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How To Fix Your Broken Eyeshadows!

How to fix broken eyeshadows or blushes easily!

Have you ever dropped an eyeshadow and watched it crumble onto the floor? Well you’re not the only one. Not only have I dropped more than a few eyeshadows, I used to throw them away thinking they were ruined forever. Not anymore! I can show you how to FIX your crumbled eyeshadow or blush! It won’t look perfect but this will save you money and time from having to go to the store to re-buy your broken makeup!

What you’ll need:

Rubbing Alcohol (The higher the alcohol content the better this will work, this helps bind the makeup together WITHOUT “sealing” your makeup. Pouring just water on your eyeshadow will ruin it forever and you will have to scrape at your eyeshadow to get anything out each time. Big pain.)

Small metal tool like a needle or small spatula (Helps mix the eyeshadow when it’s liquidy)

Paper Towels/Tissues/Small towel (To press down the eyeshadow and soak up some of the alcohol)

Coin or a small flat metal/plastic object (You can also just use your finger if you want, this also helps push down the eyeshadow to keep it in place)


Okay so your eyeshadow is broken and you’re very sad. If you can manage to get all or most of it back into the metal pan then you already did the hardest part. It’s crucial to get most or all of the pigment back inside the pan or this technique will be difficult because you might end up bending the metal pan.

First, you want to pour the rubbing alcohol into the broken eyeshadow and mix it up with a small tool until it looks mildly soup-like and wet. (Don’t pour too much in, just enough to make it easy to mix)


When it’s all mixed up (making sure the pigment is inside the pan) put your paper towel onto the mixture and press down gently at first. After a few seconds place the coin or metal piece on top of the paper towel and press down HARD. The reason you want a coin or flat metal/plastic piece is because it helps the eyeshadow to mold back into the pan and keep it all in place.

(See my finger? I’m pressing down hard!)

Leave the eyeshadow alone and let it dry for a good hour.

After an hour pull off the towel and see how it looks.

(Blue Flame- MAC)

If it looks uneven or messy then you can re-try the steps. It won’t look 100% but the eyeshadow stays put and works!

Use this technique on blushes too!

(Pour in alcohol, mix it up a bit)

(Press down, let it dry for an hour)

(Like I said, not perfect but the color still works really well)



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How To “Depot” Your Eyeshadows

Depot Your Favorite Eyeshadows!

(My Alice in Wonderland Urban Decay Palette,do you notice anything?) 🙂

I have traveled quite a bit while bringing my makeup along with me. It’s so frustrating trying to fit bulky makeup products like Urban Decay Palettes in my suitcase along with everything else. I have decided to “depot” my eyeshadow to save space. What is depotting? Removing your eyeshadow or any type of pigment from a makeup palette or case and storing it somewhere more convenient! It’s very easy to do!


I’m going to demonstrate how to depot your palette with my Urban Decay Book of Shadows Palette. It’s such a pretty palette but it takes up so much space with its packaging!


First what you will need to do is grab any kind of sharp tool to help remove the eyeshadow. You can use tweezers, or a knife. I am using an X-acto knife. (If you’re using something THAT sharp please please be careful!)


Position your tool so it fits between the cardboard (or plastic if you have a different palette) and the metal makeup pan.


Push the tool in gently and start to push up under the metal pan.


Keep pushing up and wiggling the tool so the pan starts to come up.

Sometimes you will hear a “snap” signaling that the pan is up from the glue. Take your time with this because if you don’t then you will end up with cracked eyeshadow everywhere which is a pain to fix.



You’re done! Put your loose eyeshadows in your own makeup palette! 🙂



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7 Tips for Handling Expensive Necessities

Let’s face it, some products are necessities.  Now, by necessity, I do not mean that in a time of financial crisis you would choose this item over eating.  What I mean by necessity is a product that you have found which best addresses a beauty concern or need.  For me, that product is Korres Cherry Lip Gloss (which is usually $17 a pop).  It’s the only solution I’ve found that prevents my lips from painfully chapping and splitting (even during non-Winter months!).  I simply have not come upon a better or cheaper alternative to the benefits of this product.  But, how does frugality fit with what some might consider a splurge?  Here are 7 tips I’ve found that have helped me handle hefty beauty necessities:

1) Identify what’s a necessity and what’s not.  For me, the Korres lip gloss is a necessity.  When my previously favorite Burt’s Bees balm quit working, my lips began to crack and peel like crazy.  By happenstance, I tried the Korres lip gloss with cherry oil and it worked wonders!  On the other hand, I adore Philosophy’s Amazing Grace body wash/shampoo, but, I can make do with a cheaper alternative.

