Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Rose Skin Tonic with Strawberry Glycerine Extract

On the left: strawberry glycerine extract (the one we made not too long ago). On the right: rose (rosa damascena) hydrosol with a titch of strawberry glycerine extract.

Can we just talk about color for a moment?

Is this not the most
oh-my-goodness-what-a-delicate-shade-of-delicious color you have ever seen?

(insert appropriate oohs and aaahs here)

Thursday, July 21, 2016

How To: Strawberry Glycerine Extract

It's summer and it's strawberry season around these parts of Scandinavia. I've been waiting for the ripest, plumpest, freshest strawberries to be available so I could make this glycerine extract.

And here they are - fresh picked and deliciously aromatic.

Shall we get busy?

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Overpreserving - As Bad as Underpreserving

Preservatives are powerful. They have to be. They have a pretty important job: keeping bacteria, fungus, and mould at bay without otherwise compromising the product.

Working with preservatives is tricky and very demanding, so it's not surprising a lot of DIY skincare makers are uncomfortable working with them.

It's not the kind of ingredient where you can 'wing it' when it comes to type or dosage. The amount added – when it is added – and which one functions best is specific to each formula.

It's definitely not the kind of ingredient where you can add 'an extra dash to preserve even better'.

It just doesn't work like that.

An extra dash can cause more damage than one might imagine, which brings me to today's story: what can happen if you overpreserve a product.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Lip and Cheek Tint in a Stick

While playing around with foundation colors, pencil bases and other such make-up making fun things, I decided to put together a quick lip and cheek tint stick.

The chunky-sized balm containers I ordered from a new supplier just arrived.

Perfect timing!

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Grapefruit For Skincare

I love the lip-puckering tart freshness of grapefruit in a tossed green salad or in a dessert, but to be perfectly honest, I love it even more as a skin care ingredient.

Let's take a look at what this tangy fruit has to offer with topical use, shall we?

Thursday, June 30, 2016

How To: Let's Make a Highlighter Stick!

This was supposed to be a yellow-y corrector stick - the kind you use to dab here and there to conceal unwanted reddishness. Not that I have a lot of reddishness, but I wanted to try out a few ingredients, and this fit the bill.

The original recipe was for a trio of 3 correctors (one of which is green), but I only used the part concerning the yellow corrector.

I followed Aroma Zone's recipe to a T (or is that tea? or tee?), yet the end product came out not as a corrector, but as a highlighter.

And you know what? That's kind of ok.
I can use a highlighter.
Maybe you can too, so let's get busy!

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?