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1  Make your own lip shimmer. in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by swift on: September 09, 2009 07:05:29 AM
For some reason, the mineral make-up bug bit me hard in August, so I've been working on lip shimmers and lip stick recipes. There's far too much information to share here - please see my blog for numerous posts on this topic - but I thought I'd share my recipe for lip shimmers. If you are interested in knowing more - why I chose these ingredients for the lip shimmer or alternate oils and waxes, please visit the post on my site at http://swiftcraftymonkey.blogspot.com/2009/09/lip-shimmer-sticks.html (it's just too long to put here!)

The ruby is the one at the left end. You can see it looks quite vibrant, but it is going to be a shimmer on your lips.

Melt together in a double boiler...
8% candellia wax
9% beeswax (I was going to use carnauba, but I ran out!)
18% shea butter
12% mango butter
52% liquid oils (28% castor oil, 10% fractionated coconut oil, 7% squalene, and 7% jojoba)
1% Vitamin E

You can use your favourite lip balm recipe, if you have one, as the base for a lip shimmer. This is going to make 100 grams of base or about 10 lipsticks!

These recipes are all for 1 tbsp of base. To get a nice shimmer, you'll want between 5% to 10% colour in your lip balm. This is going to look like too much - it's not. These are lip shimmers, intended to give you a bit of colour on your lips.

Scoops means 1/32 tsp or one of those little 0.15 cc scoops you can get at mineral make-up supply shops.

4 scoops red or red mica (1/8 tsp)
1 scoop white satin mica
(5/32 tsp colour to 1 tbsp base - 5% colour to base )

5 scoops merlot mica
(5/32 tsp colour to 1 tbsp base - 5% colour to base)

A more elaborate colour blend...PINKY PINK
1 cc raspberry pop mica
2 cc coral mica
1 sc burgundy iron oxide
4 sc titanium dioxide
1 cc petal pink mica

If you add the titanium dioxide, it becomes more of a lipstick than a lip shimmer.

I like to use little plastic shot glasses for my lip shimmer colour blending. You'll want to mix your micas in a plastic bag until they are well blended (if you're using more than one; for the merlot, just put it in the shot glass). Add 1 tbsp of melted lip balm base to the shot glass, then pour the mica into it. Mix mix mix until it is well blended. If you aren't sure about the colour, you can put a dab on a white piece of paper and see if it you like it. If you do like it, then pour the lip balm into a lip balm container and rejoice! If you want more colour, make sure the lip balm is well melted and add more mica to it, then pour it into a lip balm tube.

If you want more of a lipstick and less of a lip shimmer, you can add iron oxides to the lip balm base (please see this post on my blog...http://swiftcraftymonkey.blogspot.com/2009/09/lipstick-modifying-lip-balm-adding-iron.html) or you can add titanium dioxide (please see this post on my blog...http://swiftcraftymonkey.blogspot.com/2009/09/lipstick-modifying-lip-balm-adding.html)
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2  M&P Soap cupcake icing (recipe) in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by swift on: July 19, 2009 09:48:48 AM
I've been playing with melt & pour soap for an upcoming youth craft group, and I wanted to make some soap cupcakes, but all the recipes for icing I see are either cold process soap, which I don't make, or foaming bath butter, which is prohibitively costly for my group. So I thought I'd make a syndet bar and use that as icing.

(The soapy part of the cupcake isn't the cutest thing in the world as I was using soap left over from other projects, and I should have coloured the icing...but oh, well. I'll make some more tomorrow! The yellow ones are Lemon Curd and it combines wonderfully with Cream Cheese Icing. The pink one is Pink Sugar - again, lovely with Cream Cheese Icing fragrance!) 

BASIC ICING FOR SOAP CUPCAKES (feel free to double or triple - do not quadruple)
28 grams SCI noodles or flakes
26 grams Amphosol CG (coco betaine)
34 grams SLSa
3 grams cetyl alcohol
2 grams fragrance oil (I used Cream Cheese Frosting from Brambleberry. Yum!!!)
Colouring (if desired)

Heat the SCI and coco betaine in a double boiler until the SCI has melted. Add the SLSa and cetyl alcohol and again heat until all ingredients are melted. Mix well with a hand mixer, then put into a piping bag with a cake decorating tip on the end (I used a 1M). Decorate cupcakes. Rejoice.

