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The best three primers ever

It’s mad to think that there was a time where I never wore primer on my face. The thought now of applying my foundation or bb cream straight on after my moisturizer makes me want to cringe.

Without any doubt, primer is probably one of the two things which can make or break a makeup look for me! (The other being face powder)

I will always swear by Benefit’s porefessional which is one of the few primers on the market which can actually work well with the skin on my nose (which is somehow both oily AND dry at the same time.)

However, I really love some of the cheaper primers which I’m currently using on my face. I thought I’d share them with my blog as I haven’t written a post solely on any primer in a while.

  1. Maybelline Baby Skin Primer

This primer is well known as being a dupe for Benefit’s the Porefessional which is the main reason why I tried it out in the first place. To me, personally, it’s not the exact same as the porefessional but it works just as well for my skin. I also am currently having a love affair with Maybelline in general – there are days where Maybelline is the only brand I actually apply to my face.

Maybelline Baby Skin provides a matte finish and leaves the skin fresh, soft and protected. The gel texture in Baby Skin instantly helps to vanish pores and makes the skin feel light.
It avoids a shine on the skin and makes the skin feel soft.
Bye bye pores!

This primer smoothens out pores and makes skin look beautiful. I really like the packaging of the bottle too – it’s not chunky which makes it ideal for packing when travelling. At eleven euro, this primer may seem a bit pricey compared to other primers which can be bought in boots. However, I’ve had my bottle for longer than I can actually remember and it hasn’t run out yet.

I would recommend that anyone looking to buy this product take a look at some reviews of it for the reason that some customers aren’t as happy with the product as I am.

2. Elf Cosmetics Hydrating Face Primer

This primer is perfect for the parts of my skin which are dry. I personally wouldn’t recommend this primer to anyone with oily skin as the primer itself is a bit greasy which works for my skin but would probably make foundation slide off oily skin.

The primer transforms your face into a flawless, smooth canvas ideal for long-lasting makeup application. The formula is infused with grape, Vitamins A, C, & E to help boost complexion and hydrate your skin.

I mainly used this primer during the winter when my skin became so dry that all my foundations were not looking nice on my skin at all. There is nothing worse than when foundation emphasizes dry patches – I think in this case, no foundation looks nicer on me.

However, when I used this primer, I found that skin was a lot healthier looking and my foundation didn’t make my skin look like dried cement.

At nine euro, this primer is also not cheap so I would recommend looking at reviews and seeing how people with your skin tone find it before actually buying it.

3. Primark Vitamin Primer

I adore Primark’s (or penney’s as we call it here in Ireland) make up and skin care range. Primark has really gone and made a great affordable range.

I’ve mostly tried the face products so buying a primer was something I did when they brought this particular one out. (I really need to try Alex’s skincare range. None of my local shops have much of her products but I do love her workout gear.)

When it comes to this primer, I use it on all of my face except for my forehead and nose. I’ve already discussed my nose above but for my forehead, I like a mattifying primer as I tend to get very shiny there. (My skin can never agree on what skin type it wants to be.) This primer adds a dewy look for the rest of my face, effortlessly nourishing my skin and prepping it for heavier makeup which comes after the Primer.

The primer gets it’s name from the fact that it contains many vitamins like B3, B5, and, vitamin E. All of which are great for the skin.

For four euro, this primer is a bargain and I really want to try other Primers in the PRO range.

Those are my three current favourite primers! What Primers are you currently using? Let me know in the comments!!


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Benefit Gift Sets

Currently at the time of writing, Benefit at Debenhams is having a 10% off offer.

One thing which I’ve always loved about Benefit is the fact that they offer sets of their makeup and that they sell mini versions of many of their individual products. I personally believe that all brands should offer mini’s of their products- I’m much more likely to purchase a product after trying a smaller version of it.

Last month I nearly bought the new limited edition Anna Saccone Benefit Eyebrow kit but stopped myself. I used to buy a lot of benefit sets and I’m sad to see the ones I used to love no longer there.

