Mini Benefit Haul

After reading Dee’s post regarding Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadow/Liners, I decided I needed some in my life. So I ordered the shades RSVP & Honey Bunny based on the swatches she posted, and also Recess because I’ve had that shade before and remember liking it. I also posted another rambling thinking-out-loud video after opening these for the first time here, if you’re interested. I can’t wait to wear these tonight!

Makeup Inspiration – Kate Bosworth

I am looking past Kate’s atrocious Jil Sander ensemble and focusing on the amazing summer-perfect makeup she was sporting at the Style Awards last night. Fresh, dewy skin? Check. Subtle eye makeup? Check. Gorgeous gold eyeliner? Check? Full black lashes? Check. Glowy peach toned cheeks? Check. Hot as hell lip colour? Check. Perfection!

Product Review: L’Oreal Smoothing Resurfacing Primer

I have never been a huge fan of primers. In fact, if I didn’t need to wear foundation or tinted moisturiser to even out my complexion and make me look ‘ put together’ for work, I probably wouldn’t. I have a strange phobia about layering too many products on my face, and because I’d never seen much in the way of results from primers before, I stopped bothering with them. I was asked to review the L’Oreal Studio Secrets Professional Smoothing Resurfacing Primer for Fashionising, so I thought it would be interesting to try out a primer again to see what I thought. (Especially as I’ve been noticing my pores more and more in my old age!) My first impression of the primer was that it was something of a miracle worker. The consistency of the product reminded me something of the Maybelline Dream Mousse blushes, but a little softer.

It smoothed onto the skin really easily and a little bit of product went a long way. I applied it to my pore-problem areas (my cheeks and the middle of my forehead) and it seemed to smooth everything out and made my skin feel soft and silky. My foundation applied well over the top, and everything looked smooth and even. Winner. (how many times can I use the word smooth in this review?) I would say the effects of the primer probably last me until lunch time, where my skin goes back to looking as it normally would without the product. Not so much of a winner for those like me with oily/combination skin who work a full 8 hours and need long lasting results from makeup. I would definitely use this product for nights where I am going out for dinner or something similar where I only really need a couple of hours coverage. I’m also really happy with the fact that this primer didn’t break me out at all, as other products that I’ve used in the past have done. The L’Oreal Studio Secrets Professional Smoothing Resurfacing Primer retails for $39.95 AUD and is available for purchase from Priceline. (note: I was sent this product for consideration for review)

Christmas Gift Guide Pt 3. (under $200)

This is my third and final gift guide for the season, for items under $200. If you’re interested, you can still view my previous gift gives for under $50 and under $100 that I posted last week. I managed to get 99% of my Christmas shopping done yesterday so I have 1 more gift to buy and I am done for the season! Enough bragging, on to the gift guide…

Under $200 (for her)

Under $200 (for him)

Happy Holidays!