Totally Teen

The Ultimate Teen Lifestyle Blog composed by Chloe Victor

Saturday, 8 December 2018

The Spectacular Christmas Gift Guide: For Her & For Him


Wow, after a month of not blogging I am so excited to be back! And in order to kick start Totally Teen into high gear again, I wanted to share with you my Spectacular Christmas Gift Guide for both the guys and the girls ;) Christmas is most definitely my favourite time of year, filled with hot chocolate and Christmas cookies it brings only the best smiles and the best memories but sometimes it can get a little stressful when it comes to deciding on and finding the perfect gifts for your loved ones. And so, Totally Teen to the rescue, I've put together the most spectacular Christmas Gift Guide that will help you make only the best out of your Christmas Shopping experience ;) 




For Her 




1. Tassel Necklace - Spirit Jewellery 

2. Scrunchies Pack - Cotton On 

3. The Posie Bag - CarryAnn 

4. Summer Frill Bikini - Sweetpeach 

5.Waterproof Shower Speaker - Typo 

6. ECoffee Travel Mug - Yuppie Chef 

7. Rodeo Satin Scarf - Cotton On 

8. Teen Breakout Kit - Skoon 

9. Opalite Moon Necklace - Spirit Jewellery 


For Him 




1.  Piping Crew Sweater - Superbalist 

2. Whale Boardshorts - Breazies

3. EQT Support Primeknit Sneakers - Adidas 

4. Stereoheadphones - Typo 

5. Sunglasses - Rayban 

6. Beard Care Kit - The Body Shop 

7. Sexy Socks - SexySocks 

8. Transit Holdall Bag - Cotton On 


And there you have it! A truly spectacular Christmas Gift Guide for him and for her to maximise your ultimate Christmas shopping experience ;)  Happy shopping! 

xxx
Chloe 


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Saturday, 3 November 2018

How to get beautiful lashes in seconds!


Yesterday, I had the absolute pleasure of having a fabulous eyelash lift with Jennifer Lewis from Le Bella Hair & Nails Salon in Johannesburg and all I can say is I am in absolute awe! As fabulous as the free nap time is whilst getting your lashes lifted the results are even better.



After only an hour all 150 of your eyelashes (I know right!) look as if you’ve tried every trick in the book and succeeded every time. Gone are the days we apply Vaseline to our eyelashes day in and day out hoping for the slightest amount of growth, gone are the expensive extensions that we have to remove after they get “spotted” at school.

Not only does a lash extension use your natural eyelashes but it also lasts 4 to 6 weeks and actually manipulates your lashes to grow longer by themselves!

Jennifer, at Le Bella Hair & Nails offers both lifts and tinting using only the best, cruelty free products. Her lash lifts cost R450, her tints only R100 and she is one of the best lash ladies in Johannesburg! To book with Jen, you can call Le Bella (click here to see their website) or Jen at 082 7509994.



A huge thank you goes out to Jen & the Le Bella team for giving me absolutely stunning lashes! I honestly couldn’t be happier.

You know what they say - Good lashes, good mood ;)

xxx
Chloe
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Friday, 26 October 2018

My Look Back on the most Unforgettable Spring Ball


Spring Ball. An event concreted into our minds, triggering our anxiety and over in a blink of an eye. 
The lead up to Spring Ball was extremely stressful, finding the perfect dress, date, shoes, accessories and getting that Spring Ball Bod on time! It was almost as stressful as the actual day! And so to help you limit your stress for any event that you're going to be attending that is similar to our Spring Ball, I've decided to write this blog post with a breakdown of my Spring Ball prep, experience and some must follow advice for the ultimate Spring Ball experience!



The 13th of October - Spring Ball 

The day has come! I woke up bright and early and drank a fabulous protein smoothie before heading to the gym for a quick power session. 

After I was finished with my session, I came home, hopped in the bath and had a total pamper hour. Complete with a Charcoal Face Mask and The Tan Lab's Exfoliate Powder. 



I whipped up a quick avocado, tomato and cheese wrap for lunch before I headed off to Sorbet Bedford Centre for my ultimate makeover. From 12:45 to 16:00 I had the absolute best time getting an amazing mani pedi, my hair curled and my makeup done by the amazing in-house Makeup Artist, Lily!



At 16:15 I arrived at home and raced upstairs to put on my dress, heels and the perfect accessories. At 16:30 we started with individual photos at home and at 17:10 we left for pre drinks and more photos!




