Workshop Sponsors

We are so fortunate to have the most generous sponsors for our upcoming workshops. I am so blessed to be working with the most amazing people in this industry.

@beautyboxsa
As our ever growing addiction to makeup continues we are all faced with a common problem. Where to keep it all? Makeup, especially powder products like shadows and blushes are more delicate and need to be stored carefully to avoid breakages. For many years I tried different ways of arranging and picking and re packing my makeup so it’s not only safe and neat but also easily accessible! People who know me know I’m slightly on the OCD side when it comes to packing and arranging items! It needs to look good and be easily accessible to save you time when applying your makeup.

I was so excited when I stumbled upon the amazing makeup organizers by @beautyboxsa. Not only is Laaiqah the most friendly, warm and helpful person but her organizers are just amazing! They range from 2 drawers up and are perfect for organizing your makeup in a chic yet user friendly way! The best part is they’re not only for makeup. You can use your imagination to put these beautiful drawers to any use you can think of!

Id like to say a special thank you to @beautyboxsa (Instagram) for generously sponsoring vouchers to our classes! We use her amazing organizers at our classes and the students fall in love each time! To contact her: +27718788988
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@swtiitchco
I was recently fortunate enough to meet the young and talented brain behind @swtiitchco and I was so impressed by her spunky personality and awesome ideas!

She first brought us the incredible brush egg which has made our endless hours of brush washing so much easier! She also stocks brush guards which are the percent item to make sure your beloved tools stay in good shape! @swiitchco stocks many more exciting products including the famous konjac sponge.

Thank you Rabia for so generously contributing to our workshops!Im certain the girls are going to love their goodies!

To get your hands on these goodies and more contact Rabia on www.swiitch-co.myshopify.com
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Hourglass cosmetics

Hourglass Cosmetics was created in 2004 when founder Carisa Janes saw a void in the beauty industry. Her wish was to create a product line that was good for your skin created using only the best ingredients. The products are cruelty free and free of :

• Parabens
• Fragrance
• Talc
• Nanoparticles
• Gluten

I am definately a fan of the ambient lighting powders, blushes, bronzers, primer and foundations!

The famous ambient lighting powders uses a state-of-the-art formula to deliver a multi-dimensional luminescence to every skin tone, making it appear softer, younger and perfectly lit. They manipulate and filter out harsh light which conceals skin imperfections, pores and wrinkles. The lighter powders can be used as a beautiful highlighter on the top of your cheekbones. I use mood light all over my face and incandescent light works as a nice highlighter on my skin tone.

The ambient lighting blushes are hand made and baked in Italy to create a natural radiant finish. They come in six shades from cool pinks to soft corals. Mood exposure is a nice soft plum and I’ve added the beautiful incandescent electra to my set.

They’ve recently introduced the ambient lighting bronzers which delivers the same flawless effect as the hand made blushes and powders. This gorgeous light weight bronzer gives you a natural sun-kissed finish. I use luminous bronze light bronzer for a natural glow.

The lip stain didn’t work well for me but I do know many people who like it. I prefer other liquid lips and will do a post on those soon.

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The veil primer is one of the better ones out there and is a good long lasting primer with a luxurious texture.

The foundations range from light weight (veil), the heavier more photoshoot friendly (illusion) and an acne skin wonder (immaculate). Keep in mind that when it comes to foundations, the finish varies with different skin types and tones. Each of you will need to find what works best for your skin combination.

The eyebrow pencil had a unique triangle shape and a creamy texture that’s quite efficient for filling in your brows, especially on the go. I use Dark Brunette.

The downside of this range is the elevated price tags due to the superior quality ingredients the brand uses. The range will definitely cause a dent in your wallet. However, do remember that applying good products to your face and avoiding cheap ingredients will definitely save you money in the long run. You will avoid skin problems often caused by the continous use of harsh products. Be aware of what you use and always try to use the best products in your budget.

Hourglass Cosmetic are avaiable online, at Harrods in London and will soon be available in Dubai as well.

Let me know your views of these products and any other products that you’d like me to review. I love receiving all your emails and will try and fit in all the requests as soon as I can.

Lots of love
Raeesah

Tom Ford: The Collection

When I think of the most amazing of amazing makeup the first name that pops into my head is Tom Ford. When Mr Ford does something he does it right. From the foundations to the contour products, it’s hard not to fall in love with the entire collection. Since my last post on the lips and boys collection I’ve been getting a lot of emails about the rest of the collection so I decided to fill you all in.

Tom Ford believes if you’re going to create something, why settle for second best? And this definately shines through in his collection. I have yet to try something that’s disappoints me.

Let’s begin with lips. His lipsticks are rich in colour and the texture is so creamy it’s no wonder they’ve won so many awards! They glide on beautifully and don’t dry out your lips. The most famous shade, Casablanca, is a must have! Another favourite is Bruised Plum. Use it to achieve that burgandy lip trend that is so hot right now!

