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Smashbox pore Minimizing primer

Hello everyone and welcome back to my blog for another beauty review.
This was requested by a Facebook follower who has recently bought the Smashbox pore minimizing primer but wanted to see how it looked on oily skin, which is also acne prone, and this is where I came in.

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This product retails for £28 on the main Smashbox site however if you click on the photo above, you will be taken to amazon where the product is available for £27.30.

Say goodbye to visible pores! Prime to perfection, plus dramatically blur and reduce the appearance of pores instantly and for up to 8 hours.

WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: This non-drying formula also absorbs oil all day for flawlessly smooth, shine-free skin.

JUST THE FACTS: • Visibly reduces & blurs pores—instantly! • Mattifies shine & controls oil for up to 8 hours • Sweat & humidity-resistant
Smashbox description

img_1174This is a picture of my face with no makeup.  My pores are enlarged, my skin is red, and I have a few breakouts due to hormones.  My skin is a combination of oily, especially around the T zone and my cheeks are dry.
I have been looking for a product that can reduce the size of my pores and make my skin a good surface to apply my foundation.

img_1175-1This is what the primer looks like.  It is extremely soft but blends out and dries instantly on my face, leaving no sticky or cream like residue behind.  It makes my face feel very smooth afterwards.  Even though it looks like it has a pigment in it, I can assure you it dries clear.

img_1178Here is a after photo, a minute after application of the pore minimizing primer.  You can still see some pores, however they are dramatically reduced compared to the previous photo.  And after all the product states to minimize, and not completely hide the appearance of pores.  I find this primer somehow helps reduce redness on my face.

img_1181-2This picture shows you before and after the application of the pore minimizer.  I love the results and this was after using a very small amount.  I am super impressed and I am glad I bought this product.  It is worth the money, and will last you ages, because a small amount goes a long way.
I hope the pictures are persuasive enough to make you want to buy this product, I know for sure I am going to be buying more of this primer in the future.

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Kat Von D Shade and Light Contour Palette Review


Hello everyone, and welcome back to my blog.  I hope you all enjoy this post, please do not forget to follow my blog and lets keep this blog growing together.  And don’t forget to follow my Twitter, Facebook and Instagram account, where you can keep updated with what I am doing and any new products I have bought recently.  Now lets get onto what you have all come here to read.

 I gave you all a sneak peak into this palette a little while ago.  Today I wanted to give you MY review of this product.  Lets get started.

I have been behind buying this but Kat Von D makeup has only become available in the UK recently.  For those of you in the UK you can buy her makeup from Debenhams.
Normally retails at £36 but I bought mine on sale for £32.

This ‘Shade and Light’ face contour collection is a game changer for makeup mavericks everywhere. Inspired by an artist’s palette, Kat has created six matte shades that look truly stunning on everyone. The contour and highlight pairs are arranged by undertone, so you get neutral, warm and cool shades. Use the deeper contour shades to add natural shadow and depth to your face, then accentuate your best angles with the brighter highlight shades.
Kat Von D shade and light contour


First of all the packaging.
I was in love with Kat’s own take on her packing.  The main box it was contained in was adorable, when I opened the end inside there were stars just like her tattoo she has on the side of her face.
Inside included a card which I have featured above, the card was double sided, explaining the palette on one side while the other side showed places that the powders can be applied to, I think this is fantastic for those of you who don’t watch YouTube videos or any other tutorials, and just need a little insight.
The main palette itself is quite weighty and sleek.  I like how simple and elegant the front looks, yet it’s bold.
On the inside the sleek design carries on, and the design around the mirror is simple but elegant.  The mirror is very large and is very weighty.  You will need to lean the palette against something if you want it to stand up, just due to the mirror being quite heavy.


Lets get onto the inside of the palette and the shades.
As I have said before this palette is suitable for all skin tones, and is perfect to travel with if your skin tone changes like mine throughout the year because of the weather.
The shades included:

Top highlight shades: Lucid, Lyric and Levitation
Contour shade: Sombre, Shadowplay and Subconscious.

My favourite light shade is Lucid and my favourite Shade for contouring is Shadowplay.