2) Budget.  Figure out how many bottles or tubes or jars, etc, of the product you need per year, divide the cost by 12, and sock away that amount every month.  If you work your beauty needs into your budget, your budget won’t take a beating when you buy that item.  I figure that I use about 1 tube of Korres gloss per month, so I make sure to budget enough to buy 12 tubes a year.

3) Stock up. Keep an eye out for sales and discounts on your necessity and stock up when they roll around.  If you’ve planned well, you should have the money on hand to buy in advance.  This year, I was able to buy 4 of the full-size Korres glosses for only $5.60 each because Sephora was offering them together in a gift-set and I had a 20% coupon.  Since I know that Sephora offers this sale annually, I wait for it and stock up.

4) Don’t pay for shipping.  Along the lines of #2, if you stock up when something is on sale, you’ll likely hit the retailer’s minimum for free shipping.  I try my best to never pay for shipping.

5) Take advantage of loyalty programs.  Sephora and other stores have great loyalty programs that are worth taking advantage of if you can do so without splurging on unnecessary items.  I’ve gotten in trouble doing this in the past, so be careful!

6) Use eBay.  A few months before the Sephora sale, I found a tube of Korres lip gloss in my favorite shade on eBay for $10 with free shipping.  I had a great experience, but be careful.  Some sellers have no qualms about selling a used item but describing it as new.  To avoid this, I bought from a reputable seller and closely inspected the item when it arrived.  I’ve had a lot of fun using eBay over the years, but have also had my fair share of sucky sellers.

7) Ask for it as a gift.  Something like lip gloss is the perfect gift to ask for when you know your birthday or a holiday is approaching.  My family knows me well enough that I usually get Korres lip gloss as a gift.  This year, my sister sweetened the holiday pot by giving me Philsosophy body wash/shampoo!  Getting a beauty necessity as a gift is a win-win for both parties; you get what you really want and will really use and the givers gets the pleasure of seeing you truly enjoy his or her gift.

Got any more tips for handling hefty beauty purchases?  Please share!

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Cheap Easy DIY Makeup Palette

I’ve noticed that my makeup (especially my eyeshadow) take up A LOT of space. Single eye shadows and Urban Decay Palettes can be a hassle to travel with or store. I’ll show you a way to solve this problem (or at least make things more tidy). You can use just about any kind of case like DVD, CD, or maybe even a little box for this project (The options are endless just as long as you have super glue!). I used a CD case because I wanted to see how it looked and I must say it looks pretty awesome! This is a fun project to do on a rainy day if you’re trying to organize your makeup. Cheap, easy, and takes up less space!

Take out the CD papers and plastic CD holder (if there are any).

What we’re going to do is melt the plastic parts that hold the CD paper in place. You need a lighter and some sort of metal piece to mold the plastic when it’s melting. (Always be careful around an open flame and HOT plastic.) You don’t have to do this part, but I find that the plastic part was scratching my eyeshadow when I closed the case.

Use the lighter and lightly run the flame back and forth aiming at the plastic nob. When it’s melting slightly, take your metal piece and push up to flatten the nob. Take your time and don’t press too hard or you will ruin the case and it won’t close right!


You want the plastic to be flat. You can close the case and see if it hits

Arrange your eyeshadow how you want it to look BEFORE you use your super glue.


You’re DONE! So easy and cheap!


This post was not to copy anyones ideas and make them my own. I understand this technique was not created by myself. Below are some Youtube Videos to give you more ideas!


(CD case)

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Babydoll Sucker Punch Makeup Tutorial

Babydoll Sucker Punch Makeup Look

Sucker Punch was an amazing movie visually and artistically! The makeup will look different on screen obviously because of all the effects they use, but I thought this was a great look to recreate using some low and a higher end brand. I didn’t use false eyelashes for this look because I wanted to try to make this cheaper.

Apply foundation and powder. (For those who worry about eyeshadow falling down put your foundation on after your eye makeup. I am choosing to do it before my eyeshadow.)

