Thursday, November 09, 2006

Your Bare Escentuals

Over the past year or so, I had been hearing quite a bit about Bare Escentuals and how wonderful their bareMinerals line of products were. I personally didn’t fully understand the whole mineral aspect so never tried the products. It was when I saw that i.d. bareMinerals Foundation and i.d. Mineral Veil both won Best of Sephora 2006 that I began to take notice!

My skin had been acting up and was sore with breakouts - I was skeptical to try a new foundation on my skin for fear it would get worse. The product claimed to not clog pores or irritate the skin due to the fact it is made from pure, crushed minerals and is free of preservatives, talc, oil, fragrance and other harmful chemicals. Well why not give it a go!

At first I didn’t really understand how to apply the product but I watched a really helpful video on Sephora and went to work. With just a very small amount of the bareMinerals I was able to cover my entire face. It felt very silky, infact it felt like I had not applied anything to my skin! Now that I am getting older I find that my skin looks a little flat, I liked that it gave me a natural luminosity.

Bare Escentuals say "Women with skin conditions, such as sun spots, acne, and rosacea, as well as those with dry, oily, and sensitive complexions, claim i.d. bareMinerals has improved the overall health and appearance of their skin. But these wonder-powders do more than just make you look pretty, they also contain natural sunscreens that protect your skin from the sun. So much so that i.d. bareMinerals Foundation is actually recommended by the Skin Cancer Foundation".

I can honestly say that after about a week of using bareMinerals everyday, my skin is in far better condition now that when I started to use the bareMinerals. My jaw area which was the main concern has cleared up completely! I have had so many complements on my skin that I am shocked! No one ever comments on my skin! My mother said I looked like I was glowing!

The feather-light minerals contain a total of five ingredients, three of which have complexion-perfecting benefits.

Titanium Dioxide: A natural, full, broad-spectrum sun protector (providing both UVA and UVB protection), its powdery form in i.d.bareMinerals products allows for no absorbency, which means it acts as a physical barrier between your skin and the sun.

Zinc Oxide: Also a natural, full, broad-spectrum sun protector, it too acts as a physical barrier between your skin and the sun. Additionally, zinc oxide's healing property helps to calm and soothe skin irritations, such as acne and rosacea.

Mica: Your silky, dewy, luminous complexion comes courtesy of this miracle mineral. It's what gives i.d. bareMinerals its slippery, creamy texture for easy, flawless application.

For flawless coverage, apply i.d bareMinerals Foundation following the three simple steps below:
1. SWIRL a small amount of bareMinerals in the lid with the Flawless Application Face Brush into the lid until all the bareMinerals are tucked into the bristles.

2. TAP away excess. There should be no visible bareMinerals on the outside of the brush.

3. BUFF the bareMinerals into the skin in a circular motion, starting on the outside of your face near your cheekbone, swirling as you go. Buff around your face and then approach your forehead, cheeks, and nose. Buff, buff, buff until you are satisfied with the coverage.
*Remember less is more when applying i.d. bareMinerals SPF 15 Foundation.

Sephora has great how to videos, click here to watch them.

Other products I am using in combination with the i.d. bareMinerals Foundation are:

Mineral Veil
For the ultimate, translucent "finishing touch" to your makeup, Mineral Veil melts into your skin, infusing it with softness and light, giving the look you see with a soft focus camera lens. Completely sheer and works for all skin tones, Mineral Veil gently absorbs oil and minimizes the appearance of lines and pores. Buff on Mineral Veil over bareMinerals Foundation to lend extra staying power.

i.d. bareMinerals Multi-Tasking Minerals in Bisque
Besides working as a beautiful, soft eyeshadow base, Multi-Tasking Bisque also performs as a miracle concealer for your face, covering dark circles and skin imperfections. Apply directly onto brown and red spots, blemishes, broken capillaries, scars and other areas of skin imperfections. Use Bisque for lighter complexions and Summer Bisque for deeper, golden complexions. Plus, enjoy the added SPF 20 in Summer Bisque for year round sun protection that won't sting your eyes like traditional creams and lotions.

i.d. bareMinerals Blush in Thistle
Discover fabulous, good-for-you cheek color. These creamy, pure bareMinerals blushes give you a beautiful, healthy tone that looks natural, because it is. Create a soft, radiant glow that's ideal for all skin types, including sensitive and problem-prone skin.

All these items are available from Sephora.


Anonymous Kim said...

I have been using the Bare Minerals for a few months now, and I absolutely love them - I also got so many compliments once I started using them, and I have converted half the women in my office - Sephora has a set for $60 that has everything you need to get started ($180 value).

7:07 p.m.  
Blogger Lucy said...

I have been wondering, thanks for the in depth info about this. Now I am very motivated to try...

10:03 a.m.  
Anonymous Kate said...

I really like the way that the Bare Minerals looks, but I have had to stop using it. Even though I exfolhiate regularly, I am on retinoids and when I buff the powder on with the kabuki brush, it makes my skin peel and look rough! Any application tips for someone with sensitive skin?

8:54 p.m.  
Blogger Ellen said...

Kim, I wanted to make sure that I gave you the best information so I went straight to Bare Escentuals for you! Here is their answer.

To answer Kate’s question: Although she exfoliates regularly that may not be enough. After she has rid her face of dead skin cells she needs to make sure to moisturize the new exposed layer of skin. I recommend using a liquid form of Vitamin E. Many people use it when they begin peeling from too much sun exposure. It has an oily consistency but can be used everyday. Easiest way is to apply a drop onto a cotton ball and swab the face. After it dries, apply Bare Escentuals i.d bareMinerals SPF 15 Foundation.

If she does not find relief in that, try switching to the Bare Escentuals Heavenly Face Brush or Flawless Application Face Brush, the bristles are less condensed than that of the Kabuki providing a gentler application.

Let me know if that works Kate

12:41 p.m.  

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