Mineralogie — Achieve A Flawless Finish With Makeup That’s Good For Your Skin

Tired of using the same old mineral makeup. Try Mineralogie, which is made with the best pharmaceutical grade minerals available. Nourishment of the skin, sheer to complete coverage and, most important, total protection from harmful UVA and UVB rays is the philosophy of the brand.

For a flawless and non drying look, the Mineralogie 4 Piece Starter Kit — Choose the foundation shade that is right for you from one of Mineralogie’s seven most popular colors for your personal introduction to 100% mineral makeup. Each Starter Kit includes 3-grams of Mineralogie’s SPF 26 Loose Mineral Foundation (to match your complexion!), 1-gram of coordinating Loose Mineral Bronzer, 6-ml of our new Natural Cream Concealer, a personal size Makeup Brush plus, a Mineral Application Card! A $90.00 retail value for only $35.00. That’s over 60-days of makeup!! The perfect way to begin experiencing the flawless beauty of minerals. Available in 7 shades.

I like all of the products in this kit. The foundation is very pretty and doesn’t cake in pores. The color blends well with my skin color. I do think it is a bit too glowy for me and I need to dust a bit of matte translucent powder on top to tone down the shine. The concealer is very matte and works well.  Plus the bronzer is beautiful and not too shiny. For the price, this is a great deal!

From light to luscious our new Spring Quad Pressed Eye Shadow Compact ($38.00 USD) includes the must have colors for the season. Accentuate your spring wardrobe with Champagne, Mulberry, Fusion and Mango. The perfect springtime combination for a fresh, natural and irresistible look. 

These shades are very soft in the compact, but pack a lot of color and shimmer (which I love).  I am not a fan of glitter, but I think shimmery shadow is youthful in neutral shades like these. Perfect for spring!

Visit www.mineralogie.biz to learn more and to purchase. Enjoy!

Pur Minerals Exotic Oasis Spring 2011 Collection

Pur Minerals Spring 2011 Exotic Oasis collection consists of tropical glowing colors that will guarantee to get your beauty routine out of the winter doldrums! The colors in both of the product I’ve tried are warm and shimmery — and really brighten dull skin. They are:

Triple the depth, drama and dimension with the adventure-ready Exotic Rocks Trio ($28.00 USD, $52.00 value), featuring two new additions to the Pür Rocks family. Give skin a rosy radiance with the popular Hot Rocks (shimmery pink shades), turn up the heat with Lava Rocks (rosy red) and touch the sun with Glow Rocks (beautiful bronze shades). Use alone or combine the multidimensional shades for an endless array of gorgeous looks for eyes, lips and cheeks.

Exotic Rocks Trio includes:

  • Lava Rocks
  • Hot Rocks
  • Glow Rocks

What I think: I have wanted to try the Hot Rocks because they looked like they would brighten the complexion with the shimmering pink combination of colors. I was so exited to hear about the addition of Lava Rocks and Glow Rocks. I love to use the Glow Rocks first like a bronzer — everywhere the sun would naturally touch my face, forehead, nose, chin and cheeks. In the day time I then sweep Hot Rocks on the apples of my cheeks and add Lava Rocks in the evening. The colors can be mixed to find the perfect flush of color for any complexion.   

Make every day extraordinary with a brilliant mosaic of exotic eye shades and the undisputable glow of a sun-soaked getaway. Featuring a dazzling palette of tropical pastels and deep-sea corals, Nature’s Paradise ($28.00 USD, $132.00 value) captures the bold spirit of a season filled with excitement and mystery. Break away this spring with a stylishly intrepid look and claim your own piece of paradise.

Nature’s Paradise includes:

  • Six island-inspired eye shadows
  • Tropic Bronze sun-soaked powder
  • Polynesian Pink mineral blush
  • Mini Powder Brush

What I think: They pretty palette will effortlessly take you from Spring to Summer. Use the pink blush and the soft pink and gold shadows for Spring and turn up the heat with the bronzer, and bronze and turquoise eye shadows for Summer. So pretty and complimentary on all skin tones.

Learn more and purchase at www.purminerals.com. Enjoy your bright new looks!

