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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Comparing BB & CC Creams to Mineral Makeup

Who Says You're Not Beautiful?
Comparing BB & CC Creams to Mineral Makeup
Recently I set out to evaluate the BB Creams on the market. My intent was to find my favorite texture, coverage and shades to use as a model for making my own formula.  I brought home samples of all the most popular creams from the most popular retail stores. After trying them on I was not in love. Not at all. I began to think, what do BB Creams or CC Creams have to offer that I don’t already offer in Mineral Makeup?  Hopefully this blog can answer that question.  After reviewing the benefits and ingredients of all products, I decided to stick with Mineral Makeup.

BB Creams

Initially called Blemish Balms, today they are called a Beauty Balm. Easily compared to a tinted moisturizer, some creams offer varied SPF protection along with skin lightening and coverage. They are targeted for a younger customer. 
Typical ingredients include [Maybelline]: Titanium Dioxide Water, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Glycerin, Octyldodecanol, Silica, Pentylene Glycol, Octyldodecyl Xyloside, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Isohexadecane, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, PEG 30 Dipolyhydroxystearate, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Pentaerythrityl Tetra Di T Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Caprylyl Glycol, Disodium EDTA, Citric Acid, Polysorbate 80, Potassium Sorbate, Propylene Glycol, Methylisothiazolinone, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, May Contain (+/-): Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides

CC Creams 

Short for Complexion Corrector or ‘Color and Corrector’ Cream. It helps address problems with redness or a sallow complexion,  some creams offer varied SPF protection along with anti-aging benefits. They are targeted for a customer that needs color corrector.  
Typical ingredients include [Olay]: Avobenzone (3%, Sunscreen), Homosalate (5%, Sunscreen), Octisalate (5%, Sunscreen), Octocrylene (2.6%, Sunscreen) Inactive Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Niacinamide, Polyethylene, Dimethicone, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Pentylene Glycol, Ascorbic Acid, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Stearyl Alcohol, Isohexadecane, Cetyl Alcohol, Panthenol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Benzyl Alcohol, Behenyl Alcohol, Dimethiconol, Sucrose Polycottonseedate, Ethylparaben, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Cetearyl Glucoside, Cetearyl Alcohol, PEG 100 Stearate, Disodium EDTA, Stearic Acid, BHT, Polysorbate 60, PEG 4, PEG 4 Laurate, PEG 4 Dilaurate, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Citric Acid, Titanium Dioxide

Mineral Makeup 

Its main appeal is the fact that it is non-comedogenic, which means it doesn't clog up the pores but instead lets the skin breathe. It’s perfect for all skin types because it is formulated without parabens, preservatives, fillers, or binders or talcs – meaning it will work with your skin and not against it.”
  • Natural SPF 15-20
  • Sheer to Complete Coverage
  • Soothing & Anti-inflammatory
  • Water-resistant & Long Lasting
  • Non-Comedogenic
  • Chemical & Mineral Oil Free
  • Eco Friendly
  • No Animal Testing
  • Fast, Versatile & Easy to apply
Typical ingredients from Face Value Cosmetics: Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Zinc Oxide, Kaolin Clay, Silica, Magnesium Stearate, Boron Nitride & Oxides. Note: Pearl may contain Bismuth Oxychloride and Silk may contain Talc.

 Moisturizing Mist

With winter approaching, consider these ideas to add a little moisture to your face:

[extracted from Teen Vogue]
Spray and Go "If you've over-powdered your face and it's lost its luster, just spritz on a bit of mist. It immediately returns the makeup to a healthy glow!This little tip will save your makeup from looking too matte."
Pump up Your Shadow "Add water to shadow to make it more intense. Use a small spray bottle to mist your shadow and press the brush into your product. Don't rub or swipe it around because you want to really pack the shadow into the brush. The key is to go easy on the water, adding a little bit at a time. Then pat it onto the lid for your most pigmented, shadow look ever."

Lighten Your Foundation "This is one of my favorite pro tips and I think everyone should try it! You can sheer out your foundation to create a lighter coverage for warm spring and summer months without having to buy any new products. The secret is dampening your makeup sponge before using it to apply your foundation of choice. Start by running it underwater. Then squeeze it a couple times under the stream to make sure it is saturated evenly. Dry it in a towel so it is just slightly damp to the touch. Dip it in your favorite foundation and you are all set!"

Clearly Radiant Mineral Glow 

Clearly Radiant Mineral Glow is a clear, almost see-thru shimmering mica powder. It is perfect to use to highlight any area of your face or body. I prefer it on these areas:
  • Eyes:  line the inner corner contours of your eyes to widen eyes.
  • Brow: brushed ust under the outer third of your eye brow opens up the eye area.
  • Nose: a line brushed down the middle of your nose visually narrows the bridge of your nose.
  • Cheeks: lightly brushed at the top of your cheek bones, above blush can give a youthful glow.
  • For special occasions: consider mixing a small amount into any of your makeup powders to amp up the shimmer power!

