Simple Vacation Makeup

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I love the summertime. With snow on the ground now, I know it will eventually get here.

My hubby and I live in a quiet, small town north of the city. It’s what you could call the “sticks”. We enjoy peaceful living most of the year, but come mid-May, the once empty lake homes become full, and the only traffic jam around here can be found on the lake.

It’s one of the reasons I choose to vacation in the winter or early spring.

Vacation is vacation, no matter when you choose to do it, right? It’s the time of year to reflect, relax, and recharge, and when you realize less really is more.

Makeup is the last thing I want to think about during vacation, and while I do wear it, I prefer to keep it super-simple, because wearing a full face of makeup is a lot of work, and work is something I promised to leave at the office.

And as I prepare for this year’s getaway in a couple of weeks, I’m making a list of what I really NEED right now, and thought I’d share it with you need a little help in what to pack. 

Simple Vacation Makeup. What Do Your Really Need?

When I think about which of my hundreds of products to pack, (it’s not really 100, but it could be pretty close), I ask myself what I really need, and then throw in a little extra for a special occasion.

This year, here’s what’s in my holiday makeup bag:

  • BB Cream  – This product is a must for me because it accomplishes 2 things; It evens out my ruddy skintone, and protects my skin with spf, saving me from having to apply a separate sunscreen.
  • Bronzer in Tahitian Bronze – I try to avoid the sun as much as possible, but a little bit of color on the cheeks, forehead and chin makes a great looking (and safe) tan.
  • Blush in Cozy – Sometimes I like a little pop of color with my bronzer. I love this shade because it is a bronzy mauve, and I can wear it as shadow too!
  • Eye Shadow – If I’m going out to dinner and want a little “pop” to my eyes, I bring a neutral shade with a bit of shimmer. My latest obsession is Romance.
  • Mascara – Because my bronzer and BB Cream can make my lashes look like they’ve completely disappeared, 1 coat brings my eyes back to life.
  • Lip Balm – Dry, cracked lips are no vacation. Plus, a great lip balm takes 10 years off your age? Yes, really.

Now, I want to know what your must-have products are when you head out on vacation? Get the conversation started by commenting below.


5 Makeup Mistakes That Make You Look Old

 makeup mistakes that make you look old

I find it comical that when I first started wearing makeup, I wanted to look just a little bit older. And, now that I’m older, I want to look a lot younger.  

Maybe this sounds all too familiar?

But, here’s the problem. In an effort to look younger, many of us over 40 end up making makeup mistakes that make us look olderYikes!

Today, I’m going to share 5 makeup mistakes that make you look old.

Mistake #1- Using black liner on your lower lashes

Guilty. I think I’ve used black eyeliner because I thought it was what I was supposed to do. But what I didn’t know is our eyes easily give away our age. Using black eyeliner not only draws attention to our age, it can also look a bit harsh. 

The fix: We need to create a softer focus around the eyes. We can do this beautifully by using white eyeliner on the lower water line (just above the last line.) White liner not only creates a softer look, it makes the eyes appear more open and awake.

Mistake #2- Using a traditional finishing powder

Typical finishing powders contain talc which dries out the skin and loves to settle in fine lines.

The fix: Using a mineral finishing powder instead of traditional powder covers shine beautifully without over-drying the skin and it’s silk-like consistency allows it to sit on top of our fine lines.

Mistake #3- Skipping a light reflective product

A matte finish is usually best for aging skin, but it can sometimes make the skin appear dry.

The fix: Using light reflective products like a luminizer or highlighter brings back the look of healthy, fresh, supple skin you had in your younger years.

Mistake #4- Skipping a Lip Liner

Lipstick worn without liner will eventually bleed over the natural lip line, settling into fine lines around the mouth. Enough said!

The fix: Lining your lips not only prevents lip color from spilling over, it also allows you to make your lips appear fuller when you outline the lips just above their natural line.

Mistake #5- Skipping a Moisturizer

You would think this would be a given, but, in our everyday hurriedness, it can be easy to skip this step.

The fix: As we age, our skin gradually loses its ability to retain moisture. This makes it more important than ever to replenish it.

Do you find yourself making any of these mistakes? Is there something you add to your routine to keep your skin looking younger? Share your secret in the comments below.

An Unexpected Remedy for Problem Skin (It’s Not What You Think)

KmS Mineral Essentials Complete Cover FoundationHave you ever noticed we live in a world of “I have to have it now”? 

Think about it. We get instant gratification with fast food, speedy internet, and the latest? And now, we no longer have to go to the doctor’s office when we’re sick. We can now “see” them in the comfort of our jammies at home!

