Last week I was invited to join the team from Sparkle Cosmetics on an incredible African adventure of a lifetime…
Two days on safari inspired by their new African Safari nail lacquer collections for Morgan Taylor and Gelish PLUS the opportunity to participate in the most incredible wildlife conservation experience…
A rhino capture, monitoring and notching operation sponsored by Morgan Taylor and Gelish.
This unforgettable event saw me catching the red eye from Cape Town to Joburg and then a shuttle bus filled with fellow beauties to Sun City where we enjoyed a wonderful spoil… lunch under the African sun, an update on all the exciting new launches to look forward to from Sparkle and then a pamper session at the Gary Player Health Spa where we got to select our favourite shades from the NEW African Safari collection.
African Safari Collection
This beautiful collection of colours was inspired by a visit to Africa by Danny Haile, founder of Morgan Taylor and Gelish, back in 2017.
Six wild shades are (for the first time) available as Morgan Taylor nail polish, Gelish Soak-Off and Gelish Dip! The beautiful colours are inspired by sweeping landscapes, African skies, rich earthy tones and graphic African prints. Pearls of sapphire, pewter and garnet are complemented by rich cremes of mauve, nude and oxblood.
The six NEW shades, all available in stores now, are:
Are You Lion To Me? (pewter shimmer)
Off The Grid (black brown creme)
No Cell? Oh Well! (sapphire blue pearl)
No Sudden Mauves (rose mauve pearl)
Neutral by Nature (warm nude creme)
Wanna Share a Tent? (garnet red pearl)
I opted for the Garnet Red on my fingers and Sapphire Blue on my toes!
But the event wasn’t only about our special spoils, it also had a much greater purpose…
Gelish, Morgan Taylor and Sparkle are proud to support the protection of endangered wildlife species and their habitat, and, as part of their African Safari Fall Collection promise they are donating proceeds of their NEW Safari-inspired collection to a very worthy cause right in the heart of Africa!
In partnership with The Pilanesberg Wildlife Trust they funded a vital Rhino Notching that contributes to the conservation and protection of endangered rhino in southern Africa.
And the amazing part is that I got to join them for this emotionally charged, once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Rhino Notching in Pilanesberg
In Africa rhino populations have plummeted in recent years due to the recent onslaught of Rhino Poaching. Sadly the demand for rhino horn, which is ironically made of the very same substance as our own fingernails – keratin, has resulted in rhino numbers declining towards extinction.
The effective management of Rhino populations requires certain essential elements.
“An individual based identification system is core to the gathering of vital biological data from ground monitoring, such as movements, home range, birth rate, inter-calving periods, associations and aggression, to name a few. With the recent breakthrough in DNA extraction from rhino horn, it has also become necessary to add to the rhino database genetic material collected from live rhinos as another tool in combating poaching.”
By cutting a small V, or square shapes into the ears of a rhino at certain positions, each rhino is given an individual number making any observation by monitoring officers of this animal into the future, together with the information that is observed, easier.
Obviously rhino immobilisation for this vital management operation is a hugely expensive exercise and Pilanesberg Park Management has requested The Pilanesberg Wildlife Trust (PWT) to assist with this project. The PWT in turn solicits donors to contribute to the project by sponsoring a “hands on” rhino capture experience where guests actively take part and assist the Vet and Park crew during the operation.
By Morgan Taylor and Gelish sponsoring this rhino immobilization they (and their loyal customers and fans) contributed to the conservation, and furthered protection, of these amazing creatures.
We joined the team of an experienced helicopter pilot, Vet and Park management officials to see what goes into a rhino notching operation. A helicopter was used to locate an unmarked rhino, and then the animal was guided to suitable working area and away from danger when it was darted and sedated before ground crew and us moved in on foot to carry out the necessary procedures of notching and DNA collection.
I made a short video of our morning which you can watch for a summarised version of the experience. Please note that at all times the rhino’s safety, welfare, and dignity, is the priority and the rhino is never put at risk.
Many thanks to Sparkle Cosmetics, Mankwe Game Trackers and Rhino911 and all those who made this event possible.
For more information on how you and your company can contribute towards this outstanding and essential NPO, please visit Pilanesberg Wildlife Trust website
To see more of this incredible experience follow the following hashtags on social media.
WIN a Morgan Taylor African Safari hamper worth R1000
This week I am giving away a Morgan Taylor African Safari hamper to the value of R1000.
To WIN all you have to do is follow @becomingyou, @sparklesa, @morgantaylorsa and @gelishsa on Instagram
So I know who has entered complete the form below…
Competition closes on 25 April 2019
Winner to be announced on 26 April 2019
The prize will be couriered to you by Sparkle