The versatility of Mineral Cosmetics is astonishing. Colors can easily be combined to create a perfectly matching foundation, to create a color that coordinates with a new outfit or one that enhances the unique color of your eyes or lips. The possibilities are limitless, exciting and the most fun you will ever have with makeup.
Due to the minerals' insolubility in water, they are very water and perspiration resistant. Your foundation won’t smear or run during exercise, humid or rainy weather, or tearful events and sad movies. Just be sure to blot moisture from the skin, instead of rubbing, and you will stay fresh looking throughout your day.
Not only are Mineral Cosmetics beautiful, minerals are hypoallergenic and provide added benefits to the skin. Anti-inflammatory properties help soothe irritated or damaged skin. So gentle that post laser resurfacing, chemical peel, or microdermabrasion patients, as well as those with rosacea, sensitive skin or acne, can use the products with the knowledge that, not only will they be concealing any redness, they are also helping sooth and calm skin irritation. None of the ingredients used can clog pores (non-comedogenic), which makes mineral cosmetics a wonderful solution for acne sufferers. As an added bonus, high levels of Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide provide broad-spectrum protection from harmful ultraviolet rays.
*The Myth about Bismuth Oxychloride*
You’ve probably heard plenty of mineral cosmetic companies claiming “bismuth-free” is such a terrible mineral. We would like to take a little time to explain the purpose of Bismuth in mineral makeup, and to assure you of its safety.
First, Bismuth Oxychloride is a key ingredient in MOST makeup lines, not only mineral makeup. Bismuth is a micronized mineral crystal included in the mineral cosmetics formulation which increases the creamy texture, slip, luminous finish, and also deflects light and fights acne! The key ingredient in the #1 Acne skincare line in America is, that’s right, Bismuth Oxychloride! Nearly EVERY reputable mineral makeup line lists Bismuth Oxychloride as one of their top ingredients. We will not deny that some women have sensitivities to Bismuth, although very few. The reason for this sensitivity is due to the shape of the Bismuth crystal. Women with very sensitive skin can feel an “itchy” feeling after buffing on mineral foundation. For most, this sensation subsides after only several minutes, and eventually disappears. After consistent use, most women no longer become irritated AT ALL by Bismuth.
The bottom line is, Bismuth Oxychloride is in fact, a very safe ingredient to be using on your skin. Bismuth is a HUGE contributor to the luminous glow mineral makeup gives. Simply put, you WILL NOT experience those “infomercial” results from the matte, bismuth-free mineral makeup lines that claim to be more natural.
*Pure & Natural Eye Lights*
Beautiful colors to accentuate and bring attention to your eyes. Unlike eye shadows, Pure & Natural Mineral Eye Lights always add light; even the darkest colors brighten and enhance, rather then obscure, or shadow, your beauty. This collection of colors will help add the defining touches to your look.
*Pure & Natural Blush*
With a beautiful selection of mineral-based blushes, there is a perfect color and texture for every occasion.
*Pure & Natural Sheer Silky Finishing Veil*
(ingredients: Sericite, Silk Mica and iron oxide)
This is a creamy mica blend Mineral Finishing Powder that diffuses light away from your face for a flawless finish. For the ultimate, translucent "silky finishing touch" to your makeup, our Sheer Silky Finishing Veil© morphs into your skin infusing it with softness and light, giving the look you see with a soft focus camera lens. This powder does not give a totally matte finish, nor does it give a shiny look...it duplicates the "glow" of natural, healthy skin...just a barely-there, flawless finish.
Try it! We believe you'll love them as much as we do!
*How to Apply Mineral Foundations & Face Colors*
Always apply to a clean moisturized face. Many people mix two foundation shades and can be mixed to achieve your perfect shade.
Shake-Step (1) Gently shake the container with the lid on. Always tap the top of the lid before opening the jar so you can start out with a minimal amount of minerals. If there is still too much in the lid, replace and tap again. Starting with a small amount of minerals in the lid, angle your brush and swirl vigorously into the lid until all the minerals are absorbed into the tapers of your brush.
