Melanie Mills Gleam Radiant Dust review and swatches

Melanie Mills Radiant PowderMelanie Mills, the famous makeup artist known for her products that make you ‘gleam’, has a great loose powder option called Radiant Dust ($59). She sent the BIZ sample sizes of all four shades – Light Gold Dust, Rose Gold Dust, Bronze Gold Dust, and Deep Gold Dust. This powder compliments her acclaimed Gleam Body Radiance, one of my favorite self tanner/body moisturizers that I reviewed HERE.

Here are swatches of all four Radiant Dust shades:

starting from left:

starting from left: Rose Gold, Bronze Gold, Light Gold, Deep Gold

Rose Gold

Rose Gold

Light Gold

Light Gold

Bronze Gold

Bronze Gold

Deep Gold

Deep Gold

There are so many things you can do with these shimmering powders. I use them for an all-over sparkle in the summer and layer them over my Gleam Body Radiance for some mega glamour. Rose Gold and Light Gold are gorgeous highlighters. Bronze Gold and Deep Gold are excellent bronzers and blushes. All of the shades are super pretty as eyeshadows and when combined with some mixing medium they transform into gorgeous cream eyeshadows. The texture of the powders is incredibly soft and silky since these are moisturizing powders. They also have a yummy vanilla scent. Almost $60 seems like a lot to pay for loose powder, although while I have sample jars the regular jars look absolutely huge. My guess is a jar will last for a very, very long time.

left to right:

left to right:  Light Gold, Rose Gold, Bronze Gold, Deep Gold

What I love these for most is something that isn’t even beauty related. I use them as ‘sleeping powder’ for my youngest daughter. When she can’t sleep, I sprinkle one of the powders over her and she is magically comforted and goes right to sleep!  All the shades are beautiful. If you are a shimmer girl, you will absolutely love these.  – Lisa

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Powdering our noses the Painted Earth way

Painted Earth calls themselves Cosmetics from Nature for a good reason – all products are organic, non-toxic and natural. They don’t want us to trade our health for our beauty. They are especially known for their skincare but we’ve found that their cosmetics are pretty terrific and we want to share two of them with you today. You’ve hopefully already read about the Hint of Mint Lip Glosses that have Marcia smiling. Well we have more smiles for you with Magic Powder (it’s compelling just for the name!!) and a beautiful Silk Radiance Mineral High Lite Powder.


Mineral Silk Radiance Powder compact

Mineral Silk Radiance Powder compact

Mineral Silk Radiance Powder in Seychelles

Mineral Silk Radiance Powder in Seychelles

I’ve been lucky enough to use Painted Earth’s Mineral Silk Radiance Powder in the shade Seychelles ($34). Now some people like bronzer but I prefer a soft powder like this instead to give my face a healthy glow. I’m as pale as can be and in general I embrace my paleness but in the dead of winter especially there are days that I look like the dead of winter! This Mineral Silk Radiance Powder is made up of powders in shades of peach, cream, pink and a rosy lavender. These are soft shades that combine to give a beautiful soft glow on my face.

Mineral Silk Radiance Powder in Seychelles

Mineral Silk Radiance Powder in Seychelles

The powder contains great ingredients: Argan Oil to hydrate skin, Rice Silk to absorb excess shine, Multi-Mineral Complex from Painted Earth along with Vitamins A, C and E to help product skin from the environment. There is no talc in this powder and it’s mineral oil free.

After I’ve got my “face on” I love to take a big fluffy powder brush, sweep it over the powder and finish with it to set my makeup. It’s just enough to make me look alive while imparting a brightened look without ever looking powdery. This is just one of the many Painted Earth products that I’m thrilled to have.


This is one of the weirdest products I have ever tried. And I mean that in a good way!! Magic Powder ($39.95) is the strangest, neatest finishing powders ever.  It really is magical!

Magic Powder

Magic Powder

Painted Earth says, “it’s a powder that magically turns into moisture when it is applied to your face. A difference you can see and feel. The Mineral Difference drawn from natures wonders, formulated into an unparalleled line of mineral cosmetics resulting in a more natural, beautiful YOU!”

check out the magic inside

check out the magic inside

This loose powder – and it does look exactly like a loose powder – somehow turns into a cool sort of liquid when it hits your face. The powder is still there, it still absorbs oil and finishes your makeup – but it also hydrates and gives skin a pretty, youthful glow.

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looks like powder, feels like water!

I use this on my face and neck using a big powder fluff brush.  It’s perfect for days when I feel super dry thanks to indoor heating. I can’t wait for this summer because I know I am going to love that cool, moist feeling when it’s really hot out.

what's inside that makes it magic?

what’s inside that makes it magic?

