I am fascinated by how people pick their makeup, hair products and skincare. For some they take the advice of friends, others are enticed by the cute packaging, brand names and great marketing campaigns.
Now I can be known to splurge on a limited edition and impulse lipgloss purchases, but when it comes to items which are going to be in my cabinet for longer like foundation, skincare and haircare it’s a completely different story. Here’s how I decide on beauty purchases:
For me these range from the old school (hello makeupalley.com I’m looking at you) to YouTube channels such as MannyMua and Jaclyn Hill. So I might read about a new product on blogs and then check out the review on MakeupAlley or, if it’s something YouTube rave about, I know I have to check it out.
More recently I take to the Sephora reviews and although some of these can be very mixed, I think if you know how to look you can see if a produce is good. One product I discovered this way was this incredible Snow Magic Sheet which I use now every week. The reviews were great, and I saw a lot of great reviews with combination skin which is what I have, so if you see reviews with the same type of skin type that you have you might have stumbled across your
Friends and Family
I’m picky about the word of mouth I trust. Things that my Mum has tried and like I’ll give a look at because I figure we have similar skin base even if hers is a little more mature than mine, we have similar skin. But friends with wildly different tastes, skin types and needs? I’ll think twice honestly before I checkout skin care or hair recommendations from friends.
If it doesn’t work out…?
This goes without saying, and I’m sure many of you know, but if you buy something, and don’t love it, take. it. back. Sephora and most make up retailers worth their salt will take back used makeup products you don’t like. You shouldn’t be stuck with anything, if it didn’t work out for you – get that refund honey!
So I would love to know, how do you pick your makeup products?