All his foundations are serum based which means they treat the skin as you use them. The stick foundation is buidable from sheer to full coverage and can be used as a concealer as well. The new traceless perfecting foundation has an spf, is longwearing, hydrating and humidity resistant. It diminishes the appearance of pores and it’s state of the art formulation includes a complex to help diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

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His blushes are pigmented perfectly and the spherical pearls and rich emolients in the formulation makes them glide onto the skin like a cream. This allows you to apply blush with absolute ease and achieve a luminous finish. Ravish is an all time favourite!!

The eyeshadow pallettes blend like a dream. They are formulated with enhanced colour processes which ensures the colour pigment shows true and provides oustanding adhesion which will minimize blending time. Keep an eye out for the limited edition ones as they are usually must haves. I’ve recently added his cream eyeshadows to my collection and love using them as a base. They don’t dry the lid out the way other cream shadows sometimes do. I’m also loving the coloured mascaras. The new teal mascara is a trend that I love working with. Match this with the uniquely designed eyebrow pencil for a completed look.

If you’re looking to buy a brush set worth dieing for the Tom Ford brush collection is the way to go. Although insanely pricey it’s worth every penny. Good brushes are so important! I will be doing an entire post on that soon.

For all you boys out there don’t feel left out. Tom ford has not forgotten you. He has a conplete men’s range from cleansers to beard oils that are worth looking into to. I was most excited about his 3 shade correct/conceal sticks for men. Many men are troubled by dark under eye circles and this is for you. Using an amazing dry-invisible technology, this concealer will hide ur dark circles without a hint that you’re wearing any makeup. You won’t need to wear anything else. It dries invisible and blends into the skin without a trace. You can also apply it to any marks for extra coverage.

The quality of the Tom Ford Makeup range is most definitely in a league of it’s own. The full range is available at Bloomingdales in Dubai and I’ve recently heard that the balance of the range will be joining the lipsticks and delectable fragrances in South Africa soon. I am super excited for you to finally be able to get your hands on it. You won’t regret it!!

Love Raeesah 🙂

How to: Lashes

Fake lashes are so popular at the moment and with good reason. Who doesn’t want to add a smokier look to their eye or a more dramatic flirt to their wink?

The difficult part with lashes are applying them correctly and making sure they’re comfy. Remember practice makes perfect, first timers seldom get it right the first time round.

Start by choosing a good lash. The better the quality of the lash the more comfy it will be. Next ensure the length of the lash matches your eye size. Cut a bit off the end if need be. Make sure to use a really good lash glue. Duo is an all time favourite but recently Huda lash glue is the ultimate!! Apply glue to the lash. You can either apply it to the back of your hand and run the lash through the glue or apply glue directly to the lash. Give it about 5 seconds to dry slightly then place it onto the base of your eyelid and hold for a bit until the glue dries sufficiently. Use a tweezer to press the false lashes closer to your natural lashes if need be. If you prefer even more drama you can add another set of lashes and then mascara to the lashes once the glue is dry.

Huda lashes are my favourite at the moment and her new mink lashes are to die for!!! They’re available at sephora in Dubai or email us to place orders. Other popular lashes are Velour lashes and the ones by Lily Ghalichi.

Happy fluttering!

Lotsa love

Raeesah

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Bronzing

For those of you who love that golden glow Ive decided to do a post on some of my favourite bronzers.

The key to achieving that faux glow is choosing the correct bronzer for your skin colour and tone and then applying it correctly. Always keep in mind that the purpose of a bronzer is to make you look healthier and sun kissed not to actually make u look bronze. To achieve this, choose a bronzer about one shade dark than your skin colour. If you are very fair be careful with bronzers that are brown or red as they may make you look muddy.

Once you’ve found the right bronzer, use a fluffy brush and apply it to your face concentrating on the temples, cheekbones, jawline and without double dipping lightly over the nose and chin. Remember to add a bit onto your neck and if you are wearing your hair in a ponytail add a touch to your ears as well.

My favourite bronzers at the moment :

Laura mercier bronzing powder
Marc Jacobs bronzer
Too faced bronzers
Guerlain Terracotta Bronzer
Nars Laguna bronzer for the ultimate healthy glow. It was recently launched in a limited edition duo with a mini version of the famous nars Ita brush. 😍😍

Happy bronzing!!

Lots of love
Raeesah

Tom Ford, Lips and Boys

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I had a wonderful afternoon sampling the Lips and Boys luxurious lipstick line. Tom Ford lipsticks have always been a favorite of mine, so you can imagine my excitement when I heard that they were launching 50 new shades at once. The reason people fall in love with Tom Fords lipsticks is the texture. It’s difficult to explain until you’ve tried it. They are super creamy, long lasting and just seem to love your lips! The all time favorite is Casablanca, a reddened plum with a cream finish, that will suit almost any skin colour. It usually becomes a staple in the makeup collection of anyone who’s tried it.

