Review: This Works In Transit Camera Close-Up | Mask, Moisturiser & Primer In One

A couple of months back, I got a sample of this In Transit Camera Close-Up face product from This Works in a GlossyBox, and as I had heard so many great things about it, I was excited to try it out. Word on the street is that this is one of Victoria Beckham’s favourite skincare products so you know, if it’s good enough for Vicki…!

The interesting thing about this product is that it’s not just a primer; it’s a face mask, moisturiser and primer all in one. Now, it’s very hard to be good at all those things separately, let alone together in one formula so I was a little skeptical about how well I would get on with this.

The formula is quite thick, much thicker than I would ever usually like in a primer and I really wasn’t sure about it at first. But surprisingly, it blends so well into the skin and actually feels incredibly light on. I thought the thickness might make it cakey or sticky, but once it dries in, it kind of melts into the skin, leaving it feeling very soft and smooth.

However for the purposes of my review, I want to specifically address the three big claims it makes, and how well I think it works in relation to those. As a result, I have broken it down into three parts…

Mask

The purpose of a good face mask in my opinion, is to hydrate the skin and leave it free of any nasties or impurities that we pick up day-to-day. As my skin is on the drier side, I also tend to prefer masks that have a brightening element as a lot of the time my skin looks dull.

From this point of view, while I’m not sure that this tackles nasties and impurities, it definitely leaves my skin feeling plumper and brighter. It contains Bio Boost which is a blend of repairing plant oils; which along with hylauronic acid and caffeine, really help to give the skin a boost of hydration.

Moisturiser

One thing this product is without a doubt, is moisturising. The thickness of the formula means you only need a very small, pea sized amount as a little goes a long way with it.

As I mentioned above, it contains some amazing ingredients including Argan Oil, Shea Butter, Lemon Balm and Hylauranic Acid, all of which are known for being super hydrating and kind to the skin whilst also making it look more radiant too. And, I have to say for me, it really lives up to these claims. My skin feels so soft when I apply this, and I can feel it becoming more hydrated the minute I put it on.

I tend to get some redness around my nose area, and it definitely helps to combat that too, but overall, I just love how my skin feels when I use it.

Primer

So far this product is working for me; I like it as a mask, I like it as a moisturiser, but I love it as a primer!

Like I mentioned above, I tend to opt for primers that have a brightening element, and I love the dewy glow that my face gets when I wear this. Because it’s thick, I tend to wash my face, apply the cream and then let it dry in for a few minutes so that it’s settled into the skin before applying my foundation.

It’s neither oily nor mattifying, but it’s one of the best primers I’ve used for keeping my makeup in place all day long. I’m lucky in that I don’t have oily skin, but I honestly think this would work well on all skin types because of the filter-like finish it gives to your face when you wear it.

Of all the things this product claims to do, for me, it is best as a primer. It brightens the skin, and smooths out blemishes and dryness (especially at the moment when my skin is extra dry from pregnancy). But best of all, its smooth finish also means my foundation glides on so easily without any patchiness.

I find myself reaching for this more and more these days, and I’ve really grown to like it a lot, hence why I decided to share my thoughts with you all. Obviously the tube I have is a sample size but the full size bottle costs €39.50 for 40ml. So yep, it’s spendy.

However, given that you’re getting three good products in one, for me it’s worth the spend, especially if you like your morning skincare routine to be quick and easy.

I don’t think it’s going to replace any of my face masks, I have a particular love for the ones I’m currently using, but as a moisturiser and primer go, I’m definitely sold on this and will be using it for a long time to come.

Sorcha x

My Faves Part 11: Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief


As many of you will know by now, I often write posts about my most-loved and most-used beauty products as part of the ‘My Faves’ series, and today I want to share my love for Clinique’s Moisture Surge with you all.

This product has been on the market for quite a long time now so many of you may know about it already, but I’ve just recently rediscovered this in my bathroom cupboard and remembered just how much I love it!

For those of you not familiar with this product, Clinique describe it as a gel-creme, which I would say is very accurate, and it is one of the best face moisturisers I have ever used. Firstly because it does exactly what it claims to do, and secondly, because it leaves my skin feeling smooth, hydrated and gloriously plump.

