Monday, November 19, 2018

Long Wear Brow Wax

It is so sad for me to admit, but I don't have the greatest eyebrows in the world! They are super light and fine and very sparse! I won't leave the house without applying my DIY Long Wear Brow Wax. Sometimes I only have time to moisturize my skin and apply my brows, but I won't leave home without at least my eye brows done!

See! I told you my eyebrows are almost non-existent! Here I am without a stitch of makeup on.

Here are my eyebrows after using my DIY Long Wear Brow Wax. Not only does it tint them a beautiful rich brown, it tames them too.

My formula is very thick and waxy and stays put all day long.

Add the following ingredients into a small glass beaker.......

3 grams Stearic Acid
2 grams Cera Bellina (use beeswax if needed)
2.5 grams Castor Oil
0.5 grams Cetyl Alcohol

Place the beaker into a few inches of simmering water until fully melted.

I have seen some DIY recipes that use only straight iron oxides like brown and/or black. I find this to be very boring and the product does not offer much depth. I like to use a base iron oxide such as brown and add in some sericite mica and a few pretty mica blends. For my medium brown eye brow wax, I chose to use TKB Trading's Espresso, Moonstone Mica and Brown Oxide. You can shop HERE.

You will need 1 gram of brown oxide, 0.3 grams of Espresso blend, 0.2 grams of Moonstone Mica blend and 0.2 grams of Sericite Mica. You will need to grind these together. I use this small grinder to fully grind the pigments. 

See how beautiful this color grind turned out!

Once your wax mix is fully melted, turn off the heat but keep the beaker in the hot water.

Add your color grind into the melted wax.

Spend about 5 minutes to fully blend the pigment into the melted wax base. You want to make sure there are no clumps at the bottom.

I like to use a small glass pot with a lid to store the eyebrow wax in.

Carefully pour the hot wax into your container and allow to cool and harden at room temp.

I use a small flat brush to apply to my eyebrows.

Here it is swatched on my wrist in natural light.

Super quick to apply and stays put all day long! For best results, clean your brush after each use.



Friday, November 9, 2018

Perfect Pressed Powder

I made Perfect Pressed Powder today! I am wearing it in the photo above. I applied my moisturizer and used a buffer brush to swirl the powder into my skin. Really lovely texture!

To start you will need to add the following ingredients into a makeup-only coffee bean grinder. If you are new to my blog, a "makeup only coffee bean grinder" simply means that you only use it for making cosmetics and not grinding spices and/or coffee.

**time to put your dust mask on!
5.3 grams Sericite Mica
2.3 grams Rice Powder
0.5 grams Silica Microspheres
0.5 grams Magnesium Stearate
0.6 grams Titanium Dioxide
0.15 grams Yellow Iron Oxide
0.04 grams Orange Iron Oxide
0.03 grams Brown Iron Oxide
0.01 grams Red Iron Oxide
*****your perfect shade may require more or less of the iron oxides that I used. Start slow and go up in small 0.01 gram increments.

Place the ingredients into your grinder and grind for about 45 seconds.

This is the perfect shade for my light with yellow undertone skin.

I used 0.2 grams of Leucidal Liquid PT to preserve the product. I just sprayed it over the powder and gave it another 30 second grind.

I used 0.5 grams of squalane and 0.6 grams of 190 proof vodka to moisten the powder and get it ready for pressing. I added it into the grinder and turned it on for about 30 seconds.

You will get the texture of moist sand when it is ready to press.

You will need an empty pressing tin, a pressing tile, a pressing tamper and an empty compact.

Fill the pan up with a layer and spread out evenly. Place the pressing tile over the powder and press with the tamping tool.

Pack it in firmly by applying pressure to the pressing disc.

Pop it into the compact and you are ready to rock and roll!

In the photo above, I only have on moisturizer and the pressed powder. I also have on my homemade brow wax, cheek blush and lip gloss.



Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Vegan Coconut Oil Solid Foundation

Lush has recently introduced a really awesome solid foundation called Slap Stick. It is not available in the USA as of yet, but I can't wait for it to arrive! You can learn more about the Slap Stick Foundation from LUSH (here).

photo credit (here)
The ingredients of the LUSH Slap Stick Foundation include the following (found on the website):

Screen Shot from (here)
Of course, I was curious if I could make a similar version in my own kitchen. I did a bit of research and found that the LUSH Slap Stick has 45% Extra Virgin Coconut Oil and 14% Pigment.  From there I just had to make an educated guess as to the percent of the other ingredients.

