Go Bare in Public (with bareMinerals, that is!)

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I’ve loved fashion since high school, but I’ve been a beauty fiend ever since I can remember. During my teen years, a host of skin issues prompted me to cake on layers upon layers of foundation and powder like a bad cliche. The result was unnatural and heavy, and I certainly wasn’t fooling anyone. I’m much happier with my skin and makeup routine now, but those misbegotten years left me with a serious phobia of powder foundation.

However, when bareMinerals invited me to try a makeunder (yes, under!), it sounded like something right up my alley. Hailing from San Francisco (woot woot!), bareMinerals part of the bareEscentulas family, carrying on the mission statement that makeup and skincare should enhance natural beauty and boost confidence. They describe their mineral makeup as a form of skincare and “so pure you could sleep in it,” which certainly had me intrigued. My liquid foundation served me nicely, but I couldn’t wait to take it off at the end of the day.

So, I found myself at the Go Bare event sponsored by bareMinerals and held just outside the beautiful Ferry Building on the Embarcardero. It’s one of my favorite areas in the city- that no-man’s-land between the bustling Financial District and the grey-green water of the bay. The fading light of the day was the perfect backdrop for the pop-up stand, where makeup artists subtly transformed women into a more radiant version of themselves.

Liliana, my fabulous makeup artist, gave me a fresh, natural look with serious staying power. The secret involves moisturizing and applying a primer first and being sure to choose the right brush for the coverage you want. Liliana applied a light layer of  their Original foundation followed by concealer, later warming my face with bronzer and blush. For the lips, I couldn’t resist going bold with a lipstick called “Risk It All” (love the playful names!) for a bold pop of pink that just so happened to match the decor. Coincidence?

I was lucky enough to take home some goodies to try myself, and I can say I’m officially hooked. Tomorrow I’ll be sharing a little 5-minute makeup tutorial I came up with, and I’m so excited about it that I’m even posting a no-makeup face shot for comparison.
Courage, Sarah. Courage.

Many thanks to the fantastic folks at bareMinerals for making this all possible!

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My friend Mathilda accompanied me for her own makeunder- doesn’t she look fantastic? I love how they played up her adorable freckles!

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bareminerals, bareminerals go bare, bareminerals ready foundation, bareminerals san francisco, bareminerals event

bareminerals, bareminerals go bare, bareminerals ready foundation, bareminerals san francisco, bareminerals event

bareminerals, bareminerals go bare, bareminerals ready foundation, bareminerals san francisco, bareminerals event

bareminerals, bareminerals go bare, bareminerals ready foundation, bareminerals san francisco, bareminerals event

bareminerals, bareminerals go bare, bareminerals ready foundation, bareminerals san francisco, bareminerals event

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7 Fantastic Savory Pumpkin Recipes

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Happy October, everyone! Speaking of which, it’s interesting how we celebrate seasons in San Francisco. The weather doesn’t exact vary, and we don’t get to experience that hot, endless summer that make us welcome that first little chill that signals fall’s beginning. But that tingly feeling of autumn’s arrival is one of my favorite sensations, and I refuse to part with it even though there’s nary a fallen leaf in sight to crunch under my feet.

I’ve always had an odd relationship with pumpkins, both adoring/anthropomorphising them for their cuteness while simultaneously wanting to devour them in every possible form. Now that I think about it, I’d imagine it’s how meat-eaters feel about baby farm animals. But somehow I reconcile my conflicted feelings as I start adding pumpkin to everything from oatmeal to martinis (the latter was ill-advised) to celebrate September and October.

Even though I love pumpkin pie as much as the next girl, there’s something about savory pumpkin recipes that particularly piques my interest. Devoid of sugary sweetness and infused with spice, I love how each of these seven savory recipes make the most of fall’s most famous veggie.

Recipes/photo credits, from top left down:

Emily’s Butternut Squash and Black Bean Chili in Pumpkin Bowls : oh she glows

Pumpkin Pasta : Whole Living

Curried Coconut-Pumpkin Stew : Whole Living

Spiced Pumpkin Soup with Ginger Browned Butter : Sunset

Butternut Squash (or Pumpkin!) Mac ‘n Cheez : oh she glows

The Stuffed Pumpkin Recipe that Would Make Martha Proud : sanfranista (tee hee!)

Pumpkin Risotto : A Beautiful Mess

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