The eighteenth week of #365BeautyTips has come to an end and as promised, I have put together a round-up post which puts all the beauty tips, shared this week, in one place. The idea is to share any extra information and answer the questions that you may have asked on my social media posts. Remember that if you want to stay up to date with my 365 days of beauty challenge, then follow me on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.
THIS WEEK’S THEME IS… FACE ROUTINE
#365BEAUTYTIPS – DAY: 126
Before I start using any products, I prime my face to ensure a smoother application. It’s key to use a non-greasy formula which is why I opt for Dermalogica South Africa‘s Hydrablur Primer which mattifies oily skin, provides a light coverage good enough for a no-makeup sorta day, refines large pores (or in my case, mini-craters) and gives skin that silky smooth and gorgeous luminous glow. The nice thing about this primer is that a microencapsulated tint is released to provide neutral coverage and enhances skin radiance. I have found that using a primer ensures that my foundation wears better throughout the day and stops my makeup from melting or drooping, especially in humid weather. I picked up a sample from the team at Sorbet Walmer Park and they have me convinced, it has changed the entire feel and look of my makeup so… she’s definitely a keeper! Pop into one of their stores, and just test it out on the back of your hand, I was amazed at how much silkier and smoother my skin appeared on the hand with the product in comparison to the hand without!
#365BEAUTYTIPS – DAY: 127
I have chatted about concealer time and time again, and if colour correcting were a sport – I’d be game! I usually opt for only using the pink and green (clearly!). The pink helps reduce the appearance of dark circles while the green helps hide pimples, spots and blemishes. I use an el-cheapo concealer palette which I bought on Ali-Express but also know that Essence has just launched their own palette, which I am keen on trying. The brush is also from Ali-Express and forms part of their face-brush sets, the bristles are soft but densely packed and helps apply the product better, to build it up.
#365BEAUTYTIPS – DAY: 128
Admittedly, at first, I struggled to work with the L’Oreal Infallible 24H-Matte Foundation but everyone had been saying what an incredible foundation it is, so I persevered and eventually figured out how to work with it on my own skin. L’Oréal Paris Infallible range is undoubtedly one of the most raved about ranges at the moment. The matte foundation offers medium to high coverage that leaves your skin looking polished, similar to high-end brands but offering it at a fraction of the price. I found that when I was having a rather bad skin reaction, this foundation seemed to sink into every crevice, only highlighting the problem more and that primers didn’t always do me any favours but made the product not “stick”to my face. Also, it would oxidize and leave me looking fairly orange. However, I finally found that by combining two shades namely, “22 – Radiant Beige” and “24 – Golden Beige”, I created a shade that worked with my skin tone and was able to adjust it so that it would see me through both winter and summer (tanned skin). The real trick was in the tools that I was choosing to use and found that using GOSH‘s Foundation brush, to dab on my foundation in downward motions seemed to create the high coverage that I was longing for. Next, I use Aura’s (Queenspark’s Cosmetic Range) Buffing Brush in small circular motions, to blend the foundation evenly and create a polished look without any harsh lines. The formula is quick drying, so it is important to work in small sections at a time, to ensure that it doesn’t dry before you’ve blended it thoroughly.
#365BEAUTYTIPS – DAY: 129
I had never really used a powder to set my foundation but when I saw CATRICE‘s colour correcting powder, there was no going back. The powder helps set my foundation while having tiny particles that help reduce dark circles and redness. The powder is also great for those days when you want to skip on all the usual face products and go for the no-makeup look, but still want to minimize pores and have your skin looking shine-free. I have been using GOSH‘s Powder Brush which works amazingly well for an all-over face powder. Their new range has longer handles, softer bristles and allows for absolutely gorgeous application! I really like the range that they have on offer and celebrate the softness of their brushes that doesn’t leave my skin feeling irritated and ideally, the synthetic brushes prevent streaking and are, of course, cruelty-free too!
#365BEAUTYTIPS – DAY: 130
Lately, I have been loving a fresh flush of colour and have finally gotten some use out of some gems which I purchased a long while back. These “ombre” blushes from Essence are powder blushes called “Blush Up!” and are in the shades “20 – Pinky Flow” and “10 – Heat Wave”. The corally shade (20 – Heat Wave) is one of my favourites for the warmer months and looks lovely with a good tan, while the pink blush looks good all-year round and gives that quick pop of colour. The change in gradient gives you the option to play around with different shades, so you can be safe with the touch of soft pinks or be bold with the combination of a brighter pinks and fierce corals. Yet again, I am reaching for the Blusher Brush from GOSH, which also happens to be Axl’s favourite tickle toy and have caught him on more than one occassion, nabbing it just so he can brush the soft bristles around his own face and neck. There’s no denying how soft their new range of synthetic brushes really .
#365BEAUTYTIPS – DAY: 131
Last on my face routine is a little touch of magic from HEAN. These pearlescent balls have been my favourite for the longest of time (there’s a review) and I have recently rekindled that love when I got the Kabuki Brush from Gosh. The pearlescent balls gives my skin a healthy glow and applies so smoothly with their new Kabuki, (how fun is that word???) which is used to evenly apply loose powders all over your face.
#365BEAUTYTIPS – DAY: 132
So now that you know which products I am reaching for and which tools I use to apply them, you’re probably wondering what the result looks like. I had actually taken the picture on the left as a ‘before’ photo while my skin was flared up from hormones and I was about to start my hopeful skin journey with Dermalogica. This is a reality of what my skin looks like when inflamed vs. after my typical makeup routine. No, I don’t wear makeup everyday. In fact, most days I don’t… But when I do, it looks like this.
And that is a wrap on the last 7 days. Whoop-Whoop! Remember that I love any feedback – what have you enjoyed seeing, what would you like to see more of and perhaps if you have any suggestions, questions or products you would like me to chat more about. I really enjoyed the themed days – what themes would you like to see next?