| Updated Skincare Regime |

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As you will have all learned by now I am a complete skincare junkie. I am always looking for the next best thing so that my skin can reach it’s full potential. 

You may remember a few months ago I posted my skincare routine. Unfortunately since that post I’ve been forced to change this routine as the natural oils were causing me to break out quite badly. So the search began again for the perfect skincare routine & after hearing about a brand called Nu Skin I did a little shopping & posted it in a skincare haul. I just wanted to give you all a little update on these products & what I think of them. 

Holy moly! I am blown away by Nu Skin & how awesome their products are. Since moving my skincare routine to this brand my skin has never been better, seriously! I have had no break outs at all (even around my time of the month which is a big thing for me!) & my skin looks healthy, glowing & most importantly – hydrated. I have completely cut out all of the previous products I was using (apart from the Simple Toner & face masks which I will use until they’re finished) and now my skincare routine is such a pleasure. I have also since bought a few more products from Nu Skin (coming to the blog soon) & I’ve yet to try a product from them that I don’t love. Unfortunately for my bank account my wish list is just growing longer & longer!

One big thing that I like about Nu Skin is their variety of pricing. Some of their products have high-end prices while they also have a whole host of products at incredibly affordable prices. I did a little research on their more affordable Nutricentials range as I wanted to know if they are full of bad ingredients & that is the reason for their lower prices but I found that they are of no less quality as they are still packed with great ingredients!

Basically, for any lady or gentleman who loves skincare & who is always looking for great brands – try this one. You won’t regret it! I’ve also been able to offer anyone who would like to try any products from Nu Skin a 35% discount on their entire product range so just get in touch with me to take advantage of this!

 

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| My Top Favourite Blushes |

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Every woman loves a dusting of blusher across the apples of her cheeks for that healthy flush of colour. I for one just cannot finish a makeup look without applying one of my favourite blush shades to make everything come together effortlessly.

After the popularity of my post The Best of the Best Highlighters, I thought it would be the perfectly opportunity to talk about my favourite blushes from my collection & why I love them. 

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Sleek Blush Trio in Lace

This photo really doesn’t do these colours any justice – the blush shades in this trio are some of the brightest shades I’ve ever seen & they look really quite intimidating in real life. I bought this trio a few years ago & to be perfectly honest with you, it was unloved for quite some time until I pulled it out in the past few months & completely fell in love with it. Sleek blushes are  mind-blowingly pigmented so user be warned, USE A LIGHT HAND, because no-one wants to look like Coco the Clown! The orange shade (on the left) is perfect for summer & looks simply stunning paired with a gold-toned makeup look. The middle shade is a stunning rose shade with very fine gold shimmers which are in no way glittery (thankfully as glitter & I just don’t get along.) It is an incredibly versatile shade & is also very close dupe to the ever popular Nars Orgasm blush. Unfortunately the dark red/orange shade in this trio hasn’t been given quite as much love as the other two as I find this shade quite intimidating so I just don’t reach for it very often.  On a final note I’d also like to mention that Sleek is also one of the few cruelty free makeup brands on the high-street & I felt that this was important to mention as many people wouldn’t know this information about their company. Well done Sleek for making the world a more animal-friendly place!

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Makeup Revolution Blush Palette in Sugar & Spice

Makeup Revolution are a fantastic UK brand that sell some of the best palettes I have ever tried & their blush palettes are incredible. On a side note I will however mention that their packaging SUCKS & out of the 8 Makeup Revolution palettes, only 2 of them haven’t broken apart at the hinges so just be prepared for that. This particular palette features a variety of pink shades as well as a highlighter & a shimmery blush. I don’t use the highlighter or the shimmery blush because they just aren’t to my taste but the blushes are fantastic. They’re very pigmented so makeup sure to be careful & start with a light hand & build from there if needed. These palettes retail for only £6 so they are an absolute bargain, especially when they give you such a range of colours to choose from!

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Makeup Revolution Blush Palette in Hot Spice

Yet another favourite Makeup Revolution palette! If I had to choose between this palette & the previous one, I would opt for Hot Spice because I absolutely love peachy toned blushes & also because I find I can use every single shade in this palette. This palette is an absolute delight with a range of peach shades as well as a shimmery blush & a highlight. The blushes in this palette are pigmented & easy to blend & because of the assortment of shades, these blushes can be worn by most skin tones all year round. I just cannot recommend this palette enough & you won’t be sorry that you picked it up if you are a peach blush lover like me.

