I’m really pleased about this week’s Blogger. It’s Leanne from www.donotrefreeze.com. One of the first blogs I ever started following and just a lovely person. And now as someone starting out life working with nails, I’m going to be reading Leanne’s blog a lot more often, to read and learn from her fab nail art tutorials. She’s a clever girl!
Please head over there and have a look if you don’t follow already, but I’d be surprised if many of my readers don’t already follow!
So lets start with some easy questions!
Can you talk me through your daily skin care regimen, which products you use and why? I use a whole mish-mash of different brands and products on a daily basis – perhaps my skincare routine would be more effective if I stuck to a particular brand or something! In the morning all I do is splash my face with water and give it a spritz with The Body Shop Vitamin E Face Mist. I love that, it’s really lovely and refreshing. In the evening, I take the worst of my makeup off with a face wipe (my favourite are actually 99p ones from Superdrug!), then I exfoliate in the shower with Monu Micro Exfoliant and wash my face with TBS Vitamin E facial cleansing bar, or sometimes Lush Coalface if I fancy a change. I nearly always moisturise with Good Things Miracle Mattifier, but if my skin is feeling particularly parched I’ll slap on a bit of RMK’s night cream before bed – very rich! So yeah, I use quite a lot of different things, haha.
What shampoo and conditioner are you devoted to? I developed a bit of an issue with SLS (sodium lauryl/laureth sulphate) last year, and every hair product that contained it was giving me a nasty, itching, flaking scalp. Nice! So I went SLS free – I tried some I loved and some I hated (I’m looking at you, Naked) but to this day I still devote myself to Burt’s Bees Pomegranate and Soy.
What about your top three make up brands generally speaking? Illamasqua, without a shadow of a doubt. I mean, come on! One of Illamasqua’s pure pigments (Furore) was my first ever high end makeup purchase, and they will always have a special place in my heart! There’s nothing not to love – the brand ethos, the imagery, just everything! I’m also quite the fan of ELF Studio – it’s all completely bargainous and they have some really fantastic products that I use every day. I couldn’t be without the Eyebrow Kit or the Cream Eyeliner any more! As for a third one I’d probably have to say Sleek MakeUP; you can’t go wrong with the cult i-Divine palettes and they have some cracking products in the rest of their range.
Ok some specifics now!
What is your favourite foundation and why? Don’t do this to me Charlie! I am a foundation junkie, you can’t make me choose! I have about 10 that I circulate regularly depending on my mood, haha. I can narrow it down a little for you, though. Lately I’ve been really enjoying Illamasqua’s Skin Base foundation, it’s a little heavier in coverage than my usual choices but it just looks fantastic and doesn’t play up my dry patches like a lot of foundations do. I also LOVE Sleek’s New Skin Revive foundation, I find it really quite hydrating. One of my all time favourites is Kryolan Ultra Fluid – perfect coverage, it even negates the need for concealer but it doesn’t really look or feel like you’re wearing anything at all. Amazing! Also one of my favourites this summer has been ELF Studio Tinted Moisturiser, especially whilst I was away in Florida. It just evens out the skin tone without adding anything that’s going to slide off your face in hot weather!
What is your favourite mascara and why? I was a slave to RMK Separate Curl mascara, but at £21 I always winced when paying for it. It was worth it to me, though, ’cause it was the only mascara I’d ever found that actually held a curl in my lashes. No matter if I curl my lashes to within an inch of their life, nearly every mascara makes them fall flat almost immediately, so RMK Separate Curl was my saviour. However, in America I thought I should pick up a cheap waterproof mascara and ended up grabbing Covergirl All-in-One mascara (I think that’s what it was called, the writing’s all rubbed off the tube now). And seriously, I was blown away. It cost me about $6 and it performs even better than the RMK one in my opinion. I’m going to have to reply on American blogger friends to keep me stocked with it from now on!
What one product do you think every cosmetic aficionado should have in their collection? The obvious answer is probably a Sleek i-Divine palette, probably Storm if you want specifics since it’s so wearable. But I also think every addict should own one of the cult eyeshadow primers – Urban Decay Primer Potion is my favourite one.
I love finding new blogs so please before you go, please recommend three of your favourite bloggers. www.dottiek.com as a great all-rounder, www.gh0stparties.com for lovely outfits, and for nails it HAS to be www.scrangie.com. Oh, and I’m also quite the fan of Lady of the Lane too 😉
Thank you so much! No no, thank YOU for having me Charlie! 🙂
Aww nice bit of creeping at the end there? Flattery will get you everywhere! There’s a new blog recommendation there for me too. Fab work!
So, the final word as always has to be if you’d like to take part in BBBT, then please drop me a line to firstname.lastname@example.org and please remember, ALL welcome! It doesn’t matter how many followers you have and it doesn’t matter if you’re not an exclusively beauty blog, just drop me a line!