Beauty Advice
Tips, Tricks and Information. Cheers to healthy skin, Joanne Bowers-McClure

Renew- Restore-Refine

Cleopatra discovered amidst the drying sands of the Egyptian desert and the glare and onslaught of a relentless aging Sun, that nature had provided some healing solutions for parched and aging skin. By soaking her skin in milk, Cleopatra harnessed lactic acid which naturally exfoliated her skin. She then followed up on her milk bath with honey masques, allowing the living enzymes of honey to further remove dead skin cells and oil and environmental debris. The end result was that Cleopatra was famed for her ageless beauty.

At the risk of boasting, we can say here at Painted Earth that we have shown the Egyptian Queen herself a thing or two about effective exfoliation. We have dialed in to perfection the art of exfoliation. Gentle. Effective. Nourishing. Healing.

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As we age the natural cellular turn over of our cells slows WAY down. Our complexion loses its dewy freshness. We look a bit dull and mottled. So sad. By supporting the natural exfoliation process of your skin with a smart exfoliant, you are boosting collagen production, clarifying plugged pores, facilitating the creation of fresh new plump and juicy skin cells, and detoxifying congested complexions. If there were only one skin care protocol that ALL complexion conscious people should adopt and maintain. It is hands down regular skin exfoliation. From acne to aging, ALL skin conditions are drastically improved with daily and weekly exfoliating. Try it and see for yourself.

How To Line The Eyes For Maximum Impact Learn to line your eyes like a pro

Nothing can be more stunning, or have more of an impact than a crisp, clean, sharply defined eye. While beauty trends may come and go, one thing always remains in style: the adorned, lined eye.
No matter the flavor- demure or dramatic, monochrome or rainbow-inspired- a flawless liner application will bring all the focus to those gorgeous eyes of yours.

Lining the Waterline
The first step to any great liner application is the lining of the waterline, or the area above your lower lash line. The trick to creating definition that lasts is in a)the formula of liner that you use (make sure that it is waterproof and eye-safe, We recommend Super Wear Gel Liner and b) in setting of the liner with powder. To start, grab an eye liner pencil of your choice. Test the tip of the liner on the back of your hand to make sure that it isn't too hard for the delicate waterline, and if it is, warm it up by rolling it between your fingers for a moment or two. Gently place your finger in the area underneath your lower lash line and pull down ever so slightly (do not yank or tug!) to expose the waterline, and then drag the liner onto the waterline from corner to corner. Set the liner with a similar shade of shadow to ensure that the line lasts all day.


Tricky to master, but incredibly significant, is a step called tightlining. This technique involves adding definition to the eyes by applying liner or shadow to the area underneath the upper lash line. To get the look, start by placing your finger firmly into the crease of your eye, to slightly lift the lashes and expose the area underneath. Dip a flat eyeliner brush into gel liner we recommend Painted Earth Endelible Gel Liner, and gently drag it underneath the upper lash line, starting at the outer corner of the eye and working your way in. Not only will tightlining leave your eyes looking bright and beautiful, but your lashes will look thicker, too.

Mastering Eye Liner Application

When lining the lid, both precision and a steady hand are key. It helps to be sitting down in front of a magnification mirror for this particular step, until mastery is achieved. To start, have a seat in front of a mirror, preferably sitting at a table. Grab the liquid liner Try Get In Line Liquiliner, set your elbow on the table, and tilt your chin up so your eyes are naturally half closed when looking straight ahead. Keep in mind that the first spot you place the brush will receive the most pigment, so start at the center of your lid, where the liner tends to run a bit thicker. Gently line the area above your lashes in short strokes moving outward, connecting the dashes as you go along. With less liner on the brush, proceed to use the same dash and connect method from the inner corner to the center. As you do so, take special care to stay as close to the lashline as possible, as that is the trick to pulling the whole look off.

To finish, apply a soft and shimmering highlight under the brow bone ,try Loose Mineral Eye Shimmer in Stardust, to contrast with that crisply lined eye. Add two coats of mascara on the lashes try Ultimate Volume Mascara with lash extending fibers, to bring the look home.

Color Correction

Think opposites when it comes to color

Love your flaws then conceal them

Using colored concealers can help correct uneven tones in the skin.

