Monday, 24 July 2017

REVIEW | PRIMARK PRIMER WATER VS SMASHBOX PHOTO FINISH PRIMER WATER


Primark has an amazing range of skincare products now and I am excited to try everything they have to offer. They have some cool printed sheet masks that sound particularly interesting and even a foot mask. I have never heard of foot masks before. I have been splashing the cash a lot lately so in an effort to rein it in I started with the £2 Primer Water that many people claim is comparable to the Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water (£20)

What It Is: A primer water that releases in a mist out of a spray dispenser. The design is very simple and clean, visually similar to the Smashbox Primer Water which is interesting considering the massive price difference between the two. 

What It Does: It preps skin for makeup application and can be used to hydrate and refresh throughout the day. Like most mist-type products they are multi-purpose and it is up to the user how they integrate them into their routine. Most likely it would depend on preference. You can use it to prime and set your makeup, as a rejuvenating or cooling mist to freshen your face and to wet your eyeshadows increasing colour payoff.

What I Liked: I like the price and the packaging. It is silicone free, alcohol free and oil free and it does contain glycerin so will have some effect as both a primer and a setting spray. When I use it before my makeup it does leave my skin feeling quite sticky which I think does have a small effect on the longevity of foundation as it has something to grab onto. It smells nice, like rosewater to me but the scent is light, however it does linger in my experience. I really like using it to wet my beauty blender when I use it, it saves so much time. 

What I Didn't: It contains fragrance. It takes a while to dry down if you are using it as a primer. It takes about three minutes to dry completely but as mentioned the skin is left feeling slightly tacky. The nozzle is not my favourite, although the mist itself is extremely fine the nozzle spurts it out quite harshly like a hairspray and can feel like you are drenching your skin which is great if you like that. I would recommend spraying at arms length and slightly above so it falls down on you.  

How It Compares: The ingredients are similar, they both actually contain fragrance which I didn't know. The Smashbox Primer Water does have Diamond Powder according to their website which is the only ingredient that sticks out to me. Here is an article on why diamond powder is such a hot commodity in the skincare realm. It's up to you if you think the diamond powder is worth £18.

Have you tried any primer waters?

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Saturday, 22 July 2017

ARE THEY DUPES? | ALL SEPHORA PRO COOL WARM AND EDITORIAL PALETTE SWATCHES


There is a lot of buzz about the new Sephora Pro Palettes and I can certainly see why. In total, Sephora released 3 palettes: Warm, Cool and Editorial. Unsurprisingly, most people are drawn to the Warm and Editorial Palette and I am no different. Each palette retails for $68 and they have been compared to the Natasha Denona palettes and even Viseart and some Morphe palettes. I do think these comparisons are based on the shade selection and the format and aesthetic of the palettes. There are similarities but I wouldn't consider any of these as dupes for another specific palette in spite of there being some crossover. I would class them as alternatives instead. You get 28 eyeshadows in each palette, 1.2g per shadow which works out as $2.4 per shadow. $68 is approx £52. 


Personally I am most excited for the Editorial Palette which is the colourful one. I love how neon and bright some of the shades are and that there is such an impressive array of bright matte colours. You can see swatches of all 3 palettes below. The reviews have shown that there is a lot of fallout with these palettes and that is the biggest drawback. There is also a plastic insert sheet with the names of the shades which is more annoying than anything. If you are going to name the shades, please just put them underneath the actual shadows. Apart from that most shadows swatch incredibly well and perform flawlessly on the eyes. Although, there are some duds in each palette like Brown Sugar in the Warm Palette isn't nearly as smooth and easy to blend as all the other shadows on offer. Please bear in mind these swatches are taken from the Sephora Instagram Page so the likelihood of them showing poor swatches is nil, but at least you get an idea of what the colours look like on the skin.







