Primer

Elf Cosmetics Tone Adjusting Face Primer

Primer has got to be the most underrated product in the makeup industry simply because a lot of people either don’t use it or don’t know what it is. I personally use a primer every single time I decide to do my makeup. Almost all primers work as a glue to help your foundation last longer on the skin. Some primers also have added skincare benefits and some help fill in fine lines and pores. The primer that I’m reviewing today is from the brand ELF Cosmetics and this has a color-correcting feature to it that helps even out the skin and reduce sallowness.

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The primer itself comes in this lovely small frosted plastic tube that has a slight lilac color to it. It has a pump to dispense out the product and one pump provides enough product for the entire face.

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The primer is purple in color and when it is applied onto the skin, it helps to brighten and perfect it. The purple color does not come through your foundation, so once your foundation is applied it looks completely normal.

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Texture wise, the primer has a very silicone feel to it which might feel a bit greasy for those who have oily skin. With regards to dry skin, it does smooth out any areas that have dry patches on them. Price wise this primer retails for 7.95 euros and is available here in Ireland in Pennys & Mulligans Stores. For outside of Ireland the ELF Cosmetics website is linked below.

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Elf Website

Primer

Cailyn Bright On Eye Balm Primer

Cailyn Cosmetics is actually an Irish beauty brand and I was first introduced to their Bright On Eye Primer when I attended a beauty masterclass hosted by Diane Everett MUA. She used this as her eye primer on her model as it cancels out any discoloration and veins visible on the eyelid. It had such an amazing effect on the eyes when the eyeshadows where applied over it that I just had to try it for myself.

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The primer itself comes in a small 24ml plastic pot and looks like a concealer to be honest. It has a very tacky texture to it when it is applied on the eyes but this is great when it comes to be used as a base for any shimmer eyeshadows, pigments or loose glitters. It can also be set with some translucent powder, making it a perfect base for any eyeshadows to be blended over it.

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I’ve always been a loyal user of the Urban Decay Primer Potions but if I’m honest I personally think this is better for intensifying eyeshadow pigmentation and for increasing the longevity of any eye look when compared to the Urban Decay Primer Potion. It is also better value retailing at 18.50 euros whereas the Urban Decay one retails for 20 euros for a 15ml tube.

Let me know your recommendations for any new primer potions in the comments below as I always love trying new ones.

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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.

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Skincare

Herbalife Skincare

When it comes to skincare, I tend to be a creature of habit and stick to the products that I know and love. This is obvious to anyone who watches my Instastories (@SooSoBeauty) but recently I was contacted by the lovely people who take care of Herbalife Skincare asking me to try out their newly launched skincare line.

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New skincare? Who could say no! I should state for the record that my skin is normal with a slightly oily t-zone in the summer months and only get breakouts if a product doesn’t work for my skin or when it’s my time of the month.

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The Herbalife Skin Polishing Citrus Cleanser is what is known as a physical exfoliator. It contains small beads made from Jojoba oil which burst when you massage it into your skin while cleansing. I personally loved this cleanser, it made my skin feel really clean without that stripped feeling to it. It was honest surprise because I normally don’t like cleanser that use beads but with these being natural, they were extremely gentle against by skin.

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After cleansing, I always us a toner just to get rid of any residue. For this I’ve been reaching for the Herbalife Skin Energizing Toner which is actually a spritz on toner. I absolutely love that it has a spray on it. It makes it so easy and quick to use. It didn’t sting my skin at all which tells me that there is no crappy ingredients in it like Alcohol and I’ve also found it great for spritzing on over makeup just to refresh it a bit.

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Last product I have is the Herbalife Daily Glow Moisturiser and my word this is probably the best moisturizer I have ever used that works like such an incredible primer as well. It has such a radiance to it as a cream, and this is certainly reflected when you rub it into the skin. It’s so natural looking and your skin simply glows with this moisturiser on. It’s subtle but that said it does still radiant through any foundation you apply over to give you a nice dewy finish.

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I have honestly loved using these products over the past few weeks that I have had them however I need to say I didn’t like the smell of them. I don’t know what it is but them all smell so synthetic. The cleanser has a fake lemon smell to it, the toner smells like fake flowers and the moisturizer like fake soap. If you’re sensitive to smells (pregnant women beware) then I would take caution when trying these out. The smell doesn’t last though, it does fade the minute you move onto the next product in your skincare routine.

