Friday, April 05, 2013

What Real Ladies Want #1 ♥

 We're all bombarded with information in magazines, television adverts, etc about the products which celebrities endorse, God only knows if they actually use them and I thought it was high time we got down to the nitty gritty and revealed what real ladies want. I was delighted with the response from my 'casting call' of sorts on this topic and was happy to see a range of high end to low end products which the girls who replied loved and would highly recommend to anyone. A holy grail product does not have to cost a bomb but I have learnt that a little bit of luxury is always a great thing. As I received such a large response to my post I shall feature five lovely ladies at a time. I hope you'll enjoy this feature and reading about the products each lady loves, I know I did!

First up is Alessandra from Cakes, Cupcakes & Cosmetics. 

My name is Alessandra, I'm 14 and I live in Aberdeen, Scotland (very chilly!).

Why do you love E.L.F. lip conditioning lip balm in Peaceful Pink so much?

This list could never end! It's super moisturising, the perfect colour for my (and anyones!) skin tone, and it smells absolutely divine! It looks quite barbie-pink, but it blends out wonderfully and leaves such a moisturised, baby pink look on your lips. I LOVE IT! The colour has undertones of green, which is why it has that 'kick' of colour. The colour is truly a perfect match for my skin tone! I love this lip balm to bits and pieces and it is most definitely my favourite lip product ever! It's so moisturising as well and is perfect for wintry chapped lips - in fact, after just one day of using it, I went online and bought six more!

When did you begin using this product?

Probably about two weeks ago, when I got home from hospital and found my e.l.f. package! It was the first item I opened and it was love at first sight!
Were you a fan of E.L.F. cosmetics before you used this product?

Definitely. I love e.l.f. cosmetics - their products are wonderful value and it's so much fun to try out new trends or looks, knowing it won't cost you a fortune! I would definitely say e.l.f. is my favourite brand of makeup. If you haven't tried it yet, I highly recommend you have a look over on!
How often do you use this product?

Oohh.. way too often! I probably apply it about 5-6 times a day and (as you've probably noticed by now!) am completely addicted to it. It just smells so fabulous...! I actually brought it with me to all my exams last week as we were allowed to bring some sort of chap stick because it was so cold, and it must have brought me good luck as I passed with 100%'s all round! 

Next up is Emma from All the Pretty Things

My name is Emma, I'm 19 and I'm from a small town in Co. Wexford, Ireland.

Why do you love Benefit They're Real! Mascara so much?

The main reason I love Benefits They're Real is it really lengthens and separates my lashes well. I love the little spikey ball on the end of the wand which makes it so easy to get the lashes in the corners of your eyes!

 When did you begin using this product?

Ever since it came out I've wanted to try it, but never got round to actually buying it (it didn't help that it was €25, yikes) until August.
 Were you a fan of Benefit cosmetics before you used this product? 

I've always been a fan of Benefit but always thought some of their products were slightly overpriced. After trying They're Real and seeing how good the products actually were I might have to rethink!
 How often do you use this product?

Since I've gotten They're Real I've used it every day! Which unfortunately means its getting to that stage now where its pretty much used up and I have to fork out another €25 for another. Its worth it for great lashes though! 

Next up is Nikki from Nik Makeup Junkie.

My name is Nikki Ash, I'm 25,  from Huntington, WV, USA.
Why do you love Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer so much?

It is the only eye shadow primer that I've ever used that has held my eyeshadow in place with no fading, no creasing and no smudging for over 16 hours. Even in the summer when it's 100 degrees, my eyeshadow stays put. No other primer has been able to do that for me.
 When did you begin using this product?

I began using this product almost 2 years ago, after trying many others that were not so great.
 Were you a fan of Urban Decay cosmetics before you used this product?
 This was my very first Urban Decay purchase. This is what began my Urban Decay obsession!
How often do you use this product?

 I typically use this product every day. Lately I've been running low, so I've been alternating primers until I can get a new one, but the others just don't even compare.
Next up is Laura

Hi, I'm Laura, I'm 21 years old and I am currently living in Lancaster for University .

Why do you love The Body Shop All in One Face Base so much?
The All in One Face base really is my essential product. I have quite uneven skin tone, that also is rather shiny. The Face Base smooths out my complexion, hiding my red pigmentation, and mattes my skin. To make things harder for me, I am also very very pale (a typical natural ginger) and so have struggled to find a product that has a colour that is pale enough to blend, yet still has the warm tones in it, so I don't look ill. Shade 3 is perfect!

When did you begin using this product?
I went to a Body Shop at Home party one year, and there was a raffle with the first prize being 70 pounds in vouchers for The Body Shop, and I won! So I went through the catalogue picking items- I was like a kid in a candy shop. I picked this product as I was unhappy with my current powder so thought I'd just give it a go seeing as I had money to spend, and well the love has been there ever since.

 Were you a fan of The Body Shop before you used this product?
No, I actually thought The Body Shop was over priced, and so had never bought anything. I only went to the party because it was at a friends house for charity. All I can say now is though, I blame her for my lack of funds, as I love The Body Shop now.

How often do you use this product?
I use it everyday without fail.
Finally we have Lisa from Scatterbrained

Hi I'm Lisa,  I'm 23  and from Dublin, Ireland.

Why do you love YSL Touche Eclat Foundation so much? 
I love YSL Touche Eclat foundation because it gives such a luminous, dewy finish with a nice medium coverage without being heavy - a real, my skin but better product. I also like, that even though it's a high-end brand, it doesn't come with a high-end price (at €38 it's only €4 more than Urban Decay Naked Skin!)

When did you begin using this product? 
 I started using this product in September when I was at the Harvey Nichols fashion show. A make-up artist demonstrated it on my friend and I and I fell in love with it.

Were you a fan of The Body Shop before you used this product?
YSL has always been in my head as a high-end brand that one day when I'm some fabulous city lady-type I would be casually picking up the (iconic) highlighter pen in between coffee shop dates. My sister arrived back from a shopping centre once having had her make-up done on a whim at a YSL counter and it looked absolutely stunning. I never thought such luxury would be so affordable. I admired it, more than anything else.

How often do you use this product?
As it comes in a glass bottle, it's not always handbag friendly so I don't get to use it during the week - but it's my go to if I have anywhere to go or people to meet. So if I wear foundation 5 days out of the week, it's safe to say 4 out of those 5 are a YSL day!

I hope you enjoyed reading about our five real ladies and their holy grail products. It was great to feature girls from different parts of the world as it gives a great perspective into the types of products women like to use worldwide. The second installments of What Real Ladies Want shall be coming soon. If you would like to be featured please email a picture of yourself and the name of your favourite product to 
Thank you to the five gorgeous ladies who took part in this post. Have you ever used any of their holy grail products? Do you agree with the girls opinions on the products?
Stay pretty people!  


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