Fashion Outfits

Late Afternoon (outfit of the day)

November 23, 2015
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After that insane heatwave, I never thought I’d see green grass in Jozi. But after a week of beautiful, blissful rain, summer gardens are starting to look the part.

I thought I’d take advantage of the beautiful weekend weather we had to show you gals my new, favourite piece of clothing.

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The gorgeous, Safar Ladies Suede Jacket from Old Khaki.

I had been lusting after it since this post, and I had been locked onto the Old Khaki website, eagerly awaiting it’s arrival.

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The Safar waistcoat/jacket/ gilet (call it what you will) is one of my best purchases ever!

It’s high quality, made from 100% suede, making it butter soft, luxurious and so insanely beautiful with it’s bohemian fringe detail.

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Outfit Details:

  • Fringe Waistcoat – from Old Khaki {buy it online here}
  • Maxi Skirt – (old) from Junkyard Angel
  • Cream Vest – (old) from Woolworths
  • Leather Wrap Belt – from Old Khaki {buy it online here}
  • Gladiator Laceup Flats – Top Shop
  • Cuff – from a little shop in Dullstroom
Beauty Beauty Reviews Makeup

Benefit Air Patrol @BenefitBeautySA

November 20, 2015
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Ladies, prepare for takeoff as the new Benefit Air Patrol BB Cream Eyelid Primer is here to make your eye shadow last and last all day long!

Already out at Benefit counters nationwide (it launched on the 1st November), this is one Benefit product I’ve been dying to try out!

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So many of the beauty gurus I follow on Youtube have said such great things about it, but it was after Tati Westbrook’s very thorough First Impressions video that I needed to have it!

I have a combination skin, but my eyelids are almost always oily; which means my eye shadow needs a lot of work to stay put and without help, even with the most precise blending and amazing products, my shadow is generally faded and blah a few hours later.

The only other product that has worked for me to keep my eye shadow put is my Smashbox 24 Hour Photo Finish Shadow Primer.

While I still love my Smashbox eyeshadow primer, Air Patrol has the added extra of having an SPF and being slightly tinted, which doubles up as a primer and base colour. So I can use less product on my lid and get the same amazing results. YAY!

Dare I say it, Air Patrol is my new “can’t live without beauty product”!

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The applicator is inspired by gel foam that is found in mattresses and pillows, making it super soft. Personally, I like to use my fingertips to apply anything on my lids, but if you’re not into finger painting, then you’ll love this applicator!

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Air Patrol BB Cream Eyelid primer with SPF 20 contains EnviroDefend complex which helps to guard your delicate eyelids against environmental stress. Stress like pollutants, sun and smoke.

Added to that it helps to colour correct your lids while locking in your eye shadow and keeping your lids hydrated.

Do you need it?

Abso-freaking-lutley!

  • If your shadow doesn’t stay put, then you need it!
  • If you want to protect your lids from sun, smoke and pollutants, then you need it!
  • If you want to colour correct your lids, then you need it!
  • If you want to use less shadow and ensure it stays put all day, then you need it!
  • If you want your shadow to look perfectly flawless, then you need it!

In a nutshell, you need it!

Price: R395.00

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Win A Kerastase Elixir Ultime Gift worth R1680!

November 16, 2015
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Kerastase Elixir Ultime is one of my favourite hair care ranges of all time. It smells amazing, its uber luxurious and is truly one of the gold standards in hair care!

It makes my hair feel silky soft, well cared for and looking beautiful! Plus I mean it looks just glorious in my shower!

When the Kerastase Elixir Ultime range launched in SA in July this year (read my review on it here), it came out with a shampoo, hair mask and a single leave in oil treatment.

Now the Kerastase Elixir Ultime familia has grown, with the addition of two new products to the range; a Conditioner and a second hair oil, specifically formulated for colour treated hair.

They’ve also upped the glam factor with gorgeous glass packaging for the hair oils – making it even more luxurious.

