Thursday, December 1, 2011

Review: Maybelline Fit Me foundation

So I've been bad and took a little not intended break from my blog! So I've made a lot of new Cm Minerals products that I need to post but I want to take the time to do some reviews of store purchases I've made as well. I was really excited to try Maybelline's new Fit Me liquid foundation, have been wearing it for two weeks, but I am still on the fence and don't think I will be repurchasing this, and here are some of my thoughts.

Maybelline claims Fit me will:

Give natural coverage with no oils or waxes to clog skin, leaving skin natural and able to breathe. The Lightweight base allows skins natural highs and lows to show through, and makeup is best applied with finger tips.

Shades: I found my correct shade the first try, and I was excited on how light the lightest colors are! Im so pale and this is the first foundation that did not leave a line in between my face and neck, I mean, it actually matches me! So if your pale and need a light to medium coverage, this is a great place to start. The colors appear to be paired up for each lightness, giving a neutral for that color and a cool. So the first color is neutral, the second color more cool. For example, 110 is neutral, very pale, and 115 is also pale but more pink. So the next color 115, would be the next shade down, and 120 will be the next shade down but more cool in color. Hope that makes sense!

Coverage and formula: The formula is a bit moisturizing, so I can only wear this in the cold months when my skin is drier. (I have combo skin) That being said, it melts off my face by lunch time, and I still have to wear my mineral powder over it and retouch on my lunch break. I really like the medium coverage, but if you have spots you will need to use a concealer. If your looking to cover alot I would skip this foundation. I usually apply this just as a base for my mineral makeup, since it is meant to be a light to medium coverage foundation. Like Maybelline claims, it will let your natural skin show through. The formula is nice tho and blends is soo well. I've used both brush application and just my fingers and both work well.

Who this will work for: Anyone needing moisture in their foundation, or anyone needing light to medium coverage. Also pale skin tones that can't find a match will love the color selection, and anyone with sensitive skin or acne prone skin may benefit from the light formula.

Who this won't work for: So this foundation won't work for any one needing full coverage, combo or oily skin types may find that there is no lasting power, but over all, I do recommend it because of the non clogging ingredients and the color selection. I really don't see this as a foundation, I think of it more as a tinted moisturizer. For less than $6 this is worth a shot, but do to the poor lasting quality I don't think I will be purchasing this again.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Fall makeup look, my entry for makeupgeek's weekly challange

So ladies, I found my camera, just in time to enter makeupgeek's weekly challange. There is one winner for best look and another random selected winner. This is my first makeup contest entry ever...and I'm so happy with how it turned out. I used a combination of makeup I had on and and
Cm Minerals products. Full list of the products used are bellow the photos. Enjoy ladies!

Monistat anti chaffing gel for primer
nyx concealer in a jar in porcelene
revlon colorstay in nude
cm minerals blur primer/ finishing powder on top
cm minerals matte bronzer in coffee bean for bronzer
cm minerals blush in peachy sheen

nyx concealer in a jar for lid primer
nyx green eyeliner in moss
cm minerals eyeshadow in lemon peel all over lid
cm minerals eyeshadow in prowl (green) in inner corner
cm minerals blush peachy sheen in crease (eye safe)
tkb trading mica in blush beige on lid and sally beauty supply gold glitter (.99) also on lid
cover girl eyeshadow quad dynamite drama, green in inner corner and burgandy color on outter v
nyx cream eyeliner in black
merle norman luxiva xtra length mascara

palladio lipgloss in champagne
nyx eyeliner pencil in 24 karat

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

My Favorite skincare products to date!

So I promised another eye look the other day, and I actually did it, and now I have misplaced my camera! So in the meantime, I've decided to go ahead and give you guys my new favorites this summer, as I have been wanting to share with you guys anyway!

I've tried alot of products this year alone, just trying to get my skin to stop breaking out or freaking out, whatever it was doing! This summer I finally was able to stick with a solid routine that works, while finding some great favorites along the way. As you all know, I've suffered with moderate cystic acne for years, and while my skin was oily in high school, it is now more combo these days. Oily in the summer, and more dry in the winter. These are not listed in any particular order, as I love all of these and they work for me!

