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I have recently got into the whole Bare Minerals range. I have to admit I do get a bit carried away when I like something and spend hour strawling the internet making up wish lists! When I was looking into the Bare Minerals range, I came across something called 'Glee' (very of the moment) and it claimed to give your complexion a boost and a healthy glow which lasts all day and is 100% natural. It immediately appealed to me as I am incredibly pale and always want to give my face a boost, and liven it up a bit! I gave it a go, even though I didn't know what to expect, I didn't know how it would give my skin a boost without leaving my whole face sparkly or orange, neither of which I wanted! I had faith in the other Bare Minerals products as I really liked them so I knew it wasn't too big a risk!
The product comes in a small shallow tub, with a screw on and off lid, the lid is matt black with minimal writing on it, very basic and classy. Due to the lids texture it does get dirty quite easily, spare powder seems to just stick to it, so appearances don't stay as expected for long.
The powder is pale pink, it does look too dark for an all over product but don't let that alarm you. In the tub is a sieve which sits half way down it. This prevents all the product coming out at once, which is good if you end up dropping it or have butter fingers like me!
It is very important to only apply a tiny amount of the powder. After quite a lot of practise I have learn the best way to do it is to get a very large bristled brush which is very soft and apply a tiny amount of the powder to cover a wide amount of bristles and just dust it evenly all over the face. I even apply it to my forehead, even though I don't apply foundation that high up.
The powder gives a real lift to your face. It is not really obvious, and glaring, but it is a subtle boost to foundation that gives you a softer face with an incredibly subtle shimmer.
I dont think it is the sort of thing I will wear every day, as it does make oyu feel very made up and it's just not my style to go out to work in FULL make up, but I will be wearing this in evenings and weekends.
A really nice confidence boosting touch!
About Bare Escentuals
Bare Escentuals BareMinerals is brought to you by a company called Cosmeceuticals, who also own the likes of Skin Doctors, MD Formulations, Vitage and many other brands but those being the most well known and popular.
Bare Escentuals first of all introuduced their BareMinerals SPF 15 Foundation in 1976, since then Bare Escentuals has created creamy, feather-light color for all over your face, cheeks and eyes. They have a complete line of loose, powder-like products which are 100% pure BareMinerals.
All BareMinerals products are made from 100% pure minerals and only use only the finest ingredients in their products. BareMinerals make up mostly comes in powder form and these are made with crushed minerals from the earth, 100% pure bareMinerals is free of preservatives, talc, oil, fragrance and other potential skin irritants; is free of fillers and binders; is weightless; provides adjustable coverage - from light to full and will improve the condition of the skin over time. BareMinerals products are suitable for all ages and skin types and conditions and BareMinerals can be particularly beneficial to those who suffer with skin sensitivities, allergies, scars, blemishes, rosacea, wrinkles and pigmentation problems such as vitaligo and chloasma - a condition suffered by many pregnant ladies. BareMinerals acts as a physical, safe, non chemical block against the sun's harmful rays and many of their face products contain SPF15, which is recommended by the Skin Cancer Foundation. BareMinerals is actually good for your skin as they contain calming and soothing ingredients making them perfect to use when your skin is really sensitive. BareMinerals slogan is "so pure, you can sleep in it" and this really is true.
Although BareMinerals make up has been around since 1976 it is only in the last few years it has become more well known, and it still isn't as widely known about as it should be. It is America's number 1 selling foundation and also the number 1 mineral make up brand in the world, proving that it must be good. It is slowly coming into more salons and getting more of the deserved publicity it should in the UK. Quite a few salons, I have found mainly in the Midlands stock BareMinerals, and the salon I work in does also, and has done for several years - the customers love it! Since using Bare Escentuals make up on my face, I would never use anything else and I know alot of customers feel the same. I think it is the best make up out there by far.
BareMinerals all over face colours are all year round complexion boosters that infuse radiant light into your skin so it looks like its coming from within. You can buff on the soft and versatile colour as a highlighter, blush, cheek contour, eyeshadow or even lip colour. Wear them alone or with other make up. Glee gives a fantastic natural looking rosy tint to your skin. It is the best loved, all over face colour and it brightens all skin tones for a flushed natural look.
Glee comes in the form of a powder but it's not actually a powder. It feels like a cream and buffs onto your face like silk, providing your skin with a natural and flawless look.
