2018 Beauty Wishlist

Last year I published my first beauty wishlist, you can take a look here. Since then, I have really condensed, refined and reassessed my skin, hair and makeup needs…

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Dyson Supersonic™ Iron


Supersonic features Dyson’s Air Multiplier technology that uses a motor and tiny jets to blow a thin sheet of air. With the hair dryer, Dyson’s engineers think it will encourage beautiful, healthier hair.

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A typical drugstore hair dryer likely has settings for hot, warm, and cold air. When on hot, heat can climb past what is thought to be ideal for drying hair, and into temperatures that fry and damage hair cuticles. Supersonic has heat sensors built in next to the airflow jets that will take the air’s temperature 20 times per second, and send that data to a built-in microprocessor. If temperatures rise too much, the Supersonic can level itself out.

(Available from @home stores)

Moroccan Oil Treatment


Moroccanoil Treatment can be used as a conditioning, styling and finishing tool. Infused with antioxidant-rich argan oil and shine-boosting vitamins, this completely transformative hair treatment detangles, speeds up drying time and boosts shine, leaving you with nourished, manageable and smooth hair with each use.

(Available at hair salons nationwide)


Clarisonic Mia 2 Facial Cleansing Brush

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Lightweight, compact sonic facial cleansing brush with 2 speeds: Delicate’ and ‘Universal’. Ultra-effective facial cleansing removes dirt, oil and makeup 6 x better than your hands alone. The Clarisonic Mia 2 gives you a gentle and thorough sonic facial cleansing experience at home or on the go.

(Available at http://www.clarisonicshop.co.za)

Sisleÿa Eye and Lip Contour Cream


The skin around your eyes and lips is incredibly delicate, so it’s essential to care for it correctly. Sisley’s Eye and Lip Contour Cream is a potent age-defence formula. Collagen-boosting Algae extract and free radical-fighting Vitamins E and B-5 deliver intense hydration levels – fine lines and wrinkles don’t stand a chance.

– Wild Daisy and Liquorice extracts fight the formation of lines and under-eye puffiness
– Sesame and Shea Butter extracts, rich in Vitamin F, reinforce the skin’s natural barrier
– Contains purifying Poppy, soothing Orange Blossom and refreshing Rose Water


(Available at Sisley counters at Edgars stores)

Crème de La Mer


In a short time, firmness improves, lines, wrinkles and the look of pores become less visible, skin looks virtually ageless. Even the driest complexions are renewed and rejuvenated, apparently. With the nutrient-rich Miracle Broth™, skin is immersed in moisture, sensitivities soothed, radiance restored. This creme is known to be an excellent aid for eczema!

(Available at La Mer counters at Edgars stores)

Glossier. Solution


(Available from http://www.pinkcosmetics.co.za use the code mumaverick for 10% off your purchase)

Unlike physical exfoliators that scrape off the surface of your skin, Solution gently sloughs dead cells away through chemical exfoliation, dissolving the bonds glueing problematic dead cells to the healthy skin beneath. With daily use, expect cleared acne and blackheads, smaller pores, and reduced redness. Skin’s texture will be smoother and softer, and the fabled glow of balanced, healthy skin will be in full force. Solution contains a particular 10% blend of three acid actives for maximum efficacy: Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA), Beta Hydroxy Acid (BHA), and Polyhydroxy Acid (PHA). Acids are your friend!



Charlotte Tilbury Instant Look In A Palette

An all-in-one, beauty palette that EVERY WOMAN NEEDS in her beauty kit for DAY TO EVENING makeup! You just need 5 minutes to get an instant, naturally gorgeous look. Charlotte has used this look for years on clients for anything from the runway to the big day. It is the perfect a chic, effortless look on-the-go. Featuring 7 of Charlotte’s makeup secrets for a natural-looking You-but-Better which you can read about here.


(Available from http://www.samika.co.za)

Kevyn Aucoin The Foundation Brush


Foundation is the base for your makeup and a piece of artwork is only as good as its canvas. The bristles are soft enough for the most sensitive skin and the firm domed shape enables seamless application. Get extra mileage by using it to apply serums and creams, too. It’s for use with liquid or powder foundation and has a firm yet malleable domed shape with soft synthetic bristles and features a long Lucite handle for easy application.

