Once upon a time I lived in a world where I would spend my time in the aisles of Boots, browsing each stand, excited by what was new, picking up whatever floated my boat (and I could afford with my advantage card points). Those days are gone. I already know what to expect when I hit the shops because chances are I’ve read about it online already. I know whether it is suitable for my skin type, I know whether it is worth the money, because my imaginary online blogger friends have told me so. I rarely buy a beauty product these days without it coming recommended first. I thought I’d share a couple of things I’ve been using recently that bloggers have influenced me to try.
The Pixi Glow Tonic has become a bit of a cult blogger favourite over the years which I think is predominantly down to skincare blogger/guru/expert Caroline Hirons. After years of tormenting our skin with harsh scrubs, which often contained environmentally harmful microbeads, beauty fans eyes were opened with the introduction of this exfoliating toner which requires a just quick swipe with a cotton pad. This has now become one of skincare essentials thanks to the ease in which is removes dead skin cells without finding myself getting in a mess over the sink. The 5% Glycolic Acid may be too harsh for some sensitive skins but if that’s not a concern for you then you need this in your life.
When the The Ordinary first launched bloggers couldn’t stop talking about it. The Ordinary takes things back to basics offering clinically proven ingredients at affordable prices to show that good skincare doesn’t have to come with a hefty price tag. The only think that put me off at first, and probably a lot of other people, is not knowing where to start. There are so many different products in the range and if your new to the brand the names of the ingredients can be a little intimidating. The product I found myself most intrigued by is the Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% and I’m blaming Nadine Baggott for this one. The Ordinary Niacinamide contains vitamin B3 which reduces the appearance of skin blemishes and, if you’re a oily skinned gal like me, then you’ll be pleased to know it also controls the amount of sebum produced. No more greaseball face! Since using this my skin texture overall appears a lot smoother and I think I’m getting fewer nasty spots as my skin is less congested.
Previously only available in the US when it Cosmetics became available in the UK everyone was rightfully excited. The one product that bloggers talked about time and time again, and still do, is the it Cosmetics CC Cream. It was actually Anna from The Anna Edit that raved about it so much that I wanted to try it. That girl could sell me anything. The concept of the CC cream is that it gives you a ‘your skin but better’ appearance. A lot of bloggers say this is quite full coverage but for me it is still relatively sheer. Ok if I’m popping to the shops but not if I want it to survive a night out or a trip on a sweaty tube. The one thing I do love about this is that if contains SPF 50 which is great for when I have forgotten to apply a separate SPF, again.
Essence products are CHEAP. Like, really cheap. So you would be forgiven for thinking the quality wasn’t up to all that much. Oh how wrong you are. I actually thought the same but many moons ago I was lucky enough to intern at the PR agency that looks after Essence and got to try out a few of their products. Their lipliners are £1 and probably still some of the best I’ve ever used. I’ve only just thrown one out I had since then because it was just the perfect nudey pink colour that I couldn’t find anywhere else. The only reason it finally got sent to the bin is because it was becoming too small to physically sharpen. Anyway what I’m trying to get at here is that their products are perfect for those on a tight budget, and even those who aren’t. Everyone started going crazy for their Lash Princess Mascara recently after someone posted the ‘before & after’ results of the £3 mascara on Reddit and soon beauty bloggers everywhere were keen to try it out. I picked one up the other day in Wilko (annoyingly the only place you can find Essence) as well as a new £1 lipliner. As far as mascara’s go it lengthens and volumises, and gives you change from a fiver. What more do you want? The only criticism I have is that on first application it is very wet which an lead to clumpy lashes. I’m sure once it dries out a bit it will be up there along with my faves.
Have you tried any of these products? Let me know what you think and I may do more posts like this!