Items Used:

Urban Decay Primer Potion

Nyx Loose Eyeshadow White

Nyx Loose Eyeshadow Grey (It looks green in the pictures unfortunately)

Nyx Loose Eyeshadow Black Pearl

Nyx Loose Eyeshadow Mocha

Tokidoki Palette Bulletto

Wet N’ Wild White Kohl Liner

Sonia Kashuk brushes

Maybelline Brush

Sephora Black Liquid Eyeliner

Mary Kay Eye Lash Curler

Sephora Advanced Lash Booster

Maybelline Lash Stiletto


Apply eye primer to your eyelid and all the way up to your brow bone.


Apply white eyeshadow all over the lid, don’t go past the crease.


Apply a brown (I used Mocha by Nyx) to your crease, try to make a “furrowed” look with your eyebrows to help you draw the dramatic “worried” shape. Babydoll has this constant “innocent worry” to her eye makeup.

Apply a darker brown (I used Bulletto by Tokidoki) to give more depth to the crease.

 Blend your crease lightly with your brush so the line doesn’t look too sharp.



Put a white or lighter shade to your brow bone to make it “pop”/ “highlight” and draw light to your eyes.

For the tricky part you will need to line your upper lashline and wing it out to make a cat-eye effect. I wet the Nyx Black Pearl color to draw my line before I used the liquid liner. I find it gives me a good guide for my liquid liner. (Or you could just stop there and not even apply a liquid eyeliner — Works just as well!)


Apply grey to your lower lashline to darken the look.


Line your waterline with a white kohl liner.


Apply liquid liner (if you decided to do so) to your upper lash line.


Curl and coat your lashes!



You’re done! 🙂

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Money-Saving Tools: How to Save on Bath Soap

We’re huge fans of any beauty tool that can save time or help better achieve a desired effect.  Yet, beauty tools can be expensive, so when we come across one that actually saves money, we’ll highlight it in this blog.

Not only is using a loofah or bath mesh fun and easy, each is super cheap and can save you money by using less bath products.

Loofahs exfoliate your skin by removing dead cells that lay on top of the skin causing itchyness, dullness, and dryness. Loofahs can also help promote blood circulation by washing in gentle circular motions from your neck to your toes. Wash cloths (unless they are more abrasive) exfoliate as well and often require more effort to work the soap into a lather which can irritate your skin. Wash cloths are harder to use in the shower and usually end up requiring more product to get enough lather.  Loofahs range in cost from $1 to $2 and up, but when compared to washcloths or hand-washing, they can save you up to 15% on body wash or soap per year.

Bath Meshes usually aren’t the best at exfoliating your skin but they offer the best way to save on your favorite soap by making it last longer.  All you need is a quarter sized drop of soap or less (unless you use a bar).  Ruffle up your mesh to distribute the soap evenly and scrub your body in small circular motions; for soap, just twirl the bar in your mesh twice and sud up.  Bath meshes are SUPER cheap and are easy to wash (just pop ’em in the washer/dryer!).  A quality mesh can last up years with proper care.  The average person uses 4-5 bottles of shower gel/soap a year — adding up fast.  This can save you 25% or more on body wash or soap and let you indulge in your favorite shower splurges a little more often.

My pick between the two is a bath mesh.  The initial investment can be as little as $1.00, though I decided to buy a higher-quality bath mesh for around $3 that has lasted me for 3 years.  Yes, 3 years!  While this may seem disgusting, I make sure to keep it clean by air-drying after every use and by machine washing it every so often.  I’ve found that spending a bit more upfront on a quality product has really paid off in this case.

To maximize your savings, experiment with how much soap you really need.  Prior to my conversion to frugality, I would thoughtlessly dump soap onto the mesh without paying attention to the quantity I was using.  I experimented with various amounts and realized that a nickel-size amount works well for me.  This is less than half of what I was used to use.  In other words, I was dumping at least 3 bottles of body wash down the drain every year.  While I don’t use expensive body wash, the savings from this revelation alone have been significant.

So, bottom line, pick the right tool for your bathing needs and be cognizant of how much product you need (versus how much you typically use).


Money-Saving Tool: Silicone Scrubber, $5

We’re huge fans of any beauty tool that can save time or help better achieve a desired effect.  Yet, beauty tools can be expensive, so when we come across one that actually saves money, we’ll highlight it in this blog.

