A new site: I’m moving!


Gather ‘round children. I have some very cool news.

For those of you who don’t know yet, my blog spent some much needed time in the make-up chair and it’s received a beautiful make-over thanks to the extremely talented miss Chicara Joubert. Check out her blog here.

My new blog will be over here: http://www.lookitscarina.com so please subscribe to it.

Also, you all know I subscribe back so do it! Hit that button! 😉

I’m still trying to figure out how to move all my subscribers over to the new site so if you know how or have advice, please let me know!

I’m still on my usual social media platforms. You know where to find me. 🙂


My first few days with Mu-Shu <3


So as many of you know by now if you follow me on Instagram or if you saw my last post, I got a puppy on Saturday.

He’s now 14 weeks old and he’s absolutely adorable.

I got Mu-Shu for Mr. S and I since we are both huge dog people and nothing warms my heart more than a cute dog video on YouTube.

Anyway, I decided to do a post on my first few days with my new fluff baby so that if you have a new puppy, you can offer advice or you can know what to expect.

I’m by no means a dog whisperer, I’m simply sharing my experience. Also, dogs have different temperaments and personalities so your puppy might act completely differently to mine.

Another thing I want to get out the way: I bought Mu-Shu from a breeder. Now before you whip out your pitch fork, I wanted to get a pup from the SPCA but my garden really can’t accommodate a big dog and my problem is that if I adopt a puppy from the SPCA he might be small when I get him but grow into a massive dog since the SPCA often get mixed breeds. I will have to find him a new home then and that’s just cruel. So I got a pure bred from a breeder so that I know what size he’ll be. I’m going to get him micro chipped and neutered when he’s older. I know NOTHING about taking care of pregnant dogs and there are enough doggies in the world that need loving homes.

The day I can afford to buy a place or even move to a place with a much bigger garden, I’m definitely getting a rescue from the pound.

The first day

We drove all the way to Benoni (Charlize Theron is from there, represent!) to go see him. We didn’t actually think he’d steal our hearts the way he did so we didn’t even take a basket with which was stupid but he was calm in the car and chilled on Mr. S’s lap. We seriously didn’t think we’d take him home right away.

The breeder gave us a bag of food, a blankie, his inoculation papers and a toy.

He’s quite a strange pup since he warms up immediately to women but he’s shy around men. He immediately started following me, my mom and Mr. S’s sister but was shy around Mr. S and my dad. He’s not afraid of men at all, he just kind of shimmies off when they try to play with him. He’s happy being in Mr. S’s company now though.

The first night

Mu-Shu kept me up ALL NIGHT. I tried immediately teaching him to sleep in his basket that I put right by the bed but he wanted nothing of it. He wanted to sleep in bed with me and he’s still quite small so I’m really afraid of crushing him and I don’t actually want him sleeping IN my bed.

I tucked him into his basket and sat right next to him until he dozed off but he woke up every hour on the hour. I felt sorry for him because he has lived with and went to sleep with his parents, two siblings, two Golden Retrievers and a spaniel each night and now he’s all alone.

The second day

Mu-Shu became much more playful but he was still feeling a little strange. He still sniffed about quite a lot but he seemed to be in better spirits.

The second night

Mu-Shu still wanted to know nothing of his basket at night. During the day he would happily chew his toys in it and nap but when the sun set the little fluffy monster wanted to sleep in my bed. I had to go to work today (duh) so I allowed him to sleep next to me, but I slept badly since I was petrified of squishing him. I also woke up at 3 am to take him to potty, but I guess that’s better than waking up every hour on the hour.

The third day

Stephan (that’s Mr. S’s real name) is a bit under the weather and working from home so Mu-Shu is with him. So far it sounds like he’s been behaving well. Let’s hope he also sleeps well tonight.

Do you have any puppy related tips you’d like to share?

XO Carina



How to look good on staff photos

Photo: Technologybloggers.org

Photo: Technologybloggers.org

I started working at a glossy magazine about two months ago and I’ve been lucky enough (or unlucky?) to feature in the staff photographs.

We all headed into the Johannesburg CBD for the whole shoot and the photographer came back to us with the final results in record time. She was amazing so everyone looks good except me of course. I hate photos. I always feel awkward when a photographer coaxes me to smile or strike a ridiculous pose. I never look natural and my smile always looks incredibly forced.

Anyway, before the shoot I did some research on the topic and decided to share my infinite wisdom on the subject with you:


  • Don’t wear pattern heavy clothing – It makes you look bigger than you are and you risk looking like a crazy bag lady if the pattern doesn’t photograph well.
  • No polar fleece – Our shoot was in winter so the temptation was there to wear something warm and fluffy, but don’t. It doesn’t photograph well and makes you look top heavy.
  • Wear darker colours – It makes you look slimmer.
  • Don’t wear fashion faddy clothing – Rather go for something classic that will still look good in a couple of years. You don’t want to look at the photos and cringe or potential clients giggling at your ensemble.


