Show me your Red Hot Party Look and win a R1000 Red Square gift voucher

It’s the party season – time to put your game face on and get on out their and meet rich, hot boys who won’t freak out should you steal a chip from their plate or moan that you only ever want to watch back to back episodes of Real Housewives of Vancouver.

While I can’t help you with the latter, I can show you how to create an easy ‘Red Hot Party Look’ thanks to Red Square who were kind enough to give me a gift card to help me put it together. And it gets better – I’ve got a R1000 gift card to give away too, but we’ll get to that in a bit. First we’re going to talk make-up.

Below is the Red Hot Party look I was given by Red Square to provide inspirasie for my own take on it. Naturally, I chose to tone it down a little ‘cos, while super graphic liner can look amazing when you’re in your twenties, I’m in my thirties now and busy pretending to be a grown up.

My Red Hot Party Look courtesy of GOSH Cosmetics

My Red Hot Party Look courtesy of GOSH Cosmetics.

As you can see, this look is all about glowy skin, statement eyes and nude mouth so these are the boys I ended up popping in my Red Square shopping basket.

This be the dream team right here, honey lambs.

This be the dream team right here, honey lambs.

Clinique Even Better Makeup SPF 15 in Cream Chamois (04), R375.
Yardley Radiant Glo Illuminator, R99.
Clarins Blush Prodige Illuminating Cheek Colour in Soft Peach, R360.
Revlon ColorStay ShadowLinks eye shadow in Sand, R50.
GOSH Intense eyeliner pen in Blue, R93,75.
GOSH Velvet Touch eyeliner in Fashionista, R99.
Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Colour Lash Enhancing mascara in Black, R210.
Clinique Superbalm Moisturising Gloss in Grapefruit, R245.

Ready to get swatchy?

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Face…

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Eyes...

Eyes…

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...and colour!

…and colour!

To kick things off, I applied the foundation using a sponge and then used concealer under my eyes and on the odd spot. Next, I used my fingers to dab the highlighter to my cheek bones, moving upward towards my brow bone, essentially creating what make-up artists call a ‘C-shape’.

Top tip: If you’re an old crone like me, don’t get highlighter or shimmer products too close to the corners of your eyes or anywhere near where you have enlarged pores as this’ll only make them more visible.

As far as blusher goes, you’ll see the model used a peach shade but didn’t hit up the apples of her cheeks. She used her colour just below them, almost like a contouring powder. To recreate the look, I sucked in my cheeks and then swept the blush into the hollow. I then blended it upwards just a little ‘cos I do prefer to wear my colour a little higher up. That’s just how I roll, okay?

Now, lets talk about eyes – they’re the hero here. To create a similar look but without making a detour into crazy town, I started off with a wash of Revlon’s champagne-coloured shadow over my entire eyelid. Next, I slicked the GOSH blue eyeliner pen across my top lash line and flicked it out a little, starting with a thin line and then building more on top of that to create the appropriate ‘thickness’. I then used the GOSH eye pencil to line my waterline but kept it subtle. A very dark inner rim liner can enhance the look of dark under eye circles. To finish, all I had to do was add a few slicks of Arden’s mascara.

Pretty, pretty!

Pretty, pretty!

Top tip: If you want subtle-looking, smoky liner, apply it before your shadow. When you layer the shadow onto it afterwards you can blend and blur it a bit. Doing it this way is incredibly forgiving – you can totally get away with a line that’s initially a bit wonky. If, however, if you’re wanting to create a graphic line or are using a colour you want to pop, always apply it after your shadow and use a liquid liner that’ll pack a pigment punch as opposed to a pencil.

Finishing up the look was easy – all I had to do was apply a slick of Clinique’s gloss. It wasn’t as pigmented as I’d hoped it to be – I wanted a subtle peach sheen – but it still looked great. When you’ve got eyes that be a poppin’ you can totally get away with a super neutral mouth. But I didn’t have to tell you that, right? We all know that playing up one feature at a time is like the oldest ‘top make-up tip’ in the book.

Ready for the big reveal?

Ta da!

Ta da!

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I snapped an eyes shut piccie too so you could see my linerwork.

I snapped an eyes shut piccie too so you could see my linerwork.

I also took a piccie with flash as that’s the best way to see what your shimmer’s up to, not to mention how you’ll look in your party pics.

The liner totally pops, ne?

The liner totally pops, ne?

So, what do you girls think? I really liked it and almost wished I had a party to go to, although I was quite happy to veg on the couch with a wasabi popcorn and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. (How good is the CGI in that movie? Did anyone else cry in the end when Caesar and the blonde dude part ways?)

