Chapter Two: Oxford Basil
What inspired you to undertake this endeavor?
I was truly getting bored with buying new lipsticks, especially lipsticks with crazy chemicals in them. This all happened because a company had sent me their lipsticks to review for my blog.
Yes, the liquid-to-matte lipsticks were gorgeous and vibrant, but I noticed the ingredients had came harsh chemicals. Of course me, being ME, I looked beyond the ingredients anyway and applied one of the lipsticks to my lips; my lips immediately started to burn from all the chemicals. So, just from that experience, I was like, "Okay, it's time to make lipsticks, handmade with no harmful ingredients and animal cruelty-free".
Tell us about the behind-the-scenes process!
The process is simple, but time-consuming. One tiny mistake in portioning the ingredients can truly mess up the formula, causing it either break, be too glossy, or not be pigmented enough.
When I do have a lipstick color in mind, I like to write it down in my journal and keep track of how much of every ingredient I use, such as the mica pigments & lipstick base. Once I have it all written down and made up, I pour the liquid formula into my lipstick mold and let it chill in the freezer for some time to harden up.
How did you decide upon lipstick shade options?
Deciding what lipstick shades I wanted to be in the collection launch wasn't that hard. I knew I wanted a sexy color, something for a special date or late night booty call. I thought a deep red would be perfect; red tones look gorgeous on all skin tones. Another color on the deep spectrum is a dark pink berry tone, which I must say is the best dark pink if you're not a fan of soft/loud pink shades.
Last, but not least, I've always been a fan of all browns! So I wanted this brown to be not like any other brown you've seen before. I made this formula so unique that you don't even know it's a brown till you're in a certain light. Shimmer brown, but very pigmented and it's the lipstick that is highly talked about from viewers. Can't wait to launch!
What are you most excited about?
I'm honestly just really excited to start sending out orders and seeing all my hard work, dedication on people who love what I love doing and what I love in general, lipsticks.
Anything else you'd like to add?
Basil Rhea Cosmetics (which will launch in mid-October/early November) will also have other fun products in the near future after the lipsticks launch, so keep an eye out for that! Also, I have a donation page set up for anyone who would like to chip in.
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