FIRM FAVOURITES: My beauty must-haves

elizabeth arden, skinceuticals, caribbean tan, chanel

FOUR OF THE BEST

Despite trying out a variety of cosmetics and beauty products on a daily basis, there are a few I go back to regularly as they are, quite simply, my must haves!

I decided on a huge clean up this weekend and I’m embarrassed by the number of products I have accumulated, not just on my bathroom shelf(s), but in the bedroom too! Products I have tried and tested and loved, scraping every last drop out to some that don’t quite do what I had hoped they would, but hung on to just in case! Whilst sorting and decluttering, I realised there are products I absolutely love, buying them time and again; if they’re good enough for me, then maybe you too would like to try them! There are heaps more, but thought these four were worth a first mention:

SkinCeuticals Physical Eye UV Defense SPF50

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Intensive Lip Repair Balm

Caribbean Tan Cinnamon & Coconut Skin Smoothing Exfoliator

Chanel Le Vernis Rouge Noir

EYE WONDER

SkinCeuticals Physical Eye UV Defense SPF50 is an amazing product I came across as one of the judges for Marie Claire Prix de Excellence awards two years ago. I cannot remember if it won an award in the skincare category, but it got a huge thumbs up from me! Not only is it ophthalmologist-tested, but contains a sunscreen suitable for the entire eye area and because of its non-migrating formula is safe to use right up to the waterline, without shifting or irritating sensitive eyes. When I’m tired, my eyes tend to look ‘bruised’ on the outer side and this tinted eye cream covers these aswell as the inevitable dark circles I’m sometimes prone to! Ceramides nourish the thin delicate eye area while creating a smooth canvas before applying makeup. I always feel bright eyed and ready for the day once I have applied this eye wonder!

SkinCeuticals Physical Eye UV Defense SPF50
R475
Available from www.skinmiles.com, www.dermastore.com and selected spas and salons countrywide

MULTI PURPOSE

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Intensive Lip Repair Balm is my all time favourite multi purpose product! For as long as I can remember I have always carried Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Skin Protectant Cream in my bag as my ‘go to’ for cuts, scrapes, minor burns, dry skin, cuticle softening, lip balm and even sunburn. My son sometimes gets a neck rash from his wetsuit after surfing and this soothes and clears the rash within a day or two. I even applied it to my dog’s ‘weepy’ eyes and within a fortnight his eyes were back to normal. When Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Intensive Lip Repair Balm came out a few years ago I added it to my bag as my ‘new’ go-to multi purpose item; just as good as the protectant cream, but in a tub. A pot costs R245, lasting for ages as you only need apply a teensy bit.

RUB-A-DUB-SCRUB

I am swayed by anything coconut and the combination of cinnamon is just heavenly in Caribbean Tan Cinnamon & Coconut Skin Smoothing Exfoliator. (I actually have these two ingredients with my morning ritual of coffee: I consume a teaspoon of coconut and add a sprinkling of cinnamon in my coffee, so I guess if it’s good to ingest it’s also good for the skin!) The grainy consistency of Caribbean Tan Cinnamon & Coconut Skin Smoothing Exfoliator is perfect for a real great scrubbing down! It actually goes hand in hand with Caribbean Tan’s self tans as a good exfoliation before applying your self tan. As a precautionary measure, be extra careful when in the shower as I find the scrub makes for a slightly slippery floor! But oh, your skin feels so damn smooth, soft and delish smelling and the price point is real value. LOVE!

Caribbean Tan Cinnamon & Coconut Skin Smoothing Exfoliator R49,95 for a 450ml tub

NAIL IT

Uma Thurman in Pulp Fiction wearing Chanel Noir /Vamp Nail Polish

Chanel Le Vernis Rouge Noir nail polish is my all time favourite shade. Remember Uma Thurman in Pulp Fiction who pulled the whole dark haired bob and red nails look perfectly for her character Miss Mia Wallace? When “Pulp Fiction” was released in the UK a three month waiting list arrived along with it for Chanel Le Vernis Rouge Noir nail polish! Yip, it’s been around for a good twenty odd years! Chanel’s original nail colour (later re-named ‘Vamp’) was created to be the exact colour of dried blood and in its first year alone sales grew to $1 million dollars. I love painting my nails in blues, greens, grays, in fact, most shades but this is my favourite for winter and summer, as it just makes me feel cool and grownup!

