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This is definitely one of m favourite looks I have done this year so far. Its always fun when you can be a little bit more adventurous with makeup. Here I have cheated the no brow, made the skin flawless paired with an ombre lip which is by far my favourite kinda lip and finished off with a cool retro hair style.

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For the hair I prepped with Bumble and Bumble Sea Salt Spray and Thickening Hair Spray to really get guts into the hair. I blow dryed scrunching the hair with my hands to look the heat in and get some voume.

I  took the top section to the crown and pinned away and tied the rest of the hair into a pony tail and created a half bun half pony tail and pinned to secure. For the top of the hair I tonged the pieces and then twisted the whole section and pushed forward to get the retro look and then pinned into place.

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I love a no brow look, if you have been wanting to bleach brows but are scared it won’t look good then you can cheat the no brow. Take brow wax apply to set the hair and ensure that the brow will stay put, then take a blending brush and apply the lightest concealer to the hair and voila no brows. In this case I used my Bobbi Brown Porcelain Creamy Concealer from my foundation/concealer palette.

Skin was prepped to ensure that the foundation would apply beautifully you all know I am massive on skincare. The foundation I used was the Nars Sheer Glow Foundation as its amazing and makes skin look absolutely flawless. The face was subtly contoured and of course highlighted because this look is all about the dewiness so you need a whole lot of highlighter to cheat the glow.

For the lips I took a dark shade this is the base shade and a bright red shade in the centre of the lips to really create the emphasis of the ombre lip. My favourite lip pencil for this look is the Mac Nightmoth to really emphasise the lip shade and mac Ruby Woo for the centre of the lip.

Here are the key products:

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Shahnaz x


Get The Look: Ombre Lip and Textured Hair

I just can’t get enough of the berry/red ombre lip at the moment it just looks amazing every time. In this A Fashion Friend Editorial I kept the skin fresh, dewy and contoured and focused on the lips and on the hair.


To get the ombre look you need to take your dark shade first and then your lighter shade goes on top into the centre of the lip to create the 2 tone effect. Lips were lined with Mac Nightmoth Lip Pencil to create definition and for the dark shade I used one of my favs Mac Lipstick in Darkside. To create the ombre I used a red lipstick this just gives such amazing definition I used Mac Red for the centre of the lips.


To get the textured hair I applied heat defense spray first to protect it as this is a must when using tongs or a hairdryer. To get the guts in the hair I spritzed Bumble and Bumble Thickening Hairspray and Sea Salt Spray and blowdryed the hair scrunching the hair to lock in the products. I then took a tong and wrapped 1inch sections of the hair for 10 seconds so as to get shape into the hair. To get extra texture I used Redken Powder Grip which also helps give more volume.

With a section comb I took the top piece of the hair to the crown, tied into a pony tail then twisted and pinned. To get volume  I used a teasing brush to tease sections of the hair to give more body.

Have you tried the ombre lip yet?


elle -3181I have recently started sharing some behind the scenes pics so you can see what I am getting up to when I am not blogging. My first love is makeup and that is what inspired my blog in the first place. Without me doing what I do I wouldn’t have the first hand knowledge to share with you all. So here are some behind the scenes pics from my Elle Style for Less shoot where the makeup was 60’s inspired:

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The vibe for the shoot was a modern day muse with a 60’s inspired makeup. So skin needed to be flawless and look really fresh with a hint of contouring and highlighting. The main focus was on the eyes for the 60’s vibe. There are a few ways to do the 60’s makeup, I wanted to accentuate Gina’s big eyes so I applied a set of Eyelure bottom lashes and on the top lash line I applied my trusty Mac Fluidline in Blacktrack. But rather than the big feline flick I opted for the thin line and applied a taupe shadow into the crease and a pearl shimmer shade on the lid. Lips were kept nude with a nude liner and nude lipstick to keep it really modern and fresh.

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The published story comes out in June in the Elle SA July issue. Will be posting pics so you can see the full story.

Happy Monday.

Shahnaz x


no makeup makeup tutorial

I wanted to share with you my take on the no makeup makeup tutorial with some new and old products. The fresh undone skin is a big trend so hope you enjoy.

Products I used:

Revlon Age Defying CC Cream

Revlon Age Defying Targeted Dark Spot Concealer Treatment

Mac Pro and Correct Conceal Palette

Revlon Skinlights

Mac Sculpt

Mac Brow Pencil in Lingering

Naked Urban Decay Palette Naked and Buck Shades

Bobby Brown Pretty Powerful Mascara

Mac Cream Blush in Lilicent

Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder

I really hope you enjoyed the no makeup makeup tutorial. Next week will be some night time makeup.

Shahnaz x


Sigma Brushes

So I have been dying to try out the Sigma Brushes for quite some time now so when I discovered they were avalable in SA on Turquoise Studio, well you know me I couldn’t resist. They have every single Sigma Brush yourt heart could desire plus some makeup palettes too.

I ordered 3 of the Sigmax brushes F80 the Flat Kabuki, F82 the Round Kabuki and F86 the Tapered Kabuki these are the more expensive of the brushes retailing at R375 each but they are amazing brushes. I am always on the look out for foundation and contouring brushes as I want flawless looking skin and the right tools to work with.

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F80 Flat Kabuki: This brush has a dense flat head making it perfect for buffing foundation into the skin. This brush is perfect for applying liquid or cream foundation and when applied the product evenly leaves a flawless finish and is so soft in its texture that its an all round beautiful experience.

