Steps To Applying Flawless Foundation

Creating a flawless foundation may appear difficult especially after several attempts that will end up with blotches, patches and caking. When you look at magazines, you will see cover girls with full coverage and flawless foundation—no no caking, streaks, or patches. The truth is, there are tips that you can follow to achieve a flawless foundation application:

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•Wash your face.
It is always important to have a clean face before applying foundation. Using a good facial cleanser, gently cleanse your face. Continue to work on a lather. Remember to wash and not rub. Rinse your face thoroughly with lukewarm water.

•Apply a toner.
Apply a facial toner after washing your face. It removes the excess dirt from your skin. It also removes the residues from your facial cleanser. It not only freshens up your skin but also balances you skin pH after washing. It is best to chill the toner before use to help close your pores.

•Apply moisturizer.
Facial moisturizers help solve issues such as drying, oiliness, and aging of the skin. Most of the moisturizers out in the market contain organic ingredients that help keep the skin healthy-looking. If you have sensitive skin, it is best to choose a moisturizer that has a label saying “non-comedogenic” and “fragrance-free”. For the blemish-prone skin, experts recommend the use of tinted moisturizer. This type helps even out the skin tone and discretely covers the blemishes of the skin. Apply a hefty amount of moisturizer. This is good for the skin since it re-hydrates the face and brings back the lost moisture due to facial cleansing and chemical exposure. Be sure to apply the moisturizer all over the face and the neck. Let it stand for about ten minutes before proceeding to the next step.

•Apply primer.
Apply a primer over your face. This serves as a makeup base for smoother application of make up. Primer can help prolong your makeup application. The advanced formulation of makeup primers helps treat, protect and smooth the skin. It also helps in fighting off the appearance of wrinkles caused by sun exposure and aging. Best buys are those that contain botanical extracts that help diminish redness and blemishes. Some primers also contain sunscreen protection to protect the skin from the harmful UV rays emitted by the sun.

•Choose a foundation.
Select a foundation that is suited to your skin tone. Try on at least three different tones on the back of your hand to determine the best foundation that suits your skin. Apply a small streak from the lower cheek to the upper cheek evenly using a dabbing motion.

•Foundation application.
After choosing the best foundation tone, you can now proceed to coverage. Apply a quarter cent-amount of foundation at the back of your hand. Dip a damp makeup sponge or foundation brush into the foundation. Make sure to keep both sides coated. Apply the makeup in dots over your forehead, cheeks, chin and neck. Blend in an outward motion working toward the hairline and jaw line. Use gentle outward strokes. Finish off by brushing some loose powder over the face and neck.

For a slightly sun-kissed look, apply a hint of bronzer over the cheeks, chin and forehead. Applying your makeup foundation using these methods could help you achieve a flawless look.

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Top 30 Makeup Career Questions

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Pro Artist answers the digging questions on how to get a dream job

Thousands have emailed me over the years asking how to be me–how do you have the time of your life putting makeup on people, and get someone to pay you on the way out the door? I’m sharing with you the top questions they’ve been asking and my answers to help kick-start the dream of being a pro makeup artist.
  1. What is it that a makeup artist actually does?
  2. What kind of education do I need to be a professional makeup artist?
  3. What kind of skills do I need to do makeup on someone?
  4. What kind of daily routine is there for makeup artist?
  5. Where is makeup usually done? Is it in a regular business environment?
  6. Do you work alone or with others?
  7. Is makeup a self-employment job or will someone hire you to work for them?
  8. As a makeup artist, do you have a boss or do you work mostly on your own?
  9. What kind of starting salary will a makeup artist get?
  10. Is income affected by seasons, amount of work, layoffs?
  11. Is salary set or is it negotiated and how hard is it to get what you think you are worth?
  12. Is a makeup career a growth market or is it a job that is declining on opportunities.
  13. How do I search for work as an artist?
  14. How is a makeup career affected by where you live?
  15. What is the most challenging experience you’ve had as a makeup artist?
  16. Do you use one big kit of makeup or do you have several, and what products in general do we need in a makeup artist’s kit?
  17. Is it hard to get started as a fashion makeup artist?
  18. What kind of pace do you need to work at as an artist?
  19. Is it easy to get into film, TV and theater work or do you need connections?
  20. What’s your best advice for a student looking at going out into the makeup world?
  21. What do you find most rewarding about a makeup career?
  22. What is expected in a makeup artist’s portfolio?
  23. Do you have any favorite websites that inspire your makeup styles?
  24. Do you think there is a lot of competition with other artists? And how do you make sure you stand out from them and the competition doesn’t kill you?
  25. Is a makeup career one that suits family life?
  26. What’s your advice in starting out as a makeup artist; how do I promote myself?
  27. What are the drawbacks of a makeup career?
  28. What are the rewards of a makeup career?
  29. Why should I go to makeup school?
  30. Can I make it if I don’t go to makeup school?

