Get Bronzed And Beautiful!

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Summer is officially over. I am sure a lot of you got a great tan and hate to see the color fade away. You can still keep your sun-kissed look, and appear to live in a world where it’s always hot, and you’ve always got a glow. No, I’m not talking about self-tanning, or tanning beds, I’m talking about using bronzer to keep your skin looking like you’ve been in the sun.

It took me awhile to get used to using bronzer. I have an olive tone to my skin and keep a decent color year-round. I always thought it would look too orange on me if I used a bronzer…really, I thought it would look too orange on anyone to use a bronzer, but if you find the right one, it can be subtle and beautiful. So, I thought I would share with you my favorite bronzers.

1. Warm Bronze Mineral Powder by Laura Mercier.

This is a loose bronzer that has a great color to it…not too dark and not too light. I think this is a very flattering bronzer for all skin tones. Use it as a blush, or use it on the areas on your face where the sun naturally hits to give your skin some color…top of the forehead, down the nose, and along the cheeks. This is such a generous size product, and it seems like bronzers in loose powder form last forever.

2. Warmth by Bare Minerals.

Another loose mineral bronzer, Warmth is a very popular product from the Bare Escentuals line. If you use the Bare Minerals makeup, Warmth is a great finishing product to use. You apply it very lightly to your cheeks, or mix it in with your Bare Minerals foundation for an all-over glow.

3. MAC Mineralize Skin Finish in Comfort.

I love this bronzer so much, I use it almost every day. It’s a swirl of light and medium shade bronze colors that make your skin look like it’s glowing on the inside. What attracted me to this shade of bronzer was the ad campaign showing how it literally makes you look like you have a candle under your skin. Love it! It’s soft on your skin, and I love how it’s high in pigment, so you don’t have to apply a ton of product to get the desired effect. This one is a limited edition by MAC, so get it while you can! (If it’s already gone, my apologies…but it’s awesome, so good for me!)

4. One Hot Minute by Benefit.

Products from Benefit always have such catchy names. What’s so great is, even though they’re packaged very cute and the names make you laugh, the product is excellent and I love so many of their cosmetics. One Hot Minute is also a loose bronzer in a rose gold shade, and it comes with a really cute brush that looks like a fan to give you the best application. It’s not too shimmery, and it gives you a natural glow. Another one that’s going to last forever because it’s in loose form.

5. Pink Leopard Bronzer by Too Faced.

This is my new favorite bronzer! It’s been out for a while, but I just recently got my hands on it. It’s two different shades of bronzer with some pink thrown in the mix to really brighten up your look. It’s packaged very cute and the three colors are mixed together to resemble leopard spots, so it’s also a very fun product to use. Not just fun, but the great for highlighting and bronzing your face. The packaging will certainly catch your eye, and the results you will get are amazing.

So, those are my favorite bronzers. What about you, what are your favorites to use?

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Walgreens…The Poor Man’s Sephora

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I know so many people who have been hit financially with the economy recently. Most women I know refuse to give up their cosmetics, so this industry is still alive and kicking. But, even though we know we love our skin care, makeup, and fragrance, a lot of us have had to open our minds and start trying more affordable products. Enter Walgreens…what I now refer to as, The Poor Man’s Sephora.

You can get all the same stuff you have been buying at Sephora, or other specialty stores, at Walgreens…it’s just going to have a different name, and most important, a lower price. There is a Walgreens that just opened close to my house. A new store means an organized beauty department. Usually, I don’t look at makeup at places like Target, and especially Wal Mart, because it’s dirty and nothing has been restocked. I don’t know if it’s because the Walgreens is new, or if they are stepping it up to compete with others, but the Walgreens beauty department by my house has me hooked. You can find the latest in skin care, nail polish, makeup, skin care, hair care, body lotion…you name it. It’s all right there within your reach, not to mention your budget. Oh, and they actually have a person working there to answer your questions!

