#BBUNDERCOVER REVIEW & REVEAL

I recently received unbranded hair products from Beauty Bulletin containing Shea Butter!

Why Shea Butter is great for hair:

  • Shea butter can be used as a hair softener
  • It can be used as massage oil for the scalp
  • Shea butter can protect your hair from UV rays and environmental pollutants

One of the many benefits of Shea butter is adding more volume to thin hair. After washing my hair, it had however created more volume to my already thick hair making it unmanageable. Personally I did not have a great experience with the products I received, I found it making my hair extremely dry. I had a suspicion as to what brand it is prior to the reveal as I have used it before and recognized the distinctive smell. To find out what the undercover brand is and my reaction, watch the video below!

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Watch below for my honest review PLUS REVEAL:

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P C A Skin : Media launch

P C A – Physician Care Alliance

This is the first time for PCA Skin to be in South Africa and they really are making their presence known. The media launch took place in Johannesburg at the Saxon Hotel. Thanks to PCA Skin and Danielle Franco from Bush Telegraph Publicity, myself and a few other members of the media were able to fly out to Johannesburg from Cape Town to attend the launch.

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The launch consisted of an informative presentation on the brand as well as their products. Shortly thereafter we were treated to a live demonstration in the center of the room, showing us how the products work.

Here’s a little snippet of the demonstration:

About the brand

PCA Skin was developed in America by an aesthetician and dermatologist in 1990. Their products are grounded in three core pillars; product innovation, excellence in education and unparalleled customer support.

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We hand select ingredients that are uniquely compatible with the skin and body to ensure the best results are achieved. Our finished daily care and professional treatment products are created to work together in customized regimens that deliver healthy, beautiful, younger-looking skin.”

I love how passionate they are in creating products that deliver outstanding results without any compromises on quality, their promise to deliver safe products, efficacy, ingredients and their zero tolerance for animal testing.

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Vision and Mission

“PCA SKIN® has been and continues to be a trusted innovator in the development of highly effective professional treatments and daily care products. Our vision is to improve people’s lives by providing results-oriented skin care solutions that are backed by science for the health of your unique skin.

PCA SKIN treatments and products are available through licensed skin health professionals that have been trained and certified by PCA SKIN in their use.”

It’s for every skin type!

PCA Skin has developed products for every skin type and for every challenging skin condition! Their line of result-orientated chemical peels have expanded to include treatment options for all skin types, ethnicities and conditions. If you are very passionate about your skincare and/or struggle with problematic skin, then I recommend you definitely look into making PCA Skin part of your skin regimen!

Link to a few testimonials: https://www.pcaskin.com/testimonials

 It has been a well kept secret and now, finally in South Africa, we will soon have access to it!

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“Our formulas are researched, designed and executed by our in-house PhD chemist. We address each skin condition holistically, with products combining the newest and most efficacious ingredients paired with proven, tried and true ingredients to create unparalleled, visible results. We have a solution to address a wide variety of skin types and conditions.”

PCA Skin will be available in stores soon!

Please enjoy this short clip from the day:

Visit their website for more info and to view their product range!

PCA Skin South Africa – http://www.pcaskin.co.za/

PCA Skin – https://www.pcaskin.com/

Check them out on social media!

Facebook – PCA SKIN South Africa

Twitter – PCASKINSouthAfrica

Instagram – @pcaskinsouthafrica

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Special thanks:

PCA: @pcaskinsouthafrica

Danielle Franco: @danielleforever22

Liezel van der Westhuizen: @liezelonline

 

Photographed by: Stacy-Robin

 

Want Wunder-ful Brows?

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I think many of us have come across this exciting product via social media or from beauty gurus all around the world and thought to ourselves, ‘Wow, I need this!’.

I became so curious and had to try it out for myself!

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WunderBrow: Brow gel

It comes in 5 different shades:

  • Blonde
  • Auburn
  • Brunette
  • Black/Brown
  • Jet Black

I have really dark hair so opted to go with the darkest colour available (Jet Black).

The consistency of the gel is quite thin in comparison to most eyebrow gels and when using the lighter shades, it loses a lot of the colour and coverage. My advise if you’re using the lighter shades is to apply the product to the brow and then add another layer once the first layer has dried.

