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Orglamix Mineral Makeup {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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I was able to review a few eye shadows from Orglamix a few months ago, and since then, I’ve been using those colors non-stop. In fact, I’ve really come to see the light when it comes to mineral makeup, especially color cosmetics that are healthy and natural, and when I recently sat down to inventory what makeup I actually own, I threw out a LOT of crap I’ve collected over the years, and then put my Orglamix colors at the top of my ‘favorites’ pile. While writing my first review, I noticed a set of colors intended exclusively for blue eyes–just the right colors to make the blue pop and look complimented.1470008_10152098970114236_767694217_n

Before I show you this dream set, check out all the gorgeous colors from Orglamix! They carry DOZENS of shades–a full spectrum of subtle to vibrant, soft to intense.photo-4_large

Whatever you’re going for, you’re bound to find just the shades of highlighters, base colors or accents you have in mind. I literally have over a dozen favorites that I would LOVE to get my hands on. Ok, let me know you my new favorite set of three: the Blue Eyes Play Collection, which includes the colors Buttercup, Silk, and Fig and sold for $19.95. Purchasing a set is a smart choice considering the bought separately, these are priced at $10/each.Sprite_810_large copy

I love that experts have combined these three to create the best enhancement that features blue eyes, and that I didn’t have to do the guesswork on coming up with the best trio of colors. This set for blue eyes includes Fig, Silk, and Buttercup. Buttercup looks a little more yellow (vs. cream) in person, but it still works great with the other two.  IMG_0200I think the three are so pretty together, and this makeup is top-notch. It doesn’t clump or crease, and it lasts the entire day. It goes on easily, blends well, and the rich colors keep their intensity.  Know that only good stuff is going onto your delicate eyelids.  Orglamix makeup is healthy, natural, cruelty-free, PETA approved and free from harsh chemicals, synthetic dyes, fillers and nano-particles.

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One super lucky girl will win a $20 gift certificate to Orglamix.com!  If you’re a blue-eyed babe, go for the Blue Eyes Play Collection ($19.95)!!

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*This giveaway is open to US entries only *The winner of this giveaway will be drawn and emailed.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn. *The product(s) in this review was provided to me free of cost for the purpose of conducting this review.  All opinions expressed in this review are my own are not influenced by monetary compensation.  

 

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*This giveaway is open to US entries only *The winner of this giveaway will be drawn and emailed.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn. *The product(s) in this review was provided to me free of cost for the purpose of conducting this review.  All opinions expressed in this review are my own are not influenced by monetary compensation.  

Orglamix Mineral Makeup {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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Isn’t makeup fun!?  I love a beautiful array of eyeshadow colors to play with and use as like a painting palette.

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Some of the best “paints” I’ve used are these treasures from Orglamix.  They carry simply beautiful mineral makeup, but makeup that is absolutely free from any harmful ingredients like synthetic dyes, parabens, sulfates, petrochemicals, preservatives and irritants that are STILL found in many mineral makeups found in stores.  Pay attention to what you’re putting on your face and read the labels!  If you have allergies or have reacted to mineral makeup in the past, get excited about these gorgeous eyeshadows from Orglamix.

IMG_9840Take a minute and start perusing all the glorious and glamorous colors available!  You will swoon and probably find atleast a dozen colors you NEED!  These are the eyeshadows in Orglamix’s Spring 2014 Color Collection:

photo-4_largeOrglamix has kindly organized their colors into categories that look best with your eye color.  For instance, a collection of colors that a best for blue eyes, green eyes, brown, etc…  I took ALL morning to narrow down favorites, but I finally settled on these three beautiful colors: Pineapple, Patchouli, and Champagne Toast.

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I love these three together!  I think they are warm, compatible with many eye colors and skin tones, and they really speak to my color senses.  Sorry, I know you can barely see my eye makeup in this picture because of how I’m so attractively cackling with squinted eyes, but it really is a gorgeous blend of highlights and color.

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There are SO MANY fun colors to choose from.  Honest, it took me hours to whittle down my list.  You can find every spectrum of the rainbow, glitter and matte.

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Besides eyeshadows, Orglamix is famous for their fragrances, foundation, blush, lip scrubs, and even glitter pigments.  They have a “Happiness Guaranteed” promise, so if you are not delighted with everything, take them up on their 30 day money back guarantee.

One super lucky girl will win a $20 gift certificate to Orglamix.com!

*This giveaway is open to US entries only
*The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the evening of April 7th and will be emailed.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.
*The product(s) in this review was provided to me free of cost for the purpose of conducting this review.  All opinions expressed in this review are my own are not influenced by monetary compensation.  

Ageless Derma Natural Camoufleur {Review}

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When I first saw this product, I was interested in reviewing it mostly because I wanted to find out why and how this product could be sold for $25 for being so small and looking just like powder foundation, but categorized as a concealer.  I’ve reviewed Ageless Derma products in the past, and have been quite impressed, so I had even more reason to be excited about this “natural camoufleur” product.
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Ageless Derma carries skin care products, mineral makeup, and spa services.  Within the mineral makeup line is this Camoufleur Concealer, created to cover up imperfections of the skin.  We’ve all got them–scars, brown spots, or port wine stains.  I have quite a bit of spots left from my acne-ridden teenage years that I routinely try to conceal.

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This versatile mineral make up concealer comes in five different shades, and I chose to review the “wheat” color.  It is very creamy and light–a good mix between powder and liquid.  Ageless Derma claims that this concealer is actually healthy for your skin since it is 100% mineral while being free of parabens.  Ingredients include apple extract, mineral oil, colloidal oatmeal, beeswax, and horseradish.

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When I’ve applied this concealer, I’ve rarely needed more than what is on my finger above.  The substance is somehow thick enough to get excellent coverage with one layer, while being light enough that you don’t even feel it there.

What I didn’t even think about initially is how this can be used to hide signs of anti-aging.  You can use it under eyes to hide dark circles and to fill in wrinkles.  Ok, so notice the small scars along my jawline and the imperfections all along my cheeks.  I used about a fingertip’s worth of this concealer on the trouble spots, followed by light foundation, and I was so pleased with the improvement.

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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!

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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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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.
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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.

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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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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.

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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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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!
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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.
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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!
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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.
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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

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