Make-up inspiration: Kate Bosworth

kate-bosworth-1Doesn’t Kate Bosworth just have the best lip shades? Ranging from rosy, neutrals and peaches to bright pinks, coral, borderline neon shades and my personal favourite- raspberry. She proves that fair skin tones can also play with different lip colours. I wish I had all of these lipsticks!

PS- Her flawless complexion does make it easier to carry off all these shades. Envious!

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Displaying your make-up

253186810271541015_TIymQmMk_cDisplaying your make-up and cutex on your bathroom counter or drawer can be both functional and beautiful, provided you follow a few basic rules.

  1. Display only the necessities- those you use on a daily basis, otherwise it will only gather dust and add clutter. Store less frequently used items in a make-up bag or in a drawer for when needed.
  2. Keep everything organized according to purpose and colour. It will make it easier to find what you are looking for and look more streamlined.
  3. Use beautiful display trays in Lucite for a minimalist look or use metallics and other finishes to create more of a focus point. I store my cutex selection in a re-purposed Ferrerro Roche chocolate box (pictured above).
  4. Brushes and mascara’s are easy to store in an upright position in pretty glasses, small vases and even empty candle glasses.
  5. Add fresh flowers and beautiful lighting to help create a calm and pretty atmosphere for you to enjoy.


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Trend Report: Pretty in Pink

Hot pink seems to be the colour of the season. It is universally flattering on all skin tones. Pair it with black for a more grown-up approach and ditch the Barbie effect by avoiding a look that is too matchy-matchy.If you aren’t as keen to invest in the look, why not try it on your lips like these celebs did? It is sure to make you feel pretty!

Here are a few of my favourite items to incorporate the trend.

I love this summer colour! Will you be incorporating it into your wardrobe? I have and am still looking out for other items in this colour!

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Summer Beauty Essentials

1. The Body Shop Strawberry Body Polish (R99):  This leaves skin feeling smooth and moisturized to create the perfect canvass for your tan, whether real or fake. This product also smell good enough to eat.

2. Neutrogena Oil-Free Moisturiser (R80): For me a moisturizer with an SPF is an essential and this one is perfect. It is  absorbed quickly and leaves my skin feeling soft and nourished.

3. Clinique Blush in Precious Peony(R250): I prefer to skip the bronzer and just add a brighter, more vibrant sheer version of my winter blusher in the summer. This pretty colour instantly brightens my skin whilst the fact that it is sheer makes it easier to apply.

4. Essence Lash & Brow Gel (R30): This is one of those products I can’t live without as I have bushy, unruly brows. With a single swipe of brow gel I can easily create perfectly styled brows with a slight sheen. The best part of it is that it keeps my brows in place.

5. Essie Canyon Coral (R99): Nail trends come and go, but I find that season after season I am constantly drawn to shades of coral. Essie creates the best variety with great quality to boot. This season’s favourite is a pink-red coral that is slightly lumo.

6. Chanel Chance eu Tendre: I find that in the summer months I often forgo perfume as it can be overpowering combined with all the other scented products I use. When I do however decide to wear a fragrance, this one is my summer go to. It is a clean, sweet and innocent floral that is exactly how I wish I smelt after a bath. It is fun and flirty whilst light enough not to be overpowering.

7. Tresemme Naturals Sweet Orange Shampoo (R75): I have been in hair heaven ever since I discovered this shampoo. Lower sulfate levels means that it isn’t as harsh at cleansing as others might be. It leaves my hair feeling soft, strong and clean. The amazing smell is a bonus as it lingers in your bathroom!

8. Dove Summer Glow for Fair to Medium Skin (R34): My skin is rather fair, so I find it difficult to find a self tan that doesn’t leave me orange. This one is perfect for use at the beginning of the season and it is also great for making your natural tan last. I cheat a bit and apply this over my slight natural tan to intensify the look without all the risk factors of extra hours in the sun.

9. Nivea Sun Screen Light Feeling SPF 30 (R90): AS I mentioned above, I’ve got pale dry skin. So a few minutes in the sun can transform me into a lobster. I always wear an SPF of at least 30 when I know that I will be spending time outdoors. This one from Nivea is one of the more affordable ranges that is widely available and it isn’t as greasy as some of the others I’ve used.

10. Clinique Chubby Stick in Chunky Cherry (R205): During the peak of summer I tend to skip foundation and all other forms of make-up. All I need is a slick of sheer colour and this year Clinique’s Chubby Sticks will be replacing my trusted Strawberry Labello. It has all of the moisture with more colour whilst still feeling sheer. With such a delicious range of colours to choose from, it was difficult picking just one.

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Runway Report: All About Eyes

Spring/Summer 2013 certainly is the season to experiment with eye make-up! From bright pink at Donna Karren and Marimekko to teal at Kate Spade and Monique Lhullier. This season one thing is clear: go bright or go black! Blusher is optional.

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