Makeup Talk: Tips For Getting The Most Out Of Your Beauty Products

Friday, February 21, 2014

If you are a beauty lover, you know how much it can bum you out when you run out of your favorite product, or the feeling you get when you "hit pan". Today, I wanted to share a few tips with you for extending the life of your products, getting the most out of what you have, and when you should throw out makeup! I also want to share two of my favorite tips from Lara, from the HSN blog! You can find her post here.

1) Broken pressed powder product? Add a couple drops of rubbing alcohol, press the pieces back together, and wait for it to completely dry. In no time you'll have it back to its [almost] new condition.

2) Don't like your conditioner? You don't have to toss it! Use it as a shaving cream-it should moisturize while giving you a smooth base for shaving!

3) Dig! If you are running low on one of your lipsticks and can no longer use it directly on your lips, use a q-tip to dig a little out and then apply to your lips! Even better? Use it as a 2-in-1 product to get the most for your money; take a little and dab it on your cheekbones as a cream blush! The result will be a really natural glow!

4. A tip from Lara:
-I think this is key in making the most out of your products! I myself have bought the same shade of lipgloss or eyeshadow, even though I know I already have something similar. Instead of letting it go to waste in the future, really think about what you are buying before you get it.If you know that it can be duplicated (or almost duplicated) by something in your collection already, hold off! Reward yourself with that new item when the similar one is gone!

5. Does your eyeliner break off too easily? If it is too soft and falling off (or losing its shape!), you may find yourself constantly sharpening it, which consequently means you are using it up faster than you need to. Store your pencil liners in a ziplock baggy in your fridge-the cool temperatures will help it keep the shape! You could also just pop it in the freezer for a bit before applying it!

6. If you find yourself going through facial cleansing wipes too fast, cut them in half! You'll be surprised that half a wipe actually can take a fair amount of makeup off! Fold it up and use different sides; that way, you are getting the most out of the wipe!
7. A tip from Lara:
-Please keep this tip in mind! What good will your brushes be if they become frayed, caked up, or germ infested? Lara makes a great point when she says that you are also extending the life of your products doing this! Case in point-your favorite pressed powder gets a slightly darker "film" over it, and it seems like no matter how many times you try, you just can't pick up very much product from that area. That "film" is likely face oils that have been deposited by your makeup brush (or sponge!)

8. Don't pump! When you pump your mascara wand up and down in the tube, it puts more air into the tube-drying out the product and leaving more room for bacteria to grow inside.

9. Running low on your favorite liquid foundation? Mix a liquid concealer that is the same shade as your skintone in with your favorite moisturizer. The extra pigment from your concealer can mimic the coverage your foundation could give you. Apply it as you would your foundation and save the last of your real foundation for a special occasion!

10. When to throw it out:
-Mascara: After 2-3 months, especially when you notice it is becoming clumpy or has a weird smell.
-Liquid foundation & concealer: After 6-12 months; when you notice the color is becoming lighter and separation has occured in the product.
-Lipstick: After 2 years; when it becomes noticeably dry.
-Lipgloss: After 1 year; when it becomes extra sticky.
-Nailpolish: After 1-2 years; when separation occurs that doesn't blend after shaking, or when it becomes extra "goopy".
 -Powder, eyeshadow, blush: After 2 years; when it becomes extra dry or flaky.


I hope these tips were helpful! What is your makeup saving tip?
Want more of Lara's tips? Find her post here.

Thanks for reading!
XO, Kelsey 

*This post is based on my own opinions and tips from experience. The tips from Lara were used with permission, as a way to do a shared post. No commission was made from this. This post is solely for the benefit of anyone that wants to read these tips! :)

21 comments :

  1. Kelsey, these are really great tips!!
    My son dropped my bronzer, so I'm going to try that alcohol tip right away!
    And I was wondering why some of my lip glosses were so sticky--they're getting replaced :)
    That photo of you is gorgeous, by the way!
    www.floralandfudge.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you! Let me know how the alcohol tip works for you! I have put multiple blushes, foundations, and eyeshadows back together using it! It's crazy how long I keep some of my makeup; then I wonder why they don't perform as well as they used to! xo

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  2. I really need to tell my housemate about cutting wipes in half, she uses once side and puts it back in the packet to use the next day and it grosses me out so much!

    Thanks for sharing the tips.

    Corinne x
    www.skinnedcartree.com

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    1. Ahh! I would be a little grossed out too! I hope these tips for helpful! xo

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  3. Interesting tips! My best tip over the years has just been to learn what colors work best for me and keep repurchasing them rather than trying dozens of new things. :) Thanks for linking up your post! -Gina
    On the Daily Express

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    1. Yes! Love that tip. I need to start doing that a little more often! <3

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  4. Interesting tips! My best tip over the years has just been to learn what colors work best for me and keep repurchasing them rather than trying dozens of new things. :) Thanks for linking up your post! -Gina
    On the Daily Express

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  5. These are some awesome tips! I love finding other beauty bloggers! You're so cute. Thank you so much for linking up to the Be.You.Tiful link party!

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    1. Thank you for hosting! So glad I found your link up!

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  6. These were great tips - pin worthy as a matter of fact! Thanks so much for sharing and coming back to manic monday!
    morepiecesofme.com

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    1. I will always come to your link up! Feel free to pin anything you would like! xo

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  7. These are excellent tips! I love the conditioner tip...hmmm, I can use it as a shaving cream now!!! Thank you linking up with #Beauty Buzz!

    xo,
    Janise
    http://MamaInHeels.com

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    1. Of course! I myself am trying to finish up my conditioner because I somehow used all the shampoo first! Now I am using it as a shaving cream!

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  8. Definitely important to clean brushes.. I've just been through all my makeup and thrown away old makeup, and old makeup bags, reorganizing everything I've got! Some good tips!

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    1. Doesn't it feel awesome to go through old makeup and reorganize! Sometimes it is hard to part with products, but once you get everything organized it is a great feeling!

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  9. Great tips! Pressed powder tip... GENIUS.

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  10. Amazing tips and advices really

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