All in all, I am thrilled with the look of these palettes. The Warm and Editorial Pro Palettes especially attract me, the only problem I have is that there are so many great warm palettes already available like the Violet Voss Holy Grail Palette that I am not in the market to add another warm-toned palette to my collection. The Editorial Palette seems quite unique to me. They are not shadows you see every day and I think for makeup junkies it's a bit of a must-have. In the UK, these are tough to get hold of but if you live in the land of the free then these of course are available at Sephora. Please leave a comment on which palette you favour. Thank you so much for reading. Hope you are having a wonderful week, I am on holiday at the moment so rest assured all your comments will be returned when I am back from Portugal. Don't forget to follow me on Bloglovin'. Take care. 

What palette of the 3 do you like best?

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Kiran

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Wednesday, 19 July 2017

BEST DRUGSTORE/AFFORDABLE FOUNDATIONS FOR VERY OILY SKIN


The more affordable "drugstore" brands have really stepped up their game in terms of expanding their colours (that could still definitely be improved upon) and addressing more skin types. There are now a great selection of foundations available at a much lower price point that are comparable to higher end foundations to suit your skin type. The foundations I mention in this post are suitable for most skin types if used appropriately, but generally are geared towards those who like a long-lasting, medium coverage foundation that will control oil. These are ones I have tried and tested and out of all of the foundations in my collection these are ones I would repurchase or ones I think are ideal for very oily skin types. Let's start from left to right, they are not organised into any particular order. You will find there are some foundations that I don't personally like but still would recommend, especially for those with very oily skin. 

L'Oreal Infallible Pro Matte (£9) A foundation that everyone seems to love and for good reason. The coverage, longevity, finish and consistency of the foundation all get a massive tick from me. It lasts all day on my skin, doesn't feel like anything, I do get a touch of oil and would describe it as being medium coverage not full as claimed. I need to blot but I have repurchased this 3 times. My one issue is getting a good shade match is nearly impossible as my shade doesn't seem to be stocked in stores. 

Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless (£7) I always forget I have this but when I wear it I fall back in love immediately. The shade range, at least what I see in my local Boots and Superdrug, is hit and miss and you might have to work a little harder with it. This particular shade is too light for me but I can get away with it in the winter months. The reason I like this foundation is because it is so thin in consistency that you barely need any and yet it still covers and looks good. If I had it in my colour I would wear it a lot more. Another good choice for oily skin types as well, the demi-matte finish is very flattering and still life-like. 

Milani Conceal and Perfect 2 in 1 (£10) One of my favourite foundations of all time, this is such a gorgeous foundation and I don't think I have tried anything like it. It is medium coverage, but manages to make your skin look flawless without looking heavy and lasts all day long. This is the foundation I wear to weddings and all day events as it never lets me down and photographs beautifully. It is on par with my L'ancome Teint Idole Foundation Stick which is my favourite high end foundation. 



L'Oreal Infallible Total Coverage (£10) Words cannot express how much I loathe this foundation, it is thick and blends poorly on me, clinging to dry patches and just feeling sticky on my skin. However, on a very oily skin type I think this would be a dream. It does pack a lot of coverage but I would describe it as medium to full. A good foundation if you want a matte look with staying power and have trouble with getting oily throughout the day. 

L'Oreal True Match (£10) The lasting power of this foundation is phenomenal, I am always surprised that at the very end of the day this is still present and covering on my skin. The finish is natural satin on my skin. It blends and applies so easily and is appropriate for the day and for evening events. I do really like this foundation as it never looks like it is too much and is easily fixable. A quick brush of soft focus foundation powder and your base looks good as new. I would recommend this for anyone who likes the coverage of a foundation but not the feeling. It works great for my oily combination skin, but others might have had a different experience. 

Rimmel Stay Matte (£6) I have said this before out of all the foundations I own this is the only one I could get away with not powdering which is unheard of for me. It is a thick consistency but has incredible lasting power and really does kick oil production in the ass. The tube it comes in is convenient but gets dirty very easily. This is a foundation I rarely reach for because it does feel like you are wearing a foundation on the skin and I prefer more lightweight formulas. 



