All posts by Candice Ying Sun




When it was first developed in France, micellar water was designed as a way to avoid using their notoriously hard water supply.

Hard water has a high mineral content of calcium and magnesium. It can dry out skin, block pores, and upset your skin’s delicate balance, leading to redness, blotchiness, eczema and acne.


While micellar water might look and feel just like regular water, it actually contains millions of molecules, called micelles. Micelles are microscopic oil molecules that draw and trap dirt, makeup, and excess sebum.

When you apply micellar water to a cotton pad, the micelles act like a magnet. They perform a triple function in a single wipe:

  1. Clinging to the cotton pad
  2. Collecting and removing all the pollutants and impurities from your skin
  3. Replacing impurities with purified water and added hydrants


Nivea Perfect & Radiant Micellar 3-in-1 cleansing water is alcohol-free and contains great hydrating agents: glycerin, castor oil, vitamin E and panthenol.

It packs a punch and removes waterproof makeup in a flash but at the same time is very gentle on the skin because it does not contain any alcohol and does not dry out my skin or sting my eyes. There are many the  brands that have micellar waters on the market but not all micellar waters are created equal what makes each brand’s different is added ingredients. Nivea’s one is a goodie since they decided to add hydrating agents like vitamin E. Also a real crowd pleaser is the price tag it is good value for money, going R100 for 400ml. You may also be wondering how this fairs against the famous Bioderma Sensibio H2O and to be honest micellar water is micellar water this one just happens to be more affordable.





Review: Avon Free for Him and Her


Avon Free For Her is a floral, fruity and oriental fragrance. The freshness of iced pear granite matches with electric magnolia and gilded amber.

It is a lovely fruity sweet fragrance, best layered together using the body lotion first then the perfume to increase lasting power. It is not overpowering, I would say it is a fragrance for the young at heart. It kind of reminds me of Britney Spears Fantasy (it is even the same colour). When I smell it I get a strong whiff of vanilla even though that isn’t an official note.

The bottle is very trendy and unique with it’s upside down standing design, a pretty hue of a cross between purple and pink looks really great on any ladies’ dressing table.

Avon Free For Him is a vibrant aromatic fougere fragrance. Spicy ginger adds energy to the edgy infusion of velvety violet leaves and warm musk

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The Matadora Fall collection from Morgan Taylor (yet another winner!) is a perfect reimagining of Fall classic colours. Inspired by the rich and sumptuous colors of Spain, the Matadora collection will ease you into fall by donning your nails with rich dark colors and surprising shimmer finishes.


I have on my nails “Don’t Break My Corazon” a cool gray toned red. It is cooler, and unlike any red I’ve seen before. It is a lovely twist on a classic red. It has a creme finish and applies evenly.

Olé My Way” another beauty is a dark blue shimmer that isn’t quite navy. The application was smooth, with no brush marks. The shimmer on this is a real stunner with flexes of lighter blue shimmers hidden inside.

This is the perfect autumn/winter collection and I will definitely be reaching for these interchangeably. RSP R149 per bottle.

Gosh SS18 collection



A couple of weeks ago we had the honor of rubbing shoulders with Bo Tjellesen (Owner and CEO of GOSH COPENHAGEN) and Bolette Tjellesen (Daughter of Bo Tjellesen, Makeup artist & Junior Key Account Manager) who came all the way from Denmark to meet fans and media. As you can gather this is a 100% family owned business and the family is so friendly and humble.


I got chatting with Bo and he had a very interesting story to share with me about how the brand actually got it’s interesting name. The brand was named by Bo’s dad. He was doing a crossword puzzle one day found himself stuck with a particularly tricky one. The final word turned out to be ‘gosh’, and he realised that nothing can be badly associated with that word, what a nice name for a company and the rest was history. Gosh originally started as a pharmaceutical company but Bo turned it towards cosmetics. And are we glad he did!

Gosh is extremely proud of the fact that they a vegan and animal cruelty free. Long live the bunnies!


