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Clean Living 101: How to Feng Shui Your Desk

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Ah, clutter. Beyond being unattractive, it make it nearly impossible to be productive — especially when it’s all over your desk. So while cleaning your desk may seem like a menial task, it’s essential for productivity, success, and ultimately, your happiness.

“Clutter is junk food and has exact same effect on you,” says Bryce Kennedy, a NYC-based coach who is certified in feng shui, meditation and Inner Space Technique. “It blocks the flow of energy. It tells the subconscious: can’t relax, more to do.”

Creating new space makes room for inspiration but it can be daunting if you wait too long. New resolution: clean your desk off every night before you leave work. “You want to enter the desk when the slate is clean. A brand new start. Also, once a week, do a deep clean of cleaning the corners, the keyboard, any shoes under the desk, old papers, your computer desktop, everything that does not help you succeed in life,” says Kennedy. A clutter free desk is the first rule, and once you get into the habit, it’s not difficult to maintain. “If the desk is the launchpad for success, make it as successful as possible.”

Set Your Intention

Every time you sit down at your desk in the morning, set an intention. It could be for clarity, power, success, joy, ease, a raise, a beautiful day… whatever it is, set the intention. “What will happen over time is that the moment you sit down at the desk, your mind will automatically gear into what you DO want. Not what you don’t,” says Kennedy.

Most of us plop down at our desks and are playing catch up from the time we hit the chair until the minute we leave it. “That is not powerful. That is not flow. Feng shui is about owning your space. So own the physical and mental space,” advises Kennedy. In other words, set the intention. Every single day.

How to Lay Out Your Office

The placement of things on your desk is very important, as is the placement of your desk and the environment of the room. “Whether you work in an open unassigned environment where your workspace changes daily, in a set cubical or single office, or from a home office space, the feng shui practices will help you find peace and prosperity,” says Michelle Cromer, feng shui expert and practitioner.

Let’s start with your desk. “Place your computer in the middle of your desk, closest to you. This represents your life journey and career,” says Cromer.In the left corner, farthest away, place a live green growing plant. According to Cromer, this represents wealth and abundance.The right corner of your desk represents love and relationships, says Cromer, so this is where you’d place any photos of family, children or pets. The middle-back of your desk represents fame and reputation. So if you work from home, Cromer suggests, you can keep a candle burning because it puts you in the light. This is obviously unrealistic in a traditional office setting, so, in lieu of that, she recommends putting crystals for the same energy and activation of positive light. “Citrine crystals can be placed or put in a bowl are for attracting wealth and prosperity, ” says Cromer.

“Some people put nine oranges in a bowl on their desk or a conference table. The number eight represents continued abundance and business success because it looks like the infinity symbol. Eight is a popular number in Chinese feng shui because the word for it sounds like the word for prosperous growth in Chinese. The number nine represents wealth, accomplishment, and attaining personal goals,” says Cromer.

Be Inspired

Think about what inspires you and bring that into your workspace. Photos, plants and crystals can all make you feel good — just choose what works for you personally.

Bamboo is a great plant for any desk as “it brings good fortune and doesn’t need a lot of light,” according to Kennedy, who also says that fresh flowers, if available, can be a great boost.

The smells, freshness and colors of crystals can instantly change the mindset and energy of a space. “Some crystals that are incredible for your desk are Rose Quartz for ease and love,” says Kennedy, and “Fluorite to help reduce the impact of staring at the computer screen too long. Malachite to help ground you into your power. And Pyrite because it’s gold and brings in the energy of the sun.” And we all need a little more sun in our lives.

Light is also super important. “Have a lamp with soft light to negate the effects of overhead office lighting. Himalayan salt lamps are amazing. The wrong kind of lighting is brutal and wreaks havoc on our nervous systems,” says Kennedy.

