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Review: Soap and Glory’s ‘One Heck Of A Blot Instant-Perfecting Power Primer’

3 Sep

Hi lovelies!

Lately, I’ve really been looking at my makeup collection and really assessing the strong and weak points. Like a mid-year evaluation of some sort. The outcome was pretty surprising…I have over 20 foundations and BB/CC creams, but only three primers, none of which I’m particularly in love with.
So on a little trip to Boots the other day I picked up the Soap and Glory ‘One Heck Of A Blot Instant-Perfecting Power Primer’, which I’m pretty sure is brand new, as I had a little google in Boots, and couldn’t find ANYTHING about this baby.

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The tube resembles a Clinique Superprimer tube, but it has a silky matte finish that makes it seem much more expensive than it was. It has a screw lid and a little pointy nib, like a TooFaced primer.

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Now, it says on the tube that you can wear it over makeup, but I’m not sure that’s the best way to use this product. It’s best used underneath a foundation or BB/CC cream. I’ve worn it for two whole days under a CC cream and then a foundation, and it’s really good value for money, in my opinion. When you apply it to the face, it has a really nice cooling effect, which makes me wish that Soap and Glory had released it just a bit earlier when the prospect of good weather was actually possible! 🙂 It’s immediately smoothing and leaves the skin ever ever so slightly tacky, but not at all uncomfortable. It claims to have a 12 Shine-Bloc technology, and I have to say that I agree with that claim. My dewy CC cream stayed pretty solid throughout the day, just slightly fading in the evening, and my T-Zone was only ever so slightly oily. With the foundation, I mostly noticed how the pores on my nose were reduced. It feels like the perfect mix of Benefit’s Porefessional and TooFaced’s Hangover RX primer. I sometimes can find that the Porefessional is a little too heavy for my face, and the TooFaced only will work when I’m going for a specific look, but the Soap and Glory is delightfully perfect for any base you want to pop on.

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Swatched on the back of my hand, it is translucent, a little like a Smashbox primer.

So it’s a thumbs up from me! I’m hoping that Soap and Glory release a tinted version, or maybe an illumating version next! That would probbably be amaaaazzing.

You can pick this up exclusively from Boots, and it’s priced at £10.

Have a wonderful day/evening, wherever you are!

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The Glory Trio

12 Aug

Hello lovelies!
Around Autumn time, I became more and more interested in the Soap and Glory range, and I delved into their make-up selection. More and more buzz has been developing around these products, and I just had to see for myself what it all was about.

ImageKick-Ass Concealer – £10
This concealer caught my eye because it has a salmon coloured correcting shade in it, and I can’t afford to splash out willy-nilly on Benefit’s Erase Paste. It also has a yellow colour concealer and a great setting powder which doubles brilliantly as a subtle highlight. The packaging is the only thing I have a bug-bear with. When I first opened the cute little pot up, all I saw was the powder. It took me a good five minutes to figure out how to actually get to the concealer! It’s pretty easy once you know but I was stumped. The formula of the concealer is not dissimilar to Benefit’s Boi-ing, but it’s a little more creamy.

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One Heck Of A Blot – £12
Picked this up because Essiebutton on YouTube raved about it. As with anything she talks about, I wanted it immediately. Picked it up and I’ve got to say that so far, I’m impressed. It’s silky smooth, weightless and makes my shine go away for hours. I ❤ the packaging too. Don’t you just love Soap and Glory’s retro designs?

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A peachy-toned highlight in essence, but I knew once I swatched it that I could make it work as a blush also. I love multi-use products so much. It’s got the same formula as the One Heck Of A Blot, silky-smooth and light on the skin, but definitely packs a punch of light too! 

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So that was my little stumble along the no buying make-up in August road. 
Another stumble probably coming soon!

As for what’s going on with me, I’m currently sitting at my desk watching Covert Affairs, my newest TV obsession, and tidying my make-up from a bit of experimenting today. Love doing a little ‘Shop My Stash’.

Hope you are all well!
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May Beauty Favourites

3 Jun

Hello lovelies! Got some favourites to share with you.
ImageFirst up is The Righteous Butter from Soap & Glory. I need all the moisture I can get now that I work outside. This smells divine and the scent lingers, does the job and makes me feel less dry.
ImageThen I have something that I haven’t shared with you yet, my Estee Lauder Pure Colour Lipstick in ‘Tiramisu Shimmer’. It was a freebie with a recent purchase, but it’s absolutely gorgeous and is a great colour to wear when you have a natural makeup work code. It feels lovely on your lips, and I think I’ve worn it every day since I got it.
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I am a serious make-up thief when it comes to my sister’s collection. She never uses her make-up, and I think that’s a waste. So I whipped this one out of her make-up bag. She hasn’t noticed yet, and I’ll buy her a new one when she does! It’s the Rimmel Glam Eyes Trio in Orion. I use the brown mixed with the white for a brow powder. I don’t dye my brows, but I do dye my hair. It’s difficult to pull off lighter brows with darker hair, although the opposite combination seems to be very popular. This powder gives the perfect amount of colour and lasts. It’s a great eyeshadow palette too.

