September 25, 2012

Let’s Talk Primer…

To tell you the truth, I never really understood the purpose or reason for using a primer before applying my makeup. I’ve read countless articles, watched youtube videos and listened to makeup professionals all rave and rant about using primers. I figured what I was doing worked and I really didn’t need to try anything else out. When Smashbox sent me a box filled with all of their different types of primers, I figured this was the perfect time to give it a try.

You guys, I’m sold! I never knew that it would make such a dramatic difference in the way my makeup lays on my face and stays on all day! Sometimes I do my makeup, leave the house, look in the mirror three hours later and it’s as if all my makeup blew off my face! Since using the Smashbox primers, my makeup now goes on evenly and stays in place all day long. Smashbox has nine different primers that are for every skin type. Not only do they feel like silk gliding onto your face, they are all oil free and won’t irritate your skin. I tested each one to figure out my favorites and to teach you guys the difference between them.

Smashbox Photo Finish, Classic: This is the first primer from Smashbox and the perfect first primer to try out if you’re not sure which one is for you.

Smashbox Photo Finish, Light: This primer is ideal for oily, acne-prone or sensitive skin.

Smashbox Photo Finish, SPF 15: This primer reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. If you are super sun-concious, this is the one for you!

Color Correcting Series:

Smashbox Photo Finish, Color Correcting Blend- This primer counteracts brown spots and helps color correct and even out your skin tone.

Smashbox Photo Finish, Color Correcting Adjust: This primer reduces redness and corrects blotchy skin tone.

Smashbox Photo Finish, Color Correcting Balance- This primer helps brighten up dull skin.

These are my three favorite primers that I used.

Smashbox Photo Finish, Dark Spot Correcting- This primer reduces dark spots, diminishes acne marks and improves radiance. I like to use it under my eyes to help with my dark circles. It also had made a drastic impact on helping my under eye concealer stay in place throughout the day.

Smashbox Photo Finish, Hydrating- This primer helps hydrate the skin and keeps makeup looking fresher, longer. I tend to have really dry skin, so this helps keep my face looking dewing and hydrated.

Smashbox Photo Finish, Luminizing: This primer adds luminosity while filling in fine lines and pores. I love the way it leaves my skin glowing and sets the perfect undertone for my makeup. Now that you are educated on all of the primers that Smashbox has to offer, which one will you be using?

This post is brought to you by Smashbox Cosmetics.

{ 44 comments }

filed in: beauty tips

September 20, 2012

Brand Love: Ban.Do

Sequins hearts, glitter clips, chiffon bows and embellished barrettes

Could Ban.Do get any cuter? I have been eyeing everything over on the website for quite some time now and I’m thinking of getting some heart clips for my shoes. Which sparkly item would you choose from their site?

P.S. They are having a metallic heart clutch giveaway over on their blog here!

{ 16 comments }

September 19, 2012

Weekend Florals

Dress c/o Tulle, Belt Vintage, Purse Tory Burch, Heels from random boutique in Milan, Necklace c/o Stella & Dot 

It warmed up a bit this past weekend and I threw on this easy floral dress for brunch. I love simple dresses that work for multiple occasions. Doesn’t this dress just feel like a Sunday brunch dress?! I brought out my favorite Tory Burch bag that I received as a gift last Christmas. The color is so versatile and will definitely be my bag of choice for Fall. 

{ 75 comments }

filed in: julia's style