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Cases n’ Brushes

A Lovely Beauty Blender Duo

by Bionic Beauty on 23.Jan.2010 · 3 comments

Long-time Bionic Beauty readers know that I’m a BeautyBlender fanatic. For those of you who haven’t heard of this little makeup application miracle, bring yourself up to speed by reading my review. My blender gets used for concealer, powdered mineral makeup, finishing powders, and liquid tinted moisturizer. Pretty much any foundation I put on, gets applied with this little pink egg-shaped wonder!

Special Valentine's Day gift pack of BeautyBlender makeup application sponges

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Bionic Beauty Asks - Makeup and beauty question blog article series

This week’s Bionic Asks How do you apply your foundation?

Personally I still use my Beauty Blender sponge daily for my mineral makeup base. I make sure my Blender is a bit damp, then tap some minerals into my saucer and bounce the sponge into that.

If I’m doing a finish coat (like Purely Cosmetics’ Diamond Finish Powder or PRIIA’s Skin Enhancer), then I’ll use a dual layer “fiber optic” brush. It helps keep things light and airy for the top coat.

Do you use a brush, your fingers, a sponge, or other tool to apply your face makeup?

Protect those makeup brushes!

by Bionic Beauty on 20.Jul.2009 · 2 comments

Makeup brushes are an investment piece in your makeup kit. Even if you only have 1 or 2 nice brushes, you should take care of them. Wash them at least once per month, preferably every other week with a gentle shampoo or soap. Some people like the Dr. Bronner’s Castille Soap (find it online, at your local natural food market, and most Target stores).

Purely-Brush-Protectors

Brush protectors from Purely Cosmetics

When storing your brushes, place them with the handles down, bristles upright to prevent fraying of the brush…
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Product Review: Pur Minerals Starter Kit

by Bionic Beauty on 23.Mar.2009 · 3 comments

Bionic Beauty reviews the Pur Minerals Makeup Starter Kit

By now, most makeup fans have heard of the Pur Minerals line. I was actually pretty behind the times since I do not get, nor watch, QVC. But I have tried some of Pur’s lip products, and am seriously longing for their lipstick in Black Amethyst.
Anyhow, Pur Minerals recently gave me the chance to test out their Makeup Starter Kit. Without further ado… my thoughts.

Pros…

  • This kit is a good buy if you’d like to expand your mineral makeup collection, try a new brand or are brand new to mineral makeup.
  • The pressed bronzer, foundation, and blush make traveling with your minerals easy.
  • The 4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Makeup works as a concealer, foundation, powder and sunscreen (SPF 15).
  • All the kit items contain shea butter to soothe your skin.
  • While I’m not a fan of the 4-in-1 pressed powder, I did enjoy using the Marble Powder blush. It’s similar to MAC Mineralize skin finishes, without the glimmer. This created a great flush on my cheeks!
  • I was also fond of the Mineral Glow. It was handy for sculpting my cheekbones, highlighting my nose, chin and even applying it lightly on my eye lids!

Cons…

  • Contains bismuth so for girls who sweat or live in warm climates this could make your face itch or burn. Bismuth is a bit of a “prickly” mineral that can seep into your pores when you sweat (because they open) and it can cause slight itching.
  • The containers are relatively small.
  • I’m disappointed that there are no mirrors in the compacts. It would make touch ups and/or traveling much easier.
  • The flat top Chisel brush sheds like a dog! I tried washing it a few times and it’s still shedding like crazy. Granted, I might have gotten a fluke. But it is nice & soft and I like the shorter length.
  • The Mineral Glow and Marble Powder (blush) both contain parabens, stearates and coconut oil. Not a big deal, but if you are allergic or have very sensitive skin, please do a small patch test first. Coconut oil is also a known comedogenic ingredient (meaning it can cause breakouts).
  • The 4-in-1 Pressed Powder felt a bit too heavy on my skin. Especially down here in Florida and due to my reactions to bismuth (it was 70 when I tested), I had to wash it off pretty quickly. Even in the short amount of time, I still broke out the next day from my testing.

Essentially, these products did not work out for me, but I realize that there are people who may love them. All I ask is that you be informed on the ingredients in mineral makeup and the reason those ingredients are present.

The Pur Minerals starter kit is $35 and is available in 10 skin tones. Have any of you ladies tried Pur Minerals? What were your experiences?

Full ingredients listing below…
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Bionic’s blending with the Beauty Blender

by Bionic Beauty on 09.Feb.2009 · 20 comments

I’m probably the last gal on this planet to have tried the Beauty Blender sponge. I know Mo and Jen at Mythbuster Beauty both placed it on their Best of 2008 lists… so I figured, what the hey. I’ll give it a go.
Bionic Beauty blog review - Beauty Blender sponge makeup applicator
Weeeeee! What a revolution in makeup application! I usually apply my makeup with a brush (for minerals) or one of the cheapy wedge sponges (for liquids and tinted moisturizers). The Beauty Blender rocks! Seriously, folks. It’s teeny, portable, (cute and pink!!!), soft, saves me product and time.

I will admit the first two applications, I was a bit befuddled on working with this new spongy-wonder, but I got the hang of it quickly (I’m including a video below with some helpful hints so you don’t stumble blindly, like I did. Ahem.).

But now, I’m actually quicker with my Blender than with my regular sponges and brushes. I use the big wide end to apply my foundation where I need it and the pointy end to apply my concealer or an extra dose of foundation for minor coverage. Then I use the big end again for my blush or bronzer. Just remember when applying to bounce bounce bounce. Pretty like you are lightly stippling a surface. Don’t drag or swirl it too much since that just rubs product around. The bouncing motion blends the makeup perfectly for me.

And here’s a tutorial video on how to unpack (ok, that part is silly) use and clean your Beauty Blender…

I got the Blender n’ Cleanser kit- which includes 5 ounces of soapy goodness. However, since this is $7 *more*, I’d recommend just getting the Blender sponge and buying some all-natural Dr. Bronner’s soap. Dr. Bronner’s will clean your Blender perfectly and you can use it on all your regular makeup brushes too (plus it’s very affordable!).

Oh and they have a great recycling program so your little Beauty Blender sponge doesn’t clog up the landfills!

You can buy the Beauty Blender at Beauty.comBeauty Blender sponge at beauty.com for $19.95 (Sponge alone) or a PurelyCosmetics.com for $19.99 (Sponge and a sample of cleanser!).