I tried the new Bare Minerals Bareskin Foundation: Here are my thoughts

As an avid lover of all things Bare Minerals, I of course had to try the new Bareskin foundation.

Here are the basics:

What it is:
A breakthrough tone-correcting mineral foundation and skincare serum in one.

What it does:
Created with exceptional purity in mind, this ultrathin, skin-perfecting fluid provides seamless adjustable coverage, a natural finish, and the look and feel of beautiful skin while delivering a noticeably brighter, more youthful appearance—it’s like nothing you’ve ever felt before.

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
– Parabens
– Silicone
– Fragrance
– Water
– Oil

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I think it is funny that Bare Minerals is insisting that the new foundation is “serum” and NOT foundation.  This is similar to what they have done in the past with the Original, Matte and READY Foundation.  T-Shirts were created that called foundation an “F-word” and “I’m not wearing foundation” – the lingo has always set them apart, but at times borders on the ridiculous.  In my experience, Original and Matte Foundations were to be called “loose minerals” and the READY was to be referred to as “solid minerals” and NOT pressed powder.

This was my experience with the Bareskin Foundation -

It is a liquid foundation.  I would not buy it and use it like a serum.

The color turns (also known as oxidizing) on your skin, so you want to make sure you get matched and wait a few minutes to see if the color turns before you make a decision.  It comes in 20 shades so you are bound to find the right one.

It feels light on the skin and my skin also felt more a little more hydrated.

I have only tried  a sample and worn it once but I do plan on purchasing a full bottle here soon.

The average Bare Minerals consumer will have difficulty wearing this foundation because the look and feel is so different than wearing a powder.  After putting it on, I had a hard time not wanting to put on at minimum the Mineral Veil.

Hope those thoughts help – go stop by a Boutique or your local retailer (Sephora, Ulta, Macy’s) and try it out! 20140629-013817-5897466.jpg






Hahahahaa…. DIY Plastic Brow Shaping Template with Key Ring!

I saw this on Amazon tonight and just couldn’t stop laughing!  It looks soooo funny and I can’t imagine actually buying this, but HAD to share because it is one of the top selling beauty items on Amazon right now!  Wow.

Selling point: “A Must Have for the Makeup Professional”

What?  Tell me what you think!

Kobwa(TM) Plastic DIY Shaping Eyebrow Template/Stencil Makeup Grooming Tool +Free Keyring

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#AmysArmy – Celebration of Life and Beauty

Yesterday, the lovely Amy Schaeffer started her first round of chemo – a process that will be long and very intense as she will be having an aggressive treatment.

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Amy is an amazing woman who has welcomed me into her home and served endless hours loving friends and family.  She is the mother of 3 young *very active* boys and recently moved to Atlanta to plant a church with her husband.

Well something very special happened.  Amy’s husband Justin put together a fun social media event and invited everyone to join in.  The purpose was to show Amy love and support from friends around the globe as she started her first treatment.

As pictures started rolling of friends with hats and scarves and wigs… even dogs, cats and babies all tagged #amysarmy I can just see the smile on her face.  In fact, Justin reported that her phone died mid-treatment.  Note to caregiver:  bring a charger next time!

Here is the beautiful result:

 136 photos posted (as of 6/3/14) 149 total posts with 2914 likes across all the posts!

Access Tag Board to see where her hashtag ended up all over social media!

This family has very practical needs – someone needs to care for Amy as she goes through treatment… someone needs to take time off of work to hold her hand during chemo and her head during the post chemo nausea.  A fund has been set up here to help care for their family’s needs.  This could be for the medical treatment, meals, misc and unexpected expenses and time off of work.  The goal is $6,000 – which I personally think is low for 16 rounds of treatment, none the less – they are just about $1,400 away from the needs they have assessed.  

You can access the Amy’s Army campaign here to contribute and see where they are at for their goal.

Watch some of the fun that went down yesterday:

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Amy’s husband Justin



Dear Amy, when in doubt – wear bright lipstick.  Yours Truly

Please share!  Please pray for Amy and her family!  Please donate, send cards and love their way and post some love for Amy with #amysarmy!




The beauty sale you all have been saving for is finally here!


Saturday May 24th 2014

Buy 2 Mascaras and Get 1 Free – no promo code needed

Mix and Match brands


**This year includes MAC Primer (Prep + Prime Future) – Primers are usually excluded so if you have not tried a Primer, MAC is not my favorite, but it might work for you!

Here is what I ordered:

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Trish McEvoy High Volume Mascara  $31

—-> Why I love it: Soft volume and comes off with warm water, never tugs at my lashes and the wand is little so I feel like I can get very exact with the application.

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DIOR SHOW Blackout $25

—-> Why I love it:  This is your dress up mascara – it is your little black dress.  The blackest black on the market – if you want drama, you have found it here!

