Hello beauties,

There are loads of exciting products available from the beauty world right now. And just in time for Christmas and the holidays!

If you haven’t had time to get your nails done before your summer holiday, Elegant Touch Express has you sorted! In as little as 3 minutes you can have beautiful nails via their instant press-on nails. Besides the gorgeous and vibrant colours available, and the fact that they’re priced at around R80 (available from Dis-Chem) the best part about these nails is that they are literally hassle-free and no glue is involved. Just  peel off the protective film and secure on your nail. Beautiful nails achieved!

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If you’re having a stay-cation this year, there’s no better time to indulge in some DIY pampering. Essie’s Summer 2015 collection sports 6 stunning hues, inspired by endless summer fun. The range is a fresh new palette and will definitely get you in the summer groove. Available from Dis-Chem, select beauty salons and Zando for around R125.

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To get the best results with your Essie nail colours, gel or the Elegant Touch press-on nails, cuticle work is a must. The new Tweezerman Nail Pushy is a phenomenal implement and if you love your cuticles, you will love this nail tool. One end is a cuticle pusher (like an orange stick) and the other end cleans nails. The Nail Pushy is so fabulous because it’s made of stainless steel and has a non-slip grip, both of which help you get rid of every last bit of skin or glue on your nail. At R295, it’s a little steep, but is washable and will probably last you a lifetime. This is one of those tools that I didn’t think I’d ever need, but now that I’ve used it, I’m hooked. Available from Dis-Chem

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To revitalise, moisturise and plump up lips try Dermactin-TS’s Lip Plumper Smart Gloss. The gloss smells like berry sweeties and feels deliciously smooth once on your lips. If you prefer nude lips, chances are this this won’t be for you. I actually doubled back to see my reflection in the mirror, because the gloss goes on clear and then turns a custom colour, according to your lips. Mine turned a pretty pink (on paper it turned more of a pinky-purple shade). Directions say to apply it before getting into bed, but you can use more often if desired. I used it nightly for about 2 weeks, but didn’t see any plumping action. It’s a nice lip gloss though, and for R129 (available from Dis-Chem) it won’t break the bank.

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Amp up your look for all your Christmas and New Years celebrations with bold eyes. At only R60, Eylure’s Exaggerate Eyelashes are a sure way to turn heads. The best part? They’re reusable! Available from Dis-Chem.

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If false lashes seem out of your skill zone (I promise that with practice it gets easier), then you’ll LOVE Bourjois‘ new Lash Machine. Lash Machine is an eyelash booster that helps you achieve fuller and longer lashes. Basically, it’s a tube of fibres that you apply between mascara coats. How to do it? Curl your lashes and apply your first coat of mascara. Next apply the fibres (which will stick to your lashes and make you look like a baby bird). Now, finish off with another coat of mascara to turn the fibres black and to get length and volume. I love! Available for around R150 from Clicks.

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For on point eyebrows, check out Eylure’s Brow Crayons. These pencils ensure intense, long lasting colour and are available in Dark Brown, Mid Brown and Blonde. I love the fact that the Blonde pencil is just the right shade – not too dark and not too light. This pencil gives you just the right amount of control (some pencils are too soft and end up going all over the show) and provides the definition you need. I also love the fact that these Brow Crayons are self-propelling, which means you never need a sharpener. How cool is that? R125 from Dis-Chem.

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Beautiful lashes? Check. Beautiful brows? Check. For beautiful eyes, keep your  eye area wrinkle-free with Bio Nike’s Defence Eye Anti-Wrinkle Eye Contour Cream. Designed for sensitive and intolerant skin, Bio Nike is an Italian brand that is preservative free, fragrance free and gluten free. I’m not too sure if products need to be gluten free, or what the benefit of that is, but I do know that I have been impressed by a few of their offerings and last year while in Italy, I saw Bio Nike at every pharmacy. For it to be everywhere, in spite of the millions of other brands out there has to mean something. Italian women are quite particular about what they put on their skin, so I trust this brand.

This eye cream is gorgeously rich (not what I expected from the packaging at all) and includes a special combination of active ingredients that prevent fine lines and that reduce the depth of existing lines. It also protects the eye area from free radical damage and photo-ageing.  I love the texture, I love that my under eye skin feels hydrated and moisturised and I love the price point. If you’re looking for a new eye cream, go out and try this. R165 from Dis-Chem.

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For all over smooth and gorgeous skin, the cult classic Creme de Corps by Kiehl’s has come out with a holiday edition of it’s Soy Milk & Honey Whipped Body Butter decorated by German-born, world-raised, and New York-based artist, Peter Max. Max is renowned for his vibrant colour palette and whimsical imagery, and uses love, harmony, community, and environmentalism as themes in his works, sharing in the spirit that Kiehl’s has celebrated since 1851. If you haven’t tried Creme de Corps (Beyonce uses it btw) you will definitely want to pop into your nearest Kiehl’s branch to test it out. The luxurious air-whipped body butter has the most dreamy, creamy texture and smells beyond delicious. It looks and smells good enough to eat and reminds me of a thick vanilla dessert. I’m almost always tempted to taste it (but I haven’t). Good looks and heavenly scent aside, it delivers rich hydration for up to 24 hours for a wonderfully indulgent, multi-sensory experience. The 226g tub is available for R685.