 

Permanent Makeup Procedures

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Permanent cosmetic makeup procedures, also referred to as cosmetic tattooing or medical tattooing, can make a whale of a difference to the way recovered cancer patients feel about themselves. Coronation Street actress Sally Whitaker recently disclosed to Hello! Magazine how shocked she was at the way chemotherapy changed her looks. She said: “It really undermined my self-confidence. So having the eyebrow procedure really made a big difference to how I was feeling – it gave my psychological well being a real boost.” Sally approached Karen Bett, a medical tattooing expert, to get her eyebrows permanently done. She admits that she is now “addicted” to cosmetic makeup procedures and wants to have permanent eyeliner too.

However, not all women seeking cosmetic tattooing are recovering cancer patients; their goals vary from getting fuller lips to wanting to get rid of unsightly scars. Springfield-based Kim Housley, proprietor of ColorDerm cosmetic clinic, says that permanent cosmetic makeup can be as dramatic or soft as temporary makeup. Housley, who possesses an Illinois Department of Public Health license and a Society of Permanent Cosmetic Professional certificate, says that each cosmetic makeup procedure is preceded by a consultation, during which the cosmetic surgeon tries to pinpoint the client’s goals. She says that this is essential not only to help the client achieve her goals, but also because permanent cosmetic makeup should look good on its own, without requiring the assistance of temporary makeup. For instance, if the temporary makeup comes off for some reasons, the permanent makeup should continue to look great.

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Cosmetic makeup procedures are immensely popular among women of all age groupsa€”from 20 to 85. According to Housely, 60 percent of her clients want eyebrow procedures. The others want to correct or hide flaws, get a feature they do not have, or want to remove scars.

According to Housely, 60 percent of her clients want eyebrow procedures. The others want to correct or hide flaws, get a feature they do not have, or want to remove scars.

One of Houseley’s clients Kolleen Mendenhall says that she was never satisfied with her light eyebrows, which became lighter and lighter as she aged. She decided to try permanent cosmetic makeup and was amazed with the results. Mendenhall, who has renewed the treatment twice, says: “It didn’t hurt or I wouldn’t go back no matter how good it looked. It’s just made such a difference in the way I look and fee.”

Clients also turn to permanent cosmetic makeup to hide their scars with natural skin colours. Cancer-recovered patients also seek cosmetic tattooing to recreate lost nipples or get permanent eyeliners to make up for lost eyelashes. Cosmetic tattooing transforms women in a big way.

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Cosmetic makeup procedures are painless and do not take long. For instance, medical tattooing experts can do lower-lid eyeliner in 45 minutes and full face makeup procedures, which include lip colour, lip liner, eyeliner and eyebrows, in two hours. The prices depend on what the patient wants and can be anywhere between 0 and 0. The longevity of the treatment depends on a wide range of factors and many clients will have to return to get their cosmetic makeup procedure renewed.

