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.

Beauty by Emoji // Miss Moss

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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Dear Rae: Let’s get Tropsi

one of the weird highlights of my blogging ‘career’ has been getting emails from guys who want to propose to their girlfriends and need advice on an engagement ring. it’s a tough thing to give advice on, and such a personal choice too! my first piece of advice is always that you don’t need to buy a huge big diamond. in fact, you don’t need to buy a diamond at all.

but my second most important piece of advice is: speak to a great jewellery designer. and then i send them to Karin of Dear Rae (who designed my own ring). besides special occasion rings, Dear Rae is of course well known for their wonderful jewellery collections. this week they are launching their SS15 collection Let’s Get Tropsi.

This range is inspired by sensations of Summer; the bright sun, cool leafy shade and the feeling of fruity juice running down your chin. Let’s get Tropsi showcases all things tropical. Karin says: “This new range was inspired by the raw, lush and leisurely nature of my surroundings. I found that most of my designs hold aspects of naive shapes, capturing the light heartedness of summer.”

soon available at their online shop. lookbook photography by We Love Pictures.

Dear Rae // Let's Get TROPSI
Dear Rae // Let's Get TROPSI
Dear Rae // Let's Get TROPSI
Dear Rae // Let's Get TROPSI
Dear Rae // Let's Get TROPSI
Dear Rae // Let's Get TROPSI
Dear Rae // Let's Get TROPSI
Dear Rae // Let's Get TROPSI

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Fait La Force

NY based designer Emma Allen has been volunteering in Haiti since she was a teen. On a trip to seek out production capabilities, in the hopes of using her design skills to foster job creation, she met Chandler Hamilton and her husband and Josh – who have been working with artisans in Haiti for the past 4 years. together Chandler and Emma founded Fait La Force, which aims to encourage creativity and economic development in the country.

We work hand in hand with artisans across Haiti to create thoughtfully designed products with local resources and a mix of modern and traditional techniques. Our products are made with care and integrity by artisans in our workshop in Port au Prince, as well as our artisan partners across the country. We strive to create an uplifting work environment fostering collaborations between our artisans and like-minded brands and designers.

they just launched their debut collection, available at their online shop. you can also follow their journey on Instagram – how great is this shot?!

Fait La Force
Fait La Force
Fait La Force
Fait La Force
Fait La Force
Fait La Force
Fait La Force
Fait La Force
Fait La Force
Fait La Force
Fait La Force
Fait La Force

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Pete Cromer

birds have gotten a bad rap these past few years, appearing in a cutesy manner on anything and everything from ceramics to dish towels to tote bags (put a bird on it!) at one point i found myself saying, “if i see one more bird…” but Australian designer and illustrator Pete Cromer has made me appreciate our feathered friends once again with his Aussie bird prints. i also love his other prints like this whale head and happy cogs. all available at his online shop.

Pete Cromer
Pete Cromer
Pete Cromer
Pete Cromer
Pete Cromer
Pete Cromer
Pete Cromer
Pete Cromer

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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.

Miss Moss // These Things No.62
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:

Miss Moss // These Things No.62

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

Miss Moss // These Things No.62

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

Miss Moss // These Things No.62

the Canyon series of ceramics by Red Raven Studios:

Miss Moss // These Things No.62

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

Miss Moss // These Things No.62

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

Miss Moss // These Things No.62
Miss Moss // These Things No.62

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

Miss Moss // These Things No.62

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

Miss Moss // These Things No.62

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

Miss Moss // These Things No.62

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

Miss Moss // These Things No.62

a DIY geometric wooden floor by The Nugget:

Miss Moss // These Things No.62

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

Miss Moss // These Things No.62

sweet goods by Pastrana Studio:

Miss Moss // These Things No.62

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

Miss Moss // These Things No.62

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Saana ja Olli: After The Storm

oh i love this lookbook for the new collection from Saana ja Olli – After The Storm. it makes me think of the end of long summer days, when you’re still outside as dusk starts to fall, and everything is coated in that dark blue hue… i posted about this Finnish design duo earlier this year. products are available at their online shop.

Myrskyn jälkeen (lit. After the Storm) is inspired by grid notebooks and detailed drawings in Floras. The design aims to combine the chaotic nature of plants with a clear and balanced grid. The design continues Saana ja Olli’s tradition of colossal and multi-dimensional hand drawn prints.

photos by Unto Rautio.

Saana ja Olli: After The Storm
Saana ja Olli: After The Storm
Saana ja Olli: After The Storm
Saana ja Olli: After The Storm
Saana ja Olli: After The Storm
Saana ja Olli: After The Storm
Saana ja Olli: After The Storm
Saana ja Olli: After The Storm

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