Beauty Profile w/ Melissa Croland of Youngblood Cosmetics

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Melissa Croland comes from a very eclectic background. After graduating from the University of Illinois at Chicago in Communications and Marketing, she began her professional career in the music industry. She landed a position with recording artist Kid Rock, where she learned the tricks of the trade and led her to Los Angeles. Once she arrived in the City of Angels, she left music’s line of business and started dabbling in other ventures. Melissa found her niche working in various areas of Public Relations. These areas include food & beverage, fashion, beauty, sports entertainment and celebrity high-profile clientele. No matter the genre, Melissa can gain brand exposure. Currently she is planting the “seed” for Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics. Melissa jumped on board this astonishing company a little over a year ago and is enjoying every minute of it. No matter what the PR task is, she is using her skills and 10 years of marketing experience to make sure everyone hears about how extraordinary Youngblood is and why everyone should be using it.

Melissa is one of the very first who believed in my talent as a beauty reviewer and has continued to support me in my endeavour.  Taking time out of a busy schedule she graciously agreed to share some of her many beauty secrets with us.

Anita: What are your top 5 beauty products & Why?

Melissa:  1.) Youngblood Mineral Primer – Best primer I have ever experienced. Smoothes the appearance of fine lines, rejuvenates skin tissue with the YB signature mineral blend and contains vitamins A and E.

2.) Latisse – I had little tiny eyelashes and now I have long thick ones. I get people thinking they are falsies!!

3.) Bliss Body Butter: Blood Orange-White Pepper – Jeepers Creepers!! True completion to my post shower routine.

4.) Shu Uemura Satin Design White Tea Polishing Milk– Yes, it’s a mouthful and not cheap, but worth the deep breath and every penny. I apply while my hair is damp before blow drying. It is left soft, with body and fly-away hairs smoothed out. XO Shu.

5.) Youngblood Mineral Radiance Moisture Tint – Of course I have to end with a YB product! Lightweight and leaves my skin with a dewy, natural finish. Always glowing with Youngblood!

Anita: What are your top Favorite Non-Brand beauty products?

Melissa:  Sandpaper – My grandmother sandpapers her feet every night and then moisturizes. She has the softest feet…NO gross calluses that you see even on the prettiest of women. It’s all about the dedication to maintenance!

Dental Floss – Oral hygiene is vital. Healthy gums equal a healthy body.

Lipgloss and Mascara – Two brilliant inventions. While I could live without them, I just don’t want to.

Anita: My favorite Question, What’s your favorite shade of Red Lipstick?

Melissa:  I have to go with Youngblood’s Spicy. It is garnet red with gold flecks…really pretty and works with a wide range of skin tones

Anita: If you only had 5 minutes in the morning, what’s your beauty routine?

Melissa:  Without out a doubt, brush and floss. Quick brush thru my hair, pony tail holder for a sloppy bun with wispy bangs. Spritz of Agent Provocateur, YB moisture tint, few strokes of mascara and apply Youngblood Coy lipgloss (natural, pale shade) as I walk out the door.

Sound like I have done this before??

Anita:  Last minute pearls of wisdom?

Melissa:  While we all love looking our best, beauty comes from the inside. Take care of yourself, stay true to who you are and what you believe in. We all have bad days…so when you do, do your hair, put on your makeup and favorite shoes, and shine like the star you are!

Anita: Beautiful words to live by! Thank you Melissa and I’m looking forward to our future conversations!

Crimson for the Holidays w/ Youngblood Cosmetics

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My favorite shades, and just in time for the Holidays.  The gorgeous colors remind me of cherries, grapes and luscious plums.

From metallic reds, deep garnets and lively rubies there is a shade of red for everyone.

From left to right: Mystere, Vixen, Bistro and Spicy Kranberry – all equally my favorite.  Although I have a soft spot for Vixen.

Youngblood is a Mineral Based Cosmetic company that creates Luxurious, Moisturizing and Lanolin Free Lipsticks!

The lipsticks have a superior blend of Natural Oils, Minerals and Candela Wax for super hydration that lasts all day, even after morning coffee.

These Gorgeous colors come in 6 color families with 22 colors to choose from.  So go ahead and Glow, Pout, and Wink with Youngblood Cosmetics!

Youngblood Cosmetics get’s a TEN!


Long-Lasting Lip Shine with Youngblood Cosmetics

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I love nothing more than finding different ways of wearing red, especially when it’s a new lip color.  Youngblood Cosmetics is one of the few makeup companies that creates mineral based makeup that allows  the skin to breathe and heal.

I recently fell in love with Jubilee – a gorgeous shade of red.  I love the small sleek black compact, it makes it easy to tuck it into the pocket of my favorite jeans or carry inside my evening bag.

Available in 7 gorgeous shades, enriched with Vitamin E and other emollients for super hydration.  Lip Shine by Youngblood Cosmetics can be layered over your favorite lipstick or lip pencil for that little bit of added shine.

Jubille by Youngblood Cosmetics gets a TEN!

Available at OxenRose Salon

Gorgeous & Luminous Healthy Color by Youngblood Cosmetics

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Crushed Mineral Blush by Youngblood Cosmetics is just the right amount of gorgeous and Luminous color.

You can apply it to your eyes, lips and cheeks for that amazing all over natural healthy glow.  I was skeptical at first, I tend to have a heavy hand with product and with the help of my blush brush managed to use the right amount of this heavenly mineral powder.

I love looking fresh, soft and youthful.

Crushed Mineral Blush by Youngblood Cosmetics gets a TEN!


Available in 8 gorgeous shades

OxenRose Salon

Mineral Rice Setting Powder by Youngblood Cosmetics

Since I started testing this amazing Mineral Rice Setting Powder by Youngblood Cosmetics I’ve been unable to put it down. 

This Ultra-Silky powder absorbed and controlled oil, shine and helped manage the appearance of my pores. 

I’ve been getting older and since developed concerns with skin resurfacing, I love products that give me a smooth and flawless finish. 

Mineral Rice Setting powder is 100% talc free and provided me with a lasting matte finish that kept my Moisture Tint in place all day!

Mineral Rice Setting Powder by Youngblood Cosmetics gets a TEN!


OxenRose Salon

448 Grove Street

San Francisco, CA 94102


Long-Wearing, Non-Flaking, Smudge Proof Mascara

Mineral Lengthening Mascara

I’m addicted to mascara, especially mascara that’s good for your lashes.  Mineral Lengthening Mascara by Youngblood Cosmetics combines a volumizing formula that conditions and perfectly extends lashes, creating amazing length.

The exclusively designed brush allows for definition and eyelash separation.

Each lash is lifted and separated from root to tip.  This explains why my lashes were gorgeous.

I loved the long-wearing, no flaking, smudge free mascara, this is one City Girl with gorgeous lashes.

Mineral Lengthening Mascara is formulated with essential animo acids, and B vitamins for flexible hydrated lashes.

Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics gets a TEN!


OxenRose Salon

448 Grove Street

San Francisco, CA 94102


~ Creating thicker, fuller Lashes ~



Now that I’ve been getting older I worry about my lashes.  I discovered this amazing Mineral Lash Prime by Youngblood Cosmetics.  

It can be worn under any mascara, my lashes were nourished and moisturized. 

 Mineral Lash Prime, for thicker and fuller lashes after one coat of mascara. 

I love having long , thick and healthy lashes.  On the plus side, my lashes were fortified, conditioned, and replenished with vitamins and minerals that condition the lashes and help extend the wear of mascara. 

Mineral Lash Prime by Youngblood Cosmetics gets a TEN! 


 OxenRose Salon 

448 Grove Street 

San Francisco, CA 94102