Swirl & Tap-Step (2) Gently angle the face brush as you swirl it into the minerals in the lid to absorb color into the brush. (Note: The angle of the brush is very important to avoid crushing the bristles, which are tapered to evenly pick up and distribute color.) Keep swirling the brush around until the crushed minerals are completely infused into the bristles. There should be no visible minerals on the outside of the brush. Tap brush well one last time before applying.
Buff-Step (3) Buff Bare Silk Minerals into your skin, starting on the outside of your face near your cheek bone, swirling as you go. Buff around your face then approach your forehead, buffing away frown lines. Buff Buff Buff, until you are satisfied with the coverage. Reapply until you achieve the look and amount of coverage desired.
*A Little History on Cosmetics*
Handmade Cosmetics in Ancient Times
I recently heard about a woman in the Middle East, in which she described a concoction that she was making using crushed pigments and cold cream to apply to her lips. This was to bring some color back into her lips, color that she said she had lost. She was looking for something ready-made that she could buy so that she wouldn’t have to continue to make her own blend.
The pigments that she had been using are not impossible to find in the today’s world, though modern-day versions are more synthetic in nature than those used by women in ancient times. In the Arabic world, these crushed blends aren’t hard to come by either, and are still used to line the eyes, as much for beauty as for superstition. It is believed that “kohl” eyeliner will ward off evil spirits. Cosmetic products used today in countries such as Egypt, Morocco, and Algeria mirror those used in the ancient empires of Egypt and Rome. This highlights the strong ties bonding modern Middle Eastern culture to its ancient history.
Women in industrialized countries look for beauty in a bottle. The thought of putting a product plucked directly from the ground might seem repulsive or unclean to many. But in ancient times, cosmetics were by nature “natural”. If a man or a woman (cosmetics were used by both sexes in some ancient civilizations), picked up a rock, and some color accidentally rubbed off on her skin, leaving a red mark, then he or she understood that this rock could be used to reproduce a healthy “flush” on the face. If ashes from the cooking fire were black, then the soot could be mixed with water and painted on as an eyeliner. It was through a process of discovery that cosmetics were developed from naturally occurring sources.
So, what did women in ancient times use to create their cosmetic palette? You will be surprised to learn that, though naturally sourced, some of the ingredients used to create these blends were highly toxic. Even more surprising is that some were beneficial to the health of the wearer.
*Ancient Egyptian Cosmetics*
For the ancient Egyptians, beauty was an extremely important part of both mortal existence, and existence in the afterlife. Beauty was believed to bring one closer to the Gods. It was even thought that to be accepted into Heaven, the body needed to be clean, scented, and made-up upon burial. Makeup was treasured and ritualized, kept in special jars that were packed into makeup boxes. These boxes were even taken to parties and placed under one’s chair.
Here is a list of ingredients use by the ancient Egyptians for creating the original mineral cosmetics:
Kohl: This was made of “galena”, or dark gray ore of lead, (lead sulfide) mined in Upper Egypt, or at the Red Sea Coast.
Lead carbonate: A white mineral, with a crystal structure.
Malachite: This is a green ore of copper that was brought to the Nile Valley from the mountains of Sinai.
Red ochre: A naturally occurring red clay
Jasper or Lapis Lazuli: These minerals were ground up finely and used for medicinal treatments of the eyes.
Goose fat: This was used as a binder when making cosmetic pastes, such as blush.
Burnt Almonds: These were blended with minerals to create eye and brow color.
What techniques did the Egyptians use to “make” their cosmetic mineral makeup blends?
In a study conducted on cosmetic powders from the Louvre museum in France, it was discovered that some of the mineral cosmetics blends were ground for up to an hour. The resultant powders had a fine, matte texture. The traditional mortar and pestle was used to grind up the minerals. There were also “shiny” cosmetic mineral makeup blends, which suggests that the minerals were crushed, and then sifted to preserve the larger crystal structures. This, it could be said, was the first example of cosmetic shimmer powder, all the rage in today’s cosmetic trends.
