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My Type of Flawless

My Type of Flawless

Category : Beauty , Fashion

Ladies we all know that the most important part of our fashion is our FACE. It is the first thing we check when we look in the mirror after dressing up and immediately before we step out of the house. The most important self-love and care we can show ourselves is ensuring our faces look as flawless and stunning as possible.

I have always battled with pimples that leave spots on my face. This happens just before my menstrual periods, I call it ‘the red sign’. Early in July I had the worst break out ever, I was uncomfortable in my skin and had to put on make-up to hide the blemishes. I had my hair all up in my face just to cover my cheeks which were the most affected.

I have tried using home-made products, and these seem to work for a while then I am back to the struggle; sometimes the situation gets worse. I started using Pond’s New Flawless Radiance Derma + just three weeks ago and the change has been impressively dramatic.

http://www.beautybulletin.com/face-and-body/moisturizersday-creams-night-creams/pond-s-flawless-radiance-derma-range

My Routine


Morning & Evening Treat

Micellar water: I use Dove cotton pads as they are soft on my skin. This ensures that sweat from the previous night is completely removed from my face. In the evening, whether I had make up or not, I use this product to remove the accumulated dirt on my face. I then wash my face with Protex Deep Clean soap, which I have realized works for me.

Perfecting Serum: I add just a bit of this product onto my face. Day/Night Cream: Finally, I use either the day or night cream depending on the time of the day.

Benefits


Micellar water: Cleanses the skin and removes make-up and is suitable for face, eyes and lips. This product has made it is so easy for me to remove my lipstick when I get home.

Perfecting Serum: Targets multiple skin damage. I can attest to this as I have seen positive results on my face in just 3 weeks.

Day Cream: I am currently using the Mattifying Day Cream SPF 15 which is good for normal to oily skin.  My face remains normal all day long despite the fact that I have an oily face, especially my nose area.

Night Cream: I have not looked forward to the night as I have since I started using this product. My skin feels absolutely gentle and nourished after using this product. It has really proven to have the deep skin overnight repair effect on my face.

I strongly believe in sharing products that work for me, not just for the sake of marketing but because I believe in it. This is why I have shared my experience with you in these make-up free pictures. (Check out my progress in the next post).

I advise you track your progress should you wish to use these products. The price is affordable and they last long. For more reviews on this product check: http://www.beautybulletin.com/face-and-body/eye-creamsserums/pond-s-flawless-radiance-derma-perfecting-serum

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http://www.beautybulletin.com/face-and-body/cleanserstonerswashes/pond-s-flawless-radiance-derma-brightening-micellar-water

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📸: @dyfrent.pix

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COLOURFUL AFRICAN CLOSET

Category : Fashion

African prints are automatically part of the colourful closet. The question then is, just how much of Colourful African Closet do you own? How many bright printed outfits contribute to the collection of your Colourful African Closet?🌼🏵🌸

Bright green in the closet just screams beauty. This is the first bright green cloth I own. The colour makes my dark complexion golden. The purple & black floral touches make the top so royal & toned down. The combination simply ensures it could be worn with any colour of pants.  🌻💥🌻

Pants- Marabastad; Top –  https://www.instagram.com/mzzhaja/ ; Shoes – Rage ; Ring – H&M.

Maroon, grey and touches of blue definitely makes a colourful African print. This crop top works so stunningly with high waist jeans in any colour. The maroon shoes ensured a stunning outfit: always make sure that your outfit is perfectly coordinated. 🌸🌼🌸

Blue is simply a beautiful colour, whether in African print or any other material. This blue, with orange touches, dress combined with red shoes made it an absolute rating of 10. The most interesting part about blue is that any colour of shoes works with it: It’s simply one of those colours in the closet that makes dressing very easy. 🏵🌻🏵

Dress  https://www.instagram.com/mzzhaja/ ; Shoes – Mr.Price, Hatfield ; Ring – H&M ; Bracelets- Chawama, Zambia.

I am not such a lover of long dresses, however, a simple outstanding touch to a long dress makes my whole attitude change. This long, body hogging & colourful African dress is a perfect example of my kind of long dresses. The yellow, purple,green and black touches make the dress outstanding. The best attribute of the dress is that it shows a person’s physique in an amazing way. 🌼🏵🌼

Dress  https://www.instagram.com/mzzhaja/ ; Shoes – Mr.Price, Hatfield ; Ring – H&M.

