Flawless Foundation : A guide

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Like any work of art, any masterpiece a flawless base is absolutely imperative. The same is true when it comes to your makeup.

So many times I’ve seen ladies flawlessy apply lipstick, mascara and all that but it either doesn’t stand out because their foundation is a mess, or something else crazy.

This post is gonna walk you through (picture a walk through a flower filled meadow.)how to ensure that you flawlessly apply your foundation, that it lasts and forms the perfect canvas.

Here’s what you will need:

Foundation steps

  1. A primer. The Kind of primer you use will depend on your skin, do you want to counter oiliness? smooth out large pores or just prime so your makeup stays longer. I have a super oily t-zone so I use this Mattifying primer from L’Oreal Paris.
  2. Concealer(s). I typically use two different shades of concealer. I use one that is darker than my skin to cover dark spots (sounds weird but it works), I use one that is a few shades lighter than my skin tone to lighten and brighten under my eyes. My favourite concealers are from LA Girl Cosmetics.
  3. Foundation (duh). Again, this will depend on your skin type, I typically use Oil free and mattifying foundations. Here I am using the Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation in Rich Cocoa.
  4. Powders. These are used to set your foundation and your under eye highlight. I also prefer them when I contour my cheeks because I feel like the more cream based products I use, the more my face ends up looking like a melting pot of wax. In the picture is the Contour Palette by Beauty Treats.
  5. Highlighter! This is one of my favourite parts of doing my makeup. I love some sparkle! This is the Elf Cosmetics Baked Bronzer in Maui which I use to highlight. (Too light to work as a bronzer for my skin).
  6. Foundation brushes. Your tools are so important, a good brush ensures a good finish. You can also use a Beauty sponge if you like but I love how my Real Technqiues Buffing brush applies foundation so I’m good.

Right.

So first of all you want to start with a clean, moisturized face. Then you apply your primer, making sure not to apply too much, and making sure to pat it nicely into your skin. Next I dab a bit of concealer on any dark spots, slightly blending it out. Then I like to apply my foundation by first placing it on the back of the brush and then applying it in sections by dabbing the brush into the foundation. You wanna take your time with blending here, really work your foundation in until you cant tell where your makeup free skin starts and where the foundation starts. You also want to make sure you blend it well into your neck, under your china nd into your hair line (the mask look is not cute).

Next you wanna take your concealer (lighter) and apply it to your under eye are, you can use a brush or a sponge. Just make sure you blend it out well. Then you set this with a translucent powder. Next, I usually contour my cheeks with a dark podwer.=, followed by my highlight along my cheek bone. I bring everything together by using setting it all firstly with a setting powder, then spraying my face all over with a setting spray.

That’s it. It’s really easy, and there is no need to fear foundation like the big bad monster! Have fun creating Masterpieces!

 
“Beauty is whatever gives joy.”

Valentines Day with Adore Me!

A (wise) friend of mine once said that when you wear pretty, matching underwear, the world is a thousand times better. I totally agree! Underwear is definitely one of my most favourite clothing items.

It’s like a sensual secret… one that only you know about, one that only you feel. A woman with a secret, sexy mystery about her… what is sexier than that?!

The greatest thing about underwear is the unparalleled variety. From the overly sexy, to the comfortable, to the granny vibes… there is a fit for all! In fact your underwear can even speak volumes about your mood… feeling sexy? Then some lace is definitely up your alley! Having a frumpy, I-just-wanna-eat-icecream-and-watch-sex-and-the-city-reruns kinda day? Then some comfortable no frills underwear works perfect.

This Valentines, I decided to put together a head-to-toe look featuring some FABULOUSLY SEXY underwear from Adore Me which is an online store. They also feature some deliciously beautiful lingerie which you can check out here: http://www.adoreme.com/sexy-lingerie.html

Here’s a look at what  I put together:

FIRSTLY: THE FOUNDATION… Feeling Good starts here

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I am a hopeless and absolute romantic at heart so Valentines Day for me is every shade of red, pink and white! I absolutely adore this Marlena Unlined Demi Bra & Panty Set. First of all the lace… sexy, super sexy and just classy an elegant. The style of it is a comfortable yet sexy style so that’s another 10 points, finally the design is so cute with those tassles! This particular set is available in Red and Black.

