A Day Cream I Can Trust

A day cream I can trust by Sam Granger

A day cream I can trust by Sam Granger

I think I’ve found The One! In terms of daytime moisturiser, at least. This year has been a year of skincare product trial and error. I’ve been through so many creams and they’ve all left my dehydrated but oily skin feeling tight and gross. That is until I found Antipodes Vanilla Pod Hydrating Day Cream. The little tube in the photo was part of a free gift set I got and oh my god, yes it is it. There is no tightness and it feels so nourishing without leaving my skin greasy. I use it in the morning after I cleanse and tone, and I sometimes pop a bit on top of my Antipodes Divine Face Oil in the evening, for some extra oomph. I can also go a few days without using my hydrating serum and my skin doesn’t completely freak out. Woohoo! While I wish my skin was hunky-dory on a supermarket-bought cream, it just isn’t – I’ve tried nearly every one of them just to be sure.

My skin – and by that I mean me – is developing an obsession for Antipodes products, no joke. You are likely to be reading (and hearing) more about this brand in the future, sorrynotsorry!

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My Favourite Makeup Remover

My favourite makeup remover by Sam Granger

My favourite makeup remover by Sam Granger

The bottle might say ‘for lids, lashes and lips’ but I use Clinique’s Take The Day Off everywhere when removing my makeup. It’s the best remover I’ve found so far, and I’ve been using it on and off for about six years. I keep going back to it after trying cheaper brands and being unimpressed. Nothing gets my eye makeup off as thoroughly as this stuff does! It is on the oily side and this prevents face cleansers from lathering as much as they usually would, but that is the only thing – besides the price tag – that I can find ‘wrong’ with it. The oiliness/lather issues don’t prevent cleansers from actually cleaning you skin, so don’t worry about that. Oh, and you don’t need heaps – just one or two dabs on a couple of cotton pads to get all the gunk off your skin.

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My Brow Routine

Eyebrows with Benefit Gimme Brow

My brow routine December 2014 by Sam Granger

Brows are an incredibly hot topic right now, so much so that just about every day I see an eyebrow meme on social media. I’m definitely not immune to the brow hype – I want my brows to look amazing at all times, with or without makeup. I’m fairly lucky that mine are naturally a good shape and managed to survive the Brow Disaster of 2003-2004, when I plucked them within an inch of their life into pencil thin lines. Yes, it was as bad as it sounds. Eleven years later I can say that, for the most part, I’ve got good brow game. Usually, I just pluck the strays and get a proper job done by a professional every so often. Once they’re tidy, I go over them with some brow products on makeup days. I don’t like wearing makeup without having, at least, a little bit on my brows, because I find it finishes the look off nicely, even with very minimal makeup looks. You can see below how my brows look without any product on them.

Eyebrows without makeup

When I want to use product on them, I start off by brushing them in upward strokes using a spooly. Then, depending on the type of look I’m going for, I use either a powder or a tinted brow gel. For a softer look, I use MAC eyeshadow in Coquette and I apply this with an angled eyeliner brush. I start in the arch and brush the powder out toward the ends, then using what’s left on the brush I fill in the front part with upward strokes. Sometimes I need a bit more product, but I always go light and build up. Sometimes I go over the powder very lightly with my Benefit Gimme Brow in medium/dark, but usually I just pop on a bit of ELF clear mascara to hold the hairs in place. You can see what this looks like below.

Eyebrows with powder

For a heavier look, I used my Benefit Gimme Brow instead of the powder, which you can see below. Because the colour is quite dark I tend to apply it lightly unless I’m going for very dramatic brows in the evening. I don’t need to use a clear brow gel over this because it holds my brow hairs enough, but some people might find a clear gel on top useful for stubborn hairs.

Eyebrows with Benefit Gimme Brow

I rarely use my Rimmel Professional Eyebrow Pencil in 001 Dark Brown anymore, because I find it has a reddish tone to it which I’m not a big fan of. That being said, sometimes I get obvious gaps in the hairs and I find the pencil is needed to fill those in. Then I go over the whole brow with powder or tinted gel, and this minimises the reddish tone.

So that’s it for my brows at the moment. Pretty straight-forward, really. I’d love to try the Anastasia Brow Wizz but they are hard to get in New Zealand so I shall have to wait. Mega sad-face!

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