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BEAUTY TIPS | GO TO BED PRETTY, WAKE UP PRETTY

WOKE UP

One of my most horrendous habits (as a beauty blogger, it is shameful to admit this) is that I go to bed with makeup, way too often. Despicable, I know.

Laziness definitely contributes to it, but also, as a newlywed you tend to want to look your best at any given time. Whilst I try to give my skin a break during the week and stick to the likes of tinted moisturizers and BB creams, that tad of blush and wash of mascara causes damage, too.

So what’s a girl to do?

Here are my 6 favourite products to use before hitting the sack. (Bonus, you’ll wake up looking even prettier!)

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Get rid of all of your makeup with something super quick and gentle: the Garnier Miscellar cleansing water. I’ve been using another brand for the passed few years, but the price was always a bit of a sore point for me. Garnier Miscellar water is fantastically priced at around R79,99 from selected Clicks and Dischem stores. I use it to remove my makeup really easily, just squirt some onto a cotton pad and wipe everything off. If you’re wearing a lot of eye makeup, just hold a saturated cotton pad onto your eye for about 10 seconds then wipe off easily. Miscellar water doesn’t need to be rinsed off (bonus!) and actually attracts moisture to your skin, making it extremely hydrating. Tip: Keep it in the fridge. the coolness will give your skin that healthy I-run-10km boost. Tip 2: Get an early start; if you wait to remove makeup until just before bed when you’re overly tired, chances are (like me) you’re going to go to straight to bed. If you’re not headed out, set a time (even an alarm!) and take your makeup off at that time every day. It sure beats flipping through channels whilst waiting for Revenge to start.

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If you’re feeling extra enthusiastic, scrub your lips with bubblegum scented lip scrub (that you already know that I love) and top it off with this Maybelline Baby Lips Cherry Me, that will moisturize your lips through the night whilst still giving it the slightest hint of colour.

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Moisturize with a night-specific moisturizer or mask. Night time products have more concentrated ingredients (basically, double dosage of the good stuff!) thus making your skin look and feel amazing. Plus, it generally gives your skin more of that subtle glow than your day cream, which is always wanted! I have been using this Clarins Bright Plus HP night cream for the past few weeks and it’s one of the better ones I’ve used in a while. It’s designed specifically for South African skin, which I feel makes a huge difference.

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For some serious look gorgeous and get gorgeous effects, apply a bit of Vaseline on your lashes and curl with an eyelash curler. It looks like you’ve just applied a small dose of mascara, but Vaseline actually helps to grow your lashes in the long run. Tip: To finish it off, use a disposable or clean mascara wand and run some through your brows as well. It keeps them super healthy, aids in growth and makes you look pretty in the process. Done!

What products do you use before bed?

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MAKEUP SERIES PART 3 | FOUNDATION AND COVER UP

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Whenever someone asks me what’s the one makeup product I really cannot do without, it’s never mascara or a good lipstick. It’s always, always, great foundation. You could have the most precise red lip or the best wing liner anyone has ever seen, but if your skin doesn’t look great, the rest of your makeup won’t either.

Some people are blessed with really great skin and often don’t need to use anything at all. Others, like myself, need a little bit of help to get there. My biggest issues are redness, dryness/flakiness in some areas, oiliness in others and pores.

Those. darn. pores.

The posts are broken down into types of coverage and finishes, as well as the relevant brushes that I personally use for each one.

LIGHT COVERAGE

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We all know how I absolutely love BB creams! I love the dewy finish, and the fact that I’m treating my skin whilst still sort of covering up. The Kiehls BB cream definitely has a better coverage than most BB creams on the market, and this one cuts out using sunblock, which is such a big bonus for me (plus, SPF50!). In the week, I prefer to give my skin a break  when I can from foundation, and this nicely does the trick of still making me feel put together. The only downside is that this comes with a hefty price tag of R525,00 but a little really goes a long way. If you’re looking to invest in your skin, and you don’t need or use foundation, it’s worth the splurge and will last you for months. Side tip: I got mine in a shade slightly darker for my skin, so I can use it on hot summer days when I want to look a little more on the tan side without looking like my face is orange.

