Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Clothing Label: DIANE

When I received a little surprise press release drop specially dropped off at my office I knew that this something special.  Diana Tadjuideen a international fashion model’s brand is aimed at professional women looking to add strokes of Parisian sophistication to their wardrobes. The seasonal collections embody Diana’s timeless elegance and natural French flair, bringing her imaginative spirit to life.
A little bit more about Dianne, she is born and raised in Paris by her Polish/Togolese parents. An international model since the age of sixteen, her travels far and wide finally led her to South Africa where Diana decided to harness her entrepreneurial spirit and love for fashion. With DIANE, she managed to create a brand that seamlessly merges her Parisian femininity with her passion for timeless glamour.
Diana is a hands-on label owner who is involved in every minute detail of the business – compromise is never an option. Her vision for DIANE is to create a lifestyle brand and allow each customer to inhabit a world of chic sophistication synonymous with The City of Light. “My mission is to make the brand nothing less than extraordinary!” Diana enthuses.
Fabric selection plays an integral role in Diana’s design process, with her painstakingly selecting the finest cloth and materials from fabric houses dotted around Paris. The design of the garments also takes place here where her designer fashions and initially moulds the clothing to Diana’s frame. The final product is then manufactured and finished to perfection in Poland. “When sourcing fabrics I am driven to find options which are both unique and line with international trends. I often spend days on end exploring side streets in search of fabrics that jump out at me. We use silk, dentell de Calais, viscose and eco-leather – which is currently trending in Europe,” she says.

Versatility and everyday indulgence drive her creative process and shape each collection. “I struggled to find on-trend garments that expressed my individuality. I like pieces which can be worn from day to night and that combine the classic with the now,” she says.

The current collection is made up of whimsical summer dresses, elegant midi length skirts and eco-leather raw edge tops and jackets.
 Garments range from R710 for elegant mini shorts, R790 for raw edge tops, R1500 for classic eco-leather jackets, and R1800 for sophisticated summer dresses.

DIANE is currently available at the following stockists in Johannesburg; at 44 Stanley, Burgundy Fly in Rosebank and 70 Juta Street in Braamfontain.
The Bromwell Boutique Mall in Woodstock, Cape Town also stocks the DIANE collection.
Instagram - Diana Tadjuideen


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Monday, 24 November 2014

Get the sensuous summer feeling with LUX

I'm a huge body-wash fan and when I received the LUX with SilkEssence™ and Pink Floral Infusion I was immediately in-love with soft scent. These refreshing infusions will captivate your senses preparing you for any summer’s day. Indulgent, yet within reach of every woman, LUX Shake Me Up and LUX Wake Me Up have been crafted to accentuate your feminine, fun and playful side. Your skin will feel irresistibly soft, sensuous and refreshed. Something you must experience for yourself!
The LUX classic body wash, infused with delicate, refreshing and softening SilkEssence™, moisturizes and scents a woman’s skin leaving it irresistible to the touch. It only takes a few moments in the shower or bath to fall in love and discover your perfect LUX fragrance. And with eight different LUX fragrances there’s bound to be one especially for you.
Other Fragrances in the range: 
·       Soft Touch - For noticeably soft skin. With SilkEssence™ and Pink Floral Infusion.
·       Velvet Touch - For noticeably velvety skin. With SilkEssence™, Almond Oil and Opulent Bouquet.
·       Soft Caress - For noticeably smooth skin. With SilkEssence™ and Delicate White Flowers.
·       Sheer Twilight - For a long lasting, enchanting fragrance. With Fragrance Pearls™ of Black Orchid and Juniper Oil.
·       Scarlet Blossom - For a long lasting, mesmerising fragrance. With Fragrance Pearls™ of Egyptian Violet and Elemi Oil.

LUX 200 ml Body Wash R18.99
LUX 400 ml Body Wash R31.99
LUX 750ml Body Wash R51.99

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Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Spanx arrives in SA

 Worry no more about muffin tops, panty lines and tummy rolls, thanks to the arrival of the world’s leading shape wear brand Spanx! Spanx is now available in South Africa thanks to leading lingerie and swimwear distributor, PDL Distributors.
Unfortunately I ccouldn't attend due to having prior commitments at work but not to worry, my correspondent and best buddy Crystal Hendricks took one for the team.

