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Beauty by Emoji

i’ve done a beauty type post before, but never really delved into what i actually use in my daily routine. confession: i am a beauty product hoarder. the other day i discovered a box of half empty beauty products from years ago and for a moment i thought – maybe i should keep them, you never know? it’s pretty bad. my overflowing bathroom countertop can attest to this.

but these are the products that have stuck and that i personally love. i’ve also given them an easy emoji rating! almost like we’re friends gabbing over texts. almost.

Beauty by Emoji // Miss Moss

my hair care “routine” is low maintenance. i like using natural shampoos, and this one from Nature’s Gate is cheap and perfect. also my hair is straight as an arrow, and as i’ve gotten older it’s become limp. so i need volume – which is why i bought this embarrassingly expensive Volumising shampoo from Aesop. such a splurge that i almost took it back. BUT! it is amazing. i only use one pump and seven months later the bottle is not even half empty.

for cheaper big hair i also enjoy BIG by Lush, which has actual sea salt in it, so it’s pretty weird to use but it leaves your hair so fresh and nice smelling. i don’t use it daily, though. for an extra post-wash spritz the Sea Salt Texturising Spray by Toni & Guy is great.

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i flip flop between cleansing balms and regular gel cleanser. i use Aesop Parsley Seed Cleanser in the shower in the morning (it is doesn’t irritate my sensitive skin). at night it’s either The Body Shop Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter or the pricier No.1 Purity Cleansing Balm by REN. they are both GREAT – but the Body Shop version makes more sense for the budget, and it actually feels nicer. kinda… sumptuous?

if i have make-up to take off then i use Bioderma Sensibio H20 which is some kind of high tech Micelle (?) solution. whatever, it works and it’s not harsh.

Beauty by Emoji // Miss Moss

i actually got given Gorgeous by Lush for my birthday and it’s LOVELY but reeeeeeeally expensive. it was apparently formulated for Princess Diana, and if it was good enough for her… well then this Diana is gonna use it. the Charcoal & Black Sugar Polishing Mask by Freeman is THE BEST exfoliator slash mask i have ever used.

if i feel like my skin needs it i’ll put on some Aesop Fabulous Face Oil before bed.

Tamanu Oil is easily the weirdest thing that i have ever asked Anton to bring back for me from overseas (it’s widely available on Amazon but they don’t ship it to South Africa). it’s a tropical nut oil, either of Madagascan or Tahitian origin, that has amazing anti-oxidant properties and works wonders to heal skin conditions like acne, dryness and even scarring. it smells kinda weird, and the Madagascan one is particularly thick, gloopy and pungent. this one that i got from Beauty Oils is nice, but it could use a dropper or some kind of pump as you don’t want to waste any of the oil.

Beauty by Emoji // Miss Moss

my general make-up aim is to just have a “nice face”. not look TOO done – but also not like i’ve been living in the wild for ten years. foundation is key here, and after years and years of searching i finally found Smashbox Liquid Halo which is THE BEST foundation i have ever used.

i have always been told that i have “deep set eyes” which is really just code for “you look like you could use some sleep”. the Corrector by Bobbi Brown is really good for neutralising dark under-eye rings, and Photo Op by Smashbox is a nice little under eye brightener that doesn’t cake into fine lines like others that i’ve used.

i like creamy blushers and really simple lip colour, which is why Convertible Colour by Stila is perfect – you can use it on your lips and cheeks. same goes for O-Glow (cheeks) and O-Gloss (lips) – intuitive colour by Smashbox. lastly, i only use mascara on my eyes and Falsh Lash Effect by MaxFactor is a nice little drugstore buy that’s also super effective.

where to buy the products depending on your location:

