Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Primer Review

Hello bees, I hope you’ve had a great weekend! I spent mine camping with my son and some of his friends which was a lot of fun! As promised in my previous blog post, today’s post will be my thoughts on the Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Primer.

Disclaimer– this post contains affiliate links and all opinions are honest and my own.

I picked up the mini size as I always like to try out products before splashing out on the full size. The mini has 15ml of product and costs £15. The full size holds 32ml of product and costs £24.

Firstly lets talk about the packaging, I’m a big fan of the minimal aesthetic when it comes to beauty products and this doesn’t disappoint! I love the muted pinky nude lid and pump that pairs with a matching frosted glass bottle. It looks and feels like it’s a high end product. The pump itself is easy to use and not cheap feeling, I found it easy to get the right amount of product without having to waste any. I also like how sturdy the bottle is, making if perfect for take travelling with you.

This soft matte product claims to be a
A shine-stopping, pore-diffusing primer that smooths the way for better foundation application and longer wear with an instant retouch effect. This has a thick creamy texture that stays put in the back of your hand once pumped out. It does blend out really well and sinks into the skin quickly, doesn’t leave the skin with that tacky feel and does make the skin feel super silky. This primer does has a medium strength scent to it, it reminds me of baby powder mixed with with a floral perfume. I don’t hate the scent but I’m glad it fades not long after application. I have watched a few reviews on YouTube from people who are sensitive to scents saying this gave them a headache when applying, so be cautious if scented products make you react in any way!

The selling point for me in a matte primer is what it can do for my pores. I have large pores in my T-zone which are my oily areas. This did a great job at making them appear smoother and less visible. I tried this primer with four of my favourite foundations. Two matte and two with a dewy finish and they worked equally well with both. This doesn’t fully mattify skin, instead leaves a satin finish, and really helps the base look more even and smooth. As for how it aids the longevity of makeup, I found that it definitely kept my makeup in place, even in my problem areas that always crease and move such as the end of my nose and creases of my nostrils.

Overall I like this primer, I will be using this up and buying another for the winter months when I prefer a matte skin. If you are interested in this primer it can be found here. I’m excited to try more from this brand and would love your recommendations in the comments below!

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IT Cosmetics first impressions. A flawless base?

Hello bees, I hope you’re having a good start to the weekend. Although at this point I’m not sure that it matters since all the days are blurring into one during this lockdown.

So I’m sure like me you’ve been doing boredom online shopping while safe at home, during a YouTube sesh which led to a shopping spree I decided to try some base makeup from a brand I’d never tried before. IT Cosmetics admittedly was a brand I’d never heard of before but after watching another blogger use a few of their products I had to try them out for myself.

Disclaimer– this post contains affiliate links but as always opinions are honest and my own.

The first product I picked up was the IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream which was the most surprising product of all three, typically when I think of a CC cream I think low coverage so don’t usually opt for them but this is advertised as a ‘colour correcting full coverage cream’ so it peaked my interest. It claims to be hydrating, anti-aging, and contain SPF 50. The CC cream comes in a plastic tube with funky holographic packaging and a push down pump with a lid. I really enjoy the choice of packaging and love that it stands up on my dressing table, this comes in 12 shades and contains 32ml for £31 which is on the pricier side.

I was very surprised on the consistency of this product, I expected it to be a lot thinner but when pumped onto the back of my hand it definitely stayed put. When applying it feels like gel but has such amazing coverage, one pump was enough to cover my entire face and a little goes a long way. I was so pleased with the finish, it truly looks like a healthy dewy natural skin whilst offering coverage. It didn’t cling to my dry patches and didn’t sink into my pores and as for the wear throughout the day I didn’t have to touch up once and it still looked amazing hours later. I picked up the shade ‘fair’ which turned out to to be a perfect match for me. I will definitely be purchasing this again in the future, it’s also lemon scented which is one of my favourite scents!

I also picked up the IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Undereye Concealer after reading lots of reviews about it being high coverage whilst hydrating, which is a must for me with concealer due to my dark and dry under eye situation. This claims to be water resistant, highly pigmented, long lasting and contain skin loving ingredients to improve appearance of lines and wrinkles. The concealer comes in a small squeeze tube, costs £25 for 12ml and comes in 24 shades. Consistency wise I found this concealer very thick, which worried me as these type of concealers have always creased on me in the past.

