Products That I Have Used Up

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I can’t believe that it is the beginning of April already. Where has the time gone? Seriously. Good thing is that I have actually used up some of my products. Whoohoo! This rarely happens I think because when you use so many products, it makes it difficult to make it through them all, let alone one of them. Beauty problems.

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1. L’Oreal Magic Skin Beautifier BB cream in Fair. I bought this BB cream a long time ago (obviously, as the “BB” part is rubbed off), and I usually use it when I am going to work to just give my skin a little bit of coverage. It goes on very interestingly, because it is white with little beads inside, but when you rub it on your skin it blends it. The consistency is a bit drying and powdery, but it does the job. I may buy it again, but I would try a few others before buying this one.

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2. La Roche-Posay Rosaliac UV Riche. I love this product. It even has SPF. I use this pretty well everyday and I love using it. I talked about this product in My Morning Skincare Routine post. It is really hydrating on my skin and does help with a bit of the redness that I get on my cheeks and by my nose. I will be repurchasing this from the drugstore.

3. Papaya Body Butter from the Body Shop. I have just a little bit left in this tub, but it is practically gone. I use it almost every night and it really makes my skin super soft and moisturized. Most of all, I really love the smell of this. Unfortunately, I only bought this a few months ago and I am almost out! I talked about this product in my Body Shop Haul post. When the Body Shop has another sale I will probably buy another few of just this product.

I think in the next few months I am going to be trying a few new things and not buying much of the same products. Stay tuned.

Thanks for reading.

L.

The Body Shop

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The Body Shop had 50% off a few weeks ago! I love when this happens and I have a need for getting some new products. I haven’t gotten Body Shop products in ages, and I have found that The Body Shop have been having so many good deals lately. So I went a little crazy and bought maybe a few more products that I probably ought to. Is 9 too many? I have tried most of them so far, so heres a review in order of likes.

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1. Papaya Body Butter – I have been covering my whole body in this every night for the past few nights. It smells so fruity and is so moisturizing. When I wake up my skin feels so soft and buttery. Plus my pajamas smell lovely too.

2. Coconut Body Scrub – I have to say that I love body scrubs. If there is anything worth using in the shower, it is a scrub. Coconut just makes it smell like summer, the beach, and being a teenager. I used to wear Coconut Body Butter every date night as a teen and I love that smell.

3. Loofahs – I bought 3 of them. Is that too many? They were $1.50, and you can’t get much cheaper than that for even a drugstore loofah. These ones are infinitely better. They are thicker, and lather soap better, and I find that they do last a lot longer too. Plus, they are in this beautiful blue colour. I should have bought more. (Actually, they are called Refining Bath Lilies, haha).

4. Mango and Papaya Shower Gel – These smell absolutely amazing and I love the way that it makes my skin feel. I find that sometimes with shower gels they can leave your skin feeling slightly dry, especially in the winter. However, I don’t find that with The Body Shop shower gels. At all. They are great.

5. Pink Grapefruit Body Scrub – Out of everything fruity, I love the smell of pink grapefruit. As you can tell with some of the other moisturizers that I like, pink grapefruit will be the one that I am drawn to the most.

6. Satsuma Body Butter – I love this scent and I am so happy that I got this one in this a travel size so that I can take this around with me everywhere. So that I can really add to the plethora of hand creams to bring around in my purse and make it infinitely heavier. I love it.

I can’t wait to use all of these up and buy more. I should have bought more.

Thanks for reading!

L.

November Ipsy Bag

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Seems like not that long ago that I got my very first October Ipsy bag, and now I have my November one! I felt very excited to see what was in there! I just received it the other day, and I have tried most of the products so that I can give good impression and review. Sometimes I don’t really know what they are thinking when they send you some of these products. I mean, you basically fill out a survey, and then you get a mishmash of different products that they are sponsering, or being sponsered buy, and they send you products that they think that you would like. With this bag I just feel like they threw stuff in there without much thought, and a lot of these are products that I wouldn’t necessarily buy for myself.