Product USA UK SOUTH AFRICA
Lush Big Shampoo Lush USA Lush UK Lush SA
Aesop Volumising Shampoo Aesop Aesop Loading Bay
Nature’s Gate Volumising Shampoo Nature’s Gate Amazon UK Dischem
Toni & Guy Sea Salt Spray Amazon Boots Clicks
The Body Shop Cleansing Butter The Body Shop USA The Body Shop UK The Body Shop
REN Rosa Centifolia Cleansing Balm Sephora  REN Woolworths
Aesop Parsley Seed Cleanser Aesop Aesop Loading Bay
Bioderma Sensibio H20 Amazon Escentual Dischem
Lush Gorgeous Lush USA Lush UK Lush SA
Freemans Black Sugar & Charcoal Mask Freeman Amazon UK Dischem
Aesop Fabulous Face Oil Aesop Aesop Loading Bay
Tamanu Oil Amazon Amazon UK -
Smashbox Photo Op Sephora Smashbox Woolworths
Bobbi Brown Corrector Sephora Bobbi Brown Edgars
Smashbox Liquid Halo Sephora Smashbox Woolworths
Stila Convertible Colour Sephora Stila Woolworths
Smashbox O-Gloss Sephora Smashbox Woolworths
Smashbox O-Glow Sephora Smashbox Woolworths
MaxFactor Mascara Amazon Boots Clicks
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These Things No.62

this is a home edition of These Things – a Home Things, if you will. at the moment my mind is quite preoccupied with making our place look nice. we live in a one bedroom flat in Sea Point, a suburb of Cape Town on the Atlantic seaboard – literally steps away from the promenade. this area has been having a revival of sorts lately, with new coffee places and restaurants popping up almost every day. and i can see us living here for a long time… as long as we never needed a bigger place (cough-kids-pets-cough).

i have some home improvements in mind that i am hoping to share soon (having our balcony room redone, for a start) but in the meantime i am always gathering inspiration from around the web. you know me… gathering, gathering.

first up, the new bedroom collection from Douglas and Bec. i love that round headboard… it’s scuh an old-school shape – but done in such a new, fresh way.

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Miss Moss // These Things No.62

these blankets by BFGF are so great. i would want to just frame them and hang ‘em on the wall:

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very much into this shoot for Calypso St Barth shot by Dabito & styled by Justina Blakeney:

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the FLIP shelf by Munk Collective. i like the pink one as a bedside table:

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the Canyon series of ceramics by Red Raven Studios:

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i love the Open Road Armchair – a collaboration between between furniture builder KKDW and leatherworker Canoe:

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i love these two apartments styled by Minna Jones for a new development in Helsinki:

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Miss Moss // These Things No.62

for residents of Cape Town (and beyond), Bofred is a cool new furniture shop:

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the Levis x Pendleton blanket (i’ve always wanted a Pendleton blanket…)

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speaking of blankets, i love these blanket throws by Dot and Bo:

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love all these rugs from UO. top to bottom: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4

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a DIY geometric wooden floor by The Nugget:

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removable wallpaper? yes please – i’ll take the Matisse one:

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sweet goods by Pastrana Studio:

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really love the furniture by the cleverly named Please wait to be seated:

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Clouds

yesterday we celebrated our one year wedding anniversary and as a serious treat we spent a night at Clouds Estate outside Stellenbosch. we stayed here just after our wedding, so it was special for us to return, and of course just amazing to get to spend time at this exquisite location.

if you ever make a trip to this part of the world and you want to treat yo self then this is it. they also have self-catering units, and they are right next door to Delaire Graaff estate where you can go eat at Indochine and see Tretchikoff’s Chinese Girl – the original.

summer truly arrived in Cape Town this weekend, as you can probably tell by these pictures.

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images of Clouds via their website and Moooi.

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These Things No.61

Miss Moss

excuse my pudgy toes.

hey guys! it’s my birthday today. i woke up to beautiful flowers, and white chocolate cheese cake in bed and a new kindle (thank you, kind generous husband). i’m 31 today, which feels weird to say because sometimes i still have this sentiment about my age.

so, a these things.

this selfie video with Kirsten Dunst made me laugh (especially because one of the first things i did on my birthday morning was take a photo of my flowers! cringe cringe cringe). also Kirsten looks amazing.

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i have cooked this recipe for Khao Soi twice since discovering it last week. it is the simplest and best tasting curry i have ever made – and because it’s a mix of Thai and Burmese / Indian flavours it’s really interesting too. i have never been able to nail a true Thai curry, so this dish is on the money for me.

