Category Archives: Fashion & Beauty

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

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 or like the Facebook/MissCSouthAfrica page.

Please go out and support if you can.

My Fave July Magazine Covers (and Naturals Represent)!

When I am not reading a book, then most of the time you will find me reading a magazine; especially if I want something quick to read. I have always loved magazines and I must say what attracts me the most to a magazine is definitely the cover — who is on the cover and also how well the layout has been done.

For July, 2 of my favourite local magazines have really nailed it on the head! Both covers are so fresh and inviting; plus, I love the fact that the ladies on the cover are natural (go #teamnatural 🙂 ).


How gorgeous is this cover?! And Bonnie is looking so HOT! She truly is a definition of a yummy mummy 🙂 I also love how fresh and clean the cover is, not too cluttered or all over the place. Well done to the True Love team for this beautiful cover. I will definitely be buying a copy!


This is another magazine cover I am loving this month! It screams “Buy me!”. I don’t know much about Scandal! actress, Masasa Mbangeni but I think she really looks so beautiful on this cover. Her makeup has been done very well and that TWA is F.I.E.R.C.E! Bona mag has really upped their cover stakes lately.

The following magazines are not exactly #teamnatural and they do not have local stars on the cover but I had to mention them because I think they are great covers and have been done well.


This is such a fun and simple cover but everything works so well. I love the fresh, simple make-up and also the playful look on Rihanna’s face.  The red dots also makes the cover look interesting and fun. If it wasn’t so expensive, I would definitely buy it.


This last one is from one my ol’ time fave magazines, Essence. For July they featured the black ladies of Orange Is The New Black series. The ladies look gorgeous — in all their different shades of brown & different hairstyles! Black is really beautiful.

Which other covers caught your eye or which of the above do you love?

Review | The Noir Beauty Box – May 2015

So I finally purchased my first Noir Beauty Box from MzansiFro – yippy!! 🙂

When I heard MzansiFro will be releasing a Noir Beauty Box which is specifically tailored for us black girls, I was thrilled! This meant hair products that work well for our hair and also make-up products that suit our skin tones. (I don’t know about you, but it is really not easy to find a foundation that is the perfect shade for my skin tone. I usually have to purchase two shades and mix them to get the right one 🙁 ).

The Noir Beauty Box is a monthly subscription service that you can register for at the MzansiFro website. Once you are registered they send you an email each month notifying you of all the products that will be available in the box for that month. Then it is up to you whether you would like to purchase that box for that month or not. The Noir Beauty Box retails for R230, plus R50 for delivery. The contents of the box change each month and they consist of hair & beauty related products.

So moving on to what I received in mine this month…


Let’s take a closer look…

1. Natural Moisture Twist & Shine Hair Butter (sample size)


I am looking forward to using this Twist and shine butter for twisting my locs. I am not a fan of beeswax, so I usually prefer to use products that work well for twisting two-strand twists. These type of products normally give me a great hold without causing too much build up on my locs.  Another great plus is that all the ingredients used are all natural.

2. Matsimela Marula Nut Lip Butter (Full size)


By far one of my favourite products in the box! It smells ah-mazing and it moistures my lips soo well. My lips tend to get very dry, and even more so on in winter, so this is the perfect lip butter for my lips.

3. Jamaican Mango & Lime’s Jamaican Black Castor Oil (Full size)


I’ve never used this product before so I am really looking forward to trying it out; especially for my scalp (my scalp has become very dry lately). I have heard nothing but good reviews on the Black Castor Oil so I hope it will become a staple for me.

4. Yivani Mhlonyane Body butter (Full size)


I love how thick and creamy this body butter is and how it does a great job in nourishing my thirsty skin. However, I must say, the scent is a bit too harsh for me. It has a very strong herb-ally scent to it and I am someone who prefers floral and fruity smells when it comes to body products. If you are someone who doesn’t mind a strong herbally/earthy smell to their body butter, then I would definitely recommend this one for dry skin.

5. Design Essentials Natural Almond & Avocado Detangling Leave-in Conditioner (full size)


I tend to stay away from leave-in conditioners because I find that if I use too much conditioner on my locs it ultimately causes product build-up and it can be a pain to remove it! However, I will give this one a try and see how it works for me. It is quite creamy and smells devine, so that is already a plus for me.

I am quite happy so far with my purchase of The Noir Beauty Box and I am looking forward to purchasing more beauty boxes in the future!

