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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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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.


 

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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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Maria Cosmetics

I had heard the hype, I had tried the lipstick for myself, & then I watched this YouTube video about where the thought for Maria Cosmetics came from…

After I had brushed away my tears & taken a few deep breaths, I immediately reached out to Andrea to chat about this beautiful business.


Your name: Andrea Hurter

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Business name: Maria Cosmetics

Social media handles: Facebook, Instagram & Website

Tell me a bit more about what you do: Maria Cosmetics is a company that is focused on educating women on various topics. We saw that women are flocking to watch YouTube videos on Makeup and follow makeup accounts on Instagram. They know all about contouring and eyebrows, but they do not know what the HPV virus is or how to do a proper self-breast examination. We decided to breach that gap by creating a fun and glamorous makeup platform where women can come to for makeup tips, but also to learn about female health and various other topics regarding women.

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Have you always wanted to create your own makeup range: Never. I never even wanted to be a makeup artist. After school I went to study Theatre & Film Acting for 3 years. Thereafter I took a gap year where I traveled, waitressed and au paired. When my gap year was over I still wasn’t ready to be an adult. I went on to study a 1 year Journalism course which I didn’t enjoy (I think it wasn’t creative enough for me). Nevertheless I finished it. I’ve always been good at makeup since my mother was a makeup artist. I basically grew up with a makeup brush in one hand and a bottle in the other. I started doing makeup for some extra money. Word got out that I was good and so my business started. What a journey right?

What makes your makeup different to everyone else: The actual makeup: Our lipsticks are wax based. A lot of other lipsticks have fats or oils in them. Fats and oils are what makes lipsticks “go off” quicker. The wax base in the lipstick results in the lipstick staying on for very long, leaves a glamorous matte finish, but it doesn’t dry out the lips.

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We also have a range of highlighters called the Hero Highlight (designed to highlight the Hero in you) This is a dual use creamy highlighter that can be used on the high points of the face such as the cheekbones, brow bone or cupids bow or it can be used as an eye shadow. The formula is creamy enough that it sticks to where it is placed and doesn’t leave you with an all over shiny face (like a kid who has had too many spare ribs).

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But on the more important side. Even though our products are of high quality and we have put loads of love and care into each one, it is more than just how it looks when you put it on. We want women to carry our lipsticks in their handbag like a weapon. We want them to put on their lipstick like their war paint. It’s not just a lipstick. This is your sword. And no, you are no longer waiting for that prince on a white horse. Because girl, you ARE the warrior on the white horse. And THAT’S what makes our products different.

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Why do you encourage people to support local: Sjoh, this is a difficult topic. I can write a book. I feel like people that have never run their own business or started anything of their own, struggle to understand what goes on behind the scenes. It is an emotional rollercoaster. Your business is your child. And every time someone supports you, it’s like your child taking a step. Your child saying their first word. And so, every time someone supports local. They help your entrepreneurial child grow.

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How can people order from you: They can shop online and we courier countrywide.

We also currently stock at 2 salons in Cape Town, Northern Suburbs:

Simply Wellness Centre – Verdi Blvd & Langeberg Road, Sonstraal Heights, Cape Town, 7550

Melan Skincare: 28 Oxford St, Durbanville, Cape Town, 7550

Also keep an eye out on our social media pages for our pop up stores and exhibitions.

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I know there is a special story behind why you started this – please tell me about this:  I was 19 years old when my mother got diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer. She was only 49. I wasn’t too worried because “mother’s don’t get sick” and there was no doubt in my mind that she was going to beat this. She took everything in her stride and continued to be an amazing example for me. Later, she was really suffering from all the chemo she was receiving, but one thing she never stopped doing, was take pride in herself. She still continued to spray herself with her favourite perfume, she asked me to paint her nails in the hospital, she still wore makeup to her chemo treatments. She watched YouTube videos on how to exotically tie scarfs around your head and wore extravagant earrings with it calling herself “Esmeralda”. To me, she was even more beautiful than before. When I was 23, the cancer had spread to her brain and on the 22nd of August 2016 she sadly passed away. Of course I was devastated. I am an only child and my mother was my best friend. My whole life. I shared everything with her. I thought I was never going to recover from the pain. But from the pain, came something beautiful. I decided to never let her amazing legacy die. And so I started Maria Cosmetics. In the words from the song Vincent “This world was never meant for one as beautiful as you”

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Quote you live by: Find what scares you and run towards it

Anything else you want to add: All our products are named after powerful women in history. If you visit our website, you might be able to recognise some of these phenomenal women. If not, well, maybe you will learn something.

