My style file by Nomzamo Mbatha

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omzamo Mbatha has been a vi­sion on the red car­pet since her act­ing ca­reer started on Isi­baya three years ago. And we’re sure you’ll agree that it’s hard to be­lieve this 26 year old felt like an ugly duck­ling grow­ing up in Kwamashu in Kwazulu-na­tal. The stylish swan is now a Puma am­bas­sadress, face of Neu­tro­gena SA and win­ner of a cov­eted SA Style Award. Her dra­matic fash­ion, here.

I love that feel­ing of know­ing that ev­ery el­e­ment of my out­fit is in the right place, so I can float through a room with­out look­ing like I’ve tried too hard. A woman can bring an en­sem­ble to life through her per­son­al­ity, at­ti­tude and pos­ture.

My top beauty prod­ucts Neu­tro­gena Vis­i­bly Even Daily Mois­tur­izer (R149.95) is in­cred­i­ble for tack­ling blem­ishes and cre­at­ing a glow. Neu­tro­gena sun­screen is non­greasy, so it doesn’t cause break­outs, and I love Neu­tro­gena Vis­i­bly Clear Pink Grape­fruit Daily Scrub (R99.95), which smells amaz­ing. I’m a huge fan of M·A·C, es­pe­cially the Zac Posen Limited Edi­tion and the deep pur­ple MAC· · Retro Matte Liq­uid Lip­stick in High Drama (R300), which com­ple­ments my skin tone. My other favourites are L’oréal Dou­ble Ex­tend Beauty Tubes Mas­cara (R229.95), be­cause ev­ery woman should have flirty lashes, and Gel­ish Soak- O„ Gel Pol­ish in Sweet Dream (R180). And when it comes to lip balm, I keep it sim­ple with Carmex Mois­tur­is­ing Lip Balm (R48.95).

1About that first date

2at­ing can be daunt­ing, and re­la­tion­ships take time, ef­fort and trust. But whether you’ve just met or have been to­gether for years, it’s im­por­tant to keep the spark alive. So we called in the pros. Renowned re­la­tion­ship con­sul­tant and au­thor Ali Mur­ray and per­sonal wealth plan­ner Caro­line Ver­maak have spent two decades coun­selling peo­ple on love, life and money. Here’s what they want you to know.

En­joy the ex­pe­ri­ence and stay safe with th­ese tips: Tell some­one where you’re go­ing Whether you’re headed to a café or are meet­ing a Tin­der crush in Rome, if any­thing goes wrong, you want your friends or fam­ily to know where you are. Don’t put it all out there! Save ul­tra-sexy clothes for dates down the track. Be cau­tious Even if you hit it off like cham­pi­ons, keep your guard up un­til you’ve spent more time to­gether. Choose pub­lic places Date rapists are pa­tient and as­saults don’t al­ways oc­cur on the first date, so stay in pub­lic places un­til you know this per­son well. Be in­de­pen­dent Drive your­self or take a taxi. Stay sober! Al­co­hol and drugs cloud your judge­ment, so have one drink, max. It’s cru­cial to be clear-headed when you get to know some­one. Meet in the day or early evening, and make it three hours, max­i­mum Have fun, then ex­cuse your­self. Make your bound­aries clear If your date crosses th­ese in any way, say so, and leave if things don’t change. Trust your in­stincts You have them for a rea­son! Many women are self-con­scious, es­pe­cially when the time comes to get naked, so you’re not alone if you’re shy. Do this to go from re­served to red hot. Dress the part Sexy lin­gerie is great for self-es­teem. A lacy nightie builds an­tic­i­pa­tion, pretty bras and knick­ers boost con­fi­dence, fish­net stock­ings hide cel­lulite and corsets make your waist look tiny and en­hance curves.

Glam­our Women of the Year Awards 2016 I loved the over­sized sleeve on this Rich Fac­tory dress.

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