This Beauty Questions tag made the rounds through the beauty blogs a couple of years ago. I thought I would recycle the questions as a way to tell you a little bit more about myself!
1. Do you remember your first makeup item?
I can’t remember exactly, but Maybelline Great Lash in Clear was definitely one of the earliest makeup items that my mom allowed me to have (despite me begging for brown mascara).
Coincidentally, I have repurchased this clear mascara to use as a brow gel in the last couple of years. I almost fell over in the drug store when I realized a) it still exists and b) it looks the same!
2. Describe your perfect mascara. Have you found one that fits your specifications?
I prefer mascara with a dry formula that lengthens and separates lashes. My favourite mascara is the Cover Girl Clump Crusher, but I’ve also been using the Clinique High Impact Curling mascara. I really have to remove a lot of product from the brush before applying since it’s such a wet formula, but once I do that I really love the all day curling effect.
3. What kind of coverage do you prefer from foundation?
I stick to light, sheer, to medium coverage foundations and BB creams, because anything other than a skin-like finish is not going to fly with me. I don’t mind when blemishes and pigmentation are showing. My favourite BB cream is by Marcelle (I use the shade Light to Medium).
4. Favourite high end brand?
I haven’t tried many of the ultra luxe high end brands like Tom Ford or Guerlain, but I do love Marc Jacobs Beauty and Kevyn Aucoin. I wouldn’t really describe Anastasia Beverly Hills as being high end (are they high end?!) but I have my eye on them this year. Between their glow kits, the Modern Renaissance palette, and their upcoming foundation sticks, along with the sensible manner in which these products have been released, I have gained a ton of admiration for this brand.
5. What cosmetics brands have you always wanted to try but still haven’t?
Guerlain, Charlotte Tilbury, Teeez, Surratt Beauty. (After answering these questions I actually bit the bullet and purchased some shades for a custom Surratt Beauty palette. Review coming soon!)
6. Favorite drugstore brand?
NYX! And Maybelline, especially for lipstick and BB cream.
7. Do you wear fake eyelashes?
Rarely! I love wearing 3/4 bands or individual lashes for special occasions. I’ve also tried lash extensions, but they didn’t last as long as I’d hoped and I found the maintenance schedule to be completely ridiculous.
8. Is there any kind of makeup you can’t leave the house without?
Mascara. Mascara and brows if I could pick two. In the twenty+ years I’ve been wearing makeup, I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve left my house without mascara. But in the last few weeks, as I overcame an eye infection and prepared for and recovered from laser eye surgery, I’ve had lots of no-mascara days. I’ve learned that it’s not impossible to love my bare face 🙂
9. What is your most cherished beauty product?
Can’t say that I have one. It’s just makeup.
10. How often do you shop for makeup? Do you like to pick up an item here and there or get lots of goodies at once?
I have a hard time not checking out the beauty section when I walk past a Shoppers Drug Mart, Rexall, or Sephora. I check out the Just Arrived section on Sephora.com fairly regularly, add things to my Loves list or buy them right away if I expect they might sell out quickly. I’m happy to pick up one item here and there, but if more goodies speak to me, it can be difficult to resist.
11. Do you have a “beauty budget” or you spend freely?
I spend pretty freely, but that has to change. Since starting Plateau Beauty, it’s been easy to justify additional spending as being an investment into the blog’s content. A beauty or blog budget would definitely help to keep things in check. There will always be new, ultra hyped products. It’s important to remember that I don’t need them all.
12. Do you utilize coupons, rewards cards and sales when you shop for cosmetics?
Of course! In Canada our options are kind of limited, but I am definitely a strategic shopper when it comes to Optimum points at Shoppers Drug Mart. I don’t shop at Rexall very often as there isn’t one near my home or work, but I always check my emails to see if there are any offers I can take advantage of.
