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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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Kate Moss Airbrushed within an Inch of Her Life

At 38 years old, Kate Moss has aged better than most hard-partying-it-girls could hop to. But apparently that’s not good enough for Chilean fashion line Basement. The Basement brand has now released new ads in which she appears to have been practically sandblasted into some sort of anime android.

Kate Moss

In the shot above, her eyes have been moved so far apart, they’re in danger of wrapping around the sides of her head like a hammerhead shark.

kateairbrushed

The Sun has asked:

Is this the most airbrushed photoshoot ever?”

But thats an honour that should probably go to any shot of Madonna from the past decade.

Your thoughts?

*missfitz

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PFW: Jean Paul Gaultier – ’80s Gay Icons – Not as Fabulous As It Sounds…

Hiya Poutlings

There are not many words falling out of my gawping mouth as aI look again and again at the tribute to ’80s gay icons that was Jean Paul Gaultier‘s Spring 2013 runway show at Paris Fashion Week.

We all love some Madonna, Grace Jones and Boy George, but this is a cringe-worthy pop parade which did neither Jean Paul Gaultier nor the memories of these artists in their prime any justice, whatsoever.

Let the pictures do the talking with my running internal dialog of what I think:

Opening with Mork and Mindy V-tuxedo a la Grace Jones

 

 

On to more androgyny with a few Annie Lennox-es

Madonna look 1 – Blonde Ambition

Madonna look 2 – Like a Virgin

More Boy George circa Culture Club Karma Chameleon than is healthy for the senses

Michael Jackson-alikes. Dear God will it end. Philip Treacy wrung this one dry… and I have not yet blogged about, but I may do so… but Michael Jackon scares me.

oh look… a Jamie Foxx look-a-like…

Aaah, Sade.

Ziggy Bizarre-dust

The ugliest garment to ever walk a Paris runway, EVER.

and in true Jean Paul Gaultier style, he closed the runway with a bunch of late ’80s bondage house dancers – which in fairness should close everything ever.

one of the bondage house dancers who closed Jean Paul Gaultier’s show…

Jean Paul Gaultier got dealt a tough card with having to follow Phillip Treacy’s dramatic London show which featured Michael Jackson’s actual costumes, the show was only 2 weeks ago so that kinda leaves Jean Paul sitting in the dust behind Phillip Treacy. I may even have to blog about Phillip Treacy’s show, just to show you the awe of the garments he made, but the thoughts of looking at lots of Michael Jackson-likes scares me, he really does scare me.

As with Jean Paul Gaultier’s Amy Winehouse tribute last season, Jean Paul is on what seems to be an unstoppable attempt to bring back an irrelevant circus act.

What do you think of his collection? Did it hurt your eyes like it did mine??

**missfitz

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Through the Years: A Tribute to Madonna

Hello my darling Pouters!

Since I was a little girl, I had been exposed to Madonna’s music, thanks to having a sister who was an 80’s teen and a die-hard Madge fan, I was singing “Like a Virgin” since before I knew what virginity was and singing “Pappa Don’t Preach” since I was in nappies.

So, I take this time to introduce you to the many faces Madonna has sported throughout the years, from obnoxious teen to sexy granny, here is MADONNA:

Madonna in 1984, the start of her career
“Like a Virgin”

Madge in 1985
These were her “Desperately Seeking Susan” days

In 1986, Madonna sported the blonde crop for “True Blue”

Definitely Madonna’s worst look was when she started her “Who’s that Girl World Tour” in 1987 with blonde hair and big bushy black eyebrows

1988 was the year Madonna divorced her husband of 3 years Sean Penn and the divorce was finally settled in 1989, oh and she discovered a tweezer. Good on her!

In 1989 Madonna was the first of many celebs to use the “God Card” and sparked controversy with her music video for “Like a Prayer” by using African American actor Leon Robinson to play Jesus.

