Mineral Fusion Mineral Makeup Review & Swatches

Friday, July 22, 2016

Sponsored: Have you tried mineral makeup? I tried a popular mineral makeup brand (that constantly aired on tv day & night) when mineral makeup first came out and it didn't work for me. It didn't work for me because it didn't give me the coverage I needed. It didn't look good on me, because my skin was not in the best of shape. Fast forward many years, and I received an e-vite to attend an event hosted by Mineral Fusion at my local Whole Foods Grocery Store. I didn't attend, because I just didn't think mineral makeup would work for me. Honestly, anytime I see mineral makeup anything I side step it (because I feel it won't work). Seriously, have you seen any mineral makeup reviews on A Very Sweet Blog? LOL Well, their PR contacted me again and asked if I would like to try their products. I thought about it and said ok. My skin is in much better shape and I said to myself, "Kim just try it...give it a chance!" I'm glad I did...


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  Mineral Fusion Mineral Makeup is Sweet

Step 1 - Mineral Fusion Liquid Mineral Foundation - $29.99


If there's one thing I can say about mineral makeup, it's GOOD FOR YOU! This foundation is gluten, cruelty, paraben, artificial color, fragrance, talc and phthalate free. It's also hypo-allergenic! There are 8 shades and I picked Olive 2 (which is second to last). So Mineral Fusion needs to work on offering more shade options for WOC. I REALLY like this foundation! I was a little worried when I poured it out (on my hand), that it would be too orange/yellow for my face, but as you can see it blended well.  It's described as full coverage, however in my opinion it gives medium coverage (you can still see my freckles). I love how lightweight it is! It's not heavy, sticky, oily or greasy. It also blended effortlessly. You will still need a concealer (as you can see with my under-eye circles & such), unless you have really good skin. I'm more impressed with this foundation, than my Urban Decay One & Done! The coverage with this was more natural. It gave me a glow! My skin looked healthy! Plus, this foundation lasted all day! It definitely exceeded my expectations. The only thing I wish, is that it would come with a pump. Pouring gets messy. This is a nice everyday foundation. Bottom line: The formula is great, but Mineral Fusion needs to make a wider selection of shades available and rethink the bottled packaging (or offer a pump). I'm shown below, only with the liquid makeup on. No concealer. Click on pictures to make bigger.


Step 2 - Mineral Fusion SPF 30 Brush - On Sun Defense Powder - $24.99


A powder that protects you from the SUN? I had never heard of such a thing! Have you!?! I think it's ingenious. You guys know I can't go without sun protection! So how did this work? Really good! This is a transparent, mineral, sunscreen powder! One end holds the powder (unscrew the cap & shake the powder into the cap) and the other end is a brush, which to apply it (the brush is retractable). Very little goes a long way! You don't need much powder. This powder set my foundation really well. It took away any shine that I had (see above) and created a unified look. I ran errands and never experienced any adverse reaction to the sun. This will easily fit into your purse (make sure the cap is on good) or desk drawer at work. It makes reapplying very easy. The only negative I had is that some of the brush bristles fall out while applying. I think a shorter, fluffier brush would work better, but the quality of the product is excellent. Below, I'm wearing the liquid foundation above and this powder.



Step 3 (Final Result) - Mineral Fusion 3-In-1 Color Stick in Magnetic - $19.99


Cheeks. Eyes. Lips. This is a 3-in-1 color stick! This was the icing on the cake! I've had good cheek & lip tints. I've had bad ones. I'm happy to say this is a good one! They picked this color for me! Mineral Fusion how did you know I love purple? LOL This is called Magnetic and it looks like a raisin color. They describe it as a light bronze shimmer,  but it has hints of purple. The color is soft & natural looking. It was moisturizing to my lips. I applied it to my cheeks & lips below. I didn't try my eyes. This really topped off my look. I loved how natural my entire face looked. This is offered in three other colors (Berry Glow, Rosette and Terra Cotta).