I can’t figure out how they did it, but it really works. Magic Powder starts as a loose powder, then becomes cool hydration for your skin, then works as a finishing powder to complete your look. I keep expecting David Copperfield to pop up next to my vanity…

My Magic Powder FOD

My Magic Powder FOD – David Blaine loves this look!

Painted Earth’s products were created to give you a healthy, youthful glow, and their powders live up to our expectations.  Check out this great line for unique, interesting products that really work!

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Christina Choi and Le Metier de Beaute Face of the Day

christina choi FOD2

I used a combination of mostly Le Metier and Christina Choi products one day last week and I loved the results.  Here’s what I used:

For this face of the day, I used Le Metier de Beaute Classic Finish Foundation in V applied with a Beauty Blender. Next, I smoothed It Cosmetics Bye Bye Undereye Concealer under my eyes and on any dark or red areas.  After that, I applied Inglot Cream Blush in 81, followed by It Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores loose powder and It Cosmetics Hello Light Powder Illumizer, plus a little bit of Le Metier Sun Kissed Bronzer.

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Christina Choi Glitz & Glamour eyes

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On my eyes, I used Christina Choi Glitz and Glamour which I reviewed HERE.  I used Chandelier on the lid, then I used the Glamour cake liner dry on the crease.  I followed with Glitz on the crease and down onto the lid.  Then I wet the cake liner with Face Atelier Transforming Gel and lined my upper lid.  I used Make Up For Ever Kohl Liner in black on my waterline.

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I used the cake liner as an eyeshadow – love multitaskers!

I used my Joey Healy Brow Architect Stylo in Molasses for my eyebrows.



My LM/CC FOD…love acronyms!

Lips were Clarins 01 Bay Rose Lip Definer, Guerlain Levres Lips 02 gloss, and I used my Verge One Spiral Wand on my hair.  Wow, sounds like a lot of products, but it didn’t take long to apply and I was totally ready for my day.  I loved my combination of favorite go-to products, it’s always great when things turn out even better than you had hoped!  – Lisa

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Join the gold rush with Lush: Phoenix Rising, Sunny Side, and Lustre Dusting Powder

It seems like everyone has gold fever these days.  Every where you go there are signs proclaiming “Cash for Gold!”, and there are quite a few television shows about digging for gold, like Gold Rush Alaska.  And don’t forget Kanye, who always shows up somewhere talking about gold diggers!

If you love gold, and even want to bathe in it and wear it, you need to check out Lush.    Here are three of my favorite ‘gold’ items that give a gorgeous, expensive looking gleam!

Lush Phoenix Rising in package

Phoenix Rising ($6.95) is a simply stunning bath bomb.  The violet fizzy has gold woven throughout, and it looks amazing when it hits the water.

The scent is an intoxicating blend of orange and cinnamon that isn’t too strong.  It leaves your bath water a majestic purple that doesn’t stain the tub like you might assume it would.  I do, however, sometimes use an old clean knee-high nylon sock – I tie the bath bomb in it, and the nylon keeps the ‘floaty’ pieces together to make clean up a breeze.

The bath water is shot through with tiny golden shimmers that stays on your skin, leaving it moisturized and beautiful.

Lush Sunny Side Bubble Bar

Another Lush bath product that always cheers me up is Sunny Side Bubble Bar ($6.95).  Talk about bling!!  This is bling times a thousand. If Daffy Duck takes bubble baths this is what he uses for sure.  This beautiful bubble bar turns your bath water into molten gold, with nothing but swirls of shimmer and bubbles completely surrounding you.  The scent is not a very big one, it’s citrusy but definitely not the reason to buy this.  Buy this for the gold.

For a major gold experience, use a piece of a Phoenix Rising and a piece of a Sunny Side Bubble BarSunny Side is subtle enough to not compete with the scent in Phoenix Rising, and the combination of royal purple and major golden shimmer is just to die for!

Lush Lustre Dusting Powder

Finish off your golden look with Lustre Dusting Powder ($14.95).  Do you love the scent of jasmine?  If so, you are really going to LOVE this.

the magical ingredients

See the ingredients above – it’s the neatest feeling powder, it’s moisturizing probably thanks to the essential oils.

Lustre Dusting Powder swatch

The powder has a very sexy, sophisticated, gorgeous warm jasmine scent.  The shimmer makes you look thinner, which is always a good thing!  Use a big fluffy brush to apply, or you can sprinkle it into your hands, rub together then smooth on your chest, legs, and arms.  Make sure you wash your hands after, shimmery palms look pretty weird.  It looks flipping fantastic when paired with a faux tan.

Lustre Dusting Powder applied

Here it is on, and remember I put a large amount on for the photograph.  The shimmer is actually beautifully subtle, you don’t look like a disco ball unless you really go crazy when putting it on.

