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An All Nighter in London with Urban Decay + A Giveaway

May 10, 2018
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If you follow me on my social media, you will know that a few weeks ago I was in London with Urban Decay South Africa (@urbandecaycosmetics) and other amazing beauty/fashion bloggers, including my close mate; Sarah Langa. We had such a fab time, I thought I would share our 36-hour escapade with you guys. It all started when I received an email from 4 Elements Media (@4ElementsMedia) on behalf of Urban Decay with an invite to an All-Nighter experience to launch the new All Nighter Concealers. The idea was to spend one full day in London, then fly back to South Africa. My initial response was “how is that even possible?” buy my adventurous side was like “yaaassss, lets!!” So, after much deliberation I was in. The first on the agenda was a UK visa, after that was obtained it was a sure bet that I would be on my way to London for a lifetime experience!

You would think that packing for a 36-hour trip would be easy, I can tell you know it was not. I love travelling but I hate packing. It’s hard enough to decide what to wear when I’m home, packing for a trip is not at all nice. Also, Urban Decay wanted to add an element of surprise to our trip so, our activities were kept very hush-hush. Which of course threw another curve ball.  Once I had all my packing figured out, it was time to hit the road. YAY!!!

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Come the day of the trip, bae took me to the airport. I got checked by the lovely people at the Virgin Atlantic (@virginatlantic) counter, who the directed me to the business lounge/clubhouse. I found the Urban Decay Team and the other bloggers enjoying some food and champagne, awaiting our departure call. Armed with our UD Travel Duo sprays, we headed over to the board gate and off we went.

Touch down London Town, everyone was full of excitement and ready to take on the day. And because we travelled overnight, we were able to sleep in the plane. After collecting our luggage and clearing customs, we headed to our hotel. We stayed at the Moxy Hotel in Stradford (@moxylondonstratford), a beautiful contemporary. As we entered our rooms, the first of many surprises awaited us. On the bed laid a box full of goodies from the Urban Decay All Nighter range:  The All Nighter Foundation, All Nighter concealers, All Nighter Priming and Setting Spray and UD Mix-In Facial Oil. All this was to prepare us for the long day ahead.

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After a quick shower and some breakfast, we were set to explore London. The best way to travel in city is by train, so off to the Underground we went. First was Breddos (@breddostacos), a lovely Mexican restaurant with a margarita bar downstairs. We had an awesome lunch there, we feasted on some tacos and margarita, re-energised and we were ready for the next stop. The Urban Decay store in Carnbay, this was to be the highlight of the day as we were treated to a private masterclass by Levi Jade Taylor. An international senior make-up artists. She taught us many tricks, how to play around with colour without looking like a clown, just to name one, lol.

DSC_3436Once that was done, we were off to our next affair, which was some cocktails at Josephine’s (@tonightjosephine) perfect place to unwind and catch up. We ended having a mini-turn up, as you can see from the pictures. At this time, it was already night and before we left Josephine’s I had a moment to check out my make-up see if my All Nighter Concealers and Foundation were keeping and to my surprise they were. My face was still fresh with very little shine or even oily, I was pleased with that result and happy to bring on the night.

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Final stop of the day was Trapeze Bar (@trapezebar_basement) for some din-din and boogy-boogy. We danced the night away and even forgot that the next day was home time, that’s how much fun we had. At the hotel, more goodies awaited, the Urban Decay Meltdown range, complete with the amazing dissolving spray and lip oil stick. Also, there was a personalised t-shirt to ready us for the slumber party. The Urban Decay team thought of everything, I tell you! After the slumber party, we were pretty much all tired, so we headed to our rooms for some beauty sleep.

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Next morning the UD team has prepared a “rehab pack” for us, see I told you they thought of everything. UD Rehab Make-Up and some energy boosters. Which were all much appreciated at this point because we were about to head back to the city center for some last-minute sight-seeing and some shopping of course. After leaving the hotel, we to go see the famous London Eye and Big Ben. After that we hurried onto one of the red London buses for a city tour, which is a must-do when you’re in London. We enjoy seeing the city, right after that it was off to Piccadilly Circus, another must see when in London. Straight after that, we went shopping, yay!!