Sigma ‘Basic Eyes Kit’

We all need a good set of brushes we can always rely on. Brushes are an investment and The Basic Eyes Brush Kit by Sigma contains seven professional quality brushes for the eyes. Perfect for applying, shading and blending products, this kit is ideal for all over eye makeup application. You can read more about this set here:


Marc Jacobs Beauty Under(Cover) Perfecting Coconut Face Primer


A skin-smoothing, makeup extending primer infused with five types of coconut. Under(cover) Perfecting Coconut Face Primer brings the feel of coconut to your face while it perfects and extends makeup wear. It’s enriched with concentrated coconut extracts which form a natural, vitamin-rich barrier between your skin and makeup. The coconut water-derived polysaccharide complex mirrors the effect of synthetic priming ingredients, allowing your skin to breathe without compromising the skin-perfecting benefits. The result is makeup that stays on longer and skin that appears younger-looking and better than ever. It is formulated without parabens, sulfates and phthalates.

 Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder


Laura Mercier’s loose powder feels luxuriously dense in the jar, feels incredibly soft and silky-light on your skin- so I’ve heard. Pros love the super smooth application, it goes on evenly, blends effortlessly and provides great wear and sets makeup without adding weight or texture. The powder creates a modern matte finish with a touch of sheer coverage. The translucent shade works on virtually all skin tones! It has a soft-focus effect that subtly blurs the look of fine lines and imperfections. It doesn’t settle into fine lines or pores and never looks cakey.

Brownie points: Oil-free. Non-comedogenic. Non-caking. Dermatologically tested.

(Available at http://www.skins.co.za)


The Ordinary. Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5


The Ordinary’s Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 delivers lasting hydration and offers visible plumping and moisture retention so that skin looks smoother, softer and healthier. The hyaluronic acid at the centre of this super serum attracts up to 1000 times its weight in water, while a brilliant boost of vitamin B5 heals dry and damaged areas by stabilising the skin’s barrier function and promoting the growth of stronger tissue.

(Available from http://www.samika.co.za)

Tom Ford Eye Defining Liquid Liner Pen


 Tom Ford’s pin-thin Eye Defining Pen (in Deeper) features not one, but two applicators for the glossy, inky makeup, which will not bleed. Like a dual-sided Sharpie, the shorter, sharply-pointed tip on one end delivers detail, while the longer, flat tip on the other end is designed for impact. Turn the long tip sideways to glide on a Bardotesque flick, using the short end to fill between the lashes, or, employ the smaller tip to create the thinnest streak, for a nearly imperceptible eye lift.

Giorgio Armani Sì


You can read all about this lavish scent here.

(Available at Red Square)

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Clinique Take the Day Off Balm & Pink Cosmetics Cleansing Balm Review

Micellar water undoubtedly took the beauty world by storm in 2017. Many of you know that I have personally recommended the Garnier Micellar Oil-Infused Cleansing Water.

However, at the end of the day, I really felt that using about 5+ cotton pads a day was increasing my carbon footprint and dragging cotton pads over my skin was not great in the long-term.

According to experts, a quick once over with micellar water simply won’t cut a good skincare routine. This is why you need to jump on board the double cleansing bandwagon.

Double cleansing involves using preferably a cleansing oil or balm to break down makeup, SPF and sebum on the surface of your skin first, then follow it with a deeper water-based cleanse. This removes sweat, bacteria and old skin cell and will clean much deeper into the pores to remove any impurities.

Enter Clinique’s makeup remover…


It is a lightweight makeup remover that quickly dissolves hard-to-remove eye and face makeup. It transforms from a solid balm into a silky oil upon application and cleans thoroughly. Unlike micellar water, it must be rinsed off completely. It also gently helps remove the stress of pollution so skin looks more youthful.


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texture and consistency of Clinique Take the Day Off Balm


Key points to note:

  1. Non-greasy
  2. Non-drying
  3. Ophthalmologist Tested
  4. For all skin types
  5. The retail price is R 310.00 for 125ml of product. 


You need the slightest amount of product for your entire face. The product melts off mascara/ eyeliner with ease. Once water is added, it becomes milky and rinses off easily. It feels so luxurious, very silky, smooth, gentle, and moisturizing.This product does NOT sting my eyes, and works better than any other eye makeup remover I have tried thus far!

