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What's The Best Way To Have Your Makeup Last This Humid Summer: Prep + Set with Urban Decay: Optical Illusion Complexion Primer and DeSlick Setting Spray

Humidity is the top assassin of your makeup. It can feel like no matter what you do, your perfectly done up look slips right off your face. Try this technique to make sure that your blushing summer look  won't melt away when you leave your apartment. You'll arrive to your favorite happy hour spot with the courage to walk straight up to the bar without having to run to the bathroom to check your makeup. 

Let's begin with a complexion perfecting primer. This Optical Illusion Complexion Primer from Urban Decay gives your skin a clean slate. Baby Fresh. Pores: vanquishes. Fine lines: annihilated. It gives you an even better base to work with and a natural matte finish. The next step in your makeup up routine would normally be coverage in the form of either concealer or foundation. Depending on your preference. But what if I told you that setting your primer could make all the difference. 

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Beauty vlogger, Jackie Aina, introduced oily skin makeup wearers to the technique of setting their primers with a thin layer of translucent powder before they go in with their coverage products. She swears that this step keeps the oils in her skin at bay making her foundation last longer. In this video, amid many more, she shows viewers how setting their primer with powder can prevent makeup from separating and creasing around smile lines and the cupid's bow. Being that I do not have oily skin, I was always kind of jealous that I couldn't test out this hack to see if it really was as  good as Jackie says. 

I may not have oily skin but I do want my makeup to last as long as possible. I'm not dirtying my makeup brushes for a look that will has only 2 hours. No, Ma'am. Not I. If we are being totally honest here, many primers don't add longevity to our looks because it isn't in their job description. Primers are there to help our makeup apply better so regardless of your skin's condition, you can slay any look. 

Jackie Aina helped out oily skin girls. And I, Danyelle, will help out those with normal to dryish skin. Like me! Instead of setting your primer with a powder, set it with a setting spray. This is the De-Slick Oil-Control Makeup Setting Spray by Urban Decay. I can find a use for any product. Even if it isn't formulated for my skin type. The primer smoothed over any pores and fine lines I have. It doesn't, however, have the kind of long wearing power you'll need for the heat, sweating, and humidity of the summer. Setting it with the De Slick spray let me keep a smooth complexion and have an almost tacky layer to help my coverage products cling to my face to make it last. After I finished my makeup, I finish it off with another spritz of the De Slick spray and I am ready for what ever the summer has in store for me. 

Test out this technique and let me know how it worked out for you! 

From Hang Over To Hydrated This Primer Is Top Knotch


I don’t know what kind of magic this is but Too Faced just put it in a bottle.  The inconspicuous primer pumps out smelling lightly of the tropics,  attributing to the infused coconut water.  It leaves your skin feeling hydrated and soft because of the ‘skin revivers’ that work together to also boost radiance, and elasticity.  The formula is a milky and creamy substance that at first looks like a moisturizer but acts as a primer to lock down makeup for a long lasting, flawless finish. I love to put this primer around my eyes because I feel like some days that is my biggest problem area and the creasing becomes harsh as the day progresses.  

I’ve been using this primer for about 2 weeks now with no visible side effects.  My skin has stayed clear, redness free and hydrated.  I apply it over the Hydrating Gel from Urban Decay, and I’ve never been happier with how well balanced my skin has reacted.  My makeup is flawless through my whole work day and not nearly as oily as before.  A daily qualm I used to encounter was having to wash my face as soon as I got home from work because of the oil build up.  I could not stand being in my house feeling like I had grease covering my face, but this primer has controlled the oil for the most part.  

I love the scent of coconut so I knew I would be in love with this, not to mention the coconut water was an interesting concept.  The scent to me is not very powerful, and it’s not something that you can smell through out the day.  I really can’t get over the hydration surge this gives me which I’ve come to realize is an important factor to my beauty routine. What I love most about this product is that a little goes a very long way, and it even looks great on my skin alone with no face makeup. I am giving this product 4.5 stars just because it takes veryyyyy long for the formula to dry.  Honestly, I am usually rushing in the morning so having to wait for it to fully dry is kind of a pain, but on days where I have more than 15 minutes to get ready it doesn’t bother me :)

1.35 oz - retails for $32 at Sephora and Amazon

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Hello FAB Coconut Skin Smoothie Priming Moisturizer

Written by Deanna. P

The mission of FAB is to help skin look & feel it’s best.  They want to make everyday a good skin day! In 2009,  Lilli Gordon created FAB (First Aid Beauty). Lilli had a finance background & happened on the beauty industry by accident when she worked as a partner at Fresh. She was bought on to share her business knowledge with them.  Once she helped broker the deal & Fresh was sold to LVMH, Lilli left & did various projects.  She always suffered from sensitive skin & saw a void in the beauty market.  There were doctor brands, classic beauty & feel good products, but there was nothing that everyone could rely on to solve their skin problems.  She wanted to introduce something new.The creation of FAB was the solution.  The thought that every household owns a first aid kit, they should have a brand that resolves their beauty issues was the reasoning behind the creation.  FAB stands for First aid beauty & the products practice what they preach.  

My first introduction to this brand was Hello FAB Coconut Skin Smoothie Priming Moisturizer.  The size is 50 mL (1.7 flOz) and it retails for $28.00 It works on all skin types.  The moisturizer is a primer & moisturizer all in one that lessens pores & imperfections while brightening & smoothing your skin.  The three main issues it resolves are shrinking pores, alleviating dryness, &  eliminating dullness & uneven texture. It has no Parabens, Sulfates, or Phthalates.  It works on all skin types even sensitive skin.  It also is noncomedogenic & allergy-tested. The minute I saw coconut as one of the ingredients, I fell in love with this moisturizer.   I love anything coconut!  The smell & health benefits make me very happy!   I am a big proponent of natural ingredients & this hits the mark.  Some of the ingredients include:

-Coconut Water: Packed with electrolytes, amino acids, and phytonutrients, it revitalizes and hydrates skin. 

-Mineral Blend (Zinc, Copper, Magnesium, Iron, and Silica): Supports skin health. 

-Quinoa: Helps protect, repair, and fortify skin’s surface. 

-Imperceptible Micro-Pearls: Light reflecting particles that amplify skin’s natural radiance and impart a beautifully luminous effect.

I have used this product for the last week & I am quite happy with it.  I like it because I can wear it with no makeup over it.  I do occasionally like to let me skin breathe & wear only moisturizer on my skin during the day.  I can put this on & head out.  It makes my skin look presentable to go out sans makeup.  I do feel it is a little pricey at $28.00.  I would have liked to see it sized a little bigger for that price.  All in all, I do think the product works & if you have sensitive skin then it is important to use a product that won’t make your skin break out.  I would definitely recommend trying this product & brand.