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Whether you are attending your first day of High School or going back to earn your degree in your 50’s, there are basic lessons to learn about makeup. Makeup styles and application techniques may change, but the fundamentals will always be the same. So read on to BRUSH up on some basics.

  1. Apply your foundation below the jawline and…
  2. Blend gently down your neck to avoid the “mask” effect.
  3. Clean your brushes once a month with Tea Tree Soap and let air dry with the brush end up.backtoschool-logo.jpg
  4. Define your eyes with a deep color in the crease, medium on the lid and light on the brow bone.
  5. Eye shadow can turn into eyeliner by dipping your eyeliner brush in water and then into the powder.
  6. Finishing your look with Mineral Setting Spray will hydrate your skin and set your makeup.
  7. Get plenty of rest and stay hydrated.  Your skin will love you for it.
  8. Highlight the areas of your face you want to bring out (i.e. brow bone, apples of cheeks, chin and nose)
  9. Illuminate dull looking skin with a quick dusting of bronzer.
  10. Just try it!! If you see a look you like, don't be afraid to try it. Makeup washes off.
  11. Kaolin clay in the mineral veils will help absorb oil all day.
  12. Lashes will appear thicker and longer if you dust a little matte veil on them before mascara application.
  13. Merlot and Marsala. Any questions?
  14. Neutralize red areas with green concealer. It is the opposite on the color wheel and will conceal the redness
  15. Open the eye with a touch of white diamond in the inside corner.
  16. Primer, serum, foundation and SPF all in one: BB Crème!
  17. Quench your lips. Use our Exfoliating Lip Polish and Nourishing Lip Butter Lip Butter before your lipstick or gloss for a smoother application.
  18. Recede an area of your face by contouring with a shade slightly darker than your skin. (i.e. hollows of cheeks, under chin, eyelid crease
  19. Save your empty eye shadow or blush jars for a couple of squirts of BB crème to throw in your purse for on-the-go beauty.
  20. Try dipping your foundation brush first in BB crème and then in Mineral foundation for a full coverage airbrushed look.
  21. Undecided?  Get all your basics in a Sheer Minerals Starter Kit.
  22. Veil before makeup creates a smooth canvas.  Veil after makeup sets and finishes the look.
  23. When in doubt…Perfect Pout. It looks great on everyone!
  24. X marks the spot!  Use a lip liner to make an X at your cupids bow to perfect your pout. Follow up with lipstick.
  25. You deserve Fresh. Clean & Natural with Sheer Minerals!
  26. Zip up all your favorites in our Black Fabric Cosmetic Bag with Lemongrass Spa logo.

Did I miss your favorite makeup basic? Let me know in the comments.

Enjoy!

Shelley

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Something to WINE About: Merlot and Marsala

Well, Fall Launch was an enormous success and the response to our fabulous new products has been amazing. We knew you’d love them!

For those of you that were not able to attend convention and our fall launch, allow me to recap:

It was our BEST LAUNCH EVER!!

I’ve been with Lemongrass Spa over 8 years, and we have never been so cutting edge, fashion forward and lifestyle-oriented as we were this year!

Speaking of fashion forward and fall, let’s wine a bit, shall we?

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Face to Face: Sheer Minerals v. Leading Brands

Hello Natural Beauties,

Mineral makeup is everywhere!  Almost every leading makeup brand has a version of it. The name in and of itself makes you feel like you are doing something good and healthy for your skin. Minerals are naturally occurring, so therefore…but wait, don’t be too hasty in plucking one of those pretty packages with the wholesome looking goddess off of the shelf. If what you put on your face is important to you, and I’m guessing it is or you wouldn’t be here, then lets take a look at some of the common ingredients of some leading brands of “mineral” makeup and why you WON’T find any of these in the Sheer Minerals Makeup Collection.

Talc:  Yes, it is a mineral.  While there is concern about talc in its natural form containing asbestos, the www.cancer.org site suggests that a purified form used in consumer products does not. However, talc, used as a filler in mineral makeup, can clog pores.