Otherwise, here are some things you should know: I have many, many favourite mascaras and Arden’s Beautiful Colour Lash Enhancing mascara is one of them. I love that it does a good job of volumising without sparing definition. GOSH’s Intense eyeliner pen is fabulously pigmented and seriously stays put. It ain’t going to run on you in da club. Clinique’s Superbalm Moisturising Gloss really does feel fabulously hydrating and is just the right amount of ‘sticky’.

Right! Now let’s get to the part you’ve all been waiting for. Who wants to win that R1000 Red Square gift card?

To enter, visit Red Square’s website and sign up for their newsletter then drop me a tweet telling me which Red Square product is your party look hero. Just be sure to use the hashtag #RedHotPartyLook and feel free to add a mooi selfie for extra awesome.

To give you an example: ‘Hey @lipglossgirl! My @RedSquareBeauty #RedHotPartyLook always features Lancome’s Hypnose mascara’.

Easy peasy, right? And if you’re not on twitter, you can also enter by dropping me a mail on glossycomps@gmail.com using the subject ‘Red Hot Party Look’. Just don’t forget to sign up to that newsletter.

This competition closes at 12pm on Wednesday the 3rd of December and the winner will be drawn using a random number generator.

Good luck girls!

Leigh

 

Review: Mesoestetic Energy C intensive cream (Heads up, it’s a goodie!)

Mesoestetic is a Spanish medical skin care company that, aside from medical aesthetic devices and in-salon only products, also has a very nice ‘home maintenance’ line of anti-aging skin care products.

One of them is Energy C Intensive Cream (R818, selected salons), a brightening lotion formulated to zap the first signs of ageing being fine lines and uneven skin tone.

Meso

Mesoestetic Energy C intensive cream

I’ve been mentioning vitamin C a lot lately as several vitamin C-enriched products have crossed my path but to recap it’s essentially one of my favourite skin care ingredients along with retinol and AHA. I love that it’s an awesome antioxidant, encourages your skin to produce more collagen, lightens up the look of pigmentation and can reduce inflammation.

Anyway, the big plus points here regarding Mesoestetic’s formulation are the following – the form of vitamin C they’ve used – ascorbyl glucoside – is super stable, meaning it’s formulated in a way where it’s more resistant to breaking down in the presence of air, heat and light. Also, it and all the other ingredients are preserved further thanks to air tight and opaque tube packaging. Hallelujah! (FYI, if you’re currently using anti-aging products in a jar, you might as well start rubbing it on your feet. Also, if you’re placing your trust in a cosmetics company that sells several of its anti-aging products in jars you’re totally misplacing it.)

Aside from the vitamin C, the lotion also contains hydrating glycerin, soothing oat kernel extract and a bit of vitamin E, another good antioxidant.

As far as texture goes, Mesoestetic call this product a cream but it’s really more of a lotion that absorbs well and is perfectly suited to my combination skin type. Anyone with a slightly drier skin type might find they need a bit more hydration and could possibly team it with something like a mega-moisturising hyaluronic acid serum.

Lovely stuff!

Lovely stuff!

Anyway, here’s the bottom line – this is a pricy anti-aging lotion but no more so than those from other luxurious (mostly bullshit) beauty counter brands. The difference here, however, is that it’ll actually make a difference and for that it gets a two thumbs up.

To find a stockist in your area, visit the brand’s local website over here. One of them happens to be Pulse Dermatology and Laser in Durbanville where I recently received an impressive skin tightening laser facial. You can read all about that over here.

Love, love

Leigh

Cute summer separates from Mr Price’s RT range

After a lot of false starts it looks like summer’s finally arrived in Cape Town and that means time to swap out my skinnies for shorts – but only after I marinate in self-tan (loving Xen-Tan mousse at the mo) and get a hot pink gelish pedi.

Anyway, Mr P sent me a few piccies of their new RT collection and it’s nice to see they’ve pretty much nailed all the big trends – from joggers and graphic printed vests to acid wash shorts and a wide selection of crop tops.

Printed crop top R49,99, ruffle top R50 and embellished crop top (price TBA).

Printed crop top R39,99, ruffled camisole R49,99 and embellished crop top (price TBA).

Seriously though, couldn’t this crop top trend have come back like five years ago ago? Like back in the day when I was still in my twenties and you could totally see my ribs in months in months where I blew all my kesh money on shoes as opposed to Woolies’ Ready Prepared meals?

But ja, let’s take a look at the mooi shorts shall we?

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Splash print shorts (price TBA) and acid wash denim shorts R199,99.

Their longer bottoms are just as trendy and bright – a regte blur of tribal, geo and paint technique prints.

Aztec print joggers R99,99, printed leggings R69,99 and geo print bodycon skirt R69,99.

Aztec print joggers R99,99, printed leggings R69,99 and geo print bodycon skirt R69,99.