Be in Power

When you place your chair, avoid having your back to the window or the door. “I realize this may be difficult for some people, but having your back to a door or a window is bad feng shui,” says Kennedy. “People enter through a door, which always puts you on guard. “You don’t get to relax and really dig into the work,” says Kennedy. Your energy braces against the possibility of an interruption, which can be detrimental over time. If you must have your back to a door, have a mirror on your desk so you can see who is always coming and going.

Similarly, avoid having your back to a window if possible. “Feng shui is all about having energy flow. The window is the perfect place. And blocking that with your back is essentially blocking flow,” says Kennedy. You want to be to the side of the window or facing it. Allow all the goodness to flow towards you. Receive it. Enjoy it. Window energy can improve your mindset in amazing ways.

Open the Flow

As you take control of your space and your daily intentions, you’ll open the flow of thought and movement in your space. And with that, you’ll open yourself to new productivity and success.

Good as Gold: 24 Karat Gift Ideas for Her (and You!)

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Makeup gift ideas for her by bareMinerals

Days are getting shorter, nights are getting colder and our world is getting a whole lot golder. Are the holidays here yet? Not quite, but we simply can’t wait to share this year’s glittering, gilded gift guide. It’s filled with collector’s editions of our best sellers; exclusive new highlighter, eyeshadow and lip shades; and makeup gift sets in all shapes and sizes so you can get more beauty for less.

Our super sparkly (and very organized) gift guide invites you to shop the way you think: by gift category (Makeup! Skincare! Complexion!) or by price, since we know that’s important, too. Prefer to shop by personality? Here are a few of our favorites for friends, girlfriends, moms, you… take a look!

Playful Gift Sets

Makeup gift ideas from bareMinerals

What’s more fun than makeup? Holiday makeup, obviously. Statement lipcolors and shimmering highlighters are just a few seasonal must-haves to give and get. It follows that some of our favorite makeup gift ideas are a 6-shade highlighting palette for all skin tones and a sweet set of Moxie Plumping Lipglosses.

Practical Gifts

Practical makeup gifts for her

How do you spoil someone who has worn the same foundation for 20 years, who doesn’t wear lipstick, who won’t make time for a treat but totally deserves one? How about an extra large (extra dazzling) ORIGINAL Foundation? A kit of fresh makeup brushes (in limited edition gold) is another delight she’ll use every day.

Customizable Makeup Gifts

Customizable makeup kits from bareMinerals

How it works: Choose complexion or eye and lip, then fill the cosmetics bag with your full-size makeup favorites. We’ll throw in deluxe samples of our essential Prime Time primer and Skinlongevity serum, since they work with everything, and voilà! You get the savings of a beauty bundle and exactly what you need.
Perfect for: Any woman who knows what she wants (aka you?).

Guilty Pleasures

Our Guilty Pleasures are the most luxurious gifts in our lineup, overflowing with colors and finishes that invite you to play endlessly. Curious? Check out our unboxing video of Dipped in Gold, which features full size lip, eye and face colors that were curated with the holiday season in mind.

You can shop our full holiday makeup gift guide on bareMinerals.com and in our boutiques. Happy sparkling!

Let’s Work It Out: Answers to Your Workout Beauty Questions

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Workout makeup by bareMinerals

Whether you’re always bare faced or HD camera ready, working out presents a special beauty challenge for us all. Add buzz about “athleisure beauty” and a lot of people are rethinking what qualifies as a gym bag essential.

The phrase athleisure beauty may sound like an oxymoron, but we get it: now that your yoga pants look better (and cost more) than your jeans, it’s time for your skincare and makeup to step up their games accordingly. Because while you’re working out you need products that are good for skin… and high performance… with a no-makeup look. And you know what? We don’t think it’s too much to ask.

How can I remove all my makeup pre-workout?
bareMinerals Oil Obsessed Makeup Removing Cleanser

It’s shocking every time: you grab a towel mid-workout and yikes. Whether you forgot about that full face of makeup or thought you’d done a good job of cleansing pre-treadmill, a skin toned smear on your fresh gym towel is never a good look. Enter Oil Obsessed Total Cleansing Oil. This will take off anything from your face, no matter what you did all day (or the night before). It removes waterproof makeup, pro-grade foundation—this is the only cleanser you need to have at the gym. The nurturing essential oils break down oil of all kinds so it’s also great post-workout for clearing away the grime and sweat on top of your skin.

