Benefit The POREfessional – An In Depth Review #TBT

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When I started wearing make-up I’m not even sure I knew what a primer was or even why I would be bothered to add the extra step to my routine. For all you who haven’t been introduced to primers they’re basically meant to make your foundation last longer. Most contain added benefits similar to how bb/cc creams have the added skin care bonus to what a tinted moisturiser would be. Benefits such as helping with spots, colour correcting & hide pores which is what The Porefessional is for. If you’d like to see what I posted on this way back when see Porefessional Results In A Primer which I still stand by as a good mini review.?

The POREfessional – Is it worth the hype ?

I’ve gone through phases with this primer, some days I loved it & others meant taking a wipe to my freshly applied foundation to fix it. I’ve had this for well over a year now so I think I’ve sorted all the kinks out now. As a silicone based primer you could say they’re all the same but I can’t disagree more. This has the same slip because of the silicone which gives the silky smooth feel but it just does more. It’s tinted a translucent beige which helped to even skin tone but only a bit, it’s more like a blurring effect. The finish isn’t greasy either but actually creates a matt finish which I find so refreshing. On lazy days I’ve applied this on its own just to give a better skin finish all over without the need to apply make-up. I do however use this differently than I did when I first bought it even though I mainly still use it on my nose & cheeks.

My Latest Technique for The POREfessional

Now I don’t hope to scare you but the reason that I have done this post is it’s taken me this long in my time as a blogger to show you my nose (warts & all). I hate my nose and when I have nothing covering it I hate it even more. I have pores like craters & blackheads that I don’t have the foggiest idea how to get rid off. So here’s the warning the photos below I have foundation on everywhere except my nose. It sounds stupid but I like the rest of my face I just don’t love my nose. Which is why when I found The POREfessional it went straight to holy grail status.

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No makeup on my nose – Face has Loreal True Match applied to it (see how further down)

Between the photo above where I have nothing on my nose & the one below you can see the blurring happening. Most of the pores at the tip of my nose are hidden, my nose it a hell of a lot less shiny & it’s even hidden some of the redness where I had a spot that’s healing. I apply this in very small amounts just with my finger, this allows me to get it just where I need it most. If you use too much then you have to spread it further otherwise it sits above the level of you skin & this can affect your foundation as it makes it too slippery. I like to apply primers before I do my hair which allows them chance to set a little by the time I get to my make-up.

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The POREfessional applied to my nose

I Can’t Credit Benefit – It’s How I Apply Foundation That’s The Real Saviour

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I know how pale I look but it’s just because I rarely see the sun & my Loreal True Match is closest match I have.

I’ve applied this primer so many times and had the unfortunate fail where The POREfessional has cause my foundation to smear & break apart. It’s not a pretty sight & utterly frustrating to have to start again. What I will say it’s all silicone primers that seem to do this. I know because I went through multiple foundations thinking that it was that which was the problem. Fingers just don’t work they drag the foundation & the primer underneath. What does work is a sponge, not just any old sponge but the one I use is Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge. I don’t wet this one as I feel like adding water to this means it’s sat on top of the silicone and in the foundation which I find can go a little crazy paving (not pretty at all). I dot a small bit on the sponge and press this in dabbing motions starting from my nose and blending out. No pulling on the face just pushing it to your skin and lifting it away or rolling it without dragging. This leaves the primer where it was and adds the foundation on top. I’ve included the Mac Select Cover-Up concealer as I use this mainly to highlight under my eyes using this sponge and it sits better with the POREfessional underneath it.

Would I repurchase The POREfessional?

Unless I find something better which after over a year I haven’t yet I would buy this again in a heartbeat. It actually took me the best part of 6 months to convince myself to get it because of the £24.50 price tag. I’m happily still using this which I feel like will never seem to run out. That and I also have a mini from a magazine freebie which are really worth buying if you see them.

Right now it’s 10% off but usually Debenhams up the discount to 20% in the run up to Christmas so It might be worth holding out on

Lemonaid Eyelid Primer – Benefit

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When I first really started loving makeup again this was one of the first things that appealed to me. I have been wanting to pick this up for years but I bought the Dainty Doll eye base before this. I just thought it would be a waste to buy another more expensive one. The thing is every time I hit a Benefit counter this is the item I’d hover towards. When I finally caved about 3 months ago it was partly wanting to have a replacement for the Dainty Doll one that is sadly discontinued. The Dainty Doll brand was set up with pale-faced ladies in mind it just sadly never took off like it should have.