Keen to view more and shop online? Pop on over to Mr Price’s website over here. You can also check out their latest collab with quirky British designer Henry Holland…

Henry

…that is if it hasn’t already sold out.

Love, love

Leigh

This is an advertorial post. All opinions are my own.

Revlon ColorStay foundations – a review en masse

A little while back Revlon sent me a bunch of their foundations to try along with the most thoughtful press pack ever. It included a Woolworths’ gift card (so I could go binge drink W Cafe’s Chai lattes) and two of my favourite treats – yoghurt-covered dried mango and Reese’s Pieces.

With love, Revlon.

With love, Revlon.

You have no idea how much I love Reese’s Pieces. I always buy the family bag when I spot it in airports, promise I won’t open it on the plane and inevitably do. I then swear blind that I’ll only have ‘a few’ but, come touch down I’m almost always minute away from a diabetic coma. Come to think of it, this is probably why I could sit through all of Adam Sandler’s Blended, probably the worst in-flight movie I’ve seen in years.

Anyhoo, let’s get back to the foundation shall we?

Revlon ColorStay foundation - unicorn approved.

Revlon ColorStay foundation – unicorn approved.

I didn’t get to try the powder foundation – it was way too light for me – but found all the ‘Sand Beige’ shades worked well enough with my skin. In fact, I could even probably go a bit darker. As it is, I like my foundations with a bit of a yellow-tone to them.

You'll notice that

You’ll notice ColorStay Active and Stay Natural are slightly more yellow than Combination/Oily and Mousse.

Of all the foundations I tried, these are my thoughts.

Revlon ColorStay make-up for Combination/Oily skin SPF 15, R215, Spree.co.za

Of the three fluid foundations, this baby’s the lightest in that it feels the least viscous and offers the sheerest coverage. In saying that, the coverage isn’t ‘sheer’ or ‘light’ – you’re still in medium coverage territory here. Being an oily-skinned girl, this would be a good pick for me, but I’d rather choose ColorStay Active and I’ll explain why if you read on. I also wasn’t in love with its twist-off cap and large ‘neck’ that made pouring a little tricky. It also ended up leaking all over my make-up bag. Bleh.

Revlon ColorStay Stay Active make-up mattifying SPF 25, R249, Red Square.

Despite all being called ‘Sand Beige’ each colour was slightly different to the other and I found ColorStay Active’s version the most yellow which warmed up my face and gave me a healthy-looking glow. Big brownie points right there. I also liked the texture. It was slightly less ‘fluidy’ than the combo/oily option but still super easy to spread and served up the teensiest, tiniest bit more coverage. You’re also getting almost double the SPF protection and, to top it all off, it’s packaged in a pump bottle. Yay!

Revlon ColorStay Stay Natural make-up for Normal/Dry skin SPF 15, R249, Red Square.

This is supposed to be more hydrating than the other foundations, making it more suitable to those with drier skin types but, to be honest, I could wear it with ease if I wanted to. Even when I wear the more oil-absorbant foundations, I still have to touch up my T-panel with the odd blotting powder/oil-blotting paper application so I might as well do the same for this boy. In short, I found it served up very nice medium-weight coverage.

From left to right: Mousse, Active, Dry and Combo.

From left to right: Mousse, Active, Normal/Dry and Combo.

Revlon ColorStay Whipped Creme make-up SPF 20, R195, Spree.co.za.

This jar weighs a ton, just so you know.

Revlon ColorStay Whipped Cream make-up SPF 20

Ooh la la! This light airy mousse texture is lovely in that it’s rather buildable, so you can choose your level of coverage, and very easy to spread. Then, once it’s set, it sits vas just like the others do. For some reason, it’s moussey texture made me think it might rub off on my clothes but it totally doesn’t. I also like that the colour doesn’t look ‘flat’. There’s a bit of mica in here to create a super slight reflect which kind of lifts things a little. The big ole’ negative here is the enormous clunky glass jar packaging. My make-up bag is heavy enough as it is and this dude’s so ‘weighty’ I honestly feel like, if I hit someone over the head with him, I could totally kill them. As a result of the packaging ish, I’d usually pass this item on to a friend. But something stops me every time ‘cos the formula’s just that lekker.

Now tell me, which ColorStay foundation is your favourite?

Love, love

Leigh

A peek at Luxottica’s spring/summer 2014/2015 eyewear collection

Last week I braved seriously wet n’ weather to pop into a Luxottica media event to take a peek at their zexy new summer eyewear. Luxottica, if you didn’t know, isn’t a store – they’re a producer and distributor for some of the glammest eyewear brands in the world and, if the new stock is anything to go by, coloured frames and even lenses are big, big news.

Vogue up top and Dolce & Gabanna down below.

Vogue up top and Dolce & Gabbana down below.