QUESTION: fuller lips naturally- what to do or wear? So I have slightly full lips but I want them a bit bigger…  How can I do that WITHOUT surgery?  Any really good lip glosses out there that are at least semi-permanent?  I don’t want to be wearing gobs of gloss all the time as that just isn’t my style, haha.

ANSWER:Make Your Lips Look Bigger You can have the full, kissable lips you’ve always wanted. It’s as easy as putting on your makeup. In fact it’s all about makeup. A few tricks of gloss and pencil, and walla !!! that plump, pouty look is all yours.

Gather together some light reflecting concealer, a lip pencil, clear lip gloss and sparkle lip gloss.

Begin by applying the light reflecting concealor around the outside of your lip line. Blend it in with your finger. Reflecting the light will create shading, making your lips look bigger.

Next use your lip pencil to line your lips. Since you have already applied the concealer you can go just outside your lip line with the pencil. Use the pencil to fill in your lips, creating a solid base.

Use a lip brush to apply clear lip gloss. If you prefer colored gloss or even lipstick that’s fine too.

Finally dab some of the sparkle gloss on the center of your bottom lip. This focuses the light giving the appearance of fullness. You can dab a bit of the sparkle just above the center of your top lip in the “cupids bow” too.

TIP – Plump your lips naturally with cinnamon leaf oil. Commercial plumpers are expensive and unnecessary. Most topical plumpers are mild irritants that work by causing the lips to swell slightly. You can get the same effect from cinnamon leaf oil. Apply a small amount to the corner of your lip first as it may sting. Once you’re sure the sting isn’t too much for you go ahead and apply the oil lightly to both lips.

Benefit Cosmetics Brow Kit

Eyebrows are still one of the hottest trends and probably will be for a while. People are crazy for defined and clean looking brows! There are many different techniques for getting your brows exactly how you want them and will probably take a little bit of practice before you perfect them to your liking.  But don’t lose hope because once you perfect them your face will be transformed! There are many different brow products; pencils, pomades, powders, etc. I’m excited about the new Benefit brow line that allows you to achieve the perfect brow. The Benefit Ka-Brow is a pomade that is packaged with its own little angle brush. This product is used to define the edges of your brows to get the desired shape with a clean crisp line. You can use this with virtually any brow type to clean up the face and make your brows really stand out! To fill any gaps in the brow I like using pencils. A pencil gives you the control to make hair-like movements for a natural looking brow. The Benefit Goof Proof Brow pencil is a double-sided pencil with a spooley on the other end, which makes the process of filling and blending the brow a little faster! To finish off the brow I use a setting gel to lock in all of the hairs that might want to move through out the day. Benefit’s Gimmie Brow is a tinted gel that not only locks the brows into place but also gives them a little extra color (it can be used to lighten or darken your brows depending on the shade).  With these 4 products your brows are on their way to being perfect!

 

I LOVE JUICY COUTURE FRAGRANCE

Juicy Couture is one of my favorite fragrance brands, and I own almost all of their fragrances; they’re like Pokémon – you have to catch them all. There’s just something about the Juicy Couture fragrance bottles which makes them so addictive.. they look so pretty within my fragrance collection with their extravagant bottle designs. Whenever Juicy Couture release a new fragrance, I’m always excited to try them and I was especially excited to try the new Juicy Couture I Love Juicy Couture Eau de Parfum 100ml as I love the original Juicy Couture I am Juicy Couture. The new Juicy Couture I Love Juicy Couture comes in 30ml £37, 50ml £50 and 100ml £69 size bottles with the following statement; I don’t love lightly. I don’t love half-heartedly. I don’t love passively. I don’t love timidly. I ♥ JUICY COUTURE.

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The Juicy Couture I Love Juicy Couture notes are as following;

The fragrance opens with an irresistible combination of taffy apple, lively red currant and sparkling mandarin. The heart is bright with beautiful jasmine petals and pink honeysuckle. It finishes with smooth, addictive notes of patchouli and captive musks.”

