I’ve been away for a while, but the good thing is in that time I’ve been busy. For any freelancer, being busy is the best thing you can be, because the opposite is awful. After a short vacation to the coast, I came back to loads of emails and deadlines. The end of the year always makes me feel like I’m stuck in a bit of a funk, where I’m tired from the year but need that extra push to end off on a high note. After August, the rest of the year just wildly spirals down to Christmas and then straight into New Years. Before you know it, you’re back at your desk reminiscing about the holiday you dreamed of the whole year through.
I decided to combine my September and October favourites, as a lot of my products overlapped. In warmer weather I tend to wear less make up and products as the sun gives my skin a healthier glow that doesn’t need to be covered up by tons of other layers. My products all trend on a more bronzed and sun-kissed look, while taking care of the skin underneath.
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I don’t have a hectic skin regime. A normal face wash and face cream for dry skin and I’m sorted. But once a week I like to give myself a little pampering with a mask or face scrub. I don’t like to over feed my skin, as I generally don’t have problematic skin. This facemask does say for blemished skin and fights the look of imperfections, but since I have slight pigmentation around my eyes and cheeks I thought that a small amount of this once a week would be great. I apply a thin layer with a brush and leave on for 10 to 15 minutes. I love that it feels light and flexible without being hard and dry to the point where you can’t move your face. Afterwards I use my scrubbing cloth to gently exfoliate my skin and then wash it off with warm water. I love the super soft feeling of my skin when it’s done, and my face looks brighter and firmer. It also has a lovely tea tree smell that’s pleasant enough.
I’ve never been a fan of drugstore maracas. It’s the one product I would rather save up and buy a high-end version. But I was given this mascara as part of the goodie bag at SA Fashion Week, which gave me the opportunity to try it out without wasting my money. And I was impressed! It’s been my go to mascara ever since trying it. I’m all about lashes being full, bold, and voluminous without clumping. It really brings out my eyes and defines them. This mascara does all that and a bag of chips! The best part is that it doesn’t dry out quickly and it’s always a wet liquid, which means it applies smoother. After a few moments to dry once applied it lasts all day. The only slight downside is taking it off. Using my Garnier Miceller water on a cotton pad, the mascara crumbles into small pieces that I usually find all over my face. Other than that, it’s a definite win for me.
I know I’m a bit late to the party because everyone and their poodle have been talking about the Hoola Bronzer. The packaging is amazing! I love the tropical island feel of the bronzing range altogether, it’s so exciting and fun. The bronzer comes in a small compact box and a mini flat angled brush. This brush, although not the best quality and rough bristles, helps create the perfect contour line. My tip is to use the Benefit brush to apply the product where you want it, and then use a big fluffier brush to blend it out. The colour is deep enough to not make you look orange, but has an ashier brown tone that is perfect for creating depth. You can also use it all over your face and neck for a touch of colour. It doesn’t have any glitter or sparkle which means it’s perfect for a day look. Although a bit pricey, it is a good buy.
I’m completely in love with Real Techniques. Their brushes are just so fantastic. However, the Expert Face Brush stands out of the crowd for me. Like all Real Technique brushes, the bristles are deliciously soft and don’t fall out. I’ve used it with both cream and liquid foundation and it evenly spreads the product all over and gives the effect of an airbrushed look. The round but ‘flatish’ shape of the brush makes it easy to apply and blend into the skin. Your foundation doesn’t look painted on or caked. After using the miracle sponge for so long, I was a bit skeptical about using a brush again, but I can’t even find my sponge and I’m okay with it.
I think I have way too many lip products, but I’m just struggling to find the right ones. I was looking for something that had a hint of colour, but a bit of shine and was hydrating for my dry and chapped lips. And I found it in this product. The colour is very subtle, maybe even too subtle, but for a no-make up day where you just throw on some mascara and a lippy, this is my go-to product. Perfect for the warmer weather, I got it in ‘keep it real’ which is a neutral brown. My favourite thing about this product is it doesn’t feel too sticky and hydrates my lips at the same time.
I’ve had this perfume for a while now, and I just felt like spring was the perfect season for it to shine. It has a light powdery scent that is gentle enough but also gives that feminine touch. It lasts all day and is powerful enough to make a statement but not too overwhelming. The design of the bottle is sleek, sophisticated and elegant, using geometric angles. I wear it everyday!
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