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Beach Bag Essentials

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If you’re in Namibia you’re probably going to find yourself going to a place where you can dip your body in water (a lake, the ocean, a pool) because the heat in this country has just been INSANE.  I have therefore put together a list of beach bag essentials to make your beach/ pool day experience the best it can be.

Beach Bag

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You obviously need a beach bag to carry all of your items in.  The one in the picture is from Forever 21, but you can get a similar one from Mr Price.

Towel

You’ll definitely need a towel to dry yourself with and to lie on when trying to get that tan you’ve been dreaming of getting the whole winter long (goodbye pale body, see you next winter!)

Hat / Cap

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You definitely want to protect your face as much as possible when you’re out and about in the sun, because sunburnt cheeks are a definite NO – NO, plus it’s super sore. (Trust me I’ve had the whole experience – not fun AT ALL) A hat or a cap is therefore an essential when going to the beach.  Also, hats are very cool accessories, especially when you’re going to be taking some photos.

Sunscreen

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As I’ve mentioned in my summer essentials post, sunscreen is a definite MUST and also one of the most important items on the list.  As the ozone layer is depleting, it is important to protect your body from the sun’s harmful rays, which sunscreen helps to do, by blocking the harmful rays from penetrating the skin and triggering skin disorders.  Most sunscreens or sunblock are now also waterproof, which means that you can enjoy yourself in the water without worrying about being burned by the sun.

Chapstick / Lip Balm

Skin on your lips is actually much thinner and more delicate than the rest of the face and therefore much more vulnerable to damage by the harmful UV rays.  It is therefore important to not only protect your body, but your lips as well.  These days you can find lip balms and lipsticks that also have the added SPF to ensure that your lips are protected.

Sunglasses

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Not only will these make you look hella stylish, but will protect your eyes from the sun as well.

Sandals / Flip Flops

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More often than not the sand on the beach will be scorching hot, hence the need for flip flops, which I think is a better option than sandals as it’s easier to slide on and off your feet.

Water Bottle

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Staying hydrated is very important when going to the beach, as you will most probably be in the sun all day.  Don’t spoil the beach trip for everyone by refusing to take a water bottle with you and possibly fainting from dehydration.  You’ll also probably never get invited again, so make sure you drink as much water as you possibly can.  I recently just discovered an awesome drink for the summer thanks to my aunt, which can be seen in the picture above.  It is super refreshing during the summer.  It’s an Aloe Vera drink and it comes with different flavored juices (the coconut one is pretty good) it does also have the Aloe Vera pulp inside (which I’m not a fan of, but there are ways to get around that and still enjoy the drink)

Kimono / Cover Up

Beach cover ups and kimonos are a stylish way to further protect your skin from the sun.  You can find some pretty dope ones at Edgars.

Entertainment

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Definitely include your headphones, a book or a magazine in your beach bag to avoid laying on the beach all day with nothing to do and possibly getting bored (you can only stare at the ocean for so long) plus a beach outing is the perfect time to catch up on some reading!

Cute bikini

Taking BOMB ass pictures for the gram is definitely a big part of going to the beach (for most of us anyways) and therefore you obviously want to look your best, which is why a cute bikini will be an essential part of your beach outing.

But that is it for this post, I hope this post will be helpful during your next beach getaway.

Until next time!

xoxo Lilanie

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Boss Babe Playlist

Happy New Year!!

With a new year comes new year’s resolutions and goals (if you haven’t set any for yourself that’s also okay) and I therefore thought compiling a boss babe playlist to get you motivated and encouraged to take on those goals and resolutions would be a perfect post.  Also, I love compiling music playlists, can you tell?  I am definitely going to be listening to some of these whenever I’m feeling a bit down in the dumps or whenever I need a little extra motivation to get me going and you can too, by checking out all of the songs listed here.