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The thing is I’m also not always as pale during the warmer months & because of that Dainty Doll can make the eyes look a tad stark. I can only apply it to the red areas or it can be super pale and look off. I’m sure for the pale girls maybe more so with the red heads which the creator of Dainty Doll Nicola Roberts was this would be perfect. To see how it works see my original post for Dainty Doll.

Lemonaid – For Everyone

What I found with Lemonaid is its brighter yellow shade colour corrects but still leaves your skin with a more natural appearance. I can whip this on in a jiffy, blend it out and not have to worry about over kill. It’s got a creamier texture which you couldn’t just apply as a cream shadow as it creases without being set. It’s finish is dry but leaves a texture behind that’s slightly tacky giving eyeshadow something to hold on to. I have on occasion even used this when I’ve had a lack of sleep and get redness under my eyes. It is designed specifically as an eyelid primer but for me this works when I have any spots that haven’t surfaced but have made the skin red. On anything up or flakey it cling too much and spotlights rather than camouflage. I do find this keeps my eyeshadow around for much longer. I also happen to have psoriasis which I occasionally get on my face. This basically looks like red patched but they can become dry as the day goes by. I’ve used the Dainty Doll to conceal this but it’s much drier in texture than Lemonaid. I can apply Lemonaid as a base under makeup and it hold out much better. It’s not perfect but a vast improvement.

Lemonaid - The Benefit Of An Eyeshadow Base - dainty doll swatch

Lemonaid – Pros

  • Sleek Packaging
  • Suits More Skin tones
  • Colour corrects without looking out-of-place
  • Has a mirror so it’s travel friendly
  • Keeps my eyeshadow in place for longer
  • Unlikely to ever run out of it

Lemonaid – Cons

  • Expensive
  • Can’t help but get dusty bits in it ( same as Dainty Doll )
  • Can crease a little after a very long day

Benefit Lemonaid Color Correcting Eyelid Primer is £16.50 at Debenhams.

10 Minutes Left – Took Too Long Doing My Hair #fotd

When it comes to time management when I’m getting ready I fail every time. I’ve cut out a lot of time by washing my hair the night before this means the last bit can be quickly blown dry. When it comes to my Ghds I think for me time stops, “let’s not burn your fingers or ears this time”, ” where’s that hair clip gone?” and ” did I use heat protector on that section?” all run through my head. I forget about everything else and time disappears. Reality kicks back in and were meant to leave in like 20 minutes or we’ll miss the bus that gives 10 minutes left for makeup and the other to run around & work out what I’m wearing.

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When my brain eventually panics  I reach for my trusted makeup choices. I seem to have built this up around more expensive makeup but it’s just the things I know work or I can apply quickly.We all have different skin types and shades so steps could easily be swapped out for the pieces that work best for you.

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Any guesses girls what Pjs I wore when I took this photo? Serious how did I miss that one!

10 Minutes Left – The Go To Kit


I just can’t get away without using one my gigantic pores need some form of filler to hide them at least from my sight. In I go with my long time friend my Benefit Porefessional. This is a complete love hate relationship as it’s fine with the foundation below but liquids can go either way. Few get along with this but I have a feeling it maybe me not giving it time to set? Any thoughts on this one let me know how you get on with it?


For speed and a nice smooth coverage I reach for my Mac Studio Fix powder foundation. I can apply it with my blush brush all over & go back in where I need more coverage. If I’m not having a spotty phase then I’ll go without concealer but if I did I apply it first before the powder. I like that it’s light enough in shade and finely milled so it suits me great.

Set Your Powder 

This may seem like extra work to something you’ve already applied but this helps to keep your makeup on your face for longer. It also removes that powder finish making it look more natural. My setting spray of choice is Urban Decays All Nighter. To speed this process up spray onto a large powder brush and pat across the face. It will dry faster this way rather that doing the four direct sprays. That’s because I hate getting that taste on my lips and having to wait 10 minutes just for it to dry.


