Beauty Essentials for Busy Babes

Busy. You ask anyone how they have been, there’s a good chance they are going to tell you how busy they are. Whether it’s a demanding job, needy children, a time-consuming side hustle, or all of the above, we all could benefit from products that are no-bullshit, practical and effective.

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Busy. You ask anyone how they have been, there’s a good chance they are going to tell you how busy they are. Whether it’s a demanding job, needy children, a time-consuming side hustle, or all of the above, we all could benefit from products that are no-bullshit, practical and effective. If something saves me 10 minutes in the morning and gives me the luxury of a hot coffee, or a few extra minutes in bed, you bet your sweet little bum I’m going to use it.

Bobbi Brown 5-in1 Essential Face Palette*

This palette is almost all you need when it comes to make-up on the go. Including a concealer, corrector, foundation, face powder and blush, the 5-in-1 palette is an essential in any busy babes collection. All of the products are up to the Bobbi Brown incredibly high standard. The colour corrector and concealer are perfect for that under-eye discolouration. The foundation, powder and bronzer work so well at evening out skin tone and making me look alive.  This palette is great to pop into your handbag/babybag to have on hand if you’re looking like a hot mess and need to freshen up. I cannot fault it.

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Maybelline Tattoo Brow

If you had a gander at my previous blog post, you’d know that I recently had my brows tattooed. This has been my biggest time-saver yet. However, I understand that this isn’t the most budget friendly option. So, I give you the Tattoo Brow. This nifty little brow prod tints your brows for 3 days, so you can go without filling them in for a little while. The tint peels off after 15 minutes and gives you instagram worthy eyebrows without much effort at all.

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Now, as much as I am a makeup lover, I know that your makeup only looks as good as the skin underneath. Time and effort spent on getting your skin into tip-top shape not only makes your make up look its best, but also allows you the confidence to go without. Minimal makeup means more time on your hands to get shit done.

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Cinch Face Cheat

This. I am all about this bottle of magic. Face Cheat is another 5-in-1 product (Who knew there were so many?) that is all about glowing hydration on the go. The spray delivery makes it a ridiculously easy moisturiser to use. But not only does it hydrate, it illuminates, as well as acting as a primer, pore-filler and anti-ageing treatment. No other moisturiser makes me look as fresh and healthy in one simple spray. I keep this within reach to ensure my skin is getting a little bit of loving and to make me look as fresh as a daisy.

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Pre-Soaked Chemical Exfoliator Pads

If you have known me for any amount of time, you would know my undying love for chemical exfoliators.  But, if you are new to my little corner of the inter-webs, just know that AHA’s are my number 1 skincare product, by far. I have been drawn to pre-soaked pads recently, because it makes it all too easy to swipe all over my face one-handed while feeding Bubba Lou, blogging or carrying out all my domestic goddess duties. I have been using and loving the Murad Rapid Resurfacing Peel*, First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads*, and Go-To Skincare Exfoliating Swipeys. Dr Dennis Gross’ Alpha Beta Universal Daily Peels are my ride or die, but because I am breastfeeding it is best to steer clear of BHAs.

These bad boys and a good moisturiser are absolute essentials in my day. Regardless of how tired I am, I make sure I at least follow this two step routine to make my skin look fresh and healthy, even when I am running on 2 hours sleep.

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Dermalogica Sound Sleep Cocoon*

Speaking of moisturiser, this special little guy has been getting workout! What is better than a product that works its little butt off for you? It is one that does so while you sleep, while actually helping you drift off at the same time. This is actual sorcery. Sound Sleep is a gel like cream that works with your skin’s natural overnight recovery mode to replenish and repair, enabling you to wake up luminous and fresh without any sign of fatigue in sight. It contains essential oils (Lavender, Sandalwood and Patchouli) to promote a deep and restful sleep. This product is an absolute dream – pun most definitely intended.