At was now time to head back home, at this point we didn’t want to leave. However, we got the airport and the help staff at the Virgin Atlantic counted assisted with our check-in and off we went to the Virgin Active Clubhouse to for some downtime before our flight home. Probably one of the best airport lounges I have been to. The food is amazing, the space is beautiful, it even has a hair salon. It’s absolutely stunning.

    

Time to board our flight back home, we got on to the plane and home we went!

What an amazing experience, omg! Thank you so much to Urban Decay South Africa, Virgin Atlantic and 4 Elements Media. This was amazing! Thank you @Leandri.photography for all the beautiful images.

In honour of this amazing experience, I am doing an ALL Nighter Competition. You have only 24-hours to enter. The winner will be announced tomorrow, 11 May 2018 at 5pm! This is what you could WIN:

Products offered:

1x winner will win…

 All Nighter essentials

  • 3x All Nighter Concealers
  • 1x Drop Shot Mix-in Facial Oil
  • 3 x sprays (Rebound Collagen-Infused Complexion Prep Priming Spray, All Nighter Pollution Protection and All Nighter Make-up Setting Spray)

Total value: R3000

All you need to do is comment below and you will be entered into my competition. ALL THE BEST!!

 

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69 Comments

  • Reply Ntokozo May 10, 2018 at 3:29 pm

    It really looks like you had the time of your life!!! Weeks later I still can’t get over your insta pics from London I mean what a duo u and Sarah ???????❤️❤️?

  • Reply Kwenzakonke May 10, 2018 at 3:35 pm

    Your content, from the choice of words to the quality of pictures, is relevant, interesting and of a high standard. I love you different outlook on the beauty and fashion industry as well as how it is/ forms part of who you are! Everything is SO genuine!

    • Reply Kwenzakonke Mncwango May 14, 2018 at 3:26 pm

      @kwenzamncwango

  • Reply Ndasindana Shilenga May 10, 2018 at 3:36 pm

    I enjoyed how detailed the post was!!! Glad that SA bloggers are getting the recognition they deserve at taking on the world

  • Reply Ndasindana Shilenga May 10, 2018 at 3:37 pm

    I enjoyed how detailed the post was!!! Glad that SA bloggers are getting the recognition they deserve and are taking on the world!!

  • Reply Sthembile May 10, 2018 at 3:37 pm

    What an awesome blog post and a good potrayal of your trip. I would be extremely excited to win some of the products.

  • Reply Snenhlanhla May 10, 2018 at 3:42 pm

    Hello Melody firstly let me just say that I love your blog you’ve been a fave since forever you produce such high quality content and it really reflects across how authentic you are.This looks like it was so much fun .im such a fan of urban decay and I have been saving my coins monthly because student budget ?to just buy the all nighter setting spray so winning this would mean so much to me I genuinely enjoy makeup and just trying different things to see what works best .so crossing fingers ?

  • Reply Snenhlanhla May 10, 2018 at 3:43 pm

    I really hope I win this ??it would mean so much

  • Reply Gosego Katai May 10, 2018 at 3:44 pm

    I loved this read simply because with every spoken word i could piece it all together in my mind. I vividly remember this experience as if i was there with you, thanks to social media! I mean, id get SO excited seeing you had a new frame up on Instagram Stories during this trip and i must say UD was able to jam-pack that 36hours with pure bliss P.S i thought you were lucky when you got to be Sir Johns muse…but this experience wins!! #urbandecaygiveawayentry

  • Reply Tholang Kumalo May 10, 2018 at 3:44 pm

    Hi Mel

    Thank you for this post. You all looked lovely.
    Looks like you guys had a great time.

    *fingers crossed* ?

    • Reply Tholang kumalo May 14, 2018 at 3:54 pm

      Instagram: @spartanqueen_

  • Reply Mihlali Soki May 10, 2018 at 3:46 pm

    Omw this trip sounds like it was a lot of fun. I watched Cynthia Gwebu’s vlog on YouTube and I must say I was green with envy (lol). That’s actually how I got to follow you on IG. I saw you on her vlog and I was like I have to follow her, she’s so beautiful and seems so fun. Thank you for the opportunity ?