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Arbonne Blush in Blossom & in Apricot

What can I say, Arbonne make nice blushes & you can clearly see just how much I love them as I have hit pan on Blossom (left).  Blossom is a beautiful mid toned pink with gold shimmers & is yet another dupe for the cult favourite Nars Orgasm blush (are you noticing a pattern here!?) I find that I reach for this shade often as it goes with any makeup look & it gives a natural flush to my cheeks. On the right is the shade Apricot. I don’t reach for this shade as often as Blossom but it is a beautiful blush all the same. This is very much a light orange shade with very light shimmers through it so I only tend to wear it in summer when I have a bit of a tan as it looks better on tanned, glowing skin. Both of these blushes are pigmented & incredibly blendable & I will be sad to see Blossom go when I completely use it up!

What are your favourite blushes?

| Skincare Haul |

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I was introduced to Nu Skin in April by a good friend of mine who raved about the brand so I decided that I would try some of their products to see what the fuss was about & holy heck, I’m impressed! Nu Skin are a direct selling company who offer a wide range of products from Anti-ageing skincare to supplements to whitening toothpaste & they have prices that range from extremely affordable to a little more on the pricey side so there really is something for everyone. I placed an order with them and within about 4 days my products were at my door – that’s not bad by South African delivery standards! 

I have been using these products for about a month because I wanted to be able to give you mini reviews on each of the products as well rather than just telling you all what I bought. So let’s get started!

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Hand Lotion 

I have never been good at applying hand lotion. It’s one of those things that I just always seem to forget about. Winter in South Africa is something completely different to winter in Ireland & my skin has been suffering a level of dryness I’ve never experienced before – including the skin on my hands. I hate it when a hand cream leaves my hands greasy & unable to do anything for 10 minutes but this hand cream absorbs almost instantly & leaves my hands soft & hydrated without leaving any greasy residue behind afterwards. It also comes in a large 125ml tube which means that this baby will be lasting me throughout the winter period!

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NaPCA Moisture Mist

I bought this product so that I could give my skin needed a moisture boosts throughout the day & also because it is an incredibly affordable product. After using this product I have quickly fallen in love with it. This product claims to:

Increase moisture level, protect against damaging effect of environmental influences & is a static-fighter for your hair

I haven’t tried this to fight static for my hair as thankfully it isn’t something that I have to deal with so I cannot give you my verdict on that. I have however used this product both on it’s own in the morning & I have also used it post-moisturiser & throughout the day for an extra blast of moisture. This is a light moisturiser so is great for oily skins however if you’re a dry skin girl I don’t think it’s heavy enough to wear on it’s own but it’s perfect for keeping you hydrated throughout the day. It also contains hyaluronic acid which is fantastic for helping to bind moisture to your skin for long-lasting hydration. I know I’ll be taking this with me on my flight to Italy next month to keep that horrid dry air from drying out my skin & I’ll also be using it while on holiday to keep in the fridge & spritz throughout the day. For the R100 or so Rand I paid for it – it’s an absolute hand-bag essential!

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Moisture Restore Day Protective Lotion – Normal to Dry Skin

Honestly, when this moisturiser arrived I was surprised at how small the bottle was & I then had a further surprise when I applied the product for the first time. When I pumped a full pump onto the palm of my hand I thought that I would need an extra pump to cover my face with adequate moisture. However, this product spreads easily & effortlessly & I was able to cover my face effortlessly which was a happy surprise. I am the girl to test the power of any moisturiser & I was delighted to find that this moisturiser left my skin hydrated all day without feeling heavy or greasy & without getting oily later in the day. A great purchase!

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Polishing Peel Skin Refinisher 

This product is so unique & I have never tried a product anything like this one before! Nu Skin claim that this product is:

‘Clinically proven to be equivalent to a professional microdermabrasion session, Polishing Peel features Pumpkin Enzymes to resurface, soften and polish the skin and Bentonite Clay to remove dull skin cells and toxins.’

So I have never been for a microdermabrasion but I love the results of this product. You apply it on dry skin & leave it for approximately 30 seconds before massaging your skin until the product gathers into little ‘shavings’. It feels very strange at first but once you’re finished & you’ve washed off the excess your skin will feel so soft & will have a pretty glow. If you have sensitive skin I worry it may be a little too much because of the rubbing motion but for everyone else I absolutely recommend this as a twice a week treatment to get rid of all those old skin cells & to make your skin glow like crazy. Not to mention it’s a fun treatment to do!

