Thursday, November 30, 2017

Fourth Time's The Charm

Holy Cow! I can't believe it's the end of November already. It's been pretty busy over here at Ambidextrous Crafter and I'm slowly working through all 3 of my WIPs. I'm close to finishing the Crochet Ribbed Skirt pattern, so I'm really excited to share that with all of you dear readers. I finished my Crochet Travel Hook/Needle Case and I have to say, that pattern was really tricky for me to nail down. It was tricky in the sense that it took 4 tries with different stitch patterns to get it right without the fabric curling. I'm really happy with the end result. Because I'm trying to get the two patterns finished, my Strawberry Lace Scarf didn't get much love. 

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving or Friendsgiving. This year, I'm truly grateful for being able to work from home because it enabled me to work towards my fitness goals during my lunch break, I'm not as stressed out as I used to and I get to crochet and design a lot more patterns with the time I used to spend driving up to Denver. I'm also grateful to my wonderful family and friends for being so supportive, it would definitely be extra harder this year without all of your support and prayers. I'm also grateful for the new wood-burning fireplace we got installed as it is way more efficient and it radiates heat more effectively than the old one. 

This month, I've found and am loving this Illuminating BB Cream, 3-in-1 Color Stick and the Intense Hydration Face Cream from Mineral Fusion. If you or someone you know is looking for an all-natural ingredient makeup or skin care product, check out my review on Mineral Fusion. I'm really loving how it looks and feels on my skin and the effects on my skin as well. 

Books I've Read Since Last Blog Post

Currently Reading 

Sense and Sensibility (from the Jane Austen Digest: Complete Collection) 
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter, #6) by J.K. Rowling

Finished Objects

Crochet Travel Hook Case by MG Camacho - yarn used was Premier Yarns Deborah Norville Collection Sock Weight in Lavender Topaz, 50% Superwash Merino, 25% Bamboo, 25% Nylon, total amount used was 147 yards/34 grams; using a Clover Soft Touch Crochet Hook in US B/2.25mm size, finished measurements are 6" tall x 4" wide with the flap closed.

Ribbed Crochet Skirt by MG Camacho - yarn used was Bernat Softee Baby Cotton in Aqua Mist, 60% Cotton, 40% Acrylic, total amount used was yards/grams; yarn used for the belt was Bernat Softee Baby Sport DK Weight in Pale Blue, 100% Acrylic; using a Clover Soft Touch Crochet Hook in US G/4.0mm, finished measurements for the skirt are 20" long x 36" around.

Currently Knitting/Crocheting

Strawberry Lace Pattern from the book Donna Kooler's Encyclopedia of Crochet - yarn used was Trenway Silks Kiku, in Tropical Bloom, 100% Spun Bombyx Silk, Lace weight; using a Clover Soft Touch Steel Hook 1.75mm

Product Reviews


Just in case, I would like to share the blogs and/or podcasts I'm really enjoying which are also listed on the side bar...and these are in the order I discovered them...hope you'll enjoy them too!

Ribbed Crochet Skirt

This pattern is written based on designer’s own measurements and can easily be modified to fit your own body measurements.
It is extremely important that you take note of your own body measurements as well as take note of the number of stitches you need based on the swatch you made in your favorite yarn weight/fiber content and in the corresponding hook/needle size in order to complete this skirt.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

[Product Review] Mineral Fusion

Image courtesy of Mineral Fusion

My Rating: 5 of 5 stars
Category: Makeup & Skin Care

Part 1: Product Description

Mineral Fusion Illuminating Mineral Beauty Balm

Instantly evens and perfects skin tone while minimizing pores and fine lines. 

Skin-soothing Aloe and nourishing botanicals moisturize skin for long-lasting hydration.

Our unique mineral-peptide blend and natural antioxidants promote cellular renewal for younger looking skin.

Mineral sun protection shields your face from the sun’s harmful rays while potent antioxidants ward off free radicals.

Formula Purity
Gluten Free :: 100% Vegan :: Cruelty Free :: Paraben Free :: Artificial Color Free :: Fragrance Free :: Talc Free ::  Hypo-allergenic :: Phthalate Free

Finish Description: ultra sheer with a satin finish

Drug Facts
Active Ingredient ..................... Purpose
Titanium Dioxide 7.4%...................... Sunscreen

Inactive Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Jojoba Esters, Mica, Vegetable Glycerin, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Dimethicone, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Citric Acid, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Extract, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate (Vitamin C), Mineral-Peptide Blend (Magnesium Asparate, Zinc Gluconate, Copper Gluconate, and Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5), Camellia Sinensis (White Tea) Leaf Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Extract, Rosa Canina (Rose) Flower Extract, Olea Europaea (Olive) Leaf Extract, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Sodium Benzoate, Iron Oxides. Other Information: protect this product from excessive heat and direct sun.

Mineral Fusion 3-in-1 Rosette Color Stick

Instant Color For Cheeks, Eyes & Lips
This versatile product is all you need to add color to cheeks, eyes, and lips. The lightweight formula will add a subtle shimmer and pretty glow to any complexion.

Perfect For On-The-Go Use
Brush-free application - apply and blend with fingertips. Easily fits in your bag for touch-ups throughout the day and night.

