Next month Bare Escentuals bareMinerals, a line primarily known for their mineral eyeshadows, blushes and foundations in loose form, presses further ahead into the world of pressed makeup within pans and compacts.
It begs the question: are you ready?
Last fall the line leapt into pressed powders, introducing a new family of eyeshadow duos and quads called Ready, and they’re expanding the Ready brood this spring with 13 new blushes and bronzers.
Using only natural colorants and the brand’s proprietary blend of positively-charged sea minerals, antioxidants and other ingredients known to deliver anti-aging benefits for softer, smoother skin, the Ready Blushes ($22 each) and Ready Bronzers ($24 each) might look like a powder, but they feel like a cream.
bareMinerals says they devised a way to press these products into a solid while preserving benefits normally lost through conventional methods. Using cold-pressed carrot oil for the bronzers and cold-pressed camellia flower oil for the blushes, the solids retain their shape, and the process doesn’t require other binders, fillers, parabens or harsh chemicals.
I’ve yet to really explore these new blushes and bronzers, but the blushes are supposed to swirl on softly for a naturally tinted look and build easily into a brighter flush, and the bronzers are supposed to simulate the effortless glow of an afternoon spent soaking up the sun.
Yes, please. I like.
Here’s a brief look at three of the 10 new Ready blushes and two of the three bronzers. Full reviews coming soon.
Ready Blush in The Faux Pas
Ready Blush in The Indecent Proposal
Ready Blush in The Secret’s Out
Ready Bronzer in The High Dive
Ready Bronzer in The Skinny Dip
Ready Blush swatches from the left: The Indecent Proposal, The Secret’s Out and The Faux Pas
Ready Bronzer swatches from the left: The High Dive and The Skinny Dip
So far, so good. I haven’t spent enough time exploring these yet, but based on the time I’ve spent swatching, they seem fairly pigmented, and certainly feel soft. And I really like the finish, which is mostly matte but has a faint sheen.
Look for the new Ready blushes and bronzers this March, when they arrive at Bare Escentuals Boutiques and bareescentuals.com, and also on counters at Sephora, Sephora inside JC Penney, Ulta, Macyâ€™s, Dillards and Nordstrom stores.
The 10-minute timer trick
Happy, happy Friday! I can taste the weekend already.
In other news, I’ve been having a hard time focusing all week long. I keep getting distracted by — everything — iTunes, Twitter, Tabs, Wikipedia, Google News, Sephora.com…
Kind of annoying, and it gets worse whenever I have a ton of stuff to do.
The only thing that’s helped at all this week has been my good ol’ digital watch timer.
I think I’ve talked about this before, but what I do is set the watch to count down from 10 minutes, and then use that time to focus on a single task. No distractions allowed.
Whether I’m cleaning the kitchen counters or sorting through my inbox, if I can intensely concentrate on one thing, even it it’s just for 10 minutes at a time, at least that’s better than nothing.
What about you? Do you have any trusted concentration tricks?
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,