Friday, June 19, 2009

Frequently Asked Questions!

Natalie Friday, June 19, 2009
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is your skincare routine?A: I'm a real slacker when it comes to taking care of my skin. I think its in my genetics to have clear skin, but with the heavy products I use on my face, I do tend to break out. I did have some "Holy Grail" products for my face, but they were discontinued over a year ago. They were by Avon from their Skin Pore-fection line. I haven't found anything I loved ever since. So, as for cleansers, I don't really use any.

Every day though, I use Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes. They are the absolute best wipes I've EVER used. I've used Equate, L'Oreal, Garnier, Almay, etc. These remove all traces of makeup in one wipe, and it leaves my face soft and moisturized. I am lost without these!

If I notice my skin starting to break out, I love using Queen Helene's Mint Julep Masque. This is my favorite facial mask. It never fails to clear up my skin when I need it. Queen Helene has great products.. I've tried many of them.. and they are really affordable! Another mask I love is the Aspirin Mask. I've raved so about the Aspirin Mask. It really works wonders.

Then, after my mask, I always use a toner. I use a little Witch Hazel dabbed on a cotton ball. This brightens my face and makes it feel so fresh! I buy a big bottle from Sally's Beauty Supply for under $5. Then, of course I use a moisturizer (since I have dry skin).. none in particular. I get samples often that I use.

Also, I like to rid my skin of clogged pores and black heads (usually on my nose and chin) I use a exfoliation glove and scrub firmly in a circular motion for maybe a minute.. with soap and water.. and my nose/chin is shiny, and squeaky clean of clogged pores.

Q: Do you use any teeth whiteners? A: No, not really. I hate to say this again, but I believe this is genetic as well. My whole life, I've had white teeth (even when I was a little kid and hated brushing my teeth). I like to use a Medium bristle brush. In my opinion they work better. I use to always use hard bristle brushes, but in the past couple of years they were taken off the market.. so there is only soft and medium. My favorite tooth paste is Aquafresh Extreme Clean w/ Whitening Action. I've tried Crest White Strips and they work great. Especially the Crest White Strips Premium. I've tried them out before and in just a few days my teeth were extremely white. I never completed a full 2 week cycle of them.

Q: What foundations do you use?A: I have a select few foundations that I tend to keep re-buying when they are finished. I switch foundations all of the time.

MAC Studio Fix Fluid NC30-NC40. This was my 1st ever high end foundation I ever purchased and I've been hooked on it ever since. It really gives me a good lasting coverage that lasts all day. One thing I love about it is the color. It's a gorgeous golden tone with a hint of yellow. The color selection is amazing. You'll definitely be able to find your perfect match. I find that you have to set this with a powder, or your face may get a little oily. MAC Blot Powder works great with this.

MAC Studio Sculpt Foundation NC37. This is a really great foundation. It covers all of my imperfections and has great staying power. I love that it comes in a squeeze tube instead of a bottle. It's very handy to throw in your purse. The consistency is sort of like a liquid gel. I found that I only need a little dab and I use my MAC 187 stipple brush and buff it into my face and almost instantly, my face looks airbrushed. You will also need to set this with a powder, or you may get a little shiny. I find that it is slightly less yellow than Studio Fix Fluid.

Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation in Tawny. This is one of my favorite foundations. It covers absolutely everything. Any blemish, any discoloration = gone! It makes my face look flawless. It finishes to a matte, so you don't need to set it with a powder. This never cakes on me, and I never need a touch up. The color is on the peachy side.. It doesn't have a yellow tone like MAC foundations tend to have.. but that's fine. Once I apply my bronzer, I love how my face looks. The only thing about this foundation is, it doesn't photograph well because of the SPF. You may look washed out if you taking flash pictures. So If I'm going somewhere where I know I'll be in lots of pictures, I steer towards another foundation.

Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation in 6.5. I absolutely love this foundation. It has a great creamy liquid consistency with a light-medium coverage and a beautiful radiant finish. It also photographs wonderfully.

Nars Sheer Glow Foundation in Stromboli (NC30-NC35) or Barcelona (NC40). This is my number 1 favorite foundation. I love applying it with my fingers, a synthetic fluffy brush or my MAC 131. No matter how I apply it.. the end result is always flawless. Its a medium coverage with a semi-dewy finish. Also photographs wonderfully.

Q: What powders do you use?A: Since I have normal/dry skin, I don't really have much use for powders. My main use for powder is, to apply under my eyes so my concealer or under eye area won't crease. I do use powders once in a while when I don't feel like applying a liquid. But I definitely prefer liquid. I don't really like the look of a powdery face.

Anyway, this is my list of powders I use:

For Powder Foundations:MAC Studio Fix Powder Foundation in NC40. This is one of my favorite powders. It really has great coverage for a powder. I think this is the only powder I've ever used alone that I'm comfortable going out in. The staying power is great, it didn't wear off for me at the end of the day or anything. I also like to use this over a foundation for extra coverage. I'll just take a large powder brush and dust it all over my face after I applied my liquid foundation. I find that this powder runs a little light.. so next time I buy this, I may have to get a darker shade. I've heard that this breaks out a lot of people, but It didn't for me.

Palladio Wet/Dry Powder Foundation in Cypress Beige. I heard good things about this, and went to Sally's Beauty Supply and bought it. It works really well. This can also be used alone, but I prefer it over my makeup for a flawless look. When I take a brush and dust it over my makeup, it really gives me an airbrushed look. The color choices with this stuff isn't really the best. It is a little light for me but, it was the closest color match for me. I wish it was more golden toned.. but never the less, its an awesome powder with great coverage.

For Setting Powders:MAC Blot Powder in Medium Dark. This is one of favorite setting powders. It works hand in hand with MAC Studio Fix Fluid. I prefer it in the pressed compact. I've purchased it loose sometimes, but it's just too messy. With this, my makeup doesn't cake or crease and lasts a lot longer.

Ben Nye Neutral Set Translucent Powder. This is my HG setting powder. I bought a huge shaker bottle of this for like $5 and I've been using it for over a year and its still half full! I like putting this under my eyes so my makeup or concealer won't cake, and it brightens up the area so my dark circles are covered even better.

Q: What brushes do you use to apply your makeup?A: My favorite brush to apply foundation with is the MAC Duo Fibre Brush #187 (The stipple brush or the skunk brush), I feel that it works the best with all of the foundations I've tried.
I also like the #194 Concealer Brush to apply my Studio Finish Concealer. It allows me to get very close to my eye.

My favorite brushes to apply my blush/bronzer with are the MAC #129 Powder/Blush Brush and E.L.F Studio Blush and Bronzer brushes. Sephora platinum brushes are really good too. I love the bronzer brush.



Q: What are your favorite lipsticks?A: MAC Shygirl, Freckletone and NARS Honolulu Honey are my favorite neutral peaches. Shygirl and Honolulu honey have a hint of pink to them, while Freckletone has more of a beige tint.

I also love MAC Myth and Creme d' Nude for a pale lip. These colors look exactly the same.. the only difference I see, is the texture and finish. Creme d' nude is more sheer, creamy and wearable. As myth, is much more pigmented, and is good to tone down other colors or to mix with.

My favorite pink is MAC Hue. I wear this color almost every day. It is the perfect light pink. Its shiny and creamy and does not dry out my lips. I think its flattering on all skin tones.

And, my favorite drugstore lipsticks are Revlon Colorstay Smooth Nude lipstick and NYX Orange Soda Round Lipstick.

Q: What are your favorite blushes?A: I have lots of blushes. I haven't really discovered my HG color though.

Here's a list of some blushes I own that I like:

If i want a red-toned blush, I love MAC Sunbasque and Coppertone

If I want a peachy color, I'll go for MAC Peaches or Springsheen

And if I want a pink tone.. I'll use MAC Dollymix or Dainty Mineralize blush

As for Bronzers, MAC Refined Golden is my HG, I also like Bare Minerals Faux Tan.

My favorite highlight is MAC Honour blush.

