If I could have anyone’s hair in this world, it would be Alison Lawler-Dean‘s.
There. I said it. And don’t you agree?
Sadly, there’s no hair dye that will replicate that kind of gorgeous, natural colour—but I still thought I’d pick Allie’s brain on her favourite beauty tips and products.
We first met years ago when we both worked for St. Joseph Media—me at The Look magazine (RIP) and Allie at Fashion—and since then, we’ve both moved over to the blogging world.
Currently, Allie dishes up daily gift ideas at Gifted (givegoodgift.ca), and besides running her blog, is also a publicist and stylist—as well as a very fashionable girl-about-town.
Read on for her insider beauty picks!
Beauty Insider Credentials I used to work as a fashion and beauty editor for a magazine and though I no longer do, I still love to test and try new products. There’s nothing like opening up a beautiful beauty package!
Beauty Icon I’m a big fan of classic, clean and simple beauty, like Jackie O.
Top Five Beauty Products Dior DiorShow Mascara—for lashes that pop, I can’t leave the house without mascara. Benefit Benetint: for that perfect pout and blush. Joe Fresh Sheer Lip Crayon, for just a hint of colour. Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant, for clean, clear skin. Pure + Simple Just Pure Honey Neroli Facial Cream Light: the best smelling cream for well-moisturized skin.
Beauty Splurge Splurge on the basics for your face such as mascara (you want one that really plumps and fills out lashes plus lasts all day) and a great foundation (either tinted moisturizer or full coverage).
Beauty Bargain Save on trendy colours to try new looks.
Current Fragrance Chanel Allure—it is slightly musky yet clean. Nothing else suits me!
Bad Beauty Habit I certainly try/buy a lot of product and then never use it. I always go back to the classics.
Biggest Beauty Fail I once shaved my eyebrows. Thinking back, I’m lucky I didn’t lose them completely.
Beauty Pet Peeves Over-plucked eyebrows (I learned my lesson from above) and ridiculous orange tans.
Beauty Career Advice You’ve got to love the industry, surround yourself with smart people who can show you the ropes and give it your all. Internships really get you off to the right start.