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There is nothing quite like applying a liptick to enhance my complexion than a bold lipstick. Some of my favourite makeup looks are super simple with a glowing complexion, groomed brows, loads of mascara and a gorgeous lip. Makeup DOESN’T have to be complicated and that’s what I always tell my friends and people I work with. Plus you DON’T have to break the bank with makeup either. So with that in mind I would like to introduce the Revlon Super Matte Lipsticks that really give my complexion a boost and seriously add to making me look fresh and glowing.

Its very rare that I chat about a fragrance because I am one of those people that just can’t handle women’s fragrances. I normally find them too strong and have just never been able to wear them. Until I got introduced to the Wild Olive Terra Flora Parfum at a launch not so long ago. I fell in love with the scent plus I love the story that is behind the fragrance itself. For those of you who don’t know about Wild Olive they create 100% natural perfume and cosmetic products inspired from African traditional age-old remedies and indigenous botanicals.

The Wild OliveTerra Flora Parfum (R2220) was created by Mariora de la Tara their in house perfumer for Kelly Ghahli. They first met when Kelly wanted to have a scent made especially for her husband and from there a friendship grew. Kelly’s dream was to have a scent made that would represent everything she has been though. Her story is quite incredible to learn more click on her blog iamredbear.com. Kelly also chats about her fascination with perfumes and how her relationship grew with Mariora click here to here how the perfume came about.

The Terra Flora Parfum is meant to promote a feeling of clarity, good vibes and self healing. It’s meant to help connect with your inner self. Its got a super subtle scent that actually becomes more subtle as the day goes on which makes it perfect for me. The packaging has been specially designed and truly is the perfect gift to give either yourself or someone you really love.

The great thing about the perfume is that its unisex and I love that its 100% natural. Its classic yet nodern and can be worn day or night.

Taken from Kelly’s blog here are the key ingedients and how they can help boost your mood, help calm you and just overall make you feel at peace. I personally really love how it smells and everything it represents:

The base-note and largest component of Terra Flora is Sandalwood, a material first used in India for spiritual ceremonies where it was used because of its quality of being able to ease the pathway to enlightenment.  A powerful mood booster and with many healing properties, Sandalwood was the obvious platform to support some 13 other exceptional natural oils contained in Terra Flora’s formulation.  

Marioara also added Frankincense, known as the godfather of perfume as it was first used by priests and holy men who believed it helped them communicate with the gods.  It has the ability to slow down breathing and to have a soothing effect on the mind.

The two most powerful mid-note oils used in the formula are Orange Flower Absolute and Jasmin. Both have exceptional properties including the ability to balance emotions, diminish anxiety and move you into a calm space where self-confidence is enhanced.  

For a top-note, Marioara used Petitgrain which is extracted from the leaf of the orange tree.  This exquisite oil calms anger and panic and is known to ease insomnia.  Marioara also added Mandarin oil for its ability to settle the nervous system and to regulate the metabolic processes of the body.  Lime and Bergamot are there to soothe frustration and to refresh the spirit.

The Wild Olive Terra Flora Parfum can either be bought online or you can go check out their store at 29 Peppeer St in Cape Town.

Love,

Shahnaz x

Makeup doesn’t need to be difficult or complicated and I find most women stress about how to apply makeup. You don’t need to have 5 shades in your smokey eye if you don’t want to. It can be as easy as using one product and a couple of makeup brushes and you are good to go. In this post I chat about a super easy smokey eye using Stila Cosmetics. If you haven’t had a chance to check out the Stila Shimmer and Glow or Glitter and Glow liquid eyeshadows you are missing out.

It’s that time of the year where the festive season is almost here and you most likley stuck in the office with piles of work trying to get everything done. Everyone I have been chatting to is over stressed and over worked. So I decided to write a quick post on a great glowing makeup combo I like to use to add a glow to my complexion especially when I am in need of a lift. We often get tired and our skin starts to look a little dull and makeup is a great way to give it a lift. Of course remember good skincare too!!!

Christmas is almost here and as always The Body Shop have an array of amazing goodies to treat your loved ones this year. I got to attend the launch and loved what I saw. A key focus this year is The Body Shop Christmas Makeup Collection which I am sharing with you in this post. Its a mix of liquid eyeshadows, gorgeous lipsticks and a glitter spray for your hair and body to add that extra glow. Of course my daughter is all over the Pink Sparkley hair glitter she is 9 after all so think this will be going in her stocking.

