Soothe Acne & Blemish-Prone Skin Naturally

RareMinerals Active Soil Complex skin products line by bareMinerals soothes acne and blemish-prone skin without causing break-outs.  Their cleansers, treatments, and lotions are paraben-free and have no synthetic fragrances or artificial oils.  Ingredients include natural oils, extracts, tea, and vitamins such as: grape seed oil, roobios, avocado, honeysuckle, apricot, licorice, rosemary, oat, wheat, coffee extract, and Vitamins A, C, and E.  The ingredients help to soothe and heal acne and blemish-prone skin because they deliver vitamins and antioxidants non-synthetically-reducing the appearance of pores, rough texture, and redness.

MDM’s Recommendation: For best results, wash your face at least twice daily with bareMinerals Deep Cleansing Foam, pat dry and apply bareMinerals Purely Nourishing Moisturizer.  At night use bareMinerals Pure Transformation Night Treatment for skin regeneration and luminosity or bareMinerals Blemish Therapy on trouble spots to eliminate pimples and blackheads.   The deep cleanser and moisturizer are creamy, but not greasy so it helps to soothe skin inflammation without causing break-outs and adds moisture to common dry spots such as the forehead and around the eyes and nose, which is important for preventing wrinkles and crow’s feet.  The Blemish Therapy has sulfur which is a proven method for drying out and treating cystic acne.  And the Pure Transformation Night Treatment comes with a soft application brush for adding vitamins and soil minerals to the skin for a glowing complexion.


Also available at any Bare Escentuals Store, Sephora, Ulta, or QVC online!


Cracked Me Up!

Ulta®,  a store along the lines of Sephora but often with a hair salon, has more crackle nail polish for those of us still looking.

China Glaze Crackle Nail Laquer comes in 6 colors:  Lightening Bolt, Cracked Concrete, Black Mesh, Crushed Candy, Broken Hearted,  and Fault Line. $8.00 each.

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Hair Tinsel or Glam Strand–It's Hot! (DIY VIDEO)

Oprah wants  it and Beyoncé has it, and no matter what you call it,hair tinsel, hair glitz, or glam strand, it’s the newest hair trend for 2011.

What it is are tiny, individual, colorful strands of sparkling tinsel that can be added by simply tying it in a knot to a couple strands of hair. It may also be added into hair extensions.

Offered by Bella Via Hair Glitz (prices vary, $14.99 & up), Glam Strand, $6, and MarkdownMom’s favorite for selection and price, Hair Flairs, $10 pkg. of 100.

Click Here To Learn How To Apply Hair Tinsel Like A Pro→

Practice, Practice…Perfect!


The cosmetics manufacturers are turning out some remarkable products as you can tell from MarkdownMom’s recent posts.  In the 70’s, models started experimenting with makeup especially eyes–some of us were ahead of the crowd and the difference was taking the time to read articles and experiment.  Often you would get compliments, but back then a spectacular look depended upon not only cosmetics, but what facial beauty you came by naturally. 

Now with the advances by the cosmetic industry with user friendly products, everyone can enhance their advantages, diminish any conceived flaws, and attain not only a spectacular look, but a look that’s definitely yours.

One thing remains a constant however, you have to find the time to perfect the application of cosmetics, and that means finding the time in our hectic schedule to practice, practice, practice!  Now an innovative cosmetic company makes it possible to do that online.  In the virtual reality of the internet, pürminerals® has an online Virtual Looks Program where you can click and drag their eyeshadow colors to see what works with your eye color.  Plus sign-up for  email and get updates on the latest trends, makeup tips, and special deals  like free shipping on any purchase now until January 7, 2011.

 Combine colors, experiment and have fun–your new luck is just a click away.

How easy is that?

Grown-up Glitter: New Look For New Year

Sparkle Plenty is the name of the game for cosmetics this year as reported by GMA this morning. Naming the trend as “Glitter for Grownups”, expect lots of eyes and face cosmetics with glitter for the upcoming festive events. 

 Hard Candy comes in once again with its’  Liar, a black cream with gold flecks.  Corals and fuschia  in matte are new colors for the new year, and fuller lashes by applying them individually at the outer corners of the eyes. 

For tricks to creating the new look,  Click here for GMA’s Post→ 

PINK EYE(S) You Want

Hard Candy is a brand once owned by Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy and sold by Sephora.  Its’ sister cosmetic line is Urban Decay.  So with these credentials you expect quality, and you get it at its’ major distributor WalMart.  With artsy colors galore, one would think that this is perfect for the younger set, but any age that likes to notch it up, will have fun with this line.  MarkdownMom found one of its newest offerings that combines hot colors with fiber to create those full, edgy eyes. 

Hard Candy’s 1000 Lashes Fiber Mascara comes in Heart Throb Pink, Lush Green, Indigo Blue, Mermaid Teal, Purple, Brown, Black and Primer White.  MarkdownMom recommends the lighter colors for impact like the teal, pink, green unless you have light eyelashes.  Brush it on the tips of your lashes for a dual impact eye.  Buy at WalMart for $6.

For New Year’s Eve Eyes!

Nail Flash!

Not to keep obsessing on holiday nails, but as long as you’re getting your hair done for New Year’s Eve Regis Salons has a 2-fer deal on OPI Nail Polish, buy one and get the second one at 50% off–save $4.25.  That’s about $6.37 a bottle+ 1¢.

While supplies last, does not include sets.

Snap, Crackle A-n-n-d POP!!! (VIDEO)

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Okay, you dress to the nines for the holidays, right?  How about dressing so that you sparkle down to your fingertips?  Now you can create super glitzy nails to match your sequin top. 

BYS Complete Cosmetics has a black overlay you put on your nails that will crack revealing your polish underneath and the overall effect is pure bling!  You can buy it in a kit from Fashion afor $1  for $11.53 + sh.

Want the same effect closer to home? Wait for OPI’s Black Shatter coming out in January 2011.  Or try Barry M crackle top coat.

While we are talking about nail polish, Sephora is having A Sale On Sale .  Get an extra 20% off any sale item online.  Enter Promo Code:EXTRA at Checkout.

Get Snap, Crackle, and Pop Glam For The New Year!

Couture Nail Polish Under $6!

Even the large chain stores can’t beat the beauty prices at American Discount Beauty Supply on designer nail polish by OPI and Essie.  This includes the latest colors are offered at 33 1/3% off!   MarkdownMom’s Beauty Pick of the Week is the OPI Burlesque Little Teaser 4 pieces collectionon sale for $$11.00

And there is more.

Search for your favorite beauty product by name and find professional tools to designer pet care!  But like all bargain hunters be sure to factor in the shipping and handling.