Bare Escentuals bareMinerals Holiday 2011 Swatches: This Box of Gems Has Things That Make You Glow

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“Calgon, take me away…”


I had one of those moments today, but my escort away from drama wasn’t Calgon. It was Bare Escentuals, with their new bareMinerals holiday collection of bright, shimmery colors in kits with names like Things That Make You Glow.

Today was a little challenging. It got off to a good start, but when Tabs found out that I’m heading out of town this weekend, he went ballistic, unleashing a litany of diva demands, all of which he wants met by the time I leave on Friday.

I finished the easy ones — making arrangements for his favorite pet sitter, bringing one of the zinnia plants in the house, programming the Tivo to record Cats 101 — but then it got tough. He also wants an XXL kitty ascot (has to be silk) and a two-day supply of organic, gluten-free, non-GMO gravy.

Yeah, that’s not gonna happen…

All I have to say is thank goodness for makeup. I would have lost my marbles today if it hadn’t been for Things That Make You Glow, Box of Gems and R.S.V.P. — a few of the kits in the big Bare Escentuals bareMinerals holiday collection.

“I refuse to look at you until you bring home my ascot…”

Things That Make You Glow

Eyecolors from the left: Aglow, Black Gold, Happiness, Overjoyed and Pamper

Eyecolors from the left: Pashmina Glimmer, Praise, Shangri-la, Utopia and Vivid

From the left: All Over Face Color in Glee Radiance, Blush in Chuckle, Multi-Tasking Eye in Well Rested, Gloss in Fruit Punch and Pretty Amazing Lip Color in Courage


From the left: Eyecolor in After Party, Blush in Celebration and Original SPF 25 Mineral Veil

From the left: Round the Clock Waterproof Eyeliner in 7pm, Prime TIme Primer Shadow in Golden Peach, Double-Ended Flawless Definition Mascara and Pretty Amazing Lipgloss in Rowdy

Box of Gems

Eyecolors from the left: Beam, Gem, Gleam, Glow and Incandescent

Eyecolors from the left: Jewel, Locket, Solitaire, Sparkling and Twinkle

Lipglosses from the left: Anglefood Cake, Apple Butter, Cranberry, Energy and Sprinkles

Buxom Lips from the left: Betty, Dani, Gabby and Sandy

Pretty colors, yeah? I really like those Eyecolors and glosses in Box of Gems. They’re giving me ideas for a few FOTDs…

What do ya think of these? What’s your favorite of the three kits among Box of Gems, Things That Make You Glow and R.S.V.P.?

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



P.S. Kinda random, but I had one of those “You know you’re a font freak” moments at Trader Joe’s earlier this week when I spotted this bag of roasted butternut squash risotto…

Love that scripty font…

I brought it home and made it for dinner last night. Turned out to be pretty good but not epic (I had it with a cup of TJ’s roasted corn soup). I like that it only required one pan and 10 minutes to prep, though. That part was pretty great. 🙂

P.P.S. If you happen to be in the Santa Monica area this weekend, come say hi! I’ll be speaking on a panel about beauty blogging on Sunday, 10/23, at an event called The Beauty Social. I would love to meet you.


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  1. Sherry says:

    Wish I could have come to meet you! Please come to the DC area sometime soon..we’d love to have ya!

  2. Samantha says:

    Aw nuts, wish I could be there. Next year I hope to be! … If I get into the college of my dreams!

  3. marisol says:

    Overjoyed and Pamper look gorgeous! Have fun in SoCal. Get your Pinkberry on.
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  4. gio says:

    Thanks for the swatches. Gem and Locket look gorgeous!
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  5. Molly says:

    These are pretty. I’m going to take a look at these in person. I think in terms of color and the swatches here, Things That Make You Glow appeals to me most.

    In reality of what I could and would wear, I want to look at Pashmina Glimmer eyeshadow, After Party eye color and Incandescent eye color.
    I’m also going to check out those Buxom lip gloss colors. Lately I’ve been getting away from sparkly glosses for more clear color but…I may change my mind.

  6. Krystal says:

    I can’t stop staring at Utopia (the Things That Make You Glow is my fave of the bunch). Sigh…why is my favorite one the most expensive?

  7. Vonvon says:

    Wow! What a swatch galore! Love Vivid and Utopia. And Courage lip color.
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  8. Karen4 says:

    I just got Things That Make You Glow in the mail the other day and I can’t wait to play with all of the beautiful colors! I see a lot of potential eye looks, and I’m eager to try the Pretty Amazing Lipcolor. I’m a NW20 with green eyes and copper red hair, so I think almost all of the colors in this box will go really well with my complexion. I am such a fan of BE!

  9. Sonya says:

    So many goodies and gems here! My early standouts are Utopia, Beam, and happiness!
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  10. Utopia made me gasp – what a gorgeous colour…and so pigmented, too!

    Hehe, Tabs is so funny. I like that caption: ““I refuse to look at you until you bring home my ascot…” 😛
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  11. Kim says:

    How exciting! I hope you have a great time. They’re going to love you! 🙂 Sadly, my only travel plans out west are to Phoenix next week.

    I really like the sparkle in Black Gold (naturally). I can only imagine the hot mess that would result if I tried it though. I’ve got to stick with my clinique cream shaper in black diamond. Pencil over loose powder any day for me! 🙂

    Oh, Tabs has some grumpy body language going on there. You’d better get on that ascot, stat! HAHA!

  12. Nina says:

    that lip colour in Courage is lovely!

    risotto — i cannot wait for TJs to finally come to my neckothewoods!

  13. Marian says:

    Box of Gems looks amazing. Have fun this weekend! Wish I could meet you!

  14. mn says:

    I really like Locket.

    Tabs, be careful not to annoy your assistant. Halloween is coming up and you just may get a humilating costume : P

  15. JenJ says:

    Happiness makes me happy 🙂

  16. kalcedon says:

    Utopia and Locket are big time love :).

  17. Joy says:

    Great! Your really getting popular and get invited to events like this. 🙂 keep it up!

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