(I wanted the “How to Look Best at Everything giftset as a teen, but the Benefit sales lady advised me against buying it as it didn’t suit my skin tone)

Now I’m looking at Benefit’s other sets and I’ve decided to rank them for you guys.

Benefit ‘Homemade Hotness’:

I actually own this kit and I can vouch for how amazing it is. I really love it because it has products for the whole face which I like. This kit is great for anyone new to Benefit as a brand because it features most of Benefit’s popular products.

Benefit complete hotness gift set

Benefit ‘The Pretty Started’:

I don’t own this gift set but I would definitely buy it if I didn’t own most of the products in the set – I own the full size version of Hoola and it is my main bronzer. I’ve had the same one for years, I don’t think it’s ever going to run out. I actually really want to try Galifornia blusher so I may buy something with that in it. I own the fullsize version of Whats Up and I swear by it.

It’s a great little set which includes a blusher, bronzer and a highlighter.

Benefit Anna Saccone Limited Edition Eyebrow Gift Set

This set is probably one of the most pricey sets which I’m showing on this post today. Usually retailing at €65.00, it is currently going for €58.50. While this set is pricey, there is a lot of great products included. Including two Pricisely my Brow pencil in shades 3.5 and 4, one fool proof brow powder in shade 4, one 3D browtones 2, and, one high brow glow highlighter. The only downside to this product is that since it is all in Anna’s colouring, anyone who isn’t the same shades as her can’t buy it.

Those are the three main sets which I like the most at the moment. Are there any sets which you like?

I really miss the old sets like All is Bright. I adored that set and regret throwing out the box.

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How to make pores smaller? Try the Porefessional

Probably one of the most sought after primers are those which minimalize pores. The Porepessional is the best of them all.

The Porefessional is one of Benefits well-renowned face primers which is claimed to be able to hide large pores, and smoothen skin. Since I have three years of experience with this lovely primer, I can confirm this is true. I love this product like no other, and I could not go without it.

Porefessional how to minimalize pore

As a person with combination skin, I have a big problem with pores. No other product other than this has helped me hide my pores. Another thing that I love about this product is that it smoothens out my skin and leaves a silky feeling behind. It is the perfect base for my foundation and definitely helps lengthens out the life of my makeup.

It is a brilliant primer, and leaves a lovely matte finish on my skin. I would really recommend this product to friends. I would rate it four out of five stars. Irish viewers can purchase it here at boots for €34. American and Canadian viewers can buy it here at Sephora for thirty-one USD. For those in the uk it is at boots uk for twenty-four pounds.

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Catrice Haul!!! Green or mean ?

Catrice anti-redness matte foundation

Catrice is a brand that I wouldn’t use often. When I was about fourteen years old I would have bought a couple of their products but since then, I haven’t given the brand much thought. More recently, I’ve been looking for a new foundation and when I saw one of Catrice’s while I was in Primark, I decided to give a few of their products a go and only wear those products for a couple of days. On Catrice’s website, they describe the brand as being a ‘pure joy of life’ and that their products are made of luxurious textures. Their words, not mine. One of the many positive sides to Catrice is that they do not test on animals. I bought a handful of products, and found out for myself, whether or not these products are as good as the brand claims they are.

Prime and Fine anti red base:

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This product was one of the main products that I really got excited over when I was buying my items. I have cool toned skin which has patches of red, so this primer could have been my answer to easing that. But it didn’t. The product claims to be long lasting, and hydrating but I have yet to notice any differences in my quite dry skin. When applying, this product left a very greasy feel to my skin which I did not like. It was very quite sticky due to its thick formula. It also was very shimmery – it made my face very shiny no matter how much matte powder I put on. The of the few good things about this product is that it managed to not make my makeup look cakey.

Anti-redness primer

If you are the type of person who likes to only wear primer without any foundation, then this primer is not for you. It is bright green and stays that colour unless a foundation is applied over it. The primer also did very little when it came to actually concealing the red parts of my face which is the reason I bought it in the first place. The product was just under five euro so it wasn’t a huge surprise that it didn’t work out. What I did find I could do with this primer, is that if I add this to foundation that it is too yellow for my skin tone, it can help even out the colour to match better. So for all of the reasons stated above, I give this product a rating of 1 out of 10!

