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Thursday, December 1, 2011

Permanent Makeup & Temporary Tattoos

Tattoos are everywhere! I thought it would be interesting to search online to see more of what is available in a beauty sense after reading about Lip Tattoos in one of my trade mags. Permanent makeup is widely available-risks should be assessed. The lip tattoos initially looked fun & intriguing, see the review [below]. There is even a company I found online that sells flavored temporary lip tattoos! You gotta love it! What appeals to me the most is the henna temporary tattoos.  Very cool & global. It takes me back to the 1970's. As in all popular culture, there are several popular songs with a tattoo reference. 

Permanent Make-up

Permanent Eyeliner, Lipliner & Eyebrows

Permanent make-up is possible through a procedure called micropigmentation, which is similar to tattooing. It can mimic eyeliner, eyebrow pencil & lip liner when performed by a trained medical professional, permanent make-up can appear natural and attractive.

Advantages of Permanent Make-up

Permanent make-up is ideal for on-the-go women who always need to look their best but cannot afford the time to apply make-up throughout the day. At the end of the day, your make-up looks as though it was just freshened. You can select your color of make-up from a wide variety of shades, or a new shade can be created for you.

Cost of Permanent Make-up

The cost of permanent make-up varies significantly depending on the training of the person performing it, the quality of result, and the number of areas being tattooed. The cost for tattooing a single area, such as the lips, eyes, or eyebrows, ranges from $300 to $1000.

Risks of Permanent Make-up

Your greatest risk in cosmetic tattooing is having an untrained individual perform this procedure. Cosmetic tattoos currently are available everywhere and are not necessarily regulated. Disadvantages of having a lay person place your tattoo abound. If they use contaminated needles, infections can be transmitted. The ink may not be of medical quality and may cause irritation. Placement of cosmetic tattoos demands precision. Eyeliner placement has little room for error. If your eyebrow tattoo is placed high you may have a permanent look of surprise.  If your cosmetic tattoo is botched, removal may be fraught with difficulty. Removal of eyeliner or eyebrow tattoos with laser may damage the hair follicles and result in loss of eyelashes or eyebrows. 

Temporary Lip Tattoos: Cool or Just Plain Cuckoo?

Henna tattoosextracted from From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Paint the Body Beautiful with Earth Henna
earth henna tattoos

Main article: MehndiHenna tattoos, also known as Mehndi, is another form of temporary tattoo. Coming from a south Asian tradition, henna uses a paste made from the powdered leaves of the Henna plant, Lawsonia inermis. Its active dye, Lawsone, binds with the keratin in skin, fingernails, and hair. Traditional henna is drawn in delicate patterns on the hands and feet, but modern henna is applied in all sorts of designs anywhere on the body. Unlike other forms of temporary tattoos, henna does not allow for a full range of colors but only shades of reds, browns, and near-blacks. The paste is applied and left on the skin for several hours to stain. The stain will gradually fade away as the skin sheds. Henna tattoos can last days to over a month depending on application and aftercare.
However, caution should be taken as many products labeled henna are misleading. Fast-staining "black henna" can contain para-phenylenediamine (PPD) which can cause allergic reactions and scarring.

We have a FACEBOOK winner of random drawing for the Minerals Mate makeup tray:

Svetlana Ryazanova

Works at LG GroupLives in Moscow, Moscow City, RussiaMarried to Alexander RyazanovKnows English, SpanishFrom Pskov, RussiaBorn on January 19
Please contact us with your shipping address so we can send you your free gift!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Detox your way to beauty

Every day your body does battle with environmental pollutants and toxins and your looks are the ultimate losers.  "Minerals in tap water can dull hair, pollutants can dry out skin and carbon monoxide and ozone can damage your complexion's protective barrier and lead to aging, redness and irritation" says Dennis Gross, MD, a dermatologist in New York City.  It's enough to make anyone crawl inside a BPA-free plastic bubble.  Fortunately, experts say that a few small changes in your diet and beauty care routine can give your hair and skin a detoxifying beauty boost.  Prevention Magazine April 2011 Read more:

Detoxifying is a preventative method of caring for your body and may include massage, dry skin brushing, fasting, chlorophyll, exercise & deep breathing, dead sea mineral mud masks, enemas, foot baths and herbs.  

