I’m super into beauty hacks and I always recommend to my clients that if you only have 3 minutes to get ready, the four items you really need are blush (or bronzer for those who don’t like actual colour but want something to define your cheeksmascara, a tinted or clear eyebrow gel and a lip gloss. Now, this can vary according to what you most need and your four things could include a bit of concealer, but the combinations basically revolve around the essential items I’ve just mentioned. With your eyes, lips and cheeks defined, your look is complete.

Finding most makeup essentials is usually a breeze for me but for some reason, finding a blush that suits me induces a Bermuda Triangle-like state. They’re either too sparkly or too pink or too orange and then I just get fed up and leave whichever makeup counter I’m at. Blush is not something I like to dabble in. Lipsticks – any day. Bronzer – no problem. Blush – eeeeeek!

With the launch of their new Face Studio blushes, Maybelline have set my heart at ease and I no longer feel anxious around blush. Because of the extensive range of (perfect) colours available, I have found a new friend that I’m sticking to.

I got 5 colours, and I’m mesmerized by just how pretty they are. Coral Fever 90 is a beautiful, iridescent, golden, spicy orange shade, Peach Pop 100 is a matte melon orange shade, Cosmopolitan 60 is a fun, matte, creamy peach shade, Rose Madison 70 is a very cool toned, pretty pink and Dare to Pink 80 is a vibrant, intense rosy pink. The shades range from soft and demure to bold and bright, so there’s something for everyone and every skin tone.

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Besides being gorgeous, they wake the skin up without feeling too loud or too bright. The colours are are really nicely pigmented and they stay true and don’t oxidise. The colour payoff is wonderful, and is comparable to my higher-end blushes. They last well, with an average 6-7 hours before needing a touch up. Overall, I love everything about these blushes, especially the healthy glow they produce.

The blushes come in sleek, black, slide-open containers that click neatly into place when you’re done. The packaging can be quite irritating, especially on days where you’re busy thinking about other things and forget how to open them. I’m interested to see how well this new packaging holds up. In my experience, drugstore brands tend to skimp on packaging, and with use, all my drugstore products (containers) inevitably break.

You can get your hands on these new babies at Dis-Chem, Clicks, Edgars, Pick n PayFoschini stores for R99,95.

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So the other night, I experienced browser blackout. It’s what happens when you start watching something on Youtube and then get sucked into a video vortex (some great, some useless) and then end up going to bed at 1am.

During said browser blackout I discovered Australian beauty blogger Lauren Curtis, and I couldn’t stop watching her do all sorts of things to her face. Now I don’t know if it happens to you, but I get huge product FOMO when I watch makeup tutorials, because I must have everything that all the ‘beauty gurus’ have. Having watched about 79 videos, I picked up on something that I never include in my makeup routine and that is to set my under eye makeup with powder. I don’t usually use powder for two reasons. One, it makes me look a million years old and two, I only have an oily lower ‘T’, so no real need for powder. Anyhow, it made sense to me and I decided that I MUST set my under eye makeup from that day onwards (setting your under eye makeup helps it to stay in place longer and protects your under eye area from mascara fall out). To find something that would work for my skin type, onto Google I went and eventually, after a long and hard search, rounded up 3 potential products. That weekend I went Christmas shopping with my mom, and whilst in Red Square, found 1 of the prospective powders and decided to give it a bash. I tested it, walked around the mall for a while, and found that I was mucho impressed, so I bought it. They were having a ‘15% discount off day’, so that was exciting. Don’t you love it when that happens?

The powder I’m talking about is Benefit’s The Porefessional Shine-Vanishing Pro Powder and it’s described as an ‘ultra lightweight powder that minimizes pores and reduces shine’.

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I read a lot of negative reviews about this product, mostly about the packaging and also the colour. Whilst I completely disagree on the packaging front, because I LOVE the packaging, I’m a bit on the fence about the colour claims. The colour is said to be translucent but is very apparently not translucent and has a peachy colour to it. On pale skin I can imagine it would come out a tad orange, and on dark skin it would be too light. I really don’t buy into ‘one size fits all’ when it comes to anything. How can a really pale lass use the same powder that a darker skinned lady would use? It just doesn’t make sense. They should have come out with two colour variations: one for light to medium skin and one for medium to dark skin. Anyhow, on to what I love and don’t love about this product …

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I love that it renders my under eye area completely matte and it doesn’t age me at all. Because the powder is so finely milled, it doesn’t sit in fine lines and emphasise them. Product goal reached! I also love the fact that it is a warm peachy shade, and I feel like it warms up the under eye area some. I have blue circles somedays, so the peach really works by counteracting the blue. I LOOOOVE the packaging! Granted, it’s a bit gimmicky, but it’s really nifty and great for travel. It comes in a little bottle with a built-in brush at the base. All you do is twist off the brush, tap the powder into the lid, dip the brush and sweep over your face. The brush is like a baby kabuki brush and works well on skin. When you are finished, the brush makes the coolest click to let you know it’s in it’s place. Did I mention that I love the packaging?

