Wednesday, June 12, 2019

DIY Mega-Watt Highlighter and Pop Blush

I recently purchased the Charlotte Tilbury Glowgasm face palette in Lightgasm. It is beautiful and it rocked my world!

I was inspired to create my own mega-watt shades in a blush and highlighter.

I did not want to color match exactly, but I did want to be inspired by the Glowgasm palette while creating my own DIY version. I got out all my colorants and had some mega fun coming up with the perfect shades.

I decided to create the gorgeous highlighter shade first. I get most of my pigments and colorants from TKB Trading.

I used the following:

2 grams Light Translucent
1 gram Apricot
0.2 grams Oriental Beige
0.5 grams Cinnamon Sugar

Add the pigments into a small baggie and seal. Gently massage the colors together until well blended.

Add in 0.2 grams of my recipe for Ultimate Pressed Eyeshadow Base. Recipe can be found HERE.

I added in a 2% addition of Leucidal Liquid PT (made for powdered formulas) along with about 1 ml of 190 proof Vodka. Stir until the mixture is like coarse sand.

Smooth into a metal pan of your choice. I used a 38 mm size.

I placed a textured piece of ribbon over the shadow and pressed it with a pressing tile and tool.

Here is the finished result. Very gorgeous!

Here it is swatched on my arm.

Here it in direct sunlight. Can't wait to use it on my face.

Moving onto the recipe for the Pop Blush...............

0.5 grams Foliage mineral pigment.

1.5 grams Medium Translucent

 0.1 grams Cancerian Heat. Gives the blush some crazy depth and pop.

 0.5 grams of Garnet

0.6 grams Jack mica/oxide.

Add all the mineral pigments into a small baggie, seal and gently massage to blend well.

Add in 0.2 grams of the Ultimate Pressed Eyeshadow Base (recipe HERE).

Massage again until fully blended.

Place in a small mixing container. Add in 2% addition of Leucidal Liquid PT (made for powdered formulas) or another preservative of your choice. If you use a different preservative, follow the suggested usage rate for that particular product. You don't want mold and fungus to grow in your powder.

I also added in 1 ml of 190 proof Vodka. Mix until it is the consistency of coarse sand.

 Spread into a metal pan. I used a 38 mm size.

You can add a piece of textured ribbon over the top of the product before you place the pressing tile on top. It gives it a nice texture.

Use a pressing gadget and firmly press the powder into the pan.

This is a super intensity and ultra-high pigmented blush. Holy Smokes!!!!

Here it is swatched on my arm. I can't wait to use it on my cheeks and blend it out.



Monday, June 3, 2019

Overnight Detox Facial Oil

I was recently strolling through Sephora and discovered a very expensive overnight detox facial oil on the shelf.  One look at the ingredient list and I was inspired to create my own version for much less than the $50 for 30 ml that was on the price tag for the famous brand.

The famous brand promises "A 100 percent plant-based oil that works overnight to address skin damage caused by daytime external aggressors." Their formula is 100% all-natural and plant based and very well formulated. I believe it will do great things for your skin! I have used all the same ingredients in my version and used it for one week with great results. I shopped at Mountain Rose Herbs for all my ingredients (except the fractionated coconut oil which I purchased at Whole Foods). Visit Mountain Rose Herbs HERE. 

Overnight Detox Facial Oil
makes 30 ml (1 ounce)

2 teaspoons Fractionated Coconut Oil
2 teaspoons Grapeseed Oil (shop for it HERE)
1 teaspoon Sweet Almond Oil (shop for it HERE)
1 teaspoon Rosehip Seed Oil (shop for it HERE)
2 drops Petitgrain Essential Oil (shop for it HERE)
2 drops Carrot Seed Essential Oil (shop for it HERE)
3 drops Sandalwood Essential Oil (shop for it HERE)
2 drops Neroli Essential Oil (shop for it HERE)
2 drops Lavender Essential Oil (shop for it HERE)

Place all the ingredients into a one-ounce dark amber dropper bottle. Shake well. Apply five drops of the oil to clean skin before bedtime. You may apply moisturizer after massaging it into the skin.


Friday, March 22, 2019

Sage Deodorant

I have a neutralizing all-natural deodorant recipe for you that keeps you smelling fresh and clean while purifying your pits!!!

Made with vodka, Witch Hazel extract, sage tincture, tea tree essential oil and licorice root tincture, this DIY recipe smells amazing, is chemical free and works wonders!

Your body will still sweat, but that is totally normal and supposed to happen.  This great deodorant just keeps your armpits smelling great!!! Apply after your workout or anytime you need a quick refresh for your underarms!

Mountain Rose Herbs has a great Certified Organic Tea Tree Essential Oil.  The price is pretty good too!! As of March 24, 2017 you can buy a large 1/2 ounce bottle for just $7.50. Visit Mountain Rose Herbs online HERE.
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Sage Deodorant
makes 4 ounces

2 ounces Vodka
1 ounce Witch Hazel 
1 tablespoon licorice root tincture
1 tablespoon sage tincture
30 drops tea tree essential oil

I like to use a glass spray bottle for this recipe.  Add all ingredients into the bottle and shake well.

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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Tinted Face Oil

There is a really wonderful tinted face oil by Kosas Cosmetics that is basically a combination of various carrier oils, some pigments, mica, clay and other botanical extracts. The reviews of this product have been super positive and I have watched a few video reviews. I am impressed and just had to make my own version. Success! I am in love with this super cushioning and moisturizing foundation. It is light coverage and just three drops was enough to do my entire face.

One of the ingredients I used is Thickening Clay from TKB Trading. You can shop HERE.  It is a special clay that when used at about 3% of the formula, it helps keep the other oils and pigments suspended evenly and prevents them from sinking and separating.

Start with the following oils:

6 grams Triglyceride
4.5 grams Jojoba Oil (I like to buy mine from Mountain Rose Herbs) (Shop HERE)
1 gram Squalane
1 gram Hazelnut Oil (Mountain Rose Herbs has a great one) (Shop HERE)
0.15 grams of Vitamin E Oil (Shop HERE)
0.15 grams Argan Oil (Shop HERE)

Add these oils into a small glass beaker.

Measure out the following ingredients:

0.45 grans TKB Trading Thickening Clay
1.5 grams Sericite Mica
1.5 grams Silica Microspheres

You will need to add the Thickening Clay into the carrier oils and blend with a stick blender until fully blended.

You have to use a stick blender for best results because just stirring with a spoon will not work that well!

I bought this little hand held blender for about $15 from Amazon and it works amazing at making different cosmetic formulas.

After blending, it will look similar as the photo above.

Add in the mica and silica.

Blend for about one minute.

Time to add in the pigments to color match your skin tone. I like to use the pre-dispersed pigments in castor oil instead of using the iron oxides. It is just easier and I don't have to make a color grind. I have a few other posts showing how to use these pigments to make YOUR color. Find them HERE and HERE. I ordered these from TKB Trading.

I started with white, a few drops of yellow and a couple drops of brown.

I blended it for about 30 seconds and it was just a little bit too light.

I added just a tiny (half-drop) of brown and red. You really have to go slow with the pigments. It is easier to add little by little because you can't take pigments out.

Pretty close in the photo above. Still a little too yellow so a tiny drop of brown and red should help.

Success! It matches the way I like.

Place the tinted face oil into a 15 ml glass dropper bottle.

Here it is swatched on my arm in natural sunlight. This is just two drops.

Here it is blended out. Pretty good match!

Just three to four drops is plenty to cover your entire face.