If there were a legal limit on cosmetic ownership, I would be a habitual offender. No really, I would be....My "girly products" as my husband calls them, dominate my entire bathroom. They are stored under both sinks, take over an entire linen closet, and even overflow from a large vertical shelf. Yep. My name is Brandy, and I am a beauty addict.
While I love all things that make me look, smell, and feel pretty, I do realize that not all cosmetics are created equal. Not by a long shot, actually. Many cosmetics contain nasty ingredients that I won't name here. (You should thank me, because if you're snacking while you read this, they might just make your stomach turn!) That's why I prefer botanically based or mineral cosmetics. Not only are they better for the environment, they're also better for the skin!
One company I recently became acquainted with is Mia Mariu. This is a great brand that much like Avon or Mary Kay, offers women a chance to start their own home-based businesses while selling high-end, mineral cosmetics and botanical skin care products. These are very similar to those found at upscale boutiques and department stores, but they won't break the bank!
The awesome folks at Mia Mariu sent me a few of their products to try out for myself. I received their Perfecting Finish Mineral Foundation in Miel, their Mineral Blush in Flor de Canela, and their Hydrating Stick Gloss in Seduccion.
The Mineral Foundation is very creamy and provides a flawless finish. It does not feel cakey at all, and stays put quite well. A little bit goes a long way, so one bottle should last quite a long time. The only thing I did notice is that it does tend to settle a bit and fine lines or creases become visible. This could easily be remedied with a good primer, which Mia Mariu also sells!
I absolutely love, love, LOVE the Mineral Blush! It is a powder that is very easy to apply, and the color is subtle yet gives a nice, flushed effect. This shade is universally flattering since it's a peachy, coral hue, and it looks very natural with a tiny hint of shimmer. I think I have found my new go-to blush!
I also really like the Hydrating Stick Gloss. I usually use lip gloss or lip stains instead of lipstick, since I have always found conventional lipsticks to be drying. This was definitely not the case with the Hydrating Stick Gloss! The color is wonderful and slightly sheer, so it's nowhere near as dark as it appears in the tube. It is also very moisturizing and doesn't leave the lips dry and parched feeling. It also lasts quite a long time for a non-color-stay lipstick!
Overall, I really like Mia Mariu cosmetics. They're very high quality and come in wonderful, flattering shades. They're also easy to apply. Another thing I love about this company is that by purchasing from a Mia Mariu consultant, I am helping support a woman-owned business. It's a win-win situation!
You can check out Mia Mariu on their website.
You can also connect with them on Facebook and on twitter to stay on top of their latest products and promotions!
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I'm Brandy, a happily married, proud mama of two munchkins and a teen. You can read more about me HERE. If you're interested in building a working relationship, please feel free to e-mail me at: NewlyCrunchyMamaOf3@gmail.com
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