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Monday, 22 August 2016

{FRAGRANCE REVIEW} Viva La Juicy Rosé by Juicy Couture

Hi lovelies! Today I will be sharing my thoughts on Viva La Juicy Rosé which I picked up in Duty Free on my recent trip overseas. This is my very first fragrance from Juicy Couture and it was launched earlier this year as a fresh, sparkling sibling of the original, syrupy Viva La Juicy Fragrance.

 The bottle is TO DIE FOR! I won’t be completely honest if I said that this bottle didn’t attract me to the Juicy Couture counter at first. The delectable fragrance is housed in a heavy and luxurious bottle covered in a gradient of baby pink and soft gold glitter. The glitter is bonded on so you don’t have to worry about it transferring everywhere.

A gold version of Juicy Couture’s iconic logo sits regally on the front of the bottle.

The stopper is clear and adorned with a huge, bright pink chiffon bow and a rose gold and pink crystal bottle charm. It’s lavish, cute, girly and totally over the top. Everything my dazzling, sparkly dreams are made of and just what I needed at the time!

The fragrance opens with citrusy Italian mandarin, zesty and sweet pear and delicate jasmine petals. Rich centifolia rose absolute and honeyed rose are combined with fresh white peony blooms to form the rich, clean heart. All the fruity, sweet and floral makings are brought together at the base with sensual amber.

Viva La Juicy Rosé is an Eau De Parfum and is described as an effervescent pop. It’s light, fresh and fizzy when first spritzed and works into a sumptuous balance of fruits and florals. With hints of fruity sweetness and opulent florals in a fresh, bubbly blend; I feel like it fits my personality so well. It’s sparkling and light-hearted but also a little bit grown up. My spirits are lifted every time I open this bottle!

The wear is 4-5 hours on my skin. What I absolutely love about Viva La Juicy Rosé is that, for a fragrance filled with rose and flowers, the dry-down isn’t powdery at all. It settles into a sparkling, honeyed scent.

I’ve been wearing Viva La Juicy Rosé all the time recently and I have received many compliments. With Spring and Summer just around the corner, this charming, sparkly fragrance is the perfect treat!

You can find Viva La Juicy Rosé at all leading fragrance retailers.

Until next time

Love, roses and pink and gold sparkles

Zaakira xox

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

{TRAVEL} | Be Comfy and Stress-Free at the Airport

Hi lovelies! As you know I recently travelled to the UK for a vacation. Travel is extremely rewarding but it can also be quite a stressful undertaking. Today I’m teaming up with Lipault to share some of the tips and tricks I picked up that made my experience in the airports a little more comfortable.

My trip involved 2 flights each on departure and return and a stop-over in Dubai. The stop-overs were short at 2 hours and 5 hours each and with each flight being 7-8 hours it can end up being taxing and tiring if you don’t plan well. Here is what made my life a little easier.

Invest In Good Luggage
Good-quality, durable luggage might be a bit of an investment but it will last you a lifetime. When choosing luggage, make sure that it is lightweight, made from sturdy material and has a decent set of zips and finishes. I personally use Samsonite luggage because the bags are of stellar quality and are really lightweight and spacious. I’d also advise you to get a colour other than black or to add some colourful ribbons or a slip cover on your luggage so that you can identify it easily.
Make sure your carry-on bag fits the requirement for the airline you are flying. The Lipault Plume Spinner is created to fit the dimension requirements for most airlines. It is also made from water-resistant, durable nylon fabric and is finished off with robust but extremely lightweight hardware. It weighs ±7.7 pounds without anything inside and the spinner wheels make moving around really easy. The bag comes in loads of delightful colours too, from black and brown to sultry red and calming blue to pretty pink like mine.

Pack Smart
When preparing your carry-on I suggest packing 2 sets of extra clothes and 3 sets of extra underwear. Nobody wants to think about their luggage getting lost and even though it only happens a small percentage of the time, you don’t want to be stuck without clothes. I pack in items like leggings, t-shirts and clothing that I can fold and fit into a big Ziplock bag. That way I can pack one outfit + underwear together. The Ziplock bags compact the clothing and allow you to pack the clothes in neatly, allowing enough room for some duty free shopping. ;)

Also buy items like extra hair-ties, bobby pins, gum, wet wipes and band aids and pack them in your carry-on. Small things like these can get very expensive and eat into your budget.

Pack your carry-on liquids (below 100mL) and your medication in a clear Ziplock bag and remember to include your liquid/gel liner, mascara and lip glosses because some airports will make you remove them from your makeup bag. Have this Ziplock bag and your electronics (Laptop/iPad/Hair iron etc.) in an easily accessible compartment or in your handbag so that you’re not fumbling around at Security. Take an extra little Ziplock bag and remove your glasses, belt, jewellery etc. and put them in there and in your handbag before queuing up for Security. This keeps them together so you can put them on again after clearing Security.

