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Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Turning Pigments into Pressed Eye Shadow

I know I haven't posted anything real in years but I'm back now to share my recent research and project on Turning Pigments into Pressed Eye Shadows. Hey, still pigment related!

Warning up front: this is a very long post with a lot of information and quite a few links. 
All blue sections are reprinted from TKB Trading pages (with permission)

I haven’t worn makeup regularly in close to 20 years so what makeup I did have needed to be tossed and I wasn't worried about replacing it, until I decided I needed to wear it for an upcoming event. Off to Walmart we went and over to the cosmetics isle where I was immediately overwhelmed by the selection, bright lighting and prices. You mean I have to actually pick something that matches me, not just a color I like? The horror… I’m fine with "drugstore makeup" but I still have sticker shock- replacing all the "essentials" (foundation, concealer, eye shadow, blush, mascara, lip stick) was more than I wanted to spend on stuff that I’m going to use less than a handful of times. I knew I could potentially make the eye shadow and save a few $$$, especially since I already own the color, but I didn't know how involved that project would be- or what else it would require- so I did some research.

I consulted blogs, youtube videos and TKB Trading's website (because they sell everything you need to get started) but found that there isn't much current information about pressing your own eye shadows. Many of the posts and videos were from 2010-2016 and didn't use the same ingredients or go through the same process as those posted later- but it did teach me that there are a lot of ways to do it. Below are the links to videos and posts I found most helpful and the years they were published. I should also add that I was not looking for help on creating matte eye shadows because I don’t own any matte pigments and they require grinding and a different recipe formulation. I'm aiming for simple.

1) TKB Trading's Pressed Powder Kit instructions. This is copyrighted 2010 and go with the Press Your Own Makeup Kit, sold for $16.65. Of course it describes what is included in the kit but it also tells you the other items you'll need, a brief explanation about pressed powder cosmetics, the ingredients, and a “sample recipe” along with step-by-step instructions.
*The sample recipe was 1/2 teaspoon color, 2 scoops Press Base, 3-5 drops Binder. It looks like the scoops provided are their 15cc scoops.

2) A brief instructional video, 1:34 minutes long, done by TKB Trading. The link is found on the Press Your Own Makeup Kit mentioned in #1 and is from 2011. There is no speaking, just background music but there are captions. A good visual to go along with the written instructions. 
*The recipe used here is the same as in the written instructions- 1/2 teaspoon color, 2 scoops Press Base, 3-5 drops Binder.

3) Everything You Need To Know About Pressing Pigments and Minerals,  approximately 27 minutes, done by "Beautynewbie" in 2010. The link provided by TKB on a support article, “How to Make Pressed Eye Shadow”.
A few observations/notes of mine:
-She used TKB’s Matte Texture base instead of the Press Base along with TKB’s binder (Pressing Medium).
-She seemed to be using a lot of alcohol, and didn’t press in multiple layers.
-Rather than using pressing ribbon, tiles or a tamper tool, she used a quarter wrapped in a paper towel (which is totally fine).
-She also did all her mixing right in the empty pan.
-I'm pretty sure the scoops she used are from TKB’s plastic recipe scoop set, seen here.

4) DIY Eyeshadows Make Your Own with Mica's and Pigments Part 1, 28 minutes long, done by by "Beauty By Trish Oliver" in 2015.  Another in-depth instructional video.
A few observations/notes of mine:
-She used the Cap 5 preservative rather than the Cap 2 I chose, also ok because TKB says both will work. She added it to the mixture rather than adding it to the Pressing Medium as TKB’s suggested)
-She too uses TKB’s Matte Texture Base in this video instead of the Press Base.
-She uses small containers for mixing in that she can throw away afterwards rather than cleaning and reusing them (and that does save time).
-She shakes the container of base + color to mix it up well instead of stirring.
-For the base, the scoops she used are the “medium” plastic spoon, or the 15cc scoop which is the same size.
-For the mica, she called the spoon “the large scoop” which I assume is from the same set.
*The recipe was 3 large scoops mica, 1 medium scoop of Matte Texture Base, 9 drops Pressing Medium.

