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.

I love coral makeup. Corals, peaches, apricots, salmons do so much for my complexion. I know many people stray away from coral, thinking of their Italian-American great aunt with the deep olive skin paired with electric coral lipstick, sandaltoe pantyhose, and open toe “bone” colored pumps. I think great-aunt is a Sophia Loren-ish fox, but I have learned that many people dislike the look. I think coral works on the peaches and cream complexions and the deeper Floridian complexions. I many not wear MAC Morange lipstick everyday but I do wear lots of soft shades of coral/peach. It is one of the few things that can liven up my pale, pasty PNW vitamin D deficient complexion. Bobbi Brown’s Cabana Corals is a “fresh take on an old favorite”. It’s a collection of coral shades that are so everyday neutral.

FACE: There is a Nectar Shimmer Brick. This is an amazing complexion enhancing shimmer powder compact with warm peach, coral, beige shades. This is better than bronzer for my skin tone. It also looks great used as an eye shadow.  There is a Pink Quartz Shimmer Brick. This is a shimmery blend of warm pink, mauve, and sands. This one creates a soft, candlelit rosé sparkling wine look. It is very pretty. Both retail for $38. There are new shades in the Pot Rouge for Lips & Cheeks. First things first, I love this versatile product. Cabo Coral is a peachy pink/salmon that really works for me. It adds a petal softness to my complexion and looks very natural. There is Calypso Coral which is a brighter coral. This works better for medium complexions. These go for $22.

EYES: There are a few new shades of Eye Shadow. Caviar is a black brown netural that makes a perfect lining shade. Navajo is an eye opening white with a hint of pink. Both colors are great for everyday wear and retail for $20. And there is the Extreme Party Mascara that I haven’t tried. It goes for $22.

LIPS: There are a few new shades of Shimmer Lip Gloss. Coral Sand is a peachy gold shimmer. It reminds me of NARS Orgasm lip gloss. There is Golden Nectar which is a warm neutral coral shimmer. Sunset Beach is more pink than coral with shimmer. It looks great with a tan. These retail for $20.There are 3 new shades in the Metallic Lip Color. Calypso Glaze is a warm pink shimmer. It looks very nice with a bronze smoky eye. Coral Glaze is a “nude” with a hint of peach shimmer. It is a very pretty neutral that looks like it belongs with thick cat eye makeup or smoky eyes. Coral Reef is a medium pinky coral that would work wonderfully with copper eye makeup. There are 2 new Lip Colors. Cabo Coral is a warm pink coral. I also like this Cabo Coral. It looks very nice with green eye makeup. Guava is a medium “lip color” pink. It is a better than natural color. All lip colors go for $22.

I think like most Bobbi Brown colors, that these are great everyday staples. I see them working well with paler peaches and cream complexions and those with a tan. I feel many of these colors work well with charcoal smoky eyes, metallic bronze eyes, smoky green eyes, and even “boring” matte beiges. The colors are nice and will take you from spring to fall. All items are available at specific department stores and bobbibrowncosmetics.com.

Again, I have fallen for a Guerlain color collection. This is of no surprise for this happens quite frequently. I love the Summer Splash collection, it is so beachy without being overly “tan” and “bronzed”. The packaging is beautiful and glamorous. The company describes this collection as “a mermaid basking under the sun.” I like the sound of that.

EYES: I have found a new favorite. I absolutely love The Loose Powder Kohl in Lagoon Blue. This is a shimmery sea blue with a hint of gold. It is a “warm” blue. It really works with my complexion. If you think you can’t wear blue, I bet you can wear this. I am light with warm undertones with blue eyes, I imagine that this would also work well with medium complexions with brown eyes. It goes for $34 and I think it is worth every penny. I mean just look at the packaging! There is an awesome eyeshadow quad, Ombre Éclat. It comes in a nice rose gold shaded compact with 4 shimmery shadows: white, rose gold, tan, and aqua. Once again, this is a very kind color combo for my complexion. I think natural redheads, dyed redheads could pull this one off too. It goes for $58. I think it is worth it. The formula is so smooth. The Le 2 Guerlain Waterproof Mascara is out at $35. It’s even available in a teal blue! I haven’t tried this. I’m trying to spend less on things like mascara. The single shadows, Ombre Éclat are available in special shades: Pearly White, a white gold shimmer, and Pearly Brown, a nice sandy brown shimmer. These go for $34.

LIPS: There is the Kiss Kiss Stick Gloss in 3 shades. This is a great formula that provides shiney, sheer color in a stick. There is Corail des Mers, a glossy coral, Grenades Des Iles, a brownish/coppery rose, and Rose Des Sables, a warm rose. These go for $30 and are in the pretty summer packaging.

FACE: It isn’t my little pearls of perfection, but it is so nice. I am in love with Illuminating Powder in Poudre des Sables. This is a pressed shimmer powder housed in a mother of pearl like packaging. The print resembles a shell and it is a mix of gold, rose, sable, tan. It is a flattering shade even for paler gals. It goes for $65. The Blush 4 Éclats Sculpting Blush has been relaunched. This is a great formula available in a variety of shades with a nice, soft fragrance. It goes for $48 and provides a nice glow. There is also an Illuminating Pressed Powder relaunch. These are like pressed, super shimmery Météorites. It is lovely with pearly shades of beige and pink. It reminds me of seashells and goes for $65. These are both great complexion enhancers.