Familiarise Yourself with the Airport
Check out the website beforehand and locate your terminal and check-in counter if possible. Get acquainted with the restaurants and stores that you can find in the airport especially if you only have a few hours (in transit) and want to do some shopping. Apps like Zomato (available in some countries) list all the restaurants available in and around airports and in the different terminals.

Get There Early
Even if you have checked in online, try to get to the airport right when the check-in for your flight opens. Queues can get pretty long and Security and Passport Control, depending on the business of the airport and time of the day/year, can also take up lots of time. You don’t want to rush through your duty-free shopping do you?

Apart from duty-free, budget an amount for snacks, food, magazines etc. and stick to it. Even if it means withdrawing that amount in cash. Everything looks so tempting when you are travelling especially if its restaurants and snacks that aren’t available in your country and food can end up getting really expensive. Zomato allows you to look at menus beforehand so you can get an idea of prices at various restaurants to help you budget.

Be Comfortable
This means what is comfortable for YOU. Don’t let anyone or a website tell you what to wear because only you know what works for you. I’ve seen girls breeze through airports in heels! Personally I prefer a pair of sneakers and a pair of slip-ons from Flossy packed into my Lipault carry-on. For clothing I like leggings or joggers.

Make sure your carry-on and handbag are easy to carry and move around. I love my Lipault Lady Plume Tote Bag because it’s lightweight, durable and easy to carry. The nylon fabric means that if I spill that cup of coffee I can wipe it up without any permanent damage.

Layer up! Temperatures can change all the time. The airplane can get really warm or really cold and airports are usually air conditioned.  Instead of one heavy, gigantic coat wear a few lightweight items. I usually wear a tank, a long-sleeved tee, a light bomber jacket and a pashmina. Don’t forget to leave some space in your carry-on for your layers!

Be Calm and Polite
Flights get delayed or you might have to get searched at Security; things like this happen and there’s no use getting worked up. Everyone in the airport is literally just doing their job and trying to make the experience as efficient and comfortable as possible for everyone. 

Don’t forget your Pleases and Thank Yous! Being polite costs nothing and means everything! Smiles are free too and can make someone’s day.

What makes your airport experience easier? Let me know by commenting below!

Until next time

Love and sparkles
Zaakira xox

Monday, 15 August 2016

{BEAUTY NEWS} | MAC Good Luck Trolls

“Hair we go! The wild-haired dolls of your youth bring their rainbow tufts, bejeweled bellies and lucky charms to M·A·C Good Luck Trolls — a crazy-hued collection as silly as the characters themselves. Being a troll has never been so glamorous!”

90s babies rejoice! MAC’s latest limited edition collection is what your brightly dyed, nostalgic dreams are made of! MAC Good Luck Trolls celebrates the silly little creatures and is now available to shop on

The packaging steers far away from MAC’s usual minimal, monochrome packaging. Delightful, candy coloured bullets, bottles and compacts in shades of neon orange, purple, hot pink and lime green hold the equally vibrant makeup. And if the whole thing was just not 90s enough for you, the lipglasses have glittery turquoise lids!

As I mentioned above; the products come in very Troll-inspired, lively colours. However they are very wearable! The finishes go from subtle and sheer to highly pigmented and the products are also quite buildable. There’s also pink and blue hairspray just in case you wanted to become a Troll for a little while. ;)

Here’s what you will find in the collection

Can’t Be Tamed                   - Sheer lime yellow (Cremesheen)
Sushi Kiss                            - Mid-tone coral cream (Satin)
Dance Off Pants Off          - Frosted hot pink (Frost)
Midnight Troll                    - Rich blue (Matte)

Bubble Butt                        - Magenta with fine pink and blue glitter
Twerkquoise                      - Transparent sky blue with fine pink reflect
Saint Germain                   - Light cool pink
Glitter Grunge                   - Sheer berry with extra fine silver sparkle

Paradisco                            - Bright pinky-coral with pearl (Frost)
Black Tied                           - Black with silver sparkle (Velvet)
Silly Vanilly                         - White with very fine silver glitter (Satin)
Suns Out, Buns Out            - Mustard yellow with pearl (Veluxe Pearl)
Atlantic Blue                       - Cobalt blue (Matte)                         

Chartreuse                          - Frosted chartreuse green

Fuchsia Fine                                      - Fuchsia glitter
Reflects Transparent Teal                  - Very fine reflective teal glitter
Reflects Purple Duo                           - Very fine reflective violet glitter

Glow Rida                                           - Iridescent powder matched in Beauty Powder, Beige
Play It Proper                                     - Pastel soft pink with sparkles

The 187 Duo Fibre Face Brush with a shorter handle.

(Colour hairspray)
Tease and Thank You                     - Bright cobalt blue
Good Luck Locks                           - Bubblegum pink

I was lucky enough to get a few products and I am so delighted. I had a Troll with pink hair when I was little and to be honest it scared me a bit! I still included it in all my games though! Now I’m more than thrilled to include the cute makeup in my collection.

