Bare Minerals Makeup Review

Bare Minerals Website You’ve seen the late night infomercials and, possibly, heard some women chanting the “swirl, tap, buff” mantra behind closed bathroom doors before hitting the runway, and in the back of your mind, you wonder — does it actually work.

In case you have no idea what I’m referring to, it’s Bare Minerals by Bare Escentuals. If you haven’t heard about it by now, then you’re not staying up late enough.

Convincing Claims

In a moment of weakness just over 6 months ago, I decided to plunk down the cash to take these minerals for a whirl. I’m the avoid makeup unless absolutely necessary type, however, my complexion is less than perfect. So, to look reasonably attractive while trotting around town, makeup is a necessary evil.

Bare Minerals looked as though it would be a happy medium for the happy to be natural and the reality check girls in me.

  • Lightweight and sheer for a natural look
  • Easy blending for various skin tones
  • Natural ingredients
  • SPF 15
  • Quick application

That’s all I needed to hear (about a hundred times first).

What You Get

I was so thrilled that I almost mauled the postman on arrival. Tearing into the box revealed a nice set of surprises, which may have changed since I received mine:

Playing Dress Up

Mineral make up was foreign territory for me; that prompted me to actually read the instructions before using it. Hmmm, I believe that was the first time I realized makeup actually came with instructions.

Bare Minerals Collage

The included DVD was a nice touch because it went through the entire application process using various women to divulge their own mineral makeup secrets. Once you have the basic instructions down (swirl, tap, buff), it’s quite easy to use your face as a playground.

One fault I did have with the DVD, however, is that it’s basically just the instructions wrapped in a long advertisement for the other mineral makeup products. A few times I caught myself feeling sad because I didn’t have most of the products mentioned in some of the women’s tips. At one point, they plugged their other products so many times, it almost made me wonder if the company was hard up for cash.

All of that aside, I was able to get myself all dolled up in about 10 minutes. I went to check my face in the bathroom mirror — did I forget to mention that I applied it all without a mirror? – and amazingly enough, it worked; it looked as though I wasn’t wearing makeup, yet had pretty skin.

An Elite Member of the Pretty Party and Other Happy Side Effects

Even without all of the additional products touted in the DVD, I was able to wow family, friends, and complete strangers alike. It was official, I had finally become an elite member of the pretty party without looking made up. In fact, most people thought I wasn’t wearing any makeup at all. The one compliment I received above all else? How beautiful my skin was. (If only they all knew…)

Another claim is that Bare Minerals is so lightweight, you can sleep in it without ill effects. Well, that was put to the test — unintentionally, of course — and I can say it’s true. After the number of power naps I’ve taken with a full spread of this stuff, I’m surprised my face hasn’t turned into a pizzeria. (Frankly, I wouldn’t recommend that you make a habit of it though.)

Bare Minerals foundation size comparison to quarter The makeup arrives in tiny jars, but a little does go a long way (though the same can’t be said for the mineral veil — more on that coming up). It’s taken nearly three months to finally deplete “my color” and I still haven’t even made a dent in the Warmth despite regular use. To say the value of the cover up has surprised me would be an understatement.

As if being a member of the pretty party wasn’t enough, the mineral makeup actually went a step further to help improve the overall health and tone of my skin. It didn’t happen overnight, although it seems like it, but one morning I caught a glimpse of my skin before applying the makeup and had to say “damn, my skin looks good.”

The “When It Rains, It Pours” Reality Check

At an early age, we learn that nothing is without its faults, and Bare Minerals is no exception — the main one being how messy it is to use. Most of the mess could probably be avoided if the jars were wider; wide enough to fit the full spread of the flawless finish brush. But, until that day comes, be prepared to use extra care when applying it or possibly change your shirt.

There’s also a good chance that you’ll need a bit of super glue if you want your flawless face brush to hold itself together. One would think that a $22 brush could at least hold up for a few months, but it’s really a hit or miss — if you have your own set of high quality professional brushes, go with that.

Set aside a small investment fund for the mineral veil finishing powder because it goes twice as quickly as the foundation. This is because you can and are supposed to be much more liberal with its application and the number of holes in the jar is unforgiving in that regard. You try to tap out an anthill, but get a mountain instead.

If you’re heading out for a night on the town or a day at the beach, don’t even think about glistening (and by “glistening”, I mean sweating). Your flawless face will streak at the first sign of liquid and that will surely give away your secret — or make you look like you have some rare and troublesome skin disorder. And snuggling up to anyone is out of the question unless you want him (or her) to be wearing your foundation too.

The Final Word on Bare Minerals

It should be no secret that I truly love bare minerals, however, there certainly is room for improvement. In a perfect world, Bare Minerals would be waterproof (or, at least, water resistant), wouldn’t rub off on anything or anyone, and wouldn’t be so messy.

But, this isn’t a perfect world yet, so we need to make due with what we’ve got and with Bare Minerals, we’ve got a lot. Bare Minerals definitely gets a thumbs up if you’re someone who prefers the natural look (i.e. like you’re not wearing makeup at all), or if you have sensitive skin.

