It's been a while since I did a "tag" type blog post, so when I saw this one on Hildegard's blog, Suzy Q-Tip, I thought I would join in :)
How many times do you wash your face daily?
Twice. In the mornings, it’s normally just micellar water. In the evenings, I double cleanse, and use an oil-based cleanser.
What skin type do you have?
Combination: dry bits, oily bits, sensitive bits, you name it!
What is your current facial wash?
At the moment I’m mostly using Bioderma’s Sensibio Micellar Water, together with The Body Shop’s Sumptuous Cleansing Butter. I recently got REN's Hot Cloth Cleanser, so I'm looking forward to giving it a try!
Do you exfoliate? What brand do you use?
Yes. I use a warm facecloth when removing any oil-based cleanser, using small circular motions to gently exfoliate. I also use REN’s Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask once or twice a month.
What moisturiser do you use?
At the moment I’m using Nivea’s Cellular Anti-Age moisturizers.
Do you have freckles?
Yes, but they’re not as nice and defined as when I was younger.
Do you use eye cream?
Not anymore, I don’t feel like it’s worth it.
Do you or did you have acne prone skin?
Yes, I was on Roaccutane for YEARS to clear up my skin. Now it’s A LOT better (miracle drug!) but I still get hormone-related breakouts.
Switching from a foaming face wash to oil cleansing was an amazing change for me! Having a background of acne-prone skin, I never would have thought that oil cleansing would work for me! Instead, by stopping using harsh cleansers/toners and switching to moisturising clean oils, I was no longer stripping my skin dry, so it didn’t need to “over react” by producing excessive amounts of oil.
What foundation do you use?
This past summer, I stuck to BB/CC creams, with my favourites being the Garnier BB Cream for Combo Skin, the Catrice BB Cream and the Bourjois CC Cream (all in light). However, now that winter is approaching and I’m getting paler, all three of those are too dark for me, so I’ve switched back to foundation which I can get a better colour-match with. I have several, but at the moment I am loving the Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation (in Ivory).
How about concealer?
I’m using L.A. Girl Pro Concealer under my eyes, and Catrice Camoflague Cream on blemishes.
Do you know your undertone colour?
Yes, I have pink (cool) undertones.
What do you think of fake eyelashes?
I only use them for special occasions or dress up parties. Luckily my natural lashes are quite long, so I only use false lashes when I want extra volume.
Did you know that you are supposed to change your mascara every 3 months?
Yes, but I take expiry dates with a pinch of salt. I treat my products rather well, so I mostly use them until I detect that the formulation is starting to change, which is the point when I chuck them out.
What brand of mascara do you use?
I’m currently loving L’Oreal False Lash Wings.
Make up item that you can't seem to get enough of?
Lipstick! I’m a total addict.
Do you have a MAC Pro-card?
No, I actually haven’t bought anything from MAC before. (Shock, horror!)
What makeup tools do you use in makeup application?
Brushes. One exception, I’m currently applying my foundation with my fingers, and then going in with a buffing brush to blend it in. This avoids the brush soaking up too much product, and I find this gives a more natural finish.
What are your favourite brushes?
My favourites are all Real Techniques brushes, in particular the Expert Face Brush, the Buffing Brush and the eyeshadow brushes from the Starter Set.
Do you use primer for the eyes?
Only when I’m going out at night and want my eyeshadow to last even on a hot, sweaty dancefloor.
For the face?
Usually, unless I am in a rush.
What is your favourite eye shadow shade?
To be a cliché, I absolutely love Kitten by Stila. I also love coppery shades, as I feel they complement my blue eyes well.
Do you use pencil or liquid eyeliner?
Yes. I use a pencil liner on my top and bottom waterlines for everyday wear. I don’t include liquid liner in my normal everyday look, but do enjoy using it when I have the time.
What do you think of pigment eyeshadows?
Some of them are truly gorgeous, but they’re too much effort for every day.
Do you use mineral makeup?
What is your favourite lipstick?
Oh God, how to choose? At the moment, my three faves are all Wet n Wild MegaLast lipsticks: Mauve Outta Here, Stoplight Red and Sugar Plum Fairy.
How about lipgloss?
I tend not to wear lipgloss, it just gets my hair stuck in it and then wears off too quickly
What is your favourite blush to use?
At the moment I’m using Estee Lauder Silky Powder Blush in Pink Kiss and Nude Rose
Where do you buy your makeup online?
From Rubybox, Takealot, RetailBox or Zando
Do you like drugstore makeup?
Your favourite in SA?
My favourites are Essence, Catrice, Wet N Wild and L’Oreal
Did you ever consider taking makeup classes?
No, its not something I think I would ever do. I do enjoy watching YouTube tutorials every now and then though.
Are you clumsy in putting on makeup?
No. (In fact, thanks to load shedding, I’ve discovered I can even do a pretty damn decent job in the dark with a single candle!)
Name a makeup crime that you hate?
Foundation that’s too dark and/or too thick
Worst general-beauty crime?
Not wearing sunscreen! People, take care of your skin! Even if your skin type doesn’t burn, you should be wearing SPF EVERY DAY to protect your skin from UV damage that will lead to cancer (and ageing).
Do you like colourful shades of makeup (lipstick, eyeshadow) or neutral ones?
I tend to use neutral shades on the eyes and go crazy with the lips: bright and bold pink, red, purple or orange are all game for my daily face, and I’ve been known to go blue for lips (and eyebrows!) just for fun!
Which celebrity always has great makeup?
If you could leave the house using just ONE makeup item, what would you use?
Could you ever leave the house without any makeup on?
I prefer not to, it’s just not my style.
Do you think you look good even without any makeup on?
I look ok, but I love using makeup to enhance my features
What do you think of makeup in general?
I used to be someone who, thanks to horrible acne amongst other things, absolutely hated the way I look. Now, I’m happy with my appearance, and makeup has a great deal to do with that. Thanks to makeup, I can hide blemishes or undereye circles (even if they don’t look bad to other people – I can hide the flaws I think I have to look better to myself). At the same time, I can draw attention to things I like about my appearance, for example, my eyes.
Makeup helps women (and men!) improve their self-confidence. It helps us put forward the face we want others to see. It gives us freedom to express ourselves.