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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.


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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.


 

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PorcelainHeart

I have been following the beautiful Megan for some time and am always completely blown away by the level of talent that she has.  She creates looks that are incomparable to others, and always stretches her imagination and design abilities to the extreme.

I met her at Beauty Revolution earlier this year, and felt like such a fan girl when I greeted her with a hug.  She was friendly and so sweet to me, so I knew this was someone I had to introduce to the rest of you.

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Lockdown for me has meant many hours spent playing with makeup and experimenting with new looks – nothing like what this professional is capable of, but I am constantly inspired by her creations and spend hours looking at her social media.

Megan holds beauty both inside and out!


Your name:  Megan Marx

Business name:  PorcelainHeart

Social media handles:  Makeup Instagram; Beauty Salon Facebook and Instagram; Design Work Instagram

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What is one word you would use to describe yourself:  I’m probably going to have to say passionate. I am a very passionate person in everything I do, think, say, and believe in.

How did you get into makeup:  I have have always had a huge passion for art. Growing up my Grandfather was an artist and I always really admired his ability to paint beautiful things on a canvas. So the fascination with the artistic side of it was always there. But I only really got into makeup when I was around 14. I was a very insecure girl and I used to use makeup to try and make myself feel better about the way that I looked. Soon, I simply fell in love, and the rest was history. I realised that I could use makeup in the same way my Grandfather used his paint, to create something interesting and beautiful for people to look at.

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How long have you been doing makeup for:  I have been doing makeup for 7 years now.

Have you always been artistic:  I have always been very in touch with my creative side. At school, art was my best subject! I grew up around art, and I truly believe that it’s embedded in my nature.

What is the style of makeup that you are most known for:  I think that I am probably best known for my more creative makeup looks, although I’m not too sure!

What has been your favourite look that you have created:  I think that my favourite look I’ve ever done has got to be my Mona Lisa makeup transformation. That was very challenging but it turned out really well in the end. My first NYX Face Awards look also has a very special place in my heart.

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What inspires you for your makeup looks:  Honestly, I’m inspired by something different everyday. However, I do get a lot of inspiration from editorial makeup looks that I find in magazines and online. I’m obsessed with anything avant-garde. I also tend to save a bunch of inspirational images, and then sometimes mash them together with a twist. Inspiration really does come from a different direction everyday.

Do you give makeup lessons:  I most certainly do! Anyone is welcome to contact me and request a one-on-one makeup lesson. I have also occasionally hosted group makeup master-classes in the past, and I’ll probably do another one again in the near future.

How can people contact you to book a make-up session & where are you based:  Anyone is welcome to send me an email at megmegmarx@gmail.com, call/text me at +27 76 145 0619 or contact me through my website. My studio is based in Mooikloof, Pretoria East.

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What are your 5 essential makeup products:  That’s a really hard question! I have SO many products that I use everyday! If I had to narrow it down, I think I’d have to choose the J.One Red Jelly Pack as a primer, that stuff is amazing!!! I’m also a huge fan of the Catrice Made to Stay 24H Foundation. It lasts all day and doesn’t crack or move. The Benefit Brow Zings Palette in the shade 6 is my everyday brow saviour! I love a soft highlight with my Blushing Hearts: Goddess of Faith triple baked highlighter by I Heart Makeup. And of course, my go to mascara, #LashesOfTheDay Super Volume Mascara by Essence Cosmetics.

What is your favourite drugstore makeup brand:  My personal favourite drugstore makeup brand has got to be either Maybelline, or Makeup Revolution. I also adore Essence. I love almost all of the Essence products that I try.

What is one makeup trend you think every woman needs to know:  I think that one makeup trend every women should have in their arsenal is applying a clean, red-lip. Nothing says power and beauty quite like a bold red lip. My favourite red lip is definitely MAC Cosmetics Retro Matte Liquid Lipstick in the shade “Feels so Grand”. It’s a perfect primary red that looks good on literally everyone.

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Quote you live by:  I think that the quote I live by would actually have to be something my mother always told me as a kid: “Don’t think, just do.” And this had nothing to do with acting impulsively. She meant getting things that need to be done, done, without over thinking them. I apply this to every day of my life. Sometimes when I wake up in the morning with a mountain of work ahead of me, I tell myself, “don’t overthink it, just sit down and do it, you’ll thank yourself later”. Thinking too deeply about the task in front of you, makes the task seem far more daunting.

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Can you see why I am so obsessed with everything Megan?  I know that I am going to be booking a lesson with her as soon as lockdown is over, and I am definitely going to practice my application of a bold red lip – I am also a huge MAC fan but don’t have the one she mentions, so I have added this to my birthday wishlist.

