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Normally I am really sceptical about using a sponge to apply make up. However there has been so much hype about The Beauty Blender I thought why not give it a go. There are cheaper options out there as lots of other brands are catching on. For a pack of 2 it cost me 26 pounds but if you look after them properly they will last.

I have to say I love this product. I applied my Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation to the back of my hand and then dabbed the blender into the foundation and then pressed the foundation into my skin. It took less than a minute to apply the foundation. The finish is seamless and my foundation looked flawless. Plus they are really easy to clean and use time and time again. Definitely going in my kit!

There are cheaper options but I haven’t tried them out yet so watch this space.

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Benefit Fake Up Hydrating Concealer

I heard about the new concealer Benefit introduced, Fake Up and of course wanted to try it out as I heard such good things about it. I have been wanting to add new concealer’s to my kit, and to find a concealer for myself as I always suffer from dryness under my eyes when I am really tired. The great thing about this concealer is that its really hydrating and  I haven’t come across a concealer like this

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There are 3 shades light, medium, and deep. Sadly there isn’t a shade for the darker skin girls so hopefully they will introduce at some point. What I really love about this concealer is that on the outside is a hydrating balm containing Vitamin E and apple seed extract  and in the middle is the concealer.

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When I applied the concealer my skin under my eyes came to life plus it didn’t crease which is a big plus for me! The concealer felt really light on my skin and so soft because of the soothing balm around the concealer plus it took the darkness away which I have a lot these days! So many concealers on the market crease and leave the skin feeling really dry. The Fake Up Concealer for me is amazing! (It won’t suit everyone but if you suffer from dry skin then this is a must)

Sadly this brand was taken out of South Africa(boohoo) but good news you can still purchase Benefit from www.asos.com.

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I am always on the hunt for products that will help me give a glow, make my skin look dewy or really hydrated. For those of you have read previous posts I am a mum of 2 and I work a lot so I am always tired hence my skin gets dry in certain areas and I am always in need of a serious pick me up. That’s exactly what this product does. I have used this product before and loved it but for some reason I haven’t replaced it for a while until recently while on my trip in Europe.

I love this product because once applied as its says in the title “flash” your skin instantly has a boost and brightens almost instantly. The product conains Bisabolol which help’s restore the skin’s youthful glow. Others have described it as a coffee shot to the skin. This product doesn’t replace your moisturiser so continue with your beauty routine but for when you are feeling run down and tired (me every day) then this balm is great and should be used day and night.

I love to use it before applying make up as its a really great base and is great to make the skin really glow once foundation is applied. If you love a flawless finish and a healthy glow this is a definite must. Lightly pat into the skin and don’t massage it in for best results.

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Foundation Brushes

Most people I know use their fingers to apply their foundation and there is always the question should I use a foundation brush? And if I use a brush which one? Admitedly when I am in a hurry I use my fingers but I find that the product doesn’t last as long than when I use a brush. There are times when I am on a shoot and I mix fingers and brush depending on the foundation I am using.

So which brush? It all depends on the coverage you want. Stippling brushes and buffing brushes are great when you want a lighter coverage and still want your skin to look flawless. Also make sure you choose a synthetic brush so that the foundation isn’t soaked into the brush and it also means you are not wasting your product.

My favourite buffing/stiffling brushes are the Real technique brushes sadly you can’t buy them in South Africa. Mac and Inglot also have great buffing brushes. The great thing about the stippling brushes is you can build your coverage or you can also use them for cream blushes and gently push the product into the skin.

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For a fuller coverage use a traditional foundation brush I use these on darker skin girls, for pigmentation and bad skin, or when I want to ensure a really flawless finish as the brushes allow for a better coverage. Mac foundation brushes and Inglot brushes are great for these as well as the Real Technique foundation brush. Most brands have brushes depending on your budget if you really want to splash out then the high end brands such as Chanel have great brushes too. The one brush I am really excited to try out is the Rae Morris Radiance Brush that I have finally been able to order.  Its an amazing foundation brush making application quick and easy.

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So this morning I was filming some more make up video’s and one of the looks was a smokey eye that I had done for last week’s South African Grazia. I did the look this morning but changed it slightly and 8 hours later the eye make up was still intact. (The image is a pic I took of the make up I did for Grazia.)

If you are going on a night out and you want your smokey eye to last the night. Apply a gel liner as your base blend it in at the crease so it loooks seamless it can be any colour you want. Then blend the same colour shadow into the crease. Then you can apply your colours onto the gel if you want to create more intensity. The gel liner sets very quickly and has amazing staying power.

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I am loving the matt nail trend and it is so easy to create. Take the nail polish colour you want to use. First apply a base coat, once dry apply 2 coats of your desired colour. Wait until the nails are completely dry otherwise it won’t work. Once the nails are dry buff each nail to make it matt. Then take a top coat and apply to the tip of each nail. That’s it!

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A fellow blogger recently asked me about cream eyeshadows and how to get them from creasing. There are some alternatives available that are cream and that don’t crease. Some cream shadows are greasy and definitely won’t last the distance. My favourite cream shadows are the Mac Paint Pots because they are great to wear on their own and last a lot longer than a lot of cream shadows and they are also a great base when applying eyeshadow on top. Another great alternative if you looking for a smokey eye with a cream texture are the gel liners from Bobbi Brown and Black Track from Mac they have a different consistency and last for hours.

When applying the gel liners dab on the lid up to the crease make sure you get into the bed of the lash line and then take a blending brush my favourite is the Mac 217 and blend at the crease line to ensure its tidy. You can add 2/3 layers to ensure you have enough and that it will last. they dry quickly so apply to one eye first and blend before doing the other eye.

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The Bobbi cream shadows also have good staying power. Add an eye primer before applying like Urban Decay to help them stay put. I personnally find the more expensive brands last longer.

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To make your skin appear dewy and hydrated use a moisturiser before applying your foundation. Skin will already have a natural glow before applying your make up. I did make up earlier today for the editor of Elle Magazine SA and applied Dr Hauscheka’s Rose cream and it instantly gave her skin a pick me up but only apply a little to the skin. Alternatively I love Estee Lauder’s Day Wear Cream to give the skin a glow.

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