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The Feminist Stokvel will be at the ‪#‎SanaaFestival‬ THIS SATURDAY, 3pm at St. Stithians. We will be in conversation with Word N Sound Poetry and Live Music Series on women and writing and how black women writers are creating a new world today. Join us!






What is Hyaluronic Acid?

Technically, hyaluronic acid is a glycosaminoglycan, a type of molecule composed partly of sugars. Hyaluronic acid is actually a natural component of skin, and its in connective tissue throughout the human body. So you know how babies have super firm, soft and smooth skin? Well, that's because babies are born with a high level of hyaluronic acid, and as they get older it slowly reduces.


What does it do?

It's supposed to help restore that younger and more supple skin that you once had by rehydrating, restoring elasticity and reversing free radical damage. Will you have baby soft skin again? Hell no! But you will get the very best results that you can at your particular age. One way to do this is with hyaluronic acid fillers such as Restylane and Juvederm, which a professional would inject directly into wrinkles and droopy skin to plump it up. If you trip out around needles like me, this may not be the way you want to go. I prefer to use the more common and readily available solution which is through creams and serums. The results are not as immediate as the injectables, but they can still make a difference if you are consistent and committed to a holistic skincare plan.


My Favourite Products Containing Hyaluronic Acid



SkinCeauticals Hydrating B5 Gel
Miracle Anti-Fatigue Sleeping Cream


REVITALIFT FILLER RENEW DAY CREAM
ANTI-AGEING DAY REPLUMPING CARE














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Beyoncé's Lemonade gave us layers upon layers to unpack and admire. The piercing power of Warsan Shire's poetry, the celebrity cameos, the sumptuous set design, and yes, the hair. From "Pray You Catch Me" to "All Night," Bey's hair changes from video to video—sometimes as many as three different looks during one song. We spoke to Beyoncé's longtime hair guru, Pantene celebrity hairstylist Kim Kimble, to learn more. "We designed the hair not just for her, but for the entire project. We started collaborating some time ago—we created boards. She sent some looks, we sent some looks," Kimble says. "Each song had its own inspiration."





The underwater shots in "Pray You Catch Me" are all about hair and light. Bey sheds her black hoodie to reveal soft, voluminous hair. "In that time, my hair I grew past my ankles," she says. Kim Kimble says this shot illustrates what they were going for throughout the shoot—highly textured hair. "It looked like a cloud underwater. Of course we didn't use a lot of product for those scenes."






For "Hold Up," Beyoncé's hair is a center-parted curtain of long, loose bronde curls that fall to her hips. It's a familiar Beyoncé look, reminiscent even of her Destiny's Child days, but the texture appears more natural. "We want to inspire women with natural hair to love it and take care of it and style it," Kimble explains. "I think it's great to see Beyoncé wear texture."





In "Don't Hurt Yourself," Beyoncé leans against a car, her hair styled in tight cornrows. The style went with the mood of the song. "Cornrows can be tough; baby hair softens it up a lot," Kim explains. "I like finished edges. Cornrows, braids, and we love baby hair."




"Sorry" features three unique hairstyles and Lemonade's most talked-about lyrics: "Becky with the good hair." First up: these glorious Beyoncé braids. "Some of the most time-consuming styles are the braid hairstyles," Kimble says.






Look #2 from "Sorry" features loose, soft waves that end in two long braids that cascade over her shoulders. "My team is very careful. If we have three or four looks, we find easy ways to transition between styles. We didn't use a lot of heat. We did a lot of braids and when we braid, we make sure we don't pull too tight. When you're very cautious to begin with, there's no damage done," Kimble explains.





Look #3 from "Sorry" is a true homage to African culture. We see nods to the traditional styles of the Congo's Mangbetu women. "That was our Nefertiti crown, all done with braids," says Kimble. "I would say it took at least three to four hours."





At the beginning of "Emptiness," Beyoncé's hair is long, full, blond, and textured. She is wearing an elaborate spiked headpiece, like a crown that partially covers her ears and face. The style is ferocious but contained.






"Six Inch" packs a few distinct hair looks–the statement hat over a side braid; long, loose sexy center-parted curls while Bey dances or swings that red light bulb overhead; and this lovely, braided, almost bridal updo; intentionally soft and romantic as juxtaposed with white lace lingerie and a bedroom on fire in the background.





The final exterior shot for "Six Inch" reveals Beyoncé in a floral Gucci suit, her braided updo now transformed into a center-parted blunt bob with soft edges as she stands serenely in front of a house that's burning down.