I paired it with this Real Techniques pointed foundation brush from their core collection. It’s the tiniest little foundation brush I’ve seen and used, which means it’s perfect for something like a BB cream that has a light consistency. Plus it won’t leave you streaky and won’t sap up half your product because of it’s size.

DEWY FINISH

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Dewy skin seems to be one of the most coveted finishes these days, and I fully understand why! It looks so incredibly healthy and youthful. I have generally dry skin, so I tend to gravitate toward foundations with this sort of finish. It’s relatively light and provides light to medium coverage.

The price point is where these two differ- Clarins retails for around R415 whereas Bourjois (available from Clicks or Dischem) goes for around R210. Both of these foundations are absolutely amazing, and have their own pros and cons.

I found that the Clarins foundation has been lasting me a lot longer than Bourjois, and also stays on your face a lot longer as well. What I love specifically about this foundationis the fact that it’s buildable- you can have a light foundation look one day, and a heavier finish the next with just one foundation.

For the price, Bourjois is a steal of a foundation for the finish it produces. It’s a good buy if you’re new to foundation and want to try out some for the first time.

I paired it with the Real Techniques expert face brush that I purchased in April, from Foschini. This brush is by far one of the best buffing brushes I have ever used. I don’t steer towards normal foundation brushes as I find they leave a streaky finish, so this one is right up my alley.

MATTE FINISH

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If you’re looking for super coverage, for a shoot or a really glamorous night out, go for matte. That porcelain skin effect? It’s matte skin. Generally, if you want to look virtually perfect, go with a matte finish. The downside: matte makeup is easier to detect as made up rather than a more natural finish.

The L’Oreal Infallible 24-hr Matte is heavenly. So much so, that I actually use it as a concealer under my eyes and on blemishes if I’m going for a lighter foundation- that’s how amazing it is! The new range launched this month, and retails for R189,99 which is a steal. I love the finish on my skin, and I love that although my skin can be dry and flakey, it doesn’t enhance that. Also, a little goes a long way. You basically need a drop to cover your entire face, because the coverage is that great.

The Makeup For Ever HD foundation basically has it’s own cult. Some swear by it, whilst others are on the fence. I really like this foundation, but only for really special occasions. It photographs beautifully and while it’s mostly matte, it reflects light in all the right places. The only snag is that you need to moisturize and prime really really well, because in person, this foundation can look like it’s highlighting imperfections rather than diminishing them. I bought mine from Metropolitain in Sandton for R480 (I’m not 100% certain of the price, but it’s around that price bracket).

For application, you can use the RT expert brush, and a damp beauty blender (or any makeup egg sponge) to just get it to settle into your skin and allow for that flawless finish.

BLEMISHES AND FINISHING

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if I had to pick one concealer that I absolutely think you should get, it has to be the LA Girl Pro Conceal. At R59, it’s basically a steal. It has super thick coverage, and is comparable to some of the best concealers on the market for a fraction of the price. To apply it, I love the concealer brush from the Real Techniques core collection (these brushes are seriously worth it!), because it is so tiny and really gets under the eye well.

For under eye circles, we know that the best technique is to use an orange tinted concealer. I find though, concealers tend to have a really thick finish, and ends up leaving your under eye area looking creased. You might be wondering why there’s a matte lip balm listed, but I explain it all here on this post dedicated to covering eye circles here.

My favourite finishing powder is actually a foundation on it’s own. I love to take that little extra measure when I do my foundation, to make sure it really lasts all day. The MAC Studio Fix powder was the first foundation I was ever exposed to (Nazmira used it way back when) and I loved it ever since. I use it in very small amounts, to lightly dust a layer over my face, concentrating a little more on oily areas such as my cheeks. You can use a translucent powder to set everything and get the same result, but for me, a powder foundation seems more worth my money.

That’s it for part three! If you have any questions, do follow me on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and post it there.

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OOTD | A LITTLE BIT OF SUNSHINE

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I tend to be drawn to more neutral tones of late, simply for it’s sheer classiness and classic feel. However, with the way the weather has been treating us the past few days in Johannesburg, I couldn’t resist replicating the happy vibes of sunshine and warmth. I adore this Dune bag that actually turned out to be rather versatile, despite the bright hue. It complimented the yellow, without feeling too overpowering, and of course, no bright look is complete without a bright lip!

