Tuesday, 13 October 2009

Guest Post: Beauty Products for the Minimalist Product User

Claire is fabulously fashionable (I would say her style is rock-chick meets preppy), has the most enviable head of red curls, and always looks put-together. Today she's letting us in on her beauty secrets. For her, less is definitely more!

Hey everyone, I'm Claire from The View From Here (hopefully some of you have read my blog!). I primarily write about fashion, I care a lot about what I wear, but I'm not really a beauty products queen. I don't always bother to wear makeup - I've never even applied foundation. But when Leia and Sherin asked me to do a guest post, perhaps involving beauty products, I thought I'd do a top 5 of my essential lazy-girl products.

1) Red lipstick for nights out - I'm a recent convert. I bought a Chanel red lipstick when in Paris recently and it's so useful to have with me for those impromptu nights out, or those days when I know I have to glam up a little in the evening and can't be bothered to carry a whole makeup bag with me. There is a red lipstick out there to suit everyone!! The Chanel one I got, Rouge Allure, has at least 45 different shades of red. I'm a ginger girl with pale skin, if I can find one, you can too!

Red lips add instant glamour

2) Mac liquidlast liner - this is like tattooing your eyelids!! When they asked me at the MAC counter if I wanted their eyemakeup remover, I assumed they just wanted me to buy because of the commission. Hells no. This eyeliner lasts! Once it's on, it's on - no smudging, nothing shifts it. Not a day-to-day use, but ideal for an evening (slick on some of this, swoosh some mascara and a smidge of the red lippy and you're DONE for a 50s style makeup in quick time).

3) Vaseline - incredibly useful!! Not just for chapped lips/dry skin patches/greasing up keys, but also it works as an eye makeup remover, as I discovered when using the MAC eyeliner! Necessity is the mother of invention.

4) Benefit Benetint (or, if you're me, the cheap Me Me Me version) - it's a cheek AND lip tint. It's great for putting on underneath lip balm, for long lasting lip shading. Predominantly though, I use it for blusher. Not enough girls wear blusher!! A hint of pink on cheeks is cute! On the bone itself for a blushing effect, or below the cheek bone to highlight facial structure.

5) Palmer's Cocoa Butter body lotion - it's thick, it smells AMAZING and it works. They also have a marvellous lipbalm, which I don't see as an essential (why, when there's Vaseline??).

6) A good perfume - perfume is something I do wear on most days. It's one of those things which has such an effect on other people and can become a signature trait. For me, nahhh, it's all about switching it up for an exciting olfactory experience. Do I feel like I want to kick a bit of ass? Valentino Rock n Rose it is! How about some sultry times? Armani Code FTW.

Thanks for your excellent tips, Claire! I'm definitely going to try Vaseline as a make-up remover. Readers, do you use any of these products? What are your essential lazy-girl products? 

And finally, do you want to guest post for HiFashion? We'd love to hear from you! Get in touch with your ideas! 



Claire said...

AHHHHHHH this came up first on my googlereader!!!! Thankyou!!! I had fun writing this one - figuring out my beauty products (particularly when I don't usually write about makeup etc) was tough but fun!

M said...

Oh wow, this list is great. I'm a lazy girl myself: putting tons of thought into what I wear but never wearing makeup expect for mascara and lipgloss. That eyeliner sounds interesting.... smudge is what usually keeps me from bothering.

Cheryl said...

I'm not really into make-up but the red lipstick definitely works! Still finding the right shade for me though because I have darker skin and thick lips.

Arushi Khosla said...

Fab post! And C looks stunning as usual ;)

Anonymous said...

great post! x

Rachel @ The Haute Notes said...

Great tips! I love red lips! I definitely think it's possible for everyone to find a suitable red shade to wear!

Cafe Fashionista said...

I loved the fact that Claire mentioned Vaseline. So many people overlook this product, but it's inexpensive and a miracle worker. It's the only thing I use to remove make-up; plus it can make your lips feel so smooth!

Wonderful guest post, Claire! I want to try that eyeliner now! :)

Couture Carrie said...

Gorgeous post, darling! Love the red lip!


Maria Confer said...

Very excellent and easy tips that anyone can use!! Thanks so much for sharing.


Mary-Laure said...

Love red lipstick too. I wear MAC's Russian Red.
Thanks for the makeup remover tip!

Sierra said...

Nice guest post! Totally agree with the good perfume and I have never heard of Vaseline helping remove makeup, I will have to try that! ;)

Jennifer Fabulous said...

Great post. I love learning makeup tricks. I need to get some red lipstick!

Luinae said...

My natural collection cream blush is my go to product with some lipstick and I feel pretty put together for the day. Love the cream blush and how it brightens my face because I always wear blush. I look like a zombie without it!

Alberto Castro said...

Very nice post, for a non make up user ;)

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