I recently made an Everyday Minerals order and I’ve been very happy with all of the products. Since I haven’t used this products before and I was going off of a review featured on Scenthive, I ordered lots of “samples” and kits. I love that this brand offers everything in sample sizes so that I can try them before buying a full-size product. Plus, there are adorable collections/kits available. I purchased the At the Zoo kit because A. I like the name and the names of the products and B. it’s a great deal.

This collection contains 5 sample sized items, about the size of a small lip gloss pot or the containers that Sephora uses for samples, and a nice Jr. Eyebuki brush. All are stored in a cut woodland’s animals box shown above. I think it is a steal at like $2 each. I think the brush is worth $12 on its own! The 5 sample sizes are small but I like their size. They are a great size to see if I like something or not. The blush and powder are a bit inconvenient because I have to use a larger brush with them, but the shadows are a nice size. With the blush and powder, I sprinkle it on a tissue and then swirl with my dense brush. Each come in a clear plastic container that screws shut. The kit features three Eye Shadows: Hipster Hippo, Sea Horse, and At the Zoo. Hipster Hippo is a purpley brown with a hint of blue shimmer. It’s a nice color that’s neutral but not boring. It works with all eye colors. I like to use it as a “daytime” smoky eye or from lash line to crease. If you want to make it a full fledged smoky eye. Apply it from lash line to crease and blend a dark navy in the crease. It’s lovely. Sea Horse is a neutral pearly cream with a hint of pink. It’s a beautiful all over the lid shade from lash line to brow for light skin tones. It’s also nice to use right under the brow because of the “lifting” pearls of shimmer. It’s a great color to have around when doing my vintage inspired “get the looks of…” when paired with a bold lip. At the Zoo is an awesome color. It is a dark taupe purpley mushroom with tons of copper shimmer. I have been looking for a color like this and I didn’t even realize it. It makes a nice neutral smoky eye, an eye brightening liner, and it looks nice when worn in the crease with other warm/coppery shades. This is a great color for brown and green eyes.It is unlike any brown that I own. The shadows are nice. All of these have shimmer. I think they pack pigment but the nice thing is that they can be layered. You can get a sheer look if desired when applied with a fluffy shadow brush. You can get full coverage when applying with a dense shadow brush. Oh, and I forgot to mention that all three of the shadows can be worn together and it creates a very snazzy look. Apply Hipster Hippo from lash line to crease, At the Zoo in the crease and you can use it as a liner for the top and bottom lash line, and apply Sea Horse under the brow. Apply mascara and you’re looking fab. It’s a great look for all eye colors but I see it working the best with brunettes with brown, green, or hazel eyes.

There is a Blush in Truly Tiger. Truly Tiger is a warm medium coral with gold and copper shimmer. It’s a pretty summer shade. It would be sheer on medium to dark skins. These complexion may apply a bit more, but light complexion may only apply a light dusting to the apples of the cheeks. It does add warmth and light without being brash. I find that this shade when worn on my cheeks makes my blue eyes pop. It is very shimmery. If you don’t like shimmer then steer clear. Actually, all of the products in this kit are shimmery. As you can see, I’ve attempted to capture these colors in a picture. My blurry pic does no justice but it gives an idea.

The other item is a Luminizing Sunlight Powder. I love this product and I have to write a longer review on it later. I’m definitely purchasing the full-size of this product. It makes my skin look amazing! To make a long story short, it’s a 3-in-1 complexion powder that absorbs oil and adds subtle sheen while being in a red neutralizing yellow base. This product is great. A million times better than the similar product offered by Prescriptives. The last thing is the brush. It has synthetic bristles and a bamboo handle. I have many brushes but I like this one. It does a good job of apply color to the lids and a good job of buffing “too smoky” eyes.

The cute limited edition kit retails for $12. It is available on Everyday Minerals.

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This 1949 pic of Esther is a bit grainy but she is still looking great. This gal transitions nicely from mermaid to snow bunny. This is how you get this wintery look:

FACE: Esther’s complexion is luminous even in the harsh winter air. Apply an illuminating foundation during these “dull” times. A nice one with more coverage is Clarins True Radiance Foundation. Apply an illuminating concealer under the eye area if needed. Almay Bright Eyes Concealer + Eye Base is a multi-use product that provides coverage and not just “shimmer” like most eye illuminators. Apply this product to lids as a base as well. Set makeup with a loose powder. Bare Escentuals BareMinerals Hydrating Mineral Veil is nice for dry winterized skin. Apply one of my favorite complexion pick-me-ups, Benefit High Beam. down the cheek bone. Blend. Apply MAC Blushcreme in Ladyblush to cheeks. Apply as much as you see fit and blend.

