SMOKEY EYE VLOG | LAST WEEK OF XPERIA COMPETITION

So I have just one more Sony Xperia C3 to give away and this week it’s all about a night out! With that, I’ve done a gorgeous rose gold brownish shimmery smokey eye that’s perfect for any evening function.

Products used:

  • Shadow Shields purchased from 27Pinkx
  • Catrice Light Reflecting Concealer in Light Beige
  • NYX Eye shadow base with pearl
  • NYX Ultra Pearl Mania in pearl
  • LA Girl eye shadow collection in NUDES and SMOKEY EYE
  • L’Oreal Paris Super Liner Matt-matic
  • Catrice Better than False Lashes mascara
  • Catrice Lash Boost Lash extention fibres
  • L’Oreal Telescopic mascara

HOW TO ENTER 

  • Upload a SELFIE of A NIGHT OUT on either Instagram or Twitter. Make sure your profile is not on private between 12pm and 12:30pm on Monday 2 March, so we can see your entries (it HAS to be a selfie, not just a normal picture)
  • Tag @rowenasaloojee and @sonyxperiaza
  • The following needs to be your tagline:
    • Let’s paint the town red @rowenasaloojee! #XPERIANIGHTOUT #SONYxSNS 
  • Competition closes on Monday 2 March at 12 midday (so you have the weekend to take your selfies!) Winner will be announced on this post and contacted privately. Please do not submit any entries after this date and time!

CHOCOLATE HAZELNUT OMBRE NAKED CAKE WITH NUTELLA MOUSSE FILLING

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Just the name of this cake is already a mouthful, but imagine the sensation your taste buds will endure from this explosion of flavour.

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It’s Nutella filled. It’s Ombre and Naked. It’s basically perfection.

Surprisingly, this recipe is incredibly easy and the cake is ridiculously flavoursome and light. The Nutella mousse filling provides just the right amount of sweetness rather than an actual icing or ganache. This needs to be on your baking to do list!

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Notes:

You can purchase the syrup from Pick ‘n’ Pay or online from Yuppichef here. They’re generally used in coffees, but provide the perfect hazelnut taste for the cake

I only use silicon cake tins to make this. you need the cake to be perfect and not have any sticking or breaking issues

I simply mix the flavouring directly into the cake tins, rather than mixing in a bowl then adding it to the tin, saves dishes, time and comes out perfect.

Make and assemble the mousse before serving, or if you’re taking it somewhere assemble in advance and refridgerate for at least an hour (the mousse isn’t stable so can make the cake slide if not handled properly)

I dusted icing sugar onto the one side of the plate, but used a tiny bit of crushed meringue to top on the cake as icing sugar will dissolve into the mousse

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PS: shout out to Tas and Jo and Nazmi! The first time I made this recipe just out of trial and error, they were the first ones to try it out and persuade me to actually blog about it because it was that great!

INTRODUCTION | ESKARA PHOTOGRAPHY

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This year for Secrets and Stilettos has already been a roller-coaster of exciting changes and opportunities, one of which is the introduction of Sumayya Kara, founder of Eskara Photography, as the official photographer for the blog! Get to know a little about her, as well as how to contact her for a booking below:

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What type of photography do you do?

“I do all types of event photography: weddings, parties, bridal showers, the like, as well as photo shoots.”

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What made you start photography?

“At first, I used to play around with just my phone camera and various editing apps. Then, my mom bought me my first camera for one of my birthdays and I was hooked ever since. I love candid moments and capturing happiness.”

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Who’s your inspiration?

“I love love love America’s Next Top Model, and Nigel Barker. I used to watch it (still do) and completely obsess over Nigel Barker’s pictures (still do! He will be my wedding photographer. I will make sure of it!). After that, I made my sisters model for me all the time, then started taking pictures of almost everything… I guess all of this could count as my photographic inspiration”

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Contact details:

  • Instagram: @eskaraphotog
  • For bookings: sumayyakara@gmail.com

OOTD | BEYOND CLOTHING

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I think the hardest part about having a fashion blog is being able to have accessible style, that stands out as personal.

I think for many stylish people, you can immediately pick up the vibe they’re going for: whether it’s sporty luxe or casual country, they have their own niche. I’ve always felt like I’m a bit of everything; sort of a hybrid of Kardashian-before-Kanye glamorous, and lets-put-on-a-tshirt-and-call-it-a-day casual. Then there’s the boho style I currently covet, among many, many other inspirations.

