Friday, August 29, 2008

Hi, my name is Robyn, and I'm an Addict.

I've decided I'm totally out of control, and need a 12 step program. Most of you guys are MAC-aholics; I'm a coloraholic. Which is pretty bad when you're color wheel retarded like me. I've been reorganizing my cabinets and drawers to make room for all the ingredients I've been acquiring. This is only part of my stuff:

I counted how many different mica colors I have - 81!! This doesn't include the white base powders that go into almost everything, like zinc oxide, titanium dioxide, or even silk powder. This is just the colored stuff used for blushes, eye shadows, bronzers, and even to tint foundations. I have a bazillion different kinds of whites: sparkly white, pearl white, white that shifts to green in the light, or to blue, red, copper, gold, green, or pink. 7 different gold micas, ranging in depth from 24 karat gold to a more deep, antique gold. 23 different shades of red/pink/brick - and that's not counting the endless shades of bronze. Throw in another 8-10 different shades each of blues, greens, purples - even blacks and silvers. Every finish known to man: pearly finishes, high sparkle, low luster, flat colors... I've used not even half of these colors!


That's where you come in. Tell me what colors you want for the fall/holiday season. Want more blues? Dark or light? Blues that change to black, or blues that change to purple? I probably have a blue that changes to stark white in here somewhere! Can I interest you in a mauve or wine shade or three? Tell me what you have a hankering for, and I'll make it. I'm feeling an eye shadow binge coming up. Just don't ask me to match a MAC shade - I'm color wheel retarded, remember?

The only thing I dread about doing shadows is not making them - it's the photographing, then adding to the site. I don't just add it to the eye shadow pages, I have to add every option to each of the kits as well.

And for those of you who got some of the samples of the "nameless" magic eye shadow formulation, how do you like it? Want more in that texture, or more in loose powder?

I refuse to buy any more colors. Just because I got a deal doesn't make it a necessity. I can understand why I have 400 pairs of jeans: you need light, dark, medium, and comfy in small, medium, and large sizes. With different leg widths for each, of course. My daughter needs 35 white shirts, all either tank tops or camis - I'm not altogether sure why, but who am I to comment when I have 81 different colors of micas???

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

It's My Birthday, & I Can Do What I Want To!

OK, so the title is modified a little, though I suppose I'm old enough that I should cry too! In my house, the only one who gets birthday gifts if my daughter. Unless it's a birthday ending in a "0", we don't exchange gifts. Although, this year I supposed you could say I'm getting a gift: the house is going to be repainted. Romantic, huh?

But that's not the purpose of this post. I'm not whining, I'm celebrating! August 27th, and August 27th only, enter the code HappyBirthday in the "redeem code" box on checkout, and FREE SHIPPING FOR EVERYONE! Now it gets a little tricky; I'm not altogether certain what time my server is on, but it should run from 12:01am PST to midnight on the 27th. To be safe, avoid ordering in the middle of the night - figure 1:00am PST to 11pm PST.

I'm Making Lemonade Out Of Lemons!

I've been working on some new products - some with success (Silk & Pearl Powder Primer, for example), some with zippo luck at all. Guess that goes with the territory of making your own formulations! I've spent forever trying to develop a cream-to-powder foundation, and it just ain't happening (sniff sniff).

Cream-to-Powder is a soft solid in the container (you could stick your fingernail in it and make a mark), but once you apply it, it's looks and feels like a super soft powder. It's very cool, but I can't get the consistency right. So... I've started playing around with the ingredients (which are very expensive, and I don't want to just toss them) and Eureka! I think I've just developed a new, unique eye shadow. I'm drive testing it today, and it goes on so smoothly, and wears very well so far. When applied to my hand, it wouldn't wash off under running water without some effort rubbing it off - I'll have to have my daughter wear it to swim practice, but it just may very well be waterproof eye shadow as well. Depending on what the texture looks/feels like tomorrow (my foundation experiments tended to have a different texture 24 hours after making them), you may see a new product on the horizon! Now what to call it.... Magic Powder Shadows? No Mess Eye Pots? I dunno... look for some odd sounding name under "Eyes" on the website, and you'll know I came up with a winner. In the meantime, I may be randomly sending out samples for customers to test and give me their feedback.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

So I Went to the MAC counter....

All this hullabaloo about MAC! MAC, MAC, MAC. Every beauty blog raves about MAC! So I strolled over to the MAC counter yesterday (well, I ran to the counter to match someone's shades who wants to review my products). I went, I saw, I played. What's up with MAC that you guys are so hyped up about? OK, granted I'm a little biased - and it's really, really hard for a Jew to get excited about paying retail for something I make myself and make better. Yes, they have a boatload of colors - almost an overwhelming array. Yet you guys know by heart each and every color and shade name, and know the new ones before they've hit the stores, anxiously awaiting their arrivals. All the hype over the Starflash - it just seemed like more shadows to me! I guess you notice the difference in texture if you wear the rest of the products on a daily basis and the MAC counter gals remember your birthday, but to me? Another blue, purple, grey, brown or black. Didn't feel particuarly "special" to me.

