Birchbox: August 2014

I got my first Birchbox in August, right before we moved.  I have to say, I wasn’t overwhelmingly impressed with my first foray into Birchbox.  I was thinking they would have more full sized products but they seem all about the small sample sizes instead (that’s what was in my second box too).  So that is a bit disappointing and definitely makes me glad that I was able to get a good deal through LivingSocial now.  I’m thinking of it as a good way to get to try new things and brands.

The August 2014 Birchbox was themed “Away We Go” to celebrate summer getaways.  The box had five beauty items, I think one of them might have been full sized, plus there was a single chapter of a book.  And it came packaged in a clear plastic pouch that you could take with you on a plane without security going nuts.  The pouch is kind of handy but probably smaller than full airline security needs it to be, but it does have a handy zip top closure to keep all of your stuff secure without a big hassle.  I’ll probably use it for short weekend trips since I never take as much products then.  The products are all geared toward travel too, not just because of the small size, but because of what they do, so they worked with their theme well I would say.  There’s only one product that is a total “no” for me (the first review below), so that is really good.  I haven’t read the book and doubt I will and I’m not reviewing it here.  If I want to sample a book chapter, I can do that on my Kindle without wasting paper (hint, hint Birchbox).

Dead Sea Spa Magik Refreshing Bath Shower Gel
Dead Sea Spa Magik Refreshing Bath Shower Gel

Dead Sea Spa Magik Refreshing Bath Shower Gel, 25ml tube.  You can add this to a bath or apply it in the shower to get nicely moisturized skin.  The moisturizing part it does do well, but it’s got a bit of a scent issue, in my opinion.  In the tube it smells like old fashioned Oil of Olay or maybe makeup remover.  Whatever it is, it doesn’t smell good and definitely smells like my grandma’s bathroom.  So, I’m not a huge fan of the scent straight on the tube and unfortunately, you are left with a trace of that smell on your skin once you’ve used it.  It certainly isn’t as potent after I’ve washed with it, but definitely I can still smell it.  But hey, at least it is allergen-free fragrance.  Let’s talk about the good stuff.  The good thing is that it does make your skin feel soft and lovely after you’ve used it.  Here’s all the ways Finders Health (the maker) says it will help your skin:  Helps to prevent dryness, Helps maintain skin’s elasticity and texture, Makes you feel revitalised and relaxed, Leaves body refreshed and moisturised, Rejuvenates appearance of skin, Relaxes your body and mind.  I will point out that they are a bit repetitive with their list, but I won’t dwell on that.  They use something called harmonised water which they don’t really explain but has something to do with using Dead Sea water as the base.  But that doesn’t really say much about how it is going to be helpful or beneficial to my skin.  The shower gel is paraben free, so that’s a point in their favour.

Somehow it does make my skin feel soft but overall, it isn’t something I’d be likely to buy a full size of because of the scent which I just can’t get past.  You can buy it on the high street at places like Holland & Barrett, Debenhams and John Lewis.  The full size is 350ml bottle that you can pick up for £7.15, and judging from the reviews at John Lewis, I am the only person that doesn’t like the smell.  For something that does pretty much the same thing for my skin, I prefer La Roche-Posay Lipikar Surgras even if it is more expensive.

Wild About Beauty Eyeshadow
Wild About Beauty Eyeshadow

Wild About Beauty Powder Eyeshadow, 2.5 gram full size compact.  This isn’t that big but is a regular full size compact, and is actually a perfect size for popping in your bag or taking with you on a trip.  The colour I received was “Aine” which is a great neutral golden colour with a bit of an orange undertone.  The shadow looks really nice on and has great colour that lasts really well.  The shadow is highly pigmented and fortified with good things like aloe vera and vitamins E and C, all of which will keep your skin healthy and looking good.  There are five colours in this same formulation and they all look really wearable for a neutral eye look.  I love the deep purple that they have called “Heather” and might consider picking it up after I give this one a few more tries to see how it holds up to a really long day or night out.  The colour I received is great for taking with you on a trip if you want to pack super light and have just a single colour of eyeshadow because it is neutral and could work for either a day or night look, though you’d definitely want to jazz it up a bit for night with more eye liner and mascara.

