Vacations are good for the soul. A much necessary break from everything. While Carla was in Vegas for her sister’s wedding, I was in San Francisco. After a day in wine country and a few more spent sightseeing, shopping and eating, my battery is on its way to being recharged. As most vacations go for us beauty girls, we tend to spend quite a bit of time packing our products (usually bringing way too much). Now that I’m back, I can confirm that, once again, that exact scenario happened. Some things will never change. I wanted to give you a glimpse at the makeup I used on vacation and rave about the makeup bag that you need to run to Target to buy immediately. Meet the Sonia Kashuk Completely Organized Bag.
Let me try to quickly breakdown how amazing this bag is. Seriously, I could probably give a 50 minute lecture on the function of this bag. A black nylon makeup bag (the staple of ALL staples) with maroon lining, featuring a front exterior zippered compartment and pouch, two back exterior pouches, an interor with a zippered compartement and SIX side pouches that fit blush, eye palettes, powder and lipstick galore. And it’s $14.99. This bag can do no wrong. I marvel at its wonder. Oh, and it’s only $14.99.
These are the products I used every single day on vacation. I brought along Stila Stay All Day Liquid Foundation & Concealer, in shade Light, which like its other “Stay All Day” counterparts, wears flawlessly for hours and hours (and hours!) The concealer hidden in the cap works on both blemishes and under eyes, so the 2-in-1 option was great for travel. For eyes, I kept it bright and low maintence. Just a pat of bareMinerals Well-Rested Face & Eye Brightener to perk up my undereyes and double as a highlighter (more to come on this – I think it’s magical!), a swipe of Youngblood Cosmetics Eye-Illuminating Duo to brighten under the browbone, lower waterline and inner corners and NARS Eyeliner Stylo in Carpates and Maybelline The Falsies to give the lash line some oopmh. I dusted Jouer Bronzer in Suntan in the “3″ shape on each side of my face and tapped MAC Blush in Legendary from the Marilyn Monroe collab on my cheeks. For lips, I’m having a MAJOR Fresh Berry Sugar Lip Treatment moment. It might be fav Sugar of all. It brightens my face in a very subtle way, and it was perfect for walking around sunny SF with the SPF 15.
Sometimes a simple routine is the way to go!
I have been a fan of mineral-based makeup for a while now. I mostly use it for the foundation and setting powder(s). As of late, I have been pretty happy with Bare Essentials Bare Minerals Cover and their Mineral Veil. I feel like the makeup is clean, goes on extremely easily and provides great coverage without a heavy feeling. Also, the built in sunscreen is great. Recently, the market seems to have become saturated with mineral-based products. Even the drugstore brands are getting on the bandwagon. So while browsing the net, I came across a new brand of mineral makeup called Youngblood Cosmetics and decided to give them a try.
The first product I used was the Natural Mineral Foundation. This can be used as a foundation, concealer and/or powder. It goes on the same way as the Bare Minerals and I really didn’t see much of a difference. One reason I decided to stray from Bare Essentials is that I read that they used ingredients that were not exactly “all natural” and that they contained irritants. This has not been proven and as I am writing this, I see on the website that they claim “bareMinerals is free of preservatives, talc, oil, fragrance, dyes, and other chemicals that can irritate skin. The 100 percent pure bareMinerals represent the ideal mix of makeup and skincare, offering problem-solving cosmetics that perfect the complexion.”
I don’t remember seeing this disclaimer before, so maybe I am not the only one questioning. Anyways, Youngblood claims to be all natural as well. They have a full ingredient list posted on their website and it looks very “clean.” The foundation’s coverage was great and stayed on all day long. It has natural oil absorbing ingredients due to the mineral factor. The one complaint I have about the foundation is the packaging. The powder comes in a little jar, but with a flat top with holes that the powder is supposed to come out of, but there is no place to “catch” the excess so-to-speak, so shaking out more powder just means getting it all over the counter and using more than intended. This only seems to be the case for the foundation, because the Rice Setting Powder (below) has a convenient, easy dispenser.
Next is the Mineral Rice Setting Powder. This is again comparable to Bare Essentials “Mineral Veil” which the main purpose is to set your makeup and sop up any excess oil that might come on thorough the day. Again, great product that does what it says it will do.
Youngblood Cosmetics has a whole mineral-based makeup product line out as well beyond foundation and powder. This seems like a good reliable line and one that is definitely worth a shot if you ever want to try something new. The prices are a bit more expensive than Bare Essentials, but they also don’t have the mass reach that Bare Essentials does and the quality seems to be a bit better.