When I go to stay with my friend Hil, there is always an array of beauty products in her bathroom that look so tempting, and naturally, being a makeup artist, I am always compelled to try them out. The last time I was there she had a moisturiser by Paula's Choice that I really liked . This was a brand I had never heard of before so I looked it up online and purchased a couple of the products to try out. It turns out that Paula Begoun, the founder of this company, is a consumer expert for the cosmetic industry and has written 20 books on skincare, makeup and haircare including one called Don't Go to the Cosmetics Counter without me.... (how did I not know this??). One of the things I really love about these products is they are so reasonably priced. After spending a fortune over the years on beauty products in the hope that each one might be that miracle in a jar that will actually do what it says it will do, it was nice to see that someone is producing a good product at an affordable price. There is an extensive range of products , including an anti-aging line that is next on my list to try. (why are we always a sucker for anything that says anti-aging??) But given I can get all the skin products I need for under $200 instead of just one tube for that price is refreshing ..... more money for shoes! And the fact that she has researched all the nasties they put in our skincare and come up with products that are proven excites me.
You can get these products at www.paulaschoice.com or www.paulaschoice.com.au or www.paulaschoice.co.uk
I have never really been a fan of mineral powder even though I have heard many women tell me how much they love it. For one , I always thought that the powder looked like it was stuck in the pores and if you have dry patchy skin it tended to get caught in the dry areas and make coverage look uneven. And as much as it was said that it was really good for your skin I was a little skeptical.... and after reading an article on the truth about mineral powder this week I might have good reason to be.
The article read that not all mineral powders are created equally. Some contain hardly any minerals at all and most have dangerous additives that clog your skin and make it look older than it is.
Some of the fillers found in top mineral powders are......
PARABENS - the most common preservative found in cosmetics. These can affect hormone imbalance and irritate the skin... hard not to find this in most cosmetics though.
BISMUTH OXYCHLORIDE - this is made in a lab using water, chloride and a by-product of lead smelting. It is used in many brands as a cheap filler. I'm off the mineral powder already if that's going into my skin!
TALC - considered to cause lung problems if inhaled. This is made by a crushing and milling process from a mineral called hydrous magnesium silicate, which has similar properties to asbestos.
So whilst I'm not saying you should avoid mineral powders altogether if you find they work for you, I do think you need to read the label and check that it doesn't have any of the following toxins in it....
Personally I prefer a tinted moisturiser with a bronzer dusted over the top :)
Michelle Williams is one of my favourite beauties and her latest campaign for Louis Vuitton , shot by Peter Lindbergh, is stunning. I have worked with her during my time in LA and her face is timelessly beautiful... in fact she gets better with age.
Am having total hair envy here as I love the styling and the cut. The texture through the sides is great, as is the colour .... and love the bold red lip, almost natural eyes and dark nails.
Pinterest is filled with pics of beautiful nail art and one of my favourite looks is the matt finish.. I came across this matt polish in London and have been using it to recreate the look . I've tried it on both light and dark shades of polish, expecting it to go best on black but found that all colours looked great matted down...and the finish is surprisingly strong. My nails have not chipped in days. The look seems to suit the fingers rather than toes.... and black is still my favourite. Another variation on it is to matt the nails in black and then do the tips in black shiny polish like a french manicure....love!
Chanel have also done a matt polish if you can't find Butter. I've looked here and haven't found anyone who stocks it within the range.
pic courtesy of tumblr
I have been a makeup artist for over 20 yrs and am passionate about beauty and helping women to look the best they possibly can. I believe that women are beautiful at any age , and being older myself, am constantly on the look out for products that will help the skin retain its glow and beauty. From a very young age I have paid attention to my skin and have always gone looking for new, innovative - or even tried and true products that make a difference. I take inspiration from my friends and women I meet in my work. These women are the reason I started this blog , so that I can pass on my knowledge and help women to keep looking, and feeling amazing . I love finding new looks that inspire and you can adapt to your own style . I am also a mum with 3 boys which keeps my life very busy ... and never dull as anyone who knows me will attest to! All items posted on this blog are chosen because I have personally tried them and like them. I hope you find something here that you will love and will work for you.