Your beauty questions answered

Nikki Parkinson Beauty 23 Comments

I started my “your style questions answered” posts in response to the number of emails I get from readers asking for specific style advice.

After last week’s post, I receive a few beauty questions, so like all things I start around here, I thought, why not?

Maybe you’ve got a burning beauty question too?

If you have a question you’d like considered for this, please email me: [email protected] – I can’t answer all personally but if it has a wider appeal, you may get ideas from these posts.

Please don’t message me via the Facebook page – the Styling You Facebook page gets hundreds of messages and it’s almost impossible to manage as I can’t file them away for answering.

You might also find answers to your questions in the search bar to the right of this blog post or ask for advice in the Styling You forum.

Let’s get stuck in and get your beauty questions answered.

Budget friendly skincare

I’m 54 and really struggling with trying to find a really good skincare regime without it breaking the bank. I’m still working full-time and go to the gym five days a week therefore need something that’s very effective but quick and easy to use.  I would like a range that I can easily pack while traveling. Ideally it wouldn’t be too expensive so that I could purchase multiple lots to have at home, gym and the travel bag. Karen

This is such a good question Karen. I too find it very useful to have my travel bag already packed with makeup and skincare – as well as having a set at home. I don’t go to the gym otherwise, yes, this would make so much sense. It takes the stress out of packing and unpacking – or forgetting essentials in your haste to pack.

In regards to skincare, the good news is that so many of the budget-friendly brands of skincare available in supermarkets are as effective as their more expensive skincare sisters. Many even come from the same parent company as their more expensive sisters – which means they also benefit from the same research that has gone into the more expensive lines.

Also, it’s worth exploring independent skincare brands. Often these are available at competitive prices as the overheads behind the businesses are not has high as larger companies. They are also usually created out of a very personal desire to create a skincare line that is effective but free from common chemicals found in more commercial products.

This would make an effective age-defying skincare kit: Go-To Properly Clean (morning cleanser); Garnier Miracle Skin Cream (day moisturiser – I blogged about it here); NIVEA Cellular Anti-Age eye cream; Garnier Micellar Water (evening cleanser); NIVEA Cellular Anti-Age Skin Rejuvenation Night Care (evening moisturiser); Go-To Skincare Face Hero (for use at night under moisturiser). Total price: about $190

Budget friendly effective skincare

If you’d like to reduce this kit to three essentials, opt for Go-To Properly Clean, Garnier Miracle Skin Cream and NIVEA Cellular Anti-Age Skin Rejuvenation Night Care. Total price: about $80

The products in larger jars and bottles could easily be decanted into travel bottles and tubs, reducing the bulk in your travel and gym bags.

Touch-up makeup

Have you got any advice on “touch-up” makeup? I like to apply a fairly full face for the school drop off. I have oily skin and find if I do a decent job of my face in the morning, it hasn’t all disappeared by the afternoon pick up. However, if I’m heading out in the evening to a meeting, it is in real need of a touch up. What’s the best way to do this? Do I wash my face and start again? Just reapply powder and some lippy? I’ve not been able to get this one right, and often feel like I need to start from scratch to look decent. I also don’t like applying powder on my face at the end of the day as I feel like it’s filling my make up brush with oil and crap that my face has accumulated throughout the day. Leonie

Ah, Leonie, we do want our makeup to really work for us, don’t we? I tell you that yesterday I was super excited to wake up to a cool breeze and low humidity as it meant I wouldn’t be fighting all day to keep my makeup in place. As you already seem to have sorted – the prep work is super important. I covered off on that in this post: how to keep your makeup from sliding off your face.

Apart from priming, it’s also important to choose a foundation that goes the distance. There are plenty available now that address this need. Try: Maybelline NY SuperStay 24HR Foundation or these two that I’ve been trialling of late with great success: Elizabeth Arden Flawless Finish Perfectly Satin 24HR Makeup SPF15 (see below for photo of how it looks on my face … it was professionally applied here and went the distance this day and into the evening) and Nars All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation.

Elizabeth Arden Flawless Finish Perfectly Satin 24HR Makeup

I’m a powder-throughout-the-day-if-I-need-it kind of girl – with my powder compact of choice – Bobbi Brown Skin Weightless Powder Foundation. It works for me but I get what you’re saying about the grime of the day. If a quick powder touch-up is not your thing, then take my other lazy-girl beauty option: use a facial cleansing wipe to remove only the foundation, keeping your eye makeup in place. Then re-apply your primer, foundation, concealer and powder.

Over-plucked brows

I have an all important brow question. I am a child of the highly over-plucked ’90s and my brows never grew back. Shame! Do you know of or can recommend a good product to help stimulate growth, even after all these years? Bel

Bel, for this one I got the word from my go-to brow expert, Liz See from Get Threaded. Liz says there are many products that state they will help brows grow but there are only a few things that may actually help.

The first thing to do is to step away from the tweezers. “The growing process can be difficult. Hairs don’t just grow back in an even way. You may get ones that grow in the inner brow area then nothing in the middle and a few at the ends of your brows. Seeing a brow professional who knows how to transform brows can help as they can show you how to use products to blend this growth and give your brows the time they need to grow back in. Every one hair can make a difference.”

The second step involves products and a treatment. “I don’t feel there is any magical growing formula for brows but nourishing the skin around the brows as well as your actual brows can make a huge difference. We offer a world first treatment called Browz That Wow – it’s like a facial but for the brow area. The specific purpose is to boost brow health. We also have a take-home product called Brow Nourish. It contains natural, active ingredients including sea buckthorn oil, aloe vera juice and wheat protein extract.”

Get Threaded Brow Nourish

Got a question? Email me: [email protected] Got something to add to my advice above, fire away in the comments below!

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Comments 23

  1. Oh the 90s no brow. So glad my Mum kept telling me they wouldn’t grow back and I actually managed to listen!

  2. Thank you Nikki for the nudge on Garnier Miracle Skin Cream – would never have tried a Garnier product but have to say after a week of using – I love it! Pauline x

  3. I’m a big believer in having your brows professionally shaped (every single time). They make such an amazing difference to your face. I spent a good 6 or 7 months growing mine out and, as frustrating as it was at the time, it was so worth it. x

  4. I’m a big believer in having your brows professionally shaped (every single time). They make such an amazing difference to your face. I spent a good 6 or 7 months growing mine out and, as frustrating as it was at the time, it was so worth it. x

  5. I am with Karen and yourself … It is so much easier when you can duplicate products for travel/gym. When Priceline has its recent 40% of sale – I bought duplicates so I now have a travel pack of makeup too. I have being toying up with trying a couple of Go – To products … I am off to order now!

  6. thankyou nikki, always helpful, handy hints and tricks for a girl of any age!;0
    you are glowing hun! the more you do the better you look! … such a Gemini!
    my eyebrows didn’t grow back either! but I didn’t over pluck!
    I like the brow nourish product!
    have a good day! love m:)X

  7. Great tips Nikki,I am so sad I bought and loved the new Garnier Miracle Skin Cream ,I loved how it made a great base and evened out my skin tone ,but my skin had other ideas I broke out in an itchy red rash after using it for 5 days at first I thought it was the antibiotics I was on

      1. It’s not your fault Nikki,I maybe got a little cocky? And forgot to patch test I did yesterday and it’s the miracle skin

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