Many people use cosmetics to even out their skin tone and give their complexion a flawless look. For those who have areas of discoloration, using color theory to correct these spots can make the spots much less noticeable. Following the traditional artist's color wheel--which is a circle that arranges colors based on complementary relationships--you can address any unwanted colors in your skin tone by using its opposite on the color wheel. This takes much of the guesswork out of color correction makeup and allows you to get a smooth, even complexion

Use Green to Correct Red

Use Peach/Salmon to Correct Blue

Use Lavender to Correct Yellow

Use Blue to Correct Yeollow, Orange

Yellow concealer: used to conceal bluish bruises, under-eye circles and mild red tones on the face.

Lavender concealer: Used to normalize yellow-colored skin imperfections such as sallow complexions and yellow bruises. It can also help conceal very dark under-eye circles and dark spots on bronze skin tones.

Green concealer: Used to neutralize red tones on the skin. Use this for covering blemishes, zits, red blotches, rosacea, port-wine stains

Blue concealer is going to conceal a yellowish or an orangeish discoloration or undertone in the skin.

Painted Earth Will Help You C...

Painted Earth has developed a premium base of Vitamin C formulas for all skin types designed to provide the most advanced protection from environmental aging. We offer them to you now, along with a slightly heady explanation of what they do, why ours are superior, and how and why they are to be used. We pride ourselves on offering the most comprehensive education to our customers.

The cutting edge of skin care research shows that aging skin is the result of more than just years on the calendar. Exposure to environmental elements like sunlight, smoke, and air pollution causes photo-aging in skin. Not only does this lead to the formation of lines, wrinkles, and pigmentation - it can lead to more serious skin conditions including skin cancer. A comprehensive Vitamin C program can help prevent photo-aging and the onset of more serious skin conditions. Topical vitamin C has now been shown to provide up to eight times the skin's natural protection from UV damage. Vitamin C protects your skin from the sun in ways that sunscreens can't. When used together, Vitamin C and sunscreens provide almost complete photo-protection - preventing photo-aging, preventing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and promoting vibrant skin health.

Oxidative damage shows up on our faces in the form of sun spots, discoloration, wrinkles, sagging, and loss of elasticity and glow. Vitamin C prevents oxidative damage by neutralizing oxygen-free radicals before they can attack the body. Some Vitamin C is available to the body by oral ingestion, but many individuals do not achieve even the minimum daily requirement through diet or supplements. Furthermore, Vitamin C cannot be stored in the body, and so must be reintroduced into the body AND skin on a daily basis. Painted Earths scientists and formulators have refined ways to stabilize and deliver additional amounts of key Vitamin C into the skin. Continued research has demonstrated that properly formulated vitamin C combinations work synergistically to provide enhanced benefit. Recent studies show that topical application of optimized Vitamin C combinations can provide up to eight-fold antioxidant protection, up to ninety-six percent reduction of sunburn cells, and prevent the formation of free radicals in UV irradiated skin (sun exposed skin).

Our vitamin C formulations are superior to most of the C products on the market. Due to our use of a uniquely stabilized vitamin C called Stay C (Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate). Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate is water soluble and is a salt form. It is easily bio-converted to Vitamin C by skin enzymes. Ascorbyl Palmitate is the more commonly used form of vitamin C in skin care formulations today. It is more stable, meaning that it will not yellow the product base as quickly. The reason that we do not use the more commonly used Ascorbyl Palmitate is that it is not as easily converted to Vitamin C in the skin.... it remains in the ester form for a longer period of time. This is not optimal as we want the skin to bio-convert the pro-vitamin form and take up the C right away! What good will a vitamin C concentrate do for your complexion and skin cells if it cannot actually penetrate into the skin? So what we are saying here is that the more commonly used Ascorbyl Palmitate is more stable but less bio-available to the skin. We use Stay C at concentrations that may turn the base a light cream color over time. That is because vitamin C is active...all vitamins are active and sensitive to light. The main reason the Palmitate version was created was to avoid the yellowing in formulation but really had nothing to do with the skin efficacy. We are only interested in efficacy, and if we have to watch our product turn a light yellow in order to have the best skin care available, well, so be it!!

Vitamin-C is necessary for the production of collagen, the major structural protein of the skin and although visible differences will not be seen for approximately two months, you may notice a visible difference in skin texture, color and tone in as early as a few days. Painted Earths' Topical Vitamin-C products will start to be absorbed by the skin almost immediately. Because these vitamin-C products were developed as a preventative treatment with the goal of protecting the skin from further environmental damage, the skin will benefit the moment the vitamin-C is applied. The appearance of fine lines and wrinkles will become less noticeable within two to six months. Individual results will vary, depending upon the condition of the skin at the time of initial use. Research shows that topical vitamin-C offers photo-protective qualities.

