Monday Must Have’s: Beauty Swop or Sale Make-Up Masterclass!

Hello World. Today I am excited to share some exclusive news. A few weeks ago you would have seen me post about the Beauty Swop or Sale Expo which you can read about here.I am excited to announce that the BSS will host a make up masterclass in September.

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The Ultimate Make-UP Masterclass will take place on September 15th 2018 at CA One Table in Claremont, Tickets are  R950.00 per person  & you can pick your ticket up here.

As a make-up enthusiast the Beauty Expo is one of those must attend events on the beauty calendar no matter what. This master class makes my heart so happy because (a) I haven’t attended a decent masterclass in yonks, (b) this is so much more than just a makeup masterclass & (c) the masterclass starts off my birthday celebrations.

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Venue

I decided to call Coco the owner of the Beauty Swop or Sale group for the lowdown. As Coco explains the two hour in depth session is such value for money because professionals charge anywhere from R1800.00 for an hour session. The ultimate masterclass is hosted by Kirsty Cochius, the owner of Smudge Makeup Academy. Kirsty has been in the industry for 17 years and is an accredited makeup lecturer. I attended an intermediate class she hosted at the Beauty Expo and this woman is an absolute powerhouse.

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Kirsty Cochius

So we have an amazing event, beautiful venue . Did I mention that food & drinks are included?! Yup its included. We have Kirsty who is a makeup genius walking us through step by step application, sharing hacks & tips. And what is a Beauty Swop or Sale event without the mandatory goody bag. If you have been to the Expo you will know that the goody bag value outweighs the price you pay for your ticket so I expect nothing less from Ultimate Make Up Masterclass goody bag.

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Ofra Cosmetics blush/bronze combo

Ofra Cosmetics a sponsor of this event, will be treating every attendee to a blush/bronzer format to the value of R550.00. This is only one of the items you can expect in the goody bag, everything else is top-secret believe me I tried.

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Thank you for reading beauty Kings & Queens. I hope to see you all there xx

 

Monday Must Have’s: Beauty Swop or Sale Expo 2018

Hello World. Today I am excited to share my experiences at the Beauty Swop or Sale Beauty Expo with you. The Expo took place at the Protea Fire & Ice Hotel in Cape Town last weekend. This was the second Expo hosted in Cape Town and it’s always something I look forward to on the beauty calendar.

As always the goody bag did not disappoint. There are a few items that are not pictured which includes whitening strips for teeth, vouchers, perfume and press on nails.

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Platinum Goody-bag

After visiting a few vendors, we rushed off to the Intermediate make up master class hosted by Kirsty Cochuis the owner of Smudge Make-up & Hair Academy. This was one of the highlights for me as I picked up a few tips like not splurging money on expensive setting powders & using baby powder. Kirsty will also be hosting classes at the Johannesburg chapter of the Expo so keep an eye out Jozi babes.

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Smudge Hair & Make-up Academy face map

After the make up masterclass we were just in time to see the amateur competition winner announced. I so much wanted to enter but as always I had left everything to late & I couldn’t find the time to create a makeup look before the deadline. The winner Charli X Boi took his inspiration from the cubism and surrealism influence in Paris as the theme was Moulin Rouge.

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Charli X Boi, winner of the amateur category *picture taken from Charli X Boi’s page*

After the competition we browsed some more and  picked up some goodies from Pink Cosmetics who also launched their make up range (I received some samples with my purchase) at the expo , Ofra and Curl Chemistry.

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Pink Cosmetics goodies

As they say “God is in the details” and the Beauty Swop or Sale team took care of all the details. The wifi code was advertised everywhere, the venue was an amazing upgrade from last year, the registration table was quick, efficient & professional and best of all I had access to all the best vendors in the same room running amazing specials without worrying about courier costs. These little details are the difference between an amazing event and an event that’s “just okurrrrr”.

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Wearing the Bondi Beach Ofra liquid lipstick on the top lip(on the left)

Thank you for reading. Did you attend the Beauty Swop or Sale Expo? What were your thoughts?

 

*Giveaway*Monday Must Have’s: The Beauty Swop – Beauty Expo

Hello World. Its been a minute since I did a Monday Must Have, but lets Break one Out shall we.Today’s post is not a product review but an event review/giveaway/ teaser on what’s to come.

Last year we saw Beauty Swop or Sale group host its first consumer expo in South Africa. For a first time event it was well organised, I shopped international brands without having to pay courier costs (the cost of a general access ticket) and the goody bag (be still my beating heart) was filled to the brim with good quality products. I didn’t do a post on the goody-bag but I did review a few products I received here and here.

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One of the items received in my goody-bag last year

 

This year the event will be hosted at the Protea Fire and Ice hotel on July 28th 2018 and  is a must attend event on the beauty calendar for beauty enthusiasts and make up artists alike.

