My Spring Makeup Must Haves

It’s been ages since my last ‘Must Haves’ post. I guess the 5 year month winter left me sapped of more energy and enthusiasm than I imagined. At long last though, Winter seems to have kindly farked off, and left us sweating in 30 degree plus weather. Spring must have happened that one time we overslept, I guess.

The thing I love most about warm weather, especially after what felt like years of cold, is the feeling of potential that it brings. Everything feels so fresh, so new and so green, so…fat.

Yep, with the rising temps comes the shedding of clothes, and unless you lived on boiled cabbage and green tea for the past 6 months, chance are you’re feeling a little apprehensive about baring all too soon.

Now, I cant make you thinner (sorry girls, if I could I would have helped myself a long time ago) but I can make sure you put your best face forward with a few of my Spring picks;

If you’re anything like me your foundation slides right off at the first hint of humidity. I stumbled upon this gem quite by accident a few months ago when both MAC and Estee Lauder had run out of my colour. A lovely lady at Clarins managed to convince me to try something new – and I haven’t looked back. Everlasting Foundation from Clarins goes on seamlessly, has buildable coverage, lasts pretty much all day (I suggest a primer and powder) and smells so so fresh. It also mixes well with a dot or 2 of a BB cream – useful for those in between months when your skin shade is more confused than 2002 Ricky Martin.

Clarins Everlasting Foundation

Being blonde has it’s perks. It also has its downsides, the biggest for me being that I do.not.have.eyebrows. Sure, look closely and I have what looks to be Aunt Mildreds upper lip hair, but get too close to a gas stove one time and those things don’t stand a chance. When it comes to eyebrows, I need all the help I can get.

Although a huge fan of the eyebrow shadow (MACS Brun – which is technically an eye shadow – being on of my staples) I have found that after a few hours small which patches of dry skin appear. I heard about Revlons Brow Fantasy and decided to give it a try. Essentially its a pencil and a gel (one to colour and one to set). I chose the dark brown as it was the effect I was going for. The result? Darker and more defined eyebrows that don’t fade for several hours.

Revlin Eyebrow Fantasy

I am a huge fan of Urban Decay and am the proud owner of a Naked palette. So when a colleague returned from a trip to London and gave me this (today!)  I was smitten! It’s the perfect blush and bronzer combo – and I cannot wait to test it out.

Urban Decay Naked Flushed

My makeup artist at my wedding introduced me to the next gem on my list. Something I’ve always stayed away from was a  cream blush as I felt it added to my sweaty sheen, more than enhanced it. However, the Stila ‘Convertible Colour’ cream blush is one of the few that adds a perfect pop of color, and doesn’t make my face look like a melting was crayon. Even better, ‘set’ it with a powder cblush in a matching colour, and you’ve got a look that really will last all day…even after a swim. (Extra perk – it can double up as a lip gloss)

Stila Cream Blush

Why is sunblock so important you ask? Because, this.

Invest in a good quality sunblock – and wear it daily. This one from Dermaceutic is so gentle it can be used after surgery and laser treatments. Do yourself a favour, and don’t turn into that lady from Something About Mary.

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IF you do overdue the sun exposure a little bit, and your skin is more parched than Charlie Sheen on a Monday, then make Bio Oil your best friend. I like to mix a little bit with my night cream and body moisturizer. It’s easily absorbed and wont leave a any awkward residue on your clothes. Bio Oil

Lastly, in a perfect world, where my skin is flawless, my bum like Barbies and my boobs perky – I would definitely invest in this bikini.

Triangl Bikini

What are your Spring must haves?

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My January Must Haves

15 days into the year and we are all officially in the swing of things. Work is manic, schools are full and our roads are saturated with already-frustrated drivers.

One of the good things about a new year – apart from attempting almost impossible resolutions – is testing out new products and items. This January has seen me using, reading, watching, listening and doing some new things.

Here is my top 10 must haves of January 2014.

1. MAC Extreme Dimension Mascara

I love anything MAC and about 90% of my makeup kit consists of their products – their mascara however has always left little to be desired. Until this bad boy came along – it’s so effective (and trust me, when your eyelashes are sparser than a metro cop at a broken traffic light you need all the help you can get!) that people have asked me if I’m wearing extensions. It goes on clump free, its semi waterproof – I know this as I’ve had my fair share of meltdowns wearing it and the packaging is fab! Available for 215 ronds from Macs new online store .

