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.

 

 

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OOTD

Hello World. Its time to Break Out another OOTD (Outfit of the Day) post. Recently I introduced you to Kalathea Clothing who I featured on my first OOTD post & today my OOTD is another Kalathea original. Asked to walked in a charity event for them recently , with little time , I arrived on the day of the event to this beauty, custom made for me. This pleated  full length dress with 3/4 sleeves & side seam pockets  feels luxuriously soft.

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As a plus size community we have come so far when it comes to whats readily available at retail stores, the sizes/styles & options definately are more inclusive now , but we are still a far cry from where we should be. A few years ago bored with the selection on offer I started looking at local designers, pop up shops & online/instagram stores. Boy am I glad I did. Fashion labels like Kalathea clothing make it easy to love & buy local.

I now use my voice to influence the plus size fashion industry by choosing who I spend my money with. In fact we all have that power, we have been ignored for so long that the only way for our voices to be heard loud & clear is the brands we choose to support.

As always thank you for reading lurvlies. With all my love F xx

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

 

OOTD: Styled by Kalathea Clothing

Hello World. Today, I’m breaking out with my first OOTD (Outfit of the Day) post. Last week I introduced Kalathea Clothing, you can read the article here. This week I’m giving a sneak peek of some items their launch range will have.

 

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Crepe Scuba Dress in Olive, Rose Pink Overdress all available from Kalathea Clothing. Shoes: Zando *sold out*

Outfit details. Crepe scuba dress in olive with pockets, 3/4 slit sleeve and zip detail. It retails at R380.00. The overdress I’ve worn here is actually a full length rose-pink viscose button down shirt dress with pockets which comes with a belt. It retails at R420.00.

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I was quite apprehensive posting this. Would the post be as good as my peers. What if it’s not professional enough. There was also a minute I struggled with how my tummy looked, my insecurities kicked in. I couldnt look at the pictures. I was channel hopping & “Hair Spray” was on. For some reason this was just the motivation I needed. I’m thinking to myself, “Really , you don’t like your tummy, toughen up”. Pep talk over, inspired to change the world I realised that the body positive movement did not happen over night. It took moments like this , not liking yourself, but learning to not only accept what you considered to be your flaws but love what you looked like. This is the end goal. Different maybe, but different is beautiful.

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And as Tracy says in Hairspray ” … it’s changing out there! You’ll like it. People who are different, their time is coming!” And that time is now. Be different! If no one likes that, tough. Just be you. Authentically you. As always thank you for reading!

 

Monday Must Have’s: My favourite beauty blogger nominations

Hello World. It’s Monday Must have time again. Today my Monday Must Have post is a bit different. I would like to introduce a few of my favourite bloggers. Recently I was nominated for the Liebster award by the lovely Kiki From Vanity to Sanity  ,a make-up addict and soon to be qualified MUA. Yasss girl!
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The Liebster Award exposes you to new blogs & is a great way to pick the brain of those bloggers you consider to be amazing in what they do. You also get to know more about the blogger who nominated you.

Rules of the award:

  • The nominated blogger must acknowledge who has nominated them and also share their links.
  • Share 11 facts about themselves.
  • Answer the 11 questions that they have been asked .
  • Nominate 11 more bloggers whose blog they recommend.
  • Ask 11 questions that they would like those bloggers to answer
  • Let the bloggers they’ve nominated know that they’ve been nominated.

The Questions:

Q:What inspired you to start your blog?

A: I needed a creative outlet & started blogging. It was the best decision I made in my life, and I love that I do it for me more than anything else. 

Q:Who is your favorite beauty icon / celebrity of all time?

A: Audrey Hepburn & Jeffree Star

 Q:In no more than 5 words, what is it that you love about makeup?

A good beat is therapeutic. 

Q:How much time do you spend blogging weekly?

A: 5-6 hours a week

Q:Which is your favorite genre of music?

A: Pop

Q:Which makeup product can’t you live without?

A: Nivea Sun Invisible Protect SPF 30/40

Q;Which person has influenced you the most in your life?

A: Mom

Q:What is your favorite drink?

A: Redbull

Q:How much time do you usually spend on your daily makeup routine?

