Brand Focus | Bare Minerals

Hello! If you have been following my blog for awhile, you might know of my love for Bare Minerals products. More specifically, their face products. I haven’t tried many of their eye and lip products, but their face products are my favorite. I hardly ever use anything else!

Here are my top 5 products from the brand!

I have to first start off with the Bare Minerals Original Loose Powder Foundation SPF 15. This stuff right here is my favorite foundation of all time, and I have been using it for almost 12 years!!! I wear the shade Fairly Light. It is a loose powder, which is kind of messy, but it’s worth it to me. You tap a little bit of powder in the cap, swirl your brush into it (I recommend THIS BRUSH), and buff it into the skin. You can layer it, and it is buildable. The result is so SKINLIKE and natural.

If you don’t like liquid foundation (most of it feels greasy and like a mask to me), you need to try this! It’s like your not even wearing makeup! It’s like your skin, but just evened out and pretty. I even wore this on my wedding day! Just check out the reviews on this foundation.

Ok, so the runner up to this is the Bare Minerals BarePro Pressed Powder Foundation. This came out years after the original, and it is a lot nicer due to the fact that it is pressed. It is way less messy, BUT, it doesn’t have SPF, and doesn’t quite provide the coverage that the original foundation does. That being said, I still love it. I wear the shade Aspen (the shades are different), and I use this on an everyday basis where I don’t really need a lot of coverage, just something light to even out my skin tone. This is also a really nice touch up powder and purse friendly.

Lastly for the powder products, is this blush. This is the Bare Minerals Gen Nude matte blush in Call My Blush. I love this blush line because the blushes actually last on the skin, and this color in particular is so nice. It is the perfect rosy pink, and I love that it is matte. It looks so natural and is buildable.

Here’s a swatch!

Next, some liquid products.

This Bare Minerals Prime Time Foundation Primer is my favorite because it works under any foundation! It is a clear thicker type gel consistency, and has the silicone feel to it. It smooths the skin, fills in pores and gives the perfect base for foundation.

Lastly, this Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream is like a tinted moisturizer and has SPF 30. I wear the shade Vanilla, and it doesn’t provide much coverage, but I like how it just evens out my skin tone and provides sunscreen. This is a great product for the summer. You don’t even need a brush to apply, just use your fingers and you’re good to go!

That is it for my favorite Bare Minerals products!

Have you tried any products from the brand?

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July Faves

Hello! I’ve got some new faves to share! I can’t believe it is the end of July – and life still isn’t back to normal…but at least we have some cool products to distract us with…?

Ok, here they are!

First off, this amazing all-in-one palette! This is the Charlotte Tilbury Instant Look in a Palette in Gorgeous Glowing Beauty. This palette has three eye colors, a bronzer, two blush colors, and a highlight. This has everything you need to get the prettiest glow. Charlotte Tilbury’s products never disappoint.

A few more makeup products – this Pacifica lip gloss in Beach Kiss. This is the prettiest rose gold gloss that is so shimmery! It’s not sticky and it lasts. Love the color!

This brown gel pencil eyeliner from Maybelline is so smooth and STAYS. I love this even more than my beloved UD Demolition pencil. I use this on my lashline and tight line, and it just looks more natural and softer than using a black liner. It is actually really difficult to remove, but makeup remover takes it off. Love it.

Here are some swatches:

You know I had to include a nail color!

This is Essie Model Citizen, the perfect hot pink creme color! So summery and pretty! Love the Gel Couture line. Opaque in just two coats.

Next, a jewelry cleaner, because this thing is SO COOL. It’s like one of those twist up brush tip lip glosses. You twist it up, wet it, and brush it all over your jewelry. I use this on my wedding ring and it makes it look like when the jeweler cleans it!

Lastly, a bubble bath, because we all need some SELF-CARE.

I love this Dr. Teals Foaming Bath, but had never tried this scent. It smells sweet with the almond oil and is so moisturizing. It also makes a ton of bubbles!

So, that is it for the faves! What have you been loving this month?

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Summer Beauty Must Haves

Well, it’s 104 degrees here in south Texas as I write this post, so I would say it is sweet sweet summertime! Summer is my absolute favorite, I love the swimming, playing outside, and I’m always down for a good ol’ barbecue.

I don’t like to wear a ton of makeup in the summer; just something light because it is so hot out. I feel like a pretty face in the summertime is all about the skin, and having that dewy fresh complexion. Most of these faves are for your face!

I like to use a tinted moisturizer type product in the summer, this one by Bare Minerals goes on super easy and smooth, has SPF 30, and provides a light coverage.

For my cheeks, I love a good glow! This is my favorite highlight of all time, the Laura Geller Gilded Honey. The color is a gold champagne and gives the prettiest sheen!

Here’s a swatch:

For my nails, it’s gotta be Bikini So Teeny by Essie! A summer staple. The perfect purpley-blue periwinkle cream.

Can’t forget about gloss! This is the Liptuitive Glow Gloss by Becca. This gloss looks kind of blue in the tube, and it has iridescent shimmer, but on the lips it turns the prettiest natural shade of pink with a subtle shimmer. The formula of this gloss is so smooth, almost like an oil. It’s not sticky and it lasts!

I love a beachy wave, especially for summer! This Sephora Texture Spray gives a light matte hold to the hair, and adds volume. I love to curl my hair and then spray some of this in and scrunch. Perfect beach waves errtime.

My favorite tanning product EVER is this Loving Tan 2 Hr Express in the dark color. I apply this with a tanning mitt and it never streaks or looks orange on me. I love how it develops in only two hours!

