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The Best in Beauty: March 2014

March 17
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Cleanser: Aurelia Probiotic Skincare Miracle Cleanser

I’ve been hearing so much about this cleanser that I had to start using it… To give you some brief on the product, it includes BioOrganic ingredients with chamomile, eucalyptus, rosemary and bergamote – a Creamy and rich product without being too heavy. It removes make up, impurities while it hydrates and gives your skin a glow. It’s used to remove with a muslin cloth that it comes with to help exfoliate the dead cells. Being a rich cleanser, it can be used with all skin types.

Available at net-a-porter.com

Moisturizer: Caudalie Vinosource Moisturizing Matifying Fluid

This is the kind of moisturiser I only like using – light weight, hydrates and controls the shine. This oil-free product, which is made out of Organic Grape water and rax seed powder is perfect under foundation during the day. The perfect day moisturiser to hydrate combination skin.

CC Cream: Chanel CC cream

I recently gave up on the CC cream as I’ve been hunting for a good one, and never found it. Till I came across this Chanel one that is… The Chanel CC cream was one of the most awaited CC cream in the beauty market and can I say it stayed true to the hype. It smells amazing, feels good on the skin, gives the amount of coverage you’d want from something in between a tinted moisturiser and foundation as well as a hydrated dewy finish. Thank you Chanel!

BB Cream: Human+Kind BB cream

First of all, let me start by saying if you aren’t familiar with Human+Kind, do check them out – no sulfates, parabens or the bad things within. The first time I used this BB cream, I was slightly put off when I felt like the BB cream dried up very quickly, but I realised it had a better application with a brush. Perfect to use instead of a foundation during the day – great coverage. I like the darker shade for a natural tan.

Base: Clarins Instant Light Radiance Boosting Complexion Base

Love me anything that adds radiance to my skin. This new product by Clarins illuminates, corrects and is part make up, part skincare. Hydrates the skin and nourishes with its plant extracts. I love applying it alone on the skin during the day to add a glow or under the foundation to give off a radiant effect. Not to mention it smells good too…

Loose powder: Bassam Fattouh Loose fix powder

For foundations, I like applying a liquid one – In order to make sure my skin doesn’t smear, and the fact that it is blotted well before applying my powders (bronzers to illuminators), I need to make sure I dust on a loose powder. I’m currently using this fab one by Haifa Wehbe’s make up artist, Bassam Fattouh. The powder is a light, transparent loose powder that mattifies the skin after applying the foundation. It’s white so make sure to only dust a little bit on your skin.  Love how it also smells of baby powder (made out of Talc).

Foundation: Make up for Ever High Definition Foundation

With events and shoots, I have to make sure I choose my foundation wisely. I’ve been hearing a lot about this one from Make up For Ever, and I only got the chance to get my hands on one. High coverage, doesn’t feel too heavy, as mentioned within the name – it’s also High definition – great for shoots and pictures. Best of all? oil fee and gives your skin a flawless and natural finish.

Blush: MAC Mineralize Blush in ‘Lured to Love’

Anything natural coloured I love… This Blush in a pink coral shade is so beautiful, natural, feels lovely on the skin, and is long lasting. Not to mention I love a good powder blush and you can count on MAC for a lovely pigmented one. This joins my list of favourite blushers.

Illuminator: Guerlain meteorites in 2 clair

A classic from Guerlain’s make up collection that they recently reformulated the product as well as the packaging and I’m a fan. Perfect as a subtle illuminator – rather than putting my brush in and applying it over make up, I like breaking the balls and using the highlighter on my brow bones and high cheeks. Why do Guerlain products smell so good?

Pressed powder: Max Factor Powder puff

Max Factor recently re launched their star product, the powder puff and if you’re looking for an amazing pressed powder, this is it. A product from 1953, a vintage glam make up scent that is light and compact that I like applying over foundation. It just gives my skin that fresh and glam finish…

Concealer: Bourjois healthy mix concealer

Don’t you love finding a fab drugstore buy? I’ve recently started using this concealer by Bourjois. Creamy, light, high coverage and you don’t need much of the product per usage. It adds a lovely radiance and anti-fatigue due to it’s fruit therapy (Apricot for radiance and Raspberry for micro circulation).

