Thursday, 26 February 2015

The Battle of the Primers

 From left to right - Maybelline Baby Skin, Smashbox Photo Finish, Benefit Porefessional, Bare Mineral Prime Time, The Body Shop Instablur.

I've only got into primers over this past year and it wasn't love at first use for me. I started with Maybelline's Baby Skin which is a very silicone heavy formula and just makes my skin feel very waxy when it's been put on, it feels like it's clogging up my pores as soon as I put it on and I didn't use it for very long at all, the only reason I've kept this is to do a post on primers as I've been trying out quite a few different ones.

I decided that I wanted to get some mineral foundation so I got a started pack from Bare Minerals and included in that was Prime Time. I'm pretty sure that this is designed for using with Mineral Foundation so that's what I tend to use it with. As you can see from the picture above this is the most liquid primer of them all. It feels quite light on the skin which I like and I wouldn't say that this is a silicone feeling primer. As I said that I only use this with Mineral Foundation I can't compare it to the other primers when discussing how long it keeps makeup on. I find that with Mineral Foundation when I use this primer it does keep the makeup on longer but because Mineral Foundation is a very light finish anyway I suppose it doesn't make a huge difference.

I got the Porefessional with a magazine sometime around Easter and at the time I fell in love with it, it didn't feel like silicone like Baby Skin and it seems to reduce the look of pores as well as ever so slightly evening out skintone. The Porefessional is the only one that has some colour to it unlike all the other ones which I do like, I'm not sure if it would work for very dark skintones as I'm quite pale, I could be wrong here. As for whether it keeps makeup on for longer I would say that it does but the main factor I like about this primer is that it reduces the size of my pores.

After seeing Gabby from Velvet Gh0st loving The Body Shop Instablur I thought it was worth a try as the price tag for my beloved Porefessional was a little too high for me to buy it full size and Instablur is half the price. I immediately feel in love with this when I used it, although when I first put some on my finger I was a little unsure, the texture does feel quite odd, you can see in the picture that unlike all the other primers this isn't smooth but when I smoothed this onto my skin it felt so natural like there wasn't anything on my skin. After trying a few different primers this had to be my favourite of them all, it feels lovely on the skin, slightly mattifies my oily skin, keeps my makeup on the extra few hours and combined with a good powder I can go several hours without getting that sheeny look - Go Instablur.

Smashbox Photo finish primer was one that I got in a starter kit from Smashbox which I got because I wanted to see what the brand had to offer. I still can't make my mind up about this one, it does make my skin smooth when I use it under my foundation but I haven't noticed great things. I don't think that I would buy this full price.

Friday, 20 February 2015

Prime those lashes

Last year I purchased the Urban Decay Perversion mascara on Corhorted which also came with a mini of their Subversion lash primer. I saved it till Christmas time as a little Christmas treat for myself and what a treat it was. Lash primers are the way to go. It feels a little weird putting something white on your lashes but the primer seems to give my lashes that extra umph, it makes them longer and thicker and when you add a few layers of the mascara over the top they look perfect (and I have tiny lashes so this is saying something). The white primer is hidden after just one coat of mascara but to get the best results I find two or three lashings of mascara gives the best effect.

I've tried the mascara on its own and although it is good it's not as brilliant on it's own. I haven't tried Subversion with a different mascara yet so I can't report that it does the job well with any mascara that you have.

I would recommend going on Cohorted to anyone and seeing if they have any of the Urban Decay Perversion Mascara with a mini of Subversion as you can get it quite a bit cheaper than buying it in the shops. I've already got a back up of this for when it runs out.

*this post is not sponsored and all views are my own.

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

A Cheapie but a Goodie

I'm not usually one to buy makeup that is to do with celebrities but this Little Mix one looked so cute and I've heard so many good reviews about it that I had to try it. The palette looks pretty grubby to say that this is relatively new to me but it's become my favourite palette to travel with, it's so light and compact and even though the packaging is only cardboard it's pretty sturdy so is the perfect thing to stick in my makeup bag if I'm going away for a few nights.

