Thursday, June 30, 2016

How To: Let's Make a Highlighter Stick!



This was supposed to be a yellow-y corrector stick - the kind you use to dab here and there to conceal unwanted reddishness. Not that I have a lot of reddishness, but I wanted to try out a few ingredients, and this fit the bill.

The original recipe was for a trio of 3 correctors (one of which is green), but I only used the part concerning the yellow corrector.

I followed Aroma Zone's recipe to a T (or is that tea? or tee?), yet the end product came out not as a corrector, but as a highlighter.

And you know what? That's kind of ok.
I can use a highlighter.
Maybe you can too, so let's get busy!

Saturday, June 25, 2016

How To: Lemon Glycerine Extract






After discovering how fabulously glycerine captures the freshness of cucumber, I had to see if it was just as good at capturing lemon.

Guess what!?

Yeah, you guessed - it's GREAT!

Let's make lemon glycerine extract!

Monday, June 20, 2016

How To: Lip and Eye Pencil Base



Today, we're going to make an easy, basic lip and eye pencil base that can be used for color cosmetics such as lip pencils, eye pencils, eyebrow pencils, and cheek tint.

You're probably wondering how it is possible to make a texture that is equally good for all these uses. A lip pencil needs to go on smoothly and be firm enough to where the tip doesn't break off. An eye pencil needs to be softer, smoother and not even come close to dragging on the skin. For cheek application, a firmer texture is ideal.

Well, I've been scientifically testing, experimenting, and meticulously logging my results for a few years now (read: I've been having a ball fiddling around with these textures for ages),  and with enough tweaking, testing, and diligence, I finally succeeded in creating a – for me – sublime texture that is great for all of these uses.

This formula has good slip and nice staying power without feeling gluey or sticky.

Note: skin type plays a role in which texture/stiffness/glide-factor feels best, so even though this texture is ace for me, it might not be perfection for you.

However – even if it isn't 100% perfection for you, you can still use it as a base to tweak and fiddle with proportions until you have created your own version of perfection.

Let's Get Busy with the Base!

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Foundation Stick - Batch 2 - That's Better



A while back I made a foundation stick that worked, but was a fail. The color was fine, coverage was OK, but there was a serious texture issue that turned up after a short time of use.

Here's batch 2. This turned out much better – no hard, lumpy bits and nice, even texture all the way through.

If you think that means this was a total success, I'd have to say 'only partly'. We're still not quite there, but I'll get to that bit in a minute.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

What to Do With Excess Press-Ready Make-Up Powders



Here's a quick little tip for using the left-over colors after pressing shadows. Transfer all of the excess to a compact powder container without mixing them together, and press.

Voilá! A multi-colored palette in one pan.

Here's how my recent palette of skin tones became an all-in-one shadow and toning combo.

Have fun!

Before This

Mixing PIgments to Match Skin Tone
Pressing a palette of skin colors
Easy Matt Powder Foundation

Check the sidebar under TOPICS for more make-up making how to's on this blog. You can also visit the HOW TO page.

Monday, June 6, 2016

LisaLise Tries [M] Botanicals




One of the great things about meeting other makers of hand-crafted cosmetics is having a chance to compare notes with someone who has the same interest.

Being able to chat about ingredients, discuss the challenges of creating the perfect viscosity, agonize together over finding suitable packaging and labels – and other such things that are truly vital to the continued existence of the world – is really enjoyable.

And if you think I'm exaggerating about the continued existence of the world thing – just ask anyone who is passionate about making cosmetics. You'll soon realize I'm right on target with that one.

Above is a selection of products I have been trying – all hand-made by a clever lady named Bexy. Bexy's products are all about marrying nature and science (my kind of philosophy). Her company – based in England – is called [M] Botanicals.

As an extension of our numerous note-comparing conversations, Bexy and I have been sending each other a few of our products to examine, try out, and talk about.