I am imagining some of my friends snorting with laughter when they see the title of this post. I’m not widely known for being a connoisseur of cosmetics.
But when I had my makeup done at the MAD Blog awards, by a very lovely lady, I was stunned by what a good job she did. Bad experiences in the past with having my makeup done meant that I had envisaged leaving the room looking totally overdone, and having to rush away to scrub it all off with wipes and start again myself. But the results were actually lovely and very natural. Me – but better.
So when Arbonne – who had provided all the products for the MADS – offered me a few goodies to try at home, I was happy to give them a shot.
I have been feeling a bit grotty this week. All bunged up with the cold, red-nosed, blotchy faced and sneezing. Usually when that’s the case I’ll stick a beanie hat and my scruffiest pyjamas on, and hide under the blankets until it has passed.
This week I’ve not been able to do that. When you have a three year old, life goes on and the nursery run still has to be done, so I’ve decided to try a different tactic. Instead of dressing down to reflect how crap I feel, I’ve been dressing up to see if it helps me feel better. Part of that has been taking the time to do my face every morning.
I’ve had three products to try. Eye stuff, lip stuff and face stuff.
(Don’t worry, lovely Arbonne PR, I will get more technical in a minute!)
So firstly. A confession. Liquid eyeliner genuinely puts the fear of God in me. I worry that I will look like DorkySon has been let loose on me with one of his felt pens. I worry that I will draw on my contact lens. I worry that I will stab myself and have a tiny full-stop tattoo on my eyeball forever.
But it seems that I was worrying about nothing. The liquid eye liner I was sent by Arbonne is LOVELY! And easy to use too! Even without my glasses on or contacts in, I managed to do a lovely swooshy line on my lower lid with no hassle at all. I was chuffed that they had sent me brown instead of black, because it’s a bit more gentle and forgiving in contrast with my pale skin. I know it’s been Halloween this week, but I don’t want to rock the spooky look all year round.
I am pleased (and a bit shocked) to say that the liquid eyeliner is a definite WIN. I will definitely be using it again and not regifting it as I had imagined.
Secondly. I don’t use a lot of lip products because I have a skinny wee mouth, and I feel like using colour on them only accentuates that. But when I was at the MADS I was persuaded to try something quite light, and I really liked it. Arbonne sent me their Lip Polish in Pearl, and again it is lovely. You know how most lippy things make that horrible slurpy, sticky noise when you smack your lips together? This doesn’t do that at all. It’s very light, easy to apply, and added a nice subtle splash of colour to my otherwise pale face.
My lippy (or *lustre pour les lèvres* as those sexy French ladies would say, and really that sounds a lot better) is another WIN!
Finally. Primer. Don’t laugh, but I had never even heard of this – I thought primer was something you slapped on the walls, not your face – but this is magic stuff. It evens your skin out as a base before you add anything else. This was a freebie in my MADS goodie bag and it is brilliant. It feels even lighter than a lot of moisturisers do, and doesn’t feel like it’s clogging up all your pores. I love how smooth it makes my face feel, and I have used it almost every day since I got it.
A third WIN – hurrah!
So did my experiment work? Did my lush Arbonne goodies help me quit whining about the lady flu? Well yes, actually.
Primed, lined and polished I felt a lot more able to face the world. I held my own in the Waitrose queue with the yummy mummies of Harpenden.
Last night, when he came home from work, DorkyDad eyed me with suspicion.
“How come when I feel ill I look like crap, and when you feel ill you look so good?” he asked.
Ah-ha. That, my friends, is the biggest WIN of all.
Disclosure, Arbonne provided me with a lip polish and liquid eyeliner for the purposes of this review. The Arbonne primer was in my goody bag from the MAD Blog awards. I haven’t received any other payment for writing this review, and all opinions are my own.