Since I’m all about sharing, today I’m sharing my good hair days with you, which means I’ve got one beautiful Kerastase Eixir Ultime gift to give away to one lucky StyleScoop reader, worth R1680!

But first, let’s take a quick look at the range and the new goodies… entry details at the end of this post.

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The Bain Elixir Ultime Shampoo (R290) is a silicone and paraben free shampoo that gives you a nice purifying cleanse. It’s gentle on the hair without weighing it down and smells heavenly!

The new Fondant Beautifying Oil Conditioner (R330) is suitable for all hair types with a blend of corn germ, camellia, argan oils and amla extracts, that leave your hair silky to the touch, even before you comb it through.

My hair is fine, flat and lifeless, and often “rich and indulgent” shampoos and conditioners weigh it down, but I absolutely LOVE this range, because it feels indulgent, while still giving my hair a bit of oomph and gorgeous shine.

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When it comes to hair oils, I’m a huge fan! But there are hair oils and there are hair oils!

There are only two hair oils that I like to use, one of them being Kerastase Elixir Ultime.

I was hooked on this oil after I tried the Original Elixir Ultime (R520) in July and their new baby, Elixir Ultime The Imperial for Coloured Hair (R520) is just what my hair has been lusting after since I went back to my ombre ways.

Both oils are non greasy and promise shine and strength with a beautiful softness. Packed with anti-oxidants to promote cellular renewal, they also help to restore the hair while keeping it protected from external nastiness.

The original oil contains a blend of four precious scented oils and is suitable for all hair types.

The new Elixir Ultime The Imperial offers the same antioxidant protection as the original. Formulated for colour treated hair, it also offers UV protection to enhance and protect your colour with a light, and perfect for summer floral scent.

Both oils offer a multitude of styling benefits including;

  • Pre-Cleanse:  Apply to brushed hair and rinse out before applying shampoo to remove impurities
  • Pre-Blow Dry:  Apply to towel-dried hair and blow dry as normal for additional protection
  • Finishing:  Work into the ends of the hair to control frizz, smooth and style
  • Touch-up:  Apply throughout the day to add a touch of shine as needed

GIVEAWAY

I have one Kerastase Elixir Ultime hamper worth R1680 to giveaway to one of my beautiful readers. To enter, please use the Rafflecopter mechanism below

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The winner will be notified by email by Wednesday 25th November 2015
*Open to South African resident only*

Fashion Outfits

3 Looks Made in Italy {OOTD}

November 13, 2015
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I discovered such a fab range the other day, exclusive to Stuttafords called Made In Italy. 

It’s not a single brand, but rather a collection of beautifully designed clothes from various labels that are Made in Italy; among them the brands Rinascimento,
SUR REALE and Studio IKO Italia.

It was the SUR REALE faux suede jacket that caught my eye, with it’s mesmerising fringe detailing. Once I started looking at the different ranges, there were such pretty clothes, and so much fringe – did someone read my mind?

I just want to twirl and twirl!

Today, I’ll share three looks, with some on trend, gorgeous pieces all from the Made in Italy range at Stuttafords

Look #1

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This look is one of my faves! I love the mix of texture in this look. A black faux leather dress paired with this beautiful, lightweight SUR REALE faux suede jacket is so me!

I’m not much of a “dress” girl, but every now and then I find a cute dress with a bit of “edge” and then I want to be a dress girl.

This faux leather dress by Rinascimento is super cute. I love the beautiful laser cut detailing and the fit is perfecto!

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Look #2

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For something a little dressy, but more effortless and comfortable in this heat, these black pants from SUR REALE go with just about anything and are made from a beautiful, lightweight fabric that keeps you cool!

For this second look, I paired these SUR REALE black pants with a gorgeous faux leather fringed top by Studio IKO Italia with lace up heels and some statement jewellery.

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Look #3

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Wearing the same SUR REALE black pants and my lace up heels, I switched up my top with this beautifully ladylike sheer black top, also by SUR REALE at Stuttafords.

You’ll need to wear a pretty bra underneath, or a plain black one if you prefer, but the stylish neckline panel covers a fair amount down your cleavage and tummy area, leaving a little something to the imagination.

