Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Museum Of Ice Cream (MOI)//First SOLO outing.

Personally, I was not planning on doing a blog regarding my recent visit to the Museum Of Ice Cream (MOI). The reason why I didn't want to blog/write about it was the purely because  I went alone with no family, friends or boyfriend. So to tell the truth, I was feeling kind of sorry for myself.


BUT, I swallowed my pride, got dressed, sat in traffic for 3 hours all together and showed up. And that turned out to be THE BEST FIRST SOLO OUTING EVER!!! As I am writing about this post,  I still feel so stoked about it. 

As I mentioned I had to sit in traffic for 3 hours all together. I bought my ticket in June 2017, if I am not mistaken, as that was the time they went on sale. I only bought one ticket because they were selling out fast and also I have faced some disappointments with some friends that I was like "if you want to go, get your own ticket". Which was kinda rude from my side right?.. Uhm no I don't think so. I am just fed up of getting disappointed and not getting a chance to do what I want. But any who, getting back to the ticket; closer to time I wanted to sell it as I was terrified to go alone. I mean "who was going to take pictures for and with me?" and "who was going to share the experience with me"? 

By now you all now that I am an Au Pair (Au Poor) and also a budget queen. I paid $29.00 for that ticket so I was not going to let that go to waste. I put on my big girl pants and went. I booked a ticket for 7pm in the evening and I showed up at 7:30pm (African time) and traffic. When I got there , Raspberry Ryan was so cool and understood and I was able to start the adventure. 

They do say a picture is worth a thousand words... Well, I wonder how many words a few pictures are worth?


The pink room. I just loved this room because it was PINK and if you can't tell by now, I am a huge pink fan. Not just the colour. Thank you so much for the kind stranger that took a picture of me. 

Outfit Deeds// Jeans: American Eagle Sneakers: Old (Pierre Cardin)

Outfit Deeds// Hat: Can't Remember. Sweater: PACSUN


This room was a real Southern California kinda room. If you know what I mean. And once again it was pink. In this room we got to sample some ice cream, which was heaven. Kinda like a unicorn in a cup. But the only down fall for me was that I am lactose intolerant, so the next day I was MIA.


If you ever go to the MOI, do yourself a favour and smell the bananas on the wall. I literally wanted to grab a bite of those nanas on the wall and I don't even eat bananas. 

Outfit Deeds// Backpack: Wish 
Yes, I took a picture on the Banana swings and I loved it. Once again thank you for the kind young gentle man who took the picture for me.

This ish is Bananas 
Moving on to the Minty, all to green, calming room. Love this room it really balanced out the colours of the MOI. 



No jokes, this room really made my pink POP. I feel like this was the perfect outfit for MOI. You know I am a budget queen and I love looking good for less. And this was a great choice.  


This picture is just for my bestie. She loves these shoes that are designed to look like yummy dessert.

Be YOU!!!
The gummy room was my second favourite room. Not just because is had Gummies for days, but because I was breaking it down with one of the friendly MOI staff. Let's just say, I danced off the Ice Cream I received earlier.


Dance like nobody is watching. 
Ask me how it feels like to lie in a sprinkle bath and I would say magical. This was by far my favourite room. 95 million sprinkles, who wouldn't want to take a picture?


As you can see, I had lots of fun ALONE and I can't wait for my next solo outing. To see more pictures don't be shy to go and check out my Instagram


The woman you're becoming will cost you people, relationships, spaces and material things. Choose her over everything. 

xoxo
NotJustAPrettyFace 

Monday, October 9, 2017

Style On A Budget - PopPoly

Hey Pretty Faces, decided to do my very first clothing review. As you already know I am an Au Pair (Au Poor) and I love the finer things in life, but I can't always afford them. But that is no train smash if you find some hidden online shopping gems.

I decided to check out PopPoly, a Women Fashion Online Store that is super affordable. Because it was my first time ordering from this online store, I only ordered one item to see if I really like it. Not going to drag this out any longer so let's see what I ordered.


