donna_trope_sephora_be_maIt wasn’t until recently when I realized I knew more about the cosmetic industry than the average girl. Since Sephora opened, I have been receiving calls from my girlfriends requesting for cosmetic advice. (Thank you ladies, I am flattered) Yes, I love buying makeup, even if it meant buying the wrong colour for my skin or buying it just because I like the packaging. I am obsessed.  Having worked in hair salon and spa during my scholarly days in university, I managed to pick-up a couple worthy tips from the stylists and estheticians. As a girly girl, I foster melodramatic mood swings which is why I do not have a signature scent. I have over 25 fragrances I use consistently. Fruity, citrus scents when I’m feeling flirty, sweet and light when I’m reminiscent of a damsel in distress, and musky and expensive scents when I pretend to be smart and savvy. So, I have decided to publish my tested and true list of cosmetic faves and some tips I abide by. Enjoy!


Foundation: Bare Escentuals Bare Minerals, Cle de Peau Cream Foundation

Eye flirt: NARS eyeshadows, Christian Dior Ombre, Clinique Colour Surge (I’m not a fan of Clinique but I love their eyeshadows, especially Like Mink)

Crimson apples: Chanel Joues Contraste, NARS (specifically the Orgasm colour)

Lash flutter: Dior Show (the waterproof one is exceptional), Lancôme Hypnôse

Eye accents: Lancôme Artliner, Prestige Waterproof Mechanical Eyeliner, L’Oreal Lineur Intense Felt Tip


chloeOn the job: Chanel Chance, Sarah Jessica Parker Lovely, Giorgio Armani Armani Code

Girls night out: Chloé, Gucci by Gucci, Kate Moss Fragrance KATE

Casual liaisons: Anna Sui Secret Wish,  Emporio Armani Diamonds, Jean Paul Gaultier Classique


Wear and Repair: Biosilk Silk Therapy. Just a peasized in your hair before you style and a tiny amoblowdryunt after styling and you’ll look like you just walked out of a Pantene Commercial

Hold and play: Sebastian Shaper Plus Hair. Always been a favourite amongst hair stylists for up-dos

Soft play: KMS Molding Paste. Keeps it together, but lets your hair move lusciously

Head Facials: Una Moisturizing Masque. Fabulous to revive dry, lifeless hair


moisturizer_jar_copyAll over moisturizer: Palmers Cocoa Butter. Never greasy and always leaves you smelling like a giant chocolate bar. Yummy!

Facial Cleanser: Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser. A-listers like Kate Bosworth and Kristen Davis are loyal customers. In Style rated this as the best cleanser for seemingly million years running


–  To prevent your makeup from running, use Bare Minerals Weather Everything. Just dab the clear liquid on your makeup or lashes, and trust that you’ll look fabulous even after watching The Notebook

–  Frustrated that the colour of eye shadow you purchased is dull not true to its packaging? For a brighter and longer lasting finish with your eyeshadow, use Lise Watier Metamorphix. Word is on the street this is an old secret exotic dancers keep amongst themselves. Just mix this clear liquid with your loose shadows and you’ll see how the true colours pop out instantly

–  On a budget? Mix 3 parts of baking soda to 1 part of your favourite facial cleanser OR water, and what you’ll have is an amazing daily scrub. The baking soda is extremely mild and its micro grains buffs your skin akin to a baby’s bottom

–  If I was on the tv show Survivor, my one luxury item would be NARS The Multiple Orgasm. It is a creamy stick that triples as colour for the lips, eyes, and cheeks. Personally I don’t like wearing pink eyeshadow because it makes my eyes look swollen, but because this product has a gold undertone, it complements any skin colour

– Keep a refreshing facial spray or travel-sized spray toner in your purse. It always comes in handy when you are refreshing your makeup and attending to thirsty skin. My favourites include the Evian Facial Mist, Yonka Lotion, and the Aveda Botanical Kinetics Toning Spray, however any mild toner (in a spray bottle) will do.

– Always, always, always moisturize even if your skin emits natural oils. To counteract the shine, use MAC Blot Powder prior to putting on your makeup for a lasting effect. Keep it in your back pocket for touch up. It is much better than blot paper as it manages to reduce the shine without smearing your makeup off or leaving a cakey white film. It’s a great product to set your make up as well.

– If  you have naturally normal to dry skin, try using Pond’s Cold Cream. I know what you’re thinking. Cold cream = old ladies. My aunt once stopped a lovely middle-aged lady on the streets because she had glowing, wrinkle-free skin. Turns out she was married to a dermatologist and swore by Pond’s Cold Cream. Whenever the weather gets dry, I pull out my trusty jar and lather my face with the cream before jumping into the shower. The steam from the shower opens up your pores and lets the cold cream absorb well into your skin as oppose to moisturizing just the surface. Once out of the shower, I rinse it off with some facial cleanser to eshew the oily residue and the chances of clogging my pores. Works like a charm every time.

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  1. Chris says:

    Remember ladies… less is MORE. From a guy’s prospective, I rather believe you’re naturally beautiful, than have it obviously observable you’ve got on make up.

    For instance… noticed this beautiful girl walking down the street today… but it was a total turn off when I looked her in the face, and her cheeks were painted on with rouge. If I wanted to plant a kiss, I don’t want to taste chalk!


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