Little Black Box

Many females get excited for a “little blue box”, but not me!  I’ve never really been a fan of Tiffany’s actually.  I like jewelry, don’t get me wrong but I like more unique pieces rather than mass marketed diamond rings and key necklaces (no offense to anyone who owns or likes their products, it’s just not my thing).  I’m sure Bryan was excited to learn that I don’t care for their products either…plenty of pressure was just lifted off of him.  I told him flat-out I never want him to buy me anything from there…save your money, find something different and unique from a local artist or something.

But this post really isn’t about jewelry at all, I was just thinking of the excitement woman have over that little blue box and the imagination of what it could possibly be holding.  My excitement came in a little black box!! A while back I did a post of gluten-free cosmetics and I am now doing a follow-up to it.  I am continually searing for gluten-free/wheat-free products especially when it comes to skin care, cosmetics and body washes/lotions.  This is an extremely difficult and frustrating task.  I know there are products that you can order online, however I really like to see what I am buying before doing so.  I want to be able to smell these items too. The other hard thing is, I’m not a huge make-up wearer.  I like to have a little bit on but I never want to feel like I am wearing anything especially in the summer time.  I do understand that having a thin layer of foundation is a great protection for your skin from all the pollutants and such in the environment.  So I try to do just that, and like they say – “a little bit goes a long way”.  My “normal” routine is foundation and eye liner.  Every once in a while I will put on some eye shadow and maybe, just maybe some mascara.

When I first posted about this I contacted Bare Escentuals and they sent me the following e-mail in return:

Dear Jenny,

Thank you for contacting Bare Escentuals. I would be happy to assist you! I certainly understand your concern regarding gluten in our products!

The only products that we carry containing gluten are the 100% Natural Lipcolors, 100% Natural Lip Glosses, RareMinerals products, and the Skin Rev-er Upper contains Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract. The 100% Natural Lip Liners contain barley lipids but it has been tested to be gluten-free.

Firm, brighten and reduce fine lines and puffiness.

Our new RareMinerals Active Triple Treatment Eye Cream visibly diminishes fine lines and wrinkles, restores firmness, and reduces puffiness around your delicate eye area for smoother, firmer, brighter skin. Infused with our RareMinerals ActiveSoil Complex,T this groundbreaking eye cream uses mineral electrolytes and Marine Peptides to rejuvenate skin around the eyes instantly and over time.

To learn more, just respond to this email or call us at the number below.
We hope this is helpful, but please do not hesitate to contact us with any additional questions you may have via email or by phone at 1-888-795-4747 during our business hours Monday through Saturday 5 AM to 9 PM, Sunday 7 AM to 4 PM Pacific Time.

Customer satisfaction is Bare Escentuals #1 priority; we appreciate you taking the time to contact us.

Warmest Regards,
Tiffany D.
Bare Escentuals Beauty Associate

The following information is also found on their website:

While the list below shows the Wheat, Oat, Rye and Barely free products please keep in mind that these products may be made in an environment that handles Wheat, Oat, Rye and Barley derivatives.

bareMinerals:
All-Over Face Colors – all shades
bareEyes Eye Makeup Remover
Blush – All shades
Blush (SPF 20) – all shades
Brushless Mascara
Body Minerals – all shades
Eyecolor – all shades
Extreme Glimmers – all shades
Faux Tan
Faux Tan Body Moisturizer
First Base Lip Balm
Flawless Definition Mascara – all shades
Foundation (SPF 15 Original) – all shades
Foundation (SPF 15 Matte) – all shades
Gossamers – all shades
High Shine Eyecolors – all shades
Hydrating Blush – all shades
Liner Shadow – all shades
Lip Rev-er Upper
Makeup Remover Wipes
Mineral Veil – all shades
Mineral Veil (SPF 25) – all shades
MultiTasking Minerals – all shades
On the Spot Swabs
Prime Time Eyelid Primer
Prime Time Foundation Primer
Prime Time Oil Control Foundation Primer
Quick Change Brush Cleaner
Radiance Rocks – all shades
Soft Focus Colors – all shades
SPF 15 Lipgloss – Fiji
SPF 30 Natural Sunscreen – all shades
Weather Everything Liner Sealer
Well Cared For Brush Shampoo

BUXOM:
Buxom Insider Liner – all shades
Buxom Lash Mascara
Buxom Lashliner – all shades
Buxom Lip Polish – all shades

RareMinerals:
Blemish Therapy
Moisture Burst Facial Mist

I received this e-mail back in February and just last week I went to Macy’s and had them match my skin tone to their foundation (another thing you can’t do online) and ended up leaving with one of their starter kits!!  It is $60.00 for their starter kit and includes the following:

  • 2 shades of bareMinerals Original SPF 15 Foundation, size Medium
  • 1 Mineral Veil Finishing Powder, size Medium
  • 1 Warmth All-Over Face Color, size Medium
  • 1 Handi Buki Brush
  • 1 Flawless Application Face Brush
  • 1 Maximum Coverage Concealer Brush
  • How-to DVD to show you how to Swirl, Tap, Buff your way back to the skin you were born with
  • Like I said before I’m not a huge makeup person, however this stuff is awesome!  I love that it feels like I’m wearing nothing, yet I have an even skin tone and It is being protected from any harmful pollutants.  You can buff on as little or as much as you want depending on the level of coverage you are looking for.  I usually go for a light coverage and was told by the sales associate that this should last about four months and the larger size would last between six to seven.  Not bad for $60.00.

    They have a huge selection of blushes (which I never use because I have naturally pink cheeks), eye shadows, eye liners, brushes etc.  So take a look around and if you are looking for some great gluten-free cosmetics, I would highly recommend this to you.  I can’t wait to play with some more of their products (eye shadows specially) but that will come in time.

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    3. You just totally inspired me to go check out one of their starter kits! My sister was just making fun of my make-up bag this weekend – I have been needing new make-up for so long. Thanks for the info, Jenny!

      • Kim-I kept hearing great things about their products and put it off for months and months, but it truly is great! I feel like I have nothing on, yet have a very even complexion :)

        Let me know what you think of it!

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