What a year 2013 has been for me. I launched shahnazlovesbeauty.com in February this year and its been an exciting journey for me. I am ending this year with a smile on my face. Thanks again for everyone that has supported me this year especially my beautiful husband.

I origionally started the blog to give tips and tricks to friends and thought it went hand in hand with what I did as a job and I love it. Its been very exciting and winning Best Beauty Blog was so amazing for me and I knew all the hard work and arguing with my family because they think I work too hard paid off.

I set some goals for the year and I so wanted to shoot for Elle and Marie Claire and with a lot of hard work and persitance it paid off. I did make up for my first Elle and Marie Main fashion editorial’s which made me so happy to see and I get to work with incredibly talented people. I so wanted to get into beauty and finally after a long wait my first Elle beauty story came out today for their Jan/Feb 14 issue and I just can’t stop looking at it. I have gotten to shoot with Elle loads this year and have had such fun doing it. I even got to quote earlier this year in the beauty section for grooming brows was nice to see my name in print.

My sister and I went into business together and after trying to decide what to do we went with importing jewellery from the UK to SA and launched an online jewellery store www.kaikajewellery.com. I love the brands and am so excited with what we have acheived so far and I got to style the jewellery on the December issue of Men’s Health Main fashion Big Night Out story as well as do the hair, make up and grooming! That was one crazy day.

One of my Men’s Health shots of the gorgeous Bailey made the cover of the 2014 Men’s Health Calender which was a great surprise for me and walking past Fabiani store and seeing one of my shots from the summer campaign full size in the window definitely put a smile on my face. I love what I do and I get very excited when I see the final image and know I chose the right career path.

I can’t wait for 2014 and hope it will be even better than this year apart from the fact I am turning 38!!!! Have an amazing New Year.

Much Love Shahnaz. x

 

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