Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Swatch Photos of new February colors

Per customer request, just some swatches of recently released colors!

First up is the new Shimmer Blushes/Glows, Bemused & Dainty:

I applied these rather "thickly" just so you can see the color; they are, of course, much more flattering when applied with a stipple brush as a glow. Bemused is very brightening to sallow skin although I personally think it would look best on fair neutral tones and for those of you ladies who may be pinker. Dainty is a great all over glow/highlighter and you can see how it complements my Grace 4.0 skintone.

Next up are the Limited Edition Metallics:

This is probably one of the first swatch photos I've taken that I think actually shows what they really look like! Those flecks of deep gold are what make these colors most unique and interesting!

And finally, the Limited Edition Winter 2009 set :

(Click on photo for a larger view)

I'm sad to report that these did wash out the depth of the colors a little as the beauty of all of them (these colors have quite a bit of "twinkle & shine") look much better in real life--especially with Valiant & Steadfast. But you can at least see the depth of color and how they look in relation to each other. There is also more of a color difference between Valiant & Steadfast especially with their finish. (Valiant is my bluer version of Fearless--it's like a cool liquid metal finish.)

Hope those swatches helped! Remember, these (the LE Eyeshadows only, as Dainty & Bemused are here to stay!) will be available until April 1 *OR* until I sell out of them, whichever comes first!

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Lots of new stuff: LE e/s, two Shimmer Blushes, Smoothing Powder, & Powder Brushes!

Where do I even start??? Well...how about the new LE Limited Edition eyeshadows!

I am extremely cold-natured so I was inspired formulating this collection by the cool weather. (LOL, I know some of you are laughing since I live in Mississippi where the weather is NOWHERE near as cold as the Northern states but I somehow freeze all the same!!!) I've gotten to love "smokey eye" looks and since I already have the basic colors in my line to do typical smokey eyes (Fearless, Mysterious, Tenacious, Devoted, etc.) I wanted a few brighter shades that ran a little on the cool-toned side for some more unique looks. I think it was Dao of My Makeup Blog who suggested to me a while back to formulate a blue version of Fearless so I've been to work coming up with that along with some colors to mix and match with them. Check them out here in the LE Section!

Besides the special deal on the entire set like I usually do, I thought it wise to add a pick-your-own "Trio Eyecolor Set" for these LE's. I noticed that most people usually find 3-4 colors out of a large collection that they like versus getting all seven colors. These will be available until they are "Sold Out" OR April 1.

We also have some Limited Edition Premium Metallic eyecolors up; you can buy these singly or get the entire trio. They are slightly more colorful versions (as opposed to being super neutral like my other Metallic shades) and even have a marbleized effect when you remember to "dab" on during application (Capricious). As with the Winter 2009 LE, these will be availabe until they have "Sold Out" or April 1.

Oh, and FYI, these will be the final prices on them! We don't intend on marking them down any further while they are available. I think I sympathize with another MMU company in that I feel bad for those that miss out on a sale and those that get the head start and buy early on sometimes lose out since retailers tend to mark them for Clearance later on down the line! So the main price breaks are if you get these in the Trio Sets. :)

Now, as part of our permanent collection, is some additional Shimmer Blushes/Glows. As some pointed out, it seemed we were lacking in some "cooler tones" so we have added two new colors, Bemused & Dainty. Bemused is an almost-scary looking bright lavender but because it is fairly sheer, it simply adds a face brightening radiance that looks great on those of you who have very fair olive/neutral skintones or those who want to brighten up a yellowed/sallow complexion. Dainty, although it appears to be more of a warm shade, is a delicately soft and feminine pink that was a hit with some of my cooler skintoned testers. As with Bemused, it is a sheer shade and simply excellent for added a luminousity to your complexion without adding a lot of color. Unlike Bemused, though, this would also work well with darker, more warm skintones as a glow or highlighter. (I find that I can use it to add highlight or a dewy finish and I wear Grace 4.0.)

In addition, we have added (per request from some of my Consumer Panel members & a couple customers) we've added a line of powders similar to Makeup Forever's High Definition Powder.
We're calling this our Supreme Smoothing Powder as it helps to blur those dratted fine lines and large pores to give you a smoother finish for that porcelain doll effect. To complement our foundation line, we not only have the untinted version, but in Golden (yellow), Peachy, & Neutral Tints. Simply go to our "Powders" category to see them. Also, you can make them one of your choices when ordering in the Trio or Duo Powder sets. Please see the listing, though, for specifics.

