In May one of my loveliest and closest friends gave me a bunch of Arbonne skincare and makeup to try out for 2 weeks after I became obsessed with how fantastic she looked and wanted to know more. I really wanted to do a little post about the things I loved and the things I didn’t get on with very much as I definitely found some gems that I want to share.
Arbonne has a very different business structure to a lot of places so I hadn’t heard of it before Nikki but I was really intrigued as to what they had to offer considering it is all vegan and cruelty free which is always great news!
I have quite problematic skin which sucks. It is dry but acne prone which makes finding things to tackle it pretty damn hard. Unfortunately, the moisturisers really weren’t strong enough for my poor face which sucks but, as I have a hate-hate relationship with this element of skincare that I really wanted to reform, I completely understood why it wouldn’t work out well for me.
The “Clear Future” range appealed to me instantly and so I spent 2 weeks following the step-by-step regime they offered. The face wash was fantastic as a lot of acne treating ones leave my face feeling dry and taught. This just made me feel clean, which is exactly what you want really?! I also loved the exfoliating pads that they offer and these quickly became my favourite out of the regime. I didn’t see massive improvements in my acne, which is what it was obviously targeted at (although I believe a lot of my blemishes have been hormone related) but I did love how it was making my skin look and feel which is equally as important.
Nikki also kindly let me use the new “Rescue and Renew” range. Can we just take a moment to appreciate this packaging!? I love it! The bamboo style lid is so chic and the packaging looks so clean and crisp. The scent of this range was amazing and I loved the body lotion. I didn’t feel greasy or tacky after applying it and it left my skin feeling really soft. I mean I actually wanted to put on moisturiser after a shower… and that never happens!
Finally, we have makeup. Nikki literally gave me a full face to try out which was really fun! I completely adored the mascarsa which I now have a few samples of. It’s called “A Long Story” which is just fantastic and it really does make your eyelashes look incredible. It retails at £31 which is a little crazy but I totally love it which leaves me so conflicted.
I fell in love with the “Smoothed Over” lipstick in Lily which was the most beautiful colour. It did transfer a lot at first but the lasting power was brilliant.
I quickly developed a love-hate relationship with the eyebrow pencil. I loved the little brush on the end and the colour was fab. At first I was adamant that I wouldn’t like it as I love my current routine but I quickly found that I loved the simplicity and ease of just one product (as opposed to my gel pomade and eyeshadow combo).
There were, however, some misses. I really didn’t get on well with the foundation. Foundation is something so personal and having really awkward skin doesn’t help! I found it really clung to my dry patches and it didn’t really do very much for me.
The highlighter was just not heavy enough for me and didn’t pack the glow I love. To be honest, it is sold as “sheer” so normally I wouldn’t reach for it anyway as a highlight so it makes sense that I didn’t love it.
Finally, the red lipstick in Hibiscus was something I got a little sad about. The colour was just stunning and I had really high hopes for it but I just couldn’t wear it as it transferred on to my teeth and I felt so conscious of it! I love matte lipsticks normally and my favourite red is the NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Amsterdam if you’re interested.
Arbonne can be quite expensive and I know it has a very different business model to that we are used to but I thought as it was something people sometimes shy away from, I really wanted to try it out and give it my honest thoughts.
I hope you liked this review of the Arbonne products my friend was kind enough to let me try out. I have linked her page below if you wanted to check anything out.
This is my friend’s Arbonne page if you want to check it out: nikkimeacock.arbonne.com