Master’s Degree in MMU Application, anyone?

23 12 2008

I finally got my Monave stuff.   The notice for pick-up from the Makati Post Office arrived exactly one month after I placed my order online.  That was quite frustrating and discouraging… 

The shipment was taking forever so I ordered another brand, Ellana, a day or two before I received the notice.   I’m expecting delivery tomorrow.

The sample set contains  small pots of mineral foundation in 4 different shades and  6 small ziplocs of mineral powders, bronzer, body shimmer and shadow.  To maximize the shipping charges, I ordered two sample sets, a mini lipstick and a full-sized illuminizer.


Now, I need the help of a make-up pro.  Application is not as easy as it appears in the Tips and Tricks of every mineral make-up site I’ve visited.   I’m sure it’s not only about the necessary make-up tools, I need an actual demonstration. 

I got an invitation from Claude of Bare Beauty to attend the Mineral Make-up Weekend Year 2  last December 20 and 21 at the Greenmeadows Clubhouse.  Unfortunately, the venue was quite far from my place and I already had commitments so I missed it.  

I hope to hear another MMU event soon…  Too desperate to learn the tricks.


Go Natural! Go for Mineral Make-up (MMU)

29 11 2008


Mineral make-up is gaining popularity these days.  Even the likes of Body Shop (one of my favorites, I’ve always been a “natural” fanatic) and L’oreal have joined the mineral cosmetics scene.  The use of minerals as cosmetics traces its origins to ancient civilizations.  Egyptians mixed powdered lead and sheep fat to make black kohl for their eyebrows and eyelashes, and used a bright green paste made from copper minerals for eye shadow.*  Cleopatra used crushed mica as her body shimmer. 

Since its introduction here in the Philippines in 2006, many, I supposed, had started to shift to using mineral make-up.  I, for one, had long been wanting to try it (not because I’m a make-up person. I still believe and usually go for the natural or no make-up look.) but since I usually make a little research first before making my purchase, and I hadn’t done it until recently, I hadn’t made any conversion yet.  I’m hoping to receive my package from the USPS Shipping Services soonest for my online purchase of Monave sampler kit so I can experience the benefits as claimed by the early converts.


Among the features of MMU include – no preservatives; free of talc, dye, perfume, synthetic fillers and parabens; the natural pigments blend easily on the skin and provide superior coverage; creates a more natural look, rejuvenates and hydrates skin; and you can sleep with it.

Suggested brands to try primarily due to availability of local distributors are Bare Escentuals, Luminare and Ellana.

 *Confessions of a Beauty Junkie by the Beauty Bar, Issue 1 2008