So by now, I’m sure most of you know that I’m a huge Smashbox fan! (You can see some of my Smashbox favourites here and here. ) They are definitely one of my favourite beauty brands available in South Africa, if not one of my favourite beauty brands available anywhere! So I was completely thrilled (like jumping up and down for joy type thrilled!) when I received a bunch of products from the new Smashbox Limited Edition “Love Me” Collection which I had already been eyeing with total lust! I received the products on the day I was leaving for a holiday (Which is also why I haven’t blogged in a while.) so I packed them with me and used the heck out of them while I was away! … Which means you can get the full scoop on the collection and my reviews here.
There is something about red lipstick that can add instant glamour to any outfit! I don’t know about you but when I think ‘glamour’, red lips is one of the first things that always comes to mind! … they just seem to go hand in hand! Which is why I truly believe every girl should have the perfect red lipstick for those days when you want an instant pick me up and/or to ‘wow’ all those who come in sight of you. I actually found this one a few weeks ago and have been addicted to it ever since! It’s the Smashbox ‘Be Legendary’ lipstick in the colour ‘Legendary’ … and let’s just say the name sums it up pretty well!
What started out as a trend that everybody thought would soon turn into a fad doesn’t seem to be going anywhere! … I think people love the Ombre look because, besides being very low maintenance, it allows people to play with colours while keeping the colour that’s most flattering for your complexion near your face! Although Ombre started out as a trend around two years ago, it is now starting to be seen as a more mainstream look as regular women all over the world (not just celebrities and trend setters) are embracing the look. According to Yahoo News “2013 is the year the ‘Ombre Hair Trend’ will become the definitive look, as more and more women try Decolour Ombre kits at home”. Personally, I am thrilled about this as I started out with a subtle Ombre look last year and I am no where close to wanting to retire the trend!
One of the hottest makeup trends of the season is wearing a vampy matte plum shade of lipstick … And I just realised that I love it! Although dark, vampy colours like this have a reputation to look ‘goth-ish’, if it’s worn right it doesn’t have to look gothic at all! I didn’t really get into the trend until now because it’s currently summer here in South Africa and plum lipsticks are more of a fall/winter trend … But then I did my Skyfall Bond Girl Makeup Tutorial and I realized that the colour is perfect for a hot evening look whether it’s winter or not! … Which also makes it perfect for the holidays!
I love Bond movies and one of the things I like the most about Bond Movies is to see the Bond Girls’ looks! In fact, seeing what the Bond Girls are wearing and how they do their hair and makeup is sometimes my favourite parts of the movies! … I saw Skyfall about two weeks ago on the opening night here in South Africa and actress Bérénice Marlohe who played the Bond Girl ‘Severine’ definitely did NOT disappoint! I was in complete ‘awe’ of how absolutely stunning she looked! … Everything from her gorgeous gown to her hair and of course … her makeup! She had an absolutely gorgeous sultry version of a ‘reverse smoky eye’ which is a huge makeup trend for 2013 and is a perfect look for holiday parties! So of course I had to try it! This is how I got the look.
One of the major makeup trends for Spring/Summer 2013 that is actually very wearable right now and is perfect for the holiday season is wearing a pop of bright matte colour on the lips … whether it’s hot pink, coral or red! I personally love this trend and find it to be one of the easiest, prettiest makeup looks that when worn with the right eye makeup can be worn during the day and at night! … So I thought I would show you guys how I wear a bright lip colour, taking it from a day look to an evening look.
During the hot and sweaty days of summer most of us want nice glowing skin without heavy looking makeup and of course makeup that lasts … because heat, sweat and humidity are usually not very makeup friendly! Also fun brighter colours that work with our skin tone are usually more welcomed during the summer than the more toned down dark colours that we wear during the colder months. Oh and don’t forget, SPF! … Very important! Since Summer is well on it’s way here in Cape Town and South Africa, I thought I would share my 8 summer makeup ‘must haves’ that I find help to easily achieve the perfect summer glow that lasts, protects and looks pretty!
I love statement necklaces and since they’ve been ‘in’ for a while now, when shopping it seem like there are absolutely gorgeous ones everywhere you look! … And if you’re anything like me you probably want them all! Sometimes it can be a bit overwhelming and if you’ve started a collection of your own it can be quite time consuming to try and choose the perfect one to go with your outfit every time you get dressed! From my own little collection, I’ve noticed that I seem to have five statement necklaces from which at least one will go with almost any outfit that I put on! So I thought I would share them with you guys … maybe it can help narrow down your decisions when shopping or choosing which ones to wear too!