You can apply this eyeshadow with a brush or your finger, though I prefer the control of a brush.  They also suggest you can apply it with a wet brush to create a more dramatic look; I’ve not tried that though.  You can pick this eyeshadow up at FeelUnique for £13.00.  Since it seems like a nice eyeshadow, plus it is free of nasty things like parabens and petrochemicals, I think the price is probably reasonable.

No 4 Super Comb Prep & Protect
No 4 Super Comb Prep & Protect

Number 4 Super Comb Prep & Protect, 30ml spray bottle.  This is a leave-in conditioner that is designed to protect your hair against heat and sun.  Naturally, that makes it perfect for a holiday.  I love stuff like this when I’m going to the beach because sun can be really hard on your hair, as can the salt water or pool water.  And if you colour your hair, you definitely need something to give you some help with the sun which can really zap your colour.  And if you’re not hanging at the beach or pool, you can always use it just to keep your hair tangle free and nice.  Of course, things like this are perfect for protecting your hair from heat styling tools like blowdryers or straighteners too.  I’ve only used this once but thought it worked pretty well even on my very fine hair.  I tried it on a day when it was humid and my hair usually gets a bit frizzy but it seemed to keep the frizz down to a minimum.  The smell is also really nice with a bit of a florally thing going on, but isn’t that overly fragranced.

Super Comb Prep and Protect is easy to use too.  All you need to do is spritz it onto your damp hair and comb through, then just style like normal.  It is that easy!  The results are good too, so you can’t really ask for more than that.  But if you could you might want it to be free of nasties, and this totally is: it is 100% vegan, as well as free of gluten, sulfate, parabens, and sodium chloride.  The full size 200ml spray bottle seems to only be available through Birchbox in the UK, which I find a bit annoying.  You can buy it at Birchbox for £20.00 though.  The price might seem a bit steep, but it is about the same as the Phyto leave-in conditioner and protectant product that I use (I don’t think I’ve done a review of this yet but I love it).  I’ll have to try the No. 4 product more before I can judge if it is better than the Phyto product for my hair.  I might take it on my upcoming holiday to give it a good try.

Vasanti Brighten Up!
Vasanti Brighten Up!

Vasanti Brighten Up! Enzymatic Face Rejuvenator, 20ml tube.  This is an exfoliating face wash that is designed to refine your skin texture while leading to a brighter appearance to your skin too.  Vasanti uses papaya extracts along with micro-crystals to help you get a better texture to your skin and rejuvenate your skin’s appearance.  They also have added in some other things to help your skin too:  aloe vera, coconut and panthenol.  The micro-crystals mean that unlike some exfoliation products for you face this one has a really fine texture so you don’t feel like you are scrubbing the top three layers of your skin off.  It does leave you with a soft feeling to your skin that doesn’t feel irritated and too scrubbed.  Here’s what they say about how this product works on the Vasanti website:

Triple Action Formula:
1. Powerful papaya enzymes break down dead skin cells to help progressively smooth your skin’s surface and uncover a healthy radiant glow.
2. Dermatologist-grade Microderm Crystals at 25%, work to stimulate and exfoliate your skin to help smooth and reduce the appearance of fine lines, scars and blemishes. Many dermatologists use these same crystals for their microdermabrasion treatments.
3. Aloe vera, coconut, panthenol along with a mild cleansing gel keeps your skin hydrated and refreshed and helps soothe the skin during the exfoliation process

I’ve only used this once so far, so I don’t feel like I have really tried it enough to know how it will work for my skin with regular use.  However, based on my initial try I think it is something I’m going to like.  Though, how well it will work to brighten up my skin’s appearance is still to be seen.  I have a couple of different facial exfoliants that I use, and generally I do think your skin looks best if you use a gentle exfoliator three times per week.

Along with being 100% vegan and 99% natural, Brighten Up! is free of gluten, parabens, mineral oil and petrolatum, sulfates, GMO’s, and Triclosan.  This is a North American brand, so it seems sort of hard to find in the UK.  You can get it through the Birchbox shop or through Amazon UK though.  Each place sells it for £26.00 for the full sized 120ml tube.  The reviews at both places, as well as the Vasanti website, are all really positive and everyone seems to rave about this product, so I’m looking forward to fully trying it out.

