Makeup Monday: BareSkin Serum Foundation Review

So here we go, my first makeup post! I’m excited, are you? Today I’ll be reviewing BareMinerals’ newest foundation, the BareSkin Pure Brightening Serum Foundation.*

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According to BareMinerals, this foundation is a clinically proven tone-correcting mineral foundation and brightening serum in one. It’s ultra thin and provides buildable coverage.

Advertised Benefits:

  • famous no-makeup look and feel
  • skin-loving formula. no silicone. no oil. no parabens. no fragrance. hypoallergenic. non-comedogenic. dermatologist tested.
  • clinically proven to improve the appearance of dark spots, skin brightness and texture.
  • coconut-derived base with jojoba-coated mineral pigments and non-chemical broad spectrum SPF 20
  • supercharged lilac plant stem cells and vitamin C help to reveal brighter, more even-toned skin
  • ultra-thin, silky texture-one to two weightless drops naturally transform, soften and smooth your complexion

For a list of ingredients, scroll down to the bottom of the post. Now, let’s see how well this foundation works eh? To use, you need to shake up the foundation really well, then add one or two drops onto the BareMinerals Perfecting Face Brush* and buff onto your skin in circular motions. After that you can add more to get even more coverage.

Here we have a before…you’ll notice the uneven skin tone & a couple of minor blemishes, scattered freckles and a wee bit of my dark under-eye circles. EEK!

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And here is the after view…

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The uneven coloration is nearly gone, the blemishes are muted out and just in need of some extra concealer on the worst ones, most of my freckles have disappeared, and even the dark color under my eye has lightened up dramatically! [NOTE: I used 2 drops of the foundation] So how does the foundation actually stand up to the advertised benefits? Let’s see:

  1. No makeup look/feel: Yes. I can put this on, look in the mirror and touch my face without feeling like I’ve got a mask on all day. It also doesn’t sink into any pores or wrinkles through the day, so my face looks flawless until I come home and take off my makeup.
  2. Skin loving formula/proven to improve the appearance of dark spots & skin brightness/texture: After using it for about a month, I’ve noticed that my skin feels softer & seems a bit brighter. It also doesn’t smell funny, and while it doesn’t have a fragrance added, it does smell pleasant (IMO though, others may disagree)
  3. Broad Spectrum SPF 20/Lilac stem cells & vitamin C helps make skin brighter and more even-toned: Yes. Again, my face feels softer, looks brighter, and I’m not seeing as much discoloration (and less discoloration means I can use less coverage too!)
  4. Ultra-thin, silky texture: the foundation has a great formula. It doesn’t get stuck in crevasses, it doesn’t get cakey, and well…it basically feels like you don’t have makeup on. :)

Here’s a “swatch shot” if you will. You can see that it isn’t super runny, as it sits nicely in a little glob on my hand, waiting to be blended in. Also, just for those who are wondering, the shade I use is called Bare Linen 03, but you’ll also be glad to know that this foundation comes in 20 different shades!

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Ok, so we’ve seen the advertised benefits and the actual benefits. We saw first hand how well it covered freckles, blemishes, dark spots and uneven skin tone. Let’s talk prices.

The foundation comes in a 1 oz bottle, and costs $29 at Ulta. I know, it seems like a lot for only 1 oz. of product. But remember that you’re only using 1-2 drops, maybe 3-4 if you need extra coverage. A little bit of this stuff goes a loooooong way guys! I’ve had mine for about a month and it hardly feels any lighter than when I got it, and this is from me using it nearly every single day since purchasing it. (yeah, that’s how much I love it…I use it daily!) Then there’s the brush. I’m sure you could use a liquid foundation brush or some other brush, but I didn’t even have a liquid brush so I went ahead and bought the Perfecting Face Brush, which is $28 at Ulta. Ok, so together both are about $60. But let me tell you….it’s worth it!

Conclusion

I absolutely love this foundation. I have never had a single beauty product in my life before that I 100% wanted to use every single day (and actually do), but this product is the exception I guess. From my experience, it covers well, lasts all day, and most importantly, it feels like I don’t even have any makeup on. And hey, for $30 it’s a pretty good quality product. :)

The Beautiful Geek Rating: 5 of 5 stars

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What do you guys think? Anyone else try the BareMinerals BareSkin Foundation yet? Let me know in the comments below what you thought, or what your favorite foundation is!

till next post, Katie

*all of the items reviewed in this post were purchased by me. i am not being compensated in any way/shape/form by BareMinerals or anyone else to review these products. for more information see my disclosure + policies page*

Ingredients: titanium dioxide 11.0%, caprylic/capric triglyceride, coconut alkanes, silica, stearalkonium, hectorite, lecithin, glycerin, maltodextrin, coco-caprylate/caprate, jojoba esters, propylene carbonate, tocopheryl acetate, soil minerals/syringa vulgaris (lilac) leaf cell culture extract, magnesium ascorbyl phosphate, sodium hyaluronate, phenoxyethanol, mica, iron oxides.

Vampire Counts: Black Knights & the Wight King

So I decided to see how I liked painting some of the Vampire Count models…let’s just say I never want to paint skeletons again. Ever. But, nevertheless, here are the figures I painted. I used Citadel brand paints & primer, which you can order online or at a Games Workshop store. There are also some comic book shops out there that sell Citadel paints and Warhammer figures. I don’t remember which paints I ended up using, but in the future I will make sure to keep a listing of the paints I used.

