Beach Make-Up Rules

Beach Make Up Rules

When I go to the beach, I normally don’t wear much make-up. Having said that, I still like to look more or less presentable. Here are a couple of make-up tricks that help me feel more comfortable yet sun-safe about my face when I’m at the beach.

Swap foundation for a tinted moisturiser with SPF 30+ (I use Invisible Zinc). I suggest to apply it with a brush for an even coverage.

I simply use an eyelash curler and no mascara. However, in summer you never know where you’ll end up – on a beach or taking an impromptu lunch with a friend. If this is the case, always opt for a waterproof mascara (my favourite is Dior Iconic Overcurl waterproof mascara).

Swap lipstick for a lip balm (my favourite is Lucas’ Pawpaw Ointment). For a hint of colour, apply a lip blusher that closely matches your own lip colour (I use RMS Lip2Cheek balm).

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January Beauty

January beauty

Since I turned 30, I have started paying more attention to my skin care routine and experimenting with new make-up and other beauty products. This month though I’d like to share a couple of my all-time favourites: a moisturiser, a lip balm, and a push top bottle (my recent discovery).

Hydra Life Pro-youth Sorbet Creme has been with me for almost 10 years. Despite my efforts to find a better and cheaper product, I always end up purchasing it again. I apply it to my face and neck in the morning so my skin is fully hydrated, luminous and incredibly even throughout the day. It was interesting to learn that Dior builds on major scientific and medical research discoveries and applies this knowledge to skincare. One of their discoveries was the subject of the Nobel Prize in 2003, after over 10 years of research. Also, a trilogy of floral extracts (Jisten, Mallow & Centella) contained in Hydra Life are sourced from Dior gardens. One of them, Jisten, was found in Uzbekistan, the country I grew up in, so I have an emotional attachment to it.
Lucas’ Pawpaw Ointment made in Australia from pure Australian pawpaws and has antibacterial and antimicrobial properties. I’ve always had extremely dry and scaly lips and this oitment revived them in a matter of days. I always have it handy at home or in my handbag and use it for minor burns, sunburn, rash and insect bites.
This push top bottle has been my recent discovery. I usually polish and paint my nails at home and this bottle makes the experience more salon-like. It can also be used for make-up remover, cleanser / toner and other cosmetic liquids.

Enriching Face Mask

face mask

I’ve always understood the importance of skin care, but often failed to apply it to myself. After I turned 30, I started thinking more about how to sustain my skin, especially my face. My daily skin routine has always been the same and I religiously maintain it. However, I’ve never been into face-masks and have now decided to try them. I like the idea of making your own by using predominantly the foods from the kitchen. This recipe works well and helps the skin to bring blood to the surface, oxygenating the cells and getting rid of dead skin. My skin felt fresh and less clogged.

All you need is 1 egg, 1tbs honey, 1 tbs fine oats or wheat bran and few drops of olive oil. Mix well, apply to cleansed skin and leave for about 20 minutes. Wash it off with warm water, rubbing to get extra exfoliation. Dry skin, then apply a nourishing cream.

Hair Inspo For Work

Hair inspo
I blow dry my hair every morning, but almost every afternoon I end up pulling my hair back. Sometimes I do it in front of a mirror, but normally it just happens in the turmoil of my day which doesn’t always look good. I created this round-up from Pinterest showing ways in which I can tie up my hair, stepping away from the classic ponytail.

Current Nail Polish Trend

[REVLON ‘Sheer Pink’; OPI ‘Chillin’ Like a Villain’; ESSIE ‘Sand Tropez’]

I pay a lot of attention to my nails and the nail polishes I wear. It’s a big part of my appearance and nothing boosts my confidence more than trimmed, polished nails. When it comes to choosing the colour of the nail polish, I am someone who plays it safe. When watching some of the recent NYFW shows, I was thrilled to see the popularity of beige and sheer pink hues. They were also referred to as ‘the nail foundations’. These are my three choices to add into my work-day nail arsenal.

Rosehip Oil

When growing up, I was surrounded by rosehip… This is something that every Russian family would use to cure cold & flu in winter and when steeped, it is one of the greatest drinks to have on a cold day.

With my move to Australia, rosehip first became a distant memory and then completely forgotten. These days, I hear more and more about the benefits of a beauty product called rosehip oil. I’m using this oil on a daily basis and here is what I’ve learned about it.

Rosehip oil is harvested from the seeds of rose bushes called “Rosa Mosqueta” and predominantly grown in Chile. Rosehips are a remedy that was used by the ancient Egyptians, Mayans and Native Americans all because of their healing properties. The “hip” is the fruit of the rose plant and continues a multitude of fatty acids and other components that are responsible for the wonderful properties of rosehip oil.

Rosehip oil is like a multivitamin for your skin and it is:

– Rich in essential fatty acids, include omega-3, 6 and 9 fatty acids that are vital for our general health and the health of our skin and that our bodies are unable to produce. It helps to regenerate skin cells and repair damaged skin tissue like sun damaged skin, burns, scars, wrinkles and stretch marks. It is also a great natural skin care moisturiser.

– Natural source of vitamin A (known as trans-retinoic which is effective in helping to prevent premature ageing caused by sun exposure)

– Antioxidants (responsible for protection of tissues in the body and slowing the signs of ageing)

I normally use ‘Sukin’ certified organic rosehip oil and apply a tiny amount of it before going to bed.

Rosehip oil benefits, Kosmea, Huffingtonpost,
Green Life Diary

Lavender Face Mist

I found out about the Face Mist only recently and now I cannot spend a day without it. I used to buy the face mist from ‘Sukin’ but now I discovered a way to make my own face mist and would highly recommend it to everyone.

What you will need:
– 1 glass spritzer bottle which can be purchased from a pharmacy or a health food store
– 1 cup of boiling water (as much as your bottle can hold)
– 1 drop of organic lavender essential oil or steep a few lavender flowers

Let the water cool the pour it all into your spritzer bottle and ready to use. Please note it keeps only for about 1.5 weeks. Try not to add too much oil as the fragrance can be very strong.

You can use the mist on your face, your body, to heal any blisters, bites or sores. It can also be used as an air freshener and on pillows at night.