By 19:00 we were enjoying our beautiful buffet of pumpkin fritters, sushi, halloumi bites and mini feta and spinach quiches. This was followed by lots more photos and LOTS of dancing ;)


At 22:00 we raced home to change for our afterparty. The night definitely ended on a high, with new friendships having been formed and our dancing shoes in hand (seriously, please don't where heels the whole night) I have never had such an amazing night. 


So with Spring Ball being an ultimate success I thought I would share a few of my tips with you so that you can make your future night just as memorable. 


My Spring Ball Advice:

1. Make sure your date is lots of fun and easy to talk to - It's definitely better to take a friend

2. Book all your appointments in advance 

3. Give yourself lots of time to get to places - never be in a rush 

4. Squeeze in at least a 30 minute session at the gym the morning of Spring Ball 

5. Enjoy every moment of getting ready for your Spring Ball and of your Spring Ball 

6. Don't worry about a thing - everything will fall into place 


I really hope that your Spring Ball is as amazing as mine was! Fall in love with the moments and make the best memories. 

xxx
Chloe














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Saturday, 20 October 2018

My Favourite Guilt Free Fruit & Oat Muffins


I've come to the conclusion that about 90% of both women and men are either concerned about their weight or trying to lose it and so we are always watching what we put in our mouths. This week has been a particularly stressful week for me and most of my anxiety was food related. If you have read my blog post about my Tips to Losing Weight the Healthy Way you'll know that I'm not a big fan of yo-yo dieting or keeping my body from eating what it wants. If I'm craving some chocolate, 2 blocks of 85% dark chocolate won't kill me however I know when to draw the line. I love my body and I want to keep it healthy and happy and so I make sure to eat everything in moderation. Because I struggled with cravings & temptations this week, I knew I needed to create something to keep my body happy and my mind guilt free and I figured there was some other peeps out here struggling with these too! And so, I decided to share with you my new Favourite no sugar, no lactose, no gluten (A.K.A guilt free ;) ) Fruit & Oat Muffins. 


Ingredients

2 Cups of Gluten Free Oats 
1 Tablespoons of Baking Powder
2 Eggs 
1 Grated Pear 
1 Grated Apple 
5 Strawberries Chopped 
1 Cup of Almond Milk
 2 Teaspoons of Cinnamon 
2 Tablespoons of Maple Syrup 




Method 

Preheat your oven to 180 Degrees Celsius. 

Combine your eggs, maple syrup and cinnamon. 
Whisk. 

Next take 1 cup of your oats and blitz it in a food processor to get a powder texture. If you don't have a food processor you can use Gluten Free Oat Flour  ;) 

Combine your 1 cup of oats powder to your eggs, maple syrup and cinnamon and mix. Next fold in your other cup of oats. 

Add your milk. Tip: if your batter looks too dry you can add some more milk. 

Finally fold in your grated pear, apple and chopped strawberries. 

Grease or Spray and Cook your muffin tray and spoon in your mixture. 

Cook until the top of your muffins are golden (20 Minutes) and when a knife is inserted to the middle of the muffin, it comes out dry. 





And there you have it! I also adore using this as a crumble for desert or breakfast. You can either toast them for breakfast or you can crumble them up and add them to some ice cream for desert. 


Delicious & Guilt Free, just how I like my Muffins ;) I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!

xxx
Chloe 










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Saturday, 13 October 2018

The 10 Items that Complete my Beauty Basket


There are many, many things that every girl needs in her day to day life and a beauty basket is definitely one of them. Having a basket that has every item you need in order to complete your daily beauty routine is essential to making sure your skincare routine is followed. This week I’m going to be showing you my 10 must have beauty items that complete my beauty basket.




Eucerin Even Brighter Day Cream & Hyaluron-Filler & Elasticity Night Cream

These two Eucerin products are not only the latest addition to my beauty basket but also my favourite products. By applying the Even Brighter Day Cream to my face and neck every morning I am reducing the appearance of pigmentation for an even and bright complexion and the Hyaluron-Filler is helping me improve the elasticity of my skin and plumping up possible wrinkles. You know what they say, prevention is better than cure - it's never too early to start ;) 



Bubble Purifying Charcoal Face Mask

I love keeping a face mask on hand just incase I have an extremely bad break out and this Bubble Purifying Charcoal Face Mask is without a doubt my number one mask. The Oxygen Rich foaming face mask reacts with the air to make a a deep cleansing foam for a more radiant and clear complexion. This is definitely the one mask I have to have in my Beauty Basket all the time. 





The Tan Lab’s Micro-Exfoliant Powder

I absolutely adore this exfoliant powder from The Tan Lab and if you've read my review of their products, click here if you haven't, then you'll know that I use this product when preparing my skin for the perfect self tan. After mixing this powder with some water to make paste, you simply apply it to your skin and rinse afterwards leaving your skin baby-bum smooth. 



