Category: Mineral Rice Powder


Youngblood is one of my favorite companies – and has been since 1998. Mineral Foundation is their premier product, but I carry other items (see below) in their line as well. Here’s why I absolutely love them:

  • It is a cruelty-free and environmentally responsible company. No animal testing, chemicals, alcohol, or dyes. They contain no synthetic or irritating ingredients, such as artificial fragrance, mineral oil, or petroleum.
  • It is made with pigments from the earth. They’re much healthier than cosmetics containing petroleum dyes. Mineral makeup is made of micronized, highly reflective crystals that reflect light to smooth fine lines and blemishes.
  • Mineral cosmetics also have sun protective properties.  That means they keep your skin healthy and youthful. Minerals do not support the growth of bacteria or microbes, and pose a lower risk of allergic reaction.
  • Youngblood offers a comprehensive set of the most realistic, natural-looking shades, for women of all ethnicities.
  • Minerals are great for use on skin recovering from harsh medical procedures, and on problem skin conditions like rosacea, acne, and discoloration.They began in a medical context, to be used by patients with skin traumatized by laser treatments, chemical treatments, and cosmetic surgery.
  • Youngblood uses rice starch as a healthy alternative to talc which is a filler found in other mineral makeup. Talc blocks pores, drys your skin, and causes irritation . Rice powder absorbs oil, sets makeup, is long-lasting, doesn’t move, and provides a beautiful matte finish.
  • Clean and lightweight, it allows your skin to breathe and is non-comedogenic (it won’t block pores or cause irritation). It provides flawless coverage, you’ll feel like you’re wearing no makeup at all.
  • Youngblood covers and participates in  shows like LA Fashion Week, and The Beauty Show, they provide coverage of Fashion Runways and they show up in National Beauty Magazines. This gives me confidence in the fact that they know current trends and they have a finger on the pulse of the beauty biz.

What’s in it? Mica, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Zinc Stearate, Silica, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Starch, Lauroyl Lysine, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Extract, Tocopherol, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil. May Contain: Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides, Bismuth Oxychloride. .28 oz $41

Check out: Outrageous Lashes Mineral Lengthening Mascara, Mineral Primer, Rice Powder and Concealer, Mineral Lash Primer

Youngblood at NYC Fashion Week 2010

See you at the spa!


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I did a photo shoot the other day down at the Creek in the little village of Arroyo Grande with  photographer and friend, Marilyn Rivas Tate. What a beautiful setting, and what a photographer! Marilyn (and her equipment) were amazing.

At 55 I wasn’t very confidant about doing “beauty shots”. I knew I could do my makeup – duh, and I knew she could make the magic on her end, but I’m not a 20 something model anymore – so I was apprehensive.

I had to do my makeup early in the morning because I had a full day of clients. My everyday makeup would have left my features washed-out for photos.

Here is a list of what I did for my session with Marilyn and what I recommend when I do makeup for a special event or photo session.

1.) One week before the event you should do your last skincare treatment. I recommend a facial Peel that is appropriate for your skin-type. An exfoliating and hydrating treatment will provide a smoother, more even canvas for makeup application.

2.) 3 days after a peel you can have your eyebrows waxed. Fabulous brows are a must!

3.) To prep the skin before you apply makeup: cleanse your face, spritz with toner (Climate Control by Senegence), use a product with sodium hylauronate (Hy-Drate by Tu’el) to retain the skin’s water, and apply sunscreen.

4.) If you need sweat-proof makeup for the heat, humidity, or the scrutiny of  flashbulbs, wear an oil absorbing product. Greasy skin does not look pretty in pictures or in real life.

My pick: Absorb by Tu’el

5.) Prime-time! Almost ready for makeup. But first, primer is something to have on hand when you have a crazy-long day, or when you want a flawless look. It creates a protective base and a smoother surface for fine lines, acne scaring or any other irregularity in the skin. It allows foundation to be applied evenly and effortlessly.

6.) Hmmm, what foundation to wear? Youngblood Mineral Makeup of course. I love the option of very light to full coverage with this mineral makeup. It also has an SPF rating of up to 30 (about 8 SPF for most applications). Did you know it is better to have wear  mineral makeup than bare skin when going out?