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Rejuvenating Cream 

Nu Skin have several different moisturisers to choose from so I found it difficult to decide which one I wanted as my night cream but I decided on this on little beauty as it’s description sounded pretty impressive:

 ‘Drenches skin in soothing moisture–improving its moisture-binding capability with the hydrating powers of hyaluronic acid and helping prevent water loss. Daily use not only restores moisture, it helps keep dryness from returning.’

You guys will know I am always rattling on about my dry skin so any product that can keep dryness from returning is one I am going to try. I was obsessed with The Body Shop Vitamin E Night Cream before I tried this but now it has been replaced with this little beauty. This cream feels so light but leaves my skin looking & feeling incredibly moisturised. It just makes my skin look so healthy & my skin still feels hydrated the next morning. If, like me, your skin needs moisture but breaks out when a moisturiser is too heavy, this is an absolute god-send. This is most definitely a new holy grail & I’m not surprised this is one of Nu Skin’s most popular products!

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Pharmanex Tegreen 97 Capsules

I know this doesn’t count as skincare but I wanted to talk about it in this post anyway. I am so bad at taking supplements. I know I should take them daily but honestly, I just never remember. Green tea is well known across the world for having immense health benefits & for a while I was trying my best to drink it every day. The problem was, I’m not the biggest fan of the taste & I’d much rather have a cup of regular English tea. Then I discovered these Tegreen capsules. Within each capsule (which is taken daily) is the equivalent of 7 cups of green tea! I know it’s cheating but it’s an affordable & very easy way to cheat so i’ll take it! Green tea helps with bloating & around my time of the month I bloat like crazy but these little beauties have reduced my bloating drastically. I have also felt so much better since I added these into my daily routine & my energy levels have improved. A little tip from me – If, like me, you’re not very good at remembering to take supplements pop them into your handbag & you’ll never forget to take them!

If you’d like to get 35% off all Nu Skin products just get in touch with me & I’ll hook a girl up!

 

 

| My Best of the Best Highlighters |

 

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I have been obsessed with highlighters for many years, in fact long before the highlighter trend really kicked off.  Why? Because highlighters do absolute wonders for your skin in making it look healthy & making you look like a glowing goddess.

Over the years I have tried a ton of different highlighters some which I absolutely hated (the glittery ones that make you look like a disco ball) & some which I have absolutely loved. With the growing trend of a popping highlight, a trend which doesn’t seem to be going anywhere any time soon, I thought that this would be the perfect opportunity to talk about my favourite highlighting products.

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Makeup Revolution Ultra Blush Palette in Golden Sugar

To this day I still cannot understand why Makeup Revolution has marketed this as a blush palette because to me these really aren’t blush shades (unless you want to glow from every single inch of your face of course). In my eyes this is most definitely a highlighting palette & a good one at that. I don’t use all of the shades in this palette such as the white because I am just not a fan of pure white highlighters in fear of having that obvious, solid line of highlight – it’s just not a pretty look. My favourite shades from this palette are the mauve shade (bottom row, 2nd shade from the left) & the bronze shade (bottom row, 2nd from right) as these shades give a more bold, popping highlight. In true Makeup Revolution style, the shades in this palette are pigmented & the range of shades caters to those who like a poppin’ highlight & also to those who prefer a more subtle glow.

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MUA Undress Your Skin (original pink shade)

MUA is a fantastic inexpensive brand in the UK & they make really great highlighters. If you haven’t tried any of their highlighters before & you have access to their products, please go out & buy some.  This was the first highlight shade that MUA came out with & was the first one I ever bought. I don’t wear light pink highlighting shades quite as often but when I do I reach for this shade. It’s easy to blend, doesn’t look powdery & it’s pigmented. A great shade for lighter skin tones!

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MUA Undress Your Skin in Opalescent Amber

Out of the three MUA highlighters I own this is my ultimate favourite (which is why I’ve almost hit pan). The shade of this highlighter looks a little intimidating in the pan but I promise you it looks so beautiful on the skin. It is such a pigmented colour that blends so effortlessly into your skin & looks stunning with a peach blush. For £5…it’s an absolute steal & compares with a lot of the high-end brands!