EYES: Brows are pencil perfect. Fill in perfectly shaped brows with a powdery eye pencil like Lancome Le Crayon Poudre Powder Pencil (not pictured) in your shade. Sculpt in to place with the spoolie. Eyes are very simple and it is all about flirty lashes. The base has evened out your lid. Apply a nude-to-you shadow. For Esther, this would be something like Laura Mercier Mineral Eye Powder in Gemstone, a sheer light peach. If you feel a bit more definition is needed. Apply a light brown shade to the crease. Try a shade like Maybelline ExpertWear Eyeshadow in Silken Taupe. Line top lashes with an eye liner to “thicken” lashes. I would apply a smooth liner such as Neutrogena Nourishing Eye Liner . Curl lashes and apply a lengthening and curling mascara like L’Oreal Panoramic Curl Extreme Mascara. Apply a few coats to top lashes and one coat to bottom lashes for a wide-eyed look.

LIPS: This is such a classic beauty look. Apply a rose lip liner such as Dior Crayon Contour Lip Liner in Candy Rose . Apply a satin rose lipstick like Milani Velvet Lips Lipstick in Lavish, a mulberry rose. Add some shine with a clear lip gloss with silver shimmer such as Lipstick Queen Shine in Silver Saint. If you really want to warm up in winter, apply DuWop Moon Venom. This adds a silver sparkle and lots of lip plumping “burn”.

And for a fragrance to finish this flirty mermaid-turned-snowbunny-look, I recommend Karl Lagerfield Kapsule Light EDT, a mix of juicy citrus, flowers, and winter spices.

Lancome’s summer color collections have been the same for years: shimmery shades of bronze for eyes and face paired with shimmer lips. Well, here we go again. Oh, except this time there are more “minerals”.

FACE: I like the Tropiques Minerale Smoothing Pressed Bronzer in Natural Sunkiss. It is a bronzer that works for light to medium skintones. Lancome’s market of bronzers was really missing out there. There is a Tropiques Mineral Loose Bronzer in Natural Ambre. This is a pretty shade but more “orangey”, excuse me “bronze”. Both go for $38.50. There is a Blush Subtil Powder Blush in Botanic Glow, a sheer peachy bronze. This retails for $29.50.

LIPS & NAILS: There are 6 Juicy Tubes Pure. These are the Juicy Tubes that you love but with “minerals”. The shades are pretty sheer and shimmery. A few worth noting are Bare Honey, a super pale gold shimmer, and Rose Water, a barely there pink. These go for $18. There are 4 Colour Fever Sheer Color Lipsticks. All are in sheer, natural tones of pink, , nude, and bronze. These retail for $25 and are a nice “smooth” formula. Le Lipstique Lip Liner in Sheer Nude has been relaunched. It goes for $23. There is a Le Vernis Nail Color in Exotique Kiss, this is a coral-ish pink shimmer. It goes for $18.

EYES: There are 3 Sensational Effects Eyeshadow Quads. There is Coral Paradise with shades of brown, gold, and coral. There is Safari Escapade which is about the same except with a green shade instead of coral. There is Bronze Midnight which has various warm precious metal shades. These come in a pretty and fancy compact and retail for $44. There are 2 Le Crayon Khol Kajal Eyeliner Pencils. This is a soft and easy to use formula. There is Midnight Glimmer which is a deep antique gold shimmer. This is a nice alternative to black. There is Gold Blaze which is a yellow gold shimmer. I like both of these and they retail for $23.50.

Overall the collection is “friendly” because it is netural. Many of the shades will work with any hair color or eye color. I would say that Coral Paradise would really make blue eyes pop and that Safari Escapade would look amazing with brown and hazel eyes. All eyes could benefit from Bronze Midnight (this is a kinder smokier eye for all skintones). I’m not going to rush out and buy any of this stuff. I’m interested in the bronzer but currently I am happy with Maybelline Mineral Wear products and boy are they cheaper.

The model’s look doesn’t look so great and she looks like she has a bit of a zombie complexion but I must say that the actual products are quite luxurious. They are beautiful and works of art. They are housed in lovely black Armani cases. The color scheme is mainly bronze and teal, a very popular combo it seems every summer.

EYES: I am in love with the Mediterranean Eyeshadow Palette. I would be. It is the most expensive item in the collection ($85). It contains four lovely powder shadows ranging from icy turquoise to shimmering sands. It also contains a bronzer powder. It is just a pretty kit. I occasionally fall for stupid products and I can’t exclude my fascination with The Sparkling Bronze Mascara Topcoat. It is a useless product but it sure is glamorousĀ  and does what the name says. I can’t justify purchasing it at $26 šŸ˜¦Ā  Two Smooth Silk Eye Pencils are featured in nice stone colors of jade and lapis lazuli. These go for $26. Maestro Mascara and Eyebrow Pencils have been relaunched. These go for $26.

