I have spent most of my teenage, and early adult life scouring supermarket, and cosmetic store shelves, to find the latest and greatest innovation in skin care products, and if anything, it has left me feeling deflated, and unsatisfied.
Every lady wants to smell nice when they go out for a night on the town and especially after a work out at the gym or after a long hard day at the office.
The summers here, the sun is shining all you need is to use the perfect hair product to create tousled beach waves this summer.
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Ellie Goulding the British songstress is to be the new spokes-model for MAC cosmetics. Following in the footsteps of stars like Rihanna, Nicki Minaj and Miley Cyrus. The new collection will be launching in autumn 2016 and will feature various shades of nude "Oi oi SO excited to finally share what I've been working on with @MACcosmetics!!! #MACEllieGoulding drops in Dec/Jan!" the caption for her Instagram post, followed by a close up image of the collection to come.
We all waiting with bathed breath for the new collection to come to a store new us !!!
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Just because summer is still deciding, whether or not she wants to brace us with her presence, does not mean that we cannot enjoy the fruits of her labour. Juicy, sweet smelling summer fruits!!!
My favourite fruity skincare
Mango body scrub
Rich in Vitamin A, which helps to rid your skin of dead cells and gives life to new cells. You can eat half of the Mango and use the other half for a sweet summer scrub
• 1 Mango
• 2 teaspoons of Oats
• 1 teaspoon of Honey
Put the cut up mango (cut into chunks) in a blender until it’s a smooth puree, then mix in the oats and honey and stir well. Use it in or before showering, applying it in circular motion, from your feet moving upwards, all over body, scrub for 2-5 minutes then rinse and moisturise well.
Can be enjoyed by all skin types
These little berries are full of vitamin A and C and high in antioxidants that fights against free radical that causes premature aging. So the perfect anti-aging agent. Can be used in a sugar scrub or mask.
Ingredients for Blackberry mask
• 2 tablespoons plain yogurt
• 2 tablespoons honey
• 1/4 cup black berries
Mix together in blender until mixture is nice and smooth Apply face and leave on for 10-20 minutes and rinse off
I recommend the Blackberry mask for the summer time, as too much sun time, can contribute to skin aging.
The enzymes and AHAs found in pineapples are natural exfoliates and skin lightener. The Bromelain enzyme in pineapples helps to remove of the outer layer of skin, and reduces age spots and wrinkles.
Pineapple Sugar Body Scrub
• Half a pineapple
• 1 cup of sugar
Put pieces of pineapple in blender and blend until a smooth puree, mix in the sugar and add oil of your choice. Scrub away to bright glowing skin.
Enriched with Vitamin C strawberries can be used as a toner and also works to correct un-even skin complexion. Strawberries can also be used as a teeth whitener.
Strawberry sugar scrub
• Almond oil (or oil of your choice)
Finely cut up your strawberries, mash it and mix with almond oil and sugar and Voila!!!
Whether you enjoy it as a yummy smoothie, a healthy snack or as a pamper treat, summer fruits are full of nourishing nutrients for body and skin.
So we are not all top notch make-up artist and if you like me, you are always buying new make -up products and before you realise it, your make-up bag is over flowing. So let's make things easier, here are your 8 basic essential to always carry in your make-up bag.
Many women often buy products that;
• where sold to them by an over enthusiastic make-up counter assistant, they buy it and then do not use it
• because they were drawn in by the advertisement on television, because the model looked so good wearing it
We then end up not using any of these products because we do not know how to use correctly
It is time ladies, to go back to the basic, because everything else in our lives are already complicated the last thing we need is to complicate our make- up routine
Carrying these basic essentials with you can make things so much easier and will give you a flawless look for day and night.
Concealer is used to hide your dark under eye circles and the spots on your face
Even out your skin complexion by applying your foundation all over the face, this will balance out your complexion and give you a clear canvas to apply the rest of your make-up
3. Neutral eye shadow
Neutral shades like beige, is easy to use and suits every skin tone and are great for an everyday look
4. Eye liner
A black or brown eye liner is essential or you can also use dark eye shadow along your lash line to enhance your eyes
Defines your eyes by applying it over your lashes to enhance the length of your lashes
As foundation evens out your skin tone, blush ads colour, apply it to your cheeks. Blush comes in a variety of shades so choose the right shade for your skin tone.
