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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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Primark Haul August 2018: Misses

As you may have seen by my last Primark post, I had a lot of luck this month. However I also had some bad luck when it came to shopping in Primark. Some of these items I’m not sure about whether or not I’m returning them (all of them were both recently so I can still return them at a later point.) HU

The first disappointing item which I picked up last month was this dark red shirt. Now it only cost €9 and I absolutely fell in love with it in store. I’m a big fan of shirts in general as I think they look lovely both casually with a pair of jeans or formally with a fancy skirt. This shirt also gave me Amy Santiago vibes from Brooklyn Nine Nine! However when I looked at this shirt again when I got home, I noticed that the shirt fits weirdly at the chest area. The material stretches in a way that look odd. I need to retry it on to see if it fits better.

I am a big fan of the design of this blouse. It’s very pretty and very different compared to the other items that I bought in Primark. It also fits amazing and reminds me of the yellow blouse that young Donna in Mamma Mia 2 wears (it seems all shops in Dublin have Donna inspired clothes right now and I am living for all the stripes.). Everything is perfect about this top. Everything that is except the sleeves. The sleeves may look unique and nice, however they are the most uncomfortable sleeves ever to exist. They’re made of scratchy material which irritated me straight away when I put this blouse on for the first time. This blouse was also €13 and I will definitely be returning it as I cannot wear it with those sleeves.

(Also for some reason the pictures look like they’re two different coloured blouses despite being taken at the same time with the same lighting. The picture of the sleeves is the more accurate colouring of this blouse.)

This top I will be keeping as the problem I have with it I’m able to ignore. I bought this top to wear with the dungaree dress which I showed in my last Primark post (which you can read here.). And while it looks really good under the dungaree, I could never wear this top without it. Why? Oh, because it is completely see through along the front of the top. Yeah, I do not want to wear a see through top. However it is perfect for my needs, as the dungaree dress completely hides the parts of this top that is see-through. It was only €6 so I’m not annoyed by this problem.

Did anyone buy some products from Primark that they didn’t like? Let me know in the comments!!

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Primark Haul August 2018: Hits

I adore Primark. It’s my favourite shop to walk through when I’m casually window shopping. I also love how cheap the products are – I’m a student so I can’t afford more expensive labels. I’ve decided to write a post on what I bought and liked in Primark (penneys) in August.

This month, I’ve had a desire for autumn weather so a lot of my shopping has been autumn/winter wear orientated. I no longer want to buy colourful dresses or jumpsuits anymore. I’m loving the leopard print and checked designs which are everywhere are on the high street, however I didn’t actually pick anything up with those designs. My favourite colours for this season are definitely mustard yellow (which I’ve always loved anyways) and purple. I went quite crazy this month in Primark as I’ve finally left my summer job and for the first time since May, I’ve gained a lot of free time.

In my local Primark/Penneys I bought the following items at the beginning of the month.

For some reason this jumper would not picture well

I really love this red striped jumper. It is very tight fitted in a flattering way. Red is also one of my favourite colours ever so I couldn’t stop myself from buying this knit jumper. It cost €12

This Boyfriend style t-shirt only €4 and is of amazing quality. I actually really regret not buying a few of this top as the fit is lovely and relaxed. As anyone could tell, I have a deep love for stripped clothing.

Nutgrove Rathfarnum Penneys:

I got this mustard yellow faux leather skirt for €10!!! I adore fake leather skirts. I already have one in Black and I find the fit of them to be really nice. I can’t wait to wear this little skirt to college with tights when the weather gets a bit colder.

I have a deep commit to soft jumpers. This grey one caught my eye as it too was only €10. It so soft and fluffy that I’m very tempted to buy some more of them. I felt the grey was a nice colour to match the brightness of the yellow skirt. The scarf I really didn’t need -as I have quite the collection of scarves already- however I loved the dark grey colour of it and couldn’t resist. It’s a big scarf and only cost €6!

Mary Street Dublin 1 Penneys:

In the last week I met up with a friend for a coffee and we decided to walk around the shops afterwards. As usual, I saw items of clothing and couldn’t resist. I especially was drawn to corduroy which seems to be everywhere at the moment. I picked up some really nice items in this Primark and I am delighted with the gems I bought.

I found it very hard to pick a colour when buying this buttoned corduroy skirt and in the end I went for this pretty Amber colour. Like the faux leather skirt, this only cost €10 and I’m really tempted to buy another one as the material is great for the price. I picked the amber colour in the end because I don’t have any other clothes in a similar shade so I wanted to buy something new to brighten up my wardrobe.

I am a huge fan of the dungaree dresses which have become popular on the high street at the moment. I almost can’t get enough of them. I especially love it when they only cost me €13 like this one from Penneys did. Cheap and cheerful, I will get great wear of it (it also came in pink if I remember correctly.) Like the skirt, this is also corduroy style. I got this black buttoned t-shirt to go under the dungaree which cost €6!

Dundrum Penneys:

For the back to school shopping, I went to Dundrum with my little sisters as they start school this week. I went for the chance to pick up some more cute clothes. I didn’t have as much success in this Primark as I did in others but I did pick up a cute jacket.

I am obsessed with the corduroy jackets which are everywhere at the moment. I love the fake fur that they have on the inside – so nice and warm for the colder months, yet so casual and light for daytime wear. I struggled when it came to picking a colour as this jackets comes in so many different colours- white, pink, and the same wine colour as the dungaree dress I bought. For anyone who doesn’t like corduroy, this jacket also comes in denim style. I picked white for my jacket as I felt it was the most versatile of all the colours. This beautiful jacket cost only €25 which makes it a great bargain.

I really love the items they have in Primark at the moment. The thing I love the most about this shop is that it allows me to keep up with the trends while not breaking the bank. Did anyone else have much luck in Primark this month?