Good Hair & Beauty Diaries says....

I can't wait to recreate some of these looks and get my whole life. Drink this lemonade, heaux!






As a black woman, living in dry ass Johannesburg and in her 30's, I honestly couldn't see my life skin without oils. I would slather on good old fashion virgin coconut oil on my face every night after to cleansing to seal in moisture. I also tried rubbing that mess on my jacked up relationship at the time, but that didn't work at all.

Anyway, we have amazing oils formulated especially for the face, and I'm loving them so much. Before I reveal my favourite ones, let me give you 6 reasons why you might want to try one.

1. They can reduce the appearance of wrinkles


I know they say that black don't crack, but too much unprotected ultraviolet light is a set-up for free radical damage — and that means wrinkles and sunspots galore. Some facial oils are packed with antioxidants, which prevent further aging, so if you're affected by sun damage and dryness, I recommend looking for products containing primrose oil or those with a vitamin E base, such as Argan oil.
2. Kiss dry skin goodbye


I told you that it's dry in Jo'Burg, and very well may be dry wherever you are. We're entering winter and I can already feel the moisture being sucked out of my skin by heaters. Oils are the ideal antidote to dry, flaky skin and rough cheeks — and they are super effective at sealing in that moisture, unlike the expensive ass Creme de la Mer that you bought last week. Return that mess and turn your lights back on!
3. They're the perfect primer for makeup


Oils like mandarin and pumpkin seed zip through the top of skin at lightening quick speed, quickly settling comfortably into the areas that need hydrating the most. This gives an immediate plumping effect and creates the perfect canvas for your makeup — and the smoother your skin, the better your whole face will look. You're free to beat your face to the gods if you want to, but you may not have to since your skin will look so much better.
4. Shrink those pores!


Higher-end oils such as macadamia, jojoba, and camellia actually pull out grime and fats from pores, making them appear smaller and less noticeable. But be warned: The proof is in the formula. Unfortunately, oils readily available at the grocery store can give you clogged, puffed-out pores, so consult with your dermatologist before trying just any old oil. I think the lighter the oil, the better!
5. Bye-bye nasty rash


Many oils have anti-inflammatory properties as well, helping to quell irritated skin. Argan and yangu oils are ideal for irritations that follow use of popular anti-aging products such as retinol or alpha hydroxy acids. Geranium oil is also fabulous at reducing redness from rosacea, as well.
6. Zit blaster


Believe it or not, tea tree oil is a pretty darn good zit zapper. And no, you won't get more pimples if you use oils. We aren't talking about slathering the oil your mother uses to fry eggs with on your face, after all.

My favorite facial oils...




Midnight Recovery Concentrate
A replenishing nighttime facial oil with distilled botanicals that visibly restores the appearance of skin by morning.
  • Regenerates, restores, and replenishes skin for smoother, healthier skin 
  • Works with the skin's natural nocturnal activity - when skin is most receptive to repairing itself from daily aggressors - to dramatically restore skin 
  • 99.8% naturally-derived and paraben-free oil for face 






Daily Reviving Concentrate
Lightweight facial oil that keeps skin looking radiant all day
  • Strengthens skin’s defenses against daily aggressors to keep skin youthful and radiant-looking all day 
  • Provides antioxidant protection with a powerful blend of naturally-derived oils, including Ginger Root, Sunflower and Tamanu, to help skin feel fresh and look energized morning to night 
  • Paraben free, 100% natural origin, Mineral oil free, Non-comedogenic, Non-acnegenic




Extraordinary Rebalancing Facial Oil
For Combination to Oily Skin
  • Nourishes
  • Brightens
  • Tightens Pores
  • Non-Greasy









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My longest and healthiest relationship has been with my hair, but it wasn't always that way. When I was younger, I struggled to love what grew out of my scalp naturally. We all know that if we don't love a certain part of ourselves, it's impossible for us to care for it properly.

In recent years, Dove has become apart of my long term and healthy relationship with my hair because of their commitment to healthy hair.

Dove has therefore relaunched their hair care range with the aim to offer women a long term solution for their hair that will help them to get rid of the anxiety that often comes with hair problems and its impact on their livesThe new Dove Nutritive Solutions two way care system gives the immediate results of hair repair (shiniersilkier and smoother hair), coupled with the long term benefits achieved from progressive nourishment, providing healthier and more beautiful hair that gets better day after day.

