BareMinerals Ready SPF 20 Foundation

Product Review: BareMinerals Ready SPF 20 Foundation

May 10, 2013

What makes mineral makeup so great is not so much the natural minerals that it contains, but rather, all the other ingredients that are left out.

Because it does not contain preservatives, fragrance, and chemical dyes, mineral makeup is suitable for people who suffer from skin sensitivities.

It is also oil-free and made up of inorganic minerals, which means there is less potential for bacteria growth. So mineral makeup is especially useful for people with acne-prone skin. 

Most importantly, mineral makeup provides a wide spectrum of UVB and UVA sun protection.

The main ingredients in mineral makeup are zinc oxide and titanium dioxide—which are physical sunscreens that provide broad-spectrum sun protection against UVA and UVB rays. But I’ll make a special note on that later.


Although there are many companies today who carry their own line of mineral makeup, I have a great affinity for Bare Escentuals because it was one of the original, if not the first, cosmetic company to bring out and popularize mineral makeup in the 70s. 

I’ve been using Bare Escentuals’ bareMinerals Ready SPF 20 Foundation for over two weeks now. And I’ve got to say…

This powder foundation is ZE BEST I’VE EVER HAD!

BareMinerals Ready SPF 20 Foundation

BareMinerals Ready SPF 20 Foundation

BareMinerals Ready SPF 20 Foundation


The powder: A solid, pressed powder that provides medium to full coverage and wide spectrum protection against the sun (SPF 20).

The Ready foundation comes in a wide variety of shades, so it’s easy to find a color that perfectly suits your skin tone.

I use the R330 
color, for tan skin with yellow-olive undertones.

Bare Escentuals claims that wearing this foundation can increase hydration levels in the skin up to 108% after 12 hours of wear, due to their SeaNutritive Mineral Complex formula that contains humic acid and mineral-encapsulated glycerin.

How To Use: I use a kabuki powder brush to apply this powder in sweeping, circular strokes. And that has always given me a smooth finish. There is a bareMinerals Precision Brush that you can buy (at 28 euros) with this foundation. Though I’ve read that applying this with a foundation sponge works just as well.

My Experience: This powder glides on like silk. It blends well and provides excellent coverage. You can easily layer on where you need more coverage. It’s a very light powder, you can’t see it at all! There’s no cakeyness, or powder settling in creases. And a little goes a long way for covering blemishes.

The Result: A natural, glowy, dewy and even complexion that lasts for hours and hours.

I can’t say that using this foundation increased the level of hydration on my face. But it does help retain moisture for areas on my face that tend to dry out.

What I Like About It:
– Smooth, luminous finish
– The resulting look is very subtle and natural
– Great, long-lasting coverage
– My skin can breathe and feel comfortable
– Provides protection against the sun
– Easy to re-apply (for sun protection purposes)
– Clean and simple ingredients
– Simple packaging

What I Don’t Like About It:
– Opening the container is a bit tricky
– It would be great if they could make the packaging re-fillable to limit the impact on the environment

How Much: 28,00€

Would I Buy It Again: YESSSS. It’s a bit pricey, but as I said, a little goes a long way. And the resulting look is just flawless. So this will probably be my favorite powder foundation for a while.

Ingredients: Boron Mitride, Titanium Dioxide, Octyldodecyl stearoyl stearate, caprylic/capric triglyceride, glycerin, magnesium silicate, nylon-12, humic acids, rosa canna fruit oil, jojoba esters, corallina officanilis extract, Lecithin, Betain, Algae Extract. May contain (+/-): Mica, Zinc Oxide (CI77947), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Titanium Dioxide (CI77891).

Closing Thoughts: With so many shades to choose from, it’s better to go out to a store and be color matched in person than buying this online.

Also, be aware that in order to be completely protected from the sun, you’d have to put on layers and layers of this stuff on your face. This is true for pretty much all foundations that claim to protect you from the sun. So if that’s not the kind of look you’re going for, then I suggest wearing a moisturizer with SPF underneath the powder.

There’s so much to be said about sunscreen and SPF in products. But that’s a subject that we will revisit in future posts.

What about you? Have you tried this product before? What is your current favorite foundation?


7 Things To Know About SPF (Hint: A Higher Number Isn’t Always Better)

May 8, 2013

When I say that the sun is our frenemy, I’m kind of joking. But kind of not.

The sun is a life-giver! Without the sun, life on this planet wouldn’t even be possible. On an everyday basis, the sun can brighten our day and provide warmth. But, at the same time, the sun is also sneaking in a lot of long-term damage to our skin.

