Today I knew I wanted to write about something special – something that has my heart.
The #RareBearProject is all about supporting our community. From providing support to our Rare families, to creating jobs and income generating opportunities to the woman of Kya Sands. 100% of our income goes straight back into this project.
For every bear sold for R180, R120 is paid to the creator of the bear, and R60 is placed into improving the marketing platform and distribution of the overall project to ensure sustainability.
Rare Diseases South Africa NPC is a registered NPO and PBO which aims to assist rare disease patients receive access to life-saving treatment and supportive care for improved quality of life.
The #RareBearProject was launched as part of Rare Diseases South Africa’s 2nd birthday. Rare Diseases SA (RDSA) had made the decision to commission bears for their newly registered rare disease patients, which could be gifted to them so that they could have a companion to encourage them in their journey of survival.
BUT, due to the nature of rare diseases, RDSA was looking for unique, handcrafted bears – they wanted BEARS that were RARE.
At the same time a local community project were looking to host a skills clinic for unemployed ladies in the Kya Sands community.
A joint initiative was born, whereby the ladies were taught the skills to crotchet #RareBears, and a platform to generate income was provided.
This project is now able to address 2 needs:
1) It creates a “community of love” for Rare Diseases SA patients whereby #RareBears are donated to a rare disease patient via the #Care4Rare programme.
2) Empowers the ladies of KyaSands and provides them with a skill that enables them to provide for their families.
To date, this project has seen over 70 woman up-skilled in the art of crocheting, and provided them with a sustainable, income generating opportunity by making #RareBears which in turn are either donated to a patient, or sold to the public.
I have seen these ladies grow from having zero confidence in their abilities, to now being able to crochet almost anything – as long as they have a picture of it.
There are 7 animals in the range – lion, zebra, giraffe, bunny, sheep, elephant & unicorns – but they also do special orders should you so wish.
Please support this beautiful project by visiting their website, & following them on social media (Instagram & Facebook).
I am also running a GIVEAWAY over on my Instagram, so pop over now to win one of their limited edition teddies! They are so adorable…
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.
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!
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.
My playing around with the palette for the first time
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!