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2. Burts Bees Lip Balm

OK, so this isn’t a new obsession. I have been endorsing and promoting Burts Bees for years – in fact it is the only lip balm I will use. Unfortunately it’s not available in SA yet – so if you happen to be traveling overseas… wink wink.

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3. Scanner Pro

I’m a bit of an app whore – I download everything and use noting. Until I came across the Scanner pro app for my iPad – and can’t stop using it. We are currently sitting without a printer at our office, and therefore getting documents to clients has been a nightmare. With this bad boy its a matter of using the camera function to scan, saving the document and emailing it. Honestly one of the most useful apps I have come across in ages.

4. Avicii – True

My love affair started with ‘Wake Me Up’ – it became my anthem for every moment in 2013. Currently I’m loving ‘Hey Brother’. If you enjoy a bit o’ country, you will enjoy this new offering from the band.

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5. Chef ‘N Veggie Chopper

This was one of those ‘filler’ items on our wedding registry and has now become a daily necessity during cooking time. I love it because it honestly does what it promises – chops and dices in a few blade rotations. Barry loves it because it mimics the motions of starting a lawn mower with its pulley cord. Friends – spoiler alert – you will all be getting one for your next birthday/wedding/batmitzvah or baby shower. You are welcome.

Chef n Chopper
Chef n Chopper

6. Property24.co.za

We were robbed …. again…. on Christmas last year. For us it was the final straw – why live in a security complex when security is clearly lacking? I now spend my free time browsing house porn on property24 and weighing up selling my body for extra cash or robbing a bank in order to afford it. There’s also a property24 app which handy for a techie like me.

Oh, look at ye house I can never afford
Oh, look at ye house I can never afford

7. Dexter

Never has murder been so attractive. We watched Series 1 through 7 in about 2 months towards the end of last year. To say we are obsessed is an understatement. I need Season 8, in my life, right now.

Nothing like a good cuppa kill to start your day
Nothing like a good cuppa kill to start your day

8. The Night Circus

I’ve just stared reading this book after rave reviews from everyone I’ve spoken to. I have no idea what happens or what its about. All I know is that I’m loving it. Also, magic.

The Night Circus
The Night Circus

9. Online Shopping

I swore to myself I would find a better work life balance in 2014. One of the things Im doing to help with that is try and do most of my shopping online. 3 of my faves? Mr Price (delivery in 24 hours) Pick n Pay and Yuppie Chef. Sorted.

10. Boschendal Blanc de Noir

The weather has been hotter a Pool Party in hell – so red wine most of the times is out of the question. White wine is niiiice but I’m currently loving the slightly off white blush from Boschendal. Ugly new packaging aside, its the perfect sun-downer drink. Cheers

Don't judge this bottle by its cover
Don’t judge this bottle by its cover
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Dare To Go Bare

Call me a cynic but I have read far too many magazines and beauty blogs promising a ‘natural’ look with 1 swipe of a concealer stick and a slick of lipgloss. Puh-lease. I work 12 hour days, stress runs in my family like an award winning athlete and my almost-30 face is definitely showing signs of failing. Also, I have a face that swallows makeup – and by that I mean I need a decent amount of product before it even looks like I haven’t rolled straight out of bed. If you are one of those fortunate-blessed-with-beautiful-skin-and-dark-features kinda gals, then you can go right on and ignore this post. If, however, like me you are interested in achieving a nude yet glam look, then this is for you.

I recently got my paws on some new products from Physicians Formula, Catrice, Palladio, MAC and The Body Shop all promising to deliver the ‘nude’ look.

Natural Nude Makeup
Natural Nude Makeup

The proof I have found is never in the packaging, but more in the application, so naturally (pun intended) I put a few of these bad boys to the test.

Physicians Formula – Powder Palette Pressed Powder – ‘Buff’

Physicians Formula - Powder Palette Pressed Powder - 'Buff'
Physicians Formula – Powder Palette Pressed Powder – ‘Buff’

I’m a fan of a mosaic pressed powder as it is a lot more forgiving when it comes to matching your skin tone accurately. I like the fact that this powder has zero fragrance and provides a good matte finish for at least 8 hours. This powder provides no coverage so always remember to apply a foundation (or at least a BB cream) as your base look.

The powder comes with a buffing sponge but I suggest applying it with a large bronzing or powder brush

Available from all Dischem Stores

Palladio – Herbal Mosaic Powder – ‘Sun Kissed’

Physicians Formula - Powder Palette Pressed Powder - 'Buff'
Physicians Formula – Powder Palette Pressed Powder – ‘Buff’

When it comes to ‘HAC’ (Highlighting and Contouring) its important to find a matt powder to avoid looking like you’ve been involved with some sexy time with a glitter ball. Highlighting and contouring – if done right – can be a face changer, literally!

