bareminerals the adrenaline rush

bareminerals ready color boost adrenaline rush

are you ready to look better nude?

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!

bareminerals ready color boost the adrenaline rush, $29

lips with moxie from bareminerals

bareminerals marvelous moxie

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?

bareminerals blush in the natural high

bare escentuals natural high

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!

shop bareminerals ready blush in the natural high ($22) >

show me your lip bomb, lindsay

lindsay's lip bomb

name: lindsay rogers
internet home: belle belle beauty blog
number of products: 6
the bomb:  

tom ford private blend lipstick in casablanca, $48
bare minerals pink marzipan 100% natural lip gloss
(from the 2012 simply irresistible holiday collection)
fresh sugar rose lip treatment, $22.50
nars lip gloss in greek holiday, $24
giorgio armani gloss d’armani in 502, $30
bonne bell lip smacker in dr. pepper, $1.99

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!

pretty gifty: kits and sets

pretty gifty: kits and sets

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:

bareminerals the total package collection, $36
benefit cosmetics she’s so…jetset! $36
sephora favorites glitz and glam party sampler, $45
tarte the stand outs limited edition best sellers kit, $25
too faced beauty editor darlings set, $19 <– steal of the century!
smashbox try it kit, $19

bare escentuals bareminerals ready blush

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.

all in all? pretty darn irresistible.

bareminerals ready blush, $22 at nordstrom and sephora.

my ten favorite product finds of the year

it was really fun to see which posts were the most popular among you lovelies yesterday. i thought i would do my own spin on it and choose ten posted products still making an impact in my routine at the end of 2011. in no particular order:

ten favorite products of the year

1. butter london nail nail foundation is encouraging me to do more at-home manis (a beauty resolution of mine for 2012!)

2. bobbi brown tinted moisturizer oil free is my everyday ‘foundation’ – i love the fresh dewy look it leaves me with. it gives enough coverage to hide my flaws, but is sheer so i don’t look too done up.

3. use me products have been a godsend! i love the low foaming scalp cleanser, soft and light hair moisturizer, and the get it straight gelee. my hair is forever changed and there is no turning back!

4. technically never posted, but i write enough about stephanie johnson that i thought it would be ok to throw this one in there. her multipurpose medium flat pouch in rodeo drive silver is the perfect sweet, slim beauty bag for on the go. i don’t leave home without it.

5. eos lip balm leaves my lips the smoothest they have ever been. i keep one at my desk, one in my purse, and one at my bedside. it’s the $3 miracle that i can’t get enough of!

6. clinique bottom lash mascara has been a top-shelf find. even though i use it only on my top lashes, the tiny brush and smudge-proof formula keep me coming back for more.

7. the bare escentuals ready eyeshadows are incredible! the application is so smooth, the duo pairings foolproof, and the staying power impressive enough to make me want to experiment with more eye color. and for a nude shadow addict, that is really saying something.

8. the sephora microfiber hair turban has done amazing things for me. for one, it stopped what i had always assumed was a receding hairline (in fact, my heavy hair towel was pulling the baby hairs out from around my face). it also stays in place sans slippage, cuts drying time in half and is a dream to travel with!

9. nars pure sheer lip treatment in lara not only has the best of names, but it’s the ultimate in easy lip color. i call it a little slip of nothing, adding just the right boost to your natural look.

10. jane iredale’s retractable lip brush has opened me up to a whole new world of lip products! i despise sticking my finger into pots of gloss and balm, but this little beauty has changed all of that. i love the way it snaps shut for toting around – you never know when you will need it!

have you discovered anything through the blog that has found a permanent home in your beauty bag this year?

pretty gifty: terrific trios

pretty gifty: terrific trios

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.

left column: marc jacobs rollerball trio, $38; smith’s rosebud salve medley, $16; ysl ‘golden gloss’ holiday trio, $59

right column: l’occitane hand indulgences, $26; deborah lippmann ‘dance music’ holiday mini trio, $29; bare escentuals ‘light show’ metallic eyeliner, $24