Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Baby O. is here!

I'm a mom!!

Most of you will have figured by my absence that I was recently paid a visit by the stork. A little bit earlier than anticipated but pleasantly surprising, my son has finally arrived. His name is Kai. 

I'm on full time mommy duty, so please be patient with me until I've figured it out (if ever!). We are so happy, grateful and sleep deprived. Thank you SO much to every one of you who have sent love and wished my family well. Now excuse me while I tend to my newborn :)

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

The Power of a Smile & Lunch with Minnie Dlamini

Not long ago, Dentyne announced they're giving a couple of young women a chance to achieve their dreams, simply by using their smile. Their #DentyneSmile competition and campaign encouraged us to tap into our positive attitude to get ahead in life. The prize, worth more than R220,000 includes a personalised digital video advertising campaign, a Dentyne product hamper, a copy of the book Girl Boss, a shopping voucher, an Apple I Pad 4 Mini notebook and an exclusive lunch date with Dentyne spokesperson Minnie Dlamini.

I caught up with one of the lucky winners, Siya Mfenyana, to chat about her winning experience.

Hi Siya! Tell us about yourself.

I am 23 years of age and I live in the City of Gold aka Jobeezy. I am an Account Manager at an advertising and PR company in Rivonia. I had zero knowledge about this industry when I first started out, as I had studied a BSc in Behavioural Genetics in varsity.

What made you enter the #DentyneSmile competition?

Breaking into the entertainment industry isn’t easy. As much as I have an agent that actively looks for castings and jobs for me, I know that I need to do a little bit more in order to get the right people's attention. Competitions like the #DentyneSmile competition are great in terms of kick starting your career, but these opportunities are very few and far in between. So when I entered this competition, this was my mentality: 

"This is an opportunity to show the country what you have to offer. If they like you, great! If they don't, that's cool too. But you will NOT back down because you don’t want to step on people's toes. YOU might be what they are looking for. You just never know."

The day I took the picture that I used to enter the competition was a sucky one. I was not feeling up to it, I wanted to postpone and take the pictures the following day. I don't look photo shoot ready, I’m so tired, tomorrow will be a better day and I will feel and look amazing!. Those were all the things that were going through my mind, but I just decided to stop making excuses and do the damn thing! I didn't want ‘a should have, could have, would have’ situation at the end of the competition. So, I took the leap of faith and I entered.

You've won some amazing prizes to help achieve your dreams, how would you summarise your goals?

My primary goal is to get scouted by one of the production houses in SA. I'm passionate about TV and presenting, so I’d love work in that space. My end goal is to become a household name, but I know that it's easier to say that than to actively go out there and make a name for yourself. But I'm not afraid of hard work. I just need to get my little pinky toe in the door and then it's all systems go!

What does "The Power of a Smile" mean to you? 

To me, it means that you have the ability to change the way someone is feeling or thinking. A smile is such a small, but impactful gesture. So many things can come from it: the start of a new friendship or relationship, healing a broken heart, making someone feel special after a really bad day. 

Your smile is the silent connection you make with a loved one or stranger - it's a reflection of your heart and soul. No bad can come from of it.

How do you use your smile on a daily basis?

I use my smile to brighten up one's day. It's amazing what that small gesture can do. I also love taking photos. So before I smize or pout, my first reaction is to smile. I also smile because it just makes me feel good on the inside. I would rather have smile wrinkles than frown wrinkles!

Describe what you believe true happiness is in one sentence.

Waking up every morning knowing that you are living a purpose and passion driven life.

What or who is your biggest inspiration?

My parents. Selfless, loving and smart. They have embraced what life’s handed to them and they have come out the other end stronger and wiser. They are the reason why I want to be the very best version of myself. I'll never get to the point where I think I'm the best because I will always keep pushing the envelope. They instilled in me the culture of excellence from a very young age. Because of them, I know that I have not been called to be mediocre.

Tell us about your lunch with Minnie.

Our lunch was at Tasha's at the V&A Waterfront. It was just us two winners and Minnie at the table, so it was pretty intimate. We had a proper one on one session with her. We were basically just discussing what it is that we want to do and how to go about doing it.

What did you learn from meeting Minnie and the other winner?

I learnt that I need to be more relentless in the pursuit of my dreams, I need to deviate from what other people are doing - that's how I'll stand out. I need to ask myself what is it that I really love and what is it about me that makes me unique and use it to benefit me. She was really easy to talk to and she was very honest when she gave us advice.

If a shy little girl was reading this blog post, what advice would you give her?

Your dreams are valid. They can take everything away from you, but they cannot take away your voice and your mind. Use them to do better and become better.

*This post was brought to you by Dentyne South Africa*


Thursday, 30 June 2016

First Impressions: The Body Shop Fresh Nude Foundation

Let's be real.

Hands up if you also find it hard finding foundation. Add to the mix being brown, with combination skin. It's almost always too ashy, too orange, too pasty or too - whatever. Even for women who hardly wear make up, foundation is literally the foundation of whatever little or lots of make up you wear. I always get excited when I think I've found something that'll work on my skin only to mostly be disappointed in the middle of the day when I look at myself in the mirror and see the shiny light bulb that my nose has become. And currently being preggers has not helped my face oil control. I've been using The Body Shop's Fresh Nude foundation for the past few weeks and it's become a go to product for me in the mornings.