Day Smokey eye: Bobbi Brown Nude Eye Palette

Pigment wise, Bobbi Brown do some great shadows. For a light day smokey eye, I love this limited edition palette which has a mix of a light nude, light beige and light grey. Perfect for a day smokey, that can be built up with darker shades for night.

Eyebrow pencil: Sephora long lasting brow pencil

If you’re looking for a good brow pencil, check this one out by Sephora. A perfect shade for all dark brows, it Comes with a brush on the lid and is fab for filling brows.

Lash glue: Huda Beauty

Dubai’s beauty guru, Huda Kattan of Huda Beauty has just launched her lash glue (as she took her time to launch the perfect one.) The black colour helps hide away that annoying white glue colour and holds the lashes well without giving a foul odour.

Mascara: Too Faced Better than sex mascara

Hilarious name… My new favourite smokey eye mascara. An intense shade of black, volumizing, without clumping up the lashes. The formula, which is infused with collagen really gives your lashes that glamour push you need. Also looks great without any make up on.

Gel Liner: MAC Fluidline Eye-Liner Gel in black track

For the past year, the only gel liner I’ve been using is the Bobbi Brown one and haven’t seemed to welcome any new ones. This one by MAC is a new favourite among my Bobbi Brown ones. The gel texture makes it a lot easier to apply but still adds precision to the liner rather than getting smudged and stays on all day. A smokey eye essential.

Lipstick: ILIA

I usually like to apply a lip balm on my lips before applying any lipstick but I’ve recently discovered the lipsticks by ILIA, which are feel good lipsticks. I’ve recently been using a subtle honey colour called ‘Humble Me’ and a bright pink called ‘Neon Angel’. The lipsticks are infused with Cocoa butter, Vitamin E, rose hip oil and Jojoba oil. Not only do they give such beautiful tinted shades, they feel good on the lips. Double win.

The brand is available on beingcontent.com and net-a-porter.com & retails for £22

Lip Balm: Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour cream Intensive lip repair cream

With the chilly weather and the AC indoor, it’s easy for our skin especially our lips to get majorly dehydrated – this has been a gem. Highly moisturizing and feels great on the lips whilst adding a moisture barrier to the skin.

Nude lip liner: MAC pro Longwear lip pencil Staunchly Stylish 

My pick for the ultimate nude liner – long lasting, on point shade of nude, rich that it glides on easily, and last but not least – feels good on the lips.

Perfume: Roberto Cavalli Acqua

I love Roberto Cavalli’s perfumes so once the Aqua version came out, I had to stop and check it out. In addition to the classic perfume’s Floral and white floral notes, this has a strong main accord of Aqua, which makes it perfect as a day, as well as a summery scent – yet still being strong enough if you don’t like something light and fruity. My favourite fragrance this month..

Body Oil: L’Occitane Body & Hair Fabulous Oil

I prefer oils to creams, but prefer to only use oils after the shower. I recommend this one by L’Occitane which can be used on the body as well as the hair (but will still prefer my Kerastase Elixir for the hair.) A body oil locks in the moisture with nourishing benefits – not to mention this smells lovely and doesn’t grease up everything. The product is sans Parabens and sulfates, & made out of shea oil and plant oils such as sunflower, baobab and carrot seed – the shea oil subtle scent definitely comes out!

Dry Shampoo: Kerastase Powder Bluff

I make sure I always have a good dry shampoo on me and my new favourite would have to be Kerastase from their new styling range. Not only does it smell good, I love that it has NO white residue (yay!) and adds this amazing texture and volume to the hair after spraying it on.

Leave in Hair Cream: AmazonKeratin Leave-in hair cream

I’m not usually a fan of leave in hair creams, and prefer oils and serums. I love using this one before I blow dry my hair due to the fact that it has a thermal protector, not to mention the nourishing Argan Oil (which makes my hair smell delicious!)

Hair Mask: Original & Mineral Power base Protein Masque

I’m currently loving Australian hair care brands (have an obsession with Kevin Murphy) and I’ve just started using the protein hair masque from Original & Mineral. The brand is great for coloured hair, and now that I’ve gotten the ombre, I need to really take care of my ends. The creamy masque hydrates the hair, has wheat protein to bind the broken strands where the sweet almond and apricot kernel oil add the natural shine back into the hair.

  • http://www.isutave.com isutave

    some awesome findings….will try them soon!

    thanks!

  • Samantha Robbins

    you certainly know how to keep yourself well groomed, and loved your choices too,