LUSH dips the egg-shaped foundation disc in hard black wax and packages it in a sturdy cardboard box.  I was not too keen on doing something similar, but for sure wanted something just as cool.  I decided to pour my melted foundation in an empty EOS Lip Balm sphere. It totally worked liked magic and it can be easily popped into your makeup clutch for touch-ups during the day. 

I need to point out that the LUSH Slap Stick Foundation is 30 grams and my recipe only makes enough to fill the quarter-ounce container.  You could always double my recipe and fill up two empty EOS lip balm spheres.

You will need an empty and sanitized EOS Lip Balm sphere that has had all three parts separated. See photo above.

For my foundation formula, you will need the following ingredients:

4.5 grams Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
1.0 grams Candelilla Wax
0.2 grams Glycerine
0.7 grams Jojoba Oil
0.8 grams Sunflower Wax
0.4 grams Argan Oil
0.3 grans Cetyl Alcohol
0.5 grams Silica Microspheres
1.2 grams Titanium Dioxide
Red, Brown, Black and Yellow Liquid Iron Oxides (I get mine from TKB Trading)

Melt together the coconut oil, candelilla wax, sunflower wax, Jojoba oil, argan oil, cetyl alcohol and glycerine. I placed my glass beaker in a few inches of simmering water for about 10 minutes to fully melt.

Blend in the silica microspheres and the titanium dioxide. Stir until it is smooth.

Time to customize the foundation to match YOUR own unique skin shade! Most people will start with yellow and then add varying amounts of red, brown and/or black.

I like to squeeze a few drops of all four pigments into a small weigh boat and using a toothpick, add a tiny amount at a time and then blend it thoroughly to see how close I am to my skin tone. Trust me, adding a full drop from the pigment bottle will often times be too much! Lighter shades will use mostly yellow with a tiny bit of red and a smidge of brown or black. Medium skin tones will use mostly yellow with a little red, some brown and some black. Darker skin tones will start with yellow, add a bit of red and a moderate amount of brown and some black. You really just have to do it little by little to create your unique match. My advice is to start slow and have a gentle hand when adding the pigments. Easy to add and impossible to remove!

Looks about right. This is my shade! I placed my beaker back in the simmering water to warm up and become totally liquid again.

Place these two parts together. (see photo above)

Pour the hot liquid into the container. (see photo above)

Place the remaining plastic base into the other two parts.

Allow the foundation to cool at room temp and harden. Remove the lid to reveal the solid foundation.

A little goes along way. Some oilier skin-types may find that due to the 45% coconut oil, a light dusting of setting powder can be used for best results.



**LUSH is a Trademark of Cosmetic Warriors Limited.
**EOS is a Trademark of the Kind Group, LLC

Saturday, November 3, 2018

DIY Holographic Highlighter

I love the holographic highlighters at Sephora and of course, I would end up formulating my own version. I am so pleased with the one I whipped up today in my beauty lab (aka kitchen!). It looks similar to Milk Makeup Supernova! A very shimmery lavender hue!

Here it is swatched on my arm in natural sunlight. Love this!!!

Start with 2 grams of distilled water in a beaker. Place in a simmering water bath to heat.

I used 0.8 grams of emulsifying was, 0.8 grams of sunflower wax and 0.8 grams of brassica glycerides. Place in another glass beaker.

To the waxes, add in 2.5 grams coconut oil and 1.4 grams of triglyceride. Heat this mixture to 160 degrees in a simmering water bath.

I used a magical blend of TKB Blue Diamond, Hilite Violet and Jill mica blends. I used 0.6 grams of Hilite Violet, 0.3 grams of Blue Diamond and 0.3 grams of Jill. These mica powders made an awesome holographic blend.

What a gorgeous mound of sparkles!!!

You can buy these powders at

Add the mica powders into the melted oil/wax mixture and stir well. Return the beaker to the hot water to warm and liquify.

Slowly pour the water into the oil and mix for about 5 minutes to thicken. You want something like thick cream.

I preserved this with 0.4 grams of Leucidal SF Max and AMTicide Coconut preservatives. Mix these two in after the mixture cools to around 100 degrees. Transfer to a small 10 ml glass container.

A little goes a long way!