Princess of Jozi

"The most stylish thing you can own is individuality"

Wednesday, 11 January 2017


I shot these quick images sometime last year (before I cut my hair obvs.) and I completely forgot to use them except for the 2 I posted on Instagram. I’m wearing a skirt from local brand Dear Makena Apparel which is run by the lovely Karen and houses the quaintest selection of handmade cotton skirts. Find them on Instagram here.

2016 had been a real challenge of a year. Not only was it one giant dumpster fire for the entire planet, but I also experienced some real challenges in my personal life. I generally don't really do resolutions because I believe I am always a work in progress and there is always room to learn and evolve at any point in time in the year. However, with everything that I went through; I don't think I've been taught as much as I have last year than in any other year. I thought it would be a nice way to begin my blogging year by sharing some of what I am taking with me into 2017 and beyond.
Don't be a hypocrite. This one is so important. If you don't like things being done to you (e.g. lying) then why would you do them to anyone else?

Self-care and self-love are tremendously important. No one is going to care for you as much as you should care for yourself. It's okay to be selfish sometimes and take care of your own needs. Try not to hurt anyone in the process but also don't over think especially if you are uncomfortable or hurting. Be unapologetic in your need to maintain your own sanity and contentment.
Don't let anyone make you feel like you are worthy of anything less than respect and don't let anyone make you feel inferior. We are all trying.

It is okay to ask for help but it's not okay to hold that help over someone if it is given. Remember that even the left hand should not know what the right hand gives.
Advise the ones you love but try to support them too if they don’t take your advice. You were obviously asked to weigh in because your opinion matters and that should be enough. They do know what they're doing most of the time and you will be so surprised at what they can achieve.

Leave old prejudices and thought processes behind. Be open to new things as long as they don't compromise your beliefs.
Spirituality is so significant. I know that some of you reading this perhaps do not follow any religion or maybe don’t believe in God but I just want to share what I personally experienced here. Waking up before dawn to pray has literally changed my life in ways I cannot even explain. Reflecting and unloading on the prayer mat has gotten me through the bad times and even helped to guide me through the good ones.

Do not allow people to get away with treating you badly because of their position in your life or relation to you. Relation is no excuse for garbage behaviour toward someone!
Respect people and their choices and their ability to make these choices. So simple but so important.
Don’t be afraid to love the things you love. It’s so difficult in the age of social media but try not to live for others. You only have to fit in with yourself.

Respect the things that people love and their beliefs too. For example, a celebrity death may mean nothing to you but it can mean something to someone and you will never know why. Your views and opinions aren't the only ones out there.
When people insult and disrespect you it says more about them than it does about you.

And finally, it begins with YOU! Don't become complacent because something does not affect you directly. (E.g. Donald Trump, I've seen so many just brush it off because they won't be the ones suffering through his ridiculous and dangerous ideas). Fact check that thing that you post first. Evaluate your ethics. Familiarize yourself with your preferences (we all have them) and asses them. THINK about racism, THINK about rape culture. Do not just brush it off or share that meme because likes. There is so much more I can say here but I’ll stop and just say once again, IT BEGINS WITH YOU!

I really hope that you all have a fantastic year. I want you to be happy, healthy and to never ever feel like you are alone.
I’d love to hear what you’ve learnt and what you will be taking with you into 2017. Pop a comment below or tweet me @LadyZaa
Until next time
Love and sparkles
Zaakira xox

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