Author: Alyssa Pillay

The Art And Speed Of Growing Hair

I had the worst luck with my hair over the last 8-10 years. My hair didn’t grow past a certain length for various reasons; poor diet which led to health issues that I tried to disguise with heat and peroxide (remember my Rita Ora/ Shakira platinum blonde phase?). In late 2015, I decided to go on my version of a hair diet and I attempted to go on a hair detox that would take a year to complete. First, I transitioned from solid blonde to a grown out ombre color from my natural brunette roots and platinum ends. The inconsistent color of my tresses drove me insane so I started to color my hair back from blonde to dirty blonde to dark brown. Sadly, I didn’t consider Olaplex or any sort of protection, so my hair began to break from damage. I began to use hair extensions to disguise the fact that my hair didn’t gain length and it remained at shoulder length for over 11 months. In January 2017, I cut off all the …

Beauty And It’s Beasts- Has The Female Stereotype Changed?

What’s in a stereotype,it’s a label to enhance or reduce an ego, and rarely one’s choice. Some stereotypes are flattering but more often used to insult or belittle. Defined as: a fixed, exaggerated and preconceived description about a certain type of person, group or society, it’s a notion based on prejudice rather than fact which by reputation and with time becomes fixed in people’s minds. Stereotypes are born in popular culture and have a strong connection to language and graphic design. TV, Social Media, magazines, internet, music and newspapers are the most influential practitioners of stereotyping and wield enormous power over this projection. Stereotypes can only exist as single incontrovertible truths and are vulnerable to interpretation and analysis, processes that might cleave the monolithic belief into several indefensible parts. This curatorial approach was thus designed to involve many voices, predominantly women, who would bring multifarious influences in an attempt firstly to neutralise the perception of the artist/curator as genius, a phallocentric tradition and secondly to shatter the crystalline integrity of stereotypical representations of women. The …

Oscars 2017: Why Stars Wore Blue Ribbons On The Red Carpet

I am so proud of how Queen Regnant has evolved. As much as the red carpet is so glamorous, the world is plagued with serious issues that require a platform, such as the Academy Awards red carpet, to be highlighted. This year, the accessory of the night at the Oscars was not a shiny designer clutch or a strappy stiletto. It’s a blue American Civil Liberties Union ribbon. Ruth Negga, nominated for the best actress Oscar for her portrayal of Mildred Loving in “Loving,” wore the ribbon with a red floor-sweeping Valentino dress. “Loving” is based on the true story of a couple who were banished from Virginia for their interracial marriage. The A.C.L.U. took up the case and brought it all the way to the United States Supreme Court, which struck down miscegenation laws — those that enforced segregation in intimate relationships — in 1967. Lin-Manuel Miranda, nominated for best original song, wore a ribbon, too (as did his mother, Luz Towns-Miranda). He paired his with a slightly more low-key option than Ms. Negga’s: …

Contouring For Cheapskates

Contouring has been a huge trend for the last several years, thanks to the Kardashians and the emergence of the beauty blogger but in actual fact, its a technique that has been used by makeup artists for the longest time. In theory, anywhere you apply a lighter, brighter product will stand out and appear more prominent, and anywhere you apply a shadow or darker shade of contour will give you more depth and definition. With the craze of contouring over the last few years, there’s been a lot of ‘techniques’ appearing on Instagram and Youtube, with scary things like spoons and kitchen objects, that have really over complicated what can be a quick and easy beauty trick. Playing with light and shadow can really reshape, resize, enhance and define your facial framework. As a thrifty shopper, I find that contour kits are quite the eye-catcher, but absolutely unnecessary. You can use any pigmented product in your makeup bag to create a contour and/or highlight. For this simple tutorial, I used Essence Rose Eyeshadow palette and …

Celeb Look Of The Week: Kate Middleton

Who cares what Katherine was wearing, what truly caught the media’s attention was that tiara. Yes. the very same one that gave Princess Diana massive headaches, the legendary Lover’s knot tiara that has been passed on from generation to generation, landing beautifully on the Duchess of Cámbridge’s perfectly shaped head. What did Kate wear to the ball? Our ever-so-diplomatic duchess stayed true to the British fashion industry by wearing a bespoke red Jenny Packham creation that was beautifully offset by the Lover’s Knot tiara. What is so iconic about the tiara? The tiara was made by Royal jewellers Garrard in 1914 to Queen Mary’s personal design, from pearls and diamonds already in her family’s possession. In her will, Queen Mary left the tiara to the Queen, who wore it frequently, including at an evening event in 1955. By this point, the top layer of pearls had been removed and returned to Queen Mary’s brooches. In 1981 she gave it as a wedding present to Prince William’s mother, Diana, who wore it for the first time …

