JUST LIKE MAGIC; SMASHBOX 15-HOUR-WEAR FOUNDATION

Not to sound dexterous here, but having just leaped the spectrum of foundations with a jolt I feel there is plenty to say. As I’ve mentioned in a previous post, I no longer really chat beauty on here, as the range of qualified bloggers who can provide content of that nature are immense and wonderful at it. That said, I do like to note which products I think are absolutely worth the buy, and why I think it’s worth spending an entire blog post talking about.  JUST LIKE MAGIC; SMASHBOX 15-HOUR-WEAR FOUNDATION

SKINCARE BASICS WITH DR. HAUSCHKA

Over the last few years, as some of you will know, my skin has had to deal with a lot. Having developed eczema at the age of 17, then later cystic acne, I’m now a month away from 24 years old and have noticed signs of aging around the eye area. While I always imagined embracing my wrinkles and sagging skin, I foresaw the process happening much later in life, and I suppose that’s still something to look forward to. In the interim, I’ve latched on to 3 specific products developed by Dr. Hauschka cosmetics ( a press sample gifted to me at a recent media event) to aid my skin concerns. SKINCARE BASICS WITH DR. HAUSCHKA

STRIKING GOLD WITH A BOLD LIP

In an attempt to reintroduce myself after nearly a year and half of wearing (and loathing) braces, I decided to delve head first in to a shade of lipstick as dark as night with a deep red wine stain to contrast nearly every feature on my face. Instantly transformed in to someone new, I still felt like me, only more present; halted in a moment where commanding the room – the attention of everyone present – was secondary to the bold confidence I was now beginning to embrace. You see, for yours truly, the thought of a bold lipstick frightened me for some time. However, unlike my unwavering preference for black sugarless caffeine, I was now almost certain that a bold lip held reverence over the rest of my minimal makeup collection, it’s power to transform with minimal effort scoring it off the charts. STRIKING GOLD WITH A BOLD LIP

THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO AN EFFORTLESS CHIC MANICURE

For many of us, words like “fast-paced” are unmistakable attributes of being a woman-on-the-go in an industrious city; the hustle and bustle leaving little time to pause, even for a moment, to switch off and unwind. I decided this year that feeling and looking my best in spite of the few hours a day we aren’t stuck in traffic, or meeting deadline after deadline, is worth pausing for. THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO AN EFFORTLESS CHIC MANICURE

GLOWING SUMMER SKIN WITH LUSH COSMETICS

If you’re after beautiful, healthy glowing skin this summer, you’ll most likely be on the lookout for products that gently exfoliate and moisturize deep into the skin’s tissue, while leaving you with a radiant glow. Recently I discovered two incredible products that feature miracle skin-boosting ingredients aimed at the face and body, leaving you with soft, glowing and healthy skin. After falling in love with the effects these products have had on my typically dry, dull skin I thought I’d share them with you in today’s post. GLOWING SUMMER SKIN WITH LUSH COSMETICS

FINDING THE RIGHT SHADE WITH L’ORÉAL TRUE MATCH

It’s been ages since I’ve shared my input on a rather large and sometimes daunting subject; foundations. Today, the global beauty industry is worth well over $18 billion, according to analysts at Goldman Sachs, and so it’s easy to understand how one can get caught up in the confusion of thousands of products, wondering which one is worth your money, and which ones to avoid. While I myself have no notions about being rather under-equipped to lecture about which are the “right” products, I do have a few words to say about my current favorite foundation: the L’Oréal Tue
Match Super Blendable. FINDING THE RIGHT SHADE WITH L’ORÉAL TRUE MATCH

WHAT’S CURRENTLY IN MY BEAUTY BAG

Hello! Today I’m sharing a few of my favorite beauty products of late.

First on the list is Revlon’s Colorstay Liquid lipstick, sold in an assortment of perfect shades that range from the best nudes to the most vibrant reds. I’ve really been enjoying the consistency of these lipsticks as they don’t crack on the lips when correctly applied. The color payoff is true to packaging and once the product dries it doesn’t cling to dry patches. These handbag-size friendly lipsticks retail at R189 and are available at CLICKS or DISCHEM pharmacies.

Another new favorite is Catrice’s Camouflage Cream Concealer. The pint-sized pot is so tiny that it easily fits into any size bag, which is great for parties where dainty clutch purses are usually involved. I apply this product with a concealer brush and then pat over with a damp beauty blender to ensure a seamless finish. Retailing at under R100, this cream concealer is affordably priced and worth the spend in my opinion.

If you’re a longtime reader of the blog you’ve probably heard me gush about this next product many times over. M.A.C’s BB Cream is a product I always return to year-in and year-out. I love how easily this product blends into the skin, setting to a soft matte finish. When using this light coverage foundation during summer, I layer a good amount of SPF35 sunscreen underneath for maximum protection during the day.

My final favorite is actually a beauty tool, but one that I use daily. I rely on my eyelash curler when my eyes look really tired and need a boost before applying mascara, but also when I want my lashes to look great even without mascara (pre-gym or beach outing). When purchasing a lash curler opt for a high end tool that has replaceable lash band cushions to get better wear for longer use.

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THE BODY SHOP CREME SCRUB

As an avid reader of the blog, you might already know about my struggles with sensitive skin. The averse effects that harsh chemicals have had on my skin over the last year have ranged from red hives across my cheeks and temples, to a slightly more manageable stint of very dry skin.

Being the ever cautious beauty enthusiast you’ve come to know on the blog, I was a little weary about trying The Body Shop’s cream body scrub after receiving it as a gift from my Dad from his travels to Paris. THE BODY SHOP CREME SCRUB

GARNIER SKINACTIVE REVIEW

Today on the blog I’ll be sharing my 7-day experience using the Garnier Pure Active 3-in-1 face scrub, Anti-Shine moisturizer and oil-infused Micellar cleansing water.

In order to get the full effects of each product, I decided to incorporate all three products in to my daily skincare routine as recommended by pharmacist Michèle Lalande. Using various products from the same brand within the same range means you’re getting the right amount of each ingredient, which work in sync with one another to prevent an irritation that might occur when incorrectly mixing acidic chemicals. GARNIER SKINACTIVE REVIEW