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 is a product that I have been meaning to try for a long time. I kept reading great reviews of it. Since I wear many bold and dark lipsticks, many being a vintage inspired matte formula, I really needed a lip scrub on hand. I was using a damp washcloth to remove flakes. I would then “marinade” my lips with Smith’s Rosebud Salve, wait, and then tissue off and apply my lipstick. This worked OK, but it wasn’t great. Since I’m a product junkie, I feel my lips get extra chap because they are conditioned to well, conditioning. My sweetie husband purchased this Sara Happ lip scrub for me after hearing me talk about wanting it for months, maybe even years. (Side note-I choose to believe that he bought it because of me wanting it versus because my lips are flakier than buttermilk biscuits and no fun to kiss…)

Back to the product…hubby picked out Peppermint for me. I would have probably bought Almond Creme. Being male, he wondered why a lady would want to smear “dessert” on her lips. Umm, because I can and why not? After giving the product a try, I’m happy he picked out peppermint. It’s refreshing and doesn’t get in the way. It is applied literally right under my nose. The peppermint is neutral and really feels nice and smells nice for a lip product. I like the scent and it isn’t super strong. It’s season-less and I like that since my lips get chapped in all seasons. It smells sweet because this is a sugar scrub. The peppermint has a bit of a tingle. Think along the lines of Burt’s Bees lip balm.I like it, but I am still curious about the other “flavors”.

The scrub is easy to use. It’s much more luxurious than my wet washcloth. You take a tiny bit, it really doesn’t take much. It’s sugar crystals in a moisturizing base with jojoba and grape seed oils. It feels like gritty Vaseline. You take it and rub it in circular motions. You tissue it off. Sometimes I have to use a slightly damp tissue to get it off. This usually means that I’m being too generous with the scrub. I have big lips but I don’t need that much. My lips are left so smooth and somehow moisturized. I do then apply a light lip balm like Badger’s. I can use this lip scrub anytime. It’s no mess. When I apply my lipstick afterwards, it looks fantastic. My lips look smooth and lineless. No flakes! Bring on the 60’s barely there lipsticks, traffic stopping corals, almost black plums, and perfect reds! With this scrub, I’m ready for all of them.

I know there are cheaper items out there that do what this does. But, I’m happy with this. It’s luxurious. We’re all grown-ups here. We can decided what we want to blow our money on. I choose this lip scrub. The actual packaging is simple and functional. It does come in a very special box wrapped with a very special bow. I do think it is kind of sick that when hubby handed me this that I knew that it was a lip scrub and not a nice ring. I’m such an addict. He would have got more response out of a scrub than a piece of jewelry. Sick, I know. But, I’m not ready for rehab.

A 1 oz. jar retails for $24. It can be purchased at b-glowing.com. I can see why this is a favorite with the celeb crowd from Rachel Zoe to Jessica Alba.

I think that I have finally found a brand of organic lip balm that I love. Badger USDA Organic Lip Balm is smooth and not gritty. I find that many formulas of natural lip balm get very, very gritty after a few weeks of use. I also find that many brands wear off too easily or they are too thick and apply unevenly. Badger is the perfect texture. It is not heavy or cakey. It is smooth without being greasy. It is the longest wearing natural lip balm that I have tried (and as you know, I’ve tried many). It’s a great everyday lip balm. I also love the Lavender and Orange fragrance. It is a perfect balance of lavender and orange, so it isn’t too medicinal or too citrusy. I know the aroma of lavender, I live in the PNW. This has a genuine lavender aroma that is balanced by the sweetness of orange. At first I think I was a tad disappointed with the aroma. I think that I wanted it to have more lavender and smell like a late summer day. However, after using it for a few days, I realized that the Badger blend was perfect. Just lavender would be too overwhelming in a lip balm. The orange adds a subtle sweetness. So, this reminds me of my favorite summer desserts that contain Meyer lemons and lavender. Delicious and gourmand without smelling like chocolate or cupcakes.

I’ve only tried the Lavender and Orange flavor. Six other flavors are available. I am interested in the Ginger and Lemon but I’ll probably stick with the Lavender and Orange since I know that it is perfect. The lip balm stick is a great price at about $3. It is available from Badger balm’s website or drugstore.com.