Even Skin Tone Beautifying Foundation

Even Skin tone foundation

This foundation is one of Catrice’s newest foundations so when I picked it, I had never heard of the foundation before. It’s a foundation that is supposed to create a more even skin tone over time, cover imperfections, and give wearers beautiful skin. This foundation offers medium to high coverage and has a spf of 25. The brand claims that this foundation will leave a silky, matte finish. I got the foundation in the shade in 005 – even ivory – and the first things I noticed about this foundation is that they only offer four shades and all of them would be for paler girls. I love the packaging of this product. The product is in clear glass with black writing on it. With a clear lid, it looks more expensive than what it is in my opinion.

When I went to put on the foundation, I found it was quite hard to blend in compared to the other foundations I have but in the end, it blended and left a beautiful finish. It was bliss. My skin looked matte but at the same time, not dry. My pores were reduced and my skin looked lovely. I then went out for a couple of hours shopping for back to school books 😦 and came home within three hours. Imagine the horror I felt when I noticed that my skin looked like someone had rubbed oil all over it. Quickly taking it off, I assumed that it had been the primer which had made it go so greasy and oily. I then reapplied only the foundation and some matte powder on my t-zone. Within the hour, it had gone very shiny again. Now, I have quite dry skin so its very odd for a foundation to get oily on me, especially after an hour. I live in Ireland, so the hottest it would have been would be about 18 or 19 degrees Celsius. It wasn’t hot out nor was it raining. The foundation itself just did not stay matte. This product cost me nine euro, so once again, it was a cheap buy. I’d give this product 3 out of 10 due to it being a nice colour that suits my skin tone. It also covered up most of my blemishes.

All Matt Plus Shine Control Powder

Mattifying powder

Out of the products that I bought, this would be one of my favourites. My first impression of the product wouldn’t have been the best due to the foundation above but once I paired this product with a Revlon foundation, it was perfect. The finish itself is very smooth and shine free – as promised by Catrice. This product promises to be mattifying, long-lasting, and ultra silky. I find all the mentioned above to be true. The colour I got is transparent so it has no effect on what colour my face is. The product would last for about four hours before needing topping up, which is quite good in my opinion. I expected very little of this product so that might be the main reason that I love it so much. The product did not irritate my skin like some other products like this one have in the past and it did not dry out my skin or make me break out either which is always a good thing.

Catrice matte powder review

The product leaves a very like velvet type of feel to the skin. Overall, I would rate this powder a 8 out of ten! It’s a must buy and a great steal at only €3.99.

Absolute Nude Eyeshadow Palette

I’ve owned this product for years now and it was the first palette that I ever attempted to do a smokey eye look with. This palette is like an old friend to me. One of the first things I have to say is that this palette is that like Catrice claim, these colours are longlasting and great for many looks. On the back of the palette, they have a guide on how to do a basic smokey eye look which would be convenient for young girls who have yet to try out a smokey eye look. I know that when I was about fourteen, I had no idea how to do my eyes. I would just swipe some eyeshadow on the lid, and off I’d go. Honestly, it wasn’t until last year that I actually started to look at makeup tutorials.

The colours in this are mostly all matte but each have a hint of shimmer in them. Except for the lighest shade which is a shimmer highlighter shade. As you can see in the picture below, the colours are very pigmented and I find that this palette is brilliant for travelling since it is a nice size – its not too large nor too small. I would really recommend this product to everyone. If you don’t like brown eyeshadow then there are other colours as well to buy. I would give this a ten out of ten!!!

Multi Colour compact powder

So basically this is another compact powder but the colour was too dark for me so I used it as a subtle bronzer instead which looked great and lasted the day. The one flaw I found with this product was that I found it hard to actually open the powder xD. As seen in the picture below, the powder is actually a mix of many different colours.

Long Lasting Eye=pencil Waterproof

The last product that I bought was this eyepencil which is a metal grey colour. I love to have colourful eyeliner to try and bring out the colour of my eyes which are grey. This hit the spot. The colour lasted for more than five hours and looked amazing against my eye makeup. At three euro, this was a great buy which I’d buy again when it runs out.


