I have recently become a Bare Minerals convert, how I haven't used any of there products before I do not know (slap on the wrist, bad beauty blogger!).
Here is the deal.......
I was originally looking for a decent eyeshadow brush earlier this month, not really sure why I'd just decided that I needed a new brush and randomly ended up at the Bare Minerals counter in my local Debenhams perusing the items on offer.
The lovely sales lady asks if I need any help, I tell her I'm after a new eyeshadow brush, she then proceeds to show me their selection, the one I like is £24.00, yes £24.00 for a brush. Lovely sales lady could see that I wasn't about to part with that sort of money just for a brush and then wafts this beautiful box of loveliness in front of my eyes which contains 8 items from the Bare Minerals range including said brush all for the magical price of £29.00. Yes you read that right, £29.00, within the space of 30 seconds I was sold, especially when I was told what was included in the box.
What I returned home with was the Bright & Beautiful Collection (for some reason is now £32.01 comes with face brush as opposed to eyeshadow brush but is still a bargain). This box of loveliness contains 8 key items to brighten and illuminate your face and is fabulous!! I will go through what is included below but then I will talk you through the best way to apply the foundation as it takes a bit of practice as I've found!
What is included?
Eyecolour 0.57 g in Alive (£14.00 sold separately): This is a gorgeous shimmery, purple shade which applies so smoothly, it can be applied dry or wet for a more dramatic effect.
Blush 0.85g in Vivacious (£19.00 sold separately): This is a lovely raspberry shade and works with all skin tones, I have found that it very subtle and adds a beautiful whisper of colour when applied, I quite often opt for bronzer over blusher but I find this adds just a nice amount of colour to my cheeks.
Prime Time Brightening Eyelid Primer (£16.00 sold separately): I don't normally use a primer under my eyeshadow but this is gorgeous as it adds a luminous sheen (as you can see in the picture below) as well as a smooth base to apply the eye make up over. I've found it really helps keep my eyeshadow stay put while adding another dimension to the colour chosen. I like the fact it can also be worn alone for a minimal, barely there look.
Double Ended Precision Eye Brush (£24.00 sold separately): This is a soft, versatile eyeshadow brush that applies mineral make up beautifully, the pointed end can be used to highlight and line while the tapered end can be used for applying the colour to the eyelid.
Natural Lipgloss in Lollipop ((£14.00 sold separately): I love the packaging to this gorgeous, pink shimmery lip gloss. It's a sheer gloss with a slight shimmer running through, it's perfect for every day use or if you just want a slight pop of colour on your lips.
Big & Bright Eyeliner in Plum (£13.00 sold separately): This is a really nice double ended, creamy eyeliner in a rich plum colour. Conveniently this eye pencil has a in built sharpener and a smudger on the other end which is always useful!
Finally the foundation primer and foundation itself.
Prime Time Brightening Foundation Primer 30ml (£21.00 sold separately): So this is a brightening primer that adds a base for the foundation but also adds a luminous, healthy glow to your skin tone and reduces the look of pores. 1 pump is all that is required and then it should be smoothed over the face prior to applying the foundation. It feels so silky when you apply it and makes the technique of applying the foundation very simple.
Original SPF 15 Foundation with Click, Lock, Go Softer 8g (£25.00 sold separately): This foundation took me by surprise if I'm honest. Initially I was dubious, it comes in a powder form and I couldn't quite understand how to apply it. I watched a couple of videos which you can access via the link above and I also visited my local Bare Minerals counter where they explained exactly the method required to apply the foundation. The trick is to dispense some product into the lid and apply using the swirl, tap and buff method. You swirl a soft brush into the powder and tap the excess off ensuring that no powder is visible on the brush (it gets tucked into the bristles), you then buff the foundation onto your face starting from the outer edge in. It should leave a glowy, porcelain finish. It's a lovely foundation and it feels barely there when worn but with a really nice coverage.
I am now a complete convert to Bare Minerals, I've been really impressed with all the items included in this gift box and also the customer service I received when I visited my local Bare Minerals counter. I can't wait to use more of their products and add to the collection!
Has anyone else used Bare Minerals? Are you a fan?