Even better? Something is always on sale! Seriously, when was the last time you went to Sephora to buy a lipstick from YSL and they told you it was buy one get one half off? Um, never! It doesn’t happen at places like that, because it doesn’t have to happen. Those luxury brands never go on sale…even when a color is being discontinued, it doesn’t go on sale, it just goes back to the company.

When one of my readers suggested I start doing Beauty On A Budget, I found myself at Walgreens and I found so many great finds. Wet N Wild has some great products, and most of them are only $1! L’oreal lipstick and gloss on sale for $5, Cover Girl Cosmetics were Buy One Get One 50% off. Neutrogena skin care on sale, Dove so cheap it’s a steal, Yes To Carrots at an affordable price, Burt’s Bees…Wow! I couldn’t believe how many lines they carried and how good the deals were. Not to mention their own bath line, Details (love it, by the way!). It got me thinking, if you’re on a budget, who needs Sephora? No, you won’t see the luxury lines, or have the makeup artists there to help you with colors, but you do have some great products available to you at excellent prices. And, there’s something to be said about being able to shop without 50 people in the store greeting you and asking you what you came in for today. You may get greeted by one or two people, but for the most part, you’re left alone and that can be such a blessing…especially after a long day of work!

If you compare the ingredients with department store products and drugstore products, a lot of it is the same. There are some products from specialty/department stores that I think nothing can replace, but perusing Walgreens lately has really opened my eyes to some great finds. Not to mention, it’s a lot easier on the wallet! Bad economy, or not, I refuse to give up my addiction to all things beauty, and now I don’t have to! So, let’s get coffee and then go to Walgreens!!

What do you think of Walgreens? Have you found some amazing products and deals there? I look forward to hearing your thoughts.

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Foundation Education

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I was asked recently, by one of my readers, why there are so many foundations to choose from and what are the differences in the numerous formulations. She’s right…with so many to choose from, it can be very overwhelming purchasing a foundation. It’s hard enough to match yourself if you are buying from a drugstore, but throw in all the different textures and coverage, it’s clear to see how you can get confused. Liquid, mineral, powder, airbrush…oh my! Here’s a rundown on different types of foundation and how they serve their purpose.

Liquid Foundation: This is probably the most common form of foundation, or maybe the oldest. This is the stuff we grew up with. A lot of different foundation types can fall into this category. Tinted moisturizer is the lightest of the liquid foundation family. It is perfect for those who posses a normal skin with few flaws (most of us are totally jealous, by the way) Tinted moisturizer will give you light coverage and hydrate your skin. Liquid foundations range from this form to full coverage. If you have oily skin, the best type of foundation to buy is one with normal coverage. Normal to dry skin will benefit from full coverage foundation. Try: Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer, Sephora Collection Hydrating Foundation, NARS Sheer Matte Foundation.

Cream To Powder Foundation: This is a foundation that could fall into two categories: liquid, or powder. So, instead of talking about it in both situations, I let it have special billing. Cream to powder foundation is pretty cool. It starts off as a liquid, but it dries to a powder and provides great coverage. It’s also great for oily skin, because it helps absorb oil and keep your skin looking matte most of the day. The great thing about cream to powder foundation is, you can skip applying powder if it’s part of your beauty routine. Try: Stila One Step Makeup, Urban Decay Surreal Skin Cream-To-Powder Foundation.

Powder Foundation: Powder foundation can come in two forms: loose powder, or pressed powder. Powder foundation, pressed or loose, is great for all skin types. Most powder foundations are buildable, which means the more you apply, the more coverage you will get. It’s great for covering up flaws and evening out skin tone. Try: Make Up For Ever Duo Mat Powder Foundation, Sephora Collection Matifying Compact Foundation.

Mineral Foundation: Not to be confused with powder foundation, mineral foundation is sweeping this category as one of the most popular foundations on the market right now. Mineral foundations are made of all natural ingredients, that are finely ground without any chemicals, preservatives, or dyes typically used in most foundations. Known to possess some great skin care benefits, mineral makeup can also be applied to create a natural look with a sheer application, or it can give you full coverage. It’s great for all skin types, and people either love it or hate it. I used to hate it, until I learned how to use it properly, but now I love it. It gives my skin a natural finish and hides what I need it to hide. Try: Bare Escentuals Mineral Makeup, Mary Kay Mineral Powder Foundation.

