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Tuesday, 29 November 2016

{NEW IN} | Urban Decay Naked Illuminated Trio

Part of Urban Decay’s new holiday drops is the dreamy and sublime Naked Illuminated Trio. This little palette contains three new shades of Urban Decay’s iconic Naked Illuminated shimmering powder. I love strobing, highlighters and shimmery makeup; glazed donut cheekbones are my life goal, so you can just imagine my delight when this one landed in my hands!

Naked Illuminated is basically a shimmer powder for the face and body. The product contains microfine, light reflecting iridescent particles that give your skin a radiant, luminous look.

The actual palette and packaging is really pretty. It is illustrated throughout with a soft long exposure image of coloured lights (or maybe sparklers?) and contains a large mirror. I do, however, miss the glittery packaging of the original Naked Illuminated boxes. The palette also contains a soft double ended face brush.

The three shimmering powders weigh 250g and are a baked formula. Urban Decay’s baking process ensures intense colour payoff, high shimmer and a soft, silky feel. On touch, the powders feel particularly smooth and blend incredibly well. I sometimes layer and blend them together for a different look.

You can use them to highlight your cheekbones or even on your body. I love using a little shimmer on my shoulders and collarbones sometimes. Naked Illuminated is really comfortable once worn on the skin. You truly feel “Naked”.  

I’ve worn all the colours separately and I’ve blended them together on a few separate occasions and the wear is really good. Between the three shades, the sheen only begins to wear off between 6 and 7 hours.

Pyrite is a deep champagne gold shade with gold micro-shimmer. Once applied it leaves a lovely warm glow on the skin and adds tons of radiance.

Oasis is a beautifully marbled taupe shade in the palette but once swatched and applied it shows as a delicate fawn with fine silver sparkles. It is slightly sheer once blended but provides a lovely subtle twinkle.

Twilight is a gorgeous, soft lustrous pink. It contains warm, peachy pink shimmer but I’ve also noticed a slight hint of iridescent sparkle once applied.

All the shades are really lovely and for once I can’t quite pick a favourite! I’m hopelessly in love with this palette!

Urban Decay’s Naked Illuminated Trio retails for ZAR650. I think this is an absolute steal for THREE shimmer powders!

Have you gotten your hands on one yet? Let me know @LadyZaa and join the conversation by using #UrbanDecaySA

*Sample provided by the Urban Decay fairies

Until next time

Love and sparkles(!)

Zaakira xo

Monday, 21 November 2016

{BEAUTY NEWS} | #UDEastgate + Urban Decay New In

Hi beauties! In case you haven’t heard (HOW HAVE YOU NOT HEARD?!?!), Urban Decay will be opening their second South African store Eastgate Mall! The store will be opening this Friday, 25 November 2016, and it will be a mystical makeup wonderland inside Foschini. I’ve also heard whispers that there will be some Black Friday treats on opening so I really don’t think you want to miss this one.

Along with the new store, Urban Decay will be dropping a whole bunch of new stuff this week. I have been waiting super patiently for almost all of these babies and I’m sure you have too!
I’ll be taking you through each one today so you can get acquainted and inform your private banker ;)

Vice Lipstick Vintage Capsule Collection

It’s Urban Decay’s 20th anniversary and to celebrate the makeup house is going way, way back and pulling out 9 vintage shades from their original lip squad. Urban decay has always got it so right with the names of their lipstick and with Roach (a deep brown), Oil Slick (sheer black and silver) and Frostbite (a deep blue with multi-faceted glitter pigments) there is no doubt that the brand has always been at the height of edgy. The shades are unique and completely wearable. Each lipstick is also housed in a limited edition throwback tube and will set you back only ZAR250 a pop! I have my eye on Asphyxia and UV-B and I know this collection will sell out swiftly so do not sleep on this one!

Liquid Moondust Eyeshadow

Moondust is Urban Decay’s very own formulation that blends together microfine bits of iridescent sparkle and 3-D metallics to create the sparkliest shadow on Earth. Liquid Moondust is the same innovative formula in an emulsion. The 8 shades are ridiculously pigmented and have great wear. The shadow dries almost instantly, once applied, and is extremely comfortable on the eye. Liquid Moondust is really buildable and you can use it to create a subtle or dramatic eye or even use the precision applicator to line your eyes with a hint of sparkle.