That being said, I am definitely into trying all of these products that will maybe break me out of my comfort zone. There is nothing wrong with trying something new right? I am not totally beauty experienced, so there is always something good that will come out of this bag. Like how cute it is! Adorable! Like a gold snake skin, with a touch of pink: adorable.

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Let’s start off with the first item in the bag shall we? I received a Pixi Subtly Suntouched Bronzer. I have actually never used a bronzer before, and I have always been meaning to try one. I have a good idea of how to really put on a bronzer, but just in case I read a blog post* of how to contour round faces, because, yeah, I have that. Also, I was always a little weary that it would make me look too orange. I looked it up online, and it actually retails for $18, but when you buy this in store it comes with a kabuki brush. I really wish that this one would have come with that too, since I don’t have a proper brush to use it with. I only really have a small blush brush that I can use, which seemed to work fine. I think that I will have to get a little more practice with it, but the colour doesn’t seem to be too dark, and it doesn’t apply very heavily. You really have to get a lot of the brush in order for it to really show up. I am really happy that I got this product because it will definitely force me to try it and work with it a little more.

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The next product that I got was a Be a Bombshell Cosmetics Lip Crayon in the colour Shameless. This is a nice burgundy colour that actually really suits my complexion, but I am not a fan of the glitter in the product. I typically only use lip products that are glossy or matte, so I don’t care for the glitter feature, but it isn’t too noticeable. Also, I am very particular with taste, and this product really doesn’t taste very good to me. It just tastes like lipstick, which I don’t care for. However, I do really like the crayon aspect of this product because it makes it very easy to apply so that I don’t get it all around my lips, and I use it more like a lip liner that I fill in. Since it is coming into the Christmas season, I think that I will be wearing this a lot because it is a nice dark berry colour that works very well for this time of year.

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What I actually used on top of the lip crayon was the em Cosmetics Pillow Plush Cushiony Lip Balm in the colour Lollipop. I like the colour of this product a lot and it feels really nice on the lips. I find it very moisturizing and soft. The only thing that I don’t like about it is the taste! I told you, I am hung up on taste for sure. The really important reason why I don’t like wearing lipstick is because I just don’t like the taste of it. It is gross. If it tastes nice, then I will probably wear it a lot, but I have a hard time getting passed the taste of things on my mouth. If you want to try something that is very tasty, I am a fan of the really like Fresh lip products.

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Next, I got the Cailyn Mineral Eyeshadow in Champagne. When I first looked at this product I had no idea what this was. The packaging makes it look like a nail polish, but cheaper because it is plastic. It is a very powdery and soft eyeshadow, but I actually didn’t find that I had any fall out when I wore it. I wore it under another eyeshadow, and although I am not a big fan of glittery products, I still actually really like the colouring of this product. However, I did find that trying to get more of product to apply was difficult. There is a tube in the product that the spongey applicator goes into, and when you first pull it out it is covered in the product, but when you stick it back in the bottle to get more product, it comes out with barely any. Therefore, it looks neat, but isn’t really user friendly.

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Then, I got Starlooks Gem Eyeliner in Topaz, which turned out to be a glittery grey colour (which isn’t topaz at all). It is a nice colour, although kind of more glittery than I would like. I found that it doesn’t really have very good staying power, and easily rubbed it off when I tried to blend it. I don’t know if I am going to wear it per se, but maybe I will find something good to do with it. (Christmas is coming right?) It is definitely very festive and fun, but not all my taste.

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Lastly, I got another nail polish (hooray!) by a company called Nailtini, in the colour Caviar Cocktail. This is a shiny, gunmetal grey colour that is easy to apply and looks decent. I noticed on the website that this brand promotes using their products with other colours to create the perfect blend of nailpolishes, which I think is a great idea since so many people are doing nail art these days. I think that this colour would work really well with another similarly shiny nail polish. It was a very easy product to apply and dried really easily. Plus, I think that the colour is a lot of fun and I have already worn it on my toes!

