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If you saw my last haul, you’ll know that as soon as I saw the Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water in Boots, I did a little squeal, grabbed it and ran for the tills. Even though I knew Smashbox was in Boots, having bought from them before, but for some reason I had it in my head that this wasn’t available in the UK. Weird, I know.

I paid £20 for a 116ml bottle of this, and given that you only use a very little amount each time, I can tell it’s going to last for ages. The idea is to spritz it all over your face before applying any makeup, to create a smooth finish for your base to go on. I had some reservations, and thought that it might be a little gimmicky, but given the hype, I had to find out for myself!

The thing I love most about this Smashbox primer is that it is completely water based. It contains no silicone, oil or alcohol, which means that it doesn’t react with any of the ingredients in your actual base makeup. I always have the problem of silicone based primers reacts with my oil based foundations, making them look clumpy and awful.

This face mist is also incredibly refreshing, and when I’ve sat down at my dressing table all groggy and bleary eyed, it really does help to wake me up! I can’t place my finger on the actual scent, but for some reason it just makes me think of fruit infused water?!

And now for the bit that everyone cares about – Does it work?
Short answer – yes. Yes it does. I’ve used this by itself and it keeps my makeup on my face slightly better than if I don’t use it, but I find it works best when paired with the Nivea for Men Sensitive Aftershave Balm. I’ll pat on the Aftershave Balm first, and follow it up with a spritz of this Photo Finish primer, and I’m made up for days (well, not really, but y’know). I always have issues with my foundation breaking up around my nose and chin, and with this combination it still happens a little bit (my skin is a lost cause), but not nearly as much as a primer-less face would.

On the whole, I would give the Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water 4/5. It’s fresh, it works and it doesn’t react badly with my make up or skin (hurray!), but I wish it worked a little better by itself. Maybe when the weather is warmer and my skin is in a better state, it will be the perfect primer!

Have you tried the Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water? What did you thing – innovative or gimmicky? Let me know below!

You can buy the Smashbox Photo Finish Primer for £20.00 at Boots or Smashbox.

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My life is hectic right now. Between trying to pretend that I have my shit together, being really busy at work and trying to have some form of a social life, I am burnt out. I’ve lost my inspiration for this blog, I’ve lost the patience for hours of crouching in weird positions trying to make the most of the natural light, and I’m fed up of opening this page and being disappointed with what I see.

My problem is time. I spend 8 and a half hours at work a day. I have two dogs that need two walks, a house that needs tidying, food that needs cooking and then by the time all that’s done, it’s 9pm and I’m crashed out o the couch, ready to drag myself to bed to do it all at 5.30am the next day. It’s hard, and I’m struggling to keep balanced.

I started Hannah, Dolled Up when I had a lot more time. My job has changed, I got another dog. My other half works 12 hour shifts, sometimes through the night, so I’m on my own quite a lot. The past 20 months have been a roller coaster. When shit happens, you better believe it happens in threes. Because it’s been pretty much nonstop since July 2014, it’s easy to get burnt out.

I don’t feel like I have the time or energy to keep this blog going. Normally, I’d try and be really positive, and say something like “I’ll be back on it now, hiatus over!”, but the truth is, this time, I really don’t know when I’ll come back. I will, because I really do enjoy bogging, when I have the time to spend on it. It could be next week, next month, 6 months. But I will be back.

So today, instead of working myself up thinking I should be getting some posts written or taking some photos, I’ll be in bed, with a cup of tea and laptop, and just enjoy my time off. Maybe it’ll give me a chance to find my inspiration again, maybe I’ll just catch up on Castle.

But I’ll be happy, and relaxed, and that’s what is important to me right now.

 

 

 

 

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Hey guys! So on Tuesday I turned the ripe old age of 23. A lot of people asked me if I had something fun planned, or what I was going to do. Well…I slept. Like literally all day. If you can’t have afternoon naps when you’re 23, when can you?!