Check out what I have on Instagram @LadyZaa

You can get your hands on the collection RIGHT NOW at but do hurry because it is selling out fast!

Until next time

Love and candy coloured sparkles

Zaakira xox

Friday, 12 August 2016

Pre Birthday Spoils with Pandora

This week was pretty exciting! On Wednesday I was invited for a little pre-birthday spoil with Pandora.

I visited the new Pandora store in the Mall of Africa which also happens to be the biggest one in the country. The interior of the store is warm, welcoming and luxurious with lots of lovely, soft pink touches. I’m so in love with the gorgeous pink glass light fittings. I wish I had taken a photo to share with you but I only had shopping and jewels on my mind ;)

Pandora started as a small family run jewellery store in Copenhagen before establishing itself as an international luxury brand. The Enevoldsen couple Per and Winnie opened their store in 1982 and sold imported jewellery from Thailand. Today it is the third largest jewellery company in the world in terms of sales (behind just Cartier and Tiffany and Co.!) and boasts a presence in 80 countries including South Africa. 

Despite the brand’s dramatic growth, the original values and aesthetic remain the same. Pandora’s production site still exists in Thailand and they source the finest metals and stones to craft their jewellery. 14k gold and sterling silver are married with Murano glass and enamel, gemstones, stones and cultured pearls to create the beautiful pieces we know and adore.

The charm I picked for my bracelet is a cute little Panda. I chose it because it was just too adorable to resist. I absolutely love Pandas and now I have one that can go everywhere with me. I’d like to name him but I haven’t thought of anything yet. Let me know if you have any suggestions!

I’d also like to share a small tip with you on cleaning and caring for your Pandora bracelet. If you find your bracelet is a bit dull or it has picked up some dirt soak it for 5-10 minutes in some lukewarm water with a few drops of dishwashing liquid. Use a soft toothbrush to gently scrub it if necessary and then dry the bracelet with a soft cloth. Use a polishing cloth (available at Pandora stores) to polish it afterwards. No jewellery cleaner or harsh chemicals necessary!

In just over 2 weeks we will be celebrating Pandora’s new AW16 collection. I can’t say much but I do know that if you love jewellery you are going to fall head over heels!

Until next time

Love and sparkles
Zaakira xox

Thursday, 11 August 2016

{BEAUTY} | Skin Rescue with Nivea

My skin has been on a really rough (ha!) journey lately. Johannesburg can get pretty dry in the Winter. I’m talking drier than those conversations with cousins you have nothing in common with on Eid day. On top of that I didn’t take into account how much the airplane (four 7+ hour flights within 2 weeks) and all the air conditioning during my travels would affect my body. I gave my face extra TLC with oils and masks and completely neglected my skin (never again!).

Thankfully I managed to nurse my skin back to that glowy, soft state that I love. Today I will be sharing how I did that with you.

These are the 4 Nivea products I used and I am currently using.

Nivea Cocoa Butter Body Lotion

This is my Day One body moisturizer. It is infused with cocoa butter and is extremely nurturing to the skin. It provides tons of long lasting hydration and absorbs really easily into a comfy non-greasy finish. Nivea’s Cocoa Butter Body Lotion also has a really heavenly delicate scent that lingers throughout the day.

Nivea Rich Nourishing Body Moisturiser

This product is new to my routine. It is described as a rich water-in-oil emulsion which makes the product quite liquidy. Despite being runny, it absorbs extremely well into the skin and provides intensive, luxurious, non-greasy hydration. The formula blends Almond Oil with Vitamin E and intensive caring Lipids for extra nourishment. The moisturization lasts about 24 hours  and gives the skin a nice glow by eliminating dullness caused by drying. The scent is very neutral.  I’ll definitely be keeping this one around.

At night after showering I layer the Cocoa Butter Body Lotion and Rich Nourishing Body Moisturiser for intense hydration through the night. It’s a real treat!

Nivea Crème

This is the OG skin saver. I remember my late grandmother using this and I keep this mini tin in my handbag for instant hydration when necessary. It’s really good for dry patches, knees, elbows and hands. It smells like, well, Nivea. Familiar and comforting.

Nivea Express Hydration Hand Cream

I can’t stress the importance of using a good hand cream along with whatever else you are using to moisturize your body. The worst thing, however, is waiting for a rich hand cream to absorb before handling anything.  Nivea’s Express Hydration Hand Cream is infused with natural sea minerals and is mixed into a lovely fast-absorbing formula. It melts into the skin quickly and is highly nourishing while still being light and fresh. The scent is very subtle and pleasant. Keep this around and apply whenever you feel you need it; especially after washing hands.

Most Nivea products contain their patented Hydra IQ technology which claims to support the skin’s own hydration network to release moisture when the skin needs it, which is said to last more than 24 hours.

What do you use when your skin needs extra moisture and TLC? Let me know in the comments or tweet me @LadyZaa

Until next time

Love and sparkles

Zaakira xox