A colourful African Closet can’t be complete without an African pair of trousers. The colour coordination on this fabric makes the pants’ simple design look intricately stunning. The green, orange and black combination of colours just takes the pants from a 8 to a 10. It felt so good heating people on campus expressing their love for these pants. The best part is that I can wear them to a club & date too. 🌸💮🌼

Pants  https://www.instagram.com/mzzhaja/ ; Shoes – Mr.Price, Hatfield ; Ring – H&M.

Rules of Limitless Fashionable & Raid-able Closet:

~> 100% Affordable

~>On-Sale Buying

~>Comfortable

~>Classy

~>Sassy

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📸: @dyfrent.pix

 

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THE COLOURFUL CLOSET

Category : Fashion

How much of a colourful closet do you own? 🏵🌻🏵 Are you a lover of a colourful closet? 🏵🌻🏵. I’ve asked myself these questions for the longest time, and finally decided to take chance on this colourful closet. I must admit, I love the experience of trying out the different colours in my closet. Purchasing colourful items is now an interesting part of my shopping.

Pink🌸 has never been a part of my favourite colours, maybe because I have an unconscious liking for black. However, this has to be the best part of my journey so far. This pink red-floral shirt blends in with any colour of pants/skirt/shorts you wish to wear. Match it up with popping eye make up and toned down lipstick or lip gloss.The outfit works well either as a chill-out/date-night/clubbing outfit depending on the shoes you wear it with. The best part is that I got it on sale at Mr.Price. That’s what I call a win, win, win game 🌻🌼.

Pants- Legit; Shirt – Mr.Price ; Shoes – Rage ; Ring – H&M.

Pants- Legit; Shirt – Mr.Price ; Shoes – Mr.Price ; Ring – H&M.

I call it baby pink, but others would say it is beige, nonetheless the colourful nature of this dress makes my skin colour pop, which is one of the best ways to dress. The best part of this dress is its silky nature and that it can be worn with or without folding the sleeves.What colour of shoes? Certainly, red shoes blends perfectly with this silky pink/beige short dress. The shoes exaggerate the beauty of ones legs 🌻🌼.

Dress (gift)- Mud Jeans, Zambia ; Bracelets (gifts)- Chawama, Zambia ; Shoes – Mr.Price ; Ring – H&M.

They say it takes a lot to have an eye for good stuff, but I say your heart leads you to stunning clothes. This colourful shirt-dress made my heart melt as soon as I saw it because I knew that wearing it would be so easy. It stunningly coordinates with any purse/shoes/ jewellery you wish to wear it with. I can also rock it to campus and when going out depending on how I wear it. It gives a classy & sassy look at the same time.🌻🌸

Dress – Marabastad ; Shoes – Mr.Price ; Ring – H&M.

White clothes are very attractive when colourful. This white jumpsuit, with green and blue touches is a perfect example of a stunning white outfit. The best part about it, is that you can play around with the straps to wear it just as you feel best and with any colour of shoes & purse. It is absolutely perfect for a morning/lunch date in summer 🌻🌼.

Jumpsuit – Marabastad ; Shoes – Mr.Price ; Hat –  Gift from Curl-Affair Event; Earrings –  Dubois, Kenya.

Rules of Limitless Fashionable & Raid-able Closet:

~> 100% Affordable

~>On-Sale Buying

~>Comfortable

~>Classy

~>Sassy

📸: @dyfrent.pix

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SIMILAR or SAME ATTIRE

Category : Fashion

As ladies, we are normally concerned about the issue of having the same attire as a friend or anyone in the same event as us. Friend, what are you wearing to the party? I tend to panic when the answer she gives implies that we will be wearing the same clothes. Nattie, a friend and blog follower, said that wearing planned attires should never be the case.

I recommend that you find a SIMILAR dress not the SAME dress. The  other solution would be to choose something different. Alternatively, accessorize similarly so you have the same dress but a totally different look.

The Stripped outfit

I had never thought of wearing a similar attire with my best friend, but upon her birthday request I decided to do this. Despite wearing the same dress, we accessorized differently: wore different colour of shoes and dress (black and blue). Although the concept is the same, one can spot a difference.