  1. Jussie Smollet and Estelle – Conqueror (from Empire)
  2. Melanie Fiona – I Want It All
  3. Little Mix – Little Me
  4. Fifth Harmony – Boss
  5. Little Mix – Salute
  6. Jessie J – Queen
  7. Andra Day – Rise Up
  8. Ashley Argota – Hope Is In You
  9. Jessie J – Masterpiece
  10. Sia – Never Give Up
  11. JoJo – I am
  12. Nicki Minaj ft Beyonce – Feeling Myself
  13. Demi Lovato – Warrior
  14. Katy Perry – Roar
  15. Christina Aguilera – I Will Be
  16. Christina Aguilera – Beautiful
  17. Demi Lovato – Confident
  18. Alicia Keys – Girl on Fire
  19. Katy Perry – Rise
  20. Rachel Platten – Fight Song

 

That is it for this post, hopefully some of these songs will get you inspired / motivated for the New Year.

Until next time!

xoxo Lilanie

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Summer Music Playlist

It is officially summer here in Namibia, which is why I have compiled a summer playlist to help get you (those of you who are also experiencing summer at the moment) and myself in a summer mood.  If you’re on the other side of the world and experiencing winter at the moment, you can still listen to these cool jams to help get rid of those winter blues.  Also, I did mention in my previous post that I would try to put up more spring outfits before spring is officially over, which obviously did not happen and I do apologize, but I figured that because we were already at the end of spring, I would much rather put together some summer outfit ideas instead.  I am going to stop rambling now, so without further ado, here is a list of some summer jams that are definitely going to be on replay.  You can check them out here.

  1. Chris Cab ft Pitbull – All of the girls
  2. Camilla Cabello – Havana
  3. Demi Lovato – Sorry not sorry
  4. Dua Lipa – New rules
  5. Fifth Harmony – He like that
  6. Demi Lovato ft Stefflon Don – Instruction
  7. Mabel ft Kojo Funds – Finders Keepers
  8. Maroon 5 ft SZA – What lovers do
  9. PrettyMuch – Teacher
  10. Sigala, Elle Eyre – Came here to do
  11. The Dream ft Fabulous – Summer Body
  12. Chris Brown – Questions
  13. CNCO, Little Mix – Reggaetón Lento (Remix)
  14. J Balvin, Willy William, Beyonce – Mi Gente
  15. Jonas Blue ft William Singe – Mama
  16. Red one, French Montana, Daddy Yankee, Dinah Jane – Boom Boom
  17. Wale ft Major Lazer, WizKid & Dua Lipa – My Love
  18. Dj Khaled ft Rihanna & Bryson Tiller – Wild Thoughts
  19. Luis Fonsi & Demi Lovato – Échame La Culpa
  20. Jason Derullo ft French Montana – Tip Toe

 

But that is it for this post, hope you enjoyed it.

Until next time!

xoxo Lilanie

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Current Favorites

Hello there beautiful people! I haven’t done a monthly favorites in such a long time (I skipped two months to be precise – oops!) and I therefore thought that I would do a current favorites instead.  So without further ado, here are some of the stuff I have currently been loving.

Music

Sam Smith’s Album – The Thrill of It All

Sam Smith is FINALLY back with a new album and I am SUPER excited!! I can literally listen to him all day, every day.  As always, all of his songs are just so damn good, but I do have a few favs that have been on repeat since the album came out.  These include Burning (do go listen to the live version on YouTube here, trust me you’ll thank me), No Peace ft YEBBA (Two soulful voices on one track – be ready for some serious goosebumps), Too Good at Goodbyes, Palace, Pray, The Thrill of it All and One Day at a Time (this is such a beautiful song).

Demi Lovato’s Album – Simply Complicated

I’ve been a fan of Demi Lovato since her appearance on Camp Rock.  It has been interesting to watch not only her musical journey, but her personal journey as well.  I love her new sound, because she has such an amazing voice, which is showcased more in this new album, there is also more soul and emotion, which I’m all for.  She has also released a documentary of her life journey, focusing on her struggles with her eating disorder, as well as her alcohol and substance abuse, which you can check out here.  Some of my favorite tracks from the album include: Sorry not Sorry, Sexy Dirty Love, Daddy Issues, You Don’t Do it for Me Anymore, Only Forever and Smoke and Mirrors.  This girl is amazing, so do yourself a favor and go listen to this album, you won’t regret it!

