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Advanced Mineral Makeup: Naturally Good For Your Skin

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Every woman’s desire is to look beautiful naturally but many women feel more comfortable enhancing their beauty with makeup.  With Advanced Mineral Makeup it can be done naturally!  Made with ultra-refined all-natural minerals, this line of makeup offers a wide range of products suitable for all skin tones and types.  The line includes:

  • Loose Powder Foundation — If there’s just one product to use, this is it.  This 4-in-1 product can be used as a powder, foundation, concealer and sunscreen (SPF 30)
  • Perfecting Concealer — Need some extra help with dark eye circles? This product effectively conceals dark circles and puffiness without caking or drying.
  • Liquid Mineral Foundation — Available in 7 shades, the product stimulates cell growth and rejuvenates tired skin while providing luminous coverage.
  • Pressed Powder Compact — Similar to the loose powder, this is also a 4-in-1 product for on-the-go touch-ups.

Advanced Mineral products are available in dermatologist offices and high-end spas and have been used by makeup artists on the set of Grey’s Anatomy and NSIS.  Enhance your natural beauty naturally with Advanced Mineral Makeup.

 

Beauty Innovation – Sonia Kashuk Complexion Perfector

This is a brilliant idea from one of my favorite budget beauty lines, Sonia Kashuk!

For those of you who alternate between a foundation brush and a makeup sponge, the Sonia Kashuk Complexion Perfector is the perfect tool. I used the brush for my foundation and then simply turned it around and used the sponge to blend a bit more on the outer edges and around the nose.


The brush has great smooth bristles (synthetic) that really work to blend foundation streak free, and the sponge is firm but is still pliable and soft enough to apply makeup to smaller and larger areas of the face, as well as buff and blend makeup.

It’s also great to use with cream blushes. Saves space and saves time too, so it’s a big winner for me. – RLB

From our friends at Palacinka Beauty Blog

3 BB Creams Worth Trying Now!

  • posted April 1st, 2012
  • Beauty

Asia’s hottest beauty and skin care craze has slowly but surely been making its way to our neck of the woods, and just in the past few months or so, the product has seemed to have completely blown up in popularity! It’s hard to open a magazine, scan any sort of fashion blog, or pass by any store that sells makeup without being reminded that BB Creams are taking the makeup world by storm. And as someone who has overcome serious acne and no longer needs to hide behind her makeup, I love the idea of a lightweight, moisturizing product that can camouflage blemishes and imperfections, enhancing skin while still allowing it to breathe and be seen! But in the midst of all the BB cream hype, how do I choose the right one? I’m sure plenty of trial and error will be involved, but here’s the top 3 contenders on my shopping list that I think are worth trying out first, and why!

Dr. Brandt Flexitone BB Cream – I’m a huge fan of the brand’s Pores No More primer, and considering the BB cream is even cheaper (though still a slightly painful $39), I’m hoping it boasts the same amazing pore refining powers in BB cream form! I’m a little skeptical of its ‘Flexitone’ one-shade-adjusts-to-all technology, but if it works, I’ll be glad to spare myself the headache of trying to find my perfect shade!

Clinique Age Defense BB Cream SPF 30 – With summer right around the corner, the idea of having one product that takes care of most of my primer, foundation, moisturizing, and sunscreen needs is pretty darn tempting! While Clinique’s is one of the top-rated BB creams on Sephora, I’m a bit worried that its extremely limited shade offerings might not work with my medium skin tone! Either way, this multi-tasking product is definitely worth a look!

Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector – The main draw of Garnier’s take on the skin care trend is the unbeatable price (~$13). At less than a third of the cost of most leading brand’s BB creams, this one requires the least amount of commitment if you’re curious about testing the product out without burning a hole in your wallet!

– Alexandra Gambardella

Makeup Setting Powders For a Flawless Face That Lasts!

  • posted March 1st, 2012
  • Beauty

Most of us have a foundation they swear by and rarely stray from their preferred brand, formula, and shade. After all, it probably took you years of experimenting, researching, and a few tragic mismatches to find the shade you now lovingly call your go-to. But realistically, is your favorite foundation lasting as long as you want it to? Does it still have that perfect just-applied finish by the time lunchtime rolls around? Probably not, and that’s not a cardinal sin; given environmental factors, your skin’s natural oils, and your day’s activities, your makeup is bound to deteriorate as the day goes on… but that doesn’t mean you can’t do something about it! A makeup setting powder is a great way to add length to your makeup application’s lifetime, ensuring that your foundation doesn’t settle into fine lines or pores, and doesn’t look caky or oily by the afternoon. Whether you prefer loose or pressed, make sure you choose a lightweight powder and apply sparingly so you don’t feel like you’re adding an entire extra layer to face. You can even take it along with you for light touch-ups throughout the day instead of touching up with your regular foundation (though you may find that using these handy powders in the first place may completely eliminate your need for touching up)!

Pictured above: Mineral Fusion Setting Powder, Cover FX Loose Setting Powder, Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder, and MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Natural.

– Alexandra Gambardella

Ditch Your Foundation With Dr. Jart+ Beauty Balm!

