Review on Monet Minerals

14 06 2009

So, this post has been delayed. I’m very sorry for that. I’ve just been busy since I started working [Another blog will be posted on that.].

As you can see with the title of the blog, it’ll be a review on Monet Minerals. I’ve tried mineral makeup before [bare minerals], but I never really got into it. I found out about Monet Minerals, because they were following me on Twitter. I’ve never heard of them, and was glad that they were following. I checked out the site www.monetminerals.com and I was impressed with the simplicity of the site. As I was browsing, I stumbled upon the foundation section. What I really liked about Monet Minerals is the fact that they have a shade for almost every kind of undertone. It’s really hard to find a perfect shade for myself because I do have yellow-ish & olive combo skin tone. I tweeted to Rachel [owner of Monet Minerals] about the different shades of mineral foundation. She tweeted back to me offering to send me a few samples. I really wasn’t expecting that at all. I’m not good at receiving gifts at all. And I still thank her for that.

I received 6 [not 5] little packets of mineral samples. I got 2 foundations & 4 MVPs [Monet Versatile Powders]. What I like about the MVPs is that you can use them for eyes, lips, cheeks & nails. I haven’t tried them on my nails yet, only because I don’t think I would know how. LOL. Anyway, on to the real review.

The foundations
I requested to try 2 shades of mineral foundations, Katie & Sacha. They’re Sacha is the medium shade for the yellow undertones & Katie is the medium shade for the olive undertones. Katie was a little too ashy for me, and Sacha was a little too yellow for me. I mixed them together & it’s my perfect shade. LOL It canceled each other out, kind of. The formulation is good. It’s really fine, not chunky, and blends well. As for the coverage, it didn’t really give me the coverage that I wanted. It wasn’t full coverage, but it wasn’t a light coverage. When it comes to foundations, whether it’s liquid, powder or mineral, I like them to have full coverage. My face was able to breathe, which is good because that means it didn’t clog my pores. As for longevity, it only stayed on my face for about 4 or 5 hours. I don’t really like reapplying foundation throughout the day, so that I didn’t like. Out of 5 stars, I’d give the foundation a 3.

The MVP [Monet Versatile Powder]
I love this product! Not only was the formulation fine like the foundation, but you can use it all over. I used the Pink Ribbon on my cheeks & Sugared Gold on my eyes & lips. When I applied it on my lips, I placed chapstick before, Sugared Gold MVP & then clear gloss. I actually got a few compliments on the color for the first hour or so. Since there was gloss on it, it didn’t last long. Only because I have a bad habit of pressing my lips together & licking them since I was a child. I think if you put a coat of clear lipglass on it from MAC, then it’d last a little longer.

I also got a Midnight Madness & Rockstar MVP. I only used the Midnight Madness on my eyes with the Sugared Gold. It was a great combination. Both Midnight Madness & Rockstar are very pigmented. Midnight Madness is like the color of a summer sky. That dark blue, almost black kind of color. Rockstar is this really gorgeous purple color that yes, EVERY rockstar should have! It’s like the ultimate couture purple color. I should’ve done swatches of all the colors, oops! I got too excited the day I got them, that I forgot to. Also, I’ve been busy, but I will!! Out of 5 stars, I’d give it a 5. Because of it’s versatility & colors.

Monet Minerals Overview
What I like about this company is that Rachel was very nice to let me know that there was a little delay on shipping. Only because her newest shipper forgot to put some postage on there. Which wasn’t a big deal. I’m really glad she messaged me on Twitter about that. Thank you, again! They also have 2 different sample sizes for all products & 2 different full sizes, which depends on the product.

The simplicity of the site, customer service & variety of shades sold me to purchasing in the future. So, yes! I do recommend Monet Minerals for those who are looking for new mineral makeup!

That’s it for the review. I hope it’s helped you out. I’d recommend it for the MVPs.

Here’s a photo of me that I posted on my dailybooth site the day I got it in the mail:

If you’d like to contact Monet Minerals, or have any questions, click here.

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Quick review on Juice Bauty’s Oil-Free Moisturizer.

18 05 2009

So, this weekend, I was house sitting for my sister & her bf. Their bday was last Thursday. Yes, they share the same birthday. I totally forgot to bring my moisturizer with me for the weekend. So I had to check if my sister has some moisturizer. The only one I saw was by Juice Beauty. I was like hrm… we’ll see. Here’s the link to the product.

Let me tell you, a lil goes a LONG way with this! I only used a little bit, and it covered my whole face. It really didn’t give that greasy feel. It moisturized my face really well. I have skin that is dry on the T-Zone, and oily on my cheeks & chin. It felt really nice throughout the day. I love it. I think I’m going to have to buy my own bottle for myself.





Facial day…

13 05 2009

I’ve officially declared Wednesdays as being my Homemade Facial Day.

