I’m going to try and do this kind of post more often, a bit of a quick one noting down some initial thoughts on some products that are in my “on trial” basket at home. They may get a more indepth review at a later stage, feature in a favourites or disappointing products (eep!) and hopefully empties!

L’Oreal Paris Skin Perfection BB Cream RRP $24.99AUD – The Skin Perfection range is new to the L’Oreal skincare lineup, featuring magpie inducing pink packaging the range is aimed at those in their 20’s. While i’m not so much in my 20’s anymore I was drawn to the packaging and the images of Blake Lively gracing the stand (she’s gorgeous isn’t she!).

I’ve only given this one shot so far, mainly because I like to use BB creams on the weekend when I’m just hitting up the shops or running the usual domestic errands. The coverage is light (to be expected with a BB cream) and it felt hydrating enough for my skin. I did add a bit of powder to keep things in place and give a tad more coverage. So far this is a good-un but like mentioned before will mostly only be bought out on weekends when i’m doing the no makeup, makeup thing.

Face of Australia High Definition Primer RRP $13.95AUD – My love of the original FOA Face Base Primer has been well documented on my blog and youtube channel. So when this new one hit the shelves and my current tube of primer was nearing the end I thought I’d try it out. I mean HD means I should look flawless right? I’m on the fence about this one and think it needs some more trialling before I come to a decision about it. I will mention if you do try this out remember to shake the tube each time before use, I made that mistake yesterday and it was a runny mess. Also try not to use too much product, I made this mistake on my first use and my foundation balled up and looked very very average. It reminds me a lot of the Smashbox Photo Finish Primer (for reference, I did not get along with this primer at all). If you’re a fan of that this might be up your alley. To be continued…

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Eye Primers… In my opinion an absolute essential! They create a base for you to apply your eyeshadow which generally makes the shadow more pigmented and also last a lot longer.

Recently I got to try out the Face of Australia Eye Primer and I was stoked because my regular eye primer (Urban Decay Primer Potion) isn’t readily available in Australia and also costs $19USD per tube. The primer comes in 2 different formulas, matte & shimmer. I tried out the matte version. So did it measure up?

To test it out I used my regular Urban Decay Primer Potion on one eye and the Face of Australia Eye Primer on the other eye. The Face of Australia Eye Primer is quite matte and thick and once smoothed onto the eyelid my eyeshadow applied really smooth and pigmented and unfortunately that’s where my good comments about this primer end. My eyeshadow creased within 2hrs and while the Urban Decay Primer Potion was still going strong on the other eye I was pretty much shadowless by the end of the day on Face of Australia’s eye, not a good look at all.

I also can’t really think of another use for this primer (I know some people are using the shimmer primer as a highlighter…genius!) so if you do want to give it a go, perhaps go for the shimmer version so you can use it as a multi-use product.

You can purchase this eye primer for $7.95AUD from all Face of Australia stockists (Priceline, Kmart, Big W etc) or online at Fashion Addict (and it’s only $6.95AUD there)

This product was provided for review, for more information please read my disclosure policy

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I hate being a Negative Nellie but sometimes it just has to be said. Keep in mind this is how a product has worked or in this case not worked for me and my skin and conditions are probabaly different to yours, if they are the same woo hoo we’re special 🙂

I must admit, I have a little bit of an obsession with primers. I totes blame that Napoleon Perdis reality show where every episode he rattled on about it being a crime not to prime. I am forever looking for that one primer to make my makeup last, pores look invisible and my skin to look ultra amazing! I must give a shoutout though to my homie Benefit PoreFessional for being THE BEST product for making my pores invisible.

I’d heard wonderful things about Smashbox Photo Finish Primer, it ticked all the boxes and won a shitload of awards so of course being the beauty gal I am I needed to get it! Well…. sometimes you just can’t trust awards (Kanye, please step in if you need to…). I tried everything in my power to like this product and I tried using it multiple ways but it just didn’t work.

I wish I had something nice to say about this primer because i’m a glass half full kinda gal, actually the packaging is nice and I like pumps on products so it gets a tick there. Everything else about it….fail i’m afraid! On my skin it felt super oily (and I have dry combo skin for those interested), did nothing for my pores, accentuated all my dry spots (and I moisturise like a mofo so they weren’t even THAT bad), makeup didn’t last and worst of all it gave me major breakouts, i’m talking alien pimples!

Has anyone had any luck with this primer? with all the awards and rave reviews i’m probabaly in the minority with not liking it. I’ve got a couple of other primers i’m trying out at the moment but I really want to get my hands on the Stila one with all the crazy colours in it! It looks awesome!

If you do want to pick it up, Smashbox Photo Finish Primer retails for $52.95AUD @ Kit Cosmetics

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In the words of Napoleon Perdis “Not to Prime is a Crime”

Well while i’m not a total devotee to priming, I only really do it when I know I need my makeup to last and when my skin needs a little extra to make my foundation look a little more flawless.

The primer I use is the Face of Australia Primer and though I haven’t ventured and tried any others (the Australis one is on my list to try) I find this does the job of what a primer is supposed to do, which I believe is make your makeup last longer and provide a flawless base for your face.

I’d also heard the Napoleon Perdis primer is quite good as well and i’d heard that the ingredients in both were similar. They sure are! They both boast their main ingredients are Chamomile, Vitamin E & Yarrow Extract. While I have not tried the Napoleon Perdis primer myself i’d much rather pay $40 less for the same ingredients. 

Here are the product descriptions for both Primers, now while I don’t have exact amounts of everything that is used I can’t imagine it’d be very far off.

Napoleon Perdis Auto Pilot Primer 50ml – $49.90AUD 

image credit – www.napoleonperdis.com



What it is:A scientifically developed, light weight primer for all skin types.What it is does:Smoothes the skin, readies it for makeup application, and helps produce a flawless finish. Filled with calming botanicals such as Chamomile, which softens redness, and Yarrow extract, which reactivates the beneficial ingredients in your skincare and foundation. Pure Vitamin E smoothes skin texture and adds hydration, keeping skin looking fresh and flawless all day long.


Face of Australia Face Base Primer 50ml – $10.50AUD (approx)

Enriched with Vitamin E to nourish and hydrate skin and Chamomile to smooth your complexion, leaving it fresher and brighter.
It fills fine lines & wrinkles for a more balanced surface, so foundation applies evenly and stays on longer for all-day flawless skin.

  • Oil free so wont clog pores
  • Yarrow extract encourages cell regeneration
  • Improves performance and wearability of foundation
The Face of Australia primer retails around $10.50 but it does seem to vary from store to store. I actually saw a deal in BIG W yesterday with it for free with the purchase of 2 Face of Australia products.

Have you tried both out? Let me know if you think one is better then the other and if it is worth me paying the extra money for the Napoleon Perdis version.


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