It’s fair to say I am hooked on primers. I can’t imagine not using one after I’ve seen what a difference it makes to your make-up. I’ve tried from high-end primers to more affordable ones and this new offering from Collection (who recently dropped the ‘2000’) falls into the latter but by no means is inferior.
I must admit when I squeezed the tube, I took one look at the product and thought of Smashbox. You know, that clear, silicon-like gel which felt, well, silicon on your skin? Collection’s primer looks identical in appearance and consistency. I did think Smashbox’s face primer was overrated and overpriced but at the time of its arrival, it was one of the first products on sale. Since then, many more have thankfully leapt onto the bandwagon and come up with far more superior goods.
But any way, back to Collection and I wasn’t feeling confident about using this product but it wouldn’t be fair to write it off without trying it. And I have been for many weeks. Yes, many weeks because I’ve been happily using it. Yes, it is a silicon based product but once you apply it and allow it to absorb into your skin, you’re left with a silky smooth surface to apply your foundation onto – not a silicon feeling surface. Clever, eh? The coverage feels light and I am pleased that it didn’t react with my foundation (I use Illamasqua’s Skin Base).
Coming in at just £5.99 for 100ml, it’s a perfect travel size kit but most importantly it performs extremely well. So it would seem appearances can be deceiving…and Collection have come up with trumps with a superb primer. Now you can’t make excuses for not incorporating one into your make-up routine. Honestly, it’s a steal at under £6!
When I popped into bareMinerals’ boutique shop recently, I was recommended to try their Active Cell Renewal Night Serum and was kindly given a sample. I have got on very well with their Deep Cleansing Foam (a regular purchase of mine) so I was intrigued to see how the night serum worked in partnership.
After cleansing, I applied a drop of this clear, watery liquid to my face and neck using its pipette applicator. It disappears into the skin almost immediately and doesn’t leave a greasy residue.
The serum is supposed to help renew skin cells and boost moisture levels overnight as you sleep so you wake up the following morning with radiant and younger-looking skin. It’s scientifically proven that cells are most efficient at healing during night time sleep, which is why it’s imperative you get your beauty sleep!
Powered by bareMineral’s ActiveSoil Complex, the formula contained in this serium maximises cellular renewal and also hydrates skin overnight.
Well I’ve been following this routine for six weeks and am thrilled with the results. My face looks fresh and radiant first thing in the morning. Also the hydration is very much needed as I am presently fasting for 18 hours a day (I can’t even have water) and I am suffering from a disruptive sleep pattern as I wake up during the night to have my breakfast.
The price tag is expensive but from what I’ve noticed, most serums usually are of similar prices or higher. It’s worth bearing in mind a very small amount is used daily and I believe you will see noticeable results in a few weeks. It’s a purchase I’ve no regrets in making.
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