Saturday, 30 June 2012

New CID Cosmetics I-Prime Foundation Primer

New CID Foundation Primer

The New CID Primer

The New CID Primer* is undoubtedly the best primer I’ve used, even over the Benefit Porefessional. It’s so smooth and silky and glides on like a dream. I feel I need a primer when I’m at work as it’s quite a long day for your makeup to be on. With the primer my makeup lasts that extra few hours that can sometimes save me when I’m in a rush to go somewhere after work.

Foundation Primer

The packaging is sleek from the outside box to the product packaging itself. It took me a while to figure out how to get the product out but the silver part twists up which is a great design, when I throw things in my travel bag when I stay at my boyfriends sometimes products pump themselves. Brilliant example of this was when I was on holiday my fake tan had pumped itself all over my toiletries, lovely!

Foundation primer reviews

i-prime will not only improve the appearance of the skin instantly but will allow foundation to glide on perfectly (even in those tricky areas) and stay on all day. i - prime is a light-weight serum that should be applied after moisturising, featuring skin-quenching shea butter and powerful antioxidant Vitamin E. - Hairtrade.

The consistency is quite thick, which is deceiving as it’s so easy to work with and dries quite quickly before I put my foundation and concealer over the top. It’s in no way greasy and feels quite refreshing when I put it on when I’ve woken up. It’s a great base layer to work with and will definitely be re-purchasing it when I’ve ran out.

I’ve been using this for approx 1 month and hardly used any, a little goes a long way. I’ve stopped using my porefessional completely unless I need full coverage makeup, in which case I’ll use that over the top over the i-prime.

You can buy the new CID I-Primer* from Hairtrade here for £27.00!

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Friday, 29 June 2012


I wanted to do a post today to inform you all of the “Sponsors Page” on one of my tab pages at the top. Occasionally I do ad swaps with various bloggers and I wanted to tell you all about the bloggers I have on my page at the moment!

Firstly is Milo and Molly, it’s a great blog that’s based in America by the lovely Kristen. We’ve swapped buttons for quite a while now and I love checking up on her blog to see the latest posts. It’s a lifestyle blog and completely lovely to read. I’d suggest you have a look and check it out! :)

I also have Beckys Makeup, I have read her blog for quite a while before we swapped buttons but I read her blog regularly and it’s so pretty too! I wish I could get mine that neat and tidy! If you’re into makeup and skincare reviews, check her out!

I recently swapped buttons with Topaz & May and Lisa’s blog is also one I read myself. I think swapping buttons is a great idea to read new blogs and her blog is quite girly like mine, with reviews on makeup, brushes, skincare, fashion and lifestyle so quite varied!

Lastly is actually an Ebay shop owned by Jessica. She has also just started up her new blog recently which is mainly beauty and fashion posts. She hates her dimples which amazes me as I’m so jealous! I’ve poked my cheeks hoping for dimples forever, to no avail :( Check out her blog here

See my Sponsors page here.

If anybody else wants to swap buttons please feel free to copy my button (listed in my sidebar at the bottom) and contact me to swap with yours!

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Thursday, 28 June 2012

Collection Colour Match Foundation

foundation, collection 2000

Collection 2000 Colour Match Foundation

Recently I was noseying round Asda on my lunch and didn’t even know that my local Asda does makeup, seems that most of them are starting to do makeup in the supermarkets near me as Vivo has now finally hit (one of) my (3) local Tesco’s too. I love the Collection 2000 Cream Puff Lip Cream and I’ve heard great things about the Lasting Perfection concealer (still yet to try as I’ve not yet ran out of a ton of concealers!) but something made me want to buy some foundations that day..

Comparison to the Naturally Matte Foundation - L-R Naturally Matte, Colour Match

I don’t normally suit or like low end foundations but I wanted to see out of curiosity if there was a good, cheaper foundation that I could recommend for others. The first one I picked up was actually on offer, RRP £6, on sale for £4. It was the Colour Match foundation in shade 1 Ivory. I am very pale I’d say, so was a bit uncertain whether it would be a good colour match but overall it was quite a good match. It was quite a watery based liquid compared to the other foundation and blended quite easily. As always, it showed up a lot of my dry patches but for a cheap foundation, I found the consistency to be nice and thin which made it easy to blend and build up if need be.

It doesn’t last an awful long time which is expected in a lower end “drug store” foundation but overall, for the price if you’re on a budget I would definitely recommend this. It can get a bit oily by the end of the day and I don’t even have oily skin, so that may be one thing to watch out for. Nothing that can’t resolve!  

