Oh, El Hub… Bless his heart. As much as I love that man, it took him three days to notice that I had pink streaks in my hair.
And those streaks are not subtle.
So when he turned to me one day last weekend said, “Your skin looks really great today. Did you do something different?” I figured that the product responsible deserved a shout-out.
All hail the new Estée Lauder Illuminating Primer!
Designed for normal, combination and dry skin types, this lightweight $32 liquid primer, which I apply after moisturizer but before foundation, smoothes the skin to downplay fine lines and imperfections, imparts a soft opalescent sheen (like a mellower version of MAC Strobe Cream) and moisturizes with vitamin E and shea butter.
I like the lightweight, lotion-like texture, among other things, which reminds me of Laura Mercier’s Primer, and my nose likes the faint floral scent.
Unblended (left) and blended (right)
To my eye, the visible difference this primer makes is unmistakable (I’ve worn it in most of my face shots this week). With it on, I think my skin looks fresher, dewier, smoother, and I swear my pores look smaller.
The only thing I wish it had is SPF, because then it would steal the top spot in my heart from my current primer fave, Hourglass Mineral Veil (with SPF 15).
But that’s just me being knit-picky.
AVAILABILITY: Coming to Estée Lauder counters and online this March
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: A-
In other news…
Cuties with oily skin, here’s another reason to keep your sensors tuned to Estée Lauder counters this March: Illuminating Perfecting Primer will be joined by a friend that may work even better for you. New Matte Perfecting Primer ($32) will have an oil-free formula designed to thwart shine, smooth skin and create a matte canvas for makeup.
Oh, you tease…
Apparently I’m not the only of us with an insatiable thirst for tea.
I had a blast hearing about some of your favorite teas yesterday (I’m thirsty for more!) and just about lost my cookies when Lauren mentioned this…
A Celestial Seasonings tea called Sugar Cookie Sleigh Ride?
With a splash of milk in a hot mug? I bet that’s all kinds of yum right there.
Looks like it was a holiday thing, but there must be at least one unclaimed box of it out there somewhere…
What are you up to tonight? I just got home from yoga, where I fought the good fight against the Earth’s gravitational pull, and won! Meaning that I didn’t even fall once. Sure, it was a beginner’s beginner’s beginners class, but still.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,