This month, I’ve had the pleasure of attending lots of exciting launches… especially since ‘tis the season to party.
Throwing on a party rokkie every night definitely has its advantages – I get to network like a malletjie and haven’t had to buy supper in yonks. But it’s hard work, putting in a full nine to five after which you have to emerge looking picture perfect before you hit the tiles. Pulling this off involves a copious amount of baby wipes (to whip off your day make-up before putting on a ‘night time look’ in the car), feet o’ steel, (to survive all those killer stilettos) and an ultra fab mousse to ensure your blowout lasts from sun up til sundown. Phew!
Thus, I have seriyas respect for SA’s PR divas, the gals who do ‘office to red carpet’ every day with ease. That’s why I decided to chat to some of them so as to gleam a few of their perennially glam beauty secrets.
First up we have the lovely Marina Nestel, mistress of The Little Black Book.
Tell us, what’s your favourite, most hard-working beauty product?.
MAC Face and Body foundation. It’s nice and light with a bit of a bronzed tint. I also love MAC Bronzing Powder and use as a blusher too to give my face a year round glow. MAC Lip Liner in Spice is also one of my favourite ‘can’t live without’ beauty products. I never use lipstick, just liner for long-lasting wear followed by my Jane Iredale PureGloss lip gloss in Pink Candy. Maybelline mascara (the beauty brand is one of Marina’s new clients) is also a must have.
What do you always keep in your handbag for mid-party touch ups?
Just about everything I’ve mentioned above, plus MAC concealer and MAC Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation. After waking up after a long night and lots of champagne, how do you get yourself looking picture perfect again? Clarins HydraQuench Intensive Serum for dehydrated skin, my Evian facial spray and !QMS 24H.Cream. It has a ‘built-in clock’, so it protects during the day, relaxes your skin in the evening and regenerates during the night.
When you need an awesome blow out, up do, spray tan or mani in a flash who do you rely on in your little black book?
My hair is always styled by Mario from Mario’s company for Hair and beauty in Green Point. I am too busy being a mum and career woman, so I usually have my hands and nails done at the same time. My spray tan is always by Carol from Just Skin.
‘Basically, all of the above helped me to look uber-glam for the Blakes Restaurant, Bar & Lounge Launch’, says Marina. ‘My sister designed the dress, which is also available at Mario’s Company for Hair and Beauty’.
And there you have it girls!