ASUS UX490 Zenbook – Review

I was lucky enough to be given the chance to try out the Zenbook UX490 for a couple of weeks last month, and I promised you an in depth (and honest) review. I would like to start off by saying that I thought the transition from Macbook Pro to **any** Windows laptop would be traumatic and difficult, but the ASUS made it ridiculously smooth. This brings me to one of my favourite elements on the ASUS: the super responsive trackpad including fingerprint sensor. You can customize the trackpad so that all of the gestures you’ve become accustomed to on the Macbook are available on the ASUS too! It might sound like a non-issue to you, but it was one of the small details that made such a big difference to me. In the past when I’ve borrowed my dad’s laptop, it’s been an all round uncomfortable and frustrating experience when it comes to the low functioning trackpad that so many of those (lower end) Windows laptops have. The fingerprint sensor also just makes life a lot easier, signing in and out was a breeze.

Before I dive any further into the inner workings of the ASUS, I do need to highlight how beautiful this machine is. The colour combo I got was royal blue with gold trim and accents, I was also told that there is a rose gold edition which is stunning. It’s so slim, slimmer than anything I’ve ever held or used. It’s not as chunky as my Macbook Pro, and a few times when I had it in my work backpack I was convinced I’d left it at home. It’s so light that I wasn’t even aware of its presence in any bag. You might be worried that it’s maybe too small? Well, I never ever looked at the screen and thought that it needed more space. Considering the fact that I was switching over from my hulking 15inch Macbook, it’s impressive that it never felt too “little” for me. The lightness and portability were game changers though. I travel a lot in addition to the fact that every single night I have to pack a backpack full of stuff for work. The ASUS cut down so much weight and bulk, it was hard going back.


It isn’t just its size that is impressive, but also what they were able to cram in to such a small device! You get 512G storage, which is exceptional in a laptop of its size. The display is crystal clear, and I could work inside without scorching my retinas, and work outside without having to squint – the screen brightness worked perfectly in all environments I tested it out in. Charging was also a highlight! It might be a weird thing to mention, but I’m one of those people whose laptop/cellphone are always moments away from battery death. I forget to charge my devices all the time! The UX490 was charging to about 60% of its battery in under an hour. If I had it charged up to a full battery, I was getting anywhere between 6-7hrs of use. The screen brightness actually seemed to be the biggest deciding factor for me when it came to how long the battery lasted. I used the most intensely at night (when your screen is usually dimmer), so I got great lasting power out of it.

This high end laptop also came with its own laptop sleeve, as well as adaptors, which was a nice bonus touch. It charges via USB type c, which is supposed to be the industry standard going forward. It does also mean that it’s incredible easy to charge the ASUS from a portable charger! Another surprise I got: the quality built-in speakers from harman/kardon. The sound has got to be the best I have ever heard from a laptop that small.

In short, the Zenbook UX490 delivers on performance, functionality and looks… something you’d expect from ASUS who have a reputation for making devices that provide a good balance. There’s no doubt that this laptop is thinner and lighter (and more attractive) than almost anything else I’ve seen, and I do feel like it dealt with every task I threw at it – from work to play.

- This is a sponsored post, but all words and opinions are 100% my own.

The Lowdown On John Frieda

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I have a love/hate relationship with my hair, always have, and probably always will. Firstly, there’s a lot of it – so it’s a pain to style, wash, dry, pretty much do anything with. It used to give me headaches when I was younger and it was super long because it was just so darn heavy. It takes ages to dry, and I think I can probably attribute what upper body strength I do have to my hair. Holding the hairdryer over my head for half an hour, and then taking the extra 15min to painstakingly brush it all out.

As a result I’m super fussy when it comes to my hair products, they need to work well, work quickly, and smell good. When John Frieda sent me some of their products to sample I was hoping that I would fall in love – and I did! I used to use the blonde hair shampoo when I was younger, so I already know that the brand produces some great quality products. The line that I got to try out was “Full Repair” and “Frizz Ease”.

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Full Repair does just what it says on the tin. I found that it works on actually repairing tired/mistreated hair. I’d be lying if I said that I’m not borderline abusive to my hair, sometimes it just won’t do what I want it to do and I end up GHDing my hair straight AND curling it all in the same day. That’s a lot of heat styling! After using the Full Repair Shampoo and Conditioner for a couple of months now, I can already tell that my hair feels softer and stronger. Which is pretty much exactly what any of us want from our hair.

