Sunday, 16 August 2015

Prime Time


Primer: making beauty products last for longer and making little old me much happier. Who wants to be constantly touching up their makeup? Not me that's for sure. I also love the fact that many primers now are multi-tasking and come with additional benefits as well as longevity. I have quite a few different types that I rely on on a regular if not daily basis.

Foundation
After raving about the Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer SPF15 after only trying a sachet, it was only a matter of time before I bought one of the tubes. I went for the cheaper 10ml option, but I'm hoping this will still last quite awhile as a little goes a very long way. The cream-silicone gel formula feels super smooth but not slippy on the skin and also has anti-inflammatory properties thanks to the ingredient Zinc Oxide. Believe the hype on this one people - it's like a little piece of magic that keeps my foundation looking fresh and flawless all the live long day. 

Eyeshadow
I've used quite a few eyeshadow primers in my time and the Yves Rocher Fixing Eyelid Primer* is a really good mid price range option at £12.50. The nude shade evens out the colour of the lids and provides a smooth and hydrating base due to the inclusion of Camelia Oil. What I love about this primer is that it not only delays the dreaded fading and creasing of eyeshadow but also subtly boosts the colour, making it stronger and more radiant.

Eyelashes
This is my second tube of the Jane Iredale PureLash Lash Extender and Conditioner. We had a few years apart and I'm not sure why, as it does so much good for my lashes, which get quite weak from mascara and eyelash curlers. This creamy, white formula not only primes them for mascara by making them thicker and longer but is also nourishing, meaning lashes are less likely to dry out and split. When I use this on a regular basis I find that my lashes fall out less. It also adds some much needed oomph to mascara and depending on what mascara I use, I don't always need to use as much.

Lips
I first used the Green People Enrich and Enhance Lip Primer* for my wedding day, as I knew my lipstick would struggle through all the talking, eating and drinking. What I love about this is that it's actually a lip balm and primer in one; it nourishes the lips with Sunflower Seed Oil, Beeswax and Carnauba Wax and provides a smooth, colourless canvas for lipstick, whilst noticeably keeping the colour put for longer. When the colour does begin to fade, it fades more evenly than without the primer. 

Are you a fan of primers? Which primers do you love?

Beauty Bird xx

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14 comments

  1. Hourglass is so amazing but so expensive i wanted to try their foundation the immaculate liquid but its like £50

    www.beautyandtheboy.com

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    1. Wow that is an expensive foundation!! xx

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  2. I love that the hourglass primer has SPF 15 in it! Definitely a favorite.

    Kristen @ Your Beauty Fix

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    1. It's nice to have some added SPF protection, though I try to use a separate one beforehand too xx

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  3. I wish the Hourglass primer wasn't so pricey, I really did love the little sachet I had too

    Amy / srslylou

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    1. I know, I just can't bring myself to use it daily!! xx

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  4. Ive heard really great things about the Hourglass Primer, I've been wanting to try it but it's a bit expensive so I want to make sure its worth it.

    http://arnellavanilla.com/category/home/

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    1. I was the same about it too! See if you can pick up a sample online or if you have a Space NK nearby you could ask them xx

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  5. I've heard nothing but positive things about the Hourglass primer - sounds amazing! x

    Evelyn @ We Were Raised By Wolves

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    1. The only negative is really the price! xx

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  6. I bought the new Urban Decay lipstick primer but I've been skipping lipstick quite a lot recently so haven't really had a chance to test it out. I really should get on to that! x

    Becky @ The Little Blog of Beauty

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    1. I've only been wearing lipstick for nights out at the mo, my lips are just so dry! xx

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  7. I've been really liking the bare minerals prime time primer lately, it seems to work really well! :) you can't beat also exfoliating and moisturising before you apply foundation though, it seems to really help my skin :)

    Dannie x

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    1. I used that primer years ago but I never re-purchased, it worked well from what I remember but I grew to dislike the silicone feel. Agree on the skincare prepping :-) xx

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