Friday, July 2, 2010

Get Ready For Your Close-Up With Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer and Bionic Mascara!

Welcome to Friday: the gateway to your weekend! What are your plans for this weekend people? I'm looking forward to some relaxation as well as a big old helping of getting stuff done. I started my day off this morning with *ahem* a very 'personal' wax (if you know what I mean) and I plan to get a lot of laundry done this afternoon. We also have a houseguest this weekend - my boyfriend's family dog, Ozzy! He's about 8 years old but still acts like a playful cuddly puppy (without the occational puddle on the floor).

For the longest time I never used to wear foundation. I had the same experiences most girls do; the formulas I used were too heavy, too cakey and too mask-like. I wanted my skin to look natually flawless, I didn't want to cover up my own features completely! Then I discovered Clinique's Superbalanced Makeup and I fell in love. I'm a huge fan of all things Clinique and Superbalanced Makeup doesn't let tthe brand or the consumer down! It's light-weight but offers medium coverage and at $25 for 30ml this stuff will last forever! No need to be tempted to buy cheap drugstore brands when Clinique offers such an outstanding product for a mid-range pricetag!

So I'm thinking, "How could this get any better?" Well ladies I'm about to tell you how. Two words: foundation primer. Okay, okay I'll admit I'm not the first chick to discover foundation primer like some rare jewel in a long-forgotten ancient mine but believe me, it has been some discovery! I've known about the existence of primers for some time now but I had ruled them out simply because I'm 21 years old I figured what do I need a primer for when I have no fine lines or wrinkles to smooth out? Well it's not just about reducing the appearance of wrinkles it's about smoothing over pores (mine are medium sized I'd say) and getting your makeup to stay put and stay fresh all day! The primer goes on so smoothly you can hardly feel it and it leaves no residue and no negative indications of its presence on your face. When you go to apply your foundation/powder/blush/etc. it provides a fresh canvas for the product to stick to and in my opinion, makes makeup application easier.

The 15ml tube is considered travel size but the Beauty Boutique lady at Shoppers said it'll last me about 6 months! I can believe it because you only need a pea-sized amount to prime your entire face. While Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer is an important 1st step in beautifying your face, don't forget about the importance of the last step in doing your makeup: applying mascara.

Bionic Mascara does a good job of separating and defining lashes though I haven't noticed an increase in volume or length. It gives the eyelashes a natural look so if that's what your going for this may really work for you! The tube provided in the Smashbox Beauty Bliss kit is travel sized just like the primer but this doesn't bother me much because a) I have never finished an entire tube of mascara in my life and b) I stand true to the 3 month toss out rule of mascara so I don't think I'll ever finish one.

Hope your Friday is going well and that you get a chance to enjoy the summery sunshine!

Sarah xoxo

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