Makho Ndlovu

Monday, September 19, 2016

My Favorite New MakeUp Foundation! I Can't Believe How Affordable It Is....

Hey Hey! How is everyone? Happy Monday :)

So fam, I just discovered this new beauty product and it's giving me so much LIFE!

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For the longest time, I've been a MAC girl - it's been my beauty staple for YEARS. But because I love trying new products, I decided to check out another foundation just for fun. Why not right?

I have hit the jackpot here my friends. This product is too great, not to share!

Folks, meet my new jam - the L'Oreal True Match Lumi Cushion Foundation!

There are so many reasons why I love this product. It's super affordable (you can buy it at Target for just $14.99) and it's incredibly versatile.

Our luminous refreshing formula creates sheer to medium coverage. Tap a little for a fresh natural glow, tap on more to build a new level of luminous coverage. Liquid foundation and tap on applicator puff gives convenient-on-the-go coverage

You control how much you want to use based on the look you're going for! Genuis!

To ensure that my foundation has that long-lasting effect - I also use a primer that hydrates my skin. My personl fave is from Honest Beauty, it gives my skin a bit of a glow while ensuring my makeup won't smudge or dissipate during the day.

Have you tried this L'Oreal foundation before? Let me know what you think if you decide to give it a go!

Btw, this is not a sponsored post, just sharing my personal faves with ya!


Thursday, September 15, 2016

Yaaas! Nigerian vlogger Patricia joins the L'Oreal Beauty Squad!

The glow-up is real!


One of favorite You-Tubers Patricia Bright just landed a HUGE cosmetics deal!

The London-based beauty is now a part of the illustrious  L’Orรฉal Paris BEAUTY SQUAD.

Deets via the L’Orรฉal site:

 L’Orรฉal Paris have teamed up with 5 of the UK's most influential and inspiring beauty YouTuber fanatics to be their digital faces and create always-on content for the mega brand across its cosmetics, skin and hair categories.

The Nigerian vlogger left her investment banking job a few years ago and she hasn't looked back. I am so happy for her success. The past few years have been amazing for her - a baby, a husband and now a major endorsement deal. Go girl!

Congrats Pat!!!!

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Cassper Nyovest, Lira & Zonke to be featured in E! VIP Series

E! Entertainment Television has mastered the art of reeling us in with compelling footage. Be it America or Africa, they have us in the palm of their hands.

Today the network announced that their locally produced show E! VIP will be back on E! Africa on Monday October 24th with seven brand spanking new episodes!

Last year we saw likes of Tiwa Savage, Bonang Matheba, Mafikizolo and an array of other top talent from Africa on the show -  but who do they have lined up this time around? From the press release:

The second part of the series will kick-off with a walk on the wild side of the hip-hop industry, as Cassper Nyovest shows off his digs and demonstrates the “Fill up the Dome” phenomenon for which he’s famous. And who could say no to a dedicated half hour with Ghanaian on-screen beauty Joselyn Dumas, Mozambique’s musical sensation Lizha James, or South African songstress Lira.

Get the scoop on how ProVerb’s been taking over the music scene sans manager. Meet the members of Kenyan afro-pop sensationSauti Sol, and listen as songwriter-slash-producer Zonke speaks of her experiences writing for a range of artists from Mafikizolo to Black Coffee and opens up about motherhood.

Those are some big names!

This should be really good! E! VIP takes viewers into the fabulous lives of our favorite African stars and in each episode, they give us behind the scenes footage from the celebs homes and personal lives. I can't wait!

E! VIP returns to E! Entertainment Television (DStv Channel 124) on Monday, 24th October at 7PM CAT. 
Will you be tuned in?


Monday, September 12, 2016

Mafikizolo announces US tour!

Iconic singing group Mafikizolo is embarking on a US tour and it's about to be so lit!

The megawatt artists are hitting up Indiana, Dallas, New York and many other cities. I learned about the tour on the 'gram and I am still trying to confirm all the other dates - so if I missed anything please holla at me!

Check out the flyers below for more info about the duo's upcoming tour!

Eish guys, which city will you be hitting up?

Mafikizolo has so many hits so you know it's about to be a great show! Tag me in your pics from the show, I would love to see them!

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Dark and Lovely's natural hair care line - Au Naturale - is heading to South Africa!

It's about to go down!

Awesome news for South African naturalistas. Dark & Lovely's Au Naturale line is heading your way!

I've been a proud member of the natural hair community (#TeamNatural) for the past 4 years and in that time-frame, your girl has tried a ridiculous amount of products. Some I loved, some I gave away and some of them I trashed with the quickness.

One of my absolute faves though - has got to be the Dark & Lovely Au Naturale line. Why do I love it so much? Let me count the ways!