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I personally didn’t experience any breakouts with these products and found them all to be very nice to use (bar the smell) and would highly recommend them as an excellant skincare routine for anyone looking for a simple step-by-step process.

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Highlighter, Nail Polish

New in BarryM

BarryM Cosmetics has got to be one of the most price friendly brands in the drugstore. Their products don’t reach anything over 10 euros and most of the time they tend to have a three for two offer going on. For the summer they’ve really been launching some great products into their line and I’ve managed to pick of a few to show you guys.

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First up is their new Flawless Hydro Fix Primer Water which, lets be honest, is a direct dupe for the Smashbox Primer Water. I have to say I’m a huge fan of this product. Your meant to use it in place of your typical primer but I personally use it in conjunction. I apply on my primer and then mist a light layer of this over it. It’s basically making your primer last longer so in turn your primer makes your makeup last longer.

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Liquid highlighters are probably my favourite thing ever to mix in with foundation for that dewy summer look. The Light Me Up! liquid highlighter from BarryM is a great one to use for that because it doesn’t have any chunky glitter in it. It’s very similar in consistence to the L’oreal True Match Liquid Highlighters that I still love and use.

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Though it looks super dark in the bottle, it does come out more of a rose gold shade and when mixed with your foundation it gives you a nice sunkissed effect to your complexion. Again I only have one issue with this product and that’s that you don’t get a whole lot of it, and because I mix it with my foundation I know I’m going to be going through it super quick.

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Ever since seeing swatches of this palette on Instagram I simply knew I needed it in my life. The Cosmic Lights palette comes with six beautiful shades of highlighter, four a cream formulation and two are powder. It also has a cute little mirror in the lid so extra brownie points for that.

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Packaging wise it really isn’t the greatest. It comes in cardboard that feels like it’s gonna fall apart or rip at any second. That said the actual product is amazing. All of the cream formulations are nice and creamy to apply. They don’t have the highest intensity nor pigmentation but that’s to be expected as the idea of this palette is to layer the powder highlights over the creams. The powders are super soft too and they have great pigmentation which makes them a dream to blend.

BarryM wouldn’t be BarryM without a nail polish collection launch now would they. And they sure didn’t disappoint by releasing 5 new shades to add to their Molten Metals line. I picked up four of these shades but I won’t be saying anything about them here as I’m planning on doing a separate review for them with swatches of all of them on my actual nails so stay tuned.

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Those are all the new products that I’ve picked up recently from BarryM though I’m sure those weren’t their only new launches. Let me know in comments if you’ve gotten anything new even if it’s not BarryM, it’ll give me an excuse to pop into Boots 🙂

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Events

Primark AW17

I feel like I’ve been neglecting my blog lately and it’s genuinely not on purpose. Since the 27th of May it has officially been marked in every Muslim’s calendar that Ramadan, our fasting month, has started. Fasting, along with all my mini errands that I need to complete within the day have had me literally run of my feet. But I think that’s enough excuses, let’s get on to this blog post which is about the amazing time I had in Pennys (Primark) HQ looking at all the amazing new fashions trends which will be hitting the highstreet soon.

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Three key colours dictate this years colder seasons and they are Red, Navy and Black. With such bold colours being the centre focus it only makes sense for them to have strong fabrics. Pennys wardrobe for AW17 consists of amazing pleathers, velvets and mesh detailing. I, for one am a huge fan of the pleather pieces within this range. One of my favourite piece from the collection has got to be the leather black jacket. Finally someone made a long one!

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Another key piece has got to be this gorgeous velvet pleated navy skirt. I can totally imagine that this piece being a staple in almost every wardrobe. It’s very versatile and can be dressed up and dressed down depending on the mood and occasion. Personally I would dress it up with a pair of gorgeous embroidered boots, which were also key accessories for this season.

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It wouldn’t make sense for Pennys to forget the party season and they definitely had some fun pieces to showcase including sequins booties, metallic dresses and gorgeous jewellery.

All in all I had an amazing time visiting the Pennys HQ and I hope this post has inspired you with ideas of what to get for the coming months. Let me know in the comments if you would like to see a Pennys haul anytime soon and it will give me an excuse to go shopping!

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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.

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