I don’t do contouring or bronzing not yet anyway. I do know however that you have to add colour back into the face or you’ll look 2D or zombie-fied! My Clinique All Over Colour in Poppy Plum Blend is just right for my talent level (zero). It has a shimmer that translates to a sheen where it becomes highlighter & blusher in one. This saves time and I always follow it with a little more setting spray.


For this I used a light base shade all over then went in with a contour colour for depth. This month it’s been a half filled 4 Mac palette using Blanc Type (base) & Cork (contour). Love Blanc Type but in need of a deeper shade than Cork (suggestions?). I had to include the Mac 217 brush as it’s what I’ve used every time & it hasn’t failed me yet. I also did my brows with Macs brow pencil in Lingering this was purely picked up because it’s super speedy. I’m still not convinced it’s the right shade for me. It think the girl at Mac thought I was gonna sharpie my brows in and suggested the lighter shade option! On to mascara and for speeds sake I went for the 2true volume over the Revlon 3D PhotoReady mascara. For some reason its less work and hassle with the 2true, the same spiky plastic wand but easier to use. One coat and I have super black lashes.

I did a basic eye look at a more budget friendly price which is basically a dupe for the above here. Both work well but my Mac set is me building together a palette for traveling with that’s compact.


When I’m lacking on time I always forget about my lips until the last second purely because I find it something hardest to get right. If I’m not happy with what I’ve chosen I’ll be unhappy with it all day. I usually go for the Nyc Applicious Glossy Balm as it covers colour and fixed dry lips. I think these are being discontinued so my alternative that’s very similar is the Carmex Moisture Plus in Berry. It’s the only one with a decent amount of colour to it in the range. I love how compact it is so I can top up through the day.

When you have 10 minutes left to do your makeup

what are the things your reach for first?

How To Train Your Dragon 2 – Date Night #fotd

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I’m pretty sure whatever I do with my hair I will still have that daft fluffy bit on top. My hair looks shockingly straight otherwise. A little bit more so to a discovery that I’ll be sharing in the week. We ummed and ahhed all of Saturday if we were gonna go to the cinema and it wasn’t until the good hair day hit that I decided it must not be wasted. We both wanted to see How To Train Your Dragon 2 as we loved the first one so much. We didn’t have much time so I had to choose my make up carefully and it did end up in a bit of a dash to not miss the bus but we managed.

How To Train Your Dragon 2 – Fotd

How To Train Your Dragon 2 Date Night Fotd

I knew that I wanted to give my new Mac Pro Longwear Lipcreme in Positively Dashing a chance so I worked with that in mind. Another berry shade that drew me in with the long wear promise in mind. I used the Clinique All About Lips to prep them also a new addition it’s a creamy serum up apply to and around the edge of your lips. I first applied primers, the Benefit Porefessional to my nose and the Nivea Hydrating primer to mainly any areas where spots were finally disappearing. For my base I used the Mac Select Cover-Up under my eyes and any spots the went over with the Mac Studio Fix Powder to give an even finish. I then applied the Clinique All Over Colour to my cheeks and fixed this with the Urban Decay Setting Spray which I’m worried I’ve almost used up this one. The eyes were pretty simple just the repeatedly used Natural Collection shadow for my eyebrows which I’m trying to find something to replace it that doesn’t need a brush. I applied the Benefit Lemonaid to my eyelids right up to the brow, it corrects any redness I have. You do have to set it with a powder which I just used a pale matte from the Mua Undress Me Too palette. The final piece to finish the look was the Bare Minerals Cake Liner, you can’t get this particular shade as it is discontinued but the product is still available. You use it pretty much the same way I do with the Bourjois Intense using the Urban Decay Setting Spray to make it liquid. The Bare Minerals cake liner is very pigmented and you only need a tiny amount with an angled brush to do both eyes. It’s very easy and any fixing is easily done with a wet cotton bud.

How To Train Your Dragon 2 Date Night toothless

Should You see How To Train Your Dragon 2?

Hell yes. Kids will love it and we definelty did. If I’m been honest though we saw it in Imax and you really don’t need too. 3D was good but enough to add something a bit extra to the film. I love that it’s set 5 years on from the first so the characters have developed. I did nearly cry so I’m just warning you there are a few very sad scenes. I love seeing toothless though so it was well worth it I wanted the model above it was so cute.


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