Guest Contribution : Accessorize Your Eyes: Eyewear 101

If you wear eyeglasses, you know how important it is to get the right look for the image you want to project. From fun-loving to intellectual, eyewear styles can enhance your eyes, brows, and overall face to go with whatever fashion trend you are wearing. That is why it is often helpful to buy glasses online ( so many options!) so you have more than one pair of glasses on hand to go with a variety of looks that will match your mood on a given day.

However before you snag a pair of shades online, at least make sure you try them on virtually at the very least. If possible find the pairs you like online and find a retail store that carries them physically to make sure your purchase is what you expect.

Playful.

If you are ready to have fun, pick out a pair of oval-shaped shades supported by a wire rim frame to go with your casual style. Your eyelashes can be lengthened in a fun-loving shade like blue or violet to go with a pair of eye shadows like cream and aqua that will make your eyes pop, no matter their color. Rosy cheeks and lips will finish your eye-catching look that is great for sports events, parties, and social gatherings of all kinds.

Sophisticated.

When dressing for a professional job, make sure your eyewear and makeup project the look that will get you noticed by the right people for the best reasons. A pair of square or rectangular glasses in dark or tortoiseshell frames will help to make you look wise and ready to tackle any projects that come your way. Pastel eye shadow with medium-length lashes that are textured with brown or black mascara will consolidate the impression that you are ready for work while maintaining your feminine distinctiveness. Natural foundation with a soft tint to the cheeks and lips add to the polished look you are coordinating for daytime appearances.

Innovative.

For events that invite your creative side to come out, you can afford to be a little more daring with your makeup and eyewear. Try a shade lighter or darker of foundation as long as it still looks natural. Brush your cheekbones with a unique shade of blush, such as gold or rust, to accent your progressive, fashionable outfit. Line your eyes with a coordinating pencil or liquid or dot liner in the spaces between your lashes. Add extension lashes for a noticeable difference and brush them with a unique shade of mascara, such as midnight blue or violet. For eyewear consider tinted lenses that are circular, rectangular, or square, perhaps oversized or undersized, with no frames, clear frames, or colored frames that match your cosmetics and go with your outfit.

Glamorous.

Pull out the stops for your special celebration, whether it be a holiday, a birthday, or a special event like a wedding, cruise, or concert. Make it memorable by wearing a lightly tanned foundation accented by plum cheeks and lipstick. Apply gold eye shadow and consider wearing a faux nose jewel or brow jewel. Depending on the tone of the event, you can wear sequin dots in gold or a coordinating shade above your eyebrows, which should be plucked neatly and brushed with a soft brown shade. Add a rich brown eyeliner to enhance the gold shadow, and for your lash extensions apply gold-tinged dark mascara, or tip the ends with golden eye shadow. Eyewear can be slender rectangular lenses in clear or light-colored frames, perhaps with gold edging.

Eyewear can complete your look, no matter the occasion, to consolidate your cosmetic effect and make your eyes stand out. Since most of us play a variety of roles and attend numerous events of different kinds, it is a good idea to have more than one pair of eyeglasses that can complement a differing look. Eyeglasses definitely make or break a mood. If you want some tips on how to find good quality glasses and other things this time of year you can start by checking this article out.

About the author

Paisley Hansen is a freelance writer and expert in health, fitness, beauty, fashion and dabbles in photography in her spare time. She currently works providing copy and content for The Front and when she isn’t writing she can usually be found reading a good book or hitting the gym.

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First Impressions : Salon Skin Daily Skin Polish Powder

So, it’s taken me some time but I am finally diving into my wonderful Sorbet products that I received at the Sorbet Skin Show towards the end of last year. This morning, I was awake early (this does not happen often) and I had time to try the Sorbet Skin Daily Skin Polish Powder. Daily Skin Polish

I’ve been working through hoards of products in my beauty bathroom/desk and this one stood out today… I have neglected on the exfoliating of my skin in the past few weeks (bad bad beauty blogger) and it felt a bill dull so a good perk up with the help a light exfoliation helped my skin to feel not only a bit brighter but more alive.