FACE Stockholm Mineral Powder Foundation with SPF 15

FACE Stockholm Mineral Powder Foundation with SPF 15

Need a new mineral foundation? Although I am not a fan of the loose mineral makeup that is so popular these days, I love the smooth finish that the new FACE Stockholm Mineral Powder Foundation with SPF 15 ($38.00 USD) gives me. 

FACE Stockholm’s website states, “Our innovative, Mineral Foundation Powder with SPF 15 provides a natural, non-irritating alternative that is hypoallergenic, paraben and fragrance free and includes the added benefits of antioxidant and ultraviolet protection with Dermat Complex to significantly reduce shine. 

This silky, soft mineral-based foundation glides on effortlessly, to create a healthy, glowing, flawless complexion without any mess. Formulated to minimize the appearance of pores and fine lines while creating a natural matte finish, it does double duty as a translucent powder – or a buildable coverage foundation.

The lightweight, breathable powder easily adjusts from polished sheer to rich, more opaque coverage with the use of a brush or sponge. Enhanced with Vitamins A, C & E to condition and Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide for natural, chemical-free sun protection, it is appropriate for all skin types.”

I love this mineral makeup. It doesn’t cake in the pores like other mineral foundation can and it actually seems to hydrated my skin instead of making it seem dryer.  It stays fresh on my face for hours, too. Available in 7 shades from very light to very dark, this foundation would work on many different skin tones and types.

Visit www.facestockholm.com to learn more and to purchase. Enjoy!  

Protect Your Flawless Face With Sue Devitt Primer and Foundation With SPF

Sue Devitt creates beautiful skincare and makeup with sea minerals and blue algae for glowing and natural-looking skin. Many of their foundations have SPF which will protect skin while smoothing it out. My favorites are:

Microquatic™ Blue Anti-Aging SPF 30 Primer ($48.00 USD) — This luxurious anti-aging primer offers skin powerful protection against harmful UVA/UVB rays through SPF 30, infused with soothing Blue Algae Extract to combat redness and naturally formed anti-irritant crystals sourced from the coast of Spain. Protect the future of your skin by stimulating skin’s natural collagen production with this skin primer’s high performance anti-aging ingredients Ceramide 2 and Matrixyl.

What I think: This primer worried me a bit at first because it is a very light blue color and when I first applied it, I thought I saw a light blueish-white cast to my skin. But when I smoothed it on my skin that went away and my skin was smoothed and glowing. My pores and lines also appeared smaller, which is a plus! Very nice primer!

SpaComplexion™ Hydrating Marine Minerals Tinted Moisturizer SPF 15 ($40.00 USD) — Achieve a healthy, radiant spa-treated, natural complexion.  This lightweight, mineral tinted moisturizer features extraordinary hydrating and refreshing properties of the sea, encapsulated in a proprietary delivery system that increases skin’s moisture level and vitality. Its sheer, fluid formulation with SPF 15 coverage also offers antioxidant benefits while protecting the skin from harsh environmental exposure and premature photo-aging.

What I think: This is a medium-coverage tinted moisturizer, so although this hydrates the skin, it is also gives good coverage and a very pretty glow. Combining this product with the primer, you not only get a flawless face, but 45 SPF means that you are well protected!

SpaComplexion™ Hydrating Marine Minerals Loose Powder SPF 30 Compact ($32.00 USD) –This skin-protecting loose powder provides a perfect finish, while offering continuous hydration and concentrated environmental protection with SPF 30. A unique formulation offers extraordinary hydrating and refreshing properties of the sea, encapsulated in a proprietary delivery system that increase skin’s moisture level and vitality. Natural-looking, high performance minerals deliver nutrients to the skin in a portable compact with mirror perfect for touch-ups throughout the day.

What I think: What I love about this mineral foundation is that my skin does not feel dry when I apply it. I have a lot of trouble with loose mineral foundation because it tends to settle in my fine lines and pores. Yuck! But this foundation does seem to hydrate and refresh throughout the day. It also looks very natural and not cakey at all. 

Learn more about these and many more fab products at  www.suedevittbeauty.com. Enjoy!