Multi-Tasking Makeup
All-in-one product speeds up your morning routine.

Formula Purity
Gluten Free :: Cruelty Free :: Paraben Free :: Artificial Color Free :: Fragrance Free :: Talc Free ::  Hypo-allergenic :: Phthalate Free

Color Description: pale pink with a hint of shimmer

Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Vegetable Glycerin, Glyceryl Behenate, Sodium Stearate, Xanthan Gum, Sodium PCA, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Extract, Camellia Sinensis (White Tea) Leaf Extract, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Powder, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate, Caprylyl Glycol. MAY CONTAIN (+/-): Black Iron Oxide, Red Iron Oxide, Yellow Iron Oxide, Carmine, Titanium Dioxide.

Mineral Fusion Intense Hydration Face Cream

Nutrient-replenishing Mineral Water, and ultra-nourishing Shea Butter, Rosehip Oil, and Hyaluronic Acid provide rich, luxurious hydration for noticeably softer skin.

Calming botanicals - Aloe, Lavender, and Cucumber - soothe and comfort skin for a healthy-looking glow.

Natural antioxidants, revitalizing Iron, and our elasticity-promoting, clinically tested, collagen-boosting peptide help firm and restore skin for a more youthful appearance.

Makeup Ready
Leaves skin perfectly prepped for makeup by creating a smooth, even texture.

Formula Purity
Gluten Free :: 100% Vegan :: Paraben Free :: Cruelty Free :: Artificial Color Free :: Hypo-allergenic

Ingredients: Mineral Water (Aqua), Vegetable Glycerin, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice*, Hyaluronic Acid, Cetearyl Alcohol, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Glyceryl Stearate, Hematite (Iron) Extract, Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-3, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender)*, Panthenol (Vitamin B5), Linum Usitatissimum (Flax) Seed Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract, Rosa Canina (Rosehip) Oil*, Olea Europaea (Olive) Leaf Extract*, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract*, Borago Officinalis (Borage) Seed Oil, Allantoin, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract*, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract*, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria)*, Rosemary Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil, CedrusAtlantica (Cedarwood) Bark Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens (Geranium) Flower Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Echinacea Angustifolia Extract, Ethylhexylglycerin. * Certified Organic

Part 2: Recommendation

I saw this brand while browsing the Beauty & Skin Care section of Natural Grocers in S. Nevada, Colorado Springs, CO and it actually took maybe 3 weeks before I went ahead and got the above products. Winter is coming and I can feel my skin drying up faster than I could moisturize it. As for makeup, I seldom wear makeup because (1) I work from home now (2) I don't like the feel of all that makeup on my face (3) it's very time-consuming to put makeup on and (4) I don't like how it looks like I have makeup on. 

Yes, I've seen several YouTube video tutorials on the "No Makeup Look" and that is even more time consuming and the number of products involved is just ridiculous (for me, at least). For me, when I wear makeup, I want me to look like me and if I can limit the number of products used to less than 5, even better especially if you travel light like I do. So, I went to the Mineral Fusion website and read about the company and read all the reviews for the Illuminating BB Cream and Color Stick and loved what I read. So I tested the BB creams at the store and came home with the Illuminating BB Cream and the Rosette 3-in-1 Color Stick. 

I've been using both for 1 week now and I have to say that the Illuminating BB Cream blends well on the skin, very lightweight so it doesn't feel like I'm wearing makeup and the best part is, it looks so fresh, natural and glowing and it doesn't show the dry patches on my cheeks and forehead. It literally feels like putting on moisturizer. It is not super shiny or sheer at all. It has that all over nice glow and it helps keep my skin moisturized.

As for the Rosette 3-in-1 Color Stick, there are 3 other colors available but I picked the Rosette one since I'm more into the pale pink/glowing blush look and the product delivers. It doesn't show much but it gives your cheeks that radiant healthy glowing blush look, which suits me perfectly. And I have very fair, Asian complexion. I haven't used it as a lip color and most likely will never use it for that as I don't wear lipstick ever but I have used it on my lids as eyeshadow and it was easy to apply and it looks just as great. 

Now, for the Intense Hydration Face Cream, I have been using this product for 3 days now and I'm really loving it. It's not oily or sticky at all and I slather this on in the morning before I put on the Illuminating BB Cream and at night after I wipe off my makeup. Here in Colorado, especially during the colder months, you can never put enough moisturizer. I bought this product without reading any reviews online because I figured, if my skin is loving the Illuminating BB Cream, it will most likely love the Intense Hydration Face Cream as well and the fact that this cream also has lavender to combat breakouts and soothe skin irritations. 

This combination works really well for me and it shows on how much smoother and even my skin feels. I highly, highly recommend these products even to those who don't like using makeup at all or for those who love makeup but are looking for a product that uses natural ingredients or to those who want to simplify their makeup routine.

Crochet Travel Hook Case


This versatile Crochet Hook or Interchangeable Hook or Interchangeable Knitting Needle Travel Case that can fit at least 10 hooks or 5 pairs of needles in the inner pocket and a tin-full of notions and stitch markers in the front pocket. You can also attach stitch markers directly onto the fabric for easy access.