Hellooo, everyone! September is HERE and 2017 is rapidly speeding to an end. I’m in shock at how quickly this year has gone, it’s crazy! September’s arrival also made me realise that I’ve been blogging for four whole months! I realise that’s such a short space of time in the blogosphere, but it’s a big deal for me and I’m absolutely loving having my own little corner of the Internet to share with you all! I’m so excited to continue and learn more from the blogging community.
A little while ago, a lovely girl named Sarah got in touch with me via Instagram and offered to send me some samples of Arbonne products. Naturally, I accepted her super kind offer and thought I’d share my thoughts with you lovely lot. Before I get started, I just want to clarify that this post is not sponsored or endorsed in any way and that this is my honest opinion of the samples I was lucky enough to receive.
If you haven’t heard of Arbonne, they’re a 100% cruelty free and vegan cosmetics, skincare and lifestyle company. Their products are all based in nature and have been scientifically tested to “enhance your beauty, health and wellness.” I love the ethos behind the brand and the fact they’re cruelty free and vegan, whilst being a premium company, is also a major plus.
I received sample sizes of Arbonne’s complete foundation colour spectrum, their mascara, their eyeshadow colours and the majority of their lipstick collection. Here’s what I thought…
Arbonne have 15 shades of foundation and the range is brilliant; they seem to have tried to cover all skin tones, making the formula accessible to everyone. I gave the darker foundation samples to my friend, as my complexion is similar to Casper the Friendly Ghost’s, and she LOVED it. She said it was the best foundation she’s ever used and was looking to make a purchase, but the price did put her off a bit. The makeup is premium quality, naturally sourced and ethical and this is reflected in the prices. It’s £37 for a 30ml bottle of their Perfecting Liquid Foundation SPF 15, so she’s decided to stick with her original foundation until her holiday is over, then she can look at splashing out a little more. For me, I did love the foundation; it’s creamy, buildable, has fabulous coverage and leaves my skin looking flawless. Having said that, I’m not a regular wearer of foundation; I prefer concealer and powder for my day to day look and will use foundation mainly for (infrequent!) nights out and day trips at the weekend, so this might be something I put on my Christmas list for special occasions.
I love this mascara and how gentle it feels on my lashes. It’s formulated to be water resistant and longwearing, but at £31, it’s £11 more than my all time favourite mascara, Better Than Sex, by Too Faced. I won’t be purchasing this in a hurry because I feel that BTS does just as good a job for a much cheaper price.
Their eyeshadows are buildable and highly pigmented. There’s 24 shades of matte and shimmer finishes to create a range of natural looks. They come in a magnetic quad or duo palette that can be refilled. According to their brochure, they’re £14 and sold separately to the refillable palettes. I think this is pretty expensive for a product that, for me, is only just on par with the (amazing) Naked palettes from Urban Decay, which are much better value for money and have a far wider range.
I absolutely LOVE Arbonne’s lipsticks! I want them all; they’re long lasting, moisturising and the colours are utterly divine. They’re priced at £23, which is a similar price to most premium lipsticks, and I will certainly be adding some of these to my ever growing lipstick collection.
In addition to these products, Arbonne have an entire range of lip glosses, lip liners, eye liners, brow gels and primer products. You can see their makeup for yourself here.
I also received a sample set of their Calm range, specifically designed for sensitive skin. It’s non-comedegenic so it doesn’t clog pores and it’s fragrance and colour free. This range is designed as a four step formula and it’s absolutely gorgeous! I LOVE it. My skin isn’t particularly sensitive but I did notice it looking clearer and more hydrated, so can only imagine the positive results it will have on people with really sensitive or irritated skin. The four steps are as follows:
STEP 1 Gentle Daily Cleanser | 148ml | £20
STEP 2 Soothing Facial Serum | 30ml | £41
STEP 3 Gentle Daily Moisturiser | 118ml | £30
STEP 4 Soothing Eye Gel | 15ml | £26
The results are clearly visible and if you can afford to splurge, go for it! This is a great skincare routine and works wonders for the complexion, but sadly, it’s just a bit out of my price range.
There are some absolutely amazing products on offer from Arbonne and they’re definitely worth looking into. It’s great to see an ultra premium company that have botanically based ingredients, a strong stance against animal testing, a firm focus on creating high functioning products rooted in nature and a HUGE range of high quality products.
I really loved the samples I received and will definitely be putting some items on my Christmas list and treating myself to a few lipsticks, but that’s all I’ll be able to manage for now.
I reached out to Sarah from Arbonne for a bit of advice in case any of you lovely lot are interested in purchasing any of the products. Sarah advised that you can register for free and pay the standard retail prices (listed throughout this blog post) or you can sign up as a Preferred Client (PC) to save some money if you’re buying a few items. There’s a £17 registration fee, but it guarantees you 20% off all Arbonne products for a year – definitely worth a thought! You’d also get 40% off Arbonne’s special value packages (bundles of skincare/makeup/nutrition packs) too. If you didn’t want to pay the joining fee, or were only interested in the odd product here and there, you can always register as a standard client for free and shop for your faves! If I haven’t answered any of your questions, or you’re looking to make a purchase, then you can contact Sarah via www.SarahElizabethMoore.arbonne.com, Instagram (@sarahmoore.veganlife) or via email; Sarah2803@hotmail.com.
Typically, I’ve rambled on for a century so I’ll finish up now! Please let me know in the comments if you’ve tried any Arbonne products, or if you’re going to get any.
Thanks for reading, chums!