Shimmer Blush Recipe: Comp Chick’s Guide DIY Beauty

Shimmer Blush Recipe

The Shimmer Blush Recipe is being reprinted on Moxie Reviews with special permission from the publisher of Sunny Subramanian’s beautiful book, The Compassionate Chick’s Guide to DIY Beauty: 125 Recipes for Vegan, Gluten-Free, Cruelty-Free Makeup, Skin and Hair Care Products.

Sunny was the very first vegan beauty blogger to make a name for herself. In addition to being a super mom, and now an author, she’s also been a very kind person to yours truly…way back, when I first started 5 years ago! Because of that willingness to help a blogger out, Sunny made sure that I received a complimentary copy of her above mentioned book. The shimmer blush recipe is one of the 125 recipes in the book. I’ve done a several posts including a full review of the book, and then tried a few of the easy to follow recipes: Pore Shrinking Basil Toner and a Strawberry Natural Tooth Recipe.  
 shimmer blush recipe

Shimmer Blush Recipe

Now, it’s time to share the (obviously) vegan shimmer blush recipe from the expert herself, Sunny! 
“It’s time to talk about your sweet cheeks (the ones upstairs, not your hindquarters). Using blush is a fabulous way to appear youthful and healthy, and this natural option rocks at rosying up your complexion” 
The shimmer blush recipe is best for: ♥ all skin types
shimmer blush recipe

Top Tip: Make sure your beet root powder is super-duper finely ground, and then grind it some more in a blender. The finer it is, the better it’ll adhere to your skin.

Superstar ingredient: 
Beets contain high levels of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and micronutrients. Red beets also contain a pigment called betanin, which gives them their bright magenta coloring. In addition to using beet root powder to make blush, you can also use it as natural food coloring.

  • Makeup sifter jar

1 tsp        finely ground beet root powder, alkanet root powder or 
hibiscus flower powder 5 mL

1⁄2 tsp     arrowroot powder                          2 mL

1⁄4 tsp     unsweetened cocoa powder        1 mL

Pinch       gold mica powder                         Pinch

3 to 5       drops lavender essential oil        3 to 5

  1. Pour beet root powder into a small bowl. Whisk in arrowroot powder and cocoa powder, a little at a time, until desired shade is achieved. Discard any remaining arrowroot powder and cocoa powder.
  2. Whisk in mica powder and lavender essential oil until well combined. Pour into jar.
  3. Sprinkle blush onto a fluffy blush brush and apply to cheeks.
  4. Store at room temperature for up to 6 months.

Variation of Shimmer Blush Recipe–Matte Blush: Omit gold mica for 
a matte finish.

Shimmer Blush Recipe

You can find Sunny’s blog at veganbeautyreview.com

Disclosure: I received the book for possible review. All links are for your convenience only. Reprinted with permission from Robert Rose.

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Canadian Flag Nail Art with Inkk Nail Lacquer

Canadian Flag Nail Art

I promise that my Canadian Flag Nail Art has nothing to do with the recent United States Presidential Election. In fact, the Canada Red shade was customized by Ashley Morgan, the Creator and President of Inkk, before the election.

Knowing that Inkk Nail Lacquers hail from Canada (alhough they are made in the United States), I thought it would be a nice tribute to the company to do Canadian Flag Nail Art. However, I wasn’t sure which red from Inkk would be best. Although you see a variety of shades of red when you to a search for Canadian Flag Nail Art, the Inkk Canada Red Nail Lacquer is the correct one.

So, what’s the magic behind Ashley creating the exact red shade for the Canadian flag? She matched the red from the actual Canadian flag by using the tools on the Inkk website! Ashley downloaded a picture of the flag, loaded it into the Create Lacquers area of yourinkk.com, and clicked the red color inside the flag. Then, she named the color and ordered it for me to try. Yes, it’s that easy for anyone wishing to create a custom color. Here’s a link to the post where I created my own Moxie shade!

I love the red shade, and knew that others would, too! Hence the Canadian Flag Nail Art post.

Canadian Flag Nail Art

Canadian Flag Nail Art

I was thinking of what I would wear if I were to take a trip to Canada.  It’s cold and snowing where I live (in Massachusetts). Therefore, pretty much what I’m wearing here, like nice warm, cozy sweaters, and mittens, I could just quickly pack in a suitcase, and head on over there.

