If you’ve been following me on Instagram you’ll know that my partner and I recently relocated to San Francisco. We arrived here after six weeks in Europe with nothing but two suitcases and a couple of laptops. Needless to say, I have been wearing the same clothes and the same makeup for around three months now and it’s definitely time for an update.
My beauty basics series continues today with part II of the products that I can’t live without.
1. Bare Minerals Ready Foundation SPF 20. I use this when I want a little more coverage but still want something light on my skin. I transitioned over to a mineral foundation about 6 months ago and started off with the Bare Minerals starter kit. I like the Ready compact version because it’s a little less messy and makes touch ups easier.
2. Napoleon Perdis Makeup Brushes. Here’s a little known fact about me, I’m actually a qualified makeup artist and when I was training I was lucky enough to be given a set of Napoleon Perdis makeup brushes. That was almost 8 years ago and with regular cleaning and disinfecting they’re still going strong. Makeup brushes are one of those products where it pays to spend a little more for quality.
3. Nivea Q10 Plus Eye Cream. To be honest, I think any eye cream is better than no eye cream. I used to use Elizabeth Arden’s Prevage eye cream which will set you back about $7,929,051 and I’m not entirely convinced it’s any better than a $15 chemist version. I think what the eye area needs is moisture of any kind, so if you’re budget conscious any of the chain brands will do the job just fine.
4. Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream. Hands down, my favourite lip balm in the world. For me, it’s the only one that doesn’t feel like its just sitting on top of my lips. It’s also great for little scrapes and cuts.
5. Nars Lipstick in Barbarella. Creamy, long-lasting and easy to wear. A fantastic range of colours and reasonably priced. Nars makes a standout lipstick.
6. Kerastase Oleo Curl Shampoo & Conditioner. Ok, lets talk hair care. This is another area I believe it’s pays to spend a little more. I can put my hand on my heart and say that this shampoo & conditioner has changed my hair. Yes, it’s pricey, but quite frankly, supermarket brands are full of harsh ingredients and curls are unpredictable at the best of times. The Kerastase range has a product for every hair type and the Curl range is simply the best I’ve tried.
So ladies, let me know if there are any specific products you’d like me to focus on for part III of basic beauty buys. And don’t forget you can follow The Kids Are In Trouble on Bloglovin xx
I answered a question on Twitter today about how to deal with freshly painted wet nails and realised that I actually have quite a few beauty tricks up my sleeve. So I thought I’d start a series detailing the bits and pieces that make up my kit. Today I’m focussing on basics; the products that I use pretty much every day or can’t live without.
1. Seche Vite Quick Dry Top Coat. I feel like more people should know about this. It’s seriously a life changer. Its a top coat that dries your polish in about 60 seconds and sets it rock hard. Now I don’t know about you, but virtually every time I paint my nails I have some ridiculous need to put my hands in my pockets, or through my hair, or sleep on them. Well no more! I get mine from eBay or Amazon.
2. Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour in Black Satin. The black polish that started it all and my go to colour. Get it at David Jones or Myer.
3. Cetaphil UVA/UVB SPF 50 Facial Moisturiser. Aint no UV rays getting through this bad boy! Even though I have Mediterranean blood, I somehow got
cursed/blessed with fair, pale skin and the sun hates me. So this daily moisturiser is perfect for sun protection yet light enough to wear under your makeup.
4. Loreal Nude Magique BB Cream. It took me a while to get used to this, it’s much lighter than the foundation products I’m used to wearing but I’ve fallen in love with it. BB Cream supposedly stands for blemish balm, blemish base or beauty balm. I don’t know if it’s making me more beautiful, but it certainly makes my skin glow. If you’re prone to oily skin, go for an oil free version.
5. QV Wash. I find as I get ahem, older, my skin is getting more and more sensitive. I use the QV wash on my body as well as my face. It’s light and non drying but still removes all traces of makeup.
6. Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Sex Machine. I have a bit of an addiction to buying lipsticks but this pinky blush colour is the one I always come back to. And more importantly it’s not drying and doesn’t flake.
7. Kevyn Aucoin Precision Brow Pencil. I’ve talked about the importance of a well shaped eyebrow before and if you still haven’t had your eyebrows tended to by a professional eyebrow shaper, then you really should. Eyebrows are the most important thing on your face. Anyhoo, I digress. Even with a professional shape, most women will find that filling your eyebrows in slightly will help even out patches and define them. I’ve tried quite a few products and keep coming back to Kevyn Aucoin. I know a lot of you are probably on the Benefit bandwagon, but I prefer the convenience of a pencil.
8. Garnier Fructis Styling Mousse. And finally, if you were
blessed/cursed with curly hair, you’ll know all about the eternal struggle to find the right product. I don’t exaggerate when I say I’ve probably spent thousands on hair products, and every single time I come back to mousse. You’ll usually get change from a ten and some will tell you that they hate the way it leaves their curls ‘crunchy’ but it’s the only product that actually holds my curls and keeps frizz at bay.
So, what beauty products do you swear by?
It’s been, ahem, quite some time since my last visit to a hairdresser. Praise the lord for Head Studio and in particular, Jaimme-lee, who did a fab job on my mess of locks on the weekend! All my ladies of Perth, you need to get down to Head Studio stat; they are the best in the biz.
Beauty note: I’m wearing Nars Lipstick in Schiap on my lips
Not that long ago, I had an epiphany. Sadly I didn’t discover the meaning of life or figure out how to cure world hunger. My epiphany was a little more vain… I worked out that having the correct eyebrow shape and thickness does what all the makeup/facials/botox in the world could never do. I mean, I always knew that everyone had a shape that was uniquely there’s but what I really discovered was how much of a difference an expert eyebrow shaper can make to your life (I know that’s a big call, but stay with me folks).
