bareMinerals Original Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 15

Hi everyone! I wanted to review my current foundation, the bareMinerals Original Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 15 ($28.50, 0.28oz). I’ve been using it everyday since I bought it back in March and it’s become one of my favorite foundations. I heard so much about this product for years and after using one of my friend’s, I knew I had to purchase it.

This is a loose mineral powder foundation with a  dewy finish. Bare Escentuals claims it’s “clinically proven to promote clearer, healthier-looking skin” and since it has no “parabens, binders, fillers, or synthetic chemicals,” it makes this foundation perfect for those with sensitive skin like myself.

bare minerals before after

This foundation feels lightweight and has great coverage for an everyday foundation. A lot of my redness wasn’t captured in the before photo but this foundation is really good at covering skin discoloration/unevenness/redness. I don’t consider this a full coverage foundation though so it is a good idea to double up with concealer if you have more problematic areas. I use the shade golden-medium and although it’s a tad light for me right now, I love that I finally found a foundation with an undertone that I don’t find too pink for my yellow undertone.

I’ve mentioned this in my previous blog post but I have combination skin and in the summer, my T-zone gets even more oily. I purchased this foundation back in March when my face was drier, so this foundation looked great for about 5 hours before I thought I needed to blot my face. Now that it’s summer though, this foundation doesn’t stay on for as long and it becomes very wet looking within 2-3 hours. It doesn’t look bad, but it could use a touchup. However for the price, I still love this foundation! I only own one Bare Minerals product (this foundation) but can’t wait to try more — I’ve been eyeing a lot of their products.

I use the Real Technique’s expert face brush to apply this foundation and I love this brush (it’s cheap and super soft). It’s perfect for buffing the foundation into my skin. I tap the product onto the lid, then really swirl my brush in the lid before applying. To ensure even coverage and no patchiness,  I don’t use a heavy hand when swirling the brush onto my skin. That way, the product isn’t concentrated in one area of the face.

bare minerals golden medium

Is it worth it? Yes! I’ll definitely be repurchasing this foundation. I’ve been using this everyday since March and for its price, it exceeds my expectations and I have so much product left. Only downside is its lasting power on my combination skin (especially in the summer months), but perfect for the cooler months. I don’t recommend for oily skin, and for those with dry skin, this leaves your skin looking hydrated! I’ve put this on flaky, patchy areas and it didn’t make it look worse. Definitely give this foundation a try! 🙂

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Coconut Blueberry Muffins

Now that I’m all moved into my new house and don’t have someone cooking for me (or money to eat out for that matter), I’m always searching for easy, yummy recipes to try at home. Introducing my new favorite breakfast/snack recipe: amazing, easy, healthy coconut blueberry muffins. Omg you need to try these. I’ve been eating this everyday for breakfast (great with coffee) and as a snack whenever I need a pick me up.

My best friend’s mom actually introduced me to them and I’ve been hooked ever since. These muffins are packed with chia seeds, blueberries, coconut oil, and other greatness. White, bleached flour is really unhealthy but this recipe uses coconut flour so not only is it so much healthier, but it’s also gluten-free.

blueberry muffins

This recipe is from The Kitchen Table by Nutiva. I follow the recipe but I use less coconut oil and raw honey than suggested. I think it’s a healthier alternative and still tastes amazing. Although the recipe calls for coconut milk, I’ve just been using almond milk cause that’s what I have on hand. I’ve had both variations though and haven’t noticed that big of a difference since the coconut oil and flour gives the muffins its coconut flavor.

Also, feel free to try other berries too! I’ve put in blackberries and raspberries when I didn’t have enough blueberries. I’m not a huge fan of chocolate chips (esp. for breakfast) but that could also be a delicious alternative for chocolate fans!

There may seem like there’s a lot of batter left over for 12 muffins, but you can fill up the muffin tray all the way since the batter doesn’t rise too much. Since I live alone at the moment and am the only one eating them, I just store whatever I don’t eat and microwave when ready.

Ingredients

Ingredients: The recipe is linked above, I modified the ingredient measurements ever so slightly.

  • 1 cup coconut flour
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • about 1/4 cup raw honey
  • 1 cup coconut milk (or whatever milk you have)
  • 6 eggs
  • 4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil (is what the recipe says, I use probably 1/6 cup)
  • ¼ cup chia seeds
  • 1 cup blueberries

Seriously try them –  you won’t regret it! 🙂