Thursday, October 16, 2014

How to Repair a Broken Blush, Eyeshadow, Etc.

It's happened to all of us-that horrible moment when you've dropped your favorite blush, bronzer, eyeshadow (basically anything made of pressed powder) onto the bathroom floor, where it has shattered into a million dusty pieces.  If you're a true lover of makeup, you'll also keep that absolutely destroyed bit of cosmetic dust, reasoning that at some point you can figure out how to put it back together again or even keep using it, even though every time you open the container chunks of it get all over your bathroom counter.

Well it finally happened to me, and because I basically live on the Internet looking things up, I found a few ways to repair broken powder cosmetics.  I decided to be your guinea pig and try my hand at Makeup Repair DIY.  It actually turned out rather well, and it's incredibly easy to do.  You probably already have everything you need to do this at home, and if not, a quick trip to the grocery store or corner drug store will take care of it.

Here's what you need:
  • The broken cosmetic, in its original packaging
  • Isopropyl Rubbing Alcohol (the percentage of alcohol doesn't matter, but the higher the number the faster it will evaporate and speed the process along)
  • Small bowl
  • Spoon (I used a teaspoon)
  • Butter knife/off-set spatula/any kind of spreading device
  • Paper towel or lint-free cloth
Here's the sad remains of a favorite bronzer

Step 1:
Empty the broken product into a small-medium sized bowl.  Use the back of the spoon to gently smash up the product into a finely ground powder.

Step 2:
Add enough rubbing alcohol to the powder to make it similar in consistency to frosting.  You don't want it too runny, but you want it wet enough that the powder is fully dissolved.

Step 3:
Pour the product back into the original packaging.

Step 4:
Using whatever you have to hand to smooth the product, try to smooth the mixture evenly within the original packaging as best you can.

Step 5:
Set the product aside for about 90 minutes, with the package open, to dry for a bit.  After 90 minutes or so, take a paper towel or lint-free cloth and cover the product.  Using the back of a spoon or other small, flat object, GENTLY smooth it over the cloth and onto the product to absorb some of the rubbing alcohol.  This will also smooth out the surface of the product more.

Step 6:
Leave the product WITH THE PACKAGING OPEN to dry overnight undisturbed.

Step 7:
After a night of drying, you should have a perfectly usable, intact bronzer, blush, eyeshadow, or whatever it originally was.  It may not appear to look exactly the same, but it should work the same as it did before it was broken.

This may not work on every product, but it's worth a shot to try, considering that you were probably just going to throw it out anyway.  I have also heard that this is a great way to turn loose pigments into pressed eyeshadows, but I have not actually attempted this.

If you want to see me in action doing the above process step by step, watch my video below:

Let me know if you've ever tried this, and how it worked out for you!

Monday, October 13, 2014

BaubleBar Collection Featuring Salvador Perez | Current Favorites

I get the most requests and have found that my most popular videos/posts concern my jewelry collection, more specifically, my BaubleBar collection.  So when BaubleBar reached out to me recently and asked if I wanted to pick some favorites from their new Salvador Perez collection, I jumped at the opportunity.  I also thought this would be a good time to show you some of my most current acquisitions, many of which you've seen worn in videos but a few that haven't made it onscreen yet.

I also managed to secure a 20% off code that's good off all full priced items on BaubleBar starting October 13th through October 20th.  Just type in MSGOLDGIRL in the coupon code option when checking out.  

If you want to see each piece "live" with a bit of description, please click here to watch the video on my YouTube channel.

For those of you that aren't familiar with BaubleBar, they offer free shipping and returns (in the US) and I have had no issues with quality.  They have a rewards program if you sign up for a free account, and you can accrue A LOT of points with purchases that can be applied against future purchases.  I have been able to pick up quite a few items either for free or for only a few dollars thanks to that rewards program!