The reason I say not to quadruple the recipe is that it does set very quickly and you will find it difficult to pipe after about 20 minutes or so. If you want to decorate a ton of cupcakes, you will want to remake the recipe again.

You can use another liquid surfactant, but SCI melts best in an amphoteric surfactant like coco betaine, so this is why I suggest it. I used cetyl because it will harden and will offer some moisturizing - you can substitute stearic acid for a harder and slightly less moisturizing icing. Feel free to add some oils - say up to 3% - to this mixture for more moisturizing!

If you aren't into melt & pour soap, you could use this icing to make some decorations for your bath bomb cupcakes (although it's not going to melt quickly in the tub)!
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3  Re: Mineral make-up: Make your own basic eye shadow in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by swift on: June 17, 2009 06:53:02 AM
My Pop micas came in and I've been having some great fun making even more eye shadows. I keep promising myself I'll work on blushes and foundations - I've made the bases, I just need to play with the colours! - but I can't resist my greens! (I can't photograph things well, so please imagine these are vibrant colours!)

This one's my new Saturday night thing! I have many variations on lime green, but this is my favourite so far. I like to wear this the yellow we're calling "(Everything's) A-OK".

2 scoops basic eye shadow base
3 scoops apple green pop mica
6 scoops lemon drop pop mica
1 scoop strawberry pop mica

Put all ingredients in a bag and squish together until you're happy with the colour. If you want a less green colour - and why would you? - you can reduce the apple green to 1 or 2 scoops.

A regular eye shadow container will require 3/4 tsp to 1 tsp of eye shadow, and the recipe above makes 12/32 - so triple the recipe to make a full container.

I've also been playing with chameleon micas - colour shifting ones - so I've had to come up with a new base so I don't overwhelm the colours. This one doesn't have has much staying power as the other one, so I recommend using a primer if you're going to wear eye shadow with this base. I had to take out the titanium dioxide because it changed the mica colours.

3 tbsp treated serecite mica
1 tsp micronospheres
1 small scoop calcium carbonate (the little white scoop, 1/32 tsp)

As a note, this is a great finishing powder if you want to suppress oils and add a little shine to your face without colour. You can add colours to it, but I haven't had time to work on the foundation colours yet, so you'd have to figure out your skin tone colour yourself!

I've been posting like a madwoman lately with more to come this week - here's the link to the MMU recipes on my blog...http://swiftcraftymonkey.blogspot.com/search/label/MMU.
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4  My crafty wedding in Weddings and Bridal Showers by swift on: June 07, 2009 07:20:54 AM
I married the man of my dreams, my partner, Raymond, on May 16th. We crafted as much as we could for the wedding...I thought I'd share a few pictures!

My amazing new husband! Can you tell I'm happy? My mother made my dress, his shirt, and the best man's shirt, while my best friend made her own dress. My best friend (Wanda) made the jewels for my hair, and we made our jewellery (although I am wearing a necklace my late father gave me as my something old.) My dress was very elaborate - my mom hand made all the buttons. It's nice to have a mother who is a professional dress maker!

For my bridal shower, we made candles to burn at the wedding!

Wanda made 150 cookies - 2 small, 1 large - to give as favours. On each large one she wrote either "Ray & Sue" or "Sue & Ray" and we packaged them in cello bags.

Of course we had to make our own cake! It was a vanilla cake with lemon filling and butter cream and marshmallow icing. Our best man found these little Pez dispensers, and in the background we have hidden 2 little gummy bears peeking from the bushes behind the happy couple. (We make strange cakes decorated with various gummy animals, such as the teddy bear's picnic/massacre. This represents our normal cake decorating techniques).

We decorated the tent with flags that represent us and what we like. These three represent SueWanda land (Wanda and I set up the campsite with two tents and all the necessities in 45 minutes, so we declared it our land), Upper Chesterfieldia and East Bedrovia, which represent the glow in the dark slug wars we used to have in our bedroom.

It was an amazing day and I'm so glad we made so much of it! Just wanted to share!
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5  Making facial cleanser (recipe) in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by swift on: March 11, 2009 07:27:33 AM
I am always looking out for a good facial cleanser as I have very sensitive facial skin (thanks to years of acne products) and I break out easily. So I've come up with a facial cleanser that works well for my oily, sensitive, acne prone skin....

