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Monday, 4 July 2016

{NEW IN} | Benefit Brows

Ever since Benefit Cosmetics flew a bunch of beauty bloggers and editors to Las Vegas to announce their new brow collection I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. In a sweet slumber party-esque soiree that I was lucky enough to attend, the highly anticipated products were launched to the South African market and today I’m going to unbox my gift and give you some of my first impressions.

The new Benefit Brow Collection contains a monstrous 45 products. These are either brand new ones or repackaged/reformulated classic favourites. What’s novel and innovative this time is that the products come in 6 different colours. The packaging is 100% new and 100% gorgeous. Think delicate and cute silver bottles and pens with soft pink branding and accents. Benefit is known for its delightful packaging and this collection does not disappoint. It looks very sweet and royal which perfectly matches my mood (and life… I wish!).   

So let’s get straight into what I received.

BROWVO! Conditioning Primer

Benefit describes this as a “nutrient-rich primer for fuller looking brows.”  The BROWVO! 

Conditioning Primer contains keratin and soy protein to nourish the brows.  It is a clear, gel based product that doesn’t feel sticky and doesn’t dry heavy.

The product is housed in a click-pen with a ‘custom soft-touch applicator” that deposits the product evenly on the brow hair and skin underneath.

I definitely felt that the products I used after this primer went on much easier.

Gimme Brow

This is a repackage. It is described as a “brow volumizing fibre gel.” It is a tinted gel formula that is buildable.

Gimme Brow comes with a tiny, tapered spoolie applicator that makes application more precise.


This one is my favourite from the collection. KA BROW! is a “cream-gel brow colour.” It is a buildable, tinted pomade. It also claims to be waterproof with a 24 hour wear.

This product is housed in a delightful little clear bottle with a brush sneakily hidden in the lid.

I love how natural this product looks and feels once applied. It is easy to apply and you can build up the colour from something soft to something a bit more dramatic.

Goof Proof Brow Pencil

This “super easy brow-filling and shaping pencil” is also on my favourites list. It is tinted, angled pencil with a glide on formula. The texture and colour pay-off is very soft so you can definitely build it up without looking or feeling too heavy. It claims to be waterproof with 12 hour wear.

It comes in non-sharpening, twist-up pencil form and also has a handy spoolie on the other end.
The Goof Proof Brow Pencil is perfect if you’re on the go. It is literally fool proof! The soft colour pay-off and shape of the pencil both ensure that there’s no room for mistakes.

As you can tell, I really love Benefit’s new Brow Collection. I’m also keen to get my hands on the rest of the products, especially the High Brow Glow and stunning repackaged Brow Zings.

The Brow Collection is currently available online at until the 15th of July. There are also some nifty kits that contain a few of the products. The products will officially hit Edgars and Red Square stores on the 15th of August, for a list of stockists click here.

Are you excited Benebabes?! What are you most keen to get your hands on?

Until next time

Love, sparkles and perfect brows ;)
Zaakira xox

Sunday, 26 June 2016

{FASHION NEWS} | Louis Vuitton Series 5

If, like anyone who appreciates fashion, you love Louis Vuitton; you might be familiar with the pictorial dialogue between multiple artists that the brand uses in its Series. This began with Series 1 and now Series 5; the Autumn/Winter 2016 advertising campaign is here.

This one features the super famous Selena Gomez who started out on Disney Channel and has grown into a supernova.

Keeping with the theme from previous campaigns; this one also features and explores the many facets of a heroine. Creative director Nicolas Ghesquière has kept this narrative through the last few campaigns and this time he has brought back renowned photographer Bruce Weber to capture the story.

Once again, Bruce Weber opted to shoot these pictures in Miami, Florida. At first he wanted to photograph the models on a boat. It was while seeing the boat being transported to the dock that he decided to leave the image and scenery “as is”. Louis Vuitton often uses unusual architecture and landscape in its shows (the Cruise Collection2016 show was held at the UFO-esque Niterói Contemporary Art Museum in Rio) and campaigns. The idea to photograph the heroines in this manner is unusual and creates a unique visual discord that acts as a complement to the models’ liveliness and energy.

On Bruce Weber
In addition to being an incredible photographer, Bruce Weber is also a true
choreographer of images. He knows how to capture the energy of each individual,
and his images are always dynamic, almost alive. I love the unusual perspective
he brings to such a major star. Selena’s popularity is fascinating; she’s an icon
for her generation. And yet, there is a disarming sincerity and a true presence about her,
she’s very direct and grounded. She’s spontaneous and always up for discovering new
things. Two years ago, she had already approached me in her very simple, easy-going
manner and now I’m watching as she changes and grows. For a designer, it’s extremely
gratifying to participate in the process as a woman evolves.” Nicolas Ghesquière

On Bruce Weber and Nicolas Ghesquière

I have had the honor of working with Bruce Weber before, so it was great to already
have a connection and I consider Nicolas a good friend at this point. We did
the shoot in Miami and it was incredibly laid back. The both of them are very passionate
and enthusiastic about their work. Wearing Vuitton makes me feel strong and confident.
Nicolas knows how to make a woman feel good about herself.” Selena Gomez

I really love Series 5 and the stunning pieces in the Autumn/Winter 2016 collection.

What do you think of Selena as a Louis Vuitton heroine?


