***Please note this is not a sponsored post. All opinions are my own and the products were purchased with my own money.***
I’m definitely not a beauty guru by any means (just thought I should put that out there), but when it comes to makeup it’s another area in our lives as women where we can totally forget about the toxins and chemical content of what goes onto our bodies. So even though this review is about my personal makeup haul, I really believe writing this post is in your best interest (I got you girl *wink*).
It can be quite overwhelming to think about HOW MUCH STUFF we put on ourselves everyday without even giving it a second thought! (It’s because of this exact reason that I started making some of my own homemade beauty products like this homemade shea body butter recipe). But before you run off and throw away your entire makeup kit (just put that foundation down for a sec alright?!), hear me out.
You just cannot possibly ‘detox’ your life overnight. I mean you could probably give it a good try but you’re just gonna end up super stressed and confused coz there is a truckload of information out there and a whole lot of scaremongering (which even I fell for at the start of my journey).
I myself, have only started purging my makeup bag for cleaner makeup brands and options. And I still have a while to go but that’s probably because I don’t use makeup as heavily (comes naturally when you’re around your babies all the time and you don’t want to smother them with your cake face) and so a little goes a long way with me.
I was actually out with my stud hub Andrew to do a little bit of Christmas shopping and really needed to buy new makeup and so I was on the lookout for natural/clean makeup brands and I JUST happened to pass by the Bare Minerals makeup store which I’d never heard of before (told you I'm new to all this).
And if you’re new to them like I was (please say you are so I don’t feel like I’m the only one!), Bare Escentuals is an American makeup brand that has been around since 1995, the makeup that they sell is called Bare Minerals.
On their website they claim that they’re 100% free of
So far so bueno.
They’re not an organic beauty brand, but when it comes to quality they’re pretty good, especially if you’re ok with light to medium coverage (you definitely won’t end up with cake face).
Here in the UK, the organic and green beauty market is still emerging, which has consequently meant that people of my skin tone aren’t catered to very widely, specifically in terms of makeup. So Bare Minerals is a good option to go with for now.
Any of you into YouTube unboxing or makeup haul videos by the way? Coz this is as exciting as it’s gonna get over here at Earth and Spoon!
Alright, let’s dive into it.
Prime Time Foundation Primer (Original)
Comes in a teeny 30ml bottle but you only need to use it sparingly on your face before applying your foundation. This was my first experience using a primer (what was I doing all my life??), and I really began to notice how much of a difference it makes when I use it and when I forget to put it on.
The primer works like an invisible sheet that evens out your skin texture and covers pores so that when you do apply the foundation, you have seamless coverage. I thought it really does the job well, so a thumbs up from me!
2. BareSkin Pure Brightening Serum Foundation in Bare Honey shade SPF 20
Once the primer is set (only takes a couple of mins to dry), applying the foundation is pretty simple using a foundation brush. It is on the runny side, so if you’re used to heavy coverage you’ll probably find that it’s a bit lighter on the skin. Make sure to shake the bottle before using it, as the mineral pigments tend to sink to the bottom of the bottle.
My problem areas are usually my chin (discoloration, I guess it’s just a genetic thing) and forehead (its on the big side so it catches ALL THE SUN, rest of my face not as much). I also tend to be one of those people who needs like 2-3 different shades of foundation depending on what time of the year it is because I tan sooo easily. So this shade works perfectly for me during winter when my complexion is fairest, not so much in summer. But then again, I really don’t like wearing foundation in summer coz my skin loves the sun and I find that I don’t need a lot of makeup during the summer.
Having said all the above, I really do like it as it adds a really nice glow to your skin and has a dewy kind of look to it. If you’re into a matt finish foundation then you probably have to add the BareSkin Perfecting Veil afterwards - but more on that below (see point no4).
3. BareSkin Complete Coverage Serum Concealer in Tan shade
Now I know everybody likes to do their makeup differently, especially when it comes to the age old question, concealer then foundation or foundation then concealer?
Well I used to be the former, until I realised that applying the foundation over the concealer tends to smudge it. So I like to apply concealer AFTER I’ve put on the foundation. I apply mine onto my eyelids (acts as a great base for your eye shadow and allows it to sit well over the concealer), under eyes (because with children come under eye bags big enough to go shopping with) and around my chin (I sometimes break out there and because of my skin tone, any spots I get usually scar my skin).
The concealer is also light to medium coverage so if you have a lot of business to hide, you may wanna be a little heavy handed with this one. The good thing is it blends reaaally well with the foundation so you don’t have to worry about looking weird.
4.BareSkin Perfecting Veil in Tan to Dark shade
Or in other words their setting powder.
I must say, I don’t always use it, but that’s because I really do like the foundation’s dewy finish specifically in colder months when I’m not as likely to sweat, otherwise I just look shiny…not a good look. So to avoid that, I then lightly apply the perfecting veil to help set the foundation (it does make it last longer admittedly) and gives it slightly more of a matte finish.
And you definitely need it if you’ve used the concealer to help it set, as the concealer can be quite ‘smudgy’.
5. Marvelous Moxie Lipstick in Break Away shade
The first lipstick that I’ve ever truly fallen in love with. I’d say I’ve always been more of a lip gloss kind of girl, I dunno I just never liked how lipstick looked on me, but that’s all changed now thankfully!
This Marvelous Moxie lipstick in Break Away is a beautiful plum colour that really complements my skin tone (if I do say so myself), and I reaaally love how it feels on your lips. Super buttery and moisturising and easy to apply. Love, love, love!
So all in all, I am happy with my Bare Minerals makeup haul. Putting everything into context, this is mineral makeup we’re talking about here and so of course it isn’t going to be as heavy duty as it’s synthetic counterparts out there. Bare Minerals isn’t 100% natural either, but the key point to me is that it doesn’t have harmful or harsh chemicals which is a good starting point.
I am totally new on this journey of clean makeup like I said earlier, and so I’ll keep an eye out and come back and fill you all in on my findings. I will definitely be looking out for more organic beauty + makeup in the near future which I’m super excited about!
Have you ever tried anything from the Bare Minerals makeup range? How did you find it?
Also, hit me up below with aaaall the organic beauty + makeup brands that you’ve heard of or tried below in the comments. You’ll be seriously helping this sista out!