Sunday, July 7, 2013

Paul & Joe Smoothing Base: Review.


    


   Hello beautiful creatures! I was sent the Paul & Joe Smoothing Base from their limited edition Beach Baby Collection a few days ago and have been incredibly excited to review it ever since! The Smoothing Base claims to prime the skin, minimize pores, erase discoloration, and supply hydration for a flawless makeup application. Here are my thoughts...

     When I first dispensed some of this product I noticed it had a very faint pretty smell, which is always nice, and a pale orangey-coral color. I was a little hesitant about the color because I was afraid it would discolor my skin like the Rimmel London Fix & Perfect primer had once done to me, luckily however this little guy was fine! (Sorry for the semi-gross looking swatch.)


     The consistency of this base is pretty thick which was unusual for me because I'm typically used to a more light latex based or lotion based primer however I ended up liking this Paul & Joe one even better. Because this primer is so smooth and thick it ended up really covering over any dry spots, pores, and blemishes and truly created an incredibly smooth base for my foundation to latch onto. The downside to this consistency is that I felt as though I needed to apply more product to cover my whole face rather than a lotion/latex based primer that spreads thinly with a small amount of product. However, the outcome of this primer makes up for it!

    This base also definitely hydrates and moisturizes the skin which is great for me because my skin has been pretty dry and flaky lately. With ingredients like apricot extract, orange flower water, and white lily extract for moisturizing as well as apricot and jojoba oils that work as emollients, I feel good about putting this product on my skin. As far as the claim that this base instantly erases discoloration and dark spots, I didn't see a huge change, but with these great ingredients maybe I'll see a change over time.

     One last thing I adored about this product is how it really allowed my makeup to last longer than usual. It's been so insanely hot in New York the past few days but even through the sweat and heat the Paul & Joe Smoothing base kept my makeup holding on! 

Overall? I really love this product. It's unlike any primer I've tried before in the best way possible. I think it would be great for any skin type and it has awesome skin-loving ingredients! You can buy this product here

Friday, July 5, 2013

Liebster Awards: Part 2&3.


The Liebster award is a way to give great blogs attention,  if they are in the shadows. The award encourages others to read these blogs.  This award has some rules, here they are:
  • You must link back to the person who nominated you.
  • You must answer the 11 Liebster questions given to you by the nominee before you
  • You must pick 11 bloggers to be nominated for the award with under 200 followers
  • You must come up with 11 questions for your nominees to answer
  • You must go to their blogs and notify your nominees

     Hello there you beautiful creatures! I've been kindly nominated for the Liebster Award again by two wonderfully spectacular bloggers; Emily from http://www.britishbeautyaddict.com and Grace from http://abitgraceful.blogspot.com/! I highly recommend you all follow these amazing gals!

Emily's Questions:
1. Pick the one beauty product you couldn't live without.
Definitely my red lipstick. It really spices up any look!

2. What is your top beauty tip?
Exfoliating & moisturizing you skin! It makes such a difference when applying makeup.

3. Where is your favourite place to visit?
I love visiting New York City. I live so close but only go once in a while and it's always so magical! You always see something new and there's something inspiring about being surrounded by so many different, unique people.

4. Who is your favourite blogger/youtuber?
I love reading Louise from http://sprinkleofglitter.blogspot.com! She's always so consistent with her posts and they're always so interesting and fun to read! My favorite Youtubers are Zoe Sugg, Louise (again), Bunny (grav3yardgirl), and Tanya Burr. I'm indecisive! 

5. What advice would you give to new bloggers?
I'm a new blogger myself but my best advice is to just keep it going. It's difficult to gain followers on here but if you stay consistent and produce good, honest content, a bigger audience will follow.

6. Do you blog full time?
As a job? I wish. But I always try to update my blog here and my blog on Tumblr on a daily basis!

7. What beauty products are you hoping to get next?
I'm dying to try out the Lorac Pro Palette and Sleek blush palettes.

8. What is your favourite movie?
The Last Song, Pans Labyrinth, or Little Miss Sunshine. An odd mix.

9. Heels or Converse?
Converse, definitely.

10. Go to make-up brand?
MAC or Wet N Wild! They definitely make up a lot of my collection.

11. What is the goal for your blog?
To help people out while simultaneously expressing my undying love for makeup & beauty.

Grace's Questions:
1. What are your summer essentials (name 3)? 
A light foundation or BB cream, Benefit Coralista Blush, Carmex Lip Balm.

2. What is your favorite perfume?
Currently it's Vera Wang Princess. So purdy!

3. What is your pet peeve?
Obnoxious chewing and misplacing things. Ugh.

4. Coffee or tea?
I adore both but I'm absolutely addicted to coffee.

5. If your life was being made into a movie, who would you want to play you?
Lucy Hale. I'm a little obsessed with her.

6. Read a good book or watch a good movie?
Both, but good books are always better.

7. If you could only wear one color for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Probably black or grey; they go with everything!

8. Celebrity crush?
Evan freaking Peters.

9. Where do you shop the most?
H&M, American Apparel, or Target.

10. What is your favorite beauty product at the moment?
I've fallen in love with my Revlon Colorstay Foundation all over again lately.

11. Current favorite song?
I really love all of Paramore's newest album! So catchy.

My Gorgeous Nominees.
(I suck and couldn't come up with eleven)
Becca from http://becdoesbeauty.blogspot.com
Jess from http://jessicacottonxo.blogspot.com/
Naomi from http://naomimatthews.blogspot.com
Janise from http://inallmyjannieness.blogspot.com
Rachel from http://lustslovesandmusthaves.blogspot.co.uk
Laura from http://www.lauralouisehaynes.com

My Questions.
1. What is your soul animal?
2. One piece in your closet you couldn't live without?
3. Your favorite beauty bargain?
4. What is your signature scent?
5. What are you most addicted to: twitter, tumblr, or instagram?
6. What do you typically order at Starbucks?
7. A celebrity you've gotten compared to?
8. Worst beauty product you've ever tried?
9. Top three favorite bands/musicians?
10. One place you're dying to visit?
11. Who is your beauty & fashion icon?