ImageImageAs I mentioned, I work outside, and I found in the first few weeks that my lips were feeling SO dry. I started off with some Carmex, but it felt a little slick for constant talking. This Nivea Lip Balm has been a big hit in my books. I also have the blue classic version, and a pearly shine one, but this gives me a little colour also, which I like. It’s the Nivea Soft Rose Lip Balm.

ImageI’ve also been loving my Real Techniques Blush Brush this month, as it has about three hundred different uses and cleans so easily. I’ve used it for bronzer, blush, face powder and highlight all in one week! Crazy!
ImageImageBeen loving scented things for summer, and so I whacked out my Pink Grapefruit Neutrogena Moisturiser once I ran out of the unscented version. It smells lovely in the mornings and is sinks in nice and quickly. A big hit on the days where you’re in a rush!
ImageThen I have Stay Don’t Stray, which is a concealer/primer from Benefit. Benefit’s my favourite high-end make-up brand, and I literally love this so much that I might have to splash out on the full size. £23.50 eeep! One of those products that you use and just forget about because it’s not very interesting, but it’s definitely an essential. Especially for me, as I have really discoloured, veiny eyelids.
ImageNext up is a shampoo/conditioner combo. I’ve not really spoken about this on here before, but I suffer from something called psoriasis, which is a stress condition that can cause the areas of skin to flake. It’s hereditary, my Mum has it too, but I she has it nearer her neck and I get it on the top of my head. Not great when you have dark hair! Most shampoos just irritate it more, and when my Mum picked the Head and Shoulders Smooth and Silky range up earlier in the year and passed them to me, I thought that they would do the same thing. They have, in fact, really soothed my scalp, and they keep my hair nice and clean + they smell really lovely. I’ve just picked up the citrus ones, and hopefully they also work. I ❤ citrus scented body and hair products.
ImageSo there are my May Beauty Favourites! I would LOVE to know what you’ve been loving for the month of May, so leave me a comment telling me if you’d like! 🙂

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Lust Haves – Summer 2013

21 May
Lust Haves- Summer 2013
Hello lovelies!

I’m planning on a little shopping trip relatively soon, and have been lusting over a few items for a while. Summer’s on its way (I refuse to believe that it isn’t, UK!) and so everyon’es prepping themselves and their skin for long, hazy days in the sun and warm evenings with nothing on the agenda but relaxing!

1. YSL’s Touche Eclat Foundation
If you’ve read my blog before, you might have seen that I posted about the YSL’s counterpart foundation to their best-selling product of all time, the Touche Eclat concealer/eye-brightener. I’m actually still going through my diddy sample, which makes me very optimistic for the full size of the foundation! The Touche Eclat Foundation comes in 16 shades and is priced at £29 on the Boots website.

2. MAC’s 217 Blending Brush
As a beauty blogger and a cosmetics addict, I haven’t avoided the hype about this brush. Everyone and their mothers seem to own them, but I think I resent paying that much for one brush. I am usually perfectly content with my Real Techniques brushes, but having recently purchased their eye set, there isn’t really a brush that can give me what I want in terms of blending. I have a great No.7 brush that I bought about a year ago for £2.50 with a famous £5 off voucher in Boots, but I use it too much and want to see whether it is comparable to the famous 217. The 217 blending brush is priced at £17 in MAC stores and on their website.

3.  Clinique’s Chubby Sticks
I just want all of them! I’m in love with my Soap and Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Gloss Sticks (mentioned here), and again want to see what the hype is about. I think a sheer, easy sweep of colour that’s moisturising is great for summer and is also really low-maintenance. No fuss! You can buy Clinique’s Chubby Sticks for £16 at Clinique counters, their website or the Boots website.

4. Soap and Glory’s Glow Job Daily Radiance Moisture Lotion
Oh, Soap and Glory. You come up with the BEST names for your products. A bit cheeky, and the products are always incredible. I have not taken a trip into the wonderful facial skincare selection from S&G yet, but I have some make-up items, and would recommend them all. I figured that this lotion would be a good place to start, as it gives an all over glow to the face and is also beneficial for the skin. You can buy Glow Job for £9 on the Boots website or in Boots stores.