1. Garnier Nutritioniste Moisture Rescue Gel Cream

Why I love this: Over and Over I read blogs of ladies who are oily in the summer, and my skin is always back and forth, too oily, too dry, my skin doesn't know what it wants. This stuff is water based, so ladies with oily skin and combo skin will love this. It sinks right in, is lightly scented, and leaves the skin feeling silky, not oily. I've also recently done a review of this product, love love how it locks in moisture in my dry areas and doesn't leave my skin greasy in the summer heat.

2. Cetaphil Restoraderm Skin Restoring Moisturizer

Why I love this: So when I started the regimen (yes, post on that experience in the works as well) My acne was drying up so well, but other non breakout areas were peeling, itching, and red. I was determined to stick to the regimen while not destroying the moisture content of my skin. I know a lot of people rave about Cetaphil products, but I saw this was new and was also formulated especially for people with eczema and really dry irritated skin, so I thought, what the heck, if its great for eczema its gotta help my skin! I never had another itchy, flakey day on the regimen with this stuff. Its so rich and creamy, yet doesn't take long to sink in. I even used this during the day before the weather was too hot, and I was not oily at all. It really did help my skin restore itself back to normal.

3. Lypsyl Lip Balm

Why I love this: My all time favorite lip balms, Carmex and Blistex, stopped working on my this year! I have always been able to switch between the two, but my lips peeled and peeled, nothing I tried helped. I found this at Walmart and had never seen it before, and the ingredients really grabbed my attention. It contains Coconut Oil, beeswax, shea butter, vitamin e, and
vitamin a! I love this stuff, and my lips do too, they are so soft and don't peel since I've found this, and it has a slight minty feel, almost like carmex, but less medicine like, and more pleasant.

4. Olay Foaming Face Wash for Sensitive skin

Why I am in love: This product has two uses! I was on the look for a cleanser that was gentle, not over drying, and good at taking off makeup. It sounded like too tall of an order when I found good reviews for this stuff, I decided to buy it. I'm so glad I did! The cleanser I was using before this ( Clean & Clear foaming face wash) was not foaming up enough for me, and was slightly drying. I like it, but decided to try something else. The Olay cleanser is oil free, fragrance free, and contains aloe, which I love, it is also soap free and claims to lather well. It really does lather so much, I love how it feels, takes off makeup well, leaves slight hydration from the aloe, and doesn't leave a film feeling on your face. But wait!! There is another reason why I love this. I use it to wash my makeup brushes. The aloe and lather softens up the most rough bristles. I had a kabuki brush that I hated to use, but this cleanser softened it right up, and now I am in love with my kabuki! If anything, spend the 5 bucks on this cleanser for your brushes!

5. Witch hazel

I have been using this on my skin off and on for years, but started using it again to help in the healing of my damaged skin from picking! Its a natural astringent, so it gently cleans and without removing moisture. Its really good for oily skin, blemished skin, damaged, irritated, or red skin. It helped heal my old acne sores before my face cleared up, and now that my skin is clear, I use this as a toner day and night to soothe redness and refresh my skin. This really helps on days when my face feels a little oily as well, but this is not over drying either. Balances my skin just right!

6. Benzoyl Peroxide (BP): AcneFree All Day Acne Control 5% BP and 2.5% BP Treatment

I love both of these products and here's why: After not being able to find a high quality BP, I decided to order the BP. I was following Dan's (owner of regimen anyway so why not try his BP treatment? I fell in love with how smooth this product was, and it was a gel instead of a cream, so no white residue left on the skin at all! The low 2.5% was amazing at clearing up the acne while my skin was still getting used to the BP, it was also the most gentle I had found. I had tried products with bp before, but I never used them long enough to treat my acne because all the bp in the market I had tried was not of good quality and not gentle at all, and I would end up giving up. Then I saw AcneFree had come out with a leave on foam bp, and I didn't have time to order the bp online. I love that its just slightly a higher percent, great for those who's skin is already used to the 2.5% bp. The foam dries so fast!! Even faster than the acne.or gel version! I was so surprised at the quality of this, because I hated Acnefree's starter kit they first came out with. I use less product of the foam as well. One small palm full day and night is enough to cover a thin layer all over my face and neck. When it liquefies onto your skin its so smooth and just works into your skin so gently and soaks right up. I think both of these products clear up acne so so well, I will be buying both versions of bp for life, both as treatments and preventatives.

