Saturday, May 19, 2018

"This is a man's world..

But it would be nothing without a woman or a girl..."Can you guess which trend I am obsessing over this month. Menswear, although not really a new trend, is invading the fashion world one pinstripe at a time. While some can pull it off without a second thought; for others like me, it might require a little more effort and practice.

The trend allows you to explore masculine style while adding your own individual flair. So if you don't want to wear the trend top to bottom; there are ways to incorporate it into your style, one item at a time. In this post I discuss the menswear trends I am dying to try.

Blazers: This is probably the easiest way to inject a little bit of masculinity into your every day wardrobe. You can wear a blazer over a dress or with a jeans and t-shirt.  A blazer is the ultimate masculine piece. I especially love a sleeveless blazer.

Loafers and brogues: I find loafers and brogues absolutely sexy. There's just something so irresistibly carefree yet controlled about them. In my opinion they look best with tailored pants but, they will add some edge to dresses and skirts as well.

Cigarette pants: Nothing says men's inspired fashion like good tailoring...and well tailored pants are right at the top of the list. I love a pair that sits right above the ankle. I think the hint of skin is quite feminine.

Boyfriend jeans: Boyfriend jeans are the epitome of "borrowed from the boys". It can be dressed down with a t-shirt and flats or glammed up with a leather jacket and some sparkly heels. I love how versatile it is.

What is your favourite masculine trend? Which trends are you currently obsessed with? I Enjoy the inspiration images in this post.

*I do not take credit for the images in this post


Friday, May 11, 2018

Review: Essence You Better Work Primer

Imagine a primer that works as hard as you do. One who promises to keep you looking sweat free and instagram ready even after a work out. Now, imagine no more and say hello to Essence's You Better Work Gym proof primer.

The latest offering from Essence is sweat proof, has SPF20 and gives you an instant blur effect.  I put it to the test both at work and at my fit club and I adore it. I usually look like a bit of an overcooked tomato after working out but, not when I wear this primer which is a bonus for me. It cancels out the red look you get from sweating.

The light blue liquid reminds me of toothpaste and has a thicker formula than what I am used but, it still blends easily. I use it sparingly and I usually wait a minute or two  before applying my foundation. I feel like the people at Essence are really taking into consideration what we do on a day to day basis and are creating products that are relevant. With or without foundation this primer works and the slim tube slips easily into your hand or gym bag.

This primer retails for R74,95 and I could kick myself for not buying more than one. So it goes without saying that I am definitely repurchasing.

What are your thoughts on primer? Is it part of your make up routine? I would love to hear from you.


Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Heavenly Bodies: The 2018 MET Gala

It goes without saying that I was excited about the MET Gala this year but, when I discovered what the theme was, I surpassed excitement . The grand affair was held on the first Monday in May (7th) and I, along with the rest of the world, could not wait to see what the red carpet would produce this year.

This year’s theme “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination” was perplexing to say the least but, I was sure the stars (at least some of them) would rise to the occasion. And did they ever. For me, the winner of the night was Rihanna in Mason Margiela by John Galliano. Not only did she co-chair the MET gala this year for their 70th anniversary but, she honoured the theme in a way I could not have imagined. No one interprets a theme quite like Riri. Some of my other favourites also include Cara Delevingne, SZA, Cardi B, Zendaya and Lily Collins.

I was also frustrated by a few of the looks. Listen, I am no fashion expert but, when you don’t even try adhering to the theme, what’s the point? This is the one night you get to be over the top and I wish some celebs were not playing it so safe. I’m talking about you Kim Kardashian West. Nevertheless, the night was a marvellous spectacle ( judging by the fashion) and I can’t wait to find what next year’s theme will be.

In this post I have gathered some of my favourite and not-so-favourite looks from fashion’s biggest fundraising event of the year. Do you see your favourite here? Tell me who think was best and worst dressed for the night.

Rita Ora
Winnie Harlow
Kris Jenner
Kendall Jenner
Car a Delevingne 
Lily Collins
Traces Ellis Ross
Miley Cyrus, Stella McCartney and Paris Jackson

Janelle Monae
Kim Kardashian West
Nicki Minaj
Trevor Noah
Cardi B
Issa Rae
Mary J Blidge
Gigi Hadid
Selena Gomez
Lana delRey
Priyanka Chopra

Travis Scott and Kylie Jenner
Blake Lively

*I do not take credit the images in this post.


Saturday, May 5, 2018

Beauty on a budget: My must haves

There is nothing I value more than products that don't cost me an arm and a leg but, the quality suggests that it might have. When I shop for make up I always keep in mind that it has to make my life easier.

In today's post I discuss some of my absolute favourite (and inexpensive) must haves. I dont have time to reapply my make up during the day so staying power plays a huge role when it comes to buying products. At first I didn't care much for primers but, after doing some research I realized that a primer is imperative when you want a flawless look. This one from Essence is especially wonderful. The Fresh &Fit Awake primer promises a healthy glow while minimising your pores. I've worn this primer with and without foundation and it looks amazing either way. It retails for R74, 95.

Another winner for me is the Essence Stay All Day Translucent Fixing Powder. This was my first time using a loose powder so I have to admit I was a bit unsure of its necessity. However, I am glad I gave this powder a chance. It gives me a beautiful matte look and keeps my foundation from looking shiny and tacky. I especially adore it on the warmer days. I bought this on sale for 20 bucks :)

Lastly, I want to talk about the LA Girl Pro Conceal HD concealer. Now this has been a cult favourite ever since I can remember so I was curious to say the least. I use this concealer every single day of my life. I couldn't imagine not using it. For the price (R59,95) its pretty amazing at covering the dark circles under my eyes.

Have you used any of the products in this post? What are your go to products at the moment? I would love to hear from you.