Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Review: The ins & outs of Microblading

 So last night I was invited to see a Live Microblading demonstration at the stunning Urban Lounge venue at Wembley Square. I have never heard of Microblading before, hence I was so interested to see it being done live. 
So for those of you that has never heard of this concept it's a relatively new technique of enhancing the appearance of your eyebrows. Back in the day thin, over-plucked eyebrows was all the craze but the fuller, natural looking brows are making a huge comeback... 
& rightfully so. 
The process of Microblading is done by a hand tool & blade. The ultra thin blade is a grouping of extremely fine needles affixed to a handle to manually create clean and crisp lines that resemble eyebrow hairs. Natural pigment is deposited into the upper dermal layer of the skin, making it semi-permanent for 1-2 years, depending on the skin type and lifestyle.
Advantages of the 6D technique:
♥ Less painful and faster than the machine – less repetition over 
the same area causing less trauma
♥ Far more natural result
♥ Hairs are drawn in a natural direction, it doesn’t look like a solid tattoo
♥ Thin disposable needles, thinner than the thinnest tattoo needle, results in strokes that are identical to real brow hairs.

9 Reasons to get semi- permanent eyebrows:
1. Hair loss and lack of definition/shape
2. Thin brows caused by years of over tweezing.
3. Chemotherapy or Alopecia
4. Scars, gaps in the brow
5. Lengthening the tails of existing eyebrows
6. Thickening thin brows
7. Correcting asymmetry
8. Active lifestyles
9. Trouble applying conventional makeup.
What to expect prior to and during the procedure:
♥ The procedure will take between 1 ½ - 2 hours
♥ You will be required to fill in a consent form
♥ Your expectations and requirements will be thoroughly discussed
   during the consultation
♥ A brow shape / outline will be measured and drawn on your existing brow area for you      to assess before commencing the procedure
♥ Pigments are matched to each individuals colouring or a specific brow pencil colour,          ranging from light blonde to black
♥ There will be very slight discomfort but rest assured that the therapist
   will manage it with the use of topical anaesthetics

♥ A touch up procedure is essential
Price Range:
Between R1500 – R2500

I must say before seeing the live demonstration, I don't know if I would have the nerve to get it done myself, but I must say when I saw the results, it really blew my mind! The model's eyebrows looks so natural and well groomed. My eyebrows personally are so light hence I always find myself having to either tint them or apply colour to make it slightly darker. So I am really considering the treatment!

If you would like to get your eyebrows Micro-bladed you can check out the Urban Lounge website or see shop details below: 
The Urban Beauty Lounge
Shop 3
Wembley Square 1
Solan Str, Gardens
City Bowl
076 386 4793

Tuesday, 14 June 2016

The Bay Harbour Market

So I have always heard great things about The Bayharbour market in Houtbat, but as murphy's law would have it, I've lived in Cape Town my entire life and have never been. 
So not knowing what to expect, I headed out and boi oh boi, did I have fun!
My first thoughts as I entered the market was the lingering smell at the entrance of delicious food. The market has a array of unique and very original traders selling handmade produce and a stylish wonderland of exquisite art, crafts and fashion.
The huge roaring fireplace was such a treat and I happened to plonk myself next to it for the most part. The market is also undercover, so visitors are comfortably be shielded from the rain and wind. Which is major + for me. Also PS: if you wanting to stock up on some winter warmth you have to check out these hoodies from Chill Winstan and comfy leather boots from In-Step Surf Boots.
The hustle and bustle and the excitement of the market literally hangs in the air as you hear children's laughter, fun chatter and stunning music playing in the background. There is really something for everyone and I'm sure you would find time running away during a morning or afternoon of roaming. You can click here: to see the variety of Traders that can be found at the Bay Harbour.
Hubby and I started the morning early, browsing some awesome stalls. It's really amazing to think what little gems you can actually find. The 1st place I stopped was at the stall called Blokke and Blomme which has beautiful text carvings, in various fonts and sizes and  can even custom make these beautiful designs to the customers requirements.
The food market was really a sight to see, there was such a variety of food types, from chicken, too seafood even steak if you wish! My favourite was definitely a food stall called Bon-Amie, they had a delicious offering of omelettes, breakfasts, salads and sandwiches, and served everything from veggie burgers and halloumi cheese dishes to traditional South African favourites such as Sringbok and Gemsbok. Yummy...right!
See the below, to find schedule for awesome live entertainment at Bayharbour market!
So if you looking for some great entertainment for the entire family, look no further!
Trading Times
Fridays: 5pm to 9pm, Saturdays: 9:30am to 4pm
and Sundays: 9:30am to 4pm

