It’s all about the Base…

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Dear friends and other interesting creatures,

I’ve become a loyal fan of Glamore Cosmetics over the past few months. Not only because Gael and Emma is truly exceptional in customer service, but because the products are in a class of their own.  Affordable, plenty variety and delivered to your door. There is always something new to look out for on their web site, so save it as a favourite.

One of my first orders was the Eyeshadow Base. I had no idea there even was such a thing! It is easy to apply, great longevity because you use a small amount at a time, but more than that, your eyeshadow is as fresh at nightfall as it was in the morning when you applied it.

I was thrilled to see @GlamoreSA currently has a special on their 5 shades compact, with a proper application brush and mirror included AND a full size Eyeshadow Base!

This got me thinking about Secret Santa. What a wonderful gift this would be and Glamore Cosmetics will even take care of delivery! Sorted!

Glamore Cosmetics was kind enough to gift one of my readers a 5 colour compact (there are three different colour sets to choose from) which will include the Eyeshadow Base.

In the comment section below, be sure to include your colour compact of choice and an email address to arrange delivery. 🙂

The winner of the Giveaway will be announced on 22 December 2015.

To be sure you definitely get a touch of Glamore, you may want to purchase the special, and gift another (to your Mom, Sister, Friend, Secret Santa…) with a touch of kindness, should you win…. letting them in on the secret of Eyeshadow Base and long lasting Eyeshadow.

I wish you enough,
Wenchy

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… love never ends, if you keep it alive.

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Dear friends and other interesting creatures,

14 December 1984. I always count until a second before 19h00 thinking…. I also had a Dad. After that, nothing.

At 19h05, I dry my face and resume life. I’ve done this ritual for as long as I remember.
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My life was forever changed from that moment. I was 11 years old. Oupa Mike was crying. I felt confused. Oupa Mike didn’t cry.

I remember just observing, not grasping the depth of what just happened. I do remember my Mammie’s desperate grief, the tears that made her physically ill, the hopelessness and the forever you were not going to come back for.

I remember how loudly you laughed, I do remember you playing the guitar and singing. I remember milkshake and biltong. I remember someone placed a guitar made from flowers on your grave. It reminded me of Elvis.

I remember you, but you voice is silent in my memories. I hate I can’t remember what you sound like.

Oupa Mike stepped in and became my Dad. Solid. Dependable. Protective. How very blessed I am! Then, Dad Alex took us all on his shoulders.
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Ek onthou.
Stel.

Koek, tert en die beste oats ooit!

Dear friends and other interesting creatures,

My hart se punt, Louw Breytenbach and the gorgeous soul Stephan Akeci will be the first openly gay Afrikaans couple to feature on a Media 24 reality program, “Lek jou lippe af!”, that kicks off this Thursday evening. 

I know Louw would cringe at the tactlessness of how that sounds, die kind hou nie van kommin nie! 🙂

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Anyone who knows these men, will know how vulnerable they feel, living their truth in a world full of mirrors that blind us. Being a gay couple in the open, never mind on TV, has very real challenges. I should know, I married one, once. 

People as a collective have the capacity for great love, and much cruelty, with judgement to spare!! (I’m sure there is a special kind of hell for those who live in glass houses.)

These are my friends. These are my people. I applaud you for being true to yourselves, for the very real friendships we share and the love, grace, understanding and joy you have bestowed upon me since the moment we met some three or so years ago.

I got you.

#Lekjoulippeaf! Donderdag 10 Desember  2015 op @viatv, @DStv kanaal 147 om 16:30.

Go and follow the boys on Twitter! @louwbreytenbach @AkeciStephan #TurnUpTheHeat

I wish you enough,
Wenchy

Shut your eyes and see.

Dear friends and other interesting creatures, 

Every year,  I do my best to approach December as a passage of time, just another month. Some years I do better than others.

The anniversary of my father’s death is on the 14th, and my Oupa Mike on the 12th… Just before Christmas is Oupa Mike’s birthday.

I remember the eleven year old me running into the safety of Oupa Mike’s arms the night my father died.

I remember a 14 year old Kev holding me the morning Oupa Mike died. The unsure reassurance we offered each other.

December holds memories I don’t want to remember, but just can’t forget.

I have found Christmas more difficult since the kids moved out. At least when the kids were home,  I had a reason to go through the motions. They all have their own lives.  Own friends.  New traditions and memories to make. I never want to guilt them into visiting.

It leaves me yearning for a yesterday  when I would decorate the table, put gifts under the tree and we would pretend whatever I burnt,  undercooked or completely stuffed up was the best thing ever.  🙂 I usually would redeem myself with pudding at least!

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I know if we stay home it will be like any given Sunday.  I want to feel something, go somewhere, make my heart dance…. but going out is double the price for Christmas, and having the kids all together is near impossible. Besides,  wherever you go,  you take yourself with you.  🙂 

How do YOU hold a moonbeam in your hand and have yourself a merry little Christmas?

I wish you enough,
Wenchy

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