DIY Idebenone, Niacinamide (B3), Glucosamine anti aging serum (DragoN’s recipe)

This serum is jam packed with potent anti aging actives, antioxidants, in a skin loving base of seamollient and Borage oil.  It was created by DragoN from forum (she is an incredible wealth of skin care science knowledge), and a favourite amongst DIYers on that forum.


DIY Idebenone, Niacinamide, Glucosamine anti aging serum


Ingredient overview:


Idebenone: the powerful antioxidant found in the Prevage line of products.

Niacinamide and Glucosamine: Anti inflammatory, anti-acne,  anti aging, boosts the skin’s own hydration levels from the inside out. More detail on these actives see my previous DIY Niacinamide Glucosamine and Green Tea Serum post

Borage Seed Oil: one of my fav oils at the moment, highest GLA content out of any plant oils. For more details, see my Argan and Borage Oils post.

Hyaluronic acid: humectant -draws moisture from the environment to your skin.

Vitamin E: antioxidant, extends shelf life of oils in a product.

The Recipe:

  • Idebenone 0.15 g from                             
  • Niacinamide (B3) 1.5 g from                
  • N-Acetyl Glucosamine 0.6 g from    
  • Non Denatured Ethanol 0.15 (used to dissolve the Idebenone, and as a penetration enhancer)   not available for purchase in Australia or online. You can use 0.3g vodka instead or dissolve into the oil phase)
  • Borage oil 9.0 g                                                
  • Seamollient 9.0 g                                           
  • Vit E (Covi-Ox mixed tocopherols)0.6 g
  • Hyaluronic acid stock serum 1% 2.4 g    , premixed by me.
  • distilled water 6 g
  • Polysorbate 80 0.6 g (emulsifier)              
  • A few drops of Optiphen (preservative)  


note: the actives in this recipe are used at their maximum recommended concentrations to ensure maximum potency

DIY Idebenone, niacinamide, glucosamine serum ingredients

DIY Idebenone, niacinamide, glucosamine serum ingredients


Step by step instructions:

(You need a decent scale that is accurate to 0.01g)

1.  Measure out 0.15 g of Idebenone (put the container on the scale first and then ‘tare’, or zero it first)

DIY Idebenone, niacinamide, glucosamine serum
Exactly 0.15g of Idebenone before adding ethanol

 keep reading after the jump!


Posted by on May 31st, 2011 in DIY Skin Care | 104comments

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US Haul: NARS, MAC, Chanel, Chantecaille and more…

A few weeks ago I tried Chantecaille Lip Chics for the first time at Mecca Cosmetica, and decided that there was a Lip Chic shaped hole in my life.

The Aussie dollar being at record highs recently, I decided that it was time to do a US order. Of course, there were a few other things I needed to pick up, while I was there 🙂

This is what arrived in my package, mail forwarded through Shopoholiques:

– Chantecaille Lip Chic ‘Zinnia’

– NARS foundation pump

– NARS Dolce Vita lipstick

– MAC Blacktrack Fluidline

– MAC eyelash curler

– MAC Copperplate eye shadow refill

– Chanel Rouge Coco Shine ‘Boy’

– Illamasqua powder blush ‘Hussy’

– Bobbi Brown lip balm SPF 25

– Juice Beauty cleansing milk.

– Jack Black mint lip therapy

I can’t remember exactly which items were from where, but I purchased the products from Nordstroms, Sephora, and Barneys.  Not everything I wanted was available at a single online store, unfortunately but I made sure that I was getting free ground shipping to Shopoliques.



Posted by on May 30th, 2011 in Chanel, Haul, Illamasqua, NARS | 18comments

Getting to know… Boris from MuLondon

Meet Boris: founder of the organic skin care line ‘MuLondon’, creator of one of the best rose scented moisturisers in the history of the world (reviewed here), and a lover of scary movies.

1. How did you come up with the name MuLondon?

I had been thinking about starting my own skincare line for years, and I already had the name in my head that I was going to use – MuLondon. It sounded and felt right.

Once I got the chance to finally start my own business, the name was already there, waiting to shine! It also hints at where all the products are made. There’s more to the name, but let’s leave that for our next interview! 🙂
2. So I hear that you’re working on some new concoctions- can you give us a sneaky preview of what we can expect?

Well, of course! I’m working on a range of facial cleansers that are free from detergents – most commonly used being Sodium Laureth Sulfate and its derivatives – and preservatives like parabens and sorbates.

It’s taken a bit longer than expected, as I did not want to use palm oil-derived ingredients, due to their environmental impact, and sourcing alternatives delayed the launch. It’s a product that I have been using for quite a while, not just for cleaning my face and my hands, but also for shaving. It’s a fabulous, non-toxic, multi-purpose product. I can not use anything else now, and carry this with me when I travel. You’re going to love it!

After that, you can expect to see a line of sexy, sensuous and scrumptious body and massage oils. They will be a great complement to my existing range.

As with all my products – I will only launch something when I have thoroughly tested it myself, and if it fulfils all my strict criteria – safe, effective and concentrated.
3. Describe a day in the life of Boris ‘the head cream-whipper’

A lot of my time goes on research and development – looking for new, safe and certified organic ingredients and testing them alone or in a formula. Then there’s answering emails, updating the website and ordering supplies.