“Across the globe, women everywhere have at least one thing in common: we want our backsides to look slimmer, firmer, and panty-line-free!” explains Spanx Founder, Sara Blakely.
“Spanx has been overwhelmed with requests from fashion-forward women around the world, asking us to bring our shaping secrets overseas and we’re thrilled to be launching in South Africa.”
Sara Blakely sparked an undergarment revolution in the USA with Spanx , using innovative fabrics, designs, and comfort features to minimize figure flaws and help women look slimmer without sacrificing comfort. Fashion-loving stars Beyoncé, Oprah, Kim Kardashian and Blake Lively swear by SPANX.


Spanx founder Sara Blakely was getting ready for a party when she realized she didn't have the right undergarment to provide a blemish-free look under white pants. Armed with scissors and sheer genius, she cut the feet off her control top pantyhose and the Spanx revolution began! In addition to the first footless pantyhose, Spanx is responsible for countless other industry-changing inventions including the first-ever shaper short with no leg band, the revolutionary shaping camisole, control-top fishnet pantyhose and the first back-smoothing bra, the Bra-llelujah! With an array of problem-solving products for every body type and budget, Spanx has secured its place in women’s hearts and in pop-culture with daily mentions everywhere from CNN to SNL.
In March of 2012, Sara was named the world’s youngest, self-made female billionaire by Forbes Magazine and one of TIME’s 100 Most Influential People. Headquartered in Atlanta, GA and opening retail shops across the United States, Spanx can now be found worldwide in more than 50 countries. In addition to keeping butts covered from Savannah to Singapore and now South Africa, SPANX also shapes the world by focusing on their mission: To make the world a better place...one butt at a time!
Imagery: Copyright © 2014 Jurgen Hansmann 
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INOAR Extreme Premium Oil

 I’m really into all hair products at the moment as it takes quite a bit of maintenance to keep my tresses, in managing condition. This exclusive product has arrived to aggressively treat hair. NO MORE split ends!
First Hair oil containing the luxurious, sacred healing oil – MYRRH. It's a light weight, non greasy silicone infused formula is instantly absorbed into the hair to produce luminous shine and silky perfection.
With a combination of the following oil, your hair can fully repair and rejuvenate to its natural healthy form:
• Argan• Macadamia• Coconut• Sesame• Rose• MYRRH
The benefits of using this premium oil is:
• Heals, seals, moisturise, rejuvenates and protects
• Heat protector
• Promotes growth
• Eliminates Frizz
• Fix split ends
• Cures and treat dry and tender scalp
• Produce luminous shine and silky protection
I have started using this product; will let you all know in a couple of weeks what my findings :) It retails at R545

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Monday, 17 November 2014

REVIEW: KADUS Professional, Deep Moisture Intensive hair mask

I have been so blessed to be able to try so many different products, whether it is hair or skincare. But I would just like to re-iterate that not every product I receive or that’s sponsored makes it to my blog. There are so many products that I have tried & tested that doesn’t work for me. I prefer not to bad mouth a product hence I prefer to rather not mention the product or the brand that I have had a bad experience with. So to make it clear, it is only products that I really love and that has worked me for that you would see on my blog.
This KADUS Professional, Deep Moisture Intensive mask I have been using for about 4 washes currently and has literally become a part of my hair care routine. Our Environment, lifestyle and heat styling can remove already depleted moisture from the hair, leaving it dull and lifeless, without the beautiful natural shine we associate with healthy looking hair.The Radialux Micro-Ions act together with a blend of special moisturizing ingredients to instantly deliver moisture for hair with eye-catching shine, softness and movement.


I would literally apply this product to damp hair and leave in for about 5 minutes and then rinse. This product intensely moisturizes dry hair. After the use of this product my hair has become soft and easier to comb with a healthy shine. It has a lovely honey and mango fragrance so trust me you wouldn't mind having this product on your hair.

Retail Selling Price: R160.00 incl. VAT.

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EVENT: Fashion & Beauty Trend Spotting

So last Tuesday I was invited to “The Fashion & Beauty Trend Spotting” event at 6 Spin Street Gallery. When I arrived I was greeted by various brands that wanted nothing else, but to explain their product and the passion behind it. The set up was like that of a market sphere with a generous lay-out of different tables and amazing products and brands on display. Unfortunately I arrived a bit late and during that time there was a talk hosted by none other than Jackie Burger. I was totally bummed that I couldn't listen in on her valuable advice and insight in the industry. But on the bright side everyone was in the Q&A session and it gave me more than enough time to move from one table to the next without any worry of it being too busy or overcrowded.
MIGLIO DESIGNER JEWELLERY
One of the first brands that I got to engage with was Miglio, designer jewellery. There product is unique and exquisite. The jewellery is quiet an expression of one’s individual style. I was more than happy to participate in their “Wear It & Share It” competition. I literally just wore one of my favourite pieces Miglio pieces, took a #selfie and tagged @migliojewellery. You could win R2000 in vouchers. I then received a stunning goodie bag with a unique pair of earrings that can actually be worn 4 different ways. How amazing is that? Cannot wait to show you all how I style these earrings. 