15 minutes

Q:Which is your next travel destination?

Indonesia. I’m pretty excited. 

Q:Which is your favorite book and why?

A: Dr Eve’s Pillow Book. Years later it’s still so relevant. In a time where women are told how to act, how to behave and who to be, this book allows you to drown out the noise and become a juicy woman. 

And now for my favorite bloggers…*Drum Roll*…The nominees are:

Miss Dhanusha

The Vision of Persephone

Beauty Candy Loves

Not your Average Girly Girl

Sassy From Birth

Sanesh Makeup The Blog

LG Diaries

Chevy’s Beauty

The Urban Slay

An Ordinary Girl

Shamolia The Blog

The questions I want to ask these Beauty Queens are:

  1. What make-up hacks changed your life?
  2. What inspired you to start blogging?
  3. What is your number one holy grail makeup item?
  4. Who is your favourite beauty You-tuber?
  5. Am I the only one who struggles with a cut crease. Okay that’s not a real question! Any tips on perfecting a cut crease?
  6. What do you feel is the number one mistake newbie bloggers make?
  7. Any tips for taking the perfect flatlay picture for beauty reviews?
  8. How long does your daily make-up routine take?
  9. Unicorn or Mermaid?
  10. What is the number one lesson blogging has taught you?
  11. What would you choose in a five product only make up look?

 As always thank you for reading! Go check out the blog/gers I nominated , you can thank me later xxx

 

 

 

WSWB: Kalathea Clothing

Hello World. It’s been a minute and I’m happy to share another Women Supporting Women in Business post on this beautiful Friyay. Women supporting Women in Business is a networking event I started a few years ago & now I’ve extended that to a WSWB section on the blog. This initiative is close to my heart because I love nothing more than when women empower each other and at the same time it allows me to support local.

Today I’m excited to introduce you to Kalathea Clothing. Kalathea Clothing is an upcoming local brand owned by sisters-in-law Khadeeja and Koebraa. The purpose of the brand is to provide breastfeeding friendly modest wear that is trendy & versatile but at the same time chic & elegant. More importantly, the brand caters for plus sizes up to 3xl with plans to expand the plus size range in the future.

 

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Khadeeja and Koebraa the powerhouse(s) behind Kalathea Clothing are sisters-in-law but refer to themselves as sisters. The sisters have a distinctive flare for fashion.

Kalathea Clothing came about when Khadeeja saw the lack of representation in the plus size market. She felt that plus size clothes needed to be more prominent and that fuller figured ladies should be celebrated.

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Pictured Left: Khadeeja Abbas  & Pictured Right: Koebraa Peters

For Koebraa, being a new mother of a now 4 month old, a 2 am breastfeeding session acted as a form of inspiration. She realized just how challenging it was for her to find appropriate breastfeeding friendly clothing that was modest yet stylish. There was a clear niche in the market and she wanted their business to address that niche.

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A sneak peek of whats to come.

The name Kalathea comes from the plant genus Calathea. “Since both of our names start with a K we replaced the C with a K so now the name was connected to us somehow but there was something more important about the meaning. Calathea plants are often gifted as a symbol of new beginnings or happiness and has connotations with ‘turning over a new leaf’. This was the perfect symbolism for our new endeavor and Kalathea was born.”

Kalathea Clothing launches August 26th 2017 and will be available at a local market hosted by Frilly Lilly at Ambiance. After which you will find them at most local markets in and around Cape Town.

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Styling tips by Kalathea inspired by their upcoming range.

As a parting thought I asked Koebraa & Khadeeja to share their number one tip when it comes to being a stylish momma.

Koebraa: Wow it’s so difficult to choose just one [laughs]. I think that I would say to just be yourself. Wear what you think feels good and what makes you feel good about yourself. Even if it means not following whatever trend is out there. Create your own trends if you must. That’s certainly something I live by.

Khadeeja: I think one should wear the garment and not let the garment wear you. This way you will always feel that you look good.

Remember when you support & love local not only do you improve the economy but you also promote a strong sense of “community”! Women are the foundation of any community! Build them up!Celebrate their successes! In my book its a “win-win”for everyone involved. As always thank you for reading!