Sunday, July 6, 2014

Mia Mariu Mineral Makeup: Review and GIVEAWAY!

I have been gradually changing over to natural beauty and home products for almost 2 years. We no longer use sulfates in our face washes or shampoos in this household. I wash my face with the oil cleansing method and I use essential oils for everything from cleaning, disinfecting, healing, aromatherapy, insect repellant, baby wipes solution for cloth diapering, etc.

For facial oil cleansing, I use a mixture of caster oil, glycerin, jojoba oil, almond oil, argan oil, and rosehip oil. I massage this mixture all over my face, and make sure to not tug on my delicate eye area. I use the first oil application to remove all my stubborn eye makeup and foundation. I let it soak in for about 2 minutes as I continue the massage. I then turn on the faucet to the hot water only, and when it gets steamy, I run the water over my wash cloth. I wring out the hot wash cloth and place it over my face to steam out my pores. I wipe off the oil and loosened make up, and rinse my wash cloth in the hot water. I then apply the oil mixture to my face again, and run my cloth under the hot steamy water again, wring out, and apply to my face. When the cloth cools, I do the cloth steam once more, and when it cools, I wipe the excess oil away. I rinse my face with cold water to close my pores and then I pat dry. This has made my face feel and look smoother and younger. I always apply Vitamin C serum and Hyaluronic Acid on my face after my oil and steaming. I no longer use traditional foamy soaps on my face. Occasionally I will use castile soap (2 drops or so 1 every 2 weeks as a deep cleanse) for my face. I love washing my makeup brushes with castile soap and water. It is by far the best to completely remove all traces of makeup from my sponges and brushes. I do wash my face occasionally with a natural charcoal soap and use a dead sea mud mask twice a month.

As for makeup, I love cosmetics and although I have not completely switched over to all products that are the most natural, I have tried a couple brands of mineral makeup. I have used Jane Iredale and Bare Minerals. I had the opportunity to trey out a brand I had not heard of before. It is called Mia Mariu. It is a lovely company that believes women are beautiful on the inside and the outside, "beauty and health in harmony." They believe in empowerment for women and even make it possible for women to have the opportunity to share their love of beauty and natural products with other women with company partnership, and become a Mia Advisor.

I was able to have the opportunity to try out 3 products from the Mia Mariu company. I was sent the Perfecting Finish Mineral Primer, the Perfecting Finish Mineral Cream Concealer, and the Perfecting Finish Mineral Foundation. The foundations come in three formulas: Liquid, Cream and Loose Powder. I normally use a BB Cream as my foundation (Skin79 Super Plus Pink) and a Mineral Veil from Bare Minerals as my top finisher. Sometimes I use the matte foundation in fairly medium or fair depending on my skin tone during the season. I have fair to light skin tone, so I chose the Mia Mariu cream concealer in Vanilla – CCC01, Liquid Foundation in Vanilla – CLF01, and the Mineral Primer which is a white lotion like cream.

Here is my bare "BEFORE" face, freshly steamed and oil cleansed, with Vitamin C serum and Hyaluronic Acid. Notice that my under eye area has shadowing. My face is red due to a recent hot shower and facial steaming, my face is not normally so pink.

I applied my Vitamin C and Hyaluronic Acid serums, waited about 2 minutes to soak in and then put on the Mineral Primer. I then soaked my Beauty Blender sponge with water and squeezed out the excess water. I applied about 2-3 pumps of the Mia liquid mineral foundation to my wet sponge and blotted the product all over my face and neck. I then dotted the cream concealer under my eye area, camouflaging my dark circles. I finished my foundation with a light dusting of my Bare Minerals mineral veil to set the foundation. I applied Benefit Dandelion box blush on my cheeks. On my eyelids, I used Urban Decay Primer Potion, Urban Decay Naked 3 eyeshadows in Burnout and Dust, and Benefit They're Real mascara in black.

The Mia Mariu Perfecting Finish Mineral Primer "perfects" a lightweight base allowing the foundation to apply with ease and gives a pretty and natural look that lasts. The primer is a lotion consistency and is not sticky or greasy. It provides antioxidants and vitamins to skin, while still allowing skin to breathe. Skin looks beautiful, youthful and healthy.

The Perfecting Finish Mineral Cream Concealer is an oil-free, vitamin packed, creamy formula that covers uneven skin tone, dark circles, and blemishes. I love the look of the compact and how it opens and closes. It feels comfortable in my fingers if that even makes sense. I did have some difficulty blending it under my eyes to hide my dark circles, however, I have always had difficulty finding a concealer that completely hides my dark shaded under eye area. I did find that the concealer worked well when lightly blotted on little red patches on my skin, around my nose and a few other areas.

The Perfecting Finish Mineral Foundation is oil-free and provides lasting coverage, and contains minerals and vitamins. I wore this make up look from about noon until 2 am, and my make up looked pretty good for being worn so many hours. I like how the makeup does not have any strong fragrances and is infused with natural botanicals, antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and peptides. The liquid foundation makeup seemed to apply smoothly and did not settle into my fine lines around my eyes.

The picture of the makeup laid out on the scarf was my thrift shop find this week! I love a pretty vintage necklace and scarf. I must admit I am proud of myself, $2.50 for the necklace and $1.50 for the scarf, and absolutely no signs of wear on the scarf. The pink floral curtains are hanging in my kitchen and another awesome sweet 60's vintage find from last summer. I heart vintage!

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  1. I would want Vainilla shades if I won.

  2. Hello,

    If I win, I would like the Savanna loose powder and the Vainilla foundation :) I would love to win this!! Thanks for the giveaway!


  3. I would love to win this giveaway!! I would want the Savanna shades if I win (fingers crossed!)

  4. I would like the Savanna loose powder and the Vainilla liquid foundation if I win :)

  5. The Vainilla foundation would work just fine for my skin tone and I like to use powder. Thanks for the chance!

  6. i'd get Vanilla liquid foundation & vanilla concealer.

  7. If I won I would like Miel for foundation an concealer :)

  8. Savanna Powder and Vanilla Foundation!