Bare Minerals Without Bismuth Oxychloride?

Bare Mienrals FoundationUPDATED 4/2/13!!

So back in 2006 ish when I first tried Bare Minerals, I fell in love with MMU (mineral makeup, for the uninitiated). I loved the way it looked on my skin, the way it FELT on my skin, how it let my skin look natural but just improved–it was the first MMU I tried. But sadly, it made me itch. Doing research, it appeared I might have a sensitivity to Bismuth Oxychloride, and I could no longer use Bare Minerals. Continue reading


Video Review – Urban Decay 24/7 Eye Pencil

I feel late to the party on these, as they are so wildly popular that UD recently added 28 new colors to the line (yes that number is not a typo). Okay, to be fair, I had an understandable bias–I have yet to have found an eye pencil in my entire life that didn’t migrate on me. Even when I didn’t have the fine lines that age has blessed me with, with every liner I ever tried I had at least some minor form of raccoon eyes within a few hours, and pencils were the worst offenders. Makeup setting sprays helped, but never completely mitigated this, and I don’t want to wear a setting spray every day. So I only kept a few pencils around that I felt I “should” have, and no more–black, brown, white, and only recently a blue (because I am obsessed, remember?)–and rarely used them.
UD247PencilEnter UD’s 24/7 Eye Pencils (belatedly) to my life. I was curious, but resisted. I read so many amazing reviews, but it was only when they expanded the line so extensively that I knew I had to finally break down. Now, I am a proud owner of the Urban Decay Foxy Four-Way 24/7 Double-Ended Eye Pencil Set. For a not-so-low-low price of $39, there are 8 colors in this pack, all of which I could totally see using regularly. In particular, I am MAD for Deep End (blue! shocking!), as well as Delinquent (purple! double-shocking!) and Stash (earthy green-gold). And the big question: do they last without migrating? Check my video review to find out.

Airbrush Finish With Liquid Foundation

(I have posted a video at the end of this post with a video demo/tutorial using this product and technique!)

I have been a mineral foundation convert for over 8 years now. I love the finish it gives my skin–glowing, soft, natural. Despite trying many different brands and finishes of liquid makeup, I never quite got the same results, and it always felt heavier on my skin. I still used full coverage liquid foundation for performances, and occasionally for a night out when I wanted a more dramatic look, but not for daytime looks. Not since I found my true love in MMU.

Revlon ColorStayI recently bought some Revlon Colorstay Foundation in order to test it out for a makeup workshop I was giving my students. I wanted to be able to offer a budget alternative, full-covergage foundation for performance. I was duly impressed with the quality of this foundation and can easily see why it tops the budget/drug store lists for foundations. But even with my beauty blender, it felt like it was going on a little heavier than I wanted and not as smooth as I wished. I chalked it up to my not being used to wearing liquid foundations much any more.

That is until today…
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I Taste Amazing–Cinnamon Nutmeg Facial Mask

Since starting my coconut oil beauty regimen several months ago, my skin has been plenty happy…until about the last two weeks…

My skin on my chin–one of my historically bad areas for acne–has flared up something fierce. Hard to say what set it off. Sometimes when I get sick my skin reacts badly, and I had the bad cold that has been going around. The weather is also changing (spring! come on down!) and this is my first seasonal change since starting my coconut oil adventure, so it could be somewhat that. Who knows…

All I know is I have very angry, red, broken acne skin on my chin and I am feeling frustrated. So it was timely that a friend posted this link:

Three (optionally 4) ingredients:
1 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp honey
optional – a little squeeze of lemon juice

I just so happen to have a jar of Proletariat Honey in my cupboard–that is amazing organic honey harvested from the bees my neighbor keeps just across the street. So really, I am enjoying my own garden flowers’ results on my chin right now!

I will report back on how it works for me!