Category: Skincare & Make-Up (Page 1 of 4)

SKIN Functional

My Thoughts

Recently I have was gifted 2 products from SKIN Functional – the Texture and Blemish Tonic, and The Powerful Vitamin A. My 2 main skin concerns are uneven skin texture and pigmentation. My pigmentation has got worse since my early-onset menopause (thanks to my stem cell transplant), and I have been going for more regular facials and peels to try to rectify this. However, I also know the importance of great skincare products that work in conjuction with your professional treatments.

I have heard so much about SKIN Functional, and they have been all over my social media. I have seen them being recommended in Facebook groups, and I have been dying to try them for myself.

When my products arrived, they came with a small quote card, as well as a personalised product usage guideline for the specific products that they had sent me. The guidelines included the time of the day that I should use these, and how much of each product I should apply. As a first time user of SKIN Functional I really appreciated this and it made me feel like they really care about their clients and want everyone to get the most out of these products.

I knew that I wanted to feature them on my blog, and hopefully let more people know just how wonderful these products are, and how their customer care is above and beyond what is expected.


Interview

Your name: Kevin Khosa

Business name: SKIN functional

Social media handles: Facebook, Instagram and Website

3 fun facts about you: Vibrant, Funny and Interesting

What is SKIN Functional: SKIN functional is a South African skincare company that formulates using optimal concentrations of effective and trusted ingredients to restore the skin’s optimal functioning. Products that deliver potent treatments with reproducible results at an accessible price point.

What makes your products different to other brands: SKIN functional formulates products backed by clinical data and uses optimal concentrations of effective and trusted ingredients. SKIN functional provides honourable skintelligence to debunk the many myths and misinformation that the skincare information is riddled with.

What is your most popular item: 10% Niacinamide – Blemish Corrector

Which product is your favourite: Liquid Moisturiser

What is the one product that you think everyone should own: Everyone should have the Daily Moisturiser as it is a staple in maintaining overall skin health along with anti-oxidant and anti-ageing benefits.

How do people know which products to purchase: There is an option to shop by product, active ingredient, skin concern or skin type function on our website. We have a guide per indication as well. Alternatively customers are able to visit our shop for personalised guidance. If that isn’t convenient they are able to whatsapp, call or send us a DM for personalised guidance.

Where can people purchase your products from: SKIN functional’s website.

Who do you think would benefit from using your products: SKIN functional can be used by all genders, all skin types across all ages. We have people of all ages using our products with the youngest being only 4 years old.

What skin conditions and concerns can your products assist with: SKIN functional products address all common skin concerns. Acne, Ageing, Pigmentation, Dryness, Acne scars, Textural Irregularities, Sensitivity and Stretch Marks.

What are some of your most popular active ingredients: Retinol, L-Ascorbic Acid, Niacinamide, Azelic Acid

Quote you live by: Be yourself for yourself


You Can Win!

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In Closing…

I have been really impressed with these products, and can definitely see a difference in my skin texture and feel like I am glowing! I have had so many compliments from my friends and family, and feel like this is all due to SKIN Functional and ensuring that I am taking the best care possible of my skin.

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7 days in vs 14 days in

Pop them a message, send them a DM and follow them on social media. I promise that you won’t be disappointed!


Entle Cosmetics

I am always on the hunt for local cosmetic brands, and eyeshadow palettes with vibrant colouring and gorgeous pay-off. And then, Entle Cosmetics decided to enter the party with all her glitters, lumo colours, as well as an everyday palette.

Guys, my mind is literally blown at the beauty of these palettes, as well as the thought, consideration and love that Thandokazi has put into each of her offerings. I am sure you are going to love them too!


Getting to know Entle Cosmetics

Your name: Thandokazi Xulubana

Business name: Entle Cosmetics

Social media handles: Facebook, Instagram and Website

3 fun facts about you:

  • I’m a qualified software engineer that loves makeup/fashion, which you hardly find in I.T.
  • I am terrified of animals that crawl.
  • I loved drawing cartoon characters in primary and high school.

Can you tell me a little more about your business: The Holdings company is called ‘Nokwakha’, which is my Grandmother’s name, and our cosmetics division is called ‘Entle’

Entle means beauty in my native tongue isiXhosa, we derived it from the name ‘Mbalente’, which is why we have 3 leaves on our logo. ‘Mbalentle’ means ‘Beautiful Flower’.

At Entle Cosmetics, we believe that everyone is born beautiful, you do not need to change the shape of your face because you are beautiful the way you are.

Our makeup is not made to change how people look, but to enhance people’s natural beauty. Our intention is to bring out the creativity in you, after all – makeup is art! Our brand embraces every culture, race and class (I do not want to go into too much detail around this part, as we will only reveal the vision on our next collection – I can’t wait for our next launch).

What pushed you to start this business: I got tired of not being able to get the quality and packaging I liked when I shopped for makeup. I am someone who loves people, and I would experience horrible customer service in some of the makeup stores I went to, which is why we always strive to be a brand that cares about the people we serve, and I always do follow ups with our clients asking about their experience with our brand.

Why is being cruelty-free so important to you: I have seen a lot of videos around makeup testing on animals and I could not stomach it. I am an animal lover, I literally cry and get mad when I see animals being mistreated. It angers me that as people we sit back and take videos of people raping animals or kill them for their horns. I love nature and the wilderness, so this is why this is important to me.

What makes your makeup products so unique: I cannot say that our makeup products are unique, because I know you will find similar quality products somewhere else… but I can promise you that you will not find the same experience that we create for our clients. We are not just selling makeup products, but we are selling a brand experience.

