Saturday, September 27, 2008

CBS 2 HD Consumer Profile: Mineral Makeup

CBS did a profile on mineral makeup today. The link to the video is here. I wish they'd let you just imbed the video right on this post, but that can only be done on Facebook (why?)

At the end of the report, they mention a list of commonly used ingredients that are used as preservatives or fragances that many will have sensitivites to. The ingredients that they list are as follows:
Stearic Acid, Sorbitol, Glycerin, C-12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Sodium Borate -- TEA, Cetyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, Aloe Vera, Phenoxyethanol, Propylene Glycol, Quince Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Potassium Sorbate, EDTA, Allantoin, Methyl Paraben, Propyl Paraben, Butyl Paraben, Menthol.
Personally, I have no idea why allantoin and aloe vera are on the list, but hey, I didn't write the article!

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Contouring Your Makeup

I watched this video on YouTube today. Not only is she extremely funny, it's a great tip! I immediately took some of my matte medium brown eye shadow, mixed it with some of my blush base mix and tried it out. OMG - my face lost 10 pounds! Think I can figure out how to contour my whole body? After I finish my Cream to Powders project, this might be my next project to develop. Wouldn't you know, of course, I didn't write down any measurements since it was supposed to be a wild experiment? You'd think I'd learn after all of my mystery colors ending up being my favorite shades, but nooooo...! Oy. Anyway, a great application tip to try:

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Sneak Peek: Cream to Powder Eye Shadows

cream to powder eye shadows in shade Things have been a little quiet from me. It's not that I haven't had anything to say, but because I've been a busy little bee behind the scenes working on the new Cream to Powder Eye Shadows that I've posted about.

For those of you who are hearing about these for the first time, these cream to powder shadows will like MAC Paint Pots meet pressed mineral eye shadows. They are a soft solid (you could put a fingernail in it), that you apply using a firm eye shadow brush, sponge, or even your fingers (my preferred method). As soon as it comes in contact with your skin, it immediately feels like a velvety powder with tons of staying power. I'd venture to say that they're nearly waterproof, as they won't wash off my fingers without using soap! The shadows can be as pigmented as you want them to be. One layer will give a soft and subtle look, but let it sit for a few seconds and add an additional layer and you'll have a deep, rich color.

cream to powder eye shadows in sunlightI've nearly narrowed down my shades, but would love your feedback. Here's a little slide show of the colors I've developed so far (I've discovered that I am NOT good at photography like many of the beauty bloggers out there)! I've shown the shades both photographed with sunlight and without so that you can better see the subtlies. Click here for the slideshow; I can't get the darn thing to work right :(

I'm just waiting for the palettes to arrive before these go up for sale. They will be available in a 10 shade palette (shown in the Pressing Mineral Eye Shadows post) as well as a dual shade compact. Please give me some honest feedback on these shades. Good, no good? Which do you like best? Any that I should dump? I'm still working on colors; a bright purple will most likely be added to the line. Are there other colors that you feel are "must haves" that I'm missing? This is your chance to help form a product line!

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Pressing Mineral Eye Shadows

The other day, Vanessa did a post on her blog about pressing her eye MAC pigments. Unfortunately, alcohol won't work on mineral eye shadows - they become hard as a rock and brittle as can be. But it got me thinking... I have all these palettes coming in for the new cream to powder shadows (hopefully, it will be on the website in the next couple of weeks):

eye shadow palette pans, eye shadow tins
What if I end up with a whole bunch of these, and nobody buys the new shadows? It's not too likely though, as they are very cool! I started thinking about pressing shadows as an option for you guys, since everyone seems to be in search of a way to do it - or offering the palettes and tins empty so you can do your own. If you read Vanessa's post, you'll see she made a huge mess! Not being able to use alcohol, and trying to avoid using any dimethicone, I played around with her idea using Jojoba oil. OMG, my thumb hurt so bad putting the pressure on it!

I thought to myself there HAD to be a better way. I'd have arthritis before finishing even one palette! I wandered through Lowe's looking for something round I could use to press into the tins, but to no avail. And the guy who worked there looked at me like I was nuts when he asked if he could help me, and I told him I wander around hardware stores looking for things not for their intended purpose (didja know Slurpee straws make excellent scoops for those 22 Eye Shadow packs?). I could just hear him muttering "women" under his breath. Today, I found myself next to an OSH hardware store, so decided to give it another stab. Up and down every aisle of the store holding my lone sample tin against anything round and flat. 3/4 of the way through the store, a woman employee asked if she could help me. Laughing, I showed her the tin and told her what I was hoping to accomplish. We were on a mission! She was determined to help me find something that would do the trick and not cause arthritis or tendinitis in the meantime. Dowels for closet rods? Nope, didn't fit. The little round thingies with nails that you put on the bottom of chairs? Ugh - close in size, but no cigar. Then we hit aisle 17B, and Eureka! Cork! Found a perfect diameter!

I'm not sure whether I'm going to be doing pressed shadows, but I am fairly certain I'll be offering the palettes and tins empty for those who want to do their own. Don't ask me how much I'll be selling them for - I'm not mentally there yet, but most likely it will be under $10 for the empty palette and 10 tins. Whether you use a dimethicone based binder (I'm opposed to dimethicone is cosmetics in general, but it isn't so bad for the eyes - kinda hard to clog those pores), alcohol on your overpriced MAC pigments (sorry, couldn't resist the stab), or jojoba oil, here's how I pressed mine.

What you'll need:
tools to press your own mineral eye shadows Empty eye shadow tins (the one's I'll be getting are 35mm)

Hand clamp (this one is a cheap, lightweight plastic one that doesn't take any strength to open and locks closed)

Cork (1 3/8")

Mix your shadows with whatever you're using to bind them together. For me, I used 1 tsp of eye shadow with 1-2 drops of jojoba oil. Mix them up in a small ziploc bag by squishing in between the palms of both hands until all the powder has been coated:

Cut a corner of the baggie, and pour the contents into the tin (I didn't use all of it because it looked like it would be too much; I was wrong). Then wrap the cork in plastic wrap and place on top of the tin:

empty coated powder into tin
Insert into the hand clamp, and let sit for a few minutes, and voila!

pressed mineral eye shadowBecause I used jojoba, it doesn't dry as fast as alcohol would. My first attempt after reading Nessa's post, it took a few days to dry. This time, I popped the tin into the oven at 400 degrees for about 45 minutes (or however long it took me to finish this post). It's almost dry. Should be by morning!

Monday, September 08, 2008

FOTD: Shimmering Bronze Eye Shadow by Vanessa

Look how beautiful Vanessa's eyes are using our Shimmering Bronze shadow over the new Cream to Powder eye shadows she's testing for me. The Cream to Powder Shadows should be available in another couple of weeks, and will be in both 2 slot compacts and 10 tin palettes. Here's a closeup of her eyes:

I wish I had such talent! Follow Vanessa's tips, tricks, reviews and FOTD's on her blog.


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