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Advance Minerals makes color selection both fun and foolproof! Two beautiful color pallets are available with pre-selected tones that will give you some great combos for your daily routine. You can also start with an empty compact and customize to your hearts content. The lipsticks and lip glosses are gorgeous and give you endless combinations to enjoy. This is one of the most comfortable and lasting lipcolors I have worn.
One of my favorite and most versatile products in this line is the highlight cream. There is one in each compact and a 3rd available to order separately. This can be used as a traditional highlighter to add a soft glow to the high points on the face but it can also be used as a cream shadow on the eyes, or as a lip highlighter. The 3 color options are stunning.
To get Okay, so what if foundation and concealer didn't have to be the big cover up? Many of the foundations we wear to cover skin imperfections actually make them worse. If you find yourself applying more and more layers and feeling like you can't leave the house without your makeup then maybe its time to re-think everything that's going onto ( and into) your skin.
Parabens, silicones, synthetic fragrances, mineral oils etc. are just a few of the controversial ingredients used in cosmetics today. Some of these ingredients are endocrine disruptors, skin irritants, comedogenic and some are toxic to our bodies and the environments.
In the search for foundation and concealer that excluded harmful ingredients I found a lot of mediocrity. Most formulas were rated highly on the "safety scale" but the performance was just not there. There was no way as a makeup artist that I could promote a product that didn't go on well and stay on well.
Advanced Minerals was the perfect fit. This product has a beautiful lasting airbrush finish as well as safe and healing formulations.
The liquid foundation comes in 7 self adjusting formulas making it easy to get a good match and versatile for my clients as they go through the seasons. The product is anti microbial, anti inflammatory, light weight and long lasting. It won't clog pores and is perfect for sensitive skin. No dyes, perfumes, talc, mineral oil or parabens.
Loose and pressed powders can be used alone or with the liquid and contain the same great resume as the liquid foundation. They are build-able and blend-able with a beautiful light diffusing technology. All of AM Foundations and powders contain natural sunscreen. The pigments are very finely milled and won't give you that bounce back white face in a photo and they won't settle accentuate fine lines.
The perfecting concealer works beautifully as an under eye or blemish cover up as well as a primer for your eye shadows. Using a light and dark concealer can give you the ability to contour like the pros! Secret ingredients? Grapeseed oil, vitamin E and shea butter that hydrate your skin. It won't clog pores and won't settle into fine lines but it will stay put all day!
Interested in trying any of these formulas? Schedule a FREE makeup lesson in March at Image Insight. You can also attend our Shake Up Your Makeup Class on March 30. Click on Schedule Now to book.
This product has shown up on my Facebook account many times and I passed it by without much thought. When I received an invite from my dear friend Stacey I popped in to take a quick look. Stacey has been supportive of all of my previous endeavors and I thought I add least owed it to her to take a peek at her online party. I clicked "yes" or whatever it is that you click to agree to attend the party, without actually having to leave your home ( this is a big plus ) and the fun started. The Jam consultant did a great job engaging those in attendance over the 2 week course of the "party". Fun games, cute pics and informative posts gradually popped up, increasing my intrigue about trying this potential solution to keeping my nails cute and trendy without spending a fortune at the nail salon. Once I visited the website I was seriously hooked! There is just something about mixing colors and patterns that completely rocks my world. Never able to walk away from a deal, the "buy 3 get one free" seemed like the best way to go and I ordered 4 sets of Jams.
When my order arrived I couldn't wait to try them. The multiple videos circulating You Tube provided much needed instruction and support and armed with that knowledge I went to work on my nails. I should mention here that I am totally nail challenged. A careful polish application lasts approximately 4 seconds- mostly because I can never sit still long enough to let them dry. Once dry I am lucky to get 12 hours in without chipping at least 3 of them. Professional gel nails, the kind that should make it 2 full weeks is lucky to survive 8 days and I find getting it off a nightmare that leaves my nails dry, brittle and peeling. SO, it wouldn't be too hard to improve on my nail history and I jumped in with eager anticipation.
As with all things in my life it needs to be learned the hard way. I had ordered a festive collection that in hindsight was actually for "juniors". My nails are small but not that small and there were only a few that fit me. BUT they were so cute! Should have read the fine print! Remember my obsession with mixed prints? I enjoyed them for a couple of days before they peeled off and went back to you tube searching for solutions to preventing them from lifting at the tips.
The next week I went in for round two! As you can see I was prepared to do it right this time. I added OPI's Chip Skip to the regimen to balance the ph of my nails and hopefully control any oils that were breaking down the glue. The entire process took just over one episode of Gilmore Girls on Netflix and was fun and relaxing. Translate- about an hour. With no drying time required I don't mind a little longer to apply since I can jump back into life as soon as they are in place. Look at how adorable this pattern is! Perfect for a night out wearing my Blue Jumpsuit at a March of Dimes Fundraiser and transitioned into casual weekend wear beautifully!
The next day there was some lifting at the tips which I resolved with heat and pressure to secure the glue. Apparently my nails are very curved which complicates the application. I enjoyed wearing these for 4 full days- certainly better than my previous record of 4 seconds. Cleaning the carpets on Monday morning did them in- most likely the carpet cleaner contains a solvent. In retrospect I should have worn gloves for that project. ( still learning everything the hard way!)
So here are my final thoughts on this product line:
An amazing assortment of patterns and colors. The possibilities are endless and for someone like me, possibly addicting.
Price point: At only $15/ sheet that should do at least 1-2 mani-pedi combinations, along with the buy 3 get one free deal these are very affordable. More than most nail polishes but way less than salon prices.
Fairly easy application with NO drying time. Love that aspect!
The Not so Good:
Application issues. Although fairly straightforward it was a little time consuming and getting them on without lifting edges or bubbles was a challenge for me. Remember that I am nail challenged and learn everything the hard way so I will keep trying.
Endurance. The claim is that these nails will last for 2 weeks. At this point my efforts have not brought about this result.
Will I buy them again?
Yes! I think for a fun pedicure and or accent nails these are perfect! I will use them for special occasions and/or when I know that I will be doing makeup and my hands will be in photographs.
Jamberrys can be easily ordered online. Go to www.jamberry.com to find a consultant near you or order from my consultant Taylor, she was wonderful to work with.
This review is my honest opinion. I purchased the products on my own and did not receive any compensation for this blog.
It’s been an entire week of “science experiments” here at Image Insight as we work the airbrush products and techniques into our makeover systems. We have played with every combination of primers, concealers and fixing sprays to find the best “recipe” for the perfect finish! Just like traditional foundation airbrush makeup looks and lasts it’s best when the skin is prepped appropriately. We were impressed with the Temptu S/B foundations and have already ordered a backup supply in our favorite colors. We are very excited to now offer this option to our clients along with traditional color and foundation application. A special thank you to our new friends and Kara and Lea who not only subjected themselves to the learning process but offered great feedback along the way!!
Meet the Artist
Hi, I'm Trish, owner and Lead MU artist at Image Insight. I love all things pretty and enjoy sharing them with you on this blog!