Now I don't know about you guys but I don't believe everything I see on the news or hear in advertisements. I'm not a conspiracy theorist or anything I just think that we should question everything we're told and find out the facts ourselves. Prior to the internet being a great source of information on cosmetics and skincare, I wasted a lot of money on products I thought I needed. I got pushed to purchase things that were wrong for my skin and colouring by sales assistants and got drawn into biased magazine reviews. Nowadays I can easily look up a product on my phone right before making a purchase. I'm going to give you a run down on what resources I use to make sure I get the most bang for my buck and don't end up with a dud of a beauty product.
Acne.org: If you suffer from acne or sensitive skin I suggest you make a beeline over to this site as it is such a helpful and unbiased resource. The reviews come straight from other acne sufferers so you know what products are effective and which ones you should avoid. I have learned of many cheap and amazing products from this site that I wouldn't have bought otherwise.
Don't Go To The Cosmetics Counter Without Me: I'm sure many of you have heard of Paula Begoun's (makeup artist, esthetician, and CEO of Paula's Choice) beauty product bible. She gives a truthful rundown of brands and lists their best and worst products. I'd recommend this to anyone who wants to overhaul their makeup and our skincare regime.
Beautypedia: Beautypedia is the website that goes along with "Don't Go To The Cosmetics Counter Without Me" and offers more up to date insight and reviews on beauty products. I'm no makeup expert but I have a lot of experience with most cosmetic brands and have to say I really agree with Paula. For example she gives the Clinque 3 Step Skincare regime a really bad score and I remember when I used it years ago I got one of the worst breakouts I've ever had.
Makeupalley.com: In my opinion this is the ultimate mecca of beauty product reviews. You can filter reviews based on age, skin type, skin tone, hair type, and hair colour. You'll also find the most reviews on this site which helps give a better idea of which products are the best for you.
You can also find reviews on website where beauty products are sold (such as Sephora) but I tend to take those reviews with a grain of salt because I think it's hard to find really negative reviews on there.
Other helpful places to help make purchasing decisions:
Beauty Blogs: This is usually where I hear about beauty products and then go look up more reviews to compare them. Beauty blogs often give you great product pictures which can help you decide if a product is right for you. Although I follow bloggers with all types of skin, hair, and colouring there are bloggers I know who have similar hair, skin etc. as me so I tend to trust their reviews.
Google Images: Can't decide if that blush that everyone is raving about is for you? Simply type the product name into Google Images and see if you can find someone with similar skin tone, hair colour, and eye colour to you wearing it.
Do you research your beauty products or tend to make spur of the moment purchases?