“I don’t like powder! It gets in my nose and I can’t breathe. Stop! No more. I don’t want it. Karleeeeee”
This is the usual bit I get from my mother every time I try to apply her makeup. The woman goes into it with her nose upturned, an annoyed roll of the eyes and a begging plea to leave her be. It’s not that she doesn’t like the way she looks after it’s all said and done, it’s the process she can’t stand.
Taking a sneak peek into my mother’s purse, the only cosmetics you’ll find is a mini Aveeno moisturizer, perhaps a chapstick and a comb; needless to say, she’s a low-maintenance gal. So, when I found an easy to use, portable, refillable and most importantly, effective product, I knew I had to toss one her way. And she hasn’t stopped talking about how much she loves it since.
BareEscentuals has come out with the bareMinerals Mini Refillable Buffing Brush, an all-in-one mineral foundation and brush.
Let me give you a little background on the company and their products:
BareEscentuals is a cosmetic company started by Leslie Blodgett that dates back to the 1970s and is responsible for the birth of bareMinerals, rareMinerals, Buxom and md formulations. If you’ve ever tuned into a late night QVC infomercial, I’m sure you’ve stumbled upon Leslie and her products at one time or another, they’re everywhere.
Working at Ulta, it was our number one priority to sell bareMinerals. We had the displays, the t-shirts and the oh so nifty “swirl, tap and buff” tagline. Though I sold bareEscentuals everyday, I never really thought about using it for myself; I was more of a liquid foundation girl. The main line of products, bareMinerals, is a series of mineral-based powder products ranging from foundation, concealer, bronzer, blush, eyeshadows and liners and something they call “mineral veil,” a light finishing powder. Their products are created from “all natural” ingredients and claim to actually improve the appearance and feel of your skin with prolonged use.
The majority of their products require a pot of powder, a buffing brush and a lot of patience and neatness. There’s the opening of the pot, the pouring of the powder into the cap, swirling the brush in the cap and tapping off any excess product. Just typing that is exhausting — so when I found a one-stepper, I had to have it!
Only $14 for at least a month’s worth of powder foundation and a buki brush to buff it in, a steal in any book. Pop off the cap and turn the bottom dial and start buffing it into your skin in a circular motion–super easy! Toss this baby into your purse and never be without a healthy, even-toned glow.
I decided to do a little extra trial research before writing this post, so here are all the things you can do with your bareMinerals powder on:
- Lay out in the sun–its got SPF 15 built in!
- Go for a run in the park– it’s matte so you won’t even shine!
- Layer on any bronzer or blush
- Drink a chocatini
- Have a screaming match with your boyfriend
- and of course… look fabulous!
So… go out and buy this little nugget. It’s great for the low maintenance girl on the go AND gals like me where this is my first of many makeup steps. Enjoy it and let me know what you think!
Tip: Take a few extra minutes and get someone working at Ulta or Sephora to do a free color test for you. They’ll try a few different shades on you and find your perfect match. I ended up buying the light (for the winter and my not so tan days) and the medium beige for the summer.