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If you’re a lover of DOVE, you’ve no doubt spotted their ahhh-mazing new range, Purely Pampering body lotion in store.

Well, Im here to tell you that by the end of this month, you’ll be able to shea-render to two new products that will be introduced to the range: Purely Pampering Body Wash as well as the indulgent Purely Pampering Shea Butter Soap bar.

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I got to sample this range, and think it’s a definite winner!

It’s packed with Shea Butter, which is always a benefit in any beauty product! Did you know that a typical Shea nut tree can take around 18 to 25 years to produce the nuts from which Shea Butter is made?

Pretty awesome right?!

The entire range smells nutty, buttery and all sorts of comforting – perfect for the cold winter months ahead.

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I’m quite a fuss pot when it comes to body lotions specifically, but this one has remained on my nightstand for a while. So for me, it’s a keeper!

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I use DOVE soap normally, but I am in love with the Shea Butter bar. It’s really lovely, the smell alone makes it my favourite-to-use-every-day kinda soap bar.

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And the body wash, is by far my favourite! Like the bar, it smells amazing and leaves your skin feeling smooth and pampered, but I love the lather of this body wash. I just wish they’d offer Dove body washes in supersize versions like they have in the states.

The good news however, is that the Purely Pampering Nourishing Lotion comes in the normal 250ml, as well as the supersize version – 400ml.

Fashion News Roundup

When it comes to fashion and celebrities they go hand in hand. From exclusive designer collaborations to new advertising campaigns, here is a roundup of all the latest happenings from the stylish world.

When it comes to Kate Moss, there are few who can rival her presence in the fashion industry. Which is why fans and press alike were waiting with bated breath for her latest Topshop collection. After four years, the supermodel is back with a new range of clothes inspired by her own iconic style and interests. The collection features vintage-inspired dresses, tailored jackets and a luxurious hand-beaded dress.

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He may not be as suave on social media but there’s no denying James Franco knows how to pose. The actor is the current face of Gucci eyewear and he stars in a glamourous new advert with model Natalia Bonifacci. The advert, which sees James driving with Los Angeles looking utterly stylish, was directed by the man himself.

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Michelle Williams is also making a fashion comeback. The actress reprises her role as the face of Louis Vuitton handbags. Styled by Carine Roitfeld and shot by Peter Lindberg, the actress looks enduring and classic for the brand. Decked out in head to toe in LV latest ready-to-wear collection, she shows off the brand’s latest must-have bags including the W and Lockit.

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When it comes to all the musicians we’d like to see collections from, Adam Levine may not be too far up the list. But the singer has just released a line of womenswear at Kmart. Following his successful menswear range, the summer collection is all about flowing dresses, mini skirts, denim shorts and novelty tshirts. The perfect festival wardrobe that won’t break the bank with prices starting from R130 to just over R350.

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Images via Fashionisers.com, Italialiving.com, Fabsugar.com and Recessionista.com

Burberry Brit Rhythm

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Happy Friday!

You know what Friday’s mean here at StyleScoop? Time for my fragrance of the week!

This week I’d like to tell you about the new Burberry Brit Rhythm that launched in SA last month!

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Such a fun, “fearless” fragrance that epitomises the sensuality and spontaneity of the Burberry brand.

Christopher Bailey (Chief Creative Officer at Burberry), describes it as “irreverent and free-spirited”. He goes on to say that “the Brit Rhythm woman combines powerful femininity with a rock and roll edge”.

Looking at the design of the bottle, “rock and roll edge” is so fitting! Its clear contrasting textures of studs and smooth glass make the smoked pink juice inside sparkle with energy!

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On my first spritz, the lavender top note pops and later develops into a blackberry and citrus bite, where it lingers with woody, musky base notes.

Overall, I kinda like it!

It’s a little sweet and “juicy” – more fruity than candy sweet – which give this scent its energy.

And, I generally love fragrances that have a Vetiver, Woody or Musky base.

So for me, it’s a winner!

My favourite part of this fragrance is right at the end, when the energetic top notes and fruity heart notes have settled to reveal a musky, with hints of the heart notes. 

Considering that it is an EDT (Eau De Toilette) and not and EDP (Eau De Parfum) it’s staying power is quite impressive.

Here’s a complete breakdown of this fragrance;

Top Notes of English Lavender, Pink Peppercorn and Neroli

Heart Notes of Orange Flower Absolute (with Petalia), Orris Absolute and Blackberry Leaves

Base Notes of Vetiver, Musks and Vibrant Woods

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Burberry Brit Rhythm is available in three size variations, all EDT;

  • 90ml for R1185
  • 50ml for R880
  • 30ml for R680

Durban July 2014, The Theme is…

Time for the fashionista’s to start planning their outfits, for one of the greatest horse racing fashion events of the year… The Vodacom Durban July

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Such a great theme indeed, and so many outfit choices to choose from!