We’ve become a very impatient society, and yes, myself included!

Don’t think so? Head to Hawaii and try going from point A to B in a hurry. The only road rage you’ll find on the island is when the rest of the world vacations there. The locals are never in a hurry. They know their destination will always be there no matter what time they arrive.

So what do Hawaii locals have to do with a remedy for problem skin? Everything!

Let me explain.

When consulting with our future customers, I ask them if they have ever worn mineral makeup before. Most often, those that have worn mineral makeup stopped using it because they thought it made them look too “powdery”, they were unhappy with the coverage, or the makeup didn’t last through the day like they expected.

I began noticing one thing in common with every reason. They quit using the makeup right of the bat when it didn’t give them the perfect, flawless looking finish they were expecting. They wanted instant results!

And why wouldn’t they expect a quick fix when they’ve been conditioned like the rest of us?

But realistically, there’s a price to pay to reach any worthy goal in life. If you’re serious about meeting that goal, you must be truly committed to doing whatever it takes to get there.

So the unexpected remedy for problem skin? It’s commitment. 

And commitment is that much easier when you get support from others along the way!

That’s what I love about what we do at KmS Mineral Essentials.

We don’t just present our makeup to our customers and send them on their way! We give them tools to help them get the most out of their products from step-by-step tutorials, to free consults for life. Because, what good is a great product if you don’t know how to use it? Are you ready to get committed? Tell me how we can help below!



How to Avoid 4 Common Mineral Makeup Mistakes

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So you’ve taken the leap and decided to wear mineral makeup. You’ve watched every how-to video and read every tip you can get your hands on but you’re still not getting the flawless finish you expected. 

Don’t be so hard on yourself! It’s totally normal to feel lost when learning how to apply mineral makeup because its dry application is a completely different animal. Today we’re going to talk about how to avoid 4 common mineral makeup mistakes.

Mistake #1- Your makeup finish looks “chalky” 

One of the biggest complaints for new mineral makeup wearers is a “powdery” or “chalky” looking makeup finish. The good news is that this mistake is easy to remedy! This type of finish happens when too much product is used when applying.

Solution: Less is More

A powdery finish is less likely to happen when you start with just a pinch of product. Don’t worry if you don’t get the coverage you want right away. Mineral makeup is “buidable”, so you can apply in layers until you get the type of coverage you want.

Tip: You don’t need to start over if it looks like you’ve applied too much. You can easily remove any extra powder by swiping your face with a clean powder brush around the area where makeup tends to settle; around the nose, brows, and ears.

Mistake #2- Your skin looks dry

Loose mineral makeup applies dry, so if your skin is dry before you apply your makeup, it will dry out even further after applying your makeup.

Solution: Create a moisture balance to your skin

No matter your skin type, it’s important to use a moisturizer before you apply your foundation. Be sure you are using the right moisturizer for your skin type.

Tip: You might also want to try a different formula of foundation that better meets the needs of dry skin like KmS Mineral Essentials Select Botanical Foundation.

Mistake #3- Your skin looks shiny

It doesn’t look shiny “healthy”, it looks shiny “oily”!

Solution: If your skin is combination or oily, use a finishing powder like KmS Mineral Essentials Perfect Finish Mineral Veil before and after applying your foundation to stop oily breakthrough.

Tip: If you still notice shine coming through, make sure your application brush gets a bath regularly so you’re not transferring bacteria back and forth.

Mistake #4- The shade is way off

It’s almost like it happened overnight. Your foundation shade looked just fine yesterday, and now it looks a shade lighter, darker, or even worse, orangey!  

Solution: If you live in a climate where seasons change drastically from cold to hot, you’ll most likely use 2 different shades of foundation; 1 for warmer weather and another for cooler temperatures. Why? Because you’re probably enjoying outdoor activities much more when it’s warm, exposing your skin to the sun which can darken your skin a shade or two. 

If your foundation looks “orange”, the PH level of your skin may have changed.

PH level measures how acidic or alkaline our skin is. These levels will change throughout our lifetime as we age, but becomes more common when our skin comes into contact with new skincare products, overexposure to the sun, and pollution from cigarette smoke and the environment. 

Foundation can turn orange when too much PH from the oil of our skin mixes with the pigment of the foundation shade and becomes oxidized. The quickest solution? Find a new foundation shade.

Have you ever made these mistakes? If not, what was your biggest frustration when learning how to use mineral makeup? Let’s get the conversation started below.