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Monday, 1 January 2018

Make-Up Brush Breakdown

I'm sure most us own way too many makeup brushes, and i'm also sure most of us probably don't know how use half of them? Right! Well today I thought it would be fitting to show you my top 5 favourite make up brush shapes to use and some of my favourite sponges as well. PS: All the brushes & sponges i'm using are from Real Techniques, they produce professional quality make up brushes & spongers that are both stylish and functional.

1. Real Technique Definer Brush
The eye define brush are designed for precision eyeliner looks. Use with liquid, cream, gel, or powder liners and shadows.

2. Real Technique Detailer Brush
The detailer brush: precision cut to effortlessly conceal problem areas; or, use with lipstick for long-lasting shape and definition

3. Real Technique Pointed Foundation Brush
This brush is amazing you can use it with liquid foundation to build custom coverage on specific areas

4. Real Technique Contour Brush
This brush delicately applies highlighter to contour or create sheer, soft-focus finish 

5.Real Technique Buffing Brush
This brush is ideal for full coverage application of powder and mineral foundation.

6. Miracle Complexion Sponge
It's a 3-in-1 multi-functional makeup sponge. The rounded side blends larger areas of the face. The precision tip covers blemishes/imperfections and the flat edge contours around the eyes and the nose, leaving you with a complexion that's smooth, enhanced and gorgeous! Use damp for a dewy glow or dry for a full coverage look.

7. Miracle Mini Eraser Sponge
From flaking mascara to eye shadow fallout, these little miracles help sweep away your makeup mishaps
 flat edges: erase
 rounded sides: buff + blend

 tip: targeted sweep

6 ways to erase:
1. Sweep away under eye shadow fallout
2. Wipe away liner gone wrong
3. Pick up brow product fallout
4. Wipe away mascara smudges
5. Pick up over applied shadow
6. Blend away too much blush or highlighter 

Real Technique Miracle Sculpting Sponge 
DEWY HIGHLIGHT + CONTOUR Designed to help create shadows or highlight your favorite facial features. -small side for precision highlighting -large side for controlled contouring 6 Surfaces to complete your sculpt: 2 flat edges to apply 2 rounded sides to blend 2 tapered ends for precision application

Real Technique Make Up brushes is currently available for purchase at Foschini stores as well as the online store, Foschini for Beauty



Monday, 4 December 2017

The Station On Bree

It may sometimes feel that the weekend can’t come soon enough and that to wait until Friday is a day too long to wait. However, fear not, as this summer The Station on Bree ushers in the start of the season with the launch of Thursday Reveal at The Station on Bree. Hosted by local talent and internationally renowned DJ, saxophonist and percussion specialist, George Sax, the amazing line-up promises to deliver the vibe, energy and world-class entertainment for which this popular Bree Street hang-out is known.
Having fast become a Capetonian favourite since opening its doors in 2016, this summer, The Station on Bree is going bigger and better. Every Thursday throughout summer, George Sax, will be joined on stage by an array of home-grown talent. An array of performers will showcase the best of what Africa has to offer in a setting that fuses the iconic design of the London Underground with the bustling and cosmopolitan atmosphere of Bree Street. Whilst The Station on Bree guarantees a great night’s entertainment, it’s the food that always takes centre stage at this fantastic venue. The Station on Bree, sees the introduction of a new summer menu. Continuing in the manner of ‘unpretentious street food’, The Station on Bree offers a casual Mediterranean-infused dining style that focuses on fresh flavours and simple ingredients. From leisurely lunches through to late dinners, visitors have the option of traditional main meals or ordering from a choice of small plates that taps into the culinary trend for a more shared and social approach to dining currently sweeping through the gastronomic world.
Billed as Cape Town’s first underground meeting place, The Station on Bree is a unique, multi-storied venue with a variety of different stations and platforms located throughout. Each of these offers specific services, so whether you’re looking to begin your day with a morning coffee from artisanal brand Mischu, end the day with an after-work cocktail from the fantastic selection on offer, enjoy a leisurely dining experience or start your evening off with a bang – the lively, character-filled atmosphere of The Station on Bree provides an ideal day to night setting that truly has something for everyone! Similarly, The Station on Bree is available for private functions, and can provide a range of package deals to accommodate all requirements to ensure a genuinely memorable occasion.
The Station on Bree takes “Themed bar” to another level. Iconic sounds of the subway play over speakers in the bathrooms, which reveal exposed plumbing and copper accents. Worn-down “Mind the Gap” signage throughout gives the impression that countless soles (and souls) have scuffed against the paintwork over time. Station maps cover the ceiling, a giant platform clock presides over the bar, where a ticket window looks out onto an outdoor courtyard, boasting chalkboard table tops and a roofed train station bench. Suspended light bulbs in the main corridor change colour throughout the evening, and full-walled video timetable adds a contemporary touch. And the wait staff’s train-conductor outfits sew things up beautifully.
To further fuel your experience at The Station on Bree, the newly launched gin menu offers visitors the chance to craft their own gin and tonic, layering botanical flavours with an assortment of lively flavours. If this isn’t quite your thing, choose from the carefully selected wine list that features some of the Cape Winelands’ finest, or sample from a range of local beers on tap. The perfect place to connect with friends, pop into The Station on Bree this summer and climb aboard for a trip that promises to be one of Cape Town’s hottest spots this summer!
The Station on Bree is located at 207 Bree St, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, 8001 and is open Tuesdays to Sundays, 11h00 till late.