The Lips and Boys collection is a limited edition range that is clutch-sized, as Tom Ford has called it, to fit perfectly into our smaller bags. These days we are trying to squeeze a phone, money, keys and a lipstick into our little clutch bags which is why the size of these lipsticks are so ideal. He named each one after men from his past and present! It was such a fun and innovative idea that was made perfect when the colours turned out to be so gorgeous.

The colours are grouped into an impressive 10 families, so there is something to suit everyone. From perky pinks to quirky corals, you’re bound to find a shade that you love. I also had fun with the metallic range which included very shimmery golds, bronzes and greys. These colours, typically seen as eyeshadows, would be loved by those who are a bit more daring and would like to try out a glamorous catwalk look.

I brought home these boys.

Alejandro : a rich mix between a pink and red with a touch of shimmer
Omar : a glamorous gold/bronze tone to achieve Jlos signature look
Blake: a brown with a touch of glimmer
Richard: a pinky nude that everyone needs in their collection.

I definitely recommend you check these out. Every girl needs at least one Tom Ford in her collection. They are available in Dubai at Bloomingdales or online, not yet in SA. I am definitely heading back tomorrow for more!! This is the one time I can say that I’d like to bring all 50 boys home 😉

Lotsa love

Raeesah

Samer

Hi girls 🙂

If you havnt heard of Samer Khouzami, an extremely talented makeup artist and one of the best contourers out there, I’m about to fill you in.

I was introduced to this talented artists work during my time studying at London College of Makeup and I was instantly hooked. His face transformations were on another level and I was dieing to learn his contouring techniques. I was fortunate enough to learn from him at a series of classes held in dubai last year. During these intensive few days of classes, I learnt invaluable techniques about extreme contouring and how to change your features to achieve his amazing finishes. I have incorporated many of these into my makeup routine.

Samer is a famous artist from Beirut. He graduated with a degree in graphic design. He then embarked into the world of makeup. He believes that every women wants to feel powerful and beautiful, and makeup is a great way to surpass all expectations.He is so humble , friendly and his teaching methods were clear and concise. It was truly a memorable experience.

I’m so excited that I will be attending a refresher class with him this week. The only sad part is that it is not longer!! I will do a post soon filling you in on all the happenings at this week’s class.

Remember you can never stop learning.

Photo credit goes to the SK team!

Lots of Love Raeesah 🙂

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Gucci Makeup Cleanser

Applying makeup can be fun and exciting but don’t forget that removing all your makeup each day is even more important. It is imperitive that you allow your skin time to breathe. For this reason a good makeup remover is of outmost importance!!

A few months ago I did a post on Instagram on the Gucci makeup remover! I have not changed my mind that to date it’s the best remover I’ve tried!! I can not stress this enough. It is amaazinnggg!! I know the worst part for me each evening is getting off the awful eyeliner and mascara. This Gucci remover does it is one or two swipes!! There’s no need for unnecessary tugging or pulling at your eyes and its cuts down makeup removal time to a fraction!!

This has become a staple in my life and I highly recommend you try it as well. The downside is the slightly high price tag but if you have extra to splurge this baby is worth it!

Try it out and let me know what you think

Lotsa love

Raeesah
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Nars Creamy Concealer

Those of you who’ve attended my workshop will know that the Nars creamy concealer is my Holy Grail of concealers. Its luxuriously creamy texture and luminous finish makes it perfect for highlighting. If you’re a youtube junky I’m sure you’ve heard tons of praise about this little bottle of wonder. I’m here to tell you it’s all true.

The packaging is sleek and the flat ended wand allows you apply the concealer directly to your face with ease. It is highly pigmented so a little goes a long way. It also comes in an amazing 10 colours so you’re sure to find an appropriate match.

Enriched with hydrating, multi action skincare benefits and light diffusing technology, it creates a softer, smoother complexion while instantly obscuring imperfections and diminishing fine lines and signs if fatigue. Not only does it blend wondrously, it also contains potent ingredients that work to repair imperfections while it hides them.

What more could we want?? If you’re a fan of highlighting and contouring or you just want to get your hands on an amazing concealer and dont mind paying a little extra Nars is the way to go. Try it out and let me know your thoughts.

Lots of love

Raeesah

Roller Lash

Benefit mascaras have always been a favourite of mine. The cult favourite they’re real mascara rumoured to sell 1 every 10 seconds when it launched!! It’s a wonderful lengthening mascara and separates the lashes giving the most natural effect. It’s also really easy to remove which is a big plus for me as I don’t want to be tugging at my eye lids all night.

Now enters the new roller lash. I was hearing mixed reactions to this mascara and couldn’t wait to test it for myself. I finally got down to testing it for a few weeks and Wow!! Used correctly it’s actually lengthens and CURLS your lashes!! Goodbye eyelash curler!! Hold the mascara wand with the curved side facing down, hook the lashes with the tiny bristles and go!! You will notice an instant lift and curl!! I am seriously impressed. It was such a favourite at our last set of workshops, I’m pretty certain you will love it too!!

Try it out and let me know what you think

Lotsa love

Raeesah