Hi all! A few weeks ago I conducted a poll on Twitter about which foundation I should try next. I had two winners– the Make Up For Ever Ultra HD foundation, or the Georgio Armani Power Fabric. Due to the high price tag of the Georgio Armani Power Fabric and the mainly Youtube-centered hype, I definitely wanted to try it first. Read on to hear my thoughts.
A highly requested review of a majorly-hyped up product. Keep reading below for a review of Glossier’s new Invisible Shield sunscreen.
Hello again everyone! I am continuing my “ABC’s” of skincare ingredients—next up, Beta Hydroxy Acids (BHAs). If you missed the last Beauty Nerd post about AHA’s, you can check it out here.
First, my disclaimer: Nothing I write in this series should be considered medical advice and I will be writing from the perspective of a consumer interested in understanding how products work and if they are effective. If you have any medical questions, you should talk to your doctor!
Glossier has gotten quite a bit of attention over social media over the past year. Glossier’s advertising strategy is literally built around creating a ‘hype’. From their very ‘aesthetic’ Instagram feed, to their reps who show off how they use the products on their already-beautiful faces– Glossier seems to be advertising a lifestyle just as much as the products themselves. That lifestyle is the ‘chic makeup minimalist’– the girl who is busy and doesn’t have time to fuss with makeup but somehow always looks effortlessly gorgeous. Its the whole ‘model off duty’ thing. I don’t necessarily have anything against Glossier’s strategy, and it seems to be very effective…its just that I don’t find it particularly relatable.
I am not the “Glossier girl”– I have zits and fine lines forming all at the same time, and I really like makeup…a lot. My makeup strategy as of late has been just the opposite of minimalist. Heck, I will layer fifteen different products, all to create a “natural” look and I will enjoy the entire process. So, I am not going to disingenuously peddle a lifestyle that I can’t relate to with these reviews. Instead, I am going to look at some of their products, one-by-one, and review them for their own merit and how they fit onto my own imperfect face and beauty routine.
So I have gotten several questions in the past about how to be successful on Influenster and whether or not it is worth it to join the site. Influenster is essentially an online service that connects larger brands who want to advertise their product with “Influensters”– a glorified name for consumers who are willing to share their thoughts about products online. This exists on a wen and app-based platform that also allows users to share reviews and answer questions about items; however, at its heart Influenster is a brand advertising agency. Companies know that this method works because word of mouth is hugely important in purchasing decisions, and also because of the rise of “micro-influencers”. This link and this article do an excellent job of explaining what a micro-influencer is and why companies are able to utilize them for effective marketing (in case you are curious.
But alas, you didn’t come here for an analysis of marketing strategies, you came to find out how to get Influenster to send you products! I don’t have a huge following of people on Instagram or Twitter, and only a handful of people read this blog…but I have been a member for less than a year and still managed to be “chosen” to participate in these campaigns:
[Marc Jacobs, Bite, Hourglass, as well as others including YSL perfumes, L’Oreal Shampoo and Conditioner, and one of their mixed voxboxes (I have probably forgotten a few here).]
Read on to learn my general strategy at being chosen for a campaign:
I recently depotted both of my precious Viseart palettes into a Z-palette so that I could re-arrange them in a way that I might use them more! there were three that cracked a bit and required repressing, but overall the task was pretty easy. I decided to take this opportunity to swatch them all together to see if the repressed shades performed as well as they originally did.
I’ve been using Ouidad products since I was in high school and first started attempting to wear my hear naturally curly instead of frying it with my straightening. Since then, my hair has been through many iterations…long, short, really short (the pixie), and now back into a long, blunt bob. During the pixie grow out process, I pretty much always kept my hair straightened because I didn’t have enough hair to form full curls. Now that I have more length, I have definitely been rocking my natural hair more often!
Ouidad reached out to me and offered to send out their new Advanced Climate Control line to review, and also offered to send the line to one of you! I’ve worked with them in the past in a review of their Mongongo Oil, and they are a pretty wonderful company to work with… so of course I accepted. If you are interested in hearing about and entering to get your own free set of Advanced Climate Control hair products, read on!
The Koh Gen Do Maifanshi Aqua Foundation and Maifanshi Moisture Foundations are cult favorites among makeup artists and those with dry skin. I recently ordered a set of samples from the Koh Gen Do website that included the Fair-Medium ranges of both shades. As you can see, the range is a bit limited for the fair range, pretty solid for the light/medium folks, and also very limited for darker skin tones. I didn’t order the darker samples knowing they wouldn’t fit my skin tone, but there really aren’t any options for those beyond a “medium” shade in the Aqua foundation. The Moisture foundation range includes three “deep” shades.
Hi there, friends!
In an attempts to help remind me of what I have, find dupes, and contribute back to other folks who are looking for their shade in foundations, concealer, and other products…I’ve decided to start The Swatch Library! These won’t be full reviews of products, but rather swatches and brief descriptions. If you see anything here that you want to know more about, let me know and I can work on a full review.
These posts can be found under the “View By Category” button on the sidebar–> The Swatch Library, and will also show up in product specific searches.
Let me know what you think!
Just a quick announcement– Triple Shot of Beauty has become Swatches & Stethoscopes!
You can now find me here at www.swatchesandstethoscopes.com for more beauty-related content, reviews, as well as the occasional bits and bobs about my coffee addiction and medical school.
Hair care lovers? Keep an eye out! There will be a giveaway coming soon from a brand I have worked with in the past 🙂
In the meanwhile, you can read my most recent post about my eyelash extension experience and make sure you are following along so you don’t miss anything!