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Mineral Hygienics {Review}

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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!


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!


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.


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?!


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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Advanced Mineral Makeup {Review}

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I have a love-hate relationship with foundation.  I love how it looks when done right, but I hate finding a good color match.  I love concealing imperfections, but I hate the ‘masked’ feeling I sometimes get while wearing it.  I literally have a small basket full of liquid foundations from an assortment of brands–Rimmel, Mary Kay, Cover Girl, etc. that have expired from limited usage.  I just can’t find one that I like enough to use it consistently.
I was given the opportunity to review some foundation from Advanced Mineral Makeup, and in hopes of finding a match made in heaven, I bravely went with the liquid.  Lately I’ve only been reviewing powder foundations, and I’ve been completely satisfied, except for the coverage being a little too light sometimes, and in certain seasons and times of the month, I have some redness that I’m trying to conceal.


After trying it out for a few days, I actually really like it!  You know, I think a big difference between this Liquid Mineral Foundation and all the others I have stashed away is that this is a MINERAL foundation.  This is 100% natural, meaning it doesn’t contain any parabens, preservatives, or harsh chemicals, and it is 100% vegan.  These 1-fl oz. bottles are tall and sturdy, with a high-quality silver pump and sold for $44.
It really melts into my skin and actually stimulates cell growth–rosemary and aloe bardadensis juices heal the skin and it contains a natural sunscreen.
I was also worried about this liquid being too heavy, but I actually can’t even feel it.  It is practically weightless.  If you need more coverage, this foundation is very buildable, so an additional layer or two provides more coverage, but I doubt it would feel any heavier.
I chose the Ginger Snap shade, and the color couldn’t have been more spot on.  Above are the available liquid foundation colors, and below are the four options for powder foundations.  How fun that the four colors are named after four celebrities and their different but all beautiful skin tones.
It blends in so well!  I’ve had problems in the past with my liquid foundations looking splotchy, drying out my face, or having a hard time looking smooth, but even without a moisturizer underneath, this Advanced Mineral Makeup applied so creamy and effortless.  It is very natural-looking, and advertised as being great for sensitive skin, among all sorts of skin problems like acne, rosacea, broken capillaries, and hyper-pigmented skin.  Below, I applied it just to my cheeks and the side of my face so that you can see how it hides redness and still gives my face a natural appearance.
I am SO happy to have this bottle on my makeup counter.  I’m sure I’ll use it up completely and continue to love the look it creates throughout different seasons of the year.  I’d also love to try their Kabuki brushes and shadows!  Go check em out:

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Mineral Hygienics {Review}

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Hi, I do not have flawless skin.  Far from it.  I look at my baby’s soft, clear, and perfect baby skin and envy how spotless and pure it is!  Over the years, I’ve tried many different types and brands of foundations and concealers, and I’ve found that nothing compares to the exquisite look, feel, and coverage of mineral makeup.  It looks so natural!  I jumped at the chance to review some heavenly products from Mineral Hygienics, and I can’t wait to tell you about them!
Mineral Hygienics creates their products from crushed minerals extracted from the earth to create an award winning formula made of only four ingredients!  This makes their products specifically designed for sensitive skin, super lightweight, anti-inflammatory, and healthier for your skin.
I received several of Mineral Hygienics’ foundations–one in light, medium light, and medium.  They carry 14 different shades, so you’re bound to find a perfect match.  The three I received all looked like they could match my skin, with just slight differences, so I tried a blend of all three when I applied them.  I actually really liked the result, and will probably keep using a combination of all three when I apply my make up in the future.  Now, I have been known to leave the house in a rush and still have that terrible foundation line along my jaw caused from inadequate blending from liquid foundations.  How embarrassing!  The fabulous thing about mineral powder foundation applied with a brush is that there are no lines, only beautifully blended coverage with a velvet finish.  Speaking of coverage, it is astonishing to me how the mineral powder can fill in the imperfections of your skin!  A few brush strokes, and my skin looks practically Photoshopped-perfect!
Mineral Hygienics also sent me the Full Coverage Kabuki Brush, and basically feels like velvet on my skin.  It doesn’t feel at all like a hundred tiny bristles, but rather like a soft buttery fabric gliding across my face.  It is rounded and tapered to float effortlessly across your face, and is a big help for first-time users like me.  $28 is totally a steal.  If you don’t have a quality make-up brush, and you want to get into mineral makeup, you really should check out these fabulous brushes.
The finishing touches on my flawless look were the Cool Kiss Bronzer/Enhancer, and the Silk Translucent Finishing Powder.  The bronzer came looking a little darker than I thought it looked online, and I was hesitant to apply it all over in fear of looking too ‘painted’, but it turned out to be just exactly right.  With a little in your brush, it creates just a touch of a sun-kissed glow, and this Cool Kiss shade is specifically designed for fair to light complexions.  The finishing powder fills in the last cracks, lines, and pores to create that last silky smooth layer, and helps the minerals to stay put throughout the day.  Even with the baby grabbing at my face and a day of daily errands, I still had the perfect complexion I saw hours before.  It is sweat and water resistant and I don’t worry at all about it rubbing off on anything.
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This mineral makeup is SO lightweight that I forgot I was wearing anything at all the moment I stepped out of the bathroom.  I had huge doubts about whether a powder could provide the kind of coverage I’m looking for, but after trying Mineral Hygienics, I’m a believer.  The results are pretty magical:
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Goodbye redness, goodbye tired skin, goodbye patchy unevenness, hello smooth, glowing, healthy natural-looking complexion!
I am clearly a novice to the perfect application of mineral makeup, and forgot that the minerals warm to your face, so I probably shouldn’t have applied so much, and just checked back in 5 minutes to see how effective it already was.  The ‘swirl, tap & set, blend & buff’ directions included with your purchase are a big help.  I’ll get it down!  And wear nothing but this until its gone!
Dandy readers, you have my 100% honest opinion that this makeup from Mineral Hygienics is dreamy, effective, high-quality, and I LOVE the results!
Here is an exclusive coupon code for you to use on your own mineral makeup!  “DANDY” will be a 10% off coupon that is good for the next 3 months.

*This posting was sponsored by Mineral Hygienics, 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.


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.


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.


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!


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!

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*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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