Step 4: the makeup This seems to be the largest problem area when it comes to these events. No-one really knows anything about makeup and so everyone ends up looking rather strange. Most people get makeup artists to do their makeup for them but personally, I think some of the makeup artists in South Africa don’t really know how to make you look like a better version of yourself – they end up making you look much older than you are. Mac cosmetics is a safe option to have your makeup done at but always go for a test run first and see how theRead More →

The Matric Formal is the pinnacle of your high school career. It is one of those moments you dream about from the moment you enter high school. For me, it almost seemed magical. I could perfectly construct what I wanted to wear and how I wanted to look. It was the only chance we would get in our high school years to really go all out in dressing up. If I hadn’t known what I did about fashion and makeup the ride would have been a lot bumpier than it was. So here are my tips and tricks on how to look effortlessly stunning atRead More →

Urban Decay has been a consumers favourite for as long as I can remember. Their Palettes could be found in every makeup gurus collection and they still seem to be well- loved. Like any brand, Urban Decay has some killer products that are staples in makeup routines. A good makeup setting spray is something everyone should have in their makeup routines but is not always so easy to find in South Africa – luckily Urban Decay has got you covered. Their All Nighter and Chill setting sprays are best sellers and complete any makeup look. The All Nighter setting spray prolongs the wear of your makeupRead More →

It seems that holiday festivities always call for some sparkle and in this case what better way than to glitter up your eyes this Christmas season than with glitter liner? Urban Decay’s Heavy Metal Glitter Eyeliner is one of those quick fixes that can be used in multiple ways to create makeup looks with impressive shine. You can apply it all over your eyelids after applying a complementary crease shade, use it to draw a line of glitter parallel to your liner or in your crease – to create a cut crease. The best part is that you can pick it up while doing yourRead More →

It seems the beauty world can’t get enough of Loreal’s new Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara. Almost every youtuber has crowned it their new favourite and can’t stop talking about it. This is one of those moments where drugstore brands like Loreal should receive an applause. There’s nothing better than finding a great product at a great price. As this product isn’t in South Africa as of yet it’s something you can look forward to when it gets stocked in our local stores. I’m positive you won’t be disappointed.   Image CreditRead More →

If you’re looking for an easy way to achieve natural waves this video is for you. This hair styling method had people thinking I had naturally wavy hair when it’s actually dead-straight – which made me fall in love with this technique even more. Creating French waves is quick and pain-free – compared to curling your whole head of hair. You can even bypass the fancy products mentioned and stick to a heat protectant and hairspray.Read More →

For those interested in highlighting but aren’t eager to spend a hefty price the local pharmacy should be the right place for you. However, there was a problem. Highlighters of a good standard (no glitter flecks and high pigmentation) couldn’t be found at our local pharmacies. For years I tried searching for the reliable ‘drugstore’ product recommendations given by beauty influencers. Sadly South Africa didn’t stock most of the brands and the ones they did stock didn’t have the product I was searching for. It wasn’t until this year that I noticed excellent products popping up in the stores. The L.A. Girl Strobe Lite StrobingRead More →

Shade selection Picking the most suitable highlighter for one’s skin tone is essential for a natural look. Nevertheless, there is a multitude of shades one can choose from if one favours a less natural look – from yellow to black to rainbow and so forth. The more unusual shades can be placed over a blush (like a pink highlight) or, as they are most commonly used, for events like music festivals. The mixing of shades is also common and can make finding the ‘perfect’ shade easier. Fair skin is best compatible with a white or pearl highlighter. Fair to Medium skin best suits a champagne highlighter.Read More →

Highlighting found a solid foothold in the beauty industry years ago and has since then become an essential step in any makeup routine. For those new to the concept, highlighting can be daunting but if correctly approached and executed it is something that can make all the difference.  But what is highlighting? Typically one would apply a product with luminous properties to areas of the face that light would naturally highlight or where more attention would want to be attracted. These areas are: the top of the cheekbones, below the arch of the eyebrow, the undereye area, the cupids bow, the nose, chin and centreRead More →

Shaving’s one of those things I have a love-hate relationship with. Yes, smooth legs are sensational but do I necessarily enjoy doing it every week? – that would be a no. Sometimes I just can’t see the point of shaving. What’s fun about having little scabs at your ankles that make wearing shoes uncomfortable or removing the glorious layers of your summer tan? It also takes up a lot of time that we can probably invest into something more beneficial. When was the last time you noticed that someone didn’t shave? I find it interesting that most people don’t notice anything. We’re all probably concentratingRead More →