Airbrush Foundation: What is airbrush foundation? I am asked this quite a bit. It is exactly what it sounds like. It is foundation that is applied to the skin with an airbrush for a flawless, “airbrushed” finish. It’s perfect for special occasions, like weddings or pageants, but they’re so accessible now, you can use them every day. Once you learn how to apply it, it won’t take any more time that applying any of the other foundations. The only drawback: it’s an investment to start. Adding to it with refills of your foundation isn’t too expensive, but plan on spending a couple hundred dollars initially. You can also get spray foundation that comes in a can, but gives you the look of airbrush foundation. Try: Temptu, Dior Airflash Spray Makeup.

Well, there’s your Foundation Education for the day. What brand of foundation do you use? What is your favorite formulation? I look forward to your response.

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Beauty On A Budget…e.l.f.

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The first time I heard about e.l.f., also known as Eyes Lips Face, was by a very excited phone call from someone telling me that Nordstrom bought out this company and has to sell all the stock with the e.l.f. name on it and you can stock up for only a dollar! There was such urgency, I had to check it out. I found their website and started shopping! But, as I was shopping around and frantically adding things to my cart so I wouldn’t miss out on a sale, I noticed that their site was going strong and there was no breaking news banner announcing this big deal with Nordstrom. So I started Googling. (God, I love Google!) Come to find out, it’s a scam…some mass email was going out to people saying this, and there was never any truth to it according to Nordstrom. I don’t know why it started, some think it was being used to phish information from people, but it just wasn’t true. Did I want to try this makeup still? Yes, I was curious, but now that I knew there wasn’t some big rush, I calmly deleted my shopping cart and decided to wait for another time.

Another time came just a few weeks ago. I like finding bargain products, I like finding any products, and trying them out to review. The first time I did Beauty On A Budget, Wet ‘N Wild was the star of the show because I got almost everything I tried for a dollar. e.l.f. is also known for having almost everything in their line priced at $1. Can’t beat that. I decided to give it a shot and see if it’s decent quality. I ordered a dozen products for $18.95. Each product was $1 and shipping was $6.95.

I went overboard on lipgloss…oops! I couldn’t help myself. The Hypershine lip gloss is identical to Stila Lip Glaze in the packaging. Same size, shape, and method of delivery. But, does it stand up to Stila? The answer to that is, yes! I was so impressed with this lip gloss. In my experience, cheap lip gloss is just that…cheap. It’s either way too sticky or feels like you’re putting oil on your lips because there is no consistency. This stuff is absolutely fantastic! While it does have a light scent to it, it does not have any kind of flavor to it, which I prefer. So many lip glosses have a little sweetness to them and that seems to make me lick my lips all the time. e.l.f. Hypershine gloss is awesome, and I’ll be getting more…when I can justify it!

I bought a couple of face products, too. Shimmering Facial Whip, All Over Color Stick, and Natural Radiance Blush. The All Over Color Stick is a good multitasker. It can be used as a bronzer, an eyeshadow, or a lipstick. It has a good consistency and doesn’t feel sticky. The same can be said with the Shimmering Facial Whip. It serves the same purpose as the All Over Color Stick, but it’s in a liquid form instead of solid. These two products are kind of an add-on, that you would use to highlight certain features…a finishing touch. I generally don’t use products like that, but I wanted to try something new, and at a dollar each, why not! The Natural Radiance Blush is nothing to write home about…so I won’t. Let me just say the color in the container was not what showed up on my face…barely anything showed up, so that tells me there isn’t much pigment there. Not worth it.