7.) Next add highlighters, bronzing powders, blush and contouring.

  • Highlight the eyes. Under the brow bone and by the tear duct, place some white or brightening highlighter. I don’t love shimmer or glitter on older, crepey or dry skin 😥 matte is better. But for all you kids out there (or for those who don’t give a s*^#) shimmer away!

My pick: Sandstone Pink Cream by Senegence. This is one of celebrity MUA Kandee Johnson’s favorite products!

  • Contour the eyes. Puffy upper lids require shadow in earth tones (grays or browns) to minimize.

My pick: Trucco Hi-brow Trio

  • Use a darker foundation or bronzing powder, in hollows of checks and possibly under the chin and the sides of the nose – every face is different.

My pick:  Sunglow Mineral Makeup

8.) Lashes! Curl, prime, curl again, and coat 1,2,3 or more times.

My pick: Youngblood’s Outrageous Lashes Mineral Lengthening Mascara

9.) Lips! With out a doubt Lipsense by Senegence is my #1 pick

10.) Brows! A professional shaping and consultation is essential. Don’t do any waxing at least 3 days before the event in case you break out a little.

  • Use a pencil a little lighter than you want the brows to end up, to fill in and lengthen the brow shape.
  • Brush them out.
  • A brow powder will soften and add dimension to the eyebrow (the same Trucco Hi-brow Trio you used to contour the eyes is perfect).

11.) And finally, whether your on the big or the little screen, you need to understand the importance of taking it all off at the end of the day.

I can’t wait to get my skin clean because I know the secret to having great looking skin in the morning is removing all that makeup at night, and this is one of the most important beauty tips you can follow.

If you leave makeup on overnight, it can clog your pores causing all kinds of breakouts, blackheads, and uneven skin tone. Plus, your skin renews itself at night and cant effectively do that if its covered in old makeup.

My pick: Hydrophylic Cleansing Oil and Herbalizer by Tu’el

12.) And last but not least, get plenty of beauty sleep the night before!

See you at the spa!

Youngblood’s oil-controlling Pressed Mineral Foundation provides exceptional concealing properties, while remaining lightweight and healthy for your skin.

This special formulation includes rice starch to offer a smooth, matte look with a healthy, natural glow. The elegant, sleek black compact fits easily in your purse for a quick touch-up any time.

When at home I prefer using brushes to a sponge. Use a small brush to conceal eye area, redness and any other blemishes. Use a large brush to get all-over coverage.

Layer the applications until you get the kind of coverage you want.

Loose Minerals are also available to be used with Rice Powder. Because there is more pigment in the Loose Minerals, it is a better choice than Pressed Minerals for very red, or blemished skin that needs extra coverage.

What’s in it?

Loose Minerals; Titanium Dioxide, Bismuth Oxychloride, Mica. May Contain: Iron Oxides, Chromium Hydroxide Greens. .35 oz. $38

Pressed Minerals; Mica, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Zinc Stearate, Silica, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Starch, Lauroyl Lysine, Safflower Seed Oil, Aloe Vera Leaf Extract, Tocopherol, Honeysuckle Flower ExtractJojoba Seed Oil. May Contain: Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides, Bismuth Oxychloride. 0.28 oz. $41

Mineral Rice Setting Powder; Mica, Corn Starch Modified, Rice Starch, Hydrated Silica, Parsley Extract, Cucumber Fruit Extract, Marshmallow Root Extract, Cornflower Flower Extract, Lemon Peel Extract, Jojoba Seed Oil, Honeysuckle Flower Extract. May Contain: Iron Oxides. 0.35oz $22

The pigments Youngblood uses are very natural, no orangey jaw lines! Free of talc and fragrance, YB Mineral Makeup is incredibly silky, and provides sheer, high performance coverage and a natural radiance-without any glitter or shimmer.

Mineral Makeup also offers some protection from UV – realistically, about an 8 SPF.