Uma Thurman in Pulp Fiction wearing Chanel Noir Rouge or Vamp nail polish

CONVERSATIONS: You & Me: Liezel van der Westhuizen

Liezel van der Westhuizen

Media celebrity Liezel van der Westhuizen has an enormous number of sports accolades to her name, she is a fierce supporter of animal rights, an adrenaline junkie and she is up for just about any challenge. Liezel now also has her own 5-6 am slot on KFM94.5. I’ve always admired her upbeat personality, fearless attitude and huge love of life. Did you know Liezel was the first female announcer at a Comrades Marathon and also the first woman in South Africa to model at Mercedes-Benz Menswear fashion!

Read my interview to discover more about this dynamic lady:

Liezel van der Westhuizen

FIVE WORDS THAT PORTRAY YOU:

Active, Energetic, Go-Getter, Caring and Friendly

FAVOURITE CITY:

Cape Town

SHARE YOUR STYLE OF DRESSING?

Fun and daring. I like to be creative with my looks. I love incorporating my sporty lifestyle with my daily fashion, making sporty look more glamourous. I also like to play with androgynous looks. At the moment I am going through a stage where I change my hair colour to match my outfits, so for the SunMet, I will be sporting purple hair with a 60’s inspired dress designed by local designer Romanda De Bastos. At the moment I am loving the Athleisure wear designed by Langa designers, Misunderstood.

HEELS OR FLATS:

Believe it or not, I LOVE LOVE LOVE MY HEELS. I’m a fan of local shoe designer Aretha Bauwens

BEAUTY ESSENTIALS:

Tinted Sunscreen, eye cream, waterproof mascara, Nimue Multi Rejuvenating Serum, System Professional Solar Hair protection

Liezel van der Westhuizen

BIGGEST EXTRAVAGANCE:

A silver Armani dress

FAVOURITE PERFUME:

This is a struggle for me as I am still trying to find that perfect scent that suits me! Would love suggestions from your readers 🙂

Liezel van der Westhuizen

WINTER OR SUMMER:

Summer. I am an outdoorsy girl who loves spending time on the beach

DREAM LUNCHTIME OR DINNER DATE:

Early dinner for Beach Sunset picnic

Liezel van der Westhuizen

FAVOURITE BOOK:

The Sleep Revolution: Transforming Your Life, One Night at a Time by Arianna Huffington

Liezel van der Westhuizen

AN INSPIRING QUOTE OR A LIFE RULE: LIFE RULE

“WHAT OTHERS THINK OF ME, IS NONE OF MY BUSINESS”

BEST ADVICE SOMEONE GAVE YOU:

When I started in the entertainment industry, my dad said he was only giving me one piece of advice: “You are the girl from Pretoria who is energetic, quirky and active, don’t lose the energy by trying to be someone else, just be yourself! ”

Liezel van der Westhuizen

SOMETHING EXTRAORDINARY ABOUT YOU THAT FEW PEOPLE KNOW:

I love afternoon naps. (Thanks to Arianna Huffington for speaking out about why naps are important!)

SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/liezelonline/

Twitter: @liezelv

Instagram: @liezelonline

website: www.liezel.co.za

Vlog: www.giraffeinthecity.com

FASHION: Bomber jackets

Cathi Trevor model, stylist and writer

THEY’RE THE BOMB!

Bomber jackets have been around for the last few years but even more so this season, with a variety of patterns, textures and colours to choose from. They are a great addition to any outfit; combine with jeans, pants, skirts or dresses and come summer the combination of shorts and sandals will look and feel oh so cool! I’ve been wanting to add another to my wardrobe so thought I’d share some of my favourite ones currently available online or instore:

ONLY @ SPREE R899

WITCHERY @ WOOLWORTHS R1399

VERA MODA @ SPREE R699

COUNTRY ROAD @ WOOLWORTHS R1499

MANGO R799

Truworths bomber

TRUWORTHS R675

H&M R629

GLAMOROUS @ SUPERBALIST R599

REVENGE @ ZANDO R799

GLAMOROUS @ SUPERBALIST R599

STUDIO W @ WOOLWORTHS R799

Superbalist

VILA @ SUPERBALIST R599

WOOLWORTHS was R599 now R350

H&M R749

ONLY @ SPREE R499

CERAMICS & GLASSWARE: CaBo Design

CaBo ceramics Cape Town

CABO DESIGN

Another wonderful find on Instagram is local company CaBo botanically inspired products. CaBo launched at Design Indaba in 2013 and due to a successful venture, has grown into a productive lifestyle project for owner, Mariaan van Zyl. Besides ceramics and glassware, CaBo also custom designs and manufactures products for coffee shops, wine farms and corporate gifting companies.

