Aveeno MaxGlow Serum + Primer and Micellar Gel Cleanser Review

Aveeno MaxGlow Micellar Gel Cleanser

Happy Wednesday!

Today I want to review these two products since I have been testing them out for a few weeks and I’m pleasantly surprised with both!

I know that those of you who are familiar with my blog and have read my previous posts are thinking how on earth this OIL primer is working out for me since I have an extremely oily skin type. And all I have to say to that is; yes, I know I’m shocked as well! The first time I tried this oil/serum product as a primer I was going out for only an hour or two so I thought that even if it looked terrible and made me look like an oil slick it wouldn’t be too bad. However, after the few hours I noticed that my skin didn’t look like an oily mess; it looked hydrated and my foundation was very smooth and healthy looking! I guess my skin didn’t feel the need to produce a massive amount of oil because I had applied this product? – honestly, I’m not quite sure how this works but I’m so glad I tried it! The scent is very pleasant and once you shake it up the oil and serum blend together and after patting it on the skin, it allows foundation to glide on seamlessly on top.

Aveeno MaxGlow Serum + Primer

This cleanser is a nice change from the ones that I usually like; which strip my skin of all product/oils. Because my skin is very oily and I usually feel the need for a cleanser that deep cleans. This leaves my skin clean but very comfortable as it hydrates while it cleanses so I don’t feel that pulling sensation when I dry my face. I have been using this in the mornings when I don’t need such a deep clean and this product leaves my skin with a glow that is surprising as I have never had a cleanser do that before!

I highly recommend these products if you have a dry skin type and for oily skin types as well as I have recently read a lot about why our skin produces so much oil and it’s usually due to it being dehydrated!

Have you tried the Aveeno MaxGlow line? Let me know in the comments section below!

Click here to purchase the cleanser; currently on sale at Shoppers DrugMart (Canada)!

Click here to purchase the serum + primer.

Disclaimer: I received these products from ChickAdvisor for reviewing purposes. All of my reviews are my honest opinion whether I bought the product(s) or it was sent to me.

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Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara & Velvet Primer – Epic Lash Primer Review

Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara Velvet Primer Epic Lash Primer

Hello everyone!

We are technically in spring now but as I’m typing this up it is snowing outside! I’ve grabbed myself a cup of tea and want to do a quick review on this mascara and this newly released mascara primer.

I received this lash primer before it was even available on Sephora and so I’ve been testing this out for a few weeks now. I don’t really care for mascara primers as they are just another step in my makeup routine but after trying this one out I have been using it on a daily basis! It makes a dramatic difference – I’ve mostly used this Marc Jacobs mascara primer with their Velvet Noir mascara and I can say that when I wear the primer my lashes look almost double in size – it’s crazy! The primer coats my lashes evenly and takes a few seconds to apply and it isn’t hard covering it up with mascara as the formula shade isn’t stark white like the others I’ve used. The other thing that I’ve noticed with this primer is that it has nourished my lashes and by using it on a daily basis my lashes are longer than before and much more full and without little bald spots. On the Sephora website it states that it has conditioning properties and I definitely didn’t think that I would notice my lashes becoming more lush, but I have.

Marc Jacobs Velvet Primer Epic Lash Primer
Marc Jacobs Velvet Primer – Epic Lash Primer

After raving about the primer I have to tell you that the mascara is just so-so. It does a nice job at coating the lashes and thickening but it doesn’t perform as well as other mascaras I’ve tried in terms of curling, holding the curl and lengthening. The formula is super black though and it doesn’t flake throughout the day which is a big pet peeve of mine.

Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara
Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara

I would highly recommend that you check out the lash primer because it’s unreal! I have no complaints about it – it’s honestly magically however, the mascara is just OK and I don’t feel strongly about it.

Have you guys tried this mascara and primer?

Click here to view Primer.

Click here to view Mascara.

Disclaimer: I received these products from Influenster for reviewing purposes. All of my reviews are my honest opinion whether I bought the product(s) or it was sent to me.

Clinique Pore Refining Solutions Instant Perfector Review

Clinique Pore Refining Solutions Instant Perfector

Hi everyone!

I always use two separate primers at a time because I like a more hydrating primer for the perimeter of my face and a pore filler for my t-zone as I tend to get really oily and have noticeable pores on my nose/cheeks.

Clinique Pore Refining Solutions Instant Perfector

This pore filler is extremely similar to the Smashbox Photo Finish Pore Minimizing Primer, click here to read my review on that one. The only slight difference that I notice between the two is that the Smashbox is slightly more hydrating while this one feels very putty-like and takes a little more work to apply.

I use to rub the product into my face but now I take a pea-sized amount and rub between my fingers and press onto my problem areas. This works much better as these silicon formulas tend to ball up when you try to work them into the pores by rubbing.

Clinique Pore Refining Solutions Instant Perfector Invisible Light
Clinique Pore Refining Solutions Instant Perfector in Invisible Light.

This is a nice pore filler and I would highly recommend for those with large pores and/or oily skin types as it helps to mattifying. My foundation glides nicely on top without exaggerating my pores/ sinking in to them. You can even use this on no foundation days as it smooths and slightly blurs the skin. I use this and the Smashbox one interchangeably, as I don’t see much of a difference between the two.

What do you think about these pore fillers? Is there one that you’d recommend? Let me know in the comments below!

Click here to purchase from Clinique. They always have promotions and deals going on so keep a look out for those!

Too Faced Primed and Peachy Cooling Matte Skin Perfecting Primer Review

Too Faced Primed and Peachy Cooling Matte Skin Perfecting Primer

Hello everyone!

These Too Faced peach scented products are addictive! If you like the scent of peach then you will understand my addiction to this line. However, this product didn’t particularly blow me out of the water.