The Frizz Ease range has some great oils/elixirs and crèmes. These are great for keeping with you when you travel, or using before you go out for the day. In one of my posts I spoke about how I traveled to Mozambique recently and the humidity is off the charts! The Frizz Ease Nourishing Oil Elixir and the Secret Agent Touch Up Crème saved my life. The Secret Agent Touch Up Crème I kept with me in my bag, and used it on the go when I could tell my hair was looking a little wild from the humidity. The Oil Elixir I used in the mornings when I was getting ready, usually just after I had styled my hair. I’m always super nervous to use an oil product in my hair because it’s blonde, and blonde hair can look dirty super quick. The Oil Elixir didn’t leave a gross residue or anything which I was incredibly relieved to discover.

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Lastly, I mentioned that the products I use need to smell good as I am incredibly sensitive to smells, and can easily get put off a product if the smell is too sharp. The products that I used – especially the Oil Elixir and the Secret Agent smelt amazing. The Full Repair shampoo and conditioner definitely weren’t overpowering in the shower, and I liked that they kind of smell like a high end perfume. Definitely won’t get tired of the smell any time soon.

So, in short, if you’re looking to try out something new on your hair, you should definitely give the John Frieda products a try. Let me know how you find them if you do! The John Frieda lines are exclusively available in Clicks stores, and you can even order them online to have them delivered right to your door.

Sisters With Blisters


The 11th annual 1st For Women Sisters with Blisters walk kicked off exactly a day after the start of 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children. About 5000 men and women, all dressed in pink, took the streets to lend their voice to the protest against women and child abuse.

According to 1st For Women, South Africa actually has one of the highest rates of violence against women in the world and on average, 3 women are killed daily by an intimate partner! 3 a day, that’s an insane number, right? Even though the walk itself was full of love, and smiles, and laughter, it’s all in support of a very serious cause. Every single person that entered Sisters With Blisters might have been dressed up in tutus, balloons, and glitter, but they were fully aware how important this issue is in South Africa, and that standing together is the only way forward.


Did you know that The Department of Justice has estimated that 1 out of every 4 South African women are survivors of domestic violence. In 2014/2015, it’s estimated that 563 841 sexual offences occurred but only 62 649 sexual offences were reported. 8 174 of these sexual offences cases went to court, and only 1% of these cases resulted in a conviction. These are not numbers to be proud of. We have so much beauty in our country, but also so much pain. It’s important that we acknowledge our problems, and take an active stand against them.

How do 1st For Women play a role in all of this? Well, the 1st for Women Foundation was established back in 2005 with one clear objective: to uplift and inspire women of South Africa. In the 11 years that they’ve been running, they have remained dedicated to this cause. As of this year, the Foundation has donated over R49 million to a few different women-related charity organisations that focus on two main causes: violence against women, and cervical cancer.


I love companies that really walk the walk and talk the talk. It’s one thing to say that you’re dedicated to making a difference, and it’s another thing entirely to actually make a difference… and I think 1st For Women have managed to do just that. Take a look at their website for more information, and to see the charities that benefit from this amazing project: 1st For Women Foundation


WIN 1 of 5 Double Tickets to the “Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them” Premiere!


This is just a very quick post to give you all the information you need in order to come and join me at the Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them premiere.

I’ve got FIVE double tickets to give to some serious Harry Potter fans that are keen to see the Fantastic Beasts movie before the rest of South Africa on Wednesday the 16th of November at the Mall of Africa.

I identified with Hermione SO much when I read the Harry Potter books for the first time, and the movies really captured the essence of the books too. I’m glad that the Harry Potter world is still bringing joy into so many lives all these years later! Remember that you can still tune into the DSTV Harry Potter Pop-Up Channel 109


Using Snapchat – or any other app that lets you faceswap – get a picture of yourself and faceswap it with your favourite Harry Potter character from any of the films. Once you’ve done that, post it on Twitter, Instagram and/or Facebook, and use the following caption:

“Hey @StephanieBe! I’m Sirius-ly excited to Slytherin the #FantasticBeasts premiere with you! ”

Hey @StephanieBe! I’m Sirius-ly excited to Slytherin the #FantasticBeasts premiere with you! #MMHarryPotter

If you want to double your chances, take a look at Yeswecrann’s website, he’s got an identical competition running at the moment!

I’ll also have a few other ways to win coming up over the next few day, just keep an eye on my Facebook page and my Twitter account :)

Ts & Cs

  1. Only one entry per handle per platform.
  2. You have to be following the handle/like the page to win the tickets.
  3. Prizes per handle: 5 doubles split over my social media accounts.
  4. Have to be able to pick up the tickets at Mall of Africa at the premiere.
  5. Have to use the hashtags and handles provided, and follow any instructions.


