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Does your foundation not blend? Here is why…

Does your foundation not blend? Here is why…

Ever mixed foundations and ended up with gluggy foundation or unmixed product all over your face and neck? I know I have been there. It is especially terrible when this happens to me during the day :(

Mixing different foundations sometimes doesn't work because they do not have the same base products. These products being water, silicone and oil. Today we will walk you through why they are not mixing and how you can tell if you are mixing the right products.

In general, you want water-based primers with water-based foundations (or tinted moisturizers, BB creams, CC creams, concealer, or any other base products;), and silicone-based primers with silicone-based foundations. When you mix the different bases it when you end up with uneven foundations. 

The two different bases (water and silicone) can cause your foundation to pill when layered on top of each other. In particular, using a silicone-based primer with a water-based foundation on top of it often causes the foundation to pill because the primer creates a silicone barrier. When you try to apply a water-based foundation on top of that, the silicone repels the water in the foundation, and the water in the foundation does not absorb properly into your skin, resulting in unevenness.

How to tell if you make up is silicone water or oil based?

In order to determine whether a product is water-based or silicone-based, you have to look at the ingredients:

  • Cone/-methicone,
  • Siloxane

How do you know if it’s a silicone based product?

These ingredients can be found near the top of the list.

An example: Microperfecting Primer Ingredients (from Sephora's website): Aqua (Water), Dimethicone, Trisiloxane, PEG-12 Dimethicone, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Methylpropanediol, Butylene Glycol, Pentylene Glycol, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Squalane, Glyceryl Caprylate, Lauryl PEG/PPG-18/18 Methicone, Phenoxyethanol, Ceteth-10, Laureth-4, Ethylglycerin, Panthenol, Potassium Sorbate, Polysorbate 60, Parfum (Fragrance), etc.

See the bold words? Definitely silicone-based! Again, the water keeps it a more liquid-y consistency so it's easily spreadable. It doesn't mean that the product is water-based. Particularly with primers, I can always tell because it has that "silicone" feeling. Now let's look at a water-based primer:

How do you know if it’s a water based product?

An example - Oil Free Ingredients (from Sephora's website): Water (Aqua), Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Stearic Acid, Isodecyl Isononanoate, Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, C20-22 Alkyl Phosphate, C22-20 Alcohols, Squalane, Butylene Glycol, Cetyl Esters, Phenoxyethanol, Boron Nitride, Silica, Cetearyl Alcohol, Sodium Hydroxide, Allantoin Tocopherol Acetate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Hamaelis Viginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract, Cucumis sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, etc.

See how there are no -cone/-methicone or -siloxane words near the top of the list? That means that it's water-based. This primer does contain dimethicone, which is a silicone, but it's relatively low on the list, which means that it contains a very small amount of silicone (ingredients are typically listed in order, beginning with what is in there most and ending with what is in there the least). Thus, because this primer contains much more water (and other ingredients) than silicone, it is water-based.

How do you know if it’s a oil based product?

Oil-based foundations are actually quite rare. But here is an example of how you can tell if the product is oil based.

Water (aqua), Decyl Oleate, Lanolin Oil, Propylene Glycol, Talc, Isotearic Acid, Stearic Acid, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Cetyl Acetate, Triethanolamine, Fragrance (parfum), Emulsifying Wax NF, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Acetylated Lanolin Alcohol, PPG-12-PEG-65 Lanolin Oil, Imidazolidinyl Urea, Methylparaben, Propylparaben. May contain Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI77492, CI 77499, Ultramarines (CI77007)

Yes, water is listed as the first ingredient, but that is to keep the product more blendable. The second and third ingredients (in bold) are definitely oils.

Next time you purchase foundations if you like to mix them, take a look at the ingredients so you can avoid nasty foundation mistakes!

 

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5 steps to prepare your skin before makeup

5 steps to prepare your skin before makeup

Ok ladies, before you start your makeup application its important to prepare your skin properly. Why is this? Well, once you start applying your foundations or eye make up you might notice your dry skin or makeup clumping together. Yes we have all been there and its hella annoying. So, here are some super easy and simple steps to having your completion Photoshop quality.

