Thursday, September 11, 2008

My Top Ten Products...

So to give you all a little idea of what items you might want to purchase, I’ve decided to do a “Top 10 Faves” from the adorned with Grace Minerals line. These are the products that have gotten the most raves and ones that I am afraid would cause a riot if I ever discontinued them!

Let’s countdown backwards and start with….

10. Celestial Silkening Powder: Would you believe this was kind of an “accidental” product? I only have one formula for my foundation which is a high coverage finish and when I was trying this out on my foundation testers, I sent this “just in case” they though it was too heavy and they could lighten it up. The idea was that they would share with me the ratios and I would adjust the final formula with the numbers they gave me. Well, the majority preferred the foundation as I had sent it, but there was a handful that loved the idea of having this powder to help add a dewy finish as well as decrease the coverage (those lucky girls with perfect skin!).

There are also some that like to use it as a vegan version of Silk Powder, and I’ve learned I like to use it in case I need to tone down a highly pigmented blush. Very versatile!

9. Divine Oil-Control Powder: I had at least five to seven different formulas of this before I came up with one that got some raves. This is a base of kaolin but also has “extra oil soakers” such as Calcium Carbonate & Silica, but also some creamier ingredients such as Mica so that it has a smoothing effect on your skin. Those that live in the warm climates say this works wonderfully to keep the shine away!

8. Foundation: This is where the hardest work has been devoted. As some of you know, I am a Filipina-American and I had the worst time finding foundation colors. I think that devoting a line to Yellow/Olive (Asian) skintones is so important as it seems like such a neglected part of the makeup industry. There are more companies out there addressing this, but it’s not just the simple fact of adding more yellow. There’s yellow peachy, yellow olive, peachy yellow olive, golden brown, neutral olive, etc! I’m determined to help hard to match skintones find something that works for them. So look for more colors, especially darker shades in the future!

7. Beloved eyecolor: I did try to discontinue this color once before with my testers but I got such an outpouring of “Please keep this!” that I decided to let it stay. In fact, that is how it got its name, Beloved, because it was such a “beloved” eyeshadow! In fact, it brought out one of my shyest testers to post on the Forum on reasons why to keep this. She and many others love it as an “eye brightener,” a great all over eyeshadow base, and then to help hide broken capillaries around the nose area (for fairer skin tones).
FYI, I pronounce this one “bi--luhvd,” not “bi-luhv-id”

6. Radiant Blush: Peachy pink blushes seem to be such a favorite and this particular color is a huge hit for those that love that shade! This truly does perk your skin up, especially those with warmer skin tones. About 27-30 jars of this were made up for my test store and I had 21 people vote in my Poll that they would buy this one again!

5. Inspiring eyecolor: Bold colors really aren’t my thing, but this is one of those colors I make an exception for! This color reminds me so much of the rich indigo/purples/blues you see in my favorite Van Gogh painting that it’s the reason it has the name it has. For you more conservative ladies, this is awesome as an eyeliner; for you bolder ladies, a gorgeous lid and/or crease color. This also scored really high in the Polls--just 3 less votes than #4 & #3.

4. Extraordinary eyecolor: This color was tied with #3 below but even with its huge raves would you believe I still tweaked it after the testing process? Amazingly, the newer version is much more vibrant and has less of a “charcoal” undertone as the original. Those that got to test the new version said they liked it even more than the old one!

This was called Black Raspberry in its testing stages, but if I had to give it a new temporary name, I would have called it Red Blackberries as the color it is now resembles the blackberries that weren’t quite ripe that I had growing in my backyard this past June. It is amazing as an eyeliner with Trustworthy eyecolor as an all over wash!

3. Romantic eyecolor: I have a feeling people preferred the old name of this color which was Chocolate Roses, but I’d like to think that even with its new name (don’t you all think it is romantic to get chocolates and roses from a loved one?) this is still a winner. It is a slightly sheer milk chocolaty brown with a beautiful rosy pink undertone. Those that love neutrals have come to make this one of their everyday shades to wear!

In fact, only about 30-32 jars (compared with the 40 with Extraordinary) were made of this one and I got a whopping 28 pollsters say they would buy this again!

2. Beautiful Blush: I think if there was one color that seemed to get the rave over and over again among the various skintones, it had to be this blush color! I personally never thought that this shade of cool pink with some very light violet undertones would look good on my golden olive skin but was amazed after I first tried it on. This color was even a last minute addition to my T123 store and no tester had ever even laid eyes on it, yet has become one of my biggest blush favorites!

Another, FYI—the heart and the blush in the jar that you see up there? That is Beautiful blush. I thought it fitting to have a “Beautiful” heart which goes along so well with my theme!

Then last but not least…

1 Ingénue Petite Dual Fiber Blush Brush: If you all notice this item is the #1 “Most Popular” link to click on at my eCrater Store. It’s so hard to find a good dual fiber brush; I had been settling with my Flirt! Skunk brush from Kohl’s and some others that were much larger but they always seemed to add too much blush to my face and the bristles were always so floppy. So when I was testing out brushes to carry for my store, I was floored at how awesome this one worked!
Now the small size may put you off when you first see it, but man does it work wonderfully for that reason! You can apply blush just where you want it and not feel like you are putting on too much. And it is the perfect blend of soft to your cheeks, yet firm enough at the base you don’t feel like its flopping on you.
Let’s just hope I don’t run out of stock on these! I ALREADY had to place another order today from my supplier due to its overwhelming popularity!

Well, there you have it! A little more info on some of my products and some fun trivia about them as well. Keep these in memory as maybe one day, I’ll have a trivia contest and hand out prizes to the ones that can answer them all!