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.


WHAT IS SHEA BUTTER?

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WHAT IS SHEA BUTTER?
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. 

THE BENEFITS OF WHIPPED SHEA BUTTER 
[BENEFITS FOR THE 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

    [BENEFITS FOR THE HAIR]

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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 

HOW TO MAKE WHIPPED SHEA BUTTER?

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.

TOOLS:

- Bowl
- Tablespoon
- Whisk or Electrical Whisk
- Spatula

     

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


METHOD:

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: 

TO THE MAN WHO STOOD IN FRONT OF A ROOM FULL OF MATRICS AND TOLD THEM FEES SHOULDN'T FALL

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.

Email: bvlogblog@Gmail.com 
OR
Sumaya Enyegue: Sumayaenye@gmail.com






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



"IF YOU WANT IT, THEN GO FOR IT. TAKE A RISK. DON’T ALWAYS PLAY IT SAFE OR YOU’LL DIE WONDERING" 💖

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."

"AGAIN: YOU SHOULDN’T HAVE TO CONVINCE ANYONE OF YOUR MAGIC"


❤❤

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)
"Cause I LOVE SCIENCE"
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.





ZELDAH KOWANE 👯👯
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