What I ordered was a Poppoly Lead Me To You Bat Sleeves Sweater. I order it in the smallest size, which was a Small. On the picture it looked wine red but when I received it, it was more of an burgundy. If you know me, you know I am a lover for burgundy so I did not complain.


I paid $19.45 excluding tax. It took a while to get delivered. By the time I received it, I kinda forgot about it. Oops!


When I did the shoot to showcase this top, it looked red in the sun as you can see in the pictures. Which explains why it is advertised as wine red.


The fit was big. I feel like it was a big small. But it is a sweater and sweaters should be big and loose. Loved the sleeved though. They are not to narrow and it makes it easy to move around with. And I am a big sucker for open shoulders, the only thing I hate about open shoulders is when I lift up my arms. But this sweater stayed in place no matter how high I lifted up my arms. So of cause that is a big plus! 



As you can see I had fun shooting this all by myself.


Would I order from PopPoly again? Uhm... Yes I would order from them. Personally I feel like if you need the item now, you shouldn't order from them. But if you are willing to wait then give it a try. You have absolutely nothing to loose.    

" Fashion is art and you are the canvas" -Velvet Paper
xoxo
NotJustAPrettyFace

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Physical Self Love - Be The Queen You Were Meant To Be.

In my first post regarding Self Love, I briefly touched on what I saw as Self Love. But now I'm going to take one step deeper. Because deeper is better right?

Photo by Brigitte Tohm on Unsplash

Personally I don't care what the dictionary says about Self Love because my definition is simple: PUTTING YOURSELF FIRST! Period.

This is the first part of three parts for the Self Love series (if I could call it that) that I will be doing. This post is all about the Physical Self Love.

1. Drink Water

If you are anything like me and don't like the taste of water at all. You come up with a way to get that H2O in body. So this is what I do:
  • In the morning before my coffee/tea I have this rule. I cannot drink my hot beverage if I don't drink a glass of water first. 
  • I live for ice! I am a bigger lover for ice and the reason is because of my health but I use that to my advantage. I add ice to my water bottle so when I drink water, I will drink until I get a piece of ice. This works every time.

Photo by Wine Dharma on Unsplash
Water is very good for your body and your body plays a big role when it comes to Self Love. Because without a body how will you be able to take care of yourself physically?

2. Go For A Walk

So during the week and most weekends I do not have a car, I use my God given gifts and walk. I do plenty  of walking; from walking with two kids, pushing a stroller to the park/target to just walking to the store by myself. Walking keeps me lean and not so mean but while I walk I get to focus on me. On what I want in life and what I want to see happen. I feel like when I walk I am able to think clearly. Fresh air is always good for the brain. 

Sometimes you don't need a car to get away, you just need a good pair of running shoes, music and nature to clear your head. 

Photo by Linda Xu on Unsplash

3. Shake What Your Momma Gave You

Yes, you read it right. Dance, shake your bum bum, like no one is watching. When I dance I feel free, trouble free and worry free. If you know me, you would know that when I hit the dance floor... I drop it like it is hot and I don't care who is watching because I am doing me Boo! 

Dancing gives you an opportunity to let go. Those few minutes that you just let go can turn out to be the best minutes of your day.

Photo by Simon Noh on Unsplash

4. Free Hugs

I'm a hugger. So I always give out hugs as if I'm Oprah. Lately I have been wanting a hug from my Mommy Dearest because I went through a teary couple of days. Truth be told nothing beats a mommy's hug. But God blessed me with people around me who love giving hugs and I take it with open arms, no pun intended.

Photo by Alex Blăjan on Unsplash
"Sometimes all you really need is someone to hug you tight and refuse to let you go until you feel better. You are very special"
Don't be afraid to receive hugs because sometimes it ends up being the day you needed it the most and you didn't even know it.

5. Hot Shower, Yes Please! 

So, I am not a bath person. Reason being is because I feel like if you bath, you just end up bathing in your own filth. But any who, that's me being Gu-wee.

What I do after a long day is: I take a lovely hot shower and just take a deep breath and relax. After that I change into my comfy pj's.

Photo by shawnee wilborn on Unsplash
But if you are a bath person, get your self some essential oils, bath bombs, music and a glass of wine and unwind. Don't worry about anyone else but yourself. This is the time where you need to put yourself first.

