Tuesday, May 31, 2016

How to: Pressed Powders in Skin Tones



Soo, now that you've made an entire collection of skin colors. What to do with them? How about making a face-sculpting and toning palette of pressed powders?

Today, we're going to use a finished base powder mixture, so we can (almost) dive right in to the fun part - building up our palette!

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Free From? Really? Aren't We Past That Yet?




The other day I got an email from a company who wanted me to test and review their 'all natural' products. They were ready to send me a generous selection of creams, lotions, cleansers, and more.

For reasons unknown, this kind of thing happens to me regularly.

I mean, this blog is about how I go about developing a bespoke product, or what I discover while researching ingredients, or DIY's and How-tos.

It has, to my recollection never, ever, ever – not even once – been about reviewing commercially-made products.

Nevertheless, I get these mails.

This one was actually pretty long, and I read the entire text.

(I'm polite like that)

Saturday, May 21, 2016

How To: Make a Complete Skin Tone Palette


A while back I showed you how to match your skin tone using a mere 4 components. Today, we're going to use that foundation color to create a collection of skin tones – from highlighter to blush to contouring.

Here's the coolest part: you're only going to need one additional pigment to make an entire palette of skin tone sculpting colors.

Shall we get started?

Monday, May 16, 2016

Touched HandMade Soap






Making soap is nothing new, and most people don't give soap a second thought, but really, it's an amazing craft. Watching simple ingredients undergo a chemical reaction to create a useful product like soap is fascinating.

I am seriously impressed with people who handcraft soaps. And these days, I've been getting to know quite a few people who do just that.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Refined vs Unrefined Shea - Testing Batch 1


Above: batch one of the 2 whipped shea butters undergoing stringent testing – identical in every way except for the shea itself. The goal: to discover which is the better shea – refined or unrefined.

As I write this, I have been using both butters for about 4 weeks.

Let's have a look at how things went, shall we?

Thursday, May 5, 2016

How To: Easy Matt Powder Foundation


Now that you've learned how to mix pigments to match your skin tone, let's make a matt powder foundation! The only thing you need aside from your pigment mix is a base powder mixture.

Here's the best part:  the base powder is a snap to make.

Seriously.

A snap!