Are you one of those people who doesn’t share her beauty secrets? You know, when someone comments on how great your skin looks you don’t reveal the great new moisturiser you’ve been using? Or a friend asks you for advice on how you keep your hair frizz free and you say you have no idea cause you don’t use any products on your tresses.
I am not one of those people. In fact I may be at the other end of the spectrum where I’m at risk of being a compulsive oversharer. If you comment on my skin I will give you a step by step guide on what I use, where I got it from and how many kangaroo placentas were used in the process.
I by no means think I’m a beauty guru, but I have picked up a few tips along the way from friends (and by friends I mean Zoe Foster-Blake through Instagram).
Give these a go and next time someone comments on how you look like you’re radiating sunbeams out of your eye balls, please share your beauty secrets, yo! Sharing is in fact caring- and if you do then the world will definitely be a better looking place for all!
- Always use a skin primer. There are a million on the market ranging from super cheap to super exy. Choose one that you like cause you really can’t go wrong. I personally like the feel and smell of the Napoleon Primer. I’ve been using it for years and it still does it’s job- primes your skin for whatever else you have in store. It helps to set foundation, it gives skin a luminous glow and just feels nice!
2. If you’re like me and your pores are bigger than the Grand Canyon then a Pore Minimiser is the best thing ever! I just use it on my t-zone (forehead, nose & chin) and it instantly gets rid of those large looking holes! Again, experiment with some different brands till you find a favourite.
3. My brow lady recommended Invite Vitamin E cream to me last year and I swear by it! It’s under $15 and it’s the bomb! It’s high concentrated Vitamin E cream and I use it as my daily moisturiser. It’s one of those moisturisers that gives your skin an instant plump feeling and it seems to even out your skin tone and reduce wrinkles right before your eyes. I kid you not! Try it and see. If you find it’s too rich for day time then use it as your night cream.
4. Retin A creams are pretty much the only scientifically proven products that can change the appearance of your skin. Here’s some technical lingo;
The term describes vitamin A derivatives that unclog pores, boost collagen to reduce fine lines, and speed cell turnover to even out discoloration and smooth the skin—sometimes in as little as four weeks. The first retinoid—tretinoin—was FDA approved (under the brand name Retin-A) almost 40 years ago as a prescription acne treatment. Dermatologists soon noticed that patients on Retin-A experienced not just clearer but softer, brighter, less-lined skin. Today there are three prescription-strength retinoids: tretinoin (brands include Atralin, Avita, Retin-A, Retin-A Micro, Renova), tazarotene (Avage, Tazorac), and adapalene (Differin). Many dermatologists find tazarotene stronger (and potentially more irritating) than tretinoin; adapalene is the gentlest but may be less effective.
You will need a prescription from a doctor to get it, unless you buy it online or from a dodgy Mexican pharmacy like my sister did for me. You have to train your skin for it because it is very strong. Your skin may peel initially but persist because the results are worth it! Even skin tone, great for break outs and helps minimise wrinkles. Just make sure you’re not using it and then going out in the sun. Always wear sunscreen and follow the instructions on the packet. I usually use this at night and mainly on my problem areas like pigmentation and the occasional break out.
5. Use a Gradual tanning moisturiser in the lead up to Summer. Or if you’ve already got a tan use something like the St.Tropez gradual tan to keep your colour longer. St. Tropez is one of the only products on the market (Ella Bache is another one) that doesn’t make your skin go orange. In fact it has some scientific anti-orange agent in it. True story!
6. My favourite cleanser to get everything off at night is the Pore Refining one from Neutrogena. It’s cheap and effective and contains an Alpha and Beta Hydroxy formula so it must be good. I also just use some coconut oil to get rid of eye make up. Super effective and a jar will last you till 2025!
7. After you’ve finishede conditioning your hair in the shower, turn on the cold water for the final rinse. Yes, you will freeze, but it’s only for a few seconds. The cold water helps to keep your hair shiny. Sometimes if I’m super organised I’ll take in a jug with equal parts vinegar and cold water in it and then tip that over my hair at the end of a wash.
8. Always take the time to curl your lashes and apply mascara. It makes a huge difference to how wide awake you look. I curl first then apply mascara. Then I may do a quick curl at the end again – although you’re not really meant to, cause it may break your lashes. Whichever order you do it in, just do it. Mascara is a must!
9. I’m super late to the TOUCHE ECLAT party but let me tell you, now that I’ve arrived I’m here to stay. This product is a miracle worker for under the eyes. It’s an illuminator and concealer in one. You put a bit on under your eyes and spread it out till it’s just at the top of your cheek bones. If I’m feeling super tired I’ll put some over my eye lids too. You will look instantly brighter and more awake and you can’t go wrong with the colours. They blend into most skin tones and compliment all your other beauty products also. This is a MUST!
Hope you got some good tips today that you may want to share with your friends and family. I’d also love to hear from you about any new products you’re using and loving at the moment. Go on…tell me! X