Time to Prime

Some of you may have read my first ever, (and very excitable) review of the Smashbox cosmetics a couple of months back, and I said I would be testing a few more products over the course of the year. A couple of months on, I have found myself buying another one their kits which they release frequently, containing some of their best products. This time I purchased the ‘IT’S YOUR PRIME‘ primer kit which contains 3 different amazing products; the Photo Finish Foundation Primer, the Photo Finish Lid Primer and the Photo Finish Hydrating Under-Eye Primer.

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Smashbox: IT’S YOUR PRIME

Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

With my initial Smashbox purchase – Studio Pop for Lips, I received a small tester of the Photo Finish Foundation Primer, which I have used a LOT, yet still have to finish. I absolutely love this product as it really prepares my skin for foundation; giving my face a velvety smooth finish. It contains Vitamin A & E, grape seed extract and green tea, which reduces colour pigmentation on the face , soothes the skin and reduces the appearance of fine lines and pores. I only tend to use it before nights out so that my foundation lasts long hours and the elements of a night out – drunkenness, alcohol, tears, tiredness, you know the deal! It really does help make the foundation stay put for, I would say, a good 8 hours. You only need a small pea size amount to cover the whole face – too much and it can make the skin look greasy, despite being oil-free. Overall, a great product that can be worn by most, although I wouldn’t suggest it to people that suffer from dry skin as it could make it worse.

This product has won numerous of awards including being one of Marie Claire’s ’25 Products that will change your life’,  Best of Sephora award for Best Primer, InStyle’s Best Beauty Buy and many more!

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Smashbox: Photo Finish Foundation Primer

Photo Finish Hydrating Under-Eye Primer:

As I have mentioned in previous blog posts I suffer from really bad dark circles under the eye, so I love any product that can help reduce puffiness and dark pigmentation. Whenever I have been at the Smashbox counter I’ve always tried the Under-Eye Primer as it makes the sensitive skin under your eyes feel so soft and nourished, however; I just place it over the top of my make up meaning I can’t see the full difference it makes. I could never justify spending £21.00 on it, so when I saw that it was part of this kit – I was so happy and knew I had to get it! The product consists of anti-aging ingredients including caffeine, peptides and optical diffusers – all of which contribute to what Smashbox call the ’10 under-eye-benefits’: hydration, dark circles, puffiness, radiance, fine lines and wrinkles, texture, skin tone, age spots, clarity and soothing.

Using it for the first time properly and not in-store before concealer or foundation makes a huge difference. It feels as if the skin is being extremely hydrated, circles appear lighter in colour, and skin feels firmer. This product helps stop concealer from creasing, and ultimately helps eliminate the appearance of dark circles and wrinkles. It is a mini version of the product in the kit, but it still contains 5ml compared to the normal 10ml size.

What I like the most about this product is that it is multipurpose and can be worn alone to brighten the eyes instantly, worn under concealer to prevent makeup from creasing and setting into fine lines and finally used as a moisturizer to prevent wrinkles.

Photo Finish Under Eye Primer

Smashbox: Photo Finish Hydrating Under Eye Primer

Photo Finish Lid Primer:

Honestly, I haven’t used this product as much as I’ve used the other two, mainly because I don’t wear eye shadow often. However, when I have used this product, my eye shadow colours seem a lot more brighter and pigmented, and this product can be used separately as a highlighter on the brow bone. I do hope to use this more throughout summer as it is a lovely product.

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Smashbox: Photo Finish Hydrating Lid Primer

Overall, I am really happy with this purchase and I really do feel as I’ve got my money’s worth, as I always do with Smashbox products. I love the fact they are always bringing out new kits that are full of amazing products which are great value for money. I hope to see more make up brands doing this, as I know Benefit is another brand that bring out amazing kits for consumers.

I bought this kit for £14.00 in Boots which is such a bargain. If I were to buy these products separately, it would have cost me a whopping £61.00, so I can’t but feel pleased after getting these products, which are going to last me a long time – for practically a quarter of the price.

This product is  limited edition so if you want to buy one I suggest you do so soon so you don’t miss out on this fantastic deal. Head to your nearest Smashbox counter ASAP!

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Beauty tag

I’ve seen this a fair few times on other beauty blogs so I’ve decided to give it a go! 

1. Name a beauty regime that you rarely do?
Embarrassing one to start with! It’s going to sound gross but I rarely give myself pedicures. I own a shellac light and colours so when I paint my toes they tend to last up to a month so I don’t bother changing them often. I should really use the pumice stone more regularly!

2. Is washing your makeup brushes something you do regularly?
100%, it is so important. It can completely change the look of a makeup, especially foundation and eye shadow brushes. I’ve recently purchased No.7 Makeup brush cleanser which is great to just wipe your brushes down once you’ve finished to avoid buildup. Every month I deep clean them with a mild baby shampoo. Strong shampoos may affect the glue which holds the bristles on the brush.

3. How long will you last with chipped nail polish?
I cannot stand chipped nail polish. It just seems like someone can’t be bothered with their appearance. Again, I use shellac on my nails and if one tiny bit chips it’s not like I can paint over it a bit to cover it up, so I tend to pick the whole lot off and leave my nails clear until I decide to do them again. It’s quite a long process so I only do it once a week! Chipped nails are a big beauty no-no!

