Hi Guys,

This beauty tip actually came about in an un-conventional way.

We are currently re-modeling our bathroom after 2 years of living in our house. The baby pink bathroom shower tiles were chic and all, but the house was built in 1950 so apart from it being outdated it had really shown its age. We decided that this summer would be a great time to demo and remodel as we will be traveling and at the pool or beach all day anyway. Needless to say, we have had tilers, painters, plumbers, and electricians in and out of our home everyday for the past 2 weeks.

Thankfully, the project is nearing completion and yesterday the painter was here. I was chatting with him and he mentioned that he would prime the wall first and then paint. I had forgotten that painters prime walls before they paint, and usually when the word ‘primer’ comes into my world I am talking about makeup. Essentially, though painting primer and makeup primer serve the same purpose; to smooth the surface before application of “paint.” Makeup to me, especially foundation – is a type of paint, so this may not be breaking news to some of you, but just as a painter wouldn’t paint without priming, neither should you “paint your face” without using a primer.

A primer or undercoat is a preparatory coating put on materials before painting. Priming ensures better adhesion of paint to the surface, increases paint durability, and provides additional protection for the material being painted.

A good primer when it comes to makeup application, actually acts as a spackle for your skin; Minimizing pores, filling in fine lines and wrinkles, and helping makeup stay put. It also can help act as a barrier between your skin and makeup helping to avoid break-outs.

My favorite primer is made by Arbonne and like all other Arbonne products it has botanical ingredients that actually care for your skin, are hypoallergenic and non-toxic. Ingredients you can actually pronounce; like Green Tea Leaf, Grapeseed Oil, and Hyaluronic Acid Spheres. It has a silky smooth consistency and a matte finish and contains peptides that give a diminished appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

I use the primer under my foundation and my foundation lasts all day and I don’t get oily by the end of the day, like with other formulas.

You can also use an “eye makeup primer” to help eyeshadow stay put and keep it from settling in the creases. (A HUGE pet peeve of mine!) Although, I haven’t used Arbonne’s eye primer, we do have one and I am sure its great!

I hope you guys learned something from my post. I just felt that if you are spending money on foundation and you’re anything like me, you’ll want it to go a long way. Primer will help your foundation slide on smoothly so that you aren’t wasting product. Because this product fills in fine lines and wrinkles as well,  you can consider it part of your anti-aging regimen!  That being said, if you take great care of your skin, you’ll have no need for foundation or a PRIMER!

The primer and painting of the bathroom came out awesome, btw. I will post pictures soon. One more week of showering at the gym, and using a portable toilet in my driveway! :0

Wish me luck!

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