Monday, May 23, 2011

Mineral Makeup!

I wasn't sure what I was going to post about today but as I was getting ready this morning I realized how much I love my makeup and thought I would share. Don't hate me, but I've never been someone who has really struggled with acne. I always got a few breakouts around "that time of the month" but nothing too bad. I had used MAC makeup for years and loved it! In my transition to healthier products I became more aware of how much stuff we put on our skin, and how our skin absorbs it into our bloodstream. How many medicines do you know of that are applied topically but affect things under the skin? I can think of plenty!

I will still admit that I use one thing (that I will explain later) from MAC because I haven't yet found something better, but I haven't given up my search yet. My sister in law started looking for a mineral makeup at the same time that a friend of mine tried out Bare Essentials. I got my husband to watch our son, who was only about 9 months at the time and hit the mall with my friend. I tried Bare Minerals foundation and it felt like I wasn't wearing anything... in a good way. I still had the coverage, but it just felt like there wasn't anything there. I got a starter kit and tried it out. It took some getting used to because it's a 3 step process for the foundation. You put on the color, add your blush, and then a finishing powder to diffuse the blush and set everything.

I liked the results but did a search on the skin deep website and found out that Bare Essentials foundation still wasn't great for your skin. I did a search on that website for a mineral makeup that was a 0-2 (the lower the number the better it is) and found a company called EcoGlo Minerals. I ordered a sample foundation kit to figure out what color I was and then started ordering stuff as I ran out of the original starter kit I had bought from Bare Essentials.

I was so impressed with the quality of the foundation and the price! The makeup stays on all day and feels so light on. I can't even remember the last time I had a breakout! I used to have to use an exfoliating scrub once a week and now I rarely ever use anything! My face is softer, and healthier than it's ever been. Never, ever will I switch back to anything else.
Definitely wasn't planning a photo shoot today but at least you can see how light it looks.
I decided to try out some eyeshadow next, so I ordered a few sample jars. I LOVE the fact that you can order a sample size of everything. You can also order refill baggies and just refill the jars you already have. Less trash and less money! Anyway, I ordered some neutral colors as bases and a deep purple and chocolate for crease colors. One of the colors didn't match my skin tone very well, but all of the others I love and swap out all the time.

Ok, so here's the kicker..... the one thing that I still use from MAC. Concealer. It's not because the mineral foundation doesn't cover enough, because it does. It's because I love when eyeshadow pops and doesn't crease on your eyelids. When I put the concealer on, it allows the color to show up much better and I have no creases during the day. If I don't use it, the color doesn't show as much and I have creases. I still don't know how to fix it... I've even tried putting foundation on my eyes before eyeshadow but that doesn't help either. I just recently tried the yellow color corrector from EcoGlo but that didn't help either. It did help offset my dark circles though. Those are from my 16 month old son who didn't sleep for the first year of life! :) I still have yet to try the wet application method. I'll have to take some before and after pictures of that.

It is such a wonderful feeling to know that my makeup has actually made my skin healthier over time and isn't putting harmful chemicals into my body. EcoGlo Minerals isn't a big company either. She's a work at home mom and I love knowing that I'm supporting another mom out there like me. Thanks for the great products and keep up the good work!


  1. Nice! You are beautiful!

  2. Thanks! Found out today that they are coming out with an eyeshadow base! Can't wait to try it!

  3. Awesome!!! Love, Love, Love mineral make up! I'm glad you are supporting your friend and doing yourself and your family a favor by ditching the harsh chemicals that "they" put in just about everything! HEather told me to check out your blog and I think it's a great concept and I look forward to learning more about you!