I recommend getting a mini travel size to sample it out first. Once Clinique has a gift with purchase, you can consider getting the full sized product.

The price is quite steep, especially if you are a student like me! I’m always on the lookout for great dupes and Pink Cosmetics has created the perfect one…

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Their 100% natural gentle cleansing balm turns into a creamy lotion when you add water, is not greasy and waxy, & washes away without leaving oil on your skin. It leaves skin glowing, nourished and balanced. It removed all my makeup (including my mascara) and left my face feeling supple and moisturized.
Pink Cosmetics recommends that you scoop out a pea-sized amount, rub between your hands to warm up and melt and apply it to your face. Gently massage with fingertips and then rinse off with warm water or a warm facecloth. It can be left on for 10-20 minutes as a hydrating treatment mask too! It performs the same function and even more than Clinique’s Balm! 

Key points to note:

  1. Non-greasy
  2. Non-drying
  3. Completely alcohol, paraben free and sulphate free
  4. For all skin types
  5. Comes in two different flavours: pink grapefruit and ylang-ylang
  6. Contains shea butter, jojoba oil and coconut
  7. The retail price is R 145.00 for 100ml of product


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I do wish both products came with scoops or spatulas to take out small amounts of product for use. Both products are travel-friendly. I also recommend keeping both products out of damp and warm areas as products of this nature may grow mould. Using a balm as part of a double cleansing routine to remove my makeup has really done wonders for my skin. I would definitely repurchase the Pink Cosmetics Cleansing Balm because it works just as well, if not even better than Clinique’s Balm.  There is not a trace of makeup after using the Cleansing Balm and my breakouts caused by makeup have been reduced to almost zero. 

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Puma X Hello Kitty Collaboration

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What goes on top of every gift box? A bow. Puma is celebrating the  50th anniversary of its suede sneaker by introducing a unique collaboration with none other than Hello Kitty. After all, she knows how to rock a bow better than anyone else. As a child I used to obsess over Hello Kitty, I still do! This collaboration is extremely exciting for me personally!


The shoe from the collaboration is a red and white classic suede sneaker patterned with Hello Kitty faces and bows. It is the ideal casual shoe to jazz up an outfit

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Puma described the collab as “perfect for fans of every age”: “Hello Kitty is for fans of all ages, making her the perfect addition to the Suede’s 50th Anniversary. Everything about the collection, from the red bow-toms to her milk bottle icon, pays homage to Hello Kitty, the little girl from London who loves fresh-baked cookies and Mama’s apple pie. Bold colours, cheeky graphics and fun, intricate details make this offering uniquely endearing.”

Take an exclusive look below:

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Glossier. Boy Brow Review

I’m always on the hunt for great brow products. Like every girl, I dreamt of owning the Anastasia Beverly Hills Dip Brow Pomade. A lot of resellers in South Africa had it in stock but I never made a purchase. I eventually settled and bought Benefit’s Soft & Natural brow kit, but it left me wanting more…

I grabbed Glossier’s “Boy Brow” from Pink Cosmetics during their Pink Friday sale! I paid just over R200 for it and every cent paid was well-spent!

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 It is an all-in-one brow fluffer, filler, and shaper! “Boy Brow” thickens, fills in, and grooms my brows into place. The creamy wax formula is inspired by traditional hair pomade for soft, flexible hold that doesn’t stiffen or flake. Previously, I was shaping my brows with Benefit’s Goof Proof Brow Pencil and their Brow Gel. I found that my brows stayed in place all day, but the application of the pencil was streaky and it finished rather quickly. The brow gel also felt really stiff after it set.

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“Boy Brow” in four shades: BlondBrown, and Black which boost your brows with an oomph of colour. The Clear shade gives you the same soft, conditioning hold minus the pigment. It claims to be alcohol-free, fragrance-free, paraben free, cruelty-free, appropriate for all skin types, hypoallergenic, ophthalmologist tested, and dermatologist tested.

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The product itself is extremely easy to use, simply apply in short, upward strokes to fluff and shape brows into place and you’re ready to go! Clear shows up white upon application, but becomes transparent as you comb it in (just like hair pomade would). “Boy Brow” is extremely buildable if you prefer to opt for a bolder brow look.

