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Quick Tip: How To Fix Dried Out Cream Eyeshadow

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If you’re a lover of cream eyeshadows and blushes like me then you’ve probably experienced the sad situation pictured above–  you reach for a product you haven’t used in a little while, only to open it up and find it cracked, dry, and ready for the trash. Granted, there are times when makeup is past its peak and it’s time to bite the bullet, throw it in the bin, and pick up a fresh new pot. Sometimes, however, a dry, cracked product is just the result of leaving the lid a little too loose or the effect of the nasty January air. Either way, there’s a quick and easy way to bring your cream products back to life– hooray!

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All you’ll need is some saline solution and any sort of flat mixing utensil. I chose a plastic fork, but a cuticle stick or small spatula would work well too. I like using saline because I know it’s clean and safe to use around your eyes, although I’ve heard of others using distilled water or witch hazel in its place and having good results too. If there’s a different mixing medium you’ve tried and liked, leave a comment and let me know!

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Next, add a few drops of the saline solution directly to your cream shadow or blush. Less is more, so I start with 2-3 drops and then add more as needed. Once you’ve added the saline use the flat end of your mixing tool to begin stirring up the product so the liquid is totally incorporated– for me this only took about 20 seconds. When the saline is totally mixed into the cream product just spread it evenly and flatten it down. And, voila!

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You’re left with a rich, buttery cream product that goes on smoothly and is free from any nasty dry bits. Comparing this photo of my Maybelline Color Tattoo in Inked in Pink with how it looked at the start of the post you can see that the product is much smoother and the color even looks a bit brighter. When applying the product it was much easier to pick up with my brush and went on smooth and opaque, a far cry from its dry and patchy former state. Overall I’d say this is an inexpensive and easy way to revive dry cream shadows, blushes, and eyeliners. Give it a try yourself, and be sure to let me know how it worked for you!

-LMC ♥

Fall Empties Week- Makeup

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Welcome to the final post in this Fall’s Empties Week. Let’s get to the good stuff today– makeup!

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Elf Small Stipple Brush – This was a great stippling brush for applying cream blush or highlighter, but as you can see the ferrule detached itself from the handle. For $3 I can’t complain too much about the quality, and I will likely pick up another in the future.

Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer in Vanilla – I got a sample of this concealer from Sephora after hearing rave reviews, but unfortunately I didn’t feel it lived up to the hype. Maybe I need to give it a longer try (this sample just lasted 2 applications), but it didn’t seem as hydrating or full-coverage as I was expecting.

Maybelline Falsies Mascara (waterproof) – This mascara did a good job adding volume and length to my lashes. I have a pretty big backlog of mascaras I plan to test out first, but once I run out my stash I would give Falsies another go.

Sula Beauty Cream Eyeshadow – My local Duane Reade was clearing out their Sula Beauty products, so I picked up this cream shadow to see how it compared to the Maybelline Color Tattoos. It fell hopelessly short, showing up sheer and patchy on my eyes and creasing after only an hour. I can see why they were getting rid of this at 75% off!

Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray – This setting spray does an excellent job of locking my foundation in place and taking away the look of any excess powder. Currently I’m testing out the NYX setting spray, and while it’s good, I still think All Nighter is #1. I will definitely pick up another bottle the next time I’m at Nordstrom Rack or there’s an Urban Decay sale on Haute Look.

Rimmel London Stay Matte Powder in Translucent – I’m still on the quest for a perfect translucent setting powder, but Rimmel Stay Matte is the best I’ve come across so far. It also adds a bit of extra coverage which is great when layering it over a light coverage BB cream or tinted moisturizer. This is probably the fourth compact I’ve gone through, and I will continue to repurchase until something beats it!

ELF Jumbo Eyeshadow Stick – ELF products can definitely be hit or miss, but with their $1-$3 price tag it doesn’t hurt to try out a new offering even if it ends up being a dud. Unfortunately this was the case with their Jumbo Eyeshadow Stick, which creased almost immediately and slid and transferred all over my (non-oily) lids. Perhaps combined with a heavy duty eye primer you could make this work, but I’ll go back to shadow sticks that can really hold up, like the Jordana 12-hour Shadow Pencils (they’re awesome!)

Generic Makeup Sponge – Unfortunately I can’t remember the brand of this sponge, but it’s clearly a generic drugstore knock off of the Beauty Blender. I only included it so I could have another chance to say home AMAZING the Beauty Blender is, and that it is entirely worth the $20 price tag. I have yet to find a drugstore version that applies my foundation so seamlessly, although I have heard good things about the new Real Techniques sponge– maybe I’ll give that a try next.

Sonia Kashuk Lash Brush – This lash/brow grooming brush worked well for about 6 months, but then the bristles started coming out. Normally I can handle the bit of shedding that can come with inexpensive  brushes, but when a rough bristle comes out in my eye when I’m combing my lashes, that’s unacceptable!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this peek at my recycling pile during Fall Empties Week. If it has inspired you to clear out or use up some of your stash leave a comment to let me know! Have a great weekend…

-LMC ♥

Fall 2013 Limited Edition Maybelline Color Tattoos: Nude Pink

When I stopped by Harmon’s today to return the Maybelline Color Elixir that I wasn’t so thrilled with (see more in my post here), I did a quick pass through the aisle where they display new releases and limited edition products, and would you believe it, the Maybelline Fall 2013 Gilded In Gold collection had just been put out!

I wasn’t too interested in the new blushes and lipsticks featured, but I was dying to get my hands on the limited edition MATTE Color Tattoos. The collection features a rich dark brown, yellow-beige, and mauve-pink, all perfect for wear on their own or as shadow bases. I’m sure you could also use the dark brown as a liner, so it’s really a multitasker. I decided to exercise a bit of self-restraint (and pay it forward to my fellow limited edition makeup hunters out there by not cleaning out the whole display) and only purchased the Color Tattoo in Shade 250 Nude Pink.

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I won’t go too in depth, as most of us have tried the Color Tattoos before and are familiar with their creamy texture and amazing staying power. Nude Pink is just a shade or two darker than my skintone (very fair with pink undertones), but you can see in the lower portion of the swatch where I blended the product out a bit it was virtually undetectable. I’ve had my eye on the cult classic MAC Paint Pot in Painterly for a while, but I think Nude Pink is the perfect drugstore dupe that will keep me from shelling out the extra bucks for a Paint Pot for now.

Looks like I’ve successfully hunted down (although not much of a hunt, since this new Harmon’s is so awesome) all of the Fall 2013 new and  limited edition products I’ve been eyeing. Any ideas of what I should add to my wishlist now? Let me know in the comments section!

-LMC ♥