In January 16 we decided to start making pressed glitters. We had already been testing for a couple of months and did not experience any issues. However, we had only tested & pressed opaque glitters, not thinking or considering that iridescents & translucents may react differently.
I believe it was mid/late feb when we first released our pressed glitters.
A couple of weeks after our release, when the GI debacle happened, I immediately went to a microbiologist for advice because I didnt want whatever was happening with GI glitters to happen to ours. What I was told, by 2 different microbiologists was that the binder I was using was safe, and a preservative wasnt needed-and one microbiologist actually said the preservative was overkill due to the high alcohol content. (Later he said he misunderstood my situation and recanted his statement that a preservative wasnt needed -I can show you these conversations -all in writing-if anyone would like to see documentation). The other microbiologist also said that Glycerin, which is another ingredient of controversy in this debacle, would not facilitate the growth of bacteria in the finished product.
However, we still didnt feel comfortable without the preservative. Even though we had just made over 2000 pressed glitters. We chose to pull them from stock and start over, with a preservative. We contacted EVERY SINGLE person who purchased from us up to that point. We explained our concerns and offered a replacement or a refund. Whichever the customer preferred. We lost ALOT of money, but safety was our concern and priority, not the loss of money or product. Mold is a very serious situation. And we did this of our own doing, not because anyone had an issue with our products.
I then got ahold of several of Glitter Injections pressed glitters. These were new, never used but already in a state of deterioration. I wanted to test them, and also test my own. I ran microbial tests using a formulators microbial test kit that is available for purchase from lotioncrafter.com. These are VERY reliable and the same test kit that formulators use to test their products. (NOT a home mold kit)
I have the tests, and videos if anyone would like to see the results. IN fact, I am considering sharing all tests publicly. I would have done so before now, but fear of appearing as if I was slandering another business for my own gain prevented me from doing so. These things are touchy from one business speaking about another. At this point though, I feel its time to put all of these MOLD allegations to rest.
I ran a total of 6 tests, on 6 different colors of pressed glitter, some from GI and some of MBA. I tested at the required 5 & 7 days for testing. All tests were negative for mold, yeast or bacteria. (The tests require 5 & 7 days for complete results). However, I have done a challenge test and re-checked results at 1 month 2 months and now 3 months. The results are still negative for mold, yeast or bacteria.
What I did find, during this time was that this discoloring/deterioration was only happening in SPECIFIC colors of glitters from GI. Further testing eventually indicated to me that it was translucent and irridescent glitters that were the problem. The same thing did not happen to metallics and opaques. There was no discoloration of deterioration of MBA Glitters during these tests.
I again went to a microbiologist (working in the cosmetic industry-which I can also share if needed.) I showed him pictures of what was happening to the glitters, shared test results and discussed the situation at length with him. I wanted to be sure the tests were accurate. It was his opinion, as he advised that it was definitely NOT mold. What he seen from the pictures was consistent with oxidation of the pans. There are a couple of reasons for this conclusion. 1 -oxidation typically starts at the edge and works its way inward (which is what happens in every glitter case so far). 2-Mold would form on the surface and the rest of the product would be mostly unaffected-unless it became confluent. 3-its conclusive with the microbial tests that its not mold, yeast or bacteria.
I agree with the microbiologists opinions completely. In conjuction with the microbiologists opinions and my additional observations and tests, and finding that it only happens in translucents and iridescent glitters, I have come to the conclusion that the translucent and iridescents begin to break down/bleed and then the pans start to oxidize, causing the discoloration. So, IMO there may be 2 separate issues, one possibly caused by the other-like a chain reaction. In addition, I also consulted with another indie cosmetics company owner, whom I feel is very knowledgeable and competent in formulating.
For that reason, we chose to no longer sell ANY translucent or iridescent pressed glitters. Again, we pulled anything from stock (again taking a loss-but that’s not our priority). And we continue to monitor and test these glitters every single day.
I feel that we have pin pointed the problem that several companies are having with pressed glitters, and we feel that we have taken the steps to prevent this from happening in our own glitters.
