Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Solo Traveler // San Francisco Budget Traveling

Hello there Pretty Faces.

I have been back from my first Solo Travel for over 3 weeks now, but due to health issues I am only sharing this post now. But...  IT WAS AMAZING!!! Just so you know.



Looking for some budget friendly tips and ideas? Well... wait no longer as I am going to share with you.

Everyone knows I am an Au Pair/Au Poor so money is not on my side but with that being said I love the finer things in life, which includes TRAVELING. Okay, I am going to stop blabbing and start sharing.

Flights:

So I booked a flight through Alaska. What I used to book a flight is Google Flights as it had the best prices available for me. But I also use Hopper to find cheap flights that fit my budget.

Transportation:

Public transport was my best friend in San Fran and let me tell you it's not even expensive. I used the app Muni App and bought a one day pass for $20 and with that I had acces to any public transport that was under Muni for the day. But the following day I ended up using cash and it worked me out so much cheaper than using the Muni App. So my personal advice is to rather use cash than the app if you only spending a weekend there.

Accommodation:

Traveling on a budget doesn't mean you need to live like a hobo. I stayed at The Adelaide Hostel and it was amazing. The hostel is very close to Union Square and to all public transport. It super affordable and its clean and the staff there are AMAZING. If you ever looking for a hostel to stay in, I would recommend The Adelaide.

Exploring:

I went to all of the places I personally wanted to visit, including The Painted Ladies. My suggestion would be to plan out you itinerary and know where you want to go. This will spare you so much time and money and stress. There are free tours that are offered around Union Square that I think could be useful if you don't really have anything planned.

Stay tuned for pictures and more travel diaries on San Francisco. 

Traveling alone is the single best gift you can give yourself!

xoxo
NotJustAPrettyFace


Sunday, November 26, 2017

Au Pair Diaries//Being Sick and Not Knowing It

So...

If you have been following me on social media, you would know that I was in the hospital for a total of 6 days. This post in not a post to feel sorry for me, or me looking for attention. No it is an awareness post. A post that hopefully will help someone out there and touch them. 

I am 24 years old, which means that; I should be living my life, be in top shape, always face the world with a big smile and NOT END UP IN HOSPITAL! Or so I thought. 

As I am writing this post, I am slowly, but surely, coming to terms that it happened to me. That I am not made of sugar, spice and everything nice. That at the end I am not perfect and that it was about time for me to go through this. My host dad said: "You are young, they can fix it". Which is true, but terrifying, it was not part of MY plan. But with everything that happened; I am reminded that God's plan is bigger then my plan and that I serve a Mighty God.

8th November 2017, the day I would love to forget but can't. During that day I was not feeling well and the evening I though: "I could sleep it off". But I couldn't. When I opened my bedroom door; I collapsed and started throwing up blood, because this time I could not sleep it off! It was time to face it. I was rushed to the ER and that is where MY world came to a stand still and started crumbling down. My blood count was 4.5, my iron was low, my esophagus was more narrow then I could've ever imagined and there was a possibility that I had internal bleeding.

What Was Wrong?

Upon arrival test were run and it was determined that I had a blood count of 4.5 WTF right? Because an average woman has a count of 12 so immediately I received a blood transfusion. 3 pints of blood that evening. Then they ran a stool test (eeuw) and they found traces of blood. Which meant I had internal bleeding. (As I heard all this, tears were running down my cheeks). But for them to determine if I really had internal bleeding they had to scope me. News flash: Gu-wee has a narrow throat (which I have been mentioning every time. Since I eat super slow) So they were unable to get the scope down my throat. Best part is they even tried the pediatric scope and still was unable to go down. But it had to be done so that I could know what is going on. On top of all this I am anemic and iron deficient. I received an iron drip that would be good for the next 6 months. 

Next Step

Due to Mission Hospital being unable to scope me, I had to go to UC Irvine Hospital. Where I spent 5 days in the hospital to see the GI, because I didn't want to know what was wrong but needed to know. Let me just say those 5 days were not fun. As it was the weekend of Vetrans day, I was in the ER for 6 hours before getting a room. Then I spent the whole Saturday waiting for the GI, where he never showed up. Finally he came on Sunday and I was supposed to do te procedure on Monday. At 18:00pm, Monday evening, I was told that they couldn't do it. It had to be Tuesday. I was not happy as I didn't want to spend another night in THAT hospital! Tuesday came it was done (after some words were exchanged). It was then determined that I had ulcers around my intestines and that it was the cause for my internal bleeding. 




Recovering and Medication

At this very moment, more then a week later I am discharged but my struggles are not over yet. I need to get my prescription for my internal bleeding but I am unable to afford it because it's $400+. In Au Pair language that is a big NO NO because I don't even make that much in a week (its okay, you can pick up your jaw). But I need it the medication to get better. And I have been out of the hospital for 5 days and still don't have my medication. The joys of being an Au Poor. My medical aid doesn't cover it so what now?

I don't know what I am going to do, but this I know is that I need it to get better and start living the life God wants me to live. Because guess what? God is not done with me. 

Health is a crown that the healthy wear, but only the sick can see it

xoxo
NotJustAPrettyFace

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NotJustAPrettyFace

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Maybelline Color Sensational Matte Metallics Lipstick//Influenster

Hey Pretty Face so if you know me, you would know I am a budget queen and I love me some good lippies. For the month of October I received my VoxBox from Influenster. For those who don't know Influenster, don't worry, Gu-wee's got your back. 

