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The Victorian Garden

If there is one thing that can be said about eras gone by is that everything that goes around, comes back around again. My generation, the millennium generation, may be under the impression that we were the only era to celebrate platform shoes circa Spice Girls but have a look around, they have come back in style again (not quite as bad as last time) but even before this, they were all the rage when my parents got married and their wedding photographs can vouch for this. The same can be said for beauty, fashion, style and even medicinally we often find ourselves looking to the past to see what they did right and how we have modernised things and completely made a balls up of how things should be by trying to be more efficient, and by efficient I mean commercial. Lining someone else’s back pocket while in severe cases we are exposing ourselves to harsh chemicals in the attempt to be modern and up-to-date.

Let’s move away from platforms and lets talk about organic. Organic is very in. Organic is very popular, whether it is what you are shoving down your throat or what you are smothering on your face, organic is better – its everywhere – like its a new thing but its not. Organic goods were the only goods before we started piling the artificial chemicals into everything to make life more convenient, to make things last longer and food to grow bigger.

The Victorian Garden is an unique company, their history is absolutely fascinating and compiled with modern research they develop the most wonderful traditional Victorian skin care recipes using only organic and natural ingredients and better yet, the products are made locally in South Africa.

ourProductsI did not know about this wonderful little brand until one of their gorgeous Hair Masques was popped into my first #BWB goodie bag, and we were informed not had the hair masques recently been relaunched and we were one of the first groups of people to get our paws on them. How exciting! The reason for the re-launch was to essentially crate a product that was harder working, better quality and great value for money. Hair masques are a product which can be enriching and the more enriched the better, therefore the new ingridients added assist with conditioning and repairing damaged hair, enhancing shine and moisture and assists with a softer and glistening hair all round after using the product – it does this by treating the hair shaft and nourishing the hair from the source with no added chemicals and completely cruelty free.

Retail: R95

Retail: R95

I have been using the lovely Rosemary & Jojoba Hair Masque with Peppermint which slightly tingles the scalp when applied but leaves the hair feeling fabulous afterwards.

Excuse the no-makeup as this was captured while Skyping my nephew on Saturday my brother so happily got a screen shot - but check my hair - forget the makeup is missing or admire my dog.

Excuse the no-makeup as this was captured while Skyping my nephew on Saturday my brother so happily got a screen shot – but check my hair – forget the makeup is missing or admire my dog.

If you are looking for a hair masque, they are R95 and available on The Victorian Garden’s website – be sure to check out their entire range as its completely fascinating!

Be sure to check out The Victorian Garden’s website, Facebook and Twitter @Victorian_Tweet.

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Disclaimer: This product was given as a gift in a sponsored goodie bag. This has not altered my view of this product in anyway.

 

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NOT EVERYTHING IS OFFENSIVE

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Thought for the day.

NOT EVERYONE FINDS EVERYTHING OFFENSIVE.

The word ‘NOT‘ is offensive. You are NOT beautiful.

The word ‘EVERYONE‘ is offensive. EVERYONE thinks you’re irritating.

The word ‘FINDS‘ is offensive. He always FINDS the worst in her.

The word ‘EVERYTHING‘ is offensive. EVERYTHING you have done in your life was a waste.

The word ‘OFFENSIVE‘ is offensive. In my opinion what you said about so and so. This and that. Him and her. Them and they is OFFENSIVE.

What is my point?

Don’t take everything to heart. What I’ve been noticing about people these days is that they finding anything and any word or term offensive.

People. Relax!!! One of these days we won’t be able to use any words in any language, because somewhere along the way, a vowel, a consonant, a verb, a term was used in the wrong manner according to YOU.

You know what? Let’s just stop any form of communication. Because what is the point? People are over sensitive.

At the end of the day, different people in different cultures, countries and even the same families are exactly that….Different! Our sense of humors aren’t the same. Our levels of “offense” aren’t the same.

