the yarn harlot, she is everywhere

I haven’t really been paying much attention to the buzz around the Knitting Olympics, mostly because I am such a failure when it comes to knitalongs and the like. I know the Knitting Olympics has been getting a lot of press, but I was sure surprised to see a big story on it in our local Oregonian newspaper! That Yarn Harlot’s reach is pretty extensive!

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And thanks for all your suggestions regarding tinted moisturizer. I didn’t know there were so many Bare Essentuals followers out there! I am definitely planning to head out to Sephora to try it. Are you guys sure, though, that it’s not a hassle? The powder, the swirling, the dustiness, that’s not a pain? I’m also going to check out the mineral foundation by Alima Cosmetics, a local woman who makes mineral makeup.

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11 Responses to the yarn harlot, she is everywhere

  1. Sharlene says:

    I think the Bare Essentuals powder is actually easier to apply than a liquid. Just a light dusting and you are good to go!

  2. Joy says:

    I’ve had the Bare Essentials powder for about a year now. I have to say, it’s just okay. Maybe it doesn’t match Asian skin as well….maybe I just hate the brush that comes with it. It tends to be a little scratchy on my sensitive face. Maybe I’m hoping for more than a little powder can do.
    God forbid you wear white and accidentally brush some off your face onto your white shirt.
    Supposedly, it’s really healthy for your face. So, there is that. It does help a little with keeping liquid liner on…you know how Asian eyelids can get.
    What I do now, is just put a little foundation on, and then dust my eyes with the BE powder, and I’m good to go. If my cheeks are feeling extra splotchy…I’ll put some powder there…
    (Perhaps more than you needed to know. Sorry)

  3. Lalika says:

    Hey, I just wanted to bust in with…
    I’ve been using Bare Escentuals for almost five years now. I do own some fancier higher end mineral makeup, I just don’t like to use it up. Whether you choose something pricier and finer ground or this stuff do know that mineral make up is always going to be better for your skin. It’s mineral, there are no potential irritants or bacterial problems period and it cannot block your pores in any way. The stuff cannot hurt you. Plus- it doesn’t look like cake make up, boys think I’m a make up free hippie, and the stuff lasts ages. I’m in between two shades and so I replace my two jars twice a year. I bought one brush outside the line that I use to apply my make up in about 40 seconds every morning. No sweat. There are other lines of mineral make up specifically for asian skin, I know I’ve seen them at facialists before…
    …Just, um, sayin’ is all, heh.

  4. sasha says:

    I have super sensitive, dry skin and BE tears my face up. Of course that could be due to the fact that I took the “buff” step in the “Swirl. Tap. Buff” process a bit too seriously and acted like I was buffing my car. Not good. During the warmer months, I do enjoy it’s oil blotting properties and it really does give an eerily perfect finish to your skin (think Barbie Doll perfect). I really like using the Mineral Veil over the Traceless foundation for excellent, light coverage and if necessary I’ll spot treat blemishes to cover them with the BE foundations.
    The reason I preffer Traceless is because it’s moisturizing, easy to put on, light coverage, and I barely feel it. I just glop a little bit onto my index and middle fingertips and apply it straight to my face, blending with my fingers like I would with a regular moisturizer. It’s enough coverage to even out my skintone, but not enough to make me look like I’m wearing a mask. While I’m not knocking BE or any other mineral foundations, I suggest you look into other formulations as well, so that you have a wide basis of comparison. That and it’s like getting a free makover every time you hit a different makeup counter. Sometimes they’ll even give you free samples. I know Prescriptives does. Someone also mentioned the Neutrogena sheer stuff and I have to say that it is a powerful mattifyer. Too much for my dry skin, but if you have oily skin…go for it.
    Good luck and Happy Hunting!

  5. joyce says:

    Have to admit, I’m using my MAC brushes w/BE. They’re great, much softer, better quality,

  6. carolyn says:

    my dad heard the Harlot on NPR! (or maybe just them talking about her, i’m not sure)

  7. amy k. says:

    I use BE and I do like it but I noticed today my skin looked super dry. I’m not sure it’s the best in the winter for me-you can try what i have when you come over-that’s not gross, right? i will wash my brushes. . ha! and I do think it’s a pain, but I have the kids in the make-up drawer factor to deal with.

  8. E says:

    i use jane iredale’s purepressed base, which is also a mineral powder. you just brush a light coat downwards all over your face one time, then use a smaller brush to go over spots where you need more coverage (downward strokes at all times). very easy, matches my asian skin very well, and i get compliments on how my skin glows.

  9. I. says:

    Bare Essentuals foundation is the best, great for sensitive skin.
    I been using it for about 4 years, and highly recommend it.
    Their brushes are scratchy, so I use a foundation brush from The Body Shop.
    The two work very well together.

  10. Sara says:

    I heart BE so very much. It’s a lot less than the fancy liquid foundation I was using and it doesn’t come off in the Texas heat and humidity. Obviously, you don’t live in Texas, but as a voucher for its tenacity, I thought you should know. I don’t want a lot of coverage, just the more finished look than bare skin. I use a big blush brush from Sephora to put it on. The BE brushes are a bit stiff for my taste and give more coverage than I want. I use the one I have to buff it in gently.
    I didn’t buy the mineral veil because I had just bought invisible setting powder from MAC’s pro line. It’s the best thing I’ve ever bought for my face, setting everything for the whole day. Friends I have that use the mineral veil report similar results. Oh! Oh! the BE is the BEST concealer EVER. I use a wide, flat eyeshadow brush from MAC to put it on. It’s absolutely magical the way it works. Hey, if you don’t like it and have used less than 2/3rds of it, Ulta will give you your money back if you aren’t happy. Might as well try it out. Just remember to tap the brush well. They don’t emphasize the tapping enough.

  11. Mia says:

    I have to agree w/everyone.. the brushes from Bare Essentuals are not very good.. I actually got MUCH nicer and softer ones from the arts and craft store! They were only five bucks each.. have longer handles than I like, but they are as soft as air!
    Other than that.. I love the product.. the only other hassle I notice is that the tops are screw on type.. I sure wish they’d come out with a snap top closure…
    Other than that, I love it.. a two second brush over and a little mascara and out the door!

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