5) Pressed Mica Eye Shadow & Highlighter, a blog entry from Adventures of Lolo, dated 2016. This is very nicely organized and has a lot of helpful information, including step-by-step instructions, some recipes and a video she made at the end of the post. I didn’t use the video for reference, the written instructions were enough for me.
An observation of mine:
-She doesn’t use TKB’s Pressing Medium, she uses glycerin along with TKB’s Cap 5 preservative (she later says she stopped using it and was going to purchase TKB’s binder).
-She used the same 5 spoon set that I did.
*The amounts she used of mica, Press Base and Pressing Medium vary by color recipe provided.

6) There is also a review from 2018 on TKB's Press Your Own Makeup Kit, (on page 2) where the reviewer Stephanie P. lists her most successful pressing process and 57 people found it helpful so there must be something to it. There is no way to link the exact review so here it is:
So first, this is an awesome little kit & it's going to give you the basics of what you need. Here are my recommendations: When you order the kit, also order at least 4 colors a bunch of the little, white mixing scoops to go with it. Once it's on the way, go to Walmart and get yourself a couple of little shot glasses, dedicated measuring spoon and a small spray bottle. To make the shadow, mix 1/2 teaspoon of your chosen color and 2 little white scoops of pressing mix in a shot glass. Mix it really well and make sure you're not seeing any of the white powder. Start adding the liquid medium in about 3 drops at a time and mix REALLY well each time. I live where it's very dry and I needed 12 drops. Once it's all mixed and sticking together nicely, spray your pan with alcohol and add 2 drops of the liquid medium. Start layering in your shadow, a little at a time. Press between each thin layer and spritz with more alcohol before adding another layer. I pressed each pan 6-7 times in thinner layers and got really good results. Once I had it filled, I once again spritzed the top with some alcohol to finish it off. My shadows came out nicely. 
*1/2 teaspoon color, 2 scoops Press Base, 12 drops Binder

I also poured through their relevant support articles and the Questions/Answers on each of the following TKB Trading items:

As to why I chose the Cap 2 preservative over the Cap 5 later, and why I added it to the liquid binder instead of the powder, I read two things. The first is on a TKB Trading support article here titled, “How many drops in [x]?”
If you're making a pressed eye shadow, we recommend that you directly put the preservative in your liquid binder (whether it's the TKB MyMix Press Medium or jojoba oil). That means if you have 1/2 fl oz bottle of binder you'll only need 1-2 drops of preservative. 

Then in the Q&A on the Cap 2 preservative, there is this:
Q: Which is better for pressing eye shadows: Preservative Cap-2 or Cap-5?
A: Either is fine.  Our Cap-2 may be a better option simply because it is more "oil friendly".

Here is another “helpful” hint to keep you from making the same mistake I did. You can buy the Press Your Own Makeup Kit and the additional supplies separately but in the kit, the preservative is already added to the binder. If you purchase all the supplies individually as I did, you will need to buy the preservative- I hadn’t caught that in the description for the kit and needed to place a second order for the Cap 2. It did provide an excuse to pick up some more pigment samples though.

What I used and bought (so you can get an idea):
Press Pack for 26mm round pans - this includes 9 Tin Pans; 2 Press Tiles; 1 Tamper Tool 
additional 26mm tin pans, round (my intent was to press approximately 24 purples).
Preservative Cap 2 (Again, the Cap 5 will also work) 
The Tad & Drop Spoons from the metal 5 spoon set sold by TKB.
Dotting tool for nail art (used for mixing)
Large bobby pin (used for mixing)
Paper Towels
Eye dropper
90% Isopropyl Alcohol
Spray bottle of alcohol
Small containers for mixing in- You can use small bags instead, I just prefer containers.
Micas from TKB TradingCoastal Scents and The Conservatorie*

*Please note that most of the pigments I used were purchased between 2010-2016 and while I don't know if they have a shelf life/expiration date, I've had them stored in a cool, dry and dark area so I am not worried about using them anyway; they look and perform as though they were new. That being said, I'm not suggesting you do the same; TKB Trading sells a ton of pigments in sample sizes (average is 6 grams) for as low as $1.65 each so you can afford to play with "fresh" product.

