Thursday Favourite: Annie Jaffrey on YouTube

Good Thursday to you all! I hope every single one of you are doing fantastically well.

Well, like I did last week, I have another YouTube makeup guru to tell you about. Again, she is one of my favourites to watch on the Tube and I have been following her on YouTube and Twitter for a while now. Her name is Annie Jaffrey. Her makeup tutorials are super easy to understand and follow and she likes to keep it simple and not too heavy. What I like about her is that she not only posts makeup tutorials, but also gives advice on healthy eating, regular exercising and just over-all well-being and active living. Love that! Here are two of my favourite videos from Annie:

FOUNDATION For Flawless Skin! ♥

Courtesy: AnnieJaffrey on YouTube

DIY Honey Face Mask! ♥ (Perfect for Sensitive Acne-Prone Skin)

Courtesy: AnnieJaffrey on YouTube

She is absolutely gorgeous. Visit her YouTube page – Annie Jaffrey YouTube. And also check out her blog – Annie Jaffrey Blog.

Next week Thursday I will post about another one of my favourite YouTube makeup gurus…she’s really hilarious. I just love her Bloopers at the end of some of her videos. Check that out next week.

Until next post…take care! 🙂

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Lorna Jane Clarkson’s “More of the Fit Woman’s Secret”

Hey there!

I hope you all are doing very well.

As I had mentioned in an earlier blog post, having submitted a motivational mantra on their Facebook page a few weeks ago, the people at Lorna Jane South Africa sent me this incredible book by founder Lorna Jane Clarkson titled More Of The Fit Women’s Secret to read and enjoy.

I’m not going to make this review your typical book review where the reviewer goes into detail about the style of writing, language, diction, subtext, themes and the like. This book didn’t evoke that sort of critical appraisal in me. It rather inspired me and lit up a few new ideas and relit others I had had before. I just wanted to share and highlight the parts of the book that struck a chord.

I myself am a sports and health fanatic and I look to live my life clean and actively – I love to eat healthy foods; I love going to the gym, playing sports, jogging or doing home-based exercises. It’s become a part of who I am now and is something I just can’t do without. But there is always that need for motivation. There are days when you can question yourself. I have come to learn that this is a long-term thing – it’s about sustainability. The ability to be able to live my life like this…everyday for the rest of my time on this earth. This book served as that thing of inspiration. Reading this book, on so many levels, reaffirmed that I am on the right track. The Move Nourish Believe (MNB) philosophy wasn’t prevalent in name, but on many levels I was living it and heading in the right direction.

Lorna Jane Clarkson's MORE

Lorna Jane Clarkson’s MORE

Now look, I love to read. I have read a countless number of books – some I have absolutely loved, adored and treasured…others, well not so much – but I have appreciated the opportunity to read them anyway. I believe that you can never really have a ‘bad’ read if you are a true book and reading lover. You can only grow and learn. I was so super excited to read this book. Before I actually sat down and started reading it, I had a quick look through the book (no reading). Just to get an idea of what to expect. And I was pleasantly surprised. I was immediately captured by the format of the book. It isn’t set out like your typical novel – page after page of typed word. As mentioned again in the previous blog post, this book is set out as a journal. It has so much colour; pictures; motivational sayings, advices and quotes; different types of fonts used – it’s like you are reading Lorna’s own personal journal/diary. It’s an incredible way to draw in the reader and make them feel like the author herself is right there beside you as you go on her journey and live her story through the book.

While reading the book, I found myself nodding my head at so many of the points that were made. I found that I actually know many of the concepts and ideas that Lorna mentioned. I have been trying to live them myself. So to have that affirmation from someone who has been doing this for years…wow! And then to have her supply a platform where I can centre these beliefs, habits and attitudes – the MNB philosophy. But I knew that there were pieces of my puzzle missing. And one really simple mistake I was making was not writing things down. Instead, they would cloud up my head…some would fall away from the simple fact that my head got filled with so many ideas, thoughts and plans. I found that writing it down was the first step in making it real.