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L’Oreal True Match Foundation

One of the most important things when it comes to wearing makeup, is having a perfect foundation. When wearing a good foundation, I often feel like I am ready to take on the world.

However, I tend to find it hard to actually find a foundation which will make my skin look amazing and I am sure many people who wear makeup feel the same way as me.

One of the foundations which I apply when I want a perfect base is the L’Oreal True Match foundation. I am Irish and I am as extremely pale as the media makes us out to be. Many foundations which come in my extreme pale tend to either be expensive or don’t work with my skin.

L’Oreal True Match Foundation

Not this baby!!

I often struggle with finding a foundation which actually works with my skin while not going too expensive. I have combination skin, meaning that parts of my skin tend to be quite oily while other parts are quite dry. My nose tends to be the main culprit when it comes to my foundation look bad – no matter what skincare or beauty product I’ve been recommended, none have managed to tame my nose. My nose tends to seem both oily and dry. It’ll either appear very shiny and the foundation will separate, or it will appear so dry that all my pore, little lines, and bumps will be aggressively noticeable. This is what some would define as a first world problem.

Let’s get onto the review shall we?

Description of the Foundation by the Brand:

Product details
L’Oreal’s #1 foundation is now available in 28 shades and matches 98% of UK skintones. L’Oreal’s velvety formula matches your skin’s unique tone and texture, for a true to skin finish: flawless, blendable, and never fake.
L’Oreal’s 28 shades range from warm to neutral to cool undertones, to ensure your foundation is right for you. Whilst your skin tone is visible on the surface and can alter through the seasons, your skin undertones are determined at a deeper level, they are part of your skin and never change. Each complexion has its own undertone: pink (cool), neutral or golden (warm), so you can now find a match that’s true to you.
To celebrate the 28 shades of True Match, L’Oreal Paris has launched the #YoursTruly True Match campaign, to share the diversity behind our 28 shades of True Match. Discover 28 influential individuals revealing their 28 stories, and get ready to write yours.

I’ve been wearing this foundation for a year now and I love it. It’s one of the few foundations which work for my whole face. I tend to go for foundations that are medium coverage, which this one is. It covers the random bits of redness that I have without feeling too heavy on my skin.

How to use
1. Start with a well cleaned, toned and moisturised face. 2. Studio secrets primer to your face. Remember less is more. 3. Apply your True Match foundation to your face. Starting with the T-zone, and in a rolling motion work your way out.

Pro’s:

  • There are 28 different shades.
  • It’s easy to apply onto the face and has a silky texture
  • Has a fairly satin finish – I wouldn’t describe this foundation as being matte.
  • Sleek packaging

Con’s:

  • The foundation cost £14.99 which isn’t expensive for high end foundations but it fairly expensive for a drugstore brand.
  • May not have the best shade offerings for those who aren’t pale like myself.

Overall I adore this foundation and I actually have two bottles – one for summer and one for winter.

What do you think of this foundation? Have you tried it?


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Bobbi Brown foundation review

For my birthday months ago, I went shopping with my grandmother to buy new makeup for my present. I needed new foundation so I decided that since I had heard a lot about Bobbi Brown products, I would get one of their foundations.

I went to the Bobbi Brown stall in a store called Brown Thomas which sells their products, and the lady there picked a foundation for the specific details that I gave her; combination skin, cool toned, and medium coverage.

As a pale person, I was quite surprised how easily this foundation managed to blend into my skin tone and match it so well. It was probably one of the few times that I’ve gotten a foundation tried on me and I was very impressed.

So my grandmother bought me the full-size foundation along with a setting powder to match it. I was also quite impressed that it had an SPF 15 coverage in the formula as I take protecting my skin from the harmful UV rays very seriously. My first impressions of this foundation was great and I loved how aesthetic the bottle looked with its simple design. I brought it home and couldn’t wait to wear it as much as possible.

Now, two months on, I feel like I can give my full opinion on this foundation.