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Do yourselves a favour girls and check out Made in Italy at Stuttafords next time you’re looking for stylish clothes!

Outfit Details

Look 1

  • Faux Leather Laser Cut Dress – Rinascimento (available at Stuttafords) R1699.95
  • Jacket – SUR REALE (available at Stuttafords) R1399.95
  • Handbag – Rebecca Minkoff
  • Sunglasses – Michael Kors Polynesia
  • Heels – Christian Louboutin

Look 2

  • Faux leather fringed top – Studio IKO Italia (available at Stuttafords) R899.95
  • Loose black pants – SUR REALE (available at Stuttafords) R899.95
  • Cuff and Ring – BalmainXHM
  • Laceup Heels – Zara

Look 3

  • Sheer Black Top – SUR REALE (available at Stuttafords) – R599.95
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Beauty Bytes – Fun (New) Makeup Stocking Stuffers

November 11, 2015
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Disclaimer… From here on out, there are going to be a ton of festive posts, so brace yourselves for festive season overload 🙂

I’ve received some totally fun makeup goodies these past few weeks that would make really cute, affordable and very loveable stocking stuffers to boot.

Most of them are under R100, with a few exceptions, but nothing more than R400!

Blotterazzi by the Beauty Blender

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Let me first just say, that I absolutely LOVE my Beauty Blender. It’s the most amazing makeup application sponge on the planet and yes, although it’s pricey, I’ve had mine for at least 2 years and I use it every day (read my review and an affordable dupe version here).

With that out of the way, let me tell you gals about the Beauty Blenders’ new little guy, the Blotterazzi. 

A cute and compact on the go “blotter” and a fab alternative to blotting papers.

If you have an oily skin that constantly needs blotting, or you’re like me, and your makeup likes to move around over the course of the day, then the Blotterazzi will be your new BFF!

This clever little sponge, designed to be used dry (unlike the Beauty Blender which is best used damp), is thirsty for excess oil and, with it’s clever egg shape, its brilliant for blotting both wider areas of the face and those hard-to-get-into corners.

It’s made from the same award winning Beauty Blender material, just not as bouncy. It almost looks like a sliced up beauty blender.

The best part is that it comes in a handy compact, with a decent size mirror inside, so you can stick it in your purse and not worry about it getting all dirty. The back has built in vents, allowing it to “breathe” all day long.

Inside, you get two, re-usable, washable blotters aaaand, a Liquid BlenderCleanser sample.

I love mine! I take it everywhere!

Price wise you’re looking at R398.
Available in SA (yay) thanks to Imablie Beauty. Contact them on 0861 11 22 22 for stockists near you. 

Lip Ice Shimmer Up Limited Edition

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Get some razzle on your lips with the new, limited edition Shimmer Up shades from Lip Ice.

Strawberry Shock and Paparazzi Plum are two brand new, totally yummy and perfect for summer lip balms that contain a beautiful burst of colour with subtle shimmers that make your lips look and feel amaze!

The Lip Ice Shimmer Up Range combines Shea Butter, Vitamin E, shimmering pigments and a burst of fruity fragrance.

It’s like a lip colour and a lip gloss all rolled into one!

Price: R24.99
Available at all leading retail stores (excluding Clicks).

Maybelline Lash Sensational Lash Multiplying Mascara

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If there’s one beauty product I simply can’t live without, it’s mascara. I have about six wands that I rotate on a daily basis…

If you’re looking for a fabulous, affordable and beautiful mascara, look no further than the new Maybelline Lash Sensational Lash Multiplying Mascara. 

Maybelline makes some of the best “drugstore” mascaras on the planet, and they always seem to get it right!

The new Lash Sensational Lash Multiplying Mascara has a fantastic “lash multiplying brush”  that’s shaped to effortlessly coat your lashes. If you have hooded eyes like me, you need to focus on lengthening those lashes, but trying to get the lashes perfectly coated can often end up in mascara clumps on your eyelid – know what I’m talking about?

