Review: Bare Minerals Bare Skin Foundation

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Several months ago I was looking for a new foundation, and went to Sephora to check out a few options. I ended up trying out the Bare Minerals BareSkin liquid foundation, since I was already using the Bare Minerals loose powder foundation. I liked the way it looked in the store, but they were out of my shade (Bare Shell). I checked out several other stores and later looked online, and everyone seemed to be out of this particular shade. Once it finally was back in stock the holidays were coming up and I had other things I needed to spend my money on. Finally a few weeks ago I was able to order a bottle of it from Nordstrom (free shipping yay!).

The foundation itself is about $29, and they sell a brush that goes with it for $28. The brush has two levels of bristles so that the inner circle makes a little ‘well’ to put the foundation in. It seemed like a nice brush at Sephora, but I just couldn’t justify the price, especially when I had only tried the BareSkin once and wasn’t sure how it would work for me.

Anyway, so I got the foundation and decided to use a Bare Minerals brush I already had. It’s similar enough to the regular foundation brushes, thick with tightly packed bristles and a flat top. (Though its slightly more rounded than most flat top brushes). This brush seems to work fine, but I still intend to experiment with some others and possibly a beauty blender.

The neat thing about BareSkin is that its a serum foundation, so it comes out in drops. You only need a few drops to cover your entire face, meaning less waste and making it a little easier to justify the price compared to a drugstore foundation. There are fewer ingredients in it as well, which is better for your skin but requires you to shake the bottle well to make sure the foundation hasn’t separated. I’m pretty sure they told me at Sephora to shake it between each drop, even. Initially, I ran into some application issues, which delayed my review a bit because I wanted to get the hang of it better before I made up my mind about it. First of all, if you shake it well with the cap on, sometimes that works fine, and sometimes you open the cap and foundation bubbles out of the top. This was causing me to waste a good bit of product, or to end up using too much trying NOT to waste product. Finally I found a solution on a forum, and could’ve kicked myself because it was so obvious. Take the cap off to shake it. DUH. (Be sure to cover the opening, obviously!) Doing it this way solved about 95% of my issues with the bottle bubbling, although once in a while it still bubbles out a little as soon as I open it, even without shaking. I try to handle it carefully when I’m putting the cap back on to make sure I’m not squeezing it. The cap also clicks into place which I like, because you know for sure that it’s closed tightly.

The first time I applied this foundation, I had to go wash it off. I tried putting dots of it directly on my face and blending from there, and it just didn’t work right for me. Now I shake the bottle, put a drop onto the back of my hand, swipe the brush through it and start blending, working on one side of my face at a time. This keeps me from getting too much product in any one spot, which is important because of my only real issue with the product; this stuff really clings to dry patches. My skin tends to be dry especially in winter with a few slightly flaky patches. Even though I use moisturizer before my foundation, I’ve had issues with the foundation really highlighting any dry spots. This was even a problem when they applied it to my face at Sephora, so I don’t think it’s something I’m doing wrong. The only solution I have is to exfoliate, generally using Clarisea products. Also my Josie Maran argan oil seems to be helping to keep my skin smoother.

I really like the coverage of the BareSkin. It looks natural and as long as I don’t put on too much, the finish is really pretty. It lasts all day on me although I’m not sure that someone with oily skin would have the same results. In fact I really don’t even have to touch it up at all from morning til night if I don’t want to. Initially I thought it made me look a bit pale, and then I realized it was just covering the redness on my face better than I had expected. When I apply it I make sure to not blot it directly onto dry areas, and instead blend it towards them. I can usually cover my whole face and blend it down my neck with maybe two drops or so. That’s pretty awesome. Overall I am really happy with the BareSkin foundation. Occasionally, even when I shake it well, it comes out runny, but even then it still works allright I just might need to use a little more. That could also have something to do with the fact that my bedroom where I keep it gets pretty cold at times.

Since no foundation will work perfectly with everyones skin, I definitely suggest getting a sample, but I love this stuff. I feel like it covers better and gives a nicer finish than the powder foundation, at least for me. I wouldn’t have expected to need such a light shade, so I’m glad I let the helpful person at Sephora choose that for me. I didn’t realize I was so pale! I like that it’s long lasting, I don’t need alot of product, and I can build up the coverage if necessary. I don’t currently use a primer or concealer with it but I might try those at some point. They recommend two drops for sheer coverage, four drops for medium coverage, and six for full coverage, but I can’t imagine needing six. I’m hoping this means that the bottle will last a long time, since it’s not exactly cheap. Aside from the occasional bubbles I like the packaging as well. I do tend to have trouble actually removing it when I wash my face, but maybe I just haven’t found the right cleanser yet. I’m happy to have found this product and I don’t think I’ll be shopping for a new foundation for quite a while!

Brrr!

Hi everyone!

Since the temperature outside is quite cold and alot of you are dealing with some major snow, I decided to do something different with todays post. I’m going to share a recipe I found with you guys. This one comes from Pinterest and I’ve made it three times and it turned out delicious every time. Don’t you just love Pinterest? It’s such a rabbit hole.

All you need are three ingredients (technically two for the dough, but you need a little melted butter also) which means these are not only easy, but you can keep the ingredients on hand. So, what’s a great meal for cold days? Warm, fluffy, homemade biscuits! These are so nice when you come home at night and need something hot that isn’t too complicated to make. They’re very soft and taste amazing plain, with butter, or with honey. Now that I’ve got you hungry, here’s the link! The website also has some helpful tips about biscuit making in general.

