Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Asking For a Friend - Friendship Inspired Beauty Buys

Friendship Inspired Beauty Buys

If we become friends, sooner or later I am going to ask for a route around your make-up bag. I have a somewhat obsession with other people's beauty collections - not items bought on a whim but products that others buy time and time again. Why? Well clearly they work and I want to know why. There's a reason why I've purchased so many items due to friends recommendations, not shiny new launches but tried and tested products and that is because more often than not they work. I also like to think that I have turned a friend on to several products too.

Thanks to my gal pal's I have several can't live without beauty items, one being the Original Beauty Blender - an item that took a whole lot of convincing to as much as try the sponge and now I'm converted. While we are on the topic of beauty tools believe it or not, I was a little late on the bandwagon. I was convinced they were nothing but a passing fad, fast forward a few years and some days they are all I use. Two other notable staples that were influenced by friends happen to be Carmex Lip Balm (a friend gifted it to me one Christmas) and Urban Decay Naked Basics Palettes - a few years ago I thought all mattes palette were the enemy. I'm sure there are many, many more friendship inspired purchases but those are what spring to mind.

On the flip side I know for certain that I have convinced more than one friend that Rimmel Scandaleyes Nude Khol is pretty difficult to beat, as is Rimmel East End Snob Exaggerate Lip Liner.  A friend has also joked that I must be paid in commission for sales of Max Factor Facefinity All Day Primer - I'm not but it is a wonderful primer that I do rate highly. I also smile a little whenever a friend produces a bottle of Lush Olive Branch Shower Gel or raves about Voluspa Candles. Again I am sure there are more examples but within my friendship circle those are the items I tend to be associated with, not that I mind beauty finds should be shared and not stashed away like a dirty secret.

Since I can't quite pop around to everyone's house and ask to rifle through your make-up bags; what one product would you recommend to a friend, and of course what treasured item have you been turned on to by a friend?

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  1. If I had to whittle it down to just one product, at the moment it'd be the Makeup Revolution blush palette in Golden Sugar. The blushes have just the right amount of colour and highlighter to create a gorgeous dewy glow without being glittery, I'm in love!


  2. For me, The beauty blender and the Rimmel eastend snob lipliner is a friend inspired purchase. I try not to believe the hype on the internet but when I see it in action its a different story and I fall in love with them and can't wait to make a purchase. I've read so much about the makeup revolution palettes and I think I ought to get my hands on them :)

    Great post, ave a lovely day ♥

    Ying | * Y i n g c b e a u t y *

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  3. Some of my all time favourite products I purchased because of a friend. I always try to ignore the hyper about new and upcoming beauty products but when I see a friend wearing it and raving about it, it makes me want the product more. Lovely post.

    Beth x

  4. It's always nice to make up our mind thanks to a friend or a person we trust. If you sneak peeked in my beauty bag at the moment, you'd find a couple of holy grails: YSL Baby Doll Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils which is my favorite mascara ever, Guerlain Terracotta Joli Teint, because being super pale I need a very soft bronzer and I never found a good one for fair skin before this, a Max Factor blush which is the perfect dupe for the Hourglass Ambient Light blushes and two Laura Mercier products for the base (concealer and foundation). I need to try something from St. Tropez fake tanners, most of the products I've used leave a lot of streaks on me...

  5. I've turned several friends onto the Maybelline Colour Tattoos - can't recommend those enough!

    Erin | Erin and Katherine Talk Beauty

  6. I always swear by the Maybelline Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner ♥

    With Love,
    Anna || Curly Scribbles

  7. I would have to say Benefit's They're Real mascara is a staple in my bag. It's the next best thing other than falsies. I totally agree about rummaging through friends and family member's makeup bags.

  8. I love going through my friends makeup bags, they sort of expect me to do it now I think. Not too long ago my friend came back to uni after being away for Christmas and she told me she'd got new makeup, promptly handed me her makeup and let me rifle through it as she knows what I'm like.

    I'd 100% recommend (and still do) the Seventeen Stay Time Concealer every time, I prefer it to Collection's Lasting Perfection and I always have a backup.

    Emily // Beauty and Lifestyle Blog


  9. A recent inspired by a friend purchase was the Dior air serum foundation. I would never have looked at it. Diors formulations for foundations don't like me, apart from dior air spray. So I purchased and am in love and have realised it the same foundation as the air spray just in serum form. Win win! I think I've pretty much turned all my friends onto Clinique cheek pop in berry pop and loreal telescopic mascara!! Xx


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