While there are over 20 palettes from which to choose, The Hidden Agenda (pictured) is a standout. This combination features Stealth, an apricot chiffon, and Undercover, a glistening granite with soft plum undertones. Not your color duo of choice? We're also fans of The 15 Minutes, which features Page Six (a sandy-pink sheen) and Most Requested (a burgundy sparkle), two shades that will make any eye tone pop.
"We wanted to pick women based on what they stood for," Blodgett explained. "We thought, 'Are they people we want to spend time with? Do they have a voice, and do they have something to say?'" It all started with 271 women — a pool of models and actresses, (so how bad could the results really be?) — and an online questionnaire. To see more about how it all went down, just keep reading.
The brand, which opened its first store in Los Gatos, CA, and consists of a staff of about 90 percent female employees, has a great history. Want to learn more? Take the quiz to discover how CEO Leslie Blodgett and company got where they are today.Take the Quiz
Mineral makeup obsessives, take note: Bare Escentuals is celebrating its 35th anniversary, and to commemorate the event, they're spreading the love by offering 20 percent off all purchases today through Sunday, June 19. They're also offering up their Original SPF 15 Foundation ($25) in a limited-edition, blinged-out silver pot (which would look pretty sweet on your bathroom counter — just saying). You can use your discount on the Bare Escentuals site by using code LOVE at checkout or by printing it out and bringing it to your nearest BE boutique.
Mardi Gras is one of the few times of the year where excess reigns supreme. Besides Halloween, there's never a more perfect time than now to show off your adventurous spirit. From some beautifully tame options to some wilder, glimmery finds, here are five ways you can get your Mardi Gras on right now:
- With a royal purple eye shadow: The best part about Paula Dorf's Eye Color in Mardi Gras ($20) is that its flattering plum color will also look gorgeous the other 364 days of the year.
- With some flashy lashes: They're a bit kitschy, but once these metallic Mardi Gras false lashes ($13) hit your eyes, it'll feel so good.
- With sequined masks: Nothing screams Mardi Gras quite like a mask of green, gold, and purple, and these cat-eye masks ($3) fit the bill nicely.
- With a pleasing perfume holder: Dale Tiffany's swirly Mardi Gras perfume bottle ($63) is not just pretty to look at, but it would make an excellent gift/temporary booze container, too.
- With the a trifecta of New Orleans-inspired makeup: Bare Escentuals' Leslie Blodgett was inspired to create BareMinerals Where It's at: The Royal Treatment ($28) after visiting the Big Easy. The three-piece makeup kit comes with: King Eye Color, a peachy sheen; Crown Eye Color, a deep sea teal; and Lip Gloss in Beignet, and opal peach.
Prime Time is your standard evens-out-the-skin kind of formula, but what makes it different from the rest is that it's free from silicone, oil, or fragrance. Designed to be worn under Bare Escentals' ever-popular mineral foundation, I used it under liquid foundation and concealer, and had no problems with texture or pilling. Find out how it worked when you read more.
- The bouncy texture is unlike anything else I've tried. It's soft, spongy, and springy — not dry, not too moist.
- The color builds evenly. Apply it with your fingers for a more sheer wash of color, or use a brush for more intensity.
- The formula is paraben-free, if you're looking out for that sort of thing.
- It's lightweight, which is perfect when the weather is hot and humid.
- This stuff really does stay put. No budging, no creasing, and it's waterproof, too.
So, yeah. Kind of obsessed. Plus, I love that Bare Escentuals is donating $20,000 to Canine Companions for Independence, a nonprofit that matches free assistance dogs to people with disabilities. These shadows have just launched at Sephora, so if you try them, let me know if you're as smitten. I think you will be.