Time for romance… Valentine beauty gets real

Love is in the air, in your eyes… and on your skin. Make a special effort to look and feel fantastic for your love object – that includes yourself…

In an ideal world, we’d show our partners care and consideration every day, but juggling life’s demands can be so hectic that couple time is often not as frequent as it should be. Use Valentine’s Day as a gentle reminder to stop and smell the delicious bouquet of roses and why not make space for romance?

Radiant face

A smooth skin is a radiant skin. Slough off old skin cells with Bioderma Sébium Pore Refiner or Noreva Exfoliac Facial Scrub.

Next, give it a drink of moisture and softness:  Try Noreva Aquareva Light or Rich or Bioderma Hydrabio Perfecteur SPF 30.

radiant moisturised skin

Soft, caressable skin for both of you

The skin on your body, hands and feet should feel like velvet. You don’t want to feel any roughness or snagging.

Gentle cleansing

Couple time gets even more alluring when you have smooth body skin and smooth, soft feet. In the shower, get soft and moisturised skin with Bioderma Atoderm Shower Gel, then buff it with a gentle body scrub or loofah to leave the skin clear of blemishes and rosy with health.

Close shave

Few things are more off-putting than stubble prickling your partner. Make sure you’re as smooth as baby.

For her For lasting smoothness, have your legs waxed, or DIY by shaving or using a depilatory cream. The latter lasts longer, but first do a skin-sensitivity patch test if you‘ve never done it before.

For him Please shave your face. Five o’clock shadow will give your partner’s delicate skin carpet burn. Afterwards, apply a post-shaving balm to soften your skin and beard hairs. Try Bioderma Sensibio Forte.

Moisture must

For both of you Don’t dry your skin completely when you step out of the bath or shower. If you leave it slightly damp when you apply lashings of body lotion, it will be doubly moisturised. Use a neutral body lotion (we like Bioderma Atoderm Milk), then spray your chosen fragrance in the air and walk through the mist for an overall fragrance kiss.


Show-off tips

Get pretty fingertips and tootsies with a rich, jewel shade are eye catching. Pair your signature shade with a stunning outfit or your favourite slinky negligee and you’re sure to have a great night.

Be nice to be near

The feel of your skin and the scent of your favourite fragrance can be addictive to the object of your desire, as sense of smell is directly connected to our limbic brains, the seat of our emotions so, when they smell your trademark scent, it will affect them instantly.

Application rules: Certain areas on your body are hot spots for scent. The heat they generate makes fragrance come alive and linger. Apply it behind your ears, between your breasts, on elbow creases, behind knees and on inner wrists.

Hint: if you decide to try something new, make sure you know it’s something he or she will love. On your way out the door, spritz on a fragrance to finish off the ultimate love package.

Who wants to kiss and make up?

We fall in love by gazing into each other’s faces and our brains register our mood continually with what they reveal. So you want to send the right message…

Valentine beauty foundation and blush

First contact

If you’re stepping out with your beau or besties, a glowing skin is needed for any and all occasions. Reflect your radiance from the inside out with Bourjois City Radiance Foundation. The formula contains radiance-boosting pigments to even out skin tone – all for a more natural, fresh, radiant complexion. The SPF30 allows you to take a romantic stroll on the beach, carefree! If, on the other hand, you have an oilier complexion, you’ll love Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Cream, which evens out skin tone as well.

Next, add a tinge of blush to soften the mood, the Bourjois Little Round Pot makes it easy to swipe on and slip it into your bag for a sneaky touch-up.

Come-hither eyes

The eyes are the most important tool of seduction – after all, how can you fall in love without eye contact? Make sure your eyes look beautifully relaxed by erasing all signs of tiredness with an instant pep-up eye cream. Try Noreva Noveane 3D Rollon Anti-ageing Eye and Lip Cream.

Make your eyes speak volumes with either of these two beauties: Bourjois’s lashious Volume Glamour Push Up Mascara or Bourjois Volume Reveal Mascara.  

A soft, smoky look is super easy with Bourjois Smoky Eyes Trio Eyeshadow.

Kiss-me lips

For both of you: Lips should be soft and smooth for kissing, so eliminate dry, rough skin and give them a rosy glow by brushing them gently with a wet toothbrush.

Apply a nourishing lip balm Bioderma Atoderm Restorative Lip Balm and let it soak in for a while.

Breath should be sweet, so brush and floss well and keep some Xylitol mints handy if you’re having a spicy meal.

