Fadia Williams from Tiger & Lily hair and make-up gets me glammed up for the Veuve Clicquot Masters polo event

10 Mar

Remember how I said I’d had my make-up done by Fadia Williams from Tiger & Lily hair and make-up for the Veuve Clicquot Masters polo the other day? I thought I’d go into that a little more and fill you in on just how awesome that chica really is.

Love your wek, biets!

Love your wek, biets!

Fadia got hold of me a while back and offered to do my make-up for an event so calling her up before the polo made perfect sense. Fadia’s been in the biz for ten years now and worked on countless big deal mag shoots for Cosmo and Glamour as well as for celebs like actress Shaleen Surtie-Richards, Lark songstress Inge Beckman and socialite Edith Venter. In short, girl knows her shizz. Still, ‘cos I’m an anal cow I did my own foundation and concealer before she arrived. Having had her work on the rest of me, however, I now wish I’d let her go the full Monty as I soon realised she contours like Kim Kardashian and totally ‘gets’ skin undertones. (Most make-up artists should but you’d be surprised how so many just don’t.)

Other things that knocked my socks off? The night before, Fadia asked that I send her piccies of the kind of looks I wanted to go for. I wasn’t online at the time but told her I wanted a bronze smokey eye and loose ‘waves’ as opposed to ringlets she totally got it, e-mailing me piccies of Taylor Swift done up for a recent awards show. She then rocked up my house the next day with a huge wheelie bag full of make-up and hair goodies plus two face charts with two different yet on brief looks to pick from. Impressive!

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I opted for the look on the left with the lips on the right.

We then slapped on one of Fadia’s fave Corinne Bailey Rae albums (okay, that’s a lie; I opened up YouTube and played a ‘clip’ of her full album) and I relaxed in my chair while she got to work. Minutes later, I’d gone from a sleep-deprived drone with super dark under eye circles to sunshiney, awake-looking mooiness (if I don’t say so myself).

How much do we love her perfectly straight eye liner?

This is me with the last bit of ‘icing’ applied and the curls brushed loose. How much do we love her perfectly straight eye liner?

Product-wise, Fadia uses a bit of everything but swears by Chanel foundations, her SEPHORA eye palette, MAC Studio Fix (to set your look so it lasts for ages) and ghd hair spray (again, to set your hair so it lasts for ages). And it really does. At the end of a long, hot, sweaty day at the VCMP, my make-up and hair still looked freshly ‘did’. So much so that I could even go to a dinner party later that eve in the very same get up.

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The SEPHORA palette is above the brushes. Afterwards she gave me a bunch of Chanel foundation samples to try (bottom right).

While Fadia generally works for mags and on film sets, she still creates magic for us little people by doing wedding make-up and hair as well as for any event, be it a hot date or a dance, where you just want to looks totes amaze. Hair and make-up for an event is R700 and Fadia prefers not to do the two separately. She also offers a deal in that if you and a friend want to get glam together it’s R1200 for the both of you and R1500 if you rope in a third.

A big thank you to Fadia, I absolutely adored my look.

Love, love

Leigh

Beauty reviews: The Body Shop Uplifting Blueberry collection, TRESemme oil elixirs, Artistry Escape to Paradise lip duo, Arden’s Perfectly Nude make-up and Smashbox Always Sharp 3D liners

9 Mar

So I’m having a bit of an ish. Product is rolling in faster than I can type which is why I’m not going to be doing too many individual product reviews anymore. You can now look forward to more multi-product reviews which I’ve come to realise you girls actually really like in that you get more ‘reader take-out’ bang per post.

So, let’s get stuck in shall we?

The Body Shop’s new Uplifting Blueberry collection, R40 to R90 per item.

The Body Shop’s got a new limited edition Blueberry collection on the shelves, consisting of a body butter (R90), scrub (R90), shower gel (R60) and lip butter (R40). I got to try everything save for the shower gel and am most enjoying the body butter. It smells delish – like blueberries with just a hint of something nutty – and makes use of nourishing Shea and Cocoa butter from Ghana.

