FAQ

What camera do you use for your blog photos?
As of December 2016 I use only my Olympus Pen E-PL7 with the 45mm lens and occasionally the 14-42mm lens. Before that I switched between my Olympus Pen E-PL7 and the Canon 100D with either the 18-55mm or 50mm lens, and very occasionally my iPhone 6s. Before then I used the Panasonic Lumix G3 and in the very early days I just used whatever model iPhone I had at the time.

What’s the meaning behind your blog name?
I get asked this a lot actually, the S is for Samm, Colvin is my surname and Beauty sums up the theme of my blog. As for how it’s pronounced (this isn’t easy to explain, I hope it makes sense!) I say the capital S then Colvin then Beauty, as if it’s 3 separate words.

What hair dye do you use/how do you get your hair that colour? 
I get my hair bleached at the hairdressers (I’ve learnt from bad past experiences to never bleach my hair myself!) and for the pink I use Bleach London Rose and then the Rose Shampoo to keep up the colour. I often find the shampoo is enough to colour my hair as I go for the light/pastel pink look.

What are your favourite makeup brands?
This is a hard one as there’s so many brands I love. My favourite high end brands have to be MAC, Urban Decay and Nars. My favourite drugstore brands are probably Maybelline, Bourjois, NYX and L’Oreal.

Favourite nail polish brands?
That would have to be Essie, OPI, Bourjois, Sally Hansen and Barry M.

What type of skin do you have?

Since switching up my skincare routine and really focusing on improving my skin, I’ve gone from having oily acne prone skin to now combination skin with the occasional break out. I will get around to sharing my skincare routine and advice soon, and once I have I’ll leave it as a link here.

What shade of foundation are you?

It varies from what time of the year it is, and whether or not I’ve been fake tanning. I’ll list the foundations I currently have in my collection that match my skin tone (winter, zero tan, ghost mode activated):

Urban Decay Naked Skin- 2.5

NARS Sheer Glow- Mont Blanc
Becca Ultimate Coverage Complexion Creme – Porcelain
Dior Airflash- 100 Ivory
L’Oreal Pro Glow – 201 Classic Ivory
Revlon Colorstay – 110 Ivory
MUFE Ultra HD Stick- R230
MUFE HD Foundation (old formula) – 115
Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer – SX02
MAC Studio Fix- NW13

MAC Face and Body- N1

MAC Pro Longwear- NW15

Estee Lauder Double Wear- 1N2 Ecru

YSL Le Teint Touche Eclat- B10

Benefit Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow- Believe in me Ivory

Bourjois Healthy Mix- Vanille Clair 51