Primed and Pretty: My Favorite Primers

A primer is just what it sounds like, a bas coat that primes the skin for what follows.  A lot of people tend to neglect this step, but if you want an even, long-lasting makeup application it really is a must.  I have lots of favorites, but generally I like skincare based primers that impart a blurred effect to the skin.  Here are my must-haves at the moment…


I really can’t say enough about this primer.  The “50” in the title references the over 50 skin-loving ingredients contained in the formula.  The primer contains silk which imparts the most luxurious softness to the skin.  The serum also contains anti-aging peptides, collagen, niacin, essential lipid-rich oils, vitamins, extracts and botanicals.  The primer acts as an anti-aging serum, and should be applied OVER your moisturizer, in fact, I even apply it over my moisturizer in the evening.  A friend who has been using the serum swears using it twice a day has aided in the healing of her post-acne scarring and redness.  Just try it, you’ll die when you feel it on your skin!

IT Cosmetics No 50 Serum Primer


Another IT Cosmetics staple, this primer is a must for dry-skinned ladies.  It has an oil-like consistency and a divine scent.  The primer is anti-aging and contains caviar extract, hydrolyzed collagen, hyaluronic acid, peptides, silk, vitamins A, C, & E, deep ocean water, organ, jojoba, and avocado oil.  A little heavier than the No. 50 Serum Primer, this is my go-to in the winter.  It does need a bit more time to absorb prior to foundation application.

IT Cosmetics Feel the Moment Primer



This cult favorite is mineral-based and water resistant and has a delightful satin finish.  This formula also helps to absorb excess oils, so those with oily or acne prone skin can use this for a bit of extra insurance.  As a bonus, it’s not as drying as powders for oil absorption!

Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer



This SPF 40 primer comes in two shades, Roseé and Mimosa.  The Roseé shade is perfect for sallow or dull skin types, or those who wanted to brighten yellow-toned skin.  The Mimosa shade is the real standout, in my opinion, as it works to counteract redness, shadows, and unevenness in the skin.  The formula is oil-free, so oily skin types rejoice!

Chanel Le Blanc Rosee

Chanel Le Blanc Mimosa

Product Review: Chanel Hydrabeauty Micro-Serum

Repurchase? Yes.

Given the amount of product making its way to my bathroom counter (and cabinets, and shelves, and floors…you get it, there’s a lot of product), it’s rare that I actually use up a product.  That means that when I do empty a bottle, it’s a GOOD product.  So on Monday’s I will highlight the products I keep coming back to again and again.

Those of you that know me, have probably heard me refer to my skin type as “Sahara desert dry,” and I’m only partially joking.  Constant hydration from the inside and outside is crucially important to us all, but even more so when you have reptilian skin like mine.  So, besides drinking copious amounts of water (my bladder hates me), I am constantly seeking out products to stave off dehydration.

In my quest for skin-quenching goodness, I always seem to return to Chanel’s Hydrabeauty Micro-Serum.  A revamp of the original, cult-classic Hydrabeauty Serum, the Micro-Serum represents a new advancement of that technology.  Utilizing a patented technology called microfluidics, the serum encapsulated Camellia Oil Extract in micro-droplets.  This means that the active ingredients are preserved in their purest form until they hit your skin!  How cool is that?

Chanel Hydrabeauty Micro-Serum
Chanel Hydrabeauty Micro-Serum


So what’s in this miracle serum?  Here is a listing of the key ingredients:

  • Camellia Micro-Droplets: As I mentioned before this is the real breakthrough in the product.  Camellia is actually known as the “Winter Rose” in some parts of the world because it is able to thrive in especially harsh conditions.  This means that the camellia harnessed by Chanel will help your skin to stay hydrated even in severe climates.  We’ll discuss these again below, when we talk OFA.
  • Camellia Alba PFA: We’re back to the wonderful camellia again.  PFA stands for polyfractioned actives–a technology Chanel uses in many of its products.  Basically it means there is a seriously high concentration of active ingredients in the product.  Camellia Alba PFA stimulates the skin’s ability to renew itself and adds a giant dose of hydration!
  • Camellia Alba OFA: Similar to the PFA concept, the OFA here stands for oleofractioned active.  Basically the same technique, but with oil.  The Camellia Alba OFA in this formulation is the main differentiator between the Micro and original serums.
  • Blue Ginger PFA: As if the above ingredients weren’t enough, Chanel also added in a powerful, natural antioxidant, in Blue Ginger PFA.  You already know all about the PFA technology, but the Blue Ginger acts as a shield to neutralize free-radicals and pollutants that our skin is exposed to throughout the day.  Antioxidants also increase the efficacy of your sunscreen (which I know you’re wearing daily!)


It’s a serum, and a very lightweight one at that–the Micro-Serum has an almost water-like texture.  No matter what else I am using at the moment, this is the first serum I apply.  Chanel actually teaches its Beauté Analystes to press into the skin and then use the “raindrop technique” to stimulate radiance.  This technique involves tapping the face with the tips of your fingers to stimulate microcirculation (blood flow to the face).  Then top with a moisturizer and you’re out the door!


The radiance-inducing properties of this serum are just to die for!  Not to mention the hefty dose of hydration.  To top it all off, the serum has a delightful scent that won’t overpower any fragrance you might be wearing.  All in all, it’s a 10 out of 10!