If you want to be motivated to invest more time “beauticating” yourself, spend a few minutes with the gorgeous Sigourney Cantelo from Beauticate and you will find yourself seriously reviewing and improving your skin care and make up routine.
Whenever I catch up with Sigourney, I find myself inspired to devote a few more minutes and extra level of care into my physical appearance and personal grooming…leaving me feeling more empowered, confident and even energetic. Never underestimate the power of a nice lipstick!
Not only is Sigourney absolutely stunning, but she is one seriously switched on and savvy business woman, who balances her feminine warmth with a grounded and approachable style.
After building an encyclopaedia book of knowledge from her 15 years of experience, which included working at Vogue as the Health and Beauty Director, Sigourney took a bold and brilliant leap to launch Beauticate.
Beautifcate demystifies the beauty industry and makes product and treatment advice more accessible and understandable, leaving you with a new found knowledge to help you not only look great but feel incredible.For our SugarMamma.TV subscribers, I got the luxury of being able to peek inside her freshly blow dried head and get the honest and raw low down on which skincare and cosmetic products we should be forking out our hard earned (but budgeted!) dollars for and where we can afford to make a few cheeky financial short cuts.
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1. There are so many different products with different price points, what types of products are worth forking out for?
“When it comes to skincare, I think it’s really worth forking out cosmeceuticals for active ingredients. I like really active ranges like Ultraceuticals, Rationale, Aspect Dr. and Cosmedix. To really get the most out of these ranges you should make an appointment at a clinic or medispa and see a professional – a cosmetic physician or a dermatologist who can advise you on the actives you should be using and introduce them to your skin slowly as otherwise you can end up getting allergic reactions. Serums like this are usually around $100 each and you usually need two or three and you layer them but you use very little of them.
You could probably pair these with a very low maintenance cleanser like Cetaphil or BiodermaSensibio. And as for moisturiser, I often just use a facial oil before bed – like Rosehip which isn’t expensive and you can buy it from the chemist. If you like to really indulge yourself then by all means, a luxury cream like La Mer or La Prairie can make you feel amazing but just don’t leave it within reach of your toddler, like I did once!
For makeup, I think if you can afford it, a decent foundation is worth investing in. I’m a big fan of the Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk, but it’s very expensive. I also love Dior Diorshow Mascara, but L’Oreal, Maybelline have amazing mascaras that I love, too. I’m very happy to use drugstore or supermarket brand lipsticks or blush from Revlon, Rimmel and xxx. I would recommend spending a bit more to get a makeup artist-grade eyeshadow like MAC, Stila, because they usually contain a lot more pigment and blend beautifully. Brushes are expensive but you should only need to buy a few in your lifetime if you look after them. I don’t think you need a foundation brush – fingers work just as well, but you will need a decent eyeshadow brush, an angled eyerbrow and eyeliner brush and big fluffy soft bronzer brush to get the right amount of bronzer and powder on. A beauty blender or blending stipple brush can be handy too. Just wash them every couple of weeks with a mild detergent like baby shampoo, wool wash or QV wash and dry them in the sun.
2. What products can we afford to skimp on? For example body lotions?
For body cream, I wouldn’t skimp too much and go for the cheapest brand at the supermarket, because often they’re full of mineral oils and parabens and things like that. Remember your skin is the largest organ in your body and it does absorb the ingredients, so I like to try and steer towards slightly more natural formulations – I like Sukin, Milk by Lindy Klim, Burt’s Bees. That said, if you’re hyper reactive and sensitive QV Cream and Sorbolene Cream can be just what the doctor ordered. Styling products don’t need to be expensive – hairspray, dry shampoo, volumising powder are all much of a muchness across the brands – L’orealEllnet is one of the cheapest but most popular hairsprays and is in most professional stylist’s kits.
3. What are your 5 top tips and tricks for saving money on beauty products?
1. Do your research – search for them online and compare prices. But beware of the online retailers – and proceed with caution. Sometimes they buy expired products and counterfeits and sell them at bargain prices.
2. Buy your department store brands at gifting time and you’ll get some amazing gifts with purchase.
3. Buy your mass brands at Priceline and Chemist Warehouse when they have sales – keep an eye out for catalogues in the mail, they often show big discounts.
4. Try and use products right to the end – look for pumps that allow you to screw them off or jars you can scrape out. Shampoo can be watered down to get the because we use too much anyway
5. Don’t let your makeup dry out – mascara dries out if you pump the wand in and out. Cream formulations store the lid tightly and keep gel eyeliners in your drawer upside down, it keeps the moisture. You can add a few drops of acetone to your nail polish to liquefy it again. And you can repair broken lipsticks with a lighter and eyeshadows with a few drops of alcohol.
6. Do you have any products that you use at home instead of buying them? For example oil and sugar for exfoliation etc?
– One of the best bath soaks is to use Epsom Salts (bought from the supermarket) which is really detoxifiying and great for stiff muscles. I add to that a few drops of essential oils – lavender before bed, citrus to energise, eucalyptus for a cold, etc…
– I put used green tea bags in the fridge and use them as an eye mask in the bath. Cucumbers work really well, too.
– When I make beetroot I rub it on my lips and cheeks, it makes a beautiful stain.
– Coconut oil can be used for everything – a body moisturiser, a hair mask, for oil pulling and a makeup remover – we have an awesome video on Beauticate where Margaret Zhang shows us how she uses it to remove her makeup. I love the smell.