Anyways, on Monday I was heavily armed up with birthday money from my wonderfully generous other half, and headed off to the Trafford Centre with my two sisters.

mac velvet teddy sin

mac lipliner spice cyberworld

Mac was obviously my first stop. In the past few months I’ve sadly misplaced my beloved Velvet Teddy, and was definitely in dire need of a replacement. I picked up a shiny brand new one as well as Sin, a gorgeous blackened red colour that I’ve had my eye on for agessssss. I asked the girl behind the counter for some lipliner options and she very kindly picked out Spice for VT and Cyber World for Sin. Spice is 100% the perfect match, and Cyber World is just a little darker and more purple based than Sin, but still lovely!

natural collection eyeliner miss sporty eyeliner

sleek matte me birthday suit

Next up I jumped in to Boots and picked up some essentials – I’m trying to get in to some other pencil eyeliners that aren’t as harsh as black, so I picked up these Natural Collection pieces in a brown and a grey shade. I also grabbed the Miss Sporty The Miaoww Look eyeliner. I really like the look of this eyeliner, it’s got a very slim nib to help get defined wings – something I definitely struggle with. I also picked up Sleek’s Matte Me Lip Cream in Birthday Suit, after reading Kirsty from A Yellow Brick Blog rave about it as a cheaper alternative to Kylie’s Lip Kits. It’s pretty good – it dries to a good matte finish that isn’t too drying, and the colour really is a true nude.

smashbox photo finish primer water

I also grabbed this baby from Boots. After seeing every Youtuber and their mum rave about the Smashbox Primer Water as a base primer, I knew I had to have it as soon as I clocked it. Apparently you can use this after makeup application too, to help lock everything in. I’ve recently been having some issues with making my foundation actually stay on my face, so I’m pretty excited to give this a proper whirl.

lush ultrabland cleanser popcorn lip scrub

Next up was Lush. I didn’t plan on buying anything, but Sister #2 wanted to go in, so I obliged. I’ve always picked up the Ultrabland Cleanser and the always put it back down again, so I decided to just bite the bullet and get it. It’s a semi-solid cleanser that turns in to a cream when rubbed in, and smells delicious! It says it’s gentle on the skin, making it perfect for me! I also picked up the Popcorn Lip Scrub to replace my Bubblegum one – I have to say, I don’t like this taste as much as the Bubblegum, but it does the job all the same.

urban decay x gwen stefani eyeshadow palette limited edition

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And now the pièce de résistance (definitely googled that for spelling!) – I managed to get my hand on the Urban Decay x Gwen Stefani Limited Edition Eyeshadow Palette. I genuinely thought I’d missed out on this beauty, and I was a teeny bit heartbroken about it – just look at those matte browns and jewel tones! Anyay, we were on our way out of the Trafford Centre and I longingly traipsed past the UD counter and saw it there, in all it’s glory. Well, there wasn’t even a hesitation, I grabbed it, ran to the counter and parted with my pennies. No regret, no buyers guilt, just sheer unadulterated happiness that it is mine. It came with samples of 4 of the lipstick shades, which I don’t know if I’ll use, but it’ll be nice to have them.

So this was technically a “What my Other Half (And Work with the Gift Card Also) Got Me For My Birthday” – but doesn’t a haul have a better ring to it?

I am so so grateful that A let me have free reign of my birthday presents, I’ve managed to get my hands on some lovely things that I wouldn’t have been able to get myself. So yeah, Super Happy Hannah this week.

 

Peace out guys! xo

 

 

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glossybox january 2016 review haul swatches

It’s an obvious cliché, but I cannot believe how quickly January has gone! I got the email saying that this box was on it’s way, and it made me realise how quickly the time is passing. Being really busy at work probably makes it go by quicker, but with the frosty weather we’ve been having, I’m definitely not complaining!

Because the December Glossybox I received was the Starter Kit (review here), I had a niggling feeling that that would be the best of the bunch, in an attempt to reel in new customers, but when this box arrived, I was so so pleasantly surprised by the contents!

Glossybox January 2016 product overview spoilers

Glossybox have declared 2016 the “Year of More” – rather than going back to basics with skincare and tools, this box boasts 5 products, 4 of them full size (!!!) and a mixture between skincare and makeup.

madara cellular repair serum glossybox january 2016

This first product I clocked in this box was actually the monthly “sneak peak” that Glossybox advertise on their website – This is the Mádara Cellular Repair Serum. This is a 15ml sample from the Latvian brand, but the full size 30ml is worth a whopping £38! This is an anti-aging product that claims to smooth and firm the skin, it’s packed full of fruit extracts to help boost rejuvenation. I’ve been looking for some new additions to my skincare routine and so I’m really happy to have received this!

