Makeup Review: Lips

While having your makeup done professionally is really great it is not always possible. So here are some ideas on day to day wearable products that won’t break the bank:
Lips
With winter in full swing your lipstick needs to change. Matte lipsticks are really striking but can leave your lips dry and chapped.
For a super delicate moisture try Palladio herbal tinted lip balm.

It comes in nine gorgeous colours (see picture above) and lasts longer than most, leaving your lips moist and beautiful. Make the colour last even longer by applying a Palladio retractable lip liner. These apply better than a pencil but be careful not to twist too much out! They can break quite easily.

Do you need more pop? Do you want a more intense colour? Then try Palladio Lip Stain.

This koki pen lip colour comes in six vibrant shades and does what it says. It lasts. So it may not be ideal for those of you wanting to be able to remove all traces of makeup quickly and easily. Just saying… It also works as a great under coat to make your lipstick last longer. Do be aware that it can dry your lips out.

So, why not try out some new looks and let your lips do the talking!

We are of course always available to give you a personalised tutorial on how to best use these products and of course which colours and products would work best on your skin and colouring. Feel free to check out our services and pricing in the menus above or you can always contact us and we will be happy to supply you with information before you make your booking.

 

Priscilla Queen of the Desert: Time is Running Out

Hey LGBT/crossdressing non Johannesburg residents. Time is running out if you want to catch Priscilla Queen of the Desert at Monte Casino. The show runs until 18 June and that is just around the corner.

Why not book your tickets and book an overnight stay at Priscilla’s Studio? We are an LGBT friendly establishment and have some very competitive rates (especially given the service and comfort levels on offer). We offer self catering or bed and breakfast options.

If you want to take a walk on the wild side you could even go to the show en femme and we would be happy to assist in that regard as well. We offer makeovers/femminisation services as well as shopping and other associated services. Feel free to contact us contact us and we will be happy to assist.

The show is a lot of fun and all the reviews I have seen have been very good. It is a fun night out, let us help you make it even more fun!

June Newsletter

Hello everyone

As usual a very big and hearty welcome to all our new and existing clients. We are really enjoying having you all on board and are happy to be able to help you be your true selves in a safe, accepting and discreet environment.

Wow, can you believe we are already in June? So much has happened this year already and we are only half way in. We look forward to working with everyone in the last half of 2017 and hope to make all your dreams come true.

We had a wonderful trip to Priscilla Queen of the Desert at the end of May. Unfortunately, we had a number of cancellations and it was a small but merry (and brave) group of us who ventured into Monte Casino on a chilly Johannesburg evening. Despite a rather empty theatre (it was a midweek evening so I suppose it was understandable) we all enjoyed the show. The wit and humour was fantastic and the production quality very good. The accents coach could have done better, but that is perhaps quibbling too much.

The Priscilla’s team were a little late arriving at Monte Casino due to some last minute and unforeseen circumstances, so we abandoned the idea of getting a pre-show cocktail at a cocktail lounge, but settled for drinks at the theatre bar. We then went in and enjoyed the show.

At the interval, we braved the queues at the ladies’ room and then went to get some more liquid refreshment at the bar. Here I met a very interested couple, the male half of whom was very interested in us. We did our best to educate him and I sincerely hope that he reaches out to us again.

After the show, we went for coffee at the Seattle Coffee shop and nattered away until very late… We then went our separate ways. As always, we were perfectly safe and happy and had no issues with security, employees or members of the public. We even (coincidentally) met some friends (the Trouble crew) who had independently decided to come out and see the show that night. What a fun night out.

The big news is that we have already made plans for a Friday night social in July. Thanks to one of our clients, we made contact with a nearby (like very nearby) vintage clothing retailer, called The OPC.

The OPC is a fantastic little shop owned by someone who is very accepting of transgender people. She is very eager to help and we thought we could also help her.

We have therefore planned a cheese and wine party at her shop on the Friday evening, 14 July 2017. You will be free to dress at Priscilla’s and then we can take you to the shop, or you can of course arrive en femme (or indeed en homme) at the shop. At the shop, you will be treated to some food and drinks, have an opportunity to browse the shop and of course try on all the clothes you would like. All in perfect safety. Your privacy will be guaranteed as Lesley will close the windows of the shop with some drapes to keep any curious eyes away. She will also ensure our cars are kept safe by employing a security guard for the evening…

So, throw on your winter frock and come joins us for an evening of socialising and fashionista fun in Emmarentia! It would be appreciated if you could give us some idea of numbers for catering purposes asap. We are of course always happy to accommodate out of towners at the studio.

