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Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer

Primer, oh primer, where fort art thou primer?  There are so many optoins out there, nad so many types and theories on under makeup primer, that it can be daunting.

First of all, what IS an under makeup primer?  Foundaton primer exists to help you create a barrier between your skin and your makeup; they are not moisturizers however, but they help create a smooth surface for your foundation.  Makeup artists are primer fanatics, and claim they even out skin tone, help your makeup stay on longer and absorb oil.  I’d tend to agree since the primer can be color correcting, but helps keep your foundation on for several hours.

Most makeup primers are make of primarily dimethicone, a silicone derivative.  While not completely  natural, it has been widely used for decades and is very safe.  Dimethicone prevents dehydration by forming a barrier on your skin; it also helps fill in fine lines, as well as acting as an excellent oil absorption product and can be found in many acne treatments.  It is the dimethicone that gives many primers and foundations a velvety, silk like feel.

My current fave is the Hourglass Veil Mineral primer, which is mineral-based product that is a translucent white.  It has SPF 15 to block out harmful rays, but it also helps to neutralizes the skin, minimize shine, and creates a smooth, even canvas for my spackle.  Err I mean foundation.  It also helps to absorb excess oil, which makes my nose look shiny rather quickly.

Why is this my favorite right now?  The Hourglass works with all foundation types, including liquid, cream, powder, and mineral.  It makes my face feel velvety smooth and absorbs oil all day.  It also helps to blur my pores and small lines.  As with most things I prefer, there are no parabens or other ickies in it.  This primer has been the best performing with ANY of my foundations and is a universal tool in my arsenal.  I have many primers, and several of them only seem to work with a specific formulation of foundation but this is by far the most universal.

I also like that this has an SPF in it, since many foundations to not.  The physical SFP of titanium dioxide and zinc oxide createa  barrier to the harmful rays and is also fragrance, oil, and gluten free.  I have very sensitive skin and this product is gentle and non irritating.

Ingredients:  Zinc Oxide: (4.20%) A mineral with anti-inflammatory properties that offers full spectrum coverage by absorbing UVA and UVB rays at the skin’s surface.  Cyclopentasiloxane, Isododecane, Polysilicone-11, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Hexyl Laurate, Peg-10 Dimethicone, Polyglyceryl-4 Isosterate, Stearic Acid, Alumina.

Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer is available at Sephora for $52.  You can also buy a small size for $18.  Since a very little goes a long way this should last you a good long while.

Happy glossing!

 

 


 

Tis the Season for Friends & Family!

It seems that this is the season to stock up on your favorite beauty brands!  Right now, there are several sales going on, with several more coming up.

For Sephora VIBs, there is 20% off November 10-14th using code VIBDREAM (15% for BI’s).  Don’t forget to use Ebates to earn an additional 4% cash back!  I hauled recently at the Friends & Family sale, but there are a few things I might snag.  After all, you have to earn those VIB points to keep your status!

Sephora is also offering a Holiday Prep Kit gift with any $25 purchase (Beauty Insiders only).  You can choose from a Smoky Eye, Flawless Foundation, Beautiful Skin, or Fragrance Sampler!  It appears to be online only, which will probably prompt me to pick up my VIB sale items online instead of in store.

Benefit Cosmetics is having a 20% F&F Sale with the code LOVEYALL.  I’m happy to say that there are NO parabens in Benefit products!  I love the They’re Real mascara, and the Creaseless Cream shadows.  I will be picking up Watt’s Up as well!

Beauty.com is having a 20% sale until Friday.  Use this link to automatically get your discount at checkout.  I love Beauty.com because you earn Drugstore Dollars with every order!  Don’t forget to use Ebates to earn an additional 6% cash back!  There are a huge number of beauty products on Beauty.com.  I will be picking up some Bare Escentuals kits that are department store only I think, since those won’t get discounted for a long time.

Happy gifting!

Happy Anniversary!

That’s right, it’s Urban Decay’s 15th Anniversary!  They have been celebrating all year with limited edition sets of gorgeousness, and this time around it is the 15th Anniversary Eyeshadow Collection.  This limited edition palette has 15 all new shades, and it served up in a beautiful metal container, with a filigree cover, in a velvet box.

I am in LOVE with this set!  The colors, like all UD shadows, and silky and finely milled.  They are super highly pigmented and have fantastic color payoff in the darker shades.  Some of the lighter shades are hard to see and are a bit of a let down, but that’s a minor gripe.

This palette is $55, but you can hope for a sale.  It’s currently sold out at Sephora, but still available at Urban Decay.  The all new shades are, from top left down:

Column 1:  Midnight Rodeo, Midnight 15, Vanilla, Flow, Chase

Column 2:  Tainted, Junkshow, Omen, Evidence, Deep End

Column 3:  Deeper, M.I.A, ACE, Blackout, Half Truth

I am still exploring Urban Decay, but I am loving the staying power of the products.  From the 24/7 shadow pencils & Liners, to the coveted Naked Palette, they delivery.

 

Please ignore the double chin…and the frizzy hair.  egads!

Today I wore Midnight 15 all over my lid, with Half Truth in the crease,  I blended out with Vanilla, and used Stray Dog 24/7 liner over MUFE’s Diamond Black Purple liquid liner.

Buxom Lip Tarnish in Busted on lips.

Feeling Fiendish

I hate to admit it, but I don’t even watch True Blood.  But when I saw this collection come out, I knew I had to have it – because I am a True Believer.  In tarte that is!

Tarte Cosmetics was founded in 1999 by Maureen Kelly, who wanted to find healthy, good for you and fabulous cosmetics.  With its high performance naturals, no parabens, phthalates, or other unpronounceables, I love that tarte is good for you and good for the earth.