A fabulous way to get ready for a night out is to take a bling bubble bath with some Phoenix Rising and some Sunny Side, then after put on some Lustre Dusting Powder for a great scent and a sexy shimmer.  Join the ‘gold rush’, try these terrific Lush products and get your gleam on!!  – Lisa

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Lots of Youngblood news, plus Hi-Def Hydrating Mineral Perfecting Powder review

Youngblood is pretty popular around the BIZ lately, Marcia and I just can’t seem to get enough of it.  They have a brand new redesigned website that is really cool, and they just signed Tara Buck from ‘Trueblood’, ‘Justified’, and ‘Southland’ to be their spokesperson.  Here’s a quick look at the press release:

‘Tara says her introduction to Youngblood was “love at first try.”  As an advocate for animal welfare (she volunteers at the Amanda Foundation, a dog and cat rescue organization), Tara was particularly drawn to the brand’s stance against animal testing. “It’s great that Youngblood is a product that I can get behind and be proud to use,” she says.

Tara also can’t resist the look and feel of Youngblood makeup. “I get more compliments on my skin than I ever have in my life! And the glosses are the perfect texture. They are shiny, smooth, go on silky and not clumpy, which I love,” she explains.  Tara’s other must-haves include Lip Liner Pencil in Pout, Brow Artiste in Blonde, Hi-Definition Hydrating Mineral Perfecting Powder in Translucent, and Lipstick in new Tangelo (which she describes will be her “go-to color for Summer”).  “We are thrilled to have Tara helping promote the brand,” says Pauline Youngblood, founder and president of Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics. “She embodies much of what we stand for, making her a bona fide Youngblood gal!”

Great news for Youngblood, I can’t think of a more perfect celebrity spokesperson for this line.  And how cool that Tara loves three items we have already reviewed and loved:  Brow Artiste, Tangelo Lipstick, and today I am reviewing the Hi-Definition Mineral Perfecting Powder ($40).

I remember when I first saw Youngblood Cosmetics at the IMATS last year.  Our friend and fellow blogger Patty took me up to the line to show me the High Definition Hydrating Mineral Perfecting Powder ($40).  She said it was the smoothest, most beautiful powder that really evened out skin tone and gave a gorgeous glow to your skin.  I was impressed, but for some reason I got distracted and ended up buying one of their beautiful palettes instead.

Fast forward to a month ago when I was thrilled to receive Warmth from Youngblood.

It comes in a gorgeous black container that flips open to show a great mirror and a powder puff.  Take the puff out, and it looks like this:

You can use the puff in a pinch, but I think this powder is best applied with a large, fluffy powder brush.  The powder has an unbelievably fine texture, and it gives a pleasant cooling sensation when applied.  The powder gives your skin that hi-def airbrushed look, and it is terrific for keeping the ‘oilies’ and shiny nose syndrome at bay.

The powder has a feel to it that I’ve never before experienced, it almost feels sort of wet.  It doesn’t make your skin look dry and powdery, it makes it look and feel moist but not shiny.

The Warmth shade is perfect for those with medium to dark skin tone.  I swatched it pretty heavily above and it’s still hard to see, but I think the color would be too intense for someone with fair skin.  If you are a light-skinned lass like Marcia, then go for the Translucent color.

There’s a lot of truly exciting things happening at Youngblood Cosmetics, and so many great products to check out.  Be sure to put the High Definition Hydrating Mineral Perfecting Powder on your shopping list, it’s different from other loose powders and is a must-have!  – Lisa

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Mystery Make Up Bag: What’s inside Lisa’s bag?

I must admit, my makeup bag never stays the same.  I always have waaaay too much stuff in it, and I am constantly changing things out and rotating colors.  Here’s my latest bag, and it’s filled with most of the ‘regulars’ as well as a few ‘guest stars’ for the week.

Lisa's Mystery Make Up Bag

I love my make up bag, I think it’s so pretty with that sweet flower.  This was a special from Sephora, although I got this one as a gift from an amazing friend.  And you would not believe how much stuff I can cram in there:

I never realized how much I had jammed in there until I put it all together for the family photo!!

I always have some primers, loose powder, and concealer with me.  Here I have my favorite primer, Reviva Makeup Primer.  It’s perfect under any type of foundation.  I also have Eye Rescue, an eyelid primer from Make Me SmoothMMS quit carrying this a few years ago, but I totally stocked up before that happened.  It’s the best eyelid primer there is.  I also have a pot of concealer by Cinema Secrets for quick touch ups, and a little jar of Make Up For Ever HD Finishing Powder.

