Kat Von D Featherweight Primer

I’ve never liked the idea of primers.

I always thought they were just a way to make more money out of us.

We’d all been applying our foundation contentedly for years without them and suddenly they’re a thing.

I’ve bought approximately two primers to date (I don’t even remember which ones) and I’d long ago decided I didn’t need one.

But I watch a lot of YouTube videos (about beauty products) and pretty much every YouTuber I watch uses a primer.

I wondered if my whole foundation debacle wasn’t just a result of me not using a primer.

Armed with a bit of Christmas money, I concluded that it was worth a shot and a primer should be on my shopping list.

Bearing in mind I have very dry skin, my research narrowed it down to two candidates:

  1. Marc Jacobs Beauty Under(cover) Perfecting Coconut Face Primer ($55 CA for 1 oz)
  2. Kat Von D Lock-It Featherweight Primer ($38 CA for 1 oz)

After returning numerous tinted moisturizers to Sephora over the past week, I decided to exchange the last one for a damn good primer.

Honestly, the Marc Jacobs primer felt the best. Gorgeous. But so expensive. There wasn’t a massive difference so I bought the Kat Von D primer.

I can tell you now that the application of my foundation has improved 100% since using this stuff. My foundation glides on so smoothly. The primer doesn’t disguise pores or wrinkles but it absolutely helps my makeup look better.

Do you have to spend $38 to achieve the same results? I dunno. There are cheaper primers on my hit list including L’Oréal’s Revitalift Miracle Blur, The Body Shop’s Moisturize It and Maybelline’s Baby Skin. Once I get round to checking them out, I’ll know more.

But for now, I’m really impressed with this Kat Von D stuff.

A-Derma EXOMEGA EXOMEGA D.E.F.I EMOLLIENT BALM

I recently had the great misfortune of messing up the skin on my face.

I’m not entirely sure what I did but I think it was a combination of rubbing too hard with a washcloth and using chemical exfoliation.

Almost overnight, the skin on the sides of nose and immediate cheeks became very dry and wrinkled. It looked parched and thin. Nothing I put on it seemed to make a difference. It didn’t really flake but it felt very tight and looked dehydrated.

I drink LOADS of water every day (around two litres), I don’t use skin products containing alcohol or other irritating ingredients and genuinely limit the things that dry out skin. So I resigned myself to the fact that at 41 my skin was just getting old. This made me very depressed.

My face looked shriveled. Like your fingers do when you spend too much time in the bath or shower. I spent some time researching this but found little to help me.

I finally began researching ‘orange peel skin’ – which is sort of how my face looked – and came across a bunch of helpful articles and tips on how to treat it.

The advice included things like using Emu oil and manuka honey. I wasn’t super keen on the Emu thing and raw manuka honey costs about a million dollars.

I immediately stopped the BHA and AHA exfoliation, set aside my washcloths and, for about a week, massaged jojoba oil into my face prior to removing my makeup each night.

Both night and day, I topped off my regular skincare routine with Eucerin’s Aquaphor Healing Ointment. It was the only thing which didn’t leave my face tight and dry. Yes, I looked like a grease ball but my face felt better.

It’s been a couple of weeks now and my face has started to look normal again. I’m fairly sure it takes many weeks to truly heal damaged skin so I’ll be keeping up the gentle routine for as long as it takes.

I was lucky enough to find some very affordable skin balm on sale at Shoppers Drug Mart – A-Derma Exomega Emollient Balm – which cost $22 for a giant tube and contains stuff like Shea butter and Evening Primrose Oil. I’ve started using this day and night too.

The rest of the time this is what I’m using. You’ll probably freak out when you see what I put on my face.

Morning

Evening

After two weeks, I’ve reintroduced my AHA/BHA exfoliation. I use Paula’s Choice 8% AHA gel in the morning (after toning) and Paula’s Choice 1% BHA lotion in the evening.

I have a special code which gives you $10 off your Paula’s Choice order. If you’re ready to buy any of the PC items here, use this link.

How do you deal with winter skin? I’d love to hear what’s in your skincare arsenal.