And remember to make sure that each one is a cosmetic pigment and approved for use around the eyes- that's very important. TKB Trading allows you to sort the pigments they sell by approved use but you can also check out the packaging they came in as that info is usually on the label. Luckily, I'd also saved a word document of old store inventory so I was able to check my pigments from The Conservatorie and Coastal Scents as well.

The basic formula provided by the various sources above for the mica/press base ratio is:
1/2 teaspoon of color (mica) with "2 scoops" of Press Base 
Allow me to convert that for you. The Tad spoon from the 5 spoon set is 1/4 teaspoon so 2 Tads is 1/2 teaspoon. The "scoops" they refer to are usually the 15cc plastic scoops TKB sells and is equal to the Drop spoon so that would be 2 Drops of Press Base.
2 Tads of mica + 2 drops of Press Base- and that's enough to fill a 26mm round pan.

Here’s a chart I added to that can help with size conversation and equivalents between TKB’s 3 piece Plastic Recipe Scoops, the 5 piece metal spoons and their small plastic scoops. This does not include their metal 3 spoon set because “The Mini Spoon 5 set can be used to replace our beloved (but plastic) Recipe Scoops. This Mini Spoon 3 Set cannot.
*Lolo's post helped fill in some of these equivalents.

TKB Trading themselves did not provide a “one size fits all” ratio of base/binder for pressing pigments so I took their sample recipe and the others used in the videos/post and sort of averaged it out to this:
2 Tads of mica + 2 Drops (the spoon) of Press Base
12 drops of Pressing Medium (the above references used between 3-12 drops).
6-7 drops of 90% Isopropyl Alcohol

My reasoning and formula is based on these:

Q&A on TKB’s Press Base (the powder)
Q: Hello, in proportion, how many parts of MyMix vegan should I use and how many parts of mica?
A: Approximately a 1/16th teaspoon of MyMix powder to 1 teaspoon of mica.

Q&A on TKB’s MyMixPressing Medium (the liquid binder)
Q: Hi, so I make pressed eyeshadows with MyMix base and MyMix binder but my eyeshadows turn out really not hard, and whenever I try to use them they fall apart- what can be the reason? Can it be because micas are minerals?
A: Mica does not naturally like to stick together so that is why we offer the MyMix Base to help them stick (think of it like the glue that gets activated by the MyMix Binder).
If your product isn't sticking well, consider wetting your powder with Isopropyl Alcohol (rubbing alcohol) but leaving all the other percentages the same for the other ingredients. The extra moisture may help the dry binder really mix well with the mica and make it be fully activated as a "glue".

Q: Does too much of this make the powder cake up too hard to where there is hardly no color payout? I tried mixing this along with MyMix powder base, Jojoba Oil, and your Cotton Candy color and alcohol to wet it and once pressed, it dried up a little hard but certainly no color payout at all. What did I do wrong?
A: The main culprits for a too hard base with poor payout are: 
1. Alcohol. This wets the powders and then dries off quickly. Too much on the surface gives poor payout at first. 
2. Using a matte powder with nothing to texturize or loosen it. If you only pressed a mica powder this should not be an issue for you. Mica doesn't stick together as readily as pure pigment so it is naturally a little softer or even crumbly in a cake unless you add the binding powder. 
3. Too much binding powder. The My Mix Liquid Binder is a slow drying oil and is the least of your worries in all this.

