Hi, my name is Allyson and I'm the owner of The Raving Redhead.
I started this website because I love reviewing products and sharing my thoughts and opinions. I first started as a mystery shopper ages ago reviewing and reporting on everything from clothing stores to gas stations and eventually to theaters and fancy restaurants. I moved into reviewing on Amazon and other websites and then began to transition over to my own website. I soon found a new passion for beauty and makeup and decided to focus my attention there.
I've watched countless hours of Youtube videos and re-learned how to do my own makeup. I began trying out new shades, new formulas and new brands. I signed up for subscription services like Ipsy, Boxycharm and Topbox to help build my makeup collection and to try out new brands, whether they are drugstore, high end, luxury or indie. I decided to take my new passion and what I've learned and pass that on in my blog and through social media.
There are so many brands and new releases of beauty products that I think it's important to know what works and what doesn't work. At times it can be challenging, being a redhead with very pale skin that is starting to age and undergo changes. Many brands are expanding their ranges, from paler to deeper, and I'll always be on the hunt for the ones that work and the ones that don't. I'm here to try things out to pass along whether they are worth your hard earned cash. We'll keep it fun though - along with detailed reviews and wear tests, you'll also find great deals and contests with some of my favourite brands.
On a more personal note, I'm a mom of three kids - Ariel (24), Aidan (13) and Rowan (12). Rowan shares my love of makeup, but especially loves all things glittery. My husband used to help mystery shop and review along with me and likes giving his perspective on beauty products I'm trying out as well. I couldn't really get a more supportive guy!
I hope you enjoy what you find on this site and if you have a product you would like me to review or you would like to set up a giveaway, you can find further info on the Contact page.
Thanks for stopping by!