26 Sep FOTD and Tutorial: My 5 minute go to
I haven’t done a ‘Face of The Day’ post in a long while and thought that I would do something a little different this time around. You’ll probably notice a few things changing around here, as I try streamline my content and start covering more posts on tutorials and how-tos. These are the topics that I thoroughly enjoy but never get around to doing. As I mentioned in a previous post, things are about to improve in this little space as I declutter and start focusing on content that I am passionate about.
Today’s look post is going to feature my current go-to products. I have quite a few new gems that have made its way to my collection over the course of my birthday, and these are just some of them that I am currently reaching for. I call it my 5 minute face because it really requires little skill or know-how, features budget items and is light enough to wear everyday while still feeling like your own skin. Best part? It is quick to achieve and perfect for the girl (or mom) on the go!
I have been on the lookout for a good foundation and while at my local Foschini recently, I picked up Yardley’s Oatmeal Foundation (R60). Honestly, I didn’t try to perfect or match the shade to my face and instead just did a quick test on my hand and grabbed the Normal/Combination Skin variant before paying and leaving the store. Much to my surprise, the shade called Oatmeal was a great match. Now that I think about it, years ago, when I was in my early teens, my mom bought me the entire Oatmeal Skincare range which I adored but had since forgotten all about it. This foundation was a great find! You can expect a light coverage with the option to build it to medium. I have been coveting matte foundations for quite some time now, so the fresh-dewy skin that I have been looking for was exactly what this spring-inspired look needed. The only downfalls would be that the tube is pretty small and that by midday, I need to apply powder or dab my face with a tissue as my skin tends to become quite oily. Next time that I am in store, I will definitely be popping the Oily Skin variant into my basket, to see how it works with my skin. If you’re looking for that gorgeous summer blush, look no further than Essence‘ Soo Blush in 20- Everything is Better in Pink! (R54). I cannot stop recommending this cream to powder blush which adds just the perfect tone of pink that still looks like a natural blush. I love how light these two products are and especially like how well they work together.
You’ll remember that I have been wanting the LA Girl’s Nude eyeshadow beauty brick since the beginning of time and finally managed to get one, when my mom who lives in Jo’burg tracked it down in her area. It was every bit worth the wait! In the above picture, I have just shown the step-by-step process of doing my eye makeup. I start by using Catrice’s Prime and Fine Eyeshadow Base (R50) which is an absolutely great primer to prevent your eyeshadow from creasing and stops your eyeliner from transferring. It also helps the eyeshadow hold better and makes the colours pop. Next, using my LA Girl Nude beauty brick (R55), I use the rose gold shade to highlight above my crease and then fill in the crease with the nude colour which is matte and works great with the sparkly rose-gold shade. Lastly, I define my eye by using the darkest sparkly shade and blending it at the outter most corner of my eye. I have given a better idea of how to use each shade in the pictures below, which marks the products and where I used them, respectively. This palette is a simple must. It’s not only budget friendly but it also offers exceptional quality which some have even gone as far as saying that this is the perfect dupe for Urban Decay’s Naked 3 palette. Honestly, I will never have enough nude palettes but this one is definitely one of my favourite finds! Next, I use Hean’s Hypno Style eyeliner pen (R173) which I recommend if you’re not that great at creating the perfect flick. Hean continues to impress me with their range of products and being the queen of eyeliner, I fell head over heels for this one. I haven’t experienced any transfer, peeling or fading. The fluid is smooth and applies effortlessly, while still delivering a rich black. For my lashes, I reach for Catrice (yet again) and this time, I am using their Better Than False Lashes Mascara (R64) which leaves me with voluminous lashes. To finish it all off, I use my Billion Dollar Brows Universal Pencil (R189) to fill in my brows, which just frames the face nicely and pulls everything together.
A few months ago, you wouldn’t catch me sporting lip products but these days, I am rockin’ them and especially love a good bold and bright lip. The nice thing about this look is that you can play it up with different lippies like I have, in the pictures above. In the first picture, I am loving the Rimmel London Provocalips in Kiss Fatal (R130). This 2-step lippie is durable and long lasting – if you really want to get it off, you may have to scrub! I have tried out the nude shade of Provocalips and was disappointed to find that it became patchy, later in the day. However, this particular one is great for the entire day and the shade makes everything pop. I am pretty keen on trying their deep red, too! In the second picture, I used Catrice’s Infinite Shine Lip Gloss (R49) in the shade 160 – Walk the Coraline which adds just a pinch of bright colour and all the shine! Last up, I used my go-to everyday lipstick from Essence’ I love Nude range, in the shade 03- Come Naturally (R45) which has a light pink undertone and serves to brighten your makeup look.
And that wraps this tutorial up. Let me know what you think of this post and if it’s something that you would like to see more of?