Mineral make-up: Fun with blush – a translucent base

Blush bases are as variable as the people who wear them. You can make a very simple blush with serecite mica and colour or Micronaspheres and colour or you can make a very complicated one with almost every ingredient I’ve written about in the last few weeks! What’s the point of a blush? We want…...

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Foamer bottles: Facial Cleanser (part 2) (updated)

I found yesterday’s foamy bottle recipe a bit too much for my skin – it felt great at the time, but it made my skin a little oilier during the day. If you strip too much oil from your skin, it will rebel and produce more! If I’d used my toner afterwards, I’m sure it…...

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Oil free moisturizer

Leanne wrote to me asking for some tips on creating an oil free moisturizer. By definition a moisturizer contains oil, water, and emulsifier…so is it possible to make an oil free moisturizer? Yes! When you see lotions in the stores with “oil free” emblazoned on the container, they still contain an oil phase. Generally the…...

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Gels: Make a gel based toner

I know you’re probably sick of this recipe for toner, but it works well in a gel format. You can also use this as an under eye application with a few tweaks, and it does feel nice and cool for the summer. (Can you tell I’m not a fan of being warm?)So why make a…...

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Lotions: Exciting facial moisturizer additives!

So you like your moisturizer, but you want those extra fancy ingredients to treat specific issues you might have…so what to do?There are literally thousands of ingredients you can add in small amounts to your moisturizers, and, as much as I’d like to, I can’t spend the rest of my natural life reviewing them (hey,…...

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Lotions: Facial moisturizers (updated)

Yeah, I know, once you find a moisturizer you like, it’s really hard to try a new one. I was forced to make my own after my favourite decided to change an ingredient and my acne prone skin broke out like silly! So what is the difference between a light lotion and a moisturizer? The…...

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Lotion: Speciality ingredients

So far we’ve been making basic lotions, tweaking the ratios of the various ingredients to get what we want, but there are other ingredients you can add to lotions that will change the thickness, texture, and glidi-ness (yes, I know this isn’t a word, but it fits!) I’m making up a short list here that…...

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Facial cleansers (updated)

I am always looking for a good facial cleanser that won’t exacerbate my acne or leave my skin feeling dry and tight afterwards. Let’s summarize my goals for this product… Cleansing – I don’t need deep cleansing, I need mild cleansing. Foaming – I don’t want something really foamy on my face. Good rinse-off –…...

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Fun with formulating: Make a toner! (updated)

I figured a picture of my best friend having a great time making lotion was a great accompaniment to a post on how much fun it is to formulate! I have become a huge fan of toner in recent months as I have very oily, acne prone skin that does not like moisturizers all that…...

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