I’m not saying not to care about other people’s feelings, but if you show that something doesn’t affect you. Then it’ll die out. Sometimes the problem is not with others, but with you holding on to a mere term or word. Wow. Such a small and sad world that is. (If something major happened to you, then yes. Protect your feelings, but also understand. The billions of people out there don’t know what you’ve been through. And yes. You have to walk a mile in ones shoes to understand. But, this post isn’t about that. It’s about chilling the flip out)

Be considerate, but also. Don’t shoot people down if they didn’t know that they may have obliviously offended you. And if you correct them, do so understandably and don’t throw the offense back with a offensive defense!!! That defeats the purpose you supposedly stood for.

And if you disagree with me. Please comment nicely below. Don’t get offensive because I was offensive. Because I’ll find it so offensive and say something offensive. Then you’ll reply with an offense. Then I’ll hit back with an offense and then you’ll be cheesed off, because of the offense and well………… You see where this is going????????

Just embrace positivity. Be positive. Be a blessing. Don’t be a negative Sally. Don’t think you’re an emotional scientist looking at people in an emotional lab and you need to do some experiment. Let’s all change for the better, judge less (and I’m sure some may think this post is all about judging), eat clean. Lol. And drink lots of water. Read a spiritual book, brain-fart less and just give someone a hug.

Breathe in and out. Relax the tit muscles! Life is all about learning. But learn and teach kindly.

The word ‘not’ isn’t offensive. You are NOT all the bad things people say about you.

The word ‘everyone‘ isn’t offensive. EVERYONE looks up to you, because you’re an inspiration.

The word ‘finds‘ isn’t offensive. He FINDS all that you think are imperfections about yourself perfect.

The word ‘everything‘ isn’t offensive. EVERYTHING about you is beautiful.

The word ‘offensive‘ isn’t offensive. They stand up for what they believe in without being OFFENSIVE.

See? Same words as above. Different set of mind. What set of mind are you and I tuned to?

Muchluv, BeBlessed
SandyN

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Ofra, Gosh, Ralo and Yardley London… Product Review

Hy Poutlings,

I trust that you are all doing Fabulous,

I know it’s been a while, but i was sick for almost 3 weeks and then I had to catch up on things.

I’ll be doing a product review Blog today, As you might have noticed by the title that its more then one in one go,

due to having one or two products of each brand, plus i did test and use them all together lol My face ended up looking like a carnival afterwards, but it was fun, and I am beyond impressed with most of the products.

Before we start here is a picture of my completely clean face, just for shits and giggles due to the end result :P

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So lets get into it, I’ll start with OFRA first.

OFRA

As most of you may know I absolutely adore this brand due to its amazing products and obviously yes they are cruelty free :)

So i had the pleasure of getting a eye liner / Brow gel, sadly not in my colour but Auburn but I did enjoy the way it made my Green/ Blue eyes pop.

I Really REally enjoyed it and will more then likely use it on an ongoing basis, even though the color wasn’t black enough :P It still looked really awesome, the application is easy and smooth. The gel itself is a nice thickness but not so thick that it looks horrible, Oh and did I add that its Semi permanent and waterproof? :D

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I will without a doubt be adding this to my personal as well as professional kit in a wide range of colours, I really ejoy and love this, well done OFRA for yet another amazing product!

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My awesome Brow with OFRA Semi permanent waterproof eye brow gel!

Gosh

A few people have recommend that I look into Gosh for a while now, and I have stopped by Edgars a few times and they have a really awesome range of products but I have to be Honest for I have not yet tried them, They are however also Cruelty free and Vegan.

So I got a stunning Gosh Lipstick, a pinkish / light red color.

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image_3I really like the color, especially because I’ve become very big on reds for lips, just love them, the lipstick is extremely moisturizing and the application is awesome, I have had products that leave my lips feeling weird and dry but this was not the case with Gosh, the lipstick is also a shimmery, Nothing to not love about it.

A def A++ in my books.

