Wednesday, 4 December 2013

OOTN...Going green

Okay we're talking Arty again. Last week Friday  I wore a blouse from the range  I posted about last week. We went to a student fashion show at Hemingways mall then a lounge hang out spot later.

me and my sister Nondwe(makeup by me)

myself, Arty and Nondwe

All the tops and the dress are made by Arty

Thursday, 28 November 2013

Arty's lookbook shoot!

Hello hello

Earlier this month my super talented friend Arty Mgudlwa shot a lookbook for his fast growing fashion label. Arty has been dressing Afro Pop sensation Berita for over a year now. The collection is mostly made up of pieces that were conceptualized around Berita's red carpet and stage looks, designed, styled and created by Arty himself. He asked me to do the makeup for the shoot and I gladly did. As a group of five friends with only two as pro's on the task for the shoot (Arty and photographer Sino Majangaza), we did the first official shoot for Arty. Eric directed the photography, Unathi and Ubi modelled and I did the facepaint. The brief was to give the girls a very simple look, nothing too flashy. So I decided on a basic goldish smokey eye and nude lips, later switched up the lips with orange and pink lipsticks. Below are some behind the scenes. Head on over to Arty's blog for the final product.

from left: Unathi(model), Eric(DOP), Arty(fashion designer and stylist), myself(makeup) and Ubi(model)

 side note: not a pro MUA yet. Excuse the picture quality, posting via Blackerry


Tuesday, 15 October 2013

I ♥ summer tag!

I saw this fun tag on lipgloss kisses and it'd be fun to take part, here goes: 

1. Favourite bronzer for summer?
I don't really need bronzer because my skin is brown bout I use it anyways for the shimmer to give me a nice glow. I love Sleek Face and Body Highlighter in Bronze Baby! love it.

2. You’re relaxing in a hammock, on a tropical island. What are you sipping on?

If not a mango jam jar then definitely a mojito!

3. Favourite summer lip product?
Blistex DCT lip balm. Most people think it's for lip blisters but  I use it because it conditions the lips and protects them from the sun. 

4. Pool or Beach

?Beach. The sea breeze and the sand! 

5. Summer = crazy hair!  What’s your must-have styling product?

Oh boy this is a tough one, I don't even attempt to wear my hair out in summer because it shrinks and looks wet. I get braids done and use Organic Root Stimulator products to keep the scalp healthy and moisturized.

6. Sun bathing or fake tan?

None. for obvious reasons! lol

7. Favourite summer nail polish?

I'm loving gelish nails this summer, white, baby blue and pastel pink. 

8. Any summer traditions?

Not really. It's always a time filled with after work "get togethers" with friends, braais, and days at the beach.

9. Favourite summer scent?
Elizabeth Arden Pretty Eau De Cologne Splash

10. Favourite BBQ/Braai food?
My favourite braai food(s) pork chops, boerewors and a nice and crisp Greek salad.

11. What’s your favourite summer-proof product?

The Body Shop Vitamin C energizing face spritz.

12. Any summer vacation plans this year?


And that's it! I'm tagging you, yes you! :)


Tuesday, 1 October 2013

black girl problems: receding hairline

We've all seen sobering pictures of Naomi Campbell's receding hairline. Sadly she's not the only woman experiencing the problem. Many jokingly associate it with black professional nurses (don't ask me why, but if you're South African I'm sure you've heard this before). Yes back in the day they used to be mostly affected because they constantly plated/braided their hair. Now with the popularity of hair extensions, weaves and braids, more and more younger people are losing their hair. Here are a few tips that have been proven to prevent traction alopecia (inji bhabha)