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Morgan Taylor’s Hello Pretty summer 2015 collection is right on time for pretty manicured hands and feet! Inspired by Japanese street style, this collection is filled with bold, comical colours, featuring bright pops of pink, a cool mint green, a vivid neon coral, and two popping purples. To get your daily dose of colour, read on…

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is a bright pink tinged purple neon creme shade and looks beautiful on all skin tones. I was afraid I was too light for this colour, but it looked beautiful on!

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 is a coral neon creme and instantly makes you look more tanned.

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is a bubblegum pink neon creme and my favourite in this range. I loved it so much I got my nail lady to apply it to my nails in the Gelish form. That’s right! All of these beautiful shades are available as Gelish colours.

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is a a hot pink neon crème.

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 is a mint green with pale blue shimmer (the only bit of shimmer in this range).

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 is a dark purple neon creme. It is the perfect dark bright purple shade, and I have been dreaming of this colour since forever!

Available for R123 from Dis-Chem and select beauty and hair salons 

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In honour of Breast Cancer Awareness, Morgan Taylor will be releasing a cute and cause-worthy mini 4 pack collection called Fight like a Lady. This mini 4 pack consists of fun and flirty pinks in cremes and shimmer sparkles. Proceeds from the purchase of this pack will help support the fight for breast health and fund research for a cure. Doing something good AND having pretty nails!? I love that!

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Available September 2015.

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Essie Fall 2014 Collection

Essie offers up a chic and mysterious palette with their new collection for the chillier months. Inspired by feminine mystique, the collection consists of the usual six colours, spanning from rich colours like a a racy red called Dress To Kilt, a deep cobalt blue called Style Cartel, and a dark chocolate brown called Partner In Crime.  The softer shades include Take It Outside which is a light and fresh grey taupe, a shimmery camo green called Fall In Line, and a deep evergreen called The Perfect Cover Up.

Available at selected Dis-Chem, Clicks and Foschini stores & beauty salons.  Also available at Zando for R125 per bottle.

essie was front and center at NYFW last week, and here is a complete round up of all the looks as well as a guide to creating your own NYFW inspired nail looks.

This season Costello Tagliapietra drew their inspiration from the magic of the outdoors. Navy plaids, plums, green-violet herringbone and earthy tones create a mystic, layered palette.

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get the look

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Prep the nails with a layer of ridge filling base coat, followed by two coats of aruba blue. Finish with a coat of good to go top coat.

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The hard edged sensibility of goth and heavy metal subcultures inspired Alexander Wang’s Fall/Winter 2015 collection. Stand out pieces included a jet black leather jacket accented with silver zippers, buckles and studs, chain-mail mesh dresses and mega-platform biker boots that left a bold statement on the runway.

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get the look

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Prep nails with one layer of ridge filling base coat, followed by two coats of jazz. Complete the look with a layer of matte about you.

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For Altuzarra, 18th century dandies and Truman Capote’s swans inspired a romantic vision in angoras, lacquered lace and velvet. Anchored by long fluted skirts, structured jackets and a whole new line of ‘Notch’ handbags with tasseled straps, it was the collection’s fur collars and shimmering eveningwear that took our breathe away.

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get the look

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Prep the nails with one coat of first base base coat. Follow with two coats of adore-a-ball. Seal the deal with one coat of good to go top coat.

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Fresh, feminine and intimate was the inspiration for Brock’s Fall/Winter collection. A flushed, dewy look complemented the softness of the subdued palette with luxe separates and dresses tailored to perfection. Metallic details, leather and layered heather knits provided the perfect whisper of high impact.

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get the look

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Prep nails with one coat of ridge filling base coat followed by one coat of limo-scene. Seal the deal with good to go top coat.

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A New York rhapsody hits the runway with a wink to the free-spirited 70s and iconic powerhouse, Patti Smith. Shearling, studded calf hair and guitar-strap inspired embroidery are finished with moto jackets, vests, cross bodies and saddlebags for Rebecca Minkoff. Let’s rock ‘n’ roll!

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get the look

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Apply one coat of first base base coat followed by a coat of mademoiselle. Create the edgy chevron by painting one reverse V with berry naughty in the middle of the nail and then one reverse V in midnight cami at the edge of the nail. Finish with good to go top coat.

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Carolina Herrera brought a calm elegance to the season with cascading fabrics in cool greys and blues interspersed with pops of crimson. Water elements, nuanced and literal, floated and fluttered with jacquard, spray embroidery and tulle while textural effects of a liquid surface summoned a dreamy reverie.

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get the look

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Prep nails with ridge filling base coat. Apply two coats of forever yummy and finish with good to go top coat.

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‘By day she commands the world; by night she inspires fantasy’ wrote DVF to describe her seductive vision for the Fall/Winter collection. For a look of contrasts, pinstripe suits with a feminine edge shared the runway with vivid florals, jersey wrap dresses and boudoir slips in peekaboo lace.

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get the look

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For a modern 40s moon manicure apply one coat of first base base coat. Polish the moon of the nail in waltz and top with a coat of sugar daddy. Finish with a coat of second shine around top coat.

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