Thursday, 23 April 2015

#todaysfro Tutorial: The Fluff in Front

Live on MyFroandITV:

Voted by you, styled by me, March's winning style is a quick, easy and fun style to rock. The best thing about this style; you can rock it whether your hair is on the shorter side or if it's long. Add an accessory or just let your own hair do the talking.

You've voted, now watch and rock your version!

Thank you to all of the ladies who shared their February High Bun style versions with me. If you'd like a chance to be featured on my Instagram or Facebook page, tag me @aishaandlife and #todaysfro in your version of the Fluff in Front.


Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Budget Beauty Buys

It's almost the end of the month but payday isn't quite here yet. I don't know about you but sometimes I just need a beauty pick me up and I can't always wait until the 25th to feel cute. There's a whole world out there that can cater to the makeup junkie without completely breaking the bank...

There's a big misconception that all lower priced cosmetics are bad quality but this past year I've developed a new appreciation for make up that costs much less than its glamourous competitors. Of course, some are cheap beyond the prices but I've found that others can offer the same and sometimes more quality than ones we pay more for. As much as I love my pricier products, they're usually a treat for me or because they're must have that I haven't found any other brand offering. And with all sorta of other expenses becoming a reality in my life, I still want to look cute on a budget. Surely I'm not the only one?

So I went a lil crazy at Dischem this past weekend and instead of getting a couple of pick me ups, I got a whole bunch of goodies at the fraction of the price. Here's my haul:

Clockwise from top left:
L.A. Colours Jumbo Eye Pencil in Beach Resort R15
L.A. Colours Jumbo Eye Pencil in Bronze Shimmer R15
L.A. Colours Chunky Lip Pencil in Warm Caramel R35
Passion nail polish R22
L.A. Colours Chunky Lip Pencil in Spice R35
Catrice lipstick 370 R70
Wet n Wild Mega Last Lip Colour in Red Velvet (from Clicks) R40
Wet n Wild Mega Last Lip Colour in Mauve Outta Here (from Clicks) R40
L.A Girl Luxury Creme Lip Colour in Cherish R25
L.A Girl Luxury Creme Lip Colour in Dreamer R25
L.A. Colours Jumbo Eye Pencil in Desert Sun R15
L.A. Colours Jumbo Eye Pencil in Tropical Bliss R15
L.A. Colours Jumbo Eye Pencil in Popsicle R15

I'm currently most excited about the lip crayons from L.A. Colours and my latest nail polish addition from I think Dischem's own brand Passion. 

I haven't yet tried the Wet n Wild lippies but I've heard such great things about them and the fact that they were only R35 (!!!) topped it off. I actually got these from Clicks. So far they're at selected stores so I got mine from Rosebank.

Watch out for this section monthly to save some bucks in your beauty box ;)

What's your favourite budget beauty buy?


Monday, 13 April 2015

Protective Style Review: Havana Twists

As of last weekend, Fro is officially back. So now that I've had my few weeks with the havana twists and really tested them on my honeymoon, it's the perfect time to get back to you with a review of the style.

I thought it fitting to have my first protective style of 2015 to be the style I rock whilst on honeymoon. We went to the magical islands of The Maldives. Side note: if you want to experience heaven on Earth, this is where you need to go. It's as breath-taking as the photos - actually the photos don't even do it justice. You have to see it for yourself. 

So, I knew that I didn't want to have my own hair out for various reasons:
  • I wasn't familiar with the climate of The Maldives so wouldn't have been able to come equipt with a damage control plan should my fro freak out.
  • We'd be swimming often so I needed something that would be easy to get in and out of the water without having to worry about the tangled mess my fro becomes after dipping it in the ocean.
  • Time - I wanted to have a completely lazy, worry-free time with my husband and hair wasn't something I wanted to even blink about.

In essence, the hair ticked all three requirements. I was initially worried that the amount of hair used was too much and would get very heavy when wet - which it actually did but what surprised me about it was that it dried very quickly. 20 minutes in the sun and I was good to go. Another worry I had was that it would be too bulky to fit into my new beach hat. So Ruutos graciously accepted to re-do my side cornrows a few days before I left, to lessen the extension load by making them a bit longer so there were less single twists in the middle. So after they edited the hair, my head just fit into my hat.

