Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Petrolatum-Free Lip Care Study Results

The results are in! Although I was envisioning being able to announce that every last tester was completely swept off their feet with the wonders of petrolatum-free lip care, it wasn't quite that cut and dry. Despite this, I am not the least bit unhappy with the results this test has produced.

If you remember, I wanted to find self-proclaimed constantly-struggling-with-dry-lips testers who were also hard-core petrolatum product users. I basically asked for the worst thinkable odds – and even enlisted help to achieve this. Anette at BeautySpace was kind enough to recruit, scan, and provide the (Danish) test group.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Double Duty Serum - Lash-Boosting Caffeine Eyeliner

Pictured above is part of the reason I find myself working on developing mascara for the first time in my cosmetics-making career. A few months ago, I discovered this eye serum was ideal for turning any powder eyeshadow into an all-day-stay-on eyeliner.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

My Preservatives Superhero

This man is a superhero. My superhero.

For years, preservatives expert Dene Godfrey has continuously and tirelessly educated and explained the scientific and documented facts about preservatives – this despite the entire world spinning out of control in a paraben paranoia frenzy.

Monday, March 18, 2013

The Ultimate Mascara Quest - Batch 1: Epic Fail

So begins the quest for the ultimate mascara – with batch one.

Even though this was a great learning experience and gave me all kinds of clues as to how to continue, I can't lie: this batch was an epic fail.

Here's a peek at the making of batch one and what went horribly wrong.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Would You Like Some Vine?

I had no idea Vine had just hit the market the same day I signed on, so I guess you could say I was among the first to join up.

What's Vine?
Vine is a downloadable app that makes it possible for you to make and publish 6 second videos from your iphone to the 'Vine world' (that includes Twitter). Living pictures (with sound), if you will.

The scope of creative posts I have seen has turned me into a bit of a vine-aholic as of late. Some people are absolute artists at making vines.

If you're on Vine and search for LisaLise, you will find my (not quite so artistic but working at it) posts with cosmetics tips (calming cucumber and clay mask), glimpses of work in the lab (the making of an emulsion), scenes of Copenhagen life (bicycles, traffic, and architecture), and quirky fun things like how to fold a t-shirt perfectly in 6 seconds flat (no kidding). That last one still amazes me every time I view it.

The app is free -and you can download it here.

I am planning on doing a Vine-related giveaway in the not too distant future, in case that may be a bit of an incentive...

See you onLine. See you onVine.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Matching a Color From Memory

Ever since trying the Dior lipstick, I've been thinking lipstick and lip coloring products (read: fooling around with a few formulas). Not long ago I jumped into the lab to give a few ideas a whirl and here's what came out: a lip pencil, lipstick and tinted lip balm.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Raw Oat Hand Bags & Body Bags - A Cleansing How To

Consider these 2 ingredients if you will:

Raw Oats

You: 'Why is she pairing a cooking ingredient with a cosmetics ingredient?'
Me: 'Because these 2 work real well together in a hand and body cleansing kind of way.'

In just a moment, I'm going to show you how to pair them up and make your own handy dandy body bags and/or hand bags. I do realize how that sounds, but nevertheless, that's exactly what they are.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Spelling Misteaks

I got an email from Sidsel-Marie the other day.

She wrote: *You told me I was going to love this Skin Revitalizing Serum, AND YOU WERE RIGHT! It's got the perfect texture, scent, and feel on my skin."

(Insert huge smile from recipient of email).

The e-mail continued: "But there is something I'm not completely satisfied with.."

Sunday, March 3, 2013

The Ultimate Mascara - A New Quest Begins

Urtegaardens DIY mascara has been my staple for years. It is so easy to make and such a joy to use that I recommend it to anyone who shows even the slightest interest in doing their own make-up. Because it has been so effective, I never really thought about developing my own mascara.

Until now.

Something unexpected happened recently, and ever since, all kinds of thoughts have been swirling around in my head. They don't seem to want to go away.

Some of them started at the onset of this case study.
Others came about when I recently discovered a new function of this product.