1. Cleanse

This can be done easily in the shower on sink. It really only takes a minute or two and clears all your pores from excess oil, dirt, and debris. While you can count on concealer to cover up a pesky blemish here and there, there’s no real substitution for a clear complexion. So consider cleansing the first step in your makeup routine.

2. Exfoliate

Take that pesky blackheads and dry skin. Your exfoliation will improve your skin’s overall health and appearance as cleansing is. I generally alternative between a Konjac Sponge (which is super cheap from Perhaps Unicorn), super natural and gentle and a glycolic exfoliant from Skintitut. Both totally amazing.

If you have oily skin, exfoliating will make sure that dead skin cells and excess oil don’t stay trapped in your pores under layers of makeup. 

3. Apply Natural Oil

I am talking about the good oils. I generally use Rose Hip Oil or Bio Oil. Do not go crazy on the amounts, just a small squeeze. I use it to hydrate and smoothen out my skin. I have picked up both of there from under $10 from a pharmacy. 

4. Moisturize

Even if you use a tinted moisturizer or liquid foundation, you will first want to hydrate your face with moisturizer. 

5. Primer

If you don't have primer at home no stress, the oil's used in step 3 act really well as a primer. However, I am a long time user of Napoleon Primer. This step is particularly important if it's a long day or big night out. Your primer will keep your makeup looking fresh the entire time. How? Primers sit on the surface of the skin and create a barrier between skin and makeup. It keeps skin looking smooth, pores looking smaller, and delivers a subtle golden glow. It’s a must during the summer months especially, as it will keep you from sweating off your make up. 

Those are our favorite 5 steps to prepping your skin! If you have other hacks you should totally let us know, we love hearing them :)

 

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How Do I Keep My Lipstick On?

How Do I Keep My Lipstick On?

Putting lipstick on looking damn fine.. Get to the party and half of it has already rubbed off. I think we can all relate to this.  So, is there a secret hack to keep my lippy looking fine? Certainly is!

Here are some simple steps to follow when applying your lippy for longer!
  1. Lightly scrub away the top surface of your lips with a damp toothbrush or dry towel this will get rid of all the excess dry skin.
  2. Use a light lip moisturiser on the lips to moisturise the fresh skin. I have a great vitamin C cream I use. Comment for details!
  3. Use a tissue to blot away and excess moisturizer.
  4. With a small lip brush, gently wipe you concealor onto your lips. I prefer a cream concealour over liquid as it wont change the texture of the lips.
  5. Use your lip liner to create a color base on the lips.
  6. Use a sharpened, neutral lip liner around the edge of the lips. Blend it softly in or you won't be left with any definition once you apply your lipstick.
  7. Apply lipstick to the back of your hand, then apply to your lips with a brush.
  8. Blend a thick layer of lipstick into the lips and pencil line.
  9. Open mouth slightly to apply lipstick into inner corners.
  10. Place a thin layer of tissue over the lips and apply loose or pressed powder through the tissue to set the lipstick in place. The tissue gives a finer coverage of powder going through to the lips so that you aren't removing the lip color -- you're just matting it down and setting it in place.
  11. Apply a final layer of lipstick to give a long lasting glossy finish.
  12. Ta-Da!

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How to Clean Mink Lashes

How to Clean Mink Lashes

 

Here are 3 steps to keeping your lashes clean after every use.


1) Cleaning the lash band - Grab your tweezers and gently pull any residue of glue from the lashes.


2) Now grab a paper towel and place the lashes flat on a paper towel.


3) With a cotton swab, spray some alcoholic lotion and gently wipe the lashes. Be very gently so you do not pull out an of the lash hairs. Stay away from using eye makeup remover, it is super oily and your lashes may be harder to glue next time.


Place your lashes in your Tiny Minx box. You can then safely put them in your bag or away in the bathroom.

