Great Music 🎶 + Snacks 🍟+ Alcohol 🍹 + Junk Food 🍔 + A night of Comedy 🤣 = A Great evening. Name a better combo for a successful evening. You can't, I tried and I couldn’t come up with anything that could so much as even contend with this. These are
the words that describe the evening I had at Parkers' comedy club, for the launch of
the #ENTERTAINER2018!!

You're probably thinking what is the #ENTERTAINER? Well, for those of you that know, you can skip this paragraph and dive right into my telling of the amazing evening I had! For those of you that don’t, I've got some good news for you:We're on the same page, I hadn't known about the app until I received the media invitation.

Neutrogena Hydro Boost

Hydration is the foundation for healthy looking skin

Numerous factors can contribute to our skin becoming dehydrated, rough and dull in appearance, but healthy skin is made up of a high percentage of water, hence the saying "Drinking lots of water can really help your skin"

Neutrogena has found a way to “water” your skin in more than just drinking a certain number of liters, of water a day - which honestly I don’t think either of us can manage to do without a water tracker.

But wait. ✋✋✋

Nivea Toning Lotion

There's nothing I hate more than having a face that’s glowing - literally. That’s the reason why I've switched from Vaseline to normal body and face creams, to run away from the shine! 🌞🌞🏃🏃

Some of us are blessed enough to not have oily skin, but for those that don't have that luxury, controlling the shine can be a mission and a half.

I, fortunately, don't battle with excessive oily skin, but I do have the misfortune of battling with glowing skin.

Shea buttered on both sides

There's a saying that goes you can't have your bread buttered on both sides - WELL... with Shea butter you CAN. It's not only amazing for your hair but for your skin too. 

Shea butter has been a secret to the 
GLOW UP of many woman in Africa for many years. After being given two jars of raw Shea butter from Shea Healing by a friend, I went on a research-rampage to find out how I can use it to the best of its ability, and I stumbled upon Whipped-Shea-butter

I attempted to make it using the method of whipping the butter in a bowl, over a pot of hot water. The minute I turned around to get a whisk, the Shea butter had melted to oil and my parade had been rained on. I placed the Shea butter back in the jar and packed it away.

Last week, something just tickled me to attempt it again, but using a different method that I found on YouTube and I FINALLY managed to perfect my jar of deliciousness. In this blog post, I'll be sharing how I achieved the whipped-Shea-butter.


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Shea butter is the fat found in the nut of an African Shea Tree. The raw fat is extracted from the nut and is originally yellow in colour. It also contains a strong odour and impurities. The unrefined is ivory in colour and has been removed of any impurities. The refined is white in appearance, the lack of colour indicates that the butter has undergone some refining. The refining process removes all the beneficial aspects of the Shea butter. The Shea butter is naturally rich in vitamins A, E and F which have been proven to improve the appearance of hair and skin with it's healing and moisturizing properties. Here are a few other benefits of Shea butter on the hair and skin. 


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    • Anti-inflammatory properties provide support for the skin cells and protects against infections and irritations
    • Keeps the skin moisturized - even dry skin
    • Treats acne and blemishes 
    • Contains anti-ageing properties that help reduce and prevent wrinkles 
    • Reduces the appearance of stretch marks and scars


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  • Moisturizes and softens the hair strands 
  • The healing properties also aid in the repairing of damaged hair
  • Reduces hair shedding 
  • Soothes dry and itchy scalp without leaving a greasy residue behind
  • Treats split ends 


Shea butter is firm but easily spread. Whipped Shea Butter makes it easier to get it out of the jar and application to the hair and skin. It allows for the addition of your favourite oils and the quantity of the Shea butter increases!

NB: The quality or the properties of the Shea butter does not change but rather is enhanced with the added oils.


- Bowl
- Tablespoon
- Whisk or Electrical Whisk
- Spatula


- Caival Fusion Oil
- Raw Shea Butter
- Buuya Infused Herbal Oil 
   [use 10% off code: buuyalennie]
- Sweet Almond Oil
- Coconut Oil
- Bergamont Essence


You don't necessarily have to use the same oils as I did and you can switch up the quantity suited to your needs.

