Wishing you all a lovely Christmas (full of disgustingly delicious artery-clogging KFC-style gravy)

22 Dec

Can you believe 2013 is almost dunzo? I don’t know about you but this hasn’t been my favourite year and I can’t wait for it to voetsek. I do, however, have a good feeling about 2014.

Anyway, I was going to create a final ‘Christmas-y post’ on my top beauty-related gift items but just didn’t get around to it, what with end of year wrap up madness and an impromptu relocation to a new apartment. Still, I’d like to leave you with this; a recipe for KFC-style gravy.

Kiss that gap between your thighs good bye, bietse!

Kiss that gap between your thighs good bye, bietse!

It’s based off of something I found on the net and then fiddled with and tweaked a little bit. The end result is pretty darn good, I think, so that’s my somewhat random ‘gift’ to you; a merry li’l heart attack in a gravy boat.

KFC-style gravy

Take two tablespoons of butter (not marge) and melt it in the micro with two tablespoons of Maizina and mix it up to create a disgusting paste. Next, pour in about a cup of boiling water with a chicken stock cube AND a beef stock cube mixed in plus a few generous shakes of Aromat. Stir, stir, stir – nuke it in the micro a bit once more and then stir, stir, stir once more.

Just like that, you’ll have KFC-style gravy! Then, if you like adding their chilli salt to the gravy like I do, add in a few heavy shakes of cayenne pepper. Ta fucking da! 

If any of you try it, please let me know your thoughts. Otherwise, this is me signing off for the year and wishing you all a very merry Christmas and a kifftastical new year.

Love, love

Leigh

Henry Holland’s teamed up with Mr Price to create a gorgeous celeb-inspired dress collection

13 Dec

Remember Brit designer Henry Holland’s T-shirt collection for Mr Price? Well they’ve hooked up again, this time to create a line of cute summer dresses inspired by his super star besties; Kelly Osbourne, Pixie Geldorf, Katy Perry and Rihanna, to name but a few.

Kelly in the Poppy (Delevigne) dress on the left and Pixie in the Pixie dress on the right.

Kelly in the Poppy (Delevigne) dress on the left and Pixie in the Pixie dress on the right.

Being a lucky cow, I was spoiled by Have You Heard, a word of mouth PR agency, who gave me a voucher to blow on Mr P’s hot new ‘summer edit’ collection which includes Henry’s dresses. Thus, I decided to snap up the white Kelly dress and leafy green Riri dress.

Kelly in Kelly, Pixie in Riri. Confused yet?

Kelly in Kelly, Pixie in Riri. Confused yet?

I’d seen piccies of them floating around in social media and in mags and initially thought the latter was a bietjie bont but it totally grew on me so I decided to toss it in my virtual trolley and try it on and – surprise, surprise – it ended up being the winner.

Love it!

Love it!

I liked this mooi rokkie so much I wore it to last night’s G Star Raw party so you’ll be seeing more of it on the blog next week. Being an attention-seeking li’l diva biets, I loooved the amount of attention this dress got me. Whenever anyone complimented me on it, I took great pleasure in going ‘I know, right?! Can you believe it’s from Mr Price?! For only R139,99?!‘ ‘That’s just five rand more than a KFC box meal!’, I’d shriek, before doing a little twirl.

My nail colour's Essie's Bottle Service. It dries matte but a top coat takes it to glossyville.

My nail colour’s Essie’s Bottle Service. It dries matte but a top coat takes it to glossyville.

I loved that the material was nice and thick – it sucked in every lump and bump and I didn’t have to wear a bra. The only downside is that it can get a leetle on the hot side so, the next time I wear it, I’ll make sure it’s not a bazillion degrees outside or that I’d be stuck in an overcrowded partytjie moshing to AKA.

Want a Henry Holland rokkie of your own? Best you make a move as everything’s limited edition and stocks are running out fast.

Love, love

Leigh

HUGO BOSS hosted a stylish ladies brunch at Myatt Cafe in the V&A Waterfront

12 Dec

Last week I had the pleasure of attending a stylish ladies brunch at Myatt Cafe hosted by the HUGO BOSS store in the V&A. Myself and about 40 or so other girls arrived at the store in the morning where we got to browse the racks while nibbling on canapes.

Karisa from LoveAffairCapeTown

Myself, Karisa from LoveAffairCapeTown.com and Sheri-Lee from SAFashiongirl.com looking like a The Bling Ring cast reunion ten years on.

The store is fab in that they stock all the freshest fashion from all the brand’s lines; Red, Orange, Black, you name it.

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These were just a few of my favourite things.

I got sooo excited thinking that gorgeous embellished collar shirt was marked down to just R475 but Karisa was all ‘No, dumbass, it’s four thousand seven hundred and fifty!’ and I was all ‘Oh’. <insert sade face here>.

Cindy Nell, looking tres elegant in a black and white HUGO BOSS gown, was the morning’s MC.

Looking HAWT chica!

Looking HAWT chica!

We also got to take in a little fashion show.

The green dress in the centre was the crowd favourite.

