28 April 2013

The MUA debate

Some people are really beginning to get annoyed with MUA and their copy cat products. I on one hand think its healthy to give the higher end brands a run for their money. Yet is it morally right to copy other brands. I love my MUA products but should I be supporting the brand? Does making duplicates of more expensive brands mean they are giving the public who couldn't afford the other brands a chance to try things normally out of budget. or is it just stealing?

The big question is should MUA be allowed to blatantly clone products? I am not sure to be honest. I think the odd dupe is fair game but is it right to base your whole production line on copies of other brands. This has made many people boycott the brand. I think people might not be as harsh on the brand if they had some products that were unique to them as a brand.

Essie's nail varnish is £7.99 yet MUA's copies are just one pound! Yet not only are the colours dupes MUA have now changed  their packaging and it is indeed almost identical. Yet "ripping off" a companies packaging does seem like they are taking "dupe" products a bit far.

Some of MUA's products have really made an impact in the beauty world with even some of the TOWIE cast being fans.They sell lipsticks that are better than lipsticks that have previously been beauty must haves. The lipstick cost an amazing £1. Meaning you can try out the latest trends without breaking the bank.

Don't get me wrong I don't think all of MUA's products are on par with their more expensive counterparts but for more than half the price it does make you wonder where our money is going. It amazes me how MUA manage to be selling these amazing products at such low prices and still making a profit. It does make you wonder how much it costs companies to make these products and how much money they make from us.  The eye shadows may not have as much pigmentation or last as long as the more expensive palettes they copy but the MUA palettes cost so much less at £4.50 than the urban decay palette that cost £35.That is a massive difference and such good value. Yet is it ok to steal another brands idea and colours.?

Copying other companies isn't the only reason people are angry with the brand. They upset many MUA fans back in March when Karla Powell left the company. The brand posted comments on their Facebook page that many considered unprofessional and rude. I was shocked that an up and coming brand would make such a faux pas. They have since apologised for the comments but the whole incident has left people with a bitter taste in their mouths.

With their lack of tact, the fact that there products are not only good quality but so reasonably priced has been their saving grace. Meaning that the company still has a strong following, yet with the list of misdemeanors growing will the public continue to buy MUA?

What are your views on MUA?

Lots of Love,
Laura x

21 April 2013

Johnson's Daily Essentials hydrating 24 hour day cream.

Skincare - dry skin - day cream - johnson daily essentials - review

If you're anything like me you will at some point have used Johnson products. The smell alone is hard enough to resist let alone the thought of baby soft skin.Well on a recent trip to the shops I noticed Johnsons have their very own moisturising face cream with a spf 15. This 24 hour moisturiser was an amazing 2 pounds.
I was very surprised that I hadn't seen their adult skincare range sooner. Yet I'm so glad I found it eventually as I can't get enough.
Johnsons have proved yet again why they are such a trusted brand, only releasing products that work and are a pleasure to use. This nourishing cream is a product your skin will love and your bank balance will adore.Once tried I'd be surprised if you would continue to pay the extreme prices some companies charge.
Filled to the brim with ingredients and minerals you can't go wrong with this miracle cream
The packaging is simple but classy. An understated glass jar with a pink lid, which will not look out of place among your other lotions and potions.The cream is thick and smells divine, leaving your skin moisturised yet non greasy. My skin was left as soft and as smooth as dare I say it a babies bottom lol.
This is a product I would recommend to anyone with dry, normal or combination skin. I am such a fan of this product it is amazing both in quality and price. This cream is now my skincare must have and has pride of place with my other daily go to products.

Have you tired this moisturiser? What is your favourite budget skincare product? Do you love any other Johnsons products?

lots of love,
Laura x

9 April 2013

Face Primers are they worth it? ELF mineral primer is!

ElF - Mineral Primer - review - primer

It appears nowadays the number of make up essentials is going through the roof. With BB creams, primers etc. It`s easy to think these are just another way for brands to get your money.

With some of the new must haves this may be true but primer isn't one of them. I like many other make up users have a problem that with this simple added step to our routine can banish this problem once and for all. What is this dreaded issue I suffer with? My make up disappears off of my face after a few hours. No matter how much I spend on a foundation it just doesn't last. Yet now, with the power of primer my make up does last longer.

Primers come in gels serums and creams and should be applied after moisturizer and before foundation. They leave a smooth even surface for your foundation to sit upon, making your foundation look better and last longer.

After trying many different primers many of which I will put up reviews for. I have to say when looking at the pros and cons of each. Elf mineral primer without doubt comes up trumps.
At only £6.00, you will struggle to find another primer that not only matches the more expensive primers, yet in some respects beats them.
I love the feel of this primer and it makes my make up last all day, without clogging my pores or making me feel like I was caked in layers of stuff on my face.
For women without any special requests from a primer such as needing colour correction, this is perfect. I will be raving about this product for a long time.

Have you tried primers? Do you find they help your make up last longer? Are they not worth the effort, do you think primers are just a waste of money or are could you not live without them now you have them?

Let me know your thoughts,
Lots of Love,
Laura x
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