* Just as a side note, AcneFree is coming out with alot of new products that I want to try, and I think this company will give Proactive a run for its money! AcneFree also came out with a green tea moisturizer AND a sulfur mask, and I can't wait to try both!

7. Mario Badescu Strawberry Tonic Mask

So I do not have a HG face mask, but I do love this and will buy it until I find an HG. I have been wanting to try the Mario Badescu's whitening mask, but my store never carries it, and told me that this would also be great for my skin. I love the ingredients in this: Balsam Peru, Kaolin Clay, and Strawberry Extract. The balsam peru is supposed to calm irritated skin, the Kaolin Clay is great for cleansing pores and drawing out impurities, and the Strawberry extract is lightly astringent and soothing, and also aids in skin brightening and healing. (All this info is from I haven't used it long enough to see brightening of my acne scars yet, but I think it really does help. My skin is nice and tight feeling after this mask, but the soothing ingredients help the skin to not dry out too much. I think combo and oily skin types will both love this! (According to MarioBadescu, it is for oily, combo, and sensitive skin) My pores are really clean and the redness in my face calms down so much after I've done this mask. I do think if the balsam peru and strawberry extract continue to reduce my redness and acne scars, this may turn into an hg mask for me, and besides that, IT SMELLS SOOOOOO GOOD!!!

8. Olive Oil

I always have some of this on hand for cooking, so I use this to remove my makeup on really heavy eye makeup days! I just don't see myself buying a separate makeup remover when I always have this, and besides, you can warm this up a bit and soak your hands and nails for a diy manicure, and slather this on any extra dry skin, like feet, elbows, knees, lips. I use this to soak my hands to soften cuticles and at night on my lips when they are extra dry. You can also combine this with Castor Oil (another really great multi use beauty product) for oil cleansing. Many beauty guru's mix olive oil and sugar for a yummy diy lip scrub! Don't spend extra money when you probably already have this! If you search olive oil you will see so many uses for this stuff, don't you just love multi use products!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Review Time! Garnier Moisture Rescue Refreshing Gel-Cream Clinique Moisture Surge Dupe

So I have been desperately been looking everywhere for a dupe of my fav Clinique moisturizer, when a wonderful person on suggested I try Garnier's Moisture Rescue Refreshing Gel-Cream. I's so much more affordable. I got mine at my local Walmart for under $7, and not only that, I actually love the stuff! It works so well for me, as I have combo skin, more oily skin in the summer time and dry in the winter.

It's a light gel formula, I don't really know why they call it a gel cream? because its a gel. First of, the product has a light scent, very pleasant, and fades fairly quickly. The gel feels cool on the skin, and sinks in quite nicely, and like the Moisture Surge, it gives a silky feel to the skin, almost like a super light makeup primer! The refreshing feeling it gives feels so good in the mornings, like a mini pick me up. The packaging is very nice, its in a glass jar, it's clear tho so you may want to store it in a dark makeup cabinet to help preserve the antioxidants and such.

Garnier claims this product 'instantly penetrates', which I really think it does, sinks into my skin in about a minute, and I apply my makeup after about 5 mins, so its helps make my mornings go faster. It also says it is 'oil free' and 'blocks out dryness' Which I also think it really does balance out my combo/ oily skin, not giving too much moisture. Instead of oils it contains 'antioxidant fruit water extract' and I love the refreshing feel it gives, not oily or greasy at all!! I don't know how much moisture this actually has for dryer skin, so I will have to try it out in the winter, because I have combo skin and have to switch up moisturizers all the time! It also claimes to 'lock in moisture' and I do have to say I haven't gotten dry patches on my combo skin at all, so I'm really hoping to be able to use this in the cooler weather as well.

So if you love light moisturizers, have oily or combo skin, or just need light moisture in the warmer months, I say give this a go! What do you have to lose for under 10 bucks, its a great price for a drugstore product it really delivers, and I have to say I'm sold, and so glad I don't have to pay so much for Moisture Surge anymore!

I know I haven't posted a new eye look in a while, so I will get that going tomorrow for you guys!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Bronze and green look with our new bronzers

So I posted our new bronzers on etsy this weekend, and I'm so excited to show you the look I wore today using these.

