Category Archives: Fashion & Beauty

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

MINISO: Japanese Fashion & Retail Giant Launches in South Africa

MINISO, the darling of the Japanese fashion and beauty retail industry launched in South Africa with an official opening at its Menlyn Park Shopping Centre store in Pretoria on Saturday 5 August. I had the honour to attend the store opening and I had lots of fun shopping up a storm! 🙂

As guests we were entertained by live performances from local dancers and Pearl Thusi was our lovely host. She is sooo down-to-earth! She took pictures with everyone, and my friend and I also managed to get a selfie with her 😉

MINISO has over 2000 stores located in more than 50 countries around the world. The flagship store is the second MINISO outlet to open in the country with 50 further stores for South Africa currently in the pipeline.

Inspired by a philosophy of fast fashion coupled with simplicity, MINISO updates its product offering every seven days with smarter, simpler and cozier products to encourage the personalised intelligent purchase trend. The affordable range focuses on making high quality products that are accessible. The MINISO brand, a member of the Saiman Holdings Group, was co-founded in 2013 by Japanese designer, Miyake Junya and Chinese entrepreneur, Ye Guofu in Tokyo, Japan.
MINISO’s international success is aligned with its core brand proposition of selling intelligent consumer products. There are several categories that showcase enormous variety and hold over 3 000 different types of products: Consumer Goods, Health & Beauty, Jewelry & Accessories, Creative Homeware, Digital Products, Stationary & Gifts and Seasonal Products to name a few.

After mingling and taking pictures, we got a chance to do some shopping using the vouchers we received. I just loved everything in the store! They have all sort of products from accessories to homeware, toys, bags, stationery and perfumes. I managed to get quite a few nice things for my kids, my husband and myself. I definitely would love to go back to buy more stuff! What also stood out for me is the affordable prices on everything. Yay!

MINISO stores are opening first in Gauteng and are available at Maponya Mall in Soweto and Menlyn Park Shopping Centre in Pretoria. The next stores set to open are in Forest Hill in Kyalami and Norwood Mall in Johannesburg. The Durban and Cape-Town store launches will take place in September 2017.

To find out more about MINISO, visit: www.miniso.jp

Look out for a haul vlog of all my purchases from the store which I will put up on my YouTube channel soon!

What I’m Using to Keep My Face Moisturised This Winter

Can we all agree that winter can end now?? Hai it’s too cold! Lol.

As mentioned before in one my previous posts I’m not really a huge fan of winter. Not only is it just annoyingly cold for me but my face (and my entire body) gets really, really dry! 🙁 So I need every little bit of moisture that I can get. This is the time when I need to up my water intake and also use face products that are really moisturising to help my skin.

So this winter I have been loving these two products:

1. Sorbet Hydrating Face Mask

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This mask was actually recommended by a beauty therapist at Sorbet some few months back when I went for a facial (my fave pamper treatment). She said my face was very dry and recommended I try use hydrating masks to give my skin that extra boost. So I’ve been using this mask since then. I use it probably twice a month and I can really feel the difference.

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My face just sucks up all that moisture and it feels so soft and plump afterwards! The mask itself is watery, it feels cool on the skin and it’s quite hydrating. You leave the mask on for about 15 to 20min and you don’t rinse it off. You can rub any excess oil down your neck or on your hands. I love treating myself to this and it feels like I’m having a spa facial.

I bought my mask from Clicks but you can also find it at Sorbet beauty salons.

2. Nativechild Avocado oil

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Yes you read right, I use oil to moisturise my face…and it really works! A month ago I wouldn’t have thought of putting oil on my face! However about two months back when I bought The Body Shop Vitamin E day cream and night cream to combat my dry skin a fellow blogger, Nandi of Hair of Heritage, mentioned that 100% Avocado oil works just as well since it has Vitamin E in it. I must say The Body Shop products were good but they are also qute pricey…so I decided to given the avocado oil from Nativechild a go once my day cream ran out…And so far, so good 🙂

I still have my Body Shop night cream (which I use only at night) so I only apply two drops of Nativechild Avocado oil to the palm of my hands and massage it all over my face every morning.

Obviously different products work differently for different people but this is what works for me to keep my face soft and moisturised. I also like the fact that the avocado oil 100% natural.

Another bonus is that it also doubles up as a hair oil for my scalp and locs – woop!

What are you using to keep you face soft and moisturised?

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.

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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