As warmer weather approaches and we are nearing Spring, I find myself desperately clinging to anything remotely ‘Winter-y’. By now you should know Winter is my favourite season, there is nothing quite like snuggling under a cozy duvet while watching YouTube videos / your favourite series (by the way, I watched Pretty Little Liars seasons 1 to 6 these past few weeks) and sipping on a cup of hot frothy coffee. I recently discovered the Woolworths Cinnamon flavour ground coffee and their Chocolate flavour ground coffee. Holy mackerel, both are delicious! I’m not a fan of chocolate, but I love the dark chocolate infusion in the ground coffee beans. If you love your flavoured coffees, but still want something that actually tastes like quality coffee – check out the Cinnamon one here, and the Chocolate one here.
Ok, getting back to makeup… During Winter I like to stick to fairly natural and glow-y makeup looks, and this is the time when I experiment with different types of cream and liquid products. I find I can’t really use a lot of cream-based products during the Summer months, because I have combination skin (oily T-zone) and it can sometimes look a bit too dewy. Another reason why I like to use cream and liquid products, is because my skin tends to look a bit dry, dull and lacklustre during the colder months. So I like to ditch the heavy stuff and opt for only the products that highlight, luminize, and enhance my natural radiance (a good BB cream is a must-have in my opinion).
Today I used a very special eyeshadow palette to create this natural rose glow makeup look (along with a few other top notch products) – if you would like to check out my ‘Review – L.A. Girl Beauty Brick Nudes vs. Urban Decay Naked 3’ blog post, then click here. In that blog post I give you the lowdown on how similar this affordable palette is, compared to the Urban Decay Naked 3 palette (I own both), plus there are comparison swatches too.
I didn’t create a dramatic eyeshadow look, because I wanted to keep it soft, natural and feminine as that’s the type of look I have been into lately. All in all, I think the L.A. Girl Beauty Brick eyeshadow palettes are incredible quality for the price.
I’m all about highlighting at the moment, and I like to layer a liquid / cream highlighter with a powder – this ensures longevity, plus adds an extra pop of luminosity. The liquid highlighter I used for this look is from Topshop (the L’Oréal Magic Lumi Light Infusing Primer is also a great option), what I like about liquid versions is that you can mix them with your favourite foundation to give a dewy all-over glow, or use it over foundation on your cheekbones (or anywhere else) to reflect light in all the right places.
If you don’t want your whole face to glow because your skin might be on the oilier side, highlight your cheekbones with only a powder highlighter to add a subtle glow.
Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser (to prime my face, now available in South Africa at Dis-Chem and Clicks)
Human + Kind 5-in-1 BB Cream – Light To Medium (loving this at the moment, if you find the Sorbet BB cream in ‘Light’ is still too dark for you – then this one might be what you’re looking for)
MAC Select Cover-Up Concealer – NW25 (for my panda dark circles)
Catrice Re-Touch Light-Reflecting Concealer (to highlight the rest of my face)
Clinique Sculpting Contour Chubby Stick – Curvy Contour (to contour my cheeks, nose and forehead & blended out using a damp Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge)
Topshop All Over Glow Liquid Illuminator (dabbed onto my cheekbones, above the arch of my brows, tip of the nose, cupid’s bow and chin using a damp Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge)
Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder – 001 Transparent (to set my under eye concealer, and mattify my forehead)
Essence Sun Club Matt Bronzing Powder – Blondes (to bronze the perimeters of the face)
MAC Mineralize Blush – Gentle (a beautiful plum-tinged pink with fine gold shimmers)
Physicians Formula Mineral Glow Pearls Powder (to add a bit more highlight the cheekbones, tip of the nose and chin – it is such a beautiful silky powder that creates an airbrushed, luminous glow)
MAC Brow Pencil – Lingering
Catrice Eyebrow Filler Brow Gel
L.A. Girl PRO Eyeshadow Primer – Nude (used to prime the lids and conceal any redness / discoloration)
Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder – 001 Transparent (to lightly set the primer making blending of the eyeshadows I place on top a bit easier)
L.A. Girl Beauty Brick Nudes Eyeshadow Palette:
Shade #2 (a matte mauve shade, blended into the crease)
Shade #4 (a darker matte mauve shade, blended into the lower crease area)
Shade #3 (a stunning rose gold shimmer shade, placed onto the entire lid)
Shade #1 (a matte off-white shade, used to highlight the brow bone and inner corner)
Shade #11 (a smoky black shimmer with rosy red micro-shimmer, applied to the upper lash line to smoke it out)
The Body Shop Velvet Gel Eyeliner Pencil – Black (to tightline upper lash line)
Shade #2 (blended along the lower lash line)
Maybelline One By One Volum’ Express Mascara – Black
MAC Lustre Lipstick – Syrup
I then set my makeup using the NYX Dewy Finish Makeup Setting Spray.
Whoop! Whoop! I bought an extra L.A. Girl Beauty Brick Nudes palette AND an L.A. Girl Beauty Brick Smoky palette just for YOU! Both these palettes are limited edition, and literally flew off the shelves when Dis-Chem imported them a couple of months ago.
The Smoky palette contains an array of cool-toned greys, blues, bronzes and deep navy shades – perfect for creating sultry eyeshadow looks.
Here’s how you can enter to win the L.A. Girl Beauty Brick Palettes (but remember to enter through the Rafflecopter widget, otherwise your entries won’t be valid):
Please remember: You don’t HAVE to do all of the above – if you’d only like to leave a comment below, then your entry will still be valid. The other ones are there so that you can gain more entries for the giveaway.
The giveaway is open to South African residents only.
A winner will be chosen on the 26th of August 2015 & I will announce the winner on Twitter, Facebook and on the Rafflecopter widget.