The Game Changer

18. February 2015 Style 15

So, what do you do when you know a bunch of roses isn’t going to cut it this year?? Take her to a rose garden says Tapi! He knows I love going for long walks and he knows I love flowers, so where better to go for a long walk than in a rose garden. (You’re too much baby). I loved the rose garden so much that we went back the next day, but this time with a camera, a dress, some heels and a make-up artist. I’m not a make-up kinda girl. My beauty routine generally consists of washing my face with whatever soap presents itself to me in the shower (shocking, but it’s true), Nivea lotion, mascara and some lipstick or gloss (which lasts like an hour on my lips if I’m lucky). So it was time to call in a Pro.  Patience quickly realised who she was dealing with when she asked me what foundation or powder I used and I replied with “Black something, I got it like 6 years ago”. “Black Opal maybe “she suggested…Yes! That one. Patient she was. I knew I wanted drama around my eyes but I also knew of my intense fear of eye shadow. Let me explain. I have small eyes, so the thought of putting anything around them, to me translates to even smaller eyes! Anyway, I put my eyes in her hands and let her work her magic. A few tips I picked up, start with a primer which makes the eye-shadow stay longer (crucial with our current weather). Next, use a neutral colour on the lid, then blend in a darker colour on the crease of the eye, then add a highlighter above the crease of the eye. Most importantly Invest in good brushes for application of foundation, powder, eye-shadow etc. Fingers are not a substitute Mati. Lastly, add some lashes for that extra volume and drama. Patience uses Red Cherry Lashes, made from 100% human hair.

To compliment my face-beat, I wore this Neon floor length chiffon dress which i got from a boutique store in Nelson Mandela square called Roccobarocco. It was love at first sight. A timeless addition to my wardrobe. I truly believe Neon is made for us dark skin girls. This dress is what I like to call a game changer. One of those dresses where you walk into an event and all the girls who were already there thinking that they looked fly-er than the other girls there take one look at you and realise it’s over. You’ve shut it down. Find yourselves a game changer girls. Yaassss Honey! Serving you face and leg!!

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15 thoughts on “The Game Changer”

  • 1
    Anonymous on March 3, 2015 Reply

    Hi there, you have such beautiful eyes no wonder you have never needed makeup. The game changer is a beautiful piece that is well written. Your articles are liberating to both men and women. Keep them coming. Bapa.

  • 3
    undere on February 20, 2015 Reply

    🔥🔥🔥🔥 you stay slaying Mrs Chinyanda. I have small eyes too so I welcome this tip with arms wide open, will give it a try. I’m scared of colour, but you are right this works. Aiwa I believe 🙌🙌. Lol

    • 4
      L'entendre on February 22, 2015 Reply

      Hehe my small eyed sister! I hope you are convinced! I’m still getting there! I’m Not sure I would try by myself! maybe start with little colour, work on your blending! Thanks hun! Hanzi I believe!lol!

  • 5
    Colleen on February 20, 2015 Reply

    Mati wearing make up? Seems like you and i are putting to practice what we recently learnt. Though it might take me a LONG time to jump onto the make up wagon.

    • 6
      L'entendre on February 22, 2015 Reply

      I knowww right?!! I’m still tryna get used to it! Lol! Let’s jump on the wagon Shamwari! Looking forward to seeing you this weekend! X

  • 7
    Triumphant on February 20, 2015 Reply

    That is lovely Mati and wat is even commendable is how you enlisted the services of a professional to do your make up for the extra notch.

    • 8
      L'entendre on February 22, 2015 Reply

      Thank you!! I’m glad I got a pro as well! Learnt so much. Too much to tell in one post , look out for my next blog post, more tips to come.

  • 9
    Dee on February 18, 2015 Reply

    Wow & yeeeay, make up suits u so much, u look so so preety, & that dress👌👌👍👍

    • 10
      L'entendre on February 18, 2015 Reply

      Hehe! Yeeeayy! Thank you Dee!! 😁

  • 11
    Thelma on February 18, 2015 Reply

    Take me to church Mati!!! Love this piece! Game changer – so necessary for every woman to have at least one piece like that! Love this dress, the colour, the design, the cut and ofcourse you put it on! The shoe just puts the period at the end of the statement that is this dress. Flawless. Classic. Iconic.

    You are gorgeous with out the make-up anyhow but Patience beat that face to perfection. I love the colours she used on you. Gorgeous. You know me, I love me my make-up, and good brushes are a staple – definite must have. Get a good set and you are set for life. The good ones last a lifetime if you care for them properly, so if you are interested, treat them as an investment piece. You said you have trouble with having lipstick/lip gloss last for longer than an hour, I used to have the same issue. For lipsticks go with a matte finish for longer lasting wear. My fave matte collections are by Illamasqua, MAC and NARS, but if you want to go high end, YSL has my absolute fave mattes – the grenat satisfaction, orange imagine and rouge rock are to die for on our dark skin! On the lip regimen though, make sure to use a lip primer before hand, the MAC one is awesome!! Mattes tend to be dryer so make sure to prime, but the MAC primer also makes it easier to wash off completely, no stain left, just clean lips. Is it obvious I might be obsessed with lipsticks? 🙂

    P.S. Can you ask Tapi to write a book please. That little brother of mine can teach men a few things bout treating your woman right 🙂

    • 12
      L'entendre on February 18, 2015 Reply

      Ummmm Thelma!!! You need to guest appear on this here blog!! Clearly you are the make up Guru! I love this!! So much information. I can’t wait to hit the stores and point at my phone and be like “give me this one” haha! Love it! Can you imagine tho, we don’t have Sephora here in melbourne yet? I know … Gasp! So i might have to online shop it, which takes away the make up shopping experience for me! Apa I want to nyatso see the colours!

      You’re too adorable! You guys raised Tapi right! He is just the sweetest most thoughtful person in general. We just thank Mwari shuwa!! .. .not sure about the book thing tho. We need to skype. 😉

      • 13
        Thelma on February 24, 2015 Reply

        Mati, I didn’t get a notification that you had replied hun, but I am subscribed to receive updates on blog comments too. This item is hating :(.

        Yes, yes, yes! I would love to do a guest appearance on your blog. You know I stalk your social media on a heavy, lol :). Tapi has my number, so let’s whatsapp and set up a time to Skype, Facetime, Tango…lol, whichever medium works :). I just read below that you are doing a follow up of this post focusing on the make-up, girl….am grinning from ear to ear… I can’t wait.

  • 14
    stylishaffairs on February 18, 2015 Reply

    I’m not a make-up kinda girl either, I rarely use it. And applying an eyeliner is a big, difficult adventure for me lol.
    I love the cut of your dress and the colour of the shoes is spot on.

    • 15
      L'entendre on February 18, 2015 Reply

      Haha eyeliner is tricky! Patience used a brush to put the liner above my eye, which gives that cat-eye effect. Maybe try that. Could look pretty good, and could be easier application. Thanks for hollering! 😊

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