Do you have any make-up looks that you want some help with?  Or do you have any inspiration that you would like to see Megan recreate?


 

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Makeup by Ryno

Having this extra time to recover from my transplant has allowed me to discover myself once more, as well as what I am really passionate about.  And I realised how much I absolutely ADORE makeup & how much I miss doing my makeup, as well as others.  I have been out of this realm for a little while, so I have been watching many YouTube clips to learn more & also get to stay on top of the latest trends.

Jeffree Star, James Charles, Nikkie Tutorials, & Jaclyn Hill are stunning international makeup artists & vloggers that are world-famous – & watching their videos you can see why.  However, they often review products that aren’t even available here or are just impossible to afford!  I had heard about Ryno previously & his stunning makeup, & I was excited to find him on YouTube.

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I also follow him on Facebook & Instagram & every time I see something of his, I spend a good few minutes admiring his work.  I have been so excited as he released his own eyeshadow palette last year, & I finally managed to get my hands on one of own last week!

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The colours are absolutely gorgeous, with great pigment & no fall out under your eyes.  I have been having such fun playing with them, & have even booked in for his Makeup Masterclass in June!  When someone has dreams, follows them & allows others to feel so beautiful.  He has an amazing gift & we are so lucky that he is sharing this with all of us.

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I am so grateful for his kindness, patience & dedication to the beauty industry.  And I am so grateful that he took the time to answer all my questions!


Your name: Ryno Mulder

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Business name: Makeup by Ryno
Social media handles:  FACEBOOKINSTAGRAMYOUTUBE

What prompted your interest in makeup:
As a kid I used to watch my Mom’s 2+ hours daily beauty regimen which involved smokey eyes and combing out the clumps from her lashes using a needle. This transformation awed me and to this day my signature is smokey eyes. And yeah I comb out lashes (but with a comb made of needles). I also named one of my eyeshadows after her, a warm brown inspired by her hair colour and the shade is called “R” for Riëtte.

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When did you start doing this professionally:
The first time I got paid to do makeup was in 2005. I didn’t have money for makeup college after school so I worked at my local Bobbi Brown counter. We often had their trainers from New York teaching us and I’d paint anyone’s face, regardless of their age, features, skin colour or whether they were going to buy something. I was there to rack up experiences and 8 faces a day was not unusual. It was an invaluable experience.

Why do you love what you do:
The power of transformation. Making someone see themselves in a way they did not think possible can help them imagine all kinds of possibilities for their life. I hope the people who experience my work will draw on this feeling of empowerment even when they aren’t wearing my makeup.

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Tell me more about your masterclasses:
The Makeup by Ryno Makeup Masterclass is an opportunity for anyone at any skill level to learn how to be their own makeup artist. Anyone with a passion for beauty should know how to enhance their own features. It covers contouring and highlighting, how to shape your brows for a fresh look, how to do smokey eyes, finding the perfect shade of foundation for your skin, which shade of lipstick is your ultimate colour, how to apply false lashes and more. Every guest receives a goodie bag, can enjoy the food and drinks and I give away a a beauty hamper. I love meeting my followers in person and taking selfies with them.

What is one secret for makeup that every woman should know:
Stop focusing on what you perceive as your flaws and paint on the face you want. I explain this idea in detail at the class.

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Tell me more about the process for creating your makeup palette & how you chose what colours to use:
I have a signature makeup style so my objective was to have a palette that contain all these eyeshadows. This way my followers – especially those who attend my private makeup lessons as well as my countrywide makeup masterclasses – can easily recreate my makeup looks on themselves using only one palette. The Freak Unique eyeshadow palette contains 16 velvety smooth eyeshadow shades in ultra pigmented, super blendable colours with hardly any fall-out. The shades range from warm neutrals to bolds, and mattes to shimmers allowing endless possible looks from natural to classic, on-trend to smokey. The Freak Unique eyeshadow palette retails for R390 and is available online

Have you faced any backlash or negativity & how did you overcome this:
There is the odd negative feedback, in particular because I am outspoken on topics like going vegan. I propagate a cruelty-free and plant-based diet to every person I meet. I am living my truth and this brings me peace of mind and happiness.

What quote do you live by:
I love great quotes and there are so many that I have journals all over the house so I can write them down. Quotes are really just little time capsules of wisdom that resonate with your own world view. I cant think of one now but if I had to distill my experience of life and what is most valuable and eternal it is truth and love.

