This mineral powder make up system is something that I have heard about for a long time, but was never really interested in trying. My routine of L’Oreal True Match foundation (as concealer) and all over pressed powder worked just fine, and was both convenient and easy.
Recently, my skin decided to completely revolt. My skin is usually normal to combination, I break out in the usual sweaty T-zone places, with the occasional stress zit thrown in for good measure. Suddenly, I was getting dry patches where I am usually oily, being oily where I am usually normal, and was breaking out all over the place for no reason. Fantastic. Though this has been a wicked summer (100+ degree heat wave, anyone?), I knew that I had to change what I was putting on my face every day.
Enter Bare Minerals. I got a starter kit that included a concealer brush, a buffing brush, concealer, foundation, and mineral veil. I was totally skeptical. How was this powder possibly going to cover my dark circles and other imperfections? Wouldn’t I just sweat it off immediately? Was it really going to stick to my face at all in the first place?
I applied concealer under my eyes, and across any breakouts that needed covering. I then buffed the mineral foundation onto my skin, brushing in small circles. I used the equivalent of two “coats” – going over each area twice with a newly dipped brush. I then applied mineral veil, a translucent powder that was supposed to magically keep this all in place. (more…)
Celebrity makeup artist Mario Dedivanovic is answering your burning beauty questions!!! Every Monday, he will answer a beauty/skin care question as part of a weekly column on Spoiled Pretty, Makeup Mondays with Mario.
Help me, Mario. I have super dry skin and no matter what I do or how much moisturizer I use, my skin always looks flaky when I wear foundation. What am I doing wrong? If anyone can help me, I know it’s you!
Flaky skin can be a result of a skin condition such as eczema. If you haven’t already done so, please have your skin checked by a dermatologist to determine what the problem is – if any – and the appropriate treatment you may need.
I find that with very dry skin, it’s good to use a tinted moisturizer. Stay away from setting powders which will absorb all the skin’s moisture and bring attention to flaky, dry areas.
Another option is to use Bare Minerals mineral powder foundation – it works beautifully on dry, flaky skin and even gives a glow!
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I’m adding the Jane Iredale Chocolicks Lip Gloss set to Spoiled Pretty’s Holiday Beauty Gift Guide – although once you buy it, I doubt you’ll be able to resist your selfish urges and actually give it away.
This collection of mini lip glosses offers any chocoholic four decadent options to satisfy her sweet tooth. And the set gets brownie points for the clever packaging.
What’s even better? These glosses are formulated with 100% natural ingredients; sunflower seed oil has antioxidant benefits and jojoba seed oil hydrates!
* Truffle: rich brown gloss tastes of double chocolate
* Chocolate Orange: shimmering brown gloss tastes like dark chocolate and zesty orange
* Strawberry Cream: glossy pink that tastes like fresh strawberries and white chocolate
* Caramel: sheer bronze gloss with buttery sweetness
The glosses’ pigments are subtle and sheer, so they’re sure to compliment any complexion. They’re on the sticky side, so if you have an aversion to tacky glosses (I happen to be an equal opportunity lipgloss lover) – this is something to note.
The Jane Iredale Chocoholicks Lip Gloss set ($44) is available at dermstore.com and drugstore.com.
For more expert gift picks, check out Spoiled Pretty’s 2009 Holiday Beauty Gift Guide!
For one week only, get 20% off Bare Escentuals Get Started Kits at Sephora (originally, $60 – now $48). Shop in stores or on line. If you purchase at Sephora.com, this item ships for free! Enter code GETSTARTED at checkout.
At the risk of sounding snobbish, I haven’t worn drugstore foundation since college. And even then, it looked a hot mess. But I was broke and I didn’t have any other options.
Since then, I’ve been making my foundation purchases at Sephora and the department store beauty counters because my color is difficult to match and it’s near impossible for me to buy without trying. And even if I did find a close color match, the formulation was either too dry, too greasy, too sheer or too opaque for my persnickety skin.
But I’ve changed my tune since I attended a Revlon event last week in New York City. We bloggers went home with a bunch of Revlon’s newest goodies…and my favorite, by far, is their Colorstay Mineral Mousse Makeup. Since I tried it, it has become my go-to foundation. Can you believe? For less than $14, you can purchase one of the best foundations I’ve tried all year.
Colorstay Mineral Mousse Makeup has a unique air-whipped texture that dries to a soft matte finish…perfect for those with oily and combination skin. It wears like a dream all day, averting the mid-day greasies. The coverage is sheer enough to let your skin breathe, but not so heavy that it looks like a mask. I apply it with the BeautyBlender sponge to ensure a seamless finish. And I swear that my acne has taken a little time out since I started using it.
Do yourself a favor and go buy Revlon’s Colorstay Mineral Mousse Makeup right now.
For this week’s giveaway, Spoiled Pretty is partnering with Mary Kay. Ten winners (yeah, you heard right…TEN) will receive a mini Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover and Mineral Eye Color Quad!
Mary Kay’s Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover gently removes eye makeup, including waterproof mascara, without tugging or pulling the delicate skin in the eye area – and without leaving your eyes a greasy mess. The Mini Mineral Eye Color Quad allows you to sample Mary Kay’s beautiful Mineral Eye Colors in one easy palette. Featuring the versatile Lemongrass, Amber Blaze, Silky Caramel and Denim Frost shades, the quad comes equipped with a mirror, applicator and instructions on how to apply each color for a trendsetting look! The mini quad is also a perfect travel companion.
To enter the giveaway, send an email to email@example.com. Be sure to include your full name and mailing address. The subject line should read ” Mary Kay Giveaway.” The contest ends at midnight (EST) on Sunday, July 19th. Ten winners will be chosen at random from among the entrants. On Monday, July 20th, I’ll announce the winners’ names. Please, only one entry per person; duplicate entries will not increase your chances of winning. Contest is open to U.S. residents.