I can’t live without this Caudalie Beauty Elixir. This is a toning spray that smells like a spa and feels cool and minty when you spray it on. Sometimes when I start spraying it, I can’t stop!

My last fave is this Sol De Janiero Brazilian Bum Bum Cream. This is a really popular product in the summer, for its smell alone. It is very strong, and very vanilla coconut. It smells like a tropical vacation. I usually don’t like scented lotion, but this is so good for going to the pool or beach. It is a really thick body cream that really moisturizes.

That is it for my summer faves!

What have you been loving this summer?

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xx amy

Products I’ve Used Up | Quarterly Empties

Hello! It is the end of the quarter, which means it is time for another round of empties! I didn’t use up as much as I normally do, but I think it’s because I haven’t been using beauty products/ wearing makeup as much.

Here they are!

I used up a ton of haircare. Since it’s summer, I tend to wash my hair more often. It’s very hot here in Texas and I can’t go as long without washing my hair because of the humidity.

Here are all of the shampoos and conditioners. The Dove Intensive Repair Shampoo and Conditioner is an old fave, and I think it’s in every empties post! It’s a really great drugstore option. It hydrates, smells good, and leaves my hair silky and soft. Already repurchased!

The Pureology shampoo and conditioner were Christmas gifts and I LOVED them. I love Pureology, but I’m too cheap to buy it for myself. The blue line is for strengthening and smells AMAZING. All of the lines do. I also like the hydrating line in the purple bottle, especially the scent. These really deep clean the hair, and the conditioner is so thick and nice. Love them! I would repurchase even though they’re spendy. $$$

This last one here is my husband’s. He really likes this OGX Tea Tree and Mint shampoo, and I love it too! It smells minty and has a cooling and refreshing feeling. It’s clarifying, so it really deep cleans the hair. I have already repurchased!

Now, a few styling products.

First up is this hairspray, which I’ve been using for YEARS. This is the Paul Mitchell Hot Off The Press Thermal Protection Hair Spray. This hair spray holds really nicely, but doesn’t leave my hair crunchy. I also like the light scent of it. Some hairspray scents bother me, but this one is fine and the smell dissipates after awhile. I would repurchase!

Next, the Living Proof Restore Smooth Blow Dry Concentrate. This took me FOREVER to go through this product because you only need one pump. I apply this to wet hair, comb it through, and it’s this luxurious serum that helps with blow-dry time. It really leaves my hair so silky and soft. Would repurchase!

Lastly, the Alterna Replenishing Moisture CC Cream. This is also a product that I use on wet hair, and it is a 10 in one cream that does 10 different things to help your hair, protects from heat, smoothes, etc. I find that when I use this, my curls really last after styling. I would repurchase!

Here’s a few more things I’ve used up; random ones. First, my favorite toothpaste, this Arm and Hammer Advance White Extreme Whitening Toothpaste. This toothpaste isn’t very sweet, but it is minty and my dentist always comments on how white my teeth are. Love it and will always repurchase!

It wouldn’t be an empties post without my favorite mascara, the L’Oréal Lash Paradise. This mascara lengthens, gives volume, and holds a curl. It’s the best. Already repurchased!

This Nivea lotion is my favorite and I use it every single day. It doesn’t have a strong scent at all (which I love) and it gives my skin a glow. It’s not sticky either. Already repurchased!

Last but not least, the Caudalie Beauty Elixir. I love this facial spray sooo much. The smell of it is like a spa, and it is so cooling and refreshing. Once I start spraying my face, I can’t stop! I love to use it at night as part of my nightly skincare routine, but also during the day for a pick me up. Already repurchased.

That’s it for the empties!

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Lil Sephora Haul

Hello! Do you guys miss shopping as much as I do? I just love to go into a store, browse around, look at new things, and take my time. I just love going shopping and the whole experience. BUT, given the circumstances, I have been shopping online, and it’s really just not as much fun.

Alas, I needed more hairspray from Sephora, so I picked up a few other things to go with it. Cause that’s what happens.

If you have been reading for awhile, you’ll know that I am a HUGE Bare Minerals fan. I really love the brand and every product I’ve tried from them has been good.

I have been using the Bare Minerals Original Powder Foundation in the color Fairly Light for more than a decade now, and I just love it. It is my every day light coverage powder foundation. It’s buildable, it lasts, and the color suits me just right.

To go along with the foundation, I picked up another Bare Minerals Prime Time Original Foundation Primer. I use a tiny bit of this before my foundation and it helps create a nice smooth canvas and helps it last longer. It has a slippery silicone feel and makes my skin feel really soft.

I picked up two mask type products. First, the Philosophy Purity Pore Extractor Mask. This is a clay purifying mask that eliminates blackheads and shrinks down pores. I used this awhile ago and really liked it, so I just repurchased that.

I received a sample of this Wishful Yo Glow Facial Enzyme scrub, and I loved it so much I had to purchase. This is an exfoliator with pineapple enzymes, AHA, and BHA. Not only does this smell delicious, but it really does a good job of exfoliating. I apply a little bit of this all over my face, let it sit for a minute or two, and then scrub. It really removes all of the dead skin and leaves my skin seriously glowy! I love this.

Lastly, the reason for my order, is the Sephora Collection Texturizing Spray. This is my third can of this stuff and it is my new favorite texture spray. I spray this in after curling my hair and it gives THE BEST beachy messy waves with light hold, matte finish, and it’s not crunchy. It smells good and I love the packaging.

That’s it for my lil haul! Have you tried any of these products?

Thanks for reading!

xx