I always love my makeup when I apply a really great primer or serum to my skin before my foundation, I find that by using the right one it can make everything look and apply ten times better.
My latest love is the Idealia Life Serum from Vichy, not only does it look beautiful on my dressing table in its pearly pink and silver packaging, it actually improves my skins appearance and condition.

This is a serum designed to tighten pores and refine the texture of the skin. It's great for older skin as it claims to make skin appear younger, healthier and more radiant. Great for me, it is suitable for all skin types including sensitive skin and although I've read this on products which have caused my skin to feel sore or tight, this is really gentle and refreshing when applied.

I find that it leaves my skin feeling really fresh and moisturised and although it leaves a really glowy finish to the skin (which is one of my favourite things about it), it still sinks into the skin quickly and doesn't leave a sticky finish, it actually leaves an almost velvety finish to the skin, which is brilliant for applying my makeup to.
It's quite a watery gel consistency, and a little goes a very long way. Using the really handy dispenser pump (which never causes me to use more than I intend to) I only need one pump for my face and I can tell it's the kind of product that will go on forever.

My skin seems to glow through my foundation when I use this, which is a look I always aim to achieve this time of year. I don't think you can beat fresh faced skin contrasted with a matte lip for Winter. I've even been using a tiny bit on top of my foundation, applied with my little finger on my brow bone and cheek bones just to add a little extra radiance - it beats glittery powder highlighters for me!

Although it's not actually a primer, I really do think that it makes a difference to the longevity of my makeup. There's something about it that helps my foundation stay put and look as good by the end of the day as it does when it's freshly applied.

This is definitely a winner for me, I'm really looking forward to trying more skincare from Vichy soon.
Screen Shot 2014 09 21 at 11 01 03