NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base


The eyelid primer of eyelid primers. Nothing beats out NARS! The tiniest dab on each eyelid and even right underneath your lower lashes (if you are applying liner or eyeshadow there), will keep your makeup in perfect form for hours on end. This is a true workhorse.


How so little primer can set your eyeshadow in place, along with capturing it’s true intensity, never ceases to amaze me.  No melting makeup, no creasing, no smudging. Eyeshadow looks smooth, vibrant and freshly applied, without your eyelids looking dry and heavy.


No primer I’ve come across even comes close to this one and I’ve tried all the big guns. The creamy velvety texture of this base melts right into your skin without any tackiness. And although it applies white, it quickly disappears.


The one drawback? This stuff is so good, it’s hard to wipe away makeup application booboos.  But I’ll take that over eye shadow that’s sitting on my cheeks after a few hours. Oh, and did I mention no creasing? I repeat. No creasing. No fading. NARS  Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base is worth every penny.

Available for $26 at:


Dior Diorshow Maximizer Lash Plumping Serum

I  have never understood what the big to-do with mascara serums and primers is. It seemed like a gimmick to me, since every sample I’ve tried left my lashes dry, clumpy, and weighed down. But that all changed when a dear friend introduced me to Diorshow Maximizer Lash Plumping Serum.

Lashes thickened? Check. Lashes lengthened? Check. Lashes nourished? Check. The super lightweight formula plumps them up for a long, voluminous fringe. One coat of this and 2 coats of your mascara and presto, glamorous super lashes that look natural and real. No spider legs or droopy lashes here.

Now, while I can’t vouch for Dior’s claims that the hydrolized soy proteins in this serum/primer promote hair growth, I love the possibility. At the very least, your lashes will definitely feel stronger and softer. And coupled with mascara, longer and fuller.

Bottom line? If you find the fuss of false eye lashes overwhelming and your natural lashes underwelming, then this primer is for you.

Available for $28 at: