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Drugstore brands have really stepped up their game. Now you can buy eye palettes without breaking the bank. I put the new Maybelline Lemonade Craze Palette (R260) to the test and created a look using a few of the shades. Its got a combo of nude and bold colours including the yellow shade Lemonade Craze. You can create quite a few looks just using the indivudual shades or create a combo its really up to you.

This South African natrural skinvare brand is definitely one of my favourites. If you haven’t seen previous posts abourt me chatting about Eco Diva then you need to get your hands on one of their products. One of my all time favs is the double diva glow kit which consists of the face serum and cream. This time I am introducing the Eco Diva Shimmer Body Butter (R385) that gives your body a natural shimmer. Love Love Love.

For those of you who know the brand Elizabeth Arden have had the 8HR Cream around for a long time. The 8HR cream is a cult product and has a variety of uses including hair and cuticles. The Elizabeth Arden HR Cream Collection has increased over time with now a massive range. I was lucky enough thanks to the lovely Lauren at Elizabeth Arden I got quite a few bits from the range. The range itself is all about hydrating skincare that protects your skin and thats exactly what I love for myself.

If like me you have a busy life filled with work and kids then what you really need is a quick 5 minute makeup look. The key thing for me is good glowing skin with a little somerthing on the eyes and lips. I am looking for no fuss but I want to feel like I look good and of course glowing. Sometimes I  don’t even bother with liner if I am off on a shoot. However, there are times I need a quick look that looks like I have made an effort but really it didn’t take much effort at all. In this post I have a few items that really make me glow and look polished.

This video we filmed while I was on set shooting a skin beauty story so you get to see me in action too. Its a natural makeup + faux freckles makeup tutorial that focuses on glowing skin. I love a fake freckle to add that extra dimension to the skin and enhance that natural beauty. I have filmed a series of these videos with me on set all focusing on the skin and the glow. To me there is nothing more beautiful than amazing looking skin. With the right skincare and makeup products is so easy to achieve. Make sure you prep your skin properly and everything will just fall into place.

I hope you enjoy the video:

Products Featured:

Mac Prep and Prime Essential Oils

Mac Fast Response Eye Cream 

Mac Prep and Prime Natural Radiance

Body Shop Oils for Life Moisturiser

Mac Face and Body Foundation

Glossier Cloud Paint in Beam (this shade not available on Muse Beauty)

Mac Eye Primer

Smashbox Studio Skin 24HR Waterproof Concealer in Light Neutral

Mac True Brunette Fluidline Gel Creme

Mac Warm Neutrals Palette in shade Honeylust

Benefit Bad Gal Mascara

Kiko Jelly Jungle Maxi Bronzer no 1

Mac Mineralise Skinfinish in Porcelain Pink (warm rose is the closest shade to the one I used)

Lucas Paw Paw (Dr Paw Paw is similar available in SA)

Kiko 3d Hydra Lipgloss in no 20 (not available in SA but try NYX butter gloss in Madeleine)

 

Watch out next week for my next tutorial.

Shahnaz x

 

Ooh I do love a face mist its a big part of my daily routine for myself and when I am on a shoot for the models I work with. Introducing the seriously hydrating Estherderm Eau Cellulaire Spray Cellular Revitalising (R306.95) . The lastest French brand has arrived in SA and its skincare is amazing and I have fallen in love with this face mist. I use it every day before I apply my makeup on and my skin glows plus my complexion is hydrated to the max.

I ask myself everytime I go to my highlighter stash do I have too many??? Others would probably say yes but its the one thing that I love most of all even more than mascara and bronzer!!! The choice of highlighters is endless and I am sure for those who aren’t as obsessed as makeup as I am where to start. This post I am sharing some of my highlighters favs and how to use them. I have lots that I love but seriously we would be here all day. So which do you choose a cream, a powder or go for a whole palette???

I haven’t included strobe creams in this post but I will be filming a video this week actually chatting about all things highlighters. Plus how to use a strobe cream to get a natural glowing complexion so don’t stress. So firs let’s start with cream highlighters and how they work:

First up the Mac Hyper Real Foundation which says its a foundation but its actually a highlighter. Confusing right? Its a liquid highlighter that comes in 4 shades from your light to darker skin tones. It gives a gorgeous glow to the skin plus has a high peral finish. These bad boys make your skin look amazing and brighter instantly. So if your skin is looking dull look no further. Its got a sheer to medium coverage and a little goes a long way. How to use? Apply with fingers or a brush on your key points and then apply your foundation for a gorgeous glow. Alternatively you can add some into your foundation for an intense pearly finish.

Benefit have a whole load of gorgeous highlighters I have featured in this post the moon beam highlighter but sadly its discontinued. However, you can get your hands on it in some countries still. The High Beam and the Sun Beam (which I also have in my makeup stash) are amazing on the skin. They come with a brush applicator so they are super easy to apply. I like to take the brush and apply 2/3 lines on the cheek bones, then blend in with a brush to get a seamless finish. You can apply before or after foundation application which ever you prefer. Also take a brush and apply some of the product to the bridge or your nose or cupids bow.