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DIOR SHOW Iconic Overcurl $28.50

—-> Why I love it:  This curls my lashes – I doubted, but it really does!  It also separates and gives amazing volume.  I love drama so this is my perfect everyday mascara.

What will you order?  Leave your top picks below!

My top 6 Makeup Must Haves, read here.

Don’t mess with me hair!

Don’t mess with me!  Easy summer / spring updo! bare minerals, bobbie pins, easy updos, summer 2014, side sweep, back combing, hair spray

It’s as easy as that!


Ok, so you are going to want to backcomb with the tangle teezer (if you have one) the top half of your head,

smooth it out and spray it - I like Kenra Hair Spray.

Tie the top half off to the side with a thin hair tie.

Bring the bottom up and tie it.

There will be more hair in the top portion, so you will make about 4-5 different strands that will either be a loop or a twist.

Before you put the last one in, start on the bottom and do the exact same thing.

Make them connect with a twist or a loop!

It is ok if pieces tweak out and poke out – it creates a fun measure to it.

ALWAYS FINISH WITH It’s A 10 miracle shine spray !

The day ended and yes, I had to admit to feeling a little defeated, but I started the day with a great makeup look and some smok’n hair!  It gave me the confidence to walk out the door in the first place!

BTW:  Doing “back of the head selfies” are much harder than it looks.

Find out about the Tangle teezer here.  A must have for any girl.

That was quick! My Philosophy GWP came today!

That was really, really quick FREE SHIPPING!  My Philosophy Gift with Purchase came today!  I love Nordstrom!

Here is what I got… exactly what I told you I was going to get!  I am in love with the Amazing Grace Deodorant!  Who knew the inside of that black and white case was bright PINK??

I can’t wait to try some of these goodies that are new to me – for example I have not tried much of the Miracle Worker line, so that will be fun.  The Grace lotion is apparently a firming lotion (I’ll let you know how that works) and of course I can always use an extra Purity face wash!

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Tell me what you ordered in the comments below!

Check out my original post on the Philosophy Gift with Purchase here.


Amazing Grace: Philosophy Gift With Purchase at Nordstrom

Philosophy is in Gift With Purchase with free shipping at Nordstrom! 

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With your $35 philosophy purchase:

Super cute black and white soft sided train case you will fall in love with! 

  • ‘purity made simple’ one-step facial cleanser (1 oz.),
  • ‘miracle worker’ miraculous anti-aging retinoid eye repair (0.07 oz.),
  • ‘miracle worker’ miraculous anti-aging moisturizer (0.4 oz.),
  • ‘amazing grace’ perfumed firming body emulsion (1 oz.),
  • ‘amazing grace’ shampoo, bath & shower gel (1 oz.)
  •  ‘amazing grace’ eau de toilette (0.05 oz.)

I have recently discovered a new Philosophy favorite.  Amazing Grace Deodorant!  It is reasonably priced and smells so very good.  Perhaps add this to your Nordstrom order for the GWP?
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 Nordstrom Exclusive $15 ($18 value)

 If you love Nordstrom, like I do than check out one of my favorite Nordstrom products here


Estee Lauder Gift With Purchase at Nordstrom… on now!

I unexpectedly fell in love with a few Estee Lauder items in the last few years.

One item is the Double Wear Stay in Place Concealer ($23) that I wrote about in my Top 6 Makeup Must Haves blog.  I love the Double Wear Concealer, it is creamy and has just the right consistency with a good variety of colors.

Another item that I was able to sample and really enjoy is the Re-Nutriv Ultimate Lifting Creme ($270 – 1.7oz) and I reviewed it here.

I just tried Modern Muse fragrance  ($58-$98) – also a sample and I thought it smelled fantastic.  It felt pretty and light – perfect for spring.

So, now is the time to stock up on Double Wear Stay in Place Concealer or splurge on the Re-Nutriv Ultimate Lifting Creme because it is Gift With Purchase time!  As you know GWP only comes twice a year.  Remember, shipping is always free at Nordstrom!

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Here are your choices:


Use promo code LIFT.

• Resilience Lift Firming/Sculpting Face and Neck Creme Broad Spectrum SPF 15 (0.5 oz.)

• Pure Color Eyeshadow Palette with Hot Cinnamon (Shimmer), Nude Fresco (Satin), Sugar Biscuit (Satin), Tempting Mocha (Shimmer), Ivy Envy (Satin), Ivory Slipper (Satin), Smokey Ember (Shimmer) and Amethyst Spark (Shimmer)

• Pure Color Long Lasting Nail Lacquer in Smashed (0.17 oz.)

• Pure Color Long Lasting Lipstick in Tiger Eye (full size)

• Sumptuous Bold Volume Lifting Mascara in Black (0.1 oz.)

• Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II (0.24 oz.)

• Exclusive Lilly Pulitzer Travel Cosmetics Bag


Use promo code: PROTECT

• DayWear Advanced Multi-Protection Anti-Oxidant Oil-Free Creme SPF 25 (0.5 oz.)