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Andrea, I know your mum is so so proud of you!

You have created an empire, & I know that your business is going to continue to rise.  Thank you for being a change in the world & for encouraging us all to live our best life.  You deserve to be the name on everyone’s lips (excuse the pun!), & I cannot wait to see how Maria Cosmetics will continue to grow.

Thank you for your time, your energy & simply for being you.


 

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Burst Brushes

When I attended Makeup by Ryno‘s Makeup Masterclass, I was introduced to Burst Brushes.  I loved being able to see & feel them for myself, as well as being able to see how amazingly they applied product to the face.  And I was completely astounded by the overall quality of them!

These makeup brushes are high quality, beautiful & pretty reasonable for what they are – to give you an idea, you can get brushes from a local pharmacy for much more.  These look high-class  & definitely make you feel like a pro.  I bought some of my own straight away, & am just waiting for the rest of them to be delivered – these babies sold out super quickly at the event due to how wonderful they are.

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Your name: LaReine Mulder

Business name: Burst Makeup Brushes

Social media handles:  FacebookInstagramPinterest & Website

What makes your brushes different to other brands:  We aim to have the best quality at affordable prices. It is on par with the best professional brands out there. We do not endorse bad quality products. We strive to always give the best service possible. We have stockist options available to makeup studios and salons, and an offer income potential for professional makeup artists.

Are you cruelty-free:  A wide variety of our brushes are synthetic which translates to being cruelty fee and vegan.

How can people order from you:  We have a beautiful and user-friendly website where people can buy from. Delivery takes 2 – 4 working days. We have different payment options, EFT, PayFast and Zapper

Which specific brushes do you think every person should own:  That is a very difficult question as people buy according to their own needs and moods. For me personally the stipple foundation brush (FD 05) is a must, a small blusher brush like BL 06 that is very versatile in applying blush, highlight, to contour and blend. A nice soft fluffy brush like BB 01 or BB 05 will take you far. Then of course a brow brush is a must – so either EB 01 or EB 04. I have tutorials on the YouTube channel to show how to use specific brushes.

How should people take care of their makeup brushes:  There are a variety of ways to care for your brushes. The fastest way is to spray your brushes with the Quick Fix Brush Cleaner when your brushes gets dirty. For people that shares their brushes, it should be sprayed every time after the application.

Then there is the Brush Wash which is an eco-friendly and safe way to clean and disinfect your brushes. This should be used at least once a month whether you are sharing or not.

Last but not least we have a very mild shampoo that work great to cleans your eyeshadow and powder brushes. It is too mild too clean heavy foundation, you have to use the brush wash for that.

It will be best to have a look on our YouTube Channel for the videos:

Have you always had an interest in makeup: I am a professional makeup artist by trade. But I have a huge love for the tools of the industry. My makeup artistry career started 20 years ago when I won a makeup course, and I never looked back.

Any tips for budding makeup artists:  The industry is exciting, but not glamorous by any means. But having the freedom to work with different people and different locations, seeing your work in a magazine or on a billboard is priceless. It is hard work, long hours, mostly spent on your feet, but so rewarding! When you enjoy your work, you will always do your best.

Quote you live by:  Be part of something that triggers your imagination!


I am so so excited to continue collecting this range – the difference that high quality brushes makes to your makeup application is enormous!  Plus do you want to feel soft, glorious bristles against your skin; or have hard ones stabbing into your eyelid & have half of them falling out along your cheek?  It seems pretty simple when I put it like that doesn’t it?!

Let me know if you order some of these beauties for yourself…  I would love to know your thoughts.


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Nandi Lashes

Have you ever made use of false lashes?  I cannot believe the difference they make to a look, & how they are just the icing on top!  They can completely finish off your makeup & pull everything together, whilst making you look & feel so glam.  Whenever I watch YouTube tutorials, I am always amazed at how lashes are a staple in their makeup routines.

I have been looking for lashes here in South Africa & nothing really blew me away – until I discovered Nandi Lashes.  I am SO excited about these, the way they look & just the overall “gorgeous-ness” (yes, it’s not a word I know!).


