Monday Must Have’s:Benefit Brow Bar

Hello World. It’s been a minute since my last Monday Must Have review but let’s Break Out a service review shall we .

If you attended my last Women in Business Cuppa for Cansa, which you can read about here, you would have received a Benefit Cosmetics voucher entitling you to a brow wax & tint in the goody bag.

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Goody Bag received at the Women in Business Cuppa for CANSA 

I’ve never been before so I decided to use it before it expired and made my way to the Benefit Brow bar in Edgars Waterfront this past weekend.

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Benefit Brow Bar

I met with brow expert Waseema Kippie who sat me down & talked me through the process .

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Waseema Kippie Brow Expert

First she cleant my brows and then she tinted it. The tint takes two minutes before its removed.

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Waseema applies the tint

Before just going in and waxing my brow she used this nifty little device to do a brow mapping which determines the shape my brow should take . She then tested the wax on the palm of my hand to make sure I was comfortable with the temperature and proceeded to apply wax starting with my unibrow.

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Brow mapping tool

I’ve been waxing for a few years and not a word of a lie when she pulled the wax strip off it didn’t hurt as it usually does and I’m convinced it’s because of the strip which felt satiny smooth .

After the waxing was done and my brows neatened she then went in with the Benefit Fool proof brow powder and Gimme Brow gel to keep it in place . She also used concealer to tidy up which I thought was the cherry on top of the rainbow cake because after waxing I go extremely red and walk around with these patches convinced people are looking at me like I’m from another planet.

 

The service I received was not only professional but it was such a pleasurable experience. Waseema asked me if I was okay throughout my session and we chatted like we had known each other for years . I am so impressed and know this is where I’ll be getting my brows did from now on.

The tint and wax take approximately 20 minutes and will set you back R280.00/21 USD /16 GBP. If you just want a wax it will be R155.00 /12 USD /9 GBP. Worth every penny in my opinion.

As always thank you for reading , I hope you enjoyed this review, let me know in the comment section below. And as the saying goes “Remember great eyebrows don’t happen by chance. They happen by appointment.” All my love F x

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WSWB:Networking event

Hello World . It’s time to break out a Women supporting Women in Business post(WSWB). This feature on the blog is an initiative close to my heart. I use this feature to highlight powerhouses who are out here doing the most.

This inspired me to pilot an event for The Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA) called Women in Business Cuppa for CANSA recently. The concept was to invite women business owners, bloggers, beauty enthusiasts & aspiring business owners to get together over a Cuppa for Cansa. The event starts with guest speakers who address a variety of topics but also share advice and tips with us about what makes them successful in business.The floor is then opened to the guests to either market their business, share their stories or pose a question to the panel. The guest speakers are invited to exhibit their company, product or service and at the end of the event guests are encouraged to network and get to know each other .

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Charnelle Avontuur sharing her experiences

All proceeds goes towards funding services The Cancer Association of South Africa provides.

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Exhibit by Evolution Inc & beautiful flowers done by Wedaad ETC

My aim with these events is to create a network of women who can stand for each other, who can support each other & share blueprints so that we don’t reinvent the wheel just perfect it.

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Exhibit by Kalathea Clothing
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From left to right: Marike Spreeth, Dr Koebraa Peters, Fadwa Walker, Lynne Kock & Charnelle Avontuur

Our guest speakers at our pilot event which took place on March 17 2018 were:

1. Lynne Kock from Evolution Incorporated and Coaching. You can read my post about Lynne here or if you want to know more about what she does you can read my review here.

2.Marike Spreeth owner of Grace designs and semi finalist of Mrs South Africa.

3.Dr Koebraa Peters marine biologist and co-owner of Kalathea Clothing. Read the feature I did on Kalathea Clothing here.

4. Charnelle Avontuur owner of South Africa’s biggest beauty group called Beauty Swop or Sale South Africa.

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The Palms offered a lovely intimate space for our event

The event was a huge success, I was buzzing for days after and so were my guest speakers. After amazing feedback I am planning the next event for May 5th 2018 and I’m happy to announce that Rushda Moosajee or Rushtush as she’s fondly known will join us as a guest speaker .

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Our next event takes place May 05th. Venue to be confirmed.

I wasn’t sure this event would be well received but it was. I really think this is the start of a movement and this excites me. Thank you for reading lovelies. If you have a business, product or service let me know about it. With all my love F xx

Monday Must Have’s: The Burgundy Bar

Hello World! Easter Monday is the best Monday and its time to break out a Monday must have post. This time featuring favourite drugstore brand and owner of  the infamous”Maybe shes’s born with it , maybe its Maybelinne” tagline.

I received The Burgundy Bar from a very kind friend and thought I would practise my cut crease.

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This palette is the perfect Autumn palette. With 12 shades which ranges from ultra matte to champaigne metallic shades. I found the shades pigmented with little fallout. I like to use my setting spray with metallic shades to create a more intense and pigmented look and once again it didn’t let me down.When applying the product it went on smooth and I found it blendable.

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While doing the cut crease the lightest shade in the palette set the concealer I used, perfectly. I was super impressed by this as I have tried other lighter shades in other palettes before and did not get the result I wanted.

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What I have found is that I need to cut my crease much higher as I have hooded eyes.

 

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I recommend this product if you are looking for a palette that’s easy to work with. When it comes to pricing it’s not the cheapest palette for a drug store brand, retailing at R260.00 \21 USD\ 15 GPB but the colours & quality more than make up for it.

