by ZOE FOSTER
In non-celebratory news, today’s post is sadly my last post for Mamamia. But all is not lost, because this compelled me to spend a few hours listing and linking to every single dang post I’ve written here over the past year.
So! Here’s what went down. Or what you missed, if you’re a newcomer/sometimes reader/my dad:
With regards to makeup, I talked about how to PROPERLY conceal under the eyes, the delight and freshness of pink makeup, some sneaky anti-ageing makeup tricks and products, the VERY IMPORTANT art of filling in and defining one’s eyebrows, the three makeup techniques many woman do that are doing them ZERO favours, what BB cream is and why you might like it, fun NYE/party makeup that is actually rather grown-up and lovely indeed, not to mention the perfect festive slap, fresh, summery makeup that is wildly fast to apply, the wonder and power of applying (both black and white) liner in the waterline, how to make your teeth look whiter with makeup, how to REALLY MAKE YOUR MAKEUP LAST, my thoughts on the Perfect Lip Balm (the cosmetic holy grail); I explained what primer is and how important it is for makeup longevity, listed some excellent eye, lip and cheek products I fell for this year, showed you how to not look like you’ve been crying or been dumped in a vat of bronzer and other beauty fixes, offered you a new way to apply foundation that makes it 324307034982 x more natural looking, how to do a two-minute, cheat’s smoky eye, the delights of grown-up coloured mascara (not an oxymoron), how to pull off very dark wine/plum/blood-coloured lipstick, should, uh, that be something you think looks attractive, served up the four rules of blush we should all kind of know by now, explained why it’s so easy to use makeup and dressing up to VASTLY and POWERFULLY lift your mood, should it for some reason be low, explained the best makeup remover for each mascara type, and speaking of mascara, I wrote on the new salon-only semi-permanent mascara, and of course, there was the day I, and we all, showed our makeup free face to the world.
Skin? Covered that off pretty extensively, too. I (as usual) went to town bullying you all into using the right amount and type of sun protection (every day) and understanding how that all works because a lot of us still don’t really know, spoke of my love for these 60-second power exfoliators/glowing skin give-er-ers, made you all fall in love with that cheap, powerful anti-ager, rosehip oil, showed you how to do your makeup if you wear spectacles, talked up how good it is having your blackheads extracted professionally, revealed the ultimate and best way to heal chapped, flaky, dry, annoying lips, showed you the REAL way to fade scars left behind after pimples (especially those that have been picked at) that involves no vitamin e oil at all, how to zap those pimples before they even really erupt and the best products for the job, how to lessen the appearance of large pores, gave you the reason behind and truth on why you need to wear sun protection every day, how to fix your back acne, or “bacne” (cute!), the splendour and effectiveness of toner, and why it’s time you started using it again, how to heal yourself after a curling tong or ghd burn, threw up some facts and thoughts on lip fillers, and went into the danger of overusing AHAs, even though the attraction is obvious (“they work.”)