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Hey guys! Last week I had the pleasure of being invited to the Michelangelo Spa in Sandton for the BABOR Skinovage relaunch. We started the day off with a champagne breakfast,  followed by a brief of why we were there, as well as what to expect throughout the day. I must say, I was very excited for what followed next – The BABOR Flatlay Challenge. As a content curator, it gets quite tricky when you want to play around and take images of products during  an event. At this particular event,  we were afforded not only the time but the space to fully experience the brand as well as capture it to best suit our personal aesthetic as you may call it. S/O to the team that put this challenge together, I’m so appreciative of their  efforts. Only 30% of what your skin looks like is actually based on your…

Introduced in 2015, the NIVEA Perfect & Radiant was developed specifically for women with dark skin ( African Women ). The NIVEA Perfect & Radiant range offers a comprehensive solution for uneven toned skin, with its full range of cleansing and care products for all skin types. The No1 skin problem amongst women in SA is having dull and uneven ( dark marks ) skin tone. I’ve had my fair share of such  an experience especially because I used to spend a lot of time on the sporting field – in the scorching sun! What made matters worse is that at the time I didn’t have a skin care routine in place. Fast forward to this present moment, I’m now fully aware  of the benefits of cleansing my skin, as well as the fact that I can actually have a good skin routine in place at an affordable price -…

As we wrap up the month of World Environment Day ( 5 June ) , I thought I should share my concern for the environment and that I am all for sustainable fashion. Did you know that the fashion industry is ranked as the worlds second biggest polluter after the petrochemical industry?!  After doing some reading, I’ve come to learn that Stella McCartney is one of the designers who has been at the forefront of the green movement. Living green through her personal life and through the world of fashion. Although it has taken quite some time, Stella is one of the designers to have paved a way many others have since followed. Lacoste recently crafted 10 new polo shirts, replacing their iconic crocodile with 10 endangered species. H&M is another brand to have switched up their practices as seen in their seventh Conscious Exclusive collection, launched 19 April 2018.…

With winter fast approaching, I’d love to touch base on some of my favorite A/W18 trends which have caught my eye. These trends are simple enough to pull off, and include  accessible pieces you can play around with to suit any occasion, from your day to evening looks.  The Beret The beret and poor-boy cap have been my favorites for about 8yrs already. My gran was the very first person to introduce them to me as a practical and ready to wear accessory. The beret is somewhat a more chic alternative to the beanie and always gives your look a bit of a facelift. You can play around with varying colors and textures for the desired feeling/effect you’re going for. At times, I tuck some of my hair away when wearing a beret. And on such days, I have to wear statement stud earrings. On other days, I wear a…

On Friday, 13 April, I had the pleasure of being hosted by the Eucerin team for their media launch and high tea at The Maslow. As I entered the conference venue, I was greeted by branding which clearly communicated “usingaye”, as we would say in Zulu, which was the Eucerin DermoPURIFYER range. Although I’ve never had acne, I found it important I share the information I’ve learned. With 13 400 reported internet searches in South Africa on acne per month, it’s evident such a product is needed in the market. The launch kick started with presentations and a scientific talk by Dr M. Reinholz. Dr Reinholz has completed his doctoral thesis in the devision in Clinical Pharmacology and now specializes as a dermatologist, has his own scientific working group and is also a lecturer. Trust me, this was all evident as he delivered an enlightening presentation. The presentation gave a…

A quick glimpse into the world of beauty and my favorite picks from the LCN Spring range “La Belle Vie”, a French interpretation of spring. Although we are currently crossing over from Summer into Autumn in South Africa, the range is still relevant to our climate and our beauty needs. What I’ve always enjoyed about the LCN Colour Gel is how their high pigment density allows for a very thin application, as well as the durability of the colors. Chunky, bulky nails are a thing of the past and no one should walking around with unnatural looking nails. LCN Nail Polish – “La Belle Vie” Range The top three colors that I absolutely believe every lady should have this season are French Mauve, A unicorn in Paris as well as Copper Rose. My nails are currently painted in French Mauve, a soft lilac color, which isn’t necessarily a big jump…

About a week ago, I had the privilege of being invited to the beautiful Munro Boutique Hotel for the launch of MPL Hair’s latest addition to the family. Upon arrival, I was blown away by the amazing views and decor. What a great space to get in conversation with other women of color on our crowns and the importance of taking care of them even under the weaves and protective styles we may opt for. When it comes to natural hair, the primary hair-care tip to never forget is to moisturize. Using oils on your hair not only leaves it moisturized, it also helps seal in the moisture the hair currently holds.The most consistent member of my hair care routine, especially as I transitioned to natural hair about 6 years ago, has been MPL Hair. With over two decades of experience and becoming the trusted name in scalp and head health,…

I’m a very practical young lady, and on days like Valentine’s Day thoughtful gifts are highly appreciated. With just a few days to go, you may be up in arms wondering what you could possibly get for your girl this Valentine’s Day. After hearing what the ladies have had to say on Twitter as well as Facebook, I’ve realised how most are on the same page and want simple gifts. So, I’ve jotted down a few PRACTICAL ideas for you which I’m sure your girl will appreciate. Wig heads Get your girl some wig heads. This may sound hilarious at first read, but trust me gents, your girl will definitely appreciate this gift and so will you. Her wigs will always be neatly placed and preserved for much longer. You can throw in some bundles in a gift bag too if you feeling extra nice. I saw a young gentleman…

Lip gloss matte kiss Matte lip gloss are still quite a thing. However, it’s always quite a daunting task having to find your favorite shade in a nourishing texture. Just because a gloss/lipstick is matte, it doesn’t mean it had to leave your lips looking and feeling dark too. As part of my collection of matte lipsticks, I have the LCN Lip gloss matte kiss in a dark berry shade. This color basically goes with any look I’m trying to pull off and what’s great about it is that it also nourishes and moisturizers the lips. It also doesn’t stain when you’re sipping on your drink, however don’t apply any extra gloss on top as this messes with the composition of the gloss and it tend to comes off easier when eating or having a drink. Ps: This product is 100% Vegan. Seductive Face and Body Diamonds Powder It’s the…

I’ve been loving the growth of the beauty industry, and more especially the products on the market which cater to ethnic skin and hair. Amongst some of the best products out are those from Nguni Botanicals, formerly known as Afrilove Creations, catering to all your hair care, skin care as well as self care needs. With their most recent re-branding move, Nguni Botanicals is well on their way to creating a brand which is synonymous with self love. Below I have had the pleasure of filing you in on who and what Nguni Botanicals is all about, as well as where you can follow them to be a part of the journey and purchase their products. Who is Nguni Botanicals? Nguni Botanicals offers botanical solutions for ethnic hair, skin and self-care. Encouraged by her own natural hair experiences, self-love journey, and appreciation for holistic healing, Nonzuzo Mkhwanazi – the eldest…