Bring on the Night. YSL Black Opium Eau De Parfum Intense

Bring on the Night. YSL Black Opium Eau De Parfum Intense

Switch off the lights and let the night take over with the stronger, bolder, more intense new version of the decadent YSL BLACK OPIUM EAU DE PARFUM INTENSE fragrance. Let me start with the fact that YSL BLACK OPIUM is one of my top fragrances. It’s got everything I look for in a fragrance. Something sexy, something sultry and something absolutely indulgent. Not being a fan of the cult classic 1977 predecessor, OPIUM, the updated 2014 juice of BLACK OPIUM was a hit for my senses almost immediately. And it just keeps getting better and better. With the latest update to the BLACK OPIUM lineup, the main note for BLACK OPIUM EAU DE PARFUM INTENSE, coffee takes on a new adventure with the a concoction of blue absinthe. Blue Absinthe is a green-blue liqueur, flavoured with wormwood, anis, and aromatic herbs, it has a controversial reputation – banned in some countries for its legendary hallucinatory powers. The effect is positively addictive – without any of the side effects of drugs or serious mind altering alcohol. The bottle, while remaining true to the original shape takes on a mysterious blue. At first glance it looks almost black (as the original Black Opum) but in the…

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Mon Paris l’amour fou

Mon Paris l’amour fou

Capturing the spirit of an intense love affair inspired by the city lovers of Paris, YSL introduces their latest fragrance, MON PARIS – “My Paris”. Lose yourself in l’amour fou (crazy love). Between passion and freedom, MON PARIS is the new fragrance for the burning lovers who live and love madly. One of my favourite YSL Fragrances has got to be YSL Parisienne. It’s one of my beloved fragrances that went bye-bye when we moved from Durban to Jozi. There are still days when I long for it. But I’m one of “those girls”. You know the type *insert perfume hoarder emoji here*, when  you want a fragrance, but then wonder if you really NEED it all that badly because you’ve had it and loved it before, and maybe it’s time to try something new? I don’t know, maybe I’m alone with this? I was so excited for the YSL MON PARIS launch. Although different in both looks and scent to the Parisienne scent, it’s still got that very Paris thing going on. I knew I would love it. And I do! I do, I do, I do! Crisp as a smoking jacket, as flowing as a pussy-bow blouse, the luminous Mon…

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On Repeat… My Favourite Fragrances for April

On Repeat… My Favourite Fragrances for April

When it comes to fragrances, I have a tough time picking out faves. For me, perfume will always be my little indulgence, because no matter your mood on any specific day, fragrance has the power to uplift it.  This month, I’ve been going back and forth between these three scents, new to my collection…

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The Street AND I + How To Video on the YSL Spring 2017 Makeup Collection

The Street AND I + How To Video on the YSL Spring 2017 Makeup Collection

Inspired by the streets and music; from downtown LA to the streets of Paris, YSL’s new makeup collection for Spring 2017 is all about the bright city lights. A stand out makeup collection, designed to bring out your inner urban artist. While certainly bold, this collection is incredibly wearable! To show you just how wearable it is, I’ve loaded a video up on my Youtube channel where I’m talking you through a full colour look that you can create for day or night. All the colour for this look has been created with only these two products; the limited edition The Street and I eyeshadow palette and the genius Kiss & Blush Duo Stick.

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The Ultimate Gift Guide For Her: Sparkle & Sophistication

The Ultimate Gift Guide For Her: Sparkle & Sophistication

Following on from yesterday’s Ultimate Gift Guide For Her – Simple & Chic, today’s instalment for this series is for the woman who loves a little sparkle, yet likes to keep it sophisticated. I love all of these goodies! They are elegant, they are classy and they are all sparkly, yet subtly so! Some of them I already own, and some are on my wishlist…

