Monday, 28 July 2014

W7 and Smashbox Primer Comparison

One is £3.25, the other is £12.50. Both have an identical purpose; to help make your base look flawless for longer. When my logic says why I should pay more for something that I can get cheaper, the beauty junkie in me screams you get what you pay for. Or do you? Time to find out.

I tested out these two primers on two normal work days, wearing identical make-up (apart from the different primers). These two primers have been produced to cope with the hot lights of photo shoots, and as were having a hot spell in England at the moment, they were definitely put through there paces.

You don't need a degree in merchandising to know that these two products are very similar, both in appearance and contents. I like to think of them as twins, not identical, but the main features are the same. The Smashbox version is meant to appeal to both professional's and beauty lovers alike and I have to admit the sleek packaging is definitely ticking boxes. Keeping things monochrome, there are no gimmicks or fancy images here, just plain old does what it says on the tin (or packaging). Whilst W7 has slightly more in design aspect, its still relatively minimalist, and if your rummaging round your makeup bag in a morning, you could easily get the two confused.

Both primers are gel in form, but I found Smashbox's to be of a thinner consistency and I used a bit more of it than W7. Colour wise, whilst Smashbox is completely clear, W7's version is slightly more cloudy. Smashbox's feels more luxurious and velvety, whereas W7's does feel slightly more silicone-based. That's to be expected though when you think of the price difference. Both had no noticeable scent.

Instantly both primers helped smooth out and blur imperfections, and despite the noticeable price difference, the immediate effect was pretty much identical! Surprisingly, I felt that after I'd applied my foundation, my makeup tended to cling to dry patches much more when I was wearing Smashbox's version rather than W7's, which actually helped prevent it. After 12 hours of work in 28 Degrees Celsius heat (scorching for the UK), I finally gave in to see how my base has lasted. Impressively, both bases were in tact and I didn't touch up once during the day on either occasion. When I was wearing the Smashbox primer, I did have more of a dewy look and felt I could have done with a bit of powder. W7 was still matte and my base really did look flawless, even after all that time.

Overall, I don't think the Smashbox version is worth the extra splurge. For me W7 work's far better with my skin, and gives me a flawless looking base which lasts all day. Both primers delivered on their promises and I think Smashbox would suit those with more oily skin, or those who want a dewy look. At least now I can attempt to save some money.

Which one do you prefer?

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

So Long Spending: 2 Weeks

Two weeks of no shopping and I'm ready to stand up. My names Jessica and I'm a shopaholic. I think it's time I sit on a plastic circle with fellow sufferers and have an intervention. In the last two weeks I've tried to take stock of thinks I want to use up. I have products coming out of my eye balls and clothes I'd forgetting existed. I'm supposed to be living on a strict budget. Clearly this spending ban came just at the right time.

Believe it or not, but I'm somebody that gets stressed when they have too much choice or too many options. If you ask me what I want for tea, I will tell you "anything" (Yep. I'm one of those people). Not because I'm being awkward but unless I'm randomly craving something, giving me the unlimited choice of deciding a meal will overwhelm me to the extent that I just don't end up choosing at all. Think of it like an laptop. If you have loads and loads of programmes open and running all at the same time, it slows down, so eventually it will just freeze up. That's me. I freeze. I've discovered that in order to function, I'm going to have to perform and disk cleanup on my life.


But I'm guessing you've got to this stage your wondering why does my ability to be decisive, or lack of one, make me shop more. Simple answer. It doesn't, per se, but it does fit into the bigger picture.Like most people, when I'm stressed/sad/emotional, I'm far more susceptible to the clever marketing ploys of brands, particularly those online. I'll then comfort buy, on impulse buying into whatever ideal the product promises to deliver in beautiful and well-thought out packaging.Of course you will never wake up looking like Cara after using a lip stain, yet the campaign does its job.Overwhelmed with all my binge buying (told you I'd get back to it ;)), for some reason only known to the gremlin that lives in my brain, I think I'm best off buying something else, that I can use instead of confronting the twenty million other things I have and using them instead. Very logical. And so the cycle starts again. And again. And again. Until you have an overflowing Ikea Alex and no more room in your floordrobe, let alone your wardrobe.

In the last two weeks I've been struck by some kind of vertigo and sickness bug at the same time as feeling a bit rubbish. I think I'm going through some sort of grieving period for the student lifestyle, thinking of all the things I could of done. Very much shoulda woulda coulda (good old Beverley Knight) very much harmful. It's at this time I would usually be clicking away and have that awkward confrontation with the Post Man for the 5th morning in a row. Amazingly, I haven't. Partly down to being absolutely exhausted by the time I get home from work, and partly down to being slightly more aware of my spending, and clicking. Whatever the reason, its clear you shouldn't got shopping when your not fully yourself and a bit, dare I say it, emotional. I don't think I've save up enough for my new car in the last two weeks, but Rome wasn't built in a day (maybe it could be bought though?). Until then I think I'm going to keep myself distracted and attempt to avoid the sales. Key word: attempt.

What do you think about emotional buying and mind freeze ?

Friday, 18 July 2014

Rogues Oneil Therapie Himalayan Detox Salts

Bath Salts - £37

I'm always a bit wary of hype products that are supposed to transform your life, especially areas that are so subjective such as sleep. However, I've got to hand it to these little pink bath salts. They are miracle workers.

If you suffer from an over-active mind, prone to jet lag or just find getting to sleep exhausting, you should consider investing. Now. Containing 84 minerals, these Himalayan pink salts are dusted in Amethyst powder and essential oils to help re-balance your body and release toxins. It's worth noting that they aren't suitable during pregnancy and can only be used a maximum of three times a week. Simply place a small handful into your bath, soak in the water for 10-20 and regain your composure. Don't expect any fizzing or bubbles, if you turn your back, your bath salts will have dissolved. Although there's no noticeable difference to the bath, after 10 minutes, my thoughts calmed down and I was able to relax. An hour later and I felt like my mind had almost been muted. No more counting sheep, or bags, I had the best nights sleep in a long time after just one use. Although, I do think these salts are expensive, the difference this has made for me is beyond worth it. If you struggle to sleep, you'll know how exhaustion can affect your life.  A 100g bag can last 6-10 baths, so for £37 you could get around 40 baths! Not so bad for value is it?!