Thursday, 19 September 2013

BareMinerals The Secret's Out Blush Review, Photos, Swatches

As you may have noticed in the past three months I have been experimenting with some lovely mineral makeup products. After using up my Jane Iredale's blush in Cotton Candy (post here) in less than two months (it is only 2.8 gr), I decided to try a blush from the bareMinerals Ready range and I picked up The Secret's Out.
Here is my review.

BareMinerals The Secret's Out Blush



The Secret's Out is described as a soft violet. It is a rosy pink with subtle plum undertones, perfect for brightening up my warm pale completion in a natural way (think of lightly blushing after having been revealed a secret) and perfect for Autumn/Winter.


BareMinerals The Secret's Out Blush



The texture is slightly powdery but very finely-milled and velvety to the touch. It is also easy to blend and build up to the desired intensity with a soft brush. The small brush included is a tad too soft and if on the one hand it allows for a foolproof application, on the other hand it takes quite a few strokes to build up the colour. In fact I prefer using my Bobbi Brown Blush brush to apply this cheek powder. On me this blush lasted for about 8 hours as claimed by bareMinerals. Overall I am quite pleased with this blush and I would recommend it.


BareMinerals The Secret's Out Blush

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Mood boosting perfume: Kenzo Flower In The Air

A couple of weeks ago I was so happy because I was in the company of my sister who had come to stay with me from abroad for a few days. My sister and I were browsing in a shop when our attention was caught by a clear glass bottle of perfume with a bright red poppy on the lid and as soon as we discovered its scent we both fell in love with it...it was Kenzo Flower In The Air Eau De Parfume.



Kenzo Flower In The Air Eau De Parfume.















To me Kenzo Flower In The Air Eau De Parfume smells floral (Rose Essence, Rose Oxide, Rose Infusion) and musky (Cedarwood, Musks), fresh (Bergamot) and sensual (Pink Pepper), happy and nostalgic like a glorious end of summer day, modern and decadent at the same time. To me it is the perfect pick me up for Autumn especially because it reminds me of that precious though fleeting moment, one glorious end of summer day, when I was with my sister... 





Saturday, 7 September 2013

Bare Minerals Precision Brush vs Jane Iredale The Handi

Both the Jane Iredale The Handi (full review here) and the Bare Minerals Precision Brush are advertised as must-have brushes for applying compact powder foundation. What are the similarities and the differences between the two brushes and which one is best? Here are my thoughts. 


Bare Minerals Precision Brush vs Jane Iredale Handi Brush




















The heads of both brushes are similar in size, flat shaped and densely packed with soft bristles to allow full and precise coverage in few simple strokes, not only all over the face but also in tricky areas like under the eyes and around the nose.
The Handi Brush's bristles are cut across straight whereas the precision brush's ones are slightly slanted but this difference does not really matter.
The main difference between the two brushes is that Jane Iredale The Handi's bristles are made of goat hair and tend to splay after washing, whereas Bare Minerals precision brush's bristles are synthetic and never lose their shape thus offering a perfect application every time.


Bare Minerals Precision Brush vs Jane Iredale The Handi












Both brushes' bristles are very soft and comfortable on the skin.
As mentioned above both brushes' bristles are densely packed and tend to pick up and retain a lot of powder, so that you need to be light handed when swirling this type of brush on your compact powder in order to avoid wasting too much product. 
Even though the performance of the two brushes is very similar I find the Bare Minerals Precision Brush to be more reliable and straightforward to use.