Having been writing about beauty products for over 5 years now. I thought it would be fun to go back and look at those real cliche blogger products that everyone was talking about when I started writing this blog. Some I still use and love now but some have definitely been left in the dust for items I love even more. And as I know so many of you have been in the blogging world as long as I have these products will be a throwback to you too.
MAC CUT A CAPER: This was a limited edition lipstick that came out around 4 years ago and yes let's skim over the fact it's probably really disgusting that I've still got hold of it. It's probably one of the most hyped up MAC lipsticks in the blogging world and it's easy to see why as it's such a pretty lipstick. It's a peachy pink that even suits my typically Snow White skin tone. And it's easy to wear as it's a lustre finish which is personally my favourite formulation from MAC. This hasn't been released again for years [correct me if I'm wrong] but there is a high street dupe which comes from the Kate Moss for Rimmel in the shade 16.
SHU UEMURA EYELASH CURLERS: I never felt too strongly about the power of eyelash curlers until I used these cult curlers from Shu Uemura. They fit around the shape of my eye perfectly, grab all the lashes and give them such a huge lift with minimal effort and they stay curled all day. They're expensive for a beauty tool but they last forever and you can buy new pads for them so they're spongy once again.
BENEFIT THEY'RE REAL: This is such a cult mascara and for a long time, it's all bloggers were talking about. So obviously I had to give it ago and I absolutely adore the way that this makes my lashes look. It makes them so voluminous and fanned out that it really does give the illusion of false lashes. However this mascara is an absolute nightmare to remove and it's a high-end option and that's not where I prefer to invest my money.
ESSIE NAIL POLISHES: When I first started blogging and learnt all about the wonder of Essie polishes they weren't widely available in the UK so you had to find them on eBay. The excitement was seriously high when the diffusion line was released into Boots. I personally absolutely love Essie polishes, they're one of the only ones that I can truly rely on to stay put and I can get a good 5 days wear out of them.
BUMBLE AND BUMBLE SURF SPRAY: If you wanted volume in your hair in 2012 then this was probably the product that you were using. Sadly I've always found this to be a little bit of a disappointing item as it doesn't give my hair quite the volume I was expecting. I do like the piecy definition that it gives my waves and the slight grit but otherwise, it's just a little bit of a disappointment and I'm not fanatical about it. Of course, as it's a salt spray it is drying on the hair so if you've got really damaged tresses then this probably isn't the product for you.
AESOP PARSLEY SEED MASQUE: This mask doesn't dry down like most typical clay masks and I think that is one of the reasons why it was so well loved in the blogging world for such a long time. I can still remember the blog reviews with the pictures now! This is still by far my favourite deep cleansing mask, I love that it can draw out all impurities without drying out the complexion and being a complete nightmare to remove.
MAC CREME CUP: Another well known and loved shade from MAC. The really popular nude shades like Shy Girl and Creme De Nude just weren't for me at all, but I used to love Creme Cup. It's such a beautiful pink shade as it doesn't lean too blue and barbie like and it goes with the majority of makeup looks. The only downside to this lipstick is that it's a creamsheen formulation from MAC. And I can't say that I'm a fan of them, I don't find them as nourishing as I typically like my lip products.
YSL TOUCHE ECLAT: This is not only not a cult product in the blogging world but the beauty world in general. It's often confused for a concealer and whilst it does offer a small amount of coverage it's a highlighting pen to be used to sculpt the face. It's not that the Touche Eclat is a bad product because it's not. It's a wonderful product but you can get the exact same thing for less from high street brands.
MAC MINERALIZE SKIN FINISHES: Way back when people were fanatical about the latest MAC collection there was always excitement about what MSF's would be released. And it's not too hard to understand why as they're such beautiful powders and they can be used for so many different things. My personal favourites are Soft & Gentle [a true classic] and Lightscapade. S&G is what I always reach for when I want my cheeks to really glisten and Lightscapade is a beautiful soft focus all over setting powder.
ZOEVA ROSE GOLD BRUSHES: Although these aren't quite a throwback item I get asked so often if I think that the Zoeva Rose Gold brushes are worth the money or not and they are. I'm still a big fan of Real Techniques but I much prefer the sleek design of the Zoeva brushes and their so versatile that you can find so many different uses for them. The sets are an initial expense but when you break down the cost of each brush they're super affordable and the quality is outstanding for a cheaper brush option. I've had mine for just over 3 years and they still perform just as well as they did the first day I used them and have washed so well.