Relax, it’s ok if you’re a Poppie. It’s just that I am not.

Chantelle Bester, Not Another Poppie


I’m in my thirties and I live in Gauteng, South Africa. I don’t have a pet lion but I do have a cat that sometimes acts like a wild animal. But mostly she naps, you can see plenty of pictures of her on my Instagram feed.

I originally trained as a skincare therapist (or beautician/somatologist/whatever blows your hair back). I’ve been in the beauty industry for more than a decade, and I do love it as a whole – but I don’t look, act or sound like your standard Poppie.

I currently work as a Product Manager for a cosmetic and pharmaceutical distributor. It’s challenging, I have to think on my feet, and I learn new things just about every day. I’m in my element.

I don’t own a single pair of stilettos, because I can’t walk in the damn things.

If life on earth depended on me blow drying my hair, we would all be screwed. I have the hand-version of two left feet. I’m eternally grateful for my ghd and curling device.

I do not apply foundation in tablespoon measurements, and my pastiness does not bother me enough to make me apply self tan.

I am obsessed with cosmetics, and I’ll be featuring all kinds. If its crap, I’ll let you know.

While playing ball with every brand and PR company has it advantages, I’m fairly selective and I choose to rather hang on to my integrity than rave about EVERY.SINGLE.PRODUCT I receive to test.

I’m equally comfortable at a rock concert and a perfume launch. I don’t hound the local celebs on the launch circuit though. That’s just weird, guys… I also don’t have any intention of being a socialite – I’m not interested in attending the opening of every envelope. I have a full time job, freelance work, a blog and a Youtube channel that all require my time. Spare time is devoted to my couch, my friends and wine-centered social gatherings.

I initially intended to be a child psychologist or a copywriter. I have since done a short copywriting course at AAA, which released my inner writer (hello blog) and opened a multitude of doors for me.

You’re welcome to get in touch with me here.

C xx



    • February 3, 2013 / 11:05 am

      It happens to the best of us 🙂 Thanks Amore, glad you’re enjoying it!

  1. Maggie
    July 8, 2017 / 11:30 am

    Love you blog!
    (Ja,eks die Maggie (Margaret) wat saam met jou op skool was 😉.

    • Chantelle Bester
      September 5, 2017 / 10:33 am

      Dankie Mags! xx

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