Jacqui Quail is a graphic designer by day, beauty blogger by night. Or evening. Or whenever she gets a chance really. She started her blog to justify her spending habits, and we’re very glad, because we love reading about all the latest products! We caught up with Jacqui and got some great make-up tips, which may actually result in our own spending habits needing quite a bit of justification aswell…
What is your best budget beauty buy?
There are so many to chose from! So many great budget foundations and makeup brushes, but the absolute best value product would have to go to Garnier Micellar Water. A great easy alternative to face wipes, much better for your skin and costs about a fiver!
What is your top make-up tip?
My best make-up advice would be to ditch the face wipes and invest in some proper skincare staples. Good makeup needs a nice base to work off – not flakey dry patches. A nice creamy/balm cleanser and a face cloth to use every night and morning and a decent exfoliant you can use three times a week is a good place to start. Your makeup will sit nicely, you'll feel more confident and you won't need as much coverage.
Most girls have much-loved lipstick – what's yours?
I usually go for more of a nude lip. Nars always deliver when it comes to lip products, their Larger Than Life Lipgloss in Piree is always in my bag and their Tolede Lipstick is a rosy neutral that will flatter any skin tone. Lipstick Queen is also an amazing brand – Jungle Queen is the most perfect coral and the packaging is just gorgeous too!
What was your very first perfume and what are you currently wearing?
My first perfume was B.U. – it came in a giant yellow can so you knew it was good. Quite musky if I remember correctly… My absolute favourite perfume at the moment is one I discovered this summer in New York. Elizabeth & James, Nirvana White is just the most overwhelmingly delicious fragrance. Unfortunately it's only sold in the States. Next time I'm over I'll be bringing home a years’ supply of the stuff – perfume crack.
You're only allowed use three make-up products for the rest of your life – what are they?
Pffffff – I guess if I had to pick, the products that stand out would be Kevyn Aucoin's Celestial Powder – it has to be my most wow beauty product. It's a pressed highlighting powder that's so subtle and sheeny. It also instantly blurs any imperfections leaving you with the most airbrushed looking base. Erborian CC Creme HD is a super radiant base with great coverage. Great for making your complexion look flawless but still natural. And lastly Benefit They're Real Mascara is my absolute favourite! A nightmare to get off but gives great length and doesn't clump or budge!