Natural Beauty: The New Foundation I've Been Wearing and Loving

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Way back in January I did a discussion post on natural beauty products and my desire to start changing the way I buy makeup. I was on the hunt for skincare and makeup products that were free of parabens, fillers or any other synthetic materials. After I wrote that post I went to a local natural beauty store and got matched with RMS and Jane Iredale foundations. I felt like I was getting more coverage from the Jane Iredale BB cream so I decided that when I ran out of my current foundation I would make the switch. Well, I'm happy to report that it's now September and I finally using my new foundation! 

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At the end of August I ran out of my Bare Minerals foundation, which apparently lasted me a lot longer than I anticipated! My reason for switching isn't because I was unhappy with the product--Bare Minerals was actually the first foundation I had ever used after being mesmerized by the infomercial I watched with my mom when I was in elementary school. It's a product that I've worn for a very long time, but this year I have been wanting to switch things up and try the all-natural route. 

I had always heard wonderful things about Jane Iredale's products and how they are non-GMO, free of synthetic fragrances and only use ingredients from nature. I've been wearing the Glow Time Full Coverage Mineral BB Cream and love how smooth it goes on! I feel like the product enhances my complexion without feeling like I'm caking on product and wearing a mask. I definitely prefer a more natural makeup look anyway so this product is suitable for that. I also love that it has SPF 25 which is something we need here in Arizona! I mean, I'm inside pretty much all day but it's nice to know I'm still protected :) And a little bit goes a long way--I watched this application video and it's amazing how such a small amount can give you all day coverage. 

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I'm very eager to try more Jane Iredale products after having success with this one! The highlighter, eye concealer, and lash conditioner are on my list of things to try, hopefully before the year is over! I'll keep you posted as I test out new products, and with the onset of cooler weather I'll be changing up my routine slightly to keep my skin hydrated. xo

Three New Mascaras

It's been some time since I've written a post about beauty products, mainly because I'm not an impulse beauty buyer (like I can be with clothes!) I really plan out what products I'm going to buy after doing some research and maybe even test out some samples. So, with that being said, I'm really excited to share 3 new mascaras with you that I've been dying to try!

Some women have their "thing" when it comes to beauty products. Some are lip color fanatics, while others might be obsessed with eye shadow palettes. I can say that I truly love experimenting with different mascaras! There are some people who don't feel that there is any difference between mascaras that you find at a drugstore vs. a beauty or department store, however after using multiple different brands over the years I have noticed a difference with the wear and overall longevity of the tube life. 

For the past couple years, I have gone back and forth between Le Volume de Chanel and Dior Blackout mascara. My preference between those two came down to how easily I was able to take them off with makeup remover at night. The Dior mascara didn't come off quite as easily, and at the end of the day I would notice black goop in my eyes that had formed, and it just didn't feel too great! So, when Nordstrom had their Mascara Madness event last month (where you buy 2 get 1 free!) it seemed like the perfect opportunity to expand my horizons and go for some new formulas. 

Since I just got them in the mail a couple of days ago, I haven't had a chance to try them all. However, I have tried the Bobbi Brown 'Eye Opening Mascara' and so far I'm loving the results! I am wearing it in this selfie I posted on my Instagram yesterday, but it went on really well and I felt like it gave my eyes a "pop" that I haven't seen with other brands. 

It's a little hard to tell from the photo, but the tip of the brush is actually quite large and full (bushy, if you will lol) so it gives great volume when you're applying it to your lashes. As I test out the other two mascaras I will keep you updated and hopefully narrow down to my favorite! 

Thanks for stopping by! xo

Blushfully, 

Belle

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Back to Basics

When it comes to makeup, I'm all for a natural look. At least, that's my go-to now that I'm in my mid-twenties, but when I was younger it was a different story. When I was in high school, I didn't like how many freckles I had on my nose and I would try to cover them up as much as possible with concealer and foundation. As I've gotten older, I've come to love my freckles and now when I apply my makeup, I don't want to hide them all under my foundation. I can now appreciate the saying that "less is more" and I definitely take that to heart when applying my foundation.