The hero products contained in the new collection are cherry blossom (not a beautiful flower but also has rich anti-oxidant levels and soothing properties. Rich in essential fatty acids, it repairs the skins natural barriers to promote a smooth, supple skin. Anti-inflammatory properties) and samphire (not sapphire! Hydrasalinol is an oil derived from the Samphire plant. It is a powerful active ingredient for skin hydration).

So onto the products then:

  1. Mix and fix colour drops

These liquid foundations can be used alone or mix with your foundation. This is a very muli-purpose product. 001 light and 004 dark can be used like the body shop drops to lighten or darken your existing foundations or for contouring. 002 Green eliminates redness and 003 purple brightens skin.


2. Foundation plus + creamy compact

This is a cream to powder foundation, high coverage, creamy application by dries to a matte finish and is super hydrating. What I love the most is that it comes in a compact with a mirror and a sponge applicator so it is perfect for “on the go beauty”


3. Eye xpression 004 the four elements

The eyeshadow is buttery soft and higly pigmented. The colours represent the 4 elements of nature.


4. Metal eyes eyeliner

These are waterproof and extremely long lasting. After I swatched these they would not budge even after I washed my hands countless times. Highly pigmented. If you want to blend or smudge it you need to work quickly as it will not move once it dries. When they say metallic they really mean metallic.


5. Fake it! Lash primer

I am quite excited about this one as not many brands make just a separate lash primer. This basically you apply before the mascara and it helps give the lashes more volume, lift and separation as well as making mascara last longer. This one is grey as opposed to white so it is easier to cover with mascara.

6. Blown away mascara

Offers volume, length and curling. Does not flake or rub off. Very thin want and the teeth are far apart so it nicely separates the lashes.

7.Catchy eyes waterproof mascara

The banana shaped brush gives volume and curve.

8.Ultimate lipliner – with a twist

Applies creamy, dries matte and is long lasting. Great colour payoff and it comes with a smudger on the other end in case you want to use it over your entire lip. Has a nice grip and comes with a sharpener.

10. Lip oil

These are quite interesting one it looks like a lip gloss but is called a lip oil. It is mostly likely due to the fact that it is sheerer than a pigmented lipgloss but more tinted than a clear gloss plus it serves up much more moisture. I received the shade crystal star which I also like to use as a highlighter on my cheek bone. It has a hint of colour but is quite holographic and glittery. Can be used on it’s own or over a lipstick.

11. The red lipstick collection called “the red” consisting of a lipliner, matte lipstick and matte liquid lipstick.

This is what I would call the ultimate red lipstick. It’s the perfect red that makes your teeth look perfectly white since it is blue based and what Coco Chanel and Marilyn Monroe would wear.



Guest post: Achieve a Model’s Mindset: How to Feel Beautiful & Confident in Your Own Skin

A lot of people think that if they just looked better, were more successful, or were skinnier, they will feel more comfortable in their own skin. But experts say that being confident is not just about having a beautiful appearance.

Even model talent management agencies that handle the careers of the most classically beautiful faces in the world emphasize: no beauty tips will help you until you learn and understand what self-worth is. Instead of filling your mind with thoughts of the things you wish you had, you must find beauty in things you already have, whether this pertains to your appearance, personality, or your career.

If you want to become more confident in your own skin, here are six ways for you to do just that.

1. Build Your Self-Worth

Instead of validating your worth through other people’s opinions, you must find your self-worth to become confident in who you are. If you are a perfectionist or you live for other people’s validation, you are prohibiting yourself from becoming comfortable in your own skin because you are living based on other people’s standards.

If you live this way, building self-worth will take much more effort. You need to teach yourself how to overcome self-doubt, discomfort and insecurity. You need to develop your own realistic standards for yourself, and learn to quit living in the shadow of others.

2. Be More Self-Aware

Becoming self-aware does not happen overnight. However, taking baby steps to become more aware of yourself will help you grow more confident.

Be willing to see the good, ugly, bad, and exceptional things in yourself. When listing your strengths and weaknesses, do not judge yourself – all you have to do is to gather as much information as you can about who you are.