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Mary-Lou Manizer by The Balm

I’ve mentioned this highlighter before in my The Products I can Trust post as it is my ultimate, holy grail highlighter. You could take every other highlighter I own away from me if you just leave this one because I cannot be without my Mary-Lou. It is a beautiful light gold shade that comes in a large pan meaning that you get a lot of bang for your buck – I use this highlight at least three times a week & it still looks brand new! Whenever I go travelling this is the only highlighter I take with me because it goes with every single makeup look & gives my cheekbones a seriously poppin’ highlight.

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Topshop Glow in Gleam

It’s rare that I love a cream highlight because almost all of the product do not apply well, or look nice over foundation. I previously mentioned this product in my Current Beauty Favourites & even after a few months it’s still a firm favourite. I don’t wear this product quite as much now that it’s winter but when summer comes around again I know I’ll be pulling this baby out more often. It’s a beautiful bronze shade that looks stunning with tanned skin & if you apply a little extra you get a hell of a popping highlight too!

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MAC Strobe Cream

Last but not least is the infamous MAC Strobe Cream. I bought mine in the travel version as the large tube is relatively pricey & I wanted to test this product before I bought the full size version. This is one of MAC’s cult products & I can understand why! Strobe Cream moisturises the skin while the iridescent particles contained inside reflect light & make your skin glow in a subtle & natural way. My favourite way to use this product is before I apply my foundation to give my skin a more glowy finish without disturbing my foundation . Another of my favourite uses for this product is to apply all over my face when I’m not wearing makeup, e.g. on the beach, because it stops my skin looking dull & lifeless.

I’m always on the hunt for the next best highlighter – what are your favourites?

| May Empties |

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Another month has passed & I’m pleased to say I used up a few more products within the month of May. As a beauty fanatic, I get a satisfied feeling when I finish products because let’s be honest, beauty fanatics can be boarder-line hoarders with many more products than we need. I enjoy Empties posts as it gives me a chance to tell you about a bunch of different products that I have used long enough to finish them, what I thought of them & if I would recommend/repurchase them again. So let’s get started!

Bondi Sands Self Tanning Foam in Dark

Now that it’s winter in South Africa I haven’t been able to get outside & catch some rays as often as I’d like as, believe it or not, it does get cold here (well compared to the 20-30 degree heat we’re used to.) Due to this lack of sun-bathing I’ve watched my skin get lighter & lighter, & every avid self tanner knows that life is just better with a tan so I’ve found myself applying fake tan about once a week to keep my pale skin at bay. Bondi Sands is my go-to self tanner since it launched in the UK a few years ago & I’ve spoken about it before in a little more detail in my The Products I Can Trust post.  It gives me such a beautiful dark colour that applies easily & has a streak free finish (provided that you blend it properly of course). It also smells of coconut which I LOVE although I will warn you that you will still smell that infamous fake tan ‘biscuit’ smell within about 1-2 hours of application. One thing I will also note is that it hasn’t been wearing as long as once did & I’ve been finding that after about 4-5 days the tan has faded so Bondi Sands may have changed up the formula . These things aside I would highly recommend this tan & it is why I have repurchased it religiously for several years.  I’m actually a little sad that I finished another bottle this month as it means I only have one bottle left from my UK stash so I’m going to have to find a new favourite self tanner out here in SA – if any lovely ladies have any recommendations for a great tan that I can buy here please let me know!

The Righteous Butter by Soap & Glory

With it being winter I’ve found that I just cannot go without applying a body moisturiser as my skin feels tight, dry & itchy without it but in the month of May The Righteous Butter was an absolute saviour for me. Soap & Glory are well known for their delicious smelling products & this body butter is no exception. The Righteous Butter contains Soap & Glory’s Original Pink fragrance which is described as: ‘leafy greens, bergamot and mandarin, with a floral & fruity middle note followed by soft, sexy, musk, oakmoss, amber and woody notes.’ Basically it contains all the scents I love & smells delightfully feminine. I have previously spoken about Soap & Glory moisturisers in my April Empties where I mentioned that I much prefer their butters over their lotions because the butters are so thick & moisturising. You can literally feel the moisture in your skin at the end of the day. Soap & Glory can be a little pricier than some of their high street competitors but in my opinion, for a big 300ml tub of good quality moisturiser,  I think £10 is a pretty reasonable price. I would recommend this product to anyone who loves feminine scented products & has dry skin.