MASSAGE-Massages are a wonderful way to relax and unwind after a long, hard work week. Helping your body work better and become more healthy, massages are an ideal way to keep your physical and mental health in check. With a huge variety of massages available, you can find the right one for you. Read more: About Massages |
DRY SKIN BRUSHING-Dry-skin brushing is a great way to detoxify your skin and remove chemicals and pollutants. The method stimulates the lymph canals to clean the blood and tissues, improves muscle tone and helps eliminate cellulite. Massaging the skin with a brush improves your skin's circulation and helps to remove dead skin cells. You can enjoy the relaxing sensation of self-message while also detoxifying your skin and improving your overall health. Read more: How to Detoxify the Skin |
FASTING-The detox fasting diet is an effective, if not controversial, method of losing weight and removing dietary toxins from the body. The diet has seen a recent resurgence in popularity lately, but the practice is far from new. Monks and spiritual leaders all over the world have fasted for spiritual reasons throughout history. Read more: A Detox Fasting Diet |
CHLOROPHYLL-Chlorophyll is found in all green plants, vegetables, blue-green algae such as spirulina and chlorella. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has published a recent study to show chlorophyll has anti-cancer protective qualities in 140 rainbow trout that were induced with cancer. Those who were fed chlorophyll did not die. People who want similar protective effects and also to detox, can consider taking wheat grass juice "shots", consuming spirulina or chlorella, both of which offer chlorophyll. Read more: Detox With Chlorophyll |
DEAD SEA MINERAL MUD MASK-Moor mud may not be one of the most glamorous forms of treatment in the world, but it is certainly one of the oldest. Moor mud packs and masks were used by the ancient Egyptians and Romans for various ailments as well as beauty treatments, and were often given with other spa treatments as part of a cure. Therapeutic mud often comes from areas around mineral springs, and the high mineral content of the mud is regarded as one the main reasons for its beneficial effects.Cleopatra is said to have prized it so highly as a beauty treatment that she persuaded Mark Anthony to conquer the region and present it to her as a gift. Read more: How to Use a Moor Mud Treatment |
ENEMAS-The alleged detoxification benefits of enemas are many. For example, Enema Web makes the claims that "Coffee enemas are very stimulating to the liver, and are a great aid in eliminating its toxic poisons." They also claim that these enemas cause a relaxation in the liver and gallbladder region that eases pain, and that they may even cause you to pass gallstones. These benefits may be questionable. The Mayo Clinic reports, "There is no evidence, however, that detox diets actually remove toxins from the body. Most ingested toxins are efficiently and effectively removed by the kidneys and liver and excreted in urine and stool." And enemas can sometimes be unsafe. If done wrong, they can cause an imbalance of electrolytes and may even rupture the lower intestines and cause serious internal bleeding. It's possible that enemas may also cause heart murmurs. Read more: Detoxify With Enemas |
FOOT BATH-Go to your local spa or natural healing center for an ionic foot bath. In 2003 the Nobel Prize for Chemistry was awarded to Peter Agre and Roderick MacKinnon, "whose research became the foundations that inspired the development of ionic principles and detoxification through water channels." The ionic foot bath stimulates the feet's large pores to eliminate toxins promoting physical and mental energy, vitality and overall well-being. Drink plenty of water, relax and enjoy your treatment. The therapist will take care of everything. Read more: Detoxifying Footbath |
HERBS-Many things contribute to the buildup of toxins in our bodies, such as years of unhealthy eating habits, exposure to chemicals and breathing in environmental pollutants. This can lead to physical problems and illnesses. That is why it is very important to periodically cleanse your internal organs through detoxification. Consult your doctor if you have never conducted a herbal detox or have never consumed herbal supplements.Cleansing your colon, liver, kidneys and gallbladder will enable you to function more efficiently physically and help restore energy and stamina. It may also be necessary to rid your body of any parasites through a cleanse. There are a number of simple herbal remedies that can aid you in the detoxification process. Read more: How to Detox With Herbs |
EXERCISE & DEEP BREATHING-The body is engineered to heal itself to get rid of toxins and to keep the body running as efficiently as possible. With exercise you clean all of your internal organs at the same time. Exercise accelerates the detoxification process. As you exercise, the blood circulates throughout the body, bringing nutrients to all the organs and muscles. Exercise also helps lymph fluids circulate the body, which removes toxins and other harmful materials. When exercising you breathe deeply and take in more oxygen, which helps all the cells to perform their jobs, including removing toxins. At the same time you exhale carbon dioxide, which is a by-product of the various functions performed by the body. As you do aerobic exercise you build up a sweat and toxins are released through the pores of the skin. Exercising also helps you to lose weight by reducing the amount of fatty tissues in the body. As the fatty tissues grow smaller the toxins stored in fat are released into the body. These toxins must be removed. Fasting and herbal remedies are two ways to get rid of these toxins in your body. Read more: How Does Exercise Help Detox? |

