Yes this is me without a stich of makeup first thing in the morning wearing the eye patches from the Filorga Optim Eyes Collection. Flying to London took a lot out of my skin so I did a series of hydrating beauty steps including the patches. Plus combine it with the Optium Eyes Lotion and you are in for a real treat. The area under my eyes really suffers when I am tired and dehydrated so with these two goodies my skin is soft and hydrated at the same time.
My shoot for Wedding Album Magazine got me thinking about my next beauty post while I am sitting on holiday. All brides stress about their skin and what makeup to have. So this post is all about bridal skin essentials and makeup ideas to get you thibking for your big day. If your wedding is coming up in the next few months then its time to get yourself prepped and make sure you have a whole beauty regime set up so when it comes to the day you look amazing. Plus you have key makeup essentials for the day to ensure beautiful glowing skin. Earlier this year I gifted hair and makeup to one of my good friends for her wedding day and I had some tricks up my sleeve to make sure she looked her best.
So this video I try out the Smashbox Cover Shot Palette in Smokey to create a dramatic eye. Its seriously bold with shades of emarald green, silver, black and maroon. Definitely not a look I normally do but really wanted to show you how it looks. The best way to work the palette in my opinion is to wet the bold colours to prevent any fall out. Plus do your foundation after so its easy to clean in case you make a mess. There are 7 palette's in the Cover Shot collection this is definitely one of the boldest ones.
Of course when I was asked if I wanted to test out the Collagen Lift Paris Red Carpet Ampoules to get younger looking skin I said yes. We all want to look younger than we are and now I am 41 I need all the help I can get. Luckily I don't look my age yet so when people tell me I look like I am in my mid 30's well they just make my day. The ampules are a drinkable source of Collagen, Hyaluronic Acid, Seaweed Extract and Vitamin C. All the goodness in one go and all you need to do is add into water or juice every morning. I luckily got two months worth to really test out the product and see if it really works.
This week has all about learning all the ways to braid because I was pretty bad at it. There are literally so many different styles, tricks and I came to Lonfon to the London Hair Academy to get brushed up on my skills so I can wow my clients when I get bcak to Cape Town. I learnt how to French Braid and Dutch Braid properly and learnt some amazing new party tricks that are so simple and easy to do. I wanted to show some videos in the post ond how to braid and hope to get you all inspired for the weekend.
This week I am really focusing on skincare because that's where my focus after travelling long haul to London. The Elizabeth Arden Advanced Cermaide Capsules have literally been my best friend since using them and since getting off the plane that sucks all the hydration out of your skin. The capsules known as the "daily youth restoring serum" capsules are literally a glow in a gold capsule. I aboslutely love the packaging and I have absolutely fallen in love with how my skin feels.
The gorgeous Essie winter collection is here and they are beautiful shades. I was lucky enough to get my hands on all but one of the shades to test out and there really is something here for everyone. What I am impressed with is the brushes seems to be wider so easier and quicker application. Plus they apply beautifully after two coats which makes my life easier as a makeup artist. I out Go with the Flowy the silver/grey shade to the test on the Marie Claire main fashion editorial last week and I was really impressed.
I have been a Dove girl since as long as I can remember so when Ruby Box asked me to review the new Dove deodorant I jumped at the chance. Now deodorant isn't one of those things people chat about and its certainly not a topic I have covered on my blog before. Howevere Dove has been my best friend when it comes to keep me fresh all day long. For me its a really important part of taking care of yourself and Dove hands down has never let me down. Personally I didn't think it could get any better but it has. Firstly I still smell as fresh as the daisies when I wake up and there is not a single stain on my clothes.
After spending time with Raine the Mac Pro Senior Artist for South Africa I fell in love with the new makeup that had just launched. If you haven't seen the new collections the one item you need to get your hands on is the Mac Fruit A La La Palette. Firstly you will want it because the packaging is amazing and secondly you will see the shades and know it needs to be yours. Raine was sporting my absolute favourite shade Arriba a rose gold that has a gorgeous shimmer shade that almost looks wet when on. It was love at first sight.