I still have the glitters that we pulled from inventory and continue to monitor and test them for any changes. As I mentioned earlier, before releasing our first pressed glitters we had tested for some time. The problem was that we only tested metallics and opaques. What we didnt expect to encounter were issues with iridescents and translucent glitters. Once we found that there was a possiblity of issues, we took steps to correct it.
For those of you who are still with me through this long drawn out post. The point of all of this is…ITS NOT MOLD. It never was, and after 13 weeks of microbial testing-I am confident that these pressed glitters DO NOT HAVE MOLD. Regardless of what other people may be assuming, I have facts, evidence, professional advice and months of testing to back up my conclusions and observations.
Test results are all available, I do have videos. I did have some errors in the format. I edited them to add captions and information and did not realize that they saved in a format that couldn’t be uploaded to IG or this blog. I have to either get someone who knows how to change the format or just upload the raw videos. But I do have them if I should choose to make them public
There seems to be SO much confusion over GLITTER these days. We haven’t seen so many comments and misunderstandings over glitter, until recently. I see so many untrue, or just misinformed statements. There is just too much confusion over this subject.
Let’s see if we can clear up some of the confusion.
There are 2 grades of glitter that are commonly talked about and used. Cosmetic grade glitter and craft glitter. Cosmetic grade glitter is a smaller cut glitter, and milled to be smooth. Craft glitter can be larger, more chunky, and jagged cut.
Lets just go right to the point on this one, I know of ZERO cosmetic companies that would risk selling Craft Grade Glitter. I’m comfortable with saying that any established company, ‘indie’ or otherwise, are selling cosmetic grade glitter. Our businesses are not a craft project. We value and take safety seriously.
Cosmetic companies have been using cosmetic grade glitter in cosmetic products for DECADES. Not just MBA Cosmetics, folks. MOST cosmetic companies, whether it be big, small or anywhere in between, they are doing & selling the exact same thing as MBA Cosmetics in their sale of glitters.
But…but, but are they FDA Approved? NO the answer is absolutely, positively NO. The FDA has never approved ANY glitter for use in cosmetics. Whether it be loose or pressed glitter, it is not approved by the FDA. Any site or company who says different is not being truthful, or is not informed.
However, The FDA is very well aware that cosmetic companies are using glitter to make cosmetics. The CIR (Cosmetics Ingredients Review) has tested and determined the PET Polymers (Polyethylene Terephthalates) AKA Glitter to be safe to use in cosmetics and provided the information and test studies to the FDA for review.
Read the entire CIR safety assessment HERE:
Presently the FDA says they have no evidence that glitter, as used in cosmetics poses a health risk, and at this time are taking no action on the situation.
You can read the FDA’s Role here:
With all of this said, we do include a disclaimer on EVERY glitter product we sell, stating that it is not FDA approved and our website has the disclaimer as well, to use at your own discretion. We sell cosmetic grade glitter with a diameter of .008 or smaller. We may have 1 or 2 clearance glitters that are a .010.
Rest assured, we sell and use only cosmetic grade glitter. We would NEVER EVER sell a craft glitter. Cosmetic Grade Glitters have been tested and deemed safe by the CIR, though still not approved by the FDA. Unless the FDA decides to otherwise state that they feel its a health risk, and issues a warning to stop using to the cosmetic industry, we are compelled to believe that it isn’t a risk. The FDA has no intention at this time of enforcing any action one way or the other because they have no evidence to otherwise say glitter poses a risk.
Ho Ho Ho, who’s ready for holiday shopping? We are! Don’t forget to check out our FREE Gift With Purchase category that will be available on our website from Nov 16th through the holiday season. Find it by clicking on the Free Gift Banner on the homepage of our website, or under Shop By Category on the home page.
We will have lots of goodies to choose from all through the season. Pick up an extra gift for someone on your shopping list or treat yourself to a special gift-you deserve it!
Just a few of our current Free Gift selections (changing frequently)
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!
We all know how important it is to take care of our skin and protect it from the summer sun. But do you know its just as important to take care of your skin in the winter? The harsh wind and cold air can make skin dry irritated and chapped, making it even more susceptible to ultraviolet rays from the sun.