My Incredible Cosmetics You Glow Girl Irridescent Jelly is unlike any highlighter I have ever used before. I first spotted it on instagram and now its in my pro makeup kit. Sadly its not available in SA yet I got mine from Urban Outfitters in the UK for a bargain of £10!! With this one start with little and work the intensity up if you need as this has an intense glow going on. Best to apply with fingers or a sponge to get the finish you want. You can apply to cheek bones, add onto an eye look or even apply on lips. The jelly dries pretty quickly so you need to work it in as soon as you apply.  There are 4 shades in the collection of which I am going to try get my hands on when I go to the UK. Perfect for a beautiful glow all day long.

Moving on to some of my favourite powder highlighters:

Becca Cosmetics have it down when it comes to their highlighters. Currently I am swooning over the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Moonstone. I got some of their mini’s from the UK but you can get full size at Muse Beauty in SA. If you watch Nikki Beauty who is the brand ambassador in the UK you will see this highlighter in action. They have a selection of shades this one is for your fairer skin tones and its just so beautiful on. Its easy to apply and gives that lit from within skin. Apply with a brush onto cheek bones, brow bone, along the nose, cupids bow and your chin for that extra glow.

I literally can’t stop chatting about this highlighter its just so pretty on. Check out my shahnazlovesbeauty insta account to see it in action. Its the Mac Skin Extra Dimension Skin Finish in Show Gold a beautiful liquid powder highlighter that gives a lumiunous finish. I love love love it!!! There are 8 shades now available and seriuously I want them all. The finish is so pretty and this pink when it hits the light its so pretty. You can go sheer or build up your coverage depending on what you fancy.

Last up the Mac Irridescent Loose Powders are truly amazing on the skin. There are 2 shades in this shot I added in the newest shade Golden Bronze which is perfect for darker skintone, then Silverdusk which is a pale pink shimmery highlighter. The highlighter is a mix of mica pigments that really gives a stunning finish. Best applied with a brush to build up the glow but start with a little as it goes a long way. You can add to clean skin or over your foundation in all the key areas of the face. You can mix a little with your moisturiser or your foundation to give an all over glow.

 

A recent beauty shoot here its all about the glow and how highlighter can make your skin look amazing its as easy as that. Here I used a combo of skincare and highlighters to enhance the models skin. If you haven’t got a highlighter in your stash then get busy shopping. From your drugstore to your high end there is something for everyone.

Shahnaz x

Its been so long since I have filmed a makeup tutorial and I am excited to share my latest glowing skin makeup tutorial. I hate doing makeup on myself so from now on I am going to try and do tutorials on models as much as I can. I really wanted to show in this video how much I love skincare and how it can make your skin look gorgeous. When it comes to applying foundation everything just glides on beautifully and if skin looks good well everything looks good.

I have combined a combo of drugstore makeup, skincare with some more expensive brands. You don’t need to spend a fortune on all your makeup and skincare and be wise on where you splurge.

Hope you enjoy the video with the gorgeous Kayla from Fanjam:

In the video products featured:

Ecodiva Vitamin Hydramist 

Bioderma Hydrobio Serum

Alex Steinherr Pump and Glow Moisturiser

Becca First Light Priming Filter

Mac Face and Body Foundation

Mac  Studio Finish Duo Concealer

Mac Paint Pot in Painterly

Makeup Revolution Life on the Dance Floor Palette

Soap Brows

Mac True Brunette Fluidline Brow Gel Creme

Too Faced Better Than Sex Macara

Mac Show Gold Highlighter

Revolution Ultra Glow Pro Palette

Clarins Limited Edition Bronzing Compact

Glossier Cloud Paint in Puff

Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Liquid Lip Laquer Finish in Tulle

 

Thanks to my lovely model and next week my day to night look with Kayla goes live.

Shahnaz x

 

I absolutely love my new Urban Decay born To Run Palette its one of the best palette’s I have had yet to date. The brand have given us lots of amazing shades to work all year round to create gorgeous eye looks. In this post I created a smokey eye look that I recreated from the New Years Day Party I went to. Its super easy to create with a mix of just 4 shades. I took the concealer from my Huda Beauty New Nude Palette but didn’t actually use any of the shades in this look.

We all know that wearing sunscreen especially on your face all year round is one of the most important things in your beauty regime. After attending an event where they chatted about sun damage the collaboration with Ruby Box and Solal Sunscreen couldn’t have come at a better time. Applying sunscreen to your face is so key to avoid serious sun damage to your face. Whether you wear makeup or not make sure its your last step in your beauty routine.  I didn’t even realise that even when its cloudy that your SPF till needs to be applied. Using phones on a daily basis also emits rays so remember what ever skin tone you are get that SPF on.