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Maybelline #BigShot Range

So I received a epic press drop from Maybelline SA, to test and review. I have never been so excited about a range as what I was when I received all these stunning products. The collection consisted of liquid lipsticks, matte lipsticks, a bronze palette, blush palette, setting powder & volume mascara.  #BigShot 

Master Bronzer Kit, bronze and highlight for a dimensional, sun-kissed glow.

BENEFITS
Get a glowing bronze look with Maybelline’s Bronze & Highlight Kit. These universal bronzer and highlight shades can be mixed together or worn alone to create a head turning sun-kissed look.

HOW TO USE/APPLY
Mix and match for a custom glow.

Step 1. Sweep bronzer all over the face.

Step 2. Add highlighter to the top of the cheeks and blend.

Upon seeing so many amazing nude shades in the VIVID HOT LACQUER it really got me excited to start playing around with the product and reviewing it for upcoming looks. Saturated vivid color meets strong lacquered shine for your most sensational high shine lip.

BENEFITS
Maybelline's high-impact gloss goes vivid! Strong lacquered shine and opaque color melt onto the lips for your most impactful lip look.

HOW TO USE/APPLY
Step 1. Apply lip lacquer with the applicator wand in the center of your upper lip and follow the contours of your mouth.
Step 2. Glide the lip lacquer across the entire bottom lip.

Master Blush & Highlight Kit. Unlimited artistry! Color and highlight for dimensional statement cheeks.

BENEFITS
Go beyond the highlight for vibrant and dimensional statement cheeks. Maybelline's Color & Highlight Kit allows you to blush your own way. Use each shade alone or mix and match to create a custom cheek color.

HOW TO USE/APPLY
Step 1. Apply blush. Tip: Use shades alone or mix & match shades to create your own look. Step 2. Add highlighter. Blend.

Color Sensational® Loaded Bolds Lipstick. Maybelline’s creamy lip color is available in a collection of full-spectrum shades from jet black to bright white.

BENEFITS
Hypercolor pigments and an opaque, creamy clay base deliver one-stroke intensity. Sumptuous honey nectar leaves a creamy finish. Maybelline’s Color Sensational The Loaded Bolds is available in a range of pigment-loaded shades from deep plums and electric blues to vibrant reds and natural nudes. Dermatologist tested. Allergy tested.

HOW TO USE/APPLY
Step 1. Apply lipstick in the center of your upper lip and follow the contours of your mouth. 
Step 2. Glide the lipstick across the entire bottom lip

Master fix setting & perfecting loose powder. Microfine translucent powder sets, mattifies, blurs and smoothes for an undetectable finish. Creates soft-focus effect as it sets makeup.

