Saturday, 10 September 2016

40 Random Beauty Questions.

I'm not a huge fan of tagged posts if I'm honest, but every now and then one comes along that I actively enjoy answering.

I am most definitely a huge fan of make-up though, I have a drawer full of it and enjoy spending many a happy lunch hour browsing the make-up aisle in Boots and Superdrug.
I'm not brand loyal and I don't like to spend a fortune. I do try out different things, but after 30 plus years of wearing it I have come to know what suit me and what doesn't.

So without further ado here are my answers to the beauty tag that is going around, I have absolutely no intention of tagging anyone else but would love to see some other people's recommendations. I'm always up for trying new products.

1. How many times do you wash your face daily?
I only wash my face when I shower, so every other day. Whilst the rest of me gets washed the face stays dry and gets cleansed.
2. What skin type do you have?
Dry as dry can be.
3. What is your current facial wash?
I don’t have one.
4. Do you exfoliate?
Yes about once a week.
5. What brand do you use?
St Ives Apricot scrub. None of those terrible environmentally disastrous microbeads to be found in this house!
6. What moisturizer do you use?
L’Oreal Collagen Wrinkle Decrease. I used to use Yves Rocher but am no longer comfortable with some of their practices so moved over to L’Oreal a few years ago and haven’t looked back. I think face cream is very subjective, not everyone is going to get on with the same cream and just because people and the press rave about it it may not be right for you, Boots No.7 Protect and Perfect I’m looking at you. A face cream that independent scientific study has proven to work, I tried it and my skin HATED it. 
Skin care is something I’m prepared to spend money on but luckily for me my skin just loves L’Oreal.

7. Do you have freckles?
A vague smattering, these days it’s more likely to be age spots!
8. Do you use eye cream?
Yes, Boots No.7 Lift and Luminate is good but at the moment I’m using a matching L’Oreal collagen one.
9.Do you, or did you previously have, acne prone skin?
Thankfully not acne though I did get my fair share of spots as a teen and indeed still do get the odd one dammit.
10. Have you ever needed to use Pro-activ?
I have no idea what that even is.
11. What foundation do you use?
Now I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again I am a right tart when it comes to make-up, you name the brand if it’s new or on offer I’m up for it!

However my foundation brand is one of the two I have stayed completely loyal too, I use Max Factor. (the other being Corn Silk loose powder) I have tried others, cheaper and top end, but I have gone back to Max Factor because it gives the coverage I like and their palest shade suits my skin tone.
As I’ve aged I have moved from Pan Stick, to Lasting Performance, to Colour Adapt and am currently loving Ageless Elixir in Porcelain.

12. How about concealer?
I’m currently using Rimmel Match Perfection because now I’m getting old I find I get better coverage from a liquid rather than a stick.

13. Do you know your skin's colour tone?
Not really, but I know it has pinky tones, this despite the fact that make up free my skin tone is probably closest to 'Corpse Risen'.
14. What do you think of fake eyelashes?
I love them but have never mastered the art of gluing them on.
15. Did you know that you are suppose to change your mascara every 3 months?
3 months? when did it become 3 months?? I thought it was 6 months?

I tend to use them until they either 
a. dry up
b. run out 
c. start to smell funny.
16. What brand of mascara do you use?
I have two on the go right now. An Estee Lauder one I got on a special offer when I bought my sister in law some of their products for her birthday and Boots Seventeen Long Lash.
Now long time readers of my blog may have followed with interest/despair/boredom my long quest to find a new favourite mascara. 
As you may recall, I used to swear by Bourjois Coup de Theatre but to my eternal heartbreak they discontinued it. Only to add insult to injury by bringing out a product a few years later with the SAME NAME that bore not the slightest hint if similarity, let alone magical lengthening and thickening properties of it’s namesake. Frankly I was, and still am, disgusted by this disgraceful behaviour on the part of Bourjois.

The wonderous and much lamented *real* Coup de Theatre.

The new and frankly rubbish imposter!

