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  • in reply to: Hi! #18220
    Penny
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    Wouldn’t you like to know???

    I think it was Autumn 2008? Or 2009? That was the big one. An entire month being told that I was forbidden to spend time outside unless it was to buy groceries. That was when swine flu hit northern China pretty bad.

    And here you thought it was something dangerous! I still get a laugh remembering when the police showed up on my door step wanting to search my house as I ordered something like five kilos of lye online and they swore I was up to no good.

    How are you doing in your book? I’m melting my lipstick Base down now to finish off the lipstick portion. Then all that’s left for me to make is the gel stuff. Silly me. For some reason I thought guar gum was xantham gum so didn’t preorder it! Grrr!

    Christie, stop talking about your house in the mountains. You might get a visitor knocking on your door with a box full of goodies! I miss the mountains.

    in reply to: Essential Mineral Makeup #18217
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    Marie, for sourcing in the U.K., I can honestly say, right at this moment, I’m ok for ingredients! Unless you post something in the next few months with some awesome new ingredient, I think I’m set.

    Now watch when I organize my DIY room, I’ll realize I’m low on something wickedly vital and scream for posting this comment.

    I was practice packing my suitcase for my trip and realised that my suitcase was 3/4 full of containers to play mad scientist in the kitchen with my neice and nephew. My neice is at that age where she is beginning to want to explore makeup and my nephew is a little sad he’s a boy and face paint is for girls. Well, we’ll see about that. I see camouflage and war paint in his future!

    in reply to: 6 Reasons why the Heat and Hold Method is a Myth #18209
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    Lol! I watched your video of the beeswax as an ewax and I cringed when you said you needed to do the exact same thing so we’re going to use your immersion blender. I cringed. All I could think about was how will you ever get your blender de-beeswaxed?

    I agree on the complete ewaxs these days. I think they are pretty dummy proof.

    in reply to: How to… #18207
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    See! That’s exactly what I thought. Over foundation. Great!

    I agree with what Lisa said when she said most women will say they need coverage over 80% of their face, when less than 20 is an issue. My friend falls into that big time.

    in reply to: 3/126 measure #18206
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    That’s pretty much what I ended up doing yesterday. Added a drop at a time till I got a colour I thought was pretty.

    I’m trying to hurry up and finish my coffee then putter in my kitchen!

    in reply to: Hi! #18203
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    Yup! New Hamburg was part of my old stomping grounds! I so miss St. Jacobs! I’m currently living in China.

    in reply to: Hi! #18196
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    Hilarious! I’m originally from the Mannheim (KW area). I know exactly what you mean. I miss the countryside!

    in reply to: Cationic Quaternary Compounds in Conditioner #18186
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    What is a “co-wash”? And what exactly is a “cleansing conditioner”? I’m afraid to Google I don’t want to get lost on the internet. I’ve eyeliners to make today!

    in reply to: Shampoo and Conditioner — homemade vs. bought #18184
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    I’ve tried lots of homemade stuff trying to get rid of detergents from my hair. I found cp soap and acidic rinses no matter how hard and long I tried, still had me looking like a greaseball. I returned to store bought for a while until I found Shangri-La. it’s a more homemade natural product made in Yunnan and my hair is loving it!

    At 100rmb per bottle, I’m still actively searching for a way to make my own stuff, but am content. My hair is happy, it’s a soap and a conditioner that is handmade that I know works and I know I am helping the locals in Yunnan have jobs.

    I say stick with the bottles, but try new stuff as it comes along. It’s what I’m doing as I’m in the same boat as you!

    in reply to: Hi! #18183
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    Hey! Wendy! Where abouts in Ontario? I’m originally from Ontario!

    in reply to: Playing with non-CP shampoo bars #18172
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    I adore your stone back drop by your stove! It’s lovely!

    I still have not been able to dabble in surfactants. I so want to and cannot wait! Finding the translations for them is proving a bigger task than I thought, and for the time being I’ve got a few things to play with (eye liner for the win!!) but when I’m back from England I’m going to give Taobao a run for its money in searches!

    in reply to: Cationic Quaternary Compounds in Conditioner #18171
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    Hello! Marie had a post, “Two-in-One Creamy Hair Conditioner. I think this was my first introduction to BTMS-50. And I have loved it ever since!

    And you’ve got my interest…. what is your hair conditioner recipe?

    in reply to: 6 Reasons why the Heat and Hold Method is a Myth #18170
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    When I first started making lotions, one of the blogs I read insisted that the temperatures MUST be identical. Not even a degree off. And holy Hannah I wasted a lot of time trying. Making anything lotions or cosmetics over a gas stove that only has two settings (flame thrower and off) really tried my patience.

    So, then I did what I usually do. Played. I used boiled water (found it easier to get the glycerine, silk and all incorporated) and waited till the oils and ewax were all melted. Then tossed the liquid into the oils and mixed. And then threw out my thermometers. It worked like a charm! I then tried again with room temperature liquid and melted oils, and found that I had to work faster as the cooler water caused the oils to cool down too fast and had to put it back in the double boiler. I’ve even done the unimaginable! Poured my water and oils and additives into the same Pyrex and heated up that way to melt the ewax. I still had some great lotion, but I swear I could feel the silk stuff.

    Now, I am less fussy with the temperatures, but I still prefer warmerish water over cold/cold and my oils melted in two Pyrexs. It just depends on the recipe I am making too.

    It’s like all things DIY. You start off doing it “by the book” but after a while, you throw that book out. Just like soaping! How many of us really use thermometers to make soap?

    in reply to: The \"M\"s! #18169
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    Meadowfoam is one of the few oils I cannot seem to get my hands on in a constant supply. The one woman who can get it, only sells it in 10mL bottles decanted from a liter jug and with the import fees, it’s unreasonable. So it unfortunately gets put aside and substituted with jojoba oil.

    So, basically, in my opinion, no. You can go without it really. BUT if you can get your hands on a 10mL bottle at a good price, I say give it a go!

    As for marula oil, I find even with the import fees, it’s cheaper than argan oil. So I reach for marula for my hair stuff, specifically the hair mask (I also add in orange wax for added shine) and my hair is poker straight, wickedly fine and refuses to have any sort of bounce, it’s finer/softer than silk so I need to be careful about what I put on my hair and marula seems to work with my hair better than argan which it finds heavy. I also like marula oil in my eye serum I make as it sinks in fast.

    So… yeah. You don’t need to add them to your pantry as they can be substituted pretty easily, but… if you like to experiment I say go for it!

    in reply to: Lip color #18168
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    Oh I so wish I knew how to post pictures here! The bottom of my purse the other day. There were thirty-two various lippy’s in there. It was bonkers!

    Yup, one of my favourite lipsticks from the blog is Black Plum. That stuff is still my favourite! And was actually my first foray into blush! I’m 36, and I just discovered blush. And makeup.

    That colour does last forever! I’m trying to make a gloss to compliment it/mute the colours a week bit but haven’t gotten the shade quite right.

    I’ll get it! One day! The tiny humans have arrived!

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