Tuesday, May 21, 2013


Christina Aguilera- Beautiful Live Grammy's 2004 HD

Imagine a world where beauty is a source of confidence, not anxiety

Women are their own worst beauty critics. In fact, only 4% of the women around the world consider themselves beautiful   Watch this fascinating video about a social experiment that enlists a forensic artist to draw women's faces as described to them by the women themselves. The results are profound!    Real Beauty Sketches

The Most Beautiful Face In The World Belongs To You!

Monday, December 10, 2012

Hello World, Seasons Greetings!

HELLO WORLD, Seasons Greetings!

2012 Holiday Closing Schedule

The last day for shipping this year is December 18. Please make sure that your orders are in by December 15.  We will re-open after the holidays on January 2, 2013.

2012 Review

2013 Plans

  • Acne product kits offered in the vinyl snap bags
  • A cream base foundation to compare to the BE Foundation
  • We will continue to infuse our moisturizing line with our vitamin complex
  • The organic herb garden and production of our own herbal essential oils and tinctures will expand

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Global Eye Shadow Gift Sets On Sale!

6 pc Mineral Eye Shadow Gift Sets

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#641  Modern Safari Eye Shadows

A collection of matte and semi-matte shades in neutral to warm tones, in a range of colors from light to dark that reflect the African Safari. 
Shades included are:
Ivory Semi-Matte is a soft delicate light warmed ivory
Khaki Matte is a soft neutral beige 
Tiger Eye Matte is a soft golden tan
Purple Haze is a smoky purple semi-matte
Serengeti Matte is a browned gray
Onyx Matte Shadow Liner is a rich highly pigmented black

Sale Price:  $14.99  

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Amber Mist

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#642  Orient Express Eye Shadows

A collection of lustrous pearlescent shades that in neutral to warm tones that reflect the opulent colors of the Orient.
Shades included are:
Amber Mist is a soft & beautiful golden amber
Kasmir is a soft & beautiful medium brown
Lavender Jade is a soft pearlescent purple blue
Oriental Jade is a lustrous green
Pacific Rim is a pearlescent blue green turquoise
Expresso Shadow Liner is lustrous highly pigmented brown black

Sale Price:  $14.99  

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#639  Urban Romance Eye Shadows

A collection of 6 shimmering Urban Romantic shades in neutral to cool tones and reflect the edgy “Urban meets Twilight” colors of an Urban Romance. 
Shades included are:
See Thru is a shimmering clear/white we like for brow highlighter
Silver Violet Fusion is a pearlescent fusion of violet and silver
Violet Pearls is an expressive shimmering purple
Twilight Blue is a shimmering twilight/midnight blue
Suede is a  luxurious brown shimmer
BlackStar Blue Shadow Liner is a sensual deep shimmer

Sale Price:  $14.99    

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White Diamonds

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#643  Geological Eye Shadows

A collection of sparkling earthly delights including gems and metals.
Shades included are: 
White Diamonds is a precious white sparkling gem
24k Gold is all out golden sparkle!
Antique Copper is a gorgeous metallic hammered copper satin 
Antique Gold is a gorgeous metallic verd green satin
Antique Silver is a gorgeous metallic steel blue satin
Black Diamonds Shadow Liner is a deep shimmering black

Sale Price:  $14.99  

Thursday, August 16, 2012

SUMMER END Product & Wholesale Announcement

DESERT ROSE Silk Mineral Blush

We have created a new silk mineral blush to accompany our silk foundations.  But it is fickle ... it will also go with our matte and pearl foundations.  In a muted rose, we find this blush to be lovely on all skin tones. Mineral Blush
Packaging Options:  4g sifter jar, 1/8 tsp sample, 10g refill, 1oz bulk
Blush Application Technique:   Dip your brush lightly into the powder & tap off any excess. Dust on to the apples of your cheeks.  A bright "pop" of color in the center of the apple of your cheek is beautiful with a summer tan or combined with our mineral bronzer! 
Ingredients may include: Mica, talc, corn starch, titanium dioxide, zinc oxide, silica, boron nitride, magnesium myristate, chromium oxide, ultra marines, carmine & iron oxides.

