Latest Haul and Debate……..Do We Give Honest Reviews on Beauty Products If We Buy Them Ourselves?

Hi Everyone,
It’s time to do a haul post as i’m starting to get a little behind on them. I keep buying and putting pics on Instagram and never get around to talking about them. This will be a first impressions on the products and i will report back if they become firm favourites or fails.
Latest Beauty Haul for April
Chanel Stylo Yeux Waterproof Long Lasting Eyeliner, 918 Ardent.
Chanel Stylo Yeux are firm favourites with me. I will be hard pressed to find this one any different. It’s a lovely warm orange tone true copper shade. This was released last Autumn/Fall in the Automnales collection and at the time, i wasn’t overawed with the colour. I didn’t think it looked very wearable.
Chanel Stylo Yeux Eyeliner 918 Ardent Close upChanel Stylo Yeux Eyeliner 918 Ardent with Flash
I have; however, been reading bloggers posts about the shade and some are saying it wears very well on blue eyes, helping them to look even more blue. I shall keep you informed and probably do a FOTD using this shade. Below right is Ardent alone.
Chanel Stylo Yeux ComparisonsChanel Stylo Yeux Eyeliner 918 Ardent Swatch
Chanel Stylo Yeux Waterproof Long Lasting Eyeliner, 926 Purple Choc.
I just realized, i have never posted about this eyeliner i bought in the Chanel Spring Collection 2016 when i bought the Sunkiss Ribbon Blush.
Chanel Stylo Yeux Eyeliner 926 Purple ChocChanel Stylo Yeux 926 Purple Choc with Flash
It’s soft black with purple micro shimmer and wears really well around the whole eye area. I probably wouldn’t wear this this on my waterline because it is a bit dark for me although, the beauty of Chanel Stylo Yeux is, they actually do last almost the whole day on the waterline. Swatch below right.Chanel Stylo Yeux Waterproof Eyeliner 926 Purple Choc Swatch with Flash
Vichy Idealia Skin Sleep Recovery Night Gel-Balm.
I managed to get a sample of this and just had to buy the full size while it was on offer. I used it for 3 nights and noticed a difference in my skin. Yes, that quickly. I only ever review skin care if it is outstanding as i tend to get frustrated with some that claim amazing results and never live up to it.
Vichy Idealia Skin Sleep Recovery Night gel BalmI will be writing a full review on this product so i will not dwell on it too much here, but the signs are great. Hence, why i am writing about it.
Avon Anew Clinical Advanced Resurfacing Peel Pads.
Another great product. I have only used them a couple of times and need to use them more before i give a final review.
They were recommended to me and i do see a real difference in the size of the pores on my face after using them. My skin is clearer and cleaner too.
Each round pad is soaked in a solution of water with 10% glycolic acid, salicylic acid, hyaluronic acid, cucumber, glycerin, fruit and flower extracts. It does contain alcohol; however, i love the results so i’m not getting hung up on that.
The other great thing about them, are the price. Some brands charge £25-£35 for 24, I got them on offer at £6.00 for 30 pads. (I think the full price is £15). They work as good as the expensive ones, so far!
Colab Luxe Shine Glossing Hair Fragrance Spray and Sheer Invisible Dry Shampoo, London.
I literally haven’t tried the shine spray out yet and really look forward to doing so. I just wish Colab would keep up with the demand as they are nearly always out of stock in Superdrug. I got lucky this time and they were on offer too.
The dry shampoo is as good as Batiste with a much nicer fragrance range. You can tell Ruth is a big fan of Chanel perfumes because London reminds me of Chanel Coco Mademoiselle. It is a lovely fragrance.
I recently watched a Youtube vid featuring Sali Hughes. She was talking with a Youtuber who is sent products for review, about whether they can give fair and honest opinions on products.
Her reply was that people who buy their own products don’t give fair reviews either because, they bought products they already liked and tend to stick with what they know works for them.
In some respects, Sali has a fair point. I buy Chanel products. I know they are great quality and very rarely do they ever disappoint so, its fair to say, i would never really give them down the banks. However; i would if i bought a bad product by them.
Chanel Stylo Yeux Waterproof Eyeliner 926 Purple Choc in direct lightThis is where product endorsed posts/vids cannot be reviewed fairly. They cannot ever really say a product is crap without upsetting brands, PR’s; etc.
Sali also mentioned that we buy within certain price brackets too. When reviewers get sent products, they generally have them from all price points and this levels the playing field out more. Payed reviewers can stumble upon a great find whereas, we cannot because we are spending our own money and will be less inclined to buy blind.
I do agree with her there because, i do buy more high end makeup and more high street skin care. I know this works for me and don’t have extra cash to buy blind. Also, in the UK we cannot return products easily. In the US, they can. I would be more inclined to if i could return products.
This adds the question. In the US, can reviewers comment more fairly on beauty products because they can return them?
Do you think that people who buy their own beauty items give a fair, unbiased review? Do you agree with Sali Hughes that we have already compromised the review by liking before buying and sticking with what we know works for us and our skin type?
Your views would be appreciated please.
That’s it folks. Have a great week and i will see you all soon. 😉
Disclaimer. I have paraphrased Sali Hughes comments to reduce the amount of space required to write this post if i were to give her account verbatim.