Here was my morning. Excuse the morning face/hair. #iwokeuplikethis and all of that nonsense.

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Left: morning face, unwashed face, sleepy eyes. Middle: busy using the powder mixed with the water. Right: Happy-ish face that has been rinsed.

So, essentially the product is a dry powder. You wet your hands thoroughly and squeeze a bit of dry powder into your wet hands and mix it together. It makes a gorgeous creamy concuction that you apply to your face and rinse off. It leaves your skin feeling smooth and slightly brighter. You are supposed to use it everyday but after one use I can see a noticeable difference and I’m prancing around today with no makeup on and feeling wonderful (bad beauty blogger again…. Sandy might disown me).

It retails for R220.00 from Sorbet salons and Clicks nationwide. I believe it will be an excellent addition to your skincare routine.

xo flea143

Disclaimer: this product was a gift from an event. This has in no way altered my view of the product in anyway.

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#EASY DELICIOUS BANANA BREAD

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EASY BANANA LOAF

Don’t ever throw away ripe or black bananas. All you need is 2 of them to make this yummy loaf of banana bread. Here is the recipe!
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INGREDIENTS:
:2 large ripe bananas peeled
:1/3 cup butter, melted
:1/2 cup sugar
:1 large or jumbo egg
:1 squeeze of vanilla extract or a teaspoon of vanilla essence
:1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
:pinch salt
:1 and 1/2 cups flour. (In this recipe I used gluten free flour)
:50gr of roughly chopped walnuts

METHOD:
1) Preheat oven to 175 degC
2) In a bowl mash the bananas with a fork.
3) Then stir in the melted butter, salt and bicarbonate of soda. Mix.
4) Mix in the egg, sugar and vanilla extract.
5) Lastly add in the flour. You can sieve it in if you like.
6) Stir it all together and pour into one bread pan or 3 mini bread pans.
7) Bake for about 45 min.
8) Once it’s out you can place it on a plate and cover it with a cloth for about 5-10 minutes and then place it in a cake stand so that it can stay moist.
8) Serve with butter. (Suggestion)

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This is seriously a delicious banana bread loaf, and did I mention it’s easy peasy too? All you need is one bowl and one fork to bring all the ingredients together.

If you have any questions, make use of the comment box below.

Muchluv, BeBlessed
SandyN

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Hair Happiness Comes in a Bottle & it Shimmers!

A while ago, I shared on my Instagram the brand new Kevin Murphy product I got… which I was so excited about.

Since taking this sparkling baby home, who is named SHIMMER.SHINE, every day I have used this product on my hair once it has been washed. Generally I use my SHIMMER.SHINE after some basic blow drying or the occasional time I do style my hair but over the festive period, like normal I washed my hair, brushed it out and then sprayed a bit of the Shimmer Shine on to my hair and left it to dry naturally.

SHIMMER SHINELet me tell you since using this, I feel somewhat obsessed with the beautiful gold spray on my dressing table because my hair feels 100% better in every aspect- it has never felt healthier. My hair feels repaired, looks more shiny, feels healthy and feels stronger.  I did learn every quickly that you need a minimal amount of sprays to your hair, especially around the scalp area as it can make your hair look oily if you go over the top. I normally spritz a light spray over my scalp and 3 sprays to the rest of my hair, which I separate to 2 parts around the sides and one on the back. If I apply it to wet hair which I am going to leave to dry naturally I brush my hair through, however when applied to styled hair I just work my fingers through my hair and leave it to sparkle.

Directions for use are simple, you need to twirl the bottle and awake the sparkle which lies at the bottom. No shaking is required, only twirling. Then go on and spritz as required. Hair and body. Make that sparkling personality shine right through.