The colours in this palette are really pretty, there's a good colour payoff even though my camera hasn't picked up the colour in the swatches and they last well considering the palette only cost me £3.19, I had trouble washing the eyeshadow off my fingers after swatching them. I have the annoyance of oily eyelids, it's a pain but nothing that a good eyeshadow primer can't fix. I found that these tend to fade by mid afternoon without a primer but with one they last much longer.

There is a really good variety of colours in this palette, apart from the first shade which I tend to avoid as it's a bit light, I use them all at different times; the second to fourth shade are good daytime colours with the last two being really good for a darker smokey eye.

I've seen that Collection have some more palettes like this which I'm sure I'll end up trying soon.

Tuesday, 3 February 2015

One Year of emhasrednails

I don't know how I've kept this up for so long, I'm the kind of person to quit things, I played the flute for a while and then quit, I went running for a while and then stopped, I went swimming for a few months and then stopped doing that. I just seem to be the person who can't manage to keep things up for very long but I appear to be doing reasonably well with emhasrednails. I'm not very good at blogging regularly when I'm at uni because I don't have my camera with me here for one, I did last term but took two lots of blog photos so it didn't seem worth it to bring it back after Christmas, when I go home I tend to take a lot of photos and upload sporadically when I have time to write a matching post. I find it hard to find the time to write blog posts and then do all the other things that follow a new blog post such as telling all my social media that I've written a new post (I'm sure this takes longer than writing the actual post!) 

This is a very short and blabby post that only has one meaning, to celebrate my blogs first birthday! Thank you to everyone who has ever read or commented on emhasrednails, I love reading new comments on my blog! As cheesy as it sounds I can't wait for many more years to come of blogging, I really enjoy taking the pictures, writing the posts and interacting with other bloggers. I would also love to go to a blogging meet up sometime as I've seen so many different posts on them about them and they look so much fun!

Thanks for reading emhasrednails, see you soon!

Saturday, 10 January 2015

Eyeliner Loving

If you've been reading my blog for a bit you might now know that I love wearing eyeliner, especially with a little flick, if you didn't already know you can see how much I love it because of the amount of different eyeliners I've got. I've found that felt tip like liners are the best for me, they're easy to use and last a relatively long time. I've put the liners in order of when I got them (I'm guessing with the first three because I've had these for quite a while) The norm seems to be now that with each new liner I get I think it's better than the previous, however, when I went back over them all I realised that they were all pretty good and each has their advantages and disadvantages. Some have better staying power, some are easier to do a flick and others are better for doing a thin, subtle line above my lashes.

These three are my newest, The L'Oreal Superliner Perfect Slim had a great nib, it was the perfect thickness which made it really easy to get a lovely thin, subtle line with a nice flick but it wasn't just black enough for me.

Oh the Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner, I don't have a bad word to say about this (apart from the name, it's not a true liquid eyeliner) first of all I got this free in a magazine and it's the best freebie I've ever got, second it's so easy to use, perfect for anyone with any kind of eyeliner skills as the nib is perfect, just the right size with enough movement to make it work. It doesn't lack in colour either. This liner is the one I pick up all the time and is the one most likely to give me great looking eyeliner.  This will 100% be repurchased.

The Soap and Glory Supercat Liner is pretty much joint with the Eyeko liner, it's pretty black, it could be one of the easiest nibs I've ever had to get the perfect flick, the lasting power is reasonable with this one, doesn't last all day on me but few ever do because I have oily lids. This one is pretty cheap being £6 from Boots. If you prefer a thicker line then you could try out the Soap and Glory Supercat Fat liner, I haven't tried it before but if it's anything like the normal one then I'd guess it would be pretty good.

Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof liner is the thinnest of the liners I've got, it's amazing for a thin line because the nib is so thin. Scandaleyes is good for a very subtle flick but not great for a more obvious one. It's so easy to use because it's so thin but the nib isn't flexible so if you prefer a bit of movement in your liner this probably isn't the one for you. 

