Friday, 21 February 2020

Sustainability within the beauty world can be tricky turf to navigate. I, for one, believe that it is pretty much impossible to be perfect in every decision we make when it comes to sustainability, however, if there are brands who are at least doing their best in this space, then it’s better than nothing, right?
This is a round-up of my favourite sustainable beauty brands and, of course, one’s that you can get your hands on in South Africa. This post would be more like a thesis if I included every single sustainable Beauty brand, so this may need a part 2, 3 and 4. But it’s a start.

There is a huge trend of ‘clean’ beauty stores popping up in cities like New York and London, which make navigating this space easier, however, this post will hopefully be a start in guiding you towards much-loved brands doing their bit for our planet:


Tuesday, 11 February 2020

I am, like a lot of us gals, pretty erratic when it comes to a solid exercise routine. Having said that, I do really enjoy (certain) types of exercise and feel drastically better about myself when I am in a routine. For the most part, I would say I am good; nothing too drastic or extreme and I really enjoy my food (like, a lot).

Tinted Moisturisers, Glowey Foundations and my General 'Barely There' Complexion faves...

Tuesday, 28 January 2020

I have been meaning to put 'pen to paper' on this topic for an age. Truth is, I sometimes dither about it as it feels so 'final' writing down your faves. There are always so many newbies on the Beauty scene and, oftentimes, you think you have found your ride-or-die, and then, BAM, there's a new launch (and it blows all the others out the water - is that even how that saying goes?!)


Sunday, 19 January 2020

One of my all-time favourite brands to use, and to recommend to you guys, has launched a very up-my-alley range. Meet the Avene A-Oxitive Range; an anti-oxidant-rich, anti-aging range that aims to target oxidative stress, pollution and the early signs of ageing.

Christmas Decor Guide: Lifestyle Home & Garden

Saturday, 7 December 2019

As you would have seen on my stories, I went on a 'bring Christmas into my home' mission. This time of year has always been my absolute favourite, I would choose to have a sparkly Christmas tree up in my home for a good three months if I could!

I decided to go to Lifestyle Home Garden in Randburg as it's literally Christmas paradise. I thought I would pop the different themes into a blog post as they do a brilliant job at dividing the store up into different 'looks'; making it much easier to shop. I have decided I want to start collecting a proper Christmas decor collection that I can add to each year.

Don't be fooled by this VERY high-level shortlist of each theme, as there are ENDLESS baubles, tinsels, lights, trees, ornaments, tea light holders etc. to fit into each theme. You will be SO inspired! Let's get into it...

OUR WEDDING: Bridal party gifting

Monday, 2 December 2019

If you missed my other wedding posts then have a look:This one was about the planning process, this one was about decor, food and more and this one was about my bridal beauty tips and make up.

Today I am going to chat about the bridal party gifting and some ideas around this.


Tuesday, 5 November 2019

If you missed the first two posts see below:


One of my most asked questions was about my beauty routine and make up for the wedding, which, I have to admit, was the part I spent the most time dwelling over. No surprise there as it's what I love and I was quite nervous to have my make up done by someone else (I usually prefer doing my own make up).
The reason I went with a professional make up artist is 1) this is essential for photos as the type of make up I would have done would have left me looking like a washed-out ghost and 2) on the morning of my wedding I didn't want to be  fussing with this. I am SO happy I decided on this as it makes for such a fun morning with your girls and the outcome could not have been better. Honestly!

OUR WEDDING: Theme, decor. Flowers, Food and Extra Touches

Thursday, 24 October 2019

If you missed the first post on our wedding you can have a look over here. I spoke to my dress, the planning process, photographer details, stationery and how I chose the venue. In this post I will be discussing decor, flowers, food and the little extra touches.
I, surprisingly, was not one of those brides that had endless Pinterest boards for my wedding. I knew pretty much off-the-bat what look I wanted and never wanted to over-complicate anything. I actually planned a wedding for someone a few years back and learnt quite a bit from that process. I knew that I didn't want to sweat the small stuff and also had decided what was important to Marc and I. That is advice I would give any bride: decide what is important to you and don't sway from that. Spend more money on these things and save on the less important parts (which is a struggle as you feel EVERYTHING is important, I know).
In saying this, it's obviously a day that you are allowed to be a tad extravagant with so, by all means, add those extra touches you want (no matter how over-the-top they may feel), but also be OK to cut back on other things to make that happen.


Tuesday, 22 October 2019

A much-requested section for travel guides has been something I have wanted to do for ages as travelling might actually be my first love (OK, or equal to Beauty).

Our holiday to Greece was obviously our honeymoon, so a bit of a different trip with much less planning from my side but A LOT more relaxing. We honestly could not have chosen a better honeymoon destination and, being both of our first time visiting Greece, we had no idea what to expect.

