Beauty Blogger Leigh van den Berg Shares Her Secrets
This week we spoke with Leigh from Lipglossismylife to get the scoop on her beauty routine and a peek into her fav makeup bag must-haves!
Tell us about your skincare routine?
I wash my face with whatever’s in my stash at the time. I don’t think you need to look outside Clicks or Dis-Chem for a good face wash but I like those that contain salicylic acid and Neutrogena make some great ones. Exfoliation-wise, I like Dermalogica’s Daily Microfoliant when I’m rich and Sorbet Salon Skin polish powder when I’m poor.The rest of my skincare routine is geared towards anti-ageing (I’m 37) and contains proven collagen-encouragers like retinol, AHA and vitamin C. To kick things off I’ll apply Skinceuticals CE Ferulic serum followed by Cetaphil DermaControl SPF 30. The latter is great if you’re oily-combo and want a moisturiser that contains a sunscreen but won’t aggravate your oily T-panel.At night I cleanse with a face wipe and micellar water (my favourite is Bioderma’s Sensibio) and apply a retinol or AHA product. Right now, my favourites are Dermaceutic Active Retinol 1 and Dermaceutic Light Ceutic with 8% glycolic acid (an AHA). If my skin’s been misbehaving I’ll use Dermalogica Overnight Clearing Gel. I like that it contains 2% salicylic acid.
If you had just five minutes to get ready, what would you do/use?
Clarins Liquid Bronze (a milky-textured facial self-tanner that develops into a golden glow as the day goes on), Catrice Camouflage Cream, The Body Shop Baked-To-Last blush in Petal, Rimmel Brow This Way brow powder, a slick or two of whichever mascara I’m testing that week and this hideous Chinese store lip stain that costs R20 but turns my lips a bright fuchsia.
The Body Shop blush is now discontinued which is devastating. I managed to buy two on eBay and am currently on the hunt for something similar but so far nothing’s floating my boat.
What’s the one product you reach for to take you from day to night?
What’s the most expensive luxury beauty product you own?
Favourite foundation and why?
Favourite mascara and why?
Mascara-wise, I love Clinique High Impact and Lancome Hypnose. As far as drugstore formulas go, I really like Maybelline Lash Sensation, the original L’Oreal Voluminous (I buy this from eBay) and Max Factor 2000 Calorie mascara. (The latter is probably the most underrated mascara in South Africa. A real gem that nobody talks about!)
Favourite lipstick and why?
Choosing a favourite lipstick would be like choosing a favourite child but my latest ‘flavour of the month’ is GOSH Cosmetics lip oil in Crystal Star. I think. I’ve just dug around in my handbag to verify the shade name and I can’t find it. Eeek! It’s an almost clear holographic shade I like to wear on top of my hideous Chinese lip stain. Here’s hoping its rolling around on the floor of my car.