  • For a work related shoot keep your make up slightly lighter and more natural. I went with winged liner and falsies to accentuate my eyes but I skipped eyeshadow altogether. I wore a light pinky almost lilacy lipstick (MAC’s Snapdragon).
  • Chill on the contouring – I’m terrible at it but I contoured very lightly. Depending on how you turn your face it can look like dirt marks on your face or just look weird and unnatural. I’m also not blessed with killer bone structure like Kim K so I had to do something to make my moon face look slimmer.
  • Same for blusher. Don’t look like you have a weird red heat rash on your cheeks.
  • Wear your hair in a way that you feel comfortable with. I just threw up my hair in a bun since I have unruly wavy hair and it would’ve looked untidy and unprofessional on the photos if I just left it to its own devices.

The night before

  • Eat healthy for glowing and clear skin at least a week before
  • Lay off the carbs and foods with a high sodium content. It will cause water retention.
  • Drink lots of water.
  • Get enough sleep the night before.
  • Know that photoshoots take long. You’re going to be there for a while so take a book or something to entertain yourself with with to the location. Ours took 5 hours and there’’s about 20 people if that much working in my office.
  • Just relax and try and enjoy the shoot.

Please note that I’m no professional and I don’t think I look amazing on our staff photos at all. I’m simply sharing some tips and my experience from what I learnt and I find that these tips helped me.


XO Carina


June favourites

So my birth month has come and gone and that makes me sad. I am also 25. That makes me even sadder. 😉

Also, this post is a bit late and I tried out a different backdrop for the products. I prefer plain white to be honest, but anyway, since it was my birthday this month I got a couple of gifts that I loved and it will be making up some of my favourites.


Guess handbag

Mr. S got me a stunning black Guess bag as part of my birthday gift. I almost feel too sorry for it to use it daily because it’s so gorgeous. And it matches my black heart. 😉

Jay Jays jacket

An early birthday gift from Mr. S. It’s really warm and I’ve been wearing it constantly.

Woolworths ring

Thank you to my friend Natasha for giving me this ring. I love the colours of the gems and I honestly don’t have anything else quite like it.


MAC goodies

My friends know me all too well. I got MAC lipglosses and a lipstick from two of my friends and I really love it. Thanks Jenni and Marelie!!! ❤ I also Instagrammed a picture.

Dior foundation

Again something Mr. S got me. I’ll do a full review on it later.

Rimmel Scandal Eyes in Bluffing

I’ve had this for a while but I couldn’t find a damn eyeliner sharpener that was big enough to sharpen the pencil until recently. I got an Essence one at Dis-Chem and since buying that I’ve been using the eyeshadow pencil every single day. It’s a nice neutral bronzey colour that is perfect for work and even when you’re out about on the town.


Nico & Vinz – Am I wrong?

A lovely song. I particularly like singing along to the “Oh yeah yeah yeah yeah” part. 😉

What are your favourites for this month? Leave links to your favourites posts in the comment section. I’d love to read it.

XO Carina


P.S: I follow back.

Dry hair solutions


Guys, it’s full blown winter here. I snooze my alarm at least twice in the mornings just to lie in bed a teensy bit longer before getting up, making coffee and getting ready for work. I hate getting out the shower or bath since it’s even colder then and my skin is even drier than usual.

But it’s not just my skin that is complaining about the dry icy cold, it’s my wavy colour treated hair as well.

I have quite a difficult hair texture to deal with. It’s thick, wavy, a bit coarse to the touch, has a frizzy element to it and also has a mind of its own. I wash it once a week (my hairdresser’s recommendation) and I spray dry shampoo on the roots in between washes to keep it from becoming an oily mess.

Not washing it that often and not using any heat treatment on it has helped a lot, but it hasn’t kept my winter woes at bay.

Normally I use silver shampoo but I’ve discovered an amazing new shampoo that I use during the winter and I promise you I’ve never looked back. If you have wavy or curly hair, it makes your curls softer yet more defined and it quenches thirsty hair quite a bit.

Another plus is that it’s paraben and sulphate free. WOOHOO!

The downside, it’s pricey.

I’ve had my bottle Hask Macadamia Oil shampoo for a while and if I remember correctly it goes for about R110 a pop at Clicks. I haven’t purchased the conditioner yet since I make use of my silver shampoo’s conditioner to keep my blonde ends from going brassy.

