Monday, January 18, 2010

what's in a name...

 grand rose

recently, i have hopped back on the make-up wagon. i love a good healthy amount of rouge and a bright lip, at the very least. i feel healthier and more kempt with a little color on my face. that being said, i have also recently depleted my supply of benefit benetint. since there is no sephora anywhere to be seen in these here parts of brooklyn, i decided to concoct my own at home.

fragrant rose


so simple and so easy. all you need is a bottle of glycerin, natural red food coloring, rose water(the kind with a spray nozzle-trust me), an eyedropper, and a tiny bottle. depending on the size of your vessel, the recipe can be altered. i find the ratio to be as such, based on an inkwell sized bottle.

* 3/4 rose water
* 2 drops vegetable glycerin
* 1-3 drops of red food coloring. i personally like 2 drops, which gives me a really healthy, rosy cheek.

rose tint

gently shake the bottle to mix the ingredients and ta da! your very own lip/cheek stain! i've also found smoothing a dab of vitamin e oil over the lips and cheeks, followed with a generous spritz of the rosewater revives my oh so tired, oh so neglected winter skin.

what's in a name

and, what's especially nice about making this at home, other than being ridiculously easy, it that this is so much cheaper than its lovely, fancy pants version bought at a store. because really, what's in a name?

13 comments:

Faux Naif said...

how clever! i'd never imagine to make my own, but it sounds like such a lovely recipe - i always smooth rosewater over my face when i wake up. it's really refreshing, and it feels like such a romantic (and silly) thing to do. isn't the word 'rosewater' just so delicious?

t said...

this is great- I've ran out long ago and was thinking of how I wanted to stock back up! Question about the directions-3/4 of what of rosewater? the bottle? an ounce? a gallon? :)

Danielle said...

love it. however, rose water makes me break out...it is one of my favorite smells in the world though.

"hi, i'm ginnybranch stelling and i love love." said...

t... good point! i doctored the recipe according to the bottle size, which is tiny. so 3/4 referred to 3/4 of the bottle. is that better? i'm a lousy math teacher.

Kristen said...

aww this is awesome! I really want to make some.. thank you for sharing!

Julia (Color Me Green) said...

oooh i should try this. maybe i can wear makeup after all!

*L said...

awesome. i have had m benetint for almost 6 years... but will be running out soon and definitely would love to save some $$ for something else.

katealtmix said...

what a decadent sounding cheek stain, it sounds quite perfect! now to find rosewater... :)

Hannah said...

I love this post so much, thanks for doing it. I use Benetint too but I'm definitely going to try out your version because it is so expensive.

"hi, i'm ginnybranch stelling and i love love." said...

if you go to a whole foods or any natural/ health food store, you should be able to find all the ingredients. so easy peasy!

Jay said...

Such a clever idea! I'll have to go for a darker red, as alas, rose-pink does my complexion no favors.

steph finds that the.. said...

how lovely! I'm so refreshed just reading this recipe, can't wait to got try it!

"hi, i'm ginnybranch stelling and i love love." said...

update: miss francesca posted a link to a super luxurious water, for those who want some'n a little more upscale! she recommends santa maria novella's rose water, and i am sure it is heavenly. all of their products are such a treat!

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