Sunday, April 28, 2013

Skin Lightening with Vitamins - a Case Study Continues

Two years ago, I did a skin-lightening product by special request that was documented on this blog as a case study. One of the testers was 'Tester C' (picture above is from 'during the first phase' of the study in 2011).

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Projects under Development

There are so many products and projects under development right now that I haven't had time to update the Products under Development page (embarrassed much?). But hey, I've totally got my time managed.. kind of.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Rikkes Recipe and the Dislocated Decimal

Rikke is a modern lady. She works, has an active social life, keeps up her house and garden, creates fabulous crocheted works of art, minds a blog, raises kids, and makes her own cosmetics. It's an impressive list of activities.

With a schedule like that, I'd say it's ok to make a little mistake once in a while.

She made one with a recent batch of lotion. As it turned out, this particular mistake was so interesting that she decided to share it with me - in detail. With Rikkes permission, it is now being shared with you.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Why Yellow EyeShadow is a Must Have

I just got hold of the most outrageous canary yellow pigment that begged and pleaded with me to be turned into a pressed eyeshadow. How could I say no? Here's my 2013 Spring-themed eyeshadow color palette.

Yellow eyeshadow?

Spring Chicken Yellow?

Yellow makes (caucasian) skin look sallow! (I hear you thinking)

And I agree.


Yellow can be a very useful color on skin, so there is a method (well, actually, 2 methods) to this yellow madness, and I'm going to share them with you.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Make-up - Storing Mixed Pigments

Let's make cosmetics! Except..... how inspiring is this? Really? Well, sorry, but that just doesn't cut it any more. After too many years of working 'blind', I decided tit was time to do something about this sorry situation and find a better solution for my mixed pigments.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Petrolatum-free Lip Care Study - Conclusions

I've had a couple of questions/emails about the results on this test. People have asked me if this was a good or bad result.

They've asked for conclusions. All righty then. Conclusions you shall have!

I've taken the liberty of asking a sociologist to give the results a once-over. Here's the feedback.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Parabens – it's Personal

I'm still unhappy about, unsatisfied with, angry about, seething over the raw deal parabens have gotten in the press and media over the past years. My husband can attest to how much louder than the TV I get every time an advertisement for any cosmetic uses the phrase 'paraben-free' as part of their sales pitch.


I'm not going to lecture you about parabens today.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

When Dishrags Inspire

Real life situation:
Friend: 'Lise, that's a great lipstick color!'
Me: 'Thanks, it was inspired by my dishrag.'

The weirdest part? It's true.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Making Make-Up - Cream Concealer

Inspiration can strike unexpectedly, suddenly – at any moment. Be prepared.

If you have created your perfect fave highlighter color and mixed up an ample amount, then nothing can stand in the way of your experimenting happily with textures and creating any kind of highlighter/concealer product you can imagine.

Here's a peek at a couple of make-up items I did last year alongside a brand new, completely-unexpected-because-I-was-suddenly-inspired one.