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If you have sensitive or dehydrated skin then the new goodies from the Dermalogica Ultra Calming Range are definitely for you. Sensitive skin comes in different forms, for me I break out really easily and am sensitive to certain products. For others it could be red blotchy skin, irritation to fragranced products or skin that gets flaky. Sensitive skin can be due to stress (me), bad diet, pollution or just plain hereditary. Thankfully Dermalogica has come up with double combo solution the Calm Water Gel and the Defense Barrier Booster to help with all these issues.

When it comes to taking makeup off at night I need it to be quick and easy plus the product needs to get my mascara off too. The easiest way to do it without having to wash your face is a Micellar Water. They truly are amazing products that have made my life easier at home and at work. Introducing the new Nivea Perfect & Radiant Micellar the newest micellar product on the market, that will give others a run for their money. The product won’t break the bank and really truly works getting everything off your face.

Nivea Perfect & Radiant Micellar

As we all know going to bed with makeup on is a big no no but we have all done it a few times even if we say we haven’t. So when you get back late and you need a quick fix then this is it. There are loads of micellar products on the market from other budget to high end brands but I have to say I am pretty impressed with this one. Plus who can argue with such an amazing price at R99.95 for a 400 ml bottle!

What I can say is it doesn’t dry out my skin and leaves my complexion feeling soft and smooth. Of course when you are doing your normal beauty routine at night and have more time wash your face first, then use the Nivea micellar water as it won’t get all thst makeup off by itself.  Remember  to also apply down your neck as if you are like me I like to blend my foundation into my neck area.

The Nivea Perfect & Radiant Micellar  contains Vitamin E that helps protect and smooth the skin, the micellar technology also manages to get the smallest particles of dirt and makeup which means a really deep cleanse. It removes without irritating and refreshes skin leaving a beautiful radiant glow. I often find some products leave my skin feeling dry especially as I suffer from dehydrated skin. Not this one and by using it every day my skin is feeling very happy.

Best way to use the product apply to soak a cotton wool pad and then apply all over. Of course you will need 3/4 pads depending on how much makeup you wear. You may need more if you have stubborn mascara to remove as well but all in all this product really does work a treat. For all you Boiderma fans out there I would definitely give this one a try as it really does work as well. Plus you just can’t compare price when the Nivea is a 400ml bottle and the Bioderma is 250ml and there is over R100 price difference.

Shahnaz x

 

Now if you are like me and you get seriously hydrated skin during winter then you need to be upping your game when it comes to skincare. The SVR Hydracid C50 Masque Eclat which is infused with Vitamiun C may just become your new best friend. I love masques and I love that they can totally boost your skin. Plus give you back the glow and hydration needed.

The SVR Hydracid C50 Masque Eclat available at Clicks retails at R595 so its mid range on price but really worth the investment. I love that it comes in a pump so no wastage and starts off as a mousse but when masaged it changes. The masque has a really high concentration of Vitamin C (yay), antioxidants that encourage collagen production, plus brightening properties. All these are needed for dull tired skin that needs a good boost. As well as Vitamin C the masque has 4% of gluconalactone that exfoliates the skin but doesn’t irritate sensitive skin. There is a little bit of tingling but really nothing that hurts or makes skin go red. So basically this bad boy helps brighten skin and also hydrates and plumps due to the hyaluronic acid. It smells pretty lovely so that always helps.

Once you have massaged in the masque give it 15 minutes so take a break have a cuppa or a glass of bubbles while you wait. Or you can apply before bed and leave on while you sleep as all the magic happens at night. If you leave in skin feels realy smooth and plumped so happy days. Definitely a thumbs up from me.

Shahnaz x

This gorgeous limited edition Red Door red lipstick has been launched in colloboration with Elizabeth Arden and Reese Witherspoon March on for Women. All proceeds from the lipstick go to the UN for Women. Its all about celebrating Womens Achievements and encouraging women to support other women. Back in 1912 Elizabeth Arden provided red lipsticks to the suffragettes marching on Fifth Avenue. Wearing red lipstick at the time wasn’t socially acceptable like it is now but to this day its a symbol for power and fearless women.

The March on Campaign advocates and honours women for ther ability for change and includes a pledge of $1m in support of their work. The red lipstick from Elizabeth Arden serves as a powerful symbol of unity and invites women around the world to support one another.

“There is real strength and camaraderie in March On and the feeling that we are in this together. By bringing UN Women, Elizabeth Arden and women everywhere together we can help change women’s lives around the world for the better,” explains Reese Witherspoon.

The Elizabeth Arden Red Door Red is one of my fav reds. Its bold and freshens up your complexion so as well as looking good youy will alsio be heloping others. This limited edition is in stores this month retailing at R295. For me red symobolises being a woman and makes me feel powerful so get yourself down there and invest in this gorgeous lippie. Help and support women around the world. Or buy for a women in your life that inspires you in your everyday life. For me that would be my mum as she shows me every day no matter what, how strong she is and makes me want to be a better mother and person.

To find out more about UN Women and what it represents check out unwomen.org.

