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I'm delighted to be featuring today as part of The Musing of Ondo Lady's fabulous Be Beautiful special where I was invited to talk about some of the products that I use to make my day that little bit more beautiful. I umm'ed and ahh'ed over what to show you for longer than I'd care to admit. Let's just say, it was bordering on 'abnormal'. In the end, I decided that I pretty much love everything in my collection. I have limited space, so if I don't like a product - it ain't gonna stay in there for long! With that in mind, I grabbed a few items that I knew would make me perfectly presentable for that morning's scale and polish at the dentist. Pure glamour baby.
Ohhhh Elemis, your Pro Collagen Marine Cream is all I need to wear in bed to make me feel beautiful. I adore the scent, the way it softens my skin... it's a bloody shame about the price tag. What else... what else? If you can spend the day in relative comfort about how your skin looks, the rest is pure decoration. DHC's Velvet Skin Coat for priming combined with Dior Capture Totale Foundation and Bobbi Brown's Creamy Concealer is a dream team for my sleep deprived skin. I'm all about the neutrals and I love cream formulas so Benefit's Creaseless Cream Eye Shadow in RSVP makes a solid base for me. Add in a gentle dusting of E.L.F's bargainous Mineral Eye Shadow to define my eyes further and all that's needed is a slick of mascara. Illamasqua's Eye Brow Cake in Gaze does a great job at making my brows appear well-groomed without being obvious, it also makes for a good powder eyeliner in a pinch. Blusher is a product that I ignored for many years... I just couldn't get the hang of application. Now that I have, there's no stopping me and I impulse buy blushers like a woman possessed! One of my latest acquisitions is MAC's New Vibe Mineralize Duo, an intruiging mix of berry and bronze, it's true love. Lastly, lips! Despite the online moniker, I'm not a gloss girl... too sticky and gloopy! The new Revlon Colorburst lippies are pretty amazing and my favourite is Rosy Nude - lightweight, pigmented and easy to wear.You can read read Charlotte's blog here.
Tia Williams, 2006.One of the criticisms of Sex and the City was the sheer lack of Black people in the TV series. In a city as vibrant and diverse as The Big Apple it is pretty shocking that during the six years of the show that only a handful of African Americans appeared. Moreover there is and has always been a large contingent of African American women who live the Carrie Bradshaw life with the sassy girlfriends, designer labels and outings in hip bars and restaurants. The Accidental Diva tells the story of beautiful Billie Burke who has a great job as a beauty editor for the world’s leading magazine as well as an amazing circle of friends. Unfortunately her love life sucks, in fact the poor lady hasn’t had sex in five years. However, when she falls in love with Jay, an up and coming rapper from the wrong side of town her life is rocked to the core. The Accidental Diva was released back in 2004 to rave reviews and it was beauty journalist, Tia Williams' debut novel. Billie's lifestyle, ever so glam job and equally chic friends, it was no surprise that the book was dubbed the urban Sex and the City.
I was thrilled to be asked by Musings of Ondo Lady to contribute a few words on How I Get Pretty. So here it goes. I really believe in the power of a good night's rest. For me, this means five to six hours which I know isn't enough but if you have kids, you will understand. The days of eight hour beauty rests are a thing of my past. So I go with what I can get these days. I also believe in good skin care. In terms of skin care products, I wash my face religiously in the morning and in the evening with Lancome's Creme Mousse Confort Creamy Foaming Cleanser. I just started using this cleanser over a month ago and love it as I feel it really cleans my skin, especially after a long day. My skin feels great after I use it -- you don't get that tight feeling or feel like you stripped your skin of everything that's important. My moisturizer these days is Lancome's Bienfiet Multi-vital Moisturizer which has an SPF 30. This is also new to my repertoire and I love it. It's lightweight and works well under makeup. To remove eye-makeup I use Lancome's Bifacil, which is my HG makeup remover. Can't live without it.
My foundation alternates between Diorskin Nude Hydrating Makeup in 030 and NARS Sheer Glow in Fiji (which is not the right colour for me as I was incorrectly colour matched. grrr.) I set it with MAC MSF Medium Plus. On the days I remember, I conceal with MAC Select Moisture Cover in NW25. I then use NARS Laguna bronzer to contour and in the case of NARS Sheer Glow, add a bit more colour to my face. From here, I choose whatever strikes my fancy for the day. I usually start with the eyes, which tend to be neutrals. I don't do anything super dramatic and lately I have been sticking to only a wash of colour on my lids followed by mascara. The products du jour are Benefit's Birthday Suit and Ellis Faas Mascara. I'm a bit of a blush whore so this changes daily but this summer I've been favouring peachy-pinks like NARS Deep Throat. Then, of course it's lipstick and/or gloss. My new favorites are Burberry's lipstick in Dusty Rose and gloss in Blush. So there you have it. The products that I use to make myself 'pretty.' I honestly believe that beauty does come from within so I also believe you need surround yourself with positive energy, love and laugh a lot.
Below are the products that I use on a daily basis to make myself feel good. It includes a bit of skin care and a whole load of makeup. Lets talk about skincare first; I first cleanse my face with Clarins One Step Facial Cleanser. I then use Cellnique’s b-liv off with those heads serum, to avoid any breakouts or whiteheads. Liz Earle’s Skin Tonic I use before applying moisturiser to prep my skin and to hydrate it even furtherI love No 7’s Advanced Hydration Day Cream that leaves my face soft and supple and fully hydrated. You see a lot of face products there as I am obsessed with achieving ‘perfect’ looking skin without it looking caked up with foundation. I use No 7’s Stay Perfect foundation in Vanilla mixed with Revlon Skinlights Illuminator to achieve a luminous base.
I use a mix of MAC’s Moisture Cover Foundation and Milani’s Secret Cover Concealer to get rid of any under eye circles and spots. I simply cannot live without these two as they wake up my face like no other! A quick touch of MAC’s well Dressed Blusher is a must have, as it can give anyone that ‘just-jogged’ flush. It’s followed by Miner’s Tin o’Tint Lip Balm in Cherry to give me a lovely pout. Ysl’s Fard lumiere in Amethyst Grey is a gorgeous grey which is my on-the-go eye shadow. I have to put on my Dior Show Mascara without fail otherwise I feel my lashes look bare! MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack is a must have black gel liner. A touch of Eyeko’s Graffiti Eye Liner Pen in purple brightens the white’s of my eyes I feel. That neutral MAC quad is formed of All that glitters, Texture, Tete-o-Tint and Lancome’s couture intense and is my favourite quad without doubt. I cannot live without filling in my brows with Kryolan’s eye pencil in brown. A good primer for the eyes is essential and I would recommend ELF’s Mineral Eye Primer if you don’t want to make a hole in your wallet. I have recently become addicted to nail paints hence they are featured in my daily beauty must-haves. Above are Essie’s Coral Reef and NYC’s Uptown.