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Eyeshadow Primers: Art Deco & TheSheSpace Black Primer

I am already done with #1 and #2 and I barely started reading it on Saturday! I can’t put the book down, gotta love ROMANCE! LOL. I can’t wait to see the movie!

***Many of you asked me to do a tutorial on the smokey eye I did a few posts down using the Smokey Palette (as well as the run down), I will be doing it this week! So stay tuned, and of course I did not forget your other requests, editing pictures as well finding time to actually do them takes time (which I hardly have nowadays!) so I am trying to post some older posts to get em outta the way, but it’s coming :)!***

I recently acquired 2 new eye primers: Art Deco Eyeshadow Base & SheSpace’s Black Eye Primer.

The Art Deco Eyeshadow Base is NOT available here in the US. I had it CP’d to me (custom purchase) thanks to a wonderful friend Gio, from Beautifulwithbrains. It is a UK product (notice I said UK product as in they have it there, but the brand is German) and it is VERY hard to find, although it’s also available in other areas like Poland from what other readers have told me. I suggest finding someone in the UK to send it to you if you are interested. It costs around $10 USD.

The Art Deco Eyeshadow Base is tinier than I imagined, (or at least in comparison to the picture I have seen online of it), but nonetheless, there is plenty of product in there! It’s a tiny black jar, easy to tote around. It has a fragrance to it, that reminds me of a men’s cologne my dad used to wear called ‘Brut’. So it’s no surprise that he was the first person I thought about when I smelled it. The consistency is the same to that of UDPP or TFSI (Too Faced Shadow Insurance). It has a slight shimmer, barely noticeable to the eye, and it goes on clear. It holds my eyeshadow for most of the day, and of course adds vibrancy to my eyeshadows. The only con? Like I said, it’s not an easy product to find! (It was hard to take a pic of it by itself as the camera would not catch it, sorry!)

TheSheSpace Black Eye Primer adds vibrancy to eyeshadows. Although it works on certain colors (mainly darker ones), I tried it with “Fuchsia” MAC Pigment and it totally changed the color into a purple/pink, so if you are open to creating new colors, it’s definitely neat to use, but if you are looking for a plain eyeshadow primer that WON’T alter the color, then stick with a colorless primer like UDPP or TFSI.

For these swatches I only used ONE loose pigment: MAC “Kelly Green” Pigment

(About Face IS “The She Space” in case you are wondering, same company!)

So how do these compare to each other? Well as you know, UDPP works better for me than TFSI. TFSI just didn’t last long on my DRY lids. Art Deco has great staying power, easier to apply since it’s in a pot, and the tiny shimmer it has really adds depth to my eyeshadows. The She Space black primer is great for certain colors, especially when it comes to creating an entirely new color that is also just as charming. (As you can see from my swatches). I can’t really pick out “my favorite” since Art Deco and UDPP work about the same for me, and Art Deco is hard to find. The black primer is in a separate league of it’s own considering it’s not a clear base and alters certain pigment and eyeshadow colors.

Product Review: SANA Pore Putty from

Finally! My review on this…sorry it took so long, so many things get put on the backburner because there’s so much going on at once. Today the BF is taking me to the LA County fair for the 2nd time, we first went when it first opened, and now he wants to go again since this is the last weekend it’ll be open. Besides, how can I pass up all those sweets they sell over there?!??

Right now I am in good spirits, my allergies have been just terrible the past 3 days, (the weather, fresh cut grass, pollen, dust), and my family is going through some crazy times right now, so it’s been a rough and crazy week, but God gives me nothing I can’t handle.

I know some of you have emailed me with questions on your own troll lurking on your blogs, just be strong, you can’t be offended by a stranger, and like Eleanor Roosevelt eloquently said it, “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent”. There’s too many good and genuine people in this world that make up more than enough for that one bad apple. People who only have negative things to say try to mold you into what they want you to be, or they try to mold themselves secretly, of what they WISH they could be; they become obsessed with someone else’s life but their own. Just gotta be happy end enjoy life while you can, regardless of the people that try to throw you off track. Simply smile and say “thanks for the page hit”. :)

You know what they say, “those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind”.

Product: 2 out of 5
Packaging: 3 out of 5
Overall: 2 out of 5
Available on:
Price: I think it was around $5-$6
Would I buy again? NO

What it is: It’s like a tinted makeup primer for your face that you apply before your foundation.

– I am kinda iffy on the stick applicator, I like it because I am sure you can get tons of product in the bottle with it as oppose to typical applicators, but it seems like it’s more prone to bacteria and dirt that way
– It’s cheap

– Not widely available in the US, it’s an Asian brand so you can definitely find it if you go to a Japanese beauty store, but it’s available on and most of these products are cheaper to get online
– It smells almost like old glue to me
– It is super thick and pastey and it feels really gross on your face, on top of that it made my face look whitish-yellow

Overall? I have tried many primers that I am happy with so I think i’ll just stick with what works. The pore putty felt like I was putting glue on my face for an upcoming art project. It was so thick and it felt really gross on, it’s been sitting in my drawer for months now because I hate it. So if anyone wants it, let me know!

Product Review: AVON Magix Face Perfector

Product: 2 out of 5
Packaging: 3 out of 5
Quality: 3.5 out of 5
Overall: 2.5 out of 5
Price: $7,
Would I re-purchase? Probably not…

What they say: “A magical new air-light gel-powder colorless formula that makes all skin tones look flawless… invisible coverage; instant perfection. This colorless formula is perfect for anyone who want to look naturally flawless and beautiful without looking like you’re wearing any makeup.”