As with all our powders, we include a cute little powder puff because it not only helps keep the powder from flowing out too quickly, but the best application for powder is by dabbing it on first with the puff; letting it sit for about 3-5 minutes to "soak in," and then whisking away the excess with a powder brush.

Which brings us to our last addition! Again, per request of one of our wonderful customers, we have added both the large and small version of the powder brushes of the Premium line.

Here is a comparison pic with the popular Jumbo Buffer
so you can see the relative size of both:

Happy shopping! Oh, and for those who placed an order this weekend or are placing any orders Sunday evening & Monday morning, I also wanted to remind you that Monday, Feb. 16 is a holiday (President's Day) so no orders will be shipped out until Tuesday, Feb. 17 since the U.S. Postal Service is closed.

Friday, February 13, 2009

A Valentine's Day poem & thoughts on true beauty

In honor of Valentine’s Day and to put us in a romantic mood and to continue in the theme of adorned with Grace Minerals’ “defining true beauty” I’d like to share a poem that seems to describe eloquently one who is truly “adorned with grace”:

She Walks in Beauty by Lord Byron

She walks in beauty, like the night
Of cloudless climes and starry skies;
And all that's best of dark and bright
Meet in her aspect and her eyes:
Thus mellow'd to that tender light
Which heaven to gaudy day denies.

One shade the more, one ray the less,
Had half impair'd the nameless grace
Which waves in every raven tress,
Or softly lightens o'er her face;
Where thoughts serenely sweet express
How pure, how dear their dwelling place.

And on that cheek, and o'er that brow,
So soft, so calm, yet eloquent,
The smiles that win, the tints that glow,
But tell of days in goodness spent,
A mind at peace with all below,
A heart whose love is innocent!

This poem has always been somewhat familiar to me; I remember hearing it in high school (likely English class) and thinking, “How heart-melting and romantic!” But back then, I thought it was referring solely to her physical beauty. As I got older and came across this poem once more, I noticed that it’s not just referring to the physical but that inner beauty, that lovely glow that seems to exude from her. I think it is best said in the last two lines about having “a mind at peace with all below, a heart whose love is innocent.”

I think most of us know someone who may not necessarily be the “Hollywood Standard” of beauty—but as we got to know them and look into their hearts, they became someone whose beauty seemed to surpass even the most gorgeous movie star you can think of! Kindness, patience, a sense of humor, compassion go such a long way; a sincere, friendly smile is more beautifying that the latest Lipglass from MAC!

So on this Valentine’s Day, find that shining someone (or someones) and make sure you tell them how beautiful they are! And remember to demonstrate those virtuous qualities to others in your actions, words—and your thoughts, as the inner workings of our heart end up reflecting outwardly to others.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Monday, February 2, 2009

Feb. 14: Last day for Limted Edition colors & Premium Face Brush Set

Happy Monday, Everyone!

I have been busy formulating some new Limited Edition colors (Winter 2009 Collection, LE Metallic colors) which will be available Feb. 15. So...to make room for these new LE's, the colors you've seen on Clearance in our "Limited Edition" section will be gone. In fact, I believe EVERYTHING on that page, including the Valentine's Day Custom Kit will no longer be available; Feb. 14 (Valentine's Day) will be the last day they are up! Take advantage of this deal as colors like Gallant, Philanthropic, & Jovial will be gone for good once they are sold out. Also note that these items may be gone sooner should they sell out as there are a couple of colors whose full-sizes are almost gone.

FYI, if I have sample baggies leftover after I have discontinued them, you *might* see them again in a $1.99 Clearance Baggie Sampler like I did earlier last month but it will be in a pre-sealed "mystery grab bag" with a mix of various colors from my stash were great colors but I chose not to release for various reasons.

Also disappearing from the site on the same day will be the Premium Face Brush set (including the Jumbo Buffer, Flat Top, Small Pointed Face Brush, & Chubby Blender) for $49.99. Don't miss this chance either as this is one of those sets you won't see priced like this very often and they might be gone even sooner should I sell out of the handful I have left. I personally think it is a great deal because it is like getting each brush for about $12.50 EACH! (Or, $13.25 if you are International since that includes your shipping charge.) These are leftovers from our Christmas special and I'm ready to clear them out to make room for a couple new powder brushes coming in a few weeks.