Aromaleigh Gossamer Variable Coverage Mineral Foundation

There are a few reasons why I stick with powder mineral foundation, even though I know it’s not advised for women overĀ  40.
First, I’m really oily. Whatever primer, finishing powder, skin care, whatever I use, my skin is oily, and foundation just does.not stay on. I have to reapply once or twice a day. With a powder compact, liquid foundation, or anything other than loose minerals, I think it’s kind of messy and gross.

Second, I have yellow undertones. There are few drugstore or department store foundations that are truly yellow. Maybe Prescriptives or Bobbi Brown, but I couldn’t ever get a great match there with the coverage I really want.

Third, and related to that last point – I feel like I need a lot of coverage. With loose minerals, I can control the coverage by adding layers when/as I need them, either the first time I apply it, or as the day goes on.

And finally (also related to the second point) if I can’t get a good color match, that’s not a big deal with loose minerals because I can mix up a color the way I want it to look. The way *I* want it to look, not the way some pushy sales person thinks it should. But I digress.

Anyway, that brings me to my current foundation – Gossamer formula from Aromaleigh. From the website:

Gossamer is ideal for all skintypes, and is our most popular mineral foundation formula. You can apply it with a fluffy brush for light coverage, or achieve a more moderate coverage by applying it with a kabuki brush or a flocked sponge.

It is finely milled and silky and contains Zinc Oxide, for full spectrum UVA/UVB protection. Gossamer also utilizes advanced light-dispersing and skin-smoothing pigment technology.

GOSSAMER looks just like you’d expect any mineral foundation to appear- a fine, loose powder… however, when you begin to apply it, you begin to feel a smooth, silky feeling on your skin… application is effortless… the powder melds with your own skintone yielding the appearance of perfection. It’s “Your Skin… Only Better”.

This is quality stuff. I fretted when Lumiere went out of business and I ran out of my beloved Cashmere foundation, but I needn’t have worried. Aromaleigh Gossamer is gorgeous, smooth, and gives me the coverage I really need. Bonus! There’s a bit of a shimmer in the foundation, so it’s not completely matte (the reason that women my age aren’t really supposed to wear powdered foundations). The glowiness with this foundation is perfect – my face isn’t flat matte, but it’s not shiny, either.

Aromaleigh Gossamer mineral foundation powder in Light 2Y and Medium 3Y

I really like the coloring/numbering system that Aromaleigh uses for its foundation – simple and straightforward. I’ve got yellow undertones, so I’m a Y. I’m light-complected, so I want Light. Easy peasy.

Aromaleigh Gossamer mineral foundation powder in Light 2Y and Medium 3Y

Except, Aromaleigh’s light is a bit too light for me. But – look above for Reason #4 why I buy loose minerals – that’s not a big deal. I just buy the medium shade and mix with the light!

As much as I love Lucy Minerals finishing powder, I’m tempted by Aromaleigh’s. The Luminesce Divine powder looks lovely and I think I need more glow! Or, I could try the Dewdrop foundation formula…or mix some of the Dewdrop foundation formula with Gossamer…

Aromaleigh is available online only, but you can order samples to find your perfect foundation match for $2.25. A full-size jar goes for $35 and lasts me about 4 months with 2-3 fully applications a day.

What foundation are you using these days?


Sale Alert – 20% off at Lucy Minerals

lucy minerals
Hey beauties – remember this post where I listed my favorite Lucy Minerals items for my workout partner-in-crime? Well, she’s at Lucy Minerals RIGHT NOW AS I TYPE with her BFF getting makeovers, seeing how products are made, deciding what blushes to buy, and basically trying out all of Lucy’s goodies. I’m totally not seething with envy over here, I swear.

And there’s a 20% off sale on almost everything… so naturally I had to order a few things.

    Here’s what I ordered (all photos from Lucy Mineral’s website):
    • Vitamin C Serum – Vitamin C serum is a crucial part of my skincare routine these days. I haven’t tried Lucy’s yet, but I’m excited for it to arrive!
      Lucy Minerals Vitamin C serum


    • Ambrosia for Dry Skin Beauty Oil – I haven’t tried this, but Lucy’s other beauty oils are HG products for me. No, I don’t have dry skin, but I do love me some shea butter oil… I’ve almost run out of my stash of Ambrosia Beauty Oil so my stock needs to be replenished.
      Ambrosia for Dry Skin Beauty Oil



Will you be buying anything during Lucy Mineral’s 20% off sale?




OPI Hello Kitty Collection – Super Cute in Pink

Good morning!
Last weekend I treated myself to a mani and pedi at a new nail salon in my neighborhood. I’d taken my own polish, but then I saw the Hello Kitty OPI collection on the shelf…
Now, I knew about this collection, but I really have to restrain myself with the Hello Kitty merchandise. I came back from working in Japan with an entire giant suitcase full of Hello Kitty cuteness. So I told myself NO. I do NOT need to buy anymore nail polish, even if it’s Hello Kitty!

But if it’s at the salon, it’s fair game!
This is Super Cute in Pink. It’s bright mauve in a creme/jelly formula.

OPI Hello Kitty Collection - Super Cute in Pink

So bright! So shiny! So…SUPER CUTE!

OPI Hello Kitty Collection - Super Cute in Pink

Alas, the nail technician only applied two coats, and I don’t think it was enough since I have Visible Nail Lines (VNL). I think jelly formula polishes are a bit thinner and need three coats for full opacity.
But, who cares?! It’s Hello Kitty nail polish!

What color is on your nails today?


Cover Girl Outlast Stay Brilliant nail polish from the Star Wars collection in Red Revenge

Happy Monday, friends! I hope you had a great weekend.

A couple of weeks ago, I reviewed another nail polish from the Star Wars Cover Girl collection in Mutant, and I’m back with another one!

Cover Girl Outlast Stay Brilliant nail polish from the Star Wars collection in Red Revenge
This is Red Revenge. It’s a cherry-red shade with incredible shine. The Cover Girl Outlast formula is smooth and easy to apply.

Cover Girl Outlast Stay Brilliant nail polish from the Star Wars collection in Red Revenge

I only needed two coats for full opacity. The Cover Girl formula dries quickly and I only see a bit of tip wear before my nails grow out so much that I have to remove it. I love this Outlast line! Chipping has always been a frustrating problem for me, but this polish really adheres to my nails. I’ve already cruised the Cover Girl section at Target to look for more Outlast polishes.

Cover Girl Outlast Stay Brilliant nail polish from the Star Wars collection in Red Revenge

So pretty! Thank you Cover Girl for sending this over for me to try, because I am really impressed with the longevity of the Outlast polishes!

What’s on your nails today?


CoverGirl Star Wars nail polish

Is this every geek girl’s dream or what?! CoverGirl has a Star Wars line of cosmetics! CoverGirl very kindly sent over a few items for me to try. 

For today’s Manicure Monday, I’m wearing Mutant in the CoverGirl Outlast Stay Brilliant formula.

It’s an electric blue cream shade. This is two coats. Two coats! It’s that opaque that I only needed the two.

I’ve never tried Cover Girl nail polish, and I’m happy to report that this is quality stuff. I sometimes have problems applying cream polishes evenly, but not here-it was smooth and even. And shiny! 

Between the Cover Girl Outlast formula and my trusty Sally Hansen Miracle Gel top coat, this mani lasted 6 days without tip wear. It might have lasted longer, but my nails grow pretty fast and the gap between the cuticle and polish was bugging me so I removed it last night.

Are you a Star Wars fan?