Develop A Top Model Mindset

Modeling has often been described as a cut throat industry and in order to become successful, you’ll need to have more than just looks. Many aspiring models go out into the modeling world with misplaced expectations and find they just can’t cut it. It’s important that you develop a top model mindset before you decide this is the career for you.

Rejection Is Inevitable

This is an industry where you will most likely meet rejection 95%+ of the time, so you need to develop realistic expections. There are many reasons why an agency or client may reject you and it’s most likely because you’re simply not what the client is “looking” for — nothing personal.

If you are overly sensitive, fashion modeling may not be the best industry for you and if you truly want to make a success of it, you will need to seek help dealing with your opinions about your self image.

Develop Confidence

In order to increase your chances of landing the ideal job (or modeling agent), remember to be confident in yourself and your appearance. Beauty will always be in the eye of the agent/casting director/producer, but when you know how to handle yourself, you will succeed.

This may sound like advice coming out of a bad zen movie, but it helps. Remember to tell yourself that you’re beautiful every day. Know above all else that you consider yourself to be a beautiful human being and that no one can take that from you.

Put Your Professional Foot Forward

There is a time and place for everything, and the time and place to present yourself in a professional manner is when you’re meeting someone for the first time; first impressions can make or break your career.

It doesn’t hurt to learn about the modeling agency or client before you meet. This cram session will give you an opportunity to figure out what they like or dislike and learn which of your features you should make stand out.

Above all else, always present yourself professionally. You are your own product and if the product isn’t good, no one’s going to purchase it.

New Zealand Model Search

For lovely young ladies in New Zealand, between 13 and 24 years of age, it’s time to brush up on your modeling skills as the largest model search in New Zealand starts this weekend.

The Cadbury Dream Model Search will be held this weekend, May 5, 2007 at the Botany Town Centre.

The Botany audition will be the first of ten being held nationwide throughout May. Around 100 girls are expected to turn out to the Botany Town Centre audition with more than 800 predicted nationwide.

New this year, the top five entrants will be announced at the conclusion of the audition. They will join a group of 50 semi- finalists from which 12 finalists will be chosen to go on to compete in the final in July.

Last year, Botany entrant Louise Arnold made it through to the final, while the year prior three finalists were from the East Auckland audition.


If this sounds like fun to you and you’re in the area, get the official details from the Cadbury Dream Model Search website.

The Proactiv Scandal

Someone commented the other day about how crappy Proactiv is; this comment didn’t come about because this person used the product herself, but because she had read about the complaints. Well, as with anything, there are always two sides to every story.

When I first heard about Proactiv (on a late night infomercial like everyone else), I didn’t buy into it. It took two years for me to fork over the dough and even then it was one of my best friends who convinced me to get it after I noticed how her skin glowed.

My skin wasn’t that bad to begin with, but within two weeks of following their 3-step regime twice daily, I began receiving compliments of my own. Yes, there was a noticeable difference in my skin. Although I still get the occasional break out due to hormonal changes (eh hem, ladies, you know what I’m talking about), they aren’t nearly as bad as before.

If you decide you want to give Proactiv a try for yourself, here are a few things you should keep in mind to minimize any damage.

Spot test for about a week or two. Most of the large malls nation wide will have a Proactiv kiosk. Instead of ordering directly over the phone or from the Proactiv site online, head out to your mall and find that kiosk. Snag yourself a travel size set, which, if you use it on your full face should realistically last about 2 weeks; they try to peg it as a 30 day supply.

When you start out, you will not be using it on your whole face. Use it on a small portion of your face, preferably the jawline (just below your ear). If you don’t have any bad reactions to it, then you can move on to using it on your full face.

Once you decide to dive in, do not purchase it for the first time at the main website. You’ll miss out on the deal they’re always running (I learned this lesson the hard way). You can grab it for about $26, instead of the regular $46 price tag, when you get it over the phone or from their promotional website.

Be forewarned, when you do order the product, you will automatically be added as a recurring buyer. That means, every other month, they’ll bill you without warning and mail you more Proactiv. To me, this is a convenience, but some others find it annoying.

If you don’t want to be in this recurring program, make sure you contact customer service ASAP (because you’ll forget if you wait) and tell them that you don’t want to receive the product automatically. Just make sure to re-order before your current supply runs out.

One final tip, that I discovered after a couple months of use, is to give your skin a day off. Ever notice how your skin builds up a tolerance once you’ve been doing a certain facial routine often? Same thing here. Once or twice a week, instead of doing the Proactiv routine, consider giving yourself a facial instead.

Fashion Fights Poverty Model Call

This is an opportunity for you to get some publicity while doing something good.

Fashion Fights Poverty tackles the issues of poverty in a whole new way, by promoting and using products that promote economic growth and eduction. Basically, it’s all about fashion with a purpose.

Now, FFP is on the prowl for some lovely young things to help spread their good word.

After a wildly successful first model call last month, FFP is beckoning once again to those talented professionals from the modeling industry to come and try out for our growing catwalk. Once again, we are looking for a racially and ethnically diverse group of female and male models 18-35 years old with slim, toned physiques and attractive features for the 2007 Fashion Fights Poverty fashion show. Applicants must be at least 5′8” and in great shape with clear skin.

Model Call II

If you can’t make the open call this Saturday (April 28, 2007), they make some other options available to you. Get all the details from their blog.

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