What will you be wearing?

Make a note, save the date and make sure you’re there this July! The event takes place at Greyville Racecourse on the 5th July 2014!

Stay tuned for all the fashion updates!

New Foundation! Chanel Perfection Lumière Velvet

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I don’t think I’ve met a CHANEL foundation, I didn’t LOVE!

And now, here’s another one to add to my list of CHANEL beauty faves!

This April, CHANEL launches their latest foundation, Perfection Lumière Velvet! It’s their “lightweight second-skin foundation that naturally smoothes and evens out the complexion with a luminous velvety matt finish” .

I got to sample this beaut and really love it.

First of all, the packaging is gorgeous! It comes in a sleek black, square plastic container and you can definitely see Karl Largerfeld’s influence on this design. I like the fact that it’s plastic, since it makes it easy to travel with, and it’s quite compact as well. Even though its compact, it holds 30ml of product – much like most foundations.

The nozzle is a really great feature as well. How it works, is you squeeze the bottle, and it will release the foundation. A real plus since you don’t waste much and you also don’t end up with those cakey bits of old makeup on the nozzle.

Ok, now for the good stuff!

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The consistency of Perfection Lumière Velvet is light and melts into the skin for a flawless finish. It blends beautifully and transforms to an almost powdery finish, but not at all drying.  You don’t feel caked, if you know what I mean.

The only other foundation I have found to have a similar consistency and “transformation” effect is Chanel Vitalumière Aqua, but Lumiere Velvet has a little more coverage, and a little less radiance than aqua.

I tried applying it using numerous methods, but my favourite is with my fingertips or lightly dabbing it into the skin with my Real Techniques Expert Face Brush.

For a smoothing effect, Perfection Lumière Velvet is amazing! It’s got fairly decent coverage and made my skin look doll-like, by tightening up pores and making the skin texture just perfect.

I did need to conceal my uneven pigmentation – but that’s a pretty normal thing for me. My little trick, since this foundation makes the skin quite matt, is to use Vitalumiere Aqua on my forehead (where I have sun damage), just to create more of a glow and add a little light to that area.

Perfection Lumière Velvet  is also lovely if you want to customise your coverage and stick to one to foundation. Since the finish is sheer and adaptable, you can apply it very light for day and then add a few (individual) layers of product, building the level of coverage.

This works I’d say on skin that just needs to even out those minor imperfections, but for something like pigmentation, you’ll probably still need concealer to disguise it.

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Colour-wise, the shade I used (B40) is a perfect match to my skintone, and this number is consistent throughout the Chanel Foundation range. I hate having to buy different colours of foundations within the same brand, so I really think that’s a plus with Chanel.

This foundation also has an added SPF 15 and retails at R555.00

Perfection Lumière Velvet launches in South Africa on the 14th April at all Chanel counters.

Try it out when you find yourself at the mall next, and let me know your thoughts.

 

Winter at Old Khaki

I popped into Old Khaki the other day and so in love with all their winter woolies!

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They have the most amazing selection of scarves! You can practically find any style your heart desires!

Scarves offer a really great, inexpensive way to update your wardrobe without damaging your finances.

Old Khaki scarves range between R120 to R160 for some really different styles, that you don’t see every day.

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Their leather jackets! OMG their leather jackets!!!

Last year, my hubby bought me a dark charcoal, leather biker-style jacket from Old Khaki for my birthday, and I love it so much, I wouldn’t mind getting one in every colour! (Check out how I styled mine recently in this post).

Investment, investment, investment!

Old Khaki leather jackets are made from super soft, 100% lamb nappa leather – so they are really high quality. I convinced my brother to buy the guys version – the Hanson Leather Jacket (R2499) which is also made from 100% lamb nappa leather.

I like the fact that Old Khaki’s leather jackets are really well made. The fit is incredible! And, they keep you warm without making you look bulky.

This is such a great style! Old Khaki have kept it on this year too!

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I’m so after the tan one next. Prices for the “Avia Jackets” are R2599, and trust me when I say they are so worth every penny!

They also come in light grey, brown and charcoal.

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The “Avery Leather” jacket is the newer style for this year, and has great detailing on the arm.

Once again, 100% lamb nappa leather and you can find it in Black or Grape (R2899).

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Boho is such a cool look! And this boho styled pullover lets you keep this trend going into winter!

I love everything about this pullover! The colour, the pattern and really digging the fringing on the shoulders. R499

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Besides the heavenly selection of winter clothes (for girls and guys by the way), these CATerpillar “Misa” boots are next on my lust list!

I’ve been looking for a pair of “cowboy style boots” for ages, but all the ones I’ve tried make my foot look like it’s miles too big for my body! And I’m only a size 5/6!

