Thursday, 22 January 2009

Ezprez yourself!

The days around the 19th of January are scientifically known as being the most depressing of the whole year (coverage here and here) Scientist have even developed a bit of match in order to calculate the exact day. It is a simple calculation of a lack of sunshine, lack of money and a gain of extra weight from the Holidays...Gloom galore...

So your dear Birkinbagbeauty wanted to lift her own spirit and injected some crafting in her life: cosmetic crafting, that is! I still had a bottle of Ezpres lying around. Ezpres is a pressing medium from one of the most know companies in the beauty-blogosphere: Coastal Scents.


I also had some pigments from tkbtrading that I ordered in December...Anyway, I am not going to do a tutorial about pressing loose pigments, because the whole blogosphere of beauty-bloggers has done a tutorial about this. I will show you how they came out...

It was my first order from TKBtrading and I wanted to place an order because of their micronized pearl powder. TKB has a minimum spending limit from $19, so I filled up my cart with some Holiday-appropriate loose pigment colours, such as golds and silvers. The ones pictured are Green Quartz, Mermaid's Gold and Gold Leaf.
Mermaid's Gold is my favourite out of these three colours. My camera was not able to fully pick up the green idirescence of the colour, which was also the fault of the crappy weather which makes this period one of the most depressing period of the year, LOL. But I can assure you that Mermaid's Gold is a stunning and original gold with a beautiful green idirescent layer on top...very mermaid-tale..


The top colour is Quartz Green, which seems more gray-green to me and the lower colour is Mermaid's Gold again. My pressing pattern went all right, but it is not perfect yet.


Mermaid's Gold and a closer look on the pan. I need to clean up the sides of the pan in order to make it look more pro-like.


It is absolutely a nice craft in my opinion. I still have enough pigment left for two other pans per colour so it makes a frugal way to make cosmetics...which is quite handy in our economic times. I really want to improve my pressing skills so I can include my homemade eyeshadows as swap extras soon...
My next project will also be cosmetic crafting, only this time I will be mixing and ReMixing lipsticks in order to create a bunch of PERFECT colours....
I blogged about it before (here), when I received two not so perfect lipsticks that could become one perfect colour. Anyway, I received my LipStixReMix -set this monday...just in time to craft ways the Blue Monday blues.

The things included in the set:

Nice, now I have to select all my neglected lippies and find the perfect blends between them....
Perfect Pouty lips...here I come. It might be January, but my lips are already feeling the joy of July....

9 comments:

Engmin said...
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birkinbagbeauty said...

Hi Engmin,
Yes, I got my empty eyeshadow palette from Coastal Scents as well. I love to organise and press my loose eyeshadows right now, it is really handy if you get the hang of it. I love Mermaid's Gold...I have not seen such a colour like that before.

jojoba said...

do you think it works MUFE Star Powder? I so need to press my pigments like many of you do!!! I may need help with a CP of this soon!

great information!

Digital Angel said...

Honestly, I think you did really good, I have used either toner or alcohol they came out alright. Sometimes I put too much and it came out overflow and was not that pretty. You did a great job!

M said...

it came out nice!

Yumeko/Bittenbefore said...

i wanna try pressing one day

but i am very curious abt ur lipstick crafting, i cant wait

i made lipbalm myself before but i think lippie loooks way more interesting!!!!

beautifulwithbrains said...

It came out nice, you did agrat job! I need to try and press my pigments too.

cheryl said...

hey helen, how's it going? u did such a good job with the pressing.

alltheprettyshimmers.com said...

Ahh I totally want to start pressing all my loose shadows now!! You make it look so neat and pretty!