In the meantime, due to popular demand, please note that we have had to reduce the number of times you can use the Studio as part of your package, from three uses a month, to two. Those of you who have already signed up will retain your three uses per month provided your membership does not expire. To all of you who have not yet joined, please sign up asap to lock in this amazing value. We did not reduce the number of complimentary uses lightly but to ensure that we are able to continue to meet demand for the venue we have had to (reluctantly) take this step.

Those of you still wondering whether it is worth trying out our services should take a look at our testimonials page and our Facebook page. We clearly have some satisfied and happy clients out there and are eager to do the same for you. In addition to the testimonials on our website and the reviews and ratings on our Facebook page, we have some examples of Irene’s work on both these platforms. Please note that the photographs taken by us have not been photoshopped or had filters applied. We only ever crop and/or compress our photographs, so the makeup work you see is the real deal. We do not try and make our work look better than it really is (please note we cannot vouch for photographs supplied by our clients, but the vast majority of photos on display were taken by us). This gives you absolute confidence that you will get what you pay for. Not nasty surprises.

On that note, we have made it easier for you to pay us. We can still accept cash payments and EFTs, but we have now installed a credit card facility at the studio and we can also take credit card payments and direct Paypal transfers via Paypal should any of these options be easier for you. We have installed a ‘pay with Paypal’ button on the web site (it is on the right-hand side of all the pages). As always, we guarantee your confidentiality as far as it is possible for us to do so (banks will of course ‘see’ any transactions). Paypal is a secure and safe system and we have full confidence in it.

On that note. Please note that we do not disclose e-mail addresses or any other contact information to anyone without the express permission of the person involved. We have had one or two people contact us requesting to meet and/or contact our clients for ‘social’ reasons. We always decline these requests. One such request led to a rather nasty Whatsapp exchange. Please be assured we put the interests of our friends and clients first and will not disclose any information (even publicly available information) without your permission. I trust that those of you reading this will understand the need for privacy.

Irene and I are looking forward to seeing you all at The OPC in July, if not sooner and please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any queries, thoughts, insights or ideas. We are always willing to listen and help.

Regards

The Priscilla’s Team

 

May Newsletter

Well well well… Autumn is well and truly here. The leaves are turning their usual lovely shades of red, yellow, brown and yes, still some green. The temperature is dropping steadily and there is a decided chill in the air at night and in the early morning. Yet the days are as ever filled with sunshine. I am not looking forward to winter as I dislike the cold, but I suppose it is a good excuse to pull out those jerseys, boots and other woollies and try a whole new set of fashion ideas out.

As usual we would like to extend a very warm welcome to our new clients and of course say hello to all our existing clients. We hope that you are all as happy working with us as we are working with you.

We have had a very busy few months. March was a whirlwind of taking the studio from an empty shell to a warm, welcoming and pleasant place to be. April continued in that vein as we attended to minor details and dotted the T’s and crossed the I’s (well we do like to do things differently around here). Then of course there were all the holidays and associated activities to deal with, so April was busy but a lot of fun. We were of course also happy to welcome a few clients to the studio and do the odd makeover.

We have had a number of people stay over in the studio and we would like to remind all you out of towners that the studio is available for overnight stays as well as for daytime dressing. The rates are competitive and we offer a quiet discreet and accepting place where you can be yourself. We offer bed and breakfast and can assist you with places to eat out, or self catering solutions.

We continue to grow and we are hopeful of building a really vibrant community of people. Right now many of you are (understandably) quite nervous and not willing to take the risk of socialising. For those of you who are getting ready to find new friends, we are happy to say that we are working on some social ideas in the coming months. These include a number of different ideas including a cheese and wine evening in a retail store! The store will be closed for the evening and only invited guests will be allowed in. You can socialise, try on some spectacular clothes and generally have a blast. More details to follow…

Those of you who have booked, please do not forget our trip to Priscilla Queen of the Desert in May. Sadly we have had a few cancellations already, but the reviews for the show that I have seen have been very positive and I am sure we will have a fabulous time. We were at Monte Casino last week planning logistics and finding a place to meet. We will send details to those who have booked in a week or so.

As always please do not hesitate to contact us to book or to get additional information on any of our services.

Looking forward to hearing from you all soon.

The Priscilla’s Team

 

A Priscilla’s Makeover for Lola

Lola is one of our members who has taken advantage of one of our membership packages.
She recently came to Priscilla’s and made use of our venue for a day of dressing fun. She also availed herself of Irene’s exceptional makeup skills.
Lola has graciously agreed to allow us to share some of her fabulous pictures with you all.

There were a number of wardrobe changes and a mixture of photographs taken by Irene and a few self portraits…

I think we all agree that Lola looks beautiful!