Another point Lorna makes in this book – the love of reading. I have tonnes of novels upon novels and some have been re-read purely because a) I thoroughly enjoyed the book that much, it deserved a second read and b) I just have to have something to read…always. My iPad is packed with books in its iBooks store. I just love the journey you take when you get lost in a great story. My favourite types of reads are those that come alive in my head. That take me by my imagination and allow for me to explore worlds real and unreal with characters that touch my heart…my life. Stories that inspire, excite and linger on in my mind long after I have read them. I can travel the world and far beyond just by sitting and opening a book. It’s an amazing love I have had since I was a child. It’s built up my imagination, expanded my mind and my vocabulary, strengthened my ability to be insightful and critical. I truly understand when Lorna says you just can’t go a day without having read something.

Signed copy

Signed copy

Ah. And a favourite surprise – her love for chocolate and the fact that she refuses to feel guilty for allowing herself to eat it on a daily basis! I know…I was so super excited to hear that. She has even added some yummy chocolate recipes for the reader to make at home.

A section of the book I believe came in handy in my own journey of active living, health, wellness and well-being: the food we eat to nourish our bodies and the activities we do to keep our bodies fit. Lorna has jam-packed so many helpful pieces of advice, examples, tips and recipes to help better understand what it is we put into our bodies and how we can keep ourselves strong and healthy through regular exercise and a balanced and nutritional diet.

Even that little fifteen to twenty minutes that you can squeeze out of your day is enough to get your body moving through dedicated exercise. A little bit is better than nothing at all. And I get when Lorna says that if she misses a day of training, she feels like all that hard work is beginning to unravel. Personally, I have one day a week where I don’t train at all and that works for me. It helps my body recuperate and recover – different strokes for different folks.

She also has some excellent advice on organic foods. I have been very aware of organic foods and try as much as possible to stick to buying organic. My rule of thumb when it comes to food: eat your food as raw as possible, where possible. If not possible, grill, boil, poach, sauté (coconut oil, olive oil) or steam.

The same goes for the beauty products we use – the trend now is to try and stick to face and body products that have natural ingredients that will feed your skin the nutrients, vitamins and minerals it needs. I agree with that, but I also find that there are one or two products that work so well for me that don’t quite have all natural products. I have always been of the opinion and advocated for the school of thought that says healthy eating results in healthy skin…along with regular exercise. If you aren’t looking after your body from the inside, it will show poor health on the outside. Your skin care products should help to compliment the work healthy eating and exercise do for your skin and over all health; to enhance and add that extra punch of vitamins and nutrients to aid your skin’s health.

LJ 4I have come to realise how I have made such HUGE changes to my diet it’s unbelievable. I am so proud of how much I have been able to positively change in terms of food and keeping a healthy balanced diet. It has helped in every aspect of my over all health. My struggle was knowing how to fit in the ‘favourites’ – dark chocolate for dessert; or a handful of raw assorted nuts for an afternoon snack; a cup of coffee is okay; I can still enjoy that garlic bread that I love so much. Small changes make quite a difference. Everything has a place on the plate. It’s about moderation and portion control. The 80/20 rule is fantastic too. And a great way to avoid feeling guilty about eating what society has come to label as ‘bad foods’.

It is really amazing when you read a book and you know exactly what the author is talking about. You understand the issues and the concept. It’s encouraging and inspirational. And I guess also some kind of affirmation that you are doing well, you’re on the right path and that you should keep soldiering on.

 

I haven’t completed the book yet. But I make sure to give myself an hour everyday to read it. Just a few pages left and it’s all done. I am pretty much powering through it and am thoroughly enjoying every bit of the book. Taking it all in…and to bring it into everyday life.

The book is available on the Lorna Jane SA website (which you can visit if you click here), and is valued at R499. Alternatively, you can visit any Lorna Jane venue and purchase in-store:

Sandton City, Johannesburg

Morningside, Johannesburg

Nicolway Bryanston, Johannesburg

Strijdom Park, Johannesburg

Gateway, Durban

Until the next post…take care! 🙂

Avon Eight-In-One Metallics Palette and Glimmerstick Look 2

So below is my second look using the Avon Eight-in-One Metallics eye shadow palette. Inspired by the peacock and a YouTube video I stumbled across. And away we go!

First step – Prime them lids

Using your favourite primer, prime your lids so that your eye makeup will last longer, stay put and won’t crease.

Second step – First colour – green – applied to the bottom eyelid area

Use an eye shadow brush of your choice (mine is the an All Over Shadow brush from Beautix bought at Edgars). Use the green colour in the palette and apply the colour on the bottom eyelid area only. Remember to keep a wipe or tissue nearby so you can wipe up any excess product before using the brush for another colour.