1. With any hairstyle you choose, it must not be done too tight, pulling your hair. This includes the styling of dreadlocks as well.
2. Every once in a while give your hair and scalp a break. Say a month or two weave/braid free. 3. Moisturize your scalp often regardless of the style you're wearing. 
4. Minimize any heat on your real hair when wearing a leave out weave. 
5. Never ever relax your hair the same of removing braids or extension. 
6. Wash and condition your hair regular, with or without extensions or braids on. 
7. Last but not least, use castor oil to base your roots. Yes castor oil you find in the medical section in stores. It's brilliant on hair. Keeps the scalp healthy and moist. It kills bacteria, helps prevent dandruff and helps keep your hair growing healthily. 
There's absolutely nothing wrong with wearing extensions, it must just be done right. I know a lot of people who only started noticing growth in the hair after they started wearing extensions. However I must add the obvious, I am not a professional, this is all information I've picked up online, friends and my own personal experiences. I decided to post this after I noticed a lot of people on facebook were shocked that my hair is indeed healthy under all the extensions I always wear. Yes it is short but it's healthy and my hairline is intact thanks to the few tips above.

like  I said, my hair is short but I'm happy with "health status" :)

one of my favourite styles when I don't have any extensions on is the sock-bun. Easy and fail-proof 

I wear extension a lot

Monday, 23 September 2013

Baby shower!

No I'm not expecting lol! Last week Saturday I went to one of my friends' baby shower. We had the do at the very beautiful Thornycroft Lodge and Spa a little outside East London. The place is away from all the noise in the city but not too far away. Perfect for that vacation feel but yet so close to reality, I hope that makes sense! lol.

The mommy to be Sethu looked gorgeous, giving mother earth vibes with her long dreadlocks and flow skirt.

the glowing mummy to be

I don't know why I have a 'not interested' face in this pic though

My 'fit for the day

How cute is this cake? peep the mommy with dreadlocks just like Sethu :) 

Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Orange lips on brown skin

Hi dolls.

I've been loving orange lipstick for a while now but just couldn't find the perfect shade y skin tonefirst tried orange lips with Revlon Just Bitten Lip balm in Rendezvous but it was pigmented enough. I tried all the well know everyday beauty brands, L'Oreal, Revlon, Maybelline you name them with no luck. They eithere weren't vibrant enough of shimmery.  I really don't like shimmery lipstick, especially if it's a bright colour like Orange. I finally struck gold when I took sometime to check out each and every orange/coral lippie at Ralo Cosmetics! I finally found the perfect shade for me!

Finding photos of beautiful brown skin women wearing orange lipstick was as big a challenge as finding the lippie itself! but I did manage to fine a few on Tumblr.

last but not least, me wearing the lippie!

what do you think? will you be trying out orange lipstick? let me know :


Tuesday, 13 August 2013

Hi :)

This is an outfit I wore this past weekend on Saturday. I love these shorts to bits. I got them from a thrift store in town about a month or two back. The way they are cut is just amazing. They are kind of loose in the thigh area, then the waist is nicely cinched! This is such a relief because I always struggle when buying non stretch pants, they never fit me perfectly on the bum as well as the waist. if the bum is fine then there's a big gap on the waist and vice versa. Story of my life! and I know a lot of ladies know exactly what I'm talking about. Unfortunately I didn't take a full pic of the outfit on and the mirror pics I took are not clear enough. It got a bit chilly so I wore black tights under the shorts.

Plain white T from Mr Price, high waist denim shorts: Thrift(vintage Woolies) black wedge shoes: Inwear at Truworths; biker jacket: bought a long time ago at a store down town; Cat eye sunnies: Woolies; Minx watch; stud bracelets from Mr Price; The Body Shop Dreams Unlimited Eu De Parfum

just to give you an idea of how the shorts look on. Too the pic but a week ago, just trying them on

lastly, some selfies. I have on L'Oreal infallible foundation in cocoa, Rimmel London lipstick in Have Fun 050

Ciao hunnies!

Thursday, 1 August 2013

OOTD: Summer colours in winter!

I must admit I don't follow any rules when it comes to what I wear. It's winter, by unwritten fashion rules, all my bright colours should be chucked away. Making way for burgundies, maroons, browns and blacks, but no, not me cousin. The warm weather is also the reason why I don't pile on the dark colours. This is an outfit I wore some time last week. 