Overall, as you can tell, I love this collection. I know I am biased because it really works for my complexion! Hey, we all get lucky sometime, right? This collection is available at most venues that carry Guerlain such as Nordstrom and other department stores in your area.

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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.

Look familiar? Yep, more pink and more frost. The poor model looks like a bridesmaid gone bad with that “collar” of flowers. The only difference from this collection and everybody else’s is that this is not a spring makeup collection but a summer one.

FACE: There is the Vivid Garden Illuminating Powder. It is a pretty shimmer palette featuring gold, pink, champagne, and violet. It is all a pretty flower print complete with dragonfly. It retails for $32. The Double Wear Makeup Foundation has been relaunched. This is a great selling product but I hate it. I’ll just keep it at that.

LIPS & NAILS: There is a pretty shade of Pure Color Crystal Lipstick in Sweet Lychee. This is a light pink shimmer that smells wonderful. It retails for $22 and like all of the other Pure Color products, I like the packaging. There is a Pure Color Lip Gloss with limited edition floral packaging. There is Lotus Blossom, a plumpy and pouty milky pink. It retails for $18. There is a Pure Color Nail Lacquer in Lotus Blossom which is a pale lilac pink. It retails for $18 and so far I have not been impressed with the formula.

EYES: There is an Eyeshadow Quad in Jasmine Garden. It is a bit Guerlain-ish becuase it features four shimmery shades with a dusting or pattern of gold flowers. It contains four pastel shades: pillow mint blue-green, periwinkle blue, soft pink, and white. The quad retails for $35. The TurboLash Mascara has been relaunched. In case there isn’t enough battery powered items in your life. There is a Duo-Tone Eye Pencil in Onyx Pearl. One end is a deep black and the other is an eye-opening pearly white. It retails for $18.50 and I like the formula.

The collection is OK. It is pastel and pink. It will look pretty bad on darker skintones in my opinion. This is the collection for pale gals with blonde, gray or brunette hair. It looks alot like many of the spring collections out there. I wouldn’t of guessed that this was for summer. Personally, I’m thinking more khaki and coral for summer. Oh, well.

As you may know, I am a sucker for packaging. That is why I’m so interested in The Balm’s products. They are so cute with all of the pin-up art and risque names. TheBalm Overshadow is actually a nice product housed in an adorable and glamorous packaging. Overshadows are super shimmery and pretty sheer 100% mineral eyeshadows. It is free all of that “bad” stuff but is still super beautiful. It is a loose shadows that can be used anywhere: eyes, body, face as a highlighter, or even with lip gloss. It comes in four shades with four different Vargas-ish babes on the package. There is If Your Are Rich, I am Single which is a shimmery mauve with silver shimmer. There is No Money, No Honey which is a super pale gold shimmer. There is Work Is Overrated which is a pale warm pink shimmer. And finally, there is You Buy, I’ll Fly which is a shimmery copper. I like all of the shades. They are pretty basic but they work with most skin tones. I really love No Money, No Honey and Work Is Overrated just because they look great on eyes and as a highlighter on my cheekbones. It wears for a long time and doesn’t crease! The names are a bit cheezy but I have to confess that I am a “feminist” that really wants to be a lady of leisure… It retails for $15 and did I mention the too cute packaging? They can be bought at beauty.com.

Weekly Cheap Secret:

This is one of my favorite finds. Yes, I like Bonne Bell, the maker of soda pop flavored lip gloss from the disco era. I bought this product because I was out of something more expensive (Bobbi Brown) and I didn’t have the money to spend on something that I thought wasn’t a necessity. Now this is a necessity. I love flawless complexions. To me flawless complexions resemble store mannequins or Barbie. I know many people don’t like the “plastic” look. Sometimes you’ll read reviews about how somebody hates something so much because it made them look “plasticy”, this is when I run out and pick this product up. I love “plasticy” not “plastery”. I love dewy and glimmery. And shimmery looks photograph so well. People compliment me on my complexion frequently and it because I wear this stuff.

This product sells for under $10. It contains four shimmery shades ranging from shimmery pale beige to shimmery taupe. I blend them together for a perfect beige look. It is a heavenly pressed powder that wears for hours. I apply it over my cheekbones and down my nose. It really “wakes” my skin up. I wear it on the eyes too. It is a great multi purpose product. I’ve went through so many of these. I always have it in my case and I swear by it.

Worn on my cheeks over NARS blush.

Worn on my cheeks over NARS blush.

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 kind of like this collection because at least Lancome is trying to be edgy with their new Spring 2009 Color Story. It is bold but it is pink which every makeup collection has offered this spring. But, at least this is trying to have some “attitude”. It is inspired by the Piha Volcanic beaches of New Zealand, doesn’t look very Xena to me. Pink Irreverence is supposed to “push the boundaries of beauty”. I don’t know about that since this look as been done a million times before. It is very Deborah Harry and it is very every fashion magazine in the early 80’s. Pushing boundaries,  I think not. Pretty while being bold, yes.

