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Tuesday, 27 September 2016

{BEAUTY} | Saving Water in Your Beauty Routine

Hi beauties! Water is an exceedingly precious resource that we sometimes tend to take for granted. The situation is becoming scarier by the day and so I decided to make some changes in my habits and routine so that I can lower my water consumption. Today I will be sharing these along with a few water saving tips for your beauty routine.

1      Time Yourself
On average it now takes me ±10 minutes to shower and wash my hair. I used to get really carried away belting out song after song and generally enjoying the water but not only is this a major waste, but it also isn’t very good for your skin. A good way to keep track is to make a killer playlist and shower within 3 songs. Just be careful with electronics in the bathroom.

2     Lower the Pressure
There really is no need for extremely high pressure in the shower. High pressure coupled with very hot water can also strip your skin of natural oils. If your body is sore from gym do a quick blast of high pressure when getting in and out and use lower pressure to wash up.

Wash Your Hair Every Other Day
It’s better and healthier for your hair and saves loads of water too. Better yet, skip the wash and get a blow-out. Most blow-dry bars don’t charge more than 200 Rands and you can try these tips to make it last all week!

4       Condition After Showering
I swear by this now! I give my hair a good wash in the shower and then feed it with leave in conditioner and oil afterwards. My favourite products are the Dove Dry Oil; which makes my hair so soft, shiny and generally delightful without weighing it down and pure Argan oil when my hair needs a little extra TLC. This method also assists in detangling. You can also apply conditioner to your hair before getting in the shower and washing it out with shampoo once in.

Turn Off the Tap
When lathering up, shampooing, shaving etc. please turn off the shower. Better yet, do your leg de-fuzzing out of the shower by shaving with a little water or using a hair removal cream. Veet is my favourite.

6       Keep Makeup Brushes Clean
Keep your makeup brushes clean by spraying them with a sanitizer like the Sephora Daily Brush Cleaner and make sure you give them a wash every 2 weeks (maybe weekly of you use them every day). Makeup brushes are a breeding ground for bacteria (gross!) and makeup build-up can be really difficult to loosen after a while which means you need more water to clean them.

7       Pre-Cleanse
Makeup removal is absolutely imperative. Do not ever ever sleep with makeup on! Use a facial wipe or coconut oil on your face before cleansing with water and your cleanser. It will loosen everything and ensure less abrasive scrubbing and water wastage.

      Use Only a Specific Amount of Water
This one may seem extreme but so is the water crisis. Estimate how much water you might need daily for cleansing, brushing your teeth, etc. (Basically, all the out of shower stuff). Fill up a Jerry Can or other storage with a little more than this amount and use only this. Even if you underestimate yourself and have to fill more the next day it is still better than a running tap.

 I hope this was even a little helpful! If we all make small changes and adjustments the result surely can’t be anything but positive.

If you have any tips and tricks for water saving in the beauty routine let me know by commenting or tweet me @LadyZaa

Until next time

Love and sparkles

Zaakira xox

Thursday, 22 September 2016

{OOTD} | 1980

Jeans – Jet | Bodysuit – ZARA | Jacket – MrP | Choker – Shop Brett Robson | Necklace – Forever 21 | Tote Bag – Pigments SA | Boots – ZARA | Sunglasses – Thrift Store

Lipstick – Urban Decay Vice Lipstick in Heartless

Hi dolls! Today I’m sharing yet another black and white outfit with you. I LOVE monochrome and I wear it so much that the husband has starting calling me MSDOS. (Developer joke?)

We snapped this look really quickly before a launch I was attending. It was that time of the day when the sun was just disappearing between the buildings, hence that hazy look.

I was still recovering from a bad bout of the flu and I don’t even know how I managed to put a whole outfit together that didn’t involve a fluffy dressing gown and panda pyjama pants. Even more surprising was that I didn’t smell of Vicks for the first time in a week!

I’m really excited at how my style is changing and evolving into something less gimmicky and more classic and wearable. I still love those quirky and edgy elements though!

Until next time

Be kind!

History is a relentless master. It has no present, only the past rushing into the future. To try to hold fast is to be swept aside.”  - John F. Kennedy

Love and sparkles
Zaakira xox                                                            

Monday, 19 September 2016

{MEN’S GROOMING} | The First Steps toward Impeccable Skin

Hi Lovelies! I’m going to be trying something a little different. The husband will be sharing his grooming and skincare journey with us starting today.

From this specific post I’ve tried a few of the products. The Protective Moisturiser is simply wonderful, especially if your skin is a little oily. I also LOVE using the Cooling Shaving gel on my legs.

Anyway I hope you enjoy this! Let me know in the comments!

Love and sparkles
Zaakira xox

Most men, me included, don’t realise the importance of looking after their skin. For the longest time, there has been a resistance and a  misconception that skincare was only for women. That idea is completely ridiculous and out-dated. But where do we begin?

The starting point of any skincare regime is comprised of 2 basic products, an exfoliating scrub and a moisturiser. For me, these products come in the form of the NIVEA MEN Originals Exfoliating Face Scrub and the NIVEA MEN Originals Protective Moisturiser SPF 15. Fortunately for those of us that are rather forgetful, it is not necessary to use the Exfoliating Face Scrub every day. It is suggested that the Scrub be used 3 times a week. The Exfoliating Face Scrub helps to clean and unblock pores and removes any dry skin from the face. Combining the Exfoliating Face Scrub with the Protective Moisturiser provides a great source of moisture to the face. Also, the Protective Moisturiser does contain SPF, which; needless to say; is absolutely imperative especially if you don't want a leathery face and to age 500 years in just 1 year.

