you might have heard that bareminerals just launched their gorgeous new and limited edition power neutrals collection – and trust me when i tell you that it’s everything you’ve dreamed of. the group has got you covered from eyes to lips, but the hero of the lineup for me is this new all-over face compact.
palettes like these are brilliant because you can swirl a bigger brush over forehead, nose, and chin for a healthy glow or you can concentrate a smaller brush over individual shades to add color to lids and cheeks, or to highlight and contour. i’ve been dabbing my blush brush into each shade and popping it onto the apples of my cheeks for a super natural flush with just the teensiest glow.
the colors are a luminous golden ivory (perfect for adding a subtle touch of shimmer or to highlight – also makes for a very pretty vanilla shadow), a natural matte pink (gorgeous if you’re into mauves – which i am!) and a matte rosewood (almost cocoa, great for adding depth and more color impact, really pretty on eyes). this is one of those powders that will get endless wear and can carry you straight into fall thanks to the range of rosy tones.
i am highly impressed with how easy it is to apply, how it goes on like second skin, and how long it wears. plus the gold compact? it’s seriously stunning. bareminerals has given us a very versatile little palette here for less than $30. i would say you better get this one before it’s gone!
it’s not often that exciting developments come along in the lip department. for the most part, lipstick is lipstick, liner is liner, and gloss is gloss – but bareminerals is shaking things up with their new marvelous moxie collection and color me (and my lips) impressed! i’ve been playing with all three formulas for a couple of weeks now and i’ve settled on three standout favorites:
marvelous moxie lip liner in liberated, $15 – bareminerals calls this one a “blushing almond” but i’m here to tell you it’s nude, with the slightest pink undertone (ie perfect for fair-olive skinned chicks). it’s the best lip primer under any and all shades in your color collection and i love this color so much that i’ve even been wearing it on its own with just a touch of gloss over top.
marvelous moxie lipstick in never say never, $18 – this fearless fuchsia is creamy and super saturated. it goes on like a butter and feels like satin as it wears all night. this particular color is a total outfit maker. (i’m wearing it this evening with a cobalt blue strappy tank and white linen pants.) it’s sophisticated and so comfortable to wear – i’ve been keeping it close at hand.
marvelous moxie lipgloss in rebel, $18 – i have not stopped reaching for this pretty pinky mauve. it’s gorgeous with nothing else underneath and it’s moisturizing enough to finish off my makeup with kind of a “bare lips plus” look. the extra long applicator and minty flavor give this one extra credit in the wearability department. it’s too pretty not to have with me at all times!
have you tried any of these new bareminerals lippies? any favorites?
part of the ready collection, this new blush from bareminerals comprises all of the mineral goodness from your favorite bare escentuals blushes in a solid form. antioxidant sea minerals help to smooth and soften skin while enhancing cheeks with an ultra flattering pop of color.
the blush itself is smooth and sheer, very easy to build and blend. i get an easy eight hours of wear without any added shine or extra attention to pores or imperfections. it’s just the right amount of glow in a color that’s perfect for my fair skin, but it’s a shade that will definitely flatter olive and caramel tones as well. the golden petal gives me a windswept flush and doesn’t accentuating the touch of redness that i get on my cheeks and around my nose this time of year (an impressive feat – i have to be so careful with blush color). i apply it using this brush in swirling circles and the finished look is pure perfection.
if you, like me, tend to collect these peach-gold-shimmer-rose toned blushes, this will be a welcome addition to your menagerie. note: it’s nearly sold out everywhere, get this one while you can!
lindsay and i met at lucky fabb in 2011, but we had been fairly obsessively reading each other’s beauty blogs well before then. it is so fun to know lindsay and compare blogging notes – she’s very much like a kindred beauty spirit! her #lipbomb makes me so happy, mainly because it includes both bonne bell and tom ford and i think that’s unbelievably awesome. if you don’t know lindsay, i would definitely encourage you to browse through her beauty musings. and if you want to send me your #lipbomb, please do!
my younger and wiser sister suggested a pretty gifty post centered around sephora’s amazing selection of combination sets and makeup kits that crop up by the dozen around the holidays. her exact words were “whoever said it was better to give than to receive clearly never got one of these!” she touts these selections for their wow impact and general bang-for-the-buck’ness – and who am i to argue with that kind of genius?
her picks for an extra beautiful holiday (in miniature) are as follows:
gorgeous weather always sends me strolling in the beauty aisles for a new blush and there haven’t been many big developments in the world of cheek color in recent seasons. it’s cream or powder, matte or shimmer, but leave it to bare escentuals to shake things up in a good way.
the new black compact is a fresh addition to my beauty basket, trumping regular old powder blush with the addition of camellia flower oil which helps to keep its solid shape without the addition of fillers and parabens. the camellia oil also it to swirl on nicely and gives them an almost creamy feel. it’s the first time i can say that there’s something between cream and powder, and it’s this.
formula being a winner, it’s icing on the cake that the color run in this collection is one of the prettiest i’ve seen, from light nude to bold blushing pink. i’m highly pleased with the pigment and a finish that falls somewhere short of entirely matte, thanks to a slight sheen. this makes them all the more blendable.
the tiny brush, normally the first thing to go when i open a new blush, is especially great if you’re a gal who likes to take her blush on the road. it’s the high quality we’ve come to know and love from be in the brush department, but pocket sized.
there are so many pretty prezzies on the market these days. i’m trying something new and putting together a series of gift guides for the beauty addict in your life. each round up will feature my top picks for gifts geared toward a particular theme, category, or recipient. i’m calling it ‘pretty gifty’ – hope you enjoy!
first up is a half dozen gifts in triplicate. for whatever the reason, beauty products in threes are uber abundant this time of year. need you a stocking stuffer or something for your sweet secret santa, here are my favorite beautiful threesomes.