Bare Escentuals Bare Beauty Party

RaremineralsOkay, I like Bare Escentuals a lot, but I'm not quite ready to join the BE cult just quite yet. However, I've managed to convince my friend Krissy to head over to the BE Bare Beauty Party at Macy's (with special guest appearance by BE CEO Leslie Blodgett) next Thursday, the 25th*.  As part of my Miss Tified beat, I should do some serious on-the-scene reporting.

Instead of covering the scene, I'll probably just get a "complimentary makeunder," where complimentary means it costs $25 (that will be applied to anything I purchase). The site doesn't say this at all but when I called to reserve a slot, they asked for my credit card. Just attending the event is free, however, and I believe they will be giving away Rare Minerals Skin Revival.

In San Francisco? Interested in going? RSVP today.

* Something tells me that you can like makeup without having to attend events like this. Still, it might be worth a post or two.

Bare Escentuals Test Drive

BekitWhat's the scariest way to start a new makeup/foundation regimen? I have to say it involves ditching your regular foundation, buying a new and completely type of coverage and then going on a trip for a couple of days with only the new stuff on hand. Well, I did just that when I chose to leave my regular foundation and powder at home and pack my brand new Bare Escentuals Get Started Kit for my three-day trip to Las Vegas (I attended CES, the largest Consumer Electronics Show).

If that's not scary enough, try getting a comment on your blog from from someone who says that using said product led them to get a severe case of cystic acne. How about reading the comment while you're wearing the damn stuff! I felt like I had just discovered that I was wearing something radioactive and had moments to live.

I have to say that despite the risk I took (lack of good coverage, break-outs, weird mineral poisoning, the growth of an extra appendage), I'm really loving Bare Escentuals. I find that the coverage is subtle (maybe because the DVD that came with the kit scared me into the world would end if I put too much on or if I didn't swirl well enough), yet adequate. Many of the issues I've read about Bare Escentuals Bare Minerals involve shininess and itching and though I haven't had those problems, my skin seems to be dryer than usual. Maybe that's just because I was in Vegas and that place dries skin on its own.

I like the coverage a lot -- particularly after applying "Warmth." And, I feel like it covers me all day. I did a lot of speaking over the past couple days and I felt confident that I was all even-toned and stuff. And, more importantly I liked how I looked. The Mineral Veil does a great job covering my pores, but I still worry about what prolonged usage will do. Will I break out? Will my face get completely dried out? Will my face peel off?

I'm still very interested in hearing the experiences of others who have used Bare Escentuals Bare Minerals.

Mineral Makeup: Just what is it?

So I'm watching late-night television and suddenly Leeza Gibbons and Melissa Mineral Gilbert are peddling Sheer Cover makeup. My first instinct was to change the channel, but then I realized that's not in the Miss Tified spirit. I'm pretty hesitant to believe informercials so I did a little searching to see what people are saying about Sheer Cover. What I found was a lot of spam blogs and this.

Ok, but what's so special mineral makeup (what Sheer Cover is supposed to be)? Bare Escentuals seems to be the best, or at least most recognizable, brand out there. From the "Behind the Brand" section on Sephora:

A pioneer of mineral makeup, the brands i.d. bareMinerals line uses 100 percent pure, micronized minerals and is favored by dermatologists because it's free of preservatives, fragrance, oil, talc, and other potentially skin irritating ingredients. Thanks to its zero irritability factor, this skin-loving formula is a dream come true for millions of women struggling with sensitive skin, rosacea, and acne. The creamy, weightless minerals create a flawless finish, all while improving the condition and appearance of your skin.

So, what's the deal behind mineral makeup? Is it really all that?

Guerlain Meteorites Powder: Best Thing Ever?

In the November issue of Allure (I do read other magazines), I read an article (Legends of the Mall) about the makeup/beauty items that warrant the most devotion. It was a list of items that no woman should live without. And yet, to no surprise, I hadn't heard of most of them.

The one that caught my attention the most was Guerlain Meterorites Powder. From the Allure article:

"The idea from Meteorites came from China, where women had long been condensing face poweder into tiny balls to ration it. Researchers at Guerlain decided this format would be perfect for blending colors: green to hide redness, pink to add rosiness, and white and gold to provide a soft glow...This was the product that showed women how to make their skin glow in a foulproof way, and it's popular to this day for that reason."

Meteorites_1 Make my skin glow in a foulproof way? That certainly sounded good. Inspired, I picked up a package of Meteorites in a Duty Free shop in London during my last business trip. Anyone who flies a lot knows that plane travel wrecks havoc on your "soft glow" so I welcomed the transformation.

Meteorites makes sense know since we've been introduced to a great number of products that does the blending of different colors thing. I even had a couple powers that did just that -- but they were compressed powders, not the magic little balls.

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Get rid of the bags under my eyes!

Three years ago I wrote a post about how to get rid of the bags under my eyes. Little did I know that it would become one of the most popular posts based on the search "tired eyes."

I originally wrote:

"I haven't really had a consistent, good sleeping schedule for a year and am in desperate need for some sort of product that will help reduce the bags/dark circles under my eyes -- not cosmetics or coverup but something actually that would reduce the bags. I've never been a particularly girly girl so I'm not even sure that this sort of thing actually exists (or rather, if it actually works). Any suggestions about a good product to try?"

I received a lot of advice in the comments, but that was for 2003 products.

Is there anything that's new and so revolutionary to make my bags less noticeable?


Beauty Stuff to Buy

  • Kevyn Aucoin: Face Forward

    Kevyn Aucoin: Face Forward
    "The ultimate beauty bookboth gorgeous and practical. Face Forward showcases Kevyn Aucoins incredible transformations of famous and ordinary people alike, and reveals through its step-by-step instructions how makeup can give anyone a variety of different faces."

  • : Allure: Confessions of a Beauty Editor

    Allure: Confessions of a Beauty Editor
    "The book includes essential makeup techniques, sidebars, expert tips, emergency fixes, and information on how to get the best products for your money."