OUR WEDDING: Planning, the dress, venue, photographer and stationery

Wednesday, 2 October 2019

As I said in my Instagram post, I truly cannot believe our big day (plus honeymoon) have come and gone and, even though the wedding blues are lingering a tad, the memories of the day (plus the lead up and honeymoon) all make it bearable.
I always heard brides speak of their wedding day as "the best day of my life" and the thought actually stressed me out a bit. I mean, that is quite a statement BUT it's true, and the reason it is, is because you will never experience that amount of love with ALL your favourite people in one day. It is magical. Honestly.

I am going to do a series of posts around our wedding as there are so many happy memories and, selfishly, I want to be able to look back on all of this too. I also have to thank you guys for the outpouring of love you have all shown me over this time. You have shared every bit of excitement, helped with so much advice and just supported me along the way, so thank you. I have loved sharing it all with you.

In this post I will be discussing the planning and lead up, photography, stationery (and how to save) as well as my dress and venue choice.

In the next post I will go into detail on decor, flowers and food (and then do a post on bridesmaids gifts and, of course, the beauty regime).

Let's get into the details...


Thursday, 1 August 2019

I have a thing for Face Masks, you may have noticed. I use them all the time and they are definitely one of my favourite skincare item to buy. Are face masks essential in every skincare routine? No, they aren't but they are a great add-on and can help take skin from zero to hero when you need a quick pick me up.

Environ Focus Care Radiance+ Review

Monday, 22 July 2019

Environ is a brand that I have been asked about a ton on Kiss, Blush and Tell however, up until recently, had almost lost touch with so I've never been able to give a proper review. I used to use their Tea-Tree range in my teen years, and loved it and it is most definitely a brand I have always trusted in the industry.


Sunday, 14 July 2019

There is nothing I get quite as excited about as travel. It sounds cheesy, but it's truly what feeds my soul. So planning and packing for a trip is my ultimate (not so much the unpacking part, but oh well). Here are some tips for travel that I use. The below guide is aimed at long-haul travel but can definitely be applied and adapted to any sort of trip.

Beauty Storage with Pedersen & Lennard

Thursday, 4 July 2019

As you know, my beauty collection is rather vast compared to the average person and the organisation of this is a constant struggle. I am always looking for a solution to make my morning make-up application as streamlined as possible.


Friday, 14 June 2019

Well, this is rather brave of me seen as ALL I seem to do is buy nude lipstick that all look deceptively similar to the previous one. I say deceptively, as they are different in my eyes. Kind of.

I have wanted to do this post for a while, but I fear I may ramble on as there are a few here. Finding the perfect nude for yourself is no easy task, and I love each of these for different reasons and occasions. I am going to keep each description brief and hopefully this helps you in your quest for a good nude. Your best bet is to go into stores and try these on yourself as our complexions all differ so hugely.
Side note: for those who asked about wedding nudes, I have detailed this below.


Tuesday, 21 May 2019

I get asked this fairly frequently, so thought I would put my thoughts into a blog post. I know many of us make the move from Cape Town to Joburg and vice versa, so hope this post helps in easing your mind and preparing you for the move. Shout if you have any other questions. This post may seem a bit 'all over the show' but I am covering the topics I get asked about, so hope it's helpful.


Tuesday, 14 May 2019

I have done a post a while back around eye issues, titled “The Truth About Eye Creams”, but wanted to do another post on this as our eye area is a something that concerns so many of us as the ageing process begins, myself very much included.

The solution also isn’t a one-size-fits-all one, there are so many different concerns and issues we all face and each of these issues have different treatment options (some less severe than others). A few of these points have been touched on numerous times, but I wanted to collate them all into one post for you.

Let's Talk About Acne

Tuesday, 7 May 2019

I wanted to do this post as I get a lot of questions from ladies who struggle with acne (and this varies: anything from hormonal breakouts to full blown adult acne).

I really feel very strongly about acne clients seeking professional advice from a dermatologist, so this will always be my first port of call. Acne should not be taken lightly, and is something I take very seriously, which is why I will never freely dish out advice on this. There are so many different contributing factors that a Derm needs to take into account and anti-biotics are usually the best way forward.

Laser hair Removal: Mid-Way Update

Wednesday, 24 April 2019

I promised a post like this to you all, so here it is. As many of you know, I am busy doing laser hair removal at Laser Beautique. I am doing half leg and underarm, and wanted to keep you posted on the journey thus far.


Monday, 15 April 2019

As per your requests, the next brand focus post is Exuviance; a brand I have used and loved for a long time. In fact, when I asked you guys what your favourite #KBTMADEMEDOIT product has been of all time it was the iconic Triple Microdermabrasion that won by a long shot. Followed by Heliocare spf and some other faves that are constant features on my Instagram account.