I was pleasantly surprised with how little you needed, I only needed a small dot which covered both my under eyes. Surprisingly this did blend into the skin very well considering it’s thickness and worked very well with a damp beauty blender. The coverage is definitely full and I really loved how hydrated and healthy it left my under eye looking. Sadly this did exactly as expected and caused horrendous creasing after just an hour of wear and I did set my under eyes well with powder. Usually I don’t need to keep retouching when I use thinner cream concealers so unfortunately I won’t be buying this concealer again as it really didn’t look good. To get my moneys worth I’m going to be trialing it as a eyelid primer when I do my more dramatic looks.

CC cream in shade ‘fair’, Bye Bye Under Eye concealer in shade ‘light sand’ and Bye Bye pores setting powder in shade ‘translucent’

Lastly I picked up the IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Setting Powder in shade translucent. I suffer with large pores in the areas of my face where I’m oily so thought this would be great for me. This comes in both a pressed and loose texture and claims to help erase the appearance of pores and imperfections and is talc free so doesn’t cause the dreaded chalky white flashback. This costs £24 for 6.8g which was rather disappointing for me when I saw how small this jar was for the price.

I picked up the loose version as I’m not a fan of pressed powders, the first thing I want to to say about this is be careful once the film seal has been peeled off as this powder flies everywhere when opening. I’m pleased to report that this a very finely milled powder and a little does go a long way. This feels super light on the skin and does make the skin look silky smooth and gives a satin finish. I was super pleased to see that my pores look significantly smaller and apart from needing to touch up my creased under eyes (because of the concealer) I didn’t need to touch up my face. I will definitely be putting this on my buy again list when this pot runs out.

If you look closely you can see how much creasing I have underneath my under eye even after setting the concealer.

Have you every tried anything from IT cosmetics? What are your favourites? Let me know in the comments below!

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Melt Cosmetics Gemini palette. Swatches, review & look.

Hello bees, I hope you had a great weekend and enjoyed the sunshine if you had it where you are! I also hope everyone is keeping well during this time. Anxiety and not being able to sleep has set in big time for me so I’m doing everything I can to keep my mind busy, including getting around to using makeup in my collection I haven’t tried yet. Which leads me to today’s post.

I picked up the Melt Cosmetics Gemini palette just before Christmas from Beauty Bay when they had a promotion, I had my eye on it for so long but the price of £49 would always put me off. I’m so glad I picked it up however and wanted to share my thoughts, swatches and a look created with this palette.

First off Melt Cosmetics can do no wrong when it comes to packaging, their designs are always so aesthetically pleasing. The palette packaging itself is slimline, sturdy to hold in the hand and definitely feels expensive. It comes with a matching box and a mirror on the flip top lid which makes it great for taking it on trips.

Look at that colour scheme, I love how nicely the colour story flows and it doesn’t leave me stuck for inspiration which is a must for me when choosing a palette. Inside you will find ten grunge worthy eyeshadows which consist of eight mattes and two metallic textures. I wasn’t too mad at the fact there’s a fair more matte shades than metallics as I usually only pat a metallic into the centre of the lid or in the inner corner to give a eyeshadow look more depth. It’s also important to note that these eyeshadows are cruelty free and all shades except for ‘bonnie’ are vegan.

The first half of the palette contains the more neutral shades, these include:


Luna – This Honey Beige hue is the lightest shade in the palette. Perfect for softening and blending away any harsh edges.

Gemini – A mutable vermilion duo chrome shadow with a brilliant gold shift. Gemini is versatile, can be used as a striking accent shade or even a vivid blush or highlight.

Lorelei – A classic mustard hue, this shade can be used as a transition shade or a bright and easy to wear wash of color all over the lid.

Polkadot – A warm tawny brown ultra matte , this shadow can be used in the crease as a transition shade or to add depth to natural makeup look.

Cupcake – A true brown Ultra Matte eye shadow. This shade is the deepest brown in the palette and can be used to create a chocolatey smoke or for added depth.

The next half is my favourite, I’m a sucker for a green colour story and this is what drew me into the palette. These include:

Bonnie – A true jet black, Use this shadow to add dramatic, blown out smoke to the under eye and outer corner or for added intensity and depth.