The size of the product is 3.12 g and a little goes a LONG way! This product is super-travel friendly. There is no need to carry a brow brush, simply pop it in your makeup bag.

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Thank you to Pink Cosmetics for introducing me to my holy-grail brow product! If you really want to frame your face, start with your brows.

Try “Boy Brow”, you will not be disappointed!

Click on the images below to see what a difference great brows can make:




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Jeffree Star’s New Blood Sugar Palette

Whether or not you love or hate Valentine’s Day, Jeffree Star has changed V-day this 2018 by releasing his new “Love Sick” Collection!


The “Love Sick” collection already has SO many beauty fans obsessed. “Blood Sugar”  is part of the new collection and is an 18-pan highly pigmented eyeshadow box with packaging inspired by a vintage medical bags. It features a faux-leather (Jeffree Star Cosmetics is a vegan and cruelty-free brand) red outside with metal clasps to open and close. The palette itself comes in a box resembling a VCR box. Due to the eccentric packaging, the palette is thicker than it’s predecessors. The palette also features a decently- sized mirror.

“Blood Sugar” includes three different formulas: matte, metallic, and a reformulation known as new “hybrid” pressed pigment which is a metallic, glitter and foil formulation all in one.  The palette costs $52 which is about $2.80 per shadow.

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Top row: Glucose, Sugarcane, Cake Mix, Ouch, Donor, Intravenous
Middle row: Candy Floss, Tongue Pop, Sweetener, Cavity, O Positive, Root Canal
Bottom row: Prick, Cherry Soda, Fresh Meat, Blood Sugar, Extraction, Coma

The shade names are inspired by medical terms and desserts!


Top Row:

  • “Glucose” is a pure matte white which Star has never created before.
  • “Sugarcane” is a soft cool toned brown which is perfect for the crease and as a transition shade.
  • “Cake Mix ” is a deeper brown which is nice for building and layering. It is such a dreamy shade for a smokey eye as well as for blending in the crease & as a transition shade.
  • “Ouch” is a more warm toned camel colour which will look fantastic on the lid.
  • “Donor” is a creamy, “blinding” Metallic
  • “Intravenous” completes a brown smokey eye look as it is more warm toned and a deeper brown chocolate colour

The top row great for neutrals and for people who tend to stay away from bright colours. 

Middle Row:

  • “Candy Floss” is a stunning metallic pink shade.
  • “Tongue Pop” is a matte shade which features a soft orange tone and is great for use in the crease & as a transition shade.
  • “Sweetener” is a full-on metallic shade with pink, peach and gold undertones.
  • “Cavity” is a gorgeous hot pink
  • “O Positive” is a muted cool toned grey-brown, which is great as a transition shade and to dim down bright colours
  • “Root Canal” is a vibrant ultraviolet purple-pink hybrid shade. It’s such a bright colour!

Bottom Row:

  • “Prick” has needle stamp embossed into it. It’s stunning to pat all over the lid. It’s a very vibrant colour and definitely one of the more brighter shades in the palette.
  • “Cherry Soda” is straight up red shadow.
  • “Fresh Meat ” is a dark mulberry,  burgundy red, which is perfect for mixing.
  • “Blood Sugar ” is named after the palette and is a rusty red metallic.
  • “Extraction” is a  darker version of “Fresh Meat” and has a more cool tone.
  • “Coma” has a medical symbol embossed on it and can be described as plum or burgundy.

In order to keep his red and pink shades vegan (which means Jeffree Star Cosmetics does not use carmine which is a common red and pink ingredient derived from crushed beetles), Star’s brand coloured these shades with dyes. These dyes, as Star says in his video, are not technically eye-safe and may stain your lids.

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Star created this look with his new palette.

Will you be getting this palette? 

Let me know in the comments!

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All information was taken from Jeffree Star's YouTube video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yKVAhDbSito

Sources used http://www.revelist.com/jeffree-star-blood-sugar/jeffree-star-blood-sugar/11373

Elie Saab Spring/Summer 2018 Couture Collection

To say that Elie Saab loves glamour would be like saying water is wet. Every fashion-lover already knows that! For his Spring 2018 haute couture show, he kicked the glam up several notches by adding plenty of feathers, oversized silk bows and bedazzled bathing caps.