50% water (you can substitute some water for hydrosols)
20% LSB or BSB surfactant (I like LSB for degreasing, use BSB if you have normal or dry skin)
10% Amphosol CG
10% aloe vera or other hydrosol
2% cromoist, hydrolyzed oat protein
2% panthenol
2% sodium lactate or glycerin
0.5% chamomile extract (optional)
0.5% honeysuckle extract (optional)
0.5% Germall Plus preservative or 1.0% Germaben II preservative
up to 2% Crothix

Blend the LSB and Amphosol CG together until well blended. Add the water and aloe vera or hydrosol into the mixture and mix until well blended. Now add the other ingredients, except for the Crothix and powdered extracts. Put a little warm water into a small cup and mix the extracts together before adding. Allow to sit for about an hour and check the viscosity. You will want to add at least 1% Crothix to this mixture as it is a good anti-irritant. If you wish it to be thicker, you can add another 1% for a total of 2% Crothix to this mixture. Allow the bubbles to settle, then package. A pump bottle is great for this cleanser (as per the picture).

If you want to increase the amount of aloe vera or hydrosol, remove an equal amount of water from this recipe. You can add other powdered extracts in place of the chamomile and honeysuckle - cucumber, green tea, etc. - but please read the information on those extracts before deciding to combine them (see my post on making facial toner at http://swiftcraftymonkey.blogspot.com/2009/03/fun-with-formulating-make-toner.html). Please do not leave out the preservative as there are many botanical ingredients in this recipe that need preserving. Finally, as there are many essential oils that are great for your facial skin, consider researching this topic and finding one you feel would be great for you. Keep the amount below 1% of the total weight of the recipe. You will want to add up to 1% (an equal amount) of polysorbate 20 emulsifier to the oil before adding, to keep the mixture emulsified.

If you want to know more about why I use the ingredients I did use or how to tweak the recipe, please visit the complete post (it's way too long to post here...) on my blog at: http://swiftcraftymonkey.blogspot.com/2009/03/facial-cleansers.html. To celebrate March as National Craft Month, I'm posting a bath & body tutorial every day, with an emphasis on knowing your ingredients. 
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6  Re: Mineral make-up: Make your own basic eye shadow in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by swift on: January 10, 2009 08:59:28 AM
I've added two new posts on MMU eye shadows for black and grey eye shadows, which brings the grand total to five posts on MMU. I'm working on some colour posts in the next few days! If you are interested, please visit my blog at http://swiftcraftymonkey.blogspot.com/. If you have any suggestions, please let me know!

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7  Mineral make-up: Make your own basic eye shadow in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by swift on: December 29, 2008 07:10:14 AM
I've caught the mineral make-up bug, and thought I'd share some of my experiments here.


4 tsp serecite mica
1 tsp titanium dioxide (I use oil soluble)
1 tsp dry-flo

Put the ingredients into a coffee grinder or Magic Bullet and grind for quite some time -- at least 2 or 3 minutes (less with a Magic Bullet). Now put into a container to be used as your base. (Feel free to increase the amounts by the same ratios -- I generally make up 8 tbsp serecite mica, 2 tbsp titanium dioxide, and 2 tbsp dry-flo so I have a ton around!) An eye shadow container takes about 7/8 tsp.

There are tons of variations on eye shadow bases, but you want the base to stick around, to be opaque, and to glide nicely across your eye lid. That's why I've chosen these ingredients.


Cream - a matte base (and a great example of the power of iron oxide)
3/8 tsp base
1 scoop yellow iron oxide
Squish in bag. Squish it well as iron oxides are hard to incorporate at times.
If you like it and want to make more for a container, double this recipe.
That's it! You have a cream eye shadow!

(Notes: This is not a shiny colour. To get shine, we need to add micas. This is intended as a nice basic cream colour to use as a base for other warm colours.)

Tan - a matte base.
3/8 tsp base
1 scoop brown-umber iron oxide
Scoop, squish, test. Rejoice.

So you can see the power of iron oxides to colour your eye shadow. Try these bases with other colours using the same ratio of 3/8 tsp base, 1 scoop of your colour (ultramarine pink, chromium green, magnesium violet, or other iron oxides).

