March 02, 2015

Face Mask Situation

Face masks are a total addiction for me. 80% of my Snapchats involve one because more often than not, I'm prone to slapping one on when I'm relaxing at home. I am careful not to overdo it, of course, but I really do rely on them to purge my skin and keep it as clear as possible.

February 27, 2015

Concealer: Two Cheap Favourites

Since I realised that multiple layers of foundation do me absolutely no favours, I've been all about the concealer, my consumption of which has pretty much doubled. I still have a couple of high-end favourites, of course (saving that for another post), but yesterday I ran into Boots after work to replace my two cheap favourites, so figured I might as well show you. 

February 24, 2015

Lip Lacquer Love

I've said it many times before and I'm sure I'll be saying this again, but meet my new favourite red lippy. We've been seeing a lot of oil-hybrid lip products over the last couple of seasons, and I have to say this is my favourite so far. 

February 23, 2015

Evening Skincare (Oily/Combination)

It's been a while since I updated you on my morning skincare - which you can read about here. I am largely very happy with my routine at the moment, but as I'd been trying a lot over the past couple of months, it took me a while to stop and whittle down the products to what I really dig. I don't show products for the sake of it - everything here is stuff that I totally recommend. Let's begin...

February 19, 2015

Foundation Maths

I have been meaning to do this post for the longest time because in truth, it's quite rare these days that I only wear one foundation. It might seem excessive but I love mixing my own concoctions in order to achieve the perfect finish and shade. I think it's a great way to get through what you have rather than buying yet another - so don't knock it 'till you've tried it!

Now, here's a sentence I never thought I'd be typing. Keep reading for some of my favourite equations...

February 18, 2015

Wishing For...

I'm in the process of moving out. Which is great but, it's consuming all of my time (hence the lack of blog posts - apologies) and money. It's an easy sacrifice to make but, why is it that as soon as you lay out your cards and commit to not buying frivolously, you suddenly see a million things you want, nay, need? I decided I'd share what I'm currently wishing for beauty-wise so that I can refer back to it in a few month's time as a shopping list.

MAC Pro Longwear Eyeshadow in Uninterrupted This shadow has been on my radar since Sam from Pixiwoo used it and it alone to create the most amazing eye look. Since then, Dee has raved about it and it's always been in the back of my mind to get. MAC Texture is one of my favourite eyeshadows ever and Uninterrupted seems like an even warmer, more pigmented version of that.

Anastasia Contour Kit Does this little palette even need an introduction? Famed online for its mix of cool-toned contour shades and brightening highlights, the Anastasia Contour Palette seems like it would be right up my street. I'm actually even more intrigued by the Kat Von D Shadow and Light palette but, seeing as we can't get it here, Anastasia is the one for me.

Beauty Blender and Beauty Blender Solid These are rather boring replacements but, because they aren't vital I won't be repurchasing any time soon. You all know I love my Beauty Blender so, I would really like a second one and as for the Beauty Blender Solid Soap; this is the best cleanser ever for brushes as well as the Beauty Blender. Highly recommend.

Laura Mercier Caviar Eye Stick in Amethyst Another favourite eyeshadow of mine is Mauve from the Lorac PRO palette and I have been after a cream shadow in a similar shade to use on the lower lash line as I do with LM Cocoa. Amethyst seems like the perfect brightening taupe and I can't wait to get my hands on it.

NARS All Day Luminous Foundation This foundation has had the interwebs all abuzz and it sounds right up my alley; medium coverage with a luminous finish. I have vowed to finish another foundation before I indulge so, I'll be awhile waiting to buy this!

Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder I love doing my undereye concealer. I don't know why, I just get some serious satisfaction out of making that area look super perfected. At the moment, I am using the highlight shade in the NARS Contour Blush in Olympia duo to set and brighten the undereyes but, that's going to run out soon so, I think the LM Secret Brightening Powder will be a good replacement for that.

Oribe Dry Texturising Spray Sigh. I have been without this special, special product for far too long now and I really would like to repurchase it in the full size. However, €50 at the moment on a hair oompher just seems ridiculous and I would rather spend that in IKEA so, yeah, we will be reunited someday Oribe but, not someday soon.

February 17, 2015

A Primer... Water?!

A primer in the form of water isn't really as bizarre as it might initially sound. In fact, it's a concept with which we're already quite familiar, so I can't really call this a gimmick. The original Photo Finish primer was created back in 2000, and although it's still something of a cult product, it's not quite an original one these days. Competitors have caught up big time and there are dozens of primers out there. 

Smasbhox Photo Finish Primer Water*, as a reworking is again, perhaps not a 100% original product when setting sprays are now so enduringly popular, but that's kind of just where the beauty market is these days. I really appreciate how Smashbox have taken their Photo Finish concept and modernised it a little. The trend for 'hyper-real' skin means that we're all obsessed with making our foundation look as natural and non-powdery as possible, and this spray totally does that job.

This can be used both before and after applying make-up; I tend to do both. You could do the same with almost any setting spray - especially the likes of MAC's Fix+. Urban Decay even do a spray specifically for underneath makeup, B6, which I blogged about here. The Smashbox Photofinish Primer Water claims to give hydration and radiance when used on bare skin - it's also free from silicones, oils and alcohol, which makes me far more willing to employ this for regular use and not just heavy-duty situations.

I don't find that spraying this before my foundation makes my face too slippy or anything. The bottle gives off a really fine mist and you don't need a lot. Similarly, it works really well at taking down that powdery look as a final step. It makes me look radiant and my foundation looks far better teamed with this. I am naturally quite oily so am always looking to balance my 'radiance' with, well, greasiness, and this stuff is actually a brilliant tool if you've a similar skin type to me. It definitely prolongs the wear time of my makeup and it doesn't oxidise when set in this manner. If you're dry or dehydrated, I think you'd also get on well with the Primer Water because of the hydrating ingredients.

A lot of you might be wondering about how this compares to the Urban Decay range of setting sprays. They're around the same price (Urban Decay is €28, this is €30). I still love my All Nighter spray but have definitely been reaching for the Smashbox more of late. This is partially just because I wanted to test it rigorously before writing this review, but I really enjoy how it hydrates and sets my make-up all at once. Overall, I'd say this is a serious competitor to the Urban Decay range and I totally recommend it, but it also won't stop me from trying more of the Urban Decay sprays in the future.

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