So this month’s bag was a bit of a miss, and definitely wasn’t as good as last month’s, but I am still excited to get some use out of the products that I got. I am hoping that next months is a little bit better. Considering how much products that you get to try, the ipsy bag* is an awesome deal, even if there are only a few items that you might really like. I totally recommend this subscription to anyone that likes to try new things and get a little surprise at the end of the day.

Maybelline Colossal Volume Mascara

I was getting ready for going out with my husband and I really wanted my eyelashes to look really full and long, so I went to use a different mascara that I hadn’t for a really long time. That is my Maybelline Volum’ Express The Colossal, and boy have I missed this mascara. I used to to use this mascara all of the time and I really liked it, but I haven’t used it much since I bought my Benefit They’re Real! Mascara. (These together, however, is amazing!) My lashes look full and volumous, as well as apart and long. I am loving this combination right now. I talked about the Benefit mascara in this post so you can check that out if you would like to read a review of this mascara.

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I have missed this mascara so much, that I even went out to buy a new one because I noticed that this formula was getting fairly dry. You can really notice the love that this mascara has gotten because the writing has really started to wear off. I have always gotten this mascara is Glam Black, but that is just me. I can’t say enough good things about this mascara. It just does what I want it to do.

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Maybelline mascaras are really the best mascaras that I have ever tried. They are always less than $10, and their formulas are great. They last a long time, and I have found that they really are not very wet formulas, so they don’t tend to make a mess when you are putting them on. Plus, there are so many different varieties of mascaras, that you can find one to do whatever you want. I really find that the Colossal Volume is the best for me, but I like my eyelashes to be very full and thick looking. I also find that the brush is awesome, and doesn’t sting your eyes like the Benefit mascara sometimes does, because is it very sparse and plastic.

Typically, I use one of these products, and then I use the Maybelline Great Lash Mascara, (because it really is the best) on top. I use this mascara in the regular, as well as the waterproof formulas. My mom has been using this mascara for years and not only is it cheap, but it is also such a great mascara and I love using it. It just provides another layer to really separated your lashes and give them extra pop. I love that. Plus, it is so cheap, usually between $3 – $5. You can’t get better than that, really. This formula has been raved about by so many websites and magazines – and they are right!

My husband and I are going to be making some pumpkin seeds in the oven this week, so I will post pictures and give the recipes! Thanks for reading.

L.

October Ipsy Bag

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I signed up for Ipsy a few months ago and I finally got my very first bag in the mail this week! I wasn’t sure what to expect really, since I had never gotten anything like this is the mail before. I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised. For the $10, or so, that you pay, you get a lot of really great stuff. I have used all of the products once or twice to try everything out, and here is a list and a review of all of the product that I received.

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1. First off, the bag is actually very cute and a really nice fabric. It feels like it is waterproof because it is very thick. However, it is white, so it will probably get dirty pretty fast. But it is a great size, and I will totally use it in the future in my purse or just to keep other products in.

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2. Next, I received the Nourish Organic Deeply Nourishing Coconut & Argan Body Lotion. Since I am very picky about my moisturizers, I have to say that I was quite skeptical of this product. However, I was pleasantly surprised. It is a little greasy at first, but gets absorbed into the skin really well and doesn’t leave your hands feeling very oily at all. I really like that. The smell is a interesting, but quite nice. Maybe a little too strong for my liking, but that won’t stop me from using it. I will definitely be using this in the future. I am not sure yet whether I will purchase this, but the sample is nice (although a little small). You can buy a full size (236mL) bottle of this product from their website for $11.99, and I know that they also sell this stuff at Target. I definitely recommend checking this product out.