Introducing the at home Dermalogica Rapid Reveal Peel that leaves you with gorgeous glowing skin. Its perfect for those of you who don’t have the time to get a facial and just want to be in the comfort of your home. Its super quick and easy plus pain free and my skin just feels gorgeous. I was super excited when the peel landed on my desk as its the first time I have done anything like this at home. Plus Dermalogica never disappoints.

The Rapid Reveal Peel kick-starts skin renewal for instant radiance, speeding up removal of dull cells on the surface of your skin to reveal brighter, smoother, healthier-looking skin below. This enhanced cell renewal helps make up for what your skin naturally loses over time.

Dermalogica’s promise is to see instant results from dull to beautiuful radiant skin. Lots of brands always promise instant results and really half the time its a load of rubbish. Trust me after using the first time I really did see a glow immediately. Its like I had already applied a liquid highlighter to my. Its a professional grade at home peel so its like you went to have a facial and didn’t even leave your bedroom.

Of course getting older means slower cell renewal, dehydrated skin, wrinkles the list goes on. By using the Dermalogica Rapid Reveal Peel its kick starting the cell renewal and removing dead dull skin. Meaning your skin will be smoother, brighter, and have a more refined texture and tone.

Each dose contains pumpkin fruit enzymes, rice bran extract, lactic acid and Australian caviar lime extract, this intensive peel treatment system removes dead skin cells, brightens pigmentation, smooths uneven skin texture, softens fine lines and tightens pores. With a unique complex of phytoactive Alpha Hydroxy Acids this helps with new and firmer skin, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by removing dulling surface debris without causing dehydration.

When you first start using the peel Dermalogica advise you to use 3 days in a row and then once a week after that. Make sure skin is cleansed and super clean. I like to do as part of my morning routine if I am not on a shoot and don’t need to rush off any where. Twist off the cap apply onto hands and then massage in. The peel doesn’t hurt like some I have tried at a spa but my face just feels warmer. You can leave on between 3-7 mins. I like to leave on for the full 7 minutes but that’s just me. What I love is that my skin has no redness and just looks great and feels amazing. By the time it comes to your make apoplication well the base just glides on.

Here’a a quick video from Dermalogica on how to use:

As you know Dermalogica is on the pricey side but its definitely a brand that works and gives amazing results. The Dermalogica Rapid Reveal Peel retails at R1495 for 10 doses but my skin really glows after so for me sometimes its just worth the investment. The whole pack will last about 2 months so not bad in the long term. Definitely a massive thumbs up from me.

Shahnaz x

Thanks to Ruby Box and of course Environ I got to out these gorgeous skincare products to the test the past month. Its all about focus on flawless skin with Environ skincare. By using Environ your skin will be thanking you for it and of course your skin’s texture and hydration will massively improve. In this post I chat about 3 of the products that are actually add ons to the Vitamin A range which is the corner stone of the brand. The Focus Moisture + and Focus Care Youth + that really focus on hydration and anti ageing. Its really a toss up of which is my favourite product its a close tie between the Vita Antioxidant Oil Capsules and the Revival Masque. My skin is feeling so amazing at the moment that I have actually incorporated the Vitamin A Environ products into my beauty regime. Plus wait for it!!! One of you lucky readers will WIN all 3 products so keep on reading.

A real wearable trend for SS18 is the bold red lip. Its one that we see time and time again with different twists. Yay for me I have the perfect lipstick for this look that looks so amazing on. This post is all about the bold red lip using the Fenty Beauty Stunna Lip Paint in Uncensored. It applies beautifully and is just a WOW lipstick. After lusting after the lip paint on instagram I decided to invest in one. Definitely worth it.

Elizabeth Arden are well known for their ceramide range of which I truly am a fan. Over the last year I have been super impressed with their skincare and how good my skin feels after use. With that in mind I would like to introduce the Elizabeth Arden Retinol Cermaide Capsules Line Erasing Serum. Another winner from the brand leaving skin feeling and looking great. I have been a massive fan of the Advanced Ceramide Capsules Daily Youth Restoring Serum and now I am a converted fan of the retinol ceramide capules too. If you haven’t tried any of the range yet then you are totally missing out.

Introducing the Keratherapy Smoothing Hair Treatment exclusive to Carlton Hairdressers in SA. If you have heard of hair botox then you will want to know more about these treatments on offer. I have coloured frizzy hair so I tested out the Colour Lock and Smooth Treatment that takes away all the frizziness and locks in the colour into your hair. Its super quick and easy and lasts up 6 weeks and its priced pretty well.