F82 Round Kabuki: This brush has a dense round head and again is perfect for foundation application. The synthetic fibre of the brush means that the product doesn’t get absorbed into the hairs of the brush and just creates a seamless finish.

F86 Tapered Kabuki: This brush is perfect for applying either foundation in harder to reach places and for contouring either foundation or a cream bronzer under the cheek bones, along the jawline and the forehead  or powder works for me too.

I am definitely going to be ordering more brushes which retail between R195 to R265 definitely making them hot competition for Mac brushes. Watch this space for my comparisons on the blending brushes as I am a die hard Mac fan when it comes to this.

First orders from Turquoise Studio for Sigma brushes or makeup you get discount vouchers for next orders so all in all a pretty good deal.

Shahnaz x

Trend Makeup

This video is a trend makeup tutorial, I saw this look online from the AW14 Couture Fashion Week back in Feb for the Versace show and I loved it so much I decided to do a video tutorial for the look. Its all about the eyes with a pop of bronze/gold, black liner in the waterline and a pop of blue in the inner corners of the eye.

In this trend makeup video I used:

Mac Prep & Prime Base Lumiere

Smashbox Halo Liquid Foundation

Mac Correct and Conceal Palette

Smashbox Always Sharp Eye Pencil in Black

Urban Decay Naked Palette using Half Baked

Mac High Def Cyan Eye Pencil

Mac Brow Pencil in Fling

Maybelline Collosal Volume Express Mascara

Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick

Chanel Healthy Glow Powder

Mac Pro Lip Palette in Modern Browns

Ben Nye Translucent Finishing Powder

Hope you enjoyed my trend makeup tutorial.

Shahnaz x

weekend makeup

Ah how I love my weekends and how I suddenly totaly slow down my pace and want to lounge around, hang with friends and my beautiful family of course and although makeup will always be important to me, on the weekend its way more chilled in the day.  I really don’t have the energy to do a whole makeup routine, especially now the sun has come back out I want the minimal amount on my face with a touch of mascara. So here is my weekend makeup menu:

I start by prepping my face with my normal beauty routine that I never slack on especially now that I will be 38 at the end of this month, I am literally in tears about that. There are new editions to the routine which really helps my skin look fresh and act as a great way to prep my skin before I apply any make is the Caudalie Beauty Elixir. I spritz this bad boy on face and then gently press into my skin, it helps soothes the skin and just leave a beautiful glow. For coverage I have been using my latest UK beauty haul product Perfect Look Miracle Skin by thisworks, its an instant tinted perfector that leaves a very natural finish but with some colour to my skin, plus my skin feels so smooth after. If I am going out somewhere fancy I will pop on a touch of foundation but literally the tinest amount to even out skin my current favourite is the Elizabeth Arden Flawless Finish Nude Foundation as my skin looks so natural. Of course I can’t leave home without concealer but I vary it up, at the moment I am loving the Clarins Instant Concealer so I pop that under my eyes and lightly blend in with my ring finger and voila I look like I have had 10 hours sleep!

For the healthy glow and extra touch of colour its normally a bronzer I reach for I literally don’t live without bronzer all year round its great when you are pale and its great when you want to enhance your tan. I love the Mac Mineralise Skinfinish Natural because they look natural and are really lightweight and just give a beautiful finish. I take a bronzer or angle brush and apply in all the areas where the sun would hit you know the drill by now. For the cheeks there is nothing like one of the Benefit stains on the cheek for a natural glow.

Curl the lashes with my trusty Shu Umera Lash Curler and add a pop of mascara because I have the worst lashes and for me to look like I am awake I literally never leave the house without mascara on even if i don’t put anything else on. The current mascara I am using is the Maxfactor False Lash Effect but that changes all the time.

So there you have my weekend makeup. How do you wear yours?

Shahnaz x

So some of you may know I went overseas for a month and as I am totally beauty obsessed and addicted , so of course I was going to make some purchases. Did I need all of them probably not but I just couldn’t help myself. Here are my latest purchases:

Nars Sheer Glow Foundation: I have been wanting to try this out for ages and add more foundations to my kit. Its light weight and feels amazing on the skin leaving a beautiful glow and silky smooth, and you can build up covearge from sheer to medium. Its not cheap but definitely worth it for me.

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Urban Decay Naked Palette: I have been wanting to buy this palette for ages but for some reason I kept deciding against it. However, I thought on this trip why not and I always hear such great reviews. I love it, there are some matt colours but mostly shimmery. The palette is perfect for a natural look or creating a bronze to smokey evening look. I love the quality of the shadows and the colours and it came with a brush and an eye primer!

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Revlon Matt Lipsticks – Normally I automatically go for Mac lipsticks that have a sheen. I did have matt lipsticks but not a huge amount. I really like these matt lipsticks and I love the quality as they have a creamy texture and don’t dry your lips plus they are not too pricey. I used Nude Attitude  on my Women’s Health shoot this morning so a definite for my kit.

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Yu-Be Moisturiser – I was watching a Pixiwoo Youtube video a few weeks ago and one of the makeup artists mentioned Yu-Be sold at Boots and how amazing this Japenese product was and that it was only 19.99 pounds. Of course I had to try it especially as the Japenese  are amazing when it comes to skincare. Its best applied at night after removing your makeup. It is really thick so you don’t have to apply too much and it smells like Tee Tree Oil. All I can say is I love it because when I wake up in the morning my skin looks amazing and is really smooth and I was aksed the other day had I had a skin peel. So there you go a definite winner. Its available at Boots so if you not in the UK find someone who can get it for you!

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Hope you enjoyed my post. x


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.

Hope you enjoyed my post. x