Meet Henna! She’s a fellow beauty blogger—and many of you may know her already from her great site, Canadian Beauty. Henna’s been beauty blogging since way back in 2006, so I guess it would be an understatement to say that she’s tried a lot of products! In particular, she’s a bit of a perfume connoisseur. So read on for some of her insider picks as well as all-around beauty tips!
Beauty Insider Credentials I’m a beauty insider because I’m obsessed with finding the best of everything. It’s not just that I love beauty products and getting dressed up. I love to try the newest products out there and that’s what I’m always doing!
Beauty Icons My beauty icons include Kim Kardashian (I love her glam look), Amanda Seyfried (she’s the new “it girl” and looks fresh and pulled together), Gwyneth Paltrow (she’s a natural beauty and a great actress) and Tina Fey (she’s got beauty and brains!).
Top Beauty Products Right now I can’t live without my Lancôme Ageless Minérale foundation—it is so lightweight and photographs so well. I can never live without mascara—Armani Eyes to Kill is a favourite right now. [Ed's note: How great is that name?] Dior eyeshadow quads are a must: a new one each season is ideal because they always have the latest colours and lovely formulas. In the summer I love a good bronzer—Estée Lauder’s Bronze Glow is good this summer, as is Lancaster’s. And I’m obsessed with perfume. These days I’m rotating between Sisley’s Eau No. 2, Jo Malone Wild Fig and Cassis and Dior’s Escale a Pondichery. I spray perfume on everything, especially when I’m travelling.
Beauty Bargain Scrimp on basic moisturizers and cleansers. I always go to the drugstore for things like shampoo, conditioner, face wash, body wash and lip balm. You don’t have to spend a lot to take good care of your skin, and a lot of the drugstore brands contain active ingredients such as AHA’s and BHA’s. I really like Neutrogena as a brand that has everything at affordable prices.
First Fragrance Ralph Lauren Romance. I don’t love it anymore, but I still have the bottle and I can recognize it on anyone. It’s a pretty girly perfume and whenever I wear it, it takes me back to high school.
Current Fragrance As I said, I’m rotating between three scents. I like the Sisley Eau No. 2 because it’s a true chypre, and so fresh. It has amazing lasting power but really doesn’t overwhelm you because of its freshness. Sisley only comes out with scents once in a few years, so they really control the quality of their scents and have a great batting average. I like Jo Malone’s Wild Fig and Cassis because I actually really like fig scents. I have a thing for them. The great thing about the Fig and Cassis is that you mostly only smell the fig for the top and middle of the scent, and then it turns into this beautiful floral that’s so feminine and pleasant to wear. Dior’s Escale a Pondichery takes me back to a family trip to Kerala, India, that I once took. [It was the] best trip ever, so I love this scent. It’s really light, so I spritz it all over as a body spray.
Weird Beauty Habit Is dousing everything with my perfume normal? Sometimes even my towel and bath mat get a spritz or two. What can I say, I like things to smell good!
Biggest Beauty Fail Well, this was an easy question. For two years, I curled my hair with a curling iron three times a week. It pretty much wrecked my hair, and it took another two years for it to grow back to normal. Never again, is all I’m going to say. These days I work with the natural texture and wave of my hair. Yes, I have bad hair days once in a while, but I had those anyway so I don’t let it bother me too much.
Beauty Pet Peeve Foundation that doesn’t match your skin colour. Make sure that you check your foundation in different kinds of light before you commit to buying it. This is mostly a huge problem with mineral foundations.
Best Beauty Tip Oh wow, where to start? I guess the main thing is to ask for help with different parts of your routine—ask a good hair stylist for help working with your natural hair, ask a dermatologist for skincare help and consult makeup gurus (including bloggers!) on what makeup looks good on you. I also ask my friends what they think of my foundation because that’s the most difficult thing to get absolutely right.
Beauty Blogging Advice Make sure you’re committed to working a lot without any pay. Do this because you love it, and take some time to really work on your writing, not just your makeup technique.
And since “Babe in the biz” will be a BeautyEditor.ca regular feature, let me know in the comments if there’s anyone else you’d love to see featured—or additional questions you’d like me to ask! Coming next week: one of my favourite hair and makeup artists, Andrea Claire!