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The Juicy Couture I Love Juicy Couture’s bottle isn’t going to be to everyone’s tastes but I absolutely love it, and I love that it’s a vamped up version of the original I Love Juicy Couture fragrance, with a faceted clear glass bottle which features a black and pink leopard print design to match the pink heart of the fragrance name, and the lid has the same silver crystals as the original. I know leopard print is controversial, but I’m not even afraid to admit I’m a leopard print fan, obviously it can be very gordy but I think the leopard print bottle suits the fragrance and the Juicy Couture brand perfectly.

I have the original I Love Juicy Couture and I think the new Juicy Couture I Love Juicy Couture fragrance is definitely different enough to warrant purchasing the new release; I hate it when fragrance brands release reincarnations of a fragrance which are only marginally different as it’s seems pointless to buy them both. Even though I really like the original, I have to say I much prefer the newer version and I think it’s a lot more unique in comparison.

Once first spritzed, the strongest note is definitely the sweetness of the taffy apple but within a couple of minutes the initial fruitiness does soften slightly to develop into a fruity floral and I think this might be my favorite Juicy Couture scent so far which is a pretty bold statement seeing as I own eight different Juicy Couture fragrances. I find all of the Juicy Couture fragrances to be quite sweet which I think is why I love them as I always favour sweeter scents, but I think I Love Juicy Couture isn’t overwhelmingly sweet like some of the others. It’s definitely still a sweet fragrance, but I feel that it’s a sweet floral rather than just being fruity sweet.

I am also very impressed with the longevity of the new I Love Juicy Couture as it lasts for around six hours on my skin which is the longest a JC fragrance has lasted on me and it’s currently summer and I always find that fragrances dissipate quicker than they do during the cooler months. I really do recommend giving Juicy Couture I Love Juicy Couture a spritz next time you’re near a fragrance counter even if you’re not normally a fan of their fragrances, as I think it’s a really gorgeous fragrance and one that’d be difficult not to love if you favour sweet or floral notes.

I’d love to know what your favorite Juicy Couture fragrance is?

MUFE PRO FINISH MULTI USE POWDER FOUNDATION REVIEW

I can’t recall the last time I used a powder foundation, when I first started to get acne I wanted a fuller coverage and it’s only recently now I am left with just a few scars I have been reaching for some lighter bases and so when I was given the chance to test out the Makeup Forever Pro Finish Multi Use Powder Foundation* I was excited to say the least but what you are probably wondering is, is it any good?
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My Thoughts On MUFE PRO FINISH Multi Use Powder Foundation:

Now this powder is marketed as a product that you as the user can control the amount of coverage you want, as this foundation powder can be used either wet or dry the finish and coverage is different on both. The wet version gives you a more sheer coverage with a lovely dewy finish and the dry version gives you a fuller coverage with a matte finish. However in terms of coverage this powder is on the light side,  it covers what it needs to and that’s that. If you are one who likes to cover all blemishes etc this isn’t for you and for someone like me it won’t cover your acne scaring that well but that being said I love this powder.

The first reason I really like this product is the texture. This powder has an almost creamy like texture and when it goes on the skin it just leaves it silky smooth. I have uneven skin tone and this powder seems to just smooth all that out effortlessly. Another reason is the ease of use, like I mentioned I haven’t used a powder foundation in a long time and just being able to sweep this over the skin and getting it to cover the bare minimal and making my face acceptable to face the public is so impressive.

Spray-On Nail Polish Just Got Even Cooler

Remember back in November when we reported on Nail Inc.’s new spray-on nail polish and our entire office, along with the rest of the internet, proceeded to lose its freaking mind? Well, we didn’t think it was possible, but Milk makeup is now taking the craze to even wilder extremes with spray-on nail art.

Oh, snap.

