Your Guide To The Classic Cat-Eye Look:

Cat Eye

The classic cat eye will simply forever be in style, it is after all the most elegant and sophisticated go-to-look. Unfortunately not all of us can pull it off. It took me probably, literally a year to master this signature look. So, I thought I’d share my go-to guide to the cat-eye look:

Getting Started

First you need to make sure your eyelids are free of any leftover mascara from the previous night. Use concealer of a little bit of foundation on your lids and swipe a little bit of Vaseline over them for a fresh look.

Step 1:

I recommend a liquid liner pen or thin brush with eyeliner kohl to simplify the cat-eye. Use your index finger to pull the outer corner of your upper lash line until your lash line forms a straight line.

Step 2:

Rather than starting from the inner corner of your eye, start in the middle with the liner and then move outwards till the end of the lash line, keep it as close to your lash line as possible.

Step 3:

Releasing your lid to its original form, use the liquid pen at the end your upper lash line and flick it upwards to create the wing.

Step 4:

Starting again in the middle, draw the line till it meets the end of the wing. (Remember to pull the outer corner to straighten the lid to make this move easier.)

Step 5:

Fill in the middle to complete the cat-eye.

Step 6:

Use the top of the mascara brush to rim out the top of your lash lines. (It stays on longer than the normal pencil eye-liner). Just be careful, as we all know the excruciating pain of being poked in the eye by a mascara brush.

Final Touch:

Swipe on some mascara on your both your upper and lower lashes, and add a dab of red lipstick on your lips to finish off the classic cat-eye look.

Professional tip:

“My favourite cat-eye hack is to use the angle of your lower lash line as a guide for the angle of the wing. Act like the wing is just the extension of that line, and you’ll have symmetrical flicks every time.”

Professional Make-Up Artist – Lauren O’Jea
via Women’s Health

The Rise of the Poets

The social media has been blowing up with aspiring authors and poets around the world these last few months and they keep on growing and evolving as time goes on. It is amazing to see how words can bring the community of writers and nonetheless the whole world together. Their work is absolutely pure, honest, realistic and optimistic at the same time and written in such sense that any person around the world can feel a relation with the writers work. The support is astonishing from everyone around the world towards these writers, I can see no other reason for the fact that they make you feel; no, they make you know, you belong.

I am sure you have come across a lot of images with quotes and sayings on it that you felt you relate so much to it that you saved it to your device and shared it on your social media platforms. Names like R.M Drake, Anita Krizzan, Jessica Katoff, J. Kenneth Banks, Michael Faudet, and Christopher Poindexter have been trending all around the world.

R.M Drake

R.M Drake who is located in Miami, has 718k followers on Instagram and continues to grow. He writes about everything in relation to life: love, freedom, chaos, pain and the art of letting go. Even celebrities like Khloe Kardashian reposts his images on her Instagram account. I bet if you go to the ‘Explore’ tab on Instagram now, you will see his work on your feed.

Anita Krizzan

Her work represents everything she loves about life. Her belief in the beauty of love between the man and woman, hope and her optimistic
view about life. Truly inspiring.

Jessica Katoff

When Jessica started posting her work on Instagram, she only had 9 followers; she has grown to a whopping 2k within only a few weeks. “I started writing these poems to bleed dry the pain of a love lost”, says Jessica in one of her posts to show gratitude towards her followers. The emotion of pain can clearly be felt when you read her poems, also, because we all have suffered a certain and the exact type of pain as Jessica has and that is why her work moves people the way it does.

J. Kenneth Banks

This Australian writer (and super adorable, I just had to throw that in), also a lover of life and love, a believer of the beauty in life’s little things and a true optimist-realist. Every Friday he has a competition called “Free Shit Fridays”, where he gives away a signed poem you shared, but obviously ‘terms and conditions’ apply. Give him a follow to see how to win.

Michael Faudet

He is the writer, poet and author of ‘Dirty Pretty Things’- There is only one quote from him that describes his work hands down: “Words are powerful things. They can break hearts and make panties wet.” You can expect a lot of that, his use of words is truly amazing!