Thank you for reading, I hope you liked this post and found it helpful. You can tell by the swatches that I have colours that match and don't match because the biggest downfall of "drugstore" foundations is the guesswork. Fortunately, there are many products available to help you adjust your base to ensure it matches better. I use the Maybelline Dream Bronze BB Cream to make my foundations slightly warmer and darker but The Body Shop have their Shade Adjusting Drops, so do Cover FX and I believe GOSH have Foundation Drops too. Have a great day. Take care. 

What body lotion/cream do you use?

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Kiran

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Monday, 17 July 2017

HOURGLASS CONFESSION ULTRA SLIM HIGH INTENSITY LIPSTICK SWATCHES ALL 28 SHADES


If you follow as many big social media bloggers as I do, you will already know that Hourglass Cosmetics is launching a new product and that product is their new Confession Ultra Slim High Intensity Lipsticks (£28). Now, I am not a huge lipstick lover so I am not screaming to buy this, but I am so happy that it is already available in the UK on Space NK. Usually, us Brits have to wait a month or more for new releases so it is great to see we are on the ball this time and are included. You can see all 28 shades swatched above, this photo was via Trend Mood on Instagram. I had all the good intentions, I was going to call Space NK in Birmingham and ask if I could come in and swatch all the shades but THERE IS NO SPACE NK in Birmingham anymore. Seriously. I don't even know what to say about that, it makes me quite upset. So hence no primary swatching for you and I apologise for that. I can't say any of the shades particularly grab me but I know loads of my readers love and suit so many of these colours. Comment below what shade you like best.

The sleek packaging is gold and ultra slim as the name suggests, the actual lipstick formula is described as being creamy, pigmented with a satin finish and the cool thing is that they can be used interchangeably and refilled. So if you buy the shocking red My Icon Is, when you finish it you can replace it with any colour you like. They have a great variety of shades with a mixture of nudes, mauves, pinks and reds. I am uncertain how long the product will last on your lips or how much product you actually get per lipstick. I do love their #mysecretweapon campaign on Instagram because it does have a cool espionage Bond quality. It actually makes me think of cigarette holders but that might just be because I am firmly entrenched in a Mad Men binge watch.


Above you can see swatches of fifteen of the shades on dark skin and light skin, these are all the brights. Let me know what you think of the colours and the concept in the comments below. What shades have caught your eye and what is your favourite high end lipstick? Hope you have a great start to the week, I will have my top affordable foundations for you tomorrow so stay tuned for that. Thank you so much for reading. Don't forget to follow me on Bloglovin'. You can purchase the new Hourglass Confession Ultra Slim High Intensity Refillable Lipsticks here for £28. Take care.

What is your favourite high end lipstick?

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Kiran

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Sunday, 16 July 2017

NATURAL LOTION | YOPE 98% NATURAL HAND AND BODY LOTION


I read on one of Rebecca from From Roses' posts that you either love moisturising or you don't. I am firmly in the don't category because it is time consuming and frankly tiring, I got a lotta body surface area to work with. I am, however, trying to change that I have purchased a few different moisturisers lately and I was kindly sent these two gorgeous Hand & Body Lotions from Yope. Yope is an incredible brand that focuses on using natural ingredients in their products as much as possible, they sell a variety of hand and body products including liquid soap which I am keen to try next. Their products are of great quality, seriously adorably packaged, gentle, natural and beautifully scented all for an extremely reasonable price


