Skin Care

Worth the Splurge: BB & CC Cream

Channel CC Cream and Dior BB CreamOMG girls! After months (possibly even years – cue inner diva) I’ve finally (for now) found the ultimate in make-up magnificence!

Alliterative creams—beauty balms (BB) and colour correcting (CC) — have been around for, like, ever. Yet, I’ve only recently discovered how amazing they are! A (CC) cream has the distinctive property of targeting discoloration, whilst also treating uneven skin tone it vaunts the power of a (BB) Cream which serves as an all-in-one foundation, moisturiser, primer, as well as a SPF. Specifications and properties tend to vary from brand to brand, but I’ve found what I believe to be the pinnacle in both these categories.

Chanel (CC) Cream

Great for dry skin, Chanel’s creamy formula includes hyaluronic acid to fight fine lines while providing maximum hydration. It cancels out some of the redness and minimizes the visibility of my blemishes, although I still need to use a concealer. My skin is subsequently left with a slight luminous glow and visibly reduced pores. The texture is semi-matte but luminous. I’m also lucky enough to find a shade (Beige 10) to match my fair skin tone perfectly (a victory in its own right). This product comes with a hefty price tag, but it’s texture, buildable coverage and noteworthy properties have me mesmerised.

Dior Hydra Life (BB) Cream

Ladies, allow me to introduce Hydra Life (BB) Cream, a moisturising, sublimating and protective BB cream that breathes youthfulness and beauty into the skin. Its fresh texture, subtle color, reveals a velvety skin, without imperfections, that radiates naturalness. It adds the moisturising and anti-aging power of Dior’s classic Hydra Life line, in addition to combining the properties of a unifying make-up base that reveals unparalleled luminosity. A product that corrects the imperfections and irregularities of the surface, unifies the tone and sublimates the luminosity to instantly reveal a perfectly smooth and velvety skin, without defects. Skin is protected encapsulating all its freshness which reveals in a lasting way a vibrant youthful beauty. What more could I possibly say!? Perfection…

Almost… So close, but yet so far… The lightest shade 001 LUMINOUS BEIGE – *Rolls Eyes* is way too dark for my complexion… Can you hear the violins??? *Sigh*

Once again this is not a cheap product, however – if you’re not a whiter shade of pale – like moi it’s unquestionably a winner!

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Top 5 Benefit Products Pictured

Today’s post is dedicated to one of my favourite makeup brands – Benefit Cosmetics. Here in South Africa we’re lucky enough to welcome this brand back to our motherland, after being pulled from shelves back in 2012. Therefore, to celebrate, I round up my Top 5 favourite products. Benefit relaunched in July 2015 and is available at selected Edgars and Red Square stores. (more…)

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Interview with Cape Town Veteran Makeup Artist, David Sharp

I recently sat down with my friend, and veteran professional makeup artist David Sharp. He is celebrating his 15th year in the beauty industry and is currently the top Artist for Lancôme South Africa. Throughout his career, he has learned and experienced so much and I’m delighted to share his words of wisdom with you.

Veteran Makeup Artist, David Sharp holding brush - Photographed by Michael MacLachlan
David Sharp – Photographed by Michael MacLachlan
Wow! 15 years of makeup and beauty experience under your belt! How does it feel?

It feels good! I’ve accomplished A LOT in 15 years! I’ve learned so many things, and I still have loads more to learn! I think that now I have a lot to give back! The industry has changed quite a bit, in terms of how people perceive beauty. I somehow feel that the media can be misogynistic from time to time. Women are constantly bombarded by edited, flawless versions of celebrities, models, etc. Therefore, I’m here to reassure women that it’s perfectly normal to have these (perceived) flaws, and that I’m not here to change the way they look – I’m here to enhance their best features.

When did you know a career in beauty was your passion?

I never imagined I would become a make-up artist as I actually started my career as a hairstylist! Consequently, I opted for a change into retail where I worked for Lancôme – 13 years ago. It’s actually after being chosen to work on the Miss SA pageant in 2004/2005 that the artist bug bit and I’ve never looked back.

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