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Ole Henriksen PowerBright Means Business

Thanks to the wonderful folks over at Influenster, I got a VoxBox full of Ole Henriksen goodies to try out last week.

The main product was Ole’s 3-step PowerBright System. It is supposed to exfoliate, brighten, and add glow to your skin. Influenster also included the popular Sheer Transformation moisturizer, the Truth Serum collagen booster (which I’ve actually been wanting to try for about a year now), as well as a professional cleaning sponge.

Now the amount of product we Influenster/VoxBox users received was enough for one treatment, although I think I can get two treatments out of my sample.

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Review: Kate Somerville EradiKate


Holy smokes!

I started this post in September 2014. Since then, I’ve finished one full bottle of Kate Somerville’s EradiKate and purchased another. And the only time I did not use this product was when I was in Hawaii for a week.

Bottom line: I LOVE THIS STUFF!

I’ve been making a concerted effort to reduce my usage of Benzoyl Peroxide, which is what I used to use on blemishes. I used to apply some sort of BP product twice a day. But I’ve slowly cut down on that to the point that I only use a small part of it every other day, and only at night. A big reason for that is because I found EradiKate.

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Bare Minerals Creeping Into My Skincare Routine


Will you take a look here? Suz has been buying Bare Minerals products that don’t fall into the “makeup” category!

Y’all know I’m always glued to each and every QVC presentation of Bare Minerals. Well, this year, they introduced some new products that have caught my attention. I’m already a fan of the new liquid foundation (1, 2), but now some skincare items have made their way into my collection; the Biolucent Minerals Brightening Treatment and the Mineralixirs Facial Cleansing Oil.

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Bare Minerals bareSkin Serum Foundation: Working 9 to 5!


Ok, y’all. I’m sorry, but I totally have to brag on this foundation again. It has once again blown my mind!

So, yesterday was Easter Sunday. For me, that meant church service plus a mid-afternoon brunch with my extended family. It’s truly one of my favorite days of the year. But because this day is not about me, I didn’t want to have to wonder about my makeup all day. Turns out, thanks to Bare Minerals and Rimmel, I didn’t have to!

Now, while I’m still mad Rimmel refuses to acknowledge ANY deep skin tones with their foundations, their Stay Matte Primer is! I used it underneath my “Mineral Veil sandwich” and it worked wonders on my T-zone! I usually have to blot a few times, which isn’t the end of the world, but yesterday, I did not blot once!

I also applied my Bronzing Mineral Veil, using a patting method I saw in one of Wayne Goss’ YouTube videos. I usually use a powder brush, which apparently isn’t the best method for really setting your makeup. I learn so much from his YouTube channel!

So, anyway, I put my makeup on 9:30AM, and returned home to take it off at 5:30PM. I looked in the mirror and I wasn’t shiny! Not even around my nose! I was just slightly dewy, which my skin doesn’t ever do. Ever. I’m either extremely matte (right after application) or shiny, at the end of the day. There isn’t an in between.

I liked the dewy look on my skin. I could get used to it, but I’m not going to hold my breath! Humid season hasn’t hit the Midwest yet, so I won’t get ahead of myself just yet. All I know is that I just may have stumbled upon a method to help control my oily spots, and it’s mostly because of the new Bare Minerals bareSkin serum foundation, which continues to impress me!

Keep your fingers crossed for me!

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Review: Bare Minerals bareSkin Serum Foundation


I had high hopes when it was announced that Bare Minerals was finally going to dip its toe in the liquid foundation pool. While I have their matte mineral foundation (and earlier tried the pressed Ready formula, which I didn’t like), part of me has always preferred liquid foundations. Revlon’s Colorstay and Cover Girl’s Outlast Stay Fabulous 3-in-1 Foundation are my two favorite options. They’re about as close to “Holy Grail” status as any foundation has gotten for me… that is, until this new Bare Minerals liquid foundation came along.

I’ve been trying to pump the breaks — ever since I got it — and not get too ahead of myself when it comes to this product, but I’m just so darn impressed so far! I pre-ordered the darkest shade available (more on that later) via QVC back in February. It shipped 2 days early and got here last Wednesday. I couldn’t wait to try it out!

After shaking, and just letting 2 drops fall into the brush’s custom reservoir (seriously, this brush is cool!), I scoffed at the idea that it could cover half of my face, but let me tell you that it totally did! I was amazed. I said “WOW!” out loud. No wonder that bottle is supposed to last forever!

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‘Twas a Bare Minerals Type of Week

It dawned on me, late tonight, that I had received 3 Bare Minerals products this week, which had to be some sort of record for me. Now, I only got one of them directly from BM, but it was still 3 items!

Piggy-backing off my previous post, where I detailed how I got $50 worth of Sephora products for $12, I was able to get a free Bare Minerals eyeshadow yesterday. They were running a promo for their FAB members, where all you had to do was bring in the email, pick out the color you wanted (a $14 value), and that’s it!

So, on Monday I got my Bare Minerals Touch-Up Veil (they actually sent the wrong shade, but I’ll write about that later. It worked fine!) and Stroke of Light eye brightener and on Friday, I got my free eyecolor in “moss.”

I am happy with all 3 items, too! What a good week, huh?

And just a reminder that bare Minerals is back on QVC in a couple of weeks, so mark your calendars! I’m sure I’ll be just as disappointed as usual in the offerings for deeper skin tones (and the constant ignoring of their matte foundation), but you know I’ll be watching anyway! It’s a guilty pleasure. Plus, this may be the show where they bring back the deluxe sized Bisque. (It’s already back on, actually!) I use that more than the foundation, and they only carry the deluxe size twice a year.

Here are the shows:

Monday, November 25, 2013 from Midnight – 2 a.m., 9 – 11 a.m., 3 – 5 p.m. ET

Happy shopping!

*I used affiliate links in this post.

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