Drugstore Primers I’m In Love With

Howdy.

Let’s get to business (to defeat the Huns…awful joke…Mulan? Anyone? Bueller?)

I am here to report to you all about two primers that I have found at Target that I’m in love with. I’ll admit that when I first bought these that they just were sittin’ pretty on my desk but over the last month or so I have been alternating the between the two and can’t be bothered with anything else.

First up is Pixi’s Glow Mist. When I bought this I didn’t even know if I would ever use it but I was intrigued. One day after using my prescription retinol cream the nigh before, my chin and forehead were all flaky. My skin is super sensitive to retinol so I generally us the smallest amount and still see results but with the flakes. I sort of freaked out and so I quickly exfoliated to get rid of all the dead skin and I grabbed this Glow Mist to give me a boost. It did wonders. Since argan oil is a little bit thicker in its consistency, I thought it gave me a nice dewy look without putting on drops of oil. I think this provided a great canvas for me to work in foundation and other products as well as combat against potential dryness. Also, since we are well into spring here in the Northeast and the humidity is already starting up, I have been liking this mist instead of a hydrating serum. It does just enough to hit me with moisture without taking a long time to settle in. If you have oily skin that tends to be dehydrated but you air on the side of caution with moisture serums, give this a whirl! I can’t put it down. I have been even spritzing my face during the day if I feel dry.

The second primer in rotation is NYX’s Honey Dew Me Up. Ok. This stuff packs some serious longevity into my regimen. It’s a little sticky at first but sinks right in and smooths everything over. My blush looks so good all day long and I get this lovely glowing effect in areas like my forehead and fatty parts of my cheeks that give me that fully rested look. One of my favorite things about it is that when I rub it in, it’s very cooling so I think it also depuffs a little bit. The honey is antimicrobial and helps nourish at the same time. This is super gentle on my skin and I am slightly obsessed. The packaging is so cute and I just love the name of it – very Tarte and TooFaced-esque. The past few times that I have gone home to RI this goes into my Kate Spade travel bag.

Thanks you guys for reading! These budget friendly options are sure to not disappoint. If you are in the market for priming, I would give these two options a go. I think if you are a make up fanatic you should definitely spring for both since they are different!

Hill XO

Pixi Review & Asian Skincare Chat

I will preface this post by saying that I have been spending quite a bit of dough recently on skincare, clothes, and makeup. I love fall and in my defense I hardly spent any money this summer. I did treat myself to a few new pairs of shoes and a couple of basic tees, but other than that I was a very good girl (insert halo). Now that I have settled into my job a little bit more and I have established a new routine, I feel very inspired this fall by the current trends. Living in Boston is so much fun around this time of year. The foliage is beautiful, you can dine out and the windows will still be open without sweating, and the energy in the city is great… school’s are back in session and it’s more bustling. Therefore, I have been enjoying trying out new makeup trends and exploring new releases and products that have hit the market. SO LET’S GET TO IT.

I will say that I love ALL of these products and the best part is that they are affordable. Besides May Coop, you can find them at Target. Pixi skincare has finally made its way into American stores (all hail Pixi Glow Tonic) and I am so happy it’s finally happened. I also am loving all of the skincare buzz that was really catapulted by BB Creams making their way over here.

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First up – Pixi Glow Tonic. We all know Caroline Hirons would marry this stuff if she could… I never believed her until I purchased it. I have used MANY exfoliating toners and eventually gave them up because I became red and irritated with frequent use. This stuff is gentle, smells cute (you know what I mean) and works. I use it every other night and I wake up with smoother skin that feels more refined. I have very sensitive skin and was nervous it would be too much, but it is so perfect. You need a tiny amount and I look so forward to this step in my routine. This product is here to stay in my regimen.

Then we have May Coop’s Raw Sauce. I love the name. The main ingredient is maple tree sap which is known to be very nourishing and penetrates deeply into the skin. I bought this at Sephora in their checkout aisle of doom…I KNOW YOU KNOW WHAT I AM TALKING ABOUT HERE…If you are a total sucker for toiletry/sample sized products RAISE YOUR MITTS. Anyways, I thought for fifteen bucks I would try it. Let me tell you, $15 is going a long way. I use about two to three drops AFTER my toner and press this into my face. It’s a little bit cooling and since it’s an essence it’s a little bit thicker than a liquid toner. I think this bottle will last awhile. I brought it on my NYC trip and it fit perfectly in my toiletry bag. For those of you interested in the Asian sector of skincare, here is an awesome article that I found online at Marie Clare. I also have included some info on May Coop that I found on http://peachandlily.com/collections/may-coop which is a great site for Asian beauty.

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While also perusing Pixi’s section in Target one day, I was intrigued by the Glow Mist. This is a spray to use before make up as a sort of primer to just give yourself one last hit of hydration. It looks a little oily in the bottle, but I can assure it is a very fine spray. I have used this a few times and really enjoy it on days that I use a lighter skincare routine – more serums and light layers as opposed to heavy creams. I can’t say I noticed a difference in my skin as the day went on, but I think that my make up did sit a little bit more pretty. If you would like a cheap option for a priming spray – I think this fits the bill.

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NYX Honey Dew Me Up Primer…I had to. It was ten bucks and said it had gold flecks in it for radiant skin! Now, because it also has honey added to the mix, its thick and almost gloopy. I know that is not preferable for many primers, but I still like this!!! Like all of the other products mentioned in this post, you do not need a lot. I focused on applying this more towards the center of my face and sheered it out. I adore NYX and their affordable makeup, and I must say I am enjoying this primer as well. It is great for an overnight trip because its small and will not take up too much space. With continued use, we shall see how it ranks among other brands such as Hourglass,YSL and Laura Mercier.

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I hope you all enjoyed the ramble!! Be back soon with more products.

Thanks for reading, Hillary xo