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Peter Thomas Roth Rose Stem Cell Mask*

While on the topic of sleep, it is really clever to utilise this time to make products work for you. This is another overnight mask that will have your skin glowing without needing to put in much effort at all. This particular mask targets  lifeless, sagging skin (the new mum type of skin) and transforms it into younger-looking, silky soft skin. This delicious smelling gel dries down pretty quickly, so you are not dirty-ing up your pillowcase (yay for less washing) and you wake up bright and fresh.

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Laneige Sleeping Lip Mask*

This is another little miracle in a tub. I have chronically dry lips, and I mean chronic. It has previously felt like a constant battle trying to make my lips feel plump, smooth and flake free. But this has been my absolute saviour. I no longer need spend half the day applying balm to my lips. This sweet smelling thick and creamy balm is applied before bed and gets to work treating that sweet little pout of yours. It is comfortable on the lips, not sticky but smooth and buttery. When I wake up there is still the slightest little slick of balm there and my lips feel so bloody soft. I have noticed a huge difference in the condition of my lips and feel so confident when wearing liquid lipsticks, knowing that I won’ t have any little dry scraggly bits. An absolute winner and time saver.

Hair

When it comes to hair, I have always been a bit lazy.  My hair is pretty oily, so most days I just wash it and let it air dry, only occasionally making the effort to actually style it. But with time being limited, I haven’t been able to wash or style it as often. Recently I have been reaching for products that refresh hair between washes and products that prolong my hairstyling. NAK Aromas Style Therapy* is a fabulous spray that acts similarly to a dry shampoo but with the added benefit of revamping styles while adding a touch of body to flat-looking slept in hair.  OUAI Memory Mist* is another similar product that allows you to get the most out of your blowdried, curled or straightened locks. This however is used before styling to make your style last longer. Both sprays include a heat protectant, so you get more bang for your buck.

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I know this was a hella long post, but hopefully there’s a few products mentioned that will save you some valuable time in the long run.

Camille x

 

*DISCLAIMER – Although these products were provided for my consideration, all views and opinions are 100% honest and my own. No sponsorship or money has been provided for my review. All discount codes are not affiliated, unless specifically stated. All opinions are based purely from my own experiences. I try my hardest to provide my readers with accurate information, but I am not by any means a professional, nor am I an expert. Please do not confuse my opinions with professional advice.

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BECCA Bright Eyes Collection – REVIEW

BECCA Cosmetics Bright Eyes – This collection sees the addition of two new products to their range – an Anti-Fatigue Primer and a Brightening Setting Powder. These in conjunction with the ever popular Under-Eye Brightening Corrector, which now has two shades, make up the Bright Eyes line.

Beauty Babes,

If you caught my current favourites post, you would have seen me briefly mention the brand new Becca Bright Eyes Collection*. This collection sees the addition of two new products to their range – an Anti-Fatigue Primer and a Brightening Setting Powder. These in conjunction with the ever popular Under-Eye Brightening Corrector, which now has two shades, make up the Bright Eyes line. I have been a long time lover of the Corrector and use it every time I wear make, and even often when I’m not. So, it makes sense that I was ridiculously excited to see this launch.

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PRODUCT BREAK DOWN

Anti-Fatigue Eye Primer

What they say –

Coverage can only go so far. This priming balm instantly smoothens and blurs fine lines while reducing puffiness over time. Infused with cucumber, Matcha Green Tea and Caffeine, the sheer and velvety texture effortlessly melts into the skin to condition the eye area. This primer perfectly preps the skin for corrector and concealer application, so makeup never creases or looks cakey.

Yes, I can see how this can come across as gimmicky, but just this once I am going to allow myself to buy into this unnecessary, but beautiful product. Ever since becoming a mum, I have struggled with tired looking eyes and dark circles; a new found problem, that previously I never had to deal with.

This balm is cool to the touch and feels so lovely on the skin. It glides over my delicate under-eye area and it instantly feels refreshed. There is no greasy residue and the skin certainly does look and feel smoother and brighter – the perfect canvas for colour correcting and concealing. I find that my concealer does sit better on my skin and creasing is kept to a minimum when this is used as a prep step. I also really enjoy the cooling effect and the way it blurs out any fine lines.

