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Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream

Disclaimer : This is not a sponsored review, nor am I affiliated with the following brand/company in anyway.

Hiya Poutlings

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PRODUCT REVIEW/ HOW I WORE IT

I finally gave into the hype at the beginning of the year and I bought my very own BB Cream! I have not really shut up about it since, and I feel as though I am a bit of BB cream product expert, one would think I am getting commission by the way I have been “selling” this product to people that ask me about it. My mother, aunt, cousin and best friend have all recently bought their own (not all the same brand) BB creams and they have also loved them. I have also been able to try them, so I will eventually review those for you too.

Sandylashxx wrote a post on WHAT IS BB CREAM… Check it out.

Because, I am a list person, I have broken down my Smashbox BB Cream experience to the following pros and cons:

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PROS

  • A natural finish
  • Fair selection of shades, actually pale enough for ghosts like me
  • Easy to blend
  • Portable
  • High SPF

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CONS

  • Price/ R390
  • No moisturising ingredients/ properties – NOT  moisturiser like other BB cream brands
  • Difficult to get all the product out the tube
  • Only 5 shades available – this is a huge drawback for potential customers but hopefully in time this is fixed….

This BB Cream is a good option for someone who has an even complexion, like myself, with barely any skin imperfections (I have a few, but I choose to ignore them). There is hardly any coverage to this BB cream. You would have to use a lot of product to get a sheer-medium coverage and using a lot of this expensive product in my opinion is a waste, however if you apply medium coverage foundation over it, you will acheive a sheer-medium coverage. The smoothing aspect of it, as it is a primer or pollyfiller as I like to explain to my clients that always ask what PRIMER is for, is definitely its best feature. The SPF for me, is also a huge deal. I am as pale as a ghost and needless to say, I am terrified of sun damage, automatically the higer the SPF for me, the better the product.

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The application of the Smashbox BB Cream is MUCH easier if done with your fingers, it just blends easier. When attempting with a foundation brush, beauty blender, stipple brush or foundation sponge I feel that the product itself gets wasted (again, it’s not cheap and wasting is a deadly beauty sin especially at R390 a go…) and the cream doesn’t blend as easily as it does with the added heat of your fingers. I almost died when the Smashbox consultant used her fingers on my face, but I understand now that it just works better after trying many different applications myself.

I enjoy having the look of dewy skin,  because I suffer from an oily skin, I’m used to having loads of powder on my face and having a matte finish, this BB cream helps me have dewy skin for longer. You can happily add some powder initially (if you wish) or throughout the day as you normally would with a foundation.

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My go-to makeup look for the last few weeks of summer of late has been as simple as cleanse, tone, moisturise, apply BB cream, dust a bit of bronzer on my face, Smashbox Jet Set Gel Liner to my upper eyelid, a bit of my Inglot brow gel and plenty of mascara for a fun, fresh, “no makeup” makeup look. Quick, effective, and it lasts for the whole day, even in the intense Southern hemisphere heat.

OVERALL RATING

8/10

WOULD I RECOMMEND IT?

Definitely! Try it TODAY!

Please bear in mind, this product may not be the same experience for you but chances are you will enjoy it all the same. Smashbox is available at selected Woolworths stores countrywide, so be sure to go and try it out and see for yourself.

Smashbox is also cruelty free so absolutely no fluffies are harmed in having your perfect flawless looking skin.

x missfitz

RELATED POST: Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream – Flutter and Pout

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Have a Dose of Fashion Porn to Lift Your Spirits!

Hiya Poutlings!

The festive holidays are notoriously stressful because as everyone is scrambling to do 2 weeks worth of work in 5 whole days, plus buy everything they can get their grubby little paws, wrapping it, making it look purdy for your mother-in-law, on whilst deciding what you’re going to do with the family on Christmas day! It’s beyond exhausting!

But fret not, because in the fashion world it’s now spring/summer 2013 as their ad campaigns for that season drop.