Here what I do to my hair after working up a lather, rinsing and repeating:

  • I let my hair air dry or if it’s particularly freezing, I walk around with a towel on my head until my hair is damp
  • I work about 3 drops of TreSemme’s hair oil into my strands and leave it
  • When my hair’s almost completely dry, I gently comb it through with my bamboo comb from The Body Shop.

And voila!

My hair is soft and shiny.

Do you have any holy grail hair products?


XO Carina


We’re all obsessed with it

We live in a society that is obsessed with oversharing. We post everything from the plate of food we eat to our deepest thoughts and emotions online for millions of strangers to read. Have you noticed how Twitter accounts who constantly to the point of being damn irritating always have the most followers? It’s exactly because we are obsessed with sharing and knowing what’s going on in other people’s lives.

What prompted me into writing this specific post is the following:

One of my favourite beauty YouTubers recently came out and announced in a 20 minute long video that she’s gay. Now, I understand that coming out must be really hard. You face harsh criticism from people who are just acquaintances, judgment from friends and even disappointment from family members. Now imagine the even harsher criticism you’ll have to face by posting a video on the Internet.

Her video has received over 8 million views and I understand that it’s a process and she probably has to work through it herself and it is therapeutic/inspirational for people going through the same thing and I’m all for it. You do whatever it is that makes you happy, but seriously who cares?

I don’t care that Ingrid Nilsen is gay. I still love her. She’s got the sunniest, most wonderful personality and her videos are beautiful. They’re thought through, well edited and helpful. I don’t watch her channel to snoop what’s going on in her personal life and to be honest I don’t really want to know all that much. I watch her videos because she’s good at what she does.

The world will be a much more peaceful place if we all just learn to leave other people alone sometimes. If you don’t like something, steer clear or practice being a grown up and tolerating it because everyone deserves to be happy without feeling the need to post a 20 minute long video on the Internet explaining themselves.

XO Carina


Review: MAC Copperthorn


To say I’ve been busy lately is a total understatement. I’ve had the pleasure to attend my first media screening for a movie in Melville, Johannesburg. I had to attend a corporate photo shoot and had to assist with holding props and walking all over the Maboneng Precinct in Johannesburg CBD. It’s the birthplace of all hipsters before they all migrate to Cape Town on skateboards or whatever method of transport it is that hipsters use nowadays, but in all honesty the CBD is very cool.

So with all my excuses out the way, I thought it’s about time that I do a review of an oldie but a goodie eyeliner of mine that I rediscovered while frantically searching for my concealer in my make-up bag one morning.

*Drumroll please* It’s MAC’s Copperthorn!

I absolutely adore this eyeliner. The texture is very smooth and velvety. Although it is technically an eyeliner in the more liquidy/gelly family, I use it as an eyeshadow.

It’s not powdery, but trust me when I say this baby sticks! You don’t need a primer and it seriously makes your eyes pop. I have blue eyes, but I think this is a shade that’ll work well for any eye colour.

It’s also jam packed with sparkles and pigment, but it’s not so sparkly that it’s glittery. It’s just the right amount of shimmer.

If I remember correctly, this product wasn’t exactly cheap since it is MAC, but you don’t need a lot of it when you’re using it so it’ll last quite a while.

It also comes in the signature sturdy glass pot with a black top that MAC loves using.

Which MAC eyeliner/shadow is your favourite?

XO Carina


When are we officially adults?

This year I turned 25 and I was really not looking forward to the day. Not just because I was turning 25 and planning an ugly cry a la Kim Kardashian, but just because 25 has always sounded like such a grown up age and I don’t feel like an adult.


For all intents and purposes I am though since I pay my own way and don’t live with my parents anymore or drink half my weight in hard liquor. But it just doesn’t feel like I’m an adult yet.

Also, I was kind of irritated since I organised a small get together and literally more than half the people couldn’t make it. Some had good reasons like handing in a doctoral thesis (how adult it THAT?!) on the Monday (my birthday was Saturday) and others were just plain f***ing rude like a friend who sent me a text half an hour before the get together started saying: “I’ve had a long week at work. Sorry, not coming anymore.” And if you read this, know I think you’re a terrible friend and I won’t be coming to your birthday next year because I’ll be chilling too lekker on the couch. #sorrynotsorry (How immature of me was THAT?!)

So when do you feel start feeling like an adult? Is there a specific moment when you suddenly just start feeling mature and like you’ve got your life together or do you always wonder when that’ll happen? Do you get an email from the government congratulating you on the fact that you are now a responsible human being that actively contributes to society?

I just don’t know.

Do you feel like an adult? When did shiz start getting real for you?

XO Carina