I love make-up!
In fact, I find make-up to be pretty magical!
I can wake up in the morning,
gulp graciously sip down my lemon water, coffee, green juice, eat breakfast, and dab a little make-up on and suddenly I go from “Who is that woman?” to “Wow! Who is that woman?”
Okay, maybe I’m not stopping traffic, but for a mom of two little kids, make-up somehow possesses the magical powers to make me feel “put together”. I can go from frumpy to polished, ready to hit the playground and looking half-way decent while doing so.
Who pays attention to the multiple stains from morning breakfast splattered on my shirt, the 5 dirty wipes stuffed in my pocket about to fall out, and the hair that hasn’t been washed in two days, when I have make-up on?
At least that’s what I am telling myself…please don’t burst my mommy bubble!
I love make-up, but I have a problem…
Make-up does NOT love me!
I have seriously sensitive skin.
The moment any foreign substance comes in contact with my skin, it attacks! Leaving behind some serious battle scars. In my late teen years I began to battle break outs here and there. I believe this was largely due to my poor diet and the amount of chemical-ridden “beauty” products I used. My face would always react poorly and I would turn to more chemicals which promised to help “beautify” my skin.
Real food has certainly helped my skin! The past few years I have seen huge improvements in the condition of my face in particular.
About 6 months ago, I decided food wasn’t enough and so I ventured down the world of “natural” beauty products: soaps, deodorant, and toothpaste.
I’m talking real, natural products.
I scoured the aisles in stores and was greatly disappointed to find all the “natural” products (Aveeno, Burt’s Bees, even Arbonne) were far from real ingredients. Since the skin absorbs whatever is placed on it within a mere 26 seconds, I wanted my products to contain ingredients I would feel safe floating around in my bloodstream. I wanted products made from ingredients I could eat!
I finally found what I was looking for. I use a local line of products, Honeybee, which contain food-grade organic ingredients for soap, lip balm, and toothpaste. I purchase Primal Pit Paste for deodorant. Even after searching and searching I couldn’t find make-up products which suited my new requirements. Why not make my own?
The thought of making my own make-up sounded intimidating!
My first concoction was homemade foundation powder. I have fallen in love with this homemade mineral-like powder. I have tweaked it a bit over the past few months, adding a few ingredients. I love the coverage this make-up gives me without drying my skin or leaving me looking like a pan of bacon grease at the end of the day. It is made with ingredients that are be safe to eat. In fact, many of these ingredients you may already be using in your real food kitchen.
This make-up is also super inexpensive to make! To think I used to pay $30 for a container of chemicals! The initial cost of purchasing items such as Arrowroot Powder and Lavender Essential Oil may be pricey, but these products will last through dozens of batches of homemade make-up. The true cost is significantly less expensive than chemical-ridden or even “natural” make-up found through companies and in stores.
What you will need:
- Arrowroot Powder (this is similar to corn starch…used as a thickening agent in cooking without the GMOs)
- Cocoa powder or cacao powder (good quality…this is going on your skin! Make sure it’s unsweetened)
- Cinnamon (ground)
- Nutmeg (ground)
- Ginger (ground)
- Bentonite Clay, read more about the wonderful benefits of Bentonite Clay here
- Vitamin E (liquid)
- Lavender Essential Oil (100% pure)
Gather your ingredients and a non-metallic bowl (Bentonite Clay should not come in contact with metal). The amount you use of each ingredient will greatly depend on your skin complexion. I have fair skin (it’s the Swedish) so this combo works perfect for me:
- 1/4 cup Arrowroot Powder (start with this as your base. You can go back later and add more if you need a lighter powder)
- 4 Tablespoons cocoa powder or cacao powder
- 1/4 teaspoon EACH nutmeg and ginger (if you have more of an olive skin complexion you may need more)
- 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
- 2 teaspoons Bentonite Clay
- 10 drops of Vitamin E
- 12 drops of Lavender Essential Oil
Mix all your ingredients in the bowl, starting with the Arrowroot Powder as your base. Add each ingredient. Whisk together. Test the color by placing a small amount on your face (or arm) with your finger. It may take a little tweaking the first time to make the perfect shade for your complexion.
Store your foundation powder in a small container and use a sponge or brush to apply.
Now you’re ready to face the day mom! And I think making your own make-up might even give you a bit of bragging rights at the playground today!
I look forward to sharing my homemade blush with you… soon, my friends, soon!
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