The Country Cook – Cream Biscuits

(Note that this is not my recipe so I can’t tell you anything about the nutritional info or anything like that. All I know is that I found it online and was able to make it easily, despite not being that great of a cook. Mine did not rise quite as much and didn’t turn so golden brown, but were pretty and delicious anyway. Also I don’t have a biscuit cutter yet, so I just used a glass turned upside down and put flour around the top before each cut, and it worked out fine. They may rise more if you use a traditional cutter though).

Gift With Purchase

Just a quick post to let you guys know about a gift with purchase deal that Birchbox has going on right now. If you spend $75 or more you can get a free “Cheeki Thong & Boyshort Set”. The boyshorts will come in black or blush, and the thong is blush or indigo. Colors will vary and the code you need to use for it is CHEEKISET. These are one size made to fit 0-12. You can find pictures and more details here. Also be sure to check out their bonus shop to see what other samples and gifts they have going at any given time. Enjoy!

Sephora Haul

Yikes, I have been seriously slacking on posting lately. I’m sorry about that. Things just get busy and I’m excellent at procrastinating! But anyway, here I am and I thought I’d show you guys my Sephora order that arrived this week.

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Not the best picture, but my battery was dying so I took this quickly. I’ll try to remember to add in some more pictures later. First thing that I got was the Soap And Glory Peaches And Clean Deep Cleansing Milk. I’ve been looking for a new cleanser for a while now and was trying to find one without parabens and such. Not all of this brands’ products are paraben free, so if that matters to you be sure to read the ingredients.This particular product specifically states that it’s paraben, sulfate, and phthaylate free. This one got good reviews, came in a large size, and was limited edition. I like that it’s a pump bottle because I don’t have to fumble with a cap while holding my Clarisonic in the other hand (a little thing, I know, but still handy). The bottle itself is actually clear, so it’s obviously filled all the way up which I like too. The pump locked into place so nothing leaked during shipping. The price was a bit steep, I think it was about $28, but I was previously using Kiehl’s which was less product for around that price range. I’ve used this cleanser once so far and it seemed nice. It was creamy and worked well with my Clarisonic Mia, and it seems like you don’t need to use alot. I like it so far, as long as it doesn’t cause any breakouts. I’m still iffy on it’s “melt away makeup” claims.

The other thing I wanted to get was Josie Maran Argan Oil. I got the light version in one of the limited edition Birchboxes and started using 3-4 drops of it on my face at night. It made my skin feel very soft and even better, it seems to clear up my acne and any product-related breakouts heal much faster. The light argan oil has been sold out alot in the smaller sizes, so I’ve looked at alot of kits lately. Sephora finally had this smaller sized bottle for $16, but then I found the set that contained the light version and the regular version in the same size for $22. That was a no brainer so I’m excited to try out the full strength kind as well. You can also use this on your cuticles and hair, and I believe it’s recommended for all skin types. If you got the mini light oil from Birchbox, these bottles are about 3 times the size of that. These bottles came in an envelope style packaging which didn’t have the same visual appeal as far as gift giving is concerned, but that was fine with me since they were for myself and arrived undamaged. The envelope also had a little color coded guide showing which oil is best for which occasion (daytime wear, going to bed, under makeup, that sorta thing) which was a nice touch.

I had a really hard time deciding what to get in this order. I’m still drooling over this Tarte Tartiest Clay Paint Liner, has anyone out there tried it? I would love to see pics. I definitely think it’s going to be my next Sephora purchase. Anyway the cleanser and oil are the only parts of this order I actually bought. That brings us to the samples. The three that I picked are Soap and Glory Sugar Crush Moisture Extreme Body Buttercream (What a long name… doesn’t matter, they had me at buttercream), BareMinerals Lash Domination Volumizing Mascara, and the Eve Lom cleanser. The cleanser is a little foil pack but it also came with a cloth, which is cool and reminds me of the Liz Earle sample I’ve been using. Although, the Liz Earle deluxe sample is the greatest sample packaging ever, and that stuff has lasted me ages and I love the cloth. We’ll see how Eve Lom measures up as far as the actual product goes. I also picked the Bare Minerals mascara because I love to try different mascaras and it’s something I rarely splurge on.

Next I checked out the coupon codes because everyone knows, or should know, that you do not place a Sephora order without a coupon code! They had one for a free year of Vogue that I was planning to use, but honestly, I rarely read magazines anymore and I decided I’d rather try a beauty product than read about them! So I picked up the Josie Maran cleansing oil deluxe sample. Since I already like the brand I thought it might be nice to use something else in the same line, and I’ve never tried a cleansing oil before unless you count oily eyemakeup remover.

But wait, there’s more! I also had a couple hundred points rolling around in my beauty bank, so I figured now was as good a time as any to cash those suckers in. I went for the Bumble & Bumble repair blowdry because it had good reviews, and I have very long hair that could use some repairing. I’ve used it twice now and I think I like it. The last thing is Korres Black Pine Firming, Lifting, and Antiwrinkle night cream. This is another product I would never try without a sample, but it has good reviews and who doesn’t love firming, lifting, and antiwrinkling? I have no idea what black pine is but it sounds fancy! Or like something you pick up off the ground after a forest fire. Either way, I’m looking forward to trying it and magically looking much hotter.

Okay, that’s all for now. I will update with reviews on some of these things once I have a chance to use them more. I have some more posts to catch up on soon including my December Birchbox. See you then, cupcakes.

Another Zoya Promo!

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Zoya Dream Boxes

Now through Sunday 12/14 at 11:59pm EST Zoya has buy one get one free on their Dream boxes. They are white gift boxes this year with a silver bow. You can choose from 9 sets or choose to build your own. (That’s 6 bottles of polish, two bows, and two gift boxes for $30). I’ve purchased their dream boxes in the past and they make a lovely gift. Stock up!