 BEE NATURAL CAPE
Bee Natural was one of the products I really enjoyed hearing about. When I heard about the amazing properties of beeswax, I was astounded at all the benefits it carries. The Bee Natural product was formulated about 9 years ago and after years of experimenting they have been able to produce a cutting edge head to toe balm which is effective in every aspect of beautifying and healing. One of the products I particularly love is the Rehydrating Face Balm; it makes my skin feel so soft and well taken care of. www.beenatural.co.za
NATURALMENTE
Naturalmente is a sustainably harvested natural product for hair, body, baby and home. These products are free of petrochemical by-product and synthetic substances and are NOT tested on animals. Let me tell you Ive just used the Naturalmente shampoo and conditioner and I really can tell the difference. My hair is smooth from root to end. I am really impressed. You need to try this product for yourself. 
BREATHE SKINTHERAPHY
This product is formulated using pure plant and flower aromas which have been cultivated using bio dynamic agriculture. They can be used in aromatherapy, for hair and skin wellness. The substances banned in these products are silicone's, parabens petroleum and its derivatives, artificial colourings, sls, peg , nickel. I am really excited to start using these products will let you know the results asap.
HEALING EARTH
I was quiet intrigued with this product as the display on the table was so beautifully laid. The Healing Earth is a premium African spa brand offering organic products & holistic spa therapies. It contains only the purest natural ingredients. The Healing Earth products are created from Africa’s powerful minerals, oceans, flowers, herbs, fruit, seeds and natural oils. I received a lovely box which contained all their current products. Must say thus far the marula & neroli body balm & grape foot detox gel is my favourite. Cannot wait to try the coffee, cinnamon & orange body polish for cellulite, it just smells divine, such an absolute treat. www.healingearth.co.za
LATINOIL
Latinoil is the first essential hair treatment in the industry to be made from Chia Seed Oil. The lightweight, multipurpose formula is an unmatched source of Antioxidants and Omega Fatty Acid. This product nourishes your hair, adding instant shine, conditioning and intensive repair. It’s perfect for all types of hair. This product eliminates frizz, speeds up drying time and extends life of colour treatments. My hair very much falls under the coloured haired box and I am usually very particular and skeptical with the products I use on my hair. But I thought I’d give this product ago, I applied it to my damp hair just before my blow dry and was really surprised at the beautiful shine and nourished feel it gave my hair. My ends appeared less dry and over all feel were so smooth and sleek. I am inlove with this product and would recommend it to anyone, that’s hair need some extra TLC
Unfortunately I was a bit pressed for time and couldn't go around all the displays, below are a list of exhibitors that was on show:

Unfortunately I was a bit pressed for time and couldn't go around all the displays, below are a list of exhibitors that was on show such as Anaclinical, Ama Luisa Footwear, Birds Of a Feather, Black Betty Designs, Bodhisattva, Callaghan Collezioni, Cirepil by Perron Rigot, Coast & Koi Shoes, DR Hauschka Skin Care, Healthway Natural Products, Love My Hair, Sanctuary Signature Spa, Scarlett Swimwear, Smith Jewellery, Symbols on Silk, Yellow Jewellery
BIG “Thank You” goes to Andrea Desfarges from PublicitySA for organizing such an insightful event.

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Wednesday, 12 November 2014

L'oreal exclusive collection

So if you scroll through most of my pictures, you would see me sporting either bright pink Lipstick or a bold red lipstick. I just have this thing for a bold strong lip. I would always opt for a classic minimal eye and a strong lip. So when I received a press drop which included these L’oreal COLOR RICHE COLLECTION EXCLUSIVE PURE REDS, trust me I was doing star jumps.
The new limited edition Pure Reds collection consists of four custom-made red shades that are tailored to four spokes models. Each Exquisite shade has a matte finish with an enriching, hydrating texture. Just for you – and your smile. 
Liya's red is a pure scarlet red that is designed to suit cool skin tones. It is a matte finish with a hydrating texture.
I am absolutely in love with both Frieda & Liya, it really suits my complexion so well and l love the Matte look. It stays on your lips way longer that the average lipstick. Try it out for yourself and I promise you will not be disappointed.

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