Primer/Setting/Finishing Sprays: Review and Comparison (MUFE, Face Atelier, Skindinavia, E.L.F)

E.L.F, Face Atelier Face Finish, Make Up For Ever Mist & Fix, Skindinavia Setting Spray Finishing Spray

 As written in my previous primer post, there are spray versions and, you can also use setting/fixer sprays as a primer as well. Sprays are mostly for oil control or a hydration boost and won't help with pore minimizing or colour correcting. I have a number of them and was requested to write up a review of Skindinavia, so I thought I might as do a bit write up of the ones I own and have tried.

MAKEUP PRIMER 101: Base, Mixing, Colour Correcting and Formulas!

Primers can be confusing. It's a simple statement for a complicated matter. There are different bases, colours, uses and textures. Where do you even start?! I hope this post will be beneficial and please let me know if there are any questions I haven't answered.

WHY USE PRIMER:
Primers main function is to prep your skin for foundation, well prepped skin results in an easier, more flawless foundation application. Starting with a "perfect" canvas makes foundation application a BREEZE. However, most of us don't have flawless skin (and that's okay!), primer is here to help boost your skin appearance. This isn't a skincare post (although primer is definitely close to being skincare) but I want to highlight how important of a step that is because you can spend gross amounts of money on foundation but what makes things easier is focusing on skincare so that your foundation routine is crazy easy.

Primers can allow a smoother base, may help longevity, colour correct, brighten, minimize fine lines and pores..etc it can do plenty of things for your skin! I neglected the use of primer for a very long time but have not looked back since putting together my stash.

DO I NEED TO USE PRIMER?
TL;DR version: no, you don't. There are many skin prep benefits to primer but it is not necessary. Most foundations these days are meant to last on your skin so although primer can boost the wear-time, it may only be a few extra hours.

BASE (Silicone vs. Water):
THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT! Go look at your foundation, read the ingredients (or be like me and just google what the base of your foundation is). If it is a water based foundation, chances are it's not going to bode well if you're using an oil/silicone based primer. If you're using a water based primer however, if you wait a sufficient amount of time (letting the product sink in your skin so you can no longer feel it), it may not have any reaction to your oil/silicone based foundation.

Key notes:
SILICONE/OIL based primer  water based foundation
WATER based primer MAY be okay with SILICONE/OIL based foundation.

Here's a Wayne Goss video with a good explanation on this.


By this point you may be wondering, well, HOW DO I KNOW WHAT MY PRIMER/FOUNDATION BASE IS?! Well, it's not fun but you'll have to read the ingredients (or just ask your friend Google!).

Makeup Artist Discounts CANADIAN Edition!

There are so many makeup brands that offer a pro discount but I found it difficult seeing which ones offered a Canadian discount. Often times they're US based only ;( so I decided to compile a list that also offered Canadian makeup artists a discount.

If I've missed your brand, if you know of any that aren't listed, please comment below and I'll add them in!

In alphabetical order for your ease.

Alter Ego Lashes
Discount: 15%
Apply online

Bella Pierre
Discount: 20%
Apply online

**Blur Makeup Room
Discount: 20%
Apply online

**Camera Ready Cosmetics
Discount: Varies
Apply online

Cargo Cosmetics
Discount: 40%
Apply

Cover fx
Discount: 30%-40%
Apply online

Eve Pearl
Discount: 30% or *40%
Apply online

Face Atelier
Discount: Varies ~30%
Apply online

**Frends Beauty
Discount: Varies
Apply online

House of Lashes
Discount: 30%
Apply Online

Illamasqua
Discount: 20%-40%
Apply online

Inglot
Discount: 15-20%
Apply online

Kett Cosmetics
Discount: 30%
Apply online

Koh Gen Do
Discount: 30%
Apply online

Lash Brat
Discount: 10%-20%
Apply online

Lise Watier
Discount: ~30%
Apply by e-mail

**Luxie Beauty
Discount: 15~30%
Apply online

*MAC Cosmetics
Discount: 20-40%
Apply: application

Make Up For Ever
Discount: 20-40%
Apply: application

Make-up Magazine
Discount: 10%-50%
Apply online

*Morphe Brushes
Discount: 20%
Apply online

**Naimies
Discount: Varies
Apply online

NYX Cosmetics
Discount: 30%
Apply online

**Nigel Beauty Emporium
Discount: Varies
Apply online

OCC Cosmetics
Discount: 40%
Apply by e-mail

**Paint and Powder Store
Discount: Varies
Apply online

Sigma Beauty
Discount: 20%-35%
Apply online

Smashbox
Discount: Varies ~30%
Apply online

Tarte Cosmetics
Discount: 20%-40%
Apply online

Yaby Cosmetics
Discount: 20%
Apply online


*membership is NOT free
** Retailers/ carries other brand names

I encourage Canadians artist to send emails and tweets to makeup companies you'd like to offer a Canadian artist program. They listen to their consumers!

[HAUL] The Face Shop

There is a The Face Shop store near my workplace. It is very deadly as I'm constantly popping in and buying stuff but hey, I love it! Here's my latest haul from them.

The Face Shop

This post features:

  1. LOVELY ME:EX YOU & EYES "Party All Night" Eyeshadow
  2. LOVELY MEEX YOU&FACE BLUSHER
  3. LOVELY ME:EX MAKE ME STAR WATERPROOF GEL LINER
  4. Premium Eyelash Curler

[HYDRATING] Skin Watchers Green Snail Healing Gel & Nature Republic Aloe Vera Gel Review

Skin Watchers Green Snail Healing Gel  Nature Republic Aloe Vera Gel
Check out these two soothing, hydrating gels! Snails and aloe, yes I'd like those slathered on my faces after finding out what they can do!