The Bare Essentials

Those of you who’ve read my blog before might remember my post last year where I reviewed the bareMinerals Complexion Rescue™ Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream and Prime Time™ BB Primer-Cream Daily Defense. As I liked the products so much I decided to pay another visit to the bareMinerals counter to try some new make-up bag essentials.

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As spring approaches I really want sheer, glowy skin rather than a heavy base and I feel like that’s exactly what the bareMinerals complexion products give you. I headed to John Lewis in Milton Keynes (my local bareMinerals concession) and was served by the lovely Devanne, who was really helpful at recommending products and colour-matching. I often get asked whether I mention that I write a blog when I buy products and the answer is that I don’t. Firstly, I find that kind of thing a bit cringey and secondly, I like to review the service I receive as well as the products. I can’t even count the amount of times I’ve waited at a concession while the make-up artist studiously ignores me (regularly happens in MAC) so it really makes a difference when the service is great.

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Anyway, onto the products! First off, I was looking for a new powder to set my base and provide some staying power. Devanne recommended the READY® SPF 15 Touch Up Veil £22 (my shade is medium). Regular face powders are often filled with talc which isn’t great for the skin but bareMinerals use pressed sea minerals with antioxidants and grapeseed oil – gorgeous ingredients. This product did exactly what I wanted it to by giving a light mattifying effect. I used it on top of the Complexion Rescue and really liked the effect. The compact has a good quality mirror and is sturdy enough to stand being in the bottom of my handbag regularly without the powder getting cracked.

Next up, I needed a bronzer to get my glow on before the reluctant English sun appears. I went for the READY® Bronzer £24 in the shade ‘The Deep End’ which is the darkest shade (also available in ‘The Skinny Dip’ and ‘The High Dive’ – I do love product shades with interesting names). This product is also full of minerals and delivers a matte finish. I like how buildable the product is – it’s really easy to get good definition. Again, the compact contains a good quality mirror and is nice and sturdy.

Having discovered that my favourite concealer EVER has been discontinued (‘Disappear’ by Estee Lauder if you were wondering) I was in desperate need of a new concealer. I don’t suffer with dark circles under my eyes but do need something that covers blemishes, so opted for the SPF20 Correcting Concealer £21 in the shade Medium 2. This was the only product I bought that I was disappointed in. Although it is supposed to be medium-full coverage I found the coverage to be quite light and it was hard to blend. I notice that since I had my shopping spree bareMinerals have released a new Blemish Remedy Concealer which may be more effective for skin like mine.

Finally, having realised I’ve had most of my make-up brushes for longer than I care to remember, I decided to splurge on some new ones. I bought the Supreme Finisher £24 to use with the powder veil, the Blooming Blush £20 for the bronzer and the Max Coverage Concealer (I think this brush has now been replaced by the Complexion Perfector £24). I particularly love the Supreme Finisher and Blooming Blush brushes, they are super soft, do not shed at all and offer fantastic value for money. Most make-up brushes of this quality are twice the price, so if you buy one thing from bareMinerals then the brushes are a great place to start.

I was lucky enough to get my hands on some free samples too – a loose powder blush in a pinky shade ‘Joyous Jennifer’ £20 and a loose powder bronzey eyecolour in ‘Beautiful Autumn’ £15. Although loose powders can be messy these are great products, heavily pigmented and buildable. I’ve used Joyous Jennifer as a base eyecolour as well as a blush, with a light grey shadow along the eye crease. Beautiful Autumn looks striking on its own, blended up to the socket line, with black gel liner and lots of black mascara.

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Joyous Jennifer

I’d love to know your views on any of the products above, or if you can recommend a fantastic concealer to me!

Finally, a thank you to my lovely friend  Karen (Cottie) who kindly provided the title for this post when I got ‘bloggers block’ (it’s a thing – trust me).

Beauty Geek x

PS Love Lula have a fantastic offer on at the moment where you receive a FREE Beauty Box when you spend over £50! Hurry up before stocks run out…just click here.

 

 

 

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