BEAUTY INTERVIEW: Top 5 with Morgan Ferguson

MORGAN FERGUSON, 26 YEARS OLD, MANAGER AT ARITZIA

Ottawa, Ontario

ON THE BEST BEAUTY ADVICE SHES EVER RECEIVED

“I’ve acquired some really useful tips and hacks from a lot of different women, so it’s hard to name just one. A friend of mine suggested I sleep on a satin pillowcase, as it is a lot less harsh on the skin. My skin is prone to rosacea and I have found since using a satin pillowcase I’ve had a drastic reduction in redness and irritation. The same friend that gave me that advice also recommended I try Laser Genesis/IPL treatments, which I wish I did a lot sooner.

ON HER SKINCARE PRIORITIES

I have an unhealthy obsession with exfoliating; I know for a fact that I do it more than I should. I just love the feeling of a squeaky, smooth, and clean face. Also, I don’t want wrinkles yet – I’m not ready! To help ward those off I’ve recently started to make sure the moisturizers and makeup I use have some sort of SPF to give me adequate sun protection.

ON HER BIGGEST BEAUTY REGRET

It’s so cliché and every older woman I know has told me I would end up saying this, but I wish I started taking care of my skin earlier – especially my face. I’m currently finding myself using a lot of preventative products to avoid skin damage and to delay the inevitable aging process.

TOP 5 BEAUTY PRODUCTS

GETTING READY REPORT JERGENS WET SKIN MOISTURIZER SEPHORA COLLECTION EYEBROW RAZOR THE ORDINARY SEBASTIAN TRILLIANT HAIR PROTECTOR DERMABLEND

Rather than a) waiting for my hair to grow enough on my eyebrows to wax, or b) tweezing every single strand of hair, I can get a waxed appearance in 30 seconds at home with my Sephora Collection Eyebrow Touch Up Razor Set. I use this to shape my eyebrows and to remove any small and unwanted hairs. It has a pretty small blade so it’s precision is really great, and the cost of it is so inexpensive. The one I have from the Sephora Collection cost me $10 for a set of two, and one of them comes with a little groomer attached. I found out that a lot of other places sell similar tools to the one I bought for really cheap, like a dollar, but I don’t regret the $10 I spent on mine. It was well worth the bucks! When I was asked by the GRR what my top 10 beauty products were, I think 3 of them involved my eyebrows. I’m very particular with them. I used to hate getting my eyebrows waxed because the technicians never shaped them the way I wanted, and I would always leave unhappy. Thanks to this set, I never have to get my eyebrows done anymore, and they’re exactly how I want them to be every day. I’ve told a couple of people about this tool and they’ve all asked me if my hair grows back thicker, so if you’re wondering the same thing, don’t worry, it doesn’t happen. Yet another reason it is totally worth it.

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A friend of mine’s mom is an esthetician at Shoppers Drug Mart and we share a mutual interest in finding new, great skin products. She introduced me to Dermablend’s Smooth Liquid Camo Foundation and I love it. This specific foundation gives me medium coverage and is really effective on uneven skin tones and skin prone to rosacea, blemishes, and acne. I typically wear this foundation every day; it isn’t heavy so I have the liberty of applying more or less depending on where I’m headed or what I’m doing. It has SPF 25 in it as well, which is another reason I like to throw it on before I leave the house. A dime-sized amount of this foundation will cover my entire face. This foundation is very easy to apply and is very blendable. I spread it evenly across my face and neck with the tip of my finger, and then use my beauty blender to even it out. Side note: instead of water, I dampen my beauty blender with either a setting spray or rose water and have really enjoyed the results from that switch up. Before using Dermablend, I experimented with Estee Lauder Double Wear, Kat Von D Lock-it and Vasanti. They all provided me with heavy coverage and were long lasting. The difference I find with Dermablend versus the others is that it’s a medium coverage product pigmented like a heavy coverage one. I don’t feel like I’m putting a lot of it in on; yet get the same if not better coverage than the others I previously listed. It goes on as a very thin layer on my face and never turns cakey like some of the others tended to do on my skin, and doesn’t slide off my face by the end of the day. I’ve been using my current bottle for about 2 months and I’ve barely made a dent in it. Also, it only costs $36 CAD, which is a treat for foundation!