This smells good enough to eat. But I won't. Promise.

This smells good enough to eat. But I won’t. (At least not while anybody’s watching.)

I like that it does a good job of hydrating my not too dry legs and absorbs super fast so I don’t have to wait around before whipping on my jeans. If you want to try it yourself you best move fast though; it’s only available until the X after which you’ll have to hunt it down via eBay.

TRESemme Oil Elixer, R120 each.

The hair oil market is exploding and now TRESemme’s joined the party with their Oil Elixirs.

Available in two variants, one features macadamia oil and babassu oil for all hair types and the other also offers macadamia oil plus grapeseed oil and a ‘UV filter’ for colour treated hair. There are other oils in the mix too. Think coconut, sweet almond, sunflower and palm oil. Basically it’s a silicone and oil-infused house party and everyone’s invited to enjoy smoother, silkier-feeling hair with a shiny (yet non-greasy) finish.

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The bottles are glass, by the way, so this product has a nice ‘luxe’ feel to it.

I like that both elixirs live up to the promises mentioned up above. They also smell good; clean and fresh, like most TRESemme shampoo. To be honest though, I can’t tell the difference between them. But if I had to pick one I’d go with the ‘For colour-treated hair’ option as it boasts a UV filter. Initially, I suspected the ‘For all hair types’ elixir made use of one too as their ingredients are completely identically save for the swapsies of the grapeseed oil for bobassu oil. But a quick google’s revealed that grapeseed oil itself can actually offer a bit of sun protection. Interesting stuff.

Artistry Escape to Paradise lip colour duo in Golden Ember, (price TBA), Amway.co.za.

Everyone’s heard about Amway but I’m not familiar with their beauty brands although I’ve chatted to other beauty eds who have been quite impressed with their Artistry line. I can understand why, however, as a very glam-looking Artistry lip colour duo called Golden Ember recently crossed my desk.

Pretty, pretty!

Pretty, pretty!

The gorgeous gold packaging features pretty pink crystals and a chain so you could attach it to something like a key ring. Tres Dior, darlings. I love that it feels nice and heavy in your hand; this makes it feel expensive and luxurious. This is the kind of thing that would make a very nice gift for the more glamorous girls in your life. As far as the actually lip colours go, they have a delish vanilla scent and contain a dash of collagen-encouraging antioxidant vitamin E. I like that they feel nice and light on your lips and have a lush, balm-like texture.

Alas, I don’t think this compact’s being sold in SA; it was part of an autumn collection last year. Still, it was nice to get a feel for the brand’s quality and I simply wanted to share. I haven’t become an under cover Amway sales rep or anything. Promise. If you’d like to look at and shop for other Amway Artistry goodies, pop on over to the SA website over here.

Elizabeth Arden Flawless Finish Perfectly Nude make-up SPF 15, R345.

If you’re looking for a lovely light foundation with light-reflecting properties, this one’s a goodie. Aside from offering very natural-looking coverage that softens the look of pores and fine lines thank to soft focus ‘radiant mineral crystals’, this baby also makes use of hydrating carob seed extract and soy lipids that, Arden reckon, will help reduce the actual size of your pores over time. Then there’s collagen-boosting antioxidant vitamins A, C and E plus antioxidant wild mushroom extract.

Lovely stuff!

This shade’s called Toasty Beige.

When I heard the hydrating bit I worried this foundation would make me look shiny by the end of the day (I’m an oily-combo skinned girl) but that wasn’t the case. Instead, my skin felt super comfy and the foundation sat tight all day with zero oxidation. (For those who don’t know, oxidation is very different to an antioxidant. A foundation that ‘oxidizes’ is one that changes colour, usually getting darker, on your skin as the hours go by.) It also photographs well and trust me I’d know; this is the foundation I wore to the J&B Met as well as the Veuve Clicquot polo.

If you’re keen, look out for it at your local Arden counter as of the 17th of this month. It’s available in a whopping 13 shades.

Smashbox Always Sharp 3D liner crayon, R210, selected Woolworths.