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I bought this strange thing. OK, it has a name eos which stands for Evolution of Smooth. I was attracted to this product because it is 95% USDA organic and 100% natural with ingredients like shea butter and olive oil, even has honeysuckle flower extract! I needed a lip balm and thought I would try something new. (OK maybe not needed…) I’m not tired of my Rose Bud Salve, I love that stuff. I  just wanted something less glossy. I need a “balm”. I ordered this from drugstore.com for $3.99. I couldn’t really judge scale or anything from it because I have never seen this product in person before. I guess it is sold at Target and at Safeway here in the PNW.  I was tempted by the “honeysuckle” flavor claim. I wanted it to take me back to my childhood when sucking the nectar out of honeysuckle blossoms was the best treat ever. Well, this is the “smooth sphere” so what I got was a strange melon green sphere thing the size of a small chicken or quail egg with a twist off top. Unfortunately mine looks dirty because it rolled around and got grimy in the drugstore.com box. Inside is a lip balm, like the size of a small quail egg. It’s huge and you just apply it like you would a tube lip balm. I have a big mouth and one swipe and I’m done. It reminds me of those old school and huge Lip Smackers. One swipe of those and I was done too. I think when it gets flat, I can just use my fingers to get it out. I don’t know yet. The fragrance is more honeydew melon and not honeysuckle.  It’s a fresh and very sweet honeydew melon that doesn’t smell “fake” like a Lip Smackers 🙂 Really the odor is very faint and not offensive, I just wish it was more floral. However, the flavor is sweet like honeysuckle. Not the type of floral sweet found in honeysuckle but more like the sweet “honey”/nectar found in a honeysuckle. I really don’t “smell” it but I taste it. The balm is smooth, not sticky. I like the way it feels. It is a good lip balm, not too thick or waxy but not too thin or overly slippery. Unfortunately it doesn’t wear very long and I find that I have to reapply very, very frequently. It’s not a bad product, my only complaint is the lasting power. . Mainly I like the strange shape which reminds me of a Kinder Egg with a lip balmy surprise. The sphere also comes in Summer Fruit and Sweet Mint. eos also sells from their website. They also sell a shaving cream and lip balm in a stick form.

This look is easy and so great for summer. Everything I’m “using” is from the Origins line. It’s no-fuss and I love that.

FACE: Even out complexion with Origins Nude and Improved Makeup. It’s oil-free, long-wearing, and has SPF 15. This makes it a hit for summer. It’s a sheer formula, so your freckles will peek through! If you are oily/shiny, apply All or Nothing Sheer Pressed Powder. It’s portable and you can carry it around for touch-ups. Apply a small amount of Pinch Your Cheeks Gel Blush in Raspberry. This gives a healthy, natural looking glow. I can not live without gel blush or cheek stains in the summer.

EYES: If you have unmanageable brows, brush a little bit of Just Browsing Brow Shaper in your shade onto brows. Apply a light beige shadow such as Eyeshadow in Cream Tulle from lash line to brows. Apply a medium brown shadow such as Nutcracker from lash line to crease. I would take a liner brush and use this brown as a liner as well. Apply closely to top and bottom lash line to help make lashes appear fuller. Curl lashes and apply a coat or two of Fringe Benefits Mascara. Personally, I would reach for a brown or brown/black for this natural, warm look, but use whatever you have.

LIPS: The lips are nude. I would protect them with a swipe of Cover Your Mouth Lip Protector with SPF 8.

That’s it. You’re done. This is a free spirited look that is timeless. It works for everybody.

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Oh, something else that I want. The packaging for this product, Miss Ferling Baume de Levres Iris a la Violette or Kiss Me Sweet Mona Lip Balm, is sooo cute. I am a sucker for this kind of stuff. It comes a cute collage Mona Lisa box. The tube is dainty and violet. And to top it off it is a natural product with a silvery violet tint and sweet violet flavor. I’m sold. I love the scent and taste of violets. This product retails for $15 and is available on beautyhabit.com.

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.