This mascara, especially for hooded eyes, is amazing! I could even apply it sans mirror!

The formula is good enough for every day and gives lashes a nice, long lasting slick of colour while adding visible length. In terms of volume, I found it quite difficult to build up volume as the formula dries super quick – but if it’s length and definition you want, then you wont go wrong with this wand.

KISS

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Cute artsy nails are perfect for summer, and if you want to add a bit of fun to your nails without much effort, then you’ll love these KISS Luxe Nail Accents, Nail Tattoos (from R74.95) and Design Perfection stickers (from R59.95), all exclusively available at Dischem.

The KISS Nail Tattoos are my fave for adding cute accents to your nails. I love the little Twitter birds and flower designs, all pre-cut and super easy to apply. Just paint your nails, let them dry, stick on your tattoo paper, press it down with a damp sponge and viola!

If you’re into fun designs like chevrons, french, half-moon or zig zags these KISS Design Perfection sticker guides will help you achieve perfection in your paint jobs.

And if you’re into blinging up your tips, the KISS Salon Secrets Luxe Accents kits give you a bunch of fun embellishments to make your nails look amazing. The kit above has really fun ones like marble stones, sugar stones, mixed clear stones, mini pearls and rainbow charms to let your creativity go wild.

The kits come with a silicone stick (allowing you to pick and place your gems with ease), but you’ll need to have your own nail art glue if you really want them to stay put.

Otherwise you can just paint your nails, apply your top coat and while it’s still tacky, adhere your embellishments into the top coat and let it dry.

Smudge Cosmetics

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We really are spoilt for choice when it comes to affordable makeup brands, that still offer a nice range of products, like these new additions to the Smudge Cosmetics range.

I’ve never used this brand (exclusive to Clicks) before, but was quite impressed, especially with the Smudge Gel Lip Liner (R29.95) and the Smudge Retractable Eyeliner (R59.95). Both stunning products that are totally affordable.

Their nail polishes (R39.95 each) come in a range of gorgeous colours. I sampled Red Robot (a bright red), Smooth Chic (a mauve-y nude) and Chilled Lilac (a pastel lilac) and they are all beautiful with decent colour payoff that’s true to the bottle.

Then, I also got to sample their lip glosses (R29.95 each) in Cranberry (a glossy, slightly tinted high shine gloss) and Rose Pink (a sheer mauve shade). I must be honest, I’m very fussy when it comes to gloss – and although these weren’t bad (especially at that price), I can’t say that I love them, but their liners and nail polishes are fantastic!

Have you tried any of these? What did  you think?

Shopping

Festive Fashion Passport – Your Ticket to Massive Festive Savings

November 10, 2015
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Ho Ho Ho! The holidays are knocking on our door, and what better way to get in the festive spirit than with fashion vouchers and amazing discount offers for all!

This holiday season, Edcon is spoiling customers with mega choice and an opportunity to score big with their amazing Festive Fashion Passport. A free booklet loaded with vouchers and huge discount offers that can be used to splurge on international brands including; River Island, Jigsaw, T.M. Lewin, Salsa, Vince Camuto, Lipsy, Dune London, Lucky Brand, Tom Tailor, Calvin Klein, Dr Martens and Express.

From shoes to handbags, party dresses to tailored suits, basic wardrobe staples to the widest selection of the hottest denims and apparel; The Fashion Passport is your ticket to festive savings and holiday smiles.

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From the 1st November 2015 until the 24th December 2015, you could save between R150 and R2000 when you shop using your Festive Fashion Passport! The more you spend, the more you save, so why not give the gift of fashion to all your friends and loved ones this festive season?

