I was out fashion hunting at the mall yesterday afternoon, rutting around for a respectable pair of jeans (more on that in a few), when I bumped into a gal with skin that looked smoother than a porcelain doll.
My curiosity got the better of me; I politely asked for her secret, to which she replied, “I don’t really do anything.”
Just kidding! Kinda…
With the otherworldly size of the pores of my face, sometimes I forget that there really are (lucky) people out there who simply never have to worry about their skin — no big-@ss pores or annoying fine lines.
For the rest of us, there’s NARS Pro-Prime Skin Smoothing Face Prep ($30 for a .26-oz jar).
One of two new summer primers from NARS, it’s an invisible, lightweight product designed to be layered beneath foundation or patted on top of makeup for spot treatments (by reducing shine) and to smooth the appearance of fine lines, pores and rough patches on the face.
When I set out to test Pro-Prime last weekend, I wanted to like it with ever fiber (and oversized pore) of my being!
The first time it touched my skin, I thought, “WHOA!” Can it really be this soft?? It’s like Fred Astaire (probably due to the silicones it contains), and it brought to mind Benefit’s The Porefessional, which, I might add, didn’t severely rock my boat.
I put it on and then stared deeply at myself in the mirror. Hmm… The pores on my cheeks and the fine lines around my mouth did look noticeably softer and less prominent.
Could it be?
Was I witnessing a miracle?
Well, maybe not a miracle. It doesn’t completely eliminate lines, pores or rough spots, but it does make them look less obvious — kinda like a soft-focus/powderpuff lens.
For a road test, I prepped the left side of my face with NARS Pro-Prime under my makeup but kept the right side primer free.
Eight hours later, the foundation, powder and blush on the Pro-Prime side still looked fresh with rich colors; the primer-free side didn’t (generally looked washed out and tired).
I’m a little worried, though. I hope Pro-Prime doesn’t give me breakouts. Some products that contain silicones do. So far it hasn’t, but I’ll keep you posted.
It’s also quite expensive considering the size of the jar, but it’s not intended for use as an all-over face product, which means not having to use a lot.
I probably won’t always have time to apply it every morning, either, but it’s nice to have a little something extra around for special occasions. If you’ve got fine lines and patches o’ pores that you’d like to de-emphasize, Pro-Prime might be worth a peek. Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: B+/A-
You might like NARS Pro-Prime Skin Smoothing Face Prep ifâ€¦
- You’re on the market for a product to spot treat pores and fine lines
- You don’t mind using products that contain silicones
- You’re comfortable with the price ($30)
- You like a polished makeup look
A denim epiphany
The other day it hit me: all of my jeans either 1) have holes in them, 2) are frayed at the bottom or 3) make my muffin top look like something sold in the bakery at Costco.
These days I almost never buy clothes from places more pricey than Marshall’s, but I had a gift certificate burning a hole in my pocket, so I decided to splurge on a new pair of jeans.
I went to Nordstrom and asked a sales associate for a recommendation, and she pulled out a pair of J Brand skinny jeans in a cut called 811 ($158, ouch!). It has a higher rise on the waist, shorter inseam in the leg and comes in a lightweight stretch denim fabric.
When I slipped ‘em on, it was like fashion nirvana. The right length, snug fit (but not too snug), and I think they make me look like I’ve lost
10 5 pounds.
The sales associate said they’ve been flying off the shelves, which was all the encouragement I needed to pull the trigger.
The price just about killed me, but I’m hell bent on wearing them out!
Do you have a favorite pair of jeans?
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,