Lil Dicky ft Brendan Urie – Molly [Video]

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This music video absolutely cut me up the first time i watched it, and the song is just too real for words! I love that Lil Dicky proves that he can do more than just “comedic” rap, without it seeming insincere. This is probably his most sentimental song from his debut album, “Professional Rapper,” and by far my absolute favourite.

I was a little worried that the video might get a little cliché, sort of typical romantic drama movie style – but the ending really sold it to me. Brendan Urie is also just superb on the track, and they included him so well in the music video as the wedding singer. Put your headphones in, turn it up, and really listen to the lyrics.

Lil Dicky ft Brendan Urie – Molly

My Google Story – #MyGoogleZA

It’s hard to think of one specific moment when Google has made a big difference to my life, because honestly Google plays a part in my life almost every single day. When I’m planning a holiday I spend hours Googling tourist attractions, transport options, and hotel accommodations. I use it to give me up to date exchange rates, just by searching “convert Rands to Dollars/Pounds,etc” and Google Maps was my lifeline when I first moved to Johannesburg and had literally no idea where I was all the time. In all honesty, I would say that Google Maps is probably the most used app on my phone, even more than my social media apps! I hate getting lost (even though it happens all the time) so even if I’m in a taxi or driving with a friend, I usually have Google Maps open and the route planned out. My life would certainly be a lot harder if I didn’t have the option to use Google to prep for my shows during the week – as it is I spend hours finding new music online, and without it I would be lost and definitely wouldn’t be able to research the best music for my show.

I do have one specific story to share when Google (and their apps) literally saved my skin. When you think of Brazil, what’s the first thing that spring to mind? Probably football, or beautiful beaches, bikini clad women with perfect bodies… which is fair i suppose, but honestly, if you don’t speak Portuguese (or Spanish which seems to be their most known second language) then you probably won’t be able to find any of those things. I’ve traveled to places like China and Hong Kong, and in all seriousness, the language barrier in Brazil is way more of a hindrance. In cities like Sao Paulo, Fortaleza, Belo Horizonte, and Manaus you could go days without anyone being able to speak or understand even the minutest amount of English. Joe and I traveled Brazil during the World Cup for a month, and without Google Translate we wouldn’t have been able to tell the taxi drivers where we needed to go, or ask the pharmacist for headache tablets, or even order off of the menus in restaurants.

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Thanks to Google Translate, whenever I needed to ask something that hand gestures just couldn’t get across, I’d whip out my phone and just use Google Translate. The best part was that I would type the English in and translate it to Portuguese, but then I’d just switch it around, hand them the phone and they could type in Portuguese and translate it to English for me to understand. I even had a few locals asking me what app I was using because tourists would stop them all the time and try and speak to them, but they had no way of communicating. As a result of the app I felt like I could actually genuinely connect with more people because we were able to go beyond the “where *makes wild hand gestures* toilet?” questions you might ask when traveling in a country where English isn’t even the fourth language. I had some fully fledged conversations via that little app on my phone, and we always parted ways with smiles on our faces. I remember there was a day in Sao Paulo where my phone died, and we tried to get around without the help of the app, and it was significantly more testing. I had to resort to pointing at pictures in a booklet to try and ask the taxi driver to take us to Beco do Batman (yes, that’s actually its name… no it isn’t pronounced Batman like the superhero).


Today I’ve collaborated with Google to bring you an EPIC hamper to the value of over R5000! But to be honest, you can’t actually buy most of these things, they’re exclusive Google swag. All you need to do is share your Google story on social media (Twitter/Insta/FB) and you could win :) Tell me about the time Google Maps helped you avoid the traffic and you made your crucial meeting just in time, maybe you found your wedding dress via Google Search, or maybe like me Google Translate helped you out of a sticky situation? Don’t forget to tag me in your story and use the hashtag: #MyGoogleZA – you need to do this in order for your entry to be counted.

What’s in the hamper:

  • Sony Xperia device
  • R250-00 Google Play Vouchers
  • Google Cardboard <<< this is amazing
  • Selfie Stick
  • Power banks
  • Google Headphones
  • iKnow Board Game

Just a quick FYI – I’ve recently downloaded Google Calendar too… and I’m hoping it’ll help with productivity and keeping all my events/appointments/meetings/travel in a row. So far it’s super easy to use and nice to look at too :P Thought it was worth mentioning in case you’re looking for something better than the native calendar app on iPhone/Android.

CONGRATS to Gary B Laight for winning the competition! His entry was received via Facebook, and he perfectly described how Google has become an essential part of his everyday life!

