With a longstanding career as a beauty editor and founder of Beauticate, you could say that Sigourney Cantelo knows a thing or two when it comes to beauty. Over the years, she’s been lucky enough to get her hands on some of the most sought-after beauty prods going around—and there’s no doubt she’s tried and tested everything from the weird to the wonderful.
It’s been a while since we’ve chatted to Sigourney here at Sporteluxe, so we managed to pin the mum-of-two down for some good old makeup talk ahead of the Architects of Beauty event kicking off in Melbourne today.
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I’ll be switching up my cleanser from a foaming to an oil or melting balm texture. I’m currently loving Farmacy Green Clean Meltaway Cleansing Balm. I’m also a big fan of the Eve Lom Cleanser but I never have enough time to do the whole muslin routine, although it’s a lovely idea.
SHOP Farmacy Green Clean here.
I’ll also start steaming my skin with essential oils—I find it’s great to do when you’ve got a cold or flu—I just use a Conair facial steamer—and you can add a few drops of eucalyptus or tea tree oil which clears your airways while decongesting your skin. It’s nice to do before a mask, then some massage with facial oil—I’m obsessed with Subtle Energies Facial Oil—it’s Ayurvedic Aromatherapy and it has the most heavenly smell. I also keep one next to my bed for when I’m too tired to do the whole routine at the sink.
For high strength cosmeceuticals I always fall back on Rationale, Ultraceuticals and Synergie Skin but I like to mix it back with classical, indulgent skincare—Lancome and La Prairie products really suit my skin. Dermalogica and Clinique are great too as they’re generally fragrance-free formulas that won’t irritate and are still potent. Makeup, I love Armani, Chanel, Tom Ford, MAC, Nars and By Terry.
Moo Goo—it’s an amazing Australian range and that are perfect for sensitive skin and scalps. I swear by their shampoo but also all the eczema creams and sunscreen. They’re priced really well. I also love Sukin, Milk Baby and fake tans by Le Tan, Minetan and Sunescape.
SHOP Aesop Resurrection Hand Wash here.
Currently loving La Prairie Crème Extraordinaire Illuminating Cream—the texture, the smell, the packaging is next level. Also adore Aesop Resurrection Hand Wash and Rejuvenate Intensive Body Balm body creams and Byredo Candles (Woods and Altar are beautiful for winter).
A change is in the air, and I’m sensing the wrap up of these sultry summer days. As much as I want to sob into my beach towel, there is something vaguely attractive about slow cooked meals, cashmere jumpers and fireplaces. I’m a total summer girl, but even I’m getting a bit sick of my summer wardrobe. The cooler weather brings many a sartorial delight (butter soft leather, scarves and sharp winter coats…) and what about red wine and roast dinners? We had the most incredible slow cooked spag bol tonight loaded with aged parmesan and a generous glass (okay, two) of my favourite Shiraz. The kids ate it all and for once there were no meltdowns over dinner (maybe the wine made me – and them- more chilled?) …. What are you looking forward most to with winter? Does it revolve mostly around eating and drinking like me? 😂🍗🥔🍷🧤🧣👢
SHOP The Beauty Chef Inner Body Powder here.
Be hyper vigilant with the sun. I’m not as good as my mum (she shrouds in hats, scarves, gloves, the lot) but I always protect my face. I keep hats in the car in case I’m caught out. I’ll teach Lulu this but also teach her the importance of getting outdoors early in the morning for a little vitamin D and to get some exercise, even if it’s just a quick walk. I want to teach her to meditate too. There’s nothing more beautiful than a happy, relaxed person.
I went through a henna hair dye stage—my hair was a weird dark red colour that I thought was very cool and indie but in retrospect was rather strange. Oh also blue eyeshadow and frosted pink lipstick—I wore that combo with an aqua blue lurex dress to my formal! Actually, it was Zimmermann—which is cool—I love that an Aussie brand has stood the test of time so well.
SHOP The Super Elixir by WelleCo here.
I make kombucha at home and drink a glass every morning and sometimes a glass at night in a wine glass instead of wine when I’m trying to be good. I also eat a bunch of sauerkraut (I’m addicted to The Goods Chilli Saurkraut—I have it with avocado or eggs on toast in the mornings). I also like The Beauty Chef Protein Powder for my smoothies post workout and Super Elixir Greens Powder – it’s a little sweet and can help (a little) to curb my Lindt ball cravings in the afternoon. Oily fish and sea vegetables are also great—we order salmon Fish Bowl or Poke Bowl with wakame a lot in our office!
Loving the new cushion compacts for foundation—it makes so much sense as we all want that dewy liquid look but no one wants to lug around liquids or get their fingers dirty on the run. La Mer and La Prairie have just launched the most indulgent cushions and the Chanel Les Beige one is beautiful. I also like ribbons and scarves tied around a ponytail or bun—it looks so fresh and pretty.
SHOP La Prairie Skin Caviar Essence-In-Foundation here.
Coloured eyeshadow. I’ve tried but I just can’t go there. It’s always bronze, nude, chocolate shadows for me. Some girls can totally pull it off though. I love that makeup opens the door for creative expression and I love seeing women embrace that.
I’m loving topical magnesium sprays—I’m currently using Sid & Jac #calmyourspray on my shoulders and the soles of my feet before bed and I’m a huge fan of aromatherapy—I pop a few drops of lavender in a diffuser half an hour before bed, pop a little melatonin and it’s been a big help for my insomnia. Swearing off tech and picking up a book also helps.
Learn more beauty hacks from Sigourney and other beauty thought leaders at Architects of Beauty from 10-13 May 2018 at Highpoint Shopping Centre. Bookings are essential, visit www.highpoint.com.au.