Will working out in makeup cause breakouts?

bareMinerals ORIGINAL Loose Powder Mineral Foundation

Sure, doing anything in makeup can cause breakouts IF (and it’s a big if) your makeup isn’t labeled “non-comedogenic.” Non-comedogenic products like our ORIGINAL Foundation (which is in the Allure Best of Beauty Hall of Fame) are specifically formulated so they won’t clog your pores or cause breakouts, so keep an eye out for this designation when you’re shopping.

What makeup can I wear working out on the beach?
bareMinerals Prep Step Mineral Sunscreen and Primer

Outdoor workouts are the best—but cloudy or clear, SPF is a must. Chemical sunscreens can irritate sensitive skin, so opt for a “physical” mineral sunscreen that blocks UVA and UVB rays. Our most potent is Prep Step which isn’t just broad spectrum SPF 50—it doubles as a makeup primer. With tiny microbeads that burst and blend with your skin tone, this can be worn alone, or buff ORIGINAL Foundation over it for that company softball game, or any other time you want to look flawless on the move. ORIGINAL is a loose powder foundation but when buffed into and warmed by the skin, it becomes a cream that totally stays put. You can do anything you want in this makeup (including sleep in it!) plus, it has SPF 15 for an added layer of sun protection.

What makeup can I wear working out before brunch?

bareMinerals 5-in-1 primer eyeshadow

If you’ll be rushing from your morning workout to brunch (or a day at work) and need to apply your makeup first, ORIGINAL Foundation will still be your starting point. On your eyes, try 5-in-1 Eyeshadows, which have built in primer so they won’t move when you sweat. Round the Clock Eyeliner glides on as a cream but sets when dry for another gym-friendly option. Add some Flawless Definition Waterproof Mascara and our water-resistant Brow Gel for a ready-for-anything (including lots of sweat) look.

How do I eliminate post-workout redness?

bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Moisturizer Mineral Foundation

If you leave kickboxing more fuchsia than delicately flushed, meet Complexion Rescue tinted moisturizer. Complexion Rescue is a big name, but this product lives up to it. Containing mineral electrolytes, we think of this as Gatorade for your skin. It comes in a gym bag friendly tube, and is water-based for the instantly calm, cooling feeling your face craves post-workout. Choose a golden shade to cut red immediately, though all shades will give you light, moisturizing coverage so you look fresh, dewy and more even. This is easy to apply evenly with your fingers (just please, wash them first), so it’s a perfect gym/beach/diaper bag addition. It even has SPF and is, of course, non-comedogenic as well.

Speaking of color, lips will often get dry and pale after a workout. The right shade of Gen Nude® lipstick can bring back a healthy look without looking overdone, and all formulas are moisturizing—yes, even the Matte Liquid Lipcolor!

How do I control post-workout oil?

bareMinerals Mineral Veil Translucent Finishing Powder

If your post-workout “glow” is more like just very greasy, then it’s time for Mineral Veil®. The translucent finishing powder does more than just set makeup—it’s a multitasking wonder. This loose mineral powder is great at absorbing oil when buffed over makeup or on bare skin, and you can even use it as dry shampoo in a pinch.

How do I fake a post-workout glow?

bareMinerals Invisible Glow Baked Mineral Powder Highlighter

So you put in the work, you feel amazing and now you know how to control your crazy redness. But how do you achieve that radiant I-just-worked-out glow that convinced you to buy those fancy yoga pants in the first place? No, models generally don’t do yoga before a shoot—they wear highlighter. Invisible Glow is our baked powder highlighter that’s so finely milled it can be brushed over any foundation for a super subtle sheen. Kind of like you just worked out—minus all that effort.