Our goal is to give all our clients a world class service, premium quality eyeshadow shades and elegant packaging, with a personal touch to each product.

Which is your personal favourite product: Wow, this is a difficult question because they are all my favorites, it all depends on the occasion. If I am going to the mall, I wear Anelisa. If I am going out for dinner, I mix Khanya with Buhle Bendalo (or Anelisa). When I go to Church, I wear Buhle Bendalo.

How can people purchase from you: We have our Facebook, and Instagram, shop which can be used to purchase our products. We also have our Shopify online store which is where the bulk of our orders come from.

People can also DM us for orders, and our banking details, if they want to do direct deposit.

Who do you think would enjoy your makeup: Makeup artists, people who are not afraid to be different, or standout, and those who like to wear less makeup as well. Our collection caters for those who love glam, and glitz, and for those who love nude colors.

What do you want people to feel when they use your products: I want them to feel undefined joy, to feel confident and cared for…because every package is packed with care and love.

Quote you live by: Never look at “negative situations” as problems, but look at them as challenges, an opportunity for you to grow and do great.

Anything else you want to add: Each palette has a dedicated name, for this collection we chose Xhosa names and their meanings define each palette:

Khanya eyeshadow palette – Khanya means shine, illuminate. We chose this name because the glitter shades represent the shine in Khanya, the palette packaging represents the illumination.

Buhle Bendalo eyeshadow palette – Buhle Bendalo means natural beauty. We chose this name because of Buhle’s nude/calm shades and the packaging that reflects in natural lighting, giving it a sparkling touch.

Anelisa eyeshadow palette – Anelisa means to fulfill. We chose this name because we felt like this eyeshadow fulfills your soft and full glam looks. You have both matte and glitter shades in one palette, each shade complements the next one.


In closing…

Don’t these palettes speak to you? And with their prices starting form only R299.99 per palette, they are affordable and cover a wide range of colours and textures. I know that I definitely want to add all of them to my collection, but I am super keen to try the glitters and stars in the Anelisa Palette first.

Thando has also launched a 10 piece marble makeup brush set in a cylinder case – even though I seem to collect different makeup brushes, I always feel that having a case to keep them safe and allow for easy travel is something everyone needs. Plus, how freaking gorgeous is the set?

Please show your love and support for Thando and Entle Cosmetics. She was an absolute joy to chat with, and I love that she is determined to change the way customers feel and are treated throughout their purchase and experience of her product.

I can’t wait to see what you create with these!


The Glitter Fairy

“Some girls are just born with glitter in their veins.”

Paris Hilton

I am a glitter fiend! Any chance I get I will add it to my makeup looks, I will sprinkle it in cards, and I will purchase the sparkliest gin that I can. I have, however, learnt that the same glitter cannot be used across all of these loves of mine – for examples using craft glitter for a makeup look or close to your eyes, as these can cause injury and damage to your eye balls.

But then I heard about The Glitter Fairy, had a squiz through their website and was super impressed to hear that they are biodegradable. Plus I think that I have found my glitter twin in Nadia, who owns this business. In fact I think her blood may even contain fine glitter in it…


Your name: Nadia Wrankmore (aka Head Fairy)

Business name: The Glitter Fairy

Social media handles: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Website.

3 fun facts about you:
I’m always the first one on the dance floor
I cry in most sad movies, including the animations. Mufasa still gets me every time!
I believe in fairies…obviously!

What makes your glitter unique?
Unlike conventional plastic glitter, The Glitter Fairy only uses Bioglitter® which is made from plant cellulose extracted from ethically sourced, non-GMO hardwoods, primarily eucalyptus trees. Making our product biodegradable, vegan friendly, non-toxic, and full of sparkly awesomeness!

Glitter Fairy glitter is also a globally compliant, cosmetic glitter, which means you can use it in so many products like cosmetics, bath & body products, hair products, body and resin art, nail art, and more. So you can get your sparkle on in so many ways!

What size is your glitter?
Cosmetic grade glitter is cut smaller and thinner than plastic-based glitter, so not only is it 40% softer than traditional glitter, it also comes in a few sizes, giving you more sparkly options to choose from.
Chunky glitter is similar in size to craft glitter and super chunky is like old school glitter, and then there is ultra chunky which definitely brings so much more dazzle and bling to any occasion.

What pushed you to start this business?
That’s a good question. Whilst in Bali having my own Eat, Pray, Love moment, I decided that I wanted to leave this planet, a little better off than I found it, even if it’s in a small way. So with my love for the ocean and all things makeup and sparkly related, feel-good sparkles were the way to go and a natural outlet for my passion and creativity.

Which is your personal favourite glitter?
That’s a tough one. I like to match my glitter to the occasion or to what I am wearing. But if I had to choose one…it would be Soul Sista. This was my first blend and born from my trip to Bali which kicked off The Glitter Fairy journey, it still takes me back to those memories.
Fun fact, all the blends have a special meaning, named with a person in mind or an important event that has occurred in my life.

Which glitter has been your best-seller?
Unicorn Squad is the top seller. I have a customer that puts it on every day, even if she is just going to the shops or relaxing at home. I love that! just like me she also knows that glitter really does make everything better.

Who do you think would love your products?
All sparkle lovers big and small. The glitter is so versatile so it can bring a little sparkly magic to person or product alike.

Do you do custom orders?
Yes definitely! I can make up a custom Glitter Fairy blend at glitter HQ according to your wishes; for weddings and parties.