NUDE ProGenius Treatment Oil
NUDE ProGenius Treatment Oil

NUDE ProGenius Treatment Oil, 5ml pump bottle.  This is seemingly the perfect thing to keep your face hydrated either on the plane or when you are actually on holiday.  This oil has all kinds of good things for your skin, like omegas 3,6,7 and 9 to reduce the signs of aging, as well as 10 carefully selected plant oils that hydrate and smooth your skin.  I really like facial oils because they seems to deliver the good stuff right to your skin in a more efficient way than creams and they absorb quickly too.  I also think they are often lighten in texture so you can easily wear them under your foundation or regular products and get all the benefits without feeling like you have a bunch of heavy layers on your skin.   The ProGenius oil is really lightweight but very nourishing and on a regular day around the house, has managed to keep my skin feeling soft and well great all day long.  I’ve tried this a couple of times and think I will definitely use it for my next plane ride to keep my skin extra hydrated.

You just need a tiny, tiny amount of this for it to be useful to your skin, so two drops should be all you need.  After you’ve cleansed your skin, put a couple of drops onto your skin and rub it in.  I’ve sometimes found with facial oils that if my skin is feeling particularly dehydrated that an extra drop is needed.  This works so well under makeup or my regular moisturizer that I’m a fan.  But the price is pretty steep, so I’m not sure if I’ll splurge on getting the full sized version of this.  You can find the full sized 30ml bottle at Birchbox or SpaceNK for £58.00.

So, how does my first Birchbox stack up on value:

  • Dead Sea Spa Magik Refreshing Bath Shower Gel, 25ml tube:  £0.51 value.
  • Wild About Beauty Powder Eyeshadow, 2.5 gram full size compact: £13.00 value.
  • Number 4 Super Comb Prep & Protect, 30ml spray bottle: £3.00 value.
  • Vasanti Brighten Up! Enzymatic Face Rejuvenator, 20ml tube: £4.33 value.
  • NUDE ProGenius Treatment Oil, 5ml pump bottle: £9.67 value.
  • Total Value: £30.51

I’ll be honest, this box didn’t seem to have that much value in it, but it did pretty well when I actually tallied it up.  I paid £38.00 for a six month Birchbox subscription, including the shipping, which means £6.33 per month.  So, I think I came out surprisingly well overall with £24.18 worth of product value over the cost of the box.  Luckily there was just the one product, the shower gel, that I don’t like and probably won’t want to really use, and it was even the cheapest one in the box.  I must say, I am pleasantly surprised because I didn’t really think the Birchbox subscription was going to prove to be worth it when I first opened the little tiny box.

My Favourite Travel Sized Companions

We take a lot of weekend trips, so over the last few years I’ve tried to get a good selection of travel sized beauty products.  If we’re not going on a super long trip, I only carry hand luggage, which means I have to comply with airline regulations that I have all of my liquids in a clear quart sized bag and none of the items can be over 100ml.  This is pretty annoying and restrictive, but I’ve found some really great multi-purpose products that fit into the small size requirements perfectly.  Sometimes, I even have room left over in my quart sized bag.

Some of my favourite travel companions
Some of my favourite travel companions

1. DHC Deep Cleansing Oil, 70ml – I’ve written about this before because it is my daily facial cleanser of choice.  It’s an ideal travel companion though because it does the work of two products but isn’t a space hog.  It removes makeup and leaves your skin looking and feeling super clean but since it doesn’t strip it of its natural oils your skin still feels soft and not at all tight.    I always use it to remove my makeup because it works so well on even really stubborn mascara.  Plus, the oil texture means that you don’t have to worry about scrubbing at the delicate skin around your eye area to get your eye makeup off.  You can only find this at the DHC website, but you can get it in two travel sizes now: 70ml for £11.00 or the really tiny 30ml version for £4.50.

2. La Roche-Posay Hydraphase Intense Light, 50ml – This is another great multi-purpose item.  Depending on how heavy you put this on it is equally good as a day or night cream.  It doesn’t have an SPF in it, but I’ve got another product for that, so it can be used to keep you skin hydrated and lovely all day and night.  It has a nice light texture that works well under foundation because it isn’t too heavy feeling, and really, the lack of SPF means that you won’t get any of that shine in your holiday snaps either.  At night I put this on a bit heavier and it works to keep my skin hydrated.  You can get La Roche-Posay products at a number of chemists, but I get mine from FeelUnique for £16.50.  They also have a formula that is thicker called Hydraphase Intense Rich for people with really dry skin, they sell a version of that with SPF too, both for £16.50 as well.

