Beautygypys's Question and Answer
Ladies, I apologize again for being absent but I am on my last holiday for the summer and my kids keep me plenty busy and active. If you are following me on instagram ( under bxvisage), you will see I am quite active on there showing parts of my holiday and products I have picked up along the way. I am testing out the new Dior “mystic metallics” quad shadows from the Fall 2013 collection and anxious to share it with you as soon as I get back. I did not bring my new camera on holiday with me ( I had so much luggage I figured it was more weight then I needed) so I want to photograph everything as soon as I get back. For now, I wanted to do something different for Beautygypsy and see what kind of feedback I receive. I thought I would do a section on Q and A on questions I get asked on a daily basis or sent to my email. I will choose the most asked and answer as honestly as I can from experience and knowledge in the beauty industry. In the end, it is purely my opinion and I don't expect everyone to agree with me but to take it for what it is worth. If I find there is a demand for this I will consider doing this on a monthly basis, any feedback and comments is very helpful and appreciated so let us get started:
Q What are Beautygypsy's favorite department store makeup lines?
BG I get asked this question more then any other question and I always pause before I reply. I don't have a “favorite line” but I do “favor” some lines more then others. I seem to be loyal to lines in certain categories ie Chanel shadows, Laura Mercier powders and La Prarie skincare ,but in general, I love experimenting, comparing and mixing different products together..that's what makes it fun and constantly surprising. As a blogger, I have learned to expand my horizons and be more unbiased when testing and reviewing products and more importantly, I have discovered amazing lines along the way.
Q What is Beautygypsy's skin care routine and are there any products I would swear by?
BG I get asked about my skincare routine quite frequently and as flattering as it is I find it a bit challenging to answer. The reason is because I don't want to “plug” a product and claim it keeps my complexion young and glowy when really there are many elements to my skincare routine. I practice a few basic rules before I even worry about what products touch my skin.
Here are the top five:
I dont drink alcohol ( water is a must) or smoke
I get proper sleep ( at least 7 hours)
I exercise on a regular basis (5 to 6 days a week)
I use sunscreen on daily basis
I visit a dermatologist twice a year to make sure I am using right products for any skin condition I might have. I call it my “maintenance check-up“
The first four are not uncommon to read or hear from anyone obsessed with their skin but the last one about the dermatologist visits is underrated unfortunately. When I owned my cosmetic store, I sold a few skincare lines that I would hesitate to sell when I felt my client had deeper issues that “over the counter products” would not be suitable or powerful enough. I would encourage them to visit a dermatologist, get their skin back in shape then come back to me to help “maintain” their skin rather then “change it.” The logic and honesty behind my recommendation left most clients satisfied and in the end, very loyal. I have used some form of Retinol products since I was 21 and over two decades later, I still use them and very happy with the results. I also have normal/dehydrated skin and have found skin oils ( read HERE) to be a lifesaver and highly recommend them to anyone with dry/dehydrated skin. I also love La Prarie eye creams, La Prarie sunscreen ( HERE) and most recently, Natura Bisse creams (HERE). Having clean skin is not only vital but mandatory so its no surprise cleansers have become very important step in my skincare routine. I adore Omorovisca ( HERE) and Eve Lom, anything that uses muslin cloths which also double as exfoliaters. I hope this answers the question and if you want to learn more about my skincare routine, you can also read about it HERE.
Q What are Beautygypsy's favorite brushes?
BG This is probably my favorite question that I get asked. I love brushes, all sorts of brushes ,because I realize the difference it makes when one finds the right brush hairs that suit their needs. I own over 100 brushes but I certainly do not use all of them. When I had my own business, I also had my own line of makeup brushes that quickly became my best sellers in the store. Once I showed my clients why a $60 canadian blue squirrel blush brush was a good investment and how it makes a huge difference in application, they were not only sold but hooked. That would lead them to get eye brushes, lip brushes..you get my point. Back when I first discovered brushes, Trish McEvoy and MAC were quite popular and dominated the makeup brush industry. I personally adored Trish's brushes and till this day feel the quality of her brushes are excellent. With the beauty industry being so competitive and constantly launching newer and better brushes, it has come down to personal choice and budget in my opinion. You have Sonia Kashuk from Target to Japanese luxury brand Suqqu (HERE) that sells a powder brush that retails for $400. I have collected anywhere from private label no name brands to high end names like Tom Ford (HERE) and each have their own function and use. Different hairs provide different uses ie squirrel for blending, goat picks up powder and pigment evenly, pony hair is great for cheeks, blending and bronzers. In the end, you shouldn't choose based on price but quality and realistic use. Some makeup artists find great finds at an art supply store, but lets be honest, most of us aren't professional artists to have to choose from thousands of synthetic to natural hair brushes to know what we are buying. Pick up the brush, play around with it and see if you feel it suits your needs. If you like to do a full face, start out with an all over eye, crease, liner, powder and blush brush..that is five in total, and see if you need to integrate more for you daily routine. If you only wear mascara and gloss, then no need to stock up and buy eye or powder brushes..get my drift? Most will argue that you need a lip brush, but I hardly use one and I am a gloss girl so it hasn't been so useful for me. From there, you can start adding more and creating your own brush set that suits your needs. I hope my novel has cleared up some curiosity and I am open to more questions if needed. Keep in mind, a good brush if well taken care of will last you at least ten years if not more. They are a great investment and should be a priority over makeup when starting a makeup kit for yourself.
Please check out my youtube video where I choose my favorite products including brushes! (HERE)
I hope this has answered some of the many questions I have received and look forward to posting another round of Q and A next month.