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Mineral Hygienics {Review}

Disclosure: This could be a sponsored post or contain affiliate links (which means I earn a percentage of the sale), but all opinions are strictly my own.

Remember how I was introduced to the magical world of mineral makeup a few months ago when I did a review for Mineral Hygienics?  This stuff has changed my life!  I have been using this stuff incessantly, and I probably sound like a crazy product reviewer every time ‘make-up’ comes up in conversation with my friends because I just want to brag about this stuff and get everyone else hooked on it too!

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The top item: the powder foundation.  I can’t get over how light it feels and how much coverage I get from it!  I can perfectly blend it into my hairline and into my neck so it is impossible to tell where the makeup starts and stops.  All my imperfections are concealed, and my skin has never looked healthier even when I take it off because my pores are not clogged while wearing this foundation.  It is so easy to wash off, and I’ve never had a problem with it smearing off onto clothing.  Clearly, I’m a fan, and its really just a privilege to show you even more products from Mineral Hygienics!

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Way back when, I got to review the Medium and Medium Light powder foundations.  They have been fabulous!  The colors were a very good match, but I found that the more I added (because this stuff is totally build-able and you just brush more on for more coverage), it looked a little dark to me.  No need to throw it out–just blend it with a different lighter shade!  I asked to review two shades a little lighter in color (Light and Light Golden) and the combination of the medium tones and these lighter ones creates just the perfect blend of exactly my skin color!  I think that using two different shades actually looks even more natural than just one, and I’ve done just that every since I got them.

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And then step into the world of Mineral Hygienic’s eye shadows!  OH so dreamy!  I would wear all of their colors, they’re just so beautiful.  I’m trying to add a little more color to my tradition palette of browns and pinks, so ultimately, I went with Glacier and Steel Blue.  They are so beautiful together!

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They are a perfect pair, and I think they really create a beautiful pop above any eye color, without looking trampy or juvenile.  Blues are tough to get right.  These colors are the longest lasting eyeshadows I have ever ever used.  I can basically leave my eye makeup on overnight and in the morning, and into the next day, my makeup job still looks untouched and freshly applied.  Very impressive.

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While the makeup is superb, what I especially love about Mineral Hygienics is there quality brushes!  The kabuki brush I’ve been using for the last 4-5 months is still my favorite tool on my makeup table.  Buttery soft, quality bristles that never come out, great weight and heavy feel, etc.  The Full Eye Shadow Brush is just as fantastic. It is made from sable hairs, and it really smooths out the starts and stops of the different colors, creating a professional blend and flawless transition from one color to the next.  I’m a klutz with those stubby sponge applicators, but very comfortable with this quality paintbrush in my hand.  See the difference?!

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I almost look airbrushed to me.  In the before picture, notice the redness in my face, tired skin, plain eyes.  In the after picture, see how even my skin tone is?  Everything is smoothed out to look so natural and refreshing.  Gosh, I love this stuff.  Do you see how addicting this mineral makeup can be?  Honestly, I could praise Mineral Hygienics all day.  Go check out all the glorious colors and shades, pick out some favorites, and enjoy a fresh new look!

Here is an exclusive coupon code for our readers!  Use the code *dandy* to get 10% off your order until Oct. 19th.

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 I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Purely You Minerals {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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I was really into showchoir in high school.  We would have competitions against other schools (in a very Glee-like fashion) weekly during showchoir season, and were always trying to place better than the week before.  One competition we convinced the boys in our group to wear a little guy-liner and foundation, and we won our first Grand Champion!  With our medals and our trophy as tall as I am, of course we girls attributed it to the makeup.  They even made t-shirts that said “Real Men Wear Makeup”, and I think they let us spruce them up every competition after that.  Makeup really does do wonders!  It can win Grand Champion trophies and it can really enhance your appearance and boost your self-esteem!

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Lately, I’m really in to mineral makeup.  I don’t know why or how I kept using liquid foundation for so long.  Mineral makeup just feels so much healthier, so light, and so real.  I had the opportunity to try out Purely You Minerals, and I’m pleased as punch with their line of beautiful colors and products.

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These products were formulated by a busy stay-at-home-mom who worked tirelessly for 4 years to create the best formula of makeup that is natural, effective, and still designed with integrity.

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Purely You Minerals sent me a few samples to test out.  I’m so glad they also sent me a few things I hadn’t requested, because some of them turned out to be my favorites!  In this picture from top to bottom are: Peachy, Satin Plum, Warm Fair Foundation, Haze, Translucent Light Silk Veil (which is awesome, by the way), Electric Blue, and Neutral Light Foundation.  Ochre lip gloss.

IMG_3720This makeup is flawless!  (And these pictures are 100% un-Photoshoped).