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An Explosion of Stars

An Explosion of Stars

Ladies prepare to feast your eyes on the beautiful, new YSL Beauté Holiday Collection. It’s called “Sparkle Clash” and it’s a true celebration in a palette – an explosion of stars and such an insanely beautiful makeup collection that will make the perfect holiday gift! “The idea behind this exclusive holiday look is to totally re-think that old-fashioned way of painstakingly applying layers of cosmetics, just because it’s that time of the year again. I wanted to put the fun back into glamour, and make everything easy to apply, so that even the makeup feels like a party. Isn’t that what the season is all about?” ~ Lloyd Simmonds, Creative Director Makeup YSL Beauté When I saw the Sparkle Clash Edition Complete Make-Up Palette, I was literally starstruck! It’s probably the most beautiful packaging I have ever seen. When I opened the inside to reveal the beauty of this palette I squealed a little more as every colour in the palette is all me! There’s a quad of beautiful, buttery and very wearable eyeshadows, including; a metallic rose, a beautiful bronze, a champagne gold and my favourite, a punchy plum.

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Electric Summer Vibes with YSL Vinyl Cream Lips

Electric Summer Vibes with YSL Vinyl Cream Lips

I have a lyric playing in my mind, and it goes a little something like this… “We gonna rock down to electric avenue…. and then we’ll take it higher….” That’s exactly how these new Vinyl Cream Lipsticks from YSL have me feeling! They are, dare I say it, my FAVOURITE LIPPIES OF THE MOMENT! And today I’ll tell you all about them and what makes these lipsticks soar to the top of my hit list. Plus I’ve swatched three gorgeous shades from the range, so that you can see them in action…

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Limited Edition YSL Touche Eclat Slogan Pens

Limited Edition YSL Touche Eclat Slogan Pens

I’ve always loved YSL Touche Eclat. It’s one of my all time favourite beauty products, and the reason I was so excited to welcome YSL back to SA! It’s one of those products, that when you know how to use it, you simply can’t live without it! And, if you haven’t discovered this cult beauty favourite yet, then you’re in luck, because the new Limited Edition 2016 Anniversary Pens are now in store! And they are cuter than cute!

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2 Reasons To Be At Sandton City This Weekend

2 Reasons To Be At Sandton City This Weekend

I generally avoid malls on the weekend, but tomorrow is an exception, because there are two very reasonable reasons why you should be at Sandton City this weekend! Of course, my reasons are URBAN DECAY and YSL Beauty…

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Hi July!

Hi July!

Since so many of you loved my Hey June post, where I shared all the pretty things on my radar for the month, I thought I’d continue on with a little series and show you what’s currently on my wishlist this July…

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The Hypnotic new YSL BLACK OPIUM Nuit Blanche

The Hypnotic new YSL BLACK OPIUM Nuit Blanche

Let the alchemy of an endless night begin… Say hello to the new BLACK OPIUM NUIT BLANCHE fragrance from YSL! An unexpected take of its predecessor from 2014, BLACK OPIUM EAU DE PARFUM, the new fragrance, BLACK OPIUM NUIT BLANCHE offers the promise of an electric night, where anything can happen!

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The Ultimate Gift Guide For The Woman Who Seems To Have It All

The Ultimate Gift Guide For The Woman Who Seems To Have It All

I don’t know about you girls, but the older I get the less I want! Is that weird? It’s not that I dont want “stuff”, I do, I just don’t want random stuff that serves no purpose in my life, know what I mean? The funny thing is, more and more women I speak to have said the same thing. They want cool shiz that makes their smiles grow and hearts flutter. So instead of doing OTT Christmas wish lists, I thought I’d put together some small, but inexpensive gift ideas that you can hint-hint for your list to Santa, or if you’re looking to buy a fabulous friend something she’ll actually love this Christmas. And, don’t worry, I’ve covered various price brackets too, starting from R60! Here goes… my Ultimate Gift Guide for the woman who seems to have it all … Beauty Blender & Bling Ring (R600) – This is the ideal gift for the girl who loves makeup and pretty things on her vanity. Two birds, one stone. Stockists, call 0861 11 22 22 Le Creuset Mini Mills (R360, on sale at Le Creuset for R288 ) – If she isn’t already craving some Le Creuset in her life, you’ll be buying her…

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YSL Oriental Collection – The Full Fragrance Line