Well the only things that’s homemade is the exfoliating mask & toner.
I’ve been using the exfoliating mask for about 2 weeks now, and I like it. I haven’t really seen a difference with it, but it makes my face feel smooth. It’s the Aspirin, Honey & Water mask. It’s worked really well by getting dead skin off my face, my nose especially.

Whenever I get ANY sun exposure on my nose, even if I put sunscreen on it, the next day, my nose starts to peel. Like it got sun burnt or something… IDK! But yeah, the only thing that will help “cure” my so-called burnt nose is the aspirin, honey & water exfoliating mask. I’ll do better review of it later.

The newest thing I’ve tried is a facial toner made of vegetable oil, lemon juice & honey. It’s alright…. I’ll do a better review of that later, as well.





It’s FINALLY here!!!

5 05 2009

My 120!! It’s here!! I’m sooo excited!! I slept over Shana’s place on Sunday night b/c we were going to bleach my hair the next morning. While we were watching UNSOLVED MYSTERIES on TV, the doorbell rang.. 2x. We were like, “Who the hell is that?” When Shana went to get the door, it was the mail man. I wasn’t there when she signed for the package. As soon as she shut the door, she shouted:
“Hey, Paula! Guess what came in the mail!!”
I literally jumped up & scream, “OUR 120’s?”

Sure enough, in a green bulky envelope that look like it’s contains drugs, were both of our 120s, & 2 free gift sets.

We were uber excited that we both opened our palettes & did a little swatching. They’re absolutely AMAZING! I mean, I knew they were going to be really pigmented because I’ve watched/read a few reviews on them online. But they’re even better in person!! I wanted to “play” with the colors last night while Shana was raiding on WoW, but I honestly didn’t know where to start.

As soon as I got home last night, I took my 120 palette out & I got on youtube. I said to myself, “Hey! I might as well make another entry for Angee’s contest!!” So I did. You can view a preview picture here.

I’m uploading the video right now as I’m typing this. If you subscribe to my youtube channel, then you’ll be able to check it out. Also, if you follow me on Twitter, I’ll tweet a link to the video :]

I was kind of disappointed in some of the colors of the 120. 95% of them were very pigmented, the other 5% of them weren’t. I had to do a few swipes to get color to show on my arm for the swatches. So here they are!!

All swatches were applied on NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in MILK as a base.





Revlon ColorStay Foundation.

19 03 2009

So, I finally bought foundation that I’m happy with that doesn’t cost a lot. AND it was Buy One-Get One, so HELL YEAH!! I’ve been doing some research on which foundation I wanted to get. I even asked my fellow tweeters & MUGs what I should get. They all suggested Revlon’s ColorStay Foundation.

I got it in Warm Golden. I’m like in between a NC35 & NC40 in MAC. This is a little light on me, but I use NC40 Select Sheer Pressed Powder to set it.

So, 2 weeks ago, Shana & I went to ULTA to get some foundation for her & try some new stuff. Well, we were in front of the Revlon section & tried to get our match on the color to get. We’re actually the same color tone. I might be a little darker, but not by much.

Anyway, here’s my actual review.
It has SPF 6, which is good b/c I barely wear SPF anything. I know! Don’t judge me! LOL. There’s something called SoftFlex in the formula. I believe it’s to make the foundation light weight & less cakey. One bottle has 1 Fl Oz/30mL. Before I applied it on my face, I moisturized. My T-zone gets dry, but the rest of my face is normal, sometimes oily.

So I applied my hydrocortizone and dry skin cream. I know hydrocortizone is bad for yourface, but I’ve ben using this for the longest time & it’s the only thing that’s been working for me. So here’s the before picture.

I know! Scary! Don’t worry, I’m going to conceal everything :]. So I put a lil big on a clear cd thing that comes with those blank cds. I used a stipling brush to apply it.

The directions says to apply at one spot at a time & blending quickly. So I just put it on my cheek area & started working it in my skin. I could already tell the coverage was nice & it’s very smooth. I thought it was going to be really thick on my skin, but it wasn’t. The only thing that I don’t like about it is that it dries up quickly. So, here’s a picture of half of my face w/ the foundation, and half w/o it on. Guess which one!!

If you couldn’t tell, it’s the left that has the foundation on. A lot of my uneven skin color was covered & my acne marks & what not. You can even tell that it’s not an oily formula either. That little smidgen goes a long way. Look!

So I put the rest all over my face, and I didn’t have any left over. It was just enough to cover my entire face. You really don’t need a lot of the product.

Ta-da!! Covered everything :] It doesn’t feel like I’m wearing a mask like other foundations do. I couldn’t just have foundation on my face w/o doing everything else. So, here’s my Look of the Night. A Kim Kardashian inspired smokey eye. Well, my attempt to it.

Coverage = 5 stars
Formula = 5 stars
Price = 5 stars
Longevity = 5 stars
Packaging = 3 [No pump, and the formula itself is thick. It doesn’t come out easily.]
Overal = 4.6