Vice Lipstick Palette in Blackmail

There’s nothing that’s better than a Vice Lipstick… Except 12 Vice lipsticks! This palette contains a dozen unique lipstick shades in all 6 Vice finishes. There’s everything from soft to bright pinks, fierce reds, berries, glitter and metallic and of course the nudes. The palette itself is absolutely beautiful to behold and also contains a lip brush. I’d recommend this one if you travel a lot and just HAVE to take a lipstick in every shade (AKA me) or just because!
These are the shades included in the palette which will set you back ZAR700.
Sheer Shame (Sheer) berry
Firebird (Cream) deep fuchsia
Big Bang (Metallized) bright pink sparkle
Disobedient (Cream) medium pink
EZ (Cream) bright red-orange
714 (Mega Matte) bright red
Vanished (Sheer) pale neutral nude
1993 (Comfort Matte) medium brown
Ex-Girlfriend (Sheer Shimmer) nude-rose w/pink shimmer
Amulet (Metallized) metallic brick rose
Conspiracy (Metallized) plum-bronze shimmer
Blackmail (Comfort Matte) deep berry wine

The Vice Lipstick Palette will be available at the Sandton store.

Full Spectrum Eyeshadow Palette

Full Spectrum is the new sibling in Urban Decay’s iconic palette family. Housed in chic and elegant packaging, Full Spectrum contains 21 shades ranging from deep, bright mattes to lustrous shimmers. If you love experimenting then this kaleidoscopic limited edition baby is just for you. 18 of the 21 shades are brand new and it also contains 2 shades (Hatter and Metamorphosis) from the very, very limited edition Urban Decay Alice in Wonderland palette. If you, like the rest of us, missed out on the Urban Spectrum palette, you WILL want this. It goes for ZAR999 and is available in very limited quantities.

Naked Illuminated Trio

Saving my favourite one for last is the Naked Illuminated Trio. This palette contains three new shades of Urban Decay’s iconic Naked illuminated shimmering face and body powder. I don’t want to say too much, because I’m going to be treating you to a full review later in the week, but I will say that this trio is just as dreamy as it sounds. The three shades (Pyrite, Oasis and Twilight) are everything you’d hope for in a highlighter; a champagne-gold, a sublime marbled taupe shade and a beautiful shimmering soft pink. It also comes with a double ended brush and will sell at ZAR650.

Are you as excited as I am?! What do you have your eye on? Pop me a comment or tweet me @LadyZaa

Don’t forget to post tons of pictures if you go to #UDEastgate this weekend or buy anything! Use the hashtag #UrbanDecaySA

Until next time

Love and Moondust sparkles
Zaakira xox

*All stock images from

Thursday, 10 November 2016

{BEAUTY REVIEW} | Clinique Pep-Start™

I’ve been using Clinique on my skin for as long as I can remember. 3-Step literally saved my skin and the Take The Day Off Cleansing Milk is simply magical (let me know if you’d like a full review of that). So, when I saw the new Pep-Start™ range I absolutely had to try it out. I’ve been using the HydroRush Moisturizer and Pep-Start™ Eye Cream for almost a month now and today I am sharing my thoughts on them.

Before Glossier and Instagram were a thing, Clinique’s pistachio green tubes and bottles and pretty pastel products were very much Instagram-worthy. Pep-Start™ is no different, with its youthful, eye-catching brightly coloured packaging and see-through colourful jars. It is a lot bolder and brighter then Clinique’s previous stuff but I welcome the newness. The jelly-bean colours and squared jars look great on my dressing table! (And my Instagram feed).

Pep-Start™ HydroRush SPF20 Moisturizer

This is described as an “instantly refreshing formula” that “hydrates all day.” It also provides UV protection and is suitable for all skin types. (!)

I picked this one over the more popular HydroBlur because I have been suffering from dry skin and I needed something that would provide loads of moisture.

The formula is light and really melts into the skin, providing instant moisture that doesn’t sit on top of the skin causing shine. It wears really comfortably and delivers moisture for almost 8 hours. My skin feels really soft but not weighed down or oily. It is also really comfortable under makeup.
It contains an SPF of 20 but if this isn’t strong enough you can always layer it with something stronger on top.  

I LOVE this moisturizer and I think I will definitely repurchase it.

Pep-Start™ Eye Cream

“A pep rush for eyes. Just 3 seconds to look wide awake, refreshed. Hydrates, brightens, perks you up.”

This is unquestionably the eye cream that I have been longing for. It contains peptides for hydration and brighteners that instantly lift the under-eye and reduce puffiness. I’m always looking for something that works on reducing my bags and circles but also makes a visible instant difference and the Pep-Start™ Eye Cream definitely does all of this.