PS I’m wearing: Jersey T-shirt Cotton On (old) | Pants: Olive de Olive online | Bag: Dune South Africa | Shoe: Edgars | Bracelet: Lovisa (old) Lips: NYX matte gloss in Milan

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OOTD | OUT OF CHARACTER

  
Before I purchased these sunnies from Cotton On, I turned to my bestie Nurhan and asked,

“Harry Potter on a sunny day or Editor of Vogue?” 

Thankfully, we agreed on the latter. Round sunnies (or shades in general, actually) are not something I gravitate towards (and neither are flats in an outfit post) but often, out of the norm and a subtle change of style can be stunning. 

   
    
    
   
PS, I’m wearing: Top: Woolworths | Jeans: Forever21 | Jacket: Breeze | Bag: Woolworths | Shoes: Cotton On 

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OOTD | SEASIDE NOSTALGIA

   
When I was growing up, “Gunston July” was a must every year for many Johannesburg families: the annual trip to Durban North Beach, for a surfing event that said families knew nothing about. 

It was an excuse to use the school holidays as a fun getaway from your normal environment and seeing the people you see on a Sunday in Sandton, to seeing them on a Sunday on the beach in Durban. 

I loved every bit of it. 

Aside for having the tendencies of a mermaid when it comes to the ocean (think sunrise to sunset in the water, with breaks for Debonairs pizza that had a slight salty sand taste, and, of course, donuts. Lots of donuts), it was the most family orientated and exciting time of the year. 

I have the best memories of long evening walks through the market on the promenade, while eating the most scrumptuous strawberries and cream, straight after devouring waffles from Milkylane. 

  

  

I got to enjoy a quick overnight trip to Durban that reminded me of this time, but all I could think about was how much everything has changed over the years; some of it good, some of it leaving me heartbreakingly nostalgic. 


  
PS, I’m wearing: A jersey! It was ridiculously unlike-Durban-weather freezing! 

Jersey: Zara | Scarf: Jack and Jones | Jeans: Forever21 | Bag: Aldo | Shoe: SissyBoy

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OOTD | TRANSITIONAL FLORALS

   
I love winter fashion, don’t get me wrong. All the furs and leather are incredibly enticing. But this year in particular has seen days that have been incredibly frosty. 

I’m ready for Summer, Along with it’s treasures of watermelon and loads of home made ice cream. 

But for now, I’ll reminisce with this in-between weather outfit inspiration, that I shot just before the numerous cold fronts. 
PS: I’m wearing… 
Top: Forever21 | Coat: H&M | leggings: Zara | Bag: Aldo 
   
    
   

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MAKEUP SERIES PART TWO | PRIMER PREPPING

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On your quest to improve your makeup skills, there’s something most people in the industry fail to mention: Your initial skin prep is what’s going to really take your makeup from looking amateur to professional.

Yes, sure, everyone says you have to start with a clean, blank canvas; but what does that entail? What are the steps to really get your skin looking radiant and glowing, before layers of concealer and highlighter? There are a few things more frustrating than trying to put on foundation, only for it to look flakey or uneven.

For this part of the series, I’m going to be covering in-depth skin prep; the kind I would do before a big event.

(side note: I am not a skin specialist, and everything mentioned below is based purely on personal experience. I struggle mainly with dry, dull skin so that’s what I will be covering, with a few tips for breakouts/acne prone skin).

STEP ONE: EXFOLIATE

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Getting rid of dead skin cells is vital if you want a good base to work with. I can immediately feel and see the difference in the way my foundation applies after I’ve exfoliated. The main purpose of a scrub is to get rid of the uppermost layer of dead skin, that makes you look tired and dull. I prefer to exfoliate the night before, because my skin can sometimes become red and patchy (although this settles in no longer than 10 minutes). I recommend the Garnier Even and Matt Instance Radiance scrub that seriously makes your skin feel extremely soft and prevents dryness. I love that it’s not very harsh, and I love using scrubs more often than not, so I need something gentle.

If you’re acne prone, I recommend the Eucerin scrub (not pictured, but tried and tested); it’s also one of my favourite scrubs, and has slightly grainier particles than the Garnier one so it will be able to cut through oil well.