I was given three of Smashbox’s new shimmery liners about two months back and love, love, love them. Why? For one they glide on with the greatest of ease and, despite not being advertised as ‘long-wearing’, do a decent job of sticking around.

The best bit, however, is that they’re self-sharpening! Their ‘sharpener’ exists within the cap so when you twist it off, they’re perfectly pointed and ready to rumble. Very, very nice. I’ve been having a bit of a love affair with Neptune, an intense navy blue ‘with black undertones and 3D shimmering blue pearls’ and love how, when worn on my lower eye lid, it makes my blue eyes pop and the whites of my eyes look even whiter.

The shades in the swatch pic from left to right are Venus, Silver and BLAH.

The shades in the swatch pic from left to right are Neptune, Gunmetal and Sumatra.

In the past I was always a bit worried about wearing blue liner, especially since I have blue eyes, as I didn’t want to step into Bananarama terrority. But this shade’s so mod and fresh-looking there’s no cruel, cruel summer* in sight. I had it in my clutch at a recent wedding I attended and lent it to my friend Jackie and she’s now hooked too. Almost had to rip it from her clutches when it was time to leave.

So, you spot anything you’re keen to try? Feel free to ask me questions in the comments section.

Love, love

Leigh

*You’d have to be an 80s kid to get that. Apologies to all the 90s babies out there.

What went down at the Veuve Clicquot Masters polo at Val de Vie: The 2014 edition

4 Mar

The much anticipated Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo event held at Val de Vie estate in Paarl has come and gone and yes, it did live up to all hype. I mean, who couldn’t enjoy a beautiful sunshiney day in the winelands filled with good friends, great food, fab fashion and, of course, a free-flowing fountain of Veuve Clicquot bubbly.

Myself and polo blogger buddy Karisa Nicholls.

Myself and polo blogger buddy Karisa Nicholls.

While my beloved cheese table was sadly amiss, there was an  abundance of other yummy canapes doing the rounds including delish-tasting mini steak rolls and orange macaroons.

See how the calamari (bottom middle) has a little horsie on a stick in it? Love that!

See how the calamari (bottom middle) has a little horsie on a stick in it? Love that!

If, like me, you were lucky enough to be in the beautifully decorated VIP area, all this could be washed down with a glass (or seven) of Veuve Clicquot Brut or Rose.

Elizabeth Arden's Alice Carderelli and Victoria Jackson say 'Cheers'.

Elizabeth Arden’s Alice Carderelli and Victoria Jackson on the left and myself on the right. ‘Cheers’ girls!

So who else was out and about? Fashion blogger Ritza van Rensburg and stylist Elrico Bellingan as well as former Miss SA Cindy Nell and hubby Clive Roberts where just two stylish couples on the scene.

Fashion blogger Ritza van Rensburg and stylist Elrico Bellingan and Cindy Nell and hubby Clive Roberts

Cindy was wearing the most gorgeous arm candy while Ritza rocked a killer pair of gold studded heels.

Anina Malherbe looked striking in a print screen Elie Terhari dress from D’Ore alongside designer Jacques Lagrange and fashion blogger Clouds Drummond who was wearing one of his lacy lilac creations. Actress Natalie Becker also opted for for a lace number.

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Anina, Jacques and Clouds on the left and Ms Becker on the right.

Socialite Sue Duminy, actress Carishma Basday and model Thandi Kupe made a very pretty trio while Jeannie D looked fabulous in a cap sleeve printed Vanessa G London skater dress from D’Ore.

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Clearly prints are having a serious moment right now.

D’Ore is an exclusive Jozi-based fashion boutique with an online store that ships worldwide. They partnered with Veuve Clicquot for this event and at one point a D’Ore fashion show went down. I’m in the process of getting a few piccies of this and will update the post ASAP.

Personally, my most memorable moment of the day had to be borrowing lip gloss from Victoria ‘Vo’ Jackson, but only ‘cos it’s seared into my brain via debilitating white hot pain. She’s a fan of Too Faced Lip Injection, a special plumping gloss from the States, and lord know’s what’s in there but Oh! My! God! does it burn like the blaze of a thousand fiery suns. 