If there are things about your character or aspects of your life you feel need to change, work towards realizing them by making them part of your life goals.

3. Accept Your Weaknesses

While on your quest to develop self-awareness, you should also try to accept all your characteristics, or practice self-acceptance. Accept all the qualities you have discovered about yourself. Accept your weaknesses one at a time. Seasoned female models agree that in doing so, you will begin feeling more comfortable in your own skin, regardless of what other people say.

4. Surround Yourself with Positive Individuals

Nobody is perfect! But if you surround yourself with happy and positive people, you will most like become happy and contented with your life. It will also be a lot easier for you to foster self-acceptance because you often hear good comments, and feel encouraged.

5. Practice Gratitude

Avoid taking yourself for granted, even if you do not mean to. Always remember the great things you have contributed to the world no matter how small they may seem, and learn to be grateful for everything you have right now.

Be thankful for all the good things you have already done and can still do using your mind, your body, your spirit and your personality.

6. Practice Self-Care

Do not be harsh on yourself. Everybody makes mistakes so you should not punish yourself each time you commit one. Instead, learn from your mistakes and make it a point not to repeat them. Also, see if you can make fun of your mistakes whenever possible. Remember that the more easygoing you are, the better you will feel.

Practicing self-care means being kind and doing nice things for yourself. For instance, you can create a wellness routine that prioritizes your well-being. This can be a routine you always do first thing in the morning, or just before going to bed.

This can include meditating, going to your favorite beauty salon, taking vitamins, drinking your favorite nutritious smoothie, or reading for inspiration. Having a wellness routine will boost your confidence because you are putting your needs first. By properly taking care of yourself, you will feel more comfortable in your own skin.

Overcoming your insecurities in life may be difficult, but it is not impossible. As long as you strive to remain true to yourself, you will eventually become confident in your own skin.


Jessicka Bell co-founded the AgenC, one of the leading model/talent agencies in the Middle East, in 2014. After just three years in the market, the AgenC now works with most (if not all) of the heavy hitters in media and fashion, as well as represents over 1,000 talents ranging from international models through to cast, kids, creatives and photographers.

Labello vanilla buttercream lip balm

Labello Vanilla Buttercream:

– Immediately cares for your lips
– Delights with vanilla aroma (smells so yummy!)
– Leaves your lips deeply moisturised and smooth
– Skin compatibility dermatologically approved

-Contains Shea Butter and Natural Oil

-Does not leave any colour on your lips

These lip-balms retails for R24,99 from Dischem , Clicks and most leading retailers.


Review: Style secret root concealer



Our hair might look like we just got up from our colorists’ chairs, but in reality it’s been months since we’ve made a salon appointment. If we could, we would hit up our salon every four to eight weeks to get our roots done, but life happens and inevitably, so does unwanted regrowth.

Luckily, Style secret know our struggle, and have gifted us with a way to stretch out our salon appointments in the form of root concealers. Whether you want to hide those pesky grays, or you can’t squeeze in a color appointment in the foreseeable near future, this spray makes faking a fresh, glossy hair shade almost effortless.

Extend the life of your hair colour treatments with Style Secret – an innovative solution for grey root regrowth which occurs between salon visits. Dries within minutes and washes out easily.

Style Secret is an easy-to-use spray that effectively covers up regrowth, keeping your hair looking and feeling great. Simply spray along partings or areas where grey regrowth is obvious. Allow to dry and touch up when necessary. Great for travel.

Style Secret contains no chemicals or peroxides – so there is no damage to the hair as it contains silicone that coats the hair follicle with pigment which comes off when hair is washed.

Directions: Wash and style hair. Holding can 10 to 20cm away from the hair, apply to partings or other areas where root regrowth is obvious. Allow to dry for a few minutes.

Price: R290

Available in the following shades:

  • Light blond
  • Dark blond
  • Auburn
  • Light brown
  • Dark brown
  • Black

Available from selected salons and online from For further information Lisa on 083 415 6055 or Bronwyn 082 853 9490 or Heather on 082 925 1946 or