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3. I got a very reddish lipgloss in the bag that I was very skeptical of for sure at first. However, when I put it on I was really happy with it. I got the Ofra Sultry Lipgloss with Plumper. This product is very thick, but not too sticky. It actually gave me a really nice colour to my lips that I wasn’t expecting. I am not very big into heavy lipglosses, mainly because I don’t like the taste of them, and I always feel like I want to wipe them off, or they don’t last very long in the first place. This lipgloss actually didn’t have a very strong taste of anything, but whatever it was it was pleasant. Now I have a new lipgloss that I like! What a rare find. I literally mostly wear Maybelline Baby Lips, or Blistex, so this is definitely a nice step up for me. This product retails for $12.95, and it only comes in one colour which is very interesting. I have to say that this colour did work very nice for me, and I do think that it would look good on a lot of girls, but I don’t know about everybody. It seems very interesting that it only comes in the one colour. I liked it a lot though.

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4. I got this beautiful black box that I really wasn’t sure what it was at first, but when I opened it I was really happy. I got a Zoya Nail Polish in the colour Mason, which is a dark pink with a bit of purple colour, that is fairly sparkly. It wasn’t a small sample size either, but one that you would buy at the store. Nice. I looked into how much these nail polishes retail for and it is about $8 per polish. They are an organic nail polish as well, which I had never used before but was happy to try. I have heard that some organic nail polishes sometimes don’t last as long on the nails as regular polishes do, but I put it on my toes on Monday, and it still looks good today! It has chipped a bit from my baby toes, but that is it. I didn’t even put on a top coat. It isn’t really a colour that I would normally go for, but I like it a lot.

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5. Then I found something that I was really hoping to get, and it was a sample of a hairspray. I received the Sexy Hair Spray Clay. I always like trying new hair products for sure. I have very unruly hair that can get very frizzy and is very curly and long, so I like to try anything that will improve this for me. I used this after my hair had been curly, in the morning after I woke up. My hair just needed a little reviving and it was pretty frizzy from being slept on. I just sprayed a little bit all over my hair (the hairspray came out very fast and sort of like a dry shampoo, but clear). But it was almost instant that my frizz was less, and I even wore my hair down again because it looked so good. Plus, the smell was really nice, kinda strong but not really. I will definitely purchase this once my sample is done. It retails for about $18 at Ulta (which we don’t have in Canada), but when I go back down to the states I may consider picking up some just because it is so good.

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6. Lastly, I got the H2O Face Oasis Hydrating Treatment. This product was very interesting to apply. You apply it to your face after you have washed it, but before you dry it, so it is still damp. It took quite a while for it to be absorbed into the skin, and the packaging was really awful. It started leaking out the sides even before I started using it. I have only used it once, but I didn’t really find it particularly hydrating. I didn’t find that it really did anything but add an extra step to washing my face. I will try it again just to see, but I don’t know…What I do know is that a bottle of the product retails for $36 on the their website. Not as expensive as what I would have thought, but still.

And that is it for my first Ipsy bag! I have to say that I am really happy with it. I will definitely keep getting more. I think that the value of what you get is really great. With the nail polish and the bag alone basically covers what you would pay, but you get 4 more products. I like trying new things but I really don’t like spending a lot of money to get them if I am unsure, so this is a great way to try new products. I definitely recommend getting them if you can. Thanks for reading!

L.

My Morning Skincare Routine

I have really gotten into the habit of washing my face in the morning and at night more recently (a little late I suppose), but better late than never! I don’t use anything really fancy on my face, because I really don’t like to use a lot of heavy products. I have pretty much combination type of skin where I have a tendency to get really dry around my nose and on my cheeks, but I can get very oily on my t-zone, especially directly on my nose and sometimes my chin.

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I start with using the Freemans Grapefruit Facial Scrub, which I massage all over my face. I have found since using this that my skin is more smooth and I have less black heads and much fewer clogged pores. I have never had extremely smooth skin, especially on my face, but since using this for sure I have noticed such a difference. This is certainly an abrasive scrub, but not to extent that it is painful. The scrubs in this exfoliator are fine, and I don’t find that it bothers my skin, and I have very sensitive skin. It makes me feel more like I am really cleansing and purifying my skin. Plus, I love grapefruit, so I get the best of everything.