The green dress in the centre was the crowd favourite.

After the show, we all moved on to Myatt Cafe for a delish brunch which included a yummy salmon and Hollandaise sauce-topped croissant.

Breakfast at Myatt. Kind of like Breakfast at Tiffany's, but with better food.

Breakfast at Myatt is kind of like Breakfast at Tiffany’s, but with better food and mooier meisies. Spot Roxy Louw and Natalie Becker in the crowd?

The morning’s highlight, however, was a lucky draw for prizes like a night’s stay at uber-luxurious Tinswalo lodge and a HUGO BOSS handbag. There was also a giant Caribbean Tan hamper in the mix which I totally had my eye on as I go through self-tan like water. In fact, I’d go so far as to say that hamper had my name on it but noooo, it was awarded to the brownest person in the room, eTV’s Tanya Nefdt, who happened to be sitting right next to me.

My beautiful melanin rich friends who'll never know the pain of self-tan stained palms.

Fairlady’s Roxanne Cloete, socialite Thandie Kupe and Tanya (AKA as my smug, melanin-rich friends who’ll never know the pain of self-tan stained palms).

Obviously, the ‘right’ thing to do would’ve been to hand it over into my pale little hands but we’re talking about the berry brown evil that is Tanya here. Remember when she assaulted me The Big Bottle fest earlier on this year? (Hate you long time, Miss T.)

Anyway, shattered auto bronzant dreams aside, this was a lovely morning out. And, on the upside, the goodie bag featured a host of wicked treats from Wings Group including my beloved Toffifee, so now I get to be fat and pale. Winning?

A big dankie to The Little Black Book PR for a fun morning at the V&A.

Love, love

Leigh

FYI, the piccies of Cindy and the HUGO BOSS models were taken by hot shot event photographer Werner Ryke who I frikken love ‘cos he always finds a way to make my arm look thin (and not just because I’m always slipping Wings Group goodie bag choccies into his pants).

Wear Michael Kors every day: Introducing the Sporty Sexy Glam fragrance and cosmetics collection

10 Dec

There have been so much hotly anticipated beauty launches this year but Michael Kors’ luxurious new fragrance and cosmetics line pretty much takes the cake.

Ooh la luxe, darings.

Ooh la luxe, darings.

Divvied up into three lines – Sporty, Sexy and Glam – each consists of a fragrance and a carefully edited selection of cosmetics. There are also a smattering of indulgent body products to lust over.

So, let’s get stuck in and chat a bit about the scents, Michael Kors Sporty Citrus, Sexy Amber and Glam Jasmine eau de toilettes.

Sporty, Sexy and Glam.

R630 for 30ml (if you’ve been good), R885 for 50ml (very good) and R1 130 for 100ml (clearly you’re Santa’s pet).

Sporty Citrus features zexy orange and mandarin top notes mingling with warm wood and subtle white florals. To me it smells fresh, clean, and young yet sophisticated. It’s the kind of casual, easy to wear scent I could happily spritz on and go.

Sexy Amber is all about warm, sensual amber, sandalwood and musk with a splash of citrus and a dash of the white florals for which Michael is known. And yes, it is very, very sexy.

As for Glam Jasmine, it’s possibly the fragrance most like Michael’s earlier scents in that it’s all about jasmine, jasmine, jasmine. This is the one I was given from the brand’s fab PR (love you Helen!) and I’m utterly in love with it. It’s light and fresh enough to spritz on every single day, regardless of whether you’re putting out the glamour vibes or not. In short, it can do a fun sushi lunch with the girls just as well as a sexy date night with le boy.

As an example of the type of woman who’d gravitate to each scent, Michael assigned a celeb to each (in his press release, not in a campaign) and said casually elegant Gwyneth Paltrow would be a Sporty Citrus girl, man eating Angelina Jolie might wear Sexy Amber and Glam Jasmine would be ideal for a true blue diva like Jennifer Lopez.

I don't think the budget extended to Gwynnie, Ange and JLo so

I don’t think the budget extended to the three A-listers so Michael’s ad features the hotness that is Estonian model Karmen Pedaru instead.

Fragrances aside, Sporty Sexy Glam also serves up gorgeous selection of beautifully packaged colour cosmetics that, once again, have been divvied up into the three categories. Sporty is all about nudes, Sexy (my favourite) features bright pinks and reds and Glam is a selection of rich, plummy and violet hues.

Sporty, Sexy and Glam

Sporty, Sexy and Glam. (Simply clicking on the piccie will enlarge it.)

As far as items go, you’re looking at a lollipop-flavoured lip lacquer (R275), fabulously creamy lipstick (R275), nail polish (R215) and silky-texture bronzing powder (R550). A bronzing powder brush is also available for R515.

Last but not least, there’s the body line up and, as Michael Kors has always been all about the sun tan, these items focus on creating and enhancing a sun-kissed glow. Thus, you’re looking at an amber-tinted fast-acting white floral-scented self-tan lotion (R350); an indulgent hydrating after sun gelee (R350) and hydrating ‘after sun’ shimmering lip balm (R295).