Below we have the only decent picture of the Wight King,

And next up a group shot of my Black Knights:

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They’re the same color scheme as the Wight King, with silver & bronze armor and purple fabric pieces. Now for some close(ish) ups! First you’ve got a semi-nice view of their leader, and you can also see the flag-bearer and trumpeteer (?) as well:

And here we have the flag-bearer and a spearsman. Unfortunately I accidentally broke the tip of his spear off, and wasn’t going to bother trying to glue the bugger back on (it was a pain enough having to paint that piece of plastic, nevermind the thought of gluing it back in place).

Last but not least the other spearsman (spear in tact lol) and the trumpeteer. I know the latter is kind of out of focus, but I’m still in the process of learning how to get the best images out of my iPhone until I can find and purchase a decent camera to do my photography.

So what do ya’ll think? I’m actually quite proud of the highlighting work I managed to get done on the skeleton horses, though I didn’t do half as well on the fabric… :/

till next post, Katie

Mani Monday: Easy Triangle Nail Art

Hey there everyone! Hope you’ve all had a good weekend! If not, I hope this quick and easy nail art design lifts your mood! I’m so happy with how this turned out, and it was super easy too! I’m so in love with the colors I used (Get Fresh With Me and Oh That’s Just Grape by Nicole). Surprisingly enough, I found them as part of a polish set (the two polishes, a clear coat and nail drying drops) at Sam’s Club! They also had a set with two shades of pink, but I decided on the mint/purple duo instead, as I’ve got quite the collection of pink polishes. ;)

trianglenails_tutorialLike I said, really easy! The only thing you have to watch for is the tape peeling up some of the 1st color of nail polish when you remove it. It could be that my tape was super strong, or perhaps the polish didn’t dry very well before I applied the tape. But I only ran into that problem on one or two nails, and it was easily fixed by dabbing at the bare spots with the tip of the polish brush. You could also try using a toothpick if the area is small enough.

till next post, Katie

Pray for Strength

Hello everyone! How’s your Sunday been doing? This week’s quote is…

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This quote means quite a lot to me, and it’s been especially useful for me these last few months. We often get into difficult situations, and every now and then the matter is so unpleasant that we wish that we could simply have an easier life. How unfair is it that you have to be the one to bear this back-breaking burden? Why should you have to deal with this, and have so many problems in life when it seems like everyone around you has things so much easier? You have to deal with this huge issue, and the person next to you is complaining about how their order got messed up at McDonald’s. How wonderful would it be if that was your greatest concern right?

But don’t think like this. Don’t wish that things were easy, or that you could push all of your problems on to someone else to deal with. Pray and hope for the strength and perseverance to bear and deal with this. Because at the end of it all, this hardship will pass and you will be a much stronger and better person. A person that never has any problems, a life without worries, is the weakest person in the world. In fact, here’s something that I posted on Facebook a couple of years back, so today you’re getting 2 quotes!

Some are born with everything in the palm of their hands. Others are born with it all on their shoulders. Guess who ends up being the stronger person.

So, in essence, it means that all of the hardships and difficulties you face in life will make you a stronger person and build you up for your next challenge in life. The experiences and things you learn from your past hardships will give you the ability to react and deal with new challenges better than if you had never had any problems in life. Stay strong. You can do it. I believe in you!

till next post, Katie

 

Where am I now?

Ok, so the last time I updated you guys on my life I was going to go for an interview at a local animal clinic, was still living with & getting over my ex, and not in the best of places in life.

Update 1: I GOT THE JOB! Yep. And as of the 22nd of July, I will have been working at the clinic for 3 months! I love working there, helping animals. No 2 days are alike, and there’s so much to learn and take in. I love the people I work with, and just…everything. Everyone. All of it. I never thought that I’d be this happy working anywhere in my entire life.

Update 2: I messed up the driver’s test because I hit the cone whilst parking……..and I haven’t yet had an opportunity to reschedule.

Update 3: I am living with my parents, and have essentially cut all ties with the ex. I’m moving on, and moving forward. It’s been ridiculously difficult…but I know it’ll be worth it in the end. I have gotten better at focusing on me and my happiness, and looking at the silver lining. And well…if you haven’t noticed from my Instagram feed over there { —–> } I’ve become more proud of myself and confident, and I have grown fond of taking selfies. (not too many, I promise lol)

Update 4: And…if you also haven’t noticed from my Instagram feed, I have also adopted a kitten. His name is Pascal. He was brought into the clinic one day by someone that found him on the side of the road. His back right leg was broken, and it came down to him either being put down or someone bringing him home. Obviously you can see what choice I made. He’s grown so much in the last 3 months, and his leg healed up perfectly (and quickly!). Before we knew it he was jumping and climbing all over anything he could get his paws on.

I know I haven’t gotten around to replacing the older images on the blog, but I’ve been kinda busy with my 2 dogs and new kitten, and work and everything…so I’ve just accepted that I’ll get around to it when I get around to it. lol. And, I have started working out again too! Right now I’m really out of shape…but my goal is to at least get semi-fit. Right now however, the goal is just to get into the habit of working out period, and maybe even grow to enjoy it.

till next post, Katie