Saturday, September 29, 2012

The Perfect Lady's Shaver is in Your Sewing Box

If I hadn't sat down to have a cup of coffee with Louise, I might never have learned about this. I almost didn't believe her, so she kindly offered to demonstrate.

In the picture above, you will find the perfect lady's shaver – the gentlest, most effective and ideal way to pluck eyebrows, remove unwanted hairs and  'defluff' an entire face – safely, painlessly and precisely.

Have you guessed what it is? All the hair-removing magic you could wish for can be done with a simple piece of thread.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

2 Years and It's Still a Party

STATUS
LisaLise blog: 2 years
Enjoyment factor: 100%
Cake: Yes please

Special hugs to the following folks for your inspiration, support, interest and all around general fantasticity? fantasticalability?.... fantastic-ness!! 

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Fresh Kiwi & Oat Moisturizing and Toning Mask

Putting fresh food on your face and letting it sit there for a while is not only easy to do, it can be very beneficial for your skin. Here's a 3-ingredient, fresh food mask that will leave your skin feeling toned, refreshed, and smooth as silk.

This mask is ideal for normal, oily, and combination skin. If you have sensitive, dry and/or mature skin you can use it too, but will want to to remove it a tad sooner.

(The pic above is not the mask, but I thought it would be a bit more fun for you to look at a lovely lady with slices of kiwi on her face than a shot of the ingredients).

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Repairing Split Hairs - Is That Possible?

Who knew there was a scientific term for split ends. Trichoptilosis is the bain of hairs' existence. Wouldn't be cool if we could eradicate it completely somehow?

Some Claim They Can
There are numerous advertisements for conditioners and other hair products that claim they can repair spilt ends.

Repair split ends?

You mean, un-break broken hair?

Really?

Thursday, September 20, 2012

A New Look - You Like?

It's almost 2 years since this blog started (Sept 27 to be exact). Who would have thought blogging could be so addictive! I love writing about cosmetics ingredients and sharing how-to's (and ranting occasionally) – I love all of your comments and questions and look forward to checking my mail every morning for the great input I get from you guys – I love blogging!

But we need more space.

I recently updated the design and contents of the LisaLise website, and decided it was time to bring this blog design along for the ride. Spreading everything out allows for more generous-sized photos, more words, and more blogging!

With all of this extra space, it was also finally possible to add this page with links to all of the how-to's you'll find on this blog – consider it a little pre-blogiversary gift from me to you!

Enjoy!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

DIY Make-up Tips: All About Mineral Make-up


Wouldn't it be cool if there was an online school for DIY'ers who want to learn how to make mineral make-up – one with guidelines, recipes, explanations, how-to's and more?

There is!

Sunday, September 16, 2012

What The Cosmetics Industry Knows

You could be the desired, worshipped, fabulously irresistable woman in this ad. All you need is a jar of Cuticle Magic!

I've learned a bit about the cosmetics industry through my years of making cosmetics. They're experts at playing on our feminine uncertainties.

The industry is more than happy to provide answers to our unvoiced questions:
Yes, you will be desirable if you buy this product! It will make you so fabulously delicious that men will swarm around you, women will admire you, and strangers will stop you in the street – all because of the miracle ingredients in this little jar!

And we want to believe them, so we buy the product.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

How to make an Oatmeal and Yellow Clay Cleanser

I know a very sweet lady who loves these cleansers but 'can't be bothered making them herself', so she asks me to do it. Because she is a huge fan of both the yellow clay cleanser and this oatmeal one, I decided to create a combination cleanser and 5-minute mask for her sensitive skin. This will also work well for normal and combination skin.

This recipe will make 200gr = 2 bars or 1 bar and 1 tray of 'guest soaps'.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Serendipity Do Da

Sometimes things just slot into place so perfectly it's almost spooky.

A while back, I ordered some honey in powdered form with the intention of trying it out in a cream. Then a million things promptly got in the way.

Friday, September 7, 2012

cKc - Name That Product

A few weeks ago, I sent this little sample bottle to Lola – my partner in curl care concoctions. The product is odorless, colorless, and easy to use, but is still unfinished.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Honey + Skin - A Matchmakers Dream Come True

For centuries (about 8000 years to be a little more exact), honey has been gathered and used by humans. It has filled many purposes: food, medicinal – and even religious. Ancient Egyptians not only used honey for food and medicine, they included the sticky-sweet substance in their embalming mixtures. In ancient China, the art of beekeeping was practiced and documented with recommendations on how to ensure the most fruitful and beneficial crop – right down to the ideal choice of wood for the man-made hive.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Oil and Soap Free Cleansing - Continued

I'm coming clean (pun intended), working with wonky ingredients like cranberry can get tiring.

I needed to do a cranberry-free version of this cleanser to have something to compare with, and here it is. It's clean, clear, and cool and completely colorless.

Gentle Herbal Cleansing Gel is based on Lemon Balm hydrosol (cleansing, cooling, and deliciously discreet in the scent department). This soap-free, oil-free, clay-free cleanser has already become my staple evening cleanser for removing the days grime (and make-up). I can't foresee going back to the cranberry version any time soon. This version cleanses as just as well, moisturizes just as well and leaves the skin just as smooth – and the best part – it doesn't change color!

LOVE!

We should be ready to round up a few testers before long...

Read about why I'm (almost) leaving the cranberry on the shelf in these posts
Cleansing without oil or soap
What cranberry did when it met Vitamin C
Cranberry Cleanser Color Fun
Cranberry Chameleon Cleansing Gel
Make-up with Powdered Cranberry