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:

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

Flower Safari

Flower Safari is a group spring show that i watched grow as a seedling, as it were, from the mind of my friends Amy & Mariah. held at the new Side Street Studios in Woodstock, it features clothing by Take Care, jewellery by Dear Rae and art & products from talented people like Amy, Jessicah PedersenNix DaviesJulia Merrett, Emalie Bingham, Kirsty RiellyElsabe Milandri and Thingking. The event was styled by Mariah, who created those beautiful flower chandeliers. the show will be running through November so make sure you go have a look and maybe buy some art.

Artists: Jessicah Pedersen / Amy Ellenbogen /Nix Davies /Julia Merrett /Emalie Bingham /Kirsty Rielly /Elsabe Milandri / Thingking. Event Design & Styling- Mariah Breitenberg. Photography We Love Pictures. Clothing Take Care. Jewelry Dear Rae.

this is the invite i designed for the event.



i just want to scoop up spartan‘s entire inventory. they sell homeware, jewellery, paper goods, bags and even diana cameras. feels a bit like muji meets quirky vintage.

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smith’s rosebud salve

have you tried smith’s rosebud salve? i got a tin for my birthday – it smells like roses and flying dreams and puppies and baby powder, not to mention how radical it makes your lips feel

it was formulated in 1892 and contains a secret blend of essential oils & cottonseed oil in a special petrolatum base. an all purpose skin preparation that’s good for relieving chapped lips & skin, diaper rash, blemishes, detergent burns, rough cuticles & softening rough hands.

you can pick it up for R99 at any Melissa’s (it’s really worth it as it lasts forever, i haven’t even made a dent in mine – cute tin is a bonus.) definitely beats 8 hour cream by a mile. get some! and if you’re a dude: get some for your girlfriend, she’ll love you (more).

(illustration in bottom left corner courtesy of hikari)


the smell of ad-venture

i caught an old jonathon ross interview of ewan mcgregor this weekend (swoon), but was astounded to see that he had attached his name to a manly man fragrance – and actually went as far as making this ridiculously cheesy advert for it:

now, i love ewan mcgregor and i love bikers & people who go on adventures AND i love men who smell nice and wear leather jackets, but…. come on! super cheese. though i must admit i watched the ad a couple of times (i’m only a woman)


he does look pretty cool though, eh? yes the scarf is a bit gay… plus, what kind of biker wears cologne?

anyway, invariably i found this, which made me feel better:

the scent of adventure in the air…. haha.