Thursday, 30 June 2016

First Impressions: The Body Shop Fresh Nude Foundation

Let's be real.

Hands up if you also find it hard finding foundation. Add to the mix being brown, with combination skin. It's almost always too ashy, too orange, too pasty or too - whatever. Even for women who hardly wear make up, foundation is literally the foundation of whatever little or lots of make up you wear. I always get excited when I think I've found something that'll work on my skin only to mostly be disappointed in the middle of the day when I look at myself in the mirror and see the shiny light bulb that my nose has become. And currently being preggers has not helped my face oil control. I've been using The Body Shop's Fresh Nude foundation for the past few weeks and it's become a go to product for me in the mornings.

Firstly, I'm impressed with the range's choices of colours. They have 16 different shades to cover most women's skin tones. And if you don't find your exact one, you can always use their Shade Adjusting Drops to customise it to your complexion. The bottle is sleek with an easy nozzle pump to dispense the foundation. I've actually been forgoing applying it with a brush and just use my fingers - works like a charm.

Usually my second biggest gripe about foundation is that I'm so aware it's on my face. What I like the most about it is that I don't feel like I'm wearing anything. The formula is really light and is able to blend in easily with my skin and my skin can still breathe. And if I want even more coverage, I just add another layer and again, blending isn't a problem. The finish is very natural looking, which I love. It also has SPF 15 which is a must for any face make up I put on my face now. Overall, I think it's a great everyday option - especially for us brown girls.

My shade is called Seychelles Cinnamon. You can get yours at The Body Shop for R275.


Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Review: The Body Shop Shade Adjusting Drops

For the past couple of months, I've been experimenting with The Body Shop's new set of Shade Adjusting Drops. And as promised, I'm coming back to you with my verdict and experience with them.

What are they?

They're little pots of genius foundation adjustors. In a nutshell, to darken your foundation (for complexion changes or contouring) add a drop of the darkening drops. To lighten your foundation, do the reverse. For more detailed info on how they work, check out my first blog post on them.

How they look

I have a couple of different brands of foundation (who doesn't right?) so I figured I'd give you a preview of how the drops could change different shades of your own foundation. I've also been using their new Fresh Nude foundation that came out the same time as the drops. Look out for my upcoming review on that. For the purpose of these pics, I used a mix of light and dark foundation shades to show how you how different combos can work.

My Two Cents

At this point, I don't feel like it's a stretch to have called them genius above. They really are. When I first heard about these drops I thought "well, duh" I mean, why hadn't we had these all along?! Then when I got them, I was itching to really give them a go. Now that winter's kicking in, I've had more opportunities to combine the drops with other foundations of mine. Like clockwork, my complexion has changed and this time it's two pronged - from the change in season as well as being pregnant. My neck has gone slightly darker (boo) than my face so I've needed a little help there.

The drops have made it so easy to just adjust my shade according to how my face looks on the day. And as I've shown above, you can mix them with pretty much any liquid foundation you have in your stash. The formulas are highly concentrated and you don't need a lot of the drops to make a noticeable change to your foundation shade. So far, I haven't had any issues with compatibility with any of my foundations. Don't forget to look out for my take on their Fresh Nude foundation...coming soon.

The Body Shop Shade Adjusting Drops retail for R300 each and are available at The Body Shop stores nationwide as well as selected Clicks stores.


Friday, 17 June 2016

The Power of a Smile

Live on MyFroandITV:

A different kind of video is up and live on my YouTube channel, where I share a personal experience. 

Not long ago, Dentyne invited me to participate in their #DentyneSmile campaign. The power of a smile is immense and Dentyne is encouraging us to use them to help us get ahead in life. The way I see it, if you have a positive attitude and take on life’s challenges with confidence, then you are already winning. There have been plenty of times where all I wanted to do in a situation was cry or shout or maybe even give up, but it’s the moments where I decide to be the bigger person or channel my inner happiness and confidence that make me overcome challenges and grab opportunities with gusto. 

Here, I share one of the most crucial times in my life where my inner happiness was at stake, and how I was able to use my smile to end up getting me to where I am today. I hope you find it inspiring and helps you harness your inner smile :)

This post was brought to you by Dentyne South Africa.