  • Reply Snenhlanhla May 10, 2018 at 3:50 pm

    I have very oily skin so ive always been in search for the perfect setting spray and I recently found out I’ve been confusing a setting spray with a mist which makes sense because I would sprits my face and 3 hours down the line my face would be oily and after doing much excessive research I I’ve seen that the urban decay all nighter setting spray is the one that everyone recommends so I’ve been saving to buy it

  • Reply Lebohang Monethi May 10, 2018 at 3:50 pm

    You guys had an awesome trip, we could clearly see in your pics that you had a blast. It’s so refreshing to look at your pics, I can see lots of ideas. Keep on doing the best on what you doing, you are an inspiration to us Melody xxx ♥️

  • Reply Allis George May 10, 2018 at 3:52 pm

    I love your style.You are so alive and you just LIVE yet you remain so humble. I love the fact that you are such an exciting person ,beautiful in and out and have always been soft spoken and that’s another good quality. I love the your make up and outfits,I like your thumb ring too. Thank you for sharing each journey of your life with us.PS you used to be a very adorable prefect in high school???

  • Reply Amanda Chiro May 10, 2018 at 3:56 pm

    36 hours in London doesn’t sound possible, but yall did that! ?

    hope I win ?

  • Reply Katlehomashiloane aka pretty_gangsta_ May 10, 2018 at 3:59 pm

    Wow Urban decay is such a breath of fresh air eyy. What a treat that you guys had. Everything was thought through and wow sis y’all look stunning and shame I must say your makeup was still intact indeed . Those urban decay all nighter concealers and foundation do that damn thing. Still the best in the game. Team urban decay forever.

  • Reply Pabalelo Mohlabe May 10, 2018 at 4:03 pm

    Always loved Urban Decay and this all nigher range is must??…. Maintain the glow✨✨

  • Reply Sinovuyo Kupiso May 10, 2018 at 4:11 pm

    After reading your it seems like a snippet from the movie Around the World 80 days whereas for you it’s was Gone in London in 36 hrs. I would really love to win the giveaway not only because it’s my 21st Birthday tomorrow but because I would love to slay and look bomb like you did, the whole day and night through when I’m celebrating it.

  • Reply Emma Horscroft May 10, 2018 at 4:13 pm

    Waoww! This trip looked absolutely incredible, as did you Mel. But let’s me honest your makeup is always flawless and your outfits are to die for.

  • Reply Vuyo Renene May 10, 2018 at 4:17 pm

    I watched all your IG posts during the trip and it looked like so much fun, I luckily also followed Cynthia’s IG on the whole trip and it was amazing seeing 2 awesome black women representing SA and looking amazing whilst doing it! I loved how you documented everything because it made me actually take an interest into the urban decay products, and made me take a little trip to the new urban decay store in Cape Town. I love their products and it would be so amazing to win these products ?? ! Love your blog and IG page ! Xx

  • Reply Zola Bushula May 10, 2018 at 4:23 pm

    Hi Mel,

    I’m a big lover of make-up, but unfortunately right now I can’t afford to buy Urban Decay products. I’d love to be afforded the chance to win so I can try out the products they look amazing. I was actually watching Cynthia Gwebu’s channel yesterday, I saw how much fun you lot had in London and may I say, you all looked beautiful.

    Thank you for affording us the opportunity enter the competition and stand a chance to win, I love your blog, Instagram page (everything about you), you’re so beautiful.

    xx

  • Reply Khomotso Maredi (khomo_tso_m) May 10, 2018 at 4:45 pm

    Hey there….
    The manner in which you narrate this trip makes me feel like I was part of it, literally from start to end. Urban Decay really went all out with the planning and organizing of the various activities, the proof is in the pictures. As a skin care enthusiast I can’t wait to try these products (still saving up) . Thank you for sharing your experience.

  • Reply Simelwe May 10, 2018 at 4:57 pm

    Yaaaaaasssssssss!!!!!! Looks amazing .. saw the IG post . By the way lover the colour tone of your page. What’s your fav product in the urban decay range .. the one thing you swear by!!! Food looks yummy too .??