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There was a point in time where I think every beauty blogger was paid to advertise Jergen’s Wet Skin Moisturizer all at once, and it definitely worked because I went out and bought it, HA! The good news is I actually ended up loving it. I keep this moisturizer right outside my bathtub and apply it all over my body before I dry off after a shower. I don’t have to use a lot of this moisturizer; only around 1-2 pumps because using it on wet skin allows it to spread well. It does, however, take me a minute or two to properly work it into my skin. It did feel a little bit weird at first to apply a creamy moisturizer to my skin while it was still wet, but I’ll never go back– it really locks in the moisture. I found some moisturizers I had used in the past tended to leave a bit of a filmy or sticky feeling on my body, but this one is totally opposite to them. When you apply it, it completely gets soaked up along with the water on your skin. Once I dry off, I’m left with a feeling of fresh, product-free skin. I wouldn’t say this moisturizer is overly fragrant, but it does have a slight scent that smells fresh and floral that I enjoy. The best part of this product is drying off post-shower and being completely moisturized!

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A friend of mine introduced me to The Ordinary Skin Care (3 Pcs – Advanced Retinod 2%, Lactic Acid 10% + HA, Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5) about a month ago and I’ve been obsessed with them ever since. At night after I wash my face and apply toner, I’ll use all 3 serums on my face and neck. I only use a few drops of each and spread them evenly. Typically I will apply the Retinoid first, followed by the Lactic and Hyaluronic Acid. The Hyaluronic Acid is the only one I use both in the morning and at night. My face immediately feels more hydrated after using the Hyaluronic Acid. The Lactic Acid mildly exfoliates the skin and has other ingredients in it to help reduce signs of inflammation and sensitivity. The Advanced Retinoid helps reduce signs of aging and is less irritating than a retinol. As mentioned previously, I have signs of rosacea and it’s often quite difficult to calm the red undertones in my skin, and these serums have become the best treatment I’ve found to address them. The Lactic Acid and Retinoid have really helped keep my face clear of breakouts and to feel much firmer. My mom actually ended up ordering a whole bunch of their products after seeing the difference this set made in my skin after just a couple of weeks. I haven’t yet found a place to buy this line locally, but I order everything from the company’s website. I love that this company has decided to embrace change and do things holistically. All DECIEM products, across all of their brands including The Ordinary, are free of parabens, sulphates, mineral oil, methylchloroisothiazolinone, methylisothiazolinone, animal oils, benzalkonium chloride, coal tar dyes, formaldehyde, mercury, and oxybenzone. I love how I’m able to get exceptionally pure products at an unbelievable cost with this company. By far out of all my favourite beauty products, these take the cake.

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I use Sebastian’s Trilliant Hair Protector every day before I blow-dry my hair. I had just bleached my hair and then dyed it back to my original colour when my hairdresser at the time suggested this product to me. She insisted that I use it to protect my hair from any more breakage, and I’ve loved it ever since. It gives my hair an amazing shine while also acting like a leave in conditioner. I’ve put my hair under a lot of stress over the years, so it’s really easy for it to get tangled and dry. When I use this protector, I notice it’s so much more healthy and shiny. I’ll apply the hair protector after I wash my hair and brush it out with my wet brush. Sometimes I’ll even use a little bit of it on dry hair before using heated products for some extra protection. To apply, I shake the bottle vigorously then spray it evenly across my hair from root to tip. I’ve been using this spray for 3 years now and have only gone through 2 bottles. On top of protecting my hair from heat damage, I find this spray helps in adding more body and shine to my hair as well as gently conditioning and repairing it throughout the day.”

– As told to the GRR

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