Friday, February 18, 2011

In Search of the Perfect Makeup Primer

Years ago, I didn't need makeup primer.  In fact, I didn't need foundation, either.  Well, times have changed.  To be more exact, time has changed my skin.  You don't think it will ever happen to you and one day you wake up and wonder whose skin this is.

Why does one need primer?  Mainly to minimize the look of pores and fine lines.  Foundation will then be able to be applied smoothly, evenly, and won't fade away.  Some younger faces like to just use the primer without foundation. 
This is my journey towards finding the perfect primer.  At least the last three products I've used.  I got hooked on primer when I tried Aloette's Flawless HP Rapid Skin Perfection.  Yes, that's a long name for a small product.  However, it is fantastic!  I have very large pores (especially on my nose, as do many oily-skinned) and this wonderful stuff made them virtually disappear.  However, I had received it as a hostess gift.  When I went to reorder, I realized this wonderful stuff costs $59.95 for 1 ounce!  Yikes.  With somewhat of a private martyr's attitude, I didn't place an order.

I am an Arbonne consultant.  I don't sell, I just buy at a reduced rate.  I ordered their Makeup Primer.  List price:  $36.  It made my skin feel silky, but didn't do the job of hiding pores even half as well.

Then I found Urban Decay's Complexion Primer Potion - Pore Perfecting.  Another very long name.  If Aloette is a 10, Urban Decay is a 9.75.  It really is good.  And with a list price of $30, it's half the price!  In fact, you can get it on Amazon even cheaper.  Urban Decay also has a Brightening formula.  In case that's what you may need/want/can't live without.  (Full disclosure:  No one is paying me anything to write this post.  I just thought I'd share this oh-so-highly valuable information.  But, if you click on "Amazon" or "Brightening" above, it will go to my Amazon associate link.  Just so you know.)

Oh, two more things.  All of the above products make your skin feel wonderful.  And all of the above products last quite a long time.  You don't have to buy the product very often. 

Perhaps I've done you a great service and this makeup primer review gave you just the solution you've been looking for.  Or perhaps not.

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Wednesday, February 9, 2011

The Chandelier Is Up!

Honestly, the chandelier is so awesome I swoon when I look at it.  I remember the day I decided I *needed* one in the entry.  I was sitting on the rocking-reclining-and-so-very-comfortable loveseat and put my head back and there I saw this huge empty space.  Of course, a chandelier!  Why had I never thought of that?  Well, thanks to my very dear daughters (who listen when I swoon in antique stores), now I have one!

I promised some before and after pictures.  Here's the BEFORE.  There has been just a canned light there for over fourteen years. 

Of course, the actual light is already out in this picture.
This just shows a hole with wires sticking out of it.

And now here comes the AFTER!

Isn't that SO much better?

Our dear friend, Monte, from church came and hung it for me.  He's an electrician, so he did it up right, even putting in a brace-type thing that will support it's heaviness.  And it is really heavy!  Thank you, Monte!

See, I told you.

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