I’ve gotten  to that age now (42) that my skin has changed and its not so combination like I used to be with oily areas. Its more dehydrated at times with pigmentation. Plus now I am looking for skincare to help with anti ageing as well as protect my skin at the same time. Introducing the gorgeous organic Probiotic Esse Protect Oil that’s actually local. South African skincare is actually truly impressive and this little bottle of oil has become my new best friend. I even got a “your skin looks amazing what are you using”yesterday so the oil is definitely working a treat.

When it comes to a simple makeup look here are my makeup essentials for dark skintones. For me its all about amazing skin with a beautiful highlight and a pretty eye. Once you have good skin everything else falls into place. Of course make sure skin has been prepped I like to use primers like the Ren Perfect Canvas or the Mac Prep and Prime Radiance Natural Radiance. Keep makeup simple and invest in a good foundation and concealer. For me with dark skintones concealer is everything as it helps correct skin, brighten up under the eyes and just give that flawless finish.

Another winner the Dermalogica Biolumin-C Serum that brightens and firms the skin. I have been busy testing this serum for the last three weeks and already I feel a difference. Vitamin C has been used in skincare for as long as I can remembe. However, Dermalogica have embraced new technology that finally harnesses the full power of Vitamin C. This serum enhances the skin’s natural defence system to stop the damage even before it starts.

I got to test out the latest Avon True Colour Flawless Liquid Foundation that really is a great foundation that does everything it promises. Firstly I love the price its truly affordable at R154.90 and it really does give you a flawless finish totally evening out my skintone. Its got a matt finish with full coverage. So for those of you who struggle with oily skin or need that extra coverage this is definitely for you.

Now I normally like the more sheer to medium coverage foundations that give a dewy glow. However, this full coverage foundation really impressed me. Its not heavy at all and my skin can really breath with this one. I was truly amazed with how my skin looked. The Avon True Colour Flawless Liquid Foundation Flawless Liquid Foundation has got an Invisiblend technology that uses the skin matching pigments that soften light from every angle, that gives you coverage but without it looking like you have heavy makeup on.

Now when it comes to applying I personally always use my fingers at home especially when I am in a rush. If I want to build coverage then I normally use my foundation brush. What goes perfectly with the foundation is the Avon True Bronzing Pearls (R119.90) they really are magic when it comes to warming up your skin giving that sun kissed look. The foundation really lasts well throughout the day and I didn’t even need to use setting powder. I think if you are on the more oily side then make sure you set your foundation.

The foundation has an SPF of 15 so it also protects you from ther harmful UV rays but remember you still need to apply a higher factor suncreen underneath especially in hot weather. The foundation is hydrating and leaves a subtle glow that looks really natural. Plus it just doesn’t look heavy at all and doesn’t clog those pores.

Now I struggle from pigmentation and sun spots and this bad boy totally evened out my skin. Plus I really didn’t apply that much just a couple of pumps. I have combination skin and this foundation totally worked for me. I applied more where my skin is a little oiler and less on my forehead and chin. The foundation was lighter than my current skintone but the bronzing pearls totally sorted that out.

Its the perfect foundation for most skin types as well as those who have sensitive skin which is what I also struggle with. The foundation pretty much covered everything and I didn’t need to use much concealer like I have to with some foundations. I love that it is a pump foundation so no wasteage and so easy to use. There are quite a few shades from pale to dark skin tones so there is pretty much a shade for everyone. Definitely a foundation worth checking out and won’t break the bank.

Now as you know you can’t buy Avon in the shops they have an online store and you can meet with representative. I think when it comes to choosing the right shade you need to test out a few shades to make sure you get the right shade for you. Remember it needs to match your neck and chest.

Click here to get a representative to get in touch.

Click here to find out about the True Colour Range.

They also have an app which you can order and organise a rep its really made pretty easy for you.

Shahnaz x

For me who came from London to live in South Africa 10 years ago the online beauty shopping in SA was non existent. Cool fashion and makeup brands were no where in sight. Beauty shopping online don’t even get me started. Its still light years away from the States and Europe but I finally feel we are actually getting somwhere here. There has always been the usual suspects like Mac and Bobbi Brown and your usual drugstore brands like Max Factor and Revlon. Finally we have some clever women that have taken it upon themselves to set up beauty websites that are actually offering cool makeup and skincare brands. I finally feel I don’t have to panic so much and wait for a trip overseas or beg my friends to bring me goodies.

This post is a pretty makeup look using Mii Cosmetics plus a little giveaway for one of my readers. Its a brand that really is for the every day woman that likes simple pretty makeup that is super easy to apply. The products are great quality and I love that nothing is complicated. So many women struggle with what to do with their eyes with palettes that have so many shades. Mii keeps it simple and thats what I love.

Another skincare winner from Elizabeth Arden the Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Lift and Firm Sculpting Gel. Why do I love it so much? Well it makes my skin feel amazing and just gives my tired looking skin a boost. Its not like any product I have used before because even though it feels like a serum when you apply you actually put it on after your moisturiser. Not only does your skin look super fresh after using but it also tightens and lifts which when you over 40 like me then this is what we all need.

Eek I am not wearing makeup here but I do have a tan thankfully. I wanted to show me applying the gel in the key areas like my chin, cheeks and also the neck. I have already done my skincare routine here and am applying with the roller where needed. The gel really soothes my skin plus gives a gorgeous glow as well as tightening my skin. The gel goes on with a cooling aluminium roller, which itself has an instant manual lymphatic drainage effect.

Its super hydrating due to the hyaluronic acid that plumps the skin as well as hibiscus seed extract to support collagen and elastin production over time. The gel melts into the skin and doesn’t leave it feeling sticky and makes makeup application really easy.

The Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Lift and Firm Sculpting Gel (R799) is on the premium side of skincare. Its definetly on the more expensive side but it really is a gorgeous product that is worth the investment.

Shahnaz x


If you are obsessed with highlighers like I am then you will try find a way to get your hands on the Charlotte Tilbury Bar of Gold Palette. What’s better than gorgeous glowing skin? The way to achieve that is with a great highlighter and that’s why I literally have about 20 in my kit (no jokes). So when I found out about the bar of gold palette well of course I bought it. When it comes to highlighting Charlotte Tilbury has got it down.

When it comes to photo shoots I like to keep it simple with the skin products that I know really work. For this shoot for Truworths I used my photo shoot gorgeous skin trio that really works for me. You can add in a skin illuminator as well to add more glow if you want. I try keep my pro kit as compact as I can especially when I have to do hair as well and have a few bags to carry around. Over the last 9 years of doing makeup I have actually changed up products I use. I have narrowed it down to what works on photo shoots to create a good picture. Plus skin needs to look really good. The trio I used here is the Mac Prep and Prime Natural Radiance, Mac Face and Body Foundation and Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer.

Looking for some extra love for your hair then you need to check out the Body Shop Hair Masks and Scrubs. I have actually been featuring Body Shop quite a bit recently definitely impressed with what they are offering in terms of skincare and now haircare. My fav here is the Banana hair mask because its super hydrating and my hair needs a lot of love. I train a lot so I am forever washing my hair and then styling it and hair masks just add that extra hydration.