Nature’s Choice Activated Charcoal

I keep this activated charcoal in my Beauty Basket just for teeth whitening purposes! Wow, I cannot even begin to describe how well this works! All you need to do is add toothpaste to your toothbrush and dip it into your activated charcoal powder. It's as simple as that! 




Benefit’s Pore Professional Pearl Primer

Oh my gosh, I have never had such an amazing primer. Benefit is really "doing the most" with this pearl primer. I love to put this on my skin if I'm going without makeup or decide against foundation for a more natural look. 



Hair Placenta

I love to add this to my hair after I hop out the shower and have washed my hair. It's perfect for strengthening and protecting your gorgeous locks. 



Nose Strips

After a long day there's nothing better than hoping into the bath with a nice cup of tea and adding a nose strip to your nose to remove all those nasty blackheads. I love to keep white & charcoal nose strips in my Beauty Basket just for those days. 



Clear & Colour Nail Varnish

I love keeping Revlon's clear nail varnish that I apply to my nails weekly to strengthen and protect them and one white or baby pink (my favourite colours) nail varnish in my Beauty Basket incase I'm in the mood for some colour.


Nail file

I swear these have legs of their own because whenever I'm in desperate need of one I can never find it. That's why I always keep one in my Beauty Basket so I always know where to find one.


The Body Shop’s Body Butter

Moisturise, moisturise, moisturise. This is the key to looking fresh and fabulous always and so I continuously make sure to apply my body butter straight from my Beauty Basket.



And that’s them! I hope you love your beauty basket as much as I do after adding all of these fabulous products and that having them so close by makes it super easy to remember to use them! 


xxx
Chloe
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Saturday, 6 October 2018

Embracing the Healthy Eating Concept

As eating healthier gets harder and the pressure to look your best gets more severe we are continously looking for ways to motivate ourselfs to get off the couch, into the gym and consume limited calories each day. Healthy eating has become the one more job we don’t need. The meal prep, the continous calorie counting and the guilt that comes with eating anything your dietician has on her “DEADLY FOOD” list.




For me, it was a nightmare that I couldn’t wake up from until I realized that my mindset towards healthy eating was wrong. I needed to look at the bigger picture, to embrace why I was supposed to be eating healthy, clean foods. And so I thought about it and I finally understood that I was doing this to keep my body and my mind happy. That eating healthy was actually making my skin glow, saving my family money, improving my moods, boosting my energy and preventing a silent disease that runs in my family, Type 2 Diabieties.





Until I was 14 I was overweight, unhealthy and bread was definitely my friend and so, losing weight was extremely difficult. I was at a high risk of having diabieties and I was miserable with how I looked. Even though I knew what to do to change my lifestyle it was extremely difficult. And then I came to terms with the healthy eating concept and so I went about changing my diet because I loved my body and wanted to be healthy. I realized I COULD change how I looked and how I saw myself. That anything was possible if I understood why it was needed to be done.

If your food choices don’t measure up, but you’re not looking to lose weight, there are still reasons to watch what you’re putting in your mouth. Healthy foods also play an extremely important part in maintaining your skin. Our body has a natural detoxification process that is commonly known as sweating. This means that the toxins your body is trying to get rid of will come into direct contact with your skin, explaining why unhealthy diets cause bad skin! If you swap junk foods for nutritious, clean foods you will consume the necessary amounts of fatty acids and antioxidants that your body needs in order to reduce the amount of toxins your body has to get rid of. The less toxins coming into contact with your skin, the more fresh and blemish free it will look.




A healthy diet also means better sleep. Getting high quality sleep is essential for improved moods, concentration, stress levels and maintaining hormones that regulate a healthy weight. A healthy diet is crucial for getting that well deserved rest your body needs because when you consume those beautifully healthy foods, a hormone called serotonin is released, setting you up for a fantastic slumber. Because a healthy diet and quality sleep is linked so closely together, a healthy diet also means no more quick energy bursts or mid-afternoon slumps

  Instead of grabbing a packet of chips or a banana, aim for something that will give you long lasting energy instead of a quick “burst” such as a packet of raw almonds or chickpeas.




These are just some of the many benefits of eating a healthy diet. Many people believe that healthy eating may only be for people who want to lose weight however this could not be further from the truth. 

