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A Glass Full of Empty


Last night, I attended the SIMEN talk given by Michael Wayne. While he was briefly explaining quantum theory in 'readers digest' form (as he put it), I had a thought relating to how the greatest part of a cell is composed of empty space. But what if that which is being called "empty" is actually not empty at all, but a type of matter that we cannot yet ascertain? What if it is something as of yet undetectable? Certainly, even though we cannot measure it, it is 'holding' space. And certainly, just because we cannot determine it's being doesn't mean that it isn't something, for it does exist. Another state of being? Why not?

Digging Minerals


What's the latest and greatest in makeup?

For a host of important reasons including product sensitivity and an overall desire to use more healthful products, many women today are switching to mineral makeup from traditional powder, cream, and liquid foundation. It's part of a greater trend towards natural and organic products that do not contain substances like preservatives.


Is all mineral makeup the same?

Not all mineral makeup is created the same. When shopping for a good brand, it's important to note that less is more. In other words, an ingredient list a few inches thick is not a good thing. In general, the less ingredients, the better. Mineral makeup need only contain minerals. It does not need talc or other fillers. It doesn't need preservatives since it's made from minerals and minerals cannot support bacterial growth. Be sure to check the label, since "mineral makeup" has become a catch phrase and doesn't mean that only minerals are contained in the formula.


Why should I use mineral makeup?

There are many benefits to mineral makeup. It is more forgiving with skin tone and therefore easier to match, blends without difficulty, provides some sun protection by its nature and, as already noted, doesn't grow bacteria. Since it does not contain oil in powder form, it is favored by women with oilier or problem complexions. It's also excellent for women with sensitive skin, a condition that is more common today.


How do I apply mineral makeup? What do I use?

Mineral makeup can be applied with a brush or a sponge. One popular brush type is a kabuki, which is a flat topped utensil. This brush is good for applying a heavy application of powder. A tapered foundation brush is another popular, good choice and will do a nice job blending the material, while an angled brush works nicely for blush. However, no matter which type you choose, it's a good idea to tap off your brush on the side of the jar after lifting the powder, since there is usually an excess of mineral on the brush.

Remember to wash your brush every few days to avoid contamination, since the brush will pick up oils from your skin and dust from the air. Flocked sponges -- those with a soft, padded surface -- are also excellent for mineral powder makeup application as they hold the powder well, allow for good coverage and are suited for smooth blending.

It's important to note that excessive manipulation of the product on the skin can cause the color to become grayed, so be careful not to move the powder around too much after you've applied it to your skin.


What sort of products can I find in a mineral makeup line?

Mineral makeup is most often found in loose powder form, though it is also available pressed, as a cream and a liquid. The powder can be combined with moisturizer to make it into a cream. People who have dryer skin types may prefer a liquid foundation type as it provides more hydration.

Minerals also come in a host of finishes from matte to shimmery and everything in between. Matte or semi matte is best for more mature skin since it shows less wrinkling. It's also preferred for photography as there is less shine.

Minerals can be layered to provide better coverage and come in a host of products including foundation, concealer, blush, eye shadow, eye liner, and lipstick. Some companies, like Bare Escentuals have a two-step foundation process that comes with a base and a veil that is worn over it, while others like Everyday Minerals combine the two in one formula.

It's no wonder that mineral makeup is becoming so popular: it's cost effective, healthy for the skin, and provides some sun protection, though the exact amount will vary from company to company. Most women enjoy its light consistency and silky feel. It's a good idea to consult a professional - like an aesthetician - who can help you choose the right shade and formula for your unique skin and show you how to apply it.

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Reisa Mehlman

As a New York State Licensed Aesthetician, New York State Licensed Nail Specialist, and the Director of Living Well Healing Arts Center & Spa, Reisa combines her love of spa services and healing arts to achieve optimum skin and nail health, create greater overall wellness and bring forth our optimal, individual beauty.

"I believe that the day spa should be an instant getaway; a place that is quiet without being stuffy, relaxed, elegant and yet entirely comfy. You should feel warm and welcome, surrounded by people who care about you and what they are doing. This is the environment we strive to create at Living Well Healing Arts Center & Spa. Here, you are never just the "next" number; we allow ample time for your services, offer a flexible schedule and can be reached after hours. After all, to me, spa craft is not really a business, it's a lifestyle." Read more...

Dr. Sarah Lobisco

SARAH LOBISCO, ND, is a graduate of the University of Bridgeport’s College of Naturopathic Medicine (UBCNM). She is licensed in Vermont as a naturopathic doctor and holds a Bachelor of Psychology from State University of New York at Geneseo. Dr. LoBisco speaks professionally on integrative medical topics, has several journal publications, and is a candidate for postdoctoral certification in functional medicine. She currently incorporates her training in holistic medical practices and conventional medicine through writing as well as through her position as Director of Clinical Education for a highly-esteemed nutraceutical and medical food company.*Dr. LoBisco’s recent blogs about living naturally in our complex world and on the applications of essential oils can be found at Her book, BreakFree Medicine, is set for release this year. *

*Currently, Dr. LoBisco is not seeing new clients or practicing naturopathic medicine with private consultation work. Although she holds a license in VT, her current role is to provide support for clinical education and technical support on natural products, exclusive of any medical or diagnostic consultations or services. Read more...