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Friday, August 15, 2014

How to Really Get Your Makeup Done in 5 Minutes

The secret to getting your makeup look done and out the door in 5 minutes is to use multi-taskers like ones that are tinted. Since you don’t have to be as precise with tinted versions, time is on your side. Here are some in each category you should cover in order to at least look polished.  

First up is a Tinted Moisturizer or tinted BB Cream. They can be applied with your fingers or a sponge and not only are they usually available in quite a few shades but they give just a hint of tint so you don’t have to worry about overdoing it. And some even come with a built-in SPF, so you’re saving a few extra seconds on your routine right there! Here are some I recommend:  

1. PIXI BEAUTY H2O Skintint $24/1.18oz @

2. BEAUTY ADDICTS Mineral SheerTINT $32/1.25oz @

3. MAYBELLINE Dream Pure BB 8-IN-1 Beauty Balm Skin Clearing Perfector $8.99/1oz @ and <--- this is a good one too if you are prone to acne.

4. TOO FACED Tinted Beauty Balm SPF 20 $34/1.5oz @ and

Just remember that if you do choose one that doesn’t contain sunscreen, make sure you apply some before one of these. 


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Friday, February 08, 2013

Get Luminized with bareMinerals and IT Cosmetics

How are you with applying face highlighters? You know, a little above the cheekbones, under the brows, down the center of the nose, in the cleavage. Here are two I’m recommending if you want to add them to your beauty regime. And these especially look nice in an evening look.

Bare-Minerals-Secret-Radiance-and-IT-Cosmetics-Hello-Light-Illuminating-PowderBARE ESCENTUALS bareMinerals Secret Radiance All-Over Face Color ($19/.85g @ – From the Remix Collection, this one has a golden hue to it to really give you a luminescent look. And I like that it’s buildable.

And they also just came out with a Buxom Divine Goddess Luminzer if you like a non-powder version. Only available @ sephora for $28.

IT COSMETICS Hello Light Powder Illuminizer ($24 @ – Yes, this is a nice pressed luminizer and all but I don’t think the brand can put out a product without incorporating anti-aging ingredients … and that’s a good thing, right? But since this feature is about how a product performs, know that the formula infuses micronized pigments of light to blur those imperfections and it does it well. *sigh* Brill!

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

Cover FX Gets Pressed with Their Mineral Foundation

Cover-FX-Pressed-Mineral-FoundationNew from the COVER FX line is their Pressed Mineral Foundation and this is only the second press mineral foundation I have ever tried, so I guess it’s hard to make a mineral foundation powder in a press form … or am I reading too much into this?!

Anyway, I just love the coverage I get from mineral foundations and a pressed formula is much more convenient to tote around than the loose version.

And is it shallow to be in love with the application sponge? Love when a company splurges in this department!

This pressed one is a medium to full coverage and is available in 24 different shades and you can find your perfect match just by knowing what your undertones are (google it) and then use that info to find your shade: P = Pink, N = Neutral and G = Golden. I think that if there is any part of beauty that is confusing, it’s the whole, “What are your undertones?” part but once you have that down, the rest is pretty easy. $35 @ and

Thursday, November 29, 2012

2012 Holiday Pick - Bare Escentuals A Vision in Velvet

There’s nothing I love more than eye shadow and when I saw this collection, I knew it was a must have for any mineral makeup lovers on your list.

What it is: BARE ESCENTUALS A Vision in Velvet is 20 pots of eye shadow in a sleeve.

Why I like it: What’s not to like? And I love the size of each pot as the .28g of color is not an overwhelming amount but more than enough to try out each color quite a few times.

Price: $79 @ – that’s $3.95 a pot.  

Want to see the whole thing and what colors are in it? Click after the jump!


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Friday, August 31, 2012

Bare Escentuals Takes A Stab at Solid Mineral Foundation

I wonder what the BARE ESCENTUALS stats are like when it comes to their signature foundation. Like 1 in 10 women wear bareMinerals Foundation. I’m sure they have done studies but now they’ve upped the anti with their new READY SPF 20 Foundation. It’s their first foray into a solid mineral foundation and I’m liking it so far. And obviously this one is sooo much easier to tote around in your purse!

The powder contains a SeaNutritive Mineral Complex, which is made up of major antioxidants like vitamins A, C and E as well as rose hip see oil. It also has a unique time-released hydration system so it won’t settle into lines and creases like some foundations can, and extra moisture is good for the skin, right?

