Archive | December 2009

Olay for You

Olay has long been my favorite skin-care line, and it was much easier to shop for my moisturizer before they added a million different lines and products to their brand. Now, to simplify the process, Olay offers Olay for You, allowing you to answer some questions about what you want to target, about your skin, and about your habits, and then be provided with a specific list of recommended items for your skin.

According to Olay for You, Olay Regeneristis the product line for me. I already use a moisturizer with sunscreen, so I doubt I will rush out to buy more products. Still, given the wide array of bottles, tubes, and jars on the shelves at any store skin care aisle, it is nice to get a feel for where to start!

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e.l.f. Eyelid Primer: Part Two

I promised an update after testing e.l.f.’s Eyelid Primer for a third day. At lunchtime, the primer was still going strong, and it makes the eye shadow look very smooth. It even kept my colored eyeliner in place.

After work, I checked again, and voila! No creases or streaks. The trick to really getting this primer to strut its stuff is to start applying it in the creases of your lids, where naturally most creasing of the shadow will occur; to not apply too thickly; to be sure it’s applied evenly; to let it dry completely before applying shadow; and to help it out just a bit with a light dusting of face powder after it is dry.

This stuff isn’t perfect, as I noted, since on the first day of using it, I had some creasing of the shadow. However, even then, it stayed smooth and crease-free from about 7 AM until after 4 PM. Not bad for $1! I prefer the applicator over Urban Decay’s oddly bent one, and who wouldn’ t prefer the price ($1 vs. $15)?

e.l.f. Eyelid Primer

e.l.f. offers up this Eyelid Primer for just $1, so of course I had to take it for a spin. I’ve been spending about $15 on Urban Decay’s primer, which is great, but if I could replace it for a fraction of the cost, that would be even better!

My first day, I used e.l.f.’s Eyelid Primer with a shimmery brown eye shadow. The primer looks and applies like a concealer. It applies easily enough if you don’t have the applicator gooped up with too much primer. I dabbed at it with my finger to make sure it was even, let it dry, then tapped just a bit of powder over the primer as I powdered my face.

When I checked my eye shadow at lunch time, all was well! The shadow still looked smooth, creae-free. I have very oily skin, so that is an accomplishment unto itself.

At the end of the work day, though, there was definitely some creasing. I was disappointed the primer only made it half a day.

The second day, I used the primer beneath a darker, more matte brown eye shadow. The color stayed smooth and crease-free most of the work day. After a workout, the shadow was all but gone, but I’m not sure it’s fair to expect a primer to keep your shadow budge-free during a sweat session!

I am testing this primer again today with a light purple eye shadow, and I will check it at lunchtime and then again after work (but before my workout!) to see how it is holding up. I’ll post an update!