Q: I have made a few of these & they are not filling the tins & don't get wet enough. What should I add to make them wetter?
A: In addition to the slow drying oil that is the MyMix Pressing Binder (which you could add more of), consider wetting with alcohol. You can add quite a bit of alcohol as it will dry off quickly but it will wet the powders enough.

You still with me? I know, information overload but it only makes sense to explain why I ended up doing things the way I did. Now that I have, I can share with you the process I went through. By the time this entry is posted, I will have pressed around 48 pigments and hopefully I'm more comfortable with what I am doing and have refined it as much as is possible. I timed myself one day and completed one 26mm eyeshadow in 30 minutes so think ahead about how many you want to make and plan your schedule accordingly; I made 12 the first day- 6 hours steady work.

I gathered all my supplies in one place and prepared the area I was going to work in.

My secondary work area

The Supplies: tin pans, press tile, tamper tool, Pressing Medium (liquid binder), Press Base (the powder base), the preservative Cap 2 or 5, pressing ribbon, the Tad & Drop spoons, dotting tool for nail art & bobby pin (used for mixing), paper towels, eye dropper, q-tips, 90% Isopropyl Alcohol, spray bottle of alcohol, and small containers for mixing in

I used these small plastic ones from the craft section at Dollar Tree. They are small but still large enough to hold the mixture and allow you to stir without spilling.

After I had my stuff together, I cleaned the surface of my table, the containers and tools with alcohol and washed my hands. I protected the table with a plastic place-mat from the Dollar Tree and a layer of paper towels on top of that. My table has a wood top so if yours does too, be more careful than I was because liquid binder left a spot where I spilled it on just paper towel. 

My first step of the pressing process was to add the preservative to the Pressing Medium- my bottle is the 1/2 oz so I added two drops of preservative to the bottle of binder, shook it, and let it settle. I didn’t start again until the next day so it had ample time.

Next I cleaned the 26mm pan I was going to use- a drop of alcohol in the middle (here’s where a dropper bottle or an eye dropper comes in handy), swirled it around with a q-tip and put it aside to let dry. That doesn't take long. 

I grabbed my container, and the Tad and Drop spoons, added to the container 2 level Tads of mica (TKB's Grape Parfait was the 1st) and 2 Drops of Press Base- these weren’t heaping Drops but I didn’t level them completely either.
Drop spoon of Press Base

Then I took my the small end of a dotting tool (you can use whatever you’d like to mix with, I later switched to a open bobby pin) to carefully stir the press base and mica together, then stirred a few more times to be thorough. Lesson 1 for me: Stir the mixture, don’t shake; shaking it just makes a mess when you take the lid off.

Next, I added 12 drops total of pressing medium to the mica/base mix, 3-4 drops at a time and mixed well with the dotting tool. The sources I cited above recommended amounts between 3-12 drops so I ended up doing 12. You’re supposed to be looking for a consistency like “wet sand” but I wasn’t quite there yet at 6 or 9 drops.

I added 6-7 drops of alcohol with the eye dropper and mixed that in well, starting seeing something like "wet sand" because it was clumping up on my tool and on the sides of the container. I certainly wasn’t getting small puffs of dry powder anymore as I stirred.

Then I prepared the pan. I added two drops of alcohol and one drop of pressing medium to the bottom, then used my dotting tool to mix it and spread it around until the bottom was covered.

Now comes the actual pressing part. TKB advises to press in multiple thinner layers because it will be easier to compress the shadow and requires less force:  
When you press, you want to use slowly increasing pressure -- not one hammer fall.  This is because as you press down you are also removing air pockets around the grains of pigment and you need to give the air time to escape.  If you do not, the pockets will be trapped inside and your tablet will be prone to cracking.
The act of pressing itself may be accomplished by many tools.  Your goal is to obtain a Per Square Inch of Pressure (psi) between 500 - 2000.  Your thumbs alone are only able to do about 400 psi and with your body weight pressing down you can eek up to about 500 psi.  Since we are only meeting minimum standards, it is a good idea to fill our pan in three layers. It takes more pressure to compact a single thick layer of powder than three thin ones.  
I did more layers than that, 4-6, as much as was needed to either fill the pan or empty the container.