Monday, 13 June 2016

Bible blah blah T-shirts

A friend of mine has started, this cool concept of slogan T-shirts with a twist. It's called Bibleblahblah, These tees are seriously epic, with insight and a modern twist. 
Some Q&A about this brand from the creator Sanelisiwe Sokhela:
Q:Tell us About “Bible Blah Blah” and what it means to you?
A: There has been both positive and negative responses to the name Bibleblahblah especially the ‘blah blah’ part. Some see it as rather creative while some see it as an insult to the bible. The name blah blah simply just means going on and on and on about something and that’s what I wanted to do with the t-shirt range... just go on and on and on about the bible and God.
Q: Take us through the thought process of choosing bible verses that end up on the T-shirt?
A: Bibleblahblah tees are not your conventional scripture tees it's young and trendy so the wording that goes on the tees needs to be trendy but biblical.

Q: Religion and Fashion hardly ever seem to collide, you seem to be doing it with such a sense of “effortless cool” with Bible Blah Blah, how are you achieving this?
A: Lol I seriously don’t have an answer to this question. I guess it’s just God’s grace however I do try keep to what’s relevant and current with fashion in everything I do. If I''m wearing a Bibleblahblah tshirt, I wear it in a fashionable way and so do the people that have bought it and that gives it the “effortless cool” as you call it.
Q: The basic white T-shirt/Tee is a staple for any wardrobe, is that why you chose it as a staple/building piece of the bible blah blah range?
A: Yes, you can’t go wrong with a white t-shirt but also a white slogan t-shirt is what’s trending right now and although Bibleblahblah tees are evangelistic Christian tees, they also need to be fashion right.

Q: Are you interested in adding any other fashion items to the line? 
A: I’ve had so many requests to add colour or broaden my range to sweaters and so on. At the moment I’m more focused on establishing the brand and grow its followers before I branch out to other products, but yes that’s the long term goal.
Q: How does one go about purchasing bible blah blah T-shirts? 
A: You can order through the following mediums:
Instagram: @bibleblahblah

One Channi Chic reader will have the opportunity to win a awesome t-shirt! 
Check out the Channi Chic social media platforms for details!

Tuesday, 7 June 2016

Review: COLAB Dry Shampoo

COLAB is a breakthrough in dry shampoo couture. At the heart of the product is a revolutionary SHEER & INVISIBLE dry shampoo formula made available in a range of exquisite fragrances. It is the creation of an influential collective of beauty insiders, led by Ruth Crilly, international model and founder of beauty and fashion website, ‘A Model Recommends’. The result of this unique backstage collaboration is an inspiring breakthrough formula that fuses the art of catwalk styling with the science formulation. The show stopping range is designed to revive & refresh style anytime, anywhere. Clean hair for longer, no fear of white residue and a veil of fabulous fragrance.
So about 2 weeks ago I was sent these 2 products to test and try out. I am wearing my hair curly, but sometimes it gets so oily that I wish I had a quick fix which does not include the full washing experience once and a while. The COLAB dry shampoo is available in 6 fragrances, each embodying fashion capital chic - LONDON, PARIS, NEW YORK, RIO, TOKYO & MONACO. From the classic, heritage notes of LONDON to the floral, feminine bouquet of PARIS, there is a head-turning  fragrance story to suit every style and aspiration. The 2 fragrances that I was able to try was the LONDON classic & the MONACO fresh fragrance and they are both lovely. 
This product is a definite must have item when you amazing body and a refreshing boost
between washes, also this product absorbs the oil at the roots, like no ones business & can be used on different types of hair. The best part I must say is definitely the lovely lingering fragrance that is left after every spritz.

AVAILABLE FROM: Selected Clicks stores or follow Collab on Facebook!

Tuesday, 31 May 2016

New Products: CATRICE COSMETICS, “Treasure Trove”

I love showcasing new products on the blog, and the latest trend edition from CATRICE COSMETICS, “Treasure Trove" in Dis-Chem stores from May 2016 is no different!
Sparkling Gems, opulent jewellery, elaborate sequin embroidery and iridescent lurex materials. The new designer collections are extremely glamorous with “bejewelled” and lavishly decorated clothing. A festive, feminine make-up look is the ideal match for the unique fashion highlights. The limited must-haves are matt or shimmering and greet us in elegant champagne-gold, warm brown and beige shades as well as contrasting apricot or red. The eye shadow palette with eight highly-pigmented eyeshadow colours, a golden powder with a glow and four nail polishes with a light pearl effect ensure an unforgettable festive season.