1.The combination of mango oil & bamboo milk smells amazing! It's light but yet fragrant, just the perfect amount. In picture below, I used the Super Quench Leave in Spray and did a twist out to get my curls popping.

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2, Looking for a product that's ultra hydrating on your afro? This will be your new BFF. You know how our hair gets in the winter sometimes - dry and brittle? The Au Naturale line combats that dryness and provides serious moisture.  Especially when you use the L.O.C method. So bomb.

3. It does the job! Based on my experience it works on all hair types. I have what they call the 4C hair but I have recommended this brand to my friends and they love it too.

By the way this is not a sponsored post by Dark & Lovely - just keeping it real with ya! I am just a fan of the products. The Au Naturale line will available at Clicks and other retailers in October - that's just a few short weeks away. Hooray!

After you try it out, please let me know what you think!

Thursday, September 1, 2016

It's lit! Deets on #EssenceFestivalDurban lineup


In news you NEED to know - the first round of  Essence Festival Durban performers were announced today. So who do they have on deck? Ahhh you know Steve Harvey, Yolanda Adams, Thandiswa Mazwai, Black Coffee and my current favorite - Babes Wodumo!

The 3-day event will take place during the annual Durban Business fair on Nov 8-13, 2016.

The Empowerment Experience will be free and open to public and feature Rev Al Sharpton, South African actress Nondumiso Tembe, Estelle and Phaedra Parks. Other programming will include: 

  • Money + Power Showcase, providing unique opportunities for businesses to network and to meet potential buyers from both local and international markets.
  • Beauty and Style Expo, featuring designers from across the African continent showcasing and selling their products.
  • Lifestyle & Wellness Experience, featuring fitness workouts from celebrity fitness experts and healthy living tips.
  • Essence Eats, showcasing celebrity chefs preparing their specialty dishes and cuisine from Durban Sister Cities.

I'm sure Durban will do a fantastic job hosting everyone. If this is the first round can you imagine what the 2nd round will look like? I can't wait!! Are you planning on going?

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Kim K & co. wear cornrows & get applauded but black students do it and face backlash? That is Not OK

Student Zulaikha Patel

From Kentucky to Pretoria: The Issue of Policing Black Girls Hair Still Persists

Earlier this month, a Kentucky high school made national headlines after school officials sent out a widely circulated flyer that banned a number of natural hairstyles including cornrows, twists and dreadlocks. In response to the backlash, school representatives quickly met with students and teachers and eventually lifted the outrageous ban.

Thousands of miles away in South Africa, the same sad story broke over the weekend – the only difference was the location. The hashtag #StopRacismAtPretoriaGirlsHigh trended on Twitter as the stories emerged of black students uniting to protest after they say they were told to straighten their hair. In addition, the students allege they were told not to speak in African languages in school. Swift action from Gauteng Panyaza MEC Panyaza Lesufi called on the school governing body to apologize and lead to the suspension of the code of conduct.

A student told the MEC that her afro that her hair was once compared bird’s nest. “I have a natural afro, but a teacher told me I need to comb my hair because it looks like a bird’s nest.”


Whether it's in the USA or in Africa, the line of thinking from school representatives is similar and it's a horrifying case of the same story - different cast.

The natural hair movement is not a fad. - it's here to stay. A study by Mintel's Black Consumers and Haircare executive summary states that two-thirds of African-American women wore a natural hairstyle in 2013. Natural hair is not than just a lifestyle choice, it's a source of pride and identity for many.

I am just curious to know why bantu knots, cornrows and dreads seem to be celebrated when they are worn by non-black people? What message are we sending to our girls? Black hair is only cool on white heads?

Truth is, the only concern the black girls in Kentucky or Pretoria should have at this juncture - is getting good grades in school. That's what really matters here. The school officials are failing the next generation by focusing on all the wrong things. As a global community, we can't brush these hair issues aside anymore. The attack on black women's hair needs to stop.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Details on the swag bag and seating arrangements at the 2016 #VMA's

A few days ago, I had a chance to check out the seating chart at the MTV Video Music Awards.

The highly anticipated awards air tomorrow in the USA at 9pm. For my peeps in Africa you can watch the show on August 29, 2016 in South Africa. 

You won't want to miss the show's opening with pop goddess Rihanna. According to the show's executive producer Jessee Ignjatovic, Rih will be performing a slew of her biggest hits. He told Billboard “I can tell you it’s going to be one of those holy crap VMA moments ... She’s not playing. She’s bringing it.”

Kim & Kanye aka #Kimye  are sitting in the front row. 