CNCO ft Little Mix – Reggaeton Lento

Sevyn Streeter – Before I do

Sabrina Claudio – Wait

Jidenna – Boomerang

Rotimi ft Kranium – Want more

MiC LOWRY – Don’t tempt me

Rhyon –Gone

 

Beauty

LA Girl HD Pro Concealer

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This is definitely one of my all-time favorite products.  The product comes in a 0.28 OZ (8g) squeeze tube with an attached brush applicator.  It has a creamy consistency and is so easy to blend.  I love this product, because it does an amazing job of camouflaging the darkness under my eyes, as well as skin imperfections and has minimal creasing when set with some powder.  It is also super affordable (you can find it at Dischem for N$ 59.95) and travel friendly.  The only thing which might not be everyone’s cup of tea is the applicator, which can be a bit tricky to get the right amount of product out, so you need to be careful and strategically squeeze out the right amount of product, as you don’t want too much product being wasted.

 

RK by Kiss Nail Polish in Marshmallow

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This color is absolutely beautiful and the main reason why this made the list.  It’s the perfect spring / summer color and I can pair it up with any outfit.   I love the consistency of this nail polish, it is not runny, not too thick; just a perfect in-between that allows it to apply very smoothly.  Because of the light color of this nail polish, I do however apply two coats of nail polish just to make sure I get the best color.

 

Nivea Body Lotion (Vanilla and Almond Oil)

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I’ve always been a fan of the Nivea Body Lotions and usually use the one with Shea Butter and when I saw that they came out with a new product infused with vanilla and almond oil, I knew I had to try it out.  It smells absolutely amazing and is not sticky or greasy at all.  It also leaves your skin feeling super soft and radiant and is another affordable product, which you can get for N$ 48.45 at Dischem or N$ 49.95 at Clicks, which is definitely a bargain, as you get a 400 ml bottle for that price.

 

Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser Primer

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This product is a clear – jelly, silicone – based primer that comes in very pretty packaging – it comes in a teal and turquoise tube, with hot pink writing.  I love this primer because it is lightweight, blends easily, it is non – comedogenic, which means that it does not clog the pores, it is travel friendly and it is a pore – blurring primer that leaves your skin with a smooth finish.  You do however only need the tiniest amount, as it can sometimes give a bit of an oily feel, especially if you have oily skin.  You can get this product at Clicks for N$ 94.95.

 

Essence Volume Stylist 18h Curl and Hold Mascara

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I have finally decided to try something other than the Essence Lash Princess Mascara (which if you have followed me for a while, you would know is one of my favorite mascaras).  The Essence Volume Stylist Mascara contains micro – styling waxes for voluminous and curved lashes and is also made up of a fully loaded paddle brush.  The formula is not too wet or dry; it has a nice, deep dark black color and does not irritate my eyes.  I mostly love this mascara because it adds length, volume and curl to my lashes and gives it a beautiful dramatic false lash effect, which I definitely need, as I do not wear false eyelashes and can we just take a moment to appreciate how gorgeous the packaging is?  The only thing I do not like about this product is that the brush is quite big, which does make the tube a bit messy and also makes it difficult to use on the lower lash line, which is why I just use this on my upper lash line.  I can’t find the price for the product on either Dischem or Clicks’ Website, but if I remember correctly it was in the N$ 40 – N$ 55 price range.

 

Pond’s Pimple Clear Face Wash and Leave-on Expert Clearing Gel

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Both products contain Thymo – T Essence and Salicylic acid, which are both known to prevent pimples. The Pond’s Pimple Clear Face Wash has a thick, creamy consistency, while the Clearing Gel, as the name suggests has a gel – like consistency.  I love the packaging on these products  and it has been a favorite as it has a fresh aroma and removes every trace of dirt and oil from the skin, making your skin feel squeaky clean and refreshed and I have definitely noticed the reduction of pimples on my skin.  Together these products will definitely make a difference on your skin.  You can find both these products for N$ 44.95 at Dischem and at Clicks the Facewash (100 ml) is N$ 42.95 and the Clearing Gel is N$ 35.95.

 

Series

Riverdale

If you love drama filled series like myself, you will definitely enjoy this series.  The characters in the series are based on the characters from Archie Comics.

 

Accessories

Black Choker

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I’ve had this choker for a while and recently started wearing it again, which made me realize once again how pretty awesome it is.  It has this black lace detail with a little pearl pendant at the front, which I love, as it gives it a bit of a feminine touch.

 

Snacks

I recently stumbled upon the Fruit Chutney flavored Jumping Jack popcorn and I am in love! This tastes SO FREAKING GOOD!!