The shades are gorgeous, super blendable.  I tend to always apply way to much contour to the hollow of my cheeks, and struggle to make it look wearable.  With these shades I found they are highly pigmented, so when I applied them the first time I made the same mistake as usual, however I thought I might as well try blending and see if I can make it work, and it was easy.  The contour didn’t need much work and it blended seamlessly creating a lovely natural shadow.  I was impressed from the first try.

I decided to use this palette all week at work to see if anyone would notice, and I was blown away with the amount of reactions I received.  A lot of my colleagues noticed something was different and said I looked slimmer in the face.  Others who know I wear makeup were asking me what I was using to contour.
Fantastic response.

I am definitely recommending this palette to everyone who wants to start out.

I want to buy more from this brand, comment below what you like most by Kat VonD Beauty.



Rimmel BB cream review

Hello all,

I have been away for a week in Gran canaria which will explain the no posts.  Before I went away I was very limited to what liquids I could take in my hand luggage, therefor I had to leave a lot of my makeup behind.  Once I got through customs I went to super drug and bought this BB cream.  My reason was it has SPF 25, was a cream and will cover my skin lightly which is all I wanted.

I was extremely disappointed with this product however.  The colour tone was just right for my complexion.  But, the application of this cream was horrible, I used my fingers to apply it and it came out blotchy, I used a beauty blender and it still appeared smeary.  I just couldn’t apply it right to my skin.  The consistency is quite thick for something that I would think would have more of a creamy consistency based on the name.

It states it’s a 9in1 product…

1.primes. 2. Moisturises 3.minimise pores 4. Conceals 5. Covers 6. Smoothes 7. Mattifies 8. Brightens 9. Protects.

I did feel it moisturised, concealed, mattified, and covered my skin well.  And it did protect me from the sun really well.  It did cover redness and a few spots.  When I got sunburnt from being in the sea, it did cover the redness really well.

However like I mentioned before it did not blend evenly, and lines showed easily, which was really frustrating so I gave up trying to make it work.

I don’t think I will use this again, maybe as a small spot on concealer on days I don’t want to wear makeup but that’s it.

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Urban Decay Primer potion

Urban decay primer potion

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Today I bring you my new favourite and holy grail primer by Urban Decay Cosmetics.  This primer is focused on minimising/perfecting pores, and improving overall complexion.

Minimize the look of pores and fine lines! Smooth on a little Primer before foundation (or on bare skin) for a soft-matte finish without a greasy feel. Smooth on a little Pore Perfecting Complexion Primer Potion before foundation (or alone!) to totally minimize the look of pores and fine lines. The velvety, paraben-free formula flashes down to a soft-matte finish, without the greasy, heavy feel sometimes associated with foundation primers. The result? Flawless skin with an airbrushed look and feel. Foundation applies smoothly, evenly, and won’t fade away. Ideal for oilier skin, but dry complexions who want pore perfection will love it, too.

All I have to say about this product is YES!
It is the best primer I have used so far and I do not think I will be changing to any others any time soon.  This primer has worked wonders on my skin.
The background on my skin is; I have rather large pores on my nose, between my brows and across my chin, you could say my whole T zone has large pores.  This has been a problem in the past as they stand out and I become very self conscious thinking people are just staring at my face, in my problematic areas.
Since using this primer I have noticed my pores are minimized straight after application.  I do not dab the product into my skin, but instead lightly rub it across the areas I need it most, which is the T zone and a little on my cheeks.  Now with this product a small pea sized amount will do the job!
After applying I then move straight onto my foundation which I apply using a beauty blender.  I find that my skin looks matte throughout the day and my foundation stays put for a good 6-8 hours if I do not set my foundation.  I have had no issues with my foundation sliding across my face or coming off since using this primer.

You can buy this product online if you’re unable to find a local store. The primer looks like it will give colour to the skin but infact it is completely clear and leaves no shine behind. I was able to buy mine in House of Fraser.  This retails at £19.50 and it is a very large size.  I bought mine the beginning of April and I still have loads left, and I use this nearly every day.  To me that is a an amazing deal.
I give this a 5 star review.

If you have tried this primer or any other brands that help reduce oil and pores on the skin, then please feel free to leave the name of the brand and the product in the description bar below.  After all we are all here to learn and improve.



