Just Charlie G

I was excited to see bareMinerals launch a line of matte liquid lipsticks, not only do I really love a matte finish and a liquid lipstick but with such a good range of colours (10), I was optimistic I would find a nude that would suit me.  I searched for swatches online and decided upon Swag.

The Gen Nude collection is quite large and also includes Gen Nude Buttercream Lipglosses as well as Gen Nude Under Over Lip Liners, but I actually opted for a bareMinerals Marvelous Moxie Lipliner in the shade “Thrilled”. I suspect, but don’t quote me on it, that these are being discontinued, but they are currently still available on lots of sites. I opted for this as I was able to find decent swatches whereas with the new Gen Nude lip liners, I couldn’t be sure what I was buying would match my Matte Liquid Lipcolour.

bareMinerals Gen Nude Matte Liquid Lipstick

When I compared the liner and Lipcolour in swatches, they didn’t seem like a good enough match but actually on my lips they work perfectly together, and the Thrilled lip liner actually works with quite a lot of my existing products. Otherwise though, I don’t find it remarkable, in fact it feels a little draggy when I apply it, but it does do the job and I’m using it almost daily. The twist up mechanism is good, but I do feel like I am flying through the product and maybe a pencil would have been better value for money in the long run.

Marvelous Moxie Lipliner in Thrilled Left and Gen Nude Matte Liquid Lipcolor in Swag, Right:

bareMinerals Gen Nude Matte Liquid Lipstick

Swag is the most perfect lipstick I’ve ever owned. Honestly I’m not exaggerating! Firstly, I adore the colour, it is my perfect everyday shade and the formula is amazing. It goes on smoothly and feels creamy on application, but it dries quickly and it does so without sucking the moisture out of my lips. This is important because I can be a bit prone to dry lips in the first place, but this doesn’t make it worse in anyway, once it’s dried I cannot feel it on my lips at all. I also find the wear time on this is amazing, if I apply at 8am it will still be visible at tea time, with the only exception to this being if I’ve eaten something greasy. Otherwise, while it does fade, it fades evenly and very slowly. I will definitely need more of these in my life.

bareMinerals Gen Nude Matte Liquid LipstickI bought both of these products from Escentual, with my own money, because at the time of purchasing, and at the time of writing, the products are on offer. The Gen Nude Matte Liquid Lipcolors are £14.45 (RRP £17) and the Marvelous Moxie Lip Liner is £11.05 (RRP £13).

Gosh, I don’t know where this year has gone but here we are writing/reading what will be my last post before Christmas. And so it is that I’m reviewing a couple of products from bareMinerals. The Original SPF15 Foundation in Fair and Well-Rested Eye Brightener SPF20. I really apologise for the next two photographs. Call it retro, they are in the style of a beauty blog 2009. No props, just on my table!

bareminerals fair barenminerals fairI’m no stranger to BareMinerals foundation actually, I tried the Get Started in Light back in 2011 (post here!) and it wasn’t a great success on account of the orangeness. I remember the shades just weren’t right for me at all, in particular the concealer which was really dark and orange on me. So I gave up. I don’t know if Fair is a new shade in recent years, or if has always been there, but I had a craving to try a mineral foundation again and discovered  the shade Fair.

As well as the Foundation I also picked up the Well-Rested Eye Brightener SPF20, which is a mineral powder to be swept on around the eyes to help hide dark circles and minimise the look of tiredness. I picked it up to act as a general concealer, both around my eyes and on blemishes. It is a great deal lighter than the generic concealer, Bisque so I hope it might work for me.

Swatches, Fair Original Foundation on the Left and Well-Rested on the right, if you look closely!bareminerals fairTo apply, I start with the Well-Rested. I dust this around my eyes with a fluffy brush, otherwise it sits in all my fine lines, and then I cover redness and blemishes using the Maximum Coverage Concealer Brush which I already owned. As soon as I started using this I remembered how much I love mineral concealers. Redness vanishes and it really packs onto blemishes and it never ever seems to budge. I tend to get those hard shiny spots without a head that can be so hard to conceal, this stuff is like magic and I’m annoyed I didn’t try it sooner!

Then onto the Foundation. Again I use a bareminerals brush, namely the Full Flawless Application Brush. The jars are sifter jars so you tip a little into the lid, swirl your brush around, tap off the excess then buff into your skin. A little goes along way. Coverage is extremely good, but stays looking extremely natural. Things to note are a) the longer you wear this, the more natural it looks b) carry a brush around with you, all you need to do is buff again and flawless finish is restored. When I’ve finished applying my foundation, if I can spot any other marks or blemishes I go over with the concealer brush and the foundation, dabbing on only the tiniest amount. I finish with a gentle swirl with a very soft kabuki. It’s just brilliant.

The colour match for me, Fair, is perfect, it’s so perfect that I look spectacularly pale (I am very pale!) but uniformly so, so there’s no skimping on the bronzer and blusher. I need to add a touch of colour back to my face, but in a good way rather than redness!

