Here are some awesome products that you should have in your beauty arsenal this year
Personally, I’m a huge believer that our natural beauty comes first, and the enhancements come second. So while I love my winged eyeliner, smokey eyes, contoured cheeks and red lips, there’s nothing better than taking it all off at the end of the day and waking up the next morning with a clean and moisturised face! And because it’s always great to have the best of both worlds, here’s a mix of skincare and makeup must-haves, right here in our roundup of the top products you should stock up on for the year ahead.
‘Charlotte’s Magic Cream’ Treat & Transform Moisturizer
I know you must be thinking, “We’re all getting sweaty and oily anyway from the heat here in Singers, should we really be loading up on moisturiser?” The answer is yes! Most of the time, those of us who get very oily throughout the day are not moisturising enough, therefore causing the skin to compensate for the lack of hydration and spur the follicles to produce oil on overdrive. We’ll then get problems like clogged pores and blackheads from the excess oil, so what better way to tackle the root of the problem than to moisturise regularly and make the skin happy with all that hydration locked in? Charlotte Tilbury’s Magic Cream is a beauty community favourite, with it’s inclusion of hyaluronic acid and other youth-promoting ingredients that will not only keep your skin plump throughout the day, but wake the face up in the mornings with a gentle lifting effect. This is also great for mixing with some full-coverage foundation to create a sheer, glowing finish!
Find it: Available online at Nordstrom for $155.
Make Up For Ever So Divine
If you have the habit of sleeping with your makeup on, it’s time to leave that in 2015 and come into the new year with a better skincare mindset. The Make Up For Ever So Divine Moisturising Cleansing Cream is a thick lotion-like formula that removes every trace of makeup (no kidding, I saw this work on a full-face of halloween makeup in under five minutes!) so you’ll always head to bed with a squeaky clean face. Just massage a small amount into your skin, over the eyes and lips, and wipe off with a cotton pad and you’re good to go!
Find it: Available online at Luxola for $54.
Bioré UV Perfect Spray
Let’s face it girls – global warming is getting very real and we can definitely feel it right here in the equator. Don’t skimp on the SPF if you can’t imagine your skin quietly getting burnt by the sun! Bioré’s UV Perfect Spray is the best and easiest solution if you’re lazy about adding an extra layer of skincare to your regime. Mist it over before you start on your makeup and you’re set. The waterproof, sebum-absorbing formula is surprisingly light on the skin and won’t leave you feeling like you’ve slathered your face with conventional sunscreen, so multiple applications throughout the day will be a sitch.
Find it: Available at Guardian outlets for $9.90.
Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Champagne Pop
I’ll admit, getting on board the contouring game isn’t for the faint of heart, but if it’s one beauty trend you should be getting on, it’s highlighting. The Shimmering Skin Perfector in Champagne Pop, a highlighter that was the result of Becca Cosmetics’ collaboration with beauty YouTuber Jaclyn Hill, is arguably one of the most talked-about and coveted products of the last year! So when I found out this was available to us makeup-lovers in the little red dot, I was bouncing off the walls. The pigmented, warm shade suits almost every skin tone and just a little goes a long way. Consider dusting this on the top of your cheekbones, cupid’s bow and the very tip of the nose with a fan brush for a glamorous night out, or whenever you just need an added glow!
Find it: Available online at Luxola for $58.
Urban Decay Shadowbox
Make a resolution to be more bold in your makeup looks this year and invest in a kickass eyeshadow palette girls! One that has a mix of both neutral, everyday shades and daring, punchy colours like the Urban Decay Shadowbox is a winner for all your eye makeup needs. Naked who?
Find it: Available at Sephora for $52.
TheBalm Meet Matt(e) Hughes in Committed
Nude lipstick is a product that can take you through any occasion. Be it at work, a party, a date, night out with the girls or even a family dinner, slick on your best barely-there lip colour and you’ll definitely have compliments coming you way. The liquid lipstick trend is one to stay, and for good reason! Easy to apply and long-wearing, you might never look at traditional bullet lipstick tubes ever again once you try these babies out. TheBalm’s Meet Matt(e) Hughes in Committed is the perfect shade to suit every makeup look, and is comfortable on the lips without any of that drying texture some liquid lipsticks tend to give.
Find it: Available at Sephora for $26.
L’Oreal Paris Elseve Extraordinary Oil
Frizzy hair, don’t care? It’s time you pay a little more attention to your tresses if you’ve been neglecting them! A small amount of the Elseve Extraordinary Oil from L’Oreal Paris will tame your frizzy flyaways without weighing your hair down or making your strands feel greasy. Plus, its additional UV filter will also keep sun damage at bay. Perfect for those days when your mane just isn’t cooperating!
Find it: Available at Watsons for $26.90.