I understand the colors are highly pigmented. For you 20-somethings, this is good. For us who's lives are nearly half over (shudder), highly pigmented makes us look like clowns! That's why most of my eye shadows are not so pigmented - they give you the flexibility to wear them dry and carry it off, or foil them for that dramatic look. There was a woman shopping there at the same time, and I asked her what it was about MAC that makes her drool. "Everything lasts so long!", she replied. Yeah, well, so does mine! I just don't have the beaucoup bucks for slick packaging and a huge marketing department with an endless budget.

I noticed that Vanessa always uses a paint pot under her shadows as a primer, so I thought, maybe I'll check those out. I don't have any primers in my line. There was only one shade that I could conceiveably use on a daily basis - Painterly - but even that was kinda pink if you're wearing a neutral shade. BUT... all is not lost. I did buy the shadow paint in Bare Canvass, and so far, so good. It will probably go in the drawer with my Borghese shadow primer within another few days though. I just don't wear shadow primers!

At least now I don't feel left out. I officially own a MAC product.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Foundation Sampling on a Shoestring Budget

I've always disliked getting samples in a little baggie - eye shadows are ok that way, since you can just dip your brush right into the baggie, but I'm not coordinated enough to tap out foundation powders from a mini-ziploc. So they've never been offered as a method of sampling until today. There are many of you who prefer to sample many different companies and many different types of products. Having a generously sized sample isn't as important as just enough to determine shade and texture and a low price.

The 3 pack sample Econo Packs are now an option for ordering foundation samples. The Econo Packs are smaller tester sizes of our foundations, with each containing about 0.4 grams (the jar sized samples contain a full gram), packed in heavy-duty ziploc baggies for $5/3 samples. Because much more of the powder will stick to the baggie than our sample jars, in addition to being smaller in net weight, you will not get as many applications as you will from the 3 pack jars. Each baggie is enough for 3-4 applications; a jar could last as long as a month. BUT, there's a big price savings - 3 baggies are $5; 3 sample jars is $12.

Unfortunately, we can only offer our foundations in the Econo Packs. All of our other items available for sampling (Oil Absorb, Silk Powder, Silk & Pearl Primer, etc) have too much adhesion to effectively sample from a baggie - waaay too much would stick to the bag!

Friday, August 15, 2008

The Mineral Makeup Blog: A Review of Purely Cosmetics' Skin Smoothing Foundation

Purely Cosmetics Skin Smoothing Foundation Review
Woo Hoo! We've been reviewed on one of the most popular blogs for mineral makeup - The Mineral Makeup Blog. Sohpie has reviewed a couple of our products in the past few days. Two days ago, she did a review of our 100% Pure Silk Powder, and how well it performs on her oily skin. Today, she reviews our Skin Smoothing Foundation. This blogging diva loves the staying power of our foundation, in addition to the feel and coverage. It's one of very few mineral makeup formulations that photographs well for tv and print without the whitish cast many mineral makeups are prone to do.

Monday, August 11, 2008

The Ultimate in Primers: Silk & Pearl Powder

Primers, in general, aren't very good for your face. They're great in providing a moisture barrier to keep your foundation from soaking into your skin, but they aren't very good for your skin. Look at your favorite primer that you currently use: I'm willing to bet you that one of the main ingredients is either silicone, dimethicone, or some other silicone derivative in it. Yes, they are good at keeping things from soaking into your skin, but that's because they block your pores. Would you want to put Vaseline on your face? Silicone and it's derivatives essentially acheive the same end - they prevent your skin from breathing. What's worse, is that they've been linked to breast cancer. Can you say, "no thanks"?

We did just the opposite. We've created a new primer that is actally beneficial for you. Made of only the finest and highest end ingredients, our primer is composed of pure silk powder, natural pearl powder, and allantoin. Pearl powder has long been an ancient Chinese skin care use. Not only does it contain essential amino acids and calcium, it acts as an anti-inflammatory and aids in reducing redness, helps reduce hyperpigmentation and evens out skin tones, and smooths the texture of your skin while moisturizing it as well. The allantoin, extracted from the comfrey root, stimulates growth of healty tissue, has soothing and healing properties, and is an anti-irritant. Pure silk powder also has essential amino acids, and like pearl powder, absorbs excess oils while moisturizing at the same time (perfect for combination skin). Silk reflects UVA and UVB rays, providing additional protection from sun damage.

Our Silk & Pearl Powder primer reduces the visibility of pores and fine lines, leaves your skin feeling as smooth as a baby's bottom. It is available in two formulas: Normal-Dry skin, and Normal-Oily skin. If you are unsure which skin type you are, it is recommended to use the Normal-Oily skin with our Skin Smoothing foundation formula (otherwise, it may feel a bit too heavy), and the Normal-Dry skin with our regular formula. Either can be used with the regular formula with Pure Silk added.

Not only does this Silk & Pearl primer acheive the visible results for which you're using a primer to begin with, but it is so nourishing and good for your skin that I've taken to wearing a layer to bed. After one week, I already notice a significant difference in how smooth the texture of my skin is!

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

FDA Globalization Act of 2008

There is a proposed act on Capitol Hill that would effectively put all small cosmetic companies and makeup crafters out of business. It would leave you with only Big Business from which to choose - you know, the very ones that add cheap fillers and harmful additives to their products just to reduce their costs?

Please read the Petition Against the FDA Globalization Act of 2008 and sign it. This isn't just about those of us who craft these products. It's about supporting small businesses and your freedom to choose as well.

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