I love the packaging; this isn’t the full size – it’s the 20ml “mini” size and it still comes with a gorgeous golden pump and a travel-friendly plastic tube. Even though I really appreciate the pump I’m not quite sure that this packaging is the best for the product. When I don’t use this for a few days and then go to pump out product I can feel a hardened bit which is dried up product. Perhaps a squeeze tube would have been better?

Too Faced Primed and Peachy Cooling Matte Skin Perfecting Primer

The product itself is thick and has a peachy tone which is suppose to brighten and I do notice subtle brightening once applying this. It is also a bit harder to apply as it is fairly thick but once you smooth it on your skin you feel the cooling effect which feels really nice on the pores! However, you must not rub this product in as it begins to pill up and it just creates a mess.

After smoothing this on my pores and t-zone it feels super tacky for a few seconds before beginning to dry down to a matte finish. I like the tackiness because it allows your foundation to really stick to it which ups the coverage of the foundation. This primer is also slightly blurring but honestly, it doesn’t make much difference once you apply foundation on top. In terms of keeping me matte, I have noticed it slightly prolonging the time I get oily but it’s inevitable and I will start to get oily after a couple hours. But I do like the smoothing effect that it gives throughout the day.

Too Faced Primed and Peachy Cooling Matte Skin Perfecting Primer

Would I repurchase? Well – probably not to be completely honest as I have other primers I like more, but I’m enjoying this mini size for now.

What do you guys think of the Peach Perfect line?

Click here to view product.

Kat Von D Lock-It Color Correcting Eyeshadow Primer Review + Swatch

Kat Von D Lock-It Color Correcting Eyeshadow Primer

Welcome back everyone!

I have tried this primer out a few times and thought I would quickly put a review out there since this primer is only $4 CAD at Winners (or $18 at Sephora) at the moment so if your interested I would grab one quick.

Kat Von D Lock-It Color Correcting Eyeshadow Primer

First off I like how this primer comes in a stick form because it doesn’t require dipping your finger in a jar (and getting product under your nail). You just glide this on your eye and tap it in with your finger – and I recommend that you do one eye at a time and move quickly because this product literally dries down in less than 5 seconds which is a bit nerve-wrecking. However, once it’s on there it isn’t going anywhere and your eyeshadow will literally last the entire day without question.

Another thing that’s good to know with this shadow primer is that it’s a bit of a dry formula so it works best on oily eyelids – my eyelids aren’t oily (shocker, I know because everywhere else is) so I have to load up on a good eye cream before using this. Would I recommend this? Yes – if you find it for $4 I would definitely recommend that you try it out because if it does work for you, it’s a nice product. For U.S. residents I believe the Winners equivalent is TJ Maxx and/or Marshalls if I’m not mistaken.

Kat Von D Lock-It Color Correcting Eyeshadow Primer in “Light”. It has a strong peachy undertone.

Kat Von D Lock-It Color Correcting Eyeshadow Primer light

What do you guys think? Have you tried this – will you try this?

Click here to purchase on Sephora.

Smashbox Photo Finish Pore Minimizing Primer Review

Smashbox Photo Finish Pore Minimizing Primer

Hi everyone!

I have been investing in good primers recently and I haven’t tried any of the smashbox ones so I thought I would pick up the mattifying/pore minimizing one. I reviewed the Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water a few days ago; click here to check it out if your interested!

Smashbox Photo Finish Pore Minimizing Primer

I got the mini size which contains 15ml of product and it costs $18 – $20 CAD. I really don’t understand why they charge $50 for the full size which has 30ml of product (double the mini) because it’s suppose to be $40, right? I would definitely recommend getting the mini size as it’s obviously the better deal.

So this primer claims to mattify, fill in pores and control oil for up to 8 hours. This is definitely pore filling and mattifying upon applying this you feel that it has a dry silicon texture which can pill up if you apply too much. You only need the tiniest amount and I focus this on my t-zone where I get oily and have more noticeable pores. This product does control oil but not for an entire 8 hours on me; it may prolong my blotting time a few hours maximum.

Smashbox Photo Finish Pore Minimizing Primer

I do enjoy this product as it does a decent job at hiding my pores and creating a really smooth surface which helps my foundation glide on nicely. After using this I’m super curious about their other primers!

Have you guys tried any of the Photo Finish primers? Let me know in the comments!

Click here to purchase.

Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water Review

Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water

Hi everyone!

I’m going to be super honest when I say that this bottle of primer water is a little up there in price for what it really is ($39 CAD). Now, I hate that I absolutely love it and I may have to repurchase since I’m half way done and can’t stop using it everyday!

As always, starting off with the packaging; it comes in a see-through simple plastic bottle which is great for travel because it won’t break and is not heavy. This bottle contains 115 ml which is larger than my other setting sprays (usually containing 50ml). The spray nozzle is really nice; it sprays out the nicest, soft, most even mist that isn’t concentrated in one spot. The product itself has a nice very subtle scent – I’m horrible at describing scents but it’s very refreshing and almost citrus I want to say.

Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water

I use this product mainly for priming my skin but I do have to go in with a pore filler since I have larger pores and this does nothing for them. I feel that this product makes my foundation glide on better; it absorbs quickly but leaves a light film which plumps my skin and is forgiving on dry patches. I also apply this after I’ve finished my face makeup and I feel that it gives a nice healthy skin-like finish – very similar to how MAC Fix + just melts everything together. I would say that this product works better for oily skin types while the MAC Fix + is slightly heavier and more suitable for dry skin types.

I hope to see this product on sale so I can grab one (or two)! What do you think about this primer water? Would you purchase/repurchase?

Click here to purchase on Sephora!