  • Reply Vanessa May 10, 2018 at 5:04 pm

    I remember watching your instastories and having so much fomo! The way you guys made it look like such a fun girls make up trip. I genuinely enjoyed watching from the sidelines. Also I’d love to win these products cause I can’t even afford them. I’ll be waiting for the announcement:)

  • Reply Vanessa May 10, 2018 at 5:05 pm

    pick me! pick me!! please i could do with some allnighter products!!!! ???????? pretty pretty pleeeaaasseee

  • Reply Bianca Senyarelo May 10, 2018 at 5:13 pm

    Firstly, can we talk about how sway is your squad goals?! ?‍♀️?‍♀️ The question really is not how you did London in 36 hours (meaning that leaving you with a limited time for shopping, obvs ???) but all that and you still managed to look so radiantly beautiful with each look you prepped for! (by the way those red framed shades are so G! ?). How you did all THAT traveling and maintained your glow in the unforgiving London breeze honestly beats me?.

    P. S Please do a blog on your natural hair regimen, yours and Sarah Langa’s afros I truly stan for. ???

  • Reply Sulu May 10, 2018 at 5:21 pm

    OMG! This looks like so much fun, what an experience, would mean the world to win this

  • Reply Kalipa Bunny Klaas May 10, 2018 at 6:03 pm

    Hi Melody….thank you so much for sharing your memories with us.I feel like I travelled with you guys…you beauties had so much fun and you slayed???I love your content starting from your insta stories to your blogs. Keep Slaying!!!Keep Winning!!Keep Sharing!!

  • Reply Nonku May 10, 2018 at 6:03 pm

    Amazing post, I followed your trip through the IG stories and reading the post filled in the gaps. A truly amazing documentation of a truly amazing trip. Anyhoo I remain stanning.

  • Reply Yoluntu May 10, 2018 at 6:12 pm

    I swear I feel I was on the trip myself, it’s beautifully narrated and it really got me hooked. I’ve been to an Urban Decay launch in Menlyn, Pretoria and I can’t imagine how the experience must have been like in London. It’s beautiful how brands like Urban Decay fly our influencers/bloggers to such amazing places, it really shows how South Africa’s social sphere is growing and it’s actually beautiful to witness.

  • Reply Sersh May 10, 2018 at 6:15 pm

    Reading this post was like rewatching you, Sarah’s, Cynthia’s and Brett’s Insta stories again!!! Had major FOMO and was actually influenced! I’ve entered both Cynthia and Brett’s competitions just for that all nighter setting spray. I hope I win this so I can finallly become part of the UDAllNighter crew.

  • Reply Sersh May 10, 2018 at 6:16 pm

    Reading this post was like rewatching you, Sarah’s, Cynthia’s and Brett’s Insta stories again!!! Had major FOMO and was actually influenced! I’ve entered both Cynthia and Brett’s competitions just for that all nighter setting spray but wasn’t so lucky. I hope I win this so I can finallly become part of the UDAllNighter crew.

  • Reply Zombuso Ntombela May 10, 2018 at 6:33 pm

    I live my best life through your feed. This has been amazing to follow and also reading about it has been really interesting. Thank you for allowing us into your life so we can get a glimpse of the experience.

  • Reply Tumelo Lamola May 10, 2018 at 6:35 pm

    I’ve seen so many reviews on the new UD products and I’m so keen to get my hands on it, unfortunately I’m a student. I’ve been looking for the perfect creamy concealer that stays on for a while. The LONDON 36 hour trip looked out of this world!

    • Reply Tumelo Lamola May 14, 2018 at 3:27 pm

      @thyvixen_tumii on instagram. ❤️

  • Reply Nande Mjamba May 10, 2018 at 6:44 pm

    UD really outdid themselves with this one. This trip looked like so much fun! I love the spontaneity of it all! ❤️

  • Reply Keitumetsi Motlhale May 10, 2018 at 6:48 pm

    Hey Mel,

    Great blog, it was much the awaited one since your trip after seeing you from a fellow beauty bloggers blog. Please consider vlogging too more on your channel.