3. Chanel Perfection Lumiere Velvet, 30ml – I am loving this foundation.  I haven’t had a chance to write my full review of this yet, but the condensed version is that I am a huge fan.  This gives your skin a beautiful smooth, matt finish with an incredibly light texture even with its SPF15.  It goes on as a liquid but dries to a powdery type finish, and that’s how it makes your skin look so great.  It is light enough that you can use it under your eye area too without it settling into all of the fine lines and looking like a hot mess.  This is great for travel because of the packaging, but also because you’ll look gorgeous on holiday.  The packaging is very slim, flat, and compact so it fits in your little bag of liquids really well.  This is the best liquid foundation packaging I think I’ve come across for traveling.  Also, you don’t need to use a lot of it so this little bottle has good longevity.   You can get this at Boots or Harrods for £33.00.

4. Lancôme Définicils High Definition Mascara, 6.5g –  I’ve used this mascara for years and love it.  It will always have a place in my mascara collection because of how you can use it to either get a very light coating or layer it up for a more dramatic look.  The small brush is the key I think because it is can easily coat all of your lashes, upper and lower, without clumping.  It’s nice for travel because of the slim packaging, which I’m sure they can achieve because of the small brush.  Also, I never have a problem with this flaking after a long day, which is great since I wear contact lenses.  Lately I’ve been getting my Définicils Mascara from FeelUnique for £22.50.  You can use this without an eyelash curler because it will actually give your lashes a bit of curl it seems, or you can pack the very compact Muji Portable Eyelash Curler (£3.95) which takes up way less space in your travel bag than your traditional eyelash curler.

5. Aveda brilliant Retexturing Gel, 25ml – Dave and I have both been using this for years in our travel kit.  It works really well to give your hair body and control without making it look dry or dull.  I like it because I can use it to bring out my curl or to keep my hair sleek and smooth when I blow it out straight.  This has all kinds of reasons for being in my travel bag really, not the least of which is that both Dave and I can use it and it works for curly or straight hair.  It’s quite good for hold too, so sometimes I don’t even need to bother with hairspray, which means I can save that much more room.  I’ve only had luck finding the travel sized version of the brilliant Gel from Aveda for £5.50.

6. L’Oreal Elnett Flexible Extra Hairspray, 75ml – Even though I just got through saying that I don’t always need hairspray with the Aveda gel, sometimes I do, it just depends on where we are traveling too.  I like the L’Oreal Elnett Flexible Extra because it keeps my hair soft to the touch, and to the eye, but still manages to have great holding powers.  I find this to be really useful when it is humid too because it doesn’t ever seem to get sticky like a lot of hairsprays.  I normally get mine when I order from my groceries from Ocado for £2.50 because it seems to be less expensive than other places I’ve found it. It is kind of expensive for this little can, but I haven’t found a good replacement that is less expensive for a travel size.

7. bareMinerals Natural Sunscreen SPF 30, 4g – Okay, this doesn’t need to go into your clear baggie of liquids, but is something you should always take when you’re traveling.  I’ve only been using this for about a month now, but I love it.  The powder sunscreen works so well to protect my skin, but doesn’t feel heavy or make my face feel greasy or sweaty.  I like that this does double duty as a way to protect my skin from the sun, but also as a light finishing powder to set my makeup.  The packaging is nice because it comes with its own retractable brush so you don’t have to worry about bringing one along with you but is still really compact.  This can easily tuck away in your carry on luggage or even your handbag.  I got mine from FeelUnique for  £21.95.

So, that’s not an exhaustive list of what’s in my travel bag, but these are the things that are always going to be in there.  If you are looking for some other travel sized suggestions, Vogue recently had a great article with 20 petite products that they think are tops for travel.

Pati Dubroff Beauty: Perfect Nudes Lip Gloss Collection

In the last couple of years, Costco has been trying to get a wider, and better, selection of makeup, skin and hair care products.  They’ve always had stuff in kind of a hit or miss fashion, but now they’ve got the Beauty’s Most Wanted collection, a selection of cosmetics from well known stylemakers for makeup, skin and hair care at their US stores and at Costco.com.  Continuing on from my post last Friday as well as my post on Monday, I’m reviewing another product from the selection of Pati Dubroff Beauty cosmetics that you can find at Costco US.