It is one of those products that isn’t absolutely necessary when it comes to concealing dark circles, but it sure does help. Plus I find the application really enjoyable and a step that has seamlessly slotted into my usual makeup routine.

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Under-Eye Brightening Corrector

What they say –

Infused with ultrafine light-reflecting illuminators, this rich luminescent cream won’t settle into fine lines or wrinkles as it preps skin for smooth, even concealer coverage. It pairs perfectly with the Ultimate Coverage Concealing Crème to conceal, colour correct, and brighten the under-eye area.

Becca have finally released a new shade in this cult-status product. I have always loved the peach shade, as it counteracts the grey tones under the eye, and it works perfectly for me, but there is no way ladies with a darker skin tones could get away with it. So it is about bloody time.

There are definitely a few tricks in applying this sticky product. Firstly you just have to warm it up between your fingers before you apply, otherwise it isn’t going to blend in very well. I find it best to pat into the skin to reduce the amount of creasing and it definitely needs to be set.  The formula is quite thick and a little goes a very long way, and things can get into hot mess territory very quickly.  But once you know how to work it, it really is unlike anything else.  So be prepared for a bit of trial and error, but the work is worth it.

The result is bright looking eyes, that aren’t creased or cakey looking, but instead a very natural and fresh finish. Fine lines are instantly blurred and the area is smooth AF. You can then add your usual concealer for ultimate bright eyes, but a lot of the time this set with a brightening powder works perfectly for me. I CANNOT live without this product, and that is really saying something.

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Under-Eye Brightening Setting Powder 

What they say –

This weightless and invisible loose powder instantly brightens and sets under-eye makeup for lasting wear. Infused with light-reflecting pearl powders, it instantly blurs the appearance of fine lines without settling.

Oh, hello! This powder is unreal. It is so ridiculously soft and light, I don’t think I have ever used a powder so finely milled. As I mentioned, the corrector certainly needs setting and this does the job brilliantly! It brightens, smooths, blurs and works miracles if you ask me. Sometimes, setting powders applied over a few layers of product can look heavy and ageing, but this just softens the area and in a way works like a snapchat filter. I do not have a bad thing to say about this littler wonder.

 

Overall Thoughts

What a range! Usually when a collection is released there is going to be a few duds, but not here, not for me anyway. Each of the products work well on their own, but create the most natural, perfecting finish I have ever seen when used together.  You could potentially be without the primer and still create a beautiful look, but I really enjoy it and will continue to use and love it. I would definitely recommend trying these babies out next time you are in Sephora.

Are dark circles and tired looking eyes something you struggle with? What is your holy grail product to cover or treat them?

 

Speak soon,

Camille x

 

 

*DISCLAIMER – Although these products were provided for my consideration, all views and opinions are 100% honest and my own. No sponsorship or money has been provided for my review. All discount codes are not affiliated, unless specifically stated. All opinions are based purely from my own experiences. I try my hardest to provide my readers with accurate information, but I am not by any means a professional, nor am I an expert. Please do not confuse my opinions with professional advice.

 

 

Current Favourites

Favourites – it has certainly been a while, but it;s about damn time I updated my readers with a few noteworthy prodz. Favourites include MooGoo, Tarte, Total Face Group, MAC and Becca Cosmetics.

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Favourites – it has certainly been a while, but it;s about damn time I updated my readers with a few noteworthy prodz. While I’ve been off birthing a small child and thus needing to care for the wee child, I haven’t had a great deal of time to trial and discover new products, and my needs have changed slightly, but there definitely has been some standouts.

