January 12, 2017

Studio Gear Cosmetics Prime Objective Perfecting Face Primer Review

Heads up: This post is sponsored by Studio Gear and BrandBacker. All thoughts, opinions, and photos are my own. 

I'm pretty sure I'm never going to run out of positive things to say about Studio Gear Cosmetics. They've done it again: magic-ed a complete cosmetic game changer into existence! 

This time around, I tried out their Prime Objective Perfecting Face Primer. Knowing (and loving) Studio Gear, I was expecting it to be amazing, but I don't think anyone could have foreseen exactly how incredible this product is! Seriously, I ended up testing it under foundations that I absolutely hated- ones that broke up across my forehead and around my nose, that made me break out, just all-around icky products- and this primer made me absolutely LOVE every single one of them. Insanity.

The Prime Objective Perfecting Face Primer is a silicone-based primer that evens and smooths the look of your skin while creating the most perfect, long-lasting canvas upon which you can apply the rest of your look.

It also contains the very intense-sounding "sustained release liposome system with retinol" and milk proteins which work together to reduce the appearance of fine lines/wrinkles and protect your skin against harmful environmental factors that are out in abundance during the winter months. It's also Paraben- and Fragrance-free. Basically, as I've said of Studio Gear before, magic.     

I've put this product through the ringer! Like I said above, I tried it with my least-favorite foundations (which I've since used regularly because dang they look amazing with this primer underneath!) and I've gone to class then lunch out then shopping then work allll with it on and nothing so much as smudged! That was an extremely full day- over 10 hours!- and Studio Gear's Prime Objective Face Perfecting Primer absolutely slayed any other I've tried to compare it with.

While I have nothing but AH-mazing things to say about the primer itself, I did get a bit of a dud when it comes to the packaging. I love that it's in a pump (so hygienic!) but my pump's head unfortunately sticks a bit. This makes it a little difficult to get the product out, especially if it's after the day's application and my hands are all silicone-y! The ink on the packaging also smudged all over my hands the first few times I used it, which was super alarming/confusing before my first cup of coffee, lemme tell you! However, the pump issue can be fixed with a good yank on the top and the text has stopped smudging, so really, all I can focus on is how beautifully the product works on my skin! Amazing job, as always, Studio Gear! 

PS- Use code "BB" for 10% off on your order!

January 11, 2017

Kylie Fall Lip Kits Try On and Swatches || smilingrid

I ended up buying two of the four lip kits that Kylie released this fall- in Trick and Pumpkin! For me, I had a hit and a miss, but I'm sure these'll work well for others! I have since used Trick as the base of an eyeshadow look and *magic*

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December 21, 2016


I'm not sure anything will ever compare to pre-Christmas markets and celebrations in Galway- weekly year-round markets with delicious food and nick knacks plus multiple Christmas markets with drinks, trinkets, and games? Take me back! Plus, this second category of markets tends to go up right around American Thanksgiving (because Ireland doesn't celebrate food comas the way we do), so you get SO MUCH CHRISTMAS!

So, it was with this skepticism in mind that I grabbed my grad school bestie and headed to the Winter in Boston extravaganza in City Hall Plaza!

This adorable little village actually brought some of my favorite bits of Galway markets into my hometown- there were little heated huts filled with shop-able gifts (heyyy fam, look out for them under the tree!), tents specifically for wine and beer (AND a shop front for mulled wine/hot apple cider because you the best), and, best of all, a skating rink!

Bae's first apple cider donuts!

It was a little cold to try the skating rink, so we grabbed some delicious hot drinks and paired them with bae's first ever apple cider donuts! We also colored on the whiteboard children's table in the beer tent while we watched marshmallow-shaped small children go round-and-round the specially designed rink.

If you're in Boston while the market is up and running through, I would definitely recommend that you check it out! With the way the weather's been flip-flopping, I'm sure there'll be a random spring day over the next few months that'll be ideal for skating. Happy Holidays to all!