Thursday, February 21, 2013

Glampified!: DIY Lip Palette

Hello there Glam Geeks! Today's post is a DIY I did a few months back. That I know of no one has yet to do this but I could be wrong but I don't know lol. Well the way I came about this is because I love my lipsticks but hate taking them all with me when I travel. I looked into other depotting methods but palettes were around $20 and I didn't want to spend the money. So this idea came about and worked out great! I do ask that you please read all the instructions and tips first before starting so you can avoid some of the mistakes I made. Happy Glampifying!
Supplies: Watercolor paint set, your choice of lipstick, a blade or spatula (I used a butter knife), a spoon, and fire. I already had everything so this project ended up costing me around $3.

Step 1: Remove the tray from the case and pop out the colors. They're pretty chalky and stiff so you should be able to do it with no trouble.Clean up any residue left behind with a wet napkin.
Step 2: Take your lipstick and cut off about 1/4 of an inch.

Step 3: Put the lipstick onto a spoon a put a few inches above the candle. Give it a few seconds to melt...
If you want you can skip this step and just press it into the watercolor slot. I prefer doing it this way because it leaves it looking neater.

Step 4: Once it is melted slowly pour the liquefied lipstick into the slot/pan. Do NOT fill it to the rim. Leave some room for expansion.

Step 5: Repeat step 2-4 until all the slots/pans are filled and let cool for about 5 minutes.

That's it you're done! Now you have a customized lip palette where all the colors look great on you. Just replace the paint brush with a lip brush. In case you had an accident like I did and spill a little just clean it with a q-tip.

1. Don't use your prized lipsticks for the first go around. Practice first with more affordable and readily available colors.
2. Don't let the lipstick boil. This will cause the liquid to dry harder and less creamy making it difficult to apply.
3. Do lay down a protective surface. I used a towel.
4. Do remember to be careful because you can easily be burned and scarred by the hot spoon.
5. Do clean the tools in between each shade to keep the colors true.
6. Don't be afraid to mix colors into your own custom color. Every girl wants her own customized shade so take advantage. And make sure to remember the quantities so if it becomes your signature shade you can always recreate it :-)
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Monday, February 4, 2013

Beauty Buzz: Urbsn Decay's Naked Basics Review

Thanks to its previous full size versions the Naked Basics palette was sure to be a big hit. Now the reviews are in and the hype is over. After trying it out here is my 100% honest review.

Product: Urban Decay's Naked Basics matte eyeshadow palette.
Price: $27.00
Availability: This palette can be purchased at Sephora, ULTA, and on Urban Decay's website.
Pros: There are a few pros to this pallete and i can see why this could have been a great product. The first pro is its size. It is very compact and great for travel. The mirror on it is also a good size. Although it claims to be all matte Venus does have a frosted finish which i did like because it worked well as a highlight for the brown bone and inner eye corner. I also like that the palette included a brown and black color. Lastly the price wasnt too bad especially if you just needed some basic colors from a reputable brand.
Cons: Unfortunately for this product the cons out way the pros. The concept was great but it was executed poorly. First, half of the colors look almost identical. Second, Foxy and WOS look just like my skin color so there is no point in using them.Third, I expected better quality shadows but they are very chalky and have a lot of fallout. Fourth, they do not blend very well. I found it very difficult to evenly blend. And lastly, these shadows don't live up to Urban Decay's usual longevity.
Overall Opinion: Don't waste your money. I will be returning this product. I purchased it on the basis that 4 of the colors were good enough that i didn't mind the other two. But the quality is awful. I have found a better product that I will show in a later review. So save your time and money. And keep checking back for better substitute.