Back in the real world, we’re dying of heat exhaustion in the office on my last day of work for 2013!

So, pick your medicine and sit back and unravel those frazzled nerves witha hefty dose of fashion porn!

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… dive into the colour saturated sport-fest that is Cara Delvevigne in DKNY SS13.

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Or recharge your batteries with some ultra-modern mod Michael Kors.

But my own particular favourite shot-in-the-arm to lift the weight of the past week is Dolce & Gabbana’s SS13 campaign!

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Because nothing lifts my spirits than an older Italian man letting it all hang out. (Look again closely, on the right hand side).

or some of my other favourites…

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Saint-Lauren-Paris SS13 ultra cool, calm and collected in B&W.

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or some sophisticated style like only Prada SS13 can do!

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Stuart Weitzman SS13

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Got to say, I find Givenchy’s SS13 campaign a bit creepy!

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or if acid-like-trips are your thing (I would not know, but I feel nauseous after seeing this), here is some Louis Vuitton SS13.

Marc-Marc-Jacobs-Spring-2013Marc-Jacobs-Spring-20131Marc Jacobs has done it again!

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some real fashion porn from Hugo Boss SS13.

*missfitz

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Makeup Mistakes: Black Tears & Blobs

So, its Monday morning in sunny South Africa pouters, did you prehaps overdose on your antidepressants this morning? ha ha…. I thought this post would be adequate for today, in case you are crying for the ghost of weekend past.

There is no shame in crying your eyes out at the movies, or after a bad breakup or just because it happens to be Monday 😉 however there is much shame in looking in the mirror after before said incidents. Streaks of mascara running down your cheeks is a whole other horror story which I’m going to try and tackle for us, as for some it may be an every day problem and others may just be an once in a while problem. We’ve all had it. We all hate it (Terms and conditions apply on this one, emo kids lurve it).

Mascara smudges all the time, it even flows freely after getting wet sometimes even when you are convinced you bought the waterproof variety, yes its noticable and dependant on your tolerance to being embarassed it can be VERY embarrassing. I personally don’t care, but I know a lot of people that do….

For an easy quick fix, blot the mascara away before it dries without wiping the rest of your face off by placing a tissue under your lower lashes until your tears have been run dry. The tissue will catch any run off and help your lashes dry. If you still have mascara on your cheeks, I suggest investing in some good anti depressants 😉 (I joke!) mix some water or moisterizer with your foundation and use it to blend away unwanted colour.

To avoid this problem in the future, try skipping the mascara on your lower lashes. They’re the ones most likely to cause run-off in rain, high humidity or emotional situations.

When thick, clumpy mascara chunks up on your lashes and glues them together, you may wonder if it’s the fault of the brand, the brush or your technique. The answer is it could be a little of all of those. Thick mascara can get lumpy on the lashes. If it’s a tube you’ve been using for a while, it may be drying out and getting flaky. You could be accelerating the problem if you pump your brush into the tube. Pumping forces air into the tube, drying the mascara and causing flakes.
Try this approach to prevent blobs:
1. Before applying mascara, if you have very straight lashes, try to curl them with an eyelash curler and then proceed to comb your eyelashes to separate them.
2. Roll your brush over paper towel to remove excess mascara before applying it to your lashes. Don’t use a tissue or toilet paper, it is far too fine and breaks easily.

3. Use a single, slow-motion sweep of the brush over your lashes instead of many short, quick strokes. If your mascara is getting toward the end of its life span, while applying with a slow-motion sweep jiggle the brush from right to left but not too much.
4. Stop after one coat.
5. Comb your lashes again to break up and remove any mascara clumps.

6. Repeat, until desired length & thickness is achieved. Just be 100% sure you give each eye the desired attention it deserves – don’t give one set of lashes more attention than the other.

Bat those lashes, and have a fantastic week!!!

x

MissFitz

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