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Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer

Coola Dawn Patrol Classic Makeup Primer Spf 30

I discovered a new favorite makeup primer lately. It’s so perfect and just what I’ve always wanted in a makeup primer. Is it lightweight? Check. Has Spf? Check. Does it smell good? Yep. Does it make your makeup last longer? Oh yeah! Vegan? Definitely. Organic? You bet. Is it from Coola? You guessed it right.



Coola Dawn Patrol Classic Makeup Primer Spf 30


Just like Nars and YSL beauty products, there isn’t a Coola product that I didn’t like. I love how there’s an element of care and thoughtfulness in their products. They’re cruelty-free, vegan and organic. You can only hope that most products nowadays should be made like that, but nope. Fortunately, Coola is around and you know that you’re getting a quality product with their sunscreens, primers and BB creams. This Coola Dawn Patrol Classic Makeup Primer Spf 30 is no different. Just like their Rosilliance BB Cream (reviewed HERE), this primer is simply amazing. I’m all about products that protect the skin, so anything with added Spf is a major plus for me, especially when I might have forgotten to apply either a moisturizer or a foundation. With that, a good primer with Spf add-on is a health saver. Unfortunately, that’s kinda hard to come by. Even the most popular brand of makeup primers doesn’t even add any Spf to most of their products.


Coola Dawn Patrol Classic Makeup Primer Spf 30

Coola Dawn Patrol Classic Makeup Primer Spf 30 review


What I like a lot about this transparent Dawn Patrol Makeup Primer is the scent. Most primers smell like silicon, but this one smells like Honeysuckle, Iris, and Lily. Slightly grassy too. The scent is never boring and the texture is silky smooth. A lot smoother than Smashbox’s. It feels very lightweight and hydrating at the same time. I love that it blurs my pores and it makes my foundation look even smoother. It may have a very slight silicon feel to it, but it doesn’t pill and it doesn’t irritate the skin. I swear, this is probably the best makeup primer I’ve ever tried. You will never notice the smell of sunscreen in this.


Coola Dawn Patrol Classic Makeup Primer Spf 30


Another thing I enjoyed is that for 1 oz bottle at $42, you’ll get a lot of product in its glass packaging. Love the pump release for mess-free application. This will definitely last a long time and is a good investment if you’re a fan of makeup primers like me. On top of that, this is such a time-saver if you’re prone to skipping steps in your makeup application. Would I say that this is better than the classic Smashbox Photofinish Primer? Hmmm, let’s see… With the nice scent, smooth texture, practical sleek packaging, and added Spf, oh yeah, this is definitely a winner, no doubt.


coola makeup primer


The Coola Dawn Patrol Makeup Primer Spf 30 is available at Sephora and Ulta.


(Disclosure: Product sample provided by Coola. The reviews, photos, and opinions herein are solely mine)


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Sephora Play! April 2017 Box

Sephora Play! April 2017 Box Contents


Hi Readers! Just got my Sephora Play! subscription box for this month of April and there’s a couple of interesting stuff in there, although they’re not totally impressive in my opinion. I think last month’s box was better since there were new and interesting products to try. This month’s box is themed “Step It Up”. Not sure what that really means, but probably to step up your beauty or skin care regimen. Speaking of skincare, there’s definitely a couple of skin care products thrown in for this month’s box and a few products that we are all too familiar with.


Let’s take a look.


Sephora Play! April 2017 Box smashbox primer, sephora makeup remover, Peter Thomas Roth cloud cream, make up for ever aqua xl eyeliner, Kate somerville exfolikate intensive exfoliator review


  1. Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment (0.5 oz: $24, 2 oz: $85, 5 oz: $175)– This pine-scented exfoliator has micro particles and it feels sort of mild on the face, even though it’s a clinical-strength product. It has fruit enzymes and an overall great in-home exfoliator. I love it quite a lot, I think it works really well to keep my skin renewed and I didn’t break out so far. I would love to purchase this in large size soon.
  1. Sephora Collection Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover (1.69 oz: $7.50, 4.2 oz: $11, 6.76 oz: $15)– Very very similar to Clinique Take The Day Off, but a lot oilier. It does remove the eye makeup well but it also kinda burns, unlike Clinique’s. It’s meant to be a waterproof eye makeup remover with lash-strengthening vitamins but it’s hard to love this when it stings on the eyes. However, this is great as an overall waterproof makeup remover (on the face) for anyone with dry skin, and also comes in affordable price tags.
  1. Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Cream (1.6 oz: $52) – I really like this moisturizer. It has the right amount of creaminess and it moisturizes my skin very well, even for a long time. I love that it has a combination of two great humectants; ceramides and hyaluronic acid. My face feels really smooth with this and my skin absorbs this easily. Great for use at night time as well.
  1. Marc Jacobs Daisy Eau de Toilette (Travel size 0.24 oz: $27, Standard size 1.7 oz; $80, 3.4 oz: $100) – A lot of us are familiar with this particular scent. I, for one loves this specific fragrance. Described as the scent closest to the very popular Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb by others, but for me this MJ Daisy is much fresher and a lot younger. I was never really a fan of the Flowerbomb scent even if I tried to love it several times, I thought it was too heavy, too sweet, and just simply didn’t work for my body chemistry. Daisy is one of my personal fave indeed. I even keep a large bottle in my vanity.
  1. Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer (Travel size 0.50 oz: $16, Value size 1.7 oz: $49, Standard size 1.0 oz: $36) – I’m pretty sure most of us have this in our stash, right? The good ol’ legendary Smashbox Primer, always a go to and always a cult-favorite. It keeps our makeup in place and makes it last forever. I love this iconic primer before, and I still love it now. Nuff said.
  1. Make Up For Ever Aqua XL Eye Pencil Waterproof Eyeliner (0.04 oz for $21) – Budge-proof? Hell yeah! This eyeliner is great for waterlines, upper lids, and for cat eyes. It can even create a smudged effect but still it won’t transfer once set. I love how easy the formula glides on the skin while being mild and waterproof at the same time. Definitely a new eyeliner worth to try.


Sephora Play! April 2017 Box Contents


Favorites: Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment, Make Up For Ever Aqua XL Eye Pencil Waterproof Eyeliner and Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Cream.


What’s your favorite product in this month’s Sephora Play!?


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