How can people purchase from you?
You can flutter on over to our online shop at www.theglitterfairy.co.za

What is the difference between craft glitter and your glitter?
Ok, here comes the science bit. Craft glitter is made from multi-layered sheets of plastic called polyethylene terephthalate (PET), pigment, and reflective material which can contain aluminium, metal, glass, titanium dioxide, iron oxide, and bismuth oxychloride just to name a few. So not only are some of those ingredients a mouthful, they’re not good for your skin and together with the amount of plastic used can take hundreds of years to degrade, which contributes to the polluting of oceans and harm to marine life.

Glitter Fairy glitter will quickly biodegrade into harmless substances in all environments, including the ocean, which is great news for all our fishy friends, including turtles and mermaids. Microbes will consume the biodegradable content in just a few weeks.

Why shouldn’t people use craft glitter in their makeup looks?
They don’t call it craft glitter for nothing. It is not designed for use on your skin so rather keep it for Christmas cards and glitter pumpkins.

Quote you live by:
Start each day with a grateful heart and when in doubt add glitter.

Anything else you want to add?
It’s tough out there at the moment, but remember that you are tougher.


With names of glitter blends including Unicorn Squad, Frozen, Soul Sista, Shine Bright Like A Diamond, Halo, Abalone, Woke Up A Mermaid, and so many more; it’s a guarantee that you can find the perfect glitter for your occasion or general happiness.

I loved writing this blog, and discovering a fellow glitter lover that is out to change the world! Which of these colours do you like best?


Belani Beauty

Doing makeup is my happy place. It provides me with a chance to show my creativity, escape the stresses of life in 2020, and make myself feel a little more attractive – these #COVIDcurves have destroyed my self-confidence, but getting into my makeup takes me away to a different place.

I discovered these graphic liners through social media, and they have really changed the game when it comes to taking your makeup to the next level, as well as experimenting with new looks.

I reached out to this local business, and asked if I could please feature them on my blog – and their response was so positive and appreciative, that I knew this had to be my very next post!


Your Names: Dineo & Emily Mabunda

Business name: Belani Beauty

Social Media: Facebook, Instagram and Website

Photo by: Ismaeel Bagus

3 fun facts about you: We are responsible for all the content on our page (with the exception of a few photos from a photographer), We designed all of labelling and brand name ourselves, We are sisters.

Tell me a little bit more about your business: We started Belani Beauty because we just felt a little bit stuck in life. We are both commerce students who just wanted to have a creative outlet that was fun and fulfilling. We both stared doing makeup in our early teens and we may not be professionals but we are definitely enthusiasts who like to experiment and switch it up. We want Belani Beauty to represent just that, a brand that will take you out of your makeup comfort zone. We are definitely still a work in progress. We have so many ideas and we are trying to figure out what is next for us. We excited for what the future may hold and we are extremely grateful for all the support we have received in such a short span of time . It’s expected for people to be skeptical of a new business especially in this South African climate but the leap of faith our customers took from the beginning is why we are still up running and we can’t thank them enough for that.

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What makes your liners unique: Our liners are unique because we took the time to sample a wide range of manufacturers and vendors so we could ensure the best quality for our customers. They are extremely pigmented, smudge and transfer proof, quick drying, cruelty free and vegan. We currently have a range of 20 colours and we plan on expanding it if our customers are still interested.

How can people place an order with you: People can order our liners on our website or use the shop function on our Instagram page.

Photo by: Ismaeel Bagus

Who do you think would love your liners: I know anyone who has an interest in make up would love our liners, whether you are just an enthusiast or a professional make up artist.

“It’s just a fun and easy way to add something different and eye-catching to your make up looks.”

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Where did the idea to start this business come from: We used to save so many pictures of make up looks with graphic liner that would always pop up on our Instagram explore page. We really wanted try these colourful liners and we couldn’t find any beauty business that was selling them in South Africa so we decided why not bring them to SA. We’ve always been told that the key to a successful business is to identify a gap in the market and fill it well once you do. That’s what made us want to follow through with our business because we wanted to put this advice to the test.

Do you need a steady hand to apply these liners: Yes you do need a steady hand to apply the liners with the use of our ‘Detailed brush’ and ‘Ultra Thin Detailed Brush’, which can be found our website, your application will be easy and you’ll get the perfect sharp lines in no time.

Quote you live by: “Just start”

Anything else you want to add: We have so many ideas and concepts for the business and we are currently thinking of a rebrand, we just hope everything goes as planned we don’t know what the future holds for our business holds but again we are so thankful to everybody who has supported and shopped and re-posted on their stories and tagged us in their pictures it’s just so amazing to go on our Instagram page and see all the love from our customers and our followers and we can’t wait for 2021.

Photo by: Ismaeel Bagus
Photo by: Ismaeel Bagus

Aren’t these just so divine? And don’t you want to get your hands on them?

I have been seeing so many stunning graphic eye looks on Pinterest and Instagram, and can’t wait to try these myself with some of Belani Beauty’s graphic liners. My only problem is that there are so many colours that I would like to purchase.

A special thank you to these gorgeous ladies for allowing me to interview them, and for helping to change the game in South African makeup!


Kryolan Fourways Mall

When I studied beauty at The Academy of Beauty Therapy, I also completed my international certification in makeup. I absolutely love spending time experimenting with new makeup looks, and getting to play with beautiful makeup! We were taught using Kryolan, and I immediately fell in love. I couldn’t believe the coverage that their foundation gave; how their colours were bold and vibrant; and most of all the highest quality of each and every product.

