Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Giveaway Winners - Comfort Zone Eye Serum

Thanks to all of you lovely and wonderful ladies who wanted to try this eye serum and give me feedback. Every time I do a giveaway, I wish I could let everyone win. One day, I promise I will surprise you and do just that!

This time, however, there were 3 winners that needed to be found. As per usual, my unbiased and completely neutral husband was asked to pick the winning names.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

No Sweat - How Does Deodorant Work?

Welcome to the beginning of a new mini-series – all about deodorant.

Yay! (I hear you thinking)

As we examine what exactly goes on in armpits (and in the products we apply to them), we'll meet such fascinating ingredients as potassium alum, aluminum chlorhydrate, aluminum zirconium, farnesol and triethyl citrate. I promise not all of these are as scary as they may sound. As a matter of fact, I'm betting you may find yourself falling for one or 2 of them before we're done.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Hair Care Tips You (Maybe) Never Knew: 2

Are you ready for the second in this series of hair-and-scalp loving tips? As the illustration above (hopefully) indicates, these tips are good for ALL hair types: straight, wavy, curly, koily, kinky, dry, greasy, thinning, heavy, dandruffy, sensitive, dyed, straightened, bleached, permed, impossible, frizzy, spongy, crunchy and all other manner of head hair.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Comfort Zone Eye Serum - Giveaway!

This is a sample size of my latest product for the eye area – Comfort Zone Eye Serum. Ever since batch one (in October of last year), I've been working on perfecting the texture. I'm pretty close to being perfectly happy with it now. My regular testers have given me nothing but thumbs up on this serum from the get-go, so the extra texture-tweaking has been all my own doing (I admit it: I'm a tweak-freak).

Today's giveaway is all my own doing as well.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Pressing Eye Shadow With Powder-Pressing Power Tools

Now that you've been introduced to the the joys of visiting the hardware store for powder-pressing power tools, let's see how the first batch of pressed eyeshadow turned out using them.

Four Hands are Better than Two 
For the initial test run of this equipment, I was accompanied by a lovely family member. It normally takes me about 2 hours to produce 4 pans of color. Pictured above is the result of 2 hours of work: 3 times as much product! (plus an extra, loose-powder shimmer-blush pot)

Here are a few snaps of our powder-pressing party.

Friday, January 20, 2012

A New Name

I bought a custom domain name for this blog. Instead of the long, laborious and non-explanatory url it had, the name is now short, sweet, easy to remember, and logical: LisaLiseBlog.com


According to the folks in charge of technical things, the transition should be seamless for anyone who is following this blog or has bookmarked any page. However, if you have experienced or do experience any wonkiness, please do drop a comment and I'll see what I can do about it (read: pass it on to tech geeks who know how to deal with these kinds of things)

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Tottle Trauma – Chapter 847 of The Ongoing Container Quest

One of the downsides of not being a multi-million-dollar company that can afford having specially designed containers made for every product is, well – not having specially designed containers for every product. (the 'not being a multi-million-dollar' part deserves a mention as well).

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Hair Care Tips You (Maybe) Never Knew: 1

I've used the same hairdresser forever. He has a lifetime of experience studying the chemistry of hair, treating hair loss, and understanding the care and feeding of the hair and scalp – and after all these years, he's still passionate about his work (how many people can say that?). Every hair care tip he has ever given me has made a positive difference to my hair and scalp, so I've decided it's time I shared his wisdom with you.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

How To Make a Rose & White Clay Cleansing Bar

This cleansing bar is a great all-round face cleanser with white clay (ideal for all skin types) and rose (for it's fabulous scent and skin-loving qualities). We're getting a little fancy with the butters in this one – prepare for a soft and sensuous texture with extra moisturizing action!

This recipe is enough for 1 bar of 100gr (3,5 oz).

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Preservatives in Cosmetics - Who Needs Them?

When I started doing my own cosmetics, I chose to work solely with plant-based ingredients, focusing on organic, planet-friendly raw materials. Back then, 'green' and 'natural' skin care was a niche area. Times have (happily) changed and a 'green consciousness' has gained momentum with more ladies (and gents) actively looking for natural solutions to their skin and hair care. 

And that's great – except when it's not.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Pressing Powder Make-up - Let's Get Serious About Hardware

During a leisurely weekend brunch, I happened to mention to my husband how much I enjoyed making my own pressed eyeshadow, but that the actual pressing procedure was not just difficult, but prohibitively arduous. He asked to see how I made it (that's the kind of guy he is).

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Coily Kinky Curly - The Case Continues

I'm very excited! Pictured is batch 2 of the products Lola and I are working on for the cKc (Coily-Kinky-Curly) hair care series. What you see here is a work in progress, so neither the packaging nor the logo are finalized. (As for the logo, we've gotten some great input from you wonderful readers and will be taking all suggestions under consideration when we start getting serious about the design). Meantime...

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

How To Make a Basic Cleansing Bar

Are you ready to try something new this year? It may not look all that sexy, but wait til you discover what this plain-looking bar can do for your face and neck. If your skin usually feels taut after washing, then get ready for a completely different facial cleansing experience. Here's an extra little bonus: it's seriously inexpensive! Read on to learn how to make your own all natural, soap-free cleansing bar in 5 super-easy steps.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Happy 2012

Happy New Year to you! I've got all kinds of exciting things planned and am looking forward to telling you about:
- How to make perfect pressed eyeshadow
- How a trip to the hardware store can be as fun as shopping for new clothes
- How to make (more) cleansing bars
- How deodorant works

Stay tuned!