BENEFITS
Maybelline’s setting + perfecting loose powder creates a soft focus effect as it sets makeup and mattifies shine, blurs, and smoothes. This translucent shade looks natural on all skin types and leaves a smooth, flawless finish.

HOW TO USE/APPLY
Swirl lightly over face with a powder brush. Can be used alone or on top of makeup.
Volum' Express® The Colossal Big Shot™ Mascara, a volumizing mascara for bold lashes in one coat.

BENEFITS
Lashes go powerful with Colossal Big Shot. 8 out of 10 saw bigger bolder volume. The Big Shot brush features unique, wavy bristles that cradle lashes, while the collagen formula delivers bold volume. Ophthalmologist tested. Suitable for contact lens wearers. Packaging may vary, what you receive may not be what is reflected on site.

HOW TO USE/APPLY
Step 1. Sweep the Big Shot brush from root to tip for dramatic volume.

Step 2. Repeat to build even bigger volume.

Keep an eye out on my social media platforms to see how I create #BigShot makeup looks using these Maybelline products!

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Don't Sweat It

So I never actually knew that having excessively sweaty hand & feet was actually a thing? I am serious. We usually see it in the movies, whereby the nerdy shy boy/girl at the back of the class displayed sweaty palms when coming into close contact with his/her crush. Well it doesn't just happen in the movies. Only recently have I come to discover that it was actually a thing and that excessive, uncontrollable sweating of hands is called hyperhidrosis. The thought of not being able to do basic essential tasks without a sweaty palm must be rather overwhelming let alone an embarrassing experience. I mean when I think about it basic things that we take for granted such as picking up our phones, typing a email, reading a book or even giving a firm handshake could result in a sweaty residue all over your objects and others.
However if you are struggling with a sweaty hands or feet problem, don't despair. Most people sweat as a reaction to environment (hot temperatures) or emotion (stress). It’s a normal reaction to these circumstances. For those who suffer from excessive sweating, the reaction is tenfold and often unprovoked. It is a condition that isn’t often talked about because people are often too embarrassed or don’t know it’s a condition they can get treatment for. There is help out there and so I have come to know about this revolutionary product called the Iontophoresis machine which has assisted thousands of people and the responses has been amazing!
How long does it take for the machine to make your hands and feet dry?
After one week, most people will have dry hands and feet. It might take longer for some people. To understand the treatment timelines, have a look at the graph below.

How long should each Iontoderma treatment last?

Every use of the Iontoderma machine should last at least 20 minutes up to a maximum of 30 minutes, making sure to spend half the time on each polarity.
Will it work for you?
If you have no results within 60 days, you can simply send your device back and you will receive a full refund. No questions asked.

If you would like to find out more information about the Iontoderma machine simply check out the website. click here. The actual device cost about R5300 and has a 2 year warranty. PS there's free shipping to SA! Also check out the review page whereby you can find feedback from other happy customers. 

If you struggle with sweaty hands & feet and is keen to give the Iontoderma machine a go, let me know what you think once you've tried it for yourself.




Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Kahvé Road launches NEW Coffee Capsules!

So I got a invite to the launch of Kahve Roads new coffee capsules. Anyone that knows me, knows that I take my coffee very serious... and strong! I have never been to this little retro chic café but was definitely keen to give it ago. Kahve Road is perfectly located inside Cavendish Square on the ground floor next to H&M.
Kahvé Road, premium coffee and patisserie specialist has extended their retail offering and will now stock their very own premium coffee capsule range which will be available at the popular eatery based in Cavendish from September 2017.
The café opened its doors in July this year and has been quite the talk of the town, gaining rave reviews for their unique specialty coffee blends. Offering five distinct signature blends made 100% Arabica Specialty Grade Coffee which is ethically sourced and are of the highest possible quality - you will now be able to make a delicious Kahvé Road cuppa in the comfort of your own home.
The Café boasts an impressive selection of signature blends aimed to indulge various coffee palates. Whether you are looking for something bold, rich or subtle, you are bound to find a blend you love. 
The new capsule offering will be available in store in boxes of 10 capsules, retailing for R90 each. All capsules are Nespresso compatible.

