Empty Product Review: Almay Smart Shade Primer

Hello Coralistas! It’s been a while. I was on vacation and then I got lazy. Sorry about that.

But one thing I decided in my time off was that the 5 products thing wasn’t working quite as well as I’d hoped. For one thing, there were times when I’d fall in love with a particular blush or mascara, and then found myself disappointed that I’d have to scrap it to move on to the next product. For another, it still made it quite easy to keep buying products while I was supposedly cleaning out my collection.

So instead I’m going to do this: when I finish a product, I’ll write a post. It lets me run through the things I love and you get a much more thoughtful review than you would with just a couple of weeks’ worth of use. It also (hopefully) encourages me to stick to products I already own. Otherwise it’ll be about 2 years before I can tell you about a new blush I bought.

So a few days ago, I ran through the last of my Almay Smart Shade Primer. I bought this after using up all of my Stila One Step Correct Primer (which looks almost identical) because the $38 price tag was pretty steep for a product that I’d have to re-purchase every month or so.

The Almay is certainly cheaper but still not necessarily affordable as it ranges for between $16-18 in Canada, depending on where you shop.

Let’s get something out of the way quickly: the two products aren’t really comparable. Despite looking the same, Stila’s primer is much thicker and, sadly, much more effective. But at more than half the price, it’s a bit of an unfair battle for Almay.

So just reviewing Almay on its own, here were my thoughts:

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Glossybox – Bergdorf Goodman Collaboration

Mes petites choux! How have you been?! I hope everyone is having a fantabulous start to their summer adventures – I sure am!

In May, Glossybox collaborated with Bergdorf Goodman (you know, that department store you always want to go into, but it makes your wallet cry whenever you even look at it?) to bring us a box chocked full of luxury goodies. I had my doubts about this one – after all, it’s gotta be hard for a ‘luxury’ beauty box to out-luxury themselves, but I was both surprised and very impressed with what I was went! Let’s get into it, shall we??

BG GlossyBox

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Birchbox May 2014

Mes petites choux! Look, more blog posts for you! I’ve got one more review of sub boxes in the works, then I may take a stab at a video! We shall see! Anyways, I couldn’t figure out what the ‘theme’ of this Birchbox was supposed to be, so my apologies for the less than super exciting title! Let’s get reviewing, shall we?


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Ipsy May 2014 – Beauty’s Fresh Picks!

Mes petites choux! I am back! It’s been a rough past month or so, and I just haven’t had the energy or willpower to blog, as much as I love you and my continuously growing hoard of makeup. But now I have returned, better than ever! Well, we shall see about that – I like to think so at least. :) Shall we dive right back in? Let’s go for it!


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Makeup Spring Clean #5: It’s a Beige Beige Beige Beige World

As the days get warmer and longer, I’ve already started wondering what exactly I’m going to call this series when it’s no longer Spring. But I suppose we’ll cross that bridge when we come to it. For now, I’m back yet again with 5 more products that have been tried and tested for the last two weeks.

I can say that I’m definitely going to start going for some “brighter” looks over the next few weeks, because shockingly the neutral eyes/rosy cheeks/neutral lips combo has gotten a little bit tiring. But here we are yet again in the endless sea of beige and pinks. Let’s begin.

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Spring Cleaning Your Makeup – Take 4

Here we are again, Coralistas. It’s time to take a terrifying glimpse into the rabbit hole that is my makeup collection.

To catch you up to speed, each fortnight I test drive 5 products from my extensive makeup collection to decide what’s working and what’s not. If I like it, it stays. If I’m a bit meh about it, it stays. If I hate it, I feel really guilty about throwing it out and put it to the side even though I will definitely never use it again. Such is the the life of a cosmetics hoarder.

But enough about my problems, let’s focus on what matters: shiny things.

So without further ado, let’s get to it:

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Ipsy April 2014 – Beauty Rocks!

Hello, my little cabbages!

My Ipsy bag arrived, and this month the bag has that distinctive plastic chemical smell. Maybe it’s just me, but I actually really really like that smell on things. My boyfriend likens it to enjoying new-car smell. People think you’re bonkers, but it is what it is. I mean, people think I’m bonkers anyway, but whatever! The bag itself is pretty great – bigger than usual and with a cool record player design on it. This months’ selections weren’t anything to scoff at either, so let’s get reviewing!


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