Makeup Review: M.A.C. Mineralize Moisture SPF15 Foundation


This was my very first purchase and even though it was not my first choice (I went into M.A.C wanting to purchase  Studio Face & Body), I’ve grown to like it a lot.  It  does what it is supposed to do for me, I have worn it very lightly and I have put it on medium.  I’ve never done a cakey face cause I’m not really into the heavy heavy make up look.  I have not gotten into contouring as of yet so I keep it simple for the most part.  My color in this Mineralize Moisture spf15 foundation is NC50.  I have very dry skin except my nose and this foundation does not affect my skin as in making it dryer, so I really love that.  It feels very light weight, I do not know that I have it on which was one of the things I really needed to happen.  When I feel things on my face it is irritating so I’m really enjoying that.  It does tend to make me itch tho but it doesn’t irritate my skin after I remove it so I think this may be my own issues…lol. It doesn’t settle into my creases by the time i’m off work so that’s great also. It has no smell which is wonderful…I dont even know if that’s a thing with any foundation but whatever.

Below are some pics of me wearing the Mineralize Moisture


This was my work look.  I applied a very thin layer of foundation, eyeliner, and nude a lip.  Just wanted a polished look for work nothing too dramatic.


Here my coverage was a little heavier, I’d say medium. I have eyeliner both below and above my eye with a soft plum lip.  This was a weekend so I am more daring with my look when I’m not at work.  I was taking baby girl to the circus so I could play around some.


Here the same medium coverage as above but I added some shadow to my eyes.  I used my nude pallet by Maybelline




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First Ever Beauty Supply Haul


As the title suggest this is my first time EVER doing a beauty supply haul!  Being totally new to the makeup world I had to get everything, including the basics.  My first experience was with Ulta and I did not like it at all! Upon going on the store I was a bit overwhelmed by the amount of products and I didnt understand the set up until my daughter pointed out that it was by brand.  The floor was dusty also, my daughter said it was because it was a makeup store and it could have fallen on the floor.  While thats true you still need to clean your floor often when in that type of business; would you get your hair done at a salon with hair all over the floor? Not I.  Anywho, then I didn’t like the fact that one of the associates who was doing someones hair, yelled throughout the entire store in a very unprofessional tone and verbage that she was not going to clean the spill that a small child accidentally  made.  Hoodrat shouldnt even have a job! Anywho, back to my haul… From there I got a sponge and some NYX Matte setting spray for myself and nail polish for my daughter. I dont think I will ever visit that Ulta again! Oh the sponge and the finisher are not pictured in the picture above because I had forgotten about them once I went to MAC the next day…lol.

Next day I finished my haul by going to MAC for a makeup application session and purchase the following:

1. Mineralize Moisture spf15 foundation in NC50

2. Select Moisture Cover concealer in NW40

3. Satin Verve AB4 lipstick

4. Veluxe Brow Liner in deep brunette

5. Mineralize Skinfinish finishing powder in dark

6. Prep and Prime Highlighter (for my daughter; I dont know what she will do with it so its far beyong me right now lol)

The makeup-artist took her time with me showing me how to apply each product, she put on one side of my face and I did the other.  I told her I wanted a natural look with light coverage, nothing heavy and I dont want a cakey face. She went to work.  I suggested their MAC Studio Face and Body foundation because through my own research I discovered it was lightweight coverage. So thats what she did my makeup with but when it came time to purchase it they ran out **side eye** So instead of waiting for it to be ordered my daughter  (of course I had to take my personal stylist with me :)) asked if they had anything else lightweight that could be substituted, hence how I purchased the Mineralize Moisture spf15 foundation.  The difference was that the Studio Face and Body is not buildable, its totally sheer no matter how much you put on its still going to be light sheer coverage.  On the other hand the Mineralize Moisture is buildable, so you can where it light or you can build it up to be heavy or even cakey if thats your thing.  I think that was a better choice for me because while I do want light every day coverage for work, what about when its time to turn up with my hubby on our cruise…lol.  Okay, back to my application session, everything was pretty easy with the exception of the eyebrows.  Lawdy, I dont think I will ever be able to do them…lol. I also struggled with eyeshadow but I feel with a few more attempts I should be fine.

My daughter and I then went on to Sephora. YASSSSS!!! I loved this store, there were no ghetto girls like at Ulta (or they knew how to turn it on and off…and aint nothing wrong with that cause I got nothing but ghetto in my roots but you’d never know unless you got me twisted) and the floor was dust (makeup) free. Cleanliness is next to Godliness (my great grandma’s favorite saying). At this point I was looking for minor things such as primer, lipstick, cleanser, and wipes.  I didnt strike it big here but I did get a couple of foundation and primer sample .  I love love love that this store does that! You can figure out your perfect match before buying!  The primer sample was Makeup Forever Step 1 Hydrating Primer which is supposed to help with dry skin.  I got two NARS foundation samples: New Orleans and Benares because the sales association that was helping us had on makeup that made her look flawless without any coverage, I was greatly impressed by her look and had to try this product. Samples are a great feature for us newbies or even more experienced ladies.  What I purchase from them is below:

1. Sehora Glossy gloss

2. Smashbox Photo Finish primer

3. NARS foundaton (for my daughter who had been dying to try it)

Because I didnt want to spend $14 for each brush at this point because I am new at this we decided to take our journey in the direction of Target!  So I got all of the brushes I need right now from there as well as a few other things:

