Friend Friday is run by ModlyChic. To participate email firstname.lastname@example.org. This week we are talking about beauty products.
As I am a bit of a make up junkie most of my answers are going to revolve around that!
1. What's your favorite drug store makeup product and your favorite higher-end product?
I can't really name one favourite product so I'll name a couple of favourite brands instead.
I have regularly bought and used products from a range called Ruby and Millie from the pharmacy chain here called Boots. They have fabulous colours and everything comes in very chic packaging. The containers are made from clear or cloudy perspex and lids and compacts are made from silver metal, which all make the line look more high end than high street. They have a clever, much copied packaging system of stackable eyeshadow and blusher palettes, great make up brushes and do lovely gift sets which make great Christmas or birthday presents.
My high end favourite brand which I use almost at the exclusion of all others is MAC. If you are not Caucasian finding make up colours and shades of foundation that suit your skin colour is an extremely difficult and sometimes costly process! When I discovered MAC it was almost life changing. I know I can rely on their shades to work with and flatter my skin tone and I like that their lipsticks are not scented as I find this really offputting.
As far as being totally eco-friendly and blame free on using animal products in their formulations they probably aren't one hundred percent perfect as a company but I like that they don't test on animals and have a recycling programme for their products. You can take back six empty containers and get a free lipstick.
And while on the subject of eco and animal friendly make up, may I recommend as a guide for those who are interested in learning about great products and innovations in this area to check out the very thoroughly researched blog of my friend Sarah Frasca who is a London based make-up artist passionate about cruelty free and organic products.
2. Is there one type of product that is your go-to, can't live without?
I love Mac's Mineralize range but in particular I rely on MAC's Mineralize SPF 15 Loose Powder foundation. I am always in rush getting ready and this is a foundation that goes on with a big fluffy brush and makes you look airbrushed in sixty seconds if you haven't got the time for applying liquid foundation. If they ever discontinue this I am toast!
3. What's the best hair product you've ever used?
I have naturally frizzy hair that has to be coaxed into curls so "best hair product" is a bit of search for the Holy Grail for me and I am always trying lots of different things in my crusade to beat the frizz. For years I relied on a leave-in, de-frizzing conditioner formulated for naturally curly hair by Sunsilk in a small green plastic bottle. It was inexpensive, had a lovely scent and made my hair look a million dollars. They seem to have discontinued it and I haven't found anything that works nearly as well.
4. Fess up, what's the worst beauty look you've tried to rock and look back at now with a little shame or apprehension that you actually did that?
There is no "worst beauty look" I am ashamed of having tried. I honestly don't think about it in that way. I love the self expression and theatricality of make up and I really enjoy the experimental side of trying out new looks. Non! Je ne regrette rien! If anything I actually regret not taking more risks with make up and trying out crazier looks when I was younger and still hitting the nightclubs regularly. Make up is not always about looking tasteful and beautiful, sometimes its about fantasy, just having fun or creating a persona.
|Robert Smith - Image from The Telegraph|
|Adam Ant - Image from RTVChannel.tv|
Just think - what would Robert Smith and Adam Ant have been without their crazy make up? Two very nice looking blokes but probably not those larger than life and iconic rock stars they came to be, proud of wearing their creative streaks not just on their sleeves but on their faces too!
Make up looks might go in and out of fashion but if you rocked it at the time it was probably right in the context of that period and what was going on around you. Fashion and make up are just reactions and ultimately expressions of what is happening in the world at the time. Why not be proud that you were a part of it? It is an aesthetic chart of your time growing up. Remember at some point in the future a generation will no doubt be looking back nostalgically at what we wore in terms of clothes and make up and draw inspiration from it!
And for heaven's sake if you are young, take some advice - enjoy this dewy skinned and wrinkle free time to be adventurous with make up and rock some looks! Try something high fashion, out of character or extreme for you. Trust me, nothing will be blander than looking back over old photos of yourself in the future to see a youth spent playing it safe all the time.
5. When it comes to beauty products, we all use the same basic products. What do you use that helps show off your personal flare and personality?
Even on no make up days I will usually use lipstick or lip gloss as I have very full lips and like to highlight them. I love red lipstick!
I also love having a signature perfume. Your choice of perfume speaks volumes about your personality. I find it very romantic when people associate a certain scent with you. Mine is Angel by Thierry Mugler. When Mr V. catches a whiff of someone wearing Angel he says he finds himself automatically looking around to see if it is me. Even old friends will tell me "I smelt that perfume you always wear the other day on someone else and I immediately thought of you!".
I also love Victor and Rolf's Flowerbomb and Ginger Rush by Origins for a change. When I was younger I was always in the Body Shop's Dewberry and Tea Rose perfumes. I've also tried a coffee scented one by Jo Malone and for a while loved White Tea by L'Occitane until they discontinued it. Vanilla, chocolate, coffee tea, spices and flowers. Now what does that say about me?