The Spitfire Sisters got together and opened up their bathroom cabinets and makeup bags to share some of their beauty secrets.
SKINCARE AND FOUNDATION
Louisa: Hannah, what do you use on your skin to help keep that glow??
Hannah: Ha! I've been missing my glow recently due to an intense lack of both sleep and vitamins but this is AMAZING and is helping me get it back.
It's the most money I've ever spent on anything like that but my moisturiser is super cheap so it all evens out.
L: Well, in case you were wondering... I had been giving Aldi's Lacura Renew day (and night) cream a go. At £1.69 for a 50ml pot, you can't really go far wrong! The only down side I have found is that it does tend to sit on top of your skin, maybe because of the SPF20. Here's the link: Lacura Renew
But Patrick recently arrived home from a works party clutching a goody bag containing a generous sample of Vita Min Fix 50ml | Green People Natural & Organic Moisturiser
It's a really lovely creamy texture that is readily absorbed by your skin and it doesn't feel heavy or sticky. It smells amazing too. It reminds me of a cross between marzipan and rose water. mmmmmm So I may have to buy some when my tester runs out. It's £17.50 for 50ml from their website with free UK delivery.
Anna, tell us what creamy goodness you slather your face with?
H: Please, pray tell!
Anna: Well ladies, my face is fairly temperamental and in the past I've really struggled to find a moisturiser that doesn't make my skin feel greasy. But then I was introduced to Cetaphil, a water-based lotion that I've been using for about 5 years. It's not very glamorous, and the packaging looks more like a hand soap, but I can't imagine I'll ever find anything to beat it!
L: Hannah, you've shopped around for moisturiser, haven't you?
H: I went through a phase of investing in a different moisturiser every month or so - I get through them so quickly. I've tried Clinique, Laura Mercier, Korres... I'm still trying to find the right one that doesn't need to be topped up every 5 minutes! In between I use E45. My mum swears by it.
L: Good old tried and trusted E45. And what foundation do you favour? I have been using Boots No7 Intelligent Balance Mousse foundation in Buff 15. It feels really light on my skin but is substantial enough for stage makeup. I keep an applicator sponge tucked in the top of the pot so I can whip it on super quickly. It gives really good coverage and makes my skin look really soft and smooth but it's years (and years and years) old and to my dismay I thought that they had stopped making it. (After some digging around I have since found some online here and will be purchasing some soon!) I have recently bought a new mineral powder foundation from Lily Lolo. I bought their concealer powder (mineral cover up in nude) a long time ago and it's great for under the eyes, corners of my nose and around my lips for when I'm going for a crisp pout line. They are an online company but ingeniously they sell generously sized sample pots so you can try a few and get your shade right. I've gone for In The Buff mineral foundation. You can apply as much or as little as you like (depending on what you're trying to hide!) and build it in layers. I can't even feel it on my skin when I'm wearing it and people have commented on my natural glow! I also enjoy the powder because you can apply it after using your own moisturiser to suit your skin. It's also very reasonably priced at £13.99. You'll find that owning a decent set of brushes for applying will really help.
A: I'm still on the search for my perfect foundation. On a day to day basis I wear a really light tinted moisturiser by No7. For more special occasions I am currently using Mac Pro Longwear Foundation, which is really matte and gives amazing coverage. Not long ago I buckled under the BB cream phase and bought myself a Mac Beauty Balm. Unfortunately I haven't got on with this so well as it feels much heavier and thicker on the skin - the only real benefit is that it gives a much more luminscent look. No matter which foundation I wear, I use a Mac Transparent Finishing powder, and in these colder months, a quick brush of my trusty Body Shop bronzer!
H: I have tried a few foundations over the years but I have found anything creamy to be incredibly drying. I recently found Bare Minerals Blemish Remedy powder which covers completely and you can build it up quite nicely. I love it so much I've just invested in my second pot. Other than that I don't use anything else, apart a lovely sweep of bourgois blusher, which you introduced to me Louisa!
L: Aah yes there's only one blusher for me - Bourjois Blush in number 48 - Cendre De Rose Brune. I love the iconic little round pot with a handy brush and mirror in the lid. It's a very flattering matte pink as I don't tend to like any shimmer on my face. They've been making it for over 150 years and it was born out of the Parisian theatre district. It smells great too. Why would you sniff your blusher? I just did.
H: And, still on the hunt for the perfect skin hydration tools, I've just purchased these from Sephora in Paris (I want Sephora back in the UK so much!):
Thanks for reading! If you have found this delve into our beauty basics helpful or if you have any tips you would like to share then please leave a comment.
Louisa, Anna and Hannah
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