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.



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!


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.

Photo Finish

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!



Smashbox Cosmetics

I’ve got to admit, I am a bit of an addict for anything beauty, and always up for trying new things. So when me and my friends ventured into Boots the other week, I decided to investigate the new Smashbox Cosmetics counter. I’ve only recently heard about Smashbox from makeup video’s on YouTube so thought it would be quite a good idea to try out a few new products. At first, I wasn’t convinced. I assumed it would just be another rip-off Mac makeup brand with student un-friendly prices, but no. My mind was changed as fast as you can say kabuki brush.

We ended up looking at the boutique for at least half an hour and went round the counter again and again searching high and low just to make sure we didn’t miss out, now that we’d been introduced to this simply smashing brand (sorry).

I was initially drawn to the sale items (as any girl is) but realized that actually, the current stock wasn’t that much more expensive. They had so many amazing products and I was dying to try them all.

By the end of our visit, we had collectively spent smashbox’s annual turnover. One friend went home with the majority of the facial products after having a makeover, my other pal the ‘Try it Kit’ and lip glosses, and me trying to be kind to my bank account – the Limited Edition ‘Studio Pop for Lips’.


Picture from Smashbox Cosmetics.
(From left to right) Spiceberry, Candy, Illume, Star, Razzle.

Now I’ve gone through my fair share of different lip gloss’ such as Benefit’s Lip Shines, Bobbi Brown’s High Sheen Lip Gloss, (which are both uncomfortably sticky and result in awkward gloss/teeth situations), and my personal all time favourite that I was introduced to in Bloomingdales – the Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfecter. However, I have never used such long-wearing glosses that keep the lips so conditioned, like the Smashbox glosses do. I couldn’t wait about trying my new purchases and as soon as we reached the car, I popped open my tin of Studio Pop.

In the box….

One of the first things that attracted me to this product is the metal tin in which the lip glosses come in (sad but true). Within the tin there are 3 Lip Enhancing Gloss’; Spiceberry, a nude/cream pink (and my fav), Illume, an irredescent pink and Razzle, a hot pink/purple which looks great when lightly applied over red lipstick. They separately retail at £14 each.

Then there are 2 Reflection High Shine Gloss in Star, a clear colour that can be put over any lipstick, or on its own to add a subtle sheen and Candy, a bubblegum pink perfect for girly moods. These lipglosses sell at £15 each.

If you can do the math, (I can’t I used a calculator), if I had bought these separately, I’d have paid a whopping £72 on 5 lip glosses which simply cannot be justified; however, I bagged myself an incredible bargain paying just £17 for the 5 glosses which are only a fraction smaller than the full sized. And what’s even better, I had enough points on my Boots card to pay for these so I technically got them for free!

Overall, I think these are great little products which can be put in your bag for a quick top up (even though I don’t think you would need to). Now that I’ve got a starting point I’m hoping to purchase the ‘Try it Kit’ which contains small ‘try-before-you-buy’ sizes of Smashbox’s most iconic products, but I can see this brand easily providing some of my essentials. Such as the Photo Finish Foundation Primer tester I received with my purchase, even though I personally find that primers tend to dry out my skin.

So if you don’t mind splashing your cash on anything pretty, and at a very good value(!!), then why not check out either their website, Facebook or Twitter.