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Spring Racing – Race Day Clutch

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Just like that spring racing is nearly upon us.

Outfits sorted, hair/makeup done, innersoles-placed firmly in heels.

Now all that’s left is to pack the all important clutch.

With minimal space to spare it’s important to pack smart and condense down to just the necessities.

I’ve done the hard work for you and come up with a list of my top beauty picks and must haves for your race day clutch.

Consider this your spring racing survival pack which ensures your race day glam stays on-point from champagne breakfast until the very last race.

Lip Colour touch up- I’m yet to come across a lip product that could withstand 8 hours of race day eating and drinking. Whether you’ve opted for a bold red or a subtle nude it’s important to always have your touch up bases covered. Mecca offer a great range of Mac Cosmetics mini lipsticks that will fit snugly into your clutch when space is an issue.

Mini Mac Lipstick 

Powder- Spring Racing Carnival is the time to let your outfit shine, not your forehead. While I love a subtle highlight, too much shine is something we want to avoid. I love the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder as it helps remove oil residue without flattening the skin. It’s the best powder I’ve found for creating luminous skin and comesin travel size.

HourGlass Ambient Lighting Powder 

Eyelash glue  With the growing trend of cateye liner and volume lashes, all day maintenance is of utmost importance. Rushed mornings to gettrackside often mean eyelash glue might be missed in the corners causing them to lift by midday. Carrying a small tube of lash glue ensures you can reapply if needed and will probably make you very popular in the ladies’ bathroom around 2pm.

Model Rock Lashes 

Sunscreen- We’ve all seen the photos of those poor girls’ post-race day sporting some heftybright red tan lines. Although many of us use makeup with SPF we often neglect sunscreen application to the rest of our body. With shoulders and arms often exposed to direct sunlight it’s important to reapply every 2 hours. If you’re worried about white residue, I love the Drunk Elephant Umbra Tinte™ Physical Daily Defense SPF 30. It blends seamlessly into most skin tones leaving behind a glowy finish, making it the perfect addition to your race day glam routine.

Drunk Elephant Sunscreen 

Sunglasses- Nothing ruins a makeup look fasterthan constant squinting and frowning from sunglare. If youre in direct sun for most of the day opt for a pair of sleek shades that compliment your race day look. These are also a fool proof safety net in case your makeup doesn’t last the day. 

 

Hydration- I guess this one isn’t exactly an obvious beauty related tip and a water bottle may be too large to fit into your clutch. However, this is a gentle reminder to hydrate yourself prior,during and post-race day. This will ensure your skin is glowing, and help you feel a lot better the next day especially after a few champagnes.

Happy Racing Ladies

See you trackside!

Sarah x

Spring Racing – Spray Tan Edition

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Spring Racing is finally upon us, and with bright and bold colours on trend this year it’s important to carry this look through to your beauty routine. Nothing elevates a fashion look more than a golden natural tan. Unfortunately, unless you’ve been one of the lucky ones sunning yourself in Europe (not me) you’re going to need some extra help. Fake it till you make it… right?


For the perfect faux golden glow my current go-to brand would be Spray Aus. Their two-hour formula achieves the perfect natural looking tan. I find it just a touch lighter than other brands I’ve previously used, making it ideal for race day. For daytime events such as spring racing, it’s important to err on the side of caution and opt for something light, remembering you can always add more but it’s impossible to go back.


A two-hour tan works best in my opinion as it’s a great way to achieve a bit of colour without that obvious spray tan look.

 Almost as important as the tan itself is the preparation and aftercare. To regular spray-tanners these are common practice but can ultimately be the difference between looking like a golden goddess or someone who’s just rolled in a bag of Doritos.

DO:

  • Book your appointment 1-2 days out from your event.

I find that if I can get in at least two showers it helps the colour to settle and achieve a more natural looking flawless tan.
  

  • Thoroughly exfoliate skin.

I like to start this process a few days prior. Exfoliating ensures a more even tan with less build up or patches. For those who fake tan regularly this also helps to remove all previous tan from the skin.
 

  • Test patch skin

If trying a new brand for the first time this is important to ensure there aren’t any adverse reactions. If you are prone to skin conditions, it’s best to contact a dermatologist prior to any spray tan. It’s also handy to opt for a solution that is all natural or organic. I find Eco Tan to be the best on the market for those with sensitive skin.
 

  • Top up or use extenders to reach your desired colour.

As previously mentioned it’s far easier to darken a light tan than it is to go back.
Usually 2-4 hours is enough processing time for me. If after showering I feel I require more colour, I’ll use the Spray Aus Tan Extender (a moisturiser with a touch of colour that works as a gentle enhancer). I also routinely use the Spray Aus Tan Mist to extend the life of the tan on my face, as it tends to fade there first.

 

DON’T

  • Leave your tan on longer than required.

Remember that your tan is being seen in direct sunlight in the middle of the day, anything too over developed will look orange and obvious.
 

  • Use moisturiser makeup or perfume prior to spray tanning.

This can leave you with patches and an uneven tan overall. Arrive with clean skin and avoid using deodorant if possible.
 

  • Use soap or body wash when showering after a spray tan.

This will cause the tan to be removed in uneven patches. Avoid rubbing or exfoliating the skin as well and ensure you remove the solution in a gentle sweeping motion.
 

  • Wear tight fitting clothing.

This can remove the tan in areas before it has a chance to develop. Aim for loose baggy dark clothes to avoid the solution transferring and staining.

Leave your skinny jeans and white tank at home
 

Finally post tan make sure to use a hydrating moisturiser to help nourish your skin and pro-log the life of your tan. I absolutely adore the Coconut Balm from THIS IS RAW, it is super hydrating and smells incredible.


Follow these steps and your tan will be a sure winner race day. 

Happy racing 

Sarah

Xx