Mineral Lipstick – New Colors

Mineral Lipstick is a cosmetic product containing pigments, oils, waxes, and emollients that applies color, texture, and protection to the lips.  The use of lipstick dates back to ancient times. Lip coloring started to gain popularity in England in the 16th century. During the reign of Queen Elizabeth I bright red lips and a stark white face became very fashionable. By that time, lipstick was made from a blend of beeswax and red stains from plants. Only upper class women and male actors wore makeup.

Many varieties of lipstick exist, our formulas feature natural ingredients and waxes making our mineral lipsticks and silky smooth.

Ingredients: Organic Jojoba Oil, Organic Avocado Butter, Stearyl Palmitate, Candelilla Wax, Carnauba Wax, Organic Meadowfoam Seed Oil, Organic Castor Oil, Titanium Dioxide, Mica, Iron Oxide, Phenoxyethanol-SA, Vitamin E Tocopherol, Provitamin B5, Vitamin C L-Ascorbyl Palmitate.

Our $1.99 mineral lipstick samples are a great way to find your favorite natural color and provides 7-8 applications.  For more information or to view our color gallery please visit our mineral lipstick page at http://mineralpowderfoundations.com.

A Clean Makeup Brush is a Vital Part of Healthy Skin

Makeup is a simple and important daily ritual for many women. The most important tool for creating flawless look is the brush. Proper use of the brush will ensure a perfect look, however, what is often overlooked yet essential is to clean your brush regularly. A clean brush is not only important to your health, but it will also further enhace the appearence of your makeup, helping you achieve your best look.

Here’s an interesting poll conducted by allure.com (published in Allure Magazine – July 2011), 45% of women surveyed NEVER clean their makeup brushes! Most women don’t even realize their brushes do in fact need to be cleaned.

Keeping your makeup brush clean is a vital step to ensure hygiene and maintaining healthy skin. A dirty brush is full of bacteria, which transfers to your face causing breakouts, blemishes or even spreading infection. Bacteria will clog pores and lead to breakouts. Would you eat from a dirty dish? Absolutely not! The same applies to your cosmetic brush.

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It is very important to sanitize and disinfect makeup brushes, not only to obtain the best look possible, but to extend the life of your brush by preserving the life of the bristles. It’s best to clean your brushes once a week, but this realistically depends on how much or how often you use them.

The cleaning process takes only a short while and is easy:

A) Wet the bristles of the brush with warm water
B) Distribute an anti-bacterial soap or use a gentle bar soap (better without fragrance) and swirl the bristles of the brush in the soap. Use your fingers to massage the soap into the bristles. Repeat until you remove all traces of makeup.
C) Rinse the brush until the water runs completely clean of soap.
D) Pat the brushes dry with a clean cloth to remove any excess water. Be gentle to avoid breaking the bristles. Shape the brush while it’s still wet.
E) Finally let your brushes air dry to preserve their softness. For brushes with a long handle you can place them on a clean surface (such as a paper towel) or in a cup. For kabuki brushes simply place them on a flat surface.

Remember, cleaning your makeup brush is very important for the health and welfare of your skin and will keep your complexion free of additional blemishes and breakouts.

From mineral lipsticks, to natural cream concealers, blushes, bronzers, eyeliner pencils, mascara, brushes and more, Pura Bellezza has some of the best, long wearing minerals and natural makeup products available on the market today.

Mineral Makeup Truly Feels Like You’re Not Wearing Any Cosmetics

By Valerie Garner

As a cosmetologist, I wanted to share some of my findings/experience with you concerning natural mineral makeup.

Natural mineral makeup has been around a few years, but it seems the average person either hasn’t tried them, and many have never heard about them. Basically, they are various minerals crushed to a very fine powder and used as cosmetics. They are in a powdered type form.

The main properties of mineral makeup are gentleness, long lasting, pure, and many have almost a healing type of action to various skin conditions. Of course you will have to experiment to find which brands are your favorites.

Personally, I am hypothyroid which means I have super dry skin, alligator skin. Doesn’t matter what type of skin care products, etc. I use, I have flaky skin. All my life, no matter what makeup I used, it would be completely absorbed (thus disappearing) after about only 2-3 hours of wearing it. I was also very nervous about mineral makeup because with having super dry skin I avoid powders of all kinds, plus I was worried about it making the flakiness look even worse. I was SO stunned when I first started using mineral makeup on my own skin. The first thing I noticed was after 12 hours of wear, it was still there! No makeup has done that in my entire life. The other thing I noticed was it did not look flakey at all, but very fresh and light. Another benefit of mineral makeup is truly it feels like you are not wearing any cosmetics.

I also have the challenge now of rosacea (extreme redness due to intense facial flushing). I have found the brand Aromaleigh to be the best on my skin. It seems to be one of the gentlest of mineral cosmetics as far as foundations are concerned. They also carry a wonderful corrective color of green that you can use under the foundation. Green cancels red, which is why it works on rosacea skin to cover the redness, yet be very gentle at the same time. I tend to prefer Bare Esenctuals however for their blush & eyeshadow colors, they are very beautiful and perform so well.