The Body Shop Vitamin E Illuminating Moisture Cream

I had purchased this product off an online beauty discount store a while back & after a little research I have found that this product is no longer for sale in The Body Shop so I do apologise & I won’t talk about it too much for that reason. This moisturiser isn’t as moisturising as the regular Vitamin E moisturiser from The Body Shop & I found that I had to apply more product than I normally would to ensure that my skin was sufficiently moisturised. This product contains a pink iridescence which gives that ‘illuminated look’ which I did love for making my skin look healthy & glowy. It’s so unfortunate that The Body Shop discontinued this product as it would have been perfect for the glowing skin trend that is everywhere these days.

Rimmel Kate Salon Pro nail polish in 237 Soul Session

This polish has unfortunately gotten to the gloopy, almost empty stage of its life & I just don’t want to fight with it so it’s just got to go. This was a beautiful polish & it has been my favourite polish shade from the time I bought it as it is the most perfect shade of pinkish nude that I can imagine would suit every skin tone. It wore as well as a nail polish can & it was easy to apply a streak free finish – which isn’t always the case with light nude shades. I used this shade both as an all-over nail colour & also for a slightly different French nail. I would most certainly recommend this nail polish & I will be repurchasing it again.

The Products I can Trust

The Ones I Can Trust

We all have those products that we can always rely on to be exceptional & to do exactly what we want them to. While I love to try products that are new to the market (like most beauty bloggers out there) I also firmly believe in showing those all time favourites some love now & again. Today’s post is all about the products that I can always trust to do a good job & why I always come back to them time & time again.

Mac Lipsticks I won’t go into too much detail because I have a post on my favourite MAC lipsticks shades here but MAC lipsticks will always be my favourite. I have lipsticks from many brands but I find that I reach for my MAC lipsticks the most as they are easy to wear, they are long-lasting, the shades are beautiful & the formula is dreamy.

Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation This is said to be the number one foundation worldwide & when I first bought this foundation about 4 years ago I completely understood why. When I need my foundation to stay on the entire day this is the most reliable product I own – it just does not budge! Being a dry skin girl I do like to add a little extra moisturiser before applying this foundation for a smooth application & finish. I wear the shade Fresco & as this foundation doesn’t have a pump I use the MAC foundation pumps to make things that little bit easier.

Mac Fix + Once I started using this product I was completely hooked & I just cannot live without it. Fix + is a multi-purpose product but my favourite ways to use it are either underneath or on top of my foundation. Under foundation it provides my skin with an extra blast of moisture that makes my foundation go on beautifully while spraying it onto my skin after my makeup is finished removes any powdery finishes & makes my skin look glowy.

Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer This concealer is my holy grail! It’s of a light consistency but has great coverage. I always opt for the lightest shade which is shade 1 Fair because it’s light enough to really brighten my under eye without looking like a clown. I have several back ups of this because unfortunately they don’t carry it in South Africa & I just cannot live without it!

The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer highlighter If you love a highlight that POPS & you haven’t tried this…where have you been?! This highlighter is just the bomb & I find myself reaching for it most days as I know it will always give me that great highlight. It’s a light goldish shade & it matches perfectly with any makeup look. If you told me that I had to bin all of my other highlighters & just keep this one I’d still be happy – It’s that good!

What are your most trusted products?

 

My Current Skincare Routine

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Hi all my lovelies!

Today I want to talk to you about my current skincare routine. I am STILL on the hunt for a skincare routine that works perfectly for my skin. After moving from Ireland to South Africa my skin really struggled – I broke out much more often & my skin was the driest it has ever been. For these reasons I have had to completely change my skincare routine and incorporate a few natural, moisture rich products and this has helped with my skin moisture levels greatly!

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Nivea make the greatest smelling skincare products – they have a soft, clean smell that I just love!

Nivea 3 in 1 Gentle Cleansing Wipes(For dry & sensitive skin) I have tried so many different make-up removing wipes but after discovering these Nivea wipes a couple of years ago I have repurchased them again & again. For a dry skin gal like me I always found that wipes left my skin feeling dry & tight but with these I never have that feeling – they leave my skin feeling SO moisturised. In fact, on days when my skin feels extra dry I quickly rub one of these over my face just for added moisture! They are also great at removing makeup so I pre-cleanse with them on heavier make-up days or I do occasionally use them on those rare nights when I just do not have the energy to go through my usual nightly routine. (I get mine from Clicks as they occasionally have them on offer)

Nivea Extra Gentle Eye Make-Up Remover  I’ll admit this is the only eye make-up remover I have ever tried but I just haven’t felt the need to purchase a different one as this Nivea one does exactly what I want it to. It doesn’t irritate my eyes, it smells delightful & it gets all of my eye make-up off – even those tough waterproof mascaras!

