Beauty, Makeup

Mineral powder foundations demystified

Over the past few years there has been a huge increase in products that boast mineral properties that provide health benefits for your skin. bareMinerals is probably one of the most recognizable of these products. The question is do they actually provide any extra benefits to your skin? It is a good question to ask as these products tend to be more expensive and for those on a budget it is a big deal.

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The lowdown on mineral products

One of the reasons mineral products have taken off is they work very well for women with sensitive skin. Mineral makeup tends to have a shorter list of ingredients, leaving out commonly used ingredients such as emollient oils, waxes, fragrances and preservatives. This is great for sensitive skin because the shorter list means less possible reasons for skin irritation. Since it is non-comedogenic it won’t clog pores, which is a plus for acne prone skin.

Mineral powder is typically finer than regular powder and this can be a plus or a minus depending on how you want to look at it. This can help the coverage appear more natural and help control oil throughout the day. The flip-side is it can collect in fine lines and wrinkles, particularly with dry skin, accentuating these features we try to hide. Some types can also be drying.

One important takeaway is if you have sensitive skin and have concerns you should read the label before buying. Some brands have been adding the ingredients back into their powders that were previously removed and branding the products as mineral powders. In reality, these are no different than a regular powder. Look for ingredients such as titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, both are shown to be effective UV protectors. Keep in mind these products do not replace sunscreen.

Is is worth it?

I would have to say yes, mineral powder is worth it if you have sensitive or acne prone skin. I have used it and I do really like it but I tend to use it more during the spring and summer as it can dry out my skin. It provides a great, smooth coverage I don’t see from other powders. I also exclusively use mineral eye shadow and love it.

One thing I want to be clear is it doesn’t replace any of your moisturizers and serums. You skin doesn’t absorb any benefits from the powder, which is one benefit of being non-comedogenic. Your skin doesn’t absorb it and clog pores. Technically, all powder foundations are mineral foundations because they are made of minerals. Ignore the hype and just look for the shortest ingredient list that contains oxides, such as mica and iron oxides, and you should be fine. I highly suggest researching a brand before you buy it to make sure it is what it claims to be.

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Beauty on a Budget: Suave vs. professional salon brands

I have never been much of a product reviewer but I came across a great find while searching for hair products that works while going easy on my pocket book. We are all on a budget when it comes to beauty products. It is so easy to spend big bucks on all sorts of products that promise results. Sometimes, it’s not the most expensive products that end up working the best.

I have been searching for a while now for a good, fairly inexpensive shampoo and conditioner. I have tried all manner of products from Biolage to Organix and a few in between. I found some reviews online and went to buy one of the recommended products. When I got to the store they didn’t have what I was looking for and as you know, there are many to choose from. Then, I remembered seeing one particular article about how Suave Keratin Infusion was good for dry, coarse hair. It had been a while since I even looked at Suave and for $2.88 a bottle I couldn’t refuse.

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After several washes my hair was silkier and shinier than it had been in a long time. I also recently began coloring my hair and needed the extra moisture and protection. It has been over a week and so far so good. The Keratin Infusion is part of Suave’s professional line and has been awarded Allure’s Best of Beauty Award in 2013. I would not have thought about trying it if I hadn’t seen it vouched for online. I also purchased the dry shampoo but have yet to use it.

Many would turn away from a cheaper product because of the price. The thought is “If it’s that cheap, it must not be good.” As beauty on a budget became a concern with the recent economic downturn, many are turning to less expensive alternatives. In return, companies have been answering with better products for less to meet the demand. It shouldn’t be about the label that’s on the brand, it’s about how well it works.

Beauty on a budget is still a big concern of mine and I’m sure yours as well. I will continue to search out these “diamonds in the rough” and relay them back to you. Doing research before purchasing a product is a must to make sure you aren’t going in blindly. If you can get a sample that’s even better.

Tip: Your hair can change depending on the season so if your old trusty isn’t working as well as it used to don’t toss it. Simply adjust to the formula your hair needs at the time. You can also mix and match formulas if you have two needs in mind, like volumizing and moisturizing.

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