Steal Her Style: Audrey Hepburn

The term “style icon” is synonymous to her name. Audrey Hepburn is and will always be a style icon for many reasons, namely her love affair with Givenchy and her sprinkles of Louis Vuitton and Ferragamo. Audrey’s style stands out because of her simple pieces that were well tailored. Tailored Clothes Well fitted clothes elongate the body and gives a good shape. Audrey’s clothes were fitted to accentuate her flattering waist. Pumps Audrey was really tall, so she stuck to flats or kitten heels. Ballet pumps, if worn correctly, can give an outfit a glamorous appearance. Try to opt for plain ones with less or no embellishment. LBD Black elongates and slims down any body type. Wear a black dress and its a party (or Breakfast At Tiffany’s). Choose an elegant style with a length that sits on the knee. Gloves Gloves serve a dual purpose: making an ensemble look uber chic and protecting your kitty paws from harsh UV rays. Why not? Choker A choker elongates the neck and it doesn’t clash with the …

How To Break In Tight Heels

I have wide feet, but when I see a pair of heels that I want, my wide feet is the last thing on my mind! I’m sure we’ve all been in that situation: you try on the perfect pair of heels and it looks stunning and when you walk a few metres in them, you realise that those heels are tight. It fits but it’s just too tight! Thank goodness that those slippers aren’t made of glass (sorry Cinderella, I don’t have advice for you), I have the perfect solution! 1. Firstly, scuff the bottom of your heels to prevent slipping. Rub a piece of sandpaper in a side-to-side motion across the bottom of the shoe. The roughness mimics the wear and tear of walking in a fraction of the time. 2. Slip on a pair of thick socks, then put on your heels. Moist socks might feel a little icky, but they’ll help soften and stretch out snug heels. Walk around the house for 20 to 30 minutes, then take off the socks and see …

The Hype About Crème de la Mer

According to cremedelamer.com, La Mer’s journey began when Dr. Max Huber suffered burns in an experiment gone awry and set out to create his own destiny. Physicist by day, stargazer and dreamer by night,he hoped to unlock the healing power of the sea he held so dear. Inspired by the oceanic world, Huber fermented nutrient-rich sea kelp with other natural ingredients. 12 years and 6,000 experiments later, Crème de la Mer was born –and Huber’s skin visibly restored. One thing that strucks you, when you hear about the Aerospace physicist Dr. Max Huber, who fifty years ago began to create what is now the dream cream of all women aged 20 and older, is the determination. The creation is actually all part of a drama, an explosion in the laboratory and severe burns after that. Not being able to find a solution neither medical nor scientific to his problem. Dr.Huber had to research a solution himself. After more than 6000 failed experiments, this research resulted in the creation of a cream which helped him partially …

Queen Regnant Crepes Suzette

Glorious Crepes Suzette

If your sweet tooth cannot decide between pancakes or pudding, here’s a citrusy compromise (or dare I say, upgrade) to either dish. Ingredients Crepes: 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour Pinch salt 3 eggs 1/2 cup sugar 2 cups milk 1 tablespoon orange liqueur (recommended: Grand Marnier) 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 tablespoon orange zest 1/2 cup clarified butter Sauce: 1 1/2 cups freshly squeezed orange juice 2 tablespoons sugar 2 teaspoons grated orange zest 2 tablespoons orange liqueur (recommended: Grand Marnier) 3 oranges, peeled and sectioned Vanilla ice cream, for serving Method Crepes: Whisk together the flour and salt in a medium bowl. Whisk together the eggs and sugar in a large bowl until pale. Whisk in 1 1/2 cups of the milk, orange liqueur, vanilla, and orange zest and flour until combined. If the mixture is too thick, add the remaining milk until a thin consistency is achieved. Cover and refrigerate batter for 30 minutes. Heat an 8-inch crepe pan or skillet over medium heat for about 1 minute. Cover the surface of the …

Celeb Look Of The Week: Naomi Campbell

Naomi Campbell arrived at the Princess Grace Awards Gala in New York this week looking a vision in a couture creation by Ralph & Russo that highlighted her fabulous figure with its body skimming design, nipping her in at the waist and balancing her slight curves out with a gentle fishtail. The dress had a textured finish and a beautifully embellished cape that was draped over one shoulder, which glistened when it moved. The ensemble flared out at the hem and formed a train. The dress was accessorised with a silver clutch, as well as a gleaming bracelet and a large diamond necklace.