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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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The Live, Love Lemongrass Lifestyle

For the past 13 years, our goal at Lemongrass Spa has been to offer the most natural skincare and cosmetics on the market that are free from potentially dangerous chemicals. This past Saturday, July 18, saw the unveiling of our biggest product launch ever! Whether you are looking to enhance your at-home spa experience, seeking relief from dry skin or reduce the signs of aging, you’ll find it at Lemongrass Spa.

Sheer Minerals Makeup

Introducing Sheer Minerals Marsala Blush and Merlot Organic Crème Lipstick, inspired by Pantone 2015 Color of the Year. With warm undertones and a matte finish, the rich reddish brown blush is perfect for tan, dark and deep skin tones. Enhance your lips’ natural shade with Merlot Organic Crème Lipstick. This warm lipstick compliments all skin tones and received rave reviews with consultants at our annual Lemongrass Spa Convention. Try layering Merlot Organic Crème Lipstick with Neutral Garnett Lip Liner and Stardust Organic Lip Gloss. Marsala Blush pairs well with Seaside,Matte Mocha,Gold Rush and Suede Eye Shadow combinations.

Prebiotics

Last summer, we introduced the revolutionary new Prebiotic Body Wash. Due to the powerful impact this innovative product has had with improving our customer’s skin, we’ve expanded the prebiotic line to include a new Facial Cleanser, Facial Mist and Foaming Liquid Soap.

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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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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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Let's Mix It Up A Little!!!

Hello Natural Beauties!

Have you ever been reading a magazine and spotted a color of eye shadow you wish we carried? Me too! So here’s what I did…I mixed it up!

Loose minerals are so versatile!  Unlike pressed eye shadows and blushes, with loose Sheer Minerals makeup you can add a little of this to a little of that and create your own custom palette. A bronzer with foundation, an eye shadow mixed with a blush, whatever you want. One of my favorite springtime combinations is the Ballerina Pink and Gold Rush mixed together. It creates an ethereal iridescent peach. Don’t be shy about mixing minerals from different categories: veils, foundations, blushes, bronzers and eye shadows.  Sheer Minerals are all made of essentially the same ingredients.  You can even create a custom lip color by combining your Lemongrass Spa Lip Butter with any color of the Sheer Minerals Rainbow.

Don’t worry about the mess. Purchase a Minerals Mates Mixing & Application Tray and create to your heart’s content. Mineral powders blend together best when shaken, so tap or scoop a small amount into one of the reservoirs of your Minerals Mates palette, put the lid on and shake back and forth gently.  As Sheer Mineral users know, a little goes a long way, so if you are mixing up a new fabulous shade of eye shadow, a little dab will do.

Some of my favorite combinations are:

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This Just "In"….Spring!

What is “in” for Spring 2015? Well, if you are walking the runways of New York or LA, it appears that bleaching your eyebrows and applying foil to your earlobes is all the rage! No, really, it is! But, for the sake of appealing to all of you natural beauties, let’s go a little more mainstream, shall we?

The fashion trends seem to be leaning towards clean, classic and feminine. Right up Lemongrass Lane! If you are spring cleaning your closet, don’t give away those 80’s and even some of those 70’s treasures. Break out those “one in every color” polo shirts, one-shouldered blouses, dresses and tank tops, khaki and olive drab pants, and even culottes, which are all cutting edge for springtime.

The shoes of the season are flat mules and gladiator sandals. Accessorize with tassel earrings, backpack purses, obi (kimono style) belts, and round, John Lennon style sunglasses. Farm-fresh Ginghams and plaids, as well as crisp whites paired with navy or black for a nautical feel, are favorites for spring. The color palette is straight from the garden: sunny yellows, mint greens and sky blues. Again, like Lemongrass, fresh, clean and natural.

Loose curls, braids, beachy waves, center parts and, once again, straight from the 80’s, crimping are the trendsetters for hair. For beachy waves, use Lemongrass Spa’s Botanical Shampoo and Conditioner, spray lightly with your favorite scent of Hydrating Spritz and scrunch with your fingers until dry. Finish with all-natural hairspray.

And finally, most importantly, makeup! The anti aging BB Crème hits the bulls-eye for what is trending for 2015. Clean and sheen is what it’s all about: sheer coverage with a little glow. Let the freckles shine through! In keeping with this fresh sun-kissed look, skip the blush and apply your illuminating Sheer Mineral’s Bronzer to the prominent portions of your face: forehead, nose, cheeks and chin. For the eyes, pastel purples are in bloom. Lightly sweep Orchid Frost or Plum eye shadow across your lid for a fresh, romantic, springtime look.

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Hello Natural Beauties!

I hope you are as excited about our new Sheer Minerals product as I am! I couldn’t ‘BB’ happier to expand our already amazing line with the cleanest BB crème I have seen on the market today. If you are looking for a way to simplify your routine in the morning, our BB crème is for you. It is a one-step smoothing primer, sun protectant, anti-aging serum and tinted moisturizer in one easy pump. It is your skin care regime and make-up in a 1 oz. container. Brilliant!

