Mineral Magic

Don’t you hate it when you have to throw away unused or unfinished portions of your makeup just because they are past their due date?  How would you like it if you could make your own fresh foundation, concealer, tinted moisturizer and primers as needed so you don’t need to throw away expired makeup products and feel guilty about seeing your money go down the drain or more like into your trash.


Dry loose minerals can solve this above mentioned problem because minerals in dry form don’t harbor bacteria so they have a longer shelf life. Mineral powders are also lighter, cleaner, versatile and easy to play with. Combining minerals with your skincare products could save you a lot of money you spend on your makeup products. I am guessing skincare is something most of us use religiously and most likely to use it up. Am I right here? 

You could make your products fresh every time based on how much you need and keep the unused minerals dry so they last longer and save you money on a longer run. Here are some videos that I found on youtube that will help you make your own face / eye primers, tinted moisturizer, concealer and foundation using your favorite skincare products.

Eyeshadow Primer

 You could substitute the Laura Mercier foundation with dry minerals and mix it up with creamy shea butter or your favorite body butter and it will work just as well. You could also add Aloe to it. Click here to see another video with aloe used as an additional ingredient. I have read that adding aloe makes it work better and I am not sure why. I have tried this recipe with mineral powder and Alaffia antioxidant shea butter (body one) and it works great. You could also use the same recipe to make your face primer by tweaking the same ingredients until you get the results you want.

Mineral Foundation, Concealer and Tinted Moisturizer.

Don’t you think this is so versatile and fun to make?  Minerals are so versatile. You could use them as a light dusting of powder on hotter summer days or mix it up with your favorite moisturizer, shea butter or body butter to make your own tinted moisturizer, concealer and foundation like you see in the above video. You could also use toners, rose water or aloe as a substitute for a moisturizer and it still works very well. Play with it and see how it goes. You could also add your favorite essential oils to it such as tea tree or lavender to the mix. It’s better to test all the ingredients to make sure you are not allergic to any of them before you start mixing it all up. 

Interesting thing is you could also make your own lip gloss, eye liner and nail colors with loose colored mineral pigments. Use your favorite non-tinted lip balm (lightly melted), nail top coat and aloe gel  with the color pigments to turn them into a tinted lip balm, nail color or eye liner of your choice. There are tons of videos on youtube if you need instructions on how to make these.

When it comes to minerals, there are tons of brands in the market to choose from. You can try Bare Minerals, Jane Iredale, La bella Donna, Mineral Essence, Youngblood, Everyday Minerals, Eve Organics, AfterGlow or Alima. My favorite brand right now is Alima. What I love about Alima is, they sell samples in small pots that not only act as testers but are also easy to travel with. Doesn’t this sound wonderful?

Have fun tweaking these recipes and you’ll be amazed at the results. It’s fun to make your own products because it’s like a hobby and hobbies always make you feel better about yourself.  It’s fun and exciting to put your creative side to work.  

Finally, remember that minerals are waterproof so you might want to use a very good cleaning oil such as DHC cleansing oil, Bosica makeup-breakup cool cleaning oil (my favorite), Josie Maran Argan cleansing oil or any edible oil such as coconut or almond oil to remove it effortlessly and leave you super clean. Hope this helps. Let me know what you think. Would love to hear your views.

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‘The best color in the whole world, is the one that looks good, on you!’ Coco Chanel

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  37 comments for “Mineral Magic

  1. August 30, 2011 at 2:13 pm

    Chari T (deep fried stilettos)

  2. August 30, 2011 at 3:39 pm

    I really love make up! 🙂


  3. August 30, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    Great post! I have never thought of doing things like this with minerals.

  4. August 30, 2011 at 4:46 pm

    great idea. i have to admit, i’m very guilty of keeping makeup past its “shelf life”. with the exception of mascara.

  5. August 30, 2011 at 5:38 pm

    Great post. It’s very interesting.

  6. August 30, 2011 at 6:40 pm

    Thanks for following and for leaving a comment 🙂
    Following you back!


  7. August 30, 2011 at 9:05 pm

    I really enjoyed this post, and the videos were great! I hate throwing away old make-up so I’m always excited to find ways to make it last. I’m following your blog and looking forward to more tips in the future! Have a good day 🙂


  8. August 30, 2011 at 9:31 pm

    This post is great because there have been so many times I have makeup like that with a little left and just throw it away. This is very helpful and I like the videos, the girl in the first one is so bubbly 🙂

  9. August 30, 2011 at 9:50 pm

    i never even thought about that particular advantage to mineral makeup, but that’s super cool.

  10. August 30, 2011 at 10:35 pm

    Great post! I have learned a lot of new things about mineral powder from the videos!


    Erin @ http://www.trufflesnruffles.com/

  11. August 30, 2011 at 11:38 pm

    wow, i had no idea! i like the idea of the mineral line that offers small samples to try. thanks for all the info. 🙂


  12. Jay
    August 31, 2011 at 12:18 am

    what a difference an eyeshadow makes. 😀

  13. August 31, 2011 at 4:28 am

    Thanks Stunning Post.
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  14. August 31, 2011 at 10:39 am

    great post…great idea

  15. August 31, 2011 at 5:24 pm

    nice tips on the mineral makeup here <3

  16. September 1, 2011 at 3:37 am

    definitely going to take this post into consideration! thanks for the info 🙂

  17. September 1, 2011 at 8:22 am

    great post with lots of great information.

  18. September 1, 2011 at 10:25 am

    wow this post is really interesting…thanks for the info 🙂

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  19. September 1, 2011 at 2:32 pm

    wow. thx for the tutorial. so inspiration

  20. September 1, 2011 at 6:31 pm

    Aww I read this post just a LITTLE too late! I threw out a bunch of old makeup a couple days ago. But now I know! Thanks for the awesome post.

    xx Cristina

  21. September 1, 2011 at 8:49 pm

    Love this! I’m always looking for ways to do more with makeup Love you blog girl now following 🙂

  22. September 1, 2011 at 10:27 pm

    awesome tips! there’s so much makeup i need to toss!

  23. September 1, 2011 at 11:43 pm

    What an awesome post! Thanks for sharing.

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  24. September 2, 2011 at 8:32 pm

    Love your blog,
    nice products!

  25. September 3, 2011 at 2:52 am

    love the first pictrue- the model is stunning, love her red lippie!


  26. September 3, 2011 at 3:56 am
  27. September 3, 2011 at 6:08 am

    This is such an awesome post… I cant wait to try it myself. Love your blog & now following =)


  28. September 4, 2011 at 7:36 pm

    thank you so much for your comment darling!!!

  29. September 4, 2011 at 11:51 pm

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  30. September 5, 2011 at 1:29 am

    Thanks everyone! I am glad you liked the post.

    Heel in Mint

  31. September 5, 2011 at 6:29 am

    great products! thanks for the tip!!!


  32. September 5, 2011 at 6:43 am

    WOW! How interesting. I didnt know about this.

    B* a la Moda

  33. September 5, 2011 at 5:24 pm

    amazing post! these are great tips and i love making beauty products, i’m all for the healthy and home-made stuff!

  34. September 5, 2011 at 6:28 pm

    Greaaat! I’m now following back.

  35. September 5, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    This is new to me. Very interesting information. Thanks for sharing!xx

  36. LV
    September 5, 2011 at 8:49 pm

    This is awesome! Great tips! I can’t wait to try these suggestions!


  37. September 14, 2011 at 2:56 am

    Would definitely love that! They really need to make makeup in smaller portions
    Shasie of Live Life in Style

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