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Sunday, July 19, 2009

Notes on mineral make up products and beauty websites

My posting today consists of reviews and notes on make up products, websites, and videos about make up and tutorials.

I've been loving make up since my junior high years, but of course at that time I couldn't wear them because of the age. But I have started applying moisturizer and lip balm at that age :)

As I grew up, I started to use make up when I went to college. Bought so many lip colors to try on.
Eye shadow and blush were used when I started my first job, and the adventure begins.

Now, I have a vision to have my own business in make up or skin and body treatment products. I'm still doing my research on the products that I should promote.

Let's start with make up products.

I'm going to discuss about mineral make-up, because this type of beauty products has attracted my attention. Mineral make-up in my country, Indonesia, is not that common yet. I know some of the make-up line such as Revlon and The Body Shop have entered this segment, but they are not focus on mineral make-up, so this line can be only stay in the market for awhile then I may not see them again in the future.
The Body Shop mineral make up lines are too expensive. We are also required to buy brushes separately, which are costly too.

I bought my first mineral make up product when I was in Shanghai. It's from Maybelline, called Pure Mineral Natural Healthy Powder Foundation, W2 shade. It provide brush in the package. Price was RMB 199. I couldn't get much information about this powder because the Make Up Specialist couldn't speak English. She just showed me how to apply the powder. Also, I think the shade didn't match my skin tone because it looks dull on me.

During my research for mineral make up product line. If I'm going to import these products, I need to consider product pricing and shipment cost, so I can provide new, interesting, economical beauty products to my market.

I found these brands match my category:
- http://pureluxecosmetics.com
It has lots of eye shadow colors and you can always buy sample at only USD 1!
The maker is also concern on social responsibility to help, e.g. cancer patients.

- http://www.larenim.com
I love the Dusk til Dawn™ Skin Care, which is recommended for those with blemish prone and/or oily skin.

- http://www.monave.com
Has affordable samples too but not much choice on full size: 10 gr!

- http://www.lumierecosmetics.com

I bumped to http://lovingminerals.com, a site owned by Malaysian ladies that sells some of the brands above. I have ordered my samples, can't wait to try them :)
I'm thinking to contact the lady for discussion about the business.

Next, I need to learn how I apply mineral make up because it will be different from the usual make up lines. Above brands provide tutorial and make up tips too. That will be helpful!
So, I found so many tutorial videos and websites about the topics on YouTube.Com. I looked the ones that uses above brands so I have the picture about the application.



Another Malaysian lady's website that interests me is SkinDeco.Net. She's really creative and provides so many make up tutorials, also she lives in Malaysia, which is close to Indonesia. So her choosing of color may match my skin tone.

I'm planning to order some of the products to try (eye colors from Pure Luxe are my priority!) and will write down my business plan.....

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