Derivation of the title = I'm a dork. "Mine Are Real" are all words that can be made from the word "mineral" hehe. It also emphasizes the natural products I'm using today. I wanted to do a FOTD using my ELF Mineral goodies I ordered. After dealing with cakey oily liquid foundations all summer, I decided it's probably better to try pampering my skin with the good stuff for a while. Given, ELF may not be the best mineral makeup in the world, but it's all paraben-free and works just as well as the Everyday Minerals I've tried in the past.
I will do a thorough review on these later with swatches. For the most part, I was afraid they would be too light after all summer. I was pleasantly surprised at how well it blended into my skintone. The only problem I noticed right away was the drying and flaking I got on the skin between my nose and cheeks. I'm sure once my skin stops trumping the Sahara Desert, it will be okay. It could also just be that I put on too many layers of boosters and concealer. These minerals made my skin feel so supple and soft and made my pores vanish. My skin feels awesome and like it's barely wearing makeup at all.
No matter how much concealer I used though, the powder just wouldn't cover up dark acne scars, so I suggest using something heavier to conceal. I just wanted to show the coverage power of these mineral products alone, so you will still see some of my blemishes. I skipped heavy eyeliner, mascara, and left my brows not filled-in for utmost au naturale. No matter, my skin looks quite nice in flash photos. However, in person, the powder coverage is quite light and won't really cover my dark blue veins or spots fully.
I am so in love with these Mineral Eyeshadows! They are so pigmented with super fine shimmer and so blendable. They have matte ones available but I love me some bedazzlin' hahaha. I just applied a little bit and the colours already show amazingly. I'm sure with wet application these will turn out even prettier.
I love the lipgloss too. It's Michael Todd Creme Glace in Disco sent to me in a love package by the sweet Nikki : ) I love it so much! I look like a freak show if I wear bright reds or barbie pinks, so I'm actually really lucky to be able to pull off a dark plum vampy colour. I only dabbed on a little bit and blended it out so it looks more berry. With full coverage, the colour is wayyy darker. I will be sure to feature Nikki's love package and more of the lipgloss later :D
Products used (EM = ELF Mineral):
EM SPF 15 Foundation in Light
EM SPF 15 Concealer in Light
EM Blemish Kit in Clear
EM Mineral Booster in Sheer
EM Blush in Plum
EM E/S in Confident all over lid
EM E/S in Socialite on outer V
Applied with ELF Mineral Blemish Brush, ELF Studio Contour Brush,
ELF Studio Kabuki Brush, ELF C Eyeshadow Brush
ELF Brightening Eye Liner in Black to tightline
Michael Todd Creme Glace Lipgloss in Disco,
lightly dotted on and blended (thank you so much Nikki!)
Please refrain from using flash photography during the performance. It blinds the poor kids on the stage. Flash photography is to be used for camwhoring purposes only. (At least the first part was always put in the programs for orchestra concerts haha). Basically, all these photos are taken with flash.
Excuse the bloodshot eyes and crappy eyeliner. Look at that shine power!
I love the glow this mineral powder gives your skin. No highlighter, can you believe it?
One of my favourites:
I love my skunk brush :D It's only $3 USD ($1.50 is what I paid for it fu fu fu)
In lamp lighting:
Last but not least, I give you ... Mineral Metropolis! Hahaha I was bored and made a stack with all the packages of mineral makeup I hauled this time. Imposing, eh? All this for about $30 USD shipped. Not bad! It should last me a longggg time and improve my skin in the meantime.
P.S. Can you believe it's already August!? I'm dreading my MCAT exam in 4 days but I'm sooo pumped for finally deserving my relaxation and frolicking in the sun before starting an awesome new school year. I'm ready to learn all about BRAINSSS (I wish I were a Zombie major - that would be so legit) in my Neuroscience courses and get some volunteering on at the hospital. I have high hopes! What do you have planned for this month? Hopefully tons of fun in the sun~ :D