I have used bare minerals now for two years with mostly wonderful success...however, I would dearly love to know how people get such wonderful coverage out of it. I do like it, and I do enjoy it, I love that it's not animal tested, that it's pure (except for bismuth oxychloride which makes some people, but not me, break out), I love that it looks and feels like I'm wearing nothing at all, but I simply can not cover acne discoloration and age spots (the woes of being over 40) with it...I've tried everything..2, 3 layers, nope. pre concealing, post concealing, buying the summer bisque concealer, trying a darker color, using the expensive kabuki brush, you name it. It simply doesn't cover well for me. Eventually, I ended up pairing it with a foundation faker underneath and then bare minerals over top with mineral veil on top of that, and that seems to work very very well. I love BE and the idea of it, but I can see myself going to something else the older I get. It does seem to settle into the fine lines under my eyes when I try and conceal the dark circles I was cursed with, so I use more foundation faker there, and less BE. I'm a very young looking 42, and I have 2 grandchildren, and I'm told constantly I simply can't be any older than 30, and my grandchildren are often mistaken for my children...I don't want to look OLDER than I am, tyvm! So, as much as I mourn it, I can see the day coming that I discard my beloved BE and go for something more for aging skin. Use it while you can, though, it's wonderful.
I absolutely love love LOVE this product. I love to wear Bare Escentuals, but was finding I wasn't getting enough coverage with a powder foundation. A friend of mine suggested this to go UNDER bare escentuals, and to my delight, it works beautifully for this. (I do use only one layer of BE over top of this) I've had mine for 2 months now, and I've bearly made a dent, I find it doesn't take much. Some days, I use it alone with just the tinyist bit of blush and some lip gloss when I want the minimalist look or I only have time for a 3 minute makeup routine. I find it smooths my skin (a huge problem for me) and looks fantastic over top of Dr Feelgood. It's expensive, but again, I'm using so little that although it's a large initial layout, I think it's worth it. I've had no problems with orange skin, and this just kind of MELTS into my skin and most people don't think I'm wearing foundation at all. I have medium skin tone, and wear BE Medium number 3 if that helps anyone to make a decision. Definately try it at Sephora or a Benefit counter before you buy, however.
Primer/ Corrector -BeneFit Cosmetics - Dr Feelgood
Holly65 9/9/2007 10:34:00 PM
I guess I'm one of the few that actually LIKE this product...and unusual for me as I spent full price on it (26.00 Sephora) and on Some-Kinda-Gorgeous, also from Benefit. I have VERY large pores, and absolutely nothing I have ever tried has worked...including Smashbox photofinish primer. This, however, does minimize my pores...it's not magic, and it doesn't make them go away all together, but they are obviously less, and my makeup is smoother over top of this. I agree with some of the other posters, however, that its much better UNDER makeup than OVER makeup...once in a while, before the Sea Hag (ahem, you ladies understand), I get very oily in my T-zone, and I have blotted it OVER my makeup, and it does fine. I wouldn't want to smear it, however, as it would completely UNDO the time you spent putting on your powder, blush, etc, but if you pat it gently, it does a fine job. Still like it under better, however. It's expensive, but I've had mine for 2 months now, and with almost daily use (and in some cases 2 x daily use), I've still got 8/10 of this stuff left. I anticipate buying less than 2ce a year, and that makes 26 bucks rather worth it. I give this 4 lippies, and have taken away one for price (initial layout) and packaging...the top to the tin seems loose, and I think a better package wouldn't have been hard for Benefit to comeup with.
Makeup Brushes -Bare Escentuals - Retractable Face Brush
Holly65 9/9/2007 10:09:00 PM
Again, I'm cheap and bought this brush on Ebay for roughly 11.00 including shipping and handling, which I thought was a fabulous deal for a brand new BE product, new in box. The best I can say about it is "it's ok". I've had mine for six months now, and have used it a total of maybe 3 times. It's not as soft as most BE brushes, and although I haven't had a problem with shedding, I'm not thrilled with it, and wouldn't buy another. I'll use it on an upcoming trip to California so that I can touch up my blush on the airplane without risking security tossing out the entire pot of BE blush (they tell you you can bring it, but a friend of mine just had hers tossed). I'm pretty sure this is the only scenario I would find much value in having this brush. I'm also counting myself lucky that I didn't spend 30 bucks on it.
I saw the entire Ojon line late one night while watching QVC. As I'm an avid fan of makeup, beauty aids, skin care, bath products and hair care, I couldn't resist. Really...I couldn't. Well, I resisted long enough to see if I could get a better deal on Ebay...thank God for Ebay, because without it, I think many Ojon products would simply be beyond my means. Including shipping and handling, I spent 16.00 on Ebay for a new in package product. I absolutely LOVE this product. It's touted as a "styling cream", and I'm not sure it's best value is in it's styling properties, but in how it makes my hair look and feel. It doesn't FEEL like any styling cream I've ever used. My hair is soft, managable, shiny, and bouncy, but it doesn't seem to "hold" its shape any better. well...uhhh, but having said that, my hair looked better all day than it ever has, so maybe I'm just used to styling products that make your hair crunchy. This surely did not. The one drawback, hairwise, is that I seem to get oilier a bit faster...not much faster, but a bit, which makes SENSE as this contains OIL (duh Holly), and as my hair was DRY, adding oil would make it LESS dry, but would make it likely that I'd have to shampoo a bit sooner. I've heard some people say, however, that they can go LONGER between shampoos, and this hasn't been my experience with this product. However, I do believe the trade off is WELL worth it. I absolutely LOVED my hair on this product, and even at 30.00 I'd still buy it, but I'm cheap and like to get a deal where I can...more money to spend elsewhere, if you know what I mean. Absolutely well worth my purchase price of 16.00, and most likely worth 30.00. I have ordered the 3.8 oz size of the hair restorative to see if I can get even better results from the ojon oil...again, used Ebay and saved about 14.00 on the tub. I can not wait to try that too!