I ordered for lips, I ordered for face, and since this line is called Eyes Lips Face, I figured I better get some products for the eyes. I’ll be up front here and tell you this category of products disappointed me the most. I got an eyeshadow quad, a cream eyeshadow duo, a waterproof eye liner pen, a white eyeliner, and a mascara duo that sported regular mascara on one end, and waterproof mascara on the other end. The eyeshadow, much like the blush, was not true to the color at all. It stayed on through the day ok, but it really didn’t look like I had any on. The cream eyeshadow wasn’t true to the color at all…it was only ok. The waterproof eyeliner was hard to apply. It looks like a felt tip pen, but the tip on this was hard and it dragged at my eyes when I applied it. The same can be said for the white eyeliner. The biggest disappointment of all was the mascara. I applied and applied and applied and it looked like I wasn’t wearing any.

Bottom line? Stay away from the eye products, play with the face products, and stock up on the lip products! Have you tried e.l.f.? What are your thoughts on this product line? Can’t wait to hear!

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Summer-Proof Your Look

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Summer is just around the corner! The time for outside activities is upon us; bbq parties, swimming, hiking, etc. A lot of people I know hesitate to even apply makeup or do their hair for certain activities throughout this time of year because, what’s the point when it all melts off after an hour? How frustrating is it when you spend all the time you do to get ready and look gorgeous just to have it wilt away faster than it took to apply? Well, my first rule of thumb for this time of year is, don’t go outside! It’s too hot and sticky and, unless I am being fanned by a fig leaf pool-side, than I prefer to stay inside. But, that’s the Princess in me talking. If you MUST go outside, and I know most of you must, there are ways to keep your beautiful self looking beautiful.

Summer-Proof Skin: Your skin care routine doesn’t need to change too much in the summer. You may want to switch to a lighter moisturizer and save the heavier creams for winter, or use at night. Lighten up on products containing AHA’s or retinol, as these ingredients make your skin very sensitive in the sun, and more prone to burning. Also, use a good SPF that’s waterproof to ensure maximum protection for your skin.

Summer-Proof Makeup: One of the most important steps in applying your makeup, is to first wait until your skin has fully absorbed your skin care products. If you start applying makeup when it’s still damp from moisturizer or SPF, you’re going to have a mess on your hands. Always start with a primer to make sure your foundation has something to grab onto. Without a primer, your makeup will soak right into your skin. Switch to a lightweight liquid or powder foundation, or a tinted moisturizer. Eye makeup is another one that’s tough to keep in place on hot days. Make sure to use an eyeshadow primer before you apply your shadows. A good one will make sure the colors stay with you all day. I like Shadow Insurance by Too Faced. For eyeliner, I really like Aqua Eyes by Make Up For Ever. It truly stays put through heat and humidity. Waterproof mascara is going to be your best bet this time of year. If you’re not using one now and you don’t need one, then don’t worry about it. But, if you find that your mascara starts to smear  if you start to sweat, then go waterproof. There are so many to choose from out there, I can’t even begin to name good ones…this will last forever if I do that. Avoid using mascara on your lower lashes if you still smudge with waterproof. Use a cheek stain for your blush instead of powder, it will last much longer on a hot day. Set your makeup with a setting spray and you’ll be good to go.

Summer-Proof Hair: Just as it’s important to protect our skin in the sun, protecting your hair is a must-do as well. Try switching your products up for the summer. Instead of using products that add shine and volume, switch to shampoo and conditioner that will add moisture. Avoid heat styling during the summer as much as possible. If you’re outdoors a lot, the sun is going to be doing enough possible damage; using a blow dryer or any kind of styling tool is only going to cause more damage. Give your hair a vacation from the heat styling! Start playing around with your natural texture and find some cute styles that enhance what Mother Nature gave you. If you can, avoid coloring your hair in the summer, especially if you’re a sun lover. Color that’s exposed to too much sun is just going to fade fast. Keep up with regular trims to keep a healthy look and deep condition once a week. Play around with some cute up-dos or braids for a different look. If you’re really not sure what direction to go because you’ve never tried working with your natural texture, schedule a little extra time with your stylist so they can show you what will work best for you and keep it simple for you.

