Bellabox Live Beauty Chat // Q&A

Last Thursday the lovely Julia from bellabox, Australia's number 1 beauty box, joined us on the City Chic Facebook page for a live chat on all things beauty for SS14.

We received a great response from our City Chic Social Scene fans and below is a list of the beauty questions asked on the day and the helpful answers Julia provided.

Q/ Just wondering what your favourite brand of dry shampoo is? I find that some brands leave my hair sticky, or make it really frizzy!
A/ Dry Shampoo is one of my favourite products. Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk was one of the first dry shampoos on the market, and it is still one of the best. If you're after a coloured dry shampoo, try Polished London's line which is available at Priceline. Although a lot of brands recommend brushing the dry shampoo through your locks, to reduce frizz try just spraying it on your roots and then rubbing it in with your hands.

Q/ I love waterproof mascara, but even the makeup removers that say 'suitable for waterproof mascara' don't really take everything off. Is there a product you'd recommend that will get the job done?
A/ Try Bioderma Sensibio Micellaire Cleanser - it's what all the makeup artists use backstage at big runway shows!

Q/ What's the best way to prevent gel eyeliner from smudging?
A/ Winged eyes will continue to be a strong trend this season, and we definitely want them to last all day! To keep your gel liner in place I recommend using an eye primer like Nars Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base, Australis Eyeshadow Primer or OCC primer which is available in the bellabox store. Lightly apply the primer to your whole eyelid with your fingertip, and keep your eyes closed for about 30 seconds to allow it to try completely. Then apply your gel liner as you usually would.

Q/ No matter how much I moisturise and put primer on my foundation always ends up flaky. It's driving me nuts. Is there anything else that I can do to stop the flakiness?
A/ I used to have the exact same problem. I added a much richer moisturiser into my evening routine which helped to soften my skin and reduce those flakes. Also consider using a BB Cream that has moisturising properties like Revlon PhotoReady BB Cream. For a great night cream try this one by People for Plants.

Q/ I have a daughter hitting puberty that love's all things girly cosmetics the works . What do recommend she do to keep her face and skin glowing during this awkward time..
A/ There are some really great skincare ranges designed for tweens and teens, but a lot of them can be really drying on their skin. I like Dermalogica Clear Start and Olay Fresh Effects. It's so important that she gets into the habit of washing her face every night, particularly if she starts wearing makeup! She should follow this up with a light moisturiser. Avoid those face scrubs that come in a lot of teen acne ranges - they are often too harsh and will dry out her skin even more.

Q/ How can I control my combo skin best going into the warmer months without going overboard? Am currently at that awful stage of dry skin on my forehead/ eyebrows and oily on my nose/ chin and starting to break no matter how much I exfoliate and cleanse - is it possible im going overboard and making it worse?
A/ You might be surprised, but the secret is lip liner underneath your lipstick. Don't be scared - it's not 90s style dark liner around the outside of your lips. You actually need to draw a thin line around the edge of your lips and then completely fill them in with lip liner. Then you apply your lipstick on top. A lot of brands make matching lip liners that go with their lipsticks, but you can also use a nude or a muted version of the lipstick you're wearing. Rimmel make great lip liners, as do Australis. I've written a little guide to lip liner here.

Q/ What are the hottest colours to wear this spring/summer for both clothes and make up?
A/ Bright lips are going to be a strong look this summer, especially pink and red. However, we saw a lot of natural looks coming through at New York Fashion Week so it is definitely ok to go without heavy makeup this season! For clothes, there will be a lot of fresh white tops and dresses. There will be a lot of purple and pink around as the weather gets warmer, as "radiant orchid" as been named the colour of the year by Pantone. I love this dress from City Chic, I think it is perfect for summer.

Q/ Need a quick and easy (foolproof) makeup that I can put on in the morning around looking after my five month old to make me look less tired and more lively any recommendations??
A/ I know how tiring looking after a baby can be. I would suggest a BB Cream and a little sweep of mascara to even out your skin and help your eyes stand out. If you have a bit more time, you'd be surprised how much a blush can brighten up your face. Just a little sweep over the apples of your cheeks will make you instantly look more awake

Q/ So it is coming into summer (yay!) I was wondering if there is any products you could suggest to keep your hair and skin healthy through the sunnier months? All the time in the sun and chlorine makes my hair frizzy and my skin dry out!
A/ First of all, you need to be wearing sunscreen every single day. But I'm sure you know that! I would use a light body moisturiser like Aveeno Moisturising Lotion once a day - it absorbs really fast so you won't feel sticky, and it's designed to be used every day. Make sure you're cleansing your face properly every day to remove all that sweat and chlorine, as it can really clog your pores. Follow this with a really light face moisturiser to keep your skin healthy. If you're getting a lot of chlorine build up, try using a clarifying shampoo in your hair once a week. And Australian haircare brand PHR have got a really great Solar Oil which will help to protect your hair against sun damage! We're selling it in the bellabox store at the moment.

Q/ Question about makeup. Once I put makeup on my eye liner starts to run I'm not sweating or anything it's like my eyes hate eyeliner! How do I stop this. and also. Best beauty product to blend, so you suggest sponge, pad, or brush.
A/ First of all, I would recommend using an eye primer - Australis makes a nice one. Pat this onto your eye with your finger and allow it to dry before you apply your liner. You might find a waterproof eyeliner helps solve this problem. For liquid, try Max Factor Colour X-Pert Eyeliner, or for pencil MAC Powepoint is legendary. I like to use Manicare's Precision Blending Sponge to apply my foundation, as it gives a really nice finish. For blending I love MAC's 187 brush and 182 buffer brush. I use them every single day to make sure my makeup is blended together!

