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MUD Studio in SOUTH AFRICA launching in April

Being a huge MUD supporter and having first being acquainted with the brand at IMATS 2 years ago, I know that the MUD brand has so much to offer in terms of not only makeup BUT education too. The fact that showrooms rolled out across the country throughout last few years, is great for professionals and consumers alike to have products with not only the best quality but great prices and multiple uses available which easily rival some of the other brand names that have dominated the South African shores for long. MUD is not just about a product that you buy and use though, they are about understanding, education and techniques of how to effectively use their products for the best results from the products you buy from them. NEW-MUD-STUDIO

This is because when MUD was founded in 1997 in North Hollywood, California their main focus was not just amazing products, it was about the education and world class training facilities. The MUD curriculum and teaching style is being made available locally in order to improve the quality of our professional makeup services, beauty salons, image consultants and training institutions and not to forget the end user consumer who will receive the best results from using the products correctly. Brenda Botha is the owner of the MUD South Africa brand and she has made it her mission to make sure that South Africa is not left behind in the dust with the renowned MUD standards of training. Hence the MUD Studio concept is launching in April and it something for everyone to get excited about. Continue reading

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Make-Up Designory – Review

For the past few months I’ve been testing and loving some new products from MUD (Make-Up Designory); which were sent to me for review purposes.

I am already familiar with the brand and have posted about them here: Cover Me in MUD.

I have been spoilt in using an eye shadow compact in Tinsel which is part of the recently launched Muse Collection launched by MUD AND A crème Lip and Cheek Colour. Here is a look I created using the two stunning MUD products + some BB cream, powder, gel liner, mascara and some brow gel. MUD Makeup Review

Let’s talk about: Tinsel, Eye Shadow Compact (R199) from the Muse Collection (if bought together: R1,075).

As previously posted by myself, there really is not much can rival the intensity of colour of a MUD eye shadow, they blend perfectly and you can easily “build” them for a more intense colour which is one of the many reasons why they are so fantastic. By using just one shade you can easily build the colour to be darker in the outer corner of the eye and a light colour to be on the inner eye as pictured above. This is an easy, achievable take on a smoky eye in a few minutes using only one shade of eye shadow and one brush.

MUD REVIEW

Let’s talk about: Crème Cheek Colour – R220

I have NEVER used a cream based blusher before, I have always been a lover of using powder based blushers… I have truly been converted and I will struggle to use anything else. The product has a slight stickiness to it, without being greasy which has probably been my biggest steer-away factor from other crème blushers. When applying it, one must use a very light handed approach as using a little, goes a long way. If you apply too much, it is easily blended away and doesn’t leave you looking like a rag doll. Unlike normal powder blushers that sometimes need reapplying after a few hours as they lose their colour and intensity, the crème stays on as long as you keep your makeup on. I find its better to be applied over foundation for perfect glowing colour which radiates from the face. Absolutely fantastic. Not my go-to choice for a lip colour but for a natural sheer finish it can pull together the face without having to carry tons of different products around.

If you are interested in trying some MUD for yourself, be sure to check their website for the closest store to you. Don’t forget to follow them on Twitter @MUDSouthAfrica and follow them on Facebook.

Disclaimer: These products were sent to me for review purposes. This in no way has altered my view of the products in anyway and I will happily be purchasing more MUD products in the future.

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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.

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