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« 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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« Reply #1 on: September 09, 2009 02:09:39 PM »

This is absolutely awesome!  Something else to learn to make.  Thanks!
« Reply #2 on: September 12, 2009 02:08:51 AM »

That ruby color is gorgeous. Thanks for the recipe!

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« Reply #3 on: September 13, 2009 02:10:56 PM »

thanks for sharing..love the shimmers..

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« Reply #4 on: September 14, 2009 02:38:20 PM »

wow!!! Thanks so much!!!  I'll definitely be checking out your blog!  Its going to be awhile before I have the time to try this out though Sad

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