YSL Oriental Collection – The Full Fragrance Line

Between passion and excellence, Yves Saint Laurent creates an exceptional collection of four high end and beautiful fragrances, inspired by the majesty of the East. A little while ago I shared my favourite scent from this collection, Splendid Wood and today, I’m going to tell you about the entire magical, mystical, opulent and indulgent YSL Oriental Collection. Prepare to go on a magic carpet ride… This exclusive fragrance collection is a tribute to the Algerian born designer, who had an on going love affair with the East. It’s a collection where every precious alchemy takes you on a magical journey, where each scent conjures up a setting and an atmosphere, pointing to every facet, contrast, treasure and ambivalence. The entire collection features the same majestic bottle. Sleek and solid, where gold is the spendor, adorned with a sophisticated pattern, enhanced by the YSL Cassandra, that’s been given an oriental signature with fine metallic wisps of carved and gilded latticework. YSL Supreme Bouquet Between Exhalation and Serenity SUPREME BOUQUET or a peaceful getaway in an oriental garden. Far-removed from the throes of power and intense passions, this oasis is an invitation to return to the sublime beauty of nature. The ponds and fountains murmur their soothing music, palm groves spread salutary coolness. The scent of white…

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YSL Splendid Wood

YSL Splendid Wood

With so many fragrances (and new ones coming our way), it’s difficult to find a new favourite-favourite. But then, a fragrance comes along and totally knocks you off your feet, heightens your olfactory pleasures, and swirls you into another world, on a magic carpet ride. That my friends, is this fragrance! YSL Splendid Wood!  It’s exquisite, majestic, beautiful, rich, indulgent and is going down as one of my all time faves! Splendid Wood is part of YSL’s Oriental Collection, which comprises of four magnificent scents; Splendid Wood, Supreme Bouquet, Noble Leather and Majestic Rose. Four exquisite, unisex scents that capture the splendours of the Orient – which was for the iconic designer, Yves Saint Laurent, an endless source of inspiration. Through these fragrances, YSL captures the muffled, refined atmosphere of oriental places. YSL Splendid Wood took me right back to my amazing trip in Dubai earlier this year – reminding me of the Desert Safari where the scents of the orient were most prominent. Rich, indulgent aromas with strong woody scents. The smell of intensity and Arabic adventure. “The greatest fragrances are those that take you on the most fabulous journeys. They are the ones that make us happy.” – Yves Saint Laurent. If you like Tom Ford Sahara Noir (my…

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My Fave Summer Fragrances

My Fave Summer Fragrances

It’s been a smouldering hot summer, but before we head on into Autumn, I wanted to share some of my favourite summer scents that I’ve been rotating throughout this gorgeous season. When the heat rises, I tend to gravitate towards fresh, bright, softer and more delicate scents. I’m not a fan of sickly sweet-floral or candy scents, but I do love the smell of freshly cut flowers or scents that remind me of summer gardens. YSL Black Opium One of my most worn scents this summer, especially for night, has got to be YSL Black Opium. This scent is soooo gorgeous and addictive! I guess the coffee bean note gives me an instant mind boost. I also love how it develops into a mix of jasmine and light vanilla before settling into woody and patchouli notes. HUGO BOSS MA VIE For day, I like to wear HUGO BOSS MA VIE. This scent is beautifully packaged in a gorgeous pastel pink bottle and is all about playfulness with a powerful dash of sexy. It opens with an invograting fresh note of Cactus Blossom, combined with notes of Suave Pink Freesia, Jasmine Petals and Delicate Rose Bud. L’Occitane Fleurs de Cerisier A…

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Beauty Scoop! New Summer Beauty

