It’s getting about that time of the year now when you’ll be showing a whole hell of alot more skin. It’s also around the time that we decide we do have to shave our legs after having them hibernate in their hairiness all Winter long. Don’t deny it, I know some of you out there are guilty (one of my friends waits until she actually shows a leg before shaving, gag me! Must shave daily, no excuses!).
Also happens to be around that time of the year when our skin kinda needs a little helping hand to reveal smoother, softer spots rather than rough, flaky bits.
$9 bucks says that Flourish Sugar Cube Body Scrub will do the trick!
The Muse is a big time literary geek and one of fav books is Through the Looking Glass but of course I’d like to sit here and tell you about my great love of the book but even I can admit I simply want to see Alice in Wonderland because of the Johnny Depp…who doesn’t?
With the introduction of Alice in Wonderland being adapted to the big screen we get flooded with an absurd amount of merchandise and most important fun beauty bits and bobs.
Here’s some of my top beauty picks (and some not beauty related) to celebrate the release of Alice in Wonderland today!
I hope it’s bright and sunny on your side of the universe. If you live on my side of the universe it’s sunny with a mix of slushy snow on the ground, a brisk chilly wind, and lots of rumblings about heading to work in this muck.
I thought I’d do a brief Etsy Musings to start the morning off right. As you know I’m a fond fan Beautiful Twists which I’ve done a prior Etsy Musings on. The creator of Beautiful Twists has since branched out and opened several new Etsy stores which feature various goodies for your body.
I’m pretty much an Etsy junkie so I love introducing you to great finds on the site.
It’s none to shocking that Alice, Wonderland, and the Mad Hatter are becoming quite the popular topic of cosmetics and beauty as of late. With the release of the film come March and a few fan girls (and boys) who actually read and loved the book, it shouldn’t come as any great surprise that the beauty (and possibly the fashion one too) world is cashing in on Wonderland.
Although I have yet to try it myself, I recently ran across a cute Etsy shop entitled Mad Hatter Soap Company.
I’ve been Etsy surfing lately, a little too much for comfort. I can’t help myself, I’m such an Etsy junkie! As always when I find something of interest on Etsy I like to haul out the big guns and do a little Etsy Musing with you guys!
Check out my latest Etsy haul from Wiggle Perfumes!
I think today we need a little more Etsy in our lives for some great unique gifts. Last week I introduced you to some fine Etsy shops which had some fabulous pressies for friends and family. This week, I’ll continue the series by introducing you to several more great shops that I simply adore for gifts!
Remember the most important rule of thumb prior to ordering from Etsy! Ask your Etsy seller if your gift will arrive in time for the holidays since many gifts are handmade on the spot this process takes some extra time so be sure to e-mail and ask.
Hello, my name is the Muse, and I’m an Etsy addict.
Indeed, Etsy is some of the best shopping around especially for the Holidays. Who doesn’t want super unique gifts to give to friends and fam right? I have an Etsy Gift Guide for you that’s coming up shortly but in the mean time while that’s hitting the back burner allow me to re-introduce you to Beautiful Twists, one of my all time favorite shops on Etsy!
All this gushing about Ella Dean in my latest Muse’s Gift Guide has me wanting to review her newest offering Vampire Dentist’s Toothpaste for Your Lips aka Vegan Lip Conditioner. Now most times Ella’s popular Lip Conditioners come in a balm much like a chapstick but she now has this new style which is sort of a liquid glossy lip conditioner, loves it! As much as I love the balms I must say this is even better yet.
Just a quickie update from my latest Etsy Musings, Beautiful Twist. Ella is offering everyone who orders an extra free lip balm with their order. w00t! So if you haven’t already ordered you can take advantage of the offer by simply telling her about the offer in the order invoice during check out that way she can include your extra surprise balm.
The Muse always loves a little quirk with her lip balms! And quirks abound in a great little shop called Beautiful Twists on Etsy.
Today’s Etsy Musings is all about Beautiful Twists and it’s gorgeous creator Ella Dean who whips up incredible lip balm creations that’s sure to please lip junkies far and wide! I thought we’d take time out to meet up with Ella Dean, the mastermind and genius behind this little shop (or should I say very popular shop) on Etsy.
