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It’s Easy Being Clean

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Tidying up your home is on trend, but having a cleaner life is so much bigger. When it comes to ‘clean living,’ it’s not just about organization; it’s about making small, simple swaps in your daily routine that are sustainable for you — meaning they’ll add up to a big difference for your health, happiness and the environment around you.

Give Yourself (Mental) Space

Pushing yourself full-force 100% of the time leaves you susceptible to burnout, so identifying when you need to scale back or take a timeout will help keep you on track. “Practicing mindfulness as part of your overall grit toolkit can help bring larger perspective to your journey,” says Nicole Ng, Senior Research Scientist at Lumosity. “Looking for opportunities to build your playfulness, humor and creativity during your journey towards your goals can redefine what grit — the persistence of effort — looks like for you.”

Understand “Surface Clean”

Flat surfaces collect clutter like a paper clip to a magnet. “Because they also take up the largest part of your visual field, the more you can keep tables, floors, beds and countertops clear, the cleaner and more spacious these areas feel,” says Jessica Samson, spokesperson at The Maids. The biggest clutter culprit is paper; try Catalog Choice to unsubscribe from unwanted mailings and apps to keep your Post-It reminders to a minimum. And, of course, any paper you can’t avoid should be recycled!

Make Your Home a Multi-Tasker

Another way to keep clean is to purchase items for your home thoughtfully, choosing sustainably-sourced pieces that promise a long-life and more than one use. “I’ve long touted the use of dual-function furniture as a great way to keep a house in order,” says Sampson. “That’s why I have dressers in every room of my home, and why nearly everything I don’t sit on is storing one thing or another.” If you don’t want to work at organizing your home every day, it’s worth finding furniture that can handle some of the clutter control for you.

Start Purging

Purging is a necessary evil for most of us. We all have closets with clothes that don’t flatter and shelves with books we don’t read, games we don’t play, and knick-knacks we don’t dust. Make a promise to yourself this year that you will at least start the process of purging the things that you no longer need, use or have an emotional connection to. “If it’s hard to part with some items, just remove them for a while; put them in a box in the attic and give yourself some space to decide,” Samson suggests. “You may find you didn’t miss them like you thought you would.”

Reduce Your Waste

20,000 tons of waste could be saved if each American household used three less rolls of paper towels per year. Less landfill waste = less methane emitted = happier planet. “I have found I prefer to use a SKOY cloth over paper towels anyhow,” says Christine Dimmick the founder of natural home cleaning line The Good Home Co. and author of “Detox Your Home.” “They wipe like a paper towel and clean like a sponge and completely decompose after using — rapidly — like, 3 months to decompose. They last me at least a month and can be cleaned in the dishwasher.”

Decant, Decant, Decant

One simple way to be more mindful of just how much product you have, from beauty products to foods, is to take the time to decant them into sustainable vessels. Not only will, say, a decanted liquid hand soap look so much more appealing on your shelf, you will also be able to buy in bulk, reducing unnecessary packaging and waste. The visual nature of decanting will also help ensure you’re aware of exactly how much product you have, avoiding over-buying and duplicate purchases.

Cut Your Home Air Footprint

Did you know your home air has more pollutants than the outdoors? “The candles you burn, the air fresheners, cleaning products — even your laundry detergent add VOCs [volatile organic compounds] in the air which can cause allergies, stuffiness and trigger respiratory conditions,” says Dimmick. Awair is a device that can track toxins in your air — right down to the source — chemicals, dust, even CO2,” says Dimmick.

Sleep Better

When it comes to practicing a healthy lifestyle, it’s all too easy to fall into the trap of “I’ll start tomorrow.” But why not start tonight? The easiest way to a healthy tomorrow, according to certified clinical sleep educator and Saatva sleep consultant Terry Cralle, MS, RN, is a good night’s sleep. Where to begin? Limit your caffeine intake in the hours leading up to bedtime; try caffeine-free herbal tea instead. “Peppermint aids in digestion, Ginger relieves nausea, and, of course, Chamomile can help ease you into a pleasant slumber,” says Cralle. Adding yoga or meditation to your nighttime routine can also help you wind down. “Even if it’s only for 15 minutes before bed — to calm your mind and reduce the day’s mental noise,” says Cralle. Additionally, it’s important to note that before and after you’ve dozed off, your environment plays a major role in your quality of sleep. “Set the temperature in your bedroom between 60 and 67 degrees Fahrenheit, and disconnect from all screens an hour before bed,” says Cralle. Finally, to encourage REM sleep (the good stuff: it allows our bodies to repair themselves and build up energy for the next day) you first need to find the right mattress for your sleeping style. “Back sleepers: Slightly firm with a balance of comfort and support. Side sleepers: Softer to maintain the natural curvature of your spine. Stomach sleepers: Medium firm with a little give to reduce pressure,” says Cralle.

Eat Real Food

Dr. Warren Willey, a doctor of osteopathic medicine and author of the new book “Obtainable: Enjoy the Body and Energy You’ve Always Wanted – Beyond Diet and Exercise” has a simple tip for clean eating: When at the grocery store and reading food labels, if the sugar content exceeds 7 grams per serving, skip it. It is likely too calorically dense and better to avoid. And if the sodium content is greater than 200 mg per serving, skip that too. For a full guide to making food choices, check out our clean grocery shopping guide.

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!