I was given the After Sun Gelee and it's so creamy I've been using it like an indulgent body lotion.

I was given the After Sun Gelee and it’s so creamy I’ve been using it like an indulgent body lotion.

I’ve been told that, in Cape Town, the collection’s currently sitting at Stuttafords in Canal Walk but will roll out into more stores as the month goes on.

Seen anything you’d like to add to your Christmas wish list? I’m most definitely going to be treating myself to another perfume, most probably Sporty Citrus.

Love, love

Leigh

My top beauty picks from Freebees PR’s end of year bash

9 Dec

The other day Freebees PR held an end of year bash at the CTICC to show off all the brands they help create press for. Many of them are beauty-focused so I popped in for a squiz and thought I’d show off some of the more interesting things I saw.

First up, I got a sneak peek at Essence’s soon to be launched gel nail kit. As it is, I currently own a SensatioNails kit, complete with UV lamp and alles, so I’m looking forward to comparing the two.

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It says you can use the lamp with ‘any’ Essence polish but that the top coat included is gel. Wonder if they gel colours available for purchase too?

I discovered that local skincare brand DermaFIX make their own MT microneedle rollers (0,2mm, 1mm and 1,5mm, prices TBA) to help improve the absorption of your skin care ingredients. I’m not sure what the prices are but will find out and update this soon enough.

DErmoroller

How badly do you want your serums to work, darling?

To be honest, I don’t know how I feel one hundred percent about home rolling just yet. There was a time when I was dead keen (the idea is to damage your skin to encourage more collagen to form) but then I decided to rather just do the same thing with a laser. Still, holding it resulted in an inner monologue that ran like this:

‘Hmmm… laser’s sooo freakin’ expensive. Maybe I should just buy my own dermaroller and save a ton of cash. I mean, how hard could it be? Surely there’s some YouTube tutorial I can watch regarding technique? I’d probably have to buy a numbing spray off eBay though. That should make it easy, right? Rolling a whole bunch of spikes into your face? I mean, you could do that, right? God, I’d probably need to get pure alcohol or something to cleanse it properly too. Knowing me, I’ll end up rolling the freakin’ Ebola virus deep into my pores…’

So ja. I’m a leetle conflicted. However, it’s nice to know that should I ever decided I’m ready to roll, I can simply snap up a dermaroller from a DermaFIX stockist.

Now let’s take a look at Tangle Teezer’s new limited edition silver brush, just in time for Christmas:

It comes with it's own pouch says 'Beloved' on the box and couldn't easily be mistaken for a sex toy.

Tangle Teezer ‘Beloved’, R290 from Retailbox.co.za.

It comes with its own pouch and the box says ‘Beloved’ so you can’t judge for me first mistaking it for an artfully designed sex toy.

Another slightly 50 Shades-esque looking hair device? This cone-shaped FHI Heat Glamour Curling Cone (R1 850, selected Foschini stores) is awesome.

Yet another ever so slightly 50 Shades-esque looking hair device.

For curls gone wild…

I was worried the little nodule things on it would leave impressions in my super fine hair but it didn’t. In fact, they did a fab job of helping to grip each lock so it didn’t slide of the barrel. It also boasts a  Tourmaline-infused ceramic barrel that produces negative ions to help seal in moisture and reduce frizz.

Next up, I finally got to get a look at Wet n’ Wild cosmetics.

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Again, I’m not sure of prices but trust me when I tell you alles is as cheap as chips.

The age old American brand is apparently in selected Clicks stores but I haven’t managed to find one with stock just yet. Nothing was open so I couldn’t tell you what it’s like – could be cool, could be kak – but either way I’m very glad to see yet another ‘nice price’ cosmetics brand on shelves in SA. (I know I’ve ranted about this before but the fact that ‘drugstore’ brands like Revlon and Max Factor are now charging almost the same price as MAC for a mascara is pretty ridiculous.)

I was also given a Davines OI All In One milk (price TBA, selected salons) and have been very, very impressed with it. It’s pretty much a spray-on leave-in conditioner that does an amazing job of detangling while hydrating, taming frizz, adding shine and it offers heat protection too! I love how it doesn’t weigh my hair down in the leave and its musky-patchouli scent, which I found a bit strong at first, has really grown on me.

Davines OI All In One Milk

Davines OI All In One Milk

Afterwards, myself and the other ‘beauties’ all walked out with a hug bag stuffed to the brim with products. Still, of everything in my sakkie, I’ve been most impressed with this boy:

Heliocare Advanced SPF 50 gel

Heliocare Advanced SPF 50 gel, R290 at Skin & Body Renewal salons.

Despite serving up a whopping SPF 50, this gel (not to be confused with the cream) feels fabulously light on your skin. So much so that I can wear it on your face without encouraging le oilies. For this reason alone it’s my new favourite sunblock to wear when I run. The fact that it contains botanical antioxidants too is a just a kifftastical cherry on top.

So, seen anything you think you might like?

Love, love

Leigh

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