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Brows: The awesome Ofra gel Lips: Amzing Gosh :D hehe My face is getting color

Ralo

Now i’m sure this is a brand that’s not new to most who read Pout Perfection, if you can remember the blog recently had a Ralo giveaway. Ralo has been around for a long time now and is beyond affordable.

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Sadly it’s not a brand I really use due to not being a professional brand and not being able to find out if they are cruelty free or not, (If anyone has any info on that, please let me know)

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Generally very affordable products tend to be more poo then we’d like for them to be but I won’t lie, these products REALLY surprised me, the shadows are beyond pigmented although it messes quite a bit it does actually blend and not just rub away and the color really pops, same with the liner, it didn’t irritate my eye and the application was smooth and easy, unlike some pencils you have to dig a hole in your eye before it takes, however it wasn’t as striking as you’d see on the image below.

This really did surprise me, I don’t have foundation or primer on my face, only a normal moisturizer which makes this even more amazing haha I applied it and think i left it for about 2 hours before washing my face and the shadows stayed as they were and still as bright.

Well done Ralo you def impressed me :)

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Yardley London

Yardley has been a house hold name for many years now, especially among the older generation, they Love it and are very much Loyal to it and with good reason, It’s a good brand but sadly they aren’t cruelty free and the main reason for e not using the brand.

I received a Yardley Longwear Lips in Nude and Retractable eye pencile  in Gold

imageimage_1As much as I don’t enjoy using animal tested products, like I said Yardley is a good brand and has always been,

The lipstick is a stunning nude color, application is smooth, and matte so if you prefer either you can always just sparkle some gloss over it and its a great evening look even with still being nude and natural.

It’s a long lasting lipstick and very light, I barely noticed having lipstick on and it doesn’t bleed.

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I’ve always been a fan of Retractable eye pencils, especially for personal use, I just find that they apply allot easier and that they aren’t as harsh on your eye, very moisturizing and gentle, Gold isn’t exactly my color but this s a great pencil smooth and very gentle, also very bright without having to dig your eye out.

If you enjoy Yardley these are def two products to try, they are awesome.

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Well I guess that’s my post for now, I’ll be doing another Essence one soon as well as some Hair and skin things, just need to use them as they are products that i’d have to finish using before being able to give an honest opinion on them.

Please note that I am in no way associated with any of these brands in anyway, shape or form,

these products have only been supplied for review purposes.

Thank you for reading, Please find all the brands sites and details below.

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OFRA Cosmetics:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/OFRA-Cosmetics-South-Africa/144787562240284

Webdite: http://ofracosmetics.com/

Twitter: @OFRAcosmetics

Instagram:  @ofracosmeticspro

Gosh Cosmetics:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/GOSH-Cosmetics/38203759052

Webdite: http://www.goshcosmetics.com/

Twitter: @goshcosmetics

Instagram: @Gosh_cosmetics

Ralo Cosmetics:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RaloCosmeticsSA

Webdite: http://www.ralo.co.za/

Twitter: @ralocosmetics

Instagram: @ralocosmetics

Yardley:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/yardleylondonuk

Webdite: http://www.yardley.co.za/

Instagram: @yardleylondon

 

Have an amazing Thursday!

Lady_HellFire

XOX

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MY WEDDING DAY – SERVICE PROVIDERS – part 2, THE PHOTOGRAPHER

Hey there! So I hope you enjoyed my previous post on my wedding day about my wedding dress and where I got it. If not, please check it out wedding dress

Post 2, is all about the photographer. Christopher Munton. Actually, he isn’t a photographer, think of him as an artist.

I personally can’t stand cheesy wedding photos one sees these days. And sometimes it is the photographers that just are inexperienced. If you’re planning a wedding, I suggest you pay for a good photographer. Photos are what you end up with to remember the day forever. Not the shoes, not your perfume, or the amount of people you invited. So if you’re going to settle for a cheap photographer with a cliche portfolio, then that is what you’ll end up with…

The venue I chose sent me a list of suggested suppliers of photographers, musicians, makeup artists etc. Scrolling through the lists, Christopher’s work definitely stood out! It wasn’t normal wedding photos. It was art!

