Monday Must have’s: Skincare for Eczema sufferers.

Hello World. Don’t you just hate when you have an itch you cant scratch?! For as long as I can remember I’ve been suffering from eczema.  Eczema to me is … that itch I just cannot scratch. Urghhh.

My skin has become easier to deal with over the years but I still have really bad break outs. Which just worsens as the season changes & the days heat up. Summer time is my best and worst time. Best because long summer days make me feel happier. Worst because I breakout in the ugliest rash on my chest , hands & arms whenever the sun touches my skin & it doesn’t really matter that I’m a sunscreen fanatic.

Needless to say I have tried every remedy out there. Bathed in tea (rooibos tea) applied aloe gel & calamine lotion that contains an anesthetic just to deaden the skin and take away the itch. That itching feeling drives me crazy. I freeze facecloths, sometimes wrap the area in gauze and a hundred other things.

In my search to find the perfect remedy I have found two things that work for me. The first is a homemade mask which gives my face a radiant glow.  I’ve been using this mask for almost 7 years now. I take one egg and a teaspoon of honey , mix it up and apply to my face until it sets like a mask. The egg because of the protein improves the dryness & tightens my skin while the honey with its antibacterial properties calms my breakout. I love this because it does the trick every time.

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Woolworths Raw honey & Eggs for Face Mask and Shezen Rehydrating bath

 

My second  saving grace,  that I’ve been using for approximately three or four years now is the Shezen Re-hydrating Bath. I apply this to my rash and I immediately feel a difference. My inflamed skin feels moisturized & not so raw from all the scratching. This product contains Shea Butter, calendula and sweet almond oil. I don’t know if its the Shea butter with its anti-inflammatory properties or the combination of oils but it really does wonders for my skin. I buy mine here if you interested.

Ps: I also use this as a lip scrub. My matte lippies come off easily, which is great because I only wear matte lipsticks now & it dries out my lips so much.

In the mean time, I’m still doing some research on natural toners & moisturizers. I have so far found the most recommended cleanser to be coconut oil (go figure, coconut oil will fix your life) & toner to be apple cider vinegar mixed with mineral water.  I am still at a loss as far as a anti-aging moisturizer is concerned but I will find it. For now I use E45 (as a moisturizer)  & hemorrhoid cream (for wrinkles) when I remember .

If you have any suggestions for me please comment below. I would love any tips on whats worked for you. As always thank you for reading & Happy Monday lurvlies xxx

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MBFWCT Autumn/Winter April 2017

Hello World! A week ago I attended the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Cape Town #MBFWCT Autumn/Winter 2017 event. After being postponed due to our infamous wind, the second choice venue, Salt River studios was a dream. Imagine dusty railway lines as you driving up to the venue, vintage(read old) warehouses, add fashion and you have a recipe for success. What a stunning venue & perfect location for a photo shoot (if anyone is interested).

This year was the first time I attended MBFWCT as media/blogger. I have always attended as a member of the public because I want to support local wherever and whenever I can. I wish more people supported/attended MBFWCT , as some of the shows I attended were not filled to capacity as I thought it would be. And that is a shame! The talent on display filled my heart with African pride.

I also spotted some hot trends like turquoise tones as seen at Valentino and white feathers as seen at Balenciaga. However as much as the show was on par with international standards I loved the originality & interpretation of designers.

My favorite show by far was Afro Mod Trends. Their line “African Gatsby ” had so much sass it set my soul alight.

Below is a visual diary of the shows I attended, featuring my most loved pieces. If you wish to see more click here.

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Adama Paris *image courtesy of AFI*
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Afro Mod Trends *image courtesy of AFI*
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Black Trash * image courtesy of AFI*
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Cherrie Couture *image courtesy of AFI*
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Fashion Revolution *image courtesy of AFI*
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Ituen Basi *image courtesy of AFI*
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Jenevieve Lyons *image courtesy of Afi*
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Kefseddy Designs *image courtesy of AFI*
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Khosi Nkosi *image coutersy of AFI*
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Leigh Schubert * image courtesy of AFI*
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Orapeleng Modutle Style Avenue *image courtesy of AFI*
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Quiteria George  *image courtesy of AFI*
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Viniga *image courtesy of AFI*
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Sweetie *image courtesy of AFI*
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Taibo Bacar *image courtesy of AFI*
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Vernac *image courtesy of AFI*

Monday Must Have’s: Highlighted for the God’s

Hello World. Break Out Girl. Its Monday again and that means its time for my Monday must haves. If I had to wear only two items on my face for the rest of my life , it will have to be a black eyeliner and a highlighter. I have always loved a good highlighter. In fact I’m obsessed.  Here are my favorite highlighters.

Benefit Watt’s Up! RRP- R425.00

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Watt’s up swatched on my fingers.

Described as a “A champagne cream-to-powder highlighter. ” This was made famous by Mario Dedivanovic who used it as part of Kim K’s make up routine. This is one of my favs, simply because I can use it with or without make up & gives me a subtle glow.

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Highlighter used : Benefit Watt’s Up!

Swiitchbeauty Slay for Days Pallette – RRP -R350.00

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Swiitchbeauty Slay for Days Pallette  (arrow indicates which color I use for a bronze highlighter)

Not only a great eye-shadow palette but I use it as a highlighter option if I’m looking for bronze glow.

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Highlighter used: Swiitchbeauty Slay for Days Eye-shadow pallette

Jeffree Star Princess Cut: RRP- R750.00

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J.S Princess Cut swatched on my fingers.

My favorite by far. I love everything about this brand especially how pigmented the highlighter is. In fact I am convinced J.S is my spirit animal. A pop of highlighter on the bridge of my nose, eyebrows and cheekbones & I’m ready to go.

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Highlighter used: Jeffree Star Princess Cut

Catrice contouring kit: RRP-  R89.95

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Catrice contouring kit. Used the lightest shade as a highlighter &  swatched it on my finger.

I’ve had this contouring kit for a few months and only just noticed the lightest shade which is a creme highlighter and it’s actually pretty decent.

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Highlighter used: Lightest shade in  Catrice contouring kit

Let me know what your favourite highlighters are at the moment. I am always keen to try a new highlighter. As always thank you for reading beauties xxx