Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Does Makeup Go Off?

Take a closer look at your cosmetic container - a really close look...

You may notice a little symbol that looks like this one to the left. It's the symbol used by manufacturers to let us know how long a product can be used after opening.

This jar shows that your product is safe to use for up to 3 months from the date you open it.
Of course, we're not always going to remember when we've opened a product for the first time, but if you're still using a product with '3M' marked on it a year later, then it's time to let it go.

Here's a list of what some products might show:

Mascara - 6M
Liquid Foundation - 24M
Eyeshadow - 18M
Lipgloss - 12M

Depending on where a product is manufactured and where it's sold, labelling is not mandatory. As a makeup artist, hygiene is queen so I'm here to remind you that to get the most out of your product always:
  • Use a clean spatula to remove product from a jar
  • Screw the lid/cap on tightly after use
  • Keep products in a cool, dry place
  • Avoid sharing products that come into direct contact with lips and eyes.

Time for a new mascara ??

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

"I've only ever used soap and water..."

Have you ever been told by your mum, friend, sister or grandmother that their beautiful skin has only ever required a quick cleanse with soap and water and a bit of basic moisturiser to keep it looking fantastic? And yet when you've tried this simple routine, your fickle skin just ends up even more blotchy, dry or spotty!

From my experience and talking to the experts I'm here to help you solve the riddle...your skin is not like anybody elses (even your mum's). You have a unique skin that lives your lifestyle and has it's own rules. So if you are one of the lucky ones that can get away with the basics - fantastic - but if you're not, go with what's best for you.

Here are some simple steps to help you get started:

  • Make sure you have a correct skin diagnosis,
  • What are you're own personal concerns,
  • Work out your budget,
  • Select your products.
Some of my personal favourites for when I'm getting serious are Circadia and Danne Montegue King. If I'm looking for something gentle then Janesce or Natio. But there are many, many great options out there. Start your own personal mission...