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.

BLUSH Dare to Pink

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.

Kell signaturey

 

To the Kerastasé Event I attended last week, I opted for my beloved Celine tee and threw on a denim shirt for some warmth. A denim shirt is a versatile piece of clothing, and you can wear it in many ways: under a sweatshirt, with your favourite statement necklace (worn under the collar or with the neck open), with wax pants, with coloured skinnies, with colourful flats or neutral heels, as a jacket, with a skirt, around your waist, as a denim on denim combination with your favourite skinnies, and the list goes on. Basically, every woman should have a denim shirt in her wardrobe because you can literally pair it with ANYTHING and it’s oh-so cool. I love my denim shirt so much that I think I need another one! You can find your perfect denim shirt at Zara, Woolies, Truworths, Edgars or Mr Price.

The denim shirt

celine and tan

Celine tee from New York | Denim shirt and booties from Zara | Pants from Pick n Pay | Bag from a boutique at Lifestyle | Chain plate necklace from Cotton On | Lipstick in Hot Plum by Maybelline

Hello Lovelies,

This is the first outfit pairing featuring my Valentino’s and I am so excited! Because the weather is still lovely during the day, you don’t have to bundle up just yet, and you can get away with wearing a light shirt (and adding a jacket for the colder mornings). I chose to debut my gorgeous Rockstuds with a red leopard print shirt, some plain black pants and a few accessories.

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Rock stud. Get it?

Pants from Pick ‘n Pay | Shirt by G Couture | Bag from Aldo| Heels by Valentino | Bracelet from Utopia on Zando | Nails in Graceful by Gelish

This is going to be the shortest review ever, because I love this product and it is amazing.

Being Summer and all, you may or may not have got a gorgeous tan if you went on holiday. None of that matters with Dove’s Gradual Tanning Lotion. Of course a real tan is the best, who am I kidding? But with skin cancer on the rise, I give you full permission to fake it.

I used to be the biggest fan of St. Tropez Gradual Tan Everyday Body until my beautician bestie started using Dove’s Gradual Tanning Lotion. She looks brown and beautiful every day thanks to this magical cream. I eventually decided to give it a go and picked up the Fair to Normal skin variant. I’m so glad I did! (It’s not a given that if a product works for your friend it’ll work for you).

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tasteofjhb

There are just 2 weeks to go until this year’s Pick n Pay Taste of Joburg and with a host of different tastes to please your palette, you don’t want to miss out.

This year, kellyrocks is giving away 20 double tickets to our loyal and fashion forward readers. All you need to do is fill out the form below, answer the easy question, and we could be contacting you as one of the lucky winners!

Tickets are valued at R80 each and include a tasting glass and are valid for the opening night of Thursday 26th September: 18h30- 22h30.

To enter, simply fill out the form below:

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Follow @kellyrocksZA & @TasteOfJoburg on twitter or like facebook.com/kellyrocks & facebook.com/TasteofJoburg for more information and regular updates.

Good luck!