Mineral make-up filler round-up: Part 1 of 3

So I went a little nuts and decided to make one colour and try every single filler I had with it. My choice was this grind – Paper Cut from TKB Trading. My logic? I thought it was a great name…and it is composed of just two colours, so it’s easy to make and easy…...

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Mineral make-up creation for teens!

It’s the first day of school and it’s not like you’re trying to keep them busy now, eh? But here are some ideas about crafting with youth! One of the most popular classes I offer to youth is mineral make-up creation. The girls love to create their own eye shadows and blushes, and we’re going…...

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Lipstick: Croda’s super sterol lipstick base

I had some samples of super sterol liquid and Crodamol STS lying around the workshop – I know, I’m a lucky girl, eh? – so I thought I’d try Croda’s recipe for a lip balm with these products. What is super sterol liquid? The INCI reads C10-30 cholesterol/lanosterol esters. It’s a light emollient that is…...

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Mineral make-up: Where to get supplies (a very short list)

I am asked frequently where I get my supplies for mineral make-up, so here’s a short list of my favourite suppliers. If you have your own favourite suppliers, feel free to link them in the comments section, but please give us a little information about what you like so much (I’m not a fan of…...

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Waxes!

It seems there are dozens of waxes to choose from for personal care type products, which it makes it both confusing and exciting for formulators! Waxes give structure to our products, keep them firm – in the case of lip balms or lotion bars – and help our products be flexible but not brittle. There…...

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Lipstick: The “classic base”

This is my beloved double boiler. From left to right, clockwise, you see the lip balm base, the classic base, and Croda’s super sterol base. Although I really like the lip balm base for a lipstick base, I couldn’t resist trying this recipe for a (supposedly) less greasy, more dry, stiffer recipe than the lip…...

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Lipstick: Modifying lip balm – adding boron nitride

Boron nitride is a great addition to a lipstick at 2 to 5%. It offers slip, glide, a pearly sheen, and a little whitening that won’t morph your colours too much. It is a great adhesion ingredient, and that’s always welcome in my lip colours! PINKY PINK LIP SHIMMER1 cc raspberry pop mica2 cc coral…...

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Lipsticks: Modifying lip balms – adding Ronaspheres

If you joined me yesterday, you’ll remember I was on a quest to make a Tutti Fruiti lipstick, but found it was too draggy with the titanium dioxide alone. What will make my lipstick less draggy? Ronaspheres! I added it at 6%, which worked out to 1 cc for this mixture. Tutti Fruiti matte1 tbsp…...

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Lipstick: Modifying lip balm – adding titanium dioxide

Sometimes it’s hard to find an ideal iron oxide for the base colour of that lipstick colour to die for, so we turn to our fillers for help. (This is even harder when you consider ultramarine pink is right out!) Titanium dioxide is always my first choice for making something opaque, but often it can…...

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Twilight inspired jewellery

Check out the tutorial for this Twilight inspired bracelet from Rings & Things! The red and black beaded bits are easy charms to make – we’ll be making these in our class on September 17th – and you can make the bracelet itself with some 10 mm and 5 mm jump rings (although we’ll be…...

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