Saturday, June 25, 2016

How To: Lemon Glycerine Extract

After discovering how fabulously glycerine captures the freshness of cucumber, I had to see if it was just as good at capturing lemon.

Guess what!?

Yeah, you guessed - it's GREAT!

Let's make lemon glycerine extract!

Monday, June 20, 2016

How To: Lip and Eye Pencil Base

Today, we're going to make an easy, basic lip and eye pencil base that can be used for color cosmetics such as lip pencils, eye pencils, eyebrow pencils, and cheek tint.

You're probably wondering how it is possible to make a texture that is equally good for all these uses. A lip pencil needs to go on smoothly and be firm enough to where the tip doesn't break off. An eye pencil needs to be softer, smoother and not even come close to dragging on the skin. For cheek application, a firmer texture is ideal.

Well, I've been scientifically testing, experimenting, and meticulously logging my results for a few years now (read: I've been having a ball fiddling around with these textures for ages),  and with enough tweaking, testing, and diligence, I finally succeeded in creating a – for me – sublime texture that is great for all of these uses.

This formula has good slip and nice staying power without feeling gluey or sticky.

Note: skin type plays a role in which texture/stiffness/glide-factor feels best, so even though this texture is ace for me, it might not be perfection for you.

However – even if it isn't 100% perfection for you, you can still use it as a base to tweak and fiddle with proportions until you have created your own version of perfection.

Let's Get Busy with the Base!

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Foundation Stick - Batch 2 - That's Better

A while back I made a foundation stick that worked, but was a fail. The color was fine, coverage was OK, but there was a serious texture issue that turned up after a short time of use.

Here's batch 2. This turned out much better – no hard, lumpy bits and nice, even texture all the way through.

If you think that means this was a total success, I'd have to say 'only partly'. We're still not quite there, but I'll get to that bit in a minute.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

What to Do With Excess Press-Ready Make-Up Powders

Here's a quick little tip for using the left-over colors after pressing shadows. Transfer all of the excess to a compact powder container without mixing them together, and press.

Voilá! A multi-colored palette in one pan.

Here's how my recent palette of skin tones became an all-in-one shadow and toning combo.

Have fun!

Before This

Mixing PIgments to Match Skin Tone
Pressing a palette of skin colors
Easy Matt Powder Foundation

Check the sidebar under TOPICS for more make-up making how to's on this blog. You can also visit the HOW TO page.

Monday, June 6, 2016

LisaLise Tries [M] Botanicals

One of the great things about meeting other makers of hand-crafted cosmetics is having a chance to compare notes with someone who has the same interest.

Being able to chat about ingredients, discuss the challenges of creating the perfect viscosity, agonize together over finding suitable packaging and labels – and other such things that are truly vital to the continued existence of the world – is really enjoyable.

And if you think I'm exaggerating about the continued existence of the world thing – just ask anyone who is passionate about making cosmetics. You'll soon realize I'm right on target with that one.

Above is a selection of products I have been trying – all hand-made by a clever lady named Bexy. Bexy's products are all about marrying nature and science (my kind of philosophy). Her company – based in England – is called [M] Botanicals.

As an extension of our numerous note-comparing conversations, Bexy and I have been sending each other a few of our products to examine, try out, and talk about.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

How to: Pressed Powders in Skin Tones

Soo, now that you've made an entire collection of skin colors. What to do with them? How about making a face-sculpting and toning palette of pressed powders?

Today, we're going to use a finished base powder mixture, so we can (almost) dive right in to the fun part - building up our palette!

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Free From? Really? Aren't We Past That Yet?

The other day I got an email from a company who wanted me to test and review their 'all natural' products. They were ready to send me a generous selection of creams, lotions, cleansers, and more.

For reasons unknown, this kind of thing happens to me regularly.

I mean, this blog is about how I go about developing a bespoke product, or what I discover while researching ingredients, or DIY's and How-tos.

It has, to my recollection never, ever, ever – not even once – been about reviewing commercially-made products.

Nevertheless, I get these mails.

This one was actually pretty long, and I read the entire text.

(I'm polite like that)

Saturday, May 21, 2016

How To: Make a Complete Skin Tone Palette

A while back I showed you how to match your skin tone using a mere 4 components. Today, we're going to use that foundation color to create a collection of skin tones – from highlighter to blush to contouring.

Here's the coolest part: you're only going to need one additional pigment to make an entire palette of skin tone sculpting colors.

Shall we get started?

Monday, May 16, 2016

Touched HandMade Soap

Making soap is nothing new, and most people don't give soap a second thought, but really, it's an amazing craft. Watching simple ingredients undergo a chemical reaction to create a useful product like soap is fascinating.

I am seriously impressed with people who handcraft soaps. And these days, I've been getting to know quite a few people who do just that.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Refined vs Unrefined Shea - Testing Batch 1

Above: batch one of the 2 whipped shea butters undergoing stringent testing – identical in every way except for the shea itself. The goal: to discover which is the better shea – refined or unrefined.

As I write this, I have been using both butters for about 4 weeks.

Let's have a look at how things went, shall we?

Thursday, May 5, 2016

How To: Easy Matt Powder Foundation

Now that you've learned how to mix pigments to match your skin tone, let's make a matt powder foundation! The only thing you need aside from your pigment mix is a base powder mixture.

Here's the best part:  the base powder is a snap to make.


A snap!

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Lanolin - Now Unscented

Here's my latest new ingredient arrival: lanolin!

You: New? I distinctly remember reading several posts where you work with lanolin, Lise.

Me: This isn't just lanolin, but ultra-pure refined lanolin. So it's brand new – to me!

This lanolin has all the lovely, skin-loving properties that lanolin normally provides, but it is not heavy-smelling, sheepy-smelling, or anything else undesirable-smelling.

It's scent-free!

(insert little happy dance here)

Monday, April 25, 2016

Skin Cleansing with The Konjac Sponge

Several people have asked me for my take on these 'new' sponges for face care.


All right, you can stop giggling now. I know it's been a while since the konjac sponge hit the market. In my defense, there are quite a few questions that make their way to my to-do list. It's unfortunately pretty rare that a question can be answered by merely dashing off a few lines of text.

So basically, this is all your fault. If you didn't ask me so many interesting, intelligent and inspiring questions, I could have answered this ages ago.

Now let's have a look at this rather unusual little beauty product and see what it has to offer.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Refined vs Unrefined Shea - Test Batch 1

Here's the first test batch in the refined vs unrefined shea comparison test. You really have to look closely to see the difference - both are airy, light and even smell almost identical.

Making this first test batch was enlightening.

True to its reputation, the shea threw me an unexpected loop.