Finally, pucker up in high definition with Bourjois’ iconic Rouge Edition Velvet Lipstick, which has serious staying power and looks ultra-plush.

At the end of the night, don’t forget to take it all off with micellar water – Bioderma H2O or Noreva Universal Cleansing Lotion.

Happy Valentine!

Top 5 South African Make-Up Trends

As we transition between winter and the lighter moods of spring, these top 5 South African make-up trends will carry us through…

Top 5 South African Make-Up Trends1. Skin trend: Dewy glow

At the base of it all is a fresh ‘‘no make-up make-up” skin. However, it gets an update with a bit of a glow. We’re not talking shine, just a lovely inner glow. You get it with a liquid foundation that has a soft, dewy finish, such as Bourjois City Radiance Foundation and Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation.

Top 5 South African Make-Up Trends2. Eyeliner trend: Draw the line

Eyes are front and centre this year, and the showstopper of them all is eyeliner. Liquid, pencil, gel… from elegant fine lines to chunky blocks. Just search eyeliner trends and let your imagination fly. We love these looks from the AW 2017/2018 runways. Black is always the It colour, but nothing’s stopping you going all-out with blues, purples, greens (check out Bourjois Contour Clubbing Waterproof Eye Pencils), pinks, oranges and reds (use a clean, sharpened lipliner) especially as the first buds of spring start appearing.

Pencil line: Rimmel Exaggerate Auto Eye Definer 

Kohl kajal: Maybelline Master Drama Ultra Black Kohl Pencil

Wing tip: Rimmel Wonder Wing Eyeliner, Bourjois Mega Liner Felt-Tip Eye Liner Extra-Large Flick

Liquid line: Revlon ColorStay Exactify Liquid LinerBourjois Liner Pinceau Liquid Liner

Gel liner: L’Oréal Paris Infallible Back to Black Gel Liner Crayon, Rimmel Scandal Eyes Eyeliner Waterproof Gel

Top 5 South African Make-Up Trends



3. Shadow trend: Smoking allowed!

The smoky eye gets playful this season. As the base, you have a soft metallic smoke in bronze, gunmetal, deep rust or burgundy, and highlight the inner corner of your eye. The easiest way to do it is with Maybelline The Burgundy Eye Shadow Palette, Rimmel Magnif’eyes Eye Contouring Palettor Revlon ColorStay 16hr Quad Eyeshadow in DecadentThen start playing with some bright contrasting shadow in the centre of the eyelid – blue, teal, gold, red (use a pencil if needs be)… give it a whirl.

Eyelashes get a lashing of soot, length and curl with Revlon Ultimate All in One MascaraMaybelline Volum’ Express Colossal Big Shot Mascara, Rimmel Wonder’Full Volume Colourist Mascara, L’Oréal Paris Double Extension Beauty Therapy Tubes Black Mascara or Bourjois Volume Reveal Mascara.


Top 5 South African Make-Up Trends


4. Lip colour trend: Plum Perfect

The beauty about plum shades is that they suit just about everyone. And we’re delighted that plummy hues are the It colour for lips. It’s up to you how you want it – you can go full vamp with a luscious blackberry mouth or dab on a sheer stain.

And for lovers of Ultra Violet – the Pantone Color of the Year 2018… Does it get more perfect than Rimmel The Only 1 Matte Lipstick 800 Run The Show and Maybelline SuperStay Matte Ink Liquid Lipstick in Believer, and L’Oréal Paris Infallible Lipstick in Violet Parfait. Shrinking violets can layer it on as a highlight over their safer lip shades, but this shade deserves to be flaunted in all its glory.

Deep burgundy lipstick: L’Oréal Paris Color Riche Lipstick in Dahlia Insolent, Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick in Berry Mischief

Matte lips: Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Liquid Lipstick in Grand Cru, Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lipcolor in Intensity

Lip stain/balm: Revlon Irresistible Kiss Balm in Berry Burst, Bourjois Color Boost Glossy Finish Lipstick in Plum Russian

Lipliners: Revlon ColorStay Lip Liner in Vixen and Bourjois Contour Edition Lip Pencil in Plum it Up! 


Top 5 South African Make-Up Trends

5. Brows – anything but beaten

Brows aren’t OTT this season, but rather maximised naturally and groomed, or brushed upwards. For those of us challenged in the brow department, some filling in and darkening is needed – try Rimmel Brow This Way Styling Gel, Revlon ColorStay Brow Kit or Maybelline Brow Satin Pencil.





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