Coffee Capsule Blend Breakdown:

Petra (House Blend):  Kahvé Road’s Petra house blend draws together some of the world’s premium coffee beans to create the delicious flavours of sweet milk chocolate and berries, and an alluring aroma of caramelised berry. Just a single sip of this captivating blend will begin a journey of discovery you’ll want to share with the world.
·         Coffee: Ethiopia, Columbia, Guatemala
·         Intensity: 6/10
·         Flavour Notes: Sweet milk chocolate, berries
·         Aroma: Caramelized berries
Babylon (Dark Blend): Like this ancient lost city, the Kahvé Road Babylon blend offers a new gateway to your coffee journey. Every sip promises an experience of pure enjoyment with a decadent aroma of fresh cream and hazelnuts, and a sweet creamy flavour of dark cocoa.
·         Coffee: Brazil, Indonesia, Columbia
·         Intensity: 8/10
·         Flavour Notes: Sweet, Creamy, Dark Coco
·         Aroma: Hazelnuts & Fresh Cream
Machu Picchu (Light Blend): With every sip you will discover a fresh, bright aroma followed by natural notes of melon and orange, and a smooth aftertaste.
·         Coffee: Burundi, Uganda, Malawi
·         Intensity: 5/10
·         Flavour Notes: Fresh Melon & Orange
·         Aroma: Bright & Fresh
Troy (Decaf): The Troy blend will surprise you with its intensity and good body and will reveal complexities and layers with every sip.  Enjoy this epic journey of rich cocoa and aged pear aromas followed by the captivating flavours of chocolate and tobacco.
·         Decaf Coffee: Mexico, Democratic Republic of Congo
·         Intensity: 6/10
·         Flavour Notes: Good Body, Chocolate, Tobacco
·         Aroma: Rich Coco, Aged Pear
·         Caffeine-Free
Chan Chan (Rooibos): Using nature’s best ingredients to create a caffeine-free tea that transports you to a place of harmony. The Chan Chan boasts a unique sweet fynbos aroma and gentle flavours of woody spice, caramel and peach.
·         Tea: Spiced Red Rooibos Tea
·         Flavour: Woody Spice, Caramel, Peach
·         Aroma: Sweet Fynbos
·         Caffeine-free
Kahvé Road opening times:
·         Monday – Thursday: 07:30 – 19:00
·         Friday - Saturday: 08:00 – 21:00
·         Sunday: 08:00 – 18:00
For more info of the Kahvé Road experience visit the website http://kahveroad.com/ and stay tuned on social media for the launch of Kahvé Road’s new online store.
·         Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KahveRoad/
·         Twitter: https://twitter.com/KahveRoad
·         Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/kahveroad/

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

INOAR GHAIR BOTOX TREATMENT

I've been chemically colouring my hair for years and has since decided to try and grow out my natural hair and basically just give my hair a little bit of a break. It's obvious that my hair is not in the best condition due to all the bleaching and colouring etc. The thought of doing the "BIG CHOP" has crossed my mind quite a few times. But the thought of having no hair completely overwhelms me. My ends is currently is really bad condition and the overall look and feel and in dire need of a pick me up! So with that said, I was offered to try out a brand new in-salon treatment from INOAR professional called GHAIR BOTOX TREATMENT. It's a 30 minute treatment which promotes hair growth, strengthens hair, reduce frizz, reduce knots, add shine and defines curls.

DIRECTIONS:
I went to Carla Hair Design Salon in Camps Bay to get the treatment done and it was really such a easy, hassle free process. While getting my hair done Carla explained the product and the benefits of it in great detail. My hair was washed with the INOAR Help Detox Shampoo and then towel dried. The Ghair B-Tox mask was then applied and comb through. The product was not applied to my scalp as well as not massaged in. We waited for the 30 minutes rinsed and then styled. Easy Peasy!
GOOD TO KNOW INFO:
The product is developed with Wheat Germ oil which is Fatty Acids, Argan oil, Shea Butter, Hydrolyzed. Keratin and Grape Extract. It's rich in Vitamin A, C and E which protects your hair from harmful agents & rich in antioxidants that fights Free Radicals!

