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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I can’t believe that I haven’t talked about this product sooner. I’ve been using if for over 5 years. It’s one of my favorite products. Benefit High Beam really is a supermodel in a bottle. It does wonderful, wonderful things for my complexion. It’s a shimmery pale pink creamy liquid that I use on my cheeks, brow bones, down the nose, cleavage, etc. It blends in nicely without looking too OTT. It makes my skin look healthy and dewy. I love to mix it with cheek stains for a soft, glowing, and long-wearing flush. I also like to wear it over bare skin on my cheeks and around my brows, imagine a huge “C” shape with my usual face powder over it. This makes my skin look almost perfect. Did I mention that it even works well mixed with concealer, even concealer used under the eyes?

This creamy liquid creates a “glow” without being glittery. Yes, obviously, it contains shimmer but not huge shimmers, just microfine shimmer that doesn’t set in creases or set on top of the skin. I really do love this product for my fair, normal-type skin. No clogged pores or greasy feel.

My only real complaint is the packaging. The packaging is glass, imagine a “nail polish” bottle including that brush. This isn’t my favorite for travel or really for “hygiene” since I am smearing it on my face and then putting it pack in to breed some freaky germs or something. That being said, I don’t think that anything really gross is brewing in there and I haven’t had a bottle break (yet).

The bottle retails for $24, I find that it is worth it since I use it for many different purposes. It is available at www.benefitcosmetics.com.

I am a fan of the complexion enhancer. I love shimmer and glimmer. Too Faced has released a new shimmer powder: Absolutely Invisible Candlelight Powder. It is a soft golden ivory shimmer that will warm up pale to medium skins. It comes in a compact with a glam chandelier on it. I love it because I love how Too Faced does shimmer. It retails for $25. TheBalm has released a new shimmer powder: Mary-Lou Manizer. I am not wild for the name being that I think being an “izer” of any type isn’t cool. It’s a beautiful golden ivory shimmer powder that works nicely with light to medium skins. It makes a nice eyeshadow and highlighter for face and body. It comes in a mirrored compact with an under arrest blonde pin-up type gal on it. This retails for $22.

Both powders are very similar. Both are multi-use powders that provide a “soft” shimmer. Too Faced’s contains anti-oxidants. TheBalm’s is talc and paraben free. You can pick them up from Sephora.

Bobbi Brown Platinum is a pretty look. It’s pretty simple but it does contain platinum pink shimmer and that really does liven up most complexions. It is a bit of a funny look, considering the model is wearing a boy beater and light denim jeans with a huge ass rhinestone necklace that even puts my Granny’s pavé to shame. She’s a pretty gal but she looks a bit drag and man-ish in this. But, anyways.

FACE: There is a Platinum Pink Shimmer Block for $40. It is sooo pretty with shimmery strips of pink, silver, and “nude”. It has many functions such as blush, highlighter, and eyeshadow.

EYES: There are four new Long-Wear Cream Eyeshadow. There is Ash which is a bark brown. There is Steel which is a deeper mushroomy shade. There is Heather which a lovely springy lilac. There is Platinum which is a silvery white. These go for $22. The classic Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner have been relaunched. Geez, I love this formula. And Everything Mascara has been relaunched. (I’ve never tried it.)

LIPS: There are two new Shimmer Lip Glosses: Confetti, a shimmery pinky pale gold, and Glacier, a shimmery silver. There are two new Lip Glosses: Nougat, a nice neutral nude, and Bright Pink, like the name implies but sheer. All retail for $20.

There is a nice OTT Shimmering Body Oil. It has tons of platinum shimmer in a dry oil base. It smells of “Party” which is pretty femme and nice. It is a mix of lily of the valley, violet, and citrus. It retails for $34 for 1 ounce. Pricey, but glamorous. And it looks wonderful on legs.

I love the new Guerlain Spring 2009 makeup collection. Yes, the “look” really resembles YSL and shu uemera, but I really like the bright green and coral products. They are fun and remind me more of summer. I am often inspired by nature. I’m looking for lipsticks the color of mushrooms and hair color the shade of weeds. The best shades are found in nature. Every trip to the forest leaves me looking for the next perfect hue to be found in clothing and makeup. Well, Olivier Échaudemaiso also agrees. Because he has created a “rich collection drawn from an eccentric, eclectic garden of Eden, a colorful kaleidoscope of nature’s prettiest, most sensual colors and organic delights. With his exotic palette he concocts colors that stir optimism, awakens purity and arouses a desire for paradise that hibernates with every woman.” I couldn’t b.s. it better myself.I love the packaging for this look. Compacts have ferns on them. Those aren’t that “exotic” here in the Pacific Northwest but they were back in Tennessee. I love ferns. They are wild and my new Northwestern life is overrun with them and I still can’t seem to get enough.