I was so excited when I saw that they opened a store in Fourways Mall, and I was their very first customer through their doors. I won a makeover with them, and was so impressed with the service I received as well as the passion of each of the staff members. I was reminded again just why I adore these products, and pop through to their store at every chance I get.

We have some exciting ideas in the pipeline, but I don’t want to give too much away just yet… For now, you can enjoy learning more about them, and make sure you give them a visit next time you are in the area.


Your name: Judi Rosenstrauch (Marketing Manager) and MC van der Merwe (Owner).

Business name: Kryolan Fourways Mall

Social media handles: Facebook, Instagram and Website.

Tell me a bit more about Kryolan: At Kryolan, we make make-up. But not like anybody else.
Because unlike everybody else, we actually make our make-up. As one of the first cosmetics brands in the world, we use our own formulas and recipes to manufacture our own products. We think of them. We create them. Formulate them and love them into existence. We’ve been doing this over 70 years. And we’re still doing it today.
There is only one real professional make-up maker. There is only one Kryolan.

You can also see the whole Kryolan story on the website – it is actually quite interesting if you have some time…

Why did you choose to open a store in Fourways Mall: We have been working and selling Kryolan products for more than a decade and developed an absolute trust in the brand and its products. We decided to go all in and took over Kryolan City in Maponya mall. After that the rest was history and we knew we had to bring the brand, that we loved so much, to Fourways. And are we glad we did! We have met so many awesome people along the way and some very loyal customers.

What makes Kryolan such an amazing brand: There truly is no brand like Kryolan! It is one of the very few professional make-up brands that is able to live up to the expectation. Our brand is so diverse and truly caters for every skin tone, complexion, make-up look or whatever your need, we will have it. We have over 7 different foundation ranges that comes in every shape and colour to suit your exact need with cover that you could only dream about. To top it off, all our products from eye shadow to lip stain and foundation is animal cruelty free. We even have a BLUE MASTER vegan brush set!

What services do you offer at Kryolan: We offer everything from make-up consultations to make-up for events and personal make-up lessons. Whether it is your wedding day or you are just a guest at a wedding or perhaps you have a photoshoot with the family, we can help you look amazing! You can pop in at any time for a free foundation matching with no obligation to buy and we will help you find a product that is ideal for your skin tone and complexion.

Is Kroylan for everyone, or only professionals: Kryolan is for EVERYONE! Whether you are a make-up artist, working lady or simply a mommy who likes to look good and feel amazing you can absolutely come to us. Many moons ago it used to only be available to professional make-up artists, but now we are a professional make-up brand available to everyone without exception.

What are some of your favourite products: It will definitely depend on what the occasion… As a foundation, I personally adore the VITACOLOR range as it is ideal for my drier complexion and it has amazing coverage. I always go with the LIP STAIN as it is extremely long lasting and doesn’t dry your lips like some stains can sometimes do. Even if you have to wear a mask, your lip color won’t go any ware! Another amazing product that I can’t get enough of is the SHIMMERING EVENT FOUNDATION that works wonders when you want to add a bronzing effect to your look for those rosy cheeks. But I should probably stop now, because I’ve mentioned 3 products already and the list just goes on and on…

Shepherd with DUAL FINISH Ideal for contouring and highlights as well as to increase the opacity of other foundations.
Adeline Chabane with EYE SHADOW VARIETY 18 COLORS ‘V1’ pallet is a soft pressed powder for dry application.
Phumi Nompumelelo Twala with LIP STAIN ‘Ambient’. This product is a matt, color-intense, long-lasting and smudge-proof lip fluid that you will absolutely adore!
Monica with Shimmering Event Foundation is a very light and gentle fluid foundation for appealing light effects and bronzing.

If people want to know more about your products, where can they visit: First prize will obviously be to visit the shop! We are at shop F60 in Fourways Mall in the upper mall opposite Mr. Price Home. You can also phone the store at 011 516 0631 or send an email to info@kryolanfourwaysmall.co.za. Be sure to follow us on social media too.
Also remember that you can find any product online even if you just want to double check on our prices, it’s all there.

What extra discounts do you offer for professional makeup artists: If you are a professional make-up artist you can apply online for your make-up pro card that entitles you to a 20% discount on all products.

If you had to recommend just 3 products for people to start off with, what would they be: Definitely a foundation with a setting powder as this keeps your foundation on for the whole day! Then I would recommend an eyeshadow pallet (either a 3 or 5 color pallet depending on your need) that you can use for eyeshadow, blusher and contouring if you are in to that…

Are your products cruelty-free: All our products are animal cruelty free! We love animal and our moto is, animals don’t wear make-up, humans do, so why test on animals!

Is there anything that you want people to know about Kryolan: Yes, we have an extremely wide range of products and we would love to have the opportunity to show them to you, so please visit our store! If you know nothing about make-up, let us know and we can schedule a personal make-up lesson for you and show you exactly how to do your own make-up.

Where exactly is your store located: We are at shop F60 in Fourways Mall in the upper mall opposite Mr. Price Home. If you struggle to find us either give us a call or ask the mall security for directions.

Quote you live by: Enjoy the little things in life for one day you’ll look back and realize they were the big things – Disney’s UP

Anything else you want to add: At Kryolan we believe in people first, business later! We will never sell you a product simply to push sales, we will always look at your individual needs and then make recommendations for your specific needs.