A couple of months ago, after a tip from a friend, I went to see “The Eyebrow Whisperer” aka Alison Jade. Yes, I had to wait around 7 weeks to get an appointment, yes it was expensive, and yes I was only in there for about 15 minutes but ladies and gentleman this lady knows eyebrows. And most importantly she knows what shape, style and brow thickness suits your face.
If any of you follow the work of the adorable Zoe Foster (if you don’t, you really should), you’ll know she is a huge advocate for getting your shaped professionally and doing them everyday – here she explains better than I ever could, just how and why the right shape frames your face correctly and balances everything else out.
Now, if you’re still reading this but aren’t entirely convinced that I’m not batsh*t crazy then I would like you take a close look at the exhibits.
Okay, I know Megan’s probably had a little extra “something, something” done to her face but how much better do her thicker darker brows look?!
I had my fourth session with Alison today and here is my before and after…
I actually don’t think I carry that much around in my handbag. I’m a pretty no fuss kinda girl which means the contents of my bag are actually quite boring.
1. Handbag: I actually had this made the last time I was in Bali. It a copy of an el-cheapo I picked up in Rubi Shoes. The leather keeps better with age.
2. Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream: holy moly, this tube has lasted me years! It’s the perfect lip balm and I pretty much use it on any part of me that needs serious moisture.
3. Rhodia Notebook: For random scribbles and lists.
4. Pen: Not sure what brand this is but it’s covered in graffiti and I love it! It was a gift from my brother and he got it at Urban Depot in Leederville.
5. Sunglasses/Glasses: Ray Bans’s which aren’t actually mine… thanks T And prescription glasses from a Japanese brand called Mokucho-Roman.
6. Lipsticks: Nars – Barbarella, Chantecaille – Aster and YSL Lipgloss. These two are just a snippet of what’s actually in my bag, you can see the whole range here.
7. Purse: Tie died leather by Scout and Catalogue. What’s not to love?
8. Dry Shampoo: Batiste.
9. And of course, the trusty iPhone!
I promised a couple of days ago that I was going to do a more in depth look into my makeup kit. So here it is, a few of the staple products that I use every day.
Olay Complete Defence SPF30+ Daily Moisturising Lotion – approx $15
I never leave the house without sunscreen on so this moisturiser is perfect for me. It’s not too thick or greasy and feels great on the skin and with an SPF of 30+ I slather it all over my face and neck. It’s cheap too!
Prevage Eye Advanced Anti-Aging Serum – approx $109 from strawberrynet.com
Ok, this one is on the pricey side so you’d kind of hope it not only reduced wrinkles but also restored your skin to its youthful best and maybe cured cancer while it was there too! I’m pretty sure it’s keeping the lines at bay – either that or I’m just telling myself that to justify the $$.
Chanel Perfection Lumiere Foundation – approx $90
Goes on like a dream, provides just the right amount coverage and most importantly I got lots of compliments on how great my skin was looking when I first started using it. A little bit goes a long way and I usually mix some of the Nars Illuminator into it – more on that bad boy below.
Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat Radiant Touch – approx $47 from strawberrynet.com
The highlighter of choice for pretty much every beauty junkie I’ve ever come across and rightly so. It’s the best I’ve ever used to cover my dark circles which seem to remain no matter how much sleep I get. I blame genetics, thanks mum & dad!
Nars Bronzing Powder in Laguna – $55
Not too dark and not too muddy it’s the perfect glow and depth for a bronzer. I use it across my cheekbones, forehead and nose and sometimes use it as a blush.
Nars Blush in Orgasm – $49
No commentary necessary, the best of the best.
Nars Illuminator in Orgasm – $58
Another god send from Nars, I usually mix this with either my foundation or moisturiser to give my skin a healthy looking glow. I then smudge a little across my cheekbones for some highlighting love before I put my blush on.
MAC Eye Khol in Teddy – $32
I’ve used this eyeliner for probably about 8 years now. It’s not as harsh as black and brings the green out in my eyes. I use it almost every day with just a slick of mascara or with pretty much every eye shadow I own for a heavier look. It is quite soft though, so it’s not for everyone, but on the plus side it’s easy to smudge and blend for a smokey eye.
Maybelline Falsies Mascara – approx $15
I only started using this recently and I’m converted. It promises to give you lashes without the need for fakies and while it’s not quite as good as a set of fake lashes, it’s almost there.
MAC Eye Shadow in Club – $33
Another one I’ve been using for as long as I can remember. This colour can be worked up or down depending on what look you’re going for. It’s a great alternative to black for a smokey eye effect too.
Nars Lipstick in Barberella – $45
I posted about this lippie earlier in the week. It’s my favourite day time colour – it’s a little bit nude and little bit peachy at the same time and it works great on my fair skin and bright red lips.
Napoleon Perdis makeup brushes
A few years ago I was lucky enough to be given a whole set of brushes and I really can’t stress how big of a difference it makes when you use good tools to apply your makeup. I use 4 or 5 of Napoleon’s eye brushes as well as a contouring brush and a blush brush from Chanel.
What do you kids swear by?
At any given time my handbag looks like it could belong to a professional makeup artist. I love makeup, especially lipstick! There’s something about picking up a new tube of colour to feel like you’ve rejuvenated your whole look. The lippies below are my staples with the Nars Barberella my go to, everyday, never fail me colour.
A fair chunk of my makeup, including my lipsticks are from Nars. They have a great range of colours – I purchased all of these at Mecca Cosmetica (I swear I should have shares in that place!) and I will do a more detailed post soon on my makeup kit xx
P.S. Sorry about the poor photos here guys, not only am I still figuring out my camera (a year after I bought it!) but the light in my old house is not the greatest. One of my new years resolutions is to become a gun behind the lens!