The SHIMMER.SHINE contains lots of antioxidants to protect your hair from environmental factors especially excessive sunshine and harsh salt water and its moisturising properties help restore a natural balance to your hair and it is ALSO a lovely spritzer over your entire body to get a hint of a sparkle on your skin while I believe it can almost double as a day-time perfume. If you do not adorn your body in it, the smell lasts on your hair and everyone askes why your hair smells so good…. just saying.

The product is safe to use pre or post styling and leaves a hint of added shine. Side note, my hair stylist said this is apparently what J. Lo uses on her bottom to make it have that “shine” in photo shoots. Take it or leave it. That may or may not have been the deciding factor for me in actually getting a bottle of my own. Anyway, YOLO and absolutely zero purchase regret here.

I think SHIMMER.SHINE retails for around R350 at my salon- contact your nearest hair salon that stocks the wonderful Kevin Murphy to be sure.

I seriously love this product and I think everyone else will too.

xo flea143

 

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Calvin Klein Ads Recreated by the Bondi Hipsters

So, after the new images of the Calvin Klein campaign headed up by Justin Bieber went live – there was a big uproar from the people of the internet who didn’t like that Justin was posing for the iconic fashion brand. I for one was surprised they chose him, especially as Beckham was my favourite CK face, and let’s be honest that selling men’s underwear is not quite as easy as selling women’s underwear. A pair of briefs are not as sexy as a lacy pair of knickers, or even look remotely as pretty as a lacy bra. CK’s decision in choosing Justin was controversial, I’m quite sure they were aware of it and they were probably expecting additional attention because it was Justin Bieber – but at the end of the day it doesn’t phase me that much and I didn’t lose sleep over it because – life is too short. Side note – I thought the photography of the campaign was quite good but just the same as the majority of their other campaigns.

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If I have to chose a CK campaign I prefer, it would have to be David’s one… because it’s David Beckham. Photography and product wise, this is essentially Justin’s campaign but with a different person instead.

 

Enter, the Bondi Hipsters who have recreated the images, and along with them they said this on their Facebook page,

“We love what Justin did with the whole dead-eyed soulless look in his latest Calvin Klein catalogue… It’s quite incredible how he’s been able to summon the vacuous vacant-eyed gaze of an ice addict suffering from severe PTSD.

We know what you’re probably thinking; “what would a cherub-voiced teenaged billionaire baldy know of suffering and sorrow?”… But look at him! Juhstin Biehber is sporting a 100% genuine blank-as-fuck thousand-yard stare, and he doesn’t even have hair on his chest yet!

Either way, kudos to young Biebs. He clearly gives zero shits, and we think that this is case of groundbreaking, heroic mohdelling. That little baldy is gonna do ‘aight in the fahshion industreh. However… We’ve taken the time to re-shoot his campaign and think that with a little hair on our chests, we’ve brought something edgier and slightly more realistic to the table.

‪#‎justinbieber‬ ‪#‎calvinklein‬ ‪#‎mycalvins‬ ‪#‎fashion‬ ‪#‎mydeadeyes‬ ‪#‎thousandyardstare‬ ‪#‎gaptooth‬ ‪#‎sorryboutit‬ ‪#‎notsorry‬

Photos by Pat Stevenson @ Hobo”

Here are the recreations, sourced from the Bondi Hipsters Facebook page

#mydeadeyes

#mydeadeyes

#myclingyfriend

#myclingyfriend

#mybellybuttonlint

#mybellybuttonlint

#mygaptooth

#mygaptooth

#mystolenchildhood

#mystolenchildhood

#mysingletshrunkinthewash

#mysingletshrunkinthewash

#mykeysareunderyoubrah

#mykeysareunderyoubrah

I can honestly say that I didn’t think Justin’s campaign was bad, but typical of a Calvin Klein campaign but the Bondi Hipsters certainly have a bit more originality and I think that if CK would have used them instead – they would have had a lot of new customers.

x flea143

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