17. MAC or Sephora?
Well as we don’t have Sephora in the U.K I guess it has to be MAC, though I have never shopped there....
18. What makeup tools do you use in make up application?
Only a blusher brush and eye shadow applicators, I do the rest with my fingers.
19. Do you think you look good even when you’re not wearing makeup?
20. Do you use make-up base/primer for the eyes?
Nope, I use foundation.
21. For the face?
No, I moisturize about 10-15 minutes before I apply my make-up.
22. What is your favourite eyeshadow (color or shade)?
I like peachy shades, I do also use various shades of brown.
23. Do you use pencil or liquid eyeliner?
Pencil all the way baby. Urban Decay 24/7 are by far the BEST eye liners ever, and I have tried many!
24. How often do you poke your eyes with an eyeliner pencil?
I genuinely cannot remember the last time I ever did that which means I most definitely will the next time I apply eye liner.....
25. What do you think of pigment eyeshadows?
They give strong colour but are too damn messy, I can’t be arsed with little wee pots of powder.
26. Do you use mineral makeup?
If it was on an offer then yes I would buy it and use it.
27. What is your favourite lipstick?
I don’t have one, I wear lipstick about once every 10 years.
28. How about lip gloss?
see above.
29. What is your favourite blush to use?
Boots No.7 in Soft Damson was my favourite shade but for some reason best known to themselves they discontinued it this year, I suspect it will come back very quickly as according to the lady on their make-up counter it was their top seller and everyone is having hysterics now it is gone. I’m currently using a Boots Seventeen one in peach.
30. Do you buy makeup on eBay?
I have once or twice for discontinued things but otherwise no.
31. Do you like drugstore makeup?
Hell yes, it makes up the complete contents of my make-up drawer. I don’t see the point in paying 3 times as much or more, for something that I can get cheaper and which is often a better product anyway.
32. Do you go to CCOs (Cosmetic company outlets)?
No, I don’t even know if there are any near here.
33. Have you ever considered taking make-up classes?
34. Are you clumsy in putting on makeup?
I’ve been wearing it for 35 years so I have a routine. It’s not flawless but it does.
35. Name a "makeup crime" that you hate?
The first one that springs to mind is the Scouse Brow, what the hell is that all about?? I looks absolutely hideous.

36. Do you like colourful shades of makeup (lipstick, eyeshadow, etc) or neutral ones?
I love both and wear both.
37. Which celebrity do you think always has great makeup? 
Dita Von Teese. Audrey Hepburn.
38. If you had to leave the house having used just ONE make up item, what would you pick?
Concealer. I have huge, and when I say huge I mean huge, black lines under my eyes.
39. Are you able to leave the house without any makeup on?
It has been known.
40. In your opinion, what is the BEST makeup line?
Don’t have one I’d much rather mix and match. 


  1. That sounds fascinating! I'm going to have a go and will reply with my answers....

    I agreed with a lot of your answers!


  2. That was a great read. "Corpse Risen" ha! You've got lovely skin.
    Aren't those eyebrows strange? I wonder why so many pretty girls have to ruin their faces withdrawing on those monstrosities. xxx

  3. The Scouse-brow I feel has taken its inspiration from a few episodes of the Original Series of Star Trek. Watch some, you'll see what I mean.

    I had never noticed that you never wore lipstick, my powers of observation are rubbish!!

    I do like finding out what other 'real' people do for make-up. I too am eternally searching for a good mascara that doesn't break the band. Not found one yet, not from lack of trying!!


  4. I'm in love with the new highlighters you swipe across you face and it makes it look like your skin is glowing. I'm using Maybelliene Strobing Stick. Cheap, but effective.

    Yeah, what is going on with those thick black eyebrows. I don't get it.

  5. Scouse brow. No. Just say no. Though I could be biassed as my eyebrows don't grow so there's nothing to fill in.

    I remember that Bourjois mascara, that was great. Nowadays I use Soap and Glory's one.

  6. I'm not a fan of tagged posts either, but I loved reading this, as I'm always curious about other people's beauty regime. xxx

  7. St Ives scrub - same as me, especially as I signed the petition that was going around to ban microbeads.

    Loved reading about your make-up habits and totally agree with the Scouse brow, but this contouring malarky has to be a make-up crime that I can't understand as I've seen so many people with dubious brown shading lines on their faces.

  8. Ha, I would be hard pressed to answer most of those questions, I'm rubbish at make up, skincare, and all that stuff, I just slap on any old crap!
    Slowly catching up with everyone, good to know you're still here, Gisela! xx