After immediate application, it can look a touch powdery, nothing I find unappealing, but as I mentioned, over time it settles and become more and more natural. It’s just brilliant.

Honestly I’m completely sold and I can see why the brand is so huge. More things to note:

Immediately after application.

bareminrals fair bareminerals fairI’ve just invested in the Mineral Veil too and will review that in due course. I bought all my bits from Look Fantastic, the Foundation was £26.50 but I bought it during one of their huge discount events, and the Well-Rested eye Brightener was £19.00 but again I bought it with a large discount.

And all that remains is to wish you all a Merry Christmas and I hope to see you again when it’s all over! Thank you for reading in 2016!

*Products featured in this review purchase by me with my own money

The pressed shadows from bareMinerals have been on my radar for quite some time as on other blog posts the swatches looked very impressive. I’ve always admired bareMinerals eye shadows from a distance. They look so amazing in the shops but I tend to steer clear of loose shadows as a rule so these pressed pallets looked just the thing for me!

They come in two, four and eight pan palettes, but I think, and don’t quote me, the eight pan palettes are usually limited edition.

Anyway, four pan palettes come in several colour ways and I have  The Soundtrack.

bareMinerals READY Eyeshadow in The Soundtrack

 

bareMinerals READY Eyeshadow in The Soundtrack

One matte shade, the nude pale shade top right and three shimmers. I hesitate to call them shimmers though, they are almost metallic in texture. Well you can make your own mind up about what to call the finish when you see the swatches. Speaking of which….

bareMinerals READY Eyeshadow in The Soundtrack

In the pan, the bottom right colour appears to be a shimmering khaki or olive, but when swatched becomes a blackened olive…when blended out on my eye it is more of a grey shade.

Anyway, very impressed with this palette. It is ever bit as good as I had expected it to be, main problem is that now I have a strong desire to collect all the palettes, including the Limited Edition ones!

So here’s how I wore them (the first time) and I’ve got to ask your opinions about that at the end of this post!

bareMinerals READY Eyeshadow in The Soundtrack

 

bareMinerals READY Eyeshadow in The Soundtrack

 

Absolutely beautiful. I teamed with a neutral blush and a beige toned nude lippie and wore them a lot over the Christmas period and since. The Palettes are £29 each and I highly recommend checking them out.

You can buy them HERE.

Now before I scuttle off… does that eyeshadow look, look odd to you? Be honest, I have never in my life put a dark colour up that high, normally in the crease only, or on the eyelid. I felt self conscious all day when I wore them this way….

*Disclosure – PR Sample*

If you’ve got a couple of beauty lovers left to buy for, I might have just the things for you. I was going to do two separate posts for these but since we’re now getting so close to Christmas I thought I’d better hurry things along and do them both in the one post.

Firstly we have this amazing brush kit. The Dream Team from bareMinerals. £39

The Dream Team from bareMinerals

Before I go on too much about this I should tell you I can’t find this in stock anywhere online but I think it’s well worth checking a bareMinerals counter near you as this is a brush kit well worth having.

The Dream Team from bareMinerals

The Dream Team from bareMinerals
I took mine away with me to a Christmas party and overnight stay at the week and the brushes were fabulous. Actually, despite not using much in the way of bareMinerals make up, I have quite a few brushes in my collection, all of which I use a lot, they are great quality. This kit contains two eye shadow brushes, a face or foundation brush, a blusher brush and an eye shadow brush, all perform exceptionally well. If you can find it, grab it (for yourself!).

The second gift I want to show you is The Best of  L’Occitane Collection.

The Best of  L'Occitane Collection

The Best of  L'Occitane Collection
Not only is this beautiful to look at but it’s full of beautiful products. And not just that it’s currently got a whopping £33 pounds off taking it from a hefty £93 to a much more affordable £60. It contains 250ml Almond Shower Oil, 250ml Cherry Blossom Shower Gel, 100ml Almond Milk Concentrate, 100ml Lavender Foaming Bath, 75ml Shea Butter Hand Cream, 30ml Shea Butter Foot Cream and 20ml Verbena Eau de Toilette. The contents are worth £84.50 so this is currently a great deal. You are essentially getting a couple of products free. Brilliant. You can get it here and you don’t even have to gift wrap it!

*Disclosure – PR Samples*

I’m a bit confused about this product. I thought they’d been out for a while, but the press release I was sent states they are out in June. And then there is mention of a new colour, Rose Gold, which may be the one that is out in June. I’m also not sure which colour I’ve been sent, it may be Rose Gold, but looking at the descriptions I’d say it looks more like Bronzed Bronze… I wasn’t asked if I wanted review this product it just turned up in the post so I’m a bit clueless. Actually on reflection I’m sure this must be Rose Gold.