For those with oily skin, NIVEA has provided the NIVEA MEN Oil Control Multi Effect Face Wash and NIVEA MEN Oil Control Multi Effect Gel Moisturiser. The NIVEA MEN Oil Control Multi Effect Face Wash contains a formulation of Carnitine, Salicylic Acid Technology and Mineral Magnesium. This provides exfoliation, which deeply cleans the pores and removes excess oil. It also helps control shine and breakouts without leaving the skin feeling dry or tight. The NIVEA MEN Oil Control Multi Effect Gel Moisturiser can be combined with the Multi Effect Face Wash to manage the skins oil-moisture balance as well as providing assistance with shine and breakout control.

Finally, we come to shaving, the bane of my existence. The idea of running a blade across my skin is a rather daunting thought. Fortunately, NIVEA makes it a slightly less painful exercise. Their range includes the NIVEA MEN Originals Moisturising Shaving Foam for normal skin and the NIVEA MEN Sensitive Cooling Shaving Gel for sensitive skin.  Both of these products provide fantastic lubrication for the razor blade and soften stubble to reduce friction. The Moisturising Shaving Foam contains Aloe Vera to provide moisture to the skin while the Cooling Shaving Gel contains Camomile and Seaweed to prevent irritation and burning. 

After shaving, it is necessary to close pores to prevent any breakouts. For this, we have the NIVEA MEN Sensitive Cooling Aftershave Splash and NIVEA MEN Sensitive Cooling Post Shave Balm. Both of these contain Camomile and Seaweed, which helps soothe skin irritation and alleviates dryness and redness.  The best part of all these shaving products is that they do all that is expected of them with 0% ethyl alcohol.

So here we are, at a point where men all over the world are embracing skincare. And for some of us (me), the transition into a grooming regime can be daunting to say the least; it is great that NIVEA is here to nudge us the right direction.

-         -  Shuaib

Friday, 16 September 2016

{BEAUTY NEWS} | Les Parfums Louis Vuitton

This week I attended the very discreet and luxurious launch for Les Parfums Louis Vuitton. This is the Maison’s first perfume launch in about 70 years.

The philosophy and soul of Louis Vuitton has always been deeply rooted in travel and creating ways in which the Maison can accompany travellers on their voyages. The Maison has said, “Metaphorically, travel is not a destination: it is a feeling that constantly nourishes body and soul, a new experience that can make your heart skip, leaving an everlasting memory.”

A native of Grasse, the birthplace of both leather goods and fragrance; the master perfumer for the collection is Jacques Cavallier Belletrud. He spent months searching for inspiration and raw materials all over the world. The result was Les Parfums Louis Vuitton: a journey of emotions.

The luxury fragrance collection contains 7 perfumes housed in beautifully understated, clear round glass bottles. The stoppers are very neat; black with a gold LV logo on the top. The name of each fragrance appears in small but bold text on the front with Louis Vuitton embedded in the glass. The effect is very modest and charming but still feels very luxurious.

Each fragrance in Les Parfums Louis Vuitton takes you on a journey. From a garden of roses in Grasse to Turkey, Bulgaria in Rose de Vents, valleys and mountains in Apogée; where Lily of the Valley is the star, fields and fields of Tahitian vanilla in Contre Moi and right back to the Louis Vuitton leather workshop in Dans La Peau. Turbulences is a synthesis of thrilling Tuberose and delicate jasmine on a slight hint of leather while Mille Feux also uses leather, but combines the note with bright, ripe raspberries and hints of apricot, iris and saffron in an attempt to magically capture golden rays of light in a fragrance. In contrast, Matière Noire directly translates to “Dark Matter” and blends shadowy patchouli and Laos agarwood with light white narcissus and jasmine in a mystical infusion.

The collection is absolutely exquisite and goes way beyond what I hoped and expected from Louis Vuitton. My favourite one is Contre Moi which along with Tahitian vanilla also contains Madagascan vanilla blended with delicate orange flower, a hint of rose and magnolia petals. The mixture sits in a very slight of bitter cocoa which gives the otherwise soft and sweet scent a rebellious edge. It almost makes me emotional!

Visit Louis Vuitton in the Diamond Walk at Sandton City to experience Les Parfums Louis Vuitton. The fragrances start at ZAR3500 for 100mL.

Until next time

Love and sparkles
Zaakira xox

*Images from Zebra Square

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

{TRENDING} | The Bomber Jacket


Street style has been flooded with bomber jackets recently and I can’t say that I am complaining! Bomber jackets are really versatile and comfy but can also be incredibly chic.

They can be worn over ripped jeans and a plain tee, a sultry dress; honestly anything your heart desires. I’m actually really keen to throw one over a huge silk or satin skirt for SA Fashion Week.

What’s really cool about the bomber jacket trend is that they come in so many different types and styles so they’re aren’t committed to one type of look. I’ve seen soft metallics, lace fabrics, pretty delicate flower patterns, graffiti, fierce prints and embroidery and tons of phrases and sayings. I must mention that there’s also a lot of Japanese inspiration floating around, especially at Zara, and it’s absolutely stunning!

I invested in 3 different jackets so far (all from Zara), 2 of which are pictured here. I’ve worn the silver one over my jeans and a pair of black culottes and the red one over velvet leggings. I’m really excited to play around some more though.

Bomber jackets are perfect for transitional weather and that little Spring chill. Check out Zara and Mr Price who both currently have some really ace options!

Would you wear the bomber jacket? Which one is your favourite? Comment below or tweet me a photo @LadyZaa

Until next time

Love and sparkles

Zaakira xxo