Friday, August 31, 2012

How to Make a Rhassoul and White Clay Cleanser

I'm hooked. I keep making and using cleansing bars. My skin absolutely loves them. Based on the feedback I am getting from you guys, I'm not the only one.

Since doing the first rhassoul cleansing bar, I've had several requests for an easier-to-use version. Here it is. We're pairing the rhassoul with white clay and doing a very simple layering technique (because not only are layers fun to look at, they're super easy to do).

Shall we get started?

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Cranberry Conundrums and The Lip Pencil

What do you do when you want to make a lip pencil that will stain the lips to look like you have just enjoyed a generous portion of juicy, ripe summer fruits? If you're anything like me, you go to the most unpredictable ingredient in the book: cranberry.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

How British Beauty Blogger Taught Me a Thing - No, Two!

Jane Cunningham is one of the most established beauty bloggers in Britain. Her blog, British Beauty Blogger, has squillions of readers. She's also very active on twitter with at least another squillion followers (no, I'm not exaggerating – how could you think that?).

With her top ratings and world-wide recognition, you'd think she'd be a bit unapproachable, but Jane is, in fact, a real sweetie.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

DIY Make-up Tips: Storing is Not Boring

Love labels. Labels are your friends and worth every moment you spend writing them.

If you're super smart, you will invest in a slew of smaller CLEAR containers to store your mixed pigments. 

On the other hand, if you – like me – happen to invest in a slew of opaque containers that don't give you a chance in $!&X of finding anything, there's nothing for it but to get inventive with names.  

PS: If you want to avoid cleaning the name off of the lid every time you've emptied the container, then jump straight past my newbie mistakes and write the fun, inventive name of your shade on a piece of tape (I am embarrassed to say how long it took me to figure this one out, so I'm just not going to tell you). 

Monday, August 20, 2012

LisaLise vs Snooty Manufacturer

I'm looking for a manufacturer. After years of doing exclusively hand-crafted cosmetics, I'm (trying to) take the next step and get a couple of things produced.

Mind you, this first production will have to be as small as is humanly possible. We're talking baby steps.

Little tiny ones.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Plant-based Silicone? Yes Indeedy!

Who would have thought it, but according to my supplier, it is possible to achieve silicone-like smoothness and glossy shine with a non-greasy, silky feel in cosmetics and hair care products – without using silicone!

Introducing Coco Silicone (INCI: coco caprylate).

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

A New Deodorant - A New Quest

I've been meaning to make a stick deodorant for the longest time. It was the cutest little container that finally got me started – with emphasis on the word little. This container holds a travel-sized portion (a mere 15 ml = 0,5 oz), but for development and test purposes, it has actually been perfect.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

DIY Make-up Tips: Color Mixing - Rule 2

It is inevitable. And as soon as you've tested it on your skin, you'll know it – you've mixed the perfect skin tone/blush/highlighter!

That's when rule 2 of color mixing steps in.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

The Business of Curls

In this July 23, 2012 article in New York Magazine, Kevin Roose wrote about stupid investments. A particular comment in his article caused a wave of responses throughout the curly community.

Mr Roose wrote:
Some of tech's clunkers never get off the ground, but others manage to get big, high-profile investments despite having no redeeming qualities whatsoever. (For example, what kind of genius decided to throw $1.2 million at NaturallyCurly, the "leading social network and community for people with wavy, curly and kinky hair?") 

No redeeming qualities?

Monday, August 6, 2012

Fresh Cucumber and Spirulina Mask

These cucumbers don't fulfill the European standard cucumber measurement qualifications. They are too bendy and undersized to be sold at normal prices. Because of that, I scored 10 for a mere pittance. Let's get creative with cucumber!

Thursday, August 2, 2012

DIY Make-up Tips: Color Mixing - Rule 1

There is absolutely nothing difficult about mixing pigments. Color mixing is a load of fun and is even quite therapeutic, but it does take time – especially if you are aiming for something specific, like, say, your skin tone. 

Rule 1 of Color Mixing
If you are aiming for a specific color, it is a fact of color mixing life that a fab new hue will always show up and distract you from your original goal