Watch my product review here 





Interested in trying this fabulous line of products? Dove South Africa will be treating 5 lucky Good Hair & Beauty Diaries readers to a hamper of products worth R1000! Yaaaaaasssssss!

Each hamper includes the following:

  • Dove Intensive Repair Shampoo
  • Dove Intensive Repair Conditioner
  • Dove Intensive Repair Daily Treatment Conditioner
  • Dove Intensive Repair Treatment Mask
  • 1 Microfibre Towel
  • 1 Bath Towel
** Worth R1000!

How To Enter
  1. Leave a short comment below with your name, email address and a short story about your relationship with your hair.
  2. Then head on over to Twitter and cut & paste the following tweet:
    " I just entered to win a @Dove_za hamper on @GoodHairDiaries valued at R1000! Enter to win http://www.goodhairdiaries.com/2016/03/new-dove-nutritive-solutions-giveaway.html #DoveHairPerfectPair " 
  3. 5 lucky winners will be announced on Thursday 31 March 2016
Best of luck to all the entrants!

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CONGRATULATIONS WINNERS!!!!!

Thembi
Allo
Ayanda Makhanya
Tiisetso Gama
Mosa Moerane


Please check your emails and reply immediately!!!!

Have you ever looked at some of our local celebrities and thought that you would love to have their hairstyle or try some of their hair colour ideas? Maybe the style seemed too complicated, or you assumed it took a whole team of professionals to make them look that amazing. Well, today I want to show you a few easy everyday hairstyles inspired by our local celebrities that you can try at home. I’m talking fades, buns, braids and more. Not to mention that there is a way for all of us to jazz these super easy hairstyles up with a few hair colour ideas!

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Nandi Mngoma – Hi-Top Fade

Who doesn’t love Nandi and her unique hairstyles? The hi-top fade was first introduced during the early 90’s in the United States, where men predominantly wore the style, but Nandi shows us ladies how to rock the style in a sexy and ultra feminine way. This is a definite easy go-to style for all my sisters out there that want to rock it natural, short and fierce. Visit your local barber and ask he or she to bless you with their sheers and hook you up with the Nandi Mngoma cut!

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Try some colour!
Feeling bold and sassy? Why not spice up this hi-top fade with a little hair colour? Try Inecto Colours Caramel Blonde for a bold and classy look that allows you to stand out among the crowd and look like a star!

“I do maintain that if your hair is wrong, your entire life is wrong.”- Morrissey
 
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Pearl Thusi – Topknot Bun

Who doesn’t long for Pearl Thusi’s thick mane of hair? If you are blessed with thick and long natural hair like Pearl , you can go ahead and create this style by putting all of your hair into a high ponytail at the top of your head. Be sure that the ponytail isn’t too tight. Wrap the tail of the hair around the ponytail to create a bun as tight or as loose as you would like and secure with hairpins.

Add a hairpiece!
If you don’t have the natural length of hair to achieve this look, opt for attaching synthetic braiding hair to your natural ponytail and wrapping around to form a chic topknot bun. This look is easy and appropriate for any occasion.

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Minnie Dlamini – Box Braids

Box braids have been around forever and they tend to be almost every woman’s go to hairstyle. Sitting in the salon chair with 2 people braiding your hair at the same time for 4 or more hours is a daunting task, but the outcome is always stunning. 
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Style your box braids with a half up and half down look like Minnie, try a box braid bang or accessorise with a beautiful scarf.


Anele Mdoda – Straight Backs

If you are a busy host, radio dj and mum like Anele Mdoda, straight back braids are the way to go. They are easy to maintain and you can make them as thick or thin as you like. The best part is that this east everyday hairstyle can last you up to two months. To jazz up this hairstyle a bit, you could add a different colour synthetic braiding hair to give it a fresh and funky look.

As you can see, looking like a star doesn’t have to be so hard. 
Do you have a celebrity hairstyle that you would love to recreate at home? Show us a picture and leave a comment in the section below.

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Have a Good Hair Day and remember to Love Your Hair!!!
Herieth Paul is a Tanzanian fashion model who has walked for Diane von Fürstenberg, Lacoste, Tom Ford, Calvin Klein, Armani, Cavalli and 3.1 Phillip Lim. She moved to Ottawa, Canada at the age of 14 due to her mother being a diplomat, and now she has nabbed a lucrative Maybelline deal. I'm so here for all of her #BlackGirlMagic !