Use & Effects
It is recommended that you use Bare Escentuals Taper Blush Brush when applying True to your skin. I would actually agree with this, as I do find it makes a real difference and maximises the effect on your skin. After you have applied your foundation, and I would really recommend using BareMinerals SPF Foundation, it is the same texture and consistency as Glee and the two products work fantastically together, but if you don't want to use this, you can still use it ontop of other foundations too but you must note you won't recieve the full benefits of the mineral contents as your other foundation will contain nasty ingredients.
To apply Glee, first of all swirl the brush inside the lid, absorbing a small amount of BareMinerals onto your brush, tap to remove the excess and then buff the powder onto your skin or onto the apple of your cheeks. You can apply as much as you like, but it is best to apply a small amount and add to it if you feel necessary. In the day I would just apply Glee to the apple of my cheeks to give my face some colour and in the evening I tend to apply as an all over face colour as it provides a fuller, deeper coverage ontop of my foundation. You can use it ontop of foundation or even alone to give your complexion a boost and light coverage. You can also use Glee on your lip to give a bit of natural colour. Before applying lipstick and lip liner, dab the blush with your finger over freshly moisturised lips. There is also a video on Bare Escentuals website showing you how to use the product, the demo is of the foundation, but you apply True the same, I thought it might be quite useful for some people to see it actually been done, as I know it helped me - http://www.bareminerals.co.uk/?page=howto.
Glee is the perfect natural rosy glow and it blends in perfectly to your skintone. Glee really makes a difference to the colour of your skin, you only need a small amout and it perfectly highlights your good features on your face, giving you a natural glow. It doesn't cling to your skin and look cakey, instead it looks even, smooth and natural. You don't end up with a line between your face and neck like you do with a lot of make ups, providing more reason for Glee to look so natural on your skin. It also does not transfer onto clothes, so you don't have to worry about transferring it onto your boyfriends clothes! When you use Glee with BareMinerals SPF Foundation, the foundation gives you a smooth, even and perfect canvas, so it looks like you are applying Glee to your own perfect skin to give you some natural looking colour, it's fantastic. As Glee is so weightless, you cannot feel that you are wearing make up and it doesn't tighten your skin, especially as it all looks so natural and it just looks like you have perfect skin. I have recieved so many compliments about my make up and how perfect it always looks - it's all thanks to BareMinerals.
All BareMinerals products are suitable for all skin types - oily, dry, combination and sensitive as it has factors to suit all those skin types. As it is in a powder form it is great for oily skin, as it absorbs the excess oil without it showing, sticking and looking cakey on your skin. If your skin gets oily whilst on, you can just buff over and it absorbs the oil. Glee is a light weight feathery powder, which doesn't cling to your skin and doesn't highlight any dry patches, it glides over these areas and makes your skin look even and fresh. As it contains all natural mineral ingredients only it is suitable for sensitive skin, it doesn't contain any preservatives, talc, oil, fragrance and other potential skin irritants and is free of fillers and binders, which makes the perfect foundation for sensitive skin. I suffer from ecezma on my face and this is the only make up I can wear on it without it sticking to it and causing irritation and swelling. It also is fantastic for covering up any marks on your skin and patches of ecezma and such things, it doesn't cling to it and perfectly masks any marks, covering them up without you being able to see the make up on it.
BareMinerals cannot be compared to other mineral make ups that have recently come onto the market such as loreal, other products do not contain pure minerals, they still contain nasty ingredients so it's not good for your skin and they don't even look good on your skin either.
I find that a pot of Glee will last about a year with daily use, as you only need a small amount. It is easy to remove, you can use cleanser, make up remover or facial wipes. As it is pure minerals, Glee is actually okay to sleep in - it won't bring you out in spots as it allows your skin to breathe whilst on and does not clog your pores. Obviously it is best to sleep with no make up on whatsover, but if you forget or don't have anything to remove it with then it doesn't matter.
Price & Availability
Glee is £21.00 for a 1oz pot, which as I said lasts a year. It can also be purchased from any salon stocking BareMinerals products, from www.bareminerals.co.uk or from other websites. The Bare Escentuals Tapered Blush Brush I recommended for use with Glee costs £13.50, which is one of the cheaper BareMinerals brushes and it lasts forever, you don't have to replace it. It can be purchased from any of the places Glee can be purchased from.
BareMinerals is the best make up I have come across and I will never use any other products on my face. I would recommend this to anyone who has problems with their current make up and want to care for their skin. Glee gives a beautiful rosy yet natural looking glow to your face and instantly makes it look fresh. It is smooth, even and blends perfectly into your skin.
This all over face complexion booster gives your skin a beautiful healthy glow that lasts all day and looks 100% natural /