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  1. Empty the jar of Shea butter into the bowl
  2. Add 10-15 drops of Buuya Infused Herbal Oil
  3. Add a lid size of Bergamont essence
  4. Add 3 or 4 Tablespoon of Caival Fusion
  5. Add 3 Tablespoons of coconut oil
  6. Add 1 Tablespoon of Sweet Almond oil
  7. Mix all the ingredients together using a whisk or an electrical whisk
  8. Mixing may be hard at first but it will slowly soften up and become easier to mix
  9. After about 10 minutes, the Shea butter should have a creamy  and soft consistency -- If not, continue mixing
  10. Once it has reached your desired consistency, use a spatula to scrape the Shea butter out of the bowl and into an empty jar
  11. An alternative way of getting the Shea butter in the jar: put the Shea butter in a plastic bag and cut the end a bit and squeeze the mix into a jar

And that's how you perfect this jar of deliciousness, try not to eat it!

Verbeel By Nayo

If you're a budding fashion designer, then you will love this amazing babe! Odunayo Akinnuwa, an Ambitious, Creative, Trendsetting, Motivational, Go-getter who has recently launched her bold, chic and sophisticated brand -VerbeelByNayo- is someone we all need to keep an eye out for 👀👀. She is definitely going to make Tsunamis' 🌊🌊 in the fashion industry.

She's a 2nd year Fashion Student At FEDISA & in between school, assignments and the struggles that come with being a student, she's managed to finally launch her brand and you can clearly see the efforts & sleepless nights she's put in because she's delivered over and beyond your typical brands.

Junior Cosmo Beauty Editor

Meet Aphiwe Khambule: An Ambitious, Hard-working, Fun and Creative soul! Who has a gorgeous Instagram feed - check it out - and is the junior Beauty editor at Cosmopolitan! #BestJobEver.💁💁 This is the exclusive interview I had with her getting the details about what she studied and how she became the beauty editor at cosmopolitan.

BLACK GIRLS ROCK: Sumaya Enyegue

These past few weeks have been tense as university students protest for Fees to fall. Police and private security greet them with brutality, students are arrested and it seems as if our voices will not be heard, again

Below is a poem written by a grade 12 Student, addressing the Fees Must Fall movement and a comment made by a UCT recruiter who came to her school and said "University is a privilege and not a right."

Sumaya Enyegue is one of Claremont High Schools' top achievers, likely to achieve an A-aggregate, and wants to study MEDICINE next year. That is if she can get funding.

The poem she wrote is based on a TRUE story, and is titled: 


Dear. Mr. Man,
I wonder if perhaps we share a mother,
Because mine is a domestic worker.
She gets on her knees and scrubs the dirt off clean floors.
Maybe she is mimicking her teenage years.
The years she spent on her knees in front of strange men.
Maybe that’s why she scrubs so hard.
My mother also takes the little Caucasian boy for walks and speaks to him in the language of her colonisers. 
She does all of this for R4000 a month.
Or maybe you’re the father of my late friend? 
The friend who hung himself because he had to take an “indefinite leave of absence” because of late fees?
Three bursaries later and he was still drowning in debt. 
The first person in his family to go to University.
And now? There are still no degree-holders bearing his name.
Did you have to bury him? 
Throw brown dirt on your brown boy and write his eulogy?
Maybe, in your previous life, you were the shack that Asemahle grew up in?
Did your metal skin scorch her fingers as she sat on her thin matrass and clutched the rejection letter for a student loan? 
Did the ruffling of your roof drown out her cries as she checked the rejection email from a university a week later?
Do you know she still lives in you now?
Or perhaps; you’re just a man, 
With valid opinions, like mine.
Who stood in front of a room full of matrics and told them “University isn’t a right, but a privilege.”
I hope you know my heart sank.
Because wasn’t freedom a privilege reserved for a few 30 years ago?
But maybe,
Just maybe
You’re merely a man. 
Who should stop speaking for an entire nation.

