Thursday, 2 November 2017

Make-up Must-Haves - November 2017

The weather is warming up with each passing day, and I love that summer is in the air!
During the warmer months I like wearing less make-up, or as little make-up as possible, mainly due to the hot, humid temperatures. Plus, I like letting my skin breathe. There are however, a few make-up items I love and wear all year-round.

I want to mention up front that I live as clean a life as possible, meaning with minimal or no exposure to nasty, harsh chemicals. This applies to my food and extends to make-up, skincare and body products, even the perfume I use. I know most of the chemical-laden products are cheaper and (sometimes) may offer a greater variety of colours, but I prefer to steer clear of toxins. Therefore, most of the items on my list are minerals-made. I particularly like Bare Minerals because of their variety and affordable price point.

First up, mascara. No matter what the weather is doing or where I'm going, the one make-up item I don't leave home without is mascara. It used to be eyeliner but over the past six months I have been reaching for the wand instead of the pencil. I think it's because it's more subtle than eyeliner thus, can be worn any time of the day for a bit of definition without looking over-done. Mascara instantly opens up your eyes by defining your lashes and enhancing the shape of your eyes.

Lash Domination by Bare Minerals is my fave (and I love the silver packaging)! The cool thing about it is the brush – it’s twisted, so it curves around and coats all your lashes, giving you a voluminous look but without the bulk. I want it to be visible that I'm wearing mascara, but without that thick and clumpy look some others produce. It's also easy to remove. I use a little bit of Jojoba oil and warm water on a cotton wool and gently rub it back and forth over the eye. TIP: I highly recommend using an eyelash curler before applying mascara to curl your lashes – not only does it shape the eyelashes nicely in preparation for the mascara to coat, but it makes your eyes appear wider (and sexier). Also, I have found this mascara doesn’t smudge. 

Next, highlighting powder. I love this stuff! Highlighter gives your skin that natural glow-from-within look when the light hits the areas of application. This one by Hourglass is top-notch. It’s called the Ambient Strobe Lighting powder and is available in four shades. I use “Euphoric” which is a pearly-beige shade and looks very natural. I prefer highlighters with golden/pink tones because they suit my skin. Hourglass products do verge on the pricier side, but the shade matches my skin perfectly… and I wear a lot of gold jewellery. It’s my one make-up splurge! Many of the Hourglass products are free from toxins such as parabens, sulphates and synthetic dyes and fragrances, vegan-friendly and also gluten-free (cool, right?). Too Faced highlighters are also very good (and slightly cheaper).

I love accentuating my cheekbones, making them look higher and more defined, so I simply brush some highlighter (with a flat, angled blush brush) on my cheekbones and also down my nose. I stay out of the sun as much as I can, so highlighting powder gives me an instant summer-shimmer.

The last item I use is lipstick. Okay, I’ve always been a MAC lipstick kinda-gal. I mean, who doesn’t love MAC lipsticks? I still like them (especially Russian Red!), but the “Gen Nude Radiant” range by Bare Minerals are the BEST lipsticks I have ever used! (and I am not switching for anything!). Their new formula is creamy and so silky smooth - it glides on like butter. I am not kidding! Try it for yourself. Heavenly! They’re moisturising, have a nice shine and stay on.

If you want nude shades, then you have to buy one from the “Gen Nude Radiant” range. I have a few colours but my all-time favourite is Tutu. I absolutely adore this soft, pink-based, natural colour and wear it as my every-day lipstick. It’s also the one I buy for my girlfriends as a gift – they love the colour and texture. If you’re after colour for statement lips, then choose from the “Statement Luxe-Shine Lipstick” range. Their consistency is the same as the “Gen Nude Radiant” range. I love “Rebound”.  

Finally, I want to add I also own a variety of lip glosses from the “Gen Nude Buttercream Lip Gloss” range, and occasionally use gloss instead of lipstick or apply the gloss over my lipstick for extra shine, but in summer I generally just wear lipstick because it provides greater coverage and staying power therefore, I don’t need re-apply as often as I do with gloss.

I like to keep things simple and look classy and natural during the warmer months and show more of my skin, and the above-listed items allow me to achieve this and doll myself up a little.    

Mascara: Bare Minerals//Highlighting powder: Hourglass//Lipstick: Bare Minerals//Scarf: BP

"I know what women want. They want to be beautiful." ~ Valentino Garavani

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