The first time I stumbled onto Ella Dean’s shop caricatures of John Lennon and Yoko Uno were staring at me from a tube of a lip balm, obviously anything that has John on it’s packaging was something the Muse absolutely needed (the Muse is a big supporter of Lennon). To this day I associate Ella with the free spirited guru Yoko Uno due to the tiny profile picture she has on her shop (you’ll see what I mean when you see her photo below). With her long flowing hair and a thin headband wrapped around her forehead I couldn’t help but think free loving hippie and it couldn’t be more suitable as all of Ella’s incredible creations are made with good for you ingredients, all hand made, no base, from scratch and completely vegan-friendly ala quite hippie-like. Obviously Ella takes her art serious.
What’s so special about Beautiful Twists? Everything. Ella makes some of thee most amazing lip balms and perfumes I’ve had the pleasure of experiencing in the e-tailer world. Her creativity is positively brilliant and all her creations are unique and different from anything you’ve tried before.
Beautiful Twists has quite a cult following on Etsy so much so that orders from Ella takes 10-14 days (I suspect longer once the Muse posts this entry and word spreads!) to receive but boy is that wait well worth your time. Ella specializes in lip balms but she also tries her hat at perfume oils, perfumes, body sprays and exceeds at all of those too!
Now it deserves to be mentioned I’m not really that big a fan of lip balm. I’ll buy a lip balm here and there but I’m not too big a fan. Lip balms are hard, they make my lips feel like they are enclosed in a mask, and I dunno they just aren’t my cuppa really. I love my Labello balms as they have a dreamy formula but really when you think lip balm I’m positive you automatically think of a crummy chapstick tube and a mediocre formula.
Well, Ella takes lip balm to the next level with a creamy, dreamy, glossy, tasty formula that’s simply to die for. At $3.25 USD per a tube (with special deals and packages on sets) the Muse feels guilty purchasing these at such an outrageously low cost! Ella puts alot of love into these babies and it shows. Please don’t let the “lip balm” name mislead you and fool you into thinking of a simple chapstick. Elle’s balms have an incredibly moisturizing formula that’s sure to please even the most snobby balm lover. The only sad thing about her balms is the fact you’ll catch a made frenzy of that dreaded pokemon disease and want to collect ‘em all as she releases them.
Although I’m crazed for her balms I do so admit to being equally (or even more so) obsessed with her awesome body sprays! These are the perfect Summer-time treat for a light spritz of a gorgeous, unique blend of fragrance. I dunno how she does it but she manages to create a great body spray that lingers on and on and gives off a wonderful throw.
Ella agreed to be interviewed for Musings about her goodies and it was a pure joy working with her on the article especially considering how busy she is. You can see how excited and passionate she is about her art by reading a little bit about Ella and Beautiful Twists below!
What’s your name and where are you from? Ella Dean & I’m from Wisconsin, but now live in Ohio.
What made you start selling on etsy? I had my own website & then I discovered Etsy one day looking for earrings shaped like apples & I just knew I had to open a shop there because I loved how everything was so unique & you could reach people all over the world.
Have you sold your wares anywhere else (Your stuff is so good we want to stalk you)? I have had it in a few boutiques & salons (Cookie Cutters, Salon Lofts etc) & Lane Bryant ordered a bunch of body products last year for promotions & such (how awesome is it her stuff was at Lane Bryant!!!!)
What sort of ingredients goes into your balms and body sprays? I love using really silky & moisturizing vegan ingredients mixed with a fun dreamy scent.
They are vegan friendly and organic right? My body products are all Vegan & all my ingredients are 100% vegan friendly. I love using candelilla wax (a wax from a plant) rather than beeswax because bees scare me & I kinda feel bad for them sometimes (yes, I’m a sap). I also love using sweet almond oil because it makes my lip conditioners very soothing & moisturizing & it has a nice mild scent.
How does one even make a lip balm? You take a moisturizing oils & a wax of your choice & melt it on the stove & then I pour the mixture in a glass container so I can pour the mixture into all the tiny containers, but first (the fun part) you add a few drops of flavor or essential oil & if you want a little color & then stir it up & pour it in before it solidifies, WELLA!!