I used the (clean) Drop spoon to slowly add mixture to the pan and then spread it out. Then I took the pressing ribbon, placed it over the pan, lined up the pressing tile and pushed it down into the pan with the tamper tool that had been wrapped in a piece of plastic wrap (for cleanliness). I pressed hard.

After the first layer was pressed, I sprayed the top once with alcohol, scooped and spread out another thin layer of base/mica mixture with the Drop spoon, laid the pressing ribbon down and repeated the process with the tamper, hard. Again, I did this until the pan was full or the mix was used up. Lesson 2, don’t spray the pan with alcohol until after its pressed, the stuff will fly.

When the final press is done, give it a spray of alcohol and let it dry, at least 24 hours. As a result of Thanksgiving prep and enjoyment, mine actually got over 48 hours to sit and dry.

I followed the same basic process with the next 48 eye shadows with the exception of:
-I stopped using the dotting tool to stir my mixture and used the end of the bobby pin instead. The reason is that the bobby pin was thinner so less could stick to it and it was better at scraping the sides of the container.
-I stopped using the tamper tool from TKB and just used a pressing tile because after a while, the handle of the tamper tool started to get to the palm of my hand and once, I pressed so hard that it turned in my hand, went sideways and busted the shadow I just pressed nice and flat. The pressing tile by itself does the same job just as well and is much easier on the hands to press repeatedly.
-I also stopped using the pressing ribbon for every layer and used a paper towel for all but the last one or two presses. The point of the ribbon, aside from absorbency, is to give your pressed shadow a nice, clean smooth surface and I like that, but paper towels are cheaper. As long as you press with it on the last layer or two, you still get the clean surface but use up less of the ribbon. It’s not expensive to buy, I’m just cheap and practical.

Below are photos of the shadows I have created. Digital cameras just don't like to properly photograph purples and my Canon Powershot is no exception so rather than edit the colors in Paint Shop Pro, I have three photos per "palette", different lighting in each one.

The links go to TKB Trading pigments that you can still buy, the #s next to each name correspond to the order that I made them in.

TC-The Conservatorie, TKB-TKB Trading, CS-Coastal Scents

Palette 1- Purples
Row 1: #19 Modified Concord (color recipe), #1 Grape Parfait-TKB, #3 Pansy- TC, #22 Modified Pure Purple (old color recipe)
Row 2: #6 Sagittaire- TKB, discontinued, #20 Blackstar Purple (color recipe), #23 Modified Grapecicle (old color recipe), #16 Patagonian Purple- TKB 
Row 3: #17 Sparkling Violet- TC, #10 Violet- TC, #4 Orchid Shimmer- CS, #12 Magic Violet- TC

Palette 2- Purples
Row 1: #14 Amethyst- TKB, #2 Aster Hue-TKB, #5 Blue Red Chrome- CS, #7 Metallic Pixie Purple- CS 
Row 2: #9 Mauve Quartz- CS, #15 Bishops Violet- TKB, #11 Pearl Violet- TKB, #18 Indigo- TC
Row 3: #13 MyMix Pearly Plum- TKB, #21 Modified Antique Red- CS (added Hilite Violet-TKB), #8 Black Amethyst- TKB, #24 Blush, color mix of TKB's Gemtone Ruby & TC's Bubblegum Pink

For Palettes 3 & 4, I picked greens, browns, golds and some of my favorite pigments just because they are my favs like Taurus Orion, Capricorn Sea, Pisces Blue, Sparkle Blue. When I am done with Palette #4, the shadows from both 3 & 4 will be put into color order like Palettes 1 & 2. Some of them I forgot to use the pressing ribbon so the surface is a little rougher. Just two photos for each, daytime, with and without flash.