SEA GLASS Silk Mineral Eye Shadows

Our new SeaGlass mineral eyeshadows are inspired by the various colors of glass that are tumbled and tossed in the sea, then washed ashore. These shades are frosted with a hint of irridescence perfect for summer! 
Soliel   Nude Coral

Surf Sea Nymph Tortoieshell

Packaging Options:  1 & 2g sifter jar, 1/8 tsp sample, 10g refill, 1oz bulk
Eye Shadow Application Technique:   Dip your brush lightly into the powder & tap off any excess, press powder on to your eyelid and gently blend. Brush off fly-aways. To use as eyeliner: wet an eyeliner brush and dip into a small portion of powder tapped into cap, add water as needed mixing to an even consistency and apply following the curvature of your eye lid
Ingredients may include: Mica, talc, titanium dioxide, cornstarch, zinc oxide, tin oxide, boron nitride, magnesium myristate, chromium oxide, ultra marines, magnesium stearate, carmine & iron oxides. 


Our natural eye balm is enriched with a complete vitamin delivery system containing vitamins A, B3, B5, C and E for enhanced skin nutrition. Designed to refresh mature and aging skin and improve the texture of the delicate skin around the eye. Use daily for maximum results. Mineral Oil and Paraben Free. Made in USA. Eye Balm
Packaging:  .5 oz plastic double wall jar with lined screw on lid
Use:  Apply as needed to treat and moisturize the delicate skin around your eyes
Caution: Avoid contact with eyes. EXTERNAL USE ONLY
Ingredients:  Sunflower Seed Oil, Soya Bean Oil, Jojoba Seed Oil, Cotton Seed Oil, De-ionized Water, Natural Beeswax, Glycerin, Emulsifying Wax NF, Sodium Borate, Aloe Vera Leaf Juice, Chamomile Flower Extract, Essential Oils of Lavender, Chamomile and Clary Sage, Vitamin ABCE Complex [Water, Phospholipid, Retinol, Panthenol, Niacinamide, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Tocopherol Acetate, Gluconolactone, Sodium Benzoate], Mono diglyceride, Simugel EG, Optiphen®).
Manufacturers Note:   I had wanted to add an eye balm to the FVC skin care line for some time now and have had trials going for several months.  This final result is also the first product in which I have incorporated a revolutionary new vitamin complex. In addition, I have been making my own essential oils and hydrosols this summer from fresh organically grown herbs grown by myself along Lake Huron and have begun replacing plain water with infused herbal flowers and fresh hebal hydrosols in my skin care products.  I hope you like the result.
Testimonial: "I have just started using Face Value Cosmetics eye balm.  I have to tell you that I am very impressed with this eye balm.  I apply it in the evening and wake up to eyes that look refreshed.  I have compared it to other, more expensive eye balm and Face Value comes out a winner!" Linda W.

A special note to our Wholesale Accounts

Beginning this fall, I will be sending out special periodic emails just for you,  providing you with behind-the-scenes information on manufacturing & scheduling and advance notice of new products, sales, packaging & formulation changes.  There will also be updates and information on policies, shipping, packaging, and more.  This will be sent to wholesale customers that have taken the wholesale discount in the past several years. All email addresses will be private, sent BCC [blind carbon copy] only.  I will be sending an initial email to verify that you are on the mailing list.  If you wish to opt-out please reply to the email with your request.  If you are a wholesale account and have not received the initial email and wish to do so, please contact us.  

Friday, June 1, 2012

Introducing Essential Skin Care

Essential Skin Care

Maintaining a functional skin barrier is essential to beautiful skin. We take a holistic approach to skin care by using oils that contain naturally occurring vitamins, nutrients, fragrance & preservatives. After all, we want you to continue to be the most beautiful face in the world! Introducing our 1, 2, 3 Skin Care Products and Regimen...


cleanse & purify
Gentle Oil Cleanser
100% Natural & Paraben Free
60ml - 2 fl oz
Use Step 1 to remove makeup & cleanse skin. Shake well before using. Apply a small amount of cleanser  to skin, remove using a washcloth and warm water to gently rinse. For external use only. Ingredients: jojoba oil, olive oil, triglycerides, essential oils: clary sage and tea tree oil, grapefruit seed extract.


restore & clarify
Gentle Facial Toner
100% Natural & Paraben Free
60ml - 2 fl oz 
Use step 2 to clarify clean skin. Shake well before using.  Apply a small amount of toner to a cotton ball or pad,  then gently wipe surface of clean skin to remove any traces of remaining oil and debris. For external use only. Ingredients: witch hazel extract, vegetable glycerin, grapefruit oil, tea tree oil, grapefruit seed extract.

calm & moisturize
Antioxidant Lotion
98% Natural & Paraben Free
60ml - 2 fl oz
Use Step 3 as needed to moisturize. For external use only.
Ingredients: deionized water,  sunflower seed oil, soyabean oil, green tea, chamomile, caprylic/ capric triglyceride (palm/coconut oil), emulsifying wax NF, glyceryl monostearate, stearic acid, cetyl alcohol (fatty acid), allantoin, carbomer, phenoxyethanol and caprylyl glycol, essential oils of lavender; chamomile & neroli.

