I love brands with a good back story, and it doesn’t get much better than Harvey Prince. Here’s the Cliff’s Notes version: brothers Shaan Hathiramani and Raj Hathiramani create a scent for their mother; mom loves scent; scent explodes into an international fragrance business. Sheesh, the best present I ever gave my mom was an iPad.
Beyond making legions of kids feel like inadequate parental parent-gifters, Harvey Prince is all about creating functional fragrances. (Read: scents that do more than smell nice.) Their first creation, Ageless, features notes designed to make you feel more youthful; Eau Flirt sneakily includes ingredients proven to attract the opposite sex; and Hello has layers of optimistic citrus and florals.
I have a tough confession to make as a beauty editor: I am the worst when it comes to putting on eye makeup. (I prefer trying new hairdos or fiddling around with eye creams, thanks.) As much as I love smoky eyes, all those brushes and shadows intimidate me, so I mostly stick with a quick application of liquid liner and mascara. When I do experiment with shadow, it can get pretty ugly. Since I have a monolid (a.k.a no crease), any shadow I put on in the morning tends to smudge and fade into one giant muddy splotch by lunchtime. Now, after bugging the makeup artists on our video shoots for some solid advice, I finally figured out what I’ve been doing wrong: I haven’t been using an eyelid primer.
Enter theBalm’s Put a Lid On It, a quick-dry primer that has made all the difference for my smoky eyes—and which some of you will be receiving in your Birchbox this month! I know, it sounds like I’m exaggerating, but here’s some photographic proof to see just how stark the difference is when you use an eye primer and when you don’t: