BareMinerals Bareskin Beauty Review

I’m most likely late to the party on this review of the Bareskin foundation as I purchased this product in the fall. However – the foundation made it onto my Top 10 list so I think it’s still worth mentioning on my blog.

BareskinThe Bareskin foundation is a brightening serum foundation with sunscreen (SPF20) built right in. It’s claim’s to fame are: brighter complexion, more even-toned skin, adjustable coverage with a no make-up feel.

Let’s give it at go.  Next stop – Sephora.  There I was, standing in front of the BareMinerals display, feeling a little anxious. There were lots of shades to choose from and….a brush.  What?!  Do I need the brush, if I get the brush how do I use the brush, the brush has a funny hole carved in the bristles, what the…. Yes, I was all consumed with this brush.  I had come for the foundation – not foundation and a brush – just the foundation.  So now what?

I needed to stop the insanity and get a little help.  Turns out with the help of a foundation ‘specialist’ at Sephora, the brush is indeed part of the package – if you want the full effect of the foundation.  I reluctantly have to admit, that after she showed me how to use the foundation with the brush I definitely agree.  I can now see that it would be difficult to effectively use the foundation without a giant mess and proper coverage if you didn’t use their brush.  Now I am a little annoyed that BareMinerals is making me buy this ‘special’ brush to apply their foundation to get the results that I want.  However, after the application lesson, I couldn’t deny that the foundation was great and despite my crankiness over the brush purchase the foundation is worth the money.

So for all of you lovelies out there who are also curious about the foundation and brush application I am here to enlighten you.

Foundation – drop a single drop (a drop is a good starting point – a little goes a long way) of the foundation into the middle of the brush.  I start the application on my cheek as it is a larger surface so I am able to control and manipulate the coverage better.  As you apply move the brush in a circular motion as if you are buffing the foundation onto your skin.  I then move onto my chin and nose using any excess foundation left from my cheeks and lastly I apply to my forehead.  I usually have to add a tiny bit more foundation onto the brush for my forehead and then any foundation remaining on the brush I use for touching up any areas that need a little smoothing.

Coverage – fabulous is the word.  The foundation is very workable and the variety of coverage options are endless.  I do find that if I use a primer the results are much better especially if you have dry skin or larger pores.  The foundation can look a little more visible if your skin is not prepped first.  One drop of the foundation will definitely cover my entire face if I am looking for a natural sheer look.  If I want fuller coverage (for workday/evening) I usually end up using two drops of foundation (in separate applications – let the first application ‘set’ for a minute or two before applying the second layer).  The first drop is the base and the second is the little extra you need to have more coverage all over.

Bareskin1 Bareskin Foundation

I had wanted to try this foundation based on the even skin tone and adjustable coverage claims and I was not disappointed.  I tend to have red cheeks and the foundation definitely evened me out – even with a light application.  Score!  I did find that the more layers of foundation that I applied the less the ‘no make-up feel’ felt.  However my face looks flawless when I’m done and the coverage lasts the entire work day.  Top 10 foundation for me…every day of the week.

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Sample Sunday – Olay Total Effects 7 in One CC Cream Beauty Review

Whoo Hoo!  Sample Sundays here and I finally have some samples to try out thanks to my Luxe Box.  There were lots of great new samples to choose from (see my earlier Luxe Box Love post for the list)  and I decided to give the first honors to the Olay CC cream.

The CC cream seemed to be a great sample fit for me as I am struggling with finding a little coverage to even out my skin tone without hiding my natural summer ‘glow’ on my face.  I only have a little natural color on my face for a few months out of the year – darn it – so why cover that glow up!  The only drawback is that I have some redness on my cheeks and nose that I sport all year (not from sunburn) so I do like to wear a little something to even out the my skin tone.  When I read the description of what the Olay CC Cream could offer my tan little face I was a little hopeful.

Olay Total Effects 7 in one Tone Correcting Moisturizer’s (CC Cream – color correcting cream) claim to fame are:

  • Moisturizer with sunscreen SPF15 – love this
  • Natural sheer coverage
  • Anti-Aging – reduces the look of fine lines and wrinkles – love this idea but will it work?
  • Evens out skin tone and texture
  • Luminous appearance – get your glow on
  • Age Spots – reduces appearance
  • Exfoliation – improves skin surface cell turnover

I have been using the product for a week now and I am mostly pleased with the results.  I really don’t get overly excited about some of the 7 effects that the product claims to help with.  Age spots, anti-aging….really…I’m an instant results kinda girl.  My only real reason for trying the cream is because it’s a one stop shop for moisturizer, sunscreen and coverage.

When you have a product that tries to help so many areas the actual cream itself tends to be a little heavier.  When I tried some of the cream I didn’t really like the look of what I squeezed out onto my hand.  The cream comes out kind of in two separate creams (in the bottle you can see that there is two different creams) and one of the creams looks kinda oily.  You have to kind of mix them together on your hand to blend them a little but once you have mixed the cream does go on nicely.  I did find that the cream felt a heavier on my face than a normal moisturizer does – it felt like I had applied a sunscreen instead of my moisturizer.

My sample was the light to medium color tone – which would be the correct color choice for my skin tone.  The color is not a perfect match but the coverage is pretty sheer so I didn’t get hung up on the perfect color match.  When I applied I could see a little redness on my nose and cheeks but the redness was definitely toned down, which was my goal, and when I used a little loose powder the redness is masked all together.  The cream definitely gives you a luminous glow but the glow kind of looked like an ‘oily glow’ on me.  The loose powder saved the day again and helped tone the oily glow down – who wants to relive the junior high oily glow days?  That’s so 1988 – I’m over it.

I don’t think this particular cream will be one that I will purchase after I use up the sample but it does give me incentive to try other CC Creams to see if I can find one that feels a little lighter and does not give me an oily afterglow.  For now – this cream will be my Modern Mom on the go quick fix when I don’t have much on the go.  You know those days – hanging at home with the possibility of maybe leaving the house and not wanting to worry too much about a full on beauty(ful) face.

CC Cream Collage