Those are some good suggestions to keep looking great all summer long. What about you? What do you do to keep looking fresh all summer? What products do you swear by in the summer?

I would like to wish you all a very safe, but fun-filled, Memorial Day Weekend. I’m sure you’ll all look fabulous while having fun!

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The Best Eyeshadow For You

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Seeing as how they come in every color of the rainbow, it’s no wonder people get overwhelmed when trying to choose the best shade of eyeshadow for their eyes. Most women I come across have pretty much just given up and they use beige and brown. Sure, you can get a nice, natural look with those neutrals, but let’s have some fun with color! Besides, why would all these companies make so many colors if no one could actually wear them? I have always loved eyeshadow and I think I own every color of the rainbow. I’ve learned that if you have brown eyes, and I do, you can wear just about any eyeshadow color out there. Works for me! That just gave me the excuse I need to keep on buying! So, what about blue, green or hazel eyes?

Got blue eyes? Whether they are pure blue, light blue or borderline gray, the best shade of eyeshadow to complement blue eyes is brown. Brown is a contrast color to blue and by wearing it, you will really bring out the color of your eyes. Also, charcoal, violet and rose are really pretty colors on blue eyes. Avoid blue eyeshadow for blue eyes. You don’t want the eyeshadow color contrasting with your eye color.

Green eyes? Finding someone with true green eyes is unusual. Green eyes are beautiful but most people with green eyes tend to get a little lost on choosing the right color. Classic shades are  best for green eyes. Brown, deep purple and plum and dark green. To really make the gold in your green eyes pop, use bronze for an evening look when you can wear a more dramatic eye. It looks beautiful on green eyes.

What about Hazel eyes? It’s hard to describe the exact color of hazel eyes. Some people with lighter brown eyes say their eye color is hazel while others with green eyes flecked with gold lay claim to hazel. Well, since it’s hard to define what exactly makes an eye color classify as hazel, it can be hard to decide what shadows will look best with this eye color. Since hazel eyes sometimes look brown and sometimes they look green, choose neutrals to bring out the beauty of this eye color. Dark browns and soft taupes will look really pretty on hazel eyes.

Brown eyes? The sky’s the limit!! Well, almost. Brown eyes come in many different shades of brown, ranging from light brown to almost black. Brown eyes are a great neutral color that can carry just about any shade of eyeshadow. But, avoid yellow and certain shades of pink. These can make you looked “washed out”.

These colors are a good guideline to help you when you are shopping for eyeshadow. Of course, your skin tone is going to help you make the final decision. Experiment with different colors to find the best shades for you and don’t be afraid to ask for help when you are shopping. The makeup artists I know in this industry are happy to help and passionate about makeup and truly want you to look your best.

A lot of makeup lines are coming out with palettes designed to complement different eye colors. These are a great way to experiment with different looks and your colors are already chosen for you.

Have you had a hard time finding the right eyeshadow for your eye color? What are your favorite shadows for your eye color? Favorite brands? I look forward to your response.

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Don’t Fear The Eyelash Curler

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What’s that funny looking thing that looks like scissor handles on one end and a torture device on the other end? Why, that would be an eyelash curler! For someone who loves adding a new step into her beauty routine, I have to admit, these things have scared the you-know-what out of me my whole life! They look awkward and intimidating and I swear they come to life and stare at you while you sleep! I’ve realized I feel this way about this device simply because the first time I picked it up to try it, I thought I knew what I was doing…well, I didn’t.

Not a fan of reading directions on something new, I had a bad experience the first time I used it. I mean, how hard can it be? You just stick your lashes in and squeeze the thing, right? The first time I tried it, I stuck my lashes in it, but I also got my eyelid in there. Anyone who has ever experienced the pain of pinching your eyelid with one of these things knows there is no way to really emphasize OUCH!!! That was enough to put me off the eyelash curler forever…well, not forever. The next time I picked up an eyelash curler, I decided I would probably get better control over getting my lashes in there if I put mascara on first. Again, I didn’t read directions…big no-no. Sure, I was able to get my lashes into the curler and see that it was just my lashes and not part of my eyelid, but after I squeezed the handle a few times and took the curler off my lashes, some of them were missing. It’s one thing to hide a thinning area of hair on our head, but I’ve never figured out how to do a comb-over with my lashes.

