Smashbox is my favourite brand when it comes to primers, they’ve got everything from colour correcting to oily controlling and line reducing versions and even one for the under eye area. An under-eye primer may seem like just “another” product to buy and another unnecessary product to add into your beauty routine, but the results are oh so worth it. Smashbox Photo Finish Hydrating Under Eye Primer has been a favourite product of mine for many years now and it really doesn’t get enough hype or recognition. Whether you’re someone who doesn’t wear a lot of makeup (or someone who wears a lot) has severe dark circles or just a little discoloration underneath the eyes this product works a full on treat and is well worth the price. It’s super hydrating, but thanks to the silicone like texture it doesn’t cause concealer to crease, in fact it actually helps improve its staying power so you don’t have to worry about your concealer slipping around all over the place. It’s also packed with light reflecting pigments and has a peachy pink base to it, meaning that it helps counteract darkness and blue tones in the skin which in turn makes dark circles appear less obvious and reduces the need for a large amount of concealer. All in all I love this product. If you’re someone with severe dark circles or has problems with concealer creasing it’s definitely worth checking this product out. It’s also great for wearing alone on no-makeup days and for mixing in with concealer to make it more blendable.
Nowadays the saying “brows on point” is the best compliment you can give a girl big, bold, perfectly arched brows are right on trend and with a product like Benefit’s Gimme Brow you can get just that: perfect brows. Benefit was one of the first to create fibre brow gels which contains tiny fibers designed to cling onto your brows and make them look thicker,. Te fibres are tiny which means they don’t look unnatural and they are distributed throughout the product well so you get an even amount on the brows. Unlike many brow gels on the market this has the perfect combination of hold and flexibility so your brows look groomed, but not glued into place. The colour selection is good, but could be better. There are only two shades in the range, but they are both cool toned which is something I appreciate in brow products. These brow gels do have a bit of pigment to them so you need to use a light hand to ensure you don’t apply too much product. The applicator is small and precise which allows for a lot of precision, but the wand does hold a lot of product so it is a good idea to wipe excess product on a tissue before application. Easily one of my favourite brow products of all time, Benefit Gimme Brow is worth all the hype it gets.
UNDER HYPED: Kevyn Aucoin Creamy Glow Sculpting Duo
Kevyn Aucoin is often referred to as the king of contouring and I have to agree, his sculpting powders are one of the most popular products for contouring to date… His creamy glow duo however, doesn’t get anywhere near as much recognition. Whether you’re a beginner with contouring or a pro, this duo is perfect for contouring & highlighting the face. The contouring shade is a creamy, neutral brown (not too warm, but not overly cool and ashy either) the formula is pigmented upon first application, but blends out to a beautiful, sheer skin-like contouring shade. If you’re someone who’s fair you can finally rejoice about the fact
there’s a contouring product that doesn’t make you look like
you’ve got bright orange streaks down the side of your face. However, I couldn’t see this showing up very well on those with a darker skintone well. As for the highlighter, this stuff is dreamy. It’s a gorgeous luminous and dewy transparent cream with the tiniest amount of finely milded champagne shimmer, if you’re after the perfect Victoria Secret glow, buy this. It would be flattering on every skintone and is one of my all-time favourite highlighters. Despite being easily blendable and sheer creams these last an incredibly long amount of time on the skin, I can apply these in the morning and they still look fresh later in the day. My only gripe with this is that the packaging is poorly designed, not only is it tiny, but you don’t get equal amounts of both product but other than that it’s surprisingly affordable for such a good quality product and reminds me a lot of the Tom Ford Shade & Illuminate Duo. All in all I LOVE this product and I am completely blown away by the quality and how beautiful they look on the skin, I use this almost every-time I do my makeup and it never fails to impress. Two very enthusiastic thumbs up.
Okay, I’m just gonna admit a pet peeve of mine… What drives me nuts is when you get random people coming into your inbox and demand that you post more or rp more, or stop reblogging things like your muse’s FC or aesthetically pleasing content, but you’ve got thousands of posts and updates saying that you’re on semi/hiatus mode and rping is difficult to do for whatever reason. Like, can people not appreciate that we have real lives and that we can just chill and reblog things to help us relax and not feel so obligated to write all the goddamn time?
Sorry, I’m sure those are meant to be well-meaning “Hey! your blog is awesome, you should post more or write more!” But to me, it feels so coercive and that you exist to please people, when you’re neck deep in real life obligations and can only spare little time on your blog. Just let me reblog shit in peace and I will get to those replies soon. Seriously, I have thousands of posts saying that I’m on writing hiatus and my updates tab states it as well. Don’t expect me to do more than what I can handle currently, thanks.
[Video Review] When it comes to liquid lipsticks I’m always a little bit hesitant at first, having super dry lips means that they only tend to exacerbate the problem and also makes them look dry and flaky. However, this couldn’t be further from the case with the Marc Jacobs Le Marc Liquid Lip Creme’s. I’m already a big fan of the original Le Marc lipsticks and when I saw these I knew immediately that I wanted to try them and I’m so glad that I did. These are not your stereo-typical matte liquid lipsticks. Instead they are beautiful and creamy with a semi-matte, lipstick like finish, and they’re also super comfortable to wear. Although they only come in neutral/nude shades (six to be exact) I’m willing to overlook that for their great formula. These are comfortable and creamy liquid lipsticks which don’t accentuate any dryness on my lips whatsoever. The staying power is good, but it isn’t mind-blowing. You can go throughout your day snacking and drinking, but if you’re eating something big or greasy you will need to touch up afterwards.There is no obnoxious scent or flavor (which there often can be in liquid lipsticks) and the pigment is great especially given that these shades are on the neutral side.