Third step – Second colour – blue – applied to the area just under the crease of the eye – the eyeball area

Using a crease brush, choose the blue shadow and apply this colour from where the green colour ends on the bottom lid, right up to but just before the crease. Do not go into your crease area or above. Stay in the eyeball area of the lid but just above the green eye shadow you have placed on your lower eyelid. To get that sultry “V” effect on the outer corners of your eye, add some sticky tape to help guide you. This will also come in handy when you apply your eyeliner.

 Fourth Step – Third colour – yellow – applied in and above the crease (above the green eye shadow)

Once you are happy with the above step, you can move on to the third and final colour. Take your normal eye shadow brush, a crease brush (preferred) or an applicator and apply the yellow eye shadow above the green but just below the brow bone. If it helps, when you get to the outer corner of the eye, open your eye and look straight ahead into the mirror (at eye level) and use quick left to right strokes to help get the product just above the crease and green colour to create a shadow effect. If you are using the sticky tape tip, you won’t need to worry about messing or keeping in line so continue defining the outer eye until you are satisfied with the effect.

Fifth step – apply Glimmer stick to upper water mark and create cat eye

Gently remove the sticky tape if you are using one. Use the Glimmerstick to define your upper waterline – whichever way you feel comfortable applying it should work…I usually apply mine right at the lash line and a little on the top of the lid to begin the cat eye effect (wing). Keep extending the line where the sticky tape used to be (under the defined outer corner of the eye) And add two more lines under the cat eye wing so you have three lines extending from the outer corner of the eye (see picture below).If you are into smudging, then go ahead using either your crease brush (cleaned) or a smudging brush to create a smoked out look on the bottom eyelid. Add some yellow eye shadow for a little pop of colour.

Sixth step – mascara

Using your favourite mascara, add at least three coats (waiting about twenty seconds in between each coat) to your lashes. Use a mascara that lengthens and thickens. If need be, like I do, use a combination of mascaras. Alternatively, you can use falsies.

And voila! Your finished look!

Peacock inspired eye shadow look

Peacock inspired eye shadow look

Hope you try this out and enjoy it!

Until the next post…take care! 🙂

Thursday Favourite: The Makeup D0ll on YouTube

Okay, if you are anything like me, you will most probably find that this whole highlighting and contouring business is such a schlep! My big thing with it is whether it really is necessary to do it? I prefer to simply highlight just to give my complexion a bit of shimmer and that summer glow. I’ve never really found it necessary to contour or is it that I’m quite fortunate my face doesn’t look dully flat and too plain when I’ve simply applied face and eye makeup with a little bit of highlight, lip colour and a hint of blush? Different strokes for different folks, not so…

Well, whether you love to do it or not, I found this fantastic video on YouTube that, in my opinion, makes highlighting and contouring look like such a piece of cake to do. She goes by the name Makeup D0ll on YouTube and I am obsessed with her videos (her real name is Kiesha). She is the bomb dot com. Check out her highlight and contouring video below:

Courtesy: The Makeup D0ll

See how easy she makes it look? Now you can go and practice, practice, practice. It certainly gave me a few tips and tricks to try.

And just for good measure I am going to add another video below from the Makeup D0ll. This is one of my favourite makeup tutorial videos on YouTube. I just love the products she used and the finished look is fantastic, flawless and beautiful! Check it out:

Courtesy: The Makeup D0ll

Hope you enjoyed that. Next week I will feature another one of my favourite YouTube Beauty Gurus. You may already know about her. She too is gorgeous and her makeup tutorials are fab!

Until the next post…take care! 🙂

Avon Eight-In-One Metallic Colour Palette and Glimmerstick

Oh I just love experimenting with makeup products. It’s just so much fun with all the colours and techniques…trying out new looks I’ve seen on YouTube or in reviews and of course coming up with my own looks and creations. It’s just so much fun!

The guys over at Beauty Bulletin sent me two awesome products to review from Avon Cosmetics: the Eight-In-One Metallic Colour Palette and the Glimmerstick in Blackest Black.