The best parts are actually making the creams – whipping them up, watching them transform and blend into something that’s more than just a sum of its parts, and filling the jars – and then shipping them off to all corners of the world. It really feels amazing that people as far as Japan and Australia are enjoying my hand-made, natural products.

5. How are MuLondon products different from the plethora of other skin care lines that claim to be ‘natural’ ?

When I say that my products are 100% natural, I really mean that. I am very strict with what I put in my products. I have absolutely no place for additives of any kind – no mineral oils, no petroleum-derived ingredients, no chemical preservatives, no bulking agents, no silicones, no solvent-extracted essential oils or herbal extracts. Only the purest, finest, active and certified organic ingredients that have not been tested on animals.

Read the ingredients list on something you find at your local health food store, cosmetics counter or supermarket, claiming to be natural. Then ask yourself these three questions:

How many of those ingredients do you recognise?
How many can you pronounce?
How many would you feel safe to eat?

keep reading after the jump!


Posted by on May 30th, 2011 in Interview, Skincare | 119comments

Skin Care Saturday: Trilogy Sensitive Skin range


Very Gentle Calming Fluid

An exceptionally gentle and calming fluid designed for intolerant, easily irritated skin in need of peace, comfort and soothing hydration.

Combines natural spring water and calming extracts of Chamomile and Calendula with moisture-repairing plant oils to help calm your complexion and protect the weakened skin barrier of sensitive skin. [from Trilogy Website]

Price: $42.95 30mL

Availability: , Priceline.

As a beauty/skin care blogger and a self inflicted lab rat for my DIY skin care projects, my skin is constantly exposed to lots and lots of new products and actives. Sometimes it will throw a hissyfit and I have no choice but to wait it out.

Before I tried this product, I was begrudgingly using a mild steroid (prednisone) cream on any inflammation caused by products or environmental stresses. This is less than ideal for long term use, as steroids can thin and weaken the skin when overused.

To be honest, I really wasn’t expecting to love this product (first thought was ‘what the hell is a calming fluid’) but I really really do. I would sooner part with my boyfriend George Clooney 🙂  than with this product.

The Very Gentle Calming Fluid is am unscented, light serum-ish lotion. When applied, it absorbs easily and leaves the skin feeling very hydrated. I honestly didn’t expect it to be so moisturising- this would be a great standalone day time summer moisturiser.

What I also noticed was that my skin felt more balanced, soothed and ‘normalised’ after using it, if I was experiencing any inflammation or red blotchiness. The Calming Fluid sort of returned it back to it’s healthy, ‘peaceful’, state.

The only downside to this product is that for a fairly basic lotion (no anti-aging actives) it is not cheap, at $42.95 for 30mL.

Full ingredient list:

Aqua (Purified Spring Water), Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Cetearyl Olivate & Sorbitan Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Ormenis Multicaulis (Chamomile Flower) Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract (and) Gl, , Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extrac, Camilla Oleifera (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Xanthan Gum, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin

Very Gentle Moisturising Cream

A particularly gentle moisturiser, designed to nourish, hydrate and comfort even the most sensitive and easily irritated skin.

Combines natural spring water and soothing Calendula with calming Chamomile, Evening Primrose and a plant derived Hyaluronic Acid to help smooth and hydrate your complexion. Also formulated with antioxidant Green Tea to help protect your skin from visible signs of ageing. [from Trilogy website]

price: $37.95 50mL

Keep reading after the jump!


Posted by on May 28th, 2011 in Skincare | 232comments


May FOTD Challenge- Purple Haze

For today’s FOTD Challenge, I really did think about coming up with a crazy look involving psychedelic face paint and a Jimmi Hendricks ‘fro, for about 5 minutes 🙂

Instead I decided to do a wearable purple smokey eye that is more office than woodstock.

Purple Haze Face of the Day (wearable purple smokey eye)

Purple Haze Face of the Day (wearable purple smokey eye)


Face of the Day Makeup Breakdown:


– Urban Decay Primer Potion

– Inglot eye shadow in Pearl 434, a shimmery cool purple grey (from the palette that I reviewed and swatched yesterday)

– Smashbox single eye shadow ‘Cabernet’ (satin finish deep eggplant colour) in outer V and under bottom lashline.

– UD 24/7 liner in Zero top lashline and waterline.

– MAC Omega eye shadow to blend harsh lines in crease and below lashline.

– Illamasqua Liquid Metal ‘Surge’ bottom lashline near inner corner.


MAC Fleur Power blush


-Chanel Rouge Coco Shine ‘Boy’

Purple smokey eye makeup with Inglot, Illamasqua, MAC, Smashbox, Chanel Boy

Purple Haze Face of the Day (wearable purple smokey eye)

Purple smokey eye makeup with Inglot, Illamasqua, MAC, Smashbox, Chanel Boy

Purple Haze Face of the Day (wearable purple smokey eye)

My goodness I love Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Boy!! I promise I will review this very soon.

To find out more about the May FOTD Challenge, and about the other players, go to my first Challenge post here.

Posted by on May 26th, 2011 in Chanel, FOTD, Illamasqua, Inglot | 152comments

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