D.I.Y. Eye Shadow Primer

Shadow Primer

Create your own eye shadow primer at home that’s quick, easy and affordable!

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 tsp. natural chapstick/lip balm
  • 1 tsp. cornstarch
  • 1 1/2 tsp. liquid foundation

Directions:

  • Soften the chapstick by either running it under hot water or by quickly (and carefully) heating it in the microwave until it is soft (not melted)
  • Combine the softened chapstick with the remaining ingredients; mix well
  • Transfer the mixture into a small container for storage (lip gloss/eye shadow pot works well)

D.I.Y. Face Primer Cream

Primer

Save yourself some money and create your own moisturizing face primer!

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp. aloe vera gel (go for natural and not the green)
  • 2 tbsp. moisturizing cream
  • 1 tbsp. foundation (that matches your skin color)

Directions:

  • Combine all the ingredients; mix well until smooth
  • Transfer the mixture into a jar or container for storage
  • Apply to clean skin and let fully dry before applying makeup

Dr. Jart+ Premium Beauty Balm

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I recently purchased the boxed set of Dr.Jart+ beauty balms from Sephora.com when they were having the chic week sale.  This is the first beauty balm that I have tried from the collection and so far, it’s a keeper!

I normally use Smashbox’s beauty balm and even though I love that one, I also always love trying other brands as well.  I’m a big fan of Smashbox’s beauty balm because it offers great coverage which is very important to me.  I was concerned about whether or not this one would off the same coverage (or even enough coverage).  Turns out it does : )

I used this for the first time the other day and was pleasantly surprised with the results.  The consistency is creamy with a medium thickness.  It applies smoothly and does an excellent job at hiding imperfections as well as evening out skin tones.  It also feels moisturizing and left my face with a little bit of a fresh and dewy appearance (which I often like).

I did not reapply this at any point in the day and after an 8.5 hour workday it still seemed to be holding up pretty well.  It did wear off slightly around a couple of blemishes but it didn’t completely expose them.

The only downside to this product is that it comes in only one shade.  I feel like the shade it’s most suitable for is fair/light to light-medium.  It works for me now, but come summer when I actually have a tan (or start using sunless tanners again) I feel like it could be too light for me.  I did try dusting a little bit of bare minerals bronzer over top of it to see if I could adjust the color without it looking ridiculous and it turned out nice.  It toned down my bronzer a little (which I feel like can look too harsh otherwise) and in turn the bronzer gave it a little extra kiss of color.

I’m anxious to try out the other ones in the kit being that I liked this one so much!

 

Pros:

  • Long lasting
  • SPF 45
  • Medium coverage
  • Leaves face looking fresh and slightly dewy (not good if you prefer a matte finish)

Cons:

  • Only comes in one color….and it’s probably going to be too light come summer

 

Chic Week Beauty Haul from Sephora

To say that I am not a sucker for a sale would be an understatement and to say that I made a couple purchases during Sephora’s Chic Week 15% off sale would be an ever bigger understatement.  (To say that my credit card isn’t hurting because of it would be one of the biggest understatements I could currently make at the moment.)

So…I shopped (again and again and again) and this is what I ended up with (reviews to follow as I try these goodies out):

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Sephora Nano Lip Liner (02 – Cute Caramel): $4.25

(Orig. $5.00)

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Dr. Jart+ The Original BB Cream Set: $28.90

(Orig. $34.00)

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Tarte Beauty & The Box and SmolderEYES Duo: $17.85

(Orig. $29.00…on sale for $21.00)

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Sephora Collection Nourishing Hand Cream: $2.55

(Orig. $3.00)

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Sephora Collection Double-Ended Waterproof Smudge Liner: $2.55

(Orig. $9.00…on sale for $3.00)

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Sephora Collection Moisturizing Bronzing Body Lotion: $4.25

(Orig. $16.00…on sale for $5.00)

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Sephora Collection Professional Clear Natural Mascara: $4.25

(Orig. $10.00…on sale for $5.00)

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Sephora Collection Silk Shadow Quad (Ballroom Romance): $5.95

(Orig. $25.00…on sale for $7.00)

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Sephora Collection Urban Luxe All Over Powder Palette: $5.95

(Orig. $14.00…on sale for $7.00)

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Tarte Mineral Powder Bronzer: $8.50

(Orig. $29.00…on sale for $10.00)

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Korres Butter to Go Body & Lip Butter Duo: $8.50

(Orig. $15.00…on sale for $10.00)

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REN the Fab 4 Kit: $28.90

(Orig. $34.00)

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Sephora Collection Perfecting Ultra-Smoothing Primer: $12.75

(Orig. $15.00)

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Sephora Favorites In the Glow Set: $38.25

(Orig. $45.00)

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Sephora Favorites Glitz and Glam Party Sampler: $38.25

(Orig. $45.00)

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Josie Maran Argan Matchmaker Powder Foundation SPF 20: $28.90

(Orig. $34.00)

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Jennifer Aniston Perfume (1 oz.): $22.95

(Orig. $39.00…on sale for $27.00)

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Make Up Forever Mist & Fix (0.84 oz.) $8.50

(Orig. $10.00)

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Sephora Collection Instant Airbrush Foundation: $7.65

(Orig. $20.00…on sale for $9.00)

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Too Faced Hot Cocoa Collection: $8.50

(Orig. $10.00)

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Make Up Forever Mat Velvet + Matifying Foundation: $30.60

(Orig. $36.00)

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Too Faced Primed, Poreless & Perfected To Go Duo: $12.75

(Orig. $15.00)

Sephora Collection Perfecting Ultra-Smoothing Primer

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I have to say that I was actually surprised by how much I liked this primer.  I normally use Smashbox Photo Finish Primer or Tarte’s Poreless Primer and I decided to give this one a try on a whim when I was placing an order on Sephora.  (The price tag on this was also alluring!)

For $15, I think this product is well worth the money.

The consistency isn’t quite like Tarte’s Poreless Primer.  (If you haven’t ever tried that, it’s a clear thicker consistency, almost wax-like).  It’s not quite as thick and I think it actually applies a little easier than Tarte’s.  Sephora’s primer also has a more luminous glow to it.  In the bottle, it looks almost shimmery, but when I applied it, it wasn’t.  Once it sets, I don’t think it’s really that luminous at all and I feel like Tarte’s primer gave me a little more of a dewy glow.  So I would recommend Sephora’s primer if you are going for a more matte finish.

I used Smashbox BB Cream, Smashbox Bronze Lights and Bare Minerals Powder Foundation over top of it.  (As well as Tarte’s Maracuja Concealer in a couple of areas).  (And by now you are probably thinking: “Wow she really layers the stuff on”-lol!) Surprisingly, after all of that, my face doesn’t look heavy or cakey and it feels very smooth and light.

The primer has been on for about 5 hours now (as well as the other makeup) and I haven’t noticed any changes.  It’s still holding up and hasn’t worn off.

Overall, I would recommend this product.  So far I like it and I think the price tag on it is something that most people would appreciate!

Pros:

  • Affordable
  • Lightweight
  • Extends length of makeup wear
  • A little goes a long way
  • Creates a smooth canvas

Cons:

  • Doesn’t provide thick coverage (this could be a pro for some people)
  • Doesn’t provide a luminous glow (this could also be a pro for some people)