How long does it take? I seriously make lip conditioners every day, it’s like brushing my teeth, so depending on how many flavors it takes, about 30-40 minutes (I still love doing it even after & 7 years)
Your blends are all really unique how do you think them up? Believe it or not a lot come from my dreams or just something I’m hungry for. My niece Madelyn, who is six, just inspired my latest flavor ‘Strawberry Mint Toothpaste’ & the label has a cute tooth fairy on it. She just lost her first tooth & she’s fascinated by the Tooth Fairy. I love to think up different flavors…it’s kind of an addiction to me hee-hee! (The Muse so needs Strawberry Mint ToothPaste!)
What’s the hardest part about creating a new blend? I may get all excited about a new flavor & then it doesn’t work out. Here’s an example…My husband is my very patient guinea pig throughout the years. He’s basically tried every flavor I have created, even when I came up with a ketchup lip conditioner (yeah, that was a Limited Edition).
Does anything every just not work? Yes, Ketchup Lip Conditioner. Oh & I once tried to make a grilled cheese sandwich scent…not so yummy.
How do you keep your costs so incredibly low? Especially considering how cute your packaging is! I want everyone to be able to afford them because everyone deserves smoochalicious, soft dreamy lips!!
Do you do your own cute graphics? I create all my own labels on my computer, but I can’t draw at all, so I have an artist draw me up the pictures (I give every detail, right down to if they have dimples or not). Many of the characters on my labels were inspired by real women I have met in my life or I have met while traveling around the world. People amaze & inspire me!!
How often do you release new blends and collections? All the time. My brain just won’t stop thinking of new flavors & collections!! My husband is an Engineer & his brain works very different than mine & he’s always like ‘you have to stop’ & I keep telling him I just can’t. I dream about new flavors & collections all the time. Here’s a little secret for your readers…I’m going to be starting a line of body products that you keep in your fridge, so when you come home from yoga, walking the dog, grocery shopping & you’re all hot, just spritz yourself with a cool mist. This collection is going to have fun, unique scents that will make the carrots in your fridge jealous! (Damn the carrots in my fridge will be jealous? Look out carrots the Muse has Ella Dean goodness coming to a fridge near you!)
Do you think you’ll ever branch out and start making other items aside from balms, perfumes, and body sprays? I actually use to make bath salts, soap & lotion, but once I got so busy, I just couldn’t keep up. Hopefully, I’ll be able to start again. Oh & I plan on having fun scented bubble bath in my shop soon too (pistachio pudding scented, etc….)
Ella was good enough to share some pictures of her items with us today too, have a peep below!
Thanks Ella! The Muse hearts you!
With blends like Pickle Juice and Green Apples and Cantaloupe and Peanut Butter sandwiches (it’s awesome trust me) I imagine that Ella will be in business a very long time keeping fans like the Muse clamoring for more please! Beautiful Twists by Ella Dean is an incredible Etsy experience and I’m pleased to bring you an Etsy Musing of it today.
Ella’s entire line is well worth checking out. Her prices won’t break the bank, her unique scents will make you smile, and her incredible lip treats will keep your lips glossy smooth and soft. Plus the added quirk and flavor of her items having their own personalities and stories is too cute to pass up on!
Check out Beautiful Twists by visiting elladean.etsy.com Do tell her where you heard about her shop!
It’s not Friday but I thought I’d share some more Etsy love with you! This is a follow up post from my original Bead Passion from a few weeks ago as I wanted to share with you some of the brand new pendants that arrived in my mail box!
Jump ahead for a peep!
By now I hope that you too got your package if you ordered from Helen. I got my order yesterday and was thrilled to bits and pieces with it.
Helen has gotten way more detail orientated since my first purchase hehe! The new cuppycakes are simply gorgeous and so life like!
I love the new chains she’s shipping the pendants with as well. They are so nice and long so the pendant is really displayed nicely around your neck!
My free goodies!
In my original Bead Passion post Helen offered free earrings, a free cell phone charm, and stickers to anyone who made a purchase! The above are what I got ;D I’m loving the cell phone charms! Cutes!
