December 28, 2015

Celebrating 4 Years of Blogging {Giveaway 2}

I hope you are all having an amazing holiday season. I'm guessing all the Christmas presents are opened now and everyone is having fun with their new stuff. Since it's the holiday season and my 4 year blogging anniversary, I'd like to give one more present to someone.  I've worked with this company quite a few times during the year and I'm glad they are part of my celebration. Thanks to the awesome people over at Mobilefun, we're giving you the opportunity to win a Superspot Power Bank

The Superspot Power Bank is a pocket charger which has a battery capacity of 10400mAh. What does that mean? It means you can charge your smartphone about 4-5 times before needing to recharge the device. This is amazing when you do a lot of moving around, travelling etc. The size is perfect for carrying around, so now you can charge your phone anywhere. Even while shopping! I've got the Olixar Encharge Portable Charger from Mobilefun which has similar capacity and it has been a lifesaver. I honestly feel everyone needs one of these in their lives.

So to be in with a chance of winning this power bank, please read the terms and conditions below and enter using the rafflecopter form.

Terms and conditions
- There is no purchase required to enter this giveaway.
- This giveaway is void where prohibited by law.
- Please enter via the rafflecopter form.
- All giveaway accounts will be disqualified.
-Giveaway runs from 28.12.2015 till 11.01.2016.
- The giveaway is international.
- The winner will be picked at random using rafflecopter and contacted by email. The winner will have 72 hours to respond, after which another winner will be chosen.
- The prize is provided by Mobilefun.
- Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and other social media sites included have no liability or knowledge of said giveaway.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Best of luck, and don't forget there's still time to enter Giveaway 1.

December 20, 2015

Celebrating 4 years of blogging {Giveaway 1}

This month marks 4 years since I started blogging. The first time I made the decision to share content with the world was so long ago but at the same time those 4 years flew by so fast. It has been an amazing journey and I am so glad I decided to start it. A lot has happened over the years and a lot of things have changed, but I wouldn't be where I am today without you all, so I'd like to say thank you to my readers, brands I've worked with, friends and family who have supported/helped me.

My tradition of celebrating with a giveaway or a few giveaways continues. So starting off, I'll be giving way an Urban Decay Palette and $20 worth of items from my jewellery brand Vanilla Shimmer. Boring I know, but please read the terms and conditions.

Terms and conditions
- Urban Decay Palettes you can choose from: Naked Basics, Naked 2 Basics, Naked on the run, Naked, Naked 2, Naked 3, Naked Smokey, UD Gwen Stefani, Vice4.
- There is no purchase required to enter this giveaway.
- This giveaway is void where prohibited by law.
- Please enter via the rafflecopter form.
- All giveaway accounts will be disqualified.
-Giveaway runs from 20.12.2015 till 03.01.2016.
- The giveaway is international.
- The winner will be picked at random using rafflecopter and contacted by email. The winner will have 72 hours to respond, after which another winner will be chosen.
- The prize bundle is provided by Style of Colours & Vanilla Shimmer
- Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and other social media sites included have no liability or knowledge of said giveaway.

Best of luck everyone!

December 15, 2015

Mobilefun Phone Accessories

Mobile fun is an amazing company with lots of interesting products. I've gotten to try out quite a few items and have been happy with every one. You can check out my thoughts on the Olixar Encharge Pocket Charger and the Kitvision Escape HD5 Action Camera. This time, I've gotten a few phone accessories to try out. 

The Olixar Pocketsize Selfie Stick* is a 7 inches long selfie stick which makes carrying it around very easy. The stick pulls out to 2ft making it possible to take a large group selfie. It is designed to fit any smarphone using an adjustable clip on the device mount. It functions using a cable which is to be connected to the phone and a shutter button on the grip of the stick. This is great because no charging is necessary in order to use the selfie stick. It also has a mirror which means you can take selfies using the rearview camera. I really love this because it means your selfies can be of better quality. Whenever I am going out, I'm always taking it around because it is light and doesn't take up much space in my bag. And I always want to have it around in case we decide to take a selfie.