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Expo poster for competition on Instagram

To celebrate The Beauty Expo’s second year,I am giving away two General access tickets. This is what you can look forward too:

  • Live make-up artist competitions
  • Spot prize draws. With hampers from Forever Living worth R2000.00, My Natural Hair hamper worth R1000.00 and a Hair-inn hamper.
  • Access to brands such as OFRA Cosmetics South Africa, Pink Cosmetics, Curl Chemistry, My Korean Skincare, Wet N Wild and many more.
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Some goodies I picked up on sale at last year’s Beauty expo

To enter please do the following:

1.Follow @beautyswop  and tag 2 friends in the comments section of  the Expo poster (also featured above) post.

2.Follow @fadwawc

T&C’s:Competition closes 23 July 2018 at 00:00.Winners will be announced on 24 July, 2018. This giveaway is only open to South African residents.

 

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: Sorbet Pore your heart out Facial Cleanser

Hello World! It’s been more than a hot minute, in fact January & February just ran away with me & I am only catching my breath now. As my first post for 2018 I have to start it off with a “Monday Must Have” post.

It’s time to Break out Girl. Leggo. A few years ago I fell in-love with the Clarisonic cleansing brush,  I mean who didn’t. But my hopes of ever owning one was dashed when I saw the price tag.

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Fast forward to 2017 I received the Sorbet Facial Cleanser, which I have been trialing since September and I have to say it does the job for a fraction of the cost. The Sorbet Facial Cleanser comes with three brush heads:

  1. High Sensitivity Brush Head for sensitive skin.
  2. Daily cleansing brush head for daily removal of dirt.
  3. Exfoliating brush head for deep cleansing.

I use the facial cleanser in conjunction with my face wash and face mask. What I truly love about this little device is how easy it makes taking off the day’s makeup. You are guaranteed no product is left behind. I have noticed I don’t have as many blackheads, my period break out is also less than before and my face looks smooth & clear.

Ps:This product is currently less 20% at Clicks nationwide. Go on spoil yourself .With all my love. F xxx

 

Monday Must Have’s: Colourpop

Hello World! It’s my favorite time of the week, Monday and time to Break out a Monday Must Have post.

Earlier this year I attended the Beauty Swop or Sale Beauty Expo & picked up my first Colourpop purchase. I’ve heard so many amazing things about this brand , besides being affordable the make-up quality is top-notch & I was quite excited to try it out.

I picked up the Super shocked cheek highlighter in Wisp and the Ultra metallic lip in the shade Maneater.

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I picked out these colours because I wanted a golden glow for an upcoming holiday,I was not disappointed. These items were purchased at sale prices from Samika Store , a vendor at the beauty expo. Samika Store is an online retailer who stocks authentic international brands. The highlighter was purchased for R 180/9.6GBP/ 12.66 USD and the lipstick was R175/9.4GBP/12.03USD.

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What are your favourite Colour Pop purchases beauties, please share them below as I think this might become one of my favourite brands. As always thank you for reading , with all my love F 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 Haves: Kiki Cool Citrus Setting Spray

Hello World. How exciting is it that I get to Break Out another Monday Must Have post. Well it is for me anyway.

Lets get into it. Today I’m introducing you to the Kiki Luxury Skincare brand and more specifically the Cool Citrus Setting Spray. This is another item I received in my BSS Beauty Expo swag bag, along with a sample of the Natural Radiance moisturizer & Face Primer ( shout out to Coco for going out of her way to arrange my swag bag & ticket after it sold out).

Description taken from the website:

KiKi’s Make-Up Ready Cool Citrus Setting Spray is a gorgeous, light and silky, citrus enriched product which is sprayed over your make-up in order to set and hold it for longer periods of time. KiKi’s Make-Up Ready Cool Citrus Setting Spray, Step 5 of the Make-Up Ready process, not only locks down your make-up, but spraying on this extra fine mist also gives you a refreshing boost. Don’t let those dry days get you down. The Cool Citrus Setting Spray can also act as a secret weapon to provide instant moisture and hydration. Just whip it out of your handbag, any time, any place, give yourself a quick spritz and immediately find a new, more radiant and moisturised you. This product is free of synthetic fragrance and suitable for both dry and oily skin types. It contains aromatic, natural grapefruit oil to cool and calm the senses.

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Let me just say out of the bundle the Cool Citrus Setting Spray is my favorite. To test it I used it before foundation, after foundation, after my make-up was done and spritzed my face once more during a night out. Obsessed much?! I also used it on a brush to intensify my highlight & eye-shadow.

The smell firstly is a biggie for me, because of my sensitive skin & sinus, the citrus tone is not overpowering as I feared.  The Cool Citrus Spray also covers the two p’s. Price & Packaging. It’s reasonably priced , at 245ZAR for 100ml. And then lets not forget about the gorgeous packaging, I can hardly believe this is a local product. Simply put I’m so impressed by this local brand , I will be repurchasing it when I run out.

As always thank you for reading. If you have tried and absolutely love any other Kiki products please let me know.

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: 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