1. Maybelline The Nudes eye shadow palett

2. Maybelline Lasting Drama gel eye liner in 950 blackest black

3. Maybelline Volume Express mascara in 203 very black

4. NYX Matte lipstick n MLS02 (its a bright rose)

5. Maybelline Glaze Blush Stick

6. Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel-cream moisturizer

7. Neutrogena Alcohol Free Toner

8. Cetaphil Facial Cleanser

9. Simple cleaning wipes

10.  Elf brushes (eye shadow, stipple, angled, concealer, powder)

We ended the day by going to Bath & Body Works because I can never walk by there without getting something and because they had the buy 3 get to 2 free I cleaned up 🙂

1. Beautiful Day lotion x2 (one for my daughter)

2. Beautiful Day fragrance mist

3.  Sweet Pea lotion

4. Sweet Pea fragrance mist

Some pictures are below of my MAC makeup application and my own application 🙂


What I looked like when I left MAC. I liked everything except my brows lol


What I did myself the next day. Not bad for an ameuature


My daughter and I, no foundation only eyeliner and lipstick for me that day


Full foundation application (at work selfie)

So You Want To Be Natural Pt. 6 – The Regimen

Now that you have all these products and tools to grow your healthy natural hair you must decide when and how often you will apply them, this is called your regimen. Most curlie naturals (there are naturals who wear their hair straight…yes it’s natural because there is no chemical being added… we’ll save my thoughts on this for a separate post) use a regimen to make sure their hair is on a schedule of health. How you put together your regimen will depend on the needs of your hair. The needs of your hair will be determined by trial and error and things you already know about your hair.  For example if you already know your hair is dry and brittle, you may need a protein treatment to be done monthly. If you know you have type 4c hair, you know your hair is tightly coiled and if you want it longer you may want to add a stretching technique to your regimen on wash day.

A simple regimen: cleanse weekly if cowashing and shampoo monthly, deep condition weekly, protein treatment monthly, moisturize and seal daily. Again this is very basic for a more detailed realistic regimen click here.

Previous: Pt. 5


Disclaimer: Everything listed here is basic and is meant to be a starting point. The links I’ve including will take you to some of the products I use for the various steps of maintaining my natural hair. I am no expert on hair care, I do not have my cosmetology license, nor am I a chemist, biologist, or scientist. I am a natural women who’s been researching natural hair care since 2012. I am however an expert in my own hair story and that’s what being natural is all about…developing a relationship with the hairs on your own head. I share what has worked for me in hopes that it may work for you as well. 

So You Want To Be Natural Pt.5 – Products & Tools

Now that you have decided on where you will get your products from, either the kitchen or the store let’s talk about some of the products that you will need to make your natural hair journey  a healthy journey.

The first and most important step in having healthy hair is moisturizing it. So you have to have a product that is a moisturizer. To be an effective moisturizer it’s first ingredient MUST be aqua, water, H20. Water is by far thee BEST moisturizer for our hair and skin. In fact it’s such a great moisturizer that it alone can be your moisturizer (I speak from experience as water is my primary moisturizer), when your hair is in its naturally curly state of course (if you straighten your hair and moisturize with water it will revert your hair back to its curly state).

Another product necessary is a leave in conditioner to continue to moisturize your hair as the days go on. I’ve seen some naturals go without this step. I was one in my pre loc journey, now that I am experimenting with the LOC and LCO techniques I’ve incorporated it into my regimen.  My hair seems to be a lot softer and stays moisturized longer.

You will also want to invest in a cream or butter moisturizer to assist the leave in with providing more moisture to your hair and other benefits such as shine.  This is the second step in the LCO method and the third step in the LOC method.

All of this moisturizing will be done for nothing if you do not invest in a sealant. There are a multitude of oils you can use to seal the moisture in your hair. Without this vital steps the moisture will leave your hair causing it to be dry and breakage will occur.

Where we would be without a good cleanser to help us clean our scalp and rid it and our hair of all the other products we put in it.  Selecting a cleanser will require some consideration on your part. Biggest choice being to shampoo, cowash, or,both. Some naturals swear by cowashing alone, others stick with tradition shampooing.  If your a neo in the natural world cowashing is the act of using a conditioner to cleanse your scalp. Many naturals use both in their regimens, like yours truly 🙂

Another essential product is a moisturizing deep conditioner. This beneficial treatment aids in providing deep penetrating moisture to your hair and scalp. There are many natural, non natural and home made products that fall under this category.

In Order to provide strength to your tresses you should use a protein treatment. Just like the moisturizing deep conditioner the protein treatment will aid in the overall health of your hair and it to can be purchased or made in the kitchen.

This is not low on the list because it is least necessary! A Hot oil treatment is one of the best things we can do for our hair.  It is the spa treatment for hair.  It helps condition, strengthen, moisturize and heal your hair.  It can be purchased or made.  It is one of the easiest of the home products to concoct.  A journey without this is missing an important part of healthy hair.

Last but certainly not least is a rinse out conditioner, this is also used by some naturals after washing the hair but before the leave in is applied. It is another method of conditioning for those who feel it is necessary to help their hair be more manageable and moisturized. I do not incorporate this in my regimen.

Styling tools will also be necessary, items such as wide tooth combs or tangle teasers for detangling, Denman brush used for smoothing and clumping curls, butterfly clips and elastic bands for
separating hair. A spray bottle or two is also a necessary tool.

Previous: Pt. 4

Next: Pt. 6

Disclaimer: Everything listed here is basic and is meant to be a starting point. The links I’ve including will take you to some of the products I use for the various steps of maintaining my natural hair. I am no expert on hair care, I do not have my costmatology license, nor am I a chemist, biologist, or scientist. I am a natural women who’s been researching natural hair care since 2012. I am however an expert in my own hair story and that’s what being natural is all about…developing a relationship with the hairs on your own head. I share what has worked for me in hopes that it may work for you as well.