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For the longest time I did not believe in using a toner. I had read articles that pass them off as a gimmick & an excuse for cosmetic companies to sell you more products. In all honesty, I’m still not 100% sure what they really do. (I can hear many horrified women at the thought of me saying such a thing) However, a few months ago I decided to bite the bullet & purchase a toner to see if it made a difference. I follow the general rule & apply my toner after cleansing.

Simple Soothing Facial Toner I picked this up when I was visiting back in the UK after reading that people with dry skin should choose a toner without alcohol to avoid drying out the skin. Since adding this toner into my skincare regime I have found that every little bit of make-up is now being removed in the evenings (I was shocked when i first started using it & I looked down at the toner-soaked cotton pad to find traces of make-up on there!) and my skin also feels that little bit cleaner without feeling dry or tight.

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Clicks Sweet Almond Oil After doing research into natural oils for dry skin, sweet almond oil kept coming up again & again – and for good reason. I use this morning & night to remove my make-up & to cleanse my skin. Oils are fantastic for removing makeup as they just melt it away quickly. This oil is light in texture and gets right down into my skin to remove dirt & debris & because it contains vitamin A it can help to reduce any break-outs. I just rub it over my skin, wash it away thoroughly with water & then follow with toner to remove any traces left on the surface of my skin. I got mine from Clicks but Dis-Chem also do the same oil for a very similar price!

SOIL Organic Argan Oil I purchased this from Dis-Chem & I use this as a daily moisturiser both morning & night. Argan Oil is full of vitamins A & E so is great for anti-aging while its high linoleic acid content helps to reduce spots & keep future spots at bay while also reducing inflammation. This oil feels so light on the skin & is quickly absorbed making it great a great moisturiser even before you apply your make-up. It’s such a great product as it leaves my skin soft, moisturised & glowing!

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Serums are an absolute must for protecting against the signs of ageing. Even if you’re in your twenties like I am I would still recommend incorporating a serum into your routine as prevention is better than cure. I follow my cleansing & toning with my serum before applying my moisturiser.

Nip + Fab Dragon’s Blood Plumping Serum The name of this product is incredibly random & I’m not such a fan of the packaging but I do like what is inside. Being in my mid-twenties I (thankfully) do not have wrinkles or sagging skin yet so I haven’t noticed my skin feeling/looking plumper or my fine lines reduced. However, I love this serum because of the extra hydration it gives me. I love that it is lightweight & easily absorbed into my skin. It’s a great product for dry skin gals before you apply your daily moisturiser to give you a hydration boost & anything that can help to prevent future wrinkles is good with me!

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Like the toner scenario mentioned earlier I’m going to make many women out there gasp – this is only the second eye cream I’ve ever bought in my life. For the longest time I didn’t believe that we needed an eye cream but now that I’m in my mid-twenties I thought it was about time that I started using one. I use my eye cream every evening before applying my nightly moisturiser.

Superdrug Vitamin E Nourishing Eye Cream As mentioned this is only the second eye cream I have ever owned so I am in no way an expert. That being said, I purchased this particular one when I was in the UK because the Superdrug Vitamin E range is both affordable & good quality. Vitamin E is an anti-oxidant that protects the skin from free-radicals which can damage collagen & lead to skin dryness, fine lines & wrinkles. This means that a vitamin E rich eye cream is going to do wonders for your under eye area. This cream comes in a handy squeezy tube, isn’t greasy & leaves my under eyes feeling so hydrated!

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Last but not least are the face masks – my favourite part of any skincare routine. I switch between these two masks & I use a mask once per week to control breakouts or twice a week if I’m having a particularly bad skin week!

The Body Shop Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask Yikes that was a mouthful! If you are a fan of charcoal face masks & you haven’t tried this one you need to rush to The Body Shop & buy it – it is absolutely delightful! This mask is only left on for 10 minutes which is great if you’re in a hurry & it leaves my skin feeling so soft & so clean. It contains (lumps?) which exfoliate the skin as you wash it off & it has a delightful tingling feeling which makes your skin feel just wonderful. I truly cannot recommend this mask enough & I’ve heard that its a dupe for the super expensive Glam Glow mask!

