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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Comparing BB & CC Creams to Mineral Makeup

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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!