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Gigi here, with a Drugstore “Steal!”

Recently I was in a hurry and left the house sans makeup-with my fair skin and hazel eyes, I can fade away and it’s not pretty. I had intended to apply mine in the car while my husband drove, packed a bag of cosmetics, and forgot it. Since it’s not Halloween yet and I don’t want to frighten others needlessly, we stopped at the drugstore, where I ran in to find some cosmetic staples. I hate to waste money and replicate items I already own, but a display for Jane Cosmetics caught my eye–problem solved! You’re most likely familiar with this firm. It began with a few items, but they are now flourishing, offering very reasonably priced, innovative products for every age, every look. The name “Jane” itself is derived from the fact that the line is intended to be flattering for all women and is actually an acronym for botanical ingredients in most of their items–juniper, aloe, nettle, and elderflower.

While I feared I would have to go bare-faced, I had nearly everything I needed in their new “Be Pure Minerals in the Round Building Blocks to Beauty,” a talc- and oil-free set of five interlocking, stackable, circular cosmetic rounds. They include foundation, bronzer, dual blushes, an eye shadow quad and four lip glosses, with a mirror in the lid (thank you, as I am annoyed by firms which disregard these). This is a limited-time offer–get yours now for $9.99 (yes, you read that correctly!). It’s akin to having a small makeup boutique. For a pittance, I was able to transform myself easily from “oh, woe is me” to “oh, wow is me!” I used the portable blush, eye, and lip brushes I always carry in my purse for application (I know, I know-I need a shrink).

These kits are available in “Cool” and “Warm.” The foundation is pressed mineral powder in colors with an undertone of yellow. Why? The key pigment in our skin, melanin, is yellow by nature. The coverage is not heavy, just enough to camouflage imperfections, even out skin tone, and disguise ruddiness (avoid powder under eyes as it exaggerates any lines). I whipped out one of my cream concealers for this area (it’s been suggested that carrying my purse is a great exercise for building muscles).

In general, Christian Dior eyeshadows are my “benchmark” when it comes to ease of shadow application. No, these don’t glide on in the same effortless way but require a little more work. However, it doesn’t take much to create a variety of attractive looks with shadows in ecru, taupe, subtle shimmering copper, a great deep chocolate brown, seafoam, and smoky teal. Bronzers include a patchwork of squares in slightly luminous hues including beige, copper, coral, and bronze, depending on the palette you choose. Blushes? Rose tones are predominant, with the “Warm” colors more subdued and pleasing to people who may tend to shy away from pink. As a finishing touch, use the lip glosses for a perfect, soft, shiny pout-no tacky feel here! These are fascinating and range from barely-there nude, bronze, and blossom to very wearable, vivid shades of russet, rose, and fuschia. An idea: Mix and layer the colors for your own unique, perfect tone.

I started with the “Cool” set and bought the other on the way home. Hey-I know a good thing when I see it and want to stock up before the executives at Jane realize that they’ve lost their minds when it comes to a beauty deal!

Run! Don’t walk! Any other Jane lovers!

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