    I’d love to win this hamper, firstly cause I dont remember the last time I won a competition lol. Plus, I just started my make up collection and all I have is lipstick and foundation. UD products are a must have, and saw great reviews on them.

  • Reply Xoliswa May 10, 2018 at 7:59 pm

    I love how our girls are taking SA to the world over and over again! Showing the world that we’re trending, up to speed and just unique! Love it!

  • Reply Jabulile May 10, 2018 at 8:09 pm

    Sounds like so much fun!!! Thanks for sharing Mel ❤️❤️❤️

  • Reply Pelo May 10, 2018 at 8:16 pm

    London is definitely on my bucket list! Now I know what to do if I ever go there..
    Also, I’m not gonna lie I’ve always wanted to get my hands on Urban Decay products ? this would be a dream to win!! *fingers crossed*

  • Reply Kholofelo May 10, 2018 at 8:58 pm

    I loved the pictures and videos you took during this trip, showing us the places you visited and the gifts you received from Urban Decay ?. I loved seeing you ladies have fun during this trip.

    • Reply Kholofelo May 14, 2018 at 3:21 pm

      @kholonizzer is my instagram handle

  • Reply Mosima May 10, 2018 at 9:21 pm

    Really amazing post with amazing products. They say pictures don’t lie and yours (and the entire post) demonstrated such joy and beauty❤️

  • Reply Iva Mhlauli May 10, 2018 at 9:31 pm

    You had the time of your life. Urban decay definitely came through ?!! I hope I win so I can have the time of my life with these products❤️

  • Reply Silindile May 10, 2018 at 9:35 pm

    Cant believe how far you’ve come. Reading your blog and feeling like you deserve all this good ish. Anywho, i cant wait to try Urban Decay products. I have a make up voucher from them that im saving for a special occassion. Have heard lovely things about the brand

  • Reply zama nkosi May 10, 2018 at 9:54 pm

    wow. this sounds like some crazy batchelorette experience. Things like this meke me wish i was an influencer too!

  • Reply Busisiwe May 10, 2018 at 9:56 pm

    Nenze kakhulu kule trip!
    You had a lot of us glued to our screens during this trip, 36hr getaway literally seemed like a friendcation. Urban Decay team clearly picked the right influencers to endorse their brand, because you guys genuinely seemed to get along. In a nutshell we were influenced because you guys were authentic. Would definitely enjoy reading more travel content especially the must see places etc.

  • Reply Mpoomey Makhanya May 10, 2018 at 10:27 pm

    There’s a whole world out there! Thank you for always making us part of yours. ❤️

  • Reply Kagiso "Ash" Lebaka May 10, 2018 at 10:41 pm

    Love your blog Mel and how you edit your pictures and most importantly how you always have fun. Urban decay is such a lovely brand I’m so happy it came to south Africa and your so lucky to experience such trips, To many more trips ❤

  • Reply Makwela khasanda May 10, 2018 at 11:48 pm

    Your story was beautifully narrated, although I’ve never been there before I’ve got to experience it through you. Being a student and young business women it’s difficult to attend classes and look sleek for meetings due to lack of sleep, I believe with the products I’d be able to have a fresh makeup look, most specifically the concealer

  • Reply Bokang May 11, 2018 at 12:06 am

    What an amazing trip you had. I literally was watching you and Sarah’s Instragram stories and your pictures gave me extreme FOMO?❤️! Your pictures *props on the quality??* literally depict everything you have written about! They show how much of a good time you had and the amazing Urban Decay products. Seriously though, well done to the Urban Decay team on planning such a wonderful trip filled with amazing activities and taking our influencers on international trips. Yes to makeup brands taking influencers on trips. I hope other brands jump on this wagon too. Amazing, amazing article!