What is great about the product is that a little really does go a long way! You would ideally apply the product with an angled eyebrow brush by picking up some product from the wand that forms part of the packaging.

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“Perfect even the most disobedient of brows with our one-step, long-wear eyebrow gel, WUNDERBROW from WUNDER2! Define, fill and thicken for a more natural brow look that is completely waterproof, smudge-proof, transfer-proof and lasts up to 3 days. Easily brush on the natural looking gel, infused with ‘hair-like’ fibers to fill and sculpt.”

Does it last?

“Our PermaFix Gel Technology locks colour & tiny hair fibers to the skin, giving you thicker and more defined brows for up to 3 days”

The brow gel claims to be waterproof, smudge-proof and transfer-proof! I of course could not resist putting it to the test! It definitely followed through, however, you have to ensure that the product is completely dry. As long as you aren’t using any oil based skincare products/ face washes, it can certainly last for up to 3 days.

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How do you remove it?

On the Wunder2 site, they advise that you purchase their WunderCleanse Eyebrow Gel Remover, I did not as I did not find it necessary but that is of course one way of removing it. I simply used some olive oil on a cottonwool bud and it came off reasonably easy.

If you end up trying it, please let me know how it has worked for you in the comment section below ->

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Interested in the brand? Visit: http://www.wunderbrow-za.com/w/tour/ OR http://www.wunder2.com/

Photographed by: Stacy-Robin

Lancôme – Skincare

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Youth Activating Concentrate Serum

According to Lancôme, Advanced Génifique is their #1 serum for “younger-looking” and “radiant” skin.

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“The more I live, the younger I am.” Advanced Génifique

Lancôme Advanced Génifique  (Youth Activating Concentrate Serum) does not come cheap. It is a luxury product and therefore it comes at a price. I have been using this product every day now for the past 2 months and I continue to use it because it really has been working for me. It’s not easy finding products that deliver on the promises they make and I have had such unbelievable results which is why I would absolutely love to share my story with you…

My story:

I’ve been struggling with dry skin for a while now since being a student. I’m not sure if it’s been caused by stress, lack of sleep or that I’ve been using all the wrong products but I’m sure it’s probably caused by a mixture of a whole lot of things. I have been feeling that my skin had lacked moisture and therefore was not as soft and as smooth as my skin from the neck down. I’ve tried all the obvious remedies, I started drinking more water, I tried different facial masks and the list goes on; but there was little to no improvement.

My dry skin days are behind me now all thanks to Lancôme, Advanced Génifique! My skin is glowing and feeling so supple and highly moisturized. It feels so great to not have to worry about the condition of my skin! I started seeing results within the first few days of using the product and it continues to deliver everyday.

Appearance:

I love the classic and minimal appearance of the packaging. The glass bottle really adds to the luxury of the product. The pump dispenses the perfect about of product, preventing product waste and making application easier.

It comes in:

30ml – R780

50ml – R1060

How to use it:

Apply about three drops of Advanced Génifique Serum evenly across your face and neck and gently massage into skin.

Why this product is a must-have:

Advanced Génifique Serum targets the 10 key signs of youthful-looking skin: texture, resiliency, elasticity, firmness, sagginess, fine lines, wrinkles, radiance, even skin tone, clarity.

  • Reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
  • Improves the appearance of radiance, clarity, firmness, evenness in skin tone and texture.

If you have any questions about the product or if you have been trying the product out, please let me know how it has been working for you in the comment section below!

To find out more about this product, visit: http://www.lancome.com.au/skincare/by-product-category/serums-treatments/advanced-genifique/26901c-LAC.html#start=1&cgid=L3_Axe_Skincare_Genifique
 Photo by Stacy-Robin
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Special thanks:

Quintessentially Yours

What is Quintessentially Yours?

Quintessentially Yours‘ is the exclusive stockists of Oribe Hair Products and Smith and Cult Beauty Products in South Africa.

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High Tea with a side of lip gloss & nail lacquer?

I attended a media launch with my boss lady, Liezel van der Westhuizen, in May which took place in the form of a high tea. Beauty & Hair products were beautifully laid out in the center of the table where we were all seated. The products were however not laid out in vain, we were able to play around with each product and because of the very interactive atmosphere which was created, we were able to ask questions and really familiarize ourselves with not only each product but also with the brands.