Our skincare routine should always include some kind of sun protection.

Most people are happy to just slather on some kind of product containing the highest number of SPF that they can find, without a clue as to what that number means.

So, today I’m going to quickly break down the important things you need to know about SPF in sunscreens.

And why a higher number isn’t always necessarily better…


  • 1) SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor. This was a number introduced in 1962 to measure a sunscreen’s effect against UVB rays, the type of UV ray chiefly responsible for sun burn and skin cancer.
  • 2) The SPF number stands for how long you can stay in the sun without getting burned. The idea is, if you tend to burn under the sun within 10 minutes of exposure, using an SPF 10 product will multiply the time you can stay out in the sun by 10 without getting burned (in this case, 100 minutes).
  • 3) SPF number indicates protection only against UVB rays. It’s important to look for a “broad-spectrum” label which will protect against both UVB rays and UVA rays, the other type of UV ray that can penetrate deeper into the skin and cause long-term photo damage.
  • 4) Increasing the SPF number does not exponentially increase your level of protection. For example, an SPF of 15 absorbs 93.3 percent of UVB rays, but an SPF of 30 absorbs 96.7 percent. Even though the SPF number has doubled, the UVB absorption rate has increased by only 3.4 percent.
  • 5) Suncreen’s effectiveness decreases when exposed to water or sweat. Even if it is waterproof. All types of sunscreen break down over time, especially after exposure to water. So re-apply every 2 hours to keep your skin safe.
  • 6) No matter how high the SPF, sunscreen can protect only the skin it covers. Your whole body is vulnerable to skin cancer, not just the areas that burn easily or wrinkle faster. Areas that tend to be overlooked are the lips, the backs of your hands and ears, and the tops of your feet.
  • 7) After applying sunscreen, wait 15 to 30 minutes before stepping out into the sun. This gives chemical sunscreens enough time to be fully absorbed into the skin.

Other important things to remember:

To have well-rounded coverage, SPF protection should be combined with protective clothing and sun avoidance during the hottest and brightest parts of the day, usually between 10 am and 4 pm, when UVB rays are strongest.

SPF strength is less important than frequent application!!

And finally, you should be protecting your skin from the sun on a daily basis, no matter what the season! You do know that, right??

I know that summer is the season when people love to get their tan on. And for those people, I’m going to leave you with a very powerful image of what the sun can do to your skin over time.

Maybe you’ve already seen this? But if not, this is a photo from a New England Journal of Medicine study, about a 69-year-old man who drove a truck for 28 years, and was exposed to the sun only on the left side of his face.

Sun Damage

Eep! The sun really is our frenemy.

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A Different Way To Travel: Renting Apartments

May 5, 2013

When traveling, sometimes renting and staying in a private apartment can provide much needed space and a breath of fresh air.

My recent trip to Amsterdam was the first time that I stayed in an apartment rental. And the experience proved to be very pleasant and comfortable.

We booked an apartment through Airbnb. It’s a site which lists rental apartments and houses in thousands of cities around the world. You can use the site to list your own space for rent, or you can use it to book a place before you travel.

Depending on your circumstances and your travel style, renting an apartment can be better in many ways than staying at a hotel. Though I must say, it’s not necessarily cheaper.

But I like staying in private apartments because…

  • First of all… you get to see how other real people live. And you can get a local perspective on that particular city. Since I’m such a nosy rosy, this is something that’s definitely my style!
  • Second, it feels much more homey. The apartment provides the usual comforts of home, like a well-equipped kitchen, a washing machine, a dining table, a balcony and garden (if you’re lucky), and sometimes pretty cool neighbors!
  • Third, when you’re booking the apartment, you’re dealing with the people who live in that house and in that area. So they will know how to give you personalized advice on things to do and things to avoid.

Renting an apartment makes sense if you’re staying somewhere for a while. Say two-weeks, or up to a couple of months. Or if you’re traveling in a large group, like with your family or group of friends, and you can easily split the cost amongst yourselves.

Our hosts were a very friendly couple who graciously accommodated our visit. They met us to hand over the apartment keys, and left us with a little booklet filled with instructions and a guide to the city. Then, for the next three days, we had the apartment entirely to ourselves.

I was the one who ended up picking the apartment on Airbnb. I chose it for its spaciousness and clean, minimalist decor.

For me, this place really did feel like a home away from home!


Comfy Couch

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Welcoming Willows

Who Dat


Bedroom 1

Bedroom 2

Learn More About This Apartment On Airbnb

Have you traveled and stayed in a rented apartment before? If not, would it be something you’d like to try?