music had a huge influence on my formative years. Yes, dear readers, last night I got to experience Toni Braxton live in concert, singing most of the track I grew up with! It’s all thanks to amazing companies that bring these artists to our shore and brilliant PR teams that execute it. In the spirit of gratitude, a big thank you to Melanie Ramjee aka Hypress from Tutone Communications. I’ve worked with this amazing human being for almost a year and it’s been such an amazing experience. She’s down to earth, understanding and goes the extra mile, if you do so for her. Her work ethic is impeccable and she made it possible for me to see one of my favorite artists live and I appreciate her for that.

Let’s get back to the concert:

The opening act was the talented Shekhinah, who you might remember from her Idols days. Actually, she’s more famous for the path she’d carved out AFTER Idols than her actual journey on the show. She’s really talented and have been making waves in the industry and created some memorable music. Unfortunately I’ve missed her set as I arrived late at Grandwest Casino because Cape Town has this chilled effect on me. Honestly, I’m not in a rush to do anything or go anywhere when I’m here, which is not good for me. People enjoyed her set, judging by social media, which comes as no surprise to me.

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Picture credit: Glen 21 Entertainment, Facebook

After Shekinah finished we waited for another hour or so for Ms Toni to get onto stage. In that time we were able to fill up on drinks and snacks such as popcorn, which hasn’t been on the menu at most concerts I’ve attended and it definitely should be. Spotted local celebrities like Danine Naidoo and Kwesta in attendance and people couldn’t believe their eyes when Kwesta stood casually in line to buy a drink. Of course they had to a get a selfie or two with him, which he gladly did because he’s such a chilled guy, big fan over here by the way. Music were playing to make the waiting period more bearable and people broke out in song a few times, which was quite cool though I had no idea what they were singing.

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Picture credit: Toni Braxton, Facebook

Finally the moment arrived when Toni appeared on stage, in a suit no less. The noise were deafening and the lady on my right started crying because the moment was so overwhelming. I almost lost my marbles when she started singing, “He wasn’t man enough for me”, I mean are you even a fan if you don’t know that song?! After that high note, she went into, “How many ways”, followed by “Be a man about it” donning a white sparkly mini whilst seated on the stairs. “I love me some him” is another favorite and an audience member helped her sing, “Another sad love song” to great applause. I love the fact that she interacted with the audience and invited them onto stage on several occasions, she even did a walk-through while singing, “Breathe again”. A birthday girl was called onto stage, with her boyfriend a few minutes later and he turned into her fiance, you follow? A cute proposal took place on stage with Toni serenading them, which happened in Johannesburg as well. I mean, who wouldn’t want to be proposed to with Toni Braxton serenading you?

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Credit: Toni Braxton, Twitter

She spoke about her lupus diagnosis and how doctors told her it would affect her work before “You mean the world to me.” After that it was two fan favorites, “How could an angel break my heart” and “Spanish Guitar”, followed by my favorite bitter ex anthem, “I wish”.  She went on to play the piano for an Anita Baker song while chatting about how Anita and Whitney influenced and inspired her. Next up she was looking for a Babyface replacement to do “Hurt you” and found, in her words, her “white Babyface” who did a good job performing with her. She changed into a black lace body/play suit for “Freeway” followed by my original sexy (read: strip) song “So high”. She added a long tulle skirt for “Unbreak my heart” and ended her set with “Long as I live” naturally. It was an amazing concert and I felt like I’m in my bedroom listening to her albums as I’ve done several times before.

Side note: How on earth is she still this hot after all these years? I mean, have you seen her? And she can move to top it all off, simply amazing!

Only critique I have is that the sound could’ve been better. I could hardly hear the words when she was talking but overall it was a great experience.

 

 

#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: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e5K8mpkFRzA

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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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.

 

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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.