Airspun setting powder

Hello, and welcome back to my blog.  Today’s post is beauty related and is a product review about: Airspun.  I had never heard of this product until I started watching Patrick Starr on YouTube and he raves about this powder.  When I had a look on Amazon, it was only £7.41.  For all my fellow England followers, you can only buy this on Amazon or EBay there isn’t any shops here that sell this.

This product is  “an exclusive Microspun formula where loose powder particles are spun and swirled until they reach a cloudlike softness. This ultra smooth powder hides tiny lines, wrinkles and blemishes and gives a new softness to your skin. Use to set make up or as a foundation. Long lasting. Dermatologically tested.”

The applicator is extremely soft and great for applying the translucent powder to the skin.  I pour a good amount into the lid and then apply it all over my fave, I used to use it under my eyes but now I am addicted and have to apply it everywhere.  The picture below shows how translucent the powder is, which is great because I find some powders still make my foundation look whiter when it states TRANSLUSCENT.

I love how soft the powder is, and it has any amazing smell as well, I can’t quite explain but it smells like summer to me with a small floral scent.

It works wonders on my skin, it never leaves patchy areas and it never clumps.  It is super fine and super affordable.  I really recommend this to people who are starting out with makeup and don’t want to spend a fortune.  I have had it a couple weeks now and basically use it every day and it works wonders, it lasts up to 10 hours I would say and that’s working under hard conditions…. Some of you may know I’m a nurse and my job can get quite hot especially as the heating is on in the hospital still, and this powder keeps my foundation in place for a long time and hasn’t let me down.  

My skin can become very sensitive and break out with new products but with this powder my skin actually settled and felt softer.  However I wouldn’t use the powder on its own like it said above as I found it just stuck to the dry areas of my skin and made me look very pale.

If you have tried this before please comment below for other readers to decide if this is for them.

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Review: Maybelline Fit me shine stick. Foundation


Hello ladies I am so sorry that I have been behind on posts but my life is a little busy at the moment, you will know this is you follow me on Twitter and Instagram.

Anyway today I bring you the best foundation I have ever used and I will definitely be using it in the summer.
This is the Maybelline FIT me stick in the shade Ivory, it states that it reduces shine and easy to use.

I completely agree with the packet and what people said about this product, I just rub it across my face and then rub in with my middle finger, it is that easy to use.  For a fuller coverage I would recommend you use a foundation brush to push in the foundation into the skin.  However this is such a lovely light weight foundation and is definitely shine free that I will use this all the way through the summer for a more even coverage.

There are no bad words with this foundation I would just recommend that you use a primer beneath as it needs a soft base to really show how well it works.
Well worth the price and a drug store product I will be repurchasing.
Here is a picture of me wearing the foundation and how well it has covered my blemishes and evened my skin tone.

Another bonus is my breakouts have become non existent this foundation stick has been so kind to my skin and does not give me that caked on look.

I will be reviewing more products for you soon from my Haul and I have a clothes Haul coming soon as I went
a little crazy buying new clothes haha oopsies.

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Rimmel London scandal eyes review.

Hello everybody, sorry I have been away for a while, my work has been absolutely hectic….. Anyway thought I would do a small review on a mascara which I have been wearing everyday lately and that is the Rimmel London, ScandalEyes flex.

I usually find with mascaras that they never seem to have has much volume as stated on the packet and in the ads.  However this mascara REALLY works!

These are not my eyes however they give my eyelashes exactly the same result as this.  As you can see this ladies lashes are voluminous, and her lashes definitely look fuller, and like I said this is exactly the same result that I had.

The two issues I would say I had with this mascara is that it does clump up a lot and you have to comb through the lashes after application, you can see a small amount of clumping in the picture.  And the other issue I found was that the mascara wand was too big for my lower lashes which made it difficult for application, however these are the only two downsides which can be dealt with easily.

My solution:

What I did to prevent clumping was too wipe the wand across the top of the pot to wipe off any excess, this gives you less product however the lashes will have a better effect, and this way you can just layer the product onto your lashes for a voluminous effect.

The solution too the bottom lashes for me was to use another mascara, however my mascara was from Maybelline, for precision I used the mascara called CatEyes which really worked as the wand on that mascara is curved and works perfectly for those lower lashes as shown below.


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