LIPS: I love the Lip Wax which is a sheer, buildable bronzey “blush” for lips. It retails for $26. There areĀ  Lip Shimmer lip glosses in shimmery sheer shades of bronze, nude, and blackberry. These go for $26 as well.

FACE & BODY: There is a Sienna Minerals Bronzing Palette. It contains a lovley mix match of earthy mineral shades of sienna, bronze, and ochre. It goes for $65. There is also a Sheer Bronzer in a deep shade that retails for $48. Body tints are back. Armani has a Bronze Mania Body Tints Bronzer which is a gel body bronzer. It goes for $75.

Overall, the collection contains a few super luxurious items. The colors are ho-hum and predictable: bronze and teal. I don’t have a problem with that, those colors are flattering on me. However, dark lips are a part of the collection and I love that. Sheer blackberry glosses really work in summer. I know I go to those in the late summer since that is when berries come out anyways.

Weekly Cheap Secret:

It took me a long time to get on the mineral makeup bandwagon since makeup is made of “minerals” anyways. I was constantly drawn into every Bare Escentuals infomercial ever. I didn’t even wear foundation or really needed but I wanted to feel good about swirling something on my face. Those infomercials did a great job because I felt like I was doing my face a disservice by not using the products. So I got my hands on a sample and used it for a week and I really wasn’t impressed. I found that it clumped to any of my dry patches or to any patches where my day cream was applied a little heavier. In the middle of the day I was oilier than if I used no products at all. And by the end of the day, it was gone. But, anyways this isn’t a review about that.But, I want you to know that I have tried the big name in mineral makeup.

Years passed and I got bit by the mineral hype again. This time I purchased Maybelline Mineral Power Powder Foundation because it was cheap. Oh and I had a coupon. I purchased Nude which is much darker than I had imagined. I am not wild about the mini kabuki brush that is included. I now use it for cleaning wild mushrooms. I used my NARS kabuki/bronzer brush with it. It applies very smooth and nice with the tap and swirl method. It provides much more coverage than Bare Escentuals. This doesn’t mean it is “too” much at first but it has potential to really build. You can apply more where you need and it still looks natural, no clumping. The bonus is that the coverage is even and wears like that all day sans primer! I’m kind of happy I have the darker shade because it makes a great bronzer alternative. Since it is so easy to blend I can blend it down the jaw and it works. If I want it lighter I just mix in some lighter loose powder and apply. I do not use a powder with this product usually because shine is not an issue. I do like a dewy look. That is my one complaint (other than the brush), I feel the powder doesn’t look luminous enough and that is what the company is using to sell the item. It does have a tendency to accentuate some lines because of the “luminous” minerals. It looks a bit dry-ish. Just look at the models for the line, it looks like that on the skin. Luckily with my own oils that come out throughout the day, the foundation keeps from looking too flat and one dimensional. My skin actually responds positively to this foundation. No break-outs and it actually looks better, even with foundation off. My skin looks healthy. I finally feel like I have found what works with my skin. I still use concealer under my eyes if needed. I need to add that I have pretty happy skin that is on the normal to dry end of the spectrum. I have some discolorations and baby the hell out of my skin. No line issues since I am in my mid-20’s. The powder is a bit messy and I do not apply it while wearing my clothes. I get foundation all over my tops. I apply it over the sink so I just wipe it down after application. This is an issue with all loose powder foundations. And I am sure that it doesn’t help that I am using a full-size kabuki brush and not the little mini brush that is included with the foundation.

There are nine shades, not that much of a variety. It is a bit hard to find that “perfect” match. But, you can find a close one and make it work or purchase two and mix them. There are many more choices in the Light category (4) than in Dark (1). I purchased Light 4 Nude. It is a bit on the orangey bronze side. The other options looked too cool in the packaging so I went for the warmest and it is really warm. It really works well in the summer when my skin accidentally gets some color. I kind of like it because when I use I don’t have to apply a bronzer. I want simplicity in the summer! It is a good price at about $8.00 (depending where you shop) for .28 ounces. (Bare Escentuals is $25 for .3 ounces). I wish I could get it without the brush for like $5. The packaging is simple and easy to use. Overall, I will keep using it whenever I feel like wearing foundation. Why should I flirt with other mineral brands if I found something I like? And it is cheap.