Category Archives: Fashion & Beauty

Just a li’l bit of what we like here & there.

WIN an Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette!

Attention all makeup lovers! I have some exciting news… 🙂

rubybox is running a competition where you could stand a chance to win the Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette – woop!!

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All you need to do to win this palette is click the link below for competition details:

http://rubybox.co.za/magazine/were-giving-away-two-urban-decay-naked-2-palettes/?utm_source=frochic.urban.decay&utm_medium=blogger&utm_campaign=frochic.urban.decay

It’s that easy.

Good luck!

My Current Beauty Favourites

On Instagram I have been posting a few of my favourite beauty finds so I decided to do a full post and share a few more  beauty products that I am currently loving!

I am always on the look out for great beauty products to try out so I hope this will help someone else should you be on the look out for something new.

Here are a few of my current faves :

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I absolutely love this foundation! I’ve had mine for about 6 months now. It may look like a small bottle but a little goes a long way. I just need to apply a few dabs of it and that is enough to give me a flawless coverage. I like that it feels very light on the skin, doesn’t dry it out and lasts for the whole day; a perfect go-to foundation for work. The price is steep in comparison to other foundations but it lasts for a long time. I’ve also seen a few other people raving about this foundation, so I can definitely vouch for it. The shade I use is Rich Ginger and I bought it from Edgars.

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Another new (but quickly becoming a firm) favourite of mine is the MAC Studio Moisture Tint. I didn’t know about it until my sister gave it to me since she accidentally purchased a shade which was too light for her. Luckily, it is a perfect shade for me (thank you sis! 🙂 ).  If you are looking for light coverage, then you will love this! It actually reminds me of a BB Cream. It also feels very light on the skin and gives just enough coverage without masking away any natural spots you may have on your face. So it literally works the same way as a tinted moisturiser. I also like that it has sunscreen which helps to protect your skin from the rays of the sun throughout the day. I usually use this when I want light coverage which is mostly on Fridays or over weekends if I am out and about running errands.

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I bought this one about 2 months ago, along with a day cream and their face wash. My skin was feeling unusually dry and I needed something that will put some much need moisture in my face. When I visited The Body Shop I informed the sales assistant of my concerns and he recommended this range. They also had a special running then whereby you buy could 3 products and only pay for 2! The day cream also works well to keep my skin moistured during the day but I love how thick and decadent the night cream is. I am also new at using night creams but since I’m in my mid-30s now I reckon I need to start looking after my skin a bit better.

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I purchased this recently but not at the same time as the above products. I was looking for a setting spray at Clicks and I couldn’t find one. When I asked the sales assistant at she recommended the face mist and mentioned that it does the same job as a setting spray. I use the face mist to set my makeup after I have applied it to give me that dewy, almost natural look…and it helps to ‘set’ your makeup so it doesn’t rub off easily. Try it, it works. 😉

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I think nude lipsticks look great for the winter season and I have been loving this combo from Essence. Using a nude lipstick on its own can give you that ‘dry and hungry’ look so the lipliner helps to bring some definition to the lips. These two colours work very well to achieve a nice pinkish/brownish nude look. You can find Essence products at Dischem.

What are your current beauty favourites?

Hair Salon Review | Urban Zulu Natural Beauty Salon

So last week Saturday I had an exciting opportunity to have my hair styled at Urban Zulu Natural Beauty Salon! I was beyond excited to finally have the chance to check out their salon, which is one of the only few natural hair salons I know of. What is also great is that they stock locally-made natural hair products like AfroBotanics and AfroAmour!

It was easy to find the hair salon but I was not able to find parking on the street so I just parked my car at Carlton Centre, which is right opposite the hair salon. The parking ticket at Carlton Centre is only R10 which is not too bad. As soon as I crossed the street it was easy to spot the hair salon. The Urban Zulu name is written in big black and white letters – you can’t miss it.

When I walked in I was greeted by Dumisani, who was going to do my hair. He then asked me to sit down by one of the chairs, where he will be doing my hair and then put my bag safely away before we went to the washing station.

He used shampoo and conditioner to give my locs a nice and good clean. I forgot to ask him what brand he used. He made sure to massage my scalp properly and rinse off any product left in my hair.

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After he was done, he wrapped my hair in a super absorbent black towel. As soon as he took off the towel he tied my hair into two ponytails and then proceeded to use the Jabu Stone beeswax to twist my hair. What I really liked is that he didn’t even use a hairdryer to dry my hair…the towel managed to suck out any extra water and my locs were left damp. I was really glad about this because most salons (due to time pressure) use a hairdryer on my locs and I am not so fond of that.

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The twisting process was very quick! And while twisting my hair he gave me great advice on how to take care of my locs better and I really learnt a lot from him. The main thing was that simplicity is key! We don’t need to put all these extra products on our locs since they end up causing product build-up in the long run. You can’t go wrong with just water and good natural oils.

