About me

My name’s Leigh van den Berg and I’m a beauty addict. ;-) If you want to get in touch, drop me a line on zebraempires@hotmail.com (Don’t laugh, I’ve had that addie since Std 7…)

I love how thin my arms looks in this picture. Yep, I'm that shallow.

I love how thin my arms looks in this picture. Yep, I’m that shallow.

I live in beautiful Cape Town and work full-time for The Jupiter Drawing Room recently left my glam advertising job for a short-lived stint to edit a local beauty website that retrenched me after four months. No bitterness there. I’ve since moved on to become the fashion and beauty ed for a popular online women’s magazine.

Prior to this I used to be the beauty ed for Women24 and spent four years working as the assistant ed for Clicks ClubCard magazine. This was a super-fun job in that every three months we got to turf out this huge store-room filled to the brim with beauty goodies and perform the ‘big girl’ equivalent of the Reggie’s Toy Run. I also learned more than I ever wish to know about vitamins and came to realise that there are people out there who take Sudoku very, verrry seriously. For realzy. You screw that puzzle up once and you’ll get half your bodyweight in meticulously penned hate mail…

I also do a lot of freelance writing on the side. Mostly about beauty, health and sex. (Thank you Cosmo!) Thus, in the last ten years I’ve covered topics that range from ‘get flawless skin in a flash’ to ‘how to shag your man while cleaning your house’.  (My mad Aunt Rosie came up with the best position of the bunch – the Rug Bugger! It’s when you gooi your carpet over the washing line and beat it with a stick while your guy does you from behind…)

Anyhoo, I’m thrilled to have a medium to blab on about all things ‘beauty’. It’s something I’m passionate about and I just can’t seem to leave the industry alone.

So, get your glam faces on chicas – it’s time to talk product*!

Love, love


*Just so you know, all reviews are just my personal opinion and do not reflect on whoever my employer happens to be at the time. I also never have and never will accept money to review a product. That’s just biased and wrong and gross.

18 Responses to “About me”

  1. Gia (aka Bitch Face) November 3, 2010 at 5:28 am #

    Love, love you too Bitch Face! :) xxx

  2. Carol Maccallum November 11, 2010 at 8:17 am #

    You go girl!!Fabulous!!

  3. Alex November 11, 2010 at 11:20 am #

    Hey Leigh…cool blog you got!! Come check out our store at the Cape Quarter (above the Spar)…I’m sure you’ll find lots to blog about!!

    • leighvdb November 11, 2010 at 3:06 pm #

      Hey Alex – just checked out your site, it’s fab. ;-)

      I live just around the corner, so next time time I’m in the centre, I’ll be sure to pop in.


  4. Lana Scheepers November 19, 2010 at 10:58 am #

    Hello Cupcake,

    Have new toys for you to check out, please mail me? :) xx

  5. Ronnie November 28, 2010 at 6:03 am #

    Hi Leigh,
    Thank you for taking the time to visit us at Canal Walk. Look forward to your article about INGLOT.
    Kind Regards Ronnie Fivelman

  6. Maxine December 10, 2010 at 4:41 pm #

    love love love the ramblings of this b*tch

  7. Michelle February 21, 2011 at 11:20 am #

    Every great lipgloss needs a secret BFF . . . . Marula Lip Balm from Dermatanical – check it out.

  8. Kathryn (Becoming you) September 4, 2011 at 9:06 pm #

    hey leigh – found you via anna-louise. just had to say i love you comment above about sudoku – hysterical!!

    • leighvdb September 4, 2011 at 11:10 pm #

      Dankie skattie! ;-) X x x

  9. Inno January 11, 2013 at 10:41 am #

    you so cool lady!

    Love, love – Thebride (My nickname from Kill Bill Vol.1)

  10. Reshmi Joseph May 22, 2013 at 11:57 am #

    Awesome blog!
    -your noncreepy neighbour R :)

  11. Telma December 9, 2013 at 1:59 pm #

    you are cool and REAL girl, hope to meet ya ta CPT blogger meet up..Lovely blog

  12. Heidi May 13, 2014 at 9:36 pm #

    Hello Leigh, love your blog and love reading about all your beauty editor adventures!
    I nominated you for a Sunshine Award – you can read about it here:


    Anyways, just a bit of fun, a bit of sunshine!

    • leighvdb May 17, 2014 at 8:23 pm #

      Hi Heidi! Thanks so much for this, it’s much appreciate. I’m not going to have time to create a blog post about it or answer those questions any time soon though. I’ve taken on a giant freelance gig – working as a copywriter for an agency in the avies – so I’m in a bit of a time crunch in between that, my morning job, freelance writing and getting out a big product post backlog. So if you want to give my nomination to someone else I’ll totally understand. But thank you again x x x

  13. Nadine Crous June 12, 2014 at 8:35 pm #

    Hi Leigh
    I have a very bling product id love for you to try out. Heard of vajazzle? I import and would love to start getting it out there. Cape Town is quite slow on the trend.
    Kind regards

    • leighvdb June 16, 2014 at 11:27 am #

      Hi Nadine! Thanks for getting in touch but I’ve already written about Vajazzle (for All4Women.co.za, I think) about a year ago. Wishing you all the best with your venture.

  14. Jadie September 1, 2014 at 10:26 pm #

    Hello! I nominated you for the Sisterhood of the world bloggers award :) Really like your blog! http://jadiebeauty.wordpress.com/2014/09/01/sisterhood-of-the-traveling-world-bloggers-award/ I am also South African and i love supporting SA blogs so thats why i nominated you too :)

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