Facial exercises have been gaining in popularity.  There are several books, dvd's and even free youtube videos.  I have read Face Yoga by Annelise Hagen, who also has several youtube videos.  

Here is a facial detox technique that I also found on youtube.  It's a little crazy...

We have a winner for our free mineral eye shadow of your choice  Facebook Giveaway for October. 
Congratulations to:  Francesca Casas.  Francesca, please contact us to claim your eyes hadow!
Our November giveaway will be a free Mineral Mates Makeup tray in a red satin pouch:

This random drawing will be done on December 1 for all of our Facebook Fans.  

Please LIKE US on Facebook before that date to have your name included in the drawing.  If you are not already a friend of mine [Nancy Erb] I will send you a friend request in order to communicate directly with you. Facebook no longer has a feature to communicate with fans only.  Also look for the winner to be announced in our blog and in a Facebook Status Update on our wall.  

We are offering 20% off our DEAD SEA MINERAL MUD through November 30, 2011. 

We are excited about the new brushes we have available on our website, check them out here!

Look for us soon on Ebay once again : My World on Ebay: face*value

Saturday, October 1, 2011

A World Wide Approach To Mineral Eye Shadows

MODERN SAFARI is a collection of 7 matte and semi-matte mineral eye shadows that represents the Serengetti ecosystem in Africa:MODERN SAFARI EYE SHADOWS
Tiger Eye
Olive Green
Purple Haze
Onyx Shadow Liner

ORIENT EXPRESS is a collection of 7 pearlescent mineral eye shadows that represents  the Opulence of the Orient:ORIENT EXPRESS EYESHADOWS
Amber Mist
Coral Pearls
Lavender Jade
Oriental Jade
Pacific Rim
Expresso Shadow Liner

URBAN ROMANCE is a collection of 7 shimmering mineral eye shadows that represents the Fantasy Romance genre: URBAN ROMANCE EYE SHADOWS

See Thru
Silver Violet Fusion
Romantic Rose
Violet Pearls
Twilight Blue
Black Diamonds Shadow Liner

GEOLOGICAL is a collection of 7 sparkling rock & roll shades representing the gems and metals found in our earth: GEOLOGICAL EYE SHADOWS
White Diamonds
24k Gold
Bronze Sparkle
Antique Silver
Antique Gold
Antique Copper
7th Shade to be determined

After our July eye shadow review, we decided we needed to have a clearer vision.  Many of the 28 shades shown above are colors we had before.  Perhaps the name was changed [Cashmere is now Kasmir], maybe we gave it a different base [Espresso Matte Liner is now Oriental Express Collection Expresso Liner in a pearlescent base], we might have even eliminated some disappointing shades or added some new shades. If you have any questions about these changes, please feel free to contact us.  By the end of the month we will be offering these shades in collection sets of 7 and a complete set of 28. MINERAL EYE SHADOWS

We have a winner for our antiACNE Gel Facebook Giveaway for September. 
Congratulations to:  Marjon Scheffer of Scarborough, Queensland
Our Random Drawing October giveaway will be a free mineral eye shadow of your choice from the above eye shadows, packaged in our standard 5 gram sifter jars and shipped worldwide for free.  This random drawing will be done on November 1 for all of our Facebook Fans.  Please LIKE US on Facebook before that date to have your name included in the drawing.  Look for the winner to be announced in our blog and in a Facebook Status Update on our wall.