Below you'll find pictures of all the pieces mentioned in the video, along with a few more items that I have in my shopping basket that I'm planning on scooping up this week (can't resist a good coupon code)!  I'm always open to suggestions, so if you know of a piece that's not already on my list that you think I must have, please let me know in the comments below.  And if you're already a BaubleBar fan, make sure you let me know in the comments section what your current favorite piece is!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

FOTD: A Mix of High & Low

Today's FOTD is a combination I've been playing with over the last few days and I wanted to share it with you.  Admittedly, the foundation and mascara are definitely high end, but the focus on eyes, lips and cheeks are decidedly low budget.

Face: YSL Le Teint Touche Eclat in B20 over Pond's Luminous Finish BB+ cream.  This combo gives a beautiful, glowy finish that is really only doable on my good skin days.  I love how my skin glows with this, but I wish the YSL coverage was a bit more on the medium side.  If you use a decent BB or CC cream as a primer, then it's perfect. If the YSL isn't in your budget, then a VERY close dupe is the L'Oreal True Match Lumi foundation.

Eyes:  Continuing on with the glowy theme, I pulled out my e.l.f. prism eyeshadow palette in nude.  There is definitely quite a bit of shimmer here, so to anchor it and give a bit more definition in the crease, I added Mac Kid (discontinued) with a fluffy brush. I also highlighted my brow bone with one of my all-time faves, Wet n Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow Single in Brûlée. For a budget option for Kid (that also has 3 other Mac dupes in it), go for the Physician's Formula Classic Nudes quad.  I'm still hunting for the perfect mascara, and right now it's the YSL Babydoll mascara.  I can't recommend a drugstore dupe for it-yet!

Cheeks:  It doesn't get more budget friendly than this-e.l.f. baked blush in Passion Pink.  It's a lovely, soft wash of color that just adds the perfect glow to the face.  To contour and add some more warmth to my pale, pigment-challenged skin, I swirled a bit of the Laura Geller Baked Body Frosting in Tahitian Glow on my temples and cheeks.

Lips: If you want to try a bunch of fall trends at once, then this is the perfect lipstick for you, and at only $2 and change, you have to grab it.  It's the Wet n Wild Megalast Lip Color in Mauve Outta Here.

Don't forget to click on the pictures below to shop the post!


Monday, September 22, 2014

New Regular Feature-the Monthly Tutorial/FOTM

One of the best things about making YouTube videos has been the friends that I've been able to make that I would have never met in real life. I've made quite a few truly good friends through YouTube, and one of them is Lisa, also known to the world as LisaSz09. We were chatting on the phone the other day and we were moaning about how YouTube has changed over the years. One of the things we both miss are regular tutorials from our favorite YTers.

Now, I'm not even going to attempt to suggest that I have any talent for making tutorials, but I do get a lot of requests for videos on how I wear my everyday makeup.  I tend to gravitate toward the same products for a few weeks, so, with Lisa's blessing, I've decided to do a monthly tutorial of the look I've worn the most during that month.  Hopefully, it's a regular feature that you will enjoy, and that with practice I will get better at making for you!

Don't forget to click on the pictures below for full product descriptions and links to where you can actually buy them!  If you do choose to use those links to buy the products, I make a small commission, which then allows me to buy more makeup to talk about in videos and on the blog!  Thank you!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

September Haul

As a beauty blogger, I find myself picking up makeup odds and ends that I may wear in videos, but that don't necessarily make "the cut" into the monthly favorites.  I've realized that these end up being used frequently, but don't get a lot of attention.  So I thought I would add a new monthly feature that showcases all the little things that don't get the attention that they usually deserve.  I thought I'd throw in a few accessories as well, since they're often limited edition and you may want to grab them before they're gone!

Scroll through the pictures below to see what goodies I've snapped up for September!

What did you get this month?

If you want to get more explanation about each product and what I think of them so far, please watch the video below:

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

The PMD-My At Home Experience with Microdermabrasion

I've been using the PMD Personal Microdermabrasion System for a full two months now, and I can honestly say that it really does work.  I'd seen quite a few YouTubers review it over the last year or so, and I was quite skeptical that a device you can use at home would actually work, so when the company contacted me and asked if I wanted to give it a go, I jumped at the chance.