I was looking for a cheap filler item to meet the $50 minimum for free shipping at Sephora once upon a time, and came across this little beauty: a silicone scrubber for $5.  It got pretty good reviews, so I decided to take the plunge.  I’m super glad I did.  Long after the items I had used to fill my cart have been forgotten, this scrubber is a tool that I use daily.  It does a fantastic job of providing mild exfoliation but, the real benefit is that it requires less cleanser than normal face-washing.  Another huge bonus is that it helps my cleanser do such a good job of removing makeup and grime that I have been able to skip my usual astringent step altogether.  I estimate that I use 25% less cleanser with this silicone pad, cutting my yearly cleanser expenditures from an already meager $48 down to $36.  Since I have cut out astringent altogether, I’m saving roughly another $50 or so per year!  As you can see, this tool pays for itself rather quickly (depending on how much you spend on cleanser) and is built to last.

Where to buy?

I tried to find an even cheaper alternative to the one offered at Sephora, but could not.  So, if you are looking to get this scrubber, I’d recommend Sephora (here).

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Homemade Aspirin Mask–Revisited

The amount of money I’ve spent over the years on facial masks is, to put it bluntly, horrific.  I’m a long-time sufferer of cystic acne, a skin problem that has plagued me for nearly a decade.  To fix this problem, I’ve tried everything imaginable (from pills, to cleansers, to moisturizers, to, of course, facial masks) and paid a hefty price to do so.  Yet, surprisingly, a cheap, homemade solution, the aspirin mask, has helped more than any other mask I’ve used.  The great thing about this mask is that you use ingredients you’d commonly find at home (or are very easy to get at the drugstore or grocery store).  I’ve modified the classic formula to include ingredients that are helpful for both acne and aging skin.  But, you can tailor this formula to address your specific concern.

Basic Mask

What you’ll need:

– two or three non-coated aspirin pills

– one or two spoonfuls of dry milk

– a spoonful or so of honey

– a tablespoon of regular brewed coffee (not decaf)–the stronger the better!


1) Put the aspirin pills in a small bowl and pour coffee over them.  Allow the pills to soak for a minute or two until they dissolve into a grainy mixture.

2) Add honey and stir until blended.

3) Stir in the powdered milk until the mask reaches the consistency you desire.  Using powdered milk results in a thicker mask that is easier to apply and that stays in place much better.

4) Using your fingers, gently apply the mask to your face and neck area, massaging gently in a circular motion.  Avoid your eye area!

5) Leave the mask on for 10 to 15 minutes, then gently remove with warm water.  Be careful not to scrub too hard!

Voila!  A frugal yet effective mask all in the comfort and ease of your own home!

Why this works

You might be as (pleasantly) surprised as I was to find that this mask actually does a fabulous job of exfoliating your skin and clearing out blemishes.  Why?  Well, for starters, aspirin is basically salicylic acid in pill-form.  Since you can generally find a big bottle for $1 or so, it’s a cheap way to incorporate this acne-fighting ingredient into your skincare regimen (last time I checked, even the generic brand salicylic acne creams were selling for $5!).  The texture of the pills, when dissolved, works well as an exfoliator and, in my opinion, does as good of job exfoliating as more expensive brands I’ve tried (like Philosophy’s Microdelivery Peel for $68 and Mary Kay’s Microdermabrasion Kit for $55–yes, I’ve tried and paid for both of these in the past!).    Salicylic acid is not just good for acne, though.  As a beta-hydroxy acid (BHA), it’s fabulous for aging skin and helps with sloughing off dead skin cells.

Milk (even dried) contains lactic acid, an alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA), which is used in scores of anti-aging and anti-acne skincare products because of its exfoliating and skin-renewal properties.  This ingredient is especially good for cystic acne and other blemishes.

Honey contains antibiotic ingredients that can help kill the bacteria that causes acne.  It is also an anti-inflammatory product that can reduce the size of lifespan of pimples and cysts.  Added to that is the fact that it also allows the mask to cling to your skin better. Coffee contains a whopping dose of antioxidants, which help fight aging and damage caused by the sun.  The caffeine in coffee also contains anti-inflammatory ingredients, perfect for combating acne.