The October Website sale will be 15% off any eye shadow packaged 1g powder in a 5g sifter jar.  

We now are offering Rotating Sifters for 20 gram and 30 gram jars.  You can order these sifters separately or with a jar set.  ROTATING SIFTER JARS

CLOSING NOTE: We will be closed Thursday October 6 through Monday October 10.  Orders can be placed during this time, however packaging and shipping will be done on a first come-first serve basis beginning on Tuesday October 11.  

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Acne Control, Naturally

The ancient Romans were not wrong when they bathed themselves in hot sulfur springs to rid their bodies of various ailments and skin disorders, acne included. Referred to the Bible as brimstone, sulfur was one of the earliest acne treatment known to man. Besides acne, sulfur is also used to treat skin disorders like dermatitis and bacterial or fungal infections.

For more than fifty years, sulfur has been combined with other drugs such as salicylic acid, resorcinol and sodium sulfacetamide to prevent acne development. Sulfur is available almost everywhere in prescription medications and over the counter in the form of skin care products like ointments, creams, lotions, masks and soap.

Sulfur is a naturally occurring element and its slow oxidation in the presence of air gives it the distinctive odor of rotten eggs or untreated sewage. Due to this characteristic, sulfur isn’t used as a standalone acne product but is used in combination with other more pleasant-smelling ingredients.


Sulfur has keratolytic properties so it promotes the quick shedding of dead keratinized skin cells which block pores that cause acne-forming comedones. It also has comedolytic action which clears comedones and inhibits new ones from forming.

When used topically, sulfur’s keratolytic action causes the infected skin to dry and slough off, which is a good sign if you are suffering from acne breakouts. It also minimizes skin oiliness, unclogs blocked pores and inhibits them from forming in the future.


All sulfur products are not created equal and because sulfur medications come in various packages, it is safe practice to follow the instructions that comes with the product.

Generally, sulfur preparations are used once to thrice a day. Carefully read the directions for topical applications like lotions and masks. Some of them can be safely left on your face for long hours, while others need to be washed off after a few minutes.

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Face Value Cosmetics has developed several sulfur, herbal and natural skin care products to naturally help control acne.  anti Acne Products 

faceCLEAR Acne Treatment 5% Sulfur Soap Facial Bar is an gentle natural skin cleanser designed to help dry acne blemishes and soothe irritated skin. This soap is free of detergents, sulfates, paraben and is not tested on animals. Contains sulfur and tea tree oil. Sale price $4.25

faceCLEAR Blemish Powder  is a Natural, Mineral & Herbal Blemish Textured Powder designed to help dry acne blemishes and soothe irritated skin in a yellow/beige color that can also be used to conceal blemishes. Softly scented with tea tree oil.  Contains sulfur and tea tree oil. 20g jar sale price $7.65

Dead Sea Black Mineral Mud from Israel is a pore cleansing, mineral rich treatment that provides healing properties for your skin.  This mud can range in color from dark olive green to black.  It is a wonderful treatment to improve dull skin, rosacea, acne, eczema and psoriasis. Contains calcium, potassium, magnesium and sodium, sulfur & phosphorus. Sale price $7.65

ANTI-ACNE GEL is a complex of plant extracts designed to treat skin with excessive sebum formation and follicular inflammation. Made with Watercress extract, Sage extract, Burdock root extract, Lemon peel extract, Ivy extract, Saponaria extract, Bladderwrack extract. Properties: Recommended to treat skin with high levels of sebum production and follicular inflammation, itching and loss  of hydration. Also effective for acne treatment. Sale price $7.65

faceCONTROL oil control powder is a textured oil control powder in a natural shade for combination & oily skin types developed to absorb excess oil up to 1-1/2x on skin. t Apply lightly to target areas where you want to control the excess oil on your skin before makeup application. 20g jar sale price $7.65

facePRIME pore reducing powder makes an effective foundation primer by refining pores & fine lines. Prior to your mineral makeup foundation, apply a thin layer of facePrime Silk Powder. Recommended for all skin types. 20g jar sale price $7.65

How to Apply Mineral Makeup Over Acne


Moderately Easy
Mineral makeup is, by its composition, perfect for acne-prone skin. Other types of makeup, especially liquid foundation and packed powder, clog pores and cause acne breakouts. Mineral makeup was designed specifically to cover all types of skin imperfections without aggravating sensitive skin. No matter what your age, mineral makeup is the best choice for acne-prone skin.


