I got my mineral make up kit!

United States
February 23, 2007 10:05pm CST
I have alreacy blended and worn the base powder I made and it looks GREAT! Now that I know the basic proportions and have see the colors of the mica and the iron oxides, I can look for deals on those substances when I am ready to restock them. The recipe for the base powder makes enough that it will probably last quite a while, which means I can use small amounts to experiment a little with changing the hue or the depth of the color. The pamphlet that came with the kit has the recipes for blending base powder for 3 other skin types with tips on creating special shades...these people are obviously thinking that once you have the kit and get comfortable with blending, you will be setting up to sell finished product.
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@caraj444 (1080)
• Canada
24 Feb 07
that sounds really neat, where did you get it? I am really into my makeup and it sounds cool that you can make your own, if you get a change would you write back where you bought the stuff from.
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• United States
25 Feb 07
Look at a site called monave.com !
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• United States
27 Feb 07
I have had problem skin my whole life. I've spent thousands of dollars on brand name makeups, lotions, face creams, etc. trying to find something that didn't make me break out in a rash or make me itch or cause me to look like an zit covered teenager. I thought I'd found the holy grail of makeup when mineral makeups hit the market. They looked great and weren't too expensive. But I found their drawback. When I'd sweat, I'd start itching. Since I'm in a band and under hot spotlights all the time this wasn't going to work either. I decided to do some research and found the ingredient that was causing the problem. Even more research revealed that all the ingredients needed to make my own makeup were readily available. So I spent about $100 buying up samples of different ingredients, researching their safety, and experimenting on formulas. I finally landed on a formula that looks great, stays put even when I'm sweating on stage, and best of all doesn't cause irritation. Since then, I have branched out into creating eye shadows, eyeliners, bronzers and blushes. I decided to go even further and I now make my own homemade soap, shampoo, lotions, face creams, special serum to combat wrinkles that works better than the stuff that costs $300-$400 and I even make my own self-tanner (I have very pale ivory skin and burn very easily in the sun). If you look at my picture (this pic was taken at a gig about 6 weeks ago) all of the makeup I'm wearing in that picture, along with the tan, I created myself with the exception of the waterproof mascara and 8 hr lipstick. Those more specialized ingredients are much harder to come by. The reason I'm telling you all of this is, (boy I get long-winded sometimes..LOL) I was looking at the Monave pricing and it's extremely overpriced. Just a couple of examples: Monave Serecite - $4.00 per oz. or $64.00 per pound. I pay - .62 cents per oz or $9.90 per pound. Monave Titanium Dioxide - $1.50 per oz or $24.00 per pound. I pay - .62 cents per oz or $10.00 per pound. Now granted I buy my ingredients in bulk, usually by the pound rather than by the oz. but I manufacture for myself and my family and friends so buying in bulk works better for me. I've been doing this for about 2 yrs now so if you would like any help, advice or just to chat about makeup just message me and I'll be happy to talk to you about sources, formulations, etc.
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• United States
27 Feb 07
When buying in bulk your price cut is always better when buying smaller amounts. It was my first goal to see if I could successfully create the shades I needed and to see if this was something I could continue. Buying the kit provided me with a formulary for 4 shades of base and the gram amounts to use in my blends. To that end, I found Monave quite satisfactory. I completed my second experiemnt with blending my original base with goat's milk cream and adding zinc oxide...and I am extremely pleased with the results. Now, I can order the pigments that I need in a more economical fashion. I feel comfortable looking for pigment from other sources but to start buying in bulk, I need to decide if I will sell to others, as I have only been doing this for myself so far. I felt that, for my purposes, Monave was a good match and better than buynig what I saw on HSN. I don't have alot of female friends, so there is not a ready made group of people that I would sell to, so right now, buying in bulk would create storage issues for me, that I am working on also.
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• United States
27 Feb 07
Great informative post craftcatcher. Can you send me info on how this works? Sagemother I am sure she wasn't criticizing your purchase but rather just offering cheaper alternatives should you want to venture further. I think you were perfectly correct in buying the amounts that would work best for you. Why buy a pound of something if you aren't sure you are going to end up using it right?
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• United States
28 Feb 07
Well I would be interested in anything that costs less, but as I said...bulk purchasing is a problem for me at this time. Are there even less expensive vendors for those who are not buying in bulk?
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@linda345 (2661)
• Canada
24 Feb 07
It sounds like an interesting area to get into. I wish I had the get up and go to do something. So they send you instructions on how to get started. So your plan is to get into selling right? I need to start wearing makeup again and make myself feel better when I go out.
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• United States
25 Feb 07
They send the formulas for 4 powder bases. I just got the "hobby" kit because I wanted to try it on a small scale first. I would have to check into the laws for businesses where I live to figure outhe sales aspect unless I did it "underground" and online only. They have a professional kit and also a wholesale program. Take a look at: http://www.monave.com
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• United States
26 Feb 07
That is something different! I haven't heard of many people making make-up from home. Are turning this into a business? Do sell for a particular company or is really all on your own? Good Luck!!
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• United States
26 Feb 07
OH I am just spreading the word for now. They don't have an affiliate rpogram and to wholesale I think you need a physical location, but I am thinking about things quite seriously!
• United States
25 Feb 07
Oh I can't wait to see how you make out. Make sure you come back and tell us! I won't ask you for the site cause I already read the rest of your replies. Thanks for telling us. I wanted to try the bare mineral stuff but it was just way too expensive.
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• United States
25 Feb 07
Oh my gosh I just went and looked all around the site .... I want to buy everything! Even if I don't end up using it for makeup I can use it for crafts! Thank you again.
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