“Lingerie is my next love after clothing; I think it is what is worn underneath that really inspires a woman to feel beautiful in her clothes – that inner, secret glamour.”
¬Alice Temperley

NEXT… WE BUILD!

Now for the outfit:

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I am a firm believer that sexiness is an attitude and not so much about your clothes (Remember how Rihanna wore a yellow blanket dress but still looked sexy AF???) So my style, especially for a date night is very minimal, clean and chic. I am clearly obsessed with lace and I think a lace crop top paired with a lace pencil skirt in all white is simply stunning. It whispers “Look at Me” in the most regal of ways. I’d pair this with a nude pair of high heeled court shoes, a clutch with a bit of sparkle (Because you’ve always got to SHINE Honey!!).

Accessories I’d also keep to a minimal, just the necessities… watch, pearl studs or (if you are more daring middle sized hoop earrings). I’d pair all of this with a smokey eye, smoked to perfection and a chocolate brown lip… I recommend Limbo, an Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick by Colour Pop.

                                                “Lingerie is that inner, secret glamour.”
¬Alice Temperley

 

Embracing your body, and embracing how beautiful you  look in lingerie or underwear is the half the journey to attaining that next level of sexy confidence…knowing who you are and that is knowing you are fabulous!

 

 

 

 

Budget Pampering {Clicks Face Masks}

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I am probably the worst when it comes to skin care, especially my face. I tend to really take my skin for granted. Let me explain. I have combination skin so super oily in the t-zone, luckily I hardly ever (read never) get acne or even any kind of break out. Like I can count the number of times in a year that I get a zit or a pimple. This has made me lazy when it comes to my skin care… I hardly ever (read never) remove my makeup. To make up for this and just to help myself feel less guilty, I like to have a DIY pamper session for my face every now and then.

Here’s what I do: First off, I have a makeup-free week. This means I onlyw ear minimal makeup for a week so basically just a little bit of powder, lip gloss and my brows. Then at the  end of the week I’d do a face mask or a scrub or whatever. Being the queen of DIY that I imagine I am I usually just whip a few things together and make a homemade mask.

This time around, I found myself in a super lazy mood and I figured I’d buy  a store mask. I however did not want to spend an arm and a leg on a mask.

 

The masks that I picked up where from Clicks Stores and are part of their inhouse brand. I got the Chocolate Mud mask and the Berry Delight Mask. The Masks supposedly cleanse and moisturise your skin. They retail for just under R30. I personally think that for the price, it’s a good deal. The Mask goes on smoothly, smells divine and does a pretty decent job of cleaning the skin. Also,  there is a lot of product in one package. So if you could find a way to store these you could probably get two uses out of this, which is really great value.

So yeah… I applied the mask, let it sit for 15 minutes, washed it off (washing off is easy and hassle free), then I moisturise with my Oil Absorbing face cream and that’s it.

                ~There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.~

ColourPop {Mini Haul}

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I recently bought some more ColourPop Ultra Matte Liquid Lipsticks and I just wanted to share these with you guys. In my last ColourPop post I had indicated that I wanted to try one out before spending money on them. The thing is that because ColourPop doesn’t ship to Namibia, they are a bit pricier to purchase on our end so I really had to be sure I liked their product before spending.

The colours I decided to get were Bad habit, Chilli Chow, Avenue and Lychee. I really really wanted to get Limbo but it was out of stock so I’m hoping to get it soon after the New Year. Anyway, here are some swatches:

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I am picturing Avenue with a nice winged eyeliner, very minimal eye makeup, very holiday type of look. The rest of the colours are so perfect for summer, and they are matte so that’s awesome. The best part is the wear time, I can put on one of these babies in the morning and will only touch up after having eaten lunch and having something to drink, so there is like almost no need to touch up.

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If you are in Windhoek, you can contact Kristine from Hott.Of.The.Heels for your ColourPop fix, in fact she stocks most international brands including Too Faced, Urban Decay and many others, she’s also really sweet.

I am so ready for a bit of a Summer break, I am picturing box braids, maxi dresses, matte lips, and my all time favourite Sparkling Krusher from KFC (They don’t sell them in Namibia, I have to go all the way to Cape Town for these, and my favourite Red Velvet Cupcakes from Tribakery!!)

~Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.~

ColorPop Cosmetics Ultra Matte Lip {First Look}

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Everyone has been raving (not necessary all good) about the ColorPop Cosmetics Ultra Matte Liquid Lipsticks. I obviously wanted to jump on the train as well and see what all the fuss was about… however ColorPop is chilling in the States with no international shipping, and I’m here in Namibia. Stumped?? I definitely was. I’ve come across various vendors here in South Africa who actually sell a good deal of international brand makeup for decent enough prices. The first two were in South Africa and the third here in Windhoek, courier logistics and all that made me opt for the WIndhoek based seller even though one of the South African vendors had a really great deal (R365 for 3).

Because I had heard so many varying versions of the liquid lipsticks I was not too keen on buying more than one colour until I was sure I like them. I chose the colour Tulle because I think it’s a really great colour and goes well onto darker skin tones like mine.

PicsArt_11-08-04.31.42I’ve only worn out this lipstick a few times,  but so far it’s good. I’d say 3.5/5 stars. The consistency for me could do with a bit more work because one needs to apply two coats or more to get proper coverage. It doesn’t dry out my lips as much as people claim it does, I simply apply a lip balm before I apply it. I’ve found that it looks way better if applied with a lip liner and it does last for a good few hours before it disappears.

This is a swatch of the colour Tulle:

PicsArt_11-08-05.07.02I think I’d definitely buy some more Color Pop Stuff simply because their prices are decent. I am looking forward to trying out some of their Lippie Stix which I’m hoping to get later this month.

DIY: Shea & Cocoa Butter Body Cream

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This is an easy recipe for your very own body cream that just nourishes your skin, keeps it looking healthy and glowing, does away with greasiness and leaves you  (in the words of Queen B) feelin’ yourself!

Here’s a bit of context, After making it through winter and constantly fighting to stave off dry and cracked skin, I was at a point where I needed something better, something that works through the Summer and the Winter without me having to tweak it, change it or pay exorbitant prices. In comes Shea Butter. I’ve been using this miracle stuff for only like 8 months now, and previously only on my hair, which worked out great for my hair. Then I figured, why not whip up a mix for my skin, and what’s more I had some Cocoa Butter that I bought at the Old Biscuit Mill in Cape Town for about N$/R 55 for half a kilo. This mix was absolutely amazing, I love it, I’ve been using it for  a month and my skin has never felt better, it’s non-oily or greasy and it just works. period.

What you’ll need:

Unrefined Shea Butter

Cocoa Butter

Olive Oil

Your choice of essential Oil (I used Lemongrass)*

Basically I did not want to melt it down over the stove so I simply put it out in the sun and waited for it to become more soluble. Once it was slightly more workable, I mashed the cocoa butter in with the Shea butter, using a fork. I did that until it was all combined and mixed.  After that, I added the olive oil and whipped it all together till it started forming peaks and looked smooth and creamy. At this point I added my Lemongrass Oil for fragrance (I absolutely hate the smell of raw cocoa butter so I needed to mask it.) I whipped it for a little while longer and that was it. Done.

I poured it into a mason jar that I had lying around, tied a pretty ribbon on it and I was done.

*If you don’t mind the smell of the Cocoa Butter or the Shea Butter then you are more than welcome to leave out the essential oil.

**You can also add any other essential oil based on what you want it to do for your skin (e.g. stretchmarks, dryness, eczema).

If you are in Namibia then you can purchase all of these products at Hair Goddess Namibia

“Without courage we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can’t be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest.”

Africa Organics- Baobab Shampoo & Conditioner // Natural Hair Review

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Here’s my thing, it’s quite annoying when I watch Youtube hair videos which are made mainly by American Youtubers, using products that are mostly not easily available here in Namibia, or even most parts of Africa. Like I remember the first time I tried to do a wash-n-go. I had seen a video where the Youtuber used Eco-styler gel and some other products. I being of course unable to find those exact products decided to pick up any old gel (as long as it was alcohol free) and all that. It was a fail. My hair looked like a wet bird’s nest collided with a bush. Never again.

So I’ve really embarked on a quest to find natural hair products that are proudly African, easily available and offer the same pay-off (in terms of quality, affordability, etc) as the American brands.

So, Dis-Chem and a few other places have become my holy grail stores when I go shopping for natural hair products. For the most part, they stock a wide range of natural-hair friendly products and do so at affordable prices. I recently purchased this Shampoo and Conditioner set from Dis-Chem for about N$/R100 and I was quite eager  to start using it.

