Monday, 28 September 2015

SmashBox Primers

I am always trying to find the perfect primer. In fact, I'm a little obsessed with face primers. Because of my very combination skin, I kind of need a primer for all skin types, all rolled into one. But, I think that's the impossible find.

When I came across this little trio, I thought it was quite a good buy. You can try all 3 without breaking the bank. Not only that, if there is one you partially like, you can then buy the full size version. Not only that, these little compact sizes are great for my kit.

Smashbox Primer(link)s have been a staple in the blogger-sphere and for many MUA's for a long time and have also won many awards.

The Luminizing Oil Free Photo Finish(link) is possibly my fave out of the 3. Its oil free, which is a huge bonus and it gives just the right amount of luminosity, without being BAM, look at me and my highlighted face! A small amount goes a long way. I use this before my foundation, also you could mix it in with your foundation, if you wanted more of a glossy look. Again, my favourite out of three, as it gives you a really pretty look to the skin.

  Next is the Photo Finish Foundation Primer (link), which is still very good, but my least favourite of the 3. Its clear gel/silicone texture has quite a slippy feel to it, but lets your matte foundation glide over the skin a lot easier. Great for the oil control, but I feel that there is nothing different about this primer. For £25.50 its not cheap. I do feel you could get a highstreet/drugstore equivalent at quarter of the price.

Last and definitely not least, its the blue toned Photo Finish Hydrating Oil Free (link) Again another one of my favourites for when I am having one of those dehydrated days. But still oil free, so I know my makeup is not going to move throughout the day. This is probably the closest to the "best primer ever" if it had the luminosity particles in it. But then that doesn't mean, I can mix the brown and blue one together! Which in my opinion, is the way that I personally wear it most. However, if you don't want the luminosity side to it, then by itself is just as great. This is also great for more maturer skins.

Have you tried any of these primers, if so which one?


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I have never done a first impressions video, so I thought I would start of with this! I hope you enjoy.......

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation

Being a makeup artist, you would have thought that I have already tried and tested this foundation. Its been iconic for years and its a foundation that is always raved about. 

Estee Lauder has been one of my favourite brands ever since I got into makeup. Probably because my mum loved it and I guess I followed suit.

The UK's NO. 1 Foundation.

15-hour staying power. Flawless all day. This worry-free, long-wearing makeup stays fresh and looks natural through heat, humidity, nonstop activity.

Won't change colour, smudge or come off on clothes. Feels lightweight and comfortable.

Now the flawless look you see in the morning is the look you keep all day.

Medium, buildable; SPF 10

I have had this foundation for about 6 weeks and I have to say that I have a love/hate relationship with it. Sometimes you just want a foundation to plonk on your face and run out the door. However, the Double Wear I feel, needs a lot of manipulating on the skin, before you can "run out the door".
I have tried this foundation with fingers, a flat brush, buffing/ name it, I have tried it. The only way I feel that it works, is with a damp beauty blender. Anything else, it just sits on top of the skin and feels heavy. When used with a beauty sponge, it feels like its a part of you and wearable. Its liquid consistency gives you false pretences that you need a good dollop to start. Actually, you only need a small amount. A pump size is good enough for the face......oh wait, that's right, for £30.00 it doesn't come with a pump. Come on needs a pump!

Where was I...............??
    Its great that you only need a small amount, as of course the whole bottle will last longer. But, when it says buildable, I would have to disagree. It cakes, it cracks and sits in the pores if you use too much, Yes it lasts well on the skin if you use a small amount, but use a lot, your in all sorts of trouble!

Its a matte finish, but I still have to use a powder on top. For those with less oil, I am certain you can go without powder, as it does dry well. Sometimes though, it can look a bit too powdery. So I do have to finish off with a makeup spray on top, just to settle the powder and so it doesn't go cakey.

I like this foundation, its not my first love. It definitely lasts well and great for a night out. If you have the time to work with it and want it to look "perfect" then great! If your someone who wants an everyday foundation that works quickly with your routine and your skin, then I can't say this is for you. Double Wear really needs time and effort to make you and the product look flawless.

Have you tried it and if so, what are your thoughts? 

Monday, 21 September 2015

Winter Handbag and Shoes

Summer is definitely in the past and Autumn is fast approaching *sad face!* 
But, I have to say that Autumn is one of my favourite seasons. Its great for layering up lots of clothing, bronzed eyes and vampy lips are on the horizon and there are many great pieces that are trending in the shops right now.

I picked up these bargains from Primark and I am so excited to start pairing them up with my woolly jumpers and my skinny jeans. However, these are timeless pieces and can go with a lot of different outfits.

The little black booties (link) are suede material and are soooooo comfortable and at a measly £22, I know that these are gonna get a heck of a lot of wear out of them. These can be great for day time wear or even be teamed up with your favourite black skinny's, a blouse/shirt with a scarf and leather jacket. Not forgetting the handbag (link)

My birthday was in September, so my Mum and Dad kindly got it for me, with a few other bits and bobs, and I have to say, I love it!
For me its just the right size and also has just enough gold detailing. I love the fact that it also has the faux snake skin effect, without looking tacky. Just a great combo that is going to get used most days in Autumn/Winter.

Do you have any timeless pieces for Autumn/Winter?