Aside for your skin, your lips need some love too. If you’re anything like me, winter runs havoc for your lips. A sugar scrub is perfect for this. If you haven’t heard how much I am obsessed with Lush (that opened right opposite me!), my favourite product by far is the Bubblegum lip scrub. It smells amazing and really leaves your lips incredibly soft! You use the tiniest amount so it lasts super long, making it worth the price. If you’re into DIY, mix a bit of brown sugar with raw honey and massage into your lips.

STEP TWO: MOISTURIZE

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If you’re doing this routine at night, use a hydrating mask. The Glam Glow range is really worth all the hype! My favourite is the Thirsty Mud that you can leave on and sleep with. It’s extremely hydrating, especially in winter. Plus, it smells like coconut so you’re bound to dream of paradise ;)

If I leave the mask on overnight, I still use a hydrating moisturizer to use under my foundation. Hydrated, healthy skin is what really makes your makeup look that much more amazing. I love the Clarins Bright Plus Brightening Hydrating Day Lotion. It’s lightweight and absorbs into the skin quickly, which means less time to wait for the moisturizer to sink into the skin before starting with the other steps.

STEP THREE: PRIMER

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I always use a double primer under my makeup to protect my skin from the foundation (that can seep into my skin).

I have the large pores that, unfortunately, I still haven’t found a solution for. There are two primers that genuinely work to minimize the appearance of them: The Kiehl’s Micro Blur and Benefit Pore-fessional. I love that the Kiehls Micro Blur doesn’t feel like I’m just slathering silicone onto my face, and it claims to improve the skins appearance over time. The benefit packaging is always my favourite, and it really does hide pores the way it should. If you’re looking to purchase a primer, try both! (You can find both brands at selected Edgars).

I also use a normal primer to make sure that my makeup stays in place in all day. I love the L’Oreal Infallible Primer for its affordability and just how it makes my skin look and feel insanely smooth. I use the micro blur/pore-fessional on my cheeks only, where I have pores (this makes the product last longer as well for a more expensive product) and use the L’Oreal Infallible on the rest of my face. A primer wasn’t always my favourite product; I always thought it was such a waste of money, until I realized how much my foundation is affecting the appearance of my skin. I looked tired, my skin texture was getting wrinkled and foundation only made it look worse because it enhanced everything. Having a primer creates a solid base to work with; it fills all the fine lines, pores and creates an even, flawless canvas to work with.

STEP FOUR: EVERYTHING ELSE

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I always do my lipstick right before I head out the door when applying makeup, so it looks fresh and stays in place. After I’ve primed my face, I always apply a good dose of lip balm to sink in and moisturize my lips. Maybelline Baby Lips will always be my favourite, and this unscented, uncoloured Dr Rescue version is amazing. It’s the only thing that properly moisturizes my lips in winter and keeps them soft and chap-free.

For my eyes, I use the Urban Decay Primer Potion in Original. I seriously don’t know how I lived without this product before. Although I have dry skin, I have very oily lids, which means my eyeshadow gets creased within a couple of hours instead of lasting all day. With the Urban Decay Primer Potion, it stays put right until the evening, without even needing to be refreshed. I apply this to my eyelids right up until the brow bone, and also extend it to where I think my wing liner will be, to keep that in place and prevent it from smudging.

The MAC Prep + Prime powder is one product I purchased that seems to never run out in a hurry, even though I use it for a million things. It’s a mattifying, translucent powder that holds your makeup in place as well (basically a dream). When prepping, I apply some of this over the Primer Potion on my eyes to seriously keep my eyeshadow from budging.

Then, I apply a tiny, thin layer to my entire face with a fluffy brush. It may sound strange, especially to those who know a bit about makeup. We’re always taught that liquids go before powders, so to use a powder before applying foundation, especially if your foundation is liquid or cream would really mess up the rule BUT, I heard about this tip from a YouTube blogger years ago (and cannot for the life of me remember what his name was!) and tried it out. The concept is that it sets your primer, moisturizer, etc. and really makes your foundation look that much more amazing. It again, fills pores and fine lines making them look much less prominent.

I also use the Prep + Prime if I’m applying eyeshadow that isn’t too dark but may cause fall out, and don’t want to waste a Shadow Shield. Simply add a layer underneath your eye area and brush away gently once your done with your eyeshadow.

Hope these tips helped, and if you haven’t seen Part 1 yet, you can check it out here.

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