Thursday Favourite: Carli Bybel on YouTube

Hi there!

It’s Thursday again…already! Wow! And again I am bringing you another one of my favourite YouTube Beauty Gurus. You may have heard of her, she is quite popular. Carli Bybel all the way from New Jersey in the States. She was one of the first YouTube gurus I came to know and I just love her and her tutorials. I am also super glad that she created another channel that deals with being healthy, staying fit…that type of vibe.

But in terms of her beauty channel, here are two of my favourites 🙂

How I Contour & Highlight!

Courtesy: Carli Bybel on YouTube

Back to School Makeup, Hair & Outfit UNDER 10 Min Challenge

Courtesy: Carli Bybel on YouTube

Really awesome videos she has. Go check out her channel on YouTube and take a look at her second channel too. Super awesome.

Until the next post…take care! 🙂



Thursday Favourite: Camila Coelho on YouTube

Thursday! One more day and we’re into the much anticipated week-end. And so this means yet another one of my favourite YouTube makeup gurus.

This week’s featured guru is a very recent makeup artist that I discovered. Originally from Brazil, Camila now resides in Boston, USA. What I love most about her is her style. She loves very much the same items and styles of fashion I look for and love.

Here are two of my favourite makeup tutorial videos from her YouTube channel 🙂

Pink Lips & Small Cat Eye by Camila Coelho

“Night Out” Blue makeup!

Hope you enjoy her work as much as I do.

Next week I will be featuring the last of my favourite YouTube guru…so stay posted for that!

Until the next post…take care! 🙂

Toni & Guy Cleanse and Nourish for Damaged Hair

Oh wow! Where do I begin. Since receiving the styling products from the Toni & Guy’s Casual Collection as well as their Cleanse (shampoo) and Nourish (conditioner) products, my hair has been doing so well. This is the second week I have been using the Cleanse and Nourish products – my hair is so clean I am so impressed.

Toni & Guy Cleanse and Nourish

Toni & Guy Cleanse and Nourish

The first time I use the Cleanse product, I could feel my scalp was clean…it felt refreshed and my hair was such a vibrant and rich jet black colour. The shampoo itself is an opaque white colour. Smells so divine. It feels silky, is very foamy and what a great job it does of getting your hair super clean.

The conditioner is a white colour and smells just as fresh as the shampoo. It nourishes the hair from root to tip and adds in those good-for-your-hair nutrients lost through styling and styling products, hair-drying and shampooing. It is coolly moisturising and doesn’t leave an oily film after rinsing out.

One of the things I was disappointed with was the opening of the shampoo (as well as the conditioner. The bottle openings don’t really allow for control of how much product one uses. And because the contents are so thick in consistency, the product tends to blob out. It would have been useful if the opening was narrowed a bit or had a squeeze through nozzle to help with control.

Another thing that annoyed me a tad, was the fact that the bottle are EXACTLY the same. Meaning you would have to actually pick up the bottle and read which is the conditioner and which is the shampoo. Kind of irritating if you are in the shower, you’ve just shampooed your hair, you need to condition, and you first have to see which is which. But of course, this is merely a personal preference. And perhaps a bit petty, but worth a mention nonetheless.

But looking past that, these products are superb. They are absolutely incredible and I would recommend them to anyone with damaged and/or dry hair.

Until the next post…take care! 🙂

Thursday Favourite: Lauren Curtis on YouTube

Hi there everybody! It’s Thursday, meaning two things: we are one day closer to Friday. And I introduce you to yet another one of my favourite YouTube beauty gurus.

Today’s featured YouTube guru is a lady all the way from down under…Australia. Yes sir. Lauren Curtis is an amazing young makeup artist and again, I just simply love her tutorials – well of course. Otherwise she wouldn’t be one of my favourites right? 🙂

Here are two of my favourite tutorials from her channel.

Prom Makeup Tutorial

Courtesy: Lauren Beauty on YouTube

Christina Aguilera Inspired Tutorial!

Courtesy: Lauren Beauty on YouTube

Absolutely talented and really great tutorials to follow…once you get over the deep Aussie accent 🙂

Until next post…take care! 🙂

Overall Impressions: AVON Eight-in-One Colour Palette and Glimmerstick

Firstly let me start by saying I had a lot of fun playing around with different looks and experimenting with these fabulous colours. And the fact that they are metallic colours and therefore lend themselves to a night look as opposed to day, I had licence to go a little crazy on the creative side as I did with my second look (the peacock).

The quality is impressive and the colours are beautiful and visible. And add to that the affordability factor. Packed in a sleek and shiny black case with eight eye shadow colours, the product looks chic and is easy to open.

The eight flattering colours: black, silver, mauve, brown, blue, gold, turquoise and peach. My favourites are the black and the brown…I create such a beautiful smoky eye with these two colours, I do it as often as I can. Each is highly blendable and they last on the eye lid (although I would still recommend you use an eye primer prior to application of the shadows).

