My Favourite Beauty Products for Fair Skin

I have fair skin, like the fairest of the fair. Even when I have a tan, people still comment on how pale I am – I am THAT fair. In my teens, I used to experiment with various fake tans to try and conform to that bronzed skin ideal, but to be honest, the constant upkeep was too much for a lazy girl like me, so I decided to embrace my fair skin, and to choose clothes and makeup that compliment my skin colour.

With fair skin, comes the ever lasting search for beauty products that are light enough to match my skin, of which there seem to be very few. Over the years, I’ve been through so many different brands, but have found it near impossible to find a foundation that matches my face and doesn’t leave me looking orange.

But praise the lord, I seem to have finally stumbled onto a few products that match my skin tone, so I thought I should share them with you, so that you too, can solve your fair skin issues.

NARS Sheer Glow in Mont Blanc Light 2

I took the plunge and purchased a bottle of NARS Sheer Glow, and I’m so happy I did. This had been highly recommended to me by my fair skin friends, and I’d also seen it mentioned a lot on Youtube. It is a little more than I like to spend on makeup, at about $70 NZD a bottle, plus an extra $5 if you want the pump lid. With foundation though, I don’t mind spending a little bit more, because it really is the base of the face, and if it looks good, then I will feel good. It’s a light coverage, which is good for me as I don’t really like looking like I have a lot of makeup on. It’s super buildable though, which works for those days when I want a bit of extra coverage.

The most important thing though, is that it actually matches my skin tone, which is no simple task. I got the shade Mont Blanc, which is one of the six “light” shades available. This one is number 2 in the light range, and is described as having pink undertones. With six light shades available, all with varying undertones, it’s likely that you’ll be able to find one that matches your skin tone perfectly.

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Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in Fair 1

Much like my ongoing search for the perfect foundation, I have had similar struggles with concealer. I find it impossible to find the right shade, that also offers enough coverage and actually stays on. I did stumble onto a good thing with Benefit Boing concealer, and purchased this a couple of times, but I don’t love it enough to keep paying the $40 price tag, when there might be something just as good, for a lower price out there. After hearing about the Collection Lasting Perfection concealer from various beauty bloggers, I thought it couldn’t hurt to give this a go, especially considering I walk past the Collection stand at my local supermarket regularly.  It has great coverage, the fair 1 shade matches my skin perfectly, and it actually seems to last the day. With my Boing concealer, I was often touching up throughout the day, but not with this one! And it is so affordable, at about $15 NZD a pop.

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NYX Stay Matte But Not Flat Powder Foundation in Ivory

I’m not going to say this is my favourite powder of all time, but in terms of matching my skin tone, it does a good job. It is a good price at less than $20 NZD, so I will probably continue to purchase this for the time being. I have tried ones that I like more, such as the Estee Lauder Double Wear, but there’s a huge price difference, so for now, I’ll stick with NYX.

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The Balm Cindy-Lou Manizer Highlighter

Although I have fully embraced my fair skin, it’s nice to add a bit of glow and dimension to my face, which is where blushes, bronzers and highlighters come in. My usual approach to adding colour to my face has been to sweep a little bit of blush on my cheeks, usually a warm pink shade, as this seems to work best for my skin tone. However, I recently purchased The Balm Cindy-Lou Manizer Highlighter, without quite knowing what it was. I picked this up for $5 at a makeup clearance sale, and thought it looked interesting, but knew nothing about the brand or the product. I googled it when I got home, to find out that it usually retails for anywhere between $40 and $50 NZD. If I’d known how much I was going to love this, I would have stocked up! I’ve seen this described as a pinky-peach blush that can be used as a blush, eyeshadow and highlight. I love products that do it all. This has been an amazing addition to my makeup routine, as it adds a natural bit of colour to my cheeks, and I sometimes use it as an eyeshadow when I’m wanting to brighten up eyes a bit, on a natural makeup day.

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These are the main products I use regularly, I’d love to know what other products people recommend for fair skin. What products do you use?

Summer in Sydney

Well, I’m back from Sydney and getting back into the swing of everyday life. I read somewhere recently that the third week of January is one of the more difficult ones for people, because for most of us, our holidays are over, the novelty of a new year has worn off, and the reality sets in that we have a whole year to go until the fun of the next festive season. Personally, I found this week a bit of a struggle, for all of the reasons above, as well as the fact that the weather is cold and miserable (must I remind you again that it is the middle of summer here?). Thank god for my little get away over the ditch last week, where the weather was in the 30s the whole time, otherwise I would be feeling severely sun deprived.

Anyway, back to the point of this post, which is to give you a little update on my trip to Sydney. It’s worth me pointing out, that we decided this would be more of a beachy, relaxed holiday, rather than a sightseeing trip, as we had both been to Sydney before and had done a fair bit of the touristy stuff. Where we were staying was in North Sydney, which is a beautiful area with beaches dotted all the way up the coast. We were lucky enough to be house sitting for family, and so we had access to a car and bikes, as well as beach gear like surf boards and snorkels, which meant we could fully make the most of our trip and explore the area (when we weren’t napping or laying on the beach).

I won’t give you a play-by-play, instead i’ll pick out my favourite things and list them below.