Christopher Poindexter

His famous quote: “And in the end, we were all just humans, drunk on the idea that love, only love could heal our brokenness.” Which has possibly reposted more times than I could count, but is also a piece that describes his work. His use of words describing a woman’s- and his own feelings, the love of the moon and stars, also the pain and the art of letting go. He too, gives away signed copies of the poems you like. Follow him to see how you could win.

These poets, authors and writers’ work and writing style are all very diverse which is what makes them all unique. However, their love for writing and their belief in love, life and pain are things they all have in common. By that, they move the world as one community who relates to all of their work.

I highly recommend that you go and check them out, you will get another sense of seeing life as it is.

There are plenty of other poets out there that need support too. Just type in #poets or #poetsofinstagram on your ‘Search’ tab and well, enjoy!

How to: Stay Motivated

In order to follow your dreams and reaching your goals, it is utmost important to stay motivated. Easier said than done, right? I have had countless situations of where I had so much ambition of achieving something, but as always, procrastination got the best of me; from learning Spanish to playing the guitar- I have only learned the basics of Spanish and ‘Hablo muy poco Espanol’ (which means, I speak very little Spanish and for the guitar… well, I think I managed to play an intro of a Linkin Park song.

I have realized a lot of us, tend to start something, but never finish it. You join the gym, but never go; you start creating something and yet again, you don’t finish- the list goes on and on. So, I decided to make a list of how to stay motivated, in order to get shit, actually done.

Write it down:

Yes, I know. You have heard a million times, but it is because it actually works. Seriously, categorize your goals and dreams according to your life, work, social and training. It is important to find a balance in your life to enjoy it to the full. Whether it is a promotion at work, that dream house, being invited to that exclusive party or reaching your goal weight you are aiming for- write it down and then write down your steps on how you are going to achieve it. Tackle one task at a time, don’t start with a lot at once as you will get demotivated because you feel too much pressure. Baby steps.

Steer away from negative people/ thoughts:

Surround yourself with optimistic and driven people that want to get stuff done, their positive energy will soon rub off on you.

Always stay positive and encourage yourself. If you want people to believe in you, you will have believe in yourself first. Another way of getting rid of negative thoughts is to (yes, again) write it down and throw it or burn it, whatever you like; research has shown negative thoughts written on paper can be seen as objects and if you throw it out, you get rid of the negativity.

Motivate Others:

Encourage others to follow their dreams and reach their goals as well- encouragement goes a long way. You don’t always have to be the encourager, but they can be motivated from your actions. This can also be a way to ensure you do what you set out to do for a day, because you know that what you are busy doing is inspiring others. Inspiration often lies within us.

List your accomplishments:

It is important that you keep track of what you have achieved, so that you can look back on it and realize how far you have actually come and why you should not give up.

Stay True:

Often, after many accomplishments people lose sight and forget the reason why they are actually doing what they are doing. Always stay your true self and morals. Don’t do anything that could deprive you from your standards in order to get what you want- if that is the case, maybe it isn’t meant for you.

What It Is Really Like After School

Remember being a youngster and all the adults would talk about how their friendships had faded away and nothing works out the way you plan, and you are just sitting there thinking : “Ugh, that would never happen to my friends and I. Besides, what do they know? They don’t know what we are going through.” Truth is, the older you get- or let me rephrase that, the more you mature, you realize how more often than not your parents and every adult who has ever given you advice, is in actual fact correct.

Honestly, I was terrified of leaving school, and my only advice for any student is to enjoy and appreciate it ;and for heaven’s sake, don’t ask why- and just do it.

You might think you have all your plans figured out, and heck you might be lucky enough to have it figured it, but there is one, very important thing you haven’t figured out and quite frankly no one has: Life. In order to get ahead in life, you have to be prepared for how unprecedented life can be and be willing to go with it. Your plans might not work out the way you had hoped, but there is always a reason for why things turn out the way they do. No human being is ever prepared for what life throws at them, but you should have one important weapon to throw back: Faith.

