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Xmas Gift Ideas for HER

It’s that time of the year again, where struggling to find gifts is probably at the top of your stress list, because buying gifts for your loved ones can be a challenging task.  Stop stressing immediately though, because your girl has got you covered (never fear when Lilanie is near!) I’ve compiled a list of items that you can gift that special woman in your life this festive season, whether it be your mother, an aunt, sister, girlfriend or even your best friend.  I do hope you get some ideas from this list and that this post will be super helpful in making your Christmas shopping a little bit easier this festive season.

  • Candles

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Most girls love anything that smells good and that includes scented candles.  Not only do you find some that smell amazing, but some also have a calming effect and helps to relax you after a stressful day, which is why she will definitely appreciate scented candles as a gift.

  • Makeup Sets

A girl can NEVER have too much makeup, so if she is obsessed with makeup you can get her a makeup set.  They usually come in cute packages, so all you really need to do is wrap it up or put it in a gift bag and you’re good to go.

  • Books

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Let’s face it books can be expensive, so  if she’s a book nerd, definitely hit up your nearest bookshop and buy her a book that she’s been meaning to buy herself or the latest book in her favorite book series collection.  She will definitely be eternally grateful.  If you do not know which book to get her, a book voucher will also suffice and that way you don’t end up buying a book that she hates.

  • Bubble Bath Sets

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As I’ve mentioned before most girls love anything that smells good and that includes bubble bath sets.  We’re at the end of the year and that means she probably wants to de-stress.  A bubble bath set is a gift that every stressed out person will definitely appreciate.

  • Spa / Nail Day

Every girl loves to be pampered every once in a while and booking a spa day or a manicure / pedicure will definitely be highly appreciated.

  • Jewelry

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There is simply something about jewelry that makes it sentimental and it can also be a timeless piece, as it can be cared for and enjoyed for quite some time, which makes this the perfect gift to give to a loved one.  It’s also suitable no matter what your relationship with the other person is (getting matching necklaces for you and your friend, getting your girlfriend a pretty bracelet or getting that gorgeous pair of earrings your mother hasn’t stopped talking about since the beginning of the year)

  • Handbag

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Handbags are another of those items that a girl can never have too many of; different occasions require different handbags after all.

  • Perfume

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Get her, her favorite perfume or one that she has been dying to get herself and she will love you forever!

 

But that is it for this post, hope you found it useful during your Christmas shopping.

Until next time!

xoxo Lilanie

 

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Summer Essentials

Summer Essentials

Hello beautiful people, today I bring you some of the summer essentials that I cannot go without during the summer months and which you will most definitely need as well to survive the warmer months.

  • Sunscreen

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This item is definitely the most essential item on this list and which hopefully all of you own already, if you don’t want to end up looking like a red tomato or having a very painful sunburn experience.  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.

  • Makeup with SPF

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A lot of makeup comes with the added SPF these days and I highly recommend picking up one of these babies.  When you’re out and about in the sun all day, you definitely want not only your body, but your face protected as well.  I love the SPF in the makeup idea, as you can still wear your makeup, while at the same time protecting your skin, because I am definitely not a fan of rubbing sunscreen onto my face and looking like Casper the ghost.

  • Waterproof Mascara

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When its summer it’s a given that you are going to be sweating, which is why waterproof mascara should be your best friend during the summer months.  It can be used not only when you go to the pool or beach, but also just wearing it as part of your summer makeup.  The waterproof mascara will ensure that you do not have mascara running everywhere and prevent smudging which usually creates darker areas and ultimately makes you look like you belong to some type of raccoon species.

  • Bright Nail polish

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I absolutely love bright nail colors for summer because we’re finally out of the dark gloomy winter months and adding that pop of color to your toes or nails really makes a difference in your mood as well.

  • Setting Powder

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This is definitely one of those items that I keep with me at all times during summer, because my skin does become oily and sweaty during summer.  The setting powder helps with absorbing excess oils and helps to set your foundation in place and prevent it from sliding off your face during the warmer months.

  • Face Masks

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Face masks are an every season essential, but important especially during summer.  Due to the warm weather your skin is more prone to become oily and sweaty resulting in break outs, which can be minimized with the help of face masks.

  • Sunglasses

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Not only will these make you look hella stylish, but will protect your eyes from the sun, especially if you have very sensitive eyes like myself.

  • 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 at all times.

 

But that is it for this post, let me know in the comments what your summer essentials are.

Until next time!

xoxo Lilanie

 

Lifestyle

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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Glowy Spring Makeup Look

We are officially in the last month of spring here in Namibia and I’m excited for summer and December, as it is my birthday month and Christmas (YAY!!) This means that I can finally start playing Christmas music without being judged (I love my Christmas carols okay).  I have therefore decided to do a final spring makeup look, which can definitely be used for summer as well.

The eye makeup

I started off by priming my eyes with the Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser.

Next, I filled in my eyebrows with the Catrice Eye Brow Stylist Pencil in the shade Date with Ash-ton.

I then applied the LA Girl Concealer all over my eyelid to prep my eyes and then set the concealer with some translucent powder.

I then applied this shimmery pink color from the SMOKY Palette all over my eyelid.

Next, I went in with this brown color from the HD Nude Palette and applied this in my crease and extended it upwards.

Also from the HD Nude Palette I applied this even darker brown color also into my crease and extending it upwards for a little more definition.

 

I then applied this plum brown color from the ELF Little Black Beauty Book (Warm Edition) Palette onto the outer corner of my eyelid.

Next, I applied this orangey bronze color from the HD Nude Palette all over my eyelid(which is the third color in the palette that can be seen in the picture below) I then reapplied some of that shimmery pink color I used in the beginning also over my eyelid to soften down the orangey color.

I then applied the Essence Volume Stylist Curl and Hold Mascara to my top lashes.

After I finished my face makeup, I went back to my eyes and just put a bit of the two brown shades under my lash line and applied the Essence Lash Princess Mascara to my bottom lashes as well.

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I then also applied this shimmery white color to the inner corners of my eyes, as well as my brow bone.

 

The Face Makeup

I started off by priming my face with the Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser.

I then applied my foundation and used the Rimmel 25 HR Lasting Finish Foundation in the shade Medium Beige.

I then went in with my concealer and used the LA Girl Pro Concealer in the shade Creamy Beige.

To set my foundation I used the Yardley Absolute Translucent Loose Powder.

I then did my contour with the Absolute New York Pro Contour Palette and used the Catrice High Glow Mineral Highlighting Powder in the shade Light Infusion as my highlighter. (Don’t be shy with the highlighter as this is a glowy makeup look)

For blush I used the Jordana Blush Powder in the shade Rose Silk.

On my lips I used the Avon Color Trend Lip Gloss in the shade Pucker.

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And that concludes this makeup look and the spring makeup series.  I will still try to get some spring inspired outfit ideas up on the blog before spring is officially over so be on the lookout for that.

I really hope you enjoyed this post…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