On the eyes I am wearing Lemon peel on the inner corner of the eye, then I took grasshopper and patted onto the lid, just up to the crease and to the outter corner. I darkened my crease with Prowl, and defined the outter v with Coco Bean. To highlight the very inner corners of my eyes and under my brows, I used Beach Babe. I also used beach babe as a highlighter on my cheek bones.

Onto the face: I prepped my face with my fav daytime moisturizer (Garnier Nutritioniste Moisture Rescue Refreshing Gel-Cream, I love this stuff, reviews of all my current favs coming soon!) and let it soak in. I then dusted Mineral blur to get an even surface, and applied our foundation in Light. For the bronzer I used Glowing Bronze. It's good for light skintones like mine and has a beautiful glow to it, and can be slowly built up to the level of sun kissed look that you want. I dusted on my forehead, nose and chin. I used it as a contour under my cheekbones and lightly dusted some onto the apples of my cheeks. To complete my summer glow, I loaded up my fluffy brush again and dusted all over my neck and under my jaw bone, and feathered the color down onto my chest. You can really see on the photos how natural this look is, and compare the wonderful color that I got from the Glowing bronze to the white shoulders I have!

And here is a peak of all five colors with swatches of each

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Sea Urchin Mineral eyeshadow trio


Sandy golden yellow and vibrant greens with soft blue undertones, these colors complement both warm and cool skintones. Colors go on vibrant, as shown in swatches, and a little goes a long way. Applying these colors wet bring out the soft blue tones.

Lemon peel: Low, shimmer, that goes on almost matte. A golden yellow, very bright yet not quit a true yellow, like the golden peel of a lemon.

Grasshopper: A lime green yet very slightly subdued by blue tones. Medium shimmer, not too much, to compliment both shimmery and matte looks.

Prowl: A olive green with slight blue shimmer, bring out the cool tones by applying wet. Works great as an eyeliner as well.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Midnight Summer Blues eyeshadow trio


Summer is smokin hot this year, so why not get this smokey blue look to go with it! Three unique colors that can be worn together as in photo, or worn alone. Wear Aquatic by itself for a really bright daytime look, or smoke it out for a night time look with Midnight and Coco Bean in the mix. Super pigmented, these colors can also be used wet as eye liners and won't dissapoint!

Aquatic: A bright turquoise blue with gorgeous blue shimmer. Too bright for all over? Use it to line your bottom lid for just a pop of color for neutral and smokey looks.

Midnight: A navy blue with a slight purple undertone. Would also make a great eye liner.

Coco Bean: A super 'cool' chocolate, with a very unique purple sheen and shimmer. Would make an awesome liner for those days when black liner is too much. A great color for the office or any neutral look when plain brown just feels too boring.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

New Item, Mineral Foundation, 10g jars


Expect your mineral foundation to give coverage like a liquid? Perfecting Coverage gives you medium to full coverage, never looking powdery, but giving you a healthy, inner glow. Customize your coverage by applying wet or dry. No need to buy a separate concealer, spot apply wet for trouble spots that need a little extra coverage.

Silk powder contains 18 amino acids which can absorb into the skin, it reflects light to give a flawless face look, it absorbs oil, so it works well with oily skin, and it can also self adjust moisture, pulling or absorbing moisture when needed. Allantoin is a skin protectant, is very soothing to cuts, sunburn, etc, and can stimulate new cell growth. The more research you do on these two ingredients, the more you will fall in love as I did!

You will receive our foundation in our signature shiny black sifter jars in the 10g size. Swatches are applied wet over blur primer/ finisher.

Fair: for the lightest skin tones, which tend to burn, and more often have peachy/ pink undertones

Light: Slightly darker and more neutral tones than fair.

Creamy Beige: for those who fall inbetween light and medium, and find most foundations orange, our creamy beige has more neutral undertones.

Medium Olive: For hard to match medium tones who find makeup to be too orange, we have added a touch of olive tones to this blend to match neutral and olive ladies.

Tan: For medium tan skin with warm/ honey undertones.