5. Estee Lauder’s DoubleWear Light Foundation
Light coverage? Check. Long-wearing? Check. Good skin tone match? Check.
I’ve heard so many good things about the original DoubleWear Foundation, but I’ve also heard that it’s heavy coverage. I’m just not a fan of that kind of foundation, even though I’m sure it’s perfect for some. I mix most of my foundations with moisturisers anyway, so it would be a waste to buy a foundation I wouldn’t like. The Light version seems to tick all the boxes for me. However, I really can’t justify buying TWO high-end foundations that are essentially very similar when I just bought the Nearly Naked from Revlon and the True Match from Rimmel. I’ve got tons to be getting on with! I think it will have to be a spur of the moment decision once I’m in the shop! You can buy Estee Lauder’s DoubleWear Light Foundation for £27.50 from Estee Lauder counters or on the Boots website.

What’s on your Lust-Haves list? And what do you think will make it onto your ‘Must-Haves list’? Any recommendations for me? I would love to know some of your favourite make-up products or techniques for the warmer months!

Christie xoxo

HAUL! Soap & Glory, Revlon and Maybelline!

8 Apr
Hello lovelies!

I’ve been home for the last week and a bit, and it has been SO RELAXING! I’m a first year uni student, so this time is supposed to be ‘revision’ time, but of course I HAD to go to Boots while the 3 for 2 offer is on (it’s still on for a little while, so run RUN to the shops and take advantage!!) Oh I do love it when they do that!

The very first thing I bought was the much-hyped Nearly Naked Foundation from Revlon. I was so intrigued by it, and did succumb to the hype! Very impressed so far, if you’d like a review then let me know. 🙂 I have the shade ‘Ivory’, which I THINK is the lightest shade. (I just don’t like that screw top!)

Revlon Nearly Naked Foundation is available at Boots and Superdrug and is priced at £8.99.

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Next up is a cream blush from Revlon called ‘Pinched’. I saw the YouTuber essiebutton talking about this blush a couple of months ago, and seeing as she has a similar skintone/skin type to me and she loved it, I decided I had to have it. I love the sleek circular pot, and I think that the product itself is good. I have quite a bit of redness on my cheeks, so once I neutralise that, I don’t always want to add blush, but this muted coral-coloured one does the trick. It’s quite sheer, incredibly easy to blend with a brush or your fingers and is from Revlon, whose face products rarely disappoint.

Revlon Cream Blush in Pinched is available at Boots or Superdrug and is priced at £7.99.

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The next thing I got was Soap & Glory’s answer to a high-end, world-famous lip and cheek tint, Cheekmate. It caught my eye a few months ago and although I’ve been lusting after Benefit’s Benetint for aaggggeeesss, it’s just not in my price-range for one product. This was in the 3 for 2 and is a nifty little £8. I actually bought two, one for me and one for my mum, as she doesn’t have many brushes and like to apply make-up with her fingers, plus she’s a huge fan of Soap and Glory in general. Believe it or not, she has all but one of their eye products! Shades and all! She loves it, and I have to say I do too. This has raspberry seed and kiwi extract, as well as Vitamin C in it, and it’s also supposed to improve circulation in your facial capillaries. I’m not sure I need that in my cheeks, but in your lips it sounds like a fab thing!

Soap & Glory’s Cheekmate is available from Boots exclusively and is priced at £7.99.

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While browsing around the Soap & Glory stand (seriously the best looking stand in any Boots shop!), I saw the Sexy Mother Pucker Gloss sticks. I live for Soap & Glory’s punny names for their products, don’t you just love ’em! There are only three shades of this, Fuschia-ristic (which I own and love), Nudist (ooo-errr!), and Plum Jam, which I picked up! I loved my first one, it smells like marshmallows and feels lovely on the lips. This is a burgundy-plummy shade would have been lovely for Autumn/Winter, but to be honest, I’ll wear it at any time of the year, I don’t care! I like how it’s a twist-up pecil type product even though it’s a lip gloss/stick. It’s a perfect dupe for the Revlon Kissable Balm stains, but smells better in my opinion! Lasts for a good few hours too! I definitely recommend these!

Soap & Glory’s Sexy Mother Pucker Gloss Sticks are available from Boots exclusively and are priced at £8.

