My Lieschen Botes beauty story in Huisgenoot

The other day I interviewed Lieschen Botes regarding her can’t-live-without-them cosmetics for Huisgenoot and YOU and I see the piece has finally made it to the shelves.

Forgive the blurry shot, I nabbed it off Lieschen's twitter stream.

If I see it when I’m out and about I’ll make a point of buying it and scan in a decent snap, but I’m really quite terrible with remembering to buy my work and not all magazine’s send you a copy or remember to hit you up with a PDF. Currently, I’ve got over 150 mags with my stories in them festering away in my spare bedroom’s cupboard. This is because, inexplicably, I never wake up feeling like ‘today’s the day I’m going spend ten million hours scanning them in to my desktop’. Also, ‘cos I write between 8 and 10 stories for different mags each month (in August it was fourteen!), I often forget about them when the finally end up on the shelves a good three or four months later. Irk…

Anyway, if you don’t want to squint to see what’s sitting on Lieschen’s bathroom shelf, go pick up a copy of the mag – it’s on the shelf as I type.

X x x

Bourjois Volume Fast and Perfect mascara review

If you’ve been wanting to get your hands on a motorised mascara for a while, but have been scared off by the prices, Bourjois’ new Volume Fast & Perfect mascara* is what you’ve been waiting for.

At just R149,95, Bourjois Volume Fast & Perfect mascara won't leave your wallet cringing in fear.

Its battery operated brush rotates either clockwise or anti-clockwise at the flick of a switch, making it easy to evenly distribute mascara from the roots of your lashes to the tip with very little effort of your own. The first time I used it, I wasn’t all that impressed as I found it created a look that was too clumpy. Still, I know this is often the initial result with brand new mascara, so I used a tissue to give the wand a bit of a wipe and tried again. The result? Jet black voluminous-looking lashes that were easy peasy and fun to create.

My lashes looking nice and lush after just one application of Bourjois Volume Fast & Perfect.

The way I like to use it is to switch it on and then insert the wand at the base of my lashes, holding the brush just beneath them. If I’m doing my left eye, I make sure the brush is rotating anti-clockwise and vice versa for the right as I want the brush coat each lash and roll up and OUTWARDS, covering my lashes from root to tip. After the brush’s rolling action has applied the mascara to most of my lash line, I then switch it off and use the brush to create quick, sweeping outward movements that helps to remove any clumps while improving definition even further.

If you’re looking for an innovative li’l stocking filler for a cosmetics-obsessed family member or bestie, you won’t go wrong with this baby.

Love, love


*Available at selected Edgars and Red Square stores nationwide.