Primer

PS…Beauty Priming Oil

I really used to be the type of girl that would walk into Primark (Pennys here in Ireland) and never be caught dead checking out their makeup or beauty products because to be quite frank they were crap. Things have definitely changed and they are constantly upping their game with every single new release they bring out in stores. One of these new releases is their PS…#InstaGirl Priming Oil and the main reason I wanted to try this is because I’ve never had a primer in the form of an oil before.

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The oil itself is what I would consider to be a dry oil. It doesn’t have that greasy feeling that some oils do and it absorbs into the skin relatively quickly. That said it did feel slight heavy on my skin but I definitely liked the instant glow it gave. I did try applying this primer a number of ways; first I did the go ole fashion way by popping three to four drops onto the fingers and pressing it into the skin. This way worked like a dream and I did find that my foundation looked nice and dewy all throughout the day without any fading or patchiness.

The second way I tried applying was by adding it and mixing it in with my foundation. This way actually got rid of the heavy feeling of it on my skin, however I only recommend you do this with a matte finish or velvet finish foundation as a dewy finish will cause you to look like a grease ball by the end of the day and nobody wants that!

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I have to say I really like this primer, it does the job exactly how it says it will on the packaging. My only complaint is the packaging, its in a glass bottle! Pretty to look at but not the easiest to travel with at all. Furthermore I think the bottle should be just a tad bit bigger. You only get 20mls of product whereas most primers come in either 30ml tube or 50ml tubes.

This primer retailed for 6 euros so it isn’t expensive but it’s also not the cheapest in Primark stores that’s for sure. Let me know if you’ll be picking this up to try or if you have other recommendations for primers.

-Talk Soon xx

Face Powders, Primer

Natural Collection Revamp

Recently I was browsing the main make-up stands of Boots, as a beauty and makeup obsessed person tends to do whenever she has spare time on her hands, and noticed that their in-house brand Natural Collection has revamped their products. Now Natural Collection for those of you who don’t know is a brand that is owned directly by the Boots company and is mainly considered to be targeted at teenagers and people who are just starting out with using makeup. Their other makeup brands Seventeen & No.7 are meant to be for the older age groups but personally I think that’s rubbish. A good product is a good product & to be quite frank I like purchasing from any brand that I like-so sale tactics be damned.

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Lady Luck had my back on the day as there was a three for two offer running on the brand. The first of the three products that I picked up is the Natural Collection Hydrating and Radiance Primer. I’ll be honest-I’ve always been wary of Natural Collection when it comes to their base products simply because they’ve always looked either heavy in the tube or way to dark. This primer however looked like a good shade to match my skin tone and with the new packaging I just knew I would have to try it out.

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Formulation wise I really love this primer, it’s nice and light on the skin and skins in rather quickly too. It did feel super hydrating when I was applying it and because it’s a primer it did set to a slight tacky finish. With regards to the radiance side of things, there is no chunky glitter! Major brownie points as chunky glitter tends to always make an appearance with lower priced brands. I did find that this primer worked great when it was mixed in with foundation too.

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My next two purchases as part of the three for two offer where blushes from their Blush & Glow selection. I got the shades Peach and Pink. These are beautiful compact powder blushes which have a distinct split between the two shades available in the pan. Both blushes have a shimmer/iridescent shade on one half and a soft matte shade on the other. Mixed together they work beautifully too.

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For the Pink Blush & Glow you get an amazing warm pink shade for the matte side and an intense icy pink shade for the shimmer. I should point out at this point that you can if you want too, use the shimmer sides of these blushes for highlight, they are both sheer enough and highlighty enough for it.

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The Peach Blush & Glow has slightly a better shade of matte blush for the coming winter months. It’s a stunning warm brick peach that’s not dissimilar too No.7’s Honey Blush (HG Blush for me). The shimmer side with this blush however is definitely more intense and obvious in colour in comparison to the Pink Blush & Glow. It’s this icy white shade that is shot through with gold reflects. Super pretty as an inner corner highlight.

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I have to say I am a huge fan of this revamped makeup range that is Natural Collection. Let’s just hope they start bringing out some new products now that they’ve upped their game a bit.

-Talk Soon xx

Primer

Jane Iredale Smooth Affair Primer

Primer is a product that I cannot go a day without using. I wear it even when I don’t plan on putting anything else on my face. It helps even out my pores and skin tone in one easy and simple step. Most of the primers that I use are very silicone based and I generally like them with that texture. My favourites are the L’oreal Mattifying Primer and the Clarins Instant Light primer. Recently I was sent the Jane Iredale Smooth Affair primer to try out.

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The main selling point with this primer is that it’s meant to brighten the skin whilst helping with the appearance of pores and fine wrinkles. So it does have some anti-ageing benefits to it too. The texture of it is very cream based though it does have a slight silicone feel to it once it dries down on the skin. I found that my skin did look illuminated when I applied this as it does have a slight golden tint to it.

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I liked how it absorbed into the skin, it felt a bit like a lightweight moisturiser if I’m honest. The only real issue I had with this primer was the scent of it. Jane Iredale claims that the “Light, fresh fragrance will lift your mood” however I found it to be very overpowering and heavy. For a brand that caters to sensitive skin, I’m not entirely sure how this product will react on sensitive skin to be honest.

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The best thing about this product has to be that it can be worn alone and still give you a nice fresh illuminated look to your skin. I personally have been reaching for it almost every single day especially on the days when I don’t want to wear any makeup at all. A tube of this primer contains approx. 50mls of product and retails for 46 euros.

-Talk Soon xx

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