Name: Coastal Scents EZ Pressing Medium
I personally bought my bottle of this product from Beauty of the Earth, and NOT Coastal Scents. I was impressed with Beauty of the Earth’s CS and shipping, it was sent out on the same day I ordered and it arrived a couple of days later. Which was really fast given the fact that I’m in Florida and they are based somewhere on the other side of the country.
Anyway, this product works as it’s suposed to, it binds the mineral pigments together, and it doesn’t make the product hard or crumbly in the process. The description of this product from Coastal Scents says that this product will go a long, long way. I didn’t get nearly as much use out of this product that I thought I would. I used the entire bottle making up between 15-20 pressed eyeshadows. I was using small, MAC sized 26mm pan, not huge blush or pressed powder pans. I was very dissapointed with the product in that aspect.
However, like I said it does work, and it has only about four or five ingredients in it as well. Would I recommend it to someone to use? No, I would not recommend this product now, but had you asked me when I first got it I would have said yes. The reason now, is that I found out through another source that Biosilk Silk Therapy can press pigments in the exact same way as the E-Z Press, only the Biosilk is $13 for a much larger bottle than the E-Z Press. Plus the Biosilk leaves the mineral pigment with a pleasant light smell.
If you are like me, after I finished my bottle of E-Z, I went to Sally’s Beauty Supply and I purchased the Generic Value Products version of the Biosilk Silk Therapy. The ingredients are exactly the same as the Biosilk, except with the generic one, I got 6 oz of product for $6.99. Either way, you can find a much cheaper alternative to the E-Z Press if you head over to your local beauty supply. I can also recommend the Ion Silk Drops as well for pressing pigments. I have used all three and all three work just fine. The first three or four ingredients are the most important. So as long as a product has Dimethicone and Cyclomethicone in the first few ingredients, then there shouldn’t be any problem with using it to press minerals.
E-Z Press Ingredients:
- Polysorbate 20
- Isoproply Myristate
Biosilk Silk Therapy / Generic Value Products Biosilk Silk Therapy:
Cyclomethicone, Dimethicone, SD Alcohol 40-B, Panthenol, Ethyl Ester of Hydrolyzed Silk, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Fragrance (Parfum), C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Propylparaben
Ion Silk Drops:
CYCLOPENTASILOXANE ,DIMETHICONE ,C12-15 ALKYL BENZOATE ,FRAGRANCE ,ETHYLHEXYL METHOXYCINNAMATE ,ALCOHOL DENAT. ,HYDROXYISOHEXYL 3-CYCLOHEXENE CARBOXALDE ,ETHYL ESTER OF HYDROLYZED SILK ,ALPHA-ISOMETHYL IONONE ,PANTHENOL ,BENZYL ALCOHOL ,LIMONENE ,LINALOOL ,CITRONELLOL ,BUTYLPHENYL METHYLPROPIONAL ,HEXYL CINNAMAL
Over the past couple of weeks, I have been celebrating the haul-a-days early. I hit up a few drugstore sales, and took advantage of Cyber Monday sales. I love when brands such as Wet N Wild and Jane go BOGO Free, because it doesn’t happen as much with Revlon. Anyway here are my hauls from the past few weeks.
The first things I bought were a new foundation, because I am getting a little tired of my Aubrey Nicole foundation. I still love it, but I just wanted a change, something for the winter months. So when I saw that CVS was doing a promotion with Maybeline Power Mineral Liquid foundation, I decided to give it a whirl. I picked up color Nude – which is just about a perfect match for me. It’s as good as it’s going to get in drugstore foundations. I liked the foundie so much, that I ended up picking up a second bottle during the sale.
(Review of this foundie is coming soon)
Another haul that I picked up was from Walgreens. Since Walgreens and CVS are right next to each other, it makes it really easy to hit up both of these stores at the same time. For this week, Walgreens has Wet N Wild on sale for BOGO Free, and had a bunch of stuff that is being discontinued on clearance. One of the things I love about Walgreens is that when something is on clearance it also is still eligible for the BOGO Free sales. So I managed to score four of the twist up stick blushes that are being discontinued for about a $1 a piece. I also grabbed up two of the Loreal Colour Juice sheer lipsticks. I am not sure if these are being discontinued, but I snapped up two of them for $4.99. I love this things, they are quite pigmented and super glossy. I also love the taste and smell of these things. Very fruity.
I also got in my first haul from Coastal Scents today as well. I had heard some extremely good things about their new Gel Liners, and many beauty gurus on youtube had mentioned that they were basically good dupes for MAC Fluidlines, and were half the price of the Fluidlines. The Gel Liners are normally $6.95, and I picked up 6 of the ten colors that they are offering, I didn’t get their black, brown or light blue colors, because I already have all the HIP creme liners and I still have a ton of my creme liners left. So I focused on the other colors, getting the silver, gold and other colors that I didn’t have. I’ve played with some of the colors earlier today and they apply very much like the Fluidlines I already have. I plan on giving my new Gel Liners a better test tomorrow. I also picked up two eyeliner brushes from Coastal Scents as well, because someone recommended them to me to use with the liners. Since I didn’t have any decent slanted eyeliner brushes, I bit the bullet and grabbed them at $1.85 a piece. I like them a lot, and I plan on writing a review of them soon.
I also grabbed some new fragrance oils, because I LOVE burning oils. I love these as much as makeup. They are like crack to me! I knew that Coastal Scents sold fragrance oils and they were only $3 for 2 oz bottle, which is a total steal compared to Bath & Body Works, The Body Shop and Yankee Candle. I picked up two scents, White Plum and English Holly, and both are amazing. They filled my room with fragrance quickly and kept the scent going for several hours. I was very pleased.
Finally, I hit up the new store in my local mall, Fragrant Body Oilz, which I have mentioned previously on this blog. I purchased 6 bottles of 1 oz oils for $20, which is also a really good deal. I am trying these oils out, and I plan on writing more about them in the future. So far I am really pleased with my purchases and I plan on making more in the future. Other fragrance oils fanatics would love this company