Your name: Keshni Naidoo

Business name: Nandi Lashes

Social media handles: Facebook & Instagram

Tell me a little more about your business: We sell premium Mink Eyelashes , promoting the beauty of South African culture.  As you can tell with our logo, we took inspiration from zulu culture and our lashes are named after traditional South African names. Most importantly we provide quality lashes & packaging at a decent price.

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What makes your lashes so unique: a soft cotton band, super soft lashes 100% mink , lightweight & reusable up to 25 times with proper care & Cruelty Free.

What pushed you to start this business: I’ve always been know as a “lash queen” amongst my friends because I am always giving advice on styles and application tips plus wearing lashes daily. I just love how you can wear a lash and your whole mood could change, your eyeshape could appear different, you are able to mix it up just the way you do with your outfits. I began noticing all the gorgeous trends on social media but it was so hard to find locally at a good price and on top of that a brand that pays homage to our South African culture so I decided what if I start my own lash brand that fulfills these needs? & bam Nandi Lashes was born.

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Where did your passion for makeup & beauty come from: My passion for makeup came as i saw it as the ability to express my creativity, connect with people and use it to enhance a women’s beauty which elevates her confidence.

Where can people buy your lashes: online will be launching soon but for now customers can place an order via DM on instagram / facebook or whatsapp and we deliver country-wide.

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Why do you think every woman should rock a pair of lashes: Lashes are so versatile,they can be worn with or without makeup. they can be used to intensify what you already have or to create dimension to your eyes that you feel you need. It can also be used for drag, or themed looks.

Quote you live by: “You may not control all the events that happen to you but you can decide not to be reduced by them.” – Maya Angelou

Anything else you want to add:  We love South African culture and women. In their diversity and beauty we take Inspiration and want to show this to the world. Some of our images on social media tries to exemplify this. Plus size , a variety of skin tones, drag Queens, modest dressers who prefer hijab, traditional African brides & we cannot wait to expand on this showcasing more S.A beauties and creating lash styles for everyone.


Aren’t these gorgeous?

I know that I can’t wait to get my hands on some!

Thank you Keshni for your time & for sharing your passion with all of us xx


 

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Glitter Alchemy Inc

When I get all dressed up for an event or festival, I am really enjoying going that extra mile with my makeup – and glitter is the perfect cherry on top!  I have rediscovered my love of the crazy (you should have seen my makeup in my younger years!) & eccentric, & so finding Glitter Alchemy was like it was speaking to my very soul…

I used to have a mantra – “When in doubt, just add glitter.”  This meant that I always try to see the good in every situation & would always try to bring my own kind of sparkle to wherever I am.

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Your name: Shannon Jade Swanepoel & Charlene van Niekerk

Business name: Glitter Alchemy Inc

Social media handles: Facebook & Instagram

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Tell me more about what you do: We cater for all festival and eccentric needs! Everything from custom glitters, festival makeup, tribal looks etc – we simply love to frame the face! We also make a wide range of accessories, from over-the-top one-of-a-kind top hats, to customised jackets, boot accessories and sunglasses!

How did you decide to start this business: WE LOVE GLITTER – We saw a few faces wearing glitter at music festivals in SA, and absolutely loved the idea and the look, so we brought the sparkle to the party!

How long have you been open for: Under 6 months

What is your personal favourite glitter: MAJESTIC AF & STALLION BABY

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What are the most popular glitters that your fans love: GOLDEN GRIEF & BLUE FACE BABY

Why do you love glitter so much: We all shine from within, we want to help you in shining from without!

How can people order/buy from you: You can contact us directly – 076 682 7387 (Shannon) or 083 642 3182 (Charlene), all our products are available on all our social media platforms (Instagram & Facebook)

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Do you do custom orders: HELL YES!!

Quote you live by: LIVE THE LIFE OF THE FULL MIND, EXHILARATED BY NEW IDEAS, INTOXICATED BY THE ROMANCE OF THE UNUSUAL

Anything else you want to add: We believe in concept of doing good and being good at it.


Are these not the most gorgeous glitters you have ever seen?

I am hoping to do a styled shoot with some of their products (they have sent me an idea of what they would like to do) & I am so super excited.  These glitters literally get my heart racing & I can’t decide which I love the most…  I will be placing an order soon & then you better beware – you are going to see the shimmer before you actually see me coming!

Next time you are in need of some awesome, unique festival vibes; please pop over to Glitter Alchemy Inc.  You will become totally lost in their gorgeous pages…


 

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