Friday, November 6, 2009

Getable, Giftable and/or Keepable: pürminerals Holiday 2009

Okay, it looks like this week I am finally 100% on board with the holiday offerings. I have to admit I was just a little bit ambivalent about talking "holiday" before Halloween. (Mainly due to the sharp jolt of fear I get when I remember that I don't even have a Christmas list yet.) But now that it's already November, I am wholeheartedly embracing the season (never mind that I still have no idea what I'm doing for Thanksgiving…eeek!).

Anyway, embracing the season means embracing the cool, pretty, fabulous stuff that companies start putting on the shelves to entice us. And I wanted to save a big huge spot on my blog for pürminerals.

5-Piece Lucite Brush Collection

Blurb: Enjoy expert application and portable perfection with five essential makeup brushes in a chic design made exclusively for the holidays. These all-natural, cruelty-free brushes are enclosed in a sleek, chocolate brown, quilted cosmetics case, perfect for gift giving! The 5-Piece Lucite Brush Collection includes the Powder Makeup Brush, Blush Makeup Brush, Utility Makeup Brush, Eye Shadow Makeup Brush and Lip Makeup Brush.

Pür Balm

Blurb: Hydrating balm for nails, skin & lips. Pür Balm is a quick-fix balm that can be used on all dry skin patches, like those on the lips, elbows and feet. This hydrating balm can also be used on hair to control split ends and on nails to condition cuticles. Containing shea butter, vitamin E, essential oils and rich antioxidants, this multi-tasking balm comes to your skin's rescue. Experience the ultimate solution for keeping skin hydrated and naturally smooth.

Pressed Mineral Eye Shadow (in Gold Dust and Champagne Citrine)

Blurb: Long-lasting, luminous mineral eye shadow. Pressed Mineral Eye Shadow is great for even the most sensitive eyes. This velvety-smooth eye shadow glides on easily, giving you a crease-proof, soft-textured look that lasts all day. Infused with the light reflective mineral mica, this mineral eye shadow imparts a youthful finish that women of all ages will love. And as with all of our mineral makeup products, Pressed Mineral Eye Shadow is free of oil, alcohol, talc, fillers, fragrances, preservatives and chemical dyes.

Mineral Eye Defining Pencil with Smudger (in Chocolate Mica)

Blurb: Waterproof, smudge-proof eye liner. Using the Mineral Eye Defining Pencil with Smudger could not be easier! These state-of-the-art, self-sharpening, mechanical eye pencils come in several gorgeous, long-lasting colors for maximum wearability. Your eyes will look fresh all day and into the night. The Mineral Eye Defining Pencil comes with the pür-fect smudge-tip applicator for blending and creating a dramatic, smoky eye.

Mineral Lip Pencil with Lip Brush (in Ruby)

Blurb: Use this Mineral Lip Pencil with Lip Brush to enhance the natural contours of your lips. This mineral lip pencil and lip liner has a silky smooth waterproof formula that magically minimizes the color from bleeding into the fine lines around your mouth. Created in eight different colors to complement our Mineral Shea Butter Lipsticks and Pout Plumping Lip Glosses, these lip pencils contain no additives, fragrance or chemical dyes.

Mineral Shea Butter Lipstick (in Red Ruby)

Blurb: A luscious mineral lipstick that hydrates lips. Mineral Shea Butter Lipsticks come in 25 amazing lipstick colors. These mineral lipsticks are loaded with micronized minerals, shea butter, vitamin E, jojoba oil, lycopene extract, aloe vera and a secret blend of essential vitamins to give your lips a luscious treat with each application. Your lips will be soft, supple and fully hydrated.

Universal Marble Mineral Powder in Pink

Blurb: Universal Marble Mineral Powder in Pink is a mineral blush pressed powder that gives skin a rosy glow. This mineral powder illuminates and brightens the skin and evens out skin tone while reducing the appearance of lines and wrinkles. This mineral powder is fantastic for eye brightening, blushing and lip enhancing. A wealth of vitamins and minerals combine with shea butter and vitamin E for light and lovely coverage while conditioning your skin.

This is a really super collection of items to either give or wear (or both) during the holiday season. The brush set is a fabulous value. Five excellent brushes in a handy little travel case. The standout of this set was the slanted blush brush (great for applying powder, but also excellent for buffing and smoothing foundation). The Balm is also a wonderful all-purpose item to have. Delicately scented, and great for lips, nails, rough elbows or to add a little shine or softness anywhere (also a really nifty stocking stuffer or "just because" gift).

This was my first time trying their shadows and I was thoroughly impressed. They go on easily and evenly, and stay put all day. "Gold Dust" was lovely, and "Champagne Citrine" really wowed me. It's a delicate dusting of pale shimmer…another great all-purpose item to have at the ready. The eye pencil was also very good. One of the nicest thin-edged pencils I've come across (I also appreciated the attached smudger).

The lip products were spectacular. The lip pencil went on smoothly (and I love that it has its own brush). And the lipstick…fab! I know I said I was cutting back on the red lipsticks, but this one deserves a spot in the lineup. It's called "Ruby," but it's really a sweet, delicious, festive cherry red. Perfect for a pretty cherry pout during the holidays.

The Universal Mineral Powder in Pink was my favorite item (and therefore gets it's own paragraph). Used as a blush, it gives a beautiful, natural glow. It gives the exact look of flushed cheeks coming in from the cold, or sitting by the fireplace. It also looked pretty as a shadow/highlighter.

This was my first chance to check out pürminerals; and overall, I was really impressed with the quality and versatility. I'd be thrilled to give (or receive) any of these items.

Take a look at the website (free samples with every order) and see what else catches your eye. Or if you'd like to check out pürminerals up close and personal, visit Ulta and/or Dillards.

Happy happy Friday!

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