 

 

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Why Mink Are A Better Choice Than Other Types of Fake Eyelashes

Why Mink Are A Better Choice Than Other Types of Fake Eyelashes

 

When you say fake or false eyelashes the first thing that comes to mind is that they are expensive and only celebrities or rich people can afford to wear them. Actually, that is not true. The prices varied depending on what they are made of. The most common false eyelashes are made of synthetic materials, usually a plastic fiber. These are inexpensive, but quite heavy and usually they are thicker than human lashes and look unnatural and very uncomfortable to wear.

Mink Lashes on the other hand are really fluffy and look natural. They are light-weight and comfortable to wear because the fibers are soft, lighter and carry a natural curl. They look just like Tiny Minx eyelashes. They are produced with 100% natural mink. Our mink lashes are flexible and natural like real human hair. Every strand of Tiny Minx eyelashes are expertly crafted by hand to create a natural unique effect and are free from any chemical processing and dye for an extremely soft, lightweight and natural look that no machine or synthetic lashes can imitate.

Synthetic lashes may be affordable and cheap, but they do not last very long usually only 3- 4 uses compared to mink lashes that can be worn up to 25 times. Synthetic lashes can also irritate your eyes and the unnatural look can be very obvious. Tiny Minx eyelashes on the other hand are a high end premium product made with high quality materials in many beautiful styles.

Our collection offers a different versatile range of mink eyelashes. Each style is designed to achieve different looks for different occasions. Our Tiny mink lashes can be more dramatic than some others with more length and can have a huge impact on your eyes making them appear larger and more captivating.






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Coming Soon! Our New Milan Lashes

Coming Soon! Our New Milan Lashes

Introducing our Milan lashes, part of the Basic's Collection.

They are made out of 100% human hair which means it blends in perfectly with your natural lashes and are perfect for 10-12 wears. The invisible clear bands are not only easy to apply but are virtually undetectable.
They are Wengie's favorite lashes -- https://youtu.be/5mCvOaW2POQ
Be the first to know when we release these lashes, register your interest here.

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Make up Tutorial - Smokey Eye

Make up Tutorial - Smokey Eye

O’la Lashistas!

Today we will discuss about the latest trend in the makeup industry which is the smokey eye makeup. You might be one of those that is anxious to know how it is done. Well, today is your lucky day as we will show you the easiest and quickest way to do the perfect smokey eye makeup. There are several colors you can choose from. You can go black, brown, purple or gold. With these steps we will show you the perfect example of a natural nude smokey eye makeup.                                                                                                                                                                                                          

                                                                                                                                                                                          

Finish it with Tiny Minx eyelashes (choose from our Premium Luxurious Collection) and walah your perfect smokey eye makeup is achieved.

You can follow the same procedure for different colors too.


Stay beautiful!

Tiny Minx

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Why Mink Lashes are the Best Choice

Why Mink Lashes are the Best Choice

When you say fake or false eyelashes the first thing that comes to mind is that they are expensive and only celebrities or rich people can afford to wear them. Actually, that is not true. The prices varied depending on what they are made of. The most common false eyelashes are made of synthetic materials, usually a plastic fiber. These are inexpensive, but quite heavy and usually they are thicker than human lashes and look unnatural and very uncomfortable to wear.

Mink Lashes on the other hand are really fluffy and look natural. They are light-weight and comfortable to wear because the fibers are soft, lighter and carry a natural curl. They look just like Tiny Minx eyelashes. They are produced with 100% natural fur. Our mink lashes are flexible and natural like real human hair. Every strand of Tiny Minx eyelashes are expertly crafted by hand to create a natural unique effect and are free from any chemical processing and dye for an extremely soft, lightweight and natural look that no machine or synthetic lashes can imitate.

Synthetic lashes may be affordable and cheap, but they do not last very long usually only 3- 4 uses compared to mink lashes that can be worn up to 25 times. Synthetic lashes can also irritate your eyes and the unnatural look can be very obvious. Tiny Minx eyelashes on the other hand are a high end premium product made with high quality materials in many beautiful styles.

Our collection offers a different versatile range of mink eyelashes. Each style is designed to achieve different looks for different occasions. Our Tiny mink lashes can be more dramatic than some others with more length and can have a huge impact on your eyes making them appear larger and more captivating.










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