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I’ve used it on the oily patches around my nose and chin area, and it doesn’t have staying power. I had to reapply 3 times in a 9 hour period. It can also make you look super chalky (because of the mattifying property) so I would suggest that you use it sparingly. And if you do go overboard, just spritz with some Fix Plus to tone it down some. I haven’t experienced it myself, but if you have dry skin, apparently this will cling to those patches and cause orange blotches on your face. No bueno.

Depending on your skin type, colour and what you’re looking for, you might just have found a new love in this powder. I adore it and am delighted that I gave it a try. Available from Red Square and select Edgars for around R370.

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Hi there Lovelies,

Have you heard of the fashion brand Salsa? They are a Portuguese denim brand, focused on making you look and feel sexy and confident. Each pair of their jeans is created to tailor the natural shape of your body – either adding to your curves, or smoothing them out. I got the opportunity to choose a pair to style and I must tell you that I love wearing them! They are so comfortable, are low cut and they push my bum up. What more do you want from a pair of jeans? Not to mention that they are beautifully distressed. Pictured below are my new Salsa Push Up Wonder jeans. I decided to go with a neutral palette and team them up with these tan cut out Zara booties and a black top.

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Jeans from Salsa | Top from Edgars | Booties from Zara | Bag by Mango Touch from Mango | Necklace by Asch at Spree

Kaftans and Kimonos

Summer’s coolest cover up is without a doubt a kaftan or kimono. This is where prints, be they tropical, floral or tribal are going to shine. As far as embellishments go, embroidery and tassels are the way to go.

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Floral black trim tropical sheer kimono R979

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Black floral Victorian kimono R829

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Tassle kimono R779

Platform heels

Ready to seriously lift your look? T’is the season to swap out your stilettos and put your best foot forward in retro-inspired platforms with big, chunky heels.

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Black peep toe platform heels R1199

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Yellow peep toe platform heels R1199

 

 

High-waisted shorts

Forget #ThrowbackThursday. Rather take a little style inspiration from the 70s with a flattering pair of super-stretchy high-waisted denim shorts. With a world of washes to choose from, you’ll be sure to find your perfect fit.

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Mid-wash ripped high-waisted denim shorts R579

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Light acid wash high-waisted shorts R599

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Black stretch high-waisted shorts R499

 

Playsuits

A pretty little dress is one thing but a flirty playsuit is this season’s slip-on-and-go must-have. Team them with metallic flats and a fringed bag for day or block heels and a look-at-me clutch when the sun starts to set.

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Print playsuit R379

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Floral playsuit R479

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Blue scarf print smart playsuit R879

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River Island is available at the flagship store in Rosebank Mall. Exciting news is that you can also look forward to flagship store openings in Brooklyn, Pretoria in November and Canal Walk in the first week of December 2014. River Island will also be available in Edgars stores in Gateway, Tygervalley, Canal Walk and Menlyn from December 2014.

From 111 Fifth Avenue in New York City all the way to South Africa, Express will be available for the first time ever this October exclusively in Edgars stores in Rosebank Mall, Gateway Shopping Centre and Canal Walk Shopping Centre.

Express is an iconic American specialty retailer which, for more than 30 years has given millions of men and women the chance to stand out and make a statement during any occasion. It is the must-have sexy, sophisticated fashion brand for work, the weekend or going out.

The Express collection now available in South Africa features the brand’s signature premium quality and flawless fit at an attractive value. The Express design team draws inspiration from the runway, pop culture and the energy of the city each season and reinterprets it into the latest looks for fashion forward men and women.

Express for women

Spotted at the center of everything, the Express girl is fast-paced, loves life and has a passion for all things social. Effortlessly sexy and always on trend, her motto is: dress better than the occasion and make everywhere the place to be.

Express, barcelona cami, R599, available at Edgars

Barcelona cami R599

Express, black short sleeve baroque lace tee, R599, available at Edgars

Baroque lace tee R599

Express, knit crochet shorts, R699, available at Edgars

Knit crochet shorts R599

Express, short bandeau ruffled jumpsuit, R999, available at Edgars

Ruffled jumpsuit R999

Express for men

Living life right where the action is, the Express guy’s signature style is smart-casual with an edge. He’s as tech-savvy as he is fashion forward and always has to have the latest version of everything. A downtown scene straight-talker, who walks the fine line between attention to detail and effortless cool, he goes by one motto: stand out and set the mark high.

 

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