Product Review: Benefit The POREfessional ðŸŒ¹

Hey guys!! ❤️

It’s such a lovely day today 🌞 I’ve actually decided to take a day off from writing my dissertation and just relax because… why not?! 😏

I’m feeling so energised so I thought I would sit down and write a long overdue review on Benefit’s the POREfessional.  This primer is RAVED about in the beauty world, and I’d like to share my thoughts 😊


This primer has been stated to help minimise the appearance of pores and fine lines which complements all skin types! 

Now, you guys know I suffer from extremely oily skin (it will be a slick in less than 2 hours) HOWEVER, surprisingly, I don’t have large pores at all. D’oh.  So I thought I would test the claim that it minimises pores on my mother (who has quite large pores).

Does it work? ✔️ tick. Indeed it does.  I was amazed. Her pores had literally vanished in front of my eyes.  This is probably due to the silicones etc which work to fill the pores.  Wash it off, and the effect is gone.


This is a flesh coloured primer, but it quickly turns translucent once you start blending it in.  It’s so velvety soft and leaves your skin feeling dry and matte. 

This primer does have a strong scent to it but surprisingly, I don’t mind it!  It’s sort of a citrusy, artificial smell but it doesn’t last long.

The big question however… does it prolong the wear of my makeup and keep my oils at bay?

Yes, yes it does.  My makeup still looks smooth and creasefree after a few hours and shine is kept under control for around 4 hours (which is a blessing for me!).  If I wanted, I could apply this primer on top of my makeup if my shine did get out of hand because it’s translucent and gives a matte finish straight away.  I think I prefer the porefessional to the nivea post shave balm (which I LOVE).  I would probably stay away from this primer if you have dry skin though, as it really does make the skin feel quite dry and tight.

One thing however, that really bugs me about this product and makes me hesitant to repurchase, is the PRICE.  I use the mini version which costs me £9.95 for 0.25 ounces (lasts me about a month) and the larger 0.75 ounce is a whopping £24.50!  Definitely the most expensive primer I’ve tried.  For that price, I’d expect some magic ingredient in there that actually helps minimise the size of pores, like salicylic acid.

If anyone knows any good dupes to this primer, please let me know 😊 I’ve heard maybelline’s baby skin is a dupe but the reviews have been largely on the negative side 😢

I hope you’ve enjoyed this review and let me know which is your favourite primer in the comments section! 

Have a relaxing Sunday guys!

ibeautytalk ❤️


Nivea Post Shave Balm Review 


I’m soooo sorry that I’ve been gone so long 😭 I had the most horrible exam period but it’s FINALLY over!  I’m back in uni on Monday for my final ever semester 😱 time flies! 

Anyway. How are you all?! ❤️

Today, I wanted to give you all my opinion on the Nivea Post Shave Balm in sensitive as a primer!  I’ve been hearing sooo many awesome things about it so just had to pick it up (felt a bit awkward venturing into the men’s aisle 😂)!   NikkieTutorials on youtube first blessed us with this hack.  Let’s see if it lives up to the hype… 

nivea post shave balm

I purchased the balm in sensitive because my skin freaks out sometimes when I put something new on it.

I’m not really sure about the science behind why this works as a primer but I know it contains a large amount of glycerin which helps your foundation latch onto it!  

Now, you all know I have.. Probably the oiliest skin to ever grace mankind 😂 so I was quite skeptical about this working on me, but for the cheap price I was willing to give it a shot.

The consistency of this is more like a really lightweight moisturiser than a balm.  One thing I don’t like about the packaging is I find it difficult to control how much comes out but hey! Can’t win them all! 


I apply this after my moisturiser (I don’t know if I’m meant to though?!?! Does it affect how it works?! Someone let me know!).  I rub about a pea sized amount in my hand (a small amount is PLENTY) and apply all over my face.  This does have quite a manly smell of aftershave but this disappears after a few seconds.  It also gets a little tacky so your foundation or concealer really clings onto it.

After I’ve applied it to my face, I take my foundation or concealer and apply as normal.  Does it work? YES!

My skin after a long day looks way less oily than without this balm.  Being as oily as I am, I was bound to get a little shiny but honestly this has made a visible difference, especially on my nose and forehead!  My foundation looked pretty much intact, whereas normally it would be sliding off my face and just generally look like a million ice bergs. Ha!

ALSO, I don’t know whether it’s the new mask I’m using or this balm, but my skin looks a lot more even and my scars are decreasing!  I’ll investigate and let you know 😉

The only downside to this is the lack of control I have when dispensing product but with the amount of product in this, I don’t think I’m running out any time soon!  

I just hope drugstores don’t hike the price of this baby up!  Everybody go stockpile some 😂

I would recommend this for all skintypes!  It’s a solid primer and I’m glad I don’t need to spend £££ on other high end primers!


Hope you found this little review helpful! Can’t wait to get back into a blogging routine again!  Any questions please let me know!

Have a nice day!

ibeautytalk ❤️

HELP!  Looking for a good primer… ðŸ˜ž

Hi there everyone!  Hope you’re all well 🙂

This is going to be a very quick post as I am in a bit of a dilemma and need the help of you lovely people! 

I’m looking for a good primer that will reduce pore size, fine lines and prevent oil build up and just generally prevent my foundation from sliding off.  I don’t mind drugstore or high end. (I’m thinking benefits porefessional at the moment..)

Any recommendations would be much appreciated! 

ibeautytalk 😘😘😘