I also use this darker powder as a replacement for bronzer.

Available at Dischem Stores. Price available on request

Catrice – Absolute Nude Eyeshadow Palette – ‘All Nude’

Catrice - Absolute Nude Eyeshadow Palette - 'All Nude'
Catrice – Absolute Nude Eyeshadow Palette – ‘All Nude’

Any one who loves makeup and who doesn’t live in the USA will have no doubt coveted this sinfully decadent looking Urban Decay eye shadow palette.

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urban decay naked

So… my excitement when stumbling across this from Catrice (looks uncannily familiar, right) was huge!

Sadly, the similarity stops at the packaging. The pigment is poor and the end result less than ‘wow’. I suggest giving this one a skip. (Just like I did my dream of ever owning the original, sigh)

MAC Cremesheen Glass – ‘Fashion Scoop’

MAC Cremesheen Glass - 'Fashion Scoop'
MAC Cremesheen Glass – ‘Fashion Scoop’

Whats not to love about MAC? I spotted this colour and thought I would give it a test as a possible wedding lip colour. The pigment is fairly soft – great for day time – but if you are looking for something more striking at night then I suggest layering it with a matt lipstick from MAC in a similar colour. Because honestly, who can ever have too many vanilla smelling delicious lipsticks from MAC, right?

Available from MAC stores countrywide

Remember – when going ‘nude’ – more is actually more. Never skimp on the mascara and make sure your features are defined. Natural does not mean eyebrows that look Rapunzels braid or eyes that look like Tilda Swinton in The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe.

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A Bush Break

I’m writing this from a PC. 

For those who know me, that’s a mighty big statement considering I haven’t used one of these things in over 10 years. I hate it. I’m going to try and embrace it, but that still doesn’t mean I’m going to enjoy this transition. Consider this my disclaimer for any spelling errors which may occur. This silver trackpad from hell has a mind of it’s own.

That aside, I spent 5 days last week at my parent s bush house in Mabalingwe. I had resigned from my job and had a few days in which to unwind and de-stress before the new gig (hence the PC)

Highlights of the weekend defintely included 

1. My mothers face when my future father in-law arrived with 2 cases of beer. For 2 days

2. Watching ‘In the Womb’ with my parents. I don’t care how old you are, watching two golden retrievers do the jiggy is always going to be awkward

2b. Knowing my mother is going to read this post.

3. The pack of mice chewing through the tool box. And the tools

4. My father screeching to a halt in the game vehicle next to a spitting cobra, then gently playing with it with his cap to help me get a decent photo.

5. Mom and Dad reminding me at every opportunity just how lazy/forgetful/messy I was at 12. I think they forget I’m a bit older now.

6. The 2 sets of inlaws bonding over beer, braais and brandewyn

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Choosing The Right Makeup For Your Eye Colour

There are many reasons I am glad the 80’s are over. The biggest being bright blue eyeshadow. It’s a look that pretty much no-one can pull off, so when I see woman wearing it in the 21st century, I want to run over with a wet wipe and a word of advice: ‘Don’t’.

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Luckily, we have come far since the 1980’s and there are now many more colours to choose from. Whether you’re into shimmery, pearl, matt, sheer, creamy or powder the most important thing to do when choosing an eye shadow colour is take the colour of your eyes into consideration.

 

 

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The 3 main eye colours out there are brown, blue and green, but if you are anything like me you may not be sure what colour yours are. As I’ve gotten older my eyes have gone from very blue to a mixture of blue and green. Another very important element to remember for application of eyeshadow is your eye shape. This is something I will go into in a new post. As you can see in the below image, I have very hooded eyes.

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The easiest way to know what colour is right for your eyes is to use the colour wheel. It’s a no-fail solution for picking the right hue. The golden rule is to find your eye colour and then find the colour on the wheel directly opposite it to know what colour best suits your eyes. And no, that doesn’t mean that if ‘yellow’ is your color then you need to walk around like a canary landed on your face – you can use colours in the yellow palette – golds, bronzes, butter, creams etc.

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I have also found this very handy no-fail chart.

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When applying eye shadow always remember to have a light colour (for highlighting in the corner of the eye and under the brow bone), a medium colour to apply all over the lid and a darker colour to fill in the crease of the eye and make them ‘pop’.