Self Love means being a bit selfish; putting yourself first, chasing your dreams or just plain splurging money on yourself. Because you work hard not to do so.

"You carry so much love in your heart. Give some to yourself" -R.Z.

Why are we so scared to spoil ourselves?

xoxo
NotJustAPrettyFace

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Target Buys Under $50 // Shopping on a Au Pair Budget

As most of you know, I am an Au Pair (Au Poor) and I am all about looking/feeling good on a budget.

So we don't get paid millions, but that is no excuse for not being able to look/feel good. I decided to go to Target and see what goodies I could get under $50 (including tax). Let me not bore you to death any longer because I am sure you are dying to see what I got.

 Wireless Headphones:

I am a big lover for headphones but they keep on breaking. So I am at that point where I don't want to spend a lot on headphones/earphones if they keep on breaking. So I got these awesome wireless headphones for only $10. If that is not a bargain, then I don't know what is...

Watch the time:

Watches are my go-to accessories and once again I have managed to break them or they just stopped working... But no fear when Target is near. I found this lovely watch on sale at Target for $7.48. And I am totally in love with it. It goes with everything and now I don't have an excuse for being late as everyone knows that I bought a watch.


Earrings for days:

Diamonds are indeed my best friend, but for now I will settle for sterling silver earrings. I have sensitive ears, I look for earrings that will not hurt my ears. I did try the earrings and I can only where it for a few hours max. So that was kind of a bummer. These earrings cost me $14.99.


Line those lips:

If you follow me on Instagram, you would know that I love the brow gel from essence, but this time I decided to try their lip liners. The liner was $1.99 and I don't think it was bad at all. Essence is quite a nice go-to drugstore brand so I didn't mind spending that.


All together I spent $37.13 , which I think is very reasonable for what I was able to buy.

What are your fave Target buys under $50?

Be sure to follow me on my social media for more in depth pictures on my budget buys.

"I could give up shopping, but I am not a quitter"

xoxo
NotJustAPrettyFace





Monday, September 18, 2017

September Charms - Boxycharm September 2017

Hello Pretty Faces,

So if you follow my instagram, you would know that I am a boxy charm fan. And I do love their  monthly charms that they throw my way.


This is my first official blog about my monthly subscription with Boxycharm. So a little background regarding Boxy Charm is that it is a monthly subscription that you pay $21,00 + tax every month. And the beauty of this is that you get FULL SIZE make up goodies. Anything from face masks to brushes. The retail value is over $100 and you only pay $21, now why would you say no to that? Please note this is not a sponsored post just my personal opinion and experience.

Charms received in September:



Briogeo - deep conditioning mask.

This is a hair conditioning mask for your hair. This mask is supposed to repair damaged hair, enhance shine and reduce hair breakage by 81% just after 3 uses. Unfortunately I have not tried this out, as I just did my Faux Locs. But when I do try it out, I will be sure to share the outcome.


M.A.C - Eyebrow Crayon

I've never tried an crayon from M.A.C, so you can just imagine how excited I was when this charm arrived this month. The crayon is very soft, it glides while I put it on my brows and the pigment surprised me. As most of the eyebrow crayons I have use are not as pigmented, so I end up using the pomade with they crayon. So good job M.A.C.


PÜR - Soiree Diaries Eyeshadow Palette

Boxycharm introduced me to the PÜR brand and must say I am hooked. If you follow me on instagram (@official_gillsee) you would see that I tried their eyelashes and I fell involve with them And this month I got to try their palette. OH MY GOSH!!! Another instant love. The colors are very pigmented and they are nice and gentle on my eyes. Think this might become my favourite go-to palette. 


Studio Makeup - Loose Blush

If you know me, you know I like a good blush because I don't have red cheeks so I need to fake it until I make it. This loose powder was different from what I am use to. A little goes a long way and I found the more I put on the brighter the colour got. I feel like the loose blush could be used if you are looking for a subtle look. Once again this is my opinion.


