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25 Halloween Costumes w/Your LBD

The easiest way to create a last-minute or inexpensive Halloween costume is to start with things you already have. I do it every year, because I get so frustrated with how expensive yet poorly-made most Halloween costumes are. I'd rather use what is already in my closet, or spend a little extra on accessories or a new dress that I can wear anytime of the year. A little black dress is the easiest way to use what you have to create a Halloween costume with a few inexpensive accessories and other accessories you probably already have in your closet.Pictured Above: Halloween Black Mesh Dress


1. Black Cat - This is the easiest way to use your little black dress on Halloween. I know it's pretty much the most generic costume in history, but for good reason - it's just so easy and affordable. It's the perfect last-minute costume for women, because you could really use any black outfit even if you don't have a little black dress. Pair it with your black flats or heels and a…

Recent Beauty Buys: Which Primers Worked and Which Didn't


If you're in your 20s, you may not be concerned with face primers. For the most part, they're great for filling in lines and wrinkles before you apply foundation. I tend to think of it as spackle for the face. Though it also serves a few more purposes when it comes to applying makeup. A good primer can even skin tone and prolong your makeup throughout the day, and it helps your foundation go on smoothly and more evenly. After I moved to Texas this year, I had to switch up my foundation routine in every way. Between the heat and humidity, a simple trip to the grocery made it impossible for my makeup to stay on for even an hour. So I started with the basics - primer. There are so many new primers on the market which promise a mattifying effect and long-wearing effects on your makeup. I've given a few a try, and this is what I've liked (and not liked) so far.

First I tried the e.l.f. Mineral Infused Primer in Radiant Glow. I've used an illuminating primer before, and I liked how it concealed flaws, so I thought I'd love this one. Though it was way too shimmery for me. I couldn't wear it long enough to test it's other qualities. It was like having glitter all over my face. I immediately washed it off. To be fair, the same e.l.f. mineral primer in both clear and tone-adjusting green have many positive reviews.

I'd previously tried L'Oreal Studio Secrets Professional Primer, and while I still love it for photo shoots, I wouldn't use it on a daily basis, nor would I recommend it for the purpose of mattifying your makeup or making it last longer. The jar is fairly affordable around $10, but it's a small jar, and to really cover lines the way it promises in the picture, you have to smooth on a LOT of the product. In fact you have to smooth on so much that you have to be very careful not to rub it off when you apply your foundation and concealer. If you're concerned about under-eye wrinkles or dark circles, I would definitely recommend it for every day use just in the under-eye areas. All over the face however could get expensive and can clog pores, leading to breakouts.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00593FNN2/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B00593FNN2&linkCode=as2&tag=las00-20&linkId=Z4M2OBYPRORCM6KQMy most recent attempt was with the RIMMEL LONDON Fix Perfect Pro Primer. This was the most expensive one I've tried so far, but still it's just over $12 on average. For correcting and evening skin tone, I have to say I wasn't too impressed. But for mattifying and helping my makeup stay on longer, it's wonderful. It didn't work very well to smooth lines, though once I put on foundation and powder, it did help to prevent lines from showing more, as they often do with foundation. It does have a scent to it, so if you're sensitive to that, it may not be the best primer for you.

The verdict: If you want an affordable primer, you really have to determine what you want it for. A primer that will completely cover flaws and lines is likely to be so thick that it will cause breakouts, while a primer that is better suited for every day use may not give you the coverage you're hoping for unless you pair it with the right kind of foundation and powder. If you're simply after a more matte finish to control oily skin and prolonged wear for your foundation, any primer priced around $10 should work just as well as the much more expensive primers. Now I assume the incredibly expensive primers just may offer all these qualities in one product, so it may be worth the money. I'll have to do a review on a higher quality primer next.

Which one I picked: I'm still a huge fan of the L'Oreal Studio Secrets Professional Primer but only for special occasions and photo shoots. For the price, the Rimmel Fix and Perfect Primer is a great value for everyday wear. Though the e.l.f. in clear is half the price, e.l.f. quantities tend to be quite small, so it may not be a bargain after all. After reading through a ton of reviews, this Colorescience Pro Wild to Mild Skin Bronzing Primer with SPF 20  looks like it offers a lot of qualities in one, so if you have mature skin and are after a high-performing primer, you may want to give it a try.




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