This has been the hardest-kept secret of my entire life AND the highlight of my career. I am so honored & excited to announce that I am joining the Maybelline family!!!! I’m so grateful to be named a global spokesmodel for the world’s #1 cosmetics brand.”#MaybellineGirl ✨

You're lazy. I know.

You're tired. I know.

You just don't have time. Make time!

The majority of the time I sleep on white or cream bedsheets, which requires me to be a fairly clean person if I intend to keep them stain free. For the most part, I've managed to keep my sheets clean, but a few times I've woken up to foundation or mascara stains on my pillowcase. I definitely cleansed my face before bed, but there always seemed to be some residue left over. Well, now I have the trick to get your face completely cleansed and save your pillowcases. Double Cleansing!

Cleansing Oils

Try not to run screaming in the other direction. I know that some of us have oily and acne prone skin to begin with. Cleansing oils aren't greasy and they solubilize oil-based products such as foundations and mascaras. That means that regular foaming cleansers aren't really suitable for the tough job of removing makeup while remaining gentle on the skin. Try these cleansing oils.



Lipidol Cleansing Face Oil helps remove day-to-day dirt and oil build-up from your face without stripping your skin of its natural oils.
R79.95 - Clicks

VICHY PURETÉ THERMALE CLEANSING MICELLAR OIL, a breakthrough cleansing oil with unique micellar technology to gently dissolve impurities from the skin, including waterproof makeup. Formulated with nourishing Camellia Oil to leave skin supple, soft, and moisturised.
R230 - Dischem


A true cleansing sensation! Clarins Pure Melt Cleansing Gel transforms into an oil that melts-away every last trace of excess oil and impurities — including the heaviest make-up. Water-activates into a silky milk that rinses skin clean. Soothes and nourishes with Marula Oil for optimal radiance and comfort.
R350 - clarins.co.za

Follow-up Cleanser
So the whole point is two cleanse twice. First with an oil cleanser and now with a gentle foaming cleanser. Try these gentle foaming cleansers.


Neutrogena Deep Clean Facial Cleanser is made with hydroxy acid to go deep within pores and remove trapped dirt and oil. Also helps remove dead skin cells for smoother, softer skin that is beautifully clear. Alcohol free.
R107,95 - Clicks


Vichy ProEven Brightening Cleansing Foam is specially made with Ceramide Bright, vitamin C and LHA to gently exfoliate skin for a smoother, more even-looking complexion and radiant tone.
R208.00 - Clicks


CLARINS GENTLE FOAMING CLEANSER is a non-drying, creamy cleanser that removes impurities, make-up and excess oil while respecting skin’s natural moisture balance. Almond cottonseed extract possesses emollient attributes, a skin conditioner. Gentle formula neutralizes the drying effects of hard water. Rinses easily with cool water.
R295 - Dischem


Don't forget to use a moisturiser suitable for your particular skin needs after double cleansing. 
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I was first introduced to Dove's Pure Care Dry Oils back in February of 2014, and I absolutely loved the scent immediately. Did I also mention that these dry oils were excellent at keeping my frizzy curls in check when the weather was not on my side? Yup! The main reason for this is the dry oils have a high content of silicones in them to coat the strands of hair and protect it from the elements. Now I'm super excited that Dove has created a whole range of hair products around the dry oils.




Dove Pure Care Dry Oil is a luxurious range infused with African Macadamia Oil. It deeply nourishes and beautifies hair with lustrous shine and up to 5x silkier texture.

Dove SA sent me the below four products, and I can tell you that they smell amazing! I honestly can't wait to try all 4 products out on my hair. Stay tuned for the review in the coming weeks.


Pure Care Dry Oil Shampoo - R69,99

Pure Care Dry Oil Conditioner - R69,99

Pure Care Dry Oil - R179,99

Pure Care Dry Oil Treatment Mask - R99,99



Sisters before misters... with essence!

Man, look! I keep telling you that I'm not a fan of these V-day celebrations, but I really like the spin that essence cosmetics has put on the holiday.

starting at R34,95
on sale from 01.2016 to 03.2016


"Valentine – who cares? 
Always together: bffs! the new essence trend edition “valentine – who cares?” turns valentine's day into a love confession to warm-hearted beauty-trends – in a different type. 
Wild, rebellious and casual, we’re breaking with old traditions and dedicating the day of love to best friends. this means: lots of fun and action for two! edgy products in intensive colors like red, blue and black as well as metallic beige and khaki tones for strong styles. the favorites: the false lashes in two versions and the click & go nails with a stiletto design. the face & body tattoo stamp with an infinity symbol creates a trendy bff tattoo and the limited, fruity-sweet scent underlines the rebel queen slumbering within every girl."

