Optimus Primer

Yo,

So what is the deal with face primers? ‘Cause like, they’re meant so create a smooth surface for applying foundation and they’re supposed to hold it in place, making it last longer and blah blah blah riiiiiight? HOWEVER, I was told by the tutor on the make up course I did (who is also a professional MUA, obv) that silicone based primers, which almost all  primers are, actually make your make up slide around and not to bother using them… I used to use MAC Prep and Prime all the time but stopped after I was told this and haven’t really noticed any difference to be honest. Actually I dunno, I can never really tell how long my foundation is or isn’t lasting. I never take any out with me as I can’t be arsed to carry it round so I never top it up even if it has worn off… I only really top up blusher, eyeliner and lipstick and sometimes powder. So anyway, I tried to find a water based face primer I could buy on the high street and it is pretty much impossible. You have to get some fancy shmancy one from some where or other and I am not up for spending that much.

I loves me an eye shadow primer though and I switch between a MAC Paint Pot in Painterly and Too Faced Shadow Insurance which are both really good (and stop your eye shadow from doing that gross crease thing, in case you didn’t know!) And I also live and die by MAC Prep and Prime Lip which slightly mosturises your lips but when it’s dried a bit also creates a sort of sticky base for the lippie to cling too and stops it feathering etc.

Anyway so this turned out to be more of a general rant than anything else but hey ho.

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Nailed It!

OH DEAR, I haven’t blogged in ruddy ages because I got another job (yay and boo) and I am still at work now but it’s quiet so thought I would do a cheeky one.

So we all know I’m a massive shellac fan but I have really rekindled my love of normal nail polishes lately. One of them is an old fave, my gorgeous Lime Crime Pastelchio and then a few new ones…
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The first two are a couple of Bourjois ones that came in the goody bag at the Company Magazine Beauty Forum. One is a really inky black called Noir de Chine from the Ultra Shine So Laque! range and the other is a shimmery gold number which I can’t find a name for but is number 18 from their 1 Seconde Gel range. Both lasted quite well, I used my Sally Hansen Green Tea & Bamboo Strengthener as a base and top coat and they both look really nice and shiny.
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The second two are both Topshop. Now, I’ve never used Topshop polishes before and I was mildly disappointed by one aspect and v. impressed by others.
Lets start with the bad news first… They were both matte polishes, the first was a grey colour called Light Brizzle (which just doesn’t make any sense, lets be honest) and the second was a red called Cryptic. Basically they just weren’t as matte as I would have liked. They were matte but with a slight shine to them so it didn’t really look like they were supposed to be matte, just kind of looked like they were a bit cheap/ had been applied badly. The grey one looked ok to be fair but it didn’t really work with the red. Also the mate effect wore off quite quickly so they became more shiny as they day went on. In the end I just put a top coat over the red to make it properly shiny.
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Oh dear, think this was taken after getting home late on Saturday night… (They seem to come out a bit pinker tones in the pic, they are a much truer red in real life.)

The good news… Both colours are great! The grey has a kind of blueish/ indigo tone to it which was fab and looks really sophisticated (even on the likes of me!) and the red is a really great true red (doesn’t pull too blue or too orange so would suit most, if not all skin tones). The grey lasted ages! Like a week with only a few chips round the edge. Am on the 3rd day of wearing the red and it still looks great, in future I’ll just wear it as a normal nail polish with a top coat and not a matte.

I still love my shellac but my nails really needed a break plus it’s such a ball ache to take off properly that I just end up peeling it which really effs my poor nails up. It’s nice to have a break and be able to change colour around more often and with the Sally Hansen topcoat they haven’t been taking v. long to try so yeeeeaaahhhh.

In other news there is so much make-up I am craving at the mo like all the special edition Christmassy things and just general cult shizzle like Hourglass Ambient Light powders which cost a BOMB and Hydralauron which I don’t know if I really need to be honest but I just want it because I want it ahhhh!