Britney Spears is also sitting front row with Jaden Smith just one row behind her

Ahh the coveted Moon Man. I have a feeling Beyonce will be taking a LOT of these home tommorrow. MTV has not confirmed her attendance but I have a feeling she will be there.

Jidenna will be performing at the pre-show so make sure you don't miss that!

Other performers at the show include: Britney Spears, Future, Ariana Grande with Nicki Minaj, Nick Jonas with Ty Dolla $ign and the Chainsmokers with Halsey. 

MSG looks pretty amazing. It looks MTV is going all out for the awards. 

Oh and here's the gift bag that the celebrity presenters and perfomers receive. The swag bag includes:

  • Bose QuietComfort 35 wireless headphones - Bose® QuietComfort® 35 wireless headphones are engineered with world-class noise cancellation that makes quiet sound quieter and music sound better. So you can just listen, with nothing in the way. 

•    Crane & Co. Engraved Correspondence Cards – Since 1801, heads of state and stately households alike have chosen Crane to celebrate and commemorate life's grand occasions, both large and small. Made in the Berkshires by a team of expert craftsmen and women for over 200 years, our passion, expertise and experience are part of every box of stationery we create.  

•    Crush by Rihanna – Crush by Rihanna reveals her flirty yet mysteriously sexy, provocative side. Sensual woody notes pair with playful red fruits and pink musks to create an addictive floral oriental fragrance with an undeniably fun, feminine twist. 

•    Dooney & Bourke Large Roxy Bag – Raleigh bags deliver chic style and reliable performance day in and day out. Best combinations of Italian calfskin paired with Vacchetta leather trim, satin gold tone hardware and a soft leather lining to evoke thoughtful design. 

•    Indochino  – A one-of-a-kind made-to-measure suit. An Indochino style guide will meet with the celebrities to select a fabric, get expertly measured and customize their suit for a perfectly fitted, personalized look. 

•    JW Marriott Essex House New York – A work of art among Central Park hotels, JW Marriott Essex House has served as an icon in the NYC skyline since 1931 and features a luxury collection of guestrooms and suites with breathtaking park views. This certificate entitles each guest to a complimentary two night stay in one of the deluxe accommodations at the JW Marriott Essex House New York, inclusive of JW Executive Lounge access with a daily breakfast buffet and evening hors d'oeuvres. 

•    Kinross Pure Cashmere – Kinross creates comfortable, natural, soft and beautiful apparel that you’ll want to “live in.”  Designed to bring a touch of luxury to each and every day. 

•    Langham Place, New York – Langham Place, New York is centrally located at 400 Fifth Ave., at the intersection of Fifth Avenue and 36th Street; its 214 guest rooms and suites are some of the largest in the city. Guests will receive a certificate for a one-night stay plus a 60-minute spa treatment. 
•    Marc Jacobs – In celebration of the Resort collection, Marc Jacobs highlights the iconic MTV logo on an exclusive tote and a tee. The latest from Marc Jacobs Beauty (Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara) is also featured. 

•    MCM sunglasses by Marchon Eyewear – Designer Eyewear.  

•    Nobu Hotel Miami Beach – Masterminded by Chef Nobu, Academy Award winner Robert De Niro and Hollywood producer Meir Teper, the brand new Nobu Hotel Miami Beach will deliver a fun, luxury experience with 203 beautifully appointed rooms and suites, world-renowned Japanese restaurant Nobu Miami and farm-to-fork dining destination Malibu Farm. Nobu Hotel Miami Beach’s relaxing getaway features a two-night stay in the hotel’s deluxe room, valid for one year from November 1. 

•    Perpetual Shade – Perpetual Shade is the first-of-its-kind premium sleep mask brand to properly bridge the gap between luxury and comfort. Inspired by cultural icon MTV, Perpetual Shade Luxury Sleep Masks designed a custom edition mask in tribute to the origins of music video culture. 

•    Rosalie Bay - Rosalie Bay is a sanctuary amid the wilds of Dominica — the Nature Island in the Caribbean; Nestled at the foothills of the Morne Trois Pitons, anUNESCO World Heritage Site, on the southeast coast, our Dominica hotel sits on 22 verdant acres at the intersection of the ever-changing Atlantic Ocean and crystal clear Rosalie River. Stunning natural beauty and modern touches work together in perfect harmony to create a vacation where you feel rejuvenated, relaxed and reconnected. 

•    Scuf Gaming – Custom designed 2016 MTV VMA Infinity 4PS controllers forPlaystation 4  are  hand crafted by technicians at the US Scuf Gaming headquarters. Also included are high-end accessory packs containing a protection case, charging cable, precision thumbsticks, ring and lock kit, GamerGrip and drawstring bag.

© Makho Ndlovu

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