White - a shiny base
2 scoops white mica (satin or matte, depending upon your desired shine level)
2 scoops sunpearl silver mica
3 scoops base
Scoop, squish, test. Put into container.

If you use something like an arctic silver with a blue tinge, you are going to get a white base with a hint of blue. (If you like blue, why not a variation on this white with the arctic blue?)

I've posted a whack of various recipes and ideas, including the breakdown of why to use the ingredients listed and the like, as well as links to other sites with MMU recipes on my blog: http://swiftcraftymonkey.blogspot.com/search/label/MMU. It's way too long to post here. (This is the blog for my youth crafting programs, and I've been trying to post a tutorial at least every other day for various things -- the main page can be found at: http://swiftcraftymonkey.blogspot.com/.)

I am now officially addicted to wearing eyeshadow. You can wet the eye shadow and use it as a liner or to foil (which, I found out, does not look good on me!)
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8  Re: Bath Bomb Advice.... in Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions by swift on: September 07, 2008 07:59:10 AM
I mold my bath bomb cupcakes in a silicone cupcake molder and put the liner in at the beginning, then I wait about a day or so before removing them from the cake pan or molder (most of the time, this is because I create before work and run out of time!). My bath bombs do not stick to the cupcake liners, so they're easy to remove when you want to use them in the bath. I do use a different recipe than MareMare does -- I don't like the cornstarch in mine. The recipe I use is pretty basic: 60 grams citric acid, 120 grams baking soda, 13 grams oil of choice (I use soybean a lot!), and 3 grams of fragrance oil (not essential oil, so check before using that). I colour with icing or Labcolours. I use the oil as both a binder and a moisturizer in the bath. The icing is royal icing -- nothing fancy, but it goes hard and pipes out of the pastry bag well.
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9  Re: My little DS bags with zippers & pockets in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by swift on: May 25, 2007 07:37:32 AM
Thanks for the kind words. I love them -- I can't stop making little pouches! I am making them for all my small board and card games now. I hand sew everything because I like to craft while lying on the couch and the sewing machine feels too much like work, but I have made the iron my best friend. I iron every thing 10 times over to get really crisp creases. I used iron on velcro for the little pocket on the pink Dora one -- I love iron on velcro so much! And I used light weight stiffener on the sock monkey one, although it didn't need it.

Thanks you for the idea on the shrinky dink pulls. Did you print them out or hand color them?

I traced and hand coloured them. I have an Epson printer, so I can't do printed shrinky dinks!

omg! I love those!  I have made several just like them!! I didn't have a pattern though.  Was your pattern free from on-line, or did you have to buy it???
Great job by the way!!!!

I bought the Butterick pattern for the tote bags, but fell in love with the little pouches. But the link to thimble is awesome for a unidirectional fabric (like the dinosaurs). The Amity Mama link I put up is great for fabric that can used in any direction (like the sock monkeys). You can make it any size you want!

Here are a few more!

I love this fabric. It's called Dysfunctional Family from Michael Miller and I use it for our card game "Gloom" (you have to make a family so depressed they want to die. Very emo. And probably really inappropriate for a family counsellor like me to play!)

For my fiance's iPod and other toys!

Our first aid bag for crafts group!
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10  My little DS bags with zippers & pockets in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by swift on: May 24, 2007 07:15:18 AM
My fiance and I decided everyone we know had to have Nintendo DSs so we could have some super happy fun wireless competitions...but you have to have a cute bag for them, don't you? (Hey, every single thing in life is a cheap excuse to craft!) So here are a few bags I made for my DS (the monkey bag), and my friend's friend's children. I made a few vinyl ones for my other friends, but I didn't take a picture of them.

I got this little pouch from a Butterick pattern -- 4473 - http://www.butterick.com/item/B4473.htm?search=4473&page=1, which is apparently out of print now! There's a tutorial located here -- http://www.amitymama.com/vb/sew-along/246199-zippered-pocket-sew-long-lotsa-pics.html for the basic concept. But this won't work with fabric with a unidirectional pattern, like the dinosaur one. 

This one has a shrinky dink zipper pull with the child's name on it.

This one has a front velcro'd pocket for games and a zipper pull.

This one is mine...it has brown banana fabric on the inside and a sock monkey zipper pull! I like the sock monkeys!

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