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You’re Over 40. Should You Stop Wearing Mineral Makeup?

Olive TreeYou’ve been wearing mineral makeup for years, but now you’re over 40, and wonder if it’s still the best choice for you and your skin.

It is. Here’s why.

Those that say you need to steer away from powder as you age are talking about traditional cosmetic powder, not mineral powder. And although they may look the same, they couldn’t be any more different! 

Traditional makeup powders that contain talc and cornstarch are heavy, and love to park in fine lines. And it’s chalk-like feel and finish makes you look years older. 100% mineral powder however weighs much less, and has a silk-like consistency which allows it to lay on top of fine lines instead of settling into them.

Bu,t as great as mineral makeup is, now that you’re over 40, you may find using a basic mineral makeup leaves your skin looking and feeling drier than it used to. That’s because as we age, our skin begins to loose its ability to retain moisture, which means we need to take extra measures to make sure our skin is properly moisture balanced. 

So, now what?

It’s time to consider making the switch to a formula like KmS Select Botanical, which was created to “lock in” moisture while botanical extracts nourish the skin, giving it a more youthful appearance.

But nourishing botanicals like Pomegranate and Olive Leaf, aren’t the only reason Select is a better choice for those of us over 40. Select also protects your skin from the damage of free radicals while boosting the skin’s cell production, resulting in a more youthful looking you!

I don’t know about you, but, I’ll take it! 

If you’re a mineral makeup wearer over 40, I’d love to know what changes (if any) you made to your skin care and makeup routine? Share your story in the comments below.

 

 

2 Ways To Get Radiant Looking Skin In the Fall

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Fall is such a beautiful time of year! For most of us, it means bright colored leaves, apple cider and comfy sweaters!

But, there’s a drawback to the Autumn season. Our skin becomes dry and dull. And, this doesn’t happen because it’s so much cooler outside, it happens because we turn the heat on inside, and as cozy as it may feel, it also dehydrates our skin. 

The good news is, you don’t have to settle for less than radiant looking skin no matter the weather! And,  today, we’re going to talk about 2 ways  to get radiant looking skin in the Fall.

Exfoliate

Our skin’s job every 3 days is to create new skin cells. Our job is to get rid of the old ones so new skin can show through. This is done when we use a facial scrub or microderm abrasion treatment 2 to 3 times a week.

Why is exfoliation so important? If you don’t exfoliate regularly, it’s impossible for your moisturizer to make it’s way through the dead skin to the new which is both a waste of 2 things we find rare these days; time and money.

So, when do you fit this into your routine? We recommend doing it in the evening. Because exfoliating can be abrasive, it leaves new skin  sensitive. Let it rest when you do. 

Switch Up Your Products

As the seasons change, so do  the needs of our skin. This sometimes means the products that worked for you during the summer might not cut it this time of year. You may find your skin might require more moisture during cooler months.

And, how do you know this? If your skin appears unusually dry and tight after using your cleanser, what you’re using may be too harsh for your skin. It might actually be stripping away the natural (good) oils it needs to stay plump and hydrated.

And your skincare products aren’t the only thing you should consider changing if you find your skin dry.

It may also be time to change your foundation, especially if you normally wear an oil control foundation. Dry skin loving options like KmS Mineral Perfecting BB Cream, or Select Botanical Anti-Aging Foundation were created specifically for dry skin and contain ingredients that prevent moisture loss.

How do you change your skincare routine this time of year?

 

5 Reasons Why Your Foundation Doesn’t Cover

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There’s nothing more frustrating than a foundation that doesn’t give good coverage but, before you assume the foundation itself is to blame, consider the top 5 reasons why your foundation doesn’t cover as well as you expect.

 

Reason #1- You’re Using the Wrong Shade or Undertone

You’re probably wondering what using the wrong shade have to do with getting great foundation coverage? How about EVERYTHING!

Because when we wear a shade or undertone that’s all wrong for us, any discoloration like brown spots or redness we try to cover can end up bleeding through our foundation much darker than it would otherwise. So how can you be sure if the shade or undertone you’re wearing fits? Click here to find out now.

Reason #2- You’re Expecting Too Much From a Bargain Brand

I’m all for saving money, and seriously, these days, who isn’t? But, while you might save money by using a bargain brand of foundation, you’ll most likely be sacrificing coverage, because most of these products have very little pigment, and great coverage requires quite a bit of pigment. Bottom line here is when it comes to foundation, you almost always get what you pay for.

Reason #3- You’re Being Unrealistic

There’s nothing wrong with wanting flawless looking coverage in a makeup. But thinking your makeup finish will look runway perfect or magazine flawless is completely unrealistic. It’s actually impossible really, that is without filters and a little photoshop. 

I found it refreshing a few years ago when A Celebrity Makeup Artist friend of mine, Stephen Dimmick told me that while he could make someone look next to flawless (outside of a cover shoot), he doesn’t do it because perfection lacks the look of personal character, meaning every mole, every birthmark, every skin tone tells a story. And it’s these differences that make us who we truly are.

Reason #4- You’re Not Using the Right Tools

Great coverage has a lot to do with the tools you use to apply it. Tools can be a combination of fingers, sponges and brushes. Imagine what a painting would look like if the painter didn’t use tools to perfect his work. The finished product would look flat, lack character and texture, and the same goes for flawless looking coverage.

Reason #5- You’re not Using the Right Technique 

You can have the perfect foundation and the perfect tools, but both are useless without the “know how” or technique needed to get great coverage. And the surprising thing is, although it sounds involved, it’s really not Rocket Science. The right technique is as simple as applying your foundation one layer at a time, incorporating a little concealer where needed, and taking the time to blend your makeup. Believe it or not, bad coverage most often happens because we’re in too much of a rush.

Slow down, girl!

Do you have any tips on how to get the best foundation coverage? Tell me all about it in the comments below.

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The Best Mineral Makeup; How to Find Yours

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With so many mineral makeup brands to choose from, (all off course claiming they’re the best), how do you really know which one is perfect for you?

Today I’m going to share the secret to finding the best mineral makeup and why you shouldn’t put your faith in product ratings, reviews and advertisements.

I know what you must be thinking. “So, now what??”

Let me explain.

While reviewing product ratings make complete sense when considering a product, remember this. Different people have different expectations. They may not be looking for the same things you are in a mineral makeup.

Someone might rate a mineral makeup 5 stars simply because it fits their budget, not because of its performance.  Then there might be someone else who just made the switch to mineral makeup, and instead of learning how to apply it the right way, rated it a 2 because they didn’t want to take the time to work with it.

How do either of those ratings help you? They don’t, and that’s why you can’t always trust them. Ratings don’t always give you the whole story.

Then there’s the product reviews. Can you trust them? Sometimes, but not always. Unfortunately, it’s all too easy for anyone to fake a product review on their own product. How can you be really be sure? You can’t. And if it’s really that easy to create a rating, it’s even easier to create a biased ad for a magazine.

Which brings us back to the only real way to find the mineral makeup perfect for you, and that’s to try it for yourself. Because only YOU know exactly what you want in a mineral makeup, and the bottom line is, you CAN trust you! 

Find a way to get your hands on a sample before you make that 1st purchase; preferably a sample you can work with 2-3 times. And, don’t be afraid to put it to the test! Take it to the gym, take it on vacation, take it everywhere you go!

And whatever you do, don’t settle. Because the right mineral makeup will cover well, last all day, while being super gentle to your skin. If what you’re using doesn’t do all that, it’s not the one for you!