Last weekend I was invited to a blogger event in the city, hosted by Arbonne. I have to be honest, I’d never heard of the company before, but a quick Google search told me that Arbonne is a beauty company which prides itself on being natural and pure.
The thing that was of particular interest to me is that Arbonne is cruelty free. The products are vegan and haven’t been tested on animals. The ingredients are plant based, and sustainably sourced. So far, ticking lots of boxes!
When it comes to my own make up, I keep things quite simple. I have combination skin and stick to the same routine: moisturiser, a little foundation on my nose and chin, some powder, blusher, mascara, a smudge of eyeliner below the lashes and a little pencil on my brows. I don’t use much of each product, and it’s normally all but disappeared 20 minutes after applying it.
So I went to the event. I was pretty excited as I’d never been to a blogger event before and had no idea what to expect. I rocked up 15 minutes late, mainly because I’m a doofus. When I arrived, the other bloggers were gathered around a table, taking photos of the Arbonne products with fancy cameras. Then there was me; no camera, just my old phone with its smashed screen sellotaped together, battery low. Great. I was already out of my depth!
It was all ok though – the other ladies were lovely! After introductions, Kate, the Arbonne representative, talked us through the products. She started with the Arbonne primer. I’ve never used a primer before, but I would consider using this one. Containing extracts of green tea leaf and grapeseed, it felt really silky smooth to apply, and I’d be interested to see if it improved my foundation’s staying power.
Next we moved on to foundation, which they make in liquid and powder form. The liquid one ‘Perfecting liquid Foundation SPF15’ went on top of the primer well and felt very smooth. The powder foundation ‘Got You Covered Mineral Powder Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF15’ (mouthful or what?!) also went on nicely. It’s supposed to give a flawless complexion and shine-free finish and can be built up depending on the type of coverage you’re wanting. I’m normally a liquid foundation person, but with this product, I think I could be swayed over to the powdery side.
Concealer was up next. A little certainly goes a long way! It was difficult to tell what this ‘Crème Concealer’ was like, mainly because the shade I tested was really quite dark on my fair skin. You don’t seem to need much though!
Arbonne have a range of lip products including lipsticks, liners and glosses. The ‘Smoothed Over Lipstick’ range was laid out on the table for us to try. I’m not really a lipstick person; normally a bit of shiny lip balm will do me as I’m quite pale and tend to keep things natural, so lipstick scares me a little. I have to say, the lipstick that I tried was actually really moisturising. I liked the fact that I could rub my lips together and it felt like I might be wearing a lip balm, rather than making them stick together. I tested the Aster shade, and actually it looked ok! I was pleasantly surprised by my lipstick experience!
Other products we played around with included the ‘Arbonne Intelligence CC Cream’, ‘Blush’, ‘Setting Pretty Translucent Loose Powder’ and ‘It’s A Long Story Mascara’.
Although not the cheapest on the market, the Arbonne brand seemed to be really good quality. Aside from make up, Arbonne also have ranges in skincare, bath and body, hair, sun, and nutrition. I’m nearing the end of my current foundation, so will likely buy my next one from Arbonne, and I’ll probably try their primer and perhaps look into some of their other lines while I’m at it. Well, why not?!
Overall, I really enjoyed my first blogger event. It was great to meet other bloggers – proper bloggers, not floundering wannabe bloggers like me. Before leaving, we exchanged details and some of the ladies gave out their business cards (business cards – I know, right!). Check out their blogs below:
And of course, check out the Arbonne website!