No matter is you design your shade, or choose one from Inkk, it’s of course, the same quality; it’s easy to apply, and although you should wear a top coat for a lasting manicure, the Inkk shades are glossy without one.

canadian nail art

Canadian Flag Nail Art

The gorgeous 18ml bottles are 5-Free (of harmful chemicals), vegan, and cruelty free. I love that Inkk Nail Lacquers look as beautiful in the bottle, as on my nails! If you design a custom color, your package will be gold, just like the Inkk octopus tail on the bottle.  If you select one of the shades from the House of Inkk Collection the tail is silver, as is the package that it will arrive in.  canadian nail art

If you haven’t read any of my many past reviews, or purchased Inkk Nail Lacquer yet, you should know that Inkk is such an innovative nail polish brand. Inkk has cruelty free and vegan nail polishes that are five-free. Customers have the ability to make a custom nail lacquer, as the Canada Red for my Canadian flag nail art was, or to purchase one of the many that are on the website from the House of Inkk Collection. Many have specialized finishes, and be sure to order early, as there are also some limited edition collections!

Canadian Flag Nail Art

Canadian Flag Nail Art

Inkk Nail Lacquer specializes in customizable nail lacquer colors that you can name, and make straight from your phone or PC. Use this link for a mobile app to create custom Inkk Nail lacquers using a color spectrum or from a picture. As Inkk Nail Lacquer has stated, “Now is your chance to pull apart from the pack. Create Your Color Nail Lacquer today.” www.yourinkk.com

Disclosure: I received the Inkk Nail Lacquer that I used for my Canadian Flag Nail Art for possible review. All of the various links are for your convenience only.

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Lauren B. Beauty Espresso on 3rd Review & Photos

Lauren B. Beauty Espresso on 3rd

Lauren B. Beauty Espresso on 3rd and My Private Cabana were two shades sent to me. The Lauren B. Beauty Espresso on 3rd is such an amazing shade of polish. The deep chocolate shade has beautiful, sparkling caramel flecks. Yes, I’m a very pale gal, but I believe that it will look great with all skin tones.

I’ve shot the photos of the Lauren B. Beauty Espresso on 3rd during the beautiful New England fall weather. I have two coats of Lauren B. Beauty Espresso on 3rd, and although My Private Cabana is not specifically a stamping polish, it worked well used on my ring finger. I added a top coat so I could wear the polish as many days as possible.  

Lauren B. Beauty Espresso on 3rd

Lauren B. Beauty Espresso on 3rd

Lauren B. Beauty Espresso on 3rd

 

I hope you’ve read my other posts about Lauren B. Beauty, a cruelty free, vegan company. If not, here’s what you need to know. The owner is Lauren B., who has always loved nail polish. When she was little, she would frequently set up her own nail salon in the garage and paint her grandmother’s (and other family members’) nails. By the age of fifteen, she was obsessing over the newest nail trends so much that she would put nail polish shades in color groups and, during the hot summers, seek out Cape Cod Massachusetts convenience stores while everyone else was at the beautiful beaches!

Eventually, Lauren B. started her own brand of nail polish without the horrible chemicals of formaldehyde, DBP, and toluene, formaldehyde resin and camphor. Hence, Lauren B. Beauty is a five-free nail polish. In addition, Lauren B. Beauty polish is non-toxic, eco-friendly, and made in the USA.

Lauren B. Beauty Espresso on 3rd

Lauren B. Beauty Espresso on 3rd

I love the brushes that Lauren B. Beauty uses; they contain twice the amount of bristles that are common on typical polishes, and each of the bristles are pre-lacquered. All of the bottles have a special over-cap, which means you can use either a square handle, or a cylindrical one for more control. The Lauren B. Beauty Espresso on 3rd glided on incredibly smoothly.

As a busy mom, wife, and being owned by two big dogs I’m thankful that the Lauren B. Espresso on 3rd is very glossy, before adding a top coat. My nails dried very quickly, and due to the formula, I had over 4 days without anything more than very minor chips. 

Lauren B. Beauty Espresso on 3rd

I highly recommend the Lauren B. Beauty Espresso on 3rd and My Private Cabana shades!

For more information and current pricing, check out the Lauren B. website.

Disclosure: I received the polish, but all links are for your convenience only.

 

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Inkk Arctic Glacier Nail Lacquer Review and Photos

Inkk Arctic Glacier Nail Lacquer

Inkk Arctic Glacier Nail Lacquer is another cruelty free and vegan nail polish that I received from Inkk’s new Winter Arctic Collection. There are five colors in this limited edition collection, and they are now available for purchase on the Inkk website.

 Inkk Arctic Glacier Nail Lacquer

Ashley Morgan is the talented Creator and President of Inkk, and in a previous interview she said that she, “…wanted to capture the feeling of winter, arctic and chill, and steer away from traditional Holiday colors like red, green, and orange….Ashley also, “wanted to have a variety of light and dark and choose colors that represent winter as well as wear well with other colors (for fashion).