You can both wear long chains, silver and gold chains with different details in order to create a difference. The clutches you carry can be different types and colours. If you both love rings and earrings then make them stand out but in a different way.

The trick is to match up your attires in the best way you can so that the difference is evident. Let people pay attention to the difference rather than the similar aspects of your attires.

Dress- Marabastad; Shoes – Legit; Earrings – Lovisa; Rings and Chain – H&M; Clutch bag – Marabastad

Dress- Marabastad; Shoes – Dar-es-Salaam,Tanzania; Earrings & chain – Legit; Ring – H&M; Clutch bag – Pretoria Central.

The African pants

Having the same interest in clothes with a friend can be the best thing. When you both love an African touch to your outfits, getting ideas for designs seems easier. You can also ‘steal’ each others clothes.

Top- Marabastad; Shoes – Mr Price; Pants – Dar-es-Salaam,Tanzania; Earrings – Accra,Ghana; Ring & Chain – H&M.

Top & Shoes – Mr Price; Pants – Dar-es-Salaam,Tanzania; Ring – H&M.

Sometimes the need to add an extra style to our outfits arises. Apart from the design of the pants, you can combine two different prints for that extra style.The material that you pick must have a print coordination that stands out. The prints must have colour coordination.

Despite this dilemma of similar or same attires, just remember:

Rules of Limitless Fashionable & Raid-able Closet:

~> 100% Affordable

~>On-Sale Buying

~>Comfortable

~>Classy

~>Sassy

📷 :  Matu

 

 

 

 

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FASHION PREFERENCE- Long or Short

Category : Fashion

Fashion preference always leads to the dilemma of long or short attires?

What’s your fashion preference? What drives you to actually pick the length you want to wear on a particular day? Let’s take a walk down this lane.

Long is certainly perfect for that formal dinner you need to attend with your friends or workmates.  The cold weather will absolutely warrants you to wear that long skirt or dress that’s in your closet. Well, sometimes  long is perfect for that classy touch that creates a mystery.

Top – Marabastad; Skirt – Marabastad; Shoes – Mr Price; Earrings – Lovisa; Rings – H&M; Necklace – H&M

I personally like it long when it has a fashionable styled touch. Long slits are an absolute #akuraclosetraid fashion favourite.

I believe that the long dress/skirt must set you apart when you walk on the streets. Remember, your STYLE needs  to speak for you. Therefore, that patterned off-shoulder dress you own is perfect.

Dress- Marabastad; Shoes – Mr Price; Earrings – Lovisa; Rings – H&M; Necklace – Mr Price; Clutch bag – Marabastad

Why short? Well, I like to show off my legs and own my femininity, who doesn’t? Short is a classy fashion choice for the club or an afternoon out with the girls or date.

Dress- Marabastad; Shoes – Legit; Earrings – Lovisa; Rings – H&M; Clutch bag – Marabastad

The challenge with short dress/skirts is getting the PERFECT SHOES that will ensure PERFECT COORDINATION. Closed or open-toes heels work miracles with short clothes.

You want your dress to stand out, but again the accessories (handbag/purse or jewellery) must be styled perfectly. I recommend purses with bright colours or with distinct details. Your jewellery needs to speak volumes as well, rings are my favourite.

Rules of Limitless Fashionable & Raid-able Closet:

~> 100% Affordable

~>On-Sale Buying

~>Comfortable

~>Classy

~>Sassy

📷 :  Matu

Question:~ What are your thoughts on wearing similar clothing with a friend? Please share your thoughts with akuraclosetraid for a feature in the next blog post.

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AUTUMN CHILLS: BOOTS’ 👢👢SEASON

Category : Fashion

Since the cold season has began, boots are the current trend on social media, especially the thigh high boots. I am also rocking the 👢👢; although I tend not to follow trends unless it’s one I really like. 

Just find your own style and rock it with authenticity & comfort😉.

The most important thing in any lady’s wardrobe – shoes. The most important thing in this cold season are the boots. Whether you wear the ankle boot, the knee high or the thigh high – they all work. 👢👢are simple to throw on and can make any outfit.

Autumn is one of the most beautiful times of the year, despite my battle with dry skin. However, one of the most difficult things to do in this beautiful season is dressing. There’s the fear of rain coming along and ruining a look. Could a pair of jeans, sweater top and sexy boots not fix this? This is certainly the one time our jeans all come out to play. Rocking them with the best combinations in the closet.