LIPS: There are three new KissKiss Glosses. I love the fragrance and the feel of this formula. It comes in three lovely and wild shades: Orange Interdite which is a vivid sheer coral, Cerise Tenation which is a sheer red, and Pomme du Désir which is a fun and sheer shimmery lime. These retail for $29.  It has the same packaging as the original but now the top is a metallic fern green. There are four KissKiss Maxi Shine Lipsticks in Candy Shine, Honey Shine, Grenade Shine, and Baby Shine. I love this formula and all of the colors are lovely. They make the lips look smooth and plump. These go for $30. There are four KissKiss Lipsticks in Flushy Beige, Forever Beige, Corail Passion, and Rose Miami. These are all nice and have a nice texture. They retail for $30.

EYES: I am wild about the limited edition Ombre Éclat Eyeshadow Quad. It comes in a lovely green metallic compact designed by Hervé Van der Straeten. It is a work of art. The shadows are stunning and shimmery in shades of lime green, coral, chocolate brown, and bubblegum pink. They each have an amazing fern leaf motif in a pearly lime green. It retails for $58 and I can’t stop thinking about it. The Ombre Éclat 1 Shade Eyeshadows have been relaunched. They are lovely and have an amazing texture. Ombre Éclat Eye Primer is available too. It is a “nude” long-lasting primer with skin nourishing ingredients. It somehow manages to control oil but provide moisture. It comes in a nice metallic “black” case. It retails for $34.

For once I have found something with packaging that I like and product that I like. I’m loving the shadow quad. I love corals and greens because they just seem to “work” for me. Plus, I just love Guerlain. It is my favorite makeup company. I am a loyal fan. I can’t help it.


So who doesn’t want a Veruschka inspired look? That’s right. Nobody. So since this look is an inspiration, I’m not taking it too literal. Not many people want to go around with white splotches on their faces. But, oh, it is still going to be OTT. First apply a luminous tinted moisturizer to the face, something like Stila Illuminating Tinted Moisturizer. Apply concealer where needed. I really like Dior Skinflash Radiance Booster Pen. Apply a light dusting of loose powder if you worry about shine. If you don’t care about shine and you want to luminous and plastic like I like to, then apply Milani Glimmer Stripes All Over Color in Pink Glimmer. Take a medium size brush and apply it over the browbones, down the nose, and over the cheekbones. Brush brows into place with a clear brow gel like The Body Shop Brow & Lash Gel. Apply a super shimmery eyeshadow from lashline to brow, for pale skins use something like Dior One-Colour Eyeshadow in Icy White, darker and tan skintones can use it in Ready -To-Beige. You just want a super shimmery white to beige shade. In the crease apply a super shimmery taupe brown like Dior One-Colour Eyeshadow in Brown Sequins. Take a fat, fluffy eye brush and apply the shade with eyes open, just a little above the crease. Blend and build until you get what you like. Apply more of the lighter shade into the inner portions of the eye closest to the nose to illuminate. Apply a bit of the darker shadow around the bottom lashline. Take a liner brush of your choice and apply gel liner close to the lashline to “thicken” lashes. I like the Clinique Brush-On Cream Liner in Dark Brown. Smudge this shade around the bottom lashes if your lashes are thin there to create depth. The false lashes really make this look. Find a fun pair of lashes. Alot of times drugstores and Sally’s have them. Ardell is a nice brand. shu uemura makes some killer pairs but they are usually limited edition. ( I really want the “velvet” pair.) MAC gets has them too. Oh, and NYX has 55 fun pairs. Apply and look fab. Apply NYX Long Pencil Lip Liner in Mauve around lips. This is one of my favorite liner shades. Apply MAC Lipstick in Snob, another one of my favorite shades. Apply a clear shimmery lip gloss such as L’Oreal Colour Juice Sheer Lip Gloss in Peek-A-Boo Clear. Apply a soft pink blush like Revlon Powder Blush in Softspoken Pink. Apply more highlighting shimmer if needed. A bronzer can be applied to the cheeks if you want a darker look. I think La Prairie Midnight Rain EDP really works with this look.

I’ve been really impressed with this compact I picked up not to long ago by Physicians Formula. It contains three super shimmery baked, domed eyeshadows that can be worn wet or dry. It contains a super shimmery golden beige, super shimmery medium golden brown and a super shimmery deep reddish copper. Each color wears smoothly, is very blendable and wears all day. I usually apply each color dry. If I do wear it wet, I just wet the deepest shade and wear it as a liner. It wears forever! I have blue eyes and these colors are great “neutrals” for me. Plus, this compact gets my vote for one of the best for redheads. These are a lot like Urban Decays Baked Bronzers and MAC Mineralize Eyeshadows. The compact comes with a sponge tip applicator which I rarely use. I prefer to use my brushes, don’t we all? The lightest shade is perfect with anything. I like to wear it and the medium shade in the crease with bright lips. The deepest shade makes for an interesting smoky eye. It is a really cool shade, a deep warm brown with reddish copper shimmer. These retails for about $7.50. Since they are “drugstore” cosmetics they do go on sale. I would like to pick up a few more of these. I really like the coverage and staying power. It is available at drugstore.com.