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Top 5: Primers

Hey, dears! I’ve realized that I don’t talk about primers too often here, which is insane because I think primer is important. I’m not the kind of person who can wear foundation raw on my face. I need some type of barrier on my skin. Since I’m more oily skinned, I lean more towards matte primers but don’t fret! Some of these primers are good for dry skinned people as well. Let’s just jump in…

First off, let me just say I know some of these primers look like they’ve been through it! But, I figured I might as well still take a photo of them because that just shows you how much I like them haha.

  • L’oreal Revitalift Miracle Blur ($25) This is one of the more pricey drugstore primer options, but I really like it. It leaves a velvety smooth, matte finish and is perfect for blurring lines, wrinkles, uneven skin and pores. It also claims to minimize the appearance of all those things within 4 weeks. I would definitely recommend this to people will more mature skin. My grandma goes hard on this primer and that’s why it looks like that haha.
  • Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Light ($16) I was on a budget so I picked up the travel size, but the full size is $36. This is probably one of my holy grail high-end foundations. It’s ideal for acne prone and oily skin. It’s very lightweight and makes your skin feel godly! It blurs all of your imperfections seamlessly and your makeup will look flawless. I have not one complaint!
  • Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer ($18) Once again, I had to be frugal so I bought the travel size haha. The full size is $52. Anyway, this primer has a satin-finish but I still enjoy it. A little goes a long way and the staying power is amazing. Your skin feels like silk all day long. This primer is ideal for those with dry skin.
  • Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser ($5) For a drugstore primer, this is pretty great! I have been using it for years and the only complaint I have is that it doesn’t control oil as much as would like, but it’s still a pretty damn good primer. It does erase your pores like a dream, though.
  • Becca Ever-Matte Poreless Priming Perfector ($36) This baby is MATTE! So, dry skinned people steer clear. Welcome to the dream oily skinned people! This will keep your face matte all day long.  I went hard on this baby all summer and spring I even used it a bit during the colder months haha. If your face is an oil well, buy this. It will change your life.

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Hit or Miss: Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer

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Hey all! It’s time for a review once again. Let’s talk primer. I almost never really talk about primers on le blog because I don’t really test many. If I find one I like, I stick with it. I’ve never really dabbled into high-end primers because drugstore primers and Milk of Magnesia (MoM) work pretty well for me. However, I’ve been hearing about it for forever! I sampled it a few months ago and decided to finally get it and I finally want to share my thoughts with you.

The description from Sephora says, “This clean, satin-finish formula helps keep makeup looking fresh and prevents fading. Veil Mineral Primer also absorbs excess oils and minimizes the appearance of pores by evenly distributing light to help hide and soften skin imperfections and fine lines.” When I used this for the first time, my skin immediately felt like silk! It absorbs right into my skin & my foundation goes on flawlessly! My face looks airbrushed and my pores aren’t as visible. Also, My makeup does stay put a smidge better than when I use Maybelline’s Baby Skin or L’oreal’s Miracle Blur. I’m not too sure about the oil being absorbed and what not but I really do enjoy this product. It’s definitely a HIT for me. It also has an SPF of 15 which is a bonus. Any product that has SPF, is a bonus for me.

You can pick it up at Sephora for $52 (1 oz). I know that’s pricey but the smaller bottle (.33 oz.) for $18 will last you about 2-3 months because you only need a pump of this stuff for your face.

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Battle of the Brands: L’oreal Infallible Pro-Matte vs Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless

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Happy Friday loves. I’ve been wanting to compare these 2 drugstore foundations forever and I finally picked them up last Friday! I’ve been testing both of these foundations for a week, alternating which I use day by day. I’m judging these foundations based on 4 things: texture/formula, longevity, price, and color. So let’s just jump, shall we?

Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless Claims:

  • Mattifies, erases pores and matches natural tone.
  • Goes beyond skin tone matching to fit the unique texture issues of normal to oily skin.

L’oreal Infallible Pro-Matte Claims:

  • Lasts for 24 hours
  • Contains Shine Defy Blotting Spheres that act like blotting paper to mimic makeup artist gesture, instantly absorbing sweat and oil without disturbing color pigments.