The edgy new makeup brand, launched by Milk Studios, is releasing its own version of spray-can polish, along with a collection of nail stencils to help you create intricate designs, cool ombré effects, and even a French manicure (don’t laugh, it’s all with the aim of a nozzle and the press of a button.

The nail design renaissance is showing no signs of slowing down, which is why it makes perfect sense to speed the polishing process up. Milk Makeup is the self-professed friend of the “on-the-go” gal, and nothing says “get out the door” faster than an artsy manicure that you can apply in seconds.

We got our hands on a bottle before it hit the market, and are happy to report that it follows Milk’s ethos. The pigment applies easily without any streaks or bubbles — something that has plagued even the most meticulous polisher. What’s more is that it dries super fast and the excess pigment around your nails washes off easily with soap and water. (Full disclosure: You may need a Q-tip with some nail polish remover to get off some of the color that’s super close to your nails.) Fun to use and basically foolproof? We’re sold.

The polish, priced at $12, is available for pre-sale today on Urban Outfitters. Until you can get your hands on a bottle, we suggest checking out the video below to tide you over.

 

 

Kerry Washington Collaborated With OPI

Kerry Washington’s name has come to be associated with Washington, D.C., mostly thanks to her turn as Olivia Pope on Scandal. But what many people don’t know is that her relationship with our nation’s capital began long before she donned those gorgeous neutral jackets (and downed too many glasses of red wine to count). “I have a real relationship with Washington. “I went to college there and, the truth is, I worked for the real White House before I worked for the fake one.” (Washington was a campaign surrogate during both of President Obama’s runs.)

So when she was approached by Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, cofounder and brand ambassador for OPI nail products, it made sense to collaborate on a D.C.-focused collection. “It was Suzi’s idea,” Washington says. “I’ve been a fan of hers from afar for a long time, and I thought the idea was really fun.” It also marks a milestone for the brand. The line, named Washington D.C. (because, of course), is the first time OPI has collaborated with an actress — all of its previous collabs have been with musicians.

Together, Washington and Weiss-Fischmann created 15 shades that are just as cheekily named as you’d expect an OPI bottle to be. Look out for colors like Kerry Blossom, Squeaker of the House, and Freedom of Peach. All the shades are available for purchase today at Ulta Beauty — so click through and shop your favorites. Democracy never looked this good.

How To Get Rid Of Blackheads

Blackheads are just pimples that don’t have skin over them. Because there is no skin, they’re open to the air and the top layer of gunk oxidizes and turns them to the darkish black color. There are many ways to get rid of them.[1] This article provides instructions for a number of different methods that you can try.


Trick

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Acquire some simple, non toxic glue. You can use the type you would have used for elementary school art projects, such as P.V.A glue or Elmers glue.

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Steam your face over a sink or a bowl or with a wet face cloth. This is optional, but can be very beneficial. Try to get the steam as hot as possible, but make sure it is comfortable for you!
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Apply glue to troubled areas. Then, leave it alone until it is completely dry.

Peel it off. Peel the glue off and see results on the dry glue.
Squeezing Them

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Warm your skin. Warming your skin makes the pores expand, making it easier to squeeze out the blackhead. You can do this by taking a warm shower or applying a hot compress to the affected areas.

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Grab a pinch of skin with one or a few closely-spaced blackheads in the middle and squeeze. You’re trying to apply the pressure from underneath the blackhead. This method works best if the blackheads are not tightly or deeply embedded, and if your skin isn’t easily bruised or damaged by stretching.

You can also use an extractor tool or bobby pin to force it out. Be careful with these methods, and if you experience serious pain, try something else.

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Cotton ball Cure

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Use a mild exfoliant to remove cells and expose.

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Pat your face dry with a clean, fresh towel.

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Place a slightly warm compress on your face for approximately 10-15 minutes in order to soften the blackhead, making it easier to remove.

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Pat your face again.

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Place a cotton-ball on the tip of each finger. This will help you to avoid slipping, which could tear the skin and cause further damage.

