25 May 2015

40 Questions Beauty Tag

I read Tori from Kiss, Blush & Tell's 40 Questions Beauty Tag the other day and felt inspired to do one of my own. I love reading other people's answers and I hope you enjoy reading mine!


How many times do you wash your face daily?
Twice: morning and night.

What skin type do you have?
I have oily combination skin: oily T-zone and comfortable cheeks.

What is your current facial wash?
I am a bit of a facial cleanser junkie, and am currently trying to get through all my half-opened cleansers. In the mornings (and as a second cleanse at night) I use the NUXE Aroma-Perfection Purifying Cleansing Gel, and at night I use the Balm Balm Frankincense Facial Balm followed with a warm facecloth.

Do you exfoliate?
Yes. I mostly use a Glycolactic exfoliator. I'm not a fan of overly scrubby exfoliators on my face as it leaves my skin red and irritated and I can feel the damage that's being done. Glycolactic or enzyme exfoliators are the way to go!

What brand do you use?
I love REN for their Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask, and Placecol does a brilliant enzyme exfoliator, can't remember the name now (I think it's called the Gentle Exfoliating Serum). I sometimes use the Uriage Gommage Int├ęgral Gentle Total Exfoliant in the mornings. It's a "scrubby" exfoliator, but very very gentle. 

What moisturiser do you use?
I normally use the Clarins Multi-active day cream, but am currently using the Sorbet Day Cream. Will be reverting back to the Clarins shortly.

Do you have freckles?

Do you use eye cream?
Sometimes… I can never tell if my eye cream is making a difference so I tend to stop using it after a few days. I'm currently using the Origins GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream which contains a bit of a tint too. It temporarily makes you look more awake, but I don't know if it has any long-term benefits.

Do you or did you have acne prone skin?

Cleansing tip?
If you've never done it, try hot cloth cleansing. All you need is a non-milk cleanser (balm, oil, gel), a clean face cloth (I buy packs of three baby face cloths at Ackermans), and warm to hot water. Massage the cleanser into DRY dirty skin, then remove it with circular motions with the hot cloth. Spa treatment in your own bathroom! Plus, it provides extra exfoliation for your skin!


What foundation do you use?
I'm more of a BB cream wearer, but I sometimes like wearing foundations at night. I like the Bourjois Happy Light foundation as well as the Max Factor Skin Luminizer Foundation.

How about concealer?
I'm really enjoying the L.A. Girl Pro Concealer as well as the Rimmel Wake Me Up concealer.

Do you know your undertone colour?
Not sure… If anyone can tell me that would be great!

What do you think of fake eyelashes?
It looks amazing, but seems like a lot of work. Also, I'm a bit scared of putting glue that close to my eye…

Did you know that you are supposed to change your mascara every 3 months?
Yes. I do however believe that every situation is different and that not all mascaras will suddenly go bad after the 90 day mark… If my mascara ever smells funky or makes my eyes burn, I chuck it immediately. Otherwise I'll happily use it for a few months extra.

What brand of mascara do you use?
Currently I'm using essence (Lash Princess) but otherwise I love Maybelline's mascaras.

Make up item that you can't seem to get enough of?
Eyeshadow! I am obsessed and can't stop buying eyeshadow palettes.

Do you have a MAC Pro-card?

What makeup tools do you use in makeup application?
Mostly brushes, but sometimes my fingers or my Beauty Bay sponge (I got if free with an order and it's actually pretty good).

What are your favourite brushes?
I love the Real Techniques Buffing Brush (foundation or BB cream), Contour brush (concealer), Setting brush (setting powder), and Blush brush. I also like the Sigma E25 eyeshadow brush, as well as a couple of super cheap Cala eyeshadow brushes (R29,95 each, I mean!).

Do you use primer for the eyes?
Yes. No matter how good the quality of my eyeshadow, I always need to prime first as I have extremely oily eyelids. My current favourite eyeshadow primer is the NYX HD eyeshadow primer.

For the face?
Most days. When I'm wearing BB cream I'll sometimes use a primer, but when I'm wearing foundation I'll always use a primer. I have a whole list of primers that I juggle depending on my mood or my skin concern.

What is your favourite eye shadow shade?
Wow, that's a difficult question! It would be unfair to try answer that considering how many palettes I have... My favourite type of shade is a golden/bronzy/brown or a taupe-y brown. Not too shimmery, but also not completely matte. The shades "Half baked" and "Smog" from the Urban Decay Naked I palette are perfect examples of this. 

Do you use pencil or liquid eyeliner?
None. I'm busy easing into it, but I'm always unsure of if I'm doing it right! I don't want to end up looking like an extra in a horror movie.

What do you think of pigment eyeshadows?
Stunning, but so messy! I'd rather leave it to the professionals.

Do you use mineral makeup?
The only one I can think of is Revlon's mineral powder makeup in summer.

What is your favourite lipstick?
MAC Syrup or Revlon ColorBurst Lip Butter in Berry Smoothie.

How about lipgloss?
I don't have a favourite lipgloss as I tend to wear lots of different ones. I like the Maybelline ColorSensational glosses, as well as the Bourjois 3D Effet ones. I also like the Tanya Burr lipglosses but find that they can apply a bit streaky.

What is your favourite blush to use?
Benefit Coralista, NARS Angelica, Cargo HD highlighting blush in Pink, Stila Custom Color blush in Coral, there are many!

Where do you buy your makeup online?
I mostly buy it in store, but for overseas orders I like Feel Unique, Look Fantastic, and Beauty Bay.

Do you like drugstore makeup?

Your favourite in SA?
We basically only have Dischem and Clicks. As far as brands go I love L'Oreal, Revlon, Maybelline, and Bourjois.

Did you ever consider taking makeup classes?
Yes, but I haven't gotten round to it!

Are you clumsy in putting on makeup?
I don't think so. I rather just stay away from areas that I don't feel comfortable working on (such as intricate eyeliner or false lashes!)

Name a makeup crime that you hate?
Eyebrows caked with foundation.

Worst general-beauty crime?
Eyebrows that are either super super fine, or eyebrows that make the person look like she's permanently surprised.

Do you like colourful shades of makeup (lipstick, eyeshadow) or neutral ones?
I stick to neutral colours on my eyes, but for lips it's an anything-goes situation. I'm actually currently working up the courage to wear a plummy purple lip for winter.

Which celebrity always has great makeup?
Jessica Chastain

If you could leave the house using just ONE makeup item,  what would you use?
Powder for my oily T-zone.

Could you ever leave the house without any makeup on?
Yes and I have, but I prefer to at least have *something* on.

Do you think you look good even without any makeup on?
I think so.

In your opinion, what is the BEST makeup line?
I haven't tried anything from it yet, but judging from overseas beauty bloggers, I would have to say Charlotte Tilbury.

What do you think of makeup in general?
I hate that society still sees makeup (and people who wear it) as shallow and vain. Makeup to me is not about covering yourself up or putting on a mask, it's about expressing your creativity and accentuating your best features. I love reading about makeup, buying makeup, and doing my makeup every morning. It's like I get to be creative and use my face as a canvas, and I don't see anything wrong with it.

If you decide to also do this tag, let me know as I'd love to read your answers!

Until next time!



  1. Loved reading this post! I'll be doing this tag later today, will prob being on the blog on wednesday :)

    1. Thank you so much! I look forward to reading your tag. Thanks for stopping by, Laura Jane!

  2. Loved reading your answers Hills. Such a fun tag. :)

    1. It was fun to do! :) Thanks for commenting, Chicara! x