Variations for Specific Needs

The beauty of this recipe is that you can be creative and tailor it to match your needs.  Maybe you’re struggling with pimples and blackheads or you’re more interested in using the mask for anti-aging purposes.  Whatever your concern, the following ideas will help you customize the aspirin mask to fit your needs.

1) Acne-Busting

– If your primary concern is acne, add a few drops of tea-tree oil to the mask and be sure not to over-scrub your face.  If you have pets, be careful to keep them away from the tea-tree oil!  Witch Hazel, readily available at drugstores, helps to clarify and tone your skin as well.

2) Anti-Aging

– Perhaps you are more worried about anti-aging than acne.  If so, add some Vitamin C powder (or crushed Vitamin C tablets).  Vitamin C will help firm and tone your skin.  Vitamin E is another antioxidant that you can add to this mask to help firm up your skin.

3) Moisturizing

– If your skin is being hit as hard this winter as mine, you need moisturization!  This mask is easily modified to provide soothing and moisturizing relief from harsh winter conditions.  Simply add a bit more liquid to the original formula and more powdered milk.  A tablespoon of Jojoba oil would will also ramp up this mask’s moisturizing benefits.  You can even mix in a few squirts of your favorite moisturizer.

4) Other Additions

This mask is versatile enough to meet any skincare concern.  You can incorporate the following ingredients to customize this mask to address your particular problem:

– Green Tea Brew: Like coffee, Green Tea has antioxidants that help fight aging and promote renewal in your skin.  You can use green tea in place of coffee or along with coffee.

– Essential Oils/Extracts: Rosemary extract, Lavender oil, and other essential oils and extra make great additions to this mask.  You will often see these types of ingredients in high-end (expensive!) masks; by going to your local health food store or shopping online, you can usually find these ingredients for a great price.

As you can see, the possibilities are endless!

Total Cost

Clearly this mask is cheaper than anything you can buy at the store.  But, what is the final cost?  I’ll use the cost of enough ingredients to make this mask 15 times.  For coffee, I am assuming that you are using the cheapest stuff out there (you can even use instant, as long as it is caffeinated!).

– Aspirin $.90 for 50 ($0.06/mask)

– Coffee $2 ($0.14/mask)

– Honey $3 ($0.20/mask)

– Milk $3 ($0.20/mask)

Total: $0.60/mask

My estimates for the cost of ingredients are high–my own cost for each mask is under $0.50.  But, it’s clear that this is a budget-friendly beauty tool that does a fantastic job addressing several skincare concerns!


1) Wear sunscreen!!!  Though this mask will likely not burn or tingle as much as other masks or exfoliators you’ve tried, it still leaves your skin more susceptible to damage from the sun.  Make sure to wear sunscreen after using this mask (and, in general).

2) Don’t overdo it with the aspirin mask.  The first time I did this, I used 5 aspirins because I figured the more I used the better the results.  Wrong.  Little did I realize that the aspirin, even though it’s not being ingested, is still absorbed into your body through your skin.  So, I would highly recommend sticking to only two or three pills.  Also, don’t use the aspirin mask if you’ve taken a pain reliever earlier or use a medication that prohibits the ingestion of aspirin–they may interact!

3) Use this mask twice a week at most.  Your body can build up a tolerance to the aspirin that diminishes the effect of this mask. Using it once or twice a week at most will help ensure that you can use and enjoy this mask for years to come.

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Budget and Beauty…Mortal Enemies?

The word “cheap” often carries with it the connotation of “inferior” or “shoddy.” While this can be the case, “cheap” doesn’t always mean sub-standard. In fact, cheap is smart when you find a high-quality item at a low-quality price–whether it’s an item you find at an incredible bargain, or a generic product that performs as well as its higher-cost name brand item, cheap beauty makes sense for the frugal shopper.

But it’s not always easy to make the frugal choice when faced with a slew of cosmetics and skin care products put out by top companies. In the past I’ve often found myself spending far more than intended (or budgeted!) on products promising to erase my every blemish or fix my every beauty woe. I’ve been learning how to avoid these types of spontaneous purchases and how to get the most bang for my beauty buck.

Within this blog, you will find my own musings on what it means to be both beautiful and frugal. I plan to post about specific products that I love, deals that I find, how make-your-own beauty items, product reviews, beauty tools that save money, and more. My goal is to show that cheap charm is more than desirable…it’s possible!