L’oreal Pure Clay Detox Mask When the Pure Clay mask were released by L’oreal last year they exploded & for good reason. This is the only mask I have tried from the range but it has really helped to control my break outs. After I first used this mask I broke out but that isn’t a bad thing when it comes to charcoal masks as they pull out all of the impurities in your skin. Now I use this when I can see a break-out starting so that I can pull all the crap out of skin before it gets worse or it fast-forwards my break-out to make my skin clear up more quickly. I prefer The Body Shop mask because of how my skin feels afterwards however this is a great cheaper alternative & I have already repurchased it!

What are your favourite skincare products & what would you recommend?

My Favourite MAC Lipsticks

Fave MAC Lipsticks 2 23.04.2017

So if you didn’t know, I am a massive MAC lipstick fan. They’re the only high-end brand of lipstick that I buy because of their fantastic colour range, their great formula & because they are priced somewhere between drugstore & high-end making them a relatively affordable choice. If I want to buy a new lipstick then MAC is usually my first stop above anywhere else because, the majority of the time, they will have the colour that I had in mind.

Today I want to take you through my favourite lipsticks in my MAC collection and tell you why they are my favourite. You’ll find that most of these lipsticks fall within the same colour category as I am a creature of habit & a big fan of pinkish/brownish medium toned nudes, although I have also included a couple of brighter shades that I reach for when I fancy a bold lip.

Satin Finishes

The satin finishes are my favourite finish of MAC lipstick – I haven’t found one that I don’t like! They are long-wearing & look almost matte but they are more moisturising than MAC’s matte finish.

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Faux is described as a ‘muted mauve-pink’. This is the lipstick I reach for when I am looking for a lighter, pinkish nude. While it is a lighter shade it is very wearable and in no way makes me look corpse-like, which is usually how I look when I wear a lighter nude lipstick shade! If you are fair-skinned like me it’s a great wearable shade & I especially love to pair it with a slightly darker shade of lip liner.

Brave is described as a ‘pink-beige with white pearl’. I don’t see the ‘white pearl’ in this lipstick but this shade is without a doubt a holy grail! I wear Brave at least once a week & I think that this colour would also look good against any skin tone. It’s very much a pinkish nude lipstick & is very versatile as it compliments both a simple and a smokey eye. I pair Brave with MAC’s Soar lip liner & it is such a winning combination!

Twig is one of my newer lipsticks but it very quickly found its place within my favourites. It is described as a ‘soft muted brownish-pink’ although I think it leans a little more on the brown side with a rose tone. Twig is one of the darker shades of nude that I own and I find it very easy to wear both with and without a lip liner. While this shade leans a little more brown it has enough of a warm, pinkish tone so that it doesn’t wash me out in any way. A great darker nude for most warm skin tones!

Rebel is one of the few bold MAC lipsticks in my collection but it is one I reach for almost every time I feel like a plum lip. It is described as a ‘midtonal cream plum’ & is a very easy to wear plum shade. I find that this shade doesn’t run as dark as most of the plum shades on the market & it has a hint of magenta which makes it a lot easier to wear as it doesn’t wash me out. I love to wear this shade with an earthy toned smokey eye in the autumn/winter time.

Matte Finish

Matte finishes are my second favourite from the MAC lipstick finishes as they are very long wearing. Some of the lipsticks in this range require you to apply a lip balm underneath or, trust me, every line in your lips will be on show for everyone. However saying that, in terms of a matte lipstick they are very easy to wear when compared to many other brands out there.

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Velvet Teddy is probably one of the most hyped MAC lipsticks after Kylie Jenner named it as one of her faves. Velvet Teddy is described as a ‘deep-tone beige’ which is exactly what it is. This is such an easy shade to wear as it goes with almost any look although I personally LOVE to wear it with a sexy brown smokey eye. There are several different MAC lip liners that you can pair with this lipstick but my personal favourite is Spice lip liner.  I am almost out of this little beauty & I can promise that I will be repurchasing it again & again.

D for Danger This was an unusual purchase for me as I am not a big pink lipstick wearer but one day I decided I wanted a magenta lipstick so I picked this one up. D for Danger is a great deep pink shade as it is a plum-magenta with a warm tone which is great for us ladies that just don’t suit a cool-toned pink. I love to wear this lipstick with more natural makeup when I want to add a pop of colour.

