A sneak peek in Vanessa Haywood’s make-up bag

I ran into District 9 star Vanessa Haywood at a Maybelline do other day – she’s fabulously tall, ridiculously gorgeous and nice enough that you don’t hate her for it.

It's little wonder !QMS Medicosmetics picked her to become the face of their brand.
Also, because she’s a darling, she agreed to spill the deets on her favourite beauty goodies and give us all a virtual sneak peek into the contents of her make-up bag…


Got anything exciting going on that you want to tell us about?
I was a contestant in Survivor Maldives – Celebs vs Plebs. It was unbelievable! A once in a lifetime experience! It starts airing on MNET on the 24th of Feb. I also just started my second marketing company in Cape Town. I have one in Johannesburg called Bliss Marketing and the new one in Cape Town is called VH Marketing.

Being picked as the face of !QMS Medicosmetics is pretty awesome. Tell us a bit about the brand.
It is a truly a fantastic product! I’ve been using it for a few weeks now and I am astonished at the results. My skin was literally destroyed on Survivor (we were on the equator and the sun is unforgiving. Also NO moisturiser!) and getting it back into tip top shape is going to be easy with !QMS Medicosmetics. What makes the product so unique is the soluble collagen that you put on your face twice a day! As you know, after the age of 25 our collagen production slows down, so we have to add it some way.  The !QMS Medicosmetics staff are also one of a kind. They treat your skin as though it’s their own – a lot of thought is put into the range that you need to use and the whole process is explained to you!

Is there any beauty product that, if it had to be discontinued, would make you want to throw yourself off the side of the M3?
My !QMS 24H moisturizer and Armani’s foundation!

What’s your favourite !QMS Medicosmetics product?
That’s a difficult one! But I do love the 24H moisturizer! It makes my skin feel fantastic! There’s also a great moisturizer with a tint and sun block in it called Sport Active and since I do so much sport, I love it! The hand cream is also amazing!

If we took a peek inside your make-up bag, what would we find?
I swear by Armani luminous silk foundation in 6.5! You can’t get it in SA, so every time I travel internationally, I get some. I also like MAC powder blush in Melba, Bobbi Brown shimmer brick compact in Bronze, Estee Lauder pure colour shimmer lip gloss in Pink Kiss and Almay Line Smoothing concealer SPF 10 in Medium.

Is there any beauty product that, if it had to be discontinued, would make
you want to throw yourself off the side of the M3?

My !QMS 24H moisturizer and Armani’s foundation!

What colour nail polishes are you rocking this summer?
I love Essie Mademoiselle. I also love the crazy colours they have too like Midnight Cami (a shimmering dark blue) and Sexy Divide (a shimmering true purple).

What products do you swear by to help take care of your bod?
!QMS Medicosmetics body cream and body shape. I also like the Shea body scrub from The Body Shop. It’s the best scrub on the market.

Looking fab on the cover of ELLE last year.
What perfumes do you wear?
I have worn Issey Miyake forever, but I also love Diesel Unlimited for women and Bulgari Au the Rouge. 

What’s the best beauty advice you’ve ever received?
Drink lots of water! Not too much though – between 1 and 1.5 litres a day. It also depends on the heat though and how active you are. The best advice I have to give is stay out of the sun I wear sun block 365 days a year and I never tan per se!

Tell us, who’s in your little black book o’ beauty?
* !QMS Medicosmetics (Anel is my awesome therapist). They are in The District in Woodstock. They also have branches nationwide as well as spas that stock their product and offer their facials.
* WellSpa on Kloof who do all my other beauty treatments like waxing, pedis etc. The girls here are friendly and super-professional.
* Skin and Body Renewal take care of me as well in regards to laser hair removal, carboxy therapy, etc. Dr. Maureen’s nationwide team are fantastic!
* I had the most amazing nail technician who did my gels at WellSpa but she resigned so I am desperately looking for another one. Any takers?
* Imij Hair in Kenilworth. Mustaq and his team are genius – seriously! Get the Brazilian hair straightening treatment there, it’s unbelievable!

And there you have it girls! The low down on just about everything you’ll need to help you look like Vanessa, a girl who’s quite possibly Hollywood’s next Charlize…

Love, love,


x x x

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