We asked Sumaya to give us her thoughts about the poem, She said: 

"I wrote this poem unintentionally. Like, I wasn't looking to write about anything remotely political or about the fees must fall movement. But my matric year started out rough from the get go. My single mom was battling to pay the the school fees for R7000 and it became heart-breakingly clear that we would be unable to pay tuition fees for university, especially with a course like Medicine. I applied for every bursary available and made sure my marks were at the best possible place that they could be for me. But bursaries are quite specific, and not many institutions are willing to pay for the 6 year course. Nevertheless I applied for every Medical bursary at my disposal. Early on this year, a UCT recruiter came to speak to the matrics at my school about the application process. He ended off his presentation by saying that University is a privilege and not a right. My. Heart. Dropped. I mean, what was that supposed to mean? He echoed this hollow statement to a room full of matrics, most of whom come from disadvantaged backgrounds. I was pissed, for lack of a better word. There I was, a young, black female who is just as capable as the white girl who goes to Herschel or Rustenberg, just as bright, just as optimistic, just as goal driven. The only difference being that the white girl probably has 2, financially stable parents, who can afford to send her to study further. Does that make me any less deserving? Does it make me any less hardworking? Does it make University a privilege for me, but a right for her? These are the sort of questions we ask ourselves. I work hard. I work so so so so hard. And ultimately, the sad reality is: I work twice as hard to get half of what privileged children get. And that seems to be the fact that the Post-Apartheid South Africa seems to ignore. Its quite easy to brush off an affordable, decolonized education as unachievable, but what is the alternative? A system where the rich get richer and the poor stay poor? I just want a country not trying to cure itself of me. I want to have the same opportunities as Asemahle, or Chloe, or Jason or Lukhanyiso. I want to highlight the fact that a fair, just society starts when the people to whom it affects are educated enough to fight for themselves. Until
then, all I can do is write poems like these. "

Please, SHARE this post in the hopes that it could attract the eye of someone who is willing and able to help Sumaya obtain funding for university next year.

If you can help out or know of someone we can contact, please contact us by either of these emails.

Sumaya Enyegue:

BLACK GIRLS ROCK: Bun in the oven, Still Slaying 💁💆


You're going to love this Weeks' Black Girl that rocks as much as I do, because she is the definition of "Doing the things, to make the things to be done". She inspires me, motivates me and gives me hope that as black women and women in general we can literally move mountains, despite a bun in the oven. 🍞🍞 Her name is Yanga Elihle Elle Mangquku , and she's a Black Girl That Rocks! 💃💃💪

What is your definition of a black girl that rocks? ✨✨

"My definition of a black girl that rocks is a Black girl who knows the extent of her worth without having to convince anyone of her magic. "

What did you study? 📝📝

"I studied BA Psychology at the university of Johannesburg" 

Do you love what you studied? 📚📚

"Yes I do, a lot actually because it gave me so much insight into the human brain and human behavior. I can now say I'm able to understand everyone from their own perspective and not judge them at all. "

How did it feel when you graduated? 🔥🔥

"I knew right then and there that I'm capable of doing anything I want and being great at it. "

When did you find out you were pregnant? ❗❗

"I found out exactly on the 19th of August 2017. I was almost 5 months pregnant."

How did you feel about being pregnant? 🙋🙋

"Damn! I did about 6 tests, I was in disbelief. I felt so strange but, after doing the scan I became very very excited and I just fell in love with my baby immediately!" 😍

Were/Are your parents Supportive of the pregnancy?
My mom was very, very, very, disappointed at first, but she became used to the idea and two weeks later she was very happy. She gave my baby a name, - I mean it's her first grandchild- so she's very supportive right now. She tells me what to eat, what to wear, what not to wear and she's always asking about the baby everyday. My whole family is supportive and extremely excited to meet him." 💅💅

When Did you tell them you were pregnant?

"I told them immediately after I found out, I couldn't wait. I was like, "This cannot wait, because it's not going anywhere and it's something that's there and  I'm excited and nervous about it". So, immediately after I found out, I told them I was pregnant. We confirmed with scans and everything and that was on the 19th/18th of august. So they knew the day I found out."