EYES: There are two new Color Design Eyeshadow Quads in Irreverent Madame and Mademoiselle Sass. Irreverent Madame looks so much like the singles that Lancome already produces. It has a pale white shimmer, pale pink shimmer, bold magenta, and a sparkling glittery black. All of these are already offered by Lancome. In fact I have a GWP mini eyeshadow quad that looks identical to this. Mademoiselle Sass is the nice warm tone look with a honey shimmer, champagne shimmer, bronze shimmer, and a chocolate brown. These retail for $42. Will the prices ever stop going up! I remember when these were $30. There are two Color Design Pro Cooling Gel Illuminator for Eyes and Face that retail for $20. Think a more expensive and less expansive version of Maybelline Cool Effects. There is High Expectations and Hard To Get. Both are shimmery and pretty neutral gold/bronzes. There are two Laque Liner Long-Lasting Eyeliners that retail for $25. I like Artliner better but these are OK. There is Pure Black and Pure Sparkle, a glittery liner. There are 5 Le Crayon Khol Waterproof Eyeliner that go for $23.50. The quality is pretty nice and wears for a long time. There is Irreverent Brown (dark brown), Rebellious Berry (a medium cranberry that a dyed redhead like myself could rock), Blanc Audacity (eye opening white), and Confidence Noir (a pitch black).

FACE: Two sheer Blush Subtil blushes have been featured. There is High Maintenance for cool skintones and looks and Extravagance for warm skintones and looks. Both retail for $29.50.

LIPS & NAILS: There are three Color Fever Lipsticks in Mademoiselle, Forget Me Not, and Pink Attitude that retail for $25. All are shimmery and sheer to be worn with bold eyes. There are four La Laque Fever Lipcolors that are really nice. They are shiny and shimmery and long wearing.  They go for $26. I love Electric Pink which is a bright Barbie pink shimmer. There are Optical Rose (pale pink shimmer), Lucent Nude (light warm bronze) and Iridescent (pinkish brown shimmer). There are four Color Fever Plumper Lip Gloss that retail for $29. There is Fuschia Flaunt (shimmery berry), City Mauve (shimmery neutral), Downtown Pink (rosey shimmer), and Rose Punk (pale pink shimmer). There is the awesome Color Fever Lip Gloss in Piha Black which is a sheer volcanic ash black shimmer that looks great alone or worn over other colors to deepen them. Retails for $25. There are two cool Le Vernis Nail Colors in Sassiness which is a super pale posh pink and Piha Black which is a silvery shimmering black. Both retail for $18.

Overall the collection is fun and contains a few nice things. I can’t get over how much Lancome’s prices have went up. I like this look but I am kind of sick of it at the same time. I did wear this look out a few years ago so it just doesn’t feel “new”. I also feel it only would look good on blondes and really dark hair. No mousey browns or redheads allowed.

I’m super siked about this limited edition makeup collection. I love the stupid satire of Aussie Dame Edna. I remember watching her interview some of my favorite people like kd lang and Grace Jones. As a kid, I couldn’t wait to grow old and retire and have violet hued hair. Then I found out that Ms. Edna was really a Mr. Edna and even that didn’t bother me. MAC has launched a limited edition collection. The packaging is a violet with red sparkling specs on it. I’m not wild about the packaging because it looks too Red Hat Society and I don’t even know what that is. The names are fun. You’ll get a giggle if you are a Dame Edna fan.

FACE: There are two new High Light Powders. There is Spectacle which is a buttery soft pink and What A Dame! which is a warm peach. Both are lovely and go for $26.

EYES: There are two eye shadow trios. One is Royal Tour which is a blue and purple mix. I like it but I really need to play with it more to see if these actually work together. Climate Blue has been relaunched which is a deep blue. The two new additions are Dame’s Desire and Royal Tour which are two lovely lavenders. The other compact is Wisteria. It’s a smoky blue compact with relaunched Fineshine plus the two new Wisteria and Divine Night. Each retail for $32.50

LIPS & NAILS: There are three new lipsticks and I love all three. There is Kanga Rouge which is a perfect cool red, Coral Polyp which is a lovely coral with a gross name, and Gladiola (my favorite) which is a matte blue-ish pink that looks really nice with cool eye makeup. There are three new lip glosses. There is Splendid which is a pale warm pink, Hot Frost which is a blue-ish frosty pink, and Possum Nose Pink which is a brighter coraly red. All of the lip products go for $14. The nail colors are fun. There is Varicose Violet which is a fun light purple and Asiatique a blue-ish red. These go for $11.

I haven’t decided what I want yet. I now I’m picking up one of the lipsticks and maybe the Royal Tour Eye Shadow Trio. I want to buy my mother the Possum Nose Pink Lip Gloss and the Varicose Violet nail lacquer but I really don’t want to run it over to “the maximum-security twilight home for the bewildered”.