Colourpop - Ultra Satin Lip

A charming box is ever completed without colourpop. Colourpop is one of my fave lip brands to wear. I was so happy to see that I got yet another colourpop lipstick this month. I got it in the colour Little Stitious 17G3 and I would be lying if I said putting on this colour didn't make me feel like a barbie girl. The colour was perfect, it really complimented my skin tone. And the wear, unbelievable. It stayed on for about 5 hours, but I had to retouch a few times.


Feel free to click on this picture if you want to see how I used this month's charms to get all glammed up. And if you also are subscribed to boxy charm please do tag me in your looks, would love to see how everyone got creative this month. 


If you loved this post about Boxy Charm and feel like you need to get your hand on it, just click here, you won't be sorry.

xoxo
NotJustAPrettyFace

Friday, September 15, 2017

Fab Friday - Be The Queen You Were Meant To Be

As you know I have started a Self Love series. Where its all about giving love to yourself before giving it to others. And today is FriYAY so why not be all fabulous. 

Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash
My fabulous plans for Friday usually involves make up, hair and lots of dancing. After a long week at work/college you deserve to unwind and look after yourself. Some TLC never killed nobody. So why not dust of those dancing and dance to your own beat. Just go out there enjoy what is around you, even though it not your type of vibe. 

Self love has a lot to do with loving yourself wherever you are. Babe, you deserve the best. You were born to shine, fade away. Be fabulous!

Some tips for a fabulous Friday:

1. Just Chill! 

A long week? No worries. Just get into your comfy clothes (the sweat pants, hair tied, chilling with no make up clothes), pour yourself a glass of red wine, since its Fall and put your feet up. 

2. Make Plans.

Now don't get too comfy now, call one of your girlfriends and make some plans for dinner, drinks or just a pure good time. And if no one can join... Guess you will have to be your own wing queen. 

3. Dolly Up.

Yes girl! got to put on some lips before you leave the house. And just the right amount of highlighter because someone needs to steal the shine. 

4. Dance To Your Own Beat.

Since you did all the work, you deserve to move your feet to your beat. By that I mean going out for dinner or that drink you have been craving for days. And if you are like me. You just want the beat to hit your soul so that you can just dance the night away. 

Photo by Larm Rmah on Unsplash
Now if this does not get you excited for the weekend, then we need a serious talk. But we shall catch up after the weekend as Gu-wee needs to go put on her dancing shoes.

"I'm obsessed with becoming a woman comfortable in her own SKIN."

xoxo
NotJustAPrettyFace

Monday, September 11, 2017

Self Love - Be The Queen You Were Meant To Be.

I remember this like yesterday. When I was in high school a kid said that I think to much about myself. Which I was like "that's rude" because I always care about everyone around me and I put them first. But the girl who was sitting next to me heard that and she replied "If you don't think about yourself no one will" and it hit me that she was right. If you don't love yourself how can you share love with other people.

Sometimes you need to think about yourself, be a bit SELFISH and do what you want to do. And for some odd reason, it's seen as a bad thing when you put yourself first, for once. Why though? Why is it such a bad thing to have some selflove?

Love yourself with no limits, appreciate the person you are and have become. We tend to forget about ourselves because we also put everybody's need before our own. I am most definitely at fault. I use to skip out looking after myself, treating myself and pursuing my dreams. There came a point where I just couldn't do it anymore. Where I was like "I keep on helping everyone out but I am still stuck in the same place". And that is where I took the stand. The self love stand! 

When I started doing me I started to loose some friends or they were just "weird" towards me. At first I kind of freaked me out because I was becoming "friendless". But I got up, dusted myself off and carried on with doing me. Self love is what I needed to discover myself, to find out who I am without the people around me. To discover the REAL ME!

I would love to share some of my self love tips with you pretty faces, but guess you will have to wait for the next post. 

She remembered who she was and the game changes - Lalah Deliah 
xoxo
NotJustAPrettyFace

Museum Of Ice Cream (MOI)//First SOLO outing.

Personally, I was not planning on doing a blog regarding my recent visit to the Museum Of Ice Cream (MOI). The reason why I didn't wan...