Usually retreats in the mountains are rustic affairs. Back to nature… no internet, no TV, no phone, no makeup…
However, at the Henna Intensive & Retreat, rustic was just a bit prettier. Sure, we all hanging out in primitive cabins with showers and toilets in separate buildings, but that didn’t mean we had to rough EVERYTHING…
We who henna tend to be a colorful lot… and we share a lot in common with our sisters, the bellydancers. (In fact, many of us are former dancers, currently dance or are dance wannabes)
So it was not a total surprise to see a make-up display at the camp store along with the henna powders and design books.
But EyeCons is not just your average make-up kit.
Not only is there a nice selection of mineral eyeshadows, you can choose your colors, AND they are food-grade so you can use them as lip colors, too. AND, they come with a sealant as well as a lip butter. AND you can mix the powder with the sealant and use any of the 4 stamps that come with the kit to create water and sweat resistant “bindis’! AND the kit comes with a palette, measuring spoons, mixing spatulas, a retractable lipbrush, 2 eyeliner brushes and a lipgloss container!
All of the powders are personally blended by Jessica using her special long-wearing formula. The bindi stamps were designed by Jessica and laser-cut by her husband. She also makes the lip butter with all natural ingredients and packages the sealant (made by Mehron) in a very user-friendly dropper bottle.
I snapped this little set up and couldn’t wait until the next morning so I could play with it!
Hmm. Well, I suppose it’s difficult to tell that I’m wearing Cleo’s Eyes as eyeliner in this photo. It’s the only photo I have of ME from the conference… didn’t think to take selfies. Oh well.
These are the eye colors I got with my kit: Old Gold, Cleo’s Eyes and Blue Vapor. There are 3 swatches of each color; the top row is dry shadow on top of the sealant that had been brushed onto the skin; the middle row is color mixed with sealant and applied with a brush; the bottom row is the dry powder without primer or sealant. And then, I mixed the powder with the sealant and tried out the star stamp with the gold and Cleo blue.
As you can see, the colors are nice dry, but really pop when applied over the sealant and then make a lovely liquid eyeliner when mixed with the sealant and applied with a brush.
Each stamp is made from hard plastic, laser-cut by Jessica’s handy husband and glued onto a toothpick. Genius! The cut sponge serves the dual purpose of protecting the stamps when not in use and of being a stand for them when you are using them. The stamps are super-easy to use and I know that come some fabulous event, I will probably have a gold star somewhere… the bat and skull stamps are going to be popular with my facepaint clients!
My 4th color choice was Nina’s Lips, a gorgeous blend of burgundy and bronze and blue… the photo does not show all the color dimensions.
To make lip color, you add a drop of sealant to the powder, then mix in a smidge of shea butter lip balm and… voila!… lip color. This color applied sheerly is a MLBB shade and becomes more femme fatale as I layer it on. Very pretty, and it doesn’t dry out my lips, either. It lasts as long as regular lipstick. You could add more sealant for longer wear. As long as you aren’t eating or drinking, the color stays on and true.
LOVE this stuff!
Have you heard of EyeCons? If not, you should check them out to release your inner Goddess!