Bismuth Oxychloride: Yes, pure Bismuth is a mineral and is used as a thickener and absorbing agent in some products. However, Bismuth Oxychloride is not.  Bismuth oxychloride is manufactured by combining bismuth, a by-product of lead and copper metal refining, with chloride and water. It's used in cosmetics because it has an iridescent, pearly appearance. It is desirable in cosmetics for its ability to adhere to the skin.  Bismuth oxychloride was permanently listed by the FDA as a coloring agent in 1977 and as a synthetic ingredient. Many people react to this ingredient in makeup in the way of redness, hot or itchy skin and cystic breakouts.

Carmine: NOT a mineral. To prepare carmine, insect bodies are boiled in ammonia or a sodium carbonate solution,  then filtered, and alum is added to the clear salt solution of carminic acid to create the red aluminum salt, called "carmine lake" or "crimson lake." Bugs!

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I remember a time, not that long ago, when the mere mention of “all-natural products” would make me think of patchouli, tie dye, no makeup and more patchouli! While there is nothing wrong with that, we’ve sure come a long way, baby!

When Lemongrass Spa first launched Sheer Minerals, it was met with mixed reactions. The question in our minds was would it be a successful niche for the company? We began with a very basic startup (foundation, blush, eye shadow and cover up) and slow sales. During this time I was able to work in Administration as the Facility Manager plus manage the Sheer Minerals department by toggling back and forth between the two. Fast-forward to today, I am happily managing the Sheer Minerals division full time with a part-time assistant. We supply both the Colorado and Florida warehouses with an expanding line of Sheer Minerals Makeup. We've come a long way, baby! We now have everything the department store makeup counters offer, only better. From primer to finishing veil, Sheer Minerals has your beauty needs covered!

Isn’t it amazing that we can now contour, line, highlight and anti-age just like every single glamour magazine on the shelves and feel good about it? We can create a smokey eye, a neutral or bold lip, a cat eye or whatever the trending look may be with no fear of what we are putting on our faces being harmful to us. The idea of going all-natural no longer carries the same “granola” connotation as it might have in the past. Thanks to our naturally glamorous owner, Heidi Leist and her dedication to keeping her finger on the pulse of what women want, as well as the best way to make it fresh, clean and natural. Lemongrass Spa and Sheer Minerals have redefined natural products to be synonymous with trend-setting glamour.

The beauty industry runs far and wide and Sheer Minerals Makeup is making its mark. We have been featured in numerous blogs, and write-ups.  Our amazing BB crème is in the spotlight of a respected skin care magazine and we even have national beauty pageant contestants wearing our products on stage! There’s no stopping us now! Lemongrass Spa and its Sheer Minerals line is standing out in a very saturated beauty industry because we are different. We care about what goes in every product. When we see a color or look that is marching down the runways, we research ingredients and options to bring a better, healthier version of it to you and your families and friends.

I’m so proud that Lemongrass Spa and Sheer Minerals are leading the way in proving that you don’t have to be spendy to be trendy, the makeup counter can be the comfort of your own home and whatever look makes YOU feel beautiful is achievable and healthy with Sheer Minerals Makeup.

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Helpful "To Do’s" Before the "I Do’s"

It is countdown to wedding season and whether you are a guest, part of the wedding party or the bride to be, everyone wants to put their best pampered foot forward before walking down the aisle. Follow these head to toe tips before the "I do’s".

*3-6 months before the event, put your best face forward:

It is best to begin this early and continue the same routine until your event so that your skin has time to adapt to the products and wont react badly to something new being put into the routine. Use all of the same skin care products and makeup you will use on the day of the event.

*2 months before the event, say yes to the tresses:

If you haven’t already, begin using Lemongrass Spa’s Botanical Shampoo and Conditioner; there may be a detox period from the chemical laden shampoos and conditioners you’ve been using, but, I assure you, a couple of weeks with SLS (sodium laureth sulfate) free shampoo and botanical conditioner, your hair will feel lush and luxurious, ready for your up-do, down do or veil.

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