• Select a colour that will accent your facial features and will not make you look like a red check clown
• Bright red colours may not look that good if you have a very pale skin. Pale skin try a soft pink colour.
• So depending on your skin tone you will need a lighter or darker colour
When applying it, make a fish face then apply blush to the centre blending it along the cheekbone
We do not all like popping colours so try a nude colour to enhance your natural lip colour
Lipstick like blush adds colour to your face.
Apply to skin to set make-up and for a matte effect, dust lightly using a fluffy powder brush
Declutter your make up bag and let's get back to basic !!
Beauty takes time but when the weather is steaming outside you do not want to layer on foundation. You want coverage that is light and weightless but give enough coverage
My star buy is Dior Skin Star foundation
Brightening weightless long-wear foundation with SPF 30
This foundation felt like a second skin, it is so light and weightless I almost forgot that I had foundation on my skin. I like light coverage but for those that like a heavy coverage, you can build it up to give you the coverage you need.
My other favourite are;
Revlon's Nearly Naked, this foundation literally melts into your skin the moment you put it on and stay's on all day, you hardly feel it on your skin so light is it. It works in harmony with your skin to cover flaws and perfect tone and texture. Formulated with weightless pigments that melts right into the skin and creates a beautiful even complexion. Available in the lightest tone – Ivory to darkest tone Cappuccino
Revlon BB Cream
This is a lightweight Beauty Balm that combines skincare, makeup, and sunscreen all in one. It hydrates your skin just like a moisturizer, protects against the sun with SPF 30. Smooth's out the skin like a primer and covers like a foundation. Available in Light, light-medium and medium
I love the beautiful glow and colour this BB Cream gives and as the above foundations I hardly feel it on my skin.
Sleek CC Cream
As skin tends to be more oiler in warmer weather the Sleek CC cream is great for oily skin as it matte's out shine and corrects complexion and conceals imperfections. Available in Light, Fair, Medium and Dark
Do not forget your basic essentials;
1) Make sure that you match the right colour for your skin tone
2) Prepare your skin with a good moisturiser
3) Primer – for smooth application
4) Your tools – foundation brush, wedges or blending sponge
Winter with her moody shades of olive greens, burgundy and plums are over, or well we hope!! Time to inject some brighter colours into your life and just maybe we can bring on some warmer temperatures.
Whether it is the ocean or the sky Blue has such a calming effect on us. Nail it or glitter your eyes with it Blue is a must for the coming summer season.
Sally Hansen- Making waves from the Hawaii Collection
NailsInc Baker Street, - gel effect for an ultra-glossy high shine
Pure Red lipstick is always on top of every once list but it time to try a red with a hint of orange
I love Revlon Lipstick it does what it says on the box, and gives great colour. Their new Ultra HD Lipstick is a wax free gel lipstick giving a more intense colour and smooth application.
Colour Stay Moisture lipsticks soaks lips in glossy wet colour, with Vitamin E and Aloe
Moisturises without stickiness
Purple and Pinks
For the girly girl in you, pink gives your look a springy look and if you do not want to look to Barbie pink mix it up with a purple or lavender hue.
Nude or naturals for days when you do not want to show off to much. Essie – Bride to be is a soft caramel blush and Like Linen a soft and creamy neutral.
Tone down your blush and give your cheeks a dewy flush Maybelline's Master Glaze blush stick is a creamy blush with glazed pearls for natural colour and smooth and even application. It is also fragrance free and suitable for all skin types. The bonus is that it can also be used as a lip shade or eyeshadow.
Mint and Greens
Mint gives that soft pastel feel and green for new growth and the new season.
OPI – That's Hula-rious from the Hawaii collection a pastel mint that making you dance with joy.
OPI- Green -wich -village a brilliant green that will make them green with envy.
Orange is a great pigment for everyday wear, let it pop by applying a few swipes to intensify the look.
This is a new twist on the hot orange-red, but with a pink edge to create flawless coral it is bright and bold.
Get ready for a party on your nails with China Glaze's Red-Y To Rave coral from the Electric night collection.
And lastly a Twist of Lime for those not afraid to go just a little neon crazy This might not be for everyone so go a bit slow with it, maybe start off by just Lime-ing your toes.
Neon _ American Apparel & Essie – the more the merrier – lime green
I suggest we wake up the sun by introducing at least one of these colours into our beauty routine.