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    Keeping Makeup On All Day: HOURGLASS MINERAL VEIL

    I did one of these “Keeping Makeup on All Day” posts last year. Well, I’m going to do it again this year, but this time introducing a new product that really works.

    Recently, my sister had her wedding. No one warned me that even the people around her would become completely captured in the craziness. Somehow I got caught up by time and soon, I found myself having to do my entire makeup in just 10 minutes.

    Sure, I’m not the bride. But still, it’s good to look nice on someone else’s wedding, especially if that someone is your sister! So, I knew I wanted to look nice and so I knew I had to use the most fool-proof beauty products to create that look. The most important part is to make sure I was priming my face so that my makeup would last all day.



    I bought this Hourglass Mineral Veil Oil-Free primer in my recent Sephora VIB shopping. I had a whole blogpost and video dedicated to the things I bought, and I promised I’d do a review on them once I knew enough about them. Of them was this Hourglass product, my first Hourglass product in fact.

    I heard much about the primer, but in all honesty, I have tried both Makeup Forever HD primer and the Smashbox primer and I don’t recall liking them much. The whole idea of these invisible powder like liquid primers confuse me. They are so velvety and soft, and you spread them all over your face. Because they are invisible and so powdery, you don’t know if you’ve done a good job evening them out. They kind of sit on your skin and you wonder how this will help your makeup sit on top of this later of softness you’ve created. I always feared that adding a liquid foundation on top of the primer would make the primer beneath smear all around as I’m working in the foundation.

    Anyway, but I gave it a go. At first, I used it with my This Works primer which I love and swear by. I was worried that the Hourglass primer wouldn’t work and so as a backup, I’d have my fool-proof primer to help me through the day. I found though that when I used this primer, my skin that day looked… pretty nice. The fine lines were slightly less visible. My makeup lasted all day, without any touchups needed. At all.

    I tried it again the next day. Same. So, I took the next big leap and decided to use it on its own.

    My makeup lasted all day. And my skin looked really nice. Velvety. Smooth. Matte.

    Whoa. This was a discovery!

    So on the wedding day, I gave it a really test. It was so good! Unlike other primers (like the oil-free NARS primer) this wasn’t irritating or sticky at all. I was seriously more than impressed. Yes, I should be though. It is a whooping price of $52! Of course now, I bought the smaller size which is $18. Because I only need one pump, I think $18 is a pretty good deal. It’s also so travel friendly.

    They have a different kind, meant for more mature skin for nourishment. But, as I’m still young (yes!) I went for the oil-free. It truly gives you a matte, natural, and oil-free priming to the skin, all day!

    In addition, I have here two other products I know are really good at what they say it does. PRIMING and LONG-LASTING. This Works primer/tinted moisturizer is a cult favorite of mine. Then Skindinavia is also good. Just give that a slight spritz of an X and T motion. Then, this Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer. Awesome!

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    b e a u t y h a u l : M A C & N A R S & H O U R G L A S S

    Here is a haul of my recent beauty purchases! I know it looks like I’ve hoarded an unnecessary amount, but I had two gift cards with me and I’m not going to lie. I do have an obsession with makeup. So, where would I spend that gift card than on spending it on the few products I’ve been eyeing! Also, Sephora has started their VIB 15% sale. That gave me reason to stock up on “essentials”– foundation, primer, and contour powder. With the VIB card, you also get a plastic bag of samples and a free tote bag!
    Watch this video to see the overall: 

    MAC blushes: Well-Dressed, Melba, Mocha, Blazing Haute, Blushing All Day

    Sunny in Seoul, Cremesheen formula/ lovel pink coral 🙂

    When I went to the mall first thing in the morning, MAC counters JUST brought out this new collection. It’s their mineral blush! This is the color Blazing Haute 🙂

    Soft Blush Brush (Angled) #168

    I’ve finished my first bottle, and I had to stock up on my now second Nars Sheer Glow!

    Nars Laguna. It was essential 🙂

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    b e a u t y h a u l : M A C & N A R S & H O U R G L A S S

    Here is a haul of my recent beauty purchases! I know it looks like I’ve hoarded an unnecessary amount, but I had two gift cards with me and I’m not going to lie. I do have an obsession with makeup. So, where would I spend that gift card than on spending it on the few products I’ve been eyeing! Also, Sephora has started their VIB 15% sale. That gave me reason to stock up on “essentials”– foundation, primer, and contour powder. With the VIB card, you also get a plastic bag of samples and a free tote bag!
    Watch this video to see the overall: 

    MAC blushes: Well-Dressed, Melba, Mocha, Blazing Haute, Blushing All Day

    Sunny in Seoul, Cremesheen formula/ lovel pink coral 🙂

    When I went to the mall first thing in the morning, MAC counters JUST brought out this new collection. It’s their mineral blush! This is the color Blazing Haute 🙂

    Soft Blush Brush (Angled) #168

    I’ve finished my first bottle, and I had to stock up on my now second Nars Sheer Glow!

    Nars Laguna. It was essential 🙂

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    No Smudgy Eyes! NARS Pro-Prime

    My eyes are kind to me when it comes to smudgy eyes. However, that doesn’t mean I am totally free of any creasing throughout the day. Sure enough, by the end of the day, I look at my eyes and sometimes it’s just yuck! The color has seeped into the crease lines and it’s just a mess. It’s winter so it’s not so bad, but peeps, summer is coming soon and who wants to worry about having your eye makeup melt on you throughout the day?

    So as a solution, I present to you this eye primer. It’s the NARS pro-prime smudge-proof eye primer. Now, I know people go on and on about the Urban Decay eye primer potions. But honestly, I’m always like: “huh?” I don’t see the effects of it at all. I know, it’s probably just me since so many people get the benefits from them. But, coming from someone who doesn’t find “primers” to be necessary, you can guess how great this thing is if I’m saying: IT WORKS!

    Just add a little bit of this (dap it on) across your eyelid (before or after foundation). Let it set for a few seconds or so and then go and apply your eyeshadow! Simple as that 🙂

    I first tried this out when I received it with my 500-POINT Sephora bonus box containing bits and pieces of Nars products. I was so impressed I soon and bought the full size. With this even by the end of the day, even the thickest and creamiest eyeshadows stayed IN TACT. I know Urban Decay eyeshadows tend to crease a little bit more than other products because they are so intense and thick. This primer kept the colors alive and in place even by the end of the day!

    This truly is a keeper! What do you think?

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