What are your favourite MAC lipstick shades? I’d love to try some new ones!

 

My Current Beauty Favourites

Current Makeup Favourites - 11.04.17

It has been about 4 months since I bought ANY new makeup. For a makeup addict like myself I’ve got to get an award for that! The one good side of being on a makeup buying hiatus is that I’ve fallen in love with some products in my makeup collection all over again. When we constantly buy new makeup products in the quest to buy ‘the next best thing’ it makes us forget about & neglect the products we already have & that we know we love.

So let’s take a look at my current beauty favourites:

Zoeva Smokey eye shadow palette So I am a BIG fan of the smokey eye. It does something to your confidence that an everyday eye look just cannot do! So when I saw this palette online I just had to buy it. Since then, I have been using this palette almost every day for the past two months because it is so versatile! It’s great for creating a range of different smokey eye looks because of the variety of tones & colours that are contained within the palette. I do however also use the lighter shades in this palette for an everyday eye-look so you can absolutely use it everyday and not just when you feel like being a sexy vixen! The shadows are so pigmented while also being creamy & easily blend-able. If you love a good smokey eye that’s a little different to the traditional ‘smokey grey’ give this palette a shot.

EOS peppermint lip balm I remember when EOS first hit the beauty market & blew it up, that I just couldn’t understand how a lip balm could deserve THAT much hype. But, I’ll admit it, I was wrong. They’re fab! I have always loved lip products that make your lips tingle & that is exactly what this product does – it feels great! Not only does it make my lips go on a tingle-fest, it also leaves them feeling so soft. They are a little on the pricey side for a lip balm in my opinion (especially in South Africa) but this one has really lasted so I don’t mind paying a little extra – especially when it makes my lips feel THIS good.

NYX Liquid Suede lipstick in Soft Spoken I have been on the hunt for the perfect formula of liquid lipstick for quite some time & I have found it in this product. I have a few different formulas of liquid lipsticks from NYX but the Liquid Suede’s have got to be the best. They are so pigmented and go on beautifully – but the most important part? They won’t make your lips feel like the Sahara desert after they’ve dried. (Hallelujah!) This particular colour is very similar to the famous ‘Kylie Jenner’ favourite Spice from MAC so if you love a dark nude like me then this is a purchase that you must make!

Topshop GLOW highlighter in Gleam First let me note that I do not like the packaging of this product. Yes it looks very pretty & cute but when you’re a woman with long nails –  you just cannot get your finger in this jar! That aside – this product is looks beautiful. I’m not usually one for liquid or cream highlighters because every one that I have tried seems to take off my foundation & leave the tops of my cheeks looking streaky. This little beauty however, doesn’t do that. It’s a gorgeous shade of bronzed gold which looks especially beautiful in the summer months with a little bit of a tan. This is one of those highlighters that has my boyfriend saying ‘check out that glow!’ – and that ladies, is when you know its good! (haven’t I taught him well)

Vichy Dermablend foundation in shade 25 Nude This is by no means a new product for me – I think I’m on my 3rd tube of this foundation. I did however forget about it and let it gather some dust for a little while. That is until about a month ago when I pulled it out of the depths and used it one morning only to say out loud “Why did I stop using this?!” This foundation is beautiful! If you love a full coverage without it feeling heavy or looking cakey on the skin then you absolutely MUST try this foundation. It’s also perfect for a dry-skin girl like myself because it gives your skin a bit of a dewy finish. I would, however, recommend that you set this foundation with powder (I love to set it with the matching Vichy translucent powder) as it can start to move a little by mid-day if you don’t. The only problem is – when I run out of this can I buy it in South Africa?! I bought this back in the UK & I have only seen the Vichy skin care range here, not the make up. Anyone who know’s the answer please let me know – I’m a girl in desperation!

Bare Minerals Illuminating Mineral Veil – I love a bright under-eye (like many ladies out there) and since discovering this product my under-eyes have been ever so bright & glowy. I purchased this product when looking for a slightly cheaper alternative to the Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Under Eye Powder & honestly I don’t feel the need to go out & buy the Laura Mercier one now. I did also try this as a setting powder for my entire face but it made me look a little glittery & I wasn’t such a fan. For the under-eye, however, it’s beautiful! It’s a very light peachy-pink shade with very fine shimmers & glitters (don’t be put off by the word glitter) and it is a great setting powder for your concealer to keep it in place & leave you looking like you had a good nights sleep!