The shadows have a beautiful shimmery finish that compliment a dewy/glowy skin – and still don’t give that look of being shiny or too glittery. The colour just goes on with ease and I usually don’t have to re-apply it throughout the night (used with a lid primer).

The only thing I didn’t like about it was the provided applicators. I found that they were too small for certain techniques I employed or that they didn’t blend well enough. I opted to use my own eye brushes instead and the result was beautifully enhanced eyes every time.

The Glimmerstick Eyeliner: Blackest black which is exactly how I like my eyeliner. I am not really one for going all wild with different coloured eyeliners – I simply stick to the idea that with all the coloured eye shadow, I certainly don’t need coloured eyeliner too.

This Glimmerstick is by far the best eyeliner I have ever used – no exaggeration.  It is creamy but lasts for the better part of the day. It has rich colour – I mean, the black is seriously black and you can see it. It’s vibrant. I love that, Again, like the eye shadow, no need for re-application unless of course you are going for the Taylor Momsen racoon look.
Oh…and that it’s not a pencil eyeliner that needs to be sharpened was a great bonus for me!

The problem I had with the Glimmerstick though is that the tip after use becomes rounded…so if you are looking to draw on a fine line, you’d have to hold the pen at an angle to create a thinner line. And although it’s staying power is impressive for the bigger chunk of the day, it does tend to smudge a tad especially at the outer corner of the eye if you are one that loves the cat eye like I do.

Thursday Favourite: SMLxO on YouTube

Hello! And it’s Thursday again…can you believe how the weeks…months are just flying by? And it’s finally getting warmer in these parts of the world. Spring is most definitely on the way and I am so super excited. I am such a summer baby 🙂

It’s that time of the week when I share with you another one of my favourite YouTube makeup gurus. This lovely American lass I recently discovered and I absolutely adore her tutorials. She is gorgeous, her tutorials, like the other two artists I have featured, are easy to follow and she is just absolutely hilarious. Her bloopers at the end of some of her videos are just plain funny (remember to watch the video right up until the end to catch the bloopers).

Her full name is Stephanie Michelle Ledda but she’s just simply known as Steph or SMLxO. See below two of my favourite videos from her channel…and I can bet you will absolutely love her work as much as I do. Remember to watch out for the Bloopers at the end 🙂

Sweet & Sultry Valentine’s Day Makeup Tutorial ♡

Pretty Peacock Halloween Tutorial

She’s just hilarious. Those bloopers are funny. To see the rest of her videos, visit her YouTube channel by clicking here –> SMLxO

Until the next post…take care! 🙂

Being Schooled – MakeUp For Life Workshop

Ah! September in the southern hemisphere and spring is well on its way to our shores. If this last little bit of the winter chills could make a quick exit, those beautiful blue and sunny South African skies will be here! I can’t even contain my joy. I just love spring and summer.

Anyway, now that I have got that out the way, I had a very interesting Saturday afternoon (31 August 2013) where I got to spend two and a half hours with the makeup artists of Makeup For Life Professional. The workshop was held at City Lodge Fourways directly opposite Monte Casino.

Make up For Life is a high and middle end cosmetic brand and aims to “reach every woman and empower them with the unshakeable belief that every single one of them can be beautiful“. They aim to inspire your inner beauty. It is an independent brand under the Natural (International) Cosmetics Group. They combine art and makeup to meet their customers’ demands and choices through excellent makeup quality.

Our makeup artist, who was commissioned to show us the ‘tricks of the trade’ when it comes to makeup application, techniques so on and so forth, was the very charming and divalicious Marion – too fabulous she was, darling. 🙂

So the result of the tips and advices I learnt in makeup application. The eye shadows were, for me, the most impressive products. Just see below the rich, bright and highly pigmented green shadow I decided to use.

 This green colour is so gorgeous.

This green colour is so gorgeous.


I really loved the results. And considering that it was I who applied it, I was thoroughly impressed! They have super pigmented eye shadows. Just look at that green! Such a gorgeous pop of colour. And check out the pinks and oranges below.

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With over ten years of development for the highest quality in products and honest cooperation with partner and customers, Makeup For Life has gained recognition through the achievement of various awards such as the 2008 awards of “China’s Most Competitive Brand of Professional Make-up”, “Outstanding Make-up Brand in China’s Cosmetics Industry of the Year”, as well as “Recommended Product of China’s Beauty, Salon and Make-up Art Modelling Competition”. ( So they are doing very well in the Chinese market and hoping for the same success here in South Africa.

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My purchases included their Waterproof Liquid Foundation – R250.00. Their Mascara – R135.00. And that gorgeous green eye shadow I loved so much – R115.00.


Check out their website: Makeup For Life

And to purchase, click here – Purchase Makeup For Life Professional (free delivery on all purchases made!!)

Until the next post…take care. And Happy Spring!! 🙂