It’s actually better for your skin to put Mineral Makeup on when going outside than just plain old bare skin. It lets the skin breathe, adds sun protection, and  helps seal in moisture and seal out dirt, debris and pollution.

See you at the spa!

I’ve found some excellent priming products over the years that I love and use both at home and at work.
After all, great makeup is no accident, is not for the faint of heart, and requires attention to detail.
Still reading? Good! 😉 Let’s get started!
1.) Mineral Rice Setting Powder by Youngblood
Youngblood Mineral Rice Powder at Star Brows: This ultra-silky, translucent powder absorbs oil to control shine and diminish the appearance of pores, but doesn’t dry your skin. It prepares the skin for my favorite makeup, Natural Mineral Foundation (which comes pressed or loose). The rice powder (which also comes pressed or loose) sets a flawless, long-lasting matte finish. This unique formulation uses rice starch, corn starch and minerals, is 100% talc-free and calms and soothes the skin.
What’s in it?
Mica (CI 77019), Corn Starch Modified, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Starch, Hydrated Silica, Carum Petroselinum (Parsley) Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Althaea Officinalis (Marshmallow) Root Extract, Centaurea Cyanus (Cornflower) Flower Extract, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Extract, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract. .35 oz. $22.
2.) Mineral Primer by Youngblood
Give your makeup real staying power with Mineral Primer, a lightweight, translucent blend that works with Youngblood Mineral Foundation. You will love its silk-to-powder touch within seconds of application, and be amazed at how fine lines and pores disappear effortlessly. Formulated with minerals and vitamins, the Primer also protects skin from environmental damage. Skin protection, a flawless complexion, and makeup that last all day.
What’s in it?
Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Cyclopentasiloxane, Ethylhexyl Salicylate, Smithsonite Extract, Rhodochrosite Extract, Malachite Extract, Hematite Extract, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Retinyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Acetate. 1 oz. $37.50
3.) Mineral Lash Prime by Youngblood
This milky white lash “cream” works under mascara to create visibly fuller and thicker lashes after the first coat of mascara. The nourishing formula moisturizes and softens lashes with protein, vitamins and natural oils to help prevent lash breakage.
What’s in it?
Water (Aqua) , Acrylates Copolymer, Butylene Glycol, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Polybutene, Stearic Acid, Glyceryl Stearate, Triethanolamine, Ethylhexylglycerin, Oleic Acid, Macadamia Integrifolia Seed Oil, Aleurites Moluccana Seed Oil , Simethicone, Tocopheryl Acetate, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Glycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Sodium Hyaluronate, Panthenol, Rosa Centifolia Flower Water. .13 oz. $22

Tip: For a fake eyelash effect, apply primer to bear lashes, wiggling at the base and sweeping out. Immediately apply multiple coats of your favorite mascara while it is still wet.

4.) Ultimate Concealer

Who doesn’t need help with the skin under the eyes? Youngblood Ultimate Concealer at Star Brows is a rich & creamy, mineral formula that gives sheer to heavy coverage, while still looking silky and natural. This perfect blend of light-reflecting minerals makes the skin look smoother, draws attention away from dark circles, and diffuses tiny lines. vitamin C and E help minimize lines and dark circles, allantoin extract stimulates the growth of healthy tissue, and jojoba esters prevent dryness throughout the day.

What’s in it?

Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Octyldodecanol, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Jojoba Esters, Polyethylene, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Propylene Carbonate, Allantoin, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tocopherol, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil. .10 oz $27

5.) Concealer Brush

Now for my very favorite priming tip: Japonesque Foundation Brush at Star Brows – This is hot! The soft little brush dipped into a fabulous Mineral Makeup nestles into the labial folds of the nose, (new name please) and eye area. Use it any place where there are sunspots, blemishes, broken capillaries or redness, because: smaller brush = better coverage. This also helps protect vulnerable areas from UV rays, because minerals in a concentrated  area can give up to 30 SPF.

The tips I’ve given you are not just for aesthetic value, but holistic in nature – and therefore worth the time, I think, since they keep your skin and lashes radiantly healthy, as well as beautiful.

See you at the spa!


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