While Vo is totally immune to it and ‘barely feels a thing’, myself, Karisa and Alice wanted to rip our lips off. There’s only so much pain I’ll willing to endure for beauty.

While Vo is totally immune to it and ‘barely feels a thing’, myself, Karisa and Alice wanted to rip our lips off. There’s only so much pain I’ll willing to endure for beauty.

In all, this year’s VCMP flew by in the blink of an eye which is what happens when you’re having lots of fun. My last few moments at the event where spent watching people semi-pack up around my friends and I while we snapped blurry, embarrassing selfies with socialite Jen Su, designer Craig Jacobs and Fairlady magazine’s Roxanne Cloete.

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I took great delight in scream-telling Craig that my dress was from Mr Price and he gave it the fashion god nod which makes up for the fact he solemnly agreed when I told him I had fat ankles. Hate you Craig! Love you Craig!

Anyway, a big thank you to Lameez from Vivid Luxury and Lucy from Bletchley Park for inviting me. This was an indulgent, elegant-looking affair; one you’ll never want to miss. My friends and I also really appreciated being offered the courtesy of a driver who safely chauffeured us back to Cape Town. Also, another big dankie dankie to Fadia Williams from Tiger & Lily consulting who did my hair and make-up. I felt super pretty and will be putting up a post on that experience alone later on this week. 

Love, love

Leigh

So let’s talk about my gorgeous Empress Infinity wrap dress from Walk In Closet

2 Mar

Remember that gorgeous dress I wore to the J&B Met last month? Let’s take a quick flash back:

I got so many compliments on this dress that day. Felt like a total princess.

I got so many compliments on this dress that day. Felt like a total princess. 

That mooi rokkie came from Walk In Closet in Bergvliet, an infinity dress boutique from which you can either buy dresses from the rails, rent them for an event or have your own one custom made, choosing from an array of materials and colours.

Walk In Closet

A peek inside Walk In Closet…

Now I know what you’re thinking. Why would I want to splash out on a WIC rokkie when I can snap up a cheapie on Gumtree? Thing is, Walk In Closet’s dresses are very, very different. For one, they come in sizes. Owner Brigid Kemp doesn’t believe in any of that one-size-fits-all kak. The hips, bust and waist of a size 6 is very different to a size 14, okay? Brigid also isn’t going to let anyone set foot out her shop without ensuring their hemline is perfect. Then there’s the fabric quality. All WIC dresses are made using top quality fabric that isn’t going to pill. (For those who don’t know, ‘pilling’ is that thing that cheap n’ nasty poly-cotton blends tends to do; get teensy little bolletjies all over them.) You can also add a printed or plain chiffon overlay!

The bottom bit is chiffon if the piccie isn't clear.

Pretty, pretty.

Oh! And your colour options are pretty much endless.

See?

And this is just *some* not all of them. If you want a colour Brigid doesn’t have in stock you can order it.

Please just trust me when I tell you it’s not like the cheaper, tackier infinity dresses made by some tannie with nasty acrylic fingernails sitting in a hippie-infested market. Brigid, a former Miss SA first runner up, has modelled internationally for 12 years, and made a host of hot fashion contacts which she uses to this day to ensure her dresses look hot as opposed to homemade. They’re something her celeb friends are all more than happy to wear to anything from a super star SA cricket player’s wedding to a black tie charity event hosted by Edith freakin’ Venter. In short, she know’s her shizz, okay?

Here we have Brigid bringing the hotness in one of her own dresses.

Here we have Brigid bringing the hotness in one of her own dresses.

Anyway, while I wore my dress in a halter neck to the Met, there are a zillion other ways to wear it and I thought I’d show that off via a little photoshoot that took place in Brigid’s garden. She was a very patient photographer and handled me repeatedly snapping ‘Don’t make my arm looks fat!’ after every three or so shots.

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These are just a few of the many options.

You can also change up the back of the dress and again these are just three of the seemingly endless options.

Brigid says the 'roll' style on the right is super popular.