Share the Bare: Top Picks (+Tricks) for Mothers + Daughters to Try Together

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Make it a beautiful Mother's Day with bareMinerals makeovers (and breakfast in bed)!

The best thing about a mother-daughter relationship is sharing: experiences, wisdom and, obviously, beauty products. But we know it isn’t easy to buy makeup for someone else. Even us pros won’t judge you for wondering if she’s Neutral Dark or Warm Deep, no matter how close you are. That’s why we’re inviting you to visit a bareMinerals boutique on Mother’s Day weekend to get free make-unders together (and, with your $75 purchase, three free eyeshadows—enough to go around!).

So what should you look out for? We’ve selected a few products that we think you’ll both love, with tips on how you should each use them to best target your individual beauty needs and styles.

BLEMISH REMEDY SERUM
Why You’ll Both Love It
Salicylic acid has earned a stellar reputation for combatting acne. Why? Because it’s like a gentle, super effective declogger for pores, which is a service we can all benefit from, at any age. Buy one bottle to share (for now)—we’re pretty sure you’ll both fall in love.
Tips for Mom
Skip the harsh scrubs—just apply this fabulous exfoliator every morning on your T-zone, or wherever your pores look enlarged, to smooth your skin and keep those pores in check.
Tips for Daughter
Consider this serum your partner in crisis management. Rescue your skin from the stresses of life – and the stress of a monster breakout on the worst possible day – by spot treating as needed, including overnight.

COMPLEXION RESCUE TINTED HYDRATING GEL CREAM
Why You’ll Both Love It
Here’s a secret: we actually developed this as a moisturizer, but so many people loved the sheer coverage that we now recommend it as a one-stop-two-second-SPF-30 complexion wizard (that’s obviously super hydrating too).
Tips for Mom
We get it: you’re busy, you’re working, you’ve got kids to love (and worry about). This is your instant glow for any time you don’t have a second to spare. It’s a primer, foundation and hydrator all in one so you can get on with life. Oh, and it has SPF 30 because preventing more sun damage is key—even when you’re in a hurry.
Plays Well With… Original Foundation
For a big day in the office, date night, her graduation: add the buildable medium-to-full coverage of our Original loose mineral powder foundation, using Complexion Rescue as your primer for super smooth application over fine lines. Original Foundation has only 5 mineral ingredients so you’ll have a little more polish, without looking cakey or overdone.
Tips for Daughter
We know your natural, no-makeup look has to leave you poreless and flawless, and Complexion Rescue can help with that in a flash. Wake up, throw this on and look fresh heading out the door. Plus, it’s got SPF because prevention is key to a gorgeous face later in life.
Plays Well With… barePro® Performance Wear Powder Foundation
Go from class to a night out by using Complexion Rescue to prime before applying this hardworking pressed foundation that won’t clog pores or cause acne, but will leave you flawless and photo-ready.

INVISIBLE BRONZE + GLOW BAKED POWDERS
Why You’ll Both Love Them
Raise your hand if you want a gorgeous, luminous glow.
Tips for Mom
You understand the value of SPF—and a little color. That’s where bronzer comes in. This ultra-fine baked powder means a super natural looking tan is super easy to achieve. As for the highlighter, ask your daughter how to use this one because she’s definitely on to something.
Tips for Daughter
Highlighting is one of our favorite trends and it’s definitely sticking around, so invest in a baked formula that is more break-proof than a traditional compact. We love these two together because they can do everything: double as eyeshadow, gently contour and, of course, give you an instant tan and a gorgeous, eye-catching glow.

Happy shopping – and sharing – we can’t wait to see you! Find a Boutique.

Spring Clean Your Makeup Bag – Part II

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This is Part II in our Spring Cleaning series. If you’re just catching up, be sure to check out Part I where we teach you to Marie Kondo your makeup bag.