I cannot tell you how much I love this product, and especially this branch. It is my happy place, and I recently spent some time with these wonderful people learning about their different products and feeling like a kid in a candy store. I discovered their holographic pigments, and would recommend these to everyone, along with their foundation and setting powder for sure. Their range of eyeshadows is like none I have ever seen before, and you can create your own palette with your favourite colours.

Thank you so much to Judi for your time and love, and to all the great staff at Kryolan Fourways Mall. I can’t wait to see you again, to continue to stock my makeup collection, and to just learn from each of you.


MlsBeauty

I have been LOVING experimenting with new makeup, and recently I saw a post from Marie on one of the Facebook groups I am part of, and I was instantly drawn to her charismatic personality as well as her gorgeous makeup that she has created.  She has just launched a new eyeshadow palette, and it has given me all the feels – I can’t wait to get my hands on it (as well as everything else on her website!), and I am sure that you will feel the same when you see the beauty that is MlsBeauty!


Your name: Marie-Louise but I prefer Marie

Business name: Mlsbeauty (Marie-Louise’s Beauty lol), boring I know.

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Social media handles: Facebook, Instagram and Website

Tell me a little more about your business: I first started as a makeup artist about 7 years ago. I’ve always been inspired by American and British makeup artists and brands and always tried to import products from these countries. I saw the need to bring diversity in terms of makeup in SA and launched my cosmetics line 2 years ago.

How long have you been doing makeup for: About 7 years ago. I was looking for a simple eyebrow tutorial on YouTube and became hooked.

Why does makeup make you so happy: It’s a refuge for me. When I’m upset I grab a brush and just go with the flow. When things fall into place I’m suddenly in a good mood.

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What pushed you to start your own makeup line: The need of diversity in the South African Beauty Market.

What is your personal favourite item from your range: Can I pick 2? Cause they are really good. The Black Magic Palette and the Matte Lipstick in Negra, it’s a warm chocolate brown, I mix it with different lipsticks from the range.

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What have been your most popular items: The Matte lipsticks, so far. But there’s a growing interest for the Black Magic Palette. The Black Magic is pretty versatile in colours but is still a neutral palette. I didn’t want to create a palette full of brown shades only, we needed a palette that’s lively, magical but still wearable.

How much do you charge for makeup application:  My makeup rates start from R550.

I see you do makeup lessons too – how can people book with you: People can contact me through emails, DM or WhatsApp. I’m working on a bookings section on my website.

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How can people order items from you: I have all my items on my website, easy, fast and secure website.

What makes your makeup brand so different to others: Inclusivity in every sense of the word. I wanted to create a brand that caters to everyone and where everyone can identify themselves.

Quote you live by: Enhancing the Beauty that already exists. Because that’s the sole purpose of makeup.

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Marie, thank you so much for allowing me to interview you!  Your products are absolutely gorgeous, and so are you.  I love that your products are inspired by Africa, for Africans.

Marie is also currently running a 15% discount on her Black Magic Palette when you use the code WOMEN, so it is under R250 for a really versatile, gorgeous eyeshadow palette.  Please support this wonderful lady, and share her great products with all your friends.


 

Eleven2 Skin Care

Discovering proudly South African skincare is something I am always on the hunt for.  I want to find skincare products that are made with love, passion, and are there to truly make a difference.  I want to find products that are created for South African skins, for our weather, and that aren’t just full of chemicals to get absorbed into our skin.  And to be fair, I also don’t want to be spending an exorbitant amount on skincare products – especially thanks to Covid forcing us to tighten our belts even more.

I have found some truly wonderful brands on social media, and one such brand is Eleven2 Skin Care.  Their products look absolutely divine, and the duo behind this are passionate about luxury skincare that is affordable for all.


Your name:  Sharon

Business name:  Eleven2 Skin Care

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Social media handles:  Instagram, Facebook and Website.

What are 3 fun facts about you:
I’m quite an average human.. I love my family, food and animals 🙂

Tell me a bit more about your business:
We are a mother-daughter duo. We are both so passionate about natural skin care and offering a luxury range at an affordable price.

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Where did the idea for this come from:  Serious health concerns prompted passionate vegan and entrepreneur Sharon Jansen Van Vuuren to take an honest hard look at her diet and what was going into her body, but also what she was applying onto her skin.

Since the skin, the largest organ of our bodies, is porous and absorbs a lot of what we put on it, she knew it was time to eliminate any products which contained harmful toxins and cancer-causing chemicals.

Frustrated at the lack of natural and organic skincare products to choose from, Sharon and her daughter Leigh, took to tirelessly learning and researching the science behind what makes a skincare range function optimally to deliver great results, be totally natural, and use only the highest performing botanicals.

And so Eleven2 skincare range was born. With hand-picked ingredients that are gentle enough so as not to irritate the skin, but with healing properties to ensure your skin feels nourished and cared for.  Free from harmful synthetics and artificial fragrances, this artisan skincare range is affordable yet boasts a luxurious feel, and remains 100% committed to producing products that won’t harm our bodies, the environment or our oceans.

Hence all products (except the 10ml lip scrubs) come in recyclable glass containers eliminating plastic pollution and staying true to its cause.

With clean beauty on the rise, Eleven2 has made it easy for conscious consumers to know their choices are ethically sound and haven’t harmed any animals or our beautiful earth.

When Sharon isn’t conjuring up ideas with Leigh or creating business modules, you can find her walking her bull terrier Kenny and his sister, a rescue called Roxy, along the beautiful West Coast beaches of Cape Town.

