Thursday, January 12, 2012
"I am not pretty. I am not beautiful. I am as radiant as the sun."
Anyone know where that's from?
Ever since I graduated from university in 2010, I've been doing a lot more leisurely reading than I ever got the opportunity to before. At first, it was difficult to know where to start because part of me wanted to re-read some of my favorites, another part of me wanted to read classics off of those "must-read-before-you-die" lists, and another part of me was just itching to read something entirely new. A few of my friends recommended the Hunger Games series to me and so I became addicted for the first 2 books. Not Harry Potter-level addicted or anywhere close to my shopping addiction, but I would think about reading it while I was at work, and while driving home back from work. When I got home, I'd try to finish dinner quickly in order to get back to reading. So anyway, the title of this post is actually a line from Katniss, the main character of the novel.
Anyway, enough of that. The reason I even thought about that was because I am currently LOVING and pretty much ADDICTED to Laura Mercier's Radiance Primer. I got a free sample from Sephora with one of my orders and I have been using it daily ever since! I think the deal is still going on now. Just enter the code RADIANCE during checkout.
It applies on very smoothly and has a GORGEOUS SHEEN quality to it. So far, I've been using a powder foundation with it and not only does my face look more flawless, but I use less product! I just squeeze a teeny bit onto my finger and apply it all over my face, using more on areas where I know typically my makeup does not stay on very well. I live in Southern California and the weather is pretty dry year-round, but especially so in the winter months, so I typically wear an intense moisturizer with a thicker texture than my normal moisturizers and then put on this primer on top of it. I'm not much of a fan of liquid foundations normally because when I use them, my skin doesn't feel as breathable, even though all the products I've used are of course, non-comedogenic. This primer is very light and it doesn't feel like you're even wearing it. It makes you makeup look better, last longer & give you a radiant glow about you!
I highly recommend this (and giving the Hunger Games series a try)! I enjoyed the first 2 books but to be honest, the final installment, Mockingjay, was my least favorite of the trio. I wish the author, Suzanne Collins, would have given some more details and spent more time painting images into the reader's mind. A lot is left up to imagination and I guess, I'm just not used to that. The 3rd book probably could have been split into two, or at least I think the story would have benefited from it. Too much happened with too few details...but that's just my opinion! Read it and let me know your thoughts!