Freshly twisted locs
Freshly twisted locs

Once he was done twisting almost all my locs, he then left the front row of my locs untwisted and did not use any product; and boy was I glad about that! I hate it when a hairstylist piles on a lot of beeswax on the front edges to get that slick look! All he used was plain water and just plaited the front locs back to get a slick and neat look. With no grease at all!

He then proceeded to work his magic and created an updo with a twist!

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The final product!
The final product!
A close up of the front petal arrangement
A close up of the front petal arrangement

I absolutely loooove my hairstyle!!

All in all, it was a great and pain-free experience! 🙂 I will definitely go back! Especially seeing that I want to colour my locs blonde this year and I trust that they will do it well.

An added bonus is the clothing store which is located right next door to the beauty salon —Urban Zulu Clothing! (the hair salon and the clothing store are literally separated by a glass sliding door but each one has it’s own entrances at the front). Of course I had to go check out a few things. I wasn’t planning to buy anything but I couldn’t take my eyes off this cute peplum top I spotted, so I had to purchase it!

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Thank you again to Urban Zulu Natural Beauty Salon for my beautiful  hairstyle and the fab service. Also a big shout out to Nokwanda for taking all pictures of me at the salon!

Salon details

Address:Shop 137 Lebanon House,
Corner Fox and Kruis Street,
Johannesburg 2001

Tel: 061 416 7073

Facebook: Urbanzulu Natural Beauty

Beauty on TApp | Where All Your Beauty Needs Are Just A Click Away!

My inbox is always full with questions from readers asking if I know of a hair salon in their area…and a lot of times I am not always clued-up on all the hair salons available in the area they stay in. Thank goodness for apps like Beauty on TApp! Finding your nearest hair salon (and other beauty services) has never been so easy.

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What is Beauty on TApp?

Beauty on TApp was launched in 2015. This app gives users the ability to find beauty services and products in an area of their choice. The app has categories such as make-up artists, nails, hair, lash extensions and eyebrow threading. On the product side the app has categories such as hair extensions, hair products, skin products and nail products and accessories.

Beauty on TApp has taken advantage of a gap in the market. Small beauty businesses have had to rely on Facebook and Instagram to market their businesses, however, their marketing is limited to their followers. Women have had to rely on asking friends where they did their hair or where they do their nails? This problem is made worse when women have to visit a city they are unfamiliar with and need a quick nail or hair fix. Beauty on TApp caters for both beauty service providers and users needs by providing them with an easy to use tool.

The app is also integrated with Uber to ensure that you get to your beauty treatment with no hassles.

How did the idea come about?

They say every good idea comes from someone’s struggle. However, an idea is just a thought until plans are put in place to bring that idea to life. Mathebe Molise’s (co-founder and CEO) idea for Beauty on TApp came to her when there was a struggle to find a make up artist for her friend’s wedding, which would take place in Cape Town. Being unfamiliar, with beauty service providers in Cape Town, Mathebe thought how convenient it would be to have a tool that one could use where they select a beauty service required and a list of potential technicians would pop up. Add to that a list of rated beauty service providers with a proven track record that guarantees good service. This is how Beauty on TApp was born!

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Where does one get hold of the app?

Beauty on TApp is available on Android, Apple and Windows app stores.

Their website (www.beautyontapp.co.za) also has icon links where you can download the app.

Instagram: @beautyontapp

[This post was sponsored by Beauty on TApp]

Event Alert | Miss Cameroon South Africa 2015

A few weeks back I was contacted by the organiser of the first ever Miss Cameroon South Africa pageant and she asked if I could spread the word on this upcoming event. First of all, I am a fan of beauty pageants; and secondly, if there is anything that showcases our beautiful African continent and people in a positive way, then I am all for it!

So, the first ever Miss Cameroon South Africa will be held at the Market Theatre in Newtown, Johannesburg during Women’s Month on Saturday the 8th of August 2015. The grand finale will be produced and directed by world renowned show producer Mr Jan Malan of Umzingeli Productions. The pageant is inspired by the strength and potential embodied by the women of Cameroon. Mckevin Ayaba Dormithienne and Vanessa Mbenoun in association with COMICA (Miss Cameroon Organisational Committee) have chosen to invest in the future of the continent’s ambassadors by offering a platform to the vibrant Cameroonian women living in South Africa.

Candidates will be evaluated in five categories (native Cameroonian wear, swimsuit, talent, evening gown and interview) and the judges’ decision will be based on criteria such as leadership skills, physical fitness and the level of dedication to community service.

The beautiful contestants
The beautiful contestants

MCASA is a production that not only entertains but also educates on heritage, diversity and tourism. Entertainment on that evening include performances from musicians such as Buffalo Souljah, Della Tamin, Kimaany, Babalwa, TK ,Wax Dey and more. The event’s masters of ceremony are former Good Morning Africa presenter Precious Nkandu and Award winning Cameroonian MC Petit Libota.

Tickets’ prices range from R250 for single to R400 for couples and VIP tickets are R500 (single) and R800 (couple).

For more on ticket sales and any other information about the Miss Cameroon SA finale, please visit www.misscameroonsa.org or like the Facebook/MissCSouthAfrica page.

Please go out and support if you can.