Too Faced Primed and Poreless Bronze

I’m so pale lately. Ok, I’m always pale. I don’t tan and wear SPF every single day of the year but I dunno, I’m just feeling a little lackluster like my skin needs a boost. I see photos of myself and I’m all ‘What’s up Casper?’ See, here I am with Harper chillin on the floor the other day. Maybe I’m not crazy ghost face, but a little color wouldn’t hurt.

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The problem though is that when I use a bronzer it sometimes looks way too obvious because of the difference in my light skin and the bronzing powder. Too Faced has a bronzing primer that I haven’t tried, but they’re known for their bronzers so I might give it a shot. Since I’m not using foundation every day anyway, a little boost of bronze in a primer shouldn’t be too heavy so it might be all I need to wake up my skin and give it some glow. Just keep in mind if you’re going to try a liquid bronzer that you might need to also use a little on your neck to keep the look consistent.

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La Roche-Posay Anthelios Primer with SPF 50

Drugstore skin care doesn’t get much better. Now available at Walgreens, La Roche Posay has a new sunscreen/primer duo to add to their popular Anthelios sunscreen line that’s sure to become a huge hit. It’s a broad spectrum SPF 50 that’s as much a true primer as it is sun protection. It has the feel of a Smashbox or professional grade silicone primer that fills in fine lines and blurs out skin imperfections instantly. It works so well to prefect skin that you might need a lot less foundation after using it- or even none at all. It’s that fantastic.

I love everything about it and can’t wait to use it as my new daily sunscreen especially after my skin treatment tomorrow that I can’t wait to tell you all about!

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And Speaking of Sephora..

While I was at the JC Penny opening at Park Meadows I couldn’t help but to fall in love with a few things that I’m sure I’ll pick up during my next Sephora outing.


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Josie Maran Bronzing Argan Oil: I put a few drops on my fair skin and watched the shimmering bronze color melt. giving way to a natural looking tan glow. Just a few drops gave rich, natural color and a ton of moisture. I’d use it solo or mixed with another body oil to tone the color down a bit and make the bottle last longer.

I know I’ll be picking up a few Aqua Shadow Jumbo Eyeshadow Pencils (pictured top middle) from MAKE UP FOR EVER, a line I love and carry a ton of in my kit. Just the slightest sweep of the pencil gave big color that was hard to remove and easy to layer. They seemed perfect for laying down color on the eyes and are formulated to resist creasing or smudging.

Aqua Rouge Lip Colors (middle, bottom) are another stay-in-place staple that I’ll grab. MUF’s Aqua line is a long-wearing collection that really delivers. I have a ton of MUF Aqua stuff in my kit because it’s the real deal- bold colors that blend and wear like nothing else.

And of course another fav line of mine, Tarte. They just launched a new foundation Maracuja (middle, center) which includes the nourishing oil of the same name to reduce inflamation, hydrate, and give skin a healthy glow. I’ve always had good luck with Tarte- nothing in the line has ever disappointed me or made my skin angry.

Another Tarte offering caught my eye, their new trio of Clean Slate primers (pictured right.) One for the eyes and two for the face; one to brighten and the other for perfecting the look of pores. I’m always up for a new primer- anything to make my skin look better.

Maybe it’s because Urban Decay is changing the packaging for their legendary Eyeshadow Primer Potion from a wand to a tube (good call btw), but I don’t care. I picked one up today at Nordstrom Rack for just $9, a good deal but not as good as this trio at Sephora for $22. If the ‘vintage’ (as they call it) packaging with the wand doesn’t bother you, stock up on a few of these silky shadow primers while they last.


$9 at Nordstrom Rack


$22 for the set at Sephora

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Glo Minerals Under Eye Primer

Under Eye Primer $24 from Glo Minerals is well worth a bonus step in your routine. It’s a lightly tinted silicone based primer for the area under the eyes to fill in fine lines and prime the skin so it can hold onto concealer and keep it looking fresh. I’ve been loving it on my clients with dry skin or anyone with slight (or prominent) crow’s feet to instantly freshen the look of tired eyes by blurring those lines and not allowing concealer to settle which accentuates everything. I have tons of primers in my kit that I’ve used around the eyes, but this one seems lighter and better suited to specifically improve this delicate area. It’s great investment if drawing attention to your eyes is your thing.

Makeup Before and After: Saylee, Alison Raffaele, and Smashbox

Here’s gorgeous bride-to-be Saylee making my job as easy as it gets. For her wedding she wants a soft romantic look to match her fairytale caliber gown. She didn’t need much, just the basics- shimmer shadow, black liner, and pops of color to her lips and cheeks. Today I’ll highlight a few standouts that I recently started carrying in my kit and I don’t know how I ever did without them.

It’s just an ‘after’ since I forgot to snap a ‘before.’ It happens.


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Hero Products Used:

Primer: Miracle Skin Transformer. Her skin is in great shape so I just wanted some light moisture and to even out her tone before her light foundation application.

Concealer: Alison Raffaele’s Concealer is as good as you’ve heard. This cult favorite is light with tons of natural looking pigment which works beautifully for both dark circles and blemishes. It’s also paraben free and without mineral oil and talc so it doesn’t slide or dry the skin making it perfect for both everyday use and photography. It’s truly one of the best concealers around.

Luminizer: Alison Raffaele Luminizer in Yellow which gives light and dimension to the face without any sort of shimmer. It’s a grown up highlighter and a worthwhile extra step for those who are serious about great looking skin. I find myself grabbing for it now instead of the highlighter I’ve used for years since it’s more versatile and photographs beautifully.

Eyes: Smashbox Limitless 15 Hour Wear Cream Shadow is a new classic. If you want your shadow to stay on all day, you have to layer powder shadows with a cream like this one. It’s really light which makes layering easy, and the long wearing formula intensifies and keeps shadow fresh hour after hour even on the oiliest lids. I used Topaz, a pinky neutral which I’ve found works great under any shadow, or even on its own.

I can’t come to your house to get you glammed up everyday, but you can use what the pros do to make your beauty routine easier and longer wearing.