Avon 8-in-1 Colour Palette - The Metallics

Avon 8-in-1 Colour Palette – The Metallics

Avon Glimmersticks

Avon Glimmersticks

Now, if you have been following my blog, or following me on Twitter, you will know that I am not really for the full coverage heavy makeup look. I prefer to keep it simple, natural and light. I just love that natural makeup look with a glowy complexion, flushed cheeks and big, bright eyes lined, mascara-ed and lightly shadowed with a neutral/natural/earth-toned colour. The one area of makeup where I am not afraid to go wild is the lip –  bright fire engine red or a show stopping neon orange and of course a favourite for the spring/summer months: Pink! Either the natural looking nude pink, the baby doll pink or that stand out hot fuchsia kind of pink.

So when this metallic eye shadow palette came along and I saw the colours in the palette, I knew instantly that I was about to leave my comfort zone of natural and earth-toned eye shadow looks. I sampled one or two of the colours on the back of my hand. These are definitely daring colours and most suited for a night out on the town. But, I was willing and, like you should know by now, I am a curious little kitten. I started to feel that excitement bubbling up and began to think of all the crazy smoky eyes I could create.

Now when it comes to the Glimmerstick…that is right up my ally. I love eyeliner. I can simply just line my upper waterline and then add a visible but not bold cat eye in the outer corners of the eye, add tonnes of mascara (LOVE that stuff)…no shadow (but primed eye lids) and I’m good to go. For me personally, eyeliner completes the eye. It makes the eye appear bigger (when applied correctly) and so much more beautiful . If you know how to use the stuff to enhance the shape of your eye, your eyes will just pop! This Glimmerstick is amazing. It glides on so easily and is so intensely black, it defines fantastically! And the fact that it’s a retractable liner…no more sharpening of pencils (and I’ve actually lost my sharpener and I never remember to buy one so thanks Avon!).

So below is my first look using the palette. I thought I should start a little safe and do the classic brown smoky eye. And away we go!

First step – Prime them lids

Using your favourite primer, prime your lids so that your eye makeup will last longer, stay put and won’t crease.

Second step – First colour – which is your lightest colour – applied to the entire eyelid area

Use an eye shadow brush of your choice (mine is the an All Over Shadow brush from Beautix bought at Edgars). Use the lightest colour in the palette and apply the colour all over the eyelid area and continue up until just under the brow bone. Gently sweep over the area to make sure the product has been evenly applied and blended. Remember to keep a wipe or tissue nearby so you can wipe up any excess product before using the brush for another colour.

Third step – Second colour – the next one after the lightest – applied to the lower lid of the eye

Using either the same brush used above (cleaned) or using an applicator (I am using the one provided with the palette), choose the lighter brown shadow and apply this colour to your lower lids. Do not go into your crease area or above. Stay on the lower lid.

Fourth Step – Third colour – the darkest colour – applied to the crease and outer corner of the eye

Once you are happy with the above step, you can move on to defining your crease and outer corner of the eye. To get that sultry “V” effect on the outer corners of your eye, add some sticky tape as seen below to help guide you. This will also come in handy when you apply your eyeliner. Using a crease brush (mine is from Beautique available at Edgars stores), apply the dark brown colour into the crease starting at the centre and working your way across in short strokes from the inner corner to the outer corner. If it helps, when you get to the outer corner of the eye, open your eye and look straight ahead into the mirror (at eye level) and use quick left to right strokes to help get the product just above the crease to create a shadow effect. If you are using the sticky tape tip, you won’t need to worry about messing or keeping in line so continue defining the outer eye until you are satisfied with the effect.

Fifth step – apply Glimmer stick to upper water mark and create cat eye

Oooh! Eyeliner time! Gently remove the sticky tape if you are using one. Use the Glimmerstick to define your top waterline – whichever way you feel comfortable applying it should work…I usually apply mine right at the lash line (after years of doing this, I no longer flinch, blink or have watery eyes when I do this) and a little on the top of the lid to begin the cat eye effect (wing). Keep extending the line where the sticky tape used to be (under the defined outer corner of the eye). You can decide how dramatic you want it to be in terms of length of the cat eye wing and thickness on the upper lid. Once you are happy with the result, continue the liner on your bottom waterline. If you are into smudging, then go ahead using either your crease brush (cleaned) or a smudging brush to create a smoked out look on the bottom eyelid.