Everyday Minerals Fall Collection

Everyday Minerals has release new color makeup that matches the color trends seen at Fall 2009 Fashion Week. The colors are crisp and pretty, just like a lovely fall day. 

I love the Everyday Palettes ($10.00), portable eyeshadow palettes that contains 4 loose mineral shadows and a tiny bamboo brush that is used to dip into the sifter holes that contain the shadows. Two new collections are:  

Lavender Collection (light lavenders to deep purples) – complete with Ballet Slippers, Love Letters, Romance Novel, and Wine Tasting Eye Shadows
Jane Austen Collection (peaches, browns and greens) – complete with Dreaming Dandy, Anna Karenina, Southern Belle, Jane Eyre. 

The Blush, ($8.00) is very pigmented and a little goes a long way. The large amount of product that you get for the price is amazing. New colors for fall are:

Time Share — Soft muted earthy pink matte shade, to love and to kiss!
New Mom — A deep, reddish matte pink with earthy undertones.
Sand Cherry –A gorgeous deep peach with cherry undertones and tons of sparkle! 

The fall collection also includes lip glosses, lip balms and single eye shadows. You can purchase these products at www.EverydayMinerals.com.

Try Glominerals for Healty, Radiant Skin

glōminerals is a company that believes that good-for-you beauty doesn’t have to be basic. Their website states that the products are, “uniquely formulated utilizing only the finest pharmaceutical-grade ingredients, triple-milled high-pigment minerals, and an advanced antioxidant complex of Vitamins A, C, and E and green tea extract, glōminerals provides broad-spectrum UV protection and helps to defend against free radical damage, to deliver a radiant, healthy complexion. In addition, glōmineralsformulas are talc-free, non-comedogenic and free of perfumes and chemical dyes, making them suitable for even the most sensitive skin types, including those with acne and rosacea.”

These are lofty claims. Do the products live up to them? I say “yes”. I have tested their mineral powder base, liquid bronzer and lip plumper; and concur that the products are as luxurious as they are good-for-you.

gloPressed base ($39.00 USD) — available in 20 shades. This is a matte, not a sparkly, mineral base. You apply it by using a kabuki or powder brush in small circular motions to achieve perfect even coverage. Using the brush of choice apply gloPressed base to clean, moisturized skin, beginning with a small amount, and layering if needed. I found that I only needed a little of this base to achieve an even, flawless look. It stays on and looks fresh for most of the day.

gloSheer tint base bronzing gel ($30.00 USD)— This gel is creamy and easy to apply. When you first squeeze it out it seems really dark, but blends in and looks natural even on my pale skin! I think this would look lovely on all skin tones. I love that it isn’t shimmery at all, which is a nice break from all of the glittery bronzers on the market today. It just give the skin a subtle glow. I sometimes like a little shimmer with my bronzer for night, but this is a great for a day look.  This sheer tint also repairs and protects skin from UV damage.

gloLip plumper ($16.00 USD) — This plumper is infused with spheres of Marine Collagen Atelocollgen, which work to plump lips by trapping water and swelling, thus providing volume to the skin’s structures. It is available in clear, perfect plum, very cherry, sheer berry, and copper shimmer. This plumper does swell the lips, but doesn’t sting, which makes it more comfortable to wear than some plumpers. You can use this under a gloss or lipstick, or use it on it’s own for a shimmery pout.

Visit www.glominerals.com to learn more about these great, healthy makeup options and to locate a retailer near you.

Everyday Minerals

Everyday Minerals Base
Everyday Minerals Base

I enjoy trying mineral makeup because it is so good for your skin.  Mineral foundation can make you look like your not wearing makeup while covering flaws.

Everyday Minerals has one of the biggest shade selection I have seen. They have six color categories; warm, golden, cool, beige, buff and olive. Each category has at least six shades to choose from. I like the fairly light from the buff category. It matches my skin tone and covers imperfections.

You can purchase the base in 3 sizes — Sample $2.50 USD, Mini $5.00 USD and Big $12.00. The base also comes in four finishes; Semi Matte, Matte, Intensive, and Original Glow.

