We’re all obsessed with it

We live in a society that is obsessed with oversharing. We post everything from the plate of food we eat to our deepest thoughts and emotions online for millions of strangers to read. Have you noticed how Twitter accounts who constantly to the point of being damn irritating always have the most followers? It’s exactly because we are obsessed with sharing and knowing what’s going on in other people’s lives.

What prompted me into writing this specific post is the following:

One of my favourite beauty YouTubers recently came out and announced in a 20 minute long video that she’s gay. Now, I understand that coming out must be really hard. You face harsh criticism from people who are just acquaintances, judgment from friends and even disappointment from family members. Now imagine the even harsher criticism you’ll have to face by posting a video on the Internet.

Her video has received over 8 million views and I understand that it’s a process and she probably has to work through it herself and it is therapeutic/inspirational for people going through the same thing and I’m all for it. You do whatever it is that makes you happy, but seriously who cares?

I don’t care that Ingrid Nilsen is gay. I still love her. She’s got the sunniest, most wonderful personality and her videos are beautiful. They’re thought through, well edited and helpful. I don’t watch her channel to snoop what’s going on in her personal life and to be honest I don’t really want to know all that much. I watch her videos because she’s good at what she does.

The world will be a much more peaceful place if we all just learn to leave other people alone sometimes. If you don’t like something, steer clear or practice being a grown up and tolerating it because everyone deserves to be happy without feeling the need to post a 20 minute long video on the Internet explaining themselves.

XO Carina

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Review: MAC Copperthorn

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To say I’ve been busy lately is a total understatement. I’ve had the pleasure to attend my first media screening for a movie in Melville, Johannesburg. I had to attend a corporate photo shoot and had to assist with holding props and walking all over the Maboneng Precinct in Johannesburg CBD. It’s the birthplace of all hipsters before they all migrate to Cape Town on skateboards or whatever method of transport it is that hipsters use nowadays, but in all honesty the CBD is very cool.

So with all my excuses out the way, I thought it’s about time that I do a review of an oldie but a goodie eyeliner of mine that I rediscovered while frantically searching for my concealer in my make-up bag one morning.

*Drumroll please* It’s MAC’s Copperthorn!

I absolutely adore this eyeliner. The texture is very smooth and velvety. Although it is technically an eyeliner in the more liquidy/gelly family, I use it as an eyeshadow.

It’s not powdery, but trust me when I say this baby sticks! You don’t need a primer and it seriously makes your eyes pop. I have blue eyes, but I think this is a shade that’ll work well for any eye colour.

It’s also jam packed with sparkles and pigment, but it’s not so sparkly that it’s glittery. It’s just the right amount of shimmer.

If I remember correctly, this product wasn’t exactly cheap since it is MAC, but you don’t need a lot of it when you’re using it so it’ll last quite a while.

It also comes in the signature sturdy glass pot with a black top that MAC loves using.

Which MAC eyeliner/shadow is your favourite?

XO Carina

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When are we officially adults?

This year I turned 25 and I was really not looking forward to the day. Not just because I was turning 25 and planning an ugly cry a la Kim Kardashian, but just because 25 has always sounded like such a grown up age and I don’t feel like an adult.

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For all intents and purposes I am though since I pay my own way and don’t live with my parents anymore or drink half my weight in hard liquor. But it just doesn’t feel like I’m an adult yet.

Also, I was kind of irritated since I organised a small get together and literally more than half the people couldn’t make it. Some had good reasons like handing in a doctoral thesis (how adult it THAT?!) on the Monday (my birthday was Saturday) and others were just plain f***ing rude like a friend who sent me a text half an hour before the get together started saying: “I’ve had a long week at work. Sorry, not coming anymore.” And if you read this, know I think you’re a terrible friend and I won’t be coming to your birthday next year because I’ll be chilling too lekker on the couch. #sorrynotsorry (How immature of me was THAT?!)

So when do you feel start feeling like an adult? Is there a specific moment when you suddenly just start feeling mature and like you’ve got your life together or do you always wonder when that’ll happen? Do you get an email from the government congratulating you on the fact that you are now a responsible human being that actively contributes to society?