Courtesy of Ellie Saab

The fairy-tale detail of haute couture can often lead to “dresses fit for a princess” collections, and such was the case at Elie Saab. A glitzy throwback to Paris in the 1920s was reimagined with the contemporary workmanship the brand is known for. This was my favourite Spring/Summer 2018 Couture Collection!

The show’s title was Paris est une Fête- meaning “Paris is a party”.

In a largely sombre palette of champagne, silvery blue, and black with just a hint of rose, each look was beaded, bejewelled, feathered, and wrapped in a bow to varying degrees.  Each dress was inspired by architecture or vintage fabrics. Interesting necklines were also showcased- with many scooping below the sternum. The dresses were sheer and in the necessary parts deliberately decorated, however relatively speaking, they weren’t all that risqué.


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The vibe of the entire collection is reminiscent of the high-shine ladies of Old Hollywood. Despite this,  it doesn’t diverge too far into costume territory. The designer tempers the retro inspiration by keeping hemlines short and the shapes modern. There is plenty of beading over sheer linings to keep his starlet clientele happy and elegant eveningwear that will keep his couture clientele coming back for more!

“Elegance is the only beauty that never fades.”

The sparkling cloches, despite being literal, actually gave the looks an all-over splendour that could prove a striking point of differentiation at any event requiring such a fancy dress code! Although, more often than not, the average woman does wonder where these women might actually be going, the red carpet, obviously.

Unsolicited advice to any potential wearer: Opt for a design that really does show off the Art Deco, play up the decadence with the metallic silver, give the bow a skip!

Find all the looks of the Elie Saab Spring/Summer 2018 Couture Collection below: 

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Giorgio Armani Sì & The Perfect Dupe

“Armani Sì is more than a fragrance: it reveals the contemporary femininity of Giorgio Armani – it is a declaration of freedom, of love, of life. The Sì woman has the confidence to say yes to the values that define her life.”

If you haven’t come across Si before, here’s a bit of info: it launched in 2013 and has been a massive success from day one. It’s an extremely pretty, fruity yet soft, warm and earthy fragrance.

Armani Sì opens with blackcurrant liqueur and is followed by two types of soft vanilla, Rose de Mai, freesia and gorgeous patchouli. There’s a wonderful balance of sweetness and earthiness which makes it soft on the skin and really wearable. An inflexion of three accords is combined: blackcurrant nectar, modern chypre & light musky blond wood.

It’s an irresistible combination that leaves an unforgettable trail when you leave the room! 

Sì is Italian for ‘yes’ – which makes it a perfect fragrance for an engagement or wedding gift. Circling the neck of the Sì perfume bottle is a polished gold ring that symbolises the promise of eternity. Sì makes a unique birthday gift.

I love the bottle. It is really simple and chic and feels super luxurious to hold. Love it!


Retailing for a whopping R1060 for 30ml from Red Square, this lavish scent is sure to make a huge dent in your budget! #Januworry. Pink Cosmetics has created a dupe perfume with the exact same stunning scents and notes as Sì!

Retailing for R125 for a 50ml bottle, Pink Cosmetics’ Alba Rose Eu de Parfum is sure to captivate all your senses!

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Did you know that hydrated skin ensures your perfume lasts longer?

Begin your body care routine with Sì Body Lotion (R550+)  to intensify the moisture on your skin and ensure the longevity of your Sì fragrance. This is a simple way to intensify your perfume and experiment to create a personalised scent that’s unique to you.

Pink Cosmetics has created yet another perfect dupe for this irresistible body lotion! Their body butter is a rich, creamy and designed to keep moisture in your skin by providing a protective barrier. It is made of oils extracted from seeds and nuts and absorbs into the skin, helping to condition, soften, and smooth while preventing dryness. Delicious and decadently thick, but not greasy and completely paraben & sulphate free.


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Sì Nacre launched in 2017, is the new limited edition Sì. Stamped in gold, the feminine manifesto of emotions elegantly wraps around the Sì Nacre bottle. An iridescent pink fragrance shimmers as if in response. On the skin, the pearly gleams exude a golden sparkle.

Use the unicorn glow body spray from Pink Cosmetics after spraying Alba Rose to achieve the same iridescent, golden sparkle.

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