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Many eyeshadow compacts come with illustrations on the back to guide you. (When buying these palettes, chuck the applicator sponge and invest in a good eye shadow brush)

If all else fails take a trip to your local MAC cosmetic counter – the staff there are trained experts and can assist in helping you find the perfect shade, for any occasion.

I stumbled upon this hilarious ‘Bad makeup’ Tumblr – good for a Friday Laugh.

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Found: The Perfect Nude Lipstick

If you are anything like me then you cant visit your local Clicks or Dis-Chem and not walk away with a little treat for yourself. I generally pop in for a shampoo and walk out with 2 bags of products that I really dont need.

My go to item for a quick and affordable pick me up is always a lipstick or nail polish and so it is not surprising that I have made it a personal challenge to find the best lippie in every shade out there.

And now, I think I just may have succeeded in fnding the best suits-everyone nude lipstick out there, and I wanted to share it with you in this post.

Catrice Cosmetics

You will be forgiven if you don’t immediately recognise the name, as Catrice is relatively new on the scene and (I stand corrected) can only be found at certain Dis-Chem stores. At time of publishing this post they don’t yet have a presence on social media locally, but they can be found and followed on their international website, Facebook and Twitter pages. Thank goodness for Google translate!

About The Product

Catrice Ultimate Colour in 240 ‘Hey Nude’ has got to be the best lipstick I have found in a while. The packaging is black, sexy and sleek and the lipstick itself is soft, buttery and glides on perfectly. The colour is nude with a touch of pink, which is flattering for most complexions. The lipstick has a very subtle fragrance which is preferable, considering it will need to be applied throughout the day and often a strong fragrance can become too overpowering.

There are multiple colours in this range, and the lipstick is priced at R54.95 (RRP). Good news for us office-bound ladies is that Dis-Chem now has an online store, so you can have your favourite product delivered to your doorstep.

Catrice Hey Nude
Catrice Hey Nude
Catrice Hey Nude
Catrice Hey Nude

Competing Products

Cheapie – Essence 52 “In The Nude’ RRP R29.99

Budget – Catrice 240 “Hey Jude” RRP R54.95

Splurge – MAC CremeSheen Creme’D Nude RRP R180 – R240

Rupert Approves

Packaging – 9/10

Budget Babe – 10/10

Wearability – 5/10

Tips and Tricks

The golden rule for a nude lip is a smokey eye – this lipstick will go perfectly with dramatic eyes, fat lashes and flawless skin. Wear this nude lipstick with a black lace cocktail dress, stylish up do and a pair of nude stilettos, or dress it down with a messy fishtail braid and maxi dress.

To improve the longevity of this lipstick on your lips apply a pressed powder before application or consider using a nude lip pencil.

‘Till Next time!

Stay gorgeous

 

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Rupert Approves – Now Reviewing Makeup.

“Does this foundation make my face look fabulous?”

Many who know me know that one of my favourite things in life is cosmetics. My earliest memory of makeup was going to a toy-swop shop in Randburg as a young child. the concept of the store was that you could return a new or hardly used toy and earn points. Those points could then be used on a new toy or product from the store. At the tender age of about 5 I used my points for a kiddies makeup compact, complete with a garish assortment of eye shadow colours, bright pink blush and lipstick.

24 years later I still havent  tired of my childhood love of cosmetics and products. In fact, I could spend my last R100 on a lipstick or nail-polish instead of food or petrol. 

Some may find it bizarre that my collection now sits at several thousand items, and I’ve taken over an entire room with boxes of foundations, lipsticks, eyeliners, primers, glosses, polishes, creams and lotions. (Dont call BBC Lifestyle just yet, I’m not quite at ‘Hoarders’ status). My hobby also extends to hair and body care and my collection of straightening, curling, crimping and everything-in-between tools borders on embarrassing.

I’m fully aware of the irony of the situation, considering I spend most of my free time in gym clothes, and growing up on a farm my childhood attire was gumboots and a pudding bowl hair cut. Perhaps my inner glam girl has always had a yearning to come out, pouting in fuchsia pink.

I’ve decided I can no longer keep my love of beauty products a secret, and am thrilled to announce that I will now be adding a ‘Beauty Review’ section to Rupert Approves.

If there are any products out there that you would like me to try, need information on or just want to chat more about anything from MAC to Maybelline, and everything in-between – then I would love to hear from you!

‘Till then

Stay beautiful!

Red Lippy - Rupert Approves
Red Lippy – Rupert Approves

 

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