I think personal style should evolve, though. When looking back at previous ootd posts, I am almost certain I would never again don some of those outfits.

Most, actually.

I think it depends on where you are in your life, your state of mind, the people surrounding you. It’s fascinating, really, to see how much clothes speak of a certain period in your life. Not from just what was in fashion at the time, but from how you personally translated it.

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T-shirt: Cotton On | Necklaces: Zuri | Jersey: Cotton On | Pants: Olive des Olive | Shoes: Mrp

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PS: ICMI, A gentle reminder that the SONY XPERIA C3 selfie competition is still on; click here for this weeks rules and hashtags

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BESTIE DAY OUT | SONY XPERIA C3 WEEK 3

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You know those people that you can see after ages, and nothing seems to change in your relationship? I always felt like those are the friends that were chosen for you from above. I know Amirah, Humairah and Zaakira from the age of around 3; and they are those friends that, no matter where we are in our lives, we always make time for each other almost 20 years later.

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Girls day out look:

An easy maxi dress, simple jewelry and fresh makeup. I lined the bottom of my eyes with a baby blue eyeliner for an added touch I wouldn’t normally do. It’s a girls day out: there’s no harm in playing dress up!

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Photo cred: Zaakira Kaka

I have been absolutely loving my Sony Xperia C3;taking it on this day out was amazing because: group selfies! Aside for that, it’s extremely user friendly, and I absolutely love it for Youtube and Instagram.

We’re in the third week of thecampaign, and this week you have to take a selfie with your bestie/besties!

HOW TO ENTER:

  • Upload a selfie of you and your bestie or besties on either Instagram or Twitter. Make sure your profile is not on private between 12pm and 12:30pm on Friday 20 February, so we can see your entries
  • Tag @rowenasaloojee and @sonyxperiaza
  • The following needs to be your tagline:
    • Let’s be besties @rowenasaloojee! #C3BESTSELFIE #SONYxSNS 
  • Competition closes on Friday 20 February at 12pm. Winner will be announced on this post and contacted privately. Please do not submit any entries after this date and time! 

PS: Tagging 5 friends in your post counts as an extra entry!

Congrats to Sarah Omar!

HIS AND HERS | FRAGRANCE FRIDAY

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I think the hardest thing to talk about on a blog is fragrance. With makeup and hair products, you can instantly see results and judge from there if you like something or not. With fragrance, not so much; You have to actually go into store to see if you’re a fan or not.

Since this is the last Valentine’s Day related post, Naadir and I decided to do the review a little differently: I reviewed his perfume and he reviewed mine. If you’re looking for a last minute gift, or just something special for your significant other, check out what we have to say below.

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Perfume: Polo Red Intense

Eau de Parfum (75ml: RRSP 995.00 | 125ml: RRSP 1245.00 )

Need to knows:

Fragrance Type: Bold, sexy, Spicy

Usage: Formal, evening fragrance

Bottle: Striking and bold; inspired by a racing car

What he says: 

“It’s a very classy fragrance, not too strong with good lasting power because it’s an eau de parfum. A striking bottle, good quality with toughened glass and an effective spray nozzle. It’s a different scent; not entirely overpowering but noticeable”

What she says:

“Super sexy fragrance! It really lasted longer than other perfume. I definitely prefer spicy scents, so this one was a winner in my books. It’s subtle but effective. If you’re into bold perfumes or looking for something for the evening, definitely consider this one.”

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Perfume: Si By Giorgio Armani 

Eau de Toilette (50ml: RRSP: 995.00 | 100ml: RRSP 1 395.00)

Need to knows:

Fragrance type: It’s not sweet or strong; a balance between the two

Usage: Would work for day or night, but it’s more of a day function scent to me

Bottle: Subtle, delicate, and I love the gold detailing that compliments the nude and blush pink bottle tones

What she says:

“It’s a very luxurious perfume. I put this on and instantly felt glamorous and feminine. It’s not overly strong but you can immediately catch a whiff when walking into a room. It lasted really long on my skin (granted, I’m one of those that spray half the bottle). It’s quickly becoming one of my ultimate favourites.”

