When I started this blog, one of the features I wanted to include were interviews. I haven't been as diligent on that front as I would have liked, but better late than never! Today I present the first skincare interview of ROKderm.com, and I must say it couldn't have come at a better time, me being swamped in exam hustle madness and all that jazz.
Personally I really enjoy prying into people's skincare habits, especially of those extra gorgeous looking women (and men!) that cross my path. One of those women is Lisa of DesignerInterior.org, a London friend of mine. Lisa is one of the most beautiful women I know, inside and out, she's got that X-factor-glow, that true beauty- no nonsense swag, and I've been dying to know her regiment. She gracefully agreed to share that with us today:
What is your approach to your skin and skin care?
I was brought up in a family that believes in ethical shopping so I have grown up with a no nonsense approach to beauty. I always buy from brands that use natural ingredients and preferably do not test on animals such as Liz Earle, Aveda, Jason, Naked, Weleda and Ren. I like to keep things simple; I don't like my bathroom cluttered with oodles of product, I just use face wash, a weekly exfoliating mask, I moisturize day and night, and I always use suncream on holiday.
When and why did you start caring for your skin? If you look after your skin then you will look your best; you will look younger, healthier and that will make you feel good about yourself. I believe it is best to preserve your natural beauty, so I am all about looking after my skin so it looks good naturally rather than needing to mask and disguise.
What is your approach to makeup? Haha I wish I could be one of those girls that paints on a beautiful face of make-up every morning and looks coiffed and polished but alas I don't make the time. The best I can manage is a slick of lipstick, maybe some liquid eyeliner and plenty of mascara. I tend to wear mascara everyday except for Sundays when I try to give my eyes a rest. However, when I dress up for a big night out I like to do the whole package; foundation, blusher, eye shadow, the works. I like to take my time over it and be creative, maybe with a magazine in front of me for inspiration; it is quite fun!
Quick go through of your routine and favorite products I wash my face with Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish, but I use a flannel not the muslin cloth as I find the muslin is too harsh for the delicate skin around my eyes. Then I moisturize with Liz Earle Skin Repair Moisturiser.
I love this product as it is really thick and sinks into my skin without making it greasy or feeling too saturated. I also rub it into my eye area as I find eye gels are too thin and not moisturizing enough. At night I will do the same thing again unless I am too tired when I very naughtily skip the face wash and sweep Muji cotton wool drenched in Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic over my face. The tonic has a wonderful rose scent and the cotton pads from Muji are the softest I can find which is excellent for removing mascara without dragging the skin. In the shower I love using Liberty's Geranium soap; the thick creamy bar feels so luxurious and smells divine; it also comes wrapped in a beautifully illustrated floral paper, I love it, it is my special treat.
Lisa also moisturizes with Jason Cocoa Butter Hand & Body Lotion.
Number one beauty tip Try new things! I once had my eyebrows thickly filled in with pencil by a make-up artist and it totally transformed my face without the need for mascara. I was so impressed as I had always overlooked my eyebrows. Sometimes a fresh perspective can bring out a different kind of beauty that you never saw before.
How has your routine changed with time? Have you noticed any changes since turning 30? I have been really lucky with my skin and it has always been low maintenance so the only thing that I have had to change is my moisturizer as in my twenties my skin needed less hydration. However I am now in my early thirties and I have noticed that I am showing signs of aging (which is natural of course!) but I may start looking into whether there are some products I should be using now that will really benefit me in my sixties for example, as a preventative measure.
How do you think your diet has influenced your skin? To be honest, I have absolutely no idea. People used to tell me I had great skin when I was younger and asked if I drank lots of water, which I didn't. I am pescatarian so I don't eat meat but I love dairy food, chocolate, wine and I can't say whether I have noticed my skin looking any different due to any changes in diet. To be honest I think that happiness has more to do with it. I just left a job that was really stressful and made me really unhappy and I think that took more of a toll on my face than anything I have ever eaten.
Hair favorites? Oh I have to tell you about the amazing treatment I had at Aveda recently. My hair is exceedingly dry and frizzy even when it is in great condition and I often have to use salon products like the Tigi Catwalk Oatmeal & Honey Damaged Hair range to get the best results.
However Aveda now have botanical treatments that are semi permanent, they have various types to combat an array of afflictions. I had a Protein Treatment during my cut and blow dry and it was amazing. My hair is more shiny, soft and manageable now and looks good in-between washes, not just on the day I washed it, which is a revelation as that never happens! I am very excited and plan to visit the salon every 6 weeks for a top-up. Had to share that because looking after curly locks is a tricky business indeed.
Best product you've used Oh. Tough one. Hmm. I can't live without my Guerlain Liquid Eyeliner; there are so many on the market but none as thick and gorgeous as this one.
What would you invest in if you had the time/money? Holidays! The relaxation mixed with good food, good company and sun-kissed skin makes me feel and look good. I think this is where I would invest my beauty money.
Tell us a little bit about yourself: I am a freelance interior designer, so in my job I have a lot of fun playing with texture, print and colour to create an overall scheme to suit the tastes of my client and their space. I also like to use accent colours in my make-up, so in the summer I will wear a cool pink lipstick, a coral blusher or a strong pigment yellow eyeshadow and thick black lashes.
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