Over the years I have tried countless brands of foundation, such as YSL, Dior, Chanel and Josie Maran. But, there's one brand in particular that I keep going back to, and that is bareMinerals. I remember sitting on the couch with my mom when I was maybe around 10 or 11 years old and we had seen one of the infomercials for bareMinerals. I was mesmerized by the "swirl, tap, buff" technique they had used on these women, and seeing the before and after photos was unreal! I couldn't believe that this foundation was made from minerals and was actually good for your skin! My mom and I got so excited watching it that she decided to order some for herself, and she's been hooked ever since. 

I've always enjoyed trying out new things, and I think because I had been wearing bareMinerals  from middle school into my early 20's, I kept thinking to myself, "Am I missing out on anything? Is there something better out there that I should try?" This is what brought me to explore all of those other brands and seeing how they worked for my skin. After a few years of experimenting, I'm so happy to say that I've come back to bareMinerals! There truly is nothing quite like it, and I love the natural effect it gives while still providing glowing coverage to even out the redness in my skin. 

I am using the original powder foundation which comes in 20 different shades to match your skin tone, but they also have a variety of formulas to choose from. I have tried BareSkin before as well which is a liquid base but goes on smoothly, and offers as little or as much coverage as you want.

After being on the market for 20 years, they've expanded from just foundation to a whole collection of beauty and skincare products. I love their eyeshadows and eyeliners, as well as mascara. It's been neat to see how this company has grown from those infomercials I used to see on television, and that they have remained true to their roots of pure, natural ingredients. Perhaps one day I can pass along my love of bareMinerals to my daughters as well, and they can come to appreciate their natural beauty.

Do you have a favorite cosmetic brand that you love? Let me know in the comments section! Thanks for stopping by! Have a beautiful weekend!

Blushfully, 

Belle

Josie Maran Cosmetics

When I was younger, I loved trying out new beauty products, especially when it came to makeup. But as I've gotten older, I have found products I love and haven't really branched out to experiment with new ones. Kind of like eating at your favorite restaurant; I know what I like and I always order the same thing! I feel like there are always new and innovative beauty products on the market, but it took one of my friends to convince me that this amazing cosmetic line was worth trying. I’ve been wearing bareMinerals foundation and eye shadow since I was in middle school...until my friend recommended I give Josie Maran Cosmetics a try.

What I love about her products is that they are full of organic ingredients, making your skin feel luxurious without all the chemicals that are in a lot of cosmetics. She also has a great passion for taking care of the Earth, and ensuring that her products and the way they are made are eco-friendly. You can read more about the story here

I picked up a starter kit at Sephora a couple months ago, which contained the Argan Matchmaker Serum Foundation, 100% Argan Oil Light, Argan Enlightenment Illuminizing Wand, and a Coconut Water Cheek Gelee. I’m in love with everything! The Argan Oil Light works wonders and instantly absorbs into my skin leaving it feeling soft and silky. It’s the perfect primer for the foundation, which also contains argan oil. I also love using the Argan Oil at night in lieu of moisturizer. I’m excited to try the original 100% Argan Oil and compare its weight and consistency to the light version. 

I was slightly hesitant about the Matchmaker Serum Foundation at first, but I am so impressed with how it magically matches to my exact skin tone! It transforms from a milky white to match the color of your skin flawlessly. When I was deciding which type of foundation to go with, I almost chose the tinted moisturizer, but with summer quickly approaching I wasn’t sure how my fair skin tone would change from being in the sun. I’m so glad that I went with the serum foundation because no matter how my skin tone changes, the chameleon-like pigments will naturally adjust to match. Plus, the fact that it’s paraben-free and filled with organic ingredients, I know that my skin will only benefit from using it each day. 

No matter how much sleep I get each night, there are some days when I just can’t hide those dark circles under my eyes. I’ve tried various highlighting eye pigments over the years, but none have compared to the Enlightenment Illuminizing Wand. It’s pure highlighting bliss! I love that its compact and so easy to use. The creamy formula blends seamlessly into my skin, and is just the right amount of highlight for the inner corners of my eyes, cheekbones, and cupid’s bow. 

The Coconut Water Cheek Gelee is the perfect amount of color to make your cheeks pop. My cheeks have a slight rosy hue to them, so I love that this enhances their natural color without looking too overdone. The color I’m using is ‘Poppy Paradise’. 

If you’re looking to switch up you makeup routine, I highly recommend checking out Josie Maran Cosmetics. I need to take my friend out to dinner as a thank you for introducing me to this brand—she’s the best! Do you have a favorite cosmetic line? I’d love to hear in the comments below!

Blushfully, 

Belle