Hope you are all feeling fab today. I am back with a little recipe, that is quick and easy but sure to impress.
Banana bread is one of my favourite treats but I ended up adding some chocolate chips one night hubby fancied something different.
I hope you are all well today! Today, I decided to do
something a little different and do a nail inspired review. Now trust me when I
say this, I am no nail artist or expert so when this popped through the door
from Dinkibelle Nails I had to
have a whirl at it.
Hey lovelies, I hope you are well today! Summer is finally
(fingers crossed) here and for me that means makeup literally sliding off my
face. I have tried many many primers, all claiming different things, but when I
heard Catrice had this prime and fine smoothing refiner for pores and fines
lines out, and it was getting good reviews, I decided to try it.
First off, if you are in the Uk then you are either gonna
have to book a holiday for the South of Ireland or you are going to need to
purchase online, more about this later.
So this is their smoothing refiner, an oil free silicone
based primer, which claims to make your pores seem more refined and filling out
any small fine lines and wrinkles to give a smooth flawless base ready for your
Packaging and Price
This has a gorgeous high quality jar and feels very sturdy,
but, my main concern about this packaging is the hygiene aspect. You are going
to be dipping your finger in and out every time you use it, so for me I use a
little cotton bud to bring some out. I definitely think that is an area that
they could reconsider. The packaging and product is definitely a lot more high
end looking than its few pound price tag which is always great in my eyes!
So the primer itself has a very creamy, mousse like texture
and you need very little to cover the face. I only use this round my nose and
chin normally as this is the area I have the most issues with pores. I will
especially concentrate it around my nose and buff it in well either using a
stippling brush or my fingers. It has a very blush pink colour which don’t worry,
does go transparent when you work it into skin and there is the slightest of
scents but nothing to put you off it.
Now, I have an oily tzone with large pores on nose area, so
you are probably asking why i would use this type of primer as it doesn’t control
oil to any great extent, but this is where I will double prime. If i need a
real oil controlled matte and long lasting finish that day, I will normally go
in after with something like the Nivea post shave balm over my whole face. Doubling
up on my primers for me, actually acts as a barrier for the Catrice one to help
it stick, especially on my nose.
So the big question is does it actually work? Well to smooth
pores, yes without a doubt, but in terms of lines and wrinkles I think this is
just a claim too far, as I had no difference in my lines etc. On the days where I have tried it on its own it has definitely worked well round nose, but I do
think it works best for me in conjunction with something else.
I do think its a great primer to help give a good smooth
blank canvas, but if you are super oily, I would either use something alongside
it, or stay clear and try something else. It does give a lovely hydrated
feeling to the skin, so makeup lovers with drier skin this could definitely be
one for you to try.
This picture was after a full day of being out and about, and I only had the catrice primer on to give me a good test on it, and it definitely held up well. I would say there was a little too much shine for my liking on the tzone but nothing a little powder couldn't work with.
Overall I will no doubt repurchase this, especially for the
amount of product and the price you pay, but as I said earlier its very hard to
get here but with the likes of Meaghers pharmacy here, Inish Pharmacy here and beautyspin.co.uk here shipping it makes these brands far more accessible.
So all in all a great little find from Catrice, and I will definitely
be looking more at their other primers.
Have you tried anything from that range, or would you have a
good mattifying one to suggest I try?
Till next time preeners
*This primer was bought by me, and all opinions are my own*
Hey lovelies, I hope you are all well today. A couple of weeks ago, I had the pleasure of being invited
by the team at Duffy Rafferty Communications, to a “Mix and Mingle” event in
the Europa Hotel, Belfast.
It was a great opportunity, to get to meet new bloggers,
catch up with friends and get to know more about The Hastings Hotel group over
cocktails and canapés.
Julie Hastings and Michael greeted us all and after we had a
good chat, we all got treated to some amazing cocktails. Patrick the Europas
mixologist mixed up a storm. I actually don’t think there is anything that man doesn't
know about cocktails.
We started off with the Europa Champagne Cocktail, which was
so light and refreshing. Next up Patrick made some beautiful classic French
Martinis and then he ended with his own creation, the Irish Smile. When he was
discussing what was in this, mainly brandy, Tia maria and chocolate liqueur I honestly
didn't think I was going to enjoy it but I couldn't have been more wrong. The
cream on top was ever so slightly whipped and it really would be the perfect
after dinner treat.
Patrick then threw down a challenge to us all, that he
wanted some volunteers for a cocktail making competition, Stephanie from Eat Sleep Chic and Belfastfoodman came out joint winners. Stephanie making her
version of the classic Cosmo and Belfastfoodman doing a Calypso King a mix of
fruit juices and Malibu.
Another round of
cocktails and stunning canapés came round, and we were truly spoilt all night. At the end of the night there was a fantastic
tombola and we all got to choose one of the Hastings ducks that corresponded to
a prize. There was so much on offer from meals, to spa days, afternoon tea and
overnight stays. I was absolutely thrilled when I chose a voucher for Afternoon
Tea for 2 in the Culloden Estate and Spa, so Mr Preener and I can’t wait to get
a day away to that!
Overall I had such a fantastic evening. The Piano Bar in the
Europa is just stunning, and it is gorgeous just to sit and while away the day
overlooking the streets below. If you ever fancy Afternoon Tea in the city
centre, definitely check it out. I went last year with hubby and it was
stunning and you all know how much I love a good afternoon tea.
Thank you so much to Julie, her team and Michael for such a
wonderful evening. Hastings really is the crème de la crème of NI.
If you fancy learning how to make these delicious
cocktails, the Europa can arrange cocktail making classes; I definitely think
that it would be a fun day out with the girls. Check out everything the Piano bar has to offer here
So for now I am off to dream about those fab cocktails and get
our afternoon tea booked, till next time preeners.