Girls, we like our products. And we're always in search of that next cosmetic miracle. None of us has the funds to try every new product that gets our attention, so here are the observations I've made on various beauty products I've tried. Hey, if it helps one person save a buck or snag that soon-to-be-treasured beauty breakthrough, my job here is complete. Cosmetic junkies, unite!

Monday, March 1, 2010

Prime Time!

In honor of the fabulous time I had this weekend with the lovely (and SOOOO fun) ladies of Discovery Church, I decided to discuss some of what we talked about this weekend...well the makeup stuff.  I decided it might be fun to bring all (or just most) of my cosmetics to just play and experiment with during free time at the retreat.  I can't imagine how many wives/moms have absolutely no time to be able to go to cosmetic counters or stores and just play!  This seemed slightly tragic to not be able to celebrate being a woman in this way, so I fiured I could at least make this option available.  I don't know a lot, but I've absorbed lots of tips and tricks from people that do over the years. 

One of the questions I got was: "How do you keep your eyeliner from settling into the crease throughout the course of the day?"  This was an easy one: PRIMER.  I remember distinctly when eyeshadow primer entered my life.  It was a good time.  All my artistry in shading and blending could now withstand 18-hour days!

So here are my recommendations:
I currently use Urban Decay's Primer Potion.  It comes in 3 formulations: one is nude and matte, one is slightly champaigne and shimmery (Sin), and there's a new one with more of a yellow undertone (Eden).  Ironically I currently use the Sin formula every day.  It even comes in an extra-large size that lasts longer.  The regular nude formula is shown here.

There are a few more that I think work well.  Bare Escentuals has one.  My friend Jessica Arca, who owns the local fabulous spa Fleur de Lis  on 6th Ave in Tacoma sells it locally.  I have used that one for a long time in the past. 

But don't be misled, it's totally worth it.  If you're gonna spend time placing shadow and liner where you want it, why not ensure that it stays there as long you're facing the world?


  1. Didn't even know this existed. Primer? I'm intrigued!

  2. Totally worth it, lady! Preserves your hard work on your face. ;)

  3. Lauren, this blog is cracking me up. I didn't even know that you had this, just found it thru your other one. I think it's funny that we are so alike in a lot of ways but so different in others. I buy makeup stashes every 5 years or so. stash one: senior prom. stash two: my wedding. stash three: oh wait, no, never bought that one. stash two is made up of half free gifts from the clinique counter, the only place I have ever bought makeup, and it's probably about to be thrown away because I'm pretty sure you're not supposed to keep & use makeup for that long. My beauty routine includes showering, washing my face, drying my hair, and making sure the eyebrows are under control! (Ok, ok, and upper lip too, blogs are for true confessions!) Oh yes, and top it all off with some burt's bees. I admit that if I had time to look at myself in the mirror I would probably be so horrified that I would make a few changes. The days that I do and am going in public with lots of close contact with others, usually only on Sundays, I might add some powder, eye shadow, curl the lashes, and use that 6-year-old mascara. That's right, the 6-year-old free gift size of mascara is still not empty! But that's only if I get an extra 5 minutes. I thought you might get a kick out of this. With much love, Buckle : )