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amazing 2015 (!!!!) calendar by Kristina Krogh:

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this vase by Picasso:

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the summer photography of Vuk Pajkovic:

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this book looks rad & good:

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Julia Leach has impeccable style:

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would like to take a trip to Masseria Cimino:

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the homes and art of sisters Laura Naples & Kristen Giorgi (NG Collective):

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the SS15 collection from Cold Picnic (rugs!)

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i love the way Hackwith Design House has styled their new basics line:

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DIY dino prints!

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synchronised swimmers by Jeannie Phan:

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this wedding in Majorca (!)

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speaking of weddings, i’m amazed that this dress hasn’t sold yet:

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resizing an oversized shift dress (clever!) – also that outfit = summer:

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Lately

i recently shared some personal stuff like our weekend at Die Laaitjie and some of my trip to Johannesburg, but here’s the rest of what’s been happening lately.

walks on the promenade never get old, especially at this time of year:

photo by Miss Moss

i got some amazing shoes from Charlotte Stone! i have already worn the sandals a number of times and they are super comfortable (i prefer the style to the recent Birkenstock revival)
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and i’ve been wearing a pair of their new boots (which are coming out soon) as much as possible before it gets too hot. these are the Kari in black. also ridiculously comfy:

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some extra bits from my Johannesburg trip. Arts on Main on a sunday is a vibe:

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finally got to visit Anatomy at 44 Stanley, the most beautiful shop ever:

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a courtyard at Everard Read gallery:

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a bit of Central America at Hadeda:

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cool desk at Maker:

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lunch at Warm & Glad, where you can work all day & no one bothers you:

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sweet pooch at our JHB guest house, his name is Stripes.

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gardens in JHB are next level…

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photo by Miss Moss

i went a bit crazy at Kim Sacks:

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photo by Miss Moss

walked away with these hand-carved bunnies and songololo (pitcher by Rebekah Miles)

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scenes from the air:

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photo by Miss Moss

always spotting interesting details around Cape Town:

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the Ritz hotel, a famous revolving restaurant in Sea Point:

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Downtown Ramen, a new spot in Cape Town that made me feel like i was in NYC again:

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and now that September is here, spring is slowly turning its pretty head…

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photo by Miss Moss
photo by Miss Moss

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Golly

sadly the only time i ever buy a magazine these days is when i am about to get on a flight and i know i’m going to be without wi-fi for the next few hours (also, i recently dropped & broke my trusty kindle so now that option has flown out of the proverbial window seat). i’ll get 2 or 3 lady mags from the usual selection at the airport book store, and then flip through them – slowly – so as to pass the time. but inevitably i find myself sitting there with nothing to do because, well, they’re just not my thing. there has been a quiet resurgence of intelligent print magazines in the last few years, most started by sets of like-minded people who are unsatisfied with what’s currently out there, and many are self-funded in today’s print-is-dead-all-hail-the-internet climate. this is exactly what Roxanne Fequiere (editor-in-chief) and Allison o’Shea (creative director) set out to do with Golly. and, together with an amazing team, they’ve succeeded.

Our mission was to create a “ladymag” that didn’t feel cringeworthy, one-note, and/or vapid, and we looked to magazines like LIFE, Gentry, and mid-century Esquire for inspiration as we went about putting it together. As we began brainstorming this project, we knew that we wanted this to be a print venture. Risky, we know, but so worth it. We’re currently seeking funding through Kick Starter, a campaign that is going very well, I might add. The fund raising will allow us to continue working with amazing contributors, including Heather Sten, Amanda Jasnowski, Lizzie Garret Mettler and Jimmy Marble.

Allison (whose blog i have been a fan of for years) was kind enough to send me their first issue and i am still making my way through it! highlights: a round table discussion with successful editors in the publishing business (think Refinery 29 and Rookie), a beeeaaaautiful editorial called TOO HOT and an interview with pâtissier Ayako Kurokawa of Burrow fame. you can pre-order your copy by supporting their Kickstarter campaign here.

they also have a great tumblr & cool instagram to follow.

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