Terms & Conditions:

The competition is only open to people older than 18.

Only one entry per person, and entries may not be longer than 300 characters.

By entering this contest you agree to the competition rules:

By entering you agree that your stories may be published.

The full Ts&Cs can be found here:

Booked By Webfluential

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I’m hoping that this post is helpful for you in some way, regardless of whether you’re an influencer, a brand, or even someone just starting out a baby blog. I’m been working with Webfluential pretty much since their inception, and it has honestly been amazing to watch them grow over the past year or so. I’ve always been a massive advocate of Webfluential because of the way that they’re able to protect both the client/brand and the influencer. They’ve now expanded and launched a tool that i’m sure will positively affect the industry in South Africa for good!

It is also worth taking a moment to pause and reflect on how far “social media” has come in the past few years and to remember (as a brand and as an influencer) that it’s so important to maintain your integrity. To the influencers, don’t accept jobs from brands that you don’t like or don’t or wouldn’t actively support in your day-to-day life. I have turned down countless jobs with brands that i don’t feel an affinity towards, and honestly it’s much better that way… for you as well as your followers. You don’t want to become a never-ending tweeting billboard. To the brands/agencies, pick your influencers with care… and hold them accountable for the work they do. Webfluential allows you to do that, so use it often ;)

So what is Booked By Webfluential?

Essentially it allows influencers to get briefs directly from brands via their websites or Webfluential media kits. It also guarantees the influencer payment for every booking, it automates reporting, and also provides a one-on-one chat feature for the influencer to collaborate with the brand. It’s also the first in the world to do this, and it’s local… how amazing?

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As an influencer, how can you get started? (skip to STEP 3 if you’re already on Webfluential)


Sign up to Webfluential as an influencer, you can do that here: JOIN [it’s free and 100% legit]


Create a Media Kit for yourself, so brands know who you are and what you’re into :)


Search for the “Booked By Webfluential” plugin on WordPress, and install it.



This is what it’ll look like on your site. I created a separate page called “Book Me” and now i can manage my own bookings directly with brands! Both myself and the band have the safety and security of knowing that there is an independent 3rd party who will make sure that the campaign is handled correctly and professionally.

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There are so many extra bits i could say about this tool, but i would be here all day. So i’ll give you the highlights package:

–>It’s free and simple to install
With this easy-to-use WordPress plugin, you can take bookings anywhere, any time, from any brand

–>Show you mean business
It’s the credibility you deserve. Brands gets a professional quote from you instantly when they use your booking form

–>We’ll help you price your work
Set your own rates, or use pricing suggestions from Webfluential

–>Get paid, on time, no hassles
No more following up on invoices; all jobs booked through Webfluential come with a payment guarantee

–>Better collaboration
Use the Chat Room feature to one-on-one with brands about creative elements, timings and other questions

–>Reporting made easy
You don’t have to spend time gathering stats and page views. Post-campaign reporting is automatic

–>Everything in one place
Being an influencer has never been this easy – all your bookings, briefs, reports and payments are in one place

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Damn, Daniel Explained

If this whole “Damn, Daniel” thing has got you confused, just watch this handy interview with Ellen! They talk about the origins and why it blew up. I genuinely have no answers for you as to why this is a thing, but i honestly love it. If after watching the video you still don’t “get it” then i feel like the next few years are going to be tough for you on social media. This is just the beginning…

Dear Fat People Part 2 – Nicole Arbour

Nicole Arbour found herself in a world of trouble when she released her “Dear Fat People” about 4 months ago. It was headline news around the world, she was invited onto talkshows in the USA, and probably received a record amount of hate directed at any one individual on the internet. In the greater scheme of things, i don’t realllllly understand why this makes people so angry? It’s her opinion, and she is hardly advocating anything horrific… she’s asking a genuine question: why are we “celebrating” fat-ness these days? If you actually listen to what she’s saying instead of getting emotional/angry immediately you might see that she isn’t saying that fat people aren’t beautiful or shouldn’t feel comfortable, just that we shouldn’t praise fat people for being fat… it’s a bad precedent to set in a world where obesity is soon going to become the leading killer. Regardless of whether you agree with her or not, it is still her opinion and she’s using her own platform to share it. I just think that the vile hate thrown her way is unnecessary.

She takes on the recent decision by Sports Illustrated to put a “plus size” model on their front cover, where the model is preaching body positivity and acceptance – YET the photo is photoshopped to within an inch of its life! Yes, she could approach this in a less inflammatory way, but she’s obviously an entertainer and to a certain extent probably wants you to get upset.

Take a deep breath and check it out: