Chanel Holiday Collection 2014

It’s that time of year when the holiday collections start coming out, and they usually include something extra special. In the case of Chanel’s Plumes Precieuses collection it’s probably the camelia de plumes powder in platine. I’m not particularly keen on a platinum silver highlight myself, but look at the gorgeous design on this thing! Chanel has an interesting mix of colours in this collection, silvers and blues combined with peach and red. I’m after the peachy hued blush, illusion d’ombre and lipstick myself. This collection will be available 10th November 2014 at Chanel counters. Don’t ask me the prices…I don’t know and I’m not sure I want to!

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One babygrow can feed six children!

This post is especially for the new moms who read my blog, as well as those who have baby showers coming up or are looking for a gift for a niece or nephew…basically if you have a baby in your life, directly or indirectly, then you might be interested in supporting a good cause.

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Yesterday I visited Keedo’s factory in celebration of their 21st birthday and was blown away by how important job creation, happy staff and community support was to the brand. I could write a whole post just on how inspiring and warm I found Keedo’s founder, Nelia Annandale Schutte, but I actually wanted to focus on a specific initiative in collaboration with Jo-Ann Strauss, former Miss SA and the ultimate glam mom…I’m not kidding, how anyone with a six month old baby can appear looking fresh and impeccably elegant at 10am I am not entirely sure. But she definitely caused me to suck in my stomach and hide my Crocs-clad feet under my chair!

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Keedo and Jo-Ann have teamed up to create Little Miracle zippy grows, baby grows with a full zip for easy midnight nappy changes (have you ever tried to do up poppers on three hours of sleep at 2am with puke in your hair?) which come in pink, blue and a unisex beige. 1,000 zippy grows will be sold and the proceeds of each sale will be able to feed six children. The zippy grows will come in sizes newborn to nine months, with a cute matching bib as well. Basically, if you’re looking for a gift that keeps on giving, this is the one. They will be available from 1st December online from Spree or in Keedo stores.

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Fresh content brewing

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I have spent the spring break getting a bit sicker with each passing day. The moral of the story is that if you have flu you should probably treat it before you develop bronchitis, ear infection and total deafness in one ear. I literally haven’t had the strength to schedule any posts for this week, but I do have some fresh content brewing so it won’t be long until I’m back in the swing. Hope everyone has a wonderful week. Look after yourselves!

The Spring Makeup Bag

Spring is a time for new things. I don’t mean shopping for new things (who am I kidding? We all know that’s what I secretly mean) but rather swapping colours and formulas to suit the new season. I’ve rounded up a few of my favourites with links to previous posts on the products I mention.

 

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1. The Glow Getters

This is purely personal preference, and those with oily skin might beg to differ, but to me Spring and Summer are about radiant, dewy, highlighted skin. I prefer to save my more matte foundations for winter and crack open the lighter foundations and CC creams (or BB cream if you’ve got skin good enough to carry off a tinted moisturiser). My favourites right now are the Chanel CC Cream, Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua and the new Dior Star foundation.

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When the weather heats up primer is a great way to keep your makeup on your face and double as a glow-enhancer too. I absolutely love Clarin’s new radiance-boosting complexion base in champagne which has the benefit of some extra coverage (although it isn’t much of a primer per se) as well as L’Oreal Lumi Magic Pure Light Primer, and Chanel le Blanc Sheering Illuminating Base. If you want to keep a shiny t-zone under control, try Bourjois Pure Light Matte Serum Primer or my new wonder-product, Dior Pore Minimizer.

2. Cream Blush

Cream blush is fantastic all year around, but especially perfect in Spring for that fresh, dewy complexion. Also when you’re outdoors a lot, it’s much easier to reapply in with your fingertips. My current favourites are the new Clinique Chubby Stick Cheek Color Balms, which have such a pretty, natural look. They are dewy without looking greasy, sheer but buildable, and so easy to apply! I also love the cream blush which came out for Spring from Clarins, the Chanel cream blush and Stila Convertible Colour. If you really don’t get on with cream blush, look out for the Clinique Cheek Pop blushes! The gerbera daisy shape screams Spring.

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3. Lip Shine

I also love gloss this time of the year. Dark reds and plum lip colours prefer to be matte (I’m just being presumptuous and speaking on their behalf here) but lighter pinks and peaches and coral pinks like to be created in gloss formulas! Lip gloss is more casual, quick and easy and generally summery. My favourite lip glosses are by Clarins, their Instant Light Natural Lip Perfectors for a sheer wash of colour and their Gloss Prodige for a brighter pop of colour with the same non-sticky, hydrating feel on the lips. Bourjois 3D Effet gloss and Maybelline ColorSensational Shine Gloss are also great if you like something light and non-gloopy. If you’re feeling super spendy, the Dior Fluid Sticks are worth a look – the shine of a gloss but the pigmentation and longevity of a lipstick.

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 4. Magic Wands

Lastly, I am a huge fan of click-pen style highlighting concealers all year round. I don’t suffer from dark circles so most days this is all I need to brighten my under-eye area. But even if you need to conceal first this is a must have product for subtly highlighting your face and brightening up shadowy areas, under the eyes, between the brows, the cheek bones, cupid’s bow and bridge of the nose. It is so easy to brush the product on, and blend out with your fingers in a rush, but I prefer to blend mine with a damp miracle complexion sponge, I haven’t tried the legendary YSL Touche Eclat, but I love the Clarins Instant Light Brush-on Perfector and the new Estee Lauder Double Wear Brush-on Glow BB Highlighter.