IMPORTANT FACTS:
  • B-Tox treatment may last 4+ weeks
  • Use Inoar’s salt-free shampoos to maintain the treatment
  • B-Tox will not influence tint/colour in the hair
  • B-Tox my be done immediately AFTER colour/hi-lights/toner
  • (Remember the cuticles are already open…so no need for a clarifying shampoo.  
  • Use a normal Shampoo (no conditioner) after colour/hi-lights and apply the B-Tox )
  • No fumes / odour / eye-burning
  • Large market – may be done on all clients
  • Works extremely well on chemically damaged hair
  • May be done on virgin hair
  • Not recommended for pregnant women
RESULT – BEAUTIFUL, SOFT HEALTHY HAIR
I am so happy with the results. My hair so shiny and soft and most of all its manageable with less knots. This is definitely a treatment you should try if you looking for the instant pick me up for your hair. If you are keen to try it out I will definitely recommend going to Carla Hair Design Salon. The location and salon is beautiful and she simply works wonders with her hands details below:
Carla Hair Design
24 Woodford Avenue
Camps Bay

Salon: 082 793 89 99


Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Top 5 natural hair products

I always get asked what I'm currently using on my curly fro and with the Clicks Curls expo just around the corner I thought it would be just the right time to share with you my 5 favourite products for my curly tresses. With curly hair you need to find the right product suited for you hair type. Some of the hyped up natural curl products on the market did not work for me at all, but did wonders for others. It's important to find just the right balance for you.
One of the major issues with having curly hair is.... knots, knots & more knots. I usually find that on the 2nd to 3rd day my curls feel and looks the best. Since we don't comb the hair on a daily as you would with straight hair knotting are thus prone to happen. It has always been one of the things that has made me shy away from wearing my hair naturally. The combing out process has many a time come with many screams and a odd tear here and there. But since I've discovered the Aunt Jackie's instant detangling  products, wearing my curly hair has become a shear pleasure. This product is enriched with Shea butter & Olive oil and is any curly haired girls dream product. 
The following product which I discovered at a Design Essentials launch I attended in the beginning of the year has been one of my go to products ever since I discovered it. This product refreshes curls like nobodies business. After maybe a second or third day your girls will start to look a bit dry and may go rather ratty. This product will instantly refresh it & bring it back to life. This product comes in travel size, which allows me to pop it into my handbag with ease.
The TwistaSista curl activator creme has given me the well defined curl I have desperately been after. After a good shampoo & conditioner rinse I would then section my hair into 4 parts and liberally spread this product through my hair while gently combing it. I would then leave my hair to air dry and separate curls with a fro comb. This product is infused with coconut, avocado, almond oil & it smells absolutely divine.
The my natural hair range has to be my all time favourite products to use as its probably one of the few that is actually produced and made locally. After attending the My Natural hair launch last week which they showcased there new styling products I couldn't be happier at the range and the variety of product that is now available on the market. The My Natural Hair hydrating mask is such a great product for giving your curls that much needed TLC. I would lather on loads of this heaven sent cream and walk around the house for hours with it. After rinsing off I would apply the strengthening oil which gives me the required shine I need to my ends.
If you are keen on embracing your Natural Hair journey you just have to attend the upcoming Clicks Curls Cape Town event taking place at Spier Wine Estate on Saturday 16 September 2017 – an expo dedicated entirely to waves, curls and coils. 
Hosted by the fabulous Amanda du-Pont and dynamic Siv Ngesi, #ClicksCurls Cape Town will feature the best of local and international natural hair brands. Gold sponsors include Shea Moisture, Aunt Jackies, Cantu, Design Essentials, L’Oreal Elvive Curl Nourishment, Afro Botanics and Black Pearl by Pearl Thusi. Silver sponsors include Caivil, Dark & Lovely Au Natural, Garnier Ultimate Blends, Hask, Jane Carter, Maui Moisture, My Natural Hair, Not Your Mothers, Palmers, Sunny Isle, Tropic Isle Living and Twisted Sista.

Ill be giving away 1 set of double tickets to the #ClicksCurls event as well as a Aunt Jackies hamper to the value of R500, follow me on my social media platforms for the details.