• Pure Color Eyeshadow Palette with Hot Cinnamon (Shimmer), Nude Fresco (Satin), Sugar Biscuit (Satin), Tempting Mocha (Shimmer), Ivy Envy (Satin), Ivory Slipper (Satin), Smokey Ember (Shimmer) and Amethyst Spark (Shimmer)

• Pure Color Long Lasting Nail Lacquer in Smashed (0.17 oz.)

• Pure Color Long Lasting Lipstick in Tiger Eye (full size)

• Sumptuous Bold Volume Lifting Mascara in Black (0.1 oz.)

• Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II (0.24 oz.)

• Exclusive Lilly Pulitzer Travel Cosmetics Bag

Why I am crazy about ZELLA and what is on sale NOW!

I love, love, love Zella!

Zella is an activewear line created and produced by Nordstrom.  It is ALL quality and feels great on.  As some of you know, I have been laid up for almost three months and luckily, I had a large stash of Zella to wear.

Sizing is true so it is easy to order online.

Here are some things I own: 

I have this purple Zella top and love it.  I like to be able to layer clothing and this allows me to throw the hoodie portion over a light weight jacket and wear a peek-a-boo tank under for a hint of color!  The length is also good because it covers your booty and has ruching on the sides.  4 Colors are currently on sale at Nordstrom!

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I have this jacket in a bright teal color and love it!  This is a great buy for a Zella jacket at 25% off!

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I tried this on in the store and the material is very thick.  So, if you like a heavy hoodie, this is perfect.  Plus, this Zella Harmony Hoodie is on sale!  
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I love that Zella has lots of ruching on their tops and jackets.  For some reason it makes me feel less chunky.  Tell me if I am wrong!  This Trinity jacket is cute because of the popular coral color and the ruching on the sides.  Easy to zip up and go! zella orange jacket

I can’t live without these leggings.  They make me feel comfortable because they flare out at the bottom and the fabric is thick enough so you cannot see your skin.  They last a long time and wash well.  In fact, you can also turn them inside out – one side keeps you warmer than the other.  You can tell which side you are wearing because of the small Zella tag on the ankle.  These are a little too long on me so I had them hemmed and you can as well – for free – if you use your Nordstrom rewards!zella booty leggings black

One of the things that has happened recently is the development of Zella Pros.  They offer Zella fitness classes around Seattle about once a month.  I have seen Bar and Yoga classes offered in the past few months.   You can find the events on facebook.

Shop Activewear from Zella at NORDSTROM.  Plus, Get Free Shipping & Returns on Every Order!

If you like to shop at Nordstrom - make sure you have a rewards card because you earn 2 points for every dollar, get $100 in free alterations every year, a couple of triple point days and invites to private sales!

bareMinerals: 3 reasons I can’t get over you

I have not been the AC for bareMinerals for over 4 months now.  I still miss it.  I still miss the makeup and the quirky way things were run.  Let me tell you the 3 things I cannot get over.

1.  Amazing pigments.

I have an affinity for the Remix READY Eyeshadow 4.0 – I was able to play with this at Train the Trainer last year, where the best of the best at bare were learning the looks.

You will get the color you see here.  The picture I see is the pallet I have!  You really don’t have to guess about what these colors will look like once you put them on!  They also have a sea mineral so they are creamy and hydrating for your eye area.


7 Ways to Bare – Neutrals still pack a punch.   You can wet them and create a more dynamic look or just swirl and tap your shadow brush for a soft look or an amazing smokey eye… either way you will get the color pay off you want with out a ton of work.

2.  Great marketing.

Tutorials: SMOKY EYE – One of the things I have always told my customers is that Bare *wants* you to go home knowing how to use your makeup!  They provide instruction on every piece of makeup they sell.  ALL of the READY shadows have tutorials, diagrams and ideas for how to put the makeup on!  This kit will tell you *exactly* how to create a smokey eye – pretty cool.


3.  The price.

Brow Styler is under $15!  Who can beat that?  A similar brow product is around $20 with any other equivalent brand.

I love shopping for beauty on Amazon.  I can even find things (like the Remix Secret Radiance - yes I could swim in it) that have been discontinued at a reasonable price.  I don’t feel like I am buying on ebay because Amazon has such a strict policy for it’s sellers that I am guaranteed good product.

I will come up with more reasons later on, but those are my top 3 – bareMinerals: I just can’t get over you.

 More ways to save on Amazon:

    • Sign up for Amazon Prime – Free Trial  to get FREE 2 day shipping on most items,  select free Amazon Instant Videos and select free kindle books once a month from the Kindle Owners Lending Library & more.
    • Sign up for Subscribe and Save – up to 20% off  – this has helped me automate all of my household items (contact solution, toilet paper, paper towels, dish washer soap, laundry detergent and K-Cups).  I never run out any more because it just shows up and I get a discount!