Monthly Archives: August 2008

How to make your own “Fix+” (Fix plus) and mixing medium

Hey all! I’ve been eyeing MAC’s Fix+ for a while now and have started to wonder if this is something I need, as a Mineral Makeup Addict? You Tubers Have been using Fix+ to meld powdered foundation into their skin and provide a more natural “glowy” look. Opinions are varied on whether this product works any better than plain old water, but with it’s huge cult following I thought that it would be worth a closer look.

In Canada Fix+ is about $20. Ok, so it’s not a huge amount of money. But I’m a cheapo and am not willing to shell-out that amount of dough without some serious thought. I decided to look at the ingredients. Here they are:
Water, glycerin, butylene glycol, cucumber fruit extract, chamomilla, camellia leaf extract, tocophryl acetate, caffeine, panthenol, hydrogenated castor oil, fragrance.

Ok so lets break this down (please keep in mind that I am not a chemist, I’m simply a hobbiest. Most of my research on ingredients were done with simple searches online, they may not be completely accurate). The first 2 ingredients are:

  • Water– well it’s water
  • glycerin– a humactant that hold moisture to the skin.

Since butylene glycol is traditionally used in a very small percentage (although I’m not sure how much Fix+ uses) and falls third on the list I might assume the the following ingredients make up a very small percentage of the product. So, If I were to try and “dupe” FIX+ it seems that I may be able to mimic it by using water and glycerin.

Glycerin should be used at no more than 1 part glygerin to 3 parts water (glycerin absorbs moisture so if used 100% it can be harmful, and had been know to cause blisters on the tongue, so I would never put 100% glycerin anywhere near my face especially my eyes and mouth.) Usually this recipe (1 part glycerin to 3 parts water) is used for mixing medium, and the higher percentage of glycerin may make your skin look greasy.

So to mimic Fix+ I started with a full bottle of water and added a little glycerin until I found the perfect ratio (no more than 20% glycerin).

You can try this method too.

What to do with all of those Samples?

So, you’ve been sampling like crazy to find some HG products and you have a bunch of little baggies languishing in the bottom of your traincase, never to see the light of day. What to do? Well, here are some tips to get the most out of those little samples:

  • Put eyeshadow, blush and glow samples in little 5 gram sample jars (you can get them from almost any mineral makeup company, on ebay, or on TKB Trading, pls clean them before use) it makes it much easier to use.
  • Mix ’em up! Find a few eyeshadow colors that weren’t quite right and mix in a little baggie. Just keep in mind basic color theory (yellow & blue make green, yellow and red amke orange etc…) and have fun.
  • Use samples to “tweak” your foundation, do you have a foundation that’s too light and a bunch of samples that are too dark? You get the idea. Just start with a little from the too light foundation (so that you don’t you the whole jar) and add a little bit of too dark foundation until you reach the right shade. Mix in a baggie (no need to grind)
  • Try mixing up different categories. How about some too dark foundation with a bit of gold eyeshadow for a bronzer, or some unused foundation with a bit of pink eyeshadow for blush, be creative!

The biggest tip is to not be afraid to go crazy! Try anything, you can mix just about any powder mineral cosmetics you like, you might be suprised (I mean you weren’t using it anyways) 🙂

Weekend Sale, Happy B-Day Meow!

Meow cosmetics is having a Birthday Celebration. They are 2 years old. Congrats Meow! Coupon code “CatsEatCake2” will get you 25% off your order of $25 or more. This weekend only!

Coastal Scents released 9 new brushes, there are a few wist-worthy brushes. I have my eye on the Sable blending brush (only $2.90!)  And the Badger Blush.  They also have thier  palettes back in stock.