A few years ago I was getting my makeup done and the makeup artist went to use an eyelash curler on me. Here is was, this torture device coming near my eye! I panicked, I freaked…once I wrestled her to the ground and got the thing out of her hand, she calmed me down and explained the proper way to use it.

Always curl your lashes BEFORE applying mascara. Open the curler all the way, insert lashes and center them. Once centered, make sure you don’t feel the curler all the way on your eyelid…this is where the pinching happens. Gently squeeze down with the curler and hold for about 30 seconds. Bend your wrist up a little and turn curler in towards your eyelid, and pump the handle gently. Repeat on the other eye and there you have it, beautiful lashes! Once you have mastered this technique, you will see what a difference it makes when you apply mascara! Your lashes will look longer and your eyes will look brighter.

A couple eyelash curlers I have finally embraced: Tweezerman Pro Curler is a really nice one to get started with. It comes with refill pads, which should be changed out every 6 months. Another favorite, and probably the most popular one on the market is the Shu Uemura eyelash curler. This one only comes with one refill pad that should be changed after 6 months and then the whole device should be changed after one year, they do not sell refill pads. Both of these curler are around $19. Shu Uemura also makes a mini eyelash curler that is about half the size of the regular one. That is also a good one to get started with because it gives you a little more control and allows you to curl your lashes in sections instead of all at once. (I’m trying to figure out a way to spell out Shu Uemura to sound it out and I can’t come up with anything. It was hard for me to learn how to say it right, so ask someone who knows how to say it and then practice it!)

What about you? Do you use an eyelash curler or are you afraid of it? Have you had a bad or funny experience with one? What is your favorite one to use? I look forward to hearing your experiences on this subject.

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The Purpose of Primer

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We all know the purpose of using primer when we’re painting is to make sure the paint adheres better, even out the surface, increase the durability of the paint and to provide additional protection to the surface that is being painted. Hmmm…same points apply when you’re using a makeup primer. Primer helps to even out your skin tone, Hold your make up in place so it doesn’t come off as easy and it helps to smooth the surface of your skin for better application and stay power.

Why are there so many of them to choose from? It’s not just that every makeup line out there now has one, it’s that some of them have more than one to choose from, so what’s the deal? What are they all for and how do you decide which one is right for you? Well, there are many because our skin issues are many. If you have never used a primer and you have never had any problems with your makeup providing you the right coverage or not staying on all day, you’re lucky, and you probably don’t need to add this step into your daily routine. But for the rest of us…

You apply your makeup primer after your moisturizer and right before your foundation. The most popular primers are either silicone based or cream based. The silicone based ones are just like a gel that glide over your skin and feel like silk.  A couple great ones to try are Smashbox and Tarte. Cream primers feel like a very light lotion. Once applied, let it absorb into your skin and then apply your makeup like usual. I like Laura Mercier foundation primer and Makeup Forever primer; these are cream based.

So, why all the colors? If you’re shopping around you might notice not just a primer, but primers that come in colors. And these aren’t foundation colors they are coming in, we’re talking shades of the rainbow! Why would I put a green primer on my face? You might be surprised to learn that these bright colors can help tone down skin problems.

Here’s what I’ve learned about the base color in the world of primer: Green will help minimize redness. A green based primer is ideal for skin dealing with rosacea. Pink and purple based primer will brighten up a sallow complexion. Blue primer adds radiance to fair skin. Yellow based primer lightens up darker complexions. Bronze based primer is great for combating ashy-ness in skin and adding a warm glow. A lot to choose from, but don’t be intimidated. The color you see in the bottle is NOT going to be the color you see on your face. They are very sheer and lightweight and will help correct multiple skin issues and make your foundation look amazing!

