Product Review – Aromaleigh Pashmina Mineral Foundation

I’m always on the hunt for good mineral foundations. Last week I ordered (and received rather quickly!) some foundation samples from Aromaleigh v.2.

An assortment of foundation, plus a couple of freebies!

I like the numbering-lettering system that Aromaleigh uses – it makes it so much easier to order samples that will come pretty darn close to matching. I have strong yellow undertones, so I knew my shade would be somewhere in the Y (yellow) range. The shade depths range from 1-4 (ivory, light, medium, deep).

Aromaleigh Pashmina foundation 2Y

I’ve worn the Pashmina heavy coverage foundation a few times now, and I like it! My skin is v-e-r-y oily and I sometimes have trouble with foundation – mineral, liquid, powder, whatever – fading and pooling. Pashmina held up pretty well even on a 6-mile walk on a 90-degree day. I even wore it on a day when I had a bit of Retin-A peeling, and it blended right over my flakey bits. Impressive!

Because it’s heavier coverage than I’m used to, I did have to apply more carefully, since I tend to slap on my mineral foundation without paying too much attention. The first time I tried this foundation, I made a cakey mess on my face because I put on way too much. The opacity of this foundation means you don’t really need a lot on your brush (ooh! it’s economical too!)

I will probably repurchase this in a 20-gram jar rather than the full-size 50-gram jar, because I don’t think it’s an everyday foundation for me. It’s definitely worth having around for days I need more coverage, and it works fantastically as a spot concealer. The Aromaleigh website suggests blending a bit of Pashmina foundation into the other formulas to amp up their coverage, so it is handy to have around.

The foundation has a smooth texture and is easy to blend (as long as you don’t pound it on like I did initially). I am excited to try Gossamer and Dewdrop next. Good stuff.


Wendy

Product Review – Lumiere Cashmere Face Base

A few years ago I switched to mineral makeup for two reasons – I needed something that was easy to apply midday after my foundation faded off (I have v-e-r-y oily skin), and most importantly, I could never find anything pale and yellow enough for my skin.

While looking for a new foundation, I recently ordered a few samples of Lumiere’s face base (5 baggie samples for a penny plus shipping)

I was so impressed with the Lumiere fase base formulas samples I ordered – Veena Velvet and Flawless Face, that I ordered them in full size, along with Cashmere, even though I hadn’t tried it.

Lumiere Cosmetics Cashmere Face Base in Light Golden

Ingredients from Lumiere’s website

Cashmere Foundation:
silk powder, serecite (colorless mica), titanium dioxide, zinc oxide, boron nitride, iron oxides

This is quality stuff. I’ve tried LOTS of mineral brands, and I think this by far is my favorite. The Cashmere formula is soft, easy to apply, does not fade or pool, and evens out my flush and hyper-pigmentation without making me look made up. It’s perfect foundation for a natural look when I don’t want to look like I’m wearing foundation. It’s also perfect for when I’m in a rush – I just swipe, swipe swipe the base over my face with a brush and I’m good to go.

Packed on so you can see the smooth texture

I highly recommend that you try Lumiere Cosmetics face base! It’s really easy to find a color match (I use Light Golden ), and the sample baggies last quite a few uses so you can give it a thorough road test.


Wendy

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Wendy

Face of the Day

Today I went to the movies. I didn’t want to wear too much makeup since I walked there and back, ~6 miles total in 90-degree weather. It’s October! When is autumn going to start??

Just a few products today

This is the first time I’ve used Aromaleigh foundation. I’m going to finish the sample before I write a review on it, but so far so GREAT.

One of my favorite blush/lips combinations is Everyday Minerals Snuggle and Eyeko’s Strawberry Fat Balm. They make me look bright, awake, and dare I say it…youthful. Unfortunately, both Eyeko and Everyday Minerals seem to have been re-branded since I purchased these items. Eyeko now only sells mascara, and Everyday Minerals changed their formulas…so I’ll just enjoy the items I have now. Snuggle blush should be easy enough to replace, but I’m not looking forward to the day I run out of my Fat Balm!


Wendy

Product Review – Lash M 3-in-1 Eye Bright

I’ve been using Lash M 3-in-1 Eye Bright for the last few weeks. Thanks to Meg’s Makeup for sending this to me in a recent gift package!

  • I like the icy, tingly feeling I get under my eyes when I apply this. I actually use it in the morning too – although the directions say to use it at night – because it makes me feel a bit more awake. I can’t find the ingredients on the Lash M website so I’m not sure what’s in there for that tingle.
  • The texture is a little bit sticky, so I have to put a moisturizer on top of it, lest my skin fold over and stick to itself when I lie down to sleep. The last thing I need in that area is another wrinkle.
  • I haven’t noticed that my panda circles have diminished, nor do I feel like it’s a good moisturizer
  • Finally – the cream squirts out of the container rather indiscriminately, and with that white-ish color…that’s just unfortunate.
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Go on, tell me this doesn’t make you blush and giggle a little bit

I don’t think I would repurchase this. This might work for women who don’t have serious under-eye circles or wrinkling problems, but I need something a little more heavy-duty and with some slip.


Wendy