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.

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

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.

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.

For me makeup for every day needs to be simple and easy to do but that is also going to make you look fresh and pretty. In this post I wanted to do a simple winter makeup look with a winter lip. Showcasing the new Maybelline Matt Lipstick in Cruel Ruby because its the perfect winter red shade. Of course everyone is always looking on the pale side so bronzer is the perfect way to warm up your complexion as well.

Every year I do a beach bag post. This year I am posting about my holiday essentials whether I am at the beach or just out and about (my kindle is still a holiday essential it just doesn’t look as pretty in the picture). I wanted to feature the most important things for me when I am in the sun.  I included my wireless headphones because these are key for chilling and listening to music or watching a movie on a long flight. I included an SVR face sunscreen and my beloved lip balm that I can’t live without. Plus a little bit of bronzer because even though I forego makeup while heading out to the beach or pool I still need a little something.

Revlon always seem to get it right when it comes to their lipsticks. Its definitely a drugstore brand that has come such a long way. Introducing the  Revlon Ultra HD Gel Lip Colour they are so pretty and super hydrating on. The nude shade in desert has been my go to nude for quite some time because it suits pale to medium skin tones including myself. They feel great on and really look so very pretty.