Tarryn – Bridal

Here are some pictures of the lovely Tarryn, who married Nathan up in the Drakensburg in Kwazulu Natal.

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Get Your Halo On

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It’s product review time and in today’s post I will be talking about the wonder of Smashbox Halo Hydrating Perfecting Powder. If, like me, you are not a fan of liquid or cake makeup then this product may just about change your life!

As you can see in the picture, the foundation is in powder form and one of the massive pros of this product is the ability to turn the top of the compact and loosen only the required amount of powder. Sure you can do this with tubes and pump bottles but this compact has a higher cool factor.

Fancy packaging aside, I am well impressed with this foundation. I use it successfully for both day and glamorous night applications.
During the day after my moisturiser and sunblock, I apply some BB cream to areas that need a little extra coverage and then I apply a light covering of Halo powder all over the face with a large powder brush. You can use a kabuki brush if you need more coverage. There is no heavily made up or cakey look to my skin, which maintains a healthy glow and is precisely what I am after; especially in the humid summer we are about to hit in Durban.

The only products I add if I am going for a more glamorous night application are a primer and an under eye concealer.
Primer as we have discussed previously, is an essential tool that you need to have in your makeup arsenal and using it over a BB cream makes the halo powder glide onto the skin and gives a near flawless appearance.*
*This of course depends on the condition of your blank canvas.

For night I use a bronzer to contour my face, adding back some dimension that can be lost under a heavier makeup application and artificial lighting.

I am so impressed with Halo powder that it’s now a permanent fixture in my makeup bag. The cost of the product (ZAR625 at Woolworths) is tempered by how long it lasts. I am more than 6 months into my compact without any signs of it coming to an end. I am told you can expect it to last in the region of between 8 to 12 months, of course depending on how much you use. If you need more coverage I would suggest using Halo powder in conjunction with a foundation or it will prove to be rather costly to keep using.

I give this product a 10/10, it wears very well, lasts more than 6 months, is easy to work with, gives the skin a gorgeous finish and primer makes this product truly glorious.

Lauren – Bridal

Lauren was a delightful and easy going bride. Lauren is not someone who wears a lot of make up in her day to day life, so we decided to keep it simple with neutral tones and glowing skin. Lauren was also certain that she didn’t want a coloured lip, so I chose for her eyes a trio of pearl, gold and chocolate and lined only the upper lid opting for a quintessentially natural yet classic look to compliment her chic and elegant wedding dress and theme.
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Janine – Vodacom Durban July

Special occasion make up for the Vodacom Durban July which remains one of my favourite occasions on the Durban social calendar.

Working with Janine was lots of fun, she is vivacious and obviously beautiful. She had no idea what she was wearing for the July right up until the day she flew to Durban and borrowed this gorgeous yellow creation from her friend, whom I also did make up for on the day. We quickly decided to use the turquoise on her dress in her eye make up and created a smokey turquoise eye look that would go from day into night. The turquoise accentuated her icy blue eyes and a fixing spray ensured that Janine was camera ready well into the night.

Janine’s friend, Tori, had a definite yet simple request with a smoked liner on her upper lid and a neutral lip. Tori has blue eyes and the dark, smokey liner used made her eyes truly pop but didn’t overwhelm her face.

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