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Friday, July 31, 2009

i've got EARTH on my face!

I remember very well the very 1st time i saw a Bare Escentuals tv ad in QVC channel when i was in the states with Z, exactly 4.5years ago.  It featured its founder, Leslie Blodgett as the spokesperson doing a makeup transformation on a model, with her BEFORE & AFTER looks.  The way her product, ie. Bare Minerals foundation enhanced the model's complexion is rather amazing, she simply swirl-swirl-swirled, tap-tap-tapped, then buffed away, and tadaaaaaa........a glowing and flawless complexion is there for the showing!  Just look at her photo here (courtesy of B.E's website btw), and you will understand my amazement.....

In the ad, those beautiful complexions that i saw did NOT appear photoshop perfect, instead appeared real, but more beautiful and glowing.  And that was why i was intrigued, becoz at least it's not as fake and misleading as cosmetic ads by big brand names where their models practically looked like angels (not that i actually know how an angel looks like.....), in short, UNreal!

I got hooked by B.E's ad that day....and silently, i was determined to find a way to get my hands on it while i was still there....and the chance came in our trip to San Fransisco, B.E's place of origins:D  I brought back 3 jars of Bare Minerals foundation, 2 jars of its Mineral Veil, 1 jar of eye shadow (coz I wasn't convinced i would like using powdery shadow that might drop into my eyes later!), and 1 jar of blush!  And oh! I got the B.E's Kabuki brush @ USD28 (RM110 at that time coz exchange rate was around 3.8+ :o )

Why so many jars, u ask?
At the time, B.E was the pioneer and the 1st brand for minerals foundation, my dear....
And it definitely would not come visit our shores anytime soon...and I needed it for my upcoming wedding (yupe, i did my own make up, used my own too).

In any case you're still in the dark about minerals cosmetics, here's a piece of info i copied from B.E for their Bare Minerals foundation:
"Made with pure, crushed minerals from the earth, bareMinerals SPF 15 Foundation looks like a powder, feels like a cream and buffs on like silk, giving skin a natural luminosity. Free of preservatives, talc, oil, waxes, fragrances, and other chemicals that can irritate skin and cause breakouts, its ideal for all skin types and conditions, from sensitive skins to acne and rosacea. Our weightless, silky minerals give you flawless coverage with the amazing look and sensation of radiant bare skin. Plus, it provides natural SPF 15 broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection. What's not to love?"

Yeah, what's not to love!?  PLUS, their famous caption is: "So good you can sleep in it!"
That's why i love it this long!

So when Maybelline, Loreal, etc came out with their minerals foundation last year (i think), I was already using minerals foundation for about 4 years, that's how longgggg it took a new 'invention' to reach us! tsk tsk tsk....  And now, you can actually find hundreds, if not thousands (i dunno!) of brands in the states alone for this 'earthy' cosmetic, some are better than the others, some pricier but gotta be your own judge, be smart!

If you are one looking out for a brand to try out....just take this advice from me:
READ THE LABELS!  DO NOT BUY THE ONES THAT SAYS 95% natural, it has got to be 100%, DO NOT BUY THE ONE WITH BISMUTH OXYCHLORIDE in its ingredients list!  It makes your skin itch a little.....u know....ticklish ticklish kinda itch....
and sadly to say, Bare Minerals has got IT!  And i only recently realized why i always get geli-geli feeling on my face whenever i have foundation on! :P  And to think i thought it was acceptable, normal.....HEEESSHHH! haha...

*Bismuth O: gives the shimmery glowy effect when added into cosmetics.

THANKFULLY, nowadays we have many brands out there which do not include bismuth in their minerals, phew!!!  And I am thankful i googled "What is the best minerals foundation?" last week too, coz that's how i got to read from forums about this bismuthy thingie!  So, i found 3 brands (Monave, Lumiere and Every Day Minerals) as candidates, to be my loyal substitute for my old friend B.E.....i just got the sample jars today, very excited and anticipating to try it tomorrow......and I will update here when i have decided which is "THE ONE", alrite!?  :D

***Might throw in a bonus of the BEFORE & AFTER pix too....hehehehe.....we shall see!