I always carry these two foundations with me, because both last forever and conceal any flaw without looking fake.  On the left is my trusty Dan Read Silver Screen Series Foundation, the best cream foundation ever.  On the right is a can of ERA everyday foundation by Classified Cosmetics.  This is a spray on foundation, remember how Carmindy used to use this on What Not to Wear?  It’s fantastic, quick, and easy.

For blush, I have my trusty Paula Dorf applicator which smooths out both foundation and blush.  I also have two Origins Pinch Your Cheeks liquid blushes, one in Raspberry and one in Coralberry.  These are flipping amazing – the best natural color that just doesn’t fade.  I also have a Suqqu powder blush in 02, which is a super pretty peachy/pink (I think was a gift from Lydia!).

Lately I have been using Dior Extase mascara, although this tube is just about ready for the trash.  I also always have one pencil liner and one brow liner with me.  In this bag, I have Make Up For Ever’s Gypsy Aqua Eyes pencil, the perfect matte brown, and a new addition to my bag, Senna’s Sketch-A-Brow.

I always have two eyeshadow palettes with me, one with cool colors and one with warm.  In this bag I have Kevyn Aucoin’s Palette #2, which never lets me down for an amazing cool eye look.  The black eyeshadow works as a great black eyeliner, and as you can see this is one palette where the applicators are actually fabulous and get a lot of use from me.  Next to it is a Shu Uemura Holiday Palette in Dignified Grace, with a gorgeous selection of warm colors plus a pretty peach blush.

And finally, my lip products.  These probably get the most rotation, I grab different lippies almost every day.  Here I have Armani Lipstick Mania 14, a sweet peachy-pink, then Lipstick Queen Butterfly Ball in Goodbye, a deep shimmery mauve, and then Armani Shine/Brilliant 13, a sheer medium pink.  My lip gloss is Le Metier Sweet Cream, which makes every color look even better.

Whew, that’s it!  I hope you enjoyed this quick peek into my make up bag – well, this week’s version anyway!  – Lisa

Fusion of Color – part 2

I’m back again with Fusion of Color.  This wonderful line has so much to offer that I needed two reviews to show you what I’m using from them. I’m going to tell you about some great lipglosses but I first need to start with a new line that Fusion of Color is creating. It’s called the Aura Line and it contains a bakers dozen of items. I’ve got the original that is the basis for the entire line:  Aura-Lusion Diamond Finish Powder.

unblended swatch

There’s something about this powder that’s slightly magical. With a name like “diamond finish” you’d expect to see some glimmer but that’s not what happens here. Instead you get a soft white (translucent) powder that magically seems to soften the lines on your face. They describe it as a look that’s almost air-brushed and I agree with that. It’s their version of a high-def powder.

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“This entrapped diamond complex manipulates incident light by converting invisible UV light to blue light (photoluminescence) and selectively scattering favorable blue and green light. The particles settle in the wrinkle and subtly illuminate a blue glow which decreases the appearance of wrinkles. This leads to youthful looking skin as the appearance of shadows, wrinkles, pigmentation and discolorations are diminished.”

The size you see in my picture is $9 or you can purchase a sample for $2. Larger sizes are available and once you see how velvety your face looks, you’ll want a larger size.

The Aura collection also has products like Aura Tint which are tinted versions of the diamond finish and two versions of Lusion Finishing Powders (sheer and more opaque).

I’ve got two lipglosses to share with you too. Ice Crystals Gloss ($13.85)  and Pink Crystals Gloss.  Fusion of Color has two packaging options for most of their glosses.

Ice Crystal and Pink Crystal

Ice Crystal wand

Ice Crystals Gloss is a clear gloss with sparkles. It’s the perfect accompaniment to any lip product you own. What I like best about it is that I can add it over a lip color I find too dark and it lightens and brightens it. I don’t end up with sparkle all over though. It’s packed tightly enough into the gloss to keep it on my lips. This is only available in the glass tube.

Devotion lipgloss with Ice Crystal over it

Pink Crystals is the pink version of Ice Crystals. It’s available in either of the packaging choices (glass wanded tube $9.00, 14 ml click up tube $14). It’s a very light pink that adds a cool tone to your lipsticks while Ice Crystals is more of a neutral. With Pink Crystals you can add a plumping component to your choice.

Pink Crystal

Pink Crystal swatch

There are other choices like a beautiful red gloss called Cupid Gloss and a sparkly red called Fuji Gloss.

example of click up tube and tops

example of wand packaging

You can see from my reviews that there are so many choices for Fusion of Color – size, packaging, colors and more. If you like to control what you have, if you like to test out products in smaller versions, or if you just like to know exactly what you are getting from a company that lays it all out there for you; then Fusion of Color is a brand for you.   — Marcia

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