This collection is simploy stunning.  With 17 full size shadows in a rather Jean Paul Gaultier-esqe leather case all laced up, i’ts a steal at $52 (normally 10 pan palettes are $44).  Included in the kit are a trial size lifted natural eye primer, a full size blacker than black emphasEYES aqua gel liner, and a mini lights, camera, lashes mascara.  Have I mentioned that this is my go to mascara right now?  Love it!  These little beauties include the Amazonian Clay in the shadows, and they work double duty healing and treating as they beautify you.

These colors, like all in the tarte line, are packed with pigment, and rich and creamy, gliding on the skin.  My only fault with them is that, like many pressed powders, you waste a lot of product because they are quite loosely packed, and one swipe releases entirely too much shadow from the pan.  I feel like I will wear through these very quickly because there is too much waste.

However, while wearing them, VA VA VOOM!  I went for a toned down vampy look today at the office:

Starting with Maracuja Concealer in Medium, I spot concealed some less than desirables.  This product is ridiculously full coverage.  I think the color is a bit off for me, and I might switch it up to light for my next TSV (Glow your Way to Gorgeous QVC link and REVIEW).  This is a point of contention for me, because the medium foundation is the right shade, and the shade of the other concealer – Calming Concealer – that I use is light.  But more on that later.

I also used a touch of Calming Concealer in light around my eyes, because I wanted to test them against each other.  The Maracuja concealer is both creaseless as it promises, but all full full full coverage.  The calming concealer is more like a foundation stick and has little staying power or coverage.  Too bad.

NExt up, the Full Coverage Amazonian Clay Foundation from the 8th Wonder TSV, dotted on, then blended with the famous brush to get that airbrushed look.  I finished my face with Smooth Operator finishing powder.  I love the powder for the poreless airbrushed finish, but I must say I am disappointed it did little to control the oil well on my nose.  For that I rely more on Mally’s Poreless Face Defender, since a little dab’ll do ya for hours.

On the eyes, I started with the lifted natural eye primer with Firmitol eye primer to lock those shadows on.  I am still playing with tarte’s other primer, the Amazonian Clay Eye Base, but I think lifted has won this celebrity death match round.

First up, Dusk from last to crease, a medium beige flesh tone, with Fairy, a pale pink frost, to highlight.  Glamour Me, an intense purple went in the crease and outer V, blended out with Dusk and followed by Werewolf, a deeper brown.  I used Urban Decay Corrupt to line – my all time favorte brown bronze liner – and lights, camera, lashes to complete the look.

On my cheeks, I used Park Avenue Princess bronzer to shape my face, followed by Blushing Bride Amazonian Clay 12-hr blush and let me just tell you, a TINY bit goes a HUGE way!  I packed on a bit too much and had to dust it off a bit.  This is a deep dark rose color that gives you a gorgeous summery flush if you use it right.

On my lips, I started with Lipsurgence matte in Envy, a nice rose color, followed by True Blood Red.  I cna’t tell you how much I adore these!  Envy, and all the mattes, stay on for hours without drying my ilps out.  The shiny lipsurgences don’t have much staying power but feel fantstic on and look great.

All in all, this is a huge value, and I suggest you run to your nearest Sephora, or order on line at Tarte before they are gone.  Otherwise, you might have to take a bite out of someone…

Happy glossing!

 

From top, left to right

Row 1:  The Light, Fairy, Dusk

Row 2:  Dawn, Werewolf, Waitress, Nocturnal

Row 3:  Charmer, Glamour Me, Stake

Row 4:  Bayou, Telepath, The True Death, Immortal

Row 5:  Moss, Legend oops!  Missed that last one!

A Prim-er on Prime-r: Stila Prime Pot

 

One of my biggest struggles with wearing eye color, is that it just falls off my eyes during the course of the day.  However, since I love wearing color, and I am sick and tired of not playing dress up because I look like a racoon by noon, I am on a mission to find the right eye primer.

I have used several kinds of eye primer, and non primer primer like products (um MAC Paint Pot anyone?).  The biggest issue that I have had is that my uber sensitive eyes react to the primer, and make wearing makeup a moot point because I am crying and stinging all day from the very product that was supposed to SUPPORT my sparklecrack habit!

Enter the Stila Prime Pot.  If you are familiar with Stila Smudge Pots you will see that these are very similar.  In fact, they are also very similar to MAC Paint Pots.

 

The difference with these is that not only are they available in only two shades (Taffy and Caramel) but they are less creamy, and a bit more sticky than Smudge Pots.

Stila says that these are a waterproof eye shadow primer that promises flawless, creaseless eye shadow wear. A revolutionary polymer adheres to eye shadow and allows for shadow to wear all day and night.

Does it live up to the print?

I’ll give them cred, it ALMOST lives up to that claim.  I did have some wear and tear about 3pm.  Stila further claims that this innovative waterproof formula is crease resistant and extends eye shadow wear all day. Prime Pot also creates flawlessly smooth lids and keeps excess oil at bay.

True enough!  The most important thing in my book is that it is EXTREMLY gentle on the eyes.  I had no reaction at all with the product.

As previously mentioned, there are two shades

 

Taffy – soft beige pink

 

 

Caramel – warm tawny beige.  Caramel was a bit too dark for this paleface, but I can see it being a great contour color, and also for medium skin tones.

 

With this product, a very little goes a long way, so the $20 price tag is very affordable, particularly compared to the $18 Urban Decay Primer Potion (review on that later) and Bare Escentuals Prime Time for Eyes.

This is a must have product for me!  I’ll post a follow up review after I use it a few more times.