#TogetherWeMarchOn

 

Shahnaz x

 

 

Yesterday I finally took the plunge and went for my first Nimue Micro Needling Treatment at Body Works in Claremont. Not gonna lie I did try put it off as who wants a roller of needles dragged across their face? But my therapist Chantal promised me it would be quick and the skincare benefits were well worth the pain. The honest truth it was painful when we started especially on my forhead. I almost jumped off the bed and my breathing was pretty erratic not a pretty sight. However it did get easier as we got to my chubby cheeks!!!

So lets first start with why micro needling?

According to Chantal the needles help separate the skin cells and allow for collagen production. As you all know as you get older the collagen production reduces meaning wrinkles and saggy skin. Not great getting old right? The treatment is done in sections on the face and each time the roller goes over the area the therapist then applies the relevant skincare. Chantal broke mine into 2 anti- ageing and pigmentation as these are my skin concerns. So while the skin cells are seperated the product applied gets right into the dermis.

The long term results promised include improved texture and firmness, as well as a reduction in scars, pore size, and stretch marks. I asked Chantal how long does it take to see results and she told me after the first go. What I can say that after my redness went down and I applied my makeup for date night my skin was glowing.

So the Nimue roller retails at R700 and last for 6 sessions which is basically 6 months worth of micro needling treatments.

As you an see its got small needles all the way around that gets rolled all over. Now before the treatment gets going a numbing cream is applied all over. It does make you feel a bit weird but trust me you need it. However it does NOT stop the pain. The forehead and chin area are the worst parts because they are the boney areas so prepare yourself.

Me before the micro needling began and you can see I look calm and really have no clue what’s coming my way. Chantal also had the 2 different skin treatments ready so she could apply after each section was done.

At this point my forehead was on fire and I may look calm but I wasn’t really. But it was over pretty quick and bless Chantal I said the F word quite a few times. As well as the face the decollatage and neck gets worked on. Its ticklish on the neck so I had to have my head held down.

Straight after the needling was completed I had the anti-aging collagen mask to help boost my skin. My  face was really warm after the treatment but the mask really helped relax me and cool my face down.

This is how I looked after the mask:

I looked like I had been working out for an hour but actually the redness was gone after about an hour. The finished result was my skin actually looked really great.

So for the total treatment is R700 that last for 6 months and each facial costs around R750. If you go for the anti-ageing mask then its extra but Chantal kindly gave it for free for my first go. I think she felt a bit bad that I was in pain.

You can do a 6 month course or do it every month its totally up to you. I am going to give it 6 months and if my skin keeps improving I suppose I am going to have to deal with my monthly painful visit.

Happy Friday.

Shahnaz x

When it comes to makeup brushes I literally can’t get enough. I am always on the look out for new brands that have been tried and tested. I have had my eye on My Kit Co brushes for quite some time especially since I discovered James Molly in Instagram. He is the founder of My Kit Co plus has an amazing makeup school in London. He is a magician with makeup and is constantly posting such stunning work using the brushes.

There are a whole range of My Kit Co brushes  choose from from sets, pro and limited. I looked at what I was missing from my kit and started from there. Looking at James’s Insta I knew I had to get my hands on the tiny liner to create that defined precise line. See James Molly’s latest look posted to see how amazing this brush is. I can’t wait to test it out on a beauty shoot. The hairs on the brush are really compact allowing for ultimate precision.

I purchased the My Ultimate Bronze and shade plus My Face Fan to create amazing definition and highlighting. Those are the large brushes to the left and are both super soft to the touch and work wonders. Its literally like applying silk onto your face the hairs are so soft.

I seemed to have struggled finding with good lip brushes and have finally found two that I love. The My Full Pout and My Fill and Line. The Full Pout brush makes applying the perfect lip quickly and easily and that’s what I need when I am doing touch ups. The Fill and Line brush has a curved head making it easy to follow the curve of the lips and then fill and voila a perfect lip.

Last up I opted for the brow brush as I don’t have a brush this big in my kit. Iats got stiff brittle hairs thats absolutely for perfect groomed brows and get all the hairs into place.

Am definitely going invest in some of their foundation brushes when I get to the UK in June. As well as the amazing brushes they have great bags and organisers and my favourite which I have the Brush Buddy. If you any friends in the UK then you nedd to get your hands on some of these amazing goodies.

Check out his video’s on the My Kit Co site to see the brushes in action and check out James Molly Makeup Artist on instagram to get super inspired.

With it being festival season in South Africa its always a good thing to pump up your makeup. I have Afrika Burn coming up and since its my first time I am on the fence with going pretty or totally crazy. These days there are so many festival makeup options but easiest is to use face glitters and sequins. In this shoot I did back in Jan we kept it really pretty with a touch of face sequins.

This look is the easiest to create all you need is Vaseline apply and then apply your glitter or face sequins. Take a large flat brush and apply on cheek bone and then up into the temple. If you going for the cheek bone keep it to one side of the face otherwise its too much. If you going for eyes then go wild and pop it on both. When it come to the eyes then use an eye glitter glue that will make it last so much longer.