Artistic Direction: Nicolas Ghesquière
Photographer: Bruce Weber
Creative Direction: Roonie Cooke Newhouse
Talent: Selena Gomez
Models: Jean Campbell, Sora Choi, Luisiana Gonzalez, Erika Linder,
Rianne Van Rompaey and Natalie Westling
Stylist: Marie-Amélie Sauvé
Make-up: Peter Philips
Hair: Paul Hanlon
Shoot Location: Miami, USA

Until next time

Love and sparkles

Zaakira xox

Friday, 17 June 2016

{BEAUTY NEWS} | M•A•C Viva Glam Ariana Grande II

My M·A·C senses reached peak tingle yesterday when Ariana Grande released images for her second Viva Glam collection! And believe me, it is a GOOD one! Ariana has a killer, unique voice that sounds pretty amazing whether she’s singing a pop tune or belting out an emotional ballad. She also has strong opinions on many issues and uses her celebrity voice to speak out on behalf of minorities which makes her even more likeable and 100% perfect as the face of Viva Glam.

Viva Glam is a concept very close to my heart. It was launched by MAC in 1994 and directs 100% of the selling price to the MAC AIDS Fund which supports organizations fighting to combat HIV/AIDS as well as those that work to improve the lives of those who live with the epidemic. Over the past 20 years, they have raised over $400 million and are the largest corporate non-pharmaceutical HIV/AIDS funder. I try to make sure that I purchase both Viva Glam collections every year. Celebrities like Rihanna (my fav!),  Ricky Martin, Lady Gaga, Nicki Minaj, Lisa Marie Presley and Sir Elton John have lent their faces to Viva Glam campaigns in the past.

The new, sugary sweet, campaign appears to be based on doll-like elements. The tagline is, "Be a doll, and go glam!" and campaign images seem to have Ari crammed into a tiny dollhouse. Her signature pony is adorned with a gigantic bow and she’s wearing a baby-pink dress and hot pink Mary Janes with frilly socks.

Ariana’s Viva Glam 2 duo is made up of a deep mauve matte lipstick and shimmery pale pinky lavender gloss. The Lipstick looks to be a bright orchid shade with blue tones and the Lipglass looks pretty and frosted. I absolutely love how different this lipstick is to Ariana’s previous Viva Glam one. M·A·C girls can rock them both and the 2 lipsticks definitely accentuate the different facets of Ariana.

The collection launches September 8th in the U.S and will stay on shelves for 6 months. I don’t have any dates for South Africa yet but as soon as I do I will put them up!

I urge you to buy Viva Glam. Not only is the product fantastic but you’re also contributing to the empowerment and improvement of the lives of those living with HIV/AIDS.

Until next time

Love and sugary pale pink sparkles

Zaakira xox

Tuesday, 7 June 2016

{FASHION NEWS} | Louis Vuitton Cruise 2017

Last week fashion house Louis Vuitton unveiled its Cruise 2017 collection in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. 

The collection was presented to celebrities and the fashion industry elite at Niterói Contemporary Art Museum. The futuristic building was designed by Oscar Niemeyer, one of the key figures in the development of modern architecture, and bears a resemblance to a spaceship or UFO. It sits on a cliff and boasts scenic views of the sparkling beach and Rio’s glorious hilly landscape. There’s also a long, winding red ramp walkway which made the perfect runway.

Setting the tone for the City (Rio) inspired collection; guests were seated in single rows of crates in bright and quirky colours.  The clothes bragged just as many colours; crafted in many fabrics and textures and peppered with ruffles and cut-outs. There were slits, asymmetrical hems, a selection of different collars and bold cut-outs. It’s really so difficult to pick out my favourite pieces but I did love the fútbol prints.

Here are some highlights from the show.

There is also an exclusive collection of bags from the show that can be purchased online here.

What fashion dreams are made of!

Until next time

Love and sparkles

Zaakira xox

Sunday, 5 June 2016

{OUT & ABOUT} | Hyde Park Corner Hosts the Rotary Art Festival

The Rotary Arts Festival is a hugely anticipated and esteemed event on Johannesburg’s art calendar and for 17 years Hyde Park Corner has hosted it. This year is no exception and from the 2nd to the 12th of June you can experience it curated throughout the centre’s upper, middle and lower mall.

The 2016 arts festival promises to expand the concept with more workshops and music. It sees the exciting launch of a Portrait Competition. The participatory aspect of the popular art-making workshops is educational and art lovers can learn about how their favourite artists work,” says Joan Sainsbury, the festival event organiser and Curator.

The Festival began with a portrait competition which was awarded to 47models – Paul and the Austin by Cathy Verheul at one of Hyde Park Corner’s iconic, dazzling evenings.

You can view the artworks in Hyde Park Corner in these spaces
·         Guest artists – Centre court
·         Bag Factory – Lower mall (2nd floor)
·         Botanical group – Upper mall (6th floor)
·         Figures&Form – Middle mall (4th floor)
·         Miniature artists – Upper mall (6th floor)
·         Photography – Upper mall (6th floor)
·         Printmaking – Upper mall (6th floor)
·         Watercolour(IWSSA)– Upper mall (6th floor)

With the 30% commission that is generated from sales, the Rotary Club of Rosebank contributes meaningfully to charitable institutions and youth development training.

Also don’t forget to get your latest issue of Destiny and Destiny Man. With Tony Gum and Nelson Makamo (he was one of the judges for the portrait competition too) gracing the covers in a magnificent shout-out to everything creative and unique; you don’t want to miss this one!

The Rotary Arts Festival runs from the 2nd to the 12th of June 2016 at Hyde Park Corner, Jan Smuts Avenue, Johannesburg.

Images of artwork supplied by Zebra Square and Hyde Park Corner

Until next time

Love and sparkles

Zaakira xox