Things You'll Need

  • Mineral makeup of your choice; a loose powder foundation that contains sunscreen of at least SPF 20, and a powder "veil" worn over the foundation. Include a "face primer" made by the same company; this gives you an oil-free, long-lasting matte finish.
  • Non-clogging mineral concealer made for spot coverage and blemish concealment.
  • Gentle, mild soap and toner lotion made for acne-prone skin.
  • Foundation brushes to sweep the mineral makeup onto your face.
    • 1
      After selecting your mineral makeup, lotion toner, soap, green cover-up primer and foundation brushes, wash your face thoroughly but gently with your mild, pure soap. Follow with a gentle, oil-free moisturizer on dry areas of your face in a small amount. With a mineral makeup kit, less is always more! Use only about a fourth (if even that) of the amount of water-based moisture only on dry areas. Do not apply moisturizer to acne-prone areas.
    • 2
      It's recommended that you "prime" your face before applying your mineral make-up. This primer give your makeup something to cling to, giving you a smooth, even, matte complexion. Consider that very little of this product goes a very long way! Spread a small amount of primer over your entire face and let it sit for about a minute.
    • 3
      Now for the mineral concealer Unless you want to look like a Japanese Kabooki, take it very easy on the amount used! Remember, most blemish concealers are overly oil-based and tend to blob or crease; they also don't give lasting coverage. Smooth a very small amount over your blemishes. 
    • 4
      After spot-treating your acne areas, use your foundation brush to smooth the mineral foundation over your face. The accepted rule in applying mineral makeup is "touch, tap, and apply." You need very little mineral makeup to achieve a healthy, glowing effect; touch your brush to the loose makeup, tap it to remove excess, and sweep it over your face. If you notice that your blemishes that were covered with the green stuff appears overly white, then you've used too much green! Just experiment until you find the right amount of everything that works with your skin.
    • 5
      Next, sweep your mineral "veil" over your face; this is like powdering your face once you've applied foundation. The mineral powder seals the foundation and give you a naturally polished look, with the appearance of your blemishes greatly diminished. If you like, you can also sweep your face with a light mineral bronzer to give you a "warm" look or a sparkling, translucent or pink mineral glow powder. 

Tips & Warnings

  • You should also choose your concealer carefully. Since acne is red, green cover-up is sometimes recommended as it neutralizes red, inflamed acne spots. However, yellow will also cover red imperfections as well as skin tone concealers.  For the lightest coverage, use your mineral foundation powder and dab on extra layers of powder on the pimple.  Blend, blend, blend
  • In addition to covering your blemishes, try this trick of using mineral eye shadow, mascara and lipstick to draw attention to your best facial features instead of your imperfections.
  • Strictly avoid all cosmetics that are oil-based; moisturizers, toners and eyeshadows in particular. These products counteract the mineral-based products and cause increased acne. Look for products that are water-based. If the label doesn't say the product is oil-free, assume that is is not!
  • If this issue concerns you, the best-selling mineral makeup is not tested on animals.
  • Be sure to keep your mineral foundation brushes clean! Most top lines offer a brush cleaner that you should use at least monthly, depending upon how often you use makeup.

Face Value Cosmetics has developed 21 shades of mineral foundation powders offered in matte and pearl textures. Mineral Foundation Products 


LIKE US ON FACEBOOK to qualify for our free give-a-way on September 30, 2011 FREE ANTI-ACNE GEL

ANTI ACNE PRODUCT SALE: 15% OFF anti ACNE soap, gel and 20g jar size of powders: faceCLEAR, faceCONTROL& facePRIME

A winner was randomly selected for the  August 31, 2011 SUMMER GIVE A WAY: 
Cosmo's Sexiest Beauty Secrets 
CONGRATULATIONS TO: Dorota Dega Nollet (Dorothy)
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