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Red Square have gone Digital

Hiya Poutlings <33

RED SQUARE

Red Square – famously part of the Edgars group has finally launched an online store where you can get some of your favourite beauty and perfume brands online! They have also stated that they will offer a “free” sampling programme, simply put that when you order online you can choose three sample items to try, at no additional cost. It sounds very Rubybox-esque but it sounds good to me.

Red Square have also taken into account that we, beauty bloggers as a whole are quite loud and proud about our purchases and that we want to share our product experience and knowledge with people on the web, be it via social media, blogging or review sites, and have catered for this on their website providing the opportunity for the consumers to post comments, make recommendations or even give advice about the products on offer in order to strive for consumers to make more informed choices….

The goodies you buy from Red Square can also be gift wrapped with a personalised message on the card…. this sounds like it could be an absolute save for last minute birthday or anniversary presents for the men out there 😉 Look out for perfume-presents, ladies!

Orders over R350 have free delivery, any order under that amount would be subject to an additional R45 on your purchase price. Payments can be made via credit card, or any Edgars or Jet account. HELLO 6 MONTHS INTEREST FREE CREDIT.

I’m really loving the fact that they have finally launched in the correct direction, local South African online stores will most definitely soar over the next few years but I am suprised that they did not think to do this previously…. The website on a whole, is a bit boring for a company with such an established brand however it is still early days and they may actually liven it up a bit.

It however amazing that we can now shop these amazing brands online without having to pay for parking. The brands on offer include (the links are to our previous articles on the brand/person): Antonio Banderas, Avril Lavigne, Azzaro, Beautique, Britney Spears, Burberry, Bvlgari, Cacharel, Calvin Klein, Carolina Herrera, Chloe, Christina Aguilera, CK One Color, Clarins, Davidoff, Diesel, Dolce & Gabana, Dunhill, Elie Saab, Elizabeth Arden, Elizabeth Taylor, Escada, Estee Lauder, Ferrari, Filorga, Giorgio Armani, Gosh, Gucci, Hugo Boss, I Love…, Imedeen, Issey Miyake, Jean Paul Gaultier, Jennifer Lopez, Jimmy Choo, Joop!, Justin Bieber, Kim Kardashian, L’Oreal Paris, Lacoste, Lancome, Lanvin, Madonna, Marc Jacobs, Montblanc, Nails Inc., Narciso Rodriguez, Nine West, Paco Rabanne, Placecol, Puma, Quorum, Ralph Lauren, Revlon, Rihanna, Roberto Cavalli, Shakira, Swarovski, Taylor Swift, Ted Lapidus, Thierry Mugler, Trind, Usher, Valentino, Van Cleef & Arpels, Versace, Viktor & Rolf and last but not least Yves Saint Laurent.

I’ll be sure to let you know about any of my purchase experiences from Red Square and how the service is versus the service in the actual shops! Last time I visited Johannesburg, I had superb service at the Sandton City store!

Are you going to check out Red Square online?

Be sure to let me know your experiences, if they are before mine!

x missfitz

P.S. Be sure to check whether or not your chosen brand is cruelty free or not as I do note that some of the above mentioned companies are in fact still not cruelty free!!!

Disclaimer: I am no way affiliated with the above mentioned brand/company or have been paid to post this review.

The SA Digital Diva: Online & Beauty Habits of Women – An infographic by the team at Red Square

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EXCEPTIONAL SA MAKEUP ARTIST : DAVID SHARP

Featured makeup artist…

DAVID SHARP

David Sharp - Makeup Artist

David Sharp – Makeup Artist

Can you tell our readers a little bit more about yourself and where you’re from?

I live in Cape Town, originally spent most of my life in Durban. A lover of the finer things in life and a coffee shop junkie.

How did you get into professional makeup artistry?

By accident actually. I was hairdressing for a while, got bored and then  I started off as a fragrance consultant in 1999, I went onto become the first male beauty advisor for Lancome in KZN, from there did 2 Miss SA Pageants, was headhunted by Bobbi Brown Cosmetics and worked as a studio manager and events co ordinator for Bobbi Brown in Cape Town for 4 and a half years, now pursuing  professional artistry as a freelance

What do you enjoy the most about makeup?

The fact that it’s not permanent, you can change the way you look just with a bit of concealer and mascara and still look fresh. Make Up should not have any rules, it’s fun and the best part is that you having fun with colour.

Are you a full time professional artist, or part time freelance artist?

Full Time Professional Artist

David Sharp - Makeup Artist Do you have any interesting stories about a particular photo shoot you’d like to share?

Currently working on my Pilot Episode for my show! Very exciting time for me, so watch this space for details.

Who inspires you?

There is only one person and that has to be Madonna. She has the ability to Morph and Re Invent herself from one look to another and look totally different. I truly admire her incredible business mind.

Who is your favourite makeup artist?

Kevin Aucoin, Carl Isaacs and Algria Ferreira

What is your most memorable makeup moment?

Definitely working on Choreographer, Dancer, Kevin Stea who worked with Madonna on her Blonde Ambition Tour and In Bed With Madonna! Had a few others but that was one of my finest moments

What has been the highlight of your career to date?

I think I prefer to say that every person I work with is a highlight in my career, I don’t pin point anything down to a definite highlight.

David Sharp - Makeup Artist What do you do to relax?

I take my puppy for long walks and I tend to eat out a lot, but nothing beats reading a newspaper at a cosy coffee shop while munching on a good cheese cake. Give me a couch, dvd’s and a kitchen as well and i’m happy!

Do you believe women should go without makeup?

No woman should go without make up. Concealer, tinted moisturiser (BB Cream), mascara and a bit of lipgloss at least.