The first thing you will notice immediately after your first application is how dewy your skin looks. If you have struggled with the mineral makeup settling in fine lines, you will LOVE this product. I have sampled natural and not so natural BB crèmes in the past and found many of them to be sticky or watery and I am so happy to report that ours is truly the best-feeling product I have ever tried.

If you are new to BB Crème, you may have a few questions. Such as:

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THE COLOR OF THE YEAR IS......

MMMMMM- Marsala; A rich, warm, terra-cotta wine hue that is both bold and neutral at the same time. It is the Pantone Color of 2015 and I am in LOVE with how striking and versatile it is. It’s outdoor/fall leaves/apple cider and boudoir/evening gown/boardroom all wrapped up in one. Watch for this beautiful color to be splashed all over the pages of your favorite beauty and fashion magazines from eye shadow to footwear.

So many of our Sheer Minerals colors fall in the Marsala family or play so very nicely with it. Lemongrass Sheer Minerals Products in the Marsala family to add to your 2015 beauty routine include:

Compliment this deep, rich hue with one of these lovely Lemongrass Sheer Minerals eye shadow colors:

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Weekly Facial Spa: 7 Steps to Combat Winter Dry Skin

The winter cold and wind can take the glow from your skin, robbing it of moisture, making your face feel tight and look dull, and leaving your lips flaky and peeling. If you’ve ever looked in the mirror and felt like you just can’t seem to apply enough moisturizing crème or you need more blush than you normally apply, you might just need to treat yourself to a facial spa. If you have dry, flaky skin, your makeup and face crème sit on top of that dry layer. Think of it as applying a coat of fresh, new paint to a piece of wood on top of old, dry and peeling paint. The new paint can’t soak into the wood, and the skin works much the same.

Follow the 7 steps below to bring the radiance back to your face:

Step 1: Cleanse. Using your favorite Lemongrass Spa Products’ facial cleansing gel or bar soap, gently cleanse your face and neck. Always include your neck in any facial regime.

Step 2: Steam. Steam helps to lift and separate the dead, rough and flaky areas from your skin and open your pores. Place a warm, wet washcloth on your face and neck. Using a larger cloth like a hand towel allows you to cover the neck as well. You should not experience any discomfort while steaming. Make sure your cloth is not too hot before applying to your face by testing it on a tender portion of your arm like the wrist or inside of the elbow. Let the cloth remain on your face and neck for 5-10 minutes.

Step 3: Exfoliate. Remove the cloth and while your skin is still moist, begin to exfoliate using Microdermabrasion Crème.  Be gentle. It’s easier to judge your pressure when you apply with your fingertips. Work in a circular motion. Your skin is warm and soft and your pores are open from the steam, so it will not take much pressure to exfoliate. Let the product do the work, not the pressure. Be sure to hit the areas where dry skin can build up like the corners of the nose and avoid around the tender eye area. Rinse and pat dry with a soft towel.

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2014 Year in Review

From opening a second distribution center in Florida to launching the revolutionary Prebiotic Body Wash to being named to the Top 100 Women Owned Companies, 2014 has been an incredible year for growth and opportunity. Here's our 2014 year in review.

Products

The introduction of innovative new products is one of the key elements in engaging our customers and creating excitement for our sales consultants. Roll-on deodorant in Fresh, Sport, Lavender and Unscented were introduced at the beginning of 2014. We launched a revolutionary Prebiotic Body Wash at our annual convention in Denver, Colorado in July. This organic, GMO-free product works on a molecular level by stimulating good microorganisms on the skin and promoting collagen production. Green Concealing Stick corrector, Organic Eye Makeup Remover, Stardust and Red Hot Lip Glosses, and Coral Blush were newcomers to the Sheer Minerals Makeup line. The Men’s Essentials organic skincare line was introduced featuring Shaving Crème, Body Wash, After Shave Lotion and Cleansing Gel, specially formulated for guys. Aromatherapy Mists featuring certified organic essential oil blends were introduced in five blends: Purifying Tea Tree, Lavender Relaxation, Citrus Refresher, Mint Revival and Balancing Act!

Community

We are incredibly grateful to the members of the community in Pine, Colorado who have supported us over the years. Five new employees were hired to help our expansion efforts, and we leased four additional suites in the business plaza. In July we began manufacturing and shipping from our second distribution center in Tarpon Springs, Florida with 10,000 square feet of office and warehouse space. Fourteen full-time team members are currently employed there. With both facilities fully operational, we realized a 2 to 4 day reduction in the turnaround time in shipping orders during the peak volumes: end-of-month and the holiday selling season.

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Hello Natural Beauties,

It’s time to say goodbye to another year! But don’t say goodbye without leaving a little sparkle as you go!

