Its been an amazing year of beauty for me and I have gotten to try so many new brands and products which I have shared over the year and some I am busy tesBut now I am going to break it down to the best of the best for me for this year. So here is the list and its broken down into each category for you. Sadly not all the products I love are sold online in SA yet and some are not available here either. I will out a link on what you can buy online here.
Make Up: I went to the Smashbox launch a few months ago and I fell in love with the HD Liquid Halo Foundation I have used on shoots, on video tutorials, included in my essential posts and of course have tested it on myself to put it to the test and I love it as the finish is natural and leaves the skin looking dewy and glowing. I have been so pleasantly suprised by ElizabethArden and when I received this mascara I haven’t stopped using it, Elizabeth Arden Lash Enhancing Mascara it really opens up the lashes and gives them so length which I always need and it doesn’t clump. My big make up love this year has been with the Maybelline Colour Tattoo 24HR Eyeshadows not all the shades are available in SA but they really are amazing long wearing creamshadows at an amazing price I love them for myself and when I am on set I just can’t get enough. You all know I have had a big love with the Chanel Healthy Glow Powders this year when I discovered them first in the UK Grazia magazine I have them all and I love them for contouring and bronzing up the skin and setting foundation, they are not available online yet but you can get at Edgars. Lastly I have really loved the Charlotte Tilbury make up which launched in September sadly its not available in SA but since getting my hands on some of the make up I just can’t get enough my favourite being the Golden Goddess Palette love love the shades and the texture and blends so easily, the Fat Lashes Mascara which curls lashes like you have never seen and I love the nude lipstick K.I.S.S.I.N.G Kate.
Skincare: I had heard of Ren because my friend asked me to get from Heathrow airport ages ago but when I started my blog I got to test out loads of skincare and I finally discovered Ren which is all about clean skincare. My favourite product so far and which I have been using to give my skin a glow is the Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask I love doing mini facials at home and this is key. I had never used QMS before and had the most unbelievable educational facial a few months ago and I took home the 24 HR cream sample. My skin has never felt so good and hydrated I would say for me one of the top brands I have ever tried. My other 2 skincare loves are not available in the SA but they have been the Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream which gives an instant boost of hydration before applying foundation and the skin glows through the foundation definitely worth the money and the Nars Luminous Moisture Cream which was a big hit backstage for the fashion week shows and since using it I can’t get enough its not too rich and makes the skin glow.
Hair: I am loving my recent purchase from Kiehl’s which has been saving my hair from this crazy Cape Town heat its the Olive Fruit Oil Deeply Reperative Hair Pak, I use it ever week once a week and my hair feels so amazing and so silky. I got sent the Philip Kinglsey Moisture Balance Shampoo and Conditioner and my hair can get really dry as I use a hair dryer as well this shampoo and conditioner has really helped lock in the moisture and leave my hair looking really bouncy and feeling so smooth. On set I have been using the Philip Kingsley Weatherproof Hairspray its great for texturising hair without leaving it sticky and hard and keeps everything in place definitely a big fan of Philip Kingsley products.
Nails: I have always used Essie, Inglot and OPI but since Estee Lauder sent me some nail polishes I can’t get enough especially their Pure Colour in Blue Blood its a beautiful blue metallic shade so on trend and such an amazing texture.
And The Rest: Some more big loves are the Real Technique Brushes seriously my favourite and since discovering them on the Pixiwoo youtube channel I have them all and I love them especially my Expert Face Brush. I have been testing out some new products that launch in Feb next year and love love are the Estee Arden Beautiful Colour Moisturing Lipsticks, Lancome Teint Visonnaire Duo make up for an unblievable flawless finish and the Clarins Instant Concealer which has been a life saver for those dark circles during this party season.
Happy New Year and Much Love Shahnaz. x