$850 – fashionette.co.uk
$1,590 – modaoperandi.com
$180 – monicavinader.com
$59 – shopbop.com
$34 – lookfantastic.com
I can’t live without my favorite primers. As soon as I begin to run out I begin to panic. I can’t imagine my life before primer and I’m not even exaggerating. Before watching makeup videos on YouTube, to be honest, I was totally shooting in the dark when it came to makeup. Primer was one of those things that made a world of difference. With a good one, your pores, fine lines, and texture can look blurred, foundation goes on smoother and more even, and it even prolongs how your foundation wears. Depending on what skin type you have, you may need a mattifying primer like me, a blurring primer, also like me, or a hydrating primer if you have dry skin. My favorites right now are by one of my favorite drugstore brands, Elf, and they have truly changed my makeup routine / application. I’ll be reviewing my 3 favorites.
I love how this one feels. It’s got tea tree which is soothing and cooling. It actually succeeds at blurring out my pores, which is nothing short of a miracle. For the price, you can’t lose.
If you have dry or patchy skin you’d love this primer. Usually my skin is super oily but during the winter and sometime randomly I get weird dry patchy areas. This hydrating prime helps so that makeup doesn’t look weird on top of dry skin.
Since I have a lot of redness and hyper pigmentation due to acne and acne scars, I love this primer in every way. It gives the skin a smooth and hydrated feel without being greasy. It fills in fine lines, pores, and the violet tone evens out skin tone without showing up purple. Under foundation it’s beautiful.
Those are my favorite primers by Elf and I can’t wait to try more great primers, as they just make me happy. I’m really excited to see how Touch in Sol’s No Poreblem and Tarte’s Poreless Mattifying Primer would work with my skin.
What are your favorite primers by Elf or other brands?
Hey L.A. fashion queens! So many of you are so stylish already. I am inspired every day by fashionable strangers (girls & boys) and I love it. If you live in L.A. (or plan to visit soon) and are in need of some fall threads, keep on reading:
Here are 5 tips for shopping on the cheap but keeping it chic:
1. Sell your old clothes / Get cute thrifted things.
You may already be familiar with consignment, but if you’re not, hit up Buffalo Exchange, Crossroads, and Wasteland. My favorites are Buffalo Exchange on Ventura Blvd. in Sherman Oaks, and Crossroads in Pasadena.
I once got an amazing designer dress at Croosroads for $6. (Need to find it because I forgot the brand). Basically how it works is you can sell your old clothes to the shop and obviously use it to get cute new things with store credit or cash, or just take your cash.
I don’t think you’ll want to though, as these places are rife with hidden gems. It may take some sorting through and buyers may be picky about what clothes they want to buy from you, but that’s all part of the fun! (More so the sorting part as it’s like treasure hunt if you have the time).
It’s easier than sorting through places like Goodwill or Salvation Army, which I love though. Don’t take it personal if your clothes don’t get purchased and try again! They’re looking for different things at different times. Here’s a few hints: they look for style over brand names and laundered items sell better because they do not wash items before putting them out. For in depth details on how to ensure your clothes is sold, read this cool article by 303magazine & this one by FlyonaDime.com.
2. Crazy Good Sunday Morning Sale at Jet Rag- Everything is $1!
I love that Jet Rag has this insanely dirt-cheap ongoing Sunday sale on vintage clothing. With that being said, make sure and come with a game face and game plan, as deftly noted in LA magazine in their 10 commandments on shopping the sale successfully.
You should definitely arrive 10-15 minutes early to outsmart the crowd, bring water and and put extra time in your meter just to be on the safe side, as noted in this cool how-to by Los Angele Love Affair. A friend or two helps get through to the barrier of piles and to the good stuff.
Everything is thrown in piles on the pavement and you might have to struggle and possibly outsmart a few for the good pieces, but hey for $1? What else do you want?! Get shopping this Sunday!
3. Sample Sales
Not many shoppers venture into the exciting world of sample sales, which is why you should. The apparel, shoes, purses, and other accesories sold at these sales in fashion showrooms grace the pages of fashion magazines and high end runways.
Normally only designers or other people in the fashion industry have access to these samples, but on the last Friday of the month, you can head over to the L.A. Fashion District and get access to these beautiful lonely pieces for up to 80%. Keep in mind the clothing samples are usually a 2 or 4. Come with cash, as this is usually all they take and arrive early so you don’t miss anything! Here are some great guides on fashiondistrict.org & chicmi.com.
4. Santee Alley in DTLA
Affectionately known by its devotees and patrons as “The Alleys”, Santee Alley boasts deals on every corner and is a fun outdoor bazaar type of place. It is really one alley, but a kind of windy seeminglynever-ending one, filled with knock off purses, fake makeup like Kylie Birthday Collection Palettes, colored contacts, cheap basics, and super cute clothes similar to what you can find at any ‘regular’ store like Forever 21.
This place is great for crafting excellent Halloween costumes or event/festival outfits on a budget and cheap band t shirts too. Bootlegged DVDs can be found but I can’t vouch for their quality. In terms of knockoff purses, wallets, etc. the quality is basically the same as that of any other polyurethane handbag or accessory. The best makeup item I’ve tried from alley shops is eyeliner. That’s pretty much a foolproof buy. Another great reason to come here is to find accessories for your pups and pets like travel bags, costumes, outfits, leashes, etc.
Buy at your own risk! I think if you’re looking for something trendy or an outfit for an event you’ll only wear a few times, by all means come and shop here, you won’t be dissapointed.
Outlet malls and shopping centers, my favorite being the Camarillo Outlets, are filled to the brim with undiscovered designer treasures at a seriously discounted price.
When everything you could need in your closet and home is up to 70℅ it’s hard not to leave with a full trunk of goodies.
This place runs the gamut from Forever 21 and Gap to Nike, Calvin Klein, Tory Burch, and Theory. My tips: leave early and with a full stomach. You’re bound to spend many hours here as there is plenty to sift through.
I hope you enjoyed my tips and they’ll help you get your fall/winter wardrobe ready! I for one am beyond excited for the return of fall layers and boots all day every day.
Love you guys!