Monday, 2 January 2017

Smashbox Photo Finish Hydrating Foundation Primer review. | Beauty.

Hi loves, recently my face has been dry and I desperately needed a hydrating primer and I had heard good things about Smashbox's Photo Finish Hydrating Primer. This primer did exceptionally well with hydrating my face under the foundation and creasing was not as bad as other primers I have tried.

If you have dry skin, you should try this out because it works so well for me. My skin needs as much help as it possibly can get but I also do have larger pores on my nose and on the apples of my cheeks so I do use a pore filler on top to sort that problem out as this one does not fill in pores. The formula is oil-free, cooling and very lightweight, though I don't think it actually keeps my make-up on for longer, it just keeps it looking fresher.

I would recommend this to you if you need hydration, don't have large pores, or have dull skin but this isn't for you if you want your foundation to last a long time or mask your pores and fine lines because it won't and let's be honest, this currently costs £28 and there's plenty of other primers that could perfectly do the job for you if you don't have the budget.

Thanks for reading!xx
*Sorry I don't have any pictures of the product.

Smashbox Camera Ready BB Water review. | Beauty.

Hi loves, there's going to be days where you want something light and minimal on your skin and BB creams are known to do this very well. If you're willing to splash out on a higher end product, I would suggest trying the Smashbox Camera Ready BB Water.

The formula is lightweight, very liquidy and sets to a satin/dewy finish with an added bonus of SPF 30. It is sheer to medium coverage that looks incredibly natural on the skin and is very hydrating. 3-5 drops is enough to cover your face that'll even out your skin colour (if you don't have many problems with your complexion, I do tend to use more or conceal on certain areas). I don't think this amount of product would give you the appropriate amount of SPF you need so I do advise to still use an SPF moisturiser or whatever you use under it.

This blends so effortlessly to give you a dewy natural look, on the website it says you can apply this with your fingers but I prefer using a brush or a sponge, which I think most people would prefer too but it's nice to know your fingers could do the job when you don't have anything else.

If you have oily or combination skin, you will love how light this will feel on your face and if you have dry skin, it'll resist clinging onto dry patches on your skin and will feel moisturising. The coverage is sheer enough that signs of fading is less noticeable than a medium to full coverage foundation but still provides enough coverage for those who don't have problematic skin. Shine control for this formula is bad (it doesn't claim to do so anyway) so you will have to powder your skin as usual. It currently costs £29 so if you're willing to splurge on a product like this then I'd recommended you try it.

Thanks for reading.xx
*Sorry I don't have any picture of the product.

Saturday, 7 November 2015

Reviewing UD's Naked3 Palette. | Beauty.

Hi, everyone!
One of the first products I ever got from Urban Decay, was a present for my 16th birthday - the Naked3 palette. I am loving the palette and I've been using it every chance I get.

Unless you've been living under a rock, you probably already know that the Naked palettes are one of Urban Decay's most talked about products. Naked3 comes with a synthetic dual-ended eye-shadow brush, just like the Naked2 palette and it does the job perfectly. It also comes with 4 sample size Primer Potions: Original, Sin - which is shimmery, Eden - a nude matte and Anti-Aging. The packaging is very sturdy and snaps shut. Inside are 12 brand-new - highly pigmented - eye-shadows and the brush, as well as a large mirror.

As I'm fairly light-skinned for an Indian (with a slight yellowy undertone), its hard to predict whether I can pull off these types of colours but this beautiful pink-heavy palette, looks incredible and quite flattering on. Everything is Urban Decay's typically amazing quality and are all to-die-for. It probably would look more compelling on someone who has a lighter shade of skin than me but I wouldn't deny the fact that this palette would look pretty on every skin-tone. Majority of this palette will give you a pink-rosey tone to your look rather than a "naked" tone but it all depends on your colour preference.

Strange is a pale beige with a slight pinky undertone, which is matte,
Dust is a peachy pink that's very shimmery,
Burnout is a satin version of dust,
Limit is a matte pinky-taupe colour.

Buzz is a satin rose,
Trick is a satin pinky-copper shade,
Nooner is a matte taupe,
Liar is a satin mauve.

Factory is a satin brown,
Mugshot is a satin taupe,
Darkside is a satin dark taupe, edging onto black,
Blackheart is a dark brown-black with copper glitter.

If you're looking for more of the "naked" look I would highly recommend going for the first or second palette instead of this one. The first palette holds 12 gold-hued shades that are mattes, satin's and shimmers whereas the second palette includes some of the golden shades from the first but also comes with some taupe-hued shades too.

All the Naked palettes cost £38, which is a splurge if you're a teenager who doesn't earn money yet and lives off their parents, but maybe hinting it to your parents that you want it for your birthday or Christmas might help!

Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoyed this review. There's going to be a review on a MAC product and a Rimmel London product too so keep an eye out for that!

Saturday, 31 October 2015

Make-up musts for gorgeous photos. | Tips&Tricks.

Hi beautiful people, recently I've been going to a lot of events that I would like to remember for the rest of my life and that would mean having my picture taken in different lighting and scenes which can effect the way your make-up looks so I found these tips for picture perfect make-up that helped me look better in photo's than before with my make-up on and I thought that maybe these will help you too.
  1.  All natural. Always have make-up applied in natural light. This will be the best indicator of how it will look when photographed.
  2. Primary focus. Primmer is essential for keeping make-up intact. It kind of plays the role of base coat on a manicure. Oil-free versions are best and also sensitive skin-friendly.
  3. Lighten up. Avoid going too dark in your foundation shade. Have it professionally matched to your skin tone, and if it's for a special event, try and get it matched close to the date as possible. 
  4. Matte is a must. For checks, stay away from shimmery powders. For eyelids, keep shimmer strictly on eye lids.
  5. Line up. When lining eyelids, start in the centre and work your way to the outer edge. Lining the entire lid will cause your eyes to look smaller.
  6. More is better. A camera flash will wash out colours, no matter what. Don't be scared off by a dramatic finished look. It won't photograph that way.
  7. Blend, blend, blend. The camera flash will highlight unblended edges, and unblended concealer will highlight fine lines.
  8. Say no to SPF. Even though SPF is really important in make-up for everyday use, for picture perfect make-up, primer and foundation should be SPF-free. Formula's containing sunscreen cast a ghost-like glow with the camera flash.
  9. Mellow yellow. To set make-up, choose a slightly yellow-er powder rather than translucent. Much like SPF formula's, translucent powders cast a white glow when photographed.
  10. Practice run. Don't let the day of the occasion be the first to try your products. Consultation and trial runs are essential to creating to perfect final look.
So here's the make-up musts I found online that helped me out a lot.
What make-up musts do you do for gorgeous photos?
Thanks for reading!