BareMinerals High Shine Eyecolor review
BareMinerals High Shine Eyecolor review
 A vial of fine loose shadow this comes with an applicator built in. The built in applicator isn’t great, it’s pretty huge for a start meaning when I tried to sweep it into the inner corners of my eyelids I covered a much greater area than I wanted to, but it’s ok I blended out with a fluffy brush. The applicator is so large it barely fits through the vial neck, it does come out fairly easily but its a tight fit meaning its hard not to leave a trail of powder as you go, it’s also spring loaded… I’m not even sure what purpose this serves! You are supposed to shake the vial to make sure the powder is on the applicator, tap the cap to remove excess, and remove from the vial… easier said than done.  That said, I’m nit picking really, it is convenient not to have to use my own brush and therefore  perfect product for on the go.
The shadow itself is gorgeous, it is indeed high shine and provides a beautiful wash of colour across the eyelid. I did have a very small amount of creasing at the end of the day but I had to look very closely in my magnifying mirror to see it. I really like the colour I was sent too. I am still assuming it is Rose Gold. I had a very small amount of fall out on application but this was quickly and easily swept away with my fan brush.
BareMinerals High Shine Eyecolor review
BareMinerals High Shine Eyecolor reviewBareMinerals High Shine Eyecolor review
All in all there are pros and cons, the colour is lovely, the portability is great and the finish and wear are great on these, probably perfect with a primer. The cons, well the sprung applicator is less than idea and I don’t think they are very cheap at £15 each… I’d probably say half that was a better price. Looking at the list of colours I’d love a look at Electric (deep teal), Gold Medal (pale gold), Ice (frosted pink) and Meteroite (Iced mocha) but I’d be looking at £60 for four eyeshadows… so they aren’t cheap although I think there’s a fair amount of product there.
So its a mixed review for these, they are lovely, but there are issues.

A while ago I was sent  a couple of the items from the newly launched bareMinerals skincare range and although I find the brand quite hit and miss I was really excited to try this range as it sounded so innovative to me. It’s all to do with soil y’see. Yep, soil. minerals in soil are goood so when extracted they can be used in skincare which is apparently capable of “transformational skin-renewing benefits”. The entire range contains this 100% pure RareMinerals ActiveSoil Complex  and claims to deliver faster cell turnover, visibly smaller pores, increased luminosity and softer, smoother, younger looking skin. You can see why I was so keen to try it.

I was sent two items, the Deep Cleansing Foam and the fascinating sounding Pure Transformation Night Treatment.

bare minerals pore transformation  night treatment

I love love love the packaging design, it’s simple, pretty and effective.

Anyway, starting off with the Deep Cleansing Foam. £15 for 119g. Really rich cleanser. You use a pearl size amount and when you add water it foams, just massage on and rinse off. Does a fab job, leaves my skin absolutely clean but not squeaky which I despise in a cleanser. Squeaky clean = not good. My skin feels soft after use and all traces of make up are gone. Sometimes I get out of the shower with panda eyes when a cleanser doesn’t really cut the mustard, but thats simply not the case with this stuff, I love it.

Then we have the Pure Transformation Night Treatment (£45). Honestly this sounded so innovative I couldn’t wait to try it out.

A night time treatment to replenish your skin for a better skin tone, reduces pores, increases firmness and improves elasticity. Or so it says.

Essentially this product goes on like a mineral powder foundation. It comes in a great pot with the kabuki style brush in the lid, you shake a bit of product out, dip your brush, tap off the excess then buff onto your skin. In fact this stuff is so much like foundation that it comes in four hues, clear, light, medium and tan. And this is where it all started to go wrong for me. I received Medium. It looks like a pot of foundation. It really does. Look!

bareMinerals Pure Transformation Night Treatment

Problem 1. Medium gives me a tango face. I tried not to worry about it, after all I was only going to bed, who cares, but I did care. Orange face is never good, even in the dark. I’d probably have been happier with the clear.
Problem 2. You apply it and it looks like foundation. It does not feel like a good thing to be doing before bed and I just haven’t been able to get past the fact that I’m caking on what feels like powder foundation before bed. My skin doesn’t feel comfortable.
Problem 3. After three days of use I got spots. Really bad spots. Now I have to be honest and say that it was just prior to my time of the month and not to do with the product at all as I always get spots then but because of the colour and nature of the product I simply couldn’t get past the idea that wearing make up to bed was a very bad idea. I know it’s not make up… but it looks like it, it feels like it, must be giving me spots.

I used it for a week and then I have to confess I gave up. I just couldn’t get past the weirdness of the whole experience at all! I will say that I think I definitely did notice my pores appearing smaller in the mornings and that until the spots appeared and in the areas there weren’t spots my skin was looking pretty good!

I just think that this product isn’t for me and that I’m more of a traditionalist and should stick to serums. Disappointing really as I was so excited about this. I just had a total mental block about it sadly. Couldn’t handle it. But you know, I wouldn’t be surprised at all if this was miraculous for some people because as I say, within a short period of time I’m sure I was noticing some positive effects. It’s not cheap though. Not cheap at all…

The cleanser is so lovely thought it wouldn’t put me off trying other products in the range like the eye cream and the moisturiser. It was purely the powder I took issue with. Definitely check out the cleanser if you like a good foaming one though!

The range is out now from all bareMinerals counters and http://www.selfridges.com/