My quest to become the next Zoella hotted up last week when I recorded my first video review for my Facebook page.
Thanks so much to all of you who took a look at it. And if you managed to put up with my gurning and grunting for the full 12 minute review, you’re a better person that I am. But it was super-fun to film, a bit of a challenge for me and an opportunity to do something I’ve wanted to do for a while.
As promised in the film, I wanted to go into a bit more detail about some of the lovely Arbonne products I was given to test out by Lucy Diamond (yes, that is her name! Shine bright like a…!), a local Arbonne specialist and all-round-superwoman-mummy/business women extraordinaire.
Whilst I didn’t love all the products (I always try and stay neutral with my reviews. What’s the point otherwise?) some of the items I really loved so I thought I’d go into a bit more detail about my favourites for today’s post.
I was expecting big things from this because depending on how you look at it, it’s pretty pricey for a foundation. I say it depends on how you look at it because if you use something every day (as I do with foundation), doesn’t it make sense to invest in a product you love that works for you? But on the other hand, using it everyday means you’re gonna buuuurrrrn through that £35 sucker like no one’s business.
The formula of this is quite thin and smooth so a little goes a long way. It buffs into the skin beautifully (I used my fingers in the video but preferred to use my Beauty Blender.). It didn’t cling to any dry patches on my face and felt totally weightless. The colour was a great match too. I was using Buff but there are 15 shades, ranging from Alabaster to Espresso; I’m always a fan of a brand that offers options for women (and men, I love a man in make up! Check out Manny MUA and GordGeorge for two of my favourite male beauty gurus) with all types of skin tone.
Whilst at first I wasn’t keen on the bottle (I would expect posh glass packaging for that price point), Lucy explained that the product drains from the bottom up, so you’ll never have to dig any out with your fingers or leave it upside down on your dressing table to get the last drops. Clever! And the SPF 15 is an added bonus.
If you love trying high-end foundations, give this a go. I loved wearing it (it lasted beautifully all day) and thought it was up there with my favourite Nars foundation.
I tend to swirl my bronzer on the top of my cheekbones, right by my ears, to finish off my contour. This was perfect for that and the sparkle in it gave a lovely glow to the skin.
But my favourite way to use it was as an eye colour. I love, love, love warm, orange toned eyes and this packed on to the lid with a flat brush, then buffed into the crease with a fluffy blending brush was gorgeous. Just the most perfect shade for my skin tone.
I’m a big fan of doubling up on products. You really don’t have to use them for the purpose they were intended; that’s the beauty of make up, it’s about experimentation. The fact that you can use this as a duel product, as well as dust it onto your shoulders or collar bone in the Summer makes it a great value product; it’ll last for-ever!
Lucy gave me three different lipsticks from the Arbonne range; a deep burgundy called Iris, a flatering pink called Rose and Willow, a true, pink-toned nude shade with just the tiniest hint of grey-tones to make it just up my street.
These lipsticks are so creamy. There was no drag on my lips and they felt super-hydrating; sometimes I’m reluctant to wear lip colours in the winter when my lips are flaky; they can make them feel worse and just all cracked and gross.
These lipsticks are quite pricey but they’re packed with gorgeous ingredients and the colour range means they are just perfect, every-day staple lipsticks so you’d certainly get your wear out of them.
Mascara for me falls into the same category as foundation in that its a dilemma as to how much you spend. Do you go nuts when you find one you love because you love it and use it all the time? Or, because you use it all the time, by any old thing so you can afford to go through it? I must admit, I fall into the second camp, but this stuff might be enough to make me change my mind.
It smells gorgeous for a start; like honey. And that’s unusual for a mascara. Most of them smell awful (Maybelline Great Lash Mascara, I’m talking to you!) but this is so lovely and makes using it so much more pleasant. But better than the smell, is the performance. The brush is lovely to use; the bristles are short enough that you can get right in there with all the tiny lashes at the corners and it’s not stiff and spikey.
It’s super black and lasts all day, giving beautiful length and a bit of curl, as you can see from the photo above (I’m also wearing the Arbonne foundation in this photo.). It’s a gorgeous product and well worth a try if you’re still hunting for the mascara of dreams.
I’m also super excited to be teaming up with Lucy to offer her lovely clients some hints and tips on how best to apply their make up and how to make the most of your make up bag. For more information , contact Lucy via her Facebook page, I know she would love to hear from you.
So, have you ever tried Arbonne? What are your thoughts? I’d love to hear! Let me know in the comments below.