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The very last thing I picked up was a quad from Maybelline in ‘Bronze Drama’. I got this a little earlier in the month, from Superdrug, but I can’t seem to find it anywhere online. It’s an Eyestudio quad though, which has a large highlight champagne shade, an orange-gold, a gorgeous khaki, and a deep green that’s allmmmost black. It’s a gorgeous selection of colour, if a little random. I love the champagne and khaki. All four shades are nicely pigmented and buttery.
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So that’s my cheeky little haul for you! This is the first time I’ve been shopping to Boots and Superdrug in months, believe it or not!

Do you prefer applying make-up with or without brushes? Is foundation best applied with fingers?

Hope you’re all having wonderful days/evenings!

Christie xoxo

Mini-Haul!

21 Jun
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Check out my PicStitch skills! :L

I cannot believe that I haven’t uploaded this! I actually bought these items around two weeks ago and have had this post planned for a while, but ugh! Exams! 🙂 Anyway, at least the time gap has meant I can try them out for you, so I now have a few objective opinions.

Beware, this haul is only teeny tiny!

The very first item is the Ecotools Retractable Foundation Brush that I found at Boots and lusted after, but decided \I couldn’t afford, only to find that my cheeky Mum had bought it for me! (I had bought her some bits and bobs in Boots as a surprise too!) I bought an Ecotools brush set a few months ago, which was my first time ever testing a named brand of makeup brush out, and my gosh, have I been so pleased with myself for that purchase. This brush is no different, it’s dense and firm, but flexible too, not one hair has shed on my face in two weeks, it doesn’t soak up my foundation like that’s its job, and it’s SO SOFT! In addition, the Ecotools brand is all recycled and organic materials! 🙂 Definitely a recommendation, but if you do get it, save yourself a couple of pounds and buy it here on Amazon (with a shipping fee), as Ecotools brushes seem to be a lot cheaper there. Mum got some Boots points, but I wish we’d looked online first!

The second item (top right) is the Soap and Glory Hand Maid Antibacterial Hand Cleansing Gel, which I bought at Boots for £2.50 in a 3 for 2 offer on Soap and Glory (the offer’s still on if you click the link!). Originally, it was my Mum who was a fan of the Soap and Glory signature scent, but I’ve been converted and am now hooked. I’ve never been much of a ‘hand sanitizer kind of gal’, but for this product, I would happily join a Soap and Glory religion. It’s perfect. It smells lush, it’s in a handy little squeezy bottle, the packaging is super cute, and over half is gone already. I use it every morning before I do my makeup (hint hint S+G, make a bigger size for me to keep at home 😉 ) and then I throw it in my bag to use throughout the day. A definite must buy for the scent and the quality.

Next up is the Soap and Glory Mini ‘The Daily Smooth’ Amazingly Effect Dry Skin Formula Body Butter (phew!), priced at £2.50 again from Boots, which is also in the offer! I do like this, but it definitely doesn’t smell like the famous ‘Hand Food’ or one of my favourite products ever, ‘The Righteous Butter’ . It smells very lovely though, I prefer that it comes in a little squeezy tube because I feel like I use less product and the packaging is adorable! As for dry skin, I haven’t noticed a huge difference, but I do occasionally use it on my sister’s hands (don’t judge me, we’ve run out of hand cream!) and she says she’s noticed a significant difference. The other day she ran up to me and went, ‘Christie, feel how smooth my hands are!’ and then proceeded to wipe her hands on my face. Thanks sister. :L I think I’d reccommend this product, but if I had to choose between this and others, it won’t win the battle.

Lastly, I bought another Revlon Lip Butter, to add to my collection of…one. 😀 This time, I went for the colour ‘Peach Parfait’, which is the colour that Emma Stone is wearing is the ads for the products. I may have just been drawn in by the hype, but this hasn’t lived up to my standards…yet. It’s a dark pinky coral (totally different to the ads, do not be misled!), with small flecks of gold glitter. Don’t worry if this is the shade you have your heart set on, it’s perfectly lovely and the gold isn’t really noticeable! The problem I find is that the glitters are annoyingly abrasive. The formula of the Revlon Lip Butters is a big win for me because they’re so practical for daytime, but the glitter in this seems huge when applied to the lips! I’m sure the more I wear it, the more I’ll love it, but I kind of wish I’d gone for a different shade now! Revlon 1- Christie 0. Never mind!
I bought it at Boots about two weeks ago for £8, but at the moment in Superdrug they are a much more reasonable £5.99! Here’s the link to all the colours they have available. I

Has anyone tried out any other Revlon Lip Butters or Ecotools brushes? What would you recommend?

I hope you all have a very lovely day!
Don’t forget to smile 🙂
Christie xoxo