I am BEYOND impressed with Mineral Fusion! You guys have really made me change my thinking regarding mineral makeup. I once thought it was just not for me, but this has proven me wrong. Besides the little quirks above (packaging & offering more colors), the formula for their products are amazing. That's the only thing that kept them from getting a Supersweet rating. I will definitely purchase more of their products! They have foundations, concealers, bronzers, setting powders, primers, lip sticks, lip tints, lip gloss, cheek tints, eyeshadows, mascaras, hair care, nail care AND REALLY A FULL BEAUTY LINE! You can buy Mineral Fusion products on their website, Whole Foods, Amazon, Target, ULTA, dermstore and many other places. It gets my seal of approval! Thanks for letting me try your products. I definitely want to try more.

Excuse the plastering behind me. LOL Contractors will be painting this weekend.

Foreo Issa Toothbrush Review

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Sponsored. DOES IT WORK? That's the question I often asked myself whenever I saw the Foreo Issa Toothbrush. I would see it online. I would see it in stores. I would see the PRICE...$199! LOL That's where my interest in this silicone toothbrush would shut down and completely stop. So I was very excited when asked if I would like to test it out and provide a review. Sure! Now you guys know I don't beat around the bush with things. So let's first get to the million dollar question! Does this silicone toothbrush beat out my manual toothbrush? NO. Now let me tell you why! My teeth nor tongue ever felt super CLEAN after using this toothbrush. They felt somewhat clean, but not totally clean. Even after brushing twice! Plus this toothbrush, does not do a very good job getting in-between teeth. Of course you have to floss, but unlike a manual toothbrush or electric toothbrush it doesn't reach into those spaces. So, that's the bad for me. What's the good? This toothbrush made my teeth SHINE & GLEAM! They looked POLISHED! This seems to be more of a polisher! It also made my gums feel really good (almost like a massage). This toothbrush is very gentle on both tooth enamel & gums. So this may be a good choice for someone experiencing any sensitivity issues. The Foreo Issa is a silcone (quick drying, non-porous, prevent bacteria) toothbrush that PULSATES (11,000 pulsates per minute)! It's ergonomically correct (feels great in the hands), has 8 speeds (you use the +/- symbols to adjust the speed) and it only takes and hour to charge (1 charge is suppose to last 6 months). Foreo gives you a USB cord, to charge your toothbrush (the flashing light at the bottom of the device means it's still charging & once it stops flashing it's fully charged. PLEASE NOTE IT ONLY TAKES 1 HOUR TO CHARGE and Foreo warns against charging for 24 hours), but you'll need to either plug it into a USB port or do as I did and use your cell phone (iphone adapter) charger to charge this device. Overall, this toothbrush is very chic & modern. I love the look of it! I love the colors that are offered! But at the end of day, I want super CLEAN teeth & FRESH breath! The first thing Foreo mentions in their manual is 'whiter and brighter smile'. It DOES NOT mention CLEAN! I thought that was interesting. It did give me a whiter & brighter smile! But super clean? Don't expect such. The Foreo Issa is currently on sale at Nordstrom's. It's also sold at Foreo, Sephora and Amazon.

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  Foreo Issa Toothbrush is Bittersweet


Snapchat Story Favorites No. 10

Monday, July 18, 2016

Here's a round-up of my favorite Snapchat Stories! See others HERE
Follow me on Snapchat at averysweetblog

 Nicole Ritchie x House of Harlow 1960

via glamourmag snapchat & getty images for Amazon


I've been crushing all week on the top Nicole Ritchie wore to her House of Harlow 1960 party. How gorgeous is it? I'm not a fan of all types of lace, but this top is just awesome. Plus it's black. Jump into my closet. I would wear this.  From glamourmag's snapchat I thought it was a dress. But it's a top. Plus the SHORT dark nails...Hell Yeah!


Blushington Makeup & Beauty Lounge

via ipsyofficial snapchat


I thought this was the cutest makeup & beauty lounge. They do makeup application, classes and all kinds of good stuff. They're located in California, New York and Texas. I included their video below.



 

  The Beauty Chef - Hydration

via the coveteur snapchat


I've never heard of The Beauty Chef until after watching The Coveteur. Look at this elixr! Hydration Inner Beauty Boost. It's supports gut health and skin hydration. They have a number of products that help with different things. I want to try!