My take on the hair piece:
  • Weight of extensions: The hair itself is heavier than Marley hair. I'm not sure if the exact same style would be achievable with Marley but it's worth a shot to avoid the heaviness.
  • Longevity: It didn't last as long as other hair extensions. I had it in for a total of four weeks, and by the beginning of the fourth, the hair was looking ratty. It did the job and I wasn't expecting it to last much longer than when we got back to Joburg but it started fraying about a week and a half in. Having said that, I was swimming multiple times a day, every day for a whole week so that type of activity surely had an effect on it.
  • Washing: It was easy to wash. The cornrows made it much easier to get to my scalp and wash it. Of course, there's only so much washing that I could do to remove the sand that eventually accumulated in there even though the actual amount was much less than I expected.
  • Versatility: I wanted to have something that I could easily put up into a big bun when snorkelling and also rock down and it did just that. The length of the twists looked allowed me to create a big bun (photos above) and the length also looked really pretty with dresses and my hat. And I often just pulled a few twists from both sides and simply tied them with a small hairband to keep them out of my face (photos below).
  • Maintenance: I stuck to my ol' faithful products when I'm in a protective style: Restore Plus Moisturising Spray and a bit of my DIY hair butter. I'm not going to lie, I wasn't diligent about wrapping it every night. This definitely also affected the longevity of the style. 

I wasn't a fan of how the ends looked like. I'm not sure if it was because of the hair piece or the way the salon finished them but they weren't as neat as how other extensions look after dipping them in hot water.

All in all, I was happy with the style. It did the job and photographed well too :)

My version of "Glamour-to-go"!


Wednesday, 8 April 2015

#TodaysFro Tutorials: March Nominees

It's time for you to vote again for your #todaysfro video tutorial!

A recap on how it works:
  • VOTE for your favourite style of the most liked #todaysfro posts from my Instagram
  • WATCH the winning style on YouTube
  • ROCK your version of the style and tag me so I can see it! Do it via Twitter, Facebook or Instagram. You could be featured on one of my pages :)
Ready? Here are March's nominees:

Wanna rock one of the above styles? The poll is waiting for you in the right side bar -------------------------------->>>

Voting closed. Thanks for voting!


Monday, 6 April 2015

I Love this Perfume: Valentina by Valentino

I'm sure just like every woman, I'm very picky about my perfumes. As a teenager, I loved getting perfumes because they looked so pretty. But as I grew older, I felt like there were few perfumes that have their own signature scent so my current collection is very exclusive. I have a day-time scent, an evening and a special occasion one so to add a new member to that club means it has to be so different to anything else I've smelled. 

I came across Valentino's Valentina sample in a magazine mid last year. I have to say, the name was what made me try it - I do judge certain books by their covers. As soon as I tried it, I envisioned wearing it on my wedding day. My husband and I agreed we'd look for matching fragrances to wear on the day as I read somewhere that smell is the sense that evokes memory the strongest so on your day, wear something new so you can always attribute that smell to it. I hadn't smelt the male version and neither had he but I was sold on mine via the sample.

  • It's romantic. There's no other word I can use to describe it. It has notes of bergamot, jasmine, white truffles and a hint of wild strawberries.
  • I feel feminine and pretty wearing it. The bottle sets you up for the inside contents which mirror the outer lady-like ivory and dusty pink flowers. From the name to the bottle design to the scent, it makes me feel special.
  • I love that it's not strong - it's very subtle. So it stays soft throughout the day as it's not an overpowering scent. 
  • All of the above gives it a modern twist to something that smells like it's a classic.

Turns out, my husband loved the male version Valentino so we ended up wearing his and hers perfumes on our wedding day after all - just like I dreamt :) It's now my date night/spending time with the hubby scent.

Valentina 50 ml EDP retails for about R1020.

What's your signature fragrance?


Thursday, 2 April 2015

Elle Feature: My Weekend in Products

I've been featured in this month's Elle issue!

Check out My Weekend in Products, where I share some of my beauty tips from what I use daily on my skin to my must-have steps before a night out. It's my first #BeautyBox magazine article, so I'm pretty excited! Get your copy of Elle from your nearest news stand, page 122 is where you'll find me ;)

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