Polo-neck top – H&M, Cape Town; Pants,Fur Jacket & Boots – Marabastad, Pretoria; Necklace & Bangle – Kariokor Market, Nairobi, Kenya; Wig(hair) – Princess Hair Salon, Hatfield Square, Pretoria.

Recently, I have been in love with this fur half jacket. Funny enough, I bought it in summer. Oh, secret : Always buy stuff off season. It is amazing how cheap the itemyou want to buy in autumn/winter is at the onset of summer. Just throw it on top of that polo-neck top you own. The boots’ choice is for you to play with. All black will work with any colour you own. Remember~> Accessories! Look flashy even in the cold.

Boots – Factorie, Atterbury Mall ; Bangle – Kariokor Market, Nairobi, Kenya; Necklace – Swaziland Market; Bangle – Kariokor Market (gift), Nairobi, Kenya; Rings & Earrings – Dubois Mall, Nairobi Kenya.

Don’t we all find jeans, especially black high waist jeans, to be sassy? However, they tend to make us cold. Why not wear it with a pair of leggings/stocking to have the layers to keep us warm? A classy and sassy knitted sweater always works, especially on a Friday where most of our work places are relaxed on the official outfits.

Boots – Dubai (gift); Pants & Sweater top – Marabastad, Pretoria; Bangle – Kariokor Market (gift), Nairobi, Kenya; Rings & Earrings – Dubois Mall, Nairobi, Kenya; Handbag – Gikomba Market, Nairobi, Kenya.

Thigh High Boots!

These shoes are an absolute fashion saviour in the cold season because we still want to go clubbing. Oh wait, why not wear those thigh high 👢👢 with the denim shortdress you always rock in summer? Nothing beats a pair of shorts,long sassy shirt and thigh boots for the club 💃💃. The clubbing still feels good.

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Boots – TeMbie’s, United Kingdom (graduation gift); Shorts – LeGit store, Pretoria; Earrings & Rings – Dubois Mall, Nairobi Kenya; Top– LeGit store.

(These boots 👢 are soon coming to Guateng 💃. Contact (📱 or 📧)  me for more details~> a few pairs are still in store.)

Knitted clothes! These ones are a must have in this season. This knitted sweater top I bought just at the end of summer was a good investment. The design of the neck allows me to play with it and wear it how I feel. The 👢👢 seal the deal.

Boots – TeMbie’s, United Kingdom (graduation gift); Dress – Pick n Pay Clothing, Hatfield, Pretoria; Earrings – (gift) Kariokor Market, Kenya; Rings – Dubois Mall, Nairobi Kenya.

 

Who says we can’t rock an African attire in the cold season? This yellow, pink and jungle green African print does it for me, (a hook up from my Cameroonian roommate 💖). The cold season absolutely feels like summer once more. Your tailored clothes can still keep you warm. The baggy, long-sleeved style makes this dress a must have in this autumn season.

  1.  Remember~> Maintain hairstyles that will also keep your head warm.
  2. Remember~> Stockings/leggings & jackets/trench-coats when it’s too cold.
  3. Remember~> Accessories! Look for colours to brighten your mood 😁.
Rules of Limitless Fashionable & Raid-able Closet:

~> 100% Affordable

~>On-Sale Buying

~>Comfortable

~>Classy

~>Sassy

Boots – TeMbie’s, United Kingdom (graduation gift); Dress – Cameroon; Earrings & Rings – Dubois Mall, Nairobi Kenya.

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GRADUATION: LADIES’ CORNER 💁

Category : Fashion

We, the gents and the ladies, all plan our outfits over months. We decide on one design or colour or type and price of the attire then change our minds; This is so normal and is human nature, especially when we want everything to be perfect. I had three outfits in mind; a pants-suit ( that I ended up not buying), a black off-shoulder velvet top with high-waist blue pants & an African attire. Well, the  AFRICAN ATTIRE won the ‘GRADUATION ATTIRE BATTLE😎’.

Top & Shoes~ LeGit Stores, Hatfield Plaza, Pretoria; Pants~ Sharasta, Hatfield Plaza, Pretoria; Earrings~ Kariokor Market, Nairobi Kenya; Purse~ Kenya; Ring~ Gift.

