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...

THE FACE MASK GUIDE FOR EVERY SKIN CONCERN

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.

MY TRAVEL PACKING TIPS

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.

MY FAVOURITE NUDE LIPSTICKS

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.

MOVING CITIES: JOBURG VS CAPE TOWN

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.

LET’S TALK ABOUT EYES: DARK CIRCLES, EYE BAGS, CROWS FEET AND WRINKLES

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.

MY FAVOURITES FROM EXUVIANCE

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).

MY FAVOURITES FROM DERMALOGICA

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.

THE BEGINNERS GUIDE TO SKINCARE

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...

REVIEW: SK.IN INGREDIENTS SERUMS

Wednesday, 16 January 2019

I am so excited to share my review with you on sk.in 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. 

SKINCARE FOR PREGNANCY AND BREASTFEEDING

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.

CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE: FOR HER

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.

Let's Talk About Blackheads

Tuesday, 27 November 2018

Phew, a long-overdue post that comes after A LOT of questions on this topic. It's a tough one to answer as there is no miracle cure here, but I want to do an honest, educational post to help you understand blackheads more. First things first: any articles or products claiming to completely eliminate blackheads are not true. Right, with that out the way, let's get into it.

Let's look at some newness from CHANEL

Saturday, 24 November 2018

I always start every Chanel post exclaiming how much I adore everything this brand does, but it just is so darn luxourious and beautiful. I thought I would share some newness that you can expect to see in stores.

BEAUTY CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE

Monday, 19 November 2018

Right, my Gift Guides are back and came much-requested by you guys. We are starting pretty early this year, but I'm giving you time to get on top of that Christmas shopping (and wishlist-making for yourself!). This is Beauty only gifts, we will get onto a non-Beauty gift guide next.

One thing I do know for sure, is that pretty much everyone is feeling the pinch at the moment, so I have tried to make this guide one that offers both high-end (obviously) and affordable gifts. Something for everyone, I hope.

These ideas are all gifts I would love to receive and they tick the box of being both thoughtful, unique and useful (not those second-hand bath salts from your Aunt that will sit in the gift cupboard to recycle).

Prices and details are all below.


Let's Talk About What Order To Apply Your Products In (AM & PM)

Monday, 12 November 2018

This must be one of the most frequently asked questions, "but when do I apply my sun cream", "Does my Eye Cream go on before my serum, or afterwards", "how often should I exfoliate" etc. I get it. It's pretty confusing and, more than anything, there are a ton of opinions here. Although that goes for everything when it comes to the beauty industry - I might say one thing, but your Beautician (who stocks one range and earns commission *cough cough*) might disagree completely. These are my thoughts and what I can very-unbiasedly recommend.

MY BEAUTY SHOPPING GUIDE: NEW YORK, SYDNEY.MELBOURNE & LONDON

Thursday, 1 November 2018

Easily one of my most asked questions on Kiss, Blush & Tell is around where and what to shop beauty-wise when on holiday. We all know that us South Africans are a tad deprived when it comes to amazing international beauty brands. Having said this, it has got a LOT better in the past few years, but there are still some of my absolute favourite brands that aren't available here.

When it comes to actual products I would recommend buying, the list is simply too long. This is why I have my Instagram and blog, so you can constantly hear me speaking to products I rave about. My best advice is to trawl my Instagram posts and story highlights and see if there is something that appeals to you. Or make notes during a live, I speak to products all day long :) I have, however,  mentioned what to look out for, but my list is way too long. Please see my 'What to look out for' under each retailer as some overlap and didn't want to repeat myself too much.

Lastly, all these countries also have fab stand-alone stores (NARS in Covent Garden and on Bleeker St), Hourglass in Crosby St, NY, FRESH Beauty in Covent Garden and at the Flatiron etc). I haven't gone into each standalone, but rather bigger beauty stores. Else we may be here forever :)

I used to live in London and started my beauty career working at one of my all-time favourite beauty retailers; SPACE NK. I visit London fairly often, thanks to my sister living in the UK, so know what I am looking for and where to shop pretty well.

SPACE NK

Let's start with my best and a place that is very close to my heart. SPACE NK is a luxury beauty retailer and they have a number of stores throughout the UK, so you won't be too hard-pressed finding one. They stock a variety of brands that can sometimes be quite hard to come-by; from Drunk Elephant and Hourglass to Lipstick Queen and Chantecaille. They also then have your standard luxury beauty brands like NARS, Diptyque, By Terry, Kiehl's, REN, Eve Lom etc.
Be warned, this ain't your bargain beauty store, so nothing here comes cheap but it's always a real spoil and the girls who work here are fab (says she, the ex employee). They are great with recommendations across brands, so I often end up going here with one product in mind and leave with 6. Hold onto your purse for dear life!
What to look out for:
Diptyque (I always stock up on my candles and room sprays here. I love Bais, Mimosa and Figuier)
By Terry (their baume de Rose lip balm and CC serum are heavenly)
Malin & Goetz (their Eucalyptus deo is natural and fab)
Eve Lom (their cleansing balm is still one of my faves, love the Rescue Mask too)
Emma Hardie (another fab cleansing balm)
Sarah Chapman (Overnight Facial is great)
Drunk Elephant (TLC Baby Facial and their Vitamin C - only tried the TLC facial myself)
Hourglass (their Ambient Lighting powders, bronzer, setting powder and blushers)
Sunday Riley (Luna Oil, Juno Oil and Good Genes)
Laura Mercier (fab tinted moisturiser, one of my best)
NARS (great matte lip pencils, great tinted moisturiser and lovely blushers)
Oribe (texturizing spray for their hair that trump all others)
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CLARINS SUMMER COLLECTION IS HERE

Monday, 29 October 2018

You know it's properly summer time when the big limited edition Clarins bronzer lands on your desk!!! Year after year this bronzer just brings me immense amounts of joy, and this year is no different. In fact, it probably is slightly different as they've amped up the summer feeling with a tortoise shell and pink flamingo & palm tree case. I MEAN...

The Summer Collection (in stores now) is made up of a few items, but I thought I would share with you what I have been using non-stop lately. Giving me all the summery help this pasty skin needs!

BRONZING COMPACT - R560

Let's start with my very best, which I've pretty much already introduced. This years limited edition bronzing compact is made up of 3 matte shades that I feel would work for SO many skin types. I adore how big these pans are, making it easy for swirling a large fluffy brush through, and giving the skin the perfect sun-kissed look. I also have to say that I feel this is very well priced. These compacts last AGES and are R560. I feel like it would take me well over a year to plough through one of these (and mine get a lot of love). 

FOREO LUNA 2: MY REVIEW

Wednesday, 24 October 2018

Here it is; my long-awaited Foreo Luna 2 review which I did speak to in stories but wanted to do a full post that you guys can refer to for further detail.

6 FOUNDATIONS I HIGHLY RECOMMEND

Thursday, 18 October 2018

Finding the perfect foundation is almost as tough as finding the perfect pair of jeans. There are so many different boxes that need to be ticked; from the texture and finish to the coverage and shade match. Shade match probably being the most under-rated one!

REVIEW: NEUTROGENA CITY SHIELD LOTION SPF 25

Tuesday, 18 September 2018

This product deserves a lot of love, and that's what I'm here to do. Again. I know a few of you have already bought this and every single one of you have adored it. I had one of you who it stung a bit, however, this was due to her skin barrier being compromised, so once we sorted that out, she got back onto this and loves it. Yay!