If you don't know about essence cosmetics, they are a really affordable makeup brand found at your local Clicks Pharmacy. Be sure to look out for a product review on the few cosmetic I have from essence.
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NEW Garnier Ultimate Blends
Last week I was invited to attend the NEW Garnier Ultimate Blends launch by Garnier South Africa. I left with a bag full of goodies for the blog and a nice little buzz from the signature cocktails they served up. Three cheers for the coconut cocktail that I totally inhaled!

Cocktails & Mocktails anyone?
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Stay tuned for a review of my favourite shampoo and conditioner from below.


"The Sleek Restorer"
Garnier Ultimate Blends Coconut Oil & Cocoa Butter Shampoo and Conditioner - RRSP 39,99
Product descriptionOur sumptuous Ultimate Blends Sleek Restorer Shampoo, with Coconut Oil & Cocoa Butter creates a beautiful lather to leave dry, frizzy hair feeling clean and soft.
Use with the Ultimate Blends Sleek Restorer Conditioner for hair that feels velvety smooth and looks super-sleek, with frizz under control.
For touchable smoothness, indulge in our Sleek Restorer 1 Minute treatment, and finish with our multi-tasking Sleek Perfector Oil.
RESULT: Up to 72 hours super-sleek smoothness. Frizz under control, even in damp British weather.
Features and Benefits
  • Tailor-made for Dry, Frizzy hair.
  • Signature blend with Coconut Oil & Cocoa Butter.
  • Up to 72 hours super sleek smoothness
  • Frizz under control, even in damp British weather
  • No Parabens
"The Nourishing Repairer"
Garnier Ultimate Blends Avocado il & Shea Butter Shampoo and Conditioner - RRSP 39,99

Product descriptionOur luxurious Ultimate Blends Nourishing Repairer Shampoo blended with European Avocado Oil and African Shea Butter, leaves hair feeling super-soft yet non-greasy.
Use with the Ultimate Blends Nourishing Repairer Conditioner for hair that feels weightlessly smooth and soft, and looks transformed.
RESULT: Hair feels intensely nourished, from root to tip
Features and Benefits:
  • Tailor-made for Very Dry, Damaged hair.
  • Signature blend with Avocado Oil & Shea Butter
  • Hair feels intensely nourished, from root to tip
  • No Parabens
"The Colour Illuminator"
Garnier Ultimate Blends Argan Oil & Cranberry Shampoo and Conditioner - RRSP 39,99

Product descriptionOur Ultimate Blends Colour Illuminator Shampoo blended with Moroccan Argan Oil and North American Cranberry extracts, leaves hair clean & feeling full of vitality.
Use with the Ultimate Blends Colour Illuminator Conditioner to keep coloured hair looking vibrant and shiny, wash-after-wash.
For an added sheen, finish with our multi-tasking Ultimate Blends Marvellous Glow Oil with UV filter.
RESULT: Coloured hair is nourished. Helps protect and illuminate shine.
Features and Benefits:
  • Tailor-made for Coloured Hair
  • Signature blend with Argan Oil & Cranberry Extracts
  • Helps protect and illuminate shine.
  • Coloured hair is nourished.
  • No Parabens

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I received some goodies from LÓreal South Africa while I was on December break, and I thought I would share with you what I received.



*From right to left
  • Matte - Smoke Me Up - 407
  • Xtreme Resist - Hold Me Close - 502
  • Xtreme resist - Resist Me - 507
  • Matte - Respoutine Me - 404
  • Xtreme Resist - All Night Long - 503

LÓreal Infallible 24H-Matte Foundation - Mahogany


Introducing New Infallible 24H Matte Foundation by L'Oréal Paris. A matte result that lasts up to 24 hours.

  • Clinically proven; waterproof, steamproof. 
  • All the comfort, none of the shine. Perfect coverage. No Cakey effect. 
  • Easy to apply, enriched with perlite technology, and reduces the appearance of shine up to 24 hours.
  • Ultra-melting fluid emulsion
  • Perfectly glides and fuses on the skin – no cakey or dull effect.
  • 24HR Mattifying action.



Stay tuned for some YouTube videos with me using a few of these products!