Monday, 28 May 2012

A Million Dollar Question - What Product Should I Use?

If I had a pound for every time I've been asked this question, I'd be a seriously rich woman by now.

The thing is, I can't tell you what foundation you should use and what moisturiser is good for your skin. No one can.

You have to try the products on your own skin to know. It's almost like choosing a perfume, not everything smells good on each and every one of us. Hell, even certain perfumes smell differently on me depending where I am in the world! I had to throw away a few foreign purchases that smelled amazingly on me while abroad, got home and in humid British climate I could not stand them!

So the point I'm trying to make is.... There are loads of blogs about and lots of people claiming certain products are great. While I have no real reason to believe that they have your own best interest at heart (and are not paid by the PR companies to flog a certain product - you'd be surprised how many are and they claim they are not), you should not take some random person's opinion and take it as a given. Not even mine.

That's why I don't want to go there and I don't want to review the products.

So why have I started my blog?

I wanted to highlight the ingredients in products and figure out if they work or not. I want to take apart the list written in gibberish (for most people) and if a company makes up an ingredient and does not tell you that it's fictitious and that only exists in their marketing manager's imagination, I want to point that out.

Sure I'll mention products that I like and I use to make my clients and models up. If something is amazing, and was amazing on many people, I'll write about it.

But to find out if that will work for you, if that colour is any good on your skin, either try it on yourself or book a make up lesson with a pro.

Here's an example.... I love this foundation (Armani Luminous Foundation), it looks amazing on skin, it covers up well without looking like "too much".

Well, I can't wear it. And no, I'm not allergic to it either. I just don't like my skin while using it. I look too "poreless" and fake. Plus there are some silicones in it that don't gel with me so I my skin feels tacky and oily after a while. Becca's Luminous Skin Colour is much better on me, even though I'd sometimes wish it had more coverage.

But would I carry on using Armani? Absolutely!
Other people find it fine, so why would I base my point of view on only me?

Same thing with colours. Some colours in "theory" look good on certain skin tones. But that's not taking into an account that a person's skin chemistry can change that same colour and turn it into a something different.

There you go. I won't be recommending moisturisers, but if you're buying something with no active ingredients and paying loads of money for it, don't worry, I'll let you know!


  1. Honesty is the best policy - and very refreshing and enlightening, for which I read your blog and believe it!

  2. I love the way you cut the crap, very refreshing!!