Ms Thandeka Khoza’s outfit was tailored just to her liking and taste.Her accessories were absolutely what she likes and wears all the time. “I love when clothes make cultural statements and I think personal style is really cool💁💁” Anne Hathaway. The length of her dress was just perfect, & the details at the bottom of the dress gave it a unique🙌 touch. Many of us would have gone for a slit on the dress, but her patterned touch sealed the deal. I bet her choice of red was influenced by the red colour of the Law Faculty sashe. The black touch on her dress and neck-piece, the black shoes and all her African accessories were in complete harmony.

Dress~ Tailor Tshego Maotoe (Facebook page: Tenacious Soul), Pretoria; Necklace~ made by a friend’s mom; Shoes~LeGit Store(bought 3 years ago); jewellery(head and wrist)~ Durban Taxi Rank; Make-up ~ Yolanda Mkhize (@yolamkhiza on Instagram & @beautybyyola on Facebook).

I was so impressed by just how many people wore pant suits to this season’s graduation. Ms Matsatsi Rasekgololo killed it👌👌 in her body fitting, pink pant suit. She gave it a touch of black (top and purse) that just made everything perfect, especially because her hair was long and black. The shiny details of her purse made it speak on its own as well as with the shoes. The ankle length pants left enough room for the shoes to be so outstanding. The length of her coat just made her look like a boss💪💪she was on that graduation day.

Blazer~ Zara; Pants~Forever New; Shirt- Edgars; Shoes – Steve Madden

Baby pink is a colour of peace for so many of us. It has a love language to it. Ms Risuna Mnisi knew exactly where she wanted the details of her dress to be. The lace design around her chest was everything that dress needed to be outstanding 😋. Her pulled back and gelled hair, nail polish, make-up and nude block heeled shoes were matched up perfectly 🤗🤗 for the occasion.

Dress~ Sissyboy, South Africa; Shoes~ LeGitStores; Earrings~ Clicks; Hair~ Risuna Mnisi; Make-up~ Tracy Mofokeng (Facebeatbytracy- Facebook page), Hatfield, Pretoria.

 

 

There is something about red>> An unspoken command. I first saw Ms Ntwanano’s dress on a friend at a wedding and thought it was perfect for the occasion. Little did I know it would be perfect for graduation. The big bow on the dress makes you turn your head whenever she walks in. Her simple accessories, make-up and black block heeled shoes gave the dress the attention it deserved. She toned down the other details of her outfit such that this awesome dress stood out. Despite having the gown on, the dress was still the center of attraction🤗🤗.

Dress~ YDE, Sandton City; Shoes~ Sole Candy, Mall of Africa, Midrand; All Jewellery~ Lovisa, Menlyn Mall, Pretoria.

 

Anyone who wore a beige outfit just spoke to my heart. Beige has a calming tone, commands respect and lots of love from the people who see you. The colour of Ms Natasha Ncube’s nail polish 💅 just had to fall into place with the Engineering faculty sashe. Her beige, under-the-knee-length dress spoke in complete harmony with her black and beige laced shoes👠. Her simple touch of accessories gave her that complete look she needed.

Dress~Pretty Little thing (UK) www.prettylittlething.com; Shoes~ Dorothy Perkins (UK) m.dorothyperkins.com; Make-up~ Tracy Mofokeng (Facebeatbytracy- Facebook page), Hatfield, Pretoria.

What would a graduation ceremony be without someone rocking a JUMPSUIT🤔🤔? Jumpsuits are the sauce to anyone’s closet. This mustard off-shoulder jumpsuit worn by Ms Selloane Seliane was an awesome pick. The mustard colour complimented her skin colour and worked in awesome way with her black heels and the red Law Faculty Sashe. Her shoulder length hair left her showing enough skin to attract attention as to the jumpsuit 😜😜😜.

Jumpsuit~ YDE; Shoes~ Online (https://www.zoomfootwear.co.za)

These ladies did an awesome job picking out their outfits. They observed:

Rules of Limitless Fashionable & Raid-able Closet:

~> 100% Affordable

~>On-Sale Buying

~>Comfortable

~>Classy

~>Sassy

         

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THESE SASSY EDUCATED LADIES 👏👏👏.

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Akura, Selloane & Risuna ~>📷 :  @dyfrent.pix

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