MATHAHLE STOFILE DELIGHTS IN SOME SPECIAL BEAUTY FINDS, FANCIES A DESIGNER FRAGRANCE, AND PLAYS WITH ROCK ’ROLL MAKE-UP
1. BOTTOM LINE
Recently I was at a shoot and the stylist told us about his visit to Nigeria, where the trend was for women to wear silver lipstick… on only the bottom lip. Of course I found this both outrageous and hilarious. But at this yearGrammy Awards, Rihanna wore a black lippie in the same way and —dare I say —she pulled it off. She s a pop superstar, though, so there s very little she can t pull off. For the rest of us, the look can prove to be tricky. Black Up have launched some amazing lip colours, R195 each, and I m fascinated with the black one. The shades range from nudes and pinks to tangerine and red. Please, apply on the top and bottom lip.
2. KING AND QUEEN OF COOL
Tom Ford has done it again. Every time one of his fragrances lands on my desk, everyone in the office comes for a little appreciative whiff. We know that he s a fashion genius and it looks like he s putting his great talents to use in the beauty industry too (make-up and fragrances). Tom FordJasmin Rouge, 50ml, R1750, is a beautiful fragrance —very sensual and a little spicy. We absolutely love it! Speaking of love, I m quite taken by the MAC Beth Ditto collection. Ita wink to candy-glossed pop featuring Zoom Lash Mascara, R155, in three colours; Zoom Fast Black Lash Mascara, R155; Pro Longwear Lipcremes, R180; Nail Lacquers, R110, and a polka-dot Powder to the People speciality powder, R360. The whole collection is inspired by the Queen of Cool’, Beth Ditto of the band Gossip. It s all pretty rock n roll and we think it s a clever collaboration between Beth and MAC.
3. OZONE LAYER
You can be fairly sure a product is safe when you read the list of ingredients and they amount to two —jojoba oil and ozone. The Ozone Jojoba Topical Gel, 25ml, R169, was created 11 years ago by Charles Bowes-Taylor with the aim of helping people with skin irritations like eczema and psoriasis. Doctors started recommending it to their patients and today, the uses for this product are endless. (It s even safe to use on your baby s skin.) I mixed a little with hand cream and my hands felt super-soft. Use on your cuticles, dry patches, bruised or broken skin —anywhere that needs a little soothing. Available at pharmacies, health stores and Dis-Chem stores nationwide.
4. MAKE-UP MEETS ART
Since meeting and forming a great working relationship with Jefferson Hack at the age of 21, photographer John Rankin Waddell has brought us some exciting projects, including the creation of Dazed & Confused magazine. Due out in June is the second in his beauty book series, in which he s partnered with make-up artist Ayami Nishimura on a collection of distinctive beauty portraits —pushing the boundaries of make-up artistry to the limit. Retailing for around R530, the book, Ayami Nishimura (Rankin), contains mesmerizing visuals and one can see that growing up in Japan has greatly influenced Ayami s work. Order on line at Amazon.com.