How did the father take the news and is he supportive of the pregnancy?

He was shocked at first, he's a man; so he was shocked, scared and didn't  know what to say or do. After like a week, he was super excited. He's very excited right now, he loves his child already and he has also given him a name. He's always asking about our health; if we're fine, what we're doing. He's very supportive, he literally does everything he can  to be there for us. He goes to our appointments with us, so he's very very supportive and he's the most amazing partner anyone could ever ask for.

How did you balance school and being pregnant? 👯👯

"While I was writing exams I didn’t know I was pregnant at all, I literally found out after finishing school. "

How do you manage to Slay while pregnant?

"Girl, I refuse to buy maternity clothes, I am not a fan. I love looking good and pregnancy does not stop me one bit from doing so, plus I still gotta slay for my man boo 😁😁 "

What are your future plans after the birth baby?

"Well I'm currently working for an amazing advertising agency in Cape Town, so after my maternity leave I intend on carrying on with work, doing honors and being a FULL TIME mommy." 

Whats next for you and your man? 👪👪

"We're looking to reside within the same province since he stays in Port Elizabeth and I Stay in Cape Town currently. I am however, relocating back home to Centurion soon. So we're looking to stay in the same place because he doesn't want to be far away from us and he wants us to raise our child together. As a couple, we're excited and we're looking forward to the next phase of our relationship of being parents."

Is it a boy or a girl ? - Guys I had to ask, I've been crazy over babies lately.

"Mommy’s little man 👶👶 "

What words of empowerment/encouragement would you give to ladies who are Pregnant and hustling for that degree?

"Babes, it is not the end of the world in its entirety, it's just the end of the world you knew, and the beginning of the rest of your life. Embrace it, and do not let society lie to you and shame you for carrying a life and hustling. The hustle does not have to stop, it continues in full force because right now you have purpose."



What To Study, When You Don't Know What To Study

I know how stressful it can be to pick out a course that you hopefully won't drop mid semester. Choosing the right career path for yourself is a daunting task and a half. The major contributing factor to the indecisiveness is that in High School they don’t broaden our mind/prospectus in terms of career paths. All teachers ever talk about are the usual, doctors, engineers, teachers and the "Do you want to be a bag-packer at Shoprite or work at Mc Donald's" insulting lines.

What's vital is you need to know which industry you'd like to branch into and then narrow down your choice from there. You can be a finance person in the fashion industry, not just only at a bank or a company. Hence the importance of knowing which industry you see yourself in towards the future.

It's okay to choose a course and feel like it's not your vibe mid-semester, it happens to the best of us - especially if we don’t know ourselves enough to choose the right course. I asked two university students who are currently doing their first/second years, how they came about choosing the course that they are doing right now and whether or not they enjoy it.

SILINDILE  (Likes to be called SpaceKitten) 💦💦
BSc Molecular Biology and Biotechnology 👀👀
Stellenbosch University 👮👮
Second Year

Why a Bsc Molecular Biology and Biotechnology? ( I stumbled writing that actually)
At first I wanted to do dentistry but after a bit more research I changed to molecular. I was doing genetics at first, so I wouldn’t say I chose this since a BSc was my second choice. It's pretty difficult so far but i'm just trying to stay positive and think of the future (like prospects of new opportunities and stuff) - but at this point I just want to be in the work place.

What words of advice would you give to young ones that are faced with the decision of what to study? 💁💁💁

When choosing something to study I don’t think one should put themselves under too much pressure, because I think once you get to university it really is easy to move from one degree to another. I'm not saying you can go from philosophy to laser physics, all I'm saying is that once you're here your options are still open, like it's okay to come to varsity and be unsure. When you are applying you don’t have to be 100% sure, because I feel like in high school they make it seem like what you apply for is what you're going to graduate out of varsity with. I've changed my degree twice/3 times (I've beeeen here) I literally just go to admin and tell them what I want to do. I think a lot of people stress too much - which is a given because you feel like " ahh it’s the rest of my life😭😭", but I think once you get to university it's very dynamic, very fluent and you can, I don’t know, decide what you want to do.