The two body lotions I have are Vanilla and Cinnamon which has the most delectable sweet, but slightly spicy scent and Verbena which smells like lemon sorbet, perfect for summer. I tend to go for sweeter, warmer scents so Vanilla and Cinnamon is my favourite of the two and the bottles are both 500ml meaning they will last you forever. I only need approximately 3 pumps for my whole body, they don't instantly sink in and do require a little massaging but I am starting to think this is really good for my body as it promotes circulation. In addition, they contain a whole host of stellar ingredients like argan oil, coconut oil, almond oil and shea butter for the Vanilla and Cinnamon Lotion which instantly makes your skin feel smooth and supple, perfect after shaving. Verbena contains marigold flower oil, coconut oil, aloe gel, shea butter and olive oil, thus making it ideal for sensitive and irritated skin. I am thankful to have been introduced to such a wonderful brand via Instagram and love that you can get such high quality, gentle products that really work for such a great price. Each hand and body lotion is £13 and you can find out where you can purchase Yope online and in store here according to your country. In the UK, you can buy Yope from Notino. Thank you for reading, hope you are having a great Sunday, leave a comment below. Take care.

What body lotion/cream do you use?

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Kiran

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Thursday, 13 July 2017

NEW PROD | SMASHBOX STUDIO SKIN SHAPING FOUNDATION STICK FOUNDATION WITH SWATCHES OF ALL 16 SHADES


Sometimes I just want to talk about new products, this particular product is already available in the US. You can get it here at Sephora and here at Smashbox US for $42 and I am talking about the Smashbox Studio Skin Shaping Foundation Stick that aims to provide a foundation and a soft contour all in one. It is described as a double-ended face shaping stick which has a full size foundation on one end and a complimentary contour shade on the other. The foundation provides a medium coverage with a natural finish and the contour is described as soft and "perfectly co-ordinated". I am keeping my eyes peeled for this in UK stores. If you want to read a thorough review Gigi from Beat Face Fridayy wrote an incredible in-depth review here complete with swatches of all 16 shades available which you can see below. If you have time check out her Instagram, her feed is flawless.
Image Source: Beat Face Fridayy
I think my shade would be 3.0 or 3.1. I love the concept of this product and it is exactly the kind of finish and duality that I desire as most days I do foundation, contour and powder and that is all. My face needs the dimension a soft contour gives and although powder products tend to be my preference for this, I think if the long lasting claims are true this could be a complete game-changer for my daily makeup routine so understandably I am eagerly anticipating the UK release for this product! Please share your thoughts in the comments below, have you tried anything from Smashbox Cosmetics? Do you like the idea of this product? Hope you have a great day. Take care.

What do you think of this 2-in-1 product?

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Kiran

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Wednesday, 12 July 2017

DO THEY WORK? | BARRY M COCO LOCO LIP OIL AND THAT'S SWELL LIP PLUMPING GLOSS REVIEW


Lip oils and plumping products had their moment a while back, but like all parties I am late. I wanted to dip my toe into the more affordable side of the ocean and so when I saw that Barry M Cosmetics have both lip oils and a plumping gloss on offer I swooped up both. Originally, I intended to purchase two lip oils from the brand but the other one they sell was out of stock. Both of these products apply clear and have a scent. I mentioned the That's Swell Lip Plumping Gloss (£5) in my recent June Favourites and Fails (read here) because I love it. It smells and tastes like peppermint, induces a slight tingling on the lips but nothing unpleasant and leaves a nice shine. I have been using it non-stop since I bought it. Unfortunately, the Coco Lip Oil (£5) isn't my favourite. I love that it smells like coconuts, but I don't find it to be hydrating at all. I expect a lip oil to deliver intense hydration without being sticky and make the lips appear smooth. This just felt like a layer of something thick sitting on my mouth. I don't like the wands for any of them because they are just like thin sticks. I would prefer a teardrop applicator or something with more cushion. 


Thank you for reading my quick review. I have heard the Clarins Lip Oils are incredible and that the Soap & Glory Lip  Plumpers are excellent as well. I hope you guys are all having a great week so far, we are already half way through so hang in there. Enjoy the rest of your day and leave a comment below please. Don't forget to check out my social media accounts. Take care.

What is your go-to everyday lip product?

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Kiran

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