Friday, March 28, 2014

Pressing Eyeshadows - Tips and Tricks

It's a sure sign of Spring! As soon as the weather gets milder (and days get longer), pigments are mixed, binder is prepared and I get giddy about making colored make-up.

Above is my latest pressed eyeshadow palette. For this batch, I've tried out a new base powder and have tweaked my binder formula.

Here's how this collection of pressed eye shadows came to be, along with a few of my best powder-pressing tips and tricks.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Infused Oil with Calendula - Straining and Bottling

A few weeks ago, I showed you how to begin a brew of infused oil. This lovely mixture has been brewing for 2 full months now, so it's time to strain it and start using it.

Here's a step by step of how I strained this calendula-infused sweet almond oil.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

cKc Cleanse - Feedback and Fun

Oh my gosh. Sometimes the gorgeous curlies that test (and use) my products just blow me away with their fabulous, heartfelt feedback. I asked Marjolein if I could share her words about the cKc Cleanse shampoo with you as is, and she said yes!


I hand you over to this lovely lady.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Tattoo Soothe Winners

Either not many people are getting ink done, or the glitchy commenting problems that have been happening on and off on Blogger are to be blamed.

Whatever the reason, everyone is a winner today!

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Tips on Mixing Colors For Make-up

Time never slips by as quickly as it does when I sit down to blend colors for my make-up projects. It's a constant delight to experience how many gorgeous hues and tones evolve right in front of my eyes.

Mixing pigments is pretty much an annual thing for me. Above is the palette for what will become this years blushes, eyeshadows, lip tints, and lipsticks.

And below are a few of my best tips on mixing pigments for colored make-up.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Are Essential Oils Endocrine Distruptors? Maybe Not So Much

We're going to a science lab today, but stick with me – it's going to be interesting, a little thought provoking, and only a little bit nerdy.

In recent years, lavender, tea tree, and several other essential oils have been attributed with such dubious abilities as being endocrine disruptors (read: they mess with hormones).

But is it true?  Let's visit the lab and see, shall we?

Monday, March 10, 2014

Titanium Dioxide - Pure as the Driven Snow?

Not long ago, I met a lady at a dinner party who mentioned at one point that she did everything she could to avoid titanium dioxide.

"Really?" I asked, "for what reason?"

"Because it's toxic" she replied, looking at me as if I had just dropped in from another planet.

I was a little surprised.

I was actually also a little impressed.

Titanium dioxide is a pretty difficult substance to avoid. Just glancing around the room, I made a mental note of things containing titanium dioxide; the white napkins on the table, the tablecloth, the white walls, her white belt and matching baubles, the serving bowls on the table, and the tattoo on her arm were all likely candidates.

I didn't have the heart to mention this to her. I didn't want to cause her any more distress than she already seemed to have about titanium dioxide. Her comment inspired me to do a bit of digging though.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Almond Butter - A Second Chance

OK. I might have been a bit hasty. After my initial reaction to the 'almond butter' (from this post), I decided to go back and give it a second chance.

After all, we're testing butters here, so even a hybrid grainy butter product deserves a shot at lotion bar greatness.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Let's Bake! For Real!

I'm guest blogging over at Rebecca's today - not about skin care, but with a recipe for a traditional Danish cookie.


Find the recipe and how-to right here

Check out Rebeccas whole delicious blog CHOW AND CHATTER right here.


Monday, March 3, 2014

Tattoo Soothe Skin Mist Giveaway

Let's get busy with this product, shall we? I'm looking for a 5 willing testers for Tattoo Soothe Panthenol Skin Mist.