BA  Psychology 🙆🙆
Wits University 📚📚
First Year

Why a BA Psychology? 

I have always been into criminal, medical and law dramas/series. I've always watched them since I was a little girl. The one I was particularly crazy about and is still one of my favorites -even though it has ended- is the series Monk. You can find out more about monk over here. Monk was my first encounter with someone who has a medical disorder, it was shocking for me to see someone like that and, because of his disorder, Monk was different. I've always been attracted to different. I wanted to be monk in the beginning because I used to really watch him, endlessly, over and over again. I got to a point where I was starting to absorb/develop some of his characteristics/traits like his OCD habits. I wanted to be a private detective because Monk was one. After some research, I decided I wanted to be the closest thing to him - his therapist- instead of a private detective.  I reasoned that if I couldn’t be Monk that I'd be like his therapist. I began researching what therapists do and, I began to love psychology even more,  specifically neuropsychology and clinical psychology. I have this amazing passion for people with disorders like those with down syndrome, challenged-people, people who are out-of-the-norm, the outliers. I really have a drive and an immense love for working with them and understanding them. In my eyes, they are extremely intelligent, they do things that normal people would never ever think of doing. They think differently, see the world differently, live differently and they have to work twice as hard ,s o they' re determined.  Since I had already started researching about therapists, psychology and people with mental disorders, when I got to university  I knew where I wanted to be and which type of psychology I wanted to do.

What words of advice would you give to young ones that are faced with the decision of what to study? 💁💁💁

If you are struggling to choose, do a Bachelor of Arts. A BA is like the grade 8 and 9 of varsity, you can pick and choose a variety of courses and see what really works for you and what doesn't, what you enjoy and what you don't.
It's great because you can do something for the first half of the year and for the second half, furthermore these things do not necessarily need to be related. 📌📌

Another great thing about a BA is that it works with which ever career you decide to pursue, it is never a waste of time. It will teach you fundamental basics that will really give you a competitive advantage that other non-BA students don't have.

Also, don't over-simplify careers and courses. There are really a variety of jobs you can pursue with every course - otherwise it wouldn't be taught. It's not that one can either be a "doctor" or a "teacher/lecturer", there is really a lot more you can do with these qualifications - ask, be informed, take risks.

Passion is very important ðŸ’ªðŸ’ª- yes we want the money, but varsity is hard! A small number of people actually make it through to the finish line, so you really need to be passionate about what you do. Ask yourself, in which environment do I see myself in? Outdoors, indoors, around people, alone?
What's my passion? My drive? My reason for waking up in the morning?
Which people inspire me? Who do I want to be like? What does that person do for a living? Then look into that career.

NEVER ðŸ™…🙅choose the easy way out. It's boring and limiting.

Do not be afraid to learn your true motive in varsity. It's really the best place to do that. Lot's of people change careers after their 1st, 2nd or 3rd years because they actually don't like what they thought they did.
So, explore, learn and take your time.
A BA is 3 years - that is more than enough time to really find what you enjoy and something you are actually good at. ðŸ’žðŸ’ž

Monday, Tuesday, WASHDAY!

Image by Maya Ajani

WASH DAY - The day that most naturals dread! I've been guilty of using all types of excuses just to avoid it, but when I do eventually get around to it, my scalp feels refreshed.  And it's known as WASH DAY for a reason; it takes up the whole of your day! But it can be therapeutic if you do it the right way.

So cancel all your plans (jokes), put on your favourite playlist and let's get right into the day. In THE GUIDE TO ESSENTIALS post, I explained the different methods, be sure to read that first before proceeding.

I wash my hair once a week as my hair is always in braids so it needs some TLC when the braids are out. How frequently you wash your hair, is all up to you but be sure to observe how your hair reacts.

Since my hair is in braids, Lynn Washaya , is our hair model for this post, isn't she just beautiful? You'll be seeing this face in our future posts. She is  currently transitioning and our devoted cheerleader! 

[To be done before shampoo]

Pre-poo is the application of oil prior to shampooing to add moisture to the hair shafts and also to prevent the shampoo from stripping the hair of all natural oils.