Visit the website at www.everydayminerals.com to peruse the many varieties of base, bronzers, blushes and eye shadows. Have fun!

Pur Minerals Pur Perfection Starter Kit

Pur Perfection Starter Kit
Pur Perfection Starter Kit

Looking for to try quality mineral make-up for a reasonable price? Pick up the Pur Minerals Pur Perfection Starter Kit (35.00 USD).

This kit includes all you need for a flawless face:

Application of the 4-in-1 makeup is easy; you take the chisel brush, swirl it in the makeup then draw circles in the makeup lid. This ensures that there isn’t loose powder on the tip of the brush and that the application yields smooth skin. I brush it all over my face, and use a little extra under my eyes for concealer. Don’t forget to blend, because if not, mineral makeup can look a little powdery on and set into the pores.

After I apply the 4-in-1, I take a powder brush and dust the Mineral Glow bronzer on my temples, forehead, nose and chin. I then brush the Universal Marble Powder on the apples of my cheeks and my face looks glowing and pretty.

So if you’re looking for a new foundation, give this kit a try. You can find it at Ulta or visit the website at www.purminerals.com.

Jane Iredale Lip Plumpers — No Pain, Lots of Gain!

Jane Iredale is a line known for mineral makeup. I have been able to try some of their great lip products that have natural ingredients used to moisturize and plump lips.

Just Kissed Lip Plumper ($24.00 USD) – Is a cool mint and ginger lip plumper that also contains shea butter, sunflower oil and aloe vera to soften and hydrate the skin. It also includes time-released peptides that, “have been shown to increase hydration and stimulate collagen synthesis”. It comes in 5 colors, with my favorite being Tokyo, a peachy-pink color which will be very pretty for spring. I really love this products because it is like using a balm with color added. When I apply it, it tingles a bit, but is not painful and is very shimmery on. It keeps the lips soft all day, which is great for any lip product, let alone a plumper! 

PureGloss for Lips ($19.00 USD) – This product is also a plumper with mint and ginger, but this is a shiny, full color gloss. It hydrates the lips like the Just Kissed with a glossy finish. It is made of a base of organic vegetable oils with added botanicals including extracts of green tea, grape seed and pomegranate. This gloss comes in 19 colors! I really like Apricot. It is a pretty neutral that makes my lips look full and sexy!  

 Sugar & Butter Lip Exfoliator/Plumper ($24.00 USD) – This is my favorite of the three. One side has a brown sugar exfoliator that you rub gently on your lips, then can lick the sugar right off! Then, apply the tinted lip plumper with shea butter and peptides that moisten and plump. The color of the plumper is a sheer pink. It is a lot like the Just Kissed plumpers, but gives your lips a soft glow without a lot of color.  

I really like the idea that you can plump and moisturize your lips at the same time. I think these products are great for women of all ages, but the 40+ ladies will really love the way they smooth the lines out and leave lips soft. Visit the website at www.janeiredale.com to learn more.

Tarte ReCreate™ Foundation

Tarte ReCreate Foundation
Tarte ReCreate Foundation

I love liquid foundation. I know that mineral powder foundations are all the rage these days, but I for me nothing beats the perfect smoothing foundation that is a perfect match to my skin color. It hides my pores and makes the rest of my makeup look flawless.  

Tarte’s ReCreate™ Foundation ($37.00 USD) is a natural anti-aging foundation with Wrinkle Rewind™ Technology. What’s that, you ask? Tarte’s website explains it as, “proprietary re-hydrating complex restores moisture, tone, and elasticity to the skin, effectively reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles”. They also claim the micronized minerals in the formula help brighten the skin and provide an SPF 15.

Other ingredients also include goji berry extract, peat extract, and wheat extract and its paraben, sulfate, and phthalate free. To find out all of the ingredients, visit Tarte’s website at www.tartecosmetics.com.  

I think that the price of this foundation is good for the great coverage and glow it gives you. I have noticed that it doesn’t settle in my fine lines and makes my pores (a big problem) less noticeable. I am yet to get a lot of lines (yay sunscreen!), but it seems to make the ones I have less noticeable. All in all, a great liquid foundation!