Pati Dubroff Beauty: Perfect Nudes Lip Gloss Collection
Pati Dubroff Beauty: Perfect Nudes Lip Gloss Collection

I also tried the Perfect Nudes lip gloss collection from Pati Dubroff and really like them all.  The subtle colours have just the right amount of shine for me.  I am a big fan of lip gloss because it gives you some colour and sheen, and leave lips feeling more moisturized than lipsticks.  Of course, the downside is that they don’t usually have the same staying power as lipstick.  But I like the look and feel of a good lip gloss, so I deal with the need to reapply.  I think lip gloss, especially sheer ones like these, are great for summer because they give you that finished look but with a really light appearance that seems ideal for when the weather is warm.

The Perfect Nudes collection includes four colours: Nude Glow, Nude Sugar, Nude Kiss, Nude Honey.  I love them all and couldn’t really pick a favourite.  Amazingly, they all work really well with my skin tone and just give me that little bit of polish to my look without being too obvious.  Thus the name “Perfect Nudes”, I guess.  The Nude Glow is the only one with shimmer to it and is the lightest as well.  As a result of the shimmer, it is a bit more limited as to when you might want to use this one.

I like the amount of sheen they give which isn’t a super high gloss look, but just shiny enough to make your lips look nice.  The formulation, as the name might suggest, is quite sheer and not heavy at all.  As a result of the sheerness, they don’t last that long, maybe an hour or two depending on what you are doing.  I’d say they last reasonably long and probably as long as most other lip glosses that I have tried.  I think they do an admirable job with longevity because I have worn them when I’ve been talking a lot and even drinking and they last through all of that without needing to be reapplied.  They aren’t sticky, not even a hint of stickiness to them, which is nice and not always what you get with lip gloss either.  I think the non-sticky nature of the lip gloss is perhaps what makes it not rub off (right away) when you are talking or drinking.  Of course, it also means that your hair won’t constantly be stuck to your lips if there is a bit of a breeze, either.

I also think they are really great for layering.  They are the perfect light layer to put over lipstick or lip stain to enhance the colour and give you a bit of shine.  Of course, since it is summer, this is the perfect time to go nude and sheer on your lips; very on trend right now it seems.  The colours and everything, are absolutely perfect for completing your summer makeup with a nice finished look but that is still light and effortless looking, which is what summer makeup is all about.  And when it is fall or winter, you can layer them over your favourite lipstick or stain to give your lips a bit of an extra boost.

I know it seems like a silly, trivial thing, but I love the square container that these come in.  This puts an end to my lip gloss rolling off the vanity or table and ending up half way across the room.  Some of the reviews at Costco.com mention a bad taste and smell, neither of which I noticed.  I’m really super smell sensitive, and when I put them right up to my nose I can smell a bit of an almost alcohol-like odor but I don’t notice it or a taste it when I actually put it on my lips.  It’s not a Bonnie Bell Lip Smacker, so the taste and smell isn’t of berries and bubble gum, but just that kind of cosmetics smell that you always get.

For me though, the lip gloss is great.  It’s looks nice on, all of the colours are really wearable, and they last well and feel nice on your lips.  You can get the Perfect Nudes collection at Costco.com for $19.99, plus $1.99 shipping, for a four pack of lip glosses.  That means that you are paying just $6.00 per lip gloss, so I don’t think you can expect to find a better deal for decent lip gloss.  I really wish that they would get these at the Costco locations here in the UK!

Even though I did receive my selection of Pati Dubroff cosmetics for free from Hatch Beauty (the company behind Beauty’s Most Wanted), my opinions are still my own and I still feel like my biggest obligation is to be honest and open with everyone here about my experience with the products.  When I say I liked, or didn’t like, a product that is the truth and not something I have been paid to say.

Pati Dubroff Beauty: Visionary Eyes Eye Crayons at Costco US

In the last couple of years, Costco has been trying to get a wider, and better, selection of makeup, skin and hair care products.  They’ve always had stuff in kind of a hit or miss fashion, but now they’ve got the Beauty’s Most Wanted collection, a selection of cosmetics from well known stylemakers for makeup, skin and hair care at their US stores and at Costco.com.  Continuing on from my post last Friday, I’m reviewing another product from the selection of Pati Dubroff Beauty cosmetics that you can find at Costco US.

