It’s been quiet on my blog for a while. Part of the reason was that I was feeling fairly uninspired. I didn’t want to churn out content for the sake of it – I do this because I love it, not because I have to, so with my recent holiday and birthday, I decided to throw myself into planning those and enjoying myself instead. Now I think I’m ready to dip my toes back into the blogosphere and I thought I’d do so with a quick round-up of all my favourite things at the moment.
Beauty: Huda Power Bullet Matte Lipstick
I’m starting to suspect I plan my holidays around my Sephora wishlist, which isn’t the most ridiculous thing I would do, actually. But while in New Zealand recently, I decided to try the Huda Power Bullet lippie as I had seen amazing reviews on it. Let me tell you: I. WAS. BLOWN. AWAY.
The shade I bought, “Interview”, is the absolute perfect nude and is now my go-to everyday lipstick. My lips look incredible in it, and the staying power must be experienced to be believed. I had always loved the Huda Liquid Lipsticks, but this is a game-changer.
I’ll probably write a separate blog post on it with a full review, because I cannot stop raving.
Food: Freckles and French Toast
For my birthday, I decided to outsource for some sweet things and ordered some mini donuts from Freckles and French Toast. Every time I looked at the Instagram page my mouth would water, and I always wanted to try. I’m so glad I actually did, because they were as delicious as they looked. My colleagues and I devoured these with copious cups of tea throughout the day, while commenting on how much better they are than “proper” donuts, as they were bite sized and had fruit (although when you get to your 6th one, that argument goes out the window). You can find them here: https://www.instagram.com/freckledtoast/
Wine: De Meye Trutina 2013
It’s no secret that I love both OneDayOnly and wine, and during one of their #WineWednesday deals, I saw a deal for a case of the De Meye Trutina 2013. The reviews were great, and the price was excellent, so I decided to get in on the deal. It is a flagship red blend of mostly merlot, with cab franc, shiraz, and cab, and it’s described as being “a powerful medley of black and red berries, crushed peppercorns and violets, polished off by a hint of dark chocolate”. It paired extremely well with the springbok pie I made.
Their restaurant, The Table at De Meye, is a farm to table experience that I cannot wait to try – I’ll definitely have a blog post on them when I get out for a lunch there soon.
I was looking for a birthday gift for a friend recently – it was a very specific piece I had in mind – and came across Silvery, who stocked exactly what I wanted. After doing some more browsing, I came across this gorgeous moonstone ring, which I sent to my boyfriend as a gift idea (he took the bait, and it’s one of my favourite gifts ever). Silvery offer ethically handcrafted jewellery in 925 sterling silver and gold, which can be personalised with their hand stamping or engraving service. The delivery is quick, and the service is great. Plus they’re a South African company, so by buying from them you’re supporting a local business, which I love. Definitely a new favourite. You can find them here: https://www.silvery.co.za/
Health: Be Bright Collagen Powder
I’m not exactly sure what got me onto the idea of collagen powder, but recently a colleague suggested I try Be Bright, which is what she uses. I’ve been trying to get into more exercise to complement my healthier eating (mini donuts notwithstanding), and apparently collagen powder is great for post-workout, as it supports and enhances the health of bones, joints, cartilage, tendons and ligaments. More benefits include: providing strength and structure for firm skin, healthy hair and strong nails, as well as supporting gut and vascular health. So, every morning I add a scoop to my coffee (it’s pure protein, so it also gives you a feeling of fullness, which is great if you’re trying to eat less as well). You can get yours here: https://www.bebright.co.za/products/collagen-powder
Games: Untitled Goose Game
When I first saw the trailer for Untitled Goose Game, I straight up cackled. It looked chaotic and hilarious which, as I found out when I downloaded it, it absolutely is. The premise is simple: it’s a lovely morning in the village, and you are a horrible goose. You control the goose, which can honk, run, flap its wings, and grab objects with its beak to bother various human villagers. As you make your way through the village, you have a set of objectives which will allow you to move to the next stage, although you can also just cause whatever other chaos you can think of. If you’re ever come across a goose in person, you’ll know what assholes they are, and now you get to become one. I loved this game – the end was as charming as funny as the game itself, and while the actual gameplay is short, you can spend hours just honkin’ and getting up to mischief. I love this game. You can download it for your Nintendo or home computer here: https://goose.game/