Over and out.
Over and out.
Again, this isn't a personal attack on anyone, so if youre reading this and you get free stuff from companies, don't assume I'm talking about you, I'm probably not. This is a collective/general thing. I have been offered various products to review in the past, both for my blog and my YouTube channel, and when it first occurred I lapped up the chance to get a bitta free makeup. Who wouldn't right? It was from the company ELF, and they offered me an assortment of products, and even though I hadn't heard much about them, was I going to turn them down?! Hell no. Before I reviewed the products, it occurred to me that I myself have purchased other products made famous by YouTubers 'reviewing' them, but really they were telling all their viewers how fantastic they were, when really, some of them truly weren't. I made a pact with myself to always be perfectly honest with my subscribers and followers about products that were sent to me for free, as I knew first hand how dissatified one felt when they had purchased products that had been raved about which really weren't all that. I reviewed my ELF products, liked some, disliked others, and was perfectly honest about it. End of story. Since then I have been wary and watchful of products that have been offered to me. If I think the product is absolutely ridiculous of course Im going to say no. I was also recently offered products from a particular company but ineptly, there was a catch. There's always a catch. I was asked to blog about the products, before I had received them. I couldn't receive the products until I did a lavish blog post about them. Was I going to do that? Of course not. I don't believe in selling or advertising something to my followers which I myself don't even know anything about. Maybe it's because I have a conscience. I want my followers to be able to trust what I have to say, not take my word as the only word, but know that I'm not going to take advantage or abuse the situation. Yes, free stuff is amazing, but what is more important? Making yourself look pretty by slapping on free makeup, or your loyalty to your followers that take the time to actually read your posts? They don't have to follow you. They follow because they like what you have to say. Don't abuse them!
Before I do, I just want say thank you to all my followers for following me, giveaway or no giveaway, it means so much to me that all of you are interested in my beauty babble! Im also nearly at 500 followers, so another giveaway may soon occur :)
So! The winner!
Congratulations Laura :) I have emailed you to confirm your colour and palette choices so I will send them out to you once I ourchase them and get your details etc :)
Thanks again to everyone who entered! If you haven't already, definitely check out Laura, she's a fellow Irish blogger and has only been posting since July! She definitely needs more followers :)
Hope youre all having a lovely Tuesday!
Today I was inspired by the amazing Richie Nickel, watching his YouTube videos while I was slumped in my pyjamas. Do you ever get that rush to doll yourself up to make yourself feel better?! Well it was a mix of that and wanting to channel my inner Richie. I also wanted to experiment with products in my collection that have been a teeny bit neglected. What I ended up with was a shimmery smoky eye that looks the same whenever I do a smoky eye, even though I use different products nearly everytime. Sigh. But I was happy with the overall look, and so here are the products I used, and a bit of a break down on each of them.
Clockwise from top left: Clinique Repairwear in no. 8 Vanilla, Bourjois Healthy Mix in no. 52, MAC Hue lipstick, NYC Lip Plumper Gloss in Pink Champage, MAC Thunder Eyes Quad, Barry M Dazzle Dust in no. 39, Benefit Thrrrob Box-o-Powder and MAC MSF Natural in Light Med.
I think I may have used makeup sponges maybe once in my life, when I was younger and used to sneak into my mothers room to use her oh so lavish Elizabeth Arden foundation compact. I didn't like the moistness and sponginess of the makeup sponge, and I haven't used one since.
I then moved on to the old faithful foundation brush. It was the only brush I knew of really, and thought at the age of 16 that I was the business, splurting my Maybelline foundation onto the back of my hand and swiping it up with the foundation brush, and rather liberally splodging it onto my face. Little did I know how caked it looked, at 16 I even thought it was fashionable to wear foundation on the lips. Serious makeup faux pas.
I got a bit older and resorted back to using my hands, and I was content in doing so, until I was introduced to the lovely Stipple. I bought the Sigma brush set as a result of hearing it being raved about on YouTube, and fell in love. That is until the brush started shedding all over my face like a dog. It was only when I decided to go for a bit of a more expensive Stipple from Inglot that I was truly happy with my foundation application. It was perfect. It was so quick and easy to apply, and could be blended in within one minute of application.
Fast forward to present day, and I have slightly changed my foundation application routine. Ever so slightly. I found that by using the Stipple, I used far too much product, and ran out of foundation alot quicker than I would have liked. I now apply my foundation with a lovely Clinique foundation brush, and I only use maybe one or two squirts of product, compared to maybe three or four with the Stipple. I like a nice heavy coverage see. As the brush lines from the foundation brush are visible on my face, I then buff the product in using my Inglot Stipple. And the end result is perfect. Perfectly blended and full coverage. And the foundation in the bottle will last maybe twice as long. Result!