I’ve been seeing this stuff all over the damn place lately and was 100% skeptical about using it as a primer. But earlier this week I was in the men’s shaving aisle at Target, waiting for Devin to pick out razors and this stuff caught my eye. And so for $5.54 I figured, what have I got to lose?

I’ve been wearing it under my foundation for the past three days and oh. my. gosh. The hype is so real! I usually have a problem with my foundation looking really cakey in between my eyebrows, around my nose, and on my top lip and it usually wears off on the tip of my nose after a few hours. But when I use this, not only does it make my foundation lay better and look super smooth on the skin, even in my problem areas, but it keeps it on all. day. long. It smells a little manly at first but otherwise, 10/10 do recommend, pick this stuff up next time you see it!

UNDER HYPED: Smashbox Photo Finish Hydrating Under Eye Primer

Smashbox is my favourite brand when it comes to primers, they’ve got everything from colour correcting to oily controlling and line reducing versions  and even one for the under eye area. An under-eye primer may seem like just “another” product to buy and another unnecessary product to add into your beauty routine, but the results are oh so worth it. Smashbox Photo Finish Hydrating Under Eye Primer has been a favourite product of mine for many years now and it really doesn’t get enough hype or recognition. Whether you’re someone who doesn’t wear a lot of makeup (or someone who wears a lot) has severe dark circles or just a little discoloration underneath the eyes this product works a full on treat and is well worth the price. It’s super hydrating, but thanks to the silicone like texture it doesn’t cause concealer to crease, in fact it actually helps improve its staying power so you don’t have to worry about your concealer slipping around all over the place. It’s also packed with light reflecting pigments and has a peachy pink base to it, meaning that it helps counteract darkness and blue tones in the skin which in turn makes dark circles appear less obvious and reduces the need for a large amount of concealer. All in all I love this product. If you’re someone with severe dark circles or has problems with concealer creasing it’s definitely worth checking this product out. It’s also great for wearing alone on no-makeup days and for mixing in with concealer to make it more blendable.

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Product Review #31!!!
Ok guys. Many of you have heard, maybe some of you haven’t, about the Nivea Men After Shave Balm. Nikki Tutorials brought to light that this is a great makeup primer…so I had to give it a try. I am totally on the bandwagon now because this stuff is AWESOME! My makeup doesn’t budge when I use it! Plus it smells good. Yes it smells like a sexy man but don’t worry that’ll fade away. It contains glycerin which acts as a glue for your makeup! Just apply the primer (after shave) and rub it into your face. It’ll become tacky and that’s when you wanna start applying your makeup. I do not recommend this for your eyelids because well I don’t think it’s a good idea lol. I also get the sensitive one just because I wanted something easy on the skin. Very cheap option for a primer! Plus the packaging is a glass bottle!

Milani Prime Shield Face Primer Review

Mattifying + Pore Minimizing

As of lately I have been trying face primers and setting sprays. I saw Milani had a primer and I figure why not. This is, I think the second Milani product I have tried and I’m happy I picked this up. This is one of the best primers I have tried so far. It controls my oils so well without having me look so dry. I have oily combination skin and I try different mattifying primers. My nose is the first thing to get shiny. This primer kept the shine on my nose to a minimum to the point I feel like I barely need to blot. My face has such a smooth radiant finish with this primer. I know it’s suppose to mattify but I like that my skin is not so matte to the point I look powdery. It controls my oils and balances out my face. I highly recommend this primer. They also have a Hydrating + Pore-Minimizing primer for dry skin types. I love that this primer is affordable as well. This primer works great with my drugstore and high-end foundations.

Rate: 5/5
Recommend: Yes

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Tom Ford’s Complexion Enhancing Primer and Skin Illuminating Powder Duo

2 products that I was super excited to see this season were Tom Ford’s new “illuminating” skin products, the Complexion Enhancing Primer, and the gorgeous Skin Illuminating Powder Duo.

They offer different intensities of dewiness on the skin, so it’s really up to you what sort of effect you want. But both products are not very obvious, metallic products that look like noticeable makeup. The pearl pigments are so fine that even quite close-up, it just looks like you have a healthy glow. 

Complexion Enhancing Primer 01 Pink Glow

This is a pearlescent shell-pink beige which is quite subtle and will not go on very metallic on the skin, so I personally prefer to apply it AFTER foundation, even though it’s a “primer”. I never see the point of applying illuminating primers before foundation cos you have to use a lot for it to show up under makeup, and applying it all over just emphasizes pores in areas you don’t want.

What I do is rub half a pump on the back of my hand so I have an even coating on my fingers, and then press it on over my cheekbones, on the cupid’s bow, and in the center of my nose-bridge.

Skin Illuminating Powder Duo

This baby is a must-try for those of you who are addicted to high-end highlighting or illuminating powders. How it differs from other powders we find from MAC, Lauder, etc is in how fine-grained the powder pigments are and the multi-dimensional tones. Once it’s on the skin, it doesn’t look sparkly, doesn’t catch easily on fine lines, and doesn’t make the skin look leathery.