Thursday, 11 July 2013

ANTM Africa!

Wanna be on top?! Then practice your Smize because Tyra Banks' model search reality show has now been launched to find Africa's Next Top Model. Ty announced in April that supermodel Oluchi Onweagba will be the host of the African version of the hit reality show. The show will be filmed in Cape Town, South Africa and aired on Mnet's Africa Magic channels. Now the search is official on! The scouting schedule is as follows
 *Mozambique (Maputo) at Polana Serena Hotel on the 6th of July 2013.

*South Africa (Johannesburg) at the Sandton Convention Centre on the 9th of July 2013.

*Kenya (Nairobi) at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre (KICC) on the 14th of July 2013.

*Ghana (Accra) at the M Plaza Hotell on the 20th of July 2013.

*Nigeria (Lagos) at the Federal Palace on the 23rd of July 2013.

*Angola (Luanda) at the Paz Flor Cultural Centre on the 28th of July 2013.

*South Africa (Cape Town) at the Cape Town Convention Centre (CTICC) on the 1st of August 2013.

Applicants must be 18-27 year old and at least 170cm tall. Now ladies get that catwalk walk ready and go kill it!

Wednesday, 10 July 2013

late post!

Forgot to post this look! I did a polyvore edit on it but of coarse mine is affordable for me! If we follow each other on Instagram you've probably seen these pics already, askies(sorry)! :)

got these from Jet. When I say I'm a bargain hunter you best believe  lol

mastered pants from Woolworths, white shirt from Mr. P, Black blazer from Foschini

I've had this neckpice for 5 years now, yes FIVE years going strong! got it from Mr Price

short hair don't care!

Hey you!

Last week I took off the 18 inch hair extensions I had for the past two months. This amid the chaos of moving into a new flat. That left me dead tired and broke. I had to run to my emergency savings(which aren't thaaat big a sum) to cover the deposits and moving cost because I hadn't planned to move this month. But an opportunity to move into a unit where I'll be the first occupant, affordable and close to most amenities was one I wasn't gonna miss. Needless to say, I'm so happy I braved out and moved. Surprisingly I didn't have any qualms about leaving the beach community I've been living in for a very long time.  In the middle of the whole moving process I took sometime out to fix up my hair. I took out the extensions, washed and treated my relaxed hair which hasn't been relaxed for four months now. The untouched roots are insanely kinked up lol. I'm not sure what I'll do with it though, relax or chop off and go natural again? I don't know. For now this pixie cut weave will do! If you've read diary of a Zulu Girl you will know that this hairdo is a big no-no in the big cities and cool crowds luckily I'm not part of either! lol. My sis took these snaps of me on Sunday :)

Till next time :*

Orange top: Jet, purple pants(they look blue on camera though) Legit, flatforms: Legit, Gold necklace: Foschini, gold cuff and leopard print belt: Mr Price, and my friend Eric's aviators

Monday, 24 June 2013

How Bomb!!

OH how can I forget baby!!! Posted this on my twitter/bbm/instagram/facebook all over the show, but my blog! Can you believe me?! lol. I was featured on one of my favorite fashion blogs The Fashion Bomb Daily  on Saturday as the Fashion Bombshell of the day. My friend Eric submitted the pics, I'd never put myself on the spot like that, no never not me :D.  Must say when he first shared Claire's tweet about the bombshell Zona from SA I wanted to strangle him! How could he, I mean all I see on that site is designer wear, perfectly done makeup, crisp photos the works ! how could I ever match that with my iPhone pics? hehehe but anyways excitement kicked in and fears vamoosed! I'm the second SA based babe to featured there so I'm chuffed. Bet if you follow my blog you will know that the pics used are oldish, but I guess Eric and Claire picked their faves so we can't argue with the greats lol :) From the experience Here a link (here)and a screenshot.

Tuesday, 18 June 2013

no new trends

Relaxed, laid-back look. Spiced up with color, tribal/aztec print, a bit androgyny, and of course, comfort, thanks to the wedge heels

no new trends