Our 5 new shades are Bitten, A gorgeous burgundy-wine shade, Gothica, a deep plum, Nocturnal, a sexy dark purple, Tigress, a warm cocoa brown and Witchcraft, a solid deep black. Our Matte Liquid Lipstick glides on like a liquid and dries down to a long lasting matte finish without dehydrating the lips. This formula is top notch and every bit as good as many ‘Big Brands’ at a much lower price!
That would be ME! I can never get enough sparkly or glittery things!
Jinx, a beautiful, a dark, gunmetal gray. Merciless, a gorgeous dark, midnight blue. Pompous, a STUNNING blackened purple. Sinister, an amazing deep, burgundy wine. These are cut in away that they are SUPER reflective/refractive for an out of this world sparkle!
Our glitter selection is one more area that will be seeing a lot of changes very soon. Its the same situation as our Lipsticks & Lip Paints. Due to one of our primary suppliers closing up shop, we can no longer get many of the glitters that we used and haven’t been able to find exact replacements.
We have found some replacements and added some new colors as well. One can never have enough Glitters, Right?
FINALLY-We have Dupes and we have NEW Lipsticks!
Its been a challenge over the past few months trying to find replacement pigments after one of our primary pigment suppliers just closed up shop one day, out of the blue. Unfortunately, it left us in a situation where we had at least 8 lipstick shades and at least a dozen loose shadows were going to be discontinued. We searched high and low and found replacement pigments for some of our pigments, but weren’t so lucky on others. Lipsticks were our first priority.
Unfortunately, we weren’t able to dupe two of our best selling and favorites, however, we have created new lipsticks, Taupetone and Truffle that are lovely replacements for Godiva and Taupuccino AND in the process we created 2 completely new and AMAZING shades of Lip Paints Bellissimo and Chic Brick!
Next project-Duping and/or replacing about a dozen shadows-wish me luck!
I just love this time of the year when rich, saturated, burnished colors and satiny & shimmery glowing colors make up our color palettes. It’s one of my favorite times for creating new colors as well! I thought it would be fun to share with you a few of our favorites, and a new of our new products that are perfect for any fall makeup palette!
(Limited Edition) Harvest Glow Loose Eyeshadow. I cant even begin to tell you just how GORGEOUS this shadow is. It’s so incredibly rich & saturated with an amazing GLOW. It is the must have fall shadow! Created from Bronze and Copper Powders, this shadow is very different from Mica based shadows. The metallic sheen that comes from using real metallic powders is simply unmatched by micas! Harvest Glow is created from the same metallic powders as our Molten Metals Loose Shadows Collection.
Speaking of GLOW. Highlighters are a huge trend right now. There’s no more perfect way to get that autumn glow than with one of our highlighters/illuminators. If you like a sparkly and shimmery highlight be sure to check out our Shimmering Bouquets. Angelic (gold) is just heavenly. Also in our Shimmering Bouquet collection are Adorned (peachy) and Extravagant (bronze).
And if you prefer just a beautiful shimmery glow without the sparkle, take a look at our Illuminators. Golden Glow will give you that perfect kiss of shimmery gold, or try our Pink Glow or Bronze Glow. For even more shimmery fun, pick up the whole collection of our Illuminators and glow until your heart’s content!
Many of our Loose Eyeshadows can double as a shimmery highlighter/bronzer, if you haven’t discovered these shades then you are missing some GORGEOUS GLOW! A few of my favorites that have a beautiful shimmery glow are, Aruba– A gorgeous Champagne/Pinky shade with a hint of Bronze, Satin Bronze-a super satiny & shimmery bronze. Blush Beige-A warm toned beige/bronze with a super shimmer. Pink Bronze-A super shimmery pinky bronze. These shades are all very shimmery and work equally well on the eyes cheeks and lips!
And last but not least, another one of my favorite products! Our Pixie Blushes are more of a highlighter than an actual blush. They are super shimmery with just a hint of color and are available in Pink Champagne, Golden Glimmer and Bronze Shimmer.
That wraps up just a few of my favorite fall must haves from the MBA Cosmetics line. Check out our website for these products and many more!
As you may have noticed, over the past several months we have ‘changed’ more than a little!
What a busy (but FUN) year its been at MBA! Prior to April of 2015, we were primarily a made & manufactured in house indie brand. offering mineral makeup, lipsticks, skincare and bath & body products.
For several reason, we have chosen to branch out into additional directions. Some of our customers love this idea, while others very much dislike this idea. There were many factors involved in our decisions & reasons for the change of direction. I will try to give you a simplified version of why we have made these decisions.
Our decision to cut products from our line, including some made in house products, skincare & bath & body products
1-Many of the ingredients for handmade products are very expensive and require that they be bought in bulk. We found ourselves throwing away many ingredients as they would pass their ‘use by date’ before we could use up or sell the products. Being a small company, this became a loss that we couldn’t keep enduring over and over again.
2- Over the past year many of our vendors, have closed shop and even changed their direction & product offerings, leaving the small to medium size indie companies with very few suppliers and a lack of access to many ingredients & components to make several of the products that we made.
3-Many of our scented products were custom made at the time of order. With the larger volume of makeup related products that we also make (and are a larger demand), having to drop everything to make a few custom scented products each day became time & cost prohibitive.
Branching out, expanding and growing our line of products
We have branched out into other areas besides just offering ‘made in house’ products. Besides still offering our own made in house MBA products, we have also starting working with a few wonderful USA based private label companies and some contract manufacturing as well. And even distributing a few other brands in our shop such as City Color and LA Girl products that we love.
This does not mean that the products are not great quality, as some would like to suggest. This does not mean we are not creative, or involved in our line (I think 64 colors of lipstick that we DO make in house, over 200 eye shadows and MANY other products that we manufacture in house is testament to the fact that we are highly creative, and highly involved in our brand)
We work closely with a couple of great companies and only select the best of products. Our primary goal is to provide a great product at an affordable price. We would never put our name on a product that we don’t feel our customers would like or love, and we would never put our name on a product that is less than great quality. We pass up products all the time that we feel are not representative of what we want in our line.
Our reasons for changing our direction regarding manufactured in house, private label and contract manufactured products.
1-I am the only one in my shop that creates products, and some products, I am the only one who makes the product. I am limited and my time is absolutely full. I only have so many hours in a day that I personally can create and make products. There is just no time left to fit in more, and we really wanted to grow & expand our line.
2-Yes I do have employees. And even though they are wonderful and amazing employees, not everyone shares my same vision and can ‘create’ the products as I do. So, there are some limits to what my employees can do as far as creating new or existing products.
3-Time is a huge factor. In order to continue to grow and expand our line it was a necessary direction to go if I wanted to continue to provide a product line at an affordable price.
4-At some point and time, I expect the rules & laws are going to change in a very big way regarding what an indie company can do, and that new laws and government regulations may make it impossible for many indie businesses to continue to manufacture their own products in house. If this happens it could potentially wipe out many indie companies. Big cosmetic companies have been pushing these bills in the government relentlessly. I don’t want to put all of my eggs in one basket and relying on ‘made in house’ products as my sole & only type of product in the MBA line.
Our mission and goal is to provide a complete line of products of great quality that are AFFORDABLE to the average customer.
This has always been our mission and our goal. We feel our decisions were necessary to grow and expand our line, to stay competitive in this crazy, and ever so competitive market, and to insure that our business would be successful not just for now, but also in the future.
We hope you will take a look around at all of the new products we have added to our line, and share our passion for cosmetics as much as we do!