Friday, 13 May 2016

My Baby Shower

In honour of Baby O's impending arrival, my closest family and friends in SA threw me a beautiful baby shower last weekend!

My mom and sister-in-law worked tirelessly for weeks planning the entire day. It was held at my mom-in-law's beautiful house where it was decorated with cute animals and brightly coloured decor - right up my alley. It was a beautiful day, unexpectedly warm and sunny considering it being May already. But thankfully the sun stayed put for the special day, perfectly timed to fall on Mother's Day weekend :)

With my fellow bumpie friend!

As we are keeping Baby O's gender hush hush until the birth, I requested that everything was kept gender neutral. My husband and I are also not into the typical blue for boy and pink for girls thing, especially when it comes to items we could hand down to any future Baby Os. Baby registry shopping is so much harder than I thought! But we managed and received awesome gifts.

With my lovely mom-in-law and sister-in-law

My look? My entire maternity style so far has been 'Aisha, just preggers'. I really wanted to stick to my own style by feeling cute and made up, while showing off my bump. My hair is the B.E. Khulile Bespoke Afro Wig from Bounce Essential Hair in 14". I'll be doing a video with all the details on it soon :) I ordered my dress from Spree, bought my necklace from Lovisa and my shoes are old faves from Woolies.

Thank you so much to all my friends and family, here and abroad who wished us well and showed tremendous love to our growing family. Watch out for my baby shower haul video coming soon, where I'll show off all of the gifts we were spoiled with!


Friday, 29 April 2016

Adjust Your Foundation Shade with The Body Shop

I for one am so, so, SO excited to try this new product from The Body Shop.

How many times have you been on the hunt for your perfect foundation? Growing up in Europe, it was especially hard for me to find the right shade as many brands at the time weren't offering anything even close to my skin colour, let alone the tone of it. We can all be Black, but our undertones vary. I have more of a warm, reddish undertone so many foundations I try look too ashy for me. The opposite is when I find a foundation that on the surface looks great but then I see under particular lighting looks too orange on me. It's a big reason why I haven't really been much of a foundation girl. So earlier this year, when The Body Shop informed me that they're releasing a new product that allows you to adjust the shade of your foundation to suit your skin, I was immediately intrigued.

The Body Shop Shade Adjusting Drops

The Body Shop's Shade Adjusting Drops are so clever, I have no idea why they weren't thought of before. They're a pair of concentrated liquid foundation bottles that each come with a dropper. You can use them to adjust another Body Shop foundation or if you've got an old faithful, you can mix them with that too. They're compatible with most liquid foundations.

Our skin goes through many changes in life and we're not always the exact same colour. For me and many other women, the seasons affect me; I'm usually lighter in winter. And for some crazy reason, I usually get even lighter when I'm home in Tanzania (no idea how that happens though since the sun there is so gangster). But when I went on my honeymoon, my skin turned about 5 shades darker than my normal - and stayed that way for a good few weeks! So, most of my face products were totally unusable at that time and I had to forgo them. But buying a whole new set of makeup (concealer, blush, BB cream etc.) made no sense to me or my wallet so I just waited it out until my face got back to normal. It happens.

How to use

For lighter skin: If you've bought foundation that's a bit too dark, you can use the off-white lightening concentration to lighten up your shade. The rule of thumb is 1 drop gives you a 1/2 lighter shade. Play around with it to get your perfect colour.

For darker skin: If you find your foundation is too light but the next shade is a tad too dark, use the darkening drops to adjust the shade. The concentration is a mix of black and red pigments to keep the natural depth of darker foundations. The same rule of thumb applies; 1 drop gives you 1/2 darker shade.

My favourite part about these drops is they haven't left us brown girls out. The darkening bottle isn't a medium-ish colour - it's dark enough to create enough shades to give us a variety. You can also use them to contour your face just by creating darker and lighter versions of the same foundation.

I'll be experimenting with these drops over the next few weeks and will report back to you on how I'm doing. With winter around the corner, I'm excited to have these on hand.

You can get The Body Shop Shade Adjusting Drops from The Body Shop stores nationwide for R300.

*This post was brought to you by The Body Shop SA*

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