 

But that is it for this post, really hope you enjoyed it, do let me know in the comments what your current favorites are.

Until next time!

xoxo Lilanie

 

 

 

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July and August Favorites

Does anyone else feel that time is just racing towards the end of the year? I can’t believe we’re already finding ourselves in September, it’s crazy! As promised though, this post will cover my July & August favorites. I do hope you enjoy it!

Music

So I will only be talking about a few of these, as the list is pretty long as you can see and I do not want to make this blog post any longer than it needs to be.

  • Wale ft Major Lazer, Wizkid & Dua Lipa – My Love (Usa + Africa + UK = FIRE!! This is such a great collaboration.  I love the beat of this song, because it has an African feel to it, but you can clearly hear Major Lazer’s influence as well.  I also just absolutely love Dua Lipa’s voice!!)
  • Chris Brown – Questions (This song is absolute FIRE!! I love reggaeton music and this song has a little bit of a reggaeton feel to it.  The music video is also just LIT!  You can also hear Kevin Lyttle’s Turn me on featured in the song.)
  • Fifth Harmony new album: I LOVE their new vibe; I’ve literally been playing this album every day since its release.  Some of my favorite tracks include: Bridges, Angel, He like that, Don’t say you love me and Messy.
  • Keke Palmer ft Quavo – Wind up
  • Demi Lovato – Sorry not sorry
  • Pia Mia ft Jeremih – I’m a fan
  • Camilla Cabello ft Young Thug – Havanna
  • H.E.R – Focus
  • Jojo – Wonder Woman
  • Becky G  ft Bad Bunny – Mayores
  • Ty Dolla $ign ft Lil Wayne & The Dream – Love U Better

                                                                               

Favorite Quote

“I found I was more confident when I stopped trying to be someone else’s definition of beautiful and started being my own.” – Remington Miller

 

Beauty / Hair

  • Auntie Jackie’s Curls and Coils “Curl La La” Curl Custard

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This product smells soooo yummy, I love the purplish color of it and I absolutely love the way it makes my hair feel.  I use it with the Aunt Jackie’s “Knot on my watch” Instant Detangling Therapy, which I mentioned in my May Favorites and it makes my hair super soft and so easy to deal with.  I definitely want to try out some more products in this range.

  • L’Oreal True Match Foundation

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I love that this foundation is lightweight, easily blendable, gives good coverage (I usually just use two pumps) and is not cakey on my skin.

  • Wet n Wild Silk Finish Lipstick in the shade Cherry Frost

I used this in my Old School Glam Prom Makeup Look, which you can check out here.  I LOVE this color, it’s such a gorgeous red shade and I’m excited to create more looks with this lipstick for spring and summer.  It’s also one of those hydrating lipsticks, which is definitely a bonus.

  • Avon Silky Soft Musk Perfume

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I am a huge fan of musky smells and I can just not get enough of this perfume, it smells so good and has been my go to perfume since I got it, which was quite a while ago and I have no idea why I didn’t feature it in a favorites post before.  The packaging does not look like much, but don’t let that put you off, because it is definitely worth the buy.

 

Favorite Movie

*Beauty and the Beast

I know, I know, I’m super late to the party, but I haven’t really had much time to actually watch movies, but I FINALLY decided to set some time aside to watch this much talked about movie.  I absolutely loved it!! Emma Watson also just makes the perfect Belle.

 

Favorite Series

*Girlboss

I haven’t actually read the book yet, something which I absolutely still intend on doing, but I just had to watch the series which came out on Netflix, as I wanted to see what all the hype was about.  There has been mixed opinions about this series, but I actually liked it.

 

Books

*The House of Sleep by  Jonathan Coe

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Snacks

*Bar One Chocolate Bar

I don’t know what it is, but I have just been loving the Bar One chocolate Bar lately.  It’s just so yummy!!

 

Accessories

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I love this gorgeous Paris themed phone case.  I’ve had it for a while now and I have no idea why I’ve never used it before.  I got it from Wish when I was in the US and I can unfortunately not get any more as they don’t ship to Namibia, they do however ship to South Africa,so do go check out their site, they have some pretty phone cases for very affordable prices.

But that is it for this post, thank you for stopping by…until next time.

xoxo Lilanie