Bobbi Brown foundation pale
Bobbi Brown dewy long lasting foundation

The description for this foundation is:
“A truly modern foundation that offers invisible, weightless coverage that looks like skin, not makeup. This long-wearing formula evens tone, minimises the appearance of pores, conceals imperfections, and offers broad-spectrum UV protection. Its hydrating technology leaves skin feeling cushioned, comfortable, and clean. Ideal for combination, normal and normal to dry skins. Capacity 30ml.”

I feel like the description of this foundation is surprisingly accurate. I do find the coverage to be as they explained it would be. Okay, so I will be doing a pro and cons below of this foundation. I do find that this foundation can be long-lasting, however, I find like my skin needs constant powder at times so I would advise that girls or boys with slightly oily skin to avoid this foundation, even if their skin type is a combination skin tone like mine is.

One of the things that I love about this foundation is that it never gets cakey or looks dry on my skin like some of my other foundations have in the past. This foundation comes in sixteen different shades, with different shades for cool toned girls and a lot for warm toned girls. I wear Porcelain and I was very surprised that this foundation accommodated my skin tone as I’m super pale in a way that most foundations either look too dark or orange on my skin tone. The foundation was very pricey at forty-one euro so I expected big things from it.

I find that this foundation leaves my skin looking healthy and youthful. What I love is that it manages to look very natural on my skin and I can wear it without it being too obvious that I am wearing foundation. One problem I have with it, however, is that I find the foundation to be very watery but because of that it blends and glides onto the face easily.

I couldn’t find confirmation anywhere by judging from the feel of the foundation is that it is water based rather than oil based. It is for that reason why I often need about three pumps of this foundation to get the coverage that I desire. The foundation is very light and would not suit those with acne or blemishes as it does not cover them effectively. It is sheer but leaves a lovely glow. It also doesn’t come off unevenly during the day.

I think one of the most important things about this foundation is finding the right preparation for it. Using the correct products before hand and after seem to be very important. A good primer could easily extend the lasting power of this foundation. However having to buy other products to make the foundation effective is very inconvenient.
Pros:

  • Very sheer and natural looking
  • Does not cake or crease
  • Wide range of colours
  • Comes with a pump
  • Sturdy packaging
  • Has many yellow undertone shades
  • It didn’t break me out

Cons:

  • Does not last all day and needs top ups
  • Is very expensive
  • Does not cover acne
  • Fewer pink tones
  • Oil tends to break through so it needs powder

Overall I really love this foundation and it suits my skin tone perfectly. I do find that it is really not for those with oily skin or those prone to breakouts. But for girls with drier skin or normal skin – what even is normal skin???- this foundation could be their next love. This is the only Bobbi Brown foundation I’ve used so I can’t compare it to the others. This foundation is perfect for me and I know that I will keep on using it until it’s empty. I haven’t quite decided yet whether or not I will repurchase it, however. Time will tell I guess.

I would give it four stars out of five personally. If you liked this post, please leave a like or a comment to let me know what type of posts you’d like to see in the future. Well, that’s all from me, see you next time xxx

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Seaweed Ionic Clay Mask

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I’m the type of girl who has never really had much problems with pimples, which I’ve always appreciated but ever since I was about twelve, I’ve suffered from large pores and blackheads all over my T-zone. Literally, my whole nose, chin, bits of my inner cheeks and the gap between my eyebrows are covered by blackheads. I’ve had five years of trying to get rid of them but yet, no product, face mask or method has gotten rid of them. But I have found products that help conceal them or help minimize them. I have quite dry skin due to the oil in my face getting clogged so the mask I use is by the Body Shop. It is their Seaweed Ionic Clay mask and its for combination to oily skin. Many people might think I shouldn’t be using this product but it helps unclog my pores and helps minimize my blackheads so I use it. After use, I always have to use another face mask by Quick Fix Facials and I use their Mega Moisture mask for dry and thirsty skin to help my skin from not getting dried out due to the face mask. I only apply the clay mask to areas that have blackheads because I find that it can sting if I use it in areas that don’t have clogged pores.

claymask2

This product does has not been tested on animals and on the back, it says where they get their seaweed. The active ingredient in this is the bladderwrack seaweed which grows off the south west coast of Ireland. The mask is quite thick and is a grey- green colour. I love the actual smell of it for some reason, but I can’t exactly describe how it smells like. To use this mask, you apply this mask for about ten minutes at the most. Over that time, the mask should dry and make the pores look very big. it is recommended by the body shop, that at the most, use this twice a week but I’d recommend that for people with skin that isn’t too oily – as in people with clogged pores like myself and their skin is dry – to only use this once a week. It can really dry out skin if used excessively.

