Leonie Barlow (46) edits beauty, style and fashion online magazine thestyleinsider.co.nz.
MY BEAUTY PHILOSOPHY IS… To keep as fit and healthy as I possibly can. I always look and feel my best when I’m exercising regularly.
THE SKINCARE PRODUCTS I CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT ARE… I’m a fan of Elizabeth Arden’s Prevage Anti-Aging Daily Serum. I also never leave the house without applying Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock underneath my makeup. I love self-tanners and my all time favourite is L’Oréal Paris Body Expertise Sublime Bronze Self-Tanning Lotion because it gives my skin instant colour and a pretty shimmer. I also think primers do a great job of smoothing and prepping the skin before foundation. At the moment, I’m using Estée Lauder’s Matte Perfecting Primer.
MY HAIRCARE SECRET IS… I couldn’t live without dry shampoo. It gives my hair extra body and an extra day between washes. My faves are Redken Powder Refresh 01 and Fudge Dry Shampoo because they don’t leave a nasty white powdery reside in my hair. I’ve always coloured my own hair. I find it more convenient to do it as soon as it needs it – those grey hairs seem to spring up overnight. It’s also much cheaper too. I bought a professional brush and I decant half of the product into a small bowl. This makes application easier and gives me two colours from the one box. My favourite DIY hair colours are Garnier Nutrisse and L’Oréal Paris Excell 10.
THE MUST-HAVE PRODUCTS IN MY MAKEUP BAG ARE… My two favourite everyday MAC eyeshadows – Tempting (the perfect brown and doubles as a fab eyeliner) and Kid. Revlon Photoready Airbrush Mousse Makeup in Natural Beige is my everyday go-to foundation because it’s lightweight, but gives great coverage and I also love YSL Le Teint Touche Eclat. I wear red lipstick a lot because it gives me a real lift and makes my teeth look extra white. My all-time favourite red is MAC’s Lady Danger. I’m also a bit obsessed with my brows and use my Bobbi Brown brow kit every day.
MY FAVOURITE BEAUTY TREAT IS… Having a facial. It is one of the more indulgent experiences for me because it’s a lovely time out from my busy schedule – but I know that it is giving my skin some much-needed TLC too.
MY BIGGEST BEAUTY SIN IS… Long hot showers. I have the water way too hot and stay in for way too long and don’t always moisturise my skin when I get out. In saying that, I’ve just discovered Grown’s Ylang Ylang Body Serum, which I’ve started using occasionally after a shower. It’s really beautiful and doesn’t leave my skin feeling greasy or oily.
THE BEST THING MY MOTHER TAUGHT ME ABOUT BEAUTY WAS… Moisturise, moisturise, moisturise. My mother has always used facial oils at night and at 71 years of age, she still has the most amazing skin. I use Clarins Blue Orchid Face Treatment Oil at night because it’s super-nourishing and smells beautiful.
About Nicky Pellegrino
Nicky Pellegrino has been a journalist for over 20 years, both here and in the UK, and is a former editor of New Zealand Woman's Weekly. These days, as well as working on the magazine's beauty pages, she writes popular novels like Recipe For LIfe, The Italian Wedding and The Villa Girls. For more about Nicky check out her website www.nickypellegrino.commore of this author