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Never Get the Wrong Foundation Color Again

Senna Cosmetics Mineral Mix FoundationI recently discovered Senna Cosmetics, and glad, glad, glad am I!

So far, I’ve tried a plethora of goodies from Senna, each of which I’ll be reviewing soon. But, first up is a Senna best-seller, Mineral Mix Cover & Finish Foundation.

Mineral Mix marks the end of getting the wrong foundation color. How so? It contains a beautifully blend-able loose mineral powder foundation in the base along with a darker pressed mineral foundation powder in the lid. Simple and smart.

Mineral Mix isn’t just a color-matching miracle. It’s also smart in other ways. A special milling process gives this mineral foundation a supremely silky smooth texture that glides onto the skin. The neutral color range looks fresh,¬† clear…more natural than any I’ve tried before. Natural minerals supply the dewy soft light reflection needed to diminish lines, wrinkles and flaws while also providing chemical-free sun protection. Plus it completely covers blemishes, discolorations, redness, even rosacea and is gentle enough for the most sensitive, problem-prone skin.

I really love that Mineral Mix is chemical free. Not only that, but it’s also free of talc, oils, fragrance, waxes, and dyes. So if you’re looking for a super-natural foundation that actually lives up to its promises, you’ve finally found it.

Moreover, Mineral Mix is great for all skin types, but it’s particularly good for oily skin. In fact, makeup artist Wei Lang gives it two thumbs up, saying Mineral Mix “gives the ultimate soft-focus finish.”

Don’t forget: GET 10% OFF AT SENNA THROUGH TODAY (8/30) by entering “tweet10″ at check-out.

Feeling Special: Deals of (the Century of) the Week

Feeling Special!
Feeling Special!

Enjoy some superb spring specials especially for skin care and make-up aficionadas, but hurry because these specials won’t be special for long.

  • Spend $50 on Olay Pro-X, get a $25 mail in rebate. Offer ends 5.5.2009
  • Spend $100 on Kinerase skin care products and get a free Advanced Repair Serum ($135 value). Offer good while supplies last or until April 30, 2009
  • Make your dollar go further; purchase products that do double duty: spend $20 on any combination of select products, get the book extraordinary uses for ordinary things free
  • Go green, save green: Get up to 50% off green & natural products at
  • Receive a free 4-oz. philosophy Cinnamon Buns Bodywash ($8 value) when you buy a select philosophy item
  • With every $75 Strivectin purchase, receive a free 1 oz eye cream ($45 value) at While supplies last
  • Get a Free Kevin Aucoin Brush Stroke Pencil ($27 value!) with your purchase of $50 or more. Offer good while supplies last or until April 30, 2009
  • Special offer: Get a Free Urban Decay Sparkly Sweet Body Powder ($25 value!) with your purchase of $50 or more. Offer good while supplies last or until April 30, 2009

    Primed for Perfection

    Arbonne Virtual Illusion Makeup PrimerI recently had the good fortune to sample Arbonne’s Virtual Illusion Make-up Primer. I’ve used dozens of primers, and frankly never really understood why people wore them. After sampling Arbonne‘s, now I get it!

    For example, Saturday I went into work for an important event. I was going to be doing lots of running around, schmoozing, rubbing elbows, meeting-and-greeting…I think you get the picture. Anyway, by the time I finally took my make-up off at around 1:30AM (!!!), it was FLAWLESS. Looked just as perfect as when I put it on that morning. I was amazed. To the point that I almost didn’t want to take it off (it looked really good).¬† Plus, my pores were virtually invisible! To say the least, I’m purchasing full size of Virtual Illusion…and can’t wait to get it, ‘cuz now I get it.

    P.S. Arbonne is one of the rare few product lines still made in the U.S. so you can be assured of its quality and efficacy.

    Special thanks to Sondra Wright, Arbonne Reg. VP for the Virtual Illusion sample. Image courtesy Arbonne.

    Beauty Q&A with GirlPaint: Free Advice for A More Beautiful You

    Q&ARecently I became a member of MakeupTalk forum. I LOVE posting on forums, and not because I want to promote myself or my blog (although that’s a nice benefit if other members like my posts), but because I really, honestly like giving advice, tips, tricks and product reviews. It’s the reason I started blogging in the first place. I was working in an industry that cut me off from the beauty world, and I desparately needed to connect to my makeup-loving sister (and brothers).