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Gently apply even pressure to both sides of the blackhead by pushing down, then up around the blemish.

Toothbrush And Toothpaste

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Apply an inch-sized amount of toothpaste on the toothbrush.
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Wet the toothbrush and wet the affected area.
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Gently with your toothbrush, scrub the affected area for a small amount of time.

Make sure you do not apply too close to the eyes, as the vapours from methanol toothpastes can irritate the eyes.

If you have nose blackheads, apply an even smaller amount of toothpaste, and keep well clear from eyes.

This method has also been known to work on spots, but is not guaranteed.

Always sterilize the toothbrush with boiling-hot water after using this method.

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Repeat daily until the affected areas are clear.

AHAs (Extra)

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Purchase a cream containing an AHA (alpha hydroxy acids).

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Apply a small amount of cream to the affected areas. This will clear away any dead skin cells and “expose” the blackhead.

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Repeat about every 4 days. These products can cause skin irritation, dryness, and flaking. Discontinue use if the irritation becomes severe.

AHAs are also known to increase sensitivity to the sun, so be careful if you are going out in bright sunlight after using this treatment.

Lime Juice

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Make a lotion with equal parts of lime juice, almond oil and glycerin.

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Apply your lotion to your face. It will not only cure blackheads but the discoloring spots on the face too.

Honey Trick

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Warm a small amount of honey.

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Apply on the trouble area.

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Wash off after 10-15 minutes.

The Difference Between Yellow and Ivory Shea Butter

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I am often asked what is the difference between Yellow or White Shea Butter, which is better yata yata… First shea butter comes in those small nuts and the color is an off white or biegey or ivory kind of color. They parboil the shea nuts and then it goes to a milling process. You can actually search for videos of women making the shea butter in a more detailed process (google or U tube). I am not going that far into the details just briefly to explain the yellow coloring.  So the yellow and white come from the same Shea Nuts but are processed differently. For the yellow shea butter, a root from the borututu tree is added in the milling process, and gives it that tumeric yellow color.  Some think palm oil is added to give it that yellow color but no palm oil is required to make yellow shea butter, it goes through the same process as the white shea butter. Therefore they both have same qualities. FYI some african make a tea from the bark of the borututu trea that is said to help with liver functions.

So again, the yellow and white shea butter are from the same Karite Tree but are procesed differently.  The Karite tree is grown in Central and Western Africa. Some people confuse Kpangnan African Butter with Shea Butter because it is also yellow.  You will find some vendors selling this butter under the name Yellow Shea Butter, most don’t know the difference but some do, but will tell you it is the same because of the popularity of Shea Butter.  Kpangyan Butter is grown in Central Togo and is used for skin care.

Now Shea Butter also has different grades, Grade A is usually reffered as the white unrefined 100% Raw Shea Butterit can be consumed and used in the comestic arena. It contains more shea nuts than grade B sheabutter. Now Grade B shea butter comes in white and yellow but has *less shea nuts ( I know kind of hard to explain), it actually seems softer than grade A. Grade B shea butter can not be used for consumption only in cosmetics. * I think the meaining of less nuts is that through the process the Shea Butter Nuts get smaller. So that is what’s meant by it has less shea butter. Remember they parboil the nuts, let them dry, sort them, mill them, boil them, cover and let them sit again, so as the process goes on the butter balls get smaller.( Sorry trying to explain as simple as possible.)

Refined Shea Butter – cleaned, bleached, and deorderized – can not be used in cold process soap but can is usually added to cosmetics such as lotions and creams.
Unrefined Shea Butter – as it is smells nutty and is off whitish, can be used in cosmetics and cold process soap.

There is even Organic Shea Butter, this where some might disagree with me which is fine, I think that’s a bunch of Hooplah. If its is 100% Raw Shea Butter then it is just the same quality as Organic, it is the same Karite tree. I feel its just another reason to charge you extra money.