The Eye shadows I’m obsessing over..

This is an absolute must share! As soon as I first saw and bought these shadows I knew it was necessary to share it with all of you. I feel like a bit of a makeup addict failure at the moment, I can’t believe I’ve only JUST discovered these pretty little things!

Stila launched their Shimmer and Glow Eye Shadow last year and later released their Glitter and Glow Liquid Eye Shadow. They got so much love from everyone that they’re continuing to make more shades in the glitter glow, and they currently have limited edition spring shades as online exclusives.

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Falling in love with new products..

When it comes down to my personal makeup bag and what products I reach for, I would describe myself as boring to be frank. No matter how large my kit grows, I always find myself attached to the same products. Last week my made some new purchases that inspired me break out some items I haven’t used in a while. I always find it so refreshing when I get back into obsessing over all my products; working on sets and in busy environments often leaves me and my face…lets say ‘unattended’, I love what I use on clients and models but I forget how nice they are on me too!

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First Impressions of Skoon Skincare

“In essence, this brand of skincare has kindness and gentleness at the core of its being. Loyal SKOON. users will tell you that what keeps them coming back to SKOON., besides a glowing, healthy skin, is the sensuality of fragrance AND the luscious essential oils.” – SKOON. 

Skoon is a South African brand based in Cape Town. ‘Skoon’ means clean in Afrikaans, one of South Africa’s 8 national languages.

I first discovered Skoon when I was hired by the brand to do a photo shoot for their social media pages earlier this year. Knowing nothing about the brand, I did my research and was really keen to explore some of the products. Somewhere along the lines I clearly missed something, because everyone I spoke to seemed to already know about the brand and was already using it!

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How much do you actually know about Exfoliating?

Exfoliating is definitely one of my addictions. There’s just something about having silky soft and smooth skin! Not to mention that radiant glow. As much as I love exfoliating, working in the beauty industry I constantly notice that it isn’t something the world is clued up on. We’ve always been told that to stay clean and clear we need to wash our skin but what about the build up of dead skin cells?

This blog post is all about what you didn’t know about exfoliating! 

A build up of dead skin cells causes: 

  • skin to appear dull 
  • moisture doesn’t penetrate into the skin as well
  • blocked pores 
  • enlarged pores 
  • breakouts 
  • dry patches 

     

  1. Your skin exfoliates naturally –just like snakes and other reptiles, we shed our skin. Maybe not in exactly the same way, but every 25 days or so your skin will renew itself on its own. NOTE: with age this process slows down, resulting in your skin having a duller complexion and possibly more pigmentation.
  2. Perfect time? Morning. – at night your skin heals and renews itself overnight, therefore exfoliating in the morning will be more beneficial.
  3. How Often? – listen to your skin. If you have a combination to oily skin, your skin naturally exfoliating itself will happen more often. Therefore exfoliate 1-2 times a week. If you have dryer skin; 2-3 times a week will be more efficient.
  4. Don’t over scrub – be cautious of how abrasive your exfoliator is. Always use rounded granules to prevent damaging the skin.
  5. Hair Removal – waxing your face or any other part of your body will also take off dead skin cells. Don’t exfoliate right before or after waxing to prevent irritation.

Benefits of regular exfoliating:

  • removes dead skin cells
  • reduces fine lines and wrinkles
  • reduces skin discolouration and pigmentation 
  • creates natural radiance 
  • assists any other products to work better on the skin 
  • increases blood circulation 

 

Now here’s where it may get a bit tricky…there’s just so many options to choose from! You can go the DIY route of making something at home, you can go for the brands, you can go chemical, manual, electronic…how do you choose?

Manual and chemical exfoliators should be used once or twice a week. These are generally products such as a chemical peel, or scrubs made from granules and are more abrasive. Electronic exfoliators or any hand held exfoliators like a shower puff or lumi spa can be used everyday, they’re made for very gentle and daily use.

For a DIY scrub go check out my last blog post: For the love of Olive Oil

Naturally I have a few methods of exfoliating as it is a guilty pleasure of mine. For my skin I love to use my DIY olive oil scrub, or Buffy from Lush cosmetics (see pic below). Its a solid cocoa butter with ground almonds to give your skin a good polish while you’re in the shower. On my face twice a week I use the same olive oil scrub as I do on my body after cleansing, this leaves my skin smooth and hydrated.

I hope you enjoyed these tips and tricks! Try them out for this weekend coming and enjoy your renewed, soft and radiant skin!

Love Sarah x