    Following is a condensed Q&A excerpted from my MakeupTalk forum posts.

    Q. I’m African American and have desert hair that desparately needs moisture. Recommendations?
    A. Coconut oil, definitely. And use a deep conditioner (recommended: Mizani Fufyl) when you shampoo.

    Q. Should I tip beauty school students?
    A. You should tip 10%. If they do an especially good job, you can tip more than 10%, and be sure to find out where they’ll be working when they fiinish school. If you split the tip, tip 10% of the TOTAL, and split it between the students based on the work they did.

    Q. I’ve heard Bio Oil is good for your skin, but I don’t like the feeling of oils on my face. Can you recommend on something to put under my mineral makeup that will not clogs pores or cause break outs?
    A. Try Korres Pomegranate Moisturizer. It’s light formula is made for people with oily/acne-prone skin, plus it contains SPF (bonus!).

    Q. How do I get rid of dark circles under my eyes?
    A. Lessening (NOT getting rid of) dark circles can happen, but it takes time. Many good products are out there to address the issue, but you’ll need to use them consistently (that means at least once a day…twice is better) for 3-4 months. I’ve been using Skin Actives Scientifics Bright Eye cream for over two years. It contains the best active ingredients known to help fix the problem, plus it’s only $17.50 and the .5 oz. jar lasts forever (for me anyway). I believe in SAS Bright Eye 100%, but realize that dark circles are, in large part, hereditary and you may still have to use undereye concealers if you want to camouflage them.

    Q. Does anyone believe the Clarisonic Brush is worth it?
    A. I’ve used a Clarisonic Brush myself, and on top of my own “thumbs-up,” I’ve also heard rave reviews from just about everyone who’s used one. But $200 is a lot to shell out for a face cleaning appliance. QVC offers a payment plan ($40/payment) that might be the way to go. Either that or purchase one locally and that way, if you don’t like it, you can return it (be sure you check out your retailer’s return policy).

    Q. (Non-beauty related) When sending out resumes, should i put my cover letter and my resume all in the body of the email? Or should I send the cover letter in the body and attach the resume?
    A. Send ONE email with the cover letter at the top and then copy and paste your resume underneath the letter. NO ATTACHMENTS unless the company specifically asks for them. Always send your resume in the body of the e-mail message, not as an attachment. Put the resume right in the message so the recipient will see it as soon as he or she opens the message. This technique also helps you get through e-mail systems that reject all attachments in this day of rampant computer viruses.

    Q. Optical Illusion Dresses – Yea or Nea?

    A. Optical Illusion Dresses look perfect….if you have a PERFECT body. Consider yourself warned.

    Q. Did anyone else absolutely hate Bare Minerals?
    A. I’ve never been a fan of BE/BM — too orange-y for me, plus it’s cakey on me. I make my own mineral foundation. It’s soooooo easy and sooooo inexpensive. I literally mix a little titanium dioxide w/ red oxide mineral powder with a mortar and pestle. You’d think it would be too pink, but those two ingredients work perfectly for me, plus the titanium dioxide gives me added sun protection.

    Q. (Follow-up question) Where do you buy the ingredients to make your own mineral makeup? Does it provide any better coverage when you make your own?
    A. Do a Google search for “mineral makeup ingredients” and “mineral makeup recipe.” You’ll find tons of info. And the mmu coverage can be customized, so you can make yours with light, medium or full coverage…or one of each!

    $7 Mascara: No Clumps, Long Lashes

    Maybelline Lash StilettoRecently I received a sample of Maybelline’s latest mascara creation, Lash Stiletto. I’ve been using it all week. I like.

    Results: Very nice. I wouldn’t say amazing, but honestly I’m impressed. For around $7, Lash Stiletto offers lovely, fringed lashes (perfect for a wedding) with plenty of added length.

    Application: Lash Stiletto goes on smoothly, coat after coat — and the more coats the longer your lashes. The first time I used it, I held back and only applied a couple of coats — reason is, I’m always a little nervous trying new mascara. As a contact lens wearer, I almost always end up with dark smudges or flakes under my eyes after a couple of hours, especially if the product isn’t water-proof. But Lash Stiletto went the distance. Plus, it washed away easily when I was ready to take it all off.