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picture of said child, Louie

 

I have had quite a few people ask what I have been using lately on my skin. Now, not to blow my own trumpet (toot toot), but my skin is probably looking the best it ever has; I don’t know whether pregnancy/ post-partum hormones are to thank, or whether somehow the combination of sleep deprivation and constant lactation is making my skin fresh AF (the latter is incredibly doubtful) but damn, it is looking good. Surprisingly enough, I really haven’t been using much at all. If the wee child allows me time to actually give my skin some loving, I will give my skin a treat with some Kiehls Creamy Avocado Under Eye Cream, and a splash of The Aurae Beauty Boost Serum. Otherwise, shamefully enough, I smear on my face whatever Moo Goo Skin Milk Udder Cream is left on my hands after giving Louie an after bath massage #mumlife.  I have used this moisturiser on my body and hands for almost 10 years, always having a tube in my handbag. But never have I consistently used it on my face. With the high quality and beautiful ingredients in Skin Milk it isn’t surprising that it works so well.  Moo Goo lover for life.

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Also, for the mums out there – if you’ve never used Moo Goo before, I would HIGHLY recommend their products for your little person. I could go on and on about the products, but if you head over to their website, you’ll see for yourself why I have had a decade long love-affair with Moo Goo, and why it is the only skincare brand that I would dare use on my little Louie. (Not sponsored in the slightest – while I have received PR gifts from Moo Goo before, I have also spent a small fortune on their milky goodness).

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Current skin situation, thanks to Moo Goo and an Ultraceuticals Mandalic Peel. Tired eyes courtesy of Louie.

On the subject of skincare, I also want to mention a favourite experience of the last month, an amazing peel that I received a few weeks ago. I was kindly gifted an Ultraceuticals Mandalic Peel* by Total Face Group in Chatswood. As a relative newbie to the Ultraceuticals range, it was an absolute pleasure to be able to experience a peel first hand. Marguerite, my lovely therapist, talked me through the process, products and active ingredients – which I found ridiculously helpful (I now have a new obsession with Niacinamide) Ultraceuticals is definitely a brand I want to explore a little bit more and I really want to take some time out for myself more regularly and get frequent facials.

 

I never thought that I’d see the day where I would be reaching for a powder over a liquid foundation, but between rocking a baby to sleep, guzzling your 784th (cold) coffee of the day, cleaning baby vomit off your dress and trying to ignore that nagging voice of anxiety that comes with taking a newborn child out in the world, there isn’t a whole lot of time to doll yourself up in the morning.  So something quick, easy and one-hand friendly is at the top of my list. Enter Tarte Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Airbrush Foundation. This stuff is no joke.  With a quick swirl of this on a big fluffy brush, my imperfections are covered, skin tone is evened and I’m looking less and less like a corpse by the minute. The finish is beautiful and natural, it doesn’t transfer when I rub my face all over my delicious smelling baby and it last ALL DAMN DAY.

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If you bear with me, I’m going to have a detailed review of these brand-new products published shortly, but I have to mention these bad boys in my current favourites. Becca have recently launched the Bright Eyes Collection consisting of an Anti-Fatigue Under Eye Primer*, their best-selling and my all time favourite Under Eye Brightening Corrector,and the Under-Eye Brightening Setting Powder*. This three step range works fabulously at smoothing, hydrating, blurring and colour correcting the under-eye area. Pre-baby I had no issues with dark circles, but now I need to spend a little more time concealing and brightening the area. Although the 3 steps may seem time consuming, I promise it is worth it. The end result certainly brightens and covers, and the area doesn’t crease nor does it look cakey or powdery, giving me the most natural finish I’ve seen from a corrector yet. Stay tuned for a product break down and a more in-depth chat about these products soon.

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The last thing I want to mention is another product that helps to make me look less corpse like, I see a theme here… MAC recently released the Bold & Bad Lash Mascara* and man, is it good one. I never though I’d be raving about a $42 mascara – especially if you saw my Instagram post about the new Benefit mascara. I honestly believe that drug-store mascaras do the job well for a fraction of the price. Buttttt, I love this and have been reaching for this over all my other mascaras for a month or so now. The formula is on the drier side (which I prefer), but it coats the lashes so damn well. My lashes are lengthened, thickened and even hold a curl like you wouldn’t believe. I find that this formula is easily built up, too. Plus, this clever little number is dual-wanded, so the mini wand is great for lower lashes, getting in tight to the water-line and also combing through the lengths. I promise I wouldn’t tell you about an exy mascara if it wasn’t worth the money.