Below are some great tips from Duke University Health Systems and Skin Care Physicians.
Use a humidifier: Because the air inside your home tends to become very dry in the winter, it is important to use a humidifier to help keep your nasal passages from drying out and your skin from becoming dry, cracked and itchy.
Moisturize frequently: If your skin isn’t prone to breakouts, switch to an oil-based moisturizer in the winter. The more oil a moisturizer contains, the more moisture will be retained. Look for products with the word "ointment" on the label – they contain the most oil (approximately 80 percent oil and 20 percent water).
Protect your skin from sun damage: Although you are usually bundled up from head-to-toe in the winter, it is important to use a sunscreen on areas of your body that are still exposed – your face being the most important. Choose a moisturizing sunscreen with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of at least 15 (higher if you will be skiing). Also be sure to wear a lip balm containing sunscreen.
Dress in layers: Being bundled up in the winter can cause overheating – even if it’s cold outside. Overheating and sweating often leads to itching. If you wear layers, you can remove clothing as needed to prevent getting too warm. Choose loose-fitting cotton fabrics for the most comfort. Also be sure to wear gloves to protect your hands from the cold, dry air to prevent cracking and chapping.
Examine your skin-care regimen: Try not to use products like Retin-A or Renova without also using a high-SPF sunscreen. These products make your skin more susceptible to getting a sunburn. If you have sensitive skin, refrain from using sloughing products such as alpha-hydroxy acids because they have a tendency to aggravate dry, irritated skin.
Shed wet clothes immediately: If you’ve been out sledding or skiing, be sure to remove your wet clothes and shoes immediately after returning indoors. Wet clothing and shoes can irritate the skin and cause eczema.
Don’t take long, hot showers: Although the thought of a long, hot shower sounds great, they can suck all of the moisture out of your skin. Instead, take a short, warm shower, use a towel to pat your skin almost dry, and then use a good moisturizer while your skin is still damp. Use a super-emollient lotion for your hands, heels or any other place on your body where the skin is extremely dry or cracked.
See a dermatologist: If you develop severely dry skin, eczema or itchy skin, visit a dermatologist. He or she can often prescribe a mild cream or other treatment to restore moisture.
TREATING WINTER SKIN:
If the winter weather is wreaking havoc on your lips and skin, dont give up hope! There is an abundance of products on the market to treat dry, flakey chapped skin.
Lotions and creams: If you have normal/oily skin, you should use a lotion. If you have dry, flaky skin, you should use a cream. Basic moisturizers are made up of two main ingredients: humectants, which attract water molecules to the skin, and emollients, which soften skin by forming a protective layer on top, sealing in water. Lotions contain more humectants, and creams contain more emollients.
Facial moisturizer: Because the dry heat and harsh winds of winter strip the skin of essential moisture, it is important to look for facial moisturizers containing enriching ingredients or vitamins (such as vitamin E and amino acids). Stay away from acids and other peeling agents as they strip the skin even more.
Lip treatments: To avoid chapped, flaky lips during the winter, search for lip treatments containing shea butter, jojoba oil, avocado oil, mango oil and lip balm. These heavy ingredients help to replenish lost moisture.
Whole-body moisturizers: The skin on your body is naturally drier than the skin on your face. If you don’t have a problem with body breakouts, look for the heaviest cream or lotion you can find to re-hydrate your skin. Look for words like "body butter".
Exfoliants: Exfoliants are designed to shed the layers of dry, dead skin from areas of your body such as your elbows, knees and heels. If you suffer from dry or scaly skin, you should use an exfoliant between two and three times per week. Exfoliants should only be used on your body – not on your face. When choosing an exfoliant, look for one with super-hydrating ingredients.
Hand and foot treatments: Because the skin on your hand is a lot thinner than the skin on the rest of your body, it is more often exposed to drying agents. Look for products with intense moisturizers and gloves (you can often find them in a kit). As for feet, the skin is often rough and calloused, so look for an intense hydration product that also exfoliates dead skin.