Almond: For tan/ darker skintones with balanced undertones, not too warm, not too cool. Can also be used as a contour color for most skintones

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Before and after photo - Anna (me)

Created this dewy look for summer for our Sultry summer eyes trio.  Love love love the coverage from our mineral foundation!

So this is me, the top photos were taken about two weeks ago, but as you can see I have bad acne and deep red scarring on my cheeks.  I'm so happy to get the coverage out of  these minerals, I hope they will help you as well, thanks for looking!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Coming soon, new eyeshadows, and 10g jars, and an update on my skincare.

After months on end of offering only samples, I've finally put in an order and our 10g jars should be here next week!  Sample jars of our shadows, blur, and foundations will still be 2.50, while our 10g jars will be as follows:

10g jar eyeshadow..................5.00
10g jar blur primer/ finisher......5.00
10g jar foundation...................5.00

Foundations will be reformulated over the next few weeks to contain silk powder and allantoin.  These two ingredients are both very beneficial to the skin, and I just had to have them in my foundation base!  Silk powder contains 18 amino acids which can absorb into the skin, it reflects light to give a flawless face look, it absorbs oil, so it works well with oily skin, and it can also self adjust moisture, pulling or absorbing moisture when needed.  Allantoin is a skin protectant, is very soothing to cuts, sunburn, etc, and can stimulate new cell growth.  The more research you do on these two ingredients, the more you will fall in love as I did!

Now onto my skincare.  So a few months back I was testing out the oil cleansing method for my acne prone skin, and it did not go well at all.  It ended up making my cystic acne worse, so I had to find another solution for my acne once again.  I found a site called, which is like one of the first websites when you google acne.  I have been following this regimen for going on three months now, and my skin has improved about 90%, while the other 10% left are old acne scars, which are slowly, slowly lightening, and I now only get two active pimples a month, and no more, I repeat, no more cystic types or large lumps have come up!  I will post before and after photos soon (the before and after show a huge improvement) and do a long post on the whole three month process.  The only other thing I did to help my skin was stop using my liquid and cream foundations and use only mineral makeup.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

The oil cleansing method

So starting today, I've finally decided to jump on the oil cleansing method (ocm) train.  After doing tons of research, I've decided to start out with a mixture of 1 part castor oil, to 3 parts olive oil.  I'm going to be using sweet oil that can be found in your local store/ drugstore where castor oil can be found, usually in the pharmacy section or health care area.  Sweet oil is actually just olive oil, taken from olive oil that is odorless.  I just feel better about using this than just a bottle of olive oil found in the cooking oil isle as sweet oil is meant for topical use.

The oil cleansing method is just as is sounds, cleaning your skin with oils.  I know this sounds insane!!  I can see how it would help even oily skin tho, as in high school my skin would pour out oil and I thought that meant that I didn't need a moisturizer.  I was so wrong.  As soon as I started using moisturizers my skin pretty much normalized and now creates just the right amount of moisture, only getting dry or oily depending on weather and my current skin care routine.  My concern now is dealing with clogged pours and getting a deep clean without stripping my skin so that I can work on calming breakouts and getting that normalized so that I can start working on exfoliating to improve my skin texture, appearance, and to get rid of old acne scars.

The ocm is explained really well here and information about carrier oils can be found at Garden of Wisdom or my other favorite site Mountain Rose Herbs.  For me tho I'm just going to start out simple and experiment with other oils later.  I'm going to update my progress every week, so stay tuned!

Sunday, March 20, 2011

New eyeshadow, foundation, and mineral primer/ finishing veil

Finally getting around to putting up our new products.  This is just the beginning and plenty more to come, as we are getting ready for two craft shows this summer, one in may and the other in june.  So here are all our swatches, first up, the foundation:

 pictured from left to right fairly light, light, light medium, light medium warm, and medium
  and here are the swatches, medium, light medium warm, light medium, light, and fairly light.

from left to right light medium, light, and fair.  All swatches were applied over Blur primer.

The second photo is a close up of the first three, as fairly light is almost my arm color.  All colors are neutral and can be for either creamy, neutral, or yellow tones, and I've added extra yellow tones to light medium warm, and just a tiny bit of yellow to medium.