13. What type of product do you buy the most of?
Somehow, lipstick. Even though I don’t make a habit of wearing lipstick on a daily basis. On the more practical side, I definitely buy a lot of BB creams, tinted moisturizers, and sheer/water foundations, which I do tend to wear on a daily basis. I love trying new formulas and seeing how new products perform.
14. Is there a brand that you absolutely can’t stand?
Can’t think of one!
15. Do you avoid certain ingredients in cosmetics like parabens or sulfates?
I avoid overly fragranced base products, because yuck.
16. Do you have a favourite place to shop for makeup?
17. Do you like trying new skincare products or do you keep a certain routine?
The years I experimented with skincare (and they were many) resulted in the worst skin of my life. Now, I keep a basic and effective routine. The only reason for experimentation would be to add a serum or targeted treatment, and I would only do that after a considerable amount of research. As someone with sensitive skin, messing with my routine usually leads to weeks of getting to the bottom of unusual breakouts. I always make sure to patch test, and I only introduce one product at a time (including base makeup).
I would feel comfortable switching up my cleanser every now and again, since that’s a product that doesn’t sit on your skin but gets rinsed away. But! There’s really no need to, so I don’t.
18. Favourite bath and body brand?
Not sure that I have one, but I do use The Body Shop’s Body Butters pretty regularly. They always have amazing multi-buy deals, so I tend to stock up a couple of times per year. They last forever, and I love using them before applying self tanner for a super natural look. They make great gifts, too!
19. If you could only buy from one brand, which brand would you choose?
I couldn’t. The End.
20. What brand do you think has the best packaging?
21. Which celebrity always has great makeup?
I can’t even answer this question.
22. Do you belong to any online makeup communities?
23. Five Favourite Beauty Gurus
I never miss a video by Samantha Ravndahl, KathleenLights, SamanthaJaneYT, Allana Davison, or Thataylaa. I find the word “Guru” to be a little uncomfortable, but I love content creators who are either artists themselves or have a tremendous amount of industry knowledge. There are so many of them!
24. Do you like multifunctional products like lip and cheek stains?
I don’t usually, but I’m very excited for the new Bite Beauty The Multistick. I ordered Biscotti, Creme Caramel, and Cashew.
25. Are you clumsy in putting on makeup?
What a weird question. I wouldn’t describe myself as being clumsy, but anything precise definitely requires a lot of practice for me.
26. Do you use makeup base/primer for the eyes?
Not usually, but my makeup would last longer if I did. I love the Smashbox 24 Hour Photo Finish Shadow Primer, but I usually forget to apply it.
27. How many hair products do you use on a typical day?
Zero. I try to minimize how many times a week I have to style my hair, so that means washing my hair rarely and never doing anything to my hair on a typical day. When I do wash and style, I’ll usually use a mousse when my hair is damp, and then a lightweight hairspray once I’ve styled. On day 3 or 4 I’ll throw in a bit of Bumble and bumble Prêt-à-Powder for an extra day or two of wear (depending what my plans are).
28. What do you apply first, concealer or foundation?
Foundation/BB cream. I don’t wear concealer every day.
29. Do you ever consider taking makeup classes?
Sometimes, but there’s no way I could juggle that commitment with my full time job and other responsibilities.
30. What do you love about makeup?
What don’t I love about makeup? Most of all, I love the transformative power of makeup. It’s incredible to see faces change in subtle or dramatic ways just by using cosmetics.
I love that makeup has empowered young artists to propel themselves into incredibly successful careers through YouTube and other social media — it’s downright inspiring.
I love that there is so much innovation and improvement in makeup from a product development standpoint. When I was a teenager discovering makeup for the first time, a lot of it was really crappy. There was no such thing as skin-finish foundation, and you couldn’t get mascara that didn’t smear under your eyes and make you look like a raccoon. Now, the quality of makeup at the drugstore is absolutely phenomenal — brands like NYX and e.l.f. really raised the bar for affordable brands to deliver a high level of quality across their products.