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SKNLogic Renew Footbalm

Renew FootbalmAbout six months ago my paws got hold of a foot balm from SKNLogic and following this, I received another footbalm from SKNLogic in a goodiebag from #BWB. I had not yet used the first footbalm given to me in December last year at an end of year function because I was busy using another. Anyway, roll on winter time 2014 which is peak season for me to do some serious foot/heel TLC before embarking on a whirlwind overseas adventure and I quickly grabbed my stash of SKNLogic foot balms. I have been using it religiously once a day after showering/bathing and if I’ve had a long day in heels a good slap of this wonderful stuff on my feet before bed is just what is needed! In a short and sweet summary – my feet feel fabulous!

I have just started on my second footbalm after cutting the tube open of my first one because I didn’t want to waste any of the amazing moisturising concuction which soothes sore feet (especially after long days of plodding along in heels).

The SKNLogic Renew footbalm contains amazing ingredients like cucumber extract which hydrates while removing dead skin cells, Vitamin E which protects the skin assists with maintaining the skins oil balance, Orange Oil which works as anti-inflammatory and improves the skins elasticity, Shea Butter providing intense hydration, accelerates healing and soothes the skin, Fig Extract which promotes new cell growth and hydrates regulating trans-epidermal loss and not forgetting the sunflower oil, wheat germ oil and steric acid.

The SKNLogic brand is growing on me, even more so when I learnt that the products are manufactured locally in South Africa with packaging and printing being done here too. If they are not an incentive to support local, then I don’t know what is. To find out more and view their other products visit their website, Facebook and Twitter @SKNLOGIC.

 

The Renew Footbalm retails for R85 (75ml) and is available at salons and spas nationwide.

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Disclaimer: I’ve received this product twice as a gift at various events. This has in no way altered my view of this product in anyway.

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Sh’zen Natural Essence

Hera Fabulous Poutlings!

As we know I’m religious user of Sh’zen, and they have recently introduced a new range called:
Natural Essence!

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First in the new range is:

Natural Essence Purifying Cleansing Wash

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This lightly foaming cleanser has a delightfully fresh scent and works to thoroughly cleanse skin without stripping it of essential moisture.

Natural Essence Matifying Day Cream

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This velvety day cream provides long-term hydration and sun protection while keeping skin de
This clay-based mask deep cleans skin, absorbing excess oil and impurities to visibly improve skin and leave it calm and comforted.

Natural Essence Clearing Lotion

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This spot-control treatment provides fast-acting relief from break-outs and is a must for acne-prone teenagers.

Natural Essence Balancing Toner

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Control excess shine, refine pores, freshen and clarify skin with a spritz of this citrus-scented toner.

Natural Essence Clarifying Exfoliant

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This cream scrub prevents blocked pores and clears away dead skin cells to reveal a clearer, brighter complexion.

Natural Essence Skin Life Oil

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An elixir of 100% natural plant oils, this works to purify, repair, restore and rebalance skin, while its fresh, citrus scent delights the senses.

Natural Essence Rescue Clay Mask

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This clay-based mask deep cleans skin, absorbing excess oil and impurities to visibly improve skin and leave it calm and comforted.

I hope you Poutlings enjoy these products as much as I do.
Don’t forget to use the Sh’zen website for more information.

XoXo
Megs 😉

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ESSENTIAL TOOLS FOR MAKEUP and the MUA

THE ESSENTIAL MAKEUP KIT

First and foremost, makeup should be TIMELESS!  There is no point in sticking to a style just because it’s in right now.  Yes, its important to evolve and catch up with the times, but just like in fashion, some things just never go out of fashion!

May it be that little black dress, flesh toned heels, a stylish handbag, a pearl necklace, crisp white shirt or dress and so forth.

Makeup has pretty much the same principle.  There are just certain styles or applications of makeup that will never fail us.   Just like any other profession, makeup takes practice!  Doesn’t matter how experienced a makeup artist is, there will be times we have to redo a whole look from scratch.

Lets look at the ESSENTIALS of a MAKEUP KIT:

In order to do the right makeup, a MUA needs the right tools in order to do so.  You are only as good as the tools you use!  Brushes being the most important tools for a makeup artist!

*Brushes

Are the most important tools for the MUA!

*Black mascara

To be used with a clean wand or comb on standby.  Have more than 3!  However, if you or your client have very light lashes and brows, opt for a dark brown.  Enhancing is key, not being something you’re not.

*Bicarbonate of soda

Bicarb of soda can be used as a ‘cleaning agent’.  Prep your skin with it once a week as an exfoliant.  Take a teaspoon of the soda and add a cleanser of your choice, most MUA’s love Cetaphil.  Don’t do this if you do chemical peels or you’re sunburnt.  This is just a very easy and non invasive way to exfoliate your skin if you’re a busy gal and need to just get those dead skin cells off your face.

Another great thing about bicarbonate is that you can brush your teeth with it!  Try it, you won’t believe how much ‘dirt’ it takes out of your mouth!  It kills germs and is recommended by dentists.

*Makeup primer

Primers have extra silicone and glycerin, allowing foundation to be applied smoother and more evenly.  Some schools would teach us to use a moisturizer first and follow with the primer.  However, it’s not a mess up if you used one without the other.