We all need to be eating a healthy diet in order to allow our bodies to function to the best of their abilities and for us to live longer and better lives.

xxx
Chloe 


























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Saturday, 29 September 2018

The Sensational Weight Loss & Detox Water I swear by


One of the hardest parts of losing weight is definitely resisting the cravings. I always think I'm doing so well until that "little" chocolate craving enters my head and I just CANNOT resist. We're human, we all make mistakes but most of the time eating mistakes either call for more gym time than usual or for my IBS to flare up. Either way, cravings are really not our friends. And so, for my body and yours,  I have been working around the clock to try and find new ways to resist cravings and super delicious recipes for goodies that you can snack on instead of a bag of chocolates. So when my IBS flared up yesterday, I took it as a fabulous opportunity to create a super yummy detox & weight loss water that decreases bloating & speeds up your metabolism. And here it is, The Sensational Weight Loss & Detox Water I swear by. 




My Sensational Weight Loss & Detox Water Recipe 

Ingredients:

750 ml Water 
3 Green Tea Teabags 
1 Whole Lemon 
2 Teaspoons of Chia Seeds 

All you need to do is...

Combine all three ingredients in a water bottle and voila! 

You can also turn this fabulous Weight Loss & Detox Water into a tea by just boiling the water. 



How I prep for this...

I normally combine all my ingredients and store my Detox Water overnight in the fridge. This way the water has time to absorb all the fabulous minerals and vitamins these superfoods give off. When my water is almost finished, I leave the lemon, chia seeds and teabags inside the bottle and just refill the water. It's as easy as that! 



I really hope you enjoy my Sensational Weight Loss & Detox Water. I know it will give you as many body miracles as it gave me! 

xxx
Chloe 








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Saturday, 22 September 2018

Effortless Makeup in a Few Easy Steps - The Pictorial


Makeup is not something we need for an extra boost of confidence. It’s not a shield. It’s an art form. It has the power to transform looks and complete fabulous outfits and if you’re good at it, it can be a real talent. But some of us didn’t really jump on the makeup train right from day 1 and now we’re left extremely confused on what primer actually does and if it’s any different from normal face lotion. Seriously, someone tell me? Prior to grade 8, Makeup was considered to be for the “older girls” and it was an area I never really ventured into until I had to. I still remember the first time I put makeup on, to go out to my first not-a-social party I was totally confused. My mom and I kept shouting at each other about what went where and how it was applied. Now, fast track a couple years and I pride myself on my makeup. It’s my art, a talent and I get to express myself through it. The path to getting good at makeup was not an easy one though and that’s why today I thought I would share my very own Makeup Routine, Tips & Tricks through my first Pictorial! Hope you enjoy! 


Face:

Get all those loose hairs off of your face & apply a regular face lotion. 

My favorite: Nivea 

Apply your primer to your face and neck 

My favorite: Maybeline Mattifying Primer 


Apply your base straight from the bottle into solid lines across your face 

My favorite: Kyoto Blossom by The Body Shop 


Blend your base in using a beauty blender and make sure to smooth your base from your chin to the underside of your chin

Run another beauty blender over your face to remove any excess base 



Apply a light brown bronzing powder in downward strokes to your cheekbones while pouting your lips

My favorite: The Body Shop Bronzing Powder 


Take another brush and blend the light brown powder into your base. 



Apply your powder highlighter to the area just above your bronzed section, your nose and the middle of your forehead in swift motions. 

My favorite: Kangol Highlighting Palette 


Eyes:

Palette: Naked 2 Urban Decay, Mac Cherry Topped & NYX Ultra Pearl Mania 

Apply a base coat eyeshadow (I use a nude shimmer colour) 

Start with the lightest color you’re using and apply it in swift, circular motions to your eyelid avoiding the crease of your eyelid 

Next apply your second color to the middle of the eyelid and define the color by running it in the crease of your eyelid 


Using the darkest color you’re planning to use apply that to the outer part of the eye and define it by running it in the crease of your eyelid 

Take a new brush and blend. 

Add your second color to the bottom of your eye. 


Optional: Add a clear mascara to your eyebrows and eyelashes to shape and hold them. 

My favorite: No. 7 Lash & Brow Perfector 




Apply your mascara by wiggling it up the eyelashes. 

My favorite: Revlon Super Length


Lips: 

Apply one coat of your lipstick color 

My favorite: Red Palladio Lipstick 



Next apply one coat of a matching lipgloss color 

My favorite: Kangol Extreme Colour

Secret Trick

Apply an eyeshadow that matches your lipstick color to your bottom lip by dabbing your finger in the powder and then on to your lip. This adds extra sparkle! 




And voila! You’re finished! I hope you enjoyed my first ever pictorial. If you have any makeup tips & tricks you’d like to share or would like to see this as a video tutorial then hop into the comments below! 

xxx
Chloe 
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