Get your hands on your very own Festive Fashion Passport available and exclusively redeemable at:

  • Calvin Klein flagship store in V & A Waterfront.
  • Dr. Martens flagship store in Rosebank Mall.
  • Dune London flagship stores in Sandton City, Canal Walk, Centurion Mall, Rosebank Mall, Baywest Mall and Highveld Mall.
  • Express flagship store in Baywest Mall.
  • Jigsaw flagship stores in Hyde Park and Canal Walk.
  • Lipsy flagship store in Rosebank Mall.
  • Lucky Brand flagship stores in Eastgate Shopping Centre, Centurion Mall and Westville Mall.
  • River Island flagship stores in Brooklyn Mall, Baywest Mall, Canal Walk, Clearwater Mall, Eastgate Mall, Sandton City and Rosebank Mall.
  • Vince Camuto flagship store in Cavendish Square.
Fashion Shopping

Summer Festival at Old Khaki

November 9, 2015
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Get ready for a summer of festival fashion!

Yeah, yeah, yeah… you gals know me… I’m obsessed with the whole boho vibe and Old Khaki has some of the most drool worthy pieces in their Summer 2015 Collection; Summer Festival.

I’m talking pretty, easy-breasy white dresses with beautiful sticking and eyelet details, fringed waistcoats, neutral suede bags in the most beautiful leathers and accessories that will blow your mind.

A lot of these pieces are in store right now (check out www.oldkhaki.co.za) for what’s available right now, with more gorgeous being added as we head into summer.

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Blue & White

November 6, 2015
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I love blue and white! I guess you could blame it on the Greek in me, but this colour combo makes me long for summer days on white sandy beaches…

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Blue and white polish from the Essie Summer 2015 CollectionPret-A-Surfer, Saltwater Happy and Private Weekend

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Scarf – Poetry 

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Lace Bra – H&M

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Balmain x H&M Hits Jozi Tonight! #HMxBalmain

November 4, 2015
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Excitement levels are on the rise as H&M opens it’s second store in South Africa this week!

Cape Town may have been the first to experience H&M on South African soil, but Johannesburg fashionistas will be in for a treat, as the preview opening of the Sandton store (tonight), will release the much anticipated H&M X Balmaination Designer Collaboration.

Swoon!

Prices for this designer collection are not as bad as I had expected! Sure they ain’t cheap either, but I mean BALMAIN anything at those prices is a score! Hopefully I’ll fall in love with at least one of these beauts tonight and make it mine! But which one?

I want it all, I want it all, and I want it now!

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Top With Braided Embroidery (R1,499), Silk Satin Suit Trousers (R1, 199), Braided Strappy Sandals (R2,299).

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Velvet Dress with Braiding (R2,999). Beaded Velvet Dress – R5,999

hm-south-africa-balmain-balmaination-beaded-suede-boots-priceBeaded Suede Boots – R3, 799

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Leather Biker Jacket – R4,499.R1,499. Multistrand Cuff – R1,099. Beaded Silk Blouse.

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Embossed Ring – R229. Suede Bracelet with plastic beads – R749

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Napa Leather Biker Pants – R4,499. Long Wool Jacket – R1,899.

I’m excited to touch and feel this gorgeous collection, as well as all the other fabulous things H&M has in store tonight at the VIP Shopping evening, so be sure to keep an eye out and follow me on Twitter and Instagram for the inside scoop!

On the 7th November 2015, the Sandton City H&M Store will open to the public from 11am ’till midnight and promises a host of fantastic launch offers and opening specials!

PS: If anyone would like to sponsor tonights shopping spree, you know, I’d be happy to accept your offer 😛 *wink-wink* *nudge-nudge*

xx
Dimi

 

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On The Go Beauty…. What’s Inside My Travel Beauty Bag

November 3, 2015
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Even though I’m back to being a Jozi girl, one thing I’ve learnt from being a former Durban blogger, is how to travel smarter.

I used to travel all the time (to Jozi and CT) for overnight launches and I eventually created a little on the go beauty bag. A bag that’s always packed and ready to go, with some essential travel beauty products.

Since we’re heading into holiday season, I thought I’d share the contents of my travel beauty bag to give you gals some tips and advice on what I can’t travel without.

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This little Lou Harvey toiletry bag is the perfect travel size toiletry bag and holds a ton of products.