There was also some evidence from this study that the Egyptian “cosmetic chemists”, so to speak, heated lead at varying temperatures and lengths to produce a variety of colors. Galena oxidizes upon heating, and it is supposed that this technique was used to produce shades of yellow and blue, used around the eye area. This technology is used in modern-day cosmetic mineral labs to create ultramarine pigments from kaolin clay.
Previous to this study, it was believed that Egyptians used green makeup made from malachite during the early part of the Old Kingdom (2134-2040 B.C), before returning to plain black eyeliner. It was not known that other colors were created using heated ores.
How was makeup used by the Egyptians?
Both Egyptian men and women used black or green eyeliner, lining both the upper and lower rims. A small stick was dipped into a paste made of mineral blends mixed with water. The black paste was also used to darken the eyebrows. Cheeks and lips were reddened with a paste made of red ochre and a fatty substance. Fingernails were stained with Henna.
The black liner was used not only for beauty, but to deflect light, and as an antibacterial agent to ward of infection. It has since been discovered that these mineral cosmetic blends did indeed have anti-bacterial capabilities.
Ancient Greco-Roman Culture:
The word “cosmetic” comes from the Greek language: The word cosmos, means order, or arrangement. Beauty and the enhancement of it were very important to Roman women. (Men did pay attention to their appearance, but did not wear makeup. Research on artifacts discovered to be as much as 2,000 years old, point to the proliferation of products designed to beautify the face and hair. Ancient Roman civilization was very public in nature, and one’s presentation in the political, social and sports arena was of primary importance.
What did women of Ancient Rome use to make their cosmetics?Ceruse: a white lead pigment, used to lighten the face.
Sweat and dirt from sheep’s wool: This was the equivalent to today’s lanolin. It served as a paste to which pigment was added.
Bears’ fat: This was used as a wax base to which pigment was added.
Soot from the fire: This was mixed with bear or other animal fat and then used as black eyeliner.
Red ochre: A clay that added color to cheeks and lips. It was often mixed with an animal fat to make a paste.
Wine: The dregs were used to color the lips.
Saffron: An expensive spice that is yellow-orange in color, was ground and applied as eyeshadow.
Chalk: This was used to whiten the face.
What was the ideal of beauty in Roman culture?
The ideal of beauty was a white face, red lips, and dark brows and lashes. A white face symbolized the upper class, as it indicated that a woman was not bound to labor outside in the sun, but instead, lead a life of leisure indoors. To accentuate the paleness of the face, many toxic substances were used, the worst being a form of lead. It was known, even thousands of years ago, that lead caused skin conditions and other health problems, but it continued to be used nonetheless.
Ancient Iranian, Mesopotamian, and Assyrian cultures reflect similar formulas and uses for cosmetics. Trade routes were established in ancient times, that allowed for various cultures to take advantage of exclusive spices, oils, and extracts from neighboring countries, so there were similarities in cosmetic, as well as aromatherapy formulas.
It is interesting that women in the ancient world continued to use ingredients that were known to have side affects damaging to their health. Could it not be said that women of the modern world have retained this attitude? With all of the research available today on parabens, dyes, and preservatives, many women continue to use potentially toxic products in the name of beauty. Let’s hope that as the human race expands that some lessons can be learned from history.
Title: Ancient Egyptian Makeup Varied, Colorful, Author: Jennifer Viegas
Title: Cosmetics in Ancient Egypt, Author: Prof. Hamed A. Ead
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Our product ingredients are as follows
*Loose Mineral Foundation and Blush ~ mica, titanium dioxide, iron oxides and may contain ultramarine blue or green and / or Micronized Bismuth Oxychloride.
*Sheer Silky Finishing Veil© ~ serecite, silk mica and iron oxides.
*Concealer ~ mica, titanium dioxide, iron oxides, zinc oxide.
*Eye shadow/multi-purpose powder ~ mica, iron oxides, titanium dioxide.
(Some shadows may contain one or more of the following: ultramarine blue, ultramarine violet, chromium oxide green, Micronized Bismuth Oxychloride..)
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