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Get a designer beauty fix that won’t break the bank

2nd March, 2017

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Who says a designer fix has to involve dropping four figures on a handbag? If you’re in the mood to treat yourself then why not get a hit of luxury in the form of designer beauty. I know one of my all time fave additions to my makeup bag is Giorgio Armani’s Luminous Silk Foundation and Chanel’s Vitalumiere – it’s a designer hit minus the big dent on the credit card, and hey, it’s great cost per wear as they’re both definitely something I use on an almost daily basis.

Designers such as Givenchy, Burberry and Tom Ford have distilled their chic aesthetic into quality beauty ranges that look pretty fabulous, too (in this instance you can totally judge a book by it’s cover). With each brand expanding into everything from lipsticks to eye shadows, I’ve picked out a few of my faves for a beauty hit that will definitely dial up the glamour…

 

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The beauty products I always finish

10th February, 2017

My beauty kit is always changing as I love trying new products but there are certain essentials that are always a constant, so much so that I actually finish them quite often. I’m the kind of person who will often have a variety of different products in my bathroom cabinet but they’re not always so special that I’ll actually end up finishing every last drop. These products however, are my favourite go-tos and are the ones I end up having to replace time and time again.

Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation and Chanel Vitalumière

I alternate between these two foundations. They both achieve a really beautiful finish and I’ve been using them for years.

ModelCo LashXtend Mascara

I don’t keep mascara for more than a couple of months as I’ve heard it’s not very hygienic to hang onto it for a long time but if there’s one type I always use it’s ModelCo’s LashXtend mascara. I’m a big fan of ModelCo’s mascara as it’s not too expensive but achieves a really great finish.

M.A.C Brow Set in Clear

I use this to set my eyebrows in place and have used it religiously for awhile. It’s a great product because it goes on clear so doesn’t compete with my eyebrow pencil when I fill my brows in.

M.A.C Cremeblend blush in Something Special

I love the creamy texture of this blush by M.A.C as it makes it so easy to apply. It also has a great finish and really gives me a nice glow.

Lucas’ Paw Paw Ointment

My lips tend to get quite dry so I always have a tube of paw paw ointment in my bag. I tend to apply it multiple times a day so I always end up finishing it as I’ve always found it to be a really effective moisturiser.

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What beauty products do you always finish?

 

 

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What’s in my makeup bag?

5th February, 2015

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Like most women, I love trying new beauty products. The products that I’ve fallen in love with have all found a permanent home in my makeup bag. Over the years I’ve also picked up a few beauty product recommendations from makeup artists I’ve worked with and these have made their way into my beauty collection. I like to be out the door quite quickly (plus being a mum I don’t have all that much spare time to spend doing my makeup these days!) so I’ve edited down my collection to these must-haves…

From top to bottom:

MAC Large Powder Brush #150

MAC Duo Fibre Face Brush #187

MAC Small Duo Fibre Face Brush #188

Rae Morris Kabuki Brush

I am all about good, quality brushes. I think they make the job so much easier! These brushes are all important for applying my base, contouring and applying finishing touches like bronzer and powder.

YSL Touche Eclat

I’m not surprised this is such a cult beauty product – I can’t live without it! I use this as a highlighter and apply it to my brow bone, on the bridge of my nose and on my cupid’s bow.

MAC Pressed Powder

I apply this to my t-zone to avoid shine throughout the day.

MAC Creme Blend Blush in Something Special

This helps me to get a lovely flushed look on my cheeks. It’s not too overpowering and gives a nice subtle effect.

MAC Strobe Cream

I love a bit of MAC strobe cream as a luminiser. I sometimes mix it with my foundation to give my skin a bit of a dewy effect.

St Tropez Skin Illuminator in Gold

I apply this to my cheekbones as an illuminator. It really helps me to achieve that luminous skin effect.

Napoleon Auto Pilot Pre-Foundation Skin Primer

If I want my makeup to last all day I absolutely always use a skin primer before applying my foundation.

Bobbi Brown concealer

This concealer is great as it’s really creamy and is really easy to blend with your fingers.

Napoleon Mosaic Bronzing

I am all about contouring and I use this bronzer to enhance my cheekbones. It also gives a nice “I’ve just been holidaying on a tropical island” glow.

Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation

I focus on trying to make my skin look fresh so I love this foundation as I think it gives a really nice finish. I think it’s a really beautiful consistency too so it glides on perfectly.

What’s are the top items in your makeup bag?

Photography: Tamika Keioske
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Witchery Beauty

14th November, 2014

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Witchery has just launched their first beauty line and it’s every bit as wearable and on trend as their fashion line. It’s got every facet of your beauty wardrobe covered from bright gel polishes (how amazing is the colour above?) to lip glosses in all manner of berry shades and a liquid eyeliner that’s sure to come in handy with many a cat eye look to come. And the best bit? It’s not outrageously priced so you can stock up! Here are just some of my favourites from the range.