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Smith & Cult

Smith and Cult was created by a legend, Dineh Mohajer, who is also responsible for revolutionizing the colour cosmetics industry when she launched Hard Candy in 1995.

“Smith & Cult represents the duality we all inhabit throughout our lives and our individual expressions of beauty, which reflect who we’ve been, are and aspire to become…”

Smith and Cult’s product range covers the following:

  • Nails
  • Eyes
  • Lips

When being introduced to the brand for the first time my first thoughts were that not only was the packaging delightful, but that the product that was visible through the packaging was also so striking, thanks to the bold and vibrant hues of the product itself.

I was absolutely obsessed with all the unique and quirky names of each shade in their nail lacquer colour range!

Here’s a list of some of the shades:

  • Bitter Buddhist
  • Stockholm Syndrome
  • Kundalini Hustle
  • Psycho Candy
  • Doe my dear
  • Pillow Pie

Smith and Cult’s nail range for me was definitely what stood out.

“Smith & Cult’s Nailed Lacquer consistently delivers both flawlessly smooth coverage and brilliant shine. While custom tailored to provide high performance, the exclusive 8-Free formula is formulated without Dibutyl Phthalate, Toluene, Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin, Camphor, Xylene, Ethyl Tosylamide or Triphenyl Phosphate…”

Oribe

Oribe Hair Care was founded by renowned editorial and celebrity hairstylist Oribe along-side Daniel Kaner and Tev Finger. They believe that healthy hair is the underpinning for sexy, glamorous styling. I completely agree with them! One’s hair is one’s shining glory and I believe that if your hair looks and feels great, you feel great!

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“Oribe Hair Care’s award-winning packaging was designed to make the experience of using the products as beautiful as the formulas themselves. Every detail was carefully crafted and nuanced, from the shape of each bottle to the eco-friendly boxes sourced from well-managed forests and printed with vegetable inks. The architectural facets and striking jewel tones perfectly blend old-world heritage with modern elegance…”

 

Overall, I am really excited about these products and it’s success in South Africa. I am loving my new lip gloss by Smith and Cult and hope to add more of these exciting products to my private stash really soon!

 

 

Click on the link below to view products & start shopping!

http://www.quintessentiallyyours.co.za/

Instagram

Quintessentially Yours: @quintessentially_yours_sa

Smith and Cult: @smithandcult

Oribe: @oribe

Liezel van der Westhuizen: @liezelonline

Danielle: @danielleforever22

Stacy-Robin: @stacy_robin

GLAM UP WITH STACY-ROBIN

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Tracy rocked my makeup look at a friends wedding this past weekend.

I love what I do and seeing that my clients are extremely happy with my work is just the absolute best feeling! One of my beautiful and loyal clients is a gorgeous boss lady by the name of Tracy-lee Rosslind. She needed her makeup done for a wedding and wanted to go full on glam for the day. I created this specific look on Tracy because she had the perfect canvas for it! I have very small eyelids so when I get the opportunity to work with a lot of eye space I take full advantage of that!

If you do have smaller lids like myself, have no fear, I have worked on many different eye shapes and I will always work on a look which is best suited to you and to bring out your best features.

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Bookings:

MBFW’17 Media Launch

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Who wasn’t at the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Media Launch?! The launch was a success and brought together everybody who is anybody! I always love seeing so many familiar faces and my beautiful friends and clients!

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Selfie with my other half, Liezel van der Westhuizen

I attended the event with my always beautiful bosslady Liezel van der Westhuizen whom I also dolled up for the evening. I styled her in a black bandage bralette and matching bandage skirt. Over this I styled her in a stunning olive green mesh top and an edgy black leather shoulder shawl by Erre, all of which can be found at The Bromwell based in Woodstock. For her makeup, I did my signature brow and went full on glamour on her eyes with a smokey glitter look and dramatic lashes. How gorgeous does she look??!!

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Special thanks:

Liezel van der Westhuizen / @liezelonline

Mercedes Benz Fashion Week / @mbfashionweeksa

African Fashion International / @afi_sa

Shimmy Beach Club /  @shimmybeach

#ShimmyHighGnT

High Tea? No no no, I’m more interested in Shimmy’s ‘High GnT’!

