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The SoSueMe ProBlender

It’s seems every single product that beauty blogger and Youtuber Suzanne Jackson brings out get so much hype and excitement over it and her ProBlender was no different. This is basically the SoSueMe brand’s version of the iconic Beauty Blender sponge and because of all the hype I was honestly expecting great things. I can unfortunately say I have been sorely disappointed as this blending sponge is one of the worst I’ve ever tried.

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Bold claim, I know. To be honest though I don’t say it lightly, so let me break it down for you guys as to why I don’t like it. Firstly the sponge texture when you get it out of it’s plastic packaging feels rather rough. It’s also got little to no bounce to it whatsoever but this is me talking about it un-dampened.

Dampened the sponge didn’t increase it in size at all, and visually it also looked like it didn’t soak up any of the water while I was running it under the tap either. Applying my foundation with it was terrible, it basically placed the foundation on my skin like a coating rather than blending it in/sheer it out to be skin like. This made my makeup look heavy and caked on. I also found it so hard against my skin, to the point where I would considered it sore to bounce against my face.

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Personally I think this is a product to be avoided from the SoSueMe line. Oh I should mention that the sponge costs 7.49 euros which considering Primark/Pennys sells two beauty blender sponges for 1.80 euros is very up there in price.

I’m still looking for the day where I will actually find a product from the SoSueMe makeup line that I actually like so if you guys know of any please let me know.

-Talk Soon xx

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Worth The Hype!?

Suzanna Jackson can probably be considered to be one of Ireland top bloggers and because of that influential status she has her own makeup line with an army of royal followers behind it. Me, personally when it comes to the blogger herself, am indifferent as I’ve never met her in person and her style really isn’t anywhere near what I like so I tend not to follow her on social media. Her makeup products however have always had rave reviews especially her iconic contouring palette. I’m not a contouring person as you guys well know if you’ve been visiting my blog for awhile now but I was gifted this palette as a prize when I attended the Flormar Event Dublin! #FabulousFlormar and so I’ve done my best to try it out.

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The palette is presented in slim cardboard packaging and has six shades inside it that can all be used to achieve the “perfect” contour look. Considering that the palette retails for 19.95 euros I think that the brand could have upped the price 2 euros and made the packaging a tad bit more robust. You don’t get a mirror, instead you get a very detailed explanation of how each shade is applied and where to put it is illustrated via the model image who is Suzanne Jackson herself. That, I like because it shows how immersed she is in her products and the making of them.

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Four of the shades are cream and the other two are powder. You get two concealing shades, two contour shades and 2 highlighting shades. Shade 1 is a concealing shade and I absolute hate it as a concealer. I have never experience such a cakey concealer in my life. It fills in every single pore and fine line and exaggerates it. This is made even worse when you go to set it with shade 3 of the palette.

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Shade 2 of the palette is a contouring shade, and this is such a pain to blend. It literally takes forever, and you need to blend it like a crazy person because otherwise it’s just this orange strip on your face. Yes, this raved about palette has a contouring shade with an orange undertone! Have no clue how it got to be considered as a universal palette that can be used on any skin tone because the contouring shades are simply to dark on fair skin.

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The shade that is good for fair skins is the shade 4 which is the second concealing shade in the palette. Though it’s a good shade, because it’s the second concealing shade it has the same problem as shade 1 in that it settles into fine lines and pores and simply makes them look worse than they actually are.

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Shade 3 is a matte highlighting powder that is meant to be used to set your under-eye concealer. When used with the concealer in this palette it just doesn’t work. I will say though it does look lovely when using it with another brand concealer. I’ve tried it with my YoungBlood Concealer and it looks stunning with it.

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Shade 5 is probably the only real shade that I like from this palette. It’s a stunning rose-gold cream highlight that looks amazing on the tops of the cheekbones. I have used this layered under powder highlighter and makes the powder on top just pop. Honestly beautiful but I wouldn’t buy this palette just for the highlight.

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Last shade is a powder version of shade 2. It’s a bit more cool toned and ashy so I’d say if you went in with a light hand it would look nice. Personally I think I prefer just to use something more guaranteed to give me the effect that I want.

Is this palette worth the hype? I think not, most of these shades are duds in my opinion and the one that isn’t, ain’t worth the price of the palette. If you were to use this palette the way Suzanne Jackson states and illustrates on the flap cover than I think the end result would just be an overdone cakey face of makeup.

Have you guys tried this palette? I know some people love so let me know. She’s also recently released a highlighting palette and I really am tempted but after this disaster I’m a bit cautious.

-Talk Soon xx

Nail Polish, Nails

SoSueMe Nail Polish

Way back in September I attended the Flormar Event Dublin! #FabulousFlormar and on the day I ended up winning a SoSueMe by Suzanne Jackson hamper filled with some of her iconic products. I was planning on doing a what I got post but realized that all that was in the hamper was the palette, lashes and these polishes so it really would have been a boring post. That being said I still want to feature the products on the site so I will definitely some time in the near future be publishing a review of the contour palette but for today I’ve decided to give you guys my thoughts on the nail polishes that I received.

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I got two in the hamper the I’m going to begin with my favourite out of the two. It’s the SoSueMe nail polish in the shade Fairy Wings. This is an amazing soft lilac/lavender toned purple polish and purple being my favourite colour I was head over heels in love with this shade the minute I popped it on my nails. The actual bottle that the polishes come in has been really well designed with the rose gold cap and the chic square bottle to give a high-end feel to a highstreet brand.

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Formulation wise they are a bit inconsistent in my opinion. The shade Fairy Wings had an amazing formulation in that application was smooth and highly pigmented with the one coat. I personally always paint my nails two coats regardless just to avoid chips. However I found that the second shade’s formulation was completely different in that the first coat went on completely transparent and then when I applied the second coat it became a little bit streaky. The top coat that I used helped a lot in hiding those streaks.

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The second shade that I got is called I Do and it’s very much true to it’s name. It’s that perfect cream shade that would look amazing for bride’s nail or even bridesmaids. I love the colour don’t get me wrong but I’m not a fan of this particular shades formulation. I also found that there was an inconsistency with the brushes of the polishes as well.

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The shade Fairy Wings had a nice wide brush that covered the nail with one swipe, making application so easy. I Do, however had a thinner brush which I personally found to be the reason for the polish going on so streaky. I love the shades, and depending on the shade I love the formulation. I however won’t be purchasing anymore shades because the range is so inconsistent and a brand need to be consistent especially in something as basic as nail polish.

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Before I go I will quickly review the nail polish remover that I also got in the hamper. You get 150mls of product and it is acetone-free and for an acetone-free remover it does take of polish quite nicely without leaving any behind. It is scented with raspberry and grape and I think there are other scents in the range. Weirdly the scent smells really nice in the bottle however I found when using it to remove the polish the scent clung to my fingertips which to be honest just ended up giving me a headache. To be honest I don’t think there’s anything special about the SoSueMe nail polish remover that you need to run out and buy it.

I don’t honestly know when I’ll have the review of the palette done, I’m still testing it out and giving it a good go. Let me know if you’ve tried any of the SoSueMe nail polishes and have found shades that are like Fairy Wings in formulation so I can maybe pick them up. I don’t want to waste my money on streaky nail polish 🙂

-Talk Soon xx

PS: My go to top coat for painting my nails is the Nails Inc. top coat with built in strengther…its pink in the bottle. 😉