In addition to the selfie stick I also got the Adarga Marble Effect iPhone 6 Case Gold/White*, the Adarga Hummingbird iPhone 6 Case in White* and the Olixar Lace iPhone 6 Case White*. These phone cases are all made of sturdy plastic which makes them a bit difficult to put on but I don't mind because that means they don't easily come off. I have been using these over the last few weeks and I'm very impressed with the quality. They haven't shown any sign of breaking, and the colour doesn't fade or come off like some cheap quality phone cases I've used over the years, some of which were almost twice the price of these. Mobilefun has got so many different cases at different prices, you'll be sure to find one you like.

I think phone accessories are great as gifts or stocking fillers, as well as other tech gadgets which can be found on Mobilefun. Their shipping is pretty fast too, so I think you'll still be able to get your order if you place it now.

Who else is a fan of phone accessories? Do you like the ones I chose?

December 10, 2015

Preparing for a Road Trip

Preparing for a roadtrip

In October, hubs and I took a road trip to the French Riviera. We stopped by Montpellier, Frejus, Nice, Cannes, Monaco and more. If you'd like to find out more details, be sure to check out my post and vlog. This was our first road trip so there are certain things we hadn't thought about when packing and realized only when we needed them in France. I thought I'd put together a few things I wish I had known before leaving Barcelona.

1. Research the sites you want to see in each city
When taking a roadtrip, it isn't enough to just decide on what cities you'd like to visit because you need to have specific destinations to put in the GPS. On our roadtrip, we decided on the cities but not on specific sites we would like to visit, so we had to spend time in the evenings searching for interesting locations for the next day. Don't be too rigid with where you'd like to visit though because delays can easily happen and you may not have time for everything.

2. Order a pocket wifi
When we were planning the trip, I started looking into pocket wifis and where I could get one. My first impression was that it was a bit of a hassle so when hubs asked if I really needed it, I decided I didn't. Boy was I wrong. I was so excited about the roadtrip I wanted to share what we are up to on social media all the time. The internet at the first hotel was ok but that at the second was totally crap. I couldn't get anything to work, and when it finally did, it took forever. That's when I realized I should have gotten the pocket wifi.

3. Take an electric kettle
A road trip isn't a cheap vacation because you'll need to rent a car, book hotels, pay for tolls and the rest. Living in hotels means you'll either have to eat out all the time (which can be pretty expensive) or try and make some food yourself. For breakfast, you can get some fruits and croissants, and make some tea. And for dinner you can make some couscous and have some tuna. This is where the electric kettle is important.

4. Take cash for tolls
Roadtrip means you cannot avoid tolls entirely, and tolls don't always take credit or debit cards. I would also recommend taking lots of coins or lower value cash so you don't have problems with change. We hadn't thought about this much and ended up in a bit of a situation at some of the tolls, so learn from my mistakes.

5. Get some snacks
Before you set out, make sure to get some snacks from the supermarket. You're going to need it and it'll be cheaper than getting it at the gas station afterwards.

6. Take a pocket charger
Anyone who does a lot of moving around or is going on vacation needs a pocket charger. I honestly have no idea how I lived without mine because it makes life so much easier. I've got the Olixar Encharge Portable Charger which gives enough power to charge your phone 5 times. It is very handy if you're using your phone as a GPS, taking loads of pictures etc.

Do you have any tips on preparing for a road trip?

December 7, 2015

Christmas Gift Guide: Fitness & Adventure

Christmas Gift Guide for Fitness and Adventure lovers
Mi Band Fitness Monitor and Sleep Tracker   |   Pebble Time Smartwatch   |   Breville Blend Active   |   Define Bottle   |   B'Twin Bike Mount   |   Tribord Subea 3mm Wetsuit   |   Toshiba Camileo X-Sports
Over the years I've done a few gift guides and think those are still amazing posts, so be sure to check out 15 Gift Ideas Under 15 for her, Gift Guide for Men and the Gadget Girl Gift Guide. This time I thought I'd do one focused on fitness and adventure because this year I've gotten a bit more into both of these.