 

That’s it, kids.

 

Until next time,

Camille

 

*DISCLAIMER – Although these products were sent for my consideration, all views and opinions are 100% honest and my own. No sponsorship or money has been provided for my review. All discount codes are not affiliated, unless specifically stated. All opinions are based purely from my own experiences. I try my hardest to provide my readers with accurate information, but I am not by any means a professional, nor am I an expert. Please do not confuse my opinions with professional advice.

 

Skinstitut Glycolic Scrub – Tips and Tricks

Just in case you’re new here, or have ignored my praises of the Glycolic Scrub for the last two years, here is a little run down.  Targeted towards most skin types (excluding highly sensitive, red irritated skin), the Glycolic scrub is not only a physical scrub, but it also gives you the added benefits of chemical exfoliation, which in turn deeply cleans the pores and removed dead skin cells, leaving your skin as fresh as can be.  While the formula is super effective, it is surprisingly gentle for the amount of active ingredients.

Friends!

I am sure you have heard me rave on and on about my absolute holy grail skincare product, Skinstitut Glycolic Scrub 14%. It certainly isn’t a stranger to my social media channels, but I thought I would share with you a few extra uses, tips and tricks to make the most out of this little gem of a scrub.

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Quick Overview 

Just in case you’re new here, or have ignored my praises of the Glycolic Scrub for the last two years, here is a little run down.  Targeted towards most skin types (excluding highly sensitive, red irritated skin), the Glycolic scrub is not only a physical scrub, but it also gives you the added benefits of chemical exfoliation, which in turn deeply cleans the pores and removed dead skin cells, leaving your skin as fresh as can be.  While the formula is super effective, it is surprisingly gentle for the amount of active ingredients. But I would recommend starting out sparingly, using the scrub only once or twice a week and only leaving on the skin for a few seconds. After a while you can amp up the frequency and play with the length of time it stays on your face.

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Well durr, Camille!  The standard use for the Glycolic Scrub is a 2-3 weekly treatment to keep skin clean and fresh. This is used in conjunction with your regular cleanser as an added deep clean. Just apply a pea-sized amount to a wet face and give yourself a gentle massage with the jojoba beads to reveal fresh, sparkly skin.

Intense Treatment 

In addition to above, you can also leave the scrub on your face for much longer to allow the glycolic scrub to really get to work on those dead skin cells. On a clean face, I’ll massage in the product and leave it for the entirety of my shower. The steam will open up your pores allowing the product to penetrate deeper.  I do this when my skin is more congested than usual, or is looking a little dull.

Lip Scrub

While using this bad boy as a scrub, I sometimes lightly apply a small amount to my lips and very gently buff away any flaky skin. I must stress to you, not to open your mouth or lick your lips while their is scrub around, because it really doesn’t taste very pleasant. I find that most of the flaky skin is removed and my lips are prepped for a liquid lipstick

Spot Treatment 

Have a particularly angry zit you need gone ASAP? Smack a dab of the scrub on your raging volcano and leave over night. The redness will be reduced, and hopefully so will the size. Remember to follow up with an oil-free moisturiser the next morning, as this treatment will dry out that pesky pimple, and the skin around it.

Body Exfoliator and/or Fake Tan Prep

Wanting to get rid of scaly skin? Planning on getting your faux glow on? The night before you plan to fake tan (Man, I am a poet), it’s best that you exfoliate those dry and knobbly bits to ensure an even application. By combining both the Skinsitut Glycolic Scrub and the Multi-Active Oil to dry skin and massaging in, you are giving those pins the pampering of a lifetime. After rinsing off, you’ll find your skin is buffed but super smooth and hydrated.

