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MAC Prep + Prime Natural Radiance

 MAC Prep + Prime Natural Radiance

MAC Prep + Prime Natural Radiance ($40), specially formulated for oily and combination skin, delivers weightless hydration for a radiant, healthy look. The silky gel emulsion acts as a primer, improving the appearance of foundation and powder. Now available in Radiant Pink, suited for fair skin tones, the translucent formula smoothes on easily, featuring illuminating pearl powders that transform dullness into a healthy, natural glow.


MAC Prep + Prime CC Colour Correct

MAC Prep Prime CC Colour Correct

Introducing MAC Prep + Prime CC Colour Correct, an innovative new line of color correcting creams and powders that enhance and perfect your skin tone.

  • Prep + Prime CC Colour Correcting SPF 30 ($30) is a creamy, tinted primer that evens skin tone in a multi-tasking formula.
  • Prep + Prime CC Colour Correcting Powders apply transparently, smoothing away the appearance of lines and imperfections. Available in Prep + Prime CC Colour Correcting Loose ($24) and a go-anywhere Prep + Prime CC Colour Correcting Compact ($24).


Tarte Beauty without Boundaries Collection

tarte Beauty without Boundaries Collection

Do you travel to see family during the holidays?  I do, and between shopping for all those gifts and attending festive parties, I barely have time to pack for my trip.  Tarte takes the guesswork out of your holiday (or everyday) makeup palate with their Beauty without Boundaries Collection.  All you need for your natural or sultry look is included in one stylish Missoni-esque makeup bag.


Prime Time with Olay Regenerist

Olay Regenerist Wrinkle Revolution ComplexAs a beauty expert, women always ask me for tips on long-lasting, fresh-looking, flawless makeup. And my answer is always the same: make time to prime. It doesn’t matter whether you have 50 minutes or 5 minutes to apply your makeup – you should always take the time to prep your canvas to achieve the best result possible. You wouldn’t apply a saturated, matte lipstick to dry and cracking lips – would you? And you wouldn’t dream of wearing that bodycon dress without slipping into some Spanx, right? The same theory applies to your face.

Now that you understand the importance of prime time—as I like to call it—it’s equally important to find the right priming products for you. Primers aren’t just the product you put on your face before foundation. In fact, my favorite primers are actual skincare products that have priming benefits. As a mom and a businesswoman, I have very little time to mess around – so I appreciate priming products that do double duty, like two of my new favorites from Olay Regenerist. (more…)

Monistat Makes a Face Primer? Well, Sort Of…

Monistat Soothing Care Chafing Relief Powder-Gel Primer

If you’re like me and your thighs touch when you walk, you understand how literally irritating this can be. Especially during the summertime, the friction can cause chafing, rashes and overall discomfort. To combat this, I had taken to wearing my Spanx ‘Slimplicity’ High-Waisted Girl Shorts under dresses and skirts. But in oppressive heat and humidity, the last thing you want is an extra layer of clothes. So I was over the moon when I discovered Monistat Soothing Care Chafing Relief Powder-Gel. The easy-to-apply gel dries to form a silky, breathable barrier to fight friction. One application lasts all day – plus it’s fragrance-free and non-staining.

What’s even better? It doubles as a makeup primer. Yes, girl, you heard me me right. The formula looks, feels and performs almost exactly like Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer. Except Monistat Soothing Care Chafing Relief Powder-Gel costs around $7-8 (click here for a $2 coupon) for 1.5 oz and a 1.7 oz tube of the Smashbox primer will set you back $49!

monistat chafing relief gel smashbox foundation primerMonistat Soothing Care Chafing Relief Powder-Gel is sold online and at a drugstore/mass market retailer near you.

Polished: Best of MAKE UP FOR EVER Kit

As a fan of long-wear makeup, I was ecstatic to receive the Wild and Chic Best of MAKE UP FOR EVER Kit.

It includes:

  • HD Microfinish Powder
  • Aqua Cream in 13 Warm Beige (champagne shimmer)
  • Travel Aqua Eyes in Mat Black 0L (black)
  • Lab Shine in Star Collection – S4 (pearly pink beige)
  • HD Microperfecting Primer
  • Smoky Lash Extra Black Mascara
I usually spend about five minutes on my makeup every morning. Before leaving the house (yes, I’m one of those girls) I apply foundation, pressed powder, eyeliner, mascara, and lip stain – at minimum. I recently tested all of the products in this kit, minus the lipgloss. No offense to MAKE UP FOR EVER, but I’m not a gloss girl.
First, here is a photo of me with no makeup on. This is what I start with.

I first applied the HD Microperfecting Primer, which made my skin feel smooth and wasn’t too heavy. I then applied my regular foundation. Next up was the Aqua Eyes eyeliner (inside upper lid, and on upper lid), which was precise but had smude-ability. I added Aqua Cream in 13 from the liner to my brow bone, and it gave the perfect amount of color and highlight. Then two coats of Smoky Lash Mascara, which I was probably the most curious about. My lashes are long, and hit my brow bone, so at the end of every day I have to make sure I haven’t turned into a raccoon. Finally, I dusted the HD Microfinish Powder over my entire face.

This whole process took about 10 minutes. I was eager to see if my extra time in the morning would hold up by the end of the day. This is what I looked like at 8 a.m., post makeup application. 
I then walked eight blocks to work on a foggy and humid day, had a typical seven hour day at work, and walked home the eight blocks in the humidity. This was unintentionally the perfect day to test these products!

Here is a photo of what I looked like when I got home. 
Everything had held up really well! The eyeliner, Aqua Cream, and mascara looked as good as they had 10 hours earlier. My foundation had melted a little, mostly in the T-zone area, which was to be expected after a humid day.

Overall, I adore this product set, and it was absolutely worth doubling the amount of time I spend applying makeup in the morning. I would suggest this most to ladies who have a long day ahead of them, and no time for a mirror check. Trust me, all MAKE UP FOR EVER products will stay exactly where you applied them, and you will look fresh and lovely (not made-up and cakey).
The Wild and Chic Best of Make Up For Ever Kit ($55) is available exclusively at Sephora and


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