If you could give a little piece of advice for aspiring makeup artists what would it be?

Learn your trade and don’t think you better than anyone else. Every artist I believe is good in their own right.

Do you have any tips for school leavers that are looking at going into the makeup industry?

Go to a good make up school. Find part time work in a retail environment, it disciplines you and if you work for the right cosmetic brand, you can grow into a talented artist. Have a natural flair for make up as well, it helps.

536954_538993842819017_791503132_nAre you happy with the availability of cosmetics in South Africa? Do you ever have to order items online/from overseas that are not available here?

I have the pleasure of being The Brand Ambassador for Ofra Cosmetics South Africa and am a distributor for the Cape Town Region, Fantastic skin care and beautiful make up range that also caters for professional make up artists. It is only available online and through distributors. Check it out! I reckon SA does lack some of the good brands that you only find overseas but the times are changing very fast.

Some trends can feel a bit out-there for the average woman. Especially style-conscious women of “a certain age” who wish to remain current but fear looking as if they’re trying too hard. Do you have any advice on some comfort-zone friendly ways to rock the latest trends?

Your Make up starts with good skin care. The skin must look beautiful at all times. Less is definitely more cliché’ I know but it’s true. Blusher is a definite must it gives you a natural flush and automatically you look fresher.

Speaking of age appropriateness, let’s consider the flipside. In this day and age of Toddlers & Tiaras and 20-something-looking tweens, is there an age you, as a makeup-artist consider too soon for girls to begin wearing makeup on regular basis?

Teenage girls honestly should stay away from make up until the age of 16. Still keep in Minimum please! Their Matric Farewell day is the day you see the teenager transform into a young lady.

What are three makeup items that no woman should leave home without?

Lipstick, Compact Foundation for touch up’s and Mascara

If you could do work on any celebrity, who would it be and why?

Stupid Question! Madonna!

David’s work speaks heaps and bounds! One of my favourite local makeup artists… If you’d like to follow David Sharp’s work, check out the following :

FACEBOOK : David Sharp Makeup Artist

TWITTER : @davidsharpart

INSTAGRAM : @slatco

or email : davidsharp87 [at] gmail [dot] com

Thank you for communicating with me David, I look forward to hearing more on your show!

David Sharp - Makeup Artist

We wish you all the success with your makeup artistry!

x missfitz

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Natalie Portman’s DIOR Mascara Advert Banned In The UK

Hiya Poutlings

Photoshop doesn’t really bother me that much. I am a photographer, I know what photoshop I like and what I don’t. In advertising of beauty products, it is annoying but undeniably rampant practice for sure, but at this point, I always think “nobody looks like that” and “the proof is the pudding, just buy it and test it out” – which can be an expensive practice as a makeup artist too. It’s got to the point where the general public without a knowledge of photoshop know what is real or not and I’m apathetic to that, apart from beauty advertisements! Are we seriously supposed to look at these pictures and say “wow, this foundation looks great” when the model has been subjected to hours of professional hair and makeup but has also been Photoshopped to the point of no recognizable human features?

For reference to my above statement, open any fashion magazine to any page selling a cosmetic brand or product, bonus points if its a well known celeb. Does she look like a woman wearing makeup or does she look like a woman-alien hybrid who is wearing makeup also eigh hours worth of post-production photo enhancement and might also slurp out your soul to steal your youth?

What is the purpose of photographic advertising if it has virtually nothing to do with the product being advertisted?

So, heres the deal, in the States (and generally the rest of the world follow them like sheep, BAA), they turn a blind eye to this type of consumer manipulation. In the UK, they answer it with Advertising standards Authority, which is exactly as it sounds. The Authority addresses everything from over-sexualization, such as Dakota Fanning’s underage advert for Marc Jacobs and extreme thinness to the very sort of dishonest, aspirational punting that occurs in said beauty adverts. They’ve cracked down on adverts featuring Julia Roberts and Christy Turlington in the past, and their next target is Dior Diorshow mascara starring Natalie Portman.

OH LOLA, Dakota Fanning for Marc Jacobs was deemed too sexual

Model, Christy Turlington & Julia Roberts – both women in their 40s. not the dewy, fresh-faced nymphs these ads for Maybelline and Lancome would have you believe.

The latest banned advert, Natalie Portman for DIOR.

The advert which is now banned is egregious in its use of capitalized emphasis, FALSE EYELASHES to advertise MASCARA. Taken at face value, it’s a beautiful image that I don’t mind looking at, but really, don’t you think it’s an insult to our collective intelligence as human beings that brands actually pull this kind of bullshit? Ever more disturbing… the general public fall for it.

Think about it.

That’s all I’m saying.

*missfitz

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Terrrrriffic Tuesday Product Review ~ Lancôme Visionnaire Advanced Skin Corrector

Well Hello there pretty pouters!

I hope you all had an Terrifying Tuesday… ok not really …  Today I shall introduce you to my next start product received in my Rubybox.

Lancôme Visionnaire Advanced Skin Corrector

Yes you’ve seen the advert recently … pretty hues of blue all over the screen, pretty lady with a French accent ….

This awesome product sells for R650 for 30ml

Word has it, this little gem of a product has been in development for 12 years. This serum combines breakthrough technology to visibly transform the appearance of wrinkles, enlarged pores and uneven skin tone – and we were the first to try it in South Africa.

I used mine twice a day as prescribed, after cleansing and just before moisturising. I dare say, I did notice a slight difference in my skintone, a bit of added radiance and my pores did indeed seem to be contracted.

However, Lancôme has not yet adopted a permanent “no animal testing” policy.  So whether they tested this on white soft fluffy bunnies or not, we don’t know.

Go on, treat yourself or someone you love, you and they deserve it!

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