O, my, word, girls! If you live in the Southern Hemisphere it’s almost that time again – BIKINI SEASON! Eek! I have been particularly lazy in terms of sticking to a fitness routine this… uhm… year! That’s right! I haven’t done any exercise since February 2015! Cue mini hyperventilation attack! I must also add that I’m a bit of a procrastinator; hence I often subject myself to major cram time! Consequently, from this point on it’s exactly what I will be doing! I’m lucky in a sense that I don’t pick weight up easily, hence there’s not much to drop, and my biggest goal is toning.
Ahh…. Don’t you just love that word – toning? (I hope you can detect a bit of sarcasm there…) The reason for my cynicism is due to the nebulous usage of the word. Just refer to nearly every single magazine isle whilst doing your daily grocery run during summer time and you’re sure to spot what I’m referring to. Cover upon cover promising these tight, toned abs and pert backside in 4 just weeks! I call BS on these lies! Been there, tried that – didn’t bother to buy the T-shirt! No, this year I’m particularly excited to try the Kayla Itsines Bikini Body Guide. (more…)
I recently sat down with my friend, and veteran professional makeup artist David Sharp. He is celebrating his 15th year in the beauty industry and is currently the top Artist for Lancôme South Africa. Throughout his career, he has learned and experienced so much and I’m delighted to share his words of wisdom with you.
Wow! 15 years of makeup and beauty experience under your belt! How does it feel?
It feels good! I’ve accomplished A LOT in 15 years! I’ve learned so many things, and I still have loads more to learn! I think that now I have a lot to give back! The industry has changed quite a bit, in terms of how people perceive beauty. I somehow feel that the media can be misogynistic from time to time. Women are constantly bombarded by edited, flawless versions of celebrities, models, etc. Therefore, I’m here to reassure women that it’s perfectly normal to have these (perceived) flaws, and that I’m not here to change the way they look – I’m here to enhance their best features.
When did you know a career in beauty was your passion?
I never imagined I would become a make-up artist as I actually started my career as a hairstylist! Consequently, I opted for a change into retail where I worked for Lancôme – 13 years ago. It’s actually after being chosen to work on the Miss SA pageant in 2004/2005 that the artist bug bit and I’ve never looked back.