Palm Beach – North Sydney

We took a drive up to Palm Beach which is north of the Sydney CBD. This is an absoulutely beautiful beach, with some great cafes, but I’ve got to say, the main draw card for me was the fact that this beach is where the popular Australian show Home And Away is filmed. Whilst I don’t watch this religiously, I’ve been watching it on and off for years, so being able to see where all the magic happens was so exciting, including the likes of the surf club, the lighthouse, the beach and Alf’s bait shop. We had a delicious brunch at The Boathouse, which is built over the water, giving us some beautiful breakfast views. The exterior of the building, is actually the Home and Away “diner”, and if you watch the show you’ll recognise the surrounding scenery too. This is a must-visit location for anyone, but even better if you’re a fan of the show.

Taronga Zoo

It had been years since I’d been to a zoo, and this one came highly recommended, so we checked it out one very hot afternoon. Note to self for future reference, sunscreen and many, many bottles of water are always required on a zoo day.

Taronga Zoo is situated on the side of a hill, looking over the Sydney harbour, and features stunning views of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge (as well as amazing animals of course). Once you get to the bottom of the hill, you can catch a cable car back up to the entrance, so you don’t have to hike back up the hill after you’ve seen all the animals. This was ideal in the 30+ degree heat.

Surfing at Manly Beach

Manly is well known for it’s surfing, so a lesson at the Manly Surf School was a must. The guys who teach these lessons are amazing. So amazing in fact that they had me standing up on my first try (note that I had literally never been on a surf board before so this was a pretty big achievement). I am now hooked, and can’t wait to go for another lesson asap.

Food

There was so much good food, that I can’t pick a favourite, so I thought I’d give you a quick list of my favs:

Jah Bar, Dee Why

This is a tapas restaurant in Dee Why, which was one beach north from where we were staying. The fish tacos were one of the tastiest things I’ve ever eaten, and I don’t even like fish that much. We were lucky to be there on Monday which is “Happy Day”, meaning that all day is happy hour, which means extremely cheap food and drinks. We also got a table outside, so we were able to people watch and look over at the beach which is across the road. Definitely check it out if you’re ever in the area.

Manly Wharf Hotel

Situated over the water, next door to the Manly ferry terminal, the Manly Wharf Hotel is the perfect place for a drink in the sun.We ordered a drink from the Jetty Bar which is built over the water, and enjoyed the Thursday special which was $10 steak. You can’t say no to that! If we had had more time in Sydney, I definitely would have gone back here.

Donny’s Bar

Whilst heading back to Manly Wharf Hotel on our last night of the trip, we stumbled across Donny’s Bar. The sound of live music pulled us in, and it turns out that this is quite the popular spot for a Saturday night drink. We sat there for a few hours, enjoying a jug of Rose Sangria and the Barman’s platter. It was all delicious and the singer, whose name escapes me now, was singing all my favourite songs. Wine + live music = my happy place. So glad we found this place, it was the perfect way to spend our last evening.

So there you have it, a list of my holiday highlights. See a few of my snaps below.

What did you get up to over your holiday break? Comment below!

What’s Happening in 2017

Hello lovely readers! It’s been a bit quiet here on the blog for the last few weeks. I’ve been off enjoying the festive season, and a little bit of sunshine when it comes out from behind the clouds, which hasn’t been happening enough considering it is the middle of summer, if you ask me. My holidays were very busy, spent driving around various parts of the North Island to spend time with family and friends. My holiday is taking a pause for a few days while I am back at work, but next week I am off to Sydney to continue my summer holiday, and I cannot wait!

Before I jet off again, I thought I’d check in, to say hello, happy new year, and give you a bit of an update on whats happening with me, and the blog this year.

Life

After my Sydney trip, it will be time to get back to business as usual, and to reinstate my usual routines. Before the holidays hit, I was doing so well with exercising regularly, so my intention is to get this habit back on track as soon as I am back from holiday.

In March, things are going to change a little bit for me, because I’m going back to uni! The thought is exciting, but also quite terrifying, as it’s been a few years since I was last at uni. As I’ll be crazy busy with studying full time, and still working in my normal job, I’ll do my best to keep updating the blog regularly, but if there are times when you don’t hear from me for a while, you can safely assume I am holed up in my room trying to get an assignment done.

Travel

As mentioned above, I’m off to Sydney next week! I’m looking forward to a warm, beachy holiday, some delicious food, and a bit of shopping here and there.

There won’t be any major trips this year, but I’m sure there will be plenty of little adventures to look forward to! There is still so much of this country I need to see, particularly in the South Island, so exploring my own country will be my travel focus this year.

Blog

Can you believe This Girl in Her Twenties is nearly a year old? I can’t believe it’s been nearly a year since I finally sat down and wrote my first post. I also can’t believe that it took me about three years before that to actually start this blog. But here we are.

This year, I plan to keep posting regularly(ish), with my thoughts on beauty trends, pop culture, travel, life and all that stuff. I’ve got a few ideas up my sleeve already, but you’ll probably have to wait until I’m back from holiday to see these.

As I said above, this year is a big year for me with returning to study, but I’ll do my best to keep the blog updated as much as possible.

That’s enough of an update from me! Thanks to everyone for reading in 2016, here’s to an even better to 2017.

If there’s anything you would like to see more of on here in 2017, comment below 🙂

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A snap from my Christmas Day