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.

Skin Ceutic 50magda_something_about_mary

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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Isabella Garcia Skincare

There is nothing I like more than free stuff, except free skin care products. Unless you know me personally, chances are that you dont know how (bordering on obsessive) addicted I am to cosmetics, makeup and skincare. I have been ever since I was very young, and if given the choice I would spend my last R100 on an eyeshadow, rather than a meal. In fact, I have a bookshelf in my bathroom filled with products.

I was excited then, to receive a surprise parcel from Isabella Garcia last month, filled with several generous trial samples of their new range of skin care. The parcel consisted of their facewash, toner, ultimate serum replenisher, exfoliating face scrub, 3 in 1 moisturising night cream, fresh solutions day moisturiser, revitalising mask and the ultra advanced firming up gel.

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I have been using the products for about 3 weeks now (alas, they are almost finished) and I must say how impressed I am with the texture and consistency – particularly the day and night cream. I never planned on blogging about these products but decided to when I felt visibly sad that the last of my day cream had been squeezed out the tube. I went online to purchase some more products today (note: This is the only way to buy their range) however, before one is allowed to view the pricing of their products you have to answer a short skin survey, afer which they will email you a list of recommended products. Mildy irritating if you just want to view prices, but a smart move from them, and for you, as you will receive semi-customised skin care solutions.

I look forward to receiving said mail and finding out about the pricing of their products. I like to support local initiatives, and feel this is a worthy brand to look into.

Wishing you a good skin day!

 

 

 

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