I just don’t know.

Do you feel like an adult? When did shiz start getting real for you?

XO Carina

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Twenty. Five.

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Well, hip hop hippity happy birthday to me!

Today I’m 25. Even though I love my birthday and get very excited around this time of year, I feel kind of sad leaving my early 20s behind.

There are some things about my early 20s I definitely won’t miss like the year I did my Honours degree, silly heartbreaks and a lot of teenage-esque insecurity, but I enjoyed my early, care free 20s immensely.

Here are some things you learn on the way to later 20s:

  • You stop caring so much about what other people think about your life choices. By other people I mean like everyone and especially people who aren’t even close to you. You’re an adult and you make your own choices and know that there will be consequences.
  • You’re more confident. It kind of goes hand in hand with not caring so much what others think.
  • Less impulse, more thought. You don’t act as impulsively as you used to. I know when I was younger when I felt like doing something I did regardless of the repercussions.
  • Bye metabolism. Forget about scoffing down all the sweets and fast food in the world. It goes straight to your butt and once it’s there, it’s impossible to get rid of.
  • Bye just-a-few-drinks-that-turn-into-a-big-party. Oh please, I wake up the next morning after a glass and a half of wine and I feel like dying.
  • Better nutrition. I actually enjoy cooking now whereas previously I was just too impatient to make anything that took longer than two and a half minutes to make.
  • Sleepy time. Guys, seriously, I regret not taking all those naps when I was a child! And now that I’m old, I can’t fall asleep during the day. Just plain can’t. Unless I’m jetlagged and that doesn’t happen often.

If you’re 25 or older, what do you miss most about your early 20s and what not?

XO Carina

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Make-up shaming: My views

Being a lover of beauty and a beauty blogger, I’ve often come across people (sadly other girls mostly) criticizing the fact that you love make-up. I’ve also personally felt embarrassed to tell people that I blog about beauty because it’s perceived as being frivolous and superficial.

People who don’t adore make-up just don’t get it.

They don’t understand the thrill of using a new lipstick for the first time or the rush you get when you hear one of your favourite make-up brands will be launching in your country soon (Benefit Cosmetics is coming to South Africa next month!!!!!!!!!!!!!) or when you walk into a shop and you spend hours looking at the pretty products.

A person who loves beauty gets the same euphoria from beauty products as a guy who’s super into cars gets from a new car smell. Yet, nobody f***ing judges him for liking cars do they?!

We’re all different and we all have different passions and purposes in life so if you’re not into something, avoid it or just tolerate the fact that other people are different.

And just because you tolerate it and smile politely doesn’t make you fake either. It makes you a damn adult.

XO Carina

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Birthday wish list

Okay everybody, my birthday is this Saturday, 13 June 2015. Make a note of it in your diary for future reference. 😉

I’m turning a whopping 25. *sob*

Anyway, apart from that huge number of candles on my birthday cake, I’m going to share my birthday wish list with you.

Manicure

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Well, technically my parents already got me that. I went on Saturday and gots them did. I was feeling a bright colour and glitter. 🙂

Guess bag

Oh my gosh, I saw one at Edgars that really melted my black heart. The bag happens to be black as well, but whatevs. You can never have enough black handbags or handbags for that matter.

A winter coat

I hate winter. I don’t care how hot the summer was, I never want the colder months to come. Clearly I am meant to also be in Africa with the warm weather. But since winter is inevitably here *sigh*, I really want a beautiful jacket or coat for the winter.

Champagne

Drown your sorrows in style on your day of birth. ‘Nuf said right?

Lipstick

Image: makeupandbeautyblog.com

Image: makeupandbeautyblog.com

Again, another thing a girl can never have enough of. I would love a Tom Ford lipstick, but I’m battling with the knowledge that one costs about R500…

Perfume

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I’ve been eyeing Marc Jacobs’ Daisy Dream for literally years now, but again, I have an internal struggle every single time with the price tag.

Waffles and cappuccino

I love coffee but even more than that a hazelnut cappuccino. Man oh man, those are delish! And what goes extremely well with that? A crispy waffle. Bring it!

What do you want for your next birthday?

XO Carina

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