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Ray-Ban up top and Oakley down below. So sad those mirrored Ray-Ban's don't suit my face shape.

Ray-Ban up top and Oakley down below. So sad those mirrored Ray-Ban’s don’t suit my face shape.

I also saw a lot of tortoiseshell – more so than usual – and noticed embellished arms are still around but aren’t nearly as popular as last year.

Persol up top and Burberry down below.

Persol up top and Burberry down below.

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This might be D&G - I've forgotten - but will update with the correct brand name soon.

This might be D&G – I’ve forgotten – but will update with the correct brand name soon.

Of all the sunnies I saw, I most liked these animal print Dolce & Gabbanas.

Pretty, pretty!

Pretty, pretty!

I thought these fabric covered Emporio Armani’s are interesting too – although I couldn’t wear them as they’re literally the same textile as my couch – and liked these retro-looking frames (also Armani) but they totally didn’t suit my face.

Armani all up in here.

Getting all Emporio Armani all up in here…

So, did you see anything you like? Most of these babies should be in stores like Sunglass Hut or on their way in.

Love, love

Leigh

So who wants to win an organic Vita Liberata spray tan?

Vita Liberata, for those who haven’t heard of it, is a luxury self-tanning brand that, in 2011, became the world’s first ‘non-toxic tan’. The company prides itself on using certified organic and Ecocert ingredients, not having a horrible developing smell and being a favourite with celebs like Kim Kardashian.

Vita Liberata

Vita Liberata

A while back, I got to try their pHenomenal 2 – 3 week tan mousse in medium and really, really liked it. Still, at R965 it’s not the kind of thing I could afford to douse my body with, so I ended up using it on my face and got a lot of use out of it. In terms of colour result, ‘eveness’ and lack of developing smell, it reminded me a helluva lot of St Tropez, but obviously the latter doesn’t have the added benefits of being organic and containing hydrating ingredients like aloe leaf water and antioxidants like pomegranate extract.

Anyway, following that positive experience I was happy to receive a Vita Liberata spray tan in dark (usually about R4oo at salons) at the company’s head office courtesy of Darryn, their sales executive/spray tanner extraordinaire. He did a great job of making me feel super comfortable (being spray-tanned by a boy, regardless of whether he’s not interested in vaginas could’ve felt a little weird) and paid attention to all the little things – like putting a barrier cream on bits like elbows and knees, where your skin is thicker and thirstier so it can suck up more tan and end up looking darker.

Once I was all done, thanks to the dark colour guide, I looked fabulously bronze. This dried really fast, wasn’t sticky or smelly and I could happily slip into my little dress and head out the door to perform the rest of the day’s errands. The ‘tan’ looked so good I was more than happy to hit up Garden’s Centre and delighted in running into friends who marvelled at how healthy and glowy I looked without a stitch of make-up on. Sooo much fun for me ‘cos, in my natural state sans tan, I’m pretty much a flesh-eating zombie.

No make-up selfies are always awesome when you're tan.

I snapped this in my car straight after getting spritzed as I had to pullover and download and enormous email attachment o’ death. Can we all agree that no make-up selfies look sooo much better when you’re tan?

Anyway, the next day, the top coat ran down the drain in my shower and I was left with a golden glow that was a few shades lighter but incredibly flattering and very, very natural-looking. The peeps in my office where all impressed and I ran around sucking up compliments like a greedy little sponge. It’s now four days since I got spritzed and I’m pleased to say the colour’s lightened up a teensy bit more but I still look glowy, tan and mooi. Better yet, the colour fade is incredibly even.

This is me being a zombie last week and the following day after my tan #nofilter

On the left you’ve got me rocking my natural pallor and on the right I’m showing off my tan the day after washing off the top coat. For the record there’s no Valencia going on there – it’s an unfiltered shot so you can see the glowiness for yourself.

So, are you keen to nab a Vita Liberata spray tan for yourself? You’ll find selected salons around the country. Or… you could win one, provided you live in Cape Town.

To enter, simply tweet me the following, completing the sentence: ‘Hey @lipglossgirl, I’d love to win a @VitaLiberataSA spray tan!’ and include the link to this post. Alternatively, drop me a mail on glosscomps@gmail.com with the subject line ‘I need a Vita Liberata spray tan STAT’.

This competition closes at 5pm on Tuesday and the winner will be picked using a random number generator.

Good luck girls!

Leigh

UPDATE: Good news girls! Anyone entering the competition will get R100 off their next Vita Liberata spray tan, provided they’re in Cape Town and go to the head office in Gardens in to get it. This means you’ll only pay R300 for your gorgeous bronze glow!

This competition is now closed. Congratulations to Tracey Branfield on winning a Vita Liberata spray-tan.