The key ingredient in this moisturiser is Hyaluronic Acid which is a natural component of the skin that is now used in many cosmetic products. It is known for being super hydrating because of its ability to retain extremely high levels of moisture, therefore allowing for quicker, deeper moisturisation of the skin.


Many of you will know by now that I suffer from dry skin and I’m prone to dehydration quite often. As a result, I’m quite strict with the type of skincare products I use because let’s be honest, there is nothing worse than a dry, dehydrated face. But any time I use the Clinique Moisture Surge my skin feels A.MA.ZING! Even after just one day.

There are so many things this product claims to do that I feel its justified in stating so let’s run through them quickly:

  • Hydrating? Yes, every time.
  • Moisturising? Absolutely.
  • Reduces fine lines? You know what, it really does. Now it doesn’t get rid of them of course, but the ability it has to plump out the skin means lines really are reduced.
  • Firming? Well, maybe not quite firming, but plumping definitely.

While you can use this gel-cream both day and night, I tend to use it at night time after taking off my makeup to give my skin a real boost of freshness, and also because it needs a little drying time. But, the minute you apply this on your face it feels better, and when I wake up in the morning my skin is always as smooth as a baby’s bottom!

Yes, as mentioned above, I suffer from dry skin so maybe the results wouldn’t be as dramatic if you have a normal, combination or oily skin type. But if like me, you’re always looking for good hydrating products then this is really worth a try. The only downside to this if I really have to pick one, is that it doesn’t contain an SPF. But if you wear a separate SPF or your makeup contains one, then you don’t need to worry.

I can’t believe I forgot how much I liked this product. I definitely won’t be forgetting anytime soon again that’s for sure!

Have you ever used this? If so, I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Sorcha x

 

Upcoming Beauty Reviews

Things have been very busy over the past couple of weeks so I haven’t got nearly as many beauty reviews written as I would have liked. But I’ve been trying out lots of new products and I’m excited to share all my thoughts on them with you.

There will be full reviews up on all these products shortly but here’s a sneak peak into what I’ve been putting to the test:

Urban Decay Gwen Stefani Eyeshadow Palette 

A few weeks ago I bought the UD Gwen Stefani Eyeshadow Palette and it is amazing. There are a great mix of colours, lots of soft nude and brown shades, combined with a few very strong shades like blue, burgundy and black.

I’m a massive fan of UD palettes in general so I was really excited to get this, and so far it’s is looking like a good all-rounder. Keep an eye out for some of my makeup looks using this palette which will be live next week.

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream 

Okay so I’ve read loads of reviews of Charlotte Tilbury’s Magic Cream and I was expecting wondrous, ‘magic’ results. Like, it’s nice and all but it hasn’t worked any magic on me so far. And the biggest question I’m asking is, is it worth the €90 price tag? I’m not convinced so far. I’m worried this is all hype and no substance…

But, I’ve only tried it a couple of times so in the interest of fairness, I’m going to give this another week or two before I share a full, detailed review.

Benefit POREfessional Matte Rescue Gel

 

I really love Benefit primers and their ‘That Gal’ offering has been a staple in my makeup bag for years. I also like their POREfessional offering, so when they released this mattifying gel in January, I instantly added it to my wish list.

I have dry skin, well maybe normal to dry, so I don’t suffer with excess oil on my face. I do however like most people, experience some shine in the afternoons around my T-Zone area. I’ve read that this does wonders for keeping shine at bay so I’ll keep you posted on my thoughts once I’ve given it a proper go.

Urban Decay Ink For Eyes Felt Tip Eyeliner Pen 

For those of you who read a lot of my beauty posts, you’ll know that I’m a big fan of MAC eyeliners. I use their Penultimate Eyeliner Pen as my every day eyeliner, and their Fluidline pot for a more dramatic look.

Because I’ve been using these for so long, I got a bit lazy about trying other market alternatives so when I was in Urban Decay a few weeks ago, I decided to try their version of a felt tip eyeliner pen, Ink for Eyes.

It’s super easy to use, I’m really liking it so far. The only downside I’ve noticed is that it does start to dry quite quickly on application so I’ll be watching it over the next while and will report back soon.

I will get full blog posts on each of these products up over the next week or two, I promise!

In the meantime, have you tried any of these? If so I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Sorcha x