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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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Lois’s Beauty Studio

When I left school I studied for 3 years to become first a beauty therapist, & then a spa therapist.  I learnt all the basics such as manicures, pedicures, massage & facials; & then moved on to sports massage, reiki & more specialised treatments.  I absolutely loved doing this & meeting all the interesting people that I came into contact with.  Unfortunately when my health took a drastic decline, I could do longer cope with the manual side of things & often could not even speak to my clients. This left me embarrassed  & oftentimes uncomfortable when I couldn’t give of my best.

Coming from this background means that I am quite fussy about who I go to for some pampering, & I had always gone to the same lady in my home town who was a friend of mine too.  I couldn’t bare the thought of going to someone else, & when I did the one time I was horrified at their technique & found I couldn’t properly relax as I could sense that there was no passion behind what they were doing.

When I moved to JHB I had no idea who to try – must I go for the salons based across the company, or should I rather try a smaller home salon?  Do I ask for recommendations on my local Facebook group, or do I see who is closest to me?  And them, I met the wonderful Lois.  Lois has a salon at her house in Fourways & has quite recently brought on 2 more wonderful ladies to assist her out.  She is bubbly, friendly & I always leave with a huge smile on my face.  She truly cares about all of her clients & her treatments are all of the highest quality.


Your name:  Lois

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Business name:  Lois’s Beauty Studio
What do you do:  I am a skin and healthcare professional as well as a make up artist and nail technician and salon owner.
How long have you been doing this for:  10 years.

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What did you do before you opened your salon:  I worked on a luxury cruise liner, Royal Caribbean, for 2 contracts then came home and worked in a 5 star spa followed by becoming a Skin and Healthcare lecturer and then product trainer.
Why do you love what you do:  Who can say that they get to socialize with clients (who become your friends) all day!! Clients are always thanking you for making them feel and look beautiful. It’s the most rewarding job anyone could ever ask for!
Can people book in for couples treatments:  Absolutely! It’s so much for fun doing something you love with someone you love.
What are your most popular treatments:  Nails with nail art!!


Do you often have special offers:  Yes, every month we have something different.
Where are you based:  Jukskei Park, Randburg.
How can people get hold of you:  WhatsApp is the best form of communication for me as I’m always busy with clients during the day.  My number is 072 224 5720.
Social media handles:  Facebook and Instagram
Quote you live by:  God will never give you anything you cannot handle


I absolutely love my time at Lois’s Beauty Studio, & I will always recommend her salon to everyone I can in JHB.  I used to travel over half an hour to get to her, but luckily now we have moved just down the road!  I have had massages, manicures, pedicures, waxing & all sorts of treatments from Lois, Winnie & Rashy; & it is such a treat being spoilt & made to feel special.

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Lois has 2 beautiful girls & a loving husband that mean the world to her.  She will always make a plan to try accomodate people & you can hear her laugh as you step foot on their property.

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Lois, Winnie & Rashy – thank you for always making me feel so welcome & for adding so much joy to my life.  I appreciate all of you!


 

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