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The next product I spotted was this Teeez Cosmetics Oasis Gem Lipstick in the shade Coral Onyx. This again is a full sized product, and boasts high pigment coverage, up to 8 hour wear and a “unique satin matte finish”.I can only find this on Ebay, so I think it might have been discontinued, but this is a very bright, coral shade that is very moisturising for a matte finish. Sadly, mine broke *crying face*, so I don’t actually know how much use I’ll get out of this.

emite 108 blusher bronzer glossybox january 2016

I am a huge love of multitasking blushers, so when I saw this nestled in the shredded paper, there was definitely an audible gasp! This blush is hella pigmented, anything more than a light dusting will make you look like a clown, but all in all, the colour compliments my skin gorgeously and lasts the full day, so I just have to be careful with it! This is full size and retails for £20.59.

glossy box eyeshadow taupe shimmer glossybox january 2016 glossy mauve

Next up is the Glossybox own Eyeshadow in Glossy Mauve. I don’t think you ca actually buy this, which is a shame because it’s a beautiful purple-taupe shade. It’s very similar to a lot of shades that I have in my collection, and seems to be a pretty good dupe for Mac’s Satin Taupe, so I’m not massively fussed by this at the moment. I might give it a go when I create my Ultimate Drugstore Dupe List! The card says this full sized product is worth £7.10.

swatches glossy mauve emite 108 teeez coral

L-R: Glossy Mauve, 108 and Coral Onyx

unani dermo defense face mask glossybox january 2016

Last up is this Unani Dermo Defense Face Mask. I love trying out new face masks, especially ones that don’t take a lot of effort, so this will certainly be loved. It’s a very light product, not sticky, and claims to hydrate and nourish. It’s herbal based and so smells very fresh, which I much prefer over heavily scented face masks. This full sized baby retails for £11.36.

So there we have it. Glossybox January 2016 was even better than the starter kit! I’m really impressed with this months box, it’s got a little bit of everything and that blusher is just to die for! If all products were full sized (4 of them are), this box would be worth a whopping £89!!

What did you get in this months Glossybox?

 

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Throughout 2015, I fell out of love with eyeshadow. I found that I was struggling to find shadows that were easy to blend, lasted longer than 20 minutes or simply just suited me. So, during my Boxing Day online shopping spree, I stumbled on to Smashbox, and found these babies. For £22.99, you get 3 ART.LOVE.COLOUR palettes, each on containing two smokey eye looks and a corresponding blusher.

smashbox art love colour palette 1
smashbox art love colour palette 1 swatches

The palettes don’t actually have individual names, but the first one I picked out of the box was this smokey neutral/taupe palette. This palette has been my go-to choice, because the shades are just so wearable. The shades it includes are;

Marzipan – matter – pale peach
Nude – matte- caramel beige
Java – matte – dark warm brown
Flirt – shimmer – champagne
Bittersweet – shimmer – smokey taupe
Dark Cocoa – matte – very dark, cool toned brown
Flush –  matte – dark coral blush

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smashbox art love colour palette 2 swatches

Next up is this quirky pinks and purples palette. The colours are;

Babycakes – shimmer – baby pink
Drizzle – matte – smokey lilac
Royal – matte – regal, dark purple
Lavender, a silver shimmery lilac,
Orchid – shimmer – dark purple-taupe
Royal Marine – slight shimmer – deep navy blue
Passion – matte – darker dusky pink

smashbox art love colour palette 3

smashbox art love colour palette 3 swatches

Lastly is the palette I like to call Neutral 2.0. These are all neutral shades, but they’re so unusual and spectacular that they’re just so much better than neutrals.The colours are;

Luster – shimmer – pale orange-pink
Oxidize – shimmer/foiled – deep rose gold
Chianti – glitter – red wine with gold glitter
Nectar – matte – soft peach
Cinnamon Toast – shimmer – classic golf
Roast – slight shimmer – dark coffee with gold shimmer
Sunset – matte – an orange-brown blush

Now, the colour selection is beautiful, that is evident, but I was so pleasantly surprised by the quality of these eyeshadows that I don’t believe I used anything else since they arrived. For some reason, I’ve been using these without a base, and they still last a good 8 hours before they start to fade or budge. I love me a good smokey eye, and these are so smooth and buttery that it only takes about 5 minutes to create a flawless eye look. Each swatch above is just one swipe, so the pigmentation is really top notch.

The packaging is beautiful. Each palette comes in sleek, black hard plastic packaging, with the names of each shadow on the back and a decent sized mirror to help with application. They’re small, so they’re perfect for travelling and I will definitely be taking one of these with me when I go away in February!

I think I’ve been converted to Smashbox eyeshadows. I know own 5 Smashbox palettes, and they really do just stand out above the rest of my eyeshadow collection. I’m not sure if these are sold out now, but if you come across them, or are mulling over any Smashbox eye palette, I’d just like to say do it. The quality and colours are so worth it, and I love to be an enabler!

 

Do you have any favourite eyeshadow brands? What do you think of Smashbox eyeshadows? Let me know below!

 

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