The famous “Blonde Ambition World Tour” started in 1990, where Madonna was sporting her cone bra (recently sported by daughter Lourdes)

Madonna (above with Michael Jackson) dated some pornographer around this time (1991) and also Vanilla Ice. She also did her first documentary called “Truth or Dare”

1992 was the year of Madonna properly releasing herself as Hollywood’s Ultimate Bad Girl by releasing the book entitled “Sex”, starred in “Body of Evidence” and released “Erotica”

1993 was the year of “The Girly Show World Tour” where she dressed as a dominatrix and danced alongside topless dancers and needless to say, the tour got a lot of negative reviews

A naughty 1994 Madonna did an interview on David Letterman, asking him to smell her underwear and apparently it caused such an outrage that people said that she had gone too far with her sexual-ness. Watch the video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G_pxJtG4D4g

In 1995 she was busy with her “Bedtime Stories” tour, but decided to go for a more subtle look to regain some old fans, releasing songs like “Take a bow” and “Secret”

Probably the softest Madonna we’ve seen to date, 1996 saw Madonna acting out the role of of Evita Peron for, well, “Evita”. It was also the same year she fell pregnant with daughter Lourdes.

In 1997 Madonna gave birth to her little bad girl Lourdes Maria Ciccone and won a Golden Globe for “Best Actress” for her role in “Evita”

The release of “Ray of Light” in 1998 brought on another extreme change in Madonna’s looks and music, bringing on a more spiritual side of the singer. “This record, more than any other records, covers all the areas of life. I had recently joined Kabbalah and I had left off partying—but I had just had a baby, so my mood was complete, and I was incredibly thoughtful, retrospective and intrigued by the mystical aspects of life.”

In 1999 Madge released “Beautiful Stranger” for one of the Austin Powers movies and in the video is seen fondling Mike Meyers, much to his pleasure (lol)

For the beginning of 2000, she seemed to like doing the whole cowgirl thing with her style and it can be seen in her videos for “Music”, “American Pie” and “Don’t Tell Me” and also gave birth to her son Rocco

The “Drowned World Tour” started in 2001 and Madge starred in then-husband Guy Richie’s disastrous movie “Swept Away”

Madonna releases the song “Die Another Day” for the James Bond movie and also brings a new (and buff) body to our attention

The year of the infamous Madonna/Britney/Christina kiss was 2003 when they decided they were going to make controversy and kiss on the stage at the 2003 MTV ideo Music Awards. Nowadays, that’s just another drunk night at some silly club or another Gaga music video (lol)

In mid-2004 Madonna embarked on the Re-Invention World Tour in the U.S., Canada and Europe. It became the highest-grossing tour of 2004, earning $125 million. She made a documentary about the tour named “I’m Going to Tell You a Secret”. (Thanks Wikipedia!)

2005 was Madge’s worst fashion faux pas! It was the “Hung Up” days and she was sporting leotards left, right and centre. Thank GOD that phase came and went…

In 2006 Madonna calmed down a bit and then randomly decided to adopt a little Malawian boy (as you do) named David Banda. David came with a lot of complications (you know, the father deciding he wanted him back, etc), but in the end it all turned out for the best and Madonna got to keep her baby (teehee, you see what I did there?)

2007 was a year between the “Confessions” and the “Sticky & Sweet” tours where Madonna kept her leotard / curly hair look *puke*

In 2008 Madonna divorced her second husband Guy Richie and moved on to greener (and sexier) pastures and his name was Jesus Luz, but the relationship ended in 2010

Madge turned her sexy on for a song with Justin Timberlake called 4 Minutes in 2009, still sporting the damn leotard, but at least she was slowly getting tired of it

Doing a campagne for Dolce * Gabbana in the pic above in 2010, Madonna also did something terrible in that year and gave the TV show “Glee” the right to rape all of her wonderful music and “Glee: The Music, The Power of Madonna” was released.

Pictured above with daughter Lourdes in 2011. Madge released a clothing line called Material Girl with Lourdes and Taylor Momsen was the face of it until she was later replaced by Kelly Osbourne.

2012: The beautiful bitch turns 54 in August this year and personally I don’t think she’s looked better! If you watch her music video for Girl Gone Wild where she’s got boys dancing in high heels, you’d swear she’s still 26 years old

Let’s hear an applause for the mad woman that’s kept us entertained for almost 3 decades of our lives.

All HAIL MADONNA!!!

♥Marinda Liza♥

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