|A genuine UD Good Karma bru|
To a large degree I blame youtube. It all started with the thousands of makeup tutorials that became the millenial pastime of anyone who not necessarily loved makeup, but loved attention. I don't begrudge them that: we all need a little bit of love, even if it is from total strangers who are also in search of something...a sense of belonging perhaps. Which leads me to the reason I can't watch any more... there's only so much heavily done makeup, nonsensical contouring, and caterpillar brow-enhancing that I can take, dammit.
|Too good to be true at R299...?!?|
|When in doubt...|
And then there's the danger that may seem trivial, but if you are in any way sensitive or allergic, then please beware! If you don't know what you're putting on your skin... I'll leave it there.
|At R300 it seems like a steal... but you wouldn't would you...|
|Authentic Urban Decay SMOKY palette sells for R850|
When the authentic product retails for R850, I'm sure there's a voice in your head going: but what if they got it for free and they just want to offload it for cash. Well, this person might have gotten this and all the other items on her list for free, but my fake radar is twitching. Look, I don't know if it's fake...but it just seems odd. Wouldn't you agree??
Here's the rest of her list:
- Kylie Matte Liquid lips @ R220
- Naked Smoky eyes Pallette @ R300
- Mac Matte Lipsticks @ R180
- ABH Illuminator @ R250
- ABH Eyebrow Filler @ R180
- ABH Oval 6 piece Brush set @ R400
- Goats Hair Loose Brush set @ R250
- ABH powder Contour Kit @ R400
- Mac Definer Lash Mascara @ R180
- Glow Kit ABH @ R400
- ABH Eyeliner @ R160
With all these Anastasia Beverly Hills, Kylie, MAC and Urban Decay products floating about so freely, I begin to wonder WTF I'm buying!?! you would, too, wouldn't you...? So here's my advice: buy from a certified distributor, or better yet, directly from the brand. And if that is not possible, then please look around at what is available. I understand the temptation...because who knows what's really fake anyway, right...but who know what shit is in those products, and there's a very real chance that your R300 could just be buying some scary majat (South African slang for "low grade goods") that makes your skin fall off...or worse still: break out!!!
The more crap that filters into the market, the more at risk consumers will be...so just don't do it... Good Karma and all.
I'd like to know how you feel about this, so please leave a comment??
Sometimes you just have to have some fun! Adding mismatched and playful accessories can style up any plain outfit. But be prepared to be bold. And that often requires a sense of humour, more than style. Don't be afraid of making people smile...okay, sometimes I make them laugh ...out loud. But HELL YEAH, I'm having fun.
I love wearing bangles and bracelets, but the moment the get in the way of my work, or irritate me or my models in any way, then it comes off immediately.
With so many lookbooks, and inspiration out there, use it to inspire your own fashion, flare and fun. Innovate. Don't replicate. Be an original, ALWAYS. Go into your closet, and start by pulling everything out....now put it all back like you've never worn it before!