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Drugstore Make-up, Reviews

Gosh Velvet Primer – a Review

One of the items I recently received in a swap was the Gosh Velvet Primer. I was very excited to try it out since I have been looking for an alternative to my Laura Mercier Primer which is very expensive.

gosh primer

Firstly let me say that I really like the packaging. I also love that it has a pump.

On first testing I couldn’t detect any notable scent, although a hint of plastic may have been evident :) The primer is clear but feels quite greasy but smooth, if not slippery.

It does make your foundation easier to apply but for me the grease factor was just too much. I have combination skin which is sometimes sensitive so the greasy feeling in the morning increased throughout the day – not very pleasant!

This primer does contain silicone which is good for keeping your make-up but it’s still a hundred times greasier than Laura Mercier Primer (the ordinary one) which also contains silicone.

I did notice that my foundation lasted a little longer but the greasy feel just wasn’t worth and extra hour of coverage in my books.

I suspect that this primer might be great on those with dryer skin types but I definitely wouldn’t recommend it for oily skin. In fact, it might even been too greasy for normal skin.

Reaction wise, I am happy to report that after four days of use I didn’t have any breakout but it’s possible if I continued to use it that I may have encountered some problems.

It costs €20 / £12.99 for 30ml so it’s quite ridiculous for a ‘drugstore’ primer! Add a few euro and you can have one from MAC to suit your skin type!

Although this primer isn’t suitable for my skin type I would certainly give it a try on a client who has dry skin.

What are your thoughts on primers in general?

Foundation, Make-up, Reviews

Smashbox’s Photo Finish Foundation Primer SPF15

I bought Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer UVA/UVB SPF15 over a year ago. I have quite a few questions about its quality.

I don’t like this product at all. It is far too greasy for my normal/combination skin. When I bought it first I tested it’s effects after an 8 hour work day over a week.

The results? No difference to my foundation.

It didn’t have any negative effects on my foundation but it certainly didn’t make it last longer. I also used it on a few clients and didn’t enjoy working with it. It’s also expensive. If I am paying €40 for a primer, it had better do it’s job exceptionally well.

I know a few make-up artists that adore this product but it’s not for me. They have a light version available now but I’m not willing to part with my cash to try it, I love my Laura Mercier Primer too much!

What do you think of it?

Reviews, Skin Care, Tutorials, YouTube Videos

Beauty & Make-Up Tips 2


I’ve had so many requests for another Beauty Tips video. I decided to add in some make-up tips too. These are just tips I have picked up over the years. It’s fun to share them with other people and see what they think. Do you have any beauty tips?

Amy x

M.A.C, Swatches

MAC Paintpot: Blackgound V Painterly

Here goes my experiment. I swatched MAC Painterly(skin colour) and Blackground(black) Paintpot beside each other and brushed MAC eye shadows on top to see if they look different. Most of them didn’t turn out great but there were some surprising ones!

MAC Antiqued

Right – Over Blackground

Left – Over Painter






MAC Swish

Top – Over Painterly

Bottom- Over Blackground




MAC Satin Taupe

Top – Over Blackground

Bottom- Over Painterly




MAC Steamy

Top – Over Blackground

Bottom- Over Painterly




I think I’ll be using steamy over Blackground Painpot for nigh time looks, it looks amazing! All That Glitters and woodwinked didn’t come out well over the dark paintpot. Deep Truth looks pretty gorgeous, I prefer it over the park paintpot. Swish looks a completely different colour!

Amy x

Tutorials, YouTube Videos

Summer Beauty Tips


Hi ladies,

Summer Beauty Tips:

UV Filter Hair Spray is essential for anyone who doesn’t eant their hair to lighten in the sun but especially for those with coloured hair. Coloured hair has already been damaged by chemicals and is prone to dryness so it’s probably best to avoid any further sun damage.

Here are my two favourites:

  • Redken UV Rescue Blonde Guard
  • Schwarzkopf Bonacure Sun UV Protection Spray

I love the Avon UV Filter Sprays too! They’re in the perfume section. I bought one last week that’s scented like their Tahitian perfume…Yummy!!

I always use a separate SPF for my face. My favourite is Ambre Solaire Hydrating Protecting Cream for the face spf 15 or 30. I also love Avon Face Sun cream and Piz Buin (oil free)Make sure ut mentions both UVA and UVB protection on the bottle!

To avoid the Monica frizz hair I mentioned :) …I love John Frieda Anti-Humidifier Spray and Frizz Ease (they now sell a mini bottle for travelling)

Summer Make-up:

  • Revlon Primer
  • MAC Studio Sculpt Concealer
  • MAC Powerpoint eyeliner in Engraved – Waterproof!!
  • Telescopic Mascara
  • MAC Creme de Nude Lipstick
  • MAC Love Nectar Lip gloss
  • Prestige Bronzer – St Tropez
  • MAC eye-shadow – Woodwinked


Amy x