August empties/ favourites

Here’s my first empties post!

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In my entire life I don’t think I’ve ever used up an entire product before getting bored half way through and buying something different. But I’m on a spending ban enforced by myself in an attempt to try and use up the products I already own. (I did start last week but an unexpected trip to Tk Maxx set me back)

My first is:

Mac prep & prime fix+ (£17)

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It’s quickly become one of my ‘can’t live without’ products. I now use it literally every single day. It had been in my kit for a while and I just assumed it was a setting spray hence the name ‘fix’ BUT I did some googling and discovered some uses that make up artists swear by. And they’ve changed my life! Okay maybe not my life exactly but my usual make up routine. Heres how I use fix+ :

Spritz some onto your face before or after your chosen moisturiser for an extra moisture boost (or both if your skins really suffering)

Spritz onto your foundation brush to help your foundation glide on more smoothly  

Spritz onto the face after applying foundation and concealer & allow to dry before applying powder to keep your make up in place longer

Spray onto your eyeshadow brush before applying your chosen eyeshadow to really make the colour ‘pop’ and intensify the colour

Use it to thin cream or compact foundation for a more sheer coverage (decant product, never spray into the compact)

I’ll definitely be repurchasing, it’s been a godsend for my usually dry skin. I would certainly recommend trying it if you haven’t already.

Have you tried any of the above tips or have any of your own to add?

Urban decay: Naked skin foundation in shade 2.0 (£27)

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I allowed the consultant at the UD counter to match me up for this foundation. Which I should have known would be a mistake as no make up counter assistant ever selects the right shade for me wherever I go (#annoying ) however, it was okay to use on nights out as I go a little darker for evening make up.

So! Coverage was okay, I normally like something a little thicker so the liquid consistency took a little getting used to but it’s buildable which was good for me. I apply it with the real techniques buffing brush, allow to dry for a few minutes then use a beauty blender to add extra coverage where needed. And voila! ‘Naked’ skin that looks flawless and even, without the cakey look that some other foundations can give when they lie and say their product is buildable 😬

I will purchase this again after the spending ban 😉 but a lighter shade that will suit my pale complexion.

Stila stay all day 10 in 1 beauty balm (HD illuminating beauty balm spf 30 £26 duty free)

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I purchased this on my flight to Cuba a few months ago. I used it whilst on holiday and it gave a lovely glow with a subtle hint of colour. I don’t usually leave the house without make up at home but this gave me the confidence to go foundation free so that’s definitely something that impressed me.

However now I’m home and tan-less I can no longer wear it alone & team it with my normal foundation on those days where your skin needs a little pick me up.

It would be lovely for a make up artists kit as it’s perfect under foundation for a nice dewy, slightly illuminated effect (similar to Mac strobe cream)

Will I repurchase? If I can find it again yes! I haven’t seen it anywhere since 😦 So if anyone knows where I can pick one up please let me know! As id definitely like to add it to my holiday make up bag.

Embryolisse lait-creme concentré 30ml (£13 boots.com)

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What can I say, it’s amazing stuff, it instantly smooths my normally dry slightly flakey skin, and creates a smooth canvas for me to apply my make up. It also doubles as a primer (and has many other uses such as cleanser, make up remover, repairing mask, after shave cream, baby care product) My make up stays put all day without looking dry and it works great on my make up clients too as it stops shine on oiler/combination skins so it’s a win-win situation. Although the packaging was a bit pants as its a metal tube, so even when you squeeze a little out it still floods the cap.

Have you tried it? Let me know why you thought in the comments

I have already repurchased the larger-gold limited edition tube from boots.com £20 (pre spending ban!) the tube has been updated on the larger tube so no mess with that one.

George under eye concealer (Asda £4.50)

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This baby Rivals the YSL touché éclat for me. NO LIE! And at £4.50 it’s a total bargain. There’s no reason for you not to try it. I use it after my correcting concealer to brighten my eye area and it can also be used for highlighting. A little really does go a long way and it does exactly what it says on the tube. I can’t remember what made me buy it as id never normally pick up a supermarket own brand (make up snobbery I know, I’m not proud of it) but I’m so glad I did. I can honestly say I love this product and I can see this being one of my make up bag staples.

September 30 day challenge.

In an attempt to blog more regularly I’ve created my own little September 30 day challenge. The posts will be short and sweet but I hope you guys will be able to get to know me a little better.

So if there’s anything you’d like to know or see here leave a comment for me 🙂

Sam x

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All that jazz: The Cocktails collection. Nail polish review 

Hello again! 

So, I’ve gone a bit mental this week and splurged on way too many products! (I say that like it’s unusual) 

Don’t worry, I’ll certainly be sharing them with you all shortly.  But I’ll start off with the all that jazz cocktails polishes.

 They were released a while ago and I’ve had them for a few weeks, so yes I’m late! But I thought they were definitely worth a mention. I have a few colours from a their previous collections and have been very impressed. 

First impressions: Just wow! I do love my brights and these did not disappoint. There are 4 colours in the collection  

 L-R The margarita, The Cosmopolitan, The Mojito & The Jack rose 

The Margarita- Neon lime green

The cosmopolitan- Neon Barbie pink 

The Mojito- Lovely bright Teal

The Jack Rose- Neon orange/coral (My personal fave!) 

Application: The brushes are an absolute dream to paint with. And they give even colour application with ease. 

Coverage: With just one coat the coverage was pretty amazing.  

 I find with most neon polishes I need to do around 4 coats to get a decent amount of coverage & with that comes the dreadful drying time. But not with these babies!

 Completely dry in less that 8 minutes!  (yes I timed it!)

 I’ve been spoilt with my Gelish manicures being completely dry as soon as they are done but I think I’m converting back to my old ways of good old regular nail polish. 

So, back to coverage! After 2 thin coats I have complete, even coverage.

Shown here with All that Jazz top note- topcoat. 

Wearability: They were still going strong 13 days after application without the need to reapply top coat. (I removed them in the end as I needed a colour change for a night out.) which was The Jack rose, with some sparkle added to the cuticle area- shown below. 

 
Pros: Coverage & drying time 

Cons: I would have loved a neon blue or yellow instead of 2 greens but I suppose that isn’t really a con. However I had to put something 😉 

I must say this is now my go to brand for polishes which has over taken some high end brands that I usually love. 

Have you tried All that jazz? What did you think? Fave colours?  Let me know

For more swatches check out my Instagram: https://instagram.com/perfectlypolishedxx/

To view the full range & purchase : http://www.allthatjazzuk.com/product-details/2/118/327/professional-nail-lacquer/collections/the-cocktail-collection.htm 

This weeks manicure

Here’s this weeks mani if you hadn’t already noticed 😉
 

 I’m now off to have a play with my Urban decay Smoky palette for my next post 😍  It Arrived Monday morning but I haven’t had the chance to swatch it yet. Trust me, you guys will not be disappointed. It’s definitely been worth the wait! 

See you soon! 

Sam x