What he says:

It’s one of those addictive perfumes; You don’t want it to go away. It’s soft and feminine and not sickly sweet like many women’s perfumes. To me, this is one of those head turner fragrances.” 

WAVY/CURLY HAIR TUTORIAL | L’OREAL ELVIVE EXTRAORDINARY OIL REVIEW

I think I’m finally getting the hang of these YouTube tutorials; I’m already onto my second one! Create simple old school Hollywood waves with this video, and I also review the L’Oreal Paris Elvive Extraordinary Oil Shampoo, conditioner and hair mask (Pictured above).

Spoiler alert, I love it! You can buy it from Clicks or Dischem, and it retails for around R50,00 for the shampoo and for the conditioner, and around R80,00 for the hair mask.

Also, the Aria Beauty curling tong I use in the video was a gift from my sister Nazmira, and she purchased it from the Aria Kiosks. I’m not sure if they’re still around but if you’re really interested you can purchase it online here

Hope you enjoy the video!

PS: The second round to win a SONY XPERIA C3 SELFIE PHONE CLOSES TOMORROW AT 12PM! See here for rules and get your entries in stat!

VALENTINES DAY MAKEUP | SONY XPERIA COMPETITION PART 2

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Valentine’s Day is upon us, and I can’t deny feeling the love all around. Although I don’t personally celebrate the tradition, I LOVE seeing all the cheesiness in stores! Leading up to Valentine’s Day, I will be doing a few related posts, starting with this video tutorial for an easy date night makeup look. It’s my first ever vlog so I hope you enjoy it!

The video falls part of my SONY XPERIA C3 Selfie competition. We’re in week two, so the rules and hashtags will be a little bit different this time.

HOW TO ENTER:

  • Upload a selfie or a selfie video of yourself with anything Valentine’s Day related; This could be absolutely anything: whether it’s a makeup look you’d wear for a date night, a selfie with a huge box of chocolates or bunch of roses, or even a selfie with your loved one. Be creative!
  • This week the competition is limited to Instagram and Twitter entries only. Make sure your profile is not on private so we can see your entries
  • The following needs to be your tagline:
    • “I’d love to win with @sonyxperiaza and @rowenasaloojee #ILOVEXPERIA  #SONYxSNS”
  • Enter as many times as you like!
  • COMPETITION ENDS 13 FEBRUARY 2015 AT 12:00PM. Please do not submit any entries after this date and time! 
  • I will not be replying to any queries regarding the chosen winner;. It is done in a fair manner and is final and non negotiable.

Good luck! Excited to see the entries!

Entries are now closed: Congratulations to Zaakira Bhabha

SONY XPERIA C3 SELFIE COMPETITION | BRIGHT LIPS

Whether we oppose it or not, we are living in a selfie world. Everything is about snapping up a picture of yourself to Instagram your flawless makeup or #OOTD, or Snapchatting what an amazing time you’re having with your bestie. I mean, an (in)famous celebrity even has a book of selfies published. We are the generation of “pictures or it didn’t happen”.

You have to admit to taking at least one selfie in your life (don’t lie, I know you did). But the selfie-taking game has just gotten better…

The Sony Xperia C3 aka “the PROselfie phone”

The front camera is outstanding and provides detailed, defined images. The colour enhancer is on point, and the screen is large and high resolution (and perfect for group selfies. We all know the struggle of trying to fit everyone in an itty bitty screen). Alongside that, it has a slot for a 32gb microSD card, so you can take as many selfies as you like, and simply swap out cards when one gets full.

The exciting part? I am giving away one Sony Xperia c3 “PROselfie” phone every week during the month of February!

To enter:

  • Grab your favourite BRIGHT shade of lipstick (you can view a tutorial on how to apply and make your lipstick last here)
  • Post a selfie of yourself with it on Instagram OR Twitter OR share it on my Facebook page (PS: make sure your Instagram and Twitter accounts aren’t private else I won’t be able to see it!)
  • Tag @rowenasaloojee and @sonyxperiaZA on Instagram and Twitter
  • Hashtag #C3LOVEPOUT and #SONYxSNS

But first… Check out my tips for the perfect selfie below:

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Good luck!

Terms and Conditions:

  • The competition is only open to residents of South Africa
  • The competition closes on Monday 9 February
  • Winners are chosen at random and selection is final