Kerastosis Pilaris 

Have you ever noticed small bumps, or rough dry skin on the backs of your arms or legs? This common condition is called Kerastosis Pilaris and is completely harmless and easily treated topically with, you guessed it, my bestie Glycolic. Apply the scrub to the skin and leave for a few minutes to see smooth bump-free skin.

Ingrown Hairs 

Do you suffer with in-grown hairs? Pesky little buggers.  The Glycolic Scrub can help you with this too! Seriously, what can’t it do?! By gently scrubbing the area, the Glycolic breaks down dead skin cells to enhance shedding of the skin, and the Jojoba beads buff the skin to encourage skin renewal while removing dirt, debris and even old hair from the follicle.  But use very sparingly around sensitive areas, I would NOT recommend getting this scrub anywhere near your lady bits.  Acid and vaginas DO NOT mix.

 

If you can’t tell, I am a slave to this scrubby miracle worker. It is a product that i am never without. It permanently lives in my shower and I cannot imagine it being replaced anytime soon. Do you have a holy grail skin-care product? Do you love the Glycolic Scrub as much as I?

 

Speak soon,

 

Camille x

*DISCLAIMER – Although these products were sent for my consideration, all views and opinions are 100% honest and my own. No sponsorship or money has been provided for my review. All discount codes are not affiliated, unless specifically stated. All opinions are based purely from my own experiences. I try my hardest to provide my readers with accurate information, but I am not by any means a professional, nor am I an expert. Please do not confuse my opinions with professional advice.

 

J.One Jelly Pack REVIEW

This little unassuming tube has been gaining traction in the beauty world of late. Youtubers, Bloggers and editorials alike have been raving about the J.One Jelly Pack and its benefits as a makeup primer. But does it live up to the hype?

This little unassuming tube has been gaining traction in the beauty world of late. Youtubers, Bloggers and editorials alike have been raving about the J.One Jelly Pack and its benefits as a makeup primer.  I was crazy excited to see a small tube included in my latest Maslow & Co sub box* and I just had to write about it.

What is it and where did it come from?

The Jelly Pack was developed my a Korean TV star, Ha Jiwon, who was tired of using multiple products to create the perfect canvas for makeup application. Full of nourishing ingredients like fermented black tea, peptides, hylaluronic acid, niacinamide and botanical flower waters, it is described as a’ corset for the face’ for its tightening effects. It is marketed as a multi-purpose anti-ageing hydrator that firms the skin, as well as a primer that grips to makeup for unmatched longevity.

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How does it works?

The formula is a clear sticky gel which really took me by surprise at first. I had heard it was sticky, but I hadn’t expected to spread, what felt like glue, all over my face. I found by gently patting the product over my face, the formula transformed into a cooling, slightly watery texture that was instantly absorbed. I also discovered that it works best when applied to either damp or freshly moisturised skin. Otherwise the product does seem to drag across the face which isn’t so pleasant.

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How does it perform?

I have never, and I mean never, experienced my foundation to apply so smoothly. Not only that, but my makeup sits beautifully – no cake face in sight. My huuuuuge pores are blurred, my skin is smooth and radiant. Normally my foundation shows wear throughout the day, especially around my nose and chin where oil starts to peak through. But, with this bad boy, my foundation looks fresh all day and my oil production is kept to a minimum.

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Oh-so smooth foundation application.

Overall Thoughts?

I am honestly blown away by how the Jelly Pack performs.  When products are so highly raved about, I tend to step with caution and take the claims with a grain of salt. Especially when the product also seems a bit gimmicky. But this certainly lived up to those claims and really surprised me.  I have never come across a makeup primer that ticks so many boxes. This little white bottle is a game changer.

 

Camille x

 

*DISCLAIMER – Although these products were sent for my consideration, all views and opinions are 100% honest and my own. No sponsorship or money has been provided for my review. All discount codes are not affiliated, unless specifically stated. All opinions are based purely from my own experiences. I try my hardest to provide my readers with accurate information, but I am not by any means a professional, nor am I an expert. Please do not confuse my opinions with professional advice.