Leo – An army green ultra matte eye shadow. This is the deepest green in this palette, pack it on the lid for a bold deep green smoke, blend it in to the crease or use it in the inner and outer corners of the eye to add dimension for a halo eye effect.

Goalz – A Golden Lime metallic shade with dimensional glitter flecks, this catches the light effortless and can be used as a lid topper or all over colour.

Fire OG -The perfect olive-green eyeshadow in their signature ultra matte formula.

Mochi – This olive mustard is the perfect blending color for a vibrant olive-green eye look.

Now onto the formula and performance, and it’s definitely a mixed bag. When it comes to the mattes, they definitely meet the definition, some are smooth and easy to blend out such as bonnie, cupcake, fire og and lorelei. However shades leo, mochi and polka dot were very dry and applied a little patchy on the lid and as you can see by the swatches above, did give some kick back. I’ve tried this palette with a few different brushes and I do find that using a really soft and fluffy brush does help the application but having to improvise isn’t something you should have to do considering the cost.

Lastly we have the two metallic shades gemini and goalz, now I don’t know if I’m missing a trick with these but I find them so hard to pick up on a brush, I’ve tried with various different brushes and even tried to spray the eyeshadow on the brush with setting spray to make the shadow more pigmented but still nothing transfers onto my lid. I have found the only way to use this is to use my finger to press these into the eyelid which is ideal if you wish to use these as a shadow topper but not so much if you want to use it as a liner or all over lid colour. They are just too dry and chunky in the pan, I would be so appreciative if you could let me know any tips on using these as they are such pretty colours!

Using shades ‘cupcake, leo, fire og, goalz, mochi & bonnie’

What do you think of this palette? And what’s your favourite Melt product? Let me know in the comments below!

Thanks for reading,

Glossier Haul & First Impressions

Hello Bees, I hope you’re keeping well and had good Easter holiday filled with lots of treats. At the point of writing this post I am sick of the taste of chocolate due to eating one too many eggs! So on to today post, just before the official lock down I decided to place my first order on the Glossier website. I hadn’t tried any of their products before and heard so many great things and wanted to review what I picked up for you babes.

I had heard a lot of great things about this brand before purchasing, mainly how well products perform for those looking for a natural, your skin but better look. I have recently opted for a minimal approach for my everyday makeup as I have finally got my skin to a consistently clear place. So if you like a full face of extremely pigmented makeup than this brand won’t be your cup of tea! Glossier also sells skincare and is a cruelty free brand.

The first item I picked up was the Priming Moisturiser as it was advertised to be light weight, even out skin texture and minimise pores. This comes in a 50ml squeezy tube and costs £18. The consistency of this is a thin cream that I found blended into to the skin in seconds, did fill in some of my fine lines and significantly shrunk my pores which I’m pleased about. This barely has a scent and didn’t leave a tacky feeling just a smooth looking and feeling base. Wear wise I noticed this primer only worked well with my liquid foundations that had a dewy finish. My base makeup looked great upon application but a few hours later started to cake up and crack around the nose when using two of my foundations with a satin finish (Nars Luminous & Urban Decay Stay Naked). However this didn’t happen when using a dewy formula (Essence Fresh & Fit). I have definitely tried better primers that work better for me and with all my foundations so after using this tube up I sadly won’t be repurchasing. I think this will be great for those who don’t wear any foundation and just a moisturiser or a BB/CC cream.

Glossier do have a foundation but I decided against buying it as after watching countless YouTube videos decided it wasn’t worth the money as it had barely any coverage so for this review I used one pump of the Essence Fresh & Fit foundation to keep it natural. I did however pick up the Glossier Stretch Concealer as it claims to have mineral pigments that give a brightening effect and a dewy, glowy finish which is something I need as I get dry under eyes. This concealer comes in Twelve shades and I picked up the shade ‘G10’. I love the consistency of this concealer, it’s light weight and can be worn lightly or built up if like me you have dark circles. This melts into the skin effortlessly and looks so pretty on my dry under eyes and covers a multitude of imperfections. I would recommend setting this concealer well though as I did notice that it creased on me, but it wasn’t a problem as even after setting it didn’t make me look dry. This costs £15 for 4.8g but a little goes go a long way and I’ll definitely be buying again.