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Happy Easter Monday all. Let me know if this is a yay or nay for you. With all my love.

Monday Must Have’s: Catrice Cosmetics

Hello World . Its 2018 and time to Break out a Monday Must Have Post.

I’m pretty late to the party with this brand but after seeing it on the 3 for 2 deals at Dischem I didn’t need a second invitation. Catrice cosmetics is a premium brand inspired by trends the world over at an affordable price. Also a firm favourite with bloggers on my timeline and I can see why.

I trialled the Glam & Doll Super black waterproof liner , the eye matic waterproof dipliner & lash|brow designer shaping, conditioning mascara gel. I’m always careful with the products I use as my skin is sensitive and I’ve had bad reactions to liquid eyeliner before . These products however did not disappoint. The Eye matic dipliner  allows easy application, applies like a dream,dries quickly and stays put for the entire day . The same with the Glam & Doll super black liner. What I’m interested to see with the Glam & Doll black liner is if it dries out quickly like I experienced with the Essence liner. I love the lash|brow designs shaping & conditioning mascara gel applicator , it allows you to shape your brows perfectly & the product is not sticky . 

As always thank you for reading, with all my love xx

Monday Must Have’s: Essence Liners

Hello World. Time for me to Break Out a Monday Must Have post again.

Today I’m talking about the Essence Lip liners. I started using this when I couldn’t always afford R200.00/14USD/11GBP for a MAC liner. Its overpriced tbh and I feel the Essence quality is as good. I never used to wear lip-liner but my lipstick bleeds. Wearing  good lip-liners prevents bleeding & prolongs lipstick.

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The essence range of lip-liners retails for  R20.00/1.50USD/1GBP each which means I can afford one in every color. As Clicks is forever sold out I use the nude liner under most of my lipsticks & I’ve also been known to use the Essence Kajal Pencil in white as a liner to brighten & change the color of certain lipsticks.

Do you have any value for money items that have replaced your favorites from higher end cosmetic companies? Drop me a comment below. As always thank you for reading beauties.With all my love, F.

 

 

Monday Must Have’s: Timeless Truth Mask

Hello World. Its Monday and that means I get to “Break Out” another “Monday Must Have” post , girl. My absolute favorite kind of post.

Over the weekend I tried the infamous Hydra Intense Black Charcoal Mask. I received this mask in my BSS Beauty Expo swag bag & was so chuffed when I saw I had received the “Hydra Intense” mask as I suffer from dry skin due to eczema.

Product Description taken from website:

Intense Hydration
Plump up dehydrated skin
Eliminate acne
Bamboo charcoal extract – highly absorbent and deeply cleanses the skin
Suitable for all skin types
Not tested on animals
Fragrance free
Paraben free
CLOTH: Black Charcoal Mask

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I kept the mask on  for 45 minutes. 40 minutes into the mask I started massaging the serum into my skin. It is advised to keep sheet masks on for no longer than 15-20 minutes . When I removed the mask my skin felt tight like a tiger, smooth & super velvety. The best was yet to come the next day when a few people commented on how “glowy” my skin looked and this ,let me just add this was without an ounce of make up on. I’m soooo impressed I’m incorporating this into my weekly beauty routine.

These masks are available from Timeless Truth Mask and usually retails for 69 ZAR but is currently on SALE for 49 ZAR.

 

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Thank you for reading beauties. Please share your favorite masks with me, I think I might just have found my new obsession.Love, peace and happiness xxx

Monday Must Have’s :Solid brush and sponge cleaner by Pink Cosmetics

Hello World. I’m so excited to break out a Monday Must have post, its been a minute.

A few weeks ago Cape Town was host to the first ever Beauty Swop or Sale Beauty Expo. I couldn’t wait to stock up on some much needed items & some ‘must haves”. After reading such good reviews, I decided a “must have” item would be Pink Cosmetics brush cleaner.

I emailed Janet Stewart, the powerhouse behind Pink Cosmetics. My order was processed & I picked it up at the BSS expo. Easy, peasy! What I love about Pink Cosmetics besides the great products obvs ,is that Janet’s passion comes through in her business, and that love spills over to the products she creates. With every order she sends out she adds a little bit of magic, in the form of a free gift( her amazing bath bombs), the care she takes in packaging each item (my order before this came individually gift wrapped)  & her professionalism. They say “God is in the details” & these are the little things that matter to me & will keep me coming back.

Excited to try my purchase of the Solid brush and sponge cleaner in Mermaids Kiss but lazy at the same time I brought out my dirtiest , grimiest brushes ( in my case this happens to be my oval brushes) two weeks later.

 

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The instructions on the website read  “Simply wet your brush or sponge with clean water. Next, wet the top of your cleaner in its container, and swirl the wet brush around on it to activate the cleaning ingredients. Remember, the dirtier your brush, the less it lathers. Rinse and repeat until your brush or sponge is perfectly clean and germ-free.”

I did this four times et voila my brushes are clean, & feels as soft as the day I bought it. It feels nourished & best of all I have tons of product left which means this buy will last me ages. Another plus is that I don’t have to feel guilty about water restrictions as this actually cuts down on water usage. . When I finally reach the end of the product I will do a “cost to use” ratio to see how affordable this product is.

As always thank you for reading. Wishing you a beautiful Monday with all my love xxx