Influenster is the best thing since sliced bread. You register on the website and then there are some task that you will need to complete. While doing that you might get chosen for a VoxBox. Now a VoxBox is where you get products to sample and give your HONEST opinion and you get to keep it. Can I get a whoop whoop. PS. signing up is totally free. So what are you waiting for?

But now that you know what its all about, let's get into my VoxBox that I received this month. This month I received my free VoxBox from Maybelline. I was asked to try their new Color Sensational Matte Metallics Lipstick. I was very excited to try it, as I love a good matte and on top of that it is Metallic!


Colours that I was asked to try out were: 970 - Molten Bronze and 978 - Smoked silver. I did swatches on my arm. The colours looked amazing on my skin, the Metallic was a good add. 

But I never wiped off the lipstick from my arm and I kid you not, in less then an hour it was gone. I was only left with shimmers on my arm. So that already kinda put me off as I love a long lasting matte lipstick.

I used it on my lips and it most definitely didn't feel like a matte lipstick. It was a lipstick with shimmer. Feel free to go and check out the small video I did on Instagram. Disclaimer I received this product free so that I could test it and give my honest opinion.



Would I buy Matte Metallics? Uhm that is an easy no. But would I buy Maybelline again? Yes indeed. One of my favourite nude matte lipstick is from Maybelline. 

If you received a VoxBox, please do share what you received and what you thoughts are.

It's not "just" Lipstick... It's SELF CONFEDENCE!

xoxo
NotJustAPrettyFace

Monday, October 30, 2017

First Time Solo Traveler // Tips and Tricks

Kings and Queens, the time has finally arrived. I have taken the big step and decided to plan my first ever trip alone. Trust me it was not easy, but it had to be done. I kept on asking people to go with me and it just turned out to be the biggest disappointment ever. And let's just say Gu-wee was over being disappointed or dropped at the last minute.

But you didn't come here to read about my disappointments, you came for my tips and tricks to get ready for your first solo travel. And let me say that I am super proud of you for taking the first step.

1. Mindset.

You need to change your mindset. Stop thinking that if you travel alone, you will not have fun or that you will be an outcast because you won't. I had to change my mindset, if I was to travel alone and enjoy it. I did a lot of soul searching and I went back and forth and kept on postponing my trip. But I told myself "if not now, when?"


2. Pick Your Destination.

I've always wanted to go to San Francisco. And that is the destination I picked. Choose a place that you have never been to and always wanted to visit. A place that you know you will be able to have fun at without any company.


3. Research Research.

Make sure you do your research on the destination you are planning on visiting. If you are going to a different county, make sure you know the rules and what is excepted and what not. Fortunate for me I am just going to San Francisco there aren't many restrictions.


4. Itinerary 

As a solo traveler, you are in control of EVERYTHING and that includes planning what you are going to do when you get there. Pinterest was a great help to give me an idea of what I can do in San Francisco. Asking around and googling is also a big help. These pins below were helped me and there are plenty of other pins that I used. Feel free to check them out.

    

5. ENJOY! You Deserve it. 

You worked too hard not to enjoy your trip. And I am speaking about myself here. Giving me the motivation to go out there and enjoy it. I paid for it so I am going to enjoy it to the fullest. 


" You never really TRAVEL ALONE. The world is full of FRIENDS waiting to get to know you"
xoxo
NotJustAPrettyFace

Thursday, October 26, 2017

October Charms // BoxyCharm October 2017

Can't believe it's October already? Which means dressing up, Fall (if you live anywhere but Southern California) and Candy... Did I forget something? YES!!! Its Boxycharm Time.


If you don't know what Boxycharm is, I have one question for you: Have you been living under a rock?

Just kidding, you know Gu-wee's got your back. If you don't know already I am a budget queen and love looking FABULOUS for less. I love me some good makeup but can't always afford it and that is where Boxycharm comes in. I only pay $21/mo and I get FULL size makeup/skincare/haircare products and I love it. All these products added up can be at value of $100 or more. If you like what you are reading? What are you waiting for? Click here to join boxycharm. You won't be sorry!

October charms were not too bad. Not going to bore you to death, let's see what I received.


1. Dr Brandt Pore Dermabrasion.

So this is a face scrub that deep cleans and refines pores. You are supposed to use it every 2-3 days and I have been using it for a week. Since I have been using it, my skin started breaking out. Hopefully in a months time I will be seeing some good results. Will keep you posted on Instagram, be sure to follow.


2. ncLA "Nailed It" Tool Kit.

I am all about doing my own nails so I loved this kit. Nice and small and easy to pack and travel with. It has all the basic things you need to keep your nails on fleek while on the run.


3. Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter.

Now, hands down this is my favourite charm for October. If you check out my video on instagram, you will see that GLOW. This is my favourite highlighter by far from all the highlighters I have ever tried. Would I buy this again if it ran out? YES! YES! YES! The Becca Cosmetics Highlighter is Gold!


4. Jont├ęBlu Lip Liner Pencil

I have only recently started using lips liners as I always thought that lip liners were to help enhance your lips. You all know that I have natural thick lips so I don't see the use to enhance my lips. I loved this liner though, as it was easy to apply and super moist.


5. Tarte Tartiest Quick Matte Paint 

I love myself a good matte lipstick that doesn't leave my lips dry. As its winter and my lips needs tons of TLC. The Taste matte lipstick is so amazing. Stays on the whole day without having to reapply. I mean that is very girls dream matte lipstick. And best of all... It doesn't dry out my lips. Can I get a whoop whoop!


See me slay my face with this October Charms on my instagram. Be sure to click that follow button. 


"Make up doesn't define the person you are - GuWee"
xoxo
NotJustAPrettyFace

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 
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