Be sure to view  3 Minute Skin Care

Whats new at FVC?

A new Silk Blush is just out of production. We are calling it Desert Rose and it blends beautifully with the Silk Foundations.  I will be adding a Mineral Makeup Kit with the Silk shades soon.  Our new silk base contains 2 new ingredients for our foundations: Talc and Cornstarch.  Talc give the product greater adhesion and results in fewer fly-a-way powders. Cornstarch gives the product better slip and offers a mineral veil-type effect in addition to the foundation.  For more information on Talc, please see our information page: 

Our annual eye shadow review is scheduled for mid-July. I plan to add a 5th Collection of eye shadow shades made with the new Silk base.  Because that base expresses colors so beautifully, I will be moving the more colorful shades to this collection, as well as reducing the number of shades per collection to 5.  This will give us a total of 25 eye shadows.  As fall approaches, I will be offering sets of all 5 shades in a collection as well as all 25 eye shadows. As part of the review of the eye shadows, I will be re-photographing all shades, updating the descriptions and listing ingredients of each collection separately.

A new Facebook give-away of the book The Make-Up Book by Joy Terri will be offered soon.  Look for details in our next blog.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Do You Like The Way Things Are Going Down?

After 8 years of developing and manufacturing mineral makeup, I wanted to 'change the way things were going down' and develop a new mineral base for my products.  Six months of trials have resulted in a new Silk Base that I am extremely pleased with and excited to share with you.  This base is less 'white' than the matte and pearl bases, resulting in truer & clearer colors.
The first product using the new base is our Silk Mineral Foundation collection:

Discover Our New

Silk Mineral Foundation, our newest mineral foundation,  is the lightest and silkiest of our formulas that still offers buildable coverage that is beautifully blendable. Considered neo-traditional because it has a dewy matte texture with the added benefit of mineral veil finish.

Beige Fair Light Medium
Beige Rose Fair Light Medium
Beige Amber Fair Light Medium
Beige Olive Fair Light Medium

Am I Cool?

Finding makeup that compliments your skin can be tricky. Being able to determine your skin tone will help you to make informed decisions about color selections. There are several tests and simple observations you can make that will help you figure out what your skin tone is.

You will need: pure white towel or piece of paper,
mirror, silver and gold jewelry.

Instructions: Pull your hair back into a pony tail or use a head band to keep all of the hair off of your face. Wash your face and then place a white towel around your neck & shoulders. The pure white cloth or paper will reflect skin undertones. If your face looks yellow next to the white towel you have a warm skin tone and if it looks more blue then you have a cool skin tone.

Next: Turn over your arm and look at the veins. Veins that appear greenish indicate yellow undertones which means that your skin tone is warm. Veins that appear more blue indicate blue undertones which means your skin tone is cool.

Observe the effect that gold and silver jewelry have on the way your skin looks. This is a helpful way to determine your skin tone. If you look better in silver jewelry you have a cool skin tone, and if you look better in gold then you have a warm skin tone.

Look at the natural color of your hair and eyes. People with cool tones usually have blue, green, or grey eyes with blond, black, or brown hair. Those with warm skin tones often have brown, black, or hazel eyes with black, brown, blond, red, or strawberry blond hair.

Still not sure? You may simply be one of the lucky ones that looks good in just about any color and can wear any jewelry. In which case, you are a Neutral. See Balanced Undertones below.

Now that you have determined your skin tone or undertones, you will be able so find the shade below that works best for you. I always recommend that you order samples first to make sure your selections are correct to work best for your skin tone.
Balanced Undertones - Caucasian with fair beige skin that when trying to determine your skin tone, you find that you just can`t determine a specific tone, you look good in just about any color and can wear both silver and gold jewelry, then you may just be one of the lucky ones who has a neutral skin tone. You should choose Neutral or Beige foundation shades. This means basically any color of clothing, jewelry or hair will look good on you.
Pink Undertones - Caucasions who are very fair, burn before you tan, and your skin has pink undertones you should choose Cool or Beige Rose foundation shades. Your veins will look blue on the underside of your wrist. You look better in silver jewelry. Cool skin tone individuals look best in jewel tones such as blue, red, and purple.
Yellow Undertones - Caucasions, Latino, Asian and Light Mixed Race with golden beige skin and your skin has yellow undertones you should choose Warm or Beige Amber foundation shades. Your veins will look green on the underside of your wrist. You look better in gold jewelry. If you find that your skin tone is warm you will look best in earth tones such as browns, yellows, oranges and cream.

Green Undertones - Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, and Latino with olive beige skin and your skin has gree undertones you should choose Olive or Beige Olive foundation shades. Your veins will look green on the underside of your wrist. You look better in gold jewelry.

We are accepting requests for free samples of our new Silk Mineral Foundation.