You've probably heard and seen the fitness bands and smartwatches everywhere. The fitness bands give you the possibility to monitor daily exercise and sleep routine. You can set daily goals and monitor your progress by synching them to your smartphone. The Mi Band is a great example which is waterproof and inexpensive. If you'd like to up the game on this, then you need a smartwatch like the Pebble Time which is compatible with both Android and iOS, and not only does the job of a fitness band but also gives you access to your emails, social media, music and more.

Next, I've included some nutrition related bits because nutrition is a huge part of health, so any fitness enthusiast will love the Breville Blend Active which is an on the go smoothie maker. Just put in some tasty fruits and vegetables, mix them up and take it with you. Infused water is something I have been doing for quite a while, and I've got a post on the Benefits of Drinking Lemon Water so go check that out. The Define Bottle gives you the opportunity to easily make infused water and take it with you anywhere you go. I think staying hydrated is much easier when you drink infused water.

For those who like cycling, I've added the B'Twin Smartphone Bike Mount. This way you can set up your navigation if you do not know how to get to a location. And for water sports lovers, the Tribord Subea 3mm Wetsuit is a great choice for snorkelling in the Spring or Autumn. Talking about snorkelling, I never knew how much I love action cameras until I tried out the Kitvision Escape HD5, but that unfortunately drowned during an incident on one of my snorkelling trips. Action cameras are amazing if you love water sports as they are waterproof and let you capture the beauty under the sea. But not only that, they are great for recording a variety of sports and the Toshiba Camileo X-Sports has similar features as the Go pro Hero4 Silver but at a lower price. I've definitely got my eye on it for next spring.

I think these gifts are great not only for Christmas, but for birthdays as well. If you have any more suggestions, please be sure to leave them in the comments below.

What have you gotten friends and family for Christmas?

December 1, 2015

Protective Style: Marley Twists

DIY Marley Twists

The last time I tried braids was in 2010 when I went back to Nigeria for vacation. The takeout process was extremely painful, so I never bothered getting it done again. Recently though, I was looking at all the different braids and my girl Katy had jumbo braids done which looked amazing so I asked her how she did it. That's when I found out about Marley Braids/ Twists. Braids/twists are a great protective hairstyle when transitioning as you don't need to manipulate your hair for quite a while. The Marley Twists were my favourite from all the videos and posts I saw because they look a lot more natural.

I ordered 5 packs of marley hair in Medium Brown from Diversity Hair. When they arrived, they looked smaller than I'd expected, but I didn't want to wait to order more so I decided to just do them with the 5 packs. I watched some youtube videos on how to do the invisible root method, got everything ready and began the process. This was my first time doing them myself and all in all it took me 8 hours. I spent quite a bit of time practicing as I couldn't get the twists right at first, but after a few tries, I began getting the hang of it. I think the longest part of the whole process was prepping the extensions. I wanted the braids to be big so I divided and combed the hair slightly before twisting.

I've had the twists in for over a week and I love them. There are lots of different ways you can style them and I don't need to worry about braiding my hair every other night to blend the textures. The only problem I have with them is washing my hair. My hair is so used to being co-washed every 3 days that I just couldn't take it and co-washed on the 5th day. Obviously this means the roots now look a bit messy, but oh well better than having an itchy head. I'm going to redo a few of them in front so it looks better and try to keep them in for about 3 weeks before taking them out. I'm not sure how the takeout process will go this time around, but hopefully everything will be fine. Because based on that, the decision on if I'll put the twists/braids in again will be made. 

If you have any tips on how to do the braids/twists, how to manage them or how to take them down, please let me know. I'd love to hear your ideas as I am a total newbie when it comes to such braids.

What do you think of my results?
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