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Next, I use my favourite skin cleanser that I have been using for the better of about 5 years is the Spectro Jel Cleanser for Blemish-Prone Skin, which my husband actually turned me on to using. I have never had much luck with cleansers. I have tried the Philosophy Skin Cleanser with the moisturizer, but this broke me out a lot, so I stopped using it. I am always very hesitant to try new cleansers for this very reason. I think that if you are using something that works really well, why change anything? All that you can do is add to it!

I have yet to really find a toner that I really like, since I find that toners generally are very drying, and I already have fairly dry skin, especially in the winter. I don’t like to keep my morning routine very complicated, and I don’t use very expensive products. You can get the scrub for about $5 at London Drugs (and they usually have them on sale), and the cleanser I can get at Walmart for about $12 for the big pump. Really, I am not spending a lot. I don’t like to keep things very complicated for sure.

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Then I finish off my face with just a simple moisturizer. In the summer I use the Coppertone Oil Free Sunscreen Lotion for the Face. I really like this moisturizer because it doesn’t break me out, it blends in beautifully, and it has the added bonus of being SPF 60. I started using this about 2 years ago, and even on really sunny days in the winter I will sometimes use this for sure. It also doesn’t run in my eyes when I sweat, which I find a lot of face sunscreens do, so that is a big plus for me.

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Every other time I use the La Roche-Posay Rosaliac UV Riche Anti-redness Hydrating Cream for my moisturizer. This is the most expensive product that I use for my face, and I do find that it does reduce the amount of redness in my face. I started using this maybe about 9 months ago because I was really looking for a moisturizer that wasn’t heavy and also kept my skin from becoming very dry. When I was looking for a good moisturizer all of the ones that I was finding really left my skin feeling parched, so when I found this one I was very happy. No, it isn’t overly expensive, and usually London Drugs will have deals so that I can buy it on sale. I love the way that this really soaks into the skin well, and I don’t have to use a lot. I am not totally shut off to other moisturizers, but since I have very red and sensitive skin, I am very picky.

And that is my morning skincare routine. Not overly complicated, even though I seem to go on and on about what I use, but I am just really enjoying my products right now. If anyone has a good suggestion for daily eye cream I am totally for some suggestions! My nighttime routine will be coming soon as well. Thanks for reading!

L.

Sephora and Ulta Favourites

Sephora and Ulta Favourites

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What can I say about makeup? Well…lets just say not a whole lot. To be perfectly honest, I am certainly no expert, and I am definitely not trained in this subject matter for sure. I like to try new things and wear makeup, but I am much more of someone who will spend more money on foundations and concealers, as opposed to anything else really. It’s because I am getting old. I swear that is the reason. It feels like one day you wake up and you just see so many more lines around your eyes and dullness in your face. Yikes! Where is time going? Onto the subject at hand…I recently went to Ulta and Sephora in Portland (no sales tax!), and told myself that I was allowed to spend money on items that are a little more pricey because I save on tax. (Does it really make that much of a difference considering the exchange, not really…but I can justify that it does and that is all that matters). I picked up eyeshadows, eyeliners, concealer, and mascara, which I have been using for a few weeks and finally got around to writing a review for them. Here goes.

1. Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette – I got this palette from Ulta, and I debated getting the larger palette, but who really has any space for that? That thing is huge! Plus it has colours that I don’t think that I would use. Beautiful, but not super useful for my life. That being said, to be perfectly honest, I really can’t imagine that I have gone this long in my life without buying some really expensive and beautifully pigmented eyeshadows. These eyeshadows feel like butter. So soft, and they go on your eyelid like a dream. Plus, they are matte, which blows my mind, considering that most shadows these days are sparkly or shimmery. Is that just me? (This is with the exception of Venus, but that is a wonderfully “bright without washing you out” colour). I start by putting Foxy all over my lid (which is a soft yellow colour), and then use Naked 2 and Faint in the crease and at the outer corner of my lid. I do this as my everyday kind of look these days. I love it. They are beautiful, compact, super pigmented, and well worth the money. (The palatte also comes with a huge mirror too! Bonus!).