    The ONLY complaint I have is that Maybelline claims you’ll get “black-patent shine.” No so. By the way, unlike some other reviewers, I did NOT detect any weird odor — perhaps Maybelline (smartly) reformulated Lash Stiletto.

    Otherwise, Maybelline’s Lash Stiletto — in its fun spikey-stiletto-heel tube — is a hit! And for around $7, you can’t go wrong.

    Maybelline Lash Stiletto Ultimate Length Mascara

    Take 10 Years Off Your Age Right Now, Pt. 1

    Properly applied make up can make you look fabulous. But unless it’s done the right way and using the right amount, make up can actually add years to your face.

    As a 37 year old former makeup artist, I’ve learned a few simple tips to follow that will help you look younger starting today:


    • Moisturize your skin–face and neck–with a light moisturizer before you apply your makeup…and allow it to sink in, about 5-10 minutes
    • Apply makeup primer BEFORE any makeup. The least expensive and one of the most effective I’ve found (it rivals Smashbox): Monistat Anti-Chafing Gel. It contains the EXACT same ingredients as most of the best makeup primers. Plus, you can pick up a tube at most drugstores for $5
    • Apply your concealer BEFORE foundation. Using your finger or a concealer brush, pat a little concealer under your eyes, around your nose and on any blemishes or discoloration. Concealer before foundation prevents you applying too much foundation.
    • Apply less foundation. And switch to mineral foundation. The better brands and newest formulations (Jane Iredale, Everyday Minerals are some of my favorites) give excellent NATURAL coverage with a light application
    • Apply blush to the apple (round part that pops out when you smile) of your cheeks. For a youthful glow, use a cheek stain or cream blush in a pink, rosy or peach-y color
    • Blend your makeup well and use a light touch

    Take 10 Years Off Your Age Right Now, Pt. 2

    A few more simple tips to follow that will help you look younger starting today:


    • Groom your eyebrows. Pluck only stray hairs (those are the ones that fall outside your natural eyebrow)
    • Apply eyeliner to the top lash line only. And unless you have medium-or-dark toned skin, DO NOT use black eyeliner. Brown, grey, plum and green are better for fair-to-light toned skin
    • Apply two coats of mascara maximum. One coat for daytime wear is best
    • Curl your lashes. If you don’t like the traditional lash curlers, use an electric version. Sephora’s is terrific and a great deal at $16
    • Avoid shimmery eyeshadow
    • EXCEPTION to above tip: Use a shade-lighter-than-your-skin-tone colored shimmery eyeshadow applied with a light touch to your brow bone (the area just below the outter two-thirds of the eyebrow), AND apply a dab of shimmery ivory shadow to the inner corner of your eyes. These tips really open up the eye area–young!
    • Also, avoid ‘cool’ eyeshadow colors like grey, blue, true green. Opt for colors like pink, peach, gold, warm greens (olive, moss, sage), plum, ivory, brown, taupe

    Take 10 Years Off Your Age Right Now, Pt. 3

    And even more simple tips that will help you look younger starting today:


    • Use lipgloss or sheer lipstick–NOT lipstick. Use a shade just deeper than your natural lip color. Avoid ‘cool’ colors and dark colors. Instead, choose a sheer pink, peach, rose, mauve or berry
    • Apply lipbalm or clear gloss when not wearing colored gloss. This will keep your lips moist and young-looking all the time

    More Anti-Aging Tips:

    • Take care of your skin by cleansing, moisturizing and nourishing it every day using good skin care–P.S. good does not necessarily mean expensive
    • Wear SPF 15 (or higher) sunscreen every day
    • Drink a gallon of water every day
    • Go for a walk at lunch, shoot for 3 times a week. It’s a great excuse to catch up on your window shopping; just don’t take your wallet–debt makes you look and feel old
    • Smile, or better yet, laugh–a lot
    • Eat plenty of protein, complex carbs, fruits and vegetables
    • Manage your stress levels. Take up knitting, painting, piano, yoga or meditation. Find something you like to do and ‘just do it’
    • Get plenty of sleep–sleep is a proven fountain of youth