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What does your name mean:
Its a really long story… Eleven2 is the nickname my husband gave me before we were married 10 years ago. the shortened version is that it involves the 11th hole on the golf course. That’s all I’m allowed to say 🙂

Why did you choose to use glass containers:
From a health point of view, glass does not contain harmful endocrine disrupting chemicals like BPA and phthalates. So, nothing can leach into your product from a glass jar or bottle. Also when glass is recycled it gets turned into more glass, so it can be recycled over and over and never lose its integrity.

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What makes your skincare products different:
Even though we are a luxury brand, our range is affordable – we want everyone to be able to benefit from natural and vegan products

What skin types would benefit from your products:
All skin types. We have a few products suited for mature or dry skin and a few products in our range that are suited for oily skins. We are working on an active acne range too.

What is your personal favourite product:
I personally love the Rosehip concentrate, it contains beautiful organic oils

If you could recommend just 3 products for people to start off with, what would they be:
Definitely our Face Wash, Rose Mask and the Moisturizer to start

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How can people order from you:
Our website was recently launched, which makes it very easy to shop online.But we are also happy to take orders via DM on Instagram or WhatsApp (073 048 5757)

Quote you live by: Treat others the way you want to be treated

Anything else you want to add: My daughter (and business partner) has been instrumental in launching this range – really, all credit goes to her!

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Don’t these sound absolutely gorgeous?  I know that I definitely want to give them a go, and am waiting for pay day to place my order.  The masks are what caught my eye initially, but as their range has grown and expanded so had my interest!

Thank you so much Sharon for allowing me to chat to you, and for making such a lovely skincare line available for all.  I wish you only good things.


 

Chick Cosmetics

I can’t even tell you when I discovered Chick Cosmetics, but I have been utterly obsessed from the very first product I bought from them.  I have tried their makeup, their skincare, their makeup brushes, and even their makeup sponge – and have never been disappointed.  In fact their brushes are what I make use of on a daily basis, and I find myself reaching for their products more often than not.  Their customer service is out of this world, and I was SO excited to meet Nomfundo in July last year at their Pop-Up Shop in Sandton.

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I immediately squealed and totally fan-girled my way up to her.  I couldn’t believe that I finally got to meet the creator of my favourite make-up brand in person – and she was so kind to me too.  Beautiful inside and out, what more could we really ask for?

I have seen her brand grow from strength to strength, and I couldn’t be happier for Nomfundo and the entire brand.  They are constantly on top of trends, and I have seen them popping up more and more across social media and in beauty articles.  I am SO honoured to have been given the opportunity to interview them and show you a bit more about them.  But be warned – you WILL be hooked and want to own every single product!


Your name: Nomfundo Njibe

Business name: Chick Cosmetics

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Social media handles:  Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Website.

How would you describe Chick Cosmetics:  Chick Cosmetics is a beauty brand which makes clean, cruelty-free products to a millennial and generation z target market.

Where did the idea for this business come from:  During a short stay abroad, I ended up losing my makeup bag and found myself in a Sephora. I was amazed of how many indie brands are available in other countries. I knew right then I wanted to be a part of this, and the rest is history.

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What makes your products different to others:  Our objective was not to create a brand exclusively for one segment of the population, but rather to design a product that would appeal to beauty consumers regardless of their background. Diversity and inclusivity have now become the norm among young audiences, which is why we looked to make it part of our brand DNA from the beginning.

What is your personal favourite product:  Glow Boost Serum – our vitamin C facial serum.

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What have been the most popular items:  Glow Boost Serum, Nightwind Eyeshadow Palette, Microfiber Beauty Sponge and Pro-Sculpt brushes, the world’s most beautiful brushes.

How did lockdown affected your business:  Lockdown took place during a crucial time in our business which was mid-production. We had to halt everything until it was safe to produce. The positive side is that our online sales increased, and we sold out all our products.

How has Chick Cosmetics evolved since you first started it?  
The beauty dynamic has changed a lot since we first launched. We started it off as a color cosmetic brand, we have recently started a skincare range which has received a positive feedback from our beauty community . We believe in taking care of your skin first.

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How can people order from you: Chickcosmetics.com and Takealot.

If people are buying from you for the first time, what are the top 3 products you would recommend:  I will always recommend Baggage Claim eye patches, Glow Boost Serum and Microfiber Beauty Sponge

Quote you live by:  “You are personally responsible for becoming more ethical than the society you grew up in.” Elizabeth Yukowsky

Anything else you want to add:  We love you Meggi. Thank you always for your constant support. We pray for your life and healing.

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Guys, these products are currently sold out (well done Chick Cosmetics!), but they will restock ASAP as well as launching some very exciting new products.  With teasers being put out across their social media, the hype is definitely real.  A new face oil, and “another beauty box” are launching soon; and I am always checking their platforms to try find out more.  In fact they are one of the few pages that I have turned on notifications for every new post!

If I could, I would own every product they have brought out, and I think that I am slowly slowly working my way there (I still have a way to go, but jeepers I don’t want to miss out on any of their new launches).

Thank you again Nomfundo for your time, your passion, and your kindness.  You are one in a million, and I will always be your number one fan.


 

Pink Cosmetics

I started following Pink Cosmetics way before I even started this blog.  I was drawn to their products, and very quickly knew that I had to place an order to try some of their products for myself.  I have seen how their name has grown and grown, and I constantly see them being recommended in beauty groups that I am part of – in fact their solid brush cleanser is probably the reason we have more clean brushes in South Africa as it is just so easy to use.