Pati Dubroff Beauty: Visionary Eyes Collection
Pati Dubroff Beauty: Visionary Eyes Collection

I tried the Visionary Eyes Eye Crayon Collection too.  I love the Clinique lip colour balms which are also like a big crayon, and thought the Eye Crayons would be similarly easy to use, but I’ve had a hard time getting the hang of them.  You get five colours in the collection at Costco:  Rose Gold, Olivine, Truffle, Nocturne, Gunmetal.  And they come out ready to party.  These are super richly pigmented and go on just like they look in the crayon.  This is great if you want a really defined, bold look.  But that is rarely the look I want, so these are a bit much for me, of course you can smudge or blend them to lighten the colour.  You can use them as either an eye shadow or a liner, and then blend as required to get the look you are aiming to achieve.

These should be great for making a dramatic smoky eye look for an evening out because they seem so pigmented and dramatic.  Of course, that said, I have found that the colour seems to smudge, crease, and lighten once on for even a little bit of time.  I rarely wear an eye shadow primer, so this might be the problem, but I think a good eye shadow should not require a primer to stay put.  And I’ve never had this problem before with any eye shadow that I’ve worn, no matter the colour or brand.  I would only suggest using them as an eye liner if you like a rather smudged look because the tip is pretty wide and the formulation smudges incredibly easily I have found.  They are very portable since they are in this crayon form and that makes them perfect for your purse or suitcase.  I’ve taken them on trips because it allows me to augment my eye shadow palettes pretty easily without a bunch of space, which is handy.

Overall, I’m really not a fan because of the smudgy, quick to crease and disappear nature of them.  And my skin is pretty dry, so I can’t even imagine what a mess these would turn into if you had an oily skin type.  After having them on for just an hour, all of the colours end up looking like grey on me and are smudged and have sunk into all of the fine creases around the eyes, both on the lid and along the bottom lash line as eye liner.  As you can imagine this is not the look I want to achieve.  Perhaps these would work well for someone with a different skin type or who uses primer on their lids, but they’re not for me.

You can get the five eye crayon collection at Costco.com for $11.99 plus $2.99 shipping.  The price is very good, unfortunately, I don’t think these live up to the quality of the other Pati Dubroff cosmetics that I’ve tried.  And I really wanted to like these because the purple colour is gorgeous in the crayon or on the back of my hand and would look great with my eyes, but these just aren’t working for me.  I’d like to try the eye shadow crayons again because of how convenient and travel friendly they are, but I’ll have to find a different brand.

Even though I did receive my selection of Pati Dubroff cosmetics for free from Hatch Beauty (the company behind Beauty’s Most Wanted), my opinions are still my own and I still feel like my biggest obligation is to be honest and open with everyone here about my experience with the products.  When I say I liked, or didn’t like, a product that is the truth and not something I have been paid to say.

Will a 3D Printer be the Sephora of Tomorrow?

We’ve all heard about the many cool things that you can create with 3D printers now, so what could possibly be the next cool thing?  It turns out it’s makeup.  It seems almost unimaginable but someone has come up with a 3D printer that uses ink pigments and substrates ranging from powders and creams to lipstick to create cosmetics right in your own home.  You will be able to create custom colours for all of your makeup by using the HEX code (a six character alpha-numeric code that websites use for colours) or colour selector tool in something like Photoshop to create a colour block that will then be used to direct your nifty Mink 3D printer to create your personalised eye shadow, blush, or lipstick.  How cool does that sound?

The Mink printer will initially sell for around $200 – 300.00, and of course, you’ll have to pay extra for the substrates and inks to actually do the printing (no word on pricing for those though).  The Mink printer is still in the development stages and will need to pass through FDA approval before it can come to the market though, so it could be a bit of a wait until you are making your own cosmetics at home.

However, just knowing that someone is working on something like this is pretty great.  Think about how you might never have to run out of your favourite, but discontinued, eye shadow or blush anymore.  I read so much about people hoarding favourite cosmetics because the colour is no longer made, but something like this would mean that you could enjoy your cosmetics freely without the worry of running out of it.  Or, you could just come up with the perfect colour for yourself in those cases where you would have previous had to blend of two shades that aren’t quite right.  Of course, whatever the substrates are will have to take into account how the different formulas of eye shadow, for instance, vary so much in the feel and staying power.  It will certainly be interesting to see how this idea progresses.

For more on the Mink printer, check out the TechCrunch presentation by founder Grace Choi:



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