I will briefly mention the other foundation listed, the Naturally Matte was one of the worst, I’ve ever, ever used. BUT it was only £2...I don’t know what I was thinking even trying it if I’m honest, think it was a major impulse buy on a cheapy mission! It is so thick and I turned my hand over for quite a long period of time and it didn’t move, I used face wipes and hand wash to try and remove it, wow! The colour difference between the Colour Match and the Naturally Matte was extreme. The cheaper one was way more orange. How does that work when they’re both 1 Ivory by the same brand?! Anyway, I will be binning that when I get home now I have reminded myself! 

On another note, does anybody have any higher end foundations (especially for dry skin?)

 You can buy Colour Match foundation here at Boots for £5.99.

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Wednesday, 27 June 2012


I haven't done a NOTD in quite a while so I wanted to show you my nails today, nothing too fancy but still a bit of POP to my work outfit.

On all my nails I firstly used the Collection (2000) Lasting Colour in shade 22 Kiss n Tell followed by Topshop's gorgeous glittery polish in Adrenalin. I actually really like the Collection 2000 nail polish. No matter how expensive the polish it always chips on me, sigh..but this brush is perfect size for me and one dip of the polish does all of one hand (one coat). I found it in Poundland a while ago, link here.

I have used it in a few other NOTD's too like this one here.

What do you think, simple and quick? I'm a sucker for pink nails and it's the colour I wear most (can you tell by my blog colours?!)

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Tuesday, 26 June 2012

The best sponge ever?

Cosmopolitan Blend Perfection Sponge

I'm sure a lot of you are familiar with the several ways to apply foundation, brushes, fingers, sponges. I always thought when I was younger that fingers were the only and best way but I was very wrong. I was left looking like an orange china doll and it put me off trying foundation again, for over 5 years.. Then along came the Real Techniques brushes. 

I do love them and will continue to use their several brushes but one thing has changed my routine for the better lately. It's the Cosmopolitan sponge. There's several dupes lying around the internet, it's a case of which came first, the chicken or the egg I think.
The original is called a Beauty Blender which is all over ebay but these are in a complete teardrop design which differs slightly to the Cosmopolitan Blend Perfection but either way, I think they’re both great designs for getting into the niggly bits such as your eyes where it’s not as easy to blend foundation! This wasn’t that easy to find but in the end I bought it from Ebay but I’ve since seen them in Tesco, Boots and Superdrug – typical!!

I hate the thought of using sponges though as I think of the hygiene factor, but surely they’re no worse than brushes if you wash them daily? They’re not hard to clean and easy to ring out all the orange mess, lovely! I find stippling my foundation on using this sponge gives such a natural, flawless finish for me personally. I have such dry skin that I don’t like to cake foundation in places it’s not needed. whereas with this I can use the flatter end of the sponge on my cheeks, t-zone etc and then if it still isn’t how I want it to look, I can then use the Real Techniques stippling brush which gives me a nice finish but can sometimes look streaky with the wrong foundation. I love the design but think they won’t last as long as brushes but for around £4-5 it’s not too bad buying one every few months.

 Have you tried a Beauty Blending sponge or the Cosmopolitan dupe? What do you think of using a sponge instead of brushes/ your hands?

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Monday, 25 June 2012

Try me alert!

Hey everyone,

I just wanted to share with you about a site I didn't previously know about until a few weeks ago. It's called What's in My Handbag? Go on the direct link here and join now to try new products! They do "trys" every so often where you can win samples of various products to try out! There has been quite a few different things but all in all, it's a great site and I'm constantly on there looking for new products.

This weeks try is Ren's


How's that for a mouthful?! This product is loved by Lisa Snowdon, Television Presenter, Radio DJ & Model. 

I call this my red carpet facial - I do it before events and parties for an instant glow. It’s quick, leaves my skin looking radiant, plump and firm, smoothes out imperfections and has also helped to lighten areas that suffer from hyper-pigmentation. 

Image courtesy of What's in My Handbag
I've never tried this before, so I'm hoping I get to try this out. It RRP's at £30 online.

Anymore freebies I should be aware of? I also visit the Money Saving Expert freebie forum. I've had quite a few things delivered from there too so give it a try!

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Sunday, 24 June 2012

Quick Update!

Hey everyone,

I just wanted to update you with a few things at the moment. I have a few exciting things hopefully coming up in the future soon which means I've had to focus on that and take a little break from blogging but I should be back in a couple of days with regular new posts again :)

Hope you've all enjoyed the weekend, and the football if you're interested?!

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