I’ve just read a humorous post over at Beautyholics Anonymous and I’m still laughing as most days I do so many of points that Tine mentioned.
Admittedly I’m not as hard core a beauty bloggers as some – I’m yet to do arm swatches, mainly because I’m actually more interested in what the product looks like on my face, nails or lips. But when it comes to trialling and editing down the products that I think my readers are interested in, it does take quite a bit of work.
Ok, you can stop guffawing. Now.
Maybe it’s not brain surgery or maths teaching type of work, but I do need to be organised about stuff to best let you know about the stuff you need to know.
When I’m sent product for review, I think … does this excite me? Is this something I can see myself not only using but buying in the future? Is it something that my readers will rush out and buy?
If it passes those tests, then it’s on its way to getting a decent trial run before I give my final verdict and let you know here on the blog whether it’s worth your hard-earned cash.
Over the past few weeks, I have been given the heads up on some fun new beauty products about to hit beauty counters and supermarkets near you. Thought you might like a heads up too.
1. Maybelline New York Volum’ Express mascara (January) $19.95: This mascara comes with one very clever brush. It’s shaped to mimic the contour of your eye and there are 300 bristles on it, making it almost impossible not to give your lashes a good coating – even with just one lick of the brush. You definitely get good control over your application. I’m loving the Brownish Black colour but you might go for Blackest.
2. Benefit sun beam (January 14) $45: I’m a sucker for a Benefit highlighter. Watt’s up is probably still my favourite but it seems a little unfair to compare it to my summer fling, the new sun beam. They’re very different products (check out this infographic on the Benefit site to understand how the Benefit highlighters can all behave quite happily with each other in your makeup kit) but I find myself reaching for sun beam when I’m keeping my look all sunkissed and fresh and Watt’s Up for a glowy, more made-up look. You can mix sun beam with your foundation or moisturiser too, which is just a perfect double up at this time of year. Benefit is sold online at Myer and Adore Beauty, otherwise check out your nearest Benefit counter from Saturday.
3. Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Daily Calming Lotion (March) $7.40: This is one of two new releases in the Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula range (I featured the other here yesterday and it’s probably my fave). This one is brilliant if you suffer from itchy skin because it’s hypoallergenic, paraben and fragrance free, including a blend of soy, oat, chamomile and lavender extracts. Now, if your skin is SUPER sensitive or you have a medical condition it will pay to check all the ingredients as there are some that might affect you. For someone who likes to err on the sensitive side of body lotions but doesn’t want to bust the budget, this is ideal.
4. Le Couvent Des Minimes Smile lip balm collection (February 12) $9.95 each: I love a good lip balm and this definitely fits my criteria, melting on to the lips without a hint of stickiness. Includes shea butter as well as apricot and hibiscus extracts. Available in pear, orange or mint … my money is on the mint variety for its freshness. You can find Le Couvent Des Minimes online at the Lounge.
5. Benefit Hervana blush (February) $51: If you already have a Benefit blush or bronzer in your makeup kit (me I’m a huge Dallas and Sugar Bomb fan), then you need to know how good the new packaging is on this blush. The lid is actually attached (yep, you can do a one-handed hold … I KNOW) and the brush has been angled for the perfect swirl and sweep up across your cheekbones. It’s a glowy pinkish combo of shell, peach, rose and berry blush colours all swished into one … trust me you’re going to fall big time, especially if you have fair to medium skin tones. Yes, that would be me. See above for online stockists.
6. Burt’s Bees Sensitive Skin range (February) from $19.95: I err on the side of sensitive with my skincare, mostly because of a little redness on the face. Nothing too serious but my skin seems to thank me for it. I’ve been using products from this range (cleanser, day cream, night cream and eye cream) off and on since November and I’m mighty happy with it. The hero ingredient is cotton extract, with a lot of sideline help from rice extract, aloe and white genepi extract and eyebright (the latter two known for their anti-inflammatory properties). The cleanser has been a dream summer choice for me, keeping my skin super hydrated and I’ve loved the night cream for the plumpy skin feeling you get the next morning after it’s worked hard overnight.
But I know you want more …
I haven’t got my hot little hands on these releases as yet but I think you should have good reason to be excited by them:
Lanolips (March 4): The Lovely Lanolin collection includes Golden Ointment ($28.95), a super moisituriser that combines ultra pure medical grade lanolin with manuka honey and vitamin E; and Triple Buttermilk Body Balm ($23.95) which includes milk extracts and vitamin E with the lanolin.
Clinique (January 15): The New Black collection, inspired by the cult 1971-release Clinique colour, Black Honey, includes a lipstick/lipgloss duo, eye shadow, blusher, cream liner, mascara and lipstick. It looks like a great neutral collection to take you into autumn.
What gets you excited about a new beauty product? Is it just the word “new”? Is it anything from your favourite brand? Or is it something you know right away that it will just work for you?