I formulated our foundation base to be smooth, with good adhesion, so you can get light to maximum coverage without it caking up, and to give it even blending properties.  It doubles as a concealer when applied with a damp concealer brush, and can be added to your favorite moisturizer. It contains light refracting minerals to reduce the appearance of fine lines and pores.  This is wonderful on your skin when applied with our blur primer/ finishing veil.


Blur can be used as a primer before any foundation application.  It blurs out fine lines and pores and makes your skin silky smooth, due to the light refracting minerals.  As always make sure you properly prep your face by cleansing and moisturizing before any makeup application. ( a post on this at a later date)  Complete your foundation by again using blur on top, it will set your foundation as well as give you a soft focus finish without being too matte.  Blur also contains minerals that will help your skin stay matte.

Mineral foundation is different from others because it melds with the natural oils on your skin, thus giving a more natural finish, good staying power, and low transfer or rub off from your skin.

Here are the eyeshadow available so far:

Color and Size

All the colors are pretty opaque with low sheen and shimmer.  I was having trouble with mineral eyeshadows being too sheer and glittery for my taste, and these are just a few colors I have formulated so far.  You can't see it in the photo bout Coco Bean is a pretty coco brown with a purple/ blue sheen to it, which would look great especially for cool skin tones.  Grass hopper is a yellow green, prowl a hunter green with soft blue tones, aquatic is a pretty straight forward aqua, and midnight is a deep blue with a little more shimmer than the other colors.  The shadows are easy to blend and have good adhesion.  They can be applied wet for maximum color coverage or even used as liners.

my beautiful sister is modeling our eyeshadow in Aquatic, and is also wearing blur primer/ finishing powder, and our Perfect coverage foundation in light medium.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Garden of Wisdom Majik coconut Revival Cream review

I have become obsessed lately with reading ingredients on everything I buy, especially skincare.  I first heard about Garden of Wisdom on MakeupAlley and I'm so glad.  Their products use the best ingredients, and every product has a description of what the ingredients do.  My favorite so far is the majik coconut revival cream.  It's a thick cream and smells sweet and marshmallow-y, which I love.
The product claims to be healing and acne fighting, and good for all skin types.  First lets start off with the packaging.  I've only ordered the sample size, which comes in a jar with a screw on lid.  I slightly don't like sticking my fingers into the jar to get the product, because it is just a little messy that way, and gets under my fingernails.  But this aside, the product is amazing, and secondly, its affordable.
The sample size jar is $5.25 and you get a whopping 2.5 oz for $21.90.  My sample size lasted for about a month and a half so a big jar would last forever!  For me it wasn't good as an all over moisturizer, not that it was too heavy but it actually didn't seem as effective on blemishes when I used it all over my face.  But when I used this as a spot treatment over my usual moisturizer at night, I did find my blemishes were more calmed, and healed faster.  For how thick the cream is, it actually sinks into skin very well with no greasy feel, and I think for those with really dry, irritated skin, or those who's skin is more dry during winter, would love this as an all over moisturizer.  Garden of wisdom's products are very concentrated, and the same goes for this product.  The first three ingredients are coconut water, coconut milk, and coconut cream.
Coconut is soothing, healing, antibacterial, AND hydrating, not like other acne ingredients that are drying, and can make skin worse instead of better.  I've even used this product on my severe dry lips and it sooths so well, but it doesn't taste so great so I only use it at night.  Coconut oil brings temporary pain relief, and I think thats why this feels so good and soothing on blemishes or on my chapped lips.  So I give this a 4 out of 5, taking away only 1 pt because it took me awhile to get the hang of the product and whether it worked better all over or just as a spot treatment.  I would order this again, and I will definately be buying the full size.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

ChainMaiden shout out, and jewelry photos

While I tried out the whole beaded jewelry thing, my mother and I stumbled on chainmail, and man was it addicting!  Finding a name was a little challenging at first, she came up with ChainMaiden and her little hobby has been growing into a small business.  While I've decided to open my own mineral makeup line, her products and product knowledge continue to grow.  Its excited to see people recognize us at craftshows, and we've been planning to be at Bonestock in Poplar Bluff this year.  I can't wait to see how it turns out!   Here are some of my favorite pieces and I can't wait to load up some photos of the new jewelry she's made!  I hope to get some mineral makeup supplies in this week or next, so stay tuned for that!  Talk to guys soon!
~Cm Minerals