To use the product, you squeeze the tube to dispense product onto the round applicator tip and then swipe under the eyes. The rounded applicator is meant to massage and be soothing to the eye area.
I use the Pep-Start™ Eye Cream in the morning and night and I also keep it in my handbag for a quick de-puff if I am having a long day. The formula is delicate but extremely hydrating. I can immediately see a difference when I put it on.

It also pre-brightens and provides a great lift to the eye area before applying under-eye concealer and because it is so hydrating it helps stop the concealer from pooling into fine lines if you have them.
Needless to say I will be repurchasing the Pep-Start™ Eye Cream once I’ve finished which will be soon!

You can purchase these products online at or at your favourite Clinique counter. Stuttafords currently has a 30% off all their Clinique products so this is the perfect time to stock up!

Have you tried any of the Clinique Pep-Start™ products? Let me know in the comments or tweet me @LadyZaa

Until next time

Love and sparkles

Zaakira xox

Friday, 28 October 2016

{NEW IN} | Veet Sensitive Touch™

I’ve always counted on Veet to keep me fuzz free and with Summer here already, their new offering is more than just a little nifty!

Meet Veet Sensitive Touch™, a battery operated electric trimmer. It is a precision tool for styling and trimming every area from the brows and upper lip to the underarms and even the bikini line. It is quick and gentle and because it is to be used on dry skin, it doesn’t make direct contact with the skin eradicating any fears of nicks and cuts.

The trimmer has a 2-sided (6mm and 16mm) trimming head, a 20mm attachable trimming head and comb attachments in 3 different sizes.

You can rinse your Veet Sensitive Touch™ trimmer under water and it’s so small that you can even pop it into its little pouch and in your handbag or beach bag just in case. It’s also a really pretty pink and white colour!

Veet Sensitive Touch™ is handy for quick touch ups when you just can’t get into the shower or to that waxing appointment and is also perfect for in between those laser sessions.

If you buy just one accessory this Summer make sure its Veet Sensitive Touch™!

Until next time

Love and sparkles

Zaakira xo

Monday, 24 October 2016

{OUTFIT} | Oui C’Est Moi + Frayed Denim DIY

Hi dolls! Frayed bottom denims have been very much on trend lately. I’ve seen them in countless different shades and shapes in street style at the various fashion weeks and I think they’re just so chic.
Fortunately this is a trend that won’t scare your bank account. You can revive an old pair of jeans with a simple DIY that I am sharing today.

What You Need

- A really sharp pair of scissors. Fabric scissors are ideal but you can use any pair you are comfortable with as long as they’re extra sharp.
- Ruler
- Chalk
- Clean Tweezers
- An old pair of denims, still in wearable condition. Any pair will do here, but for the specific look in this outfit you will want to go with a skinny fit or slim fit.

Step 1
Make sure the denims are clean and ironed. Put them on and decide where you’d like them to sit once they’re cut. Be 100% sure because you are going to cut the jeans. Make a small mark with the chalk.
Step 2
Remove the jeans, measure (for accuracy) and mark off where you’d like the new length with the chalk. Make sure that it’s fairly even on both sides of the leg.

Step 3
Cut straight across the line you just drew. Try to cut in one motion so that the cut is straight and even. It doesn’t have to be perfect but you also don’t want it to be completely uneven or unmatched. Repeat this on the other leg.
Step 4
You will see lots of loose threads at the point where you cut the denims. Using the tweezers, pull at the threads horizontally. Do this until you’re happy with the level of fraying. It does help to see the frays better if you fold up the bottom of the denim.

Step 5
Remove all the stray threads and dust off the denims. Try the jeans on again to make sure you’ve got the look you’ve desired.
Step 6
Wear your new frayed denims and join the chic club ;)

About the Outfit:

Denims – Koton (Customised as above) | Shirt – ZARA | Shoes – ZARA | Sunglasses – Guess

I bought these denims at Koton when I was in Istanbul last year and even though they are incredibly comfortable I hadn’t worn them that often. It is a very classic blue skinny cut and I thought that they could do with a little trendy update. Now I can’t stop wearing them!

In this look I wore my newly customised denims with this chic high-low cotton shirt from Zara. I love the shape and the cute embroidery! I complimented the shirt with these exquisite red heels and a swipe of red lipstick. Naturally, a pair of sunnies finished the look!

Have you done any DIY and customising with your denims? Let me know in the comments or tweet me @LadyZaa

Until next time

"We must never confuse elegance with snobbery." —Yves Saint Laurent

Love and sparkles
Zaakira xox