Exuviance is a medical-grade brand whom I really trust, it is the baby-sister brand under the Neostrata umbrella. Their products are high-tech and very results driven, which means I really trust what they produce. Below are some favourites that I truly feel you will all love as much as I do (if you don't use them already). They have all been in my routine for years, apart from their latest launch (the Essence) which is a newer, and very welcome, addition. Let's get into it...

Nice to know: Exuviance is cruelty free.

Review: Avene Thermal Spring Water

Tuesday, 12 March 2019

Today I am speaking about a product that has been in my arsenal for YEARS, and one that I have ploughed through many-a-can of. It’s the Avene Thermal Spring Water, which needs no introduction around here.

This product is one that I literally have dotted all over; one in my car, one in my travel toiletry bag and one in my bathroom. You have also all seem me taking one of these cans on every summer holiday; probably THE single most essential beach item for me (after SPF, of course).


Monday, 4 March 2019

I am going to be continuing with a few series like the one I did about Skinceuticals, where I discuss a brand and my favourites from them; the products I have used for an absolute age and constantly re-purchase.

The Ordinary: My thoughts

Thursday, 21 February 2019

There are a few questions I get daily in my DMs, and one of them is my thoughts on The Ordinary, so I wanted to write this so I can direct you all somewhere. I haven't done this post previously for a few reasons 1) the range is hella vast, and I haven't tried that much from them (seen as it's not that easily accessible in SA) and 2) my feelings are mixed and it's hard to answer my total thoughts in one sweeping statement, as some is decent (especially considering the great price tag) and others not so much. So here goes my summation thus far. I will also be trying more as I go, and will be sure to update this post as I go.

My favourites from Skinceuticals

Monday, 11 February 2019

I have wanted to do this post for a while as this brand is nothing new around here. In fact, it's my go-to in my recommendations to loads of you on a daily basis. As an avid skincare-nut, it's so important to me that when you guys want to make changes in your skincare routine, you are incorporating products that will give you the results you are after.
I know how over-whelming this beauty industry is for all of you (and me, at times), so you will note that I tend to repeatedly recommend certain products to you guys. This is because these are products that I have seen results on myself, and on many of you. SkinCeuticals is a high-end medical grade skincare line, and with that comes a high price tag thanks to the potent and super-advanced ingredients. I have used their products for years, and it's hard to imagine my skincare routine without many of the below favourites that I wanted to tell you about (again). I hope this helps with any confusion you may have.


Sunday, 27 January 2019

This post comes off the back of asking you guys what you wanted to see on this blog of mine; there were an overwhelming amount of you who asked for a post on 'skincare for beginners', 'help on a basic skincare routine' and 'I'm just getting into skincare, where do I start?'. So here it goes...


Wednesday, 16 January 2019

I am so excited to share my review with you on Ingredients, a new skincare rangefor multiple reasons: 1) I am blown away by the results I have seen 2) it's local, vegan and created by a doctor who I know well and trust wholeheartedly - Alek Nikolic, 3) it's extremely simple to use and understand, so I know it will appeal to many who want results without reams of different products that are confusing and, to be frank, pretty darn overwhelming and 4) you can slot these serums into your current routine, so it is encouraged to use your same cleanser, moisturiser, spf etc (if they are working for you) - that way it isn't a complete product overhaul, which can be super pricey. 


Thursday, 10 January 2019

This post comes highly requested and, to be honest, is a topic I tend to avoid as pregnancy is such tricky turf, with so many different opinions. Also, I haven't had kids yet, so not exactly a pro, but I do know a bit about it that I thought I would share to help you guys out. There seems to be a lot of confusion and I hope this post can clear that up.

Oh, thanks for the pregnancy pic of some random gal, Pinterest. It's the only one I could find that wasn't outrageously model-like and posy in a ball-gown. 

Review: Dermalogica Rapid Reveal Peel

Wednesday, 12 December 2018

I got so excited when this product recently launched from Dermalogica. It probably has to do with the fact that 1) exfoliating is one of my number one steps in any skincare routine (see this post) and 2) well, it has the words 'rapid' and 'peel' in it. Yes please.

Review: Sisley Firming Concentrated Serum & Velvet Nourishing Cream

Thursday, 6 December 2018

It's always a good day when Sisley products land on my desk. Today's review is on two new products to the range that truly are pretty special.


Monday, 3 December 2018

For those of you who missed my Beauty gift guide, have a look over here. This gift guide is anything non-Beauty related that I think would make a fab gift. As always, nothing is sponsored, just things I would love for myself :)

I have also tried to keep the prices relatively low, with the odd luxury gift in-between. I hope this can give you some good ideas.