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New Stuff I'm Trying & Loving


I've been trying out some new makeup products that I really wanted to share my thoughts on but I don't want a separate review for each one so I thought I would bunch them all together as one hopefully short but sweet post. It's going to be a bit chatty and sometimes rambly, but here goes.

I wanted to do a review on this primer because I truly think it's epic. I've watched Allana Davison rave about the YSL Touche Eclat Blur Primer and it's not as expensive as I once thought so I picked it up and tried it out. I have to say, I bloody love it and see why she raves about it so much.
It's a blurring primer so it makes my skin silky smooth but not dry like some silicone primers do. It has small flecks of gold particles in but that doesn't really translate on the skin. It smooths over my pores which is exactly what I wanted it to do. I just love it. My makeup looks amazing over the top and it lasts all day. It's a transparent gel with the shimmer particles in, designed to add luminosity to the skin whilst also smoothing and blurring out imperfections. It's £29.50 which frankly isn't as expensive as I thought it was going to be. It's not as expensive as the next one I'm going to speak about, but I really do think this is a fantastic primer and I highly recommend you checking it out, even just swatching it at a counter, the effect is amazing and my makeup lasts longer than it ever has. 

I also wanted to mention the Becca First Light Priming Filter which is the Backlight Priming Filters new sister. I love that it's a purple, it has amazing packaging and as I mentioned it is more expensive than the YSL primer at £32, the same as the Backlight Primer.
The premise behind this primer though is that the lavender tone brightens the complexion, adds a beautiful luminosity and banishes any sallow or dull tones in the skin. It's very lightweight so there's no need to worry about thick layers of primer clogging pores and not melting into the skin. It looks beautiful on it's own, or with the Backlight Primer, and even mixed in with foundation. It instantly gives you a "good skin" day, and boy anything that will give me that I am all for. Although it doesn't state this in the description, there are other reviews which say they find it very hydrating and moisturising upon first application, and throughout the day. I have to admit I've not really found this, I do like the refreshing and light-weight feel it gives when I apply it, but I can't say it hydrates my skin, but if you find it does, then that's great.
You may be wondering what the difference is between the First Light Priming Filter and the Backlight Priming Filter. Well, let me tell you. The Backlight Primer has a luminous sheen to it so when you apply it, it gives you an instant radiance boost - without using shimmer! Whereas the First Light Primer corrects your skin tone to rid you of any dullness, tiredness or sallow skin, without the use of a sheen or luminosity. You may not feel like you need both. I think they both work well for different reasons, so when I feel my skin needs some extra glow then I will use the Backlight Priming Filter, when my skin is looking dull, or I've not had much sleep the night before, I will use the First Light Priming Filter. They're both great.

Now for another primer. I know, I know I went a little excessive. What you don't know is that I bought some other primers too which I am also testing out. Oops. So Priming Waters have been a thing and are appearing more and more from both drugstore and highend brands, but one of the first to really kick the trend off was the Smashbox Photo Finish Priming Water, and before now I hadn't tried any Smashbox Primers even though they were seen as some of the best by many influencers in the beauty world. 
So I thought I would give this a try and on first use, the mist is so fine I didn't feel like it had even got onto my skin, but it had, and it absorbed into the skin pretty quickly. I have also used this after my foundation application and after my makeup just to refresh, settle any excess powder and generally set my skin. 
Let's be real, I don't know how much it really does. I can't tell you whether it truly increases the longevity of my makeup, primes my skin or sets my makeup (although not what it's marketed as). But what I do know is that it refreshes and hydrates my skin, leaving it feel nice and supple and ready for makeup. There's no silicone, oil or alcohol so it doesn't run the risk of drying out the skin or leaving your skin feeling greasy, sticky or tight, which makes it a great product for many different skin types. You may be thinking "well that's an extra step that is just unnecessary, what's the point?" Well I would start by asking if you have ever tried a priming spray before? It could be just what you need for your makeup application to be smooth and go on better. Give one a try. Nip + Fab have just released a primer water, there's some at the drugstore from Collection, or you can just try a Rosewater Spray or something like that to see what you think about adding an extra layer of hydration before you apply your makeup. 
For me, it's a nice step, I like how refreshing it feels and how fast it absorbs so it doesn't take any longer to complete my makeup routine, and I like to really prep my skin well and I see a difference in the application and wear of my makeup, and for £20, this will last a while so at the end I can see if I want to repurchase or if I can do without it.

The other Smashbox Primer I've been trying is the Pore Minimizing Primer which I've been really enjoying. It's very similar to the Benefit Porefessional as it's a skin tone shade and it makes my skin feel very similar, but it's not so drying and mattifying which I really like. It smooths out my skin so my makeup goes on really nice over it. It's not my favourite, but it's a great option if you're looking for something like this.

Enough of primers for now, I wanted to mention a powder that I've incorporated into my routine and I'm loving. The infamous, Laura Mercier Loose Translucent Powder. Yes, I know I'm late to the bandwagon, years too late, but I wanted to try some other things before I gave in to the hype. But what have I learnt from this? It's hyped up for a reason, you should probably try it and not struggle with other powders when you know there's a massive chance this could work for you and be awesome. 
The LM Loose Translucent Powder is a powder that has been talked about excessively on the Youtubes and Blogs and the likes. I've seen it a lot but never thought to try it. Until I was getting very frustrated with how my concealer was looking under my eyes and how dry my skin was looking on my face because of the powders I was using. But the LM powder doesn't make my skin look dry or cakey or anything, and if ever I get too heavy handed with it, I can just spray some primer or setting spray and it settles it down perfectly. I like to use the Beauty Blender Blusher Sponge to set my under eyes and wherever I apply concealer just to ensure it's really melted into the skin. Then I go in with a big powder brush and do the rest of my face. The first time I did this I was very anxious that it would make my look like a dry cakey mess, but it didn't. I was amazed and I've been using it ever since. I fricking love this powder. Definitely worth the hype - a post on products worth the hype and not worth the hype will be coming up soon. But did you catch the Tarte Shape Tape Concealer - Worth The Hype? post I uploaded this week? Check it out here

Speaking of the Beauty Blender Blusher, I do want to do an honorable mention as I've seen a bit about it online and thought I would give it a try. The Micro Blenders aren't my favourite, but in this little kit I bought, it had the original BB, the Blusher BB and a Micro BB. When I first put the Blusher one under water and did the normal thing, I found it didn't expand too much, but I still gave it a shot, and I didn't like it for blending out my foundation, or my concealer, or anything else. But when it came to setting my under eye concealer with my original BB, I thought I would try the Blusher one and it works beautifully. The Micro is still in the box, but these two are what I've been using whenever I wear makeup and I love the finish they give. 

 Today's is a bit of a rambly, lengthy post where I just wanted to get my thoughts on these products down as I've been enjoying using them. If you like these kinds of posts, please let me know as I can definitely do them more often. 

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  1. I've heard that the Laura Mercier powder is so good, I'd love to try it!
    Liv x

  2. I really want to try that Laura Mercier powder, it sounds amazing! X

    Kate// itskaterose.com


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