I had never had the opportunity to meet Janet face-to-face as she stays in the Western Cape and I am in Gauteng – that is until Beauty Revolution happened (just before lockdown!).  I couldn’t stop myself from skipping up to her and giddily introducing myself.  She is someone I admire so much, and I trust her products 100%.  They smell beautiful, look beautiful, and make you feel beautiful using them.

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Janet & me at her stand at Beauty Revolution

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Lanie (Lanie Soaps), Andrea (Maria Cosmetics), Janet (Pink Cosmetics) & me (fan-girling)

I have been wanting to interview Janet for the longest time, and am SO excited about being able to feature her today.  And if there is one item I can personally recommend, it’s the brush cleaner – did you know you should be washing your brushes and sponges every week to avoid makeup build up and residue of other colours mixing together?  Plus bacteria can build up in the brushes and cause acne and skin irritation – yuck!


Your name:  Janet Pink

Business name:  Pink Cosmetics

Social media handles:  Twitter; Facebook; Instagram; Pinterest; YouTube and Website.

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Tell me, what is PINK:  Pink is products that are beautiful both inside and out. They are vegan and cruelty free, created in small batches by me and my team with no sulphates and parabens and no petrochemicals. Pink is good for your skin and the environment, but they are also pretty and lovely to use. PINK stands for Perfectly Incorporating Natures Knowledge and we use the best from both the plant world and science.

Where did the idea for this business come from:  In 2010, while investigating the skincare products used by my family, I was horrified to discover the dangers of so many ingredients lurking in the vanity aisles of countless products. Many skincare items contained controversial preservatives like parabens, strong sulphates, and petrol derivatives (parafinium). I felt like someone needed to contend with the unfulfilled promises and unethical behavior of these countless products on the market. So, armed with passion and purpose, backed by my beauty therapist degree, I began to educate myself and develop my very own formulations & an ethical skincare range. My aim was to create a wholesome and beautiful range of products that were not only vegan and non-toxic, but also safe for use by the whole family.

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What makes your products different to others:  Our products are not mass produced or imported and relabeled. I literally formulate & manufacture EVERY product myself from scratch. I am staring to outsource my formulas to various labs – as I can’t keep up with the demand anymore. We make small batches to keep ingredients as fresh as possible so they don’t sit on shelves for 2 years. Every product is made with love and passion and a sprinkle of PINK!.

What is your personal favourite product:  That’s hard!!! I love and use them all! I would die without my Superskin moisturizer – so that’s the ONE I would chose.

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Tell me a bit more about your brush cleaner: I get DM’s every weekend from makeup artists, I am cleaning my brushes and thinking of you- that’s makes me so happy. It’s a quick and very effective way to clean your brushes thoroughly. Each one is poured by hand and made with lots of nourishing and cleansing oils in a magic ratio to clean and condition make up brushes.

What have been the most popular items:  Brush cleaners, bathbombs, cherry blossom scrub and our Plump up Hyaluronic serum.

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How has lockdown affected your business:  We have been incredibly blessed to have been super busy during lockdown. I realized I needed to pivot Pink really quickly and started marketing our hand sanitizers and sourcing other PPE – like masks and shields. I have the most amazing and loyal customers and they all supported Pink incredibly. It also gave me the ability to help and support other small businesses who were struggling. I need a holiday – as it’s been just me working most of the time and struggling with out of stock and closed suppliers.

What have been some of your proudest moments during your PINK journey:  Definitely standing in Waterfront Truworths Context store taking a picture with my products on their shelf! Wearing my mask – of course- lol

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How can people order from you:  Directly from our website.

If you had to recommend just 3 products for people to start with, what would they be:  Make up melt- our cleansing balm, a moisturizer suited to their skin type- we have 3, and Pink Clay – our facial scrub and mask in one.

Quote you live by:  Be kind

Anything else you want to add:  Hard work, passion and dedication can make anything happen. Believe in yourself and your dreams, with all your heart and work towards them everyday! No matter who you are, dream big and forge your own path. Who knows, your dream might change the world for good! Mine did.
Thank you for this wonderful opportunity Megan and for being one of my amazing and loyal clients.

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Guys, if I can get behind a skincare and beauty brand, this would be it.  I have been blessed to try quite a few of their products (they also do sample packs of their facial range so you can see which ones you like the most and the improvement in your skin before you purchase the full-size products).  I would definitely say get a trial pack of products, the solid brush cleaner, facial mist, and one of their masks for your first order – from there you will be hooked and will definitely want to increase your range that you own.


 

NakedCherry Waxing

This lockdown has been rough – not just emotionally, but also on my body.  Besides my ever-expanding waistline thanks to all the delicious treats we have been baking (I bake to help deal with my emotions, and my anxiety has been at an all-time high); I haven’t had a wax since 2 weeks before lockdown and have felt my inner grizzly bear come out to play.  Oh my poor husband!

NakedCherry Waxing has been in my sight for some time, and I love their tongue-in-cheek humour as well as their excitement for the products they sell, as well as their salons. And then I saw that they are able to deliver during lockdown!  I did a literal happy dance around the house – as did my husband at the idea of no longer having to see my sideburns, mustache, unibrow (and more).

In case you didn’t know, I studied beauty therapy after school.  For 3 years I was a full-time student at The Academy of Beauty Therapy in Assagay, KZN.  I was fully immersed in facials, waxing, massage, makeup and everything beauty related.  I went on to complete my Spa Therapy diploma, and specialised in permanent makeup, Reiki, sports massage and advanced beauty treatments.  Unfortunately my health prevented me from continuing with this, but I have maintained an interest and am always on the hunt for new, exciting treatments and products.

