Sephora is my crack. I try to avoid going to Sephora because I can never get out of there for less then $80 a pop and that’s usually for two or three tiny little treasures.
A few weeks ago I was pretty down, so my better half decided to take me to Sephora to lift my spirits. A few readers asked me to tell them what I got and give my honest review so here it goes. First off, I’m not getting anything from these companies (although I would be totally stoked to get some freebies!) but this is just my own personal experiences of the following products.
First of all, I have been a Bare Escentuals (bareMinerals) girl since college. I switched to their line because it’s more natural then most and it just makes my skin look flawless. Or at least close to it.
I used to use their foundation and their mineral veil. But it’s a little pricey and I noticed that the last few times I bought it, the texture was a bit different. Like they changed something a bit? But it didn’t seem to be as good as I remembered. So I looked around and found a great alternative that’s more natural and less expensive! It’s Watts Beauty Minerals. And you can buy refill bags and fill up your old bareMinerals containers. One bag of Watt’s powder has refilled my bareMinerals sifter 3 times already and there’s still about 2 more refills left, I think!
Now it’s not exactly the same. The coverage seems heavier with Watts and their “translucent” veil seems a bit white, and not as translucent as bareMinerals. So what I’ve figured out for myself is to mix half of the powder foundation with half of the translucent mineral veil. And *voila! Perfect coverage that looks totally natural.
So there, you can save a little money with Watts Beauty minerals and I just buy it on Amazon!
That doesn’t mean I’ve abandoned bareMinerals! The rest of my face is brought to you by them. I was so excited to see that they finally came out with a pressed powder that we can put in our purse and take with us! I grabbed that up during my little shopping trip and am happy to say, it works just as well as their traditional mineral veil.
I saw they had added a lip stain, and I love those. Except the one’s I’ve tried before felt like I could have achieved the same results with a Sharpie. I picked up their Big & Healthy Lip Tarnish in Scandal which immediately became my favorite lipstick.
It’s not exactly a lip stain. But it’s better then a regular lipstick. It’s quite moisturizing and lasts a good amount of time. But definitely NOT a stain. It’s hard for me to find lipstick colors that I like. I prefer a more natural look, with a hint of color and this is perfect for my skin tone. I usually just wear this and my favorite lip gloss over it.
Now to get the most luscious lips possible, I use their Big & Healthy Lip Polish in Claire. Remi loves this lip gloss. I always catch her staring at my mouth after I put it on. The picture doesn’t do it justice, it’s the most brilliant gloss I’ve ever tried and I’ve tried ALL of them. This also has peppermint oil, I think, in it to cause the lips to plump a bit. I don’t know if it works, but it makes your lips tingle and anyone that you kiss will feel it too.
And THAT is my entire makeup routine.
Oh, wait! I’m going to share with you the best beauty secret I’ve ever had. It was passed down from my Samoan grandmother but now, it’s getting a lot of hype in the “natural” craze. The one and only moisturizer I use morning and night on my face and ALL OVER is extra virgin, organic coconut oil.
It has to be extra virgin and it HAS TO BE ORGANIC. But Google it and you’ll be amazed at the scientific findings they’re coming out with now about my grandma’s old school trick to beautiful skin!!
When you look at the ingredients of a lot of really pricey face and body moisturizers you will see that most of the best, all natural ones contain some coconut oil. Why not, bypass all the extra goop they put in it and just go with 100% pure coconut oil?! The most natural and healthiest products will have the least amount of ingredients in them. Keep that in mind when shopping and looking at the ingredient lists on things.
The end result looks something like this. I’m wearing Watts minerals as powder, Buxom lashliner in suede, lip tarnish in scandal and gloss in claire.