Look, I had it all figured out (or at least I thought I did). I would have been studying media journalism and be interning at a magazine in Cape Town. Did it happen? No. I am currently working a full time job, trying to balance a social- and work life and trying to follow my dreams by doing an online course I had won thanks to Cultnoise Online Magazine. And let me tell you, it’s hard, really hard. In order to stay focused, motivated and inspired is another job all on its own.

I might not be fortunate enough to have gone to University, but I am grateful for where life has planted me to bloom. It might be tougher than I had expected, but it only makes me stronger and my dreams are the only things that keep me going, which make me realize how important dreams are.

Life will throw curve balls in your life: you might end up doing what you never had thought of and your best friend might just not be your best friends anymore. But that’s why you should keep on dreaming, aspiring and inspiring, so new people will come into your life, and make you realize as to why it had never worked with the people from your past.

Never lose faith, hope and your dreams- even if life throws you in a new chapter of your life.

You’ll be okay.

How to: Move On

The saddest, or shall I rather say most painful thing I have recently experienced, is pretending not to care about someone, because sadly enough, whether you show it or not, the other person clearly doesn’t give a shit. It was quite astonishing to me, to realize how much a person actually can care and then again how little they actually can too. I am sure every-single-one-of-you have dealt with-or are dealing with it and I am sure you can agree- it hurts like a b*tch. Please note present tense, because fortunately for us, we actually do give a shit – to put it plain and simple.

Yet, your lives, thoughts and imaginations cannot keep on revolving around these people who hardly give a shit about you. So, using my favorite quote:

“In order to move on, you must understand why you felt what you did and why you no longer need to feel it.” – Mitch Albom, The Five People You Meet In Heaven

In 3 small (yet huge) steps, to give some clarification on how to move the hell on:

Step 1: Understand

You need to understand as to why you are feeling what you do, besides the fact that you care, you need to understand why life has thrown this fork in your road – which means that you should not turn around and go back to the past, but to overcome the obstacle which will only make you stronger and wiser. So, in your future relationship, you will know what to look out for and what not, what you need and what you don’t. It’s simply a learning curve that came your way and broke your little heart. But, everything will be okay, you are still alive, well and breathing. Nothing lasts forever, not even heartache- unfortunately memories don’t fade that easily, but time heals.

Step 2: Accept

In order to move on, you need to accept what happened and accept that it is not meant to be. Don’t blame yourself and don’t blame them. The sooner you do that, the easier it will get.

“Don’t be sad because it’s over, smile because it happened”

Step 3: Let it go

Sure, I get it- easier said than done. But you need to realize as to why you no longer need to feel what you do. Because, well you just don’t. So just let it go. Things happen for a reason.

“In order to fly, you got to give up the shit that weighs you down.”

Now spread those wings and fly.

What would you do if you weren’t afraid?

It makes you think, doesn’t it? If it doesn’t, then let it; because those words might just be what give you the courage to kick your fears in the face.

After I read that, I imagined myself doing all the things that I want to, but I cut fear completely out of the picture: I imagined myself presenting a show, in front of a massive audience, and there were photographers and I was dining and wining with famous successful and powerful women who wouldn’t let anyone stand in their way and who are making a difference in the world. I pictured myself living the ultimate dream of a successful women’s magazine editor, who had the privilege of going to exclusive parties and traveling the world, just because she could.

So, it’s clear, that one of my fears, or I shan’t really say fear, but I absolutely despise having to be prepared in front of a crowd. And not at all am I an introvert to use that as any cloaking method as to why I do not like to be in front of people. I love people, and I can talk in front/ with them at ease- but for some reason, as soon as I have to do a presentation for them, I cannot bear to be in front of them whatsoever- I reckon it’s mind over matter, and that expectations are being set and I am afraid that I won’t meet them, because I am afraid of disappointments- so thus, I do mind.