Last  year, I invested in a pair of CAT combat boots from Old Khaki and wore them with practically everything! This year, I’m going to make the Misa’s mine!

I think a pair of new boots every year is definitely a goal worth working towards! Don’t you?

The Misa’s fit like a glove, look amazing and have such great elements (like the pocket on the calf, the buckle on the ankle and the patch on the foot), that give these boots such character.

Paying R1999 for a pair of leather knee-high boots is so worth it!

Although I really wanted to take it all, this is what I ended up buying, but I’m going back for those Misa boots!

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First up, my gorgeous, wooly knit snood. I just know I am going to wear it all season long! In fact, I’ve already worn it a few times and we’re still pretty much stuck in summer here in Durbs.

Then, my Old Khaki Roxy Check Shirt (R399). Checked shirts and tartan are pretty big this winter, and although they are trendy, I’m still quite reluctant to wear the traditional green and red tartan. I don’t know why, I just can’t wrap my head around it. So this shirt is the perfect alternative for me. It’s got the stylish print, but in softer, more girly colours that I really kinda love.

And lastly, this knitted pullover. Love the colour mix and that it’s a little longer at the back. I’m all for layering!

Such great pieces, that even look good together! Maybe I’ll try that look sometime!

I’m excited for winter! Bring on the chill!

Louis Vuitton – Spirit of Travel. South Africa, through the eyes of Peter Lindbergh

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If you’re an avid magazine reader, you may have noticed the latest ad campaign for Louis Vuitton, with a rather familiar backdrop.

South Africa!

For their latest Spirit of Travel campaign, Louis Vuitton conjures the original spirit of travel for the next generation… the allure of the unknown, the thrill of exploration, the wonder of discovery… elements that have been captured in a series of breathtaking images, shot in south Africa by the talented Peter Lindbergh and styled by Carine Roitfeld.

Here’s a little taste of this gorgeous campaign. You’ve got to admit, there is no place like South Africa!

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Check out the video below

Ralph Lauren Polo Red

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Introducing the new, adrenaline charged masculine fragrance from RALPH LAURENPOLO RED

It’s BOLD, it’s DARING, it’s INTENSE!

Inspired by Ralph Lauren’s love of cars and all things automotive, this sleek high gloss opaque red bottle with a matte black cap and pony emblem, features a cocktail of three red ingredients;

  • Base notes of Redwood give this fragrance a woody, masculine base to ignite the thrill-seeker,
  • Spicy heart notes of Red Saffron add a little flavour and personality,
  • Top notes of Red Grapefruit give it a fresh adrenaline rush.

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It’s definitely a sporty fragrance that’s fresh while still being very masculine and sexy.

When I first spayed this fragrance, I did so on my own wrist and it’s amazing how completely different it smells on a man’s wrist. On my girly skin, it came across as very sweet, however, when my hubby sprayed it, it smelt completely different!

A real man’s fragrance, that can only really be appreciated when you smell it on a man’s skin!

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POLO RED by Ralph Lauren launches this April and will be available in two size variations;

POLO RED EDT 75ml for R919, and POLO RED EDT 125ml for R1 149!

Take your man with you and try it out! If he’s into fresh fragrances that don’t smell soapy, then chances are he’ll probably LOVE POLO Red!

My Favourite Autumn/Winter 2014 trends from Dune

Scroll down to the end for a fabulous Giveaway!

I’m a summer baby through and through but lets face it, dressing up is so much chic-er in winter!

And I’m super amped for the chill, since there are so many fabulous things coming our way this winter.

Like these gorgeous shoes, handbags and accessories from Dune London! I mean, whoaaah!

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For me, an absolute investment would be in the classic styles! You’ll never go wrong with a pair of stylish black heels (and those Daughter Booties are TO DIE FOR).

Another winter essential is leopard print and these pieces tick all the boxes. Also invest in classic nudes and tan heels, you’ll wear them season after season!

Now let’s take a look at a few more styles from Dune’s Winter 2014 trends …

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BOY MEETS GIRL. Think block heels and boots for an androgynous feel. Muted, autumn colours of chocolate browns, blacks and reds give a gothic edge to this punk-influenced collection.

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GIRLY CLASH. Think pointed flats, tri-tone brogues and kitten heels for that girly touch. Contrast colour panels also add boldness to your look.

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SHIMMER & SHINE. Think silver leather heels and brogues to give your look a futuristic feel. Low block heels and ankle strap detailing bring a retro twist to this load and proud collection.

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I have one of these beautiful DUNE Makeup Bags to give away to one lucky StyleScoop reader!

To enter, fill in your details below. Competition ends 29 April 2014. The winner will be announced on the 1st May.
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