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My parents, me and Nicholas.

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Nick’s parents.

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My mom giving me a gift in the day. Tavita my niece was with us.

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My cousins son looking for his name in the seating list.

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My nephew with my sister.

Please have a look at the rest of the photos on Christopher’s website in the link below and tell me what you think.
Nicholas and Sandy Wedding, Christopher Munton blog

Please read up on Christopher and his work in this link below.
FAQS

So if you’re planning your own wedding and you’re in need of the best photographer, please contact Emily and or Christopher. You will not be disappointed! I must say, he is also such a great person! You feel totally comfortable with him. He captures the most wonderful moments without being all up in your face. Chilled and relaxed is how I felt. I feel that the mood of the photographer can set the mood of the bride as he is there while she is getting ready. So if he can relax you, you’ll be way more calm walking into the chapel. So this is a thank you to Christopher. Thank you for bring a brilliant artist.

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More info:

Contact Christopher Munton: contact Emily or Christopher
Christopher Munton photography FACEBOOK: Christopher Munton Facebook

So have a look, like his page and be wow’d!

MuchLuv, BeBlessed
SandyN

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MY WEDDING DAY – THE SERVICE PROVIDERS – part 1, THE DRESS

Good afternoon Dahlings.

So on the 5th of October 2013, I got married to my babsie. Ever since, I’ve been terribly busy, but I’ve always wanted to write up a post about the amazing service providers that made the day unforgettable. Post 1 will be about the dress.

To plan a wedding is easy if you know what you want and you’re not influenced by too many different opinions. Trust what you feel is right. I started with a mental list of exactly what I DIDN’T want.
For example: no poofy dress, no veil covering my face as I walked in, no updo hairstyle, no bridesmaids, no flower girls, no main table, no buffet, no garter throwing, no dj, no blingaling, no sparkly invites and so the list goes on. Now you look at that and you’re probably thinking that I had a terribly boring wedding. Haha. Boy are you mistaken.

Let’s start off with my dress. I knew I wanted a lace dress, mermaid shape. I knew I wanted a mantilla and that I wanted to look elegant. In my mind I had a vision. We then booked an appointment at PRONOVIAS in Sandton. Honestly, the most exquisite and beautiful wedding dress store ever. If you haven’t heard of PRONOVIAS, I suggest you have a look at their site. Dresses from designers like Elie Saab, Manuel Mota and Atelier. We were welcomed by the amazing staff and our consultant sat us down and showed us all the dresses on the computer. I then had to choose my favorites. And from those favorites, I had to choose 6 dresses which she would then get ready for me to try on.
I tried on the 6 dresses, but by the 2nd dress I knew I found the one. It’s name was SILABA, by Manuel Mota.

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I also got my headpiece, shoes and mantilla from PRONOVIAS. I’m terribly thankful for their amazing service, because I was losing weight before the wedding and they altered it perfectly with no complaints. (I didn’t lose weight for the wedding, it was a health issue I was facing.)

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This was on the actual wedding day. :)

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Prepping the mantilla.

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My mother and best friend.
My mother, aunt and sister also got their dresses from PRONOVIAS. Of course my mom spoiled me with lots of cocktail dresses for my honeymoon. I’m so blessed.

What I also love about their store is that they have sales where you can get selected cocktail dresses for R1000,00. These were dresses that normally costed over R5000,00 and more. So make sure to just pop in for a cocktail dress, they may have a sale on the go.

For more info:

YouTube link to pronovias runway

PRONOVIAS CONTACT DETAILS:
Building: Michelagelo Towers Mall
Street: 145 Maude Street
Suburb: Sandton
City/Town: Johannesburg
Province: Gauteng
Country: South Africa
Contact
Landline: +2711 784 2000
Website: http://www.pronovias.com

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So my next post will be on the amazing photographer!

MuchLuv, BeBlessed
SandyN

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