Karen sent me some of her favourite products to try, and I was SO impressed.  I even managed to wax my own upper lip with zero pain – this is usually my worst area to wax and it brings tears to my eyes.  Lip, underarm & Hollywood wax is all done from this little pot of wax and I know that I will be ordering from them again; as well as visiting one of their salons when lockdown is lifted.


Your name: Karen Metsos

Your business name: NakedCherry

Social media handles: Instagram and Facebook


Tell me a bit more about your business:
We are South Africa’s most loved Waxing and Specialised Skincare Brand.

With specialised waxing boutiques throughout Gauteng, and over a 100 stockists nationwide carrying our professional and waxing focused retail range, getting a great wax is just around the corner.

We follow strict guidelines set out by the British Association of Beauty Therapy and Cosmetology, disposable gloves are always worn (on both hands) and disposable spatulas are never double dipped for intimate hot wax treatments. We are obsessed with hygiene.

All our retail and professional products were born in-boutique, tested to death and designed specifically to keep waxed skin smooth and beautiful.

Our complete waxing-focused skincare range for men and women is beautifully aromatherapy inspired. Our products focus on exfoliation and nourishment with natural antiseptics to banish ingrowns, leaving your skin smooth and gorgeous.

NO SODIUM LAURYL SULPHATE – NO PARABENS – NO BIOCIDES – NO PETRO CHEMICALS
We are the bee’s knees.

How did you decide on the name:  I got advice that for a name to be memorable, it is easier to use an adjective that cannot possibly describe a certain noun. Plus, NakedCherry translates as a really good descriptor of what we do at the salons.

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Where did the idea for this business come from:  My last stint in the UK before returning home was working at a waxing only salon. I found it bit strange that there were so many specialised nail salons, massage parlours and no-wax salons considering how where you can actually damage someone if you don’t know what you are doing RE waxing. Also, the hygiene standards in the UK was hugely lacking in SA

Where are your waxing boutiques, & how can people make a booking:
We currently have salons in Parkhurst, Fourways, Sandton, Randparkridge, Little Falls, Bassonia, Woodmead and Bryanston. We have a central booking service and you can make a booking via Whatsapp or phone call at 078 811 4371 or via email or using our online booking service.

I see you have different products listed on your site too – which are your personal favourites & why:
Balm Me Babes Skin Conditioner, as I’m not so fab on the moisturising front. Part the reason I made so many Skin Conditioners in the range; as was trying to find a happy medium for everyone (haha – i made a funny). The Balm leaves me feeling nourished for days and is fab for the aftercare of my newly added tattoos. Another is the Afternoon Delight Skin Cleaner. Fresh Peppermint to put a skip in your step. And again – as we try this with most products in our range – multi-functional. Great as an intimate wash, shaving medium (though we should be waxing peeps) and daily wash with our chemical exfoliant, Salicylic Acid to much away at dead skin cells. Family-friendly as a fave in my household – even little Eva loves it.

You make use of aromatherapy in your Apothecary – tell me a bit more about this:
Nothing smells worse than a chocolate flavoured mimzy hahaha 😁 Besides that reason, waxing is some peoples only me time, so I wanted to make it as relaxing at possible – and what does that best… Lovely smells.

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How can people order some of your products:  They can visit our online store.

Which products do you recommend people start off with:
A Skin Cleaner (Morning Glory or Afternoon Delight) cause it is easy to throw into your routine and the Ingrown Terminator Spray as your saviour to get that stubborn fur-tuft out. The IT spray you can use every other night as your general maintenance if you are prone to ingrowns (has Salcylic Acid in again – munch munch; and Peppermint which literally takes your breath away)

What is included in your home wax kit:  Enough Hot Wax (the peely wax, not the wax you remove wax with strips) for one full Hollywood (though we encourage you to leave the tricky parts to the pro’s), a couple of ice cream sticks, Skin Cleaner, Prep Oil and our flavour of the month Skin Conditioner…. oh and a handy little instruction flyer.

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If someone is too scared to try waxing, what would you recommend they wax first? And why would you recommend they try waxing:  Don’t think – just do. Only piece of advice I would say, like a dentist – you want one with many reviews or referrals

And why if scared – come to NakedCherry – we really love what we do. and if Malcom Gladwell’s 10 000 rule to success is true in perfecting a skill, we got this waxed

Quote you live by:
Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us get up and go to work – Stephen King

Anything else you want to add:
You chose us, trust us. Please allow your Wax Enthusiast to wow you. We understand you are nervous, but please give us a fair chance. Don’t touch, swear or tell her/him how to do things. OH, and way before COVID kicked us in our butts… we always followed British Association of Beauty Therapy and Cosmetology, disposable gloves are always worn (on both hands) and disposable spatulas are never double dipped for intimate hot wax treatments. We are obsessed with hygiene.


Guys, I really am so impressed with these products.  Learning about the importance of using products that have the clients’ best interests at heart has opened my eyes to what is out there and I will only ever recommend something that I have tried myself.  Waxing is a very intimate treatment, and you need to ensure that you are visiting a salon that you trust and has hygiene as the most important factor.

The home kit came with clear instructions – my husband understood everything perfectly, and could help me with some of my more, ahem, intimate areas.  And if you are too scared to try this yourself, then make a booking at one of their salons once lockdown has lifted.  Believe me, you will never look back once you have started waxing!

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