It’s actually a fantastic highlighter for mature women, even though it would look beautiful on everyone. On first look you get an ivory and a soft chai latte color. But once swatched you’ll see they are both multi-dimensional. The ivory has subtle gold and opal pink tones, and the creamy chai shade has bronze tones. And they go on translucent so even if you have very dark skin, the pale shade does not go on chalky. You just get a beautifully natural look, like great skin.

I personally consider the powder duo a must-have in my collection, and the liquid primer good for those who want a softer glow that isn’t detectable even on HD camera.

Makeup notes:

  • Eyes: MAC Julia Petit Eyeshadows x 2 in Sagu (Druzy Luster shadow and Black Plum Matte shadow)
  • Physicians’ Formula Nudewear Blush in Natural
  • MAC Velvet Teddy lipstick
Innisfree No Sebum Mineral Powder Review

The Innisfree No Sebum line were the first of many of my favourite Innisfree products. The products from this line have been popular for so long and it is easy to see why! The No Sebum line contains a mineral primer, a mineral powder and a mineral pact. I did also purchase other products from the line, so make sure you check them out as well!
                -Innisfree No Sebum Mineral Primer (review here!)
                -Innisfree No Sebum Mineral Pact (review coming soon!)

This oil absorption powder creates soft and gorgeous skin that lass all day long. The powder has a double sebum control system helps to absorbs excessive sebum on skin. It contains Jeju natural mineral and mint ingredients to create healthy skin, control oil and maintain moisture of skin. It is completely paraben free, talc free, artificial pigment free, animal material free, mineral oil free and artificial scent free!
Innisfree conveniently provides us with a picture describing the multiple uses of the No Sebum Mineral Powder. 

In true Innisfree style, the No Sebum Mineral Powder comes in a nice a box made with recycled paper with soy ink print. The powder comes in a refreshing mint colour tub with twist lid. The powder comes with a little puff for application of the product. 

The Innisfree No Sebum Mineral Powder has very quickly become one of my absolute favourite Innisfree product. This is the perfect product for setting my makeup in the morning. The powder is lightweight and does not leave the skin looking cakey. It mattifies the skin and leaves it feeling incredibly fresh. The powder keeps oilier areas of my face completely shine free throughout the day and has the ability to extend the longevity of my makeup. This powder really is a life saver, especially on warm days when I am more prone to shine. It is also great to keep around with me during the day when I’m out and about for whenever I need any touch ups. Another thing is that the Innisfree No Sebum Mineral Powder is rather inexpensive. I can definitely see myself repurchasing this product over and over again. I really don’t have any complaints about it!

-does not appear cakey
-mattifies the skin
-long lasting sebum control
-helps to extend longevity of makeup

Cons: NONE!

Overall Rating: 5/5


Make Up For Ever Smoothing Primer + Loreal Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation

I love using these two together.  Because the foundation is sooo matte, I feel like the smoothing primer really helps it lay beautifully on the skin, especially over dry areas. 


Estee Lauder Little Black Primer for Lashes

Happy New Year!

And I’m kicking off 2015 with a review and demo of Estee Lauder’s new Little Black Primer. 

What it aims to be is a lash primer that can work 3 ways.

  1. As a dark tint for light lashes
  2. As a base to create volume under your regular mascara
  3. As a protective top coat to set mascara and make them waterproof, more smudge-resistant and longer-wearing.

The concept is so simple and so logical that I’m actually surprised nobody came up with the idea before this. We always used those white lash primers before, and they’re fine for bulking up lashes, but not everyone knows how to work with those, and if you’re not careful, you end up with grey-looking strands where your mascara hasn’t covered it completely.

So theoretically, this is an EXTREMELY interesting product. The only thing left is to see how well it performs on all 3 fronts.

So I tested it with a cheap (but good) drugstore mascara that I’m using daily. Nothing high-end, nothing waterproof.

The verdict?

  1. As a tint/mascara - GOOD. I have black lashes, so I can’t really tell you how good it would be as a lash tint. What I can say is that it doesn’t look as black as true black mascaras do, but it looks really nice as a soft, hyper-natural mascara on its own for those who don’t want dramatic lashes. I would wear it on its own any day.
  2. As a lash primer - QUITE GOOD. This does lift and bulk up lashes. The water-resistant formula also helps to hold curl a bit longer. But you will have a bit of problems with clumping or thick twig-like tips, although I can’t say this is a problem that is unique to the product as it happens with pretty much every primer. From a distance it does look fab. If people are going to look at you up-close, I think avoid lash primers in general unless you have a lot of time to comb out clumps.
  3. As an overcoat - HIT AND MISS. It does do a pretty great job of making a non-waterproof mascara waterproof but like all other products, it is not magic and can’t resist oil and grease. Also, if you try to build it on top of mascara, you WILL make your lashes look more clumpy than usual.

Tips for use:

  • It builds quite nicely so you can wear two coats of this and just ditch regular mascara.
  • For the most naturally glam look, apply regular mascara, and then apply this just to the lashes nearer the roots. This bulks up the base which is where it’s most needed, doesn’t make the tips clumpy, and should be able to give a bit of extra “hold” to your curled lashes.
  • For best effect if you have straight downward-pointing lashes, finish with heated lash curlers as a last step. These are still the only tools I’ve tried that can make stubborn lashes hold their curl all day.

The Little Black Primer launches at all Lauder counters this month and retails at SGD40.