For the record, that’s not cellulite on my back but the marks from my strapless bra that I’m currently too hungover to blitz with the ‘retouch’ tool.

Want even more infinity dress inspiration? There are loads of YouTube tutorials online but this is one of Brigid’s favourites:

Anyway, if you’re looking for a gorgeous-looking uber-versatile dress that’s going to fit, flatter and not turn into a klomp kak after just one wash, Walk In Closet is where it’s at. Also, if you order your dress (for purchase) before 31 March, like WIC on Facebook and quote ‘Lipgloss is my Life’, you’ll get a whopping 20% off.

Love, love

Leigh

Walk In Closet dresses can be rented (R375 for short, R450 for long), bought (R860 for short, R950 for long; R1110 for short chiffon overlays, R1250 for long chiffon overlays) or made to order if Brigid’s given a seven day lead time and has the fabric you want in stock. If you order three or more dresses, you’ll receive a 10% discount. Rental dresses are never rented out more than two or three times so you can be sure the dress you’re wearing looks as good as new.

Viewings are by appointment only so give Brigid a ring on 082 898 3438 or email her on info@walkincloset.co.za. 

Hey Gorgeous’ Apple Crumble surface cleaner is rocking my OCD-riddled world

26 Feb

If you know me well you’ll know I’m a little bit OCD. Like, when I first moved to Cape Town ten thousand years ago I remember knowing it was important that I be here, but feeling terrified at the same time. I then proceeded to drive my flatmates crazy by painting (and re-painting) my bedroom walls a whopping six times because it just didn’t look ‘even’ or ‘perfect’ enough. While I felt like I couldn’t control what was going on around me, I could sure as hell micro-manage the shit out of my bedroom walls and that went a long way to making me feel better. That and buying/testing almost every single foundation on the shelves in an obsessive bid to find ‘the best’. (For the record, it was L’Oreal’s Translucide which is now sadly discontinued.)

Anyway, I’ve definitely got a better grip on all that as I’m now acutely aware of when I start ‘transferring’ my feelings. The moment I start lining up my shoes with a spirit level, wipe down every shelf in my kitchen cupboards or feel my throat tighten up ‘cos I’m staying over at a friend who has four different shampoos open and at various levels of use as opposed to just one (‘How do people live like this?!!’) I know I’m under too much stress and need to make a plan.

Still, in saying that, you have noooo idea how much I appreciate a good cleaning product. Discovering stainless steel wipes felt sooo good! Being able to buy Febreze from the UK online is amazing. And now, I’m having a li’l love affair with Hey Gorgeous’ Apple Crumble surface cleaner.

My owl sugar bowl's from Typo, in case you were wondering.

My super cute owl sugar bowl’s from Typo, in case you were wondering.

For those of you who don’t know it, Hey Gorgeous is a local bath and body brand that offers all natural products using organic ingredients wherever possible and specialising in yummy scents like creme brulee, candy floss and caramel fudge.

Aside from body butters, scrubs and the like, they also make a delish-smelling Apple Crumble surface cleaner (R45 for 375ml).  Ingredients-wise, it’s all natural vinegar, apple juice and essential oils and does a bang up job of cleansing surfaces and polishing mirrors and glass and yes, it smells exactly like an oven fresh apple crumble tart. Obsessively cleaning my flat over and over to the tune of Miley Cyrus’ Wrecking Ball while crying my eyes out never smelled so good! Kidding, kidding… I’m in a good place right now and am blitzing surfaces with a smile on my face. Except for that one time when I licked my mirrored microwave in a bid to see if Hey Gorgeous’ cleanser tasted as good as it smelled. (It doesn’t.)

Anyway, if you want to get your clean on but are totally over the blahness of ocean breezes, lemons and pine, pop on over to Hey Gorgeous’ Facebook page. I see the surface cleaner is being promoted there but isn’t available on their website just yet.

Happy cleaning girls! And if, like me, you’re somewhat secretly action packed with semi-obsessive control issues, please feel free to spill your guts in the comments section if only to make me feel better.

Love, love

Leigh

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