  1. Place your container of oils into a larger container with boiling water
  2. Section your hair into 4-8 sections, depending on the the length of your hair - we'll be working section by section
  3. Spray each section with water, I use aloe juice for this step
  4. Apply the oil to your hair and use this chance to de-tangle by combing through with a wide tooth comb or your fingers (finger de-tangling). Be sure to massage the scalp.
  5. Twist or braid the section.
  6. Repeat to other section
  7. Cover with shower cap or plastic bag and keep in for 45 MINUTES or overnight

Side Note: I've fallen in love with Naptural85's pre-poo method (click to check it out) with fresh aloe plant but Aloe is hard to find in Cape Town 😓

Everyone has different shampooing methods, suited to the needs of their hair. This is my current method and I have found that I have less hair shedding and less tangles. 

  1. Wet your hair 
  2. While still in sections, apply the shampoo to your scalp.
  3. If your hair contains a lot of build up, you can undo the twists/plaits but be sure to focus on the scalp.
  4. Massage the shampoo into the scalp, making sure to use the pads of your fingers and not your nails.
  5. Rinse the shampoo out once you feel your hair is clean.
  6. I like to use normal conditioner just to make my hair feel a bit softer and sleek. When applying, I focus more on the ends of my hair, then move to the shaft of the hair,  I also finger de-tangle, this helps remove some shedded hair and knots. When I'm satisfied I rinse it out.


[Every wash day/once a week]

I once wrote an exam on my wash day, I stopped after this step and just used a doek to hide the fact that I was deep conditioning underneath  😂😂 -- Proof that wash day can't destroy your plans for the day.

  1. Section your hair (again)- this works best especially for long hair and you want to get the deep conditioner along your hair shafts.
  2. Apply the DC to the section while hair is wet, massage it into the hair shafts
  3. Twist the section.
  4. Repeat the steps till all sections are covered.
  5. Cover hair with a plastic bag or shower cap or cling wrap.
  6. Cover over with a doek or warm towel** to generate heat.
  7. The recommended time to keep the DC in is 45 minutes but when I get occupied, I can go for 4 hours or even OVERNIGHT with the deep conditioner in.
  8. Wash it out section by section, ensure you re-twist the section after washing out the DC

** Slightly wet a towel then warm it in the microwave until it is the desired heat. Then wrap it over the shower cap.

[DIY Deep Conditioner Recipe:]
This is my 'go-to' recipe when my budget (non-existing 😂)  isn't looking good and I love it. It left my hair so soft and manageable. I adopted this recipe from a Facebook group for naturals; 'It's All Natural'.

- Banana Purity

- 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
- Coconut oil [or oil of your choice]
- Honey
- Yoghurt

Mix all these together and apply as stated above.

[Every 4-6 weeks]

The steps are very similar to that of the DC so repeat the DC steps but instead using your protein treatment of choice. It can also be kept in for 45 minutes.

[DIY Protein Treatment Recipe:]

- 1 egg

- 2 Tbsp of plain yoghurt/ Mayonnaise
- Olive oil and other oils of choice
- 1 Tbsp honey

Mix together till smooth then apply. 


Hopefully, your hair is still in sections if not, you know what to do. This step is where LOC, LOCS, LCO method is applied. I use the LCO method as it works best for retaining moisture in my hair.

I'd advice that you get an old T-Shirt to slightly dry your hair. Towels pull on your hair and cause unnecessary breakage.

At this point, use the T-Shirt so that your hair is no longer dripping wet but damp enough for you to begin the moisturize process for best curl definition. 

  1. Spritz your hair with a mixture of water and leave in conditioner
  2. Apply a small amount of your favourite curl cream to your
  3. Apply a small amount of your oil or Shea butter
  4. Style as desired [twists/three strand plaits/flat twists etc.] - The best curl definition is achieved when done on wet hair
  5. Then let it air dry or dry with hairdryer on the cool setting

And that concludes the wash day!

Please leave a comment below on your thoughts about this post and email me for any enquiries or suggestions.

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- The Bee Ivy