Suggestions for use:
Most individuals find the ideal time to apply vitamin-C is in the morning, because during the day you are more susceptible to sun exposure and Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate provides photo-protection from UVA/UVB radiation. You can also safely use it at night, as it stays in the skin for up to 72 hours and cannot be washed off. Using our Vitamin C products once a day should be perfect for optimal results. Do not let the slight sting upon application scare you. The high acid levels are necessary in order for the Vitamin C to be absorbed. Other products with AHA's can still very safely be used alongside of our Vitamin C formulations and will actually be greatly enhanced by the addition of these products. Samples are available per your request. The question now remains. To C or not to C?!

Transdermal NanoTechnology

In addition to equipment, science has provided the tools to reduce molecular size to unprecedented levels. The technology now exists to create topical products that can penetrate the stratum corneum and epidermis as effortlessly as an injection.

The skin is waterproof and protects from the onslaught of environmental factors that can be damaging to a person's health. To get through the epidermis, people have traditionally resorted to making a hole via injection. The technology now exists to accomplish the same penetration without punching holes in the skin, but rather by making molecules small enough to enter the body by fitting through the skin on their own, called nanotechnology. Although nanotechnology is novel, it isn't necessarily new. For example, the The Richard E. Smalley Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology at Rice University in Houston is a noted research center that studies this type of technology.

The mass of molecules is measured in daltons, a unit that equates to the mass of one proton or one neutron. These are atomic particles. Many skin care products measure 20,000 daltons and higher. As treatment products, their effect is minimal. Skin care companies can now make products with a molecular size less than 100 daltons. In effect, skin care products will be able to be introduced into the body transdermally, as if injected, allowing it to work from within the body outward. Products will be able to affect DNA, reprogram damaged cells and turn fibroblasts into raging furnaces, yielding collagen and elastin as easily as a person pops popcorn. Ablative skin care will slowly take a back seat to preferred treatments and topicals that work from within.

Although skin care is beginning to move this way now, in question is how small the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will allow molecular size to go. This issue centers around at what molecular size an ingredient will be classified as a drug due to its transdermal penetration. In other words, vitamin A in one molecular size can be a cosmetic and in another, it can be a drug.

Also, the FDA will need to determine who can dispense these new formulations if they are classified as drugs. Rest assured, the new generation of skin care products on the horizon will dramatically change the effectiveness and treatment protocols for topical products.

Manufacturers' claims about what a cream or serum can do will be fulfilled. Pigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles, problematic skin, keratosis pilaris and crepey skin will all be subject to new treatment paradigms.

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  1. Retinol rejuvenates the skin. This vitamin A derivative helps skin produce collagen, a natural component of the dermis that gives skin its youthful, full appearance. According to a 2007 study, published in The Archives of Dermatology, 36 participants age 80 and older applied a formula with 0.4 percent retinol to one arm up to three times a week. After 24 weeks, these participants had dramatic improvements in their skin that were "clearly visible to the naked eye," reports dermatologist Leslie Baumann, M.D., on her Yahoo! blog, The Skin Guru. Also, "skin biopsies revealed that that arm had more of the building blocks that make skin smooth and resilient than the untreated arm, " Leesa Suzman writes about the study in Good Housekeeping.
  2. Retinol gives skin an overall healthier appearance. Retinol can help reduce discoloration, fine lines, wrinkles and skin texture. Plus, it can improve skin tone and color for generally younger-looking, even skin.
  3. Retinol stimulates cell turnover. Exfoliating is essential for youthful-looking, healthy skin. By removing dead skin cells, new, healthier cells are able to come through. Your complexion also looks smoother and products are able to sink deep into the skin. This way, your skin can effectively absorb potent ingredients. With a pile of dead skin cells on your face, products have a tough time penetrating this top layer and can not work.
  4. Retinol addresses acne. While retinol works to reduce telltale signs of aging, it also treats "acne-ridden skin, " dermatologist Heidi A. Waldorf. M.D., tells Allure. Adult acne is common, affecting 50 percent of women. Dealing with both aging and acenic skin can be particularly distressing. Fortunately, because of retinol's exfoliating benefits, it can help treat acne. That's because dead skin cells can clog pores and contribute to acne. By getting rid of dead skin cells, retinol improves and prevents breakouts.
  5. Retinol is less irritating than retinoids. Also a vitamin A derivative, retinoids are only available by prescription from your dermatologist. Though they are more potent than their over-the-counter counterparts, retinoids are also more irritating to the skin with potential side effects like peeling and redness. Retinol is gentler because it gradually converts to retinoic acid, which is the active ingredient in prescription treatments. Some people simply can not tolerate retinoids. So retinol is ideal for those individuals along with anyone with sensitive or easily irritated skin and those trying retinoids for the first time. Plus, retinol can pave the way to retinoids, because it helps your skin get used to retinoic acid.
  6. Painted Earths' Retinol Serum is formulated in a special delivery system that ensures stabilization of the molecule without oxidation and enhances cutaneous absorption of Vitamin A through the epidermis, reaching even the prickle layer.

