Monday, 20 October 2014

Wedding Update - 2 weeks to go!

It is officially 2 weeks to my wedding day! JP and I have been quite fortunate that planning our wedding has been rather easy and pain-free. I haven't been sharing a lot about my wedding because I thought people weren't all that interested but I have been asked to share a few details so I thought I'd share the happenings of this past weekend.

My weekend started off with me finding sweet pea flowers - my absolute favourite flowers!
Saturday we headed to our wedding venue to finalise a few last details. To our surprise a wedding was happening that afternoon and there were chairs where we will be getting married. It just really hit home for us that very soon things would be set up for our wedding and it made us super excited for our own wedding.
Photo taken by Samantha Smith (@Smigal89)
That evening Samantha (my sister) and I did our nails because JP and I were going to have our couple's photoshoot to help "prepare" us for our wedding photos. We didn't have an official engagement shoot when we got engaged so this was a treat for us to get some engagement photos in. I decided to paint my nails in Zoya's Godiva because it perfectly compliments my dark purple dress.
Sunday I had my hair cut and styled at StyleBar in Tyger Valley Mall in preparation for a couple's photoshoot that afternoon in Stellenbosch. I had layers done and my stylist, Claudia, curled my hair. I really love what she did but didn't really get a chance to take photos - however the photoshoot will have many pictures for me to choose from and then I'll be able to do the proper reveal. I did my own makeup for the shoot and decided to stick with a purple theme (my favourite colour).
I like the look of this makeup and it's something I am considering sticking to for my wedding - it just feels "happy". I will have to wait and see how I feel on the day and give my makeup artist some direction.

JP and I can't wait to see the photos from the shoot. The photographer we chose is Alexandra Graham. I first came across Alexandra's work when we started following each other on Twitter. When the time came to choose a photographer I immediately thought of her. I am so pleased with how she knows what JP and I are looking for in our photos and is so supportive of our ideas. As soon as I get some photos from the shoot I'll share some on my blog (Click here to visit her website).

After the wedding I'll definitely share some details of the day and why I chose to do what I did - it isn't going to be a "traditional wedding" at all - a very small, relaxed garden wedding followed by a luncheon - no assigned seating, no speeches, no real formalities. JP and I want our wedding day to be completely relaxed and filled with love.

I hope you all have a fantastic week.

Big Hugs,
Charlene XXX

Friday, 17 October 2014

Feel Good Friday

In less than 2 weeks I am getting married! This month is feeling so long counting down the days to my wedding day. I am not the most patient of people so this is a true test of my patience.
Last weekend I had my hair and makeup trail. When the veil was placed in my hair I suddenly felt like a bride and wanted to get married immediately. I truly can't wait for my wedding day!

Wish I could bottle up the feelings I have and share it with everyone. Have a wonderful day and enjoy your weekend.

Big Hugs,
Charlene XXX

Thursday, 16 October 2014

La-Tweez Pro Illuminating Tweezers

One thing I really hate doing is dealing with stray hairs. The old "traditional" tweezers I had were a pain to deal with and poor lighting made it such a mission to get rid of unwanted hair.  I then decided to get myself a la-tweez tweezer.
I got a pink one because I wanted a fun colour. The tweezer's design is very pretty and functional. The tweezer is made from stainless steel and the tips of the tweezer are perfectly aligned which allows you to grip the hair firmly.  I love how quick and easy this makes hair removal.  The tweezer has a built in LED light that is bright and perfectly highlights the area you are working on.  The switch for the light is a Swarovski crystal that makes plucking hair far more glamorous than it usually is.

I bought my tweezer from Takealot for R279. The tweezer comes in pink (R279) and black (R289). It comes in a pretty lipstick kind of case with a built in mirror for tweezing on the go. You can also purchase these from RetailBox for R320.

Big Hugs,

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Wishing Wednesday

Today's Wishing Wednesday post is a little different. I am sharing a wish of mine that I've had for ages that is finally going to come true. I remember when the ghd Wonderland came out and I wanted one so badly.  Lucky me though, I spotted that RetailBox had them on sale for R999 and I immediately ordered one.
I've wanted one for so very long. I can't wait for it to arrive! There are a number of ghd's on sale so go pay the RetailBox website a visit.

Big Hugs,
Charlene XXX

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

TRESemme Oil Elixir & Extra-Firm Control Mousse

The lovely people at TRESemme recently sent me two products to try out, their Oil Elixir and Extra Control Mousse. When it comes to my hair I am quite lazy so receiving these products was good in that it forced me to spend some time on my hair for a change.

Oil Elixir
I have become such a fan of oils. I use them on my face, skin and hair.  The oil is golden in colour and have a beautifully, soft fragrance. What I like is that this oil isn't overly runny which makes it easy to control and work through the ends of my hair.  The Elixer is suitable for all hair types and doesn't weigh your hair down at all.  Containing Babassu and Macadamia oils this oil is easily absorbed into my hair and leaves my hair super soft.  I find that with my long hair I need more than the 2 - 3 drops recommended. I need at least 1 pump. At R120 for 100ml,, this oil is an absolute steal and worth every cent.

Extra-Firm Control Mousse
I really struggle when it comes to using mousses, I've never really gotten into using them.  Getting this mousse forced me to try it out. This isn't a mousse that you would use everyday. It is for when you need to your hair to stay put. I really loved how this mousse tamed the frizz my hair often gets and my flyaways were nowhere to be seen.  The product is light and fluffy, easy to work through my hair and absorbs quickly.  After blow-drying my hair, it felt a bit hard and I was terribly worried. However when I woke up it was a lot softer - thank heavens. My hair felt fuller, had great volume and zero frizz.  When I use this with curls, my hair stays curly for much longer. This is really great for days where you need something that is going to keep your hair in place and where you won't have to worry about humidity causing your hair to frizz.

Overall I was really impressed with these products and will definitely continue to use them.

Thank you to TRESemme for sending me these products to test out.

Big hugs,
Charlene XXX