The L'Oreal Superliner Blackbuster is for those people who like a really thick black line but that's not really my style so this wasn't a winner with me, this one really looked like a felt tip pen and unlike the others it was pretty thick. I would recommend this one if you like bolder liner but it's not one for beginners as you need a very steady hand with this one as one wrong move and it's all over your eye. 

I have mixed feelings for the Bourjois Liner Feutre, it's blacker than black which is great for me as I hate liners that turn out to be a grey colour but the brush is too bendy for me, if it was a little sturdier I would love it as it's the perfect size nib and has great staying power too. I'm tempted to repurchase this one and see if the nib has got more flexible because it's getting a bit older now, I might get back to you on this one. 

*I like my liner to be of a thin to medium thickness with a small flick, I know that my friend who wears very thick liner would prefer the thicker nibs because it's quicker to use but to me, the thinner the better*

Monday, 5 January 2015

New Years Resolutions

I know everyone will be doing posts like these but I'm doing this more for myself, if I write them all down and post it I'm hoping that I will keep to them, I'm usually a failure with these sorts of things!

1. The usual eat healthy and spend less money; I'm clumping these two together because they're boring ones that I try to do every year. There's not much explaining on this eat less sugar and more fruit and veg, buy less makeup, you have enough girl!

2. Write more blog posts, I'm pretty good with this one when I'm at home, especially in summer but in term time I'm awful, I want to be better but when I'm not revising or writing essays I want to be away from my laptop and not typing away, I'm still going to try and post more but I know it will be hard for me so we'll see how I go.

3. Say yes to more things. I'm one of those people who likes to be in my comfort zone, I need to get out of my comfort zone and do more things, experience life more!

4. Be able to do a good handstand and cartwheel. I joined the Gymnastics society last year in September and I'm slowly improving, I'm getting there with both of them but they're still not good enough!

Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Half-Way Through

I cannot believe that I'm now halfway through my time at university, I don't feel like I know enough to think that next year I'll be completing my dissertation, I had to use spell-checker to even find out how to spell the word, never mind write 10,000 words on an experiment I have to devise myself! I need to stop talking about it now, I'm having a panic just talking about it!

I've learnt so much whilst I've been at Uni, I've made the most amazing friends that I know I will keep in touch with, I've managed to do all my own washing *pats self on back for being a proper grown up* and I've found out that the best thing about living away from home is being able to do my own food shop! I thought I would be really unhealthy but I'm actually not, I buy lots of fruit and I'm even eating more fish at uni than I ever did at home!

By Thursday I'll be able to say that next year I'll be (hopefully) finishing my degree and I have absolutely no idea what I want to do with my life (ideas are welcome), I'm also turning 20 in 2015, I'll no longer be a teenager (and therefore can't pretend that because I'm under 20 I'm still a child) and I'll be half-way to forty; something I've happily annoyed my friends by saying but now I think about it I would like to stay 19, it's a nice age to be, no one expects too much of me but I can still drink and drive although definitely not at the same time.

This year has been pretty great for me, I started the year seeing Taylor Swift at the O2 in London with one of my best friends, started emhasrednails and kept up writing new posts reasonably well, I also got an amazing camera that has been well loved and even after having it for 6 months I'm still learning the basics of how to use it, I finished my first year of uni, got a new job that I enjoy and can go back to when I'm home, been to Greece and had the best holiday ever. I was lucky enough to be taken to London by my boyfriend and we went to the Harry Potter Studios. I started my second year at uni and I seem to be doing better than last year as well as enjoying it more (fingers crossed that I can keep this up), I joined the gymnastics society at uni and even though I'm not very good I'm learning something new and by joining I've made lots of new friends. 2014 has been a good year for me, I hope 2015 is the same.

Thank you so much for reading and I'll see you in 2015! Happy New Year!

P.S. I hope you like the picture, my Auntie got it for her secret Santa at work and I love it! It isn't relevant but I just had to share it with you!