Lipland

via camila bravo snapchat


Have you heard of Lipland before? I haven't! LOL But these swatches are gorgeous.


Maybelline Color Correcting USING LIPSTICK ft Deepicam

via maybelline snapchat


I do plan on trying color correcting. Peach for dark circles. But Maybelline did a very interesting snapchat tutorial this week. They used LIPSTICK as a color corrector! #805 below! Deepicam placed it underneath her eyes, added concealer and the outcome was amazing. Who would've thought lipstick!?!

MAC Cosmetics Trolls

via cosmomag & kandeejohnson snapchat

I was never a Trolls fan, so I'm passing on this collection. But one who loves COLOR...it's all here.


L'Oreal True Match Highlighters

via lorealmakeup snapchat


L'Oreal is coming out with liquid highlighters! 



L'Oreal Pro Glow Foundation Swatches

via lusterlux snapchat


Look at the GLOW on lusterlux's face! So pretty! She also did some swatches of L'Oreals NEW Pro Glo Foundation. I want to try this one and the old one. She's my new Snapchat fave. She's so funny and down to earth.


NARS 413 Blakr Palette

via narsissist snapchat


Looks like a new cheek & lip palette from NARS. No swatches, but pretty.


Sinful Colors x Kylie Jenner

via kandee johnson & instyle snapchat


So Kylie is taking a stand against bullying. Anyone else watched the Kim Kardashian & Taylor Swift rift unfold on Twitter & Snapchat? Well anyway, Kylie Jenner has a consistent relationship with Sinful Colors. Here are the three new colors and names.


OFRA Cosmetics Metallic Lipsticks

via ofracosmetics snapchat


Three new metallic lipsticks from OFRA Cosmetics.


Charlotte Tilbury

via trendmood snapchat 


HOT LIPS! These lipsticks are named after popular celebrities. Buy 12 and you get the lipstick holder.


Hourglass

via beautylogicblog snapchat


Only know the price of this palette! Here are the swatches. Coming out in November.


Urban Decay Fall 2016

via trendmood & urbandecaysnaps snapchat


I am very interested in trying this new foundation. I included the color charts below.
Looks like they'll be following the same number system as the current foundation.


Boscia Sake Bright White Mask, Skin Cleansing Water &

via lusterlux snapchat


I've seen Boscia skincare but I've never tried it. They're introducing a Skin Cleansing Water and interestingly Sake Bright Whitening Mask.


MAC Cosmetics Vamplify Swatches

via maccosmetics snapchat


Vamplify is BACK! Seven new colors. Swatches below.


Sigma Sigmagic Brushampoo

via sigma beauty snapchat


Sigma is coming out with a new brush cleaner. I just purchased their F80 brush & brush mat.


Benefit Brow Zings

via benefitbeauty snapchat


Brow Zings! There are 6 shades! Cute tutorial below.


Makeup Forever Artist Rouge Lipstick Swatches

via kandeejohnson & lusterlux snapchat 


Massive lip collection here from Makeup Forever. It's called Artist Rouge! Some swatches below!


Kylie Mattes NOW OFFERED AS GLOSSES & 3 NEW MATTES

via lusterlux snapchat


So if you purchased any Kylie mattes, she is now offering (not all...yet) them in GLOSSES.
She's also coming out with 3 new mattes (listed below.



KRISTEN

MALIBOO


GINGER


Sephora Holiday Preview

via beautylogicblog snapchat


Tis the season for new makeup! It's going to start early. But I don't see anything I want :(


ULTA Holiday Preview

via beautylogicblog snapchat


Same for ULTA. I don't know. For the past couple of years, I haven't been too thrilled about Holiday Collections. Sometimes I feel they're thrown together. I always look forward to Spring/Fall Collections.

Popsugar Fruit Water

via popsugar snapchat


I often use fruit in my water, but here are some really good explanations on WHY YOU SHOULD!

2016 US Women's Gymnastics Team - More About Them!

via popsugar snapchat


So last week I was wondering WHO they were going to pick!
This snapchat was very nice, because it gave us a very nice introduction about each girl.