Since I have combination skin with occasional dry patchiness, I tend to lean toward the smoother, pore filling types of primers. My skin is also sensitive to different chemicals and ingredients found in foundations. I haven’t quite figured out which ones yet but every time I didn’t use a primer in the past or forgot to put one on, I’d have a breakout. I highly recommend using some kind of skin primer before adding makeup to create a barrier between it and your skin.

There are lots of primers on the makeup market and no shortage of choice. The key is figuring out which ones you do/don’t need and which ones are most compatible with the foundation you’re wanting to wear at the time. I wrote a post some time ago explaining the differences between natural and pore filling primers. You can find that post by searching “Primer” in the left hand corner on the HOME page if you need to.

Primers not only protect your skin but some promote healthy skin as well. Some can be used as general moisturizers and can be worn by themselves on a daily bases. Natural finish primers are great for natural finish foundation so skin gives a naturally glowing and healthy skin look. Primers are known to help your foundation stay put.

Here are some of my current favorite Primers and small description of why I like each one and what foundations I use with them.

Elf Poreless Primer
Price: $6-$10 Depending on bottle size. Available at local Walmarts, Targets and Drugstores.

Slightly moisturizing and effective against natural oil in the face. Creates a smooth surface and you don’t have to use very much. General lasting power between 3-4 hours before having to completely reset your foundation. Is a cheaper way to get a great look but do NOT expect this primer to last all day without resetting.

Hard Candy Longwear 12 Hour Primer
Price: $7-$8 Depending on where you purchase from. Available online and at local Walmart locations.

Is thicker and will need to dry down. Wait 2-4 minutes after applying this primer before applying your foundation to get the best result. Is really effective and holds makeup in place well. Similar to MAC primer as far as the hold goes and will feel sticky at first.

Maybelline Facestudio Master Prime 050
Price: $8-$15 Depending on where you purchase locally. Available online and any store location selling Maybelline’s Brand.

Is a natural finish primer. Is hydrating and geared toward wearing light to medium coverage foundation. Looks great under BB and CC Creams. Can be worn alone. Has a lotion like feel and texture and gives a natural glow.

Stay tuned for more information on primers! Be sure to connect with me on Instagram: @cici_heranpark

Here is a skincare combo that those with eczema, dry skin and hyper-pigmentation should know about and consider. Lots of beauty lovers have heard of skincare essences but don’t know about the benefits. I’ll be explaining the benefits of using these particular products and touching on the antibacterial properties associated with them. The best part is that these Everyday Essence Organics products are natural and don’t contain harsh chemicals.

I have been using the Skin Therapy Platinum Cream two to three times a week for the last 4 to 6 weeks consistently. Prior to that, I had been having breakouts at least once a month for various reasons. They’d surface after touching my face a lot, switching makeup products, living in the city, diet, hormonal changes etc. No matter how much I cleaned my face or with what, I’d still have a pesky breakout.

After trying the Shilajit Anti-Aging Vitamin Mist I knew that this had to be the reason that I hadn’t been having breakouts like before, currently. I would have the minimum being a bump or pimple here and there but no massive gathering in any one are that I had to concentrate on. I think the best way to use these products is directly after cleansing like I have since late October. I like wearing it overnight so that it soaks into my skin. I’d occasionally spray my pillow as well with this essence.

Colloidal Silver

Colloidal Silver helps disinfect the skin. It is also said to help with Rosacea, Diabetes and several other skin related conditions. This cream left my skin feeling very smooth in the morning with the tied ingredient of Shilajit in it with a combination of 85 ionic vitamins and minerals together. I had success using the Skin Therapy Platinum Cream resulting in less patchiness and dryness on my eyelids and brows.


I have actually written about Shilajit before. It’s quite often associated with another name, Fulvic Acid. It’s a type of tar that can be found in different mountains and is a natural antioxidant. This is also found floating around in these two products along with other vitamins to help restore your skin to it’s best.

*Disclamer: The photos were taken at two different times. The lighting looks different in the two pictures above but have not been altered in any way. You can see where the hyper-pigmentation began to break up more around the jawline in the second photo. The skin closer to the chin and mouth areas are definitely less patchy.

I give the combination two thumbs up because of the results. I do see how effective they are especially together. I do see some reversal of the hyper-pigmentation that I have and how they help amplify your natural glow. I think they do help the overall health of your skin. The best part is that they don’t have the stinky chemical smell and aren’t harsh at all.

I encourage anyone that prefers natural skincare and has dry skin/eczema to try these products out. It could also be a great natural alternative for diabetics that cannot use traditional lotions sold in store but please consult with your doctors about the ingredients before giving it a try to be sure. You can find both of these products on Everyday Essence Oraganic’s website along with more information regarding their benefits.

You can visit the website by clicking the GREEN links in the paragraphs or visit them on Instagram: @everydayessenceorganics

If you have never heard of this New York based salon please go check out ECRU New York.  They have some awesome Holiday Gift Sets available now called the Simply Glamorous Holiday Sets. They are perfect high quality product bundles for that special friend or family member that was #BornInTheSalon!

I recently received both Holiday Gift sets and loved them. The Simply Glamorous Beauty Essentials Set comes with the Red Velvet Lipstick and Runway Lash Mascara. While the Simply Glamorous Hair Essentials Set comes with one full size Volumizing Silk Mist and Silk Nectar Serum. Both sets come a pretty mesh black beauty bag.

Simply Glamorous Holiday Hair Essentials

The two I like most are the Runway Lash Mascara ant the Silk Nectar Serum. I used both the Lipstick and Mascara in my recent Holiday Makeup Tutorial on YouTube. Beyond the beauty and hair products this Salon offers Hair Classes designed for those wanting to learn cutting, styling and texture. Be sure to peek in at their line of hair tools and check their Fashion Week Highlights to see their creative catwalk looks on the runway.

Simply Glamorous Holiday Beauty Essentials

ECRU New York offers several colors in this lipstick. All four products have a very silky smooth texture. Even the mascara was impressive because it didn’t dry rock hard like most mascara’s leaving them stiff. The Silk Nectar Serum seemed to smooth out my naturally curly, frizzy hair and helped protect against heat damage. I applied a small amount before and after flat ironing it and it remained same sort of soft for about three days.

If you click on the links on this page each one will direct you to ECRU NY and the YouTube Videos related to their brand, products and services. You can also find these products on both our Instagram pages. Simply hit the Instagram button in the left panel and look for the pictures above. Direct links below as well.

*These products were sponsored by ECRU New York but all thoughts are my own.