The trends for this New Year’s Eve and holiday celebrations are all about glitz, glamour and sparkle with an “old Hollywood” feel. Whether you’re ringing in the New Year or dressing up for another holiday soiree, this season’s look is all about sequins, glitter and red carpet elegance.

As most ladies know, it can be expensive to achieve that Hollywood glamour look, especially for one special night. Lemongrass Spa Products has got you covered! Here are a few head-to-toe tips to keep you on the cutting edge without cutting into your bank account:

  • If you’re wearing a lower neckline, don’t neglect your décolleté! Apply a light dusting of White Diamond.
  • Looking for that perfect dress without breaking into next year’s savings? Take a look at thrift stores. You will be amazed at the selection and variety you can find. Many have been worn only once and some even still have the tags on! I have personally found designer cocktail dresses with tags still on for under $10. Look for rhinestones and sequins to BLING in the New Year!
  • Lemongrass Ladies do not need to spend tons of money on hosiery to make their legs look fabulous. We have our amazing, emollient-rich Tangerine and Amber Glow Bronzing Butters to add a little color and glow. And if you can handle an all-nighter in heels, nothing makes your calves look more toned and sculpted than a little bit of height.
  • If you are having a hard time finding the right color or style of shoe, again, try a thrift store. Even if you find the right style for the right price but the wrong color, buy them anyway! Take your dress with you to a local craft store, pick up some mod podge or fabric glue and match your dress to a glitter color (most craft stores have a huge array of colors). Lay out newspaper and pour out an ample amount of glitter. Apply a thin layer of glue all over the shoe with a sponge brush, let them dry slightly to where it’s tacky but not too wet and apply the glitter to your shoes. Let dry and… voila! Toto, we are not in Kansas anymore!

Last, but certainly not least…plan ahead and have a Cucumber Foot Care Kit on hand for January 1, 2015. Your feet will thank you after dancing the night or season away!

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Hello, Natural Beauties! It’s the holiday season and time for parties and gatherings of friends, family, co-workers and clients. This year, instead of doing your everyday makeup routine for that special occasion or spa party, I challenge you to step out of the box! It’s makeup…it washes off. Try something new! If you normally do a neutral eye, try a dramatic cat eye! If your lip color du jour is always Princess Pearl Organic Lipstick, I dare you to try Cocoa Berry! But choose one or the other: a dramatic eye and a neutral lip OR a dramatic lip and a neutral eye is the way to go. Pinterest is a veritable treasure trove of makeup instruction.

Find a look you like, send the family to a movie, get out your Sheer Minerals and PLAY! Or better yet, have a holiday Sheer Minerals open house. Have each guest as they arrive pull one of our 12 eye instruction cards out of a festive holiday gift box or stocking and then create that look on themselves! Take before and after pictures and have fun!

Here are some 2014 holiday trends to keep you on the edge of fashion when putting together your Holiday Party look:

  1. Long locks with braids or romantic spiral curls. Have short hair? You can purchase clip-in extensions at most accessory shops for a quick and fun transformation.
  2. Jewel tones. Take a look at a color wheel and choose a color on the opposite side of your eye color for a wow factor. Blue-eyed babes pop in bronzes and copper tones, green-eyed gals glow in reds and plums, and brown-eyed bombshells are brilliant in blues. This is a good rule of thumb when choosing clothing as well as Sheer Minerals eye shadows!
  3. Thick brows. Following the natural arch of your eyebrows and just outside of their natural boundaries, fill and shape brows with one of our Sheer Minerals eye shadows that matches, or is slightly darker than your natural brow color. Very lightly dampen your eyeliner brush so the color sets and stays put.
  4. Dramatic “false” eyelashes. Create this look easily with very light dusting of Sheer Minerals Matte Veil and an application of Organic Mascara in Matte Brown or Matte Black over top. More drama? Lightly dust a second time after the first has dried and repeat. Move your mascara wand back and forth as you apply to avoid clumping and “spider legs.”
  5. Bold full lip. If you are choosing to highlight your lips rather than your eyes, line your lips with one of our three beautiful Sheer Minerals Natural Lip Liners on the outermost edge of your lips, avoiding going outside of the edge too much. Apply your favorite shade of Organic Lipstick with the lip brush included in your Eight Piece Bamboo Brush Set. Cocoa Berry Organic Lipstick complements all skin tones. There is a reason it is one of our best-selling shades—it is stunning! For staying power, place a piece of tissue over the freshly applied color and dust over the tissue with Matte Veil using your Foundation Brush. If lipstick is not your personal preference, choose a Sheer Minerals Organic Lip Gloss shade that suits your look. The shine can add a fuller look to your lip. Plum Spice is a beautiful holiday shade. If your eyes are the focus, a neutral lip color like Bare Champagne topped with Stardust Organic Lip Gloss will allow your eyes to take center stage without denying your lips from being in the spotlight as well.

Whichever holiday look you choose, remember to pop your Sheer Minerals Mineral Setting Spray and your Essentials Brush Set in your purse for a quick color refresher and touch ups.

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