Today I styled Liezel in this Gorgeous blue and white pin stripe shirt dress with an off the shoulder detail and buttoned up features on sleeve and side seam. I got this quirky yet extremely chic creation from The Bromwell, which I do suggest you check out if you’re looking for timeless pieces to add to your wardrobe that are both classic and bold. I finished off this look with a pair of white sneakers and a lovely straw hat that I pulled from my closet.

For Liezel’s makeup, I went with chizzled cheekbones, a natural eye with long lush lashes, a bold brow and a dark statement lip. Liezel looked absolutely ravashing (as usual).

Remember to check out ‘Contact’ in the menu bar for more info on how you can book me to do your makeup.

The event itself was spectactular! I loved the overall mood that was created through the decor and the live performances and not to mention the location! Shimmy is such a beautiful venue located by the sea, which alone is already all you could ask for.

The layout of all the treats presented at the focal point of the room was absolutely devine! My eyes were at disbelief. If I had not been wearing my favourite false lashes by Eyelure, I would have probably quite literally had to rub my eyes to make sure I was seeing correctly. Unfortunately I had given up chocolate for Lent so I had to suck it up, deal with it in the best possible way I knew how…. I ate everything else!

What’s a High GnT without some refreshing non-alcoholic gin & tonic and I quote, is crafted with aromatic botanical extracts. It’s an elegant, sugar-free alternative to alcohol! So yummy! I recommend you go check them out for yourself and let me know what you think in the comment box below.

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Special thanks:

Liezel van der Westhuizen / @liezelonline

Shimmy Beach Club / @shimmybeach

The duchess / @drinktheduchess

Photographed by: Stacy-Robin / @stacy_robin

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BOKEH FASHION FILM FESTIVAL ’17 MEDIA LAUNCH

Thanks to my incredible boss Liezel van der Westhuizen, I am able to attend many fabulous events and on Tuesday we attended the Bokeh Fashion Film Festival Media Launch! Oh how I love my job!

I rarely wear heels as I lack the co-ordination skills needed for such an intricate device (shall we call it that?), so it was quite fun to get my heels out for this event and test the waters!

The Film

We got a sneak peak at what we can be expecting at this year’s Bokeh Fashion Film Festival and my oh my, our local talent here in South Africa is absolutely exceptional. I was blown away by each composition and by the standard of work. I love seeing local creatives raising the bar high and inspiring others in the industry to push boundaries and think ahead of what everyone else is doing.

Live art, fashion, film, beautiful people, fantastic goodie bags and ice-lollies? Now that’s my kind of event! Overall, the launch was amazing! I am so excited about this year’s talent and am looking forward to the main event. Will I see you there?!

Bokeh Fashion Film Festival Program 2017

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Special thanks:

Liezel van der Westhuizen / @liezelonline

Bokeh Fashion Film Festival / @bokehfff

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LEXUS SOUTH AFRICAN MENSWEAR WEEK A/W’17 DAY 2

DAY TWO

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The Venue

The rest of SAMW A/W’17 was held on location at The Palms in Woodstock. South African Menswear Week is often held at the Green Point Stadium so this new venue was certainly a breath of fresh air. The venue was very inviting and cosy compared to the huge facilities and cold concrete floors at the stadium. I must say, I sure missed the spacious areas and the cool atmosphere provided by those concrete floors when I stepped backstage. There was an overwhelming heat wave backstage and not much space to move around or work in. I take my hat off to the crew who managed to pull off their artistic visions in these not very ideal conditions.

The Fashion

When attending SAMW A/W’17 I’m always waiting in anticipation for 2 of my favourite designers Rich Mnisi and Tokyo James but found myself mesmerized by quite a few of the designers whom I feel created wearable art pieces. I was so amazed and impressed by our local menswear designers this year!

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JENEVIEVE LYONS

NAO SERATI

TOKYO JAMES

ROSEY AND VITTORI

 

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Special thanks:

Liezel van der Westhuizen / @liezelonline

Simon Deiner / @sdrphoto

Lexus SA Menswear Week / @samenswearweek

Photographed by: Simon Deiner / SDR Photo

 

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