Bare-Escentuals-bareMinerals-READY-SPF-20-Foundation-and-brushesAvailable in 20 shades for $29/14grams.

And I love, love, love (as they say on QVC) their Precision Face Brush ($28). It’s a dense brush head and comprised of synthetic bristles. I’m not sure if it’s the flat head or the width of it but it’s just perfect with this foundation. And it also comes in a travel-friendly version called the Retractable Precision Face Brush ($22).So get your travel on!

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Disclosure: Samples of these items were provided for review purposes.

Friday, March 30, 2012

Exploring Minerals with Mineral Hygenics

So how do you feel about mineral makeup? There are quite a few lines that have come out over the years and I’ve explored some of them here and even though it’s an old story at this point, I’m still intrigued by lines I come across, especially by this one here, MINERAL HYGENICS.

I really like their website and how clear they are about the ingredients inside their makeup. I mean, it is(it) all about what’s inside and what’s not(it) inside the powders. And you really need to get to know your mineral makeup, especially if you have sensitive skin because some ingredients have been known to be irritating. If you are a sensitive type, you may have some luck with this Mineral Hygenics line of foundation powders as each contains just 4 ingredients: mica, iron oxides, zinc oxides and titanium dioxide. That’s it and they break down other mineral makeup lines as well so you can see side-by-side what contains what.

Mineral-Hygenics-Mineral-MakeupSo this MH has sun protection (zinc oxides and titanium dioxide), is water resistant and lasts quite a long time on the skin.

They have some nicely priced sets to choose from as well as blushes, eye shadows and lipsticks but as usual, I tend to judge a mineral line by its powder foundations first and then the rest and I’m giving this line a thumbs up. Starter kits startat $29.99 @

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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Review+Swatches PUR MINERALS Temptress Lip Shine 3-Piece Kit

I wonder how mineral powders sell compared to mineral lipsticks. I mean the whole premise was built on foundation powders. I, for one, like mineral lippies but only when I’m looking for a sheer color as they have not really perfected the super pigmented formula just yet or at least that I’ve come across.

So how did these ones from PUR MINERALS fair? Click after the jump to see!


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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Nuance Salma Hayek Flawless Mineral Cheek Trio

The last product I tried from the NUANCE SALMA HAYEK makeup collection is the Flawless Mineral Cheek Trio in Spice 305. So how did it go?


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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Fall Product Standouts - Face

Repairwear Laser Focus All Smooth Makeup SPF 15
($32.50/1oz @ -  this is the latest foundation from the brand that includes an anti-aging serum in it as well as a spf. This comes in 12 shades.


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Saturday, July 23, 2011

New from Napoleon Perdis!

From the man that I credit with pretty much creating the first makeup primer on the market, NAPOLEON PERDIS, comes his new ROCK ON! Collection. And this one has a new kind of primer, a powder form!

This is Mr. Perdis’s venture into the mineral makeup world and I actually kind of surprised it took this long for him. Here are the deets:

Mattifying Mineral Primer ($29) – this one can be used before and after foundation. A yellow powder? Don’t worry, it’s translucent but do you remember Urban Decay’s Nirvana Universal Loose Powder? It was yellow. Or I could be really dating myself by mentioning the other yellow powder I remember - T. LeClerc’s Banana Loose Powder? Also yellow and had quite a cult following.

Anyway, I found using a medium sized flat top brush like this one most effective when applying it before(it) the foundation and a bigger domed brush when applying it as a finishing powder.

And one tip about the container – he created it so that the sifter mechanism will measure out (click-click) just enough primer for one application. Genius!

Napoleon-Perdis-Advanced-Mineral-Foundation,-Mattifying-Powder Advanced Mineral Makeup SPF 15 ($59) – available in 6 shades, this one contains those light diffusers (pretty much a must-have inside any foundation these days), and also antioxidant ingredients and the aforementioned SPF. It gives medium matte coverage and a little goes a long way. I tried this one with a makeup brush and a sponge and found the sponge worked best. Let’s hear it for another winning liquid mineral foundation on the scene.

He was smart about these first two products by including antioxidants and sodium hyaluronate, which is a key anti-aging ingredient, in both of these. Love a multi-tasker! Both @

Disclosure: Samples of these items were provided for review purposes.

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