June 29, 2011

Q & A with Michelle Villett

Hi everyone!

The time has FINALLY come to share my most exciting Q & A to date! Today's Q & A is with the who's-who of all things related to beauty (drum roll please!): Michelle Villett from the BEAUTYEDITOR.ca.

She has been named the top beauty blogger by ELLE Canada Magazine because of her original (and very honest) content. With her expertise as an actual beauty editor, she shares her knowledge and what it's like behind the scenes. Her posts consist of all things related to beauty and it makes our lives, as the readers, a little easier. You'll find anything from: new hair & makeup products reviews (weekly picks), how to get rid of a pimple, waxing tips, how-tos on getting your favourite celeb's look or style and anything else you might want to know and maybe feel a little silly asking. Here's the good news: Ladies (and maybe even a few gentlemen), you no longer need to feel silly asking those questions. If she hasn't already posted something to help you out, send her a Tweet or even an email.

She's honest, funny, and even a little sassy. I hope you all enjoy and would love to hear your thoughts! xo 





What sparked your interest in blogging specifically about beauty products?
Michelle: I was a beauty editor for years, most recently at ELLE Canada, before I started blogging. BEAUTYEDITOR.ca was born out of a desire to share all the awesome beauty knowledge I had in my head—gathered from this wonderful yet somewhat bizarre job where you get to test countless products and interview makeup artists, dermatologists and hairdressers—but which I never had room for within the space constraints of a magazine. I also wanted to give people a peek behind the curtain at what it’s actually like to BE a beauty editor, which is a fascinating vocation in itself! 

What items can you not leave your house without?
Michelle: It changes all the time, but usually my handbag includes at least three or four lip products. Right now I'm loving the new category of "gloss-balms," especially YSL Volupte Sheer Candy and Givenchy Gelée d’Interdit Smoothing Gloss Balm Crystal Shine: more wow factor than a balm but more moisturizing than a gloss. In the summer I carry Colorescience Sunforgettable SPF 30 Mineral Powder for both sunscreen purposes and as a touch-up for mid-day shine. Because I have blotchy Scottish skin I always have to have a pot of concealer on my person (I like Nvey Eco Organic Erase, with a retractable Japonesque lip brush to apply hygenically). If I'm going out at night I'll bring cream blush and mini waterproof eyeliner pencil from Urban Decay. Oh, and hand cream, a nail file and perfume—one of my all-time favourites is Red Flower Guaiac, which comes in a mini roll-on.


How would you describe your own look?
Michelle: I like to look natural, but not TOO natural. One of my all-time favourite beauty quotes is from Calvin Klein: "The best thing is to look natural, but it takes makeup to look natural."

Biggest splurge on a product? Was it worth it?
Michelle: I'm lucky to be sent a lot of beauty products, so I rarely splurge unless it's something I really, really want. The last thing I bought was the perfume Cote d'Amour by L'Artisan Parfumeur. I'm obsessed with beach fragrances and this one has the extra bonus of being certified organic. I knew before I'd even smelled it that I'd love it, and I was right.

Biggest pet peeve?
Michelle: I really can't stand too-short bangs, both on other people and myself. (This is why I'm now extremely careful about who comes near me with scissors!) They look best just below the brows. 

Number one beauty secret?
Michelle: Cod liver oil! Not to apply but to ingest. Contrary to popular opinion, I believe that topical products can only do so much because how your skin looks is mostly a reflection of your diet (as well as sleeping habits, stress levels, etc.). I've tried countless vitamins, supplements, skincare regimens and dermatological treatments, and there is simply nothing that even compares to it for diminishing breakouts and giving your skin a healthy glow. It's also incredible for increasing your skin's resilience—I'm at the point now where I don't ever worry too much about what I'm putting on my skin. You can read some of the testimonials here. 

Top 5 beauty products?
Michelle: In no particular order: 
- YSL Creme de Blush and Giorgio Armani Blushing Fabric Second Skin Blush (tie): Blush is my favourite product category and I alternate between these two products every single day. Amazing texture (I prefer creams over powders) and both melt into your skin for a natural-looking flush.
- Child perfume: This is a cult fragrance that, no joke, makes people—men AND women—stop in the street to ask you what you're wearing. It's that intoxicating.
- Nailtiques Formula 2 Plus: I have pathetically weak, peely nails and this is the only strengthener on the market that gives me results.
- Shu Uemura UV Under Base Mousse: In the warmer months, I wear this underneath my tinted moisturizer or foundation, and there is simply no better primer for preventing mid-day shine.


- Latisse: I just started on this prescription eyelash-growth treatment and I'm hooked! It's only been a month but already I'm noticing much longer and thicker lashes.



Beauty inspiration and style icon?
Michelle: I'm an Emma Stone fangirl. She's not afraid to mix it up and try different things, like hot pink lipstick or eyeshadow all the way up to the brow. But she always looks fresh and age-appropriate.


Can everyone wear bronzer? What's a good alternative if you don't like wearing it? 
Michelle: I don't think bronzer should ever be more that a couple of shades darker than your skin tone. I don't like bronzer powders myself, and especially not sparkly ones—too J. Lo circa 2001. I think anyone can do a cream bronzer as they're so much easier to apply and blend with your fingers. (Just do a "3" shape following the hairline: go along the forehead, come in under the cheekbones and then back out and down along the jawline. Repeat in reverse on the other side.) If you want something even more subtle, Stila's One Step Bronze Skin Tone Illuminating Bronzing Serum is the perfect product for this.


What are your top tips to pick out the perfect shade of lipstick for this summer? How do you know what colour to look for?
Michelle: There aren't any hard and fast rules about colour anymore. I think the whole notion of being a "warm" or a "cool" and then sticking to only shades in that family is a bit outdated (I've been writing about this here). So I would suggest experimenting and pushing the boundaries a bit—you might be surprised at what looks good on you. (For example, I never thought I could pull off oranges because my skin is on the "cool" side—but I recently discovered that coral shades, with a bit of pink, actually look amazing.) If you're not used to wearing bright colour, lip stains are a great way to ease into the trend.

What's the best way to keep your makeup looking fresh without a huge morning routine?
Michelle: Primer will help the rest of your makeup go on more flawlessly and last longer. Apply it on clean, dry skin after moisturizing but before makeup. Setting your makeup with a translucent finishing powder (eg. Make Up For Ever HD Microfinish Powder) will also help it stay fresh. Unlike other powders, it gives you the most seamless "real skin" finish, but it's very important that you apply it sparingly—use a domed eyeshadow brush and the tiniest amount of product only on shine-prone areas. Urban Decay Razor Sharp Ultra Definition Finishing Powder is also great and maybe a bit more convenient to apply. 


One trend you don't ever want to see come back?
Michelle: I'm already over nail art, even though technically it's still in style! I'm ready for solid-coloured nails again, preferably in classic shades.

Best advice you've heard?
Michelle: Always apply concealer at the inner corners of your eyes. It's the one trick that will make the biggest difference to how you look—it wakes up your entire face, even if you don't wear any other makeup.


And there it is! Thanks again to Michelle for taking the time to answer with such detailed responses! I hope everyone who read enjoyed her answers and had a chance to check out her blog! Remember, if you have any questions that you can't find clear answers to or if you just want to say hi, send her a Tweet. xo

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