Point I am trying to make is, we all have fears, and how often do those fears stand in our way of actually achieving what we want or no, let me rephrase- what we can. We choose then rather to return to our comfort zone, to an environment and circumstances we know and are familiar with- but tell me, what greatness has ever come out of your living room, or bedroom, or bar, or just whatever you feel familiar with that hasn’t brought you anything but the same shit day after day? I reckon it is time that we (yes, including myself), do maybe one thing per day, that you normally wouldn’t do- take a risk. Even if it means starting small, by starting a conversation with the person you are crushing on or just sending out your CV to a company that could possibly be the first step on walking towards your goal. We never know what could happen, you could end up marrying that person and being the CEO of that company- the possibilities are endless and it’s time we realize that.

We should stop being afraid, fear is only an illusion. So for every time you face something you are afraid of, don’t imagine the people naked, because why do you want to imagine that, if you can imagine yourself fearless.

By tasi13 (Tasia Brummer)

How to deal with a break up: 20 Amazing Quotes

In life, we have to deal with break ups, it’s a part of life and our journeys of growing into the people we are all set out to be. Unfortunately, it contains heart aches and disappointments, but, luckily, we all get over it, whether it’ll be weeks, months or years. Life, has granted us, a universe full of human beings to share our interests with, but, get over your ex first, before fishing in the sea for someone else (Unless, it’s a rebound – it might seem mean and hurtful, but truth is, we all need someone to help us out of that dark hole) but, if you don’t dig the whole rebound thing, here are a few amazing helpful quotes:

“Don’t be sad because it’s over, smile because it happened.” – Unknown

“Baby, I’ll give you everything you need, but I don’t think I need you.” – Ellie Goulding, Anything Could Happen

“Maybe you’re not good enough for everyone, but you’ll always be the best for the one that deserves you”- Unknown

“Perhaps our eyes need to be washed by our tears once in awhile, so that we can see life with a clearer view again.” – Alex Tan

“It’s one of those things people say. You can’t move on until you let go of the past. Letting go is the easy part, it’s the moving on that’s painful. So sometimes we fight it, trying to keep things the same. Things can’t stay the same though. At some point you just have to let it go. Move on, because no matter how painful it is, it’s the only way we grow.” – Meredith Grey, Grey’s Anatomy

“The smartest thing a woman can ever learn, is to never need a man.”

“But remember, that you have to move on, somehow. You just pick you head up and stare at something beautiful, like the sky or the ocean, and you move the hell on.” – James Patterson

“Respect yourself enough to walk away from anyone or anything that no longer serves you, grows you or makes you happy.”

“You were the one that I was looking for, but now you set me free, and I am dancing in the sun.” – Tom Novy ft Amadeus, Dancing in the Sun

“In order to move on, one must understand why you felt what you did, and why you no longer need to feel it.” – Mitch Albom, Five People You Meet In Heaven

“One of the happiest moments in life is when you find the courage to let go of what you can’t change.” – Unknown

“Forgiveness is: giving up the hope that the past could have been any different.” – Oprah

“You don’t get to choose if you get hurt in this world, but you do have a say in who hurts you.” – John Green

“I don’t want just words. If that’s all you have for me, you’d better go.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald

“When you fight to cling to people who are no longer meant to be in your life, you delay your destiny. Let them go.” – Mandy Hale

“Pour yourself a drink, put on some red lipstick and pull yourself together.” – Elizabeth Taylor

“Learning is a gift, even if pain is the teacher” – Unknown

“A girl doesn’t need anyone who doesn’t need her.” – Marilyn Monroe

“Some people were meant to fall in love with each other, but not to be together.”

“Not everyone you lose is a loss.” – Unknown

 By tasi13 (Tasia Brummer)

The True Value of Philosophy in Life…

Honestly loved this post. 👌

JamesRadcliffe.com

For a lot of people, ‘Philosophy’ is a dirty word; conjuring feelings of boredom, images of dry dusty books, and memories of long forgotten classrooms.  It is a term that a lot of people file in the: ‘not useful’ and/or ‘not interesting’ section of their minds.

