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

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

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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BODYOGRAPHY MASTERCLASS EVENT

Yesterday’s masterclass workshop with pro-makeup artist Jane Wilson – The Makeup Lowdown – featured the best of Bodyography’s cosmetics and makeup tools. I’ll be talking about my experience, a bit about the brand itself and share with you a few images from the #FinnisAndFaye Bodyography Cosmetics event.

The day kicked off early as I arrived sometime after 9am at the breathtaking Mondiall Bar and Restaurant, located in the V&A Waterfront, Cape Town. I was welcomed by Megan from Exposed By Her PR and immediately offered some of the best coffee I’ve tasted in Cape Town and then introduced myself to some of the other media attendees. BODYOGRAPHY MASTERCLASS EVENT

ESSENCE COSMETICS HAUL

Today I’ll be sharing my thoughts on some of the Essence cosmetic products I purchased on a recent makeup haul, as well as a step-by-step guide for how I created an everyday, wearable makeup look using these products.

On my latest visit to the Clicks cosmetics isle, I found myself gravitating toward the Essence counter. I swatched several products for a good amount of time, examining different shades and textures, and eventually decided to purchase a few items to try. I chose some everyday makeup essentials, including concealer, brow gel and eye-shadow brushes. I’d also been contemplating the Essence “All-About-Nudes” palette as well as their long-lasting lipstick in the shade “Barely There”, and eventually I caved in and returned for both. After a few weeks of trying all of the above products, some for the first time whilst others I’d used before, I was pleased with most of my purchases and would definitely use those again. The only product I was unhappy with, and thus, would not purchase again is the “Coverstick” concealer; this product has an unusual texture that doesn’t sit well on dry areas such as under the eye and around the nose where redness typically appears. After noticing how this product struggles to cling to dry areas of skin I switched back to my Maybelline creamy concealer stick.

It wasn’t all bad, though, as the “All-About-Nudes” palette,  Clear Brow Gel and the lip-enhancing “Barely There” lipstick did not fail to impress. Each of these products are gentle on the area of application and when applied to a primed and prepped surface, excel in longevity and payoff. As you might expect, there are such a wide variety of looks to create with a nude palettte like this one, both for everyday or a more glam evening look. This applies to the Barely There shade as well; for daytime I usually blot on a bit of lipstick  over my lip moisturizer and wear it as a lip-stain, then increase the pigment if I want a more pronounced lip color for evenings.

Since purchased, I’ve been experimenting with eye looks using the shadows from the nudes palette and have created below a makeup look that can be used as day-to-night transition makeup. I thought it might be fun to also incorporate the Barely There lipstick in this look, finishing off with the Essence clear brow gel to set stray brow hairs in to place. If you’d like to see how I achieved the makeup look pictured above, keep reading for an easy to follow step-by-step guide.

  1. step 1: After priming the skin and neutralizing any discoloration around the eyes, use a fluffy blending brush to apply both the second and third shadows from the top row of the All-About-Nudes palette in to your crease. Remember to blend well as this will serve as your transition color for the eye look.
  2. step 2: Use an eye-shader brush to apply the third shadow in the top row of the palette in to the outer-v area of your eye. How much shadow you apply will depend on the shape of your eye and how much depth and definition you want to add to this area. As this is a daytime makeup look, I would use less shadow for a more natural finish. Once you’ve applied this color, use the same brush from the previous step to blend out the outer-v color with your crease color.
  3. step 3: Taking a clean shader brush, pat the third color in the bottom row of the palette on to your mobile lid – working this shade across the center part of your eye. Try to avoid applying this shade too close to the inner and outer corners. Once again, use a fluffy blending brush to blend out the shadow for a seamless finish.
  4. step 4: Using a pencil brush, mix the second and third shadows from the top row and run this along your lower lashline for a smoked-out effect. Blend these two shadows all the way in to the outer-v of your upper lashline.
  5. step 5: To brighten and open up the eyes, apply the matte-white shadow in the top row of the palette to your inner corners and right along under the brow bone. Blend the shadows one last time with a fluffy blending brush before applying mascara. If you haven’t yet, comb and shape your brows and apply a clear brow gel to set them.
  6. Finish off the makeup look with your usual foundation routine, then gently blot Barely There lipstick to your lips.

Et voila! An easy-glam daytime makeup look. I hope you enjoyed this blog post. If you did, be sure to subscribe for future content and more reviews.

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CURRENT BEAUTY FAVORITES

As is the case for a number of beauty and skincare enthusiasts, when a new season ushers in, I usually update my skincare regimen and switch up my beauty routine accordingly. As we head into the colder autumnal months, I’ve compiled a list of current faves, including skincare, under-eye concealers and lipsticks that double up as cheek tints. Keep reading to see why these beauty favorites deserve a spot in your makeup collection.

1. Starting off this list is the well-loved beauty blender (BB). As a personal choice, I try not to put out too much for a specific brand, and when it comes to these easy-to-get cosmetic sponges, I don’t have to. With good brands available at pharmacies like Dischem and Clicks, the power of this pint-sized wonder-tool owes to its tapered edges and compact size. Having self briefly switched to a flat, angled foundation brush and being disappointed  to say the least, I fervently made my way back to this makeup essential and haven’t looked back since. Key-tip: Remember to wash your beauty blender after every use, allowing it to air-dry naturally before your next use.

2. Still on the topic of skin-perfecting miracle products, let’s jump straight on to the next favorite – Maybelline’s Cover Stick Concealer. Packaged to look like a lipstick tube, this creamy long-lasting concealer is a steal. Best applied from the stick and blended with a beauty blender (see above), say goodbye to dark under-eye circles and pesky redness around the nose. Key tip: Blend well! You can always reapply for more coverage but start with thin layers and keep patting in the product whilst blending it in to the skin.

3. Last on our list of beauty favorites packs a duo that livens your look, adds a healthy flush, and offers the perfect pout. Multi-purpose lip and cheek tints have been around for some time, and while not entirely groundbreaking, the list of colors and textures now available to us, these duos have become something of a favorite. Boasting a creamy formula, this product works best with natural skin or layered over creamy foundations. If your skin is oily but you still want to try this product, wear a cream foundation and a translucent powder on the t-zone. Key-tip: Finding a shade (or two-maybe three) that suits your lifestyle is essential to getting maximum use from this product. The creamy formula might seem strange at first, but once you really get the hang of it, you’ll save time and effort in your makeup routine.

What are some of your favorite beauty products right now? Let me know in the comments below, or tweet me with the #TMBBeautyFavorites

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