Another week, another fab blogger steps up to take part in Beauty Blogger’s Best Things and this week it’s the very lovely Sara from http://dailypolish.com/.
The premise of dailypolish.com is simple. A different polish each day! I love polish me, so it’s a must read for me. Lots of brands I’ve never heard of too so I like to think of it as educational.
So without further ado, lets got on with it and as always, start with the easy questions!
Can you talk me through your daily skin care regime, which products you use and why? I’m a bit of a rubbish skincare person. I’m desperately trying to get better…but I am a person who suffers from a fatigue disorder so mornings are not my high point (not that nights are either, but I’m better at taking care of my skin at night). Mornings I use Bioderma Sensibio swiped all over my face in the mornings (because it is good at cleansing and very fast [and I’m not always one for a lot of time in the mornings as I’m so tired I can’t always get up early enough to have more than 10 minutes to get out the door]) and then followed up with Laura Mercier Combination Skin Moisturising Lotion SPF 15. At night I use my Clarisonic with Shiffa Aromatic Facial Cleanser and then LM Moisturiser again. I love Shiffa (I discovered it in Stylist magazine) because it’s a combination of organic materials and Ayuerveda (a science I fully believe in) and made by a dermatologist turned skincare products creator. I just really enjoy the brand, what it stands for, why it was created and the ingredients!
I exfoliate twice a week with a Laura Mercier exfoliator (even though I’m not that keen on the scent I really like the beads) and have an addicting clay mask habit! I buy them like they are going out of style.
What shampoo and conditioner are you devoted to? I am completely devoted to the Naked Bodycare line. I love that it’s so cheap and so good for my hair. I have tried a lot of really expensive shampoos (I mean really expensive) and they haven’t done much for my hair. The Naked shampoos and conditioners are around £4 each and they work really well! It’s one of the few products I’ve found where I can get a lot of value for not a lot of money (I have a big problem with that. On one hand I firmly believe that you should get what you pay for…but I have a big issue with the feeling that in order to get any value for my money I need to spend a lot of money. I don’t earn a lot and London is so expensive!!!). Right now I’m using the Bounce Curl shampoo and the Shine conditioner. I’m pleasantly surprised by the conditioner because it feels really watery once it is in my hair but is washing out really moisturising (and I’m someone who tends to prefer really thick conditioners as my hair is perpetually dry). So to counteract the dryness I add a dab of Naked Rescue, their intense moisturising conditioner. I also use their Curl Defining cream (when I haven’t misplaced it in my bedroom!).
What about your top three make up brands generally speaking? I am obsessed with By Terry. It’s incredibly expensive but one of the times I feel like I am willing to spend the extra money to get a better value. I have also found that the products last for a really long time so when I work out the cost versus the shelf-life of the product in my makeup bag…I can justify it! I bought the Tinted Moisturiser last year and I’m still using it and it cost around £58? So if I’m going to spend £58 on a product but it is going to last over 8 months…that’s alright with me (sorry to ramble…but as someone who is forever on a limited budget and likes pretty things, if I fall for something fancy I want people to understand why I think it’s worth the price!).
I find the rest of my makeup to be a bit of a hodge-podge. I tried really hard to resist Chanel but I have fallen head over heels for their eyeshadows. They are beautifully made, excellent pigmentation…I just cannot complain about them. Am I going to go out and buy every single one…..no. I wish I could but I can’t. But the two I have I really like (and it makes me want to buy more!) [for the record they are Fauvre and Vert Khaki/Khaki Vert]).
I really liked Le Metier De Beaute and I miss them being in the UK. I didn’t buy a lot from them but I cannot fault them for originality, beauty or quality. I didn’t buy from them much just because I could not afford them…but if I could afford them, rest assured they’d probably source my entire makeup collection.
Ok some specifics now!
What is your favourite foundation and why? I’ve recently started using Bobbi Brown’s Long Lasting Natural Finish Foundation (in shade 03, Beige [makes me feel so tan!]) because it is great for buildable coverage but has a lovely semi-matte finish. Perfect for work or going out (as I have extremely combination skin). If I want a more dewy look I can add a dab of my tined moisturiser for some extra glow or add extra highlighter after the fact. But I find it to be a fantastic foundation at a really good price point. It’s actually my first ever Bobbi Brown makeup piece and I don’t know that I’m going to check out the rest of the brand (I never really feel any of it calling out my name) but I do really, really like this foundation. It fits perfectly into my needs and lifestyle.
What is your favourite mascara and why? This is a tough one. I love the look of mascara. But my eyelashes are cursed…or evil. I was blessed with naturally very long lashes (sadly without any real curl) but pretty much any mascara I ever wear flakes right off. I end up with racoon eyes after 40 minutes (and I’ve tried a lot of different primers underneath and they just don’t help!). I did try semi-permanent mascara and that was the perfect solution…I just can’t afford it on a regular basis. But in terms of regular mascara, I’ve tried Yves Saint Laurent, Le Metier, Chanel, Dior, Rimmel, Maybelliene, MAC, LORAC and BarryM. So….I’ve tried a lot of mascaras. They all flake on my eyes! I swear I’m doomed to never be able to wear mascara.
What one product do you think every cosmetic aficionado should have in their collection? Ooooo. As a nail blogger I have to say a few things: nail oil, a great basecoat, a great topcoat, a great nude/a great red and a great glitter.
As a lover of cosmetics I need to say…an eyelid primer! It might sound weird but I have the world’s oiliest eyelids and I couldn’t really wear eyeshadow successfully until I discovered Laura Mercier’s eyelid primer (I tried Urban Decay, I tried NARS…they didn’t work on me, I still creased through!) and the LM primer has been a total lifesaver. I can finally wear eyeshdaow and not worry about creasing. It’s been so pleasing. Although I do want to try the Make Up For Ever Aqua Creams without primer just to see if they can withstand my super oily eyelids!!!
I love finding new blogs so please before you go, please recommend three of your favourite bloggers.
The Posh Polish – I recently discovered this amazing nail blog, I’m so jealous of her beautiful nails and pictures! I can’t believe it’s taken me so long to find this blog
Fabulous Girl Wears Vintage – This is a relaunched blog for my favourite vintage site, Shrimpton Couture. I go to this site almost every day and “window” shop the beautiful clothing and accessories. I want to buy everything and I can always trust Cherie when it comes to vintage or styling. She is just impeccable and one of the kindest people!
Wendy Brandes – So one of my dreams in life is to own a piece of Wendy Brandes jewellery. Not just any piece though…I’m still deciding. Knowing me, it’s going to be one of the $800+ ones! Wendy is amazing. She is super smart, snarky, talented beyond belief and I love to read anything she is willing to put on her blog. One of my favourite things about Wendy is her transparency. Outside of the incredible designs she is committed to communicating with people about the truth in the jewellery industry and how difficult it can be to be an independent designer in a world where the cost of materials is skyrocketing and when and why you raise your costs. I also enjoy learning the process behind a design, how it goes from a drawing on a piece of paper to the jewellery itself. There’s also the fantastic fashion commentary, the manicure and pedicure pictures and the social critique! It’s pretty much a one-stop shop for me. Everything I want…I can get!
Thanks so much for taking part Sara. I’m particularly loving your blog recommendations as I don’t follow any of them and The Posh Polish looks especially up my street as does Wendy Brandes so thank you! And don’t worry, you didn’t say too much, it’s been a pleasure!
As always, if you’d like to take part in BBBT, please just drop me a line to firstname.lastname@example.org.