This is potentially, one of the gravest, and most dangerous of errors…

Why on earth would I say this?  And how could knowing anything about philosophy improve, not only your life, but also your experience of it?

These are some Good Questions.  To answer them, let me talk to you about…

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Go confidently in the direction of your dreams

They say that if you don’t have dreams, you have nothing to live for; similarly to the quote “If you don’t imagine, nothing will ever happen at all.”

We all have dreams, and if you say you don’t, you are either in denial or life has gotten the best of you. We all want to become something worth remembering-, be that person who help others-, who makes a difference in others lives. Am I wrong for assuming that?

Unfortunately, life does get the better of us. We get into the routine of it: get a job, work nine to five, get home, do the laundry, cook, go to bed- and the next day: the same shit all over again. That’s life; or shall I rather say, how we perceive life to be- then again, our lives are what we make of it, but yet, it isn’t easy. Let’s face it, it isn’t that easy, quickly hopping on a plane and going to your dream destination, because you feel like it (sure we’d love it, and some people are actually fortunate enough to be able to do that); you have to plan, you need financial stability to be able to go on adventures like that, but just because you need to actually plan to follow your dreams or goals, doesn’t mean you should give up on it.

“Opportunity is missed by people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” – Thomas Edison

Don’t be that person who turns their back to opportunities, because it will actually mean that you will have to get off your ass to do it.

You owe it to yourself, to make yourself proud; to be everything you have ever imagined. Your life is a story, so make sure it is inspiring; you have the full potential on becoming who and what you want to be- it is never too late.

Following your dreams actually requires that you take action and start somewhere, and that somewhere will be the bottom (reality check), but you should allow yourself to be a beginner, everyone started there- even the person you admire. You have your whole life to work yourself up to who and what you want to be- in contrast, life is short though, that’s why you need to start now! Nothing and no one can stand in your way of following your dreams.

Here’s an inspiring quote to get you started.

“Every accomplishment starts with a decision to try”

By tasi13 (Tasia Brummer)

Matthew Mole: South African Star

The first time that I saw Matthew Mole live, was at Parklife South Africa, where local artists from South Africa would perform, mostly indie and folk music- absolutely magical! Nonetheless, my friend and I knew who Matthew Mole was, but, embarrassed to say, when we arrived at the stage where he played, we had no idea that it was him, although, we both fell madly in love with his music (and him) but, we only realized when he played his hit single “Autumn” that it was, in actual fact him.

After seeing him live, I took the pleasure of listening to his album, The Home That We Built: which was the first South African debut album to reach No.1 on iTunes album chart , and shall I say or rather describe it as touching, uplifting, and well, just damn-right beautiful? He describes his music as folk sound and influenced by Mumford and Sons (*gasp*), as told from an interview on Just Music South Africa.

The Wedding Song, Take Yours and I’ll Take Mine, Free and Untorn, We In You Confide and Autumn, are my personal favorites from the album. His music, like any folk artist, is comforting and tells stories we can all relate to, with added electronic sound in the background, how can one not indulge themselves in his music? If you haven’t, I recommend you do.

His humble, energetic (and adorable) stage presence really is admirable. He is a one man show, who plays the guitar and ukulele beautifully added by drumbeats all by himself. What you hear on the radio- you hear on the stage.

Here are some of my favorite quotes from his songs:

“So take these words, and make them right, so one day you and I, will write our names in the sky” – Take Yours and I’ll Take Mine

“Heaven made your hand, to compliment my hand, like heaven made my heart to compliment your heart. Heaven gave you love, to compliment my love, so one day we will love the way that God intended for us” – The Wedding Song

“It’s a heart love affair with the world, I will not conform” – Free and Untorn

“We all, fall down” – Autumn

 

Check out his music on YouTube under Matthew Mole. You won’t regret it. Well, I didn’t.

By tasi13 (Tasia Brummer)