4. How long do you put off buying/replacing a beauty or nail polish product even if you need it? (i.e purchasing a new topcoat, or a new foundation etc.)
It depends how desperate I am for something. If its a must have like foundation then I’ll just have to bite the bullet and buy it. I mix between Mac Studio Fix SP15 Liquid Foundation and Seventeen Photo Flawless foundation, so if I’m running low and skint I will buy the Photo Flawless as it is a third of the price of Studio Fix.
I could never run out of nail polish I have a whole box full. I should really clear it out..

5. What is your worst beauty habit?
I don’t have a worst but I have a few bad ones. If I haven’t taken my mascara off properly then I pick at my eyelashes which does not help my stubby lashes! Also, I know it’s a horrible habit but if I have a chipped nail, I will bite it off even if I’m near a nail file.

6. Name something non-beauty related that you put off doing all the time?
Shorthand revision. It is the the most horrid thing, it leaves me completely baffled. And with a migraine.

7. When going out somewhere, do you leave getting ready until the last minute or not?
When going on a night out I used to get ready a lot earlier than I do now. Probably because I’m a little bit better at makeup and can do it quicker/or that I can’t be bothered and sitting down watching TV sounds a lot more appealing! On a day to day basis, it depends if it’s an early start or not. If I have a 9 am lecture then I will start getting ready as soon as I wake up but if it’s a bit later then I wake up, have breakfast, then start. It’s been great at the moment whilst on Easter holiday – I don’t have to bother all day, pajama fun!

8. Can you commit to spending bans?
Yes and no. If I can’t afford anything I just don’t go out and steer clear of shops. If I’m running low on cash but need something then I won’t buy anything too expensive.

9. How organised is your makeup and nail polish collection?
Very! I have my day to day makeup in a makeup bag, my nail polishes are all in a box, and then I have a big pink vanity makeup box with all the rest of my makeup that I love, but don’t use daily.

10. What is the longest amount of time you have gone without writing a blog post?
I have been really bad in the past couple of months because I like to do in depth reviews about a load of products and I have had such a huge work load. But recently during Easter, now I’ve had a bit more time, I’ve been writing a few blogs ready to post up when the work is piled on once more!

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Feel free to use this on your blog, pass it on, or let me know what you think of my beauty tags!

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Con-cealabration!

I enjoy reading various blogs to keep up to date with new or must have products, and an item that has been recommended by so many is the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer. I am a firm believer of Mac Studio Fix Concealer, my one pot lasted me more than a year and it was extremely good. However, when it finally came to the end of its life, I was tempted to buy this inexpensive product to see what all the fuss was about. And boy I’m glad I did..

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Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer Light 2

I have always been a sufferer of dark circles from a young age. It’s not because I don’t get enough sleep, or that my body is dehydrated, I just think it is an ugly thing that I inherited. It’s always been a worry of mine as no one wants to look like something from Halloween every day of the year, however since discovering the Studio Finish Concealer in NW20 I’ve managed to keep any harsh blemishes and discoloration at bay. I’m also a fan of Benefit’s Erase Paste in medium as its quite thick it covers anything up very easily. I’d still happily use these products, but for £4.19 for the Collection concealer, which works just as well, it seems like a waste of money to keep buying expensive products.

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See it yourself…

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Picture One: You can see how dark my circles are before any makeup is applied (I do apologise!)

Picture Two: I dotted the concealer around the problem area, putting larger spots in the corners of my eye where it appears the darkest.

Picture Three: I then used a Real Techniques Base Shadow brush to blend it into the skin – this brush is great for blending. My beauty must haves are the Real Technique brushes. They  are simply amazing and work absolute wonders. 

Picture Four: After a bit of concealer and a groom of the eyebrows it is obvious my eyes are a lot brighter. There is still a slight blue tone, however in this picture I had not set the skin with foundation or a powder. Foundation would help cover this up completely.

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My Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer is in colour Light 2, which works great with my skin tone and blends nicely with my Mac Studio Fix Fluid Foundation in NW20.

So if you want a product that is as good as an expensive one, but a fraction of the price – then head to anywhere near you that stocks this product – you won’t regret it!

Links to all the products mentioned above are below.

P.S. sorry for the disturbing and so-not-funny title!!!

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Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer

Real Technique Brushes

Studio Finish SPF35 Concealer

Benefit Erase Paste

Studio Fix Fluid SPf15 Foundation

Easter Beauty haul

As some of you know Boots are currently doing their 3 for 2 offer on selected hair and cosmetics items at the moment. They do these a number of times a year – and this is when I tend to do most of my beauty products shopping, as nothing feels better than getting things you love for free! And seeing as money is in the bank and the sun has been shining – I thought that there would be nothing better than to celebrate Easter with a beauty haul.

I will review some of the items bought separately. There are some products that I have wanted to try for a while, some that were impulse buys and some that I often use.

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(From left to right and top to bottom)

1) No.7 Beautiful Skin Hot Cloth Cleanser

2) Aussie Colour Mate Shampoo

3) Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Shine

4) Aussie Miracle Moist Conditioner

5) No.7 Makeup Brush Cleanser

6) No.7 Beautiful Skin Hydration Marsk

7) L’Oréal Nude Magique CC Cream – Anti Redness

8) L’Oréal Nude Magique BB Cream – Light Skin Tone

9) No.7 Total Renewal Micro-Dermabrasion Exfoliator

So if you fancy filling your boots/shelves/drawers with fabulous products, pop in to your local Boots store today. I think I’m going to pop back in tomorrow for another, oops!

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