Whatever brand you go for, here are a few tips for using it.

1. Usually less is better. They are very concentrated, so a little goes a long way. It’s common to use way too much at first. You can always add another light layer on top if you go too light at first.

2. Invest in some good quality brushes. They make all the difference in the world, be sure to gently wash them regularly.

3. If after using small amounts, with good quality brushes, things still don’t look right, or you’re not thrilled, next look at the possibility that you’re simply using the wrong shade. Sometimes it takes experimenting to find what shade is best for your skin. I found with Bare Esentuals, I wore a significantly darker foundation than I ever thought possible, yet it was the perfect shade for me.

4. Be sure to moisturize your skin preferably about a half an hour before applying mineral makeup.

5. Apply all your makeup except mascara & lipstick. Spritz a fine mist of water on your face, then finish your mascara and lipstick. I find this “sets” the makeup and gives a very fresh, young looking appearance.

6. Play with the colors and applications. You can use blush colors as eyeshadow. You can also brush on your lips, then apply some gloss over top.

7. The eyeshadows will tend to look shockingly stark when you first apply them. Don’t worry too much about that. After you apply the shadow, take a clean eyeshadow applicator and use it to blend and soften the colors. They will soften right down to the perfect hue in most cases.

Pura Bellezza also sells small samples very reasonably priced to try as well. Remember, a little goes a long way. Have fun trying this wonderful category of makeup.

Mineral Cosmetics vs Traditional Cosmetics

Mineral makeup has been around for more than thirty years. However, it is only recently that mineral cosmetics boomed into the beauty market.

What exactly is mineral makeup?
Mineral makeup or mineral cosmetics are products that are made up of all-natural, finely ground minerals that can be found in the earth. Unlike traditional makeup, this variety doesn’t contain chemicals, or any unnatural dyes and preservatives. Like traditional cosmetics, mineral cosmetics come in various forms and prices. However, the most popular among this kind of cosmetics, are the loose powder mineral foundations and mineral blushes. These powders are light and finely ground loose minerals that are used on the skin with a wide, fluffy brush.

What’s great about mineral cosmetics is they’re light, natural, and long-lasting. These effects cannot be duplicated by any other kind cosmetics. The main ingredients of mineral cosmetics are mica, zinc oxide, and titanium oxide.

Mineral Cosmetics vs Traditional Cosmetics
Mineral cosmetics, like any other kind of cosmetics, can cause skin problems. However, because it eliminates the irritants – like fragrances, binders, preservatives, and synthetic dyes – in traditional makeup, it can be milder and kinder to one’s skin. Because makeup sensitivity is usually caused by synthetic dyes, preservatives, and fragrances, any kind of makeup that doesn’t include these in its composition, also eliminates the problem.

Also, titanium-oxide and zinc oxide are both minerals that contain anti-inflammatory properties. So this kind of makeup has a calming effect on the skin, which is really important if you have skin problems like acne or rosacea. Mineral cosmetics are also non-comedogenic. This means that it doesn’t clog pores and doesn’t aggravate any acne condition that a person may have. It doesn’t also cause a flare-up as easily as other cosmetics can.

Another thing that’s great with mineral cosmetics is that it has a level of sun protection. Because of the two main ingredients previously mentioned, mineral cosmetics have a protective effect against the harmful rays of the sun. Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide are both ingredients found in traditional sunscreen. However, putting on mineral makeup doesn’t protect you completely. Thus, you need to put regular cream sunscreen under your makeup for maximum protective boost.

However, consumers need to know that not all mineral cosmetics are the same. Actually, they fall into two general types: first are those mineral cosmetics that go out of their way to take care not to use any kind of synthetics, like paraben preservatives and other fillers, so as to stay true to the first and primary intent of providing pure, mineral cosmetics; second are those that add some fillers, binders, colors, preservatives, and other chemicals into their mixture.

At Pura Bellezza we offer the best pure mineral makeup available at an affordable price. Our mineral foundations are completely non-comedogenic and fee of preservatives, bismuth, talc, dyes, parabens, carmine & fragrances. Our products are cruelty-free, no animal testing. Our minerals let your skin breathe and feel beautiful naturally.

How to Clean Your Face Naturally with Oil

Clear, glowing, dewy-looking skin, free of blackheads, pimples, cysts, and other imperfections seems to be an elusive goal. The booming skin care industry would have you believe the same with their claims of the need to rid your skin of oil completely and apply burning chemicals in order to avoid these imperfections. Modern society has been so strongly influenced by these marketing claims that some find themselves washing the delicate and easily-inflamed tissue of their facial skin with “grease cutting” or “antibacterial” dish and hand soap only to find that their skin condition worsens. The anxiety that rises when yet another pimple flares up or another painful lump begins forming beneath the skin sends many into overdrive in attempt to counter the impending damage, but does it ever work? Does the panicked scrubbing, disinfecting, and drying ever work? Why is it that if something works for a few days, or if you get lucky, a few weeks, the long term brings the blemishes back? The cycle seems endless. It’s exhausting. It’s painful. It’s embarrassing. It’s expensive!

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