A part of this amazing collection embodies quiet a few specific items that I am really loving:
Treasure Trove by CATRICE – Powder Blush
This blush with a golden glow ensures a radiant complexion. Applied on the highest point of the cheekbones, it accentuates and contours the face. The unique star-relief structure on the soft texture turns the blush – a combination of warm rosewood and champagne highlights – into the must-have of the season.
Available in C01 Caviar and Champagne. Around R79.95*.
Treasure Trove by CATRICE – Nail Lacquer
The four Nail Lacquers offer a festive nail look in the colours of the
Limited Edition: nude with a gold effect, light apricot, coral and dark red. All limited
polishes have a glamorous pearl effect as well as an extraordinary packaging with a
spherical golden lid. Available in C01 Jewel Daze, C02 Golden Grace, C03 Caviar
And Champagne and C04 Treasured Twinkles. Around R61.95*.
Treasure Trove by CATRICE – Precious Lip Colour
Lips to Love. Three limited colours and the unique packaging turn the Precious Lip
Colour into a product to fall in love with. The three lipsticks in soft nude, fresh apricot
and elegant red offer intensive colour and have a convincing light texture. A subtle
shine on the lips is the perfect finish for this look – ideal for heading straight into the
festive season. Available in C01 Jewel Daze, C02 Caviar And Champagne and C03
Treasured Twinkles. Around R69.95*.

You will be able to find all the other items part the Treasure Trove collection at 
Dis-Chem stores.

The Beauty Box

"South Africa’s exclusive supplier of Acrylic storage solutions for your makeup and beauty products"

 I am a complete make up addict, I own far to many to count and I treat each one of my products like they are my own babies. But I do have one problem though, storage! My make up ends up being placed in boxes or draws that I tend to completely forget about or even in 1 to 5 different bags which ends up being a complete mess as soon as the lipstick top goes missing or a nail polish leaks eeek! 
Well the solution is here acrylic storage...
Besides the fact that storing your make up in see- through acrylic boxes is so practical and easy. The best part is that you can customize your box depending on how you feel and the amount of storage that you need. The organiser comes with a glass crystal handle, which depending on your decoration requirements you could change the colour. 
So this specific box is a Mini Organiser which retails at about R599 including vat.
Dimensions: 25 x 15.5 x 15.5 cm
  • 1 x large drawer with crystal handle for storage
  • 2 x tier storage space ideal for nail polish, foundations or lipsticks
  • 3 x storage space for Brushes, eye-pencils, lipgloss etc
 Also you can build your own box, by that I mean you can add on various other storage acrylic boxes like, a make up brush holder or lipstick holder. The concept emphasis on being modular allows customers the choice to build their organizers as their makeup & beauty collection grows!
 Check out the Beauty Box website to see the different boxes available for purchase!
Our products can be ordered online and shipped anywhere in South Africa. Email to place your order at:

Thursday, 19 May 2016

New essence shades #LoveYourShade

I love the fact that essence is taking the approach to accommodate them chocolate babes. I mean I always hear my friends that are darker shades talk about how they struggle finding the right shade as there just isn’t that many options! Crazy right...
soft touch mousse make-up the make-up range with a super delicate mousse texture gives your face a smooth and natural-looking matt complexion while allowing your skin to breathe freely. Around R69.95* The 2 new shades are 50 matt caramel & 60 matt mahogany
mattifying compact powder the popular powder delights all girls who are dreaming of a matt complexion. its delicate, powdery texture spreads smoothly for a natural, matt complexion as if created by a professional make-up artist. Around R53.95*The 2 new shades are 50 true caramel & 60 true mahogany

 stay all day 16h long-lasting make-up this long-lasting foundation ensures a smooth and silky complexion all day long. its delicate texture allows a simple and even application. thanks to the high-quality pump dispenser, it’s easy to find the perfect dosage for an indescribably beautiful look. Dermatological tested. Around R72.95 & comes in shade 50 soft caramel
 coverstick never to be seen again! the coverstick quickly and reliably covers up small spots, redness and impurities of the skin, now your world is back in order and nothing can stand in the way of your date! Around R39.95* & comes in shade 50 matt caramel
 essence all about matt! oil-free make-up matt and flawless! the all about matt! oil-free make-up gives your complexion a matt effect to make it smooth and silky-soft. the longlasting formula lasts up to 12 hours and the oil-free texture won’t block your pores. the foundation in the successful all about matt! range comes in a matching cool matt packaging. Around R67.50* & comes in shades 50 matt caramel & 60 matt mahogony
essence is available at Clicks, Dis-Chem, and selected independent pharmacies, Red Square & Pick n Pay stores.