Firstly, I'm impressed with the range's choices of colours. They have 16 different shades to cover most women's skin tones. And if you don't find your exact one, you can always use their Shade Adjusting Drops to customise it to your complexion. The bottle is sleek with an easy nozzle pump to dispense the foundation. I've actually been forgoing applying it with a brush and just use my fingers - works like a charm.

Usually my second biggest gripe about foundation is that I'm so aware it's on my face. What I like the most about it is that I don't feel like I'm wearing anything. The formula is really light and is able to blend in easily with my skin and my skin can still breathe. And if I want even more coverage, I just add another layer and again, blending isn't a problem. The finish is very natural looking, which I love. It also has SPF 15 which is a must for any face make up I put on my face now. Overall, I think it's a great everyday option - especially for us brown girls.

My shade is called Seychelles Cinnamon. You can get yours at The Body Shop for R275.


Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Review: The Body Shop Shade Adjusting Drops

For the past couple of months, I've been experimenting with The Body Shop's new set of Shade Adjusting Drops. And as promised, I'm coming back to you with my verdict and experience with them.

What are they?

They're little pots of genius foundation adjustors. In a nutshell, to darken your foundation (for complexion changes or contouring) add a drop of the darkening drops. To lighten your foundation, do the reverse. For more detailed info on how they work, check out my first blog post on them.

How they look

I have a couple of different brands of foundation (who doesn't right?) so I figured I'd give you a preview of how the drops could change different shades of your own foundation. I've also been using their new Fresh Nude foundation that came out the same time as the drops. Look out for my upcoming review on that. For the purpose of these pics, I used a mix of light and dark foundation shades to show how you how different combos can work.

My Two Cents

At this point, I don't feel like it's a stretch to have called them genius above. They really are. When I first heard about these drops I thought "well, duh" I mean, why hadn't we had these all along?! Then when I got them, I was itching to really give them a go. Now that winter's kicking in, I've had more opportunities to combine the drops with other foundations of mine. Like clockwork, my complexion has changed and this time it's two pronged - from the change in season as well as being pregnant. My neck has gone slightly darker (boo) than my face so I've needed a little help there.

The drops have made it so easy to just adjust my shade according to how my face looks on the day. And as I've shown above, you can mix them with pretty much any liquid foundation you have in your stash. The formulas are highly concentrated and you don't need a lot of the drops to make a noticeable change to your foundation shade. So far, I haven't had any issues with compatibility with any of my foundations. Don't forget to look out for my take on their Fresh Nude foundation...coming soon.

The Body Shop Shade Adjusting Drops retail for R300 each and are available at The Body Shop stores nationwide as well as selected Clicks stores.


Friday, 17 June 2016

The Power of a Smile

Live on MyFroandITV:

A different kind of video is up and live on my YouTube channel, where I share a personal experience. 

Not long ago, Dentyne invited me to participate in their #DentyneSmile campaign. The power of a smile is immense and Dentyne is encouraging us to use them to help us get ahead in life. The way I see it, if you have a positive attitude and take on life’s challenges with confidence, then you are already winning. There have been plenty of times where all I wanted to do in a situation was cry or shout or maybe even give up, but it’s the moments where I decide to be the bigger person or channel my inner happiness and confidence that make me overcome challenges and grab opportunities with gusto. 

Here, I share one of the most crucial times in my life where my inner happiness was at stake, and how I was able to use my smile to end up getting me to where I am today. I hope you find it inspiring and helps you harness your inner smile :)

This post was brought to you by Dentyne South Africa.


Friday, 13 May 2016

My Baby Shower

In honour of Baby O's impending arrival, my closest family and friends in SA threw me a beautiful baby shower last weekend!

My mom and sister-in-law worked tirelessly for weeks planning the entire day. It was held at my mom-in-law's beautiful house where it was decorated with cute animals and brightly coloured decor - right up my alley. It was a beautiful day, unexpectedly warm and sunny considering it being May already. But thankfully the sun stayed put for the special day, perfectly timed to fall on Mother's Day weekend :)

With my fellow bumpie friend!

As we are keeping Baby O's gender hush hush until the birth, I requested that everything was kept gender neutral. My husband and I are also not into the typical blue for boy and pink for girls thing, especially when it comes to items we could hand down to any future Baby Os. Baby registry shopping is so much harder than I thought! But we managed and received awesome gifts.

With my lovely mom-in-law and sister-in-law

My look? My entire maternity style so far has been 'Aisha, just preggers'. I really wanted to stick to my own style by feeling cute and made up, while showing off my bump. My hair is the B.E. Khulile Bespoke Afro Wig from Bounce Essential Hair in 14". I'll be doing a video with all the details on it soon :) I ordered my dress from Spree, bought my necklace from Lovisa and my shoes are old faves from Woolies.

Thank you so much to all my friends and family, here and abroad who wished us well and showed tremendous love to our growing family. Watch out for my baby shower haul video coming soon, where I'll show off all of the gifts we were spoiled with!

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