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Cover Me in MUD

Well, well, well, don’t mind me while I cover myself in mud!

To my complete surprise, we now have available in South Africa -which means – NO additional shipping fees, NO added VAT and no added hassle of ordering cosmetics online – Make-up Designory aka MUD.

MUD MAKEUP DESIGNORY

Since coming back from the IMATS London 2013 show, where I was introduced to the brand, I have been the busiest in a while with makeup work. I only really discovered the launch of MUD SA by accident two weeks ago and its so exiting…. Especially since I spent a lot of time talking to the artists at the MUD counter in London, I even bought some goodies from them!

MUD-AT-IMATS

Discovering new products that are high in quality and reasonable in price is really any makeup artists dream come true. Using a ton of product for a certain effect is a pain in the backside but fortunately due to the blend-ability (I know that is not word) and wearability (also not a word…)all of that is simply not necessary with MUD.

A little bit of a background, Make-up Designory is a well known makeup academy in the USA and graduates have been placed in artistry roles in television, Hollywood, film and fashion. You can read more about MUD here. Basically what I learnt about them in London is all about using makeup smartly. You don’t need 100 items when you can use 5, or 10, or whatever your personal preference is.

When a lot of South African makeup artists are presented with new products, I’ve found a lot of them compare them to MAC in quality, wear, blend, durability, pigment, colour, texture and price. As a huge MAC supporter over the years, probably having funded the entire rent of the V&A Waterfronts store on more than one occasion, I can say loudly that it rivals MAC on these levels. MUD is certainly on par, with quality, wear, blend, durability, and it beats MAC hands down on texture and price, however their colour range is not quite as loud and proud as MAC, it certainly is not a negative because how often do you wear those vibrant shadows that just sit in your kit…?

When testing the products at IMATS, I bought the following eye shadows and an added bonus is that they fit into my MAC pallets – which in branding is sacrilege but from a space and transport point of view it works well, so don’t judge… 😛

MUD Spanish Gold

MUD Spanish Gold

I bought the SPANISH GOLD shadow, which is the secret to pulling off bronze-gold satin eyes. It appears slightly warmer than in this picture and is like silk on the skin. It looks fantastic on EVERY skin tone and its a shade I can personally wear almost daily.

MUD Onyx Eyeshadow

MUD Onyx Eyeshadow

I also purchased ONYX shadow, which appears almost as dark as in this picture. It is a statement dark shadow but can be blended easily into a crease to create a super dramatic smoked out effect.

Best of all? They are 100% cruelty free. Happiness is…

cruelty free

I look forward to stocking up on more goodies from MUD. I really am ecstatic that they are in South Africa.

Be sure to check out their website here

Like them on Facebook here

And visit their Pretoria flagship showroom  at 1287 De Villabouis Mareuil Street, Moreleta Park

or Johannesburg Eastrand showroom at Aston Manor Centre, Kempton Park

or Johannesburg North showroom at The Business Centre Rivonia, Sandton.

x flea143

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Madame Zingara Miracle Tour

What did you do this weekend?

I had an absolute ball at the Theatre of Dreams.

The Theatre of Dreams

The Theatre of Dreams

some history:

Madame Zingara was founded in 2001 by Richard Griffin, it was a quirky 80-seater restaurant in the heart of Cape Town’s city centre. It was well known for its outlandish glitter-dusted service and Richard’s whimsical culinary creations.

Madame Zingara

After 5 successful years, disaster struck and the restaurant was burnt to the ground. The Zingara team didn’t let a fire stop them from shining and the Theatre of Dreams was born, a travelling dinner-cirque extravaganza which is housed in one of the last antique mirror tents in the world. The cast and crew have played to full houses in the major cities of South Africa and won many awards and titles along the way.

This year, Madame Zingara has returned to Cape Town will full force and is situated at the heart of the city, V&A Waterfront.

So, enough on the history lesson and let me tell you about my experience.

I had only ever heard about Madame Zingara from people in passing, and only ever taken away from those conversations that the show was “MINDBLOWING“, and “AMAZING“. When my friend asked me if I would be interested in going, I said yes. I did not know what it involved, but purely went by word of mouth…. by the way – SO GLAD I DID.

Madame Zingara

From the moment you walk outside of the Theatre of Dreams, you can sense in your bones that something amazing is going to happen. You don’t know what, but you can just feel it. All the guests that have been before are dressed up, wigs, feather boas, extravagant makeup and fabulous outfits. You do not have to dress up, you can dress down too, or you could even go as a clown… anything goes. In a way, its a great representation of Cape Town’s vibrance as a whole. I went with a group of friends, we were a table of 13. We kept on getting told by various waiters that we were one of the youngest tables there, and they encourage “misbehaving”. No one needs to tell me to misbehave twice – it is one of my many skills.

An absolute assault on your senses.

While waiting for the theatre to open you can get drinks, chat with the cast members, in character of course, and take pictures with the wonderful props they have outside. Giant lollipops, Flamingos, Hearts, anything you wouldn’t normally associate with a classy night out, is there, being damn classy. Seriously.

madame-zingara

I will not go into to much detail, however, the costumes and makeup alone make the show worthwhile, but if sparkles are not your thing then the show is fantastic, the local artists are wonderful and the international artists are mindblowing at what they do. You may shudder in fear for them every now and then being worried that something might happen because at times it seems like what they are doing is not possible with a human body… but clearly it is and you’ve just been doing it wrong in the past.

madame zingara

The staff were all spectacular, dressed in their own outfits and makeup that was seriously impressive…  every single Pout Perfection reader would be proud. The food was divine… Delicious four course meal was a perfect accompanant to the show. The service was seriously impressive! Fast, efficent and with a bit of humour on the side. (I utterly wish that the rest of Cape Town could take lessons on how to service clients from the Madame Zingara team).

Madame Zingara

The show at the V&A Waterfront opened on 17 January and runs nightly fro Tuesday to Sunday until the end of March. Ticket prices range from R385 to R475, dependant on where you sit. No online bookings are accepted. Visit http://theatreofdreams.madamezingara.com/ for more information.

Be sure to follow them on

Madame Zingara – Facebook

@Madame_Zingara – Twitter

Madame Zingara Web

Madame Zingara

There is a reason that it is always booked out so quickly. I hope to one day be able to go back and experience Madame Zingara. Thank you, to each and every person involved in getting this show together, it was truly an eye-opener to the amazing organisation we can put together when it is managed correctly and something that should inspire every South African production.

x missfitz

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