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Event Review: Urban Zulu Natural Beauty Salon Launch

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The launch of the Urban Zulu Natural Beauty Salon on the 11th of December 2014 was a fanfare attended by the chic naturals of Jozi. The hors devours, drinks, music and fashion were the backdrop and the natural hair was on the centre stage. This new salon is an extension of the Urban Zulu brand and it plans on catering to all the naturals of Jozi and if the creativity displayed on the night of the launch is any indication, then the world of naturals is about to get a whole lot exciting.

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The hairstylist at Urban Zulu Natural Beauty will be strictly focusing on ethnic hair to treat and style using proudly South African products such as Nubian Nature, Earth Hair, AfroAmour and Urban Zulu, so they will be using products with a low carbon footprint that have benefited Mzansi economically in their creation. The products on offer can be seen displayed on wall-mounted shelves among wooden framed handheld mirrors, and black and white pictures.

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Hair, nails, wax, facials and massages are done under one roof with the Urban Zulu designer clothing store right next door. It is a beneficial marriage of beauty and fashion that will be immensely appreciated by lovers of everything ethnic that are strapped for time, but high on style.

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Phindi, the lady in the above picture is the salon manager and you can check out their Facebook page, Urban Zulu Natural Beauty, for further details on how you can make use of their services.

Urban Zulu Natural Beauty Salon details:

137 Cnr Fox & Kruis

Johannesburg CBD

Tel: 011 047 3235

About the contributor

I am an easy-going extrovert who’s obsessed with all things makeup, hair and beauty. A former face of Placecol Skin Care Clinic, a blog contributor and a Foschini Ambassador. Also, a recovering shopaholic and a student of life. I take every day as an opportunity to learn, grow and be better than I was yesterday.


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Natural Skincare

For as long as I can remember clear, smooth and soft skin has always been my number one beauty wish. I longed for perfect skin; ever since the first pimple made its unwelcome appearance on my face, and I have always felt that if my skin was clear, smooth and soft, I would not need any makeup.

I have tried plenty of skincare products and have never really had the patience to allow enough time to see the results. If a product did not do any magic on my face, I would move on to the next product. Then one day I had a realization: if I could take care of my hair the way I have been doing recently, why could I not do the same for my skin? Questions started popping up in my head, like “If mineral oil is not good for my hair, why would it be good for my skin?” and “If water is my hair’s best friend, surely, it is also my skin’s best friend?” (Honestly though, I had always known about this fact, but it’s not always been easy to implement). Good hair principles translated into good skin principles. The benefits of natural, organic products on your hair will also be appreciated by your skin.

So, where to begin?

Rome wasn’t built in a day; and I also could not switch to natural and organic skincare and beauty overnight. I started with a few products that I made myself with ingredients I already had in my kitchen.

Honey and Baking Soda Face scrub

  • ½ tsp. Honey
  • ¼ tsp. Baking soda (optional)


How to use: use this 2-3 times a week instead of your regular face cleanser, after taking off your makeup. Use it as a face mask by leaving it on your face for fifteen minutes and then rinse with lukewarm water.

Benefits: Honey has moisturising and anti-bacterial features and baking soda acts as a gentle skin exfoliator.

Green Tea and ACV Toner

  • 100 ml Steep green tea
  • 100 ml Apple cider vinegar (ACV)
  • Few drops of tea tree oil
  • Small spray bottle
  • Mix all the ingredients in the bottle and shake before use.


How to use: spray the mixture onto a cotton ball and swipe across the face after cleansing. Be careful not to get any into your eyes because the ACV stings. (Pssst…this recipe can also be used as a hair rinse)

Benefits: ACV normalises the pH level of the skin; green tea is anti-inflammatory and calming to the skin; while tea tree oil has healing qualities.

I have used these products for over a month and can testify to the positive effects they’ve had on my skin. (Disclaimer: Different products will have different effect on different people.) I use honey as a face wash every day. I used to think that my skin type was “very dry” and now I know that I was using face soaps/washes that stripped my skin of it natural oils and left it very dry. I struggle(d) to find natural skincare products, that were gentle on my skin, in Mzansi, so this cleanser and toner were a great start for me.

Has the natural hair bug also crept into your skincare routine?

About the Contributor

I am a happily married mother of 3, a Marketing Management student and Training Coordinator for one of the big banks. I am patiently growing out my natural hair and love simple, easy-to-find, natural skincare and beauty products. I am lover of all movies by Woody Allen and Quentin Tarentino, and I am also a TV series addict (thank God for channel 102!) who aspires to a more active and healthier lifestyle. I am bookworm in waiting, a novice foodie and my own work in progress.


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