Before I begin, I wish to point out two things.

One, I do not wear makeup everyday. Or every other day. Frankly, I only bother with it when I want to look "pretty" or when I'm about to meet up with strangers or people I don't know very well. Part of that whole putting your best foot (or face, in this case) forward thing, I think.

Two, while I am by no means hideous (other than in my own mind when I'm staring at pictures of me taken sans makeup in 100 plus degree weather while I'm climbing through the tiny corridors of a submarine and looking like I'm about to seriously fall dead from a heart attack... and yes, that is a rather specific example), I do have Rosacea - which has become worse as I've aged - and large freckles and yellow patches under my eyes, etc. All those things that add up to randomly blotchy, not terribly healthy looking skin tone.

I've learned to live with my blotchy face most of the time (Seriously, who has time to put on makeup before going to Wal-Mart?) but every once in awhile it would be nice to look... nicer.

I used to just slap on some Cover Girl liquid foundation, blush and all that, and call it fine. However, if you're like me, enough foundation for coverage usually looks cakey and, since I have dry skin, it would also start to look flaky as the day went on. Especially around my nose.

So, someone suggested I try mineral makeup, which I had been interested in trying, but really didn't think I could afford.

To be totally truthful, getting started with a whole set of "necessities" is not a cheap investment. But, this stuff lasts awhile. A little jar of mineral makeup will last ages (unless you dump it out all over like a goober - not that I know from person experience or anything).

So, I started out rather tentatively with the Bare Escentuals area at my local Sephora (this was before the BE store moved into the mall). Now, I have accumulated the - still, rather small - collection of BE junk below.



SOoooo many pictures! )
Before I begin, I wish to point out two things.

One, I do not wear makeup everyday. Or every other day. Frankly, I only bother with it when I want to look "pretty" or when I'm about to meet up with strangers or people I don't know very well. Part of that whole putting your best foot (or face, in this case) forward thing, I think.

Two, while I am by no means hideous (other than in my own mind when I'm staring at pictures of me taken sans makeup in 100 plus degree weather while I'm climbing through the tiny corridors of a submarine and looking like I'm about to seriously fall dead from a heart attack... and yes, that is a rather specific example), I do have Rosacea - which has become worse as I've aged - and large freckles and yellow patches under my eyes, etc. All those things that add up to randomly blotchy, not terribly healthy looking skin tone.

I've learned to live with my blotchy face most of the time (Seriously, who has time to put on makeup before going to Wal-Mart?) but every once in awhile it would be nice to look... nicer.

I used to just slap on some Cover Girl liquid foundation, blush and all that, and call it fine. However, if you're like me, enough foundation for coverage usually looks cakey and, since I have dry skin, it would also start to look flaky as the day went on. Especially around my nose.

So, someone suggested I try mineral makeup, which I had been interested in trying, but really didn't think I could afford.

To be totally truthful, getting started with a whole set of "necessities" is not a cheap investment. But, this stuff lasts awhile. A little jar of mineral makeup will last ages (unless you dump it out all over like a goober - not that I know from person experience or anything).

So, I started out rather tentatively with the Bare Escentuals area at my local Sephora (this was before the BE store moved into the mall). Now, I have accumulated the - still, rather small - collection of BE junk below.



SOoooo many pictures! )
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