Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Everyday Minerals

After I got so fed up with bareMinerals, I did research and fund this company, Everyday Minerals.

They are only available online, which kind of makes it difficult for some, but nonetheless I think its worth it.

Unlike the other mineral makeup brands out there, it is a one size fits all type of thing. There is one formulation which is supposed to work for all skin types and is buildable (meaning you will first start off with a sheer/light coverage and have to use a lot more product to build it up to medium or full coverage).

Comparison between bareMinerals vs Everyday Minerals:
bareMinerals:

  • One formulation (recently came out with their Matte line)
  • Coverage is buildable
  • $26.00 for Original
  • $28.00 for Matte
  • 8 Grams of Product (Original)
  • 6 Grams of Product (Matte)
  • $3.25/gram (Original)
  • $4.67/gram (Matte)
Everyday Minerals:

  • 4 formulations: Semi Matte, Matte, It, Original Glo
  • Different coverage depending on formula
  • $12.00 (all formulas)
  • 5.5 Grams of Product (all formulas)
  • $2.18/gram

Samples

I ordered the following samples:


  • Winged Butter - Semi-Matte
  • Light Olive - Semi-Matte
  • Light - Matte
  • Light - Semi-Matte
  • Winged Butter - Matte


Will post which matched me best and has good coverage once i get my order.

Have YOU tried Everyday Minerals?? Do you like it? Post your thoughts below.


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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

bareMinerals 8-piece Customizable Get Started Kit: Golden Medium

UPDATE 11/22/11:
bareMinerals stinks!!! I hate it. Now I know why I didn’t like it and it’s not just because I looked pink even though the "expert" matched me "correctly." It’s because doesn’t matter how much product I put into my lid, which brush I get regardless of price, I cannot get any coverage. And the funny part is, I hardly have any scars anymore, yet I am STILL having trouble concealing them. This makeup is a joke.

Furthermore, I was matched with Golden Medium which I thought was a little dark for me. Another person I know also got matched with Golden Medium and she is a NC/C40! How does that work? bareMinerals for ya!

When I told the Sephora girl that the bareMinerals counter girl told me that Light is actually a cool toned/neutral shade (meaning it has pink in it), she looked at me like I was speaking a foreign language. Light is actually yellow toned. 

The Sephora girl experimented: She put Golden Medium on one side of my face (using her $40 brush) and put Light on the other side. 
  • The side I had Light on, looked pink.
  • The side I had Golden Medium on, looked good, but it was a shade too dark. She said it looked okay. I believed her...
  • I still had NO COVERAGE!
Girls! Forget bareMinerals. There are soo many other mineral makeup brands out on the market that are better and cheaper, with more selection.

I recently bought some sample shades from Everyday Minerals (click to read post). 

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Product: bareMinerals 8-piece Customizable Get Started Kit: Golden Medium
Shade: Golden Medium
Price: $61 for original $63 for the Matte. I got the Matte.
Kit includes: 
  • SPF 15 Foundation in Original or Matte (size: large) 
  • 1 Original Mineral Veil (size: medium)
  • 1 Warmth All-Over Face Color (size: medium)
  • 1 Full Flawless Face Brush
  • 1 Flawless Application Face Brush
  • 1 Maximum Coverage Concealer Brush
  • 1 Get Started DVD
  • Exclusive Bonus: Well-Cared For Brush Conditioning Shampoo 
My thoughts: When i first used bareMinerals about 4 years ago, I was matched with Light.I looked perfect. I was so happy that i found a color that matched my abnormally yellow skin tone, wasn't that expensive, and covered everything up. However, when i came home and the few months after, i was soo fed up with bareMinerals. Why? I could never have my makeup look like the way the girl at the bareMinerals counter did it for me. My face looked red/pink and was 2-4 shades darker than my neck. Their technique was never taught to me and therefore i couldn't get it. I thought to myself, "im a smart girl. How hard can tap,swirl, buff be?" Its hard when you do know what exactly buffing is.


I found out today, from the very nice and helpful bareMinerals counter young lady, that light actually has pink in it. it is more neutral; not warm toned. No wonder i couldn't get my makeup to look like the girl did 4years ago. Light wasnt yellow enough. Wow. You think after spending over $100 they would tell you this. 


BareMinerals Golden shades are fairly new; less than 2years old. They are for people like us, with nothing but yellow undertones. Medium Golden looked dark in the container, but it is a perfect match for my NC25 skin tone. Plus, i am kind of sick of MAC's "going to the club" look even when i lightly dust my studio fix powderon my face. And, it has like no staying power at all! Thank God!


FYI: I learned today, buffing means to kinda grind it into your skin. make it a part of you so it wont go anywhere. 





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L'Oreal Voluminous False Fiber Lashes

Product: L'Oreal Voluminous False Fiber Lashes

Shade: Blackest Black

Price: $7.99 at Target.

Description as stated on Website: 
Discover a breakthrough in fiber mascara technology. Voluminous False Fiber Lashes™ features a unique blend of long and short nylon and rayon fibers—the same material used to make false lashes—to deliver lashes that appear fuller, longer, curled and sculpted. No clumps or messy results. Just outrageous volume from every angle.
·         Dual-length fiber formula
·         Exclusive polymer adheres fiber to lashes
·         Botanical waxes prevent hardening, crumbling or flaking
·         Precision brush ensures optimal application
·         Safe for sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers
My thoughts: This is my HG mascara! I LOVE this thing. It actually does what it states. My lashes are normal (normal length and normal volume). I heard many people say that they love this mascara except if you try to put on more than one coat, it starts looking clumpy and flakes. As Beauty Broadcast puts it, "less is more." I did not experience any such thing. I even ran a comb through my lashes to separate and see if it got worse or flaked. I put on about 3-4 coats on each eye. IF there was a part where it got a little clumpy, then i just ran my eyelash comb through it. No big deal.

Because of its technology of the fibers attaching to your lashes and thereby extending and volumizing them, the formula is very dry. 

DO NOT WAIT IN BETWEEN COATS. COMB YOUR LASHES RIGHT AFTER YOU ARE DONE APPLYING MASCARA TO ONE EYE. THEN GO ON AND APPLY THE MASCARA TO THE OTHER EYE. 

Sorry... I didn't mean to yell, i just wanted to make sure you guys saw that. 

My experience can also be due to the fact on HOW I am applying the mascara. I actually let my eyes do the work. How? I position the wand right up next to my lashes like normal, but instead of moving the wand through my lashes, I move my lashes through the wand...by blinking. I just blink and my lashes are coated with the mascara. Do it a few times and I'm set. In the areas where i was unable to get enough product, I just do it the regular way. 

Bottom line: GO BUY IT! DO not be scared by the dry formula...it works!