  • posted July 1st, 2011
  • Beauty

When it comes to layering on face makeup this summer, less is less — and that’s a very, very good thing. Any gal with an extensive beauty regime knows how many steps and products it can potentially take when you’re serious about preserving your skin and getting the coverage you want — especially given the summer’s extended periods of sun exposure — but multiple layers also usually makes for suffocated skin. After all, who wants to pile on so many products when you end up essentially sweating them all off within an hour of being outside (or inside with no air-conditioning, for that matter)? Thanks to Dr. Jart+ Beauty Balm, you can multi-task with all your sun-banishing skin products in one lightweight formula, while also perfecting skin and reducing the need for foundation, concealer, and powder. A moisturizer, sunscreen, and treatment serum in one, Beauty Balm protects against the sun and other potentially harmful environmental factors and provides a healthy base under foundation, eliminating your need to pile on more makeup to get flattering coverage! Choose the Water Fuse formula with SPF 25 for extra hydration, a dewey look and a refreshing cooling sensation, or opt for the Premium with SPF 45 for extra skin-brightening properties and more sun protection!

– Alex Gambardella

L’oreal MagicSmooth Souffle Makeup

There is something about whipped beauty products that makes them that much more enticing.  Throw in the word mousse or souffle and you have yourself a winner.  L’oreal’s latest creation MagicSmooth Souffle makeup is air-whipped goodness in a jar.

Smoothing lines and blurring pores is what MagicSmooth Souffle is all about.  Providing even coverage and seamless blending is the magic behind this fantastic new product that is part of L’oreal’s Studio Secrets Professional Face line.  MagicSmooth Souffle is a very lightweight foundation formula that provides sheer coverage.  Its silky, smooth texture glides onto your skin easily giving you a natural, blended, even-toned look.  MagicSmooth Souffle has twelve amazing shades to choose from so finding a good fit is easy.

Available at drug and retail stores nationwide, including Amazon.com L’oreal MagicSmooth Souffle makeup sells for about $15.

– Victoria Mason

Healthy Coverage Without The Mess With Pressed Mineral Powder!

  • posted April 1st, 2011
  • Beauty

Back in my acne-prone high school days, I relied on heavy coverage makeup to hide behind, even though I knew it was only making my skin worse. Nowadays I have a clearer complexion (thank goodness), and although I still do like a fair amount of coverage when it comes to foundation, I try to be as conscious as possible about what I’m putting on my skin and making sure I have a good balance between the look I want and giving my skin room to breathe! While I strongly dislike loose powder, I’ve been trying to get myself to convert to mineral makeup — the ideal solution for girls like me who want buildable coverage that won’t clog pores, appear caked on, or suffocate skin — but call me clumsy, I just can’t get past the mess and too-sheer feel of most loose powders. As an alternative, I’ve compiled some highly-lauded pressed powder alternatives for those of us who are gradually trying to wean ourselves off heavy-coverage powders like MAC, but still want a matte formula that applies evenly and smoothly!

Pictured above: Jane Iredale PurePressed Mineral Powder with SPF 20, Tarte Provocateur Pressed Mineral Powder SPF 8, Cover FX Mineral Powder Foundation, Laura Mercier Mineral Pressed Powder SPF 15, and Sue Devitt SpaComplexion Hydrating Marine Minerals Pressed Powder.

– Alex Gambardella

SLEEK One Shoulder Black Dress Giveaway

Shopping and Info has a 2011 black one shoulder dress from SLEEK for our December Holiday 2010 giveaway contest.  They are giving away one (1) Black one shoulder dress from Sleek. Retail $395. This dress is not yet in stores and will be seen on a few celebrity new moms very soon.

SLEEK is engineered with body-defining shapewear incorporated into the construction of each garment.  The dresses are stylish, sexy.  Perfect for hiding added holiday pounds, new moms, and women on-the-go.

SLEEK is guaranteed to make women look thinner without having to rely on separate foundation garments such as Spanx. The unique construction of the dresses smooths common problem areas including midriff, tummy, hips and thighs. With the shapewear sewn in between the lining of the dress, pieces are completely seamless and unbelievably comfortable to wear; a polished look in seconds. Made with lightweight wool/lycra blend or
stretch silk satin in season-spanning classic cuts, these pieces will become wardrobe staples, going from office to dinner, day-to-night.

The collection will be available this spring 2011 at NORDSTROM and Lord & Taylor butcan be ordered online now at sleekcollection.net. Sizes run from 0-14.

Go to the Shopping and Info site to enter this fabulous giveaway

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3 Foundations For Luminous, Dewy Skin This Fall!

  • posted September 1st, 2010
  • Beauty

Beauty trends may come and go, and new fun products rise and fall in popularity, but one makeup goal that always remains constant is the search for flawless foundation. Just when I think I have my base perfected, a new primer, concealer or powder emerges to render my old look obsolete. Since I may never find just one timeless foundation that can carry me through any season’s weather or sustain all passing makeup trends, I’ve instead learned to be flexible and simply accommodate the way I enhance my complexion to suit the beauty season at hand. This fall, that means fresh, dewy skin to counteract fall’s stark smokey eyes and bold lips — in other words, a lightweight foundation that makes skin look luminous while still evening tone and camouflaging trouble spots. Sounds like a challenge, but I think I’ve found a few products that are up to the task! For one, Murad’s Dewy Finish Primer helps minimize pores and redness while providing a radiant glow without the excess oiliness. If you’re more partial to powder, Shiseido’s Brightening Veil goes on lightweight, disguises imperfections, and brightens skin in a way that’s sheer enough to wear under foundation or alone. For more coverage without the heavy chalky look, try Stila Illuminating Liquid Foundation, which has a built-in luminizer to brighten your complexion without making skin look ultra-shiny.

-Alex Gambardella

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