Palette 3: Mixed
Row 1: #33 Aruban Coral- Coastal Scents, see TKB's Artisan Coral, #48 Copperish (color mix), #32 Copper Penny-TKB, #44 Crucible Red-TKB
Row 2: #41 Paradise Star Gold + Metallic Pearl Honey Tan- both CS, #25 Paradise Shimmer Tan- CS, #30 Australian Amber- TKB, #38 TKB Black mica + Metallic Pearl Honey Tan- CS
Row 3: #39 TKB Black Mica + Metallic Pearl Bronze- CS, #37 Gold Rush- CS, #42 24k Gold- CS, #43 Sparkle Gold- CS

Palette 4: Mixed
Row 1: #36 Goldstone- CS, #31 Antique Gold- CS, link goes to TKB's, #40 Taurus Orion- TKB, discontinued, #35 Duochrome Green Gold- CS
Row 2: #27 Pennsylvania Green- TKB, #34 Emerald- TKB, #26 Capricorn Sea- TKB, discontinued, #29 Pisces Blue-TKB
Row 3: #28 Sparkle Blue- TKB, discontinued #47 Crystal Ice- CS, #45 Polished Silver- TKB, #46 Black Mica-TKB

If you're curious and would like to see swatches of the pigments above, here are the links to previous entries with dry swatches.

Color Recipe for Modified Imitation Blackstar Purple
6 tad TKB Black mica
4 tad TKB Hilite Violet
2 smidgen TKB Purple Sparks

Color Recipe for Modified Concord
10 smidgen TKB Deep Blue

Color Recipe for Modified Grapecicle

I used the term "palette" loosely since mine clearly are not actual makeup palettes. I did buy some empty ones from Coastal Scents today (holds 28 26mm pans, on sale for $2.50 from $10.00) but for now I made do with things I own- I repurposed some boxes that once held tiny jars of nail art glitter and the tin pans are being held in place by double sided sticky tape.
Coastal Scents prices on all the empty palettes are pretty awesome right now and the shipping was only $4.95 so if you need some, its a good time to stock up.

Closing thoughts:
-After pressing 12 eye shadows the first day, my arms were quite sore, not enough to deter me the next day but enough to make me modify how I was pressing them.
-It took the 36 eye shadows to use up the first 1/2 oz bottle of Pressing Medium- that's 13 drops each shadow, 12 in the mix and 1 in the pan (approximately 468 drops per 1/2 oz.)
-If a slightly uneven surface will bother you, don't try to use that last tiny bit of mixture because even when pressed, it won't be perfectly level. 
-I’m not going to say I hit upon the “perfect formula” for this project but I did get the job done, one swipe with my fingertip gets plenty of color and the surface doesn’t immediately get dusty and break down but I also haven't worn them as eye shadow yet. 
-Coastal Scents Gold Rush (no longer sold) was the only pigment that gave me trouble. It required more Pressing Medium and alcohol to become wet enough to press and even then the layers didn't want to bond. I suppose this could have been due to the larger particle size of the pigment.
-Thanks to two of my cats, I also know these shadows will A) hold the impression of a cat foot but not break apart after the drying period and B) didn’t break apart when a cat foot stepped on them an hour after being pressed. I'm yelling at her to get down and she's turning frantically to get away faster but the shadows held up. The eye shadows must be popular with my cats. This is two days later, I go into the room where the eye shadows are sitting and find two more cat toe prints. They weren't covered because a few were still drying.
-I encourage a little tweaking of formula and color. What works for me may not work as well for you (plus I am an amateur).
- This is supposed to be fun, don't stress yourself out if it takes a second to get the hang and rhythm of the process. 

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Thanksgiving & Update

To my limited audience, Happy Thanksgiving! I hope everyone gets to visit with family (or be left alone if that's your preference), eat hearty and conclude the day on a high note with pumpkin pie. It will be a small feast at our house (for just 2-3 people) but I'm making all the trimmings along with a nice turkey breast so I expect to be both tired and stuffed (pun intended).