My favorite MAC Mineralize Skin finishes are "So Ceylon" and "New Vegas"

Q: What is your favorite mascara?A: Yves Saint Laurent Faux Cils Mascara, Covergirl Lash Blast Mascara and Covergirl Volume Exact Mascara. Wonderful volume and slight lengthening with all three.

Q: What is your favorite eyeliner?A: I don't typically wear eye liner, but if I do, my HG is MAC Liquidlast Liner is Point Black. It is the blackest black I've ever used. And it doesn't fade, if you don't wash your eyes, it will look the same the next morning. I don't use pencils, because they all end up under my eyes, and I don't usually line my waterline, if I do, I'll use L'oreal Extra-Intense liquid pencil eye liner.

What I usually use for eyeliner, is eye shadow with a small brush, or an angled brow brush. My favorite colors to use to line my eyes with are all by MAC and the colors are: Carbon (Matte Black), Plumage (A deep Matte blue/aqua) and Nehru (A deep navy-black). And sometimes, I like to put a line of Tophat (purple) under my eyes to make my eye color pop.



Q: Where do you get your hair done?I actually do my hair myself. My side bangs, hair color and cut. I maybe get a professional trim once a year. When I do go, I ask to get layers starting from under my chin in the front and in the back I want the layers to be long. I basically keep up with it myself by trimming it year round.

As for my side bangs, I just played around with them and saw where the part looks its best. I get them "wispy" looking by making thin layers in my bangs so they're not all one length. I basically section my bangs off maybe three times.. and i make maybe a couple centimeters of layers.. not cutting across, but holding the hair and snipping straight into it.

This is a really good instructional video to show where to part your hair and how to cut.

http://www.expertvillage.com/video/57954_women-hair-side-swe

Q: What hair products do you use?A: I get lots of questions on how I get my hair to be so volumized. My answer to that is, I don't really use any products to get my hair fuller. I have naturally very thick, curly hair. To get it straight, I flat iron it, and it soft of keeps its natural fullness. The Shampoo and Conditioner I use though, gives your hair a fuller effect.

Here is a list of some products I use:
For treatments

GVP Concentrated Leave in Treatment (dupe for Sebastian potion 9) and GVP Leave-in Treatment (dupe for Redkin extreme anti-snap). I like using the concentrated leave in treatment more.. it has a great scent and I feel like it works better.

For Heat Protection/shine

I like to apply Fantasia Heat Proctector serum on my ends so when I use my flat iron, it will protect my hair from frying and it makes my hair smooth and shiny.

Stylers

I love Beyond the Zone Flipped Out Styling Spray. It's the best hair spray I've ever used. It keeps whatever style I have in place. Its called "flipped out" spray because you're suppose to flip your head upside down and spray your hair and rub your roots. This will give you lots of oomph!

And my flat iron is a Jibere de Paris Nano Ceramic Ionic Flat Iron. I got it from Sally's Beauty Supply. It goes up to 450 degrees. I usually use it on 410 degrees. It gets my hair extremely straight and hasn't damaged my hair.

Q: What camera do you use?
A: Its a Canon Powershot A720 8.1 Megapixels. I'm pretty sure it's not that expensive and can be purchased at Wal-mart. I always use it on the macro setting (the flower button) and try to take pictures with no flash, near sunlight or in the sunlight. Also, the TV setting works very well, you have to kind of test it out to see what works best.

If you have any questions, post a comment! :)

4 comments :

  1. WHAT A FANTASTIC POST!!!! WOW!! I can't wait to read more...

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  2. I can't believe you do all that to your hair yourself! It looks amazing, you've inspired me! Great blog, I'll look forward to reading more posts from you. xx

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  3. Women with curly hair envy those with straight hair. But the truth is that women with curly hair are much luckier. For one thing, if you have curly hair, hair products you don't have to struggle to add bounce to it. You have natural bounce and volume. Next, curly hair is so much in fashion that women with straight hair spend hours in despair with their curling irons. And you don't have to worry about oily hair or limp, lacklustre tresses. Still, you need to take good care of that curly riot of hair. It is not simple, but if you want to be the envy of everyone, it is worth putting in some effort.

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