Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Primer Review and Blabber Mouth!

Time for the Primer Review! I based this review on my full size MAC Prep+Prime, Deluxe size sample of Bare Escentuals PrimeTime and a one time sample of Smashbox PhotoFinish. Call me bias, but it's my opinion. So take it or leave it. =)

MAC Prep + Prime [$23]: I've been using this for a little over 3 months and I love it! I love the way it holds my makeup and smoothes my face out before applying makeup. It feels like a moisturizer too, which is a plus for my dry skin! It does have a slight shimmer in it, but it's not like chunks of glitter. So it gives that subtle glow. The Wompies: You don't know how much you have left! It's in a black bottle, so I have no idea if I'm even close to running out. BLEGH!

Bare Escentuals PrimeTime [$21]. Wow, this stuff really does improve the laydown before applying foundation. BUT! I don't feel like its as moisturizing as MAC's. I don't love it, but it's okay? Probably best for the summer and not for winter's harsh conditions. The Impressives: Oil-free, fragrance-free, allergy-tested, and dermatologist tested (according to Sephora). The Wompies: I still prefer MAC over BE.

Smashbox PhotoFinish [$36] Like I said in the beginning, I had a wee tiny sample of this stuff, hence one time use. I didn't like it! It supposedly has vitamins and antioxidants. The Wompies: It smelled like I was smearing Elmer's Glue on my face. The smell was blegh! BUT! Don't get me wrong, maybe I got a bad batch sample. It won "Best of Sephora" so who knows, if you love it, let me know. I'm curious. $36 is a lot for a primer though.. EEKS!

Okay, switching gears. Mario Badescu! I received my samples earlier this week. I think my original request was lost in the mail, so I requested my sample set again. My Goodies: Strawberry Scrub, Orange Soap, Buttermilk Moisturizer, Ceramide Eye Gel, Ceramid Eye Cream, Aloe Lotion or Toner (I forgot!). So I've only tried the Strawberry Scrub and my gah! I'm in loooooovvveee! You can see the seeds too! But it also reduces blackheads, so that's good in my books. I still do those Biore strips once a week, and I'm such a dork because I stare at my strip after I pull it. The husby thinks I'm crazy, but I just think it's gross so I keep staring. GAH! Weird, I know! So my Ceramide Eye Gel is in the fridge and I apply it at night. I hope I see good results. I really need it to lighten my dark circles. Thanks for the recommendation, Iyah! OooOH if you'd like samples, go to Mario Badescu's website and fill out a questionnaire. They should follow up via email and ask if you'd like samples.

My good friend Kim works for Ratner Corp, which basically owns CIBU! The merchandising dept had a flea market and she was able to score me some goodies! I'm sooo stoked! The bad thing is that she's making me wait till Christmas! GAH! Thanks a lot, Kim! LOL!

So while I have to wait patiently, I can't help but think of new hair products I want to try. I desperately want to try Halo! GAH! I heard their stuff is amazing. Ulta carries it, and why not take advantage of those coupons that they send. Hmmmm... after my Christmas shopping, I just might treat myself! Hmmm...ooooOOooh I'm also eyeing that Enzo Milano Curling Iron. Has anyone tried it? Let me know!

My husby came home last night!! I was soooo happy. He was only gone for 5 days, but it felt like forever! Especially since that's the most we've been apart since we got married! The longest we've been apart so far was for 4 months, gah! and that's when we were dating! I know I'm going to make a lot of sacrifices as a military wife, but I support him all the way. We're hoping to get stationed on the west coast come 2010. Cross your fingers and wish us luck. It'll be nice to get out of good ol' va beach. I've been stuck here!

P.S. The BEARS play the Saints tomorrow night. GO BEARS!


Janelle said...

OoOh nice review! I'm still rather wary of trying new primers since they all tend to break me out. :(

Yay for MB! I told you they had good customer service! I might have to try that Strawberry Scrub... one day. I kinda like the idea of real strawberry seeds hehe.

Props for being a Navy wife! You're handling it well. I bet it helps to come from a Navy family too.

Chrysee. said...

you read my mind. i was just shopping around for primers thanks hun.
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Kristine said...

yay! u got ur mb already! weepeeee!! enjoy ur freebie.. i might purchase something based from my experience lsat time.

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M said...

I'm actually a fan of the smashbox primer, the siliconey feeling makes me smooth :p

mar247advice said...

I'm going to put in my MB samples tomorrow..or later on today.. I might need your recommendation on which samples to pick from! Thanks again for your input!

beeyoutiful7 said...

Im so glad that you're not the only one! I do not like the smashbox primer! it makes my skin dry !

i totally forgot about MAC primer ! I'll probbaly get it next time I go in.

thanks hun!

Iyah said...

Oh! Lemme know how it works for you okay! :D I'm excited to know! :D

Kimberly Tia said...

ooooo MD samples...
I filled out the questionaire, hopefully they email me soon or let me know about sending samples, because i saw it no where on the website to request.

i've always wanted to try mario products, and that strawberry one sounds deelish.

thanks so much for the heads up about it and your fab primer review too!!