The update: Assuming my little experiment works out properly, I will have a post about pressing your own eye shadows from mica pigments coming up, part research and partly instructive.

Have fun, be safe in your travels. 

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Merry Christmas and a mini update!

Well, we made it through another year, Ladies. Merry Christmas and Happy New Years! May your nail polish shine and your nails not break =)

I could tell you the highlights of my 2018 but I suspect it wouldn't be all that interesting. In summary, my dad, cats, home, kids (now 19 and 21), various crafts and more artsy stuff. The one notable accomplishment was I have completed reading The Bible all the way through once (and that's not bragging because it took me years to do it).

So, your mini update from me is mini indeed. Although making nail polish isn't MY hobby anymore, others still use my blog for reference and as such, it is in need of update, at the least dead links removed and others fixed when possible. I will be very slowly working my way through the pages and then hopefully the posts themselves but it will be a long process as "free" time is limited. Today I am starting with the Suspension Base Suppliers page.

Main store links verified 12/25/18
Suspension Base Suppliers
Franken Polish Supply Stores
Chameleon Pigment Suppliers
Automotive Suppliers
Pigment Suppliers
Glitter Suppliers
Fingernail Polish Retailers

Be good, be safe, enjoy family and friends. -MK

Sunday, December 31, 2017

To a New Year...

Today is the 31st of December and the last day of 2017- the blog survived another year. If you don't know, it's been around now for 7 years and 3 months and in that time I gained 602 followers! I've lost a few here and there but if you're still with me, even once in a while, THANK YOU! Without you, I'd just be talking to myself. 

Life just keeps coming and keeps you busy. I still dabble with polish and buy the color shifting pigments when they come out but it the hobby is far less interesting to me today and I have less to contribute. Just about anything you need to start and maintain the hobby, including the "research" are widely available now and easy to find, not so when I started out. But I can still recall the joy and amazement from mixing that first simple bottle of clear polish + pigment and I hope it is something you still experience.

May your 2018 be more sparkly and colorful than this year.
Happy New Years. -M

Friday, November 24, 2017

Glitter Unique Black Friday Sale

Here, it's 7:55a. You still have 35 minutes to save 25% on Glitter Unique products store-wide.
After 9a, you can still save 20%.

Get it while the getting's good!

Monday, October 16, 2017

Adoptable Cats in N. Kentucky & Ohio

Although cats are not the same topic as this blog, many of my readers seem to also be cat lovers so I'm going to share my new Facebook page, Tri-State Adoptable Cats, in the hopes I'll reach a broader audience (beyond those on my "friends" list). Allow me to explain, if you're still here.

I've had cats since 2010, six at this moment, with one that passed away a couple years ago. Of those cats, four were strays, two came from a local animal shelter and one from a rescue- so you can see that I too am a cat lover and equal-opportunity adopter.

Starting in 2015, I began sharing the profiles of adoptable cats on my personal Facebook page daily. These cats were within the Northern Kentucky-Ohio area, from local rescues and shelters mostly and that list grew to include over 20 agencies; I'm afraid those on my friends list probably got tired of the daily influx and stopped following. With that in mind, I created Tri-State Adoptable Cats on Facebook, this way I can continue to feature the cats daily but not annoy those who wish not to see them.

If you're one of those people that like to see cute adoptable cats and kittens and you live in the Northern Kentucky-Southern Ohio area- or know someone who does- stop by. I'd love to "see" you there!

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Unicorn Pee?

Slightly after the fact but I'm posting anyway.

"Unicorn Pee" is apparently all the rage these days, right? I'm here to tell you that Glitter Unique, one of my FAV suppliers, has a newer line of color shifting goodies called Unicorn Pigments and #8 is supposed to look a LOT like the infamous Unicorn Pee.

There are currently 9 colors and they sell for $11.50 a gram, 2 grams - $22.50, 1/4 oz (7.08 grams)- $77.00.