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This picture really does not do the palette justice whatsoever. This product is really amazing! (And I tried to swatch it, but failed horribly. I apologize).

2. Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Liner – I bought these bad boys in 3 different colours because I had really heard such wonderful things about them. Everyone raves about them, and for good reason (they are very difficult to come off – I know this because I swatched them on my hand and had a very difficult time removing them). I picked them out in Nude, Brown, Deep Blue, and a Shadowstick in Blackmail. (Technically not a liner, but will be used as one). These are beautifully inexpensive, they have a good colour selection, although I wish that there were more. (I realize as I am writing this that I forgot to include a picture of the Navy liner, and of course I have been using that one the most). I love how smooth these liners go on, and you really don’t have to press very hard to get a lot of product. They smudge nicely as well. I use the Nude liner on my waterline only, which I find really opens my eyes a lot; and I use the Navy and Brown liners pretty much daily. Honestly, I haven’t used the black liner just yet, but you can tell my husband to take me out for a nice dinner so that I can use it. It is not that I am opposed to black liner during the day, but since I am so fair I find that it makes me look harsh.

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3. NARS Creamy Concealer in Vanilla– Love this stuff! Seriously, I have heard nothing but good things about this concealer, and it sure does live up to all of the hype. The wonderful thing about this concealer is that it covers beautifully. I have such a hard time with dark circles under my eyes that I just look tired all of the time. It is great to finally have a concealer that really does a good job at covering these up. Sure, it isn’t perfect (but then again I think that it is a bit much to expect to grow younger), but I really like it. Plus, it doesn’t crease on me a lot. A little bit, but barely noticeable, which I think is basically expected. It is creamy, expensive, and does a great job with concealing. Definitely a good purchase for sure.

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4. Benefit They’re Real! Mascara – To start off with, this is $30 mascara. Considering that Maybelline sells theirs for about $5 – 12, this is a lot of money for what it is. I first got a sample of this from Sephora one year for a birthday gift (I think), and I loved it. It does work really well at getting all of your lashes, and really is a nice mascara. So, I bought this about 6 months ago. I use it almost everyday, and it is still going strong. It doesn’t feel as though it is running out or drying up yet. I used this on a trip that I went on with my husband, and it was so unbelievably wet initially, that it would get on my under eye area so easily that it happened probably every day. That being said, it was all that I brought, and I used it anyways. I will then recommend to you that should that happen to you, try to let it dry out for a week or 2 after opening it. I do really like this mascara, but I don’t think that I would purchase it again. I can’t justify spending that much on mascara, although this does work really well, Maybelline mascaras work just as well.

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5. What is in that little plastic jar you ask? I got a sample of Benefit The POREfessional Primer, while I was at Sephora. This is my first experience with a primer, and I quite like it. It makes my skin feel very soft, and does reduce the look of my pores a fair bit. I do find that it keeps my concealer and powder/foundation on my face really well too. I use it almost every day, and I do really like it. I think that I am going to have to bite the bullet and buy this stuff as soon as I run out of my sample. I don’t use a whole lot of it, so it has actually lasted me about 1 month so far and I still have some left. So, I know that it will last a while for sure. I know that it is $39, but I guess that that is a small price to pay for smaller pores. Is there another primer that you like that I should try before buying this one?

*Note to self, do not try to say something about putting up a post on a day that you know that you are really busy. Later in the week is a perfectly normal and realistic comment.

So yeah…I will have a new post up hopefully in a few days (also, a good thing to say). Thanks for reading! L.