Next up is the Haloscope Dew Effect Highlighter which sold me straight away when I learnt that it was a combination of cream pigments and a oil base that not only gives a glow but conditions your skin at the same time. I’m not really into glittery or chunky looking highlighters, I prefer a wet look/glossy look. This comes in three shades, I picked up the shade ‘quartz’ which is a pearlescent pink. I love how easy this is to apply to the skin, even on top of foundation. I rub my finger over the top and pat onto the high points of my face, where the light would naturally hit. This gives the most gorgeous dew to the skin, doesn’t make the makeup slide underneath and although it contains oil did last on my skin all day. This would be perfect to wear on its own too on a no makeup day. This costs £18 for 5.5g and I will 100% be buying this for the rest of my life.

You’ve probably seen the Glossier Cloud Paint in countless Instagram worthy flat lays which is how I discovered them. They are gel-cream blushes that claim to be light weight and blend seamless into the skin for a natural, flushed from within glow. There’s six shades of cloud paint and I picked up the shade ‘Dawn’ which is a brownish nude that I intended using as a light contour shade and the shade ‘Puff’ which is a light, cool pink. Go careful with the squeezey tube when using as I used far too much as you only need the tiniest amount of product as this is pigmented! I find this super easy to apply, using my finger tips to pat the product on and lightly going over it with a damp beauty blender. I love how skin like the finish is and gives the perfect amount of rosy colour to the cheeks. The shade ‘Dawn’ I picked up for contouring was perfect for my pale skin and gave me just enough colour to warm up much skin. This costs £15 for 10ml and I love it so much that I’ve since picked up two more shades!

I was also intrigued when I saw the Glossier Balm Dotcom universal salve. This is a lip balm and I just had to pick up the Cherry one, it’s my favourite flavour and I loved the look of the cheeky red tint the models on the site had. I always like to have something on my lips on days I don’t wear full on lipstick and I’ve fallen in love with this formula. It has a medium thickness but is very smooth and super easy to apply, this makes short work of any dryness on the lips and the subtle tint is so gorgeous. I’ve since picked up the birthday cake one and I have to say it smells so bloody good. These cost £10 for 15ml but a little goes a long way.

I also picked up the Glossier Wowder Weightless Finishing Powder to set my under eyes as I was running out of my previous setting powder. On days I want dewy skin I’ll just see my under eye and this is how I have been using this. It’s very finely milled which is what I like in a powder, it definitely mattifies the skin but doesn’t look cakey in fine lines or leave that dreadful looking chalky film on the skin. I love the packaging, it makes it simple to get powder onto the brush without powder flying everywhere! I didn’t have to retouch at all though out the day either. This costs £18 for 7.2g.

I’m currently making the move over to being cruelty free so whilst I’m using up my products that aren’t (I hate waste) I’m trialling their cruelty free replacements so picked up the Lash Slick Mascara to replace my Nars Climax mascara. I’m so glad I did as I ended up loving it more, the brush makes it easy to get into every lash without creating mess. The formula isn’t thick and clumpy or thin and watery , it’s the perfect mix to lengthen the lashes without causing clumping or the dreadful printing on the lid. It’s gives a natural looking lash which is perfect for me as I’ve never been one to wear false lashes. I will definitely be picking this up again in the future, this is priced at £14 for 8.5g.

Saving the best for last, one of Glossier’s best sellers and most talked about product in the beauty community is the Boy Brow Grooming Pomade. This is a brush-able creamy wax that claims to thicken the brows whilst grooming them and setting them into place. I’ve literally fallen in love with this brow product. The brush is perfect for my medium sized brows, it’s easy to get into the ends of my brow and brush upwards. I love how much fuller my brows look and thanks to the subtle tint this gives I haven’t had to use any brow powder to fill in my brow. This also sets my brows in place for the whole day and is perfect for the fluffy brow look which I love. Although the size of the container is smaller than expected (3.12g) I will definitely be picking this up again. This costs £14 and I picked up the shade ‘Brown’ and there’s four shades to choose from, one of them being a clear one.

This is the finished look, overall I love how flawless my skin looks whilst still looking natural and that dew, glossy lip and fluffy brow is my cup of tea for a simple effortless every day look. What do you think?

Have you tried any products from Glossier? If so what are your favourites? Let me know in the comments below!

Thanks for reading,