For those of you that are not familiar with the claims, the PMD claims to reduce the appearance of:
  • fine lines
  • wrinkles
  • age spots
  • hyperpigmentation
  • blemishes
  • pores
  • uneven skin tone & texture
It does say that it takes at least 6 to 10 weeks before results are noticeable, and then it should improve from there.

Well, 8 weeks into this experiment, I can confirm that my acne scars are almost completely gone, my skin texture is as smooth as a baby's bottom, and when I do break out, it's rare and doesn't last very long.  I can't confirm the claims about fine lines, wrinkles, and age spots, as I don't have any in the areas where I use the PMD.

Here are the pros:
  • It's super easy to use.  Plug it in and go!
  • It works-at least on blemishes and old acne marks.
  • It makes your skin care products work better-dead skin has been removed and your serums and moisturizers will absorb better.
  • It's a heck of a lot cheaper than anything you can do at the doctor's office.
  • There's no down time-your face isn't going to suffer the kind of damage it will after a professional microdermabrasion treatment.  Just slap on some moisturizer and go to bed.
  • It can be used on the face AND body-great for the backs of hands and décolletage area.
There are a few cons:
  • While cheaper than the doctor, it's still priced out between $134-$179, depending on where you find it.
  • The little discs only last 3-4 treatments and then they need to be replaced. However, the refill packs, which will last about 2-3 months, are only $15.
  • You can't use it around your eyes, which is where my fine lines are.
  • It doesn't work particularly well on the nose.
  • They say you can't use retinols, AHA's, or other acids, but after a month of using it, I started using retinol again and have not seen any adverse effects.  Try it at your own risk.
If you want to see it in action and see my before/after photos, click on the video above!

Where to buy it:

  • Personal Microderm website-Use the code MSGOLDGIRL for 25% off (this makes it come out to be the least expensive option).  Code never expires.
If you've tried this yourself, please let me know how it's turned out for you and how long you've been using it!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

White Girl Enchiladas

This recipe was featured in my Wednesday Weekly Vlog #11.  It was scribbled (without exact amounts or specific cooking times) on a piece of scrap paper that was given to me by a fellow parent volunteer years ago and my son's then elementary school.  It has been a family favorite for years, and this is my attempt and putting it into written form.  There are no hard and fast rules with this one-you can add (or not use) anything you'd like.

Flour tortillas
8 oz. block of cream cheese (I used fat-free)
¼ cup to ½ cup Miracle Whip (it needs the tangy flavor of Miracle Whip-not mayonnaise)
¼ cup to ½ cup of your favorite salsa (I change it up, this week used a green chili style)
2 cup bag of shredded Mexican blend cheese
¼ cup of milk
Shredded chicken (I use 2 large cans of canned, white meat organic chicken)
Optional add-ins: green chilis, chopped onions, black beans, corn, etc.

1. Melt cream cheese, salsa, Miracle Whip, milk and a good handful or so of the shredded cheese in a medium saucepan over medium heat.

2. In a large bowl, combine shredded chicken, two large handfuls of shredded cheese, any add-ins that you'd like to add, and about a ladle-ful of the sauce (just enough to get the meat to stick together).  Reserve the rest of the sauce.

3. Heat the flour tortillas in a stack in the microwave for about 30 seconds.

4. Lightly spray a 13x9 inch baking pan with non-spray cooking spray and spread a small amount of the reserved sauce on the bottom of the pan.

5. Put about two tablespoons of the chicken mixture on a tortilla, roll it up, and place it seam side down in the baking pan.  Continue doing so until the pan is filled and the mixture is used up.  Should use about 10 tortillas.

6. Pour the remainder of the sauce over all of the rolled up tortillas.

7. Sprinkle remaining shredded cheese over the sauce.

8. Bake for 20 minutes at 350 degrees, or until cheese is melted and enchiladas are heated through.

I usually serve 1-2 tortillas per person, with a side of salad and Spanish rice.

Please let me know if you try this and like it!

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