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Hey! I'm Michaela, and I write a fashion/beauty/lifestyle blog over at "Where is my mind?" Yep, took that name straight from the Pixie's song.
I'm really excited (and flattered!) that Jasmine asked me to guest post for her today, and share with you guys my must-have beauty items.
When I was thinking about what to include on this list, I decided to choose products that are easy to use and get inspiration from if you're new to this whole warpaint make-up thing.
Mascara is very much a personal decision a girl has to make. Everyone has their own lash ‘issues’, so the first step in choosing the mascara that’s right for you is to identify what your ‘issue’ is and how you’d like to correct it. Personally, my lashes are blonde and thin so when I look for mascara I search for terms such as “volumising” and “blackest black”. I absolutely adore the ‘volume express’ range from Maybelline and swear by their mascaras in the photo above. Another thing to consider is whether you have oily eyelids or cry a lot, in which case you might want a waterproof mascara.
This is such a broad territory to cover. If you’re new to make-up, I cannot recommend Stila’s ‘In the Light’ palette enough. The colours are neutral enough to wear on a day to day basis, with plenty of darker colours for a night out. The reason why I recommend this palette over all others for beginners is because it contains a 6-look guide! It tells you exactly how to apply the colours and where, which can be really helpful if you’re easily overwhelmed by too many choices.
Eye Brush Set
The first set of eye brushes I ever bought was the Ecotools eye starter set from Priceline, about 5 years ago. The brushes are still going strong, and I still love them to bits. These are a great starter set for someone new to applying eyeshadow because on the base they state what the brush is for (highlight, crease, blend, etc). Once you have familiarised yourself with them you can branch out and experiment by buying single brushes or using them differently. Better still, the brushes are completely eco-friendly! Keeping you, and the world beautiful!
Blush is another one of those scary make-up products that newbies are usually scared of. ‘But I don’t wanna look like a clown!!’ I hear you cry. After you even out your skintone with foundation, your face can end up looking a bit ‘flat’ – blush helps to bring some dimension back, and draw attention to your eyes and cheekbones. This NARS blush in Deep Throat is a really nice pink which suits almost every skintone.
Jasmine once told me she’s only applied sunscreen very few times in her life. Cue my shock and horror. As a
ghost lady with fair complexion, sunscreen is really important to me. Apart from preventing melanomas, it also helps to prevent ageing. I love this Neutrogena Ultra Sheer sunscreen (now in SPF 50+ as well for you hardcore sun-avoiders) and apply it all over my face and décolletage after washing my face in the morning. Here’s a secret that might shock you; even if your foundation or BB cream or tinted moisturiser says it contains SPF, it’s very unlikely you apply enough of the product to make any difference at all. Don’t skimp on the sunscreen!
This face masque by Sukin is an absolute, holy grail item for me. Made from red clay this stuff sucks all of the gunk out of your pores, leaving them fresh and clean. Not only is this a great way to relax after a busy week, but your skin will appreciate the deep cleanse. Added bonus: Sukin is an Aussie company, vegan friendly and their products contain no harsh chemicals (no parabens, no sulphates, etc etc)
They say the true way to tell a woman’s age is by looking at her hands. I’m prepared to stay young forever, and I use hand creams to help me out in my quest. This Shea Butter formula from Palmer’s is a great product to own; if you’re prone to scaly elbows and knees this is great for there too, as well as for the scaly-ness you get under your nose when you have a cold.
Lip Balms and Stains and Butters oh my!
Lip products are probably my favourite of all the beauty products out there. I’m sure there is something Freud would say about that. Anyway, you must have a lip balm in your collection. I personally love Maybelline’s Baby Lips, Burt’s Bees lip balms (really protective as well as moisturising) and of course, my trusty blue Blistex (perfect for sunburnt lips). Revlon have also done amazingly well in the lip product department lately, bringing out both their lip butters and balm stains. The lip butters are the perfect mix between lipstick and lipbalm so if you’re a bit nervous about venturing into the realm of coloured lips these are perfect. The lip stains are also great for newbies – they provide colour without you needing to worry about re-applying every few hours. Unlike traditional lip stains, these won’t dry your lips out.
So there you have it! My top beauty must haves! Thanks again so much to Jasmine for letting me steal her readers for a while. :-)
Tuesday, 5 February 2013
I generally love everything that comes out of Kikki K and this bag is no exception. I love genuine leather products and this bag seems so perfect in terms of shape, size and design. Having the perfect bag helps me stay on track because it means that I can find everything that I need and I feel good carrying it.
So technically this wouldn't necessarily help me stay on track but lately I've been feeling a real desire to get myself another DSLR and unleash my creative juices (you're welcome). Whilst I love my little point and shoot and would not swap it for the world, I feel like it's time that I have both options available to me. I've done a lot of research and think this is the perfect camera for where I'm at right now. It would also allow me to grow creatively and perhaps open doors for me on the path I want to be on.
Fisher Infinium Space Pen
Sunday, 3 February 2013