Targets pores: visibly minimizes pores with patent-pending Optix Light-Diffusing Technology. Banishes Shine: holds back shine for up to 10 hours. Smoothes Skin: reduces the look of fine lines…skin feels softer than ever.
Apply evenly before sun exposure or as needed.

– Same consistency as the monistat gel I use as primer and the Smashbox Photo Finish
– Good size for traveling
– Affordable

– It stinks, it smells like old watermelon
– Didn’t really control shine for 10 hours like it claims, my face was still shiny at the end of the day
– Don’t see how this can be used as is without foundation, id rather use my Dior Moisturizer if I was trying to go for the “no makeup” look

Overall? The smell really reeks and that alone would make me NOT buy it again, I think id rather just stick to my Monistat Chafing Gel, it’s the same price and works like a charm for me. I also like Camellia Rose Skin Soothing Primer.

Silk Naturals Kiss Bliss Demi Glosses, Camellia Rose Skin Soothing Primer, & Flirt! Bronzer

I finally got my Camellia Rose Skin Soothing Primer (Version 2) from Jen from If you are new to reading my blog, you can read my product review on her primer, it’s a really good primer and smells so nice. I know some of you might ask what the difference is between this primer and the Monistat primer, personally they both work the same, but obvious differences are that the Camellia-Rose primer is all natural and smells heavenly. It’s more creamier than the Monistat primer, but they both have “Dimethicone” which a common polymer among makeup primers including Smashbox Photo Finish Primer. She also sent me a sample of her “Bye Bye Zit” which I have yet to try!

I have an obsession with lippies, that my collection is growing non-stop, but I can’t help it! With the Silk Naturals Kiss Bliss Demi Glosses, it’s hard NOT to buy these! They come on like a dream, so smooth and moisturizing, and giving your luscious lips pigmented color. If any of you have tried the Burt’s Bees Lip Shimmers, it’s almost the same in terms of texture and the way it feels. My favorite color is “Divine”, it’s such a nice nude lippie!

I bought “Capricious” (which is supposedly a dupe of MAC’s “Utterly Frivolous”), “Grace”, a nice rosy pink, and “Divine” a nude lippie with a touch of pink.

These lip swatches were made with NO BASE, just straight on my natural lips:

I had a coupon for Kohl’s, so I took a gander to see what they have since Kohl’s ALWAYS has good sales, and ended up getting Flirt! Cosmetics Bronzing Powder in “Golden Minx”, which makes a great contour powder as well as giving that subtle summer glow. I love it because it has little shimmer, and I mean VERY little shimmer which I like because sometimes blushes or powders that have shimmer can be too overpowering and make you look shiny, but this had the perfect amount of shimmer.


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Product Review: L’Oreal De-Crease Eyeshadow Primer, possible dupe of UDPP?

Product: 5 out of 5
Packaging: 5 out of 5
Quality: 5 out of 5
Price: 5 out of 5
Overall: 5 out of 5
Price: $7-$8, drugstores

What they claim:

-Prevents creasing and fading for 8 hours.
-Use this unique eye shadow base to prevent creasing or fading, and to extend wear up to 8 hours.
-Can be used with powder, cream or gloss shadows.
-One universal shade suits all skin tones.
-Ophthalmologist tested.
-Fragrance free.

PROS: Same consistency as Urban Decay’s Primer Potion (UDPP), this one is a bit creamier which may make it easier for some of you to work with, and it dries to a nice finish so you can apply your eyeshadows with no problem, like UDPP, it also enhances the vibrancy of your eyeshadows. You can find it easily, drugstores, Target, K-Mart, etc, it’s also cheap! It comes on as a beige color that matches ALL skintones because it dries to an invisible finish. See-thru bottle so you see how much product you have left.

CONS: None!

Overall: It’s a lot cheaper than the UDPP, and it’s perfect for you gals on a budget!

As vibrant as UDPP! (I accidentally put a little more eyeshadow on the UDPP side!)

Leaving on a jet plane…..

So my flight takes off in a couple hours and I thought id leave y’all with a post since I’ll be stuck on the plane for 5 hours and oddly enough when I get off it, it will be 10pm Eastern time!

I will try and answer all your questions/emails as soon as I get there!

Here is my recent TINY haul from Walgreens as I needed to get some things to take on my trip:

I got the Monistat Chafing-Relief Gel, someone asked if it was different from what I mentioned before in which I said “anti-chafing” gel but it’s the same thing…anti of course meaning “against” so it’s a preventative gel for chafing, hence chafing relief. Sorry for the confusion. :)

I got the Humectress Leave-In Conditioner Spray, so far I love it and will do a formal review of course later.

The ingredient is dimethicone which is found in many primers (or other ingredients ending in ‘cone’). The texture is the same as the Smashbox Photo Finish Primer, as well as the Camellia Rose Skin Soothing Primer in which I also did a review. I’ve used it for close to a week now and it works; it’s definitely a nice cheaper alternative to expensive primers and of course, easy to find in any drugstore.

Some people may have a reaction to certain ingredients so use caution when purchasing products, I for one don’t experience any problems with many ingredients, including talc, but of course you should limit the amounts of use with those ingredients.

I also nabbed a couple NYX Lipglosses, “Tea Rose” and “Cady Shop” which I think they meant to say “Candy Shop” but the label says “Cady”….(swatches coming soon)

I am going to miss my bed…my room…YOU GALS, and of course the BF. :(

I will try and update as soon and as often as I can, of course pics of my adventure!

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