Curious minds did anyone order?
If so what did you get?
Feel free to share pics! email@example.com
After clicking I discovered that the powder was a liquid mineral foundation that was baked into the beautiful marbleized creation on my screen. Reading further I learned it had no artificial preservatives, harmful chemicals, or added fragrances…hm likey! I quickly purchased one and waited eagerly for it to arrive.
When it arrived I was absolutely delighted how pretty it was. It comes housed in a silver compact with mirror. The powder is a domed, baked marble powder reminiscent of a MAC Skinfinish.
I got the lightest shade she had available and it suited my skin tone perfectly. It’s ideal as a light foundation that offers sheer to medium coverage. You can buff it gently onto your skin or use a puff to apply it for heavier coverage. It wakes up dull skin, evens it out, and creates a nice, flawless finish for makeup. It made my skin light up with a gorgeous glow! I actually felt like it was better quality than my favorite Physicians Formula palette. The formula is a smooth, silky powder. The texture of the powder doesn’t flake on my dry skin which is always a plus.
The artist of this fine palette, Myra, was kind enough to grant me an interview! Check out below what she has to say about her powders and how they are made!
What’s your name and where are you from?
Myra Roldan, I’m from Aguas Buenas, Puerto Rico but currently living in Milford, CT. I’ve been in the States for about 20 years.
What made you start selling on Etsy?
I started with Etsy about 2 years ago but didn’t actively pursue it because I had lots going on. About two months ago I rebranded my Etsy page and began actively selling.
Have you sold on any other sites prior to Etsy?
Yes, I own a mineral makeup company, Beautiful Diva (http://www.beautifuldiva.com). I currently have approximately 500 representatives in the US, Canada and Australia who distribute my products. My Esty page is a test market of sorts, where customers who purchase directly from me can get products created by me without the need of a sales rep.
Do you do any other makeup items aside from pressed powder?
My Kiln Baked Minerals aren’t really pressed, they start off as a liquid and then are baked in a kiln. I also offer loose mineral foundations, blushes and pigment shadows. I also offer mineral mascara, gel liners, eye liners, lip glosses and lipsticks. I’m also working on a Mineral Mousse Foundation which I will offer only on Etsy.
How long does it take to make one pressed powder?
The Kiln Baked Mineral formulation takes about 20 to 30 minutes to make, it then must bake in a Kiln for 24 hours. The formula is a combination of iron oxides and liquid botanicals. The liquid is poured into molds and once baked it hardens.
What’s the procedure for making the powder? What sort of ingredients go into it?
I start with my basic pigment blend for the color, this is the same blend I used in created loose minerals. I usually create the pigment (color) blend made from Iron Oxides and Micas first then work on the base whether it is liquid for my baked minerals or powder for my loose minerals. In the case of Baked Minerals, the pigment blend is added to a liquid base which is a combination of different botanical extracts. For Loose Minerals, I have started substituting my traditional base for a more herbal base made up of Arrowroot Powder, Oat Starch and vegetable based Magnesium Stearate. I also add a few drops of jojoba which contains a natural anti-inflammatory and is a natural antixodant and helps extend the shelf life of the product. I also use tea tree oil which is a natural germ killer. This is actually my grandmother’s original formula.
What’s the hardest part when making a pressed powder like this?
Getting the color match every single time.
How do you get those amazing swirls and twirls throughout the powder? The marbleized effect is so pretty!
The swirls are created by the product it self during baking. The ingredients start to separate and creates the cool looking swirls.
What made you start making pressed powder?
Loose powders are messy. I tend to make a HUGE mess when mixing. I’ve been using mineral makeup for years and I can tell you the it’s messy stuff. I wanted something that was less mess.
Are your product vegan friendly or organic?
Yes they are. I try to use vegetable based ingredients staying away from animal by-products.
Overall, I thought the powder was incredible and I’ll definitely be purchasing more from Funky Monkey Company. Loves it! Truly a great Etsy find! I’ve included some pictures of other items that Myra sells on Etsy below. I’m quite excited about the mineral mousse she was discussing in the interview, let’s hope we get to see that soon!