    To more articles like this?❤️

  • Reply Mahlokileng Semenya May 11, 2018 at 2:54 am

    Hi Melody . It’s not everyone who gets an opportunity to spend 36hours being spoiled in London by one of the best make up brands in the world . I can sure tell you this though , the experience surely changed you forever and now there’s no doubt that you can do anything if you put your mind to it . It’s early morning, reading this post has given me a new spring in my step and hope that if I put my faith in anything , it can and will happen ! Anything is possible and me winning this prize is possible ❤️ Have a great day and good luck to all

  • Reply Katlego May 11, 2018 at 4:03 am

    Oh my!!!! What a treat!! ?? Next time, please ask if you can take a follower with ? then of course – IM YO’ GUUUURL ??‍♀️??‍♀️

  • Reply Asaphiwe Mvinjelwa May 11, 2018 at 4:51 am

    Thank you for the London recommendations as I prepare for my trip to London with my girls in June. Now all I need are those Urban Decay products to look amazing while trying to live my best life in London. 😉

  • Reply Nqobile Msomi May 11, 2018 at 6:37 am

    Hey Melody, sounds like tons of fun. I loved your blog post and the snaps you took of your trip. Keep it up babes, you doing incredibly well. Also please can you vlog/ post more videos on YouTube. I would have thoroughly enjoyed watching it. Otherwise babes, ?

  • Reply Nomcebo Mbatha May 11, 2018 at 7:32 am

    With a few hours left before you announce the winner I decided to swipe up because let’s be honest who doesn’t want free UD products. Your blog is just aesthetically pleasing and I use it as an escape from medschool. Urban Decay sponsors you and you sponsor me with travels because watching your stories and reading this article is just as good as me being there with you ?.

  • Reply Lwandile “Lwa” May 11, 2018 at 7:41 am

    Fun ,Fabulous & Friends !
    This sure did look and sound exciting. I personally could not wait for you to post more about Urban Decay. From what was set out for you guys (travel style,the notes,the parties,the food)by the UD team highlighted what the brand is truly about.Very funky,fresh,exciting,vibrant & versatile. It’s something every girl has to have in their makeup ? kit.

  • Reply Dineo May 11, 2018 at 7:51 am

    What a wonderful experience you had they couldn’t have chosen a better person plus vele Mel uyabonagala ukuthi you are the life of the party ❤❤❤❤❤

  • Reply Keneilwe May 11, 2018 at 7:51 am

    Incredibly out of this world. Thank you for taking us with.

  • Reply Faith May 11, 2018 at 9:17 am

    This is amazing?Judging from the pictues and of course your blog, it looks like you guys had the time of your life. I really wouldn’t mind the UD kit, I’m a big make up Fan and I always watch Cynthia Ngwebu’s YouTube videos for tutorials because I’m a begginer at make up and the only make up I own is foundation, eyebrow kit and eyeliner? and not to mention the fact that I can’t afford UD products so this would mean the world to me.

  • Reply Sibongile May 11, 2018 at 9:45 am

    Always hogging your insta stories and I hope today is my lucky day……..Looks like you had more than just fun and the pics tell a bigger story, thank you for sharing such a beautiful experience!?

  • Reply Nandi May 11, 2018 at 11:10 am

    You look stunning all the time Mel, I love your karisma and attitude. Stay beautiful

  • Reply ANGELA May 11, 2018 at 11:27 am

    Life’s best gift is opening your eyes to out-of-this-world experiences and looking all so fab while you at it is the ultimate cherry on top. And you took us with you. incredible blog!!

  • Reply Snenhlanhla May 11, 2018 at 1:14 pm

    As someone who enjoys makeup so much and is passionate about it I really hope I win this ?

  • Reply Siphelele May 11, 2018 at 2:09 pm

    Boy oh boy do I like cutting it close. Hope you’re still checking for entries ?.
    Following you and the rest of the blog squad made us, ( yes, I’m speaking for the masses ) , feel like we were right there with you. UD x ??

  • Reply Khadija Fakir May 14, 2018 at 3:08 pm

    Great review. Sounds like yourll had soo much fun. The Urban Decay products sound amaaaazing. Every makeup junkie needs Urban Decay. Instagram handle is khadijafakir ???

  • Reply SERSH May 14, 2018 at 3:09 pm

    Hey Mel, My IG handle Is Sershy

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