For your festival kit get yourself some stars they sell that at card shops in Cape Town, a sequin glitter set, gem stones for the face, glitter glue and some Vaseline. I am still deciding which way to go but here are some subtle to a bit crazier festival looks I am loving.

 

Its pretty endless with the looks you can create. if you keeping the face glitter/sequin simple then maybe pump up the eyes with a smokey look or bright lips?

Will be posting Afrika Burn Festival posts leading up to April and a festival makeup tutorial will be coming your way.

What’s your festival makeup look?

Happy Friday.

Shahnaz x

There is nothing quite like a dewy highlighted complexion. Its something I do for all my models when prepping their base. A liquid highlighter that you can mix into your foundation gives that fresh glowing look. Which makes the skin look so healthy even when its tired looking. My latest favourite is the Body Shop Drops of Glow Lustre Finish Creator and can be used for face, eyes and lips. Sadly there is only one shade so for the darker complexions this won’t work for you. But check out some of their other products that can definitely work for a darker complexion.

The drops of glow comes with a pipette so there is definitely no wastage. Its got a pink pearly finish so great for light to medium skin tones. There are a few ways to use of course mixing into your foundation is perfect for a luminous finish. However you can just apply to top of your cheek bones, cupids bow or apply onto the top of your eye shadow to give it that extra pop.

You can even mix in with your moisturiser if you are not going to be wearing a base or just going to the beach but still want a glow. Its a great way to refresh your makeup in the day. So pop in your bag and mix in with your foundation any time. For me this will be a great winter product especially when we are all looking a little on the pale side.

Available at Body Shop stores and clicks online the Body Shop drops of glow are definitely worth checking out. Check out their youtube channel  and see some of their amazing tutorials including a tutorial on the glowing complexion.

Shahnaz x

 

Another beauty from one of my favourite brands introducing the Filorga Oxygen-Peel Re-Oxygenating Micor-Peeling Lotion (yes its a mouthful). Its a combination product that is being sold as a peel. However I definitely think its a combo of a toner and exfoliator that hydrates and smooths out skin. Its infused with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and pure hyaluronic Acid so a great anti-ageing product. Perfect if you are in need of revitalised and hydrated skin and just want that all over glow.

Now with the Oxygen part who knows if that actually works. The product contains “polysaccharides” that stimulate cytoglobin, a protein that “assists with intracellular oxygen storage and transfer”. I am not an expert on oxygen so thhis is something I can really comment on whether this really works.

The Filorga Oxygen-Peel (R520) is a chemical peel that should only be used at night to tackle skin’s imperfections. It does have alcohol in it so if that’s something you don’t like in a skincare product then this its not for you. What I can say its it doesn’t feel harsh on skin on application and doesn’t irritate at all. I love the fact that it has pure Hylaluronic Acid that plumps skin and gives skin serious hydration.

Its got a mix of 6 micro peeling agents (gylcolic acid, phytric acid, citric acid, saliclic acid, mandelic acid and gluconolactone) this combo works on reducing wrinkles, helping even out your complexion, improved radiance, reduce spots and wrinkles and gently resurface the skin. We don’t know what the exact mix of each acid is so its again something I can’t comment on. I think its definitely a product that you need to keep using to see the long term effects.

Its super easy to use with its pump action bottle. Take a cotton wool pad and pump the product and then apply all over your face after you have cleansed. Its definitely like a toner and feels a bit like one but with lots of added benefits. Its a product that is perfect for most skin tones  giving you brighter looking skin.

Shahnaz x

 

Looking to create that perfect red lip? Red lips are always going to be on trend its just a fact. Its a timeless classic look that just brings the whole face to life. There are of course lots of different shades to choose from depending on your skin tone. But pretty much most people can pull it off. Not only are there different shades but textures too which also determine how the lip will turn out. Sheer or bold? Blurred or just perfect? In this shoot I went with a perfect red lip that’s perfect for a party night out paired with gold eyes.

PERFECT RED LIP

Now to create the perfect red lip you need your lip brush, liner and a good red lippie. Remember to make sure lips are hydrated before you apply your lipstick. I used of course a Chanel lipstick for this look the Rouge Allure Velvet no2. I am definitely a more matt type nof girl plus it looks more modern and lasts so you don’t have to reapply as much.

Line lips with a liner this will stop it from bleeding and creates the definition of the lips. Apply the liner onto the edges of the lips not just to the lip itself this will create the illusion of fuller lips. Then take your lip brush if you are doing someone elses makeup and apply all over. You can go back with the liner once you have applied the lipstick to define again. To really get that lippie to last blot the lips with tissue paper and apply the lipstick again. You can do this 2/3 times this ensures longevity.

A good lip brush is definitely required here. There are different shapes to choose from but one that has flat edges or slightly angled that fits to the shape of the lip will really work here. Alternatively apply the lipstick straight onto the lips and then use the brush to fill in the edges.

Here are some of the red lip trends for SS18 from perfect to imperfect:

Happy Friday.

Shahnaz x