WORTH THE HYPE: It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Concealer
Being someone with fair skin, every imperfection and hint of discoloration shows up and stands out on my complexion, for that reason concealer is an essential item for me. I’ve tried hundreds of different concealers and have got to say that the It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Concealer is up there with the best of the best. This concealer provides INSANE coverage, within five seconds of applying and blending this without any eye cream, primer, corrector or illuminator my dark circles are nowhere to be seen. The formula is thick, creamy and hydrating which means you get amazing coverage and the product is easy to blend. The shades in this range run very extreme and the lightest shade is SUPER light and the darkest shade is very, very dark, this is something I’m happy about as it’s often hard for me to find a perfect match for my fair skin but those with a medium skin tone may find it difficult to find a suitable shade. Whilst I love the coverage of this concealer, there is one downfall. Because of the super creamy consistency it has a tendency to crease and settle into lines throughout the day so priming & setting it with powder is essential. Overall I really love this concealer, it does such a great job at covering dark circles and I’m so glad there is a shade to match me in the range, I just wish it didn’t crease so easily.
I hate to say it but I’m very under hyped for syndicate. Not only that but it seems we’re gonna get unity 2.0 except this time you do get to play as the girl, even though that’s what they should’ve done in unity
UNDER HYPED: theBalm Balm Shelter Tinted Moisturizer
I love a good tinted moisturiser for days when I don’t feel like wearing foundation or want to embrace my natural skin and that’s where theBalm Balm Shelter Tinted Moisturizer comes in. This super lightweight, hydrating tinted moisturizer does just about everything it can to help make skin look more alive and healthy. The finish is exactly what I like in a tinted moisturiser, it’s got a gorgeous demi-matte finish meaning it gives radiance to the skin, but isn’t matte and dry looking, but not heavy and greasy either. If you have oily skin you will most likely find that because of the finish and hydrating qualities this product is not for you. I’d say this product is best suited towards normal and drier skin types. However, it is important to note that this product can have a tendency to accentuate and “cling” onto dry patches so it is essential to exfoliate regularly when using this product. The coverage is ideal for a tinted moisturiser, it has just the right amount of pigment to help even out the skin and neutralize redness, but still lets your natural skin show through. What really attracted me to this product was the amazing shade range, unlike most tinted moisturisers which often have a universal “one shade fits all” philosophy or simply two shades “light” and “dark” this product comes in seven shades and I was able to find a perfect match for my super fair skin (the lightest shade is almost too light for me!) Overall I really like this tinted moisturiser and I’m really glad I decided to try it, it’s great for everyday wear and I’ve finally found a match for my skin!
Contouring can be tough enough as it is and although high pigment products can be great, they’re not necessarily suitable for everyday makeup or beginners (not everyone wants excessive contouring and overly chiseled cheekbones for a quick dash to the shops) that’s why I’m completely and utterly obsessed with the Illamasqua Gel Sculpt Stick in Silhouette. Whilst I still love products like the Kevyn Aucoin Creamy Glow Duo and Tom Ford Shade & Illuminate this product creates the most beautiful, natural looking contour with very little effort. The formula is super unique and just as described, a gel. It’s lightweight and blends into the skin with absolute ease, no need for intense buffing with a brush, just a simple tap with your fingertips and the product is seamlessly blended into the skin. Most gel products I find don’t work well over the top of foundation, but this one does. The key to using this product is not to apply it directly to the skin (you will end up with foundation everywhere!) instead, apply a small amount to the back of your hand and then use your fingertips to apply and blend the product onto the areas you want to contour. Despite the fact that there is only one shade, this product is reasonably universal. Thanks to the gel formula it isn’t overly-pigmented meaning it can be easily blended on all skin-tones from fair to dark. The one shade (silhouette) is also cool toned, which is something extremely important to me in a contouring product as it means the shade actually replicates the natural shadows of the face making it look natural. All in all I’m a big fan of this product and whilst I’ll still use my other contouring products this is great for an everyday contour and beginners.
I’m always trying out new products and whilst it’s great fun I sometimes forget about other beauty products in my collection, case in point? The Smashox Brow Tech To Go Pencil, I used to use this brow pencil a few years ago and can’t believe I stopped using it for so long. Whilst I still love the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz after rediscovering this beauty I can say that I actually like this one more. This brow pencil is retractable and has an angled cut to it meaning you can get really nice defined, thick brows fast. The formula of the pencil is very solid which I prefer as opposed to creamy pencils which often break and look greasy on the eyebrows. Unlike other brow products on the market this pencil doesn’t have a lot of pigment, but that’s what I love about it. It has a tiny amount of colour to it which means you end up with a really natural looking result. The pencil is very long lasting on the brows and doesn’t fade halfway throughout the day, plus it comes with a mini brow gel on the other side of the pencil to help groom unruly brows and stray hairs. Overall I really love this brow pencil and I think it really does not get enough hype. You know you really love a product you when purchase it more than once.