My favourite primers of the moment

It’s safe to say that this time 3 years ago I didn’t wear primer under my foundation. In fact, I don’t think I even knew it was a ‘thing’ in a makeup routine. However, now I couldn’t be without primer. It truly makes my makeup sit beautifully and last longer than without.

I’ve tried many primers, some a lot more successfully than others. Some a lot cheaper than others and some ridiculously expensive ones. This blog is about my go to favourites and why they work so well for me.

Tatcha Silk Canvas:

This primer I kept seeing on YouTube and Instagram, constantly being praised by the beauty influencers and MUAs that I follow. I did some research and found you couldn’t get it in Dubai or the UK yet, so I bit the bullet and ordered it to be shipped from the USA. It was a risk as it’s not cheap ($52) and the shipping wasn’t either.

When it first arrived I couldn’t work out what the little scraper it came with was good for. It just seemed to dent the product and scoop too much onto the skin, leaving it a little oily. So I abandoned this method of application and instead used my fingers to apply or a beauty blender. Both work well.

The product is very silky and smooth and does blur my pores as promised on their website, allowing for my foundation to sit well. I have some uneven texture on my chin and it worked well to smooth that. I have tried the primer with both drug store and high end foundations, and so far I haven’t found anything it doesn’t work well with.

I recommend this product and dread the day it runs out that I need to repeat my US order.

Tip: let it sit for about 30 seconds before applying the foundation. It just makes it easier to work with.

Guerlain L’Or 24-carat gold primer

So, this is not the cheapest of makeup bases, but oh my goodness, it’s the best! Tati Westbrook made me buy it after seeing her using it on her videos. I decided to splash out and see what the hype was all about.

On the website it says, “Guerlain l’Or is an embellishing make-up base sprinkled with pure 24-carat gold flakes”. Gimmick aside, this is actually the smoothest primer I’ve ever used and every single one of my foundations that I’ve tried with it becomes so easy to work with and it truly enhances the wear time.

I’ve had so many comments on my skin and complexion when wearing this primer. This can’t be a coincidence, I look in the mirror and everything just seems to work. I’ve got no creasing under my eye, and my problem area of foundation breaking up on my chin and end of the nose is dramatically reduced.

So, yes, this primer is expensive at around 300AED (£55) a bottle, but a little goes a very long way.

Tip: make sure you put your foundation on quickly after applying the primer. This seems to give the best results.

Guerlain L’Or 24-carat gold primer

So, this is not the cheapest of makeup bases, but oh my goodness, it’s the best! Tati Westbrook made me buy it after seeing her using it on her videos. I decided to splash out and see what the hype was all about.

On the website it says, “Guerlain l’Or is an embellishing make-up base sprinkled with pure 24-carat gold flakes”. Gimmick aside, this is actually the smoothest primer I’ve ever used and every single one of my foundations that I’ve tried with it becomes so easy to work with and it truly enhances the wear time.

My favourite foundation at the moment is the Laura Mercier Flawless Fusion Foundation. I have been wearing it everyday with the Guerlain underneath, and I have to say, the combo is absolutely stunning. I’ve had so many comments on my skin and complexion. This can’t be a coincidence, I look in the mirror and everything just seems to work. I’ve got no creasing under my eye, and my problem area of foundation breaking up on my chin and end of the nose is dramatically reduced.

So, yes, this primer is expensive at around 300AED (£55) a bottle, but a little goes a very long way.

Tip: make sure you put your foundation on quickly after applying the primer. This seems to give the best results.

A review of the Laura Mercier foundation is coming!

Have a great day!

Halo Beauty – 30 day update!

Halo Beauty – Hair, Skin, Nails Booster

As promised, here is my 30 day checkin for the Halo Beauty hair, skin and nails booster. So, the container is empty and I’ve had some time to reflect on the verdict. I have not taken anything for 12 days since finishing the bottle to see any differences as well.

Disclaimer

As mentioned in my first blog about this product, I have a severe vitamin B12 and a minor vitamin D deficiency. I also have an autoimmune disease that causes me problems in absorbing vitamins. So I was going into this trial with that firmly against me.

Nails

However, I have to say, of all the vitamin supplements I’ve taken in the past, I did notice a difference in my nail growth, strength and quality. I didn’t wear any gel nails whilst doing this experiment either, as that weakens my nails, so I can safely say that I noticed a difference.

Skin

My skin is always pretty good to be honest, so I wasn’t really looking for any results there. However, I did actually notice that my skin was very soft on my face. I don’t know if I can credit that to the vitamins, or to the fact I have a new primer, which I’m loving (I’ll be reviewing that in another blog).

Hair

My hair is very thin and weak, but I have been managing to grow it with the help of extensions. I don’t have any in at the moment, so I kept an eye on the quality of my hair this month. I noticed it was shinier than usual. I am very happy with that. In the 12 days I’ve stopped taking the vitamins, I have actually noticed that shine dull a little bit. I haven’t changed my hair routine at all, so I can only really equate that to the vitamins.

Verdict

Overall, I am very happy with the vitamins and I am going to continue to take them. I have had no adverse effects from them, so why wouldn’t I.

Always consult your doctor before taking any form of supplement.

Have a great day!

Halo Beauty- Hair, Skin, Nails Booster

So, they’ve arrived. I have read so much about them on social media over the last couple of months that I feel like I’m meeting a celebrity. Anyone would think that Tati Westbrook had committed a crime the way people are dragging her over daring to release a beauty supplement rather than the usual palette or highlighter! So, obviously when millions of wannabe doctors and nutritionists (keyboard warriors and haters) decide they have an opinion on something they went to pretend medical school for, I just had to try it. I prefer to trust what actual scientists have to say and I trust Tati too.

I’ve consulted with my physician (as recommended) and he didn’t really care as there isn’t anything in it that’s going to kill me! He said if they disagree with my Ulcerative Colitis, then I should stop taking them. Sensible advice. He also said that if I get pregnant off the back of taking them (as some people are worried about) then it will be a flipping miracle and he’d market them as a fertility wonder drug (my doctor is a part time comedian).

So here we are. The packaging is so cute. The pills are pink (they are also the size of a house to swallow). It says on the back, to take two daily and ‘results may improve with regular use’. Vague to say the least, but I’m still trying them.

My 30 days start tomorrow. My nails are weak, my hair is thin and limp and my skin is a bit dull. So things can only get better, right?

I shall check in with this experiment in 15 days. Stay tuned for my honest review. It won’t be instant, but good things come to those that wait.

Have a great day!