Q/ I'm turning 38 this month and I would love your tips on staying on trend with this seasons beauty looks whilst staying age appropriate.
A/ Strong matte lips are very on trend this season, and 38 is definitely the right age to be rocking a bright lip! Purple lips are going to be big this summer, but if that's going a little too far then stick with a bright red or pink. And 38 is definitely still young enough to try any trend!

Q/ What's the best deodorant to wear that doesn't leave leave white marks on your clothes. I wear I stick deodorant that says it doesn't leave marks but does and it takes forever for me to wash them out.
A/ I find that sprays are a bit better for avoiding white marks. I've always had success with Rexona's Crystal range, and as a plus they smell really nice too!

Q/ I have sensitive eyes and am VERY nervous when putting on mascara. Any products and/or tips for putting on mascara confidently.
A/ A lot of ladies feel like this! If I ever get mascara or liner applied by anyone else I blink like crazy. Something you might want to try is a Lash Card. It's basically a piece of cardboard that you rest against your eyelid, and you apply your mascara against that. It will give you a bit more control. You can see a video here and we have it on sale in the bellabox store as well.

Q/ What would you recommend for covering a red/ruddy complexion without looking like you have thick make up on ?
A/ It's time to enter the world of CC Creams. Forget BB, CC stands for colour correcting and these will really help to even out your skintone. They also provide hydration, sun protection and a light coverage. You can follow this up with a light concealer to cover any areas that need a little more help! I really like Revlon CC Cream, which is available almost everywhere in Australia

Q/ Not so much a beauty question but what made you get into being a beauty blogger and what is your favourite cant live without product?
A/ I actually started off as a gossip journalist! I always obsessed over makeup, reading forums and reviews and planning big hauls on my US trips. When the opportunity came up to switch from gossip from beauty I grabbed it, and I haven't looked back. I cannot live without concealer. I will never leave the house without it. I use Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer, it covers everything!

Q/ What is your go to hairstyle for summer?
A/ Low ponytails were a big trend at New York Fashion Week, but for me personally I'll be wearing loose braids and relaxed topknots all summer long.

Q/ I have terrible acne scarring on my cheeks from when I was younger. I have tried priming, bb creams, using a brush to apply liquid foundations, and I still find the coverage isnt quite good enough. I use good quality products such as revlon (and have tried several other brands along the way) . Do you have any tips or tricks on how to hide them without caking on stacks of make up or purchasing anything too expensive?
A/ Acne scars are so hard to cover and I understand your pain! When I need heavier coverage, I apply my concealer almost like it is foundation. I know that sounds a little intense, but it really isn't. You need more of a liquid style concealer to make this work, I like Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer but I also quite like Rimmel Match Perfection. After applying your foundation, put some concealer on the back of your hand. Using a Manicare Precision Blending Sponge dab a little bit of concealer on the area that you want to cover up, and then kind of press and blend it into your skin with the sponge. This video is a great demonstration of the method you can use. I always follow up with a light dusting of powder to set it in place. I would also recommend going to see a dermatologist at some stage if you haven't already, as they may be able to prescribe something that will really help to clear up the scarring.

Q/ Best way to fill in eyebrows?
A/ Eyebrows are definitely on trend this season. The easiest and most foolproof way is with a tinted eyebrow gel like the Anastasia Beverly Hills Beauty Brow Gel. You apply this just like you would apply mascara. For a little more colour, try the Anastasia Brow Wiz. This is my favourite eyebrow product, and it's similar to a pencil. You apply it with short strokes, and then blend it in with the included brush. I've made a how to guide here.

Q/ What make up would you suggest for a summer beach/pool day?
A/ Definitely keep it simple if you're going to be getting wet. A BB cream will help to even out your skin tone - make sure you choose one that has sunscreen! Give your lips some colour with a Lip Stain like theBalm's Stainiac, which you can also double up and use on your cheeks. And use a nice dark waterproof mascara on your lashes!

Q/ I love eyeshadow...but, I find it wears off (or disappears into the crease of my eyelids fairly easily) what can I do to get my look lasting longer?
A/ I have tried every single eye primer on the market because I have the exact same problem. Usually my eyeshadow starts to slide off after about 30 minutes. My absolute go-to is Nars Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base, which you can get from Mecca. For a more accessible option, Australis also has a really good one. I promise these will help your shadow last longer!

Q/ My undereyeliner always runs! Ive tried pencils and creme sticks. Your suggestions?
A/ You need a waterproof eyeliner to try and get this to stay. Rimmel's Scandal'Eyes Waterproof Eyeliner is quite a good choice, as is MAC Powerpoint. I also really like using gel eyeliner like MAC Fluidline which you apply with a brush. You can also try applying a little bit of eye primer underneath your eyes - Australis makes a nice one. And try not to blink for 10-20 seconds after applying your liner!

Q/ Liquid foundation tends to make me breakout, so I changed to mineral powder and really like it but find it shows my fine lines more. Any tips?
A/ This is a definite problem with powders. Make sure you're moisturising before you apply the powder, as this will help to soften your skin before using the mineral powder. You can also try a primer, I love this one from theBalm.

Julia x


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