Inkk Arctic Glacier Nail Lacquer

The photos in this post include one shade from the Winter Arctic Collection: the beautiful Arctic Glacier; and there is Desert Treasures, one of the lovely House of Inkk’s shades. The third nail lacquer that I used was Francesca, from the Canto Inferno Collection. Canto Inferno was the very first collection from Inkk. It represents what the House of Inkk believes in: stories told in color and communication in color.

Shown below are the bottles of the shades that I used. I love the beauty of the design, which so elegantly captures the name Inkk, from an octopus inking.  Each bottle holds a large amount of polish: 18ml.

Inkk Arctic Glacier Nail Lacquer

I was thinking that the best way for me to describe Inkk Arctic Glacier was a dark teal. But, it’s much more complex and beautiful than just that. I came across a photo on Instagram, and I thought it perfectly captured the mood. It looks cold, could be winter, and it’s beautiful. Maybe there’s an octopus in that section of the sea!

Inkk Arctic Glacier Nail Lacquer

I hope that you’ve had a chance to read about this newish (2013) cruelty free and vegan nail polish brand that is five-free of the chemicals Toluene, Dibutyl Phthalate, Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin, and Camphor. 

Inkk Arctic Glacier is easy to work with, and even when I was exhausted but had to keep redoing my nail art, every single time the polish applied easily, and gave a beautiful, smooth appearance. Although I always recommend you add a top coat, it is shiny without one. If you don’t like the shades that are on the website, then it’s very easy, and a lot of fun, to create your own shade. 

 Inkk Arctic Glacier Nail Lacquer

 

 Inkk Arctic Glacier Nail Lacquer

Inkk Arctic Glacier

Use this link for a mobile app to create custom Inkk Nail lacquers using a color spectrum or from a picture.

Here’s the link to check out the website and either make your own shade, or purchase one of the many Inkk Lacquers.

The only downside is that Inkk Arctic Glacier is one of the five shades in the limited edition Winter Arctic Collection.

Disclosure: I received products for possible review. All links are for your convenience only.

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Oleum Vera Review and Photos

Oleum Vera

Oleum Vera is a new company, (launched November 1st), that sent a beautiful sample box that I would like to share with you. Oleum Vera is a do-it-yourself body care company that wants to help you with your self-care routine by building a cruelty free, all natural beauty routine. They’ll provide you with the ingredients and then you follow their recipes to create a product tailored to your needs.

Oleum Vera

Oleum Vera

The photo above is the contents of the wooden crate. Here are some shots as I opened up the package.

oleum vera

 

oleum vera

 

Oleum Vera

So, here’s how it works. There are several Oleum Vera kits, and each one has a specific role. The one I will be making products with is a kit for face cleansing; that has cleansing oils, facial scrubs, and deep-cleansing masks. The kit is called Off to a Good Start, and contains organic oils and flowers to naturally cleanse your skin.  
There is an Oleum Vera kit for hair, which has oil treatments, hair masks, and hair rinses. There is an Oleum Vera kit for the body, from which you can make body butters, scrubs, and lotion bars. There is also another Oleum Vera kit for the face, but that one is for you to moisture. Therefore, you can make toners and serums. There is also a spa kit from which you can make face masks, massage oils, and bath oils. Finally, they have not left out anyone, as the last one is designed specifically for men. That one has shaving serums, body scrubs, massage oils and a hair serum. I see, though, no reason why a man couldn’t use any of the other above mentioned kits. 

I’m guessing that most of us would just love to make our own body, face and hair products. However, after reading even simple recipes, we’re unsure of where to get the ingredients, and how to make sure that when we do find them we’re ordering them from a legitimate source.  In addition, some recipes don’t include any way to adapt them. For example, you want to make products that are for your skin type. If you have dry skin you certainly don’t want a recipe that is going to be too harsh and will dry up your skin!

It’s also a problem, whether you want to buy products, or to make them yourself, that you don’t get misleading, or false claims about the ingredients. The companies will phrase things to make you think that they are organic, without offering any proof. Oleum Vera eliminates this problem by being certified as organic by both ECOCERT and USDA. The company is also non-GMO and non-synthetic.

Oleum Vera

oleum vera

 

I love that all of the containers in the kit are reusable. There is also a recipe book, and if you go to the website you can view recipes and get even more by giving your email address. I did it, and except for having to confirm my email address, I did not receive any spam at all. Just access to more recipes!

Oleum Vera

You can purchase from retail chains, independent stores, or direct from the Oleum Vera website. Each kit is priced at $74.95. 
I’m planning on making lots of the recipes, but I wanted to get the information out to you as quickly as possible.
oleum vera

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