In the past I had different toiletry bags, from ones with built in hangers (so you can hang it on a bathroom rail in your hotel room) to many, many others. I love this one because, when it’s unzipped, you can see and grab anything… no having to empty the contents of your entire bag every time you want to find something. And I mean it’s cute too so who can argue with that?!

Now let me show you what’s inside…

These are products that live permanently in my travel beauty bag. When I travel, I often add a few other things to the mix, like shampoo, conditioner, body cream, deo and some essential (mostly) skincare products that I’m using or needing at the time, but these are the cant-do-without essentials, and even if, lets say I happened to forget the other additions, I could survive on these.

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My Slimsonic Toothbrush (which, as you can see, I’ve had for ages) permanently lives in my travel beauty bag. It’s a cute little electric toothbrush that comes with a cap, so you can close it up and not risk your toothbrush gelliging with other wierd and wonderful beauty product spillage.

Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Eye Cream is a fantastic “Travelling” eye cream, because usually when I travel I reach my destination exhausted, and with that, puffy, dull eyes. I like to keep this little guy on hand to help me out while I’m travelling and so far, it’s been a godsend!

Balm Balm Frankincense Toner is a great skin calmer and hydration booster spray. It gives my skin a nice cooling, calming effect, which is usually much welcomed after a flight or even road trip, and it doesn’t’ irritate my skin when climates change.

Moroccanoil Light in this cute and compact travel size bottle. Because, well I love Moroccanoil and it makes such a huge difference to managing my hair. Depending on where I’m travelling to my hair almost always feels the change in climate, so I like to be prepared for good hair days ahead.

That plain white tub is just a Hair Mask. I usually scoop out what ever mask I have in my shower and fill up this little tub with it so that I can take some with me. I do try to pack shampoo and conditioner as well – and the amount will depend on how long I’m travelling for, but a hair mask is always, always needed!

Dermalogica Hydrating Skin Booster and Dermalogica Skin Renewal Booster are both perfect little travel sized bottles of awesome! Since you can’t always determine the climate of where you are travelling, it’s always good to be prepared, and I mean for anything! So instead of lugging around a big bottles of treatment products “just in case”, these little 10ml bottles are ideal. They are highly concentrated, so you just add a drop or two into your moisturiser and in an instant, you have a customized skincare treatment suited to your skins needs.

Pureology Strength Care Fabulous Lengths Treatment. I only just got this product, but it’s so amazing, I need to get a second one just for my on the go beauty bag as well! It keeps my hair so incredibly manageable, smooth and soft, I literally can’t live without it! Plus it helps to strengthen the hair as well so it can grow, grow, grow!

White Gloss Floss Sticks because you always need dental floss and these are great.  You can even pack them into your handbag. In fact, I actually carry a pack in my handbag too!

Filorga UV Defence SPF 50 because I never go without sun protection!

Balm Balm Face Balm. I usually pack in what ever moisturizer I’m currently using, but I keep this one on hand as a “spare” in case I forget moisturizer. It’s fragrance free, so perfect even if my skin is feeling a little irritated when I travel, plus it can be used to soothe dry lips, hands, neck, arms…. errything! It’s thick and concentrated and because it’s a balm a little goes a long way.

Gillette Venus Snap  is a new addition to my travel beauty bag, and a damn awesome one at that. I use Gillette Venus razors in any case, and I used to keep a spare in my travel toiletry bag, but I always freaked out about losing a finger while digging through my bag. Well no more! They’ve come out with this genius invention…

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It’s a miniature Gillette Venus Razor that’s super tiny, without compromising on the blade (as it uses the exact same 5-blade as the regular razor), plus it comes in a cute, breathable container – so no nicked fingers.

The pretty pink circle adds more than just appeal to this little gem, with an easy to control, grip handle so you can shave easily!

PS: To launch this cute little thang thats only R74.99 (at leading retailers), Gillette Venus are running a fab competition, where you could win a R20 000 Topshop shopping spree! All  you have to do is snap your Venus Snap and the contents of your bag on social media. Details and all the necessary hashtags can be found on the pack, so get one NOW!