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Minerals, Not Just for Healthy Bodies

June 7, 2009

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Though I’ve lamented more than once about the increasing number of gray hairs I’m discovering on my head, how I look doesn’t really occupy a lot of my thinking time.  I’ve gone from not leaving the house without foundation and some lipstick (at the very least) to not wearing any makeup for years.  Both were both appropriate for where I was in life.  When I was young and had very blemished skin, I could get away with experimental makeup and felt the extreme discomfort of a far-from-perfect complexion; it might surprise my current friends, but women used to ask me for advice on makeup application.  Then when I stopped working outside the home and became a stay-at-home mom, appearances weren’t of much importance to me.  I was busy.  And my skin had cleared up a lot, so I didn’t feel so uncomfortable going around bare.

Now, I’m in a different stage.  My children are growing up.  I’m still very busy, but I feel more motivated to put a little time into my appearance.  It makes my husband feel like I give a damn when I put a little makeup on.  It makes me feel better when I look a little sparkly.  I’m not getting all crazy here.  Clearly you can see that from the photo above, it’s a very natural look.  I don’t even wear it every day, more like four or five times a week.

But what’s an environmentally aware lady supposed to do for her face?  A couple of years ago, I heard about mineral makeups which were purported to be a healthier, more environmentally friendly type of makeup.  They don’t contain preservative and binders so they are better for  you skin and since they are ground minerals, I feel better about purchasing them as they aren’t laden with chemicals.  I ordered samples from two companies J.Lynne Cosmetics and Everyday Minerals.  Both had excellent prices on generous samples and both were easy to deal with.  I liked both sets of products; they were both high quality and felt good.  When I finally got around to placing an actual order two years after I had ordered the samples, I decided to go with Everyday Minerals.  Their website is more attractive and easier to use, they have a nice kit which you can fill with a large array of products of your choice, and they nearly always have a special going on.  There’s a little bit of a learning curve in applying the foundation powder, but it feels light and airy unlike heavy liquid or cream foundations.  Mineral makeup isn’t exactly cheap, but I bet it compares to the price of high quality conventional cosmetics.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. adriana permalink
    June 7, 2009 6:16 pm

    For about ten years I was unable to wear ANY kind of foundation without breaking out. I would wear stuff for theatre and film/tv only and then would spend the next week paying for it with crazy breakouts.

    This last year I finally learned about mineral makeup from my facialist who was helping me overcome CRAZY cystic acne. I use Jane Iredale. IT IS AMAZING. I can’t believe the difference. Not only does it look amazing and completely un-makeupy, I get NO breakouts. It also has 25 SPF in it so I’m covered all the time. The zinc in it actually helps skin to stay healthy and not break out, too.

    I totally agree, it’s the best thing EVER. I can’t believe I didn’t know about it earlier.

    …er…so, yeah. I lurve it.

  2. Mom permalink
    June 7, 2009 6:22 pm

    I have been using the mineral powder for a couple of years now and I like it so much better. It does feel so much better than the liquid foundation. I like the look of it better also.

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