What about eye and lip primer? They are designed to do the same thing that foundation primer does. I had a favorite eye shadow primer (see my post “Discontinued” for that debacle) but it went away and now I’m still on the hunt for a new one. One very popular one is by Urban Decay. It’s a cream based primer that you apply to your eyelids, let it absorb and your shadow is set for the day. A new one on the market now is Stay, Don’t Stray from Benefit. I am in the process of trying this one on for size and I’ll be reviewing it soon. I think eye shadow primer is a must-have! I love eye shadow and I really hate it when it creases. As for lip primer…I’ll be honest, I haven’t tried it so I don’t know if it’s necessary or not. Most lip sticks and glosses are made to last now, so I’ve never felt I’ve needed to prime my pucker.

What about you? Do you use makeup, eye or lip primer? If so, what are your favorites? I look forward to your thoughts on this subject.

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Mineral Makeup…Must Have or Messy?

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Move over liquid foundation, there’s a new kid in town and she’s not going anywhere! I’m talking about mineral makeup. If you’re wondering what that is, I’m wondering where you’ve been, but I’ll tell you. It’s foundation that looks like loose powder but it’s made from crushed minerals without any of the chemicals, dyes, and preservatives found in traditional makeup. What I thought would be a trend in cosmetics, is practically exploding in the beauty industry. A lot of the brands claim better skin health with prolonged use of mineral makeup. It seems there is no gray area with mineral makeup…you either love it or hate it.

I used to hate it. I tried Sheer Cover about 6 years ago and I absolutely hated it. What claimed to be for all skin types made my oily skin feel like it had 2 times more oil on it about an hour after I had it on. I passed this product on. (I would later find out that I just never gave it a chance.) I would still hear raves about this stuff, but I had no interest in trying it ever again, until I had no choice. I was out of foundation and I was using a liquid one from Mary Kay that I really liked. Good coverage, didn’t make my skin feel like it had “gunk” all over it. I called my Mary Kay consultant and she was out of my liquid foundation, but she had their new mineral foundation and she thought I should give it a try. I was very hesitant because I had convinced myself I hated it. She assured me I could return it if I wasn’t happy with it. So, I gave in. The first week or so I didn’t really care for it, but I started to notice something after about a month. My skin wasn’t breaking out like it used to and the only thing new I had added to my regime was the mineral makeup. Hmmm…maybe this stuff is really miraculous?

People tell me a lot that the reason they hate mineral makeup is that it’s way too messy and leaves powder all over everything. Well, the first rule in using it is if you see a powder cloud when you’re putting it on your brush, you are using way too much…yes you are….YES, you are! I would have to say that 90% of the products I buy claim a little goes a long way. This is very true with the mineral makeup. You tap a little into the lid of the container and move the brush in circles on the lid so the makeup can really get down into the bristles of the brush. Then you hold it, bristles up, and tap the side of it against the lid to ensure it all got worked into the brush. Then you buff the brush in circular motions over your face. The more you buff, the more you get the foundation on your skin. Most of these products come with instructions, so really pay attention to them so you know you’re using it right. I usually find, if I hate a product, it’s because I’ve been using it wrong. Once educated on something, chances are you’ll love it!

Bare Escentuals is probably the most popular of the mineral makeup. Once I ran out of my Mary Kay mineral makeup, which took over a year, I turned to Bare Escentuals and I see the hype now. I still get some breakouts on my skin, but this product has really helped clear some things up. About time…I’ve been fighting breakouts my whole life it seems. Bare Escentuals has so much to choose from in their line. Blush, eye shadow, mineral veil, warmth etc.. I used to steer clear of the eye shadow because I didn’t think working with loose shadow would be easy. I got over myself and gave it a try and I love it. They have so many colors to choose from and I want them all!

I think once you figure out how to work the product, you will see what I see. Mineral Makeup…definitely a must have! Do you love it or are you still not convinced? Tell me about your experience with mineral makeup, I love getting comments and opinions from my readers!

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