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Sunday, September 22, 2013

Primers. What exactly are they for? Do you need one? Well I'm about to tell you, the definition of a primer is 'A cosmetic primer is a cream or lotion applied before another cosmetic to improve coverage and lengthen the amount of time the cosmetic lasts on the face.' Of course you don't have to use one, but I think they're well worth a try and personally I have found primers to help my make up last and change the finish of my skin. Especially as I have oily skin, I have found that using a primer has done wonders for staying power of my make up and even controlling my shine that I acquire throughout the day. Cheers skin. But as well as being a bit oily *hmm lovely* I'm also a bit dull every now and then. You know we have our off days. Okay I'm talking about my skin. 

You may wonder how can oily skin look dull? Well sometimes my skin can look very meh thrown in with a oily nose. Trust me when it's not a great look. So I have found from many trial and error's the best way to get my skin looking kind of alright is using primers. But then that leads me onto trying to use different primers. I've tried a fair few and oh gosh I've tried some not so good ones and then I've found some winners. I've recently been using two primers together, a little dream team of primers you could say. One combats oiliness and helps to smoothen out pores and then one to combat any dullness and inject some radiance. So what are these two primers? *drumroll* 




The Elemis Pro Radiance Illuminating Flash Balm* 

You all know I'm obsessed with having radiant dewy skin, from trialling many different 'light infusing' products, I have found that usually base is key when wanting a glowy face. Moisturisers, foundation and of course primers are all key, and this Elemis primer is great for adding some much needed radiance to your face. It's like a moisturiser and primer rolled into one, I find that this lifts my dreary morning skin. It adds luminosity, and makes my skin look a lot better than it did before. Even though my skin is combination/oily, I find this doesn't make me shiny or greasy. I pair it with another primer.. to keep any sebum at bay and find the two go hand in hand together. Although this primer is a bit on the pricey side, a little goes a long way and it leaves you looking like you belong in Made in Chelsea with all the other glowy skinned ladies. 



The Body Shop Tea Tree Pore Minimiser Primer

Like I said my skin is on the oily/combination side, so I tend to have to use a mattifying primer too to make sure I don't look too much like a greasy sue at the end of the day. I've been using this Tea Tree primer for a good year, and this is my third tube of the stuff. I find that the tea tree properties help my skin feel refreshed and clean which is great when you're sleepy in the morning. It also helps to cover marks and smoothen your face. I do have pores so i find this helps to smooth them over and I notice a difference when I don't use it. It also helps to keep oily at bay, and even helps with breakouts. I find that this primer helps my make up last longer and I never go a day without using it. Of course when I'm having a dull skin day, this primer doesn't really do anything for it, this is when the Elemis primer kicks in. Mixed together they help to smoothen my skin, keep oily at bay but also add some radiance. 

Both these primers are every day must haves for me, I really enjoy using them and they help me out when I need a much added boost! If you've got really oily skin, I'd try the Benefit 15 hour primer, I found it too matte for me, but if you like your make up matte try that one! Dull or dry skin, the Elemis will also be great for you, and if you've got very deep pores, Benefit's Porefessional is also good. But I wouldn't recommend that if you breakout easily! So that's my two favourite primers, what's yours? 











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