Criteria

Color: Okay so both of these foundations don’t have a huge color selection. Both foundations have 12 shades but they didn’t have all the shades at the Ulta I was at . Personally, I think a foundation should have at least 15 shades to cater to almost every skin tone. L’oreal was probably the worst to choose from because you can’t tell the color from the outside. You’re going in there blind because all of the shades basically look the same from the outside. I chose Caramel Beige since that’s my L’oreal True Match color, but I found that it’s a smidge light for me. For the MNY foundation, my color is 322 Warm Honey and it fits my skin impeccably. It literally blended into my skintone.

Texture/Formula: I tried 2 primers with these foundations: MNY Baby Skin and Becca’s Ever Matte Poreless Priming Perfector. The L’oreal Infallible with the Becca primer is NOT good. My skin looked dry around my nose and forehead and it was just ugh! It was no good at all!! When I paired it with the Baby Skin, it was better but I found that it did look a bit dry in some areas, which is insane because my nose is one of the oiliest spots on my face. So rest assured, this foundation is MATTE! It’s also a full coverage foundation to me. Also, I find that I rather use a flat top kabuki or my Real Technique Expert Face Brush to apply this foundation. Due to the fact that it dries pretty fast, I don’t like to use my beauty blender. I also find that this foundation exemplifies my pores, which is a HUGE downfall for me.

The MNY foundation is very smooth. It applies impeccably with either a beauty blender or a brush. My pores are gone after I apply the foundation. I honestly can barely see them. It worked well with both the Becca and Baby Skin primer. It wasn’t patchy at all. It’s definitely a matte finish, but it’s not drying. I would say this foundation is medium to full coverage.

Longevity: L’oreal Infallible claims it lasts up to 24 hours. I used it yesterday for about 12 hours. By the time I got home, I realized there were spots around my nose which makeup had rubbed off from but that was about it. MNY Fit Me Matte + Poreless doesn’t personally claim any type of long wearing attributes, but I think it lasts as long as the average foundation – about 8-10 hours.

Price: L’oreal is always a more expensive drugstore brand. I picked it up at Ulta for $14.99. Meanwhile I picked up the MNY foundation for $7.99

Clearly, by my breakdown, you can see that I love the MNY Fit Me Matte + Poreless more than the L’oreal Infallible Pro-Matte. I find that I get a more of a bang for my buck. The formula is bomb. The finish is bomb. The price is bomb. The color is bomb. It’s just BOMB.COM! I was overall disappointed with the L’oreal Infallible Pro-Matte, but at least I’ve found my new holy grail drugstore foundation. However, I wouldn’t suggest either of these foundations to those with dry skin, especially not the L’oreal.

MNY Fit Me Matte + Poreless: 10/10

L’oreal Infallible Pro-Matte: 7/10

I hope this review helped!

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Hit or Miss: Origins Original Skin™ Renewal Serum

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It’s Hit or Miss Monday time! I have to say I’ve been pretty damn consistent with these posts lately. You’re welcome 🙂

I’ve been looking for a serum to incorporate in my skin care routine because I’ve never used one. Why not? I don’t know. I just find myself always using cleansers, exfoliators, toners, masks, etc. I just never really used serums on my face. So, I asked my friend Ashley, who is also on my MUA Series, which serums she recommends. She told me to pick up this baby. Naturally, I sample things before I buy them because money doesn’t grow on trees and I hate returning products. This product is supposed to de-stress, shrink pores, minimize flaws, delete dullness, and smooth roughness. I used it for about 5 days before the sample ran out and I can honestly say I LOVE IT.

The formula is very lightweight and it works instantly. My skin felt like silk the moment I applied it. My pores were minimized, as well. Also, after 2 days I noticed my skin was glowing and much brighter. Sephora claims that this is great for women transitioning from their twenties to their thirties. I’m 22 and I needed to brighten up this skin cause of this dull NYC weather. I’m sure plenty of you fellow New Yorkers are over this weather. During the winter, my skin feels dead and it also becomes more combo than oily. I can honestly say this serum made a difference in my skin texture and brightness. I recommend it to anyone who’s looking to liven up their skin. Needless to say, it’s a HIT. You can pick it up for $39 at Sephora.

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