The ‘blue period’:

Princess in khaki:

Ballgown:

Remember, you too could feel this beautiful. All you need to do is contact us to make a booking. We provide the clothes, the makeup, the wigs, the shoes and the venue where you can transform into your true self.
Feel free to use the ‘services’ and ‘pricing’ drop down menus above for more details.

Looking forward to seeing you soon.

Crossdressing and the Quest for Privacy

Many crossdressers have a lot to lose. Many of us have a marriage, children, careers and a standing in the community that we want to protect. We are very concerned (given society’s general lack of knowledge and understanding about crossdressing and transgender issues) that if we are discovered, we stand to lose some or all of these things. Often we fear losing our families and careers most and are concerned that if our spouses or bosses discover that we are crossdressers we will almost certainly lose these things that we value the most.

For this reason we keep things as private as possible. Sometimes this means we end up keeping secrets from those that we love the most. Sometimes we may end up lying to those people. This can be a very difficult experience and one that adds pressure, strain and stress to our already hard lives.

I am of the opinion that it is better to be honest with people. However I also appreciate that when it comes to something like crossdressing it is very hard to predict how people will react, especially when it relates to a spouse or other close family member (I have heard of otherwise very open and liberal people freaking out when discovering this about their spouse and I have also heard of very conservative and otherwise ‘straight’ people being very accepting). Additionally it is true that once you have ‘rung the bell’ you absolutely cannot ‘un-ring’ it. Once you tell someone you have reached the point of no return. Either they will accept you or they will not. If they do not, they will almost certainly look at you in a different light… This can place intolerable strain on us and our relationships.

For this reason discretion is an absolute necessity. You need to have a very good idea of how your revelation will be received and you need to be comfortable with the consequences of that revelation, whatever they may be. If you are not prepared to accept the worst case scenario, it is probably better to keep quiet. This in turn leads to a serious problem. How do you live your life as you want and need to live it, without causing distress. Additionally how do you live a life of integrity and how do you avoid deception?

If you cannot afford to get caught crossdressing, do not get caught. Make sure you only dress in a safe and secure environment. Always make sure that you pack away all evidence and crucially make sure that all traces are removed. If a spouse finds lingerie, traces of makeup and stray hairs she will certainly think you are having an affair before she thinks you are crossdressing. This will just make life worse.

You therefore need to make sure that all your clothes are stored in a safe and secure place. I would suggest off site storage is best. I know a number of people store their clothes in their offices. This is an idea but remember your office is not yours, it belongs to your employer, so there can be very little expectation of privacy. An employer is entitled to enter a cupboard looking for documents, files etc and in so doing they may discover your stash. It is not unreasonable for them to ask questions. This could result in difficulties at work. Given that a salary is your greatest asset as it enables you to meet all your other goals (financial and otherwise) you really do not want to lose your job. I would therefore advise against storing clothes at work. A better off site solution is a self storage unit of some sorts. However these are often expensive as you end up paying for far more space than you need.

You will then need a place to dress. More often than not the opening and closing times of self storage units may not suit you, especially if you are dressing at night and you then need to find somewhere to store your clothes for a few hours before and after you dress. This complicates your life. You will also need a place to dress and undress and wash. Even if you can dress in your storage unit, finding somewhere to wash will be difficult. Entering and exiting the unit may also be difficult as the staff may not be as tolerant as we would like. You may be able to use your home but you will then be constrained by the movements of the rest of your family and you run the risk of being discovered due to someone returning unexpectedly or you may leave something incriminating out. A better solution is to find a hotel or similar establishment where you can dress, wash etc. But obviously this will add costs and can be tricky as you will need to pay by credit card, register your name etc. And again if your spouse does discover a receipt or credit card bill with a local hotel listed her assumption is not going to be the truth. She will believe you are cheating on her.

I have also heard of people dressing in their cars, driving around late at night, taking risks and not being safe. Not only are you risking your life and safety but you are also risking exposure by doing this. Sadly violent crime, hijacking and other concerns are a very real part of life in South Africa and transgender people are statistically at a greater risk of being victims of these crimes. Not only are you risking harm, you are also risking discovery. I would caution against this approach. It is just not worth becoming a statistic and having your wife find you in the emergency room wearing your stilettos and leather mini skirt!

This is why we have established Priscilla’s Services. We believe our establishment offers you the ability to live your life as you need to, without risking all those things you hold dear. Our core service offering includes storage for your clothes and a safe and well appointed place to dress and wash. All at very reasonable prices. For those of you who cannot risk telling those that you love, please be safe, please keep your privacy and trust us to be discreet. Our facilities have been developed with you in mind. We are here to help.