Beauty for all seasons – an interview with Nicola May from Blush Baby

blush baby Nicola May is the founder and owner of Blush Baby, an amazing online make up and beauty store which stocks top brands such as Lime Crime, Sugarpill Cosmetics and Pretty Zombie Cosmetics. Blush Baby also provides fantastic make up and hair services within the Auckland region. Being a make up artist for the past three years, opening up Blush Baby in July 2013,and providing all the hair and make up services for this years Miss Junior New Zealand, Nicola definitely knows a thing or two about beauty. Below she shares her secrets and advice on how to survive the warmer and cooler months while still looking fabulous.

WHAT’S BEEN YOUR MUST-HAVE PRODUCT THIS SUMMER?

I have 2! My must have products have definitely been my timeBalm Primer and my BalmShelter Tinted Moisturiser from theBalm. The timeBalm Primer smooths fine lines and pores and makes my makeup last so much longer. I also love that it makes my skin feel like velvet. My BalmShelter Tinted Moisturiser is perfect for hot sunny days as it is a light coverage but gives my skin a bit of colour and glow and also evens out my skin tone. Perfect for a no makeup look!

DO YOU PREFER SUMMER OR WINTER MAKE UP LOOKS AND WHY?

I prefer winter definitely as I favour a heavier coverage and with summer being so hot I can’t really achieve that. I also am a huge fan of a bold dark lip and I feel that I can’t really get away with that during the day in summer. My favourite season is winter so I think I’m a wee bit biased on that one!

HOW DO YOU PROTECT YOUR SKIN IN WINTER FROM THE HARSH WEATHER AND DRYNESS?

I am obsessed with the Aspect Skincare range. I have dry and sensitive skin normally so winter is usually a pain for me but since I started on Aspect almost a year ago my skin is no longer dry and has actually balanced out to become normal. The Vitamin C Serum which I use in the morning helps to repair damaged skin and improves firmness and elasticity. I then use the Exfol-L Serum at night that contains Lactic acid which makes my skin all bright and glowy and has reduced the size of my pores!ย I get mine from Loft Beauty Boutique as Aspect is a salon only brand so you have to get a skin consultation before you buy the products which is great as you will be sure to get the right products for your skin.

CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT ANY AMAZING PRODUCTS COMING OUT FOR AUTUMN/WINTER?

This is a bit hard as we get products as the same time as the US so the products are geared towards their Spring/Summer so I will go with some products that are relatively new that I know are necessities for our Autumn/Winter. theBalm has just released an amazing lip and cheek palette which looks divine and super cute as it has an apple theme! The Naked 3 palette is a MUST for Autumn with all of those stunning rose gold shades. The Kat Von D Foiled Love range of lipsticks are insane and everyone needs one! A whole collection of frosted/metallic lipsticks, Adora is my go to red lippie at the moment.

WHAT ARE YOUR TREND PREDICTIONS FOR THE NEXT SEASON?

Definitely the frosted lipstick. It is one of my favourite lipstick finishes and a good frost just looks so pretty. Stay away from the 80s bubblegum pink but a good frosted red or brown looks amazing. Scented nail polishes seem to be making a come back so we will have to see if they become the next big thing in polish as the textured ones seemed to have fizzled out.

YOUR TOP PIECE OF AUTUMN MAKE UP ADVICE?

Rock those beautiful rich autumn shades! A burnt orange or mossy green eye shadow will look amazing paid with a nude lip or go the other way and wear a bold cat eye with lots of lashes and pair that with a orange or brown frosted lipstick. Think out of the box and try something new this Autumn!

Nicola MayHead over to the Blush Baby Facebook page or website to see their fantastic products. Nicola always has great beauty advice and the Blush Baby products ship NZ wide quickly and cheaply! I personally am most excited about their brand new, very own lipstick range, check it out and let me know what you think of the bold colours.