Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Review: Benefit The POREfessional Primer


I'd been meaning to try this primer for a long time, better late than never ey? I've heard so many people talk about this product but never came to read a full-blown review or even pick it up. I've looked at it over and over again but could never bring myself to spend nearly £25.00 in case my skin didn't like it.  Fortunately for me, my gorgeous friend donated it to me, she bought it and found it too drying for her skin. 

I risked it on a night out, and have no regrets! My skin looked flawless and it kept my make up exactly where it was supposed to be. I wasn't sure how the primer was going to work, I had used the Benefit That Gal Primer before which has a fluid consistency whereas this applies as a tinted balm. yet it's translucent, which makes your skin look even and smooth making the perfect base for make up over the top. 

Although my friend found this drying, I actually really like the way it feels. As an oily-skinned gal, this is oil-free meaning that your make up will stay put. I tend to let my moisturiser sink in, apply this over the top and then my make up. It feels really lightweight on your skin and actually doesn't feel like you're slapping on another layer.


I really like this product and I've switched up my regular primer using this in place. It doesn't clog my skin and my make up generally looks smoother and more flawless using this as a base. 

Benefit The POREfessional Primer 22ml is available from Boots for £24.50. I do think it's on the slightly higher end on what I would be willing to pay but as long as it keeps working for me, I'll be purchasing a tube myself, I just wish it was slightly bigger. 

Have you used Benefit's POREfessional? Have you used anything similar?

Monday, 30 November 2015

Cyber Monday: Beauty Bargains

I couldn't not post today considering the number of bargains flying around. I've never seen so many discounts by retailers pre- Christmas, adding more new deals per the hour. And I know it's only going to get crazier as more brands start to reveal their deals and we head towards December, so buckle your seatbelts!


I've wanted this kit for years but could never bring myself to pay the full price. Last year, I missed out as it sold out within minutes but this year, I grabbed it off the shelf. I've already tried it out, I've never had my nails done professionally or had gel nails before but, I love it. It's so easy to use and quick. I'm already eyeing up a few more colours to add to the collection. 

I have an eagle eye when it comes to packaging and these are so lovely. I picked up a couple for presents as they look and smell a lot more expensive than what they actually are.

I am yet to try the infamous Elasticizer for myself but every single review I've read has raved about its benefits. I picked up one of the M&S Beauty Advent Calendars this year and I have a feeling there's a tube of this miracle worker in there. I'm hoping that it'll bring back my brittle hair from the brink. Bargain. 

Every beauty blogger and their cat must have tried Bioderma. Whilst there are plenty of Micellar Solutions on the market, nothing comes close to Bioderma's super makeup removal powers. As you all know, I'm a sucker for a bargain and I hate paying double the price in the UK than in France, so I'll be stocking up my cupboard. 

I don't think I've ever tried any Smashbox products but this mini palette will have you covered for the party season with a great range of colours. I can see myself grabbing for this on a weekend away and just throwing it in my makeup bag.

Did you pick up any bargains over the Black Friday weekend?

Monday, 31 August 2015

Empties #3

Ah, the end of August is upon us and with it the end of all hope of summer... it has been a particularly poor show this year England. The only bit of sunshine I've seen was back in June over in Bulgaria. This morning I woke up to grey skies and that annoying drizzle, either chuck it down or stop. August hasn't been too bad and I even managed to finish a few beauty products that are now destined for the bin!

A bunch of rubbish is never going to photograph beautifully!

Ingredients Sicilian Lime & Bergamot Body Butter 
I really enjoyed using this body butter; it had a lovely refreshing fresh scent, absorbed nicely and left my skin feeling soft. 
Verdict - Unfortunately this is really old and M&S don't even make the line anymore. I tend to use The Body Shop's butters these days, if it were still available and I was in need of a new body butter, I wouldn't bypass it. 

I used to love this foundation and reached for it on a daily basis. But you know the blogging world is fickle and when new products came out, this got cast aside. This foundation has great coverage, a matte finish and I found that I only needed to powder a couple of times a day when using this. 
Verdict - I might buy again, at the moment I'm in love with my Maybelline foundation and can't see anything replacing it for a long time. It's a reasonably priced product and ideal for anyone who is just venturing into makeup, 

As they say the proof is in the pudding and I did a full review across here. This illuminates my eye bags and makes me look vaguely alive first thing in the morning.
Verdict - This is a regular in my makeup bag, I would buy it again. Although when it runs out, there's a couple of other concealers I want to try out.

Simple Kind to Skin Soothing Facial Toner - normally £3.29, currently on offer for £1.64
I'm not fussy when it comes to toners, I tend to pick a toner that's alcohol free otherwise they can dry out my skin. This does exactly what it says on the bottle; it freshens, cleanses and soothes without being harsh.
Verdict - I have bought again and have a couple of back up bottles in my stash.

For anyone who has ever struggled with liquid eyeliner, this is really easy to apply. It's an intense black and lasts all day without fading or smudging. It dries instantly but is equally easy to remove at the end of the day.
Verdict - Whilst I do really like this product and it's very affordable, the L'Oreal eyeliners are currently finding their way into my makeup bag. If you're looking for an affordable good quality eyeliner then I wouldn't hesitate to pick this up. 

What products did you use up this summer? Anything that wowed you? 



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