CaBo ceramics Cape Town

Jug R350

The name derives from Portuguese descent. ” The first European to reach the Cape was the Portuguese explorer Bartolomeu Dias in 1488, who named it the “Cape of Storms” (Cabo das Tormentas). It was later renamed by John II of Portugal as “Cape of Good Hope” (Cabo da Boa Esperança) because of the great optimism engendered by the opening of a sea route to India and the East. ”

CaBo ceramics Cape Town

salad bowl R550

“We draw our inspiration from Cape Town and surrounds hence the name CaBo. Our designs are botanical inspired as we believe Nature is the perfect example of good design”.

CaBo ceramics Cape Town

“We use only South African produced materials: ceramics, glass, fabric and leather, decorated with our own illustrations of botanicals and items close to Capetonian’ hearts”.

CaBo Design Cape Town

glass coasters R55 for one or R220 for four black and or white

“The use of only matte glazes and the monochrome colour scheme is what makes CaBo unique, like the King Protea I continually use as it too is special and unique to SA and will always be close to my heart.”

CaBo ceramics Cape Town

the bottom design of an espresso cup

CaBo ceramics Cape Town

ceramic cup with bamboo saucer and magnet R120

CaBo Designs Cape Town

CaBo Designs Cape Town

salt and pepper shakers R180

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WAXING LYRICAL: BLACKOWL Scented candles & stationary

Blackowl scented candles and stationary

It’s always a treat to stumble across a brand you instantly love, which is how I felt when I saw the chic monochrome Instagram feed of BLACKOWL featuring their minimalist-themed products and scented candles.

Blackowl scented candles and stationary

Creator and owner Nicky Kotze decided to leave the frustrations of working for other people and follow her heart. Ever since she was really young she’s been inspired to create things: “Making or decorating has been with me ever since I can remember. I would look at random objects and wonder how I could use or break them apart to re-make into something else”.

Blackowl scented candles and stationary

Her scented candles are hand-made using cosmetic grade soy wax and 100% organic essential oils. The packaging for the candles changes from time to time with the focus on the new canvas bags being re-usable: “I’m currently working on candle bags with zips so that you can use them again as a makeup bag or a purse.”

Blackowl scented candles and stationary

Gift cards, tags and notebooks also form part of the BLACKOWL range. “I always carry two notebooks with me for sketching or jotting down my ideas, so I thought it would be nice to add stationary to my line, although my main focus is still on the scented candles”.

Blackowl scented candles and stationary

BLACKOWL stationary and candles

Blackowl scented candles and stationary

Find a nearby stockist for BLACKOWL candles and stationary here

Nikky Kotze creator and owner of Blackowl scented candles and stationary

Owner and creator of BLACKOWL Nicky Kotze

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CHANNELLING CHANEL: Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Luminous Colour

CHANEL Les Beiges Healthy Glow Luminous Colour

“The concept is that there is no concept! It is about sensuality, feeling and the spirit of things.” – Lucia Pica, Chanel Global Creative Makeup and Colour Designer.

Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Luminous Colour arrived just at the right time, mid morning on a cold winter’s day when I had just taken a peek at my pale face and wished that it were possible to quickly escape to an exotic island for some sun! If a warm and natural ‘no makeup’ look is what you’re after, then this one’s for you (and me!).

CHANEL Les Beiges Healthy Glow Luminous Colour

Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Luminous Colour forms part of the Chanel Cruise Collection 2017: les Indispensables De L’Ete. Made with ultra-fine gold particles the powder creates a subtle, natural veil over the skin and comes in five shades: light, medium light, medium, medium deep and deep.

I tried out the Medium Light shade, as I am naturally pale and wanted just a gentle sprinkling of colour. The ultra-sheer and lightweight formula gives a subtle and natural glow to my skin so if you’re pale like me try out one shade darker than your skin tone. If you want to use it as a highlighter then buy a shade one lighter than your skin tone and apply to the middle of forehead, apples of cheeks, Cupid’s bow and the end of your nose where light bounces off to give you touches of luminosity.

CHANEL Les Beiges Healthy Glow Luminous Colour

R900