Beauty Scoop! New Summer Beauty

We’ve had quite a lot of exciting makeup and beauty launches happen recently, and just in time for summer! Here’s a round-up of a few summer essentials you NEED to know about… Smashbox Photo Filter Creamy Powder Foundation I LOVE these! Think of them as a photo filter in a compact! These new foundations offer fantastic coverage, and even better, they look amazing on camera! Perfect for those selfies and instagram feeds! They have a creamy, powder finish as the name suggests and contain light filtering technologies that reflect our pigment’s true colour, while still offering coverage. They also contain a Photoset polymer with liquid bandage technology which means they adhere to the skin in a non-streaky way that’s oil free and doesn’t cake. 10 out of 10! Available in: 10 Shades Price: R425 each Find them at: Selected Woolies, Foschini, Edgars and Red Square Stores YSL Couture Palettes These beautiful eyeshadow compacts from YSL Beauté are amazing! In celebrating “50 Years of Edgy Beauty”, YSL created eight different eyeshadow palettes, each one inspired by an iconic fashion moment from the house of YSL’s history. The range includes beautifully designed compacts, inspired by Yves Saint Laurent’s ‘Mondrian’ dress that he designed as a tribute to the famous painter…

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I Chatted to KLûK CGDT About Their YSL Tuxedo Palette Inspired Look

I Chatted to KLûK CGDT About Their YSL Tuxedo Palette Inspired Look

Last week, I had the privilege of meeting talented design duo, KLûK CGDT.  I got to chat to them about their interpretation of the Yves Saint Laurent Tuxedo Palette and the look they created, inspired by a key moment in the history of Mr Saint Laurent. To celebrate, 50 years of YSL, KLûK CGDT together with seven of SA’s top designers, were invited to create a fashionable piece, interpreting the new YSL Couture Colour Palettes (more on that soon). Each designer was given one of the eight palettes to work with, and asked to use the palette to design a runway look that was showcased at the 2014 SA Style Awards, that took place at Hyde Park Corner on Sunday the 23rd November. KLûK CGDT was given the task of interpreting the first palette in the collection, No1 TUXEDO, a smokey eyeshadow palette with shades of grey, taupe, charcoal and black. When I spoke to Malcolm and Christiaan at Hyde Park Corner the next day, I asked them how it felt to interpret a palette by such an iconic YSL Classic. Malcolm said it was like looking after someones’ baby! For their show-stopping feathered creation, that got heads turning as it opened the SA Style Awards Fashion Show, KLûK CGDT drew inspiration from the palette to bring this look to life. They wanted to make…

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Black & Gold Details

Black & Gold Details

There is something about Black & Gold that just sucks me in. I just can’t get enough! Black and gold rope collar necklace  – Accessorize Jean Paul Gaultier Classique Intense Fragrance Flora by Gucci 1966 Fragrance Jessica Simpson Flats (Available at Edgars) Loreal Colour Riche Lip Extraordinaire Star stud earrings – Accessorize Black & Gold Versace Aviator Sunglasses YSL Touche Eclat Le Panthere Limited Edition

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YSL L’HOMME

YSL L’HOMME

I love a manly fragrance! I mean, the fruity, sporty ones are nice, but you know the real old-school  smelling fragrances on a man? Yeah those are always my best! Since I featured the new YSL Black Opium for the ladies today, I wanted to share with you another YSL olfactory gem, this time for the guys! YSL L’HOMME It’s not a new launch (and there’s even an Intense version out already), but I still think it’s a scent worth checking out! Especially when making those Christmas lists for the men in your lives this holiday season. Although this fragrance is not totally unique, it’s very masculine and elegant with all the right notes to make it a completely luxurious fragrance. I particularly like the heart. It’s gorgeous and intoxicating. I wouldn’t mind smelling it all day! YSL L’HOMME opens with top notes of Cedarwood, Madagascar White Pepper and Ozone to give it both a sparkling a luminous scent. At the heart, floral and spicy notes of Chinese Ginger, Violet Leaves and Basil Flowers contrast with the fresh top notes to give in an intoxicating, zesty bite. And at the base, Haitian Vetiver, Tonka Beans and Cedarwood highlight it’s magnetic…

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YSL Touché éclat Limited Edition

YSL Touché éclat Limited Edition

Oh la la, check out the new, limited edition TOUCHE ECLAT collectors edition. Inspired by the panther fur dear to Yves Saint Laurent, Le Panthere is the iconic Touche Eclat embellished with a precious and wild, gold and black pattern. YSL Touche Eclat Le Panthere hits the counters this month (R510), so look out for it and be sure to snap one up. It’s gorgeous! [signature]

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