    Most retinol creams and lotions don't work because their levels of Retinol are too low in addition to being formulated in cheap, ineffective delivery systems.

    Our serum will absorb deeply into your skin, penetrating into the prickle layer (four layers deep....see below).

    Skin layers:

    1 - Horny layer (stratum corneum)
    2 - Clear layer (stratum lucidum)
    3 - Granular layer (stratum granulosum)
    4 - Prickle-cell layer (stratum spinosum)
    5 - Basal layer (stratum basale) Retinol serum is necessary for the growth, maintenance and function of the skin, and also prevents premature aging.
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Want the Perfect Sexy Cat Eye?
A cat eye is a sort of a pointed make up line around the eyes to make them seem longer and more vicious. If done properly, a cat eye can completely transform the looks of a woman. It is a dramatic and timeless fashion from Audrey Hepburn, Sophia Loren, Jennifer Lopez and of course Angelia Jolie.

Want to be able to get a great cat eye makeup look but not sure how to go about it?
Alright, you might not master this technique on your first try but with a little practice you're bound to do a great job!
A pencil eyeliner is the easiest way to learn how to master this look.


STEP 1- Before starting, make sure you have a good canvas to work with. Prepare your skin to maximize the efficiency of your eye makeup application.

STEP 2- CAT EYE makeup is all about your EYELINER!!! Have a good dark brown or black pencil ready. You can also use eyeshadow as your eyeliner (softer look) or liquid eyeliner (a little more difficult but more striking effect).

STEP 3- Now, apply your base eyeshadow on the entire upper eyelid...can be any color really but if you want a low-key look, use a neutral matte eyeshadow that compliments your skin tone. For a little glam and intensity, use a shimmer shadow or a deeper color such as dark taupe, brown or smokey grey, even black if desired.

STEP 4- Get your eyeliner ready! Line your entire upper eyelid as close to lash line as possible.

160906_1331046956 For a soft look: Extend the line slightly in a straight continuous line. Look in the mirror. Touch up and do the other side.

For a more dramatic look: Here's the trick. When you get to the end of the outer corner, STOP. Now, extend your eyeliner in a continuous line once again BUT using a slight upwards angle. (I usually like to aim the angle of the line toward the outer edge of my eyebrow.) Touch up if necessary.

How To Make Essential Oils

Have you ever thought about how to make essential oils? There are several techniques of how to make essential oils. Distillation is one of the most effective ways of extracting oils from plants. This method uses steam to capture the oil. Once the oil is captured, the steam condenses and then the water and oil are separated.

If you only want pure natural oil, the distillation method is for you. Because it uses steam, there are no chemicals used to extract the oil. As a result, the final product contains no residue or lingering chemicals, you just get pure natural oil.

The distillation method has three parts to it, so there are three pieces of equipment. There is the retort or still where the steam begins. The second piece is the condenser where vapor turns into fluid. The last piece that holds the water and oil is called the separator.

The plant and the steam come in contact in the retort or still. There are three methods for the water to extract the oil in the distillation method. Two methods are hydrodistillation where the plant sits in boiling water or the plant can sit on a screen above the water using the wet steam method. The third is the dry steam method where the water is in a separate container and the steam enters the bottom of the retort through a pipe.

essential oils

The heat from the steam opens up the fibers of the plant and the water gathers the oils out. The steam and oil combination then go through the condenser. The condenser can be a copper pipe or tube. Its purpose is to allow the heat to escape quickly allowing the water to condense back into liquid form.

Once the water and oil have turned back into liquid form, they are gathered into the separator. The separator is usually made out of glass. Here the water and oil rest and separate. Once the oil rises to the top, it is bottled separately from the water.

Depending on the type of plant used, the water left over may have some uses. In the example of lavender, the water still contains its sweet perfume. This water, hydrosol, can be used to freshen laundry, linens, or the air.

Being able to make essential oils in your own home is very rewarding. You can do it as a hobby or buy the essential oils. The method of distillation is very effective and produces pure oil.