My Daily Make Up Essentials

May 16, 2014


A few of you have been asking me lately what foundation do I use to achieve such flawless skin, so today’s beauty post is dedicated to you ladies.

First and foremost make-up isn’t the first step to achieving flawless skin, that comes from within. Two weeks ago I wrote two posts about my beauty routine and skincare tips, (you can read those here and here.) I chatted about my skin battle I’ve had in the past and how I overcame it with a few simple lifestyle changes.

Before applying your make-up it’s important to prep your skin. I’ve been using NeoStrata facial cleanser and face cream lately and I’m loving it! Wash your face with cold water, excessively hot water will strip healthy natural oils from your skin too quickly. After that spend some time massaging/tapping your face cream into your skin, this helps improve circulation.

After I’ve applied my cream I apply a pea sized drop of MAC’s strobe cream. (Now this is the secret) Applying laminating cream to your skin under your foundation creates a healthy glow to the skin.

After that I apply my foundation, Giorgio Armani luminous silk  foundation. Honestly I have searched for a very long time for the perfect foundation and I finally discovered it on set one day. This foundation is the lightest foundation you’ll ever come across and it truly feels like silk on your skin. The best part is you don’t need to layer your skin in foundation. I use one tiny squirt and I cover my face and my neck. Remember to blend your foundation all the way down your jawline and neck, you don’t want to look like you wearing a mask.

One very sad thing though… this foundation isn’t available in South Africa 🙁 I usually ask friends of mine that are traveling to bring it back for me. It costs about £40 and lasts me months.

Next up I apply concealer to the needed areas. I use MAC studio finish concealer for any stubborn pimples and dark marks and MAC select cover-up for under my eyes. (Thanks Mom for my dark circles haha)

Once I’ve completed that I lightly dust my face using a powder brush with MAC’s prep and prime translucent powder. This just hides any additional shine in the wrong areas and helps set the make-up so that it will last all day.

I’m pale, like super pale, so my make-up routine would not be complete with a little blusher. I’ve been using Rimmel 001 Santa Rose for years now. Personally I prefer blushes that are more on the pinky side then the peachy side. Just depends on your skin tone.

Next, this may seem a little weird, I use Maybelinne Pearly Pearl lipstick as an additional highlighter on my cheekbones. I simply dab a bit on my finger tip and then tap my finger tip onto my cheekbones where I want definition.

Next I apply my amazing mascara, also a product I discovered on a shoot one day. Maybelinne Colossal Volume mascara… it’s the bomb!!! I make sure I apply my mascara to the very edges of my eyelashes, getting those little guys on the ends makes the biggest difference to the shape of your eyes. If you mess a little, no worry, nothing a q-tip can’t fix.

Lastly I apply LUSH Honey Trap lip balm to my lips. Hydrating my lips is important to me, especially with Winter on it’s way.

Daily beauty essentials .001

1.) NeoStrata facial cleanser and face cream from Skin Renewal.

2.) MAC strobe cream from MAC Cosmetics

3.) Giorgio Armani luminous silk  foundation from Selfridges 

4.) MAC select cover-up NW20 and MAC studio finish concealer NW20 both from MAC Cosmetics

5.) MAC prep and prime translucent powder from MAC Cosmetics

6.) Rimmel blusher from Clicks 

7.) Maybelinne Pearly Pearl lipstick from Clicks

8.) Maybelinne Colossal Volume mascara from Clicks

9.) LUSH Honey Trap lip balm R75 from LUSH

It’s important to look after your skin, I try not to wear make-up every day. I wear so much make up when I shoot my skin takes a toll. So on my off days I just wash my face, moisturise and apply a little mascara. (It is make up’s LBD after all ;)) I will then only wear my own make-up when I’m going out for a dinner or lunch or have an event to attend… and my skin loves me for it.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate, just leave a comment on the post.

Happy Friday and weekend,
xxx EJ

Lip Service

March 12, 2014

Shot by Justin Polkey

I am obsessed with lip balms and when I say obsessed I mean it. I never have less then four different lip balms in my bag at a time. This morning I was going through my handbag and found 13 different lip treatments! Seriously does anyone else have the same problem?

So what are my top lip treatments? And why?…

Screen Shot 2014-03-10 at 10.58.04 AM(In no particular order)

1.) Cherry Zam-buk Lip Balm:
I love this product from a proudly South African point of view. I grew up using Zam-buk and Vaseline as a kid and the smell has always triggers fond memories. This new cherry variation is great as I have super pale lips and the red adds a nice little tint.

2.) Lucas Papaw Ointment:
The only thing that sucks about this product it that you can’t buy it here in South Africa, it’s an Australian product. Not only is this ointment great for your lips but it soothes and heals insect bites and burns faster then you can say ‘Lucas Papaw’. If you looking for an all rounder this lip balm is definitely the way to go.

3.) Rosebud Salve Lip Balm:
A lip balm to ‘salve’ all your problems. Please let us take a moment to notice how adorable their tin is… This balm has a slight glossy effect without leaving your lips sticky or goopy. It’s brilliant for diaper rash too.

4.) Aesop Lip Cream:
Warning, this product will not be everyone’s cup of tea. Many people complain about the smell, personally I love the natural smell it has to it. It’s one of those products you’ll either hate or love, no in-betweeners. It’s rich in Vitamin-E and perfect for sensitive lips. Another warning, it’s pricy for such a small tube.

5.) Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Lip Protectant:
I always loved the original Eight Hour Skin Protectant except for the fact that it was too sticky and messy. The new lip balm solves this problem fantastically. It’s also packed with vitamins and minerals and has UVA and UVB sun protection.

6.) Chanel Rouge Coco Baume Hydrating Conditioning Lip Balm:
I’m a sucker for great packaging and the Chanel name. Apart from that this lip balm is the softest balm I have ever used on my lips and I love the fact that it doesn’t smell or taste like anything. Simplicity in it’s best form.

7.) Lush Honey Trap Lip Balm:
One of my favourite things about this product? It’s not tested on animals and it’s completely vegan. It’s definitely the yummiest lip balm I’ve ever used and even though it costs R80 for a tiny tub it’ll last you quite some time. It’s truly is one of the best balms I have ever come across. Mad fan!

8.) Liz Earle Superbalm:
Made from pure plant oils and natural waxes plus it has added shea butter this superbalm is exactly what it says: a Superbalm. Not only can you use it on your lips but it makes a great cuticle cream or any dry body part for that matter. I love applying it before I go to bed at night and when I wake up in the morning I can still feel it on my lips. It’s also pricy but it’ll last you months. 

9.) L’Occitane Shea Butter Lip Balm:
Best dry lip solution! I love the fact that L’Occitane use fair trade shea butter for this lip balm. Not sure how or why but this lip balm seems to keep my lips moist all day long, no matter what I drink or eat.

If I had to choose an all time favourite lip balm to suggest to all of you I would definitely recommend Lush’s Honey Trap it truly is a balm for all lip types. Trust me when I say you’ll become a mad fan too after using it.

xxx EJ



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