Sixth step – Fourth colour – black – further define the crease, outer corner, and bottom lid

Very lightly, take your crease brush (cleaned) and use a little of the black colour to further define the work you’ve done on your crease area and the outer corner of the eye. Remember that we are simply giving this area more definition so use as little of the black colour as possible (you still want the dark brown to be visible) until the crease and the outer corners are defined and stand out enough to make the eye appear almond shaped. Do the same to the bottom lid if necessary.

Seventh step – some shimmer and pop

Using one of the applicators provided in the palette, either use the silver colour in the palette or another light (closest to white as possible) shimmery colour of your choice to apply to your tear duct area and under the arch of your eye brow. In the tear duct area, gently blend the shimmery silver (or your chosen colour) into the smoky effect on the bottom lid as well as going up into the inner corner of the eye. Do the same to the colour applied below the arch of the eye brow.

Eighth step – mascara

Using your favourite mascara, add at least three coats (waiting about twenty seconds in between each coat) to your lashes. Use a mascara that lengthens and thickens. If need be, like I do, use a combination of mascaras. I use the Lo’Real Telescopic mascara for length and the Smashbox Full Exposure mascara for volume and thickness. Alternatively, you can use falsies.

And voila! Your finished look!

Brown smoky eye

Brown smoky eye

I hope you try it and you love it. Next time I’m going to use a mix of colours so keep your pretty peepers peeled for that!

Until next post…take care! 🙂

New Lip Colour: Maybelline ColorSensational Vivids

So the fabulous people from Maybelline South Africa were so awesome in sending me this pink lip colour from their ColorSensational Vivids collection. Thanks to #‎MaybellineMonday‬, Monday’s aren’t so drab anymore! 🙂

The colour I was sent is a brilliantly bright pink colour known as 902 Fuchsia Flash (in other countries this colour bares the number 865).

Maybelline ColorSensational

Maybelline ColorSensational

ColorSensational 902 Fuchsia Flash

ColorSensational 902 Fuchsia Flash

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

According to the Maybelline site, the lip colour is nothing short of…well…sensational. They believe that you will most definitely fall in love with the product because:

Crisper colour from pure pigments
• Creamier feel from nourishing honey nectar
• Lip colour so rich, so stunning…it’s sensational

On darker skins, the colour comes up a little more purple than pink. But I love it still

On darker skins, the colour comes up a little more purple than pink. But I love it still

There are eight “super saturated” shades available.

902 Fuchsia Flash!

902 Fuchsia Flash!

I have only tried the lip colour once and I must say that the colour is very pigmented, vivid and rich.

I absolutely adore the packaging. Yes, even though it’s plastic I still like it.  Retro and funky on the outside. And the silver tube inside adds some vibe and fun.

The best pop of colour I have used in a very long while.

 

 

It has a very creamy texture and lasts for a while. If anything, the upcoming spring and summer seasons are going to be full of bright coloured lips!

“These lip colors are formulated with true color pigments surrounding a special mineral which sits on top of the lips for full, opaque coverage and true-to-the-tube color. They are also formulated with honey nectar to be super moisturizing as well.” Beautizine

Maybelline Color Sensational Vivids Lipcolors

Picture courtesy of: Beautizine

Here are the complete shades:

860 Pink Pop: Pale baby pink shade. Baby doll lip look

902/865 Fuchsia Flash: Hot pink fuchsia. Bright, bold and fun

870 Shocking Coral: Coral pink

875 Vivid Rose: A little more rosy pink than the Fuchsia Flash

880 Electric Orange: Pure orange. Shocking

885 Vibrant Mandarin: A little orange and a little red. Spicy

895 On Fire Red: Hot fire engine red

900 Hot Plum: Purple fuchsia

– Beautizine

Can’t wait to try the others!

Until next post…take care! 🙂

Accessories Obsession: Bangles and Bracelets GALORE!!

Okay. I am not so much a huge fan of chunky and bold accessories. I like to keep my accessories simple and rather let my clothes and shoes make a statement. But having been browsing through Pinterest (again), I have got to say: the whole chunky and stacked arm candy trend has got me in a tizz!!

I am so in love with the colour combinations, the designs…they are just too darn cute!! I have selected my top favourites (I have so many more though. If you want to see them all, visit my Pinterest Accessories Board).

Here are a few of my faves. Hope you love them as much as I do. I can’t wait to rock this trend when spring and summer hit our shores beginning the end of this month!! Until next post…take care! 🙂

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Pink cross, infinity, spikes, bow