It is called the Africa Organics Baobab Shampoo and I got the Conditioner as well. While I was in the store I noticed that they actually have a varied range of products that include a Marula Shampoo & Conditioner.

The shampoo is obviously sulphate free and all of that good stuff. I think that for the price, you do get quite a bit of product, (210ml for N$/R 50). I mean its not a whole tub and a half but I think it’s reasonable. The conditioner works, it does what it has to do. I’d have to say though that the only disappointing thing for me is the lack of fragrance… I mean I obviously can’t expect a Baobab to have any kind of fragrance though so I’m probably just being extra. The whole range of products is certified as Natural and Organic which is great because I’m really not about that extra life (lol). For the past few months all I’ve used for my hair is Shea butter, Coconut Oil, Olive Oil and Water. So I’m all about less is more, natural is better.

The conditioner also contains extracts of Rooibos…which for my international readers is a plant whose leaves are used to make what is essentially an herbal tea that is ridiculously popular in Southern Africa (Team Rooibos, yay!). Rooibos Extracts have long been known for the great benefits they provide for heart, skin and face, and hair too, so that is a major plus. I personally have noticed my hair is soft, nothing too drastic. I’d say overall its good enough for the price you pay.

Next time I think I’ll go for the Marula based products. Those sound super promising and also, anything that has Marula is always a winner.

You can read up more on the Africa Organics Line of Products here:

http://africaorganics.co.za/

“If you have only one smile in you give it to the people you love.”

October Beauty Buys!!!

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Hello lovelies! So in a moment of weakness, I purchased all sorts of fun beauty products, all of which I love so far. The only problem is how my bank balance keeps looking at me…oh well, that can’t be helped now can it? Lol.

So first of all, here is a list of everything I got:

Garnier Skin Natural’s Micellar Cleansing Water

Beauty Treats 24 colour matte eye shadow palette

LA Girl Lip Liners in Chocolate and Cocoa

NYX High Voltage lipstick in Dirty Talk

NYX Matte lipstick in the shade Maison

Elf Baked Bronzer in the shade Maui

Elf Small tapered Brush

Elf Stippling brush

And a couple of ELF lipglosses and eyeshadows.

So far I am pretty stoked with everything, though I havent actually used the lipglosses, the eye shdappw or the eye shadow palette. I am loving, loving the Dirty Talk lipstick, it is super moisturising, pigmented and gives you quite a lot of wear time. I swatched some of the eye shadows from the eyeshadow palette and I was super stoked to see how pigmented they are.

Oh and the LA Girl lip liners are incredibly creamy, love them! I have heard really great things about the Micellar water and once I’ve used it a few times I’ll definitely do a review post on it. It’s super affordable so I really want it to be great because I have had really bad experiences in the past with makeup removers.

So, now for some pictures…

Elf Baked Bronzer in Maui and Elf Small Tapered Brush

Elf Baked Bronzer in Maui and Elf Small Tapered Brush

NYX Lipsticks in Maison (left) and Dirty Talk (right)

NYX Lipsticks in Maison (left) and Dirty Talk (right)

LA Girl Lip Liners in Cocoa and Chocolate

LA Girl Lip Liners in Cocoa and Chocolate

Beuaty Treats 24 colour Matte Eye Shadow Palette

Beuaty Treats 24 colour Matte Eye Shadow Palette

Garnier SKin Naturals Micellar Cleansing Water N$79.95 at Clicks

Garnier Skin Naturals Micellar Cleansing Water

It’s one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself, to forgive. Forgive everybody.

~Maya Angelou

25 Ticks On Your Quarter Life Crisis Checklist

This is so deeply amazing!

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You dab that moisturizer on points of your face and apply it – slowly, silently – your eyes seemingly focused on that image of your face that is reflected in the mirror. It’s not about the effectiveness of this new product you’re trying that’s causing this blank stare though. In fact, your mind has gone haywire again with anxiety-provoking thoughts that have you unconsciously breathe deeply. That’s all you could do as you perform (for the nth time this year) a mental assessment of how you’re faring as a twenty-something adult in this fast and crazy world.

  • Have you gotten your dream job?
  • Have you tried pursuing (at least ) your dream job?
  • Have you opened a savings account in your name that really is for “saving”?
  • Do you consider yourself independent? Responsible? In all aspects?
  • Are you pleased with your current job? Does it give you fulfillment?
  • Have you…

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