Mineral Makeup: are These New Cosmetics Right for You?

November 10, 2008 by  
Filed under Education


Mineral Makeup: Are these new cosmetics right for you? (Keyword: Mineral Makeup)

Women around the world have been applying makeup to their faces for thousands of years. Mineral foundations are a concealer, foundation and multi-purpose powder all-in-one.Mineral makeup by Mineral secrets is a very different cosmetic. Mineral makeup is one of the fastest growing trends in the cosmetics industry in recent years. It’s versatility, light-weight feel, ease of use, and non-comedogenic properties appeal to a new wave of cosmetic wearers who are demanding more natural choices for their skincare regime. The best qualities of mineral makeup are the following: a light-weight feel with the option of layering for more coverage as needed, the simplicity of an all-in-one concealer and foundation.

Mineral makeup can cause problems the same as any other put together can cause problems. Mineral makeup does not irritant skin conditions like rosacea, post laser or acne like other products can. Mineral Secrets mineral cosmetics will help you achieve what you want with makeup! A four in one cosmetic (sun screen, concealer, base, powder) mineral makeup saves you money, time, and is actually good for your skin. A pure mineral makeup is combined with inorganic pigments to achieve the desired color. None of the artificial colors, preservatives or fragrances that one may find in chemical based makeup should be present. Other possible benefits of mineral makeup may include mineral based makeup may also act as a natural sunscreen.

If the powder particles don’t penetrate the skin, then pure mineral makeup is less likely to be inflammatory or otherwise irritate sensitive skin. When using mineral makeup, it is best to start with a clean slate. Using Herbs of Grace all natural handmade soaps or ****** cleansers will get you off to a great start.Herbs of grace Powder/Foundation can also be used to set your makeup after you’ve applied eyeshadow, blush and lipstick. Tap a very small amount of powder into the lid of your container, and as before, use your Kabuki brush to apply a very sheer layer of powder over your entire face and neck. For eye shadow, dip the eye shadow brush of your choice, tap off excess, and apply sparingly. Choose a lighter color to highlight under the brow area, and a darker color in the crease as a shader.

Mineral Makeup Tips

1. Mineral make up is available in forms of foundations and loose powder.

2. Choose a darker shade of Herbs of Grace Colors for lining the eye.

3. To create a liquid liner, use the same technique used with the eyeliner above.

4. Don’t apply the liner on a closed eye–gently pull the outer corner of the eye sideways.

5. Use the same techniques for filling in lip color as used with the lip liner.

6. Using your chosen shade of Color, tap a small amount of powder into the container lid.

7. Use clear nail polish and simply dip the nail polish brush into the desired Herbs of Grace Color and apply to nails.

8. Use a darker base as a contour or bronzer. This makes the skin come alive and also increases the sun protection

Treasure Hunting for Herkimer Diamonds

November 5, 2008 by  
Filed under Destinations, Featured

rock hunting
Herkimer diamonds are double terminated quartz crystals that are found in Herkimer County, New York, hence the name.  These crystals have usually have a shape that is very similar to diamonds with 18 facets and two terminators or points at the end.  These beautiful gemstones were formed close to five hundred million years ago.  They are formed extremely slowly in pockets of rock and can be clear or cloudy in color and may be found in a verity of colors depending on the impurities present in the crystal.These quarts crystals range in size from microscopic to over eight inches long and three to four inches wide and in rare cases even larger.  The best gem quality crystals are usually found in the one half inch to one inch range and will have excellent clarity, which is the reason they are nicknamed diamonds.  As the crystals become larger in size they tend to become less clear.

Herkimer diamonds are naturally faceted and have a hardness rating of 7 where diamonds have a hardness of 10 and it must be cut to give it smooth faces and the traditional diamond like shape.

How are they formed?
Millions of years ago calcium magnesium carbonate was deposited on the ocean floor.  As more and more of the sediments were deposited on the ocean floor the calcium magnesium carbonate and other minerals was compress into a rock strata called Dolostone which is quite similar to limestone.  Cracks can develop in the dolostone and then sea water will dissolve part of the rock leaving pockets where the quarts crystals form.  Pockets can contain from 1 to thousands of these quarts crystals of all sizes.  These pockets usually range in size from ½ inch to six feet in diameter.

Many of the crystal prospectors believe that they contain metaphysical properties.  They are believed to be able to activate your third eye and enhance the dreaming state.  When worn they may bring about a greater access to your psychic abilities.

At Herkimer Diamond Mine located in Herkimer County, New York, you can purchase an all-day prospecting ticket for around $10.  Prospectors can dig through the rubble near the mine area and break open rocks looking for the Herkimer diamond deposits.  Common tools used for prospecting are a 2 to 3 pound hammer, chisel, crowbar, safety glasses, gloves, 5 gallon bucket with water and some type of hoe or rake to move the piles of broken rock around.  Basic tools can be supplied by the mine staff with proper identification.  Visit the Herkimer diamond web site for current hours of operations and prices.

Up to 500 people a day from all around the world may visit the mine to prospect.  Hunting for Herkimer diamonds is great fun and a lot of hard work.  If you are lucky your will find a large pocket of crystal within the quarry walls.  One or more of the diamonds may be found by searching the rock rubble near the quarry walls scattered across the quarry floor with little or no effort.  Another common prospect method is to select and break open a rock with a heavy hammer and look for a cavity with crystals imbedded within.