Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Are you having a problem with cystic acne?

I have noticed things as I have aged, fine lines, sensitive stomach, general dislike of anything classified as tween. Yes I am half way to my crazy cat lady days, but I will survive.

I used to have great skin and good results with makeup (as long as it was the right shade) but lately my face has taken to looking like the ring of fire seen from space. Red cystic acne shows up when I least expect it. It used to follow hormones or stress but recently something else seems to be the culprit.

After some research and digging I think I may have found it, Bismuth Oxycloride. I have all ready gotten rid of silicone's in my hair and face products because I have become sensitive to it, now it's my makeup.

I say it's my makeup because the acne appears after using this one brand of makeup I have and not others I have sampled.  I haven't been changing makeup recently, I rarely get around to putting on foundation so it was fairly easy to pinpoint the culprit.

Bismuth Oxycloride is a common filler, frequently found in mineral makeup because it is marketed as an "earth mineral" therefore natural. I have found that Bismuth is a mineral but it is not this natural form that is often used in cosmetics. More often than not it is a by product from smelting copper that is used in the cosmetic formulation, though in very small amounts. The mineral is considered heavy and requires lots of buffing to get it to settle into the pores, and gives the glow many of us love. However the MSDS (mineral safety data sheet) lists it as slightly hazardous to skin and irritating to the eye.

So it's time for me to change makeup, I have found some formulations of mineral makeup that don't have Bismuth Oxycloride as an ingredient and some liquids that I also like. I just dislike shopping for new cosmetics, yeah right.

Putting my shopping shoes on,
Head Bather

Monday, April 25, 2011

I a busy bee

I found a table and chairs for cheap on good old craigslist. I finished painting the table last weekend, and began the chairs this weekend.

Sadly they are far from finished, and with that and regular job descriptions looks like it will take another weekend. Boo, oh how I wish I had a housekeeper, intern and masseuse! Another life perhaps.
Having fun creating,
Head Bather

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Just a blast from my past.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Doing it all

That was me way back then the cabinet I painted in the background.

Have you ever met someone that just had this long laundry list of things they are working on, as well as a job, kids, love life, and hobbies? Well that's me, I just cannot seem to stand too still, and I love it.
I love the feeling of creating, things, moments, relationships, messes; you name it I am a creator. I often want to get more done than the clock will allow, however the affirmation "there is always enough time" seems to help me get done just what is destined to be done. I know it sounds too simple for some and "ah duh" for others, but it works for me.
This week’s laundry list: Data entry for the day job (check as of today), paint my new cabinet for that kitchen by Saturday, real laundry, a birthday party ready home, rebuild website, create blog (check as of today), build bath kits, test new bath recipes, laugh, and love.
There is always time to make a list but did you take the time to enjoy a moment today?

My moment of the day: Teenagers working together as a creative group of individuals, they just glow.

Today 2011's moment of the day: Watching my daughter's face light up at the sight of a bunny in our back yard.
Happy holidays,
Head Bather

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Finally a men's line

I spent last Wednesday evening at the Northridge Mall Farmers Market. I met some very lovely folks and enjoyed a great southern California evening. I will be vending there again this coming week, I'm debuting a few new things and restocking some others.

One of the new things is the men's body wash Release. This deep woody rich scented lather will clean and condition your skin while awakening your inner strength. With self confidence inducing civet, warm euphoric amber, earthy sweet vetiver, and aphrodisiac sandalwood. You just might attract attention. All set in a base of gentle foaming cleanser that is free of parabens and sulfates.

Affirmation: I am of the woods dark and deep. Called to appease my inner beast. Always protected and in perfect peace.

So if your local stop by and give a sniff to the new Release line.
Happy weekday,
Head Bather

Monday, April 4, 2011

Farmers Markets

I love farmers markets, the small farms with fun colored carrots or the farm fresh eggs. So many fun food choices.
Some of the farmers even let you taste test your produce before buying, how great is that.
Balance Bath Kit

When we first moved to LA we went to the Hollywood Farmers Market, lots of fun vintage and artisans to feed your creative expression.

There are even farmers markets with petting zoos and rides for the kiddies. Northridge is one of them, every Wednesday from 5pm till 9pm vendors fill the parking lot in front of CPK and Boarders. There are produce stands with every thing you would expect, a few heirloom varieties, and some produce you might not see everywhere. For the under ten set there are pony rides, petting zoos, and inflatable fun. You can even have dinner there at one of the many food vendors.
Balance Shower kit
Starting Wednesday the 6th I will be selling at The Northridge mall farmers market on Tampa inbetween Macy's and Boarders from 5pm till 9pm.

Come out and shop!
Head Bather