So you’ve gone through and ditched your expired, passé and impossible makeup, leaving just the most beautiful goodness. Feeling better? We sure are. But your spring cleaning work isn’t quite finished. Today we’re here to tackle maintenance: how to take care of the beauties that were worth holding on to, ensuring the best results, and a clean, happy face. You do know to clean your makeup brushes regularly, right…?

BRUSH CARE BASICS
One of the reasons we love love love (and strongly advocate) using brushes is that it’s more hygienic than dipping your fingers directly into a product over and over again. But that’s only if you’re cleaning those brushes on a regular basis. We’d recommend a shampooing every 1-4 weeks, depending how often you use the brush.
How to Shampoo a Makeup Brush
You should wash a brush like you wash your hair: soak the fibers first, then lather it in a mild shampoo and rinse, pointing the brush downward and keeping all the bristles in one direction so the pigment runs out and the fibers don’t tangle.
To dry your makeup brush, press the water out, reshape it and lay it off the edge of your sink or on a towel so it regains its natural shape. Visual learner? Check out the video of this technique on our Brushes page.
Can you use dish soap to wash a makeup brush?
Nope—you wouldn’t get that stuff near your own hair, so please keep it off your brushes too.
Can you use facial cleanser to wash a makeup brush?
Sure, if it’s good at removing the makeup from your face. If you use a very mild cleanser post-face wipe (or three), it’s not a good choice. A good brush shampoo lathers well and is only lightly conditioning, so if you love our PURE PLUSH or BLEMISH REMEDY cleansers, go for it. On the other hand, OIL OBSESSED (which is amazing at removing makeup) shouldn’t be used on your tools—it contains moisturizing essential oils that are so great for your face, not so great for your brushes.
Daily Cleaning Tips
If you’re a fan of the smoky eye or have been working on your contouring skills, you probably learned this one the hard way: you should clean a brush every time you use it for a new color. Those gorgeous shades become grey if you mix them together, so be sure to use a quick change brush cleaner between every shade: spray a tissue until it is slightly damp and rub it lightly into the bristles—you should never spray a brush directly. If you find yourself smashing the brush into your damp tissue, it’s time for a good old brush shampooing (see above).
What Not to Do
Please don’t soak your brushes (if you want them to last). We recommend pointing the brush downward when you rinse it to keep water from penetrating and disintegrating the glue that’s holding that baby together.

MAKEUP CARE BASICS 
Your favorite makeup gets you through dream-job interviews, terrible dates, unexpected breakouts… time to give it a little TLC in return.
Caring for Loose Mineral Makeup
Our minerals need to stay dry to last, but we know that swirling in the cap can cause discoloration over time. Get that pristine, fresh-from-the-box look by wiping the inside of the cap (NEVER the top of pot) with a tissue spritzed with alcohol. Rubbing alcohol works well—make sure it’s over 70% alcohol to disinfect as you clean, and wait until it dries fully before closing the product.
Caring for Compact Powders
Keep. Them. Dry. This is absolutely key, but if you notice your compact has changed color, you spill a different product on it, or otherwise feel compelled to clean, spritz a tissue with alcohol and remove the upper film to uncover new product.
Caring for Eye + Lip Liners
Keeping pencils sharp prevents them from falling apart. But when you fish out your sharpener, only sharpen the pencil tip to about 90%. Otherwise, yup, you’re back to increasing the chance the tip will break off. If this sounds weirdly high-maintenance, don’t worry—if you apply your liner by gliding it at an angle, you’ll naturally maintain a gentle point. Just sharpen a little bit when you need to expose more product—which sounds/is way more manageable.
Caring for Creams
Wet products tend to expire faster, and the best way to slow this progress is to screw the cap on fully after every single use (no matter how late you are).
What Not to Do
Cleansing wipes can take makeup off your face, but you don’t want to use them on your beauty products. Not only are they very wet (without the fast evaporating quality of alcohol), but they contain humectants for retaining moisture, and you certainly don’t need to moisturize your makeup.

Happy cleaning!