Pros of this face mask:

  • This can leave the skin feeling refreshed.
  • It gets rid of excess oil.
  • It helps clears blackheads.
  • Makes pimples dry out quicker.

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Cons:

  • Can dry out the skin.
  • Is not suitable for sensitive skin.

Conclusion:

Overall, I think this is a brilliant mask. Whenever I use it, it really reduces the size of my pores and helps my skin get unclogged. I would really recommend it to anyone who has oily skin or loads of blackheads.

claymask1

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Sunday Pamper

One of my favourite things to do on a Sunday morning is to take time to look after both my skin and my hair. This is essential for me to do before another busy week begins. By allowing my hair and skin time to renew itself before a busy monday, my week always starts off on a bright note. Scroll down for the products which I used today.

What products do you use to pamper?


 

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Naked Basics

The best matte eyeshadow palette ever!!

A couple of days ago, I posted a makeup post about a back to school natural look.  In the post, I featured the Naked Basic Palette. I decided that it would be nice to post about it separately.  The Naked Basic palette contains six of Urban Decay’s eyeshadows. Five of them are matte, while only one of them is a shimmer/ satin based shade.  I find that this palette is amazing for a  simple but gorgeous look and the shades could suit anyone.

The first three shades did not show up well on my pale skin…

The packaging itself is very secure. I’ve had this product for nearly two years and I use it daily. Not once has this product opened when it was in my handbag.  The eyeshadows themselves are very longlasting and are great for girls like myself who prefer matte eyeshadows over satin eyeshadows.  A lot of the larger naked palettes, have a lot of satin, shimmery colours which are very pretty, but not very practical for everyday wear.  In the picture here, you can see how the first three colours are very light and great for a good base.

From left to right; Venus, Foxy, WOS, Naked 2, Faint, and Crave

The eyeshadows themsleves leave a smooth finish and are not at all chalky like some matte eyeshadows can be. There are six shades, as seen in the picture above, and each of them are very unique. From left to right, they are; Venus, Foxy, W.O.S, Naked 2, Faint and Crave. I use venus to highlight, foxy as my base , naked 2 in my crease and Faint on my brows. I find that Crave can also be used as powder eyeliner. The eyeshadows are very easy to blend and can be blended by a brush or by fingers. One of the best things about this palette is that you can go subtle with it or you can build it up darker.

Venus, Foxy and WOS close up

The palette itself is suitable for both cool and warm skin tones which I find amazing. It makes amazing looks on both my best friend and me, even though I have a cool skin tone, while her’s would be warm.  Basically, the moral of this story, is that anyone can look amazing with this palette. It’s small but sturdy and great to bring travelling since it doesn’t take up too much space.

Naked 2, Faint and Crave close up

Over all, I think this is a brilliant palette and is well worth the money. I would give this product a ten out of ten.

Where to buy:

America: Here

Ireland and the Uk: Here

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Looking for Blogs to follow

 

Hey Friends,

Recently I’ve noticed that the number of active bloggers who I follow on wordpress has decreased significantly. One of my favourite parts of this website is reading and engaging with posts which other bloggers post.

So, naturally, I am looking for new blogs to fall in love with and read.

I’m open to following any bloggers on here, however, I am particularly interested in beauty blogs, cooking blogs, fashion blogs, general lifestyle blogs, and, travel blogs. If you run one of those, and I don’t follow you yet, please comment on this post letting me know what you like to write about and leave your url so I can give your blog a follow.

Please leave your blog urls in the comments for me!!

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