*Black pencil

Personally my most important tool for the eye, you can smudge with it, apply into the inner eyeline, the outer to create all sorts of looks!  Please invest in a good quality black pencil, I’ve noticed the cheaper they are, the more likely they are hard and you tend to hurt your skin!  Smoulder from MAC is just fantastic!

*Highlighter

To emphasize certain parts of the face like the brow bones, cheek bones, chin etc.

*Cream blush

Creamy blushes are great if you’re not into powder on your face.  If you don’t like to use too much makeup such as foundation or loose powder, or if you’re simply a teen, a cream blush is the way to go!  It’s definitely for the woman on the run or that makeup minimalist.  Make sure your skin is hydrated though or you’ll be on a blending mission of note.

*Eyelash curlers

If you ‘suffer’ from very straight lashes, then the eyelash curler is a must have.  Just make sure you curl your lashes before applying your mascara, as the mascara can heap up on the rubbers and can actually pull a lash off or two.  Keep it very clean!  It immediately opens your eyes up though.  Keep in clenched for about 5-10 seconds!  There are heated eyelash curlers on the market, which I have and is battery operated.  If you can, get both and see which one you prefer.  If you’re an artist, have both. Some clients are not comfortable with the usual eyelash curler.

*Translucent powder

Right, if you use this, make sure it doesn’t have titanium dioxide, as it will reflect with a camera flash.  The reason why we artists like translucent powder is because we apply a ‘thickish’ amount under the eyes when applying eyeshadow to then easily brush off the eyeshadow fall-out.

*Foundations

More than one tone for YOURSELF!  And obviously A LOT if you’re an artist!  Reason why you yourself should have more than one tone, well that’s because in winter you are lighter than you are in summer.  Plus, in the transition of the seasons, you can mix small amounts of the two for that perfect tone.

*Concealer

EVERYONE needs a concealer.  Can help with discoloration, blemishes, bags and pigmentation etc.

*Contouring creams or shadows

For shading (to build cheekbones)  Not everyone can use them and I wouldn’t suggest the normal lady to use it on a day-to-day basis, but as for you artists, LEARN how to use it!  It makes a huge difference!

*Lip gloss and lipsticks

You should have:  nude lipstick, clear lip gloss, a signature color, tinted lip gloss, a gold shimmery gloss, and of course a red lipstick!  What every you get after all these essentials are bonuses!

*Gold and silver shimmer powder (pigments)

Used to highlight the eyes, cheeks and lips.  They give that glow and can enhance features stunningly!  Gold is more for the warmer tones skins and silver is of course for the more cool-toned skins.

*Powder blush

Use if you have a powdered foundation.  Remember, powder sticks to powder and creams stick to creams!  Lips2lashes MUA Natalie Camara tip!!!  Applies to application of shadows or creams on eyes.

*Cotton pads

You can use cotton pads to apply powder, brush powder off or rest your fingers on the clients face when applying makeup.  Plus, they’re inexpensive and way more hygienic as you just throw them away after use.

*Cotton buds

Removing that ‘mistake’ you made with that eyeliner or mascara.

*Eyeshadows

So you at the testing counter and you see a shadow that you fancy.  Here is a tip, if you wipe your finger over the product and it still looks exactly the same then its great quality.  If it changes or looks slightly lighter, don’t buy it.  It only means it won’t last on your face.  Don’t use products which face from product to finger to face on a client.  Ever!  Invest in better shadows which will last the whole day!

*Tweezers

Some clients need to be pruned!  Although it isn’t really an artists job to do so, advise your client to have her brows shaped by a beautician before coming to you.  But have one, just in case.  Some clients have furry, skin toned and tiny hairs which only make themselves apparent when eyeshadow is applied!  Another tip is to get baby gum numbing gel and apply a bit onto the part you want to tweeze minutes before you do.  This will ‘numb’ the area slightly.  If its good for babies gums, it should be good for a tiny area on your brows.

*Inner white pencil/ white eyeliner

Used to make your eye look larger when applied on the inner eye, makes you look younger and slightly more awake.  Make sure it isn’t waterproof as your inner eye isn’t dry.  The only ‘waterproof’ item you should have is mascara for that bridal application.  Them brides shed tears!

*Eyebrow pencils

Use one that matches you or your clients brows!  A great tip to remember is applying a lighter shade than that of your own in the inner part of your brows, going darker on the outer parts.  This is way more natural looking and doesn’t look so harsh.

*Moisturizer

I absolutely love and adore THE BEAUTY FACTORY’S products!  You just cannot go wrong with a moisturizer from them.  (Woodlands Mall, Pretoria, South Africa)

*Makeup box

I have a MAC makeup box!  Oh how I love it!  Although, I’ll need another box pretty soon.  As an artist, you should never rock up for a job with an unorganized box or have the items thrown in a bag!  Not only does it make you look unprofessional, but you’ll take more time finding the makeup and tools than actually applying it all on your clients face!  #fail

So these are pretty much the ESSENTIALS or BASICS for a makeup artist and of course if you’re just a lover of makeup yourself.  If you are a minimalist regarding makeup, you probably won’t be buying half of these things.  But they do help at the end of the day.  

Stay tuned for more ‘classes and makeup tips’ on our blog as I will be posting more.

MuchLuv♥

Sandylashxx

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