Anything else you want to add:  I have trained with Kim Kardashian’s personal make up artist, Mario Dedivanovic. He created the Kardashian look and defined the beauty look of today. So not only do I share my techniques with you but also Hollywood’s make up secrets and favourite products. I don’t believe in holding on to knowledge and am happy to answer any makeup questions at my masterclasses. You can find more info on these under the EVENTS section on my Facebook page.

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Isn’t Ryno so lovely?  I am SO excited to meet him & grow my skills from such a master – I feel like such a little fan & may just let out a squeal when I finally see Ryno.  The transformations of the above ladies are just a few that are on his social media pages, & I honestly couldn’t tell you which are my favourite.  One day when I am going to a fancy event I definitely want to have this artist making me look like a whole new person!

Don’t forget about his Makeup Masterclasses – he is currently travelling around SA & you don’t want to miss out on this opportunity. Hope to see you there!


 

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GypsyBird Makeup

As a typical girlie-girl I LOVE wearing make-up & being made to feel pretty.  I don’t wear make-up every day (I often just work from home), but when I go out I like to put in some extra effort.  And looking at social media influencers who are super talented & inspiring makes me want to try harder, experiment with new looks, & also support these beautiful ladies. GypsyBird Makeup is one of these influencers that constantly amazes me & her feed on Instagram is full of beautiful pics & awe-inspiring makeup that she does.

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Her prices for makeup for events & so on are only R650, & with lashes are R750.  With Rare Diamond Awards coming up soon I know who I will be contacting!


Your name: Charmaine Cooper
Business name: GypsyBird Makeup

Tell us more about what you do:  I am a self-taught makeup junkie, who’s recently joined a makeup academy because I would like to have the qualification as well. I do people’s makeup for special occasions & then I create crazy makeup looks on myself for peoples enjoyment.

How did you get into this:  Makeup has always been part of my life, but I never though I would want to make a career of it, I decided last year in 2017 that I want to be a full time MUA. I don’t really know how I got into it, it’s just always been there so I just went with it. If that makes sense.

When did you become interested in make up: When I turned 4 and I got gifted a Tinkerbell makeup set, my grandmother let me paint pink eyebrows on her, I walked around with this little bag everywhere and no one was allowed to touch it, so I guess you can say I’ve always had an interest in makeup.

Jeannie Mai used to give little tutorials in the ad breaks on the style network- when it still existed. I would watch her do it and then go apply it to my eyes. I was always hungry to learn about makeup.

I became very interested in makeup when I realized the power it has, not only does it boost your confidence and enhance your features, but it can completely transform your face. I wanted to know how to do these things. I was makeup information hungry.

What did you do before this:  I studied graphic design.

Where do you get your inspiration:  My main form of inspiration is artworks and music. I would listen to a song and imagine in my head what makeup would I do for a music video, haha it’s so weird but it’s what I do.
Then also I look to other makeup artist, plouise makeup academy is one of my all time favs. And then of course our local girly, Kandy Kane.

What do you recommend for every woman’s make up box:  Oh this is a hard one, I think there are so many amazing products and I’ve searched for the best of the best in my opinion so I’ll have to say
1. A good primer (Urban Decay optical illusion primer)
2. Foundation (LA girl HD pro coverage foundation)
3. Brow mascara (Maybelline brow precise fiber filler)
4. Mascara (Urban Decay trouble maker)
5. Skindinavia – you will thank me later.
6. And a killer nude lippie.

What is your favorite makeup brand:  100% Urban Decay Makeup Junkie

Any advice for other makeup artists:  Don’t pay attention to anyone around you, you are in your own lane – focus on where you are going. And girl you are good enough!

What is your favourite makeup look:  Super dramatic colorful makeup! Also fluffy brows with big lashes and a neutral lippie.

Social media handles:
Instagram @gypsybirdmakeup
Facebook @gypsybirdmakeup

How can people get hold of you:  By emailing me on gypsybird231295@icloud.com or my social networks.

Quote you live by:  Don’t be eye candy, be soul food.

Anything else you want to add:  I think it’s extremely important that makeup artists realize that their worth isn’t determined by the amount of Instagram followers they have, or if a brand shows interest in them. Remember that you are doing this for yourself, and your approval counts way more than anybody else’s.

Just stay true to who you are and what you stand for! Remember you started this for a reason, don’t lose sight of your end goal.


Charmaine is based in Pretoria, so if you are looking for someone to help you with your next event, you should definitely give her a call.  This girl has natural talent that is simply EXPLODING!  Make sure you follow her on Instagram & FB.  It will make your day seeing her posts.


 

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