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Everything feels very light and I never feel “caked” throughout the day.  All of Purely You’s products are made in small batches to maintain high quality standards, and they don’t contain any talc, powdered starches, clays, or parabens, and are always gluten free.  Hopefully this eliminates many possibilities of potential allergies for those with very sensitive skin.PURLELY+YOU+MINERALS+Compact

One of the really neat things that Purely You can do is a Custom Compact (starting at $5), which you can fill with four of your favorites and have your top ‘go-to’s in one place.  You can mix and match your favorites and only tote around what you’re actually using.  It also means you could have your blush, bronzer, and eye shadows all in one compact.  Speaking of eye shadows, Purely You has some super dreamy ones.  Check out these gorgeous colors:

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And one lucky winner is going to get to pick their own full-size eye shadow!

I would wear all of these.  Even the electric blue!  I didn’t request to try this one out, but it was sent anyways, so I gave it a shot, and I don’t hate it!  If you’re interested in making the change to mineral makeup, I recommend starting at Purely You and trying a few things out.  Their products are super affordable and I’m nothing but pleased with them.

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*This giveaway is open to US entries only
*The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the evening of June 10th and will be emailed.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.
*This posting and giveaway were sponsored by Purely You Minerals, but all opinions are strictly my own

Mía Mariú {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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I remember my first experience buying real make-up.  It was for my junior high showchoir, and we each had to buy the same colors of eyeshadow, liner, and lipstick so that we would all match on stage.  Before that, I would pick up cheap make-up at walmart, or I am embarrased to admit, even the dollar store.  With my new compact of high-end, (expensive), and shimmery make-up, my eyes were opened into the world of good quality make-up!  I started to see what makes the difference between excellent and poor cosmetics.  Based on my experience with some good and some pretty bad, I can give my Dandy stamp of approval on a new line of make-up called Mía Mariú!

mia-mariu-logo-300x180Mía Mariú focuses on healthy products that reflect themselves through youthful, beautiful, glowing skin and renewed energy and vitality.  Each product combines the highest quality botanicals, antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and peptides.  A far cry from the el cheapo stuff you find at the dollar store (cringe!).

Every product Mía Mariú sells looks like it would become a favorite in my makeup bag.  I was attracted to the mineral foundations, eye shadow duos, intense eye liner, and luminous lip glosses.  I picked out three products, and am so pleased with each of them.  First, I was sent a sample of hydrating moisturizer to apply before the foundation.  I thought it had a great consistency, and a nice light feel.  It wasn’t greasy and it didn’t take a lot of rubbing to massage it in to my face.  The first product I tried out was some PERFECTING FINISH Mineral Loose Powder Foundation in Savanna.

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It has a great amount of coverage, and doesn’t look clumpy at all in the container.  I appreciate the holed cover on top, since butterfingers over here has a tendency to drop her makeup all over the carpet.  I loved how it melted into my skin!  It glides on smooth and actually contains Vitamin A, C and E.  Next, I tried out a Loose Mineral Shadow Liner in Rosa.  I was attracted to the color as one that wouldn’t be obnoxiously noticeable at first glance–something I could wear on a daily basis and not look like date night.

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It has a great shimmer to it, but nothing sparkly.  It is silky to apply and lasted all day.  My old makeup tends to slip into the creases of my eyes over time, and I sport a nice dark line above my lid.  Not my favorite look.  This liner was great, and stayed where applied, highlighting the upper accents of the space under my eyebrows.  This liner can also be used wet, and I’m excited to try that out for a thicker look.  The lid with holes on this little jar were a little too small for my liking.  I’m afraid to take it off because, again, I’m prone to dropping precious jars of cosmetics, but I think it might be necessary to get enough on my makeup brush in the amount of time I’d like.  To go with my liner, I also tried out Mineral Eye Shadow Duo in Luna de Miel!

141These eye shadows are made from pure minerals and luxurious color pigments.  Again, I was looking for a duo that would look natural and nothing too drastic for an everyday where.  This was perfect.  I’m planning on leaving it out on my makeup table as my stable until its gone!  It slides on with ease, blends well, and stays on for hours!  At the end of the day, my face looked like I had just done it.

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The thought that kept entering my mind all day was, “Wow, it feels like I’m not wearing any makeup at all!”  I hate that ‘masked’ feeling of a thick, painted products that you feel every time you change your facial expression.  No clogged pores with Mía Mariú.  Behold the beauty of healthy products!

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Are you a cosmetic connoisseur yourself?  Another fabulous thing about Mía Mariú is that you can become a Mía advisor and launch your own health and beauty home based business and combine the power of ecommerce, social networking and personal service behind exceptional natural health and beauty products!  For more information about becoming a representative of Mía Mariú, check out the details on their site about this home based business opportunity.

One lucky lady is going to be able to pick out the same products I got to review!  You can choose your own shade of loose powder foundation, one loose mineral shadow liner, and one mineral eye shadow duo!  What makeup bag boost!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

*This giveaway is open to US entries only
*The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the evening of Saturday, February 9th and will be emailed.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.
*This posting and giveaway were sponsored by Mia Mariu, but all opinions are strictly my own

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