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Sunday, August 31

Smashbox Try It Kit: Halo + BB

If you've been following Happy Little Lift, you'll know that I love the Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream and I use it with the Photo Finish Primer. For almost a month now, I have been using the Smashbox Halo Hydrating Perfecting Powder and I absolutely adore it! The Halo Powder comes in 8 different shades (from Fair to Dark) and, naturally, I'm the lightest - I'm such a ghost. Anyway, Smashbox do this neat little kit where you can buy a half size of the BB Cream, a half sized Halo Powder, a bonus Original Photo Finish Primer and a mini buki brush. The BB Cream individually costs £27 and the Halo powder costs £31, so for £26 for the kit, you're getting a lot for your money!

The Photo Finish Primer is fab and if you haven't tried it, I suggest you get to your nearest Smashbox counter in Boots and see which one is best for you - they have one for every single skin type! It really is a great product, which keeps your makeup looking fresh all day long.

I absolutely love the BB Cream and I wear it most days. I have already written a review on this, so pop on over and have a read if you missed it 'Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream'.

The Halo Hydrating Perfecting Powder is not just any old powder; it is a combination of pure gold, 48 minerals and 11 amino acids and is actually good for your skin over time. You can wear the powder alone for a light finish or use it as a finishing powder on top of your BB Cream or foundation. The design is extremely unique, in that it is a pressed powder that you grate off the required amount into a loose powder. This method reduces the level of wastage you can experience with loose powders in a pot and means the powder will last a lot longer than your average pot. A full sized Halo powder should last about 8 months if you use it every day.

I think the Halo Powder gives a lovely level of coverage and is buildable so you can wear it alone, without feeling too naked. It is extremely light on the skin and doesn't leave you with a powdery effect either. It's great for discolouration in the skin and also has anti-aging effects, fighting the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles; of which you should see the difference in your skin after about 6 weeks.

The little kabuki brush that comes with the kit is lovely and soft, great for travelling with and does its job perfectly fine. However, I have a baby buki from Bare Minerals, which I prefer; just because it is a little firmer and I love a firmer feel to my brushes. It completely depends on your preferences here though; you may choose to use a full sized powder brush to apply your Halo Powder, whatever works for you.

Have you tried any of these products? I think this kit is a great way to give them all a go if you're unsure if you want to invest such a large amount of money into products you haven't tried yet. Smashbox is actually one of the best cosmetic companies for makeup kits, as they also do the 'Try it Kit: Best Sellers' at £19 and the 'Primer Try it Kit' for £12.50. More companies should definitely look at providing kits with luxury sample sizes or half sizes in them as people get to try a lot of products in one go at an affordable price. If someone pays over £20 for a product and they don't like it, they're not likely to go back and spend the same amount again to try a different product; I think all premium cosmetic brands should design these!

Kayleigh x

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