Crowd Favorite Makeup Primers

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Some of your favorite makeup primers

A few days ago I asked for makeup primer recommendations, and you replied with some *doozies*.


The crowd favorites were by Smashbox (Photo Finish Foundation Primer, $36-49), MAC (Prep + Prime, $19-28), Laura Geller (Spackle, $23) and Philosophy (The Present, $25).

A few of the others that were also mentioned more than once…

  • Bare Escentuals Prime Time, $21 — “…really good for keeping my makeup long-lasting … but keeping oil at bay? nah, it didn’t do anything with the slick factor…” – noi
  • Monistat Anti-Chafing Gel, $8 — “…chafing cream all over my face. Super cheap and works like a high end primer, has the same ingredients too. Google it. All the cool kids are doing it.” – Martha
  • Tarte Clean Slate, $27 — “…a lightweight, clear gel primer that feels slightly thicker than Laura’s. After it absorbs, it feels drier and a touch smoother, too.” – Yours truly 🙂

One time, at WordCamp…

So WordCamp SF was pretty cool.

They hold them in cities all over the place, but this one was in my neck of the woods.

WordPress is the software that I and about 15 million other folks use to blog. When I’m writing a post, the screen I see looks like this:

Wordpress admin tool

If you have a WordPress blog or think you might like to start one, check here for dates of WordCamps in your area. Each all-day conference costs about $20 in the local currency and covers blog writing, video production, plugins (mini-programs to enhance blog functionality by adding the ability to do polls and stuff like that), mobile blogging and upcoming features. And they even throw in a buffet lunch. 🙂

I expected to see mostly dudes in the audience, but there were plenty of women, too (yay!).

I kept my eyes peeled for gals in blinged-out makeup but no luck.

My favorite part was listening to a presentation by Cali Lewis of Geek Brief TV. She talked about video podcasting (with iTunes), which is something I’m interested in trying. If you’ve done any online video production before, shoot me an e-mail.

I was beat by the end of the conference and just ended up chillin’ with a bean and cheese burrito, a bucket of dulce de leche Haagen Daaz and hella episodes of Keeping Up with the Kardashians. Totally exciting Saturday night, I know! 🙂

Are you having a good weekend? What did you do last night?

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Rachel says:

    I have to try that Monistat one day 🙂 I’ve read about it on Makeupalley also, and I was like, “really?”

  2. Avery says:

    I like the Benefit “That Gal”!

  3. Dao says:

    I think I didn’t mention the Sunlight kaolin powder I use is from Everyday Minerals. I try to avoid dimethicone as much as possible to avoid blackheads.

    I haven’t seen Jack the cat for ages, I guess his owner doesn’t want him to roam the woods anymore.

    Dao´s last blog post..Beauty Literotica: Reading under the Influence of Cold Medicine

  4. Jian says:

    Dulce de leche? Mmm.. I’ve been trying out new ice creams recently. Today I ate half a tub of Ben & Jerry’s Chocolate Macademia. Actually, it was pretty digusting because the macademia nuts were covered in salt, and then coated with chocolate.

    Anyway, Karen could you recommend me some good makeup books? I was thinking about getting Bobbi Brown’s Makeup Manual, but I’m not sure how much *more* information it would offer, if you know what I mean? (I read a loooooot of beauty blogs in my spare time, and a lot of japanese/chinese magazines which contain step by steps and explanations of ‘how-to-make-up'”. Thank you~!

    Jian´s last blog post..Chanel UV Essentiel Protective UV Care Anti-Pollution SPF 50/Pa++

  5. Briana says:

    Oooh! That sounds cool! I’ll have to look and see if theres any in my area!
    Omg… that Dulce de Leche haagen daz sounds fabulous… I might have to go grab me a tub!

    Briana´s last blog post..Catch Up: Hot Tub Hands, Sunset, Bottle Caps and Cats

  6. Ann says:

    hmm now I’m curious about Monistat!

  7. YadiQ says:

    LOL that sounds a lot like my Saturday night
    Except I caught your eye candy on the big screen last night – Terminator!!!
    I have a tube of that chafing gel I use for my thighs in the summer never tried it on my face maybe if I am feeling brave one day I will try it ! FYI dulce de leche is my fave icecream too hagen daaz also has a version infused with cinnamon which is really yummy!

  8. jojoba says:

    OMG!!! why or why there is no sunscreen!! and wwhy doesn’t Make Up For Ever HD gets on the pie????!!!! i missed the post or else I’d mention them! LOL

    jojoba´s last blog post..Update/Swatch: My MAC Pigments Collection

  9. Kailey says:

    I went tp’ing. =]
    the great american pastime ahah.

    Kailey´s last blog post..I ♥… MAC A Rose Romance Collection Circa Plum Pigment!

  10. shontay says:

    I’m wondering why mufe primer isn’t up there. I plan on trying it soon. The recession has finally hit me,so I’m not certain when I can get to it. My skin is pretty darn smooth, but dry in patches. I’m so impressed with the hd products, I’m willing to try primer.

  11. Martha says:

    Wow I got quoted! I sound like such a tool.

  12. Michelle says:

    I went to my friends husbands 50th birthday bash. We had fun.

    I also really like Smashbox’s primer, i’m surprised it’s not up there.

  13. Sarahc says:

    Karen did you go see Drag me to Hell? What did you think? It reminded me a lot of Army of Darkness also Sam Raimi. Did you see it?

  14. noi says:

    thanks for featuring my comment, Karen! 🙂
    i’m looking into the Laura Mercier oil-free one but i have to save up first! my piggy bank will be rollin.. woohoo! haha 😀

    noi´s last blog post..Beauty Lust: An Effective Eye Cream with SPF!

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